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ELEKSYON 2016: WHO ARE THE RICHEST, POOREST PRESIDENTIABLES?


DECEMBER 23 -The filing of COC (Certificate of Candidacy) ended this October 16, 2015 for the 2016 Philippine election. So far, there are four notable presidentiables and six vice-presidentiables eyeing for the highest and second-highest position in the government. As a taxpayer, it is our right to know who among them is the current richest candidate and their net worth. ABS-CBN NEWS PHOTO OCTOBER 2015.
First of two parts - Out of the leading national candidates in the 2016 elections, a scion of one of the most prominent families in the country – Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II – is the richest, based on the candidates' latest Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). In the 2014 SALN he filed when he was Interior Secretary, Roxas declared that he had P283,963,236.78 in real and personal properties including stocks at the Philippine National Bank, PLDT, Piltel, Manila Doctors Hospital, Manila Polo Club, and others. Liabilities worth P81,882,784.07 leave Mar with a net worth of P202,080,452.71 as of December 31, 2014. From the estate of his father, the late Sen. Gerardo Roxas, Mar also has stakes in Jollibee, Camp John Hay Golf Club, Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club, Baguio Country Club, Club Filipino, Santa Elena Golf Club, as well as mining companies such as Lepanto Consolidataed Mining, Manila Mining Corporation, among others. Mar is a grandson of the late President Manuel Roxas, a lawyer who served as head of state after the Second World War, from May 28, 1946 to April 15, 1948. For his part, Mar is an economist who became known as “Mr. Palengke” during his stint as Trade Secretary before he was elected as senator in 2004. He had pushed for the development of the palengke or public market as the basic unit of the economy. He had also advocated for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) even though he comes from a prominent family engaged in some of the biggest businesses in the country. READ MORE...

ALSO: ELEKSYON 2016 - Who are the richest, poorest vice presidentiables?


DECEMBER 29 -This is the last of a two-part series on the finances of candidates vying for the two highest posts in the land.
Net worth based on SALNs of December 31, 2014. Data compiled by GMA News Research Judging by the list of companies on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), no one would immediately think that Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is the richest Vice Presidentiable in the 2016 elections. In 2014, Bongbong declared that he had a net worth of P200,598,008.22 but there were no big name firms on the SALN obtained by GMA News Research. Bongbong's business interests include Augustus Management in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and two Metro Manila-based firms: NIV Property Holding Co. Inc. and SASIVI Holdings, Inc. Bongbong, as most everyone knows, is the only son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., suspected of having illegally amassed US$5 billion to US$10 billion during his term as president from 1965 to 1986. The list of Marcos assets being tracked by the Presidential Commission on Good Government include a Claud Monet painting worth US$15 million. On his SALN, Bongbong lists an impressive collection of paintings that include a 1993 gift, national hero Jose Rizal's 1888 “Los Dos Pintores” worth P5,775,000. Bongbong also has Jose Joya's “Ocean Gem” (1976) worth P2,887,500 but bought for only P1,200,000 in 1993. Bongbong also mentions a gift acquired in the same year: Vicente Manansala's “Nude” (back view of a woman) worth P1,386,000. Meanwhile, next to “Ocean Gem,” the two most expensive paintings that Bongbong bought were Lao Lianben's “Table” worth P780,000 in 2011 (now P819,000) and Vicente Manansala's “Nude” (woman on chair) worth P700,000 in 1997 (now P892,500). Bongbong also has 17 BenCab paintings with prices ranging from P30,000 to P480,000 – the 1990 “Brush Strokes Book II” which he acquired for P120,000 in 2010 but has since quadrupled in value. "Poor" senator Senator Alan Peter Cayetano may be one of the “poorest” senators but with a net worth of P23,314,540, he ranks second in the group of Vice Presidentiables who are believed to be among those who will make it to the Commission on Elections' official list of candidates. The list will be announced around mid-January. READ MORE...

ALSO Erap on Duterte: No finesse, very 'local'


DECEMBER 31 -Meeting with The STAR editors and reporters, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said that while many women have also been linked to him, “I have finesse when it comes to that.” AP file/Kin Cheung
A known womanizer, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada yesterday urged presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a self-proclaimed “chickboy,” to show more finesse in dealing with women.
Meeting with The STAR editors and reporters, Estrada said that while many women have also been linked to him, “I have finesse when it comes to that.”  “My life is an open book and I never hide anything… you (have to) respect women,” Estrada said. The 70-year-old Duterte, who is seeking the presidency under the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban, has publicly boasted that he is a womanizer. Duterte has been likened by many to Estrada who is known for having many women. Both are not fluent in English but make fun of their language difficulty. The two also project themselves as anti-crime advocates. The Davao City mayor admitted having two wives and two girlfriends and he had been photographed hugging and kissing women in public events. “He just copied it from me, even in terms of chicks (girls). The difference between us is he doesn’t have the finesse,” Estrada said. According to Estrada, Duterte is a “local” who is not fit to run in a national position like the presidency. “I think he is just for local (politics) where he can bully his constituencies. It’s really different in national politics,” Estrada said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Senate maintains independence but not on Binay investigation
[The [Binay] investigation [by Blue Ribbon group] was seen as a tool to bring down the popularity of the vice president who used to top presidential surveys. The committee started its probe on the alleged overpricing of the P2.7 billion Makati City Hall building 2 and the corruption charges involving the Binays on August 20, 2014.]


