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EDITORIAL: 'YOLANDA' REMAINS AN OPEN WOUND


The “Yolanda” tragedy, which turned two years this month, remains an open wound for the whole nation as a result of the unending effort of Noynoy to obfuscate the extent of the tragedy and for his Liberal Party (LP) cabal to use it instead as fodder for their political ends. A classic reminder of the inclination of Noynoy for covering up painful incidences is the absence of a final figure on those who perished in the supertyphoon.The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the aftermath of the catastrophe stopped its mortality count at 6,000 on the orders of Noynoy with his zero casualty slogan gone to the dogs.Adding salt to the wound, presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said the other day that the government is still “in the middle of counting and verifying the deaths.” If the government can’t even verify the identity of the dead, it is improbable for it to even attend to the needs of those who were fortunate enough to live through the tragedy. Valte said the government cannot be reckless in counting the death toll from the onslaught of Yolanda, citing the need to validate every death before being consolidated with the official count in another attempt to stupefy the public.Valte may have lost count, but it has been two years since the tragedy struck and even if entire families perished during the onslaught of the typhoon, relatives would have certainly attest to the loss of their loved ones if community records were also lost.There was no real effort to know the full extent of the calamity nor was there a commitment to aid the victims.Former rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson, for instance, when he was confronted with questions on the grudgingly slow rehabilitation process in the provinces devastated by typhoon Yolanda, said he did not get the cooperation of three Cabinet officials who are key in the rebuilding process. Rehabilitation funds were farmed out as if it was an LP property with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is now Noynoy’s anointed, distributing most of the money while LP strategist Budget Secretary Butch Abad did the releasing to mostly LP political allies. Also the post-disaster needs assessment that would have served as Lacson’s blueprint for his rehabilitation work did not get the urgency that it deserved as it was signed only lately shortly before Lacson relinquished his post.READ MORE...

ALSO: Editorial - China offers detente, Palace thickhead refuses


The thickheaded Palace occupant really sees Filipinos lowly in believing that many are suckers enough to believe the silly excuses and spins his propagandists give out daily. China is apparently reaching out to the Philippines for a dialog over the South China Sea dispute by sending both its Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Xi Jinping to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum which, if it is a hint, would be hard to miss even for a thickhead. The country’s Apec’s Ambassador Marciano Paynor said a bilateral talk between Philippines and China is not in the Apec agenda but also said that bilateral talks of Noynoy with other state leaders are being worked out. An indication that China is trying to mend relations with its neighbors was the recent state visit of Xi to Vietnam with which it had a comparably violent incident over their own territorial dispute recently.China also indicated that it will not exert any pressure in the elections in Taiwan set in January next year. Xi and Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou also held a historic handshake in meeting in Singapore. China considers Taiwan as a province while Taiwan holds that it is a state independent from China.What begs asking is the priority that Noynoy has in such a rare event in having world leaders within his reach and in an atmosphere where negotiations are paramount. The nation’s biggest problem right now is the dispute with China and even if a ceasefire in confrontations between both countries has been declared, Noynoy can’t pass up the chance to thaw the icy relations that exist between the Philippines and Chinese governments through the Manila forum. The citizens of the Philippines and the Chinese continue to go on with daily commerce and trade between both countries thriving. Noynoy as a leader can’t just ignore the thorny relations with the Chinese government just to please his American master. Paynor said there would be talks on the sidelines of the summit itself which he suggested would be the only chance for Noynoy and Xi to possibly talk shop which the Chinese would definitely consider a diplomatic snub and forego any meeting with Noynoy. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) even said Wang is on a “working visit” to the country upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. What other work should Wang be interested in but the smoothing of relationship with the Philippines? READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Questions remain unresolved


