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MEET THE 'MILLENNIALS' BEHIND MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO CAMPAIGN
[Miriam Defensor Santiago's senate staff, composed mostly of young professionals, also man her campaign team]


MARCH 2 -Presidential and Vice-Presidential bet Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announces their final senatorial slate for election 2016 at Ynares complex in Pasig on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay Presidential and Vice-Presidential bet Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announces their final senatorial slate for election 2016 at Ynares complex in Pasig on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay
- Unlike other presidential candidates who try to woo every sector, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has set her eyes on only one: the youth.
Indeed, the senator, although the most “senior” among contenders, appeals to the younger voters. This favorable attention from the youth, which comprises 37% of the 2016 voting population, is credited to her pickup lines in speeches and her books Stupid Is Forever and Stupid is Forevermore. Despite her low ratings in pre-election surveys, Santiago tops most youth-oriented polls that are commissioned by schools and universities. Santiago topped pre-election polls released after the official campaign period kicked off. These were surveys conducted by several universities, such as the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Holy Angel University in Pampanga, and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran campus in Calamba. READ MORE...
Bongbong Marcos to critics - Allow young voters to make own judgment...

ALSO: NEW SURVEY - Poe, Binay share lead in new Pulse survey, close behind is Duterte, followed by Roxas, then Miriam


Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe
TWO months before the presidential elections, Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay now share the lead at 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively, according to the Pulse Asia survey for February.
Close behind the leading candidates are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and administration standard bearer Manuel A. Roxas II, with 21 percent. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago received 3 percent, while 4 percent said they still did not know how they would vote. The survey, conducted from Feb. 15 to 20, used face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters nationwide, with a ± 2 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error was a higher ± 6 percent in Metro Manila results, ± 3 percent for the rest of Luzon and ± 5 percent for Visayas and Mindanao. Binay posted a strong showing in Metro Manila, taking the lead at 33 percent, followed by Poe and Duterte at 23 percent. In the rest of Luzon, Poe garnered 33 percent to Binay’s 29 percent. Roxas led in the Visayas (35 percent), while Duterte held a commanding 45 percent in Mindanao. In the vice presidential race, Senators Francis Escudero and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were statistically tied for first place, at 29 percent and 26 percent, respectively. READ MORE...RELATED, Binay bares top 4 priorities...

ALSO: UNA hits illegal audit of poll bets


TRUE COLOR. Although she was wearing a yellow apron provided by the Roxas-Robredo camp, a vendor at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City vowed to support Vice President Jejomar Binay who visited the market on Saturday morning.
THE Ombudsman is supposedly exerting undue pressure on the Commission on Audit to release and submit an incomplete special audit report on Makati City Hall Building 2 in a bid to derail the candidacy of opposition presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay. But in stark contrast, UNA president Toby Tiangco said Saturday, the COA and Ombudsman were “pussyfooting” on its reports on the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program of the Aquino administration.“We have been informed that the Ombudsman has been personally calling up COA officials telling them to transmit to her office its special audit report on Makati Building 2 even if the report does not include the replies or comments of City Hall officials. “The Ombudsman, on the other hand, is sitting on its hand and has failed to even consider taking action against those involved in the DAP scandal which has been declared unlawful and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court,” Tiangco said. He said at least 38 members of the ruling Liberal Party were implicated in the PDAF scam. “But until now, the COA has not finished its report because many LP members of other allies of the administration will be implicated,” Tiangco said. “In the case of DAP, where the Supreme Court already made a ruling of bad faith on the part of [Budget[ Secretary [Florencio] Abad, there is no COA referral to the Ombudsman,” Tiangco lamented. “In so doing, the Ombudsman wants COA to effectively discard the findings of 11 audits, including one conducted by technical specialists, which concluded there was no overpricing and that the said project complied with COA regulations,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roxas recites Boy Scout oath in apparent swipe at ex-BSP head Binay


MARCH 3 -LAPU LAPU CITY, Cebu—A boy scout, above all the qualities he needs to possess, should be trustworthy, according to Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas—an apparent swipe at his rival Vice President Jejomar Binay. In an ambush interview on Thursday at a shipbuilding company in Mactan here, Roxas recited the oath of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) without faltering: “Ang Boy Scouts, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, clean, reverent … Ang pinaka-una diyan ay trustworthy. Ibig sabihin, pinagkakatiwalaan. Karapat-dapat na pagkatiwalaan.”  Binay, former BSP national president who had served for almost 20 years, had been accused by the organization’s former officers of using its funds for his presidential campaign. It wasn’t clear if Roxas became a member of the BSP when he was younger but when a reporter asked how long it took him to memorize the oath, he said, “Hey, excuse me! Naka-short pants pa lang ako sinasabi ko na ‘yan!” and laughed. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte - Daang matuwid a fantasy


