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ERAP ENDORSES 'BEST PAL's DAUGHTER, GRACE; CHOSE BONGBONG FOR VP
[Estrada earlier said that one of his bases for endorsing a candidate would be their stand on the proposed reimposition of the death penalty for drug offenders. In October 2015, the Manila mayor admitted that he will make his final decision on whom to endorse between Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poe is daughter of Estrada's friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr., while Binay was his running mate during the 2010 elections.]


MARCH 28 =Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Bongbong Marcos are both leading in the latest presidential and vice presidential surveys, respectively. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando | AP/Aaron Favila
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada officially  endorsed presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential bet Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday. Estrada announced the endorsement during a proclamation rally for his re-election bid at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila. According to a report from the STAR, Estrada also proclaimed support for the senatorial bids of former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas, former Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino and former Sen. Richard Gordon. Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Sergio Osmena III, former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez were also included in Estrada's Senate lineup. Estrada earlier said that one of his bases for endorsing a candidate would be their stand on the proposed reimposition of the death penalty for drug offenders. In October 2015, the Manila mayor admitted that he will make his final decision on whom to endorse between Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poe is daughter of Estrada's friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr., while Binay was his running mate during the 2010 elections. The former president had endorsed the vice presidential bid of Marcos in October 2015, citing his long experience as a local government chief executive. FULL REPORT. RELATED,
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ALSO: Erap endorsement of Poe not end of friendship —Rep. Binay


MARCH 28 =PHOTOS OF ERAP ESTRADA, ABBY BINAY - Vice President Jejomar Binay was mum Monday on former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's endorsement of presidential bet Senator Grace Poe.
After the proclamation rally of his daughter, mayoralty bet Rep. Abby Binay, the United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer did not answer reporter's questions regarding the matter. Rep. Binay, on the other hand, issued a statement on Estrada's decision to support her father's political rival. "Karapatan yun ni Mayor Erap. That's his decision," she said. Asked if she has any ill feelings, the Makati representative believed that the Binays and Estradas will be together after the elections. "Di ba naman sa pulitika kalaban mo ngayon, kaibigan mo bukas. Kaibigan mo ngayon, kalaban mo bukas. Ganun lang talaga so hopefully naman after ng election, di ba isang araw lang ang election, pagkatapos nun lahat magkakaibigan na ulit, magkakapamilya at magkakakilala na ulit," she said. "So sa tingin naman namin, sa laki at tagal ng pinagsamahan namin ng pamilya ng mga Estrada, hindi ito magiging rason para hindi kami maging magkaibigan ulit," she added. Meanwhile, Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said he expected the former President to support the candidacy of one of his opponents. "Tulad ng sinabi ko ay natural na pipiliin niya yung kandidato ng katunggali ko, so ganun lang yun, simple lang yun," said Roxas, who was Secretary of Trade and Industry during the Estrada administration. Roxas is supporting the mayoralty candidacy of Estrada's opponent, former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim. — with Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, BAP, GMA News FULL REPORT. RELATED, Bongbong Marcos honored by Erap’s endorsement, Heart wooing Ilongos for Poe-Chiz...

ALSO: Roxas says federalism leads to more taxes, won't solve Mindanao problems


MARCH 28 -Advocates of federalism include Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a rival of Mar Roxas in the presidential race. File photos
Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II is against the proposals to implement federalism in the Philippines, saying it will only lead to more taxes.
Some sectors are calling for a change in the country’s form of government from unitary to federal, believing this would bring development in Mindanao. Advocates of federalism include Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a rival of Roxas in the presidential race. Roxas, however, believes that federalism would not solve the problems in Mindanao. “If you want additional taxes, choose federalism. Why? Look at all federal states. US has a federal income tax and state income tax. Look at Malaysia. All federal systems have national and local taxes,” Roxas said. “In the unitary system like ours, there is only one tax and the money collected is sent to the local (government),” he added. Roxas dismissed federalism as another way of saying “we want more resources.” He claimed that the Aquino administration poured more resources to Mindanao compared to its predecessors. READ MORE...RELATED, POE: NOY ENDORSEMENT WEIGHING DOWN ROXAS...

ALSO: Comic book showing Roxas as ‘hero’ during ‘Yolanda’ draws flak


MARCH 28 -Screengrab from Lottie Salarda’s Facebook page
A comic book that tells the life story of administration presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, which has become viral on social media on Monday, has been hit by critics for supposedly whitewashing Roxas’ lackluster performance in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” The comic book, titled “Sa Gitna ng Unos,” was first distributed during the birthday celebration of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Ayong Maliksi in Cavite on Sunday. Photos of the comic book were posted by reporters covering the Liberal Party campaign. The booklet cover showed Roxas herding people to safety as big waves swept away people and houses. The comic book detailed how Roxas was thrusted into the political limelight following the death of his brother, former Capiz representative Gerardo Roxas Jr., his achievements as a public servant and his performance during “Yolanda,” typhoon “Ruby,” and the Mamasapano operation. The booklet ends with Roxas getting the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III. One of the panels in the comic book said that despite the harrowing scene of devastation left by “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas, Roxas still led the relief operations there. The comic book even said that Roxas almost lost his life while in Tacloban City. “Muntik-muntikan ng mapahamak si Mar sa lupit ng Yolanda (Mar almost died at the height of Yolanda’s onslaught)!” 
Roxas supposedly told people to seek cover before the ceiling in the building collapsed: “Bilisan nyo! Babagsak na ang kisame! Sa ilalim ng mesa, kubli kayo (Hurry up! The ceiling would collapse! Seek cover under the table)!” However, the retelling of Roxas’ response during “Yolanda” did not sit well with his critics. Manila Times columnist and author Katrina Stuart Santiago slammed Roxas for supposedly rewriting history. READ: LP leader admits Roxas bid haunted by ‘Yolanda’ “Now Mar Roxas is a hero in his own comics, which is so obviously about the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and so obviously NOT about how he and his government messed up rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts in Samar and Leyte. Ito na marahil ang pinakanakasusulasok sa lahat ng nakita kong lumabas sa eleksyon na ito (This may be the most disgusting material that I have seen in this election),” she said in a Facebook post which was shared by more than 2,000 people and liked by 6,400 users as of this writing. READ MORE... RELATED,  #Eleksyon2016: Social / media bias by Katrina Santiago...

