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MIRIAM SPENDS VALENTINE's DAY WITH YOUTH FOR MIRIAM 2016
[About 2,500 volunteer members of the Youth for Miriam movement who want “true change, peace and order, discipline, and love for the country” gathered at the Ynares Arena. Santiago has waged her campaign on social media and engaged the youth in her campus tours. Santiago has topped every campus survey on presidentiables]


FEBRUARY 15 -"HINDI KO ISINANGLA ANG KALULUWA KO AT KAILANMAN HINDI KO ISASANGLA ANG BANSA KO." (TRANSLATION: " I did not pawn my soul and I will never pledge (of land) my own country." - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago #‎Miriam2016‬ ‪#‎Miriamfight) Ang ibang kandidato, nakagastos na ng hundreds of millions para lang manalo. Kung susumahin, bilyong bilyong piso na ang nagastos nila para lamang sa pangangampanya. Ang kanilang mga nagastos, napakalayo sa mga nakalista sa kanilang mga SALN. Pano nila mababawi ang mga nagastos nila? Naniniwala ka bang walang kapalit ang mga donasyong nakuha nila? (The other candidates, spent hundreds of millions of pesos just to win. If we total those billions pesos only spent just for campaigning. What they spent are very far and between and false to what they listed in their SALN. How can they recover what they spent? Do you believe there are no exchange for the money given to the voters? ‪#‎Miriam2016‬ ‪#‎Miriamfight‬)  MIRIAM WANTS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION AND PREPARE YOUNG FILIPINOS FOR THE EVER CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES GLOBALLY. The sight of supporters in red at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Valentine’s day was enough to perk up presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago as she and her running mate, Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr, and their senatorial bets graced the event called “Miriam’s Day.” While couples and those in a relationship went on a date, youth volunteers of Santiago preferred to spend the day with their candidates, anticipating the lady senator’s pick up lines which has been a hit among the young and old alike. READ MORE... RELATED, PH can be an agriculture titan once more – Marcos...

ALSO: President’s shooting buddy recruiting for Poe

[Is the rivalry between the “Balay” and “Samar” factions in President Aquino’s inner circle brewing anew?]


FEBRUARY 19 -President Aquino swears in Rico Puno as Undersecretary for Peace and Order of the Department of Interior and Local Government. (Photo courtesy of Harvey ...September 2012 photo) Former Interior Undersecretary Rico E. Puno has reportedly been contacting fellow Masons in the bailiwicks of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP), trying to muster support for presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe, according to two Inquirer sources. One of the sources, a police official, said that a Myro Lopez, whom he identified as Puno’s personal aide, had been calling up members of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines in Western Visayas and northern Mindanao asking for help in organizing Poe’s rallies. The source, also an influential Mason, said he recently received a call from Lopez relaying Puno’s “concerns.” “Myro has been seeking our help in looking for venues and local leaders who could head the political rallies and press conferences of Senator Poe in the Panay provinces,” the source, who sought anonymity for lack of authority to speak to media, said. Asked if Lopez was soliciting funds for Poe’s campaign, he said: “Yes, but not directly because he did not specifically ask for money.” “He did not tell us they would provide the funds needed to organize Senator Poe’s political gatherings, so it only means that those who are willing to help may also have to spend for the events,” he said. The Inquirer could not contact Puno as of press time last night. READ MORE...RELATED, Martial law an issue, says Roxas...  also Robredo on Martial Law Video...plus Bongbong: Martial law no longer a poll issue...

ALSO: Supporters of presidential bets attend Bongbong Marcos’ HQ opening
[They included the Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong (ALDUB), represented by former Rep. Prospero Nograles; the Binay-Bongbong (BIBO) group of Santiago, Isabela Mayor Amy Navarro; and the Alyansang Roxas-Marcos (AROMA) of Pandan, Antique Jonathan Tan.]


FEBRUARY 19 -The “campaign for unity” of vice presidential hopeful and senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has given birth to what sounds like a nursery rhyme: Du-Bo, Bi-Bo and Ro-Ma.
Du-Bo, Bi-Bo and Ro-Ma may seem like a phonetic exercise but they stand for Duterte-Bongbong, Binay-Bongbong and Roxas-Marcos. At Thursday’s inauguration of the Marcos campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong City, groups supporting different presidential candidates gathered to back the senator’s candidacy. They included the Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong (ALDUB), represented by former Rep. Prospero Nograles; the Binay-Bongbong (BIBO) group of Santiago, Isabela Mayor Amy Navarro; and the Alyansang Roxas-Marcos (AROMA) of Pandan, Antique Jonathan Tan. Also present were leaders of the Umayamnon tribe of Bukidnon province and of transportation groups: Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines; Pasang Masda; the Association of Concerned Transport Organizations; and the Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytors sa Pilipinas. Two figures from the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution also attended – ex-Army Lt. Col. Alexander Noble and former Col. Proceso Maligalig – as well as historian Rolando Quintos and the brother of Presidential Adviser Ging Deles. READ MORE...RELATED, Marcos to Aquino: Thanks for noticing my hair despite busy schedule... AND No enforceable complaints from RIGHTS COMMISSION...

ALSO: PILIPINAS DEBATES 2016 - How will presidential bets tackle poverty, development issues?


FEBRUARY 19 -Poverty remains one of the toughest challenges for the next president of the Philippines. Self-rated poverty did see a slight improvement in 2015 but over 11 million Filipino families still consider themselves poor, according to a survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS). The Philippine Statistics Authority reported in January this year that over 7 million Filipinos are unemployed while 2.3 million others are underemployed. On the other hand, the number of employed persons is 39.7 million, with 54.5 percent involved in the services sector, 29.6 percent in agriculture, and 15.9 percent in the industry sector. How do the presidentiables hope to address poverty and other development issues affecting if they are elected? Vice President Jejomar Binay on his birthday on November 11, 2015 said, “My birthday wish is to uplift the lot of every Filipino. That is the main thrust of my leadership…no person should die because of poverty, because [he or she] can’t afford to buy food, can’t go to the hospital.” Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said in December 2014 that renewable energy projects can help alleviate poverty. “…the Philippines should be the world leader in geothermal energy, the largest producer of wind power, and the solar manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia." Senator Grace Poe, in declaring her 2016 presidential bid, said, ““We should push for true reforms that will achieve inclusive growth, global competitiveness and transparent government. Any progress we achieve as a country should be progress for each one of us, without exception. Any preferential bias should be for the poor and vulnerable.” Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said he will push for a P100-billion fund for poverty alleviation should he win the 2016 elections. “We are calling it the Karapatan Fund because it will be the right of each Filipino to receive this service.” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants to be more active in addressing street children. In March 2015, he ordered the arrest of the parents of Davao City streetchildren, saying, “If you’re incapable of protecting your children, we will use the law to take custody of your children.”  READ MORE...INFOGRAPHICS. RELATED, Survey: Voters want presidential bets to address workers' pay, illegal drugs

