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PARIS: PNoy's MESSAGE TO WORLD LEADERS - HELP CLIMATE VULNERABLE NATIONS


DECEMBER 1 -World leaders pose for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. AP Photo/Jacky Naegelen, Pool Those with more should help those with less. This was President Aquino’s message to world leaders as he spoke here yesterday for countries most vulnerable to climate change. Failure to provide such help could wipe some nations off the map, the President warned in his three-minute national statement delivered before the 21st climate conference in this French capital. He said everyone should move beyond the blame game and contribute to efforts to address climate change. “It is time for a fair consensus to finally be reached. Our collective security depends on our ability to act,” Aquino told more than 140 world leaders who attended the conference. “We must therefore move beyond recrimination, learn from the past and work hand in hand to safeguard the welfare of our citizens and of the many generations to come. In this effort, no one is exempt; all must contribute,” he added. Aquino, in particular, called for a binding agreement that would provide financial assistance to developing countries facing climate risks. “As president of a nation increasingly affected by the new normal, I believe the real challenge begins with an accounting of capacities: how do we ask everyone to contribute, and how do we ask those with more to help out those with less?” the President said. “The Philippines, with the rest of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group that will soon grow to represent at least one billion people, makes our case. In the name of all our citizens, we ask you to give our proposal for more climate financing for developing countries the consideration it deserves,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: World vs climate change Billions pledged, but over a trillion dollars needed
[Aquino in his 3-minute speech: “Today, the Philippines, with the rest of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group that will soon grow to represent at least 1 billion people, makes our case. In the name of all our citizens, we ask you to give our proposal for more climate financing for developing countries the consideration it deserves,” the President said at the opening of the climate talks in Paris.]


DECEMBER 1 -United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris - www.euractiv.com Paris, France — Concerned by the devastating impact of climate change, nations of the world are trying to find a “common ground” and take urgent actions to promote low emission and climate resilient economies in the coming years with the cost most taxing for 48 poorest countries that will need $1 trillion to achieve their plans to tackle climate change. President Aquino, United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are among the 150 world leaders who have gathered on Monday in France to open the United Nations assembly tasked with forging a new global climate pact. UN climate summit host France will seek to titillate the tastebuds of the 150 world leaders with a 75-minute lunch it hopes will put them in the mood for making history. The meal will break what is set to be 12 hours or more of back-to-back, three-minute speeches by heads of state and government tasked with injecting a sense of mission into the conference meant to stave off disastrous global warming. Dubbed the COP21 negotiations, it will run from November 30 to December 11 and aims to produce an agreement that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will take effect from 2020. The goal of the historic UN event is to prevent global warming by more than two degrees Centigrade and prevent disastrous effects of climate change. Ahead of the high-stakes climate change negotiations, tens of billions of dollars for research and development on clean energy technology in order to fight global warming have already been pledged. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, Obama and French President Francois Hollande was set to announce the new initiative and the commitment to spend tens of billions of dollars for a technological fix to the planet’s climate woes. $1 TRILLION NEEDED But researchers said the world’s 48 poorest countries will need to find around a trillion dollars between 2020 and 2030 to achieve their plans to tackle climate change – and those plans should be a priority for international funding. Estimates based on plans submitted by the least-developed countries (LDCs) toward a new United Nations (UN) deal to curb global warming show they will cost some $93 billion a year from 2020, when an agreement expected to be ironed out in Paris over the next two weeks is due to take effect. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino admin has set P132B for climate change


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THE AQUINO administration has set aside P132 billion for climate change-related projects in the 2016 national budget, proof of its commitment to make vulnerable communities resilient to weather disturbances and other natural disasters, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Of this amount, nearly P60 billion will go to flood-control projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “The construction of flood-control facilities covering 18 major river basins and principal rivers and watersheds by the DPWH will amount to P59.8 billion,” said the DBM. Other projects tagged as climate change-related expenditures include “reforestation of 1.5 million hectares of land under the six-year National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has an allocation of P10.2 billion, and the building of farm-to-market roads, amounting to P12.9 billion, under the Department of Agriculture.” Jerry E. Esplanada THE FULL REPORT

ALSO with OFWs in Rome: PNoy on BBL passage to reporters: 'It's not a personal monument, but I hope it happens during my time'.


