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P-NOY HITS BACK AT BINAY: WHY DIDN'T YOU HELP US GOVERN BETTER?


President Aquino reiterated that Vice President Binay had an obligation to help the administration since he was a member of the Cabinet. STAR file photo
President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay who criticized the supposedly inept and insensitive governance of the administration.
In an interview with reporters Aquino reiterated that Binay had an obligation to help the administration since he was a member of the Cabinet. Aquino revealed that until when he called up Binay to confirm his resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, the vice president still did not air his concerns on how the government was being run. "Iyong tinanong ko siya 'ano ba talaga 'yung issue?', hindi niya ako masagot. At that point in time, parang wala pa rin siyang masabing dapat ikakabuti 'nung palakad natin dito sa bansang ito. Ngayon after 'nung statement niya kahapon, tila marami siyang kinikimkim na mga sekreto para magpaganda sa pagpapatakbo nitong bansang ito. Palagay ko may obligasyon siya na miyembro siya ng Gabinete na ibinahagi niya ito," Aquino said. "Pero siguro maganda na rin kapag itatanong ninyo sa akin, 'bakit hindi niya ibinahagi?' E palagay ko siya na lang ang tanungin niyo. Kung may maitutulong ka sa ikakabuti ng taumbayan na pinangakuan nating paglilingkuran, bakit mo naman isinisikreto?" Aquino said he was surprised by Binay's resignation from the Cabinet. "Medyo nagulat ako kung bakit nagkaroon ng resignation at this point in time. So I called him up and eventually we got to talk at tinanong ko sa kanya specifically ano ba ang dahilan," Aquino said. "Ang sagot niya sa akin, marami raw, isusulat na lang niya at ipadadala niya sa akin. Sabi ko nung natapos ang conversation namin: sige hintayin ko na lang."  READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy and allies gang up on VP


PNoy: Is this how you repay me? A day after the scathing speech delivered by Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay directly hitting President Aquino’s administration, Aquino, his Cabinet members and his allies in both Houses of Congress ganged up on Binay for branding the Aquino government as “callous,” “insensitive” and “incompetent.”  The Vice President also lashed at the selective justice being employed by the Aquino govt.
Binay also said in the same speech that he resigned partly because he doesn’t want his pro-poor projects to be wasted.
The President said Thursday that either he or his alter-egos will respond point-by-point to the Vice President’s statements.
Aquino, in an interview with reporters yesterday during Livestock Philippines 2015 Expo and Conference in Pasay City, said the administration will reply to the VP’s charges against his administration and programs, noting that he gave Binay all the opportunities and that the VP was not treated as a “spare tire.”  “I and the Cabinet will answer point-by-point all issues he raised yesterday, but I think the record will support my case, that number one, he was elected by the people, I gave him all opportunity so he won’t be a spare tire; what we agreed upon, his assignment in housing and his insistence in adding to that (job), the OFWs (portfolio),” Aquino said. “In all, we granted him the chance to maintain his popularity ratings although he was not our ally when he ran for the elections and he was with the other group in 2013. We did not stop him from having the opportunity for his work to be recognized,” he added. Aquino claimed he was surprised Binay resigned from the Cabinet, saying “I didn’t even treat him wrong and this is what I get in return.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Roxas, Abaya evasive, harp on VP  alleged plunder cases


INSTEAD of twisting the truth about the Aquino administration, Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer the evidence that has been presented against him over his governance of Makati City, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Saturday. Roxas “VP Binay, before you twist what I have said, maybe it would be better if you directly answer the mountain of evidence that has been in the Senate and other fora about the anomalies  allegedly connected to your governance in Makati,” Roxas said in Davao City. Roxas was in Davao to distribute police patrol jeeps, speak before the city’s chamber of commerce and meet with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who announced last week that he was no longer interested in running for president in 2016. Aside from Roxas, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya also scored Binay for making the ongoing crisis of Metro Manila’s light rail transit system a political issue because the current technical problems cannot be solved through politics. Before he became interior secretary, Roxas used to be the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications and Binay also blamed him for the travails of hundreds of thousands of commuters who suffer the rail system’s maintenance problems. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Malacañang (Lacierda) carping at petty issues’ ---VP


BINAY Malacañang was only being “petty” when Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda remarked that Vice President Jejomar Binay “is the only Vice President in Philippine history who was given an official residence,” Binay’s camp said on Saturday. “Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has raised substantive issues but Malacañang chose to be petty instead by raising the issue of the Coconut Palace,” Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado said after Lacierda criticized Binay for trying to portray an “underdog image” which he said is a “gross misrepresentation.”  “Sadly, they don’t have the complete facts,” Salgado said, noting that the government was duty-bound to provide him an office as vice president. “The Coconut Palace is still owned by the Government Service Insurance System. The Office of the Vice President is a mere tenant. In fact, since 2010 the GSIS has increased the rent from P400,000 a month to P440,000 a month,” Salgado said. “It seems that the Palace is now doing an accounting of the supposed favors extended by the President to the Vice President, treating public funds as personal monies given to officials and agencies who, in turn, are expected to be eternally grateful,” he said. Salgado said Binay did not beg for supposed favors or alms, “he simply wanted an office for the Vice President befitting the second highest official of the land. Future Vice Presidents can now look forward to having such an address.” The Coconut Palace was commissioned in 1978 by former First Lady Imelda Marcos as an official government guest house and was supposed to be first used by Pope John Paul II in 1981, but the pope chose to stay at the Apostolic Nunciature. Salgado noted the Coconut Palace was eventually neglected and was nearly decrepit when it was given new relevance when the Vice President moved in. READ MORE...

ALSO VP Binay dares Koko: Man up, proceed to audit Housing agencies

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (right) is heading the Senate subcommittee looking into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay (left). File photo | Senate PRIB Vice President Jejomar Binay has dared one of his critics, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, to “man up” and proceed with his request to audit the agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). Two days after resigning from the Cabinet, Binay on Wednesday sent a letter to Pimentel, among those who initiated the Senate investigation on the alleged corruption lodged against the Vice President and his family. Like his resignation letter sent to President Aquino, Binay’s letter to Pimentel – a copy of which was obtained by The STAR – is terse and straight to the point. “I read in the papers that you have requested an audit of the different shelter agencies under HUDCC which I headed,” Binay said in his letter. “Obviously, your statement is but part of the demolition by perception employed by you and your Senate cohorts for the last ten months. I hope this is not a bluff. I dare you: Magpakalalaki ka (Be man enough),” added the Vice President. “I expect nothing less than a continuation of your demolition campaign against me,” he ended. Pimentel accepted the challenge as he stood pat on the call for a performance audit on HUDCC and its attached agencies. READ MORE...

