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FORMER VP BINAY POSTS P376K BAIL AT SANDIGANBAYAN
[RELATED FLASHBACK REPORT: Jejomar Binay's impossible dream]
[RELATED(2): Binay slaps down Trillanes on Batangas lot coversion]


JULY 15 -Ex VP Binay posts bail in Sandiganbayan Ex VP Binay posts bail in Sandiganbayan Photo from Czarina Ong
Former Vice President Jejomar Binay posted P376,000 bail before the Sandiganbayan Third Division Friday after his graft, malversation, and falsification of public documents cases were consolidated with the criminal cases of his son Junjun’s in relation to the overpriced P 2.28 billion Makati City Hall Parking Building. He paid P 120,000 for four counts of graft (P 30,000 each), P 40,000 for one count of malversation, and P 216,000 for nine counts of falsification of public documents (P 24,000 each).Binay appeared grim while he was in the Sandiganbayan, and paid no heed to reporters who were waiting to talk to him. Meanwhile, his son Junjun, who is also facing two new counts of graft and one count of malversation, was not with his father. His bail bond is at P 100,000. The new cases against them were not raffled off by the Sandiganbayan justices, and were simply consolidated with the pending cases against Junjun before the Third Division. Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang was chosen to be the one to handle the Binays’ cases, and she assured to give it a speedy resolution without letting politics interfere. THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Jejomar Binay's impossible dream... RELATED(2),
Binay slaps down Trillanes on Batangas lot coversion...

ALSO:
Aquino faces more homicide charges over Mamasapano massacre[RELATED: Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down]


JULY 15 -Former President Benigno S. Aquino III (MB File)
Former President Benigno Aquino III is facing three more homicide charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the death of 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last year.
The additional complaints were filed by parents of slain Igorot troopers, namely; PO2 Noble Kaingan, PO2 Walner Danao and PO2 Nicky Nacino. The Volunteers against Crime and Corruption and the Citizens Crime Watch which assisted Celestino Kaingan, Julie Danao and Felicitas Nacino in filing the complaints said similar cases will also be filed shortly by relatives of the victims from Mindanao. Like in previous complaint filed by parents of two other police commandos before the anti-graft body, Aquino together with dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF chief Getulio Napenas were accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide. In a joint 35-page complaint, parents of the victims said “Operation:Exodus” to capture high-value Muslim terrorists Zulkifli Bin Hir alias iMarwan and Basit Usman was poorly executed resulting to the untimely deaths of their loved ones. Purisima was also charged with usurpation of authority for not informing his superiors Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina about the raid in the rebels’ lair. On the other hand, Napenas was accused of carrying out unlawful orders from Purisima. READ MORE...RELATED, Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down...

ALSO: More pork OK’d; Lawmakers to identify P80m each in pet projects
[ALSO: DU30 vows to probe misspent LGUs funds]


JULY 13 -Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco
LAWMAKERS in the House of Representatives will be allotted P80 million each in pork barrel for projects that must be identified through line-item budgeting to avoid the lump sum appropriations that the Supreme Court deemed illegal, a senior member of the House said Sunday.
The allotment represents a P10-million increase for each legislator over the P70 million in pork barrel that they received previously, said Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco. The Senate has yet to decide if the allotment will be increased from the previous P200 million for each senator. In an interview over radio dzBB, Tiangco said President Rodrigo Duterte granted the pork barrel increase to spur infrastructure development in the countryside, and is set to discuss the issue with senators on Tuesday.The extra P10 million in pork barrel allotments will go to so-called hard projects, which used to be allocated P40 million. Some P30 million, on the other hand, will be allotted to soft projects like scholarships to poor but deserving students and medical assistance to indigent patients, Tiangco said. The House members were asked to submit their priority projects to be incorporated in the line-item budgeting when the 2017 national budget is submitted by Duterte’s economic team, headed by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno after the President’s first State-of-the-Nation Address or Sona. “We were made to submit our pet projects last week. We have to identify our projects before the national budget is approved for the sake of transparency and in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling on PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund],” Tiangco said. The first national budget under the Duterte administration must be approved by December this year to avoid a reenactment of budget. In compliance with the Supreme Court ruling, Tiangco said, lawmakers are now barred from identifying and endorsing projects after the national budget or the General Appropriations Act got approved. “The allocation now for the legislators’ projects can hardly be called pork barrel anymore because the high tribunal disallowed the lump sum appropriation and the realigning of budget after the GAA is passed,” Tiangco said. READ MORE...RELATED, DU30 vows to probe misspent LGUs funds...

ALSO: In video Robredo, Comelec chief in ‘secret meet’; recording ‘malicious,’ says VP  [RELATED: Robredo, Bautista deny 'secret meeting']


JULY 15 -BONGBONG
Vice President Leni Robredo has come under fire after a video circulated online showing her supposedly “secret meeting” with Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, just hours after being ordered by the Supreme Court to respond to the protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.In a video posted by Dayaang Matuwid in the social media, Robredo is shown entering a high- rise apartment in Makati, followed shortly by Bautista. The opening billboard on the video reads: “On July 12, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered Leni Robredo to submit her reply to the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos.” “Barely 8 hours after the Supreme Court made the order, Leni Robredo held a secret meeting with fellow respondent and Comelec chairman Andres Bautista at the 10th floor of the Urdaneta Apartments in Makati. The meeting was held at the unit of socialite Baby Cruz,” it continued. According to the video, Robredo left the building at 10:26 p.m. while Bautista left four minutes later. “As the electoral case is still pending in the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), the Filipino people would like to know: Is it legal for the Comelec chairman to meet and favor the (alleged) fraudulent party? “If both parties have nothing to hide, why meet in secret?” the sub-titles in the video read. Just three hours after being posted, the video has garnered more than 6,000 shares and was viewed over 108,000 times in just three hours. Reacting to the video, a member of the Marcos camp said: “Just where is her delicadeza?” “Why meet with the Comelec chair in all secrecy when she had just been asked b the High Court to comment on our protest?” Both Robredo and Bautista denied rumors that they discussed the election protest of Marcos during the “secret meeting.”  The Vice President, at a press conference, described the video as “very malicious.”  READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo, Bautista deny 'secret meeting'...

ALSO: 2017 BUDGET RECRAFTED - P20-B Piatco payment in, BuB out in budget


JULY 15 -DIOKNO
The Duterte administration is recrafting the 2017 budget to send a message of its commitment to change as it incorporated a P20 billion provision to pay in full the government’s obligation to the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco) for the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and it will purge the much-assailed Bottom Up Budgeting (BuB) scheme. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the Duterte administration will seek a record P3.4 trillion budget for this year in the national budget that was reworked from that drafted by the previous administration which was heavily packed with the BuB which former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad termed as a budget reform but which budget watchdogs called as the resurrection of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Diokno said that he’s discontinuing the BuB scheme since it is a waste of the public’s money for political purposes. “The BuB was very political. It was meant for fourth or fifth class municipalities, but it seems that everybody - provinces, cities and first class municipalities - have it,” Diokno said.“Even more frustrating is that it reached the baranggay level. The BuB is meant to help poor towns to pursue infrastructures, but barangays? Its out of their competence to implement such projects,” he added. Last April 20, the Supreme Court ruled that the government will have to provide Piatco with a just compensation of $510 million or approximately P20 billion which is the $267.5 million that the SC ruled what the government owed the consortium that built NAIA Terminal 3 as of December 2004 plus annual interest of 12 percent from September 2006 and six percent from July 2013 until full payment. READ MORE...


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Former VP Binay posts P376K bail at Sandiganbayan


Ex VP Binay posts bail in Sandiganbayan Ex VP Binay posts bail in Sandiganbayan Photo from Czarina Ong

MANILA, JULY 18, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Czarina Nicole O. Ong July 15, 2016 - Former Vice President Jejomar Binay posted P376,000 bail before the Sandiganbayan Third Division Friday after his graft, malversation, and falsification of public documents cases were consolidated with the criminal cases of his son Junjun’s in relation to the overpriced P 2.28 billion Makati City Hall Parking Building.

He paid P 120,000 for four counts of graft (P 30,000 each), P 40,000 for one count of malversation, and P 216,000 for nine counts of falsification of public documents (P 24,000 each).

Binay appeared grim while he was in the Sandiganbayan, and paid no heed to reporters who were waiting to talk to him.

