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ONE YEAR LATER: SENATE PANEL TO END ANTI-BINAY PROBE; LAST HEARING ON TUESDAY


JANUARY 24 -PIMENTEL, Chair Blue Ribbon panel VS VP Binay & family
The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee probe into any allegations that can be produced against Vice President Jejomar Binay and members of his family may have run its course as Senate panel chairman Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said the inquiry that is set to resume on Tuesday would likely be the last as he is bent on terminating the proceedings. Pimentel said ending the more than one year of public hearings that started on the allegations of irregularities on the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 and later on branched out on anything under the sun against Binay has nothing to do with recent developments, such as the “improving” standing in the surveys of Binay or the forthcoming campaign period. “We want to tie up loose ends, have all documents or evidence submitted to us which is yet to be made by all those concerned and wrap up the proceedings soon,” Pimentel said. Pimentel claimed he had long planned to wrap up the inquiry as the proceedings had lasted for more than a year and is considered one of the longest investigations carried out in the upper chamber. “Even then, when Binay’s rating were going up, we were trying to schedule a hearing but it didn’t push through (due to conflict of schedule),” he said. “As early as October or November last year, we want to wrap it up but because of the budget hearings, we had to give way. But if I will have it my way, I want it to be the last (hearing) and I asked (Sen. Antonio) Trillanes (IV) and he has no objections,” he said. The probe stemmed from two resolutions filed by Trillanes concerning the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City Hall Building II which was labeled as a parking building and related anomalies as well as the purported irregular transactions entered into by the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) under the leadership of Binay. “If he will say that he (Trillanes) will no longer pursue the issues, then I will have to terminate the proceedings. We just need one last hearing,” he said.Arrest orders stand But before he could formally end the proceedings, Pimentel said he will ask for a status report from the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) on the numerous standing arrest and contempt orders issued by the blue ribbon, some of which failed to be served as the concerned individuals could not be found in their given address. “Even if we close the hearing, if there will be those who will be served with their arrest warrants, we will have to reopen the hearing (to hear their testimony),” he said. Pimentel also urged his colleagues, Trillanes and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano to attend the hearing one last time, even as the two expressed intention to stay away from from the proceedings to prevent themselves from being accused of engaging in partisan politics.
Both Trillanes and Cayetano are running for vice president, the former as an independent and the latter, in a tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. READ MORE...RELATED, Aquino’s Senate and media demolition team foiled
FLASHBACK December 24, 2015 7:55 pm FROM TH MANILA TIMES...and Bias in Reporting the 200 Million Libel Suit Filed by Binay?: Media Analysis...and also Palace denies involvement in Binay 'demolition job' 'We can say categorically that we are not involved in any way,' -Lacierda...

ALSO: Marine Colonel nabbed in drug lab raid


JANUARY 22 -BUSTED Narcotics agents lead away Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former PDEA official INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
A RANKING Marine officer and a Chinese national were arrested after government agents raided a clandestine drug laboratory in a townhouse in Manila past midnight Thursday. Marine Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, was arrested along with Yan Yi Shou, 33, when PDEA agents and police barged into the drug laboratory at Felix Huertas and Batangas streets in Sta. Cruz, Manila at about 12:30 a.m. At least 64 kilos of shabu or methamphetamine placed in four rectangular plastic bags with an estimated street value of P320 million, assorted chemicals, a beige Toyota Camry and other equipment were seized during the raid on the strength of a search warrant issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court. Shou was said to have served as an interpreter for the PDEA in 2005. The raid on the drug laboratory came after months of surveillance. Authorities said they placed an undercover agent pretending to be a helper. PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac said they were surprised to find Marcelino in the drug laboratory because he was not on their radar. Chief Insp. Roque Merdegia, a spokesman of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group of the Philippine National Police said Marcelino would be charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs. Merdegia said the operation started in November when they were tipped off about a storage facility inside a posh subdivision in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Later, they established that this was at the Celadon Residences. “We were able to secure a search warrant for it on Saturday but our operatives have been continuously monitoring the activity inside in the hope of arresting some people,” Merdegia said. Marcelino told reporters he was in the drug laboratory doing surveillance work when the PDEA agents raided the townhouse, but he was unable to show documents to prove his claim. Shortly after his arrest, Marcelino was taken to Camp Crame, then to the PDEA central office. Marcelino used to head the PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service under Dionisio Santiago, and was instrumental in the arrest of the Alabang Boys in a buy-bust operation in September 2008. He was eventually axed from PDEA on allegations he planted evidence on one of the suspects during a drug bust and was reverted back to his unit and later reassigned to the Naval Education Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales. Marcelino said he is currently assigned at the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento denied the claim. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pope Francis answers children's questions in new book


JANUARY 24 -New York (AFP) - Pope Francis has written his first book for children, replying to 30 probing letters from children around the world and due for release by a US publishing house in March.
Chicago-based Loyola Press, a Jesuit imprint, came up with the idea and got the go-ahead from the pontiff. "Dear Pope Francis" will be published on March 1 in English. An edition will also be available in Spanish. In compiling the book, the publishing house said it received 259 letters from 26 countries, written in 14 languages. Thirty of them, written by children aged six to 13, were chosen for the pope to answer from countries as diverse as Albania, China, Syria and the pontiff's native Argentina. "What did God do before the world was made?" asks eight-year-old Ryan from Canada. "If I told you that God was doing nothing before he created the world, I would be wrong," reads part of the answer from Francis. "Before creating anything, God loved."  Alexandra, 10, from the Philippines asks if the pope knows why some parents argue with each other. "We all argue. We are all human. Even I have argued," he replied, advising her to help her parents by not talking badly of them. "Stay close to your mom and dad and speak well of them. That will be good for everyone." A group of children whose letters were selected for the book will meet the pope at the Vatican on February 22, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP. "The meeting with the children will be very simple and private," he said.THE FULL STORY; RELATED NEWS, Pope to PH bishops: Find new ways to show God’s mercy...

ALSO: Pia happy to be home, ready for hectic sked


JANUARY 24 -Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach waves to the crowd upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early yesterday. AP
- Despite a long flight from New York to Jakarta for a pre-set event on Friday, 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach arrived at the NAIA Terminal II at 6 o’clock yesterday morning via PAL flight 538 looking as radiant as she was on Dec. 20 in Las Vegas when she ended the country’s 42-year drought and brought back the Miss U title last won by Margie Moran in 1973. “I’m so happy, I was not able to sleep last night because I was excited to come home. I don’t want to reveal too much about my experiences because I want to save those for the press conference tomorrow (Sunday). I’m glad to be home. It feels like I’m going to compete again,” Wurtzbach said. “Every time I would think about my trip back here, I would, you know, tear up a little bit, because I feel like it’s been so long. I have so many things to share and I can’t wait to share it all with you,” she added. Pia was accompanied by Ester Swan and James Wilmoth, the manager and security officer provided for her by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) headed by Paula Shugart, who is scheduled to arrive tonight from the US. Pia’s mom, Cheryl Alonzo Tindell, is arriving from England where she is based to keep Pia company during her homecoming. As soon as she checked into the Novotel Hotel at the Araneta Center in Quezon City where she will be billetted during her week-long visit, Pia ordered room service for her first homecoming breakfast.“Pia is ready for her tight schedule,” a source at the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) told The STAR. “She’s very excited and eager to see her family and to thank her kababayans for their support and prayers.” Waking up from a well-deserved sleep, Pia prepared for a Unilever event at the World Trade Center. Then she went back to the hotel to rest. Today, Pia will preside over a press conference for local and foreign media (who purposely flew in to cover the Miss U visit) at the grand ballroom of Novotel starting at 4 p.m. Tomorrow, she will have a ticker-tape parade starting at 2 p.m. at the vicinity of Sofitel Hotel where she will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. The parade is expected to end at 5 p.m. at the Araneta Center where she will be honored with fireworks. Then, she’ll make a stopover at the green gate of the Araneta Coliseum where children from charitable institutions will offer her flowers.READ MORE...

