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FEBRUARY 2 -GRAFT BUSTER Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ statements during an exclusive interview with the INQUIRER stir up a political hornet’s nest. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales’ call for voters to choose in the May elections candidates with unblemished morality clearly points to Vice President Jejomar Binay “as someone who will not stand up to the bar of integrity,” Malacañang said Monday. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made this observation based on the opposition presidential aspirant’s refusal to explain the allegations of corruption against him. “When a candidate does not regard corruption as a moral issue, there is something categorically wrong with his moral constitution,” Lacierda told reporters. He referred to “clearly a misrepresentation on (Binay’s political advertisement) of the mountain of documents which turned out to be allegations of corruption and not his answer to the charges leveled against him by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.” When sought for comment, United Nationalist Alliance president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said: “We are used to being bullied by the Palace spokespersons. But this will not stop VP Binay from helping the poor.” Morales has appealed to voters to “vote for people with integrity” in both local and national levels if they want a clean government, noting that a “super” number of corrupt government officials can still be found throughout the bureaucracy. “It’s not enough to be smart and competent. The candidate should have integrity,” she said. READ MORE...

ALSO: On eve of campaign - Bets hit LP dirty tricks


FEBRUARY 8 -DUTERTE, ROXAS -
POLL MANIPULATION UP — DUTERTE CAMP Rivals of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas are accusing the dominant party of resorting to dirty tricks on the eve of the start of the campaign period which are desperate measures that include possible vote manipulation The camp of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte raised concern over reports of the possible manipulation of results in the May 2016 elections in favor of the LP. Peter Laviña, spokesman of Duterte, said over the weekend that they are disturbed by the reports they’ve been accordingly receiving on dirty tricks employed by the LP. The camp of pre-polls presidential frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier scored Malacanang backers of the LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, a consistent tailender in surveys, for its recently frequent tirades against the opposition leader. Binay’s spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho accused the Palace and the ruling LP as responsible for the spread of anti-Binay commercials, saying the ads were the handiwork of the LP and that these were part of the latest smear campaign of the allies of Roxas. Laviña added that the Duterte camp’s fear is not without basis, saying that the administration, whose standard bearer continues to lag behind other candidates, has the machinery, easy access, and control over the process and technology. “These reports of possible election fraud courtesy of the administration are reflective of the party’s deteriorating image and desperation, and indicative of the public crumbling trust in them,” Laviña said. “Any attempts to distort the expressed will of the Filipino people, to twist and subvert this sovereign will, will be confronted with massive resistance and defiance — not only from us, but from the entire nation,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace lashes back at Binay camp - Maybe it’s time to improve your script


FEBRUARY 2 -Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ JOAN BONDOC
A Palace spokesperson launched a counteroffensive against Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp which claimed that the corruption allegations hurled against him are politically-motivated. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda advised the Binay camp to “improve its script” following the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee’s report which recommended the filing of plunder charges against the vice president and other personalities involved in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.READ: Less than 4 months before polls, Senate resumes Binay probe
“Now that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has forwarded its report to the Ombudsman on corruption allegations against you, siguro naman ang sagot nyo hindi na ‘pulitika lang yan (perhaps you will say that (charges) are not politically-motivated). ‘ Baka gusto ninyo improve ang script nyo (Maybe it’s time to improve your script),” Lacierda said in a statement.According to the said Senate report, there was a “grand conspiracy to milk the construction of the Makati City Hall II parking building for every peso that it could yield, through massive unmitigated overpricing.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay camp cries foul over ‘negative’ TV ads


FEBRUARY 2 -THE RACE to Malacañang this early is turning into a battle of negative political advertisements.The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay Monday cried foul over the spread of “spurious” commercials that were apparently aimed at reviving the web of corruption issues being hurled against the standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Rico Quicho, one of Binay’s spokespersons, claimed that the videos were the handiwork of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and that these were part of the latest smear campaign of the allies of the administration’s presidential candidate, Mar Roxas.
Quicho said the coordinated efforts to vilify the UNA presidential contender “started in the Senate and continued up to this day through a deceptive advertisement.” In a text message to the Inquirer, he said, “The elitist campaign to discredit the Vice President is nothing but lies and innuendos.” “This is a manifestation of the vain attempt to compensate the gross inefficiency and lack of empathy of the LP’s presidential candidate through inappropriate mudslinging against another candidate,” he added. Asked why he thought the LP was behind the political ads, Quicho said, “LP’s actions speak louder than words.” “The participation of (LP) in the conspiracy to destroy the Vice President’s reputation is clear and obvious,” he added. Three ads The three 15-second political ads came out in a major television network on Friday and have since been shared in social media by a group called “Supporters of Truth.”  Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson of the LP-led “daang matuwid” coalition, said the administration-backed party had no hand in the supposed “attack ads” against Binay and that he himself had not seen the videos. READ MORE...RELATED, LP denies hand in anti-Binay pol ads...

