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NOY SAYS HE WILL FIND 'QUIET TIME' TO PRAY FOR HARSHEST CRITICS DURING LENT


President Aquino will try to find “quiet time” for himself this Holy Week and pray for his harshest critics, that they may see the light. “Some quarters have this intense hate that they have continuously exhibited. Maybe I’ll concentrate on praying for them,” he told reporters yesterday while inspecting the Batangas port terminal where hundreds gathered in a rush to leave for the provinces. “So far I still don’t have quiet time. Of course, headlines do not induce one to have quiet moments,” he said. The country is bracing for another powerful typhoon, which is expected to make landfall on the weekend. Aquino’s spiritual adviser and other religious personalities have urged him to take time off during the Holy Week, which he intends to spend in his official residence at Bahay Pangarap. Aquino conducted yesterday an inspection of major transport terminals in Batangas and in Metro Manila. Last week, Aquino took a swipe at his detractors, particularly those opposing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. “I get to wonder now: Are the ones calling to put a stop to the BBL those who will be the most affected by the transformation that we seek to make permanent for the Bangsamoro?” Aquino asked. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cutud, Pampanga's 'Kristo' said he will pray for PNoy, gov't officials when he is hoisted on the cross


Ruben Enaje, the man who will be crucified this afternoon in Cutud, Pampanga, said he will pray for the government. CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - The man who portrays Jesus Christ in the yearly crucifixion rites in Barangay San Pedro Cutud has an appeal to government officials, particularly President Benigno Aquino III. Ruben Enaje, 54, said he would be praying for the country and for the government when he is hoisted on the cross for 10 minutes this afternoon. He will pray that government leaders will really help poor Filipinos like him and those in his barangay. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino visits transport hubs, hails Naia 1 rehab


FOR SAFE TRAVEL President Aquino inspects security, ticketing and preboarding procedures at Port of Batangas on Wednesday. He wants to make sure measures are in place for the safety of travelers during Holy Week. MALACAÑANG PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines—“I feel like I’m inside a very different airport,” President Benigno Aquino III said, admiring the results of the renovation of Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). Reporters asked: Would the changes take Naia Terminal 1 down from the top of the list of the world’s worst airports? Mr. Aquino laughed. “Well, that would depend on you,” he answered. “Aren’t you the ones who should be promoting it?”  Accompanied by his Cabinet officials, including Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, the President went to Naia Terminal 1 on Wednesday to inspect the renovation of the building, which is 85 percent done. Mr. Aquino appeared satisfied with the development. He said he was promised that the work would be completed by May or June. “It looks so different,” he told reporters after inspecting the passenger areas. Mr. Aquino said he could not imagine the changes through the drawings and plans he had seen. “The alternative was [to] destroy the whole thing, build from the ground, [which would] take several years to finish,” he said, adding that the government decided on renovation because the airport was needed for the visit of Pope Francis in January, which was also peak season for travel to the Philippines, and for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings this year. Built in the 1970s, Terminal 1 had been neglected, and landed on top of the list of the world’s worst airports in 2011. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy wondering if there can only be one PNP officer with four stars


President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he was still studying the legal implications of appointing a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief. In an interview after his bus terminal inspection in Quezon City, Aquino said he was still clarifying with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) if the law indeed required that there be only one four-star rank official in the PNP. “Tinitingnan pa rin iyon, kasi hindi ako ganun ka-clear if there is really a portion of the PNP law that says that only one person can have four stars,” Aquino told reporters. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy appeals for the electorate's continued trust in Easter message


