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APRIL 11 -President Benigno Aquino III THE Sanlakas coalition on Sunday slammed President Benigno Aquino III for taking a week to respond to the bloody dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City, in which police shot dead two protesters, saying this was a sign of his incompetence. The President broke his silence on the Kidapawan violence on Friday, saying he learned of the four-day protest only on April 1, the day it was violently dispersed. A bout of flu and “a bum stomach” kept him from acting on the crisis immediately, he added. “Aquino’s statement is an admission of what we have long been suspecting, he indirectly admits to his incompetence and that of his Cabinet officials. His alibi falls short of what is the demanded by the office he holds but more importantly by the hunger and grief of our farmers in Mindanao,” said Aaron Pedrosa, secretary-general of Sanlakas coalition. Sanlakas and other organizations joined Kalampag, a campaign to push for justice and aid for the farmers in Mindanao last Friday. They demanded that the government release the P19 billion in El Niño mitigation funds as well as calamity and the standby quick response funds dispersed among various agencies. “Aquino’s late response is in itself condemnable. But what is more frustrating despite being informed late was that he did not see the gravity of the wanton disregard for human rights by security forces. Not even an speck of sympathy for the hunger-driven farmers or the shooting of unarmed protestors, while he himself [sought] sympathy for being out on a cold for a day,” Pedrosa said. “The outgoing resident of Malacañang is too dense and indifferent. After all, the Aquinos seem to be all too familiar with executing unarmed peasants after the Mendiola, Lupao and Hacianda Luisita massacres,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘DAANG MATUWID’ IN MAR, LENI BALLOT ENTRIES QUESTIONED


APRIL 12 -FORMER poll commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal yesterday questioned the inclusion of “Daang Matuwid,” the Aquino administration’s slogan, in the names of Liberal Party (LP) candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Leni Robredo in the official ballots printed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“If you read the rules, the nickname to be used by the candidates is limited to ‘one nickname or stage name by which aspirant is generally or popularly known in their locality.’ A campaign slogan is not a nickname,” Larrazabal said. But Comelec spokesman James Jimenez defended the poll body, saying all candidates were given the freedom to determine how their names will appear in the ballots. “All candidates were given the opportunity to specify how their names would appear on the ballot,” Jimenez said in his Twitter account (@jabjimenez). “Re: Daang Matuwid, karapatan ng kandidato – alam nila ito lahat – na ilagay sa COC ang gusto nilang nickname,” Jimenez added. In the official ballots printed by the Comelec, the LP candidates are identified as “Roxas, Mar Daang Matuwid (LP)” for president and “Robredo, Leni Daang Matuwid (LP)” for vice president. The Comelec completed the printing of all the 56,772,230 official ballots to be used in the May 9 polls last Saturday. Based on Comelec Resolution No. 9984, the candidate’s name that will appear on the official ballots shall be his/her surname; first name or nickname; and acronym of the political party or coalition, which collectively shall not exceed 30 characters. READ MORE...RELATED,

ALSO: Liberal Party sure of Roxas victory on May 9


APRIL 14 -RALLYING LP TROOPS FOR MAR, LENI “We will win because we’re not corrupt.We will win because we don’t act like dictators,” declares Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas at the show of force by the ruling party and allies at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Thursday. President Aquino raised the hands of Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU 
We will be victors on Election Day. Liberal Party (LP) presidential aspirant Mar Roxas made this bold declaration on Thursday in a show of force of the ruling political party and its allies in a gathering at the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. With President Benigno Aquino III, his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and hundreds of lawmakers, governors, mayors and other local officials cheering him on, Roxas delivered a resounding message to his rivals about the mammoth political machinery of the LP-led Daang Matuwid Coalition. READ: Show of force: LP members convene at Club Filipino for Roxas, Robredo
“We will win because we’re not corrupt! We will win because we don’t act like dictators! We will win because we’re Filipinos!” Roxas declared as the crowd inside the packed Corazon Aquino Kalayaan Hall erupted in thunderous cheers. “We will win because while others are still making promises, we have already started working … We will win because while others want to be the boss, we treat the Filipino people as our bosses,” he added, eliciting another deafening applause. It was the fourth time that members of the LP and its coalition partners met at Club Filipino since the President formally declared Roxas as his chosen successor in July last year. Ranking officials of the ruling party doused speculations that the event was a loyalty check among LP members amid reports that some of its members had already jumped ship. Salceda, Ochoa absent But Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, an LP member who was rumored to be supporting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, was notably absent. The LP said 67 out of the 82 incumbent governors showed up at the three-hour gathering. A total of 169 district representatives and 74 city mayors were also in attendance. Members of Mr. Aquino’s Cabinet were present, save for Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa, who was said to be supporting Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy. READ MORE...

