AQUINO UNHAPPY WITH DISMAL PH SHOWING AT INCHEON ASIAD 

OCT 5 --PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is unhappy with the country’s poor showing at the Asian
Games in Incheon, South Korea, and wants a shift of focus to sports where Filipino athletes have the best chance of winning. The Incheon Asiad ended on Saturday with the 150-member Philippine contingent bagging a gold medal, three silvers and 11 bronzes to finish 22nd among the 55 countries that competed. It was the country’s worst finish in the regional sports event in 28 years. On Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President has called on the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to “focus resources on sports where Filipinos have a competitive advantage.”

“We are not happy with the results of the Asian Games,” he bluntly told reporters. The PSC “has a lot of things to do to improve the performance of our athletes. The President believes that it is time we focus our resources on some sports where we have a competitive advantage and can excel,” Coloma said. The commission must also seek the help of the private sector in developing sports, he added. “We have been reminded a number of times already because we haven’t seen a [gold-medal] performance for a very long time,” Coloma said.
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ALSO: ‘Bosses’ say no to Aquino Part 2  

OCT 3 --President Benigno Aquino III AP FILE PHOTO. MANILA, Philippines–Six in 10 Filipinos are not in favor of President Aquino running for the presidency in 2016 should the Constitution be amended to allow his reelection, a Pulse Asia survey showed. The poll, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, asked respondents: “If the Constitution will be amended and the president would be allowed to run again, are you in favor or not in favor of President Aquino running again for the presidency?” Pulse Asia found 62 percent of respondents not in favor of Aquino’s reelection, while 38 percent said otherwise. Except in Visayas (50 percent), the majority sentiment is reflected in the rest of Luzon (71 percent), Metro Manila (67 percent), Mindanao (52 percent) and Classes ABC (63 percent), D (61 percent) and E (65 percent).

Under the 1987 Constitution the president has a fixed term of six years without reelection. Aquino first broached the idea of seeking a second term in a television interview in August. Elaborating on his plan in an interview with the Inquirer last month, he said that apart from not wanting the gains of his administration to go to waste, he wanted to fend off those who want to destabilize the government, flush out the aspirants for the presidency in 2016 and fight those who want to make him a lame duck. “If I close the door (to an extension) now, it will embolden these people who want to destabilize [the government],” the President said. Using face-to-face interviews, the nationwide survey covered 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and older. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
No to Charter change now Pulse Asia also found 62 percent of the respondents saying there was no need to amend the 1987 Constitution at the present time. Of this figure, 30 percent said the Constitution should not be amended now but at some time in the future, while 32 percent said it should not be amended now, nor any other time. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Battle of ‘initiatives’ set 

OCT 6 --PHOTO: MORE2COME GROUP  --Anti-pork, pro-PNoy groups in signature campaigns. TWO opposing people’s initiatives are facing off—one seeking a second term for President Benigno Aquino III and the other to hold him accountable for the corruption through pork barrel and his Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of which the Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional. Leaders of the pro-Aquino Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum (More2Come) announced over dzBB that they turn their drive to collect 8 million signatures into a people’s initiative to lift term limits and allow the President to seek re-election. But leaders of the earlier people’s initiative to draft a law to bar all forms of pork barrel branded the pro-Aquino bid as a “Pnoy initiative” that was powered by pork, not people.

“Yes, we could say there are now two people’s initiative. The first one largely backed by the Church, multi-sectoral groups and unaligned individuals is a people’s initiative. The newly-formed group, whose signature drive tends to benefit only President Aquino is a Pnoy initiative. The first is people-powered, the other pork-powered,” former Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino told the Manila Standard. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. added that Palace operators were trying to muddle the really important issues by pushing for a so-called signature drive to convince Aquino to run again. “The More2Come group is obviously a Palace-backed entity desperately trying to whip up support for Aquino in the face of various corruption scandals and a survey saying 62 percent of Filipinos oppose a second term for Aquino,” Reyes said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy unshaken by surveys  

OCT 4 --President Aquino is unfazed by the Pulse Asia survey showing that a majority of Filipinos are against Charter change and term extension. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino is still “committed to do what is right and best for the country.” “Public opinion surveys provide valuable feedback on how the people view the President’s actions and decisions. He has said in the past that while his popularity ratings may rise or fall, he is committed to doing what is right and what is best for the country,” Coloma said yesterday.

Coloma said the President does not mind the result of surveys since he remains focused on fulfilling his mandate from the people. “Especially in terms of ensuring the continuity and permanence of the reforms he has instituted on the platform of good governance,” Coloma said. A recent survey by Pulse Asia showed six in 10 Filipinos are not in favor of another term for Aquino, The survey, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, also showed the same percentage of Filipinos is against moves to amend the 1987 Constitution. Only 38 percent of Filipinos support proposals for Aquino to run for president again at the end of his term. * READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Aquino will always listen to his ‘bosses’    

OCT 4 --President Benigno Aquino III will see the writing on the wall and heed what would
seem to be the emerging will of the people in the surveys showing that six out of 10 Filipinos oppose his as-yet-unannounced plan to seek a second term, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon. “I’m sure the President is reading the surveys,” said Drilon, a close political ally of the President when asked if the survey results would make Mr. Aquino stop entertaining thoughts of reelection. A Pulse Asia survey, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, showed that 62 percent of respondents were not in favor of Mr. Aquino’s seeking reelection.

