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AQUINO ACCEPTS DFA CHIEF DEL ROSARIO's RESIGNATION


FEBRUARY 8 -Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario. In a statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said: “According to Executive Secretary Secretary Ochoa, President Aquino has accepted the resignation of Foreign Affairs Seecretary Albert del Rosario effective 7 March 2016.”  According to reports, the 76-years-old del Rosario is resigning due to health reasons. He is said to hand over his post to DFA Undersecretary for International and Economic Relations Laura del Rosario. Del Rosario has been suffering from a spinal problem for the past two years.Since 2012, rumors of his resignation were reported, saying the country’s foreign affairs chief will rejoin the private sector. READ: Del Rosario staying put  He remains to be the richest member of the Cabinet, with his net worth in 2014 reaching P838 million. JE  READ: Highest paid Cabinet member gave pay away FULL REPORT, RELATED, DFA chief wants to be remembered as a patriot...

ALSO: AQUINO BLAMES 2 SENATORS FOR NON-PASSAGE OF BBL; NO NAMES MENTIONED BUT...


FEBRUARY 11 -PRESIDENT Aquino on Tuesday night accused two incumbent senators of conspiring to delay the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. He did not name the senators but was apparently referring to Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Enrile caused the reopening last month of the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano incident in which 44 police commandos were killed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front members and other armed groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015. Enrile has been saying Aquino did not do anything to prevent the killing of commandos. The Mamasapano incident stalled deliberations on the BBL. The BBL’s passage is part of the peace agreement signed by the Aquino government with the MILF in March 2014. Marcos’ committee headed deliberations on the BBL at the Senate. It later came out with its own version of the proposed law, with Marcos saying the Malacañang-drafted BBL had questionable and unconstitutional provisions. The House committee on the BBL has also come out with its own version on the measure, for similar reasons given by Marcos. READ MORE...

ALSO: Glitches ruin poll test run
FEBRUARY 14 -[REJECTION of ballots and slow voting time were among the glitches the Commission on Elections uncovered as it held mock elections in 20 areas across the nation, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista reported Saturday.]


FEBRUARY 14 -FEATURES OF AUTOMATION. Smartmatic Philippines general manager Elie Moreno explains to voters the features of the voting machines they have supplied the Commission on Elections during the mock elections in 40 precincts in 20 areas across the country. MANNY PALMERO
Consequently, Bautista said the poll body may decide not to use the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) feature of the vote counting machines which allows a voter to check his ballot before it is counted, but also slows down the voting process.
“We will not activate the tape receipt. What I said before, there are more disadvantages than advantages,” Bautista said after he observed the mock elections in some places in Metro Manila. But the poll chief said the Comelec is still discussing whether to activate a feature where the voter can visually review their votes on the voting machine screen before these are electronically counted.“But the problem in having a screen is the time and the privacy. People will be able to see [the casted votes],” Bautista said. Bautista said the poll body initially estimated that it would take three to five minutes for most voters to complete their ballots and the mock poll showed that some even casted their votes faster than three minutes. READ MORE...RELATED, BALLOT PRINTING MOVED BACK ANEW: Vote rigging up amid source code change...

ALSO: JPE - Edsa people power just accidental event in history


FEBRUARY 9 -Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, in describing the Edsa People Power in 1986, that propelled then opposition presidential candidate Corazon Aquino to the presidency and Malacañang, said the Edsa revolt was just an accidental event and was not intended to trigger People Power during the critical period of February 1986. Enrile clarified that there are many corrections that should be made as far as the correct celebration of dates, citing it should not be February 25 but February 22 of 1986 and many did not understand the meaning of the event. Deciding to break away from Marcos, Enrile  said  it was the military rebel group, the Reform the Armed forces (RAM ) that initially took the first step in the revolt  on February  22 and that he (Enrile) was at Camp Aquinaldo when he first publicly declared that he was withdrawing his support from then President Ferdinand Marcos. It is of record, as published in Malaya  newspaper on the day Enrile and the RAM group were holed up in a military-police camp, that he had resigned  his post as defense minister of Marcos. The news was printed the night before the mutiny and was on the streets on the day Enrile and his group staged the mutiny against Marcos. A defense minister during that time, Enrile clarified that there was no US support for his decision in holding out in his office at the Camp Aguinaldo were the first General who come to his side to protect him was General  Balbanero with his 3,000 men who secured the perimeter which was followed by Marine Commander General Mison. On US involvement Enrile said he first called the US ambassador on February 22 Sunday at 3 pm but received an arrogant reply declaring that  the US government abhors violence on the  power grab  but clarified that he is simply informing him and not seeking US  support. READ MORE..RELATED,
FEB 15 - 26 -Around P30 million to be spent on EDSA People Power’s 30th anniversary...  AND  Enrile, Napeñas warn voters of another Mamasapano if...

