NOY'S CORNER THIS PAST WEEK...
(MINI-READS followed by FULL REPORTS below)

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PNP CHIEF?
[President still undecided]


'JUNE 23 ---GIVE ME TIME.' President Benigno Aquino III says more time is needed as 'investigations' wrap up for the next PNP chief. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau The list of the possible chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been trimmed down to those who would be retiring after the 2016 presidential elections. A number of senior police officials have already been interviewed for the top police post to replace PNP Officer-In-Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina who is set to retire July 18, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said. “The President has already talked with some of the officials and maybe there will be a formal announcement in the coming days,” said Roxas in an interview, but declined to say if that will come before or after the mandatory retirement of Espina on July 18. RETIREMENT AFTER ELECTIONS Roxas disclosed that the President’s top choices are officers whose retirement will be after the presidential elections in 2016. “One of the most important duties of the next PNP chief is to ensure honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections. The President does not want a scenario of two appointments before the 2016 elections,” said Roxas. READ MORE...

ALSO: British lord recalls Cory Aquino campaign


JUNE 29 ---LORD Mark Malloch-Brown: There’s nothing like politics in the Philippines. AFP  With a knowing smile, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown examined the facsimiles of the Inquirer front pages on the days leading up to the toppling of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 that were displayed in the Inquirer building’s third-floor lobby. “I remember those days well,” he said. Malloch-Brown was a 32-year-old lead international partner of the US-based Sawyer-Miller Group communications consultancy group when he found himself flying to Iloilo City to meet Corazon Aquino, who had dared run against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, with golf course designer Robert Trent Jones. Jones had built a golf course for the Cojuangcos in Hacienda Luisita and had gotten quite close to Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., the charismatic opposition leader, and his wife, Cory. Jones was also a friend of David Sawyer for whom Brown worked in the consultancy group that was one of the first to use US-style election campaign methods for foreign governments, companies and public policy debates. “I remember that it was about two days after that article [on Cory knowing next to nothing about the US bases, bylined by then New York Times executive editor Abe Rosenthal] was published that I flew to Iloilo to meet her (Cory) as she was campaigning. Bobby and I sat in the front row waiting, till afterward I went backstage to meet her.” “She said, ‘The New York Times! You live in New York!’ I said, but I’m British. I told her public relations was not my business, I do political strategy. I can help you win here, but I don’t know what I can do about the New York Times,” Malloch-Brown, 61, told Inquirer editors and reporters. And thus started what would become his first major political involvement. “It was a fantastic campaign,” said Malloch-Brown, who confesses to loving elections. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: FULL TEXT Speech of Vice President Jejomar Binay on why he quit Aquino’s Cabinet


JUNE 24 ---Gloves off as Binay blasts Aquino govt in speech --In his first speech after resigning from the Cabinet, VP Jejomar Binay on Wednesday, June 24, lambasted the Aquino government for its alleged failure to improve the lives of the poor, calling the administration callous and sensitive. The speech was delivered at the Coconut Palace and was witnessed by Binay's family members and supporters. Danny Pata Mga kababayan: Ngayon ang bagong simula ng laban sa kahirapan. Nagbitiw po ako sa Gabinete dahil hindi ako makapapayag na ipawalang-saysay at siraan ang aking mga programang pang-masa na nagtagumpay sa Makati at nais kong mapalawak sa buong bansa. Hindi ako papayag na magpatuloy ang kawalan ng katarungan sa bansa. Hindi ako papayag na iilan lang ang magtatamasa ng benepisyong nararapat sa karamihan. At lalong hindi ako papayag na alisin sa taumbayan ang pagkakataong magkaroon ng isang pamahalaang tapat at mahusay na naglilingkod upang guminhawa ang marami. Hangad ko na magkaroon ang bansa ng maayos na pamamahala upang ang marami - at hindi lang ang iilan - ang makikinabang sa kaunlarang maaabot natin. Dapat magkaroon ng pamahalaang nakikinig at tunay na nagmamalasakit, lalo na sa mahihirap. Isang pamahalaang magpapairal ng hustisya at tahimik na pamumuhay; isang pamahalaang puspusang nagsisikap upang lumikha ng higit pang trabaho upang bigyan ng ginhawa ang matagal nang nagigipit na taumbayan. Isang pamahalaan na nagbibigay ng epektibo at malawak na serbisyong pangkalusugan at edukasyon; isang pamahalaang makatao, hindi manhid, at may malasakit kanino man. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy allies pressuring Binay backers to quit


ERICE 
ALLIES of President Benigno Aquino III have begun weeding out supporters of Vice President Jejomar Binay from the ruling Liberal Party and are demanding that the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) remove itself from the majority coalition in the House of Representatives.
The Palace also wants officials identified with the Vice President holding strategic posts in various housing agencies to resign. “I don’t see the logic why UNA would remain with the majority coalition after Vice President Binay resigned from the Cabinet and announced he would lead the opposition,” said Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, the Liberal Party’s vice chairman for political affairs, in an interview over radio dzBB on Sunday. “It’s time for them to go.”  Erice pointed out that the Vice President’s daughter, Makati City Rep. Abigail Binay, has said she would stay in the ruling coalition in the House. “How is this possible when UNA has been hitting the policies of the administration?” Erice said. “Does this mean UNA congressmen, including Abby Binay, would support the policies and legislation of the administration?”  He said he would questioned the continued presence of UNA members in the ruling coalition before the plenary, saying they would create trouble and confusion. Erice also insisted that Binay’s allies in government agencies should resign so as not to block the administration’s policies. READ MORE...

ALSO: No letup on demolition job vs VP


JUNE 24 ---‘Govt conspiring against Binay,’ says counsel Immediately after Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay handed his irrevocable resignation from the Aquino Cabinet, the Ombudsman again leaked the investigation of her team to a favored major broadsheet on malversation and graft raps against the Vice President and his son, over the claimed overpriced Makati Science High School while the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, led by Sen. Koko Pimentel along with Senators Alan Cayetano and Sonny Trillanes, vowed to continue with the hearings against Binay. The VP’s counsel, Claro Certeza yesterday reacted on the move by the Ombudsman against the VP and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, saying that the government is conspiring against the VP Binay. In a statement issued to the media, Certeza said the Ombudsman grossly erred in relying on the testimony of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado as adequate basis for filing charges against Binay and city officials regarding alleged anomalies in the construction of the Makati Science High School Building. In the same statement, Certeza said Mercado’s allegation that the late Engineer Nelson Morales, former city engineer, had told him to “fix” the bidding process for the said project was merely “hearsay evidence” and therefore, inadmissible in a court of law. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace laments VP Binay's 'unfortunate choice' to hit PNoy


