AQUINO GOVT SCORES WELL ON ONLY 2 OF 11 ISSUES

The Aquino administration gained the approval of more than half of Filipinos on two national issues but did not do well on nine other issues in a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia last March 19-26, 2014, with 1,200 respondents. 1. On the issue of fighting criminality, the administration scored highest with a Net Approval Rating (NAR) of +46 (59% approve, 28% undecided, 13% disapprove). 2. On the issue of increasing peace in the country, the administration scored +40 (52% approve, 36% undecided, 12% disapprove). 3. On the issue of enforcing the law on all, whether influential or ordinary people – +37 (50% approve, 37% undecided, 13% disapprove). 4. On defending the integrity of Philippine territory against foreigners – +34 (48% approve, 38% undecided, 14% disapprove). 5. On fighting graft and corruption in government – +31 (50% approve, 30% undecided, 19% disapprove). CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: PNoy: Govt rushing to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress

The government is rushing its review of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) so it can finally be passed to Congress for approval, President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday. "Minamadali rin natin yan dahil kailangan maipasa yun," Aquino said during a dialogue with labor groups at the Palace. The BBL will formalize the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its draft, which was crafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission, was based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed late March. The Office of the President has received the draft, which Aquino said is 97 inches thick. CONTINUE READING..

ALSO: House to discuss Bangsamoro, Cha-cha as session resumes

The House of Representatives will have its plate full in tackling major legislation, including the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and Charter change, as it resumes session today. Apart from the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, also expected to be discussed in plenary are Resolution of Both Houses No. 1, which seeks to ease the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution, the proposed Anti-Political Dynasty Bill, as well as other urgent measures the chamber has agreed to prioritize with the Senate. House leaders said Malacañang should submit as soon as possible the proposed law that would create a new autonomous region in Mindanao to allow lawmakers to scrutinize the document and pass it in time for the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in January 2015. This is assuming the proposed law is approved in the plebiscite, and is not derailed by petitions expected to be filed with the Supreme Court. Election of officials of the new Bangsamoro autonomous government will be held to coincide with the national and local polls in 2016. “We will do our best to scrutinize the provisions,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said.

ALSO: Binay camp braces for ‘demolition’ after poll results

Maintaining his good performance as housing czar and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concerns remains the focus of Vice President Jejomar Binay amid survey results that he is the top presidential contender for 2016, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary-general Toby Tiangco said yesterday. Tiangco said that because of the survey, they expected attacks against Binay to become “more intense and vicious.” The vice president’s spokesman Joey Salgado agreed, saying the release of the survey could signal the start of a “demolition job” against Binay. Binay won the vice presidency in 2010 under UNA. Tiangco, also a Navotas congressman, said that while UNA was elated by the Pulse Asia survey result, it would still have to verify the authenticity of the survey. “We have to wait for the official report of Pulse Asia. But as we have consistently stated, the final decision will be based on the performance of Vice President Binay as chairman of the housing sector and as presidential adviser on OFWs concerns,” Tiangco said. “I don’t know how Pulse Asia formulated the questions so it would be presumptuous of me to say that the survey was also a performance poll.” Parañaque Rep. Gustavo Tambunting, Binay’s party-mate, said the results of the poll showed Filipinos approve of Binay’s work as a public official. Binay is in Washington to keynote the Banyan Tree Leadership Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank. “We will just continue and improve on our performance. Admittedly, the Vice President is seeking a promotion from the Filipino people,” Tiangco told The STAR. “If we have 40. We can have 45 or make it 50,” Tiangco said, referring to the percentage of Filipinos who wanted to see Binay as their next leader in 2016, based on the survey. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy after 2016 presidential survey: Choose right leader

