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ACTING MAKATI MAYOR PEÑA ORDERED EVICTION OF REP. ABI BINAY's FIELD OFFICE AT CITY HALL


NOVEMBER 7-Peña & Binay -Peña orders eviction of congresswoman’s office Makati City Rep. Marlen Abigail Binay on Friday accused Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña of exacting revenge on her family by ordering the eviction of her field office at the Makati City Hall complex. “Pinalayas ako sa opisina kasi gagamitin na raw ni acting vice mayor. So, okay lang! Ako naman eh masunuring bata lang. Wala akong magagawa, ’yun ang patakaran nila eh [I was told to vacate the office because the acting vice mayor, Leonardo Magpantay, is going to use it. So I said, I’m okay with it. I’m just being obedient. I can’t do anything, that’s the rule they want to enforce],” she told The Manila Times during the 1st Makati Food Festival at the Greenbelt 3 Park, Ayala Center, on Tuesday. The congresswoman is the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and elder sister of unseated Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.,who was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in anomalies at City Hall. Congresswoman Binay said she was given until November 11 to vacate her City Hall office in an order purportedly issued last week.
City government employees who were seconded to Binay’s congressional office were also recalled and ordered to report to their mother units, she added. READ MORE...


ALSO: Anti-PDAF petitioner shot dead in Aurora


NOVEMBER 8 -San Diego
One of the petitioners against the pork barrel fund who also chaired a movement against political dynasties was shot dead yesterday afternoon in his resort in Dingalan, Aurora.
Realtor Quintin “Ting” Babila Paredes San Diego, 74, founding chairman of the Movement Against Dynasty (MAD), was shot four times in the head with a 9mm pistol. He died at the scene. The two suspects fled on a motorcycle. San Diego had just met with his workers and was walking back to his cottage at the Maligaya Resort in Barangay Caragsacan when he was attacked at 3:30 p.m. Sr. Insp. Roderick Daguno, Dingalan police chief, told The STAR that the resort is in a remote area and they had to call the municipal health officer to check on San Diego’s condition. Probers drove two hours from Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija to reach the resort. San Diego was the lead convenor of the August 26 People’s Coalition, which sprung from the Million People’s March to Rizal Park on Aug. 26, 2013 against the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or congressional pork barrel. MAD was one of the petitioners in the case brought before the Supreme Court against PDAF. On Nov. 19, 2013, the SC declared the PDAF unconstitutional. San Diego was the son of the late Lourdes Babila Paredes, the first female justice of the Court of Appeals. As a regional trial court judge, Lourdes Paredes had convicted the scions of prominent families who raped actress Maggie de la Riva. Paredes was the daughter of the late Senate president Quintin Paredes, a native of Abra. San Diego was proud of a vast farm where he planted a million trees in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. He was a president of the Capitol Jaycees in Quezon City. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s calling shots in rebuilding?


