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BALIKAN: ANG 'DAANG MATUWID' NG ADMINISTRASYONG PNoy


JUNE 20 - Matapos ang anim na taon, P13 trilyong budget, at higit 200 executive orders mula sa Malakanyang, handa nang bumaba sa pwesto si Pangulong Aquino. Balikan at suriin natin ang mga nagawa at hindi nagawa ng administrasyong Aquino at ang isa sa mga pinagmamalaking kampanya nito kontra katiwalian na tinawag na Daang Matuwid.
WATCH THE VIDEO: Narito ang special report ni RG Cruz. TV Patrol, Lunes, Hunyo 20, 2016...RELATED, WATCHVIDEO -ALAMIN: Reaksyon ni PNoy sa late na SOCE ng LP...

ALSO: New York Times Survey Says Philippines Most Corrupt Out of Any Asian Nation
[The survey said “The Philippines has the distinction of being perceived in the worst light this year.” “People are just growing tired of the inaction and insincerity of leading officials when they promise to fight corruption.”]


JUNE 12, New York Times Says Philippines Most Corrupt Out of Any Asian Nation, Survey Says – www.philippineslifestyle.com 
Under the shadow of a new survey, the New York Times considers the Philippines as the most corrupt country in the Asian region. The survey released on Tuesday said that Singapore ranked as one of the least corrupt of the 13 Asian economies surveyed – the second least corrupt was Hong Kong and the third was Japan. The survey said “The Philippines has the distinction of being perceived in the worst light this year.” “People are just growing tired of the inaction and insincerity of leading officials when they promise to fight corruption.” In all, the survey was conducted in over a two month period at the beginning of 2015 and questioned 1,476 expat executives in the 13 countries and territories throughout Asia. the Philippines scored 9.40 out of 10 on corruption, giving it the number one spot. In 2006, the same survey gave the most corrupt nation to Indonesia – in that same year, the Philippines scored a 7.80 – Indonesia was still high in corruption in 2015 with an overall score of 8.03. The survey however said that the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia were systematic in corruption saying in fact they were all just about as bad as one another. “The Philippines has been getting the least amount of foreign direct investment, and the level of foreign capital flowing to its stock market is also less than in either Indonesia or Thailand,” the report noted. READ MORE...

ALSO: AT LARGE - Citizen Noy


JUNE 22 -The most durable memory that P-Noy keeps of his mother Cory’s last day in office as president was her smile.
“From the time she boarded her car, all the way to Times Street and while settling down, her bright smile never left her face,” the President recalled over dinner the other day. And, it seems safe to say, that same smile, or his version of it, will be plastered on his face on June 30, when he exits Malacañang and goes home, again to Times Street, as “Citizen Noy.”  It’s been a series of good-byes for P-Noy: his last official state visit, his last official function, his last vin d’honneur, tours for the media of the heretofore restricted working areas in Malacañang, and, the other night, a dinner he hosted in his favorite Chinese restaurant, Hai Shin Lou, on Arnaiz Avenue in Makati, although he has been a patron since his college days when the restaurant was still a literal hole in the wall in Binondo. Present at the dinner were the members of the core group of the Bulong Pulungan media forum: Deedee Siytangco, Jullie Yap Daza, Joanne Rae Ramirez, Mandy Navasero, Thelma Sioson San Juan, Mila Alora, Joy Fong, Andrew Masigan and wife Sandee, and myself. (We missed Domini Torrevillas, who was unavailable.) Joining us was Pagcor Chair Cristino “Bong” Naguiat Jr., a “kaklase” and confidante of the President. None of us could tell the exact reason for the dinner, especially since from the time he took his seat, the President requested that everything shared over dinner be kept “off the record.” Maybe he just wanted to have a relaxing evening enjoying his favorite dishes. * * * So let me tell you about the food. It was P-Noy himself who chose the menu, including his favorites that many of us were tasting for the first time. Most notable were the “mantis shrimp” better known among Filipinos as “alupihang dagat.” Lightly breaded and fried, it was surprisingly fleshy and sweet, truly a surprise since this sea creature is not commonly known as a delicacy. READ MORE...