JUNE 24 ---LACIERDA  This was how Malacañang on Wednesday called Vice President Jejomar Binay’s combative speech enumerating supposed shortcomings of President Benigno Aquino III.
In a statement shortly after the vice president’s speech, presidential spokesman Sec. Edwin Lacierda said Binay could have aired his gripes to Aquino during his almost five years as Cabinet member. “In the five years of service to President Aquino, he [Binay] has never spoken ill of the governance policies of the President,” Lacierda said. “Still, he has made the unfortunate choice to commence his presidential run with statements he could have otherwise discussed with the President as a Cabinet member but chose not to,” he added. Last November, the President said Binay never presented solutions to the country’s problems during Cabinet meetings. Lacierda further said that Binay's speech "will define himself not only as an official but also as a person." In a speech earlier in the day, the vice president called the Aquino government “callous and incompetent.”  Binay, who quit his Cabinet posts last Monday, also accused the administration of advocating selective justice. Earlier this month, Aquino said he is not inclined to endorse the Vice President, the opposition’s presumptive standard-bearer for the 2016 polls. A hollow speech Ranking officials of the Liberal Party on Wednesday dismissed Vice President Jejomar Binay’s scathing criticism of the Aquino administration as nothing more than a hollow speech. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erice calls Binay 'walang utang na loob'
["Yung pagka-Pilipino nasa gawa din yan," Erice said. "Sabi niya hindi niya matitiis ang kahirapan ng mga Pilipino. Nasusuka ako sa mga ganyang statement. Ang daming mahirap sa Makati. Ang dami-daming pera ng Makati. Gagastusin lang niya sa P2.2-billion na parking building, milyun-milyong Makati Science High School at marami pang mga anomalya."]


JUNE 24 ---ERICE
- "NASUSUKA AKO" --Liberal Party (LP) official Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice on Wednesday lashed out at Vice President Jejomar Binay who called the Aquino administration "manhid" and "palpak." 
Erice said Binay has forgotten the debt of gratitude he owes the President. In a televised speech on Wednesday, two days after he resigned from the Aquino Cabinet, Binay came out swinging against the administration. Binay criticized the Aquino administration for supposedly failing to improve the lives of the Filipino people and engaging in selective justice in favor of allies of the ruling LP. "Ito ang aking ipinaglalaban. Ito rin ang hangarin ng ating mga kababayan: isang pamahalaang kabaliktaran ng manhid at palpak na pamahalaan ngayon," Binay said. "Isang pamahalaan na nagbibigay ng epektibo at malawak na serbisyong pangkalusugan at edukasyon; isang pamahalaang makatao, hindi manhid, at may malasakit kanino man." Speaking to ANC's "Top Story," Erice, chairman of the LP's political and electoral affairs, called Binay "walang utang na loob". "Eh napakawalang utang na loob naman niya. 'Yung kanyang pagiging pangalawang pangulo utang na loob niya sa mga mamamayan, pero yung pagiging Cabinet secretary niya utang na loob niya sa Pangulo. Kahit na hindi siya kapartido binigyan siya ng pagkakataon," Erice said. READ MORE..

ALSO: WHY ME? Sandigan affirms suspension of DBM undersecretary Relampagos linked to pork barrel scam


JUNE 24 ---WHY ME? Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO The anti-graft court yesterday upheld its decision ordering the preventive suspension of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) officials and employees implicated in the pork barrel scam led by Undersecretary Mario Relampagos. Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, said that “there is no cogent reason to reverse its Resolution ordering the herein accused’s suspension pendete lite or pending investigation.” Also ordered suspended were DBM employees Rosario Nunez, Lalaine Paule, Marilou Bare, and one of the officials of government implementing agency National Livelihood Development Center, Chita Jalandoni. The Sandigan  Third Division resolution rejected as “puerile” the argument of Relampagos and others that the charges against them over their alleged involvement in the multimillion-peso pork barrel scam are invalid and defective. Further, the court said that the arguments of the respondents were “rehashed” from the other challenges to the case presented before to the court. “Hence their preventive suspension for ninety days from their respective government positions and from any other public office which they may now or hereafter be holding, still stands,” said Tang in the resolution. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO STANDARD EDITORIAL: Ducking the tough questions


THE administration’s response to recent attacks from Vice President Jejomar Binay has been nothing but predictable.
The tactic is to discredit the critic, in this case, an elected public official who has been tarred and feathered in the court of public opinion over allegations of corruption, but which have yet to be proved in a court of law. The Vice President is an easy mark. Joining the Cabinet in 2010 as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns, Binay broke with the administration only last week, after five long years in which he kept publicly silent on the most atrocious abuses of our system of justice and politics. We heard hardly a peep from him when President Benigno Aquino III marshaled the entire government machinery to go after a sitting chief justice of the Supreme Court who did not see eye to eye with him, and ousted him for what is arguably not an impeachable offense. Nor did he raise his voice to protest the misuse of billions in public funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program when it was first exposed as a tool of bribery to sway a pliant Congress. The Vice President also stood silent as the administration let an ill-conceived and politically motivated dole program for the poor to bloat into the ultimately useless multi-billion-peso drain on our resources that it is today. READ MORE...


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Who will be next PNP chief?


'GIVE ME TIME.' President Benigno Aquino III says more time is needed as unfinished 'investigations' wrap up for the next PNP chief. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, JUNE 29, 2(MANILA BULLETIN) by Aaron B. Recuenco June 23, 2015 - The list of the possible chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been trimmed down to those who would be retiring after the 2016 presidential elections.

A number of senior police officials have already been interviewed for the top police post to replace PNP Officer-In-Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina who is set to retire July 18, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said.

“The President has already talked with some of the officials and maybe there will be a formal announcement in the coming days,” said Roxas in an interview, but declined to say if that will come before or after the mandatory retirement of Espina on July 18.

RETIREMENT AFTER ELECTIONS

Roxas disclosed that the President’s top choices are officers whose retirement will be after the presidential elections in 2016.

“One of the most important duties of the next PNP chief is to ensure honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections. The President does not want a scenario of two appointments before the 2016 elections,” said Roxas.

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“So tinitingnan ngayon ang mga opsiyal na ang kanilang retirement ay lagpas na sa June 30 para talagang kung sino man ang maghahanda, kung sino man ang gagawa ng plano, siya din ang magpapatupad,” said Roxas.

GARBO

That requirement will exclude from the list Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, the current deputy chief for Operations of the PNP. He is among the top contenders for the top PNP post, with the reported support of an administration senator and a Cabinet secretary.

Garbo, who is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1981, is set to retire in March, 2016, or two months short of the presidential elections. Garbo is in the same Class 1981 as Espina and resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima.

PETRASANTA

Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, the erstwhile director of the Central Luzon regional police, has long been presumed as the successor of Purisima because of his connection to the Presidential Security Group under President Cory Aquino.