NOVEMBER 9 -UNFAIR Survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” march in Roxas City, Capiz, to protest alleged irregularities in the distribution of the government’s emergency shelter assistance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO (Last of a series) ILOILO CITY— Former village officials Sonny Ciriaco and Fritz Ortiz traveled by motorboat for nearly an hour to reach Concepcion town on the Iloilo mainland and by bus for two-and-a-half hours to get to this city. They sought assistance at the provincial capitol regarding irregularities in the distribution of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan). They complained that several survivors living within 40 meters of the coastline at Barangay Malangabang in Concepcion off the mainland received cash grants of P10,000 to P30,000 even though this was prohibited under government rules. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Memorandum No. 24 excludes survivors living near coastlines, considered zones, from the ESA and instead offers to relocate them. The DSWD central office has recorded or monitored 388 complaints related to the ESA as of Oct. 28. Of these, 263 were in Western Visayas, 95 in Eastern Visayas and 30 in Central Visayas. Most of the cases involved exclusion or removal from the list of beneficiaries or irregularities in the distribution of P30,000 for families who lost their houses, and P10,000 for those whose houses were damaged. The DSWD has responded to 351 complaints, while the rest are being attended to, according to a department report. During a visit to Iloilo City on Sept. 10, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said the number of complaints was minimal compared to the hundreds of thousands of families who had received cash assistance from the government. Soliman said the complaints of irregularities indicated that the Aquino administration’s reform program had taken root and that the typhoon survivors were standing up for their rights. “Citizens are actually holding us accountable, demanding assistance from barangay officials and government agencies,” she said. But when asked if she believed the number of complaints reflected the actual situation, Soliman admitted that there could be more cases other than those actually filed. Corazon Binoya, a social worker at the Tacloban City Social Welfare and Development Office, acknowledged irregularities in the distribution of the cash assistance. “But we managed to correct or stopped them. After all, this is supposed to be given fair and square to all Yolanda victims whose houses were damaged or destroyed,” she said. Binoya said complaints were being referred to a grievance committee headed by City Social Welfare and Development Office chief Gloria Fabregas. Binoya said there were people who tried to cheat the government by enlisting twice and giving two separate addresses. “For some reason, they were able to secure green cards, used as basis in giving the ESA, stating two separate addresses. But we checked them personally or through our master list,” she said. Complaints The DSWD has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the interfaith-based Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan program in a project to monitor and deal with complaints involving irregularities in the distribution of the shelter assistance. The project seeks to complement the monitoring of the DSWD and respond to complaints of survivors who have been delisted, and other concerns, Soliman said. People found responsible for irregularities will be dealt with accordingly, she added. But the Panay-based Kusog sang Pumuluyo, a regional alliance of typhoon survivors and their supporters, said thousands of survivors had been complaining about the delay and irregularities in the ESA distribution. “The government has failed and continues to do so in effectively helping the survivors. The people have been victimized twice,” said Fr. Marco Sulayao, the group’s spokesperson. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy’s gift to APEC leaders: Barong Tagalog


NOVEMBER 8 -
APEX OF STYLE FOR APEC The Filipino “barong,” as designed by Paul Cabral, is the power dress of choice for the 21 heads of state attending the Asia-Pacific MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino’s gift to leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in the country will be the barong Tagalog, the official national garb for Filipino men. The barong will come in different designs made by Paul Cabral, the President’s favorite designer, according to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. Valte yesterday said Cabral also designed variations of the barong for female leaders. She said Cabral used various inspirations to create the APEC leaders’ outfits. The sketches of the pieces will be shown to the public on Monday. “It’s not per region but more of general Filipino inspirations,” Valte said. The Palace official said former President Fidel Ramos likewise gave APEC leaders barongs when the country hosted the event in 1996. For the welcome reception, Valte said the APEC-National Organizing Committee tapped famous local artists to perform for the visitors. READ MORE...

ALSO EDITORIAL:Temporary disruption


NOVEMBER 9 -INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA
DOUBTLESS, the biggest international event to happen in Manila this year is the arrival next week of the heads of state of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member-countries, among them President Barack Obama of the United States, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and possibly President Xi Jinping of China. The Aquino administration, which is hosting the high-profile gathering on Nov. 18 and 19, has been doing all it can to make sure that the Apec leaders’ stay will be without a hitch. The impressions that these foreign leaders and their delegates will bring home with them will impact on the Philippines’ reputation as an investment and tourism destination, among others. So far, the government has rerouted traffic, forced the cancellation of flights, and suspended work and classes in Metro Manila.
Rerouting schemes and traffic changes will be implemented in the metropolis on Nov. 16-20. On Edsa, two innermost lanes—both northbound and southbound—will be exclusively for Apec vehicles. Both northbound and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard, on the other hand, will be closed to non-Apec vehicles, while a “stop and go” scheme will be implemented on Nov. 15-20 along the Magallanes and Skyway/South Luzon Expressway interchanges as well as parts of Edsa, Makati and roads around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This means all traffic will be stopped whenever Apec leaders pass and will resume only after they have gone through. The Naia will also be a no-fly zone on Nov. 17, 19 and 20. The impact of such preparations on ordinary citizens has expectedly raised criticisms. For one, some in the business community have complained about the additional nonworking holidays as these would mean lost productivity or higher pay for those required to work on those days. Some travelers have also criticized the no-fly policy on the Naia, which has led Philippine Airlines to cancel 211 flights (115 domestic and 96 international) previously scheduled on Nov. 15-20. Cebu Air Inc. earlier announced the cancellation of 167 Cebu Pacific flights scheduled on Nov. 16-20. The SM Group also has to close its giant Mall of Asia on Nov. 18. Those in the trucking business will likewise be affected by the daytime truck ban on the so-called south route, while Roxas Boulevard will remain under a 24-hour truck ban for the duration of the Apec summit. Students in the National Capital Region seem to be the only ones elated by the Philippines’ hosting of the Apec leaders’ meeting because they will have a six-day “vacation.” The Department of Education has declared the suspension of classes for practically the whole week next week for Metro Manila schools. Since Nov. 18 and 19 are nonworking holidays, classes are suspended from Nov. 17 (Tuesday) to Nov. 20 (Friday). READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Cory magic’ will not work for Noy's chosen bet Mar Roxas — lawyer


