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Ignoring Noy's incessant tirades: BONGBONG TO P-NOY - LET THE PEOPLE JUDGE THE MARCOSES!


MARCH 1 -Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. here with his wife, said voters would decide who among the candidates have helped the country and who have sacrificed to bring progress and development particularly in the countryside. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ignored yesterday the continued criticism of President Aquino, saying the people would judge the Marcoses and the Aquinos in the coming May elections. “The President criticized not only me personally but everything about my family. And I say, leave it to the people to judge. That’s essentially what I’m saying. Leave it to the people to judge.” 
In a press briefing during his campaign in Rizal province, Marcos asked Aquino what he has done for the country during his administration. “Who did the most for this country? Who did the most for the people. That’s the judgment not only for Marcoses, not only for Aquinos. That’s the judgment that every voter has to make for every candidate.“ Marcos said voters would decide who among the candidates have helped the country and who have sacrificed to bring progress and development particularly in the countryside. He said the people must scrutinize every candidate from president down to the municipal councilor if they are wiling to sacrifice and if they are capable of doing their jobs. Marcos also accused Aquino of derailing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). He reminded the President that the BBL is a local bill and must first be approved by the House of Representatives before he, as chairman of the Senate local government committee, could act on it. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marcos - I'll just let PNoy say and do what he wants, I will continue to focus on my campaign
[“My response to him [Aquino] is that I will just continue to campaign. After all, lagi kong sinasabi ang tao ang maghuhusga," (The people should be the judge) Bongbong Marcos]


MARCH 3 -Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday said he will just let President Benigno Aquino III continue his tirade against him over the issue of martial law as he will just focus on securing victory in the upcoming elections.
“Whatever he would like to do, that’s his prerogative as a citizen. Again, that’s not surprising. He has been consistent in his positions,” Marcos Jr. told reporters at the sidelines of the second day of his campaign sortie in Laguna. Marcos Jr. was responding to the new statement of Aquino against him and running mate, presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. In a speech during the campaign sortie of the Liberal Party (LP)-led Daang Matuwid coalition in Tagbilaran City, Bohol Thursday morning, Aquino slammed Santiago for choosing Marcos Jr. as her running mate. Aquino said he cannot understand why Santiago, a trial court judge, during martial law chose to run with the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. “My response to that is that I will just continue to campaign. After all, lagi kong sinasabi ang tao ang maghuhusga," Marcos Jr. said when pressed for reaction by the members of the media. Marcos Jr. further said that he would rather let Santiago comment on Aquino’s fresh criticism. "Mas maganda kung si Senator Miriam nalang ang tanungin ninyo. Mas nakakaalam siya paano sagutin 'yan. I do not want to pre-empt her on what she will say," Marcos Jr. said. READ MORE...RELATED, Bongbong Marcos has become popular because Noynoy Aquino sucks! FROM GETREALPHILIPPINES.COM...

ALSO: Escudero - Aquino should be focused on fair polls instead of Roxas campaign


MARCH 6 -Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero of Galing at Puso. ARNOLD ALMACEN
SAMBOAN, Cebu – Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Saturday said President Aquino should not have endorsed any candidate in the May elections to show that the polls will indeed be fair. “Nalungkot ako ng bahagya nung nagpasya si Pangulong Aquino na mag-endorso ng kandidato (I was slightly saddened by the decision of President Aquino to endorse a candidate),” he told a news conference at the rest house of Mayor Raymond Calderon of Samboan town, located at the southern tip of Cebu. “Mas maganda sana kung wala, hindi dahil si Sen. Grace and inendorso niya or ako pero mas maganda sana kung pinangasiwaan na lang ng Pangulo, sinupervise at inoversee niya ang isang malinis at patas na halalan (It would have been better if he hadn’t, not because he did not endorse Senator Grace or me.It would have been better if the President just supervised and oversaw the conduct of clean and fair elections),” he added. Escudero said the government’s program–Daang Matuwid (straight path)–would have best exemplified the ideals of fair play had the President not been involved in the campaign. Sen. Grace Poe, who is running for president, and her running mate, Escudero, were in Cebu on Saturday, a day after the two-day sortie of administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in this vote-rich province. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy continues to campaign for LP bets


MARCH 6 -President Aquino believes he cannot afford to stop campaigning for administration candidates, saying he has the responsibility to make his choices known. STAR/File photo
President Aquino believes he cannot afford to stop campaigning for administration candidates, saying he has the responsibility to make his choices known. He told people during a campaign rally at the sports and cultural complex of Mandaue City in Cebu on Thursday that many have asked him to just be practical and avoid campaigning for anyone as administration candidates continue to trail rivals in the surveys. “Isn’t it that when you endorse some, they become your allies (and) their enemies become your enemies (too)? We all know how dirty politics is in this country,” the President said.
Aquino has been campaigning for Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and 12 senatorial bets. After his endorsement, the rating of Roxas improved, but only from the usual four to seven percent. The Feb. 15 to 20 Pulse Asia survey released yesterday showed that Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay were tied at first place with 26 and 25 percent respectively, while Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got 21 percent each. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got three percent. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the survey shows “the race is tightening.” READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Edsa truth now catching up with lies’ - Colmenares... AND Palace defends Noy appearance in LP bets’ ads...

