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EDITORIAL: UNDER-SPENDING, FRUIT OF INEFFICIENCY


JULY 20 --'We are the fastest growing economy in the region' The incompetent administration of Noynoy has been effective only in manipulating government resources to suit the interest of the Aquino family and friends and that of the Liberal Party to which government underspending boils down. Noynoy and his Rasputin Budget Secretary Butch Abad had made an excuse that the Supreme Court’s Disbursement Acceleration Program ruling had created a chilling effect among government officials who held back on spending “on fear of being haled to court.” Vice President Jojo Binay who was part of the Cabinet of Noynoy until recently when he decided to quit due to the barrage of black propaganda against him, said neither the Supreme Court (SC) nor agency heads were not to blame because it was Abad who held back on the release of government funds. He said that most of the Cabinet members whom Abad claimed to have had a case of the bad chill from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) ruling were actually held back by Abad.When a Cabinet member is asked “why did you underspend?” nearly all points to Mr. Abad. “How can we sign contracts, when no money is being released?” Binay quoted many of the Cabinet officials as saying.Gross public underspending was blamed for growth skidding to a three-year low of 5.2 percent in the first quarter.Underspending was also blamed in 2011 when the economy posted an anemic 3.7 growth. The fact that 2011 and 2014 are years immediately after elections were held, bolsters Binay’s claim that underspending has become a policy under the administration of Noynoy.Abad amassed huge discretionary funds starting 2012 in preparation for the 2013 national polls which was then considered as a referendum midterm into the administration of Noynoy. READ MORE...

ALSO EDITORIAL: Noy a small factor in 2016


JULY 21 --In the five years of the administration of Noynoy, the trust and performance ratings were always constantly above 30 percent approval for both Noynoy and Jojo Binay, the lowest of which for both never fell below the 30 percent level even with the worst crisis that faced them. Noynoy at the height of the Mamasapano debacle that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force commandos in a disastrous mission to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and his Filipino henchmen, got his lowest marker at 38 percent, his lowest ever, based on the periodic Pulse Asia survey. The confusing netting system of rival Social Weather Stations showed Noynoy having the lowest grade of net 19 from 48 percent satisfaction and 29 percent dissatisfaction. The trust rating on Binay ebbed to 42 in March before recovering to 57 in the June survey based on the Pulse survey. His approval rating also recovered last June to 58 percent from 46 percent last March. The unrelenting Liberal Party (LP) black ops against Binay, led by the anti-Binay senators had some temporary effect on his survey ratings but his ability to bounce back strong showed that the smear campaign only has a fleeting effect. Sen. Grace Poe said it right, which she may have gotten as an advice from her handlers that included in the past political strategist Sen. Serge Osmeña, when she said what matters more are the public acceptance ratings rather than the unreliable pre-poll preference surveys. READ MORE...


ALSO EDITORIAL: Somebody’s gonna hang literally, it seems


JULY 23 --Noynoy’s signing the other day of the Philippine Competition Law and the amendments to the Cabotage Law was a reminder of the Aquino administration’s failure to enact a Freedom of Information law and along with it a particular reminder to Speaker Sonny Belmonte who said he was willing to hang if the FoI bill is not enacted in the House. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzalez II the other day said the FoI and anti-dynasty bills were effectively shelved since the House would be preoccupied with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and the 2016 national budget between August and mid-October before lawmakers running in the 2016 elections file their certificates of candidacy. Since the Speaker is not known to break his promise, it is possible that the pro-Mar Roxas Liberal Party group is looking forward to his commitment when words circulated about the possibility of Belmonte’s replacement as House leader. Clearly, the FoI bill is the least of Noynoy’s concerns despite his 2010 campaign promise of pushing the transparency law which would require the government to submit documents demanded by the public, except for those that may have national security implications. Business groups which included multilateral institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the Joint Foreign Chambers have even raised the enactment of the FoI as a necessary transparency tool to level the business playing field in the country. The FoI has languished in the legislative mill for nearly 30 years and the Philippines remains among the few countries in the world without the transparency law. READ MORE...

