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PALACE: POE TOO GREEN TO BE LP's STANDARD BEARER, STILL OPEN TO HAVE HER AS MAR'S VP


Palace: Grace too green to be standard bearer Philstar /File  Despite Sen. Grace Poe’s high popularity ratings, the Liberal Party has not felt the need to make her its standard bearer in 2016, as competence and adherence to reforms have been the LP’s yardstick in choosing its presidential candidate, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said yesterday. In a press briefing, Coloma said the party’s basis for choosing its presidential candidate is his or her belief in the “principles of reforms, good governance and upholding the straight path advocacy” of the administration. He said the LP believes “it’s not reasonable to make survey results” the basis for choosing its standard bearer. Besides, it’s still too early to judge a candidate’s chances just by looking at survey results, he said. Moreover, the surveys showing Poe beating other possible candidates came before President Aquino’s endorsement of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his choice for successor. Coloma also ruled out the possibility of Roxas sliding down to vice president again – like he did in 2010. “According to President Aquino, Roxas’ capability to continue the straight path has been tried and tested, that’s why he’s been chosen by the Liberal Party as its standard bearer,” he said. He said Aquino and Roxas have repeatedly made clear the principles espoused by the administration, including the importance of continuing reforms. In Cebu City the other day, President Aquino said the LP could never have tried to malign Poe, whom it was trying to take in as vice presidential candidate. It was the first time the President spoke in defense of his party against Poe’s accusation that it has had backstabbers in its ranks. But he stressed the party is still open to having Poe as running mate of Roxas. READ MORE...RELATED ON KORINA SANCHEZ...

ALSO Leni tells Grace: Jesse's case diferent as he never acquired foreign citizenship
[Grace Poe-Llamanzares renounced her Filipino citizenship when she acquired her US citizenship sometime in the 1990s. She is married to Filipino–American Teodoro Daniel Misael “Neil” V. Llamanzares with whom she has three children, all are holders of US passports.]


Perhaps in trying to play down her acquired US citizenship which legal and unconstitutional questions she faces today in her bid to run for the presidency, Sen. Grace Poe, in Pangasinan, compared her citizenship issue to the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, stressing that despite questions over Robredo’s citizenship, he endeared himself to the people.
Leni Robredo, widow of Jesse and widely seen as the probable vice presidential candidate teaming up with administration and Liberal Party’s standard bearer for the 2016 elections, shot back, saying that her late husband’s citizenship issue is not the same as Poe’s, as Jesse Robredo never renounced his Filipino citizenship. This was stressed yesterday by the Camarines Sur Representative in reaction to the statement of Poe comparing her citizenship issue to that of her late husband’s. The other day, trying to defend her citizenship issue and in the process wooing possible votes from vote-rich Pangasinan, Unlike Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo never renounced his Filipino citizenship. Poe compared her situation to that of Robredo’s when he ran for mayor of Naga City. “Jesse Robredo was a very good Cabinet Secretary and was praised after his death. But when he was running in the City of Naga, people wanted to disqualify him because they said he was not Filipino but Chinese,” Poe was quoted saying. Poe is facing a disqualification case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal after her citizenship was questioned by losing senatorial candidate, Rizalito David. The case against Poe appears to be strong as initial official documents which she had signed under oath—that of her being a natural born Filipino citizen, born of Ronald Poe ( screen name: Fernando Poe, Jr,), and Jesusa Sonora (screen name Susan Roces) even as she was a foundling with Poe and Roces as her adoptive parents appears questionable. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mandamus filed, seeks Noy’s impeachment on DAP
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Perhaps knowing that Aquino’s Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio-Morales, won’t ever move a finger to investigate the President over the use of the unconstitutionally declared Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds, an aunt of Aquino, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, wife to Peping Cojuangco, and Greco Belgica yesterday filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a Mandamus, seeking help from the high court in ordering Morales to probe the President for impeachment purposes.] ing LP’s secretary-general and is the author of DAP, himself.]


It was stated earlier by the Ombudsman herself, when she said she can investigate VP Jejomar Binay, an  impeachable officer for impeachment purposes, insisting that even impeachable officers can be investigated by the Ombudsman with the view for filing an impeachment complaint. In that probe, the Ombudsman asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council for the examination of the bank accounts, not only of the Vice President, but also his wife and children, along with the bank accounts of alleged Binay “dummies.”  The AMLC and the Ombudsman portrayed the Vice President as having 273 bank accounts, with claimed billions contained and sought the freezing of the accounts, ex-parte from the Court of Appeals.
The said bank accounts, which under the law, are confidential and banned from being published in the media and leaked to other persons or establishments, were leaked by the AMLC and the Ombudsman. The AMLC, along with others, is being sued by the Vice President for the leakage and its publication in the media. An impeachment complaint was initiated against Aquino before the SC in connection with the controversy arising from the use of discretionary funds, more popularly known as the DAP and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly referred to as pork barrel. In a petition,former Manila councilor and losing senatorial candidate Greco Belgica and Margarita Cojuangco, among others urged the SC to order Ombudsman Morales to investigate and file a verified complaint for impeachment against the chief executive. READ MORE....RELATED ABOUT AQUINO'S DAP....

