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EDITORIAL: MORE SC CONTROVERSIES EMERGE
[Sereno’s statement was a subtle admission of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s argument that no majority was reached in the vote affirming that Poe is a natural born citizen which is one of the requirements for a presidential candidate. The SC has assumed the character of the House which uses the coercion of numbers to grant the wish of the Palace and Noynoy who everybody knows has Poe as an alternate candidate. Public surveys on government service affirm this, as the House and the High Court scratch the bottom of respondents’ satisfaction.]



APRIL 11 -Associate Justice Arturo Brion raised some interesting sidelights in the voting that happened during the Supreme Court’s (SC) session in Baguio City that resulted in the decision which upheld the independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe’s bid for the presidency through his dissenting vote that may point to unseen hands pulling the strings in the majority. Under the circumstances that the decision was made, Brion concluded that the SC “has not fully discharged its sworn duty in ruling on this case.”  Brion recounted at the court’s first meeting in Baguio City for its summer session, one of the items taken up was the case of Poe. He said in the usual course, the respondent woul d have been required to comment on the motions for reconsideration filed. “At the very least, a ponente who is disposed to deny the motions would have issued a resolution explaining the majority’s positions on the issues raised,” he said. Brion said the approach he mentioned would have been the most responsible and rational to take, “given the interest that the case has aroused and the fact that the issues raised were far from insignificant.” The case on Poe involved no less than the Constitution, the laws, and their continued integrity; the qualifications for the presidency as the highest office in the land; (the integrity of) the court itself that the public relies upon as the guardian of the Constitution and the gatekeeper in assuring that grave abuse of discretion does not exist in public service and in governance; and the exercise of the sovereignty of our people through the ballot and their right to have the ultimate say on the matters of sovereignty and governance, Brion said. None of the procedures that Brion mentioned happened, instead, to the surprise of those who dissented from the majority’s ruling, the ponente (Associate Justice Jose Perez) simply recommended to the court en banc the outright dismissal of the motions for reconsideration through a minute resolution, which is a simple resolution denying the motions for reconsideration for lack of merit. “We pointedly asked if the ponente would write an extended resolution that would at least explain the reason or reasons for the outright denial. The answer was a simple ‘No,’” Brion said. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Open SC war erupts over Poe
[“If the winning candidate is later on determined by this Court not to be a natural-born citizen, then those who voted for the winning, but later disqualified, candidate would have utterly wasted their votes,” Carpio said. The Poe issue more notably has driven a wedge within the High Court and sharpened the rift between the appointees of Noynoy and the old guards. If Poe can cause a rift within the SC, it is hard imagine what she can be capable of in terms of dividing the nation if she indeed becomes president].


APRIL 10 -The case of Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy has caused a deep schism within the Supreme Court (SC) between the Constitutionalists who sided with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision disqualifying Poe from seeking the presidency and the justices led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who ruled based on assumptions to allow Poe’s candidacy. Sereno in her concurring opinion on the resolution upholding the SC decision allowing a Poe run noted that “very rarely are concurring opinions and dissenting opinions attached to a minute resolution.” She accused the minority of having “arrogated to themselves a place above the court.” Not naming names, Sereno, however, said that there is a brazen attempt “at tyranny by a noisy part of the minority.” In his dissent on the final ruling, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had insisted that no majority was reached on the critical issues of Poe being a natural-born citizen and her complying with the constitutional requirement of a 10-year residency for a presidential candidate. “In determining whether there is a majority, the votes of all the Justices who actually took part in the deliberations on the issues and voted on the issues should be counted. All 15 justices of this Court took part in the deliberations and voted on the sole issue presented for voting — whether the petitions should be granted or dismissed,” Carpio said. The crux of Carpio’s argument was that on the citizenship issue on Poe, the votes of Justices Diosdado Peralta, Mariano del Castillo and Al fredo Benjamin Caguioa were not counted. “Notably, the Chief Justice offered no justification, as there is none, for excluding the three justices in naming the majority,” Carpio said. Suprisingly in her concurring opinion, Sereno conceded that there may not be a majority on the citizenship issue on Poe. “Indeed, regardless of the number of justices who have opined that the petitioner is a natural-born Filipino, even if it were a near unanimity, the post election remedy of quo warranto — should petitioner indeed win the presidency — will be available to proper parties on proper grounds. READ MORE...

