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Editorial: ULTIMATE NOYNOYING ACT
[Enrile said proof that Noynoy compartmentalized the mission was that it as not made known to anybody, not members of the Cabinet, not the military, nor his security advisers.In the course of his [Enrile] criticisms of Noynoy, the accusations harked back to the allegations on Noynoy of running the Palace similar to a student council and that he usually puts off important matters that result in lost opportunities, which was termed Noynoying.The ultimate show of Noynoying is turning out to be his playing general in the Mamasapano debacle based on Enrile’s revelations.]


FEBRUARY 2 -The 91-year-old Minority Leader Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile proved to all and sundry that there still is a lot of fight left in him as he took on Noynoy whom he challenged to a debate regarding the Mamasapano tragedy. Enrile accused Noynoy during the Senate hearing on the incident that took the lives of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos of hiding behind his appointees to escape accountability in the botched operations where he played general. The Palace and its allies, mainly in the Senate, tried to dismiss the new revelations of Enrile during the revival of the Senate inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of the members of the elite police force in the mission to capture Malaysian terrorist Marwan. Enrile said Noynoy called the shots in the mission, Oplan Exodus, and that he compartmentalized its execution between him and his buddy dismissed Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima. Noynoy had made sacked SAF Commander Director Getulio Napeñas the scapegoat in the whole mess saying that Napeñas fed him wrong information during the period in the mission when the SAF operatives were slowly being slaughtered by the combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Enrile said that he proved Noynoy compartmentalized Oplan Exodus which was all the proof needed to explain the motivation of Noynoy in shutting out Cabinet men and the military from the mission supposedly including then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is now his anointed. His dare for a debate is not expected to be taken up by Noynoy but the challenge will yet prove that Noynoy does not have the mettle to face up with the problems he is responsible for creating. “Either he crushes me or I crush him,” Enrile said of his debate challenge.READ MORE...

ALSO: Editorial - Daang matuwid paved with gold


JANUARY 30 -Noynoy and his (Liberal Party) LP cohorts, discarding all pretensions about daang matuwid or the straight path, and good governance is good economics has embarked on a program to put the final touches on their exit agenda. With LP bet Mar Roxas languishing at the cellar of pre-election surveys and Noynoy’s secret candidate Grace Poe on the verge of disqualification, the future looks bleak for Noynoy and his sanctimonious mob and thus the need for desperate measures to assure that Noynoy stays out of jail after his term and for the mob to squeeze whatever juice it can take out of the government in the twilight of Noynoy’s term. When Noynoy took power in 2010, the pretensions of the yellow mob embodied by the LP was that they came to power to reform the supposedly ravaged regime of President Arroyo. The first executive act of Aquino was the creation of the Truth Commission to investigate the acts of Arroyo and the second was to remove all the supposed midnight appointees of the former president. The SC threw out Executive Order no. 1 as unconstitutional since it violated the equal protection clause under the Constitution while the EO removing Noynoy’s midnight appointees was upheld. It turned out Noynoy and his yellow mob are now taking the same crooked path as before with little refinements to prevent direct conflicts with the law. The administration of Noynoy has four months left and what is being seen now is the packing of the government of yellow appointments, particularly in the judiciary, in anticipation of cases that will be filed against Noynoy and his Palace cohorts such as his Rasputin Budget Secretary Butch Abad and a slew of LP operators who abused their key government posts. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Charlie Manalo - SC going for Grace?


