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PALACE MOUTHPIECE SAYS, AQUINO BELIEVES CAMPAIGNING IS HIS DUTY


MARCH 6 -In this February 2016 photo, President Aquino leads the Liberal Party campaign rally in Roxas City. He flashes the "Laban" sign with presidential candidate Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robreo The STAR/Kriz John Rosales
A Malacañang official on Sunday defended President Benigno Aquino III's involvement in the election campaigns, particularly in appearing in advertisements of Liberal Party's top candidates Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino believes he is fulfilling his duty to Filipinos in campaigning for the Liberal Party's Daang Matuwid Coalition. "President Aquino is actively campaigning for the candidates of the Daang Matuwid Coalition because he believes it is his duty to our Bosses, the Filipino people, to ensure the continuity of good governance that is essential to the attainment of inclusive growth for future generations of Filipinos," Coloma Jr. said Sunday in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan. "Ang paglahok ng Pangulo sa kampanya ay bahagi ng kanyang nais na maipagpatuloy at maisulong ang mga nasimulang reporma at programang pangkaunlaran na siya ring prinsipyo at adhikaing isinasabuhay ng mga kandidato ng Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid sa pamumuno nina Secretary Roxas at Representative Robredo," he said. Coloma's statement came after vice presidential candidate Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero questioned Aquino's role in Liberal Party's political activities leading to the May ballot. "Kaisa po si Pangulong Aquino at ang buong pamahalaan sa pagnanais na magkaroon nang maayos, malinis [at] mapayapang halalan sa darating na Mayo," Coloma said. THE FULL REPORT...
ALSO, Binay no-show angers Tondo folk but UNA cries ‘sabotage’...

ALSO: Miriam won’t rely on US to deter China expansionism


MARCH 4 -A Santiago presidency will deal directly with China over the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea and not rely on the United States to deter Chinese expansionism.
Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chairwoman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement amid renewed Chinese aggressive stance by allegedly stationing five ships in the contested Quirino Atoll, barring access to Filipino fishermen “which highlights failure of negotiations despite ongoing international arbitration.” Santiago also hit the current administration for relying heavily on US support to deter Chinese expansionism, noting that both military giants have interests in controlling the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The Philippines under a Santiago administration would take a more proactive approach in resolving the West Philippine Sea dispute as the government seems to have grown complacent on the territorial issue, she said. The Philippines is apparently confident that the international tribunal now hearing the memorial it has filed against China would rule in its favor, she pointed out. “It is not true at all that the arbitral tribunal may decide on the Philippine side in the face of China’s excepting itself from the application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Articles 297 and 298,” she added. The two UNCLOS articles outline the cases that may be submitted for jurisdiction, as well as limits to arbitration. Article 298 particularly states that “a State may… declare in writing that it does not accept any one or more of the procedures…”  “The dispute with China requires a second level of diplomacy as the other party takes keen interest in bilateral negotiation bordering on conciliation, relying on the principles set forth in the UNCLOS, Part XV, Section 1,” Santiago said. RELATED, Marcos pushes PHL – China dialogue on ‘West Philippine Sea’ dispute...

ALSO: LP hits Poe over ‘indecisive’ stand on Marcos burial


MARCH 1 -The camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas blasted presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe’s indecisiveness on the issue of whether to allow a state burial for late President Ferdinand Marcos if she is elected president in the May polls. “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?” Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez yesterday said. He stressed that Libingan ng mga Bayani serves as burial sites for former presidents, fallen soldiers, national artists and other individuals who are considered heroes. “How can you stomach the thought of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani? Senator, this is not a question of legality but of morality. We want to hear your answer – is Marcos a hero to you?” Gutierrez asked Poe. The LP campaign spokesman had earlier branded as bad taste the quick defense of Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis Escudero of what he termed as the unrepentant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., noting that they are just trying to impress the votes of the “Solid North,” especially the Ilocos Region. The younger Marcos, along with his mother, former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, and his siblings have refused to apologize for the atrocities committed against the people during the 20-year Marcos regime. Gutierrez said by downplaying the need for at least an apology from the Marcoses, Poe and Escudero trivialized the systematic killing, torture and detention of suspected government critics during the Martial Law regime imposed by the late strongman. He then challenged the senator to make a clear stand on the burial issue after it was raised during Poe’s press conference in Tacloban City last Friday. “Is Marcos a hero to her? READ MORE...
Leni - Next president should appoint more women to Cabinet... AND Osmeña: LP should allow Robredo to run her own campaign...

ALSO: Bongbong - My dad deserves Libingan ng mga Bayani burial


FEBRUARY 29 -BONGBONG 
RIZAL - Vice-presidential bet Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. on Monday again maintained that his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, also deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. READ: Bongbong: It's my dad's right to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani This, after the remains of the late President Elpidio Quirino were transferred to the hero's cemetery from the Manila South Cemetery on Monday. Marcos pointed out legal reasons for his family's desire to have the late strongman transferred from Batac, Ilocos Norte to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. "Ang sinasabi ng rules, ang isang sundalo na nagsilbi sa bayan may karapatan na mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani, ang isang naging Pangulo may karapatan na mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani," he said. When asked whether heroism should be a main criteria for such privilege, Marcos simply reiterated that the rules should be followed. "What are the rules for? The family doesn't change our position. We go by the rules," he said. Marcos also did not categorically answer whether he will work on the transfer of his father's remains if he becomes vice president. "We have not actively [done] that," he said. "But it is to our belief that he belongs there." Marcos said the family is not considering bringing the matter to court. READ MORE...RELATED, Bongbong: PH was ahead in R&D ’til admins post-Marcos failed to see its worth...

ALSO: Duterte camp calls LP shameless


MARCH 2 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (MB File) Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (MB File) While the COMELEC has started to remove illegal posters of political candidates all over the country, the camp of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has deplored the illegal use of government vehicles in installing the posters of Liberal Party’s (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. In a press statement, PDP-Laban spokesperson lawyer Paola Alvarez said the use of red-plated vehicles by supporters of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo exposes the true nature of the administration and the kind of governance behind the slogan Daang Matuwid.
“Daang Matuwid is but a platform of deceit that has been conditioning the minds of Filipinos that this administration has been clean and efficient, when in reality it is corrupt and worse than the past administrations it claims to admonish,” Alvarez said in reaction to reports that supporters of the administration frontrunners have been using government vehicles in its postering operations. READ MORE...RELATED, 2 Friends discuss Rody Duterte and Mar Roxas...

