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AQUINO VOWS TO THWART MARCOS' RETURN TO POWER, TWITS GLORIA ARROYO


APRIL 27 -President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Launching of the Listong Pamayanan and Listong Pamilyang Pilipino under the Operation Listo Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at the Grand Ballroom of the Royce Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga on Monday (April 25, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Aquino, in the mood to deliver punches, vowed here yesterday to thwart the return of the Marcoses into power and resumed his tirade against his predecessor whom he accused of leaving the country in a “sorry state”.
The President said the country has vastly improved under his watch compared to the sorry state it was in when he inherited it from former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He also expressed concern that Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. might repeat the mistakes of his father especially after adopting the same campaign slogan, “I will make this country great again.” Marcos, son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, continued to lead in the race for vice president based on recent opinion polls. Aquino’s preferred VP candidate, Leni Robredo, is inching her way to the top spot. “You might say I am biased but it got me thinking. They have the same slogan; they will probably implement the same plans. And if there is anything I can do, that will not come to pass. I don’t want a repeat of our problems from 1972 to 1986,” Aquino said during a meeting with local leaders at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga. Aquino was referring to the country’s dark martial law period when the countless abuses and other atrocities were committed. The Marcoses, who have been blamed for rights abuses, have yet to recognize and even apologize for these offenses. The President made the remarks after reading new reports on former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ comments about his son’s campaign battle cry. “Mrs. Imelda Marcos reportedly said ‘My son will make this country great again.’ I thought about it and sought a research. It turns out the campaign slogan of Ferdinand Marcos when he first ran in 1965 was ‘I will make this country great again,” Aquino said. Marcos, the widow of the late President, earlier campaigned for her son during a visit in Leyte, asking voters to unite “so that our nation will be great again.” Marcos, currently representative of Ilocos Norte’s 2nd district, said her son is running on a campaign theme of national unity. President Aquino, meantime, called on the local leaders of Pampanga to support Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Robredo in the May polls to ensure the continuity of good governance. READ MORE...RELATED, Palace defends use of CCT in Roxas, Robredo campaign...

ALSO: Noy - No one can top my achievements


APRIL 29-NOY :President Aquino on Wednesday said none of his predecessors can beat his administration in terms of solid achievements. Facebook.com/govph
President Aquino on Wednesday said none of his predecessors, and even all the presidential candidates – except for administration bets Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo – can beat his administration in terms of solid achievements. Aquino touted the country’s 6.2 percent annual average economic growth under his watch. He noted that the last time the country recorded this kind of economic growth was in the 1970s, and even then the figures were doubtful. The chairman of the ruling Liberal Party told the crowd at the Cebu Provincial Capitol that the figures available during the martial law era under former president Ferdinand Marcos were questionable to begin with, since it was an authoritarian regime. Aquino said he is looking forward to enjoying his retirement on June 30. He said what keeps him confident is what he has achieved. READ MORE....

ALSO: GMA REMAINS ON TOP OF HIS MIND - Aquino resumes tirade vs Arroyo


APRIL 26 -GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO -
CLARK, PAMPANGA — She has long vacated the seat of national power but former President Gloria Arroyo is apparently still on the top of President Aquino’s mind. The President resumed his tirade against his predecessor during a recent visit to her home province of Pampanga, saying country has vastly improved under his watch compared to the sorry state he inherited from Arroyo. In an assembly of hundreds of barangay officials from Central Luzon in Clark last Monday, Aquino first tackled the alleged fiscal mismanagement of Arroyo, citing the 2010 national budget was nearly depleted when he assumed office. “Ano ang iniwan sa akin ni Ginang Arroyo bilang budget na pwedeng gastusin sa lahat ng kailangang tustusan? Hindi umabot ng seven percent ng budget. 93 percent kumbaga nagastos na, seven percent iyon ang pangtustos natin unang anim na buwan noong tayo ay nagumpisang mamuno sa bansang ito [What was the budget Mrs. Arroyo left me to spend on national needs? Not close to 7 percent of the national budget. They already spent 93 percent of the budget so the 7 percent was left for public spending in my first six months in office],” Aquino said. At that time, the 2010 national budget was earmarked at P1.54 trillion. The Aquino administration however was supposedly left with P100 billion to use in the remaining six months of the year. READ MORE...RELATED, Cong. Arroyo to spend 69th birthday at home with family...

