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  3. NOY ALLIES LEAD SENATORIAL SLATE OF MIRIAM, BONGBONG TEAM
     


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    THREE allies of President Aquino were named last night by the tandem of Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to their senatorial roster for the May 9 elections. The three—Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva, and Sen. Ralph Recto—have been bunched with candidates shared by other political parties and teams. The others are overseas Filipino worker advocate Susan Ople, former Metro Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino, actor-host Edu Manzano, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director Gen. (ret) Dionisio Santiago. Petilla, Villanueva, and Recto are running under the “Daang Matuwid” team of Manuel “Mar” Roxas while Romualdez, Pacquiao, and Ople are also running under the United Nationalist Alliance ticket of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Manzano, Moreno, and Ople are also under the “Partido Galing at Puso” slate of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero. The tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano has yet to reveal their senatorial line-up although Romualdez has reportedly secured a seat in their ticket. The proclamation rally coincided with the launching of the Youth for Miriam Movement, which aims to harness around 20 million youth voters nationwide, or 37 percent of the total 55 million registered voters. READ MORE...RELATED, Roxas: I paid for private jet’s rent...
     

  5. ALSO: MAR CONTINUES TO RIDE ON AQUINOS’ COATTAILS


  6. Administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II continued to ride on the coattails of the Aquinos, saying he was cut from the same cloth because they share the same principles.
    “I notice that the yellow flag is being waved here. The color yellow is deeply rooted in our history. It is the symbol of our principles,” Roxas said in his speech in Tabaco City last Friday where he and running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo campaigned with local allies. He reminded Bicolanos that yellow is the color of the martyred former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., his late widow former president Corazon Aquino, and their son, President Benigno Aquino III. “Ninoy was murdered, shot in the airport. He fought for our freedom (against the Marcos dictatorship). Cory Aquino also fought the dictatorship, restored freedom under the color yellow,” he said. Roxas said the Aquino administration has also risen to the occasion as the President worked hard to achieve economic progress in his past five years in office. “Yellow is the color of our principles and the color of our victory,” the former interior secretary told the crowd. Roxas, who has vowed to carry the torch for the Aquino administration, is running for president with “continuity” as his battle cry. He has been trumpeting the achievements of the Aquino administration, particularly in the areas of good governance, transparency, accountability and sustained economic growth. READ MORE...RELATED, Liberal Party: Aquino has no secret candidate...AND Bottom Up Budgeting and local officials’ dependency...
     

  7. ALSO: POE TO MAKE SENTIMENTAL VISIT TO ILOILO


  8. Iloilo, with a voting population of more than one million, is the second province that Poe, an independent presidential candidate, and her running-mate, Sen. Francis Escudero will visit.
    The generally accepted version of Poe’s birth was that as a foundling she was found in the holy water font of the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral on September 3, 1968 and christened Grace by Jaro archbishop Jaime Sin, who later became the archbishop of Manila. She was later adopted by the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. DND tests on her supposed relatives have all yielded negative results. In Iloilo, considered as Poe’s second province, the independent tandem will hold a brief rally at Estancia, a whistle-stop at Barotac Viejo market, a school visit at University of Iloilo, Iloilo City, and a rally in the city later in the afternoon. On Wednesday, they will woo voters in Roxas City, the home province of administration bet Manuel Roxas II. Poe and Escudero, the standard-bearers of the Partido Galing at Puso, visited Pangasinan last week, making their first major provincial rally in San Carlos City after their proclamation at the historic Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila. San Carlos City is the hometown of FPJ. READ MORE... RELATED, LP stalwart pooh-poohs Grace Poe’s roots in Iloilo...
     

  9. ALSO: GOOD GOVERNANCE KEY TO UPLIFTING LIVES - BINAY


  10. VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday said he would employ the same kind of governance he used in Makati City when he was chief executive of the country’s financial district, if he becomes president.
    “Our priority is to serve our countrymen and uplift their lives under good governance,” Binay said during his speech at the Mega Manila Fellowship of the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ in Imus, Cavite. Binay served as Makati mayor for two decades. In August last year, at a political event, Binay said he has turned Makati into the richest city in the country. He said its income rose nearly 50 times in 2010 when he was vice president, from its income in 1986 when he first sat as an appointed mayor of the city. In yesterday’s campaign, Binay also reiterated he would address poverty and unemployment and vowed to provide decent jobs, free medicines, and free education for all. The standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) was joined by his running mate, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, and several senatorial candidates – labor lawyer Allan Montaño, Parañaque councilor Alma Moreno, broadcaster Rey Langit, and retired police official Getulio Napeñas. Honasan said he is competent to lead the nation as vice president since he has been senator for around 20 years now. Honasan was first elected to the Senate in 1995. After their speech, Binay and Honasan were blessed by PMCC Bishop Arturo Ferriol. READ MORE...RELATED, Binay camp says Ombudsman part of LP’s ‘demolition by perception’...
     

