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5 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE


APRIL 11 -The vice presidential candidates for the 2016 national elections -
On Sunday, the six candidates vying for the presidency locked horns in a rich debate full of substance as well as mudslinging. Who stood out? Who excelled under pressure? Was the debate better than the presidential face-offs? Here are our five takeaways: 1. Cayetano leads candidates in repeated assaults against Marcos The debate proper hasn't even started yet, but Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was already interrupted in his introduction by hecklers as a prelude to a series of attacks directed to him throughout the debate. A group of students were escorted outside the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion after shouting "Never Again!," a reference to the martial law era during the two-decade rule of Bongbong's father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Being in the same political party (Nacionalista Party) didn't stop Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano from leading the slew of assaults against Bongbong, who said that in his 27 years in government, he was never tainted by corruption. Boos and jeers were heard from the crowd. Cayetano said the Marcos family stole $10 billion from the Filipino people during the Marcos regime. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo chimed in, adding that the Marcos family should return the ill-gotten wealth amassed during the late dictator's rule. Bongbong said he cannot give what he doesn't have. Cayetano also raised that Marcos Jr. was implicated in the pork barrel scam, allegedly channeling up to P205 million of his Priority Assistance Development Fund or "pork barrel" to fake non-government organizations. He said Bongbong could steal up to $100 billion if he ends up with the vice presidency. Bongbong retorted by saying that it was alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles who cleared his name from the scandal, but Cayetano said that Napoles only did that because she was friends with Bongbong. Cayetano added that during the important Senate-initiated corruption investigations, Bongbong did not attend a single hearing. The vice presidential candidate from Ilocos Norte said he did not attend Senate hearings on corruption because it was obvious to him that they were only venues for politicking. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, for his part, accused Bongbong's campaign of promising supporters P5,000 if they vote for Marcos Jr. READ MORE...RELATED, (VP DEBATE) Marcos to Cayetano - Criticizing me won’t work...

ALSO: Marcos who’s surging in polls main target in heated VP debate


APRIL 11 -Bigger sparks flew in the sole debate among the six vice presidential candidates held yesterday with partymates Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos crossing swords on corruption and human rights abuse charges on former President Ferdinand Marcos which Cayetano insisted the son should be accountable for. Marcos, however, successfully fended off the attacks, saying that he can only be accountable for allegations of abuses that he committed and not for anybody else. Both Marcos and Cayetano are members of the Nacionalista Party but Cayetano apparently rode with the protesters who are mostly made of anti-Marcos activists in the crowd. The debate, at times, became Marcos against most of the candidates affair as the rivals for the vice presidential race tried to outdo each other as the campaign period enters the homestretch and at the same time win brownie points from the student crowds at the University of Sto. Tomas, the site of the debate. Marcos received the sharpest blows from at least three out of five debaters who also included indenpendent candidate Sen. Chiz Escudero, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Sen. Gringo Honasan, the Liberal Party (LP) hopeful Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and independent candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Marcos, who is now said to be statistically tied with Escudero for the lead in the vice presidential race, was a natural target. He was also apparently singled out by hecklers, starting from the time he was about to deliver his opening statement and in various instances when issues that hounded the administration of his late father, and their alleged ill-gotten wealth would crop up in the two and a half hour debates.The anti-Marcos “hecklers” were jeered by supporters of the senator, who every now and then, would also taunt at Cayetano whenever the latter would try to discredit his rival. No one from among the five vice presidential candidates that also included Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan as well as Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was spared from snide remarks. Honasan was contradicted by Trillanes when the latter stood ground on leaving the resolution of graft charges being left to be resolved by the courts and not through trial by publicity. Trillanes said his initiative to subject Honasan’s presidential running mate, Vice President Jejomar Binay to an investigation in the Senate was not without a basis, claiming he has documents to back up his charges. READ MORE...RELATED,
Amid bashing, Bongbong doesn’t hold grudges against VP rivals...

ALSO: Marcos wins in Manila Bulletin poll VP debate


APRIL 11 -MARCOS  Based on the opinion of the Manila Bulletin social media subscribers, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos should be the next vice president of the Philippines. The Manila Bulletin Facebook followers were asked, “Who are you voting for vice president?”, as the PiliPinas Debates 2016 for the vice presidential candidates was being held yesterday at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Of the 120,865 people reached (as of this posting), 60 per cent chose Marcos. He was followed by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 22 per cent of the votes; Camarines’ third district Representative Leni Robredo with 13 per cent; Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 3 per cent; and Senators Gringo Honasan III and Antonio Trillanes IV, both with 1 per cent. The poll will end by 5 p.m today, April 11. The top three comments on the poll’s thread also showed support to Marcos. Netizen Gad Ronin’s statement got 60 “likes” from other Facebook users. He said, “Malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw na si BBM [Bongbong Marcos] ang pinakagusto ng mga taong manalo. Ang mahirap lang sa mga taong naiinggit sa kanya at natatakot makabalik sa pwesto ang mga Marcos pinagtutulungan siya.” “Bongbong Marcos, Jr. is the only vice presidential candidate who can give the basic necessity to all the Filipino people”, top two commenter Corazon Cabrera said. One Marcos supporter named Dranreb Elasigue who got the third most number of “likes” hit Cayetano. “Nung si Marcos ang nagsasalita dadak ng dadak si Cayetano. Tapos nung si Marcos nasingit sa kanya, sasabihin niya pati ba naman oras nya ninanakaw.” READ MORE...RELATED, Heckling started even before Bongbong Marcos spoke...

