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LACIERDA: 'DAANG MATUWID' NEEDS 19 YEARS OF RULING PARTY LP TO BEAR FRUIT


AUGUST 6 --
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II greets members and supporters of the Liberal Party after being endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III for president in 2016. Twitter.com/Abigail Valte Malacañang yesterday stressed that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) would need to be in power for 18 years or even two decades before the good governance reforms of President Aquino bear substantial fruit. “You can be assured that it will get better if we follow daang matuwid (straight path). That is the reason why the President has been very firm in pushing for continuation,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told journalists. By the 18th year the good governance reforms “should have taken root,” Lacierda, a close friend and ally of LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, said. He insinuated that the groundwork for good governance has been laid down. “We are putting out here good governance and it’s up to the people to choose every six years. This 2016 is the first referendum, the first re-election of daang matuwid,” Lacierda added. The Palace is endorsing Roxas for president and is hoping that neophyte Sen. Grace Poe would give in to their request to be LP’s vice presidential candidate, because both are committed to good governance as well. READ MORE...RELATED STORY...

ALSO WORD WAR GOES ON: Binay spokesperson tells Lacierda, 'Don’t be a hypocrite'


AUGUST 9 --Office of the Vice President Media Affairs head Joey Salgado (left) and Presidential spokesman EdwinLacierda(right.)
PHOTOS FROM SALGADO’S TWITTER ACCOUNTs KRISTINE ANGELI SABILLO/INQUIRER.net  The word war between the spokesmen continues. The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday lashed out at presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda for supposed hypocrisy, claiming the administration party wanted to rule the country for the next 20 years. In a statement, Binay’s media affairs head Joey Salgado said that it was not only Binay who considered the idea of lifting term mits. “No term extension for the President? The administration has time and again toyed with the idea of term extension. No less than the President floated the idea of another term, seconded immediately by Secretary Roxas. They only backpedaled when the idea met universal rebuke,” Salgado said. Salgado said that while the administration was pushing for the passage of the anti-dynasty bill, the Liberal Party was run by political dynasties. “The good secretary talks excitably about the administration’s support for the Anti-Dynasty Bill. Yet he conveniently fails to mention that the Liberal Party machinery that is supposed to carry Mar Roxas to the presidency is oiled by local political dynasties. So let’s just stop the hypocrisy right there.” READ MORE...

ALSO: It’s now ‘gay lingo war’ between Palace's Lacierda and VP camp Salgado


AUGUST 7 --LACIERDA called TSona as “charot,” a gay lingo for “joke.” 
Taking potshots at each other the past few days, the word war between Malacanañg and the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay took a strange but interesting twist as the two camps locked horns in a “beki” word war or Filipino gay lingo. The beki word war between the two camps erupted after presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, whom Binay’s camp had earlier accused of evading answering the issues raised by the Vice President in his True State of the Nation Address he delivered last week in Cavite, described Binay’s TSona as “charot,” a gay lingo for “joke.” The Palace official also chastised Joey Salgado, head of the media bureau of the Office of the Vice President, for missing on his favorite drink. “I don’t drink coffee, I drink Coke Zero. So, you know, please get your trivia straight. Well…I understand that he cannot get my trivia straight because after all he could not get his facts straight in telling the truth when it comes to allegations of corruption against him,” said Lacierda, in response to Salgado’s statement last Wednesday telling him to “chill” and cut back on drinking coffee since the “mere mention of Vice President Binay’s name apparently makes his blood rise.”  Salgado, however, did not lose time to assemble his army of “beki language experts,” and shot back at Lacierda. “I stand corrected about your favorite drink, sir. But I won’t blame the previous administration,” Salgado said in a statement alluding to Lacierda and his principal, who keeps on blaming all the ills of his administration to the previous administration. “In our ranks, we admit when we are wrong. We never blame anyone or cover-up for our mistakes,” Salgado added. READ MORE...

