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PNoy LEADS RIZAL DAY CEREMONIES 

DEC 30 ---President Benigno Aquino III led the flag raising and wreath-laying ceremonies in commemoration of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal on Tuesday. Malacañang Photo Bureau MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III led the ceremony marking the 118th death anniversary of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, on Tuesday. Aquino presided over the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Rizal Park. READ MORE...

ALSO: REEL LOVE TO REAL LIFE
PNoy Witness of Honor at Dong-Yan grand Wedding 
Traffic re-routed for Dingdong Dantes-Marian Rivera wedding

DEC 30 ---No less than President Noynoy Aquino himself will stand as Witness of Honor to the wedding. Accompanying him is sister Kris Aquino.--It's D-day for Kapuso celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, who are tying the knot on Tuesday afternoon, December 30, at Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City. The wedding, reported to be Spanish-themed, is grandiose and star-studded. Marian and Dingdong selected 20 pairs of principal sponsors, which include Dingdong and Marian's respective managers Perry Lansigan and Tony Tuviera; GMA executives Felipe Gozon and Giberto Duavit Jr.; Marian's fellow Dabarkads Vic Sotto; Kris Aquino; Regine Velasquez; Sharon Cuneta and Dra. Vicki Belo. Wedding in numbers: 8 bishops, 7 priests, 40 principal sponsors, 18 groomsmen, 18 bridesmaids READ MORE...

ALSO: We prepared for Ruby, not Seniang; 'Most of those who died were asleep when the landslide struck' - Disaster official  

PHOTO: Delma Bahinting squatted on the damp floor, staring at her feet covered with mud. A few feet from her, lie some of the bodies of the dead in a flash flood that struck this town on Tuesday—her son, Junaldo, 35, and his three children. Wiping her tears, she said the memory of how her son, his wife, five children and an infant, were swept by floodwaters would remain etched in her mind. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Abad impounds P300-M NHA funds for Yolanda shelters

Budget Secretary and Liberal Party (LP) strategist Florencio “Butch” Abad is again under fire for playing politics using the 2014 budget after opposition Sen. Nancy Binay denounced the move taken by Abad to impound some P300 million funds of National Housing Authority (NHA) which she claimed was intended for the housing needs of victims of typhoons “Yolanda” and “Ruby.”  According to the senator, Abad said the NHA, which happens to be under the stewardship of her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay being the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), could no longer use the P300 million since it expired last Dec. 31. “The excuse of Abad that the P300 million for NHA was not released because of the lack of a formal or special request from the proponent was not acceptable,” Binay said. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: ‘2014 marked gov’t victories in struggle for peace’ - Deles 

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles sees the year 2014 as a celebration of the government’s victories in the struggle for peace over violent conflict. In a New Year message, Deles said through the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) early in 2014, the government had firmly installed the pillars of shared peace and prosperity in strife-torn Mindanao. “This year (2015), with the expected passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by Congress and its anticipated ratification by the people in the core territory as well as complementary movements in the normalization process, we will see the rise of the Bangsamoro that shall serve as the anchor of lasting peace and prosperity not just for the Bangsamoro but for the entire country,” she said. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Where did P168B go? PCGG chief seeks accounting 

PHOTO: Andres Bautista, head of the Philippine Commission on Good Government, which is tasked to recover the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, speaks in a news conference in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The Philippine government has recovered the remaining $29 million of the multimillion-dollar Swiss bank deposits stashed away by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) is considering seeking an inventory of the recovered Marcos ill-gotten assets of about P168 billion that it has remitted to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) since the agency’s creation in 1986. “We want to make sure the money was spent wisely,” said PCGG Chair Andres Bautista, while conceding that a detailed accounting of the PCGG’s remittances intended for agrarian reform and human rights abuse victims was beyond the scope of the agency’s functions. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO Tribune Commentary: Living in a delusional world 