ALSO: Loudmouth Cayetano killed his bid


APRIL 13 -The debate among the vice presidential bets held at the University of Sto. Tomas revealed a lot to the public in the character of the five vice presidential candidates, namely United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) Sen. Gringo Honasan, Liberal Party’s (LP) Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and independent bets Senators Chiz Escudero, Bongbong Marcos, Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV. Three of them stood out for different reasons, Cayetano, Marcos and Honasan. Cayetano showed his being a shrewd politician by not letting past associations either through party affiliations or commonality of purpose in the Senate get in the way of his vice presidential bid. Cayetano was hacking away at Marcos, a partymate in the Nacionalista Party (NP), in embarking on a no-brainer which was to ascribe to him the sins of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country with an iron hand for 21 years. Cayetano said that Marcos can’t feign innocence about the excesses of his father, who he said stole more than $5 billion from the government’s coffers aside from the many alleged human rights abuses committed. He then kept on harping about a Duterte-Cayetano administration that would weed out and end corruption in government within six months. What makes Cayetano think he will win? Many fear, however, that Duterte would follow Marcos’ footsteps in declaring martial law once he is in power to achieve his promises which are mostly beyond the realm of the Constitution such as summarily executing criminals. Marcos in the debate tried to establish himself as a separate individual from his father which he successfully did most of the time. Busy fending off Cayetano, Marcos said that he will make himself accountable for all the misdeeds ascribed to him but not for anybody else. He also underlined the fact that allegations against his father and his family particularly the money supposedly looted from government remained mostly accusations which have not been proven in court. READ MORE...


ALSO: EDITORIAL - Abad rings LP ‘golden’ era
[Roxas said the 'BuB pa more' would be funded from the P800 billion capital outlay starting this year. “If we will continue the Daang Matuwid (that is if he is elected president), we will get the P100 billion out of the P800 billion and directly download it to our communities and our barangays,” he added.
Butch Abad, Noy’s Rasputin, deserved the LP standing ovation yesterday for making possible the “golden” age the party and its members are currently enjoying.]


APRIL 15 -Guess who received the heartiest welcome during the Liberal Party (LP) “meeting of friends” at the Club Filipino yesterday for the final salvo of the party’s campaigns? Of course, it was Budget Secretary Butch Abad who got the loudest cheer, he being the gatekeeper of the budget and the notorious Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) scheme which is a clone of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). The BuB is an Abad creation, the same way it was with the P157-billion DAP which the Supreme Court declared in 2013 as having been formed against the Constitution. The SC decision, among others, stated that the declaration of savings from which the DAP funds were extracted can only be done at the end of the year and not whenever Abad chooses it. Through constant pressure, the Palace was able to sway the SC in a new ruling in February last year which affirmed its decision but at the same time allowed augmentation of funds within the budget. Thus, a budget item called the BuB which can be inserted in any item in agencies’ allocations as augmentations in the form of a new budget scheme or reform, which Abad prefers to call it, was created. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has the biggest allocation of BUB funds which encompasses a wide swath of alibis to release funds from shelter to provision of water services. DILG, of course, acts like a holding company or parent corporation in the LP’s control of the government budget, with the BuB scheme as its primary financial vehicle. The BuB now is becoming a source of infighting within the LP as some of those less favored by the gods in the party felt they received a paltry amount and are now supposedly rejecting the crumbs being doled out through the BuB. The friction also involved the BuB being expanded to include barangays which were promised P1 million each for those who will deliver for the LP in the elections next month. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Survival instinct takes over
[The continued illicit relationship between Noynoy and Poe is a natural consequence of the current situation of both in which Noynoy seeks to fend off demands for accountability when he steps down and in Poe, her all out ambition to become a president. It would be clear that a Poe win would have Noynoy and likely the LP still running the show at the Palace in a scenario not much different from a Roxas succession. At stake is the continuation of the yellow mob’s 18-year program to set up a party dictatorship that started with Noynoy.]