ALSO by Ellen Tordesillas: ‘CHAROT’


AUGUST 7 --Philippine politics is so much fun.! July 27- President Aquino delivered his 6th and last State- of- the- Nation- Address declaring his “Tuwid na Daan” a huge success . Just like in a TV show, he thanked a number of people including his clothes designer and hairdresser. Those who were not able to see the President deliver the SONA can still enjoy the sidelights reading the transcript because it’s complete including the audience reactions. What was not included was the President’s coughing. This is the best part: “Kay Paul Cabral, na laging sinisigurong maayos ang aking kasuotan, [palakpakan] tuloy akala nila mayroon akong fashion sense; at kay Cherry Reyes, na nag-aayos ng aking buhok [tawanan], at nagmimistulang economics practitioner dahil pinupunuan niya ang unlimited wants with very limited resources; [tawanan]. Aug. 3 – Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered what he termed the True-State-of the Nation Address or TSONA. He belied the President’s claims of improved lives for the Filipinos and enumerated the failures of the Aquino administration: Luneta hostage crisis, the Zamboanga siege, Yolanda tragedy, and the Mamasapano massacre. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino turns up at LP ‘show of force’ for Roxas


AUGUST 5 --Photo from Mar Roxas Facebook page
President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday suddenly appeared at a luncheon held by Liberal Party (LP) for its standard-bearer Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. While the event was not included in his official schedule, Aquino showed up at Gloria Maris in Greenhills where a large number of LP stalwarts and supporters met to “show support” for Roxas. Roxas was endorsed by Aquino on Friday as the presidential bet of the ruling LP. CONTINUE READING ...RELATED REPORT...

ALSO: Mar refutes Binay’s ‘drama’ allegations on his resignation


AUGUST 5 --Interior and Local Government Secretary and Liberal Party's standard bearer Mar Roxas responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay's allegations saying he voluntarily resigned with no drama behind it. File photo
 Interior and Local Government Secretary and Liberal Party's standard bearer Mar Roxas on Wednesday denied Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay’s claim that his resignation is obviously a drama and clarified that it was purely voluntary. “Alam niyo hindi ko na binibigyang kahalagahan 'yang sinasabi ni Vice President Binay dahil wala naman po kaming record ni Pangulong PNoy bilang mambobola. Lahat naman ng gawain naming ay tapat at diretso lang, so ‘yung aking pag-reresign ay kusa,” Roxas said in a televised interview with Unang Hirit. “In fact, ‘yung resignation letter ko ay ginawang public, parang nirelease. Sabi naman ng pangulo kailangan mong tapusin ito hindi pwedeng bigla biglaan ito e sa pribadong sector nga two weeks-notice o one month notice, so darating at darating din na matatapos din itong turn-overs,” Roxas added. Binay’s allegations came out following President Benigno Aquino III’s rejection of Roxas’s resignation. The vice president said the resignation was staged and compared it to previous resignation of Budget Secretary Butch Abad before. He further alleged that the government’s resources will be used for Roxas’s campaign funds. “Eh, 'di gagamitin ang government resources. Bigay dito, bigay roon. Pinagagalitan, hinahamak ay iyong mga hindi sumusunod sa mga ginagawa. Ang sinumang magsasabi kapag sinabing ang pangulo ay hindi gagamitin ang government resources ay niloloko lang po tayo noon," Binay said. READ MORE...

ALSO Now: PNoy to let go of Mar


AUGUST 7 ---President Aquino is prepared to let go of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas after praising his exemplary leadership, particularly his contributions to modernize the police force and combat crimes. Speaking at the 114th Police Service anniversary in Camp Crame, the President announced that Roxas, his preferred successor in 2016, will step down from office so his actions will not be misconstrued for politicking. “Ngayon ngang bababa na sa puwesto si Secretary Mar — upang hindi mahaluan ng politika ang pagpapakitang-gilas ng DILG at ng ating PNP — tiwala tayong malalim na ang ugat ng ipinunla niyang mga reporma, na tiyak na yayabong tungo sa higit na pagpapalakas ng ating kapulisan (Now that Secretary Mar will step down from office so his good performance in the DILG and PNP will not be tainted with political color, we are confident the seeds of reform he planted will flourish to further strengthen our police),” the President said. Last Friday, the President formally endorsed Roxas as the administration’s standard bearer in the 2016 elections, citing his honesty and competence to build on the “Daang Matuwid” governance. Roxas tendered his resignation three days later but Aquino convinced him to stay to complete pending tasks on the police modernization program and the resettlement of informal settlers in Metro Manila. Aquino is the chairman of the Liberal Party while Roxas is president-on leave. The President, meantime, had nothing but praises for Roxas during the Camp Crame event that honored several outstanding policemen. READ MORE...