  11. ALSO: Duterte taps kin of drug syndicate victims in antidrug drive
     


  12. Presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has assigned relatives of drug syndicate victims from Bicol to spearhead his advocacy against drugs and crime in the country, the Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol said on Tuesday.Duterte has designated Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chair Dante Jimenez and former undersecretary for Bicol affairs and Masbate Vice Gov. Mario Espinosa “to spearhead his activisms” while he is campaigning for the upcoming national elections. Jimenez and Espinosa both belong to families with members who have been killed by drug syndicates.
    Jimenez’s brother Jaime died in 1990 after being suspected by drug lords of having coordinated with authorities who raided their hide-out in Parañaque. Espinosa, meanwhile, lost his father, brother, and uncle—all government officials who advocated against drugs—supposedly after getting the ire of illegal perpetrators.READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte: I respect Pacquiao’s opinion...


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NOY ALLIES LEAD SENATORIAL SLATE OF MIRIAM, BONGBONG


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MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (MALAYA)  By JP LOPEZ February 15, 2016 THREE allies of President Aquino were named last night by the tandem of Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to their senatorial roster for the May 9 elections.

The three—Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva, and Sen. Ralph Recto—have been bunched with candidates shared by other political parties and teams.

The others are overseas Filipino worker advocate Susan Ople, former Metro Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino, actor-host Edu Manzano, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director Gen. (ret) Dionisio Santiago.

Petilla, Villanueva, and Recto are running under the “Daang Matuwid” team of Manuel “Mar” Roxas while Romualdez, Pacquiao, and Ople are also running under the United Nationalist Alliance ticket of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Manzano, Moreno, and Ople are also under the “Partido Galing at Puso” slate of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.

The tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano has yet to reveal their senatorial line-up although Romualdez has reportedly secured a seat in their ticket.

The proclamation rally coincided with the launching of the Youth for Miriam Movement, which aims to harness around 20 million youth voters nationwide, or 37 percent of the total 55 million registered voters.

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Santiago started her proclamation speck with pick-up lines that had the big crowd roaring in stitches.

“May mapa ka ba? Hindi ko kasi makita ang tuwid na daan papunta sa puso ko,” she said in jest, apparently referring to Roxas.

Turning to Marcos, she said: “Posporo ka ba? Kasi posporo rin ako kaya match tayo.”

Marcos said he’s honored to be in tandem with Santiago, whom he described as his Valentine’s Day “date.”

“I am looking forward in the next productive six years as her vice president,” he said, adding that she is the only presidential bet of students and the youth.

Only Romualdez, Ople and Moreno were present.

Petilla was represented by son Carlos while Tolentino was represented by his sister Analyn.

Romualdez promised to file measures that will benefit primarily the youth sector, like the free tertiary education for all.

Ople called for free hospitalization for overseas Filipino workers, a separate department for OFWs and other Filipino migrants, and free WiFi in all state universities and colleges.

Moreno thanked Santiago and Marcos for his inclusion in their slate and told the crowd that he intends to replicate what’s being done in Manila—free high school access to WiFi.

“Kung puwede sa Manila, bakit hindi puwede sa lahat ng pampublikong paaralan sa buong bansa?” he said.

Rep. Sherwin Tugna, who represented Villanueva in the rally, said the senatorial bet wanted to be present at the rally but his flight from Bicol has been cancelled.

Recto, in a statement, thanked his inclusion in the Miriam-Bongbong senatorial ticket.

“I am expressing my thanks because good manners require me to acknowledge such a kind gesture. Politeness must trump partisan politics any time,” Recto said.

He also commended Santiago and Marcos as “esteemed hardworking colleagues whose love for country and commitment to work for the uplifting of the lives of our people are genuine and beyond doubt.

“I am also heartened by their pledge to conduct a campaign which will focus on platform, vision, and issues, which I hope will be the general tenor of the presidential race,” Recto added.