ALSO: UNA spokesman hits Valte: Quit palace post, join LP campaign


FEBRUARY 6 -UNA's MON ILAGAN, MALACAÑAN's VALTE -
UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan criticized Valte after her online tirade against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling that prohibits government officials from actively promoting a candidate. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/mayormonilagan PHILSTAR FILE PHOTOS MANILA, Philippines – The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) yesterday advised deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte to resign from her post if she insists on campaigning for candidates of the ruling Liberal Party (LP). UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan criticized Valte after her online tirade against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling that prohibits government officials from actively promoting a candidate. “Why take to social media to air her gripes about the Comelec’s rule when there is a clear solution to her campaign woes? If Ms. Valte really wants to promote candidates of the Liberal Party, then what is stopping her from doing so?” Ilagan said. “She can always resign. In fact, it might be better that she resign and take with her Lacierda, Abad, Alcala, Soliman and all other government officials who are actively promoting Liberal Party candidates,” he added. Ilagan was referring to presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman. “She is not the spokesperson for the Liberal Party but for the Palace,” Ilagan said in Filipino. “If she’s still confused as to her job description after all these years, then it might be time she considers resigning.” READ MORE...RELATED, Valte cries censorship over Comelec rules on Facebook posts, tweets...

ALSO: Charges await citizen Noynoy—VACC


FEBRUARY 5 -President Benigno Aquino III AFP PHOTO
The usurpation charges against dismissed Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima was just the first of a series of complaints in relation to the Mamasapano incident, said the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on Friday. The next wave will include President Benigno Aquino III, who will possibly face a charge of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide over the death of 44 elite policemen. “After ng filing na ito, sa July 1 isasama na namin si President Aquino dahil sa ginawa nilang injustice. Parang ginawang exhibit itong mga kapulisan para sa pag-iissue ng arrest warrant against terrorist (Zulkifli bin Hir) Marwan,” VACC chairman Dante Jimenez said in an ambush interview. (After this filing, on July 1, we will file charges against President Aquino because of the injustice they committed. They used these policemen as exhibit when they issued an arrest warrant against terrorist Marwan.)“This is just in preparation for the series of complaints that we will be filing,” he said.As Aquino’s six-year term ends on July 1, his presidential immunity from suit will also be lifted. READ: VACC to file raps vs Aquino on his first day as ordinary citizen Jimenez said 10 lawyers who volunteered for the VACC are building up a case of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against Aquino. He stressed that from the beginning of “Oplan Exodus” in December 2014, Aquino was giving orders to Purisima, who was then suspended from service over corruption allegations. READ MORE...


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Ombudsman statement aimed at Binay–Palace


GRAFT BUSTER Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ statements during an exclusive interview with
the INQUIRER stir up a political hornet’s nest. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: DJ Yap, Jerry E. Esplanada @inquirerdotnet  February 2nd, 2016 - OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales’ call for voters to choose in the May elections candidates with unblemished morality clearly points to Vice President Jejomar Binay “as someone who will not stand up to the bar of integrity,” Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made this observation based on the opposition presidential aspirant’s refusal to explain the allegations of corruption against him.

“When a candidate does not regard corruption as a moral issue, there is something categorically wrong with his moral constitution,” Lacierda told reporters.

He referred to “clearly a misrepresentation on (Binay’s political advertisement) of the mountain of documents which turned out to be allegations of corruption and not his answer to the charges leveled against him by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.”

When sought for comment, United Nationalist Alliance president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said: “We are used to being bullied by the Palace spokespersons. But this will not stop VP Binay from helping the poor.”

