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Villar concedes

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) A day after the election, Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar has given up the fight for the presidency, conceding to Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and urging the people to work behind him.

“Nagpasya na ang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Malinaw na sa kabila ng ating pagpupunyagi, hindi tayo nabiyayayaan ng tagumpay sa halalan noong Lunes (The Filipino people have decided. It is clear that despite our efforts, we were not blessed to win in Monday’s elections),” Villar said, reading a prepared statement before members of the media in his headquarters at the Starmall in Mandaluyong.

“Humaharap ako sa inyo ngayon upang tanggapin ang pasyang ito, upang igalang ang boses ng sambayanang Pilipino (I face you now to accept this decision, to respect the voice of the Filipino people),” he added.

via INQUIRER.net.


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The rise and fall of the Yellow King

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


Method To Madness
By Patricia Evangelista

IT IS ONE DAY BEFORE THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS, AND I do not have a candidate. Tomorrow, I will find the candidate whose name I can put on my ballot. Today I will write something else.

Understand that I accept the idea of both a lesser evil and an imperfect president. To work in the news, even in the less regimented area of opinion, has made it impossible to take much of anything on faith. In the narrative I know, the murderer of 50 will find his way back to the mansion with pink walls, the moral hypocrite will again rise to the top of the senatorial surveys, and the red queen will carry her throne to the northern court past the armies against her.

In the past few months, the fight has been brutal among partisans. I find it odd to be congratulated for my clear-eyed objectivity when I criticize one candidate, and called biased by the same person when I turn to criticize his. Say a word about patrons to the woman in the green baller band; whisper “Hacienda Luisita” to the yellow-shirted celebrity. See the phalanx of raging green angels, watch the rise of the yellow army. There is something frightening about such absolute faith, especially knowing that not a single one of the men campaigning for the presidency is without vested interests.

Men and women have died because of this election, brutally, killed in front of their children, murdered with their fathers, buried alive or shot to death, as was the case of Cagayan State University’s Rosefina Abad-Serrano, daughter of Gonzaga town’s mayoral bet, when she was ambushed in a passenger van along the national highway. In the Philippines, to win is the final victory, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for both the corrupt and the crusaders. The senatorial polls are evidence enough, with incumbents taking the lead, Lito Lapid and his reign of uselessness as a legislative servant occupying a coveted spot in the “Magic 12.” To the crusaders, the win is the goal, the enemy the sitting king, their champion a messiah who can do no wrong.

I write this because I believe that Noynoy Aquino will win the presidency, and I say it on the strength of 22 percentage points. If I am wrong, and I very well might be, I will write this column again, and address it to whoever is bound for the presidency. I do not believe acknowledging his lead will unduly influence votes this late in the game.

This is an attempt to engage with the reality of Noynoy Aquino, before the yellow confetti is swept from an empty Edsa. Aquino is not my president, but I accept that he may become mine when June 30 rolls around.

His people paint him as a good man carrying a legacy of heroes. It is his reluctance, the same as his mother’s, that they claim make him an ideal president.

“There are so many people who were egging me on,” he said, “who are forming the majority of the organization that is propelling this candidacy.”

This is Noynoy Aquino, whose mother led the opposition on the strength of no more than a wedding ring, who now leads the presidential fight by virtue of being the son of Ninoy and Cory Aquino. The crown prince, a congressman of 12 years whose legislative record is trumped by action star Bong Revilla. Revilla, after all, managed to pass one bill. It is difficult to discuss Aquino’s track record, because he has none.

If he wins he will be the third People Power president, pushed by a flood of supporters in a mad crush to remove the enemy. His mother, who had a charm Aquino now does not possess, was hounded by coups, and forced by factions to let go of her executive and finance secretaries, both stalwart allies. In 2001, when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo rode the wave of moral indignation against Joseph Estrada, civil society celebrated her inauguration. Anyone was better than the man they called a thief. In months, Ms Arroyo was trading power for loyalty.