ALSO: Trillanes on SWS poll topped by Binay - 'It’s not biblical truth'


FEBRUARY 18 -TRILLANES -Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who currently ranks far too low in the vice presidential preference surveys, has again dismissed the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election poll on presidential candidates, saying it should not be treated as “biblical truth.”  Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained his lead with 29 percent while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe were statistically tied at second place with 24 percent. Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago were in fourth and fifth place with 18 percent and 4 percent, respectively. In the same survey, Trillanes, who is running without a presidential running mate, ended up at the tail-end of the race with only 5 percent while those in the lead are Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who were tied at 26 percent. LP vice presidential bet, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, came in third with 19 percent followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at 16 percent and Sen. Gregorio Honasan with 6 percent. Trillanes, a staunch supporter of presidential aspirant Poe, insinuated that the polling firm is supposedly biased in favor of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer. “Let us not think of it (SWS survey) as a bible. We will commit mistakes, for us to assume that what they are saying is true,” Trillanes, a known critic of Binay, told a Senate weekly forum. “Apparently, he has strong ties with the SWS because the SWS is the only one saying he is number one; but in all other surveys, he is number two or number three. So let us not make what the SWS releases as a biblical truth,” the senator added. Trillanes has his own survey done by his comrades, the Magdalo group which can hardly be considered credible, as Trillanes comes off at number 4 in the VP surveys. READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes belittles, chastises Pacquiao for consistently siding with VP Binay, former President Arroyo


FEBRUARY 18 -BINAY, PACQUIAO - NUMERO 'UNA' BLOGGED IMAGES BINAY, PACQUIAO - NUMERO 'UNA' BLOGGED IMAGES
Vice presidential candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday joined those who have been criticizing people’s champ and senatorial bet Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao but not on the issue of the latter’s controversial anti-gay comments. Trillanes chided Pacquiao for being consistently siding with “thieves” such as the likes of Vice President Jejomar Binay as well as former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “Although I respect his opinion as there are really close-minded people. But what I cannot understand is that he’s being self-righteous and yet he’s with the slate of a thief. It doesn’t make sense,” the senator said. Trillanes was referring to Pacquiao being among the senatorial candidates of the opposition’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the party that has Binay as standard bearer. The senator further chastised the congressman for emphasizing the need to accord the Vice President due process amid the numerous charges being hurled against the former, ranging from malversation, graft to plunder. Hindi naman ako naghuhusga eh hindi naman ako husgado eh pero meron akong paniniwala base sanakita ko, at meron akong karapatang mag issue ng opinion (against Binay),” Trillanes, main accuser and prime-mover of the conduct of investigation in the Senate against the Vice President, said. Kung magbubulag bulagan sya, papano nila masusugpo angcorruption? Kung lahat aantayin mo na masintensyahan ng korte, eh yung korte naman ay namamaniobra, eh di lahat ang tingin nya angel? Baka ang tingin nya kay Vice President Binay angel until proven otherwise,” he added. Trillanes could not help but brand Pacquiao as “very inconsistent” in his stand on moral issues, given his strong stance against same sex marriage yet seemingly lax on matters concerning corruption. “You’re trying to justify something that you know is wrong in the first place because you cannot defend yourself on the issue on why you’re aligned with Vice President Binay,” he said. Such stance being displayed by the congressman can only be expected if he’s someone who does not read or watch the news and too naive to understand what’s happening around him, the senator said. READ MORE...


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#Miriam2016 #MiriamFight - "HINDI KO ISINANGLA ANG KALULUWA KO AT KAILANMAN HINDI KO ISASANGLA ANG BANSA KO." -Miriam Defensor Santiago for President with Mary Grace B. Sevilla and 3 others. (TRANSLATION: " I don't pawn my soul and I will never pledge (of land) my own country." - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago #‎Miriam2016‬ ‪#‎Miriamfight‬)

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (SANTIAGO FACEBOOK) Ang ibang kandidato, nakagastos na ng hundreds of millions para lang manalo. Kung susumahin, bilyong bilyong piso na ang nagastos nila para lamang sa pangangampanya.

Ang kanilang mga nagastos, napakalayo sa mga nakalista sa kanilang mga SALN. Pano nila mababawi ang mga nagastos nila? Naniniwala ka bang walang kapalit ang mga donasyong nakuha nila?
(The other candidates, spent hundreds of millions of pesos just to win. If we total those billions pesos only spent just for campaigning. What they spent are very far and between and false to what they listed in their SALN. How can they recover what they spent? Do you believe there are no exchange for the money given to the voters? ‪#‎Miriam2016‬ ‪#‎Miriamfight‬)

MIRIAM WANTS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION AND PREPARE YOUNG FILIPINOS FOR THE EVER CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES GLOBALLY.

The number of STEM-related jobs reportedly grew three times as fast as non-STEM related jobs in the United States during the past 10 years and is forecast to grow twice as fast over the next decade.

The government of the United States has already recognized the importance of improving the quality of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). There were numerous American studies showing that STEM-related innovations have increased more than half of the country's economic growth over the past half century.— (with Antonio Marcos Lopes).

Miriam spends V-day with youth supporters, drops pick up lines on rivals by Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos February 15, 2016 MANILA DAILY BULLETIN


'MIRIAM'S DAY'

The sight of supporters in red at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Valentine’s day was enough to perk up presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago as she and her running mate, Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr, and their senatorial bets graced the event called “Miriam’s Day.”

While couples and those in a relationship went on a date, youth volunteers of Santiago preferred to spend the day with their candidates, anticipating the lady senator’s pick up lines which has been a hit among the young and old alike.

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About 2,500 volunteer members of the Youth for Miriam movement who want “true change, peace and order, discipline, and love for the country” gathered at the Arena. Santiago has waged her campaign on social media and engaged the youth in her campus tours.

She is counting on the youth votes to bring her to Malacañang and as proof of support, Santiago has topped every campus survey on presidentiables.


ALL EARS — Vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr is all ears as his tandem Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago discusses something during a gathering of youth volunteers for Miriam on Valentine’s day at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig city Sunday. (Ali Vicoy)

In her 13-minute speech, Santiago dropped some pick-up lines on her rivals in the presidential race with a Valentine tenor. She did not name names but the delighted crowd seemed to know who Santiago was referring to.

“May mapa ka ba? Hindi ko kasi makita ang tuwid na daan…papunta sa puso mo (Do you have a map? I can’t seem to find the straight path…to your heart).”

“Pwede ka ba makatabi sa exam? Kasi pag katabi kita, perfect na ako (Can I sit beside you during exams? Because whenever I’m beside you, I feel perfect).”

“Ini-small ka ba nila? That’s okay, iniiBIG naman kita.”

“Sa’yo na ang PhilHealth at SSS mo. Basta sa akin ang PAG-IBIG mo.”

Santiago also dropped some of her new pick-up lines suitable for the month of hearts including two which were perfect for the election season.

