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The Philippines’ Problematical New Veep

Posted by akosistella on June 15, 2010


By Philip Bowring

We have to talk about Binay.

There is one big fly in the ointment of reform and clean government promised by the soon-to-be installed administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III: his vice-president Jejomar (JesusJosephMary) Binay.

The oft-elected mayor of the Makati district, Manila’s business hub, Binay surprisingly prevailed over Noynoy’s running mate Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the recent polls. Thus the new president finds himself with an uneasy bedfellow in the running mate of Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the president ousted in the People Power revolt against Estrada’s corrupt and incompetent regime.

Binay’s success suggests that the urge for clean government was not the only factor at work in an election which gave Noynoy an overwhelming victory. For Binay, his populist stances, record of effective rule of Makati and high-profile fights with the outgoing administration of Gloria Arroyo triumphed, albeit narrowly, over Roxas, a competent but elitist former investment banker and grandson of the Philippines first president Manuel Roxas. Binay’s own controversial career and alliance with Estrada proved a help, not a handicap for one who has never been a nationally elected senator and with no obvious power base outside the capital.

via Asia Sentinel.


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Where To Now, Mar?

Posted by akosistella on June 12, 2010


By Leo Alejandrino

Mar is not our Vice-President. This breaks my heart not for anything but because he is a friend of the Filipino and the Filipino did not know it.

The nation did not see the humility, honor and character when Mar stepped aside in favor of Noynoy, giving up years of preparation and a legacy laid 50 years ago by his family.

The majority of Filipinos did not recognize that Mar is honest and truly caring for this nation, the best qualified and intentioned, a good man.

They did not appreciate that by denying Mar the Vice-Presidency they denied Noy, a President they so dearly want to succeed, of a key ally for reform.

I am saddened because it confirms my worst fears that the Filipino time and again is his own worst enemy in choosing (or in this case not choosing) his leaders.

via Wired.

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How to solve a problem like Jejomar?

Posted by akosistella on June 10, 2010

Calling a Spade…
By Solita Collas-Monsod

On top of all those people surrounding President-elect Noynoy Aquino reportedly punching and kicking and clawing (figuratively speaking, of course) and generally jockeying for positions — remember that as president he has appointing power over more than 10,000 government and government corporate positions — the Binay victory has just given him the mother of all dilemmas: how is he going to solve the problem of Jejomar?

The problem arises because Aquino’s main campaign battle cry was to fight corruption, and of course Binay’s alleged corruption is legendary. Just ask Glenda Gloria, who did a piece on the very subject sometime in 2001 or 2002; just ask Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo, who was Binay’s vice mayor after the EDSA Revolution, and resigned in disgust because she couldn’t stomach what she considered the betrayal of the principles of the People Power Revolution through the comeback of corruption by someone who claimed to be the opposite of the traditional politician or “trapo.” Just ask any businessman in Makati, come to think of it — especially those in real estate development and/or construction.

Or Teddy Boy Locsin. Or another Binay vice mayor, Ernesto Mercado. Of course, in the case of Locsin or Mercado, the counterclaim may be that these people are sour-graping, since they were formerly very close to Binay, but had a falling-out because of broken promises.

Or how about the Commission on Audit, who discovered the overpricing involved in the building and equipment of the Makati Hospital and the Makati City Hall. Or the BIR, who claimed that Binay did not remit the withholding taxes of the Makati government employees, to the tune of around P1 billion?

Or how about the researchers in a public expenditure study, who found out that the City of Makati spends more on its education materials than the rest of the Philippines put together?

All smoke, and no fire? Not to anyone who wasn’t born yesterday.

So that’s what Noynoy has to contend with. What are his choices? One alternative would be to do a Carlos Garcia, who as vice president, ascended to the presidency when Ramon Magsaysay died in an airplane crash, and then ran for his own term as president in 1957. He won it, but the vice presidency was won by the opposition party candidate — Diosdado Macapagal. Garcia did not appoint him to any position in his administration.

The benefit to Aquino of doing a Garcia would be that he will have given a very strong signal to the Filipino people that he meant what he said about fighting corruption, and that he would not allow anyone tainted to work with him in the executive branch.

The fact that Aquino and Binay are personal friends will make the message go over even more effectively. Truly walang kai-kaibigan when it comes to making decisions. Wow. What a way to start setting new directions for the Philippines.

What about the cost? Well, Binay might then do a Diosdado Macapagal. Which means spending his entire term as vice president campaigning for the presidency in the next elections.

