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LACIERDA BLASTS BAYAN MUNA FOR QUESTIONS LP BET's FUNDS ON TV ADS


AUGUST 13 ---Lacierda Lacierda Malacañang yesterday scored partylist Bayan Muna for questioning the source of administration and Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II’s funds in airing television advertisements, claiming the Makabayan bloc member is singling out the Cabinet Secretary among politicians who also flashed ads on screen.Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda questioned whose side Bayan Muna was on, saying their hinting of public funds being misused to bolster Roxas’ campaign is damaging their credibility.“In many ads that appeared they only saw the ads of Mar Roxas. Didn’t you see the ads of others? Aren’t they government officials too? Didn’t you ask the same question?... It is slightly obvious whom Bayan Muna sides to. It destroys their credibility,” he said at a Palace briefing.“Bayan Muna, in the many ads that surfaced, how many personalities have already released ads? It is too focusing on Mar Roxas? Whose side are you on?” he added.The Palace official lambasted the partylist as it defended that Roxas is not manipulating public funds for his own gain. Lacierda said Roxas has been honest, noting President Aquino’s statements when he endorsed the Cabinet secretary as the administration’s presidential bet in 2016. READ MORE...

ALSO Coloma: VP low rating in Bizmen satisfaction result of his criticisms vs PNoy admin


AUGUST 14 --Vice President Jejomar Binay recently resigned from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's cabinet. STAR file photo
Malacañang on Friday said that the Office of the Vice President's low ranking in the list of most trusted government agencies may be an effect of his criticisms against the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. "On the observation that the Office of the Vice President is among those that registered the largest declines in satisfaction rating, it may be reasonable to infer that this represents the negative feedback of the business community on the Vice President’s criticisms against the administration in the aftermath of his resignation from the Cabinet," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. said in a statement. READ: Office of the Vice President gets lowest rating in bizmen survey On the other hand, Coloma noted that the Office of the President improved its ranking from the 36th spot to the 27th, with a net satisfaction rating of +29.5. READ MORE...

ALSO: Office of the Vice President gets lowest rating in bizmen survey


AUGUST 14 --The Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay registered the lowest satisfaction ratings in the executive outlook survey conducted by the Makati Business Club
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) placed at the bottom of the most trusted government agency list of the country’s leading business executives. The second quarter Executive Outlook Survey conducted by the Makati Business Club (MBC) showed that Vice President Jejomar Binay's office ranked 64th with a net score of -76.3 Aside from the OVP, 23 other agencies received negative net satisfaction ratings. The OVP, Department of Transportation and Communications (-61.9), Bureau of Customs (-55.6), Department of Agriculture (-46.7) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (-42.4) are at the bottom five. Infographic released by the Makati Business Club shows findings of the second quarter Executive Outlook Survey of top performing government agencies. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, OVP and the Department of Health are among the offices that experience the largest drops in net satisfaction rate. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay camp downplays ‘worst agency’ tag from ‘biased’ businessmen


AUGUST 14 --Philippine Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay was no longer surprised that the Makati Business Club rated his office as the worst-performing government agency, noting how some of its members are favoring Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas. Both Binay and Roxas have publicly declared their presidential bids in 2016.“With all due respect, 67 wealthy businessmen in Makati cannot represent the sentiment of our people nationwide. They cannot be expected to give a true and objective assessment of the performance of all government agencies, most especially the OVP (Office of the Vice President),” Joey Salgado, head of the OVP’s media affairs, said in a statement on Friday.
“We know for a fact that there are MBC members with long-held biases against the Vice President and his family. Then there are MBC officials like its executive director who were present at the anointment of Secretary Mar Roxas as Pnoy’s (President Benigno Aquino III’s) chosen one,” he said. Salgado said the MBC members have also “profited from this administration’s economic policy that embraces the rich and excludes the poor” and that they want to continue “the inequality under an administration that is pro-business.” Binay’s office ranked last among the 64 government agencies surveyed by the MBC with -76.3. The other worst-performing agencies were the Department of Transportation and Communications, which ranked 63rd with a net satisfaction rating of -61.9; Bureau of Customs, 62nd (-55.6); Department of Agriculture, 63rd (-46.7), and the Energy Regulatory Commission, 60th (-42.4). READ MORE...

ALSO Palace on Corona decision: We were right
[Malacañang on Friday welcomed the Sandiganbayan’s reported ruling that found probable cause to put former Chief Justice Renato Corona on trial for perjury for allegedly misdeclaring his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), which was among the issues raised against him.]


AUGUST 14 --In a text message, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the anti-graft court’s decision only affirmed the Aquino Administration’s position to have Corona impeached and undergo an impeachment trial. In a text message, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the anti-graft court’s decision only affirmed the Aquino Administration’s position to have Corona impeached and undergo an impeachment trial. “That our belief then has been validated now by the fact of the indictment. It shows that our position has always been grounded on facts and not blind animosity against the former chief justice Corona as he would have the public believe,” Valte’s text message read.In a separate statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the grounds for Corona’s indictment were the same ones that led to his conviction.“We note that the indictment is based on the same offense that merited the former [Chief Justice’s] conviction in the impeachment trial. Let the ends of justice be served,” Coloma added.Corona, who is also facing a P130-million forfeiture case before the anti-graft court, was impeached by Congress in 2012 for false declarations in his SALN.He was described by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as a midnight appointee of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.On Thursday, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang said the anti-graft court’s Special Third Division found probable cause to try Corona for perjury for the alleged misdeclaration of his SALN.
Corona was charged with eight counts of perjury and eight counts of violation of Republic Act (RA) 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.“There is probable cause that he has committed the crime… My recollection is that there are certain [pieces of] propert[y] that he failed to include in his SALN for a number of years based on the documents submitted,” Tang said.No legal basis An associate justice of the Sandiganbayan, in his dissenting opinion on the Corona case, said the Office of the Ombudsman proceeded to file the cases without following the procedural structures set forth by RA 6713.READ MORE...

