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BONGBONG: NOYNOY SABOTAGED BY HIS MEN
[RELATED: Bongbong exposes LP’s May 9 Plan B]


APRIL 4 -Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Tuesday that President Benigno Aquino III should be credited for launching an anti-corruption drive, even though it lost its luster when politics came into the picture. “In my view, the President had the honest intention of reducing corruption, but the people around him failed to help him,” Marcos said in Filipino. He said that as a result of politics, there was a widespread perception that Mr. Aquino’s opponents were prosecuted to the hilt, while Palace allies were largely allowed to go scot-free. During his campaign sorties, Marcos has called for national unity, saying politics should not influence governance and public service. “They should no longer be doing politics. An official should do what he ought to do to have an orderly government, so that many services will be felt by the people, so that our people will feel the wealth of our country,” he said.Earlier, Marcos said he is ready and willing to help whoever wins as the country’s next president. On the homestretch of the campaign period, Marcos has kept to his vow not to engage in mudslinging. He said the next chief executive of the country should have a good working relationship with the vice president to be able to move the country towards progress. “There should be partnership between the next president and the vice president even if they don’t come from the same party. There should be a good working relationship between them in order to implement programs that will be felt by everyone,” Marcos said in an interview with Net 25. Marcos said he could work with any of the presidential candidates and would give his all-out support to the next administration. Marcos also said the surge in his survey standings despite criticisms from his opponents and the Palace was due to his clear and relevant program of government and his call for national unity. Marcos also cited the positive traits of his rivals for the vice presidency, describing Senator Gregorio Honasan and Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano as “brave.” READ MORE...RELATED, Bongbong exposes LP’s May 9 Plan B...

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LP bets most corrupt­—Bayan

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APRIL 21 -President Benigno Aquino III
THE Liberal Party’s Manuel Roxas II and Leni Robredo are the most corrupt presidential and vice presidential candidates, respectively, for using government resources and coercing the recipients of the government’s dole to the poor to support them, the group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said Wednesday. “Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo condone and benefit from corruption when they indicated in their Certificates of Candidacy and eventually on the official ballots that their nicknames are ‘daang matuwid’,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said. “They hope to benefit from the extensive use of government resources and government propaganda for the ruling party,” he said. Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon also assailed presidential sister Kris Aquino for using government helicopters in making the rounds to campaign for Roxas and Robredo whose principal campaign manager is President Benigno Aquino III. “The use of public resources for the presidential campaign of Mar Roxas, including the use of AFP choppers by presidential sister Kris Aquino to campaign for Mar, is by far worse than the crass remark of another presidential candidate,” Ridon said. “The photos clearly have no other explanation but the brazen use of government machinery to further the campaign of Mar Roxas,” he said. Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, a candidate for senator, said Roxas and other Aquino Cabinet secretaries should be summoned by the Senate for their neglect and incompetence that led to the Kidapawan carnage on April 1. “Secretaries Proceso Alcala [Agriculture], Dinky Soliman [Social Welfare), Florencio Abad [Budget] and Mar Roxas should also be questioned in the Senate hearing because as the LP team was campaigning during the days leading to the bloodbath, reports were rife that the police opened fire on the farmers because Mar was in the area and the road had to be cleared for him,” Colmenares said. “The public should be warned that while we do not like insensitive leaders, the leadership represented by Mar Roxas is incompatible with the most basic aspirations of our people,” Ridon said. READ MORE...RELATED, The candidate of your choice...

ALSO: By Jojo Robles - Noynoy killed Corona [of broken heart]
[Rest now, CJ. The fight continues.]