ALSO: Noy at Mar-Robredo sortie - 'No empty promises in straight path'


Aquino said candidates would be like suitors wooing the people’s votes, but he urged the people to pick those who would continue accomplishing things for them rather than those who were just making promises. STAR/File photo
  PILI, Camarines Sur, Philippines – President Aquino yesterday defended the track record of his administration, saying daang matuwid (straight path) has made no empty promises. The President also said the achievements of his government would boost the administration candidates’ chances of winning in the elections.
It was the turn of the Liberal Party-led Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid to campaign in the home province of its vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. The LP also had sorties in Iriga City where former justice secretary Leila de Lima, one of the coalition’s senatorial candidates, hails from. On Tuesday, the coalition campaigned in Capiz and Iloilo, Roxas’ bailiwicks. Aquino said candidates would be like suitors wooing the people’s votes, but he urged the people to pick those who would continue accomplishing things for them rather than those who were just making promises. Reiterating that good governance is good economics, Aquino sought support for Roxas, Robredo and the rest of the coalition. “They did not just make promises. They already sacrificed and worked for the sake of the majority,” Aquino said. The President said he has also been true to his word in his more than five years in office to establish a strong foundation for inclusive growth. READ MORE...RELATED, Message of President Aquino for the Lunar New Year February 8, 2016...


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Aquino accepts DFA chief Del Rosario’s resignation


FEBRUARY 8 -Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Aries Joseph Hegina  @AHeginaINQ - Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario.

In a statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said: “According to Executive Secretary Secretary Ochoa, President Aquino has accepted the resignation of Foreign Affairs Seecretary Albert del Rosario effective 7 March 2016.”

According to reports, the 76-years-old del Rosario is resigning due to health reasons.

He is said to hand over his post to DFA Undersecretary for International and Economic Relations Laura del Rosario.

Del Rosario has been suffering from a spinal problem for the past two years.

Since 2012, rumors of his resignation were reported, saying the country’s foreign affairs chief will rejoin the private sector.

READ: Del Rosario staying put

He remains to be the richest member of the Cabinet, with his net worth in 2014 reaching P838 million. JE

READ: Highest paid Cabinet member gave pay away

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DFA chief wants to be remembered as a patriot By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated February 11, 2016 - 4:19pm 1 26 googleplus0 0


Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has been called a "harsh" critic of China by international media for being vocal at global fora on the Philippines's maritime dispute with the Asian powerhouse. AP/File

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario revealed on Wednesday following the announcement of his resignation that he wants to be remembered as a patriot.

"When I first met President Aquino, his excellency stated that he had called for me because I was a fighter for democracy. In truth, I simply want to be remembered as a patriot," Del Rosario said in a DFA statement.

Del Rosario, 76, served as the country's top diplomat amid the maritime flare-up with China, global security challenges confronting Filipino workers and the need to reposition the Philippines in the international economic landscape.

A successful businessman, Del Rosario was appointed ambassador to the United States under the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo before he was removed from his post for opposing her declaration of a state of national emergency in 2006.

President Benigno Aquino III in 2011 placed Del Rosario at the helm of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

On Monday, Malacañang confirmed reports that Del Rosario has tendered his resignation from the DFA citing health reasons. Del Rosario, who is set to step down from office in March, said his age does not allow him to continue in government and in foreign service.

Thanking his colleagues, Del Rosario said he plans to return to the private sector and spend more time with his family while working on his health.

"It has been a real honor and privilege to have worked with all the outstanding men and women of the 'department that never sleeps.' Please accept my most profound appreciation for all your hard work, sacrifice and service and above all, for reaching beyond your grasp," he said.

He also delivered a message to members of the media, whom he described as having "an inherent love of our people and our country and their uniting with us in promoting our national interest."

In a get-together on Wednesday, Del Rosario expressed his hope that the next administration would embrace a principled foreign policy.

READ: Next government urged to adopt principled foreign policy

Del Rosario said he has recommended someone to Aquino to replace him, but he leaves the final decision to the president.

"I have made my recommendation. As a matter of course the president has the last say and my sense is that he'll be making an announcement soon," Del Rosario said.