ALSO: By Jojo Robles - SuperMar, the comic


MARCH 29 -A YOLANDA PHOTO DRAMA: “I risked my life” .Another widely criticized photo, also released by his camp, showed Roxas purportedly suffering a motorcycle crash while monitoring damages of Yolanda. Don’t look now, but Mar Roxas just made himself into a comic-book super-typhoon hero. If “Sa Gitna ng Unos, The Movie” is coming soon, I wouldn’t be surprised. My chief complaint about the adventures of SuperMar, the comic, is that it assumes that Filipinos are stupid. This illustrated hack job, which purports (according to the spokesman of the Liberal Party, anyway) to tell the truth about what happened in Tacloban City during the onslaught of Super Typhoon “Yolanda,” is clearly the product of a conviction that many voters will believe anything as long as it is in comic-book form. Those voters, obviously, are poor and cannot afford to get information anywhere else. And that, in this age of wall-to-wall media, both traditional and social, and mobile Internet (yes, even among the poor), is a very dangerous presumption to make. Now, I understand that adequate proof can also be produced to show that it is equally perilous to assume that Filipino voters are intelligent, as a rule. A quick look at the survey leaders in the race for the Senate, for instance, will surely make you wonder what the respondents are looking for when they consider the people who should represent them in that supposedly august chamber. READ MORE...RELATED, KMU- Mar no hero during Yolanda...


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Erap endorses Grace-Bongbong


Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Bongbong Marcos are both leading in the latest presidential and vice presidential surveys, respectively. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando | AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, APRIL 4, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray -March 28, 2016 - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada officially endorsed presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential bet Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday.

Estrada announced the endorsement during a proclamation rally for his re-election bid at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

According to a report from the STAR, Estrada also proclaimed support for the senatorial bids of former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas, former Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino and former Sen. Richard Gordon.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Sergio Osmena III, former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez were also included in Estrada's Senate lineup.

Estrada earlier said that one of his bases for endorsing a candidate would be their stand on the proposed reimposition of the death penalty for drug offenders.

In October 2015, the Manila mayor admitted that he will make his final decision on whom to endorse between Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poe is daughter of Estrada's friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr., while Binay was his running mate during the 2010 elections.

The former president had endorsed the vice presidential bid of Marcos in October 2015, citing his long experience as a local government chief executive.

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Erap endorses Grace; Binays rally in Makati SHARES: 6 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aie Balagtas See, Christine O. Avendaño, DJ Yap, Jovic Yee, Maricar Brizuela @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:25 AM March 29th, 2016


ERAP’S CHOICE Reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada raises the hand of presidential candidate Grace Poe during the former President’s proclamation rally at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on Monday night. ALEXIS CORPUZ

THE CIRCUS came to Manila, Makati and other cities and towns across the country Monday, with former President and reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada endorsing Sen. Grace Poe for the presidential race.

At Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila, entertainers did impersonations of Estrada, a rival of Alfredo Lim, who is seeking a return to City Hall for a fifth term.

“Forgive me, Mayor Lim, I’m all bluster. I came here to tell the people to vote for you instead,” said a member of the Pakyaw duo, eliciting most laughs from the crowd at the rally of the Liberal Party (LP).

The duo also impersonated former President Fidel Ramos and the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ), father of Grace, a rival of LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

Over at Liwasang Bonifacio, Estrada endorsed his goddaughter, Senator Poe, during his proclamation rally, ending months of stalling whether he would support Poe or Vice President Jejomar Binay, his “kumpare,” in the presidential election.

“She’s a good and trustworthy person like her father [who ran for President in 2004]. His dearest child wants to continue what he started … the next President will be Sen. Grace Poe,” Estrada said before an orange-clad crowd of between 30,000 and 40,000.

Poe in return thanked her “ninong” (godfather) for the endorsement. Then, to the crowd’s delight, Poe kidded Estrada for giving her the well-coveted support.


Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe poses with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada after her endorsement during a proclamation rally at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila. PHOTO BY LEO M. SABANGAN II. SENATOR Grace Poe thanked her godfather, former President and reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, for endorsing her presidential bid Monday night, saying it was not an easy decision. Estrada is a known ally of one of Poe’s closest rivals in the May 2016 presidential race, Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE

“Ninong tell me the truth, did you support me because you were afraid that daddy might haunt you?” Poe said in jest, sending the crowd and Estrada to burst into laughter.

“Thank you for choosing me. I know it’s not an easy choice. I will not disappoint you,” Poe added.

