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130 BETS A SIGN OF VIBRANT DEMOCRACY - VALTE


PALACE SPOKESPERSON VALTE -What could possibly be a record-breaking number of people wanting to run for president in the May 2016 polls is a sign of a vibrant democracy, according to Malacañang and the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the 130 candidates for president was the highest ever recorded by the poll body. “You can see that the political landscape remains colorful. The five-day filing of COCs showed how vibrant the Philippine democracy is because everyone wants to serve and be part of public service,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said yesterday. Aspirants for president, vice president and senator filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) from Oct. 12 to 16 at the Comelec main office in Manila. Aside from the presidential aspirants, Jimenez said there were 19 candidates for vice president and 172 for senator. “I think it’s likely a record breaker. For the position of president, we have 130. That’s a lot,” he said. The candidates for president include four leading contenders – Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. In the 2010 elections won by President Aquino, Jimenez said less than 130 people filed their COCs at the Comelec office. “This is a symbol or a representative of a vibrant democracy, where more people feel empowered… to put themselves forward as candidates,” Jimenez said. “We gave the people the chance to file but at the same time, we reserve the right to cut it down to those with a reasonable expectation of victory,” he added. Jimenez said by Dec. 10, the poll body would release the final list of candidates running for the 18,069 national and local positions in 2016. The Comelec declared the five-day filing of CoCs as orderly. “We are pleased with the outcome of the COC filing,” Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Large number of bets sign of inept government’ -Urban Poor Group


Supporters get free t-shirts from candidates as they file their certificates of candidacy for next year's presidential elections at the Commission on Elections in Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. A total of 130 presidential hopefuls have filed their certificates of candidacy with Sen. Grace Poe and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas considered as top contenders. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez  The record number of people that filed their certificate of candidacy (COC) to run in the elections is not a sign of a vibrant democracy but of dissatisfaction over government’s ineptness. The urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) yesterday said many ordinary people filed their COCs because they are fed up with the Aquino administration. KADAMAY president Gloria Arellano said in a statement that the government committed many mistakes such that ordinary people want to run in the polls to lead the nation. Arellano said the large number of candidates also indicated the lack of credibility and weakness of the administration party’s candidates. She said reports of killings and harassment of urban poor leaders in the past five years disputed President Aquino’s so-called “daang matuwid” governance. In fact, Arellano said, Aquino’s inability to fulfill his promise of “daang matuwid” encouraged ordinary people to enter politics. A total of 130 candidates filed COCs for president, 19 for vice president and 172 for senators. The bulk of those who filed their COCs were ordinary people or unknown candidates. Former Philippine National Police-Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas and several other former military officials also filed their COCs. Napeñas said he decided to run in the senatorial elections because the government failed to give justice to the 44 SAF commandos killed during the encounter with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. KADAMAY said they would continue to expose irregularities under Aquino’s watch and work to put those involved behind bars. THE FULL REPORT

ALSO By Sara Soliven de Guzman: Think country!
[As our future leaders prance on stage as they file their COCs, we pray to the highest heavens that they think country.Last week, I wrote about the urgent need to reform our income tax law. I cited some examples of tax-paying citizens having difficulty making both ends meet with the heavy taxes thrown at us. Not only do we pay direct taxes, but there are indirect taxes that also burden us like the Value Added Tax (VAT). Using the same example I gave on a family with two children, the husband earning P25,000/month and the wife P20,000/month (totaling an annual income tax of P72,000), please take note of the other indirect taxes they need to pay. Assuming that 70% of their annual net pay is spent on goods and services subject to VAT such as groceries, clothing, utility bills, rent, etc. and 30% is spent on education and other expenses not subject to VAT, the family will be paying an estimated VAT of P33,000 or 6% of the annual pay. Total annual tax paid by the couple is P105,000 equivalent to 19% of their gross pay.]