ALSO: Ochoa to be named acting DILG chief


AUGUST 8 --Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr
For the second time in four years, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. is taking over the Department of the Interior and Local Government – this time replacing Secretary Manuel Roxas II who is running for president in next year’s elections. Reliable insiders revealed that Ochoa – who also heads the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission – is to take the DILG helm for one month while President Aquino looks for a permanent replacement for Roxas. Ochoa was designated DILG chief in August 2012 following the death of secretary Jesse Robredo in a plane crash off Masbate after attending an official event in Cebu City. Sources hinted that Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento – the Liberal Party secretary-general who is close to Roxas – may not be able take over the DILG post as the last-term congressman reportedly plans to run for governor next year. In his speech during the Philippine National Police’s 114th anniversary yesterday, Aquino said Roxas can now step down and focus on his campaign. The President earlier endorsed Roxas as the LP’s standard-bearer in next year’s presidential polls. Roxas said that while he would recommend some individuals as his replacement, Aquino would still have the final say on the matter. Administration lawmakers have recommended Sarmiento as Roxas’ replacement. There were also reports that former Pangasinan congressman and agrarian reform secretary Hernani Braganza or current DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero – a career official – may take over the DILG post. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT


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‘Daang matuwid needs 19 years’ -Lacierda

MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Delon Porcalla -


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II greets members and supporters of the Liberal Party after being endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III for president in 2016. Twitter.com/Abigail Valte

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang yesterday stressed that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) would need to be in power for 18 years or even two decades before the good governance reforms of President Aquino bear substantial fruit.

“You can be assured that it will get better if we follow daang matuwid (straight path). That is the reason why the President has been very firm in pushing for continuation,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told journalists.

By the 18th year the good governance reforms “should have taken root,” Lacierda, a close friend and ally of LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, said.

He insinuated that the groundwork for good governance has been laid down.

“We are putting out here good governance and it’s up to the people to choose every six years. This 2016 is the first referendum, the first re-election of daang matuwid,” Lacierda added.

The Palace is endorsing Roxas for president and is hoping that neophyte Sen. Grace Poe would give in to their request to be LP’s vice presidential candidate, because both are committed to good governance as well.

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He also took a jab at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who he accused of campaigning in his recent provincial sorties instead of working for the country’s good.

“What has he done for the past five years? I would just like to remind him,” the spokesman said.

Statesman vs politician

Malacañang said Aquino should not be compared to Marcos when they talk of the 20-year period that the LP has to rule in order to solidify the changes made under the good governance agenda.


LACIERDA: In his press briefing Aug 5, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mocked Binay: “Sadly the Vice President has been hitting everyone like a shotgun. It’s like his TSONA was ‘charot.’”  PHNO note: "Charot is gay word for "joke"

Aquino’s statesmanship, according to Lacierda, has become the distinguishing mark between him and Binay, titular head of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

“A statesman thinks of the next generation. The politician thinks of the next election. President Aquino is that statesman who thinks of this generation and the next,” he said.

“That’s why you’ve got six years of governance under President Aquino that will end in 2016. If we have Secretary Roxas as our president from 2016 to 2022, that’s more than 10 years. Then, you extend it (and) you have practically 20 years,” Lacierda added.

He urged Binay to stop comparing Aquino with the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who controlled all three branches of government.

Binay said he had earlier cautioned Aquino from having former Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona impeached.

Corona was appointed as chief justice by ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in March 2010 – an act described by many as a midnight appointment.

Although it was upheld by the high court twice, Aquino refused to honor it and called on his congressional allies for the impeachment.

“It’s kind of ludicrous for Binay to compare Aquino to Marcos. The (Aquino) family suffered greatly under the Marcos regime – the father being a victim of martial law,” Lacierda said

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RELATED STORY FROM THE GMA NEWS NETWORK

Lacierda siblings split political affiliations: Sister of PNoy’s spokesperson sides with Binay July 1, 2015 11:22pm Tags: edwinlacierda, roselacierda By XIANNE ARCANGEL, GMA News


Rose Lacierda Uy, present at UNA launch, says she & brother Edwin Lacierda have own political views. (via @1rgcruz)

The sister of presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda will be backing the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016 instead of the candidate who will be anointed by her brother’s boss, President Benigno Aquino III.

Rose Lacierda Uy openly showed her support for Binay by attending the launch Wednesday of his political party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). She was seated on the front row behind the stage at the Makati Coliseum with some friends.

“I believe in his (Binay’s) political agenda,” she said when asked for her reason for supporting the Vice President.