JANUARY 4 -by Charlie V. Manalo
The Supreme Court (SC) still has to terminate its oral arguments on the consolidated disqualification cases against presidential aspirant, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares. But this early, rumors are circulating the high court would be going the way of Poe. In fact, even before the SC started hearing Poe’s case, someone close to the circles of the magistrates told me he already has no less than nine justices who would be voting for Grace. In a small party last New Year’s Day, I ran across this friend, who happens to be my trusted source in the judiciary. He is so reliable a source I always run to him whenever I need information for my stories. And when I say reliable, you can bet everything you have that whatever he would say would be almost 100 percent accurate. When he told me it would be then Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who would be appointed to replace former Chief Justice Renato Corona, he hit it right on the mark. When he told me former peace negotiator Mavic Leonen would be appointed to the high court, he was again that accurate. He is that deep in the judicial circle it seems he would never miss anything. Anyway, our conversation that day touched on the issue of Grace who had been issued a temporary restraining order a few days earlier by Sereno. And to my surprise, my friend told me the SC would be voting in favor of Grace. And while he didn’t mention the names of the justices who would be voting for Poe, he said already has nine justices going for the adoptive daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr. Of course, I had to argue that the same set of justices who would be ruling on Grace’s case had established jurisprudence on the same matter when they decided four months ago to disqualify Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte mayor Rommel Arnado in the 2013 mayoral elections for continuing to use a foreign passport even after he renounced his US citizenship. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Arch. Oscar Cruz - Ninety nine year agreement


JANUARY 4 -by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz
Under the heading of “Bases U.S. obtains in the Philippines,” nothing less than the New York Times announced the following big news in March 15, 1947 — which is something to seriously ponder upon on the occasion of the much talked about, discussed and even debated Edca which seems to be something new but in fact already given a projection and an accepted consensual stance no less than some 69 years ago. Thus reads the interesting and disturbing news written with a drawn map of the north, east, south and west Philippines: “Under the ninety nine year agreement just signed, the Army will maintain its principle establishments at Fort Stotsenberg and Clark Field (A), while the Navy will have operating areas at Subic Bay, Sangley Point, Guiuan and Tawi-tawi (B). A portion of the Manila Port Area will be available to both. Smaller bases will include installations at Baguio and Palawan (C). Others will be developed at Aparri and on Mactan Island (D).” Is the thus so-called “Ninety Nine Year Agreement” — or no less than some kind of a one century long contract — changed or modified, reconsidered or altered, dissolved or undone — or merely kept a long time secret?  Those who know what it is really all about, do come out in the open and speak whereas there is nothing better than knowing the truth and the whole thereof.  Keeping a people ignorant of what is in store for their own country — their own future plus that of their children — is not only cruel but eventually mortal. So it is that while keeping secrets is not only reasonable but also mandatory such as precisely on the part of the so-called “secret service,” when a government supposedly of the people, by the people and for the people — a wherefore sovereign people — keep the citizens ignorant about their present standing and future plight — in one word, this is treason. READ MORE...

ALSO: Editorial - Goal is peace, not a substate


FEBRUARY 6-A hate campaign against Congress seems to have been launched by those who were severely frustrated by the shelved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) making the future of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s dream of a Bangsamoro substate uncertain. The original plan under an agreement between the MILF and the government was for a moro substate in place by the time that Noynoy steps down from office.Not surprisingly, the MILF and the government negotiating panel came out with one voice denouncing legislators for not seeing the need for the BBL their way. Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer accused members of the House of Representatives of sheer indifference and chronic absenteeism. She cited the lack of quorum almost on a daily basis in the House of Representatives, and the prolonged and repetitive interpellation of oppositors that she claimed ate up the remaining sessions. “In the Senate, the intermittent absence of the bill sponsor and the remaining interpellator stalled the deliberation. Moreover, a belated change in procedure was entertained. Only last December 2015, the Senate practically conceded that the Bangsamoro bill is of local application and therefore the upper chamber should have waited for the House version to be remanded to it,” she said. Contrary to lawmakers’ claim that the refiling of the bill would facilitate the proceedings for the BBL, since most of the views needed for it was already in the various public hearings and deliberations held, Ferrer’s view was that everything went to waste.READ MORE...

ALSO: Was that Poe’s lawyer speaking?