DECEMBER 31 -Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (right) is heading the Senate subcommittee looking into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay (left). Pimentel justified the lengthy investigation, maintaining that it is necessary to bring out the truth.
NO big controversies rocked the Senate in 2015, unlike in the two previous years when some members of the chamber were accused of misusing their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel which led to the incarceration of three senators. The chamber managed to show its independence even if most of its members were perceived to be allied with the Administration. Senator Grace Poe, who was part of the administration coalition during the 2013 mid-term elections, led the investigation of the Mamasapano massacre that left more than 60 people dead, including 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF). After conducting 10 hearings—five open sessions and five executive sessions—Poe’s committee concluded that President Benigno Aquino 3rd is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the Mamasapano mission. The Senate panel emphasized in its report that the President could have saved the lives of the 44 police commandos had he stepped in and displayed stronger leadership after learning about the incident earlier that day. Poe also noted in the committee report that as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the President exercises great power and has vast resources at his disposal and the decision not to use that power should be explained. Aquino and some cabinet and security officials who were with him in Zamboanga City that day could have discussed and shared the information they have received so that the coordination between the military and police could have been hastened. Among those who were with Aquino on January 25 but failed to act accordingly were then Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief Gregorio Catapang and PNP Officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina. “As to the President, he is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the Mamasapano mission,” Poe said, citing the findings of the Senate panel which was later signed by the majority members of the Senate. Aside from holding Aquino liable for the massacre, the committee report also recommended the filing of charges against resigned police chief Alan Purisima, former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas and other officials. Purisima, a close friend of the President, was involved in the final planning of Oplan Exodus despite serving the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the graft complaint filed against him. The committee report on the Mamasapano massacre somehow showed that Malacañang is not in control of the Senate even if a number of its members are allied with the administration. BBL Malacañang also failed to convince the chamber to expedite the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Instead of passing the draft BBL submitted by the Office of the President, the Senate Committee on Local Government introduced a substitute version called the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR). The President personally handed the proposed law to the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives and appealed to them to fasttrack its passage. Once the draft was approved by Congress, a plebiscite will be held and a transition authority will be created. Under the original plan, an election for the new Bangsamoro region will be held in 2016 synchronized with the national and local elections. However, because of the constitutional infirmities found on the proposed law, the Senate decided to conduct separate hearings to fix certain provisions in the bill. Senator Miriam Santiago, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, said that the BBL is unconstitutional because it violates the principle of constitutional supremacy. READ MORE...

ALSO: CCP, NDF warned Noy not to cheat to give Roxas poll victory


DECEMBER 20 -ROXAS, PNoy
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have warned President Aquino not to resort to cheating to make administration bet former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II win in the May 2016 elections. In a 31-page official statement, the CPP Central Committee (CPP-CC) claimed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Aquino administration’s alleged control of the automated electoral system run by Smartmatic-TIM will subvert the results of poll surveys and even the actual voting by “pre-programming the ‘election’ of officials like what they did in the 2010 and 2013 elections.” It pointed out that “the free rein given a dubious foreign corporation in playing a pivotal role in what is supposedly the people’s democratic exercise of their sovereign power itself constitutes a flagrant and shameless violation of the people’s sovereignty.” Elaborating on the electoral contest itself, the statement argued: “The presidential electoral contest reflects in a concentrated way the contradictions of political factions among the reactionaries. Roxas is well known as an exponent of neoliberal economic policy, a Wharton boy, a loyal representative of the big compradors and landlords servile to the US. He does not care about persuading the working people to trust him, except by superficially trying to mimic their hard work in photo snapshots. And of course, he is isolated by even bigger and more serious accountabilities, such as rabid implementation of the neoliberal economic policy, gross and systematic human rights violations, and the aggravation of social inequality and injustices, unemployment and poverty.” READ MORE...