Morales has appealed to voters to “vote for people with integrity” in both local and national levels if they want a clean government, noting that a “super” number of corrupt government officials can still be found throughout the bureaucracy.

“It’s not enough to be smart and competent. The candidate should have integrity,” she said.

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Morales said candidates should be able to present a clear anticorruption platform. “They should come up with what programs of government they will have, and they should include corruption.”

Directed at Binay

Also Monday, the Liberal Party-led Daang Matuwid coalition said the Ombudsman’s remark about the proliferation of corrupt officials in the bureaucracy was directed at Binay, who was facing a slew of corruption cases.

Coalition spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said Morales was correct in saying a “super” number of corrupt officials remain in government.

“This means there’s a need to continue ‘daang matuwid’ not to stop our efforts to clean up the government,” he said, referring to the straight path mantra of the Aquino administration.

“Along with the Ombudsman, we call on all candidates to face all the accusations leveled at them in order to clear their names. They owe it to the people and to themselves,” he said.

“VP, please listen,” Gutierrez said as a parting shot to Binay.

The Liberal Party (LP) campaign has intensified its verbal attacks on the resurgent Binay since the Vice President reemerged as a front-runner in the presidential race in the past months.

Binay was No. 1 in the Social Weather Stations first quarter voter preference survey, followed by Sen. Grace Poe, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

On Sunday, in an interview with reporters in Siquijor, Roxas took the chance to hit Binay when asked to comment on the latter’s criticisms about his failings as interior secretary in the rehabilitation effort after the 2013 Bohol earthquake.


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“I do not have the ability to steal the people’s money. I do not have the ability to promise heaven and earth just to get your votes. Job creation—that’s what I know and can do,” he said.

“The Vice President talks a lot. Let him answer first the corruption charges: The overpriced hospital and building. That is what he needs to do. What he did in Makati was theft. Pity us if he does this to the entire Philippines,” he said.

Lacierda has repeatedly assailed Binay for hitting the administration he once praised to high heavens after he failed to get President Aquino’s endorsement as his successor.

In a statement, Mr. Aquino’s spokesperson said the “decisive need” to step up daang matuwid, particularly the campaign against corruption in government, after the President’s term ends in June.

Lacierda said “the fight against corruption needs a leadership that is committed to lead by example.”

“In the same way that we need committed officials to continue the commitment of combating corruption in their respective offices,” he said.

Cases against officials


LACIERDA

Lacierda noted that “under President Aquino, we have filed cases against several public officials regardless of their status in government.”

He did not name names, but he was apparently referring to, among others, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is facing a plunder case for the alleged misuse of P365 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds, as well as Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla who were linked to the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

“Hence, there is a decisive need to further daang matuwid and to lead by example after the term of President Aquino is over,” Lacierda added.

Referring to Morales’ commentary on corruption, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said it “reflects the enormity of the challenge faced by government in dealing with deeply embedded corruption in the bureaucracy.”

He agreed with the Ombudsman in her observation that the President was “really pursuing this anticorruption campaign in earnest.”
With a report from Christine O. Avendaño


TRIBUNE

On eve of campaign: Bets hit LP dirty tricks Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00


DUTERTE, ROXAS

POLL MANIPULATION UP — DUTERTE CAMP

Rivals of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas are accusing the dominant party of resorting to dirty tricks on the eve of the start of the campaign period which are desperate measures that include possible vote manipulation

The camp of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte raised concern over reports of the possible manipulation of results in the May 2016 elections in favor of the LP.

Peter Laviña, spokesman of Duterte, said over the weekend that they are disturbed by the reports they’ve been accordingly receiving on dirty tricks employed by the LP.

The camp of pre-polls presidential frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier scored Malacanang backers of the LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, a consistent tailender in surveys, for its recently frequent tirades against the opposition leader.

Binay’s spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho accused the Palace and the ruling LP as responsible for the spread of anti-Binay commercials, saying the ads were the handiwork of the LP and that these were part of the latest smear campaign of the allies of Roxas.

Laviña added that the Duterte camp’s fear is not without basis, saying that the administration, whose standard bearer continues to lag behind other candidates, has the machinery, easy access, and control over the process and technology.

