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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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Knowing your candidates

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


Method To Madness
By Patricia Evangelista, Inquirer

These columns were collected as an attempt to contribute to the discourse of the 2010 elections. The opinions are my own, the responsibility mine alone. That I do not endorse any one candidate does not mean I am not biased, as my standards and perspectives in these pieces are subjective in themselves.

These pieces were written, with one exception, during the run-up to the 2010 presidential elections. Most were written after interviews with the men in question. Some were time-bound, and were edited to suit a reading today. Others are as they were, with only stylistic changes unless noted after the piece.

PART 1: Eddie Villanueva, Noynoy Aquino, Richard Gordon

PART 2: Gilbert Teodoro, Joseph Estrada, Manny Villar

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Hacienda Luisita’s past haunts Noynoy’s future (A special report by GMANews.TV)

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


First of a series

Senator Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino has said he only owns 1% of Hacienda Luisita. Why is he being dragged into the hacienda’s issues?

This is one of the most common questions asked in the 2010 elections.

To find the answer, GMANews.TV traveled to Tarlac and spoke to Luisita’s farm workers and union leaders. A separate interview and review of court documents was then conducted with the lawyers representing the workers’ union in court. GMANews.TV also examined the Cojuangcos’ court defense and past media and legislative records on the Luisita issue.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 1

Cory’s land reform legacy to test Noynoy’s political will
Second of a series

“Hindi ka nag-iisa (You are not alone),” sing the ghosts of Luisita to Senator Noynoy Aquino. They won’t even leave his music video alone.

A little-known fact about the Hacienda Luisita controversy is the haunting resemblance of Senator Aquino’s “Hindi Ka Nag-Iisa” music video to a real-life, torch-lit march of Luisita’s workers amid the sugarcane fields at night days before the November 16, 2004 massacre.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 2

How a workers’ strike became the Luisita Massacre
Third of a series

“It is an illegal strike, no strike vote was called,” then-Tarlac Congressman Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said in a speech at the House of Representatives to defend the dispersal of strikers at his family’s plantation, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on November 17, 2004.

The day before, the dispersal at Hacienda Luisita left at least seven people dead and 121 injured, 32 from gunshot wounds. In his speech, Aquino condemned the violence but defended the dispersal, saying the police and soldiers were “subjected to sniper fire coming from an adjacent barangay.”

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 3

After Luisita massacre, more killings linked to protest
Fourth of a series

The massacre did not put an end to the workers’ protest. Nor did it put an end to the violence.

After the wake for the victims, the picket lines were reestablished at various points around the hacienda. Soon after, however, eight people who supported the farmers’ cause or had evidence supporting their case were murdered one by one.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 4

Win or lose, Noynoy has to face Luisita deadlock
Last of a five-part series

“To Tita Cory, from your number one fan, Gloria.”

This dedication accompanied a yellow and white cake sent by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to former President Cory Aquino for the latter’s 71st birthday on January 25, 2004, an article on the front page of the Philippine Star reported the next day. The three-tiered cake, the report said, had a photograph of Aquino and Arroyo perched on top, with the image of Ninoy Aquino in the background.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 5

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The Lord of Makati – Can Binay explain his wealth?

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


(Published with kind permission from Newsbreak)

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Charge it to the Republic

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010



MANY of those who staked everything at Edsa in 1986 had hoped that things would change, beyond just mere democratic space. But there were those who never staked anything in Edsa, yet figured they could make oodles of money by taking advantage of Cory Aquino’s sincere desire to make democracy work for the under-privileged.

The Aquino reform government was held hostage by as many as nine coup attempts, some minor adventurist plots, some as damaging as in 1987 and 1989. But while the coup plotters were busy threatening Cory’s presidency, some who never fought Marcos, in fact, collaborated with the dictatorship till the end, quietly made money. As the late Ricardo Manapat once wrote, “some are smarter than others”, describing men and women who in the heyday of the dictatorship, took advantage of power or proximity to power, to feather their own nests so thickly.



Black prop explains everything

THE Nacionalista Party presidential candidate has only one explanation for everything that ails his campaign – black propaganda.

This might work once in a while – as when another presidentiable discovers a faked document that seeks to depict him in a bad light (that might have actually come from Manny Villar himself). But the other presidentiable did not say “black propaganda;” instead, he laughed about the amateurish attempt at destroying him.

Click Ducky Paredes

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Erap says 3 witnesses willing to testify vs Villar

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada said he has three witnesses who can prove that Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Manuel Villar Jr. had used his influenced as Senate president to convince officials of the Philippine Stocks Exchange to allow him sell billions of pesos in shares in a real estate firm in 2007.