MARCH 3 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte STAR/File photo
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Philippines – Presidential bet and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the daang matuwid of his rival Mar Roxas is just “a fantasy” created by the Aquino administration.
Speaking before a jubilant crowd at the town plaza here yesterday, Duterte said no one is really taking care of the country and it is the government itself that is oppressing the people. He hit hard at Liberal Party presidential bet Roxas, saying, “This one, the daang matuwid (straight path), all along it was really a fantasy. It was only their fantasy. Nothing happens, only purely corruption.” Comparing himself with Roxas, Duterte, the presidential candidate of Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino -Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), said he has the will and the ability to stop drugs and criminality in the country, adding that the funeral business would boom during his term. “Eh gago ka pala eh lahat ng Pilipinas may shabu (You’re an idiot, drugs are everywhere in the Philippines),” Duterte said, referring to Roxas. Vice President Jejomar Binay was not spared as the mayor stressed that he could talk about corruption, drugs and criminality. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Hello Garci' back in news -UNA blasts LP on cheating raps, LP says  Garcilliano is VP Binay consultant
[Gutierrez then called on all members of the public, regardless of the candidate that they are supporting, to be vigilant in ensuring the integrity of the election. “We need to be vigilant of the process even if we are on the opposing sides, I’m sure all of us would want a clean, honest, credible result. And we don’t want a result, particularly in a close election, whose outcome would be tainted with doubt,” he said. However, [Binay lawyer]Salgado said only the administration has the capacity to mount such cheating as it holds control over government resources and electoral machineries. “Who has control who uses government resources, etc?” Salgado tweeted, using the hashtag “#Areyouhigh?”
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MARCH 4 -BALIWAG, Bulacan – The Liberal Party’s (LP) cheap shot at the United Nationalist Alliance and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay insinuating that the opposition party is now laying the groundwork for massive cheating in the May 9 polls literally ricocheted on the LP after UNA fired back, saying only the administration has the capability and capacity to cheat as it is in position to mount electoral cheating. “Wow. This is the first time the administration is crying it would be cheated by the opposition,” said Joey Salgado, campaign communications director of the Vice President. Salgado made the statement in reaction to the pronouncement of LP Daang Matuwid Team spokesman, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, who said Binay’s “Dream Team” is now complete, with the alleged recruitment of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano as consultant to Binay. “That group (UNA) is a dream team. They have an expert on corruption, expert on cheating. It’s really frightening,” said Gutierrez in response to the reports that Garcillano, was seen in the same hotel that Binay stayed in for the first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro. When the media asked what Garcillano’s business in the hotel was, he said that he was there as a “consultant.” He declined to say who was his client. However, it was not only Binay who stayed in Seda Hotel for the Cagayan de Oro leg of the presidential debate, where Garcillano, who was alleged to have helped former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo cheat in the 2004 elections. Senator Grace Poe, who is also gunning for the presidency, stayed in the same hotel during the debate. According to Gutierrez, the party has received reports that Binay is, indeed, Garcillano’s client, even if there was no such confirmation at all. It was clearly yet another black propaganda from the administration and Gutierrez. During an interview with VP Binay, he was asked by the interviewer on the Garcillano issue claimed by the LPs. Binay replied: “ I never spoke with Garcellano . Perhaps it was the LPs that did. Gracellano was probably called by Malacaang. READ MORE...


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Meet the 'millennials' behind Miriam Defensor Santiago's campaign
[Miriam Defensor Santiago's senate staff, composed mostly of young professionals, also man her campaign team]



Presidential and Vice-Presidential bet Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announces their final senatorial slate for election 2016 at Ynares complex in Pasig on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016 (RAPPLER.COM) Patty Pasion Published 2:58 PM, March 02, 2016 - Unlike other presidential candidates who try to woo every sector, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has set her eyes on only one: the youth.
Indeed, the senator, although the most “senior” among contenders, appeals to the younger voters.

This favorable attention from the youth, which comprises 37% of the 2016 voting population, is credited to her pickup lines in speeches and her books Stupid Is Forever and Stupid is Forevermore.

Despite her low ratings in pre-election surveys, Santiago tops most youth-oriented polls that are commissioned by schools and universities.

Santiago topped pre-election polls released after the official campaign period kicked off.

