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APRIL 21 -“President Aquino is pushing for the election of leaders who could continue good governance and the straight path policy of the administration,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. Philstar.com/File Photo  President Aquino has been strongly pushing for the candidacy of administration bets not because he is afraid of going to jail after his term but because he wants his reforms continued, Malacañang said yesterday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. brushed aside rumors that the outgoing Chief Executive has been persistent in joining the sorties of Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, due to fears that he might suffer the fate of his predecessors Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Coloma said Aquino is not afraid “of such thing because he has been serving honestly and with integrity.”  “President Aquino is pushing for the election of leaders who could continue good governance and the straight path policy of the administration,” Coloma said. In a speech in Chicago in May last year, Aquino acknowledged the possibility of him being charged in court and eventually jailed. Last month, Aquino also revealed that due to his tough anti-corruption drive, his critics, particularly those he had booted out for huge embezzlement, have threatened him with harm the moment he steps down from office on June 30. Aquino filed two plunder cases against Arroyo, forced the resignation of former ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and had former chief justice Renato Corona convicted by the impeachment court in May 2012. Aquino’s father, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., was jailed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos during martial law in the 1970s while his grandfather, Benigno Sr., was accused of collaboration during the Japanese occupation in World War II and briefly detained. “I’m the only politician in my family’s generation. I might be the next to be jailed,” the Aquino joked. If this happens, Aquino said he prefers to be jailed at The Fort, a posh business district in Taguig City, which used to be a military facility. READ MORE...

ALSO: LP to Duterte - Foreign relations, OFW welfare bigger than your ego


APRIL 22 -The Liberal Party (LP) warned of a disaster in Philippine foreign relations under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency, even as it reminded the tough-talking presidential candidate that the country’s international relations are much bigger than his ego.
Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, LP spokesman for campaign, said Duterte’s antagonistic remarks against Australia and the United States are now giving the Filipino people the idea that he is unfit to run a country like the Philippines which values relations with other countries, particularly old allies. “Mayor Duterte has now insulted two countries. These countries are our friends who accept our OFWs, joined us in making a stand against the theft of our territory, and help us in improving our economy,” said Gutierrez. “Is this the president we want? How will he protect our OFWs if these countries are mad at him,” he asked. In a recent interview, Duterte was quoted as saying that Australian and the US should just sever ties with the Philippines. This after the ambassadors said that murder and rape should not be joked about. “It is scary to think that he will sever relationships that go back decades because of a single issue. The presidency is not just about one issue. In our dealings with other countries, we have to consider the dignity of our country, fight for our interests, and take care of the welfare of our OFWs,” said Gutierrez. “The ego of the President is not a factor to be considered,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Govt never abandoned ‘Yolanda’ victims – Mar


APRIL 20 -ROXAS PALO, Leyte: Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd said the Aquino administration never abandoned the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, which left at least 6,000 people dead and 1,900 people missing more than two years ago. Roxas made the declaration in a campaign stop here amid persistent criticism of his’ efforts in delivering government aid in the aftermath of the super typhoon, the strongest recorded in the world for year 2013. At the time, Roxas was the pointman of the government’s relief operations in his capacity as the secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). “Lahat po ng puedeng gawin, ikilos, ay nagawa. Wala pong pagpapabaya. Wala pong pagbabalewala [Everything that should have been done was done. There was never an abandonment. You were never ignored],” he pointed out. “Matitignan ko po kayo, mata sa mata, na ginawa ko ang lahat para malutas ang problema [I can look at you in the eye and say to you that I did everything I could to fix the problem],” Roxas said. According to him, the national government released P89 billion for rehabilitation efforts, and that another P6 billion will still be released to the typhoon-affected areas. Roxas noted that the P4-billion funding under the DILG’s stewardship has been long disbursed to typhoon-hit areas for construction of municipal halls, civic centers, barangay (village) health centers and barangay halls, among others. In addition, 90 percent of the projects funded by the P4 billion under the DILG stewardship were already completed. “Yan po ang mare-report ko sa inyo. Kaya nakikiusap po ako, ‘wag po kayo maniwala sa paninira at kasinungalingan [That is what I can report to you. And so I appeal to you to kindly ignore the lies peddled by the critics],” Roxas said. READ MORE...