NOVEMBER 9 -NOY's Presidential bet Roxas --The so-called “Cory magic” will not work for President Aquino’s preferred bet and Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas, a lawyer of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared yesterday.
Speaking at the weekly Saturday Forum at Annabel’s in Quezon City, lawyer Larry Gadon said all “Aquino political dichotomy” has been tested and proven to be “a sham.” “Roxas should have been rather firm in his own line of platforms instead of marching along the straight path band because it has been proven that whether it’s (former President) Cory Aquino or Noynoy - and we have witnessed this — it has been ineffective all along,” Gadon said. “Haven’t we learned our lesson with this administration’s Disbursement Accelaration Program), bullet planting scheme? Is this the continuity that Roxas is proposing?” he asked. Gadon, who is running for the Senate under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) and is adopted by Lakas-CMD, said the public should “be freed from the yellow media’s propaganda owned by the rich friends of the Aquinos”. He is referring to the Lopez group of companies who own the ABS-CBN. The KBL stalwart also said he wants to “rectify the wrong perception of the public” on who Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino “really are”. “Why do we have to suffer the cult imposed on us just to brainwash Filipinos into believing that Ninoy is a hero?  He was only good only at filibustering for no good purpose. We should stop fooling the people with the cult of fake heroes,” Gadon said. He also reiterated that “Ninoy is not a hero (nor is Cory) a faultless saint”, adding that if ever elected as senator, he will propose to change the name of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as well as changing the Aquino couple’s image in 500 peso bills. Gadon used to be Arroyo’s legal counsel in charges she’s facing before the Sandiganbayan. Meanwhile, the United Filipino Commuters and Consumers (UFCC) slammed the Aquino administration anew for its “absolute incompetence” in doing public service. UFCC president RJ Javellana, who was also present in the same forum, said if “Noynoy’s prototype” (Roxas) gets elected, the public “will be much bitter”. “Noynoy’s term only served the interests of his big businessmen friends and not his bosses. Under his term, public services became a milking machine of big profits. What more with a prototype of the same elitist breeding?” Javellana said. By Ted Tuvera THE FULL REPORT


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Abi Binay kicked out of City Hall


Peña & Binay

MANILA, NOVEMBER 9, 2015
(MANILA TIMES) November 7, 2015 1:04 am by Michael Joe T. Delizo Reporter

Peña orders eviction of congresswoman’s office.

Makati City Rep. Marlen Abigail Binay on Friday accused Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña of exacting revenge on her family by ordering the eviction of her field office at the Makati City Hall complex.

“Pinalayas ako sa opisina kasi gagamitin na raw ni acting vice mayor. So, okay lang! Ako naman eh masunuring bata lang.

