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FEBRUARY 22 -GMA NEWS INFOGRAPHICS: The first leg of the Pilipinas Debates 2016 on Sunday gave the five candidates for the presidency a chance to win votes of Filipinos around the world. What did they promise to do if they ascend to the highest post in the land? Read their promises in their own words. —Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/JST, GMA News VIEW INFOGRAPHICS...

ALSO: Duterte-Miriam power couple 'love team' blooms


FEBRUARY 22 -Presidential candidates Rodrigo Duterte and Miriam Santiago; Move over Jadine and Kathniel!
A new "loveteam" unexpectedly made its debut at the Philippine Presidential Debate held in Cagayan de Oro on Sunday, Feb 21. Presidential candidates Rodrigo Duterte and Miriam Santiago showed their mutual respect and admiration for each other during the first round of the debate. True to his reputation of being a Casanova, Mayor Duterte began sweet-talking at the start of his turn on the round against Miriam Santiago was initially asked by the hosts about the condition of her health. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. After Santiago answered, Duterte was asked to react. Instead of making his rebuttal, Duterte instead praised his opponent. “It’s good that Ma’am Miriam is here because she is one of the two only qualified to run this country,” he said. Because the Mindanaoan bet was not disputing Miriam’s statements, she just continued elaborating on how she would spend her years in public service. She ended her speech by attacking the country’s corrupt officials witht the exception of one. "Graft and corruption is endemic and everybody speaks out but nobody has done much except Mayor Rodrigo Duterte," Miriam said to cheers. There is mutual admiration between the two presidential candidates, and it is evident on their comments about each other during the campaign trail. This story first appeared on Coconuts Manila.FULL REPORT...RELATED,
Visibly frail, feisty senator, Santiago still in fighting form...

ALSO: Who did Miriam, Duterte think was the best among their rivals in PiliPinas Debates 2016? 


FEBRUARY 22 -Although sparks flew at the first PiliPinas 2016 presidential debate, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte still had nice words to say about the rivals they sparred with on stage.
Santiago, who was in fighting form during the debate even though she had to sit down in between takes, on Sunday evening said she found administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II the best debater among her four rivals. The senator, however, said Roxas appeared to have difficulty connecting with the audience because of his seeming emotionless way of speaking. “Si Mar Roxas, substantive ang sinasabi niya pero parang wala siyang emotion kaya hindi siya maka-connect nang mabuti… [Ang] pinapaliwanag niya maliwanag sa akin kaya lang ang audience, hindi sila sana na-seryoso lahat,” she told GMA News' Ian Cruz following the conclusion of the debate at the Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. Santiago also took the opportunity to clarify why she had to sit down often when it was not her turn to speak. “I just have trouble getting up and sitting down because of the pinched nerve in my lower back. Many people have had that experience so they understand," she said. Despite choosing Roxas as the best debater, the senator said the four other presidential bets did equally well in their own way. Duterte, meanwhile, said he found Santiago and Senator Grace Poe as the best speakers in the debate. “Bakit si Miriam? She’s articulate and she's good. And si Grace, a very articulate fast talker," he said. For her part, Poe chose none among her rivals as the best speaker, saying it is up to the public to judge who excelled in the debate. READ FROM THE BEGINNING...

ALSO: CHR tells SC - Foundlings are Filipino citizens


FEBRUARY 24 -The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has sided with Sen. Grace Poe in her battle against her disqualification from the presidential race that is now with the Supreme Court.
In a memorandum filed with the SC on Wednesday, the CHR said foundlings have the right to nationality and that the state is duty-bound to respect and protect this right. It also said the "best interest of the child" principle is applicable to foundlings. "Foundlings in the Philippines should not be considered stateless," the CHR said. "There is basis in law to hold foundlings as Filipinos." The CHR filed the memorandum as an "amicus curiae" or friend of the court. Poe, a foundling adopted by Filipino parents, has asked the SC to overturn two Commission on Elections (Comelec) rulings that cancelled her certificate of candidacy for "misrepresentation" of citizenship and residency requirements. The case is now up for a decision after the SC held five rounds of oral arguments where among the issues tackled was whether Poe is a natural-born citizen. The assailed Comelec resolutions said Poe committed misrepresentation in her COC for claiming that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen. The poll body said a foundling is not considered as such because of unknown parentage. International law, treaties In its memorandum, the CHR said the "current state of international law arguably regards nationality as not entirely within the reserved domain of State sovereignty." "The rights of other States and human rights considerations influence it, and so States are no longer with unbridled discretion on the question of nationality. States are bound by human rights norms and principles on questions of nationality, which have bearing on their own internal questions of nationality," the CHR said. READ MORE...RELATED, SC asked to cite CHR in contempt of court for interfering in Poe case...

