LP solon: Aquino to officially endorse Roxas ‘before week’s end’
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act and the Amendments to the Cabotage Law at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (July 21). (MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) – A Liberal Party (LP) stalwart said on Tuesday that President Benigno Aquino III will officially announce the candidacy of the Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II before the week ends.
This was revealed by LP chairman for political affairs and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice a day after Aquino’s sixth and last State of the Nation Address (Sona) where the president said that Roxas epitomized the saying “you can’t put a good man down.”
“Palagay ko hindi matatapos ang week na ito ay maiindorso po officially si Secretary Mar Roxas ng ating Pangulo,” Erice said.
(I think that the President will officially endorse (Interior) Secretary Mar Roxas before this week ends.)
“Wala namang duda na iisang puso’t diwa at direksyon ng pangulo at ng partido na wala nang ibang kwalipikado na ituloy ang mga nagawa ng administrasyong ito ay walang iba kung hindi ang kanyang co-pilot na si Secretary Mar Roxas,” Erice added.
(The President and the party are one in heart and mind that the President’s co-pilot, Secretary Mar Roxas, is the only one qualified to continue the initiatives of the administration.)
The lawmaker said that the administration party believes that Roxas has the “integrity, competence, and experience” to continue the gains of the Aquino administration.
When asked why Aquino stopped short of endorsing Roxas in his swan song to the country, Erice said that announcing Roxas’ endorsement will eclipse the true vision of the Sona which is to report on the achievements of the administration.
“Kasi Sona ‘yan eh. It’s all about the achievements of the president and his vision. So ‘yun dapat ang mahighlight at hindi ‘yung endorsement. Kasi kung may endorsement, ‘yun ang magiging highlight,” Erice said.
(It’s the Sona. It’s all about the achievements of the president and his vision. That should be the one that should be highlighted and not the endorsement.)
Meanwhile, Erice said that Senator Grace Poe is still the Liberal Party’s ideal candidate for vice president.
“Hindi naman namin ikinakaila, ang gusto talaga namin si Senator Poe as vice president. Kaya bukas po (ang alok na) ‘yan,” the lawmaker said.
(We do not deny that we want Senator Poe to be our vice president. The offer is still open (for her to be LP’s candidate for vice president).)
In his last Sona, Aquino praised Roxas for withstanding attacks hurled against him.
“To Secretary Mar Roxas: whether you are in or out of government, the enemies of the Straight Path have not stopped criticizing you. Because you count, because your words matter, they have continued to do their best to put you down. Through their constant attacks on your character, your critics themselves have proven that they are afraid of your integrity, skill, and ability to do the job. It’s only because they have nothing to boast of that they’re trying to bring you down. Mar, you are proving: You can’t put a good man down,” Aquino said.
When asked about his opinion on the President’s remarks, the interior secretary said that he will continue Aquino’s legacy.
“If the President will pass the ball to me, I will not only dribble it; I will dunk it,” Roxas told reporters in Filipino on Monday.
Earlier reports said that the LP has a reservation at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan on July 29 to 31. It is said that the administration party will officially announce Roxas’ endorsement there.
Club Filipino has witnessed the oath-taking of late President Corazon Aquino on Feb. 25, 1986 and the announcement of the tandem of President Benigno Aquino III and Roxas on September 9, 2009 as candidates of the Liberal Party for the 2010 elections. (MNS)
NBI says Iglesia ni Cristo ‘abduction’ case closed
Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo, younger brother of Iglesia Ni Cristo leader Eduardo Manalo, speaks to reporters from the gate of his house in Manila on July 24, two days after he and his mother alleged in a YouTube post that their lives were in danger and that some of the group’s ministers were being held against their will. The influential Christian group, which votes as a bloc, expelled the two relatives on July 22 and denied abducting the ministers.(MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it has already “closed” its investigation on the alleged abduction of ministers of Iglesia ni Cristo.
Manuel Eduarte, chief of the NBI Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division, said the bureau decided to end its probe on the abduction claims after coordinating with the religious organization’s central office in Quezon City and after visiting an INC compound in Tandang Sora, where Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo was holed up.
Manalo, an estranged brother of Eduardo – the current executive minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo, and their mother Christina “Tenny” Manalo were earlier expelled from the religious group after exposing alleged threats to their lives and abduction of INC ministers.
“Per report of my men… [they] reported to us that they were not able to prove the allegation of abduction,” said Eduarte, adding that NBI agents were unable to enter the premises of the Manalo compound in Tandang Sora.
“They tried knocking [on] the gate, which was locked. They were not given entry. So no information was gathered and they were told there’s no such thing such as an abduction inside the premises of the INC,” the NBI official said.