ALSO: AQUINO NOT LOSING HOPE ROXAS, ROBREDO WILL WIN


APRIL 22 =AQUINO -PRESIDENT Aquino remains confident the “Daang Matuwid” coalition led by presidential and vice presidential candidates Manuel Roxas II and Leni Robredo will win in the May 9 elections despite poll surveys showing them continuing to trail behind rivals.
Aquino, at the sidelines of the inauguration of the Lipa-Alaminos Road at the Lumbang National High School in Lipa City in Batangas yesterday, said actual results of the May 9 elections are more important than the poll surveys.  Recent surveys show Roxas in fourth place among five presidential candidates, and Robredo in second place tied with Sen. Francis Escudero, among six vice presidential candidates. Aquino said in going around the country to check on government projects, he encountered many people who appreciate reforms his administration has instituted along with accomplishments, and want these to continue. From Lipa City, Aquino proceeded to San Pascual also in Batangas where he accompanied the children of Roxas and Robredo, Paolo Roxas and Aika Robredo, who were campaigning in place of their parents. Aquino defended his younger sister, Kris Aquino who has been accompanying him in the presidential chopper he uses in attending some administration rallies. He said those making the criticisms are probably the same ones who always see fault in everything he does. Aquino said he could not see the reason for criticism. He noted Kris is one of the highest individual taxpayers in the country. It was unclear how Kris’ being a big taxpayer is connected with the criticisms against her. READ MORE...

ALSO: Admin bets still dominate Senate race


APRIL 24 -Only 4 new names in top 12: Pacquiao, Hontiveros, Villanueva, De Lima 
Manny Pacquiao, Leila De Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva. File/Composite MANILA - Administration candidates comprised the majority of the most likely winning senators in the 2016 national elections based on the latest ABS-CBN survey by Pulse Asia taken 3 weeks before the May 9 elections. The poll was conducted from April 12-17 nationwide on a sample size of 4,000 respondents and an error margin of +/-1.5. The top 12, in order of survey ratings, are: - Senator Vicente Sotto, - Senate President Franklin Drilon, - former Senator Francis Pangilinan, - former Senator Panfilo Lacson, - former Senator Miguel Zubiri, - Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, - former PhilHealth board director Risa Hontiveros, - reelectionist Senator Serge Osmeña, - former TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, - reelectionist Senator Ralph Recto, - former Senator Richard Gordon, - former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. A total of 450 respondents were polled in the National Capital Region (NCR) from April 12-17 with an error margin of +/-4.6. In Balance Luzon, 925 were polled in North and Central Luzon from April 12-17 with an error margin of +/-3.2 while 875 were polled in Southern Luzon from April 12-16 with an error margin of +/-3.3. A total of 850 were polled in the Visayas from April 12-16 and an error margin of 3.4 while 900 were polled in Mindanao from April 12-16 with an error margin of +/-3.3. FULL REPORT.


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Noy not afraid to be jailed’


“President Aquino is pushing for the election of leaders who could continue good governance and the straight path policy of the administration,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. Philstar.com/File Photo

MANILA, APRIL 25, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 21, 2016 - President Aquino has been strongly pushing for the candidacy of administration bets not because he is afraid of going to jail after his term but because he wants his reforms continued, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. brushed aside rumors that the outgoing Chief Executive has been persistent in joining the sorties of Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, due to fears that he might suffer the fate of his predecessors Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Coloma said Aquino is not afraid “of such thing because he has been serving honestly and with integrity.”

“President Aquino is pushing for the election of leaders who could continue good governance and the straight path policy of the administration,” Coloma said.

In a speech in Chicago in May last year, Aquino acknowledged the possibility of him being charged in court and eventually jailed.

Last month, Aquino also revealed that due to his tough anti-corruption drive, his critics, particularly those he had booted out for huge embezzlement, have threatened him with harm the moment he steps down from office on June 30.

Aquino filed two plunder cases against Arroyo, forced the resignation of former ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and had former chief justice Renato Corona convicted by the impeachment court in May 2012.

Aquino’s father, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., was jailed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos during martial law in the 1970s while his grandfather, Benigno Sr., was accused of collaboration during the Japanese occupation in World War II and briefly detained.