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AQUINO BLAMES 2 SENATORS FOR NON-PASSAGE OF BBL By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR February 11, 2016

PRESIDENT Aquino on Tuesday night accused two incumbent senators of conspiring to delay the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

He did not name the senators but was apparently referring to Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Enrile caused the reopening last month of the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano incident in which 44 police commandos were killed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front members and other armed groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015. Enrile has been saying Aquino did not do anything to prevent the killing of commandos.

The Mamasapano incident stalled deliberations on the BBL. The BBL’s passage is part of the peace agreement signed by the Aquino government with the MILF in March 2014.

Marcos’ committee headed deliberations on the BBL at the Senate. It later came out with its own version of the proposed law, with Marcos saying the Malacañang-drafted BBL had questionable and unconstitutional provisions.

The House committee on the BBL has also come out with its own version on the measure, for similar reasons given by Marcos.

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Congress last week adjourned without passing the BBL and despite appeals made by Aquino to lawmakers, particularly House members who have not been attending sessions.

Malacañang had wanted the BBL to be passed by December 2014, or just three months after it submitted the measure to Congress.

Aquino, during a sortie of the administration coalition “Daang Matuwid” in Iloilo City, said: “Isang-daang milyon sa ating mga kababayan ang apektado sa pagka-udlot ng pagpapasa sa BBL. Ang masaklap po, dito, tila dalawang senador lang ang nagkuntsabahan. Pagkatagal-tagal pong inilabas ang report ng komite. Kahit nga po sa mga huling araw ng session, ay di pa tapos mag-interpellate ang kakuntiyaba. (A hundred million Filipinos are affected by the delayed passage of the BBL and only two senators conspired to delay it. It took a while for the committee to release its report on the Mamasapano incident. Until the last session days, one of the conspiring senators had yet to finish his interpellation),” he said.

Aquino also said he has asked those who opposed the BBL to present an alternative bill but he did not receive any.

The BBL will create a Bangsamoro region in Mindanao, which will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.


MANILA STANDARD

Glitches ruin poll test run posted February 14, 2016 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

REJECTION of ballots and slow voting time were among the glitches the Commission on Elections uncovered as it held mock elections in 20 areas across the nation, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista reported Saturday.


FEATURES OF AUTOMATION. Smartmatic Philippines general manager Elie Moreno explains to voters the features of the voting machines they have supplied the Commission on Elections during the mock elections in 40 precincts in 20 areas across the country. MANNY PALMERO

Consequently, Bautista said the poll body may decide not to use the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) feature of the vote counting machines which allows a voter to check his ballot before it is counted, but also slows down the voting process.

“We will not activate the tape receipt. What I said before, there are more disadvantages than advantages,” Bautista said after he observed the mock elections in some places in Metro Manila.

But the poll chief said the Comelec is still discussing whether to activate a feature where the voter can visually review their votes on the voting machine screen before these are electronically counted.

“But the problem in having a screen is the time and the privacy. People will be able to see [the casted votes],” Bautista said.

Bautista said the poll body initially estimated that it would take three to five minutes for most voters to complete their ballots and the mock poll showed that some even casted their votes faster than three minutes.

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But in one instance, at the Baseco Compound in Tondo, one voter took 11 minutes to cast his vote.

“We noticed that the first voter took close to 11 minutes to vote. That’s a little long,” Bautista said, noting, however, that others were much faster.

A more serious concern, Bautista said, was the rejection of ballots in some of the 40 polling precincts in 20 areas where the mock elections were held.

At the Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School, the voting machine rejected three ballots because an election inspector exceeded the space allocated for his signature

At the Surallah Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, a voting machine rejected a ballot six times, according to the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) which also monitored the mock election.

Bautista said the poll body will investigate the incidents of ballot rejection, but it appeared connected to the errors that were found in the source code of the vote-counting machines.

Unfortunately, rejected ballots will not be replaced with another ballot because each one has a specific identification number.

In Kalibo, Aklan, the operation of the VCM was also affected by low power voltage and slow Internet connection.

But Bautista did not linger too much on the glitches and instead made a pitch for providing more convenient polling places, like in shopping malls.

“Now we see the difference between voting in a public school and inside a shopping mall. You can see that it’s more convenient,” Bautista said.

“We should use our new technology by using our modern-day convenience so, like what I’ve been saying, it will be a faster and more convenient voting experience,” Bautista said, noting that there was a low turnout of voters in some precincts.

Meanwhile, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III said the Comelec still has time to find feasible solutions to address the glitches in the voting system.

“The Comelec has still 86 days to fix the software problems in the automated voting system that Filipino voters will use in May 9 elections,” Albano said.