CONSCIENCE DEVELOPMENT

“Ballot box ka ba? Handa akong maging poll watcher masiguro lang na safe ka. (Are you a ballot box? I am ready to be a poll watcher just to make sure you’re safe).”

“Wala akong pakialam kung sino ang iboto mo, basta sana sa akin ang boto ng mga magulang mo (I don’t care who you vote for as long I have your parents’ vote).”

But on a serious note, Santiago challenged the people who are sabotaging her campaign.

“’Yang taong yan hinahamon ko. Suntukan nalang kami! (I challenge that person to a fist fight!)

“Ang daming nagtatapang-tapangan sa gobyerno pero pag hinamon mo naman ng debate sa Plaza Miranda ayaw (There are many in the government who act tough but when you challenge them to a debate in Plaza Miranda, they refuse)”

Santiago didn’t bare her platform but said one thing is sure – that corrupt politicians will be imprisoned.

“Mamili na lang sila ng kulungan kung business class, economy, o first class basta lahat kulong (They can choose from either business class, economy, or first class cells but all of them will be jailed),” she assured. She also shunned her detractors who said dreaming for the future of the country is old school.

“What’s important is you and I continue to believe in the future of our country. Sabi nila dati na ‘yan (they say it’s old school), pero my answer is no!”

“It is not necessarily time for reform or change. It is the time for conscience development.”

CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU

There were loud cheers in the Arena when Santiago’s running mate was introduced.

Marcos said Santiago’s fearless attitude makes him want to continue working with her in her fight against corruption and her mission in uniting the whole country.

“She eats death threats for breakfast, her political enemies for lunch, and corrupt politicians for dinner!” he said.


[STAFF] Supporters gather in front of the stage to cheer for Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. #Miriam2016 #MiriamFight

Santiago, according to Marcos raised political awareness among the Filipino people with just two best-selling books, doing better than most speeches of “hypocritical politicians.”

Santiago echoed Dr. Jose Rizal’s discourse that the youth is the hope of the country.

“There is no end in the infinite mind of the young people. You are the hope of our country,” she said.

Santiago said it is time for young people to take over and that if she wins in the elections, at least half of her cabinet will be from the youth sector and to make that happen, she said the youth have to be trained as early as possible.

And if the youth wants change, Santiago said it should start with them.

Sa aking administrasyon, hindi lang korapsyon ang bibigyang pansin, kundi pati ang kapakanan ng ating mga magsasaka at kasaganahan ng agrikultura sa ating bansa - Santiago


TIMELINE PHOTOS FB - Miriam Defensor Santiago In office June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2001/ Secretary of Agrarian Reform, In office July 20, 1989 – January 4, 1990 / President Corazon Aquino

Noong Agrarian Secretary ako, ipinamigay ko ang daan-daang titulo ng lupa sa mga magsasakang nararapat na magmay-ari ng mga ito.

Mahalagang mag-invest tayo sa research and technology para umangat ulit ang industriya ng agrikultura sa ating bansa. Dapat magkaroon ng finance programs na mas magpapalawak sa paggamit ng mga bagong seed varieties at modernong teknolohiya para mas dumami ang ani ng ating mga magsasaka.

Sa aking administrasyon, hindi lang korapsyon ang bibigyang pansin, kundi pati ang kapakanan ng ating mga magsasaka at kasaganahan ng agrikultura sa ating bansa.

(When I was the Agrarian Secretary me, I have hundreds of land titles on his inappropriate to possess them. It's important we are to invest in research and technology for umangat again the industry of agriculture in our country. Should have finance programs more magpapalawak using the new seed varieties and modern technology to better have more harvest of our farmers. My Administration, not only the bibigyang korapsyon attention, but as well as the welfare of our farmers and kasaganahan of agriculture in our country.)


Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her husband, lawyer Narciso Santiago Jr.,

"To the young ones, my advice is this: if you decide that you want to spend your life with someone, be with someone who will support your dreams, no matter how challenging they may seem. Happy Valentine’s Day!"

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FLASHBACK DZMM INTERVIEW --Ikaw Na Ba: Panayam kay Miriam Defensor-Santiago (Unang Bahagi) DZMMTeleRadyo DZMMTeleRadyo Subscribe15,254 Add to Share More 56,350 280 18 Published on Dec 2, 2015 Tampok si Senadora Miriam Defensor-Santiago sa ikalimang pagtatanghal ng "Ikaw Na Ba" sa DZMM. Sulyapan ang kanyang track record at tunghayan ang pagbabahagi niya ukol sa kanyang paglaban sa cancer. Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

 
(INTERVIEW ON HER CANCER ILLNES) December 2015

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Ikaw Na Ba: Panayam kay Miriam Defensor-Santiago (Ikalawang Bahagi) DZMMTeleRadyo DZMMTeleRadyo Published on Dec 2, 2015 Alamin kung ano ang gagawin ni Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago sa unang 100 araw ng panunungkulan niya, sa ikalawang bahagi ng panayam sa kanya sa "Ikaw Na Ba? The DZMM Presidential Candidate Interview." Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

 
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View more replies Ernie Laroya Ernie Laroya Madam President MDS tatawagin ko na po kayo presidente dahil para sa akin kayo ang karapatdapat na presidente ng pilipinas. . . Gusto ko lang po ipabatid sa inyo na may IRRI at Philrice po tayo nandito po sa atin bansa ang pinakakamagaling na researcher pang agrikultura hindi po yan ang problema natin . . . Tama po ginawa nyo ipamahagi yung lupa para sa magsasaka pero ang problema wala sila puhunan pambili ng binhi at pataba sa lupa . . . Suggestion ko himukin ang mga land developer na mag invest sa agriculture hindi puro hausing ang kanila ginagawa . . . Hindi lang sa agri pati sa Ecology . . . Gusto ko rin sana pagbawalan ang mga dayuhan bansa partikular na tsino na mag renta ng sakahin lupa . . . Sa china kasi yung isang hektarya lupa ay tinatamnan nila ng high value crops tulad ng sibuyas at bawang katuwiran nila yung kikitain kasi triple kung palay ang kanila itatanim . . . Kaya para may supply sila ng rice sa ibang bansa sila nagtatanim at nagrerenta ay yung aanihin ay,ipinapadala nila sa bansa nila . . . Ang nangyayari tayo yung nawawalan ng supply . . . Katuwiran ng magsasaka kaysa maghirap at magkaproblema sa puhunan sa pagsasaka mas mabuti parentahan na lang nila sigurado pa kanila kita . . . Yan ang,nangyayari ngayon at sana kung kayo na ang pangulo ng pilipinas ay,pagukulan po sana,ninyo ito ng pansin. . . Salamat MDS at BBM,kami.


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PH can be an agriculture titan once more – Marcos February 16, 2016 10:37 pm by JAIME PILAPIL, REPORTER


Marcos seeks to regain PH status as leading agri power in the Asian region - Bongbong Marcos PHOTO FROM BONGBONG WEBSITE

Saying majority of Filipinos are farmers, vice presidential candidate and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has vowed to regain the country’s status as the leading agricultural power in Asia.

