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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay asks CA to hasten the decision on Ombudsman’s suspension order against him. about 1 hour ago |
  • 9 PNP officials bag promotions. about 1 hour ago |
  • Deles hopes Congress will pass BBL by October before its members get involved in election-related activities. about 1 hour ago |
  • Rep. Rufus Rodriguez expresses confidence on the passage of proposed BBL at the plenary in August. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero also resigns from Joint Congressional Oversight Cmte. on Public Expenditures. about 1 hour ago |
  • UNA Spokesman Mon Ilagan says VP Binay will deliver his own SONA any day now. about 1 hour ago |
  • UNA says Aquino’s criticisms vs. Binay at SONA was 'un-statesmanlike' but they still respect the President. about 1 hour ago |
  • PCCO Sec. Sonny Coloma says it was the President’s decision to make his SONA a long speech. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says his detention over PDAF charge is an example of selective justice & not gov’t drive vs. corruption. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says Aquino should not count the 3 senators’ detention as part of his administration’s accomplishments. about 1 hour ago |
  • Teachers’ Dignity Coalition dismayed when Pres. Aquino did not annouce any salary hike for teachers during SONA. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino’s report on textbooks and classrooms were all lies. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino’s last SONA was self-serving, lacking in content & full of propaganda. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino hit Mrs. Arroyo again at SONA because he lacked accomplishments. about 1 hour ago |
  • Belmonte has no plans of castigating 7 Makabayan bloc members after they flashed anti-Aquino banners after SONA. about 1 hour ago |
  • Belmonte admits he was embarassed when House Makabayan bloc booed Pres. Aquino after he delivered his SONA. 2 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says he resigned from Finance cmte. chairmanship so that budget deliberations won’t be affected by talks on politics. 2 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero resigns as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. 2 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 19 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells his siblings that only a few days remain & he will soon stop dragging them to the sacrifices he makes for the country. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “It’s time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law.” 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino laments the views of those who are anti-BBL but can’t give a better alternative on how to achieve peace in Mindanao. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says it doesn’t matter if he is not present at groundbreaking ceremonies so long as projects are properly built. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says party affiliation is not a basis in implementing government projects. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 21 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 22 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 23 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 23 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 23 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow slow moving from Fairview to Elliptical Road along Commonwealth Ave. in QC as the bulk of anti-gov’t protesters arrive. 23 hours ago |
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LP jab at UNA marred by snafu

By Christine F. Herrera | Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:01am
TAGBILARAN City—Day 3 of the campaign period was marred by mudslinging between the administration’s Liberal Party coalition and the oppositionist United Nationalist Alliance with the ruling party creating a snafu in its attempt to hit  out at UNA leader, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

LP senatorial candidate Jamby Madrigal and LP party whip House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II issued a statement on Thursday and asked the Commission on Elections to audit the Office of the Vice President insinuating that Binay traveled to Italy last year with his entire family using public funds.

UNA campaign manager Rep. Tobias Tiangco countered that before they make a baseless accusation about corruption, the LP spokesmen, including Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo should come clean and Quimbo should reveal his role in the multibillion Globe Asiatique scandal under his watch as Pag-ibig president.

Binay confirmed his trip but asserted his children funded it as a gift for their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.” no government funds were used. All disbursements of the Office of the Vice President are subject to audit by the Commission on Audit,” said Binay’s official spokesman.

Two hours later, the LP recalled the press statement, dropping the demand for a COA probe and replacing Madrigal and Gonzales with another LP spokesman Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone as the one who issued the “corrected statement.”

Both LP press statements were titled “LP: UNA getting desperate.”

“Due to a file mix up, wrong file was released. Please disregard the first release. Here’s the updated and corrected version. Thank you.”

Tiangco said that just like Gonzales, Evardone was also a “political butterfly” who was the defender of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo but defected to LP shortly before the May 2010 elections.

He described Madrigal as a “hypocrite” for having exposed the alleged corruption of Senator Manny Villar in the C5 road scandal and that Madrigal now found herself sharing the stage as team mate of Villar’s wife, Cynthia, also a n LP senatorial bet.

Gonzales said if UNA is raising the issue of public funds being used for personal ends, “they should look no farther than their own backyard.”

He was referring to Binay’s trip.

In turn, Tiangco said the LP spokesmen, Quimbo, Evardone and Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda should verify their information first before they start hitting the Vice President in the LP’s desperate attempt to pin corruption on Binay.

“Who are these spokesmen? They better have taintless name and high moral high ground before they dare make such an accusation,” Tiangco said.

He said Quimbo, who was recently named spokesman, must see to it that he had nothing to do with the real estate scam perpetrated by businessman and fugitive Delfin Lee that duped thousands of Filipinos into buying “ghost houses.”

“LP president-on-leave Mar Roxas II should make sure to capture Delfin Lee so he should unmask his conspirators in Pag-Ibig. Roxas’ party mate Quimbo should make public what really happened in the multibillion scam because he was the Pag-ibig president when the scam had victimized thousands of Filipinos,” Tiangco said.
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