“The President said he’d listen to the people … He always listens to the voice of the people, his bosses. On this matter, he will listen,” he said. Besides, Drilon said, Mr. Aquino is opposed to the idea of amending the Constitution just to lift presidential term limits—an essential step for him to qualify to run again. “As far as I know, the President is averse to any constitutional amendment which will give him an opportunity to run again,” he said. More2Come However, the group responsible for this week’s “mysterious” newspaper advertisements calling on Mr. Aquino to seek a second term emerged yesterday to announce that it was launching a signature campaign to that end. At a press conference at the Quezon Memorial Circle, the Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum (More2Come) vowed to gather eight million signatures petitioning the President to run again.
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ALSO: Noy slams NTC, Cebu assembly on resign call  

OCT 4 --AFP chief: Quit call not destab mode, only free speech. President Aquino, through his
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pokesman Edwin Lacierda, yesterday fired back at the Cebu Assembly of National Transformation
Council (NTC) after full national coverage of calls was made by the council for Aquino to resign, which quit call has intensified as it added to an earlier call from the Lipa Declaration. Lacierda said the question on how much weight should be given to the comments of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal that Aquino is “damaging the moral fabric” of society should be answered by the NTC.

Vidal’s statement was fairly clear on how Aquino had destroyed the moral fabric of society. The Cebu prelate said: “We noted with great pain that while the moral and spiritual crisis and its political and economic effects continued to deepen, the national political leadership consistently failed to show the will or the capacity to respond to these ills in any appreciable measure.” Vidal noted that Aquino has “subverted and violated the Constitution by corrupting Congress, intimidating the Judiciary, taking over the Treasury, manipulating the automated voting system, and perverting the constitutional impeachment process.” 

It will be recalled that, to get then Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached by the House of Representatives, and on an overkill of congresional numbers, Aquino had bribed the legislators with soft and hard projects in the hundreds of millions funded by the unconstitutional and illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), wherein the Supreme Court had ruled that the acts committed by the architect, implementor and proponents involved cannot be washed away by claiming good faith, saying that good faith must be proved in a court of law. Aquino has also been threatening the justices of the Supreme Court after it ruled that acts committed from the DAP, as unconstitutional and illegal and that he and his allies are liable for their acts from DAP. * READ MORE...

ALSO: LP 2016, Noy or Mar? Noy plays second fiddle to Mar in one of LP scenarios 

OCT 6 ---PHOTO: Party time. President Benigno Aquino III shares a light moment with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II in this file photo taken during the oath-taking of the officers of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines National Executive Board in Malacañang. The two will soon face off to determine which of them will become the Liberal Party’s standard bearer for the 2016 elections. Malacañang Photo Bureau. PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and Local Governments Secretary Manuel Roxas II will face off during the ruling Liberal Party’s national convention in the second quarter next year to determine which of them will be the standard bearer in the 2016 presidential race, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice announced over dzBB Sunday. Erice told the Manila Standard the Liberals were also eyeing a Roxas-Aquino tandem in 2016 to avoid the complication of amending the Constitution to lift the term limits to allow President Aquino to seek a second term.

Erice said some Liberals were also considering another round of Aquino-Roxas for 2016 should the party be successful in pushing for Charter change. “The choice for the LP standard bearer is a toss-up between Aquino and Roxas,” Erice told the Manila Standard. “How about a Roxas-Aquino team so we don’t need to amend the Constitution?”  “Mar is perfect to provide continuity. He is experienced, untainted and possesses worldwide recognition. By second quarter next year, I think LP can already finalize our presidential candidate. We only have two most viable presidential candidates, PNoy and Mar,” Erice told the Manila Standard. Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan mocked Erice’s announcement. “PNoy or Mar? None of the above,” she said. “That is the duo of desperation, the tandem of trepidation,” added Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. United Nationalist Alliance interim president Toby Tiangco added that the move was “desperate, delusional or delirious.”  * READ MORE...

ALSO Manila Standard Editorial: Who’s the boss?  

OCT 6 --WHEN President Aquino says he always listens to his “bosses,” he is clearly not talking about the vast majority of the Filipino people, but a shrinking subset of the public that still buys into his straight path fiction. This became apparent when the Palace offered a muted response to survey findings that 62 percent of Filipinos oppose a second term for the President, even if his allies manage to amend the Constitution to lift the one-term limit on him and to legitimize such a run. “The President continues to listen to citizen’s expressions of their desires on the purpose of strengthening reforms and completing the transformation of society,” Aquino’s spokesman said, completely ignoring the embarrassing repudiation of the Chief Executive. The Palace spokesman also said the President has made it a point to know the opinion of his “bosses” since day one, because he considers this to be an important element of good governance.

If this were indeed the case, the President should have at least acknowledged the widespread opposition to his proposal to amend the Constitution to clip the powers of the Supreme Court to review Executive actions. The Pulse Asia survey conducted between Sept. 8 and 15 showed, in fact, that 70 percent of Filipinos reject Aquino’s threat to do something about the “judicial overreach” by Supreme Court justices who had the temerity to declare the pork barrel system and his Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional. Significantly, the opposition—to a second term for Aquino, to constitutional amendments and to clipping the powers of the Judiciary—was evident across all income levels and geographical locations. But the President isn’t paying any heed to his true bosses. Barely a day after the survey findings were announced, a group calling itself the Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum or More2Come said it had launched a drive to collect 8 million signatures to convince a reluctant President to seek a second term.

While the Palace and the ruling Liberal Party have disavowed any role in the More2Come, Palace spokespersons are far from convincing when they continue to drone the mantra about the President listening to his bosses. But then, there is very little credibility left in Aquino, a President who musters the full force of the law against his political opponents, but steadfastly professes his faith and confidence in his own officials who are facing plunder charges. The latest of these is the chief of the national police, who admitted before a Senate panel that he received a discount of more than P1 million on the purchase of a luxury vehicle, that he accepted donations worth P11 million without issuing a deed of donation or an official receipt, and that he saw nothing wrong with such actions. Such shadowy practices certainly have no place in a government that professes to follow the straight path, but none of this matters, it seems. * READ MORE...