ALSO: Tingting Cojuangco's impeachment plea vs Aquino ‘recycled’ — Palace


Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Malacañang on Thursday shrugged off a petition seeking the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III over the now defunct Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Former Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco and several others asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to order the Ombudsman to investigate and file an impeachment complaint against Aquino. Cojuangco is the President’s aunt being the wife of his mother’s brother, Peping. READ: Tingting Cojuangco, Belgica seek Aquino impeachment over DAP, PDAF  Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Malacañang had yet to formally receive a copy of the petition. “However, in our opinion, the suit apparently consists of recycled charges that have no basis in fact and in law,” he said. The 45-page petition for Mandamus with Preliminary Mandatory Injunction also asked for the prosecution of the proponents, authors and implementors of the DAP and lawmakers guilty of misusing the PDAF. The petitioners, including former Manila councilor Greco Belgica, Bishop Reuben M. Abante, Quintin P. San Diego, Rev. Jose Gonzales and Atty. Glenn A. Chong, said, “Considering that time is of the essence and there is great danger or risk that those involved would try to obstruct their investigation or prosecution, being in power, not to mention the need to put a stop to the interminable dilly-dallying and unwarranted excuses or dereliction of functions and duties of the concerned prosecutorial organs of the government, there is an imperious need for the Honorable Court to issue a writ of preliminary mandatory injunction directing them to act accordingly.”  The Supreme Court declared the PDAF unconstitutional after reports of the pork barrel scam surfaced.Several lawmakers were accused of pocketing commissions from the likes of Janet Lim-Napoles, who allegedly siphoned off billions of pesos in PDAF funds through bogus projects of non-government organizations under her control . DAP, on the other hand, was declared partly unconstitutional. Kristine Angeli Sabillo THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Aquino hopes for real ‘babes’ next year
[STILL HOPING FOR A PARTNER IN LIFE]


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd, the country’s first bachelor leader, hinted of a more active love life after his term, saying he was “hoping” for a partner long enough but that it will not be anytime soon. At a public gathering in Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila), Aquino poked fun at Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson’s nickname, Babes, which is actually a term of endearment for lovers. “Next year po, sa July 1, 2016, inaasahan ko po ‘pag mayroon akong kausap na babes, hindi na po si Babes Singson [On July 1, 2016, I hope that if I ever talk with a babe, it will not be Babes Singson anymore],” the President said drawing laughter from the audience. He even told them to be “patient” until he finds someone who he has been “hoping” for. “Pero matagal na po akong umaasa, kaya huwag po kayo masyadong mainip [But I have long been hoping for that someone, so be patient with me],” the President said. READ MORE...


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Poe’s high ratings not enough for LP’; Competence, adherence to Tuwid Na Daan top preference


Palace: Grace too green to be standard bearer Philstar.com/File

MANILA, AUGUST 31, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Delon Porcalla - Despite Sen. Grace Poe’s high popularity ratings, the Liberal Party has not felt the need to make her its standard bearer in 2016, as competence and adherence to reforms have been the LP’s yardstick in choosing its presidential candidate, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said yesterday.

In a press briefing, Coloma said the party’s basis for choosing its presidential candidate is his or her belief in the “principles of reforms, good governance and upholding the straight path advocacy” of the administration.

He said the LP believes “it’s not reasonable to make survey results” the basis for choosing its standard bearer. Besides, it’s still too early to judge a candidate’s chances just by looking at survey results, he said.

Moreover, the surveys showing Poe beating other possible candidates came before President Aquino’s endorsement of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his choice for successor.

Coloma also ruled out the possibility of Roxas sliding down to vice president again – like he did in 2010.

“According to President Aquino, Roxas’ capability to continue the straight path has been tried and tested, that’s why he’s been chosen by the Liberal Party as its standard bearer,” he said.

He said Aquino and Roxas have repeatedly made clear the principles espoused by the administration, including the importance of continuing reforms.

In Cebu City the other day, President Aquino said the LP could never have tried to malign Poe, whom it was trying to take in as vice presidential candidate.

It was the first time the President spoke in defense of his party against Poe’s accusation that it has had backstabbers in its ranks. But he stressed the party is still open to having Poe as running mate of Roxas.

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“For me, I think we have to consider, No.1, we’re trying to woo her and at the same time make black propaganda against her. If we are able to get her, then we will have to answer the same black propaganda against her,” Aquino told reporters in Filipino in a chance interview here.

“That doesn’t make sense, and no one can accuse us of bad planning. Let’s just take a look at its practicality,” he said.