FEBRUARY 4 -The drift of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno in the oral arguments was difficult to distinguish from lawyering for independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe to the point of her interpreting provisions of the Constitution in favor of foundlings, which should not be the issue but is being made an issue by the partial justices as the crux of the dispute on Poe’s candidacy. Sereno during the orals said the Constitution does not exclusively comply with the “jus sanguinis” (right of blood) principle or the determination of natural-born citizenship through bloodline. A dispute during the orals ensued between her and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur Lim on the issue since Lim said that bloodline can’t be established on Poe since she can’t identify her parents, to which Sereno said that was “precisely” what the Constitution implied to protect. The course of the arguments of Sereno was that the case of Poe was “peculiar” and thus precedent setting and may not find basis on past rulings and even the faithful interpretation of the words of the Constitution. “The court has always reached out its hands to prevent injustice,” she said. “I find it strange that foundlings are wrong in stating that their parents are their adoptive parents, they merely complied,” she added. However, Sereno should find it stranger that in her document to the Immigration Bureau, she claimed to have been born to the celebrity couple when she knows she is a adopted person. Sereno argued on the line long held by Poe that the SC decision on the questions raised on her candidacy would have serious implications on the rights of foundlings in the country. Lim, however, asserted that the rights of foundlings were never an issue in the case of Poe but merely the constitutional requirements on those seeking the highest post of the land. READ MORE


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Ultimate Noynoying act

MANILA, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Editorial Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00 - The 91-year-old Minority Leader Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile proved to all and sundry that there still is a lot of fight left in him as he took on Noynoy whom he challenged to a debate regarding the Mamasapano tragedy.

Enrile accused Noynoy during the Senate hearing on the incident that took the lives of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos of hiding behind his appointees to escape accountability in the botched operations where he played general.

The Palace and its allies, mainly in the Senate, tried to dismiss the new revelations of Enrile during the revival of the Senate inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of the members of the elite police force in the mission to capture Malaysian terrorist Marwan.

Enrile said Noynoy called the shots in the mission, Oplan Exodus, and that he compartmentalized its execution between him and his buddy dismissed Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima.

Noynoy had made sacked SAF Commander Director Getulio Napeñas the scapegoat in the whole mess saying that Napeñas fed him wrong information during the period in the mission when the SAF operatives were slowly being slaughtered by the combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Enrile said that he proved Noynoy compartmentalized Oplan Exodus which was all the proof needed to explain the motivation of Noynoy in shutting out Cabinet men and the military from the mission supposedly including then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is now his anointed.

His dare for a debate is not expected to be taken up by Noynoy but the challenge will yet prove that Noynoy does not have the mettle to face up with the problems he is responsible for creating.

“Either he crushes me or I crush him,” Enrile said of his debate challenge.

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He then went on to call Noynoy stupid for hiding behind Napeñas and naming him solely responsible for the debacle.

Enrile, who has been a defense minister under former President Ferdinand Marcos, said Noynoy should be the ultimate fool if he accused Napeñas as being stupid since Noynoy was the one who delegated the mission to him.

Only Noynoy believed that dumping all the blame on Napeñas can hold up with the public since common sense dictates that Napeñas can’t undertake by himself a complicated mission that targeted and international terrorist where it is emerging that the United States took a great part in it.

If somebody stupid leads us, who will suffer? Not them but the people, Enrile said.

A more serious accusation from Enrile was that Noynoy and his cohorts are using public funds “to silence those needed to be silenced.”

He said time is near for Noynoy and his mob to pay for their transgressions to the nation.

“Just wait, that time is coming,” Enrile added.

Enrile said proof that Noynoy compartmentalized the mission was that it as not made known to anybody, not members of the Cabinet, not the military, nor his security advisers.

“He thought he was capable of accomplishing it, it turned out that he is incompetent,” Enrile said referring to Aquino.

The reports that came out on the incident indicated that Noynoy who was in Zamboanga City, where a US command post is located, on the day the mission was launched was with all his security officials but the officials said they knew of the ongoing mission only late in the day when most of the SAF commandos were already dead.

In the course of his criticisms of Noynoy, the accusations harked back to the allegations on Noynoy of running the Palace similar to a student council and that he usually puts off important matters that result in lost opportunities, which was termed Noynoying.

The ultimate show of Noynoying is turning out to be his playing general in the Mamasapano debacle based on Enrile’s revelations.


EDITORIAL:

Daang matuwid paved with gold Written by Tribune Editorial Saturday, 30 January 2016 00:00

Noynoy and his (Liberal Party) LP cohorts, discarding all pretensions about daang matuwid or the straight path, and good governance is good economics has embarked on a program to put the final touches on their exit agenda.