ALSO EDITORIAL: A burden for generations


JULY 22 --Chronic underspending achieves two things for Noynoy: One is savings which translates to an inexhaustible campaign kitty later and the other is the chance for a further upgrade in the credit ratings. Noynoy and his economic managers have become obsessed with the good ratings with international credit watchdogs and there are many, the most prominent of which are Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, since he assumed office in 2010. Even if poor government spending results in pulling down economic growth, which already skidded to a three-year low of 5.2 percent in the first quarter, the rating firms still consider this as a positive factor for the credit ratings since it improves the debt profile of the country. The Philippines currently has even an investments grade in all three key ratings watchdog and some economic officials are talking of a one notch above investments grade rating before Noynoy steps down which is also considered to be a huge boost for the anointed bet for the elections next year.The May fiscal data showed a P67.3 billion surplus that brought the year’s budget balance to a yet unseen P86.4 billion surplus until May. The Department of Finance, however, said that the May figures included some P60 billion proceeds from the sale of disputed San Miguel Corp. shares that the Supreme Court (SC) earlier awarded to the government. Still even without the one-shot gain, the May figures would still be in a P7 billion surplus. READ MORE...

ALSO: GET READY FOR WAR IN 2016


JULY 23 --By Charlie Manalo The fight for the 2016 presidency just got interesting. This was after Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares “virtually rejected” the offer of her benefactor, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, for her to become the running mate of presumptive Liberal Party (LP) 2016 standard bearer, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, paving the way for a three-cornered tussle among them and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. For a time, many were not expecting Poe-Llamazares to be sliding down to the vice presidential post given her high survey rating. Many LP stalwarts were still hoping Noynoy could work his magic and convince the senator to pair with Mar, thereby not only coming up with one less competition, but prop up Mar’s chances, who to date, still remains one of the cellar dwellers among the presidentiables. But as she had been described to be an ingrate by those who have known and worked with her in the past, Poe-Llamanzares opted to ignore Noynoy, who had given her the break she needed to enter politics despite having spent most of her adult life in the United States as a citizen of that country. Even as Poe-Llamanzares or Noynoy still have to issue a categorical statement admitting the failure of their talks, the message was clear in senator’s statement released to the media Monday night: They are going their separate ways to pursue each one’s brand of public service. READ MORE...

ALSO: The laugh is on Noy


JULY 23 --“Hindi sinumang magbibitiw ng mga pahayag at pangakong walang laman; hindi sinumang may ni kaunting duda tayong magsasamantala o manlalamang; hindi sinumang may ambisyong parating pansarili, imbes na para sa buong bayan—kundi piliin natin ang indibidwal na panatag tayong ipagpapatuloy ang tuwid na daan,” he added. What a big laughing session people must have had, listening to Noynoy’s pre-campaign spiel, warning the people not to choose the next leader that cannot continue his straight path policy. This was stated in a speech after inspecting the Angat Dam. Aquino warned the voters against politicians who give empty promises, and who will take advantage of their posts for personal gain, saying voters should not elect candidates who prioritize self-interest. If this was followed with laughter from the general public, it was mainly because Noynoy, if he doesn’t know it yet, was describing himself as the politician against whom he warns voters. Noynoy has made a lot of empty promises, that is what his record is, as a politician and president of the republic. During his 2010 presidential campaign, he promised to have a Freedom of Information (FoI) bill passed. Almost at the end of his term, Noynoy and his boys in Congress, have been refusing to pass the FoI measure which could bring about transparency in government. READ MORE...


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Underspending, fruit of inefficiency

MANILA, JULY 23, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Editorial Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00 - The incompetent administration of Noynoy has been effective only in manipulating government resources to suit the interest of the Aquino family and friends and that of the Liberal Party to which government underspending boils down.

Noynoy and his Rasputin Budget Secretary Butch Abad had made an excuse that the Supreme Court’s Disbursement Acceleration Program ruling had created a chilling effect among government officials who held back on spending “on fear of being haled to court.”

Vice President Jojo Binay who was part of the Cabinet of Noynoy until recently when he decided to quit due to the barrage of black propaganda against him, said neither the Supreme Court (SC) nor agency heads were not to blame because it was Abad who held back on the release of government funds.

He said that most of the Cabinet members whom Abad claimed to have had a case of the bad chill from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) ruling were actually held back by Abad.