DECEMBER 5 -President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the children at the meeting with the Filipino Community in Rome for a snap shot at the Leptis Magna Function Room of the Ergife Palace Hotel during his official visit. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Joseph Vidal
ROME – Despite quorum issues in Congress, President Benigno Aquino III remains optimistic about the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which he described as “inevitable.”
Aquino said the proposed BBL should be enacted sooner than later, believing that the farther away from the elections, the better its chances of being passed. The president, however, admitted that it is possible that the measure, which seeks to create a Bangsamoro political entity with enhanced autonomy, may not become a law within his term. “I am still confident that there is still a very strong push that can be made. Of course, we’d want it to happen sooner rather than later, but at the end of the day, I think the movement towards having the BBL in its present form or (with some minor changes) is just a question of time,” Aquino told journalists who covered his four-day visit here. “It will happen. But I repeat, it (BBL) is not my personal monument. I’m sure it will happen. When will it happen? I hope during my time. If not, I think it is inevitable that we will have such law,” he added. The passage of the proposed BBL has been hampered by low attendance at the House of Representatives, causing worries among peace advocates who claim that the measure is the solution to the longstanding conflict in Mindanao. READ MORE...RELATED, Noy serves as Mar’s attack dog, blasts rivals...

ALSO: Ilongga beauty Angelia Ong is Miss Earth 2015


DECEMBER 6 -Proud Ilongga beauty Angelia Gabrena Ong made history when she won the Miss Earth 2015 title for the Philippines. This is the first time in 15 years that a country bagged the title in a row.
The 25-year-old titleholder is also a Marketing Management graduate from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and a reporter for casino gaming news website Calvin Ayre. Among her more adorable achievements, aside from winning the pageant, is experiencing her first snow in Vienna, Austria.
Ong started out in Bb. Pilipinas in 2011, during which she bagged a special award (Face of Bb. Pilipinas 2011), but was unplaced. Undeterred by the loss, Ong tried her luck in the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 pageant and took home the crown after impressing the judges with her progressive view on same sex marriage. She left no room for doubt during the Question and Answer portion, saying, “If you feel that that is love, then so be it.” She once again displayed a graceful combination of beauty and brains in Miss Earth 2015 when she suggested a confident slogan for the pageant, “We will, because we can.” Ong is the third Filipina to win the Miss Earth title, following Karla Henry (Miss Earth 2008) and Jamie Herrell (Miss Earth 2014). —AT, GMA News Show comments Filipina Angelia Ong was crowned 2015 Miss Earth at the Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in Manila), giving the Philippines back-to-back titles in the beauty contest. Ong, a 25-year-old marketing management student at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, beat more than 80 contestants from around the world. READ MORE...


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P-Noy: Help climate vulnerable nations


World leaders pose for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. AP Photo/Jacky Naegelen, Pool

PARIS, DECEMBER 7, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero December 1, 2015 - Those with more should help those with less.

This was President Aquino’s message to world leaders as he spoke here yesterday for countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Failure to provide such help could wipe some nations off the map, the President warned in his three-minute national statement delivered before the 21st climate conference in this French capital.

He said everyone should move beyond the blame game and contribute to efforts to address climate change.

“It is time for a fair consensus to finally be reached. Our collective security depends on our ability to act,” Aquino told more than 140 world leaders who attended the conference.

“We must therefore move beyond recrimination, learn from the past and work hand in hand to safeguard the welfare of our citizens and of the many generations to come. In this effort, no one is exempt; all must contribute,” he added.

Aquino, in particular, called for a binding agreement that would provide financial assistance to developing countries facing climate risks.

“As president of a nation increasingly affected by the new normal, I believe the real challenge begins with an accounting of capacities: how do we ask everyone to contribute, and how do we ask those with more to help out those with less?” the President said.

“The Philippines, with the rest of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group that will soon grow to represent at least one billion people, makes our case. In the name of all our citizens, we ask you to give our proposal for more climate financing for developing countries the consideration it deserves,” he added.

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The Climate Vulnerable Forum or V20 is an international partnership of small countries facing high risks due to a warming planet. The Philippines is the chairman this year of the forum composed of Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Maldives, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Barbados, Kenya, Tuvalu, Bhutan, Kiribati, Rwanda, Vanuatu, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Saint Lucia and Vietnam.

Aquino said he has been informed that since 2010, disasters have claimed more than 50,000 lives from the V20 countries.

“This number will increase exponentially in the near future. Consider further the danger faced by island-nations such as Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Maldives, whose existence is threatened by rising water levels,” he said.

“Their extinction will be a certainty, unless we pursue realizable goals that acknowledge that, for some nations, the fight against climate change is a matter of survival.”

Aquino said the economic costs of climate change amount to $44.9 billion for the V20 countries and that failure to act on the problem could raise the amount to almost ten-fold by 2030.

“We are ready to do our part, if other nations demonstrate support in terms of finance, technology development and capacity building,” he said.

Thorny issues

The financing of vulnerable countries’ climate adaptation and mitigation programs is expected to be one of the sticky issues during the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), which started yesterday and will end on Dec. 11.

Developing countries like the Philippines are lobbying for a deal that will require developed countries to support the climate programs of vulnerable states. Some groups, however, are pushing for an agreement that will impose the same obligation to all parties.

