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PALACE BEHIND IMPEACH MOVES? LACIERDA LAUGHS OFF BINAY's CLAIM


JULY 7 --Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda hit back at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who claims that the Palace is out to impeach him. Willy Perez/Composite File photo
By Louis Bacani - Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda laughed off Vice President Jejomar Binay's claim that Malacañang is behind the supposed impeachment efforts against him. "Ha ha! He must be kidding. The president is governing, he (Binay) is campaigning," Lacierda said in a text message to reporters on Tuesday. "The president seeks to improve the lives of his Bosses, he (Binay) is seeking to improve his image. The president is treading Daang Matuwid, VP Binay just made a U-Turn," Lacierda added. Reports said Binay himself bared that impeachment charges were being prepared against him by Malacañang and President Aquino's Liberal Party, along with their allies in Congress, to get him completely out of the presidential race in 2016. Binay and his family are facing allegations of pocketing public funds from purportedly overpriced projects in Makati. Malacañang has been in a word war with Binay and his camp after the vice president resigned from the Aquino Cabinet last month. READ MORE...

ALSO Binay camp on P-noy's 'insensitivity' to poor: What prosperity? UNA asks


JULY 7 ---TIANGCO
THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay continued to harp on the insensitivity of the Aquino administration and challenged officials to ride a train or visit poverty-stricken areas so they can understand what kind of economic growth they have been bragging about. “They should ride the [Metro Rail Transit] at rush hour without bodyguards or visit Baseco, Escopa, Tumana and other urban poor communities so they will see for themselves whether their vaunted economic prosperity is being felt below,” said “They take a while to visit job fairs where thousands are looking for work or the [Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office] where even the sick patiently wait in line to be served,” Quicho said. Quicho scored the administration’s flip-flopping stance on the issue of poverty as it recently touted its poverty reduction measures. “Malacañang recently boasted of what they have done to win the fight against poverty. This contradicts the earlier statement of Secretary Edwin Lacierda last Marso that it will take many decades before we can lick poverty. So which is which?” Quicho asked. Quicho said that while the economy has grown steadily under the Aquino administration, economic gains have not been felt by the poor with the IBON Foundation’s reporting that six out of 10 Filipinos still consider themselves poor. READ MORE...

ALSO: Nancy Binay slams Senate sub-committee for allowing lies at VP hearings[Senator Nancy Binay: “The hearings have become too personal. Why else would they allow Mercado and Bondal to make statements and allegations that have no legal value, and no purpose except to malign and demolish persons in the eyes of other people?” she said.]


JULY 10 --Senator Nancy Binay Sen. Nancy Binay has had it with the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee of three headed by Sen. Koko Pimentel. She asked how a Senate hearing allows unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations and videos to be presented during its most recent hearing, without even once questioning the lies being spewed by their three favorite witnesses who continue to allege without any proof to back up these allegations, nor does the Senate sub-panel members censure or penalize them from fabricating stories and ruining the reputations of people. Former Makati Vce Mayor Ernesto Mercado and Renato Bondal, despite their lies, allegations and utter failure to present evidence to buttress their allegations, are not only being allowed by the Senate subcommittee to continue lying without slapping them with perjury or contempt for lying under oath, but also even encourages the witnesses to lie some more, not only against Vice President Jejomar Binay but also against a fellow senator, the daughter of the VP.
Senator Binay was reacting to what Bondal categorically said that “Senator Binay is holding a gun” during the so-called Dasmariñas incident. “What I carried was a Samsung Note cellphone, and not a gun as Bondal had categorically stated during the hearing,” Binay said. “I dare him to show proof aside from his words,” she added. “And to make it clear to all. I do not have a gun,” she said. “What is happening to the hearings in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee? Why did Senator Pimentel allow the subcommittee to be ruled by false witnesses who continue to fabricate lies,” Binay asked. “This is really sad because Senator Koko is allowing their so-called resource persons to lie under oath, without even lifting an eyebrow over their unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations and videos. What was the connection of the video to the hearing? Was it in aid of legislation or for purposes of demolition?,” she stressed.
Binay said that the Senate hearing has become a venue to present statements that had no legal value and will not even aid the legislative process. READ MORE...

