AQUINO TO CRITICS: 'BAHALA NA SI LORD SA INYO, BUSY AKO'

DECEMBER 13 -“Bahala na si Lord sa inyo, busy ako.” This was what President Benigno Aquino III said to his critics as he addressed a gathering of Filipino community in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday, December 12. Tired of mounting criticisms against him and his administration, Aquino added that his critics are only good at writing about and hitting at politicians. “Yung mga kritiko ho natin may industriya na sa Pilipinas. Ang dali naman sumulat ka sa papel, banat ka [Our critics already have their industry in the Philippines. It's easy to write in paper and lash out],” Aquino said. The President even dared his critics to take his position to see if they could do better. Aquino said, unlike his critics who didn’t even run for office, he could not give up his duties. WATCH HIM ON VIDEO

Aquino flies to Tokyo for ASEAN-Japan summit

DEC. 12 - The President is traveling to Japan for the “40th ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit,” an all-important meeting that will allow heads of state and governments in the ASEAN region to discuss with Japan simmering tensions brought about by territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea, East Sea and Yellow Sea.During the three-day visit of the President, he will have a series of meetings with Japanese political and business leaders to fortify the Philippines’ defense and trade cooperation with Japan. Besides the President, on board the chartered Philippine Airlines flight were Secretaries Albert del Rosario (foreign affairs), Cesar Purisima (finance), Gregory Domingo (trade), Joseph Emilio Abaya (transportation), Herminio Coloma (presidential communications) and Julia Abad (Presidential Management Staff).In his departure statement in Manila, Aquino said it was his “duty” to attend regional summits.“As always, we will show to the world our ability to unite and rise during trying times. As a responsible member of the community of nations, we’ll continually be part of the pursuit of our collective goal: to bring about a world where every individual and every nation has respect and concern for each other,” said the President.

Christmas furlough for GMA up to the court — Palace

DECEMBER 15 - Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Arroyo, who is facing plunder charges, is now under the jurisdiction of the court. “Her detention is by virtue of the power of that court. So we in the executive won’t meddle with that,” Valte told state-run radio station dzRB. “Whether the Arroyo camp files a motion or whether the court makes a decision, we will just leave that to the court,” she added. Valte was asked to react to a statement of Arroyo’s legal counsel Ferdinand Topacio, who claimed that President Aquino can grant his client a Christmas furlough. Topacio told The STAR that Arroyo had granted a furlough to former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada when he was in detention also on plunder charges. “When Mrs. Arroyo was the president and Estrada wrote her a letter requesting for Christmas furlough, she allowed him,” Topacio said in an earlier interview. Arroyo is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in connection with a plunder charge that stemmed from the alleged misuse of P366-million intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)


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AQUINO TO CRITICS: 'BAHALA NA SI LORD SA INYO, BUSY AKO'


President Benigno Aquino III delivers his message during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Large Hall, Arts Building, National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in 3-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku in Tokyo Japan on December 12 at the sidelines of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

TOKYO, DECEMBER 16, 2013 (INQUIRER) by Mary Rose A. Hogaza - “Bahala na si Lord sa inyo, busy ako.”

This was what President Benigno Aquino III said to his critics as he addressed a gathering of Filipino community in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday, December 12.

Tired of mounting criticisms against him and his administration, Aquino added that his critics are only good at writing about and hitting at politicians.

“Yung mga kritiko ho natin may industriya na sa Pilipinas. Ang dali naman sumulat ka sa papel, banat ka [Our critics already have their industry in the Philippines. It's easy to write in paper and lash out],” Aquino said.

The President even dared his critics to take his position to see if they could do better. Aquino said, unlike his critics who didn’t even run for office, he could not give up his duties.

“Bilang pinuno, hindi tayo pwedeng bumigay, hindi tayo pwedeng mawalan ng pag-asa maski na napipikon ka na dun sa ibang taong namumulitika pa [As a leader, I can't give up, I can't lose hope despite being peeved at those who are politicking],” Aquino said.

Aquino said he finds great honor serving the people who continue to display resiliency despite all odds.

The President was commended by the Filipino community in Tokyo after his speech.

Aquino was being bombarded by criticisms related to the pork barrel scam, the Disbursement Acceleration Program, and even how the national government conducted disaster aid for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” among others.

VIDEO: Watch as Aquino hit his critics during his meeting with the Filipino Community in Tokyo.

 


Aquino flies to Tokyo for ASEAN-Japan summit By Michael Lim Ubac DECEMBER 12, 2013 - INQUIRER


President Benigno Aquino III joins other ASEAN Leaders at Session 1 of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit at Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo on Saturday. Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) nations on Saturday issued a joint statement here, in which the two sides pledged to strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy, disaster relief and security.The summit between Japan and ASEAN -- which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -- is the first of its kind to be held in Tokyo since 2003. Besides the Commemorative Summit, Japan also holds separate meetings with leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations.  (Powered by PLDT/Smart) PHOTO BY RYAN LIM, MALACANANG PHOTO BUREAU-NEWS FROM INTRERAKSYON.COM

INQUIRER — President Benigno Aquino III, along with six Cabinet members, left Manila early on Thursday for a summit meeting with Japan and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The President is traveling to Japan for the “40th ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit,” an all-important meeting that will allow heads of state and governments in the ASEAN region to discuss with Japan simmering tensions brought about by territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea, East Sea and Yellow Sea.

During the three-day visit of the President, he will have a series of meetings with Japanese political and business leaders to fortify the Philippines’ defense and trade cooperation with Japan.

