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BY NINEZ CACHO-OLIVARES: WHO'S AFRAID OF JPE's QUESTIONS?


JANUARY 13 -If Noynoy, his Cabinet and military officials are not worried nor afraid of the reopening of the Mamasapano massacre, now that Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile has asked for and was granted a reopening of the Senate inquiry, why then do they now want advance information on the senators’ questions related to the reopened probe?  When it was Sen. Grace Poe who had earlier conducted the Mamasapano probe, there was no such thing as the Palace seeking advance information on the questions to be asked. Why do so now, and even now wants to exercise the so-called executive privilege for them to be freed from answering questions fielded by the senators in the reopened probe?  The probable answer is that at that time, Noynoy knew that he had control over the Senate, as the opposition was virtually extinguished with Noynoy and his Liberal Party plot to jail the three main opposition figures in the Senate, Senators Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla charged with plunder, arrested and detained. The fly in the ointment however, was the fact that Enrile was granted bail by the Supreme Court and as he is still a senator and the Senate minority leader, and he now wants to dig deeper into the Mamasapano massacre and ask more questions, questions, moreover that were not asked by the Palace controlled Senate then. Enrile, having been a defense chief, knows how the military mind works, and as he has been in government in various positions, he certainly knows just how government works, or not works. In truth, the probe conducted by Poe was a watered down probe, although she will refuse to admit this. She was then buttering up to Noynoy as she believed she would be his his anointed. She merely tried to make the probe credible by coming up with the line that Noynoy is “ultimately responsible.” It was much too evident, however, that she did not want to attach any liability to Noynoy. She wanted the probe done away with by not elevating her committee report to the plenary for interpellations from senators. At the same time, the allies of Noynoy in the Senate made no move to insist on plenary debates on the Mamasapano massacre because being allies of Noynoy, they also wanted the probe and plenary debates done away with. And as there were no opposition senators to speak of at that time, there were no arguments at all. They were all relieved that the book was closed, despite the clearly missing chapters. As a matter of record, Poe did not follow the Senate rules but quickly submitted the committee report to the Ombudsman, who, by the way, has done nothing to make a case against the officials involved in the botched massacre, which should have included Noynoy, despite his being an impeachable officer. After all, in the case against Vice President Jojo Binay, Ombudsman Carpio-Morales probed and charged Binay, and then announced this, but saying that as he is an impeachable official, the charges will have to wait until his term is over. Why does she not do the same in the case against Noynoy, if she were truly independent and impartial? In the same breath, LP senatorial aspirant Leila de Lima, did nothing at all in going after the rebels who massacred the Special Action Force commandos and troopers. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Aquinomics an urban legend


JANUARY 13 -Two myths are propagated under the term of Noynoy which are inclusive growth and good governance that he claims is good economics, which are concepts that together form the basis of the bigger made-up lore of Aquinomics. The usual bluster of Noynoy and his economic acolytes is that the steady economic growth of more than five percent, not his usually claimed six percent average that falsely included the 7.3 percent growth in 2010 that should be credited to the Arroyo administration, was the result of Aquinomics. That concept Aquinomics, however, is a mere catchphrase since it is not accompanied by any policy, either enacted or planned, for economic advancement.The economic growth can’t even be attributed to any actions taken by Noynoy during the more than five years he has been in power. The main sources of growth continue to be remittances of overseas foreign workers who send into the country an average of $2 billion every month to their families. The huge dollar inflows feed consumer spending that supports the retail industry resulting in the mushrooming of huge shopping malls throughout the country. The current business process outsourcing, which is another growth driver, is not necessarily the result of the vaunted Aquinomics since call centers were already thriving when Noynoy took over power in 2010. Also the fiscal improvements can’t be credited to good policies under Aquinomics. The growth in tax collections, which Noynoy usually gloats was achieved without raising taxes and resulted from improved efficiency in the collection agencies due to good governance, was nothing more than the rewards of economic growth and the expanded value added tax law that increased excise tax on so-called sin products which are cigarettes and liquor to 12 percent from nine percent and removed exemptions including on fuel and electricity. The results of the recent Pulse Asia survey showing that commodity prices, low salaries, poverty and job security among the main concerns of 1,800 respondents debunk the supposed gains of Aquinomics. Good governance is similarly a made up concept and was spun from the vindictive political agenda of the administration of Noynoy. READ MORE...