ALSO: Comelec declares dominant majority, minority parties


APRIL 15 -The Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) have been declared as the dominant majority and dominant minority parties respectively, by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the May 2016 polls.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the two were declared following their en banc meeting Tuesday. “The Comelec came up with this formula… wherein we consider their candidates for national positions, candidates for local positions, number of incumbents… we are also looking at the history. So there is some sort of a point system for this,” he said in a forum in Manila, Wednesday. “After considering the formula, the Liberal Party came out as the dominant majority party while the dominant minority party is UNA,” added Bautista. During the May, 2013 elections, the Comelec declared the Liberal Party (LP) as the dominant majority party and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as the dominant minority party. In Resolution No. 9984, the Comelec said the dominant majority party, the dominant minority party, the ten major national parties and the two major local parties shall be determined on the basis of the following criteria: READ MORE, the 6 criteria....

ALSO: ‘Dole recipients forced to rally’


APRIL 15 -Manuel Roxas II
A LEFTIST group on Thursday said the Liberal Party is coercing beneficiaries of a government dole program to join a “unity walk” rally at the Luneta Friday for administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II. “We have received information that 4Ps members in Manila are being required to attend a ‘unity walk’ for Mar Roxas in Luneta under the guise of the monthly Family Development Session of the 4Ps [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program],” said Renato Reyes, secretary-general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. The group said the 4Ps members are being threatened with a P500 deduction from their monthly support should they fail to attend. “This is a shameless use of public funds for a partisan political activity. It is illegal and immoral at the same time,” Reyes said. Bayan also threatened to file charges against the administration and the Liberal Party officials.  “Should they push through with the Luneta event tomorrow with Mar Roxas, government officials and candidates involved should be slapped with violations of election laws as well as violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. “The CCT [conditional cash transfer] funds are not the campaign funds of the LP. They should not be used to promote the candidacy of individuals,” Reyes said. Earlier, opposition candidate for president Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier accused a Palace official whom he did not name of using the P64.7-billion CCT funds to buy votes, in the guise of recruiting poll watchers.  “The recruitment of poll watchers is happening already. A Cabinet official is involved. They are using public funds, particularly 4Ps or CCT funds to buy votes,” Binay said. Binay also accused the Liberals and the Cabinet secretary of using scare tactics that said Binay would stop the 4Ps program if he were elected. In Dipolog City, Binay also denounced the coercion of 4Ps beneficiaries to attend the Roxas rally on Friday.  “It is detestable that the LP is using the defenseless poor and government resources for campaigning and electioneering,” Binay said. “They are desperate in trying to boost Mr. Roxas’ rating at the expense of the poor.”  READ MORE...RELATED, We didn't coerce anyone to join - Dinky Soliman...

ALSO: Don’t gamble with RP’s future — Noy


APRIL 15 -With less than month before the elections and the administration camp is still smarting from the low ratings of its standard-bearer, former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, President Aquino again took a swipe at the Liberal Party’s opponents as he called on allies to help them improve their chances in the May 9 elections. In a “gathering of friends” at Club Filipino, the outgoing President said the country cannot afford to gamble its future. According to him, the daang matuwid (straight path) has achieved a lot for the country under his term as he called on voters not to cut the road short for Roxas and Robredo. Aquino warned voters on the consequences of electing those who do not possess the capabilities and experience and are not focused on running the country. He claimed that his bets have a true track record and platform based on principles and reforms. Meanwhile, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas maintained that only the administration has the political machinery to propel them to victory. The administration’s political machinery is expected to deliver the needed eight to 12 percentage points for Roxas and Robredo to enable them in securing a closely fought victory. Although the LP’s presidential and vice presidential candidates are trailing in the surveys, Trenas said they are still within a striking distance given their party’s massive size, reach and command in the grassroots level. Trenas also pointed out that a lot of things can still happen until the actual polling day and the Roxas- Robredo tandem still has enough time to strengthen their support in areas where they are seen to be weak on surveys. Trenas said the two are bound to benefit from the daang matuwid political machinery that comprises 50 out of 80 incumbent governors, 167 out of 232 representatives, 95 out of 143 city mayors and 810 out of 1,504 municipal mayors. READ MORE...RELATED, On the distribution of envelopes in Roxas’ rally...  ALSO, Video claims Mar Roxas “crowd” photoshopped, but look who were “inserted”...


