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POE's AMERICAN (CITIZEN) HUSBAND SERVED IN US AIRFORCE - ROXAS


APRIL 9 -ROXAS: Grace never bared spouse had ties with US gov’t Slowly, presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is being unmasked, and has been found not to have disclosed fully her, and her husband’s background. Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas demanded that Poe should fully disclose her background, after learning that her husband, Niel Llamanzares, who is a special consultant in San Miguel Corp., served in the US Air Force. Roxas said neither he nor President Aquino knew about Poe’s husband having served in the US Air Force when they asked her to be his running mate. She never disclosed this to them. Roxas said. This was the time Aquino and Roxas were wooing her to become his vice presidential bet, and Poe never disclosed this fact. “No, this was never bared or discussed. She can’t say she did, and she should start clarifying this, and disclose her, and her husband’s full background,” Roxas saud. Llamanzares remains an American citizen. Poe’s children are also American citizens. Poe’s natural born Filipino citizen claim has been found to be dubious, despite the fact that the Supreme Court qualified her to run for the presidency. Under the oath taken by Americans, they swear allegiance to the US and vow to defend the country against all enemies of the US, to the full extent of bearing arms against the foes of the US. In case of war, Llamanzares will likely be undivided in his loyalty to America and has to be called to atcive duty even. Should Poe win the presidency, she would have an American husband and children with her, and will most likely be influenced by them, especially when it comes down to serving the interests of America, such as giving in to whatever the US government wants from the Philippines. Already, the US has five bases for its troops. It is not unlikely that the US government will want more. Poe herself renounced and abjured her Filipino citizenship and became a dual citizen of the Philippines and the United States. This was in mid 2006. She was still an American citizen in 2015, although she counted her years of residence as a Filipino citizen as 10 years and 11 months, which the Supreme Court upheld, claiming that not only is Poe a natural born Filipino, despite her being a foundling with no known parents, and having met the residency requirements. She claims the conradictory count of her residency in both her certficates of candidacy was an “honest mistake.” READ MORE...RELATED,  Duterte berates govt over Abaya...

ALSO: Vice presidential bets gear up for Sunday's debate


APRIL 10--Candidates vying for the vice presidency gear up for the only debate where they can put forward their campaign platforms and even tear each other down. All six candidates — Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan II, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo — have confirmed their attendance to the PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate on Sunday at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavillion in Manila. Interviewed by reporters in his home province of Sorsogon, Escudero said Saturday he has been studying about several issues and sought advice from experts.
He also vowed to hit the sack early to maximize rest. 'Immense mudslinging'  Marcos Jr. said he is expecting "immense mudslinging" in the debate, which will run for two hours beginning 5 p.m. “We are preparing for all possibilities, intellectual discussions as well as antagonistic exchanges. I think we will have more of the latter,” he said in a statement. Marcos added that he expects to bear the brunt of the mudslinging given the peculiar attention his campaign has been getting the past two months especially from critics of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, whose iron-clad rule from 1965 to 1986 was marred by allegations of massive human rights violations and corruption. “But I guess these are all part of politics and we all hear these things during the campaign. We are preparing," he said. He also said that he will keep his message centered on unity and platform of government. Torture victims who vowed to derail Marcos' campaign, meanwhile, hoped that the debate would corner the lawmaker "so he ends up stammering empty motherhood statements ad nauseam (again) and nothing else." READ MORE...

ALSO: RIVALS GANG UP ON BONGBONG- ALAN: EXPECT MORE CORRUPTION WITH MARCOS


APRIL 10 -VP BETS DEBATE -JUST a few minutes into the debate among vice presidential candidates, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, running mate of PDP-Laban standard-bearer Rodrigo Duterte, unleashed his attacks on Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., particularly on the issue of corruption. He took Marcos to task for saying his (Marcos’) family was not involved in corruption. “Pero nagulat ako mga kababayan, sabi ni Sen. Bongbong Marcos wala raw bahid ang kanilang pamilya. $10 billion ang ninakaw nung panahon nila. (That’s) P450 billion,” Cayetano said. He said he learned last week that Marcos had placed a P205-million investment on Janet Lim-Napoles’ alleged fake non-government organizations. He said having Marcos as the next vice president would mean more corruption. “Hintayin niyong maging vice president siya (Marcos) at baka $100 million pa ang mawala sa atin,” Cayetano added. Marcos said allegations are purely political, saying, “Remember, I am a Marcos and the President is an Aquino.” Cayetano shot back at Marcos, saying an audit report from the year 2007 to 2009 did not yet include Marcos’ involvement in Napoles’ NGOs and that it was included in the 2011 audit report. He added it is not surprising Marcos was not attending Senate hearings when it comes to corruption issues. Cayetano said Marcos’ net worth on his statement of assets, liabilities and is also questionable. “Sa SALN ni Senator Bongbong, P200 million to P500 million, eh never ka naman nag-trabaho kung hindi sa gobyerno. Saan mo kukunin ang ganoong kalaking pera?” Cayetano said. Cayetano said the Marcos loot is still being pursued by government. When Marcos said Cayetano was “nag-iimbento (making up things), Cayetano retorted, “Senator Marcos, I am talking about the $1 billion with the PCGG and yung $5 billion na nakatago pa. Kung ako nagsi-sinungaling hahamunin kita ngayon, fact check, pag ako ay mali ang sinabi ko dito ay magwi-withdraw ako. Pero kapag ikaw ang mali, di ka lang magwi-withdraw, isauli mo ang pera sa tao.” THE FULL REPORT , RELATED, Sparks fly as vice presidential bets slug it out ...

