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CHURCH LEADERS: SELECTIVE JUSTICE IS ABUSE OF POWER 

OCT 17 ---Church authorities expressed dismay over the dismissal of Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong despite lack of evidence, citing abuse of power and injustice. “Selective justice is exactly that, a perversion of justice by selecting whom to prosecute and to shield from prosecution,” San Beda College Graduate School of Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, said. According to a report from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Aquino mentioned tDepartment of Social Welfare and Development Secretary “Dinky” Solíman, Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Butch Abad and Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima as having "serious wrong-doings" but always being cleared by Malacañang without further investigation.

“The justice system in the Philippines is sick and sickening. What do we mean by that? For one thing, there are so many cases that remained unsolved, so many criminal cases are filed and then they are released, cases which are very grievous like the Maguindanao massacre of 58 people and 5 years later, nothing has happened. That is not only justice delayed and justice denied, that is injustice per se,” Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said. Cruz added that "suppletory evidence" must be included in deciding case resolutions and not just based on "complementary evidence" alone. CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas released a statement on selective justice last month reiterating that, “Everybody culpable, whatever their political affiliations may be, should be investigated and, if so warranted, indicted. When justice is selective, it is not justice at all.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

(ALSO) Yolanda victims protest: Leyte event pointless 

OCT 20 --President Benigno Aquino III will be in Leyte this coming week to attend the anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing, Malacañang said Saturday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino will be at the event this coming Monday. “I understand the President is scheduled to attend the anniversary of the Leyte Landing...,” she said on government-run dzRB radio. Earlier, the United States Embassy said US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg also attend the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing. But before attending the anniversary rites, Goldberg is to go to Palo town in Leyte, to inaugurate rehabilitation projects in areas hit hard by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year. Palo was among the areas devastated by by Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 dead after pounding the Visayas last November.

TACLOBAN CITY—People Surge, an alliance of super typhoon Yolanda’s victims in Leyte and Samar, on Sunday vowed to greet President Benigno Aquino III with protests during his visit here for the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Landing today, saying the event was pointless in light of their still dismal conditions. Joining Aquino during the commemorative ceremonies at the MacArthur Shrine in Palo, Leyte, are the various ambassadors and officials from the United States, Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan and other countries. “I do not see the essence of the commemoration of this 70th Leyte Landing anniversary in the context of national and international protests against the presence of the US troops in our land via the questioned Visiting Forces Agreement and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement triggered by the alleged murder of Jennifer Laude by an American marine,” People Surge convenor and storm victim Efleda Bautista said.

“Laude was a Leyteño, all the more we empathize with the plight of her family who are survivors of super typhoon Yolanda and support their demand for justice. “Celebrating this anniversary in a community barely able to rise from the total devastation caused by the criminal negligence of this government is adding more insult to the struggling survivors.” Bautista questioned the amount to be spent during the event, saying the money would be better sent to the typhoon victims. “The expenses to be incurred could be channeled to the urgent needs of the survivors,” Bautista said. “Their need for work, livelihood and food should be given more weight than this fancy celebration.”  * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Binay camp: VP did not ask PNoy to stop NBI probe; Trillanes making up stories 

OCT 17 ---PHOTO: President Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma during an event in 2011. Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay denied on Friday that he asked President Benigno Aquino III to stop the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from probing the corruption allegations hurled against him. "How can the Vice President ask the President to stop a probe that hasn't started at that time?" Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay's spokesman, said in a statement.

Remulla was responding to Sen. Antonio Trillanes' claim in a radio interview that Binay asked Aquino to stop the NBI probe when the two met Tuesday night at the Bahay Pangarap, the official residence of the Chief Executive, across Malacañang. Remulla said Trillanes was "making up stories." “Trillanes has a habit of inventing things. There were two people in that meeting. Trillanes wasn't one of them. From what I know, the President thinks very little of Trillanes,” Remulla also said in an article posted on Binay's website. On Thursday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the NBI to proceed with its investigation into the allegations that Binay and his family pocketed public funds from government projects in Makati City. * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Trillanes: Binay ‘attempted’ to stop DOJ probe  

