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MIRIAM SAYS SHE'S READY FOR 'RIGOROUS' 2016 BID


NOVEMBER 13 -SANTIAGO -
After claiming that her lung cancer is already under control, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday assured she’s all geared up for the coming “rigorous” presidential campaign. “If you mean by vigorous physical campaign engaging in battle by means of boxing or wrestling, I’m ready for that too because my father was a martial arts expert,” the lawmaker said when asked by reporters in an interview if she will be able to withstand strenuous activities during the campaign period. Santiago, who is running for president next year under her People’s Reform Party (PRP), with Sen. Ferdinand “Bong-bong” Marcos Jr. as her running mate, before announcing her intention to run in 2016, claimed she has already licked her Stage 4 lung cancer. She, however, rejected requests to make her medical records public. “I think the better way of testing the capability of presidential candidates is not the strength of their machinery or their organization but the strength of their brains when they appear on TV and they answer questions that are not given beforehand,” she stressed. “That is the problem with these so-called debates. The questions are given in advance so all the candidates do is really to read pre-arranged answers,” Santiago added.
Nonetheless, the senator said she is now in “a stage that is a result of a very advanced cancer medication.”  “People are not aware of it and I’m glad that I have been given an opportunity to make people know that the situation has changed completely. In effect, nobody dies from cancer anymore. Every month there are a dozen of new medications. The only problem with these new medicines is that they are very, very expensive. So as long as my contributors will be able to help me survive, I’ll be able to finish the campaign and even win it.
“I’ve been through this several times and like this, this is not technically a campaign event but as you see, I enjoy myself. So I’ll be healthy faster that way,” said Santiago.READ MORE...

VP Binay’s role in APEC
[ Vice President Jejomar Binay urged political parties to set aside differences during the conduct of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the country next week.]


NOVEMBER 13 -Vice President Jejomar Binay urged political parties to set aside differences during the conduct of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the country next week.
“This would show the world that Filipino leaders are united in showing the best that the country has to offer”, he said. “APEC is a very important event that we should all support. We are hopeful that the agreements will promote real inclusive growth that uplifts those who have lesser in life,” the 2016 presidential candidate said in a statement. “Let us set aside politics and do what needs to be done for the good of the country,” he added. The 2016 elections are less than seven months away, and candidates especially those vying for national positions haven’t shied away in verbally attacking their opponents. Binay himself has launched tirades against President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration, calling him “manhid at palpak” (insensitive and incompetent). Binay is the chairman and standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party. APEC role Meanwhile, the Vice President bared during a press conference in La Union that he would be attending APEC functions and welcome the arriving heads of state as part of the protocol. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe at risk of imprisonment - lawyer


NOVEMBER 14 -POE
Senator Grace Poe could face possible jail time, but may still retain her position as senator, if proven she committed an electoral offence during the 2013 elections. Manuel Luna, the legal counsel of presidential candidate Rizalito David, disclosed Poe is at risk of imprisonment if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) law department finds she lied about her Filipino citizenship in filing her certificate of candidacy for Senator in the 2013 polls.
Rizalito ‘Lito’ David shows the receipt of the P50,000 filing fee he paid for his petition to unseat Senator Grace Poe due to her alleged questionable citizenship at the Senate Electoral Tribunal in Quezon City, August 6, 2015. (Mark Balmores) “This is not a disqualification or a cancellation case. This is an election offence case, where the gist of the allegation is whether or not she falsely represented or misrepresented in her COC the fact that she is a naturally-born Filipino citizen and has established a two-year residency prior to the 2013 elections,” Luna said. Under the Comelec Omnibus Election Code, election offences are punishable by imprisonment of 6 to 12 years. Luna issued the statement after Poe’s lawyer, George Manuel, submitted a 500-page counter-affidavit at the Comelec law department yesterday, November 13. In the affidavit, Poe’s camp used her adoption, Philippine passport, and dual-citizenship to reiterate her Filipino citizenship despite being a foundling. “We believe it is impossible that a foundling will be considered without any citizenship. A foundling is considered a Filipino citizen and at the same time a natural Filipino,” Manuel said. It could be recalled that David filed the election offence charge against Poe at the Comelec law department last August. Earlier, David also filed a separate case against Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) seeking to oust Poe in the senate due to questions in her citizenship. With the submission of the counter-affidavit from Poe’s camp, the Comelec law department is expected to resolve the case before the end of the year. “We expect about 30 days. 15 to 30 days, there will be a resolution. That is under rule 34 of the Comelec rules on procedures,” Luna said. Luna, however, said the case will not affect Poe’s seat in the Senate since it is covered by the case he filed at SET. The SET is scheduled to decide on Poe’s case next week. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: 3 justices oppose SC ruling on Junjun case