Lacierda Uy said she didn’t ask for her brother’s permission before showing up at the event, which was also graced by opposition stalwarts such as boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Senators Gringo Honasan and Joseph Victor Ejercito, former Senate President Ernesto Maceda, and Reps. Toby Tiangco and Gwendolyn Garcia.

“To each his own kami. Doon siya [sa administration], dito ako,” she said of her brother.

Despite the different political affiliation,s Lacierda Uy said she and her brother do not have any rift or misunderstanding with each other.

Lacierda is identified with the the so-called Balay group which backed the tandem of Presidentd Benigno Aquino III and now-Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2010 elections. The group is named after Roxas’ residence in Quezon City where its meetings were held during the previous national elections.

The Interior Secretary is expected to officially announce his candidacy soon as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 polls. — GMA News


INQUIRER

WORD WAR GOESON: Binay spokesperson tells Lacierda, 'Don’t be a hypocrite' SHARES: 105 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 01:31 PM August 9th, 2015


Office of the Vice President Media Affairs head Joey Salgado (left) and Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda (right.) PHOTOS FROM SALGADO’S TWITTER ACCOUNT AND KRISTINE ANGELI SABILLO/INQUIRER.net

The word war between the spokesmen continues.

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday lashed out at presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda for supposed hypocrisy, claiming the administration party wanted to rule the country for the next 20 years.

In a statement, Binay’s media affairs head Joey Salgado said that it was not only Binay who considered the idea of lifting term limits.

“No term extension for the President? The administration has time and again toyed with the idea of term extension. No less than the President floated the idea of another term, seconded immediately by Secretary Roxas. They only backpedaled when the idea met universal rebuke,” Salgado said.

Salgado said that while the administration was pushing for the passage of the anti-dynasty bill, the Liberal Party was run by political dynasties.

“The good secretary talks excitably about the administration’s support for the Anti-Dynasty Bill. Yet he conveniently fails to mention that the Liberal Party machinery that is supposed to carry Mar Roxas to the presidency is oiled by local political dynasties. So let’s just stop the hypocrisy right there.”

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“The Secretary and his Liberal Party patrons should realize one thing: Walang forever,” he added.

Salgado’s statement is a response to Lacierda’s Facebook post on Saturday where the presidential spokesperson hit Binay for saying that the Aquino administration wanted to mount a dictatorship.

Meanwhile, Binay’s camp said that Filipinos don’t want a government that is “inept and insensitive,” words that Binay always use against the Aquino administration.

“What the people want is a government that is not ‘manhid at palpak,’ a nation where people have jobs and food on the table, where the sacrifices of ordinary people like the SAF 44 are recognized,” he said.

Last week, Salgado and Lacierda engaged in a word war, with two camps even using swardspeak to get their messages across.


TRIBUNE

It’s now ‘gay lingo war’ between Palace and VP camp
Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 07 August 2015 00:00

Taking potshots at each other the past few days, the word war between Malacanañg and the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay took a strange but interesting twist as the two camps locked horns in a “beki” word war or Filipino gay lingo.

The beki word war between the two camps erupted after presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, whom Binay’s camp had earlier accused of evading answering the issues raised by the Vice President in his True State of the Nation Address he delivered last week in Cavite, described Binay’s TSona as “charot,” a gay lingo for “joke.”


Mr. Lacierda said that the Vice-President’s camp should get their trivia straight after Mr. Binay’s representatives advised the spokesperson to avoid drinking coffee too much. Lacierda shot back: “I don’t drink coffee, I drink Coke Zero. FROM BUSINESS WORLD ONLINE NEWS


The Palace official also chastised Joey Salgado, head of the media bureau of the Office of the Vice President, for missing on his favorite drink.

“I don’t drink coffee, I drink Coke Zero. So, you know, please get your trivia straight. Well…I understand that he cannot get my trivia straight because after all he could not get his facts straight in telling the truth when it comes to allegations of corruption against him,” said Lacierda, in response to Salgado’s statement last Wednesday telling him to “chill” and cut back on drinking coffee since the “mere mention of Vice President Binay’s name apparently makes his blood rise.”

Salgado, however, did not lose time to assemble his army of “beki language experts,” and shot back at Lacierda.

“I stand corrected about your favorite drink, sir. But I won’t blame the previous administration,” Salgado said in a statement alluding to Lacierda and his principal, who keeps on blaming all the ills of his administration to the previous administration.

