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Sam Miguel
05-20-2010, 09:14 AM
What would you want to say to the man who is now President of the Republic of the Philippines? (I know, he hasn't been proclaimed and sworn in yet, but let's not get finicky...)

Dear Noynoy,

When you see your Tito Peping, Tito Danding or any other Kamag-Anak on their merry way to Malacanang, under whatever pretext, please tell the PSG to hit them with everything at the Palace Armoury.

Love,
Sam

gfy
05-20-2010, 09:39 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Hwag mo bigyan cabinet position ang mga hyatt 10. Yun na lang nasa kaklase,inc. :P

lekiboy
05-20-2010, 10:19 AM
Here's a letter from my daughter, who is a member of the Phil Daily Inquirer..original unedited version-probable publication this Sunday's JUnior Inquirer section.



Dear President Aquino,

I am writing you as one of the youths yearning to tell you what my expectations are of our beloved country’s next President. I am challenging you, sir, to create a legacy that nobody in this nation has ever created before — to deliver your promise to end all corruption and poverty in this nation. I want you, Mr. President, to create a brighter future for me, my siblings, and also for all the other kids in this nation.

Your father died to liberate this country from Martial Law. Had he not sacrificed himself, we would still surely be trapped in worse suffering. Your mother, the first Filipino woman president, ended many years’ worth of abuses and suffering of the country. I came from a school, which is proud of what your mother’s lasting influence has done, St. Scholastica’s College Manila - the same one that your mother used to study in. And now that you, sir, are elected as President, I am urging you to continue this line of sublime service to the country.

If you are not to do this, sir, I might be forced to leave this country to work and study in other countries, and so will many other kids like me. I do not want to leave this country, for this is where I was born and I will miss it greatly if I have to leave. I will miss the familiar, friendly faces of the Pinoys, tasty halo-halo, and the warm atmosphere of home. The Philippines is the only place I consider as “home”. And it is also a shame to see things happening like this; the realization that the Philippines can’t even provide the basic needs of every citizen is sickening to think of.

To me, it is a very simple thing to do. You can see, sir, the outrageous amounts of corruption, violence and poverty everywhere. But now that you have full control over the nation, you only have one thing to do: END IT ALL. And by doing so, you, Mr. President, shall be remembered forever as the best President the Philippines ever had because you ended this horrible cycle of misery in the country.

I believe, and so is the belief of a great majority of Filipinos, that just a short time ago, you had absolutely no idea that you were going to be next in line for this position. But now you are, and there’s no turning back—many dreams, hopes and lives lie in your hands. So here is the challenge once more, Mr. President, to fulfill all those dreams, hopes and lives to the fullest. Give us all the best future possible. Give it your best, sir; give it your all, for a better future for everyone, for a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten, and in honor of all the efforts and hard work of your parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Aquino.

May the Grace of God bless you, Mr. President. Good luck with this new chapter of your life, which I hope, along with the rest of the nation, will be spent in joy, happiness and prosperity for all. Seize the day, Mr. President! God has chosen you to lead this country.

Alexine Yap
11 Years Old
St. Scholastica’s College, Manila

snadigan
05-20-2010, 11:47 AM
Dear NOYNOY,

Isauli mo na sa mga tao ang Hacienda Luisita, pero mukhang di mo talaga magagawa yan kaya tanggalan mo na lang ng tax ang yosi.. ;D

Bennie Bangag
05-20-2010, 12:00 PM
dear noynoy:

sana po lagyan mo ng busal ang bunso mong kapatid.

Sam Miguel
05-20-2010, 12:44 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Always remember: You are NOT your dad.

Love,
Sam

tigerman
05-20-2010, 04:08 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Please naman huwag mo nang pakawalan si Shalani. Ok?

Out_Of_The_Blue
05-20-2010, 05:12 PM
Dear Noynoy,

How was Cackler as a seatmate and a close friend? Pinapakopya ka ba o ikaw ang nangongopya? Balita ko sabay daw kayong manligaw noon. Kwento naman.

Puede bang siya na lang ang gawin mong Secretary ng DOJ?

pio_valenz
05-20-2010, 05:43 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Please tell your youngest sister to honor her word and go to a country that has TFC.

shyboy
05-20-2010, 08:51 PM
Dear Homer Simpson,

Pwede bang magisip ka muna bago magsalita, ha. Pwede? Yun lang, salamat!

Joescoundrel
05-22-2010, 03:06 PM
Dear Noynoy, the President is his own schedule, that being said I hope to see more of you at the Big Dome in the coming UAAP season. Do not hesitate to use the powers of the Presidency - or even the close-in PSG - to shoot any errant game officials or opposing fans.

Dark Knight
05-22-2010, 06:01 PM
Dear Noynoy,


Nah...........forget it, you cant do anything naman about it eh.

maroonmartian
05-22-2010, 06:58 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Magbati na kayo ni Bongbong ha? Marami nagtampo sa iyo sa Ilocos kaya yung #2 tinambakan ka lang dun. Please heal this country and please don't divide it.

Sam Miguel
05-24-2010, 12:56 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Are you really a member of Gameface? That would be so amazing is it is true. We would be so honored.

Love,
Sam

RuckuS
05-24-2010, 02:41 PM
Dear Noynoy, the President is his own schedule, that being said I hope to see more of you at the Big Dome in the coming UAAP season. Do not hesitate to use the powers of the Presidency - or even the close-in PSG - to shoot any errant game officials or opposing fans.


PSG gawin taga hawak ng "Ateneo 6th Man", at "1 Big Fight!" Tarps... hahaha pagmagchampion ulet Ateneo.. gawin National Holiday!

salsa caballero
05-24-2010, 03:52 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Magbati na kayo ni Bongbong ha? Marami nagtampo sa iyo sa Ilocos kaya yung #2 tinambakan ka lang dun. Please heal this country and please don't divide it.


...and who said magkaaway sila? Suntukan ba dati sa Giraffe? Irapan sa Euphoria?Any Hatfield-McCoy type vendetta you're not telling us about?

When BCA3 assumes the presidency, changes are afoot, for sure. Having said that healing the country will also entail the dispensation of justice at the right time and in the proper manner. If healing the country by your definition means that the PCGG cases, as well as the Human Rights victims of the Marcos years, among others, will be given short shrift by the incoming administration, then I don't know what it means to be sick by your estimation. Or even healthy for that matter.

This is where you throw your hissy fit, Benedict.

blueatheart
05-24-2010, 11:41 PM
Dear Noy,

Corona is the Chief Justice. Period.

Thank You.

oca
05-25-2010, 08:13 AM
Huwag mo lang lalapastanganin ang institusyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman, pero marapat lamang sa aking palagay, na gumawa ka ng hakbang para mapabatid na tuwirang mali ang paghirang ng Punong Mahistrado.

Kung palalagpasin natin yan, tiyak sa hinaharap, may isa na namang Pangulo ang gagawa ng midnight appointment at sasabihing dati na yan ginawa at di naman lumabag sa batas... daw.

Dapat wastuhin ang isang pagkakamali. Kung di man maiwawasto ng lubusan, ipabatid na ito ay di kukunsintihin at di tatanggapin na lang ng walang pasubali.

Sam Miguel
05-25-2010, 10:25 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Cackler, venerable Gameface institution, would make a fine Justice Secretary, or even Executive Secretary.

Seriously.

He was after all your Student Council President in College, yes?

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
05-25-2010, 10:27 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Dionisio Santiago, former AFP Chief of Staff, deserves mightily to remain as Chief of PDEA.

Boy Ranin, a lifer at the NBI, deserves to be the next NBI Director after Nes Mantaring retires.

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
05-25-2010, 10:30 AM
Dear Noynoy,

I and many others would dearly love to see your next Justice / Legal team follow-up on the ULTRA Stampede and will support all moves for you to reimpose capital punishment specifically for Willie Revillame.

The Wowowee Girls however must be spared...

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
05-25-2010, 10:33 AM
Dear Noynoy,

On the cultural front: Joey "Pepe" Smith must be made a National Artist within your first 100 days of office. Ditto Basil Valdez.

Actually, Onofre Pagsanjan should go first. Can you imagine Ateneo without Dulaang Sibol?

And if Baby Amador isn't one yet, she ought to be as well. Ditto Lea Salonga.

Love,
Sam

shyboy
05-25-2010, 12:43 PM
Dear Noynoy,

I hope you don't mind if you refrain from having kids. Baka tumakbo rin at manalo eh.

Thanks.

Sam Miguel
05-25-2010, 03:39 PM
Dear Noynoy,

If your nephew Bam Aquino gets any ideas just say NO.

