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Noynoy urged: Don’t appoint ‘The Firm’ lawyers to gov’t

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The promise of leading presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of zero tolerance for corruption may not happen if he appoints members of “The Firm” in sensitive positions in government, a veteran lawyer said Thursday.

“Itong government ni President Noynoy Aquino, ito na ang nangyayari, jockeying for positions,” former Solicitor-General Francisco Chavez told ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.

Chavez said that according to some lawyers that he talked to, former Defense Secretary Avelino “Nonong” Cruz Jr. is asking for the Department of Justice, while former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo is lobbying for a position in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


LP picks Belmonte for House Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) has chosen returning Quezon City 4th district representative Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. as its bet for Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 15th Congress.

Thirty of the 46 LP members who will assume their posts on July 1, met with incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and LP vice-presidential bet Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas Wednesday night.

Among those discussed was the LP bet for the House Speaker when the 15th Congress convenes.

Via ABS-CBN News

MEANWHILE: After June 30, coast is clear for Lacson


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Views from columnists

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


Learning from Lee Kuan Yew
AD LIB By Greg Macabenta

The management team that the new chief executive would assemble, along with his vice-president, will either lighten his load or add to the burden. This would depend on his choices and his ability to deal with them individually and as a team. Even the best advisers can become a burden when ego and self-interest prevail over duty.

The heaviest burden of all would be the culture of patronage, personal loyalties, utang na loob, short-cuts, nepotism, special treatment and misguided priorities and values — ingredients of a culture of corruption.

Click Greg Macabenta

Return of optimism
LEFT FIELD By A. R. Samson

Optimists are not always welcome to a televised discussion. They are too often dismissed as out of touch or too naive. The belief that things will turn out well in spite of the naysayers which media like to feature often seems almost irresponsible. And when things do turn out well and the sky not only failed to fall but features a blue sky and a yellow sun shining, optimists are not allowed to say — I told you so.

It is said that if pessimists like our so-called IT experts (our modern-day Cassandras) see Christ walking on water, they are likely to say that maybe he can’t swim. Optimism is certain to be making the rounds in the next few months, mostly having lunch with businessmen. She will be gaining more supporters and encountering fewer wet blankets. Optimism has always been the businessman’s mistress, someone he hides and keeps out of sight but loves with a passion. Inside the businessman’s body beats the heart of an optimist.

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Beginning and end
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

NINE MONTHS AGO, RAIN FELL ON THIS earth but the people refused to budge. They had tumbled out of their houses to join the procession, and even as the wind swirled and the water poured, they refused to break ranks and seek shelter. That was the procession to bring the remains of Corazon Aquino to her final resting place.

Observers would place the size of the crowd at equal, if not indeed more than, the one that brought her husband, Ninoy, to his own final resting place 26 years earlier. All the more remarkable for man (or woman) and nature conspiring to not make it so. The woman had declared that day a holiday ostensibly to honor the dead but more than likely to dishonor it by luring the people, the students especially, to the Mall of Asia rather than the pall of ages. And nature had sent a storm to daunt the dauntless, the skies adding more tears to the copious ones shed by a grieving nation.

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The temptation of expediency

We have a new president. We now shift our focus on Congress. Who will lead the Senate and the House of Representatives? Will the new Congress reclaim its status as a co-equal and independent branch of government, or will it continue to be the servile assistant of the Executive?

The House is weak because its members defer to the president’s dedazo, the act of pointing a finger to indicate one’s preference. Jose de Venecia Jr. became Speaker when Gloria Arroyo pointed her forefinger at him. He lost his job when she pointed her middle finger at him. It need not be that way.