“In our ranks, we admit when we are wrong. We never blame anyone or cover-up for our mistakes,” Salgado added.

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“But please be careful with your favorite drink. There are studies in the US which claim that aspartame and artificial sweeteners cause hypertension and cancer,” Salgado said in reference to Lacierda’s diet soda.

He, however, lamented that Malacañang, through Lacierda, continues to evade answering the issues raised by the Vice President and would rather “dwell on the trivial than on the substantive.”

“A lot of questions remain unanswered,” Salgado stressed.

“What the people are hoping the Palace would address are the issues concerning the cancellation of the maintenance contract of the MRT (Metro Rail Transit) in favor of another contractor which has no experience at all in servicing a mass rail transit, but whose only credential was having close ties with someone from the Liberal Party (LP).

“The people are awaiting for the Palace’s response as to why this was allowed by the then and incumbent secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC). This is the primary reason the hundreds of thousands of MRT passengers are made to suffer each day,” said Salgado.

It was during the incumbency of LP 2016 presidential bet, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas as DoTC secretary when the contract with Sumitomo was canceled.

Two days after Roxas left the department in favor of now DoTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to take on the DILG post, a contract for a new maintenance service provider was signed.

But with regard to Lacierda’s “charot” remark on Binay’s TSona, Salgado said it was beyond his capacity to comprehend and react on the Palace spokesman’s statement as he was “ignorant on beki speak.”
 


LACIERDA VS SALGADO: As far as Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda is concerned, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s counter State of the Nation Address (Sona) is a joke. “Sadly the Vice President has been hitting everyone like a shotgun. It’s like his TSONA (True Sona) was ‘charot,’” he said during a Palace briefing on Wednesday. “Charot” is a Filipino colloquial term that means “just kidding” or something that shouldn’t be taken seriously. “We recognize all the problems that he mentioned but look we’ FROM THE INQUIRER NEWS

But according to Salgado, he consulted some “experts on the subject” and they came out with the following response:

“Imbey ang fez ni Secretarush dahil trulalu ang spluk ni VP. Pero ang Sona ng Pangulo, chaka ever sa madlang pipol dahil hindi trulalu, or translated in Taglish means imbyerna ang face ni Secretary dahil true and salita ni VP. Pero ang Sona ng Pangulo, hindi maganda para sa mga tao dahil hindi siya true. (The secretary is annoyed because the speech of the VP was accurate while the Sona of the President was ugly or horrible because they were all lies).”

Malacañang, for its part, justified its recent play for a word war with Binay’s camp, describing it as “truthful and logical.”

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said they only followed “the principle that we need to be truthful and logical.”

He added the public steadily supports the Aquino administration amid the verbal tussle.

“Our focus is the issue. The platform, our platform is following the straight path, and in treading that path there are many (things) concretely done. It has data, proof and it can be seen by everyone and decide on whether it is acceptable. They’ve seen it as acceptable because of the continued giving of trust to President Aquino’s administration,” Coloma stressed.

The Palace official also stressed they are not worried about the effects of Binay’s attacks against the Aquino administration.

“We believe that our bosses are just. We believe they will side with the truth. We believe that they are fair in their decision-making. We believe that. That’s why we do agree with truth, fairness and justice,” Coloma said.

Mural now in VP’s Palace


The P4million mural, in honor of the 44 fallen police officers, was removed from a police institution and was transfered to the VP’s residence. INQUIRER HEADLINE NEWS -CLIFF NUÑEZ SAN PEDRO CITY – The P4 million “SAF 44” mural, which served as the backdrop during Vice President Jejomar Binay’s “True” State of the Nation Address (Tsona), has taken center stage following its transfer from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Silang, Cavite to Coconut Palace, the Vice President’s official residence. In a statement Thursday, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) announced that the seven by 26-foot long mural, called the “Tagaligtas 44,” “found a new home” at the Coconut Palace. “The mural is now at the ground floor…so that all visitors can see the artwork, which was created by a group of artists to remind Filipinos of the SAF (Special Action Force) 44’s sacrifice and heroism,” the statement read. FROM INQUIRER NEWS NET

The two camps also clashed over the Special Action Force (SAF) mural, which the Tribune earlier revealed was allegedly ordered brought down by President Aquino from the walls of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Cavite.

The mural depicts 44 SAF troops who were killed during a botched Jan. 25 police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, while hunting down two terrorists.

