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POE CAMP: 'DUTERTE IS NEXT', TELLS MAYOR ROXAS IS COMING AFTER YOU


DECEMBER 10 -Vigil. Supporters of Senator Grace Poe flock outside the Commission on Elections building in Intramuros, Manila, where a hearing will decide on Poe’s qualification to run for president in 2016. Danny Pata
- SUPPORTERS of presidential aspirant  Grace Poe on Wednesday claimed that Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II was behind all the attacks on his rivals, and warned Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he was next.
In a press conference, Adopt Grace Poe Movement president Rez Cortez said they saw a pattern in which Roxas, who lags in all opinion polls, is eliminating competitors who are ahead of him. “You can say there is a conspiracy in the moves,” Cortez said in Filipino, citing the filing of a disqualification case against Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal by Rizalito David, and four other cases filed before the Commission on Elections. Cortez said he can see the “pattern of elimination” starting with presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was leading in the polls until the Roxas camp would launch attacks that would discredit him and take voters away from him. When Poe began to top the surveys, Roxas’ camp used different lawyers to file cases against her, Cortez claimed. “There is a pattern. When Vice President Binay was number one in the surveys, they moved to eliminate him. When Senator Poe became number one in the surveys, she became the target,” Cortez said. “Now Mayor Duterte is number one in the survey, so he should get ready because they will plan to eliminate him too,” Cortez added. Binay’s ratings declined after he and his family were implicated in allegations of corruption in the Makati Building II project. A day after Poe filed her Certificate of Candidacy in October, four individuals filed petitions against her—a development that Cortez said was suspicious. He questioned why the cases were being treated separately and not consolidated so that the issue could be settled quickly. Last week, the Comelec 2nd Division cancelled Poe’s CoC for material misrepresentation, favoring the petition of Estrella Elamparo. There are three other petitions pending with the Comelc’s 1st Division. David was the first to file a petition against Poe, questioning her qualification to sit as a senator, and arguing that she could not be a natural-born Filipino because she was a foundling and her parents were not known. Cortez alleged that David was a former member of Roxas’ staff, while Elamparo was in a law firm that handled several cases for Roxas’ friends. He added that former University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez, who also filed a petition against Poe, was coerced into doing so—but he did not say by whom. Cortez challenged Roxas to fight fairly. “Even though you have a lot of resources, those will run out,” he said. Senator Francis Escudero, Poe’s running mate, said they are more than willing to face David in the Supreme Court, after David challenged the SET decision in favor of Poe. “This is part of the legal process that any aggrieved party can pursue. We will again face him in the Supreme Court,” Escudero said, after David challenged the SET ruling dismissing his petition. READ MORE...

ALSO GRACE SUPPORTERS ALLEGATION: 'The Firm’ is behind anti-Poe conspiracy


DECEMBER 9 -DAVID LINKED TO ROXAS CAMP?
Supporters of Grace Poe said there is a “conspiracy” to stop the senator from running for the presidency in 2016, alleging that such a plot could be traced to the camp of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd. “Actually what I can say is there is a conspiracy. The movement, the actions, the filing of a case at the SET [Senate Electoral Tribunal] by [Rizalito] David and the four disqualification cases filed with the Comelec [Commission on Elections] – those efforts came from the camp of Roxas, who is also a candidate for President,” Rez Cortez of the Adopt Grace Poe Movement (AGPM), one of the 12 organizations under the Gawa at Prinsipyo Coalition (GPC), said in Filipino at a news conference on Wednesday. Calocan City (Metro Manila) Rep. Erice, an LP spokesman, however, denied Cortez’s allegations. Cortez, a veteran character actor on stage and in movies, was once a spokesman for the late Fernando Poe Jr., the senator’s adoptive father.He claimed that David was a former staff of Roxas, while lawyer Estrella Elamparo belongs to a law office connected to the “The Firm.”  “The Firm” refers to the Villaraza, Cruz, Marcelo & Angangco, or CVC Law Office. Elamparo had succeeded in petitioning the Comelec to disqualify Poe over citizenship and residency issues. Former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, a partner in the law firm, is reportedly a close associate of Roxas.
Roxas and Cruz were members of the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The LP standard-bearer was retained as Trade secretary from the previous Estrada administration while Cruz served as Defense chief. Cortez, moreover, claimed that former law school dean Amado Valdez, who also filed a disqualification case against Poe, has ties with “The Firm.” “We heard that he [Valdez] was [hesitant] to file [another disqualification] case [against Poe] but he was forced to because he is a lawyer of a law office, which you can [easily trace],” the actor said. When asked if Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista is also part of the conspiracy, Cortez replied that it would be best if journalists themselves would research the connection. READ MORE... RELATED, MORE ABOUT 'THE FIRM'...
ALSO Escudero: The Firm hiring lawyers to support Roxas’ presidential bid...

ALSO: Poe takes 2nd hit; Comelec 1st Division cancels her CoC, cites ‘misrepresentation’


DECEMBER 12 -Senator Grace Poe
THE Commission on Elections 1st Division cancelled the Certificate of Candidacy of Senator Grace Poe on Friday, dealing a second blow to her run for the presidency. Like the 2nd Division that ruled against Poe last week on a similar petition, the 1st Division said Poe committed material misrepresentation in her CoC when she claimed she was a natural-born citizen and that she had resided in the Philippines for 10 years—both requirements for running for president. Voting 2-1, the 1st Division headed by Commissioner Christian Robert Lim favored the petitions of former Senator Francisco Tatad, University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez, and De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras. “Upon reviews of the facts, applicable laws, and jurisprudence, the Commission resolves to grant the petitions and cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of respondent,” the resolution said. Poe twitted the commissioners for ignoring the facts and said it was “hurtful” that her very identity was being taken away from her. “We submitted evidence of my citizenship and residence, putting our full faith in a just process,” Poe said. “However, it is sad the Comelec 1st Division has chosen to ignore the facts just to deny me the chance to better serve our countrymen, and also deny our people their choices in an open election. “I am a true Filipino from birth. I was raised as a Filipino, lived, studied, got married in the Philippines, and wish to serve my fellow Filipinos as a Filipino,” she said. Poe’s lawyer, George Garcia, said the 1st Division decision would not stop the senator’s candidacy. “We are still a candidate, and our name is still in the list,” said Garcia, who said the fight would go on until the Supreme Court has had the final say. Referring to Poe’s claim that the data entered in her CoC for senator in 2013 was an “honest mistake,” the 1st Division said it was “incredible to think that an educated woman and already then a public servant with full staff support, including a legal team, would not know on how to declare the facts in her CoC during the senatorial elections in 2013.” The poll body added that the CoC form for a senatorial candidate is “very clear” that what is required to be stated was the period of residency up to the day of the 2013 elections. “Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Respondent [Poe] is presumed and expected to know the law. She is bound by its effects and consequences in case of violation thereof,” the Comelec said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay draws huge crowds in Negros Oriental