With LP bet Mar Roxas languishing at the cellar of pre-election surveys and Noynoy’s secret candidate Grace Poe on the verge of disqualification, the future looks bleak for Noynoy and his sanctimonious mob and thus the need for desperate measures to assure that Noynoy stays out of jail after his term and for the mob to squeeze whatever juice it can take out of the government in the twilight of Noynoy’s term.

When Noynoy took power in 2010, the pretensions of the yellow mob embodied by the LP was that they came to power to reform the supposedly ravaged regime of President Arroyo.

The first executive act of Aquino was the creation of the Truth Commission to investigate the acts of Arroyo and the second was to remove all the supposed midnight appointees of the former president.

The SC threw out Executive Order no. 1 as unconstitutional since it violated the equal protection clause under the Constitution while the EO removing Noynoy’s midnight appointees was upheld.

It turned out Noynoy and his yellow mob are now taking the same crooked path as before with little refinements to prevent direct conflicts with the law.

The administration of Noynoy has four months left and what is being seen now is the packing of the government of yellow appointments, particularly in the judiciary, in anticipation of cases that will be filed against Noynoy and his Palace cohorts such as his Rasputin Budget Secretary Butch Abad and a slew of LP operators who abused their key government posts.

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Noynoy appointed a former Ateneo classmate Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa to the Supreme Court (SC) as associate justice in place of Martin Villarama Jr., who was reportedly forced to opt for early retirement since he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 in April which is within the election ban on appointments.

It is expected that Caguioa’s posting will only be the first in the series of midnight appointments and projects the President has lined up before he leaves office in June 30.

Aquino also appointed his protocol officer Celia Ann “Cookie” Feria as the country’s next ambassador to Spain without even informing current Ambassador Carlos Salinas he was being replaced.

Salinas was only informed he was being replaced when he was conferred by Aquino the Order of Sikatuna, for his active engagement in forging Philippine-Spain defense cooperation.

Aside from the postings are the pabaons to the allies consisting of fat government contracts that ooze with huge kickbacks.

Last Jan. 22, the Department of Transportation and Communications headed by Secretary Jun Abaya, LP acting president, awarded a P20.2 billion contract to Hyundai Rotem Co. to build the Metro Rail Transit 7 project.

The Korean firm with its local partners will build a subway line linking Quezon City North Edsa in Manila to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan. The contract also calls for the South Korean train maker to provide 108 subway cars, signaling, communication and power systems by the second half of 2019.

Also up for awarding prior to June are the contracts for the North-South Rail Project, the Integrated Bus Terminal Project and the P124-Billion Laguna Lake Dredging Project.

Noynoy earlier canceled the P18-billion Laguna Lake Dredging contract the Arroyo administration had awarded to a Belgian firm but replaced it with a bigger P124-billion contract for the same project. The Belgian firm has sued the Philippine government for the cancelation of an approved contract.

Noynoy and his yellow cohorts are now paving with gold their daang matuwid for their safe and comfortable exit after six years of plundering the government.


BY Charlie Manalo: SC going for Grace? Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00


by Charlie V. Manalo

The Supreme Court (SC) still has to terminate its oral arguments on the consolidated disqualification cases against presidential aspirant, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

But this early, rumors are circulating the high court would be going the way of Poe. In fact, even before the SC started hearing Poe’s case, someone close to the circles of the magistrates told me he already has no less than nine justices who would be voting for Grace.

In a small party last New Year’s Day, I ran across this friend, who happens to be my trusted source in the judiciary. He is so reliable a source I always run to him whenever I need information for my stories. And when I say reliable, you can bet everything you have that whatever he would say would be almost 100 percent accurate.

When he told me it would be then Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who would be appointed to replace former Chief Justice Renato Corona, he hit it right on the mark. When he told me former peace negotiator Mavic Leonen would be appointed to the high court, he was again that accurate. He is that deep in the judicial circle it seems he would never miss anything.

Anyway, our conversation that day touched on the issue of Grace who had been issued a temporary restraining order a few days earlier by Sereno. And to my surprise, my friend told me the SC would be voting in favor of Grace. And while he didn’t mention the names of the justices who would be voting for Poe, he said already has nine justices going for the adoptive daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr.