MAKATI MAYORAL RACE: Twerking in Makati


Makati Representative Abby Binay holds her proclamation rally in Metropolitan Avenue with his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Team Binay in Makati presented a show for force with its bets for mayor, Abby Binay, and her running mate Monique Lagdameo. Both are incumbent Makati representatives. Thousands of Binay supporters trooped to the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue, Chino Roces Avenue, and P. Ocampo St. on Monday (March 28) Present at the proclamation rally were Vice President Jejomar Binay, his running mate, Sen. Gringo Honasan, and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senate slate. CNN PHILIPPINES FILE

In Makati City, the complete slate of mayoral candidate Mar-Len Abigail “Abby” Binay danced to the hits “Twerk it Like Miley” and “Watch Me Nae Nae,” entertaining some 40,000 people at the junction of Chino Roces Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Vito Cruz Extension for their proclamation rally.

Abby Binay, a representative of Makati’s second district, is a daughter of Vice President Binay.


MAY THE BEST MAN WIN. The candidates for Makati mayor are art instructor Jimmy Jumawan, Makati Representative Abby Binay, and acting Mayor Kid Peña. With suspension orders, a threatened family dynasty, and two major warring camps, Makati has all the ingredients to make the upcoming elections an interesting one for players and spectators alike. The controversies the Makati city government had to endure in the past year are enough to discourage any budding politician, and yet 3 individuals have submitted their names in the hopes of becoming the next city mayor. RAPPLER.COM FILE

Members of her family Monday night sought not only their return to Makati City but also for their patriarch to lead the nation as the next President.

The Binay family came in full force for Abby, led by her mother former Mayor Dr. Elenita, sister Senator Nancy, and brother and dismissed Mayor Junjun.

In his speech, the Vice President reminded the audience of his long service as mayor of Makati and how the city was the first local government unit to provide benefits to the poor and senior citizens via free medicine and health insurance.

As mayor, he said he improved the lives of Makati residents and as Vice President, he proved his leadership by heading the government’s housing programs.

“Please tell everyone that they will not be sorry if they vote for me for President because of my wide experience in governance,” the elder Binay said.

Favorite daughter


Abby admiots: Binay surname both blessing and curse

Introducing his daughter, the Vice President said Abby was his favorite daughter.

“We love you very much Makati. Don’t leave us,” an emotional Binay told the crowd after he joined his daughter in rendering a song titled “Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan (How can I thank you.)”

Also endorsing Abby was her brother, who told the crowd of her dedication to serve the city.

Speaking on stage, Junjun said it was not easy for either of them to make the decision for her to run for mayor in his stead.

Junjun was dismissed as mayor by the Ombudsman in connection with anomalies at the Makati Science High School. The Ombudsman has since ordered his perpetual dismissal from public office, this time in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

Junjun said he was a “victim” of his father’s political foes, narrating how his family has been persecuted.

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The 86-year-old Lim, whose crime-busting exploits as a former National Bureau of Investigation director earned him the moniker “Dirty Harry,” formally declared his support for the LP tandem of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.

President Aquino graced the early evening LP proclamation rally that drew hundreds of Manila residents in yellow, waving banners and balloons, to the square fronting the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.

In his speech, the President took the occasion to criticize the rivals of Roxas, his chosen successor, skewering Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his trigger-happy remarks, Poe for her inexperience, and Binay for the corruption charges he was facing.


AQUINO CALLING HIMSELF 'FATHER OF THE PEOPLE' --LP Rally photo in Iriga, Camarines Sur, February 13th, 2016 INQUIRER FILE

“As the father of the people, it is my responsibility to present to you who deserves to be your next leader, someone who made sacrifice for your sake… That is Mar Roxas,” Mr. Aquino said.

“If the other candidates are laden with controversy, he offers his experience and skills,” he said. “If we want to continue on ‘daang matuwid (straight path), we must choose Mar and Leni (Robredo),” he said.

During his speech, Lim took the occasion to attack Estrada, to whom he lost the mayor’s seat in their last face-off in 2013.
Plunder

“We’ve had 15 Presidents. Of our 15 Presidents, who was convicted of plunder?” he asked the crowd. When they yelled ‘Erap!’ in answer, Lim said: “You are so good at history.”

Lim said Estrada was a far cry from the incumbent President.

“But our President, Benigno S. Aquino III, was never once involved in corruption. He has fought for clean and honest governance, something he inherited from his mother, President Cory Aquino,” Lim said.

“He will be succeeded by Mar Roxas, who has no record of corruption, no theft of public coffers,” he said.

MAYORALTY RACE FOR SAN JAUN: Star-studded affair


SCREENGRABBED PHOTO: San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, hahadlangan ang 'political dynasty' ng mga Ejercito at Estrada (AIMING TO STOP 'POLITICAL DYNASTY OF EJERVITO-ESTRADA CLAN)

Emblazoned across the awning of the makeshift stage was a streamer that embodied the campaign theme of the LP-led “Daang Matuwid coalition: “Huwag kang magnakaw. Huwag kang magsinungaling (Do not steal. Do not lie).”

In San Juan City, Vice Mayor Francis Zamora kicked off his mayoralty bid in a star-studded affair at a basketball court in the city’s Barangay Kabayanan.

Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda and international singing sensation Charice led the lineup of stars who entertained Zamora’s supporters at his proclamation rally Monday.