When a Cabinet member is asked “why did you underspend?” nearly all points to Mr. Abad. “How can we sign contracts, when no money is being released?” Binay quoted many of the Cabinet officials as saying.

Gross public underspending was blamed for growth skidding to a three-year low of 5.2 percent in the first quarter.

Underspending was also blamed in 2011 when the economy posted an anemic 3.7 growth. The fact that 2011 and 2014 are years immediately after elections were held, bolsters Binay’s claim that underspending has become a policy under the administration of Noynoy.

Abad amassed huge discretionary funds starting 2012 in preparation for the 2013 national polls which was then considered as a referendum midterm into the administration of Noynoy.

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The way savings were accumulated was that huge chunks of the budget were poured into agencies with poor disbursement records or poor performance that allowed Abad to freeze funds from supposed “slow-moving” or inactive projects.
The result is huge discretionary funds for Noynoy but poor rollout of government services.

The World Bank said in one of its reports that local infrastructure has been undermined by decades of underinvestment resulting in inadequate roads, ports and airports; and unsatisfactory water, sanitation and waste facilities.

Former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno said the source of underspending can’t be Congress since it has religiously approved the President’s budget before the start of fiscal year and nearly intact to the last figure.

“He can’t also blame the Cabinet members since they’ve been on the job for more than four years. It would be a stretch to argue that Mr. Aquino’s top men are still learning on their jobs,” he added.

Diokno said Noynoy and Abad can’t blame the past administration either since “that would be ridiculous.”

He surmised that the DBM allowed a lot of “fat” in lump-sum appropriations within agency budgets and under the Special Purpose Funds in the 2015 President’s Budget in response to the Supreme Court decision on the unconstitutionality of the DAP.

He saw a lot of “fat,” for instance, in the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund.
“The enormous gap between actual budget deficit (total revenues less total disbursements) versus planned deficit, suggests the severity of unmet expectations. Agency heads are not delivering public services that they promised Congress they will deliver,” he added.

In effect, Diokno said underspending’s backlash on ordinary Filipino families is that they are not getting what is expected from government in terms of services.

“The average Filipino paid more taxes to the government than what he received from it in terms of public goods and services,” Diokno noted.

As a percent of gross domestic product (GDP), government spending net of interest payments has been shrinking.

DAP funding that the administration of Noynoy spent since 2011 reached a total of P140 billion but the DAP was used largely as a slush fund particularly in the ouster of former SC Chief Justice Renato Corona when money in the form of “incentives” poured in the House that impeached Corona and the Senate which convicted him.

With the rising tax collections as claimed by Noynoy shooting buddy Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares and the supposed strong economic growth, the government is actually spending less in the provision of services.

In 2009, during the term of former President Gloria Arroyo public spending compared to GDP was 14.2 percent, it was 13.2 percent of GDP last year.

“That’s how small the government is spending for goods and services. That’s how incredulous the administration’s claim that the government is responsible for the growth of economy,” Diokno said.

The figures thus showed the economy has grown in spite of a passive and ineffective government.

The incompetence of the administration of Noynoy manifests in its policy of underspending.


Noy a small factor in 2016
Written by Tribune Editorial Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00



In the five years of the administration of Noynoy, the trust and performance ratings were always constantly above 30 percent approval for both Noynoy and Jojo Binay, the lowest of which for both never fell below the 30 percent level even with the worst crisis that faced them.

Noynoy at the height of the Mamasapano debacle that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force commandos in a disastrous mission to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and his Filipino henchmen, got his lowest marker at 38 percent, his lowest ever, based on the periodic Pulse Asia survey.

The confusing netting system of rival Social Weather Stations showed Noynoy having the lowest grade of net 19 from 48 percent satisfaction and 29 percent dissatisfaction.

The trust rating on Binay ebbed to 42 in March before recovering to 57 in the June survey based on the Pulse survey. His approval rating also recovered last June to 58 percent from 46 percent last March.

The unrelenting Liberal Party (LP) black ops against Binay, led by the anti-Binay senators had some temporary effect on his survey ratings but his ability to bounce back strong showed that the smear campaign only has a fleeting effect.