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
05-25-2010, 03:41 PM
Dear Noynoy,

I and many others would dearly love to see your next Justice / Legal team follow-up on the ULTRA Stampede and will support all moves for you to reimpose capital punishment specifically for Willie Revillame.

The Wowowee Girls however must be spared...

Love,
Sam


Dear Noynoy,

Speaking of capital punishment, please make a--hole cab drivers subject to immediate liquidation.

Love,
Sam

gfy
05-25-2010, 09:24 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Stop na itong mga vips kuno na may mga police motorcycle escorts na nag wang wang at gusto kami mag-give way sa kanya sa ma-traffic na EDSA kanina. Ang pagka alam ko presidente, bise at speaker lang ang pwedeng ganun.

At pwede bang turuan ng Ingles ang MMDA at palitan ang STAY ON YOUR LANE with STAY IN YOUR LANE. Parang NO PARKING ON BOTH SIDES eh.

LION
05-26-2010, 07:20 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Hwag kang makinig sa kanila. Sa akin lang.Pwede bang ibigay mo na sa akin ang BIR o Customs? ;D

tigerman
05-26-2010, 02:00 PM
Huwag mo lang lalapastanganin ang institusyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman, pero marapat lamang sa aking palagay, na gumawa ka ng hakbang para mapabatid na tuwirang mali ang paghirang ng Punong Mahistrado.



Pero anong masasabi mo sa sinabi ni Juan Ponce Enrile na dapat pa ngang magpasalamat si Noynoy kay Gloria sa paghirang ng Punong Mahistrado? Kung hindi daw ginawa ni GMA yun, walang ex-officio chairman ang JBC. 'Pag nagkaganoon, hindi makakapaglabas ng nominasyon ang nasabing institusyon. Kung walang nominasyon, wala ding mapipili si Noynoy bilang kapalit ni Puno.

back to the topic:

Dear Noynoy,

Magbasa ka daw ng saligang-batas natin sabi ni Manong Johnny.




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

Sam Miguel
05-26-2010, 02:11 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Hwag kang makinig sa kanila. Sa akin lang.Pwede bang ibigay mo na sa akin ang BIR o Customs? ;D




Dear Noynoy,

Second the motion. No objections. Hearing none, motion is carried.

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
05-26-2010, 02:13 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Could you please get rid of the pork barrel for Senators and Congressmen?

Ako na lang ang hahawak sa pera na 'yan para safe.

Love,
Sam

shyboy
05-27-2010, 07:58 PM
Pre, pwede makisindi?

Sam Miguel
05-28-2010, 08:44 AM
Dear Noynoy,

How come RA 9710 (?) wants to give women preference over men in higher government posts? Should that not be merit-based, period, regardless of gender?

Oh, right, what am I asking you for, you never legislated shit.

Love,
Sam

The_Big_Cat
05-28-2010, 08:55 AM
Dear Noynoy,


Sana tuluyan nang ibaon sa lupa ang BAP at tuluyan na rin palayasin ang Taiwanese na si Graham Lim sa ating bansa.

maroonmartian
05-28-2010, 10:14 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Pakibuwag ang mga private armies at mga syndicates (drugs, gambling, crime etc) sa bansa. Special mention sa game fixing syndicate na sumisira sa PBA, UAAP at NCAA.

maroonmartian
05-31-2010, 10:08 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Magpakasal na kayo ni Shalani Soledad at kunin mong solemnizing officer e si Chief Justice Corona. Pwede rin Ninong. Same pa naman kayo ng school so peace na kayo.

Sam Miguel
06-08-2010, 12:53 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Could the State take over Solar TV and Sky Cable at least for the duration of your presidency? Then you can put Solar back into Sky and bring basketball to more people.

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
06-09-2010, 10:45 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Good luck getting any work done with Jejomar Binay baying at your heels.

Love,
Sam

LION
06-09-2010, 11:14 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Kung hindi mo i-appoint si Boy Abunda sa Tourism Department, pwede rin daw si Pokwang.

salsa caballero
06-09-2010, 11:18 AM
Dear Noy,

Please augment the funding earmarked for the upgrade of facilities of the National Mental Hospital in Mandaluyong. Nagkakalat na naman ang may split personality disorder. Baka pwedeng nang i-commit?

Salamat

theunderdog
06-09-2010, 06:31 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Doc Aga would make a fine DOH secretary pati na rin si Gary V for the Department of Energy.

chiqui34
06-09-2010, 08:40 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Kung hindi mo i-appoint si Boy Abunda sa Tourism Department, pwede rin daw si Pokwang.




Dear Noynoy,

Prove to us that you're not "all foam and no beer". Let us all be assured of news in the future regarding your make over c/o Kris beauticians, your appointments of showbiz denizens to govt. (wala pang pwesto si Pokwang at Marielle), and your perennial predeliction of indicting GMA.

;D

Joescoundrel
06-10-2010, 08:55 AM
Dear Noynoy, it is now time to start acting like the President and to stop giving glib and cute answers to media queries.

shyboy
06-12-2010, 07:43 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Please lang, don't make a fool again of yourself when talking to Barack. Nagmumukhang engot mga Pilipino eh.

stonecold316
06-13-2010, 07:49 PM
Dear Noynoy.

Sana hindi ka traydurin ng mga kasama mo kapag nagkaroon ka ng problema as Chief Executive of this country.
Ingat ka din mga ahas sa loob ng palasyo.

God bless

VIVA LA LIGA EL TOMASINO

danny
06-19-2010, 11:28 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Please lang, don't make a fool again of yourself when talking to Barack. Nagmumukhang engot mga Pilipino eh.





Akala ko pa naman mas engot si Obama. :D

danny
06-19-2010, 11:37 PM
Totoo ba ang narinig/nabasa ko?

"Walang mahirap kung walang korupsyon."

Saang hinyupak mo naman natutunan yan? Mahihirapan ako sa iyo iho.

I-entertain mo na lang kaya kami. Ipasok mo na si Boy Abunda.

danny
06-19-2010, 11:38 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Pakibuwag ang mga private armies at mga syndicates (drugs, gambling, crime etc) sa bansa. Special mention sa game fixing syndicate na sumisira sa PBA, UAAP at NCAA.


Kung si Cory hindi nagawa yan, si Noynoy pa.

Ganito na lang, buwagin mo na lang ang sindikato ng Kamaganak Inc. Lalu na yang mga Lopa. ;)

danny
06-19-2010, 11:41 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Kung hindi mo i-appoint si Boy Abunda sa Tourism Department, pwede rin daw si Pokwang.



Totoo palang naisip pa si Boy Abunda nitong si Noynoy! Hahahahahahaha!

danny
06-20-2010, 12:51 AM
Another cute quip from Noynoy.


President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III vowed on the day his father Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was assassinated that he wouldn’t let him down in his unfinished quest for true democracy in the Philippines.


You are part of the oligarchy. An oligarch cannot and will not give us "democracy", whatever you mean by that word. Get my drift, Noynoy? Or is this too comple already? :D

oca
06-20-2010, 07:04 AM
Totoo ba ang narinig/nabasa ko?

"Walang mahirap kung walang korupsyon."

Saang hinyupak mo naman natutunan yan? Mahihirapan ako sa iyo iho.

I-entertain mo na lang kaya kami. Ipasok mo na si Boy Abunda.



Campaign slogan lang yan...

Alam naman nila na di mawawalan ng mahirap, at di mawawala ang korupsyon.

Malamang nga, sa inaugural speech niya mismo, sasalungatin niya ang slogan na ginamit niya sa kampanya. I expect him to temper the expectations of those who voted for him.

danny
06-20-2010, 11:58 PM
^^^

Hopefully. Kung hindi, at yan ang tunay niyang paniniwala, patay na naman tayo.

This Noynoy should have learned from Obama's short lived "Change" slogan.

http://www.ratzingerfanclub.com/Obama/obamamania_3.jpg

Where is Obama now? Definitely not the messiah they were expecting.

Noynoy will be no different. There's nothing up there. He will use and re-use the MTPDP model started by Makoy, continued by Cory up to Arroyo.

Is there something new that he is actually offering us? Or a committee was already delegated to search for that? :D :D

salsa caballero
06-21-2010, 11:55 AM
As a Pinoy who's stuck it out in inang bayan and chosen to grow roots here instead of planting roots elsewhere, my own perspective is that we ought to give the guy a chance to succeed rather than write him off right away. The elections are over and focus should be on helping one another pick ourselves up. A lot rode on those elections, which explains the record turn-out. And now that the people have chosen their leaders, it's time to go about turning the promise of hope into reality.