DECEMBER 10 -VICE President Jejomar Binay capped a four-day visit to Negros Oriental, a “Roxas country,” with a forum with around 3,000 students and faculty of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) vowing that his administration will increase the budget for state and colleges universities. The day before, Binay visited the towns of to Bais, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, Guihulngan, and Vallehermosa, where he was greeted by some 5,000 residents.In his speech at NORSU, Binay said poverty is the root cause of all problems in society. “Kailangan din na ang ating pangulo ay may compassion, may malasakit sa kanyang kapwa Pilipino, lalung-lalo na sa mga mahihirap sa ating bansa,” he added. Believing that education is the poor’s way out of poverty, Binay vowed that under his administration he will increase the budget for state and colleges universities. “’Yan ang problema natin ngayon: kulang na kulang ang tulong ng ating pamahalaan sa ating mga eskwelahan lalo na sa state colleges and universities,” he said. Binay, who had been mayor of Makati for 27 years, recounted how the city government endeavored to transform the destitute Makati Polytechnic Community College into the prosperous University of Makati (UMAK). The Makati government gave UMAK P500 million annual subsidy for its operations. Due to sufficient government support, UMAK was able to help address unemployment in Makati and bridge the gap between what is produced by schools and what is required by the market, he added. READ MORE...

ALSO By Homobono Adaza: This country is a nuthouse and the citizens don’t know it


DECEMBER 9 -Homobono Adaza One of the greatest tragedies of our time in this country is that the citizens don’t know that they live in a nuthouse. Why? Because as a rule, they are nuts! Of course, there are exceptions. Probably, about forty-nine percent of the population! That is not encouraging. That is disturbing. Why, oh why, Juan? It is evident that since 1949 the electoral process has been a criminal and failed exercise. The birds and the bees of Mindanao elected a President of the Philippines, with the help of the dead and generations yet unborn. Nobody dared contest the massive electoral cheating – the beginnings of the famous words, dagdag bawas (add and subtract) – except one brave man, a Batangueño, by the name of Medrano. He mounted a short-lived rebellion in Batangas; very understandable because the man who got cheated was one by the name of Jose Laurel, Sr., another Batangueño. Maybe, the rebellion failed because he had not read Sun Tzu’s Art of War or Edward Luttwak’s Coup d’etat: A Manual, or a book by Grigor Ferguson of the same title. Success or defeat is always a guessing game. It is always a case of what might have been.When Senator Gerry Roxas, the father of Mar Roxas, ran for Vice-President of the Philippines, Philippine media proclaimed him elected by a thin majority of more than a hundred thousand votes. After seeing the media results, I flew to Manila to congratulate him. On the plane, I was seated beside the Provincial Fiscal of Lanao. Since I knew him, I asked him why he was going to Manila. His answer was short and simple he was bringing the certificate of canvass (COC) of election results of his province to Manila. I asked him what was so important with the election results that he had to go to Manila, instead of just sending a lower echelon employee of his office. He replied that the COC would decide the result of the vice-presidential election. I countered that Roxas was already proclaimed by media that he was elected Vice-President based on the official count in Congress, the body entrusted with the canvassing of the results. He just smiled and said: “Pañero, that’s media but I have the documents that will prove that Fernando Lopez is the duly elected Vice-President.” The rest is history. Lopez became Vice-President. From Marcos to Noynoy President Marcos was proclaimed elected President by the Parliament despite my spirited lonely fight for the country and the people, well-remembered for the famous historical word – ”Asterisk!” The people of Metro Manila, with the orchestration of the oligarchs who were outsiders during the Marcos regime, the formidable help of the Opposition in Parliament, and Enrile and Ramos who were fighting for their lives, the proclamation was undone by EDSA I. It was not a revolution it was just a game of musical chairs. READ MORE...


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‘Duterte is next’ Poe camp tells mayor: Roxas is coming after you


SUPPORTERS of presidential aspirant

MANILA, DECEMBER 14, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) posted December 10, 2015 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Macon Ramos- Araneta - Grace Poe on Wednesday claimed that Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II was behind all the attacks on his rivals, and warned Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he was next.

In a press conference, Adopt Grace Poe Movement president Rez Cortez said they saw a pattern in which Roxas, who lags in all opinion polls, is eliminating competitors who are ahead of him.

“You can say there is a conspiracy in the moves,” Cortez said in Filipino, citing the filing of a disqualification case against Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal by Rizalito David, and four other cases filed before the Commission on Elections.


Adopt Grace Poe Movement

Cortez said he can see the “pattern of elimination” starting with presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was leading in the polls until the Roxas camp would launch attacks that would discredit him and take voters away from him.

When Poe began to top the surveys, Roxas’ camp used different lawyers to file cases against her, Cortez claimed.

“There is a pattern. When Vice President Binay was number one in the surveys, they moved to eliminate him. When Senator Poe became number one in the surveys, she became the target,” Cortez said.

“Now Mayor Duterte is number one in the survey, so he should get ready because they will plan to eliminate him too,” Cortez added.

Binay’s ratings declined after he and his family were implicated in allegations of corruption in the Makati Building II project.

A day after Poe filed her Certificate of Candidacy in October, four individuals filed petitions against her—a development that Cortez said was suspicious.

He questioned why the cases were being treated separately and not consolidated so that the issue could be settled quickly.

Last week, the Comelec 2nd Division cancelled Poe’s CoC for material misrepresentation, favoring the petition of Estrella Elamparo.

There are three other petitions pending with the Comelc’s 1st Division.

David was the first to file a petition against Poe, questioning her qualification to sit as a senator, and arguing that she could not be a natural-born Filipino because she was a foundling and her parents were not known.

Cortez alleged that David was a former member of Roxas’ staff, while Elamparo was in a law firm that handled several cases for Roxas’ friends.