Negotiators are also expected to debate on details such as the sources and the amount of financing and the kind of support to be extended to developing countries.

There are also differences with regard to the goal of the COP21. While the conference seeks to come up with a landmark deal that will limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, the Philippines and the rest of V20 want the target to be lowered to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Philippine climate negotiators have admitted that the 12-day climate talks will not be easy but remain optimistic that a binding agreement will be crafted.

While not a major pollutant, the Philippines has vowed to implement an ambitious emission reduction target as its contribution to the global fight against climate change.

The country will work to cut emissions by 70 percent by 2030 if it receives assistance like financial resources, technology development and transfer and capability building.

Aquino noted that during the visit of French President Francois Hollande to the Philippines last February, they launched the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change, which highlighted the need to give voice to vulnerable countries.

“At the heart of this call is the stark reality that countries like the Philippines bear a disproportionate amount of the burden when it comes to climate change,” he said.

“The appeal we made in Manila asks all peoples to act and come to an agreement that allows all voices to be heard, and takes into consideration our particular situations as nations.”

Philippine efforts Aquino claimed that the Philippines has been working to break what he called “the vicious cycle of destruction and reconstruction,” where affected locales slide back into an impoverished state with one calamity.

He said the primary challenge has been to move affected residents to less vulnerable areas and to step up measures to mitigate the effects of climate change.

“We are indeed hard pressed to build back better, especially in the aftermath of Haiyan (Yolanda) and I must submit: we cannot do this in isolation,” Aquino said, referring to a typhoon that claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people in 2013.

He said the Philippines – a country visited by about 20 cyclones every year – is ready to share its experiences, knowledge and best practices in handling disasters.

“Despite our fiscal limitations, and despite the fact that we have one of the smallest carbon footprints in the world, the Philippines continues to pursue vital reforms to address climate change,” he said.


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World vs climate change; Billions pledged, but over a trillion dollars needed December 1, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share26 By Genalyn D. Kabiling, Reuters, and AP


United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris - www.euractiv.com 

Paris, France — Concerned by the devastating impact of climate change, nations of the world are trying to find a “common ground” and take urgent actions to promote low emission and climate resilient economies in the coming years with the cost most taxing for 48 poorest countries that will need $1 trillion to achieve their plans to tackle climate change.

President Aquino, United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are among the 150 world leaders who have gathered on Monday in France to open the United Nations assembly tasked with forging a new global climate pact.

UN climate summit host France will seek to titillate the tastebuds of the 150 world leaders with a 75-minute lunch it hopes will put them in the mood for making history.

The meal will break what is set to be 12 hours or more of back-to-back, three-minute speeches by heads of state and government tasked with injecting a sense of mission into the conference meant to stave off disastrous global warming.

Dubbed the COP21 negotiations, it will run from November 30 to December 11 and aims to produce an agreement that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will take effect from 2020. The goal of the historic UN event is to prevent global warming by more than two degrees Centigrade and prevent disastrous effects of climate change.

Ahead of the high-stakes climate change negotiations, tens of billions of dollars for research and development on clean energy technology in order to fight global warming have already been pledged.

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, Obama and French President Francois Hollande was set to announce the new initiative and the commitment to spend tens of billions of dollars for a technological fix to the planet’s climate woes.

$1 TRILLION NEEDED

But researchers said the world’s 48 poorest countries will need to find around a trillion dollars between 2020 and 2030 to achieve their plans to tackle climate change – and those plans should be a priority for international funding.

Estimates based on plans submitted by the least-developed countries (LDCs) toward a new United Nations (UN) deal to curb global warming show they will cost some $93 billion a year from 2020, when an agreement expected to be ironed out in Paris over the next two weeks is due to take effect.

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That includes $53.8 billion annually to reduce emissions and $39.9 billion to deal with more extreme weather and rising seas, according to a report from the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).


Andrew Norton is director of IIED. He is an applied anthropologist who works to promote social and environmental justice.

IIED Director Andrew Norton said the least-developed countries currently get less than a third of all international climate funding provided by wealthy governments.

“A fair and effective deal at Paris should prioritize the investment of international public climate finance for this group to implement their climate action plans, while agreeing measures to help better-off countries attract private climate finance,”he said in a statement.

The least-developed countries – from Ethiopia to Zambia, and Yemen and Pacific island nations – are home to some of the poorest communities who are suffering the worst impacts of intensifying droughts, floods, storms and crumbling coastlines.

Yet they produce just a tiny fraction of the planet-warming gases that drive climate change.

Such countries have a widespread lack of resources and expertise to tackle climate change. But all 48 have produced so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to a new global climate deal.

These plans set out how they will curb their emissions from 2020 – by shifting to renewable power sources, such as solar, or building cleaner public transport, for example.