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Who was overall winner of VP debate? Netizens choose Robredo


APRIL 11 -WINNER. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is chosen by netizens as the winner of the vice presidential debate.
Administration candidate Leni Robredo broke Senator Alan Peter Cayetano's winning streak in the Rappler online polls, as netizens voted her the overall winner of the vice presidential debate on Sunday, April 10.
The Camarines Sur Representative got 242 votes (41.58%) of the total 582 votes in the online poll, just 31 votes ahead of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who obtained 211 votes (36.25%). Cayetano had earlier topped the previous rounds of the Rappler poll. Rappler editors pointed to the candidates' closing statements as the possible reason for the difference between the overall winner and the per-round winner of the debate. In each of the rounds, Robredo consistently placed second to Cayetano who dominated the debate. They surmised that for the last question, "Who do you think won the PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate?" netizens may have been swayed by Robredo's closing statement: "Sa aking pag-iikot sa buong bansa, nagiging maliwanag na sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon. Pakiramdam ko, buong buhay ko ay paghahanda. Iyong simpleng pamumuhay, iyong unos at kahirapan na pinagdaanan naming pamilya. Iyong aking matagal na panunungkulan sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan. Kapag binabalikan ko ang kuwento at mukha ng aking mga nakakasalamuha, sinasabi ko po sa sarili ko, 'Excited na akong manalo!” Hindi para sa sarili ko, pero para sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa na mayroong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding-hindi sila papabayaan. READ MORE...RELATED, Philippines to become laughingstock if Bongbong wins – Leni...

ALSO: Honasan showed ‘depth and experience’ in VP debate
[For analysts, the senator, military man, and former coup plotter showed his 'seniority' during the vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas]


APRIL 12 -THE VETERAN. Analysts praise Senator Gringo Honasan for his performance during the VP debate on April 10. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II may not have been a crowd favorite, but analysts said he did well during the only vice presidential leg in the PiliPinas Debates 2016 series. “Honasan showed to all his depth and experience. He was at ease discussing issues and policies. He cut the chase and directly went to explain things,” said political consultant Malou Tiquia in a Facebook post on Monday, April 11. Political analyst and governance specialist Prospero de Vera Jr also said Honasan veered away from attacking his 5 opponents for the vice presidency. “Also in terms of his demeanor, he shows his seniority among the candidates. He refused to engage in mudslinging, he refused to attack the other candidates, and he kept on telling the other candidates to talk about issues, so he did extremely well to me,” De Vera told Rappler. Interestingly, the former coup plotter who played a key role in the 1986 EDSA People Revolution did not grill Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late strongman, about the human rights violations and corruption during Martial Law. Honasan was also called out by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for saying he would “fight trial by publicity” when debate moderators asked Honasan how he plans to fight corruption when the 4-term senator is implicated in the pork barrel scam. He allegedly pocketed P1.75 million in development funds for the poor through fake non-governmental organizations. Trillanes said he could not accept Honasan’s answer because it is a classic line of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is facing corruption allegations like his running mate. ‘Stable mindset' Honasan: Stop politicizing development Senator Gregorio Honasan: Stop politicizing development, make regions connect with each other. #PiliPinas2016 #PHVote Follow the debates here: www.rappler.com/phdebates  READ MORE...RELATED, Fact checking the vice presidential debate...


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5 takeaways from the VP debate


The vice presidential candidates for the 2016 national elections

MANILA, APRIL 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Jovan Cerda (philstar.com) On Sunday, the six candidates vying for the presidency locked horns in a rich debate full of substance as well as mudslinging. Who stood out? Who excelled under pressure? Was the debate better than the presidential face-offs? Here are our five takeaways:

1. Cayetano leads candidates in repeated assaults against Marcos

The debate proper hasn't even started yet, but Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was already interrupted in his introduction by hecklers as a prelude to a series of attacks directed to him throughout the debate.

A group of students were escorted outside the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion after shouting "Never Again!," a reference to the martial law era during the two-decade rule of Bongbong's father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Being in the same political party (Nacionalista Party) didn't stop Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano from leading the slew of assaults against Bongbong, who said that in his 27 years in government, he was never tainted by corruption. Boos and jeers were heard from the crowd.

Cayetano said the Marcos family stole $10 billion from the Filipino people during the Marcos regime. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo chimed in, adding that the Marcos family should return the ill-gotten wealth amassed during the late dictator's rule. Bongbong said he cannot give what he doesn't have.

Cayetano also raised that Marcos Jr. was implicated in the pork barrel scam, allegedly channeling up to P205 million of his Priority Assistance Development Fund or "pork barrel" to fake non-government organizations. He said Bongbong could steal up to $100 billion if he ends up with the vice presidency.

Bongbong retorted by saying that it was alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles who cleared his name from the scandal, but Cayetano said that Napoles only did that because she was friends with Bongbong.

Cayetano added that during the important Senate-initiated corruption investigations, Bongbong did not attend a single hearing. The vice presidential candidate from Ilocos Norte said he did not attend Senate hearings on corruption because it was obvious to him that they were only venues for politicking.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, for his part, accused Bongbong's campaign of promising supporters P5,000 if they vote for Marcos Jr.

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Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Escudero, whose late father Salvador was a Marcos crony, implied that even if Bongbong offers an apology, the people's trust has already been broken, likening it to a broken plate.

In response to the barrage of accusations, Bongbong said he can only apologize for himself, and no one else.

Cayetano's acerbic demeanor dominated the debate—he was consistent in attacking Bongbong with every opportunity. At the same time, he also launched attacks against Escudero allegedly protecting business interests and Robredo being in a party that fails to deliver services to the people.

2. Cayetano, Escudero and Robredo promote their presidential bets

Among the six vice presidential candidates, Cayetano, Escudero and Robredo were the ones most vocal about their presidential teammates.