ALSO; According to INQUIRER.net readers, Facebook fans - Leni, Alan win VP debate


APRIL 10 -SCREENGRAB FROM CNN PHILIPPINES LIVESTREAM 
ADMINISTRATION vice presidential bet Leni Robredo and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano won the nod of more INQUIRER.net readers compared to their rivals during the first and only vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.
Robredo and Cayetano emerged as top choices in the poll posted on the INQUIRER.net website and Facebook page, respectively, on the question “Who’s winning the vice presidential debate?”  The Camarines Sur representative and widow of the former Interior secretary Jessie Robredo garnered 42.58 percent or 4,511 votes on the INQUIRER.net homepage poll. Trailing Robredo were Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 25.45 percent or 2,696 votes, Cayetano with 18.46 percent or 1,956 votes, and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 12.02 percent or 1,274 votes. Senators Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (1.01 percent) and Gringo Honasan (0.48 percent) got the least number of votes. The INQUIRER.net poll garnered a total of 10,595 votes. In the Facebook poll, Cayetano, who was on the offensive against preference surveys front-runner Marcos, secured 44 percent of total votes. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe on final SC ruling: The chains binding my campaign have been broken


APRIL 9 -Senator Grace Poe (MB PHOTO/CAMILLE ANTE) SORSOGON — Presidential aspirant and Senator Grace Poe on Saturday (April 9, 2016) said she can’t help but feel that the chains that restrained her political campaign have finally been broken by the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) final ruling on her disqualification cases. Poe, who campaigned in the bailiwick of her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, said the High Court’s decision denying “with finality” the motions for reconsideration filed against its March 8 ruling declaring her qualification to run for president in the May 2016 elections, is an affirmation she is on the right track. “Nagbibigay lang ito ng affirmation na maayos naman talaga ang ating (kampanya), na malakas ang ating (laban). Tama ang desisyon ng SC, kami’y nagpapasalamat sa hustisya na binigay nila (It was an affirmation that our campaign was on the right track; that we have a strong fight. The SC’s decision was correct and we are thankful the justice they rendered),” Poe told reporters at the sidelines of her rally at a gymnasium which was jam-packed with their supporters. Poe said the SC’s final decision has also given her an edge among her rivals in the presidential race. “Para sa akin kasi, ang pinaka tinitignan ng ating mga kababayan higit sa lahat ay plataporma ng mga tumatakbo at karakter ng mga lider. At nagkataon na may kaso, nagka-aberya sa unang pagtakbo natin pero at least ngayon nawala na ang kadena ng ating pangangampanya (I do believe that our citizens are looking at the platforms and the character of their leaders. It just happened that there is a case which hindered us at the start, but at least now, the chains holding us from fully campaigning has been removed),” she said. Escudero, who was at the rally attended by Sorsogon Rep. Evelina “Evie” Guevarra-Escudero, his mother, and Gov. Raul Lee, rejected Poe’s detractors’ contention that they can still file a second motion for reconsideration. READ MORE... ALSO, By Mauro Samonte - The great swindle that is Grace...RELATED,  Poe unfazed by Duterte camp's alleged plan to 'unmask' her...

ALSO: VP Binay says Ombudsman persecuting political opposition


APRIL 8 -OMBUDSMAN MORALES UNISAN, Quezon – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday criticized the Office of the Ombudsman which he accused of being an instrument in the persecution of the political opposition. "Malungkot na pinagdaanan namin noon, pinagdadaanan natin ngayon, itong buwisit na Ombudsman," Binay said in a speech during a proclamation rally here. "Ginagamit, sa palagay ko, sa pagpapahirap ng mga kalaban sa pulitika," he added. He said many of the allies of United Nationalist Alliance refuse to publicly express support for fear of persecution. "Lalo na ngayon, buti yung matapang nagsilabas na, marami nating kasama sa local government hindi makapagsabi ng kanilang kagustuhan na pagsama sa kanilang kandidato dahil sa talagang winawalang hiya, hanggang ngayon nagsususpinde pa. Grabe!" he said. Binay said there should be a moratorium on the suspension of elected officials. "I think, siguro, one year before elections no more suspension," he said. GMA News Online tried to get a reaction from the Office of the Ombudsman but Ombudsman Public Information and Media Relations Bureau acting director Rawnsle Lopez has yet to reply. Raps vs. UNA personalities The Office of the Ombudsman earlier filed graft charges against UNA re-electionist Cebu Rep. Gwen Garcia over the construction of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in 2006. It also affirmed the graft case against former Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito for an insurance agreement the municipality of Pagsanjan entered into in 2008. On Tuesday, the Ombudsman also announced the indictment of former SAF commander and retired police Director Getulio Napeñas in connection with the Mamasapano incident in January 2015. READ MORE...


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Poe’s American hubby ex-US Air Force — ROXAS

MANILA, APRIL 11, 2016
(TRIBUNE) Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 09 April 2016 -


ROXAS: Grace never bared spouse had ties with US gov’t

Slowly, presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is being unmasked, and has been found not to have disclosed fully her, and her husband’s background.

Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas demanded that Poe should fully disclose her background, after learning that her husband, Niel Llamanzares, who is a special consultant in San Miguel Corp., served in the US Air Force.

Roxas said neither he nor President Aquino knew about Poe’s husband having served in the US Air Force when they asked her to be his running mate. She never disclosed this to them. Roxas said.

This was the time Aquino and Roxas were wooing her to become his vice presidential bet, and Poe never disclosed this fact.
“No, this was never bared or discussed. She can’t say she did, and she should start clarifying this, and disclose her, and her husband’s full background,” Roxas saud.



Llamanzares remains an American citizen. Poe’s children are also American citizens. Poe’s natural born Filipino citizen claim has been found to be dubious, despite the fact that the Supreme Court qualified her to run for the presidency.

Under the oath taken by Americans, they swear allegiance to the US and vow to defend the country against all enemies of the US, to the full extent of bearing arms against the foes of the US.

In case of war, Llamanzares will likely be undivided in his loyalty to America and has to be called to atcive duty even.

Should Poe win the presidency, she would have an American husband and children with her, and will most likely be influenced by them, especially when it comes down to serving the interests of America, such as giving in to whatever the US government wants from the Philippines.

Already, the US has five bases for its troops. It is not unlikely that the US government will want more.

