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ERICE CLAIMS SURVEY SHOWED MAR WILL BEAT BINAY IN 1-ON-1 FIGHT FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016


SEPT 3 -ERICE
Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas is going to win the 2016 presidential elections if the race to Malacañang will only be between the administration standard-bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay, according to a survey commissioned by the ruling Liberal Party (LP). Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP stalwart, yesterday claimed the survey showed Roxas getting 53 percent compared to Binay’s 37 percent. Around 10 percent of the 1,200 respondents nationwide were undecided. According to the LP chairman for political affairs, the poll was conducted by a reputable firm after the anointment of Roxas by President Aquino as the LP’s standard-bearer. Erice did not name the survey agency. “We conducted the survey with 1,200 respondents all over the country and we used the same method being done by several well-respected survey agencies,” Erice told reporters in news conference.
“We did (fund) the survey to be able to come up with a campaign strategy and these results belie rumors that the President’s endorsement won’t be of any gain. Our survey covered all sectors but we can’t disclose everything at this point because making announcements would allow the survey firm to disclose the parts that would be detrimental to the party,” Erice pointed out. The poll, he said, excluded other “presidentiable candidates” like Sen. Grace Poe and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte since they have yet to declare their intention to join the presidential race. “We only surveyed for the two, Secretary Roxas and Vice President Binay, because they are the only ones who already declared that they will run next year. There are 70 questions in the survey, and the result was 53 percent for Mar, 37 percent for the Vice President. 10 percent were undecided,” he stressed. READ MORE, ALSO RELATED...DOUBTS CAST, BELMONTE NOT CONVINCED ,REPORT FROM PNA....

ALSO: Roxas evades questions on Yolanda aid


SEPT 3 -ROXAS
ILOILO CITY, Philippines—Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II refused answering questions on problems in the distribution of government assistance to survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” even as he wooed the support of municipal mayors in the Visayas for his presidential bid. Sought for his opinion on problems with the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Roxas replied to a reporter of television network ABS-CBN: “Well, whose agency is suppose to…” When the reporter replied that it was under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Roxas then raised his hands palms up and said: “What is my agency?” He then thanked about seven reporters in the ambush interview before leaving the room. Roxas was smiling but refused to entertain further questions. His allies later said he was in a hurry to proceed to Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Reporters, who were expecting to ask more questions from Roxas, were surprised by the sudden end of the interview which ended in 17 seconds. Just minutes earlier, Roxas spent time pressing flesh and having his picture taken with about 250 mayors from the Visayas who attended the Visayas cluster conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at the Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel. In his speech during his keynote speech, Roxas said President Benigno Aquino III will be accepting his resignation from the cabinet “in the next few weeks.” The President earlier rejected his resignation citing unfinished programs in his department. Roxas also stressed the importance of local government units as he also sought their support for his presidential bid in next year’s elections. He individually mentioned officers of the LMP and his allies. A native of Capiz province, Roxas spoke alternately in English, Filipino and Hiligaynon and repeatedly welcomed delegates to Iloilo. READ MORE...

ALSO: Congress fights Palace for funds
[In the Palace, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the House resolution had been referred to the Senate committee on rules, but no action has been taken on it since March. “We are in constant dialogue with leaders of Congress on how we can improve the implementation of the national budget,” Coloma said.]


SEPT 4 -CONGRESS has moved to regain full control of its own finances to insulate itself from encroachment by the Palace on its fiscal autonomy, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Thursday.
Belmonte said a resolution he filed to protect Congress’ budget from scrutiny by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has already been approved on second reading, and is up for plenary debates. Belmonte “The Senate and the House of Representatives shall have full autonomy in determining the appropriations required for their operations,” Belmonte and other House leaders said in the resolution. “The present budgetary policies formulated by the Executive, through the Department of Budget and Management, insofar as they apply to the Congress of the Philippines and the Senate, threaten its independence, encroach on its exclusive domain and violate the principle of separation of powers, upon which the entire fabric of our constitutional system is based,” they added. Their budgets shall not be subject to scrutiny, alterations and control of the DBM, the resolution said, adding that Malacañang should make impositions only on agencies under the Executive branch. “The amount of appropriations as proposed and determined by the Senate and the House shall be included in the annual budget of the national government without reduction, alteration or modification,” the resolution said. Belmonte’s House Resolution No. 10 is a measure “affirming, ensuring and operationalizing the fiscal independence of the Congress of the Philippines.” The proposed 2016 budget for the 292-member House amounted to P7.99 billion from P8.54 billion in 2015 while the 24-member Senate proposed P3.65 billion from P3.61 billion in 2015. Belmonte’s co-authors include Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona, chairman of the House committee on accounts; Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II and Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora. The House leaders expressed concern over what they considered budgetary policies of the Executive department that threaten its independence as a co-equal branch of government, and said they were confident of Senate concurrence. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace pooh-poohs Congress bid for fiscal independence


SEPTEMBER 6 --GOOGLED IMAGE: LOGO OF MALACANAN PALACE Malacañang yesterday downplayed attempts of Congress to jerk away from the grasp of the executive branch in crafting the national budget, as it maintained that the Palace and lawmakers are partners in forming and implementing the General Appropriations Act (GAA). House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, a Liberal Party (LP) stalwart), filed Resolution No. 10: Affirming the Fiscal Independence of Congress, as lawmakers expressed concern that budgetary policies of the executive department, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) threatens the independence of Congress.Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., on the other hand, said that the executive retains it respect for the independence of the legislative as a separate and co-equal branch.“Our view on that is the executive and the legislative are partners in having a meaningful national budget and implementing it. We respect and acknowledge the sentiments of our lawmakers,” he said.READ MORE...