He said the information Poe received regarding supposed underhanded tactics by some LP members may have actually come from groups engaged in a hatchet job against the ruling party.

Defeated senatorial candidate Rizalito David is questioning Poe’s citizenship and residency status before the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

Aquino said getting criticized is part of the hazards of seeking public office. Poe has not announced her political plans for 2016. Her term as senator ends in 2019.

He said that while they expect more intrigues and disinformation, truth will ultimately prevail.

Meeting with allies Roxas, meanwhile, is set to meet today with leaders of the National Unity Party (NUP) in an effort to consolidate support from political parties allied with the administration.

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., a stalwart of the NUP, said Roxas will present to party leaders his platform of government as well as programs aimed at continuing the policies set by the Aquino administration.

“I firmly believe that he can continue the good governance of President Aquino,” Barzaga said, adding many NUP members are supportive of Roxas.

The NUP is the third largest party in the House of Representatives and belongs to the majority coalition. At least six governors and several mayors belong to the NUP.

He said the meeting would be held at the Gloria Maris restaurant in Cubao, Quezon City.

In a separate interview, Roxas said daang matuwid is a fight for the future of 100 million Filipinos.

Roxas said the reforms in the national and local governments have resulted in significant improvements in the lives of ordinary people.

He said these achievements include the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) being able to benefit 4.4 million Filipinos, 88 percent reach of the PhilHealth program and the modernization of the PNP and the BFP, among others.


Korina Sanchez Korina Sanchez

In Cagayan de Oro City over the weekend, Roxas’ wife broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas said she doesn’t care who her husband’s running mate is provided he or she is willing to continue the administration’s tuwid na daan advocacy.

Doing a Gloria

Militant groups, meanwhile, accused yesterday the Aquino administration of using government resources to prop up its presidential candidate, just like what the Arroyo administration did in the 2004 presidential elections.

“This unapologetic abuse of power is supposedly what P-Noy and his party fought against, but now they are guilty of the very same evils they once condemned,” Renato Reyes Jr., secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, said in a statement.

In recent surveys, Roxas was lagging behind Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Reyes said “Roxas could have irrevocably resigned out of delicadeza, but it’s obvious that his resigning and Aquino’s refusal to accept it is all a show, just for a show, just to impress upon us that he supposedly has integrity,” he said.

Roxas tendered his resignation but was prevailed upon by the President to stay on as he reportedly has some unfinished tasks, including the modernization of the Philippine National Police and the relocation of informal settlers in Metro Manila.

Roxas has been going around the county as part of “pseudo campaign” being billed to taxpayers, Reyes said.

He also accused Roxas of premature campaigning with his recent distribution of fire trucks and patrol cars to local government units as part of their “capability enhancement.”

‘Campaign kitty’

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), for its part, said the P10.1-billion proposed budget of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for next year represented “premeditated savings” intended for LP’s “campaign kitty” in 2016.

“With the expiration of the bogus Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) or the absence of a land reform law in general, the P10.13-billion budgetary allocation for DAR in 2016 is no less than a premeditated savings and funding source for LP bets in 2016,” said KMP chair Rafael Mariano.

“Without a land reform law, the P4.5 billion for land acquisition and distribution of the DAR is obviously a lump-sum allocation highly vulnerable to corruption,” Mariano said.

“And with the new definition of savings, the DAR budget will be another deep source of Aquino’s LP, designed to suit their fiscal and electoral agenda next year,” he added.

Mariano said CARP’s expiration on June 30, 2014 was supposed to prevent the DAR from further acquiring and distributing lands.

“At the same time, due to the Supreme Court’s decision declaring as unconstitutional the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Congress during the budget deliberations last year redefined savings as ‘portions or balances’ of any programmed items of appropriations which have not been released or obligated,” he noted.

“In fact, the lump sum funds were prepositioned to LP-friendly downloading stations, administration bailiwicks and vote-rich territories,” Mariano said.

He noted that Region 6 or Western Visayas got the biggest share on the DAR’s P10-billion budget with P893.2 million.

The KMP said “the biggest slice of the DAR budget went to Region 6, a bastion of big landlords, not because vast haciendas in Negros and Panay will be placed under an expired and sham agrarian reform program but mainly because it is the LP standard bearer Mar Roxas’ territory.”

Mariano said the highest allocations in the DAR budget were for Region 6 with P893.2 million, Region 8 with P585.67 million, Region 5 with P536 million, Region 3 with P450 million, and Region 2 with P411 million.

“We fear that systematic electoral fraud will occur in these vote-rich regions using lump sum DAR funds,” Mariano said.

The KMP has called for a “zero budget for CARP,” insisting that “the sham program already expired and that the CARP was used as a cash cow of big landlords and corrupt bureaucrats like the Cojuangco-Aquinos.”

