TENSION DURING AQUINO IMPEACH RAPS HEARING, NOY ALLY CALLED 'BALIMBING'   

SEPT 3 --PHOTO: Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone. — Tension rose in the House of Representatives when Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares took a swipe against a Liberal Party stalwart for being a ”balimbing” (turncoat) when he shifted to being an Aquino ally from being a supporter of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. During Tuesday’s justice committee hearing the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III, Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said even Colmenares, who endorsed the impeachment rap over Aquino’s outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), benefited from the DAP. “Nakatanggap rin si Colmenares sa DAP (Even Colmenares benefited from the DAP),” Evardone said, as he listed his DAP-funded projects. Colmenares then flared up and insinuated that it is unfair that he would be accused of benefiting from DAP, and that he could not be asked to inhibit from the complaint. “It is okay for us to go against DAP because we realized it was an illegal program,” he said. “Anong kinalaman na isang kongressman may pinondohan din ng DAP? (What has a Congressman who received funds from DAP got to do with it?)” Colmenares added.*READ MORE...

ALSO: House junks impeach raps vs Aquino  

SEPT 2 --PHOTO: Makabayan solons on Tuesday booed the House of Representatives justice committee’s decision finding insufficient in substance all three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III. --The House of Representatives justice committee on Tuesday found insufficient in substance the three impeachment raps lodged against President Benigno Aquino III. The panel, dominated by Aquino allies, overwhelmingly voted to junk the complaints, after some allies moved to suspend the debate on the complaint and instead decide to junk the raps. Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares fumed on the speed by which the panel tackled the complaints. “Noong panahon ni Arroyo, the impeachment complaints against her reached three to four hearings. Kay President Aquino, two hearings. Are you rushing this?” Aquino told the panel chairman Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. Tupas said the panel practiced the same standards in both impeach hearing.
The three complaints were dismissed separately in a vote of 54 lawmakers against each complaint and four votes favoring each of it. Those who voted for the three complaints were Bayan Muna Rep. Colmenares and Zarate, and Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus.* READ MORE...

ALSO: 3 impeach raps vs Aquino 'insufficient in substance' 

SEPT 2 --PHOTO: In a radio interview last week, President Benigno Aquino III talks about various issues including the impeachment complaints filed against him. (Malacanang Photo Bureau) The House of Representatives justice committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly dismissed the three impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno S. Aquino III as insufficient in substance. After about four hours of debates, each of the three impeachment complaints received only four affirmative votes, 54 negative votes and zero abstentions. The first impeachment complaint accused Aquino of committing culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of his administration. It was signed by 28 individuals, including leaders of various sectors and members of the academe.

The second case filed by youth groups also stemmed from the DAP and alleged that Aquino committed betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption with the controversial stimulus program, which was declared partially unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The third complaint accused Aquino of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust for entering into an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States. The three complaints were filed last July and were endorsed by lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc. filed against him will be dismissed for lack of merit. He noted that the cases were filed by those from the radical left who only want to oust him. "Many members of leftist groups have rallied many times in front of my house on Times Street when they are angry at me, when we all know that I'm not there," Aquino said in Filipino in an interview with Bombo Radyo aired last week.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: P4.5-B funds to improve MRT service went to DAP  

SEPT 5 --PHOTO: SENATOR BINAY-- Worms kept crawling out yesterday from the Palace-created money pool called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which was declared illegal by the Supreme Court as Sen. Nancy Binay yesterday disclosed that P4.5 billion appropriation meant to fund additional coaches for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) was rechanneled to the DAP. Binay expressed dismay at the move of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) as it betrays a lack of concern for the welfare and safety of ordinary citizens who ride the MRT daily. “In 2012, the DoTC surrendered P4.5 billion allocated for purchasing additional cars for the MRT to the DAP. And as it seems, it was the same money used to facilitate the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona,” she said. Commuters of the MRT are now suffering the consequences in the mass transit’s poor service with the diversion of the funds.