ALSO CHIZ IS ALARMED: P19-B CCT funds misappropriated?
[A study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reportedly showed that one-third of the P62 billion allocated for the CCT program last year did not go to the poor.]


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Sen. Francis Escudero has expressed alarm over reports that 30 percent or P19 billion of the P62 billion allocated for the monthly cash distribution under the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program did not go to the intended beneficiaries.
As a result, Escudero urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yesterday to strengthen its screening procedure for recipients of the CCT to ensure that only the rightful beneficiaries are covered by the program. “That is quite alarming because we are talking about P19 billion in government funds meant for poor families. This is another injustice to the poorest of the poor who are the target beneficiaries of the poverty reduction program,” Escudero said in a statement. Escudero added that the DSWD should step up the process of weeding out spurious names from the list of deserving beneficiaries under the government’s flagship poverty alleviation program. A study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reportedly showed that one-third of the P62 billion allocated for the CCT program last year did not go to the poor. Since the centerpiece poverty reduction program was put in place by the DSWD, only a small fraction has been delisted while the weeding out process has been slow, he noted. READ MORE...

ALSO Palace: PH not recognizing same sex marriages of Filipinos in US


People hold balloon letters reading “Love wins” in front of the White House lightened in the rainbow colors in Washington on June 26, 2015. The US Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades and sparking scenes of jubilation. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV   Same-sex marriage may be allowed in the United States and other countries but such union will not be recognized in the Philippines in compliance with the existing laws, according to a Palace official.Herminio Coloma Jr., head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said it is clear in the country’s Family Code limited marriage as between a man and a woman. “Under the Family Code, marriage is a specialcontract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life,” Coloma said over government radio. “Kaya po lahat ng mga same-sex marriage ng mga Pilipino na contracted po sa foreign country, hindi po ‘yan kinikilala sa ating bansa [That’s why all same sex marriage of Filipinos contracted in foreign countries will not be recognized in the country],” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO by Francisco Tatad: Blood will probably flow if . . .
[If Aquino believes the only way for him to escape prosecution and punishment for all his unpunished crimes is to throw away the Constitution, common sense and the rules of fair play in order to allow big business to own Grace Poe as President, then the nation may not have seen the worst yet. Blood will probably flow if Aquino fails to stop this madness.]


Several hours before Vice President Jejomar C. Binay went on national TV on Wednesday, to confirm his Cabinet resignation and make his first public statement against President B. S. Aquino 3rd, a CEO close to PNoy told me that Malacañang and the ruling Liberal Party were having a serious “rethink” on Binay after his resignation on Monday.
They apparently anticipated Binay’s TV address and decided not to engage–“stand down” as Pnoy famously put it on January 25, 2015 to the military reinforcement units at Mamasapano. Malacañang’s original plan was to force Binay to abandon his presidential bid by sending him, or his wife (the former mayor of Makati, Dr. Elenita Binay), or his son (the current mayor of MakatI, Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.), or all of them at once to jail on some non-bailable criminal charges, or by pushing him out of office so that PNoy could name a new Vice President in his place, who could take over as President should he decide to seek political shelter in Johor or elsewhere while the government remains in friendly hands.
They have apparently decided that Binay has been sufficiently demolished to the point of harmlessness and insignificance by all the corruption charges that have been hurled against him, and by the sudden drop in his “popularity rating,” and could then be “allowed to run” for President, without affecting Malacañang’s say on results of the 2016 elections. So none of the Binays would be jailed; a threatened suspension order on Mayor Junjun over the case involving the Makati Science High School building would no longer be served; and neither Malacañang nor the LP would have to worry about any “sympathy votes” for the Vice President. READ MORE, PLUS 11 READERS' RESPONSES...


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PNoy hits back at Binay: Why didn't you help us govern better?


President Aquino reiterated that Vice President Binay had an obligation to help the administration since he was a member of the Cabinet. STAR file photo

MANILA, JUNE 29, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Louis Bacani June 25, 2015 - President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay who criticized the supposedly inept and insensitive governance of the administration.

In an interview with reporters, Aquino reiterated that Binay had an obligation to help the administration since he was a member of the Cabinet.

Aquino revealed that until when he called up Binay to confirm his resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, the vice president still did not air his concerns on how the government was being run.

"Iyong tinanong ko siya 'ano ba talaga 'yung issue?', hindi niya ako masagot. At that point in time, parang wala pa rin siyang masabing dapat ikakabuti 'nung palakad natin dito sa bansang ito. Ngayon after 'nung statement niya kahapon, tila marami siyang kinikimkim na mga sekreto para magpaganda sa pagpapatakbo nitong bansang ito. Palagay ko may obligasyon siya na miyembro siya ng Gabinete na ibinahagi niya ito," Aquino said.

"Pero siguro maganda na rin kapag itatanong ninyo sa akin, 'bakit hindi niya ibinahagi?' E palagay ko siya na lang ang tanungin niyo. Kung may maitutulong ka sa ikakabuti ng taumbayan na pinangakuan nating paglilingkuran, bakit mo naman isinisikreto?"

Aquino said he was surprised by Binay's resignation from the Cabinet.

"Medyo nagulat ako kung bakit nagkaroon ng resignation at this point in time. So I called him up and eventually we got to talk at tinanong ko sa kanya specifically ano ba ang dahilan," Aquino said.

"Ang sagot niya sa akin, marami raw, isusulat na lang niya at ipadadala niya sa akin. Sabi ko nung natapos ang conversation namin: sige hintayin ko na lang."

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Aquino wondered why Binay is complaining when he was given all the opportunities to help the administration's governance and prove his leadership.

"Palagay ko 'yung record will support my case na number one, hinalal siya ng taumbayan, ibinigay ko sa kanya ang lahat ng pagkakataon na hindi siya maging spare tire. Iyong pinagkasunduan namin, 'yung assignment niya na housing, hinirit niyang idagdag 'yung OFW," Aquino said.

"At lahat ito 'yung ipinagkaloob natin sa kanya 'yung pagkakataon na manaliti 'yung kanyang popularity ratings bagama't hindi natin siya kaalyado 'nung tumakbo sa eleksyon."

Even if they had different political affiliations in the past two elections, Aquino said he did not prevent Binay from getting recognition for his work.