Central to Cayetano's statements is his affirmation of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's advocacy to promote federalism in the country, to free up the accumulation of resources in Metro Manila and to bring peace in Mindanao. Moreover, he has referenced his partner's political will in carrying out an ambitious plan to stamp out criminality in the country in just three to six months. He was rightfully pressed by Trillanes on the specifics of their plan, but Cayetano only said they have a strategic plan which includes the purchase of equipment such as closed-circuit television, among others.

In his introduction, Escudero said that along with Sen. Grace Poe, he belongs in a party that prioritizes fair and equal services to the people, devoid of partisanship or political colors.

Robredo, for her part, said she and Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II are going to work on following through with the reforms of the Aquino administration to bring services to the people.

On the other hand, Honasan defended his partner, Vice President Jejomar Binay, amid Trillanes's attacks on the vice president. Honasan said corrupt members of the media have rendered the justice system in the country irrelevant, making individuals accused of corrupt activities subject to a trial by publicity.

Marcos Jr. was noticeably silent about his partner, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Trillanes, who is running alone, have earlier expressed his support for Poe, but has not talked about her during the debate.

3. Duterte at the center of heated exchange between Cayetano and Marcos

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Amid a series of blistering attacks from Cayetano, Bongbong found an opening and talked about how Duterte said that if he would be unable to deliver on his anti-crime advocacy as president, he would step down in favor of Marcos Jr. succeeding him.

Cayetano said Duterte's remarks were only said in jest, and that the presidential candidate has repeatedly implored the electorate to vote for Cayetano during sorties. Cayetano, in turn, said Bongbong has shifting allegiances, supporting Binay and Duterte whenever convenient for him.

Although it was the vice presidential debate, Cayetano's repeated references to the Davao City mayor and this exchange between him and Marcos Jr. gave Duterte airtime outside the presidential debates and campaign advertisements. Compared to other presidential candidates, Duterte's campaign effortlessly seeped into the debate.

4. Candidates share plans if elected

In the debate, the issue of the vice president being a spare tire opened the discussion on what the candidates will focus on when they get elected.

Among the six, Trillanes, Marcos Jr. and Robredo came up with specific areas they want to focus on.

Trillanes said he wants to focus on peace and order by being at the helm of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Trillanes's answer could be largely based on the senator's experience as a soldier. He is also the chair of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security.

Marcos Jr. said he wants to be the Labor secretary, focusing on job creation and training for Filipinos.

Robredo, meanwhile, said she wants to be the administration's anti-poverty czar, streamlining the social services across agencies to ensure that people are not burdened when asking for assistance from the government.

Cayetano said he will ensure that the government's platforms are being carried out, Honasan said the vice president should be as capable as the president, while Escudero said he would have to ask his partner, Sen. Poe on what Cabinet position suits him best.

5. More substantive than the presidential debate

Compared to the previous presidential debate where the candidates ignored some questions and went out of their way to attack other aspirants, the vice presidential debate was characterized by attacks rooted on substantiated claims, taking off from questions relevant to the issue. For example, even if Cayetano was aggressive in attacking Bongbong, he was merely exploiting an opportunity when the question specifically called for a discussion on corruption.

It can be remembered that in the second presidential debate, the candidates for the highest post in government deliberately went off-course to attack their rivals. For Binay, it was opening up the issue of Poe's lack of loyalty to the country on the issue on the Freedom of Information Bill.


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For Poe, it was raising the issue of Binay's alleged involvement with remittance agency Philrem on the topic of the Coco Levy Trust Fund Bill.

For Duterte, it was insisting that Roxas's degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is fake when they were having an exchange on how to best tackle the problem of drugs and criminality in the country.

In an interview with philstar.com, University of the Philippines political science professor Jan Robert Go said that in contrast, during the vice presidential debate, "Sen. Honasan was very composed and interestingly made a lot of sense. Rep.Robredo did not engage in mudslinging and gave very clear responses. Sen. Trillanes was good in demanding clearer answers from Sen. Cayetano who was doing much of the mudslinging. Sen. Marcos was obviously trying to work his way out on controversial issues like corruption and human rights violations.”

The vice presidential bets can be commended for their effort to stick to the issue and be as substantive as possible, both in explaining their platforms and hurling accusations to other bets.


INQUIRER

Marcos to Cayetano: Criticizing me won’t work SHARES: 825 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 02:32 PM April 11th, 2016


Bongbong Marcos arrive at the venue of the Commission on Elections-initiated vice presidential debate on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas. PHILSTAR FILE

“It won’t work.”

That was what Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. told his rival Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano after the first and only vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Sunday.

During the INQ&A vice presidential interview of INQUIRER.net on Monday, Cayetano was asked if his strategy of pressing Marcos during the debate worked in his favor.

READ: Cayetano presses Marcos on corruption

After the debate, Cayetano said he approached his rivals to shake hands with them until Marcos also approached him.

He said a smiling Marcos approached him after the debate saying, “It won’t work.”

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He said he didn’t expect those words from Marcos whom he thought would also shake hands with him.

During the debate, Cayetano bashed Marcos on issues of corruption and human right abuses, especially during the martial law when his father, Ferdinand Marcos, was the president.

READ: Cayetano asks Marcos: Where were you during corruption hearings?

Marcos was also hammered by his other rivals on the record of ill-gotten wealth by his family including torture during the martial law.

In his opening speech, Marcos was heckled by protesters inside the debate hall, chanting, “Never again to martial law.” JE

 


TRIBUNE

Marcos who’s surging in polls main target in heated VP debate Written by Angie M. Rosales Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00



Bigger sparks flew in the sole debate among the six vice presidential candidates held yesterday with partymates Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos crossing swords on corruption and human rights abuse charges on former President Ferdinand Marcos which Cayetano insisted the son should be accountable for.