“Insofar as there is no land reform program existing today, the bogus CARP should not have any budget at all,” the peasant leader said. Paolo Romero, Cecille Suerte Felipe, Perseus Echeminada, Ding Cervantes, Gerry Lee Gorit

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Korina Sanchez: Giving up career 'big sacrifice' for Roxas, country Frday, July 31, 2015


Korina Sanchez Korina Sanchez

KORINA Sanchez said Friday that giving up her career as a broadcast journalist is a "big sacrifice" she has to make for her husband, Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, and for the country.

Sanchez, who used to be one of the anchors of a primetime television news program, made the statement after Roxas was formally endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III on Friday as Liberal Party's standard bearer in the 2016 elections. "It's a big sacrifice too na kailangan kong iwanan ang karera ko.

Mahal na mahal ko ang trabaho ko...bagama't napaka-importante ng pagiging isang mamamahayag, malaki rin ang panawagan ng aktuwal na serbisyo publiko kung saan naroon ka talaga to make things happen," she said.

Sanchez has been in the broadcast industry for 30 years.

"It's not about me. It's really about a bigger calling of my husband and I would always be secondary to that. I think, ako'y tumabi sa kanya at handang magsakripisyo para sa mas malaking adhikain," Sanchez added.

Asked if she is ready to face criticisms, she said attacks on her were not new and that she is ready for more criticisms especially now that her husband is running for president. "Bring it on. Alam mo ang turo sa akin ni Mar, kahit na anong batikos sa 'yo, at kung hindi totoo, hindi didikit 'yan," Sanchez said, adding that all opinions are welcome.

Aside from the evening news program, Sanchez also hosts an award-winning weekend magazine show on ABS-CBN network since 2004. (SDR/Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/Sunnex)


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Leni tells Grace: Jesse never acquired foreign citizenship Written by Charlie V. Manalo and Gerry Baldo Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00 f

Perhaps in trying to play down her acquired US citizenship which legal and unconstitutional questions she faces today in her bid to run for the presidency, Sen. Grace Poe, in Pangasinan, compared her citizenship issue to the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, stressing that despite questions over Robredo’s citizenship, he endeared himself to the people.

Leni Robredo, widow of Jesse and widely seen as the probable vice presidential candidate teaming up with administration and Liberal Party’s standard bearer for the 2016 elections, shot back, saying that her late husband’s citizenship issue is not the same as Poe’s, as Jesse Robredo never renounced his Filipino citizenship. This was stressed yesterday by the Camarines Sur Representative in reaction to the statement of Poe comparing her citizenship issue to that of her late husband’s.

The other day, trying to defend her citizenship issue and in the process wooing possible votes from vote-rich Pangasinan, Unlike Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo never renounced his Filipino citizenship.

Poe compared her situation to that of Robredo’s when he ran for mayor of Naga City.

“Jesse Robredo was a very good Cabinet Secretary and was praised after his death. But when he was running in the City of Naga, people wanted to disqualify him because they said he was not Filipino but Chinese,” Poe was quoted saying.
Poe is facing a disqualification case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal after her citizenship was questioned by losing senatorial candidate, Rizalito David.

The case against Poe appears to be strong as initial official documents which she had signed under oath—that of her being a natural born Filipino citizen, born of Ronald Poe ( screen name: Fernando Poe, Jr,), and Jesusa Sonora (screen name Susan Roces) even as she was a foundling with Poe and Roces as her adoptive parents appears questionable.

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Moreover, she is alleged to have committed many counts of perjury by David, apart from his seeking to eject Poe from her Senate seat.

Poe renounced her Filipino citizenship and became a naturalized American citizen, thus pledging her allegiance to a foreign country. She only renounced her citizenship before Pasay City Notary Public instead of the Bureau of Immigration.

Having been offered a job by President Aquino to head the Movie Review and Television board as chairman, Poe renounced her American citizenship sometime in October 2010.

However, the US government delisted her as a naturalized American in 2012, the time lag of which Poe has not sufficiently explained and answered.

To this day, Poe has not met the legal and constitutional issues hounding her planned run for the presidency head on.

In a text message, Robredo’s widow said her husband’ case is very different from that of the senator.

“Jesse (Robredo)’s case was very different from hers. His citizenship case stemmed from the fact that his father, who is a natural-born Filipino citizen under the 1935 Constitution, was born in the Philippines to Chinese parents. Senator Poe’s, I understand, was because at one point, she renounced her Filipino citizenship when she acquired her US citizenship,” said the Camarines Sur solon.

More importantly, the lawmaker said that unlike Poe, who is married to an American with her children also being Americans, her late husband did not renounce his citizenship and stayed as Filipino.

“Jesse never made any act of renouncing his Filipino citizenship at any point in his life,” said Robredo.

Poe-Llamanzares renounced her Filipino citizenship when she acquired her US citizenship sometime in the 1990s. She is married to Filipino–American Teodoro Daniel Misael “Neil” V. Llamanzares with whom she has three children, all are holders of US passports.


