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PNoy HITS DUTERTE FOR SUPPOSED 'BAHALA NA SI BATMAN' ATTITUDE


MARCH 31 -P-NOY ALSO TAKES SHOTS AT GRACE POE
- President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday once again took shots at opponents of administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, directing his tirades at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe. In a campaign rally for Roxas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Aquino slammed Duterte for supposedly having a “bahala na si Batman” attitude over the presidency. “May isang kandidato na naman, ibang kandidato po ito ‘pag nagsalita, parang siya lang ang tama at masusunod. Ang sabi pa niya pangako raw po niya: 3 to 6 months, burado ang krimen, at kung hindi ay magreresign siya. Napag-isip ako: Tama kaya ‘yon?” he said. “Lider ka, tumakbo ka na may pangako, at pag 'di mo natupad, ipapasa mo ang trabaho sa bise mo at sasabihing, iyon ang sinasabi yata sa ating lahat ‘bahala na si Batman’,” Aquino added. It was the tough-talking mayor who had repeatedly promised to resolve criminality in the country within three to six months. Meanwhile, Aquino recalled that one presidential candidate wondered why the chief executive had to personally attend to the situation during the Zamboanga siege in September 2013 if he trusted his men on the ground. “May kandidato po diyan: ang hirit, ang Pangulo, dapat nasa secure na lugar kung may matinding krisis. (Pero) sinanay po tayo hindi taga-utos, bago ka may iutos sa isang tao, siguraduhin mong kaya mong gawin muna ito. Ito mismo ang ipinamalas natin sa pagtungo natin nung atakihin ang Zamboanga City,” Aquino said. READ MORE...RELATED, Noy says, next president must fulfill promises...

ALSO: Duterte camp - Aquino is in ‘panic mode’


APRIL 2 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (MB file photo) The camp of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte scoffed at President Benigno S. Aquino III, saying that the administration is now “in panic mode as its bet, Mar Roxas, continues to suffer from one blunder to another.” “Frightened, the President wants to deflect the attention of the public away from the shame,” said Jun Evasco, the national campaign manager of Duterte. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (MB file photo) “President Aquino and his anointed successor Roxas are very much alike — unable to handle stress well,” he added. Rebutting the president’s recent verbal offensive against the mayor, Evasco said the administration is now in panic mode after Roxas drew flak from the comic book depicting him as the superhero during super typhoon Yolanda “The barrage of criticism generated by the ridiculous characterization of Roxas as the “Yolanda” hero was just too much for Aquino to handle,” Evasco said. In a campaign rally for presidential candidate Mar Roxas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Aquino criticized Duterte for saying he would resign from the presidency if he is not able to eradicate crime in three to six months. Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman said “the mayor has always maintained that his self-imposed deadline is not a cop-out or an easy way out but rather “a guarantee that something will be done about crime.” “Every time he makes that promise, he explains that it is a self-imposed deadline and a guarantee that he will start working against crime on day one of his administration,” Laviña said. READ MORE...RELATED, It’s Poe, Duterte, Binay in March 15-20 survey...