Wala akong magagawa, ’yun ang patakaran nila eh [I was told to vacate the office because the acting vice mayor, Leonardo Magpantay, is going to use it. So I said, I’m okay with it. I’m just being obedient. I can’t do anything, that’s the rule they want to enforce],” she told The Manila Times during the 1st Makati Food Festival at the Greenbelt 3 Park, Ayala Center, on Tuesday.
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The congresswoman is the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and elder sister of unseated Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.,who was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in anomalies at City Hall.

Congresswoman Binay said she was given until November 11 to vacate her City Hall office in an order purportedly issued last week.

City government employees who were seconded to Binay’s congressional office were also recalled and ordered to report to their mother units, she added.

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Peña and Binay bumped into each other at the food festival. They were civil to each other.

The latter said she was invited by a friend from City Hall.

Peña’s spokesman denied Binay’s accusations.

“Not true. Walang inalis kahit isa sa tao nila ni Rep. Monique [Lagdameo]. Lahat ng mga staff nila, na-renew din ang contract when Acting Mayor Kid took over,” Peña’s spokesman Gibo delos Reyes told the Times in a text message.

During his State of the City Address and filing of certificate of candidacy for mayor on October 12, Peña turned emotional in recounting how he was allegedly maltreated by the Binay family when he was still the vice mayor.

Sought for her reaction, Rep. Binay said, “No wonder why he is doing the same thing. Now he is harassing the Binay supporters. You know what, there’s a tendency than when you were bullied, you become a bully as well. So that’s exactly what he is doing now.”

She added that there is a possibility that many employees will be sacked from the city government because of their support to the Binay family.

Those who joined the “demolition job” against Binays, on the other hand, were given a position at City Hall, the congresswoman claimed.

She and Peña will vie for the city’s mayoral post in next year’s elections.


PHILSTAR

Anti-PDAF petitioner shot dead in Aurora By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 8, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


San Diego

MANILA, Philippines - One of the petitioners against the pork barrel fund who also chaired a movement against political dynasties was shot dead yesterday afternoon in his resort in Dingalan, Aurora.

Realtor Quintin “Ting” Babila Paredes San Diego, 74, founding chairman of the Movement Against Dynasty (MAD), was shot four times in the head with a 9mm pistol. He died at the scene. The two suspects fled on a motorcycle.

San Diego had just met with his workers and was walking back to his cottage at the Maligaya Resort in Barangay Caragsacan when he was attacked at 3:30 p.m.

Sr. Insp. Roderick Daguno, Dingalan police chief, told The STAR that the resort is in a remote area and they had to call the municipal health officer to check on San Diego’s condition. Probers drove two hours from Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija to reach the resort.

San Diego was the lead convenor of the August 26 People’s Coalition, which sprung from the Million People’s March to Rizal Park on Aug. 26, 2013 against the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or congressional pork barrel.

MAD was one of the petitioners in the case brought before the Supreme Court against PDAF. On Nov. 19, 2013, the SC declared the PDAF unconstitutional.

San Diego was the son of the late Lourdes Babila Paredes, the first female justice of the Court of Appeals. As a regional trial court judge, Lourdes Paredes had convicted the scions of prominent families who raped actress Maggie de la Riva.

Paredes was the daughter of the late Senate president Quintin Paredes, a native of Abra.

San Diego was proud of a vast farm where he planted a million trees in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. He was a president of the Capitol Jaycees in Quezon City.


INQUIRER SPECIAL REPORT

SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s calling shots in rebuilding? By: Joey A. Gabieta, Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
@inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 12:35 AM November 9th, 2015


UNFAIR Survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” march in Roxas City, Capiz, to protest alleged irregularities in the distribution of the government’s emergency shelter assistance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

(Last of a series)

ILOILO CITY— Former village officials Sonny Ciriaco and Fritz Ortiz traveled by motorboat for nearly an hour to reach Concepcion town on the Iloilo mainland and by bus for two-and-a-half hours to get to this city.

They sought assistance at the provincial capitol regarding irregularities in the distribution of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).

They complained that several survivors living within 40 meters of the coastline at Barangay Malangabang in Concepcion off the mainland received cash grants of P10,000 to P30,000 even though this was prohibited under government rules.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Memorandum No. 24 excludes survivors living near coastlines, considered zones, from the ESA and instead offers to relocate them.