Marcos, however, successfully fended off the attacks, saying that he can only be accountable for allegations of abuses that he committed and not for anybody else. Both Marcos and Cayetano are members of the Nacionalista Party but Cayetano apparently rode with the protesters who are mostly made of anti-Marcos activists in the crowd.

The debate, at times, became Marcos against most of the candidates affair as the rivals for the vice presidential race tried to outdo each other as the campaign period enters the homestretch and at the same time win brownie points from the student crowds at the University of Sto. Tomas, the site of the debate.

Marcos received the sharpest blows from at least three out of five debaters who also included indenpendent candidate Sen. Chiz Escudero, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Sen. Gringo Honasan, the Liberal Party (LP) hopeful Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and independent candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Marcos, who is now said to be statistically tied with Escudero for the lead in the vice presidential race, was a natural target.

He was also apparently singled out by hecklers, starting from the time he was about to deliver his opening statement and in various instances when issues that hounded the administration of his late father, and their alleged ill-gotten wealth would crop up in the two and a half hour debates.

The anti-Marcos “hecklers” were jeered by supporters of the senator, who every now and then, would also taunt at Cayetano whenever the latter would try to discredit his rival.

No one from among the five vice presidential candidates that also included Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan as well as Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was spared from snide remarks.

Honasan was contradicted by Trillanes when the latter stood ground on leaving the resolution of graft charges being left to be resolved by the courts and not through trial by publicity.

Trillanes said his initiative to subject Honasan’s presidential running mate, Vice President Jejomar Binay to an investigation in the Senate was not without a basis, claiming he has documents to back up his charges.

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Binay was seen booing

 
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday showed up at the vice presidential leg of Pilipinas Debates 2016 to show his support for his running mate Senator Gregorio Honasan. Binay also took the opportunity to show his disdain for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. The opposition presidential candidate was seen on TV booing Trillanes as the lawmaker took on one of the issues during the debate. Trillanes was the author in 2014 of the resolution that sought the Senate inquiry on the allegations of corruption against Binay and members of his family. The inquiry took more than a year before it was terminated. —NB, GMA News -

Trillanes in retaliation and Cayetano, who noted the presence of the Vice President in the audience, tried but failed to engage the former into debating with them as one of the hosts reminded him that the event “is not a presidential debate and we cannot ask the Vice President to respond.”

Rumble at UST

Except for few times whenever Cayetano would find a chance to criticize him, Escudero was rebuked by Robredo for his belated initiative to enact the deletion of provision allowing lawmakers to have discretion in the distribution of the pork barrel fund, also known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which is now considered “abolished” by Congress.

Escudero, while emphasizing that he did not receive a single centavo of his Priority during the Arroyo administration or while he was still a congressman, he led the crafting of the national expenditure program in 2014 that abolished pork barrel.

“For nine years, I did not have a PDAF allocation from the administration of (former) President Arroyo because of my mission to bring out the truth and the integrity of the elections,” Escudero told the Pilipinas Debates 2016 for vice-presidential aspirants organized by the Commission on Elections, with CNN Philippines, Rappler and BusinessMirror.

“The PDAF is not even an issue (against me) because of the long years that I am a member of Congress under Arroyo no PDAF allotment was given me,” added Escudero, who served as spokesman of the late movie icon Fernando Poe, Jr. who was defeated by Arroyo in the 2004 presidential election that was marred by allegations of widespread electoral fraud.

Being a staunch critic of the Arroyo government, the veteran lawmaker said, he did not get any PDAF allocation when he was representative of Sorsogon and during his early years as senator.

Escudero, however, said he abolished the pork barrel system and institutionalized it by including strict provisions in the general appropriation act that disallow the PDAF in the wake of allegations on the misuse of the lawmakers’ discretionary funds in billions of pesos.

Escudero, Cayetano and Marcos who are all considered among those who belong to a political dynasty in the country, agreed on the need to have enact an anti-dynasty law in the country.


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Escudero said that while his late father, former Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero who served in the Marcos administration was a member of the House of Representatives while he’s in the upper chamber, he admitted being not in agreement with his father’s choices in most of the time in the past.

But asked how he believes political dynasties should be kept in check in the absence of it, Escudero said he does so by not supporting any relative or family member who is running for any political office.

Cayetano’s obvious target was Marcos, attacking him on issues about corruption particularly during the first part of the debate, candidates were asked to explain their stand on the issue of corruption and how they intend to solve the problem.

Cayetano took a swipe at Marcos for claiming that he and his family had never been involved in any corruption anomaly. He then raised issues about the plunder allegations that the family faced during the Martial Law Era as well as Senator Marcos’ alleged involvement in the infamous pork barrel scandal.

Cayetano also chided Marcos for his lack of sincerity to fight corruption. Cayetano said that, despite being a member of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, Marcos never took the initiative to attend any of the committee’s hearings involving corruption anomalies.

Marcos earlier said he expected the “immense mudslinging” in the debate.

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

Marcos said he expected to bear the brunt of the mudslinging given the peculiar attention his campaign has been getting the past two months and the public pronouncements of his rival candidates against him.

But he was quick to concede that it is all part of politics. “But I guess these are all part of politics and we all hear these things during the campaign. We are preparing,” he pointed out.

“It has always been my belief that mudslinging will not do our country any good. We have been polarized by our leaders long enough and look where it brought us.

Instead of trying to put each other down, we should just present our plans and programs to the people so that they will have an informed choice on who to vote come May 9,” he pointed out.

“This is a reality of the electoral process in our country. But I hope that after the elections, our leaders set aside all politicking and buckle down to work to fulfill their mandate to serve the people,” he said.