ALSO: SWS to Noy’s rescue prior to Sona, says ratings up


JULY 8 --It looks like the so-called “independent” pollsters always come to the rescue of President Aquino when he desperately needs help.
A few days before Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported a “recovery” in public satisfaction ratings on the Aquino administration’s mainly on issues such as the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the China dispute. This came a month after the conduct of the survey. The SWS, in its latest survey on public satisfaction with the national administration, reported a net 31 satisfaction rating overall for the Aquino administration as a result of 55 percent satisfied, against 24 percent who expressed dissatisfaction. The undecided were 20 percent of those polled. The latest figure was supposedly a huge rebound from a net 19 satisfaction rating in the survey last March which was noted as Aquino’s all-time low following the Mamasapano incident that happened last Jan. 25. The Aquino government’s current grade still remains comparatively low than the two previous ratings prior to March 2015. The SWS poll, however, showed poor grades on fighting inflation at net negative 11, on hunger at negative 12 and keeping fuel prices low at negative 17. The worst view on the administration was on resolving the Maguindanao massacre where more than 50 persons were killed with a net negative 50 grade from respondents. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marcos admits presidential run will be ‘difficult’


JULY 10 ---MARCOS 
IT WOULD be difficult to run for President or for any national position without a strong political machinery, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Thursday. “If you run for governor, you can do it even without a political party; it’s just a province. If you run for mayor, you can also do it,” Marcos said. “But if go national, you cannot do it if you don’t have a strong machinery.” The Liberal Party will presumably endorse Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, but Marcos said the ruling party had not yet done it. He also said the Nacionalista Party, where he belongs, had not declared its plans for the May 2016 elections and neither had the Nationalist People’s Coalition. “Neither has Lakas. None of the parties have taken a position yet, so it is still difficult to know the political landscape,” Marcos said. He said this was the reason he had yet to make a decision for the coming elections, and mainly because the political situation remained fluid. But he considers himself very lucky because he has all the options. “I can run for president. I can run for barangay captain. Everything is available to me,” Marcos said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Escudero: Aquino not yet certain whom to support in 2016


JULY 10 ---Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
The fact that President Benigno Aquino III has been meeting with other possible bets was an indication that he has not decided yet whom to support in the 2016 presidential election, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said on Friday. To be more specific, Escudero said the President made no clear message, when he and Senator Grace Poe met with him in Malacañang Thursday, that he was set on endorsing the possible presidential bid of Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.
Roxas has not publicly declared yet his plans in 2016 but Aquino’s Liberal Party has been pushing for his candidacy.
READ: Belmonte to Roxas: Don’t wait for Aquino’s blessing “Wala namang ganung kalinaw dahil the mere fact na kinakusap kami at wala pa s’yang iniindorso, siguro patunay na ‘yun na wala pa talaga s’yang pasya sa kanyang kaisipan,” Escudero said over Radyo Inquirer when asked if the President indicated that Roxas would be his bet in next year’s elections.
(Things are not that clear yet, because the mere fact that he still talked to us and he has yet to make an endorsement is proof that he has not decided yet.) “Dahil kung buo na ang kanyang kasipan bakit pa po nya kailangang makipagpulong sa ibang tao at bakit kailangan pa po n’yang lumabas sa kanyang partido?” (If his mind is really made up, why would he meet with other people even the ones who do not belong to his party?) READ MORE... (Related news)

ALSO: Palace, allies herald massive spending under 2016 budget


JULY 8 ---Members of Congress are wary of the huge increase in government expenditures under the proposed P3-trillion budget which is supposed to address gross underspending that happened this year and last, particularly since this is being done when the country holds presidential polls. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said in a statement that public spending is expected to increase to 19.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) under the proposed 2016 budget which is “a larger share of the economy than the 2015 and 2010 budgets which respectively comprise 18.7 percent and 16.4 percent of GDP.” Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Ridon suspects the budget next year will be geared toward giving the Liberal Party (LP) access to public funds as 2016 campaign money. Ridon said the budget crafted by Secretary Butch Abad naturally has more than enough room for the use of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive LP presidential bet, who has been using the bottom up budgeting (BUB) appropriations of the current budget as a tool to promote himself among local government units (LGUs.) BUB was a system proposed by some non-government organizations (NGOs) that thought the budgeting system would redound to the benefit of the people and not be used to promote the political careers of Cabinet members. A Palace ally stated a veiled support for the spending spree under the proposed 2016 budget. Sen. Chiz Escudero said the Senate will review the details of the “final spending program under the Aquino administration” to ensure that lawmakers pass a reasonable and responsible budget on time. READ MORE...

