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SC UPHOLDS AQUINO'S ORDER VS ARROYO'S MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENTS


JUNE 16 ---In this March 22, 2010 file photo, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gestures as she delivers her speech during the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Graduation Exercises of the Institute of Creative Computer Technology Colleges at in Antipolo City. PCPO/Charlie Olila 
The Supreme Court declared constitutional President Benigno Aquino III's order that recalls and revokes midnight appointments of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Voting 8-6, the high court ruled that Executive Order 2 is constitutional "in its entirety" including its definition of midnight appointments, Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said Tuesday in a televised press briefing. The ruling stemmed from petitions of some of Arroyo's appointees including Subic Bay Metropolitan Board Authority Director Eddie Tamondong and Assistant Sec. Jose Arturo de Castro of the Department of Justice questioning EO 2, which invalidates their appointments. READ MORE...

ALSO: FULL TEXT President Aquino’s message at start of holy fasting month of Ramadan June 18, 2015 3:35pm 0 1 0 2


JUNE 18 ---Muslims prepare for Ramadan Muslims prepare for Ramadan. A man reads the Koran inside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in preparation for Ramadan. During this Islamic holy month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Danny Pata
Message of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines To the Muslim Filipino Community On the occasion of the start of the Fasting Month of Ramadhan 1436H My warmest greetings to the Muslim Filipino Community as you celebrate the Start of the Fasting Month of Ramadhan 1436H. Ramadhan is among the holiest of seasons, signifying the time of Allah’s first revelations to Mohammad. The fasting and prayer which highlight this recollection enrich your oneness with Allah. It is a time for you to embody the teachings of the Holy Quran as you practice greater discipline, compassion, and restraint. May this sacred occasion bring you closer to the Almighty, becoming his instruments of peace and unity as the Filipino nation gathers on our shared journey to create a more prosperous and equitable nation. The Philippines has reached heretofore unattainable heights of progress and inclusiveness through solidarity and cooperation. Our entire country is with you in spirit as you observe this time of deep reflection. May we continue to exhibit excellence, integrity, and accountability in our deeds, and achieve greater milestones in nation-building. My warmest and most sincere aalaam to you. I wish you a meaningful and happy celebration. THIS IS FULL TEXT..

ALSO: Mar camp unfazed by rivals, dares Poe to reply to citizenship raps


JUNE 17 ---“If Senator Poe will be ineligible to run for higher post because of residency problem, who else would be the VP bet of the Liberal Party? Many LPs said it's Chiz,” LP stalwart Erice said.
The knives are out, with the Mar Roxas camp sharpening them some more, and against possible rivals of the Liberal Party sentimental favorite,I nterior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas. The camp of Roxas said the LP’s bet is unfazed by other presidential hopefuls, as the latter do not have the support and campaign machinery of the former. The blast was obviously intended for a potential LP candidate on an independent basis, Sen. Grace Poe, as it is Poe who at this time, has neither the support nor machinery for a presidential run. Sen. Chiz Escudero, who is eyeing the vice presidential slot, but who takes the same position of Poe, his political soulmate, of staying independent but being adopted by the LP---in what appears to be a reaction to the Roxas camp’s remarks evidently directed at Poe, who refuses to settle for anything less than the presidency, yesterday struck back, saying he and Poe don’t need a party, or funding, or machinery for an independent run as a tandem. At the same time, a newspaper report said that Roxas’ wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas, is actively drumming up support for her husband’s bid for the presidency in 2016. She was in Cagayan de Oro, meeting with barangay chairmen from the first and second congressional districts. She was also at Marawi City. The TV broadcaster bared that her husband has been in constant communication with Sen. Grace Poe for a possible tandem. READ MORE...