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MANILA, APRIL 18, 2016
(MANILA STANDARD) posted April 11, 2016 at 12:01 am by Sandy Araneta - THE Sanlakas coalition on Sunday slammed President Benigno Aquino III for taking a week to respond to the bloody dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City, in which police shot dead two protesters, saying this was a sign of his incompetence.

The President broke his silence on the Kidapawan violence on Friday, saying he learned of the four-day protest only on April 1, the day it was violently dispersed.

A bout of flu and “a bum stomach” kept him from acting on the crisis immediately, he added.

“Aquino’s statement is an admission of what we have long been suspecting, he indirectly admits to his incompetence and that of his Cabinet officials. His alibi falls short of what is the demanded by the office he holds but more importantly by the hunger and grief of our farmers in Mindanao,” said Aaron Pedrosa, secretary-general of Sanlakas coalition.

Sanlakas and other organizations joined Kalampag, a campaign to push for justice and aid for the farmers in Mindanao last Friday.

They demanded that the government release the P19 billion in El Niño mitigation funds as well as calamity and the standby quick response funds dispersed among various agencies.

“Aquino’s late response is in itself condemnable. But what is more frustrating despite being informed late was that he did not see the gravity of the wanton disregard for human rights by security forces. Not even an speck of sympathy for the hunger-driven farmers or the shooting of unarmed protestors, while he himself [sought] sympathy for being out on a cold for a day,” Pedrosa said.

“The outgoing resident of Malacañang is too dense and indifferent. After all, the Aquinos seem to be all too familiar with executing unarmed peasants after the Mendiola, Lupao and Hacianda Luisita massacres,” he added.

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Pedrosa said Aquino’s insensitivity to the clamor of the farmers was evident when he did not take responsibility as commander-in-chief of the police and did not order an independent investigation to determine culpability in the shooting of unarmed protestors.

“Despite being late, Aquino still failed to issue marching orders to his Cabinet on how to resolve the climate-induced hunger in Mindanao and avert it from spreading to other provinces. He also did not expedite the release of necessary funds nor did he deploy additional personnel to assist the local government,” the Sanlakas leader said.

If indeed the President was out of the loop, the group also demanded that Aquino reprimand his alter-egos in the Cabinet and spokespersons for issuing irresponsible statements such as vilifying the protestors and claiming that the conditions in Cotabato were not as bad as it seemed.

Pedrosa also criticized Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento for issuing medals and citations to police officers who were directly responsible for the bloodshed on April 1, even without an independent and in-depth investigation on what transpired in Kidapawan.


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‘DAANG MATUWID’ IN MAR, LENI BALLOT ENTRIES QUESTIONED By GERARD NAVAL April 12, 2016

FORMER poll commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal yesterday questioned the inclusion of “Daang Matuwid,” the Aquino administration’s slogan, in the names of Liberal Party (LP) candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Leni Robredo in the official ballots printed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“If you read the rules, the nickname to be used by the candidates is limited to ‘one nickname or stage name by which aspirant is generally or popularly known in their locality.’ A campaign slogan is not a nickname,” Larrazabal said.

But Comelec spokesman James Jimenez defended the poll body, saying all candidates were given the freedom to determine how their names will appear in the ballots.

“All candidates were given the opportunity to specify how their names would appear on the ballot,” Jimenez said in his Twitter account (@jabjimenez).

“Re: Daang Matuwid, karapatan ng kandidato – alam nila ito lahat – na ilagay sa COC ang gusto nilang nickname,” Jimenez added.

In the official ballots printed by the Comelec, the LP candidates are identified as “Roxas, Mar Daang Matuwid (LP)” for president and “Robredo, Leni Daang Matuwid (LP)” for vice president.

The Comelec completed the printing of all the 56,772,230 official ballots to be used in the May 9 polls last Saturday.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 9984, the candidate’s name that will appear on the official ballots shall be his/her surname; first name or nickname; and acronym of the political party or coalition, which collectively shall not exceed 30 characters.

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It further states that “an aspirant may include one nickname or stage name by which aspirant is generally or popularly known in their locality provided that, no aspirant shall use the nickname or stage name of another; and that only one nickname or stage name shall be considered.”

