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EDITORIAL: LOST YEARS, UNDER WHOSE TERM?


DECEMBER 23 -Noynoy’s patting his own back usually refers to the lost decade under his predecessor, former President Gloria Arroyo, saying those were the years of the crooked ways of lies, cheating and plunder. Then follows an enumeration of his claimed achievements, which are mostly figments of Noynoy’s imagination stemming from his megalomania. It turns out, however, that those lost years that Noynoy refers to may well be under his term. Arroyo, knowing that Noynoy would know nothing more but bash her in the head to lift himself up, outlined in 2012 the state of the economy that she had passed on to Noynoy, who is now claiming all the credit for the steady growth rates. Arroyo said she was able to turn over to Noynoy a strong economy with a 7.63 percent in 2010 which Noynoy has not equaled to this day. Instead, Noynoy is now conveniently assuming that the 2010 growth rate should be credited to his administration, thus for the six percent average growth rate, he now falsely claims as his achievement. The lost years Noynoy refers to, Arroyo said, were 38 quarters of uninterrupted economic growth despite the then escalating global oil and food prices, two world recessions, Central and West Asian wars, mega-storms and virulent global epidemics. Arroyo added under her term, the country weathered “with flying colors” the worst planet-wide economic downturn since the Great Depression of 1930. “As two-thirds of the world’s economies contracted, we were one of the few that managed positive growth,” she said. Arroyo holds a doctorate degree in economy from the University of the Philippines School of Economics and is currently detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, courtesy of the vindictive one, her former student at the Ateneo. In her essay “It’s the economy, student!” directed at Noynoy, she said that no amount of black propaganda can erase the tangible improvements enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of families liberated from want during her decade at the helm of the nation. She submitted, however, that her accomplishments have simply been part of the continuum of history.
“The gains I achieved were built on the efforts of previous leaders. Each successive government must build on the successes and progress of the previous ones: advance the programs that work, and leave behind those that don’t,” she said. READ MORE...


ALSO: EDITORIAL - More than rhetoric now needed


DECEMBER 19 -One of the challenges the administration of Noynoy, which is in its twilight, miserably failed to respond to its investing on the labor resource which is becoming a valuable asset for the country.The unemployment rate hovered between six to eight percent during Noynoy’s term, which is one of the highest levels in the region. The government figure translates to about 3 million to 4 million unemployed which is deceiving as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also comes up with around 18 percent underemployed which comprises nearly double of those without jobs. The arbitrary formula used by the government considers even family workers who are not paid as being employed. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) and other polling firms place the jobless at a more realistic 23 percent to 25 percent of the workforce using the simple formula of no pay, no work. Using the SWS data, some 9 million Filipinos of working age are idle while another 10 million work abroad. That means that about half of the estimated Filipino workforce of an estimated 40 million are not being sustained by the “inclusive” economy of Noynoy. Government economic managers earlier cited a so-called demographic sweetspot that the country is entering as the young population reaches a majority of working age. The failure of the country to absorb this huge economic asset is evident as jobs, for instance, fail to keep up with the number of college graduates with the perspective of many to look for gainful employment abroad. The priority of the administration of Noynoy for an open economy has mostly resulted in the stunted growth, if not death of local industries and small businesses which are the chief job generators. The wasted opportunity is underlined by a World Bank (WB) research that showed East Asia and Pacific aging faster than any other region. The situation, according to the WB, could lead to a steep drop in the size of its workforce and sharp increases in public spending on pensions, health care and long-term care in the coming decades. The study showed that more than 211 million people aged 65 and older lived in East Asia and Pacific in 2010, including 130 million in China alone, accounting for 36 percent of the global population in that age group. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL- Abad budget for LP legacy


DECEMBER 20 -Budget Secretary Butch Abad trumpeted the recently Congress-ratified budget for next year as the legacy budget of the administration of Noynoy. Abad particularly gloated about the P3.002-trillion 2016 national budget of having doubled the first budget of Noynoy when he assumed office. The Palace Rasputin said the appropriations for next year capped the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)’s hard work in crafting a national budget that will create greater inclusive growth. He boasted that the yearly appropriations are now vastly different from the budgets created before President Aquino’s term. Indeed, the budget process has been radically changed under the watch of Noynoy, not for the benefit of the Filipinos but to favor the interest of the Liberal Party (LP). “Under the thrust of daang matuwid, we’ve managed to deliver the budget on time for six straight years, trim wasteful spending, plug budget leakages, and made the budget information available online. More importantly, we created genuine relationships with civil society groups as we included them in the budget process,” Abad said. He added reforming the budget process proved “our commitment to uphold good governance. These reforms range from the President’s Social Contract in 2012, which made sure the people’s taxes were spent on priority programs; Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) in 2013 that involved communities in the budget process; the Performance-Informed Budget and the General Appropriations Act-as-Release Document in 2014 that helped improve budget execution; and other reforms that focused resources on 44 of the poorest and most vulnerable provinces in 2015.”  The budget since 2010 progressively raised from P1.645 trillion in 2011 to P1.816 trillion in 2012, P2.006 trillion in 2013, P2.268 trillion in 2014, P2.606 trillion in 2015, and P3.002 trillion for 2016. Abad attributed the doubling of the government’s budget from the ability of the administration of Noynoy to collect enough revenues without raising taxes, “we were able to spend more on social and economic services.”  The budget process crafted by Abad, however, has been plagued with allegations of purposely creating huge lump sums to allow more discretionary funds for Noynoy and the Palace and by extension more public resources that can be used to further the LP’s political agenda. The creation of the almost P200 billion lump sums under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court (SC) struck down as unconstitutional attested to the active efforts of Abad to manipulate the budget. In the guise of creating a fund to stimulate the economy, Abad siphoned off funds from the budget into the DAP which was mainly used as slush funds. The DAP was brought into public attention after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, now detained, exposed before the Senate floor the distribution of P50 million in “incentives” to senator-judges who voted to convict former SC Chief Justice Renato Corona in the impeachment court. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Ninez Cacho-Olivares  - What gives? (Presidential survey)


