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KEEPING MUM FOR NOW: AQUINO GIVING RODY 'HONEYMOON PERIOD'


MAY 26 -AQUINO -He’s keeping mum despite his successor’s provocative pronouncements the past few days. “I’d like to give him what wasn’t given to me—a honeymoon period,” President Aquino said of his conscious effort to refrain from commenting on the recent statements of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. He doesn’t want to add to the multitude of voices that could “add to the strain” when one needs to make important decisions, Mr. Aquino added. In an interview with Inquirer editors and reporters at Malacañang on Tuesday, President Aquino said he knew “how difficult the job is, and all the voices we have to contend with. I don’t want to add to the strain that impacts on (Duterte’s) ability to make the best decision, at least for one year.” With five weeks left in office, the President said it was unlikely he would resume his trips around the country to say goodbye and present his administration’s accomplishments, as he did throughout the three-month election campaign, when he pushed for his anointed, Liberal Party standard-bearer, Mar Roxas. “If I go that route, I’d have to comment on my successor’s [statements]. And I’d like to give him what wasn’t given to me, which was mark a honeymoon period,” Mr. Aquino said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino - I understand LP members jumping ship


MAY 26 -PDI EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PNOY/ MAY 6,2016 PDI exclusive interview with President Benigno Aquino lll held in Malacanang. INQUIRER PHOTO/ JOAN BONDOC TARLAC CITY—No hard feelings? President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said he understood the decision of many of his party mates to leave the Liberal Party and join the incoming administration’s coalition. “Naiintindihan natin yun … bawat kinatawan syempre kumakatawan ka sa isang distrito at kailangan pangalagaan mo ang interes ng iyong sinasakupan,” he explained during an ambush interview in this city. (We understand that … Of course, every congressman represents his district and needs to take care of the interests of their constituents.) Mr. Aquino said many of them might be thinking that they would be able to do that by joining the party of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. READ: Juicy posts for LP turncoats Nevertheless, he said there were many remaining LP members and others planning to return. Mr. Aquino pointed out that the LP, at one time, had small numbers. The late Joker Arroyo used to say that they could all fit in a Volkswagen car. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino admits late campaign vs martial law


MAY 26 -TARLAC CITY, Philippines—“We realized it too late,” President Benigno Aquino III said on Thursday when asked about the popularity of the “revisionist campaign” to change the perception of the public when it comes to martial law.
Such a campaign was said to have catapulted Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the front of the vice presidential race. “Perhaps those of us who experienced the martial law years failed to take into account that, especially for the millennials, it’s very hard to imagine, that such a period like the martial law actually happened,” he said during an ambush interview after the launch of the Balong-Balong Multi-purpose project in San Jose, Tarlac. He said there was also disinformation at the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. READ: Aquino slams Marcos son, says martial law not PH’s ‘golden age’ Aquino said the young Filipinos now do not even understand what “illegal assembly” means. “We might have realized it late,” he said in Filipino before explaining that it turned out well in the end, with administration candidate Camarines Sur Representative Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo leading in the polls. READ: The Ninoy Aquino legacy: Martial law for millennials He said Robredo did not even want to run for higher office but she was able to catch up and overtake Marcos. “Maski na huling huli sa karera eh nanaig pa rin ang katotohanan,” he said. RAM/rga (Even if we were late in the race, the truth prevailed.) THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Aquino on lack of empathy - Hindi ako tumayo dito para mag-showbiz


MAY 26 -President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday defended himself over criticisms that he lacked empathy as a leader, saying that his priority has been to calmly find solutions to the problems before him.
Asked if finding a First Lady during his term would have changed this perception, Aquino replied by first reading definitions of the word empathy from Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster, then sharing anecdotes about being on-site during the Zamboanga Siege and after the onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda in Tacloban City. In both instances, Aquino said he preferred to "take active charge to calm" the people down. He noted that during the siege, he ordered the armed forces to prioritize hostage rescue, which ended the problem with less fatalities than what would have happened if a violent approach was carried out. "Paano ba dapat ang reaksyon ko doon [sa Zamboanga siege?] Pinagsasasabunot ko 'yung natitira kong buhok? Sinabi ko, 'Anong gagawin natin dito?' Nakatulong ba ako doon? Dapat ba nu'ng hinarap nila sa akin 'yung problemang 'yun, nag-iiiyak na lang ako? Dapat ba nagdadabog ako doon?" he asked. He then said: "Hindi yata 'yun ang pangulo. Ako, may responsibilidad, ama ng bayan... Gawin ang tama para pangalagaan ang interes ng lahat." READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino on Leni's lead over Bongbong: Nanaig pa rin ang katotohanan


MAY 26 -Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo's lead in the vice presidential race shows that "truth still prevails," President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday.
In a press conference, the President noted Robredo's imminent victory comes despite her late and reluctant entry into the race. Robredo is in a tight race for the vice presidency against Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. Aquino — only son of democracy icons Sen. Ninoy Aquino and former president Corazon Aquino — acknowledged that young people, who make up a big chunk of voters this year, may have felt a disconnect from the Martial Law period. Asked if this proved that the "revisionist campaign" to change the narrative of Martial Law was effective, President Aquino replied: "Well, they got that number of votes." "Sa kabilang side, baka napaka-late na naming na-recognize na maraming naligaw dito," he said. "But what is more important is sa huling sukatan, ang aming kandidato na ayaw kumandidato, na sa 1 percent nag-umpisa, humabol sa pagkatagal-tagal na panahon na pinaplanong pagtakbo nila, at nalampasan [niya sila]. So maski na huling-huli sa karera ay nanaig pa rin 'yung katotohanan."  READ MORE...