He added that former University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez, who also filed a petition against Poe, was coerced into doing so—but he did not say by whom.

Cortez challenged Roxas to fight fairly.


Actor Rez Cortez. Photo from his facebook account

“Even though you have a lot of resources, those will run out,” he said.

Senator Francis Escudero, Poe’s running mate, said they are more than willing to face David in the Supreme Court, after David challenged the SET decision in favor of Poe.

“This is part of the legal process that any aggrieved party can pursue. We will again face him in the Supreme Court,” Escudero said, after David challenged the SET ruling dismissing his petition.

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The SET—composed of three SC justices and six senators—affirmed the election of Poe in the Senate, saying she is a natural-born Filipino citizen and is therefore qualified to run and be elected not only as senator, but also as president.

Poe, the topnotcher in the 2013 senatorial polls, is also facing multiple cases before the Commission on Elections, all seeking to invalidate her candidacy for president in the 2016 elections.

Escudero insisted that Poe “remains a presidential candidate unless the Supreme Court says otherwise.”

He said they will continue to exhaust all legal remedies and will stop only once the SC has ruled with finality on Poe’s eligibility to run and be elected both as senator and president.

“We will continue to fight for her [Poe] to run and run up to the Supreme Court,” said

Escudero said Poe stands a good chance of getting a favorable ruling from the high court given its long-standing tendency to let voters, not judges and lawyers, settle election issues as long as they do not involve crimes or obvious violations of the law.

Escudero also said he expects the Comelec en banc to review Poe’s petition against the 2nd Division decision to disqualify her from running for president.

Escudero said the 63-page motion submitted to the poll body contains pertinent evidence that will prove that Poe is qualified to run for president.

“Everything they want to know on the residency and citizenship of Senator Grace are included in the MR,” Escudero said.

“I just hope they will decide on the merits of this case because what is at stake here is the George Garcia, Poe’s legal counsel, said the three-member 2nd Division erred and committed grave abuse of discretion when it sought to disqualify her from the presidential race on grounds that she allegedly misrepresented the number of years she has been residing in the country.

Escudero said he was disappointed with the hasty move of the poll body when it had yet to weed out the nuisance candidates from the official list of candidates.

“They really focused first on Senator Grace and we were surprised with their haste in coming out with the decision,”Escudero said.

The country’s second largest political party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition said Wednesday it has not yet decided to endorse Poe.

“They are still in the process of consulting, listening and in due time they will make their decision,” said Poe spokesperson Valenzuela Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian.

The party is split between supporting Poe or Vice President Jejomar Binay. With John Paolo Bencito


MANILA TIMES

GRACE SUPPORTERS ALLEGATION: 'The Firm’ behind anti-Poe conspiracy December 9, 2015 10:31 pm by WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL, REPORTER


DAVID AND ROXAS


Supporters of Grace Poe said there is a “conspiracy” to stop the senator from running for the presidency in 2016, alleging that such a plot could be traced to the camp of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd.

“Actually what I can say is there is a conspiracy. The movement, the actions, the filing of a case at the SET [Senate Electoral Tribunal] by [Rizalito] David and the four disqualification cases filed with the Comelec [Commission on Elections] – those efforts came from the camp of Roxas, who is also a candidate for President,” Rez Cortez of the Adopt Grace Poe Movement (AGPM), one of the 12 organizations under the Gawa at Prinsipyo Coalition (GPC), said in Filipino at a news conference on Wednesday.

Calocan City (Metro Manila) Rep. Erice, an LP spokesman, however, denied Cortez’s allegations.

Cortez, a veteran character actor on stage and in movies, was once a spokesman for the late Fernando Poe Jr., the senator’s adoptive father.

He claimed that David was a former staff of Roxas, while lawyer Estrella Elamparo belongs to a law office connected to the “The Firm.”

“The Firm” refers to the Villaraza, Cruz, Marcelo & Angangco, or CVC Law Office.


'THE FIRM'

Elamparo had succeeded in petitioning the Comelec to disqualify Poe over citizenship and residency issues.

Former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, a partner in the law firm, is reportedly a close associate of Roxas.

Roxas and Cruz were members of the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The LP standard-bearer was retained as Trade secretary from the previous Estrada administration while Cruz served as Defense chief.

Cortez, moreover, claimed that former law school dean Amado Valdez, who also filed a disqualification case against Poe, has ties with “The Firm.”

“We heard that he [Valdez] was [hesitant] to file [another disqualification] case [against Poe] but he was forced to because he is a lawyer of a law office, which you can [easily trace],” the actor said.

When asked if Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista is also part of the conspiracy, Cortez replied that it would be best if journalists themselves would research the connection.

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Earlier, a group called Bantay Balota ng Bayan circulated an open letter to the media alleging that a certain Arnel Bacarra, reportedly a protégé of Bautista, was the one who gave advance information to Rep. Edgar Erice about the Comelec Second Division’s decision to disqualify Poe.

Bacarra, the group said, is the general manager of the Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Co. (Baseco) but is also connected with the poll body, holding the position of Lawyer VI.

Balota ng Bayan also claimed that during a recent Baseco board meeting, Bacarra was boasting that Bautista had told him that Poe would be definitely disqualified by the commission en banc and that Bacarra was promised a Supreme Court position under a Roxas administration.


COMELEC CHAIR ANDRES BAUTISTA

The Manila Times tried to get comments from Bautista and Comelec spokesman James Jimenez but received no response.

Referring to the four individual disqualification cases filed against Poe with the Comelec, Cortez asked, “Why were they not consolidated? It was intentional because they wanted it prolonged to next year and reach the Supreme Court.”

“There is a certain pattern. When Vice President [Jejomar] Binay was number one in the survey, they moved to eliminate him. When Sen. Poe became number one, she became the target. Now [Mayor Rodrigo] Duterte is number one in the survey and these groups are also planning to eliminate him so that there would be no more opposition,” Cortez said.

He challenged Roxas to play fair, warning that even if the Malacanang presidential candidate has all the resources it will all go for naught.

LP denies allegations

Calocan City (Metro Manila) Rep. Erice, also LP spokesman, dismissed Cortez’s allegations.
“It’s [a] figment of their imagination, trying to picture that the DQ [disqualification] case is a product of political machination but, in truth and [in] fact, Sen Poe’s citizenship and residency issue[s][have] solid basis,” the lawmaker said.