APRIL 13 -The invisible president, Noynoy, was not that impossible to track for supposedly independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe as the two met a week before the Supreme Court released its final decision on upholding Poe’s candidacy, according to former Sen. Francisco Tatad, one of the petitioners for Poe’s disqualification and a respondent in Poe’s certiorari case. Poe of course denies the meeting. As expected. As everybody was looking for Noynoy in the aftermath of the Kidapawan massacre of farmers crying for government assistance amid the dry spell, he admitted not to have been familiar with the incident and he took his time, or has slipped back to Noynoying, to find out about it. Noynoy is apparently throwing in his lot with Poe who is his best chance at safe passage once he steps down in June as cases involving his incompetence and misuse of the budget are expected to hound him. The new report about the Poe-Aquino tryst right in the bachelor pad of Noynoy at Bahay Pangarap at Malacañang presented the state of frustration and desperation in both as it appears that Poe’s survey ratings have already peaked and is on the way down as the public has realized the emptiness of her campaign anchored on mainly continuing the fight of her adoptive father, a movie icon, the late Fernando Poe Jr. Also, Poe is direly in need of a good political machinery that Noynoy, through the power of government can provide her. Tatad said in his column that Noynoy had given Mar Roxas until April 25 to lift his survey numbers or his anointment is withdrawn on the LP bet and bestowed instead on Poe. Noynoy’s main frustration is on Roxas, who flubbed the six-year build up for his candidacy as a successor with his mediocre performance in whatever Cabinet posts he is given. As Transportation and Communications secretary, Roxas was blamed as having caused the dilapidated condition of the mass transit system and when he became the Interior secretary, what could have been his defining moment in the typhoon “Yolanda” catastrophe became his waterloo as the public now remembers his presence at Tacloban City in 2013 with the classic line “You’re a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino.” READ MORE...


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More SC controversies emerge



MANILA
, APRIL 18, 2016 (TRIBUNE)
Written by Tribune Editorial Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00 - Associate Justice Arturo Brion raised some interesting sidelights in the voting that happened during the Supreme Court’s (SC) session in Baguio City that resulted in the decision which upheld the independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe’s bid for the presidency through his dissenting vote that may point to unseen hands pulling the strings in the majority.

Under the circumstances that the decision was made, Brion concluded that the SC “has not fully discharged its sworn duty in ruling on this case.”

Brion recounted at the court’s first meeting in Baguio City for its summer session, one of the items taken up was the case of Poe. He said in the usual course, the respondent would have been required to comment on the motions for reconsideration filed.

“At the very least, a ponente who is disposed to deny the motions would have issued a resolution explaining the majority’s positions on the issues raised,” he said.

Brion said the approach he mentioned would have been the most responsible and rational to take, “given the interest that the case has aroused and the fact that the issues raised were far from insignificant.”

The case on Poe involved no less than the Constitution, the laws, and their continued integrity; the qualifications for the presidency as the highest office in the land; (the integrity of) the court itself that the public relies upon as the guardian of the Constitution and the gatekeeper in assuring that grave abuse of discretion does not exist in public service and in governance; and the exercise of the sovereignty of our people through the ballot and their right to have the ultimate say on the matters of sovereignty and governance, Brion said.

None of the procedures that Brion mentioned happened, instead, to the surprise of those who dissented from the majority’s ruling, the ponente (Associate Justice Jose Perez) simply recommended to the court en banc the outright dismissal of the motions for reconsideration through a minute resolution, which is a simple resolution denying the motions for reconsideration for lack of merit.

“We pointedly asked if the ponente would write an extended resolution that would at least explain the reason or reasons for the outright denial. The answer was a simple ‘No,’” Brion said.

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He said the disposition of the majority clearly indicated that it was banking on “force of numbers.”

“In other words, no extended ruling or reasoning can be read by the public as a ponencia coming from the court,” Brion added.

Brion noted that it was a strange stance coming from members of the SC whose decision has been “questioned by different sectors for the confusion it sowed, and whose avowed mission, among others, is to educate the bench, the bar, and members of the public on matters of law.”

He said the demeanor of the majority “led to more questions about the court.”