The funds in the DAP came from savings accumulated from funds of supposed idle projects from different agencies. A recent Senate hearing on the Palace program, however, indicated that several key projects lost their funds in favor of the DAP. Documents detailing DAP funds submitted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed a P4.5 billion allocation for the MRT for the purchase of additional cars surrendered by the DoTC to the DBM for use as DAP, Binay said. The Supreme Court has earlier declared as unconstitutional Palace acts that created the DAP. Binay said the DoTC gave as reason for the diversion of the MRT funds to a pending case in the purchase of coaches. If that was so, all Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya had to do was to ask permission from Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the P4.5 billion funding to be used to improve the train system’s facilities if it could not be used to purchase additional cars, Binay said. “The funding should definitely not have gone to DAP,” Binay said. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy’s PCSO official buying votes for Jaycee bet with ambulances  

SEPT 4 --A ranking official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), whose spouse is a close ally of President Aquino, has been gifting ambulances to members of the Jaycees for the victory of her bet in the heat of the election fever for the top posts of the civic organization. A source who is privy to the group identified the PCSO official as Director Mabel Villarica Mamba, the wife of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba, a past national president of the Jaycees and a close aide of President Aquino. PLLO chief Mamba is also the political foe of the Enriles in Cagayan. The PCSO director has been campaigning for her candidate with the use of government resources by way of ambulances, in exchange for the vote for her anointed candidate who is running for president of the local Jaycees. “Since she is backing up certain candidates, she is offering ambulances from PCSO in exchange for votes for the group she is backing up,” the source, who is also a member of the Jaycee said. “She promised this to chapters in Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and some in Visayas and Mindanao,” the same source said.*READ MORE

ALSO: PCSO denies vote-buying in Jaycees polls 

SEPT 5 --The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office yesterday denied a Tribune story in connection with the alleged vote-buying in the coming Jaycees election with the use of PCSO ambulances. In a letter to The Tribune, PCSO vice chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II (photoo said that allegation that PCSO Director Mabel Villarica Mamba is using PCSO resources to buy votes for her candidates in the Jaycees election “is far from the truth.” Rojas, who is acting chairman of the PCSO, said that the agency’s ambulance donation program is implemented in line with strict policies. “We can assure the public that this is far from the truth. PCSO’s Ambulance Donation Program is implemented in line with strict policies. Municipalities and cities, government and private hospitals, and government agencies may request for donations of ambulances from PCSO,” Rojas said in a letter to The Tribune yesterday.

Rojas was reacting to a Tribune story that alleged Mamba, wife of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba, has been campaigning for her candidates in the Jaycees election which will be held on Sunday.
According to The Tribune source who was privy to the group, Mamba has been offering Jaycees ambulances in exchange for their votes in the upcoming polls of the civic organization. Mamba is a past national president of the Jaycees. The Tribune source said that Mamba has promised ambulances to Jaycees chapters in Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and some in Visayas and Mindanao. The source, who has been a recipient of such an ambulance during the past elections of the group, said that the point man of Mamba in the PCSO is one Ismael Penado, a consultant of the PCSO who was also a past president of the Jaycees. The source said that the practice has been going on since 2010 but that this year’s election, which will be held on Sunday, is one of the most heated elections in Jaycees history in the country. Rojas, however, said that PCSO prioritizes the requests of fourth- to sixth-class municipalities in areas that have not received an ambulance in five years or longer. In consideration of their financial constraints, they receive the ambulances under 100 percent donation.*READ MORE...

ALSO Manila Times Opinion: PNoy and the ‘hubris syndrome’    

SEPT 1 --Countless Filipinos are dismayed that PNoy continues to give mixed signals on his plans for 2016. Although PNoy claimed during the Bombo Radyo interview last week that he’s looking forward to regaining his freedom when he steps down from office, he also said in the same interview that he’ll consult his “bosses” on charter change (cha-cha) proposals for term extension especially after some folks supposedly expressed apprehension at how the reforms he instituted could be continued beyond 2016. That PNoy even entertained the thought of staying in office a minute longer is an insult to the legacy of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino – a revered icon of Philippine democracy.

Apparently, PNoy believes that he has truly transformed the country and radically improved the lot of Filipinos that we are clamoring for more of the same bullshit for another six years. Truth is, many of our countrymen are clueless as to what reforms PNoy has been talking about. Massive corruption still persists throughout the bureaucracy, from the barangay all the way to the national level notwithstanding PNoy’s purported anti-corruption policies and programs. The number of Filipinos living below the poverty line has remained almost unchanged since PNoy took over, with a majority of our population still deprived of basic human supplies like food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education. A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey also shows that, during the second quarter of 2014, the number of unemployed Filipinos increased by 300,000 individuals to 25.9 percent or 11.8 million people – equivalent to the entire population of Metro Manila (based on a 2010 census)! That’s one in every four adult Filipino without a job.