Earlier in the day, Marcos was endorsed by some 40,000 pastors and members of the Jesus Miracle Crusade charismatic movement during its 41st anniversary at the KB Amoranto Sports Complex.

Pastors led by Lina Almeida, wife of the group’s founder, Wilde Almeida, prayed over Marcos.

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Roxas: I paid for private jet’s rent SHARES: 9102 VIEW COMMENTS By: DJ Yap, Gil Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:31 AM February 17th, 2016


Former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. AP FILE PHOTO

HIS USE of a private jet on the campaign trail was “not a loan, not a favor, not a giveaway and not free,” said Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

Roxas said he paid for the use of the aircraft owned by his friend, mining magnate Francis Eric Gutierrez, adding that there was nothing improper or irregular about the arrangement.

“I paid for the use of those planes,” Roxas told reporters Tuesday in Silay, Negros Occidental.

Roxas also defended his friendship with Gutierrez, a nickel mine operator and owner of SR Metals Inc. (SRMI), saying he knew him to be a responsible mining operator.

“I know and am friends with Eric Gutierrez,” Roxas said. “To my knowledge, he is a winner in both international and local contests for his skillful management of his company. He is my friend—what’s wrong with that?” he said.

Gutierrez’s firms—listed as small-scale operations—were reportedly fined P7 million by the government in 2007 for overextraction of minerals.

Gutierrez is also a friend and business partner of Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, a part owner of SRMI which he chaired at one time. Erice is the political affairs chief and spokesperson of the Liberal Party.

Responding to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation that he was using Gutierrez’s planes for free, Roxas said: “That’s foolishness.”

“I paid for the use of the plane and owe no debts for using it. Most importantly, what I used to pay for it was not stolen money,” the LP candidate said.

He said the other presidential aspirants should be asked to disclose their own flight arrangements.

“Since you asked me about the plane I’ve been using to go to different parts, I answered it. But what about the other candidates? Perhaps it’s good to ask them the same question,” Roxas said.

Sen. Chiz Escudero Tuesday accused Roxas of violating a Commission on Elections rule supposedly barring candidates from using planes owned by businessmen operating a franchise.

Allowed and legal?

“If Secretary Roxas has indeed admitted that (using Gutierrez’s planes), a good question to ask is if this is allowed and legal under the law: Can he borrow the jets or receive favors from a person who was granted a franchise or who was operating in a heavily regulated business? Because under Comelec rules, this is illegal,” Escudero told a press conference in Iloilo City.

However, his presidential running mate, Sen. Grace Poe, told the same forum that she herself has been using private jets to cover as much ground in the limited campaign time available.

“Let’s be realistic, we need these planes not only because of the sheer size of our country but also because of the heavy air traffic. We have to turn around several times just to wait our turn to land in an airport,” she said.

Poe assured the public that she would list down the companies or individuals who leased or lent her their jets in her statement of contributions and expenditures to be submitted after the elections.

“What I can guarantee is that these are all legitimate companies that are not involved in any irregularities, most especially in environment violations,” said Poe, in reference to the alleged mining violations faced by Gutierrez’s SRMI.

#VotePH2016: The Inquirer multimedia coverage of the 2016 national and local elections in the Philippines provides to voters the latest news, photos, videos and infographics on the candidates and their platforms, as well as real-time election results come May 9, 2016. Visit our special Elections 2016 site here: http://www.inquirer.net/elections2016 .


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MAR CONTINUES TO RIDE ON AQUINOS’ COATTAILS By WENDELL VIGILIA February 15, 2016 WILL the ‘Aquino effect’ rub off on him?

Administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II continued to ride on the coattails of the Aquinos, saying he was cut from the same cloth because they share the same principles.

“I notice that the yellow flag is being waved here. The color yellow is deeply rooted in our history. It is the symbol of our principles,” Roxas said in his speech in Tabaco City last Friday where he and running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo campaigned with local allies.

He reminded Bicolanos that yellow is the color of the martyred former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., his late widow former president Corazon Aquino, and their son, President Benigno Aquino III.

“Ninoy was murdered, shot in the airport. He fought for our freedom (against the Marcos dictatorship). Cory Aquino also fought the dictatorship, restored freedom under the color yellow,” he said.

Roxas said the Aquino administration has also risen to the occasion as the President worked hard to achieve economic progress in his past five years in office.

“Yellow is the color of our principles and the color of our victory,” the former interior secretary told the crowd.

