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AQUINO ISSUES VEILED THREAT VS HIGH COURT ON PROJECTS DELAY
[He accompanied this bashing with a veiled threat to the SC justices as having the same fate as the ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona. Eight months before his six- year term ends, Aquino virtually ordered the SC to back off, telling the justices to stop exceeding their authority by engaging in what he termed as “judicial legislation.”]


OCTOBER 3 -President Aquino is back to his old ways of laying the blame on others whenever things don’t go his way as he bashed the Supreme Court (SC) justices yesterday, placing full blame on the Court for the delays in the infrastructure he wants done before his term ends.
He accompanied this bashing with a veiled threat to the SC justices as having the same fate as the ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.Eight months before his six- year term ends, Aquino virtually ordered the SC to back off, telling the justices to stop exceeding their authority by engaging in what he termed as “judicial legislation.” He issued the veiled threat to the justices, saying in Tagalog: “Revisit the controversies you faced in the judiciary, like the time when the position of one of few magistrates was questioned; when there was a sudden change in view of the Court on very important issues or there appeared to be judicial legislation,” the President said in reference to the concerted effort early in the Chief Executive’s determined move to oust the then sitting Chief Justice. Aquino also appears to have referred, apart from the delays in infrastructure, as the contractors are bogged down by the government’s delay in fixing up the right of way problems immediately, to the SC’s unanimous decision that favored Piatco on the compensation angle that to date the Aquino administration refuses to pay Piatco, the consortium that built the Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 3; the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which the court declared some Palace acts unconsitutional, as the SC’s alleged engagement in exceeding its role as the sole interpreter of the law, or its ways of “judicial legislation.” For her part, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno addressed the concern raised by Aquino during the event about the “judicial legislation” by the SC on some cases and said the justices are aware of the limits in their power of judicial review. “In every en banc (session) we continue to debate on whether what we are doing is already legislation or still within the bounds of what we can do. But ultimately it will redound to what the final vote will be. So it’s an evolving thing, but we are mindful about that need to maintain that line,” she stressed. The reminder was made during the groundbreaking for the Supreme Court (SC) compound which would be transferred from Padre Faura Street in Manila to the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy, Sereno lead groundbreaking of state-of-the-art SC complex in Taguig


OCTOBER 2 -PNoy, Sereno lead groundbreaking of state-of-the-art SC complex in Taguig GMA NEWS President Benigno Aquino III and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday led the groundbreaking of the future site of a "state-of-the-art" Supreme Court complex in Taguig City. The site is located in a P1.28-billion, 21,463 square-meter property at the former Philippine Army Security Escort Group area. Attending the ceremony were justices from the SC, Court of Appeals, and Sandiganbayan, as well as former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. SC Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe said the Department of Budget and Management has already approved the P3.2 billion budget for the design and construction of the SC complex, which would include a nine-story building with 51 offices and a six-storey parking building with 600 parking slots. The complex, she said, is slated to be completed by 2019. Bernabe said the complex will “adopt an environmentally sustainable design aimed at lowering carbon footprint… lowering maintenance expense." She added that the complex would be "at par with foreign counterparts or even better." Bernabe assured the public that the buildings would adhere with the Building Code, and could withstand earthquakes and typhoons. She said the new complex would address congestion at the high tribunal and at the Office of the Court Administrator, which have a combined 2,800 employees, who she said were "working in cramp spaces that do not meet the 10 sq. m. per person requirement." The complex is also expected to remedy the inefficiencies brought about by the current set-up of having the docket office and cashier located in separate areas. READ MORE...

ALSO Noy to LP bets: Forget your campaigns, help Mar first
[The statement triggered some reactions from the political opposition. According to Rep. Silvestre Bello of 1-BAP partylist, President Aquino is out of touch with reality. “It is not only unrealistic, it is also indicative of desperation,” Bello said yesterday. In the same speech, Aquino also admitted that working on Roxas’ campaign is the most difficult of all campaigns. He rallied all LP members to campaign intensely.]


OCTOBER 1 -NOY: President Aquino yesterday called on members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), where he sits as chairman, to rally behind their standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas first before focusing on their respective campaigns for the upcoming polls. Aquino, in a speech, told the government officials under the LP to consider that the most important thing which is that there has to be a President in who is certain to continue the administration’s “straight path” over anything else. The presidential appeal to party members sounded desperate — enough to keep his supporters in government after his term expires in June next year. Aquino in the party convention of the Liberal Party yesterday, stressed that party members should prioritize the campaign of Mar Roxas rather than their own campaign. “In the coming campaign and I’m pleading with you, before you campaign for yourself, you have to think that the more important thing is to have a president who would continue with our straight path,” Aquino said. “I am asking all our members if we believe in the Straight Path, we should campaign for our leader before we campaign for ourselves,” Aquino said, referring to Roxas. The statement triggered some reactions from the political opposition. According to Rep. Silvestre Bello of 1-BAP partylist, President Aquino is out of touch with reality. “It is not only unrealistic, it is also indicative of desperation,” Bello said yesterday. In the same speech, Aquino also admitted that working on Roxas’ campaign is the most difficult of all campaigns. He rallied all LP members to campaign intensely. “I think the coming campaign would be the most difficult for me. I’m going to give my all in this campaign,” Aquino said.The chief executive also gave his word to put Roxas’s campaign first, noting that it would be the hardest campaign in which he will be engaged. This is in contrast with an earlier Palace statement that Aquino will still focus on governance and not politics. “In a sense, it would really be difficult since I will try to come close to all voters possible to endorse the candidacy of our chosen candidate.” READ MORE... RELATED, MMDA chief declares Senate bid, will quit October 16