By Sara Soliven de Guzman
The candidates have already spoken. As they stormed into the Commission on Elections last week, to file their certificate of candidacies (or COCs), we saw them in full gear each with a beaming smile. Somehow you wish those smiles were all made with the purity of heart and with the sincerest intentions to serve the country to the best of their abilities. But we all know that behind those smiles are possible smirks with deceptive plans of action of trying to gain a powerful ground to lead a bigger part of the Philippines. Is it truly service they all want to do? Or is it plain and simple greed? What has happened to the Executive and Legislative branches of government? We still have eight months to go before the elections and it already seems that government has shut down. Cabinet members have resigned and left us in the air with the services they should be giving while congressmen and senators are obviously preoccupied with their campaigns. Sanamagan! Shouldn’t there be a law stating that no current government official can run for elections until their terms have ended? I feel that this election will go wayward with all the stubborn, headstrong candidates we have right now. I hope that Comelec will do their job in fairness to the citizens who are their real bosses and to the candidates who deserve to be qualified for the elections. * * * There is a major dengue outbreak happening right now in the country but I don’t understand why this is not heard in the news. I also don’t understand why the Department of Health (DOH) is not properly addressing the issue in coordination with other departments of government concerned. They have already recorded 55,079 suspected dengue cases from January to August 8, 2015 and the count has been increasing on a daily basis. According to Health spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy, this is 9.15% higher than the 50,462 cases recorded during the same period in 2014. Most of these cases come from Calabarzon (15.2%), Central Luzon (13%), National Capital Region (11.1%), Northern Mindanao (8.7%), and Cagayan Valley (7.5%). Dengue is basically tied up with environmental sanitation. These mosquitoes live and breed in urban areas in close proximity to humans. The mosquito breeds in artificial containers (e.g. old tyres, pot plant trays) that collect water and feeds almost exclusively on humans for blood. The dirtiness of our environment is very alarming and government has not lifted a finger to do something about it. Yes, we have street sweepers but that is not enough. We need to regularly disinfect the roads and walkways. We are surrounded by filth, pollution and dirt. Our canals are clogged, esteros full of human feces, stagnant water abound especially after flooding, but no one seems to care. READ MORE...

ALSO Malacañang: No hero’s burial for Marcos
[“It really would be the height of injustice to render any state honor to the person who was the direct mastermind of all of this suffering. I will not be sanctioning a burial for the late president Marcos… not under my watch,” Aquino said in his FOCAP interview. A few years ago, President Aquino assigned Binay to study the public sentiment about proposed Marcos burial since the issue was too personal to him. The Vice President later recommend that Marcos be given full military honors but that his remains will be buried in his home province in Ilocos Norte.]


President Benigno Aquino III is still not buying to the proposed burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos among the country’s heroes at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. “President Aquino already stated his position on this before the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) a few years ago. There is no further statement on this matter,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. Coloma was reacting to Sen. Gregorio Honasan’s call for a Marcos burial at the heroes’ cemetery. Honasan, in a roundtable discussion with Manila Bulletin editors last week, expressed hope that such gesture would end the culture of anger, hate and vindictiveness that has slowed the country down. Honasan will run alongside opposition standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 elections. Back in 2011, the President told the foreign press that it would be the “height of injustice” to render state honors to Marcos who made the Filipino people suffer during the martial law period. “It really would be the height of injustice to render any state honor to the person who was the direct mastermind of all of this suffering. I will not be sanctioning a burial for the late president Marcos… not under my watch,” Aquino said in his FOCAP interview. A few years ago, President Aquino assigned Binay to study the public sentiment about proposed Marcos burial since the issue was too personal to him. The Vice President later recommend that Marcos be given full military honors but that his remains will be buried in his home province in Ilocos Norte. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Honasan: Time to end Marcos-Aquino rift
[Asked if Binay will continue the reforms of "Daang Matuwid" under the current administration of President Benigno Aquino III if he wins. Honasan said programs for sustainability should be retained regardless of the change in administration. “He can. He should, without calling it Daang Matuwid,” Honasan said. Honasan added that what the current administration is lacking is the long-sought inclusive growth such as food, clothing and shelter. “What we need is sustainability, continuity, predictability in long term policy planning,” he said.]