The incoming cabinet will be a key determinant to success. "More of the same" will likely produce "more of the same" results as well, thus the generally acknowledged clamor for fresh, new faces. IF we get subjected to the same old trapos to fill in the vacated critical government positions, then we may be stuck in the same slippery slope. If we are somehow surprised with a nice" new faces-youth-old reliables" mix of government officials then we could be in for the beginning of true social progress. Change will likely not happen overnight though. There will, (hopefully), be no sudden, violent upheavals of the literal and/or figurative varieties. The expectation is for President Noy to provide the infrastructure and context for this change to occur. (Think the "building Rome in a day" and "journey of a thousand miles" adages for context.) In effect, if the campaign promises do not miscarry, it will be the next president (circa 2016) rather than this one, who will reap the PR benefits of reform. Meanwhile, as far as the incoming President's term is concerned, we should expect to see the most significant change to happen in the education sector -- apparently, P-Noy's pet advocacy. (Note the ongoing discussion on increasing the government funded pre-university education by two more years, in the context of educational competitiveness benchmarked against our SEA neighbors.) If Third World economists such as Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen are to be believed, this sector is where the greatest social impact is eventually felt in society. Sen, as you may be aware, has documented how higher literacy rates/educational attainment show direct co-relation with life expectancy, income, reduced birth rates, etc.

In any case, perhaps we should not be so rash as to judge P-Noy of having "nothing there". At least not yet. Support coupled with vigilance should be the civil society stance at this point. Note that other Presidents were given the favor of a hundred day honeymoon. The way some pundits are braying in the broadsheets and on the radio, a lesser man would probably not even be brave enough to take his oath. By the looks of it, P-Noy is definitely NOT a lesser man. :-)

Schortsanitis
06-21-2010, 07:18 PM
One thing I noticed about this Administration, is how its followers seem to be determined to quash any opposition against it this early. I saw this happen in one political forum I have been to, and now the administrator of one not-so-friendly to Noynoy Facebook site is complaining that pro-Noynoy groups are reporting the site to Facebook's Administrators, demanding that the site be put down.

I find this to be very amusing, mainly because the pro-Noynoy fans have been doing more criticisms, and much vulgar criticisms against GMA, but the GMA groups or fans have never sought to silence that criticism, engaging in debates instead.

Now that what the Noynoy fans have been doing to GMA is now being done against Noynoy, they go out and try to quash the opposition.

Kinda irritating, to say the least.

danny
06-21-2010, 10:25 PM
So what is Noynoy offering my people from all over the world? All of the same...give him one year.

I've seen this with Cory, Ramos, Erap and Gloria. Why would this guy be different. He is offering us nothing new.

danny
06-22-2010, 09:21 AM
I just came back from work (I work for an imperialist Bank :D).

It seems that it has become fashionable to question people's patriotism based on some moronic ethnic lines. Now even a person's chosen domicile will be an issue? Come on. Am I less a Filipino because of dual citizenship? ;)

Don't worry once my son starts university , I'll be staying 6 months in Makati , 6 months touring the world.

However, rest assured that the struggles I was involved during half of my life (both inside and outside the system) far exceed my own armchair prognostications.

Back to Noy.

Noynoy,

Your administration was set-up to fail. That's the genius of Gloria. You and the rest of your believers were already outsmarted (you seem to have trouble within your ranks already). You don't have the balls to push this country into open conflict when necessary because your family and friends have more to lose if we are going to democratize this land. You are a reactionary to say the least.

And please do not listen to that doble kara clerico-fascist supporter (and his partner) of Gloria in the NSC. ;D

Prove me wrong.

Sam Miguel
06-24-2010, 10:00 AM
Dear Noynoy,

I think Danny needs to become your next Executive Secretary.

Love,
Sam

danny
07-03-2010, 02:45 PM
Dear Noynoy,

I think Danny needs to become your next Executive Secretary.

Love,
Sam


Nahuli mo! Nabibili din ako. Peti-b kasi. ;)

tigerman
07-03-2010, 09:44 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Kahanga-hanga ang iyong desisyon na 'wag gumamit ng wangwang o lumabag sa batas trapiko pero hindi ba kelangan din lumabag diyan sa ilang pagkakataon? Kagaya nga ng pahayag ng isang dating BSP opisyal, masasayang ang oras kung palagi kang mahuhuli sa mga kelangan mong puntahan.

abcdef
07-04-2010, 12:19 AM
Dear Noynoy,

I admire your no "wangwang" policy. . . . Thats good and I hope everyone will follow suit. Keep it up!

danny
07-04-2010, 04:48 AM
Noy,

Mag-ingat ka sa dalawang ito. ;)


http://www.uniffors.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/intengan.jpg

Sam Miguel
07-06-2010, 10:23 AM
^^^ Dear Noynoy,

You can find the priest in the Loyola Heights campus hiding in the Social Sciences cluster.

I think the other one is now somewhere in the fifth circle of Dante's little playground.

Sam Miguel
07-07-2010, 12:06 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Edwin Lacierda will be the death of this Administration. Aantayin mo pa ba?

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
07-09-2010, 10:08 AM
Dear Noynoy,

It is UAAP Opening Day tomorrow, please wear blue when you go to the Big Dome. And keep an eye on that Gordon fellow.

Love,
Sam

Sam Miguel
07-19-2010, 03:06 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Blaming the weatherman for the weather is Homeric. As in Simpson.

Love,
Sam

shyboy
07-19-2010, 08:08 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Mababaw ang wang-wang mo. I'd rather you deal with the real nuisances of our daily road life; the buses, jeeps, tricycles, taxis. Kapag napatanggal mo yang mga barumbadong mga driver sa kalye kahit binoto ka nila, bilib na ako sayo. Baka kasi tulog ka na naman sa loob ng kotse mo kaya di mo nakikita.

oca
07-19-2010, 11:43 PM
...don't take it literally, ang "walang wang-wang", ay di lang tumutukoy sa sirena.

Schortsanitis
07-20-2010, 07:34 AM
Dear Noynoy,
Good luck on your blamestorming ... I mean "SONA" pala, "SONA", sorry. LOL

Schortsanitis

LION
07-20-2010, 08:23 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Mababaw ang wang-wang mo. I'd rather you deal with the real nuisances of our daily road life; the buses, jeeps, tricycles, taxis. Kapag napatanggal mo yang mga barumbadong mga driver sa kalye kahit binoto ka nila, bilib na ako sayo. Baka kasi tulog ka na naman sa loob ng kotse mo kaya di mo nakikita.


I agree. The no wang-wang policy is ok but it is so shallow. More of a publicity and PR stunt to make him more popular.

The wang-wang owners have responded so well and many of them have voluntarily removed their wang-wangs as a sign of their willingness to follow his example. Now, what about the drivers of buses, jeepneys, tricycles and pedicabs who have virtually converted every street corner into their private garage and parking lots? Ano ang gagawin mo sa kanila, P-Noy? Tingin ko wala, kasi takot ka sa kanila eh. Maraming boto yun at sigurado akong ayaw mong magalit sila sa yo. Bad for your public image.

MonL
07-20-2010, 08:30 AM
'Noy,

Nasasapawan ka nanaman ng iyong bunsong kapatid.

"Let them have their privacy" daw, eh panay naman ang labas ng balita ng kaniyang matalik na kaibigan.

Kung walang dumadaldal, walang gulo.
Tapos.

LION
07-20-2010, 08:44 AM
Ah si Tourism Secretary Boy Abunda ba? ;D Pag naging Tourism Secretary yan siguradong lahat ng sikreto na Malacanang eh ilalabas sa programa niya. Exclusibo!!!!! ;D

danny
07-20-2010, 03:04 PM
'Noy,

Nasasapawan ka nanaman ng iyong bunsong kapatid.

"Let them have their privacy" daw, eh panay naman ang labas ng balita ng kaniyang matalik na kaibigan.

Kung walang dumadaldal, walang gulo.
Tapos.





Ang dadaldal ano? Parang si Apeng Daldal.

danny
07-20-2010, 03:08 PM
So, tuloy na uli ang pork barrel. Takot ka Noy sa mga Tongressman at Senatong? Malamang. :D

shyboy
07-20-2010, 03:37 PM
Dear Noynoy,
Good luck on your blamestorming ... I mean "SONA" pala, "SONA", sorry. LOL

Schortsanitis

Dear Noynoy,

Nabanggit lang naman ang SONA, pwede bang "State Of Noynoy Aquino" ang speech mo? We're oh so interested in your mental, psychological and physical state.

Shyboy

Joescoundrel
07-21-2010, 10:19 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Ano ang lasa ng soledad...?

shyboy
07-21-2010, 12:20 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Ano ang lasa ng soledad...?