Last Tuesday, the Tribune reported that the mural was supposedly ordered removed by Aquino from the walls of the PNPA allegedly because too many visitors were takings photos or “selfies” with the mural as backdrop, a source said.

The source added the PNPA, instead of putting the mural inside a warehouse, decided to inform its owner, Erehwon Artworld Corp., of the President’s order.

Erehwon decided to retrieve the mural sometime mid-April. This was about a month after it was inaugurated by Binay.

It was actually Aquino who was invited to unveil the mural but he did not attend.

Binay, who was invited to attend, unveiled the mural when Aquino snubbed the event, sources said.

The mural called “Tagaligtas 44” an 18-foot war monument dubbed “Bantayog Tagaligtas: Heroic 44” was installed in the PNPA in Silang, Cavite on March 14, the annual homecoming of the alumni.


Erehwon Arts Collective head artist Grandier Gil Bella (left) with NCRPO Senior Supt. Gilbert D.C. Cruz at the unveiling. At the unveiling were PNP and PNPA officials represented by Cruz and Police Senior Superintendent Neil B. Alinsangan, PNPA commandant of cadets as well as Jesus Varela, chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI), which financially supported the monument "Bantayog Tagaligtas: Heroic 44."  GMA NEWS NETWORK

Many Filipinos who visited the academy had their photos taken beside the monument or the mural.

Then came an order came from Malacañang to remove the mural, a source said.
The Erehwon Center for the Arts thus decided to pull out the mural, which is owned by the Erehwon Artworld Corp.

The mural, which served as the backdrop of Binay during his TSona, is now at the ground floor of the Coconut Palace, which houses the Office of the Vice President, so that all visitors can see the artwork, which was created by a group of artists to remind Filipinos of the SAF 44’s sacrifice and heroism.


LACIERDA REACTING TO THE ALLEGATIONS VIA TEXT MESSAGE

Reacting to Binay’s camp allegations, Lacierda said in a text message: “They would go six feet under to lie and hit the President! And I thought they already went low when Binay lied and refused to answer the corruption allegations against him.”

“It is so tragic that Binay would politicize the memory of the SAF 44,” he added.


COLOMA

Coloma, for his part, said “The mural was taken by the owner of Erehwon Art Center which made it because they observed that there was no place in the camp for it. The allegation of the Vice President’s camp has no basis and is false.” By Charlie V. Manalo and Joshua L. Labonera


MALAYA by Ellen Tordesillas

‘CHAROT’ By Ellen Tordesillas on August 07, 2015 THIS is hilarious.


Ellen Tordesillas

July 27- President Aquino delivered his 6th and last State- of- the- Nation- Address declaring his “Tuwid na Daan” a huge success . Just like in a TV show, he thanked a number of people including his clothes designer and hairdresser.

Those who were not able to see the President deliver the SONA can still enjoy the sidelights reading the transcript because it’s complete including the audience reactions. What was not included was the President’s coughing.

This is the best part: “Kay Paul Cabral, na laging sinisigurong maayos ang aking kasuotan, [palakpakan] tuloy akala nila mayroon akong fashion sense; at kay Cherry Reyes, na nag-aayos ng aking buhok [tawanan], at nagmimistulang economics practitioner dahil pinupunuan niya ang unlimited wants with very limited resources; [tawanan].

Aug. 3 – Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered what he termed the True-State-of the Nation Address or TSONA.

He belied the President’s claims of improved lives for the Filipinos and enumerated the failures of the Aquino administration: Luneta hostage crisis, the Zamboanga siege, Yolanda tragedy, and the Mamasapano massacre.

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He criticized Aquino for not paying tribute to the 44 members of the Special Action Force who perished in the Mamasapano massacre “Apatnapu’t apat ang nagbuwis ng buhay at marami ang sugatan. Ngunit kahit pahapyaw, hindi nabanggit ang kanilang bayanihan sa SONA. Kahit TY ay wala. Buti pa ang hair stylist at fashion designer, kasama sa mahabang listahan ng pinasalamatan.”

Aug. 5, in his press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mocked Binay: “Sadly the Vice President has been hitting everyone like a shotgun. It’s like his TSONA was ‘charot.’”

Ay, buking! Naglantad na.