ALSO: EDITORIAL - Blame the past, hide incompetence


JANUARY 10 -Up to the this time, five years and seven months into his term, Noynoy is still blaming the defenseless past for problems which clearly were the result of incompetence and failures of his administration. During the inauguration of the 300-megawatt coal plant in Davao City, the other day, Noynoy blamed, for the current power supply shortage in Mindanao, the supposed shortsightedness of Mindanao legislators in getting an exemption on the coverage of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) that sought to open up the electricity market for competition and theoretically will lead to lower prices of electricity. Since Mindanao relied on hydroelectric plants, he claimed that there were no new power plants put up in the region since the Epira bars the government from putting up new plants while private groups can’t compete with the low price of electricity from the hydroelectric plants that he claimed became insufficient due to climate change and the sudden economic boom in key cities of the southern Philippines. “This was a problem we had anticipated even before we took office, which is why, from day one, we made a stern commitment to foster an environment that would encourage the private sector to make massive investments in energy in Mindanao,” Noynoy said. The private sector he was talking about is mainly his business backers which are the Aboitizes who are into power generation and head of the consortium that put up the coal plant in Davao City.  Noynoy during the meetings held in Mindanao regarding the power supply shortage, that led to suggestions of his being granted emergency powers by Congress, said that the lower price regime was over and that Mindanao should start paying the price of sufficient electricity.  It turned out that he was doing the Aboitizes a favor by conditioning the minds of Mindanao residents for higher-priced electricity through the new coal plant. The cause of the power crisis in Mindanao, however, was the gross incompetence of the Aquino administration in foreseeing the power demand in the Mindanao grid which comes with economic program in the region.  Sen. Serge Osmeña had noted several instances showing that Noynoy’s choice of politicians running most of the government agencies was to blame for most of the problems that hounded the government.  He noted for instance that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla was a poor choice since he is more focused on politics as member of the Liberal Party (LP) rather than attending to the energy problems.  A similar situation existed at the Department of Transportation and Communications which is headed by another LP stalwart, Jun Abaya, and which is another agency that is plagued by incompetence as mirrored in the dilapidated state of the Metro Rail Transit system. Osmeña said he recommended to Noynoy the replacement of Petilla but he was turned down. “That’s the way he (Aquino) solves things. He stays with people he appointed. He’s a very poor manager, we know that. He’s a good man but he’s an awful manager,” Osmeña said. READ MORE...


ALSO: by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz - Big bad news


JANUARY 17 -One bad news after another has been the misfortune of the Philippines long since. Such is the sad plight of the country and its people during the incumbency of a supreme and central government figure one after another. So is it that some Filipinos simply say that in the absence of any bad news in a day, such would be one extra good news! Come to think of it — just in five years that passed, from the infamous Luneta hostage to the horrendous SAF 44 massacre — one bad news after another is the daily bread of Filipinos. Just mention the word “traffic” and many of them practically go berserk — angry, mad, wild. So it is that bad news is the daily bread of the people of the Philippines. But there is one really big bad world news getting global attention nowadays. it is the marked dissent between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Reason: Such profound, strong and even deadly alienation in effect also means the dissent between North America and Russia, between Britain and China — with their respective Third World countries in tow. In other words, such world dissension cannot but also readily bring about the collapse of world economy, the folding up of trade and industry all of which in effect equal a progressive retro-development phenomenon. It is not hard to fathom that word dissent could readily bring about nothing less than a very deadly world war that makes people annihilate one another. So is it that even now, the American dollar as well as the Euro are undergoing progressive devaluation in their purchasing power — with China already having devalued its own currency. It might be worth saying that the Philippines has already experienced such a deadly devaluation during the second World War when literally one sack of money was needed to buy but one ganta of rice, when hunger and sickness became but matter-of-fact realities, when living was a sacrifice and dying was but a matter of course.  And the said Word War II ushered in the making and dropping of the infamous Atomic Bombs. And it is not a secret that modern weaponry is very much more destructive and dea dly than before — in addition to their widespread ownership among First World countries. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Can’t put a good candidate down