These were surveys conducted by several universities, such as the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Holy Angel University in Pampanga, and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran campus in Calamba.

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She got a voter preference of 43.2% in UA&P, 40% in Holy Angel University's poll and 58.48% in Letran–Calamba.

Last year, the senator got 48.36% of the votes in a Facebook survey while she got 86% and 71.3% in the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, respectively.

(READ: 3 ways Miriam Santiago can revive her magic at the polls)

You can credit Santiago's Senate-slash-campaign staff for helping keep her appeal among the youth even on her 3rd bid for the presidency. The team is composed mostly of “millennials” or those born from the 1980s up to the 2000s, and all graduated from the country’s top universities.

Here are some of the young and young-at-heart on Santiago’s campaign team.


Photo from Santiago's Facebook account

Narciso “Jun” Santiago Jr – campaign manager

The fierce senator has entrusted her chances of winning to the man who holds her heart. Former interior undersecretary Narciso Santiago Jr is the senator’s husband of 4 decades and now campaign manager.

This is not the first time Mr Santiago rendered campaign services for his wife. In 1992, he resigned from his post in the Bureau of Customs to man Mrs Santiago’s presidential bid against eventual winner Fidel Ramos.

Aside from Mr Santiago, the key people behind the presidential candidate’s campaign are her 3 chiefs-of-staff:

Maria Angelica Thelmo, advertising head

Having passed the bar two years ago, Telmo is a relatively new lawyer but has served Senator Santiago’s office for almost a decade, previously as part of her media team. For the campaign, the lawyer in her early 30s handles all advertising contracts.

Fatima Panontongan, sorties head

Panontongan is a law graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. Also in her 30s, she has worker for Santiago for 11 years. She arranges the candidate’s tours and rallies, which are currently confined to speaking engagements in universities.


Photo from Laguna State Polytechnic University's Facebook account

Dr Nenalyn Defensor, administration

Defensor, a sister of the senator, was a former commissioner at the Commission for Higher Education (CHED). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from West Visayas State University, a Center for Excellence in Teacher Education. Dr Defensor was educated abroad – a scholar/fellow in several countries, including South Australia, United States, United Kingdom, and China.

Cynthia Blardony, finance director

Blardony has been working for Santiago for at least two decades as her senior aide. With a master’s degree in business administration, Blardony handles the financial aspect of the campaign together with Santiago’s husband.

Kim Arveen Patria, media coordinator

Prior to being a senatorial media relations officer, Patria was a correspondent for Yahoo! Philippines. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in journalism in 2011. This is the 26-year-old’s first time to be directly involved in a campaign – much less be at the forefront of a presidential election.

Youth for Miriam, volunteer group

Beyond the key players on her team, what also boosts Santiago’s campaign is her volunteer group that is composed of students and young leaders.


YOUTH VOTE. Young volunteers from different parts of the country come together to support the candidacy of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

“Youth for Miriam,” launched on February 14, convenes all the senator’s young supporters from different parts of the Philippines. According to its spokesperson Edrian Villanueva, there are 20 chapters of the group in provinces like Laguna, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Zamboanga del Sure, Pangasinan, and Pampanga, and in Davao City.

The group, Villanueva said, is very hands-on. They have 5,000 volunteers who signed up on Facebook. Most of them serve as “social media ambassadors” who disseminate their message online. Others who work “on the ground” set up activities and events for the senator.

Recently, they launched their “Youth for Miriam Probinsya (provincial) Caravan” to campaign for the senator, who has kept herself from local sorties. Villanueva said the senator’s team provides them with a briefer with the messages they want to convey, but they are still free to formulate their own themes or strategies.

“We go around in different provinces, public markets, terminal. We also do gimmicks like the flash mob we just did,” Villanueva told Rappler in a phone interview.

Their funding comes from the money they were able to raise before the election period started. “It is not that much, it did not even reach 6 figures,” Villanueva said. He noted, however, that they receive pledges from private individuals who message them on social media. – Rappler.com

Read on the campaign teams of other presidential candidates:

A peek into Rodrigo Duterte's campaign team
Who are running Grace Poe's campaign team?

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Bongbong Marcos to critics: Allow young voters to make own judgment Published February 29, 2016 6:52pm By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News

Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday called on his critics to just allow the youth to vote for candidates based on their track record and performance and rest the issue of him being the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

"We are approaching an election and let us allow those who vote in the elections to make their own judgments as to who did the most for this country and who had the opportunity to do much for this country but who did not," Marcos told reporters at the sidelines of his campaign sortie in Rizal province.