Meanwhile, his son Junjun, who is also facing two new counts of graft and one count of malversation, was not with his father. His bail bond is at P 100,000.

The new cases against them were not raffled off by the Sandiganbayan justices, and were simply consolidated with the pending cases against Junjun before the Third Division.

Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang was chosen to be the one to handle the Binays’ cases, and she assured to give it a speedy resolution without letting politics interfere.

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RELATED FROM RAPPLER.COM (FLASHBACK MAY 2016 BEFORE THE ELECTIONS)

Jejomar Binay's impossible dream Mara Cepeda @maracepeda Published 9:30 AM, May 22, 2016 Updated 7:40 PM, May 24, 2016

(UPDATED) Vice President Jejomar Binay's name, vast political experience, and formidable political machinery are not enough to make him the 16th president of the Philippines. What went wrong?


THE CANDIDATE. Vice President Jejomar Binay promises a better life for Filipinos during his miting de avance on May 7, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – He fought the toughest and the longest battles, but the war was not for him to win.

Of the 5 candidates, it was only Vice President Jejomar Binay who dreamt of becoming president as he fed his uncle’s pigs when he was a young boy in Makati. (READ: Cinderella Man)

Binay’s rags-to-riches story propelled him to the vice presidency in 2010 and soon after, he was announcing his plan to gun for the highest post in the land.

That came with a hefty price: a 20-month investigation in the Senate that dug up multiple allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth against the Makati mayor of 21 years. (READ: The Bandit King)

The early survey front-runner’s ratings started dipping late 2015, but Binay briefly recovered and by early 2016, even tied Senator Grace Poe for the top spot – all thanks to his strategy of silence coupled with a disciplined ground campaign.

But when the campaign period began, the tide turned. People were clamoring for change, one that almost 16 million Filipinos believed only Davao City Mayor and now President-elect Rodrigo Duterte could deliver.

So even if Binay had the name, the vast political experience, and the formidable machinery to make him the 16th president of the Philippines, these were not enough to turn his childhood dream into reality. (READ: The tragedy of Jejomar Binay)

“We were stuck in one strategy. We were unable to shift when it was necessary to do so,” a campaign insider told Rappler days after the May 9 elections.

Messaging that lacked teeth


THE SCRUM. There were weeks during the campaign when it was difficult for reporters to catch Binay for an interview. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

According to political analyst Aries Arugay from the University of the Philippines (UP), Binay’s campaign message was clear from the get-go, but it “fell short.”

The tagline “Giginhawa ang buhay kay Jojo Binay (Life will be better with Jojo Binay)” meant free healthcare and education, the expansion of the government’s conditional cash transfer program, and the abolition of income tax for the poor.

The short and dark-skinned nognog Binay promised these after resigning from the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, which he fiercely described then as “manhid at palpak (insensitive and a failure).”

But it was not enough, said Arugay, because Binay stopped there. (READ: Why Duterte's message of 'care and power' attracts)

“‘Di na enough ‘yung message ni Binay na ‘aalagaan ko kayo’ kasi ‘yung alaga, kung walang tapang at walang political will to really implement the law and really make the accountable, accountable [for their indiscretions], wala rin,” said Arugay.

(Binay’s message of “I will take care of you” was not enough because if you promise care without showing you have the political will to really implement the law and to really make people accountable for their indiscretions, it’s futile.)

“Binay tried to be this effective leader, tried to attack the Aquino administration, but he fell short because Duterte’s message was stronger and more persuasive,” he added.

It is a sentiment shared by one of Binay’s campaign advisers, newly-elected Quezon Third District Representative Danilo Suarez.

The Vice President, a former human rights lawyer, often said he would let the rule of law run its course when asked by the media how “President” Binay would punish those who did the people wrong. Duterte, for his part, was openly saying he would shoot criminals who would resist arrest.

Suarez said Binay’s pragmatism could have stemmed from the fact that the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer wanted to become a healing and unifying president.

“Sinabi mo nang manhid at palpak; sana tinuluyan mo na. Sana sinabi mong ipakukulong kita (You said the administration was insensitive and a failure; you should have just followed through. You should just have said, I'll send you to jail)," Suarez told Rappler.

"But he stopped there. I don’t know why he stopped. Maybe he’s coming from the position that he’ll be a healing president and all….I don’t believe that. I believe in throwing all the hammer and tongs to your political opponent if there is an opportunity,” he added.

Allegations left unanswered

Arugay said it also did not help that, at least in the general public’s eye, Binay did not face his corruption allegations head-on.

According to Arugay, the accusations pulled Binay’s numbers down and “conditioned” voters’ minds that there are parts of the Vice President’s character that should not be trusted.

“This is the longest [set of] hearings ever, in our history. Kung araw-arawin ka ba naman (He was the focus every day). All the resources of the forces that were preventing him to be president were spent. Ang aga ng investment (The investment was made early) in assassinating his presidential chances,” said Arugay.

Binay refused to appear before the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee and only submitted an 8-page affidavit to explain his side.

Every time embedded journalists asked him about the accusations, the Vice President would say there is no truth to the charges, yet he did not produce counter-evidence for the public to see. He and his spokesmen would always bring the conversation back to poverty which, they said, was the current “moral” problem that should be addressed.

For UNA secretary-general JV Bautista, this image was a far cry from the Binay that fought for the rights of political detainees during the Martial Law years.

“He was sparse in the interviews, he was inaccessible. Mali ‘yun (That’s wrong). Look at Duterte….Jojo Binay, because of the message discipline that was imposed on him, lost a great deal of spontaneity that the people were looking for. Because spontaneity translates into sincerity,” said Bautista.

During the Cebu presidential debate in March, Binay finally tried to present documents that he said would discredit his accusers, but he was later barred from doing so because all forms of cheat sheets were not allowed in the debates.

For UP political analyst Jean Encinas-Franco, this move not only came too late in the campaign; the debate was the wrong place to do that as well.

“He brought out those documents. It’s really not the venue. It was one of the biggest mistakes. He sounded so defensive and it was a belated way of responding to the accusations and it’s not really the proper venue,” said Franco.

Suarez also said Binay “did not earn points” during all 3 presidential debates as he performed poorly compared to his rivals.

Losing the machinery


ONLY BINAY. Around 5.32 million voters believed the Vice President would help bring them out of poverty. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Binay’s accusers then managed to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of the Vice President’s core supporters from Classes D and E.

“I think we started losing the elections from the time that we failed to really confront the accusers,” said Bautista.

He explained that while the core support held for several months, it became much easier for them to be swayed once the other candidates started rising in the polls to catch up and eventually overtake Binay.

Suarez also said UNA “lost the machinery” and with it, the flow of campaign funds. Of the 44,757 national and local positions in the ballot, only 4,314 candidates ran under UNA.

Several defections from longtime allies from vote-rich provinces also hurt the Binay campaign, including the Garcias of Cebu and Governor Jonvic Remulla of Cavite.

The clout of Binay’s parallel groups – the non-partisan organizations that campaigned for him – may not have been as strong as it was in 2010. These include Binay’s fraternity brothers from the Alpha Phi Omega (APO), his UP classmates, the Makati sister cities, and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. (READ: CAMPAIGN NOTES: Binay’s ‘personal’ political machinery)

An APO member from Davao City said the marching order was for them to support Binay. “Pero hindi gusto sa ground ‘yung mga allegations sa kanya (But those on the ground didn’t like the allegations against him),” said the fraternity member.

Suarez said Binay also lost his popularity among the poor, a strong indication of which was his difficulty finding a running mate and completing his Senate slate.

“In political parlance, if you are not organized, if you don’t have strong political machinery, you need to be extremely popular, just like what happened to Digong. PDP-Laban is one of the smallest political groups, and yet, nanalo (he won),” said Suarez.

Not even calling Duterte a “berdugong mamamatay ng tao (an executioner of the people)” was enough for Binay to stop his supporters from switching sides.

Binay still in the game?


HIS NEXT MOVE. Plunder complaints await Binay as he steps down as Vice President. Will he succeed against them? Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Still, both Suarez and Bautista agreed that it was right for Binay to announce his bid early because it allowed him to visit most of the provinces in the country and to build his machinery.

The problem was that he failed to sustain his momentum, slowly fading to the background when people wanted a candidate who stood out.

Arugay also said the Vice President’s campaign team decided to stick with their strategy in 2010, the year he emerged the dark horse victor of the vice-presidential race.