OCT 17 --PHOTO: Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO --MANILA, Philippines —Vice President Jejomar Binay used his meeting with President Benigno Aquino III early this week to allegedly stop the investigation of the Department of Justice, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Friday. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to begin probing the alleged corruption in Makati City and other controversies involving Binay, his family and his associates. Binay has been accused of receiving kickbacks when he was the mayor of Makati City and using dummies to hide his alleged unexplained wealth, among others. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Trillanes, in an interview over DWIZ, said the meeting between Binay and President Benigno Aquino III Tuesday night was arranged by Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. “Nagparamdam po s’ya na parang iniipit s’ya so gusto n’yang malaman kung gagamitin n’ya ‘yung kanila raw pinagsamahan para maimluwensyahan ‘yung Presidente na paatrasin si Secretary De lima e hindi naman ho nangyari ‘yun,” said Trillanes, quoting a source whom he refused to named, but was said to be privy to the meeting. (He was sending feelers that he was already getting overwhelmed (by the allegations) so he wanted to know if he could use his connection with the President so the President could influence Secretary De Lima to discontinue her probe, but that did not happen.)

“Ito po ay in-arrange ni Sec. Coloma na talagang dati ng nakadikit kay Vice President Binay. Ito ‘yung sinasabi nilang “Noybi” group so ‘yan inareglo n’yan. Saka ‘yung PR (press release) sa kanya rin nanggaling, kay Sec. Coloma,” said the senator. He did not elaborate. (The meeting was arranged by Sec. Coloma who has long been an ally of Vice President Binay. He belongs to the “Noybi” group so he arranged the meeting. The PR also came from him.) * READ MORE..

ALSO: Trillanes found concocting tales vs VP  

OCT 18 --Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes yesterday was found to have concocted his claim of the meeting between President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay where the senator stated that Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma had arranged the meeting. Coloma yesterday denied that he had arranged any meeting between Binay and Aquino. Moreover, the Tuesday  meeting in Bahay Pangarap, which is the residence of Aquino in Palace grounds, was only between the two of them, without any third party present. Trillanes claimed that hours after issuing tirades against the administration, the Vice President sought an audience with President Aquino, allegedly through Coloma, which was denied yesterday by the Palace aide.

Through Coloma, Trillanes claimed that the reported meeting that went on for more than three hours between the President and the Vice President, was actually aimed at having Aquino issue marching orders for the Department of Justice (DoJ) and other investigative bodies to discontinue the probe on the alleged undisclosed wealth and other supposed irregularities in which Binay currently embroiled. Trillanes revealed that such efforts directed at impeding the ongoing investigations against Binay proved futile. Justice chief Leila de Lima has virtually prejudged the probe, as she told the media yesterday that all the VP and his aides have given her and the Senate nothing but lies. Echoing the line of Trillanes, Alan Cayetano and Koko Pimentel, de Lima said, if he has nothing to hide, Vice President Binay should welcome the DoJ investigation with open arms. Rather than question the Department’s jurisdiction and priorities, the Vice President should instead directly confront the allegations on the systemic corruption of Makati’s procurement system,” she said.

Trillanes claimed that VP Binay tried to get President Aquino to order the DoJ and other investgative agencies of the government to have the probes stopped, but he (VP) ‘plea” was rejected, adding that the VP tried to use their friendship to influence the President to gave Secretary Leila de Lima to stop her probe, but this did not happen.
Trillanes claimed this during an interview with dwIZ. “(VP Binay) even tried changing the story and made it appear that the meeting ensured that his friendship with the President was strengthened, as well as other propaganda, just so the people would assume that the problem has been fixed. The truth is that nothing happened during the meeting. * READ MORE...

ALSO by Erwin Tulfo: What transpired during Aquino-Binay meeting 

OCT 18 --The meeting in Malacañang between President Noy and Vice President Jejomar Binay was indeed cordial but not jovial as the Binay camp made it appear, my little birdie in the Palace said. Binay sought the meeting apparently to appease the President after he lambasted the administration for “mistreating” former President Gloria and looking the other way on the issue of the alleged unexplained wealth of National Police Chief Alan Purisima. “Cordial, yes, but jovial? I doubt if it was jovial. The President was in a serious mien when he talked with the Vice President,” said my little birdie. Binay, my source said, was made to wait long before P-Noy saw him. The wait was much longer than the meeting. “Probably, the Vice President waited for two and a half hours while the meeting lasted only 30 minutes,” the little birdie said, denying the Binay camp claim that the length of the conversation between the President and Vice President was three hours.