ALSO: Roxas, Robredo: Bongbong can’t escape Martial Law horrors


FEBRUARY 24 -FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija: Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd, who is running for vice president, cannot escape the horrors of Martial Law atrocities, Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, said Wednesday. Roxas and Robredo expressed such sentiments during their visit here at the Aquino/Diokno Memorial Shrine/Museum, where the late Senators Benigno “Ninoy’ Aquino 3rd and Jose “Pepe” Diokno were detained in solitary confinement during Martial Law. Aquino and Diokno, in separate cells, were detained here for a month after heavily criticizing the Jabidah massacre wherein Muslim soldiers sent by then President Ferdinand Marcos in a clandestine mission to take Sabah were killed by the Armed Forces in Corregidor. During their entire one-month detention, they were only given one chance to see their respective families, viewing them from inside a cage. Aquino became so thin at that time because he refused to eat the food ration for fear of being poisoned. He survived on biscuits and Sustagen given to him by then Lt. Voltaire Gazmin, now the Defense Secretary. “If we will forget the lessons of the past, we will be confused,” Roxas said. “We will be fooled. There are people out there who want us to return to the old ways and suppress our progress. Whether Sen. Marcos will shrug it off or not, people will not just forget about Martial law.” READ MORE...RELATED, Presidential sister Ballsy confident Leni will defeat Bongbong, Ballsy LP VP BET COMPARES ROBREDO TO HER MOM CORY....

ALSO: Aquino says Binay betrayed ideals of 1986 revolution


FEBRUARY 24 -President Benigno Aquino III President Benigno Aquino III On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution, President Aquino launched a scathing attack against Vice President Jejomar Binay for apparently betraying the ideals of the 1986 bloodless revolution.
Speaking at the Liberal Party campaign rally in Nueva Ecija, the President warned the public against electing a presidential candidate who was once fought the Marcos dictatorship but is now sleeping with the enemy. Aquino did not specify any name but was obviously referring to Binay, a human rights lawyer during the marital law regime. Binay first hinted his tandem with Senator Bongbong Marcos, son and namesake of the late dictator, before settling with Senator Gringo Honasan, who was linked to coup attempts against the Cory Aquino administration. “Pipiliin ba natin ang kandidato na ang pinagmamalaki noon ang pagiging abogado sa mga biktima ng batas militar pero hinihikayat maging katambal ang nagsasabing walang dapat ihingi ang paumanhin sa batas militar,” he said. “Nang hindi siya magtagumpay dito, ang kinuha niyang kakampi ngayon ay yung mismong namuno noon para pabagsakin ang pinaglaban nating demokrasya tapos ngayon gusto niya tayong paniwaliin na gagawin niya ang tama pag siya ang namuno sa bansa,” he added. FULL REPORT. RELATED, Marcos doesn’t deserve Libingan ng mga Bayani burial – Leni ...

ALSO: Edsa revolution unfinished – Binay


FEBRAURY 24 -REMEMBER THEM Relatives of those killed during the martial law years offer candles and flowers at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN 
THE EDSA people power revolt goes on as Filipinos continue to struggle against poverty, Vice President Jejomar Binay, the presidential bet of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 2016 elections, said on Wednesday. Speaking on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the popular 1986 uprising, Binay noted that poverty remains the country’s “greatest shame” and the next administration’s “greatest challenge.” 
“We have achieved political freedom, yet economic freedom is still beyond our grasp. The fight for freedom from poverty remains,” said the Vice President, a human rights lawyer during the martial law years and an active participant in the revolt that toppled Marcos’ strongman rule. He described the revolution as “far from complete.”  “Democracy is nothing if it does not democratize wealth. Democracy cannot thrive in a society whose population groans in abject poverty,” Binay said. The UNA presidential bet cited the need to provide more economic opportunities for majority of Filipinos who remain poor. The Vice President said the challenge for the next administration is to restore the dignity of the poor by redistributing economic opportunity. READ MORE PLUS READERS' RESPONSES...


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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: What the presidential bets promised in the PiliPinas Debates 2016

MANILA, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 (GMA NEWS TV) Published February 22, 2016 7:56pm - The first leg of the Pilipinas Debates 2016 on Sunday gave the five candidates for the presidency a chance to win votes of Filipinos around the world. What did they promise to do if they ascend to the highest post in the land? Read their promises in their own words. —Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/JST, GMA News


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Duterte-Miriam power couple 'love team' blooms Coconuts Manila Posted at 02/22/16 8:06 PM


Presidential candidates Rodrigo Duterte and Miriam Santiago Move over Jadine and Kathniel!

A new "loveteam" unexpectedly made its debut at the Philippine Presidential Debate held in Cagayan de Oro on Sunday, Feb 21.

Presidential candidates Rodrigo Duterte and Miriam Santiago showed their mutual respect and admiration for each other during the first round of the debate.

True to his reputation of being a Casanova, Mayor Duterte began sweet-talking at the start of his turn on the round against Miriam Santiago was initially asked by the hosts about the condition of her health. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. After Santiago answered, Duterte was asked to react.

Instead of making his rebuttal, Duterte instead praised his opponent. “It’s good that Ma’am Miriam is here because she is one of the two only qualified to run this country,” he said.