ALSO RE: LP using state funds for 2016: Fund report posted to Web sites disproves UNA, VP allegations -- Palace


JUNE 18 ---AQUINO'S SPOKESMAN LACIERDA 
Malacañang yesterday relied on government data posted on its Websites to disprove allegations of the oppo-sition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) that the Aquino administration is utilizing state funds to boost the political campaign of its possible candidates in the 2016 elections.  “Our budget is posted on gov.ph. It’s posted on the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) Web site. It’s posted on the DoF (Department of Finance) Web site, I believe,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a press briefing. “So if you want to see if government funds are being used properly, you can compare the fund usage as vis-à-vis the posted 2015 budget. So it’s not very difficult for him (UNA interim president and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco) to provide us details if such funding are being used for campaign,”
“If the DoH (Department of Health) goes and visits a rural health station and addresses medical concerns, can that be considered campaigning? If (Local Government) Secretary (Manuel) Mar Roxas distributes patrol jeeps as part of his mandate to modernize the PNP (Philippine National Police) as well, is that campaigning?” he asked. READ MORE...

ALSO: Do we need a rocket scientist?


JUNE 19 ---DBM 75th Year Commemorative Stamps April 13, 2011 PHILPOST FILE  IN other countries, terms like “Department of Budget and Management” and “Budget Secretary” are generally assumed to mean “a government agency and/or official responsible for managing the spending of government funds according to the provisions of the national budget.” What those terms mean in the Philippines, however, is anyone’s guess, since spending is a concept that the Aquino Administration’s bean-counters, led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Budget Secretary Butch Abad, are apparently unable to comprehend. On Thursday, the Department of Finance released budget data for the month of April, which revealed that the government had once again racked up a huge surplus due to underspending, this time to the tune of P52.6 billion. Believe it or not, that was an improvement over the year before; while government revenues were lower by about 6.7 percent, government spending increased by about 7.5 percent, or about P11 billion in April. As they do when this sort of unattractive data is released—by now, theirs is a well-practiced routine—Secretaries Purisima and Abad delivered the standard one-two response, Purisima explaining away the numbers with accounting technicalities, and Abad complaining about how adverse rulings against the PDAF and DAP have retarded spending processes. The reaction of one of my favorite analysts, BPI associate economist Nicholas Mapa, was priceless. “This administration has been crowing about pump-priming [the economy] ever since 2012 and we’ve been disappointed at every turn,” Mapa said. “Their inability to spend the funds extracted from the public is truly confounding, as funds squeezed out from the public have not been spent in projects that have improved the quality of life nor increased efficiency in the medium term.” READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy calls for full Cabinet meeting; Binay absent


JUNE 18 ---President Aquino and his Cabinet during a meeting in February 2014. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau
 President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday met again with his Cabinet to discuss the country's economy and government projects. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the meeting's agenda is to review the country's economic performance in the first semester, focusing on accelerating the implementation of all priority development and reform programs. Thursday's meeting will also tackle questions from last week's Cabinet meeting on government underspending, which dragged the country's gross domestic product growth in the first quarter. In a statement this afternoon, Coloma said the meeting also tackled housing reconstruction in Eastern Visayas, which was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Binay a no-show State-run People's Television reported this afternoon that only Vice President Jejomar Binay and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario were absent at the meeting. Del Rosario was on medical leave while Binay, according to reports, visited public markets in Rizal province today. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy moving to strip Marcos of panel post over BBL delays
[What was stated is that ‘we may have to reorganize the Senate to (ensure) the passage of the (BBL),’ -Report]


JUNE 19 ---
Talks on the possible changing of guard on key positions in the Senate were bolstered yesterday with no less than President Aquino getting himself implicated and supposedly prompted by the delay in the approval of the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos yesterday confirmed earlier reports of an imminent reorganization in the upper chamber, with him supposedly being ejected from his chairmanship in the committee on local government that is handling the deliberations on the proposed bill on the BBL.
“I just received a report that there was a mention of a reorganization. What was stated is that ‘we may have to reorganize the Senate to (ensure) the passage of the (BBL),’” he told reporters. When asked who he was quoting, Marcos pointed to the President. According to the lawmaker, such talks of reorganization of key positions in the upper chamber could have been but just borne out of complete lack of understanding of the legislative process that supposedly contributed to the delay in the passage of the BBL. “Now we are under threat of reorganization of the Senate. But that will not change anything,” Marcos told reporters, stressing he remains unfazed by such coercions or pressure to change what he has been doing. “If that is the threat that they are making then fine, bring it on!” he said. READ MORE...