Click Manuel Buencamino

A gracious political act
ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

IN JUST 15 HOURS, OR LESS THAN A DAY after the close of voting in the country’s first computerized election on Monday, Sen. Manuel Villar, who was running third in the tally of presidential poll results, conceded defeat to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Villar’s concession stamped a historical landmark as the swiftest ever in the annals of bitter Philippine presidential elections, in which losers seldom conceded defeat in polls often marred by violence and rampant cheating. The concession came in the wake of a deluge of results announced by the Commission on Elections at 11:11 Monday night, showing Aquino leading his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, by more than 3.3. million votes, based on 57 percent of the election results electronically counted by the Comelec. At that moment Aquino tallied 8,958,396 votes, against Estrada’s 5,678,821, and Villar’s 3,058, 942.

Click Amando Doronila

Usurping Congress’ canvassing mandate
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

What the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners are doing is all wrong, in the sense that they as a body, are not empowered by the Constitution to announce the results of the elections on the presidential and vice presidential level, since this rightly belongs to Congress, that is tasked to canvass the results of the top two political posts, automated or manual, taken from the provincial certificates of canvass.

The task of the Comelec en banc, constituted as a national election canvasser, is to strictly announce and proclaim the senatorial winners.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

A little paranoia led to vigilance at polls

The news so far has been encouraging. We took our sacred duty in a democratic society seriously. A little paranoia, a nagging fear that you-know-who could try something fishy to stay there beyond June 30 led to an EDSA 1 like experience at voting centers nationwide. The act of voting was not easy. But people knew they had a lot riding on this election and were willing to make the sacrifice.

It was very encouraging to see people of all ages taking responsibility for their lives by enthusiastically voting. I suspect media warnings of dire consequences made people want to send an extra strong message that they will not stand for any more funny tricks from power hungry politicians. This time around, no one can accuse the Pinoy of being complacent …of taking the electoral process for granted.

Click Boo Chanco.

Automated victory

WE won!

We all did, even those who lost. We were able to pull off an automated election with minimum bother. Sure those pesky and temperamental PCOS machines never lived up to expectation but we Pinoys did something unimaginable. We patiently learned how to use the machines and never wavered even when, in some cases, we were tested to the limit.

Via Ducky Paredes

Revisit Pary-list
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

The weekend before E-Day, talk in online social networks, coffee shops, parish courtyards and elsewhere no longer swirled around the presidential candidates. Just about everyone assumed that the presidency was already in Noynoy Aquino’s bag.

Instead, discussion among many citizens centered on the so-called party-list system, particularly Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo’s gambit to remain in Congress as number-one nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).

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Stormiest selection ever of Chief Justice
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

It was the stormiest selection ever of a Chief Justice. Bitter words exchanged. The Supreme Court’s image waned as the last bastion against absolute power. Bared was the vulnerability of the Judiciary — even of the fighting Senate — to influence by the Executive.

Dark clouds began to gather in December, long before CJ Reynato Puno’s retirement on May 17 would create a vacancy. The Judicial and Bar Council that vets judgeships was told that early to nominate replacements to Gloria Arroyo. At once authors of the 1987 Constitution and leading lawyers opposed admin Rep. Matias Defensor’s “premature” suggestion. Supposedly it would make Puno a lame duck in his last five months of jurisprudential leadership. Moreover, they said, the departing President had no authority to name a CJ on May 17. The date falls within the constitutional ban on midnight appointments, 60 days before a presidential election till the June 30 end of the President’s term. Draw up a shortlist if you must, they advised the JBC, but give it to the next President who’d still have time to meet the Constitution’s 90-day rule to fill up vacancies in the Supreme Court. Everything depended on Puno, as head of both the Court and JBC.

Via Phil. Star

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‘Don’t be surprised if frontrunner loses’

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The race for the presidency is still wide open, Malacañang said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters, Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan said Filipinos must not be surprised if the winner is not among the frontrunners in the surveys.

“Elections give us a lot of surprises,” he said.

Peyuan said figures from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed some 50 million registered voters nationwide, out of a population of about 92 to 94 million.

via Philippine Star.

ALSO READ: Palace steps in amid PCOS chaos


Military chief assures bishops about peaceful elections

MANILA, Philippines—Armed Forces chief of staff General Delfin Bangit said he saw no reason for a repeat of a People Power Revolution as he assured Catholic church officials that the military would do its best to ensure that the May 10 elections are peaceful and credible.