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Aquino unhappy with dismal PH showing at Incheon Asiad


NOY AQUINO

MANILA, OCTOBER 6, 2014 (MANILA TIMES) by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER - PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is unhappy with the country’s poor showing at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, and wants a shift of focus to sports where Filipino athletes have the best chance of winning.

The Incheon Asiad ended on Saturday with the 150-member Philippine contingent bagging a gold medal, three silvers and 11 bronzes to finish 22nd among the 55 countries that competed.

It was the country’s worst finish in the regional sports event in 28 years.

On Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President has called on the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to “focus resources on sports where Filipinos have a competitive advantage.”
“We are not happy with the results of the Asian Games,” he bluntly told reporters.

The PSC “has a lot of things to do to improve the performance of our athletes. The President believes that it is time we focus our resources on some sports where we have a competitive advantage and can excel,” Coloma said.

The commission must also seek the help of the private sector in developing sports, he added.

“We have been reminded a number of times already because we haven’t seen a [gold-medal] performance for a very long time,” Coloma said.

* He commended BMX cyclist Daniel Patrick Caluag, who won the lone gold for the Philippines at Incheon.

“Even in boxing where we used to reap gold medals unfortunately failed, save for a silver medal. We must therefore have better preparation for our athletes,” Coloma said.

The seventh-place finish of Gilas Pilipinas, the national basketball team, should also teach everyone a lesson or two when it comes to sports, he added.

“We learned a lot from [this debacle] and we can use these lessons in the future to improve the performance in future competitions,” Coloma said.

The Philippine medal output in Incheon is way below the three golds, four silvers and nine bronzes it picked up in the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China.

The country also bagged just one gold in the 1998 Games in Bangkok, Thailand, and the 1990 Games in Beijing, China.

In Incheon, it finished behind regional neighbors Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, and only fared better than Cambodia and Laos.

‘Bosses’ say no to Aquino Part 2 Survey says 62% oppose second term for Aquino
Philippine Daily Inquirer12:59 am | Friday, October 3rd, 2014


President Benigno Aquino III AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Six in 10 Filipinos are not in favor of President Aquino running for the presidency in 2016 should the Constitution be amended to allow his reelection, a Pulse Asia survey showed.

The poll, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, asked respondents: “If the Constitution will be amended and the president would be allowed to run again, are you in favor or not in favor of President Aquino running again for the presidency?”
Pulse Asia found 62 percent of respondents not in favor of Aquino’s reelection, while 38 percent said otherwise.

Except in Visayas (50 percent), the majority sentiment is reflected in the rest of Luzon (71 percent), Metro Manila (67 percent), Mindanao (52 percent) and Classes ABC (63 percent), D (61 percent) and E (65 percent).

Under the 1987 Constitution the president has a fixed term of six years without reelection.

Aquino first broached the idea of seeking a second term in a television interview in August.

Elaborating on his plan in an interview with the Inquirer last month, he said that apart from not wanting the gains of his administration to go to waste, he wanted to fend off those who want to destabilize the government, flush out the aspirants for the presidency in 2016 and fight those who want to make him a lame duck.

“If I close the door (to an extension) now, it will embolden these people who want to destabilize [the government],” the President said.

Using face-to-face interviews, the nationwide survey covered 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and older. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

No to Charter change now

Pulse Asia also found 62 percent of the respondents saying there was no need to amend the 1987 Constitution at the present time. Of this figure, 30 percent said the Constitution should not be amended now but at some time in the future, while 32 percent said it should not be amended now, nor any other time.

* The latest mark is 6 ticks up from the 56 percent recorded in October 2010, around the time Aquino marked his first 100 days in office.

Twenty percent said the Constitution should be amended now, down from 40 percent in October 2010.

Those who are ambivalent on the matter totaled 18 percent, up from 4 percent recorded earlier.

The survey also showed 61 percent of respondents were aware about the proposals to amend the Constitution, while 39 percent said they were not.

Majority levels of awareness were recorded in Metro Manila (70 percent), the rest of Luzon (67 percent), Visayas (55 percent), Classes ABC (77 percent) and D (63 percent). Awareness in Mindanao was at 49 percent, while it was 48 percent among Class E.

Other amendments

Among those aware of Charter change proposals, 58 percent said they had “little or no knowledge” of the Constitution, while 42 percent said they had a “great deal or sufficient amount of knowledge.”

The poll released Thursday also covered recent proposed changes or amendments to the Constitution.

Seventy percent of the respondents said they were not in favor of limiting the powers of the Supreme Court to review Executive decisions, while 30 percent said otherwise.

Majority levels of opposition were recorded across geographic areas and socioeconomic classes, ranging from 62 percent in Metro Manila to 79 percent in Luzon outside Metro Manila, and from 63 percent among Class ABC to 72 percent among Class D.

On another issue, 85 percent were not in favor of allowing foreign individuals and companies to own residential and industrial lands, while 15 percent said otherwise.

The majority mark was reflected across geographic areas, ranging from 83 percent in Mindanao to 89 percent in Metro Manila, and socioeconomic groups, ranging from 81 percent among Class ABC to 86 percent among Classes D and E.

Among the issues in the headlines immediately before and during the survey were: the ongoing Senate investigation on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II; junking of the three impeachment complaints against President Aquino; transmittal of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress; and calls for the resignation of Philippine National Police Director Gen. Alan Purisima amid increasing number of crimes involving policemen and Aquino’s expression of trust in the beleaguered police official, among others.–Inquirer Research

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Battle of ‘initiatives’ set By Christine F. Herrera | Oct. 06, 2014 at 12:01am


MORE2COME GROUP

Anti-pork, pro-PNoy groups in signature campaigns

TWO opposing people’s initiatives are facing off—one seeking a second term for President Benigno Aquino III and the other to hold him accountable for the corruption through pork barrel and his Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of which the Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional.

Leaders of the pro-Aquino Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum (More2Come) announced over dzBB that they turn their drive to collect 8 million signatures into a people’s initiative to lift term limits and allow the President to seek re-election.