Larrazabal also accused the Aquino government of committing an election offense as it continues to use “Daang Matuwid” in all its announcements, tarpaulins, and advertisements during the campaign period.

“The fact that when the government allowed candidates to use ‘Daang Matuwid’ as part of their (Roxas-Robredo) names on the ballot, and at the same time continued to use ‘Daang Matuwid’ or ‘Tuwid na Daan’ in all its announcements, tarpaulins, ads, etc., during the campaign period, the government may have committed, and up to now has been committing, an election offense,” Larrazabal said.

Larrazabal pointed out that the Omnibus Election Code states that it is considered prohibited to use public funds, money deposited in trust, equipment, facilities owned or controlled by the government for an election campaign, and is considered as an election offense.

“Please take note that the provision punishes as an election offense the use of public funds under any guise whatsoever, directly or indirectly for any election campaign or for any partisan political activity. Is not the continued use of ‘Daang Matuwid’ or ‘Tuwid na Daan’ in all its announcements, tarpaulins, ads, etc., clearly falling within the context of use of funds ‘under any guise whatsoever, directly or indirectly?’” Larrazabal asked.

An election offense is punishable by one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification to hold public office.

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Liberal Party sure of Roxas victory on May 9 By: Marlon Ramos @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
01:14 AM April 15th, 2016


RALLYING LP TROOPS FOR MAR, LENI “We will win because we’re not corrupt.We will win because we don’t act like dictators,” declares Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas at the show of force by the ruling party and allies at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Thursday. President Aquino raised the hands of Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

We will be victors on Election Day.

Liberal Party (LP) presidential aspirant Mar Roxas made this bold declaration on Thursday in a show of force of the ruling political party and its allies in a gathering at the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City.

With President Benigno Aquino III, his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and hundreds of lawmakers, governors, mayors and other local officials cheering him on, Roxas delivered a resounding message to his rivals about the mammoth political machinery of the LP-led Daang Matuwid Coalition.

READ: Show of force: LP members convene at Club Filipino for Roxas, Robredo

“We will win because we’re not corrupt! We will win because we don’t act like dictators! We will win because we’re Filipinos!” Roxas declared as the crowd inside the packed Corazon Aquino Kalayaan Hall erupted in thunderous cheers.

“We will win because while others are still making promises, we have already started working … We will win because while others want to be the boss, we treat the Filipino people as our bosses,” he added, eliciting another deafening applause.

It was the fourth time that members of the LP and its coalition partners met at Club Filipino since the President formally declared Roxas as his chosen successor in July last year.

Ranking officials of the ruling party doused speculations that the event was a loyalty check among LP members amid reports that some of its members had already jumped ship.

Salceda, Ochoa absent

But Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, an LP member who was rumored to be supporting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, was notably absent.

The LP said 67 out of the 82 incumbent governors showed up at the three-hour gathering. A total of 169 district representatives and 74 city mayors were also in attendance.

Members of Mr. Aquino’s Cabinet were present, save for Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa, who was said to be supporting Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy.

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His voice cracking, Roxas tried to hold back his emotions as he thanked his political allies and supporters who, he said, had been with him even when his ratings in voter preference survey was a measly 4 percent.

Best yet to come

With the May 9 elections less than a month away, the administration presidential aspirant still trails behind three of his opponents.

“We’re here because the story of the triumph of daang matuwid (straight path) is not yet over. I’m telling you, the best is yet to come,” he said as his voice was drowned by the cheers of the audience, composed mainly of governors and mayors.

Roxas’ speech was clearly a dig at his rivals in the race for Malacañang.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has been hounded by a string of corruption allegations, causing a steady dip in his ratings in pre-election surveys.

Duterte, the surprise front-runner in the latest voter preference polls, has owned up to extrajudicial killings to curb criminality as mayor of Davao City.

Poe, the erstwhile survey leader, has been criticized over questions about her citizenship even after the Supreme Court ruled that she is a natural-born Filipino.

An elderly woman, who was seated near the platform where Mr. Aquino and Roxas delivered their speeches, was seen wiping away her tears as she joined the crowd in chanting “Roxas na! Roxas na!”

Morale booster

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., the LP vice chair and Roxas’ campaign manager, said the gathering was a morale booster for “everybody that we are still together” and a reaffirmation of support for Mr. Aquino’s chosen candidates.