ALSO: P-Noy took swipes on Gringo, stumps for Roxas, hits Binay


MARCH 4 -The Chief Executive took a swipe at Vice President Jejomar Binay’s runningmate, opposition Sen. Gringo Honasan, who was behind the series of coup attempts during the administration of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino, in the late ’90s and whose men ambushed him in August 1987 in Malacañang. Aquino said Binay fought for democracy against those who launched the coup attempts but he is now running with the one who planned the overthrow. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, file
 President Aquino has taken up the cudgels for his ally, Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, in berating the latter’s arch rival, Vice President Jejomar Binay, whom he hinted has the makings of a magician who does not have a vision for the country.
“Ako itatanong ko lang ho sa kanya, kung sakaling magkita kami ulit: kuya, saan mo ba kami dadalhin? Hindi ba lehitimong tanong iyun (What I will ask him in case we see each other again is: brother, where are you taking us? Isn’t that a legitimate question?),” Aquino told the crowd in Tagbilaran, Bohol last Wednesday. Aquino expressed bewilderment at how Binay – a human rights lawyer during the 20-year authoritarian regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos – managed to get along with the late dictator’s son, vice presidential candidate Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and even tried to recruit him as runningmate. The Chief Executive also took a swipe at Binay’s runningmate, opposition Sen. Gringo Honasan, who was behind the series of coup attempts during the administration of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino, in the late ’90s and whose men ambushed him in August 1987 in Malacañang. Aquino said Binay fought for democracy against those who launched the coup attempts but he is now running with the one who planned the overthrow. The President also did not let Binay’s penchant for “photo opportunity” pass, and his pronouncements that the government should sit down and talk with China regarding the West Philippine Sea where Beijing has built artificial islands. Aquino also hinted that the titular head of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance may have the makings of a magician, following news reports quoting Binay as saying that he will increase pensioners’ benefits and reduce taxes if he is elected. Aquino said he just shakes his head in disbelief, wondering where Binay will get the funds. READ MORE...RELATED, Palace on Roxas’ poll showing - ‘Slow but sure’...


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Ignoring Noy's incessant tirades: Bongbong to P-Noy - Let the people judge Marcoses


Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said voters would decide who among the candidates have helped the country and who have sacrificed to bring progress and development particularly in the countryside. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Perseus Echeminada March 1, 2016 - Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ignored yesterday the continued criticism of President Aquino, saying the people would judge the Marcoses and the Aquinos in the coming May elections.

“The President criticized not only me personally but everything about my family. And I say, leave it to the people to judge. That’s essentially what I’m saying. Leave it to the people to judge.”

In a press briefing during his campaign in Rizal province, Marcos asked Aquino what he has done for the country during his administration.

“Who did the most for this country? Who did the most for the people. That’s the judgment not only for Marcoses, not only for Aquinos. That’s the judgment that every voter has to make for every candidate.“

Marcos said voters would decide who among the candidates have helped the country and who have sacrificed to bring progress and development particularly in the countryside.

He said the people must scrutinize every candidate from president down to the municipal councilor if they are wiling to sacrifice and if they are capable of doing their jobs.

Marcos also accused Aquino of derailing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

He reminded the President that the BBL is a local bill and must first be approved by the House of Representatives before he, as chairman of the Senate local government committee, could act on it.

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Marcos said the weakness is not in the process but in the bill itself, which is also unconstitutional and unlikely to bring peace – the reason the congressmen did not approve it.

Meanwhile, he also praised on Sunday the selfless dedication of volunteer firemen who risk their lives to serve the people and their property.

Speaking before the Association of Volunteer Fire Chiefs and Firefighters of the Philippines Inc. at the launch of activities to welcome “Fire Prevention Month” at the Harbour Center in Tondo, Manila, Marcos said the group serves as living proof that the spirit of volunteerism is very much alive.

“The spirit of volunteerism that is shown by our volunteer firemen is a good example to our young people,” he said.

Marcos said volunteer firefighters provide crucial assistance to the public in times of fire, noting that with the use of their own resources volunteer firefighters normally manage to acquire better equipment compared to their government counterparts.

Officials of Rizal province declared their support yesterday for Marcos.