ALSO: Garci could be working for 1 presidential bet, 1 VP candidate–Osmeña


MARCH 3 -SCREENSHOT
Reelectionist Senator Serge Osmeña said he received unconfirmed information that former elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano is helping a presidential candidate and another vice presidential bet in the May elections. “Meron pero hindi confirmed (There is [information] but it isn’t confirmed yet) and I don’t want to say it publicly because it might not be true,” Osmeña said when asked during a regular forum at the Senate on Thursday if he had information as to the identities of the people who Garcillano has been helping for the upcoming elections. But when pressed for an answer, the senator said: “One presidentiable and one vice presidentiable.” He did not elaborate but clarified that the presidential and vice presidential candidates that he was referring to are not running together. “Hindi magka tandem (They don’t belong in one tandem),” Osmeña said. Garcillano, who was tagged in the so-called “Hello Garci” wiretapping scandal during the Arroyo administration, was spotted last February 21 at the Seda hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, where presidential aspirants Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay were staying for the first presidential debate there. READ: Garci surfaces, says he’s a ‘consultant’  CONTINUE READING...


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Palace: Aquino believes campaigning for LP is his duty


In this February 2016 photo, President Aquino leads the Liberal Party campaign rally in Roxas City. He flashes the "Laban" sign with presidential candidate Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robreo The STAR/Kriz John Rosales

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Rosette Adel March 6, 2016 - A Malacañang official on Sunday defended President Benigno Aquino III's involvement in the election campaigns, particularly in appearing in advertisements of Liberal Party's top candidates Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino believes he is fulfilling his duty to Filipinos in campaigning for the Liberal Party's Daang Matuwid Coalition.

"President Aquino is actively campaigning for the candidates of the Daang Matuwid Coalition because he believes it is his duty to our Bosses, the Filipino people, to ensure the continuity of good governance that is essential to the attainment of inclusive growth for future generations of Filipinos," Coloma Jr. said Sunday in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan.

"Ang paglahok ng Pangulo sa kampanya ay bahagi ng kanyang nais na maipagpatuloy at maisulong ang mga nasimulang reporma at programang pangkaunlaran na siya ring prinsipyo at adhikaing isinasabuhay ng mga kandidato ng Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid sa pamumuno nina Secretary Roxas at Representative Robredo," he said.

Coloma's statement came after vice presidential candidate Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero questioned Aquino's role in Liberal Party's political activities leading to the May ballot.

"Kaisa po si Pangulong Aquino at ang buong pamahalaan sa pagnanais na magkaroon nang maayos, malinis [at] mapayapang halalan sa darating na Mayo," Coloma said.

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ALSO  FROM THE INQUIRER

Binay no-show angers Tondo folk but UNA cries ‘sabotage’


LOOK: @sjpenrile joins UNA Senate slate onstage | @InqMetro #VotePH2016 LOOK: @sjpenrile joins UNA Senate slate onstage | @InqMetro #VotePH2016 --Enrile joins UNA Senate slate onstage. Binay did not come back..read more....

By: Aie Balagtas @inquirerdotnet February 29th, 2016 - BARANGAY officials and residents of Tondo expressed anger over Vice President Jejomar Binay’s skipping their neighborhood during his campaign in Manila’s first district on Sunday.

“Many were angry. The residents were angry,” said Patrick Jon Sanchez, a coordinator of Karanasan Kakayahan Komitment (KKK) para sa Bayan of Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in Manila.

Council member Socorro Gumaling of Barangay 199 said nine barangay captains, their council members and other officials waited to listen to what Binay had to say, but the Vice President did not stop to speak to residents of their village.

“They were asking what happened. I didn’t know what to say so I just told them to go home,” said Gumaling, a KKK barangay coordinator.

Sanchez said he wanted an “investigation” to know who “sabotaged” Binay’s visit.

He said a Liberal Party (LP) candidate, Atong Asilo, was scheduled to have a bingo event at the covered court where Binay was scheduled to speak from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The covered court shared by Barangay 152 and Barangay 153 was supposed to be the first stopover for Binay and his ticket in Tondo.

From Chinese General Hospital, UNA candidates led by Binay and his running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, visited the narrow and crowded alleys of Tondo, throwing campaign T-shirts, caps, fans and candies to the residents.

People rushed the candidates’ vehicle to get giveaways.

When they reached Laguna Street at about 2 p.m., the candidates were met by a thick crowd which soon grew thicker and blocked the way to the covered court.

The senatorial candidates, led by former actress Alma Moreno, got off the vehicle one by one. Organizers asked the people to give way but Binay, Honasan and Ali Atienza kept throwing out giveaways, drawing a bigger knot of people to the alley leading to the venue.

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After all the senatorial candidates had gotten off, the vehicle backed up and drove away. Some people said they thought it would just take another route, but it never returned.

‘Team Bingo’

The senatorial candidates spoke in the covered court. Binay, Honasan and Atienza did not come back to speak to the crowd. Moreno and Jacel Kiram did not discuss their platforms.

Moreno said she would just “knock on the residents’ hearts” to sweep her to the winning circle, while Kiram announced the candidates’ numbers on the ballot as if playing bingo.

Later, she referred to her group as “Team Bingo.”

Senatorial candidate Allan Montaño spoke to children about tax cuts, profit sharing and free health care and education.

Reporters covering the UNA campaign stop left when the turn of Getulio Napeñas, the sacked police Special Action Force commander, to speak came.

Sanchez, Gumaling and other barangay officials gathered on the street to find out why Binay left.

Chairs removed

Sanchez said later that he had learned that the Vice President decided to proceed with his motorcade and not come back to the covered court.

Sanchez complained about a “sabotage,” noting that the crowd was unruly and somebody removed the chairs that had been prepared for the UNA candidates.

