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P-NOY 'INSPIRED' TO SERVE BETTER IN HIS FINAL YEAR

 
JUNE 22 ---The Palace believes President Aquino's improved ratings are a "testament to the people's confidence in the President's integrity and reliability." Malacanang Photo Bureau/File
- President Benigno Aquino III is inspired to serve the public better as he enters the final year of his term with improved approval and trust ratings, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda welcomed the latest Pulse Asia survey which showed Aquino's performance rating increasing from 38 percent in March to 54 percent in June and his approval rating from 36 percent to 50 percent. Despite having improved ratings, Aquino was only second to Vice President Jejomar Binay, the most approved and trusted top government executive. Lacierda said Aquino's improved ratings are a "testament to the people's confidence in the President's integrity and reliability." "With roughly one year left for this administration, it is the Filipino people’s support which continues to inspire us to serve them better, and it is their discernment in future elections that will ensure the continuity of what we have done as we continue to tread Daang Matuwid," Lacierda said in a statement. READ MORE...

ALSO: Analyst alleged Aquino now in ‘pre-retirement mode’


JUNE 23 ---President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO
A political analyst has alleged that President Benigno Aquino III is just waiting for the end of his term in June 2016 while failing to push for the reforms he has promised to Filipinos. In an interview aired over Radyo Inquirer on Tuesday, University of the Philippines-Diliman professor and political analyst Dr. Clarita Carlos said that 11 months before the end of his term, Aquino should pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and other measures which have been languishing in Congress. “For God’s sake, for the next 11 months he has full authority of the chief executive, of the president, of the Republic of the Philippines. For God’s sake Mr. President, push for the passage of the FOI that you have promised once upon a time when you were campaigning, since you still have the numbers in both houses. READ MORE...

ALSO Pulse Asia: Binay is most trusted gov’t official; Noy 2nd


JUNE 23 ---Awareness & Performance Ratings of Top National Officials May 30-June 5, 2015 (Row Percent)
- Despite controversies hounding him, Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the most trusted among the country’s top government officials, besting even President Aquino, according to the latest survey by Pulse Asia. Both Aquino and Binay received higher approval and trust ratings in the second quarter, according to the survey. The approval and trust ratings of Binay increased to 58 percent and 57 percent this quarter from 46 percent and 42 percent, respectively, in the previous quarter. Aquino’s performance and trust scores rose to 54 percent and 50 percent in June from 38 percent and 36 percent, respectively, in March. Senate President Franklin Drilon’s approval rating stayed at 49 percent while his trust rating rose by a point to 45 percent. Satisfaction with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s performance improved by three points to 30 percent while his trust rating jumped by five points to 28 percent. READ MORE...

ALSO Palace: Binay was no punching bag of Aquino admin


JUNE 23 ---The Palace says it cannot speak for Vice President Jejomar Binay when it comes to his motivation behind his resignation. STAR File photo
- Malacañang on Tuesday refuted claims that Vice President Jejomar Binay resigned from the Cabinet because he was the "punching bag" of President Aquino's allies.
"We do not share the assessment of the allies of the vice president that he was made a punching bag by the administration," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a text message to reporters. "We have always endeavored to keep public discourse on programs and policies and not centered on personalities in general," she added. Valte said the Palace cannot speak for Binay when it comes to his motivation behind his resignation. After receiving Binay's letter, Aquino called the vice president to confirm his resignation, according to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. Both Coloma and Valte did not disclose details of Aquino's phone conversation with Binay. READ MORE...

ALSO Trillanes: Binay resignation a very positive development
["Now, there is no more inconsistency in the 'tuwid na daan' slogan of the PNoy administration," Trillanes said in the statement. ]


JUNE 23 ---Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV,  Vice President Jejomar Binay  Senate PRIB | OVP
- Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV considered the resignation of Vice President Jejomar Binay from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet as a positive political development.
"Now, there is no more inconsistency in the 'tuwid na daan' slogan of the PNoy administration," Trillanes said in the statement. Trillanes said members of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee will meet tonight to discuss the next hearing on the corruption allegations against the vice president. The senator noted that the administration can "go all out" against Binay now that he has tendered his resignation as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers. The resignation of Binay will be effective immediately. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Lobbying heats up for top PNP post; House Speaker pushes for Petrasanta