ALSO: By Francis Kong -The DNA of winners


JANUARY 3 -FRANCIS J. KONG 
There are people who seem to experience success on a consistent basis. But, then again, there are the ones who seem to waste their life and never ever achieving something substantial.
Think of your schoolmates. How many among them who were voted as “most likely to succeed” but actually did not do well at all? And how many among them you considered “losers” but turned out differently? What makes these people accomplish great things? What makes winners succeed? There must be a “genetic code” winners possess that makes them stand out from the crowd. I have encountered a lot of them, and I would like to conclude that these are the genes we would find in the DNA of top achievers: 1. Winners have a sense of destiny They sense that their life has a purpose and that there’s a reason they have been created in such a time like this. People without any purpose live meaningless lives. They don’t really live, they merely exist. They look at work as a punishment, a necessary evil. Had it not been for the payroll then they wouldn’t even be there in the first place. You cannot stop a person who has a sense of destiny. This person has a predisposition to setting high, lofty goals. They know that the journey to getting their objectives will be littered with oppositions and challenges. They face them, they fall, but they bounce back. The cause of their work is bigger than the cost of their hardships. They have a sense of mission. This is what pushes them to do what they do. 2. Winners hate the status quo Top achievers are people who won’t and can’t settle for the status quo, in fact they hate it. They have a gnawing sense of urgency knowing that time is precious and their current success is no guarantee for a secure future. These winners hate the word “Average.” The words “Level Up” are constantly on their lips. This is why they stretch themselves, and in many cases, these stretching exercises produce stress, but they know it is the source of building strength. They want to get better and put their eyes on goals way above what the ordinary people see. They may not hit the goal every time but they end up being higher than the “average” people are able to accomplish. What they can do is outstanding, and this is what makes them stand out. 3. Winners are intently focused on their goals It is in the DNA of winners NOT to be distracted from their desired destination. They are not easily sidetracked by things or activities that will not add value to their success goals. They know that success is a process and that it takes time for maturation of ideas and consistent execution that will bring them to their desired destination. They even turn down offers for the good things and keep their eyes on getting the best ones instead. 4. Winners exhibit humility High achievers and consistent winners know that the key to getting their desired outcome is to have the ability to spot and use the available resources accordingly. They understand that they cannot succeed alone. They know that they have their own weaknesses and are willing to be corrected. They need the expertise of other people to help them succeed. These winners are not afraid of asking questions and asking for help. They do not pretend to be the smartest person in the room. They constantly learn from others and once they achieve their goals, they really do not bother to flaunt it. They are on their way to achieving their next better goal instead. 5. Winners help others to become successful I have met people who have accomplished a reasonable amount of success, but eventually get greedy. Suddenly, it is all about them! They want to achieve more at the expense of others. They compromise on principles, behave unethically, and begin using people for their own advantage. READ MORE...


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ELEKSYON 2016 Who are the richest, poorest presidentiables?


The filing of COC (Certificate of Candidacy) ended this October 16, 2015 for the 2016 Philippine election. So far, there are four notable presidentiables and six vice-presidentiables eyeing for the highest and second-highest position in the government. As a taxpayer, it is our right to know who among them is the current richest candidate and their net worth. ABS-CBN NEWS PHOTO OCTOBER 2015.

MANILA, JANUARY 4, 2016 (GMA NEWS NETWORK) Published December 23, 2015 2:32pm By VERONICA PULUMBARIT First of two parts - Out of the leading national candidates in the 2016 elections, a scion of one of the most prominent families in the country – Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II – is the richest, based on the candidates' latest Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

In the 2014 SALN he filed when he was Interior Secretary, Roxas declared that he had P283,963,236.78 in real and personal properties including stocks at the Philippine National Bank, PLDT, Piltel, Manila Doctors Hospital, Manila Polo Club, and others.

Liabilities worth P81,882,784.07 leave Mar with a net worth of P202,080,452.71 as of December 31, 2014.

From the estate of his father, the late Sen. Gerardo Roxas, Mar also has stakes in Jollibee, Camp John Hay Golf Club, Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club, Baguio Country Club, Club Filipino, Santa Elena Golf Club, as well as mining companies such as Lepanto Consolidataed Mining, Manila Mining Corporation, among others.

Mar is a grandson of the late President Manuel Roxas, a lawyer who served as head of state after the Second World War, from May 28, 1946 to April 15, 1948.

For his part, Mar is an economist who became known as “Mr. Palengke” during his stint as Trade Secretary before he was elected as senator in 2004.

He had pushed for the development of the palengke or public market as the basic unit of the economy. He had also advocated for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) even though he comes from a prominent family engaged in some of the biggest businesses in the country.

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* GMA News Research's actual copy of the SALN is distorted
** Based on the comparative SALN supplemental doc (1995 to 1999)
*** Total assets computed by GMA News Research
Source: GMA News Research

His mother is Judy Araneta Roxas, vice-chairman of the Araneta Group with business interests in food, leisure, and property development, including the firm's crown jewel: the 35-hectare Araneta Center shopping complex in Cubao, Quezon City, with about 1M visitors daily.

In the country's last elections in 2013, Judy and other members of the Araneta clan are said to be the biggest campaign contributors of the Liberal Party. Mar's uncle Jorge Araneta, president and chief executive officer of the Araneta Group, shelled out P25 million; Judy, P20 million; Mar's aunt Maria Fores, P10 million, among others. All in all, Mar's family donated P72.7 million or about 40 percent of the P183.2 million contributions received by LP.

Mar is an Economics graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Economics. He had worked as an investment banker in New York. Mar only entered politics when his brother Dinggoy passed away in 1992.

Dinggoy had won a second term as a member of the House of Representatives in the 1992 elections but died a few months after. Mar won in the special elections held later.

Actor's daughter

Meanwhile, when it comes to the richest leading presidential candidates, the one who comes after Mar is a famous actor's daughter, Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, whose father is Fernando Poe Jr. a.k.a. FPJ or “Da King.”

FPJ, dubbed the “King of Philippine movies” and declared a National Artist in 2012, was believed to have a net worth of P254 million before he passed away in December 2004, just months after losing the presidential bid to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

According to a report of Newsbreak, FPJ Productions, a four-decade-old company owned by FPJ and his wife – actress Susan Roces, and other family members, reported a profit of P2.6M in 2002. The company has no debts.

In her 2014 SALN, Grace declared that part of her assets worth P126,955,615.31 includes P2,235,772 shares of stock in FPJ Productions. She indicated that she inherited these stocks in 2008.