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Amid bashing, Bongbong doesn’t hold grudges against VP rivals Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:00


Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. photo by Alexis Corpus

Despite being ganged up by his political opponents during the vice presidential debate last Sunday, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday said he would never hold grudges against any of his rivals and even described the event as “fun.”

Marcos made the statement in a press conference in Jaro, Iloilo province, as he shrugged off the hardline harangues leveled against him saying it was just a “standard political strategy” of candidates who are trying to catch up with a frontrunner.

“That is a standard political strategy, if you want to improve on your numbers, you attack the one who is leading. I was not surprised as I was already expecting that. So I hope that we can raise the level of discussion higher than what it was and bring it to the programs and the projects that we plan to do in the next administration,” he suggested.

Despite the outbursts, he still enjoyed the debate.

“It was fun. But I think, more importantly, instead of debating directly to another candidate, at least I had the chance to bare my programs for the people if ever I am given the chance to serve,” he stressed.

He said he does not take the attacks against him personally and will not hold a grudge against any of them.

“I hope that even after the elections we can set aside politics and be friends again,” he said.

Marcos also pointed out that he still considered the attacks as constructive.

He also did not feel he was singled out in the debate and the system put in place was just fair.

“I did not feel singled out in any way. Maybe, again, because my numbers are improving in the surveys, maybe it’s to be expected the attention will be directed to me,” he stressed.

Waive bank secrecy rights

But Bayan Muna Rep, Neri Colmenares dared Marcos to come clean and “stop hiding and obscuring the abuses done by his family during their reign.”

“From human rights violations, ill-gotten wealth and cronyism, Marcos tried to evade and downplay these glaring issues. What is worse, though, is that he still refuses to recognize that human rights violations, massive and rampant corruption were committed by the Marcos government during martial law,” noted Colmenares, a senatorial candidate of the Partido Galing at Puso who is, however, faring badly in senatorial surveys.

He also challenged Marcos and all vice presidential candidates to waive their rights under the bank secrecy law to show to the people that they are not hiding ill-gotten wealth.

‘Cool’ than ‘cold’

He may have failed to stand out in the just-concluded vice presidential debate, but Sen. Francis Escudero is not about to duplicate the moves taken by one of his rivals, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, to engage in offensive moves against their fellow candidates.

“I’d rather be ‘cool’ than ‘cold’,” he told reporters during a campaign sortie in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The senator would not be swayed into adopting the aggressive candor shown by Cayetano during Sunday’s first vice presidential debates held at the University of Sto. Tomas.

The senator, who is the running mate Sen. Grace Poe, was also quick in pointing out that he’s not attacking such kind of negative campaigning, a tact taken by Cayetano.

Poe’s campaign spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, defended Escudero’s performance in the debate, saying the latter was clearly able to detail the platform of governance that their tandem and Partido Galing at Puso are pursuing.

“Through his answers he narrated how they intend to make the economic growth inclusive. It is time to put decades old problems of poverty and unemployment to rest and that is what the Poe-Escudero tandem intends to do,” Gatchalian said.

Pinoys not freed from poverty



Meanwhile, the urban poor group Kadamay slammed Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential aspirant Leni Robredo for saying during the debate that 25 million Filipinos had been weaned from poverty.

Kadamay noted that Robredo’s claim about inclusive growth under the Aquino administration contributed significantly to poverty reduction.

It added Robredo had been fed with fudged data from the National Economic Development Authority and the Philippine Statistics Authority and argued that research conducted by the independent Ibon Foundation placed the number of poor Filipinos at 66 million.

Confident that she citing the right figures, Robredo went on to say that poverty should be addressed through other means like housing.

Kadamay national chairman Gloria Arellano said the “’Daang Matuwid’ should get its facts straight. President Aquino recently said through the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, 1.5 million Filipino families were lifted from poverty out of the 4.5 million beneficiaries.”

Arellano reminded Robredo that LP presidential aspirant Mar Roxas claimed in the first presidential debate that two million Filipinos were liberated from poverty.

“Those in the ‘Daang Matuwid’ cannot just keep on harping on bogus facts and shifting claims to boost their campaign. It is not only unfair but downright false,” Arellano noted.
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Marcos wins in MB poll by Tessa Distor April 11, 2016 (updated) Share4 Tweet1 Share1 Email0 Share28

Based on the opinion of the Manila Bulletin social media subscribers, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos should be the next vice president of the Philippines.

The Manila Bulletin Facebook followers were asked, “Who are you voting for vice president?”, as the PiliPinas Debates 2016 for the vice presidential candidates was being held yesterday at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Of the 120,865 people reached (as of this posting), 60 per cent chose Marcos.

He was followed by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 22 per cent of the votes; Camarines’ third district Representative Leni Robredo with 13 per cent; Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 3 per cent; and Senators Gringo Honasan III and Antonio Trillanes IV, both with 1 per cent.

The poll will end by 5 p.m today, April 11.

The top three comments on the poll’s thread also showed support to Marcos.

Netizen Gad Ronin’s statement got 60 “likes” from other Facebook users. He said, “Malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw na si BBM [Bongbong Marcos] ang pinakagusto ng mga taong manalo. Ang mahirap lang sa mga taong naiinggit sa kanya at natatakot makabalik sa pwesto ang mga Marcos pinagtutulungan siya.”

“Bongbong Marcos, Jr. is the only vice presidential candidate who can give the basic necessity to all the Filipino people”, top two commenter Corazon Cabrera said.

One Marcos supporter named Dranreb Elasigue who got the third most number of “likes” hit Cayetano. “Nung si Marcos ang nagsasalita dadak ng dadak si Cayetano. Tapos nung si Marcos nasingit sa kanya, sasabihin niya pati ba naman oras nya ninanakaw.”