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Mandamus filed by Tingting, seeks Noy’s impeachment
Written by Benjamin B. Pulta Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00


Tingting et al. want SC to order Ombudsman to probe Aquino on DAP

Perhaps knowing that President Aquino’s Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio-Morales, won’t ever move a finger to investigate the President over the use of the unconstitutionally declared Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds, an aunt of Aquino, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, wife to Peping Cojuangco, and Greco Belgica yesterday filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a Mandamus, seeking help from the high court in ordering Morales to probe the President for impeachment purposes.

It was stated earlier by the Ombudsman herself, when she said she can investigate Vice President Jejomar Binay, an impeachable officer for impeachment purposes, insisting that even impeachable officers can be investigated by the Ombudsman with the view for filing an impeachent complaint.

In that probe, the Ombudsman asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council for the examination of the bank accounts, not only of the Vice President, but also his wife and children, along with the bank accounts of alleged Binay “dummies.”

The AMLC and the Ombudsman portrayed the Vice President as having 273 bank accounts, with claimed billions contained and sought the freezing of the accounts, ex-parte from the Court of Appeals.

The said bank accounts, which under the law, are confidential and banned from being published in the media and leaked to other persons or establishments, were leaked by the AMLC and the Ombudsman.

The AMLC, along with others, is being sued by the Vice President for the leakage and its publication in the media.

An impeachment complaint was initiated against Aquino before the SC in connection with the controversy arising from the use of discretionary funds, more popularly known as the DAP and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly referred to as pork barrel.

In a petition,former Manila councilor and losing senatorial candidate Greco Belgica and Margarita Cojuangco, among others urged the SC to order Ombudsman Morales to investigate and file a verified complaint for impeachment against the chief executive.

Unperturbed in their 45-page petition for mandamus with preliminary mandatory injunction, the petitioners said the High Court should order the Ombudsman and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to prosecute the authors, proponents and implementors of DAP as well as officials who had misused PDAF.

“Considering that time is of the essence and there is great danger or risk that those involved would try to obstruct their investigation or prosecution, being in power, not to mention the need to put a stop to the interminable dilly-dallying and unwarranted excuses or dereliction of functions and duties of the concerned prosecutorial organs of the government, there is an imperious need for the Honorable Court to issue a writ of preliminary mandatory injunction directing them to act accordingly,” petitioners said.

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The High Court, in 2013, declared as unconstitutional the PDAF or pork barrel fund and all the laws that created it. The SC also prohibited the future creation of laws to revive the said fund.

The High Court also declared a portion of the DAP unconstitutional as unconstitutional including;
 
1.Withdrawal of unobligated allotments from the implementing agencies, and the declaration of the withdrawn unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year and without complying with the statutory definition of savings contained in the General Appropriations Act;

2..Cross-border transfers of the savings of the Executive to augment the appropriations of other offices outside the Executive; and

3. Use of unprogrammed funds despite the absence of a certification by the National Treasurer that the revenue collections exceeded the revenue targets for non-compliance with the conditions provided in the relevant General Appropriations Act.

In both rulings, the high court ordered an investigation and prosecution of erring officials on PDAF as well as the proponents, authors and implementors of DAP.
Belgica, Cojuangco together with Bishop Reuben M. Abante, Quintin P. San Diego, Rev. Jose Gonzales and Atty. Glenn A. Chong, are the petitioners.

They said that it has been more than a year since the High Court’s ruling order but “erring public officials remain scot-free.”

“Despite the receipt of the petitioners’ letter, red flags raised by the Commission on Audit and sufficient time lapse, the Ombudsman and the DoJ Secretary have miserably failed to perform their public functions and duties to the detriment of the petitioners and the general public, as well as Government,” petitioners said.
Aside from the Ombudsman’s slow investigation, petitioners told the SC that the DoJ’s action is “sub-par” due to “selective prosecution.”

“Justice demands swift and just actions on the part of the public respondents concerned.

“Any more delays would further cause injury to the national interest and lead the people to more frustration, not to mention the probability that vital pieces of evidence would be destroyed and the culprits remaining scot-free,” petitioners added.

This mandamus comes exactly two years after the so-called ‘Million People March’ that spurred the campaign against the PDAF.

Charged this time around are the full gang of President Aquino, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Ombudsman Morales, Justice Secretary de Lima and the rest of the incumbent Cabinet secretaries for not heeding and adhering to the SC rulings that declared both the PDAF and the DAP, which is admittedly the brainchild of Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad, as unconstitutional.

The case was filed primarily by Belgica, who was also the first petitioner versus the PDAF in 2013, along with co-complainants Cojuangco, Quintin San Diego of the Movement Against Dynasties (MAD) and other individuals representing different churches and sectors.