ALSO: Heavy traffic expected on Miss Universe victory parade


JANUARY 24 -Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach gestures at her pageant photo printed at a tarpaulin. (MB PHOTO / KEVIN DELA CRUZ)
Heavy traffic is expected in cities of Makati and Manila on Monday afternoon (January 25, 2016), as thousands of Filipinos are set to welcome Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during her grand homecoming parade.
This will be the first major public appearance of Wurtzbach since she arrived in the country last Saturday (January 23), after winning the crown at the most prestigious beauty pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada last December 20, 2015. Wurtzbach has invited Filipinos to bring and wave their small Philippine flags along the parade route in Makati, Manila and Quezon City. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority advised motorists in its Twitter post to expect heavy traffic in Makati and Manila areas in the afternoon. Organizers said that the parade will kick-off at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City at 2 p.m. Starting at 3:30 p.m., Ayala Avenue northbound from Buendia to Edsa will be closed to traffic. The parade route from Sofitel Hotel are as follows:
Left turn to Atang Dela Rama Street
Right to Vicente Sotto Street
Left to F. Ma. Guerrero Street
Right to Bukaneg Street
Left to Roxas Boulevard
Right to Padre Burgos Street towards Taft Avenue
Right to Finance Road
Right turn to Taft Avenue
Right turn to Quirino Avenue
Left to Roxas Boulevard
Left to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
Left to Ayala Avenue
U-turn to Ayala – Makati Fire station going to Ayala Avenue to Rustan’s. From Makati, Wurtzbach will go to the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City for the second part of the parade which will begin at 5 p.m. The 26-year-old beauty queen will also be visiting the Senate and Manila City Hall. Wurtzbach will ride an elegant float designed by award-winning production designer Fritz Silorio. It bears a white and royal blue theme with the replica of the Miss Universe crown at the front. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: IN CEBU, Eucharistic Congress calls for love, compassion for the poor


JANUARY 25 -Members of the clergy attend a mass held at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City yesterday, kicking off the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. PAUL JUN ROSAROSO
A mass, celebrated in a humble plaza to show the message of hope, kicked off the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City yesterday.
Yangon Archbishop Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, who was sent by Pope Francis to represent him in the weeklong event, said in the homily that the Eucharist and the poor are inseparable as he noted that 20,000 children die every day, about 90,000 a month or 10 million a year due to starvation and malnutrition. Calling on everyone to give love and compassion for the poor, the papal legate stressed that the biggest mortal sin is seeing a child die of starvation. Cardinal Bo is set to visit the Cebu provincial jail tomorrow and, in the following days, a vocational school and a training facility for the poor and out-of-school youth. “In our world, where there is a shortage of hope, mankind needs to hear the message of hope in Christ Jesus,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma in a post on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website. He added that since the Congress is an event of hope, Cardinal Bo wants to show this message by interacting with those who languish in prison and spending time with a number of Cebu’s poor children. Bo will visit the Don Bosco Training and Youth Center, established by his Filipino confreres to reach out to poor children and out-of-school youths, and a vocational school in Barangay Pasil, which is identified as one of the city’s most depressed areas. Palma also said Pope Francis tapped two priests – Marvin Mejia and Dominic Bar Bu – for “special pontifical missions” that he did not specify. In the mass celebrated at the Plaza Independencia, Cardinal Bo reminded everyone that all humans are equal before the Eucharist. READ MORE...


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Senate panel to end anti-Binay probe; last hearing resumes on Tuesday


PIMENTEL, Chair Blue Ribbon panel VS VP Binay & family

MANILA, JANUARY 25, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Angie M. Rosales Sunday, 24 January 2016 - The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee probe into any allegations that can be produced against Vice President Jejomar Binay and members of his family may have run its course as Senate panel chairman Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said the inquiry that is set to resume on Tuesday would likely be the last as he is bent on terminating the proceedings.

Pimentel said ending the more than one year of public hearings that started on the allegations of irregularities on the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 and later on branched out on anything under the sun against Binay has nothing to do with recent developments, such as the “improving” standing in the surveys of Binay or the forthcoming campaign period.

“We want to tie up loose ends, have all documents or evidence submitted to us which is yet to be made by all those concerned and wrap up the proceedings soon,” Pimentel said.

Pimentel claimed he had long planned to wrap up the inquiry as the proceedings had lasted for more than a year and is considered one of the longest investigations carried out in the upper chamber.

“Even then, when Binay’s rating were going up, we were trying to schedule a hearing but it didn’t push through (due to conflict of schedule),” he said.

“As early as October or November last year, we want to wrap it up but because of the budget hearings, we had to give way. But if I will have it my way, I want it to be the last (hearing) and I asked (Sen. Antonio) Trillanes (IV) and he has no objections,” he said.

The probe stemmed from two resolutions filed by Trillanes concerning the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City Hall Building II which was labeled as a parking building and related anomalies as well as the purported irregular transactions entered into by the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) under the leadership of Binay.


Trillanes: I want Binay in jail! INQUIRER FILE, 04:49 PM October 15th, 2014

“If he will say that he (Trillanes) will no longer pursue the issues, then I will have to terminate the proceedings. We just need one last hearing,” he said.

Arrest orders stand
But before he could formally end the proceedings, Pimentel said he will ask for a status report from the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) on the numerous standing arrest and contempt orders issued by the blue ribbon, some of which failed to be served as the concerned individuals could not be found in their given address.

“Even if we close the hearing, if there will be those who will be served with their arrest warrants, we will have to reopen the hearing (to hear their testimony),” he said.

Pimentel also urged his colleagues, Trillanes and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano to attend the hearing one last time, even as the two expressed intention to stay away from from the proceedings to prevent themselves from being accused of engaging in partisan politics.

Both Trillanes and Cayetano are running for vice president, the former as an independent and the latter, in a tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

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“It’s not yet campaign period so they cannot be accused of politicking. Besides, it’s part of theur duty as senators,” he said.

Cayetano, last Friday, said he will have to excuse himself from attending the hearing due to his quest for the vice presidency and also because he had called on colleagues who are also candidates in the May 9 elections to inhibit themselves from attending the re-opening of the Mamasapano incident to shield the proceedings from any perceived political biases.

“I made an announcement that I’d like to avoid hearings where we can be accused of being partisan because we’re also candidates. I’d like to challenge the others, since there are 24 of us (senators) anyway, maybe the others can attend by this time,” he said.

Trillanes, on the other hand, initially planned to to attend the hearing only to provide a quorum and not actively participate.
Pimentel’s pronouncements somehow led him to a change of heart and even said that he intends to present a “new witness” before agreeing to terminate the proceedings.

“We will take up the total amount (allegedly) plundered by Binay from the coffers of Makati which runs to billions of pesos. We will have a new witness to attest to this,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes, however, claimed that he has a new bombshell against Binay even as most of the revelations he made earlier turned out to be duds.

Trillanes said there’s still need to hold at least one more hearing to discuss what he described as a a “sensitive” matter concerning Binay.

Whether the supposed “bombshell” is something new, Trillanes would not say, adding that the matter may have already been publicly divulged in the past.