Because the Mindanaoan bet was not disputing Miriam’s statements, she just continued elaborating on how she would spend her years in public service.

She ended her speech by attacking the country’s corrupt officials witht the exception of one.

"Graft and corruption is endemic and everybody speaks out but nobody has done much except Mayor Rodrigo Duterte," Miriam said to cheers.

There is mutual admiration between the two presidential candidates, and it is evident on their comments about each other during the campaign trail.

This story first appeared on Coconuts Manila.

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Visibly frail, feisty senator still in fighting form SHARES: 2763 VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 11:53 AM February 28th, 2016


Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago greets old friend Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, at the first official presidential debate held in Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

INQUIRER.net revisits the first official presidential debate, held a week ago Sunday, with a behind-the-scenes look at each of the five presidential campaigns. This second part, out of five, focuses on Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.—The Editors.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago is always on time, but on the day of the first official presidential debate in 24 years, she is running behind schedule. Due to a change of aircraft and air traffic congestion, the 9:35 a.m. Philippine Airlines flight to Cagayan de Oro City is delayed by an hour and 35 minutes.

The plane finally lands past noon, just a few hours before the 5 pm start of the debate. From Laguindingan Airport, it takes an hour to reach the city. By the time she reaches Capitol University, the venue of the debate, she would have been exhausted—just like any other passenger who would have gone through the stress of delays, especially someone who is 70 years old. But in her opening statement at the debate, the senator comes out in fighting form.

“Even though my flight was delayed, I’m still happy to get here. I’ve wanted to swim from Laguna Bay just to get here,” she says in Bisaya, to loud applause.

A known stellar speaker, Santiago came prepared for the debate. “They gave us a list of topics so we did some research in my archives about the topics I already commented on in previous interviews and we did some research on the Internet,” she tells this reporter in her holding room moments before the debate.

At the most-awaited square-off inside Capitol University’s auditorium, it is clear that Santiago’s mind is still sharp, but she is also visibly frail. She sits down several times, especially when it isn’t her turn to speak. Her four rivals for the presidency remain standing. Her voice also wavers at times. Is it her stage 4 lung cancer that she says she has already beaten?

“I just have trouble getting up and sitting down because of the pinched nerve in my lower back. Many people have had that experience so they understand,” she tells a television reporter after the program.

The very first issue thrown at Santiago is her health. She turns indignant.

“Don’t you know that illnesses come and go? You ask why I’m running but that’s my right under the Constitution. There is no constitutional provision that says if you get sick of something you are disqualified….I was waiting to die but my guardian angel did not let me,” she tells moderator Jessica Soho.

The crowd laughs. This is exactly why she makes good copy.

#Duriam

A good friend of hers who is also running for president, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, chooses not to argue with the feisty senator over the health issue.

“I will not go into a debate with Ma’am Miriam. I do not see Senator Santiago passing away in the next 20 years so there is no problem,” he says in his “rebuttal” period.

The two friends go way back. Santiago says that Duterte was one of the sponsors during her 25th wedding anniversary.

“When I am in Davao I always try and pay him a visit for only a social purpose, nothing political. I’m always happy to see him. He’s always been a gentleman with me,” she tells this reporter.

When the senator gets on stage for the debate, Duterte approaches her and gives a salute. They kiss and hug one another. These scenes are quickly turned into memes and then go viral around the Internet.

Their mutual admiration that is apparent during the event gives birth to the “love team” which netizens dub “Duriam” by the end of the two-hour telecast.

‘Promises in the sky’

Santiago is fearless in criticizing the plans of her opponents in reducing poverty.

“Well, promises are very easy to make but which president of our country, just like us presidentiables for 2016, has ever abolished or at least reduced the incidence of poverty in our country? None. I say this with all conviction as former Agrarian Reform secretary. You keep on making promises, but where will we get the funds for these programs? That is the question,” she says in response to Sen. Grace Poe, who plans to provide a free feeding program for public schools and subsidies for the agriculture sector.

But Poe, a freshman senator, tells her this is exactly why we need a new leader.

In her counter-rebuttal after their exchange on poverty reduction, she tells administration-backed Mar Roxas: “These are all promises way up in the sky. Promises in the sky is the program of many government officials running for public office.”

When political dynasties are discussed, she trades barbs with Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has children in elective positions.

In a tense moment caught by the audience in the auditorium, she glares at him after he casually mentions that she too has a son in public office. (He was referring to Narciso Santiago III.)

“What he said was wrong. My son ran for a party-list [seat] but did not run for another post after one term,” she says when asked to answer the allegation.


PHOTO OF Narciso Santiago III, Alliance for Rural Concerns party-list representative and son of Sen. Miriam Santiago. GOOGLE.CA SEARCH

Strongest suit

In this presidential debate she was expected to shine because of her intellect and experience. This was supposed to be her strongest suit, after all. Her official biography describes her thus: Santiago is “one of the most intellectually brilliant leaders that our country has ever seen.