Sen. Grace Poe said it right, which she may have gotten as an advice from her handlers that included in the past political strategist Sen. Serge Osmeña, when she said what matters more are the public acceptance ratings rather than the unreliable pre-poll preference surveys.

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The surveys thus showed that both Noynoy and Binay have at least 30 percent of the respondents who are convinced of the qualities of both who would not budge even with the negative issues that come the way of both.

That 30 percent can be considered a rough estimate of the political base of both. It appears that since both numbers are always solid, the support base is different for both.

It is likely mostly in the poorest sector of the society goes for Binay while mostly the rich, the middle class and beneficiaries of the government doles or the conditional cash transfer (CCT) who back Noynoy, goes to the administration candidate.

The CCT is a potent political leverage since all that is needed to be done is to dangle a false warning that the program will be stopped by an administration not supported by Noynoy to get most of the votes from the beneficiaries.

In a head-to-head match, pitting Noynoy against Binay for the presidency would be an interesting match. That, however, is impossible since the Constitution allows only a one-term six-year tenure for a president.

That leaves Binay and a queue of presidential wannabes that “may or may not” include Sen. Grace Poe, who seems to be the strongest rival of Binay for the presidency, in the race for 2016, but only based on the ephemeral and manipulated surveys that are hardly indicative of the public pulse.

Poe is touting her 93 percent confidence rating in the Senate based on a June Pulse Asia survey which translating this into votes for the presidency is much in doubt similar to the fact that not all Senate topnotchers become a presidential favorite.

The potency of Noynoy’s anointment is also much in doubt because of his being beholden to the LP which seems to have acquired the kiss of death curse for 2016 candidates mainly due to the party’s deep involvement in the plunder of government funds through the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Even an anointed outside of the LP will get a marginal boost from Noynoy since voters still see the LP shadow behind the candidate and the anointed if from outside of the LP and with the LP being used to further the party’s agenda of retaining control over the government.

Binay’s confidence in winning the 2016 polls has basis in that he should have been the solution that the LP is looking for in a candidate, who is one accepted by the public and at the same time who has the experience in government.

Right now the Palace split equation that is giving Noynoy a headache is that Poe, who is being hyped by the media and the manipulated surveys, is made to have the public support but sorely lacks the experience while LP sentimental favorite Mar Roxas surely has years in government but lacks the quality to inspire voters.

Both Poe and Roxas do not want to give way and want to be the administration’s presidential bet.

LP stalwarts admit that with both Poe and Roxas being in the race, such moves wuld be giving away the presidency to Binay.

The quandary that Noynoy needs to solve a week from now is deemed crucial for the chances of the LP’s agenda of perpetuation of power.

The fact, however, that the confidence ratings on Binay had recovered to higher than that of Noynoy indicates that it would take more than Noynoy’s endorsement for the administration candidate to have a decent chance against the Vice President.

For now, the anointed can only count one additional vote from the anointer as benefit from the endorsement of Noynoy.


Somebody’s gonna hang literally, it seems Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

Noynoy’s signing the other day of the Philippine Competition Law and the amendments to the Cabotage Law was a reminder of the Aquino administration’s failure to enact a Freedom of Information law and along with it a particular reminder to Speaker Sonny Belmonte who said he was willing to hang if the FoI bill is not enacted in the House.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzalez II the other day said the FoI and anti-dynasty bills were effectively shelved since the House would be preoccupied with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and the 2016 national budget between August and mid-October before lawmakers running in the 2016 elections file their certificates of candidacy.

Since the Speaker is not known to break his promise, it is possible that the pro-Mar Roxas Liberal Party group is looking forward to his commitment when words circulated about the possibility of Belmonte’s replacement as House leader.

Clearly, the FoI bill is the least of Noynoy’s concerns despite his 2010 campaign promise of pushing the transparency law which would require the government to submit documents demanded by the public, except for those that may have national security implications.

Business groups which included multilateral institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the Joint Foreign Chambers have even raised the enactment of the FoI as a necessary transparency tool to level the business playing field in the country.

The FoI has languished in the legislative mill for nearly 30 years and the Philippines remains among the few countries in the world without the transparency law.