Aug. 6, Joey Salgado, media affairs head of the Office of the President answered Lacierda. Social media denizen Gerald Magno posted it on his Facebook wall:

Excerpt on the statement of Joey Salgado, head of OVP media affairs, on Secretary Lacierda’s description of the VP’s true sona as “charot”

“Tungkol naman po sa pagtawag nyo na ‘charot’ ang True State of the Nation Address ni Vice President, sorry po at hindi ako maalam sa beki speak. Pero nagkonsulta ako sa mga marurunong at ito ang sagot nila: Imbey ang fez ni Secretarush dahil trulalu ang spluk ni VP. Pero ang SONA ng pangulo, chaka ever sa madlang pipol dahil hindi trulalu.”

Magno’s comment: “Umasa akong joke o kaya satire ito. Pero hindi. Seryoso sila. Puñeta. Hahaha!”

The best is FB’s translation. Here:

“ …(A)bout, please, please call “ charot “ the true state of the nation address by Vice President, sorry po and I maalam with beki speak. But I’m on nagkonsulta marurunong and they answer: Imbey the fez by secretarush trulalu because the spluk by VP. But the zone, chaka president ever in the audience because trulalu pipol.”

“Hope me joke or satire. But not. Seriously. Puñeta. Hahaha!”

Philippine politics is so much fun.


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Aquino turns up at LP ‘show of force’ for Roxas @inquirerdotnet 01:06 PM August 4th, 2015


Photo from Mar Roxas Facebook page

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday suddenly appeared at a luncheon held by Liberal Party (LP) for its standard-bearer Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

While the event was not included in his official schedule, Aquino showed up at Gloria Maris in Greenhills where a large number of LP stalwarts and supporters met to “show support” for Roxas.

Roxas was endorsed by Aquino on Friday as the presidential bet of the ruling LP.

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Aquino: Being President doesn’t stop me to campaign for Roxas @inquirerdotnet 12:50 PM August 3rd, 2015

President Benigno Aquino III said that his endorsement of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II last July 31 does not spell the end of his support to the administration coalition’s presidential bet.

Aquino said that being the President of the country does not prevent him from taking an active role in Roxas’ presidential campaign.

“Ang dating ng mga kritiko, dapat ‘wag ako mangampanya. So ‘pag Presidente ka ng Republika, dapat wala ka nang opinyon? On the one hand, may inendorso ka pero bahala ka na sa buhay mo? Parang napakamalamya naman noong sinasabi na may magpapatuloy (ng nasimulan natin),” Aquino told reporters on Monday.

(What these critics are saying is that I should not campaign. So if you’re the President, does that mean that you don’t have an opinion? On the one hand, you endorsed someone but you’ll later abandon him? It seems that I am not firm on having a successor to continue everything we have started.)

He also belied claims that the government will funnel funds for Roxas’ campaign kitty.

“Have we ever done that? Bago mag-akusa, meron ba kaming tradisyon na ginagawang ganoon? (Have we ever done that? Before they accuse, they should see first if we have a tradition of doing such),” he said.

Aquino added that they are not using government projects such as the Conditional Cash Transfer and PhilHealth for its campaign. AU


PHILSTAR

Mar refutes Binay’s ‘drama’ allegations on his resignation By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 5, 2015 - 6:15pm 2 260 googleplus0 0


Interior and Local Government Secretary and Liberal Party's standard bearer Mar Roxas responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay's allegations saying he voluntarily resigned with no drama behind it. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government Secretary and Liberal Party's standard bearer Mar Roxas on Wednesday denied Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay’s claim that his resignation is obviously a drama and clarified that it was purely voluntary.

“Alam niyo hindi ko na binibigyang kahalagahan 'yang sinasabi ni Vice President Binay dahil wala naman po kaming record ni Pangulong PNoy bilang mambobola. Lahat naman ng gawain naming ay tapat at diretso lang, so ‘yung aking pag-reresign ay kusa,” Roxas said in a televised interview with Unang Hirit.

“In fact, ‘yung resignation letter ko ay ginawang public, parang nirelease. Sabi naman ng pangulo kailangan mong tapusin ito hindi pwedeng bigla biglaan ito e sa pribadong sector nga two weeks-notice o one month notice, so darating at darating din na matatapos din itong turn-overs,” Roxas added.

Binay’s allegations came out following President Benigno Aquino III’s rejection of Roxas’s resignation.

The vice president said the resignation was staged and compared it to previous resignation of Budget Secretary Butch Abad before. He further alleged that the government’s resources will be used for Roxas’s campaign funds.