“It was an old style because the guy never lost the elections, so why tweak something that worked before? Why tweak something that was effective? He just wasn’t able to adjust to the contours of the Filipino electorate, and he suffered the consequences,” said Arugay.

Binay was the third presidential candidate to congratulate Duterte in his victory, a move which, his camp said, should not be considered a formal concession yet. The Vice President said he would wait until the official release of the results by Congress.

Lawyer Rico Quicho thinks "hindsight is 20/20." He was the campaign spokesperson for Binay.

"Just like running a marathon, the challenging and gruelling part is hitting the 'wall.' We endured and overcame it. But other runners just finished the race faster than us," said Quicho, who made the caveat that this comment is his "personal opinion."

"Experts and our alies can dissect and try to be scholar about their observations, but at the end of the day, it is his destiny and not ours. Kapag lamang, palakpakan nang palakpakan. Kapag naghahabol, sisihang nang sisihan (When we were leading, they applauded. When we were catching up, they pointed fingers). Not me. I always fight the good fight," added Quicho.

Still, those close to Binay told Rappler that Filipinos should expect him to somehow play an active role in politics in the next 6 years despite his loss.

Like the seasoned politician that he is, Binay is now going around the country to thank the allies who remained by his side. Sources said he is also studying what roles he and UNA can play under a Duterte presidency.

“He may be down, but he’s certainly not out. Don’t count Jojo Binay out,” said a campaign insider.

Now, a new battle is looming ahead for Binay: the Ombudsman finding probable cause to indict him with criminal charges over the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Parking Building II. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she plans to bring the case before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan at the end of Binay's term.

The Vice President told Rappler he has nothing to fear, saying he knows the accusations against him will not hold in court.

"Practicing lawyer ako. Ang abogado malalaman kung mananalo or matatalo siya sa case," he said. (I'm a practicing lawyer. A lawyer knows if he will win or lose his case.)

Will Binay become victorious this time around? – Rappler.com

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RELATED(2) FROM THE TRIBUNE

Binay slaps down Trillanes on Batangas lot coversion Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00



Avowed nemesis of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, resumed his attacks on Binay yesterday as he urged the Duterte administration to sequester the so-called Hacienda Binay which is a 250-hectare lot in Rosario, Batangas and convert it into a drug treatment and rehabilitation facility.

By now it’s clear that Trillanes inhabits a warped world of lies and deceit. He is in need of serious intervention and rehabilitation, Binay said in a reply to Trillanes’ call.

“We all know the character of Trillanes in being an expert on smearing names as he both led black propaganda against Binay and now President Duterte, Binay said.

This is the kind of politics that he knows to be able to get public attention. It is his practice to smear names and reputation, he added.

“Everybody remembers what happened to former Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes,” Binay said. “The senator has apparently forgotten or deliberately ignored the testimony of the former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary that I am not the owner of the Rosario property. So Mister Trillanes, please stop misleading the public with your lies,” Binay added.

“What the public wants to hear from you sir is a clear explanation on your consultants, among them your household staff and your brother, and why you hired them in violation of COA rules. Why are you quiet on these issues?,” Binay said.

During the campaign period, Duterte in response to the several allegations of Trillanes on his supposed fat secret bank accounts said Trillanes tried to convince to take him in as Duterte’s runningmate.

“We talked, he wanted to be vice president and for me to be president, I said I can’t, you’re record is tainted. In the military, you insulted the generals,” Duterte told Trillanes.

He recalled saying that Trillanes was not deserving to be a vice president.

“You are not deserving, the fool led a coup, he destroyed a hotel, and now he is even bragging about it,” he said.

Duterte then said Trillanes only wanted to be in the news.

He tried to play the hero. Why didn’t you just kill yourself, why did you surrender?, Duterte asked the senator.


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday asked the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to sequester the so-called “Hacienda Binay” in Batangas and convert it into a drug rehabilitation and treatment facility. Trillanes said that the 350-hectare farm, which is supposedly owned by former Vice President Jejomar Binay and was acquired through businessman Antonio Tiu, is conducive for treatment and rehabilitation due to its “vast area and serene environment.” INQUIRER FILE

For surrenderees in drugs war

“There are thousands of self-confessed drug dependents who have surrendered to the authorities, but, aside from monitoring, the government has yet to implement a concrete program to ensure that these drug users will not return to their old ways. We do not have a concrete plan, as well as facilities, to rehabilitate them,” Trillanes said.?

Trillanes, thus, proposes to use the controversial Hacienda Binay as a drug rehabilitation facility.??

“During the hearings conducted by the Senate on the anomalies involving then VP Binay, it was raised that the 350-hectare farm, allegedly owned by VP Binay, was illegally acquired and violated the agrarian reform law. The current administration must immediately act to sequester this land and put it into good use by converting it into a treatment and rehabilitation facility,” Trillanes added.?

According to Trillanes, given its vast area and serene environment, the property is an ideal place for treatment and rehabilitation.? ?

Trillanes further explained, “Any serious anti-illegal drug drive should include a rehabilitation program for drug users. We must treat and rehabilitate them, and prepare them for social reintegration.”

Last February, the partial Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report, which recommended the filing of plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay, in connection with the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2, was issued.

It included a report on the alleged 250-hectare property of Binay in Rosario, Batangas tagged as “Hacienda Binay,” and the numerous bank accounts and condominium units purportedly owned by Binay but was named after his alleged dummies.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, blue ribbon subpanel chairman, presented to his colleagues its finding that the office and parking building was “clearly overpriced,” amounting from a low of P1.124 billion to a high of P1.289 billion.

The lengthy investigation, Pimentel said, had revealed the commission of the crime of plunder, which is committed through a “grand conspiracy.”

Among the issues that had been tackled during the investigation were the alleged overpricing of infrastructure projects in Makati City when the Vice President was the former mayor; and the alleged irregularities in the transactions of Pag-Ibig Fund, Boy Scout of the Philippines-Alphaland land deal, and University of Makati-STI joint venture agreement.

The subpanel ended its investigation after more than one year of hearings which Binay tagged as politically motivated and was merely meant to bring down his survey ratings in his bid to seek the presidency.


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Aquino faces more homicide charges over Mamasapano massacre by Jun Ramirez July 15, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share11


Former President Benigno S. Aquino III (MB File)

Former President Benigno Aquino III is facing three more homicide charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the death of 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last year.

The additional complaints were filed by parents of slain Igorot troopers, namely; PO2 Noble Kaingan, PO2 Walner Danao and PO2 Nicky Nacino.

The Volunteers against Crime and Corruption and the Citizens Crime Watch which assisted Celestino Kaingan, Julie Danao and Felicitas Nacino in filing the complaints said similar cases will also be filed shortly by relatives of the victims from Mindanao.

Like in previous complaint filed by parents of two other police commandos before the anti-graft body, Aquino together with dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF chief Getulio Napenas were accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide.

In a joint 35-page complaint, parents of the victims said “Operation:Exodus” to capture high-value Muslim terrorists Zulkifli Bin Hir alias iMarwan and Basit Usman was poorly executed resulting to the untimely deaths of their loved ones.

Purisima was also charged with usurpation of authority for not informing his superiors Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina about the raid in the rebels’ lair.

On the other hand, Napenas was accused of carrying out unlawful orders from Purisima.

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RELATED FROM THE MANILA TIMES (COMMENTARY)

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down June 8, 2016 10:14 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

[Published June 2, 2016]

OUTGOING President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who gets hurt. There should be no selective justice.”

Well, only two people were responsible for the DAP:
Aquino and his Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Jr. In fact very few in government, even in the budget department, had been aware of it until Senator Jinggoy Estrada in 2013 exposed it, claiming that DAP funds were used to bribe senators to vote Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty in his impeachment trial. According to Estrada, senators voting to remove Corona from office were given P100 million for their “projects,” which, he would later on be told, came from the DAP.

When they invented this DAP, Aquino was at the peak of his popularity and political power, perhaps even more popular than Duterte, since he got 42 percent of the votes, compared with the Davao mayor’s 39 percent. Aquino thought he could get away with anything.

It turned out he was dead wrong. Even if he got to replace the Chief Justice with his handpicked choice (even if she was so very unqualified for the post), the Court ruled the DAP unconstitutional in July 2014.

Worse for Aquino, the Court ordered that “proper tribunals must determine the criminal, civil, administrative and other liabilities of its authors, proponents, and implementors.” Of course, the Ombudsman simply ignored the Court’s decision, and for the opposition and civic-minded Filipinos, it was useless to file cases while Aquino was in power.


