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FROM NDF INT'L OFFICE: THE FACTS CONTRADICT AQUINO's SPOKESMAN's FALSE CLAIM


FEBRUARY 17 -By Luis G. Jalandoni Photo by jonb. NDFP archive.
The Aquino regime's spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, should check the facts before pronouncing the false claim that 'they (the National Democratic Front of the Philippines [NDFP]) refused to come to the table.” Following the successful attack of the New People's Army in Cagayan causing casualties among legitimate military targets, 6 killed and 8 seriously wounded, Lacierda was asked if the Aquino government was interested in holding peace negotiations with the revolutionary movement represented by the NDFP. His answer, in contradiction to the facts, tries to put the blame on the revolutionary movement. The facts are: CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Ex-MRT chief Vitangcol tags Roxas in MRT contract mess
[Vitangcol on MRT mess: I’m a sacrificial lamb | Vitangcol wants to know why ombudsman spared Abaya]


FEBRAURY 18 -Former Metro Rail Transit 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol III tagged former Transport Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas ii in the MRT contract case. Philstar.com/File 
Former Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol III on Thursday submitted before the Supreme Court (SC) his affidavit tagging former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and now Liberal Party’s standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as one of those involved in the train's maintenance contract mess.
In his affidavit supporting his motion for reconsideration dated Nov. 3, 2015, and his application for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction, Vitangcol disclosed the full account of his knowledge and participation in all transactions concerning the MRT 3. Vitangcol blames Roxas for MRT 3 woes and questioned why the presidential candidate was not impleaded by the Ombudsman in his case. He said Roxas deliberately neglected the MRT3's procurement requests. He also earlier questioned why current DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was also spared from the graft case. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘MRT stalls Mar’; LP president Abaya says traffic also hurts Roxas


FEBRUARY 16 -Manuel Roxas II
TRANSPORTATION Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has admitted that the problems dogging the Metro Rail Transit are hurting the presidential campaign of administration candidate Manuel Roxas II.
“It’s a fact of life that people in Manila experience,” Abaya told CNN Philippines in a recent interview. Abaya, acting president of the ruling Liberal Party, said the sorry state of the MRT and other transportation problems such as the chronic traffic congestion in Metro Manila were hurting Roxas’ chances as these have become important election issues for voters. Roxas, a former Transportation secretary, has been on the receiving end of public anger in Metro Manila, a traditional opposition bailiwick. The latest Standard Poll, conducted from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4, showed that only 10 percent of voters in Metro Manila were likely to vote for him if the elections were held tomorrow—far below the 35 percent of Senator Grace Poe, or the 22 percent showing of both Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The owners of the Metro Rail Transit III, MRT Holdings Inc. had earlier insinuated Roxas was directly responsible for the government’s anomalous maintenance contract with Philippine Trans Rail Management and Services Corp. Roxas’ rival for the presidency, Poe, had repeatedly blamed the administration bet for the MRT’s current state. READ MORE...

ALSO: NOY - MAR IS MY ONLY CANDIDATE


FEBRUARYA 19 -PRESIDENT Aquino said Wednesday he is supporting only Manuel “Mar” Roxas II for president in the May elections, and that Sen. Grace Poe is not his “secret candidate” or “Plan B.”
Word that Poe may be Aquino’s secret bet spread even before she attended his birthday party last Feb. 8. Aquino said he has always been firm on his stand on any issue, including who to support in the May elections. “Kailan pa ako hindi mapagkakatiwalaan sa binitiwan kong salita? Kailan ba ako may ipapakita na ang gagawin kabaligtaran?,” he said. Aquino said on his birthday, Poe sent him a text message informing him of her interest to attend the event. “Nag-text siya (Poe) sa akin, sabi niya ‘Happy birthday’. Tapos parang ang tanda ko doon sa text wala ang telepono ko, as usual ano, pero something to the effect na, ‘Sir, invited ba ako doon sa dinner? Hehe’ E di sinagot ko, ‘If you are comfortable, of course, you are invited’,” Aquino said. Aquino said Poe had second thoughts due to intrigues that may arise from her presence. “Tapos nag-text siya, sabi niya ‘Baka magka-issue pa in so many quarters, baka hindi na lang ako pupunta pero thank you for considering me as a friend that you invited me.’ Sabi ko ‘E di next time.’ Tapos nagbago siya ng isip, dumating siya and she stayed for a few minutes, not that long. So palagay ko naman, I’d like to think she went there as a friend wanting to help me celebrate my birthday, okay,” he added. He said if really believes in Poe, he would openly campaign for her “If I believe in her, I will not keep it a secret. I will campaign for her,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: PHILIPPINES - AQUINO-MARCOS RIVALRY TURNS HAIRY