Just recently a group of martial law victims launched a campaign against Marcos' vice presidential bid dubbed as the "Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang" or CARMMA.

The group was demanding a public apology from the younger Marcos over the abuses committed during Martial Law under his father's reign.

Marcos had earlier maintained that he will not apologize over Martial Law, saying it is not his responsibility to apologize for the alleged mistakes of past administrations.

During the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, President Benigno Aquino III said Marcos' refusal to acknowledge the abuses committed during Martial Law and apologize for it on his family’s behalf is an indication that the latter may follow the footstep of the late dictator.

Marcos countered that it is best to just let historians assess the presidency of his father and that Aquino should instead spend his remaining days in office addressing the country's more pressing problems.

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Aquino is the son of the late President Corazon Aquino, who replaced the elder Marcos in Malacañang, and slain Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., a political rival of the elder Marcos.

Though he did not mention any names, Marcos, in his speech at the Voters’ Education Forum at Tomas Claudio College in Morong town on Monday morning, called on young voters to "reject" candidates who had already been given a chance to serve the country but whose performances were allegedly wanting.

Marcos told the youth that above anything else, performance and track record should be the primary considerations in electing candidates.

"I'm asking them to make that judgment as many of them are first time voters. It is a guide for them how to choose the people that they will vote for, how to choose the candidates that they feel will serve the country well," Marcos told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Marcos attended the flag-raising ceremony at the Rizal Provincial Capitol in Antipolo City where he was officially endorsed by the influential Ynares family as well as by other local officials of in the province. —KBK, GMA News


MANILA STANDARD

Poe, Binay share lead in new Pulse survey posted March 05, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera and Sandy Araneta, Macon Ramos-Araneta


Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe

TWO months before the presidential elections, Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay now share the lead at 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively, according to the Pulse Asia survey for February.

Close behind the leading candidates are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and administration standard bearer Manuel A. Roxas II, with 21 percent. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago received 3 percent, while 4 percent said they still did not know how they would vote.

The survey, conducted from Feb. 15 to 20, used face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters nationwide, with a ± 2 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error was a higher ± 6 percent in Metro Manila results, ± 3 percent for the rest of Luzon and ± 5 percent for Visayas and Mindanao.

Binay posted a strong showing in Metro Manila, taking the lead at 33 percent, followed by Poe and Duterte at 23 percent.

In the rest of Luzon, Poe garnered 33 percent to Binay’s 29 percent.

Roxas led in the Visayas (35 percent), while Duterte held a commanding 45 percent in Mindanao.

In the vice presidential race, Senators Francis Escudero and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were statistically tied for first place, at 29 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

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Administration candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was in second place with 19 percent, while Senator Alan Peter Cayetano came in third with 12 percent. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan II had 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Poe, Roxas and Duterte did well among the more well-off Class ABC voters, with 25 percent, 25 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Only 14 percent from these voters went for Binay.

Among the poorer Class D voters, Binay and Poe were ahead with 25 percent, followed by Duterte, 22 percent; and Roxas, 21 percent.

Among the poorest Class E voters, 31 percent said they would vote for Binay and 28 percent said they would go for Poe.

The levels of support for the presidential candidate remained constant from the January survey, said Ronald Holmes, Pulse Asia Research Inc. president.

The only significant movement was he decline in the level of support enjoyed by Poe in the most numerous Class D (-7 percentage points), he said.


Warm welcome. Presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay is greeted enthusiastically by voters in Bulacan hours after Pulse Asia released its latest survey showing he is tied with Senator Grace Poe as the two most preferred candidates in the May 9 elections.

In the vice presidential race, Escudero and Marcos shared the lead in Metro Manila (35 percent and 34 percent, respectively), the rest of Luzon (31 percent and 32 percent, repectively) and among Class D voters (30 percent and 26 percent, respectively).

Among Visayans, the top vice presidential bets were Escudero (29 percent) and Robredo (28 percent).

Mindanaoans were most inclined to support Escudero (22 percent), Cayetano (22 percent), Marcos (19 percent) and Robredo (16 percent).

Marcos drew support from Class ABC voters with a 44 percent lead, while Escudero led among the poorest Class E voters, with 32 percent.

Pulse Asia said there were no significant changes in the voter preferences of these vice presidential candidates between January and February 2016.

Compared to Pulse Asia’s January survey, Poe lost 4 percentage points while Binay gained 2 points. Duterte and Roxas both had a one-point gain. Santiago lost one point.

Escudero lost four points from January, while Marcos gained 3 points.