“We are filing this case because of the inordinate delay, flip-flopping and failure of the Ombudsman and the DoJ to thoroughly investigate, prosecute, suspend and remove all those who are involved in the illegal PDAF and DAP scams, and if necessary to impeach the President,” lawyer Manny Luna, the lead counsel of the complainants, told The Tribune in an interview following the filing yesterday.

Luna said knowing both the PDAF and DAP are “deficient in terms of accountability and measures as they are graft prone”, both the DoJ and the Ombudsman have accordingly “failed to do their jobs” according to the final SC rulings regarding the two scams under the Aquino regime.

“Secretary de Lima lacked the zeal to take proper action, especially in filtering the names of those who are being charged but are allies of the administration. It took them so long to prosecute them. What is funnier here is that only select opposition leaders were being charged. What about Senate President Drilon? We all know how controversial the Iloilo Convention Center is,” Luna said.

The Ombudsman recently dismissed the case against Drilon, saying that no evidence was presented.

“On the part of the Ombudsman, and with all due respect to retired Justice Morales, she failed to do her constitutional and statutory mandate to investigate basic to gross anomalies in government.

“We must take note that the DAP and PDAF are the worst programs we ever had exposed under the Aquino administration,” Luna added.

Belgica, the lead petitioner, reiterated the SC ruling that declared the PDAF as unconstitutional directing “all prosecutorial organs of the government to investigate and... prosecute all persons who abused the (Pork Barrel system)”.

“For two years we made calls, exhausted all legal remedies for the DoJ, (Commission on Audit) and the Ombudsman to act on the SC directive against the Pork Barrel system and DAP. Sadly, all our efforts and hopes for justice fell on deaf ears and calloused hearts,” Belgica said.

Belgica lamented that the Pork Barrel system still exists despite the all-out efforts against it, whereas, the government even ignored two landmark decisions of the SC.

“Indeed, some colluding officials of the executive and legislative branches of government continue to break the law, abuse their positions and pursue the unconstitutional Pork Barrel system. Instead of removing Pork remnants in lump sums and discretionary funds in the 2014 and 2015 national budgets, they have increased pork funds to much greater amounts,” Belgica said.

“Our leaders have wasted the opportunity to make things right and put things in order,” he added.

In a separate interview with The Tribune, Belgica said “it is not our primary goal to jail those who are involved, but if it is how the Court sees it, then be it”.

“The senators they detained were all based on the evidence of Benhur Luy, which, aside from being insufficient, is not credible at all. The official evidence that we need is with the CoA. And that one contains a lot of names never tagged,” he told The Tribune.

Belgica also said that the DoJ’s unfair treatment of the case, especially in her dictates on the finality of the names her department submitted weeks ago before the Ombudsman, is wrong as many names which are essentially and supposedly included were “deliberately removed.”

Belgica also insisted on the need to look into the Abad-authored DAP scheme.
“The problem here is that we have exhausted too much effort on the PDAF. This time around, I think it is about time to prosecute those involved and are behind the DAP, which is quite heavier than the PDAF,” Belgica added.

According to the petitioner’s lead counsel, those who are directly involved and are behind the DAP are mostly from the administration camp.

About 300 government officials, including 19 senators can be subjected for charges as recipients of the DAP.

It was opposition Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who is currently detained, first exposed the P50 million “incentive” given by President Aquino to ensure the conviction of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The bribe came from DAP funds and engineered by Budget Secretary Abad, when public interest began to shift to President Aquino’s own “Pork”, as it was claimed that such was a fair way of realigning funds which was justified again and again by Malacañang until the SC declared it illegal February last year, which even provoked an uphill attempt to impeach President Aquino in Congress by left-leaning legislators of the Makabayan bloc.

It is noted that according to detained and alleged Pork Barrel queen, Janet Lim-Napoles, her scam tutor is no less than Secretary Abad, who is the ruling LP’s secretary-general and is the author of DAP, himself.
Ted Tuvera

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RELATED INFO FROM THE 'PRESIDENTIAL GAZETTE'

The Disbursement Acceleration Program

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DAP DAP

The Aquino Administration introduced the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as a reform intervention to speed-up public spending and to boost economic growth.

It is not a fund, but a mechanism to support high-impact and priority programs and projects using savings and unprogrammed funds.

DAP also enabled the government to introduce greater speed, efficiency, and effectiveness in budget execution.

Why was DAP introduced?
How did the DAP work?
How much in programs and projects were funded through DAP?
How did DAP benefit the economy?
How did DAP support the budget reform agenda?
Why did the Aquino Administration terminate DAP? Visit www.dbm.com.ph  for more on DAP.

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1. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS OF DAP Click here to read a briefer.

2. LIST OF DAP PROJECTS Download the lists from the DBM website.

3. PRESIDENT AQUINO ON DAP · President Aquino during the Q & A session of the 2014 FOCAP Presidential Forum

“I think the only answer to that is to look at all the people who benefitted from DAP, and ask them if they agree with the proposition,”

· President Aquino’s interview with Bombo Radyo, August 27, 2014

President Aquino was interviewed by Bombo Radyo, on August 27, 2014, in Malacañan Palace, where he answered several questions including those on DAP.