The other properties she inherited include P7,375,000 shares of stock in 226 Wilson Development Corporation, a P18.9M property in Quezon City (one-fourth share), P8.4M property in San Juan, among others.

With liabilities worth P37,490, 795.95, Grace is left with a net worth of P89,464,819.36.

While most of the candidates' SALNs reveal an upward trend in their net worths, Sen. Poe's SALNs reveal a significant downward trend in net worth. In November 2010, she had total assets worth P197,847,094, liabilities of P45,313,800, for a net worth of P152,533,294.

In 2013, she had a net worth of P148,949,908.05 but this went down by P59.4 million in 2014 to only P89,464,819.36.

“Stupid is Forever”

Out of all the leading presidential candidates in the 2016 elections, only one – Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago reported assets from “Intellectual Property,” the royalties she earned, P160,000, from her successful book “Stupid is Forever,” a collection of jokes, one-liners, pick-up lines, and speeches.

Santiago, a tough-talking lawyer, has become a media and social media darling because of her humorous quotes and one-liners such as: “Ang crush parang math problem. Kung hindi mo makuha, titigan mo na lang” or “Dalawang beses lang naman kitang gustong makasama: now and forever.”

Santiago, a graduate of the University of the Philippines' College of Law, also holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Barbour Scholar and DeWitt Fellow) from the University of Michigan.

Her 2014 SALN shows assets worth P123,033,539, liabilities of P50M, for a net worth of P73,033,539. Santiago's assets include interests in several businesses that include Narsan Holdings, NS & MD (NS stands for Narciso Santiago – Miriam's husband) Corporation, and Defensor Santiago Law Firm.

Flower shop

While many presidential candidates revealed having several businesses, one candidate – Vice President Jejomar Binay – declared only one business interest in his 2014 SALN: a flower shop, Blooms and Bouquet, a sole proprietorship of his wife, Dr. Elenita Binay, former mayor of Makati City.

VP Binay, a human rights lawyer during the Marcos era, was appointed mayor of Makati City after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. He was later elected to the same post in several elections, having served as Makati mayor for 21 years before he won the vice presidency in the 2010 elections.

Binay, in 2014, declared assets worth P76,301,436, liabilities of P16,050,453, for a net worth of P60,250,983.

Until 2009, Binay declared having another business aside from Blooms and Bouquet: JCB Farms, a piggery in Rosario, Batangas. JCB are the initials of the Vice President: Jejomar Cabauatan Binay.

JCB Farms made the news in 2014 when Binay became subject of allegations of corruption due to the alleged overpriced parking building in Makati City.

In a Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing in 2014, lawyer Renato Bondal said the 11-storey Makati City Parking building was overpriced by 300 percent or about P2 billion.

Citing a city ordinance issued in 2008, Bondal claimed that the city government allocated P2.7 billion for the construction of the project but only declared P1.5 billion as the total cost of the project.

Investigations into the alleged overpricing of the building later expanded as questions were also raised about Binay's other properties that also allegedly included the 350-hectare JCB Farms in Rosario town in Batangas.

Former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado estimated the property to be worth P1.2 billion, adding that it has a British palace garden, a mansion with resort pool, a 40-car garage, an orchid farm, an air-conditioned piggery, and a fighting cock farm.


* 1999: Joint SALN of Jejomar and Elenita Binay
** Based on total assets computed by GMA News Research
Source: SALN obtained by GMA News Research

However, Binay, through the Office of the Vice President-Media Affairs Division (OVP-MAD), said Binay had disposed of his interests in the farm. In 1994, JCB shares were worth P400,000 .

According to OVP-MAD, Binay started a piggery business in Rosario, Batangas through a sole proprietorship in 1994. The VP's office explained that JCB Farms is "a mere lessee of a 9-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas."

Joey Salgado, OVP-MAD head, said JCB Farms earned for the Vice President an additional net income of P44,350,921.88 from 1994 to 2010 and that Binay paid taxes amounting to P15,889,581.83 during the said period.

"Poorest"

Meanwhile, based on their SALNs, the "poorest" leading presidential candidate is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the highly controversial official, who claimed to have killed 1,700 people.

Known for his strong stance against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality, Duterte is also criticized for alleged human rights violations. To this, Duterte, known for cracking jokes, said, "Patay naman sila so ano pang iisyuhin natin diyan?"

A self-confessed womanizer with "two wives and two girlfriends," Duterte has also been criticized for kissing women in his campaign trail but he said he is merely flirting in a harmless way.

Duterte has three children from his first wife --Paolo Zimmerman Duterte; Sara "Inday Sara" Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio, and Sebastian Zimmerman Duterte. He has another child, Veronica Avancena Duterte, from his second wife.

GMA News Research has only copies of Duterte's 2005 and 2008 SALNs. His 2008 SALN shows that he has P16,315,925.08 in assets, P1M in liabilities, for a net worth of P15,315,925.08.

Duterte, a lawyer, declared being an incoporator of Honda Cars-General Santos City. — RSJ/JST, GMA News

Note: All figures are based on SALNs obtained by GMA News Research.