When asked if he could drop hints as to the nature of the issue to be taken up, Trillanes refused saying that they’re still in the process of reviewing whether the matter is allowed to be taken up in the committee hearing.

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RELATED FROM THE MANILA TIMES  --FLASHBACK DECEMBER 2015

Aquino’s Senate and media demolition team foiled December 24, 2015 7:55 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO TIGLAO

VICE President Jejomar Binay’s surge in presidential-preference polls by three different outfits demonstrates that the yellow attack dogs in media and in Congress have lost their fangs – a very welcome development for our democracy.

The attack against Binay by President BS Aquino’s demolition team – his Senate lapdogs, the yellowish ABS-CBN, and one of the country’s three biggest newspapers – was on a scale that even beat that which was mobilized in 2012 against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Unlike that on Corona, this time it didn’t work: Above, PDI’s 29 banner stories vs Binay. Below, Binay’s accusers Cayetano and Trillanes, basement-dwellers in the vicepresidential contest.


Unlike that on Corona, this time it didn’t work: Above, PDI’s 29 banner stories vs Binay. Below, Binay’s accusers Cayetano and Trillanes, basement-dwellers in the vicepresidential contest.

Aquino and his sidekick, Manuel Roxas, probably thought that it was as easy demonizing Binay as they did with Corona, and before that, President Gloria Arroyo.

To be honest, I was shocked that a broadsheet could so openly be against a political figure to throw all media ethics to the waste bin. In the 44 issues from Oct. 8 to Nov. 20, 2014, the Philippine Daily Inquirer had 29 banner stories on the allegations against Binay. I can’t remember any such sustained front-page attack on a political figure.

On four consecutive days starting Oct. 8, PDI even had such screaming headlines that virtually convicted Binay of corruption: ‘Binay farm a 350-ha. estate;’ Binay’s P1.2-B estate behind overpricing; Village folk readily say Binays own hacienda, (with a huge photo of the mansion allegedly owned by the Vice President); and ‘P4B shared by Makati execs.’

Note that the editors didn’t even bother putting the second headline between single quotation marks to indicate “as alleged.” If you’re interested what the headlines in the same period of the other two broadsheets were, The Philippine Star and The Manila Bulletin, google my column “The Inquirer vs Binay,” published January 2015.

The excuse for such ruthless coverage, of course, was the Senate sub-committee hearings, which didn’t even bother to camouflage its investigation as undertaken in aid of legislation.

Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, the most arrogant legislator this country has ever seen, certainly didn’t hide his bile and aim in the hearings: “Pakukulong ko yang si Binay,’ he said not just once.

There were a total of 25 Senate hearings that took 11 months purportedly to investigate the accusations of an admitted grafter, and big-time cockfight gambler. How many on Mamasapano, or even on the mega-robbery of the government budget called the Disbursement Allocation Plan? Just seven and four, respectively.

The recent surveys of vice-presidential preferences indicate how few believed Trillanes’ and his partner Alan Peter Cayetano’s accusations.

Despite Filipinos’ wrath against the corrupt that they even get angry at those just alleged to have done so, and applaud even fake anti-graft crusaders, only 4 to 6 percent of those surveyed said they’d be voting for those two.

And they had so much visibility because of the Senate hearings investigating Binay that most probably had the highest name recall.

Why did it fail?

Why did Aquino’s demolition team fail, in terms of getting Binay out of the presidential race, which was its mission?

The Binay camp, of course, would say, the truth can’t be repressed, and it was sooner rather than later that Trillanes and Cayetano, and Trillanes’ allegations, were proven wrong.

Another explanation is that it was undertaken way too early – last year – with public consciousness shifting to other issues as candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares’ qualification and to Rodrigo Duterte’s shocking language, forgetting the accusations against Binay.

Still another explanation is that newspapers, even the largest ones, no longer mold public opinion as they did in the past.

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey last month, done for the Duterte camp, found that only 5 percent of respondents read the newspapers daily, while 7 percent do either “a few times a week” or weekly.

And it is not the three broadsheets they mostly read but the tabloids, with Bulgar being the most read, and with 12 percent of the respondents saying they read it most often. Only about 8 percent read the Philippine Daily Inquirer or The Manila Bulletin, with Philippine Star, 3 percent.

The tabloids’ coverage focus, of course, has always been on crime and celebrity news.

The broadsheets’ reach when it comes to public opinion normally is magnified by radio commentators, who rely on them for their news and analysis. My limited monitoring of radio commentators’ reports on the Senate hearings indicate, though, that very few mouth the Inquirer’s line.

The three broadsheets’ role in molding public opinion has also been weakened – especially those of their opinion writers – by the rise of the internet and social media. World Bank data shows that internet users (defined as those who use it in the last 12 months by any device) in the Philippines have increased phenomenally, from just 2 percent of the population in 2001 to 40 percent in 2014, more than Thailand’S 35 percent, and way above Indonesia’s 17 percent.

Since print newspapers aren’t really cheaper at P600 monthly, more and more Filipinos, especially the youth, have, instead, been reading newspapers’ internet versions. This has been a boon for smaller newspapers like The Manila Times, Manila Standard, and The Daily Tribune, since the old barrier of locked-in subscribers and the cost of print paper don’t matter anymore, with their internet versions having the potential reach of the big three.

A major development in internet-usage dynamics is that increasing numbers of netizens don’t log in anymore to a newspaper’s home page. What has been happening is that somebody posts a newspaper article or opinion on their Facebook pages, and this is reposted on other walls, in some cases becoming viral. You can have an idea on the extent of readership an article or a column generates through its number of “likes” and/or “shares.”

This paper’s own internal statistics, for instance, has shown that several columnists – depending on their topic – have had 50,000 to 100,000 readers, stratospheric levels compared with the few hundreds and even less than a hundred (based on their likes/dislikes) estimated for columnists in the three bigger broadsheets.

Users of Facebook and Twitter, at least from my own monitoring, have become disillusioned with, or even angry, at this Administration, so much so that their posts more often are against Aquino, Roxas and Transportation Secretary Emilio Abaya, deafening the decreasing anti-Binay posts by celebrity has-beens servile to Aquino.

It is a very welcome development for our democracy.

The dominance of a single newspaper and a TV network in terms of its power over public opinion has been – since 2005 often in service of the yellow cult – as damaging to our Republican system as Aquino’s scandalous bribing of the Congress to remove Chief Justice Corona.

How can the people choose their leaders wisely now, indeed, if all they read in the past had been trash?
tiglao.manilatimes@gmail.com
www.rigobertotiglao.com