“These reports of possible election fraud courtesy of the administration are reflective of the party’s deteriorating image and desperation, and indicative of the public crumbling trust in them,” Laviña said. “Any attempts to distort the expressed will of the Filipino people, to twist and subvert this sovereign will, will be confronted with massive resistance and defiance — not only from us, but from the entire nation,” he added.

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The Duterte camp also urged all Filipinos to be vigilant against forces that will undermine the integrity of the election results.
“Let’s protect our future, our country, our democracy,” said Laviña.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s camp welcomed the latest Pulse Asia survey placing Duterte statistically tied at second place with two other presidential candidates.

“For Duterte to maintain a rating of 20 percent at this point is inspiring and is giving us more determination to work hard in our ultimate goal of instituting genuine change in our country,” Laviña said.

Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman, recently assailed the airing of negative advertisements against the Vice president saying these are part of “the apparent full-court press of the Liberal Party against the Vice President”.

A three 15-second political commercials came out the other week in a local television network aimed at vilifying the UNA presidential bet. Also, a separate video questioned Sen. Grace Poe’s American citizenship.

Quicho, thus, dared Malacañang to stop spreading their black propaganda efforts.

“Instead of spreading lies and smears, let’s talk instead of the painful truth that after 6 years, there remain 11 million poor families, 3 million families remain hunger and 10 million are jobless,” Quicho said.

Quicho claimed that the advertisements were LP products.


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“The participation of (LP) in the conspiracy to destroy the Vice President’s reputation is clear and obvious,” he added.
Quicho said the attacks against the Vice President were prompted by a recent survey that showed Binay regaining the top spot in the voters’ preference for President Aquino’s successor.

Poe also target

Poe’s runningmate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also said in a television interview that this year’s elections will be dirtier compared to previous polls, citing the negative advertisements on Binay and Poe.

“It’s the first time we’re seeing negative ads on Facebook and, hopefully not, but it might even reach mainstream,” Escudero said during a roundtable discussion with ABS-CBN News editors and journalists.

The ads initially shared on social media showed an alleged supporter of Poe asking her why she decided to leave the Philippines for the United States and renounce her Filipino citizenship which was consistent with the disqualification cases she is facing over questions on her citizenship and residency.

The camp of Poe had also pointed to the LP as source of the disqualification cases against her.



Escudero he will ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) about the advertisements, which, he stressed, do not endorse any particular candidate but attacks candidates.

“That’s the inquiry we want to make with Comelec. What will they do about these, how do they handle that, and who would they charge for that,” Escudero said.

“Negative ads are frowned upon in the Philippines and by Filipino voters,” he said. “But I don’t know how Comelec will rule and weigh and evaluate these things,” he said.

“We don’t intend to do it. We have no plans of doing any negative ads or negativity in this campaign. We’d rather concentrate on our platform and answer issues thrown at us, but we have no plans of initiating issues against other candidates,” he added.

PDP Laban, meanwhile, announced that Duterte is the party’s new chairman.



In a statement, PDP-Laban President Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said that a Duterte-led PDP-Laban will “inspire and energize” the party’s ranks.

“Mayor Duterte’s leadership will certainly inspire and energize our party ranks toward realizing an electoral victory this coming May polls.”

“We have complete faith in him. Together with his vision, grit, and political will, we will win a better future for our people,” Pimentel said.

PDP-Laban celebrated its 34th anniversary last Saturday, Feb. 6. It also applied to be the dominant majority, dominant minority or one of the top 10 national parties in the May elections before Commission on Elections.

The recently released Pulse Asia pre-elections survey showed Duterte tied in third place with Roxas and behind Binay and Poe.
By Ted Tuvera


INQUIRER

Palace lashes back at Binay camp: Maybe it’s time to improve your script SHARES: 5722 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @AHeginaINQ INQUIRER.net 01:39 PM February 2nd, 2016


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ JOAN BONDOC

A Palace spokesperson launched a counteroffensive against Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp which claimed that the corruption allegations hurled against him are politically-motivated.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda advised the Binay camp to “improve its script” following the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee’s report which recommended the filing of plunder charges against the vice president and other personalities involved in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

READ: Less than 4 months before polls, Senate resumes Binay probe

“Now that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has forwarded its report to the Ombudsman on corruption allegations against you, siguro naman ang sagot nyo hindi na ‘pulitika lang yan (perhaps you will say that (charges) are not politically-motivated). ‘ Baka gusto ninyo improve ang script nyo (Maybe it’s time to improve your script),” Lacierda said in a statement.