Aquino said Binay was also granted an audience whenever he sought for a meeting with Cabinet members.

Ultimately, Aquino noted that Binay left the Cabinet and is now attacking the administration because he has not secured the endorsement of the president for next year's polls.

"Siguro ganyan talaga ang pulitika sa ating bansa. Iyong...Baka naman napag-isip siyang hindi siya ang ma-e-endorso natin, so kailangan ipakita niyang hindi niya kailangan 'yung endorsement o may mas maganda siyang kayang magawa," Aquino said.


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Noy, allies gang up on VP Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 26 June 2015 00:00



A day after the scathing speech delivered by Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay directly hitting President Aquino’s administration, Aquino, his Cabinet members and his allies in both Houses of Congress ganged up on Binay for branding the Aquino government as “callous,” “insensitive” and “incompetent.”

The Vice President also lashed at the selective justice being employed by the Aquino government.

Binay also said in the same speech that he resigned partly because he doesn’t want his pro-poor projects to be wasted.

The President said Thursday that either he or his alter-egos will respond point-by-point to the Vice President’s statements.

Aquino, in an interview with reporters yesterday during Livestock Philippines 2015 Expo and Conference in Pasay City, said the administration will reply to the VP’s charges against his administration and programs, noting that he gave Binay all the opportunities and that the VP was not treated as a “spare tire.”

“I and the Cabinet will answer point-by-point all issues he raised yesterday, but I think the record will support my case, that number one, he was elected by the people, I gave him all opportunity so he won’t be a spare tire; what we agreed upon, his assignment in housing and his insistence in adding to that (job), the OFWs (portfolio),” Aquino said.

“In all, we granted him the chance to maintain his popularity ratings although he was not our ally when he ran for the elections and he was with the other group in 2013. We did not stop him from having the opportunity for his work to be recognized,” he added.

Aquino claimed he was surprised Binay resigned from the Cabinet, saying “I didn’t even treat him wrong and this is what I get in return.”

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The President also speculated that Binay quit the Cabinet knowing that he (Aquino) won’t get his ensorsement.

Aquino earlier rejected Binay’s openly seeking his support in the upcoming elections.

He added that he treated the Vice President as family, in light of the relationship between their families dating back from the days of the Marcos dictatorship, and where Binay stood side-by-side with Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino.

“Maybe he thought that he will not be endorsed, so he needs to show that he doesn’t need the endorsement or that he has something better to do. There’s a lot I really want to say, but I think I must formalize the statement to explain our answers to his rants,” he said.

“We have been together for five years in the Cabinet. I cannot remember any situation where he asked for a meeting where he was not heeded. Up to the point of the letter being delivered, I thought better of asking him what actually his reasons are because I treated him as a member of the official family. We have gone through a lot, considering that (our friendship was sealed) since the Edsa revolt even before,” Aquino said.

Previously, Binay was left out by the Aquino Cabinet in various occasions, recently during a “special” meeting with Cabinet members, despite the fact that the discussions partly circled on housing, which is part of the Vice President’s mandate as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Aquino said Binay had all the chances to bring up issues he mentioned in his speech while serving as Cabinet member, as the President claimed he never raised such at any time.

“Now here, again, since the letter was sent to me, I asked him what the issue really is (behind his resignation), and he couldn’t answer me,” he said.

“It’s as if he still has nothing to say on how to make governance better for the country. After his statement yesterday, it’s like has kept so many secrets for running the country better. I think he has the responsibility to share this as part of the Cabinet before,” Aquino added.

“Either I or specific Cabinet secretaries will also respond, but at the same time, at the end of the day, I have about 370 days or so remaining, my interest is to ensure that all opportunities for our people will be maximized, on how to run this country,” he said.

“I don’t think part of my primary function here is to engage myself in political talks, especially if it is about the 2016 elections. Maybe others have the luxury to give all their time to push their candidacy, while I have the responsibility to make our society better, our country as well,” Aquino added.

Trillanes admits to Noy’s incomptence and insensitivity

Sen, Sonny Trillanes virtually echoed the VP’s claims labeling the administration of Aquino as incompetent and insensitive.

“We can say that in some instances, yes. (the VP’s charges are true) but he shouldn’t have said this. He should be the last person to say that as he has countenanced it for five years and only now did he bare this. He was not the perfect spokesman for that,” he said.

Trillanes admitted that there are some valid issues that Binay could be referring to such as the Mamasapano incident, the constitutional question on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and on the issue concerning the 44 fallen Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.

“He was with the Cabinet when these happened. He swallowed these. We never heard any criticisms on these from him . Where was he? Campaigning , going inot boodle fights in the markets and now he says he feels for the poor?” Trillanes said, in his usual illogic.

He describe Binay described as an opportunist engaged in traditional politics at its worst.

Trillanes said it would be better if Aquino no longer counters the accusations of Binay, saying that the Chief Executive need not go down to the level of the Vice President.

He claimed that it was an act of desperation Binay made and he has self destructed. The President has his spokesmen to answer the issues, but the President need not go down to the level of VP Binay.

The senator expressed belief that the shortcomings of the Aquino administration claimed by Binay would not have any impact on the public.

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, in reacting to the speech of Binay, said it did not come as a surprise to hear of the Vice President issuing tirades against the administration after he has tendered his resignation from his Cabinet positions.

“That is an expected move on the part of the Vice President. However, I don’t think attacking the administration, of which he has been a part of for five years, will boost his chances in his presidential bid.

As I have said in reaction to his resignation, he probably did it because he had plans of hitting the PNoy administration. I am just wondering why after a long period of silence, when all of those things he was complaining about were happening, he all of a sudden complains about these things belatedly,” he said.

VP fires back

The Binay camp was also up to the counter charges aired Wednesday right after his speech, with the VP’s spokesman, Rico Quicho firing back at Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, who he said remains inconsequential after five years in the Aquino Cabinet.

“As expected, the response of Secretary Roxas is lame and insignificant just like the five years that he has been in the Cabinet,” Quicho said in a statement.
Quicho said Binay had been true to his word that he would devote his time and effort to help the President build the nation.

“Unfortunately, while the Vice President dutifully performed his mandate, the President’s and Secretary Roxas’ allies utilized government resources to maliciously discredit the accomplishments of the Vice President, while giving their presumptive candidate the chance to gain political mileage,” said Quicho.

“They have done this and will continue to do so using taxpayers’ money,” he stressed.