NOVEMEBR 14 -Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. 
The Supreme Court (SC) should have not abandoned the condonation doctrine when it ruled on the case of dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr., according to three justices.
In a 10-page concurring and dissenting opinion released yesterday, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin objected to the majority decision of the SC justices abandoning the doctrine that condones acts committed by reelected officials during their previous term. Associate Justices Jose Perez and Teresita Leonardo-De Castro concurred with Bersamin’s opinion. Bersamin said there was no need to decide on the constitutionality of the doctrine set by the high court itself in resolving the petition filed by the Office of the Ombudsman questioning the validity of the Court of Appeals (CA)’s resolution that enjoined it from implementing Binay’s preventive suspension over the allegedly anomalous Makati City Hall Building project. The three justices agreed the condonation doctrine was misapplied in Binay’s case by the CA in the first place, saying it could only be applied to the administrative case against the mayor. READ MORE...

ALSO: LP bets singing different tunes


NOVEMBER 14 -ROBREDO THE standard bearers of the ruling Liberal Party are not on the same page when it comes to their stance on economic reforms. This became obvious after the party’s candidate for vice president, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo expressed her “openness” to amending the Constitution to relax some of its certain economic provisions, such as that limiting the foreign ownership of land in the country to 40 percent. “I have nothing against constitutional amendments. However, it has something to be thoroughly discussed in Congress,” Robredo said in a television interview on Friday. Her running mate, former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, is vehemently opposed to constitutional amendments. “I don’t think our Constitution is our weakest link,” Roxas had told businessmen in Makati on Monday. “It’s not our stumbling block to economic growth.” A measure proposing to relax some of the Constitution’s overprotective economic provisions was discussed in Congress after Robredo was elected representative of Camarines Sur. But Robredo said she wouldn’t have voted for the proposal because it had not been discussed thoroughly. READ MORE....


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Miriam says she’s ready for ‘rigorous’ 2016 bid

MANILA, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

After claiming that her lung cancer is already under control, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday assured she’s all geared up for the coming “rigorous” presidential campaign.

“If you mean by vigorous physical campaign engaging in battle by means of boxing or wrestling, I’m ready for that too because my father was a martial arts expert,” the lawmaker said when asked by reporters in an interview if she will be able to withstand strenuous activities during the campaign period.

Santiago, who is running for president next year under her People’s Reform Party (PRP), with Sen. Ferdinand “Bong-bong” Marcos Jr. as her running mate, before announcing her intention to run in 2016, claimed she has already licked her Stage 4 lung cancer. She, however, rejected requests to make her medical records public.

“I think the better way of testing the capability of presidential candidates is not the strength of their machinery or their organization but the strength of their brains when they appear on TV and they answer questions that are not given beforehand,” she stressed.

“That is the problem with these so-called debates. The questions are given in advance so all the candidates do is really to read pre-arranged answers,” Santiago added.

Nonetheless, the senator said she is now in “a stage that is a result of a very advanced cancer medication.”

“People are not aware of it and I’m glad that I have been given an opportunity to make people know that the situation has changed completely. In effect, nobody dies from cancer anymore. Every month there are a dozen of new medications. The only problem with these new medicines is that they are very, very expensive. So as long as my contributors will be able to help me survive, I’ll be able to finish the campaign and even win it.

“I’ve been through this several times and like this, this is not technically a campaign event but as you see, I enjoy myself. So I’ll be healthy faster that way,” said Santiago.

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Relatedly, a partylist lawmaker yesterday urged presidential aspirants to raise the level of debates to national issues and leave out legal issues besetting candidates to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the judiciary.

Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon criticized persistent efforts to connect the citizenship issue against Sen. Grace Poe as a handicap to her patriotism as a Filipino.

“Being nationalistic does not find basis on one’s citizenship,” Ridon told a news forum.
Former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras, who was also at the forum, asked Poe’s detractors to spare her from the legal issues raised against her citizenship.

Paras had previously boasted that he would file disqualification cases against Poe.

Records at the Comelec and the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), however, showed he never attempted to question Poe’s disqualification.

Paras said Poe need not discuss the legal implications of the cases filed against her.
“She should be excused. She is not a lawyer and the issues really are very deeply legal, especially those concerning international and local laws,” he added.