“It is not yet too late for the poll body to do something to address these issues to strengthen the public’s trust and reaffirm its commitment that a no-election scenario won’t happen because we have credible, honest and accurate voting machines,” he added. With Maricel V. Cruz

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FROM THE TRIBUNE

BALLOT PRINTING MOVED BACK ANEW: Vote rigging up amid source code change Written by Pat C. Santos Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00


BAUTISTA

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is revising the source code for the voting machines, allegedly due to a glitch found in the software of the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS), which is one of the programs to be used in the automated election system (AES) machines for the elections in May raising suspicions of the start of the manipulation of the polls.

The source code contains the main instructions for the operation of the software for the poll machines.

The machines were supplied by Smartmatic which was suspected of having rigged the first automated polls of the country in 2010 where several questionable results were found. The 2013 senatorial polls were also said to have been rigged.

For one, the source code of the vote counting machines (VCMs) will be “modified”, the technicians tapped by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to oversee the running of the automated poll machines said.

The source code consists of computer instructions using human-readable computer language which guides the operation of the automated poll machines. There was no mention of a source code review for the new codes. The source codes in earlier polls were never reviewed by the parties.

The glitch forced the Comelec yesterday to postpone the printing of ballots by a week to February 15.

Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim said that the Comelec will will have to postpone the printing of ballot form for another one week to make way for the modification of the source code.

Lim added that after they have tested the new modified source code for both the CCS and election management system (EMS) softwares, it will be deposited again at the BSP where the old one will be marked as discarded. It was not known whether a review of the modified source code will be allowed.

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Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista said the defect was in the compatibility of the CCS with the source code based on the findings of SLI Global Solutions that the Comelec has contracted to conduct the required review and certification of the source code for the poll machines.

Bautista, nonetheless, described the software glitch as a “a blessing in disguise” despite the problem causing the delay in the printing of ballots.

SLI Director Tracy Mapsy told reporters that SLI will have to “modify” the source code.

Mapsy said they will be coming up with a new source code to conform with the vote counting machines (VCMs).

Bautista explained that the need to modify the system was observed by the SLI technicians after observing a minor defect that will not be compatible to the VMS that means the counting and transmitting the counted votes.

Baustista described the source code glitch as a minor defect saying that its discovery allowed the Comelec enough time to finalize the list of candidates who still have pending election cases at the Supreme Court.

It will also allow changes in the size of the ballot form as he was informed that a reduction of ballot form sizes will be beneficial as it entails saving of money and time for the printing of some 52 million ballots.


LIM

“Since the CCS and EMS have a shared code, then any change (in the CCS) may affect the EMS. We just want to make sure that it is compatible,” Lim said.

The commissioner, who is also in charge of the 2016 polls, said the delay in the printing of ballots will be beneficial to voters on Election Day.

“On our part, we want to make sure that the firmware we will use…that we are absolutely sure that it will work on Election Day. If it will disrupt a bit the timelines, we’d rather take it than finding out on Election Day that something’s wrong,” Lim said.

The Comelec may have to postpone the May 2016 elections in some parts of the country, as the poll body again adjusted the timeline for the printing of ballots.

Commissioner Robert Lim announced Monday morning that the printing of ballots was moved to February 15, instead of February 8.
Lim explained that the delay was due to a problem discovered in the program of the Consolidation Canvassing System or CCS, a major component of the automated elections.

Lim said the problem also required the modification of the Final Trusted Build or software of the Election Management System to address compatibility issues with the CCS.

The poll body earlier finished the construction of the Trusted Build of the EMS two weeks ago, after which it was deposited in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Redoing the construction of the Final Trusted Build for the EMS with the final software of the CCS and the Vote Counting Machine is expected to take an entire day.

This was the fourth time that the poll body moved the start of the ballot printing process, which would take exactly 81 days.

Lim, moreover, admitted fresh delays in the printing of ballots could lead to the postponement of elections in some areas.

“My preference is to have a clean ballot, meaning those who have been disqualified or who have withdrawn should be removed.

Actual printing now we’re looking probably at early next week. We are able to do that because of the shorter ballot. Later on, we will have to finalize the actual length of the ballot...but we’re still on track in respect to the April 25 deadline,” Bautista, meanwhile, said in a television interview.

Lim noted the delay in ballot printing will have an impact on the configuration of the vote counting machines.
Final list of bets

The Comelec is also set to load the final list of candidates for the May 9 elections at the Election Management System (EMS) today.
“We already want to load the list on Tuesday. The sooner you start the process, and it’s running, you can just look at ways to even shorten the time,” Lim said.

The presidential aspirants that are likely to be loaded in the EMS are Manuel “Mar” Roxas of the Liberal Party (LP); Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban);Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA); Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People’s Reform Party (PRP); Senator Grace Poe (Independent); and OFW Family Club Party-list Rep. Roy Señeres.