Nasa "holding hands" phase pa lang kami. Strict mom and dad ko kahit wala na sila.

Noynoy

Schortsanitis
07-21-2010, 07:24 PM
Dear Noynoy,
Why are your followers orchestrating a campaign to remove all anti-Noynoy sites at Facebook? The "Ayaw Kong Maging Presidente si Noynoy" FB site had over 21k followers, and then suddenly it has gone missing.
I find this to be very hypocritical, as pro-Noynoy, anti-Gloria sites like that "Dear Gloria" site has not been put down. In fact, you never saw the pro-Gloria people orchestrate a campaign to SILENCE anti-Gloria sites.
What, 'ayaw ninyong gawin sa inyo, ang ginawa ninyo ke Gloria?' I find the inability of your side to put down much deserved criticisms to be very alarming. Very alarming, indeed.

Schortsanitis

tigerman
08-13-2010, 02:28 PM
Dear PNoy,

Akala ko ba walang dagdag buwis sa panahon ng administrasyon niyo? Ano na naman itong e-vat sa toll gate? Si Recto na may akda ng e-vat law ang nagsasabi na iligal ang gagawing pagpataw ng vat ng BIR sa slex.

Sa isang banda, maari bang pigilan mo ang 200% na pagtaas ng toll fees sa SLEX? Masyadong di makatarungan ang ganyang pagtaas.

Schortsanitis
08-24-2010, 08:24 AM
Dear Noynoy,
Saang butas ka ba nagtago nung pang ho hostage ni Rolando Mendoza, kaya di ka mahagilap ni Donald Tsang?

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Tsang repeatedly stressed that he failed to get in touch with Philippine President Benigno Aquino for a big part of the afternoon and regretted not being able to express his concerns personally. Tsang said the government has demanded that the Philippines foreign ministry properly handle the aftermath.

He also called on all Hong Kong people in the Philippines to return home as soon as possible, adding that those who need help should contact the Immigration Department. Tsang said a special task force, led by the Secretary for Security, was set up "immediately" after news of the hijacking was received.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=11&art_id=102082&sid=29349239&con_type=1&d_str=20100824&fc=1


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

Schortsanitis
08-24-2010, 09:07 PM
Dear Noynoy,
Si Dr. Nilo ng PAGASA, di ba tinanggal sa puesto dahil sa kapalpakan sa pag report ng bagyo?
So, paano naman itong mga kapulisan natin, na nagdala ng napakatinding kahihiyan sa bansa? Tingin ko kung ano ginawa mo ke Nilo, dapat mo ding gawin sa PNP, dahil kung hindi, so unfair naman.


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

Sam Miguel
08-25-2010, 07:10 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Somebody has to be FIRED for how the Quirino Grandstand Hostage Crisis turned out, and at the top of that list should be the CO of the Manila SWAT, as well as the current Manila PD CO.

As correctly pointed out, this was a police matter, and in front of the whole world we showed how incompetent our police operations are. Anyayabang umasta kapag nanghuhuli ng motorista, umurong ang mga itlog at lumabas ang kabobohan dahil lang sa NAGIISANG hostage taker.

Tuwid na landas? Make an example of the top cops who FUBAR-ed this situation.

Love,
Sam

tigerman
08-25-2010, 12:34 PM
Dear PNoy,

Basahin mo itong mabuti ok?



All errors, no comedy

Jojo A. Robles

Indeed, one can understand the outrage in Hong Kong over the epic failure of the Manila police to act quickly and decisively against that lone ex-cop who held a busload of Hong Kong tourists hostage. It took 10 hours for the cops to decide on an assault, after which the SWAT team deployed to do the job had to sit around helplessly because they could not break into commandeered vehicle.

And they couldn’t do an Entebbe-style rescue because all they had were sledgehammers that couldn’t even bash the bus windows in and some rope they probably borrowed from that police officer who tortured that unfortunate naked man in the video. When they threw in tear gas canisters, they still couldn’t enter the bus because they had no gas masks; and they weren’t really excited to go in because they had no bulletproof vests to protect themselves from the hostage-taker’s assault rifle.

There was blame to be spread all the way to the top, as well. When Hong Kong administrator Donald Tsang, under pressure from his own constituents who were watching the Keystone Kops do their thing in Manila on television, tried to contact President Noynoy Aquino, he got the diplomatic equivalent of the recorded cellular phone message saying that the subscriber cannot be reached.

Aquino did try to mitigate the diplomatic damage early yesterday, visiting the shot-up bus and holding a pre-dawn press briefing nearly a day after the whole crisis began. But by then the Hong Kong Chinese and their officials were already hopping mad at Manila’s failure to update them on the situation as it was happening—and who holds press conferences before dawn anyway?

What was the President doing incommunicado for the entire duration of the hostage drama?

He was in the palace, just a short jeepney ride away from the Quirino Grandstand, administering the oath of office to a sister of one of his most powerful backers, who just happens to be the owner of one of the television stations that had preempted all of its programs to cover the crisis full-time.

If he had wanted to, the President could have taken a higher profile in the crisis, since it was not an ordinary police situation because foreign tourists were involved. At the very least, he could have told the sister of Gabby Lopez to ask her brother to tell ABS-CBN to stop airing the hostage-taking live so as not to hamper or jeopardize the operations of the police.

But he kept a very low profile and surfaced only when the coast seemed clear. If he had sent that self-important witch from the Commission on Human Rights to the scene of the hostage-taking as a negotiator, she would at least have kept the hostage-taker and his long-suffering captives in her “line of sight” at all times—and she would definitely shoo away any reporters who got to close to the scene.

In the brave light of the following day, when the hostage-taker had long died of a bullet to the head (whether self-inflicted or sniper-delivered is not yet clear), the officialdom from the President on down took charge. The usual departments wanted to know why the cops were incompetent and ill-equipped, were offering medical care and counseling to the hostages who survived and doing everything else they should have done the day before.

No wonder the Hong Kong authorities have decided to charter two Cathay Pacific jets to bring home the traumatized tourists from Manila. If they stayed here a little longer, perhaps they, too, would have been blamed eventually for what had happened.

* * *

The media, quite naturally, got its share of the blame for the deadly fiasco—and not just from irate prime-time telenovela fans and advertisers. Because they could not afford to miss out on the day’s biggest story, they descended on the scene in droves, including that annoying TV anchor with the error-prone staccato delivery who probably thought he was Tom Brokaw reporting from Sarajevo.

The media “uzis” did their job well, crowding out the cops and once more telegraphing the authorities’ strategy to the hostage-taker by arresting the brother of the hostage-taker, thus causing him to go postal and start shooting at his captives. By turning the hostage-taking that was initially about a dismissed cop who wanted to be reinstated into a media feeding frenzy, they bit the hostage-taker’s bait, the press probably ensured the rise of an entire slew of copycat events that are now already being planned out in the minds of the armed and mentally unstable among us.

But the media were acting on orders from their bosses, who didn’t want to lose the smallest fraction in the ratings game because they weren’t covering the event like their competitors.

Of course, the media workers (and all the rest who really had no business being at the scene) would not have gotten as obtrusively close as they did had the police cordoned off the area right away, probably all the way to Roxas Boulevard. That would have deprived the hostage-taker of his bully pulpit and allowed the police to use their sledgehammers—or their bare hands, if that was all they had—in relative quiet.

Yesterday, when the government had finally decided to emerge from its shell, there was a lot a hand-wringing about how the media was allowed free rein before, during and after the siege. But all the talk about “rules of engagement” and protocols for media won’t mean a thing unless the authorities put their foot down and cordon off areas where media should not go, so they won’t get in the way of a sensitive and difficult police operation.

The media will go where they are allowed to, in pursuit of a hot story. And if they cannot be trusted to exercise good judgment in their quest for that story, then the authorities will have to make the call for them.

* * *

As a postscript, we hope to see some heads roll in the aftermath of this bloody and embarrassing fiasco. If the President can fire the head of the weather bureau for incorrectly predicting the path of a typhoon, he can certainly demand the resignations of the people who failed to do their jobs in what is arguably an equally serious incident —or can he?

Of course, these people could also strap on an assault rifle and hold another busload of foreigners hostage just like the cashiered cop at the Luneta. But that’s a risk that we’d be willing to take, assuming we’ve learned anything from the events of last Monday.