But leaders of the earlier people’s initiative to draft a law to bar all forms of pork barrel branded the pro-Aquino bid as a “Pnoy initiative” that was powered by pork, not people.

“Yes, we could say there are now two people’s initiative. The first one largely backed by the Church, multi-sectoral groups and unaligned individuals is a people’s initiative. The newly-formed group, whose signature drive tends to benefit only President Aquino is a Pnoy initiative. The first is people-powered, the other pork-powered,” former Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino told the Manila Standard.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. added that Palace operators were trying to muddle the really important issues by pushing for a so-called signature drive to convince Aquino to run again.

“The More2Come group is obviously a Palace-backed entity desperately trying to whip up support for Aquino in the face of various corruption scandals and a survey saying 62 percent of Filipinos oppose a second term for Aquino,” Reyes said.

* “The signature campaign is utterly devoid of any legal basis since the law doesn’t provide a second term for the President. Unlike the People’s Initiative vs Pork, the second term aims to benefit one person, Aquino. What would be more beneficial for the people is for Aquino to be held accountable for his P144-billion DAP misdeeds,” said Reyes, whose group Bayan is a co-convener of the People’s Initiative Against Pork Barrel.

“Aquino thinks that his second term ploy will distract us from the issue of corruption accountability. He is terribly mistaken. Simply put, the PI vs Pork is beneficial to the entire people. The sign up for a second term is beneficial for only one person,” Reyes said.

More2Come convener lawyer Melvin Matibag said not a single centavo came from Malacanang and that they would reject any offer coming from the Palace.

He also called on the Palace men to refrain from providing funds “so as not to taint the democratic process,” Matibag said.

But Matibag admitted there were supporters of the President who contributed to the full-page ad that came out in a major national daily.

Matibag said he was not at liberty to disclose who these Aquino supporters were, however.

Matibag said the More2Come expects to gather 2 million signatures by Nov. 30 and hopes to present them to the President to get his nod to run for reelection in 2016.

He said once the signatures reached 4 million, the group would present them to Congress to convince them to convene themselves as a constituent assembly that would lift the term limits on the President.

Should Congress refuse, Matibag said, his group would proceed with the target of gathering the 8 million signatures to achieve the 3 percent per district or 15 percent of the voting population nationwide to prompt the Commission on Elections to conduct a plebiscite.

More2Come, he said, would tap the barangay officials nationwide to help gather the signatures.

When dzBB said this could be a violation of the law that bars barangay officials from partisan activities, Matibag said the signature campaign was not partisan, since it would benefit all presidents after Aquino as well.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice immediately distanced himself and the ruling Liberal Party from Matibag’s group, saying the party had nothing to do with the signature campaign to convince the President to run for President again in 2016.

Matibag said his group believes that through information and the signature drive, they could win over some of the 62 percent who opposed a second term for Aquino in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

“If that’s the case, it becomes 50-50 and the real battle begins because we believe that only through and under President Aquino can reforms be continued,” Matibag said.

But Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan dismissed the More2Come initiative.

“No need to stop them. They will self-destruct,” she said. “The real people’s initiative being done by the People’s Initiative Against Pork Barrel is moving.”

In the Palace, a presidential spokesman said Aquino is determined to finish his term and belittled the call by the multi-sectoral National Transformation Council for the President to resign, saying this was not the way the majority of Filipinos felt about the administration.

“The President is determined to continue serving the public and implement the reforms he has promised the citizenry,” Coloma said.

“And in our opinion, their (NTC) statement is only a part of the opinion of one sector. That does not mirror the opinion of majority of our citizens who continue to support the leadership of the President and who continue to trust in him,” he added.

The NTC, led by Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Batangas, and Bishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao City, said Aquino has lost the moral ascendancy to lead the nation.

“He [Aquino] has damaged the moral fabric of the society and has therefore lost the moral right to lead the nation. The Assembly calls upon the incumbent to relinquish his position now,” Vidal said.

The NTC said upon Aquino’s resignation, an alternative government must be organized consisting of men and women of integrity to assure the nation and the international community that there will be no political vacuum.

Vidal said Aquino had “subverted and violated” the Constitution by corrupting Congress, intimidating the judiciary, taking over the treasury, manipulating the automated voting system and perverting the constitutional impeachment process.

The Cebu declaration also called for the immediate filing of criminal cases against all senators and congressmen, members of the Cabinet and government agencies involved in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

A day after the Cebu declaration, however, Vidal denied calling for Aquino’s resignation, saying he merely waned change. – With Junex Doronio

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Noy unshaken by surveys By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 4, 2014 - 12:00am 0 4 googleplus0 0


COLOMA, AQUINO

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is unfazed by the Pulse Asia survey showing that a majority of Filipinos are against Charter change and term extension.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino is still “committed to do what is right and best for the country.”

“Public opinion surveys provide valuable feedback on how the people view the President’s actions and decisions. He has said in the past that while his popularity ratings may rise or fall, he is committed to doing what is right and what is best for the country,” Coloma said yesterday.

Coloma said the President does not mind the result of surveys since he remains focused on fulfilling his mandate from the people.

“Especially in terms of ensuring the continuity and permanence of the reforms he has instituted on the platform of good governance,” Coloma said.

A recent survey by Pulse Asia showed six in 10 Filipinos are not in favor of another term for Aquino,

The survey, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, also showed the same percentage of Filipinos is against moves to amend the 1987 Constitution.

Only 38 percent of Filipinos support proposals for Aquino to run for president again at the end of his term.

* It was Aquino’s lowest in surveys following the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring portions of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Following the DAP controversy, Aquino’s approval rating dropped to 56 in June from 70 percent last March.

The National Transformation Council (NTC), a group of religious leaders and civil society members, called on Aquino to resign from office, saying he has “lost the moral right to lead the nation.”