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Noynoy is known to be allergic to the FoI law and even said in one of his interviews that the bill is not needed since his administration has been forthright in providing information to the public.

The FoI has been stuck down perennially at the House because Noynoy’s allies, obviously under Palace directives, won’t allow its passage.

In one of his absurd explanations to justify his claim of the unimportance of the FoI law, Noynoy made use of the spread of the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, saying most people would not want to learn the minute details of how the disease could spread in the country.

He was referring to government efforts to track down suspected carriers of the disease who lately was a Middle Eastern tourist.

“Now the question I want to pose about the FoI: Would you want to know all the details about what happened? Like in the case of the MERS when the possibility already exists that it is already airborne?” Noynoy said.

Noynoy has used the argument that the government is making use of its secrecy to prevent panic from erupting. The fear, however, among most Filipinos is the complete inability of the government to do anything in response to calamities like what happened to communities devastated by typhoon “Yolanda” two years ago which still suffers from lack of government attention, particularly in Tacloban City which Noynoy considers as enemy territory.

The FoI, even in its diluted form that Belmonte stuck his neck out in promising to pass, would compel government agencies to release to the public, documents that mostly relate to stopping the theft of public funds.

The FoI is an equalizing measure for the public against a secretive and scheming government such as what Noynoy has.

Noynoy even gave the media a piece of advice, saying that a good reporter does not need an FoI law.

His aversion to the FoI came to a point when he required the insertion of a right of reply provision in the bill.

The Senate which has long passed its version of the bill had removed that provision that Noynoy wanted inserted.

The House, despite having the Palace-required provision, still failed to enact the bill.

Opaque Noynoy simply does not want government information to filter out to the public particularly when he leaves office when many groups have already indicated plans to hale him to court.


A burden for generations Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Chronic underspending achieves two things for Noynoy: One is savings which translates to an inexhaustible campaign kitty later and the other is the chance for a further upgrade in the credit ratings.

Noynoy and his economic managers have become obsessed with the good ratings with international credit watchdogs and there are many, the most prominent of which are Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, since he assumed office in 2010.

Even if poor government spending results in pulling down economic growth, which already skidded to a three-year low of 5.2 percent in the first quarter, the rating firms still consider this as a positive factor for the credit ratings since it improves the debt profile of the country.

The Philippines currently has even an investments grade in all three key ratings watchdog and some economic officials are talking of a one notch above investments grade rating before Noynoy steps down which is also considered to be a huge boost for the anointed bet for the elections next year.

The May fiscal data showed a P67.3 billion surplus that brought the year’s budget balance to a yet unseen P86.4 billion surplus until May.

The Department of Finance, however, said that the May figures included some P60 billion proceeds from the sale of disputed San Miguel Corp. shares that the Supreme Court (SC) earlier awarded to the government.

Still even without the one-shot gain, the May figures would still be in a P7 billion surplus.

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The five-month surplus figure was more than 10 times that of a year ago which was when many started to suspect that the low spending clip of the administration was intentional and geared toward the coming presidential elections.

It is apparent that Noynoy’s Rasputin, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, who is also the Liberal Party’s (LP) chief strategist, is again up to no good regarding the budget this year, as the government’s own figures conflict with his claim that a huge part of the budget had already been released.

The SC earlier this year eased some of the provisions in its ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), mainly as a result of intense Palace lobbying that borders on threats, and allowed savings to be transferred to an item specified in the budget for “augmentation purposes.”

Its original ruling branded as unconstitutional the withdrawal of unobligated allotments from the implementing agencies, and the declaration of the withdrawn unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year and without complying with the statutory definition of savings in the General Appropriations Act; the cross-border transfer of savings to augment the appropriations of other offices outside the Executive; and the funding of projects, activities and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the GAA.

The 2015 GAA also had provisions that overturned the SC ruling by allowing Noynoy to declare as savings funds for projects that have not started by mid-year, and to realign such funds.