Roxas’ running mate, Robredo, gained 1 percentage point, while Duterte’s vice presidential candidate, Cayetano, lost 2 points.

In the senatorial race, a big plurality of Filipinos or 44 percent already have a complete senatorial slate.

Of the 56 senatorial candidates, 14 have a statistical chance of winning a seat in the Senate, Pulse Asia said.

Of these probable winners, only former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has not had any previous legislative experience.


"Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa 'yung hayop," Pacquiao said in an interview with Bilang Pilipino. PHILSTAR FILE

From January to February, senatorial candidate, boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao suffered the biggest decline of 12.1 percentage points, easing him out of the top 10 to rank 11th to 14th.

It was during this period that Pacquiao drew criticism for saying homosexuals were “worse than animals.”

With two months to go, Holmes said Filipinos are naming a mean of nine and a median of 10 of their preferred senatorial candidates for the May 2016 elections out of a maximum of 12.

Sharing the top spot in the senatorial race are Senator Vicente Sotto III (63.6 percent) and former Senator Panfilo Lacson (60.2 percent), both of whom are ranked first to second places.

Occupying third to fifth spots are former Senator Francis Pangilinan (54.1 percent) and Ralph Recto (53.4 percent).

Senate President Franklin Drilon was in third to sixth place (52.4 percent) while former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was ranked fifth to seventh at 48.5 percent.

The other probable winners in the May 2016 senatorial elections were De Lima (45.3 percent, 6th to 10th places); Senator Sergio Osmeña III (43.7 percent, 7th to 10th places); former Senator Richard Gordon (42.6 percent, 7th to 11th places); Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian (41.2 percent, 7th to 12th place); Emmanuel Villanueva (39.1 percent, ninth to 14th places); Senator Teofisto Guingona III (36.7 percent, 10th to14th place); former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (36.2 percent, 11th to 14th places); and Pacquiao (34.8 percent, 11th to 14th place).

Only 2.3 percent of Filipinos are not supporting any senatorial candidate at this time.

Among the senatorial candidates, Sotto, Gordon, Drilon, Zubiri, Recto, Osmeña, Pangilinan and Pacquiao saw their support decline from January, Pulse Asia said.

Senator Grace Poe, on a campaign stop in Zamboanga City, said she was surprised by the results of the Pulse Asia survey showing her as the top choice for president, despite the attacks on her qualifications to run for the country’s top elected position.

“I am wholeheartedly thankful to our people that despite doubts, the disqualification, they still believe in our platform and they continue to support us,” said Poe.

Speaking in a news conference at Lantaka Hotel, Poe said the survey results serve as their guide.

She also underscored the importance of going around the country to bring their message to the people, and promised to continue doing this in the Visayas and Mindanao, with 65 days left in the campaign period.

Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said the Pulse Asia survey showed that voters continue to stand behind her despite the attacks on her qualifications.

“Senator Poe is grateful to the Filipino voting public for their continued trust and confidence,” he said.

“Their steadfast support will serve as inspiration for Senator Poe to intensify her campaign that is anchored on the message of Gobyernong may Puso,” he added.

Poe’s lawyer, George Garcia, lashed out at critics who are trying to preempt the Supreme Court by speculating on its decision on the pending disqualification cases.

Garcia made the statement amid rumors that majority of the magistrates would vote to disqualify her for her supposed failure to satisfy the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates.

The senator’s lawyer said Poe’s opponents are now harping on the residency issue after they failed to prove their claim that she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen.

“Obviously, her opponents want to highlight the residency issue because they failed to prove their case against Senator Poe over the issue of citizenship,” Garcia said.

“In fact, even the justices provided the legal bases that foundlings are natural-born Filipinos during the extensive oral arguments,” he added.

The Duterte camp said they were unfazed by the latest Pulse Asia survey, saying it would encourage them to work harder.

“On the ground, we are heartened and inspired by the positive and overwhelming responses from the people since we hit the campaign trail,” said Duterte’s spokesman, Peter Laviña.

Vice presidential candidate Marcos said the latest Pulse Asia survey is a reaffirmation that his message for national unity is being accepted by the Filipino people as well as a reflection of the increasing clamor for genuine change through unity.

“We will strive harder to deliver our message to our countrymen, especially our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” Marcos added. – With Rey E. Requejo and Rio N. Araja

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Binay bares top 4 priorities By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated March 3, 2016 - 4:52pm 1 35 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed that he will continue the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program if he wins the presidency. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday revealed his top four priorities if he wins the presidency in the May 9 elections.

