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Boy Abunda open to joining Cabinet after ABS-CBN contract ends

Posted by akosistella on June 2, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – After saying that he was “not inclined” to accept a Cabinet position in president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s government, television host and talent manager Boy Abunda is now singing a different tune.

Abunda clarified that he is not closing his doors to the possibility of serving the Aquino administration, at least, not “while I am under contract with ABS-CBN.”

“Kasi baka sabihin nila kakainin ko ang mga salita ko ngayon. I am not closing my doors. But am I going to accept any offer, halimbawa, today? I am not. No, I am not going to take the position,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Abunda said his contract with ABS-CBN will end in 2011.

Aquino, older brother of Kris Aquino, is eyeing Abunda to become tourism secretary. He took note of “The Buzz” host’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the audience.

When sought for reaction, Abunda initially said that although he is grateful to be considered, he is not “inclined to accept it.”

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now… giving him advice — devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” Abunda said. (Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News)

Ayan, binawi na.

Lemme see.. among our past tourism secretaries were: Joe Aspiras, Tony Gonzales, Raffy Alunan, Narz Lim, Mina Gabor, Dick Gordon, and lastly Ace Durano. And Sen. Noynoy Aquino can only come up w/ Girl Abunda?!?!?

Cripes! I don’t think even Erap nor Manny Villar wouldn’t have been this idiotic to come up w/ an idea like this. What a big effing joke on everyone who voted for Noynoy Aquino. Nay, on the entire Philippines!

Time to pack our bags folks.


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HARAPAN tandem debate cancelled

Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2) – HARAPAN: The Tandem Presidential Debate scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled, after several presidential and vice-presidential candidates declined to participate.

The latest candidates to decline participation in the tandem debate are Liberal Party bets Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and the tandem of Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar and Sen. Loren Legarda of the Nacionalista Party.

Aside from the LP and NP bets, also backing out of the debate organized by ABS-CBN News are former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro and Edu Manzano (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), and former President Joseph Estrada and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay (Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino/PDP-Laban).

The only presidential and vice presidential tandems to have confirmed attendance are Sen. Richard Gordon and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando (Bagumbayan-VNP), and Bro. Eddie Villanueva and former Securities and Exchange Commission chief Perfecto Yasay (Bangon Pilipinas).

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Ang Kapatiran decries ‘unfair’ treatment by ABS-CBN

The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) of presidential aspirant John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes has threatened to file a case against a television network for allegedly treating their candidates “unfairly.”

In a press briefing on Friday, AKP president Eric Manalang said ABS-CBN violated the Fair Elections Act by failing to invite their vice presidential candidate Dominador “Jun” Chipeco for the “Harapan: The Vice Presidential Debate” last Sunday.

“We will be filing a case of the violation of Fair Elections Act against ABS-CBN. With this action we have no choice but to stop all cooperation with ABS-CBN until a resolution is reached,” AKP logistics officer Rica Manalang said.

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AND: Statement of ANC on MTRCB’s X-rating of 2 amBisyon 2010 films

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Lakas-Kampi coalition plans decisive ‘Battle of the Bulge’

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Like a stealthy army preparing to launch a major offensive, the ruling administration coalition Lakas-Kampi-CMD is moving heaven and earth at the grassroots to save the lagging presidential candidacy of former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

The question that perplexes many party leaders is: Considering that Teodoro is running behind, why move only now?The ruling coalition, which enjoys a headlock on 70 percent of local government positions, is pinning its hopes on superior resources and widespread party machinery to swing the tide of battle.

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Madrigal is ‘greenest’ presidential bet

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal is the most “green beans” among the presidential aspirants, various environmental groups said.

Following Madrigal, other leaders considered as green beans or pro-people and pro-environment are Nicanor “Nicky” Perlas and Senator Manny Villar.

The most mean beans or the least pro-people and pro-environment, meanwhile, is Senator Richard Gordon, followed by former president Joseph Estrada and former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.

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Gordon hails new law that makes it easier to secure land titles

Posted by akosistella on March 20, 2010

Presidential aspirant Richard Gordon on Thursday hailed the passage of a bill that would allow residents to acquire titles for residential properties they have possessed for more than 10 years.

Gordon, who authored the Free Patent Act, said he was “elated” that Malacañang “finally” signed the measure that has been ratified by both chambers of Congress since last December.

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Erap takes swipe at Villar, Noynoy

“Iyong mga tinatawag ang sarili nilang oposisyon, mga sinungaling iyan, lalo na iyong kumukuha ng kulay ko,” Estrada said before orange-clad supporters from the Citizens Movement of Justice, Economy, Environment, and Peace, more commonly known as JEEP ni Erap. (Those who consider themselves as part of the opposition, they’re all liars, especially the one who has appropriated my campaign’s official color.)