Smoking gun – Aquino approves illegal release of funds.

That is no longer the case, and the nightmare facing Aquino and Abad now is that documentation for their illegal acts is very much available.

The DAP involved 1,997 SAROs or Special Allotment Release Orders, bearing written instructions for the National Treasury to release funds for specific programs and projects.

Aquino authorized the SAROs

While these were signed by Abad or his deputy then, Mario Relampagos, both would claim that this was authorized by Aquino and they would show the four memoranda Aquino signed, which approved the release of funds, such as the June 25, 2012 memorandum that hijacked funds for the use of his home province Tarlac (see accompanying image.) Aquino would, therefore, be accountable and criminally liable for the release of all the 1,977 illegal SAROs .

Since the Supreme Court ruled the DAP unconstitutional, each SARO violated Article IV, Section 29 of the Constitution: “No money shall be paid out of the Treasury except in pursuance of an appropriation made by law.” The projects the SAROs Aquino ordered to be financed from the budget were not in any of the budget laws from 2010 to 2013.

Each SARO would be an instance of technical malversation, and for each, Aquino would be charged under Article 220 of the Revised Penal Code:

“Any public officer who shall apply any public fund or property under his administration to any public use other than for which such fund or property were appropriated by law… shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum period or a fine ranging from one half to the total of the sum misapplied…”

Prision correccional in its minimum period means a jail term of six months to two years. If cases were filed for each of these 1,997 illegal SAROs, that would mean 1,997 cases against Aquino. Even Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales would not be able to block that flood of cases against him.

Worse, while many patriots would file cases against Aquino in order to strengthen our rule of law, there would be scores of unscrupulous lawyers who would file cases in order to extort money from him in exchange for dropping the cases, asking him to just give them a lower amount than the law’s penalty.

Note that the illegal SAROs ordered a total of P147 billion released to finance projects and programs not in the appropriations law. Aquino and his clan faces the prospect of becoming totally bankrupt if he loses even just a few of the technical malversation cases, since he would be required to pay, as the Revised Penal Code put it, the “fine ranging from one half to the total of the sum misapplied.”

Those familiar with the Sandiganbayan would know that the justices would just love such cases filed at their salas.
At best, Aquino stands to spend a lot of his time in Sandiganbayan courtrooms as soon as he steps down and loses his immunity from suit. At the very worst, if he loses in just a tenth of the 1,997 cases, and penalized with the minimum six months in prison for each count, he’ll be sentenced for 100 years.

P500-M pressure

This is the reason why The Manila Times reported in 2014 that before the Court’s decision on the DAP in July, there were claims that tremendous pressure – especially in the form of financial pressure in the magnitude of P500 million – was being applied on the justices, not particularly on the DAP’s constitutionality, but for them not to mention any criminal liability by its “authors and implementors.”

The Supreme Court’s hands were, in a way tied, because of its decision in November 2012 that dismissed the excuse of “good faith” in a similar technical malversation case by a mayor, which involved only a measly amount of P3,400.

A town mayor in Leyte in 2001 authorized the use of four sacks of rice and two boxes of sardines worth P3,400 to starving workers rebuilding houses destroyed by a typhoon. The rice, though, was from the town’s Supplemental Feeding Program authorized by the Sangguniang Bayan (town council that approved the town’s budget).

The mayor was charged with technical malversation, but appealed that the transfer was done in good faith and that it represented savings.

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Sandiganbayan finding the mayor guilty and pointed out: “Dura lex sed lex.” (The law may be harsh, but it is the law.) The mayor’s act – no matter how noble, or how minuscule the amount diverted – constitutes the crime of technical malversation because he used the goods for a purpose other than what had been approved under the law.

Aquino’s claim that the DAP was intended to accelerate government spending to stimulate the economy had been totally debunked, as it was too small in terms of the entire budget. Its purpose wasn’t at all “noble:” It was intended to raise bribe money for the Senate to remove Corona from office, to amass a slush fund for the 2013 elections, and to bribe Muslim leaders to support the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Aquino even ordered P1.5 billion to be diverted from other uses the budget law had authorized to fund infrastructure projects in his home province of Tarlac, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these were around Hacienda Luisita.

In the case of former President Gloria Arroyo, Aquino ransacked government filing cabinets looking for evidence to concoct charges against her, but could only come up with four cases, two of which have already been dropped and the rest were based on very flimsy grounds — one involves a sole witness who was also implicated in the Ampatuan massacre.

In Aquino’s case, though, the very documents Abad had submitted to the Supreme Court and the Senate – Aquino’s memoranda authorizing the DAP and impounding funds authorized by the budget laws and the detailed list of DAP projects – would be the evidence for this President’s crime of technical malversation.