ALSO EDITORIAL: Believing his own press [The danger in having a President who believes his own press is that he will not realize the magnitude of the problems that beset the nation, and consequently will do nothing about them in the blissful belief that all is well.]


JULY 8 ---PRESIDENT Aquino was said to be elated this week over an infographic in Time magazine’s Asia edition showing that Filipinos were optimistic about getting a job. At least 66 percent of Filipinos feel optimistic about finding work, beating five other countries including the United States, a Gallup poll that was the basis for the infographic showed. The Time magazine article “Feeling good about finding work” was based on a survey in more than 130 countries in which residents were asked about local job opportunities. Spewing the kind of fulsome praise that his boss appreciates, the Palace mouthpiece lost no time in crowing about the “achievement.” “The President, who is known for his keen observation of the latest economic trends, said these surveys firmly attest to the efficacy of the economic and social reforms of the administration,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. Coloma said Aquino brought up the Time magazine article during a Cabinet meeting to discuss the P3-trillion budget for 2016. READ MORE...


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Palace behind impeach moves? PNoy spokesman laughs off Binay's claim


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda hit back at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who claims that the Palace is out to impeach him. Willy Perez/Composite File photo

MANILA, JULY 13, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda laughed off Vice President Jejomar Binay's claim that Malacañang is behind the supposed impeachment efforts against him.

"Ha ha! He must be kidding. The president is governing, he (Binay) is campaigning," Lacierda said in a text message to reporters on Tuesday.

"The president seeks to improve the lives of his Bosses, he (Binay) is seeking to improve his image. The president is treading Daang Matuwid, VP Binay just made a U-Turn," Lacierda added.

Reports said Binay himself bared that impeachment charges were being prepared against him by Malacañang and President Aquino's Liberal Party, along with their allies in Congress, to get him completely out of the presidential race in 2016.

Binay and his family are facing allegations of pocketing public funds from purportedly overpriced projects in Makati.

Malacañang has been in a word war with Binay and his camp after the vice president resigned from the Aquino Cabinet last month.

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In separate public speeches, Binay criticized the administration for supposedly being inept and insensitive in addressing the needs of the people.

Binay also claimed that he is the target of a vicious attack because of his plan to run for president in next year's polls.

He alleged that there is selective justice under the Aquino administration. His party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), reportedly insinuated that the Office of the Ombudsman is sparing administration allies who are accused of wrongdoing.

Lacierda also shrugged off UNA's claim.

"UNA must be a fool to even think one can dictate on the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales," he said.

Morales has ordered the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Erwin Binay in connection with the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati Science High School.


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BINAY CAMP ON AQUINO ADMIN 'INSENSITIVITY': What prosperity? UNA asks By Vito Barcelo, Maricel V. Cruz | Jul. 07, 2015 at 12:01am


TIANGCO

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay continued to harp on the insensitivity of the Aquino administration and challenged officials to ride a train or visit poverty-stricken areas so they can understand what kind of economic growth they have been bragging about.

“They should ride the [Metro Rail Transit] at rush hour without bodyguards or visit Baseco, Escopa, Tumana and other urban poor communities so they will see for themselves whether their vaunted economic prosperity is being felt below,” said

“They take a while to visit job fairs where thousands are looking for work or the [Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office] where even the sick patiently wait in line to be served,” Quicho said.

Quicho scored the administration’s flip-flopping stance on the issue of poverty as it recently touted its poverty reduction measures.

“Malacañang recently boasted of what they have done to win the fight against poverty. This contradicts the earlier statement of Secretary Edwin Lacierda last Marso that it will take many decades before we can lick poverty. So which is which?” Quicho asked.

Quicho said that while the economy has grown steadily under the Aquino administration, economic gains have not been felt by the poor with the IBON Foundation’s reporting that six out of 10 Filipinos still consider themselves poor.

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Quicho reiterated Vice President Jejomar C. Binay’s call for government to not be insensitive to the people’s needs, and urged government officials to do the rounds to see the real plight of the people.

“The Department of Agriculture, headed by Secretary Proceso Alcala, a Liberal Party stalwart, misused some P14 billion in funds, including more than P6 billion for farm-to-market roads which were never built,” Quicho said.