ALSO TRIBUNE Editorial: Confidentiality of sources


JUNE 20 ---Now Filipinos know they are in deep sh*t as the current imbroglio on Chinese immigrant Wang Bo and the huge bribe money that seems to have replaced the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as Palace leverage for the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and campaign money for the ambitious Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on the side, proved that the pack of legislators they elected can’t competently interpret a simple law if they read it at all. The Sotto law which is one of the bedrocks of press freedom in the country clearly stated: “The publisher, editor or duly accredited reporter of any newspaper, magazine or periodical of general circulation cannot be compelled to reveal the source of any news report or information appearing in said publication which was related in confidence to such publisher, editor or reporter, unless the court or a House or committee of Congress finds that such revelation is demanded by the interest of the State.” The law is absolute on the right of journalists in protecting sources of their news stories while it only provides an exception to the rule of the phrase “unless the court or a House or committee of Congress finds that such revelation is demanded by the interest of the State.” The story The Standard reporter Christine Herrera wrote clearly was not a matter of national security but a revelation on what could be the corrupt practices in government which is well known in the legislature whenever a law crucial to the interest of the Palace resident is at stake. READ MORE...


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SC upholds Aquino's order vs Arroyo's midnight appointments


In this March 22, 2010 file photo, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gestures as she delivers her speech during the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Graduation Exercises of the Institute of Creative Computer Technology Colleges at in Antipolo City. PCPO/Charlie Olila

MANILA, JUNE 22, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated June 16, 2015 - 4:09pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court declared constitutional President Benigno Aquino III's order that recalls and revokes midnight appointments of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Voting 8-6, the high court ruled that Executive Order 2 is constitutional "in its entirety" including its definition of midnight appointments, Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said Tuesday in a televised press briefing.

The ruling stemmed from petitions of some of Arroyo's appointees including Subic Bay Metropolitan Board Authority Director Eddie Tamondong and Assistant Sec. Jose Arturo de Castro of the Department of Justice questioning EO 2, which invalidates their appointments.

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In upholding the order, the court also declared void petitioners' appointments.

EO 2, issued on July 30, 2010, defined midnight appointments as those made on or after March 11, 2010—two months before Arroyo was replaced by Aquino as president.

The petitioners argued that EO 2 constitutes abuse of presidential power and violates security of tenure and property rights.

Government lawyers, however, argued that the appointments were illegal and therefore cannot be accorded security of tenure.

The constitutional principle of a public office as a public trust, moreover, keeps any propriety claim.

Aquino also did not need to invoke the jurisdiction of the courts in removing a public servant or revoking an appointment.


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FULL TEXT President Aquino’s message at start of holy fasting month of Ramadan June 18, 2015 3:35pm 0 1 0 2


Muslims prepare for Ramadan Muslims prepare for Ramadan. A man reads the Koran inside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in preparation for Ramadan. During this Islamic holy month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Danny Pata

Message of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines To the Muslim Filipino Community On the occasion of the start of the Fasting Month of Ramadhan 1436H

My warmest greetings to the Muslim Filipino Community as you celebrate the Start of the Fasting Month of Ramadhan 1436H.

Ramadhan is among the holiest of seasons, signifying the time of Allah’s first revelations to Mohammad. The fasting and prayer which highlight this recollection enrich your oneness with Allah.

It is a time for you to embody the teachings of the Holy Quran as you practice greater discipline, compassion, and restraint.

May this sacred occasion bring you closer to the Almighty, becoming his instruments of peace and unity as the Filipino nation gathers on our shared journey to create a more prosperous and equitable nation.

The Philippines has reached heretofore unattainable heights of progress and inclusiveness through solidarity and cooperation. Our entire country is with you in spirit as you observe this time of deep reflection.

May we continue to exhibit excellence, integrity, and accountability in our deeds, and achieve greater milestones in nation-building.

My warmest and most sincere aalaam to you. I wish you a meaningful and happy celebration.