Estrada, the standard-bearer of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino said the three witnesses who fed him the information six months ago are willing to testify against Villar. He declined to name them.

 “One of them is a businessman,” he said. “They lost almost 20 to 30 million (pesos). They are simple businessmen.”

via Philippine Star.


Vista Land outlook far from bearish despite controversy

DESPITE the controversy hounding it, market analysts are far from bearish on the real estate company of presidential contender Manuel Villar, with one securities firm prodding investors to give the “cheapest property stock” in town a second look.

Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. shares —bearing the symbol VLL—fell to a low of P1.78, but quickly recovered to close at P1.90 apiece last Friday.

This was a day after former president Joseph Estrada, who is also seeking the country’s top elective post next month, claimed Villar, a senator, weighed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to bend listing rules so he could cash in on his stock in 2007.

via Manila Times

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Villar can be a dangerous president – Erap

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


BUTUAN City  , Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada believes he has a duty as a citizen to reveal the true personality of Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer said Villar’s alleged involvement in stock manipulation could make him a very dangerous president.

Estrada said he had given Villar the benefit of the doubt, although he did not clearly explain the various allegations against him.

via Philippine Star.


Villar credibility damaged by alleged arm-twisting of PSE, says analyst

MANILA, Philippines—A political analyst said Friday that the credibility of Nacionalista Party Senator Manuel Villar has been put into question by allegations that he used his influence as Senate President to impose his will on the Philippine Stock Exchange to boost his real estate empire and raise money for his presidential campaign.

“It is the credibility of Manny Villar that is at stake here. It is the issue. In this late stage of the game, we have to see if (Villar’s team) can still do damage control,” said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute of Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER).

Casiple told the Inquirer in a telephone interview that the allegations hurled by former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile at Villar needed a “credible response” from the billionaire-senator.

via INQUIRER.net.


When Villar’s business and politics mix

MANILA, Philippines – While Nationalista Party standard bearer Manuel Villar has consistently trumpeted how his personal wealth keeps those with vested interests away, it is the same wealth—and how he handled it—that keeps being thrown at his feet.

Villar’s wealth, estimated by Forbes magazine to have reached P25 billion, was spawned from the rise and fall—and eventual rise again—of his real estate businesses.

Considered by many as a typical Filipino entrepreneur who rises through the economic ladder through the combination of luck, diligence, vision and connections, Villar has been through the best and worst of it all.

via ABS-CBN News

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Farmers ask SC to lift TRO, let gov’t distribute Luisita land

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


Farmers groups on Friday formally asked the Supreme Court to lift the almost four-year-old temporary restraining order it issued that prevented the government from distributing the 6,000-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, owned by the family of presidential aspirant Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

In a letter of appeal to Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the United Luisita Workers’ Union (ULWU), the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Gitang Luzon (AMGL) asked the high court to lift the TRO it issued in June 2006 upon the petition of the Cojuangco family.

“We appeal to our justices' sense of truth, justice, and accountability and their preferential bias for the landless, the exploited, and the oppressed,” the farmers said in their letter. “

via GMANews.TV.

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Gov’t didn’t lose single peso—Villar

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The government has not lost a single peso and in fact even earned more than P100 million pesos in tax from the sale of the shares of his real estate firm, Senator and presidential candidate Manny Villar said on Friday.

“Nililiwanag ko lang, walang nawawala sa gobyerno maski piso [I would like to make clear that the government did not lose a single peso]. This is a private transaction sa mga funders investors at ng kompanya [of the funders, investors, and of the company],” said Villar at a press conference in his office in Manadaluyong.

“Ang gobyerno natin ay kumita pa dahil nagbayad kami ng tax [In fact, our government even profited because we paid tax]. I think more or less P120 million ang ibinayad ng kompanya [was paid to the company],” he said.

via INQUIRER.net.


SEC urged to speed up probe of Villar

MANILA, Philippines – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been asked to immediately investigate allegations that presidential candidate Manuel “Manny” Villar profited illegally from the sale of his company’s shares to the public in 2007.

Ernesto Francisco, who lawyers for another presidential bet and Villar rival Jamby Madrigal, said he wrote SEC chairperson Fe Barin as early as March 16 to request the regulator to investigate why shareholders of Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., the real estate firm owned by Villar’s family, were allowed to sell shares that were subject to a lock-up period.

In the same letter, Francisco said he pointed out that Villar may have violated certain laws by appearing before the board of directors of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to take up Vista Land’s application for initial public offering (IPO) of shares.

via ABS-CBN News

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Jojo Binay junks Erap Estrada; and Chiz who?

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


At Midfield
By Ding Gagelonia

Think again.