MAY 4 -The doctors said Chief Justice Renato Corona died last Friday of cardiac arrest. I agree with them; he died of a broken heart.
These days, when politicians routinely accuse each other of amassing huge sums of money while professing a monopoly on decency, I remember Corona. He was a truly decent man falsely charged with enriching himself by thieving hypocrites, and yet he still fought a war that he must have known he simply could not win. Corona always believed in the majesty and inherent fairness of the law. He was also convinced that he headed a branch of government co-equal with the presidency and Congress. How wrong he was. And how wrong many of us, who allowed Corona’s thoroughly unjust public humiliation and eventual removal, were. Corona, in his political naivete, committed several fatal mistakes. And foremost of these was trusting that his innocence and the law were enough to make him beat back his powerful accusers. He believed that his appointment late in the Arroyo administration was lawful because the Supreme Court said so, in a 14-0 vote. And then he thought he could get away with winning the case to return the land of Hacienda Luisita to the farmers who tilled it. Corona never expected how vindictive his main adversary was and how willing he would be to use the limitless resources at his command to get back at the chief justice who dared to engage him in a stare-down. And Corona probably never imagined how easy Congress, both of its craven Houses, would acquiesce to Malacañang’s demands, especially if it was sufficiently larded with Disbursement Acceleration Program funds. Corona was convicted and removed from office because that was what President Noynoy Aquino, still enjoying stratospheric popularity and an unlimited supply of taxpayers’ money, wanted. To believe otherwise, this late in the day, is to be pig-headed like Noynoy himself—as if refusing to accept blame and responsibility for errors committed in the past absolves the one who committed the error in the first place. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace extends condolences to family of former Foreign Affairs Chief Domingo Siazon


MAY 4 -Former foreign affairs secretary Domingo Siazon - 76
Malacañang has offered its condolences to the family of former foreign affairs secretary Domingo Siazon, who passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 76. “We pause in tribute to Domingo Siazon, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1995-2001) and Philippine Ambassador to Japan (1993-1995 and 2001-2010),” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement on Wednesday. “Respected by his colleagues in the foreign service, his peers abroad, and by presidents and the public alike, he belonged to the second generation of career diplomats who served with professionalism and who rose according to merit.” Secretary Lacierda remembered Siazon as a “cultured, urbane man”, who leaves behind a record of distinguished service to the country, “bringing honor to the flag wherever he served”. “We extend deepest sympathies to his family at this time of profound loss,” the Palace official added. Siazon, who succumbed to prostate cancer in Tokyo, also served as director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 1985 to 1993, as well as ambassador to Austria, and Philippine Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.FULL REPORT

ALSO: President Aquino’s Labor Day message
[RELATED: Noy pays tribute to workers on Labor Day]


MAY 2 -Talumpati ng Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III Pangulo ng Pilipinas sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Paggawa [Ika-1 ng Mayo 2016] Saludo ang ating sambayanan sa mga manggagawang Pilipinong nagpupunyagi para sa kanilang pamilya at pangarap. Idinaraos natin ang Araw ng Paggawa bilang pasasalamat sa alay ninyong husay, dangal, at lakas sa ating bayan.
Sa loob ng anim na taon nating paglalakbay sa Daang Matuwid, kinakitaan ng ating pamahalaan ang ating mga kababayan ng tunay na pakikiisa sa agenda ng pag-unlad. Dinulog ng samahang manggagawa ang panawagan natin para sa tapat na pakikipag-ugnayan at kapayapaan para sa industriya. Tinanggap ng mga mamamayan ang hamon ng nagbabagong mukha ng teknolohiya, at pinatunayang handa ang Pilipinong makipagsabayan sa pandaigdigang merkado. Hindi napatid ang suporta at pagmamalasakit ng mga kababayan natin sa ibayong dagat, pati na ng unipormadong hanay na tumindig para sa ating mga komunidad. Ipinagmamalaki natin ang bawat isa sa inyong nagdamayan upang iangat ang kalidad ng trabaho sa ating lipunan. Sinikap nating suklian ang inyong sigasig sa pamamagitan ng paglatag ng akmang solusyon para makapamuhay ang lahat nang may dignidad. Ngayon: Alam nating kailangan pang magpatuloy ng reporma; nararapat na itaguyod ang positibong pagbabago. Inaanyayahan ko kayong makisabay sa ating pagkilos: Sumulong tayo sa tamang landas, tungo sa maliwanag at makatarungang bukas. Binabati ko ang lahat ng isang makabuluhang Araw ng Paggawa. (Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III MAYNILA 1 Mayo 2016 FULL SPEECH RELATED, Noy pays tribute to workers on Labor Day...