JANUARY 17 -It seems that instead of having a sigh of relief, the camp of United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer Jojo Binay would have to hold its breath for the most vicious phase of the demolition campaign against Binay after he topped the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) presidential survey, the first to be held this year.The uniform statements of the Palace, the Liberal Party (LP), Noynoy and his Senate stooge vice presidential race doormat Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV attest to the final make or break demolition assault on Binay. The latest SWS survey affirmed the results of the earlier Pulse Asia survey that showed Binay had bounced back strongly to lead the presidential race. After the Pulse Asia survey showed Binay jumping to the lead in the showdown in May with 33 percent preference, SWS affirmed the Binay surge showing in the latest poll that he had put a good margin with the rest of the presidential pack with his 31 percent choice among respondents. The latest pre-election survey showed Binay with a five-point gain from the 26 percent in December and a seven point gain over Poe. Both the Pulse Asia and SWS surveys confirmed the worst fears of the LP and Noynoy over the solid base of about 25 percent to 30 percent of voters who will not waver whatever muck is hurled against Binay. It also showed the more than one-year long demolition campaign, which is still ongoing, had little effect on Binay’s potency at the ballot. After Pulse Asia released the results of the survey last Dec. 22, Trillanes started making noise about resuming the open-ended Senate blue ribbon subcommittee inquisition on Binay and members of his family. The other day, Noynoy exuded confidence that the campaign period would be difficult for Binay and his survey numbers will drop. Noynoy may have just dropped hints that the pollsters are merely leading on the public and that the subsequent survey numbers would favor the candidates of Noynoy.READ MORE...
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Who’s afraid of JPE’s questions?

MANILA, JANUARY 18, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - If Noynoy, his Cabinet and military officials are not worried nor afraid of the reopening of the Mamasapano massacre, now that Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile has asked for and was granted a reopening of the Senate inquiry, why then do they now want advance information on the senators’ questions related to the reopened probe?

When it was Sen. Grace Poe who had earlier conducted the Mamasapano probe, there was no such thing as the Palace seeking advance information on the questions to be asked. Why do so now, and even now wants to exercise the so-called executive privilege for them to be freed from answering questions fielded by the senators in the reopened probe?

The probable answer is that at that time, Noynoy knew that he had control over the Senate, as the opposition was virtually extinguished with Noynoy and his Liberal Party plot to jail the three main opposition figures in the Senate, Senators Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla charged with plunder, arrested and detained.

The fly in the ointment however, was the fact that Enrile was granted bail by the Supreme Court and as he is still a senator and the Senate minority leader, and he now wants to dig deeper into the Mamasapano massacre and ask more questions, questions, moreover that were not asked by the Palace controlled Senate then.

Enrile, having been a defense chief, knows how the military mind works, and as he has been in government in various positions, he certainly knows just how government works, or not works.

In truth, the probe conducted by Poe was a watered down probe, although she will refuse to admit this. She was then buttering up to Noynoy as she believed she would be his his anointed.

She merely tried to make the probe credible by coming up with the line that Noynoy is “ultimately responsible.”

It was much too evident, however, that she did not want to attach any liability to Noynoy. She wanted the probe done away with by not elevating her committee report to the plenary for interpellations from senators.

At the same time, the allies of Noynoy in the Senate made no move to insist on plenary debates on the Mamasapano massacre because being allies of Noynoy, they also wanted the probe and plenary debates done away with.

And as there were no opposition senators to speak of at that time, there were no arguments at all. They were all relieved that the book was closed, despite the clearly missing chapters.

As a matter of record, Poe did not follow the Senate rules but quickly submitted the committee report to the Ombudsman, who, by the way, has done nothing to make a case against the officials involved in the botched massacre, which should have included Noynoy, despite his being an impeachable officer.

After all, in the case against Vice President Jojo Binay, Ombudsman Carpio-Morales probed and charged Binay, and then announced this, but saying that as he is an impeachable official, the charges will have to wait until his term is over.

Why does she not do the same in the case against Noynoy, if she were truly independent and impartial?

In the same breath, LP senatorial aspirant Leila de Lima, did nothing at all in going after the rebels who massacred the Special Action Force commandos and troopers.

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It should also be noted that when the infamous year and half hearings against the Vice President were ongoing, the senators who were then the Palace attack dogs, insisted on VP Binay’s presence before the Senate to answer the allegations against him, and when Binay refused to bring down the respect for his office, he instead sent a signed affidavit which the senators threw out without reading it and which the senators, including Poe, were all chorusing that Binay’s refusal to attend the hearings meant that he was guilty of the alllegations even when there was no proof offered by the senators and their paid witnesses.