Bangit met with the permanent council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in Manila on Tuesday, and he said he briefed them about the Armed Forces’ preparations for the forthcoming elections.

The permanent council acts for and on behalf of the CBCP when the plenary assembly is not in session.

Via Inquirer.net


Palace: Arroyo in no hurry to name new chief justice

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is not in a hurry to name the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

This, a day after the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said it will submit on Wednesday to the President its 4 nominees for the highest post in the judiciary.

According to Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan, the President is not in a hurry as she is not under time pressure to make an appointment.


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JBC nominates Corona for SC Chief Justice post

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Senior Associate Justice Renato Corona and three other contenders for chief justice are in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC)’s shortlist to be sent to President Arroyo tomorrow.

The eight-member collegial body led by retiring Chief Justice Reynato Puno decided to submit the shortlist with the names of four candidates – Corona, Supreme Court Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion, and Sandiganbayan acting Presiding Justice Edilberto Sandoval – following an SC decision last month allowing the President to appoint Puno’s successor.

This developed as the Supreme Court (SC) said yesterday that the President could not appoint a new chief justice until a vacancy is created, which is on May 17.

Via Phil. Star

ALSO READ: SC contradicts Palace on Chief Justice

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IMF wants next government to hike VAT

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants the value-added tax raised to 15 percent and the income tax rate slashed to 21 percent under the next administration, according to Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran.

Beltran said he learned of the IMF position during the institution’s recent meetings in Washington, which he attended.

Raising VAT from the current 12 percent to 15 percent and cutting the income tax from 30 percent to 21 percent were mainly recommendations of University of the Philippines economists. Finance Secretary Margarito Teves has endorsed the recommendations.

Via Phil. Star

Foreign observers start arriving

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign observers have started arriving for the May 10 elections, with a group from the United States ready to leave within the week for Mindanao, a perennial election hotspot.

Japan is sending 23 people to observe the elections in Metro Manila while an undisclosed number of British observers are also set to arrive before May 10.

“No, they won’t intervene. They will just observe how we will be conducting the polls this time,” a source told The STAR.

Via Phil. Star


PCGG chief: Imelda placed Marcos wealth at $1 trillion

MANILA, Philippines — It’s the kind of fantastic wealth that could run the Philippines for almost 40 years or pay off its foreign debt 18 times.

While dodging criticism for “exploring” a settlement with the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Commissioner Ricardo Abcede claimed on Monday that the dictator’s widow Imelda confessed to keeping $1 trillion in an account in New York.

Abcede said this twice in interviews over ABS-CBN’s dzMM radio and ANC on Monday, as he defended his decision to pursue a settlement with the Marcoses to recover some P140 billion in ill-gotten wealth, instead of giving due course to more than 500 court cases against the Marcoses and cronies.

Via Inquirer.net

Bro. Mike says he won’t endorse any presidential bet

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – El Shaddai leader Mariano “Bro. Mike” Velarde on Monday said he will not endorse a presidential candidate in this year’s elections.

In a press conference at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) where he offered his group’s services to ensure credible polls, Velarde said he will not influence voters, but will instead respect their right to make their own choices.

Velarde responded to a question on whether if he will stand by a previous statement not to endorse a candidate. He was also asked if he would continue not to make public his personal choice prior to an election.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


Inquirer: Political court

INTERVIEWED BY THE JUDICIAL AND BAR COUNCIL for the position of chief justice, Supreme Court Justice Arturo Brion spoke the uncomfortable truth. The next chief justice, he said, will suffer from the public perception of the high court as politically partisan. The task ahead, therefore, is daunting: to prevent political color from creeping into the Court’s decisions.