“This wouldn’t have happened had we done this campaign stop on Hermosa (Street). That is Binay country. This place is Roxas country,” he said, referring to LP presidential standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

Sanchez and another resident who refused to be identified blamed Binay’s no-show on Barangay 153 chair Rommel Pastor de Leon, who they said was member of LP.

De Leon laughed off the accusations. He confirmed Asilo’s scheduled bingo event, but denied he was a member of the LP. “Definitely not LP,” he stressed. “Everyone’s welcome here.”

 

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On Tondo ‘snub’: Binay only wanted to reach more people, places in motorcade SHARES: 5843 VIEW COMMENTS  By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 03:52 PM February 29th, 2016


Binay camp denies 'snubbing' Tondo

The spokesperson for Vice President Jejomar Binay said the opposition candidate only wanted to proceed to the motorcade but did not intend to snub the expectant supporters in Tondo, Manila on Sunday.

In an interview after Binay’s campaign sortie in Las Piñas City on Monday, Atty. Rico Quicho was asked about his reaction on the Inquirer story saying residents of Tondo were angered that Binay snubbed his scheduled program at the covered court shared by Barangays (villages) 152 and 153 on Sunday afternoon.

Quicho said Binay’s motorcade no longer dropped by the covered court because the camp decided to proceed to the motorcade because it would be able to visit more places and people then.

“Sana maintindihan at maunawaan din po na napagpasyahan na ipagpatuloy ang motorcade sapagkat mas maraming po tao at lugar ang maaabot ang motorcade kung magtutuloy tuloy,” Quicho said.
(I hope people will understand that the camp decided to proceed to the motorcade because such would allow reach to more people and places if it would go on.)

The Inquirer reported that Binay’s vehicle proceeded to the covered court after a visit at the Chinese General Hospital.

Although Binay’s vehicle dropped by the covered court, the vice president and his running mate Sen. Gringo Honasan no longer alighted from the vehicle, which was then already blocked by the thick crowd.

While Binay proceeded to his motorcade, United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) senatorial bets Alma Moreno, Jacel Kiram, Alan Montaño and Getulio Napeñas visited the covered court for a program.

The Inquirer quoted Patrick Jon Sanchez, a coordinator of Karanasan Kakayahan Komitment (KKK) para sa Bayan of Binay’s UNA in Manila as saying that many residents were angry because Binay snubbed the locals.

Sanchez alleged a sabotage by the ruling Liberal Party (LP), noting that the crowd was unruly and that the chairs for the UNA candidates were removed.

He said a LP candidate, Atong Asilo, scheduled a bingo event at the covered court.

Sanchez also blamed Barangay 153 chair Rommel Pastor de Leon, another LP member, for the suspected sabotage. While he confirmed a bingo event organized on the day of Binay’s sortie, De Leon denied the allegation.

“This wouldn’t have happened had we done this campaign stop on Hermosa (Street). That is [Binay’s] country. This place is [Roxas’] country,” Sanchez was quoted in the report, referring to LP presidential standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

Asked why Manila mayor and former President Joseph Estrada did not accompany Binay in the Tondo sortie, Quicho said UNA respects Estrada’s decision not to join the campaign rally.

Before becoming Binay’s official political party, UNA is an alliance between the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban, which fielded Estrada and Binay in the 2010 presidential and vice presidential race.

Estrada is reportedly torn between supporting Binay and Senator Grace Poe, the adopted daughter of his friend the late action star Fernando Poe Jr.

“Alam nyo po lagi po nating sinasabi na malayang po na mamili si President Estrada. Maganda po ang kanilang relasyon ni Vice President Binay. Sila po ay magkaibigan at ito pong desisyon niya pong ito ay hindi naman po makakaapekto dun po sa kanilang relasyon,” Quicho said.
(We have been saying that President Estrada is free to choose. His relation with Vice President Binay is good. They are friends and this decision won’t affect their relationship as friends.) RAM

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MANILA BULLETIN

Miriam won’t rely on US to deter China expansionism by Mario Casayuran March 4, 2016 Share8 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share17

A Santiago presidency will deal directly with China over the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea and not rely on the United States to deter Chinese expansionism.

Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chairwoman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement amid renewed Chinese aggressive stance by allegedly stationing five ships in the contested Quirino Atoll, barring access to Filipino fishermen “which highlights failure of negotiations despite ongoing international arbitration.”

Santiago also hit the current administration for relying heavily on US support to deter Chinese expansionism, noting that both military giants have interests in controlling the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Philippines under a Santiago administration would take a more proactive approach in resolving the West Philippine Sea dispute as the government seems to have grown complacent on the territorial issue, she said.

The Philippines is apparently confident that the international tribunal now hearing the memorial it has filed against China would rule in its favor, she pointed out.

“It is not true at all that the arbitral tribunal may decide on the Philippine side in the face of China’s excepting itself from the application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Articles 297 and 298,” she added.

The two UNCLOS articles outline the cases that may be submitted for jurisdiction, as well as limits to arbitration. Article 298 particularly states that “a State may… declare in writing that it does not accept any one or more of the procedures…”

“The dispute with China requires a second level of diplomacy as the other party takes keen interest in bilateral negotiation bordering on conciliation, relying on the principles set forth in the UNCLOS, Part XV, Section 1,” Santiago said.

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The UNCLOS, Article 280, gives states the right to “… agree at any time to settle a dispute between them concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention by any peaceful means of their own choice.”

The lady senator, who also chairs the legislative oversight committee on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), rallied her colleagues last January to assert that any treaty, including the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US, is void without Senate concurrence.

The Supreme Court has since ruled on the validity of the EDCA, which it considered an executive agreement implementing the VFA.

The Senate has joined Santiago in 2009 to call for a renegotiation of the VFA, or its abrogation if the US refuses to negotiate.

Santiago said her administration will not depend on US support to resolve a dispute with a neighboring country.

“If elected, I will negotiate with China together with other Asian countries,” she stressed.