A day after a reported Pulse Asia survey revealed the Filipinos' presidential preferences for the 2016 elections, President Benigno Aquino III urged the public to elect the right officials. In his Labor Day speech in Laguna on Thursday, Aquino said Filipinos should vote for leaders who would continue the reforms initiated by his administration. "Ang pakiusap ko po, kung naniniwala kayo na tama ang ating ginagawa, kung ayaw ninyong mabaliwala ang maganda nating nasimulan sa tuwid na daan, piliin natin ang mga susunod na pinunong magpapatuloy at higit pang magpapayabong sa ating mga naipunlang reporma," Aquino said. "Piliin po natin ang mga karapat-dapat upang maging permanente ang malawakang transpormasyong tinatamasa na ng ating lipunan," he added. Aquino, however, did not mention in his speech the Pulse Asia poll nor the politicians included in the recent presidential survey. But Aquino also reminded the public that the Philippines suffers from corruption and poverty because of leaders who place their personal interests first before the people's welfare. According to the reported recent survey by Pulse Asia, Vice President Jejomar Binay will be the runaway winner if the next presidential elections were held today. The survey, conducted from March 19 to 26, found Binay obtaining 40 percent of votes of 1,200 respondents nationwide,reports said. Neophyte Senator Grace Poe, the topnotcher of the 2013 senatorial elections, was in second place with 15 percent. READ MORE


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Aquino gov’t scores well on 2 of 11 issues

MANILA, MAY 5, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Ellalyn De Vera - The Aquino administration gained the approval of more than half of Filipinos on two national issues but did not do well on nine other issues in a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia last March 19-26, 2014, with 1,200 respondents.

1. On the issue of fighting criminality, the administration scored highest with a Net Approval Rating (NAR) of +46 (59% approve, 28% undecided, 13% disapprove).

2. On the issue of increasing peace in the country, the administration scored +40 (52% approve, 36% undecided, 12% disapprove).

3. On the issue of enforcing the law on all, whether influential or ordinary people – +37 (50% approve, 37% undecided, 13% disapprove).

4. On defending the integrity of Philippine territory against foreigners – +34 (48% approve, 38% undecided, 14% disapprove).

5. On fighting graft and corruption in government – +31 (50% approve, 30% undecided, 19% disapprove).

6. On stopping the destruction and abuse of our environment – +30 (48% approve, 34% undecided, 18% disapprove).

7. On creating more jobs – +20 (41% approve, 29% undecided, 21% disapprove),

8. On controlling fast population growth – +19 (40% approve, 39% undecided, 21% disapprove).

9. On improving/increasing the pay of workers – +15 (38% approve, 39% undecided, 23% disapprove).

10. On reducing the poverty of many Filipinos – +4 (30% approve, 43% undecided, 26% disapprove).

11. On controlling inflation – -8 (26% approve, 40% undecided, 34% disapprove).

Pulse Asia said the administration’s scores on 10 of the 11 issues declined in March, compared to the previous December, 2013, survey. The only improvement was on environmental protection efforts, where appreciation for the government’s efforts increased by 7 percentage points.

At the time of the survey last March, the nation was preoccupied by the investigation into the pork barrel scam, the arrest of Globe Asiatique President Delfin Lee, the power crisis in Mindanao, the conclusion of negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the arrest of two leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner.

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PNoy: Govt rushing to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress By KIMBERLY JANE TAN,GMA NewsApril 29, 2014 4:12pm


AQUINO

The government is rushing its review of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) so it can finally be passed to Congress for approval, President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday. "Minamadali rin natin yan dahil kailangan maipasa yun," Aquino said during a dialogue with labor groups at the Palace.

The BBL will formalize the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its draft, which was crafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission, was based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed late March.

The Office of the President has received the draft, which Aquino said is 97 inches thick. But the President said they are rushing the review because they want it passed by the end of the year. The Palace earlier hoped to pass the same to Congress when it reconvenes in May.

"May plebiscite pang kailangan, sana by the end of the year [mapasa na], para naman may maipakitang changes talaga doon sa ARMM sa bagong governance. Pero hanggang hindi matapos yung review, hindi pa maipasa sa Kongreso," said Aquino.