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Bongbong: Noynoy sabotaged by his men


Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

MANILA, MAY 2, 2016
(MANILA STANDARD) posted May 04, 2016 at 12:01 am by Macon Ramos-Araneta - VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Tuesday that President Benigno Aquino III should be credited for launching an anti-corruption drive, even though it lost its luster when politics came into the picture.

“In my view, the President had the honest intention of reducing corruption, but the people around him failed to help him,” Marcos said in Filipino.

He said that as a result of politics, there was a widespread perception that Mr. Aquino’s opponents were prosecuted to the hilt, while Palace allies were largely allowed to go scot-free.

During his campaign sorties, Marcos has called for national unity, saying politics should not influence governance and public service.

“They should no longer be doing politics. An official should do what he ought to do to have an orderly government, so that many services will be felt by the people, so that our people will feel the wealth of our country,” he said.

Earlier, Marcos said he is ready and willing to help whoever wins as the country’s next president.

On the homestretch of the campaign period, Marcos has kept to his vow not to engage in mudslinging.

He said the next chief executive of the country should have a good working relationship with the vice president to be able to move the country towards progress.

“There should be partnership between the next president and the vice president even if they don’t come from the same party. There should be a good working relationship between them in order to implement programs that will be felt by everyone,” Marcos said in an interview with Net 25.

Marcos said he could work with any of the presidential candidates and would give his all-out support to the next administration.

Marcos also said the surge in his survey standings despite criticisms from his opponents and the Palace was due to his clear and relevant program of government and his call for national unity.


HEADLINE: LDP boosts Marcos bid  -May 3, 2016Written by Paul M. GutierrezPublished in Top StoriesRead: 322 JOURNAL.COM.PH

Marcos also cited the positive traits of his rivals for the vice presidency, describing Senator Gregorio Honasan and Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano as “brave.”

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Administration candidate Leni Robredo, he added, was candid and transparent, noting that she said she was not yet ready to become a vice president before she ran.

He also credited Senator Francis Escudero for being knowledgeable in governance due to his extensive experience as a public servant.

Also on Tuesday, the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino announced it was supporting Marcos in the coming elections.

LDP secretary-general Demaree Raval said the party decided to support Marcos during a recent consultation among party members and officers.

“Following nationwide consultations by the LDP national leadership, the party have decided to endorse the vice presidential candidacy of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., in an effort to start a genuine healing process that continues to elude the country despite its newfound democracy,” said Raval in a statement.

“There has been too much division and corrosion of the political community wrought by politics. It’s time to move and look forward,” he said.

A new Pulso ng Pilipino poll of 1,800 registered voters conducted from April 11 to 16 showed Marcos still ahead in the vice presidential race with 31 percent, ahead of Robredo at 25 percent, Escudero at 18 percent, Cayetano at 15 percent, Honasan at 5 percent, and Trillanes at 3 percent.

The survey has margin of error of + 2.5 percent.

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Bongbong exposes LP’s May 9 Plan B May 6, 2016 11:57 pm by JAIME R. PILAPIL, REPORTER


VIGILANCE PAYS
Although he has regained the lead in the latest Social Weather Stations survey, vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. still called on the electorate on Thursday to guard against cheating of which he is apparently the main target in the May 9 elections. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday exposed the Plan B of the Liberal Party (LP) to ensure that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not land in jail after the May 9 elections.

Citing a member of the Liberal Party as his source, the Ilocano lawmaker said the administration party has given up on its standard-bearer—Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd—as they do not expect him to surmount the snowballing voters’ preference tfor Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“The Plan B is to ensure victory for Leni Robredo and remove Duterte via impeachment. In this way, Noynoy [the President’s nickname] and his minions will avoid being jailed,” Marcos told a news conference here.