ALSO: NPC member affirms support for Binay


APRIL 27 -Cojuangcos back Binay's presidential bid | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com SISON, Philippines – Former Pangasinan representative Mark Cojuangco is firm in his decision to support the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Cojuangco told journalists on Monday that he remained true to his word to support Binay. He said he is not actively campaigning for any presidential candidate because of the decision of his party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), to support Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero. Cojuangco is running for governor while his wife, fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, is seeking re-election. The NPC was founded by his father, businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. The former lawmaker expressed his support for Binay last year, but he has never been seen campaigning for the Vice President. He cited Binay’s vast experience in local government as reason for supporting him. READ MORE...

ALSO: No one safe under Duterte – Aquino


APRIL 29 -AQUINO INQUIRER PHOTO
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd warned that anybody, including him, could be killed anytime under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency. The President sounded the warning as he criticized the Davao City mayor whose “tough talk,” he said, reminds him of the dark years of martial law when absolute power was wielded by only one man–Ferdinand Marcos. While Aquino did not directly name Duterte, his warning referred to a presidential candidate “who is leading the surveys” and who is “dictatorial.” “Di bale sana kung meron kang ipinapangako na bago e. Sa akin lang hong pag-iisip, ginawa na natin iyan e. 1972 hanggang 1986, ganun ang sistemang pinairal sa Pilipinas [It would be different if you’re promising something new. We’ve done that from 1972 to 1986, that’s the kind of system that we had],” the President said during Wednesday night’s meeting with local leaders in Cebu City. Aquino noted that Cebu and Davao fought martial rule and vowed that it will never happen again. “Tapos ngayon sa 30 anibersaryo ng EDSA ang lumalamang raw sa survey ‘yung mga tila magbabalik ‘nung ganung istilo: ‘Ako ang masusunod, pananaw ko lang ang tama, lahat nang hindi sumunod sa akin, humanda kayo [Now on the 30th anniversary of Edsa (revolution), someone who is leading in surveys is likely to bring back the same style: ‘I am the law, only my opinion is right, those who do not follow me should better be prepared],’” the President said. Duterte has been leading the recent surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia. The mayor’s “no holds barred” style of politics may seem appealing to many people but Aquino said the people must be cautious. According to him, a number of individuals have approached him to express their concerns on the threats posed by this “feared candidate.” “Alam niyo ang daming nagsasabi sa akin: ‘Nakakatakot na ang pag-angat nito. Gawan mo naman ng paraan [So many have told me: This man’s rise is scary. Do something],’” Aquino said. But the President feared that there is a chance that he may be the first to be silenced. “Palagay ko kapag may nakita akong may nang-abuso, maninindigan ako ulit. Pero [ang] tanong… wan ko kung nakakasigurado tayong nandun pa kaya ako. READ MORE...


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Aquino vows to thwart Marcos’ return to power, twits GMA


President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Launching of the Listong Pamayanan and Listong Pamilyang Pilipino under the Operation Listo Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at the Grand Ballroom of the Royce Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga on Monday (April 25, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

CLARK, PAMPANGA, MAY 2, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Genalyn Kabiling April 27, 2016 – President Aquino, in the mood to deliver punches, vowed here yesterday to thwart the return of the Marcoses into power and resumed his tirade against his predecessor whom he accused of leaving the country in a “sorry state”.

The President said the country has vastly improved under his watch compared to the sorry state it was in when he inherited it from former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

He also expressed concern that Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. might repeat the mistakes of his father especially after adopting the same campaign slogan, “I will make this country great again.”

Marcos, son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, continued to lead in the race for vice president based on recent opinion polls. Aquino’s preferred VP candidate, Leni Robredo, is inching her way to the top spot.

“You might say I am biased but it got me thinking. They have the same slogan; they will probably implement the same plans. And if there is anything I can do, that will not come to pass. I don’t want a repeat of our problems from 1972 to 1986,” Aquino said during a meeting with local leaders at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga.

Aquino was referring to the country’s dark martial law period when the countless abuses and other atrocities were committed. The Marcoses, who have been blamed for rights abuses, have yet to recognize and even apologize for these offenses.

The President made the remarks after reading new reports on former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ comments about his son’s campaign battle cry.

“Mrs. Imelda Marcos reportedly said ‘My son will make this country great again.’ I thought about it and sought a research. It turns out the campaign slogan of Ferdinand Marcos when he first ran in 1965 was ‘I will make this country great again,” Aquino said.

Marcos, the widow of the late President, earlier campaigned for her son during a visit in Leyte, asking voters to unite “so that our nation will be great again.” Marcos, currently representative of Ilocos Norte’s 2nd district, said her son is running on a campaign theme of national unity.