United Nationalist Alliance spokesman Mon Ilagan said that Binay plans to abolish income taxes for workers who earn less than P30,000 per month.

The presidential aspirant will also push for free books, uniforms and school supplies for public school students, as well as free healthcare for the poor during his first year in office.

During his campaign in Romblon, Binay noted that the poverty incidence rate in the province is 40.5 percent. The vice president promised that he will generate more jobs for Filipinos to help them get out of poverty.

Binay also vowed to continue and expand the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas earlier questioned Binay's plan on the conditional cash transfer program.

Roxas argued that Binay's daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, opposed the program in the Senate. The vice president, however, stressed that there is no truth in these claims and that he will continue the initiative.


MANILA STANDARD

UNA hits illegal audit of poll bets posted March 06, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera and Vito Barcelo


TRUE COLOR. Although she was wearing a yellow apron provided by the Roxas-Robredo camp, a vendor at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City vowed to support Vice President Jejomar Binay who visited the market on Saturday morning.

THE Ombudsman is supposedly exerting undue pressure on the Commission on Audit to release and submit an incomplete special audit report on Makati City Hall Building 2 in a bid to derail the candidacy of opposition presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay.

But in stark contrast, UNA president Toby Tiangco said Saturday, the COA and Ombudsman were “pussyfooting” on its reports on the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program of the Aquino administration.

“We have been informed that the Ombudsman has been personally calling up COA officials telling them to transmit to her office its special audit report on Makati Building 2 even if the report does not include the replies or comments of City Hall officials.

“The Ombudsman, on the other hand, is sitting on its hand and has failed to even consider taking action against those involved in the DAP scandal which has been declared unlawful and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court,” Tiangco said.

He said at least 38 members of the ruling Liberal Party were implicated in the PDAF scam.

“But until now, the COA has not finished its report because many LP members of other allies of the administration will be implicated,” Tiangco said.

“In the case of DAP, where the Supreme Court already made a ruling of bad faith on the part of [Budget[ Secretary [Florencio] Abad, there is no COA referral to the Ombudsman,” Tiangco lamented.

“In so doing, the Ombudsman wants COA to effectively discard the findings of 11 audits, including one conducted by technical specialists, which concluded there was no overpricing and that the said project complied with COA regulations,” he added.

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Tiangco said the COA would violate its own policy that no special audits should be done against candidates running for the May elections.

“It will also be in direct contravention of COA Resolution 2015-033, dated Sept. 29, 2015, prohibiting the conduct of special audit against candidates of the 2016 elections,” he explained.

Quoting COA insiders, Tiangco said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales personally called up a ranking COA official prior to her trip abroad demanding that the audit report be released immediately.

Tiangco said these acts bolster UNA’s claim that Morales has displayed blatant partiality when handling complaints involving the Vice President and members of his family.

“The Ombudsman represents an administration that has a track record of flouting the law and the Constitution in bringing down its political enemies while ignoring, aiding and abetting unlawful acts of its partymates and allies,” he said.

Tiangco said he is no longer surprised that the Ombudsman is intent on releasing the incomplete report, which will be used to file plunder charges against the Vice President after his term and son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

“While there is no justification or excuse for behavior like this, it is no longer surprising. When it involves Vice President Binay and his family, the Ombudsman is very fast even if she is breaking the law and her own rules,” he said.

“We are no longer surprised at similar moves of the Ombudsman. It clearly shows that they are in cahoots with those who are out to destroy Vice President Binay in order to stop his pro-poor programs,” Tiangco added.

Binay filed a P200-million damage suit against Morales and 12 others for repeatedly spreading allegations of plunder, graft and corruption, and other illegal activities against him based on unverified and even fabricated sources, and despite the fact these have not been proven in court.


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Roxas recites Boy Scout oath in apparent swipe at ex-BSP head BinaySHARES: 970 VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 06:39 PM March 3rd, 2016

LAPU LAPU CITY, Cebu—A boy scout, above all the qualities he needs to possess, should be trustworthy, according to Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas—an apparent swipe at his rival Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In an ambush interview on Thursday at a shipbuilding company in Mactan here, Roxas recited the oath of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) without faltering: “Ang Boy Scouts, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, clean, reverent … Ang pinaka-una diyan ay trustworthy. Ibig sabihin, pinagkakatiwalaan. Karapat-dapat na pagkatiwalaan.”

Binay, former BSP national president who had served for almost 20 years, had been accused by the organization’s former officers of using its funds for his presidential campaign.