But the expected smooth appointment has been complicated by Petrasanta’s six-month suspension over the case involving hundreds of Ak-47 rifles which ended up in the hands of the Communist rebels in Mindanao.

Sources said Petrasanta’s suspension has emboldened members of PMA Classes 1982 and 1983 to voice their opposition to the expected appointment.

Like Purisima, Petrasanta is reportedly a friend of President Aquino. He is a member of PMA Class 1984.

MAGALONG

Another expected contender for the PNP post is Director Benjamin Magalong, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). But that was until the release of findings of the Board of Inquiry, which investigated the Mamasapano clash. Magalong was appointed by Roxas to lead the BOI which cited the possible lapses of President Aquino during the planning stage of Oplan Exodus.

Three of the 22 conclusions of the BOI cited the President’s role—from the time he “gave the go-signal and allowed the execution of Oplan Exodus” to his decision “allowing suspended PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima… despite the suspension order of the Ombudsman”.

The President earlier could not help but express his dismay over the result of the BOI probe, saying he was not even invited to a hearing. Earlier, Magalong said they repeatedly invited the President but did not receive any response. Roxas later admitted the lapses in failing to relay the message of Magalong to the President.

Magalong is set to retire in December next year, which makes him qualify for the President’s wish to have a PNP chief that would serve beyond the 2016 elections.

Magalong, a member of PMA Class 1982, is one of the well respected officers in the PNP for his reforms and technology-based leadership approaches which have already been institutionalized in the Cordillera Administrative Region regional police and the CIDG. In fact, the training module of the CIDG is being used as the main basis for retraining programs for the entire PNP.

MARQUEZ AND VAÑO

Another top contender is Director Ricardo Marquez, also of PMA Class 1982, who is currently the head of the Directorate for Operations. He is set to retire in August next year.

The other name in the list of possible chief is Director Juanito Vaño, a member of PMA Class 1983 who was recently tagged as very close to Purisima.

PRESIDENT STILL UNDECIDED

Meanwhile in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President has not yet decided on who will be the next PNP chief. “The process is ongoing,” Lacierda said.

“The President will decide based on the qualifications, track record and merits of the candidate and the assessment of the President,” Lacierda said.

Earlier, the Palace said President Aquino is aware that there is a sense of urgency in selecting a new PNP chief with the upcoming retirement of Espina next month.

President Aquino himself had said he is being cautious in choosing the next PNP chief, knowing that they are subject to various criticisms by detractors.

He also said the role of the next PNP chief would be significant especially with the upcoming 2016 presidential elections.

SUSPENDED AND RESIGNED

PNP Director General Alan Purisima resigned from his post as PNP chief in February, 2015 after drawing flak over his involvement on the Mamasapano incident despite his suspension.

Prior to that, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the six-month preventive suspension of Purisima on December 4, 2014 for the alleged anomalous contract with courier service Werfast Documentation Agency in 2011.

Purisima had retired from his post in the PNP but did not resign from the uniformed service. Purisima will retire in November.

NO REINSTATEMENT

Meanwhile, the Palace ruled out the possibility of Purisima’s reinstatement as PNP chief following the lifting of his six-month suspension. (With a report from Madel Sabater-Namit)


INQUIRER

British lord recalls Cory Aquino campaign SHARES: New VIEW COMMENTS By: Tina Arceo-Dumlao @tinaarceodumlao Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:26 AM June 29th, 2015


LORD Mark Malloch-Brown: There’s nothing like politics in the Philippines. AFP

With a knowing smile, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown examined the facsimiles of the Inquirer front pages on the days leading up to the toppling of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 that were displayed in the Inquirer building’s third-floor lobby.

“I remember those days well,” he said.

Malloch-Brown was a 32-year-old lead international partner of the US-based Sawyer-Miller Group communications consultancy group when he found himself flying to Iloilo City to meet Corazon Aquino, who had dared run against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, with golf course designer Robert Trent Jones.

Jones had built a golf course for the Cojuangcos in Hacienda Luisita and had gotten quite close to Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., the charismatic opposition leader, and his wife, Cory.

Jones was also a friend of David Sawyer for whom Brown worked in the consultancy group that was one of the first to use US-style election campaign methods for foreign governments, companies and public policy debates.

“I remember that it was about two days after that article [on Cory knowing next to nothing about the US bases, bylined by then New York Times executive editor Abe Rosenthal] was published that I flew to Iloilo to meet her (Cory) as she was campaigning. Bobby and I sat in the front row waiting, till afterward I went backstage to meet her.”

“She said, ‘The New York Times! You live in New York!’ I said, but I’m British. I told her public relations was not my business, I do political strategy. I can help you win here, but I don’t know what I can do about the New York Times,” Malloch-Brown, 61, told Inquirer editors and reporters.

And thus started what would become his first major political involvement.

“It was a fantastic campaign,” said Malloch-Brown, who confesses to loving elections.

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“I have never done a campaign in an environment like the Philippines. Thank God for the Inquirer and thank God for Radio Veritas, too. Literally, they were the only two who would fairly cover us,” he said.

Loyal Inquirer reader

“I can claim to be one of the first, most loyal readers of the Inquirer. In 1986 we did not have many friends in the Cory Aquino campaign. The Inquirer and Radio Veritas were really the only two media outlets which were supportive of the opposition. And so I read you in your insurgent youth,” said Malloch-Brown, who started out as a political correspondent for The Economist before joining the New York-based American consulting firm.


President Cory Aquino: the woman who beat a dictator in the election.

“I am very passionate about elections,” he said, recalling how the group’s strategy during the snap elections was to often challenge Marcos to a debate since they knew that he could not be separated long enough from the machine he needed to keep his kidneys going to attend a debate.

“But her (Cory’s) main thing was this willingness she had to overcome the media problem by just going and campaigning everywhere. I mean she was formidable. She was just out on the road every day going all over the country and I have done an awful lot of campaigns since but I still say I learned my whole business on Cory’s campaign,” he said.

“Compared to what the New York Times said, during that campaign she was very strategic and disciplined about what she was doing. It was a real privilege to watch her,” said Malloch-Brown.

Exit poll

He said his final outstanding accomplishment during the Cory campaign was to produce an exit poll that indicated that she had won. It landed on the front page of the Inquirer and had a profound impact as it planted the idea that Aquino had won over Marcos, 55 percent to 45 percent.

“Marcos did not really recover after that. It was a very exciting experience to watch,” Malloch-Brown said.

He continued to watch the Philippines from abroad “as a friend” over the succeeding years, during which he pursued a career in diplomacy.

He served as deputy secretary general and chief of staff of the United Nations under Kofi Annan. Before that he was administrator of the United Nations Development Program. He was later minister of state in the British foreign office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Cabinet.

Other positions included vice chair of George Soros’ Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, vice president at the World Bank and the lead international partner of Sawyer-Miller, a political consulting firm. He also served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum.