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/i...2010/august/25



WTF!!!!

tigerman
08-25-2010, 01:13 PM
Dear PNoy,

This picture can paint a thousand words. ;D

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/tigerbj/2exq4o1.jpg

Schortsanitis
08-25-2010, 07:06 PM
Dear Noynoy,
Bakit panay ang ismid, at ngiti mo duon sa presscon, at nung pumunta sa crime scene? Si Donald Tsang, mangiyak-ngiyak sa pangyayari sa harap ng publiko, habang ikaw, ismid ng ismid.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs376.snc4/45920_1416821021124_1250552627_31007994_3681257_n. jpg

http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv157/fil2007/2mfm7th.jpg

Mukhang hindi mo yata naiintindihan kung gaano katindi, at gaano ka seryoso ang sitwasyon. Kung medyo nalalabuan ka, I would suggest bisitahin mo ulit yung official na Facebook page mo, para makita mo kung paano ka pinapako sa crus ng mga Hong Kong nationals dun.


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

gfy
08-26-2010, 06:58 AM
Some comments:

1. The guy should have been taken out when he was in full view of the snipers.

2. Total blackout. The guy got agitated when he saw on the bus TV his brother was being manhandled. That's what the bus driver said. This ABS-CBN (Maria Ressa are you listening?) has been involved in so many stupid adventures for the sake of ratings. Remember Karen Davila in Sulu? And their reporter was interviewing a dying Ivan Padilla the alleged leader of a carjacking group. The public right to know bullshit.

3. Don't the inept people around Pnoy know who Donald Tsang is? Maybe he wanted to offer money to save the lives of the hostages. In fact that's what one woman hostage said. To hell with the morality of such action especially knowing the incompetence of our police. Ransoms are paid all the time even if they do not admit it. The effect on tourism is now going to be felt down to the tour guides and hotel staff who will be laid off.

LION
08-26-2010, 09:11 AM
Some comments:

1. The guy should have been taken out when he was in full view of the snipers.

2. Total blackout. The guy got agitated when he saw on the bus TV his brother was being manhandled. That's what the bus driver said. This ABS-CBN (Maria Ressa are you listening?) has been involved in so many stupid adventures for the sake of ratings. Remember Karen Davila in Sulu? And their reporter was interviewing a dying Ivan Padilla the alleged leader of a carjacking group. The public right to know bullshit.

3. Don't the inept people around Pnoy know who Donald Tsang is? Maybe he wanted to offer money to save the lives of the hostages. In fact that's what one woman hostage said. To hell with the morality of such action especially knowing the incompetence of our police. Ransoms are paid all the time even if they do not admit it. The effect on tourism is now going to be felt down to the tour guides and hotel staff who will be laid off.


That was Ces Orena.

Joescoundrel
08-26-2010, 09:55 AM
Dear Noynoy, The only people who should be apologizing for anything is the PNP. This is ON THEM, and ONLY ON THEM. I thought you were experts?.

Do not apologize to anybody for this incident. The Filipino nation did not all wake up that morning and then texted the psycho Mendoza to take a busload of tourists hostage. When acts of terrorism or other sensational crimes are perpetrated in other countries that result in the loss of lives of foreign nationals in that country, those countries do not bend over backwards to apologize.

We should take the same stance. I didn't hear the US asking for blood when that Korean student decided to gun down a couple of his fellow students in Virginia Tech a couple of years ago.

That was all the act of ONE MAN, and he should be held accountable for that act. The resultant FUBAR (as said by Boss Sam) however is all ON THE COPS.

FIRE the Manila SWAT CO and the Manila PD CO, WITHOUT BENEFITS. The Manila PD CO should be held in special account because he was even the ground commander.

oca
08-26-2010, 10:15 AM
Do away with the current set-up where every major city police command has its own SWAT Team. Meron SWAT ang Manila, meron ang Makati...Mandaluyong...Pasay...San Juan, etc.

Too many teams with meager resources to share. Even without the benefit of hindsight from Tuesdays's tragic event, one could ask, "What kind of training these teams get with the limited resources they have?"

Better that SWAT teams be formed according to what is geographically practical and convenient, and not according to political boundaries where city commands are determined. Instead of a SWAT team for every city in the NCR, have one SWAT team for the whole of NCR instead. You can have at least 3 squads, bawat isa ay nakatalaga sa isang 8-hr shift sa isang araw.

Bigyan mo yan ng sariling headquarters sa loob ng Crame, and the whole of NCR is easily accessible. Kahit nga sa mga lalawigan ng Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna at Rizal ay madaling ma-de-deploy ang unit na yan.

Mas mabibigyan ng tamang pondo ang ganyang set-up at makakakuha ng tamang training ang bumubuo ng team. Ang Police Force natin ay isang National Command, di kailangan maging "city-based" ang pagbuo ng special units.

In just 2 days after that tragic event, napurga na ako sa dami na commentaryo sa nangyari- sa diario, radyo at tv. Pati sa mga usap-usapan sa bangketa, sa trabaho at sasakyan.

All criticisms and hardly any concrete and doable suggestions to address the ineptness and inefficiency that we all witnessed.

SWAT is a special unit that is supposed to get specialized training. How do you address current problems in the current set-up taking into account the meager financial resources available? Increasing the funding would just increase the allocation to each city-based team, which still remains meager on a unit-per-unit basis.

Do away with the city-based SWAT teams!

The_Big_Cat
08-26-2010, 10:36 AM
The hostage taker was from Manila Police. The unit in charge of that crisis was the Manila Police. Maybe they should have let the other units of the PNP to lead the crisis since the hostage taker comes from the same unit who is handling the crisis.

If heads were to roll, it should start with Robredo (DILG secretary). Perhaps Vice President Binay (who initially wanted the DILG post) or former DILG secretary Ronnie Puno could have done a better job.

Sibakin si Robredo!

LION
08-26-2010, 10:45 AM
Diyos na mahabagin, kung ganun kahina ang SWAT, papano na lang mga ordinaryong pulis natin?

Mga walang kwenta. We have a rag tag PNP. Mga pulis patola. Mga pulis na nasa pansitan.

lekiboy
08-26-2010, 11:27 AM
Diyos na mahabagin, kung ganun kahina ang SWAT, papano na lang mga ordinaryong pulis natin?

Mga walang kwenta. We have a rag tag PNP. Mga pulis patola. Mga pulis na nasa pansitan.

kahit sabihin nating walang pondo, they could have done much much better.
i think the command was just so busy attending to their"livelihood"...

Ang sabi ng tatay ko dati ( retired enlisted man - military) - "Walang lugar ang mga magnanakaw sa serbisyo. Kaya nga serbisyo yan, di ka dapat umasa nang lamang pa sa kakainin ng pamilya mo. Kung ayaw mo, lumabas ka na lang sa serbisyo".

Alam na ng mga opisyal ang mga problema dati pa...hindi lusot na sabihin na walang pondong binigay o pinabayaan ng dating nakaupo...hintay balato lang talaga ang mga taong ganito. Huwag natin kalimutan- "ang magnanakaw ay kapatid ng sinungaling"

LION
08-26-2010, 11:52 AM
Pare sa airsoft team ninyo subukan ninyo i-simulate yung hostake taking incident. ;D

MonL
08-26-2010, 12:05 PM
The acronym SWAT suddenly had many meanings after that fiasco ,such as:

Sorry, Wala Akong Training
Sugod, Wait, Atras, Takbo
Sana Wag Ako Tamaan

and a lot more, none of them ego-boosting. :P

lekiboy
08-26-2010, 12:21 PM
Pare sa airsoft team ninyo subukan ninyo i-simulate yung hostake taking incident. ;D


haha- ilang beses na naming nagawa yan tol... the key things are speed and distraction. :) - walang negotiation and always, the snipers are looking for a clean shot.

may hits sa hostage sometimes pero di 10...3 to 5 lang in a group of 20. anyways, iba siyempre pa rin ang real bullets.

masyadong matagal ang imbestogasyon...Noynoy should be firing all the top brass of MPD together with the DILG and NCRPO head...larong buko yung dalawa.


i saw the DPWH sec smiling in a TV inetrview about the incident- tatawa-tawa pa...kugdi ba naman KSp etong EMO na to. tsk...

yungha
08-26-2010, 12:51 PM
^ speaking of snipers, the bullets that took mendoza down were MP4 bullets. i'm not knowledgeable about firearms but isn't the MP4 an assault rifle? di ba dapat longer range rifles ang ginagamit ng mga sniper?