ALSO CHEATING PLAN: Hocus-PCOS,’ claims Akbayan group on Roxas’ gain


SEPTEMBER 30 -Roxas
THE group Anakbayan on Wednesday warned of an alleged plan to cheat in the 2016 elections stemming from the apparent gain of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II in the presidential preferential polls.
The group called the cheating plan “Hocus-PCOS.” “They are creating the illusion that the massively unpopular and consistently kulelat[tail-ender] Mar Roxas is gaining momentum and will easily beat the other presidential contenders come the May 2016 polls,” group chairman Vencer Crisostomo said. He made his statement even as it appeared that the ruling Liberal Party was running out of a potential running mate for Roxas. LP stalwarts admitted Tuesday that the party leaders were having a hard time convincing Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to accept the offer to run as the administration’s vice president. City Rep. Bolet Banal, an LP stalwart, confirmed there will be no fireworks in today’s scheduled LP convention at the LP headquarters in Balay, Quezon City. Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino said he would be submitting his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino III in preparation for his plan to run for senator in next year’s elections. He made his announcement Tuesday in Manila during a meeting with several local government officials from Cavite who urged him to run for a higher position. “I accept the challenge and your endorsement and I hereby declare my candidacy for senator,” said Tolentino who recently came under fire and was asked to resign by various sectors over the worsening traffic problems in Metro Manila. Crisostomo on Tuesday asked how the polling body SWS framed its September polls in which it asked the respondents to name three people who they thought would succeed Aquino as President. Roxas gained six points in the SWS survey and advanced from his previous 15-percent ranking. “This way, those who don’t support Roxas might be inclined to include him in those three names given that Aquino anointed him,” Crisostomo said. “On the other hand, asking for only three names would increase Roxas’ share by reducing the number of contenders in the list.”  READ MORE...RELATED, Roxas wishes Cayetano good luck, unfazed by possible Duterte run

ALSO: Solon quizzes ‘paltry’ fine paid by mining firm with links to LP


SEPTEMBER 28 -Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP ranking official An opposition lawmaker in the Senate has questioned the paltry fine paid by a mining company with links to the administration Liberal Party (LP) despite expected big profits extracted from the area where it operates.“They are paying very less, furthermore there’s no provision that the company will be banned for violating their permit. It’s as if luck is perfectly on their side,” Sen. Nancy Binay said during a Senate environment committee hearing on mining issues.“Surely they are generating excessive profit despite being a self-proclaimed small-scale mining company but are large-scale miners in reality,” she added.Binay was referring to SR Metals Inc. and its subsidiaries San R Mining and Galeo Equipment and Mining Corp. which paid only P7.2 million as fine for extracting nickel and cobalt ore over its allowed limit of 150,000 metric tons combined per year. Each company, then operating as a small-scale miner, was allowed to extract only 50,000 metric tons per year each under Presidential Decree(PD) 1899 or Establishing SmallScale Mining as a New Dimension in Mineral Development. SR Metals president Miguel Alberto Gutierrez said the companies extracted between 1.2 and 1.5 million metric tons of ore from March to September 2007 despite only having a small-scale mining permit.The company earned at least a billion peso for the over-extraction of the minerals.“The penalties that we are now imposing to violators of the law are not enough. The penalties are not being deterrent on the part of SRMI,” Binay said.“We need to strengthen our laws to avoid unnecessary loopholes, particularly on the imposition of fines on violators, to protect our natural resources,” she added.Records show that SR Metals Inc. lists as officer Enrico “Eric” Gutierrez, a known LP funder. Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP ranking official, used to be company president from 1997 to 2005 and is currently listed as a company shareholder.READ MORE...

ALSO Leni told: Don’t fall into LP ‘trapo’ trap


OCTOBER 3 -LENI WITH HER LATE HUSBAND DILG CHIEF JESSIE ROBREDO MILITANT youth group Anakbayan on Friday warned Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo against allowing traditional politicians or “trapos” to use her to advance their selfish interests. Anakbayan expressed concern that Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd will only use the “Robredo brand” to boost his and the Aquino administration’s poor image. “We are appealing to Rep. Leni Robredo not to squander the good name she has built for herself by siding with an administration noted for DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program] and pork barrel, budget cuts for state universities, the Mamasapano carnage, MRT-LRT [Metro Rail Transit-Light Rail Transit] breakdown, neglect of Yolanda victims, among others,” Vencer Crisostomo, the group’s national chairman, said. READ MORE... RELATED, Palace losing grip on House’ majority – Colmenares...


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AQUINO ISSUES VEILED THREAT VS HIGH COURT
Noy
to SC: Back off, remember Corona

MANILA, OCTOBER 5, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 03 October 2015 00:00 - President Aquino is back to his old ways of laying the blame on others whenever things don’t go his way as he bashed the Supreme Court (SC) justices yesterday, placing full blame on the Court for the delays in the infrastructure he wants done before his term ends.

He accompanied this bashing with a veiled threat to the SC justices as having the same fate as the ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Eight months before his six- year term ends, Aquino virtually ordered the SC to back off, telling the justices to stop exceeding their authority by engaging in what he termed as “judicial legislation.”