One of his rivals in the presidential race, Senator Manuel ‘Manny’ Villar, uses orange as his campaign color.

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AND: Edu bets on timing, message of upcoming political ad

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Oversized posters may ban six bets from presidential contest

Posted by akosistella on March 20, 2010

Six of nine Philippine presidential candidates may face disqualification after their campaign materials have reportedly exceeded size limits and were allegedly posted in areas where these are disallowed.

Several campaign materials of Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III (Liberal Party), former president Joseph M. Ejercito Estrada (Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino-UNO), Senator Richard J. Gordon (Bagumbayan), Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), evangelist Eddie C. Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas), and Senator Manuel Villar Jr. (Nacionalista Party) seem to violate campaign regulations, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson told reporters.

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Villar protests tax on campaign spending

SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., who reportedly has spent the most in the ongoing campaign, is protesting the government’s tax collection on campaign spending.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which is carrying out the collection of the tax, has indicated that it would most likely miss its target collection of P1.2 billion for this May’s elections.

Villar said he could not see how the BIR can talk about missing its target when the basis for the collection of the campaign tax is questionable.

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Health vies for attention

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

By Rina Jimenez David

ONE had a sore throat and confessed to needing more hours of sleep, aside from being overweight. Otherwise, he said, he had no major health problems, pointing to his personal doctor in the audience. The other admitted that he had inherited so many things from his parents, “including hypertension and high blood sugar.” He also confessed to having a gall bladder problem which he planned to do something about after the campaign.

So perhaps it wasn’t health problems that drew “presidentiables” Sen. Richard Gordon and former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro to the forum on health sponsored by the Philippine College of Physicians. Maybe it really was, as former Health Secretary Alran Bengzon said, that they placed a high priority on health, an issue that has received far less importance or attention than it deserves.

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Expats, envoys think Gordon is best person to run RP

Posted by akosistella on March 18, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Foreign business executives and members of the diplomatic community in the Philippines believe Senator Richard Gordon would be best person to run the country in the next six years. But given the chance to cast their votes, they said they would go for the winnable, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

In a mock polls conducted at the quarterly round table of the Wallace Business Forum Thursday in Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City, Gordon topped the list of candidates business executives think “can do the best job.”

Gordon is followed by administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro, Senator Manuel Villar, Aquino and former president Joseph Estrada.

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Gordon to impose higher taxes on tobacco

Posted by akosistella on March 18, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan standard-bearer Richard Gordon would impose higher taxes on tobacco and sees nothing wrong with government giving out condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Speaking to doctors at the presidential forum on health at the Medical City hospital in Pasig Monday, Gordon said he will spend money to prevent HIV but not to control population.

“That is the responsibility of the parents. I am preaching about the quality of population,” he said.

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Invest in Pinoy brainpower to stem brain drain – Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – Administration presidential bet Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro said investing in the Filipino brainpower and in physical infrastructure could check the country’s “brain drain” of medical professionals, especially in far-flung areas.

Teodoro discussed the wrong assignments of healthcare providers in the country during Presidential Forum on Health held at The Medical City in Mandaluyong last Tuesday night, which was televised live on ANC.

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AND: Perlas enjoys Muslim support

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Gordon won’t pull down billboards

Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010

The Commission on Elections Comelec may order him to do so, but presidential candidate and Senator Richard Gordon is not putting down his huge billboards on Edsa and on the South Luzon Expressway.Sought for comment on Wednesday, Gordon said: “I will not dismantle it. I don’t own it. It does not belong to me.”Gordon said the two huge billboards the Comelec referred to as oversized based on the Fair Elections Act were donated by supporters and were put up without his knowledge.

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Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010

By Greg Macabenta

Depending on which radio commentator you listen to, which newspaper you read, and which columnist you believe, the sure winner in the May 10 presidential election is Erap Estrada unless the victory is wrested by Gibo Teodoro who is a sure winner because of his party machinery unless Noynoy Aquino retains his lead over Manny Villar or unless Villar buys out all the voters and overtakes Aquino or unless God finally listens to Bro. Eddie Villanueva or unless Dick Gordon’s Bagumbayan volunteers finally step out of the shadows.

It looks like the only sure losers are JC de los Reyes and Nick Perlas, unless the voices of the true blue reformists are finally heard, above the din of jingles and commercials. Don’t hold your breath.

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2 presidential bets face disqualification

Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidates Sen. Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan Party and Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas are facing possible disqualification for allegedly having oversized campaign posters and for displaying them outside designated poster areas.

“We took pictures of the posters, dismantled and submitted them to our legal department for appropriate action,” James Jimenez, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman, said.