Poe herself renounced and abjured her Filipino citizenship and became a dual citizen of the Philippines and the United States.

This was in mid 2006. She was still an American citizen in 2015, although she counted her years of residence as a Filipino citizen as 10 years and 11 months, which the Supreme Court upheld, claiming that not only is Poe a natural born Filipino, despite her being a foundling with no known parents, and having met the residency requirements. She claims the conradictory count of her residency in both her certficates of candidacy was an “honest mistake.”

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The Supreme Court claimed based her being a natural born Filipino on the probability of statistics and her Asian features, which is in violation of the Constitution and its qualification for the presidential candidates.

Following Poe’s disclosure that her husband served in the United States military, Roxas urged Poe should use the campaign period to disclose everything Filipino voters need to know about her.

“Now is the time of cmapaigning. She should bare everything so the people will now her past, her capability to serve as president of the republic and most of all, each one’s character,” Roxas said.

Poe claimed she failed to see why her husband’s military background should be an issue since there were also prominent Filipino politicians, such as former President Fidel Ramos, who had studied in military schools in the US.

Poe has this habit of coming up with non-squitur answers that are not direct and in fact, wrong.

Ramos was a west pointer, but he was never an American citizen. Neither did he renounce and abjure his Filipino citizenship unlike Poe and her husband, who remains an American citizen.

Moreover, Ramos was sent to West Point for training and studies.

Poe claimed her husband did not commit any crime against the Philippines by doing so in joining the US military.

Maybe not, But where lies his loyalty, if not to the US. being a US citizen?

Poe then comes up with yet another non-sequitur, saying, “what this means, like they say, ‘you can take a Filipino out of the country but you can never take away from Filipino his Filipino heart.”

Llamamzares was never a Filipino.

Roxas, for his part, said that if he wins the May elections, the country will elect a president that is “110 percent” Filipino.

Instead of dwelling on her husband’s past as a US serviceman, Poe said the focus should be on candidates’ character, as well as on pressing national issues.

In a campaign sortie, Poe on Thursday went on the offensive, daring her critics to get in touch with her former employers in the United States to find out the truth on how she made a living when she and her family lived there. It is she who should supply all information, however.

Poe issued the challenge after former Arroyo Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao accused Poe in his newspaper column of her exaggerating details of her employment in the US.


TIGLAO

He said Poe did not really work as a preschool teacher but only acted as an assistant, and was just a purchasing clerk at the United States Geological Survey in 1998 and not a procurement liaison officer, as she had claimed.

In response, the senator said there was training involved in becoming a preschool teacher and her job required her to take care of children.

Poe said it would be best if Tiglao called up her former employer.

Poe, however, apparently claimed that as a pre-nursery school teacher, she taught them math and geography, which is unheard of as subjects for such chilidren and for a nursery teacher to teach.

Poe has also been denying, instead of answering directly questions on her double US social security numbers, one of which belongs to a dead person.

She claimed she used that SSN as her Boston College ID, but failed to produce her ID.

At the same time, however, she used that SSN which she said is her ID number to purchase a house in Virginia, which is unbelievable. No one sells a home to a buyer on the strength of a old colleged ID.

Poe continue to be hounded by issues putting in question her credibility such as the matter concerning her properties in the United States prior to her return to the country.

With only a month left before the campaign period ends, Poe yesterday said she’s ready to deal head on with her detractors and would not think twice in revealing everything, if there are still unresolved issues left.

“What else is there to unmask? But for me, everytime something is thrown at me, I see it as an opportinuty to clarify the issue. I am not afraid, no matter what is claimed. All of us candidates have to ascertain the truth or the lie of what they claim,” she said.

Poe was subjected anew to criticisms by the Liberal Party (LP) over her US properties as the administration camp chided her for her belated admission on her alleged “mansion” while she still residing abroad.

The senator insisted that her family acquired their former residence in 2809 Winter Oaks Way in Herndon, Washington DC through hard work and that there’s nothing illegal with such acquisition. However she again tries to sideline the issue, since the issue is disclosure, not the legality.

Some quarters are questioning the financial capability of Poe and her husband as there are those claiming that the latter was still taking up a business course at the George Washington University School of Business then.


POE AND HER AMERICAN HUSBAND, NEIL LLAMANZARES

“Just a reminder, Senator: The issue isn’t the ownership of a house; all Filipinos want to have a house to call their own. The issue is the fact that you did not immediately admit that you own a house that even Americans consider a mansion. You should be prepared to reveal everything if you’re running for President. Transparency is the way we can avoid the abuses by the chosen few. In fact, that’s the goal of the FOI, which you claimed to advocate. FYI,” said LP spokesman Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez said.

Poe’s campaign spokesman Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Thursday said that the senator has been forthright with the details of her life from day one.

“She has been transparent and honest with the facts of her life even her childhood. In fact, her trustworthiness is one of the virtues Filipinos saw last elections when they elected her number 1 in the Senate race. We will let them chart the course of their campaign as they wish, but our campaign will focus on laying down the details of Senator Poe’s platform of governance – ‘Gobyenong may Puso.’ The elections should be about what you can do for the people and not about what your opponent supposedly is,” he said.

“For us, addressing the decades old problems of poverty and unemployment will be our message. We believe it is time to bring in fresh perspectives to solve these decades old issues. All the social ills our country is facing stems from poverty. It is time to uproot poverty,” Gatchalian added.

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Duterte berates govt over Abaya posted April 10, 2016 at 12:01 am by Joel E. Zurbano


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

THE camp of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte chided the Aquino administration for allowing incompetent officials run the government “to the shame and detriment of the Filipino people and the country.”

Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Laviña, who is also the head of Duterte’s media team, said Aquino’s decision to keep Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya despite the major blunders that he committed as head of the Department of Transportation and Communications “speaks volumes of the government’s own incompetence and failure.”

“How unfortunate for the Filipinos to be represented by someone like Abaya whose inefficiency has brought shame to the country,” said Laviña.