Gracing the “Araw ng Agrikutura” (Day of Agriculture) in Baler town, Aurora, on Monday, Marcos noted the continuing drop in agriculture’s contribution to the economy from a high of 30 percent in the post-World War 2 era to the current level of 11 percent.

“What is more alarming is that agriculture is now tied with poverty. Some 37 percent of our workers are in the agriculture sector and they are the lowest paid workers in the country,” he said.

The lawmaker from Ilocos Norte added that farmers have two enemies—loan sharks and calamities, including typhoons.
“Victims of high prices and capitalism, only to be victimized once more by calamities, they are truly lucky if they can recover their capital,” he said.

“So how can you expect Filipino farmers to compete? In the past, we were famed agricultural producers but now we are better known as importers. Not content with being importers, some unscrupulous individuals even become notorious agricultural smugglers,” the senator pointed out.

He said the first step in regaining the country’s status as an “agricultural titan” is to repair damaged irrigation systems and supply water from dams and rivers.

“We must work to increase agricultural production and raise the income of our farmers,” Marcos added. “The next step is to form cooperatives to strengthen their bargaining power and marketing capabilities.”

Once elected as Vice President, Marcos vowed to help the President in finding the best solutions to boost the growth of the agriculture sector.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker attributed his good showing in surveys to his unity campaign strategy, saying Filipinos welcome it.



The latest Social Weather Stations survey showed Marcos sharing the top spot with Sen. Francis Escudero.

“I think my message of unity that I bring in the campaign is something that is accepted by our countrymen,” he said.

The senator has made unity his campaign battlecry, saying it is the only way for the country to move forward.

He explained that his decision to kick off his campaign in his hometown of Batac, Ilocos Norte, was to rally the so-called Solid North to start the unification process.

Calling his campaign the Unity Caravan, Marcos spent the first week of the campaign period in the Solid North provinces of Ilocos Sur, Abra, La Union and Pangasinan, where opposing political rivals vowed to support his bid for the second highest post in the government.


INQUIRER

President’s pal recruiting for Poe SHARES: 7817 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marlon Ramos @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:56 AM February 19th, 2016


President Aquino swears in Rico Puno as Undersecretary for Peace and Order of the Department of Interior and Local Government. (Photo courtesy of Harvey ...September 2012 photo)

Is the rivalry between the “Balay” and “Samar” factions in President Aquino’s inner circle brewing anew?

Former Interior Undersecretary Rico E. Puno has reportedly been contacting fellow Masons in the bailiwicks of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP), trying to muster support for presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe, according to two Inquirer sources.

One of the sources, a police official, said that a Myro Lopez, whom he identified as Puno’s personal aide, had been calling up members of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines in Western Visayas and northern Mindanao asking for help in organizing Poe’s rallies.

The source, also an influential Mason, said he recently received a call from Lopez relaying Puno’s “concerns.”

“Myro has been seeking our help in looking for venues and local leaders who could head the political rallies and press conferences of Senator Poe in the Panay provinces,” the source, who sought anonymity for lack of authority to speak to media, said.

Asked if Lopez was soliciting funds for Poe’s campaign, he said: “Yes, but not directly because he did not specifically ask for money.”

“He did not tell us they would provide the funds needed to organize Senator Poe’s political gatherings, so it only means that those who are willing to help may also have to spend for the events,” he said.

The Inquirer could not contact Puno as of press time last night.

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Sought for comment, Poe’s camp said it was clueless about Puno’s supposed efforts to muster the support of Masons.

“I am personally unaware of the moves of (Puno) to organize, but Senator Poe’s campaign is anchored on the principle of inclusiveness,” Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Poe’s spokesperson, said in a text message.

Shooting-range buddy

Known as a shooting-range buddy of the President, Puno resigned as interior undersecretary for peace and order in September 2012 following allegations he tried to filch confidential documents from the office of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo a few days after Robredo died in a plane crash.

Along with other personal friends of the President, Puno is identified with the “Samar” group, so called because it held office in a building on Samar Avenue in Quezon City during the 2010 elections.

LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas is the leader of the LP-led “Balay” faction, whose headquarters are in the Balay building, referring to the “bahay na puti” (white house) of the Roxas family in Cubao, also in Quezon City.

The Samar group—which includes Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa—was believed behind the “Noy-Bi” movement, which dropped Roxas as Mr. Aquino’s running mate in 2010 in favor of the eventual winner, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Last week, Roxas, joined by Mr. Aquino, launched his campaign for Malacañang at two rallies attended by some 35,000 people in the cities of Roxas and Iloilo. Almost all the Cabinet members were present, except for Ochoa.

This week, Poe and her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, embarked on a campaign tour of Western Visayas.

According to the second source, who also sought anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, Puno was tapping his connections in the Masons to garner support for Poe in provinces where she has no political organization.

Fervent request

“Rico Puno knows that fellow Masons cannot turn down a fervent request from one of us,” the source said.

“But he also knows it’s nearly impossible for Poe to win in Western Visayas because it’s practically the LP’s home base with Mar Roxas and (Senate President) Franklin Drilon,” he said.

The source said he was “surprised” when Lopez phoned him to relay Puno’s request, saying he thought Puno would support Binay like he did in 2010.

Northern Mindanao

The source said Lopez had also been calling up Masons in Cagayan de Oro City and other parts of northern Mindanao where the local officials had announced they were supporting Roxas.

“Masons may not be a voting bloc like the Iglesia Ni Cristo, but the influence of our brods in the military, police, judiciary, politics and business would certainly be a major factor in the elections,” he said.

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Martial law an issue, says Roxas SHARES: 4505 VIEW COMMENTS By: DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 07:27 AM February 14th, 2016

LIGAO CITY, Philippines—Martial law abuses are a real election issue, especially for human rights victims, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas said here on Saturday, contradicting vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. earlier assertion that it was a fabricated “media issue.”

“Perhaps for victims of martial law, this is not only an issue for media,” Roxas told reporters after a campaign rally here with his running mate Leni Robredo.

“They were the ones who were personally hurt, and many people who were not physically hurt still lost years [of their lives] because of martial law,” Roxas said.

He said the country itself lost years to martial law, including Filipinos who were forced to go abroad. “For our people, martial law is a real issue,” he said.

Marcos has been criticized by victims of martial law and their survivors for downplaying the atrocities committed during the dictatorship of his father, President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

During the LP sortie in Tabaco City, human rights lawyer and former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said Filipinos should not vote for candidates like Bongbong Marcos and others who benefited from martial law.

Lagman, a former five-term member of the House representing the first district of Albay, is seeking election again.

He is the brother of Hermon Lagman, a political activist who disappeared during the martial law regime. His older brother Filemon “Popoy” Lagman, founder of the Partido ng Manggagawa, was killed in 2001 during the Arroyo administration it was believed by former comrades in the communist movement.

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Edcel served as minority floor leader in the House of Representatives until 2012 when he resigned over differences with the Aquino administration. He was the main proponent of the Reproductive Health Bill.