What did P-Noy and Binay talk about? Binay made two requests to the President, said the little birdie. Binay, according to my source, asked the President to stop the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee which is investigating the reported gross overprice in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II built when the Vice President was still the city mayor. This was the gist of the President’s reply to Binay’s request No. 1: “Jojo, I cannot stop the investigation because the Senate is independent. Besides, I have so many problems—the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus brought by returning overseas workers, the Subic murder case, the evacuation of residents near the Mayon Volcano. Pati ba naman ’yan, poproblemahin ko pa (Do I have to solve your problem)?” Or words to that effect. Binay’s second request: For the President to take it easy on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The President, according to my source, showed his irritation by giving Binay a wry smile. My source said that after Binay left, P-Noy told his staff: “If there are more cases to be filed against GMA, let’s file them.” * * * If what the Palace source told me is all true, the meeting that Binay sought with the President was a desperate act. * READ MORE...

ALSO MALAYA COLUMN OF THE DAY: TWO WRONGS 

OCT 20 --The image of Vice President Jejomar Binay has been badly tarnished by his former vice mayor Ernesto Mercado of Makati City. He and his family have been painted as looters of the country’s richest city. Mercado turned Binay inside out in what he said is the truth the public must know. A Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee listened to him intently. Mercado and the lawmakers got what they hoped to get: Bring Binay’s acceptability and trust rating down to record lows. They now believe that the President has lost the chance to win the presidential race in 2016. Nobody considers the fact that Binay’s rating of 31 per cent is down about 10 percentage points compared to the previous survey but still the highest among known presidential aspirants. Is the sharp decline in rating related to the search of the truth by the Blue Ribbon Committee? It is. In fact bringing down Binay’s rating is the “truth” the Senate committee is looking for.

The lawmakers bought hook, line and sinker the revelations of alleged massive fraud exposed by Mercado strangely less than two years before the 2016 election. If it is the truth the committee and Mercado are searching for, they could have done it on the very day Mercado knew — in fact, he was a participant — of the alleged looting by the Binay family of the taxpayers money. They chose to wait for a time when election is close at hand. If they had done it sooner people are bound to forget the “crimes” of Binay. They will elect him just the same. People’s memories are short. Mercado and the Senate committee have so intoxicated the minds of the people they pronounced him guilty after a “trial” body, the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-Committee which has no authority to pronounce guilt or innocence of the people they investigate. As always the inquest “ s made in aid of legislation.” I have not have not heard of any lawmaker, least of all a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee hinting at new legislation intended to avoid the repetition of the “crimes” that Binay and his family committed. * READ MORE...


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Church leaders: Selective justice is abuse of power

MANILA, OCTOBER 20, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray - Church authorities expressed dismay over the dismissal of Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong despite lack of evidence, citing abuse of power and injustice.

“Selective justice is exactly that, a perversion of justice by selecting whom to prosecute and to shield from prosecution,” San Beda College Graduate School of Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, said.

According to a report from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Aquino mentioned tDepartment of Social Welfare and Development Secretary “Dinky” Solíman, Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Butch Abad and Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima as having "serious wrong-doings" but always being cleared by Malacañang without further investigation.

“The justice system in the Philippines is sick and sickening. What do we mean by that? For one thing, there are so many cases that remained unsolved, so many criminal cases are filed and then they are released, cases which are very grievous like the Maguindanao massacre of 58 people and 5 years later, nothing has happened. That is not only justice delayed and justice denied, that is injustice per se,” Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said.

Cruz added that "suppletory evidence" must be included in deciding case resolutions and not just based on "complementary evidence" alone.

CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas released a statement on selective justice last month reiterating that, “Everybody culpable, whatever their political affiliations may be, should be investigated and, if so warranted, indicted. When justice is selective, it is not justice at all.”

Binay camp: VP did not ask PNoy to stop NBI probe; Trillanes making up stories By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 17, 2014 - 4:40pm 1 76 googleplus0 0


President Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma during an event in 2011. Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay denied on Friday that he asked President Benigno Aquino III to stop the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from probing the corruption allegations hurled against him.

"How can the Vice President ask the President to stop a probe that hasn't started at that time?" Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay's spokesman, said in a statement.