Joescoundrel
08-26-2010, 01:16 PM
^ Then that means one of the SWAT guys must've done in Mendoza, because the M4 is the weapon of the SWAT guys. The Snipers use the venerable M1A1 M-14, something even the US Navy SeALS and USMC Force Recon use for sniping.

lekiboy
08-26-2010, 01:27 PM
^ Then that means one of the SWAT guys must've done in Mendoza, because the M4 is the weapon of the SWAT guys. The Snipers use the venerable M1A1 M-14, something even the US Navy SeALS and USMC Force Recon use for sniping.


the standard M-16 and the m4a1 carries 5.56x45mm NATO ammo. It can come from Mendoza's M4A1/m16 or from the assault team members... further ballistics test can confirm who shot who...pag may 9mm bullets sa victims, yare ang mga lespu...i think the side arm of mendoza was a .45 cal pistol

as for the snipers, the usual weapon of choice in the PNP/ phil military is the M14 carrying a 7.62x51mm ammo but i saw a pic of a sniper overlooking the bus. he was using an SPR on an M16/m4 platform...SPR stands for Special Purpose Rifle. Pwede din kasi na 5.56mm NATO ginamit with a long barrel and scope - which is still within range (less than 300 yards) since the bus is not that far..

LION
08-26-2010, 02:55 PM
Dapat kasi binuhusan na lang ng Malabanan yung loob ng bus. Ewan ko lang kung di tumakbo palabas si mendoza nakataas pa mga kamay.

lekiboy
08-26-2010, 03:07 PM
personally, i think the rootcause was poor crowd ( including the media) control. mendoza was releasing hostages during the early part of the crisis so there was no reason for the snipers to take him out. looking at the process, the negotiators were getting what they want and there was still no fatality. it was only when he "allegedly" saw the arrest of his kins that triggered the shooting spree. something may have snapped inside the head of the ex-police officer.

may chance pa sana after that spree, the negotiator ( though very risky) could have walked near the entrance and talked to mendoza... that could have presented a clear shot for the snipers. sayang....

back to the topic: Noynoy, sibakin mo na lahat ng ground officers and the MPD head together with your DILG sec...sibakin mo din lahat ng nagpa picture na policemen and SOCO sa crime scene...sama mo na yung DSWD sec mo na mukhang may TILILING!

Schortsanitis
08-26-2010, 05:49 PM
Dear Noynoy,

It is NOT true that the Philippines do not have good, anti-terrorist capability. We have.

It comes in the form of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), and the Light Reaction Battalion. Those two units have more than adequate training and equipment for anti-terrorist operations. Here are their links at Wikipedia:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Reaction_Battalion_(Philippines)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Action_Force

So, ang tanong: Bakit yung Manila Pulpol District (MPD) ang pinanguna sa krisis na ito, knowing na napaka high profile ng insidenteng ito, at me mga foreigners na kasangkot?

Please paki sagot, Your Excellency.


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

Schortsanitis
08-31-2010, 07:11 AM
Dear Noynoy,
Bakit kinailangan pang gumawa ng panibagong "Elite Strike Force to deal with Hostage Taking", habang nandiyan na naman ang PNP-SAF at LRB?
Naiintindihan ko kung gusto mong palabasin na walang kapabilidad ang Pilipinas sa ganyang mga sitwasyon, kesa naman ma highlight na meron nga, di lang ginamit ng gobyerno mo. Pero ang paglikha ng bagong Elite Special Force na naman sa PNP ay aksaya sa pera ng taumbayan dahil kinakailangan itong bigyan ng panibagong budget at panibagong equipment.
At isa pa: Ano mangyayari ngayon sa PNP-SAF at LRB? Magiging wala na silang silbi, o magiging "redundant" dahil ang focus at mga trabaho ay mapupunta sa bagong "Elite Strike Force" mo.


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

mangtsito
08-31-2010, 10:07 AM
Dear Noy,

Congratulations for being the #1 draft pick in the 2010 PBA draft!!! ;D

BedanRoar
08-31-2010, 07:03 PM
Dear Mr. President,

This is a lesson for you. Next Time, be on top of the situation especially if the whole world is watching an event in our Country!

A concern (frustrated) Citizen.

salsa caballero
08-31-2010, 07:15 PM
Dear Noy,

Still believe in you. As the lawfully elected president with less than a hundred days in office, you definitely deserve our support. I look forward to your eventual success.

Nakikiisa,
Salsa caballero

jiggerman04
08-31-2010, 07:17 PM
Dear Noy,

Malapit ka na mag 100 days. Mukhang wala pa tayong marereport ah. Parang nung nasa Congress and Senate lang. ;D

oca
09-01-2010, 10:14 AM
Dear Noynoy,
Bakit kinailangan pang gumawa ng panibagong "Elite Strike Force to deal with Hostage Taking", habang nandiyan na naman ang PNP-SAF at LRB?
Naiintindihan ko kung gusto mong palabasin na walang kapabilidad ang Pilipinas sa ganyang mga sitwasyon, kesa naman ma highlight na meron nga, di lang ginamit ng gobyerno mo. Pero ang paglikha ng bagong Elite Special Force na naman sa PNP ay aksaya sa pera ng taumbayan dahil kinakailangan itong bigyan ng panibagong budget at panibagong equipment.
At isa pa: Ano mangyayari ngayon sa PNP-SAF at LRB? Magiging wala na silang silbi, o magiging "redundant" dahil ang focus at mga trabaho ay mapupunta sa bagong "Elite Strike Force" mo.


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis


Sa pagkakalam ko, ang mga binannggit mong units ay merong "military orientation", kahit pa nasa ilalim sila ng command ng PNP. Kung tama pagkakaalala ko, most prominent operation nila ay yung sa Manila Pen.

Marami na akong nakasalamuhang military, they would never want to get involve in any "police matter" activity. Di daw nila forte yan.

Not that I'm oversimplifying the matter, but the "military contingent" within the PNP was created to address the persistent threats from the messianic tendencies from the military. The Manila Pen incident proves how relevant a "military contigent" within the PNP is.

Now, to use this same unit in a police matter like this Mendoza hostage taking, is imo, inappropriate.

Pero, nagtatalo pa rin ang kalooban ko sa paglikha ng panibagong "strike force". Kung gagawa ng bago, pero di naman bubuwagin ang mga SWAT Units na naka-base sa mga lungsod, redundant lang yan at dagdag gastos.

Buwagin ang mga SWAT Units na tinutukoy ko at bumuo ng totoong elite strike force that will serve a larger geographical area. Mas viable yan, imo. You are able to focus your resources in one unit that will serve the very same political boundaries.

Isa pa, yang SWAT Units sa mga lungsod, politica ang kalakaran para ma-assign dyan. Pero ibang topic na yan. ;)

gfy
09-01-2010, 10:16 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Maganda yun mga ginagawa mo. Wala ng palakasan (wangwang). Tipid sa gastos (cancellation of the trip to Vietnam and Indonesia). Tinututukan mo yun mga garapal na suweldo at perks ng mga GOCCs na yan (mabuti pa mga driver sa MWSS pwede mag car loan). Abolition of some agencies. At iba pa.

Ang ayusin mo na rin ay yun three-headed monster na sina Carandang, Lacierda at Coloma. Magulo yan.

At di naman masama kung magpakita ka sa taong bayan na ikaw ang presidente from time to time (gaya nung hostage-taking). Yun lang po.

LION
09-01-2010, 11:07 AM
From Manila's Finest to Manila's Funniest.

Schortsanitis
09-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Sa pagkakalam ko, ang mga binannggit mong units ay merong "military orientation", kahit pa nasa ilalim sila ng command ng PNP. Kung tama pagkakaalala ko, most prominent operation nila ay yung sa Manila Pen.

Marami na akong nakasalamuhang military, they would never want to get involve in any "police matter" activity. Di daw nila forte yan.

Not that I'm oversimplifying the matter, but the "military contingent" within the PNP was created to address the persistent threats from the messianic tendencies from the military. The Manila Pen incident proves how relevant a "military contigent" within the PNP is.

Now, to use this same unit in a police matter like this Mendoza hostage taking, is imo, inappropriate.

Pero, nagtatalo pa rin ang kalooban ko sa paglikha ng panibagong "strike force". Kung gagawa ng bago, pero di naman bubuwagin ang mga SWAT Units na naka-base sa mga lungsod, redundant lang yan at dagdag gastos.

Buwagin ang mga SWAT Units na tinutukoy ko at bumuo ng totoong elite strike force that will serve a larger geographical area. Mas viable yan, imo. You are able to focus your resources in one unit that will serve the very same political boundaries.

Isa pa, yang SWAT Units sa mga lungsod, politica ang kalakaran para ma-assign dyan. Pero ibang topic na yan. ;)


* The LRB is part of the AFP, they have the training, and equipment to do the job. If they say they do not want to get involved in police matters, then okay, but how do you define what is "police matter", and what is "non-police matter?" That should be clearly defined, so people will know what to do next time, and not be left scratching their heads when a situation arises.