HONASAN SAYS, TANDEM WITH BINAY IS 'TADHANA'  Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, a perceived reluctant vice presidential candidate, believes the upcoming 2016 elections should be a way of uniting the nation by ending the decades-long political strife in the country, such as that between the Marcos and Aquino families.
“A lot of people believe the coming elections to be a continuation of the proxy wars between political families at national and local level. We should stop inflicting this on the Filipino people,” Honasan said in an interview on ANC's Headstart. Honasan, who is running with Vice President Jejomar Binay under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said the next administration must first settle the "things that leave political gaps in the mindset of the electorate" to form a strong government, citing the enduring dispute over the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. READ: BinGo is a go: Binay-Honasan tandem first to file COCs "The first steps must be political. What do I mean? Once and for all, decide when and where to bury former President Marcos. Give everybody especially former presidents due process, without inflicting partisan politics on our judicial system which is the last bastion of our democracy," Honasan said. Honasan said that even if the country's problems are economic in nature, political issues drive the policies of succeeding administrations "that always get the country back to zero." “It’s just something that will allow us to bury once and for all this culture of anger, hatred and vindictiveness,” he added. Asked if Binay will continue the reforms of "Daang Matuwid" under the current administration of President Benigno Aquino III if he wins, Honasan said programs for sustainability should be retained regardless of the change in administration. “He can. He should, without calling it Daang Matuwid,” Honasan said. Honasan added that what the current administration is lacking is the long-sought inclusive growth such as food, clothing and shelter. “What we need is sustainability, continuity, predictability in long term policy planning,” he said. 'TOO HARSH' In response to the claims that Binay "has been abandoned" by his allies Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, Honasan explained that endorsement of a candidate does not necessarily mean abandonment of alliance. READ MORE...

ALSO: Black ops on 2016 bets from LP — UNA


UNA SPOKESMAN SALGADO: MUDSLINGING, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION ON ROXAS RIVALS The black propagandas waged on almost all major presidential contenders originate from the dirty tricks department of the Liberal Party (LP), according to the camp of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“Mudslinging and character assassination of political opponents have been the trademarks of the Roxas camp,” said Binay spokesman Joey Salgado. Roxas is Mar Roxas, the LP presidential bet for the elections next year. With the low survey rating of Roxas despite being anointed by President Aquino, most political camps believe that the LP campaign is to eliminate most of his rivals for the elections next year. Supporters of independent presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe also blamed unnamed rivals for moving heaven and earth for her disqualification even as a lawmaker from Ako Bicol Partylist charged that a sinister plot has been hatched by groups to condition the minds of the electorate that Poe has not met the requirements to run for the top Philippine post. According to Rep. Rodel Batocabe, spokesman of the 40-member Partylist Coalition in the House of Representatives, all the disqualification cases filed against Poe are part of the smear campaign to bump her off the race. Also last Friday, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who opted out of the presidential race, also tagged an LP operator as being behind the spread of rumor that he is afflicted with throat cancer. Duterte, who is a friend of Binay, called it a “dirty move” of the ruling LP. “Last year we were able to expose the financial backers of Mr. Roxas as the owners of the helicopter used in the so-called aerial survey of the Rosario property falsely presented in the Senate as being owned by the Vice President,” Salgado noted. Salgado added the year-long Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee inquisition against the Binays was also an LP black operations. “And now Roxas’ political operators are spreading in the provinces the lie that the Vice President will discontinue the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program or 4Ps, even if the VP has gone on record that he will continue and even expand the CCT program,” Salgado added. “The Roxas campaign would rather smear their political enemies to hide the fact that their principal is unfit to lead the country,” he said. “I think there is a systematic PR campaign designed to condition the minds of our people that (Sen.) Grace Poe will be disqualified. Part of squid tactics in elections,” Batocabe said, adding that the other disqualification cases that have already been resolved by the Supreme Court and are being likened to Poe’s are totally different from her case. Batocabe was referring to news reports about a Supreme Court ruling affirming the 2013 order of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) nullifying the certificate of candidacy (CoC) of Rogelio Caballero, the winning mayoralty bet in Uyugan, Batanes in the 2013 polls. READ MORE...


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‘130 bets a sign of vibrant democracy’ - Valte


A crowd of politicians' supporters and media practitioners outside the Commission of Elections office housed in Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Mayen Jaymalin -What could possibly be a record-breaking number of people wanting to run for president in the May 2016 polls is a sign of a vibrant democracy, according to Malacañang and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the 130 candidates for president was the highest ever recorded by the poll body.

“You can see that the political landscape remains colorful. The five-day filing of COCs showed how vibrant the Philippine democracy is because everyone wants to serve and be part of public service,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said yesterday.

Aspirants for president, vice president and senator filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) from Oct. 12 to 16 at the Comelec main office in Manila.