ALSO: Newly discovered orchid named after PNoy


JUNE 22 -Epicrianthes aquinoi, which is featured on the cover of Orchideen Journal, is named after President Benigno Aquino III
 Two orchid species were recently discovered in Mindanao, and one of them has been named after outgoing President Benigno Aquino III. Epicrianthes aquinoi is featured on the cover of the latest volume of Orchideen Journal published on Tuesday.
The flower is yellow in color and is marked with pale brown spots. “Epicrianthes aquinoi is endemic to the Philippines, and has so far only been found in Bukidnon province on Mindanao. It grows as an epiphyte, in open forest at elevations of about 1,220 meters,” the journal read. One of the authors of the study, Miguel David De Leon, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday that they wanted to honor Aquino by naming the newly discovered orchid after him. “We took the liberty to name this yellow-colored species in honor of the 15th President of the Philippines, His Excellency President Benigno Aquino III. Thank you, Mr. President, for serving our country!” De Leon wrote. Aside from Epicrianthes aquinoi, the other orchid discovered in Mindanao is Dendrobium lydiae in honor of businessman Emil Yap’s grandmother. “Both species are exceedingly rare. Found in very isolated pockets of cloud forests, only a few specimens have been sighted,” De Leon wrote. FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Purisima richest, Luistro poorest among Aquino Cabinet members


JUNE 22 -Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima reported a net worth of more than P301 million in 2015. Philstar.com/File photo
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is the wealthiest member of President Aquino's Cabinet while Education Secretary Armin Luistro remains the poorest, according to their 2015 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) released by the Malacañang Records Office.
Purisima declared a net worth of more than P301 million. Last year, he reported the second biggest net worth next to then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who reported a 2014 net worth of more than P838 million. Del Rosario, 76, resigned from his post in February citing health reasons Luistro was the lone non-millionaire with a net worth of P586,107.11. In his 2014 SALN, Luistro reported a lower net worth at P471,064.46. Meanwhile, five Cabinet secretaries have not yet provided copies of their SALNs. These are Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Trasportation Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya, acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. and Socio-economic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra. — Infographic design by RP Ocampo VIEW INFOGRAPHIC OF ENTIRE CABINET...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

BALIKAN: Ang 'Daang Matuwid' ng administrasyong PNoy

MANILA, JUNE 27, 2016 (ABS-CBN) Posted at Jun 20 2016 10:18 PM- Matapos ang anim na taon, P13 trilyong budget, at higit 200 executive orders mula sa Malakanyang, handa nang bumaba sa pwesto si Pangulong Aquino. Balikan at suriin natin ang mga nagawa at hindi nagawa ng administrasyong Aquino at ang isa sa mga pinagmamalaking kampanya nito kontra katiwalian na tinawag na Daang Matuwid.

VIDEO: Narito ang special report ni RG Cruz. TV Patrol, Lunes, Hunyo 20, 2016

 

ALAMIN: Reaksyon ni PNoy sa late na SOCE ng LP ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jun 17 2016 09:33 PM

Duda si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kung ano dapat ang maging parusa ng kanyang partido, dahil nabigo itong makapaghain ng Statement of Contributions and Expenditures bago ang deadline ng Commission on Elections noong June 8.

Ayon naman sa isang mambabatas, multa lang ang dapat na parusa. Nagpa-Patrol, RG Cruz. TV Patrol, Biyernes, 17 Hunyo 2016

 
Watch the latest episode of TV Patrol also in iWantv or TFC.tv


NEW YORK TIMES SURVEY (AUGUST 15, 2015)

REPORT POSTED: Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ La Solidaridad blog

New York Times Says Philippines Most Corrupt Out of Any Asian Nation, Survey Says
Posted by TIMOTHY WALKER on AUGUST 15, 2015


New York Times Says Philippines Most Corrupt Out of Any Asian Nation, Survey Says – www.philippineslifestyle.com 

MANILA, Philippines – Under the shadow of a new survey, the New York Times considers the Philippines as the most corrupt country in the Asian region.

The survey released on Tuesday said that Singapore ranked as one of the least corrupt of the 13 Asian economies surveyed – the second least corrupt was Hong Kong and the third was Japan.

The survey said “The Philippines has the distinction of being perceived in the worst light this year.” “People are just growing tired of the inaction and insincerity of leading officials when they promise to fight corruption.”

In all, the survey was conducted in over a two month period at the beginning of 2015 and questioned 1,476 expat executives in the 13 countries and territories throughout Asia.

the Philippines scored 9.40 out of 10 on corruption, giving it the number one spot.