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ELEKSYON 2016 Who are the richest, poorest vice presidentiables? Published December 29, 2015 7:36pm By VERONICA PULUMBARIT


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Net worth based on SALNs of December 31, 2014. Data compiled by GMA News Research

Judging by the list of companies on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), no one would immediately think that Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is the richest Vice Presidentiable in the 2016 elections.

In 2014, Bongbong declared that he had a net worth of P200,598,008.22 but there were no big name firms on the SALN obtained by GMA News Research.

Bongbong's business interests include Augustus Management in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and two Metro Manila-based firms: NIV Property Holding Co. Inc. and SASIVI Holdings, Inc.


Source: SALN obtained by GMA News Research

Bongbong, as most everyone knows, is the only son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., suspected of having illegally amassed US$5 billion to US$10 billion during his term as president from 1965 to 1986.

The list of Marcos assets being tracked by the Presidential Commission on Good Government include a Claud Monet painting worth US$15 million.

On his SALN, Bongbong lists an impressive collection of paintings that include a 1993 gift, national hero Jose Rizal's 1888 “Los Dos Pintores” worth P5,775,000.

Bongbong also has Jose Joya's “Ocean Gem” (1976) worth P2,887,500 but bought for only P1,200,000 in 1993.

Bongbong also mentions a gift acquired in the same year: Vicente Manansala's “Nude” (back view of a woman) worth P1,386,000.

Meanwhile, next to “Ocean Gem,” the two most expensive paintings that Bongbong bought were Lao Lianben's “Table” worth P780,000 in 2011 (now P819,000) and Vicente Manansala's “Nude” (woman on chair) worth P700,000 in 1997 (now P892,500).

Bongbong also has 17 BenCab paintings with prices ranging from P30,000 to P480,000 – the 1990 “Brush Strokes Book II” which he acquired for P120,000 in 2010 but has since quadrupled in value.

"Poor" senator

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano may be one of the “poorest” senators but with a net worth of P23,314,540, he ranks second in the group of Vice Presidentiables who are believed to be among those who will make it to the Commission on Elections' official list of candidates. The list will be announced around mid-January.

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Source: SALN obtained by GMA News Research

Cayetano has assets worth P28,346,574 and this includes club shares in Celebrity Sports Plaza, Calatagan Golf and Country Club, and Fuego Development Corporation.

He is also a partner at the Cayetano Sebastian Ata Dado and Cruz Law Office.

Cayetano also listed in his SALN from 2005 to 2014 a non-operating company: Lokal Books, Inc.

He also listed a non-stock, non-profit organization, the Cayetano Family Foundation, Inc. This family includes his wife, Ma. Laarni "Lani" Cayetano, incumbent mayor of Taguig City; sister and fellow senator Pilar Juliana "Pia" Cayetano; brother Lino Edgardo Cayetano, incumbent representative of the 2nd District of Taguig City; brother Rene Carl "Ren-Ren" Cayetano, former Muntinlupa City councilor; mother Sandra Schramm-Cayetano, and father Renato "Rene" L. Cayetano, who served as senator from 1998 until he passed away in 2003.

2003 is also the year that Cayetano purchased by installment the only real estate property declared in his SALN: a residential condominium unit in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Cayetano is one of the country's youngest politicians. At 21, he was the youngest councilor of the country during his time. At 24, he was the youngest Vice-Mayor of the municipality (now city) of Taguig. At 27, he was the youngest representative in the 11th Congress. At 37, he became the youngest chairperson of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

Modern commando

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is a former military colonel who is called a “modern commando” for having been involved in staging coups d'etat in the late 1980s against the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, mother of incumbent President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

For serving in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Honasan earned medals and commendations for gallantry in action including three Distinguished Conduct Stars, Gold Cross medals and Wounded Personnel Medals sustained in combat.

Honasan has a net worth of P21,225,615.91 and no liabilities. He also declared that he has no business interest but has several residential properties including a lot in Armed Forces of the Philippines Village Officers, Inc. (AFPOVAI) which he received as an award in 1997.

He also listed other personal properties that he acquired as a soldier:

•Land Bank Savings Account-Separation Benefit and Pension: P5,382,881.35

•Armed Forces of the Philippines Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (AFPSLAI)-Capital Investment: P3,000,000

•AFPSLAI-Savings: P1,213,089.41

Honasan first became a senator in 1995 and he claims that he is the “ first truly independent candidate in Philippine political history to win in national elections.” He was reelected in 2001, 2007, and 2013.

Honasan's profile on the Senate website mentions that he is married to Jane Umali of Pagsanjan, Laguna, “a medical technologist by vocation and an interior designer by training.” The couple has five children and three grandchildren.

Robredo's widow

Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona-Robredo is one of the five vice-presidentiables with ties to Bicol, one of the vote-richest areas in the country.

However, Leni, widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, says that she is the only “true blue Bicolano” among all vice president bets.

The four other vice-presidential aspirants with ties to Bicol are: Honasan, Senator Francis Joseph ‘Chiz’ Escudero, who served three terms as representative of the 1st district of Sorsogon; Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Trillanes IV and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano whose wife is from Tiwi, Albay.

On her 2014 SALN, Leni, a lawyer by profession, declared assets worth P14,932,123.70, liabilities of P6,900,000 and a net worth of P8,032,123.70.

Leni declared eight real estate properties in Naga City, including an orchard lot and three agricultural lots.