Robredo, a congresswoman representing Camarines Sur, is the running mate of Roxas.



Included in the plan is showing the exit door of Malacañang to Duterte as quickly as possible so that the LP’s rule will be extended for another six years.

Possible imprisonment for Aquino, according to Marcos, could arise from a string of criminal charges, including an unbailable plunder case in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Allotment Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, which the President was alleged to have used to buy the loyalty of lawmakers.

The senator said the President is wary of an impending deluge of cases against him and his alleged conspirators, among them Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Transportation Secretary Emilio Abaya and Roxas himself.

“This [Plan B] is a desperate move of Noynoy. He thinks that the only way to win is to cheat. Plan B is their way of escaping jail,” Marcos pointed out.
He said the administration party is also attacking the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) in a bid to divide the group.

The religious sect headed by Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo reportedly has chosen Marcos to support and frontrunner presidential bet Duterte.
Aquino had courted the INC to back Roxas’ bid but to no avail.



Marcos has continuously topped various surveys.

Early this week, Robredo overtook him, which the senator suspected as a manipulation to hide the cheating mechanism under Plan B.

In the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), however, Marcos regained the upper hand.

The poll taken from May 1 to 3 showed the senator getting 29 percent and Robredo 28 percent, although the SWS said they were statistically tied.

Marcos urged his supporters to guard their votes and report immediately any irregularity during Election Day itself, especially discrepancies between the names of candidates whom they actually voted for and those shown in the receipt that Vote Counting Machines are supposed to issue to the voters.

“Make noise once you have discovered the irregularity. Tell the watchers, the Board of Election Inspectors, take a picture using your Smartphone, and report to us. We will immediately send somebody to help you,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Alfred Romualdez of this city exposed the vote-buying activities here and the nearby provinces, particularly in Samar where candidates, mostly members of the LP, are involved.

“From P50 to P300, they are indulging in vote-buying. This is alarming and will make these elections expensive since the opponent will also catch up and offer a higher rate,” the mayor said.
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8 Responses to Bongbong exposes LP’s May 9 Plan B
Gem says:
May 7, 2016 at 10:31 am
Maraming options sa pandaraya ang Abnoy Kaya lahat ginagawa upang maligtas sa Death Penalty Kapag si Duterte Na ang Pangulo. DUTERTE at MARCOS Sa May 9,2016!
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Fer Ios says:
May 7, 2016 at 10:10 am
Bong Marcos should remind young voters that cheating is not something new but an old practice of Philippine politics so rampant during his father’s time. Nowadays, isolated cases around the country are still noticeable but not by administration bets.
of the Daang Matuwid.
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manilaboy says:
May 7, 2016 at 8:41 am
Desperate to be jailed! Try to be good until the last day of your term.. Let us try to be united and do not thwart the genuine will of the people.
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barks barks says:
May 7, 2016 at 7:33 am
all sides are buying votes my partner expects to make at least p7,000 this weekend thats all the people can talk about how much money they will get
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Cora says:
May 7, 2016 at 7:11 am
Bong Bong is right, we have to guard our vote. Let us end this nightmare with this current administration very desperate people, and after the election let us put them in jail where they belong. Let us close the bias station and place a fair honest network that coukd exercise responsible journalism. We want change and change is coming.
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fidel S. Pescador says:
May 7, 2016 at 6:31 am
God bless and save Philippines from the devils…
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peter corgos says:
May 7, 2016 at 4:18 am
look who’s talking. My goodness – and he has the gall to say that they will be cheated. Clean up your acts first Mr. Marcos and return the wealth that you are now enjoying which you don’t own.
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Happybirthday says:
May 7, 2016 at 12:55 am
“Bongbong exposes LP’s May 9 Plan B”
Guess what, this guy will actually rig the election and blame the other party. Like father, like son. LOL!
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MANILA STANDARD

LP bets most corrupt­—Bayan posted April 21, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera
 


President Benigno Aquino III

THE Liberal Party’s Manuel Roxas II and Leni Robredo are the most corrupt presidential and vice presidential candidates, respectively, for using government resources and coercing the recipients of the government’s dole to the poor to support them, the group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said Wednesday.

“Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo condone and benefit from corruption when they indicated in their Certificates of Candidacy and eventually on the official ballots that their nicknames are ‘daang matuwid’,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said.

“They hope to benefit from the extensive use of government resources and government propaganda for the ruling party,” he said.

Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon also assailed presidential sister Kris Aquino for using government helicopters in making the rounds to campaign for Roxas and Robredo whose principal campaign manager is President Benigno Aquino III.

“The use of public resources for the presidential campaign of Mar Roxas, including the use of AFP choppers by presidential sister Kris Aquino to campaign for Mar, is by far worse than the crass remark of another presidential candidate,” Ridon said.

“The photos clearly have no other explanation but the brazen use of government machinery to further the campaign of Mar Roxas,” he said.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, a candidate for senator, said Roxas and other Aquino Cabinet secretaries should be summoned by the Senate for their neglect and incompetence that led to the Kidapawan carnage on April 1.

“Secretaries Proceso Alcala [Agriculture], Dinky Soliman [Social Welfare), Florencio Abad [Budget] and Mar Roxas should also be questioned in the Senate hearing because as the LP team was campaigning during the days leading to the bloodbath, reports were rife that the police opened fire on the farmers because Mar was in the area and the road had to be cleared for him,” Colmenares said.

“The public should be warned that while we do not like insensitive leaders, the leadership represented by Mar Roxas is incompatible with the most basic aspirations of our people,” Ridon said.

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Reyes said investigating the reported cash envelopes in the LP rallies was not enough.

On Tuesday, Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus said Soliman was threatening the recipients of the dole to the poor that some P500 would be deducted from their monthly doles if they defied the directive to attend the rallies for Roxas.

She said Gabriela was able to gather reports that coercion was being done in Cebu, Bacolod, Pikit, North Cotabato and Metro Manila.

The membership of the 4Ps under the controversial Conditional Cash Transfer program has grown to more than four million households with a budget of P65 billion.

The LP’s reported coercion, vote-buying, abuse of government resources and electioneering are now the subject of a probe jointly undertaken by the Commission on Elections and Commission on Human Rights.

It was Roxas’ rival, Vice President Jejomar Binay, the standard bearer of opposition United Nationalist Alliance, who first warned that the Liberals were using government resources in the election campaign.

The Bantay Karapatan sa Halalan, a joint initiative of the two agencies, said among the incidents reported included the use of government facilities in the campaign as well as threats to the dole beneficiaries that they would suffer a reduction of benefits or removal from the list if they did not attend election rallies.

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The candidate of your choice May 7, 2016 9:51 pm Fr. Shay Cullen


by FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC

What is it that drives voters, the common people, to cry out and vote for the false messiah to be their president and leader? Some voters are drawn away from more virtuous leadership and favor unrealistic fantastic promises of the bombastic candidate.

Even if such a candidate promotes hatred, racism and violence and approves and practices womanizing, insults religions and church leaders and supports vigilante killings of any suspect without trial, he can arouse a rabble of extremist followers. Can he be trusted to serve and lead a nation?

In the United States and the Philippines, there are candidates that share such positions and attitudes. They are not the ideal leaders of a nation that aspires to be caring, compassionate and that respects the rights and dignity of all.

Good honest Republicans in the USA are outraged and disavow the extreme policies of Donald Trump, now the Republican Party presidential candidate. He will likely run against the democratic candidate Hilary Clinton.