Remulla was responding to Sen. Antonio Trillanes' claim in a radio interview that Binay asked Aquino to stop the NBI probe when the two met Tuesday night at the Bahay Pangarap, the official residence of the Chief Executive, across Malacañang.

Remulla said Trillanes was "making up stories."

“Trillanes has a habit of inventing things. There were two people in that meeting. Trillanes wasn't one of them. From what I know, the President thinks very little of Trillanes,” Remulla also said in an article posted on Binay's website.

On Thursday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the NBI to proceed with its investigation into the allegations that Binay and his family pocketed public funds from government projects in Makati City.

* Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Erwin Binay, are facing graft and plunder charges before the Ombudsman in connection with the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building, which is the subject of a Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-committee inquiry.

The Senate probe has dug up other corruption allegations against Binay, such as the so-called Hacienda Binay in Batangas.

Earlier this week, Binay slammed the Department of Justice for supposedly targeting him and members of the opposition while turning a blind eye to administration allies also accused of corruption.

Related: Mar Roxas behind conspiracy vs Binay - UNA

Binay's attacks against the administration fuelled speculations that he is cutting ties with Aquino. He claimed, however, that his friendship with Aquino became stronger after their meeting at Bahay Pangarap.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said meeting between the top leaders did not tackle official issues and was "just a personal meeting between two long-time friends."

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Yolanda victims protest: Leyte event pointless By Ronald Reyes | Oct. 20, 2014 at 12:01am


President Benigno Aquino III will be in Leyte this coming week to attend the anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing, Malacañang said Saturday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino will be at the event this coming Monday. “I understand the President is scheduled to attend the anniversary of the Leyte Landing...,” she said on government-run dzRB radio. Earlier, the United States Embassy said US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg also attend the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing. But before attending the anniversary rites, Goldberg is to go to Palo town in Leyte, to inaugurate rehabilitation projects in areas hit hard by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year. Palo was among the areas devastated by by Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 dead after pounding the Visayas last November.

TACLOBAN CITY—People Surge, an alliance of super typhoon Yolanda’s victims in Leyte and Samar, on Sunday vowed to greet President Benigno Aquino III with protests during his visit here for the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Landing today, saying the event was pointless in light of their still dismal conditions.

Joining Aquino during the commemorative ceremonies at the MacArthur Shrine in Palo, Leyte, are the various ambassadors and officials from the United States, Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan and other countries.

“I do not see the essence of the commemoration of this 70th Leyte Landing anniversary in the context of national and international protests against the presence of the US troops in our land via the questioned Visiting Forces Agreement and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement triggered by the alleged murder of Jennifer Laude by an American marine,” People Surge convenor and storm victim Efleda Bautista said.

“Laude was a Leyteño, all the more we empathize with the plight of her family who are survivors of super typhoon Yolanda and support their demand for justice.

“Celebrating this anniversary in a community barely able to rise from the total devastation caused by the criminal negligence of this government is adding more insult to the struggling survivors.”

Bautista questioned the amount to be spent during the event, saying the money would be better sent to the typhoon victims.

“The expenses to be incurred could be channeled to the urgent needs of the survivors,” Bautista said.

“Their need for work, livelihood and food should be given more weight than this fancy celebration.”

* Paul Escalona, another victim and spokesman of Bayan in Eastern visayas, said Aquino would continue to face protest from the victims for his negligence.

“We suffered much because of Aquino’s criminal negligence,” Escalona said.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg will lead in the turnover of 36 sari-sari stores that were “reconstructed and restocked with inventory” through the support of the US Embassy, the US Agency for International Development, Coca Cola and Procter and Gamble.

USAID has said at least 1,000 stores in the Yolanda-affected areas are to be rehabilitated.

Goldberg will also announce the establishment of the MIDAS Fund or Micro Enterprise Disaster Assistance Fund for Resiliency.

The P176-million credit facility will be implemented in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress.

USAID says the credit facility will enable eligible entrepreneurs in the Yolanda-hit areas to borrow money to establish or expand their micro enterprises.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Trillanes: Binay ‘attempted’ to stop DOJ probe By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net12:57 pm | Friday, October 17th, 2014


Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —Vice President Jejomar Binay used his meeting with President Benigno Aquino III early this week to allegedly stop the investigation of the Department of Justice, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Friday.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to begin probing the alleged corruption in Makati City and other controversies involving Binay, his family and his associates.