“What is even more unfortunate is that Abaya, no matter how he screwed up his job, no matter how he screwed up the Filipinos, continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of Aquino,” he added.

Laviña said the five-hour power outage at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last week would not have happened if Abaya was simply doing his job as DoTC secretary.

Another prominent figure in the Aquino circle who Laviña said is the embodiment of failure is administration bet Mar Roxas.

“The similarity between Abaya and Roxas is not a matter of coincidence with DoTC as their common denominator,” said Laviña. “They are the poster boys of the Aquino government’s failure and ineptness.”

Roxas has been blamed for the Metro Rail Transit 3 maintenance contract mess when he was still the head of DoTC. The former general manager of MRT 3, Al Vitangcol III, accused Roxas of neglecting the procurement requests for the maintenance of MRT 3.

Vitangcol is facing criminal charges over the MRT 3 maintenance deal—which happened during the time of Roxas.

During the second leg of the presidential debates in Cebu in March, Duterte called Roxas a “fraud” and a “pretentious leader.”

Duterte has also said that the leadership of Roxas will always be haunted by the Typhoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ tragedy and questioned Roxas on how the government spent Yolanda funds.

Laviña said despite the government claims of rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected communities, traces of the tragedy remain visible across Eastern Visayas.


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Vice presidential bets gear up for Sunday's debate Published April 10, 2016 12:12am By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News

Candidates vying for the vice presidency gear up for the only debate where they can put forward their campaign platforms and even tear each other down.

All six candidates — Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan II, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo — have confirmed their attendance to the PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate on Sunday at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavillion in Manila.

Interviewed by reporters in his home province of Sorsogon, Escudero said Saturday he has been studying about several issues and sought advice from experts.

He also vowed to hit the sack early to maximize rest.

'Immense mudslinging'

Marcos Jr. said he is expecting "immense mudslinging" in the debate, which will run for two hours beginning 5 p.m.

“We are preparing for all possibilities, intellectual discussions as well as antagonistic exchanges. I think we will have more of the latter,” he said in a statement.

Marcos added that he expects to bear the brunt of the mudslinging given the peculiar attention his campaign has been getting the past two months especially from critics of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, whose iron-clad rule from 1965 to 1986 was marred by allegations of massive human rights violations and corruption.

“But I guess these are all part of politics and we all hear these things during the campaign. We are preparing," he said.

He also said that he will keep his message centered on unity and platform of government.

Torture victims who vowed to derail Marcos' campaign, meanwhile, hoped that the debate would corner the lawmaker "so he ends up stammering empty motherhood statements ad nauseam (again) and nothing else."

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"Among the participants in tomorrow’s (Sunday) vice-presidential debate...is a swindler who styles himself as the proponent of our 'bright future' without acknowledging that he came – and profited much -- from one of the darkest and most evil chapters in Philippine history," the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang said in a statement.

Marcos has refused to apologize for the injustices committed during his father's time.

'Walang bastusan'

Robredo also hoped that Sunday's debate will focus on policy talk and not degenerate into a verbal slugfest.

"Sana parati pa rin natin ninanais na sana 'yung lebel ng diskurso hindi naman bastusan. Okay lang kritisismo, basta 'wag lang bastusan," she said.

Cayetano said he is excited for the debate, which he considers as an opportunity to contrast himself with other candidates.

"You don’t know what to expect, what kind of questions, who will go after each other?" he said.

Topics to be discussed during the debate include corruption, corruption in relation to poverty, political dynasties, human rights, peace and order, traffic and other urban problems, internet and mobile connectivity, foreign policy and the vice president as the “spare tire.”

Organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the debate will be hosted by CNN Philippines and Business Mirror. — APG, GMA News

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RIVALS GANG UP ON BONGBONG: ALAN: EXPECT MORE CORRUPTION WITH MARCOS By RAYMOND AFRICA April 10, 2016


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JUST a few minutes into the debate among vice presidential candidates, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, running mate of PDP-Laban standard-bearer Rodrigo Duterte, unleashed his attacks on Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., particularly on the issue of corruption.

He took Marcos to task for saying his (Marcos’) family was not involved in corruption.

“Pero nagulat ako mga kababayan, sabi ni Sen. Bongbong Marcos wala raw bahid ang kanilang pamilya. $10 billion ang ninakaw nung panahon nila. (That’s) P450 billion,” Cayetano said.

He said he learned last week that Marcos had placed a P205-million investment on Janet Lim-Napoles’ alleged fake non-government organizations.

He said having Marcos as the next vice president would mean more corruption.

“Hintayin niyong maging vice president siya (Marcos) at baka $100 million pa ang mawala sa atin,” Cayetano added.

Marcos said allegations are purely political, saying, “Remember, I am a Marcos and the President is an Aquino.”

Cayetano shot back at Marcos, saying an audit report from the year 2007 to 2009 did not yet include Marcos’ involvement in Napoles’ NGOs and that it was included in the 2011 audit report. He added it is not surprising Marcos was not attending Senate hearings when it comes to corruption issues.

Cayetano said Marcos’ net worth on his statement of assets, liabilities and is also questionable.

“Sa SALN ni Senator Bongbong, P200 million to P500 million, eh never ka naman nag-trabaho kung hindi sa gobyerno. Saan mo kukunin ang ganoong kalaking pera?” Cayetano said.

Cayetano said the Marcos loot is still being pursued by government.

When Marcos said Cayetano was “nag-iimbento (making up things), Cayetano retorted, “Senator Marcos, I am talking about the $1 billion with the PCGG and yung $5 billion na nakatago pa. Kung ako nagsi-sinungaling hahamunin kita ngayon, fact check, pag ako ay mali ang sinabi ko dito ay magwi-withdraw ako. Pero kapag ikaw ang mali, di ka lang magwi-withdraw, isauli mo ang pera sa tao.”

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Sparks fly as vice presidential bets slug it out By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0

Vice presidential candidates (from left) Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Francis Escudero, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Antonio Trillanes hold ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ paddles to answer questions during their debate at the UST campus yesterday. MANILA, Philippines – It was an action-packed Sunday for Filipinos.