“I’m the only politician in my family’s generation. I might be the next to be jailed,” the Aquino joked.

If this happens, Aquino said he prefers to be jailed at The Fort, a posh business district in Taguig City, which used to be a military facility.

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Use of helicopter


Palace on viral photos: Kris Aquino, sisters may ride presidential chopper INQUIRER FILE

Meanwhile, actress Kris Aquino was criticized yesterday after online photos circulated showing her using the presidential helicopter to campaign for Roxas and Robredo.

The photos, which were uploaded on Facebook, showed the presidential sister accompanied by people who appeared to be her aides.

Kris was wearing a yellow shirt and black pants.

In one photo, a female companion of Aquino wearing what looked like the LP campaign shirt was seen disembarking from the helicopter while an Air Force soldier looked on.

A certain “Peshmerga Abs,” who claimed that the incident happened last Tuesday in Dalaguete, Cebu, shared the photos.

These were lifted from an album of the Facebook page of the Municipality of Dalaguete, titled “His Excellency President P-Noy with Kris @ Casay Airstrip.”

“This will make you swear in anger. They are using government resources for the campaign,” the uploader said in Filipino.

Malacañang defended Kris, saying members of the President’s immediate family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles.


COLOMA

Coloma said Kris accompanied the President first in Bustos and Meycauayan, Bulacan last Friday, then in Samar on Monday and in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and Argao, Cebu on Tuesday.

Sought for comment, Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesman Ibarra Gutierrez said the imputation that Kris was being ferried by helicopter “is rather malicious.”

“It seemed that it was the President being escorted and that she was simply accompanying him,” Gutierrez told The STAR.

“The President is obviously always going to travel in a military or government chopper. If she was accompanying the President, then the chopper was not there for her, but for P-Noy,” he added.

Kris’ photos surfaced a few days after a video showing envelopes being distributed at a campaign rally of the Liberal Party went viral.

The distribution of envelopes allegedly happened during a sortie on March 31 in Pikit, North Cotabato. The video showed an unidentified male emcee asking the crowd to chant “Oras na, Roxas na! (It’s Roxas’ time).”

The emcee told members of the audience that they would not receive their envelopes if their cheer for Roxas was not loud enough. The emcee was also seen giving an envelope to a woman who seemed to have answered a trivia question.

Critics believe the envelope contained cash but this remains unverified. – With Alexis Romero, Aurea Calica


MANILA BULLETIN

LP to Duterte: Foreign relations, OFW welfare bigger than your ego by Aaron B. Recuenco April 22, 2016 Share4 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share13

The Liberal Party (LP) warned of a disaster in Philippine foreign relations under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency, even as it reminded the tough-talking presidential candidate that the country’s international relations are much bigger than his ego.

Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, LP spokesman for campaign, said Duterte’s antagonistic remarks against Australia and the United States are now giving the Filipino people the idea that he is unfit to run a country like the Philippines which values relations with other countries, particularly old allies.

“Mayor Duterte has now insulted two countries. These countries are our friends who accept our OFWs, joined us in making a stand against the theft of our territory, and help us in improving our economy,” said Gutierrez.

“Is this the president we want? How will he protect our OFWs if these countries are mad at him,” he asked.

In a recent interview, Duterte was quoted as saying that Australian and the US should just sever ties with the Philippines. This after the ambassadors said that murder and rape should not be joked about.

“It is scary to think that he will sever relationships that go back decades because of a single issue. The presidency is not just about one issue. In our dealings with other countries, we have to consider the dignity of our country, fight for our interests, and take care of the welfare of our OFWs,” said Gutierrez.

“The ego of the President is not a factor to be considered,” he added.

READ MORE...

Gutierrez said the mayor has no regard for the country’s allies while he has soft stance on China despite its militaristic incursions in the West Philippine Sea.

“Why is Mayor Duterte insulting our allies but lets China rape our sovereignty?” asked Gutierrez.

“We are now seeing the true colors of Mayor Duterte: No regard for the plight of Filipinos, so long as he comes out as the hero,” he said.

This is what makes LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas different from Duterte, according to Gutierrez.

“This is what Mayor Duterte does not understand. For the Mayor, he is more important than the Philippines. His ego is more important than jobs for OFWs, the dignity of our country, and the integrity of our territory,” said Gutierrez.