24 Responses to Aquino’s Senate and media demolition team foiled
Avery says:
December 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm
And guess what? Marixi Prito of Philippine Daily Inquirer and Dunkin Donuts didn’t pay Dunkin Donuts’ taxes for a year!
Robertey Barrameda says:
December 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm
Binay’s surge in the presidential preference polls, I hope PNoy would not end up in a WHELLCHAIR next year which happened in the past presidencies.
carlitos says:
December 25, 2015 at 9:37 pm
I agree with your observations regarding what some in the media did on the propaganda against Binay. I desire decapitation for all corrupt gov’t workers in all levels – from the president down to the last office secretary in any gov’t office. But, the Binay crusade was an obvious ‘chess move’ from the camp of pnoy and or trillanes – mga “suya-an” according to the ilonggos. :)
If they wanted to investigate and prove that he’s committed graft, there really was no need for the ‘show’. All they needed to do was collect evidence, send him to the courts, and tell the people that that’s ‘what’s happening’.
Things would have progressed by now.
But, then, again, it’s the pilipins! It’s fun in there…people kind of allow it to happen. They’re very vulnerable to story-telling. That’s why churches thrive there… :)
I just hope that the people can see through the shrewdness of trillianes and remove this guy from the senate. He’s wasting money and time. And, he’s quite a coward. He surrendered, remember?!?
fyi says:
December 26, 2015 at 7:57 pm
Trillianes has his army of consultants (55) of them to take care of, Not sure why Trillianes thinks it’s ok to pay his drivers and house boy with his senate budget but according to him it’s not against the rules but it sure does look like corruption from where i sit.
How does a house boy count as a consultant in the eyes of COA which Trillianes claims approved his paying his house boy, driver, family drivers with his monthly senate budget.
What is his salary for ?
Does he have a pool ? Does he count the pool cleaner as a paid consultant ?
Is that what he pays his brother 70,000 every month to consult on the condition of his pool ?
Do we pay his rent, car leases ? his and his families and consulting staffs food bill as well ?
Mariano Patalinjug says:
December 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm
Yonkers, New York
25 December 2015
Like it or not, JEJOMAR BINAY will be the next President of the Philippines–and his success will not depend on the obvious support Manila Times columnist RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO is giving him.
This columnist seems to be putting across the impression that Vice President Jejomar Binay is the “cleanest” public official around, and that the Senate investigations into Mr. Binay’s alleged corruption as the former Mayor of Makati City, which have been reported accurately in The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, the Manila Bulletin and other papers, is nothing but a “demolition job” of his political enemies.
Be that as it may, Jejomar Binay will be elected the next President because it happens that Filipino voters, the majority of whom are poor and reside in the boondocks, are not world-famous for exercising their constitutional “democratic” right on the basis of who among the aspirants is the best qualified for the position–but on the basis of “name recognition,” “celebrity,” and who is prepared to buy their votes for as low as P350 and for as high as P3,500.
Jejormar Binay has “name recognition” as the Vice President who beat Mar Roxas in the last elections. He has become a “celebrity” like movie stars Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Fernando Poe, Jr., thanks to all the rumors swirling around his head and the [negative] publicity he has been getting in both the mass and the social media. And he has all the money he needs to buy those millions of votes in the boondocks, from the loot he allegedly got as former Mayor of Makati City and as the President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
So, even as early as now, I say, the same way the Romans of old would hail Augustus Caesar: “HAIL, PRESIDENT JEJOMAR BINAY!”
MARIANO PATALINJUG
patalinjugmar@gmail.colm
Mei says:
December 25, 2015 at 2:31 pm
It has been obvious in your articles that you are rooting for binay. and, you have the right to root for whoever tickles your desires. However, there is bias in reporting that I don’t agree to. When other candidates are ahead of the poll, they are fixed. when it is binay, it is factual. you know it can never be accurate. if you read across facebook and find out that 90% of bloggers are for duterte, will you say it is fixed? the thing is, nothing is accurate because no polls can represent the whole pinoy voters unless it becomes the basis for cheating. if they fix the poll to reflect 60% is for roxas for instance and they want it fixed, then they will fix the election results to be 60% for roxas, making the polls the basis for the percentage. You keep attacking duterte’s language, and you know that sweet talk does not make a country, nor being a good christian, nor being a well clothed man, nor being a respectable person. It is in the backbone of a person, who will not be afraid to step on someone toes if he believes he is right that will make the country right. He has the backbone and the guts to do what he deems is right to make the country safer, has justice for the poor, and government service that is not ridden with laglag bala and many more. Surprised if most pinoys will root for duterte? because he is not a person who will sway towards where the money is. I don’t care and people don’t care about the language, I myself swore so mnay times about the corruption that is never ending in our country. so why not root for someone who stands for what is right? expletives? I would scream expletives to these morons who are extorting money from the poor, who are stealing money that belongs to the country, and who pretend to be sweet talking, coy, christianlike person. ahhh the ravening wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. No more place for them in our country, the people are waking up, they research, they read, they talk, they discuss, the debate, they just don’t listen to one person. and that is where the beauty lies, we all get educated, educated enough to root for someone who says*%^(_^%!! I will throw them all to the ocean! I will do the same if I were president, time to make a change, time for the good to rule and trample the sick corrupt people!
fyi says:
December 26, 2015 at 2:55 am
Duterte is insane.
cora betsayda says:
December 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm
I am beginning to patronize your paper and your column sir, manila times always write fairly,unconditional and realistic. Iam disappointed with PDI and abias cbn already. never practice ethical journalism.It will be unlikely this elkection will give us a good result, the oligarchs will do all their best to win their chicken. Mar roxas will never win in fair competetion he will definitely CHEAT on this coming election.
isidro c. valencia says:
December 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm
JOJO Binay has not had an easy time that last two decades – except as victim of rumor-mongerers who are envious of his political luck and skill. His enemies have consistently spread all sorts of black propaganda against him but failed to convince most Filipinos of one simple fact.
Senate has spent 7,100 hours throwing PUTIK to VP BINAY and cost a lot (billions of pesos for the taxpayers). It is the longest Senate BURLESK SHOW (Hubad sa Katotohan).
In the last 22 years, the same period that VP BINAY has been rumored to amass great wealth, he has been the target of legal maneuvers to be accused and convicted of graft and corruption except for 2 ½ years during the Erap presidency,
Former President Ramos was against VP BINAY. Rumored paramour Baby Arenas run for mayor against VP BINAY with the friends (like Inquirer’ columnist Solita Monsod) and allies of the Ramos presidency helping her. That was for the period of six years from mid-1992 to mid 1998.
VP BINAY had a respite from presidential persecution for 2 ½ years from mid 1998 to 2000 when Joseph Estrada was the president.
In 2001 to mid 2010, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and he whole political structure and list of cronies went against JOJO BINAY, reminiscent of the Ramos presidency. Gloria Arroyo even tries to remove JOJO BINAY from the Makati mayorship by force, using then DILG Ronnie Puno to try to evict him. This was for a period of 9 ½ years.
From mid 2010, JOJO BINAY has been on the receiving end of the same accusations, merely of which ha had been formally accused of but exonerated when these same cases were dismissed – when the serving president was against him. Because of the election protest of the leader of the Liberal Party to run for the presidency again in 2016, the attacks and allegations against JOJO BINAY continue making 2014 the 22nd year when sitting presidents have been political opponents.