He issued the veiled threat to the justices, saying in Tagalog: “Revisit the controversies you faced in the judiciary, like the time when the position of one of few magistrates was questioned; when there was a sudden change in view of the Court on very important issues or there appeared to be judicial legislation,” the President said in reference to the concerted effort early in the Chief Executive’s determined move to oust the then sitting Chief Justice.

Aquino also appears to have referred, apart from the delays in infrastructure, as the contractors are bogged down by the government’s delay in fixing up the right of way problems immediately, to the SC’s unanimous decision that favored Piatco on the compensation angle that to date the Aquino administration refuses to pay Piatco, the consortium that built the Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 3; the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which the court declared some Palace acts unconsitutional, as the SC’s alleged engagement in exceeding its role as the sole interpreter of the law, or its ways of “judicial legislation.”


SERENO WITH DE LIMA AT THE GROUNDBREAKING  GMA NEWS NETWORK

For her part, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno addressed the concern raised by Aquino during the event about the “judicial legislation” by the SC on some cases and said the justices are aware of the limits in their power of judicial review.

“In every en banc (session) we continue to debate on whether what we are doing is already legislation or still within the bounds of what we can do. But ultimately it will redound to what the final vote will be. So it’s an evolving thing, but we are mindful about that need to maintain that line,” she stressed.

The reminder was made during the groundbreaking for the Supreme Court (SC) compound which would be transferred from Padre Faura Street in Manila to the Bonifacio Global City in Tagui.g.

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The 21,463 square-meter property at the former Philippine Army Security Escort Group area was purchased by the SC for P1.287 billion payable in 10 years through a memorandum of understanding between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

BCDA head Arnel Casanova and SC clerk of court Felipa Anama signed the contract to sell before the President and Sereno proceeded with the ceremonial laying of the capsule for the project to be completed in 2019.

The SC said 10 percent of the contract price would be paid through the SC’s budget under the General Appropriations Act of 2015, while the remaining 90 percent would be paid with budget from the National Expenditure Program for 2016.

The state-of-the-art design and construction of the complex would cost P3.2 billion and will house a nine-story main building with 51 offices and a six-storey parking building with 600 parking slots.

There will also be a training center and a convention hall expected to bolster the SC’s capacity building program and allow the tribunal to host local and international conventions.

SC Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe said the Department of Budget and Management has already approved the budget for the project.

She said the complex will “adopt an environmentally sustainable design aimed at lowering carbon footprint… lowering maintenance expense” and that it would be “at par with foreign counterparts or even better.”

The magistrate assured the public that the buildings would adhere to the Building Code, and can withstand earthquakes and typhoons.

The transfer would address congestion at the SC, which has about 2,800 employees, Bernabe added.

The complex is also expected to remedy the inefficiencies brought about by the current set-up of having the docket office and cashier located in separate areas.
Sereno explained that SC approved the transfer of their compound because it does not own the land in which the court stands.

The lot and buildings occupied by the SC in its 114-year history - just like those of Court of Appeals and the Department of Justice - belong to the University of the Philippines.

Noy complains again
In a speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new SC complex in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Aquino took the time to complain about the slow court proceedings that result in project implementation going on at snail-pace.

“Secretary ‘Babes’ Singson informed us about one of the reasons behind the delays of the implementation of some projects. He said that even if the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) has deposited money for the property, in accordance with the law, the court does not immediately release a Writ of Possession,” Aquino said, clearly laying full blame on the court.

The President was unfazed by the presence of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Associate Justice Perlas-Bernabe, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and other associate justices present at the event.

He continued ranting about the court being so slow in determining just compensation which the government must pay to those whose properties are expropriated to construct roads, among others.


President Aquino lowers a time capsule during the contract signing and groundbreaking for the new Supreme Court complex in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig yesterday. Looking on is Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino yesterday called on the Supreme Court to review controversial cases and look into judicial processes hampering the speedy implementation of the government’s infrastructure projects. Aquino also expressed confidence that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno would pursue the necessary reforms in the judiciary. “I am one with you in this objective, along with the executive (branch of government),” Aquino said. He stressed everyone must be passionate in working to achieve change. “Revisit the controversies you faced in the judiciary, like the time when the position of one of the magistrates was questioned, when there was sudden change in view of the Court on very important issues or there appeared to be judicial legislation,” the President said. PHOTO BY BOY SANTOS PHILSTAR FILE REPORT

But it is sometimes the government, through its solicitor-general, that causes the delay, since the solicitor-general continues to argue on a motion for reconsideration despite a unanimous decision from the SC, as evidenced in the Piatco case where the government still refuses to pay Piatco just compensation as decreed by the court.

But Aquino said that while a temporary restraining order (TRO) cannot be issued for government infrastructure projects, it is delayed still due to court-caused delays, which in turn, results in the government incurring higher expenses than previously estimated by the executive.

“I wish that we can focus on issuing decisions on these kinds of issues. It is clear in the law that it is the right of the government to continue projects even when the court proceedings on just compensation have not yet concluded,” he said.

“Every time a meaningful project of the government is delayed, the benefits for the common Filipino are also delayed,” Aquino added.

In a separate statement, Sereno shot back at Aquino saying the SC remains mindful of its mandate, noting that it is not trampling over the functions of other branches of government in exercise of its powers and procedures.

Aquino, who had also questioned some rulings of the SC on some controversial issues, took the brunt of ire of the High Tribunal’s chief, asking those who create doubts on the integrity of the court to look back at the past issues on which the the judiciary decided.