Earlier in the day, Roxas lashed at Binay saying that for the five years he had been with the Aquino Cabinet, he never uttered a word regarding alleged wrongdoings of the Aquino administration.

“The thing is, he’s had every single day over the last five years to point out these wrongdoings or mistakes in this administration,” Roxas said through a text message to media. “We never heard anything from him until now.”

Quicho however refuted this, saying the VP was in constant communication with Aquino, giving him his opinion regarding policies and governance.

Quicho said Roxas’ lackadaisical performance in the DoTC and DILG portfolios despite enormous government funds given to him defines his leadership capabilities.

“They also expose the lie that is tuwid na daan,” Quicho said.

The lean budget the Office of Vice President and HUDCC gets pales in comparison to the DoTC and DILG budgets, he said, by way of comparison.

“Yet Vice President Binay faithfully served the poor during his time. The Vice President’s work ethic and commitment to serve has earned for him the trust and appreciation of the people,” he said.

De Lima slammed for selective justice

Quicho also slammed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who vehemently denied Binay’s claim of “selective justice” under the Aquino administration.

De Lima laughed off calls for her and other Cabinet members planning to run in next year’s election to resign .

De Lima said there is no need for her to leave the DoJ at this time.

“Unlike the Vice President, I have not yet started campaigning, much less declared my candidacy for any office. In the first place, the Vice President has resigned out of political expediency, not because of his intention to run for President. If that was his reason for resigning, he should have resigned from the Cabinet as early as five years ago the moment he declared to run for the 2016 presidential race,” she said in a text message.

“And it has become evident that he also had to resign in order to go full blast in condemning this administration of which he was part for five years, and which he now faults for his own troubles with the law insofar as his graft cases are concerned,” she added.

Quicho accused de Lima of being a party herself in putting to practice a selective application of justice under the Aquino administration.

“Secretary De Lima misses the point completely. The manner and method with which she uses her office to oppress the political opposition while allowing LP allies to go unpunished highlights her performance,” said Quicho.

“Worse, she is too titillated by the allure of politics that she neglects her job,” Quicho said.

Quicho said under de Lima’s watch, people bore witness to the prison scandal in the New Bilibid Prison, bribery in the Bureau of Immigration to fund BBL lobbying, and the snail’s pace prosecution of other PDAF actors.

(More importantly), She has failed to provide justice for the families of the SAF fallen 44,” said Quicho.

“Lady justice is blind but Secretary de Lima appears to be blinded by her own ambitions and her vow to protect the Liberal Party and its allies. Sadly, at the expense of ensuring equal justice for all the people,” Binay’s spokesman pointed out.

Quicho reiterated Binay has always chosen the path of the poor and downtrodden.

“This is an informed and deliberate choice honed by his long years of public service. Productive collaboration is cultivated by listening and doing, not by conveniently blaming political enemies and institutions,” Quicho said.

Earlier, Malacañang also shot down calls for Cabinet members whose names are being mentioned as among those planning to run in next year’s poll saying they were just doing their jobs.

Last Monday, De Lima said her ranking in the top 12 “senatoriables” is an “encouraging” sign and a big factor in any decision she is going to make even as she clarified that she has yet to decide whether to run for public office in next year’s elections.

VP thanks outpouring support

For his part, Binay expressed gratitude to the people for the outpouring of support as he declared that he was officially heading the opposition on Wednesday at the Coconut Palace.

Following his speech, Binay bared the Office of the Vice President and himself have received calls and messages of support from individuals and heads of various sectoral and local organizations.

He thanked them all for their support, saying that his determination to continue his fight against poverty and ensure the return of respect for the law and the Constitution.

“With your help, we can build a new and better nation for the people, particularly the poor,” the Vice President said.

“I think what resonated most with our people was the need to liberate the poor from poverty under a caring and competent government, and the selective justice employed under this administration,” said Binay.

“I believe our people are also fed up with the incompetent and callous management employed by the current administration,” he added.

LP allies defend Noy

A ranking member of the Liberal Party yesterday defended the Aquino administration anew from tirades coming from the camp of Binay.

According to Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone the Aquino administration has never been incompetent or insensitive.

“On the contrary, the Aquino administration has achieved so much in terms introducing much-needed reforms, particularly in fighting corruption, and in the delivery of basic services to the people,” Evardone said yesterday.

Evardone also junked Binay’s statement that the Aquino administration is tainted with corruption.

“In the first place, President Aquino is not tainted with any corruption issue, a sharp contrast to the Binay camp,” the Eastern Samar lawmaker said, adding that the administration continues to endeavor to implement pro-poor programs to alleviate the conditions of the masses of our people, especially in the rural areas.

Apparently, Evadorne and Aquino allies have forgotten the fact that they were all bribed by Aquino with hundreds of millions to impeach the then sitting Chief Justice, Renato Corona, with pubic funds, coming from the illegal Disbursement Acceleration program (DAP).

“I don’t think a Binay presidency would be a better alternative to the Aquino administration,” Evardone said.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, for his part, dared allies of Vice President Jejomar Binay , who are still in the Aquino government, to follow in the footsteps of their patron, even when he himself said that no one in the Cabinet with an eye to running for an elective seat need nor resign.

“What are they waiting for,” Erice said referring to Binay appointees who are still in the HUDCC.

“Of course he (Binay) lambasted the Aquino administration, delicadeza dictates that his appointees in the HULRB (Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board), HGC (Home Guaranty Corporation), PAg-IBIG, and other Binay protégées should resign,” Erice said.

Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas, another LP stalwart, stressed that it is incumbent upon Binay appointees to leave the government now that their appointing officer has already resigned.

“Delicadeza demands that they resign considering that VP Binay now officially heads the opposition and has started to attack the administration of which they are still a part,” said Treñas.With Angie M. Rosales, Benjamin B. Pulta and Gerry Baldo By Joshua L. Labonera and Charlie V. Manalo


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Roxas, Abaya evasive, harp on VP cases By Francisco Tuyay | Jun. 28, 2015 at 12:01am

INSTEAD of twisting the truth about the Aquino administration, Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer the evidence that has been presented against him over his governance of Makati City, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Saturday.

Roxas “VP Binay, before you twist what I have said, maybe it would be better if you directly answer the mountain of evidence that has been in the Senate and other fora about the anomalies allegedly connected to your governance in Makati,” Roxas said in Davao City.

Roxas was in Davao to distribute police patrol jeeps, speak before the city’s chamber of commerce and meet with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who announced last week that he was no longer interested in running for president in 2016.