Just hours after the Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley bout, candidates for the second highest post in the land slugged it out in a three-hour debate held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took the heaviest blows both from the audience and his rivals, who brought up issues of corruption and human rights violations allegedly committed during the regime of his father and namesake, dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Even before he could begin his opening statement, Marcos was interrupted by five members of the audience, who were immediately escorted out of the venue after heckling the senator.

The senator, however, appeared unfazed and proceeded with his prepared opening statement, highlighting his track record in the past 27 years of his government service.

In several instances during the course of the debate, the senator was interrupted or booed, prompting moderators Pia Hontiveros and Pinky Webb to ask the audience to let the candidates finish their remarks.

The only PiliPinas 2016 vice presidential debate, which lasted for over three hours, was organized by CNN Philippines and Business Mirror.

Issues included transparency and corruption, human rights violations, political dynasties, peace and order, problems in transportation and connectivity, and foreign policy.

Corruption Marcos was put on the spot immediately at the very start of debate, when the candidates were asked how they would stop corruption.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano blasted Marcos, bringing up the $10 billion that was allegedly stolen from government coffers during the time of his father.

Cayetano also brought up the issue of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or the pork barrel’s misuse by Marcos, associating him with alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

He also accused Marcos of not attending the Blue Ribbon anti-corruption hearings in the Senate, particularly on the issue of the pork barrel scam.

Marcos responded by saying the attacks against him are politically motivated.

He also noted that Napoles herself issued an affidavit that she had no business transaction with him.

On the other hand, Sen. Francis Escudero, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Gregorio Honasan all stressed the need to pass the Freedom of Information bill to ensure transparency and curb corruption in government.

Escudero also said there is a need to minimize “discretion,” as well as provide specific proposals to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes proposed the creation of an anti-corruption agency to monitor government transactions and operations.

He also responded to the claim of Marcos that the alleged corruption investigations in the Senate are politically motivated, trumping the probe on the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Binay, who was in the audience to support his running mate Honasan, was seen booing Trillanes.

No apology

Robredo joined the fray when Marcos, while stressing that he recognizes every human rights abuse committed in every administration, said he cannot apologize for the supposed violations at the time of the dictatorship.

“What I can say also to you is that, in my 27 years of service, there has never been any suspicion, any accusation, or even any allegation made against me that there were human rights abuses or non-recognition of people’s civil rights in my path in government,” said Marcos.

“I will apologize for any wrongdoing that I may have done, any mistake that may have caused anyone any pain or hardship, but I can only apologize for myself,” he added.

Robredo jumped at the response of Marcos, pointing out that the alleged ill-gotten wealth should first be returned to the government.

She asked why the Marcoses have refused to pay the victims of abuses during martial law.

Marcos replied that the Aquino administration is the one blocking the release of compensation for victims of human rights violations.

“It’s very clear that we are in the middle of the campaign. It’s not my family who’s blocking the compensation, the Liberal Party is the one blocking their payment,” he said.

“We have not been arguing, sending lawyers for years, the Marcos family is no longer involved (in the release of claims),” he said.

Political dynasty

All six candidates agreed that it is time to pass an anti-dynasty law.

Of the six, Cayetano, Marcos and Escudero have family members serving in various positions in government.

Robredo, who noted a study correlating political dynasties and poverty, said she has authored an anti-political dynasty bill, which has reached second reading in the 16th Congress.

Escudero said he would vote in favor of such a bill, but that he would not join in the crafting of the measure to avoid being accused of bias.

Honasan, meanwhile, said there is a need to define the term “dynasty” and then find out if these dynasties serve the public interest or not.

“We have an issue with dynasties because we don’t have a functioning political system,” he said.

Both Trillanes and Marcos said one should vote not on the basis of surnames.

“Remove our surnames and look at our records in public service… then you will know who really did something,” added Marcos.

Criminality

Trillanes questioned the capability of Cayetano and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to fulfill their promise of addressing crime within six months of their administration.

He noted that Duterte was not able to do such thing in Davao City, which he said ranks fourth in the country in terms of crime index.

But Cayetano maintained that they have a strategic plan to achieve their promise, challenging his rivals to lay down their plans instead of questioning theirs.

The debate ended at 8:30 p.m., with all the presidential bets shaking hands. – With Perseus Echeminada, Helen Flores, Christina Mendez, Alexis Romero


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According to INQUIRER.net readers, Facebook fans - Leni, Alan win VP debate SHARES: 984 VIEW COMMENTS By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 10:16 PM April 10th, 2016


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ADMINISTRATION vice presidential bet Leni Robredo and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano won the nod of more INQUIRER.net readers compared to their rivals during the first and only vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.

Robredo and Cayetano emerged as top choices in the poll posted on the INQUIRER.net website and Facebook page, respectively, on the question “Who’s winning the vice presidential debate?”

The Camarines Sur representative and widow of the former Interior secretary Jessie Robredo garnered 42.58 percent or 4,511 votes on the INQUIRER.net homepage poll.

Trailing Robredo were Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 25.45 percent or 2,696 votes, Cayetano with 18.46 percent or 1,956 votes, and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 12.02 percent or 1,274 votes. Senators Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (1.01 percent) and Gringo Honasan (0.48 percent) got the least number of votes.

The INQUIRER.net poll garnered a total of 10,595 votes.

In the Facebook poll, Cayetano, who was on the offensive against preference surveys front-runner Marcos, secured 44 percent of total votes.

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Cayetano, the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, criticized the son and namesake of the late dictator for his family’s ill-gotten wealth and alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Following Marcos were Marcos who got 28 percent, Robredo with 23 percent, and Escudero with three percent. Trillanes and Honasan each got one percent.

The Facebook poll registered a total of 14,287 votes.

The three-hour debate, hosted by CNN Philippines and Business Mirror, zeroed in on corruption, poverty, political dynasties, human rights, peace and order, traffic and other urban problems, Internet connectivity, and foreign policy.