“I ask you to look back at the heavy and controversial issues faced by the judiciary, like when the position of one of 11 magistrates became questionable,” she said. “Whenever there’s a different view from the court on an important issue or whenever there is what seems to be a judicial legislation.”

The SC and Malacañang have already clashed since, as the High Tribunal handled cases like the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which even had Aquino saying that the Constitution must be tinkered with to clip the powers of the tribunal.

The Palace also blasted the SC for its grant of bail for Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, an accused in the alleged pork barrel scam.

Sereno, who is known to be Aquino-friendly, dissented in the Enrile decision, although the majority that voted against the DAP.

The SC, however, gave in to the goevrnment on certain provisions, after an intense lobby from Malacañang. By Benjamin B. Pulta and Joshua L. Laboneta


GMA NEWS NETWORK

PNoy, Sereno lead groundbreaking of state-of-the-art SC complex in Taguig October 2, 2015 10:41am Tags: supremecourt, benignoaquinoiii, leiladelima, marialourdessereno By MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News (Updated 12:27 p.m.)


PNoy, Sereno lead groundbreaking of state-of-the-art SC complex in Taguig GMA NEWS

President Benigno Aquino III and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday led the groundbreaking of the future site of a "state-of-the-art" Supreme Court complex in Taguig City.

The site is located in a P1.28-billion, 21,463 square-meter property at the former Philippine Army Security Escort Group area.

Attending the ceremony were justices from the SC, Court of Appeals, and Sandiganbayan, as well as former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

SC Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe said the Department of Budget and Management has already approved the P3.2 billion budget for the design and construction of the SC complex, which would include a nine-story building with 51 offices and a six-storey parking building with 600 parking slots.

The complex, she said, is slated to be completed by 2019.

Bernabe said the complex will “adopt an environmentally sustainable design aimed at lowering carbon footprint… lowering maintenance expense."

She added that the complex would be "at par with foreign counterparts or even better."

Bernabe assured the public that the buildings would adhere with the Building Code, and could withstand earthquakes and typhoons.

She said the new complex would address congestion at the high tribunal and at the Office of the Court Administrator, which have a combined 2,800 employees, who she said were "working in cramp spaces that do not meet the 10 sq. m. per person requirement."

The complex is also expected to remedy the inefficiencies brought about by the current set-up of having the docket office and cashier located in separate areas.

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Bernabe also said the complex would house a training center and a convention hall expected to bolster the SC’s capacity building program and allow the tribunal to host local and international conventions.

The sale of the property was pursuant to a memorandum of understanding between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the SC for the purchase of the land, which was approved by the high court through an en banc resolution dated April 22, 2014.

On May 15, 2014, the BCDA and the SC entered into another MOU granting the latter an option to buy the property within a period of one year reckoned from the signing of the MOU, for a consideration of P100,000 that is deductible from the total contract price of P1,287,780,000.00.

The SC said 10 percent of the contract price would be paid through the SC’s budget under the General Appropriations Act of 2015, while the remaining 90 percent would be paid with budget from the National Expenditure Program for 2016.

The lot is currently occupied by the K-9 Unit of the Philippine Army and its facilities.

During the ceremony, BCDA's Arnel Paciano Casanova and SC clerk of Court Felipa Anama led the ceremonial signing of the contract to sell.

Aquino and Sereno then proceeded with the laying of the capsule and groundbreaking for the new complex.

The SC currently sits on land owned by the University of the Philippines along Padre Faura in Manila.

In July, Sereno said it would not take long before the new SC building will be erected at the site, especially after the property was declared safe from the West Valley Fault.

The 100-kilometer West Valley Fault transects 42 barangays in Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Muntinlupa, and 30 barangays in Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite.

The West Valley Fault could possibly generate a magnitude 7.2 earthquake, almost as strong as the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal last month, while the East Valley Fault could generate a magnitude 6.2 earthquake.

Sereno hoped the new SC building will carry a "modern edifice... [that will become a] memorable public building," saying that the last "memorable" public structure was Quezon City's Batasan Pambansa, home of the Philippine House of Representatives.

She noted that even the Senate still rents offices from the south portion of the state-owned Government Service Insurance System in Pasay City. —KG/KBK, GMA News


TRIBUNE

Noy to LP bets: Forget your campaigns, help Mar first
Written by By Gerry Baldo and Joshua L. Labonera Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

President Aquino yesterday called on members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), where he sits as chairman, to rally behind their standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas first before focusing on their respective campaigns for the upcoming polls.

Aquino, in a speech, told the government officials under the LP to consider that the most important thing which is that there has to be a President in who is certain to continue the administration’s “straight path” over anything else.

The presidential appeal to party members sounded desperate — enough to keep his supporters in government after his term expires in June next year.

Aquino in the party convention of the Liberal Party yesterday, stressed that party members should prioritize the campaign of Mar Roxas rather than their own campaign.

“In the coming campaign and I’m pleading with you, before you campaign for yourself, you have to think that the more important thing is to have a president who would continue with our straight path,” Aquino

“I am asking all our members if we believe in the Straight Path, we should campaign for our leader before we campaign for ourselves,” Aquino said, referring to Roxas.

The statement triggered some reactions from the political opposition.

According to Rep. Silvestre Bello of 1-BAP partylist, President Aquino is out of touch with reality.