ALSO Binay camp: No intelligent response yet to True SONA


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Already two weeks after Vice President Jejomar Binay’s True State of the Nation Address (True SONA), the Aquino administration remains without a credible response to the issues Binay raised, opting instead to issue half-truths and nitpick on details, Office of the Vice President (OVP) media affairs head Joey Salgado said yesterday. “While the administration will continue to insist it has never told a lie in its response to the Vice President, records show it has consistently twisted the truth,” Salgado added. “Until now we are waiting for a credible reply to these truths: After five years, only the rich and wealthy have benefited from this administration’s economic policies, leaving millions still hungry, jobless and mired in poverty,” he said. “The administration claims fewer Filipinos are poor today, when the opposite is true. It cites budget reforms while ignoring the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) which has been declared unconstitutional. It claims higher growth rates and credit upgrades without mentioning that hunger and unemployment remain. It brags about a campaign against corruption that targets political enemies while sparing political allies,” Salgado said. Salgado added only one thing is sure, as the twilight of the administration fast approaches, it will continue to flood the media with lies.  “But no amount of sugar coating can cover for the incompetent and insensitive governance which has miserably failed to deliver meaningful changes for our people,” he added. “Don’t underestimate the intelligence of the Filipino masses,” Salgado said. READ MORE...


ALSO by Marlen Ronquillo:
Ping Lacson just realized ‘Daang Matuwid’ is a con game


AUGUST 15 --by MARLEN V. RONQUILLO
WHATEVER motivation former Senator Lacson had in joining the Aquino government and serve as its Yolanda rehab czar is not even worth discussing right now. But after his short-lived term with the Aquino government, his post-resignation thoughts are worth discussing as Filipinos contemplate – and Mr. Aquino himself contemplates – on the verdict of history on his presidency. Mr. Aquino is confident that he will be rated favorably. In his own mind and in the view of his flacks, he will be remembered as a colossus who presided over sustained periods of economic growth and one who dealt with systemic official corruption. Mr. Lacson has been offering an altogether divergent, darker view, not at all pleasing to Mr. Aquino and his nodding, admiring posse. In his first salvo, Mr. Lacson questioned the close to P50 billion lump sum in the 2016 budget, then asked, obliquely, this question. Is this kind of budgetary malevolence the practice of Daang Matuwid? I framed that question because that was the sense of Mr. Lacson’s line of thought. He was just to civil to say it bluntly, perhaps due to a residue of respect for the President. There was so much hand-wringing and tongue-twisting from the Aquino acolytes after Mr. Lacson’s pointed questions on the alleged lump sums. Mr. Lacson was backed by research and his staff had prepared a graph on where the lump sums are and under what items were these placed in the 2016 budget proposal. Finally, the Senate said that the lump sums are temporary lump sums. They will have specifics once they are appropriated. Temporary lump sums – governance has not heard of such animal – finally entered the budgetary lexicon.
The political Left, always on the alert for any issue that would damn the Aquino administration, took up the cudgels for Mr. Lacson and his expose. Now, the left’s party list members in Congress have adopted the figures of Mr. Lacson and are looking for more lump sums to unravel. Only, according to the Left, the hidden items are not just “lump sums” but “ congressional insertions.” Thanks to Mr. Lacson, a weak underbelly of the Aquino administration has been laid bare, slapping the “Daang Matuwid” narrative all around. If there are critiques that give Mr. Aquino’s restless nights and put his government into a defensive mode, they are critiques that tend to show that the “Daang Matuwid” is just a long-running con game and has no basis in reality. In his second salvo, Mr. Lacson questioned the sincerity of Mr. Aquino’s Yolanda rehabilitation work, an ultra important act of government that Mr. Lacson presided over, though for a short time and as a “rehab czar” with very little authority over the pace of the implementation. Mr. Lacson said it was government as usual, bureaucratic, snail-paced and with its heart and mind not really caring a bit about the Yolanda victims. Mr. Lacson was expecting too much. Or, he perhaps read too much of the literature about the Marshall Plan and of the noble and bright men that made sure Europe would rise up from its massive devastation. Indeed, the men behind the Marshall Plan complemented the Plan’s nobility of purpose and grand agenda with their own mastery of the budgeting, programming and implementing process. One of the chief overseers of the Marshall Plan, in fact, was a law professor of Juan Ponce Enrile at Harvard Law. Lacson’s lament was a valid one. Only he failed to realize that this is the Philippines and the incumbent president has no tolerance for the concerns of his vulnerable, victimized constituencies. READ MORE...


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Palace's Lacierda blasts Bayan Muna for questioning source of LP presidential bet’s funds in airing TV ads

MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Joshua L. Labonera Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00


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Malacañang yesterday scored partylist Bayan Muna for questioning the source of administration and Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II’s funds in airing television advertisements, claiming the Makabayan bloc member is singling out the Cabinet Secretary among politicians who also flashed ads on screen.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda questioned whose side Bayan Muna was on, saying their hinting of public funds being misused to bolster Roxas’ campaign is damaging their credibility.

“In many ads that appeared they only saw the ads of Mar Roxas. Didn’t you see the ads of others? Aren’t they government officials too? Didn’t you ask the same question?... It is slightly obvious whom Bayan Muna sides to. It destroys their credibility,” he said at a Palace briefing.

“Bayan Muna, in the many ads that surfaced, how many personalities have already released ads? It is too focusing on Mar Roxas? Whose side are you on?” he added.

The Palace official lambasted the partylist as it defended that Roxas is not manipulating public funds for his own gain. Lacierda said Roxas has been honest, noting President Aquino’s statements when he endorsed the Cabinet secretary as the administration’s presidential bet in 2016.

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“In his (Roxas) 20 years of public service he was never tainted with corruption. He has always maintained his integrity. That is also the statement of the President…Nobody questioned him and his integrity. No one ever questioned him and his experience,” he said.

The Palace issued the statements after Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate called on Roxas to explain to the public the source of his campaign ads on television, noting that a 15-second TV ad on primetime may cost P250,000, leading and speculating on the misuse of public funds.

Zarate said for the purpose of transparency, Roxas should explain where he got such funds, whether it was from his personal funds or from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) budget.