Already in his fifth year into the presidential office, he still tries to convince the general public that indeed he has brought about changes in the country, even asking the public to be “vigilant” and to continue helping him make the changes in the country permanent, when it is clear to everyone that no change has come about. At the start, his battle cry was “where there is no corruption, there is no poverty.” Well, if such is what he calls change and achievement, his claimed campaign for change is an utter failure, since there is so much poverty around, which translates then to there being so much corruption in his government as the increased poverty in the country can hardly be denied. Yet he and his Cabinet continue to revel in political and economic fantasy, to the extent that Noynoy, in his videotaped message for the New Year, warned that despite his administration’s successes, there would always be groups that would take every opportunity to bring the country back to the old ways.
As he put it: “…As our government enters its fifth year in office, I am confident that it is clear to you as to who the real allies of the people are and those who are just trying to pretend,” Aquino said. READ FULL COMMENTARY...
 


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PNoy leads Rizal Day ceremonies


President Benigno Aquino III led the flag raising and wreath-laying ceremonies in commemoration of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal on Tuesday. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, JANUARY 5, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Patricia Lourdes Viray  - President Benigno Aquino III led the ceremony marking the 118th death anniversary of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, on Tuesday.

Aquino presided over the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Rizal Park.

“Rizal served as our precedent for prodigious acts: He took upon himself to alleviate the despair of others and cast his stake for a tomorrow of peace and liberty,” the President said on his Rizal Day message.


President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 118th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal Park in Manila Tuesday. Also in photo are Vice President Jejomar Binay and Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC -COURTESY OF THE INQUIRER.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chair Maria Serena Diokno, NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy and Supreme Commander of the Order of Knights of Rizal Sir Jeremias Singson also attended the ceremonies at the Rizal Monument.

The Rizal monument was built in 1913 as a tomb and memorial to Rizal who served as the "de facto symbol of our nationhood," according to the Official Gazette.


FROM THE MANILA TIMES

REEL LOVE TO REAL LIFE December 30, 2014 11:14 pm

DongYan-Wedding

Philippine show business’ “Primetime King and Queen” Dindong Dantes and Marian Rivera tied the knot at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City on Tuesday afternoon with President Benigno Aquino 3rd as witness of honor.

Dubbed as the “Royal Wedding” of show business, fans of the couple were also able to watch the ceremony from a large LCD screen outside the cathedral as family, friends and celebrity guests celebrated the union with the couple. Photo courtesy of GMA Network

FROM YAHOO CELEBRITY NEWS

Traffic re-routed for Dingdong Dantes-Marian Rivera wedding
It's D-day for Kapuso celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera

YAHOO NEWS: Motorists and commuters along E. Rodriguez and other streets near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City, should brace themselves for heavy traffic, especially in the afternoon of Tuesday, December 30.

Local officials have decided to re-route traffic for the grand wedding of Kapuso stars Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera at 3 p.m.

No less than President Noynoy Aquino himself will stand as Witness of Honor to the wedding. Accompanying him is sister Kris Aquino.

It's D-day for Kapuso celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, who are tying the knot on Tuesday afternoon, December 30, at Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City.

The wedding, reported to be Spanish-themed, is grandiose and star-studded. Marian and Dingdong selected 20 pairs of principal sponsors, which include Dingdong and Marian's respective managers Perry Lansigan and Tony Tuviera; GMA executives Felipe Gozon and Giberto Duavit Jr.; Marian's fellow Dabarkads Vic Sotto; Kris Aquino; Regine Velasquez; Sharon Cuneta and Dra. Vicki Belo.

Wedding in numbers: 8 bishops, 7 priests, 40 principal sponsors, 18 groomsmen, 18 bridesmaids

Friends and family

The entourage consists of the couple's closest friends and family. Marian's best friends from showbiz Ana Feleo and Roxanne Barcelo are the maids of honors. Dingdong's brother Jose Angelo Dantes is one of the three best men.

Secondary sponsors include Richard Gomez and Cong. Lucy Torres; Senators Bam Aquino and Grace Poe; KC Concepcion; Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Gabby Eigenmann.