According to the said Senate report, there was a “grand conspiracy to milk the construction of the Makati City Hall II parking building for every peso that it could yield, through massive unmitigated overpricing.”

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READ: Highlights of partial blue ribbon subcommittee report

Furthermore, the Palace official scored Atty. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson, for the supposed failure of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration to solve poverty.

Lacierda said that through the administration’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, poverty incidence in the Philippines has been reduced.

READ: Partial panel report on Binay corruption probe submitted to Senate plenary

“As usual, either huli sa balita or nagmamang maangan si VP Binay (VP Binay does not keep up on news or is just playing dumb) in his refusal to believe that because of CCT, almost 1.5 CCT families or over 7.7 million Filipinos have been lifted out of poverty.

Because of this development, NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) projects from what used to be our poverty incidence of 26.3 percent in 2009, it will be between 18 to 20 percent for 2016,” he said.

READ: After 25 hearings, Senate panel says it’s done probing Binay

Lacierda also did not mince words when he slammed Binay for supposedly being absent from the anti-poverty programs of the administration before he decided to resign from the Cabinet in June last year.

Binay, who served as presidential adviser for overseas Filipino workers affairs and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chairman, has since became Aquino’s staunchest critic.

“Mr. Vice President, while the government was addressing poverty, where have you been in the last five years before you started attacking the president?” Lacierda said.
RAM


INQUIRER

Binay camp cries foul over ‘negative’ TV ads By: Marlon Ramos @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:54 AM February 2nd, 2016


Rico Quicho, spokesman for Vice President Binay. FILE PHOTO BY CATHY MIRANDA/INQUIRER.net

THE RACE to Malacañang this early is turning into a battle of negative political advertisements.

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay Monday cried foul over the spread of “spurious” commercials that were apparently aimed at reviving the web of corruption issues being hurled against the standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Rico Quicho, one of Binay’s spokespersons, claimed that the videos were the handiwork of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and that these were part of the latest smear campaign of the allies of the administration’s presidential candidate, Mar Roxas.

Quicho said the coordinated efforts to vilify the UNA presidential contender “started in the Senate and continued up to this day through a deceptive advertisement.”

In a text message to the Inquirer, he said, “The elitist campaign to discredit the Vice President is nothing but lies and innuendos.”

“This is a manifestation of the vain attempt to compensate the gross inefficiency and lack of empathy of the LP’s presidential candidate through inappropriate mudslinging against another candidate,” he added.

Asked why he thought the LP was behind the political ads, Quicho said, “LP’s actions speak louder than words.”

“The participation of (LP) in the conspiracy to destroy the Vice President’s reputation is clear and obvious,” he added.

Three ads


GUTIERREZ

The three 15-second political ads came out in a major television network on Friday and have since been shared in social media by a group called “Supporters of Truth.”

Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson of the LP-led “daang matuwid” coalition, said the administration-backed party had no hand in the supposed “attack ads” against Binay and that he himself had not seen the videos.
 
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“I’m no longer surprised, though, that instead of facing up to these issues, Binay’s camp would rather blame (Roxas) and his supporters,” Gutierrez said.

Instead of pointing an accusing finger at the LP, Gutierrez said the Vice President should answer the allegations against him and his family.

“Citizens from all quarters have long been waiting for him to give clear, straightforward, honest answers to these charges. They are tired of getting the same old excuses and evasions,” he said.

Survey


Binay, Chiz top latest SWS survey; Bongbong's rating also surges
By: InterAksyon.com January 15, 2016 12:05 AM


Quicho surmised that the attacks against the Vice President were prompted by a recent survey that showed Binay regaining the top spot in the voters’ preference for President Aquino’s successor.

“When the latest survey results were released, the (LP) lost no time in mounting its offensive against the Vice President,” said Binay’s spokesperson.

Quicho said the attacks against the Vice President would not derail his campaign, but would only make him “push harder to explain his programs that will solve poverty and for the immediate delivery of basic social services for our people.”

He also took to task the LP which, he said, “owes it to the public to give accurate and truthful information about the present candidates.”

“Smear campaigning only muddles the important issues candidates must face. The Vice President is totally committed to solve the present moral problem of our country, which is poverty,” Quicho said.