“It is not only unrealistic, it is also indicative of desperation,” Bello said yesterday.
In the same speech, Aquino also admitted that working on Roxas’ campaign is the most difficult of all campaigns. He rallied all LP members to campaign intensely.

“I think the coming campaign would be the most difficult for me. I’m going to give my all in this campaign,” Aquino said.

The chief executive also gave his word to put Roxas’s campaign first, noting that it would be the hardest campaign in which he will be engaged.

This is in contrast with an earlier Palace statement that Aquino will still focus on governance and not politics.

“In a sense, it would really be difficult since I will try to come close to all voters possible to endorse the candidacy of our chosen candidate.”

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Roxas’ presidential candidacy was formalized by the LP’s National Executive Council yesterday in its party convention, but the NEC delayed the party’s announcement of its vice presidential and senatorial bets until October 5.

Malacañang, for its part, acknowledged the convention as a testament to the public’s continued support of Aquino, noting the accomplishments of the government under the President term.

“In our view, this is a manifestation of the people’s trust in the honesty of our President and our government to push through with what was promised, in presenting programs that will truly address the needs of the people and ensure that the future of the country will be brighter,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a radio interview.

On the sidelines of the event, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. said Roxas was given the mandate to choose his running mate and the party’s senatorial slate for the coming polls.

“Only the presidential candidate Mar Roxas was nominated, but there were resolutions empowering him to choose the vice presidential candidate, as well as the 12 senatorial candidates,” Belmonte said.


Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with her late husband, former Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. The date for the announcement of the vice presidential candidate and senatorial slate of the Liberal Party has been moved from Wednesday to Monday, as the LP is giving Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo more time to make up her mind on its offer for her to be the running mate of Mar Roxas. SCREENGRAB FROM LENI's FB

Roxas had already invited Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo to be the LP’s candidate for vice president, but Robredo was visibly absent in the convention of the party. Robredo was not seen entering the premises. She was, however, not expected to show up.

Belmonte was unfazed by the absence of Robredo together with other LP officials, saying that it’s only a matter of time that Robredo will finally yield to the proposal for her to run alongside Roxas.

He said the lawmaker is only waiting for her family’s support as her children reportedly oppose her running for the vice presidency in the next elections.

The Speaker did not comment on Robredo’s absence in the convention, but expressed confidence that Robredo will be responding with a yes on October 5, saying “I’m very confident that she will be in.”

“We want all the members of her family to feel very at ease with the decision and to be fully supportive of the decision and they are grown-ups right now,” Belmonte added.

Belmonte’s co-vice chairman Senate President Franklin Drilon shared the Speaker’s confidence as well. Earlier in the day, he said Robredo will respond with a resounding yes to the LP’s invitation.

“Most likely. Let’s just say that Congresswoman Leni is our candidate for vice president,” Drilon said.

For his part, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, LP vice chairman for political affairs, said Robredo may still be discerning the offer. It validated Former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada’s remarks that the LP is giving the lady solon space to think about it as well.

“I think (she will announce her decision) on Monday. Maybe she is still in the discernment process,” Erice said.

Roberdo is being wooed by the LP to team up with Roxas, following Sen. Grace Poe’s rejection of the invitation run as Roxas’ mate.

The congresswoman, for her part, has not yet confirmed her vice presidential bid.
In other reports, Robredo , a neophyte solon, said she needs more time to dwell on whether to heed the LP. She and her daughters recently attended a meeting with President Aquino and Roxas but nothing certain came out of discussions, which was presumed to have been about her team up with Roxas.

Robredo is the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in 2012.

Meanwhile, detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. yesterday admitted he is at a loss at the moment over his political plans since he wants first to focus on his plunder and graft charges that are scheduled for court trial in February next year.

This was the statement of Revilla as he disclosed that he had in the past considered running for president in 2016 and would have done so, if not for the said case.

The pre-trial of Revilla yesterday was reset for February 4 next year after the defense markings of the 400 pieces of documentary evidence for the pre-trial only only reached 114.

The prosecution panel had already finished marking its documentary evidence last August.

Both panels should have submitted their list of evidence and witnesses they intend to present during the trial proper.

But lawyer Ramon Esguerra, counsel of Revilla, asked the court to delay the pre-trial proceedings in order to complete the markings of the 400 page documents.

Sandiganbayan First Division Judge Efren Dela Cruz earlier asked Esguerra if they can push through with the pre-trial proceedings while another lawyer is designated to continue marking the documents.

But Revilla’s lawyer instead asked the court to reschedule the pre-trial to February.

“The defense was not amenable to that. We were in fact going to agree with that. But it is the defense has not yet finished in the markings of the document,” said Prosecutor Director Joefferson Toribio.

Revilla in an interview with reporters covering the Sandiganbayan hearings, said that at the moment he will be concentrating first on his case as he wants to clear his name on the accusation that he pocketed P242 million from his priority development assistance fund (PDAF).


REVILLA: Revilla said he really wants to clear his name and running can wait. “ I’m not in a hurry, I’m still young. The important thing now is for the truth to come and clear my name,” he said.


“I’m at a loss. Even you, if you were in my situation, will feel the same. I admit that I planned to run as president but now I am in jail,” Revilla said.

However, Revilla vowed that he would vindicate himself as he is still young and instead of running he will soon announce whom he will support in the elections.

Revilla was at the anti-graft court yesterday for the pre-trial hearing of the plunder case against him and his aide, Atty. Richard Cambe.