The DILG budget this year fluctuated to P104.5 billion from P100.2 billion in 2014, saying further that the 2015 budget was an election budget “as it was padded here and there to provide the administration substantial fuel for their campaign train.”

But, Malacañang was quick to shield Roxas, saying that there is no history of the administration under Aquino of using public funds for bolstering a political campaign.

“The President has answered this even before…Under the Presidency of President Aquino, how many times have we held elections…In 2013 it was never used, why should we use it now?” Lacierda said.

The Palace official insisted the 2015 budget is a legacy budget, striking down allegations that it may be used to beef up the LP’s campaign.

“If you want to politicize it don’t talk to me again. But if you want to know the answers to those questions in the budget, you are a congressman you can ask those questions. Neri Colmenares, my good friend, doesn’t have to go to media to talk about this… They never accepted answers of DBM Secretary Butch Abad, but that’s our commitment. We have a budget that addresses the needs of the country,” Lacierda said.

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Binay camp fears government savings may fund Mar bid By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 13, 2015 - 12:00am 4 97 googleplus0 0


In this July 2, 2015 file photo, Vice President Jejomar Binay leads the United Nationalist Alliance launching as the main opposition party. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday expressed concern that the P303-billion savings from the 2014 national budget could be used to bankroll the presidential campaign of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II next year.

Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, said it is perplexing that the administration asked Congress for P2.4 trillion in 2014 but did not release 13 percent or P303 billion.

“(Budget) Secretary Butch Abad has said in an interview this will be released in the second half of this year. Why? We cannot help but think that the ‘savings’ will be used to fund the campaign of LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas,” Quicho said in a statement.

He said it is quite suspicious that an administration that came up with the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) – portions of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court – to allegedly accelerate implementation of programs and fast-track development failed to release substantial amounts for important development projects.

“Why didn’t they ‘accelerate’ the release of funds last year? And why release the funds in the second half of this year? They’re not only incompetent. What they’re doing is also highly suspicious,” he said.

Quicho said the government’s failure to release funds to the Department of Education (P2.2 billion); Department of Public Works and Highways (P26.3 billion); Department of Agriculture (P2.6 billion); Department of Agrarian Reform (P5.8 billion); and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (P1.9 billion) affected services for millions of Filipinos.

He said Abad and other economic managers admitted that the backlog in the release of funds or “underspending” in general has been affecting the country’s economic growth during the joint congressional oversight committee on public expenditures last June.

The National Economic and Development Authority also revealed recently that the economy grew by a mere 5.2 percent during the first quarter of 2015, its slowest since 2012, Quicho said.

He said the words underspending and savings are a misnomer.

“They did not underspend or save at all. What happened was they did not release the funds to the government agencies and thus, they hindered growth. Palpak (incompetent),” he said.

Quicho also noted the unused funds from budgets of different agencies will also go to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (P16 billion) allegedly for government employees’ pension, the Department of Transportation and Communications (P20.7 billion) and the Department of Agriculture (P13 billion) for the construction and repair of irrigation facilities and new farm-to-market roads.

“Billions of pesos will go to DOTC which was formerly headed by Mar Roxas and to DILG which Roxas still controls. He resigned but he is still there. The President said he is still looking for a replacement and that he may ask Roxas to ‘finish a lot of things that are being done.’ That does not make sense at all. It just fuels suspicions that the LP is indeed filling up its campaign war chest,” he said.

Annoying tactics Meanwhile, Binay’s spokesman for media affairs said the public is getting bored and exasperated by the antics of Binay’s tormentors in the Senate who boast of exposés against him which turn out to be duds.

“Every time Sen. (Antonio) Trillanes holds hearings, he always claims to have explosives against the Vice President but it always turns out to be duds,” Joey Salgado said.

Quicho added that they expect the Vice President’s political opponents to continue the “demolition job” against him despite their failure to come out with strong evidence.

“If they really believe that they have strong evidence against the Vice President, they should expose them now,” Quicho said.

Salgado urged Trillanes to face the damage suit filed against him by the Vice President.

He said the civil case filed against Trillanes and 12 others brings all the issues to an impartial venue.

“So our appeal to Sen. Trillanes, instead of making up excuses, he should just face the Vice President in court,” Salgado said.

“The Senate is his home court. They own the venue. They are the coach, the team manager, the prosecutors, the judge. They’re also the jury. But the court is impartial, it would listen to both sides. It would only listen to evidence, not on guess or hearsays,” he said.

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) president Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco also slammed Senate sub-committee chair Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III for saying that the panel has no plans of ending its investigation on the alleged anomalies involving Binay until his trusted aides, Gerry Limlingan and Eduviges Baloloy, show up.

“We all want Gerry Limlingan and Ebeng Baloloy to come out, but it’s beyond our control. So if that is their reason for extending the hearings, we respect it. But I think that is only an excuse to continue the demolition job (against the Vice President),” Tiangco said.

Trillanes on Tuesday said he would continue his exposé against Binay during the next hearing on Aug. 20, exactly one year since the sub-committee conducted its hearing on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II and other related anomalies against the Vice President.

Trillanes declined to give details of his exposé but said he has the necessary documents and witnesses to support his allegations.

Palace hands off Malacañang, for its part, maintained yesterday it was not behind the investigations into the alleged irregularities involving the Vice President and his Makati City mayor-son, Jejomar Erwin Jr.

In a press briefing, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said there was no basis to point to the administration as the one behind the supposed demolition job against the Binays.

“Ask the Senate. That’s a separate branch of government and that question should not be posed on us. Of course, they can accuse us of being behind it. But, hey, the senators there are …(not from the Liberal Party),” Lacierda said, referring to the Nacionalista Party of Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano, who had been leading the Senate probes.

Lacierda said Pimentel was also not from LP but from Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino or PDP-Laban.


LACIERDA

Lacierda also twitted the Binay camp for saying there would be more investigations against the Vice President now that Roxas has been endorsed by President Aquino.