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FROM THE INQUIRER

Escudero: Firm hiring lawyers to support Roxas’ presidential bid SHARES: 1910 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net
05:19 PM December 4th, 2015

A law firm is allegedly recruiting lawyers to support the presidential bid of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, according to Sen. Francis Escudero.

Escudero, running mate of Sen. Grace Poe in the 2016 elections, said this a day after linking lawyer Estrella Elamaparo, who filed the disqualification case against Poe at the Commission on Elections, to Roxas’ camp.

He earlier said Elamparo was connected to Divina Law Office, which was used by former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, who he said was helping Roxas.

This time, however, Escudero claimed it was not only Elamparo, but the law firm itself, that was connected to Roxas.

“Si Dean Amado Valdez, of counsel ng Divina Law Office. Kung baga mula sa isang law office, dala-dalawa at hiwalay na disqualification cases ang finile nila laban kay Sen. Grace Poe,” he said at a press conference in Surigao on Friday.

Valdez was a petitioner in another disqualification case also filed at the Comelec.

Asked if the law firm was connected to Roxas, Escudero said: “They are supporting Secretary Roxas. In fact, they are recruiting lawyers for (him).”

If Elamparo had no other motives in filing the case against Poe other than clean the list of those running for president, Escudero asked, why did she not file the same complaint against obvious nuisance candidates?

“Saan nanggagaling ang hugot nya laban kay Sen. Grace?” he asked.

But he said he expected that Elamparo or Roxas would not admit they had something to do with the cases against Poe.

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“Syempre ide-deny nila palagi yan,” Escudero said, though he noted how Roxas’ allies kept on saying Poe would be disqualified from the race.

“Kung talagang wala silang alam o kinalaman, eh di tigilan na rin ho nila iyon. Dahil nagmumula mismo sa bibig ng kanilang mga lider ang pagyayabang kaugnay sa paniguruhan na madidisqualify na rin si Sen. Grace sa darating na eleksyon—sa Comelec o sa Korte Suprema man,” he said.

“Basta sa parte namin, sino man ang nasa likod niyan—sila man o kung sino mang Pontio Pilato, basta haharapin po ni Sen. Grace ang mga kasong iyan hanggang makamit namin ang hustisya,” he added. RC

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RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER (FLASHBACK APRIL 2013)

‘The Firm’ not so firm: It’s breaking up SHARES: 8149 VIEW COMMENTS
By: Gil C. Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer03:36 AM April 27th, 2013
 


CVCLAW Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco www.cvclaw.com The Firm was founded in 1980 by Antonio T. Carpio, F. Arthur F. Villaraza and Avelino J. Cruz, Jr. It is now known as CVCLAW Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco after its founders. With more than 70 lawyers recognized by their peers to be at the top of the legal profession and more than 120 highly trained non-legal staff, the Firm offers service of the highest caliber. GOOGLED

The firm is not so firm after all.

Several sources from legal, business and political circles have claimed that the Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco, or CVC Law office, easily the country’s richest and most powerful law firm, is in turmoil and on the verge of breaking up, with senior partners Avelino “Nonong” Cruz and Simeon Marcelo threatening to leave the 33-year-old law partnership over management and financial differences.

A top government official close to the partners said that 15 partners belonging to the so-called “government bloc” of Cruz and Marcelo were planning to leave CVC Law. This would leave the rival faction led by chair and CEO F. Arthur “Pancho” Villaraza with only eight partners.

“CVC Law or The Firm has parted ways,” declared the government source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak in behalf of the law firm.

No comment

Asked for his reactions on the dispute, CVC Law managing partner Bienvenido I. Somera Jr. replied in a text message that he “can’t comment at the moment.”

Several attempts to reach Villaraza through an intermediary also yielded the same result. Marcelo did not return the Inquirer’s calls.

Cruz served as presidential legal counsel and defense secretary during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who used to be The Firm’s most powerful client, while Marcelo served as solicitor general and ombudsman during the same administration.


Cruz’s resignation bolsters talks about the rift between Arroyo and The Firm, referring to the law firm, Villaraza & Angangco, which nurtured her political career ever since 1998. The Firm was orginally Carpio, Villaraza & Cruz. Carpio is Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio. SOURCE:  Ellen Tordesillas blog

A lawyer and fraternity brother of Villaraza at the University of the Philippines law school’s Sigma Rho fraternity said the partners were bickering on how to divide the profits of the company.

Bigger slice of profits

The lawyer, who requested anonymity, said the group of Cruz and Marcelo had claimed that they had brought in more government clients to the company and therefore deserved a bigger slice of the profits.

The lawyer said The Firm’s top brass held several “ill-tempered” meetings over the past few days, and that their separation was just a formality. Cruz, he said, had even pushed for the immediate sale of the law firm’s multibillion peso headquarters, the 12-story CVC Law Center at the Fort Bonifacio Global City which was completed three years ago.

An insider from The Firm confirmed that the partners held a “tempestuous” meeting last Wednesday where the seniors partners were supposed to start the separation proceedings.

Purely business vs advocacy

Some partners, however, decided to take a few more days to rethink their stand in the hopes that the two sides would soften their stance and agree to a compromise.

But the insider said that the partners were not squabbling over money because the division of properties would only matter after the partnership had been dissolved. For the past two years, the insider added, the government bloc had been at odds with the Villaraza group’s policy of treating the partnership as a purely business enterprise.

The government bloc had maintained that The Firm could “still do well and do good” by taking on cases primarily for advocacy rather than just for profit, the inside source said.

Another source however said that The Firm is divided into one faction led by Villaraza and Raoul Angangco, with eight partners on its side, including Somera, who acted as The Firm’s chief operating officer, and often served as a bridge to the rival faction led by Cruz and Marcelo.

‘Discontent over treatment’

“Most of the law firm’s partners who had served in government are on [the Cruz-Marcelo] side,” the source said, adding that 15 partners are in this faction.

The source said that the looming dissolution of CVC Law was caused by “discontent” in the Cruz-Marcelo camp over what some partners have described as Villaraza’s “style of treating his other partners.”

Said the source: “The split was caused by fundamental differences in the direction of The Firm and [its] manner of practicing law. The rift has little to do with money matters.”

The source said that the troubles at The Firm and its 23 partners had been brewing for the last few weeks, and that attempts were made to resolve the impasse. So far, such efforts have failed, the source added.