SENERES

However, Señeres died due to cardiac arrest on Monday morning.

A total of six vice presidential aspirants are also to be loaded in the EMS, namely: Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan of UNA; Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the LP; independent-running Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Antonio Trillanes IV.

The 50 names running for senatorial seats are likely to be included in the list of candidates to be printed in the ballots.

There will also be 115 party-list groups that have been allowed by the Comelec to run in the forthcoming elections.

Meanwhile, the Comelec is giving the camp of Señeres until Tuesday to submit a waiver of the right of the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka Workers and Peasants Party (WPPPMM) to field a substitute candidate.

Lim noted that they will wait on February 9 to decide if they can remove the name of the former presidential aspirant from the official list of candidates to be printed in the official ballots.

“If they (political party) submit a waiver (of sorts), we can already remove his name from the list. If there is none, we have no choice but to still include his name,” the poll body official said.

On Monday, Señeres passed away due to cardiac arrest caused by complications from diabetes.

His death happened days after the announcement of his withdrawal from the presidential race in May, due to health reasons. But, the Statement of Cancellation/Withdrawal has not been filed before the Comelec.

Under the law, the substitute for a candidate who died or is disqualified by final judgment, may file a Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) up to mid-day of Election Day provided that the substitute and the substituted have the same surnames.

On the other hand, Bautista said that the Señeres camp should give an immediate answer since it will remove possible confusions in the ballots to be printed.

“We also want to honor the memory of the late congressman. I don’t know what his preference would be but it will be a little bit odd in case somebody who has passed away and his name continues to be on the ballot,” said Bautista.

Based on prevailing rules, it will be considered as invalid votes for those candidates that have died, withdrawn, or have been disqualified with finality but their names remained in the ballots.

However, if they have substitute candidates, their names will still remain but the votes for them will be credited to their replacements.


TRIBUNE

JPE: Edsa people power just accidental event in history Written by  Pat C. Santos Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, in describing the Edsa People Power in 1986, that propelled then opposition presidential candidate Corazon Aquino to the presidency and Malacañang, said the Edsa revolt was just an accidental event and was not intended to trigger People Power during the critical period of February 1986.

Enrile clarified that there are many corrections that should be made as far as the correct celebration of dates, citing it should not be February 25 but February 22 of 1986 and many did not understand the meaning of the event.

Deciding to break away from Marcos, Enrile  said  it was the military rebel group, the Reform the Armed forces (RAM ) that initially took the first step in the revolt  on February  22 and that he (Enrile) was at Camp Aquinaldo when he first publicly declared that he was withdrawing his support from then President Ferdinand Marcos.


Minister of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile (right) and General Fidel Ramos announced their break from the Marcos administration in a press conference at the Ministry office in the evening of Saturday, Feb. 22, 1986. The move caught everyone by surprise. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth) via positivelyfilipino

It is of record, as published in Malaya  newspaper on the day Enrile and the RAM group were holed up in a military-police camp, that he had resigned  his post as defense minister of Marcos.

The news was printed the night before the mutiny and was on the streets on the day Enrile and his group staged the mutiny against Marcos.

A defense minister during that time, Enrile clarified that there was no US support for his decision in holding out in his office at the Camp Aguinaldo were the first General who come to his side to protect him was General  Balbanero with his 3,000 men who secured the perimeter which was followed by Marine Commander General Mison.

On US involvement

Enrile said he first called the US ambassador on February 22 Sunday at 3 pm but received an arrogant reply declaring that  the US government abhors violence on the  power grab  but clarified that he is simply informing him and not seeking US  support.

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Philip Habib, American Diplomat ( 1920-1992) Convinced Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to go into exile in 1986.WIKIPEDIA

He recalled talking to former Presidential Emissary Philip Habib Wednesday February 19 who happened to have been on a  visit to  the country scheduled Feb19 to 22 , 1986 but who  had no knowledge of the plan and admitted that the US Ambassador even talked to him and asked if there was an event coming.

Habib left the country Saturday with no idea what was going to happen a few days before his scheduled departure.

Habib, however, is believed to have known about the political turmoil, as he spoke to both Aquino and Marcos on a power-sharing plan earlier, but this was rejected by both parties.

Habib was said to be buying time, but later a Reagan emissary was quoted as having told Marcos “to cut and cut cleanly.”

When asked why the site of the mutiny was Edsa was chosen,  Enrile said he started in Camp Aguinaldo and when a young PC officer named Noel  Ong  suggested calling Ramos, he was starting to pack up his things as he knew an attack on Camp Aquinaldo was imminent from the Marcos forces.