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KEEPING MUM FOR NOW: Aquino giving Rody ‘honeymoon period’
[“I’d like to give him what wasn’t given to me—a honeymoon period,” President Aquino said of his conscious effort to refrain from commenting on the recent statements of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.]

MANILA, MAY 30, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet 02:00 AM May 26th, 2016 - He’s keeping mum despite his successor’s provocative pronouncements the past few days.

“I’d like to give him what wasn’t given to me—a honeymoon period,” President Aquino said of his conscious effort to refrain from commenting on the recent statements of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

He doesn’t want to add to the multitude of voices that could “add to the strain” when one needs to make important decisions, Mr. Aquino added.

In an interview with Inquirer editors and reporters at Malacañang on Tuesday, President Aquino said he knew “how difficult the job is, and all the voices we have to contend with. I don’t want to add to the strain that impacts on (Duterte’s) ability to make the best decision, at least for one year.”

With five weeks left in office, the President said it was unlikely he would resume his trips around the country to say goodbye and present his administration’s accomplishments, as he did throughout the three-month election campaign, when he pushed for his anointed, Liberal Party standard-bearer, Mar Roxas.

“If I go that route, I’d have to comment on my successor’s [statements]. And I’d like to give him what wasn’t given to me, which was mark a honeymoon period,” Mr. Aquino said.

READ MORE...

Mr. Aquino, 56, was swept into power in 2010 after a popular call for him to seek the presidency following the 2009 death of his mother, democracy icon President Corazon Aquino.

Seen as a symbol of change from his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Aquino’s term of office started on a wrong footing when eight Chinese tourists died in a hostage-taking at Manila’s Rizal Park during a botched rescue operation.

His approval rating also took a dive for his perceived insensitivity to the Special Action Force troops who died in a clash with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, in January 2015.

Mr. Aquino will end his term at noon of June 30, leaving behind a legacy of strong macroeconomics that transformed the country from a laggard in Asia to the region’s rising economy.

As Commander in Chief, Mr. Aquino pushed for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, one of the weakest in Asia, as he led the campaign to protect maritime rights and sovereignty in the South China Sea amid China’s expansionist moves.


INQUIRER

Aquino: I understand LP members jumping ship By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 05:01 PM May 26th, 2016


PDI EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PNOY/ MAY 6,2016 PDI exclusive interview with President Benigno Aquino lll held in Malacanang. INQUIRER PHOTO/ JOAN BONDOC


TARLAC CITY—No hard feelings? President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said he understood the decision of many of his party mates to leave the Liberal Party and join the incoming administration’s coalition.

“Naiintindihan natin yun … bawat kinatawan syempre kumakatawan ka sa isang distrito at kailangan pangalagaan mo ang interes ng iyong sinasakupan,” he explained during an ambush interview in this city.

(We understand that … Of course, every congressman represents his district and needs to take care of the interests of their constituents.)

Mr. Aquino said many of them might be thinking that they would be able to do that by joining the party of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Juicy posts for LP turncoats

Nevertheless, he said there were many remaining LP members and others planning to return.

Mr. Aquino pointed out that the LP, at one time, had small numbers. The late Joker Arroyo used to say that they could all fit in a Volkswagen car.

READ MORE...

When Mr. Aquino became President, his party gained more members and allies.

“Pero di kami namilit sumali sa amin yung ibang mga kampo,” the President said.

(But we didn’t force the other camps to join us.)

He said that during his six years in office, he had helped local officials who were with other parties.

Mr. Aquino said he did not look at political color and that was why many officials thanked him for helping them despite not supporting him in the 2010 elections.

Earlier reports said 80 of the 116 elected LP representatives had decided to join Duterte’s Coalition for Change. RC/rga

READ: 80 LP members hop on Rody bandwagon


INQUIRER

Aquino admits late campaign vs martial law SHARES: 90 VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 04:30 PM May 26th, 2016

TARLAC CITY, Philippines—“We realized it too late,” President Benigno Aquino III said on Thursday when asked about the popularity of the “revisionist campaign” to change the perception of the public when it comes to martial law.

Such a campaign was said to have catapulted Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the front of the vice presidential race.

“Perhaps those of us who experienced the martial law years failed to take into account that, especially for the millennials, it’s very hard to imagine, that such a period like the martial law actually happened,” he said during an ambush interview after the launch of the Balong-Balong Multi-purpose project in San Jose, Tarlac.