JUNE 22 ---Chief Supt. Raul D. Petrasanta (left) and Deputy Director General Marcelo P. Garbo Jr.
Top contenders for the top PNP post Chief Supt. Raul D. Petrasanta (left) and Deputy Director General Marcelo P. Garbo Jr.: Top contenders for the top PNP post  The high-stakes battle for the top post at the Philippine National Police may have reached a decisive point, with the Speaker of the House of Representatives joining the lobbying among the allies of President Aquino. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., vice chair of the ruling Liberal Party, has written to the President endorsing Chief Supt. Raul D. Petrasanta, Central Luzon police director, as PNP chief, replacing resigned Director General Alan Purisima. The most serious threat to Petrasanta’s rise to the top post is Deputy Director General Marcelo P. Garbo Jr., who reportedly has the backing of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the overseer of the PNP. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Roxas administration’ to boost PH economy. according to staunch supporter Erice


JUNE 23 ---Rep. Edgar Erice
THE six-percentage-points gain by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II in the recent Social Weather Stations survey indicates he will have a chance in the 2016 presidential elections, three lawmakers said Monday.
Reps. Edgar Erice and Ben Evardone said the “Roxas Administration” would provide a windfall of economic benefits—including a big boom in the multi-billion-dollar call-center industry. Erice said Roxas, who claims to be the “Father of the Business Process Outsourcing industry,” would be capable of leading the already robust sector to “brighter days.” He said Roxas, the presumptive candidate of the ruling Liberal Party in 2016, could give more attention to the industry he started. READ MORE...

ALSO by Jojo Robles: Mar’s destiny


JUNE 16 ---Jojo Robles
A graduating BS Biology student from the University of the Philippines in Diliman has set an academic record that will be awfully hard to beat. Tiffany Grace Uy, summa cum laude, garnered a general weighted average of 1.0049 after earning perfect 1.0 grades in all the courses she took towards her diploma, with the exception of one subject, where she received a grade of 1.25. Hey, nobody’s perfect. * * * Everybody keeps talking about Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe and, increasingly, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Nobody, it seems, wants to talk about Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. It must really be hard to be Roxas, whom everybody is calling the presumptive presidential candidate of the ruling Liberal Party, these days. Right now, it seems as if only his mother – who reportedly started campaigning for him recently in their eponymous hometown of Roxas City – actually believes he will win. President Noynoy Aquino will not categorically endorse Roxas this late in the game, something that is keeping the DILG secretary from actually launching his campaign. And Roxas will probably not run unless he has Aquino’s endorsement – and the resources that come with his anointing as the chosen successor and the sole inheritor of “daang matuwid.” READ MORE...


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PNoy 'inspired' to serve better in final year


The Palace believes President Aquino's improved ratings are a "testament to the people's confidence in the President's integrity and reliability." Malacanang Photo Bureau/File

MANILA, JUNE 29, 2(PHILSTAR) June 22, 2015 By Louis Bacani - President Benigno Aquino III is inspired to serve the public better as he enters the final year of his term with improved approval and trust ratings, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda welcomed the latest Pulse Asia survey which showed Aquino's performance rating increasing from 38 percent in March to 54 percent in June and his approval rating from 36 percent to 50 percent.

Despite having improved ratings, Aquino was only second to Vice President Jejomar Binay, the most approved and trusted top government executive.

Lacierda said Aquino's improved ratings are a "testament to the people's confidence in the President's integrity and reliability."

"With roughly one year left for this administration, it is the Filipino people’s support which continues to inspire us to serve them better, and it is their discernment in future elections that will ensure the continuity of what we have done as we continue to tread Daang Matuwid," Lacierda said in a statement.

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Aquino's spokesman said the administration has sought to create a transparent government to put the country on the straight path.

This resulted in the improvement of the country's international reputation, improved job opportunities, enhanced poverty alleviation programs, universal health coverage, increased educational investments and infrastructure projects, Lacierda said.

The latest Pulse Asia survey was conducted from May 30 to June 5, few weeks after Filipino drug convict Mary Jane Veloso's execution in Indonesia was postponed following the last-minute efforts of Aquino, the Philippine government and civil society groups.