Last year, Malloch-Brown took over the chair of the SGO Group, a London-based venture that is the world’s largest provider of election technology, and is now the parent company of Smartmatic, the company that provided the machines for the elections in the Philippines in 2010 and 2013, but which has run into controversy over the reliability of its technology.

Political clout

Malloch-Brown, who could give Smartmatic the political clout it needs, is back again to take a closer look at the Philippines and is both pleased and concerned by what he sees.

“Ever since those early days in 1986, I followed this country closely as a friend, and there has always been this striking contraction between economic performance and international business and investor confidence,” he said.

“For years after 1986, the economy was growing slower than your neighbors. It was still seen as sick man of the region in a way. And then in the latter years, your growth has been very, very strong, essentially faster than your neighbors, even if coming from a lower base,” he said.

“What is interesting is that the usual indicators, share of GDP have moved much more slowly, reflecting in a way some resistance domestically to opening up the economy, but more is the caution on the international investor side about stability and governance in the Philippines,” he added.

“Does this country now have the clear forward direction of others in the region? Actually, others in the region all have their difficulties now. Here is the real opportunity for the Philippines to confirm that it is on this new course of sound economic government, rule of law, anticorruption, a kind of safe destination for foreign investment.”

He said that he had seen “quite a change” in President Aquino.

He recalled Mr. Aquino as “very quiet” and constantly at the side of his mother and sister, Ballsy, during the 1986 campaign.


NOYNOY WITH HIS MOM CORY

“I remember this black attaché case that he was always carrying. I asked what was in there, probably a rosary and a bible and copies of speeches. In the beginning, I was wondering if it was a gun but I don’t think it was,” he said, “He was very quiet, watching everybody and everything. He was very much the observer, not the participant.”

2016 cathartic

Malloch-Brown has not seen him for old time’s sake and it is a deliberate move on his part considering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) bidding involving his company and ultimately the conduct of elections in May 2016.

From his experience in international relations, countries usually build on reforms quite slowly until a “cathartic” event takes place. For him, the 2016 general elections are that cathartic event for the Philippines.

“Obviously, it matters who wins, but in a way the conduct of that election will be almost as important. If it is seen as sort of free and fair, conducted in a modern way, then it will confirm this growing, sort of beginnings of an international view that the Philippines has become this very interesting opportunity,” he said.

He said foreign investors like the Americans and the British were looking at the Philippines with a new attitude.

Philippine-American relations are “really warming up again,” while British-Philippine two-way investment has been “really growing remarkably,” he said.

“Looking through my lens of development, the Philippines is really on an interesting cusp. Just as some of your competitors in the region have fallen back a bit, you’ve got the growth and [are] building the confidence. You have to get through this next election cycle looking forward and not falling back on failed systems of the past,” he said.

The conduct of credible automated elections in 2016 can contribute to that effort, which is why Smartmatic, which provided the automated elections infrastructure in 2010, is again participating in the bidding for election-related contracts by the Comelec, he said.

There are concerns over whether it is a good idea to pursue the automated elections in 2016, noted Malloch-Brown, who said he understood where the sentiment was coming from. It is rooted in this historically low degree of trust in government institutions, he said.

However, it is time to move forward and the people should not be “victims of historical sentiment,” he said.

“The Comelec [now] is not the Comelec of 1986. It has strong and independent leadership, the schoolteachers who support it on Election Day are people of integrity and honor, and that the machines it now uses and the investment in technology has created a system that ensures the honesty of the vote count. That has gotten clouded by this history that still overshadows rational judgment about these issues,” he said.


Mark Malloch-Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He now sits in the House of Lords and is active both in business and in the non-profit world. He also remains deeply involved in international affairs. Mark served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international partner at Sawyer Miller, a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist. SOURCE: SMARTMATIC WEBSITE

Nothing like PH politics

Regardless of what happens during the Comelec bidding process, Malloch-Brown is looking forward to the elections in 2016, as there is nothing like politics in the Philippines.

“It is like the greatest political soap opera on Earth in a way. There is a level of drama and melodrama to it which [when] you go next door to Thailand or Malaysia where all the politicians are very jowly men. There is just none of this excitement around it,” he said.

But at the same time, he could not stress enough the importance of the 2016 elections.

“I think the 2016 elections will be a real watershed. The Philippines always calls its elections watersheds and there have been some that really have been. But I think 2016 either confirms that the country is on a course to a more democratic, stable, rule of law-based future, or is seen as a reversal of that. In that sense the conduct of the elections is probably as important as the winner of the elections. Whoever wins needs to have been seen to have won because most people chose [that person] as president,” he said.

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FULL TEXT Speech of Vice President Jejomar Binay on why he quit Aquino’s Cabinet June 24, 2015 5:18pm


Gloves off as Binay blasts Aquino govt in speech --In his first speech after resigning from the Cabinet, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday, June 24, lambasted the Aquino government for its alleged failure to improve the lives of the poor, calling the administration callous and sensitive. The speech was delivered at the Coconut Palace and was witnessed by Binay's family members and supporters. Danny Pata

Mga kababayan: Ngayon ang bagong simula ng laban sa kahirapan. {Today is the new beginning of the fight against poverty (adversity)}

Nagbitiw po ako sa Gabinete dahil hindi ako makapapayag na ipawalang-saysay at siraan ang aking mga programang pang-masa na nagtagumpay sa Makati at nais kong mapalawak sa buong bansa.

Hindi ako papayag na magpatuloy ang kawalan ng katarungan sa bansa. Hindi ako papayag na iilan lang ang magtatamasa ng benepisyong nararapat sa karamihan.

At lalong hindi ako papayag na alisin sa taumbayan ang pagkakataong magkaroon ng isang pamahalaang tapat at mahusay na naglilingkod upang guminhawa ang marami.

Hangad ko na magkaroon ang bansa ng maayos na pamamahala upang ang marami - at hindi lang ang iilan - ang makikinabang sa kaunlarang maaabot natin.

Dapat magkaroon ng pamahalaang nakikinig at tunay na nagmamalasakit, lalo na sa mahihirap.

Isang pamahalaang magpapairal ng hustisya at tahimik na pamumuhay; isang pamahalaang puspusang nagsisikap upang lumikha ng higit pang trabaho upang bigyan ng ginhawa ang matagal nang nagigipit na taumbayan.

Isang pamahalaan na nagbibigay ng epektibo at malawak na serbisyong pangkalusugan at edukasyon; isang pamahalaang makatao, hindi manhid, at may malasakit kanino man.

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Isang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng pagkakataong guminhawa at umangat ang buhay ng mga mahihirap.

Ito ang aking ipinaglalaban. Ito rin ang hangarin ng ating mga kababayan: isang pamahalaang kabaliktaran ng manhid at palpak na pamahalaan ngayon.