DECEMBER 23 -Junie Laylo’s survey, conducted at about the same period Pulse Asia conducted its fourth quarter survey, showed Grace Poe taking the lead, with five percentage points difference ahead of Vice President Jojo Binay in second place, Mar Roxas at third, with just a point or two difference and with Rody Duterte landing a poor fourth. Even Laylo’s analysis of a Poe-less race benefiting Binay appears to be all shot, since the latest Pulse Asia showed Binay taking the lead at 33 percent with Grace Poe landing in third place, with over 10 points lower than Binay. Duterte landed in second place, with 23 percent or 10 points lower than Binay. How does one explain the vast discrepancies in rankings and survey votes from two different survey outfits that conducted their respective surveys in the same period and insist that the surveys are scientifically based? If there was a two or three-week difference between survey periods, either one can claim that the voters’ preferences for the presidential candidates listed by the survey firms underwent a change due to certain negative or positive factors. But too much disparity in the numbers and rankings on two surveys conducted at the same time would be fairly difficult to explain credibly that such survey findings are an accurate or near accurate pulse of the electorate. In any case, it is of course the candidates who immediately claim that they are up in ratings or explain why they went down in rankings immediately, without thinking things out first. To cite an example: When the Duterte commissioned Social Weather Stations survey where the question was clearly skewed to ensure that the respondents would pick Duterte, he did come out as the top presidential bet. Immediately, Duterte and his PDP-Laban started to puff themselves up as though Duterte was the man to beat. As a matter of record, the foul-mouthed Duterte went as far as saying that he won’t debate with Mar Roxas, since he only ranks No. 4 and that he would only agree to a debate with him if Roxas gets to be No. 2. The Hubris of Duterte couldn’t be missed. And then came the Laylo survey, placing him at No. 4, with Mar and Binay in a statistical tie for the No. 2 position while Duterte was No. 4. Duterte and his party were suddenly as quiet as a mouse. Grace Poe, for her part, reacting to her landing as No. 1 in the Laylo survey, comes out stating that this just goes to show that “the survey proved that legal and political maneuverings employed by her opponents have not had any effect among her supporters,” adding that “It gives me strength to know that our countrymen continue to stand with me in our pursuit of a better, livable and equitable society that benefits all Filipinos and not just a favored few.”  In the Pulse Asia survey, Poe landed in third place, at 21 percent. Duterte was in second place with 23 percent. Mar was in fourth place, with 17 percent. READ MORE...


ALSO: By Archbishop Oscar Cruz - Priority of civil society


DECEMBER 22 -It is a given in a democratic form of government that the political community and the civil society are not only mutually interdependent — although they are not really the same in the hierarchy of their respective finalities. In other words, the political community is at the service of the civil society — definitely not the other way around. So it is that the civil society has priority over the political community that precisely gives justification for it to exist and to serve, to promote and affirm civil society. Otherwise, in the event that the political community claims and acts as if it had the civil society absolutely under its rule and command, then such a form of government could be anything but democratic. The State, through its political community, should provide an adequate legal framework for its citizens composing the civil society to engage freely in their legitimate different interests and consequent Human Rights. State intervention through its political community is, however, necessary when the civil society becomes “uncivil”, viz., the citizens engage in action and reaction patterns contrary to the dictate of reason, the mandate of ethics — especially in terms of social disorder, if not downright violence, among themselves.  Such political intervention nevertheless must always uphold basic human dignity and respect fundamental human rights. Otherwise, the political community becomes a curse instead of being a blessing to the civil community.All the above-mentioned doctrinal as well as practical principles, however, are not meant to deny that civil society is multifaceted such as in terms of convictions, priorities and value systems that can and do cause irritations, contradictions, disturbances and other anti-social acts and agenda. . READ MORE...


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EDITORIAL: Lost years under whose term?

MANILA, DECEMBER 28, 2015
(TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 23 December 2015 00:00


Noynoy’s patting his own back usually refers to the lost decade under his predecessor, former President Gloria Arroyo, saying those were the years of the crooked ways of lies, cheating and plunder.

Then follows an enumeration of his claimed achievements, which are mostly figments of Noynoy’s imagination stemming from his megalomania.

It turns out, however, that those lost years that Noynoy refers to may well be under his term.

Arroyo, knowing that Noynoy would know nothing more but bash her in the head to lift himself up, outlined in 2012 the state of the economy that she had passed on to Noynoy, who is now claiming all the credit for the steady growth rates.

Arroyo said she was able to turn over to Noynoy a strong economy with a 7.63 percent in 2010 which Noynoy has not equaled to this day.

Instead, Noynoy is now conveniently assuming that the 2010 growth rate should be credited to his administration, thus for the six percent average growth rate, he now falsely claims as his achievement.

The lost years Noynoy refers to, Arroyo said, were 38 quarters of uninterrupted economic growth despite the then escalating global oil and food prices, two world recessions, Central and West Asian wars, mega-storms and virulent global epidemics.

Arroyo added under her term, the country weathered “with flying colors” the worst planet-wide economic downturn since the Great Depression of 1930. “As two-thirds of the world’s economies contracted, we were one of the few that managed positive growth,” she said.

Arroyo holds a doctorate degree in economy from the University of the Philippines School of Economics and is currently detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, courtesy of the vindictive one, her former student at the Ateneo.

In her essay “It’s the economy, student!” directed at Noynoy, she said that no amount of black propaganda can erase the tangible improvements enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of families liberated from want during her decade at the helm of the nation.