Among the other developments during the survey period was the killing of alleged terrorist Abdul Basit Usman in Maguindanao, the Court of Appeals' freeze order on Vice President Jejomar Binay's bank accounts, the continuing tensions in the West Philippine Sea and the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by an ad hoc committee at the House of Representatives.


INQUIRER

Aquino now in ‘pre-retirement mode’—analyst SHARES: 722 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 01:26 PM June 23rd, 2015


President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

A political analyst has alleged that President Benigno Aquino III is just waiting for the end of his term in June 2016 while failing to push for the reforms he has promised to Filipinos.

In an interview aired over Radyo Inquirer on Tuesday, University of the Philippines-Diliman professor and political analyst Dr. Clarita Carlos said that 11 months before the end of his term, Aquino should pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and other measures which have been languishing in Congress.

“For God’s sake, for the next 11 months he has full authority of the chief executive, of the president, of the Republic of the Philippines.

For God’s sake Mr. President,push for the passage of the FOI that you have promised once upon a time when you were campaigning, since you still have the numbers in both houses.

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Push for the modernization of the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), PNP (Philippine National Police), the Magna Carta for the Elderly. He can still do many things until June 3, 2016,”

Asked if the President can still accomplish these things, Carlos said that she is saddened that Aquino seems to be content on his “pre-retirement.”

“Well, that’s the other question whether or not he’s going to do it since he seems to be in pre-retirement mode and that’s very sad. He is just wasting the remaining months,” she said.

READ: Bishop hits Aquino’s ‘lame-duck leadership’

Malacañang has earlier denied that Aquino is a lame-duck president following his soaring satisfaction and trust ratings.

READ: Aquino no ‘lame duck’ as ratings rise

The results of the recent Social Weather Stations survey showed that Aquino’s satisfaction rating jumped to 57 percent from 45 percent last March.

The results of a Pulse Asia survey released on Monday, meanwhile, showed that he is the second most trusted government official after Vice President Jejomar Binay.

READ: Aquino satisfaction rating improves after all-time low – SWS

“Many pundits have predicted that with the previous survey numbers that he is a lame duck.

This quarter’s survey numbers prove otherwise,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda earlier said. With a report from Arianne F. Merez, INQUIRER.net intern/IDL


PHILSTAR

Pulse: Binay is most trusted gov’t official; Noy 2nd By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 23, 2015 - 12:00am


Awareness & Performance Ratings of Top National Officials May 30-June 5, 2015 (Row Percent)

MANILA, Philippines - Despite controversies hounding him, Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the most trusted among the country’s top government officials, besting even President Aquino, according to the latest survey by Pulse Asia.

Both Aquino and Binay received higher approval and trust ratings in the second quarter, according to the survey.

The approval and trust ratings of Binay increased to 58 percent and 57 percent this quarter from 46 percent and 42 percent, respectively, in the previous quarter.

Aquino’s performance and trust scores rose to 54 percent and 50 percent in June from 38 percent and 36 percent, respectively, in March.

Senate President Franklin Drilon’s approval rating stayed at 49 percent while his trust rating rose by a point to 45 percent.

Satisfaction with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s performance improved by three points to 30 percent while his trust rating jumped by five points to 28 percent.

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s approval rating went up to 31 percent from 29 percent while her trust score stayed at 27 percent.

The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from May 30 to June 5, used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipino adults nationwide.

Aquino registered majority approval ratings in virtually all geographic areas and socio-economic classes (55 percent to 62 percent and 54 percent to 56 percent, respectively), except in Metro Manila and Class ABC with 34 percent and 43 percent, respectively, Pulse Asia said.

In the case of Binay, a majority expressed approval of his performance in every geographic area and in Classes D and E – 51 percent to 62 percent and 56 percent to 67 percent, respectively.

The Vice President’s only non-majority approval rating was recorded in Class ABC at 43 percent, it said.

“At the national level, only President Aquino and Vice President Binay experience notable movements in their approval ratings while both officials as well as Senate President Drilon record marked changes in their trust ratings during the period March to June 2015,” Pulse Asia noted.