“Just ask the Senate why. I mean, they are the best people to answer that question… If there will be more investigations, it’s not because the President endorsed Mar. That’s an inane one,” Lacierda said.

“There’s no one-to-one correspondence between the endorsement and the number of charges being brought up. If there are charges of corruption that will be leveled against the Vice President, it’s because… again,

ask the Senate,” he said, brushing aside claims that Trillanes was an attack dog of the administration.

Erap’s support vital In a related development, an official of UNA yesterday said the support of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada would boost further the presidential bid of Binay.

Lawyer JV Bautista, UNA secretary general, admitted that Estrada would be a big loss to their party if he will not support the Vice President.

He, however, pointed out that they are prepared for such eventuality.

Bautista described Estrada as one of the pillars of the opposition.

“Let’s face it, Erap is a big voice in the opposition. At any point in time he never joined the administration,” he said.

Estrada had said that the candidate he would support should be sincere in serving the masses and should be with the opposition.

In the event that Sen. Grace Poe will not throw her hat in the presidential ring, Bautista said UNA expects Estrada to support Binay.

Poe is the goddaughter of Estrada.

Her father, deceased actor Fernando Poe Jr., was Estrada’s best friend. – With Aurea Calica, Non Alquitran


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Palace: Low satisfaction aftermath of VP Binay's criticisms vs PNoy admin By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated August 14, 2015 - 5:24pm 1 5 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay recently resigned from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's cabinet. STAR file photo

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Friday said that the Office of the Vice President's low ranking in the list of most trusted government agencies may be an effect of his criticisms against the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

"On the observation that the Office of the Vice President is among those that registered the largest declines in satisfaction rating, it may be reasonable to infer that this represents the negative feedback of the business community on the Vice President’s criticisms against the administration in the aftermath of his resignation from the Cabinet," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. said in a statement.

On the other hand, Coloma noted that the Office of the President improved its ranking from the 36th spot to the 27th, with a net satisfaction rating of +29.5.

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The Cabinet official expressed his gratitude to the business community for giving a "renewed vote of confidence" to government agencies.

"The survey results mirror and affirm the vote of confidence extended by the international community to the country as reflected in successive upgrades in investment rating, as well as significant improvement in global competitiveness rankings," Coloma added.

Coloma noted that the Department of Foreign Affairs garnered support for its rules-based and diplomatic approach in resolving the West Philippine Sea dispute.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration deserves commendation for its accurate and reliable weather forecasting, Coloma said.

The Office of the Vice President placed at the bottom of the said list at the 64th spot with a net score of -76.3.

The survey was conducted by the Makati Business Club through fax and online survey among its members from July 6 to August 7.


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Office of the Vice President gets lowest rating in bizmen survey By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated August 14, 2015 - 11:21am 9 508 googleplus1 0


The Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay registered the lowest satisfaction ratings in the executive outlook survey conducted by the Makati Business Club

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) placed at the bottom of the most trusted government agency list of the country’s leading business executives.

The second quarter Executive Outlook Survey conducted by the Makati Business Club (MBC) showed that Vice President Jejomar Binay's office ranked 64th with a net score of -76.3

Aside from the OVP, 23 other agencies received negative net satisfaction ratings.

The OVP, Department of Transportation and Communications (-61.9), Bureau of Customs (-55.6), Department of Agriculture (-46.7) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (-42.4) are at the bottom five.

Infographic released by the Makati Business Club shows findings of the second quarter Executive Outlook Survey of top performing government agencies.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, OVP and the Department of Health are among the offices that experience the largest drops in net satisfaction rate.

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"Thirty-eight out of the 64 government agencies and offices included in the survey, likewise, received positive net satisfaction ratings, with 31 agencies improving on their rankings from 2014," the report of the MBC said.

Meanwhile, the Senate (+26), House of Representatives (+13), Department of Trade and Industry (+11), Board of Investments (+11), Office of the Ombudsman (+11) and Department of Budget and Management (+11) turned out as the most improved agencies based on their 2014 rankings.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas remained at the top of the said survey with a net score of 90.8

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration are also at the top of the list.

The survey was conducted through fax and online survey among MBC members from July 6 to August 7.


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Binay camp downplays ‘worst agency’ tag from ‘biased’ businessmen @inquirerdotnet 03:08 PM August 14th, 2015


Philippine Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay was no longer surprised that the Makati Business Club rated his office as the worst-performing government agency, noting how some of its members are favoring Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

Both Binay and Roxas have publicly declared their presidential bids in 2016.

“With all due respect, 67 wealthy businessmen in Makati cannot represent the sentiment of our people nationwide. They cannot be expected to give a true and objective assessment of the performance of all government agencies, most especially the OVP (Office of the Vice President),” Joey Salgado, head of the OVP’s media affairs, said in a statement on Friday.

“We know for a fact that there are MBC members with long-held biases against the Vice President and his family. Then there are MBC officials like its executive director who were present at the anointment of Secretary Mar Roxas as Pnoy’s (President Benigno Aquino III’s) chosen one,” he said.

Salgado said the MBC members have also “profited from this administration’s economic policy that embraces the rich and excludes the poor” and that they want to continue “the inequality under an administration that is pro-business.”

Binay’s office ranked last among the 64 government agencies surveyed by the MBC with -76.3.

The other worst-performing agencies were the Department of Transportation and Communications, which ranked 63rd with a net satisfaction rating of -61.9; Bureau of Customs, 62nd (-55.6); Department of Agriculture, 63rd (-46.7), and the Energy Regulatory Commission, 60th (-42.4).

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READ: Makati businessmen: VP office worst agency

But Salgado questioned the basis used by the MBC when it assessed the performance of the government agencies.

“The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) fared better than the OVP when businessmen and economists have openly complained about the anemic spending that has a put a drag on the economy,” he said.

“They even placed the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) a notch higher than the OVP, when the universal verdict is that the DOTC, first held by Roxas and now under his partymate Emilio Abaya, is the showcase of ineptitude, incompetence and a threat to public safety, not to mention a cash cow for LP (Liberal Party) allies,” he said.