The Supreme Court (SC) ruling on the Makati City tussle between Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay has the effect of prodding the lower court or the Court of Appeals (CA) to act expeditiously on the various cases brought to it related to the issue, aside from the part that mattered most, which was the abandonment of the condonation doctrine. The ruling upheld the CA in intervening in the politically-motivated suspension order of Morales on Binay but the CA had earlier already issued a decision that any relief on the suspension order was superseded by the dismissal and perpetual disqualification Morales imposed on Binay. The decision then would be vital in terms of the Binays’ call for fairness amid the political assault of the family’s opponents who are alleged to be in league with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Removal of the condonation doctrine, however, appears to have been motivated by the Binay case which may be termed arbitrary since the oral arguments held on the Makati City case only broached the issue. The condonation doctrine was adopted by the high court as an affirmation of the supremacy of the people’s voice, the removal of which should have been thoroughly reviewed. The removal of the doctrine was made an issue after Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno during oral arguments on the Makati City case debated with Binay’s lawyers on citing the doctrine for their defense which many found strange since Sereno has not raised it except for the particular case. The condonation doctrine tends to prove the duplicity of Morales in her decision on Binay based on the allegations of his father’s, Vice President Jejomar Binay, opponents in Makati City who was recruited to bring down the survey numbers of the leading presidential contender.
It was only in the case of Binay that Morales had acted swiftly and in an exacting manner while other similar cases involving other local government officials mainly allies of the incumbent were involved have remained idle for years. The condonation or Aguinaldo doctrine clears officials of past administrative liability upon election as show of respect to voters’ will. The use of the doctrine, however, showed Morales’ double standard or her exercise of what is now considered as the patented selective justice of the administration of Noynoy. READ MORE...

ALSO By Charlie Manalo: It’s still a legal and moral issue, dear senators


Senators Villar, Poe Llamanzares and Cayetano Five days from now, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) is expected to render its decision on the disqualification petition filed by Rizalito David against Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares. As the petition evolves on the question of whether Poe-Llamanzares is a natural-born Filipino or not, the decision will also have an effect on the senator’s presidential bid. But while Poe-Llamanzares seems to have accepted her fate (that she might be disqualified), her peers in the Senate even before they convene at the SET to cast their votes, have already been insinuating on how they would be voting.After the much-ballyhooed DNA test undertaken by Poe-Llamanzares and her supposed relatives failed, Sen. Pia Cayetano immediately issued a statement saying her colleague’s case has become more of a factual than a legal one.Sen. Cynthia Villar on the other hand, declared she would be voting based on what the people want and not what is legal. Without having to state categorically, both senators are saying they would vote in favor of Poe-Llamanzares. For when Cayetano said it’s more of factual than a legal issue, she might actually be referring to the fact Poe-Llamanzares had been found at the doorsteps in one of the churches in the Philippines, was registered as a Filipino, grew up in the Philippines, and was allowed to run and seat in the Philippine Senate, a privilege only natural-born Filipinos enjoy. Villar, for her part, when she said she would be voting based on what the Filipinos want could actually be referring to the 20 million votes Poe-Llamanzares claims to have obtained in the 2013 mid-term elections. However, both Cayetano and Villar might have overlooked some major factors concerning their colleague’s case. While I do not want to dignify Poe-Lamanzares’ camp assertion that their political rivals have been zeroing in on her foundling issue, making her look more like an object of pity, it should be noted that David questioned her qualification based on the citizenship issue mainly because the Philippines is not a signatory to the 1961 UN Declaration on the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, which is being used as the basis on the senator’s camp in insisting that she is a natural-born Filipino. Isn’t that factual, Senator Cayetano? In 2001, Poe-Llamanzares acquired her US citizenship, renouncing her Filipino citizenship. When she took her oath of allegiance to the US Flag, Poe-Llamanzares swore to “absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty,” of whom or which she had been a subject. And sho also vowed to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and that includes the Philippines. In 2006, when she sensed a great opportunity was knocking, she began the process of reacquiring her Filipino citizenship. Take note, “reacquiring.” Although she did not seriously push the process of reacquiring her Filipino citizenship until she was appointed to MTRCB. What should be given primary consideration is that she underwent a process to reacquire her Filipino citizenship which she had earlier renounced. And the Philippine Constitution clearly defines a natural born citizen to be a citizen from birth who does not have to perform any act to perfect or acquire her citizenship. Having a questionable citizenship from birth, and reacquiring it later, is also factual, is that not right, Senator Cayetano? READ MORE...