Also considering the lengthy dissenting opinions, and the concurring opinion of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno conceding that “indeed, regardless of the number of justices who have opined that the petitioner is a natural born Filipino, even if it were a near unanimity, the post election remedy of quo warranto — should petitioner indeed win the presidency — will be available to proper parties on proper grounds,” it seems that the majority had tried to evade explaining their position.

Sereno’s statement was a subtle admission of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s argument that no majority was reached in the vote affirming that Poe is a natural born citizen which is one of the requirements for a presidential candidate.

The SC has assumed the character of the House which uses the coercion of numbers to grant the wish of the Palace and Noynoy who everybody knows has Poe as an alternate candidate.

Public surveys on government service affirm this, as the House and the High Court scratch the bottom of respondents’ satisfaction.


Open SC war erupts over Poe Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:00 f

The case of Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy has caused a deep schism within the Supreme Court (SC) between the Constitutionalists who sided with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision disqualifying Poe from seeking the presidency and the justices led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who ruled based on assumptions to allow Poe’s candidacy.

Sereno in her concurring opinion on the resolution upholding the SC decision allowing a Poe run noted that “very rarely are concurring opinions and dissenting opinions attached to a minute resolution.”

She accused the minority of having “arrogated to themselves a place above the court.”

Not naming names, Sereno, however, said that there is a brazen attempt “at tyranny by a noisy part of the minority.”

In his dissent on the final ruling, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had insisted that no majority was reached on the critical issues of Poe being a natural-born citizen and her complying with the constitutional requirement of a 10-year residency for a presidential candidate.

“In determining whether there is a majority, the votes of all the Justices who actually took part in the deliberations on the issues and voted on the issues should be counted. All 15 justices of this Court took part in the deliberations and voted on the sole issue presented for voting — whether the petitions should be granted or dismissed,” Carpio said.

The crux of Carpio’s argument was that on the citizenship issue on Poe, the votes of Justices Diosdado Peralta, Mariano del Castillo and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa were not counted.

“Notably, the Chief Justice offered no justification, as there is none, for excluding the three justices in naming the majority,” Carpio said.

Suprisingly in her concurring opinion, Sereno conceded that there may not be a majority on the citizenship issue on Poe.

“Indeed, regardless of the number of justices who have opined that the petitioner is a natural-born Filipino, even if it were a near unanimity, the post election remedy of quo warranto — should petitioner indeed win the presidency — will be available to proper parties on proper grounds.

READ MORE...

She then parroted the view of Noynoy and the camp of Poe to let the voters decide on the questions raised on her candidacy.

“The sovereign choice on who will be the next president of the Philippines must be respected by this Court. Only after this choice has been made may we potentially step in,” Sereno said.

To Carpio, however, the SC ruling left the issue of Poe’s citizenship “hanging and unsettled.”

“This ruling of the majority will lead to an absurd result. The majority allows a presidential candidate with an uncertain citizenship status to be elected to the Presidency,” he said.

Carpio said to allow a presidential candidate to run and to be voted for despite the uncertainty of his or her citizenship status makes a mockery of the electoral process.

“This is not how the Constitution should be interpreted — allowing an absurd result to happen,” he said.

The biggest victim going by Carpio’s argument is not only the voters who might be duped into choosing an unqualified candidate but also the electoral process.

“If the winning candidate is later on determined by this Court not to be a natural-born citizen, then those who voted for the winning, but later disqualified,
candidate would have utterly wasted their votes,” Carpio said.

The Poe issue more notably has driven a wedge within the High Court and sharpened the rift between the appointees of Noynoy and the old guards.

If Poe can cause a rift within the SC, it is hard imagine what she can be capable of in terms of dividing the nation if she indeed becomes president.


Loudmouth Cayetano killed his bid Written by Tribune Editorial Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:00



The debate among the vice presidential bets held at the University of Sto. Tomas revealed a lot to the public in the character of the five vice presidential candidates, namely United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) Sen. Gringo Honasan, Liberal Party’s (LP) Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and independent bets Senators Chiz Escudero, Bongbong Marcos, Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Three of them stood out for different reasons, Cayetano, Marcos and Honasan.

Cayetano showed his being a shrewd politician by not letting past associations either through party affiliations or commonality of purpose in the Senate get in the way of his vice presidential bid.