ALSO: Ombudsman now checking probe results on Malampaya, fertilizer fund scams


SEPT 1 -Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales
is already evaluating the findings of the agency's field investigators as regards the complaints lodged before her office over the P900-million Malampaya fund scam and P728-million fertilizer fund mess—cases that have been pending for years now.
Morales told lawmakers Tuesday during the Office of the Ombudsman’s budget briefing at the House of Representatives that the fact-finding investigations on the fertilizer fund and Malampaya fund scams take time due to the number of respondents named in the case and the complex nature of the cases. The Ombudsman is seeking a P1.775 billion budget for 2016 under the National Expenditure Program. “If there’s anything that would delay the resolution of these cases, it’s because they involve several respondents and the issues are very complex," Morales said. "The Ombudsman would like to file cases if the evidence is airtight. We would like to make sure that if we file cases, they would meet the standard of evidence expected in court trials,” she added. At present, Carpio Morales said she is evaluating the investigation report submitted by the Office of the Ombudsman’s panel of investigators on the P900-million Malampaya Fund Scam, while the investigation reports on the fertilizer fund scam are pending evaluation either by the panel of investigators or preliminary investigators. READ MORE...MORE RELATED NEWS REPORTS...

ALSO by Homobono Adaza: PNoy, the master surrender artist and the Iglesia ni Cristo; Good bye my PNoy, goodbye...
[PNoy and INC are joint losers in this case. But in the case of PNoy, it only confirms his being the master artist of surrender. In the case of the INC, its claims to intelligence, complete unity, and moral and religious purity have been unmasked by the Samson complaints. The INC will never be the same. It proved itself hollow like the other religious sects that claim to be the direct representatives of God on this Earth.]


SEPTEMBER 4 -by HOMOBONO ADAZA “Goodbye my PNoy goodbye. You will not come back again, You will not come back again, Goodbye my PNoy, do not cry.” (–From an elementary school song in the public schools with simple editing from the author to make the song contemporary) Benigno Simeon C. Aquino 3rd also known as PNoy is the master surrender artist among all who sat on the Palace throne. More than any President of the Philippines, he has developed surrender into an art. Whenever he meets a powerful adversary, he immediately surrenders, almost without even asking the questions how much and at what cost. In the recent INC demonstrations over the so-called issue of separation of Church and State and the exercise of freedom of religion, in a matter of five days PNpy surrendered to the INC to the consuming delight of its members, chanting in effect, “We won, we won!” The chant is obviously clear – the INC won the day. PNoy surrendered to the power of the INC, real or imagined. PNoy, in effect, went to Canossa, prostrate and helpless, before the towering figure of Eduardo Manalo, the INC God’s representative on Earth, at the sacrifice of the honor of the presidency and the impregnability of the Constitution. To PNoy the Constitution is nothing but a scrap of paper just as long as he can get the support of the block voting power of the INC for his presidential candidate, Mar Roxas, in the presidential elections of 2016 (if it comes) and at the sacrifice of the honor of his Department of Justice (DOJ) and the fate of the literally colorful headed DOJ secretary, Leila De Lima. The sitting President was able to wiggle out of his dilemma by sacrificing De Lima at the altar of the INC. Seeing the sad looking De Lima in the pictures appearing in the papers during the limited Cabinet meeting to resolve the impasse, it was clear that De Lima became a sacrificial lamb to be thrown to the lions in the INC arena. The pathological liars among the PNoy spinners, including some members of the Cabinet, like Abad and De Lima, are trying hard to tell the public that there is no deal between PNoy and the INC. Why do they continue to lie and attempt to fool the people? It is even obvious to the more intelligent high school students. As Abraham Lincoln put it so well, you can fool all the people some of the time; some of the people all the time; but you can never fool all the people all the time. Not even the science and art of Joseph Goebbels in making lies the truth, if repeated very often, work in this case.READ MORE.... READERS' RESPONSE...


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Mar to beat Binay in one-on-one presidential fight—LP poll - claims Erice

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
(TRIBUNE)  Written by Gerry Baldo Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00


ERICE

Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas is going to win the 2016 presidential elections if the race to Malacañang will only be between the administration standard-bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay, according to a survey commissioned by the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP stalwart, yesterday claimed the survey showed Roxas getting 53 percent compared to Binay’s 37 percent. Around 10 percent of the 1,200 respondents nationwide were undecided.

According to the LP chairman for political affairs, the poll was conducted by a reputable firm after the anointment of Roxas by President Aquino as the LP’s standard-bearer.

Erice did not name the survey agency. “We conducted the survey with 1,200 respondents all over the country and we used the same method being done by several well-respected survey agencies,” Erice told reporters in news conference.

“We did (fund) the survey to be able to come up with a campaign strategy and these results belie rumors that the President’s endorsement won’t be of any gain.

Our survey covered all sectors but we can’t disclose everything at this point because making announcements would allow the survey firm to disclose the parts that would be detrimental to the party,” Erice pointed out.

The poll, he said, excluded other “presidentiable candidates” like Sen. Grace Poe and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte since they have yet to declare their intention to join the presidential race.

“We only surveyed for the two, Secretary Roxas and Vice President Binay, because they are the only ones who already declared that they will run next year. There are 70 questions in the survey, and the result was 53 percent for Mar, 37 percent for the Vice President. 10 percent were undecided,” he stressed.

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“But rest assured that we will not be fooling ourselves. By the end of this month, surveys will come out from reputable firms and I will be vindicated. I am confident that the figures I told you now would approximate those which are about to be released,” Erice added when asked if Roxas has gained enough traction to beat Poe.

A separate survey supposedly commissioned by a business group for Malacañang, however, showed Binay remains the frontrunner in the presidential race.

Poll documents obtained by The Tribune revealed Binay getting 33 percent of the vote, equivalent to 15.1 million votes; Roxas obtaining 21 percent of the survey vote, equivalent to 9.6 million votes, landing second to Binay and displacing Poe, who had 14 percent of the survey votes, equivalent to over 5 million votes.

Duterte obtained fourth place with 11 percent of the vote while Marcos landed in fifth place with nine percent or the equivalent of 2.3 million votes. Twelve percent were undecided on their choice.

The survey covered six island provinces, 15 Luzon provinces, 10 Visayas provinces and 15 Mindanao provinces.

It was conducted August 6 to 11, or post-Aquino endorsement of Roxas,
Malacañang, for its part, also yesterday said the internal survey with Roxas beating Binay is an affirmation that the people want the continuity of the “daang matuwid” (straight path) governance of Aquino.