Other stars present were Dennis Padilla and Candy Pangilinan, who served as program hosts at the venue, seen by most as a nod to Zamora’s beginnings as a Philippine Basketball Association player.

Zamora is facing off with erstwhile political ally Mayor Guia Gomez, who is seeking reelection for her third and final term.

The two broke ties last year after Zamora alleged that Gomez and the Ejercito-Estrada clan dumped him and his father, San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, in favor of Councilor Janella Estrada and former Councilor Jana Ejercito, who are now running for vice mayor and congresswoman, respectively.
Gomez is a former partner of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who is Janella’s grandfather and Jana’s uncle.

The Ejercito-Estrada clan has been at the helm of City Hall since 1969, when the former President became the then municipality’s mayor.

Estrada’s sons—Senators Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito—also became San Juan mayors from 1992 to 2010. Their rule in San Juan was interrupted from 1986 to 1992, when Adolfo Sto. Domingo served as mayor.


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Erap endorsement of Poe not end of friendship —Rep. Binay Published March 28, 2016 9:49pm By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News


ERAP ESTRADA

Vice President Jejomar Binay was mum Monday on former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's endorsement of presidential bet Senator Grace Poe.

After the proclamation rally of his daughter, mayoralty bet Rep. Abby Binay, the United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer did not answer reporter's questions regarding the matter.

Rep. Binay, on the other hand, issued a statement on Estrada's decision to support her father's political rival.

"Karapatan yun ni Mayor Erap. That's his decision," she said.

Asked if she has any ill feelings, the Makati representative believed that the Binays and Estradas will be together after the elections.

"Di ba naman sa pulitika kalaban mo ngayon, kaibigan mo bukas. Kaibigan mo ngayon, kalaban mo bukas. Ganun lang talaga so hopefully naman after ng election, di ba isang araw lang ang election, pagkatapos nun lahat magkakaibigan na ulit, magkakapamilya at magkakakilala na ulit," she said.

"So sa tingin naman namin, sa laki at tagal ng pinagsamahan namin ng pamilya ng mga Estrada, hindi ito magiging rason para hindi kami maging magkaibigan ulit," she added.

Meanwhile, Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said he expected the former President to support the candidacy of one of his opponents.

"Tulad ng sinabi ko ay natural na pipiliin niya yung kandidato ng katunggali ko, so ganun lang yun, simple lang yun," said Roxas, who was Secretary of Trade and Industry during the Estrada administration.

Roxas is supporting the mayoralty candidacy of Estrada's opponent, former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim. — with Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, BAP, GMA News

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Bongbong Marcos honored by Erap’s endorsement posted March 31, 2016 at 06:15 pm by The Standard Showbitz


Senator and vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. said he is deeply honored by the endorsement of former President Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada saying he epitomizes his advocacy for unity as he had united the Filipinos when he overwhelmingly won the presidency in 1998.

Estrada endorsed Marcos’ vice presidential bid in the former’s proclamation rally in Liwasang Bonifacio last Monday night.

Marcos, who was accompanied by his wife Atty. Liza Marcos and their two sons, Simon and Vincent, said Estrada has always represented unity in politics especially with the masses. “Kitang-kita sa record niya noong tumakbo bilang pangulo, isa sa pinakamataas, kung hindi man pinakamataas, na resulta na nakuha niya, pinag-isa po niya ang buong Pilipinas…sya po ang isang magandang halimbawa ng pagkakaisa. Mabuhay ang ating President-Mayor Erap Estrada,” he said.

The senator said he is deepy honored by Estrada’s endorsement. “Alam ninyo ngayon lang nangyari sa akin na ang nagpakilala sa atin ay isang President-Mayor, napakasikat naman ng proclamation na ito. Itinuturing kong isang napakalaking karangalan na makapagsalita at makibahagi dito sa proclamation rally,” he said.

He also endorsed Estrada’s candidacy as he expressed admiration for him for choosing to serve the people, especially the poor, although he was already a superstar in show business.

“Sa lahat ng kanyang paninilbihan ay kitang-kita po natin na ang kanyang laging inuuna ay ang mga mahihirap, ang masa. Kung mayroon pong kandidato, kung mayroon pong lingkod bayan na kilala na talagang makamasa at tumutulong at inuuna ang mahihirap, andiyan na po si Mayor Erap, siya na po ang magandang halimbawa,” he said.

Last Monday’s endorsement was the second endorsement of Estrada of Marcos’ vice presidential bid. The first one was when Estrada attended Marcos’ proclamation rally on October 10, 2015 in Intramuros, Manila.

Estrada said he has always believed that Marcos is destined for greatness. “Now, he (Marcos) is destined to be among the leaders of this country. He has proven his worth in more than two decades of public service and today he must be given the opportunity to serve in the executive branch, for the whole nation not just his province, and he will prove his worth as the next vice president of the Republic of the Philippines,” Estrada said.

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Heart wooing Ilonggos


Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista

The wife of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero seems tireless in campaigning for her husband.

Recently, she flew to Iloilo with her sister Cam Ongpauco, designer friend Mark Bumgarner and other friends to do another round of campaigning among Ilonggos.

Heart posted on her Instagram account their photo while on the plane saying that they’re sleepless but excited to meet the Ilonggos.

Escudero’s wife has already campaigned in Ilocos with her best friend Lovi Poe, sister of Senator Grace Poe.