THE PH POSITION

With the survival of the most vulnerable countries at stake, the Philippines has called for a “fair consensus” on a global climate rescue accord, including increased financial aid for nations to become more resilient to global warming.

Addressing the historic UN assembly in France, President Aquino asserted that governments must scale up climate finance for 20 countries including the Philippines that have “disproportionate amount of the burden” when it comes to global warming.

“Today, the Philippines, with the rest of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group that will soon grow to represent at least 1 billion people, makes our case. In the name of all our citizens, we ask you to give our proposal for more climate financing for developing countries the consideration it deserves,” the President said in his three-minute statement at the opening of the climate talks in Paris.

Aquino likewise sought the international support as the CVF finalizes the Manila-Paris Declaration, “which presents our aspirations for a world that is resilient and just, one where no one is left behind.”

World leaders have converged in Paris, France for the start of the COP21 negotiations aimed at inking a robust global agreement to bring down carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

Back in the Copenhagen summit in 2009, rich countries promised to raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poor countries fight climate change. But these developed countries have yet to present a clear roadmap on how to provide such funds, which are supposed to assist developing nations to shift to clean and renewable energy and protect people from extreme consequences of climate change.

The financial package is seen as an important element to reaching the international pact in Paris that would keep global warming to two degrees Celsius.

Hoping there will be no repeat of the failed talks in Copenhagen six years ago, the President expressed hope that world nations would set aside “recrimination” and work together to forge a strong climate action pact in Paris this time.

“What our nations failed to do in Copenhagen in 2009, we must achieve here in Paris in 2015. It is time for a fair consensus to finally be reached. Our collective security depends on our ability to act,” Aquino said.

“We must therefore move beyond recrimination, learn from the past, and work hand in hand to safeguard the welfare of our citizens and of the many generations to come. In this effort, no one is exempt; all must contribute,” he added.

In his remarks before fellow world leaders, the President warned that economic impact of global warming is already costing $44.9 billion for the 20 vulnerable countries. “Inaction will cost us even more, as this number is set to grow almost 10-fold by 2030, amounting to $400 billion,” Aquino said.

Aquino likewise cautioned that more lives will be put at risk if a strong climate action plan is not approved.

PROTESTERS: NO PLANET B

In Australia, more than half a million people from Australia to Paraguay joined the biggest day of climate change activism in history on Sunday, telling world leaders gathering for a summit in Paris there is “No Planet B” in the fight against global warming.

In the French capital, where demonstrations were banned by the authorities after attacks by Islamic State militants killed 130 people on Nov. 13, activists laid out more than 20,000 shoes in the Place de la Republique to symbolize absent marchers on the eve of the summit.

Among the high heels and sandals were a pair of plain black shoes sent by Pope Francis, who has been a vocal advocate for action to prevent dangerous climate change, and jogging shoes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

One activist, dressed in white as an angel with large wings, held a sign saying “coal kills.” About 10,000 people joined arms to form a human chain through Paris along the 3-km (2-mile) route of the banned march, organizers said.


INQUIRER

P132B for climate change @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:06 AM December 7th, 2015


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THE AQUINO administration has set aside P132 billion for climate change-related projects in the 2016 national budget, proof of its commitment to make vulnerable communities resilient to weather disturbances and other natural disasters, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Of this amount, nearly P60 billion will go to flood-control projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“The construction of flood-control facilities covering 18 major river basins and principal rivers and watersheds by the DPWH will amount to P59.8 billion,” said the DBM.

Other projects tagged as climate change-related expenditures include “reforestation of 1.5 million hectares of land under the six-year National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has an allocation of P10.2 billion, and the building of farm-to-market roads, amounting to P12.9 billion, under the Department of Agriculture.” Jerry E. Esplanada


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PNoy on BBL passage: Question of time By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 5, 2015 - 3:24pm 1 30 googleplus0 0


President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the children at the meeting with the Filipino Community in Rome for a snap shot at the Leptis Magna Function Room of the Ergife Palace Hotel during his official visit. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Joseph Vidal

ROME – Despite quorum issues in Congress, President Benigno Aquino III remains optimistic about the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which he described as “inevitable.”

Aquino said the proposed BBL should be enacted sooner than later, believing that the farther away from the elections, the better its chances of being passed.

The president, however, admitted that it is possible that the measure, which seeks to create a Bangsamoro political entity with enhanced autonomy, may not become a law within his term.

“I am still confident that there is still a very strong push that can be made. Of course, we’d want it to happen sooner rather than later, but at the end of the day, I think the movement towards having the BBL in its present form or (with some minor changes) is just a question of time,” Aquino told journalists who covered his four-day visit here.