Enrile remembers before talking to Ramos who had several women groups in his office had asked him to wait until he finished with his  meetings with them  after which Enrile transferred to the Camp Crame and there they consolidated their forces.

The plan was to establish a conditional government with UNIDO with a military component until an election will be held.

There were several arrests that happened within Palace guards officials and the first one was the aide of Mrs.  Imelda Marcos , Vic Brillantes, Col. Aromin Vat, Jake Malajacan and Marine officer Aldrin Queribin.

At 3:30 Sunday afternoon Fr. Efren Datu from radio Veritas called up office where he declared his withdrawal of allegiance to the President of the Philippines that was followed by an announcement of Cardinal Sin to mass up at Camp Crame from the evening of Sunday February  22 and we saw the multitude of people holding their ground at the gates of Camp Crame while moving to Crame on the 23 of February.

Enrile clarified that there was no intention of asking anyone for support, whether the US, the Church, or the people as Enrile said they were ready to die then.

He said he lauded Marcos’ decision not to attack them saying that if he used his superior powers they could have been dead during that time.

“ I never asked for any military assistance but I can say that I can recall buying guns from the ambassador of Israel of 300 Uzi firearms and it was shipped at Crame without anyone knowing it and also we did not anticipate civilian support ” Enrile confirmed.


After the snap election: President Ferdinand E. Marcos (2nd from right) is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ramon Aquino (left) at ceremony inside Malacanang in Manila on Feb. 25, 1986. At right is First Lady Imelda Marcos. AP File Photo -

He said Cory Aquino was in Mindanao on that date after Marcos was  proclaimed winner in the snap election and he believed that she was in the South to wage a rebellion against Marcos after the election.

On February 25 Enrile said that he had his first sleep and the tension had gone.

On the Cory presidency he said that he holds no regrets for President Cory Aquino. Enrile had the guns, but he chose to hand over power to Aquino.


Corazon Aquino takes the oath of office as President of the Philippines on Feb. 25, 1986 in Manila. She is joined by daughters Pinky, left, Balsy, center, and her mother-in-law Dona Aurora Aquino, mother of her assassinated husband. AP File Photo

Cory was said to have reneged on her pledge to call for general elections. Instead, she abolished Congress, and demanded the resignation of all the Supreme Court  justices, while handpicking all the justices of the High Court. She had her own Constitution, called the Freedom Constitution.

However, for a year, she was the sole law and the sole government. Aquino even vested herself with absolute powers, which Marcos did not have.

“I thought  through Edsa that we wouldl be restoring democracy but what we had instead was the restoration of the dictatorship by consolidating power on the president, the  power of purse, the power of legislation that has been consolidated on one man ” Enrile admitted.

Edsa people power was also referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the demonstrations following the assassination of former Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr..who was convicted of murder and other crimes, then went into self-exile  in the United States after seeking permission from Mrs. Marcos to have his heart operation in the US.

He never returned to the country until 1983, where he was slain by government forces at the airport tarmac.


Vice-President Salvador 'Doy' Laurel (1928 - 2004) of the Philippines, gives a victory V-sign at a United Democratic Organization (UNIDO) rally in Manila, 16th March 1986. Laurel held the vice-presidential post under President Corazon Aquino from 1986 to 1992.

It was UNIDO’s Doy Laurel, who later became Vice President, who had his group at the airport, all holding yellow ribbons and yellow streamers, not the so-called Cory yellows.

The Edsa Revolt  was widely seen as a victory of the people against the 20-year running authoritarian, repressive regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as “the revolution that surprised the world”.

The majority of the demonstrations took place on a long stretch of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, more commonly known by its acronym Edsa, in Metro Manila from February 22–25, 1986, and involved over two million Filipino civilians, as well as several political, military, and including religious groups led by Cardinal Jaime Sin, the Archbishop of Manila and the CBCP President Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the Archbishop of Cebu, culled reports said.

The protests, fueled by the resistance and opposition from years of governance by Marcos, culminated with the departure of the dictator from Malacañang Palace to the state of Hawaii.

Corazon Aquino was proclaimed as the legitimate President of the Philippines after the revolution, despite the fact that she was not legitimately elected by the Filipino people.

The official vote count was won by Marcos.