She submitted, however, that her accomplishments have simply been part of the continuum of history.

“The gains I achieved were built on the efforts of previous leaders. Each successive government must build on the successes and progress of the previous ones: advance the programs that work, and leave behind those that don’t,” she said.

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Contrast that with the student’s claim that all the gains in the economy and the society are the result of his and the Liberal Party (LP)’s delusion of a daang matuwid.

Arroyo said Noynoy “has simply not replaced my legacy with new ideas and actions of his own.”

In her essay, Arroyo noted “the increasing vacuum of leadership, vision, energy and execution in managing our economic affairs.”

She said the gains achieved by previous administrations, including hers, were being “squandered in an obsessive pursuit of political warfare meant to blacken the past and conceal the dark corners of the present dispensation.

“Rather than building on our nation’s achievements, this regime has extolled itself as the sole harbinger of all that is good,” she said.

She then criticized the use of black propaganda and character assassination as tools of the trade.

“The operative word in all of this is ‘politics,’ too much politics,” she said.

On the failure of Noynoy to solve the poverty problem, Arroyo had one ominous observation then.

“If there is no corruption, there is no poverty — this is a proposition that also tells us that the undeniable persistence of poverty to this day therefore means the continuation of corruption under this administration,” she said.

Arroyo said “indeed, it’s so easy to claim achievements that have already been accomplished by others, and take credit for what is there when the one who did the work has gone. Just make sure she is forgotten, or, if remembered, vilified.”

From the teacher to the student, she said “good management begins with planning ahead, not pointing fingers and blaming others after the fact. It means spelling out your vision quickly and clearly so your team grasps its mission at once and immediately starts to execute it.”

“These days — alas — there is absolutely no fear in the administration when they’re running after me or my allies. But there is definitely a lot of favor involved when they excuse — and even defend — their friends even from misdeeds committed in full view of the public,” Arroyo said.

The words may well be spoken today and still ring true.

And that best defines the lost years which are Noynoy’s six years in power.


EDITORIAL: More than rhetoric now needed
Written by Tribune Editorial Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:00

One of the challenges the administration of Noynoy, which is in its twilight, miserably failed to respond to its investing on the labor resource which is becoming a valuable asset for the country.

The unemployment rate hovered between six to eight percent during Noynoy’s term, which is one of the highest levels in the region. The government figure translates to about 3 million to 4 million unemployed which is deceiving as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also comes up with around 18 percent underemployed which comprises nearly double of those without jobs.

The arbitrary formula used by the government considers even family workers who are not paid as being employed.

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) and other polling firms place the jobless at a more realistic 23 percent to 25 percent of the workforce using the simple formula of no pay, no work.

Using the SWS data, some 9 million Filipinos of working age are idle while another 10 million work abroad.

That means that about half of the estimated Filipino workforce of an estimated 40 million are not being sustained by the “inclusive” economy of Noynoy.

Government economic managers earlier cited a so-called demographic sweetspot that the country is entering as the young population reaches a majority of working age.

The failure of the country to absorb this huge economic asset is evident as jobs, for instance, fail to keep up with the number of college graduates with the perspective of many to look for gainful employment abroad.

The priority of the administration of Noynoy for an open economy has mostly resulted in the stunted growth, if not death of local industries and small businesses which are the chief job generators.

The wasted opportunity is underlined by a World Bank (WB) research that showed East Asia and Pacific aging faster than any other region.

The situation, according to the WB, could lead to a steep drop in the size of its workforce and sharp increases in public spending on pensions, health care and long-term care in the coming decades.

The study showed that more than 211 million people aged 65 and older lived in East Asia and Pacific in 2010, including 130 million in China alone, accounting for 36 percent of the global population in that age group.

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It added that between 2015 and 2034, the older population will grow by about 22 percent every five years in East Asia.
By 2060, one of five of the world’s oldest countries will be in East Asia, compared with just one in 25 in 2010, the WB said.
The Philippines is the only Asian country bucking the senior citizenship trend in the region.

The WB placed the country in a group that included Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste, as having the youngest average age of the population.

The Philippines has a median age of 23.5 years.

The WB study said rapid aging has led to a dwindling labor force in an increasing number of countries, adding that between 2010 and 2040, South Korea is expected to lose more than 15 percent of its working age adults, while Thailand, Japan and China will lose more than 10 percent.

China would have around 90 million fewer workers during a period when its economy is expected to keep a rapid growth.
The report added the wealthiest Asian countries Japan, South Korea and Singapore are “advanced agers” with the older population making up 14 percent or more of their populations on average.

Rapidly developing middle-income countries, such as China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, are also aging quickly with an average of four percent of the population over 65.

The country, thus, would be placed in a situation in losing its economic advantage of an abundant young labor force to another wave of migration to aging Asian countries that need them as the economy fails to absorb them.

The demographic sweetspot requires a responsive policy that would take advantage of the potentials of the labor force and not mere rhetoric under “daang matuwid.”


EDITORIAL: Abad budget for LP legacy Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:00


Budget Secretary Butch Abad trumpeted the recently Congress-ratified budget for next year as the legacy budget of the administration of Noynoy.

Abad particularly gloated about the P3.002-trillion 2016 national budget of having doubled the first budget of Noynoy when he assumed office.

The Palace Rasputin said the appropriations for next year capped the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)’s hard work in crafting a national budget that will create greater inclusive growth.

He boasted that the yearly appropriations are now vastly different from the budgets created before President Aquino’s term.

Indeed, the budget process has been radically changed under the watch of Noynoy, not for the benefit of the Filipinos but to favor the interest of the Liberal Party (LP).