Revilla said he is now focusing on securing a speedy disposition of the plunder and graft cases filed against him.

“As of now, I want to clear my name. This is the most important for me as I have always been careful about having my name and my family’s name being soiled.

Revilla said he really wants to clear his name and running can wait. “ I’m not in a hurry, I’m still young. The important thing now is for the truth to come and clear my name,” Revilla said.
With Alvin Murcia

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MMDA chief declares Senate bid, will quit October 16 By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 30, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino will resign as MMDA head on Oct. 16 and President Aquino would need to look for a replacement, especially now that the government is in the thick of preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in November. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday declared his bid for the Senate in next year’s elections.

He will resign as MMDA head on Oct. 16 and President Aquino would need to look for a replacement, especially now that the government is in the thick of preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in November.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections is from Oct. 12 to 16.

Aside from Tolentino, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has also bid her department goodbye for a Senate run and may be replaced by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa.

During the 2015 National Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas in Pasay City on Monday, De Lima said there were still many things that she wanted to do but five years were simply “too short” to really improve the delivery of justice at the grassroots level.

De Lima appealed to the village leaders to help her in her bid to address all the problems of the justice system.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Joel Villanueva, former energy secretary Jericho Petilla and former presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernization Francis Pangilinan are also said to be running for senator. – With Mike Frialde


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CHEATING PLAN: Hocus-PCOS,’ claims Akbayan group on Roxas’ gain By John Paolo Bencito, Maricel V. Cruz and Joel E. Zurbano | Sep. 30, 2015 at 12:01am


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THE group Anakbayan on Wednesday warned of an alleged plan to cheat in the 2016 elections stemming from the apparent gain of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II in the presidential preferential polls.

The group called the cheating plan “Hocus-PCOS.”

“They are creating the illusion that the massively unpopular and consistently kulelat[tail-ender] Mar Roxas is gaining momentum and will easily beat the other presidential contenders come the May 2016 polls,” group chairman Vencer Crisostomo said.

He made his statement even as it appeared that the ruling Liberal Party was running out of a potential running mate for Roxas.

LP stalwarts admitted Tuesday that the party leaders were having a hard time convincing Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to accept the offer to run as the administration’s vice president.

City Rep. Bolet Banal, an LP stalwart, confirmed there will be no fireworks in today’s scheduled LP convention at the LP headquarters in Balay, Quezon City.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino said he would be submitting his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino III in preparation for his plan to run for senator in next year’s elections.

He made his announcement Tuesday in Manila during a meeting with several local government officials from Cavite who urged him to run for a higher position.

“I accept the challenge and your endorsement and I hereby declare my candidacy for senator,” said Tolentino who recently came under fire and was asked to resign by various sectors over the worsening traffic problems in Metro Manila.

Crisostomo on Tuesday asked how the polling body SWS framed its September polls in which it asked the respondents to name three people who they thought would succeed Aquino as President.

Roxas gained six points in the SWS survey and advanced from his previous 15-percent ranking.

“This way, those who don’t support Roxas might be inclined to include him in those three names given that Aquino anointed him,” Crisostomo said.

“On the other hand, asking for only three names would increase Roxas’ share by reducing the number of contenders in the list.”

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Crisostomo said despite the people’s growing anger over Aquino’s incompetent handling of the MRT-LRT breakdown, the balikbayan box fiasco and the Mamasapano massacre among other explosive issues, Roxas still managed to leap in the preferential polls.

He warned that the cheaters were one step nearer in employing the “yellow magic” through the DAP-funded poll fraud and “hocus PCOS” automated poll cheating.

In reaction, said the SWS could better explain his apparent rise in the preferential polls and dismissed the claims they would be rigging the 2016 polls.

“SWS made that survey. I think it would be better if they could explain why would their questions be like that,” Roxas said.

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Roxas wishes Cayetano good luck, unfazed by possible Duterte run Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net
07:08 PM September 29th, 2015


Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas (right) wishes Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano good luck as the senator declares his intention to run for vice president in the 2016 elections. INQUIRER PHOTOS

Administration presidential bet and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Tuesday said he wished Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano good luck, after the latter announced that he would run for vice president in the 2016 elections.

“Well, I wish him good luck. Magkasama kami ni Senator Cayetano sa House of Representatives. Ni-recruit ko siya bilang deputy ko sa pagiging majority leader. I was the majority leader, naging deputy ko siya at I wish him luck,” Roxas told reporters covering the “Liga ng mga Barangay” at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

The ruling Liberal Party (LP) was reportedly eyeing Cayetano as Roxas’ running mate in next year’s poll, but the senator previously expressed his intention to run with the undecided Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who had asked his supporters for more time for “soul-searching” despite previous declarations that he will not run for president.

READ: Cayetano proposed as Roxas’ VP

READ: With Duterte on his mind, Alan Cayetano says no thanks if LP offers VP

Roxas also denied reports that he turned Cayetano down. “No, there was not a question of turning down. Ganu’n lang.”

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Asked about how a possible presidential bid of his friend Duterte would affect his ratings and chances of winning, Roxas said the LP was focused on coming up with a strong ticket in 2016.

“We can only be responsible for what we do, what anybody else does is their own decision. So, tayo nakatutok tayo sa pagbuo ng malakas na tiket at slate at samahan na siyang tutulak sa matuwid na daan na syang isinusulong natin,” Roxas said.