He will ban Muslims from coming into the USA, and all illegal immigrants will be deported. Thousands of Filipinos could be in jeopardy. Trump has insulted women, mocked a disabled person in public and vows to strike the enemies of America with overwhelming force if they don’t agree to his negotiating positions. If elected president, he will tear up every free trade treaty.

For Trump, it is America first and to hell with the rest of the world. For him, corporate America and big business should rule America and the world; not the regulatory agencies of government, not the UN. And yet he has reached a popularity that boggles the mind and troubles the heart.

But it won’t happen. Most American voters are wiser, smarter and more compassionate. They are good people and are generally non-racist, tolerant, caring,
 compassionate and respect the views of others even if they disagree. All North Americans are descendants of immigrants and so the majority will reject extremist views and racist anti-immigration policies when it comes to a national vote.

We hope it will be the same in the Philippines this 9 May 2016. The vast majority of Filipinos are also good people: intelligent, compassionate, caring, loving and self-sacrificing. They should vote in a responsible manner looking for the candidate that has a positive history of respect for human rights, concern and action for the abused children, compassion for the poor and is a person of unblemished integrity, free from scandal and of faithful family life.

Who among the candidates for president, vice president or for the Senate meets these basic criteria and are competent to lead and inspire a nation of over 100 million people?

Is there anyone with a spiritual faith in the dignity of the human person and a true respect for this beautiful but suffering country and who has not enriched themselves with bulging bank accounts? A candidate who can lift up the downtrodden who has a record of caring and action for justice?

The candidates ought not have a history of corruption or advocating or being linked to death squads anywhere where there have been summary executions over the years. That is the path to power for these men of violence and greed.

Those voters hurt and ignored and left desperately poor and hungry by government will favor the vengeful threats of the gun-slinging candidates. That’s why they lead in the polls. Failure of government officials to serve the public gives the violent extremists popularity. For example, to get a vehicle registration document at the Land Transportation Office in Region 3 takes months of waiting and inaction. Getting a document processed by government takes months. Such lack of service can unfortunately appear to some to be a bribe-seeking delay. To get a permit for a brothel can take just a few days or more.

To get the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Provincial Engineer of Zambales to act on the repair of a short 200 meters of road to a children’s home would take years, if ever they would repair it. Instead a P45 million road is being built with a private housing project as the main beneficiary.

More dissatisfaction is aroused when government elites and officials are part of the children and women abuse and escape justice by the decisions of some corrupt judiciary. They ignore the hardship and abuse of the trafficked and enslaved and incarcerated women and children.

Responsible voting ought to be for the candidates who can be trusted to have the integrity and strength to respect, enforce, serve and protect the rights of every citizen with equality and fairness. Who meets this basic criteria?
shaycullen@preda.org
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To the Max says:
May 8, 2016 at 8:45 am
The difference between Americans and Pilipinos is poverty. Most Americans are living above the poverty level. 80 percent of Pilipinos are living below poverty level. Per my pastor, Poverty is a curse. It is the mother of all crimes. Unfortunately Pnoy failed to diminish poverty. The conditional cash transfer is a drop in the bucket. SSS pensions cannot even buy medicines for the retirees. Kumapit sa Patalim. That is the motto of most Pilipinos. They sell their votes, they commit prostitution and some get paid to kill people they do not even know. Hired Assassins. That is the appeal of Duterte. He appeals to be one of the poor Pilipinos but in reality, he is a billionaire.


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Noynoy killed Corona of broken heart posted May 04, 2016 at 12:01 am by Jojo Robles

The doctors said Chief Justice Renato Corona died last Friday of cardiac arrest. I agree with them; he died of a broken heart.

These days, when politicians routinely accuse each other of amassing huge sums of money while professing a monopoly on decency, I remember Corona. He was a truly decent man falsely charged with enriching himself by thieving hypocrites, and yet he still fought a war that he must have known he simply could not win.

Corona always believed in the majesty and inherent fairness of the law. He was also convinced that he headed a branch of government co-equal with the presidency and Congress.