ALSO By Fr. Larry Faraon: VP TURNED 73 -'Rooted in the roots'


Vice President Jejomar Binay turned 73 last Wednesday, but the memories of his boyhood spent in the streets of Libertad, Pasay City, were as vivid as in a déjà vu.
After celebrating a thanksgiving mass in Sta. Clara de Montefalco church where he was baptized, he traced his feet along memory lanes along Tramo street that would eventually shape a juvenile yet ideal determination to lift himself up and his surroundings from poverty. He still managed to shed a tear or two as he reminisced the defining moments of poverty when his mother languished and died penniless fighting cancer and their humble house being gutted by fire where all the death benefits of his mother went up the flames. With his bereaved father and at an early age, he enrolled himself into servility to his uncle in Makati. He shared much of his time not only with books as he grappled with available education opportunities but more so with the swine he took care of for his uncle.
Again, his idealistic determination to begin stamping out poverty beginning with his own became more determined and firmer as he laboriously pursued college and his law degree at the University of the Philippines. A UP classmate of VP Binay, a good friend of mine, recollects the moments when inside the classroom, most of VP Jojo’s classmates would shy away from him because he exuded the scent of a body reeking with perspiration. But of course, everybody knew it was because he had to walk the long stretch from Quezon City hall to UP Diliman because his transport budget allots only up to city hall. And when finally he became a lawyer, he vowed to give the poor a chance to obtain justice and law by taking the cudgels for the poor and needy through the human rights cases with the Mabini Group which listed legal luminaries such as Rene Saguisag and Augusto Sanchez among others. In short, VP Binay saw poverty, he lived poverty and he was once poverty itself. As the presidential campaign sweeps in, all aspiring presidential aspirants have always tried their best to identify with the poorer sectors of our society. We would remember quickly in the last 2010 elections how a presidential candidate capitalized on his childhood poverty in Tondo by depicting in a video ad a poor boy wading the murky street floods in an effort at least to get relational symbiosis with the marginalized. Unfortunately, it worked more against his favor. It didn’t sit well with the poor. READ MORE...


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EDITORIAL: Yolanda’ remains an open wound

\MANILA, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 08 November 2015 00:00- The “Yolanda” tragedy, which turned two years this month, remains an open wound for the whole nation as a result of the unending effort of Noynoy to obfuscate the extent of the tragedy and for his Liberal Party (LP) cabal to use it instead as fodder for their political ends.

A classic reminder of the inclination of Noynoy for covering up painful incidences is the absence of a final figure on those who perished in the supertyphoon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the aftermath of the catastrophe stopped its mortality count at 6,000 on the orders of Noynoy with his zero casualty slogan gone to the dogs.

Adding salt to the wound, presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said the other day that the government is still “in the middle of counting and verifying the deaths.”

If the government can’t even verify the identity of the dead, it is improbable for it to even attend to the needs of those who were fortunate enough to live through the tragedy.

Valte said the government cannot be reckless in counting the death toll from the onslaught of Yolanda, citing the need to validate every death before being consolidated with the official count in another attempt to stupefy the public.

Valte may have lost count, but it has been two years since the tragedy struck and even if entire families perished during the onslaught of the typhoon, relatives would have certainly attest to the loss of their loved ones if community records were also lost.

There was no real effort to know the full extent of the calamity nor was there a commitment to aid the victims.

Former rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson, for instance, when he was confronted with questions on the grudgingly slow rehabilitation process in the provinces devastated by typhoon Yolanda, said he did not get the cooperation of three Cabinet officials who are key in the rebuilding process.

Rehabilitation funds were farmed out as if it was an LP property with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is now Noynoy’s anointed, distributing most of the money while LP strategist Budget Secretary Butch Abad did the releasing to mostly LP political allies.

Also the post-disaster needs assessment that would have served as Lacson’s blueprint for his rehabilitation work did not get the urgency that it deserved as it was signed only lately shortly before Lacson relinquished his post.

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When the supertyphoon struck, the first action of Noynoy and Mar Roxas was an attempt to remove Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez by asking him to surrender his office.