“Secretary Alcala has likewise been tagged in the alleged transfer of P39 million linked to Janet Lim-Napoles. The [Commission on Audit] itself was the one who said this,” he added.

At the same time, Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance maintained that the core of good governance is strengthening institutions and not disrespecting the constitutional designs of “checks and balances” and fiscal autonomy.

UNA interim president and Navotas City Rep. Tobias Tiangco explained that UNA’s platform of government also includes an anti-corruption agenda but it is anchored on the rule of law and fiscal rules to all levels of government.

“Our fight against corruption, against corrupt government officials are clear proof that UNA is sincere in its advocacy against corruption aimed at strengthening the three separate branches of government, like Congress and the Judiciary, which has been weakened by force and political threats,” Tiangco said.

Tiangco made the remark to dispute the claim of Sen. Chiz Escudero, an administration ally who is gearing up to run for vice president in 2016, that UNA lacks an anti-corruption agenda.

Tiangco said the Aquino administration had already made attempts to control the two other branches through the Miscellaneous Personal Benefits Fund and limiting items where budget savings can be used.

“Both are against fiscal autonomy,” Tiangco said, adding that institutional strengthening should be a juridical and administrative tool to fight corruption in government.

“UNA is committed to uphold the constitutional design of checks and balances in the three co-equal branches of government, and promote transparency and accountability, as they have been weakened by threats and bribes under the current dispensation,” he pointed out.

“The fight against corruption must go hand in hand with upholding the rule of law, such as the issue on transparency and accountability; and most of all, the Constitution,” Tiangco said.

Tiangco added that the UNA is serious in truly realizing good governance that has an inclusive impact on the people, unlike the current Administration’s definition of good governance in “Tuwid na Daan” which is all about selective justice and political persecution.

Tiangco said UNA will make sure that the charges to be filed are based on strong evidence, not hearsay nor congressional witch- hunting masquerading as tools for legislative work. The legal process and rights of the accused will be strictly observed.

“The fight against corruption will and should not stop with campaign slogans nor use it to persecute political enemies,” Tiangco pointed out.


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Nancy Binay slams troika for allowing lies at hearings
Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 10 July 2015 00:00


Senator Nancy Binay

Sen. Nancy Binay has had it with the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee of three headed by Sen. Koko Pimentel.

She asked how a Senate hearing allows unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations and videos to be presented during its most recent hearing, without even once questioning the lies being spewed by their three favorite witnesses who continue to allege without any proof to back up these allegations, nor does the Senate sub-panel members censure or penalize them from fabricating stories and ruining the reputations of people.

Former Makati Vce Mayor Ernesto Mercado and Renato Bondal, despite their lies, allegations and utter failure to present evidence to buttress their allegations, are not only being allowed by the Senate subcommittee to continue lying without slapping them with perjury or contempt for lying under oath, but also even encourages the witnesses to lie some more, not only against Vice President Jejomar Binay but also against a fellow senator, the daughter of the VP.

Senator Binay was reacting to what Bondal categorically said that “Senator Binay is holding a gun” during the so-called Dasmariñas incident.


Bondal, a former family friend of the Binays, lost when he ran for councilor in 2010. He was defeated by Mayor Junjun Binay for the city’s top post in the 2013 elections. SOURCE: POLITICS.COM.PH

“What I carried was a Samsung Note cellphone, and not a gun as Bondal had categorically stated during the hearing,” Binay said. “I dare him to show proof aside from his words,” she added.

“And to make it clear to all. I do not have a gun,” she said.

“What is happening to the hearings in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee? Why did Senator Pimentel allow the subcommittee to be ruled by false witnesses who continue to fabricate lies,” Binay asked.


PIMENTEL

“This is really sad because Senator Koko is allowing their so-called resource persons to lie under oath, without even lifting an eyebrow over their unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations and videos.

What was the connection of the video to the hearing? Was it in aid of legislation or for purposes of demolition?,” she stressed.

Binay said that the Senate hearing has become a venue to present statements that had no legal value and will not even aid the legislative process.

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“The hearings have become too personal. Why else would they allow Mercado and Bondal to make statements and allegations that have no legal value, and no purpose except to malign and demolish persons in the eyes of other people?” she said.

“Does what Bondal say is accepted as bible truth by this subcommittee? Is Bondal now being given unlimited lies to be told before the Senate and under oath?” Binay asked.