What’s happened this week is the fighting mayor of Makati has effectively junked former president Erap with Jojo and his supporters embracing the so-called ‘Noy-Bi’ ticket cooked up by Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero.

via At Midfield.

AND I’m thinking, just how credible is Chiz Escudero, especially after his dramatic non-presidential run. (Di ba ma-drama talaga? Will I run, won’t I run, I will announce my decision on my bday, then maybe not again, bukas, sa makalawa, next month! Then finally, wag nalang kasi hindi ako binigyan ng pera ni Tito Danding.)

While most Filipino voters may have yet to make up their minds on their presidential candidate, I think they will be firm in their choice for Vice President. Sen. MAR Roxas has had a good track record as a Cabinet executive. He has merited nothing but praises for his legislative record, especially the latest on the Cheaper Medicines Act. And unlike Jojo Binay, has never been accused of corruption. Sen. Roxas does his homework, reads up on issues and has mastered the legislative process to enable him to get a number of his legislative bills approved. So idiots who think Sen. Roxas is “kulang sa kalyo”, are just really projecting their own inadequacies.

It is surprising that Escudero, who had hoped to style himself like Barack Obama w/ new-style politics, would endorse someone like Binay. If you just talk to Makati businessmen, or anyone who has ever tried to get a business permit and has dealt w/ Makati City Hall, you will not have any kind words to say about the perpetual Mayor of Makati.

I’m not saying he didn’t do good for Makati, bec. I’m aware of the diminiutive king of Makati’s accomplishments esp. in the field of education. I just don’t approve of his method of governance. He is a smart one no doubt, bec. you will not find a single paper trail or document linking him to anomalies. But talk to a property developer or two, and you will know exactly what I’m referring to.

Anyway, I give Pinoys a little more credit and will not underestimate their intelligence. They will be able to see through this ploy of Escudero to try and chip away at Sen. Roxas’ popularity because the latter is a potential rival in 2016. After all, Escudero has always wanted to become President of the Philippines since he was a small boy, so spare us the ‘I’m nearsighted’ act. But seriously, what exactly has Escudero done except to spew out his memorized spiels a mile a minute in a monotone, in kilometric sentences sans commas or periods, w/o actually looking at you straight in the eye?

The way Escudero has been behaving – demanding that Danding Cojuangco give him P3 billion to fund his presidential fantasy, claiming that Danding never helped him yet neglecting all those times he had used and abused San Miguel Corp.’s private plane, and just by being a constant presence in Malacañang – smacks of trapo-style politics. So young and so…. Well yes, I suppose I see now why he supports Binay. They are like two peas in a pod!

I think this latest Escudero gimmick to resurrect his dead political career and presidential ambition, will show just how inconsequential he has become as a politician. Binay’s numbers may rise, but will not even come close to touch the dust trail that Sen. Roxas has left behind. This is just Escudero’s way of trying to flex his muscles and to see if anyone still gives a rat’s ass about him. And frankly, Sen. Noynoy Aquino moving around and being endorsed by the likes of Escudero and Binay makes me question just how serious the LP presidential candidate is in his anti-corruption campaign.

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Villar firms seek disbarment of lawyer

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — The real estate companies of Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar are set to seek the disbarment of a former in-house lawyer who bared what he called the pattern of corruption in the conduct of Villar’s businesses.

In a press conference, lawyer Nalen Rosero-Galang, chief legal officer of the Villar group, said that aside from the disbarment case to be filed before the Supreme Court against lawyer Restituto Mendoza, Villar’s companies would also file criminal charges such as extortion, grave threats and libel against him simultaneously before the Makati and Las Piñas regional trial courts.

Galang said that the disbarment charge against Mendoza stemmed from his alleged blackmailing of the Villar companies at the height of the C-5 road controversy and for violating the attorney-client relationship.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Villar firms bribe and forge? The case of the undervalued crane

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Villar firm faked titles through ‘layering’: ex-lawyer (parts 2-3 of Newsbreak story)

Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010


PART 2 of 3 parts

MANILA, Philippines – A case involving parcels of land, where a property developed by one of the real estate companies of presidential aspirant Manuel Villar Jr. now stands, is an example of how layering and faked documents were employed to acquire properties.

The land case, which involves contested properties in Cavite, was cited by http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/04/12/10/man-who-turned-his-back-villar”>dismissed lawyer Restituto Mendoza

in a complaint he filed before the National Labor Relations Commission NLRC. He used to be the in-house counsel of Adelfa Properties, one of the real estate properties in the Villar Group.