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Around P30 million to be spent on EDSA People Power’s 30th anniversary by Genalyn Kabiling February 9, 2016 Share27 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share457


‘SAF 44 -We Stand For Our Heroes', stands by a huge Philippine flag at the People Power Monument in EDSA White Plains, Quezon City (MB file photo)
LIKE WRITTEN IN BLOOD – Scribbled in crimson, dripping red paint, ‘SAF 44 We Stand For Our Heroes', stands by a huge Philippine flag at the People Power Monument at EDSA White Plains in Quezon City – put up by unidentified individuals who wanted to pay tribute to the heroism of those killed in the January 25, 2015, Mamasapano massacre, according to the monument’s caretaker. (Mark Balmores)

Around P30 to P35 million will be spent for the country’s grand celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution this month, organizers announced on Tuesday, February 9.

The EDSA commemorative rites, which will be held from February 15 to 26, aim to spread public awareness, especially among the youth, about the ills of martial law and keep alive the country’s democratic ideals.

“We are still putting together what is going (to cover) the cost. We think it’s going to be in the area of about P30-P35 million,” Commissioner Emily Abrera of the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) said during a news conference in Malacañang.

The commission has asked for private sector assistance but the bulk of the EDSA anniversary expenses will be shouldered by the government.

Last year, the government opted to keep the EDSA affair simple since it wanted to go all out for this year’s 30th anniversary.

Abrera said everyone is invited to attend the EDSA affair, which carries the theme “Pagbabago: Ipinaglaban N’yo, Itutuloy Ko!”

She denied that EDSA players like opposition Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gregorio Honasan are discouraged to join the event.

Enrile, a former Marcos defense minister, has openly supported the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.. Honasan, a former rebel soldier, is running alongside presidential aspirant Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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Among the EDSA activities are the establishment of the People Power Experiential Museum, the conduct of the “TalaKalayaan” dialogue, creation of “12:01” graphic novel, and the flag-raising and Salubungan program at the People Power Monument.

Abrera said the museum, which will be installed along White Plains Avenue, will be open from February 25 to 26. The facility will have nine halls to educate the youth about the EDSA revolution, starting with the oppression during the martial law leading up to the the solidarity of bloodless popular uprising in 1986.

From February 14 to 29, three lanes along White Plains Avenue will be closed for the operations of the museum.

Part of the museum will be a hologram of President Aquino who will appeal to the young guests to continue to protect and uphold the country’s democracy.

Outside the museum, organizers plan to create a festive strip for visitors to relive the EDSA revolution through songs and theater performances, among others.

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Enrile, Napeñas warn of another Mamasapano By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 4 googleplus0 0


COMPOSITE [HOTOS -Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile (left) and former Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas File photo/Geremy Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and former Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas are not letting President Aquino off the hook over his supposed role in the Mamasapano incident that left 44 police commandos dead in January 2015.

During the campaign kick-off of opposition party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday, Enrile told voters to elect the right candidate to avoid incidents similar to the Mamasapano carnage.

“If you elect a failure to the presidency, we will have more Mamasapano in our country,” Enrile said in Filipino. “If your leader is good and not sleeping on the job or hiding behind his shooting buddies, classmates and friends, no one will die in combat.”

Napeñas, meanwhile, blamed Aquino for the incident that killed 44 SAF members under his command.

“It is not acceptable. We were given orders. We followed it, but we were left behind,” said Napeñas, who is running for the Senate under the UNA slate.

He recalled the President’s absence during the arrival honors of those who died, noting it was Vice President Jejomar Binay who was present at the event.

Enrile recently sought the reopening of the Mamasapano investigation at the Senate, pointing out Aquino’s direct role in the incident. But allies of Aquino, as well as the military, put the blame on Napeñas for supposedly failing to properly coordinate the mission.

Weak, indecisive leader Enrile, who is facing plunder charges over the pork barrel scam but was released on bail due to health considerations, criticized Aquino for his supposed weak and indecisive leadership in the past six years.

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He made a public declaration of support for Binay, UNA’s presidential candidate, saying he is the best person to lead the country after the failures of the current administration.

Using carefully chosen words, Enrile also praised opposition vice presidential candidate Sen. Gregorio Honasan II whom he said is a capable person to be the second-in-command.

The Senate minority leader earlier endorsed the vice presidential run of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is running with Enrile’s staunch critic Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Speaking before Binay during the event attended by around 20,000 people, Enrile also promised to campaign for the entire slate in his province of Cagayan.

Pacman pitches for Binay The loudest cheers during the five-hour event rang when boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao took his turn to speak as a senatorial candidate of UNA.

Calling him someone who understands what poor people feel, Pacquiao pitched for the presidential run of Binay.