Cayetano was hacking away at Marcos, a partymate in the Nacionalista Party (NP), in embarking on a no-brainer which was to ascribe to him the sins of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country with an iron hand for 21 years.

Cayetano said that Marcos can’t feign innocence about the excesses of his father, who he said stole more than $5 billion from the government’s coffers aside from the many alleged human rights abuses committed.

He then kept on harping about a Duterte-Cayetano administration that would weed out and end corruption in government within six months. What makes Cayetano think he will win?

Many fear, however, that Duterte would follow Marcos’ footsteps in declaring martial law once he is in power to achieve his promises which are mostly beyond the realm of the Constitution such as summarily executing criminals.

Marcos in the debate tried to establish himself as a separate individual from his father which he successfully did most of the time.

Busy fending off Cayetano, Marcos said that he will make himself accountable for all the misdeeds ascribed to him but not for anybody else.

He also underlined the fact that allegations against his father and his family particularly the money supposedly looted from government remained mostly accusations which have not been proven in court.

READ MORE...

It was notable that Cayetano fired off the debate in lambasting Marcos which only proved that the Duterte-Cayetano ticket does not have a comprehensive government platform and would merely rely on bravado and bashing of the heads of their opponents if ever they take power.

Cayetano merely proved that their proposed administration would be no different from Noynoy whose Daang Matuwid is a hollow catchphrase where the economic and social state of ordinary Filipinos, particularly the poor, did not change or even worsened from the time he took over in 2010.

Marcos, as an independent, stated a better alternative of his being a vice president who can comfortably work with anybody who wins the presidency since primarily he is an independent and does not have the angst that Cayetano carries.

Aside from the claim that he was in all anti-corruption campaigns which doubles up as a political launching board of the past, there was no discernible program of government of which Cayetano spoke.

Honasan also was a revelation for his equanimity which is a trait that would be needed of a good vice president to allow a calm understanding of a situation, particularly during a crisis instead of blurting out “You’re a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino” which was the famous line of LP Mar Roxas who, as Interior secretary tried to convince Alfred Romualdez to step aside and relinquish his being Tacloban City mayor for government help to come in the aftermath of typhoon “Yolanda.”

Honasan is a longshot as a vice president, considering his poor survey ratings but the result of the debate may convince many who watched it to reconsider in electing a vice president with a common sense.

Cayetano, of course, killed his vice presidential chances for showing up as a screaming scandalous tattler in the debate.


Abad rings LP ‘golden’ era Written by Tribune Editorial Friday, 15 April 2016 00:00 font size decrease font size increase font size Print 1 comment

Guess who received the heartiest welcome during the Liberal Party (LP) “meeting of friends” at the Club Filipino yesterday for the final salvo of the party’s campaigns?

Of course, it was Budget Secretary Butch Abad who got the loudest cheer, he being the gatekeeper of the budget and the notorious Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) scheme which is a clone of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

The BuB is an Abad creation, the same way it was with the P157-billion DAP which the Supreme Court declared in 2013 as having been formed against the Constitution.

The SC decision, among others, stated that the declaration of savings from which the DAP funds were extracted can only be done at the end of the year and not whenever Abad chooses it.

Through constant pressure, the Palace was able to sway the SC in a new ruling in February last year which affirmed its decision but at the same time allowed augmentation of funds within the budget.

Thus, a budget item called the BuB which can be inserted in any item in agencies’ allocations as augmentations in the form of a new budget scheme or reform, which Abad prefers to call it, was created.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has the biggest allocation of BUB funds which encompasses a wide swath of alibis to release funds from shelter to provision of water services.

DILG, of course, acts like a holding company or parent corporation in the LP’s control of the government budget, with the BuB scheme as its primary financial vehicle.

The BuB now is becoming a source of infighting within the LP as some of those less favored by the gods in the party felt they received a paltry amount and are now supposedly rejecting the crumbs being doled out through the BuB.

The friction also involved the BuB being expanded to include barangays which were promised P1 million each for those who will deliver for the LP in the elections next month.

READ MORE...

The amount now being fought for within the LP is no bird feed, Abad said of the P1.62 trillion budget for agencies for the entire 2015, 91.8 percent or P1.49 trillion was released in the first quarter or prior to the election ban on government spending.