In 2006, the same survey gave the most corrupt nation to Indonesia – in that same year, the Philippines scored a 7.80 – Indonesia was still high in corruption in 2015 with an overall score of 8.03.

The survey however said that the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia were systematic in corruption saying in fact they were all just about as bad as one another.

“The Philippines has been getting the least amount of foreign direct investment, and the level of foreign capital flowing to its stock market is also less than in either Indonesia or Thailand,” the report noted.

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To the question – “How effective is the judicial system at prosecuting and punishing individuals for corruption when abuses are uncovered?” the respondents gave the Philippines a score of 9.06, with 10 being “ineffective.”

Another question asked – “To what extent is corruption a deterrent to your willingness to invest and expand your business?” the Philippines scored 8.50, with 10 reflecting “a major deterrent.”

Local corruption monitors including the United Nations confirms that graft and bribery is common place throughout the Philippines.

Corruption has penetrated every level of government within the country – from the Police Officers who pull you over for a bribe, all the way to the Bureau of Customs and more.

It is estimated that nearly $2-billion dollars, or roughly 13% of the Philippines annual budget is lost to corruption each year, this according to the United Nations Development Program.

The same United Nations has threatened the Philippines for its inaction against corruption issues and has issued a stern warning it would be kicked out of the programs which help assist it, or for those lacking ideology, they will pull the plug on more corruption.

http://philippineslifestyle.com/blog/2015/08/15/new-york-times-says-philippines-most-corrupt-out-of-any-asian-nation-survey-says/


INQUIRER

AT LARGE: Citizen Noy SHARES: 31 VIEW COMMENTS By: Rina Jimenez-David @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:06 AM June 22nd, 2016

The most durable memory that P-Noy keeps of his mother Cory’s last day in office as president was her smile.

“From the time she boarded her car, all the way to Times Street and while settling down, her bright smile never left her face,” the President recalled over dinner the other day. And, it seems safe to say, that same smile, or his version of it, will be plastered on his face on June 30, when he exits Malacañang and goes home, again to Times Street, as “Citizen Noy.”

It’s been a series of good-byes for P-Noy: his last official state visit, his last official function, his last vin d’honneur, tours for the media of the heretofore restricted working areas in Malacañang, and, the other night, a dinner he hosted in his favorite Chinese restaurant, Hai Shin Lou, on Arnaiz Avenue in Makati, although he has been a patron since his college days when the restaurant was still a literal hole in the wall in Binondo.

Present at the dinner were the members of the core group of the Bulong Pulungan media forum: Deedee Siytangco, Jullie Yap Daza, Joanne Rae Ramirez, Mandy Navasero, Thelma Sioson San Juan, Mila Alora, Joy Fong, Andrew Masigan and wife Sandee, and myself. (We missed Domini Torrevillas, who was unavailable.) Joining us was Pagcor Chair Cristino “Bong” Naguiat Jr., a “kaklase” and confidante of the President.

None of us could tell the exact reason for the dinner, especially since from the time he took his seat, the President requested that everything shared over dinner be kept “off the record.” Maybe he just wanted to have a relaxing evening enjoying his favorite dishes.

* * *

So let me tell you about the food.

It was P-Noy himself who chose the menu, including his favorites that many of us were tasting for the first time. Most notable were the “mantis shrimp” better known among Filipinos as “alupihang dagat.” Lightly breaded and fried, it was surprisingly fleshy and sweet, truly a surprise since this sea creature is not commonly known as a delicacy.

READ MORE...

Heavily recommended was the “seafood olive rice,” fried rice mixed with various sea food and black olives that was, by itself, quite a tasty and filling dish. There was also lobster, but while it was delightful in itself, its pleasures paled beside the novelty that was the mantis shrimp.

Over dessert of black gulaman and lychee and butchi, sesame balls filled with a sweet black soybean paste, P-Noy had an anecdote to share. At one family dinner, he recalled, hosted by his oldest sister Ballsy to celebrate her wedding anniversary, they were each asked to order their own desserts and he chose the black gulaman. But since butchi was also a favorite of his, he reached out for one sticky rice ball until Ballsy told him to keep his hands off it. “You already had your black gulaman,” she admonished him. “You mean you’re really going to deprive me of one butchi?” he inquired of his ate (older sister).