Former vice governor Frisco San Juan Jr. said the Marcos family has done so much for the progress of the province, especially during the term of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

“We will assure you that the province of Rizal will forever be Marcos country,” said San Juan.

Aside from San Juan, those who welcomed Marcos were Gov. Rebecca Ynares, Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro Ynares III, Antipolo 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop, Antipolo 1st District Rep. Roberto Puno and former Antipolo mayor Angelito Gatlabayan.

For his part, Marcos thanked the political leaders of Rizal, and those present, for the warm welcome as he promised more livelihood assistance to the province once he is selected as vice president. – With Non Alquitran


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Marcos: I'll just let PNoy continue his tirades over Martial law, I will continue to focus on my campaign  Published March 3, 2016 7:16pm By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday said he will just let President Benigno Aquino III continue his tirade against him over the issue of martial law as he will just focus on securing victory in the upcoming elections.

“Whatever he would like to do, that’s his prerogative as a citizen. Again, that’s not surprising. He has been consistent in his positions,” Marcos Jr. told reporters at the sidelines of the second day of his campaign sortie in Laguna.

Marcos Jr. was responding to the new statement of Aquino against him and running mate, presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

In a speech during the campaign sortie of the Liberal Party (LP)-led Daang Matuwid coalition in Tagbilaran City, Bohol Thursday morning, Aquino slammed Santiago for choosing Marcos Jr. as her running mate.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/557604/news/nation/pnoy-to-miriam-why-choose-bongbong-as-running-mate 

Aquino said he cannot understand why Santiago, a trial court judge, during martial law chose to run with the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

“My response to that is that I will just continue to campaign. After all, lagi kong sinasabi ang tao ang maghuhusga," Marcos Jr. said when pressed for reaction by the members of the media.

Marcos Jr. further said that he would rather let Santiago comment on Aquino’s fresh criticism.

"Mas maganda kung si Senator Miriam nalang ang tanungin ninyo. Mas nakakaalam siya paano sagutin 'yan. I do not want to pre-empt her on what she will say," Marcos Jr. said.

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It was not the first time that Aquino publicly slammed Marcos Jr. over the issue of martial law.

In his speech during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA People Power on Friday last week, Aquino criticized Marcos Jr. for the latter’s refusal to apologize for the abuses committed during martial law.

The older Marcos declared martial law in 1972 during which, many activists were allegedly killed or abducted, while several others were allegedly raped or tortured.

Meanwhile, Marcos Jr. said he respects the opinion of some 400 members of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) who issued a joint statement describing Marcos Sr.’s dictatorship as “one of the darkest periods of Philippine history”.

In its statement the ADMU faculty also slammed the younger Marcos over his alleged "revision of history, disturbing vision of the future, and shallow call for 'unity'."

“Yung ganyang balita hindi ko alam yan. Sainyo ko na lang nalalaman. Kasama talaga sa pulitika merong bumabatikos at sumusuporta. Nirerespeto natin sila. Basta tayo ay tuloy lang sa ating kampanya,” Marcos Jr. said.

From second place in the Social Weather Station (SWS) elections survey in mid-January of this year, Marcos’ ratings improved in mid-February, placing tie in the top spot with vice presidential candidate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero. — APG, GMA News

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FROM GET REAL PHILIPPINES ONLINE

Bongbong Marcos has become popular because Noynoy Aquino sucks! February 28, 2016by Ilda


President BS Aquino's negativism fails to inspire.

Why has Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos become so popular with Filipino voters? There are plenty of reasons why but the number one reason is because of his Number One critic, current President Benigno Simeon Aquino.

A lot of voters have become disillusioned by BS Aquino’s performance over the six years he’s held office. They realize that he is quite an unpleasant man who is only good at blaming other people for his own failures. His character is such a turn-off. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t have a face that could launch a thousand ships. It is a cringe-worthy experience watching the President speak in public.

It’s hard to tell if it is because of the shape of his mouth, which looks like it is always upside down or because his mouth is always spewing negative things about other people.

Either way, BS Aquino is just so uninspiring. He has never been one to inspire unity in Philippine society anyway. In fact, his speeches are quite often about how “evil” his rivals are compared to him. People have noticed how hypocritical he is by casting himself as pious while throwing negative propaganda against his political enemies. A truly pious person will never speak ill of others.

Because Marcos, Jr is a threat to the so-called Aquino “legacy”, BS Aquino has shifted to full gear in trying to knock the senator’s popularity down. BS Aquino, the son of the late “democracy icon” and former President Cory Aquino would be a laughing stock indeed, when the Marcoses return to Malacanang.