Of course, I had to argue that the same set of justices who would be ruling on Grace’s case had established jurisprudence on the same matter when they decided four months ago to disqualify Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte mayor Rommel Arnado in the 2013 mayoral elections for continuing to use a foreign passport even after he renounced his US citizenship.

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And just early this month, the same set of SC justices again affirmed the Comelec’s ouster of the winner of the 2013 mayoral race in Basista, Pangasinan province, Manolito de Leon over the same offense, using his passport even after he had renounced his United States citizenship.

In both cases, the people have voted and decided to elect Arnaldo and de Leon but still, the SC decided to oust them from their elective post after having found them to have violated qualification requirements, and in the process, established a jurisprudence which could guide them in Poe’s disqualification case, as Grace shares the same experience with both Arnaldo and de Leon.

Granting without accepting that foundlings are natural-born citizens of the country where they were found, Grace, like Arnaldo and de Leon, should be subject to the fact she had renounced her Filipino citizenship and acquired American citizenship. In reacquiring her Filipino citizenship, she had to undergo a process, which clearly is against the very basic requirements for being considered a natural-born citizen.

And assuming again she reacquired her Filipino citizenship in 2006 as against the contention of one of the petitioners who insists that the point of reckoning should start on the day she renounced her US citizenship, Poe would still have to deal with the fact she used her US passport until 2009, the same grounds used in the Arnaldo and de Leon decisions.

So, what’s the difference between their cases? Nothing except that Poe is a rich candidate vying for the highest post in the land and who could be the biggest savior of the outgoing Malacañang bum.

But still, my friend would not budge and insists the SC justices will go for Poe.

But while I refuse to believe in most reliable source in the judiciary this time, latest developments in the high court indicate my friend could be right.

First, Leonen and Sereno are now both acting as Poe’s counsel, shifting the course of the argument from that of violation of the requirements for a presidential candidate, to that of the rights of the foundlings.

And second, the credibility of the High court might now be crumbling to pieces. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article about the possible leakage of an SC decision regarding the reinstatement of Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier after he was disqualified by the Commission on Elections.

In my article, I cited sources who claimed Javier and his supporters have been bragging they already have a copy of the SC decision even before it was released, saying 11 justices voted for the disqualified governor in exchange for P10 million per vote.

Two days after my article was published, the SC released its decision on the Javier case. The verdict: 11 justices voted to reinstate him.

Coincidence? Unbelievable.

The latest development within the SC had in fact, frustrated one of Poe’s petitioners, Rizalito David.

According to David, it is now becoming obvious the high court is favoring the lawmaker.

“I will be attending today’s resumption of oral arguments at the Supreme Court where Grace Poe Llamanzares sought justice over what she claimed was a grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Comelec,” David was quoted saying.

“The SC thought that Grace should be heard as it is her right to be heard following due process. Whereas the SC on a similar contention concerning other candidates thought that it was best to dismiss their petition without a single word exchanged. What about their right to be heard too? What about their right to equal protection?” he added.

“I was hoping that the SC is where justice sits. Apparently not!” the petitioner lamented.

I am also getting frustrated at the way the SC is handling Poe’s case. But what I fear most is that they already have reached a decision as early last December even before hearing the case as what my friend had confided me that New Year’s Day.

I hope my most reliable source is wrong this time.


Ninety nine year agreement Written by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00


by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz  

Under the heading of “Bases U.S. obtains in the Philippines,” nothing less than the New York Times announced the following big news in March 15, 1947 — which is something to seriously ponder upon on the occasion of the much talked about, discussed and even debated Edca which seems to be something new but in fact already given a projection and an accepted consensual stance no less than some 69 years ago.

Thus reads the interesting and disturbing news written with a drawn map of the north, east, south and west Philippines:
“Under the ninety nine year agreement just signed, the Army will maintain its principle establishments at Fort Stotsenberg and Clark Field (A), while the Navy will have operating areas at Subic Bay, Sangley Point, Guiuan and Tawi-tawi (B). A portion of the Manila Port Area will be available to both. Smaller bases will include installations at Baguio and Palawan (C). Others will be developed at Aparri and on Mactan Island (D).”