The DSWD central office has recorded or monitored 388 complaints related to the ESA as of Oct. 28. Of these, 263 were in Western Visayas, 95 in Eastern Visayas and 30 in Central Visayas.

Most of the cases involved exclusion or removal from the list of beneficiaries or irregularities in the distribution of P30,000 for families who lost their houses, and P10,000 for those whose houses were damaged.

The DSWD has responded to 351 complaints, while the rest are being attended to, according to a department report.

During a visit to Iloilo City on Sept. 10, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said the number of complaints was minimal compared to the hundreds of thousands of families who had received cash assistance from the government.

Soliman said the complaints of irregularities indicated that the Aquino administration’s reform program had taken root and that the typhoon survivors were standing up for their rights.

“Citizens are actually holding us accountable, demanding assistance from barangay officials and government agencies,” she said.

But when asked if she believed the number of complaints reflected the actual situation, Soliman admitted that there could be more cases other than those actually filed.

Corazon Binoya, a social worker at the Tacloban City Social Welfare and Development Office, acknowledged irregularities in the distribution of the cash assistance.

“But we managed to correct or stopped them. After all, this is supposed to be given fair and square to all Yolanda victims whose houses were damaged or destroyed,” she said.

Binoya said complaints were being referred to a grievance committee headed by City Social Welfare and Development Office chief Gloria Fabregas.

Binoya said there were people who tried to cheat the government by enlisting twice and giving two separate addresses.

“For some reason, they were able to secure green cards, used as basis in giving the ESA, stating two separate addresses. But we checked them personally or through our master list,” she said.

Complaints

The DSWD has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the interfaith-based Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan program in a project to monitor and deal with complaints involving irregularities in the distribution of the shelter assistance.

The project seeks to complement the monitoring of the DSWD and respond to complaints of survivors who have been delisted, and other concerns, Soliman said.

People found responsible for irregularities will be dealt with accordingly, she added.

But the Panay-based Kusog sang Pumuluyo, a regional alliance of typhoon survivors and their supporters, said thousands of survivors had been complaining about the delay and irregularities in the ESA distribution.

“The government has failed and continues to do so in effectively helping the survivors. The people have been victimized twice,” said Fr. Marco Sulayao, the group’s spokesperson.

Rehabilitation funds

Aside from problems with the release of the shelter assistance, there is the delay in the release of funds for the rehabilitation and recovery of the ravaged areas.

The watchdog group, Social Watch Philippines, said in a report that overall fund releases for the P170-billion Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) for areas affected by the typhoon had been below the expected level of accomplishment.

The group noted that fund releases to certain agencies were more than the planned funding requirements under the CRRP, while those for other agencies were below the requirements.

Citing data from the Department of Budget and Management, Social Watch pointed out that as of November 2014, P4.48 billion had been released to the DILG, 120 percent of the P3.731 billion in funding needs of the agency for the CRRP.

No overall manager

Social Watch also noted an “absence of an overall manager and coordinator to oversee the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction efforts of the government.” The absence of such an official could put the goals of the CRRP at risk, according to the group.

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson resigned as presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery in February after submitting the CRRP to President Aquino.

While the National Economic and Development Authority is involved in the planning, preparation and review of development plans, including the CRRP, Social Watch said, the agency was also monitoring the whole country and is not an overall manager and coordinator for the monitoring of rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction efforts.

“No one in the government is in charge of actually monitoring the progress of the rehabilitation in the Yolanda-affected areas, and no one is directing government efforts to ensure that the (‘Build Back Better’) goal is achieved and that the affected areas are now or will be more resilient to calamities and disasters,” it said.


PHILSTAR

Noy’s gift to APEC leaders: Barong Tagalog By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 8, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


APEX OF STYLE FOR APEC The Filipino “barong,” as designed by Paul Cabral, is the power dress of choice for the 21 heads of state attending the Asia-Pacific

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino’s gift to leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in the country will be the barong Tagalog, the official national garb for Filipino men.