China had faulted the Philippines for increasing tension in the South China Sea by going straight to the international arbitration court without first adopting a bilateral approach. -

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Marcos pushes PHL – China dialogue on ‘West Philippine Sea’ dispute by Freddie G. Lazaro March 2, 2016 (updated) Share581 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share632


Vice President Candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos greets supporters during a motorcade before they start their kick-off campaign at the Batac, Ilocos Norte on Tuesday morning. (JOHN JEROME GANZON) Vice President Candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos greets supporters during a motorcade before they start their kick-off campaign at the Batac, Ilocos Norte on Tuesday morning. (JOHN JEROME GANZON)

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte– Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is pushing the present administration to have a dialogue with China to ease the escalating tension arising from the territorial disputes over the West Philippine Sea.

Marcos cited that the signing of the historic Philippine-Indonesia maritime baseline agreement should serve as a guide to lessen the pressure.

He said the Philippine government need not pin its efforts on the decision to be handed by the United Nations arbitral tribunal over the sea row because China had refused to take part in the case and has already declared that it will not follow its ruling.

“The best way to ease the tension is to explore any form of dialogue with China; In my own opinion, and this has been my stand ever since. We should talk to China and tell them what we want and that we are not in favor of what they are doing and start from there. What is important is we start a dialogue,” he suggested.

Marcos said the recent agreement reached between the Philippines and Indonesia defining the two countries’ maritime boundary after twenty years of negotiations.

Marcos chaired the Senate Foreign Relations sub-committee on the Philippines-Indonesia Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone Boundary which recently came up with a treaty to be endorsed for concurrence of the entire chamber on the historic maritime pact between the Philippines and Indonesia.

“The valuable experience we had in conducting years of negotiation with Indonesia provides us with a roadmap on how to resolve our maritime territorial dispute with other countries, particularly the one with China in the West Philippine Sea,” he said.


TRIBUNE

LP hits Poe over ‘indecisive’ stand on Marcos burial Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

The camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas blasted presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe’s indecisiveness on the issue of whether to allow a state burial for late President Ferdinand Marcos if she is elected president in the May polls.

“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?” Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez yesterday said.

He stressed that Libingan ng mga Bayani serves as burial sites for former presidents, fallen soldiers, national artists and other individuals who are considered heroes.

“How can you stomach the thought of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani? Senator, this is not a question of legality but of morality. We want to hear your answer – is Marcos a hero to you?” Gutierrez asked Poe.

The LP campaign spokesman had earlier branded as bad taste the quick defense of Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis Escudero of what he termed as the unrepentant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., noting that they are just trying to impress the votes of the “Solid North,” especially the Ilocos Region.

The younger Marcos, along with his mother, former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, and his siblings have refused to apologize for the atrocities committed against the people during the 20-year Marcos regime.

Gutierrez said by downplaying the need for at least an apology from the Marcoses, Poe and Escudero trivialized the systematic killing, torture and detention of suspected government critics during the Martial Law regime imposed by the late strongman.

He then challenged the senator to make a clear stand on the burial issue after it was raised during Poe’s press conference in Tacloban City last Friday.

“Is Marcos a hero to her?

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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
The LP official stressed the parents of both Poe and Escudero have close ties with the Marcos family.

The Marcos couple stood as sponsors at the wedding of Poe’s parents, the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. and actress Susan Roces, on Dec. 25, 1968, while Escudero’s late father served as agriculture secretary under the Marcos rule.

‘Ratings drop’

Meanwhile in Tuguegarao City, Escudero also yesterday acknowledged the possibility of his dipping in the surveys following reports on his strongest rival, Marcos, now already closed in with him in the vice presidential race.

He, however, said based on experience there are surveys that came out with realistic results while there are really those that yielded inaccurate findings.

Nonetheless, Escudero said he is not about to rest on his laurels especially at this early stage in the campaign, admitting that he’s “worried” in his standing vis-a-vis not only to Marcos but to all of his rivals in the vice presidential race.

For one, he added, most of his opponents appeared to have more than enough “war chest,” especially in covering the financial costs of advertisements.

Roxas vows to boost RP exports



Relatedly, Roxas has acknowledged the significance of a strong export sector in the country’s efforts toward further economic growth.

The LP presidential candidate, who served as Trade and Industry secretary, said exports could bring more funds coming from foreign countries into the Philippines, thus increasing economic activities.

“It is very important to improve our export because export means money from abroad coming into the country. If we rely on selling from within, only local money will circulate. There will be no additional funds,” Roxas stressed.

“It is very important to increase our exports, more exports mean more funds coming into our country from foreign sources. The economic pie that the country will be dividing will be bigger,” he added.

According to Roxas, he would focus on product diversification and expand export market destinations.

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that total revenue from Philippine exports fell by $143 million, reaching $4.7 billion in December 2015 from $4.8 billion in the same month in 2014.

Lower sales in manufactures, agro-based and mineral products accounted for the drop, which tempered increased earnings from petroleum products.

Exports account for nearly a third of the country’s gross domestic product. Major exports are electronic products (42 percent), other manufactures (10 percent) and woodcraft and furniture (6 percent).

The Philippines is also the world’s largest producer of coconut, pineapple and abaca. Philippines’ main export partners are Japan (21 percent), the United States (15 percent), China (12 percent) and Hong Kong (8 percent).
Angie M. Rosales with PNA

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Leni: Next president should appoint more women to Cabinet By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 3, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is pushing for the creation of programs at the local and national level to continue the quest for economic empowerment of women, with a bigger focus on those that belong to the poorest sectors of society. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo proposed yesterday that the next administration should be even more aggressive in appointing women to Cabinet posts and other key positions in government.

Robredo cited the 2015 Gender Gap Report where the Philippines ranked 7th in the world. The country also earned the No. 1 spot in Asia.

Under the Political Empowerment Category, the country only ranked 17th, she noted, adding that the numbers could still be improved by the incoming administration.

“It’s a major factor in our rankings if there are more women in critical posts in government,” Robredo said in a statement.

“There’s a beneficial effect if there are more women in public service so there will be more role models for young Filipinas to pursue a career in government. The bigger picture, we’ll show that in the Philippines, gender is not an issue anymore,” she said.

She mentioned some officials in the administration that have made their mark, including former justice secretary Leila de Lima, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Ombudsman Conchina Carpio-Morales and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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She also highlighted the accomplishment of former Commission on Audit commissioner Heidi Mendoza, who left the agency after she was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as undersecretary-general for internal oversight services in October last year.