Once approved by Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), the BBL will be put through a plebiscite involving Mindanao provinces that want to be part of the Bangsamoro political entity. — RSJ, GMA News

FROM PHILSTAR

House to discuss Bangsamoro, Cha-cha as session resumes By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 5, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives will have its plate full in tackling major legislation, including the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and Charter change, as it resumes session today.

Apart from the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, also expected to be discussed in plenary are Resolution of Both Houses No. 1, which seeks to ease the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution, the proposed Anti-Political Dynasty Bill, as well as other urgent measures the chamber has agreed to prioritize with the Senate.

House leaders said Malacañang should submit as soon as possible the proposed law that would create a new autonomous region in Mindanao to allow lawmakers to scrutinize the document and pass it in time for the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in January 2015.

This is assuming the proposed law is approved in the plebiscite, and is not derailed by petitions expected to be filed with the Supreme Court.

Election of officials of the new Bangsamoro autonomous government will be held to coincide with the national and local polls in 2016.

“We will do our best to scrutinize the provisions,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said.

Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Belmonte and other House leaders will meet with their counterparts today to discuss how to speed up the passage of some 30 to 40 bills they have agreed to prioritize.

Among the measures previously agreed upon by both chambers to be prioritized are the amendments to the Electricity Power Industry Reform Act, Fiscal Incentives Act, Cabotage, Freedom of Information Bill, Whistle-blowers Act, Witness Protection Act, Land Use Act, Built Operate and Transfer Law amendments, Regulation of Water Utilities, Land Reform, Philippine Ports Authority, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Maritime Industry Authority charter amendments, Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, Mining Tax Increase, Anti-Trust, Promotion to Micro Enterprise, National Student Loan Program, Children in Conflict, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, Consumer Protection, Open High School System for out-of-school youth, Ladderized Education, Emergency Management Response Agency, Barangay Officials Welfare Act and the 13th Month Pay Tax Exemption Increase.

Binay camp braces for ‘demolition’ after poll results By Jose Rodel Clapano and Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 2, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Maintaining his good performance as housing czar and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concerns remains the focus of Vice President Jejomar Binay amid survey results that he is the top presidential contender for 2016, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary-general Toby Tiangco said yesterday.

Tiangco said that because of the survey, they expected attacks against Binay to become “more intense and vicious.”

The vice president’s spokesman Joey Salgado agreed, saying the release of the survey could signal the start of a “demolition job” against Binay.

Binay won the vice presidency in 2010 under UNA.

Tiangco, also a Navotas congressman, said that while UNA was elated by the Pulse Asia survey result, it would still have to verify the authenticity of the survey.

“We have to wait for the official report of Pulse Asia. But as we have consistently stated, the final decision will be based on the performance of Vice President Binay as chairman of the housing sector and as presidential adviser on OFWs concerns,” Tiangco said. “I don’t know how Pulse Asia formulated the questions so it would be presumptuous of me to say that the survey was also a performance poll.”

Parañaque Rep. Gustavo Tambunting, Binay’s party-mate, said the results of the poll showed Filipinos approve of Binay’s work as a public official.

Binay is in Washington to keynote the Banyan Tree Leadership Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.

“We will just continue and improve on our performance. Admittedly, the Vice President is seeking a promotion from the Filipino people,” Tiangco told The STAR.

“If we have 40. We can have 45 or make it 50,” Tiangco said, referring to the percentage of Filipinos who wanted to see Binay as their next leader in 2016, based on the survey.

“VP Binay has shown his good performance in housing and for OFWs. We can still improve his performance to ensure that basic services are delivered to the people,” he said.

Tiangco said that in the 2016 election, Binay will be judged based on his performance as housing czar and the Aquino administration’s point man for OFW concerns.

Salgado said the vice president was “thankful for the people’s recognition of his readiness to be president,” but acknowledged that voters would ultimately judge him based on his “performance and experience.”

Too early to judge

But Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said it would be premature to draw conclusions from the survey as the election is still two years away.

“Well, it’s not yet 2016,” said Belmonte, vice president of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) which is expected to field Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as its standard-bearer.