Salagado said that apparently, the MBC members were “predisposed to believe every lie and gossip against the Vice President.”


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“Yet they would ignore the fact that the DOTC would award a P535.5-million contract to a two-month-old company owned by an LP man, despite a measly capital of P625,000,” he pointed out.

While they were not expecting a recognition from the MBC, Salagado said these wealthy businessmen also have no right to judge the OVP.

He noted that the OVP has the lowest budget allocation among government agencies but despite its limitation, it has provided assistance to thousands of indigents who could not afford the cost of medical care “that is readily accessible to MBC members. “

Salgado said the OVP helped 6,044 indigent clients in paying for their dialysis, hospital bills, chemotherapy sessions, medicines, surgery and other procedures, and hearing aids, provided educational support to 9,700 elementary school pupils nationwide, mostly children from indigenous communities, and assisted 1,588 OFWs in 2014.

“And while we do welcome an honest appraisal of our work, for the OVP, we are satisfied more by the simple gestures of thanks from those whom we have served: a letter of thanks from an OFW awaiting repatriation, a warm embrace and the words “maraming salamat” from a grateful mother. Doon lang, bawi na ang pagpupuyat at pagod (Those gestures are enough to offset our sleepless nights and exhaustion),” he further said.
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Palace on Corona decision: We were right August 14, 2015 10:01 pm by CATHERINE S. VALENTE and REINA TOLENTINO REPORTERS


In a text message, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the anti-graft court’s decision only affirmed the Aquino Administration’s position to have Corona impeached and undergo an impeachment trial.

Malacañang on Friday welcomed the Sandiganbayan’s reported ruling that found probable cause to put former Chief Justice Renato Corona on trial for perjury for allegedly misdeclaring his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), which was among the issues raised against him.

In a text message, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the anti-graft court’s decision only affirmed the Aquino Administration’s position to have Corona impeached and undergo an impeachment trial.

“That our belief then has been validated now by the fact of the indictment. It shows that our position has always been grounded on facts and not blind animosity against the former chief justice Corona as he would have the public believe,” Valte’s text message read.

In a separate statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the grounds for Corona’s indictment were the same ones that led to his conviction.

“We note that the indictment is based on the same offense that merited the former [Chief Justice’s] conviction in the impeachment trial. Let the ends of justice be served,” Coloma added.

Corona, who is also facing a P130-million forfeiture case before the anti-graft court, was impeached by Congress in 2012 for false declarations in his SALN.

He was described by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as a midnight appointee of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

On Thursday, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang said the anti-graft court’s Special Third Division found probable cause to try Corona for perjury for the alleged misdeclaration of his SALN.

Corona was charged with eight counts of perjury and eight counts of violation of Republic Act (RA) 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

“There is probable cause that he has committed the crime… My recollection is that there are certain [pieces of] propert[y] that he failed to include in his SALN for a number of years based on the documents submitted,” Tang said.

No legal basis

An associate justice of the Sandiganbayan, in his dissenting opinion on the Corona case, said the Office of the Ombudsman proceeded to file the cases without following the procedural structures set forth by RA 6713.

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In his 62-page dissent, Associate Justice Samuel Martires said he did not find any ground to pin down the former Chief Justice.


Further, Justice Martires pointed out, the bank documents were obtained without court order or Corona’s consent and thus were protected by bank secrecy laws. He said, “Whatever documents the Ombudsman has gathered from banks are considered ‘fruits of the poisonous tree’ and must therefore be disregarded by the court.”

“After a careful review of the law and the records of this case,” Martires found no ground against Corona for three reasons–that there was no legal basis for the filing of charges, that Corona cannot be charged for perjury under the Revised Penal Code or be charged both for perjury and breach of conduct and the Ombudsman lacked authority to file the cases.

He said the 15-page complaint of the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office (FIO) and the 22-page joint resolution of the Ombudsman’s special panel of investigators in 2014, which the Ombudsman approved on January 28, 2014, did not show that Corona’s SALN was reviewed by the Review and Compliance Committee of the Supreme Court in line with the procedure under RA 6713.

“What is clear is the reference in the Joint Resolution to the impeachment trial and the documents the Ombudsman had gathered from banks and government agencies,” Martires added.

“In short, the Office of the Ombudsman proceeded to file these cases without following the procedural structures set forth by RA 6713,” he said.

Corona, who was impeached in 2011, is accused of perjury and violation of Section 8 of RA 6713.

Martires said it would have been most prudent for the Ombudsman to have referred Corona’s SALN to the Supreme Court’s Review and Compliance Committee after gathering evidence to provide him an opportunity to avail of the corrective remedy provided by law.

He added that the Ombudsman “simply disregarded the clear directive of Section 10 to let the accused Corona correct the inaccuracies or deficiencies in his SALN,” noting that when the Ombudsman was investigating Corona’s SALN the High Court already formed a panel that will review the SALN of court personnel.

“There was therefore no cogent reason for the Ombudsman not to forward the result of its investigation to the Review Committee of the Supreme Court unless it had other reasons for disregarding the clear instructions of the law,” Martires said.
He argued that Corona cannot be charged for perjury because it carries a lighter penalty than the one provided for in RA 6713.

Martires said the provision under RA 6713 that if the violation is punishable by a heavier penalty under another law, then the person shall be prosecuted under the latter statute “is clear and unambiguous and only a Humpty Dumpty can whimsically attach a different meaning to this provision.”

Under the Revised Penal Code, perjury is punishable by up to two years in prison.
Meanwhile, violation of Section 8 of RA 6713 carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment or a P5,000 fine or both and in the court’s discretion, disqualification to hold public office.

“The filing of SALN is covered by Section 8 of RA 6713. Clearly, the penalty provided by RA 6713 for violation of Section 8 is much heavier than the penalty for perjury under the Revised Penal Code,” Martires said.

While the Ombudsman’s constitutional power to initiate probes as well as to prosecute was not removed or lessened by RA 6713, its power to prosecute cases stemming from violations of RA 6713 is dependent on the transmittal of cases from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Martires argued.