Romualdez of the Imelda Romualdez Marcos clan, is of course a member of the opposition party and a perceived personal foe of the vindictive Noynoy whose father was persecuted during the years of martial law.

The ordeal of Lacson, however, is replicated in just every key office where the political stakes are high.

Four months after the killer typhoon hit, rotting piles of relief goods were reported in the disaster areas that to many was inconceivable considering the desperate condition of the survivors who depended mostly on government assistance.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, to deflect the criticisms over the spoiled items in Palo, Leyte, which were clearly placed in Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), blamed local government officials, as was the practice of Noynoy, saying the goods were direct donations to the local government of Leyte which did not pass through the DSWD.



The effort to divert the issue against Soliman, the Palace issued a spin that Noynoy was upset by the report on the spoiled relief items and asked the DSWD to investigate.

The mountain of bags of rotting goods also proves there is no dearth in donations to the victims of typhoons only that the DSWD, or based on its claims the local government units, is goofing up its distribution.

Also recently, more than P1 billion in relief funds were found idle in the bank accounts of the Office of Civil Defense of the Department of National Defense earning interests for what purpose only the Palace knows.

Several months after the disaster some of the disaster-stricken areas mainly those led by LP members or allies have relief overflows while in most parts of the Visayan region, residents continue to fend for themselves.

The tragedy after Yolanda seems to get worse each year due to the mishandling and total callousness of the administration of Noynoy.


China offers detente, Palace thickhead refuses
Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00


The thickheaded Palace occupant really sees Filipinos lowly in believing that many are suckers enough to believe the silly excuses and spins his propagandists give out daily.
China is apparently reaching out to the Philippines for a dialog over the South China Sea dispute by sending both its Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Xi Jinping to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum which, if it is a hint, would be hard to miss even for a thickhead.

The country’s Apec’s Ambassador Marciano Paynor said a bilateral talk between Philippines and China is not in the Apec agenda but also said that bilateral talks of Noynoy with other state leaders are being worked out.

An indication that China is trying to mend relations with its neighbors was the recent state visit of Xi to Vietnam with which it had a comparably violent incident over their own territorial dispute recently.

China also indicated that it will not exert any pressure in the elections in Taiwan set in January next year.

Xi and Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou also held a historic handshake in meeting in Singapore. China considers Taiwan as a province while Taiwan holds that it is a state independent from China.

What begs asking is the priority that Noynoy has in such a rare event in having world leaders within his reach and in an atmosphere where negotiations are paramount.

The nation’s biggest problem right now is the dispute with China and even if a ceasefire in confrontations between both countries has been declared, Noynoy can’t pass up the chance to thaw the icy relations that exist between the Philippines and Chinese governments through the Manila forum.

The citizens of the Philippines and the Chinese continue to go on with daily commerce and trade between both countries thriving. Noynoy as a leader can’t just ignore the thorny relations with the Chinese government just to please his American master.

Paynor said there would be talks on the sidelines of the summit itself which he suggested would be the only chance for Noynoy and Xi to possibly talk shop which the Chinese would definitely consider a diplomatic snub and forego any meeting with Noynoy.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) even said Wang is on a “working visit” to the country upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
What other work should Wang be interested in but the smoothing of relationship with the Philippines?

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Noynoy even in his obstinacy can use a bilateral dialog with Xi to convince China to agree to the Arbitral Tribunal proceedings to settle the maritime dispute. China does not recognize the Philippines’ case filed with the UN body.

Apparently China sought the maritime issue not to be tabled in the Apec Leaders Meeting and has indicated it willing to have a dialog with Noynoy.

The government agreed to the Chinese condition to entice Chinese officials into coming to the annual Apec socials but Noynoy is not backing off from his stand that it would be the United Nations’ Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague that will settle the dispute.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Lula del Rosario, chairman of the Apec 2015 Senior Officials Meetings, issued excuses for the maritime dispute not being raised during the Leaders’ Meeting.

She said the South China Sea issue is political and that the maritime dispute issue is not common to all Apec members.

Noynoy, however, earlier maintained that the conflict is an international issue since vessels that carry 80 percent of world trade supposedly pass through the South China Sea.