*DISCLAIMER: This is a poll conducted on the Manila Bulletin Facebook page that allows one vote per user among the news organization’s social media followers.

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Heckling started even before Bongbong Marcos spoke SHARES: 962 VIEW COMMENTS By: Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:02 AM April 11th, 2016

THE BOOS resounded even before Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. spoke.

Five hecklers unfurled a banner and chanted “Never again, never again!” as the namesake son of the late dictator began to deliver his opening remarks during the vice presidential debate sponsored by the Commission on Elections and CNN Philippines Sunday.

Marcos supporters in the audience countered by chanting “BBM, BBM!”

The hecklers were immediately hustled out of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) pavilion while chants of “Magnanakaw (Thief), magnanakaw!” erupted.

Outside the UST gate, placard-carrying anti-Marcos protesters had also converged before the debate.

At the bleachers of the UST pavilion were supporters of the candidates, clapping and stomping.

It was an “oops moment” for Marcos when he initially said “yes” to the question whether the candidates had been engaged in any corruption activities in the past.

Marcos raised the thumbs-up sign to the question but changed it to the thumbs-down sign after realizing his mistake. He was caught in the photos circulating online smiling after his mistake. The blunder drew laughter and boos from the audience.


THE VETERAN. Analysts praise Senator Gringo Honasan for his performance during the VP debate on April 10. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

For a brief moment, the camera focused on Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was in the audience to support his vice presidential candidate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan.

This was after Honasan said he objected to trial by publicity, echoing the usual line of Binay, the standard-bearer in the United Nationalist Alliance.

Binay is facing several allegations of corruption for allegedly taking kickbacks and rigging contracts during his time as Makati City mayor. He has denied the claims, saying they were meant to undermine his presidential bid.

“This is a serious issue. This should be decided by the courts at the right time,” said Honasan.

This then prompted Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Binay’s lead inquisitor in the Senate, to chime in.


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“I disagree. That’s Vice President Binay’s line. That is not true. The reason why we’re investigating is because, based on documents, I believe Vice President Binay is corrupt,” said Trillanes.

Binay could be seen booing Trillanes.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano acted as the main Marcos tormentor.

In response to a question by a UST medical student as to the appropriate penalty for plunder, Cayetano said that corruption was so ingrained in Philippine society that the capacity to plunder had become the basis of occupying electoral posts.

“If you steal big, you become a congressman. You steal bigger, a senator. If you are friends with [Janet Lim-] Napoles, you are cleared and you become VP (Vice President),” Cayetano said in Filipino, adding, “Our lives are pervaded by corruption, unless we change the system.”

Marcos quipped, “Is that how you became congressman? How you became a senator? That’s not what I did.”

A miffed Cayetano retorted with a dig at Marcos’ allegedly fake diplomas while claiming that he would not have gone to the People Power Revolution if he had been corrupt. “Where were you whenever we talked about corruption? You’re never there. During the Napoles hearing, he was angry at me for summoning Maya Santos who turned out to be his and Napoles’ in-between,” he said.

Marcos replied the Senate hearings were purely political exercises. “I will not take part in that kind of politicking. They claim it is anticorruption but they are only glorifying themselves,” he pointed out.

The “love triangle” among Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, Marcos and Cayetano was raised in the course of the altercation. “Mayor Digong had said it, if the problem of criminality is not solved in three to six months, he will hand over the presidency to Bongbong,” Marcos said.

Before Duterte announced his presidential run, the two had both courted him serve as his running mate.

Cayetano, in his response, said Duterte was being “playful” when he endorsed Marcos before Ilocano voters. “But he said in his sorties all over the country, ‘If you won’t vote for Alan, don’t vote for me,’” Cayetano said.

Trillanes asked Cayetano: “How could you say you can fix criminality in three to six months when Davao is the fourth city in the country with the highest number of crime cases?”

Cayetano told Trillanes to ask the most beautiful woman from UST to walk around Davao City. “If she is harassed or raped, Mayor Duterte and I would no longer run,” Cayetano said.


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Who was overall winner of VP debate? Netizens choose Robredo Katerina Francisco @kaifrancisco Published 9:28 PM, April 10, 2016 Updated 9:37 PM, April 10, 2016

Administration candidate Leni Robredo edges Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, with netizens choosing her the winner of the vice presidential debate


WINNER. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is chosen by netizens as the winner of the vice presidential debate.

MANILA, Philippines – Administration candidate Leni Robredo broke Senator Alan Peter Cayetano's winning streak in the Rappler online polls, as netizens voted her the overall winner of the vice presidential debate on Sunday, April 10.

The Camarines Sur Representative got 242 votes (41.58%) of the total 582 votes in the online poll, just 31 votes ahead of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who obtained 211 votes (36.25%).

Cayetano had earlier topped the previous rounds of the Rappler poll.

Rappler editors pointed to the candidates' closing statements as the possible reason for the difference between the overall winner and the per-round winner of the debate. In each of the rounds, Robredo consistently placed second to Cayetano who dominated the debate.

They surmised that for the last question, "Who do you think won the PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate?" netizens may have been swayed by Robredo's closing statement:

"Sa aking pag-iikot sa buong bansa, nagiging maliwanag na sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon. Pakiramdam ko, buong buhay ko ay paghahanda. Iyong simpleng pamumuhay, iyong unos at kahirapan na pinagdaanan naming pamilya. Iyong aking matagal na panunungkulan sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan. Kapag binabalikan ko ang kuwento at mukha ng aking mga nakakasalamuha, sinasabi ko po sa sarili ko, 'Excited na akong manalo!” Hindi para sa sarili ko, pero para sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa na mayroong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding-hindi sila papabayaan.