FEBRUARY 19 -RANCHO MIRAGE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – The decades-old political rivalry between the Aquinos and the Marcoses has turned personal. And hairy.
In a recent media interview while attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit hosted by President Barack Obama at Sunnyland in Rancho Mirage, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino took a swipe at Vice presidential candidate and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., saying that the 58-year-old namesake of the late dictator dyes his grey hair. Aquino’s thinning hair has also been the subject of ridicule in his home country, earning him the nickname panot, Tagalog word for balding. Marcos was gracious in his response, thanking the president for noticing his hair in spite if the many serious problems the country faces. The senator did admit he dyes his hair to avoid getting in deep trouble with the women in his life — his wife and, of course his mother Imelda. “They don’t want me to look old,” he said. THE FULL REPORT.


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The Facts Contradict Aquino spokesman's False Claim -NDF


By Luis G. Jalandoni Photo by jonb. NDFP archive.

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016
(NDF INT'L OFFICE) By Luis G. Jalandoni, Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel - The Aquino regime's spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, should check the facts before pronouncing the false claim that 'they (the National Democratic Front of the Philippines [NDFP]) refused to come to the table.”


LACIERDA

Following the successful attack of the New People's Army in Cagayan causing casualties among legitimate military targets, 6 killed and 8 seriously wounded, Lacierda was asked if the Aquino government was interested in holding peace negotiations with the revolutionary movement represented by the NDFP. His answer, in contradiction to the facts, tries to put the blame on the revolutionary movement.

The facts are:

CONTINUE READING...

1. In October, and December 2014 and February 2015 the NDFP Negotiating Panel received a delegation from the Aquino regime which was led by former DAR Secretary, Hernani Braganza, close associate of then DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.

2. On December 8, 2014, a Draft Peace Agreement was signed by both sides, authenticated by Royal Norwegian Government Special Envoy, Ms. Elisabeth Slattum, proposing truce and cooperation within the term of the Aquino government.

3. On February 18, 19 and 20, 2015, the team of Mr. Braganza returned and a proposal for truce and cooperation was drafted by both sides to be presented to the Aquino regime, then beleaguered with the Mamasapano fiasco


DELES

These efforts were rebuffed and set aside by OPAPP Secretary Teresita Deles and not acted on by GPH President Aquino.

The Braganza team was disauthorized. The combined peace initiatives of the Braganza team, the NDFP Negotiating Panel and the Royal Norwegian Government Special Envoy thus have come to naught.

The responsibiilty lies squarely on Secretary Deles and President Aquino. #

web@ndfp.org  


PHILSTAR

Ex-MRT chief tags Roxas in MRT contract mess By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated February 18, 2016 - 11:51am 3 580 googleplus0 0


Former Metro Rail Transit 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol III tagged former Transport Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas ii in the MRT contract case. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – Former Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol III on Thursday submitted before the Supreme Court (SC) his affidavit tagging former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and now Liberal Party’s standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as one of those involved in the train's maintenance contract mess.

In his affidavit supporting his motion for reconsideration dated Nov. 3, 2015, and his application for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction, Vitangcol disclosed the full account of his knowledge and participation in all transactions concerning the MRT 3.

Vitangcol blames Roxas for MRT 3 woes and questioned why the presidential candidate was not impleaded by the Ombudsman in his case. He said Roxas deliberately neglected the MRT3's procurement requests.

He also earlier questioned why current DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was also spared from the graft case.

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READ: Vitangcol on MRT mess: I’m a sacrificial lamb | Vitangcol wants to know why ombudsman spared Abaya

The former MRT chief said he hopes his affidavit will help the court arrive at a “fair and impartial resolution of his motion for reconsideration and application for a TRO and injunction.”

Vitangcol and his legal counsel filed an omnibus motion before the SC asking the high tribunal to prosecute the Sandiganbayan’s third division and to be granted leave to file and admit his affidavit.

“WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, it is most respectfully prayed that this Honorable Court a) IMPLEAD the Sandiganbayan Third Division as respondent and be temporarily and preliminarily and, after due proceedings be, permanently restrained enjoined from proceeding with preliminary conference, pre-trial and/or trial in the case entitled People of the Philippines vs Al Sanchez Vitangcol et al docketed as SB-15-CRM-0293 to 95, and b) GRANT Petitioner leave to file and admit his attached affidavit dated 15 February 2016,” Vitangcol’s omnibus motion’s prayer read.