TRIBUNE

Mar camp unfazed by rivals, dares Poe to reply to citizenship raps Written by Gerry Baldo and Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00


“If Senator Poe will be ineligible to run for higher post because of residency problem, who else would be the VP bet of the Liberal Party? Many LPs said it's Chiz,” LP stalwart Erice said.

The knives are out, with the Mar Roxas camp sharpening them some more, and against possible rivals of the Liberal Party sentimental favorite, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

The camp of Roxas said the LP’s bet is unfazed by other presidential hopefuls, as the latter do not have the support and campaign machinery of the former.

The blast was obviously intended for a potential LP candidate on an independent basis, Sen. Grace Poe, as it is Poe who at this time, has neither the support nor machinery for a presidential run.

Sen. Chiz Escudero, who is eyeing the vice presidential slot, but who takes the same position of Poe, his political soulmate, of staying independent but being adopted by the LP---in what appears to be a reaction to the Roxas camp’s remarks evidently directed at Poe, who refuses to settle for anything less than the presidency, yesterday struck back, saying he and Poe don’t need a party, or funding, or machinery for an independent run as a tandem.

At the same time, a newspaper report said that Roxas’ wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas, is actively drumming up support for her husband’s bid for the presidency in 2016.

She was in Cagayan de Oro, meeting with barangay chairmen from the first and second congressional districts. She was also at Marawi City.

The TV broadcaster bared that her husband has been in constant communication with Sen. Grace Poe for a possible tandem.

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MAR & KORINA: Korina was also at Marawi City.The TV broadcaster bared that her husband has been in constant communication with Sen. Grace Poe for a possible tandem.

“The consultations are ongoing. God willing, I’ll extend my leave in TV Patrol so I can focus more on campaigning for my husband. Mar and I both love Mindanao. It is a sleeping giant. Given the chance to lead the country, I’m sure Mar will continue the reforms that have been instituted by this administration,” Sanchez-Roxas was quoted as saying in the report, adding that “Mar is a reasonable person and has experience in government service, having been a senator and a Cabinet member,” she added.

Still Mar for LPs

According to Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, if there is anyone who is ready to run for the presidency in 2016, it has to be Roxas.

“I think those who are making noise are still looking for supporters. Secretary Roxas has them already,” Erice said.

Aside from the huge support from the electorate, Erice said, Roxas is also equipped with the political machinery to run a nationwide campaign.

“In terms of machinery, Roxas has this already. The other supposed presidentiables, they do not have any machinery. Those who do not have the machinery are those making noise, with the thought that someone would provide for them,”said Erice.

The Roxas loyalist also noted that in terms of support from the congressional districts, majority of the members of the House are in support of Roxas.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, for his part, said that Roxas is now ready to accept the challenge posed by President Aquino.

“Mar is ready to accept the challenge that would be posed by President Aquino in 2016. He will not forsake PNoy,” Evardone said.

Evardone, however, could not give the date when Roxas would formally declare his candidacy. Erice guessed it would be after the SONA.

Erice, however, did not stop there. While he plugs for Grace Poe as the vice presidential bet of Roxas and the LiberalParty, he was quoted as saying in another report that while he believes there is no question about Poe being a natural born Filipino, she must answer allegations that she may fall short of the 10-year residency requirement for president and vice president for the 2016 elections.

“Senator Poe is a natural born Filipino. There should be no question about this.

But I think Senator Grace should be more transparent as far as the accusation that she has been using her US passport in 2006, 2007 and 2009, according to former Senator(Kit) Tatad,” Erice said.

“November, December 2009, the accusation states that her family remains as American citizens, including herself. This is important for her to clarify as a disqualification case may be filed against her.

“Senator Grace owes it to people supporting her, to the parties that want to adopt her. She owes it to be more transparent... especially since she is a proponent of the FOI (freedom of information),” he stressed.

In the same report, Erice was quoted as saying that should Poe be disqualified from the race for higher office, it is possible for Roxas to team up with the senator’s preferred running mate, Escudero, instead.