Ironically, the more BS Aquino talks negatively about the Marcoses, the more people give Marcos Jr a second look. It appears that BS Aquino and his supporters do not understand the concept behind public relations. They inadvertently help give Marcos Jr free publicity at the height of campaign season for the Presidential Elections. As they say, all publicity is good publicity.

This brings us to another reason why Marcos Jr has become popular with voters. Every time BS Aquino mentions the name Marcos, the voters unconsciously give the senator’s performance as a public servant a second look and they begin to see him as his own man, separately from his father.

The problem with BS Aquino and his supporters is that, it has become obvious that the only things they can use against Marcos Jr are the atrocities allegedly committed by his father’s government during the Martial Law years and nothing about his performance as a senator.

They keep insisting that Marcos Jr has not apologized for them. But Martial Law was declared when he was only 12 years old. How can they blame the atrocities committed by members of the Philippine military and police on someone who was still a teenager when they occurred? Some people are suffering from a bad case of tunnel vision that they can’t think straight anymore. On one occasion, BS Aquino criticized Marcos Jr for dyeing his gray hair black. Only a bald man would notice another man’s hairdo, I suppose.


Bongbong Marcos’s surging popularity is a result of BS Aquino’s bad performance.

BS Aquino’s hypocrisy was made more evident when he hosted the Japanese Emperor and Empress recently. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army committed worse atrocities against the Filipino people and yet BS Aquino recently welcomed the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in the country.

While BS Aquino sees the importance of making peace with one of the country’s previous oppressors, he doesn’t see the importance of making peace with the Marcoses. He talks about them as if they did nothing good for the country.

This despite the fact that a lot of the infrastructure built during the Marcos years like the Philippine International Convention Center, the North and South Luzon tollways, the Philippine Heart Center, and the San Juanico bridge among others are still being utilized by Filipinos today. We also need not mention some of the policies initiated by Marcos Sr like sending overseas contract workers abroad to help the economy still benefit even the BS Aquino administration today.

Yes, those are some of the things that give voters something to think about. Unfortunately for BS Aquino, the more he highlights how bad the Marcoses are, the more he highlights that he is worse than his enemies.

This brings us to yet another reason why Marcos Jr is becoming popular. Despite the negative propaganda thrown at him, Marcos Jr still manages to smile and take things with a grain of salt. The voters notice this and find him a refreshing alternative to the hostile demeanor BS Aquino quite often projects.

Indeed, what the Philippines needs is a leader who will promote unity and harmony among Filipinos and not someone who promotes discord and division like BS Aquino. The voters have had enough of him and his despicable personality.


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Escudero: Aquino should have focused on fair polls instead of campaign SHARES: 2227 VIEW COMMENTS By: Carmel Loise Matus @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 02:26 PM March 5th, 2016 escudero


Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero of Galing at Puso. ARNOLD ALMACEN

SAMBOAN, Cebu – Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Saturday said President Aquino should not have endorsed any candidate in the May elections to show that the polls will indeed be fair.

“Nalungkot ako ng bahagya nung nagpasya si Pangulong Aquino na mag-endorso ng kandidato (I was slightly saddened by the decision of President Aquino to endorse a candidate),” he told a news conference at the rest house of Mayor Raymond Calderon of Samboan town, located at the southern tip of Cebu.

“Mas maganda sana kung wala, hindi dahil si Sen. Grace and inendorso niya or ako pero mas maganda sana kung pinangasiwaan na lang ng Pangulo, sinupervise at inoversee niya ang isang malinis at patas na halalan (It would have been better if he hadn’t, not because he did not endorse Senator Grace or me.It would have been better if the President just supervised and oversaw the conduct of clean and fair elections),” he added.

Escudero said the government’s program–Daang Matuwid (straight path)–would have best exemplified the ideals of fair play had the President not been involved in the campaign.

Sen. Grace Poe, who is running for president, and her running mate, Escudero, were in Cebu on Saturday, a day after the two-day sortie of administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in this vote-rich province.

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From Samboan, they were expected to fly to Bantayan Island, in northern tip of Cebu.

Poe said it was also important to have the support of different groups from well-meaning families like the Calderons in Samboan.

“We need all the support that we can get from well- intentioned families. It makes a big difference if you are welcomed when you go to any province. We respect their prerogative to be able to declare where their commitment lies.” CDG

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Noy continues to campaign for LP bets By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 5, 2016 - 12:00am 0 43 googleplus0 0


President Aquino believes he cannot afford to stop campaigning for administration candidates, saying he has the responsibility to make his choices known. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino believes he cannot afford to stop campaigning for administration candidates, saying he has the responsibility to make his choices known.

He told people during a campaign rally at the sports and cultural complex of Mandaue City in Cebu on Thursday that many have asked him to just be practical and avoid campaigning for anyone as administration candidates continue to trail rivals in the surveys.