It was odd that Del Rosario said that a good chance of happening will be a meeting between Xi and US President Barack Obama, who has been reiterating his policy on Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea after China occupied the disputed waters through reclamations and installations of facilities.

It all figures that Noynoy will again be hanging by the coattails of the US leader while Obama does the talking with China for him.


Questions remain unresolved
Written by Tribune Editorial Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00


The Supreme Court (SC) ruling on the Makati City tussle between Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay has the effect of prodding the lower court or the Court of Appeals (CA) to act expeditiously on the various cases brought to it related to the issue, aside from the part that mattered most, which was the abandonment of the condonation doctrine.

The ruling upheld the CA in intervening in the politically-motivated suspension order of Morales on Binay but the CA had earlier already issued a decision that any relief on the suspension order was superseded by the dismissal and perpetual disqualification Morales imposed on Binay.

The decision then would be vital in terms of the Binays’ call for fairness amid the political assault of the family’s opponents who are alleged to be in league with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

Removal of the condonation doctrine, however, appears to have been motivated by the Binay case which may be termed arbitrary since the oral arguments held on the Makati City case only broached the issue.

The condonation doctrine was adopted by the high court as an affirmation of the supremacy of the people’s voice, the removal of which should have been thoroughly reviewed.

The removal of the doctrine was made an issue after Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno during oral arguments on the Makati City case debated with Binay’s lawyers on citing the doctrine for their defense which many found strange since Sereno has not raised it except for the particular case.

The condonation doctrine tends to prove the duplicity of Morales in her decision on Binay based on the allegations of his father’s, Vice President Jejomar Binay, opponents in Makati City who was recruited to bring down the survey numbers of the leading presidential contender.

It was only in the case of Binay that Morales had acted swiftly and in an exacting manner while other similar cases involving other local government officials mainly allies of the incumbent were involved have remained idle for years.

The condonation or Aguinaldo doctrine clears officials of past administrative liability upon election as show of respect to voters’ will. The use of the doctrine, however, showed Morales’ double standard or her exercise of what is now considered as the patented selective justice of the administration of Noynoy.

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Morales withheld the application of the doctrine on Binay, obviously resulting in the suspension order and the dismissal of the Makati City mayor but she upheld the doctrine on former Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro in a case involving the illegal awarding of a P20-million contract to a trolley bag supplier in 2008.



Morales in an earlier decision said San Pedro was freed of his administrative liability since it was rendered moot and academic owing to his re-election in the same position in 2010.

The same doctrine was raised by the Makati City mayor during the Supreme Court oral arguments last April as he said the Ombudsman order to suspend him for six months in connection with investigations into alleged irregularities in the Makati City Hall carpark construction project can’t be enforced.

Binay had secured a restraining order from the CA to stop the suspension.

The argument of Binay’s lawyers was that if the condonation doctrine prevents him from being removed from office for administrative liability, he cannot also be suspended for six months.

Even to the uninitiated, a clear injustice remained despite the SC ruling.

Earlier the CA issued a decision to stop what can be considered as excesses of the Ombudsman in the suspension order and yet said that in light of “supervening event, we opined that whatever relief we grant to petitioner in this case whether we will restrain, enjoin or nullify his preventive suspension, the same will no longer serve any practical value.”

The SC ruling may prod the CA to consider that despite its earlier decision, justice has yet to be administered.

2 comments
Mapanuri
@eltee mulawin OK sana suggestion mo pero kita mo itong kaso ay naisampa at nahatulan na mahigit isang buwan pa bago ang filing ng CoC. Kahit magpasa pa ng ibang batas kung ang makapangyarihan ang mang-aabuso ay mahihirapan o hindi na makakakuha ng hustisya ang inaakusahan.