(My series on foreigners’ domination of our telecom industry will be continued on Monday.)
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88 Responses to Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down
Sushi says:
July 2, 2016 at 1:47 am
ang nakakatakot nito pag may nangyari kay duterte(assassinate) for example tapos si leni ang maging presidente manok ng mga dilaw!
Glenn says:
June 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm
Nagtatago na nga si kris Aquino eh!!!!!!!
getaL says:
June 27, 2016 at 1:00 am
Chains are coming!
jonavarro says:
June 11, 2016 at 10:22 pm
…..how about parading them all first(including all those tong’gressmen who benefitted) b4 jailing(as what we did to d alleged drug-peddlers & pity-criminals. In so doing; we get rid of all(if not most) corrupt public officials……then study how we can change Comelec….to come-up on how to level the political-field so all can have a fair-chance to Serve and protect each and all pinoys…….!
….godspeed !!!!
Carl Redmond says:
June 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm
What goes around comes around
Naruto San says:
June 6, 2016 at 4:58 pm
Tatlong dekada nang inaalipusta’t binabalahura ang Pilipinas at ang sambayanang Pilipino ng kung sinu-sinong namumuno sa atin na puro sariling interes lang ang hangad…Sana magising na’ng sambayanang Pilipino…Patnubayan nawa ang bagong hirang na pangulo upang maisaayos ang ang kalagayan at pagkawatak-watak nating mga Pilipino.
dhels says:
June 6, 2016 at 8:02 am
mas excited ako sa mangyayari from july 1 to dec. 31 and kahit up to 1 year sa bagong administrasyon, magiging mganda ba o masama ang magiging kalagayan nating mga pilipino?, aahon ba tayo sa kahirapan o lalong maghihirap pa?, aangat ba ang economiya ng bansa o itong bubulusok na pababa?…. yan ang pinaghahandaan ko.
S-tambay says:
June 11, 2016 at 10:25 am
Full of action not like before…nganga,, sisihan pag na corner
Ilovejoyce says:
June 5, 2016 at 8:23 am
SAM, magkano bayad sayo, abogado ka ba ni abnoy kung mka defend ka sa kanya wagas. Lol . Kahit ano pa sabihin mo he violated the law. He is the worst president of the philippines na sinusuka na ng bayan dahil wala syang ginawa kundi manisi.
marz says:
June 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm
How abt these legislators who received the bribed money? They must also asked to answer. Where dud that dirty money go.
bade says:
June 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm
bakit ikulong pa.. ung mga nag abuse sa kanilang katungkulan (Corruption, drugs syndicate) dapat ay bitayin na kaagad…. They have no right to live ever since gumawa sila ng kasalanan and that’s the end of their LIBERTY. Ignorance of the law excuses no one….Akala kc nila SILA ANG NAGMAMAY ARI NG PILIPINAS….
bade says:
June 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm
bakit ikulong pa? dapat bitayin na kaagad para matapos na ang problema ng Pilipinas!
ohmar says:
June 4, 2016 at 8:45 am
may justice kapag nahatulan na si pnoy na guilty.
Isa C. says:
June 4, 2016 at 5:38 am
Eh what about the other corrupt, hindi ba sila under investigations….si Revilla, isa parin yan Jinggoy Estrada at yong Ama nya si Joseph, si Enrile, yong mga ibang Senators na may Pdap din. What about the whole family of Binay…..!! Don’t just focus to only one man Aquino, marami sila at once again the coruptions of the Marcoses is not yet at end. Walang padrino , best fren ,of paying utang na loob dto. Mr. Duterte, dapat walang kini-kilingan dto. Those people involved of stolen money for Yolanda typhoon & stolen of goods for the victims….., Duterte must open up also these issue.
rap says:
June 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm
gago kaba? magnanakay na marcoses? wala ka ata alam, alam mulang yung wick history na nakasulat sa libro at mga balita sa mga media na walang katotohanan, alam mu ba na lahat ng kaso sinampa ng government of the philippines sa pamilyang marcos sa internationa court ay naipanalo ng mga marcos lahat ng kaso sa kanila, ngayon kung magnanakaw ang mga marcos aba dapat natalo sila sa mga kaso laban sa kanila. magaral ka ng mabuti sayang lang oras at pera mo sa pag aaral wala ka naman alam.
Allan dupio says:
June 6, 2016 at 4:53 am
Bago naging presidente si macoy naging richest man in the world sya kasama yung pari nakalimutan ko name dahil sa binayad sa serbisyo nila ng agean-tallano clan 30% ng 644,000 metric tons ng gold ng mga agean-tallano! Na-brainwashed ang mga pinoy ng maling impormasyon at minanipula ang history ng kultong dilaw para palabasing masama si macoy…
MaDollDoll says:
June 8, 2016 at 9:53 am
If Marcos indeed was the richest man in the world before he became president, I wonder if he declared his earnings (those supposed gold bars he received as payment) in his ITR. He would still owe government for back taxes if he didn’t declare his earnings.
Alam nyo, madali gumawa ng kwento na may natanggap syang gold bars, yung proof non ang mahirap imbentuhin. Mahirap din kung maraming uto-uto sa mga kwentong barbero.
Bob Catuiran says:
June 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm
ibinoto pa naman kita mula pa sa kay madan Cory…nagkamali ako …di kayo nababagay sa masa pilipino para mag serve pang payaman lang kayo di kayo para sa mahirap….
bobby mallare says:
June 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm
agree po ako sa sinabi nyo kaya na taohan na rin po ako hindi na pang mahirap ang aquino administration pang mayaman lang kaya mabuhay ka president digong duterte!!!!
jerry duruin says:
June 11, 2016 at 8:52 am
eh dapat nga natauhan na tayo noon pa para hindi tayo naghirap nang 30 taon. base on hidden history of aquino since hgis lolo sila ang mga traitor during japanese time. hanggang sa kanyang ama. KASO NAGPADALA TAYO SA kahinaan ng pilipino. hope this time maging matalina na.
Estatoria says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm
Charging Noynoy of graft and corruption must be the OPENING SALVO of the DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION… The AQUINOS have done the country so much distress… The country never prospered, contrary to what is always claimed in the charts…
YCB says:
June 18, 2016 at 7:52 am
You also need to read news other than from the opinion column of Mr. Tiglao, a known anti-Aquino & pro-Arroyo. FYI, we are now the fastest growing economy in Asia. Read this:
http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/05/19/philippines-fastest-growing-economy-asia-gdp-q1.html
Maribel Calanda says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:38 pm
I know that there were several people who filed cases against him and Abad already. There are others who are waiting for Aquino just to step down from Malacanang on June 30, 2016 and presto their complaints would fly too.
Milette says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm
Salamat po Lord! This a long wait for all Filipinos, his immunity. Pagbayarin lahat ang mga mandurugas, lahat lahat ng nagpahirap sa mamamayang Pilipino, sa mga batang nagugutom sa lansangan, sa mga batang sa murang edad nagtatrabaho na ng dahil Sa kahirapan samantalang sila pinaglalaruan lang ang pera… Sa mga nanay na para mapakain ang mga anak at nagbibenta ng Katawan. Tuwang tuwa ako! Lord salamat po!
princess portpal says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:57 pm
Paano yan dalawin ka na lang ng mga supporter mo sa kulungan.
Yung mga nagpapagamit kay PNOY lumabas na kau para medyo magaan ang sintensya sa inyo.
Vik says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm
Baka hindi na rin makaka pito sa Chikxs si Penoy, kinapon na, ESTE kinapos na sa charisma at aura sa bunbunan…obyus na obyus this dude has a nagging personality disorder only himself knew about that turns off the opposite sex into a healthy relationship …money can’t buy love.hacienda maybe, @Gov’t expense by way of kicking out a sitting Chief Justice…
Vik says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:31 pm
KAYA PALA HALOS MALUHA- LUHA SA INTERVIEW SA KANYA NANG GMA CHANNEL 7 VICKY MORALES SA TANONG NA KUNG KAILAN AT SAAN DAW NIYA MAKIKITA ANG DREAM GIRL NIYA NA MAGIGING MISIS….baka sa kulungan na niya makikita at ma me meet si Miss right.
Si Digong papito pito sa mga Chickx!!!, si Abnoy pinipituhan….baka mga Chikokoyss????
NBM says:
June 3, 2016 at 4:58 pm
Finally there’s justice! Everything that you do has repercussions. It comes back to you one way or another! Congratulations you made it!!!
nikko buenaseda says:
June 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm
wag ikulong si pnoy, heaven yun sa katulad nya. daming brusko na fafa sa kulungan. haha.
nehemiah prince calamigan says:
June 3, 2016 at 4:29 pm
malapit nang mag wheel chair yan.. hahaha
Rosalinda Sescon says:
June 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm
fellow countrymen, let’s all pray:
1) for the continued safety and protection of our President-elect Rodrigo DUTERTE,as he will likely be a target for bodily harm, and
2) for the speedy investigation, hearing and resolve once and for all the alleged massive cheating on May 9, 2016 election.
Dave Panaligan says:
June 4, 2016 at 7:39 am
You are right Rosalinda, we need to support and pray for Duterte on his goals and plans, investigate all the malpractice of COMELEC and the Aquino administration’s, and send them to jail.
gibs says:
June 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm
xcited na ako makita si aquino nakasakay sa wheelchair…
Atoy says:
June 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm
First time b in history na both the President and VP ay makulong? Ma record yan sa Guiness Book at philippines ang title holder. WOW
tob alik says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm
there might be a way for noykapon to escape this.
1) plead insanity;
2) escape to a foreign country like malaysia or japan;
3) undergo a sex change and name change.
makoy says:
June 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm
i guess number 3 is the best option and to fulfill his long time dream.
Rene says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm
Hahaha that’s good news!
Kapitan Kidlat says:
June 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Abad transferred 380 million pork to her congress-woman wife between 2011~2013. abnOY looks the other way around. abnOY imprisoned GMA for 312 million for PCSO malversation fund while Mar has 7 billion un-liquidated funds of DILG and while squid face De Lima has 90 million un-liquidated intelligent fund. Malampaya fund? Yolanda fund? eh…di wow!!!
Leticia Salvan says:
June 3, 2016 at 11:01 am
Paaminin na rin sa dayaan ngayon election 2016,Vice President and Senators
Celez says:
June 3, 2016 at 10:55 am
Mostly of the past president are ambitiously for thier own welfare..(no doubt) they are not performing as the father of the nation.
AQUINO – father, mother, son… are worse & identically in malversation / fraud.
They have to pay.
Ed Roxan says:
June 3, 2016 at 10:53 am
Welcome back to responsible journalism, my idol journo Bobi Tiglao. Naligaw lang ng landas kay Binay nun campanya. Nice piece of news.
Samuel Santos says:
June 3, 2016 at 10:43 am
PNoy is bound to spend several lifetimes in jail.
Taga Palm Springs says:
June 3, 2016 at 10:39 am
The time for judgment has time!
Emperor JC says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:23 am
That is way his minions in the leading media (print & broadcast) are working very hard to defend their God Abnoy. It is amazing to note that the inquirer even employs in-house commenters 24 hours attacking Marcos and Duterte followers. Some even posts their yellow comments here and other newspapers.
junekaturse estanol jr says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:09 am
GOGOGO!!! CONGRATS…. GOOD LUCK….. ABNOY AQUINO III….. KARMA IS COMING