President Benigno Aquino III, in his Easter message, appealed for the electorate's continued trust which his administration needs to solidify the anti-corruption and poverty-alleviation reforms it had enacted. Aquino explained that the effort to end corruption and poverty was not finished, and that there were those who would try to undo his efforts. "Siyempre, kahit marami na ang nakamit nating tagumpay, at marami nang pagsubok ang nalampasan natin, marami pa tayong kailangang gawin. Hindi pa tapos ang laban natin sa katiwalian at kahirapan. At may mga problema pang ayaw na nating ipamana sa susunod sa atin," said the president. He claimed that his enemies would try to dupe the citizenry into distrusting his administration. "Asahan na rin ninyo: Habang papalapit ang eleksiyon ay dodoble kayod ang mga gustong maghasik ng pagdududa at sirain ang tiwala natin sa isa't isa."  READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino’s Easter Message: ‘Don’t let anger, fear prevail’
[But our people were not defeated. With a collective voice, they decided to pursue the straight path. This is what started the healing of the wounds of our institutions. Our economy bounced back and what used to be called as the Sick Man of Asia rose and became Asia’s Rising Tiger,” Mr. Aquino said in this message]  
President Benigno Aquino III in his Easter message called on Filipinos to rise above two distinct challenges the country faces in the final year of his administration: the peace agreement with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the 2016 elections. The President again gave a rundown of his administration’s achievements but stressed that the fight against poverty and corruption continues and more should be done to ensure that his successor would not have to inherit “problems” that can be solved today. According to Mr. Aquino, the peace process is at crossroads. “Do we let our anger and fear get the better of us or do we choose to end the cycle of poverty and strife in Mindanao?” he said. He said people should expect those who want to spread “distrust and discord among each one of us to work double time” as the 2016 national elections nears. READ MORE...
 


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MANILA, APRIL 6, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 2, 2015 - 12:00am


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MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino will try to find “quiet time” for himself this Holy Week and pray for his harshest critics, that they may see the light.

“Some quarters have this intense hate that they have continuously exhibited. Maybe I’ll concentrate on praying for them,” he told reporters yesterday while inspecting the Batangas port terminal where hundreds gathered in a rush to leave for the provinces.

“So far I still don’t have quiet time. Of course, headlines do not induce one to have quiet moments,” he said. The country is bracing for another powerful typhoon, which is expected to make landfall on the weekend.

Aquino’s spiritual adviser and other religious personalities have urged him to take time off during the Holy Week, which he intends to spend in his official residence at Bahay Pangarap.


President Aquino inspects the security and pre-boarding facilities of the Batangas Port Passenger Terminal in Calicanto, Batangas City yesterday. STAR/Joven Cagande    
Metro Manila to be hit  Typhoon Chedeng was on course yesterday to batter Luzon, bringing heavy rains and powerful winds as the nation observes Holy Week.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is expected to raise storm signals over the Bicol region and Samar provinces today, which could result in the suspension of sea travel over these areas.

Aquino conducted yesterday an inspection of major transport terminals in Batangas and in Metro Manila.

Last week, Aquino took a swipe at his detractors, particularly those opposing the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“I get to wonder now: Are the ones calling to put a stop to the BBL those who will be the most affected by the transformation that we seek to make permanent for the Bangsamoro?” Aquino asked.

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“Perhaps, their sole intention is to lord it over our countrymen once more, the moment that the old system is restored,” he said.

“Expect that, as we move closer and closer to attaining our long-held dream for peace, the cacophony that aims to dismantle our trust in each other will also grow louder,” Aquino said.

“It is only right and prudent for us to prepare, for them not to succeed. Thus, we must also carefully examine their motivations. If they truly desire to serve their constituencies, shouldn’t they be on the side of peace?” he asked.

He said criticism of the BBL “solely stems from a lack of understanding” of the measure. “Take, for example, their statements that there will be a separate police force for the Bangsamoro once it is enacted into law,” he said.


PHILSTAR

Cutud, Pampanga's 'Kristo' said he will pray for PNoy, gov't officials when he is hoisted on the cross By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated April 3, 2015 - 11:21am


Ruben Enaje, the man who will be crucified this afternoon in Cutud, Pampanga, said he will pray for the government.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - The man who portrays Jesus Christ in the yearly crucifixion rites in Barangay San Pedro Cutud has an appeal to government officials, particularly President Benigno Aquino III.