Prominent Catholic bishops, including Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and Davao City Bishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla, were among those calling for Aquino’s resignation.

The multi-sectoral group also accused Aquino of having “subverted and violated” the Constitution through the DAP.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the leader of the group, said the President had violated the Constitution by corrupting Congress, intimidating the judiciary, taking over the Treasury, and perverting the impeachment process.

The group advocated the creation of an alternative government consisting of men and women of integrity that must be organized to avoid a political vacuum.

The NTC also calls for the immediate filing of criminal cases against all lawmakers involved in the pork barrel scandal and the DAP.

Malacañang, however, dismissed the call by NTC for Aquino to resign.

“We obviously differ from their assessment. We go about conducting the business of governance,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in hitting back at the NTC for talking about moral ascendancy to lead.

“We live in a pluralistic society. You should ask NTC that query,” he said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Pio Catapang also downplayed calls for the President to step down.

Catapang, after the budget hearing at the Senate yesterday, said the calls for resignation of the President are not part of destabilization plans.

“That is freedom of the press. We have a vibrant democracy, a vibrant politics,” Catapang said.

“So everybody is free to say what he feels for as long as they will not bear arms… we also acknowledge the freedom of the press,” he added.

On the right track

Coloma, on the other hand, said Aquino has the impression that he is doing well.

He said the President was gratified in seeing the smiling faces of Filipinos in Europe and the United States, reflecting “the sentiments of their families at home” in his arrival statement last week.

Aquino went on a political and economic mission to Europe and spoke about climate change in New York last month.

“There is a palpable realization among our people that we have experienced a transition from cynicism to hope, and that we are now accomplishing many things that were once deemed impossible,” Coloma said.

He said Aquino’s optimism on the future was grounded on the realization that all the administration and the people achieved thus far had been brought about by choosing to tread the straight path.

Coloma made the statements when asked what the administration would do next after the survey showing 62 percent of Filipinos rejected Cha-cha and term extension.

He was also asked to harmonize or explain the survey results vis-a-vis the President’s popularity ratings.

Political allies normally jump ship when an outgoing leader becomes unpopular to ensure their future in the elections.

Aquino’s trust, approval and satisfaction ratings remain high and fears of becoming a lame duck vulnerable to destabilization or impeachment attempts are believed to be arrested by these, Coloma said.

The President also has no corruption scandal, is received well in the international community and has been leading the battle cry that good governance means good economics.

The trickle down effect of his reforms, however, is always questioned along with the impact of anti-corruption moves that led to the imprisonment of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the ouster of Renato Corona as chief justice and Merceditas Gutierrez as ombudsman.

Several senators and other high-profile personalities also landed in jail due to alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam, Coloma pointed out.

Aquino, among other challenges like man-made and natural disasters, has been most hit after the Supreme Court declared the DAP unconstitutional and illegal.

On Thursday, Coloma said there was no reason to be uncomfortable in discussing Charter change and term extension as these issues should be taken in the context of continuing the reforms and making the transformation of the country permanent.

“The President is duty-bound to fulfill his mandate from the people. He remains firmly committed to pursue the reforms aimed at achieving stable and inclusive growth for the country. These reforms have been established on the platform of good governance and have gained acceptance by the vast majority of our people, as well as recognition from the international community,” Coloma said.

The transformation of the country from being regarded as “the Sick Man of Asia” to being Asia’s fastest growing economy has been achieved because of the people’s robust support for the administration’s reform programs, he said.

“Moving forward, the government will continue to invest on improving the quality of life and developing the fullest potentials of its most valuable resources: the Filipino people,” Coloma said. –Christina Mendez

FROM THE INQUIRER

‘Aquino will always listen to his ‘bosses’ By TJ Burgonio and Jaymee T. Gamil |Philippine Daily Inquirer2:37 am | Saturday, October 4th, 2014


President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III will see the writing on the wall and heed what would seem to be the emerging will of the people in the surveys showing that six out of 10 Filipinos oppose his as-yet-unannounced plan to seek a second term, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon.

“I’m sure the President is reading the surveys,” said Drilon, a close political ally of the President when asked if the survey results would make Mr. Aquino stop entertaining thoughts of reelection.

A Pulse Asia survey, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, showed that 62 percent of respondents were not in favor of Mr. Aquino’s seeking reelection.

“The President said he’d listen to the people … He always listens to the voice of the people, his bosses. On this matter, he will listen,” he said.

Besides, Drilon said, Mr. Aquino is opposed to the idea of amending the Constitution just to lift presidential term limits—an essential step for him to qualify to run again.

“As far as I know, the President is averse to any constitutional amendment which will give him an opportunity to run again,” he said.

More2Come

However, the group responsible for this week’s “mysterious” newspaper advertisements calling on Mr. Aquino to seek a second term emerged yesterday to announce that it was launching a signature campaign to that end.

At a press conference at the Quezon Memorial Circle, the Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum (More2Come) vowed to gather eight million signatures petitioning the President to run again.

* The group said it hopes to gather two million signatures by Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day.

“We are committed to gather eight million signatures to convince President Aquino to say, ‘My boss orders me to run again,’” said More2Come lead convenor lawyer Melvin Matibag.

“We urge others who believe in President Aquino, if you have felt the benefits of his administration, to join our advocacy,” he said.

Also at the briefing, which was hosted by Matibag, RJ Echiverri and his son Mico, of the Echiverri political clan of Caloocan City, were law students from San Sebastian College led by Gerlyn Oyos.

The group hopes the signature campaign will prod President Aquino into broaching to Congress the possibility of calling a constitutional assembly for amending the Constitution to lift presidential term limits that would allow the reelection of an incumbent President.