Noynoy Aquino, whose party has been rocked by infighting throughout the campaign period, will be forced to unite a factional army of varying persuasions if he wins. Without Ms Arroyo to focus the desires of his many supporters, there is little doubt he will be caught between warring interests. He has already flip-flopped on the RH bill, and promised the distribution of Hacienda Luisita while his own family declared its refusal to let go of the sugar fields. Remember this is the same Aquino who was unable to take a stand on the Common Agricultural Policy when it was up for extension. Now he is supported by civil society groups who damn debt servicing, and a Makati Business Club that supports it, the same people who say Aquino can simply hire as many technocrats and advisers as he needs.

Now Aquino speaks of sharing power with his more qualified running mate Mar Roxas. “I am sharing 50 percent to 80 percent of the job with my one and only partner, Mar Roxas, and I am offering him not just one, but several portfolios in an oversight capacity,” Aquino told a news conference, submitting himself to the public as a figurehead president.

Citizenship demands more than a vote. Those who support him are accountable, to hold his hand and keep him on track, and should be judged the moment they leap into Edsa when this man trips over his own feet. It’s not a free pass for those who voted against him to disengage from the democratic exercise. Oppose him, condemn him, hold him accountable, hound his heels until 2016. After all, to participate in an election is a concession that someone is bound to win, even if your candidate may be more deserving.

I believe this election is important, that the vote is important, that involvement and discourse and the noise of democracy working is important, but it does not end on the day the new president is declared and the dates for the weekly press conferences are announced. I do not believe that Richard Gordon’s win will mean progress, or that Aquino’s will usher in change, or that Villar’s will eliminate poverty. I do not believe one nation’s progress depends on one man or woman—the same way I will not blame Ms Arroyo completely for her wholesale rape of nation and Constitution, as the Armed Forces and the Supreme Court and the unpunished men we continue to elect into office now once cheered her on thrust for thrust.

“There is nothing to fear now,” he said in his speech at this year’s People Power Anniversary. “We are awake. We are aware. We will move to reach victory.”

There is very much to fear if Aquino wins the 2010 presidency, and it is important that we are afraid. Messiah or moron, if he is elected, his fall will be ours. (From Inquirer/May 9, 2010)

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‘Automated polls a new beginning’

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – For all its imperfections, real or imagined, the first automated elections tomorrow would signal “the beginning of a massive transformational phase in the electoral system of the Philippines,” Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo said yesterday.

“We are finally moving away from the known flaws and weaknesses of the old ways of doing things and toward an automated election system that promises a speedy and accurate count, a highly efficient reporting mechanism that democratizes the count and canvass of election results, and most importantly, the extinction of dagdag-bawas (vote padding and vote shaving),” Melo said.

Massive cheating and violence characterized past Philippine elections, including the one in 2004 in which President Arroyo won the presidency allegedly through fraud with the help of some Comelec officials.

via Philippine Star.

World’s eyes on Manila on election day

WASHINGTON – The Philippines’ first attempt on Monday at an automated election intended to curtail massive graft and fraud inherent to hand counts could lead to unintended disaster if the computerized system fails, US political and media analysts said.

“Fear of the unknown – will the machines work; will the power be reliable; will there be enough machines to allow every voter to cast his/her vote; can the software be manipulated? – accounts for part of the concern,” said Ernest Bower of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan Washington-based foreign policy think tank.

The Washington Post and The Washington Times said latest surveys showed Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III way ahead of his competitors and it appeared likely he would win the presidential stakes.

Via Phil. Star

ALSO READ: Church bells to signal opening of polls on Monday

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Villar confident of winning unless automated polls goes wrong

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar Jr. expressed confidence that his party will win in Monday’s election unless something goes wrong with the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) automated election system.

At the same time, Villar said he is now leaving his destiny to God as he capped a 90-day nationwide campaign in a miting de avance in Tondo, Manila last night.