As if to reinforce Brion’s point, the Supreme Court soon after that interview issued its final ruling on the issue of whether President Macapagal-Arroyo can appoint the next chief justice, even during the period of the constitutionally mandated ban on appointments. If there is any decision of the present Supreme Court that stamps it, for all to see, as an Arroyo Court, it is De Castro v. JBC. For the Court to reiterate its position then, by the same 9-person majority, and with a pugnacious “Final Word” attached to the second decision, is to willingly wrap around itself the mantle of Arroyo’s partisan defenders.

via INQUIRER.net.

Malaya: Clutching at green shoots

LULLED by the mantra of resiliency, economic managers are clutching at the green shoots of global recovery to justify their failure to meet current economic challenges with timely and appropriate responses.

Exports, for example, surged in January and February. Economic officials are short of gushing about how this pickup would drive growth this year.

via Malaya

Phil. Star: Earth Day

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is marked today in a year that is also celebrated to promote biodiversity. Global awareness of the need to protect the environment has grown exponentially since 20 million people in the United States marked the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. That environmental teach-in was staged in protest over US government inaction on the destruction caused by an oil spill along the coast of southern California. For 10 days in January 1969, a busted platform of Union Oil had spewed up to 10,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean, fouling up coastal communities, killing marine life and about 10,000 birds.

via Phil. Star

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Setting the stage for a yellow coup

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


By Ninez Cacho Olivares

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ruled with finality. Gloria Arroyo can appoint the next Chief Justice (CJ), and the Judicial and Bar Council will have to submit a list to her, as ordered by the high court, within this time up till May 17, 2010.

So what do Noynoy and his yellows do now? Refuse to recognize the decision of the majority of the high court justices and refuse too, to recognize the Gloria-appointed CJ? Stage a street protest to oust the new CJ? Fire the CJ and all the other justices who will recognize the next CJ? Have the CJ impeached because, as claimed by Noynoy and his yellows, the high court erred in granting Gloria the power to appoint the next CJ?

Noynoy and the yellows are now looking like fools, since none of these threats they issued earlier can be applied.

They look foolish because, in the first place, the frigging yellows and their bet haven’t even won the presidential race for Noynoy to even threaten not to recognize the Gloria-appointed CJ. Neither does he have the power to fire any of them, nor for that matter, threaten impeachment.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares.

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Nothing can stop Arroyo from appointing next Chief Justice

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


Nothing can stop President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from appointing the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, after the Supreme Court junked with finality an appeal to reverse an earlier ruling allowing her to do so.

Last March 17, the High Court ruled that the President is allowed to appoint Punos replacement, asserting that the judiciary is not covered by the midnight appointments ban.

Puno will retire from his post on May 17 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

“With exactly the same voting (9-3-1), the motions for reconsideration are denied with finality,” said SC spokesman and court administrator Midas Marquez, his statement aired over the radio.

Majority of the magistrates “are still of the view that the Vallarta case should be overturned and the entire judiciary should be exempted from the election ban on appointments,” Marquez added.

via GMANews.TV.

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JBC slams high court for midnight appointment ruling

Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Asserting its independence, the Judicial and Bar Council has assailed the Supreme Court's March 17 decision allowing President Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice during the constitutional ban on the so-called midnight appointments.

The collegial body headed by Chief Justice Reynato Puno told the Supreme Court it should have dismissed the petitions that would have the outgoing Ms Arroyo appoint Puno’s successor after the May 10 elections.

<p?The JBC said the petitions were “patently premature” because the JBC has not yet decided whether it would submit to Ms Arroyo a list of nominees for chief justice since Puno would retire on May 17.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Another justice drops nomination for Chief Justice

Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010


SUPREME Court (SC) Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales has withdrawn from the nomination for Chief Justice.

In her letter-reply to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), Carpio-Morales expressed her “disinterest” to participate in the council’s nomination process including the public interview of the candidates scheduled on April 19 and 20.

Carpio-Morales earlier accepted her nomination for the said position on the condition that the next Chief Justice will be appointed by the next President in line with Article VII, Section 15 of the 1987 Constitution that prohibits midnight appointments during election period.