Besides the President, on board the chartered Philippine Airlines flight were Secretaries Albert del Rosario (foreign affairs), Cesar Purisima (finance), Gregory Domingo (trade), Joseph Emilio Abaya (transportation), Herminio Coloma (presidential communications) and Julia Abad (Presidential Management Staff).

In his departure statement in Manila, Aquino said it was his “duty” to attend regional summits.

“As always, we will show to the world our ability to unite and rise during trying times. As a responsible member of the community of nations, we’ll continually be part of the pursuit of our collective goal: to bring about a world where every individual and every nation has respect and concern for each other,” said the President.

He said he would have a chance to personally thank Japan for its help in relief and recovery efforts following the onslaught of supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in November and other disasters that struck the Philippines this year.

Shortly after his arrival, the President will meet with the Filipino community at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center.

He said he would assure the 203,000-strong Filipino community in Japan that the Philippines would push for early recovery for areas hit by disasters.

“One of our special objectives in our trip to Japan is to meet with our countrymen. We all know that they have worries (over their families in the Philippines who have been affected by) past calamities. Thus, we will assure them of government’s resolve to speed up the rehabilitation and rebuilding of communities momentarily brought down by tragedies,” he said.

The President will witness the signing of three exchanges of notes on a post-disaster standby loan worth ¥10billion ($100 million), loan for multi-role response Vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard worth ¥18.732 billion ($187 million), and a revised route schedule for the Philippines-Japan Air Services Agreement to increase air traffic between two nations.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez said Aquino’s visit would be an opportunity for him to thank the Japanese people and its government for the help they extended to Filipinos affected by recent calamities.

The President will particularly have the chance to thank Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets with them on Friday.

“This is an opportunity for President Aquino to thank Japan, especially the Emperor and Prime Minister. These are the two highest Japanese officials. And the President will have the chance to thank the Japanese companies and the Japanese public who had given so generously,” Lopez said.

Japan was among the most generous members of the international community that have extended aid to survivors of Yolanda, which flattened central Visayas on November 8, leaving 5,924 people dead and 1,779 missing.

Lopez said Japan remained committed to helping the survivors in the rebuilding stage.

“Japan has helped us so much, it is only fitting the President comes here to say ‘Thank you’ to Japan. There is nothing wrong with the President coming here. I think it’s very important he shows the country’s appreciation. Remember, Japan is going to stay much longer than most other donor countries,” he said.

Lopez said Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida had told him to just let Japan know if the Philippines needed anything in terms of assistance.

Business, political agenda

During the three-day visit, the President will also engage in political, defense and business talks with Japanese leaders led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Aquino will promote Philippine economic interests in Japan through these scheduled meetings.

While in Tokyo, he would meet with Abe, Emperor Akihito and Empres Michiko, top business leaders and the Filipino community.

Private dinner

The President will have a private dinner on Thursday night with the influential Ishihara family led by ex-Tokyo Governor Shintaro and current Congressman Hirotaka, vice minister for foreign affairs.

Abe will host a “working lunch” with Aquino on Friday.

“The President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet to discuss among others the recovery and reconstruction program of the government post-Typhoon Yolanda, Maritime Cooperation, the Mindanao peace process and people-to-people exchanges,” said Coloma in an earlier interview.

The President is also slated to meet with officials of Nippon Keidanren, Nidec Sankyo, Sumitomo Metal Mining Company and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Bank of Japan and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

He will also meet on Friday with the chancellor and president of Sophia University, which will confer on him the honorary doctorate in law, and members of the Japan Philippines Parliamentarians Friendship League.

The sessions of the summit will not begin until Saturday, but the President will join Asean heads of state and governments at a dinner on Friday to be hosted by Abe and his wife Akie at the prime minister’s official residence.

FROM PHILSTAR

Christmas furlough for GMA up to the court — Palace By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 15, 2013 - 12:00am 3 51 googleplus0 73

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang yesterday maintained that only the court has the authority to grant a Christmas furlough to former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is on hospital arrest.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Arroyo, who is facing plunder charges, is now under the jurisdiction of the court.

“Her detention is by virtue of the power of that court. So we in the executive won’t meddle with that,” Valte told state-run radio station dzRB.

“Whether the Arroyo camp files a motion or whether the court makes a decision, we will just leave that to the court,” she added.

Valte was asked to react to a statement of Arroyo’s legal counsel Ferdinand Topacio, who claimed that President Aquino can grant his client a Christmas furlough.

Topacio told The STAR that Arroyo had granted a furlough to former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada when he was in detention also on plunder charges.

“When Mrs. Arroyo was the president and Estrada wrote her a letter requesting for Christmas furlough, she allowed him,” Topacio said in an earlier interview.

Arroyo is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in connection with a plunder charge that stemmed from the alleged misuse of P366-million intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Earlier, 1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III filed a resolution requesting the Sandiganbayan to grant Arroyo a Christmas furlough “for humanitarian and compassionate considerations.”

House Resolution 537 has obtained more than 70 signatures from administration and opposition lawmakers.

Bello, who served as secretary to the Cabinet of the Arroyo administration, said the former president looked very sick and her condition did not improve during her stay at the hospital.

When asked whether President Aquino has plans to visit Arroyo, Valte replied: “None that I know of at the moment.”

Estrada had said he would visit Arroyo before Christmas to relay his holiday greetings and is hopeful that she would recover from her illness soon.

‘Beware of karma’

Meanwhile, opposition lawmakers warned officials of the Aquino administration of “karma” after the Philippine National Police (PNP) imposed new restrictions on Arroyo. – With Paolo Romero


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