Binay added that no one among the members comprising the subcommittee has lifted a finger to cite Bondal in contempt for lying under oath.

“There is a saying that the fish is caught by its mouth. Bondal has aready been caught lying many times. Was it not Bondal who said he was merely guessing at the price of the senior citizens’ cakes? He even brought a cake as prop for comparison. But it has already been proven that he was merely guessing. Did the subcommittee take any action against him?” she said.

“If it is really the truth that the subcommittee wants, then the senators need to question and find out which of what Bondal says is the truth and the lie,” the lady senator said.


TRIBUNE

SWS to Noy’s rescue prior to Sona, says ratings up Written by Joshua L. Labonera Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

It looks like the so-called “independent” pollsters always come to the rescue of President Aquino when he desperately needs help.

A few days before Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported a “recovery” in public satisfaction ratings on the Aquino administration’s mainly on issues such as the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the China dispute. This came a month after the conduct of the survey.

The SWS, in its latest survey on public satisfaction with the national administration, reported a net 31 satisfaction rating overall for the Aquino administration as a result of 55 percent satisfied, against 24 percent who expressed dissatisfaction. The undecided were 20 percent of those polled.

The latest figure was supposedly a huge rebound from a net 19 satisfaction rating in the survey last March which was noted as Aquino’s all-time low following the Mamasapano incident that happened last Jan. 25.

The Aquino government’s current grade still remains comparatively low than the two previous ratings prior to March 2015.

The SWS poll, however, showed poor grades on fighting inflation at net negative 11, on hunger at negative 12 and keeping fuel prices low at negative 17.

The worst view on the administration was on resolving the Maguindanao massacre where more than 50 persons were killed with a net negative 50 grade from respondents.

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In a Palace briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr attributed the net 38 satisfaction rating on foreign relations, which was higher by eight points from the net 30 rating last March, and the moderate net 23 rating for its peace efforts in Mindanao, up from net 12 last March, to the huge jump in the positive rating on the administration.

“In line with this, the public also expressed satisfaction in what the government does in foreign relations where the latest issue as of the moment is on the West Philippine Sea. The stand of the Philippines in pushing for a rules-based conflict resolution garnered support from many members of the United Nations, Association of South East Asian Nations, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation,” Coloma said.

The ratings on the handling foreign relations came amid the ongoing push of the Philippine government of its case to the Netherlands-based tribunal over the West Philippine Sea.

Talks on the court’s jurisdiction on the matter began yesterday.
On the Bangsamoro, Coloma noted that the peace process’ success, with the normalization and decommissioning, has proved to have earned the nod of the public.

“The ratings of the government were also high in the aspect of establishing the peace process, included in pushing for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and implementing provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) like normalization and decommissioning,” he added.

Aquino’s ratings plummeted to an all-time low following the Mamasapano incident which turned out to be a detriment to the BBL, which up to date remains hanging in Congress, as the implementation of its mother pact CAB continues.

The Palace official on another note said that the recognition of the public is notable on the delivery of public service under the quality of education and taking care of the poor, saying “that’s why the government is more enthusiastic in pursuing the K-to-12, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program, and similar programs that target the welfare of the people.”

The Palace official ensured the people that with the Aquino administration’s up in satisfaction ratings, it will continue to serve public interest.


MANILA STANDARD

Marcos admits presidential run will be ‘difficult’ By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Jul. 10, 2015 at 12:01am


MARCOS

IT WOULD be difficult to run for President or for any national position without a strong political machinery, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Thursday.

“If you run for governor, you can do it even without a political party; it’s just a province. If you run for mayor, you can also do it,” Marcos said.

“But if go national, you cannot do it if you don’t have a strong machinery.”

The Liberal Party will presumably endorse Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, but Marcos said the ruling party had not yet done it.

He also said the Nacionalista Party, where he belongs, had not declared its plans for the May 2016 elections and neither had the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

“Neither has Lakas. None of the parties have taken a position yet, so it is still difficult to know the political landscape,” Marcos said.

He said this was the reason he had yet to make a decision for the coming elections, and mainly because the political situation remained fluid.

But he considers himself very lucky because he has all the options. “I can run for president. I can run for barangay captain. Everything is available to me,” Marcos said.

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He said he was prepared for the possible cases that might be filed against him should he run for President because the Marcos family had not lost a single case filed against them.