Mga kababayan, tinanggap ko noon ang alok na maglingkod sa Gabinete dahil nais kong suklian ng tapat na paglilingkod ang pagtitiwala ng sambayanan.

Nang ako ay inyong inihalal, ako ay nangako na magiging isang working Vice President. At sa nakaraang limang taon, tahimik akong nagtrabaho. Nagsagawa ng reporma sa sektor ng pabahay at tinugunan ang daing ng ating mga OFWs.

Ngunit sa aking mga pakikipag-ugnayan sa iba't ibang lalawigan, ipinaabot ng ating mga kababayan na hindi nila nararamdaman ang pinagmamalaking kaunlaran.

Ang nakikinabang sa ipinagyayabang na pag-unlad ay iilan lamang, kasama ang mga piling kaibigan at kapartido ng mga nasa puwesto.

Marami na akong pinagdaanang pagsubok. Ilang beses akong ikinulong noong panahon ng Martial Law dahil sa paglaban ko para sa kalayaan at demokrasya.

Kahit pagkatapos ng 1986 EDSA Revolution, ilang beses akong ginipit at tinangkang patahimikin dahil patuloy akong lumalaban sa pang-aapi at pang-aabuso.

Ngayon, sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, ako ay pinagkakaisahang siraan, hamakin, gipitin, tanggalin bilang pangalawang pangulo at ipapakulong pa. Ito ay dahil ako ang pangunahing balakid sa kanilang pansariling ambisyon at hangarin.

At habang ako ay ginigipit at inuusig, hinahayaan naman nila ang malawakang anomalya ng kanilang mga kasama at kapartido: ang Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), ang Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) ng kanilang mga kakampi, kapartido, at kaibigan; ang pangongotong sa MRT, at ang masaker ng SAF 44 sa Mamasapano.

Hindi nila pinananagot ang mga opisyal na pumigil sa pagpapalabas ng 2013 Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) ng mga pamahalaang lokal. Samantalang alam nila na karamihan sa ating mga bayan at barangay ay umaasa lang sa IRA.

Ito ang baluktot na hustisya at pamamahala ngayon. Ang umiiral ay selective justice.

Iba ang hustisya at mga benepisyo ng mga kaibigan at kaalyado ng partidong nasa kapangyarihan.

Ngunit, walang hustisya at walang maaasahang benepisyo para sa nakararami lalo na sa mga mahihirap.

Mga kababayan,

May hangganan ang pagtitiis ng isang tao. Tama na. Sobra na. Bakit hindi nila ako harapin sa malinis na halalan?

Alam nila na marami sa kanilang kandidato ang hindi mananalo sa isang malinis at patas na halalan. Kaya gagamit sila ng maruruming paraan, sukdulang sila ay magsinungaling, magwaldas ng pondo ng bayan, at magpatuloy sa paglabag sa batas.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating mga kababayang nagpahayag sa mga survey na sa kabila ng mga paninira, malaki pa rin ang tiwala nila sa akin.

Sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan, huwag po ninyo akong alalahanin.

Kaya ko ang lahat ng ginagawa at gagawin pa nilang pagpapahirap sa akin. Ngunit hindi ko kayang tiisin na magpatuloy ang kahirapan na hinaharap ninyo sa bawat araw.

Sa mga kalaban ko sa pulitika, sinasabi ko sa inyo ngayon: kung ang layunin ninyo ay paatrasin ako sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo sa 2016, nagkakamali kayo. Hindi ako umaatras sa laban. At lalong hindi ko iiwanan ang ating mga mahihirap na kababayan.

Ako po ang inyong pangalawang pangulo, si Jojo Binay, na laging nagsasabi at taas-noong ipinagmamalaki ang pagiging tunay na pilipino sa puso at gawa. Lagi ninyong kasama sa hirap at ginhawa, at ngayon ay namumuno sa oposisyon.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas. Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino.

Source: Office of the Vice President


MANILA STANDARD

PNoy allies pressure Binay backers to quit By Christine F. Herrera | Jun. 29, 2015 at 12:01am


ERICE

ALLIES of President Benigno Aquino III have begun weeding out supporters of Vice President Jejomar Binay from the ruling Liberal Party and are demanding that the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) remove itself from the majority coalition in the House of Representatives.

The Palace also wants officials identified with the Vice President holding strategic posts in various housing agencies to resign.

“I don’t see the logic why UNA would remain with the majority coalition after Vice President Binay resigned from the Cabinet and announced he would lead the opposition,” said Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, the Liberal Party’s vice chairman for political affairs, in an interview over radio dzBB on Sunday. “It’s time for them to go.”

Erice pointed out that the Vice President’s daughter, Makati City Rep. Abigail Binay, has said she would stay in the ruling coalition in the House.

“How is this possible when UNA has been hitting the policies of the administration?” Erice said. “Does this mean UNA congressmen, including Abby Binay, would support the policies and legislation of the administration?”

He said he would questioned the continued presence of UNA members in the ruling coalition before the plenary, saying they would create trouble and confusion.

Erice also insisted that Binay’s allies in government agencies should resign so as not to block the administration’s policies.

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“It should be clear not only in various agencies but also in the House of Representatives. For example, Binay resigned but his men are still everywhere so Binay remains in control of the agencies he once headed such as the HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council),” Erice said.

All these heads of agencies that were appointed by Binay did not relinquish their posts when Binay resigned from the Cabinet and gave up the housing portfolios, the congressman said.

“Resigning is just a gimmick. Binay remains in control of the departments that he used to head,” Erice added.

A spokesman for Binay, Joey Salgado, said Erice was misinformed.

“The heads of housing agencies are presidential appointees,” Salgado said “Some of the board members have fixed terms of office while some are co-terminus with the President.”

He said Binay made recommendations based on individual qualifications and willingness to serve in government.

“Yet, the Palace is again adding up the so-called favors given to the Vice President,” he said.

UNA interim president Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said the party would leave it up to individual members to decide whether or not to leave the majority coalition in the House.

Tiangco said he left the coalition in December 2011, when he exposed the railroading of the impeachment complaint signed by 188 lawmakers to oust then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

“I think they will have to make a stand individually. As UNA interim president, my stand is very consistent. The party stand is: be guided by your conscience and be guided by what is best for your constituents,” Tiangco told The Standard.

On another front, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive Liberal Party candidate for president in 2016, is now after seven mayors in Misamis Oriental who are identified with Binay and threatened them with administrative charges for going abroad without securing a travel authority from his department.

The department’s provincial office confirmed Thursday that Mayors Wellie Lim (Lugait), Enerito Acain V (Initao), Jaime Roa (Naawan), Oliver Ubaub (Laguindingan), Paulino Emano (Tagoloan), Grace Jardin (Jasaan) and Ken Niño Uyguangco (Medina) left for Europe on the first week of June and returned to the province last week, June 19.