SWS noted that for almost a decade now, joblessness has consistently been above 20 percent, belying PNoy’s claims that he has fulfilled his ambition of providing jobs to Filipinos. Business news outfit Bloomberg also reported last week that the country’s inflation has doubled in less than a year to 4.9 percent while food prices surged 8.2 percent in the same period – the fastest pace since 2009. Worse, wealth inequality between the rich and poor in the Philippines is now the second highest in Asia after China – a situation confirmed by the recent Forbes magazine article which concluded that the combined wealth of the country’s 50 richest increased by 12 percent from $65.8 billion to a whopping $74.2 billion in 2013. PNoy’s exaggerated sense of achievement has led some folks in the medical community to ask whether the self-proclaimed “father of our nation” has developed the so-called “hubris syndrome” (HS). *READ MORE PLUS READERS' RESPONSE...


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During Aquino impeach raps hearing, Aquino ally called ‘balimbing’


Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 (INQUIRER) POSTED SEPTEMBER 3 By Marc Jayson Cayabyab - Tension rose in the House of Representatives when Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares took a swipe against a Liberal Party stalwart for being a ”balimbing” (turncoat) when he shifted to being an Aquino ally from being a supporter of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

During Tuesday’s justice committee hearing the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III, Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said even Colmenares, who endorsed the impeachment rap over Aquino’s outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), benefited from the DAP.

“Nakatanggap rin si Colmenares sa DAP (Even Colmenares benefited from the DAP),” Evardone said, as he listed his DAP-funded projects.

Colmenares then flared up and insinuated that it is unfair that he would be accused of benefiting from DAP, and that he could not be asked to inhibit from the complaint.

“It is okay for us to go against DAP because we realized it was an illegal program,” he said.

“Anong kinalaman na isang kongressman may pinondohan din ng DAP? (What has a Congressman who received funds from DAP got to do with it?)” Colmenares added.

The militant lawmaker then said that former congressman now Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, said to be the brainchild of DAP, and Evardone shifted their allegiance from Arroyo to Aquino.

“Nalaman niyo gaano kasama ang dating presidente, Dapat lang (They realized how corrupt the previous president is. So they should have really shifted allegiance),” Colmenares said.

“Evardone was with President Arroyo before. Did we say balimbing ka (you are a turncoat)? No, we didn’t say balimbing ka,” Colmenares retorted.

The crowd behind Colmenares composed of militant supporters cheered the solon on, while Evardone remained silent.

Committee chair Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr. banged on his gavel, called for order, and suspended the hearing after the heated exchange.

Upon the hearing’s resumption, Tupas called on to strike down the exchange from the House records because it is irrelevant in the discussion. The motion was met with no objection.

“It’s irrelevant. It’s not necessary to debate, therefore, unparliamentary. It should be stricken off the record,” Tupas said.

The first two complaints stemmed from Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The third is over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which seeks a greater US military presence in the country despite a constitutional ban on foreign bases.

The impeachment raps were endorsed by militant lawmakers Bayan Muna Representatives Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap, Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon, Act Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus.

A fourth impeachment rap accused Aquino of sustaining the outlawed Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the 2014 budget. The SC declared as unconstitutional the congressional pork at the height of a corruption scandal under the alleged scheme of Janet Lim-Napoles.

But the complaint failed to reach the floor in time for the committee referral of the first three complaints.

Last Tuesday, the complaints were found sufficient in form based on verification of complainants and endorsement of lawmakers.

House junks impeach raps vs Aquino By Marc Jayson Cayabyab |INQUIRER.net1:40 pm | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Makabayan solons on Tuesday booed the House of Representatives justice committee’s decision finding insufficient in substance all three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/INQUIRER.net


MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives justice committee on Tuesday found insufficient in substance the three impeachment raps lodged against President Benigno Aquino III.

The panel, dominated by Aquino allies, overwhelmingly voted to junk the complaints, after some allies moved to suspend the debate on the complaint and instead decide to junk the raps.

Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares fumed on the speed by which the panel tackled the complaints.

“Noong panahon ni Arroyo, the impeachment complaints against her reached three to four hearings. Kay President Aquino, two hearings. Are you rushing this?” Aquino told the panel chairman Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr.

Tupas said the panel practiced the same standards in both impeach hearing.

The three complaints were dismissed separately in a vote of 54 lawmakers against each complaint and four votes favoring each of it. Those who voted for the three complaints were Bayan Muna Rep. Colmenares and Zarate, and Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus.

* The first two complaints stemmed from Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The third is over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which seeks a greater US military presence in the country despite a constitutional ban on foreign bases.

The impeachment raps were endorsed by militant lawmakers Bayan Muna Representatives Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap, Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon, Act Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus.