* However, the SAF is CLEARLY part of the PNP. I don't think it inappropriate for the SAF to do the hostage situation. As I said, they have the counter-terrorism (i.e., that includes hostage-taking scenarios, etc.) training and equipment to do the job.

* The problem really was a lack of leadership on the part of this government. There was nobody high enough to assess the situation, and make critical decisions. For example, nobody was there to assess if the MPD SWAT was using the correct, similar bus to practice with.

* Also, everybody knows that the whole world was watching, and what the consequences are if we bungle the job. From there, a higher up could've decided to use the best resources available. Even if the me jurisdiction iyan ng PNP, alam mo na ilang oras ng nakatutok ang CNN dyan, so definitely a COMPETENT leadership could've said, 'teka, manigurado na tayo. Yung SAF o LRB na ang gamitin natin.'

* Reports say that it was Mayor Alfredo "Alzheimer's" Lim who insisted to leave out the SAF, and that "Manila's Finest" conduct any assault operation, so they will get the credit and "glory". 'Kaya ayan, na "glory" tuloy ang buong Pilipinas ..."

lekiboy
09-01-2010, 12:37 PM
* There was nobody high enough to assess the situation, and make critical decisions. For example, nobody was there to assess if the MPD SWAT was using the correct, similar bus to practice with.



meron, brad- mali nga lang yung assesment :)...ginawang gung-ho - "bahala na si batman" approach..

oca
09-02-2010, 12:49 AM
Sa pagkakalam ko, ang mga binannggit mong units ay merong "military orientation", kahit pa nasa ilalim sila ng command ng PNP. Kung tama pagkakaalala ko, most prominent operation nila ay yung sa Manila Pen.

Marami na akong nakasalamuhang military, they would never want to get involve in any "police matter" activity. Di daw nila forte yan.

Not that I'm oversimplifying the matter, but the "military contingent" within the PNP was created to address the persistent threats from the messianic tendencies from the military. The Manila Pen incident proves how relevant a "military contigent" within the PNP is.

Now, to use this same unit in a police matter like this Mendoza hostage taking, is imo, inappropriate.

Pero, nagtatalo pa rin ang kalooban ko sa paglikha ng panibagong "strike force". Kung gagawa ng bago, pero di naman bubuwagin ang mga SWAT Units na naka-base sa mga lungsod, redundant lang yan at dagdag gastos.

Buwagin ang mga SWAT Units na tinutukoy ko at bumuo ng totoong elite strike force that will serve a larger geographical area. Mas viable yan, imo. You are able to focus your resources in one unit that will serve the very same political boundaries.

Isa pa, yang SWAT Units sa mga lungsod, politica ang kalakaran para ma-assign dyan. Pero ibang topic na yan. ;)


* The LRB is part of the AFP, they have the training, and equipment to do the job. If they say they do not want to get involved in police matters, then okay, but how do you define what is "police matter", and what is "non-police matter?" That should be clearly defined, so people will know what to do next time, and not be left scratching their heads when a situation arises.

* However, the SAF is CLEARLY part of the PNP. I don't think it inappropriate for the SAF to do the hostage situation. As I said, they have the counter-terrorism (i.e., that includes hostage-taking scenarios, etc.) training and equipment to do the job.

* The problem really was a lack of leadership on the part of this government. There was nobody high enough to assess the situation, and make critical decisions. For example, nobody was there to assess if the MPD SWAT was using the correct, similar bus to practice with.

* Also, everybody knows that the whole world was watching, and what the consequences are if we bungle the job. From there, a higher up could've decided to use the best resources available. Even if the me jurisdiction iyan ng PNP, alam mo na ilang oras ng nakatutok ang CNN dyan, so definitely a COMPETENT leadership could've said, 'teka, manigurado na tayo. Yung SAF o LRB na ang gamitin natin.'

* Reports say that it was Mayor Alfredo "Alzheimer's" Lim who insisted to leave out the SAF, and that "Manila's Finest" conduct any assault operation, so they will get the credit and "glory". 'Kaya ayan, na "glory" tuloy ang buong Pilipinas ..."



No offense pare, most of what you have wrote is hindsight.Tulad din ng karamihan, napakalinaw ng hindsight.

oca
09-02-2010, 09:37 AM
Kung bubuo nga ng bagong "Elite Strike Force", dapat buwagin ang lahat ng SWAT Units sa mga lungsod dito sa NCR.

Magulo at baka magkakabastusan lang pag may "city-SWAT" ka, tapos may isang Elite Unit under a higher command.

Ano ibig kong sabihin?

Kung may situation sa isang lungsod na kailangan ng "special unit", sino ang ipapadala mo? Ano batayan mo para ipadala sino?

Unang rumesponde si "city-SWAT", jurisdiction nila yan. Kung nagdevelop ang situation at may humirit na yung Elite Strike Force na lang ang gamitin, basta-bata mo na lang ba huhugutin out of the scene yung "city-SWAT". Kahihiyan yun para sa "city-command". Kung una naman rumesponde yung Elite Strike Force, di kaya magtanong ang tao nasan yung SWAT?

To create a new Elite Strike Force under a higher command and maintain the "city-SWAT units" is, imo, redundant. It will be a waste of resources to have that set-up.

Schortsanitis
09-04-2010, 07:52 AM
No offense pare, most of what you have wrote is hindsight.Tulad din ng karamihan, napakalinaw ng hindsight.


No offense taken.

The way I see it, it doesn't take an expert to see just how screwed up that hostage-taking incident turned out to be.

For example: The assaulting SWAT didn't seem to have a Plan B, or Plan C when they did the assault. If they did, then why the hell did it take them a full hour to go to another plan, when their initial assault failed?

Talking about the experts, here are their views on the incident:
- http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_570103.html
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11069616

About the PNP-SAF and LRB, here are the news reports that show that both were able, and willing to provide support. They just weren't asked. The PNP-SAF were even reportedly in the crime scene:
- http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/topstories/topstories/view/20100826-288906/AFP-elite-team-offered-for-hostage-crisis-but-never-used----spokesman
- http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=606521&publicationSubCategoryId=63&newsalert

Schortsanitis
09-04-2010, 08:11 AM
Dear Noynoy,
I know you've been President for only three months, but all I can say is that, just like the President of a large corporation, the people put there are expected to be willing and capable already.
You don't put a person in charge of San Miguel Corporation, for example, and say, "give him time, say, a year for an On-the-Job-Training, or OJT". You're supposed to put there the most capable, most experience available.
The Philippines can be likened to a big company like SMC, and the job is even more demanding, because you have to deal with politics, in an overpopulated third world country.


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

oca
09-05-2010, 01:02 AM
No offense pare, most of what you have wrote is hindsight.Tulad din ng karamihan, napakalinaw ng hindsight.


No offense taken.

The way I see it, it doesn't take an expert to see just how screwed up that hostage-taking incident turned out to be.

For example: The assaulting SWAT didn't seem to have a Plan B, or Plan C when they did the assault. If they did, then why the hell did it take them a full hour to go to another plan, when their initial assault failed?

Talking about the experts, here are their views on the incident:
- http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_570103.html
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11069616

About the PNP-SAF and LRB, here are the news reports that show that both were able, and willing to provide support. They just weren't asked. The PNP-SAF were even reportedly in the crime scene:
- http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/topstories/topstories/view/20100826-288906/AFP-elite-team-offered-for-hostage-crisis-but-never-used----spokesman
- http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=606521&publicationSubCategoryId=63&newsalert






Moving forward, the development I am monitoring in the news and very much interested in are---

1) Itutuloy ba nila ang pagbuo ng bagong elite unit?

2) What will they do with the "city-SWAT" vis-a-vis the formation of a new elite unit under a higher command?

gfy
09-05-2010, 09:06 AM
I hope the hearings by de Lima will come up with guidelines and recommendations re hostage-taking and other crisis situations. I hope they will come up with legislation covering the media. For example, I don't see why several media people should be allowed to talk to the hostage-taker. Lalong gugulo yan. Dapat may punishment yan. And I don't think that's limiting freedom of the press.

Joescoundrel
09-06-2010, 02:33 PM
Dear Noynoy, congrats to the PNP for nailing that Aby Sayyaf motherf---er, hopefully it will be the first of many more to come.

Schortsanitis
09-06-2010, 04:28 PM
Moving forward, the development I am monitoring in the news and very much interested in are---

1) Itutuloy ba nila ang pagbuo ng bagong elite unit?

2) What will they do with the "city-SWAT" vis-a-vis the formation of a new elite unit under a higher command?