How wrong he was. And how wrong many of us, who allowed Corona’s thoroughly unjust public humiliation and eventual removal, were.

Corona, in his political naivete, committed several fatal mistakes. And foremost of these was trusting that his innocence and the law were enough to make him beat back his powerful accusers.

He believed that his appointment late in the Arroyo administration was lawful because the Supreme Court said so, in a 14-0 vote. And then he thought he could get away with winning the case to return the land of Hacienda Luisita to the farmers who tilled it.

Corona never expected how vindictive his main adversary was and how willing he would be to use the limitless resources at his command to get back at the chief justice who dared to engage him in a stare-down. And Corona probably never imagined how easy Congress, both of its craven Houses, would acquiesce to Malacañang’s demands, especially if it was sufficiently larded with Disbursement Acceleration Program funds.

Corona was convicted and removed from office because that was what President Noynoy Aquino, still enjoying stratospheric popularity and an unlimited supply of taxpayers’ money, wanted. To believe otherwise, this late in the day, is to be pig-headed like Noynoy himself—as if refusing to accept blame and responsibility for errors committed in the past absolves the one who committed the error in the first place.

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But how can anyone bewail the injustices that Aquino committed as president, a fashionable pastime in these times, and not recall what he did to Corona four years ago? How can anyone mourn the victims of the treasonous crimes of this administration, from Abaya to Zamboanga, and forget how Aquino plotted and suborned, schemed and stole just to exact revenge on the chief justice whom he hated with such a monomaniacal passion?

I must insist that Aquino killed Corona, a man whose intellectual and career accomplishments he could never dream of approaching, just as surely as if he took a gun to Corona’s head and pulled the trigger. And those of us who stood idly by—and those who even cheered—were accomplices to the murder of a truly great man.

Now Corona is dead and Aquino is still alive. Where, pray tell, is the justice in that?

* * *

Like that memorable character in Jose Rizal’s novel, Corona died without seeing the dawn. But I hope that someday, when we are all finally cured of the Yellow plague, that we will understand Corona’s sacrifice— and Aquino’s culpability.

By dying just months before Aquino leaves the presidential palace, Corona was deprived of the satisfaction of seeing his vengeful tormentor return to being a full-time self-pleasuring layabout, his real profession before he inflicted himself on an entire nation of clueless, gullible Filipinos. But this doesn’t mean that Aquino will forever escape blame.

The blood will never be washed away from Aquino’s hands—from Tacloban to Kidapawan, from al-Barka to Mamasapano. If there really is justice in this world, Aquino will have to pay.

Never again, they say, hypocritically, apropos of something else entirely. Never again, I say, should goodness and truth be co-opted and prostituted in the name of a thoroughly discredited movement of self-serving, self-righteous slaves of the oligarchs and the oligarchs themselves.

Of course, it’s perfectly possible that history and future generations will absolve Aquino and look kindly on him for what he did while in office. But I was there and I saw what Aquino did to Renato Corona, a man Noynoy broke and, for all intents and purposes, killed.

I can only hope that Aquino suffers for his crimes, just like he made the people he decided were his enemies—for reasons only his twisted mind can come up with—suffer.

Rest now, CJ. The fight continues.


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Palace extends condolences to family of former Foreign Affairs Chief Domingo Siazon May 5, 2016


Former foreign affairs secretary Domingo Siazon - 76

Malacañang has offered its condolences to the family of former foreign affairs secretary Domingo Siazon, who passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 76.

“We pause in tribute to Domingo Siazon, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1995-2001) and Philippine Ambassador to Japan (1993-1995 and 2001-2010),” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Respected by his colleagues in the foreign service, his peers abroad, and by presidents and the public alike, he belonged to the second generation of career diplomats who served with professionalism and who rose according to merit.”

Secretary Lacierda remembered Siazon as a “cultured, urbane man”, who leaves behind a record of distinguished service to the country, “bringing honor to the flag wherever he served”.