Total releases reached 82.3 percent of the P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016.

The Barangay BuB commitment totals more than P42 billion for the 42,036 barangays in the country.

The Barangay BuB is supposedly a subsidy of P1 million to each barangay to be used for the implementation of one to two identified projects.

Abad said the program aims to aid barangays in better formulating poverty reduction schemes and monitoring the delivery of basic services in the communities.
Under the Barangay BuB, the first 12,000 barangays will receive funding from the national government in 2017 and would be released through the LP-controlled DILG.

The consistently unpopular LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas even committed to ramp up the Barangay BuB to P100 billion if local government leaders help him secure the presidency.

Roxas said that he had conceived a scheme called “BuB pa more” (more of BuB) which would allot an “additional” P100 billion, or the equivalent of P1,000 for each Filipino if elected president, to the DAP clone.

Roxas said the BuB pa more would be funded from the P800 billion capital outlay starting this year.

“If we will continue the Daang Matuwid (that is if he is elected president), we will get the P100 billion out of the P800 billion and directly download it to our communities and our barangays,” he added.

Butch Abad, Noy’s Rasputin, deserved the LP standing ovation yesterday for making possible the “golden” age the party and its members are currently enjoying.


Survival instinct takes over Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00

The invisible president, Noynoy, was not that impossible to track for supposedly independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe as the two met a week before the Supreme Court released its final decision on upholding Poe’s candidacy, according to former Sen. Francisco Tatad, one of the petitioners for Poe’s disqualification and a respondent in Poe’s certiorari case. Poe of course denies the meeting. As expected.

As everybody was looking for Noynoy in the aftermath of the Kidapawan massacre of farmers crying for government assistance amid the dry spell, he admitted not to have been familiar with the incident and he took his time, or has slipped back to Noynoying, to find out about it.

Noynoy is apparently throwing in his lot with Poe who is his best chance at safe passage once he steps down in June as cases involving his incompetence and misuse of the budget are expected to hound him.

The new report about the Poe-Aquino tryst right in the bachelor pad of Noynoy at Bahay Pangarap at Malacañang presented the state of frustration and desperation in both as it appears that Poe’s survey ratings have already peaked and is on the way down as the public has realized the emptiness of her campaign anchored on mainly continuing the fight of her adoptive father, a movie icon, the late Fernando Poe Jr.

Also, Poe is direly in need of a good political machinery that Noynoy, through the power of government can provide her. Tatad said in his column that Noynoy had given Mar Roxas until April 25 to lift his survey numbers or his anointment is withdrawn on the LP bet and bestowed instead on Poe.

Noynoy’s main frustration is on Roxas, who flubbed the six-year build up for his candidacy as a successor with his mediocre performance in whatever Cabinet posts he is given.

As Transportation and Communications secretary, Roxas was blamed as having caused the dilapidated condition of the mass transit system and when he became the Interior secretary, what could have been his defining moment in the typhoon “Yolanda” catastrophe became his waterloo as the public now remembers his presence at Tacloban City in 2013 with the classic line “You’re a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino.”

READ MORE...

The Roxas statement became the slogan of groups denouncing destructive partisan politics.

Noynoy also had thrown in everything at Roxas that included hundreds of billions of pesos in government resources such as in the Bottom-Up Budgeting funds that have become the source of slush funds after the outlawing of the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Palace’s own Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Thus far, Roxas has shown consistent numbers in the polls which is at second to last and not even the expertise of statistical massage of paid pollsters can manage to make him move up the surveys, much less top these.

The employment of fraud in the automated polls that Noynoy had, surely has as a last ditch measure would be brazenly obvious if applied to Mar but he may just pull it off with Poe as he expects this to be within the level of tolerance of the duped voters similar to the 2010 poll results.

The continued illicit relationship between Noynoy and Poe is a natural consequence of the current situation of both in which Noynoy seeks to fend off demands for accountability when he steps down and in Poe, her all out ambition to become a president.

It would be clear that a Poe win would have Noynoy and likely the LP still running the show at the Palace in a scenario not much different from a Roxas succession.

At stake is the continuation of the yellow mob’s 18-year program to set up a party dictatorship that started with Noynoy.


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