Video against Poe

A separate video, which has the same format as the commercials against Binay, questioned the American citizenship of Sen. Grace Poe’s husband and their three children.

Sought for comment, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Poe’s spokesperson, said it was unfortunate that Poe’s family had been dragged into politics and urged those behind the commercial not to use her children “as negative political story lines this coming elections.”

“Senator Poe is the candidate in the upcoming elections, not the members of her family,” Gatchalian said. “It’s sad that even her children (two of whom are minors) are being attacked when they are not the ones running.

He said the senator’s husband, who is a natural-born Filipino, had “already taken steps to give up his US citizenship.

“As for her children, she will leave it to the children to decide when they reach the right age,” Gatchalian said.

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LP denies hand in anti-Binay pol ads By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 02:33 PM February 2nd, 2016


Liberal Party chairman for political affairs and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice. Screengrab from INQUIRER.net video

An officer for the Liberal Party (LP) denied having a hand in the paid advertisements reviving the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In a press conference Tuesday, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, the LP political affairs chairperson, said the ruling party would rather spend campaign funds to advertisements promoting its standard-bearer Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.

“Definitely not. Kung gagastos kami, para kay Secretary Mar at Vice President Leni, hindi para kay Binay (We would rather spend campaign funds for Secretary Mar and Vice President Leni),” Erice said.

“Hindi naman incognito ang kontrata between GMA and the person who contracted the ads. So palagay ko, dun madali naman imbestigahan at madali mapatunayan kung sino talaga, kaninong grupo konektado yung palabas na yan,” Erice added.
(The contract between GMA and the person who contracted the ads is not incognito. So I think, it will be easy to investigate the matter and it will also be easy to prove whoever is behind this and with which group the advertisement is connected.)

Erice admitted that the negative advertisements would serve to benefit Binay’s opponents.

He urged Binay to address the corruption allegations against him which were raised in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation.

“Matagal nang sinasabi ng buong bansa na kailangan niyang ipaliwanag. Pero hindi niya pinapaliwanag, dinadaan niya sa paliwanag na pulitika lahat,” Erice said.
(The whole country has been telling him to explain his side. However, he hasn’t explained and always says that the matter is just politically motivated.)

The 15-second advertisements, which went on air on major television networks since Friday, showed ordinary folks urging the vice president to address corruption allegations against him, such as the overpriced Makati parking building, the 350-hectare estate “Hacienda Binay,” and the 242 bank accounts under Binay, his family and purported dummies which allegedly contained P11 billion.

Likewise, there are similar advertisements pertaining to questions over the citizenship of Senator Grace Poe, who once applied for American citizenship and reacquired her Filipino citizenship when she was given a position in the government.

According to an Inquirer report, Binay’s spokesperson Rico Quicho pointed to the LP for trying to revive the corruption allegations against Binay.

Quicho said the efforts to smear the reputation of the United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer “started in the Senate and continued up to this day through a deceptive advertisement.”


FROM RAPPLER.COM -Honasan on TV ads vs Binay: ‘That’s part of the game’ Negative campaigning hounds some candidates just days before the official start of the campaign period.  NOT A PROBLEM. Senator Gringo Honasan does not believe the latest TV ads against Vice President Jejomar Binay should be a cause for concern. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler  HEADLINE NEWS by Mara Cepeda @maracepeda Published 12:41 PM, February 03, 2016 Updated 1:59 PM,

“The elitist campaign to discredit the Vice President is nothing but lies and innuendos… This is a manifestation of the vain attempt to compensate the gross inefficiency and lack of empathy of the LP’s presidential candidate through inappropriate mudslinging against another candidate,” Quicho said.

“The participation of (LP) in the conspiracy to destroy the Vice President’s reputation is clear and obvious,” he added.

Binay faces graft indictment before the Ombudsman over the alleged rigging of the procurement for the design and construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Building II, deemed the country’s priciest car park building, when he was Makati mayor.

The Ombudsman has approved the filing of four counts of violation of Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act No. 3019, six counts of Falsification of Public Documents and one count of Malversation for his involvement in phases 1 and 2 of the carpark project.

Because Binay has immunity as an impeachable officer, the Ombudsman is set to file the charges after his term expires.