PR fallout

More recently, both sides have been trying to come to an agreement on how to divide the company, including how to dispose of its headquarters at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, while limiting the public relations fallout of the dissolution. But such talks had also failed to break the deadlock.

“It now looks like the breakup would happen soon,” the source said. “This could be fast.”

Rumors of the breakup were fanned by the glaring absence of Cruz, Marcelo and other partners from the “Casa Artusi” series of dinners hosted by The Firm for its blue-chip clients at its ultra-exclusive Rainmakers Lounge at the CVC Law Center’s penthouse.

Guests who asked why only Villaraza and allied partners Augusto A. San Pedro Jr. and Franchette Acosta were around at the event were told that Cruz and Marcelo would be holding separate dinners for their clients.

The Firm was formed in 1980 by Villaraza, Cruz, Tommy Rossel, Romy Barza and current Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

Falling out with Gloria Arroyo


CVC Law Center, 39th St, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines: LIFESTYLE STORY BY Tanya T. Lara -Where the power and The Firm reside. When asked how much the brand-new building of CVC Law cost, founder and lawyer Pancho Villaraza said with a poker face, “It cost us a few zillions.” Naturally, I had to clarify if a “zillion” was more expensive than a “gazillion.” He just laughed — and took the fifth. The interest in the new building of The Firm is quite expected. Media gave CVC Law the moniker “The Firm” during the early years of President Gloria Arroyo for representing her. The term alluded, of course, to the John Grisham book and Tom Cruise movie about a law firm representing money-laundering, murdering mobsters. PHILSTAR LIFESTYLE APRIL 3, 2011

After its office burned down in 1982, The Firm moved to the LTA Building in Makati owned by the family of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, and stayed there until 2010 even after a falling out with former President Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005 that forced Cruz and Marcelo to quit her administration.

Villaraza and Carpio served as legal counsel for several allies of then President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s, but was relatively low-key during the terms of Presidents Corazon Aquino (1986 and 1992) and Joseph Estrada (1998 to 2001).

It was during the term of President Fidel V. Ramos that CVC Law again rose to prominence when Carpio was appointed presidential legal counsel. The Firm was largely credited with breaking up the decades-old monopoly of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. during this period. It was also during this time when CVC Law earned the monicker, The Firm, after a bestseller written by American author John Grisham.

Estrada impeachment

The Firm also took part in the impeachment trial of Estrada when Marcelo served as one of the prosecutors.

The law firm’s roster of big-ticket corporate clients include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., several companies under the Lopez group, among them ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., Sagittarius Mines Inc. and several high-profile individuals.

CVC Law served as the external counsel of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in its latest round of legal battles with the shuttered Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank. It was also part of the successful operation to shut down the P14-billion Legacy scam in 2009.

Last year, The Firm served as advisers during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. With a report from Daxim L. Lucas

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COCKTALES | Mar Roxas counsel wants to shut down bank account of The Firm By: Victor C. Agustin June 5, 2015 3:28 PM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5


CMT Law partners Avelino Cruz, Simeon Marcelo and JoeNathan Tenefrancia.

The non-stop political hostilities between the Roxas and Binay camps have spilled anew over to their respective counsels, with Mar Roxas counsel Avelino Cruz Jr. now seeking to shut down the bank accounts of his former colleagues in the Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco law firm.

Apparently operating under the theory that he is still part of the so-called The Firm despite setting up the Cruz Marcelo Tenefrancia law offices, Cruz has called for a June 8 meeting of the old partnership to seek "authority to close the bank accounts of The Firm" that are under the control of pro-Binay's F. Arthur Villaraza.

According to the notice of meeting, Cruz also wants the old partnership to appoint new representatives that will vote the shares in Lawphil Investments, the company that owns the eight floors of the Fort building that the original partnership occupies.

Now under the control of Villaraza and Angangco, Lawphil Investments ejected the CMT group early this year after valuation talks collapsed, with CMT and V&A, which had managed to register itself as the successor partnership to The Firm, disagreeing on how much CMT still owes for the construction of The Firm's building.

According to the notice, Cruz wants the old partnership meeting to be held at the nearby Hanjinphil building, at the same third floor where CMT has established offices after being ejected from the disputed partnership floors.

Prior to the latest volley from Cruz, the two law firms also clashed at the recent elections of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, where V&A partner Bienvenido Somera Jr. won against the CMT candidate, Maria Teresa Trinidad, for the IBP governor's post for Southern Luzon.

Money-go-round

• The ill-fated Kentex rubber slippers company, now hard-pressed to provide satisfactory financial claims for the over 70 workers that perished in its Valenzuela factory, is also being sued for trademark infringement by Alpargatas, the Brazilian company that manufactures the world-famous Havaianas flip-flops.

Kentex, prior to the horrific fire, manufactured "Havanas" flip-flops.

• Cabalen restaurant chain owner Maritel Nievera Soliman has one needless aggravation removed following her sister Beth Nievera-Soliman agreeing to a court settlement of the labor claim filed by Beth against Cabalen San Bruno (California), her former employer.

Heard through the grapevine

The estate of Tarlac Representative Enrique Cojuangco sold last week eight of his race horses in Australia, raising $A3.5 million.

It was not immediately clear why the Cojuangco estate had to dispose of the steeds two weeks after the congressman's sudden death.

The late congressmen's stable are part of the 300 horses that he and elder brother, San Miguel chairman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., maintain at a 500-hectare stud farm and vineyard in the southern suburb of Sydney, one of the largest equine farms Down Under.

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MANILA STANDARD

Poe takes 2nd hit; Comelec 1st Division cancels her CoC, cites ‘misrepresentation’ posted December 12, 2015 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Macon Ramos- Araneta


Senator Grace Poe

THE Commission on Elections 1st Division cancelled the Certificate of Candidacy of Senator Grace Poe on Friday, dealing a second blow to her run for the presidency.

Like the 2nd Division that ruled against Poe last week on a similar petition, the 1st Division said Poe committed material misrepresentation in her CoC when she claimed she was a natural-born citizen and that she had resided in the Philippines for 10 years—both requirements for running for president.

Voting 2-1, the 1st Division headed by Commissioner Christian Robert Lim favored the petitions of former Senator Francisco Tatad, University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez, and De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras.