The barong will come in different designs made by Paul Cabral, the President’s favorite designer, according to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

Valte yesterday said Cabral also designed variations of the barong for female leaders.

She said Cabral used various inspirations to create the APEC leaders’ outfits. The sketches of the pieces will be shown to the public on Monday.

“It’s not per region but more of general Filipino inspirations,” Valte said.

The Palace official said former President Fidel Ramos likewise gave APEC leaders barongs when the country hosted the event in 1996.

For the welcome reception, Valte said the APEC-National Organizing Committee tapped famous local artists to perform for the visitors.

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1996 APEC MEETING IN SUBIC, PHILIPPINES: Fashionable leaders attending past Apec Summits: President Clinton, wearing a white tieless shirt called barong tagalog, leads Pacific Rim leaders in the wave in 1996, during a group photo session outside the APEC meeting headquarters in Subic Bay, Philippines Picture: AP Photo/David Longstreath COURTESY OF THE TELEGRAPH.CO.UK

“The theme put together by the APEC-NOC and the Office of the President is beautiful,” Valte said.

She said she saw the list of world-class Filipino talents who will help welcome the delegates and visitors.

Valte said industrial and furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue would be part of the production for the APEC events.

Singer Paolo Valenciano will direct the entertainment while the musical director will be composer and arranger Louie Ocampo.

“There are a lot of names and we are thankful to the APEC-NOC and the artists, who offered their help,” Valte said.

Valte said APEC leaders and delegates would be treated to an array of performances by local talents, noting Filipinos are known for being great singers and dancers.

Despite negative developments like the bullet-planting scam at the country’s international airports, Valte expressed hope the APEC visitors would have a great experience here in the Philippines.


INQUIRER

EDITORIAL:Temporary disruption @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:30 AM November 9th, 2015


INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

DOUBTLESS, the biggest international event to happen in Manila this year is the arrival next week of the heads of state of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member-countries, among them President Barack Obama of the United States, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and possibly President Xi Jinping of China.

The Aquino administration, which is hosting the high-profile gathering on Nov. 18 and 19, has been doing all it can to make sure that the Apec leaders’ stay will be without a hitch. The impressions that these foreign leaders and their delegates will bring home with them will impact on the Philippines’ reputation as an investment and tourism destination, among others. So far, the government has rerouted traffic, forced the cancellation of flights, and suspended work and classes in Metro Manila.

Rerouting schemes and traffic changes will be implemented in the metropolis on Nov. 16-20. On Edsa, two innermost lanes—both northbound and southbound—will be exclusively for Apec vehicles. Both northbound and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard, on the other hand, will be closed to non-Apec vehicles, while a “stop and go” scheme will be implemented on Nov. 15-20 along the Magallanes and Skyway/South Luzon Expressway interchanges as well as parts of Edsa, Makati and roads around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This means all traffic will be stopped whenever Apec leaders pass and will resume only after they have gone through. The Naia will also be a no-fly zone on Nov. 17, 19 and 20.


Workers repaint the EDSA flyover along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City yesterday in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit from Nov. 18 to 19.  MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang has appealed to the public to cooperate in the enforcement of special road lanes for the exclusive use of delegates to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit this month as well as the truck ban and no-fly zone at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. As host, the Philippines will be welcoming leaders and delegates from 21 member-economies participating in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) to be held in Manila from Nov. 18 to 19, which have been declared as special non-working days.KRIZ JOHN ROSALES PHILSTAR FILE

The impact of such preparations on ordinary citizens has expectedly raised criticisms. For one, some in the business community have complained about the additional nonworking holidays as these would mean lost productivity or higher pay for those required to work on those days. Some travelers have also criticized the no-fly policy on the Naia, which has led Philippine Airlines to cancel 211 flights (115 domestic and 96 international) previously scheduled on Nov. 15-20. Cebu Air Inc. earlier announced the cancellation of 167 Cebu Pacific flights scheduled on Nov. 16-20. The SM Group also has to close its giant Mall of Asia on Nov. 18. Those in the trucking business will likewise be affected by the daytime truck ban on the so-called south route, while Roxas Boulevard will remain under a 24-hour truck ban for the duration of the Apec summit.