Roxas, who has vowed to carry the torch for the Aquino administration, is running for president with “continuity” as his battle cry.

He has been trumpeting the achievements of the Aquino administration, particularly in the areas of good governance, transparency, accountability and sustained economic growth.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon, who is seeking re-election under the Daang Matuwid Coalition, earlier admitted Roxas’ weak showing in surveys is a cause for concern, although he remains confident that it will get better as President Aquino has been personally campaigning for Roxas.

Some political analysts have said Roxas has to project his own image and not just rely on Aquino’s especially because shortcomings of the administration would also reflect on him.

They have also said that since he came from an affluent family, it is difficult for the masses to relate to Roxas.

Drilon has, however, said it is just a matter of messaging and explaining to the people why they should vote for Roxas.

Results of the latest Pulse Asia survey on presidential preferences conducted from January 24 to 28 showed that Sen. Grace Poe has regained the top spot with 30 percent.

Poe was followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23 percent, Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 20 percent, and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on the fifth spot with four percent.

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Liberal Party: Aquino has no secret candidateSHARES: 791 VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 06:48 PM February 19th, 2016



The Liberal Party-led “Daang Matuwid” coalition is confident that President Benigno Aquino III is true to his word—that he will support only administration candidate Mar Roxas.

The coalition spokesperson was unfazed by the alleged gathering of supporters for presidential hopeful Sen. Grace Poe arranged by Rico Puno, saying the former interior undersecretary was no longer a part of the administration.

“He’s no longer a member of the administration. He has not been for a long time,” said Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez in an interview at the LP headquarters.

“If he talks to anyone, he’s doing so in his personal capacity. Hindi ko alam kung may ibang taong kumontrata sa kanya para makapag-usap pero kung ganon man, hindi ito ang ating Pangulo.”

Inquirer sources said Puno, through his aide, had been asking members of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines in Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao to organize political rallies for Roxas’ rival.

“He’s not speaking for the Liberal Party. He’s not speaking for Secretary Mar, and certainly he’s not speaking for the President in this case,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said Aquino’s statements, the most recent being in his engagement in the US, were “very, very clear” that he had no secret candidate and would support only Roxas in the national elections.

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“Kilala naman nating lahat ang ating Presidente. Hindi ito ang isang tao na will mince words. Hindi ito isang tao na hindi derecho magsalita,” Gutierrez said.

Puno, a known shooting-range buddy of Aquino, has been identified with the “Samar” group that supported Vice President Jejomar Binay as then Senator Aquino’s running mate in the 2010 elections instead of Roxas.

The spokesperson clarified that not all those in the Aquino administration were members of Liberal Party.

Since Puno is out of the administration, he is free to support whoever he wants, according to Gutierrez.

“They’re free to try and convince na lumipat yung mga ibang tao, pero we remain confident na ’yung mga supporters namin from yung mga local leaders sa iba’t ibang mga probinsya hanggang doon sa mga national leaders na affiliated with the administration, sobrang solid ‘yung suporta,” Gutierrez said.

“The administration is solid. The Daang Matuwid coalition is solid. And it is solidly behind Secretary Mar and Congresswoman Leni Robredo.” RC

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Bottom Up Budgeting and local officials’ dependency Written by Benjamin E Diokno Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00


by Benjamin E Diokno

Local elective officials should learn to operate within a hard budget constraint; they must live within their means. That is the legacy of the late President Corazon Aquino when she caused the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991, the most sweeping reform in local fiscal administration since the Republic was established.

Sadly, Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BuB) — the PNoy Aquino-Butch Abad idea of budget reform — has undone what President Cory Aquino has painstakingly done to promote local autonomy. BuB is not real reform. It has promoted fiscal dependency rather than fiscal discipline; it has weakened, rather than strengthened local authorities.

Rather than being a tool for local government empowerment, the BuB makes LGUs more heavily dependent on the Central Government.

The present tool for fiscal autonomy is the internal revenue allotment (IRA), which has grown from a measly P2.6 billion in 1983 to P32.7 billion in 1991 (the year before the passage of the Local Government Code) to a staggering P465 billion in 2016.

Before the Local Government Code of 1991, the IRA was discretionary; local government authorities have to grovel and beg from Malacañang for their IRA shares, which almost always, local officials do not get in full.

With the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991, the IRA has become mandatory (no withholding) and automatically released. With a much bigger amount and its certainty, there is no reason for local authorities to complain. In addition, local authorities were given greater taxing powers.