“I think the people should reject all those who benefited from martial law, up to now,” Lagman told reporters.

Pressed to elaborate, he admitted his remark was aimed at “a particular person, the son of the late dictator,” although he did not mention the younger Marcos by name.

Lagman added that his words could also be construed as an “omnibus statement” directed at all those who rose to power and wealth during the martial law years.

“There is no reason why we should elect people who are identified with martial law, which brought so much sacrifice and abuse to the Filipino people,” he said.

In his speech at the LP rally, Lagman told the audience: “Let us not vote for those who benefited under martial law, like this one who’s now running for vice president.”

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Bongbong: Martial law no longer a poll issue By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 18, 2016 - 12:00am 1 139 googleplus0 0


Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., now a frontrunner in the vice presidential race, said Filipinos, particularly the youth, know what transpired under the 20-year of rule of his late father and namesake.

MANILA, Philippines – For the only son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, martial law is no longer an issue in the May elections.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., now a frontrunner in the vice presidential race, said Filipinos, particularly the youth, know what transpired under the 20-year of rule of his late father and namesake.

Marcos said people are now more concerned about coping with their daily needs.

“People no longer ask about martial law. They are interested in the current problems of the country such as jobs and traffic,” he told journalists during a press briefing yesterday in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

Marcos said the martial law issue is the same propaganda the administrations have been trying to sell in the past three decades.

He said people are more interested in solving their daily problems like the rising cost of basic commodities, water and electricity, and job opportunities.

“With the Internet, people can Google any topic and they know what’s happened or is happening in the country.”

Marcos said people knew that during the administration of his late father, the country exported rice and there was no problem in unemployment, traffic and electricity.

He vowed to pursue the urban land reform program and improve its implementation to achieve its original intent of improving the life of the poor.

Among the areas in Caloocan that Marcos visited was Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang, a government resettlement site considered to be the country’s largest village in terms of land area and population.

He said unlike the relocation project in Bagong Silang, many of the current relocation sites for poor urban dwellers are comprised of a bare house and lot.

“If you recall the government agency originally tasked to implement urban land reform was the Ministry of Human Settlements. That’s how the agency is called because it strives to establish local communities,” Marcos said.

He said the urban land reform of the past includes basic necessities such as water and electricity supply, jobs and facilities such as market, church and school.

“I hope to return to the concept that relocation is not simply about a house, but that it includes the basic necessities to live decently.”

Eusebios support Bongbong

After obtaining San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez’s support Bongbong got another backing from the influential Eusebio clan of Pasig City.

“Our support for Bongbong is 100 percent. We will ensure his 100 percent victory here in Pasig City. He’s the first vice presidential candidate who visited us,” Councilor Ricky Eusebio said during a rally for Marcos in Barangay Maybunga.

Eusebio, who is running for congressman in the May elections, is a son of former city mayor Vicente.

Vicente’s wife, Idad, had also served as mayor as well as their other son Bobby, whose wife, Maribel, is the incumbent mayor.

Marcos thanked the Eusebios for the warm welcome, saying the family’s endorsement is a big boost to his candidacy.

Before attending the rally, Marcos and his Unity Caravan toured Pasig and its villages Kapasigan, Pinagbuhatan, Palatiw, San Miguel, Caniogan and Maybunga. Ricky accompanied them.

On Monday, Gomez endorsed Marcos’ candidacy, saying she believes he is competent to be the country’s second top leader. – With Rey Galupo, Non Alquitran


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Supporters of presidential bets attend Bongbong Marcos’ HQ opening SHARES: 1395 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jeannette I. Andrade @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 08:00 AM February 19th, 2016

MANILA — The “campaign for unity” of vice presidential hopeful and senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has given birth to what sounds like a nursery rhyme: Du-Bo, Bi-Bo and Ro-Ma.

Du-Bo, Bi-Bo and Ro-Ma may seem like a phonetic exercise but they stand for Duterte-Bongbong, Binay-Bongbong and Roxas-Marcos.

At Thursday’s inauguration of the Marcos campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong City, groups supporting different presidential candidates gathered to back the senator’s candidacy.

They included the Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong (ALDUB), represented by former Rep. Prospero Nograles; the Binay-Bongbong (BIBO) group of Santiago, Isabela Mayor Amy Navarro; and the Alyansang Roxas-Marcos (AROMA) of Pandan, Antique Jonathan Tan.

Also present were leaders of the Umayamnon tribe of Bukidnon province and of transportation groups: Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines; Pasang Masda; the Association of Concerned Transport Organizations; and the Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytors sa Pilipinas.

Two figures from the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution also attended – ex-Army Lt. Col. Alexander Noble and former Col. Proceso Maligalig – as well as historian Rolando Quintos and the brother of Presidential Adviser Ging Deles.

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Marcos said he was happy opposing groups were supporting him. He said it was proof his message of national unity was “gaining momentum.”

“I welcome any expression of support, any help that anyone is willing to give us,’’ he said in a statement.

Marcos’ camp claimed his campaign for unity had been getting support in Northern Luzon with politicians from opposing parties endorsing his candidacy.

In Metro Manila, Marcos has received the endorsements of San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the Eusebio clan in Pasig City. SFM

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Marcos to Aquino: Thanks for noticing my hair despite busy schedule SHARES: 35.8K VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 07:56 PM February 19th, 2016


Sen. Bongbong Marcos thanks President Benigno Aquino III for noticing his hair despite his busy schedule. FILE PHOTO

Vice presidential candidate and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has thanked President Benigno Aquino III for giving attention to his hair despite his busy schedule.

“Biruin mo sa dami ng trabaho nya napapansin pa nya yung hairdo ko. Thank you Mr. President for your concern,” Marcos told reporters in Pangasinan on Friday.

The 58-year-old son and namesake of the late dictator said he was surprised that the President took time to notice his hair in spite of the country’s problems.

During his trip to the United States, Aquino apparently took a swipe at Marcos’ dyed hair.

Aquino said he could not fathom that a candidate could not show his true self, adding he would rather be real than make an effort to have his thinning hair “photoshopped.”

Marcos, who had admitted to having his hair dyed regularly, said the Romualdez side of his family was prone to get gray hair at an early age.

“Naku talaga. Kasi kung hindi ko ipapa-tina papagalitan ako ng lahat ng babae sa buhay ko: ’Yung asawa ko, yung nanay ko, auntie ko, lahat ng pinsan ko . Sabi nila nagmumukha kang matanda,” Marcos said.

Asked what he thought of Aquino’s hair, Marcos answered: “Ako ’di ko napapansin yung hairdo nya, kaya nagugulat ako yung hairdo ko napapansin ng Presidente.” RC

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No enforceable right HIDDEN AGENDA By Mary Ann LL. Reyes (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


By Mary Ann LL. Reyes

With the Marcoses once again in the limelight following the decision of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to run for vice president, some quarters are attempting to raise the issue of the Marcos family’s alleged human rights violations committed during the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ 20-year rule.