The couple has 19 groomsmen and 18 bridesmaids, from inside and outside showbiz. Ryzza Mae Dizon is one of the flower girls.

Since Dingdong proposed to Marian in her self-titled dance show last August, their upcoming wedding and preparations have created a big buzz. Marian will wear Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco's lace gown creation. Michael flew from Dubai to dress-up the Kapuso actress.

The Kapuso actress had several bridal showers before the wedding. The first, was held in Hong Kong Disneyland with family and friends. Marian’s ninang, Dra. Vicki Belo also sponsored a bridal shower for her.

Marian's Spanish father Franciso Gracia went to Manila to witness his daughter's special day.
Hours before the wedding, guests and Marian's supporters have been updating followers on social media about the much-awaited occasion. The church is adorned with white flowers.

A grand reception follows at the Mall of Asia Arena after the wedding.


FROM THE INQUIRER

‘We prepared for Ruby, not Seniang’ Carmel Loise Matus/Inquirer Visayas @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:04 AM | Friday, January 2nd, 2015


Delma Bahinting grieves for eight of her loved ones who were killed in a flash flood in the town of Ronda in Cebu province. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

RONDA, Cebu—Delma Bahinting squatted on the damp floor, staring at her feet covered with mud. A few feet from her, lie some of the bodies of the dead in a flash flood that struck this town on Tuesday—her son, Junaldo, 35, and his three children.

Wiping her tears, she said the memory of how her son, his wife, five children and an infant, were swept by floodwaters would remain etched in her mind.

“We don’t know where to start. The new year is here but my son and his family are all gone in one sweep,” said Delma.

Only five bodies of the Bahintings were found—Junaldo; his wife Evelyn, 40; children Juvelyn, 10, Joan, 8 and Jean, 5. Still missing are the couple’s two-year-old child, Joyce and Ace Faunillan, a month-old infant.

The Bahinting family members were among the 15 people who were killed in flooding in southern Cebu brought by Tropical Depression “Seniang.” At least 49 people are dead in the Visayas alone.

Aside from the Bahintings, eight others died in this town and one each in the towns of Alegria and San Francisco on Camotes Island, Cebu province.

Seniang also killed three in Bohol, 21 in Catbalogan City in Samar, nine in Leyte and another in Antique.

The Bahintings lived in houses next to each other in Barangay Tupas in Ronda, some 60 km south of Cebu City.

Delma said the water started to rise to at least 6 feet around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, prompting Junaldo to bring his family to the second floor.

Junaldo’s house was not near a river but floodwaters mixed with mud cascaded from the mountain and toppled the first floor, making the two-story house collapse like a deck of cards.

Delma said the floodwaters were mixed with mud, apparently because soil from the denuded mountain had been loosened.

“We prepared for Typhoon ‘Ruby.’ But we didn’t expect Seniang would be more devastating because it just rained and there was no strong wind,” she told the Inquirer in Cebuano.

Delma said she was hoping to find Joyce and Ace alive, or at least their bodies. “We will accept what happened to them,” she said.

Aside from the Bahintings, eight more drowned in Ronda, said Insp. Reuben Renes, Ronda police chief.

Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco III said the residents had been told to move to safer ground in preparation for Seniang but some were too stubborn and stayed.

“They said they were already tired of evacuating. Now, this is the result,” he said.

Blanco said Tuesday’s floods were the worst in the town in 30 years. Floods are often caused by the swelling of the river in the town.

But on Tuesday, Blanco said the flood was caused by rain water from the mountain pouring into the lowland.

In Samar, 21 bodies, six of them children’s, were recovered from the mounds of earth that buried six houses and two vans in the village of Mercedes in Catbalogan City, on Tuesday.

One of the dead is a three-year-old girl who was among the passengers of a van that was buried in a landslide.