If the powerful efforts of presidents and their political parties in 22 years had been brought to bear against any political figure, the target would have been accused, convicted andjailed.
But rumors cannot convict one who has not committed the crimes he has been accused of, only evidence that no one in 24 years has been able to do.
At present, VP BINAY has been the recipient of UNDECIDED votes created by the “low level verbal altercations between Roxas and Duterte” and is gaining momentum to lead in the presidential race.
fyi says:
December 26, 2015 at 2:52 am
But rumors cannot convict one who has not committed the crimes he has been accused of
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They can in the Philippines, Chief Justice Corona remember him ?
Only cost 50 million peso for each yes vote.
RUBEN C PAJARILLO says:
December 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm
Good day and merry Christmas, Mr. Tiglao. When you are in other newspaper, I think it is Manila Standard, all of your articles were the ones I read firstly with enthusiasm, particularly if you are attacking BSA and his lapdogs. I do the same in this broad sheet. But when you started to praise Mr. Binay and being his campaigner, in a way, I started to loose interest on your columns. How could you!
Benz
Leodegardo Pruna says:
December 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm
Gloria made an irreversible error in not completely supporting Gibo. If only she did support Gibo, things would have happened differently. Besides, up to now nothing has come out for P-Noy in his case against Gloria but hate remains. God bless the Philippines.
EC says:
December 25, 2015 at 10:53 am
The ombudsman made a huge sacrifice by coming out of retirement and help prosecute the corrupt. If Binay would win. Such a sacrifice is definitely worthless and the corrupt will reign and enjoy taking advantage of the Filipinos. Definitely no one to blame but the Filipinos who believe and voted for him. There are definitely Filipinos amongst us who
believe the Filipino government is eternally corrupt and for them a Corrupt president is nothing new and would make no difference at all as everyone is corrupt. Such a sad part of Being Filipino. We are given a chance to change and hope and yet there are those who keep pulling us down.
Samuel Santos says:
December 25, 2015 at 10:34 am
Whenever I want my blood pressure to rise, I just watch ABS-CBN while reading the PDI. They certainly make my day.
Manny De Guzman says:
December 25, 2015 at 10:18 am
Cayetano is nothing but thin skin onion. He has done nothing during hearing. He wasted a lot of time and money with one purpose to run this coming election. JUST PUBLICITY, GIMMICK, PRETENDING AS HE IS A GOOD SENATONG. Enriched himself and his family.Good corrupt, inept politician. Wasted the peoples money. VERY CORRUPT POLITICIAN.
pogoubae says:
December 25, 2015 at 6:11 am
“If you’re interested what the headlines in the same period of the other two broadsheets were, The Philippine Star and The Manila Bulletin, google my column “The Inquirer vs Binay,” published January 2015.”
Instead of this, please have someone just hyperlink it for you, sir.
Inocent says:
December 25, 2015 at 4:13 am
It is so sad to write and say how pathetic PNoy and his lackeys have prostituted the entire media yet the same are even willing victims to the same anomaly. Mr. Bobby Tiglao, you are correct, because the same Philippine media allowed PNoy, his oligarchs and cronies to do what they want to manipulate the public with lies and wrong information, they do not enjoy anymore of the credibility they have had before the martial rule of Macoy when even the old Manila Chronicle of the Lopez were a little bit partisan of Ferdinand Marcos. Since Corazon Aquino was given the Presidency, it also gave birth to media partisanship initiated by PDI, ABS-CBN, Bulletin and many others. It is true that when Cory took over, we also started reading and listening to media and journalistics trash.
victorts says:
December 25, 2015 at 3:27 am
I have not been reading trash for quite sometime now. That is probably why Aquino is not one of my favorite persons in the Philippines and LP not my favorite party. Even on Manila Standard and Manila Times, I refuse to look at Liercierda’s picture, much more read his words. I now hate the color yellow, which used to be my favorite and all balding people with a smirk look evil to me.
redsnapper1 says:
December 25, 2015 at 9:14 am
Bravo, my friend. My feelings exactly.
P.Akialamiro says:
December 25, 2015 at 2:09 am
What is happening in he country now , politics and otherwise, is really pathetic.. There is the government who claims to have set the “tuwid na daan” but, in reality. a path of vengeance and divisibility; a forthcoming election to change its leader with: (1) candidate who’s disqualified, but stubbornly insistent, with a backing of people who would like to make a ‘mockery’ of the Consitution; (2) candidate who has been accused of not only once, but more, plunder cases, but simply cries political persecution without giving any explanation why he is ‘clean’; (3) candidate whose human rights record is a big question mark; (4) credible and very qualified candidate, but whose health is questionable; and, (5) administration’s candidate who is anointed and being backed up by the current administration who have shown incompetence, with no leadership, and seems to be a mere ‘duplicate’ of the coattail wearer he is clinging on to.
In the ‘ultimate’ analysis, the clear loser is Juan dela Cruz, whether we like it or not,
with each candidate for president having a ‘disqualification’ attached to his/her personal or work record, the country will just be the same. Unless, there is an exceptional will, political will if you may, to enforce the existing laws objectively, without the emotional and popularity considerations, but the weal of the people, the Philippines will always be the same.
Are these all we got for a possible leader? Maybe so, because everyone did not do his responsibility for the past 30 or so years. It was a case of “to each his own” and no one cared about the poor and the oppressed, or, “us against you” culture of society of the country. Where have all the political ‘leaders’ gone?
What we have is a government “off” the people, “buy” the people and, therefore, “poor” Filipino people! .
fyi says:
December 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm
Near as i can tell, The only people that seem to have this countries best interest at heart, that identify problems and have researched solutions are the contributing writers of the Manila Times.
The entire senate outside of one or two senators are thieves.
Hundreds of house members are thieves.
Where was the Justice Dept during all this ?
Jailed 3 opposition senators out of 21 senate thieves.
Jailed zero House members
Former Justice head De Lima did not prosecute any of the liberal party pork barrel thieves.
De Lima claimed the pork barrel prosecution as one of her great accomplishments. Now she is running for senate as a liberal party candidate. What a surprise.
Everyone by now should be able to see the Aquino appointee’s corruption, Every agency headed by incompetent, subservient braggarts claiming accomplishments where none exist.
Business as usual in the Philippines.
joe says:
December 25, 2015 at 12:12 am
Sir,I don’t read these three broadsheets you mentioned because its a waste of time in tagalog “wala kang mapapala’, puro kasinungalingan ang balita!’ i patronage the manila times because of its quality and mind quantity compared to these commercialized broadsheet newspapers with broadminded readers? I hope people will realize to spend their P18 to P20 pesos with good sense newspapers.Don’t buy Daily Inquirer,Philippine star and Manila Bulletin are thick with more pages they are good to be used for “pambalot ng tinapa!
TG says:
December 25, 2015 at 12:11 am
That’s what those yellow media did to Gloria, demonized totally so that her endorsement for Gibo won’t work!
leipzig says:
December 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm
remember what Trillanes and Cayetano did during the Senate hearing on the so-called “Makati car park building” and let’s see if in the near future, the Binays will be convicted by the Sandiganbayan; or the hearing is just a demolition job, in aid of Trillanes’ and Cayetano’s quest for the vice-presidency in the 2016 election.
As what Tiglao previously wrote, can’t they (Trillanes and Cayetano) have some decency and just buy some media spots instead of using the Senate hearings for free publicity?
Let’s see if the court will admit as proof of ownership, the statement of Binay’s daughter in Instagram: “our house in Batangas.”
As a lawyer, Cayetano should know that title of the land