Apart from radio interviews and “palengke tour,” Heart visited the Museo Iloilo and Jaro Church where Grace Poe was found when she was a baby. Poe also said she will take her oath of office in the church if she’d win the elections.

Heart is committed to support her husband in his bid to become vice president. She said she likes to convince the electorate that Chiz deserves to be the next vice president.


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Roxas says federalism leads to more taxes, won't solve Mindanao problems By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated March 28, 2016 - 4:40pm 5 455 googleplus0 0


Advocates of federalism include Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a rival of Mar Roxas in the presidential race. File photos

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II is against the proposals to implement federalism in the Philippines, saying it will only lead to more taxes.

Some sectors are calling for a change in the country’s form of government from unitary to federal, believing this would bring development in Mindanao. Advocates of federalism include Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a rival of Roxas in the presidential race.

Roxas, however, believes that federalism would not solve the problems in Mindanao.

“If you want additional taxes, choose federalism. Why? Look at all federal states. US has a federal income tax and state income tax. Look at Malaysia. All federal systems have national and local taxes,” Roxas said.

“In the unitary system like ours, there is only one tax and the money collected is sent to the local (government),” he added.

Roxas dismissed federalism as another way of saying “we want more resources.” He claimed that the Aquino administration poured more resources to Mindanao compared to its predecessors.

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“In the last five years, more than P260 billion worth of projects, infrastructure projects, were channeled to Mindanao. That is two times the amount channeled during the combined 12 years of President GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) and President Erap (Joseph Estrada). Only P125 billion was sent to Mindanao in 12 years,” he said.

Roxas claimed that under the present system, money is not stolen and reaches the local governments without kickbacks.

He, nevertheless, claimed that more work has to be done to promote development in Mindanao.

“Do we have a lot of catching up to do? Yes, we have to catch up. But federalism is not the answer,” the presidential candidate said.

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POE: NOY ENDORSEMENT WEIGHING DOWN ROXAS By JP LOPEZ April 01, 2016


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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga. – Sen. Grace Poe on Thursday said the endorsement of President Aquino is weighing down administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, preventing him from admitting to the public the failures of the Aquino government.

Poe issued the statement in the wake of Roxas’ statement before the Makati Business Club last Wednesday that he will not retain any of the Cabinet members of Aquino if he is elected president.

Poe said Roxas’ statement was an admission that some of the Cabinet members are underperforming.

“Marahil kasi ‘yun ang nag-endorso sa kanya. Kaya hindi niya sinasabi ang lahat ng mga nararapat sanang magawa or nagawa,” Poe told reporters before a motorcade from this city towards Mabalacat.

While she is entertaining the idea of retaining some of Aquino’s Cabinet members if elected on May 9, Poe said even those who did not campaign for her should be considered if they have credibility, have no pending case, could act swiftly and know their jobs.

“Para sa akin, ang gagawin nating batayan sa pagpili ng mga Cabinet officials ay hindi lamang dahil kapartido mo. Kahit na nga kapartido ng mga katunggali ko, ilalagay ko doon dahil gusto natin magsama-sama tayo, basta magaling, walang kaso, may kredibilidad, at mabilis kumilos,” she said

She stressed, however, that Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares and Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala are not among them.

Poe also said she respect’s Aquino’s opinion on how she should address the issue of the West Philippine Sea and the modernization of the Armed Forces.

“Hayaan mo na siya basta ako naman ay inihahayag ko lang ang nararapat, kung ano ang sa aking palagay ay ang dapat gawin sa ating bansa. Kung ‘yan ang kanyang pananaw,” Poe said, adding that she does not harbor ill-feelings against Aquino.

Explaining her position on the maritime dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea, Poe said the Philippines does not have to engage in an arms race with China but should not also give up the fight.

“Hindi naman nakikipagsabayan pero mayroon rin tayong deterrent. Hindi naman puwede rin na basta-basta na lang ay hindi na natin kaya,” she said.

“Sabi nga di ba, pader man ang ating kabangga, meron ngang wrecking ball na sinasabi pero ang sinasabi natin hindi naman basta-basta, hindi naman tayo nakikipag-away maski kanino,” she added.

“Kailangan ay protektahan natin ang ating sarili hangga’t kaya natin. Unti-unti na nating i-modernisa ang ating AFP ngayon na may konti tayong pera,” she added.


INQUIRER

Comic book showing ‘hero’ Roxas during ‘Yolanda’ draws flak SHARES: 1892 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @AHeginaINQ INQUIRER.net 04:58 PM March 28th, 2016


Screengrab from Lottie Salarda’s Facebook page

A comic book that tells the life story of administration presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, which has become viral on social media on Monday, has been hit by critics for supposedly whitewashing Roxas’ lackluster performance in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

The comic book, titled “Sa Gitna ng Unos,” was first distributed during the birthday celebration of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Ayong Maliksi in Cavite on Sunday. Photos of the comic book were posted by reporters covering the Liberal Party campaign.

The booklet cover showed Roxas herding people to safety as big waves swept away people and houses.

The comic book detailed how Roxas was thrusted into the political limelight following the death of his brother, former Capiz representative Gerardo Roxas Jr., his achievements as a public servant and his performance during “Yolanda,” typhoon “Ruby,” and the Mamasapano operation. The booklet ends with Roxas getting the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III.

One of the panels in the comic book said that despite the harrowing scene of devastation left by “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas, Roxas still led the relief operations there.