As part of her advocacy, Robredo is pushing for the creation of programs at the local and national level to continue the quest for economic empowerment of women, with a bigger focus on those that belong to the poorest sectors of society.

“Let us give women more seats at the table and let them be partners in shaping policies and government initiatives that can drastically improve the way our programs address their needs when it comes to creating opportunities for better educational assistance, health care, employment,” she said.

Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II defended yesterday the distribution of benefits under the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) during his campaign sorties.

Roxas issued the statement after critics claimed that Malacañang was using the P64-billion 4Ps to buy votes with its beneficiaries being ferried to pack campaign rallies of the LP-led Daang Matuwid coalition.

“You know our rivals will say anything just to hit us. But this (4Ps) is about performance and this is what we’re proud of, this is our curriculum vitae, so what’s wrong with that,” Roxas told reporters in Tubigon, Bohol.

During campaign rallies, 4Ps beneficiaries were visibly present and sometimes asked to deliver testimonials on stage.

Roxas also hit Vice President Jejomar Binay, who promised to expand the 4Ps if elected president.

Binay’s ally, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, in the past had pushed for cutting the budget of the 4Ps, Roxas said.

Roxas also challenged yesterday what he said was a small group in the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) to come out and show their numbers to prove their claim that the party was really endorsing Sen. Grace Poe.

Roxas claimed that the NPC endorsement of Poe and her runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero is unofficial and also not sanctioned by the NPC leadership. – With Alexis Romero

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Osmeña: LP should allow Robredo to run her own campaign Thursday, March 03, 2016
By RUTH ABBEY GITA


OSMEÑA

THE ruling Liberal Party (LP) should give its vice presidential candidate, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, a "free hand" in running her own campaign, so she could overtake her opponents in the vice presidential race, Senator Sergio Osmeña III said Thursday.

At a Senate weekly forum, Osmeña said the only way to improve Robredo's ratings in the surveys is to let her deliver her own message, and not stick to her running mate and the party's standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II's "straight path" of governance.

Osmeña said it appeared that there was "shadow" over Robredo's personality because she had to play the role of supporting actor to Roxas' campaign.

"The difficulty in [Robredo's] campaign is she's subsumed to the campaign of Mar Roxas. Their message is different but she always has to use 'straight path.' That's not Leni's message," the senator, who is supporting Robredo's vice presidential bid, said.

"They should allow her to develop her own message first. Give her about a month, and then later on, we can merge the two (Roxas and Robredo)."

Asked then what Robredo's own message is to help her boost her candidacy, Osmeña refused to disclose it and instead cited a situation.

"We all have different message. I mean, you know, all of you, if we all make comments on our friends around the room, you will come up with a different favorable impressions of your friends,” Osmeña said.

Meanwhile, Osmeña also dismissed report that Roxas would junk Robredo if her rating continues to trail behind other vice presidential candidates.

"No, I think that’s totally wrong. They will not dare do that. They’ll look very bad in the eyes of the public. Imagine, all those in favor of Leni would leave the column of Mar Roxas. I don’t think he wants that to happen," he said.
(Sunnex)


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Bongbong: My dad deserves Libingan ng mga Bayani burial Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News Posted at 02/29/16 8:03 PM


BONGBONG

RIZAL - Vice-presidential bet Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. on Monday again maintained that his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, also deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

READ: Bongbong: It's my dad's right to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani

This, after the remains of the late President Elpidio Quirino were transferred to the hero's cemetery from the Manila South Cemetery on Monday.

Marcos pointed out legal reasons for his family's desire to have the late strongman transferred from Batac, Ilocos Norte to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

"Ang sinasabi ng rules, ang isang sundalo na nagsilbi sa bayan may karapatan na mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani, ang isang naging Pangulo may karapatan na mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani," he said.

When asked whether heroism should be a main criteria for such privilege, Marcos simply reiterated that the rules should be followed.

"What are the rules for? The family doesn't change our position. We go by the rules," he said.

Marcos also did not categorically answer whether he will work on the transfer of his father's remains if he becomes vice president.

"We have not actively [done] that," he said. "But it is to our belief that he belongs there."

Marcos said the family is not considering bringing the matter to court.

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"We don't need to bring the courts here. This is not the way to achieve that."

'LET THE ELECTORATE JUDGE ME'

The younger Marcos has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the injustices committed during his father's dictatorship.

READ: Bongbong on Marcos era: What am I to say sorry for?

"Let the electorate judge me and my family," said Marcos, who was at the Tomas Claudio College in Morong, Rizal.

Marcos was asked by students about his reaction to President Aquino's stinging statement against him during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution last week.

READ: PNoy campaigns against Bongbong in People Power speech

Marcos did not categorically answer the question but told voters to be more critical of the accomplishments of each candidate in the May 9 elections.

In the press conference following the forum, Marcos said Aquino's criticism was not directed only to him but to the entire Marcos family.

"The President's criticism is not just about me but everything about my family,'' he said. "Pakiramdam ko tuloy, parang presidente yung tinatakbuhan ko."

"Leave it to the people to judge,'' he said.

"Who did most for the country? Sino ba talaga ang nagmalasakit at nagsakripisyo sa taong bayan? Sino ang nagdala talaga ng ginhawa?"

He also clarified that this was a general statement and not a reference to any particular administration or president, or any political family that has ruled the country.

RIZAL POLITICIANS SUPPORT BONGBONG

Marcos also got the support of political heavyweights in Rizal as he wooed voters in the province Monday.

Among those who showed up at the provincial capitol to rally behind Marcos were Governor Rebecca Ynares, former governor Casimiro Ynares, Jr., Vice Governor Frisco San Juan, Jr., Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III, Antipolo 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop, Antipolo 1st District Rep. Roberto "Robie" Puno and former Antipolo Mayor Angelito Gatlabayan.

In welcoming Marcos to the provincial capitol, Vice Gov. San Juan said the senator's visit is unnecessary since Rizal is close to the Marcos family. He noted that the Marcos family has done a lot to usher progress in the province.

Marcos thanked the political leaders of Rizal as well as the employees of the provincial capitol for the warm welcome they gave him. He said national unity is crucial in addressing the problems besetting the country today.