Students in the National Capital Region seem to be the only ones elated by the Philippines’ hosting of the Apec leaders’ meeting because they will have a six-day “vacation.” The Department of Education has declared the suspension of classes for practically the whole week next week for Metro Manila schools. Since Nov. 18 and 19 are nonworking holidays, classes are suspended from Nov. 17 (Tuesday) to Nov. 20 (Friday).

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The griping and complaining may seem understandable. But it is not that Metro Manila residents are without options. The Apec secretariat has suggested that Metro Manilans go north, citing Baguio as a constant great place to visit (more so now with the better roads). Or they can trek to Sagada for a coffee experience, meet the locals of the Kalinga towns, or visit the Ilocos and view the remaining traces of the Spanish heritage. Others can surf in La Union.

For Southern Metro Manilans, the Apec secretariat suggested that they explore the Batangas beaches or enjoy Tagaytay’s cool weather, or relax in the hot springs in Laguna. For those not inclined to embark on a road trip, they can go instead on a food trip to Quezon City’s Maginhawa Street or Pasig City’s Kapitolyo area, or the small restaurants around Marikina. Better yet, the suddenly-idled can just enjoy a “staycation” for family bonding, or catch up on reading or the movies.

It’s not as if the disruptions caused by the Apec leaders’ meeting will be permanent. Malacañang has pleaded for understanding with all the rerouting schemes and road changes and travel restrictions in place, and the people should understand that the Philippines stands to reap some benefits from hosting the event, which may not just be limited to its reputation as a prime tourism and business destination.

Actual investments and tourists may come in. Provided, however, that no hitch—such as, horrors, the “laglag/tanim-bala” scam—rears up and afflicts the Apec delegates.


TRIBUNE

‘Cory magic’ dead — lawyer Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 08 November 2015 00:00

The so-called “Cory magic” will not work for President Aquino’s preferred bet and Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas, a lawyer of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared yesterday.

Speaking at the weekly Saturday Forum at Annabel’s in Quezon City, lawyer Larry Gadon said all “Aquino political dichotomy” has been tested and proven to be “a sham.”

“Roxas should have been rather firm in his own line of platforms instead of marching along the straight path band because it has been proven that whether it’s (former President) Cory Aquino or Noynoy - and we have witnessed this — it has been ineffective all along,” Gadon said.

“Haven’t we learned our lesson with this administration’s Disbursement Accelaration Program), bullet planting scheme? Is this the continuity that Roxas is proposing?” he asked.

Gadon, who is running for the Senate under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) and is adopted by Lakas-CMD, said the public should “be freed from the yellow media’s propaganda owned by the rich friends of the Aquinos”.

He is referring to the Lopez group of companies who own the ABS-CBN. The KBL stalwart also said he wants to “rectify the wrong perception of the public” on who Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino “really are”.

“Why do we have to suffer the cult imposed on us just to brainwash Filipinos into believing that Ninoy is a hero?

He was only good only at filibustering for no good purpose. We should stop fooling the people with the cult of fake heroes,” Gadon said. He also reiterated that “Ninoy is not a hero (nor is Cory) a faultless saint”, adding that if ever elected as senator, he will propose to change the name of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as well as changing the Aquino couple’s image in 500 peso bills. Gadon used to be Arroyo’s legal counsel in charges she’s facing before the Sandiganbayan.

Meanwhile, the United Filipino Commuters and Consumers (UFCC) slammed the Aquino administration anew for its “absolute incompetence” in doing public service. UFCC president RJ Javellana, who was also present in the same forum, said if “Noynoy’s prototype” (Roxas) gets elected, the public “will be much bitter”.

“Noynoy’s term only served the interests of his big businessmen friends and not his bosses. Under his term, public services became a milking machine of big profits. What more with a prototype of the same elitist breeding?” Javellana said. By Ted Tuvera


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