· Speech of President Aquino on DAP, cross-border transfer, and the Supreme Court at the Mabini Sesquicentennial

“Obligasyon ko pong tulungan ang ating mga Boss na magkaroon ng liwanag ng kaisipan, at magkaloob ng wastong impormasyon, upang makita ng lahat kung ano ang tama at makatwiran. Ganito po natin pinipiling sundan ang halimbawang iniwan ni Apolinario Mabini, na siya ngang nagsabing, ‘Iisa ang ating kapalaran, iisa din ang ating tuwa at kalungkutan, at magkakaayon ang lahat ng ating mithiin at interes.’”

· Speech of President Aquino at the Daylight Dialogue

“Ensuring that essential services reach our countrymen is not just part of the mandate of the Executive Branch; it is part of the mandate of every branch of government. I find it difficult to accept their decision, when I know that we are right, and more importantly, that doing nothing means depriving so many Filipinos of opportunities to grow and prosper. I find it difficult to accept the decision of the Supreme Court, when it goes against the benefit our countrymen.”

· National Address of President Aquino on the Supreme Court’s decision on DAP

“May mga nagsasabi rin po na pareho lang ang DAP sa PDAF. Excuse me. Iba ang DAP sa PDAF. Sa PDAF, may ilang nagdala ng pondo ng gobyerno sa mga pekeng NGO, at diumano’y pinaghati-hatian ng ilang mapang-abuso. Sa DAP, malinaw na hindi ninakaw ang pondo ng gobyerno—sinikap itong gastusin para maiparating ang benepisyo sa Pilipino. Hindi saka na, o bukas makalawa; now na. Ang kayang ipatupad agad, ipinatupad agad.”

· Remarks of President Aquino at the opening of the 2015 Budget presentation, July 11, 2014

“Yesterday, Secretary Abad gave me a letter tendering his resignation from the Cabinet and I have considered the same, and I have decided not to accept his resignation, and let me explain why.”

· Speech of President Aquino at the Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase 1 inauguration

“Ang isandaang milyong piso po, nagmula sa ating 2011 Disbursement Acceleration Program, o DAP. Ang nalalabi namang mahigit 69 milyong piso, mula sa 2011 General Appropriations Act o GAA. Kongkretong patunay po ito sa pagiging epektibo ng ating sistema sa pagpopondo.”

· Televised Address of President Benigno S. Aquino III, October 30, 2013 (English)

“Let me make it clear: The Disbursement Allocation Program is not pork barrel. Of the DAP releases in 2011 and 2012, only nine percent was disbursed for projects suggested by legislators. The DAP is not theft. Theft is illegal.”

· Pambansang Pahayag ni Pangulong Aquino noong ika-30 ng Oktubre 2013

“Linawin na rin po natin: Hindi pork barrel ang Disbursement Acceleration Program. Sa kabuuang DAP releases noong 2011 at 2012, siyam na porsyento po nito ang ginugol sa mga proyektong iminungkahi ng mambabatas. Hindi rin po pagnanakaw ang DAP. Ang pagnanakaw, ilegal; ang paggastos gamit ang DAP, malinaw na nakasaad sa Konstitusyon at sa iba pang mga batas.”

· Speech of President Aquino at the annual Presidential Forum of FOCAP, October 23, 2013

“This stimulus program that heralded our country’s economic boom was named the Disbursement Acceleration Program. You may have heard of it. After all, at this point, who has not? For the past few weeks—nearly two years after I announced it—it has been unjustly and oddly vilified in the media.”

· Speech of President Aquino at the inauguration of EXL Service Philippines Site II, January 11, 2012

“As of January 4, 2012, we’ve released more than 140 million pesos of the 500 million pesos allocated to the I-TWSP for the BPO sector under the Disbursement Acceleration Program. This is equivalent to over 23,000 scholarships. And we’ve been continuing to work with the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) in the joint management and implementation of this program.”

· Speech of President Aquino at the Urban Poor Solidarity Week and the 25th anniversary of PCUP, December 9, 2011

“Mabuti man po ang ating hangarin, batid pa rin po natin: ang programang ito ay hindi basta-bastang mabubuo. Kailangan nito ng masusing pagpaplano, at siyempre, ng kaukulang pondo. Kaya naman po, sa ilalim ng ating Disbursement Acceleration Program, naglaan na po tayo ng 10.55 billion—billion po iyan—pesos para sa ating mga housing projects para sa informal settler families.”

· President Aquino’s speech at the 10th Congress of the International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye, November 29, 2011

“Under the Disbursement Acceleration Program, we have approved the release of P294 million this year for the targeted employment of an additional 11,500 nurses and 1,000 midwives. This will better ensure that government hospitals and health facilities in every municipality, every city, and every province will have healthcare professionals who can attend to the needs of our countrymen.”