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Noy: No empty promises in straight path By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 13, 2016 - 12:00am 0 28 googleplus0 0


Aquino said candidates would be like suitors wooing the people’s votes, but he urged the people to pick those who would continue accomplishing things for them rather than those who were just making promises. STAR/File photo

PILI, Camarines Sur, Philippines – President Aquino yesterday defended the track record of his administration, saying daang matuwid (straight path) has made no empty promises.

The President also said the achievements of his government would boost the administration candidates’ chances of winning in the elections.

It was the turn of the Liberal Party-led Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid to campaign in the home province of its vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

The LP also had sorties in Iriga City where former justice secretary Leila de Lima, one of the coalition’s senatorial candidates, hails from. On Tuesday, the coalition campaigned in Capiz and Iloilo, Roxas’ bailiwicks.

Aquino said candidates would be like suitors wooing the people’s votes, but he urged the people to pick those who would continue accomplishing things for them rather than those who were just making promises.

Reiterating that good governance is good economics, Aquino sought support for Roxas, Robredo and the rest of the coalition.

“They did not just make promises. They already sacrificed and worked for the sake of the majority,” Aquino said.

The President said he has also been true to his word in his more than five years in office to establish a strong foundation for inclusive growth.

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Aquino said for this province, the Department of Public Works and Highways had allotted P15.96 billion for infrastructure projects from 2011 up to 2016. This is more than triple the funds it received from 2005 to 2010 amounting to just P4.73 billion.

The President also cited the ongoing and completed projects in the province, like the Sabang Fishport Development Project in Calabanga that would immediately provide benefits to 80,000 people.

Robredo and Mayor Alex San Luis II thanked Aquino for the widened Pili Diversion Road and other projects in their province. The road widening benefits almost 6,000 motorists daily, improving traffic.

The Diversion Road serves as an alternate route for motorists coming from Albay going to Pili and Naga City and those from 10 towns of the fourth congressional district. The P66.32-million project involves the widening of a 3.94-kilometer road section from two to four lanes. It started in March 2014 and was completed in January.

Roxas: Bukid revolution Roxas on Wednesday said he would launch the Daang Matuwid Bukid Revolution if elected president to maximize the potentials of the agriculture and fisheries sectors for inclusive growth.

He said three elements would ensure the success of the agricultural revolution that is aimed at boosting farmers’ productivity and profit.

First, the government would provide low-interest loans to poor farmers and fishermen so that their earnings will not go to huge interest payments and amortizations.

Second, farm-to-market roads, bridges and other infrastructure would be constructed or repaired, so that the farm produce could reach the market on time and still fresh.

Third, post-harvest facilities like dryers and chillers would be put up to keep the good quality of produce and ensure its competitiveness.

“That is our bukid revolution, which would lead to improved earnings for our small farmers and fishermen. As I’ve been saying, no one should be left behind in our march to a brighter future,” Roxas said in Filipino.

The agriculture sector received P85.63 billion allotment for Agricultural Development Program in 2015.

Roxas noted many people, particularly those who live in poor provinces, largely depend on farming and fishery for livelihood.

“That is why we need to strengthen all development projects that this government has started and promote inclusive growth by maximizing the country’s agri-business potentials,” he added.

Robredo: Welfare of women, children Meanwhile, Robredo said yesterday the welfare and rights of women and children should always be among the top priorities of the next administration.

She noted that until now, Filipino women and children remain the most vulnerable and at risk to abuse and other forms of human rights violations as well as illnesses and lack of opportunities for education and employment.

Robredo, a lawyer, said she has been working pro-bono for the promotion women’s rights, protection of children as well as livelihood programs for the poor long before she entered government service. – With Paolo Romero

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Message of President Aquino for the Lunar New Year February 8, 2016 Tags: Benigno S. Aquino III, Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, messages Message of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines To the Filipino-Chinese Community On the observance of the Lunar New Year

[Released on February 8, 2016]

I join the Chinese-Filipino community in celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The dynamic heritage of Chinese-Filipinos adds depth and vibrancy to our Republic’s history. Your contributions are as far reaching as they are varied; your unique culture has become part of our collective identity as Filipinos. Thus, the government is one with you in celebrating the Lunar New Year—one of the most significant events in the Chinese calendar.

May this event enrich, highlight, and promote the qualities, values, and ideals that make your community a treasured component of our nation; may it embody the harmony and hope signaled by the turn of the year.

The strong, resilient, and vibrant country that we are today is powered by our multifaceted milieu. Let us rejoice in the stable environment that has allowed us to harness this multiplicity of talents and perspectives towards our resurgence, and continue to foster it as a foundation of a truly progressive and inclusive Philippines for all of our people.

I wish you happiness, prosperity, and good health for the coming year.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III


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