Yet not one of these senators is demanding the presence of Noynoy to answer questions. It was Enrile who merely suggested that if Noynoy wanted to attend the reopened probe, he is welcome and will be sent an invitation, but said nothing about Noynoy being being guilty as he does not attend the hearings—an entirely different treatment from the anti-Binay senators.


But as expected, Noynoy’s spokesman, Sonny Coloma now says there is a process found in the Constitution that calls for advance questions, which Coloma no doubt refers to executive privilege.

From the time Noynoy sat in Malacañang, there was never a time when executive privilege was ever brought up—except now.

Looks like the only reason is that Noynoy and his Palace boys now fear being questioned on the probe, and this time, with relevant questions, with nothing hidden.

And do they have a lot to hide!


EDITORIAL: Aquinomics an urban legend Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

Two myths are propagated under the term of Noynoy which are inclusive growth and good governance that he claims is good economics, which are concepts that together form the basis of the bigger made-up lore of Aquinomics.

The usual bluster of Noynoy and his economic acolytes is that the steady economic growth of more than five percent, not his usually claimed six percent average that falsely included the 7.3 percent growth in 2010 that should be credited to the Arroyo administration, was the result of Aquinomics.

That concept Aquinomics, however, is a mere catchphrase since it is not accompanied by any policy, either enacted or planned, for economic advancement.

The economic growth can’t even be attributed to any actions taken by Noynoy during the more than five years he has been in power.

The main sources of growth continue to be remittances of overseas foreign workers who send into the country an average of $2 billion every month to their families.

The huge dollar inflows feed consumer spending that supports the retail industry resulting in the mushrooming of huge shopping malls throughout the country.

The current business process outsourcing, which is another growth driver, is not necessarily the result of the vaunted Aquinomics since call centers were already thriving when Noynoy took over power in 2010.

Also the fiscal improvements can’t be credited to good policies under Aquinomics.

The growth in tax collections, which Noynoy usually gloats was achieved without raising taxes and resulted from improved efficiency in the collection agencies due to good governance, was nothing more than the rewards of economic growth and the expanded value added tax law that increased excise tax on so-called sin products which are cigarettes and liquor to 12 percent from nine percent and removed exemptions including on fuel and electricity.

The results of the recent Pulse Asia survey showing that commodity prices, low salaries, poverty and job security among the main concerns of 1,800 respondents debunk the supposed gains of Aquinomics.

Good governance is similarly a made up concept and was spun from the vindictive political agenda of the administration of Noynoy.

READ MORE...

The showcases of good governance is good economics are mainly the detention of Noynoy’s perceived political opponents who are former President Gloria Arroyo and three opposition leaders Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. and the removal of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

These individuals appear to have been targeted even before Noynoy entered Malacañang and was a total Liberal Party (LP) agenda.

The supposed gains of good governance, in turn, are now being used by the LP as its campaign platform under the supposed “daang matuwid” (straight path) agenda.

The concept of good governance under Noynoy, however, exempts his political associates and close buddies exemplified by former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima who was delegated the task to call the shots in a sensitive police operation to capture Malaysian terrorist Marwan despite his serving a suspension order from the Ombudsman.

The failed Operation Plan Exodus resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force commandos.

There were also several times under his administration that Noynoy would stubbornly defend allies despite their commission of blatant irregularities.

Budget Secretary Butch Abad, who is also considered a chief political strategist of the LP, was not dislodged from his post despite the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program which stated that Abad undertook unconstitutional actions to create the Palace slush fund.

Just recently, Noynoy cold shouldered suggestions to fire Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya for gross incompetence in letting the Metro Rail Transit system to rot away.

Aquinomics can’t even be properly debunked because it does not exist in the realm of reality.


EDITORIAL: Blame the past, hide incompetence Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 10 January 2016 00:00

Up to the this time, five years and seven months into his term, Noynoy is still blaming the defenseless past for problems which clearly were the result of incompetence and failures of his administration.

