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Rules Out Another Run For The PresidencyBY JC BELLO RUIZ
MANILA, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada has ruled out another run for the presidency or any elective post on the national level, pinning his party’s hopes of reclaiming political supremacy on his former running mate, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.
To underscore his trust in Binay’s leadership, Estrada introduced the Vice President as the country’s “future president” during a testimonial dinner for the former President in Taguig Monday night. The book, “Ito ang Pilipino: A tribute to Joseph Estrada,” was launched at the dinner.
The Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of Estrada had earlier forged an alliance with Binay’s Partido Demokra¬tiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to form the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“We have only one list for Presi¬dent, that’s Vice President Binay. With regard to his (Binay) vice president, there’s none yet,” Estrada said in an in¬terview as he immediately rejected the idea of him playing the role of Binay’s vice president come 2016 [...]Read the full story >> Erap For Binay
ALSO IN THE NEWS
April 21, 2012 | Politics & GovernmentRead banker Clarissa Ocampo’s testimony
By Raïssa Robles
It was Clarissa Ocampo’s alluring perfume that prompted President Joseph Estrada to see her in person.
“Sobrang bango niya,” a presidential bodyguard told Estrada. This was what a senior banker recently told me, in turn quoting an eyewitness of that fateful event on the night of February 4, 2000.
Estrada’s encounter with Kissa turned out to be a fatal attraction for his presidency.
The poised 45-year-old banker became at that time the key witness of the prosecution. She electrified the public when she testified she sat “a foot away” from Estrada as he signed “Jose Velarde” on a signature card and other bank documents.
“When he signed Jose Velarde, I just couldn’t believe it, He did not sign his real name, so I decided not to authenticate the signature,” she said.
At one point, the money deposited in the Velarde account reached up to P3.2 billion pesos [...]Read the full story >> How the scent of a woman helped undo Estrada’s presidency
April 21, 2012 | OpinionPlain ViewBy ATTY. ROMEO V. PEFIANCOManila Bulletin
(Editor’s note: There’s a flaw in our election law that allows early campaigning as more of an intent, as noted by the author.)
MANILA, Philippines — The campaign for the US presidency started in early January, 2012, or some 10 months before the election in November. The primary elections to choose a Republican nominee can readily tell who will emerge as the winner in the party’s national convention in July or August. All American voters – 131,257,328 – who cast their votes in November, 2008, assume that Barack Obama will run for reelection. As they say about their incumbent: “Four more years!”
In this country there are laws/rules that limit the official campaign period for all national and local candidates. No such restriction exists in the US.
Early birds? [...]
Read the full story >> Too Early To Tell Fortunes**************************
April 21, 2012 | Politics & Government
China vessel’s arrival ‘an aggravation’
By Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Philippines will not be cowed by China’s deploying a large patrol vessel to Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said on Friday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sees this action as “an aggravation” in the 11-day standoff in the disputed shoal.
The Palace also said other countries’ territorial claims in the disputed waters would be affected if China had its way at Panatag Shoal.
DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez confirmed on Friday that China has again beefed up its presence in the area with the arrival in the area of a third maritime surveillance vessel.
“There are now three Chinese maritime surveillance ships in the area; the third one arrived this morning,” he said, adding that the Philippines’ lone Coast Guard vessel, the BRP Edsa, also remains in the area.
“It’s a civilian ship from the fisheries department of China. This was confirmed by our Philippine Coast Guard in the area, but there is no report whether it was the gunboat,” he said [...]
Read the full story >> PH not intimidated, says Malacañang**************************
BY AMADO P. MACASAET
‘Based on the decline of loans to agriculture, hunger awaits the farmers.’
IT’S alarming. The loans of the banking system to agriculture fell by more than 46 percent in February this year.
The drop paves the way to hunger for an ever increasing number of mouths to feed. Like they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) has good intentions but not in the area of raising agricultural productivity.
The politicians who crafted the CARP law pulled the wool over the farmers’ eyes.
Farmers in this case are voters. The politicians planted in their less educated minds that what matters in increased crop production is ownership of the land they till, not the use of it [...]Read the full story >> Blame the CARP
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has declared unconstitutional two presidential acts creating trust funds for farmers in connection with the controversial coco-levy funds.