Macapagal won against Garcia’s bid for reelection — in spite of the fact that Garcia would have had to step down after three years as reelected president, because he would have served eight years by then — and presumably even the opposition vice presidential candidate would be secretly campaigning for him. In the same manner, Binay might also win the presidency in 2016. And the gains from six years of fighting corruption might all be for naught.

But wait. There is a substantive difference between the two situations. In 1961, Macapagal ran on a reform platform against the alleged rampant corruption of the Garcia administration (and as if to validate the charges, the latter appointed over 300 officials literally the night before he turned over the presidency — and these midnight appointments were reversed by the Supreme Court, obviously of a different caliber then the present one). Unless Noynoy completely bungles it, Jojo Binay will have a difficult time convincing anyone that he is reform-minded.

So forcing Binay to twiddle his thumbs during his vice presidency might not be that costly after all.

Except…as the saying goes, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” This saying apparently dates as far back as Chaucer in the twelfth century, who called idle hands the devil’s tools. Who knows what ideas a bored mind will come up with? Or a person seeking revenge for an insult? Noynoy’s security detail might have to be on red alert all the time, even if Binay has publicly proclaimed that Noynoy has nothing to fear from him on that account.

How about if Noynoy appoints Binay to a position that would do the least harm (as far as corruption is concerned anyway)? Well, maybe. Just like Fidel Ramos, who appointed Vice President Erap Estrada (not of the same party) to a non-cabinet, position — as anti-crime czar (chair of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission). Or like Erap himself, when he won the presidency, who appointed Vice President Gloria Macapagal to be DSWD secretary.

The benefit of this kind of move on the part of Noynoy would be that Binay would not be humiliated (and seek revenge), and would not have all that idle time on his hands (and be the devil’s tool). Plus, he may bungle the job (having been given enough rope to hang himself), and find himself out of favor with the Filipino people.

The cost would be that, if he gets a cabinet position, Binay would be privy to the inner workings of the administration, and be able to make use of this knowledge when (notice I didn’t say if) he does run for the presidency.

Not very attractive choices for the incoming President. Which is why he is going to have to think long and hard about how to solve a problem like Binay — actually, I am sure he has already been wrestling with the problem.

But one thing sure: appointing Binay to the DILG — which was offered Binay in exchange for the latter’s not running for the presidency — would be like setting a fox among the chickens. All costs, no benefits. (BusinessWorld, June 10, 2010)


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Double-digit lead for Aquino; Roxas still leads VP race-SWS

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Double-digit lead for Aquino

With the race to Malacañang nearing the homestretch, presidential bet Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III has gained a double-digit lead over his colleague and main rival, Sen. Manuel “Manny” B. Villar, Jr., in the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey.

The April 16 to 19 nationwide poll, conducted three weeks before the May 10 elections, saw Mr. Aquino — the Liberal Party bet — gaining a point to 38% compared to a two-point drop to 26% for the Nacionalista Party’s Mr. Villar.

The lead between the two opened up to 12 points from nine previously in the BW-SWS survey of March 19-22.

Six percent of the respondents were classed as “undecided/others” — these included votes for disqualified bet Vetellano “Dodong” S. Acosta of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan and responses that could not be properly read.

via BusinessWorld Online: Double-digit lead for Aquino.


Binay overtakes Legarda, Roxas still on top in VP race

Makati Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” C. Binay of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) has caught up with Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) bet Sen. Loren B. Legarda in the race for the vice-presidency but Liberal Party candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas continues to enjoy a large, albeit narrower, lead.

The latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey, conducted last April 16 to 19, saw Mr. Binay gaining four points to 25%, just edging out Ms. Legarda who lost a point to 24%.
Mr. Roxas’s score, meanwhile, fell to below 40% for the first time: he was down three points to 39% with three weeks to go before the May 10 elections.

Mr. Roxas’s score has been dropping since the start of the year, as has Ms. Legarda’s although not to the same extent. Mr. Binay, meanwhile, has been gaining from last December’s 10%.

via BusinessWorld


Eleven out of Magic 12 slots all but in the bag?

Established politicians, most of them incumbent and former senators, appear to have cemented their hold on slots in the so-called Magic 12 Senate race, the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey showed.

The top two were described as “well ahead” and nine said to have “always been in the winning circle” since December, leaving just one seat being fought over by three newcomers.

Five other senatorial candidates, however, are not far behind, according to the results of the April 16- to-19 survey, conducted three weeks before the May 10 national elections.

via BusinessWorld

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Stories from Sunday’s Phil. Star

Posted by akosistella on April 11, 2010


Noli supports Mar’s vice presidential bid

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Noli de Castro will not endorse a presidential candidate but is supporting the Liberal Party’s Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

De Castro said it was his decision not to publicly support a presidential candidate because he does not want to be tainted with “political color” when he returns to broadcasting at the end of his term.