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Dasmariñas City in Cavite, meanwhile, asked yesterday Pulse Asia, Social Weather Stations (SWS) and other polling outfits to refrain from disclosing to the public the results of their political polls for persons who have not given their consent to be included in their surveys.

Barzaga, a certified public accountant and lawyer, placed 57th on the same Pulse Asia poll on senatorial preferences in the 2016 elections.

“Every person has a right to privacy. It is but fair that persons who did not give permission that their names be included in the survey have the inherent right to demand the survey firms not to publish the results of the survey involving them,” he said.

He said his call was important considering “there are allegations that surveys are being made for trending purposes or to condition the minds of the people regarding the strength or weakness of a particular candidate.”

In the US, Binay paid tribute to a Filipino-American doctor who was shot dead along with two others by an Afghan security guard in a hospital in Afghanistan last week.

Binay conveyed his sympathy to the family of Jerry Umanos in a telephone conversation with the slain pediatrician’s 88-year-old father, shortly after he arrived in Washington on Wednesday.

“On behalf of our kababayans back home in the Philippines and here in the United States, I would like to extend my profound condolences to your family over the loss of your son,” Binay told Romeo Umanos.

“Please comfort yourself with the thought that Dr. Umanos died doing what he loved best – to help improve the lives of the less fortunate,” Binay added.

Umanos expressed his deep appreciation for Binay’s and Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr.’s reaching out to the Umanoses.

“I am deeply touched and honored especially since our family has always been proud of our Filipino heritage,” said Umanos, a Florida resident who was originally from Agoo, La Union.

“In addition to Philippine-US relations, Vice President Binay is also expected to share the good news about the Philippines, particularly its economic transformation under the leadership of President Aquino, as well as share his views on a number of issues,” Cuisia said of Binay’s US visit.

Aside from his CSIS engagement, Binay will also be meeting with business leaders and executives from top American corporations. He is also set to take part in roundtable discussions with the US-Philippines Society and the US-ASEAN Business Council.

PNoy after 2016 presidential survey: Choose right leaders By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated May 1, 2014 - 1:30pm 12 11 googleplus1 0


President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the non-ceremonial pre-Labor Day Dialogue at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday (April 29). Lauro Montellano Jr./Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — A day after a reported Pulse Asia survey revealed the Filipinos' presidential preferences for the 2016 elections, President Benigno Aquino III urged the public to elect the right officials.

In his Labor Day speech in Laguna on Thursday, Aquino said Filipinos should vote for leaders who would continue the reforms initiated by his administration.

"Ang pakiusap ko po, kung naniniwala kayo na tama ang ating ginagawa, kung ayaw ninyong mabaliwala ang maganda nating nasimulan sa tuwid na daan, piliin natin ang mga susunod na pinunong magpapatuloy at higit pang magpapayabong sa ating mga naipunlang reporma," Aquino said.

"Piliin po natin ang mga karapat-dapat upang maging permanente ang malawakang transpormasyong tinatamasa na ng ating lipunan," he added.

Aquino, however, did not mention in his speech the Pulse Asia poll nor the politicians included in the recent presidential survey.

But Aquino also reminded the public that the Philippines suffers from corruption and poverty because of leaders who place their personal interests first before the people's welfare.

According to the reported recent survey by Pulse Asia, Vice President Jejomar Binay will be the runaway winner if the next presidential elections were held today.

The survey, conducted from March 19 to 26, found Binay obtaining 40 percent of votes of 1,200 respondents nationwide, reports said.

Neophyte Senator Grace Poe, the topnotcher of the 2013 senatorial elections, was in second place with 15 percent.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was third with 10 percent, followed by Senator Chiz Escudero with nine percent.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Aquino's running mate in the 2010 polls who lost to Binay, was only in fifth place with six percent.

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was in sixth place with five percent, followed by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and presidential sister/television host Kris Aquino, who both received four percent.

Among these personalities, only Binay and Cayetano have publicly declared their intention to run in the next presidential elections.

Reports have said that Binay is set to launch a new political party on June 12 for his presidential bid.


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