ALSO: Mar Roxas on ‘Yolanda’ - No regrets


APRIL 1 -Liberal party presidential candidate Mar Roxas visit the Islamic Center, Manila, the oldest Muslim community in Luzon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA
Pilloried for his role in the government’s response to Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas yesterday maintained there was no ounce of regret in his actions in the aftermath of the strongest typhoon to ever hit land. “I don’t have any regrets,” Roxas told reporters in an interview after visiting a coconut water bottling plant in General Santos City. “I went there not just because it was my job, but because the people there were distressed.” Roxas was the interior secretary and vice chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council when Yolanda’s powerful winds whipped up tsunami-like storm surges on Nov. 9, 2013. Millions homeless Close to 7,000 people died and millions of residents were left homeless by the destructive weather disturbance, mostly in the impoverished region of Eastern Visayas. Along with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Roxas and other national government officials flew to Tacloban City, now regarded as the ground zero of the tragedy, a day before the catastrophic incident happened. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe visits top INC minister
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APRIL 2 -In this file photo, Senator Grace Poe, together with Team Galing at Puso senatorial candidates visits San Fernando, Pampanga. JAY MORALES
Sen. Grace Poe, the apparent front-runner in the presidential race, met this week with the political affairs chief of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) to seek the support of the bloc-voting religious sect for her candidacy. Poe met on Wednesday with INC minister Eraño Cordera, according to two sources who said they saw her waiting at the lobby of Cordera’s office, accompanied by Mike Defensor, a former Quezon City representative and member of the Cabinet of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The meeting lasted for an hour, the sources said. Apart from Defensor, the sources said Poe was accompanied by several men, but it was only Defensor who was instantly recognizable. Poe, who was in a white dress, reportedly arrived before Cordera and waited in a reception area where politicians seeking the support of the influential sect are usually seated. Poe confirmed Friday night that the meeting with Cordera did take place but said she did not ask for INC’s support. “It was simply a brief meeting marked by an exchange of ideas and views, and at no time was there any asking of support,” Poe said in a text message. Poe denied that Defensor was part of her campaign team. “While I appreciate the willingness of people to help me win the elections, I believe that his former association with a political administration is incompatible with my crusade for transparent governance and electoral reform,” she said. The INC endorsement is much sought after by candidates because of the sect’s vaunted bloc-voting power of around 2 million voters. If the candidate wins, the political favor is returned, usually in the form of appointment of INC members to important government posts. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Prof. Edilberto C. De Jesus - Deadlocked over the dead


APRIL 2 -At their second debate, the presidential candidates had to declare their stand on a policy issue—silently, by a simultaneous show of hands. On permitting the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Jojo Binay and Digong Duterte raised their hands in approval. Mar Roxas and Grace Poe did not. The outcome was not surprising. Roxas probably shared and would respect P-Noy’s opposition to a Libingan interment for Marcos. After the backlash against the suggestion that she was open to the idea, Poe backtracked and issued a clarification. Duterte had been open to taking Bongbong Marcos as his running mate. Vice President Binay’s position requires some explanation. In 2011, P-Noy asked Binay to make a recommendation on the issue. Binay said he surveyed the views of various sectors, including the political parties. None of the 130 parties accredited by the Commission on Elections responded. Binay did not reveal the results of the text and e-mail survey, but offered a compromise: burial with full military honors, but not at the Libingan.
Not surprisingly, the compromise met with resistance. The historical record argued against burial with full military honors. In 1986, based on previously classified documents, the New York Times exposed Marcos’ claims of wartime heroism as “fraudulent,” “preposterous,” and “a malicious criminal act” (http://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/23/world/marcos-s-wartime-role-discredited-in-us-files.html?). Marcos himself declined invitations to respond to the story. Marcos had sought the United States’ recognition of his Maharlika guerrilla unit—allegedly counting as many as 8,300 members—to qualify him and his men for back pay and benefits. US Army Capt. Ray C. Hunt, who directed guerrilla operations in the province of Pangasinan, dismissed Marcos’ account of Maharlika exploits throughout Luzon as “a cock-and-bull story.” Investigators further concluded that a number of people claiming Maharlika membership engaged, not in combat, but in black-market sale of war commodities to the Japanese. What then changed Binay’s mind in 2016? Forget the plunder charges against Binay, which precluded using Marcos’ own record of plunder as a reason against a Libingan burial. Prescind from calculations the votes of Marcos followers. Allowed to explain his new stand, Binay would likely have echoed Duterte’s rationale: the need to move beyond the Libingan issue to promote peace and unity in the country. But elections magnify the cleavages created by conflicting political loyalties. Because of Bongbong Marcos’ attempt in his vice-presidential campaign to burnish the Marcos legacy, a Libingan burial will more likely divide than unite people. Bongbong had aggravated an already deep fracture in Philippine society arising from the martial law experience.This fracture needs healing. But it cannot be mended by the band-aid of a lie. As in other countries devastated by periods of brutal authoritarian regimes, healing requires truth-telling. READ MORE...


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PNoy hits Duterte for supposed 'bahala na si Batman' attitude


ALSO TAKES SHOTS AT GRACE POE

MANILA, APRIL 4, 2016 (GMA NEWS NETWORK) Published March 31, 2016 - President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday once again took shots at opponents of administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, directing his tirades at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe.