“Upon reviews of the facts, applicable laws, and jurisprudence, the Commission resolves to grant the petitions and cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of respondent,” the resolution said.

Poe twitted the commissioners for ignoring the facts and said it was “hurtful” that her very identity was being taken away from her.

“We submitted evidence of my citizenship and residence, putting our full faith in a just process,” Poe said.

“However, it is sad the Comelec 1st Division has chosen to ignore the facts just to deny me the chance to better serve our countrymen, and also deny our people their choices in an open election. “I am a true Filipino from birth. I was raised as a Filipino, lived, studied, got married in the Philippines, and wish to serve my fellow Filipinos as a Filipino,” she said.

Poe’s lawyer, George Garcia, said the 1st Division decision would not stop the senator’s candidacy.

“We are still a candidate, and our name is still in the list,” said Garcia, who said the fight would go on until the Supreme Court has had the final say.

Referring to Poe’s claim that the data entered in her CoC for senator in 2013 was an “honest mistake,” the 1st Division said it was “incredible to think that an educated woman and already then a public servant with full staff support, including a legal team, would not know on how to declare the facts in her CoC during the senatorial elections in 2013.”


Comelec denies pressure from Poe’s rivals This was according to Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, who emphasized there’s no way poll commissioners would allow themselves to be influenced by any group or individual in issuing decisions.SELDA PILIPINAS PHOTO By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star FILE) | Updated December 4, 2015 - 12:00am  

The poll body added that the CoC form for a senatorial candidate is “very clear” that what is required to be stated was the period of residency up to the day of the 2013 elections.

“Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Respondent [Poe] is presumed and expected to know the law. She is bound by its effects and consequences in case of violation thereof,” the Comelec said.

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Moreover, the Comelec also agreed that Poe is not a natural born citizen because she was adopted as a foundling with unknown biological parents.

“To emphasize, the letter of the 1935 and 1987 Constitutions are clear and unambiguous; jurisprudence likewise are unmistakable and definite. A simple reading thereof yields what is already obvious and apparent conclusion—that respondent [Poe] is not a natural born citizen,” the division said.

“The clarity of the law, notwithstanding, respondent chose to ignore and brush aside the Constitution and jurisprudence and misrepresent herself as natural born citizen, clearly in order to serve her purpose and suit her intent of running for the presidency,” the Comelec said.

Commissioners Luie Guia and Rowena Guanzon voted to cancel Poe’s CoC while Lim dissented, citing three reasons.

First, he argued that Tatad’s petition cannot be treated as one to deny due course to, or, cancel, Poe’s CoC.

“The Tatad’s petition should have been dismissed outright for availing a wrong mode to assail the qualifications of the respondent,” Lim said in his 81-page dissenting statement.

Secondly, on the issue of residency, Lim said that both Valdez and Contreras failed to take in to account that Poe was able to show actual, physical and personal presence in the Philippines since May 24, 2005 and therefore, he said there was no material misrepresentation committed.

Third, Lim said, Valdez did not squarely put in issue the fact that Poe is not a natural-born citizen, only that she cannot claim to be natural born-citizen based on her reacquisition of her Filipino citizenship.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that in the wake of the Comelec’s latest ruling, Poe was in danger of having her name removed from the official ballots.

“The decision foreshadows what will happen at the Comelec en banc,” he said in a text message.


Voting 2-1, the Commission on Elections First Division canceled Poe's certificate of candidacy for the presidency.

Macalintal also advised Poe to prepare a strong petition to the Supreme Court in an anticipation of an unfavorable ruling from the Comelec en banc.

Unless the Supreme Court issues a temporary restraining order against the Comelec decisions, Poe’s name is in danger of being deleted from the ballots for president, Macalintal added.

While Poe admitted that the chances of a favorable decision from the Comelec were not good, she said she would not back down from the race.

“I assure you that I am still a candidate for president. Let us fight for genuine democratic elections, where the people’s welfare takes front and center,” said Poe.

She added that what was at stake was not only her candidacy but the rights of all foundlings, who should not be disadvantaged for circumstances that were not of their doing. With Sandy Araneta


MANILA TIMES

Binay draws huge crowds in Negros Oriental December 10, 2015 9:58 pm


VP BINAY  

VICE President Jejomar Binay capped a four-day visit to Negros Oriental, a “Roxas country,” with a forum with around 3,000 students and faculty of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) vowing that his administration will increase the budget for state and colleges universities.

The day before, Binay visited the towns of to Bais, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, Guihulngan, and Vallehermosa, where he was greeted by some 5,000 residents.
In his speech at NORSU, Binay said poverty is the root cause of all problems in society.

“Kailangan din na ang ating pangulo ay may compassion, may malasakit sa kanyang kapwa Pilipino, lalung-lalo na sa mga mahihirap sa ating bansa,” he added.

Believing that education is the poor’s way out of poverty, Binay vowed that under his administration he will increase the budget for state and colleges universities.

“’Yan ang problema natin ngayon: kulang na kulang ang tulong ng ating pamahalaan sa ating mga eskwelahan lalo na sa state colleges and universities,” he said.

Binay, who had been mayor of Makati for 27 years, recounted how the city government endeavored to transform the destitute Makati Polytechnic Community College into the prosperous University of Makati (UMAK).

The Makati government gave UMAK P500 million annual subsidy for its operations.

Due to sufficient government support, UMAK was able to help address unemployment in Makati and bridge the gap between what is produced by schools and what is required by the market, he added.


MANILA TIMES COLUMN

This country is a nuthouse and the citizens don’t know it December 9, 2015 10:39 pm HOMOBONO-A.-ADAZA


by HOMOBONO A. ADAZA

“How many years must a mountain exist,
“Before it is washed to the sea?
“How many years can some people exist,
“Before they’re allowed to be free?
“How many times can a man turn his head?
“Pretending he just doesn’t see.
“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
“The answer is blowing in the wind.”
– Blowin’ In the Wind” sung by The Brothers Four

One of the greatest tragedies of our time in this country is that the citizens don’t know that they live in a nuthouse. Why? Because as a rule, they are nuts! Of course, there are exceptions. Probably, about forty-nine percent of the population!

That is not encouraging. That is disturbing.

Why, oh why, Juan?

It is evident that since 1949 the electoral process has been a criminal and failed exercise. The birds and the bees of Mindanao elected a President of the Philippines, with the help of the dead and generations yet unborn.