Ruben Enaje, 54, said he would be praying for the country and for the government when he is hoisted on the cross for 10 minutes this afternoon.

He will pray that government leaders will really help poor Filipinos like him and those in his barangay.

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"Yung tungkulin natin dapat nating gawin. Huwag tayong mag-atubili na tumulong sa mga nangangailangan," Enaje said in an interview.

"Sa ating pangulo, nakikiusap ako na gandahan pa po ninyo ang inyong panunungkulan. Kasi po papalapit na ang inyong pagreretiro, sana naman po ay meron kayong isang proyekto lamang na magiging halimbawa sa inyo na kayo ay nanungkulan at ito ang inyong nagawa noong kayo ay namamahala sa bayang Pilipinas," Enaje added.

Enaje also hopes that officials will shun corruption.

"Wala na kayang matinong uupo sa ating gobyerno? sana naman maging iba na ang ugali ng mga uupo. wala pa rin e," he said.

Enaje said he will also pray for the 44 members of the Special Action Force who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.


INQUIRER

Aquino visits transport hubs, hails Naia 1 rehab Jeanette I. Andrade, Jerry E. Esplanada, Nikko Dizon | Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:13 AM | Thursday, April 2nd, 2015


FOR SAFE TRAVEL President Aquino inspects security, ticketing and preboarding procedures at Port of Batangas on Wednesday. He wants to make sure measures are in place for the safety of travelers during Holy Week. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—“I feel like I’m inside a very different airport,” President Benigno Aquino III said, admiring the results of the renovation of Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

Reporters asked: Would the changes take Naia Terminal 1 down from the top of the list of the world’s worst airports?

Mr. Aquino laughed.

“Well, that would depend on you,” he answered. “Aren’t you the ones who should be promoting it?”

Accompanied by his Cabinet officials, including Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, the President went to Naia Terminal 1 on Wednesday to inspect the renovation of the building, which is 85 percent done.

Mr. Aquino appeared satisfied with the development. He said he was promised that the work would be completed by May or June.

“It looks so different,” he told reporters after inspecting the passenger areas.

Mr. Aquino said he could not imagine the changes through the drawings and plans he had seen.

“The alternative was [to] destroy the whole thing, build from the ground, [which would] take several years to finish,” he said, adding that the government decided on renovation because the airport was needed for the visit of Pope Francis in January, which was also peak season for travel to the Philippines, and for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings this year.

Built in the 1970s, Terminal 1 had been neglected, and landed on top of the list of the world’s worst airports in 2011.

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It stayed at the top for three consecutive years then dropped to fourth place on the list of the interactive website Guide to Sleeping in Airports in 2014.

The rating, according to the website, was based on the complaints of travelers about safety and convenience, rude and hostile staff, and poor facilities.

But now, Mr. Aquino said, the newly spruced up Terminal 1 would help complete the experience of tourists that “it’s more fun in the Philippines.”

Flight delays, cancellations

The President inspected Terminal 1 amid the crush of Holy Week travelers worsened by flight delays and cancellations.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa), six Tiger Air Philippines flights at Naia Terminal 4 and two Philippine Airlines Express flights at Terminal 3 were canceled.

Canceled due to unexplained “technical problems” were the Tiger Air flights to Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Cebu cities.

Canceled due to unexplained “marketing requirements” were the PAL Express flights to Tacloban City.

It was unclear whether the passengers on those flights were rebooked on other flights.

Forty-nine flights scheduled between

6 a.m. and 2 p.m. were delayed. Most of them were domestic.

Of the 49 delayed flights, 26 were at Terminal 3.

Increase in travelers

Airport officials noted an increase in travelers, most of them bound for domestic destinations.

From March 27 to Wednesday, they said, 279,894 domestic and international travelers used Naia’s Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4, an increase of 5.5 percent from 265,196 this time last year, they said.

They also reported a slight increase in incoming traffic at the four terminals, with 254,494 this year, up by 1.1 percent from 251,699 last year.