Mr. Aquino first broached the idea of seeking a second term in a TV interview last August. Last month, speaking before administration allies, he hinted that he might not be leaving at the end of his term after all, saying he hoped he would not be the Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate in 2016.

Soon after, in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, Mr. Aquino said he was “slightly open” to the idea of seeking a second term and outlined the reasons why he would, if he does decide to run again.

Mr. Aquino said he did not want his administration’s gains to go to waste. On top of this, he said he wanted to fend off those wishing to destabilize the government, flush out the aspirants for the presidency in 2016, and fight those who wanted to make him a lame duck.

“If I close the door [to term extension] now, it will embolden these people who want to destabilize [the government],” he said.

Bishops: Resign

The President’s spokespersons on Friday would not comment on the results of the survey. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma referred the Inquirer to his statement on the matter the previous day.

Reacting to the survey last Thursday, Coloma said the President continued to listen to the views of the people in a bid “to strengthen reforms” in government. He did not say categorically if Mr. Aquino would heed the results of the survey.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda merely shrugged off a call from a multisectoral group led by Catholic bishops for the President to resign.

“We obviously differ from their assessment,” Lacierda said. “We go about in conducting the business of governance.

We live in a pluralistic society.”

At an assembly in Cebu, the National Transformation Council asked Mr. Aquino to step down for supposely losing the moral ascendancy to lead the country.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Batangas, and Bishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao City led the meeting.

“He [Aquino] has damaged the moral fabric of the society and has therefore lost the moral right to lead the nation. The assembly calls upon the incumbent to relinquish his position now,” Vidal said.

Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said the bishops were expressing their opinion, and this should not be seen as an attempt at destabilization.

“That’s not destabilization, that is freedom of the press. That’s what I’m telling you that we have a vibrant democracy, a vibrant politics. So everybody is free to say what he feels for as long as they will not bear arms,” said Catapang, who was met with questions from reporters as he emerged from a Senate hearing on the defense department’s proposed 2015 budget.

No Palace links

At the very first press conference it called yesterday, More2Come, which counts some 100 members, found itself fielding questions on whether it had links with Malacañang or the ruling LP.

“We are not backed or funded by Malacañang. Not a single centavo from government funds is being used for our cause. This is our own advocacy. RJ and I started pooling funds from our own pockets,” Matibag said.

According to Matibag, some of the group’s first supporters were the clients of his law firm, and the San Sebastian law community, since he was a former teacher in the school. The older Echiverri was a former student, he said.

The younger Echiverri, Mico, is a management student at Ateneo de Manila University, and a former Sangguniang Kabataan Federation vice president.

Matibag, who served as general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority during the Arroyo administration, invited the public to “look at my affiliations.”

“This is a clean advocacy. I got RJ, who is my friend, because of his national exposure [as national president of the Association of Barangay Captains] and because he believes in the advocacy. He will help when we go around the Philippines [for our signature campaign],” Matibag said.

“But I would be happy if Malacañang supported our cause,” Matibag said. “If they talk to us, we will talk to them. But we won’t do anything outside democratic processes or laws.”

RJ Echiverri, meanwhile, was put on the defensive by questions about his More2Come undertaking’s links to his father, Caloocan Rep. and LP member Enrico Echiverri.

“Can’t I be my own man? Can’t a son be independent from his father? I’m not a minor that I need to consult my father about everything, or that everything I do must be linked to him?” Echiverri said. He said he did not meddle in his father’s political affairs.

“[My father] was in the States with my mother when he found out about this. He called and asked what this movement was about and I said Pa, this is something personal, my convictions.’ He just laughed it off,” Echiverri recalled.

Echiverri, who lost in the 2013 mayoral elections in Caloocan, also denied any links with the LP. “Remember, as barangay captain, you should not be affiliated with any political party. When I lost as mayor, I returned to being a barangay captain, and as national president of all barangays, I’m barred from joining any political party,” he explained.

However, he admitted to having been affiliated in the past with the PDP-Laban and the LP.

“This is a small private group …. to know the real sentiment of citizens. What if we’re right that most Filipinos still believe in Aquino’s administration and in his ’right path?’ For as long as he can prove that he is sincere in serving the country, we will continue this. Taxpayers only want to see that their taxes are not being stolen. And is Aquino corrupt? No, he’s not,” Echiverri pointed out.

Matibag said the group will be taking the signature campaign around the Philippines, starting with Metro Manila.

FROM THE TRIBUNE

Noy slams NTC on resign call Written by Joshua L. Labonera Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

AFP chief: Quit call not destab mode, only free speech



President Aquino, through his spokesman Edwin Lacierda, yesterday fired back at the Cebu Assembly of National Transformation Council (NTC) after full national coverage of calls was made by the council for Aquino to resign, which quit call has intensified as it added to an earlier call from the Lipa Declaration.

Lacierda said the question on how much weight should be given to the comments of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal that Aquino is “damaging the moral fabric” of society should be answered by the NTC.

Vidal’s statement was fairly clear on how Aquino had destroyed the moral fabric of society.

The Cebu prelate said: “We noted with great pain that while the moral and spiritual crisis and its political and economic effects continued to deepen, the national political leadership consistently failed to show the will or the capacity to respond to these ills in any appreciable measure.”

Vidal noted that Aquino has “subverted and violated the Constitution by corrupting Congress, intimidating the Judiciary, taking over the Treasury, manipulating the automated voting system, and perverting the constitutional impeachment process.”

It will be recalled that, to get then Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached by the House of Representatives, and on an overkill of congresional numbers, Aquino had bribed the legislators with soft and hard projects in the hundreds of millions funded by the unconstitutional and illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), wherein the Supreme Court had ruled that the acts committed by the architect, implementor and proponents involved cannot be washed away by claiming good faith, saying that good faith must be proved in a court of law.

Aquino has also been threatening the justices of the Supreme Court after it ruled that acts committed from the DAP, as unconstitutional and illegal and that he and his allies are liable for their acts from DAP.