Aside from the presidential aspirants, Jimenez said there were 19 candidates for vice president and 172 for senator.

“I think it’s likely a record breaker. For the position of president, we have 130. That’s a lot,” he said.

The candidates for president include four leading contenders – Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

In the 2010 elections won by President Aquino, Jimenez said less than 130 people filed their COCs at the Comelec office.

“This is a symbol or a representative of a vibrant democracy, where more people feel empowered… to put themselves forward as candidates,” Jimenez said.

“We gave the people the chance to file but at the same time, we reserve the right to cut it down to those with a reasonable expectation of victory,” he added.

Jimenez said by Dec. 10, the poll body would release the final list of candidates running for the 18,069 national and local positions in 2016.

The Comelec declared the five-day filing of CoCs as orderly.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the COC filing,” Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said.

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Speaking over radio dzRB, Valte said the Palace would just have to wait for the results of the poll body’s evaluation of those who had signed in for the 2016 elections.

Meanwhile, Valte also said the Office of the President would go through Senate Bill No. 2930 seeking to punish nuisance candidates.

“We will study that if and when it gets to the Office of the President,” she said.

A namesake of Roxas filed his COC for president and declared that he was a retired police officer from Novaliches, Quezon City.

Based on his COC, his full name is Manuel Antonio Roxas and “Mar” is his nickname. He registered as an independent candidate.

“I am Mar Roxas, hindi nga lang Araneta, (but not an Araneta),” he said when reporters tried to interview him.

Earlier, some senators pushed for amendments to the Omnibus Election Code to punish nuisance candidates.

Sens. Jinggoy Estrada, Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino Pimentel III have called for the approval of SB 2930, which defines nuisance candidates as those who mock the election process.

The proposed measure seeks to slap with election offense individuals who cause confusion among voters by the similarity of names of registered bets as well as those who filed their COCs in a bid to obtain money, profit or any other consideration.

It also considers as an election offense circumstances or acts that clearly demonstrate the candidate has no genuine intention to run for public office. With Aurea Calica


PHILSTAR

‘Large number of bets sign of inept government’ By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 19, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

Supporters get free t-shirts from candidates as they file their certificates of candidacy for next year's presidential elections at the Commission on Elections in Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. A total of 130 presidential hopefuls have filed their certificates of candidacy with Sen. Grace Poe and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas considered as top contenders. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - The record number of people that filed their certificate of candidacy (COC) to run in the elections is not a sign of a vibrant democracy but of dissatisfaction over government’s ineptness.

The urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) yesterday said many ordinary people filed their COCs because they are fed up with the Aquino administration.

KADAMAY president Gloria Arellano said in a statement that the government committed many mistakes such that ordinary people want to run in the polls to lead the nation.

Arellano said the large number of candidates also indicated the lack of credibility and weakness of the administration party’s candidates.

She said reports of killings and harassment of urban poor leaders in the past five years disputed President Aquino’s so-called “daang matuwid” governance.

In fact, Arellano said, Aquino’s inability to fulfill his promise of “daang matuwid” encouraged ordinary people to enter politics.

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A total of 130 candidates filed COCs for president, 19 for vice president and 172 for senators.

The bulk of those who filed their COCs were ordinary people or unknown candidates.

Former Philippine National Police-Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas and several other former military officials also filed their COCs.

Napeñas said he decided to run in the senatorial elections because the government failed to give justice to the 44 SAF commandos killed during the encounter with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

KADAMAY said they would continue to expose irregularities under Aquino’s watch and work to put those involved behind bars.


PHILSTAR COLUMN

Think country! AS A MATTER OF FACT By Sara Soliven de Guzman (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 19, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


By Sara Soliven de Guzman

The candidates have already spoken. As they stormed into the Commission on Elections last week, to file their certificate of candidacies (or COCs), we saw them in full gear each with a beaming smile. Somehow you wish those smiles were all made with the purity of heart and with the sincerest intentions to serve the country to the best of their abilities. But we all know that behind those smiles are possible smirks with deceptive plans of action of trying to gain a powerful ground to lead a bigger part of the Philippines. Is it truly service they all want to do? Or is it plain and simple greed?