The vice president also faces four other plunder and graft complaints before the Ombudsman over the alleged anomalies involving the Makati Science High School Building, University of Makati, a Fort Bonifacio property, and over an allegedly anomalous land deal between Alphaland and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, where Binay is long-running president.

Binay has denied the allegations and blamed his detractors for trying to derail his presidential bid. RAM


PHILSTAR

UNA hits Valte: Quit palace post, join LP campaign By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 6, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


UNA's MON ILAGAN, MALACAÑAN's VALTE -
UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan criticized Valte after her online tirade against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling that prohibits government officials from actively promoting a candidate. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/mayormonilagan PHILSTAR FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines – The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) yesterday advised deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte to resign from her post if she insists on campaigning for candidates of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan criticized Valte after her online tirade against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling that prohibits government officials from actively promoting a candidate.

“Why take to social media to air her gripes about the Comelec’s rule when there is a clear solution to her campaign woes? If Ms. Valte really wants to promote candidates of the Liberal Party, then what is stopping her from doing so?” Ilagan said.

“She can always resign. In fact, it might be better that she resign and take with her Lacierda, Abad, Alcala, Soliman and all other government officials who are actively promoting Liberal Party candidates,” he added.

Ilagan was referring to presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman.

“She is not the spokesperson for the Liberal Party but for the Palace,” Ilagan said in Filipino. “If she’s still confused as to her job description after all these years, then it might be time she considers resigning.”

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UNA is fielding Vice President Jejomar Binay against LP bet former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II.

On Thursday, Valte called out the Comelec over its rules for supposedly restraining freedom of speech.

She specifically noted Section 1 (4) (e), which stated that the act of government officials “expressing their personal opinion, view and preference for candidates on social media is now considered electioneering. Ergo election offense.”

“For censorship to be allowed under the Constitution, there must be a clear and present danger of a substantive evil to public safety, public morals, public health or any other legitimate public interest,” stressed Valte.

Valte, a lawyer by profession, aired this protest in her Facebook account, where she noted that all government officials were covered – from the executive, legislative, judiciary and even the independent constitutional bodies.

Comelec said the new rule would take effect Feb. 9 when the campaign period commences.

Being a lawyer, she then explained that censorship could only be allowed in instances when there is “clear and present danger of a substantive evil to public safety, public morals, public health or any other legitimate public interest.”

Three days before the campaign period for national polls starts, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista yesterday reminded government officials that they are not allowed to engage in partisan politics.

Bautista noted that civil service employees who are part of the democracy are banned from engaging in partisan political act.

He said that they should not wear baller, t-shirt, pins and other items that may indicate their political color.

But Bautista maintained that similar prohibition does not apply to political appointees.

“There are government employees who cannot get involved in partisan politics while others may do so. For example, our President and the Cabinet members, they are not banned,” he added. With Delon Porcalla, Sheila Crisostomo

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Valte cries censorship over Comelec rules on Facebook posts, tweets Published February 4, 2016 3:13pm Updated February 4, 2016 7:50pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News


VALTE

One of President Benigno Aquino III's spokespersons on Thursday accused the Commission on Elections of censoring public officials, saying the poll body's implementing rules for the 2016 elections effectively ban government hands from posting their political view in the social media.

On her Facebook account, Undersecretary Abigail Valte said she was alarmed by Comelec Resolution No. 10049's provision on the “personal opinions, views and preferences for candidates, contained in blogs and micro-blogs” of "government officials in the Executive department, Legislative department, the Judiciary, the Constitutional Commissions, and members of the Civil Service."

“Just read the new Comelec implementing rules.... The act of government officials of (Executive, Legislative, Judiciary, Consti Commissions, members of the Civil Service, in short ALL) expressing their personal opinion, view and preference for candidates on social media is now considered electioneering. Ergo election offense,” said Valte, a lawyer by profession.

“Beginning February 9, if I tweet or post 'Candidate Y is a douchebag' then I may be prosecuted for an election offense,” Valte said.


BAUTISTA

Sought for comment, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that he would answer at length on Friday.

"I think there is a misunderstanding. I will formally respond tomorrow," Bautista said in a text message.

February 9 is the start of the campaign period for the national positions.

Valte told GMA News Online that Section 1 definition of partisan political activity included personal opinions posted in the social media by all government officials and employees in all branches, constitutional bodies and in the civil service.