“Under the thrust of daang matuwid, we’ve managed to deliver the budget on time for six straight years, trim wasteful spending, plug budget leakages, and made the budget information available online. More importantly, we created genuine relationships with civil society groups as we included them in the budget process,” Abad said.

He added reforming the budget process proved “our commitment to uphold good governance. These reforms range from the President’s Social Contract in 2012, which made sure the people’s taxes were spent on priority programs; Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) in 2013 that involved communities in the budget process; the Performance-Informed Budget and the General Appropriations Act-as-Release Document in 2014 that helped improve budget execution; and other reforms that focused resources on 44 of the poorest and most vulnerable provinces in 2015.”

The budget since 2010 progressively raised from P1.645 trillion in 2011 to P1.816 trillion in 2012, P2.006 trillion in 2013, P2.268 trillion in 2014, P2.606 trillion in 2015, and P3.002 trillion for 2016. Abad attributed the doubling of the government’s budget from the ability of the administration of Noynoy to collect enough revenues without raising taxes, “we were able to spend more on social and economic services.”

The budget process crafted by Abad, however, has been plagued with allegations of purposely creating huge lump sums to allow more discretionary funds for Noynoy and the Palace and by extension more public resources that can be used to further the LP’s political agenda.
The creation of the almost P200 billion lump sums under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court (SC) struck down as unconstitutional attested to the active efforts of Abad to manipulate the budget.
In the guise of creating a fund to stimulate the economy, Abad siphoned off funds from the budget into the DAP which was mainly used as slush funds.
The DAP was brought into public attention after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, now detained, exposed before the Senate floor the distribution of P50 million in “incentives” to senator-judges who voted to convict former SC Chief Justice Renato Corona in the impeachment court.

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Abad admitted that the fund allocations to legislators during the impeachment proceedings came from the DAP as he gave the excuse that these were meant to recruit the members of Congress in speeding up government spending.

The SC rule in 2014 stated that the Palace employed unconstitutional means in creating the DAP.|

The high court’s ruling, in turn, was used by Abad to justify government underspending claiming that the SC decision created a chilling effect among government agencies in using their budget.

Underspending grew and became a crisis under Noynoy. Former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno said the practice denied the public of government services and the putting up of essential projects.

Diokno estimated that from 2011 to 2014, the administration has underspent by some 672 billion as a result of underspending of P154 billion in 2011; P76 billion in 2012; P141 billion in 2013; and P299 billion in 2014.

This year, the estimate is that the government will underspend the budget by another P200 billion.

Despite the underspending binge, an unprecedented P40.6 billion in BuB projects in the country this year and an almost similar amount is tagged in the budget for next year.

The BuB is billed as a scheme to empower local governments in choosing projects that would mostly benefit their localities but many suspect it as a resurrection of the pork barrel system and the DAP funds.

Trust Abad in saying it right when he claimed that the budget is now vastly different from the one that they have found when they took over the Palace.

The budget had morphed into mainly an LP tool for its bid for political perpetuity.

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Dfran
Wow thats a lot of money! What about the deficit how much?

Dfran Sunday, 20 December 2015 03:19 Comment Link
Tasyo
ang sarap mong pugotan ng ulo ABAD!!! pahirap ka sa taongbayan!

Tasyo Saturday, 19 December 2015 23:58 Comment Link
TESBOY
WHAT LEGACY SEC. A-BAD IS TALKING ABOUT HE SHOULD RESIGNED RIGHT NOW AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO FILE PLUNDER CASES AGAINST HIM.
WHAT LEGACY SEC. A-BAD IS TALKING ABOUT THE PHP5,000.OO CHRISTMAS BUNOS GIVEN TO TEACHERS THAT IS PEANUTS DURING THE GMA PRESIDENCY TEACHERS RECEIVED CHRISTMAS BUNOS PHP 10,000.00 OR PHP 20,000.00. IS THAT KIND OF LEGACY SEC. A-BAD IS HARPING ABOUT.
WHAT LEGACY SEC. A-BAD IS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE STRIKE OUT IN THE PHP 1 TRILLION BUDGET THE AUTOMATIC INCREASE IN THE PENSIONS FOR POLICE RETIREES.
WHAT LEGACY SEC. A-BAD IS TALKING ABOUT BILLIONS OF PESOS WASTED MONEY FOR THE PAYMENTS OF STALLED CONTRACTS THIS GOVERNMENT ENTERED INTO THE PRIVATE COMPANIES IN DOING BUSINESS, THIS PAYMENT COMES FROM THE ARBITRATION CASE FILED AGAINST GOVERNMENT.
MY GOODNESS WHEN THE FILIPINO WILL BE FREED FROM QUAGMIRE POVERTY.
VOTE FOR MAR, GRACE AND DUTERTE THEY ARE ALL SAME COLORS THE AQUINO TRYING TO PUT IN PLACE SO THAT THERE LEGACY FOR LYING WILL CONTINUE FOREVER.
GUMISING NA KAYO AT WAG NG PANIWALAAN ANG PINAGSASABI NG MGA AQUINO PURO KALOKOHAN

TESBOY Saturday, 19 December 2015 22:48 Comment Link
Manny De Guzman
A-BAD is worse than any animal in the world. Your are happy because you will a lot of money to be pocketed again. I doubt this budget will be used really the growth you are talking. This a growth for the pockets of the corrupt government. Project that will be approved but mostly kickback of lofty enough to build another bank accounts and dummy businesses. We don't trust this government anymore, It's time to you people to get out of this government.

Manny De Guzman Saturday, 19 December 2015 18:33 Comment Link


By Ninez Cacho-Olivares  - What gives? Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Wednesday, 23 December 2015 00:00



Junie Laylo’s survey, conducted at about the same period Pulse Asia conducted its fourth quarter survey, showed Grace Poe taking the lead, with five percentage points difference ahead of Vice President Jojo Binay in second place, Mar Roxas at third, with just a point or two difference and with Rody Duterte landing a poor fourth.