READ: LP warns of disaster in PH foreign relations under Duterte presidency


MANILA TIMES

Govt never abandoned ‘Yolanda’ victims – Mar April 20, 2016 11:53 pm by LLANESCA T. PANTI, REPORTER

PALO, Leyte: Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd said the Aquino administration never abandoned the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, which left at least 6,000 people dead and 1,900 people missing more than two years ago.

Roxas made the declaration in a campaign stop here amid persistent criticism of his’ efforts in delivering government aid in the aftermath of the super typhoon, the strongest recorded in the world for year 2013.

At the time, Roxas was the pointman of the government’s relief operations in his capacity as the secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Lahat po ng puedeng gawin, ikilos, ay nagawa. Wala pong pagpapabaya. Wala pong pagbabalewala [Everything that should have been done was done. There was never an abandonment. You were never ignored],” he pointed out.

“Matitignan ko po kayo, mata sa mata, na ginawa ko ang lahat para malutas ang problema [I can look at you in the eye and say to you that I did everything I could to fix the problem],” Roxas said.

According to him, the national government released P89 billion for rehabilitation efforts, and that another P6 billion will still be released to the typhoon-affected areas.

Roxas noted that the P4-billion funding under the DILG’s stewardship has been long disbursed to typhoon-hit areas for construction of municipal halls, civic centers, barangay (village) health centers and barangay halls, among others.

In addition, 90 percent of the projects funded by the P4 billion under the DILG stewardship were already completed.

“Yan po ang mare-report ko sa inyo. Kaya nakikiusap po ako, ‘wag po kayo maniwala sa paninira at kasinungalingan [That is what I can report to you. And so I appeal to you to kindly ignore the lies peddled by the critics],” Roxas said.

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He earlier said in Calbayog, Sama, that he is confident of winning the votes in Yolanda-hit areas because the people there know the truth.

“I feel very good about my chances here because I am banking on the truth. I need not weave fiction because the people here know the truth,” Roxas added.

“Our rivals criticize me because they are not here. Some just delivered a few food packs, even with their pictures, only to leave in a few hours. What is the sense in that?” he said.

6 Responses to Govt never abandoned ‘Yolanda’ victims – Mar
Jay says:
April 21, 2016 at 11:39 am
Get Real Mar Roxas and LP Cohorts, up to now wla kayong concrete na project na napagawa. Naunahan pa kyo ng INC, GMA at other private entities sa Housing and livelihood projects. Unlike yung mga barong barong nyo na made of tents and plywoods na sira-sira na ngayon. NASAAN ANG BUDGET AT DONATIONS FOR YOLANDA??
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Peter Gonzales says:
April 21, 2016 at 10:04 am
Walang tulong na tinanggap and mga biktima ng Yolanda dahil ibinulsa nyo and pera. Ang kapal ng mukha mo para magpakita sa Leyte. Walang boboto sa iyo sa Eastern Visayas. Lumayas ka na lang.
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To the Max says:
April 21, 2016 at 7:56 am
My advise to Mar, maybe it is too late but the worst decision come election time is your close association with Pnoy. Pnoy is a weakling that is why Duterte is popular. Daan Matuwid is a myth. Maybe you are not meant to be the president of ths country. Pilipinos needs change but the reverse is what you are doing. Obama won because his campaign slogan is change. Your plan is continue with the status quo. I like you and I will vote for you but you will lose come election time.
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fyi says:
April 21, 2016 at 5:37 am
These are not the droids you are looking for
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marcospolo says:
April 21, 2016 at 5:23 am
hindi nga nila inabandona ang mga tao sa leyte hindi rin naman nila ibinigay ang mga kailangan nila ng panahong hirap na hirap sila at ngayon election sa ka nila ilalabas ang donation ng mundo para sa kanila,upang gamitin nila sa pamimili ng boto!
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P Makabayan says:
April 21, 2016 at 1:52 am
Kung kita ang ebidensya, hindi kailangan ng depensa! Tigil na ang pambobola! Kumita na yan. Sobra na! Tama na! Parusa Na!