From the airport, President Aquino motored to Cubao, Quezon City, to inspect bus terminals jammed with people trying to get rides to their provinces.

Mr. Aquino watched the handling of travelers at the terminals of Five Star Bus Lines and JAC Liner in Cubao.

Port of Batangas

Earlier on Wednesday, President Aquino inspected the Port of Batangas to see the state of services on sea routes to the Visayas.

Mr. Aquino expressed satisfaction with the conditions at the port, noting that many travelers were “smiling.”

“Nobody approached me with any complaint,” Mr. Aquino said. “I hope it [will] be like this for the rest of the day.”

Port officials briefed Mr. Aquino about traffic and security and assistance measures at the port.

He learned that the port had handled 85,000 travelers since March 27.

Mr. Aquino inspected the travelers’ waiting lounge, ticket booths and baggage screening counters, and said he was satisfied.

“I did not see anything that needed improvement,” the President said.

Mr. Aquino also observed the loading and unloading of vehicles on ferries and inspected the port’s newly built ramp for ferries.

Striving for perfection

Asked if he was satisfied with the security measures at the terminals he visited, the President said his administration always strived for “perfection.”

According to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, the President inspects airports, seaports and bus terminals yearly to make sure government agencies are doing their job of keeping travelers safe and their trips convenient.


GMA NEWS TV

PNoy wondering if there can only be one PNP officer with four stars By ANDREO CALONZO, GMA News April 1, 2015 6:19pm

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he was still studying the legal implications of appointing a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

In an interview after his bus terminal inspection in Quezon City, Aquino said he was still clarifying with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) if the law indeed required that there be only one four-star rank official in the PNP.

“Tinitingnan pa rin iyon, kasi hindi ako ganun ka-clear if there is really a portion of the PNP law that says that only one person can have four stars,” Aquino told reporters.

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He, nevertheless, described this legal issue as “ministerial,” and confirmed he was already vetting “several candidates” for the next PNP chief.

Two months ago, Aquino accepted the resignation of his close pal, former PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima, after the police official drew flak for his role in the deadly January 25 Mamasapano operation despite his suspension over graft charges.

The Chief Executive has yet to appoint a PNP chief. The PNP is now headed by an officer-inc-charge.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas earlier said that Aquino already interviewed PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and Deputy General Marcelo Garbo Jr., chief of the PNP directorial staff, as part of the screening process for the next PNP chief. —NB, GMA News


GMA NEWS TV

PNoy appeals for public's trust in Easter message April 4, 2015 10:57pm

President Benigno Aquino III, in his Easter message, appealed for the electorate's continued trust which his administration needs to solidify the anti-corruption and poverty-alleviation reforms it had enacted.

Aquino explained that the effort to end corruption and poverty was not finished, and that there were those who would try to undo his efforts.

"Siyempre, kahit marami na ang nakamit nating tagumpay, at marami nang pagsubok ang nalampasan natin, marami pa tayong kailangang gawin. Hindi pa tapos ang laban natin sa katiwalian at kahirapan. At may mga problema pang ayaw na nating ipamana sa susunod sa atin," said the president.

He claimed that his enemies would try to dupe the citizenry into distrusting his administration. "Asahan na rin ninyo: Habang papalapit ang eleksiyon ay dodoble kayod ang mga gustong maghasik ng pagdududa at sirain ang tiwala natin sa isa't isa."

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Aquino also spoke of the Mindanao peace process, which had stalled after the January 25 Mamasapano clash in which 44 police officers were killed.

"Sa ating usaping pangkapayapaan naman, nalalagay tayo sa isang sangandaan: Magpapadala ba tayo sa galit at takot, o pipiliin nating tapusin ang siklo ng kahirapan at karahasan sa Mindanao?" Aquino said.

He reiterated that so long as the people trust in his administration, the changes his administration had worked on could become permanent.