What’s interesting to know is that since the creation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in 1987, there has been no formal complaint with the CHR against the former President and members of his family. In 1997, then CHR chairperson Aurora Navarrete-Recina issued a certification attesting to that made upon the request of then Rep. Imelda Marcos.

And how about that final judgment in 1995 of the US District Court in Hawaii presided by Judge Manuel Real that awarded to the plaintiff class a total of $1.96 billion in damages and which decision was affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the 9th District the following year?

Unfortunately, that foreign judgment has not been enforced here and it seems that local courts are not inclined to make that happen.

So what happened in that Hawaii case?

As can be seen in the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court in the case of Priscilla Mijares v. Hon. Santiago Javier Ranada (GR 139325), 10 Filipino citizens filed a complaint against the estate of the late President Marcos, alleging human rights abuses such as arbitrary detention, torture, and rape in the hands of the police or military forces during the Marcos regime. Plaintiffs brought the action on their behalf and 10,000 other members similarly placed invoking as basis the Alien Torture Act to give the US District Court jurisdiction over the complaint which is a suit by aliens for tortious violations of international law. The US case is Class Action No. MDL 840.

The US court certified the case as a class action and created three sub-classes of torture, summary execution and disappearance victims. Trial ensued and a jury later awarded compensatory and exemplary damages. The court on Feb. 3, 1995 rendered a final judgment awarding a total of $1.964 billion in damages, which decision was affirmed by the US Court of Appeals on Dec. 17, 1996.

Under our Rules of Court, such foreign judgment has to be recognized and enforced in the Philippines through a case filed with Philippine courts. Rule 38 Section 48 of the said Rules provide that “the effect of a judgment or final order of a tribunal of a foreign country, having jurisdiction to render the judgment or final order is as follows: in case of a judgment or final order against a person, the judgment or final order is presumptive evidence of a right as between the parties and their successors in interest by a subsequent title. In either case, the judgment or final order may be repelled by evidence of a want of jurisdiction, want of notice to the party, collusion, fraud, or clear mistake of law or fact.” (emphasis ours).

And so on May 20, 1997, Priscilla Mijares, Loretta Ann Rosales, Hilda Narciso Sr., Mariani Dimaranan and Joel Lamangan in their behalf and on behalf of the class plaintiffs in MDL 840 filed a complaint with the Regional Trial Court of Makati presided by Judge Santiago Javier Ranada for the enforcement of the final judgment of the US court. In 1998, the Marcos Estate filed a motion to dismiss alleging non-payment of the correct filing fees. This is because petitioners paid only P410 as docket and filing fees inspite of the fact that they are seeking to enforce damages amounting to over $2.25 billion.

Judge Ranada on Sept. 9, 1998 dismissed the complaint without prejudice, saying that the proper filing fee was around P472 million which has not been paid. Petitioners filed a motion for reconsideration which was denied by the Makati RTC. And so they filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court assailing the orders of the judge.

The Supreme Court in a decision rendered on April 12, 2005 granted the petition and nullified the orders of the Makati RTC, even as it ordered the reinstatement of Civil Case no. 97-1052.

On June 25, 2013, Makati RTC Judge Bonifacio Pascua meanwhile again dismissed Civil Case 97-1052 which is a case for enforcement of a foreign judgment.

In its decision, the RTC criticized the US Court’s manner of computing the $2.26 million in damages as violative of the due process rights of defendants. It maintained that in this jurisdiction, “individual particularized damages still must be proved on an individual basis.” In her dissenting opinion, Justice Pamela Rymer of the CA 9th Circuit said that generalized proofs will not suffice to prove individual damages.

The Makati RTC noted that the action was also premature for failure of the plaintiffs to exhaust remedies available to them under the US Torture Victims’ Protection Act (TVPA). The Marcoses presented evidence in the Makati case to prove that the Philippine government through the PCGG wrote then US Secretary of State James Baker III and Atty. General William Barr seeking to transfer MDL 840 to Manila considering the availability of similar adequate remedies in the Philippines. The request was not acted upon. Thus, failure of Mijares and company to exhaust remedies in the Philippines renders MDL void for want of jurisdiction.

The TVPA (US Public Law 102-256) requires that a court shall decline to hear a claim if the claimant has not exhausted adequate and available remedies in the place in which the conduct giving rise to the claim occurred (the Philippines).


THE MARCOSES: The former Filipino “royal” family as they envisioned themselves. Clockwise from bottom left: Maria Victoria Irene, Aimee, Imelda, Ferdinand Emmanuel (“Bongbong”) Jr., Ferdinand, and Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee”  COURTESY OF CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES HISTORY designKULTUR Wordpress

The court likewise stressed that despite the lapse of 18 years after the promulgation of MDL 840, there is a glaring absence of the list of plaintiffs under each of the selected class claims (torture, summary execution, disappearance), making the final order in the US case incomplete and unenforceable under Philippine jurisdiction.

Pascua added that MDL 840 (the US case) would require the delivery of funds to the District of Hawaii for custody and final distribution, effectively rendering Philippine courts a mere collection agent of the US courts. The RTC said it cannot be compelled let alone commanded by a foreign court of equal jurisdiction to take directions apart from the processes available locally.

The RTC also noted that the SC decision in Mijares vs. Ranada basically pointed out that the judgment in MDL 840 is not conclusive yet but presumptive evidence of a right of the petitioners against the Marcos estate.

Even if the Tinga decision is decisive as to the question of filing fees, it does not render verdict on the enforceability of the final judgment before the local courts.

On Feb. 5, 2014, the RTC dismissed a motion for reconsideration filed by Mijares and company. In its decision, the court said that contrary to plaintiff’s claim, MDL 840 was based not only on the Alien Tort Claims Act but also on the TVPA, the latter mandating exhaustion of remedies which plaintiff’s did not avail of. Petitioners elevated the case to the Court of Appeals were it is pending.

To sum it up, there is no pending human rights violation case against the Marcoses here and the victory in the US courts being claimed by alleged victims of human rights violations is still not enforceable in the Philippines. Whether or not said violations where committed during the Marcos regime therefore has not been proven. May be sad, but that is the legal truth.

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PILIPINAS DEBATES 2016: How will presidential bets tackle poverty, development issues? Published February 18, 2016 10:01pm By VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News

Poverty remains one of the toughest challenges for the next president of the Philippines.

Self-rated poverty did see a slight improvement in 2015 but over 11 million Filipino families still consider themselves poor, according to a survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported in January this year that over 7 million Filipinos are unemployed while 2.3 million others are underemployed.

On the other hand, the number of employed persons is 39.7 million, with 54.5 percent involved in the services sector, 29.6 percent in agriculture, and 15.9 percent in the industry sector.

How do the presidentiables hope to address poverty and other development issues affecting if they are elected?

Vice President Jejomar Binay on his birthday on November 11, 2015 said, “My birthday wish is to uplift the lot of every Filipino. That is the main thrust of my leadership…no person should die because of poverty, because [he or she] can’t afford to buy food, can’t go to the hospital.”