Under Section 67 of the 2015 budget, the Executive branch has the power to declare as savings, unused funds as a result of the following:
Programs, activities or projects that were discontinued or abandoned “for justifiable causes at any time during the validity of the appropriations”;

* Programs, activities or projects for which appropriations were authorized but have not commenced within the first semester of fiscal year 2015. Non-commencement refers to the inability of the agency or its duly authorized procurement agent to obligate an allotment within the first semester of fiscal year 2015; and
* Decreased costs resulting from improved efficiency during the implementation or after agencies complete their programs, activities and projects.
Early this month, Abad said the Department of Budget and Management had released 94.6 percent of agency allotments since June 30.
Since the money is already there among government agencies, the huge surplus only indicated that the money was merely parked and using the different maneuvers in the budget law and the relaxed SC ruling, and huge savings are accumulated.

In the government sense, savings do not translate to improved financial standing in government as even with the huge surpluses, the budget is supported by huge foreign and domestic borrowings.

The savings which are later used as Liberal Party campaign kitty, thus, become part of the more than P4-trillion debts that generations of Filipinos will have to pay for.


Get ready for war Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00


by Charlie V. Manalo

The fight for the 2016 presidency just got interesting.

This was after Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares “virtually rejected” the offer of her benefactor, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, for her to become the running mate of presumptive Liberal Party (LP) 2016 standard bearer, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, paving the way for a three-cornered tussle among them and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.

For a time, many were not expecting Poe-Llamazares to be sliding down to the vice presidential post given her high survey rating. Many LP stalwarts were still hoping Noynoy could work his magic and convince the senator to pair with Mar, thereby not only coming up with one less competition, but prop up Mar’s chances, who to date, still remains one of the cellar dwellers among the presidentiables.
But as she had been described to be an ingrate by those who have known and worked with her in the past, Poe-Llamanzares opted to ignore Noynoy, who had given her the break she needed to enter politics despite having spent most of her adult life in the United States as a citizen of that country.

Even as Poe-Llamanzares or Noynoy still have to issue a categorical statement admitting the failure of their talks, the message was clear in senator’s statement released to the media Monday night: They are going their separate ways to pursue each one’s brand of public service.

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“I could sense the very difficult position PNoy is in right now. I understand and sympathize with his predicament and situation. I consider him a true and sincere friend and he has my utmost respect,” Poe said in a statement after emerging from her five-hour talks with the president that day.

“In the end, we both agreed to continue, in whatever capacity, striving and working for our countrymen and for the betterment of our children’s future,” Poe-Llamanzares added.

And with ties having been cut, Poe-Llamanzares has to be prepared for all repercussions.

For one, all her access to the administration’s resources which have given her advantage among other presidentiables in the past, would now be limited.

Maybe even the preferential treatment given to her by the yellow media would be affected too as there are those whose loyalty is stuck with Noynoy and even Mar.
And more importantly, she has to prepare herself for the biggest legal battle in her life, which would deal on the issue of her citizenship and residency.

Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares has just become the next biggest target for the all-out offensive against political opponents of the administration, next to Binay. In fact, she had already been given a sampler by no less than Mar’s trusted lieutenant, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, who, just recently, raised question on the senator’s residency requirement.

And the attacks are expected to intensify any time soon.

And Poe-Llamanzares has to be wary even with the people around her as attacks are also expected to come from within her camp.

As she is being rumored to be drafting Sen. Chiz Escudero as her running mate, some of her supporters reportedly have been turned off with her “decision.”
Sen. Serge Osmeña who helped her during the 2013 senatorial elections, has already issued a warning on her idea of having Escudero as a running mate.

“It will be difficult to run with somebody with an excess baggage because it will also tarnish your image,” Osmeña was quoted saying although not elaborating on the matter.

Even some members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition which is reportedly adopting the duo as their top bets for 2016, were said to have scoffed at the idea of having to campaign for Escudero who junked them in 2010 after it became clear the NPC would not be fielding bets for presidential and vice presidential elections then.

But apparently, that is what Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares wants. Armed with her messianic complex, she won’t mind defying all the odds as she believes in herself she is the Philippine’s last surviving hope.

She wants war. And she’ll be getting one. Better for her to get ready.


The laugh is on Noy Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00


“Hindi sinumang magbibitiw ng mga pahayag at pangakong walang laman; hindi sinumang may ni kaunting duda tayong magsasamantala o manlalamang; hindi sinumang may ambisyong parating pansarili, imbes na para sa buong bayan—kundi piliin natin ang indibidwal na panatag tayong ipagpapatuloy ang tuwid na daan,” he added.