Now, local authorities are more empowered to chart their own future for their own local constituencies. They need not be cajoled by the central government to behave in a certain way.

Local government officials never had it so good. The P417.8 billion IRA is theirs, with hardly any strings attached. But they are supposed to live within their means; they are supposed to operate with a hard budget constraint.

That’s the essence of having an adequate, formula-based, unconditional and automatically released IRA. It is to develop a cadre of independent-minded local officials with a backbone, less subject to whims and caprices of Imperial Manila.



Local officials don’t even have to be rewarded to behave the right way. Good behavior is expected of them. The reward for doing the right thing, address adequately the needs of their local constituency, is re-election in the next elections.

Local authorities should be judged on the basis of how well they manage the budget, how well they allocate the peoples’ money, and the political will to use their taxing powers. It is wrong to judge them on the basis of how much additional funds they are able to extract from the central government.

Unless local authorities learn to operate within their budget constraint, they will continue to be at the mercy of ambitious national politicians.

But it’s a two-way game. The naive national officials would also be subject to gaming by astute local political lords; the latter would extract as much political largesse from Malacañang, DBM and DILG officials with the promise of political support in return.

Hence, the ultimate losers are the taxpaying public. Instead of addressing national concerns like infrastructure projects that cut across political jurisdictions, these national officials would favor small, disparate projects that would appeal to particular local officials in exchange of political support.

This is the worst kind of budgeting: total budget divided by local government units. This is one sure formula for neglecting large infrastructure projects that would have higher economic payoffs in favor of many small projects with limited benefits to society. This is predictably what Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) is all about.

BuB is a post-DAP (remember that constitutionally-flawed Disbursement Acceleration Program). Its precursor is a small Fund that is meant to assist poor municipalities.

The ruling party seized the opportunity to turn a small incentive-based program into a potentially huge political tool for perpetuation in power. Hence, BuB has grown in size and coverage since 2013. It started with an appropriation of P8.0 billion to cover 595 poor cities and municipalities. This year, the appropriation for BuB has ballooned to P24.7 billion, with a reach much wider: 1,514 cities and municipalities.

That’s what I call perfect foresight. Even as the IRA expands (now P465 billion compared to P300 billion in 2011, or a 55 percent increase over a period of 5 years), the BuB has expanded from P8.0 to P24 billion, or a hefty expansion of 200 percent. Only a fool won’t see that this discretionary fund is a brazen tool for political perpetuation for the ruling party.

SOARING BUDGET SUPPORT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) in billion pesos
Source: Department of Budget and Management, various Budget of Expenditures and Sources of Financing documents.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IRA FUNDS AND BuB FUNDS AND OTHER DISCRETIONARY FUNDS

The IRA Fund is formula-based, is mandatory, and is automatically released. Local officials don’t have to make a request, nor are they expected to lobby with officials of Malacañang or the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) or the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), in order to have their shares from the IRA released. Their IRA shares are deposited in the respective bank accounts of their LGUs (provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays).

The BUB, the PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) Program, the KALSADA (Kokreto at Ayos na Lansangan and Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran) Project, SALINTUBIG (Provision of Potable Water Supply) — all lump sum appropriations in the 2016 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Governments — are discretionary. The release of these funds is subject to the discretion of the President, the DILG Secretary or the DBM Secretary.
Source: The 2016 General Appropriations Act.

THE DECEPTION CONTINUES

Now, on his last four months in office, President Aquino has managed to rule without much public scrutiny. Even the Freedom of Information (FoI) bill, which was promised during the presidential campaign in 2010, has been lost in the labyrinth of Congress.

The BuB, a post-DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) phenomenon, is trumpeted as a budget reform measure. The reality is that it is a political scheme to perpetuate the present inept, unresponsive, and heartless administration in power.

The truth is that while the outgoing administration denies citizens better infrastructure (more roads, bridges, airports and seaports, modern urban transit systems, etc.) and more adequate social services, it fritters away limited public funds for low-priority, discretionary spending such as BuB and other discretionary lump-sum funds to ensure that one of their own will win the presidency.

Here’s a lesson to all non-administration presidential candidates: Mr. Aquino officials will do everything in his vast powers to avoid the people’s wrath. If a new administration were elected in May 2016, he would have to answer for all his errors of commission and omission: the DAP, the mishandling of funds meant for victims of Yolanda, the Bohol-Cebu earthquakes, and the Zamboanga siege, the death of 44 patriotic soldiers in the Mamasapano incident, and others.