Is the thus so-called “Ninety Nine Year Agreement” — or no less than some kind of a one century long contract — changed or modified, reconsidered or altered, dissolved or undone — or merely kept a long time secret?

Those who know what it is really all about, do come out in the open and speak whereas there is nothing better than knowing the truth and the whole thereof.

Keeping a people ignorant of what is in store for their own country — their own future plus that of their children — is not only cruel but eventually mortal. So it is that while keeping secrets is not only reasonable but also mandatory such as precisely on the part of the so-called “secret service,” when a government supposedly of the people, by the people and for the people — a wherefore sovereign people — keep the citizens ignorant about their present standing and future plight — in one word, this is treason.

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It is not a secret that the world is being torn apart by different contrasting beliefs and ideologies — in addition to the even worsening separatist distinction between the so-called “First World” and the “Third World” Countries with their respective inherent attributions and liabilities. The more noticeable phenomenon now distinctly dividing the world — in addition to which Countries have developed and stand in possession of the deadliest weaponries — is the emergence and spread of ISIS.

So it is that the now existing threesomes of economy, ideology and weaponry is slowly but surely tearing the world apart, making humanity more and more divided and self-destructive.

So it is that the partnership of USA and England vis-à-vis that of Russia and China, can be anything but good news for many so-called “Third World countries” exactly such as the Philippines.

Reason: This country and its people are more and more at the mercy of the above said warring giants, more and more specifically being used and abused by its Uncle Sam. What is worse is that in the Philippines itself, there already long are warring factions particularly in Mindanao.

No wonder then that there is the above said “Ninety Nine Year Agreement” whose existence, modification or dissolution should be clarified by the public authorities concerned. But come to think of it, if the “Agreement” remains in fact existent and binding, then Edca would be a non-issue as it has been already in potential existence since 1947.

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


Goal is peace, not a substate Written by Tribune Editorial Saturday, 06 February 2016 00:00 f

A hate campaign against Congress seems to have been launched by those who were severely frustrated by the shelved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) making the future of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s dream of a Bangsamoro substate uncertain.

The original plan under an agreement between the MILF and the government was for a moro substate in place by the time that Noynoy steps down from office.

Not surprisingly, the MILF and the government negotiating panel came out with one voice denouncing legislators for not seeing the need for the BBL their way.

Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer accused members of the House of Representatives of sheer indifference and chronic absenteeism.

She cited the lack of quorum almost on a daily basis in the House of Representatives, and the prolonged and repetitive interpellation of oppositors that she claimed ate up the remaining sessions.

“In the Senate, the intermittent absence of the bill sponsor and the remaining interpellator stalled the deliberation. Moreover, a belated change in procedure was entertained. Only last December 2015, the Senate practically conceded that the Bangsamoro bill is of local application and therefore the upper chamber should have waited for the House version to be remanded to it,” she said.

Contrary to lawmakers’ claim that the refiling of the bill would facilitate the proceedings for the BBL, since most of the views needed for it was already in the various public hearings and deliberations held, Ferrer’s view was that everything went to waste.

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Ferrer said, in all, 40 public hearings and 14 plenary deliberations conducted by the House ad hoc committee chaired by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, and 15 public hearings and 14 sessions of plenary interpellations led by local governments committee chair Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. amounted to nothing, “along with the millions of pesos of taxpayers’ money used up to finance these drawn-out proceedings.”

Ferrer should have placed the blame on herself and her panel members, along with Teresita Deles, peace adviser, for coming up with an unconstitutional peace agreement which wouldnt have been passed anyway. They wasted people’s money too. Noynoy gave millions in public money to the MILF leaders in that secret Tokyo meeting before the talks even started.

The MILF leadership also blamed Congress but absolved Noynoy for the BBL’s death.

“Why did the leadership in the House allow the enemies of the BBL to filibuster its passage?” the MILF said.

“The Bangsamoro Basic Law has fallen on the wayside. Congress has snuffed its life, citing various, if not shallow, reasons. Lack of time is merely an alibi,” the MILF stated in an editorial.

The MILF said the January 25 launching of Operation Plan (Oplan) Exodus by the police’s elite Special Action Force (SAF) contributed to the “hatred, biases and prejudices” against the Moros that somewhat affected the fate of BBL.