She is also the only presidential candidate who has served in all three branches of government. She has been called the incorruptible lady, the tiger lady, the iron lady of Asia. A recipient of the Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of Nobel Peace Prize, she was “class valedictorian at all levels”—and also the first Asian to be elected judge of the International Criminal Court.

In the end, however, analysts are divided. What is certain is that she did not completely win the first presidential debate.

What does it take to be president? Santiago says a candidate should exemplify academic, professional and moral excellence.

“There should be academic excellence. He should have been head of the class or at least an honor student. If not, what kind of wisdom would he give us? Second, there should be professional excellence—he should have been recognized by fellow professionals out of admiration. But most important of all, there should be moral excellence. The one we should vote for should have a clean track record, and if there is one, it should be too unbelievable,” Santiago says in her closing statement.

Third time’s the charm?

The campaign trail is not new to her. It is her third time to run for president. In 1992, she came in a very close second, and up to this day maintains that she was cheated by Fidel V. Ramos’ black operations. In 1998, when Vice President Joseph Estrada led almost all surveys from start to finish, she ended up 7th.

Has the debate given a boost to her campaign? She has consistently been at the bottom of the recognized surveys. But in campus surveys, she is almost always in the lead. As in 1992, she is relying on the youth vote; the main difference now is her strong social media presence.

But Santiago is not bothered by her standing in pre-election surveys. She tells this reporter in a low voice: “You know as well as everybody does that I did not start to campaign until the formal start of the campaign period on Feb. 9 because that’s what the law says. So I want to go around the country and point to them and tell the people do not elect people like that [those who started campaigning even before it was legal to do so]. They are not yet in office and they are already violating the law.” JN


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Who did Miriam, Duterte think was the best among their rivals in PiliPinas Debates 2016? Published February 22, 2016 2:43pm

Although sparks flew at the first PiliPinas 2016 presidential debate, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte still had nice words to say about the rivals they sparred with on stage.

Santiago, who was in fighting form during the debate even though she had to sit down in between takes, on Sunday evening said she found administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II the best debater among her four rivals.

The senator, however, said Roxas appeared to have difficulty connecting with the audience because of his seeming emotionless way of speaking.

“Si Mar Roxas, substantive ang sinasabi niya pero parang wala siyang emotion kaya hindi siya maka-connect nang mabuti… [Ang] pinapaliwanag niya maliwanag sa akin kaya lang ang audience, hindi sila sana na-seryoso lahat,” she told GMA News' Ian Cruz following the conclusion of the debate at the Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City.

Santiago also took the opportunity to clarify why she had to sit down often when it was not her turn to speak.

“I just have trouble getting up and sitting down because of the pinched nerve in my lower back. Many people have had that experience so they understand," she said.

Despite choosing Roxas as the best debater, the senator said the four other presidential bets did equally well in their own way.

“They were all doing their best and I am proud to be running with them,” she said.

Sought for comment on Santiago’s remark, Roxas said he was thankful that the senator found him a worthy opponent.

“Nagpapasalamat ako kay Inday Miriam. Siya’y isang henyo. Genius siya, topnotcher. Kung ‘yan ang kanyang pasya, maraming salamat,” he said.

Duterte, meanwhile, said he found Santiago and Senator Grace Poe as the best speakers in the debate.

“Bakit si Miriam? She’s articulate and she's good. And si Grace, a very articulate fast talker," he said.

For her part, Poe chose none among her rivals as the best speaker, saying it is up to the public to judge who excelled in the debate.

“Bilang pag-respeto sa aking mga katunggali dahil ako ay isang kandidato rin, siguro mas maayos na rin na ang mga kababayan natin na magsabi kung sino,” she said.

Poe said she was not surprised that Duterte chose her and Santiago as his top picks in the debate because they happen to be the only female candidates in the presidential race.

“Eh papaano pareho kaming babae. Alam mo naman si Mayor Duterte,” she said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay refused to be interviewed after the debate even when members of the media waited for him near the stage.

Although Duterte was at the debate from start to finish, he said the times allotted for each candidate to speak and rebut were too short.

“Kung ganito kai-igsi, I’d rather mag-kampanya na lang ako. Dapat diyan, hindi one minute, one minute. We are talking of the Philippines. Is that the value of the country?” he asked.

During the debate, each candidate was given one minute for an opening statement, two minutes for a closing statement, one minute and 30 seconds to answer a question, one minute for rebuttal, and 30 seconds for counter-rebuttal.

Duterte had threatened to walk out of the debate if he was unsatisfied with the time given to him to speak.

Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista described the first PiliPinas debate as a “good start” for the succeeding pre-election debates that will be held in March and April.

“Magandang simulain ito sabi ko nga. And hopefully we can build on that para susunod na debate—na kasing ganda o may igaganda pa,” he said.

The two-hour debate in Cagayan de Oro City was presented by the Comelec together with GMA Network and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. —Xianne Arcangel/KG, GMA News


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CHR tells SC: Foundlings are Filipino citizens Published February 24, 2016 4:56pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has sided with Sen. Grace Poe in her battle against her disqualification from the presidential race that is now with the Supreme Court.