junekaturse estanol jr says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:08 am
wow!!! gogogo!!! DARATING NA SI KARMA… GOOD LUCK… ABNOY AQUINO III
junekaturse estanol jr says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:05 am
WOW BILISAN NA!!! CONGRATULATIONS….
Liz A. says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:04 am
As an old saying goes: “What goes around, comes around.” And boy! Is it going to come around real hard for Abad and PNoy. Finally, JUSTICE! HAHA
Constancia says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:03 am
Karma yan sa ginawa nya Kay chief justice Corona ang GMA. I will be very very happy seeing him behind bar! Magtutuos ako ng six years finally I cant wait to see him leave Malakanyang!
ricelander says:
June 3, 2016 at 8:55 am
All the more reason for Duterte to be deposed and replaced with Leni?
ja says:
June 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm
anong pinagsasabi mo ricelander? ba’t nasama si Duterte dito?
BABYBOO says:
June 3, 2016 at 8:22 am
Payag na ako kahit isang taon lang sa bilibid si BS Aquino. Tapos ilipat sa kulungan ng mga baliw at doon na bulukin. First in the world. Ex-president in defense by insanity …. yeheyyyyyyy… Ang NAIA ay tatawaging “Ngoyngoy Aquino international airport”.
kokis says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:53 am
per revised penal code, INSANITY is an exempting circumstance. so there will be no imprisonment.
SAM says:
June 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm
kOREK!..So iyak na naman ang mga haters ni Aquino. Tama si duterte, may mga abusado na journalist nga, isa na ang sumulat na eto. Di nakinabang kaya full of hate.
revitor says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:48 am
BS Aquino III is now contemplating to flee, possibly to Malaysia, where the administration there sponsored his treasonous acts to dismember a large part of Mindanao to the moros’ MILF.
Mark Bulanhagui says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:47 am
Alright! God is great!
SAM says:
June 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Who is your GOD? if you have a good GOD, you will not act like that. Pray for unity not division and vengeance. You Hypocrite!
Pio Malonzo says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:46 am
Dapat kanselado na ang pasaporte ng mga taong sangkot. Lalo na kay NAGLALAWAY NA PANGULO DAW SIYA, drill-on, a-BAD, alcala, so-LIEWOMAN, mura-less, at lahat ng nakinabang sa illegal DAP.trilla-inis hindi na babalik yan, dahil pupunta sa bansa na walang extradation.
Ed Rey says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:44 am
The Lord gives principles in Scripture to serve as warnings and as an encouragement. In Galatians 6:7, His Word states, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
Josefina A. Salisipa says:
June 4, 2016 at 5:49 am
No one can escape evil deeds.
Josefina A. Salisipa says:
June 4, 2016 at 6:03 am
No one can escape from evil deeds.
It’s about time that the people sshallsee and grasp the revelations of the real truth about the Aquino clan, the LP are the communist anti gov. anti clan sa masa always and ever
I was ones fulled by the Ninoy’s recruiting group to join their group and I thank God I did not pursue lest I did not finished college and enjoy life to this day.
Mabuti nga yan para naman mag end na ang kamasamaan ang mga ulupong na yan.
To the Max says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:39 am
As my teacher instructed his students, the main control to prevent corruption is INTERNAL CONTROL. The main agency to enforce this project is the government Auditing Office. When the auditors cannot check or was paid to release the funds, corruption comes in. That is why in our local banks, we have internal and external auditors. Each checks each other.
ernie del rosario says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:01 am
Mahabaging langit ! Sa wakas ! Salamat po, salamat !
SAM says:
June 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm
Owww? bakit ginamit mo pa ang langit? Mahahabag ang langit kay aquino, and nt to you fulll of hatred inside your heart, mind ang MOUTH. Tama si duterte, marami ipokrito na katulad mo.
Isabelaboy says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:37 am
I salute PNoy for the economic achievements under his watch. The highest 6 years ever. 90% of world economists agree on this. But I agree that he must be investigated for giving away the people’s money for the wrong reasons, like to persecute and remove the chief justice by bribing, with government funds, the judges (senators). This is not only abuse of authority. This is crazy. This insane. He must be punished it this is proven true.
Willy says:
June 3, 2016 at 11:35 am
Inflation rate ~1.5%! Population growth ~2%!
These 2 factors alone account for 4% of growth. The remaining 2.9% is due to increased OFW remittances + outsourcing business like call centers.
So PNoy did not do anything to improve the economy. It was all due to things he did not control.
boy venzuela says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:26 am
lets find out after the June 30 ends. Panot your time has come to an end so prepare for the worst. let justice prevail against you and abad, anyway mayaman ka naman jan kana mauubusan
alex says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:18 am
ganyan kagago si ABNOY.Palibhasa ay lahi ng mga traydor(lolo niya ay makapili ng panahon ng mga hapon) at lahi ng mga balasubas(ninuno niya ay niloko ang pilipinas sa pagkasakamay nila ng LUISITA).Walang ginawa ang gago kundi maghigant (Arroyo,etc)i,manuhol(Corona case,etc),hayaang mamatay ang mga kababayan (SAF44,yolanda victims,Luneta siege,bohol lindo,zamboanga siege,etc) at manigarilyo at maglaro ng video games kasama ang pamangking kagaya niyang ABNO sa halip na asikasuhin ang kapakanan ng mga pilipino.
SAM says:
June 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Bakit makapili din ama ni MARCOS si MARIANO MARCOS, na pinatay ng taong bayan at pinahatak ang 2 paa sa kalabaw at hinati ang katawan..Ano ba nagawa mo sa bansa mo? o sa lugar ninyo? wala! panay sisi din katulad ni aquino..Ipokrito,,Magtrabaho ka! ng umunlad ka!
@OCHOA says:
June 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm
lahi ng mga manyak din, tingnan mo kapatid nya
DAKILA says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:03 am
“NO MATTER WHO GETS HURT” ganoon pala di NAMUMURO na itong mga SENADOR na tumangap ng lagay sa impeachment ni CJ CORONA. Sana unahin si Drillon at yon CAYETANO SIBLINGS na ngayon ay sumisipsip kay Pres Digong. Pag na sampolan yan, masaya na bayan Pilipino.
kris tulo says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:02 am
First order of the day for DU30 is to sign a HDO against Abnoy and his gang, surely he’s so afraid to go inside a cell.Can’t wait for that day when he’s singing the Impossible Dream at Camp Crame or in Sta. Rosa.KRIS tulo kabitin mo na lang si Baste to save your brother.Lalabas na lahat ang mga kababuyan ng mga Aquino after June 30……………
Guadalupe says:
June 3, 2016 at 4:14 am
Wow! This is great! Imprisonment for at least a hundred years for the Abnoy and Abad plus the bankruptcy of the Aquino clan is definitely music to our ears. This is absolutely God’s revenge for those oppressed by the Abnoy as He promised in the Psalms. This is Divine recompense plain and clear. Thanks be to God!
SAM says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm
O, ginagamit mo pa si GOD, baka sa iyo bumalik ang sinasabi mo, pa god god ka pa,,sino ba god mo? di ka lang nakinabang sa kanya,,kundi kay marcos..o kay pandak GMA, na nakarma na rin..
jose says:
June 3, 2016 at 4:13 am
there was much money exchanging hands for the wrong reasons. KARMA!
Junsting says:
June 3, 2016 at 2:16 am
100 years in prison? Sana! Kahit 50 years lang masaya na ako para sa aking bansang Pilipinas….More power to you Mr. Tiglao Sir.
Constancia says:
June 3, 2016 at 8:57 am
Me kahit 10 years Lang basta makulong sya. Karma yan sa ginawa Nya Kay Chief Justice Corona at GMA!
wek wek says:
June 3, 2016 at 9:13 am
not just 100 years but death by hanging or fire squad at the luneta park.
SDKS says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:50 am
Good news. Good news.
Ay salamat naman at may mga hard copies na ebidensya na siguro naman iri-recognize ng mga yellow followers. Siguro? Because “they” are still blind :(
P.S.
mabuti at hindi ‘nasunog’….
SAM says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm
Hindi sinunog kasi talagang walang siya kasalanan..ikaw ang bulag at bingi, at wala siguro wala din laman ang utak.
ja says:
June 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm
no burning was done actually. But in the first quarter of this year, loads and loads of Malacanang papers were hauled for disposal as valueless records…investigate the records of RMAO (Records Management and Archiving Office). So intensive “cleansing” and “sanitizing” works were already done in Malacanang. This RMAO should also be investigated.
P.Akialamiro says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:38 am
The Philippines is in an awkward, shamful, laughable, in a strange situation, or whatever one may describe it, because two of the country’s former CICs have been charged and detained for ‘plunder’ and, most likely, the third one to follow.
With the DAP and PDAF having been declared unconstitutional by the SC, I won’t be surprised if B S Aquino III or The Last, will follow suit. One cannot claim that it will be ‘revenge’ on the part of the new administration since any action would just be a follow-through to the highest court’s decision. This, and other cases to be brought against erring government officials, would validate the promise of the of the new President to clean up the government. It will be a ‘giant’ step toward cleaning or weeding out the unscrupulous government officials as this is the main concern of the many who catapulted Mr. Du30 to the highest position of the land.
M C says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:34 am
Naku, kawawa naman si beneegno. Lalo lang masisira ang ulo na sira na nga. Sa tingin ko, mag plead na lang sya ng “insanity” para makalusot. Itataya kaya ng nanay ni Joshua ang kayamanan nya para makalusot ang kapatid nya? Baka pati mga bahay ng mga kapatid sa Forbes Park ay maisanla o maibenta – not unless nangungupahan lang sila dun. Baka pati Hacienda Luisita ay ibenta agad at wala na ipamamahagi na lupa si Ka Paeng.
Tonyang says:
June 3, 2016 at 6:36 am
Bright ka talaga, MC! Parang si Digong!
Mohr Naga says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:21 am
This will be a golden opportunity for Justice Secretary Aguirre to prove that the Duterte Administration is all out against criminality and corruption. Even if it means to have stalwarts of the yellow horde finally joining Senators Estrada and Revilla in their detention cells.
It is unjust and unfair that other involved “lawmakers” in the unconstitutionally declared DAP fund releases had been spared of the agony of being placed behind bars owing to their closeness to Pnoy. No wonder, there is now a rush for members of the House of Representatives to rally behind Rep. Alvarez for the Speakership.
Being an overnight turncoat will definitely not relieve them of criminal liabilities! Mr. Tiglao, more enlightening informations on this matter, Please!
alvase says:
June 3, 2016 at 1:17 am
That’s plain karma them…
Julian Tulay says:
June 3, 2016 at 12:52 am
Per Erap, weather weather lang iyan. I think Abnoy will be thousand miles away when they charged him of graft, I don’t think he has the balls to face accusation against him.Let’s wait and see.
Rudi Miranda says:
June 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm
Congratulations! Thank you!