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said in December 2014 that renewable energy projects can help alleviate poverty. “…the Philippines should be the world leader in geothermal energy, the largest producer of wind power, and the solar manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia."

Senator Grace Poe, in declaring her 2016 presidential bid, said, ““We should push for true reforms that will achieve inclusive growth, global competitiveness and transparent government. Any progress we achieve as a country should be progress for each one of us, without exception. Any preferential bias should be for the poor and vulnerable.”

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said he will push for a P100-billion fund for poverty alleviation should he win the 2016 elections. “We are calling it the Karapatan Fund because it will be the right of each Filipino to receive this service.”

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants to be more active in addressing street children. In March 2015, he ordered the arrest of the parents of Davao City streetchildren, saying, “If you’re incapable of protecting your children, we will use the law to take custody of your children.”

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Vice President Jejomar Binay on his birthday on November 11, 2015 said, “My birthday wish is to uplift the lot of every Filipino. That is the main thrust of my leadership…no person should die because of poverty, because [he or she] can’t afford to buy food, can’t go to the hospital.”

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said in December 2014 that renewable energy projects can help alleviate poverty. “…the Philippines should be the world leader in geothermal energy, the largest producer of wind power, and the solar manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia."

Senator Grace Poe, in declaring her 2016 presidential bid, said, ““We should push for true reforms that will achieve inclusive growth, global competitiveness and transparent government. Any progress we achieve as a country should be progress for each one of us, without exception. Any preferential bias should be for the poor and vulnerable.”

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said he will push for a P100-billion fund for poverty alleviation should he win the 2016 elections. “We are calling it the Karapatan Fund because it will be the right of each Filipino to receive this service.”

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants to be more active in addressing street children. In March 2015, he ordered the arrest of the parents of Davao City streetchildren, saying, “If you’re incapable of protecting your children, we will use the law to take custody of your children.”

On agriculture

In the Philippines, the agricultural sector employs the second highest number of workers at 29.6 percent.

But while the economy has been experiencing great growth, the sector experienced 0.96 percent contraction in output in the fourth quarter of 2015, with the crops and fisheries subsectors showing large declines.

Natural calamities such as Typhoon Lando in 2015 affected the performance of the sector.

The UNDP noted the role of technology in improving the country’s agricultural output.

“While the country is abundant in natural resources, environmental assets remain unavailable to poor groups owing to exclusion, insecure land tenure, lack of access to technologies; or the resources are degraded. Social inequities are rife and impact indigenous people, fisher folk, women and the informal sector the most,” it said.

 

Binay, at a Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry conference in October 2015, said there is a need to “focus on agriculture to create more jobs and spur economic activity in the regions."

Santiago, who was Agrarian Reform Secretary during the Corazon Aquino administration, said this month that the Philippines needs to revive the agricultural sector with modern technology.

Poe, when she declared her 2016 presidential bid, said, “We shall work for the flourishing of the agricultural sector. We will heed their longing for land to till. Irrigation is still badly needed in half a million hectares of land. We will push for mechanization. We need an effective program to make fishing, farming, and livestock propagation profitable for our farmers and the youth.”

Roxas is pushing for the so-called “Bukid Revolution” which offers farmers and fisherfolk affordable loan rates, and includes the implementation of infrastructure to help different provinces bring their produce to more customers.

“Kung dati meron Green Revolution, etong pangalan Bukid Revolution. Nakatutok sa kanayunan para makasiguro tayo na ang ating mga mangingisda, ang ating magsasaka, ay may sapat na kita para sa kanilang pang-araw-araw na gastos,” Roxas said.

Duterte in May last year pushed for free irrigation for farmers nationwide, saying, “Water must be provided free to Filipino farmers because that is the only way we could produce more food for the Filipinos.”

Infrastructure

In the East Asia Forum website, Ganeshan Wignaraja of the Asian Development Bank said the Philippines could benefit from “investing in infrastructure, reforming business regulations and financing small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”

“Infrastructure investment in the Philippines has risen since 2008. Actual disbursement (not including public–private sector partnerships) was 2.2 per cent of GDP in 2014 according to official sources. But this figure is low when compared with more developed ASEAN economies such as Singapore and Malaysia,” Ganeshan said.

Binay, speaking in Albay in October last year, said, “Transport continues to play an important role in enabling economic development and poverty reduction. We plan to revive the Manila-Bicol line gradually, first starting with the Alabang-Calamba line, then Calamba to Matnog (in Sorsogon).”

Meanwhile, one of the things that Santiago wants to address is the need for government to designate proper jeepney stops and terminals and impose penalties when these are not observed. She is the author of Senate Bill No. 2775, titled Jeepney Terminals and Stops Act.

Poe, in her speech declaring her presidential bid, said, “We will make infrastructure development our priority, whether in terms of streets, trains, airports, seaports or the internets. I will strive to increase the annual infrastructure budget to 7 percent of the GDP.”

Roxas, in a forum that tackled tax cuts in November last year, said, “It’s a zero-sum game. What comes in as taxes is used to pay for infrastructure, education. It’s not a fairy tale where we can say we will not pay taxes, [but still expect] healthcare, education and infrastructure to continue.”

Meanwhile, Duterte, when asked about Metro Manila’s traffic problem in December last year, said, "Yung mga tao, they congregate in cities because nandyan yung madaling pangkabuhayan.... Itong relocation would need about siguro a 20-year plan. Hindi ito pwede ng isang presidente ng six years lang." —JST, GMA News

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Survey: Voters want presidential bets to address workers' pay, illegal drugs By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated February 19, 2016 - 2:49pm 2 44 googleplus0 0

The latest survey from Pulse Asia showed that workers’ pay and illegal drugs are the top issues which Filipinos would like their preferred presidential candidate to address immediately once he/she assumes office. MANILA, Philippines - Most Filipinos would like their preferred presidential candidate to immediately act on increasing the pay of workers and curbing the use of illegal drugs upon assuming the presidency, Pulse Asia said on Friday.

The latest survey from Pulse Asia showed that 38 percent of Filipino voters want presidential bets to improve workers' pay while 36 percent want to address the widespread sale and use of illegal drugs.

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Filipinos also want presidential candidates to address other urgent issues such as controlling inflation (30 percent), fighting corruption in government (30 percent), reducing poverty (29 percent) and creating more jobs (26 percent).

The third cluster of urgent issues include fighting criminality (24 percent) and enforcing rule of law (20 percent).

Meanwhile, about one in 10 Filipinos want their preferred presidential bet to immediately act on promoting peace (12 percent), curbing the spread of illegal gambling (11 percent), protecting the environment (10 percent), defending national territorial integrity (8 percent) and preparing for disasters and calamities (8 percent).

The least urgent issues for the survey respondents were protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (7 percent), responding to the needs of those affected by calamities (6 percent) and terrorism (4 percent).