“It will happen. But I repeat, it (BBL) is not my personal monument. I’m sure it will happen. When will it happen? I hope during my time. If not, I think it is inevitable that we will have such law,” he added.

The passage of the proposed BBL has been hampered by low attendance at the House of Representatives, causing worries among peace advocates who claim that the measure is the solution to the longstanding conflict in Mindanao.

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If enacted, the BBL would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with a Bangsamoro entity with greater economic and political powers.

The measure, however, is facing stiff opposition from some groups who question the legality of some of its provisions including the giving of taxing powers to the Bangsamoro government and the inclusion of areas that do not want join the new entity.

Critics of the proposed BBL have vowed to challenge the constitutionality of the BBL before the Supreme Court once the measure is signed into law by the president.

Aquino believes there is no deliberate effort to prevent the passage of the proposed BBL during his term.

“I don’t think it’s a deliberate move although some quarters were probably encouraging it. At the end of the day, next year we face elections,” the president said.

“I did say that the earlier we craft this proposed measure, and farther away from both the budget and next year’s elections, the better the chances of passing it in a timely manner and in enabling the transition authority to demonstrate the difference of their governance,” he added.

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Noy serves as Mar’s attack dog, blasts rivals
Written by Joshua L. Labonera Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:00


COMPOSITE PHOTOS OF ROXAS AND AQUINO

Says foes will charge him for ‘clean intentions’

At a meeting with the Filipino community based in Rome, Italy, a very unpresidential President Aquino went on a political blasting spree Friday against the current presidential aspirants and foes of administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas, warning voters of lofty but empty promises claimed by rivals of the Liberal Party (LP) candidate.

In a speech before the Filipino community abroad, Aquino said he wants voters to consider continuity by blasting Roxas opponents, whom he claimed would pull down the progress of his so-called straight path.

Although the President did not mention any names, his remarks were distinctly for each presidential candidate with the exemption of Roxas, whom he vowed to campaign as his anointed for the 2016 elections.

“Let us analyze our choices. There are those accused of corrupting public funds for a very long time. If the allegations were true and this person indeed stole, what would be left to spend for improving lives as he promised?” Aquino asked voters.

The President is believed to be alluding to Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, whom the administration and its allies have demonized by portraying him as corrupt, without, however, any evidence of Binay’s alleged corruption.

Binay camp hits Aquino over Italy speech

Vice Presidential spokesman for political affairs, lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho yesterday lashed back at Aquino for the speech he delivered before overseas Filipino workers, saying this could be a signal to resume demolition jobs against the Vice President.

“We find it unfortunate that the President has forgotten his statement last year that Vice President Binay should be presumed innocent, a right accorded to all individuals under our Constitution,” said Quicho.

“But the President’s latest jab can be interpreted as a signal to resume the demolition work on the Vice President,” he added.



First to be hit was Binay when Aquino told his audience, “There’s one who’s been accused of stealing from the nation’s coffers for a long time. If the allegations are true and this person is corrupt, then how can the great life that he has promised to people be funded?”

Binay, has been the subject of more than a year of a Senate subcommittee investigation, having been alleged to have amassed billions of pesos from government projects by an admittedly corrupt witness in former Makati Vice Mayor who is heavily engaged in gambling.

Aquino also attacked Sen. Grace Poe whom he said is running on a vague platform, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, whose platform he said was based on killing those who opposr him and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago whom he described to be hallucinating when she declared she will win througn a rigorous campaign through social media.

Nonetheless, Quicho said they have long expected the demolition job against the vice president to step up as the campaign period nears.

“We are bracing ourselves but we will not be deterred from talking to the people about the Vice President’s programs to address poverty, hunger and unemployment,” Quicho said.

Quicho however reminded Aquino that if he is really sincere in presenting the options for the people in the coming 2016 elections, his appraisal of all the presidential candidates should not exclude the administration candidate.

“He occupied several key positions in the Cabinet for the last five years, yet through his (Roxas’) incompetence and inaction only made situations worse,” Quicho noted.

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“The MRT is in a worse state now. Traffic is now a daily hell for commuters and motorists. Licenses and car plates take forever. Billions in funds for local governments, water projects, developmental programs remain unreleased and trapped in a bureaucratic limbo of his own making,” Quicho narrated.

Worse, Binay’s spokesman said, citizens now live in fear and no longer feel safe in their homes.

“We have rampant criminality, unsolved killings of judges and journalists, and a drug menace that has infected almost all barangays in the country,” he said.

These, Quicho said, are concrete issues that need concrete answers from the administration candidate.

“He is, after all, running on a platform of continuity. For ordinary citizens, this means continuing the insensitive and inefficient governance that has failed to address poverty, hunger and unemployment,” said Quicho.