He said there was also disinformation at the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

READ: Aquino slams Marcos son, says martial law not PH’s ‘golden age’

Aquino said the young Filipinos now do not even understand what “illegal assembly” means.

“We might have realized it late,” he said in Filipino before explaining that it turned out well in the end, with administration candidate Camarines Sur Representative Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo leading in the polls.

READ: The Ninoy Aquino legacy: Martial law for millennials

He said Robredo did not even want to run for higher office but she was able to catch up and overtake Marcos.

“Maski na huling huli sa karera eh nanaig pa rin ang katotohanan,” he said. RAM/rga

(Even if we were late in the race, the truth prevailed.)


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Aquino on lack of empathy: Hindi ako tumayo dito para mag-showbiz Published May 26, 2016 8:28pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News


President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday defended himself over criticisms that he lacked empathy as a leader, saying that his priority has been to calmly find solutions to the problems before him.

Asked if finding a First Lady during his term would have changed this perception, Aquino replied by first reading definitions of the word empathy from Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster, then sharing anecdotes about being on-site during the Zamboanga Siege and after the onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda in Tacloban City.

In both instances, Aquino said he preferred to "take active charge to calm" the people down.

He noted that during the siege, he ordered the armed forces to prioritize hostage rescue, which ended the problem with less fatalities than what would have happened if a violent approach was carried out.

"Paano ba dapat ang reaksyon ko doon [sa Zamboanga siege?] Pinagsasasabunot ko 'yung natitira kong buhok? Sinabi ko, 'Anong gagawin natin dito?' Nakatulong ba ako doon? Dapat ba nu'ng hinarap nila sa akin 'yung problemang 'yun, nag-iiiyak na lang ako? Dapat ba nagdadabog ako doon?" he asked.

He then said: "Hindi yata 'yun ang pangulo. Ako, may responsibilidad, ama ng bayan... Gawin ang tama para pangalagaan ang interes ng lahat."

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He added: "Ngayon, kung merong katabi ako, o meron akong asawa, ako ang gagawa ng desisyon, in control, [tapos sa] asawa ko, sasabihin ko, 'Darling, puwede bang ikaw ang umiyak?'"

"'Yun ang punto ko, ano? Hindi ako tumayo dito para mag-showbiz. Tumayo ako dito para gampanan ang papel ng isang papel ng isang pinuno... bawasan ko 'yung dinadaanan ng ating mga kababayan sa lalong madaling panahon, sa lahat ng pagkakataon, at kung anong meron ako," he went on.

Aquino then apologized for his lengthy answer.

"Siguro [sinasabi nila ngayon], 'Sana 'yan, nakita namin 'yung emotions mo.' Pero sorry, I'm not play-acting as president. I perform my role as president and I'd like to think every minute and every second of my presidency to include even my sleeping moments, 'yung mga problema minsan binubulong ko maski sa panaginip," he said. — APG, GMA News


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Aquino on Leni's lead over Bongbong: Nanaig pa rin ang katotohanan Published May 26, 2016 8:20pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo's lead in the vice presidential race shows that "truth still prevails," President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday.

In a press conference, the President noted Robredo's imminent victory comes despite her late and reluctant entry into the race.

Robredo is in a tight race for the vice presidency against Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

Aquino — only son of democracy icons Sen. Ninoy Aquino and former president Corazon Aquino — acknowledged that young people, who make up a big chunk of voters this year, may have felt a disconnect from the Martial Law period.

Asked if this proved that the "revisionist campaign" to change the narrative of Martial Law was effective, President Aquino replied: "Well, they got that number of votes."

"Sa kabilang side, baka napaka-late na naming na-recognize na maraming naligaw dito," he said. "But what is more important is sa huling sukatan, ang aming kandidato na ayaw kumandidato, na sa 1 percent nag-umpisa, humabol sa pagkatagal-tagal na panahon na pinaplanong pagtakbo nila, at nalampasan [niya sila]. So maski na huling-huli sa karera ay nanaig pa rin 'yung katotohanan."

READ MORE...

The president said there is "a significant number" of people born after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution who saw Martial Law "as a theory."

"Siguro those of us who experienced the Martial Law years failed to take into account that in a sense, especially for the millenials, it's kind of hard to imagine that such a period like the Martial Law period actually happened in the country," he said.

Robredo, widow of the late Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo, was the Liberal Party's second choice to become the running-mate of its standard-bearer Mar Roxas after they failed to convince Sen. Grace Poe to tandem with him in the 2016 elections.

Robredo had voiced hesitation about pursuing the vice presidency, having served only her first term as a legislator, and because her three daughters were initially against it.

However, upon getting her children's blessings, she accepted the LP draft.

Robredo started out with single-digit percentages in pre-election preference surveys, at the same time that Marcos was gaining lead, overtaking initial front-runner, Sen. Francis Escudero.

At the tail end of the campaign period, surveys showed either Marcos leading by a very slim margin, or statistically tied with Robredo. — APG, GMA News


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