In a memorandum filed with the SC on Wednesday, the CHR said foundlings have the right to nationality and that the state is duty-bound to respect and protect this right. It also said the "best interest of the child" principle is applicable to foundlings.

"Foundlings in the Philippines should not be considered stateless," the CHR said. "There is basis in law to hold foundlings as Filipinos."

The CHR filed the memorandum as an "amicus curiae" or friend of the court.

Poe, a foundling adopted by Filipino parents, has asked the SC to overturn two Commission on Elections (Comelec) rulings that cancelled her certificate of candidacy for "misrepresentation" of citizenship and residency requirements.

The case is now up for a decision after the SC held five rounds of oral arguments where among the issues tackled was whether Poe is a natural-born citizen.

The assailed Comelec resolutions said Poe committed misrepresentation in her COC for claiming that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen. The poll body said a foundling is not considered as such because of unknown parentage.

International law, treaties

In its memorandum, the CHR said the "current state of international law arguably regards nationality as not entirely within the reserved domain of State sovereignty."

"The rights of other States and human rights considerations influence it, and so States are no longer with unbridled discretion on the question of nationality. States are bound by human rights norms and principles on questions of nationality, which have bearing on their own internal questions of nationality," the CHR said.

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It also pointed out that the Philippines is a party to several international human rights treaties and "instruments" that provide for that right. Among them are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Moreover, the country has taken part in "treaties that protect and promote the rights of certain vulnerable groups," which the CHR said has provisions on the right of nationality.

Aside from the Philippines' obligation to recognize foundlings' right to citizenship, the CHR also pointed out that the said right "is self-executing because the object and purpose of the erga omnes ("towards all") obligation is 'not to create statelessness.'"

Further, the human rights body said Philippine state practice "adopts a liberal approach" to the situation of foundlings and considers them Filipinos.

The CHR said this can be seen in practices such as issuance of Philippine passport, civil registration of foundlings, adoption, and voter registration. —KBK, GMA News

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SC asked to cite CHR in contempt of court for interfering in Poe case SHARES: 1358 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tetch Torres-Tupas @T2TupasINQ INQUIRER.net 03:12 PM February 26th, 2016


Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

The Supreme Court has been asked to issue a show cause order against the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) officials and explain why they should not be cited in contempt of court for interfering in the case of Senator Grace Poe.

In a 15-page urgent manifestation with motion, Atty. Manuelito Luna, counsel for former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad, said the high court may issue a show cause order against CHR Chairperson Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon and Commissioners Gwendolyn LL. Pimentel-Gana, Karen Lucia S. Gomez, Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento and Robert Eugenio T. Cadiz.

“CHR officials should be told that the matter being litigated does not concern foundlings in general,” Luna said.

Last Feb. 24, the CHR, in a memorandum reminded the Supreme Court that the country has the obligation to see the welfare of a child including foundlings like Poe.

CHR explained that by nature, a foundling’s right to a Philippine nationality at birth is self-executing—meaning, there is no need for Congress to pass a law before a foundling can be considered a Filipino citizen.

“In line with judicial decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the opinions of most highly qualified publicists in international law, the State has the obligation to grant them Philippine nationality even absent an enabling local law since it is an obligation erga omnes (toward all) to prevent statelessness among foundlings,” the CHR said.

“By its nature, the right to a nationality of foundlings is an independently enforceable human right,” the CHR added.


Tatad asks Comelec to remove Poe from list of bets RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at 12/28/15 2:00 PM

A foundling is a child whose parents were unknown. As such, Poe is a foundling. She was abandoned at a church in Jaro, Iloilo in 1968. Afterward, she was adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) cancelled her certificate of candidacy for failure to meet the basic requirement in running for president—being a natural-born Filipino citizen. Poe then took the case to the high court.

Luna, in his latest manifestation said that based on the deliberations of the Constitutional Commission, the CHR was created to focus its attention to more severe cases of human rights such as protection of rights of political detainees, treatment of prisoners and the prevention of tortures, fair and public trials, cases of disappearances, salvaging and hamletting and other crimes committed against the religious.

“Suffice it to state that petitioner’s [Poe] cases should be the least of CHR’s concern since the same do not involve severe cases of human rights or human rights violations involving civil and political rights,” Luna added. RAM


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Roxas, Robredo: Bongbong can’t escape Martial Law horrors February 24, 2016 5:15 pm

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija: Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd, who is running for vice president, cannot escape the horrors of Martial Law atrocities, Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, said Wednesday.

Roxas and Robredo expressed such sentiments during their visit here at the Aquino/Diokno Memorial Shrine/Museum, where the late Senators Benigno “Ninoy’ Aquino 3rd and Jose “Pepe” Diokno were detained in solitary confinement during Martial Law.

Aquino and Diokno, in separate cells, were detained here for a month after heavily criticizing the Jabidah massacre wherein Muslim soldiers sent by then President Ferdinand Marcos in a clandestine mission to take Sabah were killed by the Armed Forces in Corregidor.