He said Senator Grace Poe was still “a little tentative” about running for President, but he felt Poe would get there.

“She’s a possible contender because her numbers are significant,” Marcos said referring to to Poe’s survey results.

Asked on the possible tandem with Poe in the coming elections, Marcos told the forum in jest: “It’s difficult to campaign for siblings.”

Poe is rumored to be an illegitimate child of Marcos’ father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, but Marcos Jr. said that was not true.


Escudero: Aquino not yet certain whom to support in 2016 SHARES: 534 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 10:50 AM July 10th, 2015


Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The fact that President Benigno Aquino III has been meeting with other possible bets was an indication that he has not decided yet whom to support in the 2016 presidential election, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said on Friday.

To be more specific, Escudero said the President made no clear message, when he and Senator Grace Poe met with him in Malacañang Thursday, that he was set on endorsing the possible presidential bid of Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

Roxas has not publicly declared yet his plans in 2016 but Aquino’s Liberal Party has been pushing for his candidacy.

“Wala namang ganung kalinaw dahil the mere fact na kinakusap kami at wala pa s’yang iniindorso, siguro patunay na ‘yun na wala pa talaga s’yang pasya sa kanyang kaisipan,” Escudero said over Radyo Inquirer when asked if the President indicated that Roxas would be his bet in next year’s elections. (Things are not that clear yet, because the mere fact that he still talked to us and he has yet to make an endorsement is proof that he has not decided yet.)

“Dahil kung buo na ang kanyang kasipan bakit pa po nya kailangang makipagpulong sa ibang tao at bakit kailangan pa po n’yang lumabas sa kanyang partido?” (If his mind is really made up, why would he meet with other people even the ones who do not belong to his party?)

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“Maliwanag naman siguro ‘yun dahil kung talagang buo na ang kanyang kaisipan matagal na sana s’yang nag-endorso pero s’ya mismo pinagpaliban ang kanyang pagpili at pag endorso ng kanyang kandidato,” the senator added. (It’s quite clear that if he has made up his mind, he should have announced his endorsement long ago, but he has delayed choosing and endorsing his bet)

Asked if he and Poe would be the President’s alternatives, Escudero pointed out that they are both independents and not part of the LP.

He said Aquino made no specific offer either to him and Poe when they met but said the President made an appeal to keep the administration coalition intact by supporting a common candidate next year.

Escudero said Aquino also requested for another meeting with him, Poe, and Roxas.

“Hindi naman po kami tumanggi ni Senator Poe kaugnay n’yan (Senator Poe and I are not opposed to that),” he said. IDL

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Aquino asks Poe, Escudero for a meeting with Roxas  SHARES: 5637 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager, Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:18 AM July 10th, 2015



(UPDATE) The President met with Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday and requested them to have a meeting with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to keep the coalition intact in 2016.

Escudero and Poe separately confirmed meeting President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang Thursday afternoon.

“Yes, it’s true and we will meet again as part of a continued consultation process,” Poe, who topped the latest presidential survey, said in a text message. She said there is no schedule yet of their next meeting with the President.

During the meeting, Escudero said the President talked about “keeping the coalition intact for 2016 by supporting a common bet.”

“He talked about continuing the reform. Pag tumuloy ang tuwid na daan malayo ang mararating ng bansa natin in a short span of time. Sabi n’ya sana, iisa lang ang kandidato natin (If the straight path continues, our country will get ahead in a short time),” Escudero said.

Asked if the President offered anything for him and Poe during the meeting, Escudero answered in the negative.

“Hindi naman kelangan ayusin ito ngayon lahat. Sana pag-isipan nyo pero sana isa lang ang kandidato ng grupo natin para hindi mahati (We don’t have to fix all of this now. Think about it so that our group would have only one candidate),” he said, still quoting the President.

Next meeting with Roxas

A well-placed Palace source told the Inquirer the talk lasted for five hours and the President made a request to the two senators to have a meeting with him and Roxas.

“The President and the two senators did not discuss who would run for President or Vice President under this coalition,” the source said, requesting anonymity for lack of authority to speak to the media.

It was Escudero who arrived first at Malacanang at 1:30 pm, followed by Poe more than an hour later, the source said.

This was the first time that the President met with Poe and Escudero together.

Poe topped the latest presidential survey, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has publicly declared his presidential bid. Roxas came in third in the surveys.