“I think the purpose of this gathering is for everybody to meet one another again and to reaffirm that we are all united here behind (Roxas and Robredo),” Belmonte told reporters.

“There are some people who I do not expect to be here but are now [present]. I’m happy about it,” he added.

Despite Roxas’ poor performance in the surveys, the Speaker said there was no need for a major change in the LP’s campaign strategy.

“I don’t know how it is. But as far as I’m concerned, there has to be [an improvement] in the messaging. [Roxas] has to talk about what he would do next and not just praise what has been done,” Belmonte said. “He should discuss what the people should expect.”

In a brief interview after the event, Roxas said he turned emotional after seeing the personalities who had remained at his side since he declared his presidential run.

“You saw their eagerness,” Roxas told the Inquirer, pointing to some of his supporters who had lined up along the stairs of Club Filipino. “You heard what I wanted to tell the people.”

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, the LP president, said there was no need for the party to conduct a loyalty check as the country’s biggest political coalition remained intact.

“We saw each other again to assess the situation in different towns and provinces,” Abaya said.

But he admitted that the meeting was for the coalition to plan the last few weeks of the campaign period.

Machinery

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad expressed confidence that the coalition’s machinery would be able to deliver the votes for Roxas, Robredo and the rest of its 12-member senatorial slate.

Roxas has successfully presented his governance agenda and showed political allies “what daang matuwid means in his administration,” Abad said.

He said the election is not a survey. “At the end of the day, you may be popular, but if you cannot bring those votes to the precincts and make sure that those votes are counted, that they are canvassed and they are transmitted, [it means nothing],” the budget secretary said.

“And which [party] has, concededly, the machinery to muster all that? It’s the coalition of the daang matuwid.”

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Comelec declares dominant majority, minority parties by Leslie Ann Aquino April 14, 2016 Share92 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share120
 


The Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) have been declared as the dominant majority and dominant minority parties respectively, by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the May 2016 polls.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the two were declared following their en banc meeting Tuesday.

“The Comelec came up with this formula… wherein we consider their candidates for national positions, candidates for local positions, number of incumbents… we are also looking at the history. So there is some sort of a point system for this,” he said in a forum in Manila, Wednesday.

“After considering the formula, the Liberal Party came out as the dominant majority party while the dominant minority party is UNA,” added Bautista.

During the May, 2013 elections, the Comelec declared the Liberal Party (LP) as the dominant majority party and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as the dominant minority party.

In Resolution No. 9984, the Comelec said the dominant majority party, the dominant minority party, the ten major national parties and the two major local parties shall be determined on the basis of the following criteria:

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a) The established record of the said parties;

b) Coalition of groups that now composed them, taking into account among other things, their showing in past elections;

c) The number of incumbent elective officials belonging to them on the last day of the filing of the certificate of candidacy;

d) Their identifiable political organizations and strengths as evidenced by their organized chapters;

e) The ability to fill a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level to the position of the President;

f) And other analogous circumstances that may determine their relative organizations and strengths.

Those that will be designated as dominant majority party and dominant minority party shall be entitled to get copies of election returns (ERs) to be produced by the voting machines, receive electronically-transmitted precinct results, get the copies of the Certificates of Canvass (COCs), and assign official watchers in every polling places and canvassing centers.

The 10 major national parties, on the other hand, shall be entitled to get copies of ERs and COCs, and official watchers; while copies of ERs and COCs shall also be allocated to the two major local parties.

No further detail was given as to who are the said parties.


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‘Dole recipients forced to rally’ posted April 15, 2016 at 12:01 am by Maricel Cruz, Vito Barcelo and AFP


Manuel Roxas II

A LEFTIST group on Thursday said the Liberal Party is coercing beneficiaries of a government dole program to join a “unity walk” rally at the Luneta Friday for administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II.

“We have received information that 4Ps members in Manila are being required to attend a ‘unity walk’ for Mar Roxas in Luneta under the guise of the monthly Family Development Session of the 4Ps [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program],” said Renato Reyes, secretary-general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

The group said the 4Ps members are being threatened with a P500 deduction from their monthly support should they fail to attend.

“This is a shameless use of public funds for a partisan political activity. It is illegal and immoral at the same time,” Reyes said.

Bayan also threatened to file charges against the administration and the Liberal Party officials.

“Should they push through with the Luneta event tomorrow with Mar Roxas, government officials and candidates involved should be slapped with violations of election laws as well as violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“The CCT [conditional cash transfer] funds are not the campaign funds of the LP. They should not be used to promote the candidacy of individuals,” Reyes said.