During the inauguration of the 300-megawatt coal plant in Davao City, the other day, Noynoy blamed, for the current power supply shortage in Mindanao, the supposed shortsightedness of Mindanao legislators in getting an exemption on the coverage of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) that sought to open up the electricity market for competition and theoretically will lead to lower prices of electricity.

Since Mindanao relied on hydroelectric plants, he claimed that there were no new power plants put up in the region since the Epira bars the government from putting up new plants while private groups can’t compete with the low price of electricity from the hydroelectric plants that he claimed became insufficient due to climate change and the sudden economic boom in key cities of the southern Philippines.



“This was a problem we had anticipated even before we took office, which is why, from day one, we made a stern commitment to foster an environment that would encourage the private sector to make massive investments in energy in Mindanao,” Noynoy said.

The private sector he was talking about is mainly his business backers which are the Aboitizes who are into power generation and head of the consortium that put up the coal plant in Davao City.

Noynoy during the meetings held in Mindanao regarding the power supply shortage, that led to suggestions of his being granted emergency powers by Congress, said that the lower price regime was over and that Mindanao should start paying the price of sufficient electricity.

It turned out that he was doing the Aboitizes a favor by conditioning the minds of Mindanao residents for higher-priced electricity through the new coal plant.

The cause of the power crisis in Mindanao, however, was the gross incompetence of the Aquino administration in foreseeing the power demand in the Mindanao grid which comes with economic program in the region.

Sen. Serge Osmeña had noted several instances showing that Noynoy’s choice of politicians running most of the government agencies was to blame for most of the problems that hounded the government.

He noted for instance that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla was a poor choice since he is more focused on politics as member of the Liberal Party (LP) rather than attending to the energy problems.

A similar situation existed at the Department of Transportation and Communications which is headed by another LP stalwart, Jun Abaya, and which is another agency that is plagued by incompetence as mirrored in the dilapidated state of the Metro Rail Transit system.


Osmeña said he recommended to Noynoy the replacement of Petilla but he was turned down.

“That’s the way he (Aquino) solves things. He stays with people he appointed. He’s a very poor manager, we know that.

He’s a good man but he’s an awful manager,” Osmeña said.

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Even then, Osmena said that the law, the Epira, should not be blamed as what Noynoy did in Davao City since it is a good law and many countries in the world are trying to copy the Epira “but the problem is the country has very awful energy managers.”

Osmeña, for instance, said the spike in electricity rates in 2013 during a maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya natural gas plant could have been avoided through anticipation and careful planning.

He said Petilla could have prevented the rate hike if he ordered government’s Malaya plant to offer at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market.

Osmeña went on to say the energy crisis in the country is a product of poor managerial skills of the President and his appointee at the Department of Energy.

In Davao City, Noynoy in his speech even praised Petilla who is now part of the “daang matuwid” senatorial slate who he said made full-time commitment to solve the energy problem despite the criticisms he faced.

Noynoy’s speech in Davao City only shows that incompetence under his administration knows no bounds.


Big bad news Written by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz Sunday, 17 January 2016 00:00



One bad news after another has been the misfortune of the Philippines long since.

Such is the sad plight of the country and its people during the incumbency of a supreme and central government figure one after another.

So is it that some Filipinos simply say that in the absence of any bad news in a day, such would be one extra good news!

Come to think of it — just in five years that passed, from the infamous Luneta hostage to the horrendous SAF 44 massacre — one bad news after another is the daily bread of Filipinos.

Just mention the word “traffic” and many of them practically go berserk — angry, mad, wild.

So it is that bad news is the daily bread of the people of the Philippines.

But there is one really big bad world news getting global attention nowadays. it is the marked dissent between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Reason: Such profound, strong and even deadly alienation in effect also means the dissent between North America and Russia, between Britain and China — with their respective Third World countries in tow.

In other words, such world dissension cannot but also readily bring about the collapse of world economy, the folding up of trade and industry all of which in effect equal a progressive retro-development phenomenon. It is not hard to fathom that word dissent could readily bring about nothing less than a very deadly world war that makes people annihilate one another.

So is it that even now, the American dollar as well as the Euro are undergoing progressive devaluation in their purchasing power — with China already having devalued its own currency.

It might be worth saying that the Philippines has already experienced such a deadly devaluation during the second World War when literally one sack of money was needed to buy but one ganta of rice, when hunger and sickness became but matter-of-fact realities, when living was a sacrifice and dying was but a matter of course.