“We have met people on the ground and a lot of them said: ‘Let’s continue the daang matuwid’. So as the end of President Aquino’s term approaches, of course, their concerns: Will the good thing that this administration will continue?” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“So that’s what people are also looking, and perhaps that’s also an affirmation of the President’s call for continuity, call for continuity of daang matuwid,” he added.
Roxas and Binay have already declared their intention to run for president in May 2016, a rematch of their vice presidential race in 2010 where Binay bested Roxas.

“I am not aware of that survey. But, you know, if what we have always been saying is that we have endeavored to explain to the people what is straight path all about,” Lacierda said.

Stalwarts of the political opposition, however, were more circumspect.
1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III, a member of the House Minority Bloc, said the LP-commissioned survey was self-serving.

“I hope the LP will not believe its own propaganda,” he stressed.

ACT Teachers partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio doubted the results of the LP survey.

“Congressman Erice is entitled to his fantasies. The result of that so-called survey is so far removed from reality. And the scenario of a one-on-one with Mar and Binay in the real world will not happen,” he stressed.

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, member of the House Independent Bloc, said Roxas should learn from his experience in 2010 where he initially had high ratings.

De la Cruz expressed doubts on whether Roxas could sustain his popularity until the elections next year.

But Erice said the endorsement of the President has made a “significant influence” on the supposed continuity of the Aquino government’s programs.

“The President’s endorsement has improved the survey numbers of Secretary Roxas,” he stressed.

For his part, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, also an LP stalwart, said it was “not surprising” that Roxas would lead the survey as preferred presidential bet for next year’s polls.

“We expected that because of the power of presidential endorsement and the lingering issues on corruption against VP Binay,” he stressed.
With a report from PNA

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Doubts cast on LP presidential survey Written by Gerry Baldo Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00


BELMONTE

The Liberal Party (LP)-commissioned poll showing Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas as the preferred presidential candidate for 2016, especially since survey frontrunner Sen. Grace Poe was deliberately excluded from the list of choices, has left lawmakers wondering if the results really reflect the opinion of the public.

Rep. Silvestre Bello of 1-BAP partylist said he believes no actual survey was ever con-ducted and the alleged results were manipulated to dissuade Poe from running for the country’s highest position.

“I don’t think there was a survey. The spin was intended to discourage Poe from running for the presidency,” he noted.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. also appeared unconvinced with the results because of the apparent exclusion of Poe and other possible presidential candidates from the survey, which only included Roxas survey, which only included Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“l want to see the big picture when probables are in. This obviously shows that Mar leads Binay on a one-on-one,” he said.

Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian said the LP should release the complete results of the survey.

“In the name of transparency, (the LP) should release the (complete) results,” he added.

Paryt-list Representatives Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Joselito Atienza (Buhay Hayaang Yumabong) and Terry Ridon (Kabataan) shared Gatchalian’s opinion.

“In the interest of greater transparency and full disclosure, all parties, including the LP, should name the survey firms from whom they source their data so that the public can make a more informed judgment on their claims. Otherwise, the findings should be dismissed outright as mere political spin and manipulation,” Tinio pointed out.

Atienza said: “It is not enough that they publish it. They should divulge who did it so we will see if the results are credible. They should say the name of the company because they made already made the results public. Otherwise, it is mere propaganda from the head of Congressman (Edgar) Erice and that makes such survey unbelievable.”

Ridon, for his part, said: “The LP should disclose all details related to the survey in order to subject it to public scrutiny.”

But as expected, LP stalwart and Senate President Franklin Drilon defended the survey commissioned by the administration ruling party.

“We have said the survey was commissioned by us but it does not mean that we are deceiving people. If we have intention to cheat, we are also cheating ourselves because we spent money for it,” he said in a radio interview.

According to the survey conducted among 1,200 respondents nationwide, Roxas garnered 53 percent as compared to 37 percent of Binay.

“This survey shows only that if one-on-one, Secretary Roxas will win with 53 percent and 37 percent for Vice President Binay,” Drilon, LP vice chairman, said.
So far, only Roxas and Binay have declared their intention to run for president in the 2016 national and local elections.

Roxas got endorsement from President Aquino last July 31 while Binay had earlier expressed intention to run.

Binay will run under the opposition party, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Other possible candidates for president are Poe, Senators Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Alan Peter Cayetano and Miriam Defensor Santiago; Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

In the recent Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys, Poe was enjoying a slim margin over erstwhile leader Binay, followed by Roxas and Duterte.

For vice president, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was the first to express interest to run while Roxas and Binay have yet to choose their respective running mates.
Angie M. Rosales PNA


INQUIRER

Roxas evades questions on Yolanda aid  By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr.@inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 07:37 PM September 3rd, 2015


ROXAS

ILOILO CITY, Philippines—Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II refused answering questions on problems in the distribution of government assistance to survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” even as he wooed the support of municipal mayors in the Visayas for his presidential bid.

Sought for his opinion on problems with the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Roxas replied to a reporter of television network ABS-CBN: “Well, whose agency is suppose to…”

When the reporter replied that it was under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Roxas then raised his hands palms up and said: “What is my agency?”

He then thanked about seven reporters in the ambush interview before leaving the room.

Roxas was smiling but refused to entertain further questions. His allies later said he was in a hurry to proceed to Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Reporters, who were expecting to ask more questions from Roxas, were surprised by the sudden end of the interview which ended in 17 seconds.

Just minutes earlier, Roxas spent time pressing flesh and having his picture taken with about 250 mayors from the Visayas who attended the Visayas cluster conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at the Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel.

In his speech during his keynote speech, Roxas said President Benigno Aquino III will be accepting his resignation from the cabinet “in the next few weeks.”

The President earlier rejected his resignation citing unfinished programs in his department.

Roxas also stressed the importance of local government units as he also sought their support for his presidential bid in next year’s elections.

He individually mentioned officers of the LMP and his allies.

A native of Capiz province, Roxas spoke alternately in English, Filipino and Hiligaynon and repeatedly welcomed delegates to Iloilo.