Villar has a 20% stake in Adelfa Properties, based on records obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission in January. His wife, Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia, has another 19% stake. Previuosly, they had 52% and 48%, respectively.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Villar firm’s high-end project sits on land for poor

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential aspirant Manuel Villar may have built his P25-billion wealth on providing low-cost homes, but the practices of acquiring properties where real estate projects now stand showed a pattern of deceipt and corruption.

How land was acquired in Norzagaray in Bulacan, Imus Estate in Cavite, and for the Portofino project in Alabang are case studies of this pattern.

Portofino, a flagship project of Britanny Corp., the Villar Group’s unit aimed at the luxury residential communities and upscale leisure developments, now sits on land meant for the poor.

Portofino was cited in a complaint by Restituto Mendoza, a former lawyer of the Villar Group, as one distinctive example of the corrupt practices of the group.

Click ABS-CBN News Online


PART 1: How Villar built business empire with deceit, corruption: ex-lawyer

SIDEBAR: Imus Estate land key Villar-Ayala deal

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Who junked compassion and decency?

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


By Solita Collas Monsod

HERE IS A CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR THE highest office in the land, whose entire campaign is based on two themes: the first is that he rose, literally from the gutter, to conquer poverty, and that having done so, he can do the same for his fellow Filipinos. Been there, done that. The second is that his motives for running for the presidency are of the purest—he wants to repay the country for the blessings he has received. In any case, it is definitely not a desire to enrich himself—because if he wanted to make more money, all he needed to do was to just go back to his business, where he has made oodles of it.

TV viewers and radio listeners have heard these messages over and over again, and not unnaturally, the question arose: Is this for real? I say not unnaturally, because his credibility and his integrity had just come into question over road projects—C-5 Extension and Daang Hari among them—that just happened to pass through several of his subdivisions. I had done research on the C-5 Extension controversy, and the results are for anyone interested to see or read, thanks to the Internet, so that it should suffice to say that Sen. Manny Villar didn’t come out too well on that issue. It follows that one would be interested in verifying the basis of the Villar campaign theme as well.

Click Winnie Monsod.

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Villar to Aquino: I’ll take you to Tondo, take me to Luisita

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—To prove that he was once poor, Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar is willing to bring Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to Tondo on condition that the latter would also give him a tour of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, where seven protesting farmers were killed in 2004.

Villar posed this challenge to his rival amid questions raised on his political advertisements, portraying him and his family to be victims of poverty.

“Pabayaan mo, iimbitahin ko ngayon gabi si Noynoy. Anytime, sasamahan ko siya sa bahay namin sa Moriones. Ituturo ko sa kanya yung kung saan ako lumaki. Ikukuwento ko sa kanya kung saan ako naglalaro, ang playground namin; kung saan iyong puwesto namin sa palengke, kung saan kami nagtitinda, kung saan ako nag-aral. Ituturo ko sa kanya lahat yan para malaman niya ang buhay mahirap (Don’t you worry, I will invite Noynoy tonight. Anytime I will go with him in our house in Moriones. I will show him where I grew up. I will show him where I played, where my playground was, our stall in the market and where I studied. I will show all these to him so he would know how it is to be poor),” he said in a radio interview Tuesday night.



‘Explain presence of administration allies in LP’

Unlike Aquino, Villar said he has no relatives working for the Arroyo government.

“Ako walang kamag-anak na kasama ng Pangulo. Si Noynoy yata anim o lima? Eh bakit ako ang dapat magpaliwanag, eh sila ang nag-imbento ng Villaroyo, sila rin ay kailangan magpaliwanag (I don’t have relatives who are with the President. I think Noynoy have five or six? Then, why should I explain when they are the ones who invented ‘Villaroyo.’ They should also explain,’ he said in a radio interview Tuesday night.

Villar also noted that Arroyo’s former Cabinet members are, in fact, now allied with Aquino and helping his campaign.

Click Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010


[Sen. Manny] Villar is also involved in another land dispute where one of his firms, Crown Asia, is accused of land grabbing. This has to do with a 2.18 hectare property in San Pedro, Laguna sequestered by the Presidential Commission and is said to be owned by the government.

Crown Asia’s claim is being contested by residents and settlers in the area, who said the Calamba City Register of Deeds has no record of the title and Deed of Absolute Sale that Crown Asia presented to prove its claim. It appears that the Supreme Court has declared the land as sequestered property, ownership of which is expected to be formally transferred by the Sandiganbayan to the government anytime soon. The residents are saying that once the transfer to the government is effected, they expect to be given pre-emptive rights to buy and own the property.

What all these indicate is that in his dealings and actions, whether in business, sports, gambling or in politics, clearly Manny Villar will spare nothing to get what he wants. What happens if, despite all his efforts, he still doesn’t get what he wants?


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