Even Laylo’s analysis of a Poe-less race benefiting Binay appears to be all shot, since the latest Pulse Asia showed Binay taking the lead at 33 percent with Grace Poe landing in third place, with over 10 points lower than Binay. Duterte landed in second place, with 23 percent or 10 points lower than Binay.

How does one explain the vast discrepancies in rankings and survey votes from two different survey outfits that conducted their respective surveys in the same period and insist that the surveys are scientifically based?

If there was a two or three-week difference between survey periods, either one can claim that the voters’ preferences for the presidential candidates listed by the survey firms underwent a change due to certain negative or positive factors. But too much disparity in the numbers and rankings on two surveys conducted at the same time would be fairly difficult to explain credibly that such survey findings are an accurate or near accurate pulse of the electorate.

In any case, it is of course the candidates who immediately claim that they are up in ratings or explain why they went down in rankings immediately, without thinking things out first.

To cite an example: When the Duterte commissioned Social Weather Stations survey where the question was clearly skewed to ensure that the respondents would pick Duterte, he did come out as the top presidential bet. Immediately, Duterte and his PDP-Laban started to puff themselves up as though Duterte was the man to beat.

As a matter of record, the foul-mouthed Duterte went as far as saying that he won’t debate with Mar Roxas, since he only ranks No. 4 and that he would only agree to a debate with him if Roxas gets to be No. 2. The Hubris of Duterte couldn’t be missed.

And then came the Laylo survey, placing him at No. 4, with Mar and Binay in a statistical tie for the No. 2 position while Duterte was No. 4. Duterte and his party were suddenly as quiet as a mouse.

Grace Poe, for her part, reacting to her landing as No. 1 in the Laylo survey, comes out stating that this just goes to show that “the survey proved that legal and political maneuverings employed by her opponents have not had any effect among her supporters,” adding that “It gives me strength to know that our countrymen continue to stand with me in our pursuit of a better, livable and equitable society that benefits all Filipinos and not just a favored few.”

In the Pulse Asia survey, Poe landed in third place, at 21 percent. Duterte was in second place with 23 percent. Mar was in fourth place, with 17 percent.

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So what does Grace Poe now say?

While she says she respects the latest Pulse Asia survey, she attributed her drop in the pre-election survey to continued efforts to stop her presidential bid in 2016.

“The disqualification cases thrown my way have created confusion among the people. I will hurdle this and prove that I am a qualified and legitimate Filipino candidate. Sen. Grace Poe is still your candidate for president in 2016,” she added.

Huh? Didn’t she just say the other day after the Laylo survey was out that “her rivals’ legal and political maneuvering employed by her opponents have not had any effect among her supporters?

If so, how is it that she now says that the disqualification cases thrown her way have created confusion among her supporters, which contradicts her earlier statement of her rivals not succeeding in getting her out of the top presidential slot, since these legal and political maneuvering against her did not affect her supporters, considering the fact that the surveys were both conducted on the same days?

In the case of VP Binay, he has always said, after every survey out, whether he is up or down, that while the pre-election surveys merely capture a snap shot of the time of the polls, the real polls come on election day. He does not find reasons or excuses for his rise or drop in ratings, just saying that he will double his efforts after the survey ratings come out.

Mar always comes out to say that he is unfazed by the poll surveys, showing him up or down although his camp always comes out saying that Mar will be picking up in ratings eventually, which is not too bad by way of a comment on his standing in pre-poll surveys.

Not so when it comes to Poe and Duterte. At least Duterte has kept quiet on his drop in the Pulse survey. But Poe? All she does is to place all blame on her rivals, seeing goblins where there are none.

Their reactions to survey results tell a lot how they will perform as presidents — laying the blame of their mistakes on others, even when they committed their mistakes themselves.

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I wish all the joys that the Christmas season brings to all our readers, including Grace Poe, Rody Duterte, Mar Roxas, Miriam Santiago and VP Binay. A very sincere Merry Christmas and a joyful new year too!

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JRaffyO
Ang masaklap, lumalabas na kahit sa pagka-senadora ay hindi qualified itong si Grace Llamanzares dahil hindi naman pala siya natural-born citizen. Di ba ito ay napakalaking paglapastangan sa ating Saligang Batas? Pagkatapos ay ipinagpipilitang niya na isa pa rin siyang kandidato sa pagka-pangulo kahit na disqualified na siya ng Comelec. Ano ba ito? Lokohan? Pakapalan ng mukha at palakasan ng apog? She even lied under oath with impunity. She should be punished for committing a crime. If she is not punished, then our justice system is really selective. Nobody should be exempted. In the eyes of the law, we are all equals. Walang palakasan kahit na sino ka pang poncio pilato.

There’s strong proof that Llamanzares lied under oath and misrepresented herself. Kaya nakalusot tuloy na maging senator ng bansa dahil natutulog ang mga nataguriang protectors ng Constitution. Allegedly, in her application to reacquire Filipino citizenship, Llamanzares stated she was born to Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, when she is allegedly a foundling later on adopted by the Poes. Kaya dala-dalawa tuloy ang kaniyang Birth Certificate. Alin ba sa dalawang ito ang totoo? Di ba labag sa batas ang ganito? Can they break the law with impunity? Napakadali palang magpagawa ng pekeng Birth Certificate and become a fake Filipino citizen kung ganoon, di po ba? Hindi namin sukat akalain na makakapagpagawa sina Fernando Poe at Susan Roces ng fictitious Birth Certificate ni Grace Llamanzares . This is a crime. Maliwanag na nilabag nila ang ating batas. Iyan ba ang hindi nagsisinungaling? Hindi lang pala sa Claro M. Recto ginagawa ang mga fake na Birth Certificate. Pati ang gobierno din pala ay gumagawa ng fake na Birth Certificate.