Eduarte said his men also coordinated with the legal office of the INC head office along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. He said the INC central office denied the existence of any abduction.
“Considering that they (NBI agents) felt somewhere, there was a squabble within, they did not bother to look into allegations regarding anomalies at said religious group. So for us, it is considered closed already,” said Eduarte.
He, however, clarified that he was still “in the process of awaiting further information from the grounds.”
The blog site “Iglesia Ni Cristo – Silent No More,” run by a certain Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista, earlier claimed that nine of the organization’s ministers in different provinces were abducted and expelled from the group.
Three of them were identified as Boyet Menorca of Sorsogon, Joven Sepillo of Tacloban, and Nolan Olarte of Cebu.
Menorca, who turned out to be arrested and detained at the the Dasmariñas City Police Station, has been released from jail.
Police said the criminal complaint against him has been dropped.
On Thursday, people inside the Manalo house in Tandang Sora in Quezon City flashed messages that read: “Where are the missing ministers?”
INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago had said in a press briefing earlier Thursday that the accusations against them were not true.
Quezon City policemen on Thursday night trooped to an Iglesia ni Cristo compound in Tandang Sora to check reports of abduction or illegal detention. They were, however, barred from entering the house, although they later on declared that there was no abduction in the compound. (MNS)
VP Binay on PNoy SONA: Wow na wow
Vice President Jejomar Binay walks among his supporters at the Makati City hall on Monday. People gathered at the city hall grounds to show their support for the older Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who was earlier served another suspension by the Ombudsman. (MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) — Vice President Jejomar Binay is not affected by the potshots supposedly aimed at him by President Benigno Aquino III during the latter’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In an interview at the opening of the Security Congress APAC 2015 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Binay told reporters to wait for his own True State of the Nation Address that will answer Aquino’s statements.
He also said he did not feel alluded to when the President alluded to someone who said “gaganda ang buhay” if he becomes president.
“Merong isang bahagi doon palagay ko hindi naman ako pinatutungkulan ‘nun. Kasi ang pagkakasabi meron diyan nagsasalita na giginhawa ang bayan pero ang salita lage ay basta, basta. Wow na wow naman ‘yun!” Binay said.
Atty. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, also said the vice-president did not feel that he was alluded to by the president when the latter cited a presidential aspirant who has so far failed to present concrete plans for the country.
”The Vice President does not feel alluded to because he has solidly delivered the social and economic programs that uplifted the lives of the people he has served as Makati mayor and continue to serve as Vice President,” Quicho said.
”From the start, the Vice President has articulated that the Makati experience is his template for a caring and competent government, the opposite of the manhid at palpak government that we have today.”
Quicho said the vice-president’s camp was no longer surprised that the president took a swipe at him during his last SONA. Binay was present at the Batasan Pambansa yesterday to listen to the president, and he has vowed to come up with his own version of SONA.
“It is a small price to pay for showing the people the “palpak at manhid” governance of the administration that further marginalized the poor,” Quicho said.
”In his True SONA, Vice President Jejomar Binay will remove the gloss and tell the plain truth as experienced every day by ordinary Filipinos.”
In his final SONA, President Aquino took a swipe at a critic who routinely slams his administration for supposedly being slow at solving problems.
”Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay. Sa mga medyo may edad po, ang isasagot dito, “Ah, ganun?” sabay taas ng kilay. Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag, iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: E di wow,” he said.
”Ang tanong natin: Paano nila gagawin ang mga pangakong iyan? Ang sagot nila: Basta. Nasaan ang detalye at kongkretong mga plano? Basta. Paano ninyo ipatutupad ang inyong mga pangako? Basta. Pakiramdam yata nila nadadaan sa basta-basta ang solusyon sa ating mga problema.”
The president mentioned a litany of his administration’s accomplishments yesterday, but this did not prevent his critics from noting the controversial issues that he omitted from his speech.
Aquino likewise urged the Congress to finally pass the Anti-Dynasty Bill, a proposed measure opposed by Binay, whose three children are holding elective posts.
Quicho said Aquino ”glossed over pressing matters which his government failed to accomplish.”
He said this includes attaining justice for the slain 44 policemen in Mamasapano, distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmer beneficiaries, alleged corruption in some government departments, agencies and bureaus, the use of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds, alleged selective justice and politicization of the Ombudsman and the judiciary, and alleged abuse of legislative authority.
”The SONA exhibited hubris and lack of appreciation for people in government who genuinely served despite the air of partisanship created by a vindictive and callous government,” Quicho said. (MNS)
Ex-Pasugo editor slapped with libel complaint for anti-Iglesia rant
Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo bound for Ciudad de Victoria in Santa Maria, Bulcan alight from their vehicles at the North Luzon Expressway to walk after the volume of vehicles traveling the expressway created a monstrous traffic jam, blocking the expressway for hours on Sunday. (MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) – Isaias Samson Jr., former editor of “Pasugo,” the official publication of the Iglesia ni Cristo, is facing a libel complaint, following his expulsion from the church.