President Aquino, meantime, called on the local leaders of Pampanga to support Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Robredo in the May polls to ensure the continuity of good governance.

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The President maintained that Roxas and Robredo are best qualified to lead the country given their integrity and competence.

Citing an example, Aquino said Pampanga, a bailiwick of Arroyo, benefited from Daang Matuwid governance with the huge budget obtained for infrastructure and social services. He said the administration has allocated P16.94 billion for various infrastructure projects in Pampanga in 2011 to 2016, higher than the P9.41 billion spent by the Arroyo government in 2005 to 2010.

In an assembly of hundreds of barangay officials from Central Luzon in Clark last Monday, Aquino first tackled the alleged fiscal mismanagement of Arroyo, citing the 2010 national budget was nearly depleted when he assumed office.


GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO:  She has long vacated the seat of national power but former President Gloria Arroyo is apparently still on the top of President Aquino’s mind. MB file

“What was the budget Mrs. Arroyo left me to spend on national needs? Not close to 7 percent of the national budget. They already spent 93 percent of the budget so the 7 percent was left for public spending in my first six months in office,” Aquino said.

At that time, the 2010 national budget was earmarked at P1.54 trillion. The Aquino administration however was supposedly left with P100 billion to use in the remaining six months of the year.

The President said his administration managed to restore fiscal order through budget reforms, consequently augmenting resources for vital social services, infrastructure development, among others.

Due to the government’s improved fiscal management, Aquino said Pampanga and other provinces received higher budget for various projects aimed to improve the lives of Filipinos.

In the case of Pampanga, he said the government has allocated P16.94 billion for infrastructure projects from 2011 to 2016, compared to the P9.41 billion spent by the Arroyo government in 2005 to 2010.

He said the administration also expanded the coverage of the conditional cash transfer program while more Filipinos are benefitting from the PhilHealth program.

In terms of economic performance, Aquino said the country has posted a 6.2 percent average growth rate between 2010 and 2015, the fastest average growth in 40 years. The country’s credit ratings have been upgraded, investor confidence has been revitalized, and more job opportunities are now available, Aquino added.

“We were in our worst state when we started but we learned to rise, walk again, and see progress. We are gradually moving forward,” Aquino said.

“On government spending, I can go to all provinces and show you the huge difference of our governance from the one I replaced,” he added.

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/aquino-vows-to-thwart-marcos-return-to-power-twits-gma/#I8d3AvMmc7Ls2GVk.99

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Palace defends use of CCT in Roxas, Robredo campaign by Madel Sabater - Namit April 16, 2016 Share198 Tweet3 Share0 Email0 Share226


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Malacañang yesterday defended the Aquino administration’s use of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program to secure votes for administration bets Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.

Critics have been assailing the Aquino administration for using the CCT program to woo the public to vote for Roxas and Robredo in the upcoming elections. They said the CCT program started during the Arroyo administration and not during the current administration.

President Aquino, in his speeches during campaign rallies of the Liberal party (LP), said that Roxas and Robredo will continue reforms started by the Aquino administration, including the CCT program, in a bid to get the support of the public in the coming elections.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., however, said that while the CCT program is a flagship program of the Arroyo administration, it was under the Aquino administration where significant improvements had been made.

Coloma said that while there were 780,000 beneficiaries during the Arroyo administration, CCT beneficiaries now already reached 4.6 million households. He added that there will be an additional two million beneficiaries to include street dwellers.

“We want to be inclusive, we want to include those who have no permanent dwellings because they qualify within the conditions of the CCT – their status of poverty, children being sent to school, that is why we are widening our scope of the 4Ps,” Coloma said.

He said the Aquino administration has allotted 37 percent of its national budget to social services, including poverty alleviation, social protection and social development, as well as programs on education, health care, and employment.

Coloma also posed a challenge to the critics to level up or improve the CCT program if they can.

“Whoever criticizes this program should have sufficient basis because this program has been a strong foundation for reform,” Coloma said.


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Noy: No one can top my achievements By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 29, 2016 - 12:00am 1 3 googleplus0 0


NOY President Aquino on Wednesday said none of his predecessors can beat his administration in terms of solid achievements. Facebook.com/govph

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino on Wednesday said none of his predecessors, and even all the presidential candidates – except for administration bets Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo – can beat his administration in terms of solid achievements.

Aquino touted the country’s 6.2 percent annual average economic growth under his watch.

He noted that the last time the country recorded this kind of economic growth was in the 1970s, and even then the figures were doubtful.