What has happened to the Executive and Legislative branches of government? We still have eight months to go before the elections and it already seems that government has shut down. Cabinet members have resigned and left us in the air with the services they should be giving while congressmen and senators are obviously preoccupied with their campaigns. Sanamagan! Shouldn’t there be a law stating that no current government official can run for elections until their terms have ended? I feel that this election will go wayward with all the stubborn, headstrong candidates we have right now. I hope that Comelec will do their job in fairness to the citizens who are their real bosses and to the candidates who deserve to be qualified for the elections.

* * *

There is a major dengue outbreak happening right now in the country but I don’t understand why this is not heard in the news. I also don’t understand why the Department of Health (DOH) is not properly addressing the issue in coordination with other departments of government concerned. They have already recorded 55,079 suspected dengue cases from January to August 8, 2015 and the count has been increasing on a daily basis. According to Health spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy, this is 9.15% higher than the 50,462 cases recorded during the same period in 2014. Most of these cases come from Calabarzon (15.2%), Central Luzon (13%), National Capital Region (11.1%), Northern Mindanao (8.7%), and Cagayan Valley (7.5%).

Dengue is basically tied up with environmental sanitation. These mosquitoes live and breed in urban areas in close proximity to humans. The mosquito breeds in artificial containers (e.g. old tyres, pot plant trays) that collect water and feeds almost exclusively on humans for blood. The dirtiness of our environment is very alarming and government has not lifted a finger to do something about it. Yes, we have street sweepers but that is not enough. We need to regularly disinfect the roads and walkways. We are surrounded by filth, pollution and dirt. Our canals are clogged, esteros full of human feces, stagnant water abound especially after flooding, but no one seems to care.

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Dengue is one of the six neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that has remained of great concern in the Philippines. Others would be rabies, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasia, and soil-transmitted helminthiases. It is sad to note that the country’s health department has only allocated P887,182,612 or ($20.03 million) in its 2015 budget for NTDs. This is billions of dollars lower than the $2.9 billion recommended by the World Health Organization.

A few weeks ago, my son fell ill with dengue. I called his doctor and she told me to have his blood test done. After getting the results, she confirmed that he had dengue (with the NS1 being elevated). But she said just keep him home, make him drink lots of fluid, eat nutritious food and take lots of rest. The doctor instructed me to have his blood test to check his CBC levels every day. Only when the CBC count falls in the lower levels will we decide to confine him in the hospital. So, my son stayed at home for almost a week. He rested and was free from the viruses that he may have acquired in the hospital if he was confined. To help him gain more resistance, strength and energy, I gave him supplemental doses of Moringa more commonly known as malunggay.

My friend introduced me to an organization who specializes on natural herbal supplements that works wonders, The Globaleader Inc. who by the way first introduced the pito-pito herbal tea years ago. The founder, Richard NC Gomez, who is currently a member of the Filipino Inventors’ Society, told me that we just need to be educated more about our health particularly dengue. We do not need to confine children or adults in the hospital and spend time and money.

Many Filipinos worry about the effects of dengue. Little do we know that it can be cured easily. We just need to be careful and monitor the platelet count religiously. How many people (child or adult) suffer and worry that they may die with dengue. If only our doctors and hospitals can properly inform us and make us realize how we can manage this disease. By doing so, we can give more hospital beds to patients who need more attention other than dengue.

* * *

Last week, I wrote about the urgent need to reform our income tax law. I cited some examples of tax-paying citizens having difficulty making both ends meet with the heavy taxes thrown at us. Not only do we pay direct taxes, but there are indirect taxes that also burden us like the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Using the same example I gave on a family with two children, the husband earning P25,000/month and the wife P20,000/month (totaling an annual income tax of P72,000), please take note of the other indirect taxes they need to pay. Assuming that 70% of their annual net pay is spent on goods and services subject to VAT such as groceries, clothing, utility bills, rent, etc. and 30% is spent on education and other expenses not subject to VAT, the family will be paying an estimated VAT of P33,000 or 6% of the annual pay. Total annual tax paid by the couple is P105,000 equivalent to 19% of their gross pay.

If the couple owns a property, they will need to pay the annual property tax. There will also be other fees that they may need to pay to get permits, renew licenses and even registration of vehicles. After all these are paid, what is there left for the family to live a decent and comfortable life? If the basic services given by government are of average standards, then, I think Filipinos wouldn’t feel bad about the taxes they pay. Unfortunately, we don’t see our taxes being put to good use.