Ridon said the issues being raised in the media by candidates and their supporters appear to be irrelevant to the more pressing problems of the country.

Poe has been the subject of five disqualification cases filed before the SET and the Comelec.

The senator’s camp has aired confidence that the cases will be dismissed as Poe is backed by law and by evidence to prove she is a natural-born Filipino.

Representatives Rodel Batocabe (Ako Bicol partylist) and Silvestre Bello III (1BAP partylist) said the cases were clearly aimed at driving away usual campaign donors who might support Poe’s candidacy.

Meanwhile, Poe earned the ire of Malacańang yesterday following her tirades against the Aquino administration over its supposed “quick fixes, last-minute remedies or band-aid solutions” to the most prevalent issues in the country.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Poe’s assessment of government actions is “inaccurate,” pointing out to the neophyte senator, who issued the statement on infrastructure, to understand that there are requisites to do such projects.

Coloma (photo) directed Poe to check the National Economic and Development Authority Website to further understand the depth of comprehensive feasibility studies for infrastructure projects, which take some time to complete.

The Philippine Development Plan, according to him, can also be found there.

“We also acknowledge the reality that nation-building involves long-term, medium-term and short-term projects. And long-term projects that go beyond the term of a single administration need to be pursued even if this would not be completed within six years,” the Palace official stressed.

He said it is the duty of the government to make long-term solutions, as opposed to Poe’s claims that the Aquino government is merely making patch work especially on the infrastructure projects she said “were started too late” by the administration.

Earlier, Poe mentioned the Skyway extension project, and the flyover from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex to Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City, as she claimed that the government is doing rushed-in projects just to boost its fight in 2016.

“A legacy should have a lasting positive effect rather than further embroiling society in problems once this administration leaves office. Rushing things can ruin things, so they say. And I’m afraid this is what’s happening now,” Poe was earlier quoted as saying.
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VP Binay’s role in APEC by Ellson Quismorio November 13, 2015 Share1 Tweet3 Share0 Email0 Share5

Vice President Jejomar Binay urged political parties to set aside differences during the conduct of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the country next week.

“This would show the world that Filipino leaders are united in showing the best that the country has to offer”, he said.

“APEC is a very important event that we should all support. We are hopeful that the agreements will promote real inclusive growth that uplifts those who have lesser in life,” the 2016 presidential candidate said in a statement.

“Let us set aside politics and do what needs to be done for the good of the country,” he added.

The 2016 elections are less than seven months away, and candidates especially those vying for national positions haven’t shied away in verbally attacking their opponents.

Binay himself has launched tirades against President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration, calling him “manhid at palpak” (insensitive and incompetent).

Binay is the chairman and standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party.

APEC role

Meanwhile, the Vice President bared during a press conference in La Union that he would be attending APEC functions and welcome the arriving heads of state as part of the protocol.

“Alam mo talaga ang protocol diyan, ang Vice President ay sasalubong doon sa mga heads of state. Iyon ho ang isa kong trabaho (That’s one of my jobs),” he said.

Binay also vowed to attend the receptions despite being at odds with the current administration.

“Pangalawa, bayan naman natin ito. Kahit na kami ay hindi nagkakasundo, a-attend ako sa mga receptions (Second, this is also my country, even if we don’t get along, I will still attend the receptions).”

Sources said that Binay hasn’t been invited to an official APEC event.

Meanwhile, Binay said he is confident that the Philippines will do a good job as host to the week-long economic forum and that the inherent hospitality of the Filipinos will shine throughout the event.


MANILA BULLETIN

Poe at risk of imprisonment by Samuel Medenilla November 13, 2015 (updated) Share0 Tweet3 Share0 Email0 Share9


POE

Senator Grace Poe could face possible jail time, but may still retain her position as senator, if proven she committed an electoral offence during the 2013 elections.

Manuel Luna, the legal counsel of presidential candidate Rizalito David, disclosed Poe is at risk of imprisonment if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) law department finds she lied about her Filipino citizenship in filing her certificate of candidacy for Senator in the 2013 polls.


Rizalito ‘Lito’ David shows the receipt of the P50,000 filing fee he paid for his petition to unseat Senator Grace Poe due to her alleged questionable citizenship at the Senate Electoral Tribunal in Quezon City, August 6, 2015. (Mark Balmores)

“This is not a disqualification or a cancellation case. This is an election offence case, where the gist of the allegation is whether or not she falsely represented or misrepresented in her COC the fact that she is a naturally-born Filipino citizen and has established a two-year residency prior to the 2013 elections,” Luna said.