The INQUIRER.net poll is not a scientific survey. It is an interactivity tool that can, within its limits, reflect the interests of online readers.

#VotePH2016: The Inquirer multimedia coverage of the 2016 national and local elections in the Philippines provides to voters the latest news, photos, videos and infographics on the candidates and their platforms, as well as real-time election results come May 9, 2016. Visit our special Elections 2016 site here: http://www.inquirer.net/elections2016.


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Poe on final SC ruling: The chains binding my campaign have been broken by Hannah Torregoza April 9, 2016
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Senator Grace Poe (MB PHOTO/CAMILLE ANTE)

SORSOGON — Presidential aspirant and Senator Grace Poe on Saturday (April 9, 2016) said she can’t help but feel that the chains that restrained her political campaign have finally been broken by the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) final ruling on her disqualification cases.

Poe, who campaigned in the bailiwick of her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, said the High Court’s decision denying “with finality” the motions for reconsideration filed against its March 8 ruling declaring her qualification to run for president in the May 2016 elections, is an affirmation she is on the right track.

“Nagbibigay lang ito ng affirmation na maayos naman talaga ang ating (kampanya), na malakas ang ating (laban). Tama ang desisyon ng SC, kami’y nagpapasalamat sa hustisya na binigay nila (It was an affirmation that our campaign was on the right track; that we have a strong fight. The SC’s decision was correct and we are thankful the justice they rendered),” Poe told reporters at the sidelines of her rally at a gymnasium which was jam-packed with their supporters.

Poe said the SC’s final decision has also given her an edge among her rivals in the presidential race.

“Para sa akin kasi, ang pinaka tinitignan ng ating mga kababayan higit sa lahat ay plataporma ng mga tumatakbo at karakter ng mga lider. At nagkataon na may kaso, nagka-aberya sa unang pagtakbo natin pero at least ngayon nawala na ang kadena ng ating pangangampanya (I do believe that our citizens are looking at the platforms and the character of their leaders. It just happened that there is a case which hindered us at the start, but at least now, the chains holding us from fully campaigning has been removed),” she said.

Escudero, who was at the rally attended by Sorsogon Rep. Evelina “Evie” Guevarra-Escudero, his mother, and Gov. Raul Lee, rejected Poe’s detractors’ contention that they can still file a second motion for reconsideration.

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“Bawal sa ilalim ng batas ang mag file ng second MR (motion for reconsideration). Pwede nilang gawin pero ibabasura lang ito ng Korte Suprema (the law prohibits the filing of a second motion. They can do I but I think the Supreme Court would just junk their motions),” Escudero told reporters during the ambush interview.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the decision of the SC is a victory not only for the senator “but for our democracy.”

“This development will pave the way for our electorate to be able to choose the next president from a complete list of candidates,” Gatchalian said in a text message.

The SC ruling, he also said, enshrines the principle that indeed the country’s laws were crafted to protect all Filipinos especially those who are marginalized.

“Sen. Poe will continue to advocate for inclusive growth. In ‘Goberynong may Puso,’ nobody would be left behind. She will champion solutions that will once and for all defeat poverty and unemployment, the root causes of our other social ills such as drugs and criminality,” said the mayor.

“It’s time to move our people out of poverty and Sen. Poe will be in the forefront of this battle,” he stressed.

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The great swindle that is Grace April 9, 2016 1:14 am  MAURO GIA SAMONTE


by MAURO GIA SAMONTE

To sexagenarians upward, the tale of the emperor’s new clothes by Hans Christian Andersen – titled just that, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” – had been part of their early schooling. To latter generation, however, classic literature in many cases must step aside to give way to the advent of modern themes.

Particularly among the current youth, it’s doubtful if 2 or perhaps even 1 of 10 is familiar with the fascinating Andersen story.

It tells of an emperor whose vanity with clothes made two smooth operators think of a swindle. They make it known to the emperor that they are capable of weaving a cloth so fine it makes you feel you are wearing nothing. One truly wondrous quality of the textile is that it is capable of being invisible to one who is either stupid or unfit for his office – or both for that matter.

So word is passed around to all the people, officials of government and lay citizens alike, about the wonderful textile. The emperor decides such is the cloth he needs.

All it takes for him to know who among his officials are unfit for office is for them not to see it on him though he wears it, supposedly, that is; in reality he wears none. By simply pretending – going through the intricate motions of weaving the cloth on a loom and then sewing the imaginary textile into a garment– the swindlers fashion the new clothes which the emperor has his top officials check first.

For fear of being discovered unfit for office or, worse, stupid, the officials confirm to the emperor the popularized illusion that the new clothes the swindlers had fashioned were incomparably beautiful.

Thus it came to pass that when the king went through a procession in a traditional celebration of the kingdom astride a horse, garbed in the new regal habiliments fashioned by the swindlers, the entire citizenry must likewise believe as the government officials did of the emperor’s new clothes lest they be labeled unfit for office or stupid.

But one among the people jubilating on the emperor’s new clothes was a boy, who scratched his head in bewilderment, saying, “But the emperor has got nothing on.”

The great Philippine electoral swindle

Today the nation is being treated to a grand extravaganza in which swindlers in the country’s electoral processes appear to have succeeded in advancing for real the illusory images of pretenders to the presidency.

For one, there’s Senator Grace Llamanzares, who has been passed on for a Poe, which she is not. That she must take on that monicker as a vehicle for riding on the filmic, hence false, heroism of adopted father Fernando Poe, Jr. in her drive for the Philippine presidency smacks of the amazing fakery in the Hans Christian Andersen tale. She is every inch unreal, untrue.

Nobody knows where she came from – or that’s excepting Susan Roces. Her natural-born status is ersatz. And above all, her character is quite suspect. She renounced her Filipino citizenship to embrace American citizenship, but abandoned that US brand in order to fit into the office of Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) when Aquino appointed her to the post. Her catch call for her drive for President is the continuation of the good deeds of her father, referring to FPJ of course. But what social good has FPJ done to the country for her to continue doing?