Maliwanag na pinapalabas na si Grace Llamanzares ay natural born daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr at Susan Roces kahit hindi naman totoo. Kaya nararapat lamang na maparusahan din kung sino man ang gumawa at pumirma sa kaniyang pekeng Birth Certificate. Did Fernando Poe and Susan Roces break the law by producing this fictitious Birth Certificate? Alam naman nating lahat na ito ay maliwanag na kasinungalingan dahil ito ay talagang hindi totoo dahil ampon siya nina Poe. Ang napakasaklap ay marami palang puwedeng maging manhid at bulag sa katotohanan kasama na ang Comelec Chairman at senator judges ng SET at ilang mga government officials natin at mga naturingang supporters, financial backers, kaibigan at kamag-anak nina Poe. Ito ay napakalaking kalokohan, di po ba? Maliwanag na pinaglalaruan nila ang ating Constitution at mga batas ng bansa. Pinaglalaruan nila ang kapakanan, kapalaran at kinabukasan ng ating mahal na bansa at mamamayang Filipinos. Papayag ba tayo kabayan na niloloko na lamang palagi? Huwag naman po sana.

JRaffyO Saturday, 26 December 2015 19:56 Comment Link
knme
Poe Lamanzares dreamed too big too soon, with Escudero whispering in her ear. The SET ruling was a joke. Majority of those who voted in her favor were senators who would greatly benefit if she wins the case before the tribunal. Sure, they had their legal staff members but these employees researched the logic that would support a vote for Poe-Lamanzares, the final decision is still with the senators. Take note that the Supreme Court justices who have been living and breathing the law for at least 20 years each (not counting law school) found no legal or factual ground to sustain Poe-Lamanzares's claim. This has been backed up by COMELEC rulings... Again commissioners are lawyers who have been in the practice for a minimum of 10 years and experts in election law. So it baffles me that Grace Poe Lamanzares (come on, we all know she's using Poe to ride on her father's coattails) has the audacity to insist that she is in the right despite the concurrence among experts in the field. People say that Miriam Defensor Santiago is bonkers but at least MDS respects the authority and expertise of the Justices and COMELEC Commissioners. Poe Lamanzares exhibits great disrespect and arrogance, very much like Miss Colombia's claim that she is the rightful miss Universe despite personal confirmation from judges that they unanimously voted for Wurtzbach. I think Poe-Lamanzares runs a close second to Roxas and his delusions of grandeur. If Poe Lamanzares wins, we will have another president with a skewed sense of entitlement and highly dependent on parents' imagined achievements, a female version of Noynoy minus the curse that is Kris Aquino. At least Duterte, Defensor Santiago and Binay have track records despite persistent accusations of human rights violations, mental instability and corruption, respectively. Yung tatlo alam na may nagawa kahit papano. And since Duterte and Binay are consistently among the top3 in the polls, the sample population seems to be aware of that too.

knme Thursday, 24 December 2015 08:24 Comment Link
knme
Poe Lamanzares dreamed too big too soon, with Escudero whispering in her ear. The SET ruling was a joke. Majority of those who voted in her favor were senators who would greatly benefit if she wins the case before the tribunal. Sure, they had their legal staff members but these employees researched the logic that would support a vote for Poe-Lamanzares, the final decision is still with the senators. Take note that the Supreme Court justices who have been living and breathing the law for at least 20 years each (not counting law school) found no legal or factual ground to sustain Poe-Lamanzares's claim. This has been backed up by COMELEC rulings... Again commissioners are lawyers who have been in the practice for a minimum of 10 years and experts in election law. So it baffles me that Grace Poe Lamanzares (come on, we all know she's using Poe to ride on her father's coattails) has the audacity to insist that she is in the right despite the concurrence among experts in the field. People say that Miriam Defensor Santiago is bonkers but at least MDS respects the authority and expertise of the Justices and COMELEC Commissioners. Poe Lamanzares exhibits great disrespect and arrogance, very much like Miss Colombia's claim that she is the rightful miss Universe despite personal confirmation from judges that they unanimously voted for Wurtzbach. I think Poe-Lamanzares runs a close second to Roxas and his delusions of grandeur. If Poe Lamanzares wins, we will have another president with a skewed sense of entitlement and highly dependent on parents' imagined achievements, a female version of Noynoy minus the curse that is Kris Aquino. At least Duterte, Defensor Santiago and Binay have track records despite persistent accusations of human rights violations, mental instability and corruption, respectively. Yung tatlo alam na may nagawa kahit papano. And since Duterte and Binay are consistently among the top3 in the polls, the sample population seems to be aware of that too.

knme Thursday, 24 December 2015 08:22 Comment Link
alex
Whether we like it or the end result of all your haka haka about the 2016 election will eventually go to Mar Roxas for the following valid reasons. He has the PCOS machine, macinery, INC And most of all the media. Remember Gloria Arroyo? FPJ is more popular and stronger candidate than Grace Poe, yet GMA bet him and we know that she is more corrupt than Binay. Duterte is a nuisance candidate that needs to be ignored. Donald Trump has more sense than Duterte. My prediction will be Roxas for President and Bongbong for Vice President. Once Roxas assume the power, he will be totally different . I remember Pres. Reagan was s good leader because he has appointed the best cabinet members. I might be wrong with my predictions but that the closest. God save the Philippines. Last but not the least whoever has the strongest prayer. Mabuhay.