Nobody dared contest the massive electoral cheating – the beginnings of the famous words, dagdag bawas (add and subtract) – except one brave man, a Batangueño, by the name of Medrano. He mounted a short-lived rebellion in Batangas; very understandable because the man who got cheated was one by the name of Jose Laurel, Sr., another Batangueño.

Maybe, the rebellion failed because he had not read Sun Tzu’s Art of War or Edward Luttwak’s Coup d’etat: A Manual, or a book by Grigor Ferguson of the same title. Success or defeat is always a guessing game. It is always a case of what might have been.


SENATOR GERRY ROXAS

When Senator Gerry Roxas, the father of Mar Roxas, ran for Vice-President of the Philippines, Philippine media proclaimed him elected by a thin majority of more than a hundred thousand votes. After seeing the media results, I flew to Manila to congratulate him.

 On the plane, I was seated beside the Provincial Fiscal of Lanao. Since I knew him, I asked him why he was going to Manila. His answer was short and simple he was bringing the certificate of canvass (COC) of election results of his province to Manila. I asked him what was so important with the election results that he had to go to Manila, instead of just sending a lower echelon employee of his office.

He replied that the COC would decide the result of the vice-presidential election. I countered that Roxas was already proclaimed by media that he was elected Vice-President based on the official count in Congress, the body entrusted with the canvassing of the results.

He just smiled and said: “Pañero, that’s media but I have the documents that will prove that Fernando Lopez is the duly elected Vice-President.”

The rest is history. Lopez became Vice-President.
 


8th Vice President of the Philippines

From Marcos to Noynoy

President Marcos was proclaimed elected President by the Parliament despite my spirited lonely fight for the country and the people, well-remembered for the famous historical word – ”Asterisk!” The people of Metro Manila, with the orchestration of the oligarchs who were outsiders during the Marcos regime, the formidable help of the Opposition in Parliament, and Enrile and Ramos who were fighting for their lives, the proclamation was undone by EDSA I. It was not a revolution it was just a game of musical chairs.

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Fidel Ramos followed Cory. But the knowledgeable insist that Miriam Defensor Santiago was cheated of the presidency. President ERAP won the election by a landslide but he was unseated by General Angie Reyes, the patriot of a friend, resulting in EDSA 2.

The validity and constitutionality of the 2010 election is disputed in the Supreme Court.

Five years have passed but the case remains undecided. Many believe that the case will become moot and academic considering that the 2016 election is just around the corner, just like the petition questioning the validity of the Corona impeachment which became moot and academic.

The biggest scam in this country is election

Nobody in this country can creditably run for any elective office unless one has money to finance his campaign – to buy votes and criminally manipulate election results. So it is a money game! It is a criminal exercise!

But do the candidates and the voters care? They don’t.

The rest of the population also doesn’t! Is this not insane? I use the word insane not stupid because insanity is curable, stupidity is not. So, I’m giving the voters, the candidates and the people the benefit of the doubt.

Every election, candidates give grandmother-hood statements to the delight of the majority of the insane. The insane candidates promise heaven and earth. They become self-proclaimed saints and astronauts. You know that we are just being fooled. We allow ourselves to be fooled over and over again.

An Arab once told me: “Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me.”

How many times have we been fooled by candidates? Not once, not twice, but we have been fooled since 1949 up to this day?

We should be ashamed of ourselves. More so, because the biggest fool is one who fools himself. And the biggest fools in this country are the voters and those who think that elections solve our problems. They have not solved them since 1949. They will not be solved even if we have clean elections in 2016.

The problems will remain because the system is insane!

A glance at the presidential candidates

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
confesses to killing criminals. He should not be running for President, he should be in jail for being a self-confessed murderer. But he is running for president and the people are wild in anticipation of his presidency, jumping with glee.

Thanks to the incompetence of Asperger Malacañang and an equally incompetent Department of Justice, Duterte is running for president. Is this not insane?

Vice-President Jojo Binay is swimming in a lake of charges involving graft and corruption, including members of his family. He reminds me of the Arabian Nights story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

The strategic members of the band led by Vice-Mayor Mercado confesses to massive graft and corruption orchestrated by the leader of the band pointing to Jojo Binay. Don’t tell me Binay is a saint. Only a fool will believe that and I’m no fool. But somebody tells me that Binay is the Robin Hood of Makati because he shares whatever he has with the people.

A friend of mine countered: “He may be Robin Hood but he is more Hood than Robin.”

Considering all these, in my dictionary, Binay should not be running for president he should be in jail. But he is running for president. Is this not insane?

Secretary Mar Roxas is known as the biggest wimp in this country. Many believe that he does not have a mind of his own. He has the genius of being as docile as a sheep showing complete docility to Noynoy, his mother Judy Araneta, and his wife Korina Sanchez.

Assuming a complete impossibility that Mar will be elected president, he will have a quadruple presidency with Noynoy at the head of the pack with Mar at the tail.

Poor Mar, in his statement in Tacloban after Yolanda, he even divided the country between the Aquinos and Romualdez-Marcos. What an oligarchic mind!

But probably I am unkind when I say that it is impossible for Mar to become president. He will be elected if the PCOS machine will cheat for him or if all the leading candidates would die after twelve o’clock of Election Day since there will be no more substitution after that.

Mar should not run for president, he should just withdraw and do something more fruitful because the scenarios of a Roxas presidency are just insane.

And now Grace Poe! Never mind her citizenship – all presidents in this country have all been beholden to America. Many are plain and simple stooges. Some are proclaiming their independence outside but really servants of America in the inside.

The girl is not just prepared for the presidency. She is light years away from her adoptive father, Fernando Poe, Jr. (FPJ). Grace is just a bud, FPJ was in full bloom. I should know. I was hired by him as his lawyer in the canvassing of the results in Congress but four of his senators and one city mayor objected to me and the rest is history.

Grace, you need a bunch of brilliant advisers to give you a seminar on how to be president.

I read in the papers and I saw in television that you will change the Philippines, with the help of the people. You must be joking because not you, a very traditional politician, together with the people can change this country because you just don’t have the intellectual equipment and the vision to change this country. Not in a thousand years.

Because of these, you cannot beat the system!

Senator Santiago? She is too sick and so down in the totem pole that she need not be discussed. The rest of the presidential candidates of more than a hundred make the electoral exercise more insane.