And the said Word War II ushered in the making and dropping of the infamous Atomic Bombs.

And it is not a secret that modern weaponry is very much more destructive and deadly than before — in addition to their widespread ownership among First World countries.

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There is one signal truth that comes to mind when very deadly weapons are manufactured and tested, when Armed Forces are prepared and ready to go to war, when violent if not also horrible death squads become a common world feature such as the existence of the so-called “suicide bombers” — usually on account of blatantly wrong religious beliefs if not consummate atheism — in fact have the guns and other deadly weapons they need and use.

Such fearsome and detestable realities strongly forward the truth that there must be evil spirits in the world tearing it apart. There must be demons making people kill one another as a matter of course.

And so it is that there are individuals allowing themselves to be used by satanic beings to kill and annihilate one another, to main and eventually to get rid of humanity itself.

This eerie but true.

The inhumanity of man to man is long since a fact. And such a phenomenon has always been and still is one big bad news for humanity itself.

The worst news is that the said human liability is in fact becoming even worst.

Woe to man if he uses his mind to think, plan and do what is evil for others, thereby making himself in effect heartless!

(Reprinted with permission of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz, from www.ovc.blogspot.com )


EDITORIAL:

Can’t put a good candidate down Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 17 January 2016 00:00

It seems that instead of having a sigh of relief, the camp of United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer Jojo Binay would have to hold its breath for the most vicious phase of the demolition campaign against Binay after he topped the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) presidential survey, the first to be held this year.

The uniform statements of the Palace, the Liberal Party (LP), Noynoy and his Senate stooge vice presidential race doormat Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV attest to the final make or break demolition assault on Binay.

The latest SWS survey affirmed the results of the earlier Pulse Asia survey that showed Binay had bounced back strongly to lead the presidential race.

After the Pulse Asia survey showed Binay jumping to the lead in the showdown in May with 33 percent preference, SWS affirmed the Binay surge showing in the latest poll that he had put a good margin with the rest of the presidential pack with his 31 percent choice among respondents.

The latest pre-election survey showed Binay with a five-point gain from the 26 percent in December and a seven point gain over Poe.

Both the Pulse Asia and SWS surveys confirmed the worst fears of the LP and Noynoy over the solid base of about 25 percent to 30 percent of voters who will not waver whatever muck is hurled against Binay.

It also showed the more than one-year long demolition campaign, which is still ongoing, had little effect on Binay’s potency at the ballot.

After Pulse Asia released the results of the survey last Dec. 22, Trillanes started making noise about resuming the open-ended Senate blue ribbon subcommittee inquisition on Binay and members of his family.

The other day, Noynoy exuded confidence that the campaign period would be difficult for Binay and his survey numbers will drop.

Noynoy may have just dropped hints that the pollsters are merely leading on the public and that the subsequent survey numbers would favor the candidates of Noynoy.

READ MORE...

Aquino made a fearless forecast that Binay’s ratings would drop once the official campaign season starts in February, saying the public’s mind should be refreshed on the issues Binay is facing including his supposed involvement in corrupt dealings.

“It’s a snapshot right now. We are not yet in the campaign period and there may be some people who tend to forget the negative issues but when it is time to vote those can’t be avoided,” was Noynoy’s prophetic words.

On the numbers of his anointed Mar Roxas, he said “there’s no way to go but up.”

Caloocan Rep. Egay Erice, a bad choice for an LP spokesman since he can’t even effectively disguise his party’s sinister plot, said the same things as that of Noynoy, while adding that “the real issue here is good governance and a corrupt leader cannot provide good governance. The problem is we are concentrated on issues like foundling and eligibilities and no issue as far as public good is concern.”

It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to add up Erice’s words as the LP’s black ops campaign shifting from independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe and PDP-Laban bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to Binay.

Poe is currently grappling with a barrage of petitions to disqualify her from the race due to citizenship and residency issues while Duterte is being sought to be bumped from the polls on technicalities due to the unconventional way he entered the race.

“But I am confident that the Filipino people will not elect corrupt leaders. The most important is how the campaign will be conducted,” Erice added.

Erice and Noynoy should also re-examine their battle cry harping on voters not electing the corrupt since this may backfire on them, Mar and their candidates amid the corruption issues LP members are facing.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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