He said the posters were displayed along ESDA, which is not among the common poster areas designated by the Comelec.

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Gordon, Fernando on big posters: Why single us out

MANILA, Philippines — Bagumbayan presidential candidate and Senator Richard Gordon called the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “unfair” after the poll body’s spokesperson warned that Gordon and his running mate Bayani Fernando’s billboards violated the size limit on outdoor installations in the Fair Elections Act.

Gordon criticized Comelec spokesman James Jimenez for being selective in his monitoring when other presidential candidates like Manny Villar and Gilbert Teodoro have put up much bigger posters and billboards in the provinces.

Sought for comment, Fernando said presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino also put up big posters in Tarlac.

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Voting populations improbably high

MANILA, Philippines—The numbers don’t add up.The Commission on Elections Comelec recently revealed that there were around 700,000 double or multiple registrants on the national voters’ list.

But poll watchdogs and a statistician said the number could be higher, citing population figures from 2007 and the Comelec’s registration numbers as of March 2009.

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Former foe now runs with Estrada

Posted by akosistella on March 16, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—From one of those who joined calls for the ouster of former President Joseph Estrada in 2001, lawyer JV Bautista of the militant Sanlakas group has turned supporter and now passionately defends the ex-president in their campaign sorties.

Bautista, who is running for senator under Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), devotes much of his speeches to tackling the folly of having ousted Estrada in the “Edsa Dos” revolution nine years ago.

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Lakas-Kampi mayor calls Gordon ‘most qualified president’

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, Philippines—Better safe than sorry.

The mayor of San Pablo City in Laguna introduced Sen. Richard Gordon as “maybe the next president of the Philippines” when he introduced the Bagumbayan standard bearer in a simple assembly inside the city hall Monday morning.

But Mayor Vicente Amante of Lakas-Kampi quickly explained that he did not want to give the impression he had jumped ship.

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Inquirer readers talk back about the leaders they want

Posted by akosistella on March 15, 2010

The 2010 election is really about change and democracy.

It’s about “change, choice and direction,” said Tom Fresinido, who sent his response via fax. Kerwin Lu of Davao, on the other hand, said the 2010 election is about “changes that can be done and who can do it.”

Of the 840 responses, 239 (28.5 percent) cited election, democracy, voters, politics and citizens, as what the May elections are really about.

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Woman sheltered by Gordon after sea tragedy sees her hero again

MILAOR, Camarines Sur—Thirty-nine year-old Maritess Maderal had long been waiting for that one chance to again embrace the man who brought her to his home, took care of her for several months and treated her as his own child after she lost her mother and two siblings in a sea tragedy when she was just 14.

The opportunity came 25 years later: Last Saturday night, Maderal introduced her youngest daughter Joan to Senator Richard Gordon.

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Estrada vows to deal knockout punch on Villar, rivals ala Pacquiao

Estrada downplayed the impact of a Pacquiao endorsement of Villar, saying the boxer himself failed to win in the 2007 congressional race.

“He campaigned for himself and what happened?” he asked in Filipino in a phone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Villar on Noynoy’s debate challenge: Anytime, anywhere

Posted by akosistella on March 15, 2010

NAVAL, Biliran, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday said he is ready for a one-on-one debate with Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Noynoy Aquino so long as the debate will be conducted in a “neutral area” and with fair moderators.

“I have long accepted that challenge. My only condition is that the hosts will be neutral and fair,” said Villar at the sidelines of the NP’s campaign sortie at the Naval State University. “Anytime, anywhere.”

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Gordon hits Villar for ‘fooling the poor’

Bagumbayan standard-bearer Richard Gordon on Friday chided fellow presidential candidate Manuel Villar Jr. for “fooling the poor” with his campaign advertisements, saying the Nacionalista Party (NP) bet has done nothing to alleviate poverty while in office.

Gordon said Villar seems to be “exploiting” the poor with his TV ads, where the NP presidential bet claims he will end poverty in the country.

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Are Filipinos For Sale?

Posted by akosistella on March 12, 2010

By Jose Ma. Montelibano

In the alleged attempts to influence Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to stop the investigation of Senator Manuel Villar in the C-5 controversy and to make Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon withdraw from the presidential race, the phrase “not for sale” had been used as the reason why the two senators did not accept the offers. Of course, Manny Villar denied the allegations of Enrile and Gordon.

If Enrile and Gordon are not for sale, what about other Filipinos? If billions of pesos are being spent in the presidential campaign, what is the objective of that massive and almost vulgar spending? Would people spend monstrous amounts without trying to buy anything or anyone? Are politicians simply stupid that they will spend billions yet not want anything for all that money? Or, as is the popular belief, the presidency is worth everything one has because no single politician is richer than the wealth of the whole Philippines.

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