Emerging puzzle

There is a rumor going around that Binay who is a reserved colonel in the Marines is planning a coup with some people in the Marines and the PNP. How true, I don’t know.

Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe the ISAFP or the NISA or both should inform the people whether there is any grain of truth to this rumor.

Duterte who is careful now about curses and prohibited expletives committed a slip during the ambush interview at the Comelec saying that he does not have to run for president because the presidency is a matter of destiny.

Independent of anything else this statement means nothing but with the rumor that he rejected an offer of some officers of the AFP and PNP that they will pull a coup and turn over the presidency to him, the slip takes an entirely different meaning.

Is this true or false? NISA and ISAFP should provide answers. Whatever is their answer, it is perfectly logical to say that there is a pervading insanity in this country.

It takes a shock treatment given by the right leader to cure it.

14 Responses to This country is a nuthouse and the citizens don’t know it
Arquero says:
December 10, 2015 at 10:32 am
And yet we claim to be one the few countries with more people educated than most. Forget politics Mr. Adaza. Filipinos will always vote the likes of Pacquiao, Jinggoy, Erap, Bong, Lapid even though the educated voters know it is wrong. A close relative of mind with a doctorate think Pacquiao should be a senator instead of Gordon or Kapunan. How is that for a teacher with a doctorate.
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Allie Jaafar says:
December 10, 2015 at 8:38 am
I am writing on behave of the person listed above. She is in the midst of battling for the survival of her candidacy. She will prevail and Philippines will have a brighter future, her comments . . . ‘Blowing’ in the wind’ is too passive 60’s US hippy melodrama. Our country is a mess but it is not a ‘nut house’. We may be governed by neocolonialist charlatans and carpetbaggers, but our people and our society is healthy and sound. We can solve the political issues in one generation, but how many generations would it take to fix a decaying society like the United States.
Please get to know her via the following link. She will soon be in need of her 15 wise men.

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ex tee says:
December 10, 2015 at 7:36 am
“God bless the Philippines, land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above.
From the mountain, through the prairies, to the oceans white with foam.
God bless the Philippines, my home sweet home.
God bless the Philippines, my home sweet home.”
my prayer
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ex tee says:
December 10, 2015 at 7:22 am
Crazies? Yes and many! And may I say that this is not unique to the Philippine politics. Just look how many of these crazies are running for the U.S. Presidency. And yes Trump, their front runner is the craziest. So now we have an American named Llamanzares wanting to run for the Philippine presidency. How crazy is that? She does not have the necessary experience for the job, never been a CEO of any company, does not have the intellectual equipment and the vision to change this country (to quote you Atty Adasa), managed to charm her way into Philippine Senate fraudulently, and has the audacity to trash and trample the supreme law of the land by using the foundling sympathy card therefore any law should not matter anymore! Very crazy indeed! Wake up my beloved country and stop these craziness!
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RoAti says:
December 10, 2015 at 7:12 am
The song is written by Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan in 1962 and released on his album “The Freewillin’ Bob Dylan in 1963.
The refrain “the answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind” has been described as impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face or the answer is intangible as the wind.
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Gagong Pinoy says:
December 10, 2015 at 2:56 am
You are exactly right.
Are we the only two people who know this?
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Juan says:
December 10, 2015 at 10:26 am
There many others out there that knows how messed up our country is.
But still outnumbered by sheer number of uneducated, low-moral, and insane people, even in terms of power and influence.
Ed deLeon says:
December 10, 2015 at 1:59 am
You said (in which you are totally correct),
1. For Binay:
“A friend of mine countered: “He may be Robin Hood but he is more Hood than Robin.” Considering all these, in my dictionary, Binay should not be running for president he should be in jail. But he is running for president. Is this not insane?”
2. For Llamanzares (the overambitious because of the surveys and using the name of FPJ)
“I read in the papers and I saw in television that you will change the Philippines, with the help of the people. You must be joking because not you, a very traditional politician, together with the people can change this country because you just don’t have the intellectual equipment and the vision to change this country. Not in a thousand years. Because of these, you cannot beat the system!”
I just don’t understand why Filipinos are so STUPID to vote for corrupt Binay – with the findings of the independent ALMC on his ill-gotten wealth and the overambitious Llamanzares who had a few years of baby sitting experience in a pre-school.
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What'd heck says:
December 10, 2015 at 1:07 am
At the end of the day, the Filipino voter will make their decision. Intelligent or nuts, votes counts. Our heroes died so that right to vote is upheld. As you have listed the incapable presidential candidates, I refuse to acknowledge that all of them are nuts. I pray to almighty God that He will help and guide our electorate chose the right president.
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ren fuentes says:
December 10, 2015 at 10:24 am
aside from the so called bobotantes who idolize their candidates despite everything unpalatable said against them, which in all cases are true, the thing the we should look out for is the comelec of andoy bote and the smartmatic hocus pcos machines. these machines can and have thwarted the will of the people in the last 2 elections.
Ed D Fajardo says:
December 10, 2015 at 12:43 am
Informative and witty!
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Mike B. says:
December 10, 2015 at 12:38 am
You failed to mention the elections in 1965 where Ferdinand Marcos Sr. won unequivocally over his opponent. Were the people insane that time too? To most of your statements I agree and I feel ashamed as a Filipino that the present crop of presidentiables are a tad too weak, meek and sick. If these people are the best that can be offered, then we know what to expect from the country 5 to 10 years from now.
Oligarchy has robbed the country of great leaders. The present crop of politicians belong to the Phil political family tree that dates back to the 19th century. These same politicians perpetuate the insanity of the people just in the same way as the Phil media entertains the pinoys to keep them placid and er, stupid. You know what I mean. Seriously, any real change in our political system should start with the removal of almost all these oligarchs in congress and those appointed in the government bureaucrazy. Lock them away, and put them somewhere else for all I care.
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ex tee says:
December 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm
Lock them away and then let them run again like erap? Craziness! The problem with our government is that actors and actresses are running it now. That is why puro dramatics nalang ang nangyayari sa ating bansa. Now we have an American foundling who thinks she can correct all these problems when she herself is another problem. A naku po(e), talaga naman ang tapang nang apug! Inumpisahan daw nang daddy niya kaya tatapusin naman niya. Ay yay yay yay… nakakasuka!
maximo p fabella says:
December 10, 2015 at 12:09 am
Homobono:
Mabuhay ka!


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