The comic book even said that Roxas almost lost his life while in Tacloban City.

“Muntik-muntikan ng mapahamak si Mar sa lupit ng Yolanda (Mar almost died at the height of Yolanda’s onslaught)!”

Roxas supposedly told people to seek cover before the ceiling in the building collapsed: “Bilisan nyo! Babagsak na ang kisame! Sa ilalim ng mesa, kubli kayo (Hurry up! The ceiling would collapse! Seek cover under the table)!”



However, the retelling of Roxas’ response during “Yolanda” did not sit well with his critics.

Manila Times columnist and author Katrina Stuart Santiago slammed Roxas for supposedly rewriting history.
READ: LP leader admits Roxas bid haunted by ‘Yolanda’

“Now Mar Roxas is a hero in his own comics, which is so obviously about the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and so obviously NOT about how he and his government messed up rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts in Samar and Leyte. Ito na marahil ang pinakanakasusulasok sa lahat ng nakita kong lumabas sa eleksyon na ito (This may be the most disgusting material that I have seen in this election),” she said in a Facebook post which was shared by more than 2,000 people and liked by 6,400 users as of this writing.

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Meanwhile, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr., who shared Santiago’s post, dismissed the comic book as a “work of fiction.”

“Well, kung batay sa tunay na pangyayari, dinatnan ng bagyo si Mar habang nasa hotel. Nung humupa ang hagupit, wala siyang satellite phone. Cut-off siya sa mundo. Kinailangan pang mag-martsa ang AFP mula Calbayog para abutan siya ng sat phone,” Reyes said.
(Well, based on what really happened, Mar was inside the hotel when the supertyphoon struck. When the weather rage subsided, he had no satellite phone. He was cut off from the rest of the world. The AFP had to march from Calbayog so they could hand Roxas a satellite phone.)

For her part, journalist Lottie Salarda slammed the depiction of Roxas in the comic book as a hero.

“I was there. Many survivors were there also. I was even present during the press conference where he said that there will be a meeting at 8:00 a.m. on November 8. Meaning, he NEVER knew that the storm will hit as early as 5 a.m. Tapos ngayon HERO siya? Wala siyang alam (And now, he’s a hero? He doesn’t know anything). It will be between his story and our stories,” she said.

READ: Roxas evasive on ‘Yolanda’ queries

Sought for comment, Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesperson Ibarra “Barry” Gutierrez III said that the comic book does not intend to whitewash Roxas’ performance in the aftermath of “Yolanda.”

“Sec. Mar’s actions before, during, and after Yolanda are well-documented and a matter of public record. His performance during the two weeks he spent at ground zero of the strongest typhoon in history has been repeatedly scrutinized and everything that he did has been clearly established.”

“The truth in this matter is clear, and he stands by his record. There is no need, nor desire, to ‘whitewash’ any part of it,” Gutierrez told INQUIRER.net in a text message. RAM

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#Eleksyon2016: Social / media bias March 26, 2016 9:51 pm KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO


by KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

I’m ready to throw in the towel, concede to the fact that while we celebrate our freedom to think, and that we are the social media capital of Asia, that we are not using any of our freedoms to actually think, blinded as we are by our biases that are slowly being revealed to be premised solely on our social class (i.e., our wealth, or lack thereof), our comforts, the status quo, as fed by mainstream media that seek only profit and ratings and online hits.

One knows this because of how media and the public have handled the presidential debates, how we’re all handling the elections, not looking at candidates’ track records anymore but only at spin and press releases, not discussing issues at all, much less programs and platforms.

Media crisis



Screengrab from SANTIAGO's Facebook timeline.

If I were the Liberal Party, I’d be congratulating myself.

After five years they have successfully dumbed down public discourse, selling us the true, the good, the beautiful about matuwid­ na­ daan, making us believe that it is all we need, handling criticism and crises via spin, always using notions of anti­corruption and transparency to respond to anything at all.

Pick any instance at all when this government messed things up, made the wrong decisions, sacrificed public good for government savings or credit ratings, for big business or foreign investment;

--pick the tragedy that was Typhoon Haiyan, or the failure that is our transport system, from dangerous trains to congested airports and over­crowded roads;

--pick the decision to build inhumane houses for storm survivors, the refusal to speak with families of those who died and were injured at the Luneta hostage­ taking, the insistence on handling tragedies like Mamasapano with little sensitivity or compassion;

--pick the silence on the displacement and killings of the Lumad, the loss of their ancestral lands to mining and big plantation projects; pick the conversation about the Zamboanga siege.

Pick the various instances in which the government revealed its 'burgis' slip and refused to act on a tragedy of the poor.


ROXAS

All of these were in the news for a while, but none long enough to be resolved. No one stays long enough on one issue anymore, as if media is ill­equipped, undermanned, or uninspired, to stick to a story and see it through to a resolution.

As with social media, everything is dealt with quickly, easily overshadowed by the next story that will trend or make headlines.

To imagine that this is not being controlled by one entity or two, to imagine that there is no money being spent on making sure that issues and tragedies and major events are spun until they are forgotten and deemed unimportant, is to be naïve.

To think we are not complicit in this exercise of forgetting is just foolish. Middle–class crisis, educated bias. So close to the elections it becomes clear that we are paying for the kind of media that we have, the kind of forgetting it perpetuates.

No one is talking issues, not deeply enough, not widely enough. No one is looking at programs and platforms, no one is working at tying together what each candidate says and what kind of bigger picture it paints of nation.