On June 16, Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vicente Emano confirmed that some mayors were indeed on vacation in Europe.

“On Wednesday, June 24, our central office directed the provincial and regional DILG to ask details from the capitol regarding the mayors’ Europe travel,” said Edward Bhagwani, provincial director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Last week, Bhagwani told the SunStar in Cagayan de Oro that all government officials and workers on international trips should secure a travel authority and that his office did not receive any request on travel abroad from any Misamis Oriental mayor.

“We have to point out that they are obliged to ask for travel authority since they are government officials… regardless of the nature of the travel,” Bhagwani said.

The mayors only filed a leave of absence, claiming they were traveling on a personal capacity, Bhagwani said.

But the DILG said not seeking a travel authority was tantamount to “abandoning their posts.”

Critics of the mayors said it was the Vice President who funded their European trip, an allegation that was immediately denied by the Binay camp.

Emano produced papers showing he approved the mayors’ leave of absence but Bhagwani said the papers may have been antedated when his office asked for it on June 24.

Bhagwani said government officials and employees who do not comply with the travel authority requirement could be charged administratively before the Ombudsman, and if found guilty of violating the DILG circular, face suspension.

The Palace on Sunday denied calling for housing officials associated with Binay to resign.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said a transcript of her remarks show that she did not issue a call for the resignation of Binay appointees.

She said she merely reminded them that the “norm” was to submit their courtesy resignations, now that Binay has resigned.

But Valte stopped short of asking the Binay appointees to leave, saying it was up to them “to reflect” on the matter. – With Sandy Araneta


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No letup on demolition job vs VP Written by Angie M. Rosales and Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

‘Government conspiring against Binay,’ says counsel

Immediately after Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay handed his irrevocable resignation from the Aquino Cabinet, the Ombudsman again leaked the investigation of her team to a favored major broadsheet on malversation and graft raps against the Vice President and his son, over the claimed overpriced Makati Science High School while the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, led by Sen. Koko Pimentel along with Senators Alan Cayetano and Sonny Trillanes, vowed to continue with the hearings against Binay.

The VP’s counsel, Claro Certeza yesterday reacted on the move by the Ombudsman against the VP and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, saying that the government is conspiring against the VP Binay.

In a statement issued to the media, Certeza said the Ombudsman grossly erred in relying on the testimony of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado as adequate basis for filing charges against Binay and city officials regarding alleged anomalies in the construction of the Makati Science High School Building.

In the same statement, Certeza said Mercado’s allegation that the late Engineer Nelson Morales, former city engineer, had told him to “fix” the bidding process for the said project was merely “hearsay evidence” and therefore, inadmissible in a court of law.

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“The courts do not accept hearsay evidence because there is no way to prove whether it is true or not. Under our judicial system, a witness can only testify on something of which he has personal knowledge.

“In this case, Engr. Morales is not around to attest to a statement attributed to him by Mercado,” Certeza said.

The lawyer decried the Ombudsman’s willingness to take Mercado at his word, considering that Engr. Morales, whom he (Mercado) alleged as the “source” of the information, was dead.

“It is so easy for Mercado to point at Engr. Morales as his source of information that VP Binay ordered him (Morales) to rig the bidding.

There is no way to have Engr. Moralestestify on the details in alleging that the engineer was given that order from VP Binay,” Certeza said.

He added that even if it were eventually proven that no such order was issued by the Vice President, Mercado could conveniently claim that he believed Engr. Morales was telling him the truth.

“Based on this and the past actions of the Ombudsman, it is clearly biased in its investigation of cases involving Vice President Binay,” Certeza said.

The counsel recalled that the Ombudsman had rejected the condonation doctrine cited by Mayor Binay in questioning his “preventive suspension”.

Recently, however, the Ombudsman dropped charges against another mayor who used the same doctrine as defense.

Certeza also noted that under the Constitution, Vice President Binay can only be removed from office through an impeachment process.

The Vice President has yet to undergo the said process, but the Ombudsman has persisted in its investigation and has filed various charges against him, he said.

“All these show that the cases filed against VP Binay are all being done to bring down his ratings and ensure that the VP won’t win the presidential polls in 2016,” Certeza said.

The counsel said it appeared that all government branches and agencies controlled by the political foes of the Vice President have been conspiring to stop his presidential bid.

“These are projects of the political foes of the VP to block his candidacy, which started in the Senate, then the Commission on Audit, then the Department of Justice, and ending up with the Ombudsman,” Certeza said.

Certeza added that the Vice President wanted to put a stop to today’s destructive politics wherein political rivals resort to character assassination instead of showing the people their own achievements as public servants.

“The Vice President remains unfazed by these dirty political tactics and is intent on running for president. He believes that the people will decide on who to vote for as president on the basis of past achievements and competence, not on hearsay and false accusations of political opponents,” Certeza said.

Predictably, Malacañang went into a denial mode again yesterday as it refuted claims made by allies of Vice President Binay that he has been made a “punching bag” of the Aquino administration, following his irrevocable resignation.

According to deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, the Palace does not share the opinion of those saying that Binay was being singled-out.

“We do not share the assessment of the allies of the Vice President that he was made a punching bag by the administration,” she said.

The Palace official also remained silent on why Binay had resigned, saying that the administration is keen on focusing on programs and policies than centering public discourse on “personalities.”

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

The VP won his seat in 2010 under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and was the only opposition member in President Aquino’s Cabinet that is composed primarily of Liberal Party (LP) members which party the chief executive chairs.

Binay on Monday quit his posts in the Cabinet as housing czar and presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) affairs, submitting his resignation letter to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa through his daughter Rep. Abigail Binay.

Later in the day, Ochoa submitted Binay’s letter to Aquino, where the President called the VP to confirm his resignation from the posts as a matter of procedure. Ochoa is set to formalize the Binay’s resignation.

Asked what was talked about by Aquino and Binay over the phone, Valte said she was “not privy to the conversation.”

Malacañang has no replacement yet for the Vice President in posts he vacated from the Cabinet, namely chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Presidential Adviser on OFW affairs.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr, in an interview with state-run radio, said that there is no update as of yet on who will replace Binay following his relief from Cabinet positions.

“We have no information on that, because it only happened yesterday (Monday). And what is important here is that public service continues on all aspects of work in all agencies concerned,” he said.

The Palace official eased public worry over posts left behind by Binay, saying that the government will focus on continuing what the administration has started.

“Vice President Binay was the only one who filed his resignation, that’s why public service continues in all aspects of work in all agencies under his mandate before,” Coloma said.

“While the President has yet to appoint other officials, we have the principle of continuity and no disruption in essential public services,” he added.