 “Whether or not I can fulfill my dream of ending poverty, it’s up to our Lord now. I’ve already given my best shot in my firm belief that it’s what our Lord wants, this is what our people want,” he told reporters. 

via Philippine Star.


Teodoro: May 10 polls a big test to see if Filipinos can elect good leader

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Delivering the final salvo for his bid for the presidency, administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro stuck to his positive campaign, praising the Filipinos and saying they deserve the best leader in the coming May 10 elections.

At the packed Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila Friday night for his miting de avance, Teodoro said the world is watching the Filipinos not only if they can hold a credible elections, but also if it can elect a leader who can manage a country mired in woes.

“This election is a test, to find out if the Filipinos can elect a leader who can rise up to the challenges . . . The world is watching us to see not only if the elections are clean, but to see what will be the results. Have the Filipinos elected a leader who can manage the country’s many problems. . . one leader who can unite rather than cause disunity?” Teodoro said.

Via Inquirer.net


Gordon: I have done my best in my campaign

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon said his three-month campaign had been an “uphill run all the way.”

“I have done my best. I make no predictions. I have run uphill all the way. I have run against surveys, I have run against money and made protestations with the Comelec. I’m at peace. I make no predictions,” he said.

Speaking to reporters just before attending a rally Thursday night in Marikina City with his running-mate Bayani Fernando, Gordon lamented that Monday’s elections could show the absence of meritocracy in the country.

Via Phil. Star

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LP’s miting de avance turns festive as candidates dance to Lady Gaga

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


(Updated 9:22 p.m.) There’s still three days left before the elections, but the mood at the Liberal Party’s miting de avance in Quezon City was already so festive that their candidates were quickly prompted to dance to Lady Gaga’s monster hit, “Bad Romance.”

Celebrity Pokwang managed to get LP standard bearer Noynoy Aquino, vice presidential bet Mar Roxas, and some senatorial bets to shake their hips, clap their hands, and move their feet to the upbeat song before the crowd of thousands who showed up at the party’s miting de avance at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Even Quezon City mayor Sonny Belmonte and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim danced with the comedienne, whom Noynoy’s sister Kris introduced to the audience after LP senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel suddenly fell down in the middle of her speech due to a torn ligament.

via GMANews.TV.


ABS-CBN, GMA-7 pull out Binay ads vs Mar

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) said yesterday that television networks ABS-CBN Channel 2 and GMA Channel 7 have pulled out the advertisements of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay for being deceptive and violative of the Fair Election Act.

LP standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III also assailed Binay for coming out with deceitful ads against his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II and asked the networks to stop the infomercials showing an Aquino and Binay or the so-called “Noy-Bi” tandem because they were also misleading.

Aquino, Roxas and LP campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad said the networks were able to prove that the video and photograph of Roxas with President Arroyo was doctored to make it appear he was clapping while the Chief Executive was signing the expanded value added tax (EVAT) law.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Torn ligament in right knee caused LP bet’s fall onstage

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Binay ties Roxas in May survey

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


Makati City Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has tied erstwhile vice-presidential front runner Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the May 2-3 survey of the Social Weather Stations SWS sponsored by BusinessWorld.

The survey, which will appear in BusinessWorld on Friday, showed Binay jump 12-percentage points from 25% in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.

Support for Roxas fell by 2-percentage points from 39%  in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.The latest survey also showed Sen. Loren Legarda falling further behind with 12% support in May 2-3, down from 24% in April 16-19.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


StratPOLLs: Aquino piles up bigger lead

ENTERING the homestretch of the campaign period and with days before the national elections, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has set a “formidable lead” with a 45.2 percent voting share that is twice that of his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada (22.2 percent), according to the latest survey by StratPOLLS-Graphic.

The noncommissioned survey, done with 1,500 respondents nationwide from April 27 to May 2, showed the LP candidate getting thrice the voting share (15.1, from 31 percent a month ago) of Nacionalista Party (NP) candidate Manuel Villar, who was knocked off from second place by Estrada.