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Near the end of his speech, Roxas directly asked the mayors to support his presidential bid.

“Samahan niyo ako at ibibigay ko sa inyo…isang pangulo na taga Visayas (Join me and I will give you a president from the Visayas,” Roxas said.

He stressed the importance of local government units in the implementation of national programs and policies.

The national government will not be successful if “local government units are not successful,” he said.

Liberal Party leaders were also president including Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The conference also became a venue for more exposure for politicians expected to run in in next year’s elections.

Among the speakers were Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., former Energy secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and Metro Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino.

Mark Lapid, chief operating officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, and former Pangasinan representative Rachel Arenas also spoke before the conference. Nestor Burgos Jr., Inquirer Visayas, TVJ

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MANILA STANDARD

Congress fights Palace for funds By Christine F. Herrera, Maricel V. Cruz | Sep. 04, 2015 at 12:01am



CONGRESS has moved to regain full control of its own finances to insulate itself from encroachment by the Palace on its fiscal autonomy, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Thursday.

Belmonte said a resolution he filed to protect Congress’ budget from scrutiny by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has already been approved on second reading, and is up for plenary debates.

Belmonte “The Senate and the House of Representatives shall have full autonomy in determining the appropriations required for their operations,” Belmonte and other House leaders said in the resolution.

“The present budgetary policies formulated by the Executive, through the Department of Budget and Management, insofar as they apply to the Congress of the Philippines and the Senate, threaten its independence, encroach on its exclusive domain and violate the principle of separation of powers, upon which the entire fabric of our constitutional system is based,” they added.

Their budgets shall not be subject to scrutiny, alterations and control of the DBM, the resolution said, adding that Malacañang should make impositions only on agencies under the Executive branch.

“The amount of appropriations as proposed and determined by the Senate and the House shall be included in the annual budget of the national government without reduction, alteration or modification,” the resolution said.

Belmonte’s House Resolution No. 10 is a measure “affirming, ensuring and operationalizing the fiscal independence of the Congress of the Philippines.”

The proposed 2016 budget for the 292-member House amounted to P7.99 billion from P8.54 billion in 2015 while the 24-member Senate proposed P3.65 billion from P3.61 billion in 2015.

Belmonte’s co-authors include Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona, chairman of the House committee on accounts; Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II and Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora.

The House leaders expressed concern over what they considered budgetary policies of the Executive department that threaten its independence as a co-equal branch of government, and said they were confident of Senate concurrence.

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While the Judiciary and constitutional bodies enjoy full control of their financial affairs, Congress is subjected to regulations similar to those imposed on executive agencies, the House leaders said.

“The legislative power vested in the Congress of the Philippines is plenary, complete, unimpaired and subject only to such limitations as are found in the Constitution,” the signatories said.

The resolution proposes that appropriations provided for the Senate and the House under the General Appropriations Act and other appropriations laws be fully and automatically released, together with the corresponding Notice of Cash Allocation, by the DBM, at the start of the calendar year, without condition, limitation or restriction.

“The Senate and the House shall enjoy flexibility in the utilization of funds appropriated for their operations,” the resolution said.

The measure also said unexpended year-end balances of approved appropriations for the Senate and the House should remain valid and continue to be available for expenditure until fully spent.

The leader of the independent minority bloc in the House, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, supported the resolution.

“I am in favor of empowering the Congress to take back the power of the purse,” Romualdez said in a text message.

Madrona, a co-author of the resolution, said both the Senate and the House of Representatives have to maintain their fiscal autonomy, adding that it was not right that the Budget Department “controls Congress in its financial transactions and [the] release of funds.”

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali, chairman of the House committee on energy, said the resolution must be enacted so that Congress will be able to maintain its freedom to manage and control its financial affairs.

Reps. Rodolfo Albano III and Silvestre Bello III, both ranking members of the House minority, said Congress must uphold its power of the purse at all times.

In the Palace, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the House resolution had been referred to the Senate committee on rules, but no action has been taken on it since March.

“We are in constant dialogue with leaders of Congress on how we can improve the implementation of the national budget,” Coloma said. With Sandy Araneta

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SC stoppage of 2015 pork inserts sought
Written by Benjamin B. Pulta Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00


The petition filed by Social Watch Philippines lead convenor Leonor Briones, members of Scrap Pork network and several other groups sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of Sections 70 and 73 of the 2015 General Appropriations Act where the pork barrel fund was inserted through lump sum appropriations.


PORK BARREL REINCARNATED IN LUMP SUMS

Even as the high court had already declared as unconstitutional in 2013 the legislators’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as the congressional pork barrel, it has again been reincarnated by Congress and Malacañang in the 2015 national budget in the form of lump sums and insertions.

A petition was filed yesterday before the Supreme Court, with the petitioners asking the SC to stop Malacañang from implementing provisions of the 2015 budget that caused the recreation of the pork barrel system for lawmakers.

The 2015 budget was crafted in the Senate under the helm of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero” who was then the chairman of the Senate finance committee.

Some senators questioned him on the budget, saying that there still exists lump sums which had already been junked by the high court.

Escudero, however, claimed that there were no lump sums in the budget save for the calamity funds.
Apparently, there exists a lot of lump sums in the 2015 budget that the Senate and the House passed in 2014.

The petition filed by Social Watch Philippines lead convenor Leonor Briones, members of Scrap Pork network and several other groups sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of Sections 70 and 73 of the 2015 General Appropriations Act where the pork barrel fund was inserted through lump sum appropriations.

Sec. 70 defines savings as portions or balances of any unreleased appropriations in the GAA which have not obligated.

Sec. 73, contains Rules in the realignment of allotment classes and reprioritization of items of appropriations.

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Likewise sought to be stricken down were NBC 559...