And no one’s demanding better. It seems we don’t know how to do that anymore.

It seems we are happy enough to let the state of discourse be, never mind that it is superficial and shallow. It is what’s easy after all, and it is what we’ve learned to expect of media – and of ourselves – the past five years.


BINAY

Case in point: two weeks ago I questioned the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s series of stories on the AMLC report against Vice President Jejomar Binay. I question it because no one has seen this report, other than the PDI.

I question it because AMLC reports are confidential, its release by a media entity is illegal.

I question it because it is a rehashed story and if you cared to do research, you’d find that they are saying exactly the same things about it as they were early last year. I question it because documents prove that AMLC itself had discredited its own report in the past year.

I question it because it is clear to me that Binay is the victim of black propaganda like no other, the kind that’s been playing since the Senate hearings last year, the kind that has gone extra­legal on us – but also the kind that banks on a middle and upper class, a Pinoy social media, that will not ask questions, will not care enough about justice and fairness because we have all made up our minds about this family.

Yes, the bias against Binay played out as his opponents expected, and few have the balls – or the brains, apparently – to take a stand even just for fairness. Sure, let’s talk corruption, but what about its other forms including the kinds that matuwid­ na­ daan has institutionalized via the DAP, the BUB, the PSF and the discretionary funds?

What about the question of nationality and her knowledge of nation given the years spent away for Grace Poe? What about the question of human rights violations and killings for Rodrigo Duterte?

Certainly these are as huge as corruption, if not bigger?

Blindness

But we’ve been so brainwashed by matuwid­ na­ daan, by the media, by Malacañang propagandists, that we do not even know to weigh these things anymore.

After all, this campaign was being run long before it became clear who would be running. It was being run by matuwid ­na­ daan for the past five years, it was being run by the Comelec which had all the time in world to make sure to give us credible machines with unquestionable results, it was being run by the media that is still pretending that they are unbiased and objective, even when the articles they release, the perspectives they take, the angles they choose to articulate, are all so obviously tied down to their biases.

We keep comparing ourselves to America, pointing out how our debates are the same, how this or that candidate is the same as Trump. At least America is choosing with eyes wide­ open while awash with information that’s important and critical.

We are choosing blind.

And the most tragic thing of all: we put those blindfolds on ourselves. ­

7 Responses to #Eleksyon2016: Social / media bias
George Balagtas says:
March 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm
Thank you for your well-articulated and clearly thought through article. The problem indeed is who is listening? Who cares? Is there anything we can do about this state of affairs? Having been in the practice of public relations for several decades, I know whereof you speak and share your frustrations. Perhaps we might meet someday and share thoughts on what can be done over time to help our people climb out of this dark hole of unknowing and uncaring. Whatever, please don’t give up! There will be better times still.
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Ram Ramyd says:
March 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Katrina, I think you are bias yourself, well, you are no different from what you are saying. I just wasted my time reading this article. I thought I’m getting a true picture. This makes contents more susceptible to misleading people and exploiting their minds.
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Viril Cordero says:
March 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm
Excellent analysis and reporting. More power to you.
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Amnata Pundit says:
March 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm
How about the unproven allegations against Marcos? Like Binay, isn’t Marcos being unjustly crucified too? Or is it a case of: if your name is Marcos, you do not count?
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diosdado h. baul says:
March 27, 2016 at 11:09 am
No human rights story on the Makati Jail brutal reaction of Makati BJMP and Makati Police becasue of a Noise Barrage? With at least one death !
That sent shivers up my spine, worse than Martial Law treatment !!!
Where are those who say “NEVER AGAIN” don’t they care about prisoners in Makati ?
A City now run by an acting Mayor installed by the DILG while it was under a Araneta-Roxas?
I am sure some of those in jail are there for flimsy reasons and remain there because they can not afford legal representation
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butter says:
March 27, 2016 at 10:47 am
Very True analysis! Corruption has many forms and it is not the basis of a Qualification from our government officials! It would be safe to assume that all of our candidates have been corrupted one way or another. (character/morally/spiritual/physical/money/ideology etc ….) No exception!
What we should look into is the Experience and the Genuine commitment of that Candidate to solve and lead this country forward.
Let us not be Blind in our choice, set aside all the black propaganda and the hype being done by Media /King makers who are after their own personal interest.
This Election should be About the people , For the people and The people.
It seems that Roxas/Poe are guilty of trying to sabotage Binary’s campaign & engaging in character assassination .
They both know that the accomplishments of VPBinay in Makati and other projects speaks loud of him . That is why they are bent in destroying his character.
This is what I have observed in the past 2 debates. VPBinay showed his humility by
not being combative on air. However , the camera and networks will not give him credit for that. They prefer to highlight the bully’s and the pretentious candidates.
I just hope people who were watching , will not be influenced by the mockery of such
a shallow debate which was focus in Character assassination instead of talking about real issues of the country’s , such as Health/ Poverty/Education/Jobs/BBL/DAP/ MRT/ DOJ/ Agriculture etc…….
So much time wasted . I decided to close the TV instead.
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vic ortizo says:
March 26, 2016 at 11:42 pm
aray … pdi used to be the paper of those who believe in the power of the press to inform. likewise phil star. sadly, these two papers are nothing but yellow apologists masquerading as independent newspapers. the “journalists/writers” for these two papers should just hang themselves.
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MANILA STANDARD

SuperMar, the comic posted March 29, 2016 at 12:01 am by Jojo Robles

Don’t look now, but Mar Roxas just made himself into a comic-book super-typhoon hero. If “Sa Gitna ng Unos, The Movie” is coming soon, I wouldn’t be surprised.