For the vice-presidential race, LP candidate Manuel Roxas still leads with 40.1 percent, followed by PMP bet Jejomar Binay’s 37.8 percent. Sen. Loren Legarda fell to third spot with 13.1 percent followed by Eduardo Manzano in fourth with 3.5 percent.

Via BusinessMirror

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Aquino: I will share 80% of my powers with Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


PRESIDENTIAL front-runner Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he would share up to 80 percent of his powers with his running mate, Senator Manuel Roxas II, if they both got elected, making Roxas the most powerful vice president in Philippine history.

“I am sharing 50 percent to 80 percent of the job with my one and only partner, Mar Roxas, and I am offering him not just one, but several portfolios in an oversight capacity,” Aquino told a news conference at which Roxas was seated beside him.

“But let me make it clear that Senator Mar has not asked for any portfolio and this is also not a request. I call it a division of labor, which we have agreed on from the start,” Aquino said.

via Manila Standard Today.

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MAR Roxas, LP vice presidential candidate, on Headstart

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


Video upload via ABS-CBN News (Five parts)






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Editorials and opinions

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


All over but the voting
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

It’s all over but the voting. That’s so for the presidential race at least. It’s so not just because Manny Villar’s numbers are swiftly falling, it’s so because Noynoy Aquino’s numbers are swiftly rising.

Via Conrado de Quiros

Malaya Editorial: Who he?

We have long known Delgado. He likes to tilt at windmills, but as a good finance man, he knows how to conduct due diligence. While Napocor president, he exposed the P27 billion overcharging of the Manila Electric Co. Meralco threw everything at him except the kitchen sink. In the end, Delgado’s claim of Meralco overcharging was affirmed by the Supreme Court. Up to now, Meralco has still to complete reimbursing the excess charges.

In the case of Noynoy’s fake psychological evaluation, clearly Delgado shot himself in the foot. But he’s old enough to face the consequences of what he did.

via Malaya.

The ‘religious’ side of politics

Now that another religious leader failed to get his dream alliance of “orange” forces through, how will he position his “charismatic” following in this crazy amalgam of politics and religion? Would he follow the lead of Pastor Quiboloy, or would he also go consulting Jamby’s swami? Would he try to ask the mambunong how he reads anything out of pig bile, or would he just stick it out with his realtor-friend, come hell or high water? It’s a dilemma, surely not at all a moral one.

Via Lito Banayo

Two of our few good men and women
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

Cory utilized the meeting to seek my help in selecting Jimmy Ferrer’s replacement. Many desired the powerful position but as we went through the possible suitable candidates — both Cory and your Chair Wrecker realized that we had very few good men and women to choose from.

I could never forget the expression on Cory’s face when she said: “You see Billy, how few good people we have.” Her expression reflected the hardship of an earnest reformer who felt that she did not have the talent pool of trustworthy candidates for public office that’s required in order to accomplish her mission.

Via William Esposo

Venom, bile, and Vista Land

First, they had the pedigreed take to the gutter to peddle the fallacy of double appropriations where there were none.

Where the electorate is easily awed by class and titled names followed by alphabet soup, many realized too late that there were two different roads — one, an elevated toll way, another, a critical ground-level freeway.

Click Dean dela Paz

For better or worse
To Take A Stand — By Rafael M. Alunan III

Six days from now we will troop to the precincts in the most important election yet in the history of our country. Around 50 million Filipino voters will decide who their next national and local leaders will be for the next three to six years. For the first time in history, an automated election system (AES) will be used nationwide. Will it be ready to produce swift and accurate election results unlike previous manualized elections?

Click Rafael Alunan III

Daily Tribune editorial: ‘Crazy’

Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, asked by reporters if the leaders of the Catholic church would call for, or support, another people power revolt — following calls from Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, that should he be cheated out of his presidential victory, he would mount street protests that would be worse than the undeclared civil war in Thailand — called this position taken by Noynoy “crazy. Crazy. Crazy,” adding that issuing out calls like these is irresponsible.