MANILA STANDARD

More pork OK’d; Lawmakers to identify P80m each in pet projects posted July 11, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera


Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco

LAWMAKERS in the House of Representatives will be allotted P80 million each in pork barrel for projects that must be identified through line-item budgeting to avoid the lump sum appropriations that the Supreme Court deemed illegal, a senior member of the House said Sunday.

The allotment represents a P10-million increase for each legislator over the P70 million in pork barrel that they received previously, said Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.

The Senate has yet to decide if the allotment will be increased from the previous P200 million for each senator.

In an interview over radio dzBB, Tiangco said President Rodrigo Duterte granted the pork barrel increase to spur infrastructure development in the countryside, and is set to discuss the issue with senators on Tuesday.

The extra P10 million in pork barrel allotments will go to so-called hard projects, which used to be allocated P40 million.

Some P30 million, on the other hand, will be allotted to soft projects like scholarships to poor but deserving students and medical assistance to indigent patients, Tiangco said.

The House members were asked to submit their priority projects to be incorporated in the line-item budgeting when the 2017 national budget is submitted by Duterte’s economic team, headed by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno after the President’s first State-of-the-Nation Address or Sona.

“We were made to submit our pet projects last week. We have to identify our projects before the national budget is approved for the sake of transparency and in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling on PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund],” Tiangco said.

The first national budget under the Duterte administration must be approved by December this year to avoid a reenactment of budget.

In compliance with the Supreme Court ruling, Tiangco said, lawmakers are now barred from identifying and endorsing projects after the national budget or the General Appropriations Act got approved.

“The allocation now for the legislators’ projects can hardly be called pork barrel anymore because the high tribunal disallowed the lump sum appropriation and the realigning of budget after the GAA is passed,” Tiangco said.

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Pork barrel is defined as the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative’s district, but Tiangco emphasized that now, pork would not come as a lump sum allocation.

“This time, lawmakers are being made to identify their projects and submit the list of projects to be included in the GAA as a line-item budget for congressional scrutiny and approval,” he said.

The lawmakers’ pet projects, he said, would now show up in the GAA as a line item for the sake of transparency.

Under the Aquino administration in 2010, Tiangco said, pork barrel funds came in a single item in the budget without specifying the project or the province.

For the 2017 national budget, Tiangco said the 297 congressmen will be allocated a total of P23.76 billion but this will not come in a lump sum appropriation.

The line-item budgeting, Tiangco said, would make it easier for the lawmakers’ constituents to understand where their taxes went.

The approach will also ensure there is no overlapping of budgets with those of government agencies.

“What is being done here is for the congressmen to submit their list of projects to be evaluated by the implementing agencies if these were valid and no overlapping of projects and once cleared, would be included in the the line-item,” he told dzBB.

Tiangco said lawmakers not only legislate, but also deliberate on the national budget.

“The power of the purse emanates from Congress. Now, it is also our job to scrutinize the budget and determine where the funds would be appropriated,” he said.

Tiangco said with the new policy on pork barrel, the Duterte administration will not deprive opposition lawmakers of their allocations.

“Since our projects are incorporated in the national budget, these, along with the projects of the congressmen belonging to the majority, would be approved by Congress. So the administration could not simply impound the budget allocated for districts and declare these as savings, just like what they did with the controversial and illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program funds,” Tiangco said.

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ALSO FROM THE TRIBUNE

DU30 vows to probe misspent LGUs funds Written by PNA Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00



President Duterte yesterday expressed his dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their areas.

Last Friday, the President vowed to create a special body to look into the intelligence and discretionary funds of local officials that may be misspent.

“Many localities in the country are so dirty and yet the mayors are not doing anything about it,” he said.

“There is trash and garbage around and if you have to wait for the plastic to go inside the drainage every time there’s a downpour and excessive rain water, nagka-clog,” he said.

The President stressed the governors and mayors could effectively manage their garbage well because they have their respective discretionary funds.

“I will create a special team. I will review pati yung intelligence funds ninyo. Yan ang pinakamadaling mapasok sa bulsa eh. Yung mga mayor na hindi performing, you make your city clean and peaceful,” he said.

Duterte added local officials who have beautiful offices and who use expensive vehicles should be ashamed of themselves.


TRIBUNE

Video: VP, Comelec chief in ‘secret meet’; recording ‘malicious,’ says Robredo
Written by Charlie V. Manalo Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00


BONGBONG

Vice President Leni Robredo has come under fire after a video circulated online showing her supposedly “secret meeting” with Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, just hours after being ordered by the Supreme Court to respond to the protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

In a video posted by Dayaang Matuwid in the social media, Robredo is shown entering a high- rise apartment in Makati, followed shortly by Bautista.

The opening billboard on the video reads: “On July 12, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered Leni Robredo to submit her reply to the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos.”

“Barely 8 hours after the Supreme Court made the order, Leni Robredo held a secret meeting with fellow respondent and Comelec chairman Andres Bautista at the 10th floor of the Urdaneta Apartments in Makati. The meeting was held at the unit of socialite Baby Cruz,” it continued.

According to the video, Robredo left the building at 10:26 p.m. while Bautista left four minutes later.

“As the electoral case is still pending in the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), the Filipino people would like to know: Is it legal for the Comelec chairman to meet and favor the (alleged) fraudulent party? “If both parties have nothing to hide, why meet in secret?” the sub-titles in the video read.


(Above) Screen shot of the video post on Facebook that DID NOT actually depict the alleged meeting between Robredo and Bautista. FROM INTERAKSYON ONLINE

Just three hours after being posted, the video has garnered more than 6,000 shares and was viewed over 108,000 times in just three hours.

Reacting to the video, a member of the Marcos camp said: “Just where is her delicadeza?”

“Why meet with the Comelec chair in all secrecy when she had just been asked b the High Court to comment on our protest?”

Both Robredo and Bautista denied rumors that they discussed the election protest of Marcos during the “secret meeting.”

The Vice President, at a press conference, described the video as “very malicious.”

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According to Robredo, she attended a party with her daughters and has no control of the visitors invited by the host.

She said almost 40 guests were present during that time, including Bautista, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

The Vice President then challenged those behind the move to discredit her to show concrete proof that she was talking with Bautista during that time.

“We may have greeted each other, but we did not talk,” she stressed.

Robredo said she is confident that at the right time, the “truth will come out.”

Bautista, for his part, said: “It was a social event. There were more than 30 people who were there. No secret meeting. In fact, I just said hello to VP, we didn’t talk,” he added.