Aside from Roxas, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya also scored Binay for making the ongoing crisis of Metro Manila’s light rail transit system a political issue because the current technical problems cannot be solved through politics.

Before he became interior secretary, Roxas used to be the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications and Binay also blamed him for the travails of hundreds of thousands of commuters who suffer the rail system’s maintenance problems.

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“In my opinion, that is what is most important – direct answers instead of deceiving our countrymen and diverting the discussion to whatever,” Roxas said.

“You had five years to take up whatever you may have noticed, whatever you may have observed, whatever you want changed,” Roxas told Binay.

“You could have told the President privately or formally in the Cabinet, but we heard nothing and all of a sudden you lash out,” Roxas added.

Roxas confirmed that he indeed met with Duterte at the sidelines of his two activities in the city, but he said that was not unusual because they frequently meet in many places, including Manila.

Meanwhile, Abaya said in an interview on radio dzMM, Abaya said politics should not be linked to the problems hounding the Metro Rail Transit-3.

“It is confusing for the Vice President to mix technical problems with politics because it is more important to analyze technical problems for solutions,” Abaya said.

“I am certain a technical problem cannot be solved by a political solution. We should not mix that up because the MRT may even worsen if that is the analysis,” Abaya added.

Abaya said Binay never commented on the problems of the train system.

“That’s why I was surprised when he made a comment when he had already quit [the Cabinet],” Abaya said. “He could have easily commented on the matter. I’m always open, welcoming constructive comments. Maybe he chose that theme because 2016 is already near,” he added.


MANILA STANDARD

‘Palace, (Lacierda)  carping at petty issues’ By Vito Barcelo | Jun. 28, 2015 at 12:01am


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THE Palace was only being “petty” when Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda remarked that Vice President Jejomar Binay “is the only Vice President in Philippine history who was given an official residence,” Binay’s camp said on Saturday.

“Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has raised substantive issues but Malacañang chose to be petty instead by raising the issue of the Coconut Palace,” Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado said after Lacierda criticized Binay for trying to portray an “underdog image” which he said is a “gross misrepresentation.”

“Sadly, they don’t have the complete facts,” Salgado said, noting that the government was duty-bound to provide him an office as vice president.

“The Coconut Palace is still owned by the Government Service Insurance System. The Office of the Vice President is a mere tenant. In fact, since 2010 the GSIS has increased the rent from P400,000 a month to P440,000 a month,” Salgado said.

“It seems that the Palace is now doing an accounting of the supposed favors extended by the President to the Vice President, treating public funds as personal monies given to officials and agencies who, in turn, are expected to be eternally grateful,” he said.

Salgado said Binay did not beg for supposed favors or alms, “he simply wanted an office for the Vice President befitting the second highest official of the land. Future Vice Presidents can now look forward to having such an address.”

The Coconut Palace was commissioned in 1978 by former First Lady Imelda Marcos as an official government guest house and was supposed to be first used by Pope John Paul II in 1981, but the pope chose to stay at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Salgado noted the Coconut Palace was eventually neglected and was nearly decrepit when it was given new relevance when the Vice President moved in.

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“Instead of asking for an accounting of favors, it would have been better if the Palace instead answered the issue of widespread hunger and poverty and the gaping ineptness of the government,” Salgado said.

But Lacierda backtracked on Saturday and said it was not questioning Binay’s use of the Coconut Palace as his official residence.

“It was respected in that every possible means was found, particularly if at the behest of the Vice President in order to be of service to the people, to give him every opportunity, dignity and convenience, to be useful,” Lacierda said in a statement.

“If today the Vice President’s spokesmen feel compelled to justify their principal or his actions or even motivations, that is their right—but irrelevant as to the opportunities the Vice President was given to be part of the solution and not part of the nation’s problems,” Lacierda said.

At the same time, the Palace also admitted that poverty alleviation is taking time after a the independent think tank IBON Foundation revealed that Filipinos do not believe poverty or corruption had gone down in the last three months.

“We accept that,” said Lacierda’s deputy Abigail Valte. “Poverty alleviation takes time. No one can say that that can be considerably reduced or removed within three months,” Valte said in an interview with government-owned radio station dzRB.

IBON’s survey conducted from May 13 to 23, but whose results were made public only June 25, showed 72.3 percent of Filipinos do not believe poverty has been reduced in the last three months.

Based on the survey, only 17.9 percent said they believe so, and 9.6 percent of the respondents answered they do not know.

A similar survey in January 2015 showed 71.7 percent said they do not believe poverty went down in the last three months, while only 17.1 percent believed it did.


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VP Binay dares Koko: Man up, proceed to audit Housing agencies By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2015 - 12:00am 2 51 googleplus0 0


Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (right) is heading the Senate subcommittee looking into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay (left). File photo | Senate PRIB

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay has dared one of his critics, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, to “man up” and proceed with his request to audit the agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Two days after resigning from the Cabinet, Binay on Wednesday sent a letter to Pimentel, among those who initiated the Senate investigation on the alleged corruption lodged against the Vice President and his family.

Like his resignation letter sent to President Aquino, Binay’s letter to Pimentel – a copy of which was obtained by The STAR – is terse and straight to the point.

“I read in the papers that you have requested an audit of the different shelter agencies under HUDCC which I headed,” Binay said in his letter.

“Obviously, your statement is but part of the demolition by perception employed by you and your Senate cohorts for the last ten months. I hope this is not a bluff. I dare you: Magpakalalaki ka (Be man enough),” added the Vice President.

“I expect nothing less than a continuation of your demolition campaign against me,” he ended.

Pimentel accepted the challenge as he stood pat on the call for a performance audit on HUDCC and its attached agencies.

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“Yes, I will formally call for an audit of his tenure and the housing agencies but I will not conduct the audit. It should be the Commission on Audit (COA),” Pimentel said.

Pimentel explained that he called for an audit after learning from his contacts in his home city, Cagayan de Oro, that the housing units promised for the victims of Typhoon Sendong have not been fully delivered.

“So I think, it’s best to conduct an audit of his performance as HUDCC head, and compare his (agency’s) milestones report with the reality on the ground as confirmed by the COA,” Pimentel said ia subsequent interview.

He debunked Binay’s claims that it is part of a continuing demolition job.

“But that’s not a demolition job against him. That’s just logical. I do not know the result of the audit. Hence, how can that be a demolition job against him? If he is cleared then good for him,” Pimentel added.

If found that there was misuse of funds when Binay was with the HUDCC, then he can be held liable. Until then, Binay should not worry, the senator said.