Earlier, opposition candidate for president Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier accused a Palace official whom he did not name of using the P64.7-billion CCT funds to buy votes, in the guise of recruiting poll watchers.

“The recruitment of poll watchers is happening already. A Cabinet official is involved. They are using public funds, particularly 4Ps or CCT funds to buy votes,” Binay said.

Binay also accused the Liberals and the Cabinet secretary of using scare tactics that said Binay would stop the 4Ps program if he were elected.

In Dipolog City, Binay also denounced the coercion of 4Ps beneficiaries to attend the Roxas rally on Friday.

“It is detestable that the LP is using the defenseless poor and government resources for campaigning and electioneering,” Binay said. “They are desperate in trying to boost Mr. Roxas’ rating at the expense of the poor.”

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He said President Benigno Aquino III, the LP and Roxas would be guilty of electioneering for using government resources for campaigning.

This is the second time in as many days that the Liberals tried to mount a “loyalty check” and project a “show of force” after a huge crowd of local officials were made to show up purportedly backing Roxas’ presidential bid at Club FilipinoThursday.

Some 4Ps members said during meetings called by the Department of Social Welfare and Development that the organizers of the unity walk told them that they must participate to show Roxas their support.

“We were told that we have to show many of us wanted to continue the program and by the show of force, we can convey to Mar Roxas our desire that we support his promise to continue the program,” a member of 4Ps told The Standard in Filipino.

The DSWD officials, she said, kept on warning them that should Roxas lose the elections, other candidates would scrap the program.

But the 4Ps member said the parent-recipients accepted Binay’s reassurance that he would continue the program and in fact expand it to include senior citizens aged 60 to 64.

Roxas, in his political ads, said the Daang Matuwid has managed to help more than 4 million households under the 4Ps.

Binay vowed those who unfairly used the poor would be made to account for their actions under his administration.

On Thursday, a sea of yellow shirts led by the President filled the Club Filipino in Greenhills to support Roxas and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

The LP members and allies chanted “Roxas, Robredo” after Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista introduced the two to a packed Kalayaan Hall.

LP political leaders from different provinces vowed to deliver votes for the administration bets.

Both Roxas and Robredo vowed to continue the 4Ps program.

Aquino, who was the guest of honor, said many LP candidates in the provinces were running unopposed, and that this would nail the victory for the administration ticket.

Roxas also vowed to continue Aquino’s program of “Daang Matuwid.”

The LP rallies come in the wake of recent opinion surveys showing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ahead in the presidential race, and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leading the vice presidential race. With Sandy Araneta

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We didn't coerce anyone - Dinky posted April 16, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


Required rally. Beneficiaries of the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program rally at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila for a ‘unity walk’ supporting the candidacy of administration candidate Manuel Roxas II. DSWD PHOTO

SOCIAL Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted Friday that recipients of government doles can suffer deductions from their stipends if they do not meet the 4Ps conditions, but denied that this was used to coerce them into joining nationwide rallies in support of administration candidate for president Manuel Roxas II.

Under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the government’s dole program, beneficiaries can be penalized for failing to attend “Family Development Sessions [FDS],” Soliman said.

Soliman was responding to accusations that the Liberal Party was using the 4Ps to drum up a show of support for Roxas, who has been on the tail end of most opinion surveys.

Some beneficiaries said they were told if they did not attend the “unity walk” for Roxas, they would get deductions from their stipends.

But Soliman said since the 4Ps is a conditional cash transfer program, beneficiaries are subject to penalties should they fail to meet the program requirements: check-ups for pregnant women and children aged zero to five, deworming of schoolchildren aged six to 14, enrollment of children in daycare, elementary and secondary schools, and attendance at the monthly FDS.

Leftist groups said Thursday the rally was being passed off as an FDS.

But Soliman denied the Department of Social Welfare and Development coerced beneficiaries to attend the pro-Roxas rallies, which advocated the legislation of the CCT under the next administration.

“As far as I understand, civil society organizations organized the event and we had nothing to do with it. We did not organize it,” Soliman said.

She did not say how the organizations were able to get a list of the 4Ps beneficiaries, however.

On Thursday, militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan claimed that the beneficiaries of the government’s flagship poverty reduction program were threatened with a P500 deduction of their monthly support should they fail to attend the “unity walk” in Luneta.