“It’s as if this was done with malice, whoever did it,” the Comelec chief noted.

Meanwhile, the Marcos camp deplored the move of Smartmatic to exclude members of the media from its “clarificatory presentation” of the Automated Election System (AES) before the Manila Prosecutors’ Office.

This after Smartmatic personnel, instead of filing its rejoinder to the complaint filed against the firm, filed a manifestation and motion to hold a clarificatory presentation to explain the AES and the other technical aspects of the case without the presence of any other party including the media.

Lawyer Adrian Aumentado, counsel of former Abakada Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, political adviser of Marcos, said it is highly irregular why Smartmatic would want to ban the media from attending the clarificatory presentation of the AES when the case filed is all about transparency.

“To exclude the media from the clarificatory presentation is tantamount to denying the public’s right to know the processes used in their election. We are for transparency and that is what this case is all about and we just find it highly unusual that the media would be excluded from such presentation when it is after all a clarificatory hearing,” Aumentado pointed out.

During the hearing, the panel of prosecutors also expressed surprise by such move. When a member of the Smartmatic team said they were merely concerned about the logistical and practical requirements if members of the media were around, the panel said such would not be a problem since they can always arrange for a place for everyone including the media to be accommodated.


Aumentado also expressed surprise that Smartmatic would be the one to initiate a clarificatory presentation when the initiative should be coming from the panel of prosecutors. He also asked to be given a period to file their opposition and/or manifestation to the motion.

The panel, however, said the move would give them a chance to clarify certain technical aspects of the case without prejudice to whatever motion the former senator’s counsels may file on the matter. They then set the clarificatory presentation to July 21 at 1:30 p.m.

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Robredo, Bautista deny 'secret meeting' ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 14 2016 02:44 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2016 04:30 PM


Vice President Leni Robredo and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista. File/Composite

MANILA (UPDATED) - Vice President Leni Robredo and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista on Thursday denied having any "secret meeting."

Speaking to reporters, Robredo described as "very malicious" the video circulating online alleging a secret meeting between her and Bautista at the Urdaneta Apartments in Makati City on Tuesday evening.

The video, uploaded on the Facebook page "Dayaang Matuwid," shows Robredo arriving at the area and then the Vice President and Comelec chief separately leaving. There was no footage of their supposed meeting.

"Walang ganun na secret meeting," said Robredo, adding that she and Bautista only exchanged pleasantries.

Robredo said she was accompanied by her three daughters, Aika, Tricia and Jillian, at the dinner party attended by around 40 guests.

Other guests at the party were United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

"Hindi ko maalalang nag-usap kami. Parang nagbatian lang, pero hindi kami nagkausap. Marami yung bisita dun," Robredo said.

"Siguro mas maigi kung may secret meeting kung pinakita nila na nagusap kami."

PRIVATE AFFAIR

Bautista, speaking at a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Makati, clarified that the event was a private affair hosted by his mother-in-law.

Bautista said he only said "hello" to the Vice President.

"Actually, there were more than 30 people, with members of the diplomatic corps in attendance. So, there was no secret meeting whatsoever. In fact, I only had a one sentence 'Hello, Madam Vice President,' and that was it,'" he said.

The poll chief said it was clear that there was malice in uploading the video.

"The way it was done as if we were plotting something, which is definitely untrue," Bautista said, adding that other guests could very well validate this fact.

Bautista also said it is not against the law for him to speak with Robredo despite an ongoing electoral challenge filed by the camp of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

"The elections are already over two months ago. Wala na sa aming jurisdiction yan, it is now with the Supreme Court (SC) acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)," he said.

Robredo is facing an election protest before the high court filed by Marcos, her closest rival in the vice presidential race.

Marcos has accused the camp of Robredo of committing "traditional election abuses" and the Comelec of ignoring the supposed vulnerabilities and irregularities of the automated election system.

SC spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te on Tuesday said the high court will issue a resolution on the case "in due course."
- With reports from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News


TRIBUNE

P20-B Piatco payment in, BuB out in budget Written by Ted Tuvera Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00


DIOKNO

The Duterte administration is recrafting the 2017 budget to send a message of its commitment to change as it incorporated a P20 billion provision to pay in full the government’s obligation to the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco) for the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and it will purge the much-assailed Bottom Up Budgeting (BuB) scheme.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the Duterte administration will seek a record P3.4 trillion budget for this year in the national budget that was reworked from that drafted by the previous administration which was heavily packed with the BuB which former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad termed as a budget reform but which budget watchdogs called as the resurrection of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Diokno said that he’s discontinuing the BuB scheme since it is a waste of the public’s money for political purposes.

“The BuB was very political. It was meant for fourth or fifth class municipalities, but it seems that everybody - provinces, cities and first class municipalities - have it,” Diokno said.

“Even more frustrating is that it reached the baranggay level. The BuB is meant to help poor towns to pursue infrastructures, but barangays? Its out of their competence to implement such projects,” he added.

Last April 20, the Supreme Court ruled that the government will have to provide Piatco with a just compensation of $510 million or approximately P20 billion which is the $267.5 million that the SC ruled what the government owed the consortium that built NAIA Terminal 3 as of December 2004 plus annual interest of 12 percent from September 2006 and six percent from July 2013 until full payment.

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The government’s withholding of the compensation for the expropriated project is among the chief reasons for the low foreign investments inflow that the country has been receiving yearly as a result of uncertainties regarding government contracts.

Among the first policy pronouncement of Duterte was for the government to honor contracts that the government has entered into, including those sealed during the previous administration.

In his first press conference as head of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Diokno said the Development Budget Coordination Committee’s (DBCC) proposed budget is 11.6 percent higher than the P3.001 trillion budget this year.

Diokno had said he will allow a higher budget deficit in his watch to pump up government spending mainly on infrastructure that the economy badly needed.

“As a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), the 2017 budget represents 20.5 percent compared to this year’s 20.1 percent of GDP,” he said.

Diokno said the “Duterte budget” will support “the President’s promise to improve the country’s infrastructure, human resource investments, agricultural modernization and rural development in lagging regions”.

Diokno added the DBM will adopt a two-tier budgeting approach (2TBA) to allow transparency in the use of public funds.

“The 2TBA separates the budget preparation into two stages: the first tier is dedicated to the discussion and deliberation of ongoing projects and programs, while the second tier will involve proposals for new and expanded projects,” he explained.

Appropriations in the 2017 budget will be segregated into new general appropriations which pertains to the General Appropriations Act (GAA) that’s subject to congressional approval, and the automatic appropriations which are made annually or for some period prescribed by law which does not require periodic action by Congress.

The new GAA proposals will amount to P2.48 trillion which represents 74.04 percent of the total budget while the automatic appropriations amount to P957 billion which is broken down into interest payments on government debts of P358.7 billion; Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of P486.9 billion; net lending of P26.5 billion; Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums (RLIP) of P37.9 billion; special account of P21.6 billion; tax expenditure of P25.5 billion, and; pension of former presidents and their wives P331 million.

The DBM also took note of unprogrammed appropriations that amounted to P87.5 billion, which was 29.63 percent or P20.0 billion higher than the approved level of P67.5 billion in 2016 mainly due to the provision of P20 billion to compensate Piatco.
24/7 infra buildup

Diokno said the focus of the 2017 budget are public infrastructures “wherein 5.2 percent of GDP purely will be alloted for it in the next six years and can also increase to seven percent depending on how proposed tax (measures) will shape up”.

“Infrastructure projects will have to be done 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Our President despises incompetence,” he told reporters.

The DBM will propose an approximate amount of P118 billion for the construction of school buildings, which is a 44 percent increase from the 2016 budget.

The Department of Social and Welfare Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) allocation would be cut to P54.9 billion targeting 4,402,253 households compared to P62.3 billion this year.

The budget also seeks to allot P17.9 billion for 2,809,542 senior citizens under the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Filipino Citizens.

The government subsidy for health insurance premium payments for indigent families will also get a 15 percent increase in the 2017 budget proposal, or approximately P50 billion, Diokno said.

No pork diet

Diokno said it depends on legislators’ discretion if they prefer to incorporate proposals in a “mechanism” in the prepared 2017 national budget which he said would ensure that the constitutional power of the purse is “restored” to Congress.

“It shouldn’t be referred to as pork. If legislators think that its their obligation to provide projects for their constituents, then (they) should ask for it. If they think that their job is only to make laws, then its fine with us,” Diokno said.


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