Before visiting the provincial capitol, Marcos took part at the flag-raising rites at the Antipolo City Hall where he was the guest speaker. Marcos also visited other Rizal towns such as Teresa, Morong, Tanay, Baras and Pililla and Jalajala.

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Bongbong: PH was ahead in R&D ’til admins post-Marcos failed to see its worth
SHARES: 3306 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maricar Cinco @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon 07:23 PM March 2nd, 2016


FATHER and son in the days of the dictatorship File photo

CALAMBA CITY — Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the Philippines was once ahead of its neighboring countries in terms of research and development (R&D), until the administrations that succeeded his father’s failed to see its importance.

Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, issued this statement after his visit to the facility of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Biotech) in Los Baños town in Laguna province.

Marcos, who is running for vice president, had spent almost the entire morning in the research hub, where he learned of the facility’s dire condition.

Biotech was established in 1979 by the senator’s father. He said his father’s foundation funded the facility “so as to avoid using government funds.”

According to Biotech’s website, former President Marcos also issued a letter of instruction in March 1980 for the release of P10 million from the Energy Special Fund.

As early as 1979, Senator Marcos said the Philippines was already conducting research on biofuel while “the rest of the world had only caught up in the last five to 10 years.”

“Can you imagine how forward-thinking they were? But the succeeding administrations had failed to see or recognize its importance,” he said in a press conference in this city, the second stop in Marcos’ Laguna sortie.
Biotech serves as the national R&D institution that specializes in agriculture, environment, food and animal feed, and health biotechnology. The research facility, with about 200 personnel, operates on an annual budget of P8 million, records showed.

Aside from R&D, Marcos also laid down programs on infrastructure development.

He said the Philippines, in the last five years, tried to double its funding for infrastructure, but a problem was the lack of engineers in public works.

He vowed to push what he calls “’business-driven’ infrastructure and not politically driven” projects.

If elected vice president, Marcos said he is keen on taking the labor portfolio.

He proposed to improve the conditional cash transfer program, provide loans for small to medium enterprises, and enforce labor laws while keeping a strong partnership between the government and the private sector.


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Duterte camp calls LP shameless by Jonathan A. Santes March 2, 2016 (updated) Share78 Tweet2 Share0 Email0 Share115 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Duterte-Roxas-300x167.jpg

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (MB File) Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (MB File) While the COMELEC has started to remove illegal posters of political candidates all over the country, the camp of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has deplored the illegal use of government vehicles in installing the posters of Liberal Party’s (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

In a press statement, PDP-Laban spokesperson lawyer Paola Alvarez said the use of red-plated vehicles by supporters of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo exposes the true nature of the administration and the kind of governance behind the slogan Daang Matuwid.

“Daang Matuwid is but a platform of deceit that has been conditioning the minds of Filipinos that this administration has been clean and efficient, when in reality it is corrupt and worse than the past administrations it claims to admonish,” Alvarez said in reaction to reports that supporters of the administration frontrunners have been using government vehicles in its postering operations.

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“It is not only a sham, at most it is shameless and loathsome.” She added.

Last week, a photo circulated in Facebook showed a mini dumptruck loaded with yellow campaign posters in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Another photo showed a black Toyota Hilux — with plate number SDK 417 — also loaded with a campaign material bearing the word Roxas under the administration slogan Daang Matuwid.

“This is proof of what desperation is. This administration is willing to do everything to the extent of devouring our national resources just so it can push its cards on the table,” Atty. Alvarez added.

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2 Friends discuss Rody Duterte and Mar Roxas TOPICS:2 Friends Discuss2016 ElectionsDebateDuterteMar Roxas Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte POSTED BY: THINKING PINOYNOVEMBER 28, 2015

Here’s a conversation I had with my friend, JC. We were talking about which is a better option for the 2016 Presidential Elections: Mar Roxas or Rody Duterte. It was both challenging and illuminating for both us, and I hope you can relate.

Thinking Pinoy (TP): Nakakaloka. Gumawa ako infographic kagabi about Rody Duterte and Davao City. In 24 hours, nasa 3000 shares na across Facebook, RapplerX, and Twitter!

JC: Madami palang die-hard Rody supporters.

Feature The infographic we were talking about.

TP: In fairness, ‘yung mga supporters ng ibang politiko dyan, dapat mag effort na rin. Madadale sila ni Duterte na adik sa “P***ng ina mo”.

JC: (checks out my infographic) Wow bongga! Meron din akong mag nakitang infographic ng ibang politicos. Medyo questionable lang ang content. Oh yes, dito lang sa former students ko, ang dami na niyang die hard supporters!

TP: Yeah, I think he’s the perfect compromise. Nung parang ‘di na tatakbo si Digong, nagumpisa na akong magkampanya kay Mar (sa mga taxi drivers, sa mga saleslady, etc) pero grabe, he’s a hard sell. Pero pag sinabi ko Digong sa kanila, tapos agad usapan. Digong sila lahat.

Pramis, kung ako lang papiliin, Mar Roxas na lang sana. Kaya lang, si mar, faux pas / PR gaffe left and right. Ang hirap ibenta no’n sa masa.

JC: Oo nga e. Wala talaga dating si Mar. And his affiliation to PNOY seems to be currently doing him more harm than good.

TP: Yeah. Parang ganito e, ‘pag si duterte parang nagbebenta ako ng gasolina. Pag si Mar, parang nagbebenta ako ng Herbalife.

JC: Hahaha! True. And I like Cayetano as well.

TP: Tapos kako, baka naman sakaling matauhan si Roxas. But no, kanina lang sa interview niya with Inquirer, sinabihan pa niya sa duterte ng #AsaPaMore. Hala kako, don’t make enemies unnecessarily. gaffe na naman. Mar can’t be faulted doon sa #AsaPaMore, but he has to understand that for the masses, it’s all about the sound bites.

JC: Facepalm talaga mag-react itong so Mar.

TP: OA naman ung mga duterte supporters, tadtad na ako ng notification.

JC: (Checks my infographic) Ang bongga ng infographic mo te!