Binay, in an earlier interview, said that he expects himself to be the next target of the administration’s black propaganda ops after the disqualification of Sen. Grace Poe from the race, which he believes to be part of the LP’s grand plot to eliminate all candidates for president before Election Day.

Unlike the claims of Aquino and Malacañang that he has not been responding to allegations, Binay filed a P200 million libel suit against his accusers, in turn answering all accusations of corruptions against him before the courts.

Noy expects foes to charge him after June 2016

Aquino said that he expects that his political rivals will come after him after he steps down from Malacañang in 2016, when another president is elected. The president, while in office, is immunde from suit.

Previous stories ran in newspapers noted that Aquino and LP stalwarts fear being ousted from power as their opponents would run after them for their misdeeds, namely over the supposed budget catalyst Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“Our fight is not yet over: When I step down from office, all the fraud we held accountable would take their revenge, to scare all, like us who have clean intentions. I am ready to face this, because it is clear to me that when you agree to maintain the status quo, the country will be stagnant,” he said.

The president’s men, namely Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, are being chased by charges, either for their lackluster performance or intention to mishandle public funds in their respective offices.

Aquino serves as chairman of the LP, while Abad and Abaya are its strategist and president, respectively.

Noy bashes Poe



Poe was likewise alluded to by Aquino, chiding the presidential hopeful for saying that she would reach beyond present administration’s advancements, but stressed that the candidate he refers to has no context and program, promising only a new dawn but has not said how how claimed program can be implemented.

Aquino fueled the belief that he was referring to Poe by mentioning the slogan of her television commercial bragging of a “new morning,” similar to that of her adoptive father’s, Fernando Poe Jr, when he ran for president in 2004.

“There is one who promised to surpass all we have achieved. If that would happen, I would applaud. But if we listen carefully, not once did this person mention how to fulfill such promises,” the President said.

“This person thinks that when elected, ( she) will wake up the next day with a new morning, that there will be solutions to all the problems mentioned,” he added.

Poe and her camp yesterday said they did not feel alluded to in the campaign speech of Aquino.

“Poe is definitely not the candidate being referred to. Poe’s candidacy hinges on building on the gains of the current administration,” her designated spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said.

“Numerous times, she has acknowledged that the current administration has fostered economic growth and good governance. She aims to build on those gains. Furthermore, as a candidate she has laid out a detailed plan on where to take the country as early as when she announced her candidacy,” he added.

Poe herself refused to counter the President’s snide remarks saying that she’s in agreement with him in acknowledging the fact that there’s no easy solution to the pressing problems the country is facing.

She said Aquino is correct in saying that “the process is not easy, which is why it is important that the leader who will be elected is the canidate who is the real chice of the people,” she said in a press conference in Surigao City.

It appears that Poe believes she will win hands down the presidency, despite the fact that there are about six months before actual poll date and hat she has dropped in ranking.
Poe maintained that she continues to hold President Aquino in high regard even as the political discussions heat up leading to the 2016 elections.

“For me, the President and I both love our country and both of us dream of resolving all of our problems,” she said.


June 22 photo:
Pres. Aquino and Sen. Poe met again --Senator Poe had a six-hour meeting with the President. She said that the president wants her to be part of the administration that would continue what he has done. Aquino’s announcement for his administration’s presidential candidate would be after his SONA. Less than a week after a six-hour dinner in Malacañang, President Aquino and Sen. Grace Poe met anew Monday afternoon, this time talking for five hours. At the meeting, Poe said she sensed the “very difficult position” the President was in. “I understand and sympathize with his predicament and situation,” Poe said in a text message. “I consider him a true and sincere friend and he has my utmost respect,” she added. By Leila V. Salaverria, Maila Ager, Philippine Daily Inquirer June 22, 2015.

She added her own blasts at her foes, however. “What I can say is that I can be trusted not to steal public funds and that I will not side with anyone if they are not going to help the country. You can rely on me to work faster,” Poe added.

Denying invitations from the administration to become Roxas’ running mate, Poe became critical of the administration during her campaign launch. Ever since, the neophyte lawmaker made the rounds, criticizing the administration’s lack, particularly on public service.

The lady senator was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division earlier this week. She believes that her rivals, particularly Roxas and Binay, are behind the plot, with both the Palace and the Vice President’s camp denying her accusations.

Poe and Binay are front runners in pre-election surveys, ahead of administration bet Roxas, who after enjoying a temporary bump in poll figures has remained a cellar dweller.

Duterte and Santiago too



Aquino also lashed out at Duterte and Senator Santiago, mocking their respective forms of self-promotion. Both Duterte and Santiago are known to be feisty, with the former banking on an iron hand and killing while the latter on social media popularity.

“There is one who claims that he would kill many. There is another who will use social media to campaign – I guess, this person is not aware that you cannot build roads and feed the hungry using Facebook alone,” the President said.