Poe, Roxas and Escudero have not announced their political plans for 2016.

Escudero emerged to be the top choice for vice president in the surveys if Poe will not run for the post. TVJ


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Palace, allies herald massive spending under 2016 budget Written by Gerry Baldo Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

Members of Congress are wary of the huge increase in government expenditures under the proposed P3-trillion budget which is supposed to address gross underspending that happened this year and last, particularly since this is being done when the country holds presidential polls.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said in a statement that public spending is expected to increase to 19.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) under the proposed 2016 budget which is “a larger share of the economy than the 2015 and 2010 budgets which respectively comprise 18.7 percent and 16.4 percent of GDP.”

Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Ridon suspects the budget next year will be geared toward giving the Liberal Party (LP) access to public funds as 2016 campaign money.



Ridon said the budget crafted by Secretary Butch Abad naturally has more than enough room for the use of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive LP presidential bet, who has been using the bottom up budgeting (BUB) appropriations of the current budget as a tool to promote himself among local government units (LGUs.)

BUB was a system proposed by some non-government organizations (NGOs) that thought the budgeting system would redound to the benefit of the people and not be used to promote the political careers of Cabinet members.

A Palace ally stated a veiled support for the spending spree under the proposed 2016 budget.

Sen. Chiz Escudero said the Senate will review the details of the “final spending program under the Aquino administration” to ensure that lawmakers pass a reasonable and responsible budget on time.

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Escudero, however, said the Senate will review the administration’s proposed spending package thoroughly to address the problem of underspending, which has been interfering with the economy’s ability to reach its full potential in recent years.

The past years under the Aquino administration, however, indicated that government spendings always slow down on regular budget years which is then followed by massive outlays a year prior to the elections.

“This is the administration’s last hurrah against underspending. We’ll be asking them how they can win in the final round,” Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on finance, said in effect saying that the administration is expected to spend big for next year.

In his criticism of the budget, Ridon explained that the 15.2 percent increase in the 2016 budget is ostensibly designed to help Roxas and his LP cohorts who are running for executive and legislative positions in the May 9, 2016 elections.

He blasted the Aquino declaration that his LP partymates and Cabinet members need not resign after filing their certificates of candidacy in October 2015, giving them more time to use up the 2015 budget to promote themselves and fiddle with the 2016 budget before the 90-day campaign period starts next year.

On the other hand, he warned that Abad, being the chief disbursing officer of the LP and the Aquino administration, is also expected to withhold the budgets of LGUs controlled by the opposition and officials identified with Vice President Jerjomar Binay.

The youth solon announced that the Makabayan Bloc will report all its findings on the anomalous budget proposal directly to the people, noting that under Aquino and Abad, P302.8 billion of the share of LGUs of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) for 2013 had been frozen and placed under Fund 103 that is controlled by the LP.

Under the Local Government Code (LGC), the money should be released by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to the LGUs directly.

Worse, P581 billion in people’s money had been sequestered by the Aquino administration and declared as savings that Malacañang can use at its discretion.

Ridon said the Makabayan Bloc at the House of Representatives will use a fine-toothed comb to scrutinize the funds that will be used by the executive department to finance the tottering bid of Roxas to win the presidency.

“If Malacañang thinks it can get away with a bloated budget proposal that is unabashedly designed to fill the ruling party’s campaign kitty to the brim, then it is wrong. We are prepared to scrutinize every centavo, every line item in the 2016 budget proposal. We will exhaust all means to expose each and every questionable item, and we will not tolerate any loophole that will enable the President to juggle billions of public funds in his last year in office,” Ridon promised.

In a Cabinet meeting Monday, President Aquino approved the 2016 national budget proposal, which is set to be submitted to Congress a day after the State of the Nation Address (Sona.) on July 27.

At P3 trillion, the proposed budget is equivalent to 19.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and biggest budget in the history of the republic.

Ridon said the Makabayan Bloc is preparing to throw the gauntlet on the 2016 budget by gathering information and documents on how government has misspent the national budget, including the huge outlay for the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of Social Work Secretary Dinky Soliman, a Roxas ally and part of the Hyatt 10 group of Arroyo allies that sought to overthrow her but failed.