"Sa harap ng mga ito, ang dapat nating tandaan: Hangga’t magkakasabay ang ating paghakbang, Hangga’t nangingibabaw ang tiwala at hinahon, at hangga’t tinatalikuran natin ang mga mapagsamantala at tiwali, magagawa nating permanente ang nasimulan nating transpormasyon," he said.

"Sa pagbubunyi natin sa pagbabalik ni Kristo, at sa pag-alala natin sa mga nakamit nating tagumpay, magkakaroon tayo ng lakas na ituloy ang ating laban. Sama-sama nating pandayin ang isang Pilipinas na mas mapayapa at hitik sa oportunidad, tunay na malaya sa katiwalian, at higit na malapit sa ating Panginoon.” — Joel Locsin/DVM, GMA News


INQUIRER

Aquino’s Easter Message: ‘Don’t let anger, fear prevail’ DJ Yap, Nikko Dizon | Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:29 AM | Sunday, April 5th, 2015

President Benigno Aquino III in his Easter message called on Filipinos to rise above two distinct challenges the country faces in the final year of his administration: the peace agreement with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the 2016 elections.

The President again gave a rundown of his administration’s achievements but stressed that the fight against poverty and corruption continues and more should be done to ensure that his successor would not have to inherit “problems” that can be solved today.

According to Mr. Aquino, the peace process is at crossroads. “Do we let our anger and fear get the better of us or do we choose to end the cycle of poverty and strife in Mindanao?” he said.

He said people should expect those who want to spread “distrust and discord among each one of us to work double time” as the 2016 national elections nears.

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“[But] in the face of all these, we should remember: As long as we walk together, as long as trust and calm prevail, we can make permanent the transformation we have begun,” he said.

The President said Easter reminds the people that whatever sacrifice and trials that each one goes through, “as long as we remain faithful and we choose to do what is right, we will receive eternal life.”

Endured a rotten system

He compared the faithful’s spiritual journey with the country’s experience, saying that for the longest time, it had to endure a rotten system, the people’s loss of confidence in their government, and a low regard by the international community.

“But our people were not defeated. With a collective voice, they decided to pursue the straight path. This is what started the healing of the wounds of our institutions. Our economy bounced back and what used to be called as the Sick Man of Asia rose and became Asia’s Rising Tiger,” Mr. Aquino said.

He emphasized that despite the country’s many achievements, much work needs to be done, and there are “problems” that need to be solved so that the next administration would not have to inherit them.

Public outrage over the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, Maguidanao at the hands of Muslim rebel, following a police operation to take down terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan” and two of his associates, has threatened the viability of the peace agreement with the MILF and the so-called “Bangsamoro entity” promised by the deal.

Trust ratings drop

The President’s perceived failure to fully explain his role in the debacle caused his trust ratings to plunge. It is widely expected that Mr. Aquino’s political foes and critics would use Mamasapano, along with the Disbursement Allocation Program among others, against him and whoever he chooses to anoint as his presidential candidate in the 2016 election campaign that begins in less than a year.

With the House of Representatives besieged by a host of divisive issues, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said he wished the nation would learn to appreciate and not disparage the government’s efforts to achieve its goals, such as peace and prosperity.

Unproductive criticism

“I wish for an end to unproductive criticism and faultfinding that will only result in a pained and divided nation,” Belmonte said in his Easter message.

“I wish for us to achieve genuine peace and growth that stems from shared efforts and hard work coming from each of us,” he said.

The House resumes its probe into the Mamasapano incident, the results of which would impact on the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that would implement the peace agreement with the MILF.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), the largest ecumenical formation of church leaders in the country, yesterday welcomed the call of Rep. Silvestre Bello III (1-BAP party-list) and other lawmakers for the Aquino government to pursue peace not just with the MILF rebels but also with the communist National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The formal peace talks between the government and the NDF were suspended in June 2011.

In a statement yesterday, the PEPP urged the government and the NDF to return to the negotiating table to address the “substantive issues that remain as the root cause of armed conflict in our country.”


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