Duterte recently drew flak for his lack of remorse in claiming that he would kill criminals without due process and in cursing Pope Francis over traffic caused by his visit in January.

Santiago, on the other hand, is lagging in the surveys despite popularity in social media.

The Davao City mayor is being hounded by questions on the legitimacy of his bid through substitution. The lady senator’s sincerity, has also reaped disdain, as she refuses to reveal her medical records for supposedly surviving Stage 4 Lung cancer in just a year.

Aquino went on bashing hopefuls for 2016, even dragging vice presidential aspirant and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., noting that he is only, by posture, claiming that he will do right without expressing any remorse on the Marcos regime’ crimes.



“I will add another running for a different position. This person is posing himself as someone who will do right – but he would not admit to the wrong deeds he’s done in the past. Isn’t it that if (he) will not admit to fault, (he) will think it is right,” Aquino said.

“If (he) thinks it is right, (he) is likely to repeat it,” the President added, alluding to the fact that Marcos refuses to apologize for the atrocities of his father, late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, during Martial Law.

The President called on Filipinos to scrutinize candidates, saying he trusts that they will know who they must choose. He said that the people know how the country should run, saying they will not be fooled by television ads.

“Why would we go to those who only promise, or those who may fill the promise, when we have someone we are with that already took part and pursued to reach the transformation of the country,” Aquino said, in reference to Roxas. With Charlie V. Manalo and Angie M. Rosales

3 comments
Virgilio
Hoy Panot kahit ano pa ang gawin mo diyan ay wala ng maniiwala sa iyo. MONGOLOID KA!!!
Virgilio Friday, 04 December 2015 23:17 Comment Link
Inocent
PNoy must be very worried and scared what will happen to him if Boy driver Mart and the american girl Grace will not make it in the 20165 election. Now he is acting as the campaign manager and head spokesman of his favorite Mar Roxas, hoping that Mar Roxas will improve his survey status which is nailed down, never improving. Why wont Rep. Erice make another survey so PNoy will not be so worried. because now he is talking about "good intentions'" which he never talked about before.

Inocent Friday, 04 December 2015 18:59 Comment Link
Johnny Ramos
Pnoy should blame himself on the poor showing of Mar Roxas in the poll surveys although these are not conclusive. Pnoy should accept by now that the masses are not satisfied with his performance for the last 5 years and a half of running our government. Puro na lang panisisi ang ginagawa niya at pati si Bongbong sinisiisi niya sa mga ginawa ni Marcos nuon. Ganti na ito ng tao sa kanya at tulad niya si Mar Roxas ay wala din nagawa na gagugulatan ng bayan. It is time to accept defeat kung ayaw niyang mag sorry sa atin.

Johnny Ramos Friday, 04 December 2015 17:40 Comment Link

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Noy confused about Comelec ruling on Poe’s DQ case By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


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ROME – President Aquino admitted that he finds the circumstances surrounding the decision of the Commission on Elections’ Second Division to disqualify Sen. Grace Poe as “convoluted.”

When asked by a television reporter to react to the Comelec ruling on Poe last Friday, Aquino said he could only offer tentative answers.

“We asked for a copy (of the ruling). It isn’t that long; it’s about 34 pages. I have read it three times and some points were not that clear,” the President said.

Citing the ruling, Aquino noted that then Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr. issued an order granting Poe’s petition for the reacquisition of Philippine citizenship in 2006.

“It seems that in 2006, what Al Fernandez said was very clear. But since Sen. Poe is a foundling and the identity of her parents has not been established, how do you establish that her parents are Filipinos? Was the appreciation of the BID (Bureau of Immigration and Deportation) right or wrong?” Aquino said.

“Add to that her (Poe) travels on a passport that is not a Philippine passport at a time that she took oath in the Philippines,” he added.

Aquino said he has asked Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and other lawyers to brief him about the decision, but admitted that he still could not figure out some things.

“I asked for a briefing and repeatedly went over the points but I still have many questions,” he said.

Aquino also noted that in 2001, Poe gained her American citizenship but renounced it five years later. He, however, claimed there are conflicting timelines in the Comelec decision.

“There is a portion there about the consul of America, I think in 2011 or if I remember it right, 2010, there was a Filipino notary public and she renounced (her citizenship) there,” he said.

Aquino, who admitted that he is no expert in immigration law, also questioned what passport the senator used when she acquired her dual citizenship.

“In 2010 I appointed her (as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) and she supposedly renounced her (American) citizenship. But there was action with the consul the year after according to this document. And before that, she acquired (Filipino citizensip) in 2006,” the President said.

“There’s clarity and at the same time it leads to so many more questions.” 