Eliot Lopez, city disaster risk reduction management officer, said most of those who died were asleep when the landslide struck. Reports from Joey A. Gabieta, Carine Asutilla, Doris C. Bongcac, Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Vicky Arnaiz and Jennifer Allegado, Inquirer Visayas


FROM THE TRIBUNE

Abad impounds P300-M Yolanda shelter funds Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 02 January 2015 00:00 font size decrease font size increase font size Print 2 comments


SEN. BINAY SAYS SHELTER ALLOCATION AN AUGMENTATION, NOT PDAF

Budget Secretary and Liberal Party (LP) strategist Florencio “Butch” Abad is again under fire for playing politics using the 2014 budget after opposition Sen. Nancy Binay denounced the move taken by Abad to impound some P300 million funds of National Housing Authority (NHA) which she claimed was intended for the housing needs of victims of typhoons “Yolanda” and “Ruby.”

According to the senator, Abad said the NHA, which happens to be under the stewardship of her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay being the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), could no longer use the P300 million since it expired last Dec. 31.

“The excuse of Abad that the P300 million for NHA was not released because of the lack of a formal or special request from the proponent was not acceptable,” Binay said.

“What he did had put thousands of displaced and homeless Filipinos who were victims of (typhoons) Yolanda and Ruby in harm’s way,” she said.

Binay noted that most of the survivors of the onslaught of both typhoons still lives in tent houses.

Binay clarified that the fund is “not a realignment” of the controversial pork barrel of lawmakers, also known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as what Abad suggested but rather an amendment to augment the agency’s budget which the chairman of the Senate finance committee, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero accommodated during the deliberations of the 2014 budget.

The senator said Abad appeared to be trying to treat the NHA funds as if it’s a pork barrel or part of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which the Supreme Court earlier ruled as unconstitutional, the use of which necessitates a special request from a proponent and the intended beneficiary.

“First off, I am not a recipient of the PDAF. Thus, I do not have any funds to realign. From the start of my term, I have not received any PDAF. When I started my stint in the Senate after being elected in 2013, I had requested that the PDAF earmarked for my office be removed,” she said.

From what she could recall, Binay said she asked Escudero to allocate P300 million for the NHA because Abad gave a “zero” budget for the housing agency’s calamity assitance fund and the item for resettlement in the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

According to Binay she is aware of the unconstitutionality of the PDAF and Abad’s reason for impounding NHA’s budget came as a surprise.

“The NHA fund did not come from the PDAF and it’s for housing assistance, so why the need for a special request for the agency to avail of it? It feels like the impounding of the fund was intentional,” she explained.

“I don’t want to think that the NHA is being singled out by Sec. Abad because of politics but the DBM had made moves to pose hurdles to the budget of NHA three times,” she noted.

Binay said the DBM first slashed NHA’s budget for 2014 and gave a zero allocation for calamity assistance and resettlement.

The second was when it redirected the budget for resettlement of informal settlers to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and most recently, the impounding of the P300 million which could have been used to help victims of typhoons Ruby and Yolanda.

“All of us have been following the SC decision primarily in drawing up laws related to the use of public funds. Treating the budget of NHA as PDAF is a mere excuse of Sec. Abad for his shortcoming and to coverup the violation of the Constitution he had committed,” she added.

She explained that the Budget department originally did not allocate funds to the NHA’s 2014 budget for its Housing Assistance Program for Calamity Victims and Resettlement Program.

The program is intended for NHA to immediately respond to the housing needs of disaster victims.

“There were several victims of different calamities who were not given help by the government as a result of DBM’s impounding of the NHA funds for housing assistance,” Binay said.

“I don’t see any reason for DBM to impound the funds because it went through the proper processs during the budget deliberations. It got the approval of Congress and signed by the President,” Binay added.

It was during the budget deliberations for the 2014 that Binay proposed amendments to the Senate finance committee to allocate even a minimal amount for the NHA’s regular items which the DBM took out.

“There should be no politics when it comes to public service particularly during emergency situations,” Binay said, noting that amendments to NHA’s budget and her request for funding are on record.