The Vice President kept mum when asked if he is supporting Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. Both of them belong to the Senate’s Wednesday Club.

Click Phil. Star

Mar the technocrat has funny side, too

During the forum, he started to hum along with a Carlos Santana song playing in a videoke joint beside The STAR office.

The music grew louder as he was explaining a serious issue, and when he could no longer be heard, he decided to join in and sing along.

Roxas describes himself as “kenkoy” (playful) and down-to-earth, but admits he can be rigid and detailed.

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Villar: I’m mentally healthy

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday said he is mentally healthy as he challenged his rival Sen. Benigno Aquino III to address the issues contained in an alleged psychiatric report, which claimed among other things that the Liberal Party (LP) bet suffered from depression and smoked marijuana.

Interviewed over dzMM yesterday, Villar boasted that he has never smoked cigarettes, more so marijuana, and that he keeps himself in good shape.

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Noynoy admits talking to a psychologist, but only about other politicians

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III admitted yesterday he had indeed talked with a psychologist – but about other politicians, not himself.

He recalled that in The STAR’s series of interviews with presidential candidates, he was asked if he had consulted a psychiatrist.

His reply that he spoke with a psychologist friend about the personalities of some politicians drew laughter from The STAR editors, columnists, and reporters, he said.

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Indelible ink deal rebidding eyed

Palace downplays report on 35 polling precincts without power

DH, teacher cast first ballots in HK, Palau

LP now focused on guarding votes

Mar: I’ll be a partner and conscience of the president

The Vote 2010: Manuel ‘MAR’ Araneta Roxas.

Kapatiran files complaint vs ABS-CBN

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The VP race: Mar

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


By Ana Marie Pamintuan

Mar refused to respond to taunts from his closest rival, Loren, who now trails him in the surveys by 20 points. Loren told The STAR when she visited our office recently that Mar’s sliding down was not an act of sacrifice; he had no choice, she said, because his ratings refused to improve.

“Ang napipikon, talo,” Mar told us, borrowing a phrase from his former boss, Joseph Estrada, who still resents the fact that Mar was the first of his Cabinet members to quit in the days leading up to his impeachment.

If recent surveys are accurate, nearly half of voters want Mar Roxas to be the next vice president. Mar allowed himself the luxury of showing us his elation over his ratings.

But he won’t be lulled into complacency. When people congratulated him for his seemingly insurmountable lead in the surveys, he brushed them off with jokes. “Bakit, nanalo na ba ako (Why, have I already won)?” he asked.

Click Ana Marie Pamintuan.

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Brief tension in LP after change in media staffers

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Tension briefly enveloped the Liberal Party (LP) campaign Wednesday after staff members of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero working for the LP during the election period were relieved of their duties as media coordinators covering the campaign.

Escudero’s staffers were reportedly eased out because their principal was allegedly found to have supported the vice presidential bid of Makati City mayor Jejomar Binay, instead of Senator Mar Roxas, who is the LP’s vice-presidential bet.

As a result, Roxas’ staff took over as media coordinators during the LP's sortie in Pampanga on Wednesday, surprising reporters coordinating with Escudero's staff working for the party in a temporary capacity ever since the start of the election period.

Click GMANews.TV.

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An exciting ‘Harapan’

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By Rina Jimenez-David

Unlike other debate shows (some of them on ANC) that drove viewers to boredom with a string of questions posed to all the presidential candidates who took their time with their replies, this first debate featuring aspirants to the vice presidency was fast-paced and snappy.

There were also quite positive and entertaining twists on the usual format, including “one-on-ones” between two candidates, and a running tabulation of “trust” ratings among groups of viewers gathered in various locations around the country.

Click Rina Jimenez David.

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Madrigal backs Roxas for VP, trains ‘guns’ on Legarda

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

[Sen. Jamby] Madrigal has been unflinching in her campaign against Legarda, the guest vice presidential candidate of the Nacionalista Party and NP standard-bearer Sen. Manny Legarda.

According to Madrigal, she really wanted “to be a part of the crowd at La Consolacion to show my full support for Mar Roxas.”

Roxas, running mate of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, standard bearer of Liberal Party, “is sure to be our next vice president…Kawawang Loren (Loren’s pathetic),” said Madrigal.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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Roxas: No more presidential aspirations for now

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

“Malayong masyado yung another six years, hindi natin malalaman kung ano ang mangyayari sa susunod na anim na taon. Hindi talaga natin masasabi kung ano ang takbo ng landas, anim na taon napakahaba po niyan,” Roxas told dzBBs Mike Enriquez. (The next presidential election is still a long way off. We cannot tell what will happen in the next six years.)