“Aside from scrutinizing the proposed 2016 budget, we need to compel members of the Development Budget Coordinating Council (DBCC) and heads of departments to report extensively on how the 2015 budget is being spent, especially since the President and his men were able to pass provisions in the current budget that make it vulnerable to be used to buy political loyalty, misuse and outright graft, like the P19-billion missing from Soliman’s program and the 40 percent leakage of the fund that goes to political allies,” Ridon revealed.

In the budget deliberations last year, Ridon and his colleagues in the Makabayan bloc have pointed out several anomalies and “hidden pork” in the 2015 national budget.

The legislator feared that with a budget that essentially “legalized” the “savings scheme” of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the LP and Aquino allies will be able to divert public funds to their election war chest.

“As early as now, we should double our vigilance, for the ruling party will surely use all the funds at its discretion to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections,” Ridon concluded.

Fiscal space of P581B

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said the sizeable budget proposal will be focused on helping agencies make optimal use of their allocations.

“This includes enhancing their capacities for budget planning, procurement, and project implementation, all of which are key to the prompt delivery of public services and the continuing growth of our economy,” Abad said.

Abad added that the proposed budget has fiscal space amounting to P580.9 billion, which will be allocated for new programs or projects and the expansion of existing projects for 2016. This is double the fiscal space in the 2015 National Budget of P287.3 billion.

Fiscal space is defined as flexibility in the use of the alloted funds.

Personnel Services will continue to corner the largest share of this budget with 27.6 percent, followed by Infrastructure and other Capital Outlays with 21.8 percent. Meanwhile, Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MOOE) will have a share of 17.1 percent.

A quarter of the proposed budget — almost 28 percent or P837.9 billion — will be shared between the departments of Education (DepEd) and Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The DepEd will receive a budget of P436.5 billion, while the DPWH will receive P401.4 billion, an increase of 15.6 percent and 32.0 percent, respectively.

“We’ve shown that in the last five years, good governance — especially in the management of public funds — leads to better government performance and real benefits for our people. As such, the proposed 2016 National Budget will continue to support good governance beyond 2016 to create sustainable prosperity for all,” Abad said.


MANILA STANDARD EDITORIAL

Believing his own press Jul. 08, 2015 at 12:01am

PRESIDENT Aquino was said to be elated this week over an infographic in Time magazine’s Asia edition showing that Filipinos were optimistic about getting a job.

At least 66 percent of Filipinos feel optimistic about finding work, beating five other countries including the United States, a Gallup poll that was the basis for the infographic showed.

The Time magazine article “Feeling good about finding work” was based on a survey in more than 130 countries in which residents were asked about local job opportunities.

Spewing the kind of fulsome praise that his boss appreciates, the Palace mouthpiece lost no time in crowing about the “achievement.”

“The President, who is known for his keen observation of the latest economic trends, said these surveys firmly attest to the efficacy of the economic and social reforms of the administration,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

Coloma said Aquino brought up the Time magazine article during a Cabinet meeting to discuss the P3-trillion budget for 2016.

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Coloma said the administration’s efforts to uplift the living condition of Filipinos has resulted in a rapidly expanding job market and a year-on-year decline in the unemployment rate, which was recorded at 6.6 percent in January.

But as Mark Twain once noted, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. What the administration drum beaters do not say is that the official 6.6 unemployment rate, which represents some 2.6 million Filipinos, actually increased from 6 percent in the previous three-month period.

Also, while the administration points to the creation of 1 million new jobs since 2014, it does not offer any analysis as to what type of jobs these are.

The Ibon Foundation, an independent think tank, noted that in the first quarter of 2015, all of the jobs created were part-time, low-wage and insecure. The increase in part-time employment occurred amid losses in full-time work, indicating “an increasingly distorted economy that has become less able to provide secure jobs with decent pay,” Ibon added.

Ibon drew its conclusions from the April 2015 Labor Force Survey from the National Statistics Office, which showed an increase of 544,000 part-time and informal jobs, but a 137,000 decline in full-time work in the first quarter.

The danger in having a President who believes his own press is that he will not realize the magnitude of the problems that beset the nation, and consequently will do nothing about them in the blissful belief that all is well.

But as President Aquino talks endlessly about the changes that are brought about by his reforms, and how he hopes these will continue when he steps down next year, it might help for him to keep in mind the words of New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani, who noted that “change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.”

Besides, more Filipinos hopeful of gaining employment also means there are just so many more of us who don’t yet have a job.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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