As for her business interest, she says that she has been a Meralco stockholder since 1999.

Leni's husband Jesse died in a plane crash off Masbate on August 18, 2012.

Expensive wedding

Of all the vice presidentiables, Senator Chiz Escudero, one of the “poorest senators,” is the only one who is married to an actress, Love Marie P. Ongpauco a.k.a. Heart Evangelista. She is Chiz's second wife. The senator is legally separated from his first wife, Christine Elizabeth R. Flores, with whom he has fraternal twins.

Chiz has a net worth of P6,049,082.09 and no liabilities.

One of the criticisms being hurled at Chiz is his supposedly lavish wedding with Heart in February 2015. Critics say he cannot afford a wedding at the luxury resort Balesin Island Club based on his net worth.

"We shelled out a little over P2 million from our own savings. I wanted a simple wedding. Siya 'yung may gusto ng lavish. So we had to talk about it, na ito lang ang kaya at gusto ko. She wanted something way more," Escudero told Winnie Monsod on GMA News TV's “Bawal Ang Pasaway” earlier this month.

According to the couple, sponsors mostly paid for the Balesin venue, while GMA Network shouldered the costs for the Manila reception of the wedding.

"I live simply and I'm not ostentatious at all. We didn't display it. In fact, it was not even televised or covered. We wanted it to be private. That's why there had to be a Manila reception that GMA asked for para may mai-air sila na snippets of our wedding," said Escudero.

Chiz, a University of the Philippines College of Law graduate, declared being a partner at the Escudero Marasigan Vallente and E. H. Villareal Law Office.

He also declared having real estate properties in Quezon City and Sorsogon City, where he served as congressman for many years. He has only one agricultural lot in Sorsogon while the rest are residential lots.

Chiz is the son of two politicians – Dr. Evelina B. Guevara-Escudero and the late Salvador Hatoc Escudero III who died in 2012. Evelina was a teacher at OB Montessori, San Juan City and also the UP College of Home Economics.

Another soldier

Like Honasan, Senator Antonio Trillanes is a soldier-turned-senator.

Trillanes took up Electronics and Communications Engineering at De La Salle University and also Naval Systems Engineering at the Philippine Military Academy.


Source: SALN obtained by GMA News Research

Before becoming senator, Trillanes was a Philippine Navy officer. He was one of the leaders of some 300 junior officers and enlisted men who took over the Oakwood Premier Hotel in Makati City in 2003 as they protested alleged corruption in the military and asked for the resignation of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other officials.

In his 2014 SALN, Trillanes declared assets worth P13,459,000, liabilities of P7,910,000 for a net worth of P5,549,000.

His liabilities include two housing loans, two car loans, and one personal loan.

His wife Arlene O. Trillanes is also an officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They have three children including one who died of an illness while he was just 21 days old. —JST, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Erap on Duterte: No finesse By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 31, 2015 - 12:00am 38 3963 googleplus3 0


Meeting with The STAR editors and reporters, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said that while many women have also been linked to him, “I have finesse when it comes to that.” AP file/Kin Cheung

MANILA, Philippines - A known womanizer, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada yesterday urged presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a self-proclaimed “chickboy,” to show more finesse in dealing with women.

Meeting with The STAR editors and reporters, Estrada said that while many women have also been linked to him, “I have finesse when it comes to that.”

“My life is an open book and I never hide anything… you (have to) respect women,” Estrada said.

The 70-year-old Duterte, who is seeking the presidency under the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban, has publicly boasted that he is a womanizer.

Duterte has been likened by many to Estrada who is known for having many women. Both are not fluent in English but make fun of their language difficulty. The two also project themselves as anti-crime advocates.

The Davao City mayor admitted having two wives and two girlfriends and he had been photographed hugging and kissing women in public events.

“He just copied it from me, even in terms of chicks (girls). The difference between us is he doesn’t have the finesse,” Estrada said.

According to Estrada, Duterte is a “local” who is not fit to run in a national position like the presidency.

“I think he is just for local (politics) where he can bully his constituencies. It’s really different in national politics,” Estrada said.

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“It’s very local. If you are running for president, you should have finesse. He is just copying me but I have finesse,” he jested.

Estrada added his kumpare, Vice President Jejomar Binay, enjoys top preference among the presidential candidates despite the many issues raised against him.

“Many cases have been thrown at Vice President Binay, but he remained on top. I respect Mar having been one of my best Cabinet members. He was responsible for the proliferation of call centers in our country,” Estrada said, referring to administration and Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.

During the lunch meeting, Estrada recalled his resolve in ending the Muslim rebellion in Mindanao during his presidency.

He said he wanted to end the decades-old Muslim rebellion and decided to launch an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2000.

He said he wanted an end to the loss of lives in the effort to talk peace with Muslim rebels. – Jose Rodel Clapano, Mike Frialde


MANILA TIMES

Senate maintains independence but not on Binay investigation December 31, 2015 4:34 pm by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA


Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (right) is heading the Senate subcommittee looking into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay (left). Pimentel justified the lengthy investigation, maintaining that it is necessary to bring out the truth.

NO big controversies rocked the Senate in 2015, unlike in the two previous years when some members of the chamber were accused of misusing their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel which led to the incarceration of three senators.