“We have received information that CCT-4P’s members in Manila are being required to attend a “unity walk” for Mar Roxas in Luneta tomorrow under the guise of the monthly Family Development Session of the 4Ps. The event is being billed as a unity walk to push for the legislation of the 4P’s,” Renato Reyes, Bayan secretary-general said.

On Friday morning, beneficiaries of the government’s dole program across the country marched to major streets advocating for the legislation of a law for the CCT.

Wearing white shirts and carrying banners, the beneficiaries said they were told that attendance was compulsory.

Another beneficiary said if they failed to attend, they would be removed from the 4Ps.

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Lito Villocero, a 4Ps beneficiary, said on his Facebook page that he even had texts to prove that they were told that attendance was compulsory.

Soliman also scored opposition candidate for president, Vice President Jejomar Binay, for claiming that the unity walk was a tool to promote Roxas’ candidacy.

“Isn’t he the one who is saying that he will expand it to 5Ps? Who is saying that they’re notusing Pantawid? They’re all using Pantawid,” Soliman said. “He even advertised it on TV.”

In a speech at the Club Filipino on Thursday, Soliman hit the rivals of the ruling party with their flip-flopping of support for the dole program, pointing out that Roxas and Robredo’s rivals—once staunch critics of the program—immediately changed tune when the survey came out showing that most Filipinos favored the 4Ps.

“Many promise to continue the 4Ps. Who are they? These are the critics, those who don’t understand... they said Pantawid is alms,” Soliman said.

A recent survey revealed that majority of Filipinos—about 80 percent—would vote for a candidate who promises to continue 4Ps.

All presidential aspirants vow they will continue or expand the 4Ps program.

“All of them are promising that Pantawid will be continued. All of them are promising that they will be continuing Pantawid and are saying they will continue but only Mar Roxas has concrete plans of doing so,” Soliman told The Standard.

“Pantawid has made it where it’s now because of the people themselves. Of course with the help of the Aquino government. Let’s not insult the people. They know how to vote,” she added.

The House of Representatives, voting 127-8, has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to institutionalize the 4Ps.

The approved measure, House Bill No. 6393, was endorsed for plenary approval by the House Committees on Poverty Alleviation and Appropriations.

On Wednesday, senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez called for a growth that is inclusive, not one that widens the gap between the rich and the poor.

The Leyte lawmaker issued the call following the release of data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showing that the income growth of the richest Filipinos, or those at the top 10 percent of the income bracket, was 11.35 times more than that earned by the poorest, or the bottom 10 percent.

“We must reduce income inequality in this country and accelerate poverty reduction as part of sustainable development efforts,” Romualdez said.

“The next administration should hit the ground running and strive to create and more jobs in the next six years,” he said.

The National Economic and Development Authority earlier reported improvements in poverty reduction nationwide to 26.3 percent in the first semester of 2015 from 27.9 percent in the same period of 2012.

Neda attributed the expansion largely to the government’s social services spending, most notably the CCT.

Romualdez vowed to continue the CCT program to help the poorest of the poor cope with daily survival, but stressed that creating employment should go hand-in-hand with the dole program.


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Don’t gamble with RP’s future — Noy Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 15 April 2016 00:00



With less than month before the elections and the administration camp is still smarting from the low ratings of its standard-bearer, former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, President Aquino again took a swipe at the Liberal Party’s opponents as he called on allies to help them improve their chances in the May 9 elections.

In a “gathering of friends” at Club Filipino, the outgoing President said the country cannot afford to gamble its future.

According to him, the daang matuwid (straight path) has achieved a lot for the country under his term as he called on voters not to cut the road short for Roxas and Robredo.

Aquino warned voters on the consequences of electing those who do not possess the capabilities and experience and are not focused on running the country.
He claimed that his bets have a true track record and platform based on principles and reforms.

Meanwhile, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas maintained that only the administration has the political machinery to propel them to victory.

The administration’s political machinery is expected to deliver the needed eight to 12 percentage points for Roxas and Robredo to enable them in securing a closely fought victory.

Although the LP’s presidential and vice presidential candidates are trailing in the surveys, Trenas said they are still within a striking distance given their party’s massive size, reach and command in the grassroots level.

Trenas also pointed out that a lot of things can still happen until the actual polling day and the Roxas- Robredo tandem still has enough time to strengthen their support in areas where they are seen to be weak on surveys.