A fourth impeachment rap accused Aquino of sustaining the outlawed Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the 2014 budget. The SC declared as unconstitutional the congressional pork at the height of a corruption scandal under the alleged scheme of Janet Lim-Napoles.

But the complaint failed to reach the floor in time for the committee referral of the first three complaints.

Last Tuesday, the complaints were found sufficient in form based on verification of complainants and endorsement of lawmakers.

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3 impeach raps vs Aquino 'insufficient in substance' By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated September 2, 2014 - 1:23pm 7 49 googleplus0 0


In a radio interview last week, President Benigno Aquino III talks about various issues including the impeachment complaints filed against him. (Malacanang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives justice committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly dismissed the three impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno S. Aquino III as insufficient in substance.

After about four hours of debates, each of the three impeachment complaints received only four affirmative votes, 54 negative votes and zero abstentions.

The first impeachment complaint accused Aquino of committing culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of his administration. It was signed by 28 individuals, including leaders of various sectors and members of the academe.

The second case filed by youth groups also stemmed from the DAP and alleged that Aquino committed betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption with the controversial stimulus program, which was declared partially unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The third complaint accused Aquino of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust for entering into an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States.

The three complaints were filed last July and were endorsed by lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc.

filed against him will be dismissed for lack of merit.

He noted that the cases were filed by those from the radical left who only want to oust him.

"Many members of leftist groups have rallied many times in front of my house on Times Street when they are angry at me, when we all know that I'm not there," Aquino said in Filipino in an interview with Bombo Radyo aired last week.

FROM THE TRIBUNE

P4.5-B funds to improve MRT service went to DAP
Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00


SENATOR BINAY

Worms kept crawling out yesterday from the Palace-created money pool called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which was declared illegal by the Supreme Court as Sen. Nancy Binay yesterday disclosed that P4.5 billion appropriation meant to fund additional coaches for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) was rechanneled to the DAP.

Binay expressed dismay at the move of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) as it betrays a lack of concern for the welfare and safety of ordinary citizens who ride the MRT daily.

“In 2012, the DoTC surrendered P4.5 billion allocated for purchasing additional cars for the MRT to the DAP. And as it seems, it was the same money used to facilitate the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona,” she said.

Commuters of the MRT are now suffering the consequences in the mass transit’s poor service with the diversion of the funds.

The funds in the DAP came from savings accumulated from funds of supposed idle projects from different agencies. A recent Senate hearing on the Palace program, however, indicated that several key projects lost their funds in favor of the DAP.

Documents detailing DAP funds submitted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed a P4.5 billion allocation for the MRT for the purchase of additional cars surrendered by the DoTC to the DBM for use as DAP, Binay said.

The Supreme Court has earlier declared as unconstitutional Palace acts that created the DAP.

Binay said the DoTC gave as reason for the diversion of the MRT funds to a pending case in the purchase of coaches.

If that was so, all Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya had to do was to ask permission from Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the P4.5 billion funding to be used to improve the train system’s facilities if it could not be used to purchase additional cars, Binay said.

“The funding should definitely not have gone to DAP,” Binay said.

* The funding could have been used to fund some of the items in the DOTC’s P6.8 billion wish list for its rehabilitation projects that the agency presented to the Senate Committee on Public Services like the procurement of cars, general overhauling of the train, and the upgrade of ancillary systems (platform edge doors, signaling system upgrade, rail steel replacement, communication system, traction motors replacement, overhead catenary system, security fence and noise barrier, consulting services, upgrade of conveyance facilities, North Avenue footbridge, weather protection cladding, public wifi, passenger information system, and passenger hand straps).

Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon also expressed concern over the almost P5 billion in conditional cash transfer (CCT) funds coursed through the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) that went “missing” and possibly not delivered to intended CCT beneficiaries.

In the Commission on Audit’s (CoA) latest audit report on Philpost released last week, the audit agency pointed out that some P4.936 billion in CCT “cash advances” disbursed to various payout postmasters have yet to be liquidated, thus exposing the funds to possible “malversation, theft or other risks.”

“We have long questioned the effectivity of the moribund CCT program in alleviating poverty. Now it has been exposed that some P5 billion in CCT funds is missing and possibly went directly to the pockets of corrupt government officials and scheming syndicates,” Ridon said.

Philpost is one of the “monetary conduits” tapped by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to distribute monthly cash incentives to indigent family beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Specifically, Philpost post offices serve as pick-up centers for CCT beneficiaries in Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Davao del Sur, Cavite, Palawan, Rizal, La Union, Benguet and Mt. Province.