Mapanuri Thursday, 12 November 2015 23:28 Comment Link
eltee mulawin
>>> There must be Law any cases filed in any court or Ombudsman shall be temporary "on hold" the investigation, hearing and conclusion a month before the filing of CoC and until a month after election date. This apply only to the case filed against incumbent or previous or formerly government officials.
In this law will avoid and stop using the issue of the said case as part of electioneering or political campaign or harassment to concerned parties.

eltee mulawin Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:39


It’s still a legal and moral issue, dear senators
Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00


Senators Villar, Poe Llamanzares and Cayetano

Five days from now, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) is expected to render its decision on the disqualification petition filed by Rizalito David against Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

As the petition evolves on the question of whether Poe-Llamanzares is a natural-born Filipino or not, the decision will also have an effect on the senator’s presidential bid.

But while Poe-Llamanzares seems to have accepted her fate (that she might be disqualified), her peers in the Senate even before they convene at the SET to cast their votes, have already been insinuating on how they would be voting.

After the much-ballyhooed DNA test undertaken by Poe-Llamanzares and her supposed relatives failed, Sen. Pia Cayetano immediately issued a statement saying her colleague’s case has become more of a factual than a legal one.

Sen. Cynthia Villar on the other hand, declared she would be voting based on what the people want and not what is legal.

Without having to state categorically, both senators are saying they would vote in favor of Poe-Llamanzares.

For when Cayetano said it’s more of factual than a legal issue, she might actually be referring to the fact Poe-Llamanzares had been found at the doorsteps in one of the churches in the Philippines, was registered as a Filipino, grew up in the Philippines, and was allowed to run and seat in the Philippine Senate, a privilege only natural-born Filipinos enjoy.

Villar, for her part, when she said she would be voting based on what the Filipinos want could actually be referring to the 20 million votes Poe-Llamanzares claims to have obtained in the 2013 mid-term elections.

However, both Cayetano and Villar might have overlooked some major factors concerning their colleague’s case.

While I do not want to dignify Poe-Lamanzares’ camp assertion that their political rivals have been zeroing in on her foundling issue, making her look more like an object of pity, it should be noted that David questioned her qualification based on the citizenship issue mainly because the Philippines is not a signatory to the 1961 UN Declaration on the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, which is being used as the basis on the senator’s camp in insisting that she is a natural-born Filipino. Isn’t that factual, Senator Cayetano?

In 2001, Poe-Llamanzares acquired her US citizenship, renouncing her Filipino citizenship.
When she took her oath of allegiance to the US Flag, Poe-Llamanzares swore to “absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty,” of whom or which she had been a subject.

And sho also vowed to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and that includes the Philippines.

In 2006, when she sensed a great opportunity was knocking, she began the process of reacquiring her Filipino citizenship. Take note, “reacquiring.” Although she did not seriously push the process of reacquiring her Filipino citizenship until she was appointed to MTRCB.

What should be given primary consideration is that she underwent a process to reacquire her Filipino citizenship which she had earlier renounced.

And the Philippine Constitution clearly defines a natural born citizen to be a citizen from birth who does not have to perform any act to perfect or acquire her citizenship.

Having a questionable citizenship from birth, and reacquiring it later, is also factual, is that not right, Senator Cayetano?

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And while Senator Villar insists she will vote based on what the people want which could an apparent reference to the huge number of votes Poe-Llamanzares claims to have cornered in 2013, she might have overlooked the fact that an overwhelming number of Filipinos have also approved the 1987 Constitution which include the provisions on the definition of natural-born Filipino citizens and the requirements in seeking elective posts.

And as up to now, majority of the Filipinos have rejected any attempt to amend the Charter. It only follows that what is prescribed in the Constitution is what the Filipinos want.

Also, Poe-Llamanzares cannot seek refuge in the supposed 20 million votes she got because if I remember right, former Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes admitted the senator’s vote was hugely padded due to double entries in the tabulation which he did not bother to correct.

Poe-Llamanzares should just be true to herself. She knew before hand that she is not qualified for any elective post. She just pounced on the opportunity after her adoptive
father died. She should have taken cue from two of the most famous foundlings in the world – Clark Kent, a.k.a Superman, and San Gokou.

While Superman was found in the United States and San Gokou in Japan, it would be a safe issue to presume they are American and Japanese citizens respectively. And they could have easily sought elective posts in their respective countries. But no, Superman could not renounce his Planet Krypton roots while San Gokou remains a proud descendant of the Saiyan race.