Trenas said the two are bound to benefit from the daang matuwid political machinery that comprises 50 out of 80 incumbent governors, 167 out of 232 representatives, 95 out of 143 city mayors and 810 out of 1,504 municipal mayors.

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He stressed these local officials will deliver the “command vote” which would propel Roxas and Robredo to victory.

Among the country’s political parties, LP has the strongest and most formidable political machine that is driven not by raw force or patronage as in the years past, but by good governance, inclusive development and democratic politics.

“It (LP) is the only group imbued with a formal chain of command extending from the Palace to the farthest municipality, with formal authority residing in a huge majority of incumbent officials both in the LGUs and in Congress. It is the only group imbued with national and local components fighting for the continuity and propagation of a unified platform supporting the continuity of President Aquino’s legacy. This machinery holds the key for a sure Roxas-Robredo victory,” Trenas said.

Poe-FVR meeting

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe met again with former President Fidel V. Ramos in his Makati office Wednesday night, without her vice presidential running mate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

Still, no endorsement from the former president was made even if it was already the third time they have supposedly met.

The meeting which took place at the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc. (RPDEV), which Poe herself confirmed, took place just as when alleged cracks apppeared in her partnership with Escudero over alleged handling of their campaign funds .

Poe was quick in dismissing any significance of her meeting with the former chief executive which was not announced to members of the media covering her campaign trail and said to have been confirmed late Wednesday.

“I sought time with President Ramos to seek his views and advice on various issues confronting our nation. It had nothing to do with any endorsement. The discussion went well and was very enriching,” Poe said in a statement to reporters.

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RELATED FROM KMU

Press Statement 18 April 2016

On the distribution of envelopes in Roxas’ rally

Candidates have always used money to entice people to attend campaign rallies.

What’s unique about the promise of distributing envelopes of money by organizers of presidentiable Mar Roxas’ rally in Pikit, North Cotabato last March 31 was that they were using money to make attendees appear enthusiastic.

The video footage is an intersection of modern technology and feudal patronage politics, of democratizing access to high-tech gadgets and practices of Filipino politicians as well as grinding poverty among Filipinos that go against democracy.

The video footage highlights Roxas’ failure to draw and thrill crowds. It gives the public a clue about the low morale among Roxas’ campaign team. It highlights the fact that more than a month before the May 9 elections, Roxas’ campaign team was already in panic mode in trying to boost Roxas’ ratings. Their aim is to pull up Roxas’ sagging ratings in order to make their electronic fraud credible.

The video makes it clear that Roxas cannot cheat the elections credibly, and that if he goes ahead and cheats the elections, he will face immense opposition from all political forces and the Filipino workers and people. We vow to remain vigilant in identifying, exposing and opposing Roxas’ maneuvers in the coming days.

Reference: Jerome Adonis, KMU secretary-general, 0999-4499794

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Video claims Mar Roxas “crowd” photoshopped, but look who were “inserted” Posted on April 2, 2016 by Ron E.J. Carleon

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A video claims Mar Roxas’ “crowded” venue during a campaign rally was photoshopped Some strange personalities like superheroes and anime characters were allegedly inserted into the crowd Commenters agreed the image was edited for effect but failed miserably


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MANILA, Philippines – A video circulating on social media claims that at least one photo uploaded on former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ page was edited to make it look like the place where he was speaking was jam-packed with supporters.

The video was uploaded by one Brandon Cueto on You Tube last March 31 and has been viewed almost 30,ooo times. Its Facebook version had more than separate 76,000 views.

The narrator tried to prove that the picture was indeed edited for obvious reasons. He explained that to examine the photo, someone has to look for ‘fillers’.

Upon zooming on a large group of people gathered on what looked like an entrance to the venue, the crowd turned out to be superheroes from the Justice League of America.

And unless the superheroes themselves have officially thrown their support behind the Liberal Party (LP) stalwart, the only conclusion reached is that the image was indeed photoshopped.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Panning to the crowd closer to Roxas and zooming in at the image revealed another group of strange visitors – the dugtrio from the popular Japanese anime’ Pokemon.

The narrator said using the dugtrio is commonly used in photoshopping to make a crowd appear huge.

Many commenters on the thread on Roxas’ page agreed that the image was indeed altered and found some other doubtful elements.

“Some people looked cropped. I would know, did the same thing for my photoshop class before,” one said.

“No depth of field! mas sharp pa ang mga tao sa likod than the ones closer [the people at the back looks sharper than the ones closer],” added another.


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