Never, however, has it been said that the tragic incident reflected on the Moro people but certainly it did change the view of the public on the MILF which cannot even claim full representation of the whole of the Muslim minority.

“Nobody wanted the incident to happen, especially the MILF, but it happened. This is the reason the MILF, without distinction, expressed deep sympathy and condolence to all those who have fallen in Mamasapano,” the MILF said.

The MILF, however, refused to accede to the justice process in the aftermath of the incident as it never surrendered its members identified as having been involved in the massacre of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos, something that the administration of Noynoy merely let go.

It was, however, strange that Congress is being made to bear all the blame on the failed bill when it was the delay in the submission of the Palace-authored BBL that moved back the timetable on the BBL.

Also most of the provisions of the Palace and MILF drafted bill were patently unconstitutional.

The MILF and their sympathizers in government were huffing about the loss of the unconstitutional substate and not the peace process.


Was that Poe’s lawyer speaking? Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

The drift of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno in the oral arguments was difficult to distinguish from lawyering for independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe to the point of her interpreting provisions of the Constitution in favor of foundlings, which should not be the issue but is being made an issue by the partial justices as the crux of the dispute on Poe’s candidacy.

Sereno during the orals said the Constitution does not exclusively comply with the “jus sanguinis” (right of blood) principle or the determination of natural-born citizenship through bloodline.

A dispute during the orals ensued between her and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur Lim on the issue since Lim said that bloodline can’t be established on Poe since she can’t identify her parents, to which Sereno said that was “precisely” what the Constitution implied to protect.

The course of the arguments of Sereno was that the case of Poe was “peculiar” and thus precedent setting and may not find basis on past rulings and even the faithful interpretation of the words of the Constitution.

“The court has always reached out its hands to prevent injustice,” she said.

“I find it strange that foundlings are wrong in stating that their parents are their adoptive parents, they merely complied,” she added. However, Sereno should find it stranger that in her document to the Immigration Bureau, she claimed to have been born to the celebrity couple when she knows she is a adopted person.

Sereno argued on the line long held by Poe that the SC decision on the questions raised on her candidacy would have serious implications on the rights of foundlings in the country.

Lim, however, asserted that the rights of foundlings were never an issue in the case of Poe but merely the constitutional requirements on those seeking the highest post of the land.

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Sereno, nonetheless, cited Article IV of the 1935 Constitution that will be the basis, stating that the following are considered as citizens of the Philippines: those citizens of the Philippines when the 1935 Constitution was existing; those who were born to foreign parents before the existence of the 1935 Constitution who were elected into public office in the Philippines; those who have fathers who are citizens of the Philippines; those who have mothers who are citizens of the Philippines, but chose the Philippine citizenship upon reaching the legal age and those who were naturalized based on existing law.


SERENO

If such provision will be made as basis, Sereno said, it appears that the prevailing principle when it comes to citizenship in the Philippines, is a “mixed system,” a concept which no law student may have been taught in school.

Sereno added that “there is nothing in our Constitution which says that we are a country of pure-blooded race.”

Lim said the citizenship of Poe follows that of the father or the mother under the 1987 Constitution and the 1935 Constitution.

Lim even pointed out, to which Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio adhered, that this is the requirement of the Constitution which is not even satisfied if Poe identifies her parents because the Charter requires that a presidential candidate be natural born from birth.

Carpio asked what is the meaning of “from birth,” it implies continuity? And precludes a break?, to which questions Lim answered yes.

In his dissent in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) vote upholding the seat of Poe in the Senate Associate Justice Arturo Brion said that even if Poe had been a natural born Filipino citizen, her decision to become a naturalized citizen of the United States makes her ineligible to reclaim her being natural born.

“As a foreigner who had undergone an expedited form of naturalization under RA 9225, she had to perform acts to acquire Philippine citizenship and did not, therefore fall under the Constitution’s definition of a natural born citizen,” Brion said.

Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution provides that “natural born citizens are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship.”

It would appear that the unseen hands are moving in the SC to spare Poe from disqualification from the May polls.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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