FROM PHILSTAR

‘2014 marked gov’t victories in struggle for peace’ By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 2, 2015 - 12:00am 2 6 googleplus0 0


Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles is optimistic about the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. OPAPP

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles sees the year 2014 as a celebration of the government’s victories in the struggle for peace over violent conflict.

In a New Year message, Deles said through the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) early in 2014, the government had firmly installed the pillars of shared peace and prosperity in strife-torn Mindanao.

“This year (2015), with the expected passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by Congress and its anticipated ratification by the people in the core territory as well as complementary movements in the normalization process, we will see the rise of the Bangsamoro that shall serve as the anchor of lasting peace and prosperity not just for the Bangsamoro but for the entire country,” she said.

Deles said socio-economic programs under PAMANA continue to be extended to benefit MNLF communities and to assist internally displaced families to ensure that no one would be left behind.

“We welcome the coming together of the MNLF and the MILF under the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum, a mechanism facilitated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to harmonize the efforts of the two fronts in achieving the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people towards just and lasting peace,” she said.

Deles said positive strides have also been made in the name of peace in other parts of the country.

Three years after its signing, the memorandum of agreement with the Cordillera Bodong Administration/Cordillera People’s Liberation Army has entered the final phase of implementation, she said.

The CBA/CPLA has transformed itself into a legitimate, SEC-registered, unarmed, socio-economic organization called the Cordillera Forum for Peace and Development (CFPD), she said.

Deles said in the Visayas, the communist splinter group Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade Tabara-Paduano Group has completed the draft of its Closure Agreement with Government that is undergoing diligent review for signing in early 2015.

The RPM-P/RPA/ABB TPG, through the party-list Abang Lingkod, has chosen to take the road to peace by pursuing political and social change without the use of arms, she added.

Deles said the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front has been sending strong overtures for the resumption of peace talks.

“We believe, however, that for the peace talks to prosper, we need to pursue an agenda that is doable and time-bound, with agreements that are realizable within the remaining term of President Aquino,” she said.


FROM THE TRIBUNE

Where did P168B go? PCGG seeks accounting Jeannette I. Andrade @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:11 AM | Friday, January 2nd, 2015


Andres Bautista, head of the Philippine Commission on Good Government, which is tasked to recover the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, speaks in a news conference in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The Philippine government has recovered the remaining $29 million of the multimillion-dollar Swiss bank deposits stashed away by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) is considering seeking an inventory of the recovered Marcos ill-gotten assets of about P168 billion that it has remitted to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) since the agency’s creation in 1986.

“We want to make sure the money was spent wisely,” said PCGG Chair Andres Bautista, while conceding that a detailed accounting of the PCGG’s remittances intended for agrarian reform and human rights abuse victims was beyond the scope of the agency’s functions.

Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (Carper), all assets recovered by the PCGG and all proceeds from the sale of ill-gotten property, except those set aside to compensate the rights abuse victims during martial law, would go to fund agrarian reform-related projects.

Reparation for victims

The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 provides that reparation for the martial law victims come from the forfeited $356-million (then estimated at P10 billion) Swiss accounts of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

According to Bautista, the PCGG would want a detailed breakdown and accounting of all the money it has remitted to the national treasury in the past 28 years to ensure that they were actually used for agrarian reform and recompense human rights victims.

“It is just to monitor where the money really went and make sure it is going where it should,” he explained.

The remittances from the PCGG are mandated to go to Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-related projects, including the construction of farm-to-market roads and bridges, acquisition of irrigation facilities, rural electrification, provision of potable water and credit assistance. Agricultural lands sequestered by the agency were transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform for distribution to farmer-beneficiaries.

From dummy foundations

The funds to compensate victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime are to be sourced from the late dictator’s forfeited $356 million stashed in five Swiss accounts under the Marcos dummy foundations: Azio-Verso-Vibur; Xandy-Wintrop; Charis-Scolari-Valamo-Spinus-Avertina; Trinidad-Rayby-Palmy; Rosalys-Aguamina; and Maler.