“We extend deepest sympathies to his family at this time of profound loss,” the Palace official added.

Siazon, who succumbed to prostate cancer in Tokyo, also served as director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 1985 to 1993, as well as ambassador to Austria, and Philippine Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.


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President Aquino’s Labor Day message May 2, 2016

Talumpati ng Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III Pangulo ng Pilipinas sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Paggawa

[Ika-1 ng Mayo 2016]

Saludo ang ating sambayanan sa mga manggagawang Pilipinong nagpupunyagi para sa kanilang pamilya at pangarap. Idinaraos natin ang Araw ng Paggawa bilang pasasalamat sa alay ninyong husay, dangal, at lakas sa ating bayan.

Sa loob ng anim na taon nating paglalakbay sa Daang Matuwid, kinakitaan ng ating pamahalaan ang ating mga kababayan ng tunay na pakikiisa sa agenda ng pag-unlad. Dinulog ng samahang manggagawa ang panawagan natin para sa tapat na pakikipag-ugnayan at kapayapaan para sa industriya. Tinanggap ng mga mamamayan ang hamon ng nagbabagong mukha ng teknolohiya, at pinatunayang handa ang Pilipinong makipagsabayan sa pandaigdigang merkado. Hindi napatid ang suporta at pagmamalasakit ng mga kababayan natin sa ibayong dagat, pati na ng unipormadong hanay na tumindig para sa ating mga komunidad. Ipinagmamalaki natin ang bawat isa sa inyong nagdamayan upang iangat ang kalidad ng trabaho sa ating lipunan.

Sinikap nating suklian ang inyong sigasig sa pamamagitan ng paglatag ng akmang solusyon para makapamuhay ang lahat nang may dignidad. Ngayon: Alam nating kailangan pang magpatuloy ng reporma; nararapat na itaguyod ang positibong pagbabago. Inaanyayahan ko kayong makisabay sa ating pagkilos: Sumulong tayo sa tamang landas, tungo sa maliwanag at makatarungang bukas.

Binabati ko ang lahat ng isang makabuluhang Araw ng Paggawa.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

MAYNILA 1 Mayo 2016

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Noy pays tribute to workers on Labor Day (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino paid tribute to Filipino workers as the nation celebrates Labor Day today, urging them to help sustain the gains achieved by the government in the last six years.

Aquino said the nation salutes the Filipino workers for striving to achieve their dreams of providing a better future for their families.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III read the President’s message over radio dzRB yesterday.

“We celebrate Labor Day to thank the efficiency, integrity and strength that you contribute to the nation,” the message said.

“In the six years that we tread the straight path, the government saw the people’s genuine cooperation in its development agenda.”

Under Aquino’s leadership, the workers responded to the call to build better relations with industry, adopted fast-evolving technologies and proved that they could compete in the global market.

“Overseas workers as well as members of the uniformed services joined the march toward national transformation and reform.”

According to the President, Filipino volunteerism was prevalent, particularly in elevating the quality of work in Philippine society.

“We strived to equal your determination by laying down the solutions to allow everyone to live with dignity,” Aquino said.

On Wednesday, Aquino visited a pre-Labor Day job and career fair in Mandaue City, Cebu. The event offered Cebuanos nearly 18,000 jobs.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said at least 14,000 overseas jobs and more than 3,000 local jobs were offered at the fair. – Aurea Calica, Paolo Romero

Baldoz said job and career fairs would be held in five venues in Central Visayas and in 43 other venues in the country today.

She said labor unions begged off from joining the traditional Labor Day events this year in order to participate in the rallies for the presidential candidates they are supporting.

Meanwhile, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II vowed to put an end to labor contractualization if he gets elected on May 9.

Roxas said contractualization violates the Constitution and workers’ rights.

In the first three months of his presidency, Roxas said he would enact a law that would ban contractualization.

He said the Department of Labor and Employment has a policy prohibiting contractualization, yet it was not enforced due to some legal loopholes. – With Paolo Romero


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