“Philpost and DSWD must explain this P5-billion anomaly. Just how many beneficiaries were deprived of CCT funds because of this irregularity? And the ultimate question is – where did the P5-billion CCT funds go?” Ridon asked.

CoA explained that Philpost submitted additional liquidation reports on CCT cash advances to account for the P2.282 billion of the P4.936 billion “missing” funds.

However, CoA noted that the liquidation reports were “stated in lump-sum amounts without the details or breakdown that could be matched with the Individual Certification of Liquidation issued by the DSWD.”

“Submitting lump-sum liquidation reports is very suspicious. How can we know if the beneficiaries really received the CCT allowance if there is no disaggregated list?” Ridon stressed.

CoA also said that some P12.453 million in CCT funds for 2013 was “lost” allegedly due to “robberies and hold-ups.”
“Congress appropriates huge funds to CCT annually, for us to discover that significant amounts go missing, and are even lost to robberies and hold-ups. What kind of distribution system is this? This is gross negligence on part of DSWD and Philpost,” Ridon said.

The youth solon said that the multibillion unliquidated CCT cash advances is another compelling reason not to approve the proposed P64.7 billion CCT budget for 2015.

Funding for CCT has grown exponentially over the years, despite lack of evidence of its actual effect in curbing poverty. In 2009, the budget for CCT was only P10 billion. For the current year, it is already P62.6 billion.

“Congress has allowed CCT funds to grow exponentially, despite the truth that it is merely a palliative solution to poverty. And now, we even discover that huge amounts go unaccounted for. Clearly, we must put a stop to this moribund program that can possibly be a large source of corruption.There may be a syndicate that systematically get these funds, just as it happened with the PDAF,” Ridon said.

The lawmaker vowed to seek a congressional investigation on the “missing CCT funds” next week.

Malacañang, nonetheless, defended lawmakers who voted in killing the three impeachment complaints heard earlier this week at the House comittee on justice, followinga militant group’s statement saying the representatives are Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) beneficiaries protecting their benefactor President Aquino.

“The decision of the House committee is based on the stand of the majority that the accusations pointed to the President have no basis,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

In a statement, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) slammed the House committee on justice decision that the P144 billion DAP funds under the discretion of President Aquino to utilize was not “severe” enough to merit Aquino’s impeachment.

“It is outrageous that they think that usurping the powers of Congress and letting one man decide on the use of billions of pesos is not an impeachable offense. It is tragic that lawmakers find nothing wrong with the fact that up to now, the Executive has not fully accounted for DAP funds disbursed,” Bayan said.

Bayan said it is strange that none of the pro-Aquino lawmakers discussed the standards of sufficiency in substance during the debates. It said that the hearing in the House merely reflected the stand of administration lawmakers who tried to outdo each other in heaping praises for Aquino.

“It is sad and at the same time a cause for outrage that a venue for accountability such as the impeachment process is being shut down by Aquino’s allies,” it said. “This shows how truly rotten the system is. Both the House and the Executive are covering up DAP misdeeds and corruption. The people must now continue to seek accountability elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes said in an earlier statement that “the biggest injustice is that Aquino allies who benefited from DAP killed the impeachment to defend their pork barrel benefactor in Malacanang.”

Reyes said the lawmakers sought to protect the President in order to preserve the rotten system of patronage and corruption.

“Malacañang is delusional if it thinks justice was served. Many of those who voted to kill the impeachment were themselves DAP recipients in the past. These include Gonzalez, Quimbo, Farinas, Aggabao, Barzaga, Umali, and Evardone. The Committee chair Tupas who presided over the massacre did not vote but was also a DAP recipient.

That’s how rotten the system has become,” he said.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago also filed a Senate resolution calling for an investigation of another P660 million from DAP which were given to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) but which remained either unspent or unaccounted for.

“The Supreme Court, in separate decisions, has ruled that both the pork barrel and the DAP are unconstitutional. Yet, these funds still rear their ugly heads and wreak havoc,” Santiago said.

According to the CoA report, the utilization of the P560 million from the DAP granted to the PIDS and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to fund various research, development, and extension projects did not accelerate spending as envisioned in the DAP.

The CoA also said that the PIDS has made a bad land investment using P100 million in DAP funds meant for their own office building. The property turned out to be the site of the sewage treatment facility of Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC), and has been a contentious issue ever since.