“Minsan kung masyadong malayo yung paningin ay nadadapa tayo sa batuhan, When we set our eyes so far ahead, sometimes we stumble for failing see the bumps on our way,” he added.

Click GMANews.TV.


Roxas explains why wife Korina not taking part in his campaign sorties

Vice presidential bet Senator Manuel Roxas II explained Friday why his wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, has not been appearing in his campaign sorties, saying he does not want to drag her in partisan activities.

“Iniingatan ko rin ang katayuan ni Korina dahil broadcast journalist siya, hindi naman siya nanggaling sa entertainment side, sa journalism side siya. So hindi ko gusto masyado na kasama siya sa mga partisan na activities,” the senator told Mike Enriquez during dzBB’s Ikaw Na Ba? The Vice Presidential Interview Friday morning.

Click GMANews.TV

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3 Capiz mayors distance selves from Legarda, Binay

Posted by akosistella on March 8, 2010

ROXAS CITY, Philippines — At least three town mayors allied with former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante’s Ugyon Kita Capiz (UKC) party vehemently denied supporting the vice presidential bid of either Senator Loren Legarda or Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.

The UKC officials said many mistakenly believed that the local party had been supporting Legarda, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and an adopted candidate of the Nacionalista Party as she announced recently her support for the candidacies of some UKC-affiliated mayors running for reelection, including Roxas City Mayor Vicente Bermejo.

Legarda later clarified she was not endorsing UKC nor did she declare support for former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante, the gubernatorial candidate of UKC and who previously figured in the unsettled fertilizer scam case.

Click INQUIRER Politics.

WHAT’S actually more nauseating is these mayors’ support of Joke-Joke Bolante as governor of Capiz! Gross! Boy, when money talks, morality and principles squawk.

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Vilma Santos saddened by Manzano’s campaign woes

Posted by akosistella on March 4, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Star for All Seasons and reelectionist Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos said she would not be surprised if Edu Manzano bows out of the vice presidential race.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Santos pointed out that “politics is not easy.”

“Kung anuman ang magiging desisyon ni Edu Manzano ay hindi ko siya masisisi because politics is not easy,” Santos said.

“Feeling ko kung mabibigyan siya ng pagkakataon to serve as vice president, definitely he will do good because he is efficient,” the Batangas governor added.

Manzano, Santos’ former husband, is said to be thinking of backing out of the vice presidential race due to lack of support from Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Despite this, campaign manager Reli German said Manzano is bent on pursuing his vice-presidential bid.

Mike Toledo, a spokesman of ruling party presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro, also admitted that lack of funding has affected not just Manzano’s campaign but the campaign of their standard-bearer.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

Awwww…ang sweet ni Ate Vi. Concerned… ;p

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P200 from Erap makes mother of sick child cry

Posted by akosistella on February 27, 2010

Myra Albolera, one of the people who benefited from the Estrada administration’s housing project here, claimed she was insulted on being given the money by Estrada after she asked for help for her three-year-old son Yanyan.

Yanyan’s face and chin has grown abysmally large and Albolera said she wanted Estrada to help get medical treatment for her boy. She said she tried to return the money but never got the chance.

Former Transportation Secretary Vicente Rivera, PMP provincial chair in Bulacan, said Estrada might not have understood what she wanted because her voice might have been drowned out by loudspeakers at the rally.

via INQUIRER Politics.


Gibo: No role for Danding in my government

“Wala siguro (probably not),” Teodoro said during a campus tour on Thursday at the University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS) in Las Piñas, when asked what role his uncle might play in his administration.

Teodoro was a member of Cojuangco’s Nationalist People’s Coalition before he became the administration standard-bearer.

Click Phil. Star

Gordon: Not botoxed
Brown is beautiful; Binay slams cosmetics firms over whiteners

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Speech of Sen. MAR Roxas* at the People Power anniversary

Posted by akosistella on February 25, 2010

Feb. 25, 2010, Araneta Coliseum
*Sen. Roxas is the the Liberal Party candidate for Vice President in the May 2010 elections.

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Madrigal: Anybody but Legarda for VP

Posted by akosistella on February 12, 2010

“’WAG NA ’WAG SI (DEFINITELY NOT) Loren Legarda. Si Mar Roxas daw ang suportahan namin sa pagka-bise presidente (She said we should support Mar Roxas for vice president),” Elisa Reyes, a bagoong vendor, quoted Sen. Jamby Madrigal as telling her during a brief chat at Nepa Q-Mart in Quezon City, one of two public markets the independent presidential candidate visited Thursday.

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