The chairman of the ruling Liberal Party told the crowd at the Cebu Provincial Capitol that the figures available during the martial law era under former president Ferdinand Marcos were questionable to begin with, since it was an authoritarian regime.

Aquino said he is looking forward to enjoying his retirement on June 30.

He said what keeps him confident is what he has achieved.

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Even if his critics or those he ordered charged and jailed succeed in inflicting physical harm on him after he steps down, Aquino said he cannot and will never accept that he was not able to help the country.

THE PRESIDENT SLAMS BINAY, MARCOS, DUTERTE ANEW

Meanwhile, Aquino again slammed opposition head Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Aquino pointed out that it has been two years since the corruption allegations have been hurled against someone, and it is just days to go before the May 9 presidential elections, but this person – whom he did not name – still refuses to air his side of the story.

“Most probably, if that person wins, all the more that we will not be able to know the answers to our questions,” Aquino said, obviously referring to Binay.

The President also did not spare the son and namesake of the former dictator, whom he believes will be like his father who committed human rights abuses and large-scale corruption.


'DIFFERENT MAN' Vice President Binay says Senator Bongbong Marcos is different from his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo from Senator Marcos' Facebook page HEADLINE ENWS RAPPLER.COM

He scored Marcos Jr. for saying that he is ready to ask for forgiveness if he only knew what he should be saying sorry for.

“It means ‘We did not do anything wrong’ and in that case, if they did not do anything bad, what they did was right so he will do it again,” Aquino said.

With regard to the tough-talking Duterte, Aquino said he could not understand how the Davao mayor has changed, considering that he was among those who opposed the Marcos dictatorship in the 1970s until 1986.

Aquino said it was unfortunate that on the 30th anniversary of the EDSA revolution, those who are said to be topping the surveys are those who will most likely bring the country back to a dictatorship.

Stepping backwards

Yesterday, Aquino warned voters that supporting a dictatorial style of leadership would be a step backwards and that there were no shortcuts to achieving peace and progress.

“There are those saying: it will be better for the Philippines to have a dictator for a leader. Up to now, it can be seen in the surveys coming out that there are those who want and are getting fooled by this type of leadership,” the President said during the launching of the Freedom Memorial Museum at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

Modeled after Holocaust museums and the Human Rights Memorial Circle of Chile, the Freedom Memorial Museum is envisioned to honor the men and women who risked their lives in defense of human rights and freedom for all Filipinos.

It aims to engrave in the minds of all Filipinos, especially present and future generations, and the global community, the cause and effect of the Marcos regime and its brutality.

After regaining democracy through a bloodless revolution, the President asked the people if they could take violations of human rights, including that of their families, once again.

The President said the people must realize that the current gains of the country were achieved in a democratic setting and that this could be easily undone if the next leaders would revert back to a one-man rule or a regime where only few were benefiting from available resources and opportunities.

“The question is: are you going to give toughies the chance to lead or those who make enemies every time they open their mouths?” Aquino asked. – With Aurea Calica


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Aquino resumes tirade vs Arroyo by Genalyn Kabiling April 26, 2016 (updated) Share1K Tweet0 Share1 Email0 Share1K


President Benigno S. Aquino III ( MB File photo by Richard V. Viñas)

CLARK, PAMPANGA — She has long vacated the seat of national power but former President Gloria Arroyo is apparently still on the top of President Aquino’s mind.

The President resumed his tirade against his predecessor during a recent visit to her home province of Pampanga, saying country has vastly improved under his watch compared to the sorry state he inherited from Arroyo.

In an assembly of hundreds of barangay officials from Central Luzon in Clark last Monday, Aquino first tackled the alleged fiscal mismanagement of Arroyo, citing the 2010 national budget was nearly depleted when he assumed office.

“Ano ang iniwan sa akin ni Ginang Arroyo bilang budget na pwedeng gastusin sa lahat ng kailangang tustusan? Hindi umabot ng seven percent ng budget. 93 percent kumbaga nagastos na, seven percent iyon ang pangtustos natin unang anim na buwan noong tayo ay nagumpisang mamuno sa bansang ito [What was the budget Mrs. Arroyo left me to spend on national needs? Not close to 7 percent of the national budget. They already spent 93 percent of the budget so the 7 percent was left for public spending in my first six months in office],” Aquino said.

At that time, the 2010 national budget was earmarked at P1.54 trillion. The Aquino administration however was supposedly left with P100 billion to use in the remaining six months of the year.

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The President said his administration managed to restore fiscal order through budget reforms, consequently augmenting resources for vital social services, infrastructure development, among others.