“Isn’t it that when you endorse some, they become your allies (and) their enemies become your enemies (too)? We all know how dirty politics is in this country,” the President said.

Aquino has been campaigning for Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and 12 senatorial bets.

After his endorsement, the rating of Roxas improved, but only from the usual four to seven percent.

The Feb. 15 to 20 Pulse Asia survey released yesterday showed that Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay were tied at first place with 26 and 25 percent respectively, while Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got 21 percent each. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got three percent.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the survey shows “the race is tightening.”

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“The posturing is wearing thin as reality is catching up with those increasingly unable to withstand scrutiny. As the public’s attention and concentration increase, the breakthrough of the true candidates of reform is imminent,” Lacierda added.

He also said that the party is “confident that as clarity occurs, the public will take to heart that this nation has too much potential to risk any course other than continuity and stability through daang matuwid.”

Aquino said he was aware of the risks he has to face because of the endorsements and the campaigning he had to do.

“I have the responsibility to all of you to share my evaluation and views on everyone seeking to bring us to a better place. I suppose I was true to my promise that I would be leaving (the country better) than how I found it,” Aquino added.

He reiterated that the people themselves had been a big part of the changes and transformation that occurred in the country and the direction it would be heading to would depend on the May 9 polls.

Aquino recalled that a month after his father was assassinated in August 1983, Cebu welcomed him warmly, making him believe that martial law was not existing in the province.

“Cebuanos were really at the forefront at the time, people power had not yet been thought of but you already showed how to fight the dictatorship. Thank you very much, all of you,” the President said.

Before the 1986 EDSA people power revolution, Aquino said Cebuanos also backed the call of his late mother Corazon for civil disobedience and took care of her security back then.

Mrs. Aquino ran against then dictator Ferdinand Marcos but was cheated. She was installed into the presidency after the 1986 revolt.

The President said he felt his mother was safe in Cebu during the most trying times of their lives and that it was also the time he started showing gratitude to Cebuanos.

Aquino discussed the various programs and projects of his administration in Cebu, including the Mactan-Cebu International Airport passenger terminal, which could accommodate 15 million passengers after its completion in 2019. The current terminal can only serve 4.5 million.

He cited last year’s 3.9 million foreign and domestic tourists, which gave the impression that “good governance means good economics.”

In nearby Talisay City, administration VP bet and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo thanked supporters, saying her numbers in the surveys kept on increasing even when she does not have the funds to mount a huge campaign.

She said Cebu has become her second home because it was the last place her husband, the late local government secretary Jesse Robredo, visited before he was killed in a plane crash.


Leni Robredo to Cebuanos: 'Jesse spent his last day with you' RAPPLER.COOM FILE

Word war rages on Meanwhile, the word war between presidential candidates rages on despite calls for them to elevate the level of their campaign discourse.

Administration bet Roxas lashed out at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who had blamed him for the problems plaguing the country’s train system.

Filipinos would suffer if Binay does to the country what he did in Makati, Roxas told reporters in Cebu yesterday.

Binay, his wife Elenita and their son Junjun served as mayors of the city.

“Vice President Binay is saying those things again to divert the attention of the people from the corruption and theft that happened in Makati. How did it happen? Maybe he should explain,” Roxas said in response to Binay’s tirades against him.

He said the Makati city government spent P550,000 for a hospital bed that costs P35,000 and more than P1 million for a sterilizer that is only worth P16,000.

“You (Binay) said you would do to the Philippines what you did in Makati? I hope you don’t. The Philippines will be in a sorry state if you steal from its coffers like what you did in Makati. The poor in the Philippines will become poorer,” he said. – With Alexis Romero, Delon Porcalla, Liv Campo

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‘Edsa truth now catching up with lies’SHARES: 1176 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aie Balagtas See @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:54 AM March 5th, 2016

 

What’s “the worst” that could happen to one’s country?

It’s when truth has been so eroded that 30 years after the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that ended Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, it’s now the truth that’s catching up with the lies, according to Neri Colmenares, the Bayan Muna party-list representative who is a candidate for senator in May.


BAYAN MUNA SENATORIAL CANDIDATE COLMENARES  UNDER THE MAKABAYAN BLOC

Colmenares, a victim of torture and abuse during the dictatorship when he was just an 18-year-old student, blames the lack of proper education and transmission for the rampant revisionism that is now happening, particularly on social media, about the 20-year repressive rule of Marcos.

In a roundtable with Inquirer editors and reporters on Thursday night, Colmenares said the Department of Education (DepEd) had failed to provide the younger generation with a strong-enough foundation to fully understand what happened during martial law and the atrocities that went with it.