TP: Naman. In fairness, free online tool lang ginamit ko dyan

JC: I am really scared of losing my idealism though…

TP: Kasi, ang bottomline, maraming akong hindi alam sa buhay, pero I feel that I know enough and trust is something I don’t give easily. Duterte is someone that I can actually have faith on. Seriously, it’s his Davao City that fixed me. You know that feeling na you know this man is good and able, and you’re willing to sacrifice some of your freedoms just to make his job easier for him?

The point is, madiskarte ang Pilipino, kailangan lang natin ng gobyerno at sistemang hindi balakid sa diskarte natin. That’s Duterte’s platform, something na hindi ko makita sa ibang kandidato.

Roxas s Duterte

JC: I’ve never been to Davao but I hear great things. But my brother has told me some interesting things about Roxas based on his dealings with government projects. I feel na Roxas’ campaign is a mess right now because they’re too preoccupied with the China issue.

TP: Well, they should rethink their priorities because the China Saga won’t be over in 2016. Regardless, I feel that China chose to piss the philippines among all ASEAN countries for the sole reason that we’re close the States. We are their litmus paper.

Kasi basically, militarily, panalo pa rin ang states, pero in a protracted war, talo ang states because Americans have become too complacent. The US knows that. That’s why they won’t really engage. Kaya the US will fight on another front. However, that’s what China wants to learn. Feeling ko, ang gusto ngayong itest ng China e kung kaya ba nila i-influence ang states via economic blackmail.

Technically, winner ang States sa per capita income game, pero the power of the dollar rests on the power of the dollar. I mean, China can threaten to dump T-bills overnight tapos eeksena ang intsik na mala-Architect sa The Matrix, “There are levels of survival we are willing to accept.”

Want more info on the China Issue? Click the image above. Want more info on the China Issue? Click the image above. JC: Perhaps, and it’s scary when I think of how vulnerable we have been for more than a year.

TP: China cannot piss us too much. External threats encourage cohesion among differing tribes (members of ASEAN). Pag tayo naasar, baka maging ASEAN Union tayo, and that’ll be a bigger problem for the Chinese.Tingnan mo lang si Hitler. Si Xerxes. Even China vs The northern invaders = The Great Wall.

JC: I hope so. To address the elephant in the room, though, I still believe in Roxas-Robredo, though I wouldn’t mind a Duterte-Cayetano win as well. Wag lang sina Binay, Santiago, BBM, at Chiz.

TP: I also agree with you. I don’t mind a Roxas-Robredo win either.

My only issue is this: I see Roxas as someone who can “refine” and “enhance” our institutions pero the public will not be able to appreciate it because they don’t understand what Roxas is doing and Roxas is incapable of making them understand.

Kasi, poverty is a state of mind among other things. Sa Davao, people are poor, pero they don’t feel poor. That’s what I am saying. Roxas is a genius, but he fails to inspire.

JC: I agree. My concern about “inspiring Filipinos” is that majority of the people have empty inspirations. They want an easy and quick fix, and I’d Duterte does not deliver immediately.

TP: Oh, he will deliver immediately. I was a reporter in Davao for a while. He delivers really quickly. That’s what’s both impressive and scary about him. He knows how to manipulate people. Look at how Rody manipulated the presidential debate post Oct 16, even when he wasn’t even a candidate pa.

He is basically a Machiavelli that I trust. Just right now, look at his campaign strategy.

JC: Yeah. Brilliant.

TP: First, he chose not to have a solid VP. He encourages supporters to campaign for him. He said, if you like Rody-Leny, campaign for Rody-Leny, if you like Rody-Chiz, campaign for Rody-Chiz, etc. Basically, he using guerilla marketing while minimizing loss of political capital, all while spending virtually nothing.

Just look at my infographic. it has probably reached around 1 million Facebook users (500 friends per user, 2300 shares), and that’s just me. So this begs the question: who does the same for Roxas, Poe, and Binay?

JC: No doubt that he has the appeal that Roxas and the others don’t have, but I haven’t seen his concrete platforms yet.

TP: I understand. Pero from his interviews his platform is annoying simple: Stop criminality, Eliminate avenues for graft and corruption, and Solve the drug issue. Yun lang. He also discussed China, the Economy, etc. pero his platform centers on those three.Now the question is, is that enough?


Want more info on the China Issue? Click the image above.

Sabi ko nga kanina, madiskarte ang Pilipino, ang kailangan lang pinoy e iwasan ang gobyerno at lipunang balakid sa diskarte nila.

Isipin mo lang mam, you’re a teacher who presumably works from 8 to 5. Pero at 4 pm, hindi na 100% ang focus mo dahil you’re worrying about your kids, kasi they’ll have to get home safely, etc. Pero kung alam mong safe sila, you can worry about them at 5pm. Or because it’s peaceful, you won’t have qualms about going to night school get a postgrad degree dahil alam mong di ka mapapahamak sa daan.

JC: And having felt the improvement of our financial state, given my horrible teacher’s salary (never reaching the 15k mark) and the family business not doing as well as it was more than 10 years ago, due to the tuwid na daan vision and implementation, LP still has the upper hand for me.

TP: We already got the economic fundamentals. Population is relatively stable. All we need is time. Ngayon kasi, what I feel is we need a more realistic stance on international issues. But that cannot happen kung mismong loob ng bahay natin e magulo.

I feel that Rody is in a better position to unite this country because people look up to him. Yung technocrats, maa-appreciate yan siguro by the next generation. Mar, I feel, is ahead of our time. Too ahead. Kasi teh, si Mar, parang magulang na nagpapainom sa anak ng Tempra. Gagaling ang lagnat pero mapait. Si Rody, yung taho vendor na tatay na kahit nahihirapan ang anak, inspired ang anak na mag-aral. Why? Because Roxas is a genius, but he fails to inspire.

JC: Ouch. The very same people who twisted the knife on my way out told me that I was ahead of my time.

TP: Di ko nagets. Sabaw na ba ako? May nagsabi sa iyo non? Or were you vaguely referring to something i said earlier?

JC: May nagsabi sa akin nun dati. [this part redacted to avoid legal problems] Hahaha!

TP: Ah, well, Pagdating sa politics, you have to know how to say yes while making everyone hear it understand that it’s a no. Mar doesn’t know how to do that. Rody does. Look at how Mar talked to Tacloban’s Mayor Post-Yolanda. Now look how even Joma Sison listens to Duterte.