“Huli kaming nag-usap doon sa Davao, at nauunawaan ko rin yung kanyang dinadaanan. Feel ko ’yung sinabi nyang ‘I must do my own soul searching’ dahil lahat naman nahaharap sa ating mga kababayan at gumawa ng kahit papano, isang soul searching kung ano ba talaga ang papasyahin nila,” he added.

READ: Give me time for ‘final soul-searching,’ Duterte asks supporters

READ: Are they pairing up? Roxas reveals details of talk with Duterte

The LP was set to announce its vice presidential bet and senatorial lineup during its party convention at Club Filipino on Wednesday, but it was further delayed to Oct. 5.

READ: Alan Cayetano: I am running for vice president
 
The party had wooed poll front-runner Sen. Grace Poe to be Roxas’ running mate, but the senator formally declared that she would run for president last Sept. 16. Roxas also asked Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, but the neophyte lawmaker said the Sept. 30 deadline was a little bit too soon. Yuji Vincent Gonzales/RC


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Solon quizzes ‘paltry’ fine paid by mining firm with links to LP Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00


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An opposition lawmaker in the Senate has questioned the paltry fine paid by a mining company with links to the administration Liberal Party (LP) despite expected big profits extracted from the area where it operates.

“They are paying very less, furthermore there’s no provision that the company will be banned for violating their permit. It’s as if luck is perfectly on their side,” Sen. Nancy Binay said during a Senate environment committee hearing on mining issues.

“Surely they are generating excessive profit despite being a self-proclaimed small-scale mining company but are large-scale miners in reality,” she added.


NANCY BINAY

Binay was referring to SR Metals Inc. and its subsidiaries San R Mining and Galeo Equipment and Mining Corp. which paid only P7.2 million as fine for extracting nickel and cobalt ore over its allowed limit of 150,000 metric tons combined per year.

Each company, then operating as a small-scale miner, was allowed to extract only 50,000 metric tons per year each under Presidential Decree (PD) 1899 or Establishing Small-Scale Mining as a New Dimension in Mineral Development.

SR Metals president Miguel Alberto Gutierrez said the companies extracted between 1.2 and 1.5 million metric tons of ore from March to September 2007 despite only having a small-scale mining permit.

The company earned at least a billion peso for the over-extraction of the minerals.
“The penalties that we are now imposing to violators of the law are not enough. The penalties are not being deterrent on the part of SRMI,” Binay said.

“We need to strengthen our laws to avoid unnecessary loopholes, particularly on the imposition of fines on violators, to protect our natural resources,” she added.

Records show that SR Metals Inc. lists as officer Enrico “Eric” Gutierrez, a known LP funder. Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP ranking official, used to be company president from 1997 to 2005 and is currently listed as a company shareholder.

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The committee ordered the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to submit the schedule of penalties to determine the types of violations and their corresponding penalties, and to determine if the fine is commensurate to the violation.

Binay earlier filed Senate Resolution 1338 which directs the appropriate Senate committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, regarding the alleged violations of Republic Act 7076 or the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991 and PD 1899, in the village of La Fratemidad in the town of Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

Reports said despite the apparent irregularities in the shipment of ores, no government agency has yet taken the companies to court for the massive shipment of ores, which amounted to billions of pesos.


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Leni told: Don’t fall into LP ‘trapo’ trap October 3, 2015 1:37 am by NEIL A. ALCOBER Reporter


LENI WITH HER LATE HUSBAND DILG CHIEF JESSIE ROBREDO

MILITANT youth group Anakbayan on Friday warned Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo against allowing traditional politicians or “trapos” to use her to advance their selfish interests.

Anakbayan expressed concern that Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd will only use the “Robredo brand” to boost his and the Aquino administration’s poor image.

“We are appealing to Rep. Leni Robredo not to squander the good name she has built for herself by siding with an administration noted for DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program] and pork barrel, budget cuts for state universities, the Mamasapano carnage, MRT-LRT [Metro Rail Transit-Light Rail Transit] breakdown, neglect of Yolanda victims, among others,” Vencer Crisostomo, the group’s national chairman, said.

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A recent scandal that links Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino to an allegedly lewd dance performance in a local LP event should also make Robredo think twice about the kind of company she is joining, Crisostomo added.

The youth group said Robredo should be wary of the Roxas camp’s appetite for backstabbing and dirty politics by recalling how it has been wooing top presidential contender Grace Poe to be Roxas’ running mate up until her announcement of her own bid.

“Traditional politicians like Roxas are like serpents in a snake pit. They will try to seduce you if they can calculate any profit and suddenly bite you if you don’t bow to their vested interests. Sayang talaga [It is really a waste] if trapos like Roxas will just take advantage of you,” Crisostomo said.

The youth group also urged Robredo to not tarnish the legacy of his late husband, saying the Roxas camp’s growing desperation to shore up its uninspiring performance is pushing it to feed on the reformist reputation of her late husband, Jesse Robredo.