What a big laughing session people must have had, listening to Noynoy’s pre-campaign spiel, warning the people not to choose the next leader that cannot continue his straight path policy.

This was stated in a speech after inspecting the Angat Dam.

Aquino warned the voters against politicians who give empty promises, and who will take advantage of their posts for personal gain, saying voters should not elect candidates who prioritize self-interest.

If this was followed with laughter from the general public, it was mainly because Noynoy, if he doesn’t know it yet, was describing himself as the politician against whom he warns voters.

Noynoy has made a lot of empty promises, that is what his record is, as a politician and president of the republic.

During his 2010 presidential campaign, he promised to have a Freedom of Information (FoI) bill passed.

Almost at the end of his term, Noynoy and his boys in Congress, have been refusing to pass the FoI measure which could bring about transparency in government.

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The Noynoy allies in Congress have already said that the FoI measure is not likely to be taken up, as Congress will be busy with the passage of the P3-trillion budget bill — the biggest ever — which will no doubt be an election budget, which means a lot of hidden pork and a resurrected DAP.

After all, as being exposed today, despite the Supreme Court junking the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Fund, the 2015 budget is filled with too many lump sums and no details of projects, with allied congressmen and no doubt, allied senators, getting their pork and share of DAP again from these lump sums.

And yet there was Chiz Escudero, claiming in 2014, that there were no lump sums in the 2015 budget that has any trace of pork or DAP, and whatever lump sums there were, are all adhering to the Supreme Court ruling.

Even today, he, who is finance committee chair, still insists that there were no lump sums in the 2014 budget save for the lump sums that have to do with natural calamities, even in the face of studies on the budget.

Following Noynoy’s warning for voters not to elect a politician who lies, should the electorate then not vote for Chiz?

As Noynoy was quoted as saying during an Angat Dam ceremony: “This is my call: Choose leaders who will be true to you. Not someone who will give empty promises. Not someone whom we have doubts about being abusive and taking advantage of others. Not someone who only has ambitions for personal interests instead of for the nation.”

He added that the electorate should choose someone who will continue his reforms and his “tuwid na daan” campaign.

Now, that’s a really big laugh, considering that his so-called straight path is nothing but a crooked path, marked with vindictiveness applied to his political foes and protection for his corrupt officials, which a Serge Osmeña-commissioned survey said 70 percent of the respondents believe that Noynoy’s officials are corrupt.

This is why Noynoy has been having difficulty getting a non-LP bet as his anointed, since he wants continued protection, not just for his allies, but more importantly, for himself.

This, many suspect, was the reason behind the six-hour meetings with the Mar Roxas, Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero, It took a lot of time because Noynoy couldn’t quite articulate what he really wanted from them: A commitment from them to spare him and his officials from being charged in court after he leaves the Palace on June 30, 2016 at noon.

Noynoy warned the voters not to elect candidates who put self-interest over the country’s welfare, yet all those years in the presidential seat, his presidency is marked not only with blatant lies, but also with self interest. When he protects his appointed officials by ensuring that his puppets, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, don’t charge them, what is he then doing by protecting his big time allies if not self-interest, because as sure as hell this has nothing to do with the country’s interests but his and his allies’ interests.

He has the nerve to warn the public from choosing a leader who does not stay true to his word, when it is he, along with his allies, who have never been true to their word all this time.

He warns people to elect a leader who will continue his claimed reforms and straight path, when he does not even follow what the Constitution or the Supreme Court says. Noynoy and his aides have been violating the Charter with impunity.

As for all his talk about him and his administration being honest, transparent, and incorruptible, and walking the straight path, hell’s bells! That is the biggest laugh of all.

All one has to do is to remember how he corrupted the Congress, bringing members of both houses to impeach and convict the sitting chief justice just because then CJ Renato Corona, refused to toe Noynoy’s line of the SC not ruling in favor of the tenants and workers of Luisita to have their parcel of land.

Honorable, truthful, transparent and incorruptible Noynoy walking the straight path? What a big, big, big laugh!


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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