“This can be picked up without difficulty from the language of Section 12 that the CSC ‘shall transmit all cases for prosecution arising from violations of this Act to the proper authorities for appropriate action’ and unless muddled by the fug of a sleepy mind, this provision can easily be understood even by a high school student,” he remarked.

“In short, without the ‘transmittal’ from the CSC, which is a precondition for the filing of cases, there is nothing for the Ombudsman to prosecute and it cannot just on its own proceed to prosecute a case without treading into the prohibited path of ‘usurpation of authority,’” Martires said.

Further on, he mentioned that the Ombudsman’s office based its resolution on the impeachment proceedings against Corona.

“Regrettably, whatever evidence was presented during the impeachment trial does not bind this court, for an impeachment trial is political in character while judicial proceedings involves legal judgment that is based on laws and the rules on evidence,” Martires said.

He added that the anti-graft court cannot consider the bank documents gathered by the Office of the Ombudsman because it is only authorized to gather documents from government agencies, not from private institutions.

Further, Martires pointed out, the bank documents were obtained without court order or Corona’s consent and thus were protected by bank secrecy laws.

He said, “Whatever documents the Ombudsman has gathered from banks are considered ‘fruits of the poisonous tree’ and must therefore be disregarded by the court.”

“[T]he absence alone of the requisite ‘transmittal’ from the Civil Service Commission which is one of the conditions precedent before a case for violation of Sections 7, 8 and 9 can be filed by the Ombudsman against the accused Corona is, by itself, sufficient ground for the outright dismissal of these cases,” Martires added.

11 Responses to Palace on Corona decision: We were right
Lito S says:
August 15, 2015 at 8:38 am
Quote “In a text message, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the anti-graft court’s decision only affirmed the Aquino Administration’s position to have Corona impeached and undergo an impeachment trial. Unquote.
I am inclined to believe that PNoy initiated it all.
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Truth Seeker says:
August 15, 2015 at 7:42 am
Paano masasabing tama kayo, eh ang mga hunghang ninyong mga kasama mali mali din ang SALN! Yan ang tinatawag na double standard. The law applies to everyone! Mga gagong ito, akala mo mga malinis…pare pareho lang kayong mga mandarambong!
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JUAN REYES says:
August 15, 2015 at 7:22 am
Yeah, Malacanang is right in bribing senate with at least 50M per senator(21) and 10M per congressman(188) or so they claim in this Tuwid na Daan administration…
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butch hirro says:
August 15, 2015 at 1:50 am
i am not a lwayer but wasn’t the former chief justice impeached and convicted because of his misdeclaration of his SALN? and if so, why is he being charged again of perjury because of that? isn’t that double jeopardy?
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butch hirro says:
August 15, 2015 at 1:42 am
how did they even make it to become justices of the sandiganbayan when they cannot even read and understand the law? one man saw the mistake of the majority thus he voted to drop charges against the former chief justice. do these justices not know that a majority vote doesn’t always mean that they are right? what an incompetent bunch of morons we have at the sandiganbayan.
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Oraman says:
August 15, 2015 at 1:38 am
Of course Sandigan Bayan will indict Corona these Sandigan Bayan justices are appointees of Aquino or afraid of Aquino!
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Oraman says:
August 15, 2015 at 1:30 am
Of course Sandigan Bayan will indict Corona this Sandigan Bayan justices are appointees of Aquino!
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P.Akialamiro says:
August 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm
What is ever right in ‘bribing’ senators in order to vote ‘guilty’? To add insult to injury, the peoples’ money was used for bribe. Sadly enough, the reason for the impeachment was primarily for vengeance and vindictiveness. What is right in all of these politically, or otherwise?
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fyi says:
August 15, 2015 at 9:06 am
Aquino wanted to impeach Corona so he could get more money for Hacienda Luisita, Aquino paid P50 million to each senator that voted to impeach Corona from the DAP fund.
The senators then gave their P50 million gifts to fake non government organizations.
The DAP fund was also used to pay P471.50 million to Aquino family for part of Hacienda Luisita which was double the value initially prescribed by the April 24, 2012 Supreme Court decision.
The DAP fund was just a way to enrich politicians and provide bribe money.
jerome gutierrez says:
August 14, 2015 at 11:11 pm
Let the court at trial decide first before this ABNOY rotten administration claim credit for publicly convicting this honorable man.
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Marcial Lex says:
August 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm
A very hypocrite government ruled by the morons!!
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TRIBUNE

Binay camp: No intelligent response yet to True SONA
Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00


SALGADO

Already two weeks after Vice President Jejomar Binay’s True State of the Nation Address (True SONA), the Aquino administration remains without a credible response to the issues Binay raised, opting instead to issue half-truths and nitpick on details, Office of the Vice President (OVP) media affairs head Joey Salgado said yesterday.

“While the administration will continue to insist it has never told a lie in its response to the Vice President, records show it has consistently twisted the truth,” Salgado added.

“Until now we are waiting for a credible reply to these truths: After five years, only the rich and wealthy have benefited from this administration’s economic policies, leaving millions still hungry, jobless and mired in poverty,” he said.

“The administration claims fewer Filipinos are poor today, when the opposite is true. It cites budget reforms while ignoring the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) which has been declared unconstitutional. It claims higher growth rates and credit upgrades without mentioning that hunger and unemployment remain. It brags about a campaign against corruption that targets political enemies while sparing political allies,” Salgado said.

Salgado added only one thing is sure, as the twilight of the administration fast approaches, it will continue to flood the media with lies.

“But no amount of sugar coating can cover for the incompetent and insensitive governance which has miserably failed to deliver meaningful changes for our people,” he added.

“Don’t underestimate the intelligence of the Filipino masses,” Salgado said.

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Five bare-faced lies

He enumerated some of the lies peddled by the administration in their clumsy attempt to reply to the Vice President’s True SONA.

First, Salgado said the administration lied when it said the mural depicting the heroism of the 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF 44) was removed because there is no museum in Camp General Mariano N. Castaneda in Silang, Cavite, home of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).