In a campaign rally for Roxas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Aquino slammed Duterte for supposedly having a “bahala na si Batman” attitude over the presidency.

“May isang kandidato na naman, ibang kandidato po ito ‘pag nagsalita, parang siya lang ang tama at masusunod. Ang sabi pa niya pangako raw po niya: 3 to 6 months, burado ang krimen, at kung hindi ay magreresign siya. Napag-isip ako: Tama kaya ‘yon?” he said.

“Lider ka, tumakbo ka na may pangako, at pag 'di mo natupad, ipapasa mo ang trabaho sa bise mo at sasabihing, iyon ang sinasabi yata sa ating lahat ‘bahala na si Batman’,” Aquino added.

It was the tough-talking mayor who had repeatedly promised to resolve criminality in the country within three to six months.

Meanwhile, Aquino recalled that one presidential candidate wondered why the chief executive had to personally attend to the situation during the Zamboanga siege in September 2013 if he trusted his men on the ground.

“May kandidato po diyan: ang hirit, ang Pangulo, dapat nasa secure na lugar kung may matinding krisis. (Pero) sinanay po tayo hindi taga-utos, bago ka may iutos sa isang tao, siguraduhin mong kaya mong gawin muna ito. Ito mismo ang ipinamalas natin sa pagtungo natin nung atakihin ang Zamboanga City,” Aquino said.

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“Kailangang makita ng taumbayan, lalo na ng nasa Zamboanga at sa buong bansa, na di sila tatalikuran ng kanilang Pangulo. Ang akin nga, tanggap kaya ng kandidatong nagsalita na marami pa siyang kelangang maunawaan bago niya asamin ang pinakamataas na katungkulan?” Aquino added.

In the second leg of the PiliPinas Debates held earlier this month, Poe indicated that President Aquino had to fly to Zamboanga despite Roxas’ presence there already. She said it appears that Aquino does not trust Roxas.

On Wednesday, Aquino also scored Senator Poe for criticizing the government’s response in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, parts of which Manila refers to as the West Philippine Sea.

He chided Poe for proposing what would seem as an impractical acquisition of surface-to-air missiles to improve the country’s defense capabilities. —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/JST, GMA News

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Next president must fulfill promises – Noy By Aurea Calica and Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 2, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


“A leader who fails to fulfill his promise cannot pass on his job to the vice president and say ‘Bahala na si Batman (Leave it to Batman, a colloquialism meaning leave it to God)”, Aquino told local Liberal Party leaders here on Thursday. File photo

STA. ROSA, Laguna, Philippines – Taking up the cudgels for administration bet Manuel Roxas II, President Aquino took potshots at his friend, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who offered to resign if he cannot eradicate crime within six months after he wins the presidency.

“A leader who fails to fulfill his promise cannot pass on his job to the vice president and say ‘Bahala na si Batman (Leave it to Batman, a colloquialism meaning leave it to God)”, Aquino told local Liberal Party leaders here on Thursday.

The President did not name names but he was obviously referring to Duterte, standard-bearer of PDP-Laban.

“You are the chief executive of your city. You know that every day there are challenges and that there are times that you succeed and times that you don’t,” Aquino said.

He said the presidency is similar to marriage.

“If you become president, your contract with the people is for six years, including the good and bad times,” Aquino said.

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He reminded presidential candidates that every day there is a major decision that has to be made.

Aquino said he invested time, blood, sweat and tears and even his life to succeed as the country’s leader and that like most Filipinos, he would be affected by the decisions of the next president and would have to speak out even if he was no longer a candidate himself.

Meanwhile, the President also took a swipe at Sen. Grace Poe for saying during the second presidential debate that the chief executive should be in a secure place in times of severe crisis.

Poe said Aquino did not trust Roxas enough as interior secretary because the President himself had to go to Zamboanga City when it was seized by members of the Moro National Liberation Front.

“But I saw with my own mother (former president Corazon Aquino), during the time of coups d’etat and various challenges, that the president must lead from the front. This was what we showed during the Zamboanga City siege. The people must be able to see that their president will not turn his back on them,” Aquino said.