MALAYA

AQUINO NOT LOSING HOPE ROXAS, ROBREDO WILL WIN By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR April 22, 2016

PRESIDENT Aquino remains confident the “Daang Matuwid” coalition led by presidential and vice presidential candidates Manuel Roxas II and Leni Robredo will win in the May 9 elections despite poll surveys showing them continuing to trail behind rivals.

Aquino, at the sidelines of the inauguration of the Lipa-Alaminos Road at the Lumbang National High School in Lipa City in Batangas yesterday, said actual results of the May 9 elections are more important than the poll surveys.

Recent surveys show Roxas in fourth place among five presidential candidates, and Robredo in second place tied with Sen. Francis Escudero, among six vice presidential candidates.

Aquino said in going around the country to check on government projects, he encountered many people who appreciate reforms his administration has instituted along with accomplishments, and want these to continue.

From Lipa City, Aquino proceeded to San Pascual also in Batangas where he accompanied the children of Roxas and Robredo, Paolo Roxas and Aika Robredo, who were campaigning in place of their parents.

Aquino defended his younger sister, Kris Aquino who has been accompanying him in the presidential chopper he uses in attending some administration rallies.

He said those making the criticisms are probably the same ones who always see fault in everything he does.

Aquino said he could not see the reason for criticism. He noted Kris is one of the highest individual taxpayers in the country. It was unclear how Kris’ being a big taxpayer is connected with the criticisms against her.

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Aquino said he has invited potential investors to join him for a helicopter ride to see the places where they could place their investments, the same way he had his sister come along to see some of the successful programs under his administration.

“Gusto ko namang ipakita sa kanya. Tingnan mo ang resulta na talagang nagiging makabuluhan at may saysay itong demokrasyang ipinaglaban ng mga magulang natin. Whether as an individual taxpayer or somebody who was very close to me, who shared all of the burdens, I think it’s just but proper na i-share naman the successes, share kami sa hirap, share ko na rin ‘yung success,” he said.

Kris joined Aquino’s sortie in Cebu Last April 19.

The Air Force said there was nothing irregular with Kris boarding presidential helicopters, she being a member of the First Family.

Air Force spokesman Col. Araus Robert Musico said the primary mission of the aircraft, detailed with the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing, is to fly and secure President Aquino and the members of his family.

“Kris Aquino is a member of the family of the President so she is part of those who it (aircraft) should secure and fly,” said Musico.

“As far as the PAF is concerned, our 250th PAW is tasked to fly the President to places of his official engagement safety and securely, as well as members of the First Family, visiting heads of states and VIPS,” said Musico.

On whether the Air Force has a policy against the use of such assets by members of the First Family for personal use, such as campaigning, Musico said: “I have to check on that to be more accurate with my answer. But as far as PAF is concerned, all PAF equipment and assets are being used for their intended operational purposes.” – With Victor Reyes


ABS-CBN

Admin bets still dominate Senate race RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at 24 Apr 2016 11:01 AM Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on LinkedIn


Only 4 new names in top 12: Pacquiao, Hontiveros, Villanueva, De Lima

Manny Pacquiao, Leila De Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva. File/Composite MANILA - Administration candidates comprised the majority of the most likely winning senators in the 2016 national elections based on the latest ABS-CBN survey by Pulse Asia taken 3 weeks before the May 9 elections.

The poll was conducted from April 12-17 nationwide on a sample size of 4,000 respondents and an error margin of +/-1.5.

The top 12, in order of survey ratings, are:

- Senator Vicente Sotto, - Senate President Franklin Drilon, - former Senator Francis Pangilinan, - former Senator Panfilo Lacson, - former Senator Miguel Zubiri, - Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao,

- former PhilHealth board director Risa Hontiveros, - reelectionist Senator Serge Osmeña, - former TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, - reelectionist Senator Ralph Recto, - former Senator Richard Gordon, - former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

A total of 450 respondents were polled in the National Capital Region (NCR) from April 12-17 with an error margin of +/-4.6. In Balance Luzon, 925 were polled in North and Central Luzon from April 12-17 with an error margin of +/-3.2 while 875 were polled in Southern Luzon from April 12-16 with an error margin of +/-3.3.

A total of 850 were polled in the Visayas from April 12-16 and an error margin of 3.4 while 900 were polled in Mindanao from April 12-16 with an error margin of +/-3.3.


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