(Guidelines in the Realignment of Funds under the GAA and for Other Purposes), and the Special Provisions of the Special Purpose Funds which the E-Government Fund, Special Provision No. 1, “Strategic Information and Communication Technology Projects,”; International Commitments Fund, Special Provision No. 5, “Appropriations under the International Commitments Fund,”; Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund, Special Provision No. 4, “Appropriations under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund”; National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund, Special Provision No. 4, “National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund,”; Pension and Gratuity Fund, Special Provision No. 6, “Appropriations under the Pension and Gratuity Fund,”; and Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program, Special Provision No. 2, “Appropriations under Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program.”

“Petitioners call on this honorable court to prevent the legislative and the executive from making the Constitution or the rulings in Belgica or Araullo illusory,” read the petition.

The SC, in its earlier ruling in Belgica had declared as unconstitutional the legislators’ controversial pork barrel fund.

Aside from the PDAF, also declared as unconstitutional were the provisions that allow the President to use the Malampaya funds for other purposes other than energy-related projects as well as a related provision in the President’s Social Fund (PSF).

It will be recalled that President Aquino used a portion of the Malampaya fund to purchase a second hand vessel from the US, which violates the law on the usage of the fund.

READ FROM CNN PHILIPPINES: MALAMPAYA FUND PART 1

MALAMPAYA FUND PART 2

The SC, likewise, also declared illegal all provisions of past and present congressional pork barrel laws such as PDAF and the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF) that gave legislators the authority to intervene and participate in identifying projects to be funded through PDAF.

Likewise declared illegal were the provisions in PDAF and CDF which conferred lump-sum allocations to legislators to fund projects that they themselves identify.

The Court also ordered the immediate investigation and prosecution of all government officials and other individuals for possible criminal liabilities in connection with the illegal disbursement of all funds under the pork barrel system.

In Araullo case, the SC on July 1, 2014 declared on July 1, 2014 as unconstitutional several acts committed by the Executive Branch in implementing the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and related issuances.

The Court held that the respondents led by President Aquino violated Section 25 (5) Article VI of the Constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers in implementing DAP, National Budget Circular No. 541 and other related issuances.

Article VI, Section 25 (5) of the Constitution authorizes the President and heads of other branches of government and constitutional commissions to augment any item in GAA for their respective offices from savings in other items of their respective appropriations.

The Court cited the three specific acts of the President and his co-respondents that are unconstitutional, namely:
“The 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 GAA;

the cross-border transfers of the savings of the Executive to augment the appropriations of other offices outside the Executive;

and the funding of projects, activities and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the GAA.

“Petitioners call on this honorable court to prevent the legislative and the executive from making the Constitution or the rulings in Belgica or Araullo illusory,” read the petition.

“Whether it be through deceptive or creative schemes, the executive and legislative branches should be prevented from doing indirectly what they cannot legally do directly,” the petitioners added.

Named respondents were Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the Senate represented by Senate President Franklin Drilon, and the House of Representatives represented by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.

Several petitions have earlier been filed before the Court assailing the resurrection of PDAF and DAP in the 2015 budget.

Palace vows: P103B for DSWD not for 2016 campaign Malacañang on Thursday denied allegations prompted by a militant lawmaker that the Aquino administration’s proposed P103 billion funds for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) would be used for the 2016 campaign of Interior Secretary and Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas II.

“The administration does not do anything against the law. It is assured that public funds are not used inappropriately. The administration follows the law and is careful in using public funds,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said at a Palace briefing, as it was alleged that the Roxas’ Balay group in Aquino’s Cabinet is using public funds to back the administration standard bearer’s election campaign.


2016 Budget: 'Not a campaign fund, it is pork-free' — Abad

The allegations against the Palace stemmed from Kabataan party list Rep. Terry Ridon’s criticism of the administration over the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, which he said only worsened poverty in the country.

The CCT, which has been widely criticized over its being prone to fund misuse, has been alleged to be the LP’s war chest for the upcoming elections.
As indicative of the veracity of the claim, as made by critics, there is a sizable increase in the DSWD’s funds for CCT in 2016.

The Palace has repeatedly denied allegations, saying that the administration never used public funds to divert these funds to the campaign coffers of the administration candidates.

Citing studies conducted by independent think tank Ibon Foundation on May 2015, Ridon said that the CCT – which stands as the flagship poverty alleviation program of the government – is a failure as it increased the number of poor Filipinos by 2.5 million rather than having decreased it.

But Coloma did not accept the criticism, noting acknowledgments for the CCT from the World Bank and other institutions.

The Palace official cited the data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority from 2012 to 2013, which noted a three percentage point decrease in the number of poor Filipinos.

“The administration is confident (about the CCT) and the CCT’s coverage will be furthered because we have seen how effective it is,” he said.

Previously, the World Bank itself noted about 20 percent leakage in the CCT program.

In other reports, the CCT has been proven to be used for political purposes, namely in the past election where DSWD Secretary Dinkly Soliman was reported to have used the CCT to woo voters for am administration congressional candidate.

The Commission on Audit also has found in the CCT program billions in unliquidated funds annually.
Joshua L. Labonera

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TRIBUNE

Palace pooh-poohs Congress bid for fiscal independence Written by Joshua L. Labonera Sunday, 06 September 2015 00:00



Malacañang yesterday downplayed attempts of Congress to jerk away from the grasp of the executive branch in crafting the national budget, as it maintained that the Palace and lawmakers are partners in forming and implementing the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, a Liberal Party (LP) stalwart), filed Resolution No. 10: Affirming the Fiscal Independence of Congress, as lawmakers expressed concern that budgetary policies of the executive department, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) threatens the independence of Congress.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., on the other hand, said that the executive retains it respect for the independence of the legislative as a separate and co-equal branch.

“Our view on that is the executive and the legislative are partners in having a meaningful national budget and implementing it. We respect and acknowledge the sentiments of our lawmakers,” he said.

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The Palace official said the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, through Secretary Manuel Mamba, the DBM has already noted the House resolution, which was already referred to the Senate committee on rules as it is sought to be a joint congressional resolution.

Coloma said the Senate has not yet acted on the resolution. He said, however, that “for use, we are in constant dialog with leaders of Congress on how we can improve the implementation of the national budget.”