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Noong una po akong tumatakbo, halos wala po sa aking nakakakilala. Sa lahat po yata sa amin, pang-huli ako. Ngayon, hindi na ganoon ang kuwento. Malapit na, abot-kamay na ang tagumpay. Isa po akong ina, at hindi ko po papabayaan ang aking mga anak, hindi ko po papabayaan ang bayan. Naniniwala po ako sa dulo ng lahat, ang tama ang parating nananaig. Sa amin pong anim, may the best woman win!"

(In my travels around the country, the reason for my being here today has become clearer to me. I feel that my whole life has been a preparation. The simple life, the challenges and difficulties that my family went through. My long years of service to those at the fringes of society. Whenever I review the story and faces of those who I've met, I tell myself, "I'm excited to win!" Not for myself but for our countrymen who hope for a leader who will not abandon them.

When I first ran, almost no one knew me. Among all of us, I was last. Now, the story is different. It is close, success is at hand. I am a mother and I will never abandon my children, I will not abandon the country. I believe that in the end, what is right will always prevail. Among the 6 of us, may the best woman win!)

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr came in at 3rd place with 106 votes (18.21%), followed by Senator Francis Escudero with 19 votes (3.26%), and Senators Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV who got 2 votes each (0.34%).

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano swept the previous 7 rounds of the Rappler online polls, nearly mirroring the performance of his presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. In the last two presidential debates, Duterte was also the consistent winner among netizens.

Check out real-time updates on Rappler's live blog for the PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate. – Rappler.com

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“It would be as if we have not learned our lesson from martial law, from the Marcos dictatorship and its abuses and from the plunder of the nation,” Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the administration’s vice presidential bet, said in an ANC interview. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, file

MANILA, Philippines – The country will become the laughingstock of the world if it elects Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its vice president, making it possible for the ousted family to return to Malacañang, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said yesterday.

“It would be as if we have not learned our lesson from martial law, from the Marcos dictatorship and its abuses and from the plunder of the nation,” Robredo, the administration’s vice presidential bet, said in an ANC interview.

Despite her warning, she conceded that the senator – son of the late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos – might win the vice presidency.

Marcos has been topping the latest surveys of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations with Robredo and Sen. Francis Escudero closely trailing.

The Marcos family was ousted through the 1986 EDSA people power revolution, which installed President Aquino’s late mother Corazon Aquino to power.

Robredo believes that the Marcoses should have been banned from holding any public office because of the “magnitude of the wealth that was robbed from us and the many human rights abuses committed during martial law.” – Jess Diaz, Paolo Romero, Janvic Mateo, Alexis Romero


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Honasan showed ‘depth and experience’ in VP debate Mara Cepeda @maracepeda Published 10:28 PM, April 11, 2016 Updated 4:47 PM, April 12, 2016

For analysts, the senator, military man, and former coup plotter showed his 'seniority' during the vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas


THE VETERAN. Analysts praise Senator Gringo Honasan for his performance during the VP debate on April 10. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II may not have been a crowd favorite, but analysts said he did well during the only vice presidential leg in the PiliPinas Debates 2016 series.

“Honasan showed to all his depth and experience. He was at ease discussing issues and policies. He cut the chase and directly went to explain things,” said political consultant Malou Tiquia in a Facebook post on Monday, April 11.

Political analyst and governance specialist Prospero de Vera Jr also said Honasan veered away from attacking his 5 opponents for the vice presidency.

“Also in terms of his demeanor, he shows his seniority among the candidates. He refused to engage in mudslinging, he refused to attack the other candidates, and he kept on telling the other candidates to talk about issues, so he did extremely well to me,” De Vera told Rappler.

Interestingly, the former coup plotter who played a key role in the 1986 EDSA People Revolution did not grill Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late strongman, about the human rights violations and corruption during Martial Law.

Honasan was also called out by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for saying he would “fight trial by publicity” when debate moderators asked Honasan how he plans to fight corruption when the 4-term senator is implicated in the pork barrel scam.

He allegedly pocketed P1.75 million in development funds for the poor through fake non-governmental organizations.

Trillanes said he could not accept Honasan’s answer because it is a classic line of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is facing corruption allegations like his running mate.

‘Stable mindset'

Honasan: Stop politicizing development Senator Gregorio Honasan: Stop politicizing development, make regions connect with each other. #PiliPinas2016 #PHVote Follow the debates here: www.rappler.com/phdebates

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Posted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016 Among all the VP bets, Honasan is the most experienced: he has 18 years as a senator, 17 years as a soldier, and 7 years as a rebel on his belt.

De Vera said the VP candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) was able to exhibit this during the debate, especially when Honasan brought up the need for a centralized zoning plan to improve provincial transportation. (READ: The Leader I Want: Gringo Honasan's to-fix list for 2016)

“[I think he answered very well the] one about land use because he has been handling the land use code for at least 3 Congresses now,” said De Vera.

Tiquia also praised Honasan because she said he was able to show that “security was his ace.”

“In these days you need that stable mindset. Strategic not reckless, long-term, not time bound for 6 months law and order bullshit. An officer and a gentleman chose to elevate the discourse than push people to the mud,” she said.

Both analysts agree that Honasan’s closing statement was one of his strongest points during the debate.

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Posted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016 After summarizing his career as a politician and military man, Honasan said: “Pero ang pinakamahalaga kong qualification: ako ay isang mabuting padre de pamilya at asawa, at isang mabuting ama. Kapag tinanong niyo ang mga apo ko, ako ang the best na lolo.”

(But my most important qualification: I am good father and husband. If you ask my grandchildren, I am the best grandfather.)

For Tiquia, Honasan words showed a “soldier speaking from his heart,” which the political strategist believes to be “a rarity.”