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Bias in Reporting the 200 Million Libel Suit Filed by Binay?: Media Analysis Categories: Society Tags: Binay, Blue Ribbon, Jejomar Binay Leave a comment

LibelCNN welcome By: Elena Grace Flores: Examine these 3 News Releases and see for yourself which Media is the most reliable, bias or staging Media Propaganda on today’s 200 Million Libel Suit filed by Binay? See CNN Philippines, GMA News and ABS-CBN Reports:

From CNN Philippines Report:

200-million damage suit for libel and violation of the civil code against lawmakers, government officials, and a media entity on Monday (July 20) before the Makati Regional Trial Court.

Included in the damage suit were Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, and Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice.


INQUIRER.net 05:24 PM November 4th, 2014  ERICE TO BINAY: Don’t be a ‘two-timer’ by staying in Cabinet while criticizing gov’t Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice and Vice President Jejomar Binay (inset). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

According to Binay’s lawyer, Claro Certeza, the malicious accusations these lawmakers made against the vice president in media interviews outside the halls of the Senate and the House of Representatives are not covered by parliamentary immunity.

Also included in the damage suit is Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for allegedly prejudging the vice president’s plunder cases and for saying that the evidence against him are strong even if the preliminary investigation is not yet done.

The vice president also filed a case against the Philippine Daily Inquirer for the alleged frequent reporting of negative stories against him.

Certeza added that Renato Bondal, Nicolas Enciso VI, Ernesto Mercado, and Mario Hechanova were also included in the case, saying that they made baseless accusations against Binay.

The damage suit also included members of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) — Amando Tetangco, Emmanuel Dooc, Teresita Herbosa, and Julia Abad — for the alleged premature release of the confidential AMLC report and for withholding information related to the income and other sources of funds of Binay.

According to Certeza, the case was filed to prove that the accusations being thrown at the vice president were baseless and are only meant to malign his character and to destroy his chances of being elected President.

Certeza explained that Binay is asking for P200-million from these people because that is the same amount that they alleged Binay had stolen from the government coffers.

From GMA News:

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday filed a P200-million damage suit arising from alleged libelous statements against Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano; Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales; former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado; and eight others.

The complaint was filed before the Makati Regional Trial Court.

Also included as defendants were Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice; Atty. Julia Bacay Abad, executive director of the Anti-Money Laudering Council (AMLC); Mario Hechanova; Renato Bondal; Nicolas Enciso IV; Philippine Daily Inquirer; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas head Amando Tetangco Jr.; Securities and Exchange Commission chief Teresita Herbosa and Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc.

In his complaint, Binay accused the 12 defendants, allegedly motivated by political ambitions, disdain and personal animosity towards him, and or greed for power and money, colluded to malign his name and reputation to force him not to run in the 2016 presidential elections.

“(Binay’s) name and reputation will be so blackened from the baseless and fabricated accusations against him that he will lose the trust and confidence of the voters in the next presidential elections,” he said.

He said there was a well-funded and well-orchestrated campaign to maliciously accuse him of crimes and defects.

“Worse, the defendants, acting in concern, have caused much publicity of these false and baseless accusations—precisely to malign and discredit (Binay) before the public for the upcoming May 2016 elections,” he said.

From ABS-CBN:

MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes that the decision of Vice President Jejomar Binay to file a P200 million damage suit against his accusers is an indication that he is already panicking.

”Nagpapakita lang ito na nag-papanic na si VP Binay kaya sinusubukan na lang niyang takutin ang mga taong umuusig sa kanya,” Trillanes said in a statement.

”Gayunpaman, haharapin natin itong kasong ito sa korte at ipagpapatuloy pa rin namin ang pagbubunyag sa mga katiwaliang ginawa niya.”

Included in the P200 million suit, filed by Binay’s lawyer Claro Certeza, were Senators Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, and Ombudsman Conchita Carptio Morales.

Also in the complaint were lawyers Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso, who earlier accused Binay of being behind allegedly overpriced Makati Cuty projects; and Mario Hechanova, who backed accusations that the bidding of certain projects in Makati had been rigged.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Insurance Commission Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc, Securities and Exchange Commission chair Teresita Herbosa, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., and Presidential Management Staff chief Julia Abad were also included in the complaint filed before the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

Tetangco heads the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), while Herbosa and Dooc are members. The AMLC earlier sought the freezing of 242 bank accounts of Binay and his associates.

The vice-president believes that the AMLC erred in its report and branded the request for the freeze order, which was granted by the Court of Appeals, as political persecution.

Binay also believes that Ombudsman Morales is not impartial, even as he insists that the anti-graft body has no jurisdiction over him since he is an impeachable official.

In his complaint, Binay said the people he sued were acting in conspiracy to destroy his reputation.

He described the two senators and Erice as the “attack dogs” of his political opponents; Mercado, Hechanova, Enciso and Bondal as “paid witnesses”; the Inquirer as a “biased media outlet”; and Tetangco, Herbosa, Dooc, and Abad as “government inquisitors”.

”[The] defendants, acting with gross and evident bad faith, connived and colluded with one another in destroying the name, good and reputation of the Plaintiff (Binay) through a well-funded and well-orchestrated campaign,” the complaint reads.

Binay is seeking P200 million in moral and exemplary damages. he is also demanding at least P1 million for litigation expenses.

It is clear that CNN Philippines has detailed the facts on the event whereby GMA is a little neutral with less facts on the actual proceedings but with additional coverage on the comments of the accused. ABS-CBN is however hopeless – misleading readers just with the title and incomplete details. They all mentioned however that Philippine Daily Inquirer, a media entity was also accused of being negative on their reporting involving Binay.

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Palace denies involvement in Binay 'demolition job' 'We can say categorically that we are not involved in any way,'


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says about the latest allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay  'NOT US.' Malacañang denies any hand in the attacks against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is washing its hands clean of any involvement in the so-called "demolition job" against Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has dismissed allegations against him as politically motivated.

On Wednesday, October 8, the same day a former Makati official revealed Binay’s alleged 350-hectare Batangas farm at a Senate hearing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda denied that the Palace is behind the moves to bring down the Vice President in preparation for the 2016 presidential race.

“Like you, this is the first time we are looking at the video presentation of Vice Mayor [Ernesto] Mercado. We can say categorically that we are not involved in any way,” Lacierda said, responding to questions.

He added: “We are not aware of any moves by anyone in government. We are not using government resources as to how these are being revealed.”

In the Philippines, the president and vice president may come from different political parties. President Benigno Aquino III is a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), while Binay has created his new political party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), in preparation for the 2016 elections. UNA was the opposition coalition in the 2013 midterm elections.

Lacierda also refused to comment on Binay’s statements that political motives are behind the attacks. The Vice President did not mention who he believes is behind them.

“We will not comment on his statement that it is politically motivated. That is a strategy that he employs on his part and so we won’t comment on that. But if you are asking us if we are involved in any way in this matter, no we are not. We again go to the basic principle of he who alleges must prove the same," Lacierda said.

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, outspoken critics of the Vice President and have actively participated at the Senate hearing, are said to have ambitions for higher office in 2016.

All eyes are on the Vice President, in the light of corruption allegations against him and members of his family spawned by a Senate probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building constructed during his mayorship.

The latest allegation, made by former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado, is that the Binays own an estate he calls "Hacienda Binay" with an estimated value of P1.2 billion ($26.77 million*) not declared in the Vice President's Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs). The Binay camp denies the allegation.

Binay is currently leading in 2016 presidential polls, although the most recent survey shows a drop in his numbers by 10 percentage points. He is trailed by LP’s presumed standard bearer Manuel Roxas II. – Rappler.com


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Colonel nabbed in drug lab raid posted January 22, 2016 at 12:01 am by Francisco Tuyay and Florante S. Solmerin

BUSTED Narcotics agents lead away Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former PDEA official INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A RANKING Marine officer and a Chinese national were arrested after government agents raided a clandestine drug laboratory in a townhouse in Manila past midnight Thursday.

Marine Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, was arrested along with Yan Yi Shou, 33, when PDEA agents and police barged into the drug laboratory at Felix Huertas and Batangas streets in Sta. Cruz, Manila at about 12:30 a.m.

At least 64 kilos of shabu or methamphetamine placed in four rectangular plastic bags with an estimated street value of P320 million, assorted chemicals, a beige Toyota Camry and other equipment were seized during the raid on the strength of a search warrant issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.


Raid. Police seized P320 million worth of shabu during a raid in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Thursday. Lino Santos


Shou was said to have served as an interpreter for the PDEA in 2005.

The raid on the drug laboratory came after months of surveillance. Authorities said they placed an undercover agent pretending to be a helper.

PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac said they were surprised to find Marcelino in the drug laboratory because he was not on their radar.