Pimentel refused to dignify the sexist tone of Binay’s letter, saying he is not someone that Binay simply met on a street corner.

He added he will be replying to the Vice President’s letter, containing more or less what he has told the media.

Binay’s letter was sent to Pimentel on the same day he lashed out at the Aquino administration for being inept and insensitive to the needs of the people and of employing selective justice in persecuting him and his family.

The Vice President delivered his first speech following his resignation from the Cabinet on Monday in his office at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City.

Long history with Pimentel Binay and Pimentel have a long history and were former political allies at the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Prior to his resignation from the party last year, Binay served as national chairman with Pimentel as national president.

PDP-Laban was formed in 1986 following the merger of the parties founded by former senators Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Benigno Aquino Jr., fathers of incumbent senator Pimentel and President Aquino, respectively.

During the merger, Binay – who was appointed by then President Corazon Aquino as mayor of Makati City – was a member of Ninoy’s Laban.

In 2010, PDP-Laban coalesced with former President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) to form the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) coalition.

The coalition fielded Estrada and Binay for the presidency and vice presidency, respectively.

Binay won over Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Mar Roxas, and accepted a position in the Aquino Cabinet as HUDCC chairman and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns.

The fallout with Pimentel happened in the 2013 midterm elections, when UNA decided to field former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in its senatorial slate.

The younger Pimentel, who took office in 2011 after Zubiri resigned due to poll fraud allegations, objected to the latter’s inclusion in the coalition’s candidates for the Senate.

He instead ran for re-election under the LP senate slate, putting Binay, PDP-Laban and the UNA coalition in a precarious situation.

Binay announced his resignation from the party last year and formed UNA party, which is expected to be launched next week.

Since his resignation, Pimentel has been a vocal critic of the Vice President, taking part in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearings – along with Sens. Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV – that investigated corruption allegations against the Binays.

The subcommittee came out with a report recommending the filing of plunder charges against Binay, his son incumbent Makati City Mayor Junjun and other city officials over supposed anomalies in the Makati City Hall Building II project.

Political persecution Binay’s camp also lashed out at Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for using her position to persecute opponents of the Aquino administration.

Rico Quicho, the Vice President’s spokesman for political concerns, said De Lima has used her office to oppress the political opposition while allowing her allies in LP to go unpunished.

“Under her watch we have seen the prison scandal in the New Bilibid Prison, bribery in the Bureau of Immigration to fund BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) lobbying and the snail’s pace prosecution of other PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) actors,” said Quicho.

He added that De Lima “has failed to provide justice for the families of the SAF Fallen 44,” referring to the 44 police combatants who were killed by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January.

Quicho said De Lima appears to be blinded by her own ambitions, “sadly, at the expense of ensuring equal justice for all the people.” – Christina Mendez


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P19-B CCT funds misappropriated? By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 27, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Francis Escudero has expressed alarm over reports that 30 percent or P19 billion of the P62 billion allocated for the monthly cash distribution under the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program did not go to the intended beneficiaries.

As a result, Escudero urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yesterday to strengthen its screening procedure for recipients of the CCT to ensure that only the rightful beneficiaries are covered by the program.

“That is quite alarming because we are talking about P19 billion in government funds meant for poor families. This is another injustice to the poorest of the poor who are the target beneficiaries of the poverty reduction program,” Escudero said in a statement.

Escudero added that the DSWD should step up the process of weeding out spurious names from the list of deserving beneficiaries under the government’s flagship poverty alleviation program.

A study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reportedly showed that one-third of the P62 billion allocated for the CCT program last year did not go to the poor.

Since the centerpiece poverty reduction program was put in place by the DSWD, only a small fraction has been delisted while the weeding out process has been slow, he noted.

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“They have delisted less than five percent since the program began,” Escudero said. “While the weeding out process is ongoing, it is too slow given the magnitude.”

“We are throwing away money to those who do not need or deserve it to the exclusion of those who might or other worthwhile endeavors that also need funding and fiscal space,” the senator said.

The senator said it was the DSWD’s job to ensure that funds earmarked for the program, officially known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, will go only to the most vulnerable sectors.

“If the funds fail to reach the intended recipients, then it defeats the purpose of the program which is to provide social protection for and directly assist the poorest members of society,” Escudero said.

The program provides cash grants to targeted poor Filipino families based on sustained, verified compliance with certain health and education conditions. Such conditions include sending children to school, ensuring they receive regular checkups and participating in family planning and nutrition.

Under the cash assistance program implemented by the DSWD, each identified poor family receives a monthly stipend of up to P1,400, or a total of P15,000 every year for five years, on condition that it sends children to school and clinics for vaccination, among others.

The program was patterned after the conditional cash transfer schemes in Latin America and African countries, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty.


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PALACE: PH not recognizing same sex marriages of Filipinos in US by Genalyn Kabiling June 28, 2015 (updated) Share4 Tweet14 Share0 Email0 Share101


People hold balloon letters reading “Love wins” in front of the White House lightened in the rainbow colors in Washington on June 26, 2015. The US Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades and sparking scenes of jubilation. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV

Same-sex marriage may be allowed in the United States and other countries but such union will not be recognized in the Philippines in compliance with the existing laws, according to a Palace official.Herminio Coloma Jr., head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said it is clear in the country’s Family Code limited marriage as between a man and a woman.

“Under the Family Code, marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life,” Coloma said over government radio.

“Kaya po lahat ng mga same-sex marriage ng mga Pilipino na contracted po sa foreign country, hindi po ‘yan kinikilala sa ating bansa [That’s why all same sex marriage of Filipinos contracted in foreign countries will not be recognized in the country],” he added.

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Coloma made the remarks after same-sex marriage has been declared legal across the United States in a historic Supreme Court ruling. The decision, which stops US states from banning same-sex marriage, has been welcomed by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities as a triumph in their rights movement for decades.

Coloma meantime maintained that Philippine laws on marriage are binding upon Filipinos wherever they reside.

He cited Article 15 of the Civil Code of the Philippines that states that “laws relating to family rights and duties or to the status, condition, and legal capacity of persons are binding upon citizens of the Philippines even though living abroad.”

But if there are groups who want same-sex marriage in the country, Coloma said they should go to Congress to enact such law.