Binay has been accused of receiving kickbacks when he was the mayor of Makati City and using dummies to hide his alleged unexplained wealth, among others. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Trillanes, in an interview over DWIZ, said the meeting between Binay and President Benigno Aquino III Tuesday night was arranged by Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr.

“Nagparamdam po s’ya na parang iniipit s’ya so gusto n’yang malaman kung gagamitin n’ya ‘yung kanila raw pinagsamahan para maimluwensyahan ‘yung Presidente na paatrasin si Secretary De lima e hindi naman ho nangyari ‘yun,” said Trillanes, quoting a source whom he refused to named, but was said to be privy to the meeting.
(He was sending feelers that he was already getting overwhelmed (by the allegations) so he wanted to know if he could use his connection with the President so the President could influence Secretary De Lima to discontinue her probe, but that did not happen.)

“Ito po ay in-arrange ni Sec. Coloma na talagang dati ng nakadikit kay Vice President Binay. Ito ‘yung sinasabi nilang “Noybi” group so ‘yan inareglo n’yan. Saka ‘yung PR (press release) sa kanya rin nanggaling, kay Sec. Coloma,” said the senator. He did not elaborate.
(The meeting was arranged by Sec. Coloma who has long been an ally of Vice President Binay. He belongs to the “Noybi” group so he arranged the meeting. The PR also came from him.)

* “Noybi” was the term coined by supporters of the Aquino-Binay tandem during the 2010 elections even if they ran under separate banners. Aquino ran with now Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II while Binay ran with then presidential bet and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Trillanes said Binay also probably sought the meeting with the President to clarify that his earlier statements against the administration and some of its allies were not directed to Aquino.

“Sa akin kung magka-clarify ka na hindi ‘yung Presidente ‘yung tinira mo, gawin mo rin publicly kasi ‘yung speech mo, public ‘yun e,” the senator said. (For me, if you want to clarify that it was not the President you were hitting, then you should make that pronouncement publicly because your speech was done in public as well.)

Before the meeting, Binay took a swipe at how the Aquino administration was allegedly mistreating former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo while handling with kid gloves Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima, who has been accused of allegedly amassing unexplained wealth.

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Trillanes found concocting tales vs VP Written by Angie M. Rosales and Charlie V. Manalo Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00

Coloma disputes Trillanes, denies arranging Binay-Noy meeting


TRILLANES. BINAY

Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes yesterday was found to have concocted his claim of the meeting between President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay where the senator stated that Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma had arranged the meeting.

Coloma yesterday denied that he had arranged any meeting between Binay and Aquino. Moreover, the Tuesday
meeting in Bahay Pangarap, which is the residence of Aquino in Palace grounds, was only between the two of them, without any third party present.

Trillanes claimed that hours after issuing tirades against the administration, the Vice President sought an audience with President Aquino, allegedly through Coloma, which was denied yesterday by the Palace aide.

Through Coloma, Trillanes claimed that the reported meeting that went on for more than three hours between the President and the Vice President, was actually aimed at having Aquino issue marching orders for the Department of Justice (DoJ) and other investigative bodies to discontinue the probe on the alleged undisclosed wealth and other supposed irregularities in which Binay currently embroiled.

Trillanes revealed that such efforts directed at impeding the ongoing investigations against Binay proved futile.
Justice chief Leila de Lima has virtually prejudged the probe, as she told the media yesterday that all the VP and his aides have given her and the Senate nothing but lies.

Echoing the line of Trillanes, Alan Cayetano and Koko Pimentel, de Lima said, if he has nothing to hide, Vice President Binay should welcome the DoJ investigation with open arms. Rather than question the Department’s jurisdiction and priorities, the Vice President should instead directly confront the allegations on the systemic corruption of Makati’s procurement system,” she said.

Trillanes claimed that VP Binay tried to get President Aquino to order the DoJ and other investgative agencies of the government to have the probes stopped, but he (VP) ‘plea” was rejected, adding that the VP tried to use their friendship to influence the President to gave Secretary Leila de Lima to stop her probe, but this did not happen.

Trillanes claimed this during an interview with dwIZ.

“(VP Binay) even tried changing the story and made it appear that the meeting ensured that his friendship with the President was strengthened, as well as other propaganda, just so the people would assume that the problem has been fixed. The truth is that nothing happened during the meeting.