The chamber managed to show its independence even if most of its members were perceived to be allied with the Administration.

Senator Grace Poe, who was part of the administration coalition during the 2013 mid-term elections, led the investigation of the Mamasapano massacre that left more than 60 people dead, including 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

After conducting 10 hearings—five open sessions and five executive sessions—Poe’s committee concluded that President Benigno Aquino 3rd is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the Mamasapano mission.

The Senate panel emphasized in its report that the President could have saved the lives of the 44 police commandos had he stepped in and displayed stronger leadership after learning about the incident earlier that day.

Poe also noted in the committee report that as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the President exercises great power and has vast resources at his disposal and the decision not to use that power should be explained.

Aquino and some cabinet and security officials who were with him in Zamboanga City that day could have discussed and shared the information they have received so that the coordination between the military and police could have been hastened.


ROXAS, AQUINO, GAZMIN IN ZAMBOANGA MANILA TIMES FILE

Among those who were with Aquino on January 25 but failed to act accordingly were then Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief Gregorio Catapang and PNP Officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina.

“As to the President, he is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the Mamasapano mission,” Poe said, citing the findings of the Senate panel which was later signed by the majority members of the Senate.

Aside from holding Aquino liable for the massacre, the committee report also recommended the filing of charges against resigned police chief Alan Purisima, former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas and other officials.

Purisima, a close friend of the President, was involved in the final planning of Oplan Exodus despite serving the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the graft complaint filed against him.

The committee report on the Mamasapano massacre somehow showed that Malacañang is not in control of the Senate even if a number of its members are allied with the administration.

BBL
Malacañang also failed to convince the chamber to expedite the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Instead of passing the draft BBL submitted by the Office of the President, the Senate Committee on Local Government introduced a substitute version called the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR).

The President personally handed the proposed law to the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives and appealed to them to fasttrack its passage.

Once the draft was approved by Congress, a plebiscite will be held and a transition authority will be created. Under the original plan, an election for the new Bangsamoro region will be held in 2016 synchronized with the national and local elections.

However, because of the constitutional infirmities found on the proposed law, the Senate decided to conduct separate hearings to fix certain provisions in the bill.

Senator Miriam Santiago, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, said that the BBL is unconstitutional because it violates the principle of constitutional supremacy.

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She pointed out that the agreement establishes not a mere autonomous region as provided for by the Constitution, but a substate which will exercise certain sovereign powers, an authority reserved only for the central government.

Santiago’s committee conducted two hearings on the legality of the measure and submitted its report to the committee on local government, the main panel handling the BBL.

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., head of the committee, during his consultations with stakeholders in Mindanao learned that the government panel tasked to make the BBL draft did not consult those that will be affected by the proposed law

To make the BBL acceptable not only to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but also to other stakeholders, Marcos came up with a substitute bill which is now being debated in plenary.

The senator admitted the bill has a slim chance of being passed during the remaining months of the Aquino Administration.

The 2016 elections, he said, will have an impact on the BLBAR process because most of the lawmakers who are running next year may no longer be able to attend session starting next year. Marcos however gave assurances that the Senate will continue to work on the bill and pass it on third and final reading if they can.

If the measure is not passed during the Aquino Administration, it can be refiled and the next Congress can continue with the deliberations.

“We have a new rule that was adopted in the last Congress that we can take note of the findings in previous hearings on the same subject so there is no need to start again,” Marcos explained.

Binay probe
While the Senate showed its independence on the BBL controversy, the same cannot be said on the blue ribbon sub-committee hearings on the alleged corruption activities of Vice President Jejomar Binay and son Makati Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr. The investigation was seen as a tool to bring down the popularity of the vice president who used to top presidential surveys.

The committee started its probe on the alleged overpricing of the P2.7 billion Makati City Hall building 2 and the corruption charges involving the Binays on August 20, 2014.

One year after, the members of the sub-committee headed by Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd have not wrapped up the investigation, which went beyond the original resolution filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th seeking the probe in aid of legislation.

The Vice President turned down invitations for him to attend the hearings but his son appeared for the first hearing but refused to go back. He was only forced to appear again after the sub-panel issued a warrant for his arrest.

Pimentel justified the lengthy investigation, maintaining that it is necessary to bring out the truth.


TRIBUNE

Noy warned not to cheat to give Roxas poll victory Written by Gerry Baldo Tuesday, 29 December 2015 00:00


ROXAS, PNoy

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have warned President Aquino not to resort to cheating to make administration bet former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II win in the May 2016 elections.

In a 31-page official statement, the CPP Central Committee (CPP-CC) claimed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Aquino administration’s alleged control of the automated electoral system run by Smartmatic-TIM will subvert the results of poll surveys and even the actual voting by “pre-programming the ‘election’ of officials like what they did in the 2010 and 2013 elections.”

It pointed out that “the free rein given a dubious foreign corporation in playing a pivotal role in what is supposedly the people’s democratic exercise of their sovereign power itself constitutes a flagrant and shameless violation of the people’s sovereignty.”