My chief complaint about the adventures of SuperMar, the comic, is that it assumes that Filipinos are stupid.

This illustrated hack job, which purports (according to the spokesman of the Liberal Party, anyway) to tell the truth about what happened in Tacloban City during the onslaught of Super Typhoon “Yolanda,” is clearly the product of a conviction that many voters will believe anything as long as it is in comic-book form.

Those voters, obviously, are poor and cannot afford to get information anywhere else. And that, in this age of wall-to-wall media, both traditional and social, and mobile Internet (yes, even among the poor), is a very dangerous presumption to make.

Now, I understand that adequate proof can also be produced to show that it is equally perilous to assume that Filipino voters are intelligent, as a rule.

A quick look at the survey leaders in the race for the Senate, for instance, will surely make you wonder what the respondents are looking for when they consider the people who should represent them in that supposedly august chamber.

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Tragicomic. This is the cover art of the comic book detailing Roxas’ version of the onslaught of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in Tacloban City, where he supervised government relief and rescue operations. STANDARD EDITORIAL CARTOON

But my problem with Roxas’ transmogrification into a comic-book hero is that it comes from the candidate who claims that he is against all drama and has a monopoly on decency. The LP says the comic book is a “dramatization,” something that it echoes in a disclaimer on the cover, to the effect that it is “based on real events”; and it certainly isn’t a decent thing to insult people by assuming that they are idiots who can be swayed by a badly inked comic book.

And it doesn’t help Mar’s case that his party’s spokesman can only point to anonymous supporters as the creators and financiers of the Roxas comic book.

If the LP can proclaim that the comic sets things straight about what Mar did in Tacloban when Yolanda hit, why can’t it even own up to being the author and funder of the project, instead of pointing to unknown people as its source?

And I wonder how the real victims of Yolanda would react to the colorful panels in the comic book portraying Mar as their savior during the calamity. After all, the propaganda materials (because that’s what they really are) were only distributed in Cavite during a birthday party for a local political ally last Sunday night; if Mar and his gang are really peddling the truth, they should have no problem distributing their comic books in Tacloban City next time they visit.

The only thing true in the entire comic book is that Roxas was in Tacloban when Yolanda hit. The rest is condescending propaganda of the most unimaginative, egregious kind.


A YOLANDA PHOTO DRAMA: “I risked my life” .Another widely criticized photo, also released by his camp, showed Roxas purportedly suffering a motorcycle crash while monitoring damages of Yolanda.

Oh and yes, Roxas fell off the motorcycle he was riding without a helmet, the better to identify him. Remember, Superman has kryptonite to deal with, too.

Before I forget, Roxas and his running mate Rep. Leni Robredo last week proudly proclaimed that they were being supported by Pampanga Gov. Lilia “Baby” Pineda in the coming elections.

Now, unless I am very much mistaken, Roxas and his former boss, President Noynoy Aquino, used to identify Pineda as a close associate of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the better to tar the latter with guilt by association, since Pineda is married to a certain Bong Pineda, the alleged Lord of All Jueteng in Central Luzon.

Both Aquino and Roxas supported the candidacy of Pineda’s political nemesis, the suspended priest ex-governor Eduardo Panlilio, in the elections in 2010 and 2013. Aquino, Roxas and the rest of the anti-Arroyo opposition once hailed Panlilio as the epitome of good governance, until it became clear that the people of Pampanga had no use for him.

If Roxas once again made the mistake of backing Panlilio against Pineda, he and Robredo would certainly lose the Pampanga vote. And that, if you’re Roxas and the LP, is clearly unacceptable.

It is so much easier for the administration party to play nice with the powerful Pinedas. As for Panlilio, who cares what happens to him, right?

Now, I’m not going to blame Roxas—who will do anything to get votes, after all—for going to bed politically with the Pinedas. But I’m really saddened by Robredo’s going along with the charade, because I honestly believe that she is made of more idealistic stuff.

Then I see the Facebook photographs of Robredo in her trademark tsinelas walking through a shallow canal, with an expensive Louis Vuitton bag slung over her shoulder. And I think maybe she’s not who she wants us to believe she is, either.

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Mar Roxas no hero during Yolanda Press Statement 29 March 2016 VIA E-MAIL

The depiction of Mar Roxas as a hero during Yolanda’s onslaught in his campaign komiks is a lie that no Filipino believes.

It is simply revolting that he wants to depict himself a hero despite the deaths of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of our kababayans in Eastern Visayas.

Roxas and Noynoy Aquino should in fact be held accountable for trying to win some “brownie (pogi)” points when Yolanda was about to hit the country, but showed criminal neglect when the super typhoon actually struck.

Roxas is too arrogant to believe that workers and Filipinos will buy the lie that he is peddling.

He was already in a quagmire of defeat in his presidential run even before the komiks came out. Because of the komiks, he is sinking faster into defeat, together with Aquino.

Still, we are calling on all Filipinos to not to vote for him, his vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo and his favorite senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros.

These are the candidates of Aquino’s Daang Matuwid: a bunch of liars, hypocrites and thieves!

Reference: Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597
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