She maintained her dissenting opinion in the SC’s ruling in the Arturo de Castro v. JBC case which declared that vacancies in the Supreme Court are not covered by the ban.

In light of this, the Court ordered the JBC to submit its shortlist of nominees to President Arroyo on or before May 17, the day Chief Justice Reynato Puno retires.

via BusinessMirror.

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Corona to support Carpio as chief justice

Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010


BAGUIO CITY, Philippines  – Supreme Court SC Associate Justice Renato Corona, one of the six nominees to the position of chief justice, is ready to support whoever is appointed to succeed Reynato Puno who retires on May 17.

Corona vowed to give full support even to his estranged friend and rival for the top SC post, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, despite the latter’s refusal to participate in the public interview of the six nominees by the Judicial and Bar Council JBC.

“I will give my full support to him Carpio,” Corona told The STAR.Corona, Puno, Carpio and the rest of the 15-man Supreme Court SC are holding their annual summer sessions here.The SC, which also held its Media Forum here, is scheduled to launch its Enhanced Justice on Wheels in Bangued, Abra tomorrow.

via Philippine Star.

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Carpio declines anew chief justice nomination

Posted by akosistella on April 13, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio reiterated to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) yesterday that he does not want to be named chief justice by President Arroyo.

Replying to the JBC’s invitation for an interview, Carpio said the Constitution bans Mrs. Arroyo from naming the successor to Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who will retire on May 17.

“I wish to reiterate that I am not interested to be nominated to the said position at this time,” read the letter.

Earlier, the 60-year-old Carpio, the most senior SC justice, accepted his nomination for the post of chief justice on condition that he would be named by the next president.

Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, a JBC member, told reporters they would discuss whether Carpio would be included in the shortlist to be submitted to Mrs. Arroyo.

via Philippine Star.

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Supreme Court seeks comments on appeals pertaining to Chief Justice ruling

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) sought comments yesterday on appeals of its ruling exempting SC positions from the constitutional ban on midnight appointments, allowing President Arroyo to name the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who will retire on May 17.

Jose Midas Marquez, court administrator and SC spokesman, said the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will interview six aspirants for chief justice on April 19 and 20 in Baguio City on their plans for the tribunal.

At the House of Representatives, Quezon City Rep. Matias Defensor, a JBC member, said the names of Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales, who had said they would not accept an appointment by Mrs. Arroyo, should be in the JBC’s list of nominees to be submitted to Malacañang.

Click Philippine Star.


JBC likely to come up with list of nominees on April 26

BAGUIO CITY – The Judicial and Bar Council is likely to submit to President Arroyo on April 26 its shortlist of nominees for the position of chief justice, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said Tuesday.

This developed as the Supreme Court issued an en banc resolution ordering the JBC and the Office of the Solicitor General to submit within a non-extendible period of five days their respective comments on motions for reconsideration filed by various parties seeking a reversal of the tribunal’s March 17 decision.

In that decision, the high court declared that President Arroyo has the authority to appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who is retiring on May 17, even while the constitutional ban on midnight appointments is in effect.


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JBC sets public interview of Chief Justice nominees

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday agreed to conduct public interview of nominees to the Chief Justice position, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said.

The public interviews are scheduled on April 19 and 20.

Only after the public interviews that the council would be able to determine if it would submit the names of all six nominees to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Agra said in a phone interview.

In a separate text message, Quezon City Representative Matias Defensor said they would also await the decision of the Supreme Court on the motion for reconsideration filed by several groups to reverse the high tribunal’s ruling allowing Arroyo to appoint the next Chief Justice despite the Constitutional ban.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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JBC meets today on chief justice selection

Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – After getting the go-signal from the Supreme Court, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to continue today the nomination process for the position of chief justice in a meeting in Baguio City.

Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, ex-officio member of the JBC, said the collegial body would follow the order of the High Court to proceed with the screening of the six remaining candidates and prepare the shortlist of nominees to be submitted to President Arroyo.

Agra said they would ask Senior Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio–Morales to reconsider their positions.

Click Philippine Star.

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