During their entire one-month detention, they were only given one chance to see their respective families, viewing them from inside a cage.

Aquino became so thin at that time because he refused to eat the food ration for fear of being poisoned. He survived on biscuits and Sustagen given to him by then Lt. Voltaire Gazmin, now the Defense Secretary.



“If we will forget the lessons of the past, we will be confused,” Roxas said. “We will be fooled. There are people out there who want us to return to the old ways and suppress our progress. Whether Sen. Marcos will shrug it off or not, people will not just forget about Martial law.”

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He added, “Thousands of people disappeared and were killed. You can’t take back those lost years because of dictatorship. I know that these things remain in the hearts and minds of our people. These are not forgettable.”


Victims of the human rights violations during Martial law are still awaiting their remuneration under the Marcos compensation law, which provides them P10 billion worth of financial payment for the atrocities committed against them by the Marcos dictatorship, such as summary executions, enforced disappearances and deadly torture, among other dastardly acts.

“Freedom and the rights to speak up and take action against the dictatorship were repressed here [in Fort Bonifacio], Robredo, a lawyer, said. “This should serve as an inspiration for us to stop anybody responsible for such
dark past from seeking a high-ranking post in our government.”

She added, “It is so easy to say that everything was rosy during the Martial Law days, but the facts tell otherwise. We don’t have a perfect society now, but everybody can criticize and put the government to task without the fear of being killed or tortured. During Martial Law, you can’t do that. Everybody lived in fear. And that is not the case now.”

The Social Weather Stations survey in February, however, suggests that the electorate apparently has a short memory, with Sen. Marcos in a tie with the erstwhile survey leader Sen. Francis Escudero at first place with 27 percent, while Robredo came in third at 19 percent.

But Roxas is unfazed by the numbers with around 70 days left to campaign. “The campaign is like a lengthy job interview,” he said. “Everything will eventually be unmasked, debated upon and scrutinized.”
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PRESIDENTIAL SISTER COMPARES LP BET ROBREDO TO HER MOM CORY


Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is with presidential sister Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz at Tsinelas Volunteer Center in Quezon City on Friday. PHOTO FROM STAFF OF ROBREDO

Presidential sister Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz is confident that administration vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo can beat rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. like her mother defeated his dictator father.

“I’m very confident. Hindi ko alam kung bakit pero siguro parang noong 1986 na hindi natin malalaman kung paano mananalo si Cory kung tangan ni Marcos ang lahat,” Cruz said in an interview on Friday at Tsinelas Volunteer Center where she went with Robredo.

The daughter of the late former President Cory Aquino recalled the time then Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin assured their mother that she would win the snap elections against the late strongman.

“I remember Cardinal Sin told my mom, ‘Cory, you will win.’ Then my mom said, ‘How would I win?’ [He] said, “Just have faith and there will be a miracle,” said Cruz.

Cruz said both her mother and Robredo were anxious about their candidacy but decided to continue for the sake of the Filipino people.


Cardinal Jaime Sin with Corazon Aquino, the former Philippine president, at a 1997 rally against extending President Fidel Ramos's term. GOOGLE.CA IMAGE SEARCH

“Hindi ko alam pero wala akong kaba na mananalo si Leni kasi unang-una, talagang kahanga-hanga naman siya. Hindi man niya ginusto pero noong naisip niya na kinakailangan siyang tumakbo, sumabak siya. Nakita ko kung gaano siya kasipag at ibinibigay niya ang lahat,” she said.

“Para sa akin, para kay Leni, ‘kung hindi ako manalo basta I did my best. Kung manalo ako may dapat pa ako gawin,’” she added.

While President Benigno Aquino III’s sisters Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, Viel Aquino-Dee, and actress-television host Kris Aquino have openly expressed their support for Robredo, they have remained mum on their preferred presidential candidate.

The presidential sisters earlier declared their support for the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay, their longtime family friend, instead of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, until the former called their brother’s government “palpak at manhid (bumbling and insensitive).”

After Binay’s pronouncement, Cruz and Abellada made clear that they would not support Binay anymore.

In an interview in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte on Friday, meanwhile, Robredo thanked the Aquino sisters for their endorsement.

“Kilala po natin sila, hindi sila nag-e-endorso ng kahit sino na hindi nila pinapaniwalaan. Actually, hindi lang po si Ballsy, pati po iyong mga kapatid niya, si Viel, Pinky pati si Kris. Lahat na din po, nagpahayag ng endorsement. Napakalaking bagay kasi alam po natin na sila talaga ang pinaka-ginagalang natin sa ating lipunan,” the Liberal Party (LP) bet said. RC


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Aquino says Binay betrayed ideals of 1986 revolution by Genalyn Kabiling February 24, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share8 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/noy-296x300.jpg

President Benigno Aquino III President Benigno Aquino III On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution, President Aquino launched a scathing attack against Vice President Jejomar Binay for apparently betraying the ideals of the 1986 bloodless revolution.