Santiago said that the she agrees with the CoA’s observation that the DAP funds failed to stimulate the economy simply because the funds merely remained in the possession of government agencies. Charlie V. Manalo, Joshua L. Labonera

Noy’s PCSO official buying votes for Jaycee bet with ambulances Written by Gerry Baldo Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00


MAMBA

A ranking official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), whose spouse is a close ally of President Aquino, has been gifting ambulances to members of the Jaycees for the victory of her bet in the heat of the election fever for the top posts of the civic organization.

A source who is privy to the group identified the PCSO official as Director Mabel Villarica Mamba, the wife of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba, a past national president of the Jaycees and a close aide of President Aquino.

PLLO chief Mamba is also the political foe of the Enriles in Cagayan.

The PCSO director has been campaigning for her candidate with the use of government resources by way of ambulances, in exchange for the vote for her anointed candidate who is running for president of the local Jaycees.
“Since she is backing up certain candidates, she is offering ambulances from PCSO in exchange for votes for the group she is backing up,” the source, who is also a member of the Jaycee said.

“She promised this to chapters in Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and some in Visayas and Mindanao,” the same source said.

* The source, who has been a recipient of such an ambulance during the past elections of the group, said that the point man of Mamba in the PCSO is one Ismael Penado, a consultant of the PCSO who was also a past president of the Jaycees.

The source said that the practice has been going on since 2010 but that this year’s election, which will be held on Sunday, is one of the most heated elections in Jaycees history in the country.

“That’s like the PDAF scam,” the source said alluding to the outlawed Priority Development Assistance fund ot pork barrel.

When asked about the legal personalities of the recipients of the ambulances, the source said, that these are given to Jaycees who are at the same time holding elective posts in government like city councilors, mayors or barangay officials.

PCSO denies vote-buying in Jaycees polls
Written by Gerry Baldo Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00


Jose Ferdinand Rojas II PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILSTAR

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office yesterday denied a Tribune story in connection with the alleged vote-buying in the coming Jaycees election with the use of PCSO ambulances.

In a letter to The Tribune, PCSO vice chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II said that allegation that PCSO Director Mabel Villarica Mamba is using PCSO resources to buy votes for her candidates in the Jaycees election “is far from the truth.”

Rojas, who is acting chairman of the PCSO, said that the agency’s ambulance donation program is implemented in line with strict policies.

“We can assure the public that this is far from the truth. PCSO’s Ambulance Donation Program is implemented in line with strict policies. Municipalities and cities, government and private hospitals, and government agencies may request for donations of ambulances from PCSO,” Rojas said in a letter to The Tribune yesterday.

Rojas was reacting to a Tribune story that alleged Mamba, wife of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba, has been campaigning for her candidates in the Jaycees election which will be held on Sunday.

According to The Tribune source who was privy to the group, Mamba has been offering Jaycees ambulances in exchange for their votes in the upcoming polls of the civic organization.

Mamba is a past national president of the Jaycees.

The Tribune source said that Mamba has promised ambulances to Jaycees chapters in Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and some in Visayas and Mindanao.

The source, who has been a recipient of such an ambulance during the past elections of the group, said that the point man of Mamba in the PCSO is one Ismael Penado, a consultant of the PCSO who was also a past president of the Jaycees.

The source said that the practice has been going on since 2010 but that this year’s election, which will be held on Sunday, is one of the most heated elections in Jaycees history in the country.

Rojas, however, said that PCSO prioritizes the requests of fourth- to sixth-class municipalities in areas that have not received an ambulance in five years or longer. In consideration of their financial constraints, they receive the ambulances under 100 percent donation.

* Rojas said that First- to third-class municipalities may receive ambulances under a 60 to 40 percent sharing scheme (the recipient to provide the 40 percent share).

“No ambulances are given out without the evaluation and recommendation of the PCSO Assets and Supply Management Department, which thoroughly screens all requests,” Rojas said.

The acting chairman of the PCSO said that policies are strictly observed in the agency and Director Mamba is unable to influence the donation of ambulances because these are decided upon by the entire Board as a collegial body.

“The integrity and impartiality of the members of our Board of Directors are beyond reproach. To imply that their behavior as PCSO directors is less than honorable is an unfounded and baseless aspersion.

In fact, no ambulances have been given out since Aug. 2013, because all the available units at the time had been given away to fulfill approvals from 2010 to 2012,” Rojas said.

“PCSO is still in the process of bidding-out for ambulances, which will be delivered in the fourth quarter 2014. We trust that this clarifies the matter, and we count on the Daily Tribune to publish this so that the PCSO’s side may be aired,” Rojas concluded.

This reporter stands by his story and the integrity of his source.