On December 1, Vitangcol and five other officials of the Philippine Trans Rail Management and Services Corp. were charged by the Ombudsman graft and corruption. He allegedly violated the Anti-Graft Act over the award of an MRT-3 interim maintenance contact without public bidding in 2012.


MANILA STANDARD

‘MRT stalls Mar’; LP president Abaya says traffic also hurts Roxas posted February 16, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


Manuel Roxas II

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has admitted that the problems dogging the Metro Rail Transit are hurting the presidential campaign of administration candidate Manuel Roxas II.

“It’s a fact of life that people in Manila experience,” Abaya told CNN Philippines in a recent interview.

Abaya, acting president of the ruling Liberal Party, said the sorry state of the MRT and other transportation problems such as the chronic traffic congestion in Metro Manila were hurting Roxas’ chances as these have become important election issues for voters.

Roxas, a former Transportation secretary, has been on the receiving end of public anger in Metro Manila, a traditional opposition bailiwick.

The latest Standard Poll, conducted from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4, showed that only 10 percent of voters in Metro Manila were likely to vote for him if the elections were held tomorrow—far below the 35 percent of Senator Grace Poe, or the 22 percent showing of both Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The owners of the Metro Rail Transit III, MRT Holdings Inc. had earlier insinuated Roxas was directly responsible for the government’s anomalous maintenance contract with Philippine Trans Rail Management and Services Corp.

Roxas’ rival for the presidency, Poe, had repeatedly blamed the administration bet for the MRT’s current state.

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Abaya said it was to be expected that Roxas, as a presidential candidate, would be under scrutiny for his performance as Transportation secretary.

He was quick to add, however, that a Roxas victory would not mean the problems that exist today would continue.

“The traffic and congestion are clearly not part of the straight path, but providing solutions to that is clearly part of it. The traffic that we’ve had was not created in the last five years,” Abaya said.

“We’re a growing economy and we have record sales [of cars] and we have to catch up in mass transportation systems. Those issues have been [existing] for the longest time,” Abaya said.

Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III said that the worsening traffic condition in the country should not cause distress because it is a sign of economic progress, adding that traffic could be attributted to record car sales that have outpaced the construction or widening of roads around the country.

“When you come home and you’re caught in traffic, just remember that people are running errands, not just loitering around. That is a sign of economic growth,” Aquino had said.

Abaya said Roxas would find solutions and not fault.

In the same interview, Abaya insisted that all MRT contracts signed under his watch were clean and fair, contrary to the Senate subcommittee report on the MRT pinning blame at him and DoTC officials for “gross inexcusable negligence” in allowing the deterioration of the MRT by not immediately hiring a competent maintenance provider.

“We have no worries. Our conscience is clear and we strictly implemented the procurement law,” he said.

He also laid the blame for the MRT-3 mess on its former general manager, Al Vitangcol, who has been charged for violating the anti-graft and corruption law.

On Monday, the MRT suspended trips from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City during the morning rush hour due to a rail break between Magallanes and Ayala stations.

Passengers were forced to get off the train and take buses along Edsa. Normal operations resumed after one hour.

Roxas’ spokesman, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, said Roxas would definitely carry the burden of defending the administration, but said he was confident that his platform of continuity under the straight path will eventually make the difference to voters come May.


GITIERREZ

“It’s unavoidable,” Gutierrez said of the attacks hurled against Roxas, not only on the MRT issue but on every issue raised against the administration. “We expect that.”

Gutierrez also fended off attacks from Duterte, who had accused Roxas of being beholden to a mining magnate who owns the plane he has been using on the campaign trail, saying the mayor was not credible.

On Friday, Duterte accused Roxas of corruption for leasing planes from mining magnate Francis Eric Gutierrez, whose mining company SR Mining Inc. had been fined P7 million by the government in 2007 for over-extracting nickel ore.

“You [Roxas] have been using his planes. I have personally seen him [Roxas] use that plane in Davao. If that is not corruption, then what do you call that?” he told reporters at the Davao International Airport.

Despite being fined, Duterte said, Francis Eric Gutierrez was able to continue with his business because of his links to Roxas.

“Until now the operations haven’t been stopped because of the protection of Roxas,” Duterte said.

But Roxas’ spokesman said Duterte has “fabricated another story without basis.”

Another spokesperson for the ruling party, Caloocan Rep. Edgardo Erice, said that while Roxas is indeed leasing the private planes from the SRMI boss, Erice said that all their transactions were above board.