Speaking at the Liberal Party campaign rally in Nueva Ecija, the President warned the public against electing a presidential candidate who was once fought the Marcos dictatorship but is now sleeping with the enemy.

Aquino did not specify any name but was obviously referring to Binay, a human rights lawyer during the marital law regime.

Binay first hinted his tandem with Senator Bongbong Marcos, son and namesake of the late dictator, before settling with Senator Gringo Honasan, who was linked to coup attempts against the Cory Aquino administration. “Pipiliin ba natin ang kandidato na ang pinagmamalaki noon ang pagiging abogado sa mga biktima ng batas militar pero hinihikayat maging katambal ang nagsasabing walang dapat ihingi ang paumanhin sa batas militar,” he said.

“Nang hindi siya magtagumpay dito, ang kinuha niyang kakampi ngayon ay yung mismong namuno noon para pabagsakin ang pinaglaban nating demokrasya tapos ngayon gusto niya tayong paniwaliin na gagawin niya ang tama pag siya ang namuno sa bansa,” he added.

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Marcos doesn’t deserve Libingan ng mga Bayani burial – Leni By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 29, 2016 - 12:00am 1 24 googleplus0 0


Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo opposed moves to have the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig.

Robredo said Marcos does not deserve to be interred at the heroes’ cemetery since the name alone denotes who should be buried there.

“I don’t agree with that because only those deserving should be buried there — Filipinos who contributed much and who are role models for each of us,” Robredo told reporters in Bulacan over the weekend.

“The question now is whether or not the late President Marcos is deserving to be buried there. Was he an exemplary Filipino who gave his life, who sacrificed so much for our country? I don’t think he was,” the Camarines Sur representative said.

She said there should be no “special treatment” regarding the issue, apparently referring to long-standing calls from the Marcos family to have the late leader buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Among Robredo’s rivals in the vice presidential race is the son and namesake of the late strongman, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is faring well in the surveys.

Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez, spokesman for the LP-led Daang Matuwid coalition, meanwhile hit independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe for being open to have Marcos buried at the heroes’ cemetery.

“A leader must be willing to make difficult decisions. Is this the kind of leadership we can expect from Senator Poe? In an issue of great importance to our nation and history, she would pass the buck to someone else? Is Marcos a hero to her? Marcos, who tortured and murdered thousands? Who stole billions of dollars from the treasury? Who brought our economy down and drove millions of Filipinos into poverty? Senadora, make a stand,” Gutierrez said in a statement.

When asked if President Aquino’s successor should also reject proposals to give a hero’s burial for the elder Marcos, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said: “President Aquino’s decision is based on his firm belief and conviction on the primacy of justice. The late President Marcos never apologized for the violence and oppression that characterized martial law and the dictatorship. – With Alexis Romero


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Edsa revolution unfinished – Binay February 24, 2016 11:11 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO, SENIOR REPORTER


REMEMBER THEM Relatives of those killed during the martial law years offer candles and flowers at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

THE EDSA people power revolt goes on as Filipinos continue to struggle against poverty, Vice President Jejomar Binay, the presidential bet of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 2016 elections, said on Wednesday.

Speaking on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the popular 1986 uprising, Binay noted that poverty remains the country’s “greatest shame” and the next administration’s “greatest challenge.”

“We have achieved political freedom, yet economic freedom is still beyond our grasp. The fight for freedom from poverty remains,” said the Vice President, a human rights lawyer during the martial law years and an active participant in the revolt that toppled Marcos’ strongman rule.



He described the revolution as “far from complete.”

“Democracy is nothing if it does not democratize wealth. Democracy cannot thrive in a society whose population groans in abject poverty,” Binay said.

The UNA presidential bet cited the need to provide more economic opportunities for majority of Filipinos who remain poor.

The Vice President said the challenge for the next administration is to restore the dignity of the poor by redistributing economic opportunity.

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He pointed to the experience of Makati City (Metro Manila) as proof that the fight can be won.

Binay was named acting mayor of Makati in February 1986, the first local official to be appointed by the then-revolutionary government of President Corazon Aquino.

He would later be elected to several terms by the people of Makati.

Binay sided with and defended the Aquino administration, earning him the monicker “Rambotito” when he appeared in full battle gear during one of the many coup attempts against the government.

“Makati teaches us that political will, transparency, compassion and the unfettered support of the people can move a community forward. We have seen the fruits of people power in Makati through a government that serves its people well. We did it in Makati. We can do it for the entire country,” he said.

According to Binay, a host of social services and programs has also addressed poverty in Makati, where government data placed the number of poor residents at around 2,000 individuals or 0.5 per cent of the population as of 2012.

“More important, we addressed the poverty of our people,” he said.

“After 30 years, the ideals of political and economic freedom are now a reality in Makati,” the Vice President added.
The Makati experience can be done for the entire country, he said.