“There is no need for a museum to display the Tagaligtas 44 mural. People will visit the PNPA to see the mural whether it’s inside a museum or not. The truth is that the mural made someone very angry, and that’s why it had to go away,” he said.

He added the absence of the SAF 44 among those who were honored during the PNP 114th Police Service anniversary shows that the administration would rather have the people forget their heroism,” he said.

Salgado also called the scholarships recently given to the children of the SAF 44 “a desperate attempt at damage control.”

He said the administration obviously tried to hype the granting of scholarships but the scholarship grants were actually promised months ago.

Salgado noted that as early as July, or six months after the SAF 44 were slain, Erika Pabalinas, widow of Chief Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, was quoted as saying in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site, “We have been forgotten ... Why haven’t the scholarships been awarded to them?”
Salgado added that the announcement of the PNP that 46 children of SAF 44 will receive educational assistance certificates was reported by media on Aug. 13, six days after the SAF 44 were excluded from the list of those awarded for exemplary service.
Second, Salgado said Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya lied when he said the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) had more trains running than the seven trains mentioned by the Vice President in his True SONA.

Salgado reminded Abaya that it was MRT general manager himself who said only seven trains were running on June 1 (Manila Times, June 1) and that some trains had problems with air-conditioning and thus, could not be used to serve commuters on that day.

Salgado asked Abaya to review headlines or stories that came out on June 1 mainly those that uniformly reported that only seven MRT trains are running on the first day of the schoolyear.

Third, Salgado said the administration lied when it said the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) did not experience budget cuts.
“All it takes is for anyone to ask students we now refer to as the UP Homeless, who are relying on the goodwill of others to sponsor a UP boarder. In the more 100-year history of the University of the Philippines, this is the first time a dorm failure happened,” Salgado said.
He said UP experienced four budget cuts during the Aquino administration: in 2011, 2012, 2014 and in the proposed 2016 budget.

Salgado also said the Department of Budget and Management is proposing a mere P10.9 billion budget for UP for 2016, an almost P3 billion peso slash from UP’s 2015 budget of P13.14 billion.

Fourth, Salgado said the administration lied when it said that there was no delay in the distribution of the Yolanda rehabilitation fund.

Salgado cited the report of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) which noted that eight days after typhoon Yolanda struck, only about 375,000 of the 13 million Yolanda victims received food relief (Inquirer.net, Nov. 18, 2013)

UNOCHA said 2.5 million victims urgently needed food that did not arrive on time.
Fifth, Salgado said increasing the salaries of men in uniform by P60 per day is not sufficient reason to say their needs have been addressed.

“The Administration said it did not neglect our policemen and our soldiers. But if they consider a measly sixty-peso (P60) per day increase to cover the daily needs of our men in uniform an act of caring, then there is nothing we can do. We are obviously coming from different perspectives,” he said.


MANILA TIMES COMMENTARY

Ping Lacson just realized ‘Daang Matuwid’ is a con game August 15, 2015 10:38 pm Marlen V. Ronquillo


by MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

WHATEVER motivation former Senator Lacson had in joining the Aquino government and serve as its Yolanda rehab czar is not even worth discussing right now.

But after his short-lived term with the Aquino government, his post-resignation thoughts are worth discussing as Filipinos contemplate – and Mr. Aquino himself contemplates – on the verdict of history on his presidency.

Mr. Aquino is confident that he will be rated favorably. In his own mind and in the view of his flacks, he will be remembered as a colossus who presided over sustained periods of economic growth and one who dealt with systemic official corruption.

Mr. Lacson has been offering an altogether divergent, darker view, not at all pleasing to Mr. Aquino and his nodding, admiring posse.

In his first salvo, Mr. Lacson questioned the close to P50 billion lump sum in the 2016 budget, then asked, obliquely, this question. Is this kind of budgetary malevolence the practice of Daang Matuwid?

I framed that question because that was the sense of Mr. Lacson’s line of thought. He was just to civil to say it bluntly, perhaps due to a residue of respect for the President.

There was so much hand-wringing and tongue-twisting from the Aquino acolytes after Mr. Lacson’s pointed questions on the alleged lump sums. Mr. Lacson was backed by research and his staff had prepared a graph on where the lump sums are and under what items were these placed in the 2016 budget proposal.

Finally, the Senate said that the lump sums are temporary lump sums. They will have specifics once they are appropriated. Temporary lump sums – governance has not heard of such animal – finally entered the budgetary lexicon.

The political Left, always on the alert for any issue that would damn the Aquino administration, took up the cudgels for Mr. Lacson and his expose.

Now, the left’s party list members in Congress have adopted the figures of Mr. Lacson and are looking for more lump sums to unravel. Only, according to the Left, the hidden items are not just “lump sums” but “ congressional insertions.”

Thanks to Mr. Lacson, a weak underbelly of the Aquino administration has been laid bare, slapping the “Daang Matuwid” narrative all around. If there are critiques that give Mr. Aquino’s restless nights and put his government into a defensive mode, they are critiques that tend to show that the “Daang Matuwid” is just a long-running con game and has no basis in reality.

In his second salvo, Mr. Lacson questioned the sincerity of Mr. Aquino’s Yolanda rehabilitation work, an ultra important act of government that Mr. Lacson presided over, though for a short time and as a “rehab czar” with very little authority over the pace of the implementation.

Mr. Lacson said it was government as usual, bureaucratic, snail-paced and with its heart and mind not really caring a bit about the Yolanda victims. Mr. Lacson was expecting too much.

Or, he perhaps read too much of the literature about the Marshall Plan and of the noble and bright men that made sure Europe would rise up from its massive devastation. Indeed, the men behind the Marshall Plan complemented the Plan’s nobility of purpose and grand agenda with their own mastery of the budgeting, programming and implementing process.

One of the chief overseers of the Marshall Plan, in fact, was a law professor of Juan Ponce Enrile at Harvard Law.
Lacson’s lament was a valid one. Only he failed to realize that this is the Philippines and the incumbent president has no tolerance for the concerns of his vulnerable, victimized constituencies.