Erice, who also happens to be the mining executive’s friend and business partner, said it’s only normal for presidential candidates who are on the campaign trail to rent private planes.

Gutierrez said the ruling party is even willing to show the receipts for the lease of these private jets.

“Our challenge to other candidates, all of you who are using private vehicles, including private helicopters, jets in your sorties, show and declare your expenses. For us, we’re ready to show these campaign expenses to the Commission on Elections,” he said.


MALAYA

NOY: MAR IS MY ONLY CANDIDATE February 19, 2016 BY RAYMOND AFRICA AND PETER TABINGO

PRESIDENT Aquino said Wednesday he is supporting only Manuel “Mar” Roxas II for president in the May elections, and that Sen. Grace Poe is not his “secret candidate” or “Plan B.”

Word that Poe may be Aquino’s secret bet spread even before she attended his birthday party last Feb. 8.

Aquino said he has always been firm on his stand on any issue, including who to support in the May elections.

“Kailan pa ako hindi mapagkakatiwalaan sa binitiwan kong salita? Kailan ba ako may ipapakita na ang gagawin kabaligtaran?,” he said.

Aquino said on his birthday, Poe sent him a text message informing him of her interest to attend the event.

“Nag-text siya (Poe) sa akin, sabi niya ‘Happy birthday’. Tapos parang ang tanda ko doon sa text wala ang telepono ko, as usual ano, pero something to the effect na, ‘Sir, invited ba ako doon sa dinner? Hehe’ E di sinagot ko, ‘If you are comfortable, of course, you are invited’,” Aquino said.

Aquino said Poe had second thoughts due to intrigues that may arise from her presence.

“Tapos nag-text siya, sabi niya ‘Baka magka-issue pa in so many quarters, baka hindi na lang ako pupunta pero thank you for considering me as a friend that you invited me.’ Sabi ko ‘E di next time.’ Tapos nagbago siya ng isip, dumating siya and she stayed for a few minutes, not that long. So palagay ko naman, I’d like to think she went there as a friend wanting to help me celebrate my birthday, okay,” he added.

He said if really believes in Poe, he would openly campaign for her

“If I believe in her, I will not keep it a secret. I will campaign for her,” he said.

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Aquino said he believes that Roxas and his running mate Rep. Leni Robredo have a solid base of support, and it is getting stronger.

He said other candidates’ survey ratings are fluctuating but that of his candidates are steady.

He brushed aside insinuations that Roxas is a “hard sell” because he came from a rich family and does not care for the masses.

He said people seem to forget about the many sacrifices of Roxas during the Zamboanga siege in 2013 and in Eastern Samar when it was hit by Typhoon Yolanda. Curiously, he omitted Tacloban.

Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, Team Daang Matuwid spokesman, said Aquino has never wavered in his support for Roxas since endorsing the former interior secretary back in July 2015.

“Whoever is spreading tales of a secret candidate must be desperate to hitch a ride on the President’s popularity,” Gutierrez said.

He pointed out that Aquino has maintained a high trust rating so it is not surprising that some candidates would attempt to ride on his reputation.

Gutierrez likewise chided Poe for saying that she is willing to seek Aquino’s advice on anti-corruption programs if she wins the presidential race in May, saying it is an attempt to piggy-back on Aquino but at Roxas’ expense.

Roxas dared his opponents to make a voluntary disclosure of their sources of campaign funding and logistical support after he was criticized for using the aircraft of a mining investor.

The administration bet said any candidate who claims to support Freedom of Information should find no objection to his challenge.

“If you have nothing to hide, why wait until after the elections?” he declared.

Independent candidates Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, earlier said they will make a full accounting of their campaign support in their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) after the polls.


ADOBO CHRONICLES (POLITICS)

PHILIPPINES: AQUINO-MARCOS RIVALRY TURNS HAIRY FEBRUARY 19, 2016 ADOBOCHRON LEAVE A COMMENT



RANCHO MIRAGE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – The decades-old political rivalry between the Aquinos and the Marcoses has turned personal. And hairy.

In a recent media interview while attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit hosted by President Barack Obama at Sunnyland in Rancho Mirage, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino took a swipe at Vice presidential candidate and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., saying that the 58-year-old namesake of the late dictator dyes his grey hair.

Aquino’s thinning hair has also been the subject of ridicule in his home country, earning him the nickname panot, Tagalog word for balding.

Marcos was gracious in his response, thanking the president for noticing his hair in spite if the many serious problems the country faces.

The senator did admit he dyes his hair to avoid getting in deep trouble with the women in his life — his wife and, of course his mother Imelda. “They don’t want me to look old,” he said.


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