Due to the government’s improved fiscal management, Aquino said Pampanga and other provinces received higher budget for various projects aimed to improve the lives of Filipinos.

In the case of Pampanga, he said the government has alloted P16.94 billion for infrastructure projects from 2011 to 2016, compared to the P9.41 billion spent by the Arroyo government in 2005 to 2010.

He said the administration also expanded the coverage of the conditional cash transfer program while more Filipinos are benefitting from the PhilHealth program.

In terms of economic performance, Aquino said the country has posted a 6.2 percent average growth rate between 2010 and 2015, the fastest average growth in 40 years. The country’s credit ratings have been upgraded, investor confidence has been revitalized, and more job opportunities are now available, Aquino added.

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Cong. Arroyo to spend 69th birthday at home with family by Rap Torres April 5, 2016 (updated) Share14 Tweet2 Share0 Email0 Share32


Former President and now Pampanga 2nd district Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo turns 69 years old today, April 5, 2016.

Born on April 5, 1947 to former President Diosdado Macapagal and Evangelina Macaraeg Macapagal, CGMA was granted a three-day furlough by the Supreme Court (SC) for her 69th birthday.

The SC allowed Arroyo to spend her birthday at home with her family for three days, starting 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 4, until, 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6.

The detained 14th President of the Philippines will spend time with husband Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, children Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, Evangelina Lourdes “Luli” Arroyo-Bernas, and Diosdado Ignacio Jose Maria “Dato” Arroyo, and grandchildren.

Prior to her hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City since 2012 for plunder charges in the alleged misuse of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) confidential intelligence funds, Arroyo’s legacy as President included the Conditional Cash Transfer program, which was expanded by successor President Benigno S. Aquino III into the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, as well as the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.

Being an economist, Arroyo made the Philippine economy the focus of her presidency from 2001-2010.

The Philippines enjoyed an average 4.5 percent annual economic growth during the Arroyo administration, which expanded every quarter, higher than the administrations of her three predecessors, Corazon Aquino (3.8 percent), Fidel Ramos (3.7 percent), and Joseph Estrada (3.7 percent).

The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace in three decades in 2007, with real GDP growth exceeding 7 percent.


Macroeconomic trends- Post-EDSA macroeconomic history of the Philippines and Economic Crisis and Response in the Philippines The Philippine economy has been growing steadily over decades and the International Monetary Fund in 2014 reported it as the 39th largest economy in the world. However its growth has been behind that of many of its Asian neighbors, the so-called Asian Tigers, and it is not a part of the Group of 20 nations. Instead it is grouped in a second tier for emerging markets or newly industrialized countries. Depending on the analyst, this second tier can go by the name the Next Eleven or the Tiger Cub Economies. In the years 2012 and 2013, the Philippines posted high GDP growth rates, reaching 6.8% in 2012 and 7.2% in 2013,[60][61][62] the highest GDP growth rates in Asia for the first two quarters of 2013, followed by China and Indonesia. A chart of selected statistics showing trends in the gross domestic product of the Philippines using data taken from the International Monetary Fund.[64][65] FROM WIKIPEDIA

Under her administration, Arroyo outlined her vision for the country as “building a strong republic”, which her agenda consists of building up a strong bureaucracy, lowering crime rates, increasing tax collection, improving economic growth, and intensifying counter-terrorism efforts.

In the upcoming May elections, Arroyo will be seeking her third term as congresswoman in her home district in Pampanga. She is running unopposed.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has earlier said that he will allow Arroyo to seek medical treatment overseas if he wins the presidency, while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants Arroyo freed from hospital arrest since there is not enough evidence to detain her.

Arroyo has yet to announce her candidate for president in the May elections.


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NPC member affirms support for Binay By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 27, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Cojuangcos back Binay's presidential bid | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

SISON, Philippines – Former Pangasinan representative Mark Cojuangco is firm in his decision to support the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Cojuangco told journalists on Monday that he remained true to his word to support Binay.

He said he is not actively campaigning for any presidential candidate because of the decision of his party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), to support Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.

Cojuangco is running for governor while his wife, fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, is seeking re-election. The NPC was founded by his father, businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr.

The former lawmaker expressed his support for Binay last year, but he has never been seen campaigning for the Vice President.

He cited Binay’s vast experience in local government as reason for supporting him.

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“He knows the problems, he dealt with barangay captains every day for over 20 years (as Makati mayor),” Cojuangco said.