In 2003, the Supreme Court ordered the accounts forfeited in favor of the government by virtue of a 1997 ruling by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, declaring them to be owned by the Republic of the Philippines.

Bautista admitted that accounting for its remittances to the BTr was technically not a function of the PCGG when the agency was created by President Cory Aquino’s Executive Order No. 1 in 1986 and when it was placed under the supervision and control of the Department of Justice in 2007.

Nevertheless, he said that he saw no harm in asking for a full accounting of the P168 billion remitted by the PCGG to the national treasury.


TRIBUNE COMMENTARY

Living in a delusional world Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Friday, 02 January 2015 00:00


PNoy

Noynoy is just too full of himself — and of his delusions.

Already in his fifth year into the presidential office, he still tries to convince the general public that indeed he has brought about changes in the country, even asking the public to be “vigilant” and to continue helping him make the changes in the country permanent, when it is clear to everyone that no change has come about.

At the start, his battle cry was “where there is no corruption, there is no poverty.” Well, if such is what he calls change and achievement, his claimed campaign for change is an utter failure, since there is so much poverty around, which translates then to there being so much corruption in his government as the increased poverty in the country can hardly be denied.

Yet he and his Cabinet continue to revel in political and economic fantasy, to the extent that Noynoy, in his videotaped message for the New Year, warned that despite his administration’s successes, there would always be groups that would take every opportunity to bring the country back to the old ways.

As he put it: “…As our government enters its fifth year in office, I am confident that it is clear to you as to who the real allies of the people are and those who are just trying to pretend,” Aquino said.

To the public that is just waiting for him to end his term, the people — except of course the usual yellows — know that it is he and his administrators who are the pretenders and certainly not the allies of the Filipino people, whom he has served so badly in all his five years in office.

Yet he continues with his pretensions, saying that “now that we are beginning to reap the fruits of treading the straight path, are we still going to go astray?”

There never was a straight path that was led by him and followed, and just what fruits of the straight path was he talking about? His presidential pork barrel in the hundreds of billions, for which neither he nor his prostituted Commission on Audit (CoA) is ever to account?

The massive corruption within his administration, which he tries to hide by jailing his political foes and protecting his allies from prosecution, to the extent of attempting to influence the justices into keeping his foes detained?

To date, none of his close allies who have also been named in the CoA report on the pork barrel scandal has been indicted and charged by both his Justice secretary and his Ombudsman, both of whom willingly do his every politically motivated bidding. Not one either of his Cabinet member has been charged, despite the many anomalies committed and reported.

He speaks about the success of his conditional cash transfer program year after year, despite the fact that year after year, Dinky Soliman has grossly misused the CCT funds to the point that many are ghost beneficiaries, and even local government officials have become beneficiaries. There are missing funds as well, yet yearly, Dinky denies the CoA audit report, always claiming that she had already answered all the “red flags” noted by the CoA, even as every year, the same, and even more anomalies are being recorded by the CoA.

Does Noynoy — or even Leila de Lima — do anything about these charges from the CoA?

 After all, on the sole basis of the CoA special audit on the pork barrel, Leila, with the nod of Noynoy, indicted the three senators who are now detained, claiming that the CoA report represents the “truck full of evidence.” Why not Dinky then, or Procy Alcala and yes, Butch Abad? There should be more than a truck full of evidence against them. Why not indeed, if Noynoy claims he treads the straight path and shuns corruption? After all, they are all his alter egos.

As for his claimed achievements, many for which he takes credit even when credit belongs to the previous administration, he claimed that he has surpassed the six approved solicited PPP projects from three past administrations.

What, only six approved PPP projects in a space of four and a half years and PPPs that had already been in the works during the previous governments? And that’s what he calls an achievement?

Noynoy lives in a delusional world, believing in his Goebbels-like propaganda.


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