On the other hand, if his candidate were elected, all these monumental mistakes could be conveniently wiped out in the annals of history.


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POE TO MAKE SENTIMENTAL VISIT TO ILOILO By JP LOPEZ February 15, 2016 SEN. Grace Poe will make a sentimental visit to Jaro, Iloilo tomorrow to woo voters in the province where she was found abandoned in a church in 1968.

Iloilo, with a voting population of more than one million, is the second province that Poe, an independent presidential candidate, and her running-mate, Sen. Francis Escudero will visit.

The generally accepted version of Poe’s birth was that as a foundling she was found in the holy water font of the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral on September 3, 1968 and christened Grace by Jaro archbishop Jaime Sin, who later became the archbishop of Manila.

She was later adopted by the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. DND tests on her supposed relatives have all yielded negative results.

In Iloilo, considered as Poe’s second province, the independent tandem will hold a brief rally at Estancia, a whistle-stop at Barotac Viejo market, a school visit at University of Iloilo, Iloilo City, and a rally in the city later in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, they will woo voters in Roxas City, the home province of administration bet Manuel Roxas II.

Poe and Escudero, the standard-bearers of the Partido Galing at Puso, visited Pangasinan last week, making their first major provincial rally in San Carlos City after their proclamation at the historic Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila. San Carlos City is the hometown of FPJ.

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Poe found thousands of allies in Pangasinan, which delivered more than 805,000 votes for her when she ran for the Senate in 2013. Pangasinan has more than 1.7 million registered voters.

She told Pangasinenses that if she wins, she would fulfill her father’s dreams for the country.

“Ang mga pangarap niya para sa inyo at sa ating mga Pilipino ay mabigyan lahat ng pantay-pantay na pagkakataon,” she said.

Under “Gobyernong may Puso,” Poe said Filipinos can expect leaders to put the interests of marginalized Filipinos first. She vowed to help farmers and fishermen, to create jobs, and to provide free education under their platform “Kabuhayan, Karunungan at Kaligtasan.”

“Interes ninyo ang unang isusulong; hindi kami magnanakaw. Wala akong karanasan sa pangungurakot, ang akin lamang ay tapat na serbisyo,” Poe said.

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LP stalwart pooh-poohs Grace Poe’s roots in Iloilo SHARES: 2677 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 12:48 PM February 15th, 2016


Drilon Poe Senate President Franklin Drilon (left) on Monday downplayed the supposed Iloilo roots of Senator Grace Poe, saying it would not translate to votes in the May polls. INQUIRER FILES

Senate President Franklin Drilon expressed doubts on Monday that Senator Grace Poe’s alleged roots in Iloilo would help her win the votes there in the May elections, saying the administration bets “will carry” the province.

Poe, who was found in a church in Iloilo when she was a baby, will be in the province on Tuesday along with running mate, Senator Francis Escudero, and their senatorial bets, for a proclamation rally and school visits.

READ: Grace Poe on sentimental journey to Iloilo

“Mar Roxas, Leni Robredo will carry Iloilo,” Drilon, vice chair of the Liberal Party (LP), said during the “Pandesal Media forum” in Quezon City when asked if Poe could get strong support from the province.

Roxas and Robredo are LP’s bets for president and vice president, respectively.

Asked if Poe’s supposed family roots in Iloilo would help her get votes in the province, Drilon said: “I don’t think so. I don’t think that that would have any impact on the votes on iloilo.”

“The administration has shown support for Western Visayas for the past five years and that is what will carry the Roxas-Robred tandem in Western Visayas,” the Senate leader said.

Drilon, who is seeking reelection in May, pointed out that Western Visayas is “very supportive” of Roxas despite the alleged “shortcomings” of the administration in some areas there.

“Western Visayas region is very supportive of Secretary Roxas. Whatever shortcoming we may have in other areas, I’m sure we will be looking at Region VI in order to recover his deficiencies,” the LP stalwart.

#VotePH2016: The Inquirer multimedia coverage of the 2016 national and local elections in the Philippines provides to voters the latest news, photos, videos and infographics on the candidates and their platforms, as well as real-time election results come May 9, 2016. Visit our special Elections 2016 site here: http://www.inquirer.net/elections2016.