Meanwhile, none of the key government institutions received majority approval rating in June, Pulse Asia said.

Approval for the performance of the Senate rose to 40 percent from 38 percent.

In the case of the House of Representatives, 35 percent approved of its performance, up from 34 in March.

The Supreme Court’s performance rating, on the other hand, dropped by a point to 44 percent.

“Public assessment of these institutions’ performance is virtually unchanged between March and June 2015,” Pulse Asia said.

The survey has a plus or minus three percentage points error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

People’s confidence

The latest Pulse Asia survey result was proof of people’s continued confidence in President Aquino, Malacañang said.

“This is a testament to the people’s confidence in the President’s integrity and reliability, and the firm resolve of this administration that no one should be left behind in our quest toward inclusive growth,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda stressed.

“With roughly a year left, it is the Filipino people’s support which continues to inspire us to serve them better, and it is their discernment in future elections that will ensure the continuity of what we have done as we continue to tread daang matuwid,” he added.

Lacierda pointed out that throughout its five year leadership, the “administration has sought to change the course of our country’s narrative – from opaqueness to transparency, from the crooked to the straight path.”

As a result, improvements “manifested not just in our domestic landscape” but also “in our international reputation – as a prime tourist, business and investment destination, and as a model for good governance.”

“All these are made possible by the people’s trust in the President,” the President’s spokesman said.

Fruits of reforms in government were “in the form of better job opportunities, enhanced poverty alleviation programs, universal health coverage, increased educational investments and infrastructure projects, among others.”

Belmonte said President Aquino’s improved ratings would help him avoid becoming a lame duck with a year left before the end of his term.

“The one that made me happy is that the trust rating of the President has gone up substantially because we need a president who will not be a lame duck, that will be bad for the country,” Belmonte told reporters.

He said Aquino would be more effective as president in his remaining months in office and “not simply one holding over.”

Belmonte also welcomed the improvement in the ratings of the House of Representatives.

Endorsement power

Drilon said the President’s high trust rating would boost his power as an endorser in the 2016 elections.

He also said the surge in Aquino’s trust rating was remarkable because historically, trust and approval ratings for a president go down during his last year in office.

“This demonstrates the return of the trust of the people in President Aquino after the Mamasapano incident and this is also significant because it boosts his endorsement value,” he said.

Drilon admitted that the President, while doing a very good job in his first five years in office, also has some shortcomings, particularly in the Mamasapano incident.

Specifically, he said the President erred in involving former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima in the planning and execution of the operation of the Special Action Force against high value terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

“But by and large, I believe that his daang matuwid policy has greatly benefited our country,” Drilon said.

He also downplayed Binay’s getting higher ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey, saying public support for the Vice President has in fact continuously gone down over the past months.

Based on the latest surveys released by Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations, the Vice President has slipped to second place in the list of possible presidential candidates behind Sen. Grace Poe.

“What we should be looking at here is the trending, because a survey is only a reflection of the opinion of the people in a particular period,” Drilon said.

“If you look at the trend, what is significant is that the support for Vice President Binay has been declining since the previous year,” he added.

From as high as 41 percent last year, Drilon noted that the performance rating of the Vice President in the surveys has slowly declined and is now at around 22 percent.

Drilon said the refusal of the Vice President to satisfactorily answer the allegations of corruption against him may have led to his decline in the surveys.

Attacks useless

Binay spokesman Rico Quicho, for his part, said that based on the latest Pulse Asia survey results, the people continue to appreciate the Vice President’s programs while rejecting allegations of corruption against him.

“More importantly, it highlights that attacking the Vice President does not make his political opponents prepared for the job of the presidency,” Quicho said.

He said the Senate investigation is intended “to wrongly discredit, through baseless allegations and hearsay, the Vice President’s previous projects in Makati that have successfully uplifted the lives of its residents and exemplified good public service.”

The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has recommended the filing of plunder charges against the Vice President and his son and incumbent Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay in connection with the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

Quicho said Binay would continue with his public service and concentrate on fighting poverty and rising income inequality.

“He will move for inclusive economic growth while others play petty politics. The Vice President’s political opponents’ rhetoric does not match their record,” Quicho said.