* There have also been serious allegations of Aquino and his Commission on Elections (Comelec) having rigged the 2013 senatorial elections, with the proof being the 60-30-10 voting pattern nationwide favoring his nine senatorial candidates, which voting patern is statistically impossible. Also, it has been found that there were invisble vertical lines in the ballots intended to invalidate the votes of the opposition candidates.

It will be recalled that Aquino’s aunt in law, Tingting Cojuangco, earlier bared that there was cheating during the 2013 senatorial polls, saying that her nephew, President Aquino, was aware of the cheating, and even gave an unnamed general P30 million “to clean up” the evidence of electoral fraud.

Of the electoral fraud, Vidal’s statement read: The total absence of any official effort to reform the automated election system, which was thoroughly corrupted and debased by the Commission on Elections in its effort to produce “machine-made” and “de facto” high government officials during the 2010 presidential and the 2013 senatorial elections, and which the administration is once again preparing to use in the projected 2016 presidential elections, without restoring the safety features and accuracy mechanisms, which the Comelec had illegally removed in the previous two elections.”

But Lacierda claimed:”We obviously differ in assessment. We go about conducting business of governance. We live in a pluralistic society. You should ask the NTC that query,” Lacierda said.

The sole reaction of Malacañang was to throw back to the NTC the question raised on giving importance to the call and reasons for Aquino to resign, which NTC had already done.

The leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also yesterday downplayed the latest calls for the resignation of President Aquino leading to the destablization of the administration, similar to what had happened in the 80s when leaders of the Catholic Church demanded the same from the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

“That is not a destablization. That is freedom of the press. We have a vibrant democracy, a vibrant politics. So everybody is free to say what he feels for as long as they will not bear arms. Freedom of the press also, we acknowledge this,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said to Senate reporters after attending the budget hearing of the Department of National Defense (DND).

Catapang was referring to the growing number of religious and civic organizations calling for the President’s resignation amid the scandals rocking the Aquino administration.

Last Tuesday, some 5,000 people from Cebu City and various parts of the Visayas and Mindanao came together to promulgate the Cebu Assembly of the National Transformation Council (NTC) at the Mariners’ Compound, ALU-TUCP, Pier 1, Cebu City.

Led by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of the Archdiocese of Lipa, Archbishop Romulo de la Cruz of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga City, and Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan City, the Assembly was also attended by various leaders of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines, the Ustadz from Mindanao as well as various sectoral and professional leaders, elements of the MILF, led by Ed Kabalu and MNLF, leading educators from the RVM Sisters and Daughters of Charity, and various civic organizations.

The Cebu Assembly of the NTC, which featured the signing of the 4-page NTC document, echoed the call of Cardinal Vidal and the other bishops for President Aquino to step down from office, for as Cardinal Vidal had stressed in his talk, “(The President) has damaged the moral fabric of society and therefore has lost the moral right to lead the nation.”
“The people here are behaving normally. We, however, continue to monitor them,” Catapang added referring to Cardinal Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu, Archbishop Arguelles of the Archdiocese of Lipa, Archbishop De la Cruz of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga City, and Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan City who had earlier urged the President to step down.

“This is a free country. We do not consider this as a destabilization,” Catapang said.

He, however, appealed to concerned sectors to allow the President Aquino to finish his term.

“He was elected by the people,” the AFP chief said. He failed to mention that then President Joseph Estrada was democratically elected by the Filipino voters in 1998, yet the civil society groups, which included former President Cory Aquino and her son, Noynoy, who is now president, along with the military and police, and the Supreme Court headed by the disgraceful Chief Justice, Hilario Davide, Jr. ousted Estrada unconstitutionally.

The call of the NTC was very similar to the message issued to then President Marcos in the mid-eighties that demanded his reisgnation by reason of his having lost his moral right for destroying the moral fabric of society by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines led by its then president, Archbishop Vidal.

On Thursday, an overwhelming 62 percent of respondents turned down overtures of President Aquino and his allies to tinker with the Constitution, whether this be confined to just the economic provisions or revisions in the term limits on the presidency, results of a Pulse Asia survey on charter change (cha-cha) showed.

“Around six in 10 Filipinos (62%) are not in favor of President Benigno S. Aquino III running again for the presidency after his term ends in 2016, that is, should the 1987 Constitution be amended to allow for the re-election of an incumbent chief executive,” Pulse Asia said.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. simply dismissed the survey results saying that President Aquino continues to listen to the voice of the people, in line with executing reforms and actualizing change in society.

“Public opinion surveys are one of the ways of soliciting the sentiments of our countrymen on the administration’s performance. The President gives importance to the value our countrymen have given to him since he assumed office up to now,” he said.

The Palace official said Malacañang continues to monitor surveys, adding that the Palace does not have a monopoly of opinion with regard to term extension and cha-cha.
With Angie M. Rosales

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Noy plays second fiddle to Mar in one of LP scenarios  By Christine F. Herrera | Oct. 06, 2014 at 12:01am


Party time. President Benigno Aquino III shares a light moment with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II in this file photo taken during the oath-taking of the officers of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines National Executive Board in Malacañang. The two will soon face off to determine which of them will become the Liberal Party’s standard bearer for the 2016 elections. Malacañang Photo Bureau

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and Local Governments Secretary Manuel Roxas II will face off during the ruling Liberal Party’s national convention in the second quarter next year to determine which of them will be the standard bearer in the 2016 presidential race, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice announced over dzBB Sunday.

Erice told the Manila Standard the Liberals were also eyeing a Roxas-Aquino tandem in 2016 to avoid the complication of amending the Constitution to lift the term limits to allow President Aquino to seek a second term.

Erice said some Liberals were also considering another round of Aquino-Roxas for 2016 should the party be successful in pushing for Charter change.