Chief Insp. Roque Merdegia, a spokesman of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group of the Philippine National Police said Marcelino would be charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs.

Merdegia said the operation started in November when they were tipped off about a storage facility inside a posh subdivision in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Later, they established that this was at the Celadon Residences.

“We were able to secure a search warrant for it on Saturday but our operatives have been continuously monitoring the activity inside in the hope of arresting some people,” Merdegia said.

Marcelino told reporters he was in the drug laboratory doing surveillance work when the PDEA agents raided the townhouse, but he was unable to show documents to prove his claim.

Shortly after his arrest, Marcelino was taken to Camp Crame, then to the PDEA central office.

Marcelino used to head the PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service under Dionisio Santiago, and was instrumental in the arrest of the Alabang Boys in a buy-bust operation in September 2008.

He was eventually axed from PDEA on allegations he planted evidence on one of the suspects during a drug bust and was reverted back to his unit and later reassigned to the Naval Education Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales.

Marcelino said he is currently assigned at the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento denied the claim.

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“I talked with CS [AFP chief of staff Gen. Hernando Iriberri] and he told me that he [Marcelino] has no authority to conduct special anti-drugs operations,” Sarmiento said.

Cacdac said Marcelino was a suspect but they have yet to prove if the officer personally knew the arrested Chinese national.

Marcelino denied his involvement in illegal drug trafficking.

“I’m not hiding anything. I’ve done no wrong,” he said in Filipino.

Some military officers including Marcelino’s classmates could not believe he was into drug trafficking, saying it was ironic that he stands accused for a crime he fought.

“Marcelino was passionately combating drug syndicates even after his stint at PDEA,” said one of his classmates who asked that he not be named.

He said it was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa who tapped Marcelino to help the government track big drug syndicates.

“It’s a legitimate project. It’s an intelligence project. We were there to verify information,” Marcelino told reporters, adding that he could not imagine why the PDEA treated him as a suspect.

“They accused me so it is my right to tell my side. Why are they trying to stop me from explaining?” he said, referring to the PDEA.

Former PDEA director general Dionisio Santiago said he too was surprised by what happened to Marcelino.

Santiago also confirmed in a phone interview that Marcelino was still working with the government, and that he had been the one to brief President Benigno Aquino III about an anti-drug operation in his hometown of Tarlac.

In that operation, the National Bureau of Investigation raided a shabu laboratory in Camiling, Tarlac, arrested six Chinese nationals and seized P3 billion worth of shabu.

“Marcelino was the one who developed the intel for that particular operation,” Santiago said.

In that operation, Marcelino gave that credit to the NBI, reportedly to the dismay of Cacdac. Marcelino’s name never surfaced in that operation because he was no longer assigned with the PDEA.

Navy spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said Marcelino has just been appointed superintendent of the Navy Officer Candidate School and was stationed at the Naval Education Training Command in Zambales.

“He was seen at around 7 p.m. at the NETC. The chief of staff of the NETC told me he just received a text from Marcelino at around 7 a.m. today [Thursday] notifying him that he [Marcelino] went to Manila early morning because one of their agents has been arrested by PDEA and they are implicating me in a syndicate and made pronouncements in the media about it’,” Arevalo said.

Cacdac said that since Marcelino is still being considered a suspect they will withhold issuing further statements about his possible involvement until the investigation is finished.

A senior military officer who knew Marcelino said on condition of anonymity that the Marine officer could have been framed.

“He coordinated with a PDEA staff officer about his intent to conduct surveillance with the asset. Unknowingly, a special project group directly controlled by Cacdac was also tailing the informant and carried out the raid at the same time that he got in. So, he was present during the raid and was apprehended. Cacdac wants to present him as his ‘accomplishment,’” he said.

Another former classmate said Marcelino’s daughter had been abducted by a drug syndicate when he was at the PDEA, which gave him the impetus to move against the illegal drug trade.

“He is a very principled person and has maintained a modest lifestyle,” another classmate said.


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Pope Francis answers children's questions in new book AFP 23 hours ago  School children photograph Pope Francis on September 25, 2015 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York .

New York (AFP) - Pope Francis has written his first book for children, replying to 30 probing letters from children around the world and due for release by a US publishing house in March.

Chicago-based Loyola Press, a Jesuit imprint, came up with the idea and got the go-ahead from the pontiff. "Dear Pope Francis" will be published on March 1 in English. An edition will also be available in Spanish.

In compiling the book, the publishing house said it received 259 letters from 26 countries, written in 14 languages.

Thirty of them, written by children aged six to 13, were chosen for the pope to answer from countries as diverse as Albania, China, Syria and the pontiff's native Argentina.

"What did God do before the world was made?" asks eight-year-old Ryan from Canada.

"If I told you that God was doing nothing before he created the world, I would be wrong," reads part of the answer from Francis.

"Before creating anything, God loved."

Alexandra, 10, from the Philippines asks if the pope knows why some parents argue with each other.

"We all argue. We are all human. Even I have argued," he replied, advising her to help her parents by not talking badly of them.

"Stay close to your mom and dad and speak well of them. That will be good for everyone."

A group of children whose letters were selected for the book will meet the pope at the Vatican on February 22, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP.

"The meeting with the children will be very simple and private," he said.

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Pope to bishops: Find new ways to show God’s mercy By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 24, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Pope Francis

MANILA, Philippines - Pope Francis on Friday instructed the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to find new ways to demonstrate God’s mercy to people.

CBCPNews, the official news service provider of the CBCP, reported that Pope Francis mentioned this in a letter read by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto.

The pope’s message was relayed to the CBCP by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican’s Secretary of State.

The letter was read at the start of the 112th Plenary Assembly of the bishops, being held at the Oakridge Horizons in Cebu City.

The pope urged the bishops to seek new ways to proclaim the “wonder” of God’s mercy for the people.

The pontiff emphasized the need for the church to spread God’s enduring love for everyone.

By doing so, Pope Francis prays that this Jubilee Year of Mercy may truly be a time “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.”

Of the 131-member bishops, 37 are retired and 98 attended the three-day plenary assembly.

The bishops are expected to discuss the many concerns of the church, including the May 9 elections.

The meeting was preceded by a mass, which was presided over by Archbishop Pinto at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The plenary assembly, the CBCP’s highest decision-making body, meets twice a year – in January and July.

Pope answers kids’ questions

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has written his first book for children, replying to 30 probing letters from children around the world. The book is due for release by a US publishing house in March.

Chicago-based Loyola Press, a Jesuit imprint, came up with the idea and got the approval of the pontiff.

“Dear Pope Francis” will be published on March 1 in English. An edition will also be available in Spanish.

In compiling the book, the publishing house said it received 259 letters from 26 countries, written in 14 languages.

Thirty of them, written by children aged six to 13, were chosen for the pope to answer from countries as diverse as Albania, China, Syria and the pontiff’s native Argentina.

“What did God do before the world was made?” asked eight-year-old Ryan from Canada.


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Pia happy to be home, ready for hectic sked By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 24, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach waves to the crowd upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early yesterday. AP

MANILA, Philippines - Despite a long flight from New York to Jakarta for a pre-set event on Friday, 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach arrived at the NAIA Terminal II at 6 o’clock yesterday morning via PAL flight 538 looking as radiant as she was on Dec. 20 in Las Vegas when she ended the country’s 42-year drought and brought back the Miss U title last won by Margie Moran in 1973.

“I’m so happy, I was not able to sleep last night because I was excited to come home. I don’t want to reveal too much about my experiences because I want to save those for the press conference tomorrow (Sunday). I’m glad to be home. It feels like I’m going to compete again,” Wurtzbach said.