It wasn’t clear if Roxas became a member of the BSP when he was younger but when a reporter asked how long it took him to memorize the oath, he said, “Hey, excuse me! Naka-short pants pa lang ako sinasabi ko na ‘yan!” and laughed.

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Before reciting the oath, Roxas shared how he would adhere to the principles of the “Daang Matuwid (straight path)” while asking for the support of religious groups, whose bloc voting system usually translated to a sure win in the elections.

“Palagay ko yung mga religious leaders ay gusto rin nila yung matuwid. Nasa pananampalataya sila. Wala naman akong alam na pananampalataya o relihiyon na nagtataguyod ng kabaluktutan,” he said.

The Vice President, Roxas’ longtime political nemesis, and his son dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay have been embroiled in a corruption controversy after being accused of involvement in the construction of the overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. The Binays have been summoned several times in the Senate but are still yet to show up.

Roxas and administration vice presidential bet Leni Robredo are campaigning in Cebu where the former won by a landslide against Binay in the 2010 elections.


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Duterte: Daang matuwid a fantasy By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 3, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte STAR/File photo

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Philippines – Presidential bet and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the daang matuwid of his rival Mar Roxas is just “a fantasy” created by the Aquino administration.

Speaking before a jubilant crowd at the town plaza here yesterday, Duterte said no one is really taking care of the country and it is the government itself that is oppressing the people.

He hit hard at Liberal Party presidential bet Roxas, saying, “This one, the daang matuwid (straight path), all along it was really a fantasy. It was only their fantasy. Nothing happens, only purely corruption.”

Comparing himself with Roxas, Duterte, the presidential candidate of Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino -Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), said he has the will and the ability to stop drugs and criminality in the country, adding that the funeral business would boom during his term.

“Eh gago ka pala eh lahat ng Pilipinas may shabu (You’re an idiot, drugs are everywhere in the Philippines),” Duterte said, referring to Roxas.

Vice President Jejomar Binay was not spared as the mayor stressed that he could talk about corruption, drugs and criminality.

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“But this one (candidate), maybe he can talk about criminality, about drugs, but he cannot talk about corruption because he himself has baggage,” Duterte said in reference to Binay.

He vowed to rid the country of corruption, noting that one fourth of the country’s budget goes to corruption as he stressed that he no longer wants to say anything about Binay “because (the Vice President) is too busy counting money,” a comment that drew laughter from the crowd.

Sen. Alan Cayetano, his runningmate, also lambasted Duterte’s rivals, saying businessmen would not back their candidacies because of their inefficient leadership.

He claimed that the businessmen he talked with favor the city mayor because he delivers on his promises.

Paola Alvarez, PDP-Laban spokesperson, also criticized the daang matuwid slogan as “nothing but a platform of deceit” as she cited the use of government vehicles by Roxas’ supporters in putting up campaign materials.

Alvarez said the use of red-plated vehicles exposes the true nature of the administration and the kind of governance behind the slogan.

“Daang matuwid 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 a statement. “It is not only a sham, at most, it is shameless and loathsome.”

Last week, a photo circulated online showing a mini dump truck loaded with yellow campaign posters in Zamboanga Sibugay and that of a black pickup truck, with government plate SDK 417, also loaded with Roxas’ campaign materials.

Alvarez said the administration is obviously at the height of desperation as its candidates continue to lag in surveys.

Peter Laviña, spokesman for Duterte, reminded Filipinos of how Roxas has been dangling government programs such as the Bottom-Up Budgeting and 4Ps in his sorties. – With Edith Regalado, Robertzon Ramirez


TRIBUNE

UNA blasts LP on cheating raps: Loser’s lies Written by Charlie V. Manalo Friday, 04 March 2016 00:00



BALIWAG, Bulacan – The Liberal Party’s (LP) cheap shot at the United Nationalist Alliance and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay insinuating that the opposition party is now laying the groundwork for massive cheating in the May 9 polls literally ricocheted on the LP after UNA fired back, saying only the administration has the capability and capacity to cheat as it is in position to mount electoral cheating.

“Wow. This is the first time the administration is crying it would be cheated by the opposition,” said Joey Salgado, campaign communications director of the Vice President.

Salgado made the statement in reaction to the pronouncement of LP Daang Matuwid Team spokesman, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, who said Binay’s “Dream Team” is now complete, with the alleged recruitment of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano as consultant to Binay.

“That group (UNA) is a dream team. They have an expert on corruption, expert on cheating. It’s really frightening,” said Gutierrez in response to the reports that Garcillano, was seen in the same hotel that Binay stayed in for the first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro.