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GOOD GOVERNANCE KEY TO UPLIFTING LIVES: BINAY By Evan Orias February 15, 2016

VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday said he would employ the same kind of governance he used in Makati City when he was chief executive of the country’s financial district, if he becomes president.

“Our priority is to serve our countrymen and uplift their lives under good governance,” Binay said during his speech at the Mega Manila Fellowship of the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ in Imus, Cavite.

Binay served as Makati mayor for two decades. In August last year, at a political event, Binay said he has turned Makati into the richest city in the country. He said its income rose nearly 50 times in 2010 when he was vice president, from its income in 1986 when he first sat as an appointed mayor of the city.

In yesterday’s campaign, Binay also reiterated he would address poverty and unemployment and vowed to provide decent jobs, free medicines, and free education for all.

The standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) was joined by his running mate, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, and several senatorial candidates – labor lawyer Allan Montaño, Parañaque councilor Alma Moreno, broadcaster Rey Langit, and retired police official Getulio Napeñas.

Honasan said he is competent to lead the nation as vice president since he has been senator for around 20 years now. Honasan was first elected to the Senate in 1995.

After their speech, Binay and Honasan were blessed by PMCC Bishop Arturo Ferriol.

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At least 30,000 people attended the religious gathering.

From Imus, Binay’s slate proceeded to Dasmariñas City and distributed t-shirts to residents.

Cavite is one of the vote-rich provinces in the country with over 1.8 million registered voters for the May polls.

UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan said the Binay slate was well-received in their sorties in Southern Tagalog and Rizal during the first week of the campaign season.

“The people are very responsive. I can say that this (Calabarzon) is VP Binay’s bailiwick. He won majority of the votes here last 2010 elections,” he said.

At least 30,000 people in Mandaluyong showed their support to Binay during their proclamation rally at the Welfareville Subdivision.

For the first week, the Binay slate barnstormed Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Antipolo.

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Binay camp says Ombudsman part of LP’s ‘demolition by perception’ SHARES: 1468 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 06:05 PM February 19th, 2016



The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay lashed out at the Ombudsman after it filed graft and falsification of public document charges against his son Junjun Binay before the Sandiganbayan on Friday.

In a statement, Binay’s spokesperson Rico Quicho said the Ombudsman had proven itself part of the “demolition by perception” waged by Liberal Party (LP) against the opposition standard-bearer.

“The filing of the case against Mayor Junjun Binay before the Sandiganbayan is simply a procedural consequence of the erroneous and biased resolutions of the Ombudsman,” Quicho said.

Quicho said the Ombudsman had spared allies of the administration from charges, citing the allegations of sacked Metro Rail Transit General Manager Al Vitangcol that he had been indicted for graft over the train system’s maintenance contract while Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya was not.

Abaya is the acting LP president.

Vitangcol said the Ombudsman spared Abaya even though the latter signed the notice of award of contract.

‘Bias, partiality beyond dispute’

“The bias and partiality of the Ombudsman is beyond dispute. It has played loose with the law and the Constitution in persecuting the Vice President and his family and those in the opposition,” Quicho said.

“On the other hand, the revelations made by former MRT General Manager Vitangcol the other day exposes the Ombudsman’s predisposition to look the other way when administration and LP personalities, in this case no less than Mr. Mar Roxas, are involved,” he added.

Mar Roxas is the standard-bearer of Liberal Party.

Quicho said the Ombudsman had timed the indictment against Binay during the election period.

He said the Ombudsman first indicted the Binays when the Vice President filed his certificate of candidacy for president in October last year.

It then denied their motions for reconsideration and affirmed the filing of charges when the Vice President retained the top spot in the recent Social Weather Stations survey and days before the start of the campaign period.

“It is obvious by now that the release of the Ombudsman orders follows a pattern—from the time the Vice President filed his certificate of candicacy up until the release of the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey where the Vice President retained the top slot in presidential preference,” Quicho said.

“These are politically calculated moves which are part of the demolition by perception efforts being waged by the Liberal Party against the Vice President,” he added.

Firm resolve to help poor

Quicho said the Ombudsman had been biased from the start, but the graft indictment against the Binays and formal filing of charges against the son would not deter the Vice President’s resolve to continue his campaign promise of helping the poor.

“No amount of political persecution and harassment will stop the Vice President from pushing his propoor agenda. He is not new to political harassment. The Vice President has stood up against oppression, tyranny, and poverty—from the time he was an activist and human rights lawyer during martial law and until today as presidential candidate of [United Nationalist Alliance]. The fight for the poor continues,” Quicho said.