Rep Abigail Binay

Following her father’s resignation from the Aquino Cabinet, Rep. Binay said in a radio interview that the Vice President was tired of being a “punching bag” to Aquino allies, saying that when the Vice President told his family the decision to quit, he seemed tired.

The younger Binay said that her father has been taking all the punches without the opportunity to fight back, noting that the Vice President is now “liberated.”

Resignation of the Vice President came shortly after a Pulse Asia Survey ranked him as the most trusted public official in the country ahead of President Aquino.

Binay’s high figures showed him to be the most trusted national government official, bypassing Aquino and all other national officials.

His performance approval rating was also higher than Aquino’s.


BINAY ---SCREENGRAB FROM INTERAKSYON.COM NEWS VIDEO

A political analyst yesterday said VP Binay should have resigned a long time ago to fill up the vacuum in the opposition camp created after the arrest and detention of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile last year following his alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

In an interview in a morning show over national television, Professor Prospero de Vera, vice president for public affairs of the University of the Philippines (UP) said Binay should have stood up for the opposition as people were looking for an alternative program of government to go with a different interpretation of facts, including that in the case of the Mamasapano Tragedy.

“I have always believed and always said that the vice-president should have resigned a long, long time ago because there is a vacuum in the leadership of the opposition. We don’t see the alternative program of government. We don’t see the alternative interpretation of facts,” said de Vera.

De Vera cited in particular, the case of the Mamasapano massacre where Binay had to obviously gag himself, being part of the administration.

“He could not speak because he was part of the Cabinet. Had he resigned much earlier, he would have definitely provided leadership in the opposition on this issue,” said de Vera.

Another political analyst, Professor Edmund Tayao of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) said Binay’s resignation could actually be beneficial for him.

He said that by disengaging himself from the administration, he can now show himself as the opposition leader and that he will no longer be the good guy,’”

Tayao said insinuating the vice president can now strike back at his critics.

De Vera added that despite Binay resigning from the Aquino Cabinet, people might actually be looking up at him now based on the latest results of the survey of Pulse Asia showing him to be the most trusted public official.

“Binay’s high trust rating may mean people generally believe in him and they see the corruption allegations against him as politically-motivated,” said de Vera.

The past few months, the vice president and his family have been the subject of the longest-running Senate hearing regarding alleged corruption issues raised against them by their political opponents.

With his vindication coming by way of the survey, De Vera said Binay must now seize the opportunity to assume leadership and show the people his brand of program of government.

“The best way for the Vice-President to show leadership now is to put forward a program of government,” said de Vera.

“Anyway, he has declared himself as a presidential candidate. It’s about time he places on record his platform, his position on issues and every time the administration speaks, he must provide an alternative. That is the best way to show that you are independent of the administration and that you know what you are doing,” he said,” he added.

“The Vice-President has been talking about competence. This is the time for him to show his competence by showing his grasp of issues,” de Vera stressed
. With Joshua L. Lanonera


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Palace laments VP Binay's 'unfortunate choice' to hit PNoy By ANDREO CALONZO and XIANNE ARCANGEL, GMA News June 24, 2015 5:33pm 545 111 0 695 Tags: Benigno Aquino III , Jejomar Binay “An unfortunate choice.”


LACIERDA

This was how Malacañang on Wednesday called Vice President Jejomar Binay’s combative speech enumerating supposed shortcomings of President Benigno Aquino III.

In a statement shortly after the vice president’s speech, presidential spokesman Sec. Edwin Lacierda said Binay could have aired his gripes to Aquino during his almost five years as Cabinet member.

“In the five years of service to President Aquino, he [Binay] has never spoken ill of the governance policies of the President,” Lacierda said.

“Still, he has made the unfortunate choice to commence his presidential run with statements he could have otherwise discussed with the President as a Cabinet member but chose not to,” he added.

Last November, the President said Binay never presented solutions to the country’s problems during Cabinet meetings.

Lacierda further said that Binay's speech "will define himself not only as an official but also as a person."

In a speech earlier in the day, the vice president called the Aquino government “callous and incompetent.”

Binay, who quit his Cabinet posts last Monday, also accused the administration of advocating selective justice.

Earlier this month, Aquino said he is not inclined to endorse the Vice President, the opposition’s presumptive standard-bearer for the 2016 polls.

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Ranking officials of the Liberal Party on Wednesday dismissed Vice President Jejomar Binay’s scathing criticism of the Aquino administration as nothing more than a hollow speech.

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House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP’s vice chair, said Binay’s speech proves that he should have quit from the Cabinet much earlier. “Why did he remain for so long?” he asked.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, LP’s vice chair for political affairs, slammed Binay for being ungrateful even when he had been given plum posts in the current administration.

He also questioned why Binay only criticized the Aquino administration over the controversies involving the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) when he had been in the Cabinet since 2010.

“I don’t get it. Why did he (Binay) mention the DAP and PDAF only now, after he has served five years in the Cabinet? Wala siyang utang na loob kay Pangulong Aquino, na in-appoint siya sa HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) kahit hindi siya kakampi ng LP. Pero anong ginawa niya? Ginamit lang niya ang ahensya para sa kanyang ambisyong maging presidente,” he told reporters in a phone patch interview.

Erice said Binay’s speech is nothing more than a hollow tirade since he only uttered general criticisms against the Aquino administration while at the same time staying mum on the corruption allegations hounding him and his family.

“We would have answered him point by point kung nagsabi lang siya ng mga specific na pagkakamali ng administrasyon. Pero wala eh, puro general statements lang. Tapos hindi niya pa rin sinagot yung mga ibinabatong akusasyon sa kanya. Tinakbuhan lang niya pagkatapos ng speech at umalis,” he said.

Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas, chair of LP’s organizing and membership committee, said Binay’s speech was merely an evasive tactic meant to deflect the attention from the allegations he is facing.

“He didn’t give any specifics. He didn’t even have a Q and A (question and answer portion). The speech attacks the administration but doesn’t answer the many questions brought about by the alleged anomalies being investigated by the Ombudsman,” he said.

Resignation was overdue

Magdalo party-list Rep. Francisco Ashley Acedillo, a member of the House majority bloc, said that while Binay is portraying himself as an example of “delicadeza” (propriety), the timing of his criticism was self-serving.

Acedillo said Binay should have resigned from the Cabinet before the 2013 midterm elections, when he started his own political party.

“His current attacks against the administration are borne out of opportunistic convenience,” he said.

For his part, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) stalwart Parañaque City Rep. Gustavo Tambunting said Binay’s criticism of the administration was forthcoming after he had bolted from the Cabinet.

“VP Binay has made his stand that he’s clearly against the administration because of his resignation from the Cabinet. This was expected,” he said. -NB/JJ, GMA News



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Erice calls Binay 'walang utang na loob' ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 06/24/2015 7:54 PM


ERICE

MANILA - Liberal Party (LP) official Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice on Wednesday lashed out at Vice President Jejomar Binay who called the Aquino administration "manhid" and "palpak."