MANILA TIMES OPINION

PNoy and the ‘hubris syndrome’ by ATTY. DODO DULAY September 1, 2014 11:25 pm MANILA TIMES


Atty. Dodo Dulay


Countless Filipinos are dismayed that PNoy continues to give mixed signals on his plans for 2016.

Although PNoy claimed during the Bombo Radyo interview last week that he’s looking forward to regaining his freedom when he steps down from office, he also said in the same interview that he’ll consult his “bosses” on charter change (cha-cha) proposals for term extension especially after some folks supposedly expressed apprehension at how the reforms he instituted could be continued beyond 2016.

That PNoy even entertained the thought of staying in office a minute longer is an insult to the legacy of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino – a revered icon of Philippine democracy.

Apparently, PNoy believes that he has truly transformed the country and radically improved the lot of Filipinos that we are clamoring for more of the same bullshit for another six years.

Truth is, many of our countrymen are clueless as to what reforms PNoy has been talking about.

Massive corruption still persists throughout the bureaucracy, from the barangay all the way to the national level notwithstanding PNoy’s purported anti-corruption policies and programs.

The number of Filipinos living below the poverty line has remained almost unchanged since PNoy took over, with a majority of our population still deprived of basic human supplies like food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education.

A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey also shows that, during the second quarter of 2014, the number of unemployed Filipinos increased by 300,000 individuals to 25.9 percent or 11.8 million people – equivalent to the entire population of Metro Manila (based on a 2010 census)! That’s one in every four adult Filipino without a job.

SWS noted that for almost a decade now, joblessness has consistently been above 20 percent, belying PNoy’s claims that he has fulfilled his ambition of providing jobs to Filipinos.

Business news outfit Bloomberg also reported last week that the country’s inflation has doubled in less than a year to 4.9 percent while food prices surged 8.2 percent in the same period – the fastest pace since 2009.

Worse, wealth inequality between the rich and poor in the Philippines is now the second highest in Asia after China – a situation confirmed by the recent Forbes magazine article which concluded that the combined wealth of the country’s 50 richest increased by 12 percent from $65.8 billion to a whopping $74.2 billion in 2013.

PNoy’s exaggerated sense of achievement has led some folks in the medical community to ask whether the self-proclaimed “father of our nation” has developed the so-called “hubris syndrome” (HS).

* Lord David Owen, a former British foreign secretary and now a member of the UK’s House of Lords, coined the term “hubris syndrome” – a form of acquired personality disorder usually afflicting people holding positions of significant power – to describe how such power can bring about a change in personality; as if power, almost literally, “goes to the head.”

“The key concept,” Owen writes in the neurology journal Brain, “is that hubris syndrome is a disorder of the possession of power, particularly power which has been associated with overwhelming success, held for a period of years and with minimal constraint on the leader.”

Hubris, according to researchers, is commonly associated with a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities.

It is characterized by a pattern of excessive confidence in the individual’s own judgment and contempt for the advice or criticism of others, recklessness and impulsiveness often leading to rash, ill thought-out decisions, and hubristic incompetence, where things go wrong because too much self-confidence has led the leader not to worry about the nuts and bolts of policy.

Not a few observers say this may have led to some of PNoy’s ill-fated moves like butting heads with the Supreme Court, toying with a term extension, obsessing with the reversal of the unconstitutional DAP, which caused the Aquino administration’s net approval rating to plunge to a historic low of 29 percent.

Media reports say the Palace’s political and PR strategists are now mounting a massive media campaign to “recreate” the public image of PNoy, with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas bringing in Paul Bograd, a renowned foreign pollster and political strategist.

But some analysts argue that PNoy ought not waste money on spinmeisters. They say all he needs to do is follow the advice of medical researchers on how leaders like him can protect themselves against HS.

“Qualities protective against disproportionate hubris, like humor and cynicism are worth mentioning…but nothing can replace the need for self-control, the preservation of modesty while in power, the ability to be laughed at, and the ability to listen to those who are in a position to advise,” the researchers said.

Other scientists suggest that leaders should avoid inculcating a “yes, boss” environment and should stay in regular contact with contrarians and get external input from independent people.

Amen to that!