Earlier, Belmonte said Congress has already moved to regain full control of its own finances to insulate itself from encroachment by the Palace on its fiscal autonomy, noting that the Congress’ budget be shielded from scrutiny of the DBM.

Some Congress leaders said that the present budgetary policies formulated by the executive on both Congressional houses threaten its independence. They added that the executive’s hand “encroach on its (Congress’) exclusive domain and violate the principle of separation of powers, upon which the entire fabric of our constitutional system is based.”

They added that Malacañang should only make impositions on agencies under the Executive branch.


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Ombudsman now checking probe results on Malampaya, fertilizer fund scams September 1, 2015 3:08pm Tags: ombudsman, malampayafundscam, fertilizerfundscam By XIANNE ARCANGEL, GMA News

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is already evaluating the findings of the agency's field investigators as regards the complaints lodged before her office over the P900-million Malampaya fund scam and P728-million fertilizer fund mess—cases that have been pending for years now.

Morales told lawmakers Tuesday during the Office of the Ombudsman’s budget briefing at the House of Representatives that the fact-finding investigations on the fertilizer fund and Malampaya fund scams take time due to the number of respondents named in the case and the complex nature of the cases.

The Ombudsman is seeking a P1.775 billion budget for 2016 under the National Expenditure Program.

“If there’s anything that would delay the resolution of these cases, it’s because they involve several respondents and the issues are very complex," Morales said.

"The Ombudsman would like to file cases if the evidence is airtight. We would like to make sure that if we file cases, they would meet the standard of evidence expected in court trials,” she added.

At present, Carpio Morales said she is evaluating the investigation report submitted by the Office of the Ombudsman’s panel of investigators on the P900-million Malampaya Fund Scam, while the investigation reports on the fertilizer fund scam are pending evaluation either by the panel of investigators or preliminary investigators.

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Suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 20 others are currently facing plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly pocketing millions in kickbacks from royalties derived from the Malampaya gas field project off the coast of Palawan.

The fertilizer fund scam, meanwhile, refers to the P728-million worth of fertilizer funds that were allegedly diverted to Arroyo’s campaign kitty in the 2004 national elections.

The Ombudsman said the delay in resolving the cases was also due in part to the various challenges faced by her office with regard to dealing with the respondents.

“If there are several respondents, they do not file their counter-affidavits all at the same time. Some ask for extension of time to file while some could not even be reached by subpoena," Morales said.

"We want to exhaust all remedies to reach them by seeing to it that their latest addresses are with us, or if we don’t get their bio-data from their respective offices, we would at least go out of our way to inquire from the census office, Comelec (Commission on Elections) or other offices,” she added. -NB, GMA News

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Senate panel defers hearing on Malampaya Fund scam May 19, 2014 6:07pm Tags: bantaykaban, blueribboncommittee, malampayafundscam

The Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday has postponed its hearing on another anomaly supposedly involving alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles: the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III's office said in a media advisory that the hearing on the alleged Malampaya Fund scam, which was scheduled for Thursday, "has been postponed to a later date."

Guingona is chairman of the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, also known as the blue ribbon committee.

His office said the hearing will be deferred because of the "unavailability of our resource person from the Commission on Audit".

Last week, the senator announced that the panel will shift its focus to the Malampaya Fund scam after the committee recommended plunder charges against Senators Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said he was not pleased with the postponement of the Malampaya Fund scam hearing.

"I'm very disappointed [that] we cancelled the hearing on Malampaya. It would have been an opportunity, na kahit iba yung hearing, na ipatawag si Mrs. Napoles," Cayetano said.

Napoles and the Malampaya Fund scam

Napoles, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 20 others are currently facing plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly pocketing millions in kickbacks from royalties derived from the Malampaya gas field project off the coast of Palawan.

Napoles' firm, JLN Corp., allegedly forged the signatures of 97 mayors so she could get the funds that were intended to help their constituents who had suffered from typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy in 2009.

In an unsigned affidavit submitted last week to the Senate blue ribbon committee, Napoles accused government witness Ruby Tuason of orchestrating the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam.

But Tuason said in a sworn statement that Napoles was the one who approached her for connections in Malacañang for the alleged Malampaya Fund anomaly. — JDS, GMA News

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UNA: Senate shelved Malampaya scam probe to shield allies
Written by Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00



The Malampaya Fund scam that involves P900 million worth of royalties the government received from the lucrative natural gas project off Palawan and which were pilfered through the syndicate of alleged pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles is in limbo and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) wants the Palace allies in the Senate to explain to the public the reasons behind this reluctance on their part to probe the scam.

UNA interim president Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco challenged senators allied with the administration to disclose the status of the discontinued probe of the more than P40-billion Malampaya fund scam.

The Senate blue ribbon committee held a single perfunctory probe on the anomaly which is believed to involve several allies of the Aquino administration but has since deferred the probe on it.

Tiangco said that the administration senators allied with the Liberal Party (LP) owe the people an explanation as to what happened to the Senate investigation which started in 2013.

“Why up to now, has the Senate shelved the hearing on the Malampaya Fund scam? Is it because many LP members will be exposed (as involved)?” he asked.

Tiangco said it has become obvious that the Senate has prioritized its political agenda against Vice President Jejomar Binay against the probe on the Malampaya fund scam.

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“I would like to ask the Senate what has prompted the senators to forget the Malampaya scam and why give priority to the hearings against Vice President Binay? Why halt the probe? Is it because they are involved in the scam and that they benefited from it?”, he asked.

Tiangco added that unlike the telenovela treatment in the Makati hearings, the Senate blue ribbon committee had sat on the Malampaya probe, with no plans of uncovering the truth.

“When in the history of the Senate, was there a committee hearing that lasted 21 sessions and has yet to conclude. They came out with a partial committee report to give them the leeway to continue indefinitely the hearings,” he pointed out.

Last month, Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that the filing of charges involved in the scam is no longer a priority of the administration.

And to put the final nail to the coffin, the Commission on Audit (CoA) likewise admitted it had yet to complete its audit report on the releases made from the Malampaya Fund from 2004 to 2012, or practically 11 years since funds from the Palawan natural gas field were released to lawmakers through various government agencies and offices.