TP: What I am saying is this: The government is a car. Mar is an excellent driver, but only on brand new automatic cars. Duterte can drive second hand pugak-pugak cars too. And the Philippines is a second hand pugak-pugak car. Hence ung time na sinabi ko sayo ‘yung “In an ideal world, I’ll go for Mar”.

JC: Damn. This has been very illuminating. Ang hirap lang lunukin, and I’ve swallowed a lot in my life.

TP: So ayon, I think we have to be a bit more pragmatic. I’ve seen barrio and squatter life first-hand. I know how these people think. Sadly, they vastly outnumber us, and they’re the ones who need the most fixing. Now, fixing them will fix us too.

JC: And Mar can afford to wait.

TP: Yes, he can wait. Mar fails to connect with the masses. The masses feel that he’s clueless about their real problems. Suppose there are a million jobs available, pero everyone are so uninspired that they become too lazy to even apply for one? Duterte is the kind of guy who inspires these people to be better. That’s what I am saying.

Mar wants to be the panacea. Duterte wants everyone to be the cure.

And he can do it. I mean, dude, HE’S ALREADY doing it. Just imagine what I am doing right now. He inspired me to do it.

JC: Because when his time comes, Duterte has cleared the way for him

TP: Correct. Imagine mo lang ang davao. Duterte is leaving Davao politics na pero he’s not afraid of who’s gonna be the next mayor. Because now he knows Davaoenos already know what’s good for them.

Pero here we are on a national level, telling everyone that the gains of the PNOY admin can be lost if we choose a crappy replacement. The fact that we talk about that possibility says a lot about our maturity as a nation. Duterte is the leader for people who still can’t think for themselves, because Duterte can make people voluntarily agree to things that do not immediately make sense to them. e.g. No Smoking policy sa davao. walang nagreklamo kahit mhirap sundin. di sila takot, naniniwala lang sila sa wisdom ni lolo.; e.g. no fireworks sa davao. same reasoning.

The only issue here is this: can he translate it to the national level? That remains to be seen. Pero given our options, we’ll just have to take a leap of faith. But he’s 70. He’s a Robinhoodish Machiavelli and he’s never been indicted. That says a lot about his shrewdness and political dexterity. So yeah, he’ll make it. He probably will.

JC: Ano ka ba! Umiiyak na ako dito. Hahaha!

TP: Wag kang umiyak gaga ka, isang boto ka lang. Wag OA. LOL

JC: Hahaha. Malalim ang hugot ‘pre.

TP: Aba oo naman. tingnan mo lang ang mga mahihirap na UP students dati na ‘di kakain para lang may pampa-Xerox. Yung mga pokpok na teenager kong kapitbahay sa Tondo dati. Yung mga Badjao na nagpupunta sa Davao city from the sea tapos matutulog lang sa kalsada. Yung mga OFW na katulong na hinahalay ng amo pero di umaalma dahil nasa college pa si junior.

JC: Ako si Mar at until just now, di ko ma gets baket ayaw nila makinig sa akin

TP: Because Mar is a vegan Soylent Green: complete but tastes real bad. Sa 2022, malakas pa isip at katawan si Mar non. non ko na lang siya iboto. But seriously, my stance is from a mix of education and first-hand grassroots experience. Right now, Rody is the best option available.

Just look at R. J. H. ( a well-known political commentator who happens to be a common acquaintance of ours). I am smart, but he’s smarter than I am. Pero hindi siya naging squatter. Naging squatter ako dati. You know what i mean. No single book – not even a library – can perfectly describe the state of mind of someone who’s in abject poverty. I don’t mean to disparage him. He’s a very intelligent guy.

But what sheltered intellectuals do not understand is the fact that more than just opportunities, the poor need a source of hope. Mar is no source of that. Rody is.

Kaya lang kasi minsan nasa kalye ako maiiyak ako magiisa. Naaawa ako sa atin. Dahil ang laki ng gap ng pagiisip ng nakapag-aral at hindi. Tapos , yung matatalino, ‘di sila marunong makipag-usap sa mga ‘di nakapag-aral. ‘E pano yon? pareho lang ang bigaty ng boto nila.

Ayun kaya iyak na lang. Tapos nag-inarte ang Rody tapos kako, hala, HETO NA. Let’s go!

JC: Oh yes. You have made a convert out of me

TP: Yehey! Calling patient number 2!

JC: Hahaha!

UPDATE (01 Dec 2015): Akala niyo tapos na? HINDEEE. Bumalik din si JC kay Mar! To know more, CLICK HERE.)


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Garci could be working for one presidential bet, one VP candidate–Osmeña SHARES: 4344 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 03:28 PM March 3rd, 2016


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Reelectionist Senator Serge Osmeña said he received unconfirmed information that former elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano is helping a presidential candidate and another vice presidential bet in the May elections.

“Meron pero hindi confirmed (There is [information] but it isn’t confirmed yet) and I don’t want to say it publicly because it might not be true,” Osmeña said when asked during a regular forum at the Senate on Thursday if he had information as to the identities of the people who Garcillano has been helping for the upcoming elections.

But when pressed for an answer, the senator said: “One presidentiable and one vice presidentiable.”

He did not elaborate but clarified that the presidential and vice presidential candidates that he was referring to are not running together.

“Hindi magka tandem (They don’t belong in one tandem),” Osmeña said.

Garcillano, who was tagged in the so-called “Hello Garci” wiretapping scandal during the Arroyo administration, was spotted last February 21 at the Seda hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, where presidential aspirants Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay were staying for the first presidential debate there.

READ: Garci surfaces, says he’s a ‘consultant’

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Poe’s adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr. ran but lost to then President and now detained Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the 2004 presidential race that was allegedly marred with massive fraud.

Poe was quick to deny that Garcillano was working for her.

Osmeña said it might just be a coincidence that Garcillano happened to be in the same hotel were Poe and Binay were staying.

“Alam mo pag nasa maliit na syudad ka (You know when you are in a small city), there’s only really one or two hotels that everybody will use e. You will bump into everybody in the lobby of that hotel e…” he said. CDG

READ: Wary of cheating, Poe laments Garci’s reappearance

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