MANILA BULLETIN

Duterte camp: Aquino is in ‘panic mode’ by Jonathan A. Santes April 1, 2016 (updated) Share3 Tweet0 Share0 Email1 Share26


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (MB file photo)

The camp of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte scoffed at President Benigno S. Aquino III, saying that the administration is now “in panic mode as its bet, Mar Roxas, continues to suffer from one blunder to another.”

“Frightened, the President wants to deflect the attention of the public away from the shame,” said Jun Evasco, the national campaign manager of Duterte.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (MB file photo) “President Aquino and his anointed successor Roxas are very much alike — unable to handle stress well,” he added.

Rebutting the president’s recent verbal offensive against the mayor, Evasco said the administration is now in panic mode after Roxas drew flak from the comic book depicting him as the superhero during super typhoon Yolanda

“The barrage of criticism generated by the ridiculous characterization of Roxas as the “Yolanda” hero was just too much for Aquino to handle,” Evasco said.

In a campaign rally for presidential candidate Mar Roxas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Aquino criticized Duterte for saying he would resign from the presidency if he is not able to eradicate crime in three to six months.

Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman said “the mayor has always maintained that his self-imposed deadline is not a cop-out or an easy way out but rather “a guarantee that something will be done about crime.”

“Every time he makes that promise, he explains that it is a self-imposed deadline and a guarantee that he will start working against crime on day one of his administration,” Laviña said.

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Laviña also said in his sorties, Duterte lays down a specific plan of action: “he will order the police and the military to hunt down criminals and drug lords.”

“If they offer any resistance to arrest, the order is to kill them so as to protect innocent civilians,” Laviña said.

And unlike the present Administration, a Duterte administration will not sit on its promises, said Laviña.

“The mayor is not finding an easy way out. By promising to resign if he doesn’t solve the crime, corruption, and drug problem in three to six months, he is saying that his administration will not be like the previous ones that only made promises but never delivered,” Laviña said.

“The difference between Duterte and Aquino is Aquino’s lack of accountability. He wasted the mandate of the people to effect change,” Laviña said.

Evasco said no matter how Aquino will attack the rivals of Roxas, the administration bet will remain a tailender in the presidential race.

“No amount of presidential verbal calisthenics will revive or salvage his chances of being elected,” Evasco said.

Meanwhile, Malacanang slammed the Duterte camp over the remarks.

“Duterte is good with sound bite but short on implementation other than killing every child and adult offender,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Lacierda said Duterte has not eradicated crimes in Davao even as he served as mayor for 20 years.

“He was mayor for 20 years and crime is still rampant. How can he expect crimes to be solved in three to six months? Will he release his death squads all over the country and spread the reign of terror all over the country?” Lacierda said. (With report from Madel Sabater-Namit)

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It’s Poe, Duterte, Binay in March 15-20 survey by Betheena Kae Unite April 2, 2016 Share63 Tweet0 Share1 Email0 Share120

Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares retained her lead in a presidential poll survey by Pulse Asia commissioned by ABS-CBN conducted on March 15-20, with 28 percent of sample of 4,000 respondents, up from 26 percent in the previous survey.

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had 24 percent, down from 25 percent, while Vice President Jejomar Binay had 23 percent, up from 22 percent in the previous survey.

Liberal Party standard- bearer Mar Roxas remained in fourth spot with 19 percent whie Sen. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago had 2 percent.

Poe and Duterte were close in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 31 and 30 percent, respectively. In the rest of Luzon, Poe had 35 percent, followed by Binay with 26 percent.

Roxas led with 37 percent in the Visayas while Duterte had 43 percent in Mindanao.

Asked to name a second choice if their first choice backed out of the race, 29 percent named Poe while 18 percent picked Binay. Duterte and Roxas both had 15 percent while Santiago had 7 percent.


BONGBONG, CHIZ

In the vice-presidenial race, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sen. Francis Escudero shared the lead with 25 percent each, followed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 21 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 14 percent, Sen. Gringo Honasan with 5 percent, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes with 4 percent.

Marcos dominated both the NCR and Balance of Luzon with 41 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Robredo topped the Visayas with 34 percent, while Cayetano led in Mindanao with 28 percent.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III led the senatorial survey with 53 percent; followed by Senate President Franklin Drilon, 51 percent; former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, 47 percent; fomer Sen. Panfilo Lacson, 45 percent; former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, 40 percent; former Sen Richard Gordon, 36 percent; Manny Pacquiao of UNA, 35.7 percent; Hontiveros of LP, 34.3 percent; Sen. Sergio Osmeña, 34.2 percent, former TESDA Joel Villanueva, 34 percent; fomer Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, 33.8 percent; and Sen. Ralph Recto, 32.8 percent.