While both of them could easily rule the countries where they were found, or maybe even the world, they opted not to do so as they know it could raise legal and moral questions.

While both are fictional characters, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares should take note that the writers of the two comic book heroes ensured they were both responsible in dealing with people’s lives.

And so should the two senators. They should decide their colleague’s case on the basis of legal points and moral implications.


Rooted in the roots Written by Larry Faraon Sunday, 15 November 2015 00:00



Vice President Jejomar Binay turned 73 last Wednesday, but the memories of his boyhood spent in the streets of Libertad, Pasay City, were as vivid as in a déjà vu.

After celebrating a thanksgiving mass in Sta. Clara de Montefalco church where he was baptized, he traced his feet along memory lanes along Tramo street that would eventually shape a juvenile yet ideal determination to lift himself up and his surroundings from poverty.


FR. LARRY FARAON, OP

He still managed to shed a tear or two as he reminisced the defining moments of poverty when his mother languished and died penniless fighting cancer and their humble house being gutted by fire where all the death benefits of his mother went up the flames.

With his bereaved father and at an early age, he enrolled himself into servility to his uncle in Makati. He shared much of his time not only with books as he grappled with available education opportunities but more so with the swine he took care of for his uncle.

Again, his idealistic determination to begin stamping out poverty beginning with his own became more determined and firmer as he laboriously pursued college and his law degree at the University of the Philippines.

A UP classmate of VP Binay, a good friend of mine, recollects the moments when inside the classroom, most of VP Jojo’s classmates would shy away from him because he exuded the scent of a body reeking with perspiration. But of course, everybody knew it was because he had to walk the long stretch from Quezon City hall to UP Diliman because his transport budget allots only up to city hall.

And when finally he became a lawyer, he vowed to give the poor a chance to obtain justice and law by taking the cudgels for the poor and needy through the human rights cases with the Mabini Group which listed legal luminaries such as Rene Saguisag and Augusto Sanchez among others.

In short, VP Binay saw poverty, he lived poverty and he was once poverty itself.

As the presidential campaign sweeps in, all aspiring presidential aspirants have always tried their best to identify with the poorer sectors of our society.

We would remember quickly in the last 2010 elections how a presidential candidate capitalized on his childhood poverty in Tondo by depicting in a video ad a poor boy wading the murky street floods in an effort at least to get relational symbiosis with the marginalized. Unfortunately, it worked more against his favor. It didn’t sit well with the poor.

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Many people may be poor but they are not dumb or naive.

Then there was a vice presidential candidate who made the poor believe that he was a “palengkero” or a “pedicab” buff sporting a pair of shiny Florsheim shoes or recently falling off from bike as he rode without the required helmet.

It is a good thing he stopped this nonsense as he knows fully well that there is nothing in his childhood or past that would really sympathize with the poor. He was born with a golden spoon in his mouth, a billionaire with no less than Araneta Center as his playground.

Currently too, there is much effort to pound on the foundling issue to get the sympathy of the poorer voters. Unfortunately, it is not just a being a foundling or an orphan that is at issue here. It is actually the continuum of fate. She may have been a foundling but was never abandoned to the rut of misery, instead by sheer luck was embedded in well entrenched families who had the resources to provide the foundling with a buena vida here and in the United States.

You can accuse me of naiveté in harping on the “teleserye” soapy backgrounds of the candidates as if it were a determinant factor in winning. But that is exactly what they are, not dramas in teleseryes, but they are real and for real.

Definitely, of course, our childhood or how we grew up is never our fault.

For VP Jojo, however, growing up poor and growing out of it is not simply an edge but a reality he wants to address effectively.

And in this regard, VP Binay already had inched farther away from his competitors into naturally integrating poverty into his system for the total genuineness of his primary advocacy namely, to alleviate the conditions of the poor Filipinos.

The other presidential candidates still have to find their way toward this “feeling in” with the majority of our people.

Again, it’s a fault not their own, but neither it is the fault of the marginalized electorate who would rather vote for somebody to whom they can cry their hearts out, somebody who has been genuinely there.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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