“If only the foundation had been instilled for 30 years, then it would be very difficult for social media to change it as what as happened in the last two or three years. But revisionism succeeded because there was a vacuum,” he said.

“This is a situation where truth has to catch up with lies. Had we been able to establish truth, then it would have been very difficult to perpetuate lies. But the reverse happened; it’s now truth that’s catching up with the lies. That’s one of the worst things that can happen to a country,” he said.

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According to Colmenares, such a foundation was lacking so that when the age of social media arrived, the lie was successfully perpetrated that the martial law era was the golden age of the nation.

“It’s a combination of two things. The first 30 years or so was a complete lack of transmission of the events. That’s why I am a little bit angry with Brother Armin [Luistro, the education secretary],” he said.

Colmenares said he went to see Luistro in 2010 or 2011, and suggested that the years under martial law be written into the textbooks.

“[Luistro] said: ‘I will look into that.’ Apparently, he never did,” he said as a check with the textbooks shows that only one page is dedicated to the country’s darkest years.

Historian Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua earlier said that the school textbooks barely touch on the Marcos dictatorship’s abuses. There is also no context for the Edsa People Power Revolution, he said.

Martial law deodorized

“I’m really frustrated, not just disappointed. Martial law has become deodorized when in fact it was one of the worst chapters in Philippine history. It was one of the bloodiest, if not the darkest years, when the economic promise never happened but the violation of human rights was so … I have no words for it … people died,” Colmenares said.

According to Colmenares, the social media campaign to deodorize the abuses of the Marcos dictatorship started three to four years ago.

He described the campaign as conducted “under the radar” or “innocuous.”

“They will say the traffic is heavy now unlike during the martial law years. But, of course, there were few vehicles then. In fact, the number of vehicles didn’t increase much even after Cory [Aquino took over],” he said.

Colmenares said the fight to instill in the minds of young people the abuses of the Marcos years should go beyond elections. If the people need to learn little by little, then so be it, as long as they get educated about it, he said.

“This is not an election [issue], it goes beyond three months [the remaining life of the Aquino administration]. We have to make sure the new President and new DepEd secretary will do what should be done,” he said.

“Within the next three months, I guess we just have to press on,” he said.

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Remigio Ramilo Maranan · Mapúa Institute of Technology
Itong si Comenares ay di ko nadinig ang pangalan bago nag-martial law dahil si Sison ang pinaka-lider ng mga student ralies sa Maynila pero isa rin opportunist tulad ng ibang political prisoners na pinakawalan ni Cory. Like · Reply · 2 hrs

Edgardo Calixto Pati nga ang isang andres bonifacio e namatay. Kahit anong gobyerno pag may komontra ikukulong, worst pinapatay. Ride on lang itong c comenares Like · Reply · 2 hrs

Herrold Flauta · Magsaysay Memorial College
pasikat lang at baka makapasok sa magic 12 ng survey para senate. Like · Reply · 2 hrs

Jolly Bautista Natabunan ng KASINUNGALINGAN (Binays, Enriles, Aquinos, Ramos, Estradas, Macapagals, Revillas, Napoles' et al) ang KATOTOHANAN ng History ng EDSA dahil sa 'kawalan' ng pagbabago. At dahil sa angking YAMAN ng Pilipinas na sinamantala at ibinulsa. Sayang! na EDSA History. CORRUPTIONS ang nagbura ng Katotohanan. Batid na po ng buong sambayanang Pilipino ang Kakayahan at Yaman ng bansa. CORRUPTION / PANDARAMBONG (Money) is the ROOT of all Evils. Kaya doon po sa mga Kandidato huwag na pong mag-isip magnakaw at sa mga nagnakaw na sana po 'HUWAG NA KAYONG MAGNAKAW PA ULI'. Pagpalain po ang lahat ng magwawagi sa halalan na nawa'y di na sila MAGNANAKAW at HINDI papanig sa mga NAGNAKAW. Mabuhay po ang Pilipinas!. Like · Reply · 1 hr

Basilio Santiago · Araullo University
Tama ka jan... Like · Reply · 1 hr

Basilio Santiago · Araullo University
Now I am inviting everybody who have nationalistic concern to CHALLENGE Neri Colmenares to denounce the CPP-NPA-NDF of their communistic activities. This way we can tell if we can trust him in the Senate. Like · Reply · 1 · 1 hr

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Palace defends Noy appearance in LP bets’ ads By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 18 googleplus0 0 MANILA, Philippines -


LACIERDA

Malacañang defended yesterday President Aquino’s appearance in political advertisements endorsing administration candidates, particularly Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

“The Daang Matuwid coalition is campaigning on a platform of continuity of improving the lives of our countrymen,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

In the past five and a half years, Lacierda said, Aquino improved the lives of Filipinos through the conditional cash transfer program, health insurance and other social services.