* Citing reliable sources supposedly privy to the meeting that reportedly took place at Bahay Pangarap, the senator claimed it was allegedly “arranged” by Coloma.

It should not come as a surprise since Coloma is allegedly known to be identified with the camp of Binay as he supposedly belongs to the group called “Noybi”, the term coined for the claimed faction in the Aquino administration that had campaigned for the tandem of the President and Vice President during the 2010 national elections despite the two coming from rival political coalitions, he said.

“ The Noybi group, that’s where it was arranged and the press release from Binay came from Coloma,” Trillanes said.

“He hit out at (Aquino) in the morning during a speaking engagement but at night he tried to fix the investigation so he wouldn’t be criticized. But publicly he had criticized the President, which is why he had had to clarify that it was not the President whom he hit,” Trillanes claimed.

The speech of Binay hit out at the allies of Aquino, and did not directy hit Aquino. That can be proved even in video footage.

It’s a good thing though that the President was not easily swayed in the scheme attempted by Binay, Trillanes said.

“The Presdent knows what are the intentions and game Vice President Binay plays, so he could not convince the President to go along with him,” he said.

It was the Liberal Party faction of Mar Roxas and Butch Abad, along with Trillanes that were into propaganda, as Tribune learned that they were Trillanes’ sources.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, the VP’s spokesman for political concerns, said Trillanes was inventing stories on the meeting, and challenged Trillanes to face issues regarding his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALn) instead of making up stories against VP Binay.

“Senator Trillanes should start answering questions about his SALn instead of making up stories,” Remulla said, lambasting the senator for claiming that Binay had asked President Aquino to order the halt of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe.

“How can the Vice President ask the President to stop a probe that hasn’t started at that time?” he added.

Aquino and Binay talked for almost three hours Tuesday, two days before de Lima ordered NBI to look into allegations of corruption against the Vice President and his family.

“Trillanes has a habit of inventing things. There were two people in that meeting. Trillanes wasn’t one of them. From what I know, the President thinks very little of Trillanes,” Remulla said.

In an interview at the sidelines of the NCR Developers’ Forum, Binay described his talk with the President as “friendly” and denied they had discussed anything political.

“It was a friendly talk. You know, between good friends, there is no probem. No politics, no psuedo friendship,” the Vice President said.

Binay also said he and Aquino reminisced the days of the martial law, when they were together almost every day to fight against the oppressive regime.

“Our friendship was even strengthened. We merely missed our company when we met daily, marching, facing the police,” he said. “We laughed about the good old days,” he added.

On the de Lima-National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe on the Vice President. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim Pesident cautioned the Justice secretary from dropping the President’s name to cover-up for the unlawful probe she had initiated against VP.

Tiangco said by using the of the name of the President, de Lima has placed the country’s chief executive on the spot since people will now think he has ordered the Justice Secretary not to pursue the investigation into the involvement of Liberal Party officials and members in several major controversies, among the Napoles scam and the shakedown of Inekon, a supplier for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) as revealed by the former Czech Ambassador.

“Now that she claims it is only the President and the Ombudsman who can stop her, so the public conclusion is that the President stopped her from investigating Abad’s role as the alleged mastermind in the PDAF scam as revealed by Janet Napoles,” he said.

“The public cannot help but conclude that it was the President who ordered a stop in the investigation of the $30 million extort try involving MRT officials during the watch of Mar Roxas as Transportation Secretary, or the involvement of Liberal Party members in the PDAF scam,” he added.

“She should stop name-dropping the President to cover up for her unlawful actions against the Vice President. Don’t drag the President into this and he already has a lot of problems in his hands,” he said.

The other day, de Lima boasted that only the President and the Ombudsman can order her to stop her probe of Binay, his family and other personalities being dragged by the Senate subcommittee in its ongoing witch hunt.

Tiangco said UNA is aghast at the arrogance of De Lima, and her seeming ignorance or lack of regard for the law.
He described De Lima’s probe as “a fishing expedition in aid of publicity,” and linked it to the Secretary’s ambition to run for the Senate in 2016.

“De Lima is probably thinking, why let the current senator-inquisitors Cayetano and Trillanes, who are milking the free media coverage to advance their political ambitions, have all the media mileage?” he said.