When the media asked what Garcillano’s business in the hotel was, he said that he was there as a “consultant.” He declined to say who was his client.

However, it was not only Binay who stayed in Seda Hotel for the Cagayan de Oro leg of the presidential debate, where Garcillano, who was alleged to have helped former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo cheat in the 2004 elections. Senator Grace Poe, who is also gunning for the presidency, stayed in the same hotel during the debate.

According to Gutierrez, the party has received reports that Binay is, indeed, Garcillano’s client, even if there was no such confirmation at all. It was clearly yet another black propaganda from the administration and Gutierrez.

During an interview with VP Binay, he was asked by the interviewer on the Garcillano issue claimed by the LPs.
Binay replied: “ I never spoke with Garcellano . Perhaps it was the LPs that did. Gracellano was probably called by Malacanang.

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On the question stating that theVP will cheat in 2016 since the two of you (Binay and Gracellano) are together in this,VP Binay replied: I did not even see him. How can they say that when I never even spoke with him. These are all lies. Really lies. They lie because they have already lost the race, which is why they will come up with all these lies.”

During the 2013 senatorial elections, it was clear that the Aquino administration fielded its senatorial bets under the Team Pnoy. It was however bared by experts, including the Commission on Elections IT department and the DoST that they had informed the Comelec of their apprehension over the irregularity in the vertical lines shown in the ballot.

Even the PPCRV, the accredited Comelec watchdog that did the random survey of the ballot count in 2013, wrote a confidential report to the Comelec, stating the fraud was done through the vertical lines appearing in the mirror image.

A copy of the confidential letter was bared by Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, during a confirmation hearing for now Comelec chief Andy Bautista. Enrile refused to confirm Bautista until he explains the silence over this confidential PPCRV letter to the Comelec.

The Commission on Appointments, dominated by the allies of President Aquino, however, took advantage of the absence of Enrile due to his having been rushed to the hospital for dengue fever and the CA quickly confirmed Bautista, without his having to explain what was asked of him by Enrile. To this day, silence has remained on this issue.

The 2013 senatorial election was marked with a 60-30-10 vote pattern nationwide, with the administration senatorial bets getting the vote pattern of 60 percent, the opposition 30 percent and the 10 percent went to the so-called independent bets. Mathematicians called this vote pattern mathematically improbable.

But Gutierrez went on, saying:”Mister Garcillano, his reputation precedes him. His reputation of being one of the architects of one of the most massive cases of electoral cheating in our history,” he stated.

Gutierrez was referring to the electoral fraud scandal in the 2004 elections, dubbed as the “Hello Garci” scandals, where Garcillano was accused of conspiring with Mrs. Arroyo to rig the elections in her favor.



Despite the numerous investigations conducted in that regard, the alleged cheating had never been proven.

While Garcillano was indicted for the crime, the case was closed in 2014, according to the Comelec.

Gutierrez then called on all members of the public, regardless of the candidate that they are supporting, to be vigilant in ensuring the integrity of the election.

“We need to be vigilant of the process even if we are on the opposing sides, I’m sure all of us would want a clean, honest, credible result. And we don’t want a result, particularly in a close election, whose outcome would be tainted with doubt,” he said.

However, Salgado said only the administration has the capacity to mount such cheating as it holds control over government resources and electoral machineries.

“Who has control who uses government resources, etc?” Salgado tweeted, using the hashtag “#Areyouhigh?”

Garcillano, now a private citizen, has also no influence over the present composition of the Comelec, now headed by the former lawyer of administration bet, Mar Roxas.

UNA’s campaign spokesman, lawyer Rico Quicho also vehemently denied LP’s allegation.

“That is not true. That is a blatant lie,” Quicho said.

Yes (I have information on this) but it’s not confirmed and I don’t want to say it publicly because it might not be true,” Sen. Sergio Osmeña III said yesterday.

But when pressed during a news forum in the Senate, he said all he could offer was that one presidentiable and one vice presidentiable who are not running as a tandem in the coming May 9 elections.

Garcillano is alleged to have been employed as a “consultant” by those running in national post and initially, the name of Sen. Grace Poe cropped up but the matter was immediately denied by the latter.

Garcillano was seen in the lobby of the hotel where Poe and Vice President Binay were billeted for the duration of the first presidential debates sponsored by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

He even admitted that he’s working as a consultant but did not identify who in particular was his client.

“I don’t know who he’s in contract with (as a consultant). We all know that he has a very experienced hand in manipulating election results,” he said.
With Angie M. Rosales


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