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Bullying lowly movie crew or beating up small guys like the late colleague Franklin Cabaluna. The diminutive but hard-hitting movie journalist had written something unsavory to the movie legend.

In retaliation, FPJ slammed Franklin with a punch to his mouth, causing his teeth to turn into dentures. Chanda Romero, she of the famous sex kitten allure of the 70s, can attest to this incident. It was she who stood up to FPJ with the reprimand: “Find your own size.”

Shades of the Davao City butcher called DU30 whose machismo springs from picking on kids for foes in the guise of fighting crime.


The hashtag of #DU30 is being used by the supporters of the presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Still on the continuance of FPJ’s “good deeds” prattled about by Grace, I recall one afternoon visit I paid the guy back in the 80s. He was in his stable in the San Lazaro race track and I came for a discussion on a movie project; he had a penchant for brainstorming with people with ideas.

I can’t recall how many titles I discussed with him on that occasion which ultimately found ways into his movie credits. “Batas .45”? “Lulusot Ka Sa Butas ng Karayom”? But I’m pretty sure “Isang Bala Ka Lang,” the title of one of his most successful films, was a brainchild of the late movie reporter Efren Esteban.

In between our discussion were pauses for viewing the race. At one pause, he sidled up to me at the window where I was viewing the parade of horses, one of which was FPJ’s – the outstanding favorite in the race.

“Tabi ka sandali, Mao. Ako ang sesenyas (Step aside, Mao. I’ll do the sign),” FPJ softly said. I did, and FPJ made the sign, whatever that was. As expected, FPJ’s horse took up the running, pulling away from the pack, but into the homestretch it began to fade out, and at the finish came in third.

Quite intriguingly, FPJ was visibly jubilant. Among race aficionados are talks of FPJ’s horse losing but FPJ winning. Figure that out. In fact, FPJ held the record of having won singly in a race – that is, as a legend goes.

When FPJ ran for President in 2004, I did not vote for him, though he was my friend. When you drop your horse which the masses bet on so you be the single winner in a race, what awesome people’s welfare will you all the more drop in order to make a single sweep of the spoils of government?

Now we have the adopted daughter aspiring for the post FPJ failed to win. Despite having been disqualified not once nor twice but thrice by the Comelec, she has prevailed in the race, even topping pre-poll surveys.

In the final stretch of the procession toward the presidency, she rides her father’s stallion garbed in the emperor’s new clothes. Swindlers in the electoral process like bright media hyphers (funded by Washington) or that brand new Philippine tyrant called Supreme Court had spun the yarn that effectively reversed the Comelec ruling.

Are we to hail her as indeed possessed of the virtues and qualifications woven for her by her propagandists? Or are we to be like the boy who saw the truth in the emperor’s new clothes?

In the end everybody listened to the boy and realized that the emperor really had nothing on. Grace’s procession to the presidency is headed for a similar finale.

In the sixties, the world-acclaimed Filipino poet Jose Garcia Villa shocked the literary circles with a poem that had only a title and nothing else; the whole poem is an empty space. The title of the poem, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

With all due respect to Villa, I reiterate these Grace’s qualification for the presidency, including her zero performance in the Senate:

10 Responses to The great swindle that is Grace
Rudi Miranda says:
April 9, 2016 at 6:52 am
Bust the goody-goody FPJ myth and the ‘anak’ of Panday goes. I cannot accept Grace Poe as president with the Danding Cojuangco et al behind her governance. Heavens forbid!
According to intimate circle(s) of Da King, FPJ unintentionally shot a driver-owner of the car which happened to bump his car. The traffic incident occurred near the Del Monte Ave-Commonwealth Avenue crossing. The traffic cop took the blame for shooting the driver which included going to the New Bilibid Prison (Muntinglupa). I heard it from a drinking buddy of FPJ who resides as well within the neighborhood of Del Monte, Q.C., unfortunately, the drinking buddy is dead. Try sleuthing journalism! By all counts, Grace Poe should be denied Malacanyang!
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L A says:
April 9, 2016 at 6:49 am
Indeed, those were the years at the San Lazaro Hippodrome when it was still a fashion to use “stuka” to make your horse win. Surely, Franklyn wrote about the size.
With the recent pronouncement of the mama’s boy that the husband is once with the US Air Force, it stands to reason that the Korte Sampera may have to withhold the release of its decision today. It may be a big embarrassment for the country for its Korte Sampera to have allowed the wife of a former US military man to be running the affairs of the country as possible espionage acts and charges that can be heaped on either the husband or the wife by both the US and the Philippine government.
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Abningski says:
April 9, 2016 at 6:34 am
Huwag kayo ano! Dahan dahan lang kayo kay FPJ na tutularan daw ng ampon niyang si Grace Poe na ang tjnay na kulay ni Ronnie Poe ay lasenggero na tulad ng kanyang matalik na friend na si Erap. Ang pamangkin ko, nag-shooting ng Aguila sa Ilocos, naku ang kuwento, lasenggero yan si FPJ. nakupoooo! Yan ang tutularan o itutuloy ang inumpisahan ni FPJ ni Grace? Ano ba talaga yun inumpisahan ni FPJ diumano? Paki-expica ka nga Grace para maliwanagan kami. Please? (Kaya walang masagot kasi wala naman inumpisahan kundi kalokohan). Yun lang yun!
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roland q.estrada says:
April 9, 2016 at 5:26 am
I wonder who is the greater swindle among the presidential candidates, the lady , the excecutioner or the Binay dynasty. At least the electorates can now decide on May elections who are lying naked like the emperor. Vox populi, Vox die the privilege that rabid partisans of Poe’s opponents had desperately wanted to deny among voters.
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Sam De Asis says:
April 9, 2016 at 4:44 am
… but what you call of a person attacking a defenseless dead person in public?
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Ben Ongoco says:
April 9, 2016 at 4:16 am
It will be the fault of the Filipino voters if they stick to the filmy legacy of her adopted father. Everything will be fantacy. It will be as unacceptable as a thief of government money or violator of human rights. Wake up Filipino voters.
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Jovelyn Rojas says:
April 9, 2016 at 3:39 am
She’s so fake that sometimes she herself believes it’s alright for her American children and their American friends to campaign for her. Only fools would believe such stupidity.
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Mariano Patalinjug says:
April 9, 2016 at 2:53 am
Yonkers, New York
08 April 2016
Intriguingly complicit with Grace Poe Llamanzares in her scandalous and Machiavellian candidacy for the presidency of the country is a Supreme Court which I think feloneously substituted its shaky ruling allowing her to be a candidate for President, for that of the Comelec which disqualified her three times in a row on two constitutional grounds:1] she is not a natural-born citizen of the Philippines; and 2] she is not in compliance with the 10-year residency requirement.
In the event that she gets elected President, blame should be laid at the door of this Supreme Court. The 7 justices who actually wrote the Ponencia or what was illegally “sold” as the “majority” decision of the Court are now vulnerable to being impeached for an act which amounts to “grave abuse of discretion,” or even “legislating from the bench.”
If and when the House of Representatives finds that there is a case for starting Impeachment proceedings against those 7 Supreme Court justices, and the Senate, acting as an Impeachment Court finds them Guilty, then it should follow that a bogus President Grace Llamanzares should be removed from office likewise by Impeachment.
MARIANO PATALINJUG
patalinjugmar@gmail.com
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canuto says:
April 9, 2016 at 2:20 am
You want to know what Grace Poe’s vision for the Philippines is? Unplug your computer and stare at your monitor.
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juandelacruz says:
April 9, 2016 at 1:34 am
Direct to the point Grace Llamanzares have no experienced in governance.That”s all.