MANILA TIMES OPINION

Blood will probably flow if . . . June 25, 2015 11:18 pm FRANCISCO S. TATAD


by FRANCISCO S. TATAD

Several hours before Vice President Jejomar C. Binay went on national TV on Wednesday, to confirm his Cabinet resignation and make his first public statement against President B. S. Aquino 3rd, a CEO close to PNoy told me that Malacañang and the ruling Liberal Party were having a serious “rethink” on Binay after his resignation on Monday.

They apparently anticipated Binay’s TV address and decided not to engage–“stand down” as Pnoy famously put it on January 25, 2015 to the military reinforcement units at Mamasapano.

Malacañang’s original plan was to force Binay to abandon his presidential bid by sending him, or his wife (the former mayor of Makati, Dr. Elenita Binay), or his son (the current mayor of MakatI, Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.), or all of them at once to jail on some non-bailable criminal charges, or by pushing him out of office so that PNoy could name a new Vice President in his place, who could take over as President should he decide to seek political shelter in Johor or elsewhere while the government remains in friendly hands.

They have apparently decided that Binay has been sufficiently demolished to the point of harmlessness and insignificance by all the corruption charges that have been hurled against him, and by the sudden drop in his “popularity rating,” and could then be “allowed to run” for President, without affecting Malacañang’s say on results of the 2016 elections.

So none of the Binays would be jailed; a threatened suspension order on Mayor Junjun over the case involving the Makati Science High School building would no longer be served; and neither Malacañang nor the LP would have to worry about any “sympathy votes” for the Vice President.

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It appears that Binay has won a reprieve from his political enemies, some of whom apparently believe that with him out of the Cabinet and his propaganda ratings down, the irreparably colorless and dysfunctional Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, Mar Roxas, now stands a fighting chance as the LP presidential candidate.

But if we are looking at Roxas, we are looking at the wrong party.

The nation stands in great danger, not from Roxas who could still “lose unopposed,” especially if his celebrated spouse becomes his chief campaigner, but rather from Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, whom some oligarchs would like to inflict upon the nation as their President.

At their behest, the propaganda fraudsters have already put her on top of their skewed “surveys.”

They now portray her as the 2016 “presidential frontrunner,” and also the top choice for Vice President, despite the fact that she is not a natural-born Filipino and therefore not qualified, under the Constitution, to run for President, Vice President, senator or member of the House of Representatives.

They go further by making her “the best performing senator” despite her having suppressed from public perusal and sent to the archives the Senate committee report on its official inquiry into the Mamasapano massacre of the 44 Special Action Force police commandos on an anti-terrorist mission on January 25, 2015.

This was as big and outrageous a crime as the 19 senator-judges each accepting bribes of P50 million and more from Pnoy (Senate President, P100 million; Chiz Escudero, P98 million) to convict and remove Chief Justice Renato Corona on a highly questionable offense.

As head of the Senate Committee on Public Order, Grace Poe’s duty was to find out under what circumstances the 44 SAF commandos were killed, and why PNoy, having assumed direct control of the commando operation, ordered the reinforcement units to stand down when they were most needed.

Yet Grace Poe decided to suppress this report, to shield PNoy from his clear culpability for the death of the 44 commandos.

According to my latest information, the SAF widows are filing murder charges in the next few days against those responsible for the death of their husbands in the hands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. We pray the good senator will not be implicated for suppressing the Senate report.

Grace Poe has acquired a persona bigger than reality and without any relationship whatsoever to her private and public life.

So some of the biggest oligarchs would like to impose her upon the population as their presidential candidate despite her not being qualified for the office. And they seem convinced there’s no stopping it.

Binay used to lead all the “trust surveys” by the country’s two notorious polling firms, before they decided to prop her up.

Despite sustained accusations of wrongdoing while he was still mayor of Makati, his trust rating remained high, especially outside of Metro Manila where people have not followed closely the barrage of anti-Binay stories from the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee.

But simply by playing around with the number of respondents in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, SWS, which is owned and controlled by Grace Poe’s adoptive uncle, Mahar Mangahas, put Poe on top of its June 5 to 8 propaganda survey.

In an analysis that first appeared on Facebook, former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong, a CPA-lawyer and convenor of the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections, tries to explain the phenomenon.

The fraudster did not have to ask the “samples” or respondents leading questions this time. Simply by drawing 300 “samples” from each of the four geographic sites involved, regardless of each site’s voting strength, SWS loaded the survey in favor of Poe.

This was done by getting more respondents from Metro Manila,Visayas and Mindanao where there were more potential Poe supporters, and not enough respondents from the rest of Luzon where there were more potential Binay supporters.

Both the demolition jobs on Binay and Poe’s precocious campaign have been felt most strongly in Metro Manila, mainly because it is the nation’s media capital, and in the Visayas, where she comes from. In the rest of Luzon, where Binay traces his roots, SWS failed to put in enough respondents corresponding to the size of the voting population.

Were the voters-to-respondents ratio properly followed, Chong suggests, Metro Manila, with a voting population of 5,996,193 or 11.53 percent of the national voting population of 52,006,910 (as of October 2013), should have had 138 respondents only, not 300. Visayas, with a voting population of 10,735,024 or 20.64 percent of the total, should have had 248 only, not 300.

Mindanao, with a population slightly bigger than that of the Visayas, and where Grace Poe’s adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., used to have a large following as an action star, should have had 277 only.

On the other hand, the rest of Luzon, with a voting population of 23,277,506 or 44.76 percent of the total, should have had 537, not just 300.

The danger lies not so much in the larger-than-life myth being created in favor of Grace Poe. Sooner or later, her true character will be revealed, and the myths about her exposed for their real worth.

More questions would be asked. And more people would have a less idealized view of every aspect of her personal life. How heavily does she smoke and drink?

How many cuss words does she use in one sentence when talking to small people and lowly subordinates?

Does she throw things in a fit? How faithful is she to any oath she has taken in her life? Will the religious sisters who support her now still support her when they get to know the real Grace Poe outside of her public image?

Her propagandists will now use the survey results to condition the minds of the voters. That’s dangerous enough. But it’s still part of the electoral game, if you can stand it: they will try to fool as many people as they can in favor of their unworthy candidate. It’s your own lookout.

The voter who votes for a candidate who is sold to the public as “popular” rather than as one who is truly virtuous and competent is likely to be fooled. So from one election to another, the naïve and gullible voters are fooled.

The real danger lies in any part of the public accepting the survey “results” as gospel truth, the cheating syndicates using those “results” as their guide to produce the predicted results and the public “celebrating” everything the cheating machine churns out.

This is the evil that plagued our past elections, and allowed the fraudsters to paint their electoral crime as a service to the electorate.