The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office said the complaint was filed last Friday.
It is set for raffle this week.
Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala said he “could not confirm nor deny” the filing of the complaint. He said he has been busy with the church’s centennial closing ceremonies during the weekend.
Samson, along with his family, was expelled from Iglesia ni Cristo last week for his refusal to submit to the authority of the church.
The former minister claimed he was illegally detained by the church’s Sanggunian.
He also said the church’s general auditor, Glicerio Santos Jr., was involved in corruption.(MNS)
Aquino: Govt to fund K-to-12 program’s full implementation in 2016
President Benigno S. Aquino III, delivers his State of the Nation Address for the 6th and last time before the Joint Session of Congress on Monday, July 27. He stressed that the seeds of reform have been planted for the people and future leaders to water to full fruition. His two-hour annual report to the nation stressed the various programs of government that center on the principle of “Matuwid na Daan” by way of good governance. Attentively listening to the President are Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr, along with other lawmakers, guests and other dignitaries. Photo: Gilbert Engay, Media Relations Service-PRIB
MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday vowed to fund the full implementation of his flagship education reform effort, the K-to-12 program, next year.
In his final State of the Nation Address (SONA), Aquino said the proposed 2016 budget already has funds for 103.2 million additional textbooks and 4.4 million more armchairs for public schools in the country.
The President also used his valedictory address before Congress members to once again promote the K-to-12 program, which is still facing legal questions before the Supreme Court.
“Nagpatupad po tayo ng K-to-12 dahil hindi praktikal ang pagsisiksik ng kaalaman sa 10-year basic education cycle,” Aquino said.
President Aquino also trumpeted his administration’s achievements in the education sector.
The President said that his administration was able to reduce the number of out-of-school youth from 2.9 million in 2008 to 1.2 million in 2013.
He also boasted of wiping out the backlogs in classrooms and public school teachers as early as 2013. (MNS)
Meg Imperial admits past ‘connection’ with JM
Meg Imperial (MNS Photo)
Actress Meg Imperial clarified rumors that she had a relationship with actor JM de Guzman, who is now the boyfriend of actress Jessy Mendiola
Imperial denied that de Guzman was her ex-boyfriend. “Siguro nagkaroon lang ng connection for a while,” Imperial said.
“Hindi naman po totally nag-date. Nagkita lang kami sa Davao nagkaroon ng event doon, nagkaroon ng connection, nag-usap usap, so ‘yun,” she explained.
JM De Guzman (MNS Photo)
Imperial admitted that de Guzman asked her to go out but this never happened.
She also said she doesn’t feel bad about her short-lived “connection” with the actor. “Hindi naman panghihinayang ‘yon, sobrang bait siya pero may makikita pa namang iba,” she said.
But Imperial stressed that she isn’t looking for a boyfriend at this time.
“This year ang daming failure sa love so huwag na lang muna,” she said.
De Guzman has already denied that he dated Imperial. (MNS)
Consulate urges all Fil-Ams to support Special World Olympics in Los Angeles
Los Angeles – A Philippine Delegation of 36 Athletes and 16 Coaches/Staff, headed by Ms. Delia A. Ortega, President and Ms. Kaye Samson, National Director of SO Philippines will join the 2015 Special Olympics (SO) World Games in Los Angeles on 24 July -02 August 2015. The 2015 SO World Games website states that the Philippine Athletes will be competing in Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Football (Soccer), Powerlifting, Table Tennis and Volleyball. The host town for SO Philippines is Santa Clarita City.
In line with the SO Games, a cultural connections festival will be featured to celebrate different regions of the world with cultural and educational programs. The program focuses on the seven days of Games-time activities between the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the World Games. Each of the seven Special Olympics Global Regions will be represented with its own dedicated day of authentic cultural performances, programming, food and other educational offerings.
In this regard, the Philippine Consulate General is pleased to announce that through the cooperation of the Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, the Philippines is represented in the said Cultural Connection program. Kayamanan ng Lahi will have a 20 minute-performance during the Asia Pacific Day on 30 July 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Southern California (USC) Alumni Park (next to the Doheny Memorial Library), 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089.
The festivals are free and open to the public.
The Philippine Consulate General enjoins the community to watch the cultural performance of Kayamanan Ng Lahi and to support the games of our athletes as they compete in their respective events.
For the regional breakdown of countries/territories with Special Olympics programs and other information, please visit the World Games Festival website at www.la2015.org.