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Aquino nevertheless said it’s not for him to decide on the problem since the Comelec and the Senate Electoral Tribunal are independent bodies.

Poe, who has been topping polls on presidential bets, was disqualified from running for president due to her failure to meet the 10-year residency requirement mandated by the Constitution.

Poe has vowed to appeal the decision before the Supreme Court.

She is also convinced that her rivals, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II, are behind the disqualification cases filed against her.

Binay and Roxas have denied the allegations.

Aquino said Poe’s citizenship was not discussed in detail when he appointed her as MTRCB chairperson.

“She kept telling me that she had a panel of lawyers who have studied the matter and they were ready to answer any and all questions and I took it at face value,” Aquino said.

When asked whether he is glad that Poe rejected his offer to become the vice presidential candidate of the Liberal Party, Aquino did not give a direct answer.

Aquino said that he likes LP vice presidential bet and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as a candidate.


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“I like the things that she’s been saying. She is of the same fold without an iota of divergence, in a sense,” Aquino said.

“It’s more total – I’m talking about Leni and Mar — as opposed to we support you 85 percent or 90 percent. I have more confidence to say that the present line up, I can fully support them without an iota of doubt or uncertainty,” he added.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said that the odds are stacked against Poe in her motion for reconsideration before the Comelec en banc with regard to the decision by the poll body’s Second Division to disqualify her as a presidential candidate.

Pimentel said that the three members of the Comelec’s Second Division that ruled to disqualify Poe would be part of the en banc that is composed of all six commissioners plus the chairman.

He said that the three would just need one more vote to uphold the Second Division’s ruling against Poe.

“It would be difficult for Senator Grace to reverse this,” said Pimentel, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pimentel emphasized that the issue being faced by Poe is one that is legal and not political or moral as argued by many on her side.

“I wish her all the best,” he said.

Pimentel is president of PDP-Laban, which has Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as its presidential candidate.

Acting on the petition filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo, the Comelec’s Second Division voted unanimously to disqualify Poe as a presidential candidate.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III said that he is hopeful that the Comelec en banc would take a different view from that of the Second Division and vote in favor of Poe. – With Marvin Sy


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Ilongga beauty Angelia Ong is Miss Earth 2015 Published December 6, 2015 11:50am


Proud Ilongga beauty Angelia Gabrena Ong made history when she won the Miss Earth 2015 title for the Philippines. This is the first time in 15 years that a country bagged the title in a row.

The 25-year-old titleholder is also a Marketing Management graduate from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and a reporter for casino gaming news website Calvin Ayre. Among her more adorable achievements, aside from winning the pageant, is experiencing her first snow in Vienna, Austria.

Ong started out in Bb. Pilipinas in 2011, during which she bagged a special award (Face of Bb. Pilipinas 2011), but was unplaced. Undeterred by the loss, Ong tried her luck in the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 pageant and took home the crown after impressing the judges with her progressive view on same sex marriage. She left no room for doubt during the Question and Answer portion, saying, “If you feel that that is love, then so be it.”


ANGELIA ONG IS MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH 2015 Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

She once again displayed a graceful combination of beauty and brains in Miss Earth 2015 when she suggested a confident slogan for the pageant, “We will, because we can.”

Ong is the third Filipina to win the Miss Earth title, following Karla Henry (Miss Earth 2008) and Jamie Herrell (Miss Earth 2014). —AT, GMA News Show comments

Filipina Angelia Ong was crowned 2015 Miss Earth at the Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in Manila), giving the Philippines back-to-back titles in the beauty contest.

Ong, a 25-year-old marketing management student at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, beat more than 80 contestants from around the world.

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She succeeded the crown from 2014 Miss Earth Jamie Herrell, also a Filipina.

It is the first time in 15 years since two Filipinas won the title in a row.


Philippines' Jamie Herrell crowned Miss Earth 2014 at the 14th edition of the pageant held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman. (Facebook: Miss Earth Pageant page)

The runners-up were: Dayanna Grageda of Australia, who was named Miss Earth Air (first runner-up); Brittany Payne as Miss Earth Water (second runner-up) and Thiessa Sickert as Miss Earth Fire (third runner-up).

In a Radio ng Bayan interview, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma commended Ong on her victory.

"Ipinaparating po natin kay Binibining Angelia Ong ang pagbati ng buong bansa dahil sa kanyang tagumpay sa pageant ng Miss Earth. Ito po ay pagpapatunay muli sa kagandahan, katalinuhan, at kahusayan ng kababaihang Pilipina at ng mga Pilipino sa mga pandaigdigang kompetisyon na idinaraos din naman para palawigin ang pakikipagkaibigan at kooperasyon ng iba't ibang bansa," Coloma was quoted saying during the interview, "Congratulations po at best wishes para sa kanya." —ALG/AT, GMA News


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