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Trillanes on SWS poll topped by Binay: It’s not biblical truth Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, (photo) who currently ranks far too low in the vice presidential preference surveys, has again dismissed the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election poll on presidential candidates, saying it should not be treated as “biblical truth.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained his lead with 29 percent while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe were statistically tied at second place with 24 percent.

Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago were in fourth and fifth place with 18 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

In the same survey, Trillanes, who is running without a presidential running mate, ended up at the tail-end of the race with only 5 percent while those in the lead are Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who were tied at 26 percent. LP vice presidential bet, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, came in third with 19 percent followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at 16 percent and Sen. Gregorio Honasan with 6 percent.

Trillanes, a staunch supporter of presidential aspirant Poe, insinuated that the polling firm is supposedly biased in favor of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer.

“Let us not think of it (SWS survey) as a bible. We will commit mistakes, for us to assume that what they are saying is true,” Trillanes, a known critic of Binay, told a Senate weekly forum.

“Apparently, he has strong ties with the SWS because the SWS is the only one saying he is number one; but in all other surveys, he is number two or number three. So let us not make what the SWS releases as a biblical truth,” the senator added.

Trillanes has his own survey done by his comrades, the Magdalo group which can hardly be considered credible, as Trillanes comes off at number 4 in the VP surveys.

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Trillanes recalled the time when the SWS supposedly committed a blunder when it claimed that former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo won the 2004 presidential elections over then rival, the late Fernando “FPJ” Poe Jr. by six to seven percent.


FLASHBACK: Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (R) greets residents after casting her ballot in her hometown of Lubao north of Manila, 10 May 2004. Filipinos will go to polls today and elect a new president after a bitter campaign that has left incumbent Gloria Arroyo heading for re-election in a deeply divided country with an estimated 43 million registered voters. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE May 10, 2004| Credit: TED ALJIBE

“In 2004, they (the SWS) said Gloria wins by how many percent? Six, seven percent. Otherwise, she cheated that’s why she won,” he stressed. “The SWS became an instrument of trending so it apologized.”

But when asked if he has any proof that would show the alleged collusion between Binay and those in the SWS in coming up with rigged poll results, Trillanes admitted he has none.

“I really don’t know. I have no information so far but you can see for yourself, on all the surveys that have come out so far, Sen. Grace Poe emerged as No. 1 and even in the same period as that of SWS (with other polling bodies), also those in the past months. You’ll begin to be suspicious of this,” he noted.

Asked further if the polling firm should not be trusted, Trillanes said, “No, it’s not like that. That’s not what I’m saying. Whoever makes mistakes, that means, they are inaccurate.”

Nevertheless, the senator, whose camp is adopting what it calls as grassroots campaigning, is hoping to make significant progress as election day draws near.

“The bottomline here is to send your campaign message across, to all voters, during the 90-day campaign period. We started campaigning last Feb. 9 while the others, as early as last year. But I believe we’ll be able to catch up and in due time, what is important here is that by May you’re No. 1 in the surveys,” he said.

Earlier, Trillanes slammed the SWS for releasing a “rigged and invalid” survey as a propaganda favoring the camp of Duterte.

In that survey conducted in the last week of November, Duterte surpassed Poe as the poll front-runner.


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Trillanes chastises Pacquiao for consistently siding with VP Binay, former President Arroyo  Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00


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Vice presidential candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday joined those who have been criticizing people’s champ and senatorial bet Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao but not on the issue of the latter’s controversial anti-gay comments.

Trillanes chided Pacquiao for being consistently siding with “thieves” such as the likes of Vice President Jejomar Binay as well as former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Although I respect his opinion as there are really close-minded people. But what I cannot understand is that he’s being self-righteous and yet he’s with the slate of a thief. It doesn’t make sense,” the senator said.

Trillanes was referring to Pacquiao being among the senatorial candidates of the opposition’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the party that has Binay as standard bearer.

The senator further chastised the congressman for emphasizing the need to accord the Vice President due process amid the numerous charges being hurled against the former, ranging from malversation, graft to plunder.

Hindi naman ako naghuhusga eh hindi naman ako husgado eh pero meron akong paniniwala base sanakita ko, at meron akong karapatang mag issue ng opinion (against Binay),” Trillanes, main accuser and prime-mover of the conduct of investigation in the Senate against the Vice President, said.

Kung magbubulag bulagan sya, papano nila masusugpo angcorruption? Kung lahat aantayin mo na masintensyahan ng korte, eh yung korte naman ay namamaniobra, eh di lahat ang tingin nya angel? Baka ang tingin nya kay Vice President Binay angel until proven otherwise,” he added.



Trillanes could not help but brand Pacquiao as “very inconsistent” in his stand on moral issues, given his strong stance against same sex marriage yet seemingly lax on matters concerning corruption.

“You’re trying to justify something that you know is wrong in the first place because you cannot defend yourself on the issue on why you’re aligned with Vice President Binay,” he said.

Such stance being displayed by the congressman can only be expected if he’s someone who does not read or watch the news and too naive to understand what’s happening around him, the senator said.

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“But he’s also (once) allied with GMA (Arroyo). So bakit nandun sya, nakadikit sa mga magnanakaw? Tapos kung maghusga sya ng ibang sector ganun-ganun na lang,” he said.

Trillanes added he could not fault Pacquiao for speaking his mind on the issue concerning the issue on same-sex marriage, describing couples with the same gender engaging in sexual acts as “worse than animals.”

“It can’t be helped but sometimes commit a slip-up when speaking in public. It can be humbling experience. I hope he has learned his lesson in this episode so that in the future he thinks twice before saying anything,” he said.

Kaya nagkakagulo dito sa mundo dahil sa mgaganyang mga pag-iisip, iyong mga self-righteous. Kung titingnan ninyo, lahat ng gulo sa mundo, nagsisimula sa mga ganyang klaseng pag-iisip. Makabasa lang ng Bibliya o anumang dokumento tapos ay ipagdidikdikan na sa kapwa nila na parang ‘kami lang ang tama, kayong lahat mali,’ parang ganoon,” Trillanes said.

Despite his criticisms, the senator still gave Pacquiao an unsolicited advice, saying the people’s champ should be more open-minded when dealing with public issues such as his statement on same-sex marriage which Trillanes likewise found very offensive to those belonging to the third sex.

“In the position he’s applying for, as representative of the people in the Senate, he has to be open-minded for consultation,” he said.

Whether the controversy could spell doom as far as Pacquiao’s political career is concerned, even Trillanes said it’s hard to tell considering his popularity and nature of Filipino voters as fickle-minded.

Alam nyo dito sa Pilipinas, yungelectorate, fickle-minded sya. Talagang minsan, for no reason, nandun ka No. 1 ka na (in the surveys) then next day bagsak ka na. So mahirap mag kumpiyansa sa election dito. Yung popularity nya ngayon yun ang nagdadala sa kanya. Siguro naman kung manalo sya sa April, baka makalimutan na yan at iyon ang magiging weight. That’s how it is eh,” Trillanes said.


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