COMMENTS ON SURVEY

In Davao City, Duterte’s national campaign manager Leoncio Evasco commented that the recent survey results show that everyone is within striking distance of the top prize in the presidential election.

“Surveys are guideposts and they are indicators, but not really infallible,” Evasco said. “We use them to guide us in our action, whether we are on top, middle, or bottom. The presidential race is nearing the finish line and we expect a shakeup in voters’ preferences as each candidate works hard for victory,” Evasco said.

“What is striking is we improved significantly in Metro Manila which has the biggest concentration of voters. Metro Manila and Cebu are battlegrounds and we are happy with our numbers there,” he added.

In Calbayog, Western Samar, Rico Quicho, Binay’s campaign spokesman, said Binay’s continued campaigning directly with the people in towns and provinces all over the country will strengthen his candidacy. “The battle is tight. We are ready for any possible scenario and confident that as election nears, our allies and supporters will remain solid and stand by the Vice President,” he added.

Binay yesterday barnstormed provinces in Samar, including Calbayog City, Allen Pier, Lavezares, Rosario, San Jose, Bobon, and Catarman.

Quicho noted that Samar is among the areas in the country where poverty incidence is high. He said Vice President Binay believes that the main issue in the for the election is poverty and “the Vice President has the proven track record in addressing poverty and has concrete plans to help the poor.”

In Lumban, Laguna, Senator Poe said she is not leaving her fate to popularity and will double her efforts in campaigning to ensure her win against her “big-time” rivals in the election.

Poe said she shares the view of her critics that her ratings inched up only a little despite the Supreme Court’s favorable ruling on her eligibility to run for president.

She hed a mini-rally in a makeshift stage beside the Lumban Church together with senatorial candidates of the Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) Lorna Kapunan, Edu Manzano, Rep. Neri Colmenares, former Senator Zubiri and Rep. Roman Romulo’s wife Shalani.

Senator Escudero, her team-mae, was not present during the Laguna event. Sources in Escudero’s camp said he was campaigning in Ifugao. (With reports from Jonathan A. Santes, Anna Liza Villas Alavaren, and Hannah L. Torregoza)


INQUIRER

Mar Roxas on ‘Yolanda’: No regrets By: Marlon Ramos @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
02:27 AM April 2nd, 2016 mar-roxas-0329


Liberal party presidential candidate Mar Roxas visit the Islamic Center, Manila, the oldest Muslim community in Luzon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Pilloried for his role in the government’s response to Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas yesterday maintained there was no ounce of regret in his actions in the aftermath of the strongest typhoon to ever hit land.

“I don’t have any regrets,” Roxas told reporters in an interview after visiting a coconut water bottling plant in General Santos City. “I went there not just because it was my job, but because the people there were distressed.”

Roxas was the interior secretary and vice chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council when Yolanda’s powerful winds whipped up tsunami-like storm surges on Nov. 9, 2013.

Millions homeless

Close to 7,000 people died and millions of residents were left homeless by the destructive weather disturbance, mostly in the impoverished region of Eastern Visayas.

Along with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Roxas and other national government officials flew to Tacloban City, now regarded as the ground zero of the tragedy, a day before the catastrophic incident happened.

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In a previous interview, Roxas said he, Gazmin and their team were practically typhoon victims themselves as the hotel where they were staying was also destroyed.

Roxas said many of those who had criticized him and the government did not even step foot in Tacloban and other ravaged areas right after Yolanda struck.

“I did not go home. I was there until the situation stabilized,” he said.

He also expressed disappointment over how he was ridiculed after he was photographed when a motorcycle he was driving crashed while he was rushing to Dolores town, Samar province, to check on the residents affected by Typhoon “Ruby” in December 2014.

‘I feel for them’

“I chose to go to Dolores because that’s the ground zero of Ruby. Because the road was slippery, covered with mud and strewn with debris, I used a motorcycle,” he said.