Tiangco pointed out that Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has full control of government funds and it is impossible that funds released from the state coffers do not pass through him.

“It would be impossible for funds in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Malampaya to be released without the approval of Abad. Why is there the effort to aggresively shield Abad who is the ‘King of Plunder’, is it because each one received their fair share or are they just simply afraid to talk?”, he added.

Releases from the Malampaya Fund are intended for energy-related projects and programs but the lucrative gas fund was being illegally used by Administration lawmakers in other non-energy related purposes.

Earlier detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada also expressed dismay over the postponement of the Malampaya probe at the blue ribbon committee.

He told reporters that Sen. TG Guingona, chairman of the blue ribbon committee, had been saying that the Malampaya fund scam would be investigated but it was continuously deferred for no apparent reason.

“The Senate has lost all sense of propriety. Their priority is the political demolition of Vice President Binay. The important isues are being discarded, such as the Malampaya Fun scam and the theft of the funds of PagIBIG, which are funds from the workers,” he said.

“They must now be called the ‘Senate Yellow Ribbon Committee’, whose primary goal is to protect the Liberal Party and its allies and demolish the opposition,” he said.

Estrada shared the same sentiment, saying: “The Malampaya investigation had first, Senator Guingona who keeps on hedging, always saying that he will investigate the Malampaya fund scam, but he had scheduled this for Sept. 25, then postponed this again. And the reason is the CoA resource persons. No other resource persons can be called,” said Estrada.

For resource persons, Estrada said Napoles and Ruby Tuason should be invited for them to shed light on what they know about the scam.

“Remember Senator Guingona, the Malampaya scam involves hundreds of billions of pesos, right? And that should be investigated. You have to invite Mrs. Tuason in the hearing, invite Mrs. Janet Lim Napoles for them to shed light on what they know about the Malampaya fund scam,” said Estrada.

The senator when asked why there is the seeming dilly-dallying of Guingona, he said he doesn’t know the reason behind the slow action of the senator.

“I don’t know. Maybe he’s covering up for somebody. We don’t know. But he always is of two minds on whether he will continue with the probe or not,” concluded Estrada.

Guingona parried insinuations that the postponement was actually to give way to the ongoing investigation of his sub-committee on the Makati City hall parking building allegedly involving Vice President Jejomar Binay.


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PNoy, the master surrender artist and the Iglesia ni Cristo  September 4, 2015 11:26 pm HOMOBONO-A.-ADAZA


by HOMOBONO ADAZA

“Goodbye my PNoy goodbye.
You will not come back again,
You will not come back again,
Goodbye my PNoy, do not cry.”
(–From an elementary school song in the public schools with simple editing
from the author to make the song contemporary)

Benigno Simeon C. Aquino 3rd also known as PNoy is the master surrender artist among all who sat on the Palace throne.

More than any President of the Philippines, he has developed surrender into an art. Whenever he meets a powerful adversary, he immediately surrenders, almost without even asking the questions how much and at what cost.

In the recent INC demonstrations over the so-called issue of separation of Church and State and the exercise of freedom of religion, in a matter of five days PNpy surrendered to the INC to the consuming delight of its members, chanting in effect, “We won, we won!”

The chant is obviously clear – the INC won the day.

PNoy surrendered to the power of the INC, real or imagined. PNoy, in effect, went to Canossa, prostrate and helpless, before the towering figure of Eduardo Manalo, the INC God’s representative on Earth, at the sacrifice of the honor of the presidency and the impregnability of the Constitution.

To PNoy the Constitution is nothing but a scrap of paper just as long as he can get the support of the block voting power of the INC for his presidential candidate, Mar Roxas, in the presidential elections of 2016 (if it comes) and at the sacrifice of the honor of his Department of Justice (DOJ) and the fate of the literally colorful headed DOJ secretary, Leila De Lima.

The sitting President was able to wiggle out of his dilemma by sacrificing De Lima at the altar of the INC. Seeing the sad looking De Lima in the pictures appearing in the papers during the limited Cabinet meeting to resolve the impasse, it was clear that De Lima became a sacrificial lamb to be thrown to the lions in the INC arena.

The pathological liars among the PNoy spinners, including some members of the Cabinet, like Abad and De Lima, are trying hard to tell the public that there is no deal between PNoy and the INC. Why do they continue to lie and attempt to fool the people? It is even obvious to the more intelligent high school students.

As Abraham Lincoln put it so well, you can fool all the people some of the time; some of the people all the time; but you can never fool all the people all the time. Not even the science and art of Joseph Goebbels in making lies the truth, if repeated very often, work in this case.

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PNoy and INC – joint losers

PNoy and INC are joint losers in this case. But in the case of PNoy, it only confirms his being the master artist of surrender. In the case of the INC, its claims to intelligence, complete unity, and moral and religious purity have been unmasked by the Samson complaints. The INC will never be the same. It proved itself hollow like the other religious sects that claim to be the direct representatives of God on this Earth.

INC showed its physical strength in terms of numbers. It had crowds better than the traditional politicians could muster. But its claim to unity was hit by temblors that registered 7.3 in the Richter scale. Its claim to a block vote in every election is starting to vanish as fast as its crowds came to EDSA.

Its moral authority crumbled with Samson’s and others’ claims of graft and corruption.

This is the problem with religious sects in this country; they smell more of business than of religion.

With respect to intelligence – the ability to effectively manipulate people, the reason of the demos as freedom of religion and separation of Church and State — is an overwhelming show of ignorance of the inviolability of the separation of Church and State under section 6, Article II of the Constitution and the free exercise of religion under section 5, Article III of the Constitution.

Take these as hypothetical examples. If Eduardo Manalo, the head of the INC, commits rape on one of his followers, cannot the Department of Justice entertain the complaint of the victim simply because it would be a violation of the separation of Church and State and it is an exercise of freedom of religion?

Of course, that is a lot of nonsense and any lawyer who claims that the DOJ should not entertain the complaint because it would be a violation of the doctrine of separation of Church and State and curtailment of the freedom of freedom should be sent back to elementary school and disbarred from the practice of law for gross stupidity and irremediable ignorance.