“The choice for the LP standard bearer is a toss-up between Aquino and Roxas,” Erice told the Manila Standard. “How about a Roxas-Aquino team so we don’t need to amend the Constitution?”

“Mar is perfect to provide continuity. He is experienced, untainted and possesses worldwide recognition. By second quarter next year, I think LP can already finalize our presidential candidate. We only have two most viable presidential candidates, PNoy and Mar,” Erice told the Manila Standard.

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan mocked Erice’s announcement.

“PNoy or Mar? None of the above,” she said.

“That is the duo of desperation, the tandem of trepidation,” added Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr.

United Nationalist Alliance interim president Toby Tiangco added that the move was “desperate, delusional or delirious.”

* He said Erice is by his lonesome desperately fighting to convince Congress to amend the political provisions of the Constitution.

“Congressman Erice has now started hearing voices in his head. Despite the majority survey sentiment against a second term for PNoy, he still insists on it. I think he is at a very dangerous stage where he is talking to himself and answering his own questions,” said Tiangco, in a statement.

A recent Pulse Asia survey said that 62 percent of the respondents, or six out of 10 Filipinos, are against Charter change and are not in favor of President Aquino seeking a second term.

Tiangco said Erice should listen to the true voice and real sentiments of the people instead of listening to voices from the nether world.

“Speaker Sonny Belmonte has already discouraged members of the majority from supporting Erice’s proposal that would lift the term limits of PNoy. So where do the voices that Congressman Erice hears come from—it looks like they might be whispers from underworld spirits,” Tiangco said.

“Even among the Liberals such a limited choice is unacceptable. When push comes to shove, when election draws near, the transients will go listen to the clarion call of their mother party and heed that call. A constituent assembly will not be an attractive option given that some Liberals have openly expressed their opposition to a PNoy second term,” Ilagan said.

But Erice found an ally in Aquino loyalists led by More2Come convener lMelvin Matibag, who is pushing for Congress to convene itself into a constituent assembly to lift the term limits on the President.

Erice said only Roxas or Aquino could beat the opposition, led by frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay in the presidential race.

“Roxas and Aquino are the party’s choices for president. If the President agrees, only he and Roxas are our choice,” Erice said over dzBB.

But Tiangco twitted Erice.

“Didn’t he hear Speaker Belmonte’s voice loud enough? The Speaker has openly declared that he would rather have Congress attend to priority measures that will benefit majority of the Filipino people and not of a handful people who are advancing the interest of members of the Liberal Party and those in Malacanang,” Tiangco said.

Belmonte had maintained that even if Erice decides to file a bill for political charter change, he would personally see to it that it would take a back seat since Charter change is not a priority in the legislative agenda, Tiangco said.

He added that Belmonte went further by challenging President Aquino to categorically state his intentions for 2016 to quash loose talk on a term extension being hatched by some quarters inside Malacañang.

MANILA STANDARD EDITORIAL

Who’s the boss? By Manila Standard Today | Oct. 06, 2014 at 12:01am

WHEN President Aquino says he always listens to his “bosses,” he is clearly not talking about the vast majority of the Filipino people, but a shrinking subset of the public that still buys into his straight path fiction.

This became apparent when the Palace offered a muted response to survey findings that 62 percent of Filipinos oppose a second term for the President, even if his allies manage to amend the Constitution to lift the one-term limit on him and to legitimize such a run.

“The President continues to listen to citizen’s expressions of their desires on the purpose of strengthening reforms and completing the transformation of society,” Aquino’s spokesman said, completely ignoring the embarrassing repudiation of the Chief Executive.

The Palace spokesman also said the President has made it a point to know the opinion of his “bosses” since day one, because he considers this to be an important element of good governance.

If this were indeed the case, the President should have at least acknowledged the widespread opposition to his proposal to amend the Constitution to clip the powers of the Supreme Court to review Executive actions.

The Pulse Asia survey conducted between Sept. 8 and 15 showed, in fact, that 70 percent of Filipinos reject Aquino’s threat to do something about the “judicial overreach” by Supreme Court justices who had the temerity to declare the pork barrel system and his Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional.

Significantly, the opposition—to a second term for Aquino, to constitutional amendments and to clipping the powers of the Judiciary—was evident across all income levels and geographical locations.

But the President isn’t paying any heed to his true bosses.

Barely a day after the survey findings were announced, a group calling itself the Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum or More2Come said it had launched a drive to collect 8 million signatures to convince a reluctant President to seek a second term.

While the Palace and the ruling Liberal Party have disavowed any role in the More2Come, Palace spokespersons are far from convincing when they continue to drone the mantra about the President listening to his bosses.

* But then, there is very little credibility left in Aquino, a President who musters the full force of the law against his political opponents, but steadfastly professes his faith and confidence in his own officials who are facing plunder charges.

The latest of these is the chief of the national police, who admitted before a Senate panel that he received a discount of more than P1 million on the purchase of a luxury vehicle, that he accepted donations worth P11 million without issuing a deed of donation or an official receipt, and that he saw nothing wrong with such actions.

Such shadowy practices certainly have no place in a government that professes to follow the straight path, but none of this matters, it seems.

Over the weekend, the Palace once again brushed aside criticism of Aquino’s poor leadership after the National Transformation Council, a church-led multi-sectoral group, said the President had lost the moral right to lead the nation and called on him to resign.

“We obviously differ from their assessment,” a Palace spokesman said. “We live in a pluralistic society.”

The spokesman also insisted that the President remained firmly committed to reforms aimed at achieving stable and inclusive growth.

“These reforms have been established on the platform of good governance and have gained acceptance by the vast majority of our people,” the spokesman added.

We, too, beg to differ. The vast majority have had enough of the Aquino administration and its hypocritical lip service to good governance. But of course, the President would know that—if he really listened to his bosses.


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