Binay daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, said that her family was thankful for the continued trust of the people in the Vice President. – Delon Porcalla, Marvin Sy, Paolo Romero


PHILSTAR

Palace: Binay was no punching bag of Aquino admin By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated June 23, 2015 - 12:39pm 2 47 googleplus0


The Palace says it cannot speak for Vice President Jejomar Binay when it comes to his motivation behind his resignation. STAR File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Tuesday refuted claims that Vice President Jejomar Binay resigned from the Cabinet because he was the "punching bag" of President Aquino's allies.

"We do not share the assessment of the allies of the vice president that he was made a punching bag by the administration," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a text message to reporters.

"We have always endeavored to keep public discourse on programs and policies and not centered on personalities in general," she added.

Valte said the Palace cannot speak for Binay when it comes to his motivation behind his resignation.

After receiving Binay's letter, Aquino called the vice president to confirm his resignation, according to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

Both Coloma and Valte did not disclose details of Aquino's phone conversation with Binay.

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Coloma said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa will formalize Binay's resignation from the Cabinet.

Housing services won't be disrupted As a Cabinet member, Binay was the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino worker (OFW) affairs and was the chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Malacañang assured that the government's housing services will not be disrupted even if Binay has vacated his Cabinet post.

Coloma said while there is still no information on Binay's replacement in the Cabinet, the offices under the HUDCC will continue to function such as the National Housing Authority and Pag-ibig Fund.

"Lahat naman po niyan ay patuloy pa ring magsisilbi sa ating mga mamamayan. At hanggang hindi po humihirang ang Pangulo ng iba pang mga opisyal, mayroon naman po tayong prinsipyo sa gobyerno na 'continuity and no disruption in essential public services,'" Coloma said in an interview with state-run dzRB.

"Kaya wala pong dapat ikabahala hinggil diyan. Ang tangi lang naman pong naghain ng pagbibitiw ay si Vice President Binay, kaya patuloy po ang serbisyo publiko sa lahat ng mga aspeto ng gawain ng mga ahensiyang napapaloob sa kaniyang sinasakupan dati," he added.

Without Aquino's adviser on OFW concerns, Valte assured that other agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment will continue to address the needs of Filipino migrants.


PHILSTAR

Trillanes: Binay resignation a very positive development By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 22, 2015 - 6:57pm 6 89 googleplus0 0


Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (left) has been leading the Senate inquiries on the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay (right). Senate PRIB | OVP

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV considered the resignation of Vice President Jejomar Binay from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet as a positive political development.

"Now, there is no more inconsistency in the 'tuwid na daan' slogan of the PNoy administration," Trillanes said in the statement.

Trillanes said members of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee will meet tonight to discuss the next hearing on the corruption allegations against the vice president.

The senator noted that the administration can "go all out" against Binay now that he has tendered his resignation as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers.

The resignation of Binay will be effective immediately.

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After resigning, Binay will unleash “dark forces” against PNoy – Erice


ERICE, biggest supporter of Mar Roxas for President 2016

After heading for the exit doors, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice expects Vice President Jejomar Binay to show his true colors and unleash “dark forces” against President Benigno Aquino III.

“Binay will now gather those opposed to PNoy who would want the good old days of trapo (traditional politics) and fight not for principles but for survival,” said Erice in a text message to reporters.

“VP Binay will now see and say an all-evil description of the government which he served for five years. He will now use the admin as his punching bag and hit it to his heart’s content,” added Erice, the biggest supporter of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ presidential bid.

As early as June last year, Erice sought Binay’s resignation from the Cabinet for his alleged “double-dealing.”

In a privilege speech, Erice said: “Panahon na upang ilabas ni Vice President Binay ang kanyang tunay na kulay at huwag na mamangka sa dalawang ilog. Kakampi ba siya ng administrasyon o pinuno ba siya ng oposisyon?”

While Erice could not keep his excitement in check, Binay’s spokesperson, United Nationalist Alliance interim president Toby Tiangco, is unusually silent.

Tiangco refused to reply to questions of reporters seeking his explanation on Binay’s decision to quit his post as housing czar and presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino workers (OFW)



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