“We would have expected better behavior from any regular lawyer, let alone the Secretary of Justice. Is it really that important to her to get into Mar Roxas’ senatorial ticket in 2016?” he added.

UNA interim secretary general lawyer JV Bautista had called De Lima “Atribida (over-eager).”

“She is an over-eager political wanna-be bureaucrat with no jurisdiction to investigate the Vice President. DoJ Secretary de Lima belongs to the Executive Branch of government. The Vice President, therefore, is her superior and she is not possessed with power or authority to order an investigation against her superior, in the same manner that she cannot order the investigation of the President,” he said.

Bautista said the DoJ clearly has no jurisdiction to conduct an investigation over any impeachable official.

“That power belongs exclusively to the Ombudsman. De Lima should read her Administrative Code and the Ombudsman Law to understand this very basic rule on exclusive jurisdiction,” he said.

“Besides, why is she initiating the investigation motu proprio? There is no order or instruction from the President, nor is there any request from the Ombudsman. There is also no formal complaint before her office to give her any justification to initiate a criminal investigation,” he added.

On its part, the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee will resume its public hearings on the issues confronting Binay next Wednesday, Oct. 22, Trillanes said.

On Monday, it is set to discuss the issues involving those recommended to be cited in contempt and those who have submitted their written explanation in response to the “show cause order” issued to them, he said.

What transpired during Aquino-Binay meeting By Ramon Tulfo |Philippipne Daily Inquirer2:34 am | Saturday, October 18th, 2014


President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The meeting in Malacañang between President Noy and Vice President Jejomar Binay was indeed cordial but not jovial as the Binay camp made it appear, my little birdie in the Palace said.

Binay sought the meeting apparently to appease the President after he lambasted the administration for “mistreating” former President Gloria and looking the other way on the issue of the alleged unexplained wealth of National Police Chief Alan Purisima.

“Cordial, yes, but jovial? I doubt if it was jovial. The President was in a serious mien when he talked with the Vice President,” said my little birdie.

Binay, my source said, was made to wait long before P-Noy saw him.

The wait was much longer than the meeting.

“Probably, the Vice President waited for two and a half hours while the meeting lasted only 30 minutes,” the little birdie said, denying the Binay camp claim that the length of the conversation between the President and Vice President was three hours.

What did P-Noy and Binay talk about?

Binay made two requests to the President, said the little birdie.

Binay, according to my source, asked the President to stop the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee which is investigating the reported gross overprice in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II built when the Vice President was still the city mayor.

This was the gist of the President’s reply to Binay’s request No. 1:

“Jojo, I cannot stop the investigation because the Senate is independent. Besides, I have so many problems—the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus brought by returning overseas workers, the Subic murder case, the evacuation of residents near the Mayon Volcano. Pati ba naman ’yan, poproblemahin ko pa (Do I have to solve your problem)?”

Or words to that effect.

Binay’s second request: For the President to take it easy on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The President, according to my source, showed his irritation by giving Binay a wry smile.

My source said that after Binay left, P-Noy told his staff: “If there are more cases to be filed against GMA, let’s file them.”

* * *

If what the Palace source told me is all true, the meeting that Binay sought with the President was a desperate act.

* Why would he ask the President to stop the Senate investigation, where his family’s incredible hidden wealth has been exposed by his detractors, when as a lawyer he knows full well that Malacañang cannot dictate on a coequal body?

Binay’s request No. 2—for the President to go easy on GMA—is puzzling.

Why is he taking the cudgels for Gloria when, as he claimed, he was once a victim of harassment by the previous administration?

Binay has never known to be magnanimous.

Why is he making the request only now when he could have done so after a Cabinet meeting in the past?

Remember, Binay, being presidential adviser on the concerns of the overseas workers and on housing for the poor, is a Cabinet member.

The answer to the puzzle is Binay probably didn’t know how to go about appeasing the President after kicking him from behind.

So he had to have talking points for seeking an audience with P-Noy, whose mother, the late President Cory, made him. Hence, the foolish requests.

MALAYA
COLUMN OF THE DAY

TWO WRONGS By Amado P. Macasaet | October 20, 2014


Amado P. Macasaet

The image of Vice President Jejomar Binay has been badly tarnished by his former vice mayor Ernesto Mercado of Makati City. He and his family have been painted as looters of the country’s richest city.