Erice said Binay has forgotten the debt of gratitude he owes the President.

In a televised speech on Wednesday, two days after he resigned from the Aquino Cabinet, Binay came out swinging against the administration.

Binay criticized the Aquino administration for supposedly failing to improve the lives of the Filipino people and engaging in selective justice in favor of allies of the ruling LP.

"Ito ang aking ipinaglalaban. Ito rin ang hangarin ng ating mga kababayan: isang pamahalaang kabaliktaran ng manhid at palpak na pamahalaan ngayon," Binay said. "Isang pamahalaan na nagbibigay ng epektibo at malawak na serbisyong pangkalusugan at edukasyon; isang pamahalaang makatao, hindi manhid, at may malasakit kanino man."

Speaking to ANC's "Top Story," Erice, chairman of the LP's political and electoral affairs, called Binay "walang utang na loob".

"Eh napakawalang utang na loob naman niya. 'Yung kanyang pagiging pangalawang pangulo utang na loob niya sa mga mamamayan, pero yung pagiging Cabinet secretary niya utang na loob niya sa Pangulo. Kahit na hindi siya kapartido binigyan siya ng pagkakataon," Erice said.

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Binay was formerly the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFW) Concerns.

Erice claimed that instead of doing his job, Binay just used his positions to campaign ahead of his presidential bid in 2016.

Erice also said Binay should just have raised all his concerns when he was part of the Aquino Cabinet.

"Anong ginawa niya? Limang taon, hindi tahimik siyang nagtrabaho, siya ay nangampanya sa buong bansa. Ginamit niya ang resources ng kanyang tanggapan, ginamit niya yung mga tao, ginamit niya yung oras. Tapos sasabihin niya ngayon na palpak ang Pangulong Aquino?"

"Eh bakit hindi siya kumikibo o bakit ngayon lang? At bakit hihingi siya ng endorsement kay Pangulong Aquino kung sinasabi niya na palpak at manhid ang administrasyong Aquino?"

'NASUSUKA AKO'

The LP official also slammed Binay for still not answering the various accusations of corruption against him, including the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 and his alleged undeclared properties hidden under the names of dummies.

Binay, who has consistently said that all the allegations against him are just politically motivated, immediately walked out after his speech and did not entertain questions from the media.

"Kung matapang siya, dapat sagutin niya ang mga tanong ng mga mamamayang Pilipino," said Erice.

Erice added that being a true Filipino is shown through actions, in response to Binay's apparent swipe against Senator Grace Poe, a possible rival in next year's presidential elections.

The camp of Binay has raised questions on Poe's qualifications to run for president in 2016, citing her citizenship and residency.

"Yung pagka-Pilipino nasa gawa din yan," Erice said. "Sabi niya hindi niya matitiis ang kahirapan ng mga Pilipino. Nasusuka ako sa mga ganyang statement. Ang daming mahirap sa Makati. Ang dami-daming pera ng Makati. Gagastusin lang niya sa P2.2-billion na parking building, milyun-milyong Makati Science High School at marami pang mga anomalya."

"Sa tingin ko yung mga ginagamit niyang salita ay hindi na karapat-dapat para sa isang pangalawang pinakamataas ng pinuno ng bansa," he added.


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Sandigan affirms suspension of DBM undersecretary, et al. linked to pork barrel scam Written by PNA Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00


WHY ME? Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The anti-graft court yesterday upheld its decision ordering the preventive suspension of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) officials and employees implicated in the pork barrel scam led by Undersecretary Mario Relampagos.

Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, said that “there is no cogent reason to reverse its Resolution ordering the herein accused’s suspension pendete lite or pending investigation.”

Also ordered suspended were DBM employees Rosario Nunez, Lalaine Paule, Marilou Bare, and one of the officials of government implementing agency National Livelihood Development Center, Chita Jalandoni.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division resolution rejected as “puerile” the argument of Relampagos and others that the charges against them over their alleged involvement in the multimillion-peso pork barrel scam are invalid and defective.

Further, the court said that the arguments of the respondents were “rehashed” from the other challenges to the case presented before to the court.

“Hence their preventive suspension for ninety days from their respective government positions and from any other public office which they may now or hereafter be holding, still stands,” said Tang in the resolution.


MANILA STANDARD EDITORIAL

Ducking the tough questions Jun. 29, 2015 at 12:01am

THE administration’s response to recent attacks from Vice President Jejomar Binay has been nothing but predictable.

The tactic is to discredit the critic, in this case, an elected public official who has been tarred and feathered in the court of public opinion over allegations of corruption, but which have yet to be proved in a court of law.

The Vice President is an easy mark. Joining the Cabinet in 2010 as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns, Binay broke with the administration only last week, after five long years in which he kept publicly silent on the most atrocious abuses of our system of justice and politics.

We heard hardly a peep from him when President Benigno Aquino III marshaled the entire government machinery to go after a sitting chief justice of the Supreme Court who did not see eye to eye with him, and ousted him for what is arguably not an impeachable offense. Nor did he raise his voice to protest the misuse of billions in public funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program when it was first exposed as a tool of bribery to sway a pliant Congress. The Vice President also stood silent as the administration let an ill-conceived and politically motivated dole program for the poor to bloat into the ultimately useless multi-billion-peso drain on our resources that it is today.

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The Vice President says he raised these and other concerns privately while he was still a member of the Cabinet, but President Benigno Aquino III has disavowed this claim and even feigned surprise that Binay quit when he did.

On top of this, there are the allegations of corruption, helped along by a patently biased Senate investigation that has stretched over an astonishing 22 public hearings, all calibrated to destroy the Vice President’s reputation and credibility with little regard for the facts.

The President and his minions have used these two conditions to duck the tough questions, preferring to attack Binay’s record than to honestly defend their own.

President Aquino has led the way in using this tactic when confronted by the incompetence of his administration in providing the most basic of public services. So it is no surprise that his official family has followed suit.

Called to task for an indisputable double standard in the prosecution of corruption cases, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima chose to bludgeon Binay by referring to his own graft cases, instead of explaining why only opposition politicians have been charged and why the President’s allies—including one who is being groomed for senator—have been left off the hook.

Confronted with his miserable failure to improve the shameful city train services, Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya trotted out the same tired counter-attack that the Vice President never offered any suggestion in his five-year stint in the Cabinet to improve services of the public transport system. This may or may not have been true, but we suggest to Secretary Abaya that perhaps that was not Binay’s job, after all—it was Abaya’s.

That Binay kept his peace while he was in the Cabinet takes nothing away from the seriousness of the charges he now raises against the administration.

These were tough questions about incompetence, corruption and abuse that were raised long before the Vice President broke from the administration, and they demand answers regardless of who is asking them.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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