Now, the danger has grown beyond all proportions, as big business decided to promote as presidential candidate a political opportunist whom they know is not constitutionally qualified for the office she seeks.

Our biggest problem with Grace Poe is not Grace Poe alone, but the oligarchs who want to own her as President.

They want to enthrone her as President not because of anything related to the common good or the national interest, but because they believe they, the economic oligarchy, should be running government.

They would like to own the country by owning the President first. They seem convinced that with all their money they could open a road for Grace Poe anywhere, even through a dead end where the Constitution has built a wall that cannot be breached.

They seem to believe that should the case ever get to the Supreme Court, they would have no problem, given their money, power and influence, in persuading the SC justices to rule that a politician who had no known nationality from birth, and had to go through a legal process to become a Filipino citizen at a young age; a second legal process later in life to denounce and abjure totally and entirely her Philippine citizenship and become a citizen of the United States; a third legal process to renounce her US citizenship after accepting a Philippine government position that required a Philippine citizenship; and a fourth legal process to reacquire her Philippine citizenship before running for the Senate is actually a “natural-born” Filipino citizen–a term used by the Constitution to define a Filipino citizen from birth who does not have “to perform any act to acquire or perfect [her] Philippine citizenship.”

Big business’ brazen attempt to openly control the electoral process completes the idiotization of our politics. It must be stopped.

If Aquino believes the only way for him to escape prosecution and punishment for all his unpunished crimes is to throw away the Constitution, common sense and the rules of fair play in order to allow big business to own Grace Poe as President, then the nation may not have seen the worst yet. Blood will probably flow if Aquino fails to stop this madness.
fstatad@gmail.com.

11 Responses to Blood will probably flow if . . .
Carl says:
June 26, 2015 at 8:28 am
The oligarchy is the cancer of Philippine society. Via capture of government and the economy, the rapacious Philippine oligarchy has managed to corner all opportunities for themselves and have left only the crumbs for the rest of the people. The oligarchy is the biggest hindrance to Philippine development and progress.
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Helen Ramos says:
June 26, 2015 at 8:12 am
And so the usual corrupt officials of this government, the most shameless low-lying in the entire history of this country, are trying to keep that shameless president, who stole the presidency, and who would do anything, including sell his soul to the devil, just to avoid serving a jail term that he so richly deserve, for all the sins he has committed to date to this country and its people.
We have had enough, of oligarchs who want to run the government through incompetent candidates made to look as saints and innocent lambs. Ms. Poe will not make this country great nor take the country to the next level of development and status that has eluded it for so long. She does have what it takes and she is not legally qualified to run for this office.
Wala na bang matinong Pilipinong magliligtas sa baying ito? Ganyan na ba karumi ang mga nagpiprisintang maglingkod daw sa bayan na walang ginawa kundi nakawin ang salapi ng bayan. Husto na mga kababayan. Tigilan na ninyo ang pagboto sa mga taong walang alam, at wala ring magandang intensiyon para sa kinabukasan ng mga Pilipino. Sagrado ang boto ng bawat isa sa atin. Huwag ninyong gamitin sa kagaguhan. Kinabukasan ng inyong mga anak ang nakataya sa eleksiyong darating.
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jane says:
June 26, 2015 at 6:28 am
Yes , the ” INCONVENIENT TRUTH ” about Poe has to be realized before she casts her name on the ballots.
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jesus nazario says:
June 26, 2015 at 6:16 am
Maybe that kind of purification is what we need for the nation’s salvation.
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P.Akialamiro says:
June 26, 2015 at 6:09 am
Call it political persecution, but VP Binay still has to prove his accusers wrong. Being ‘corrupt’, as accused, is still a big question mark as to his integrity as a candidate for the highest position in the land. I will not vote for one who is an accused corrupt candidate and will discourage others to do so!
Honest to goodness, does Ms. Poe have the track record to be a VP, muchless a President? Does her work experiences qualify her to be able to govern the country? Or, is she just taking advanrage of her popularity because of her adoptive parents. She’s not even an effective Senator. I wonder why she’s even the concern of columnists when her birth qualification is still questionable?
There should be an ever on-going reminders to voters about who should be voted on or not in the following elections because of their qualifications or non- qualifications. Otherwise, the Senate will be more complete…….with showbiz personalities with all the forthcoming ‘telenovelas’!
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mdm says:
June 26, 2015 at 5:09 am
grace poe not fitted to lead the country , to be the commander in chief of the armed forces of the Philippines . SIGURADO MAUULIT ANGMASASAPANO INCIDENT and other similar incidents . Not even a senator ( what did she do as senator … palpak desicion nya na itago si bsaquino during senate / congress investigation … CORRUPT CORRUPT CORRUPT … NAGMAMALINIS AT NAGAANESANESA KUNO.. VERY DISGUSTING …
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Felimon A. Soria says:
June 26, 2015 at 3:38 am
There must be a way Filipinos can stop Vie Pres. Binay or Sen. Llamanzares from becoming president. There are a lot of good, decent, bright men and women to select from or are we just going to believe what these fraudsters are telling us?
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Estepano says:
June 26, 2015 at 2:59 am
Aquino’s blood should flow to the street first. He is insane. His life should not amount to anything,.
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Sonny Dungca says:
June 26, 2015 at 2:48 am
Tatad better go to hell. You are out of reality! Kaya ka naging traidor ni Marcos eh. At that time idol kita. Pero ngayon kabaligtaran na, idiot ka na. Pareho lang tayong Bicolano, pero ikinahihiya ka ng buong Bicol!!! Nabayaran ka ni Binay, mukhang pera ka lang, magkano ba binayad sayo, ang laki siguro dahil hibang na hibang ka sa pagdepensa kay Binay!!! Lubog ka na sa Bayang Pilipno!!!
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philjayc says:
June 26, 2015 at 1:29 am
i don’t know what Grace has done to get that tag as “the best performing senator.” nagtataka nga ako kamakailan nang mabasa ko na “best performing senator” si Grace. kabago-bago pa lang niya at wala naman akong nakita at nabasang outstanding performance ang nagawa niya as senator, kundi iyong hearing sa Mamasapano. wala naman siyang senate bill na naging batas na.
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jeni says:
June 26, 2015 at 1:12 am
we will see if they could put down mary grace poe through it’s yellow propagandist SWS so the people might think she’s a yellow. and, whoever we are, chinese, japanese, etc, as long as you’re born in the philippines, you are a natural born pilipino, mr. kit tatad.


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