We don’t feel that we are served properly and efficiently by government whether on the national or local level. And what is worse is that most of the time, we see our politicians enjoying our money – splurging on junket trips, unnecessary team building programs, government programs that are not sustainable or infrastructure improvements that don’t even last for three years.

As our future leaders prance on stage as they file their COCs, we pray to the highest heavens that they think country.


MANILA BULLETIN

Malacañang: No hero’s burial for Marcos by Genalyn Kabiling October 18, 2015 Share8 Tweet0 Share0 Email1 Share14

President Benigno Aquino III is still not buying to the proposed burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos among the country’s heroes at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

“President Aquino already stated his position on this before the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) a few years ago. There is no further statement on this matter,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

Coloma was reacting to Sen. Gregorio Honasan’s call for a Marcos burial at the heroes’ cemetery.

Honasan, in a roundtable discussion with Manila Bulletin editors last week, expressed hope that such gesture would end the culture of anger, hate and vindictiveness that has slowed the country down.

Honasan will run alongside opposition standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 elections.

Back in 2011, the President told the foreign press that it would be the “height of injustice” to render state honors to Marcos who made the Filipino people suffer during the martial law period.

“It really would be the height of injustice to render any state honor to the person who was the direct mastermind of all of this suffering. I will not be sanctioning a burial for the late president Marcos… not under my watch,” Aquino said in his FOCAP interview.

A few years ago, President Aquino assigned Binay to study the public sentiment about proposed Marcos burial since the issue was too personal to him.

The Vice President later recommend that Marcos be given full military honors but that his remains will be buried in his home province in Ilocos Norte.


ABS-CBN

Honasan: Time to end Marcos-Aquino rift ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 10/15/2015 5:45 PM | Updated as of 10/15/2015 7:24 PM 1.4K10

MANILA - Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, a perceived reluctant vice presidential candidate, believes the upcoming 2016 elections should be a way of uniting the nation by ending the decades-long political strife in the country, such as that between the Marcos and Aquino families.

“A lot of people believe the coming elections to be a continuation of the proxy wars between political families at national and local level. We should stop inflicting this on the Filipino people,” Honasan said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

Honasan, who is running with Vice President Jejomar Binay under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said the next administration must first settle the "things that leave political gaps in the mindset of the electorate" to form a strong government, citing the enduring dispute over the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

READ: BinGo is a go: Binay-Honasan tandem first to file COCs

"The first steps must be political. What do I mean? Once and for all, decide when and where to bury former President Marcos. Give everybody especially former presidents due process, without inflicting partisan politics on our judicial system which is the last bastion of our democracy," Honasan said.

Honasan said that even if the country's problems are economic in nature, political issues drive the policies of succeeding administrations "that always get the country back to zero."

“It’s just something that will allow us to bury once and for all this culture of anger, hatred and vindictiveness,” he added.

Asked if Binay will continue the reforms of "Daang Matuwid" under the current administration of President Benigno Aquino III if he wins, Honasan said programs for sustainability should be retained regardless of the change in administration.

“He can. He should, without calling it Daang Matuwid,” Honasan said.

Honasan added that what the current administration is lacking is the long-sought inclusive growth such as food, clothing and shelter.

“What we need is sustainability, continuity, predictability in long term policy planning,” he said.

'TOO HARSH'

In response to the claims that Binay "has been abandoned" by his allies Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, Honasan explained that endorsement of a candidate does not necessarily mean abandonment of alliance.

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“UNA was a coalition. It was not a party. So President Estrada and Senator Enrile belong to the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino. So UNA was a coalition, a derivative of the PDP-Laban,” the senator said.

READ: 'It's Roxas vs Poe': Drilon downplays Binay in 2016 race

Enrile and Estrada have earlier endorsed the candidacy of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. as vice president, the same position Honasan is seeking.

“Maybe they have gone their separate political trajectories, but abandon is a little too harsh. How can you read what’s in people’s hearts and minds? Through actions?” Honasan said.

A key figure in the 1986 EDSA People Power who fought the Marcos dictatorship, and a man who led several coup attempts against former President Corazon Aquino, Honasan said he is still fighting for the same principles he has held in the past amid doubts over the real reason behind his candidacy.

“In 1986, 30 years ago, my number one mission is to stand on a national platform, whatever the results are, whatever the numbers tell us to remind those who were born then and now about what political unity, what social cohesion can do under moral leadership,” Honasan said.