12 Responses to PNoy and the ‘hubris syndrome’
Member of the Middle Class says:
September 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm
The demented Abnoy is a tool of the ruling oligarchs. Everyone sees, hears the abnoy but everyone is vaguely aware of these sinister handlers. Know who they are. What out for them. They keep putting the wool over our eyes as they control our country, it’s politics and it’s economy.
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domingo says:
September 2, 2014 at 10:56 am
I have heard of the phrase “between the devil and the deep blue sea” which I understand to be a situation where one cannot decide to take an action because doing so could lead to a worse situation. I am finding myself in such dilemma albeit imaginary where had I the option and power to get rid of pnoy I would want to asap but I also dread the consequence of binay succeeding to the presidency. What a mess we are in now where we are constrained to endure this president despite his abhorable regime because it seems the lesser evil to just wait for its end and elect a better person next time.
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Samby Cruz says:
September 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm
I cannot agree with you more. Getting rid of Penoy does not offer a better alternative in the person of Binay. Binay’s reputation of being corrupt precedes him. Just look at the case of the claimed “world-class” parking building in Makati. How can you trust Binay to have access to the national treasury if in Makati alone, he has amassed wealth.

renan says:
September 2, 2014 at 9:22 am
Hubris syndrome???? No Brain Syndrome is the most appropriate for Penoy. . . . .What do you think folks????
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Voice from the Wilderness says:
September 2, 2014 at 7:22 am
It seems that the political objective of this present inept president in malacanang is to confuse everybody and make the political situation fluid. All these brouhahas he has created in the political scene was designed to send a message that he is still relevant and not lame duck or inutile as his critics want him to be portrayed….But in the meantime, through the body language of the palace specifically from this inept president, he is already preparing for his eventual departure. That is why, he has already scheduled travels abroad this September in many European countries as a state or official visit kuno to promote the country as an investment destination but in reality it is a departure call and a luxury tour at taxpayers expense. Isn’t this a shameless act from an honest and incorruptible great pretender leader?
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rma says:
September 2, 2014 at 6:11 am
I had been with the government for so long. I can also easily spot reform initiatives, whether administrative or policy in nature.
Throughout the term of Aquino and his cohorts, no such reforms have been or are are put in place. Unless they view the expanded CCT, PDAF, DAP, BUB (which now carries a different name), more robust yet suspicious NGO engagements in the workings of government and the TISP that never was (but used as an administrative cover to spend for something else) as reforms to transform for a better quality of life for all.
They have not graduated from their fancy yet wayward illusions. It is admirable to have heads above the ground to afford a better view of things. But unless the feet touch the ground, reality can not be discerned. Indeed, they are too detached from reality.
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Edgar G. Festin says:
September 2, 2014 at 5:36 am
Amen to that indeed. Our collective prayer, we God-fearing Filipinos of all confessions, should be for President B.S. Aquino to realize having this lethal disease (to our country and democracy) and deciding to step down for health reasons.
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Laguatanern says:
September 2, 2014 at 2:53 am
I appreciate and agree with your erudite dissertation on the subject. PNoy’s election to the Presidency is only a product of sympathy vote after the death of Cory Aquino. The trouble with Filipinos is that they are clueless and politically immature. The present bureaucracy is now replete with pigs, dogs, and all kinds of shenanigans in our corrupt society. 2016 is still too long to wait for PNoy to step down.
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P. Akialamiro says:
September 2, 2014 at 2:41 am
The “hubris syndrome” typifies Pres. B,S. Aquino, he became congressman, senator, not because of his personal achievement, but because of his ‘pedigree’; became a president because of ‘sympathy’; succeeded in ousting his archenemy CJ because he was able to rein members of congress using part use of DAP which eventually was declared an unconstitutional fund; and, despite everything, he is still hopeful that he can ‘use’ members of congress for his own agenda.
Really, somebody has to remind this sitting president that times have changed; there is now such animal as unconventional media where anyone can express his/her opinion; that the “proof of the cake, he is claims, l have to be the pudding”! People might believe him momentarily, but he will be very sorry at the ‘end of the day’. He has had many claims of success, but only to be proven ‘flops’ and unsubstantiated with positive results which only proved him to have “lied”. There is always claim of ‘resiliency’ of the Filipinos, but this cannot go on forever.
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Guadalupe says:
September 2, 2014 at 1:53 am
You have just echoed what we have been repeating many times earlier regarding the Abnoy’s claim of reforms when you wrote: :”Truth is, many of our countrymen are clueless as to what reforms PNoy has been talking about.” In fact, this is what he has been trumpeting about to justify his ambition to prolong his term. Could it be that he is just being delusional? Dreaming of non-existent reforms.
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Henry says:
September 2, 2014 at 1:34 am
PNoy hubris syndrome, unfortunately is inborn, in the genes. Unfortunate Philippines, indeed.
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Henry says:
September 2, 2014 at 12:54 am
Yes, PNoy has definitely hubris syndrome. Let us call it autism.
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