Via Daily Tribune

Questioning surveys
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

It’s amazing how, this late in the survey game, the firms that conduct these surveys admit that surveys are not predictive of the results of the presidential elections — nor for that matter, the senatorial polls, which incidentally, they hardly get right, as far as the last four to six bets’ rankings and getting into the Magic 12, go.

It’s just as amazing that there is today an admission that, even a week in campaign politics can change the standings of the surveyed candidates.

CLick Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Gibo: Still an uphill climb ahead, even after Quiboloy’s endorsement

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


DAVAO CITY , Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro yesterday said the presidential race is still a tough fight for him despite the endorsement given by evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation.

“It is still an uphill climb ahead. That is why I need your prayers, I need the prayer of every Filipino. The climb uphill is not an easy one. But truly, I am humbled, let us all pray together as we all go together in this endeavor. I ask of you to be with me,” Teodoro said.

On Sunday night, Quiboloy endorsed Teodoro in a global worship service attended by 50,000 of his followers. The endorsement was also broadcast by congregation-owned Sunshine Media.

Via Phil. Star

Aquino admits asking Binay to be DILG chief

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Liberty Party (LP) standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has admitted offering a Cabinet position to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in case he wins in the presidential elections.

Interviewed in a campaign rally in Albay on Monday, Aquino said he asked Binay, who has been a local official since 1986, to be his secretary of interior and local government.

But Aquino pointed out that he had made the offer before Binay decided to run for vice president and running mate of his rival, former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

via ABS-CBN News.

Erap to Noynoy: ‘Here I come’

FORMER President Joseph Estrada yesterday told Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino not to be so confident about winning the May 10 elections despite leading in surveys since last year.

“The race is not yet over, we believe we can still catch up. The surveys showed that we are catching up very fast,” Estrada said in a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City yesterday.

“The undecided voters have increased. As you know my supporters are the silent majority,” he added.

Via Malaya

Villar, Loren confident of victory on May 10

VIGAN CITY , Philippines — Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. and his running mate Loren Legarda are confident of victory on May 10.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Villar said he is not bothered that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation had endorsed Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

“It’s fine,” he said. “As I said, there are groups who will support and others who will not. If they do, thanks. If they don’t, it’s not a problem.”

Via Phil. Star

Teachers ready for polls, says DepEd

INFO-TECH capable.

This is how the Department of Education (DepEd) described teachers who will sit in the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in next Monday’s automated local and national elections.

Secretary Mona Valisno said at least one of the three members of the BEIs in every precinct has the capability to perform the task professionally.

Valisno made the assurance as 137,200 teachers have been certified by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as information technology capable after they got an average passing rate of 91% in the DOST Certification Program.

Via Malaya

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Salceda: Noynoy to become country’s 1st majority president after Edsa ’86

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—With the surveys showing him leading in the presidential race, Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is on his way to becoming the country’s first majority President since the return of democracy in 1986, Albay Governor Joey Salceda said.

“Noynoy will be the first majority president after 1986. That is what we see and it will be good for the economy,” Salceda, a former economic adviser of President Macapagal-Arroyo, said in a press conference Monday.

“A landslide victory of Noynoy Aquino probably offers the best prospect for the Philippine economy,” he added.

via INQUIRER.net.


LP bares NP’s plan to disqualify Aquino using fake psych report

MANILA, Philippines – The Nacionalista Party (NP) of Senator Manny Villar has allegedly planned to use the fake psychiatric report on Senator Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III to file a disqualification case against him, Aquino’s camp revealed on Monday.

“We got from a very reliable source within NP, who said that the release of the fake psychiatric records would be used to file a disqualification case against Senator Noynoy Aquino,” Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate and Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros said in a statement.