“Every time I would think about my trip back here, I would, you know, tear up a little bit, because I feel like it’s been so long. I have so many things to share and I can’t wait to share it all with you,” she added.

Pia was accompanied by Ester Swan and James Wilmoth, the manager and security officer provided for her by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) headed by Paula Shugart, who is scheduled to arrive tonight from the US.


PIA WITH MOM, MRS CHERYL ALONZO TYNDALL Photo Credit: Missosology

Pia’s mom, Cheryl Alonzo Tyndall, is arriving from England where she is based to keep Pia company during her homecoming.

As soon as she checked into the Novotel Hotel at the Araneta Center in Quezon City where she will be billetted during her week-long visit, Pia ordered room service for her first homecoming breakfast.

“Pia is ready for her tight schedule,” a source at the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) told The STAR. “She’s very excited and eager to see her family and to thank her kababayans for their support and prayers.”

Waking up from a well-deserved sleep, Pia prepared for a Unilever event at the World Trade Center. Then she went back to the hotel to rest.

Today, Pia will preside over a press conference for local and foreign media (who purposely flew in to cover the Miss U visit) at the grand ballroom of Novotel starting at 4 p.m.

Tomorrow, she will have a ticker-tape parade starting at 2 p.m. at the vicinity of Sofitel Hotel where she will have lunch at 12:30 p.m.

The parade is expected to end at 5 p.m. at the Araneta Center where she will be honored with fireworks. Then, she’ll make a stopover at the green gate of the Araneta Coliseum where children from charitable institutions will offer her flowers.

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Newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach waves from her limousine upon arrival early Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in suburban Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines. Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe on Dec. 20, 2015 but not before pageant host Steve Harvey incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. AP/Bullit Marquez

On Tuesday, Pia will pay a courtesy call on President Aquino in Malacañang at 10 a.m. and on Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Manila Mayor Erap Estrada and Makati Mayor Romulo Pena Jr. in the afternoon.

She will also visit the House of Representatives where she will be given a medal of distinction.

Wednesday will be spent at charity events, including a visit to the Soldiers Hospital and the HIV Charity Section, both at V. Luna Hospital. Pia’s advocacy is to help in the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and against cyber bullying.

From 8 to 11 p.m. on the same day, she will be the guest at a PLDT event.

Thursday will be a rest day for Pia in preparation for the rehearsal for a homecoming show in the evening.

On Saturday, she will act as bridesmaid at the wedding of her best friend Pauleen Luna to Vic Sotto at the St. James the Great Church in Ayala Alabang. It was BPCI head Stella Marquez-Araneta who requested the MUO to extend Pia’s visit so she could attend the wedding.

Pia had sent her measurements for the gown she’s wearing to the wedding, from New York, her home during her year-long reign.

On Sunday night, Pia will fly back to San Francisco via Philippine Airlines to resume her Miss U activities. – Rudy Santos


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Heavy traffic expected on Miss Universe victory parade by Robert R. Requintina January 24, 2016 Share8 Tweet0 Share2 Email0 Share40


Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach gestures at her pageant photo printed at a tarpaulin. (MB PHOTO / KEVIN DELA CRUZ)

Heavy traffic is expected in cities of Makati and Manila on Monday afternoon (January 25, 2016), as thousands of Filipinos are set to welcome Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during her grand homecoming parade.

This will be the first major public appearance of Wurtzbach since she arrived in the country last Saturday (January 23), after winning the crown at the most prestigious beauty pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada last December 20, 2015.

Wurtzbach has invited Filipinos to bring and wave their small Philippine flags along the parade route in Makati, Manila and Quezon City.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority advised motorists in its Twitter post to expect heavy traffic in Makati and Manila areas in the afternoon.

Organizers said that the parade will kick-off at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City at 2 p.m.

Starting at 3:30 p.m., Ayala Avenue northbound from Buendia to Edsa will be closed to traffic.

The parade route from Sofitel Hotel are as follows:

Left turn to Atang Dela Rama Street
Right to Vicente Sotto Street
Left to F. Ma. Guerrero Street
Right to Bukaneg Street
Left to Roxas Boulevard
Right to Padre Burgos Street towards Taft Avenue
Right to Finance Road
Right turn to Taft Avenue
Right turn to Quirino Avenue
Left to Roxas Boulevard
Left to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
Left to Ayala Avenue
U-turn to Ayala – Makati Fire station going to Ayala Avenue to Rustan’s

From Makati, Wurtzbach will go to the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City for the second part of the parade which will begin at 5 p.m.

The 26-year-old beauty queen will also be visiting the Senate and Manila City Hall.

Wurtzbach will ride an elegant float designed by award-winning production designer Fritz Silorio. It bears a white and royal blue theme with the replica of the Miss Universe crown at the front.


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Eucharistic Congress calls for love, compassion for the poor By Edu Punay, Kristine Quintas/The Freeman (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 25, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Members of the clergy attend a mass held at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City yesterday, kicking off the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. PAUL JUN ROSAROSO

MANILA, Philippines - A mass, celebrated in a humble plaza to show the message of hope, kicked off the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City yesterday.

Yangon Archbishop Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, who was sent by Pope Francis to represent him in the weeklong event, said in the homily that the Eucharist and the poor are inseparable as he noted that 20,000 children die every day, about 90,000 a month or 10 million a year due to starvation and malnutrition.

Calling on everyone to give love and compassion for the poor, the papal legate stressed that the biggest mortal sin is seeing a child die of starvation.

Cardinal Bo is set to visit the Cebu provincial jail tomorrow and, in the following days, a vocational school and a training facility for the poor and out-of-school youth.

“In our world, where there is a shortage of hope, mankind needs to hear the message of hope in Christ Jesus,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma in a post on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.

He added that since the Congress is an event of hope, Cardinal Bo wants to show this message by interacting with those who languish in prison and spending time with a number of Cebu’s poor children.

Bo will visit the Don Bosco Training and Youth Center, established by his Filipino confreres to reach out to poor children and out-of-school youths, and a vocational school in Barangay Pasil, which is identified as one of the city’s most depressed areas.

Palma also said Pope Francis tapped two priests – Marvin Mejia and Dominic Bar Bu – for “special pontifical missions” that he did not specify.

In the mass celebrated at the Plaza Independencia, Cardinal Bo reminded everyone that all humans are equal before the Eucharist.

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“Today, we have gathered from various backgrounds, the rich and the poor, the noble and the blessed, aristocrat and the servant, but when you approach the altar, the Eucharist strips you of all your social stages. You are equal among equals in an unequal and uncaring world,” he said.

At least 1,500 priests, 200 bishops and 10 cardinals concelebrated the mass with Archbishop Palma presenting the Holy Bible given by Pope Francis as a gift. Authorities estimated the total attendees at 400,000.

Palma said the Eucharist is the primary source of renewal, center of community and hope of glory.

‘Down to earth’ Cardinal Bo, 66, is the archbishop of Yangon and represents Pope Francis in the 51st congress. The pope proclaimed him a cardinal on Feb. 14, 2015.

Bishop Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara, chairman of the CBCP episcopal commission on social communications and mass media, described him as a very “down to earth” person and one who is in touch with the masses.

“Let us expect an Asian cardinal who will definitely be one with us. Definitely, we will see Jesus in him,” Vergara said.

Cardinal Bo is said to represent those who are in the peripheries. Coming from Myanmar, he is familiar with the cries of the marginalized, peace and order problems, and the situations in Asian nations.


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