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Poe unfazed by Duterte camp's alleged plan to 'unmask' her Published April 8, 2016 4:03pm By XIANNE ARCANGEL, GMA News

Senator Grace Poe is unfazed by the reported threat from the camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to “unmask” her real identity, saying she could answer all the issues thrown at her.

Poe said given all the challenges she has faced, chief among them the disqualification cases filed against her, she believes there is nothing left for her rivals to expose.

She, however, said she is ready to face any new issue that would be raised against her as the May 9 elections draw near.

“Para sa akin naman, bawat tapon ng isyu, pagkakataon na ring magpaliwanag sa ating mga kababayan. Ako naman ay hindi natatakot kung para ano pa man ‘yan,” she told reporters at the sidelines of her sortie in Calaca, Batangas, on Friday.

Given that all presidential candidates are keeping close tabs on each other’s moves, Poe said she knows her rivals will be checking whether or not anything she says is true.

“Lahat naman kaming mga kandidato ay nakatutok talaga sa isa’t isa at tinitingnan kung makatotohanan ba ang sinasabi namin o hindi,” she said.

There have been reports about an alleged plan by Duterte’s camp to shift his campaign’s focus on Poe and “unmask” her real identity since they are now neck and neck for the top spot in recent voter preference surveys.

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For his part, Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, believes there is no more bombshell left for the mayor’s camp to reveal since her life has been an open book.

“Sen. Poe has been forthright with the details of her life from day one. She has been transparent and honest with the fats of her life, even her childhood,” he said in a text message.

While there is no stopping Duterte’s camp from training their proverbial guns at Poe, Gatchalian said the senator will just continue communicating her platform of governance to voters.

“We will let them (Duterte’s camp) chart the course of their campaign as they wish, but our campaign will focus on laying down the details of Sen. Poe’s platform of governance— Gobyernong May Puso,” he said. —KBK, GMA News


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VP Binay says Ombudsman persecuting political opposition Published April 8, 2016 4:57pm By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News


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UNISAN, Quezon – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday criticized the Office of the Ombudsman which he accused of being an instrument in the persecution of the political opposition.

"Malungkot na pinagdaanan namin noon, pinagdadaanan natin ngayon, itong buwisit na Ombudsman," Binay said in a speech during a proclamation rally here.

"Ginagamit, sa palagay ko, sa pagpapahirap ng mga kalaban sa pulitika," he added.

He said many of the allies of United Nationalist Alliance refuse to publicly express support for fear of persecution.

"Lalo na ngayon, buti yung matapang nagsilabas na, marami nating kasama sa local government hindi makapagsabi ng kanilang kagustuhan na pagsama sa kanilang kandidato dahil sa talagang winawalang hiya, hanggang ngayon nagsususpinde pa. Grabe!" he said.

Binay said there should be a moratorium on the suspension of elected officials.

"I think, siguro, one year before elections no more suspension," he said.

GMA News Online tried to get a reaction from the Office of the Ombudsman but Ombudsman Public Information and Media Relations Bureau acting director Rawnsle Lopez has yet to reply.

Raps vs. UNA personalities

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier filed graft charges against UNA re-electionist Cebu Rep. Gwen Garcia over the construction of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in 2006.

It also affirmed the graft case against former Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito for an insurance agreement the municipality of Pagsanjan entered into in 2008.

On Tuesday, the Ombudsman also announced the indictment of former SAF commander and retired police Director Getulio Napeñas in connection with the Mamasapano incident in January 2015.

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UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan previously said the Ombudsman was “overzealous” in its effort to damage the reputation of close allies and supporters of Binay.

On Friday, UNA twitted Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for filing multiple charges against a former Makati City administrator who died in 2013.

“The Ombudsman filed multiple charges against former Makati City administrator Nicanor Santiago Jr., who has been dead for two years. This just goes to show how sloppy the Office of the Ombudsman is,” UNA communications director Joey Salgado said in a press statement.

“The Ombudsman has sacrificed the quality of its work in their haste to perpetuate the propaganda of the administration. Shoddy research is now the norm at the Office of the Ombudsman,” he added.

Salgado said the Ombudsman filed the case against the deceased former city official to resurrect in media old allegations against Binay. — RSJ, GMA News


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