“I could have just stayed in Manila because it would be comfortable for me. But I did not. I went to help the people not just because it was my job, but because I feel for them,” he said.

When his motorcycle crashed, Roxas said his rivals wanted the public to just focus on the accident that happened to him.

“They failed to understand that I met an accident because I wanted to reach a far-flung area even if the road was slippery and muddy. Where are they? They were in air-conditioned rooms,” Roxas said.

“I was there before, during and after Ruby until the (situation) stabilized just like in Yolanda. They were attacking me because I did something. How about them? They were in their offices. We cannot criticize them because they were just in their offices,” he said.

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Poe visits top INC minister SENATOR CONFIRMS ONE-HOUR MEETING SHARES: 16 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nancy C. Carvajal and Leila Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:47 AM April 2nd, 2016


In this file photo, Senator Grace Poe, together with Team Galing at Puso senatorial candidates visits San Fernando, Pampanga. JAY MORALES

Sen. Grace Poe, the apparent front-runner in the presidential race, met this week with the political affairs chief of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) to seek the support of the bloc-voting religious sect for her candidacy.

Poe met on Wednesday with INC minister Eraño Cordera, according to two sources who said they saw her waiting at the lobby of Cordera’s office, accompanied by Mike Defensor, a former Quezon City representative and member of the Cabinet of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The meeting lasted for an hour, the sources said.

Apart from Defensor, the sources said Poe was accompanied by several men, but it was only Defensor who was instantly recognizable.

Poe, who was in a white dress, reportedly arrived before Cordera and waited in a reception area where politicians seeking the support of the influential sect are usually seated.

Poe confirmed Friday night that the meeting with Cordera did take place but said she did not ask for INC’s support.

“It was simply a brief meeting marked by an exchange of ideas and views, and at no time was there any asking of support,” Poe said in a text message.

Poe denied that Defensor was part of her campaign team.

“While I appreciate the willingness of people to help me win the elections, I believe that his former association with a political administration is incompatible with my crusade for transparent governance and electoral reform,” she said.

The INC endorsement is much sought after by candidates because of the sect’s vaunted bloc-voting power of around 2 million voters. If the candidate wins, the political favor is returned, usually in the form of appointment of INC members to important government posts.

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In August last year, the INC staged a four-day mass action in Manila to protest then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s handling of an illegal detention complaint against the sect’s leadership. Despite the outrage over the traffic jams caused by the mass action, the INC was given rally permits and allowed to hold their so-called vigil for four days.

READ: Iglesia ni Cristo protester at Edsa rally: ‘Wala kaming napala. Nagpagod lang kami’

The incident became some kind of test for the presidential aspirants.

Poe was criticized for being an opportunist when she took the side of the influential sect, saying its members were just “defending their faith” and “protecting their rights.”

Known supporters of another presidential aspirant, Vice President Jejomar Binay, also lent their support to the protesters.

In his Inquirer column, Mahar Mangahas, the president of Social Weather Stations (SWS) polling organization, said INC accounted for 4.25 percent or 1.53 million of the roughly 36 million votes cast for President and Vice President in the 2010 elections.

Mangahas estimated then that INC voters would number around 1.7 million by 2016.

In the 2010 elections, Mangahas said the SWS exit poll showed that 77 percent of INC members voted for President Aquino who was endorsed by the sect’s leader Eduardo V. Manalo, compared to 12 percent for second-placer, the incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

In the race for Vice President in 2010, Manalo picked Mar Roxas over Jejomar Binay and 74 percent of INC voters voted for Roxas, Aquino’s running mate, who lost to Binay. TVJ

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Deadlocked over the dead SHARES: 62 VIEW COMMENTS By: Edilberto C. de Jesus @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:26 AM April 2nd, 2016

At their second debate, the presidential candidates had to declare their stand on a policy issue—silently, by a simultaneous show of hands. On permitting the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Jojo Binay and Digong Duterte raised their hands in approval. Mar Roxas and Grace Poe did not.

The outcome was not surprising. Roxas probably shared and would respect P-Noy’s opposition to a Libingan interment for Marcos. After the backlash against the suggestion that she was open to the idea, Poe backtracked and issued a clarification. Duterte had been open to taking Bongbong Marcos as his running mate.