“The mental health issue did not gain traction, so they now want to use the documents to file a disqualification case. Desperate men resort to desperate and foolish measures,” she said.

Via Inquirer

AND: Mar to convince Quiboloy to back Noynoy instead of Gibo

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Quiboloy endorses Gibo, Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation last night endorsed Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro for president in the May 10 elections.

Quiboloy also endorsed Liberal Party’s Sen. Manuel Roxas II for vice president.

The pastor repeatedly said in earlier interviews that the presidential candidate he would choose would be the “Father God’s choice” as it would not only be his own choice but that of his entire congregation which has more than six million voters.

Via Phil. Star


Thousands join Noynoy, Mar rally

MANILA, Philippines – With only a week from election day, the Liberal Party (LP) made a show of force yesterday with thousands of volunteers and supporters massing up for the tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

High school and college classmates of Aquino from Ateneo de Manila University batch 1977 and 1981 showed up to express their support for the LP presidential bet.

Each took their turns to describe how Aquino was like when he was still a student. All of them said Aquino did well in school despite the personal struggle of his family while the patriarch, the martyred former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was incarcerated during the martial law years.

Via Phil. Star


Former neighbor testifies on Villar’s rags-to-riches story

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – A former neighbor of Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. in Moriones, Tondo came out in the open yesterday and testified on the rags-to-riches story of the presidential candidate.

Villar was surprised to see Danny Tinoco, who has relocated in General Santos City.

Tinoco recalled how the young Villar accompanied his mother, Nanay Curing, to Divisoria to sell one or two “banyeras” of shrimps and fish.

via Phil. Star

‘PMP the only true opposition’

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday declared here that the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) is the “only true oppositionist.”

Estrada also said other political groups conspired to remove him from power through EDSA People Power 2 in 2001.

Estrada said the country should only celebrate the EDSA People Power in 1986 that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

Via Phil. Star

Villar, de los Reyes vow to block RH bill

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Rep. Teddyboy Locsin endorses Sen. MAR Roxas as Vice President

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010

AS per Rep. Locsin’s camp, Makati Mayor Jojo Binay – who is running for Vice Presidential under the team headed by deposed President Joseph Estrada – has been preventing the airing of this ad. It’s safe to say that Locsin, who belongs to the same political party as Binay, has seen up close the Makati Mayor’s questionable methods of governance.

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Binay admits having affair

Posted by akosistella on May 1, 2010


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Opposition vice-presidential candidate Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay admitted having an affair with another woman “a long time ago.”

Binay’s admission came a day after Pulse Asia showed him closing in on survey leader Liberal Party vice presidential bet Senator Manuel Roxas II.

Binay came clean about the affair after news desks and reporters received e-mails, which Binay termed black propaganda, about his extra-marital relationship.

“That happened. I’m not denying it. But that was already a long time ago. I already asked for forgiveness from my wife. We have already talked about that within our family,” Binay told reporters following the campaign of his standard-bearer former president Joseph Estrada.

“It’s not as if it happened yesterday or last year,” Binay said.

“If my ratings were not improving, we would not even talk about this. This is too much of black propaganda,” he added.

He declined to give any more information about the affair.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Aquino: I got depressed over dad’s death but did not seek medical help

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Liberal Party bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III admitted on Thursday that he got depressed and thought of revenge after what the Marcos government had done to his father, the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., but it never came to a point that he needed medical help.

In a press conference in Oriental Mindoro, Aquino said he would never agree to undergo a psychiatric test as being espoused by his opponents. “If there are any more questions about that, I said my piece. I am not their propagandist. I will keep my silence on this particular aspect. I will not be a party to rewarding people who make false reports,” said Aquino.

“How can you not be depressed with the kind of life we had? My father was killed by soldiers according to the Supreme Court. Some of them are still alive and they are still in denial. But have you seen or read anywhere that I approached them to beat them up or gun them down or stab them? Isn’t that proof of how I can control my temper?” said Aquino.


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