6 Responses to Leni told: Don’t fall into LP ‘trapo’ trap
Cesar says:
October 3, 2015 at 11:31 am
A little bit of wooing in my life
A little bit of courting by my side
A little bit of juicy offer is all I need
A little bit of entreaty is what I see
A little bit of payment here I am
A little bit of you make me your man – CONG. LENI ROBREDO
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dakila says:
October 3, 2015 at 10:50 am
Pumasok na rin ang ambisyon sa ulo nitong si Rep. Leni. Hindi man lang niya naalala na siya ay naging kongresista dahil sa pag mamahal ng mga kababayan niya sa asawa niyang si Jessie. At itong si Jessie ay namatay na malaki ang hinanakit dito kila Pnoy kasi kahit magandang trabaho ang pinakita niya sa kanyang paglilingkod, siya ay sinabihan ni Pnoy na aalisin para ilagay si Roxas. Kinawawa siya ng husto at ito’y alam ng asawang si Leni. Siguro nag aambisyon na rin itong si Leni maging Pangulo pagkalipas ng 6 na taon.
Ang payo ko lang Leni, ilalagay ka dyan tapos sisirain ka din kasi ang naka abang na kakandidato matapos ng 6 na taon ay si Sen. Bam Aquino na pinsan ni Pnoy at anak ni Paul Aquino na humahawak ng manubra at strategy para manalo ang kandidato ni Pnoy. Si Paul din ay kasali sa Pulse Asia.
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JT says:
October 3, 2015 at 10:28 am
Leni Robredo contrary to what most people think is not clean or innocent herself.
Leni Robredo has 3 pending Disqualification Cases at the COMELEC filed in May 2013 still awaiting a decision. Robredo violated the Omnibus Election Code and is a product of Hocus Pcos in the May 2013 elections courtesy of the PNoy /Roxas Liberal Party of which Leni Robredo is the Cam Sur Party Chairman. Leni Robredo is also corrupt and her husband Jesse had 29 graft cases filed against him at the Ombudsman before he died. Jesse Robredo is Mar’s best friend and partner in crime.
Let Leni Robredo run so she and Mar can lose in 2016 !! All the skeletons in Leni’s closet will surely come out during the campaign and people will know who she really is.
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fyi says:
October 3, 2015 at 5:44 am
Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd will only use the “Robredo brand” to boost his and the Aquino administration’s poor image.
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Sur Rep. Leni Robredo not smart enough to know that ? Is she a gullible child just trying to cash in on her husbands legacy ?
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Romeyao says:
October 3, 2015 at 3:49 am
And what do one think but for the LP to use Leni? It is quite obvious that her honest and innocent image will be used by the trapos to lift up the tarnished image of their fellow trapos, Roxas. They (LP) can’t convince anybody credible to run with Roxas and they are “beating” poor Leni into submission. But she is a smart kookie and fully aware of all of these. Besides she knows she will not win. If, however, she runs for the Senate, such an endeavor is already in the bag. And if she do good while being a senator, running for VP in 2022 would be smooth sailing. Who knows, she can even run for President then.
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Resty says:
October 3, 2015 at 2:02 am
Don’t forget what Pnoy did to your late husband Jessie, he was the DILG sectretary and yet he was not in control of the whole Department.
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Palace losing grip on House’ majority – Colmenares October 3, 2015 1:34 am by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, REPORTER


Senior Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Neri Colmenares

PROPONENTS of a bill seeking to lower individual income-tax rates remain optimistic that the House of Representative will be able to pass the measure despite strong opposition from President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his anointed successor, former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd.

Senior Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list on Friday said Malacañang is already losing its grip on the House majority and it is expected to deteriorate further after October when the election season begins.
Colmenares noted that the Palace could no longer maintain its power to dictate on members of the House not to approve the tax reform measure as the majority bloc is heading for a collapse.

|“So I think there is an opportunity to push the tax reform measures because hindi na malakas ang dictate ng Malacanang sa House [Malacanang’s dictate on the House is getting weaker],” he said in a media forum.

|The lawmaker, who is running for the Senate under the ticket of Sen. Grace Poe, noted that even congressmen allied with the Liberal Party (LP) are in favor of the proposal to lower income tax rates, although getting them to act on their own and be independent from Malacanang and from their party remain a challenge.

Colmenares said if members of Congress think that the tax reform bills are for the benefit of the people, it should be passed by the chamber despite objection of the President.

Being the representatives of the people, he added, members of Congress should serve the interest of the people, not of Malacañang or the LP.

Colmenares said Malacañang has no valid counter-argument against the proposed tax measure and even the Department of Finance (DOF) already admitted that there is a need to adjust the country’s tax bracket.

The proposed measure to lower income tax rate remains pending at the House Committee on Ways and Means headed by Marikina City (Metrto Manila) Rep. Miro Quimbo.

Under the bill, individuals who are earning below P180,000 annually will be exempted from paying income tax, while those earning above P180,000 will be taxed at 5 percent.

Those earning P1.1 million annually will be paying 30-percent income taxes at the higher rate the proposed law has set.

The Philippines has the second-highest individual income tax rate in the Southeast Asia at 32 percent, next to Thailand and Vietnam’s 35 percent.

Colmenares said voters should make the income tax measure as an election issue and ask presidential aspirants about their position on the measure.

Roxas has expressed objection to the proposed tax cut, claiming that some government services will be sacrificed if the proposed tax measure is enacted.
He asked proponents of the measure to identify programs that would have to be eliminated to justify the passage of tax reform measures.

Senator Francis Escudero, in a separate statemen, noted that no government projects should be stopped nor any citizen of the country be deprived of services in order to bring down income tax rates.

Escudero, who will be the vice presidential running mate of Poe, also noted that if Roxas truly cares about the people, particularly the four million middle-income workers who stand to benefit from lowering income taxes, he should find a way to make it work.


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