“Eh, 'di gagamitin ang government resources. Bigay dito, bigay roon. Pinagagalitan, hinahamak ay iyong mga hindi sumusunod sa mga ginagawa. Ang sinumang magsasabi kapag sinabing ang pangulo ay hindi gagamitin ang government resources ay niloloko lang po tayo noon," Binay said.

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Roxas however refuted Binay’s allegations explaining that he already spoke with Aquino regarding the matter. He reiterated that the president asked him to stay so that he could properly turn over his work load as the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary.

“So sinimulan ko naman ang pagtturn over sa mga bagay na ito at inaasahan sa mga darating na panahon ay magagawa na rin ito,” Roxas said.

Asked about the effectiveness of his resignation, Roxas said there is no exact date yet. However, he said he will only stay for weeks.

Roxas also confirmed that he already gave Aquino names of recommended people who can possibly replace him in his post but he stressed that the decision will still be up to the president just like his appointment after the sudden death of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“Well may mga pangalan na binagay natin sa pangulo para sa kanyang konsiderasyon pero at the end of the day sa trust and confidence ng pangulo ‘yun e,” Roxas said.


MANILA BULLETIN

PNoy to let go of Mar by Genalyn Kabiling August 7, 2015 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share20

President Aquino is prepared to let go of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas after praising his exemplary leadership, particularly his contributions to modernize the police force and combat crimes.

Speaking at the 114th Police Service anniversary in Camp Crame, the President announced that Roxas, his preferred successor in 2016, will step down from office so his actions will not be misconstrued for politicking.

“Ngayon ngang bababa na sa puwesto si Secretary Mar — upang hindi mahaluan ng politika ang pagpapakitang-gilas ng DILG at ng ating PNP — tiwala tayong malalim na ang ugat ng ipinunla niyang mga reporma, na tiyak na yayabong tungo sa higit na pagpapalakas ng ating kapulisan (Now that Secretary Mar will step down from office so his good performance in the DILG and PNP will not be tainted with political color, we are confident the seeds of reform he planted will flourish to further strengthen our police),” the President said.

Last Friday, the President formally endorsed Roxas as the administration’s standard bearer in the 2016 elections, citing his honesty and competence to build on the “Daang Matuwid” governance.

Roxas tendered his resignation three days later but Aquino convinced him to stay to complete pending tasks on the police modernization program and the resettlement of informal settlers in Metro Manila. Aquino is the chairman of the Liberal Party while Roxas is president-on leave.

The President, meantime, had nothing but praises for Roxas during the Camp Crame event that honored several outstanding policemen.

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“Nagpapasalamat din tayo sa huwarang liderato ni Secretary Mar Roxas sa DILG. Palagay ko, kayo na rin ang sasang-ayon sa mahusay niyang pagtitimon sa ating pambansang pulisya, pati na rin sa Bureau of Fire Protection at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology [We thank the exemplary leadership of Secretary Mar at the DILG. I think you will agree with his effective leadership of the National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology],” the President said.

Aquino said Roxas was able to sustain the reforms initiated by late interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in August 2012.

He recalled that Roxas assumed the DILG post on short notice following the death of Robredo.


PHILSTAR

Ochoa to be named acting DILG chief By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 8, 2015 - 12:00am 0 99 googleplus0 1


Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr

MANILA, Philippines - For the second time in four years, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. is taking over the Department of the Interior and Local Government – this time replacing Secretary Manuel Roxas II who is running for president in next year’s elections.

Reliable insiders revealed that Ochoa – who also heads the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission – is to take the DILG helm for one month while President Aquino looks for a permanent replacement for Roxas.

Ochoa was designated DILG chief in August 2012 following the death of secretary Jesse Robredo in a plane crash off Masbate after attending an official event in Cebu City.

Sources hinted that Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento – the Liberal Party secretary-general who is close to Roxas – may not be able take over the DILG post as the last-term congressman reportedly plans to run for governor next year.

In his speech during the Philippine National Police’s 114th anniversary yesterday, Aquino said Roxas can now step down and focus on his campaign. The President earlier endorsed Roxas as the LP’s standard-bearer in next year’s presidential polls.

Roxas said that while he would recommend some individuals as his replacement, Aquino would still have the final say on the matter.

Administration lawmakers have recommended Sarmiento as Roxas’ replacement.

There were also reports that former Pangasinan congressman and agrarian reform secretary Hernani Braganza or current DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero – a career official – may take over the DILG post.


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