SOURCE: BILATLAT.COM

Elaborating on the electoral contest itself, the statement argued: “The presidential electoral contest reflects in a concentrated way the contradictions of political factions among the reactionaries. Roxas is well known as an exponent of neoliberal economic policy, a Wharton boy, a loyal representative of the big compradors and landlords servile to the US. He does not care about persuading the working people to trust him, except by superficially trying to mimic their hard work in photo snapshots. And of course, he is isolated by even bigger and more serious accountabilities, such as rabid implementation of the neoliberal economic policy, gross and systematic human rights violations, and the aggravation of social inequality and injustices, unemployment and poverty.”

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Both the CPP and NDF, however, said they were pleased that all five major presidential candidates in the 2016 elections are committed in varying degrees to the resumption of formal talks in the peace negotiations between the NDF and the government.

“(Davao City Mayor Rodrigo) Duterte has been the most vocal and most forward in announcing his proposal to the NDF for a coalition government and offer of a number of Cabinet positions, and in indicating the patriotic and progressive grounds for a just peace,” it said.

“However, (Sen.) Grace Poe has run ahead of him in comprehensively defining the grounds for electoral alliance with the Makabayan Bloc. The grounds include upholding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, respect for human rights, national industrialization and genuine land reform and so on,” CPP-CC noted.

“It is unfortunate though that both Poe and Duterte are the target of disqualification suits. In the case of (Vice President Jejomar) Binay, he is the target of relentless corruption charges. In the case of (Sen. Miriam) Defensor-Santiago, despite her low rank in the poll surveys, she is the target of rumors that she has not really overcome her cancer ailment,” the party stressed.


PHILSTAR BY FRANCIS KONG

The DNA of winners BUSINESS MATTERS(Beyond the bottom line) By Francis J. Kong (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 3, 2016 - 12:00am 1 9 googleplus1 1


FRANCIS J. KONG

There are people who seem to experience success on a consistent basis. But, then again, there are the ones who seem to waste their life and never ever achieving something substantial.

Think of your schoolmates. How many among them who were voted as “most likely to succeed” but actually did not do well at all? And how many among them you considered “losers” but turned out differently?

What makes these people accomplish great things? What makes winners succeed?

There must be a “genetic code” winners possess that makes them stand out from the crowd.

I have encountered a lot of them, and I would like to conclude that these are the genes we would find in the DNA of top achievers:

1. Winners have a sense of destiny They sense that their life has a purpose and that there’s a reason they have been created in such a time like this.

People without any purpose live meaningless lives. They don’t really live, they merely exist. They look at work as a punishment, a necessary evil. Had it not been for the payroll then they wouldn’t even be there in the first place.

You cannot stop a person who has a sense of destiny. This person has a predisposition to setting high, lofty goals. They know that the journey to getting their objectives will be littered with oppositions and challenges. They face them, they fall, but they bounce back.

The cause of their work is bigger than the cost of their hardships. They have a sense of mission. This is what pushes them to do what they do.

2. Winners hate the status quo Top achievers are people who won’t and can’t settle for the status quo, in fact they hate it. They have a gnawing sense of urgency knowing that time is precious and their current success is no guarantee for a secure future. These winners hate the word “Average.” The words “Level Up” are constantly on their lips.

This is why they stretch themselves, and in many cases, these stretching exercises produce stress, but they know it is the source of building strength.

They want to get better and put their eyes on goals way above what the ordinary people see. They may not hit the goal every time but they end up being higher than the “average” people are able to accomplish.

What they can do is outstanding, and this is what makes them stand out.

3. Winners are intently focused on their goals It is in the DNA of winners NOT to be distracted from their desired destination.

They are not easily sidetracked by things or activities that will not add value to their success goals. They know that success is a process and that it takes time for maturation of ideas and consistent execution that will bring them to their desired destination.

They even turn down offers for the good things and keep their eyes on getting the best ones instead.

4. Winners exhibit humility High achievers and consistent winners know that the key to getting their desired outcome is to have the ability to spot and use the available resources accordingly.

They understand that they cannot succeed alone. They know that they have their own weaknesses and are willing to be corrected. They need the expertise of other people to help them succeed.

These winners are not afraid of asking questions and asking for help. They do not pretend to be the smartest person in the room. They constantly learn from others and once they achieve their goals, they really do not bother to flaunt it. They are on their way to achieving their next better goal instead.

5. Winners help others to become successful I have met people who have accomplished a reasonable amount of success, but eventually get greedy. Suddenly, it is all about them!

They want to achieve more at the expense of others. They compromise on principles, behave unethically, and begin using people for their own advantage.

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Then there are the real winners who know that their position of influence can open doors to help other people succeed.

These are the things that make these winners unique. You respect them. You admire them and wish that one day you would become like them.

You may or can be one of them. The good news is that these winners’ DNA we talk about can be developed, unlike the biological DNA we are stuck with.

Life is one beautiful adventure and we should never waste it by being stuck on being “Average.” Strive for excellence and be prepared to experience fullness of life.

Make it your goal this year to achieve success by increasing competence, acquiring new skills, learning new things, developing character, improving attitude, serving others and experiencing new wins you have never experienced before in your life.

Make it a winning year!

(Start the New Year right with Francis Kong. Sign up to update and upgrade your leadership and life skills with his highly acclaimed “Level Up Leadership” workshop seminar Jan. 13-14 at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. For further inquiries contact Inspire at 09158055910 or call 632-6310912 or 6310660 for details.)


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