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The Aquino government is at a loss on how to deal with a critic like Mr. Lacson. He is relentless and Mr. Aquino’s weapon of choice against critics – which is to slime them – will not work on the former senator. The COA records and audits on pork barrel use, Mr. Aquino’s weapons of choice against critics, have nothing on the former senator. Mr. Aquino had availed of his PDAF while Mr. Lacson had not.

Should they slime him on the horrible human rights record of his police unit during the martial law regime. Should they slime him as a sour-grape? Should they tag him as a political has-been looking for a third act? The Aquino flacks have yet to decide on where to hit Mr. Lacson.

Mr. Lacson is sure guilty of one thing – naivete. Or, gullibility. Or, lack of discernment. How he failed to realize that the “Daang Matuwid” is just a long-running con game in governance is beyond us. He should have realized the obvious early on. That serving the vulnerable has never been part of the agenda of the Aquino government.


Malacañang confirmed yesterday that Panfilo Lacson has tendered his resignation as head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). PHILSTAR FILE

And that fulfilling the state’s social contract with the vulnerable, needy sectors has never been a concern of the Aquino administration.

Why did Mr. Lacson miss these things?

Mr. Aquino likes waltzing with the Davos Crowd, the Makati Business Club, the foreign chambers of commerce people. He likes inaugurating office towers that are being built on the backs of exploited construction workers, without the faintest notion that the office towers had a cost so many lives, so many maimed bodies, so many bagged cadavers from the dangerous construction sites sent home to many remote, poverty-stricken spots in the archipelago.

Despite his gullibility and lack of discernment, Mr. Lacson is still doing the country a service after his Yolanda stint. This is speaking truth to power. All his expose may not lift him to a competitive run for the presidency. But his efforts in exposing the truth that the “Daang Matuwid” is nothing but a long-running con game are well-appreciated.

7 Responses to Ping Lacson just realized ‘Daang Matuwid’ is a con game
ecclesiastes says:
August 16, 2015 at 7:17 am
This action of lacson can already be termed as too late the hero. If this kind of expose was done by him earlier perhaps after the conviction of corona where massive use of DAP and PDAF by this present inutile president in order to influence the congressmen and senate verdict, he might have scored massive points to propel his ambition for the presidency. If he had done that, the general public especially the genuine critics of this inutile president might perceived that he will be the only one that can make this inutile president pay for the transgressions, foolishness and incompetence after it steps down from office. Unlike the present crop of presidential candidates even the self proclaimed opposition in the person of VP binay will spare this inutile president from making payback if they become president….
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Truth Seeker says:
August 16, 2015 at 6:34 am
Tanungin ninyo si Mar Roxas if he is going to continue this kind of governance known to many as “DAANG MATUWID!”
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Bob Gabuna says:
August 16, 2015 at 5:35 am
Entonces, even hard nosed Crime Czar, former Senator, and former Commander of Police Forces gets frustrated, eh?
Thank Marlen for your riveting piece.
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emilio says:
August 16, 2015 at 5:19 am
whatever, daang matuwid or the next administration theme will be the same. the way to reduce corruption is, I say reduce because no such government is free from corruption but reducing it is the way to achieve the goal, and the way to reduce it is to increase the pay and benefits of all government employees. If you look at industrialized countries like the US and France. Majority of their citizens dream of working for the government, because the pay and benefits and retirement pensions are better than the private sector. The work environment is also better meaning not too stressful although some departments cannot avoid this but most of the jobs in their government are just right with quality time offs for the workers not mentioning promotions and transfers and other opportunities. This should be the approach of the Philippine government to curb corruption and make the government workers proud of their jobs and feel that they are serving the people. If for example pay the your police officers a meager salaries and them being the authority in enforcing the law, what do you think they are going to do? to feed their families? of course commit crime, that’s why there are so many cops in the country who are on the take and god knows what other illegal activities they are in to support their families. and the same is true to other government agencies.
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Jun Adan says:
August 16, 2015 at 2:40 am
Ping Lacson is such a dubious, gangster-type politician who made millions I. Presenting himself the “protector of the “Taipan Group” yet the brain on how they can be victimized and be saved for big money. Lacson who learned his suppressive militaristic extortions and sowing of fear for submission from Ver and his military executioners during Marcos martial law is just changing his chameleon skin of brutal techniques of military and police ad,insist ration to that of a champion of the righteous is so gallingly pretentious. Lacson lacks personal discernment of things good and noble but will cover up crimes of murder and corruptions. Lacson just had no other things to do in his life so he tries to rock the boat of Aquino in terms of budgetary compliance. Lacson never did anything laudable and memorable as Senator, except to hide as a fugitive from justice! What I admire in him is his coterie of loyalists who virtually protect him from charges of murders. Let Ping Lacson fade away together with his plundering convicted boss, Joseph “brainless- coward” Estrada!
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philjayc says:
August 16, 2015 at 1:11 am
“………. Mr. Lacson is sure guilty of one thing – naivete. Or, gullibility. Or, lack of discernment.”
“Mr. Aquino likes waltzing with the Davos Crowd, the Makati Business Club, the foreign chambers of commerce people. He likes inaugurating office towers……”
As what we already know, Noynoy is allergic to hear bad news from the media and his cabinet secretaries.
Hindi bale, less than a year na lang si Noynoy sa Malacanang. Once his term is over, his former cabinet secretaries will get even with him and let’s see kung maka-angas pa si Noynoy sa kanila. If they happen to see Noynoy someday, they will look at him eye to eye, as if daring Noynoy for a fight or shout at him, while remembering his arrogance and sarcasms with them.
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Joe says:
August 16, 2015 at 12:24 am
The Philippines should really have a king and not a president…. you all treat him as a king anyway…unaccountable and unapproachable… even the mayors in this country act as kings even getting away with mass murder.
The parody or comedy is to sit and watch the Filipino people persevere a president they know is totally insane yet let their own discomfort take a backseat to their reluctance to confront and make a stand…
Other than a few well meaning congressmen and senators this entire country is a con game of rigged elections and blatant vote buying… a banana republic….
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