READ: Honasan says tandem with Binay 'tadhana'


TRIBUNE

Black ops on 2016 bets from LP — UNA Written by Gerry Baldo Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00 font size

MUDSLINGING, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION ON ROXAS RIVALS

The black propagandas waged on almost all major presidential contenders originate from the dirty tricks department of the Liberal Party (LP), according to the camp of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“Mudslinging and character assassination of political opponents have been the trademarks of the Roxas camp,” said Binay spokesman Joey Salgado. Roxas is Mar Roxas, the LP presidential bet for the elections next year. With the low survey rating of Roxas despite being anointed by President Aquino, most political camps believe that the LP campaign is to eliminate most of his rivals for the elections next year.

Supporters of independent presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe also blamed unnamed rivals for moving heaven and earth for her disqualification even as a lawmaker from Ako Bicol Partylist charged that a sinister plot has been hatched by groups to condition the minds of the electorate that Poe has not met the requirements to run for the top Philippine post.

According to Rep. Rodel Batocabe, spokesman of the 40-member Partylist Coalition in the House of Representatives, all the disqualification cases filed against Poe are part of the smear campaign to bump her off the race.

Also last Friday, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who opted out of the presidential race, also tagged an LP operator as being behind the spread of rumor that he is afflicted with throat cancer. Duterte, who is a friend of Binay, called it a “dirty move” of the ruling LP.

 “Last year we were able to expose the financial backers of Mr. Roxas as the owners of the helicopter used in the so-called aerial survey of the Rosario property falsely presented in the Senate as being owned by the Vice President,” Salgado noted. Salgado added the year-long Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee inquisition against the Binays was also an LP black operations.

“And now Roxas’ political operators are spreading in the provinces the lie that the Vice President will discontinue the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program or 4Ps, even if the VP has gone on record that he will continue and even expand the CCT program,” Salgado added. “The Roxas campaign would rather smear their political enemies to hide the fact that their principal is unfit to lead the country,” he said.

“I think there is a systematic PR campaign designed to condition the minds of our people that (Sen.) Grace Poe will be disqualified. Part of squid tactics in elections,” Batocabe said, adding that the other disqualification cases that have already been resolved by the Supreme Court and are being likened to Poe’s are totally different from her case. Batocabe was referring to news reports about a Supreme Court ruling affirming the 2013 order of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) nullifying the certificate of candidacy (CoC) of Rogelio Caballero, the winning mayoralty bet in Uyugan, Batanes in the 2013 polls.

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Poe among main targets Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, spokesman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) which is supporting Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, said the case of Poe is not similar to other cases.

“We presume that each case is distinct from one another and the facts may differ,” Enverga said in a separate interview. The SC said Comelec did not err when it nullified the CoC of Caballero, who had already renounced his Canadian citizenship and re-acquired his Filipino citizenship, for his failure to satisfy the one-year residency requirement for local elective officials under Republic Act (RA) No. 7160, the Local Government Code (LGC).

In the case of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado, the SC disqualified him last August for continuously using his American passport despite renouncing his American citizenship and re-acquired his Filipino citizenship.

Batocabe pointed out that the cases of Caballero and Arnado are entirely different from the issue being hurled against Poe. “But then the cases of these mayors are oceans apart from the situation of Grace Poe. They are not abandoned babies. Grace Poe never used her passport after she renounced her US citizenship. There are other differences.

Above all else, the question of Poe’s citizenship is already a political question and beyond the realm of our judicial authorities,” Batocabe explained. “She (Poe) was elected with the highest mandate of 20 million votes. Our people have already determined that she is a natural born citizen, hence, they elected her to the Senate.

Let the people decide, vox populi vox dei,” Batocabe said. As an offshoot of the Arnado case ruling, the Comelec amended the CoC in next year’s poll by asking the candidates to declare if they have renounced their foreign citizenship if there is any.

Batocabe noted that Section 5 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 guarantees that those who retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this law shall enjoy full civil and political rights with those seeking elective public office.

Candidates are, however, required to make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship at the time of the filing of the CoC.

The Comelec’s fresh requirement on the filing of the CoC comes at a time when Poe’s citizenship is being questioned by Lito David, who had lost and is now running again for the Senate.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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