Under the Comelec Omnibus Election Code, election offences are punishable by imprisonment of 6 to 12 years.

Luna issued the statement after Poe’s lawyer, George Manuel, submitted a 500-page counter-affidavit at the Comelec law department yesterday, November 13.

In the affidavit, Poe’s camp used her adoption, Philippine passport, and dual-citizenship to reiterate her Filipino citizenship despite being a foundling.

“We believe it is impossible that a foundling will be considered without any citizenship. A foundling is considered a Filipino citizen and at the same time a natural Filipino,” Manuel said.

It could be recalled that David filed the election offence charge against Poe at the Comelec law department last August.

Earlier, David also filed a separate case against Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) seeking to oust Poe in the senate due to questions in her citizenship.

With the submission of the counter-affidavit from Poe’s camp, the Comelec law department is expected to resolve the case before the end of the year.

“We expect about 30 days. 15 to 30 days, there will be a resolution. That is under rule 34 of the Comelec rules on procedures,” Luna said.

Luna, however, said the case will not affect Poe’s seat in the Senate since it is covered by the case he filed at SET.

The SET is scheduled to decide on Poe’s case next week.


PHILSTAR

3 justices oppose SC ruling on Junjun case By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 14, 2015 - 12:00am 3 841 googleplus0 0


Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

EDD GUMBAN MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) should have not abandoned the condonation doctrine when it ruled on the case of dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr., according to three justices.

In a 10-page concurring and dissenting opinion released yesterday, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin objected to the majority decision of the SC justices abandoning the doctrine that condones acts committed by reelected officials during their previous term.

Associate Justices Jose Perez and Teresita Leonardo-De Castro concurred with Bersamin’s opinion.

Bersamin said there was no need to decide on the constitutionality of the doctrine set by the high court itself in resolving the petition filed by the Office of the Ombudsman questioning the validity of the Court of Appeals (CA)’s resolution that enjoined it from implementing Binay’s preventive suspension over the allegedly anomalous Makati City Hall Building project.

The three justices agreed the condonation doctrine was misapplied in Binay’s case by the CA in the first place, saying it could only be applied to the administrative case against the mayor.

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In its ruling, the SC held that the condonation doctrine, which became part of Philippine jurisprudence in 1959, should be abandoned for lack of basis in the 1987 Constitution.

The three magistrates, however, explained the condonation doctrine should be applied only in case of the reelection of a public officer who is sought to be permanently removed from office as a result of his misconduct and not while he is undergoing investigation.

They pointed out that condonation applies to the penalty imposed after the conduct of an inquiry and not on Binay’s preventive suspension issued by the ombudsman.

According to Bersamin, preventive suspension pending conduct of an investigation was not yet a penalty in itself but merely a precaution to allow the ombudsman to probe the charges without the possibility of the respondent influencing the witnesses against him.


MANILA STANDARD

LP bets singing different tunes posted November 14, 2015 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito
 


ROBREDO

THE standard bearers of the ruling Liberal Party are not on the same page when it comes to their stance on economic reforms.

This became obvious after the party’s candidate for vice president, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo expressed her “openness” to amending the Constitution to relax some of its certain economic provisions, such as that limiting the foreign ownership of land in the country to 40 percent.

“I have nothing against constitutional amendments. However, it has something to be thoroughly discussed in Congress,” Robredo said in a television interview on Friday.

Her running mate, former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, is vehemently opposed to constitutional amendments.

“I don’t think our Constitution is our weakest link,” Roxas had told businessmen in Makati on Monday.

“It’s not our stumbling block to economic growth.”

A measure proposing to relax some of the Constitution’s overprotective economic provisions was discussed in Congress after Robredo was elected representative of Camarines Sur.

But Robredo said she wouldn’t have voted for the proposal because it had not been discussed thoroughly.

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Roxas had earlier said his opposition to amending the Constitution’s economic provisions stemmed from his experience as Trade secretary, when he learned that the problem was not the Constitution but red tape, graft and corruption and the issues in vital government units such as the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of Immigration, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and local government officials who abused and harassed them.

Roxas and Robredo also disagree on tax reform, where Roxas is against lowering the tax paid by workers but Robredo is in favor of, saying it will greatly benefit workers’ families.

“Tax reform is a social justice issue: those who have less should get more in life,” Robredo said. John Paolo Bencito


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