No spotlight on UNA?

Honasan’s performance is not without its criticisms, however.

Some netizens thought Honasan was “overshadowed” by the other candidates during the debate.


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Fact checking the vice presidential debate By Jonathan de Santos (philstar.com) | Updated April 13, 2016 - 9:50am 19 1437 googleplus2 2

(First published April 12, 2016) Sparks flew at the Commission on Elections-initiated vice presidential debate on Sunday, with some candidates taking shots at each other over corruption allegations, political affiliations, and the time allotted to them to give their statements.

We checked some of vice presidential candidates' claims and statements to see which ones were true, and which ones were not very accurate.

The Philippine National Police, which keeps track of these things, released its list of Top 15 cities with the most crime and Davao was at fourth place with 37,684 index crimes reported between 2010 and 2015.

Quezon City (65,514) was first, followed by Manila (54,689) and Cebu (38,797).

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board, index crimes are "crimes which are sufficiently significant and which occur with sufficient regularity to be meaningful." Index crimes include murder, physical injury, robbery, theft, and rape.

The Police Regional Office in Davao said in a Sun.Star Davao report on April 10, however, that crime volume is not as significant as crime rate, which the NSCB defines as the number of crimes committed per 100,000 population.

According to the Sun.Star Davao report, which cites PNP data, the city "has an average monthly index crime rate of 18.2 while the nationwide average is 16.1."

In any case, Davao City does not have the least crime.

The question is a little complicated since there are factions within the Moro Nationalist Liberation Front with differing views on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

In January 2015, MNLF factions led by Abul Khayr Alonto and Muslimin Sema told House members that they support the passage of the BBL.

"Ang BBL ang ating pinaka-mabisang batas upang maisakatuparan ang maayos at tunay na kasarinlan o otonomiya na hangad ng Bangsamoro sa nakaraang ilang dekada. Ang BBL ay naaayon sa ating Saligang Batas na nagsasaad ng karampatang otonomiya para sa Muslim Mindanao at makikinabang dito lahat ng Bangsamoro at lahat ng Pilipino," Alonto said in May of that year.

It is true, however, that the BBL has raised concerns that agreements between the government and the MNLF will be set aside.

In a tripartite meeting with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in January, the MNLF and the government agreed that a fund would be set up for socio-economic projects in MNLF areas. The MNLF will also participate in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission for the envisioned Bangsamoro parliament.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front, meanwhile, has said that the MILF must be wary of the government despite signing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. In a statement on the Philippine Revolution Web Central in March, the communist party "reechoed its call to the Bangsamoro people to defend their rights and advance their struggle for self-determination through revolutionary armed struggle."

It is unclear whether the CPP-NPA-NDF will support federalism, while representatives of the MNLF factions have hinted at support for it and for federalism.

Marcos, as chairman of the Senate committee on local government, handled the bill and was listed as its sponsor. Committee chairs have to present their reports and substitute bills to the Senate in plenary, but, as pointed out by a House of Representatives legislative officer, Marcos did not have as much to do with the provision as the senator claims.

The "anti-dynasty" provision, where candidates related to elective public officials to the third degree of consaguinity or affinity are disqualified from running, actually appears in Senate Bill No. 68 filed by Sen. JV Ejercito. That bill was consolidated into what later became Senate Bill No. 2401.

Marcos did file a bill concerning the SK -- Senate Bill No. 663 -- but this was to extend the terms of office of SK officials to five years instead of three.

While Marcos did contribute towards the enactment of the bill, the specific provision did not come from him.

According to a 2013 Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism report, "as president, Arroyo had denied some lawmakers from the former political opposition their pork shares."

Escudero, allied with former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada in the early years of the Arroyo administration and part of the presidential campaign of Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004, was firmly identified with the opposition. So much so, that he ran for the Senate in 2007 under the Genuine Opposition coalition.

According to records that the Department of Budget and Management has posted online, the total amount of the Priority Development Assistance Fund released to Escudero in 2009 was zero. Continuing appropriations of P57 million was listed in 2009 but was released in 2011, according to the DBM.

Records from before 2009 are not available online.

The same PCIJ report noted, however, that Escudero was among the senators who received "more than or nearly half a billion pesos of PDAF between July 2010 and June 2013. Other lawmakers who received huge allocations during that period were Senators Francis Pangilinan, Edgardo Angara, Antonio Trillanes IV, Loren Legarda, Manuel Lapid and Vicente Sotto III.

As Senate finance committee chair, Escudero has defended the existence of lump-sum appropriations, saying the government needs these funds so it can be "flexible" during times of calamity.

He said the executive department should be able to identify items for emergency expenditures and that these do not fall under the definition of "pork barrel", which the Supreme Court has declared illegal.

Sen. Escudero, after the debate, said that Senate Bill 1733, the Senate version of the Freedom of Information bill, mandates the publication of government records online through the Official Gazette.

It requires the online publication of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of the president, vice president, Cabinet officials, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, members of Constitutional commissions and military officers of flag rank.

It also requires agencies to make records on their budgets, financial transactions and licenses and permits granted available online.

The bill also requires the online publication of certain records, specifically: laws and amendments, presidential issuances, appointments, and the legal opinions of Justice secretaries through the Official Gazette website.

The bill also requires the online publication of "such documents and classes of documents as the president shall determine from time to time to have general application or which he may authorize to be published."

The bill also sets down the process of requesting access to specific government records.

House Bill 3237, filed by Robredo and Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad, holds that the public has a right to access to "all information pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions as well as government research data as a basis for policy development."

The bill similarly requires the online publication of the records mandated by the Senate version of the bill.

It also provides guidelines on how the public can access specific documents, which also makes it, in a sense, demand driven.


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