· Speech of President Aquino at the grand launching of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute Diagnostic Center, October 21, 2011

“Inaprubahan na rin po natin ang ating Disbursement Acceleration Program kung saan naglaan tayo ng mahigit 2.5 bilyong pisong pondo para sa pagpapabuti sa serbisyong medikal ng mga institusyong pangkalusugan sa bansa tulad ng Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, at PhilHealth.”

4. PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ON DAP

DBM presents P22.47-B supplemental budget to Congress

DBM: Tiangco’s DAP figures erroneous

DAP list detail-rich for public scrutiny

List of lawmaker-endorsed DAP projects out

DBM: DAP did not deprive government employees their salaries, bonuses

DAP presentation of Secretary Abad to the Senate of the Philippines

On allegations that teachers’ bonuses were removed and realigned for DAP

DAP web page launched

CHED statement on the P4.28B from DAP for SUC’s upgrading and modernization

CONTINUE READING REST ON THE LIST HERE: PRESS RELEASE ON DAP

5. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON DAP

6. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION ON THE SUPREME COURT’S DAP RULING

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FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

INFOGRAPHIC: What’s DAP? FAQs about the Disbursement Acceleration Program

CLICK HERE: INFOGRAPHIC: What’s DAP?


INQUIRER

Tingting Cojuangco impeachment plea vs Aquino ‘recycled’ — Palace @inquirerdotnet 12:55 PM August 27th, 2015


Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Thursday shrugged off a petition seeking the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III over the now defunct Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Former Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco and several others asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to order the Ombudsman to investigate and file an impeachment complaint against Aquino.
Cojuangco is the President’s aunt being the wife of his mother’s brother, Peping.

READ: Tingting Cojuangco, Belgica seek Aquino impeachment over DAP, PDAF

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Malacañang had yet to formally receive a copy of the petition.

“However, in our opinion, the suit apparently consists of recycled charges that have no basis in fact and in law,” he said.
The 45-page petition for Mandamus with Preliminary Mandatory Injunction also asked for the prosecution of the proponents, authors and implementors of the DAP and lawmakers guilty of misusing the PDAF.
The petitioners, including former Manila councilor Greco Belgica, Bishop Reuben M. Abante, Quintin P. San Diego, Rev. Jose Gonzales and Atty. Glenn A. Chong, said, “Considering that time is of the essence and there is great danger or risk that those involved would try to obstruct their investigation or prosecution, being in power, not to mention the need to put a stop to the interminable dilly-dallying and unwarranted excuses or dereliction of functions and duties of the concerned prosecutorial organs of the government, there is an imperious need for the Honorable Court to issue a writ of preliminary mandatory injunction directing them to act accordingly.”
The Supreme Court declared the PDAF unconstitutional after reports of the pork barrel scam surfaced.
Several lawmakers were accused of pocketing commissions from the likes of Janet Lim-Napoles, who allegedly siphoned off billions of pesos in PDAF funds through bogus projects of non-government organizations under her control .
DAP, on the other hand, was declared partly unconstitutional. Kristine Angeli Sabillo


MANILA TIMES

Aquino hopes for real ‘babes’ next year August 27, 2015 11:22 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd, the country’s first bachelor leader, hinted of a more active love life after his term, saying he was “hoping” for a partner long enough but that it will not be anytime soon.

At a public gathering in Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila), Aquino poked fun at Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson’s nickname, Babes, which is actually a term of endearment for lovers.

“Next year po, sa July 1, 2016, inaasahan ko po ‘pag mayroon akong kausap na babes, hindi na po si Babes Singson [On July 1, 2016, I hope that if I ever talk with a babe, it will not be Babes Singson anymore],” the President said drawing laughter from the audience.


DPWH Secretary Rogelio 'Babes' Singson

He even told them to be “patient” until he finds someone who he has been “hoping” for.

“Pero matagal na po akong umaasa, kaya huwag po kayo masyadong mainip [But I have long been hoping for that someone, so be patient with me],” the President said.

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Aquino has been linked to a number of female personalities, many of whom got married after their break-up.

Among them are broadcast journalists Korina Sanchez, who is now married to Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, and Bernadette Sembrano.


COURTESY OF SPOT.PH

The President was also seen dating TV host Grace Lee and celebrity stylist Liz Uy in the past.

After Aquino’s election in 2010, many believed he would claim a First Lady.

His job as President, however, seemed to be too constraining for him to enjoy the luxury of having a love life.

In a previous interview, he even likened his lovelife to a popular soft drink brand, Coke Zero.

“My love life is still like Coke Zero. I hope that when I step down from the presidency, it will at least go back to being like Coke Light,” the bachelor President said during the inauguration of the soft drink company’s plant in Canlubang City, Laguna province.


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