On Friday, the Office of the Special Prosecutor filed two counts of graft and six counts of falsification of public documents against the younger Binay for his involvement in the alleged rigging for the design and construction of the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall Building II, deemed the country’s priciest building.

The Ombudsman prosecution did not include in the charge sheet the Vice President, who was earlier indicted with his son.

Because of the Vice President’s immunity from suit, the Ombudsman said it would file the charges after the end of his term.

In indicting the Binays, the Ombudsman said the Vice President and his son approved the bids and awards committee resolutions, notices of awards, contracts and payments using unnumbered/undated disbursement vouchers and obligation requests despite the anomalies.

Rigged bidding

The Binays awarded the procurement of the design to Mana Architectural and Interior Design (Mana) despite lack of public bidding, the Ombudsman said.

They also allegedly rigged the bidding to favor Mana and approved the release of P11.97 million payment to the firm despite the anomalies.

The bids and awards committee also completed the procurement process for the building with undue haste or in only 11 days.

The procurement for the construction, meanwhile, was awarded to Hilmarc’s Construction despite lack of invitations to bid. Hilmarc’s was the lone bidder in four phases of the project.

The construction began despite the absence of approved design standards, contract plans, agency cost estimates, detailed engineering and programs of work.

The Ombudsman also noted collusion among city officials and Hilmarc’s to rig the public biddings.

The younger Binay had also been ordered dismissed and perpetually barred from public office over the administrative offenses of misconduct and dishonesty in connection with the anomalies surrounding the Makati car park building. RC

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Duterte taps kin of drug syndicate victims in antidrug drive SHARES: 2776 VIEW COMMENTS By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 04:58 PM February 16th, 2016

Presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has assigned relatives of drug syndicate victims from Bicol to spearhead his advocacy against drugs and crime in the country, the Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol said on Tuesday.

Duterte has designated Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chair Dante Jimenez and former undersecretary for Bicol affairs and Masbate Vice Gov. Mario Espinosa “to spearhead his activisms” while he is campaigning for the upcoming national elections.

Jimenez and Espinosa both belong to families with members who have been killed by drug syndicates.

Jimenez’s brother Jaime died in 1990 after being suspected by drug lords of having coordinated with authorities who raided their hide-out in Parañaque.

Espinosa, meanwhile, lost his father, brother, and uncle—all government officials who advocated against drugs—supposedly after getting the ire of illegal perpetrators.

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Jimenez and Espinosa welcomed their assignments, saying Duterte was the right kind of leader who could wage an effective campaign against drugs.

“The reason why I embrace the antidrugs advocacy is the fact that the spread of this menace should be stopped by all means; now that we have found a leader who has put at stake his reputation and life for this cause, I believe that we Filipinos should rally behind what Mayor Duterte has started,” Espinosa said.

“The only way to fight these problems on drugs, crime and corruption is by having a leader who can sustain a no-nonsense campaign against these criminal elements ruining not only the well-being of our people but the future of our country, as well,” Jimenez added.

Duterte and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano previously vowed to wipe out drugs and crime in their first six months in office if ever elected in the upcoming polls.
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Duterte: I respect Pacquiao’s opinion SHARES: 11K VIEW COMMENTS By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 06:50 PM February 18th, 2016

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he respected the opinion of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao following the boxing champion’s derogatory comments on same-sex relationships.

“I respect his opinion. Freedom of expression is very important. I may disagree with what you said, but I will defend your right to say it,” Duterte told reporters in an ambush interview at University of the Philippines Diliman.

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Duterte, who once joked that he used to be gay but was reformed, said Pacquiao was “entitled to say his piece,” adding that the Philippines was a free country.

“You may not like it. You may not favor it. But that is his right to express, freedom to express an opinion,” he said.

But the tough-talking mayor said he did not want discrimination among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Duterte had pushed for the passage of an antidiscrimination ordinance in Davao City and previously described gays as “children of God.”

Duterte, however, cited that same-sex marriage was not possible under the Constitution.

But if elected president, Duterte said he would consider allowing same-sex marriage in the Philippines if Congress approved such law under his administration.

“I’m fine with gays. I have nothing against gays,” the mayor earlier said in a campaign sortie in Bacolod City.

Duterte also earlier said that “God does not discriminate against people, regardless of color, religion, social class, or gender and sexual preferences.” RC

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