9 Responses to Edsa revolution unfinished – Binay
jane dough says:
February 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm
I wish Binay to win the Presidency, because I believe that he accomplished a lot of good work for the common people of this country. I wish that all the Cynical people against him can eat their words.
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arnel amador says:
February 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm
laking pakinabang talaga ng mga binay kapag nanatili tayo sa napakahabang bangungot. tatlong dekada na kayo…kulang pa ba?
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To the Max says:
February 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm
Binay is a perfect example of good peeson turn bad. No doubt that he is a good person before but he was too attracted with wealth and fame which destroyed this good man. When a person unknowingly little by little slides to the dark side, he just cannot recognized that he is gone bad.
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juli says:
February 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm
Cojuanco’s and cronies lang naman ang nakinabang sa EDSA…looking back 30 years…sinisira nila ang mga marcos to justify their act of crumpling the constitution by declaring the “revolutionary government” and made the 1987 constitution that benefits the cojuanco cronies…divisive and vindictiveness ang umiiral ngayon… kung pakinggan mo ang mga anti-Marcos ay parang sila lang ang tama… LET US ALL STOP THE BLAMING AND UNITE. LET THE HISTORIANS SA TAMANG PANAHON MAGHUSGA SA MGA PANGYAYARI SA EDSA REVOLUTION. THE GERMANS DONT WANT TO TALK WHAT HITLER DID DURING THE HOLOCAUST SO THEY CAN MOVE ON… LOOK AT GERMANY…LOOK AT OUR COUNTRY…
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DAKILA says:
February 25, 2016 at 7:05 am
Tama si VP Jojo Binay na unfinish pa yon EDSA Revolution kasi kulang pa yon kinita niya, Kung sila Cory ay dalawa sa pamilya niya na dalawa ang naging pangulo at nagmumunini ngayon ang pamilya niya sa kayamanan nakulimbat nila, ay dapat lang na maging pangulo din si Jojo Binay ng kahit man lang pumantay sa yaman nila Cory kasi naghirap din naman siya sa pagbuo ng EDSA,
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Philip says:
February 25, 2016 at 6:59 am
Yes, the Makati experience is good for him. He was poor when he took over but became super rich while in power the the poor remained poor because he pocketed the people’s money. Check with the Ombudsman.
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Conrado Alcantara says:
February 25, 2016 at 6:41 am
Si VP Binay napaka gong-gong nito. Abogado panaman. Hindi niya alam na kaya maraming filipinong mahirap ay isa siya ang dahilan. Pag ninanakaw mo ang pera nang taong bayan maraming mag hihirap. Sa panahon ngayon siya na ang numero uno na nagpapahirap sa mga filipino. Kailangan isaoli niya ang mga pera nang mga tao.
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Mariano Patalinjug says:
February 25, 2016 at 4:56 am
Yonkers, New York
24 Feb. 2016
This peroration of presidential candidate JEJOMAR BINAY on poverty as the greatest challenge of the country would sound just empty political rhetoric from one who wants to be President.
The difference is that it is VP Jejomar Binay who is saying that, and he happens to speak the truth about his success in extirpating poverty as the long-time successful Mayor of Makati City.
And so, there is reason to believe him when he asserts that what he did successfully for Makati City he can extrapolate on a national scale. There will be those, of course, who will pooh-pooh what he promises he could do as President. The proof of the pudding, as that trite saying goes, is in the eating.
What Mr. Binay does not make clear is how he could and will do it. Lifting 2,000 poverty-stricken people in a city like Makati is not the same as lifting 30 MILLION Filipinos out of the quagmire of widespread and chronic poverty, living lives of extreme degradation and dehumanization. President Aquino tried it with his CCT program, to which he has already thrown the humongous sum of around P300 BILLION in the five years that the program has run–but, unfortunately, the incidence of poverty, far from abating, has only worsened during his 5-year watch.
And that, paradoxically, when the country’s Gross Domestic Product has been spurting at the impressive annual rate of around 7%, which is one of the highest in Asia, but has uniformly been JOBLESS.
From where I sit, the main CULPRIT is the the country’s population which has been exploding at a rate which doubles it every 35 years or so. Thus, any annual increase in GDP will only be canceled out by the increase in population also annually. Given a certain level of population x, and a certain level of GDP y, GDP Per Capita will be y/x. Increase x and y/x will be lower. Reduce x and y/x will be higher. In time, the Philippines will surmount its pejorative distinction as “The sick man of Asia.”
I assume that Jejomar Binay who is not a neophyte politician or administrator knows this by heart. And so, if he expects to succeed as President, he will need to tame the country’s population drastically: he will advise fecund Filipino couples to exercise what’s inside their skulls called “brains” more than they exercise their groins–and should be content with 2-3 children, rather than 6 to 8. In short they should not “multiply like rabbits–a phrase attributed to Pope Francis.
MARIANO PATALINJUG
patalinjugmar@gmail.com
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lakaycon says:
February 25, 2016 at 1:11 am
Common, Binay, for 30 years! Other Asean countries hold for that long like Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, became strong economically, infrastructurally, peacefully & happy peoples. But what you had done was downward trends from what you grabbed from Marcos! Shame!


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