Suppose if Mike Velarde, the flamboyant head of El Shaddai, the religious sect, would be charged with estafa by one of its members before the DOJ, cannot the DOJ accept the complaint because it would be interference on religious freedom and the doctrine of separation of Church and State? Of course not!

The DOJ should go through with the process otherwise the DOJ secretary and other officials would be charged with violation of the Anti-Graft Law and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019) and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Government Officials and Employees (RA 6713).

And poor PNoy, who must have been trembling at the sight of the demonstration, surely consumed several packs of cigarettes before he signed the terms of surrender –whether by ink or lips to lips.

The art of surrender

He was only running true to form. When China occupied the West Philippine Sea, all the poor guy could do was met the Chinese invasion of the shoals with abysmal silence – Surrender!

When the Malaysians pummeled the followers of the Sultan of Sulu in Sabah, PNoy – the surrender artist – sided with the Malaysians and threw the Filipinos to the Malaysian wolves, helpless and without protection. Again, surrender!

When the MILF –Iqcbal, Murad, Jaafar and company – wanted a piece of the Republic so they could exploit the natural resources meant for Filipinos and establish a base of the Muslim Universal Caliphate in the Philippines with ISIS and ISIL fighters, he gave them territory, powers of sovereignty, the FAB, the CAB and his version of the BBL on a silver platter – in blatant violation of the Philippine Constitution. Another case of scandalous and blatant surrender!

When the Americans wanted to install their forces, temporary or permanent, in the Philippines complete with nuclear weapons in violation of section 8 of Article II of the Constitution, PNoy surrendered to the Americans – delighted and ecstatic.

When the Japanese Prime Minister made an unacceptable and left-handed apology to the people of the countries where their soldiers arrested and maintained comfort women during the Second World War, PNoy the surrender artist accepted the insulting apology on the claim that Japan is our friend.

Surrender! Surrender! And surrender! That’s all PNoy knows.

Of course, he also surrenders to his autistic nephew, Joshua, in the computer games. But to the help, PNoy has nothing but a smirk and a sneer! What a President! What a country!

Do we still have the best, brightest, the bravest, the committed, the clean and competent? Well, he is still around – waiting for his next move, like in a chess game, to create his own season for the people and the country. Good luck and good hunting!

7 Responses to PNoy, the master surrender artist and the Iglesia ni Cristo
paeng says:
September 5, 2015 at 8:33 am
Well said! Let’s call him “I shall surrender” and stop him from “I shall return”
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RizalinoArrabis says:
September 5, 2015 at 7:56 am
The Iglesia ni Cristo never said that no one could file a case against a member. What She complained about was the precipitated importance given by the Justice Secretary to an expelled member when the lady is supposed to be doing the “FIFO” or “First In, First Out” manner of handling cases. We never said that the so-called law on separation of church and state cannot be subjected to any argument. What we merely said is the fact that it is inviolable based on long standing decisions of the Supreme Court itself.
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Demy Dizon says:
September 5, 2015 at 6:38 am
I will tell you something that most filipino is not aware of. PNOY and his sister Kris has PTSD (Post Truamatic Stress Disorder). Seeing their father was horribly assasinated in broad daylight caused them to acquired PTSD. Looked what happened to Kris” Magulo ang buhay ” I know for a fact this is PTSD because I am suffering from this disorder after seeing so many Viet cong, South Vietnamese and American soldiers dead, I was a US Army Veteran of Vietnam War. I was discharged and found out by US Veteran Affairs that I am suffering from PTSD due to my experiences in Vietnam while I was still in the US military. PTSD is in my opinion equivalent to Tagalog “Sumpong” or “tantrums”. I am not a medical psychaiatrist but to me these siblings had PTSD based on their traumatic experienced with the murder of their father.
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Max says:
September 5, 2015 at 5:20 am
As usual, Atty. Adaza at its best!
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fajardric says:
September 5, 2015 at 4:07 am
Pinoy did his job as a president to listen to what the people have to say not just in social networks or any papers but in actual events . I am an INC member I believe that IF Pnoy ignored the voice of the INC he will be writing his own history as the most incompetent President of the Phil. Republic as more INC members will storm Manila from all over the Phils. and the world . We are law abiding citizens most of us are common people (farmers , regular employee, maids , Tindera , mambabalot ,mananahi , etc…) not born with silver spoons but we value our faith more than we value our lives .We will be united now and in the years to come , we are one with God !
On other hand , why don’t you ask yourself if Pnoy did not take the step to talk to INC , how will his legacy be remembered by the people? By different Religious groups ? He only has less than a year before his legacy ends. INC will be there for a lifetime .
If you people cannot see it by now , you never will . Marami nang beses tinangkang ibagsak at gayahin ang INC but all of them FAILED . Glory to GOD . Long live INC!
“Huwag kang matakot, sapagka’t ako’y sumasaiyo; huwag kang manglupaypay, sapagka’t ako’y iyong Dios; aking palalakasin ka; oo, aking tutulungan ka; oo, aking aalalayan ka ng kanang kamay ng aking katuwiran.” Isaiah 41 :9
” Kaya nga, ako ay malulugod sa mga kahinaan, sa mga panlalait, sa pangangailangan, sa pag-uusig, sa kagipitan alang-alang kay Cristo sapagkat kung kailan ako mahina, saka ako malakas.” 2 Corinthians 12:7
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Peter says:
September 5, 2015 at 1:13 am
The great Homo is back. We don’t really know what the deal was. It could be INC that surrendered. As for Mike Velarde, he was also accused of corruption by his own members but the cases went nowhere. Velarde was even involved in that C-5 Road Extension scam.
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Alejo Rosete says:
September 5, 2015 at 12:29 am
I TRULY AGREE WITH YOU Bono,
I will watch again the movie – “SAMSON & Leila de LIM NA”
If Secretary DE LIMA wanted to be a senator – now is the
time to show that she has balls.
RESIGN IN PROTEST AGAINST THE INC DEALS.


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