“You don’t get that experience overnight, 20 years is 20 years, the longer you stay there, the more knowledge you gain which you would not get in a university,” he added.

He revealed that one of his frustrations in his district is the lack of the national government’s response on issues facing the local government.

He said there had been instances when local officials were no longer consulted on projects that would be implemented in their jurisdiction.

He cited as example the district engineers who were not asked for inputs on projects involving public works and highways.


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No one safe under Duterte – Aquino April 28, 2016 11:45 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER AND LLANESCA T. PANTI REPORTER


AQUINO INQUIRER PHOTO

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd warned that anybody, including him, could be killed anytime under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency.

The President sounded the warning as he criticized the Davao City mayor whose “tough talk,” he said, reminds him of the dark years of martial law when absolute power was wielded by only one man–Ferdinand Marcos.

While Aquino did not directly name Duterte, his warning referred to a presidential candidate “who is leading the surveys” and who is “dictatorial.”

“Di bale sana kung meron kang ipinapangako na bago e. Sa akin lang hong pag-iisip, ginawa na natin iyan e. 1972 hanggang 1986, ganun ang sistemang pinairal sa Pilipinas [It would be different if you’re promising something new. We’ve done that from 1972 to 1986, that’s the kind of system that we had],” the President said during Wednesday night’s meeting with local leaders in Cebu City.

Aquino noted that Cebu and Davao fought martial rule and vowed that it will never happen again.

“Tapos ngayon sa 30 anibersaryo ng EDSA ang lumalamang raw sa survey ‘yung mga tila magbabalik ‘nung ganung istilo: ‘Ako ang masusunod, pananaw ko lang ang tama, lahat nang hindi sumunod sa akin, humanda kayo [Now on the 30th anniversary of Edsa (revolution), someone who is leading in surveys is likely to bring back the same style: ‘I am the law, only my opinion is right, those who do not follow me should better be prepared],’” the President said.

Duterte has been leading the recent surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia.

The mayor’s “no holds barred” style of politics may seem appealing to many people but Aquino said the people must be cautious.

According to him, a number of individuals have approached him to express their concerns on the threats posed by this “feared candidate.”

“Alam niyo ang daming nagsasabi sa akin: ‘Nakakatakot na ang pag-angat nito. Gawan mo naman ng paraan [So many have told me: This man’s rise is scary. Do something],’” Aquino said.

But the President feared that there is a chance that he may be the first to be silenced.

“Palagay ko kapag may nakita akong may nang-abuso, maninindigan ako ulit. Pero [ang] tanong… wan ko kung nakakasigurado tayong nandun pa kaya ako.

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Papopormahin pa kaya ako? Pwede ba niyong ipasa sa akin ‘yung responsibilidad na manguna? Dahil ako palagay ko kapag naisip ‘nung iba, ito ang pwedeng pumalag sa atin, baka ako ang unang mawala [If I see abuses being committed, I will stand up against it. But the question is, will I still be around? Will they allow me to? Can I take on the responsibility? Because I would think that those people would think that since I will stand up against them, I could be the one who will be eliminated],” Aquino said.

He admitted that he is “shocked” whenever he hears Duterte speak, because he has the impression that the mayor “picks up a fight whenever he opens his mouth.”

“Why would we allow such dangerous [man to] rule again? Let’s think long and hard. The people here should also talk to other people and ask why their bets are qualified. Because as I see it, the only people qualified for the job is Mar Roxas, together with Leni Robredo,” the President said.

Mar is the nickname of Manuel Roxas 2nd, the presidential candidate of the ruling Liberal Party.

Robredo is Roxas’ running mate.

The President said arbitrary detention and extra-judicial killings espoused by Duterte will not prevail under a democracy.

“Maybe there are people plotting against me. Yes, they could succeed, but it’s okay. I am at peace knowing that I have done something to be of help for our country. But if they think they can do it on all people, they are mistaken,” Aquino added.

“If you leave the people enraged, you will be at the receiving end of the People Power. By the time I step down, they could proceed with their evil plans. But the question is, can they beat us? I believe not. We had each other’s backs and I have proven that the people are dependable,” he said.

The President questioned Duterte’s health.

He explained that the Constitution mandates that the country’s leaders reveal the true state of their health.

He belittled the mayor’s ambitious plan of ending criminality in three to six months which statement he said Duterte took back.

“Hindi na ho tatlo hanggang anim na buwan ngayon, isu-suppress na lang niya. Pero okay rin e [It’s no longer three to six months, he will instead suppress it. But that’s okay],” Aquino quipped.


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