alex Thursday, 24 December 2015 02:20 Comment Link
jess nazario
What will Poe still do to reverse the solid DQ trend ? The SET ruling was a glitch, an outlier. She has practically done all sorts of things to prop up here continuing deception of the people . What will she do at the SC hearing that she has not done yet ? Do a striptease ?

jess nazario Wednesday, 23 December 2015 21:41 Comment Link
Johnny Ramos
The poor performance of Mar Roxas in the survey is his own doing during his stint at the DOTC and DILG and also that of Pnoy. Roxas failed to improve the MRT commuter system and worser when Abaya took over at the helm. When Mar Roxas transferred at the DILG the crime rate increase and tried to reason out that it was the reporting that were improve instead of preventing it. Mar Roxas tried to outshine Voltaire Gazmin during the Yolanda aftermath that even her wife Korina tried to save from the actual reporting Anderson Cooper without looking that Anderson was in Tacloban showing the devastation. The Mamasapano which will be 1 year next year is also a non winning performance of Mar Roxas. How can a suspended General Purisima commanded this operation under Mar Roxas watch? Is this really possible? Mar Roxas is not just ordinary cabinet member of Pnoy. He is top honcho who can command anybody in the cabinet and those who disobeyed were replaced. Secretary Ona is one failed to follow orders. But in the aftermath of the Mamasapano, suddenly Mar Roxas became a novice that he failed to know the operation. The worst part of it that it will mark it first year next month but no one is being charged about it. I sincerely hope Pnoy and Mar Roxas will not blame GMA or Binay since they are blameless.

Johnny Ramos Wednesday, 23 December 2015 20:24 Comment Link
DICK
For Grace Poe, the presidency is Now or Never. If she will be ultimately disqualified by the Supreme court in the 2016 election, she will not be as popular as now and passe in 2022 granting that she will have no more citizenship problem in that election. This is the reason she desperately wants to be allowed to run in 2016, by hook or by crook.

DICK Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:07 Comment Link
Daniel B. Laurente
Credible poll shall have a sizable subject repondents to get a real message of preference. Having only 1500 respondents is not really reflecdtive what the country's wanted for President. Huwag bolinaw lang kundi isama nyo ang ibang species gaya ng galonggong at tilapia pati tulingan. Iba iba ang presyo nyan at dagdagan ninyo ng mayamaya at tamulmol para patas ang laban.

Daniel B. Laurente Wednesday, 23 December 2015 06:19 Comment Link
TESBOY
I STILL BELIEVE THAT THE PULSE ASIA THE KNOWN FULSE ASIA WAS AS IT BEST AGAIN FOR PROFELLING THE RESULT OF THEIR SURVEY TO CONDITION THE MIND OF VOTERS PREFERENCE. THE SURVEY RESULT SHOWED MAR IS ON THE GRABBING POINT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.

HEY LOOK NO MATTER MAR DO HE WILL NOT WIN UNLESS IT WILL BE PCOS AGAIN. THE LAYING OF GROUND WORKS FOR MAR ELECTION IS ALREADY BEING SET-UP ONE BY ONE TO MAKE IT BELIEVABLE.

YOU KNOW HOW THIS MAR CAN WIN I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THE LOGIC IS COMING THAT HE WILL SURELY WIN, MAY I POINT BY POINT THE ATTRIBUTABLE FACTORS THAT WILL LEAD TO HIS LOSING THE RACE:

1..... THE TYPHOON YOLANDA IN REGION 8 DO HE THINK PEOPLE WILL JUST LET IT GO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT UNABLE TO HELP CLEAR THE HIGHWAY IN GOING TO TACLOBAN CITY.
(YES PNOY AND MAR FAILED MISRABLY IN THE RESCUE WHY HE DID NOT ORDER THE ARMY ENGINEERING BATTALION TO MOVE AND CLEAR THE HIGHWAY LETS SAY FROM ORMOC TO TACLOBAN OR THE ARMY FROM MINDANAO IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS COULD HAVE BEEN THERE THEY COULD EASILY IN 10 HOURS BE IN LIPATA, SURIGAO CITY TO TRANSPORT THEIR EQUIPMENT IN GOING TO THAT SOUTHERN LEYTE PORT (FORGET THE NAME I USED TO TRAVEL BY LAND) AND PRESTO 3 HOURS BY SEA TRAVEL LETS SAY 24 TO 48 HOURS) THIS PAVING THE WAY HELP FROM DSWD MINDANAO TO HELP IN JUST A MATTER OF 1 DAY.
2. . . .THE DOTC MESS HE CREATED AND TRANSFERRED IT TO SEC. ABAYA WHO WAS THE LAUGHING STOCK FOR HIS FAILURE TO END THE PEOPLES MISERY, THE RIDING PUBLIC, WHETHER BY MRT, LRT, BUSSES, JEEPNY, BY NAIA AIRPORTS.
3. . . .WHILE AT DILG HE WAS NOT AS GOOD AS HE WAS THE CRIMINALITY HAS RISE TREMENDOUSLY JUDGING THE WAY HE ACCUSED DUTERTE OF TAMPERING THE CRIME RATE OF DAVAO CITY. ITS HE MAR THAT SHOULD HAVE DID HIS BEST AND SHOULD BE AT THE HELM IN FIGHTING CRIMINALITY BUT WHAT HE DID WAS REALLY PERFORMANCE "MEDIOCRITY".
4....MAMASAPANO INCIDENT THE MASSACRE OF SAF 44, MY GOODNESS HE WAS WITH THE AB-NORMAL COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN ZAMBOANGA MONITORING HOW THE SAF 44 WERE BEING MASSACRED. MY GOODNESS THEY HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE THEY WERE BOTH INCOMPETENT, INEPT, INDICISIVE, AND SIMPLY DO NOT WANT TO HELP SAF44 MEN. . . .WHY IF I AM JUST A SARGEANT IN COMMAND OF 7 MAN TEAM, WHO HANDLES TWO (2) 81MM MORTARS OR (2) 60MM MORTARS I COULD FIRE IT ALONG THE MAMASAPANO OR MAGANOY BRIDGE ALONG THE EDGE OF THAT HIGHWAY DIRECTED AT THE ENEMY LINE SO THAT SSAF 44 COULD HAVE WITHDREW. SUSME NAMAN PINAGTATALUNAN SA SENATE 105 HOWITZER CANNON TO FIRE OR NOT 2 ROUNDS OF POSPOROUS. MY GOODNESS. ANG LALAKI NG ULO NINYO COMMANDER IN CHIEF, DILG SECRETARY MAR, DND SECRETARY GAZMIN, AT MGA ARMY GENERALS DAPAT MAG RESIGN KAYO, KUNG NAG HANAP LANG KAYO NG SARGENTO NA GAGAWA NON, HINDI NA NA COMPROMISE ANG BBL NINYO. NGAYONG IPABOBOTO NINYO SI MAR UTAK MONGO RIN.
5.... SI MAR HINDI IBOBOTO NG MGA TAGA NORTHERN MINDANAO, MISAMIS OR, MISMAMIS OCC, LANAO NORTE, LANAO SUR, BUKIDNON, AT PARTE NG ZAMBOANGA SUR HANGGANG PAGADIAN CITY BAKIT E HINDI NIYA PINAYAGAN MAG OPERATE ANG ILIGAN CITY INTEGRATED STEEL MILLS THE BIGGEST IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING MARCOS, DEPENDENT ANG MGA TAO DOON PARA LUMAGO ANG KANILANG ECONOMIYA.
6.....AS DOTC SECRETARY ANG MGA ISLA SA BANSA DEPENDENT SA MARITIME TRANSPORT IPINATIGIL NIYA ANG KAY AB-NORMAL ANG MGA PIER AT MAGTAYO PA NG PORT READY RO-RO VESSEL, MGA BARKO NA NAGSASAKAY NG MGA TRUCK, KARGAMENTO NG CEMENTO, BIGAS, GULAY AT IBA PA, NASAAN NA ANG TINAWAG NI GMA NA NAUTICAL HIGHWAY AT ANG PAG DEVELOP NG EASTERN VISAYAS O EASTERN PHILIPPINES SEA LANES WALA DI BA NA TENGA NINYO MGA UTAK MONGO PALA KAYO, ASAN NA ANG FRENCH CONTRACTOR UMALIS NA NGAYON DI BA NAGBABAYAD TAYO NG DOLLAR SA STALLED CONTRACT. SUSME NAMAN NAMAN . . . . NGAYONG GUSTO NINYO IBOTO KAYO, SIRA ANG ULO KO PAG BOMUTO AKO SA INYO

TESBOY Tuesday, 22 December 2015 22:59 Comment Link
gregorio soriano
PINAKAMALUNGKOT ANG PASKO NI GRACE POE LLAMANZARES DAHIL INIWAN NA NIYA ANG ASAWA NIYA SA AMERIKA. TAPOS INUBOS PA NIYA ANG PERA NI FPJ SA PREMATRURE CAMPAINGN NIYA SA RADYO, TELEBISYON AT SA MGA KAIBIGAN NI ESCUDERO SA LAW OFFICE NIYA.

gregorio soriano Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:51


By Archbishop Oscar Cruz: Priority of civil society Written by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:00



It is a given in a democratic form of government that the political community and the civil society are not only mutually interdependent — although they are not really the same in the hierarchy of their respective finalities.

In other words, the political community is at the service of the civil society — definitely not the other way around. So it is that the civil society has priority over the political community that precisely gives justification for it to exist and to serve, to promote and affirm civil society. Otherwise, in the event that the political community claims and acts as if it had the civil society absolutely under its rule and command, then such a form of government could be anything but democratic.

The State, through its political community, should provide an adequate legal framework for its citizens composing the civil society to engage freely in their legitimate different interests and consequent Human Rights.

State intervention through its political community is, however, necessary when the civil society becomes “uncivil”, viz., the citizens engage in action and reaction patterns contrary to the dictate of reason, the mandate of ethics — especially in terms of social disorder, if not downright violence, among themselves.

Such political intervention nevertheless must always uphold basic human dignity and respect fundamental human rights. Otherwise, the political community becomes a curse instead of being a blessing to the civil community.

All the above-mentioned doctrinal as well as practical principles, however, are not meant to deny that civil society is multifaceted such as in terms of convictions, priorities and value systems that can and do cause irritations, contradictions, disturbances and other anti-social acts and agenda.

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However, this in no way gives the State — through its political community with its command of the military forces — the prerogative to subjugate but rather have the mandate to appease and harmonize the citizens through its intervention of reconciliation for their eventual social harmony – thus preventing that the stronger citizens’ group to prevail over the weaker one at the expense of truth, justice and peace.

The well-known and often invoked “Principle of Subsidiarity” specifically applied to the governed civil society and the governing political community, in essence means that what the said civil entity can do by itself should not be taken over by the political body which in fact is instead required to attend to matters beyond the possibilities of the civil community by way of public service — considering the rather well-known truth and reality that the public office is for public service in order to bring about public welfare.

Given the forthcoming 2016 Elections and given the known candidates for public office — especially in the Executive Department — it is incumbent upon the responsible civil society to definitively discard political candidates who even this early already show personality traits that once elected, would dominate, not serve the civil community.

Tyranny, autocracy, fascism or dictatorship — anyone of these detestable forms of governance has no place in the civilized world, the Philippines well-included.
(Reprinted with permission of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz, from www.ovc.blogspot.com)


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