We never did find out if he got to enjoy his black gulaman and butchi, too.

* * *

But it wasn’t all personal anecdotes and jokes that evening, although to honor his request I’m keeping much of what we talked about confidential. But I can say that he refrained as much as he could—despite our prodding or devious phrasing of questions—to comment on his successor, President-elect Digong.

So we asked him instead about matters he could comment on, including his love life. When we noticed he was drinking a Coke regular (he consumes up to six cans a day, he confessed), he quipped that it was in hopes that his amorous affairs would not remain a “Zero.”

Asked what song he’d like to be played at a future wedding, he brightened up and joked: “Another one bites the dust.”

Told that his neighbors on Times Street were preparing a lavish “welcome back” party, P-Noy said he had already talked to them and discouraged such celebrations. Instead, he looked forward to merely enjoying his private time as Citizen Noy: “listening to all my CDs, reading books I haven’t had time to read, and visiting all my old haunts and favorite restaurants.”

But there are those who fervently believe that he still has much to contribute to the country. People have told him not to leave public life completely, he admitted, but blanched when we hold out the possibility of running for Congress, or mayor, as his predecessors have done.

* * *

I do remember “Tita” Cory making much the same vow of abstinence from politics when she left office, itself an accomplishment given that her immediate predecessor had refused to leave Malacañang for over two decades and imposed martial law instead.

But despite her resolve, Cory would be drawn back, time and again, to speak out on matters political, to lead moves against those who seemed to want to extend their stay in office, to condemn high crimes like corruption.

Playing the role of the nation’s conscience doesn’t seem to appeal to P-Noy as yet, but who knows, he may yet get to provide a prominent, alternate voice in case things go terribly awry in the next six years. Maybe that’s why Duterte is trying to eviscerate his memory this early in the game, starting with deliberately ignoring Vice President-elect Leni Robredo just because her persona harks back to the promises of daang matuwid.

In the meantime, let’s give Citizen Noy the time and space he needs to decompress and find his bearings in a new role and a new persona—and, who knows, maybe a new love.


ABS-CBN

Newly discovered orchid named after PNoy ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 22 2016 12:57 PM


Epicrianthes aquinoi, which is featured on the cover of Orchideen Journal, is named after President Benigno Aquino III


MANILA – Two orchid species were recently discovered in Mindanao, and one of them has been named after outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.
Epicrianthes aquinoi is featured on the cover of the latest volume of Orchideen Journal published on Tuesday.

The flower is yellow in color and is marked with pale brown spots.
“Epicrianthes aquinoi is endemic to the Philippines, and has so far only been found in Bukidnon province on Mindanao. It grows as an epiphyte, in open forest at elevations of about 1,220 meters,” the journal read.
One of the authors of the study, Miguel David De Leon, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday that they wanted to honor Aquino by naming the newly discovered orchid after him.
“We took the liberty to name this yellow-colored species in honor of the 15th President of the Philippines, His Excellency President Benigno Aquino III. Thank you, Mr. President, for serving our country!” De Leon wrote.
Aside from Epicrianthes aquinoi, the other orchid discovered in Mindanao is Dendrobium lydiae in honor of businessman Emil Yap’s grandmother.
“Both species are exceedingly rare. Found in very isolated pockets of cloud forests, only a few specimens have been sighted,” De Leon wrote.


PHILSTAR

Purisima richest, Luistro poorest among Aquino Cabinet members By Levi A. So (philstar.com) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 6:17pm 12 10 googleplus0 0


Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima reported a net worth of more than P301 million in 2015. Philstar.com/File photo

 MANILA, Philippines — Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is the wealthiest member of President Aquino's Cabinet while Education Secretary Armin Luistro remains the poorest, according to their 2015 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) released by the Malacañang Records Office.

Purisima declared a net worth of more than P301 million. Last year, he reported the second biggest net worth next to then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who reported a 2014 net worth of more than P838 million.

Del Rosario, 76, resigned from his post in February citing health reasons

Luistro was the lone non-millionaire with a net worth of P586,107.11. In his 2014 SALN, Luistro reported a lower net worth at P471,064.46.

Meanwhile, five Cabinet secretaries have not yet provided copies of their SALNs. These are Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Trasportation Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya, acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. and Socio-economic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra. — Infographic design by RP Ocampo


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