“He allowed a robust business environment for our businessmen to prosper. It is inconceivable that he will allow everything he has done in the past five and a half years to be reversed,” he said, referring to Aquino.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President was merely being firm on his position that the daang matuwid or straight path must continue, and that Roxas and Robredo are the best persons to keep it going.

“While the President is campaigning for them, he continues to serve our bosses, the Filipino people, completely,” Coloma said.

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Marikeños root for Mar-Leni Thousands of Marikeños gathered at city hall on Saturday to show support for Roxas and Robredo.

“We have no other candidates in mind but the LP. Vote straight LP,” Mayor Del de Guzman, said.The poster-bearing crowd welcomed the Mar-Leni team during the event, which was attended by De Guzman, Rep. Miro Quimbo, Rep. Marcelino Teodoro and senatorial bets Sen. Franklin Drilon and Mark Lapid.

“What we saw in Marikina is a good example of an exemplary character of our race,” Roxas said.

“We should not be moved nor surrender. And despite all the hardship of the situation, we should always be smiling and ready to help our fellow countrymen,” he added.

Roxas said during his term as chief of the Department of Trade and Industry, he helped the city’s ailing shoe industry recover.

He promised to prioritize the provision of jobs as well as continue the government’s anti-poverty initiatives, such as PhilHealth and the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, if he is elected.

He urged Marikeños to make the right choice in May. – With Non Alquitran


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Noy stumps for Roxas, hits Binay By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 4, 2016 - 12:00am 2 1 googleplus0 0


The Chief Executive took a swipe at Vice President Jejomar Binay’s runningmate, opposition Sen. Gringo Honasan, who was behind the series of coup attempts during the administration of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino, in the late ’90s and whose men ambushed him in August 1987 in Malacañang. Aquino said Binay fought for democracy against those who launched the coup attempts but he is now running with the one who planned the overthrow. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, file

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has taken up the cudgels for his ally, Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, in berating the latter’s arch rival, Vice President Jejomar Binay, whom he hinted has the makings of a magician who does not have a vision for the country.

“Ako itatanong ko lang ho sa kanya, kung sakaling magkita kami ulit: kuya, saan mo ba kami dadalhin? Hindi ba lehitimong tanong iyun (What I will ask him in case we see each other again is: brother, where are you taking us? Isn’t that a legitimate question?),” Aquino told the crowd in Tagbilaran, Bohol last Wednesday.

Aquino expressed bewilderment at how Binay – a human rights lawyer during the 20-year authoritarian regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos – managed to get along with the late dictator’s son, vice presidential candidate Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and even tried to recruit him as runningmate.

The Chief Executive also took a swipe at Binay’s runningmate, opposition Sen. Gringo Honasan, who was behind the series of coup attempts during the administration of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino, in the late ’90s and whose men ambushed him in August 1987 in Malacañang.

Aquino said Binay fought for democracy against those who launched the coup attempts but he is now running with the one who planned the overthrow.

The President also did not let Binay’s penchant for “photo opportunity” pass, and his pronouncements that the government should sit down and talk with China regarding the West Philippine Sea where Beijing has built artificial islands.

Aquino also hinted that the titular head of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance may have the makings of a magician, following news reports quoting Binay as saying that he will increase pensioners’ benefits and reduce taxes if he is elected.

Aquino said he just shakes his head in disbelief, wondering where Binay will get the funds.

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‘Keep EDSA spirit alive’

In Mandaue City yesterday, President Aquino called on Cebuanos to keep the spirit of people power alive by protecting the right leaders with their votes as they had done in the past.

With a 2.7 million voting population now, Cebu is considered an important factor in winning a national election. The President also noted the social awareness of Cebuanos even before the 1986 EDSA people power revolution took place.

Aquino said during a meeting with local leaders and the community that he personally witnessed how Cebuanos fought the dictatorship and became the wellspring of support for his mother Corazon, who was installed as the country’s leader after the Marcos regime was toppled by the people’s uprising.


President Benigno Aquino III raises the hands of presidential candidate Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo during the Liberal Party grand rally at the Mandaue Sports Complex yesterday. PHOTO BY Kristine Campaña - The standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas II, yesterday declared he does not need the support of the prominent political families as he was banking on the votes of the ordinary people who believe in him. President Benigno Aquino III praised Roxas during the grand rally at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex. "Kapag may dapat tugunan, kapag may hamon na hinaharap ang bayan, si Mar Roxas lang ang walang atubili, walang drama. Unang nag sasakripisyo. Tahimik na ginagawa ang trabaho. Una po siya sa ground zero. Kay Mar Roxas natin ipagkakatiwala ang pamumuno ng Daang Matuwid," Aquino endorsed Roxas before the more than 6,000 people attending the rally.CEBU FREEMAN  HEADLINE MARCH 4, 2016

Aquino said his very first public speaking engagement a month after the death of his father, then senator Benigno Jr. in 1983, was in this province.