Vice President Binay’s position requires some explanation. In 2011, P-Noy asked Binay to make a recommendation on the issue. Binay said he surveyed the views of various sectors, including the political parties. None of the 130 parties accredited by the Commission on Elections responded. Binay did not reveal the results of the text and e-mail survey, but offered a compromise: burial with full military honors, but not at the Libingan.

Not surprisingly, the compromise met with resistance.


GOOGLE.COM SEARCH PHOTO: The controversial Marcos medals refers to the 27 war medals that Ferdinand Marcos claimed to have received for his valiant efforts during the war and being the leader of anti-Japanese guerrillas called the Ang Maharlika.

The historical record argued against burial with full military honors. In 1986, based on previously classified documents, the New York Times exposed Marcos’ claims of wartime heroism as “fraudulent,” “preposterous,” and “a malicious criminal act” (http://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/23/world/marcos-s-wartime-role-discredited-in-us-files.html?).

Marcos himself declined invitations to respond to the story.

Marcos had sought the United States’ recognition of his Maharlika guerrilla unit—allegedly counting as many as 8,300 members—to qualify him and his men for back pay and benefits. US Army Capt. Ray C. Hunt, who directed guerrilla operations in the province of Pangasinan, dismissed Marcos’ account of Maharlika exploits throughout Luzon as “a cock-and-bull story.”

Investigators further concluded that a number of people claiming Maharlika membership engaged, not in combat, but in black-market sale of war commodities to the Japanese.

What then changed Binay’s mind in 2016?

Forget the plunder charges against Binay, which precluded using Marcos’ own record of plunder as a reason against a Libingan burial. Prescind from calculations the votes of Marcos followers. Allowed to explain his new stand, Binay would likely have echoed Duterte’s rationale: the need to move beyond the Libingan issue to promote peace and unity in the country.

But elections magnify the cleavages created by conflicting political loyalties. Because of Bongbong Marcos’ attempt in his vice-presidential campaign to burnish the Marcos legacy, a Libingan burial will more likely divide than unite people. Bongbong had aggravated an already deep fracture in Philippine society arising from the martial law experience.

This fracture needs healing. But it cannot be mended by the band-aid of a lie. As in other countries devastated by periods of brutal authoritarian regimes, healing requires truth-telling.

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After seven years of military rule (1976-83), a restored democracy in Argentina established the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons. Its 1984 report, “Nunca Mas” (Never Again), documented the abduction, torture and death of over 7,000 individuals and estimated that nearly 9,000 of the disappeared had yet to be found.

The 1991 Rettig Report of Chile’s National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation reviewed nearly 3,000 cases of human rights violations during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). It recorded over a thousand known to have been killed outright by the regime and nearly an equal number arrested and “disappeared.”

These commissions of Chile and Argentina gave priority to truth-seeking. The Rettig Report affirmed that Chile’s “moral conscience” demanded the truth about the grave violations of human rights perpetrated by the military dictatorship as the necessary foundation “to meet the basic demands of justice and create the necessary conditions for achieving true national reconciliation.”

For Argentina, the truth was “an absolute, unrenounceable value.” To ensure that the country would not repeat the tragedy it had suffered, the people must clearly know what had happened that must never happen again. While the truth will not necessarily secure justice, it may end for many the continued injustice of “an anguishing, endless search” for the disappeared.

Marcos’ acclamation as a national hero with a Libingan burial would perpetuate the lies about the Marcos war exploits and martial law legacy that Bongbong Marcos now wants written into our history.

The casualty count of martial law compares with the number lost in Chile and Argentina. But we have thus far failed to establish our own Truth Commission—and, arguably, allowed an environment that tolerated continued human rights violations beyond martial law.

Bongbong Marcos has unwittingly performed a public service in compelling us to confront our past: to acknowledge that we have not yet really recognized the injustice suffered by the victims of martial law. Their bodies, and not only that of Ferdinand Marcos, also await proper burial.


Edilberto C. de Jesus (edcdejesus@gmail.com) is professor emeritus at the Asian Institute of Management. Prof. Rofel Brion’s Tagalog translation of this column and others earlier published, together with other commentaries, are in http://secondthoughts.ph .


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