“If Senator Poe will be ineligible to run for higher post because of residency problem, who else would be the VP bet of the Liberal Party? Many LPs said Chiz,” Erice said.

But Escudero said that while he and Poe may not have the needed machinery, funding would not be a problem for the tandem of Poe and Escudero, the so-called Poe-Chiz tandem, in 2016.

Escudero made the statement, emphasizing further that the most important factor is that of deciding first whether they will seek higher positions in 2016.



TRIBUNE EDITORIAL

Confidentiality of sources Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

Now Filipinos know they are in deep sh*t as the current imbroglio on Chinese immigrant Wang Bo and the huge bribe money that seems to have replaced the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as Palace leverage for the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and campaign money for the ambitious Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on the side, proved that the pack of legislators they elected can’t competently interpret a simple law if they read it at all.

The Sotto law which is one of the bedrocks of press freedom in the country clearly stated:

“The publisher, editor or duly accredited reporter of any newspaper, magazine or periodical of general circulation cannot be compelled to reveal the source of any news report or information appearing in said publication which was related in confidence to such publisher, editor or reporter, unless the court or a House or committee of Congress finds that such revelation is demanded by the interest of the State.”

The law is absolute on the right of journalists in protecting sources of their news stories while it only provides an exception to the rule of the phrase “unless the court or a House or committee of Congress finds that such revelation is demanded by the interest of the State.”

The story The Standard reporter Christine Herrera wrote clearly was not a matter of national security but a revelation on what could be the corrupt practices in government which is well known in the legislature whenever a law crucial to the interest of the Palace resident is at stake.

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The integrity of the House of Representatives cannot in any way even be uplifted if the reporter buckles under the pressure applied on her — which is not expected to happen — and identifies the source or sources of her story.


PHOTO NEWSCOOP APPENDED BY PHNO TO THE STORY: P440-M BBL bribery story ‘credible, solid,’ reporter tells House By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 11:49 AM June 16th, 2015 --PHOTO: Christine Herrera (right) and two other reporters from The Standard attend the House probe on the alleged bribery from Chinese crime lord Wang Bo. The reporter who broke the story on the alleged P440-million bribe for lawmakers to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) stood by her articles when she appeared before the House of Representatives on Tuesday. During the House of Representatives investigation on the alleged bribe from Chinese crime lord Wang Bo, Christine Herrera said her series of stories were verified using credible sources before these were published. “I stand by what I have written in my articles. They are based on credible sources and solid evidence. I (exerted) efforts to verify and corroborate the story before submitting for publication,” said Herrera, whose articles came out of The Standard.  PHOTO BY MARC CAYABYAB/INQUIRER.NET

The House, however, may salvage some of its gutter reputation if it investigates its members who have acceded to the bribe, which led to their relenting to the approval of the version of the BBL handed down by the Palace.

The allegations were pervasive and the conviction of Herrera that she got her story right should have already launched a massive investigation that should be handled by an independent body since the highest positions of the land, including that of the Justice secretary are part of those accused.

Instead the House and even the Executive are ganging up on Herrera who was only doing her job as a reporter.

The confidentiality of sources is not even a loose privilege that reporters can invoke each time a story is written since Herrera’s editors, and The Standard have a group of veterans on board and have surely ran checks on the credibility of the anonymous source.

The rule in the newsroom is that a story coming from an anonymous source can go only after being affirmed by two other separate sources.

There are cases, however, when editorial judgment is exercised on the credibility of an unattributed story but with the reporter revealing to the editor the source’s identity.

The need to identify for the benefit of the House committee members the source or sources of the Wang Bo revelations do not even contribute to the veracity of the report.

The House committee on good government and public accountability can always assess the credibility of the source of the story by seeking from Herrera proof of the integrity of the source and what was revealed without the necessity of identification.

Similar incidences have happened in the past when members of Congress use their immense powers to intimidate journalists or plain witnesses or even resource persons in public hearings to accede to what they want with the threat of contempt which involves detention until the subject has been softened up to comply.

Besides, there is no logic in going after the messenger if the true intent is to get to the bottom of the allegations of corruption, which remains the hallmark of the government under Noynoy.


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