Good riddance


Roxas not bothered by the defectors. "Those turncoats, those leaving us, want us to return to our crooked past and prefer the easy way of straying from our straight path,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu yesterday, Roxas said he was not bothered by the defection of some his supporters to his rivals since they are helping purge the LP of those “straying from the straight path.”

Roxas was reacting to reports that local officials and supporters from the LP or those identified with the pro-administration Daang Matuwid Coalition, including those in Bohol, have joined the camps of Binay and Sen. Grace Poe.

He downplayed the reported mass defections, saying: “if there are any, there are just few.”

“You know, those defections are also good because this means they’ve shown their true colors. They really don’t believe in the cause that we’re fighting for. This fight of the straight path and good governance is not easy,” Roxas told reporters after visiting the Evercat Asia shipbuilding complex.

He pointed to the shipyard workers as symbolizing his campaign for more jobs and investments.

“Those turncoats, those leaving us, want us to return to our crooked past and prefer the easy way of straying from our straight path,” he said.

He said he has a track record of good governance way back when he was still trade secretary.

Roxas, who is lagging in presidential surveys, indicated that LP members supporting his rivals would be expelled.

“We have (party) rules that govern those kinds of situations,” he said.

Roxas won over Binay in Cebu in the 2010 vice presidential elections by nearly 500,000 votes, his biggest margin in all provinces in that year’s polls.

No time for No. 1 fan

Roxas also brushed aside Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s questions about the way the government used the funds for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“Hay naku, wala akong panahon para sa aking (I don’t have time for my) number one fan,” he said.

Roxas refers to Duterte as his “number one fan” because the mayor constantly attacks him in speeches and media interviews.

Duterte hurled his latest tirade at Roxas in a sortie in Pangasinan yesterday. During the event, the tough talking mayor claimed that the Aquino administration could not say how it spent the billions allotted for areas ravaged by Yolanda.

Roxas was interior secretary when the typhoon struck the Visayas in 2013, killing about 7,000 people and damaging P90 billion worth of properties.

Duterte chided the Aquino administration for its alleged failure to rehabilitate the affected areas and dared Roxas to explain how the typhoon funds were used.

Leni needs free hand

In a related development, one of the advisers of LP vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said she will have to campaign with her own style and message if she hopes to gain ground on her rivals.

Sen. Sergio Osmeña III said that he is helping out Robredo in her campaign and has been frustrated with how she has been “subsumed in the campaign of Mar Roxas.” – With Aurea Calica, Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero, Marvin Sy


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Palace on Roxas’ poll showing: ‘Slow but sure’ SHARES: 2376 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 01:41 PM March 5th, 2016


Liberal party presidential candidate Mar Roxas flashes the Laban sign at a campaign sortie in Ligao City, Albay.
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“Slow but sure,” was how Malacañang described the performance of LIberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

“The race has tightened. Dikit dikit po lahat. (It’s neck and neck.) In fact…No one can really be said [is] in a major lead because ang dikit nga nung diperensya nung iba’t ibang mga kandidato (because the differences in ratings between the candidates are very close),” undsecretary Manuel Quezon III said in an interview over state-run DZRB radio on Saturday.

“So this tells us that people are really thinking hard about their choices,” Quezon said.

In the Pulse Asia survey released on Friday, Roxas got a 21 percent voter preference compared to Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay who shared the top spot in the presidential preference poll, with 26 percent and 25 percent.

READ: Poe, Binay share lead; Escudero, Marcos ‘statistically tied’—Pulse Asia

Quezon said the poll ratings of Roxas’ rivals’ have been fluctuating while his ratings are steadily going up.

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“Slow but sure,” he said.

The Palace official said the first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City helped Roxas a lot.

“So as the campaign goes on, ang siguro dito malaki ang epekto ng mga debate, dahil nakikita sa debate sino ang may masustansyang sagot,” he said.

“Doon natin makikita na doon talaga mapapa-isip ang ating mga kababayan at magde-decide sila ayon nga sa alin ba ang masustansya at talagang may sagot sa lahat ng tanong sa isipan natin, Alin ba yung entertainment lamang, or walang masyadong nagba-back sa kanilang sinasabi,” he added.

(So, as the campaign goes on, perhaps the debate will prove to be of great weight since it is in the debate where they can see whose answers have substance.

That’s where we can see that our countrymen are thinking and deciding based on which answers have substance and who has answers to the questions we have in mind. Which are only for entertainment or [if] their statements have no backing.) CDG


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