Mercado turned Binay inside out in what he said is the truth the public must know. A Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee listened to him intently. Mercado and the lawmakers got what they hoped to get: Bring Binay’s acceptability and trust rating down to record lows. They now believe that the President has lost the chance to win the presidential race in 2016.

Nobody considers the fact that Binay’s rating of 31 per cent is down about 10 percentage points compared to the previous survey but still the highest among known presidential aspirants.

Is the sharp decline in rating related to the search of the truth by the Blue Ribbon Committee? It is. In fact bringing down Binay’s rating is the “truth” the Senate committee is looking for.

The lawmakers bought hook, line and sinker the revelations of alleged massive fraud exposed by Mercado strangely less than two years before the 2016 election. If it is the truth the committee and Mercado are searching for, they could have done it on the very day Mercado knew — in fact, he was a participant — of the alleged looting by the Binay family of the taxpayers money.

They chose to wait for a time when election is close at hand. If they had done it sooner people are bound to forget the “crimes” of Binay. They will elect him just the same. People’s memories are short.

Mercado and the Senate committee have so intoxicated the minds of the people they pronounced him guilty after a “trial” body, the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-Committee which has no authority to pronounce guilt or innocence of the people they investigate.

As always the inquest “ s made in aid of legislation.” I have not have not heard of any lawmaker, least of all a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee hinting at new legislation intended to avoid the repetition of the “crimes” that Binay and his family committed.

* They all gloat over the sharp decline of Binay’s trust and acceptability rating. They found the truth in the testimonies of witnesses such as Mercado who, we might say, is a pot calling the kettle black.

Completely ignored in the investigation of Binay is the fact that he is facing charges before the Ombudsman for the alleged crimes that Mercado exposed before the Blue Ribbon Committee.

In this sense, the committee usurped the functions of the Ombudsman although, as repeatedly said, it has no authority to pronounce guilt or innocence of the person they investigate. The committee chose to run Binay through the coals for nothing but their own political gain and the demolition of the reputation of political adversaries such as Vice President Binay who, in spite of a sharp drop in rating has always remained as the favored presidential timber.

The Senate inquiry is another manifestation of the country’s rotting political system. A favored presidential candidate is pilloried, chopped into fine pieces to deny him the chance to win the presidential polls.

Maybe this is fitting and proper.

All crimes of must be punished. But who pronounced guilt or innocence of Binay? Is it an investigating body of the Senate like the Blue Ribbon Committee or, as in the case of Binay, a public official the Sandiganbayan in the event the Office of the Ombudsman files information against and finds the suspect guilty?

As has always been the case in previous investigations, the Blue Ribbon Committee will conclude its probe with a recommendation to file a case against Binay. A complaint was filed against the man long before the committee decided to destroy, not only his character and integrity but his chance to win the presidential race in 2016.

That is the “truth” Senate committee says it is looking for. The committee found it in the testimony of Mercado who admitted participation in the over price of the construction of the Makati parking building.

We, the people should start worrying about what the role the Senate actively plays in the national efforts to make the country come close to political maturity which is a basic element of growth.

How many new laws has the Senate passed in aid of legislation? I can’t remember any. How much time has the Senate spent in maligning other people compared to the time that should be spent debating on bills critical to national survival?

The Senate has the duty to tell us how they spend our money. It is bad enough that they are given huge sums called pork barrel as a form of reward for political patronage. The money is ours. They misuse it. They do not make laws. They call for investigations in aid of legislation but not one piece of legislation has come out of the inquiries.

The investigation is a political campaign against Binay. His enemies do not want to denounce him in public gatherings. The law provides a short campaign season. They chose the Senate to campaign against Binay for two reasons: First, the senators thought they make themselves heroes searching for the truth but in reality they enjoy the publicity that never fails to attend the investigation.

They can tell all the lies they want to tell. They enjoy immunity from suit. Worse, they also give immunity to resource persons or witnesses so they, like the senators, can lie through their teeth without fear of being sued.

Second, granting the political season has set in, the lawmakers and the political enemies of Binay will never be able to summon the kind of crowd that watch the inquiry through television and radio.

The Senate investigation has no expense except the time that should be spent trying to deliberate on proposed laws. The expense is remuneration they get for attending the hearings.

This piece is not intended to help Binay.

The sole purpose is to get people to realize they are being hoodwinked.

Circus has always been the opium of the poor.


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