In a 23-page decision written by Associate Justice Roberto Abad, the SC ruled as illegal Executive Order 312, which sought to establish a P1-billion fund from the assets acquired using coco-levy funds and Executive Order 313, or the creation of an irrevocable trust fund known as the Coconut Trust Fund, which also directed government lawyers to exclude the 27 percent shares of the Coconut Industry Investment Fund (CIIF) in San Miguel Corp. (SMC) from the coco-levy case of former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr.
With a unanimous vote of 11 justices, the SC granted the petition of farmer groups, led by Pambansang Koalisyon ng mga Samahang Magsasaka at Manggagawa sa Niyugan in declaring EOs 312 and 313 as void.
Associate Justice Antonio Carpio took no part since he is also one of the petitioners in the case [...]Read the full story >> SC voids two EOs on coco-levy funds
By Ira Pedrasa
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) will “most probably” release next week its final decision on the fate of the 4,916 hectares (has.) of the Cojuangco-managed Hacienda Luisita, SC spokesman and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said.
The final decision, which will most likely discuss the just compensation for the owners of the sugar estate, is being awaited. The issue has been dragged into the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The chief magistrate believes that the high court’s order on the distribution of the lands is the reason why President Benigno Aquino III wants him out of the high court. Aquino’s relatives own the sugar estate in Tarlac.
In a 56-page resolution promulgated in November 2011 and penned by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., the high court modified an earlier decision that allowed 6,296 farmworker-beneficiaries (FWBs) to choose between ownership of agricultural land or shares of stock representing the value of the sugar estate [...]Read the full story >> SC may issue final decision on Luisita next week
By Marichu A. Villanueva
The Philippine Star
Give credit where credit is due. While it took him a long while to do so, President Aquino finally let go of his two controversial appointments in key government positions.
These are, namely, Filipino-Chinese businessman Domingo Lee whom P-Noy named as the country’s ambassador to China, and information technology (IT) expert Augusto Lagman as commissioner at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The two P-Noy appointees were having difficulty getting through the confirmation wringer of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA). Lee has been thrice bypassed by the CA while Lagman allegedly was “never” given the chance to face the CA plenary.
The CA is a 25-man bicameral body of Congress chaired by the Senate president. It is composed of 12 members each from the Senate and the House of Representatives. Currently, the 15th Congress has Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile as [...]
Read the full story >> First job of presidential nominees**************************
By Fr. Shay Cullen
(His columns are published in The Manila Times,
in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line)
The day he walked to freedom was a happy day in the life of fourteen-year-old Miguel. For months he had been detained in the Parañaque jail, accused of stealing a pair of flip-flops, worth no more than 50 cents. He was, at first locked in an overcrowded cell that was a living hell of squashed human bodies in a space about 14 by 8 meters. He was jailed because his parents, street food vendors, could not afford to give free meals every day to the police. This was their revenge.
The stifling nauseating smell of urine and feces and the crush of human bodies made the boy cry until the other prisoners shouted at him to shut-up. Miguel was scared and dying of thirst in the hot windowless cell with one electric fan tied to the bars. It gave no comfort.
He had to beg for water. The guards gave him a plastic bottle of warm dirty water and made him sick. He got diarrhea. He had to squirm over the bodies of prisoners who shouted abuse until he reached the corner of the cell where a filthy hole in the floor was the toilet. It stank. Only a curtain separated him from the adult prisoners who were blaming him for making worse smells [...]Read the full story >> The Walk to Freedom and Dignity
By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Call it expert advice.
Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada has volunteered to become President Benigno Aquino III’s consultant on romantic ties, apparently noting that the incumbent is having difficulty latching on to a long-term relationship.
The offer came during Estrada’s 75th birthday bash on Thursday night which was attended by supporters, friends and family, including his wife, former Sen. Dr. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito, his 12 children with six different women and about two dozen grandchildren.
“I’m opening myself to be your adviser in your love life,” Estrada told Mr. Aquino, prompting hoots and thunderous applause from guests, among them Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker [...]Read the full story >> Estrada volunteers to be Aquino’s love guru
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