She said Section 55 of the Administrative Code prohibited members of the civil service from engaging in partisan political activity. She added that the prohibition under the code didn't cover political appointees like her.

Valte said Section 1 of the Comelec resolution also went against Section 55 of the code, which further reads: “Nothing herein provided shall be understood to prevent any officer or employee from expressing his views on current political problems or issues, or from mentioning the names of his candidates for public office whom he supports.”

“Ang labas, censorship on all public servants. Effective prior restraint. Freedom of speech, anyone? Kelan pa bumalik ang Martial Law? Di ba 2016 na?” Valte said.

Valte said that for censorship to be allowed under the Constitution, “ there must be a clear and present danger of a substantive evil to public safety, public morals, public health or any other legitimate public interest.”

“Put another way, how will my posting of ‘I don't like Candidate XY because his pigs live in an airconditioned pen’ pose a clear and present danger to public safety? Public morals? Public health? Considered public health agad kapag tumaas ang blood pressure ni Candidate XY dahil nabasa niya ang post ko?" she added.

It has been alleged that opposition presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay owned a property in Batangas that had, among others, an airconditioned piggery. He has repeatedly denied the allegation.

Presidential spokespersons over the past months were criticized for speaking for the Liberal Party's standard-bearer former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. -NB, GMA News


INQUIRER

Charges await citizen Noynoy—VACC SHARES: 4349 VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 02:31 PM February 5th, 2016


President Benigno Aquino III AFP PHOTO

The usurpation charges against dismissed Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima was just the first of a series of complaints in relation to the Mamasapano incident, said the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on Friday.

The next wave will include President Benigno Aquino III, who will possibly face a charge of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide over the death of 44 elite policemen.

“After ng filing na ito, sa July 1 isasama na namin si President Aquino dahil sa ginawa nilang injustice. Parang ginawang exhibit itong mga kapulisan para sa pag-iissue ng arrest warrant against terrorist (Zulkifli bin Hir) Marwan,” VACC chairman Dante Jimenez said in an ambush interview.

(After this filing, on July 1, we will file charges against President Aquino because of the injustice they committed. They used these policemen as exhibit when they issued an arrest warrant against terrorist Marwan.)

“This is just in preparation for the series of complaints that we will be filing,” he said.

As Aquino’s six-year term ends on July 1, his presidential immunity from suit will also be lifted.

READ: VACC to file raps vs Aquino on his first day as ordinary citizen

Jimenez said 10 lawyers who volunteered for the VACC are building up a case of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against Aquino.

He stressed that from the beginning of “Oplan Exodus” in December 2014, Aquino was giving orders to Purisima, who was then suspended from service over corruption allegations.

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Before the January 25, 2015 operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Purisima and former Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas met with the president in Bahay Pangarap on January 9, 2015. The planning for the covert mission started in December 2014.

Napeñas presented to Aquino the plan for the high-risk mission targeting Malaysian terrorist Marwan.

It was during the January 9 meeting when Purisima told Napeñas to keep to themselves the operation until the SAF troopers arrive in the target area in Barangay (village) Pidsandawan.

Purisima “advised” Napeñas to inform then PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas about the operation “time on target.”

“Senator Enrile was right about Aquino, Napeñas and Purisima compartmentalizing the operation,” Jimenez said.

“This is our promise to the survivors of the Mamasapano and the families of SAF 44. Para tuloy tuloy na ang complaints (The complaints will continue),” he said.

READ: VACC files usurpation charge vs Purisima over Mamasapano clash

In the seven-page complaint, it said Purisima was guilty of usurping official functions as “he could not have legally participated in the planning and execution of the Oplan Exodus while under preventive suspension.”

“Due to his preventive suspension, he could not legally exercise the functions of his former office. Therefore, the acts of respondent Purisima in relation to Oplan Exodus constitute usurpation of official functions punishable under Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code,” the complaint read. IDL

On January 25, 2015, 44 members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in the hunt for Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir, aka “Marwan,” in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province. Their mission may have succeeded, but one year later families of the slain SAF44 and affected civilians today continue to seek justice from a government which allegedly broke chain of command and poorly handled the mission
. Visit the INQUIRER tribute site at inquirer.net/mamasapano.


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