After the initial announcement of the creation of an "Elite Hostage-Taking Strike Force", there has been no further details about it from Noynoy. To be fair, I think they are waiting for the results of the ongoing investigations, before deciding anything final.

gfy
09-09-2010, 10:58 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Good intentions and goals are not enough. One must have MANAGEMENT and LEADERSHIP skills. You should read Alex Magno's column today and not Esposo's. You appointed Puno to be in-charge of police (conflict of interest since he was or still is a supplier to PNP) and people are blaming Robredo for the fiasco. Since it was Puno already handling the crisis, Robredo understandably took a back seat. If I were you, I'd fire Puno immediately but wait he's your buddy pala. Mahirap din yun mga overlapping functions and responsibilities gaya din nina Coloma, Lacierda at Carandang.

No need to shame Robredo by saying he's on probation blah blah blah. He graduated from DLSU, took his Master's at UP and Harvard. Although I may have had disagreements with him (we're both from Naga) on certain matters, I know him to be a very hardworking guy. Everytime I went to the Mayor's office to see him, he was alway meeting with local leaders trying to solve problems in their areas.

Owning up to the mistake does not solve the problem. It is more than that. It is managing, anticipating and leading the way. I hope for our sake you can do that in the years to come.

Schortsanitis
09-09-2010, 06:22 PM
"Kabarkada is thicker than competence?"

Whatever happened to, "... From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation… to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good ..."

Sam Miguel
09-10-2010, 01:03 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Raising the fares on the MRT and LRT should be done only when there is full disclosure how much they are making from all the advertising on the trains, in the trains, at the stations, along the outside guards of the rails, and the posts holding up the rails, as well as all the concessionaires and other stalls renting space in LRT and MRT facilities. I can imagine that winds up to a very pretty penny, or heck even millions f dollars (converted already).

You see the thing that stinks about the idea of raising train fares is not that it should be forever blindly sudsidized by the state. It is that this fare hike comes because supposedly the LRT and MRT is losing money and the government can no longer afford to give them subsidies. Since we are talking about money, it would be good to know how much money the LRT and MRT are making off the advertising.

I once tried to advertise there and I was sticker-shocked and awed by the price of putting a simple tarpaulin banner in one station. I can only imagine how much major corporations like Samsung are shelling out just to see their ads in, on, around the MRT and LRT facilities. For that matter how much are the Hong Kong Fried Noodles guys shelling out just to hawk their grub at the stations?

If you don't want to tell us the full and honest truth about this, then don't raise the goddam fares.

Love,
Sam

Kid Cubao
09-10-2010, 03:22 PM
No need to shame Robredo by saying he's on probation blah blah blah.

noynoy said that?!? holy sh!t, kung ako ang sinabihan nyan, i won't stay a minute longer from my post. way to go, president aquino. just what secretary robredo needs.

gfy
09-10-2010, 05:15 PM
^ In effect that's what he said. That Robredo's style is different from his and that they may not be able to work together. I read that the cause was Robredo's scheduling of many meetings with local leaders during the campaign which exhausted Pnoy who wanted a more relaxed campaign schedule.

His problem now is Robredo has many supporters in the LP i.e. Roxas faction.

Pnoy should also read Boo Chanco's column today in Phil. Star re being careful with what he says e.g. that the hostage incident would soon be forgotten in 2 or 3 years and that it was laughable and not that grave. Ang dami kasi sinabi ni Pnoy about Robredo na di naman dapat sabihin pa sa press. Problema niya sinasabi niya ang nasa isip niya kaagad or he could have said it in a better way kumbaga. Like the Angue case. Sinabi niya na siya ang boss ng Armed Forces at siya ang masusunod. Of course totoo yun pero he could have made the point in a less adversarial way. He should not also have mentioned the HK "insulting" letter. Para ano pa, imo, kung pinapalampas niya naman. Isip-isip muna bago magsalita please.

bchoter
09-11-2010, 01:26 AM
PNoy, those who hate you are those who cant wait to see you fail. I hope these people look themselves in the eye when they face the mirror.

danny
09-11-2010, 02:57 AM
Aquino is bound to fail. His presidency was set-up for failure. Do not expect any radical change.

But first,can someone post the targets of this administration at the end of it's term?

Gloria saiid we will be a newly industrialized country by now. That failed. Tabako spoke of the same via leapfrogging concept introduced by Dr. Taliisayon/Jo Al, coupled with demolishing the Oligarchy. That was also a failure.

For this admin, what are the targets at the end of his term?

GDP/GNP

Per Capita Income

Ginni Coeffiiecent

Unemployment Rate

etc.

Ilatag muna natin ang atin batayn. Ano ba inaasahan natin kay Noy Noy at ano nga uli ang kanyang ipinagako na may datos at hindi lang "motherhood statement"?


Sagutin mo ako Noy Noy, ano ba plano mo? Tulad din ba ng kay Cory, Eddie, Joseph at Gloria?

salsa caballero
09-11-2010, 12:31 PM
PNoy, those who hate you are those who cant wait to see you fail. I hope these people look themselves in the eye when they face the mirror.


Dear P-noy,

Kung may "like" Lang dito na parang sa FB napindot ko na. Sang-ayon ako kay manong!

Your boss,
SC

gfy
09-11-2010, 01:38 PM
Dear Pnoy,

I want you to succeed so I am giving these pieces of unsolicited advice:

1. Since you are basically shy and laid-back and could not draw from a wealth of experience and knowledge like Bill Clinton, for example, you should consider appointing a strong Executive Secretary like D*ck Gordon or Gibo next year. A D*ck Gordon would have promptly recognized the gravity of the hostage incident.

2. Delegation is good but only if you choose the right people for the job. Why Usec Puno for example? Why Binay who has not done anything to build low-cost housing for Makati residents? (Hmmm I just read that Pag-ibig officials got condos from Globe Asiatique - sounds familiar). A country's leader is also not exactly the same as a company's CEO. He has to be seen and heard from time to time (of course not as much as Gloria though). He should be a take-charge guy when the going gets rough.

3. Corollary to #2, there should be clear definition of duties and responsibilities of the people you appoint and the positions they occupy. There should be someone who is in-charge and solely accountable.

4. Be careful with your choice of words when making comments. Saying that the hostage incident would soon be forgotten in 2-3 years because they are laughable and not that grave while HK is still grieving is insensitive to say the least.

5. There's not much you could do about it I suppose but it would be nice if you could look presidential. The time of the yellow ribbons on your Barong has long gone past. T-shirts are okay but only occasionally. And the smirk...

Going back to the hostage incident, a quick assessment would have revealed that the guy was heavily armed. But he wasn't asking for 20 million pesos plus a helicopter. Only justice in his case. Without commenting on the extortion thing, the guy was desperate - having been suspended without pay, the retirement benefits for which he worked for 28 years or so down the drain. As his case was still subject to appeal, a Pnoy after a few hours should have been advised that it was okay to reinstate him and this should have been relayed to the hostage-taker ASAP. As it was, the reinstatement letter was an hour late. And 8 innocent lives lost.

danny
09-12-2010, 02:33 AM
Dear Pres. Aquino,

Are you sure you want to keep Billy Esposo as your unofficial media propagandist? Like mother like son?

Teka. balik "cordon sanitaire" na ba tayo? Parang panahon ni Tita Cory. Out of touch ka na ba kaagad? Panahon din pala yun ni Billy Esposo kung hindi mo natatandaan. Partner uli ni Esposo ang mga Aquino. First the mother, the her son. :D

Sabi ni Billy, move on na. Huwag nating i-blame sarili natin masyado sa naganap na trahedya. Move on sabi ni wrecker boy. Hahahahahaha! Ibang klase din itong propagandista mo Noy. Tulad mo, ibang klase nga kayo. Tulad ng Mendiola Massacre ng Nanay mo, nakalimutan na. Ayos!

TruVerde
09-12-2010, 02:32 PM
'Jueteng' payoff bared

Retired bishop says Aquino aides get P2M monthly
By Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:19:00 09/12/2010

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100912-291760/Jueteng-payoff-bared

shyboy
09-13-2010, 10:54 AM
Dear Noynoy,

We don't hate you. You just have to prove wrong what we knew all along. ;D

shyboy
09-13-2010, 10:57 AM
But first,can someone post the targets of this administration at the end of it's term?


Walang corrupt, walang mahirap. Yun na raw yun. ;)

danny
09-14-2010, 09:24 AM
Noy,

Patay kang bata ka. Ang dami mo palang impinangako.

Someone just made an evaluation template based on your platform. Although I haven't scrutinized the validity of the template based on your original platform, it seems that you yourself created your own Waterloo.

Dude, this is not your mom's short-lived "revolutionary government" you are heading. It's more of the same. What were you thinking?

http://antipinoy.com/noynoy-truth-o-meter/

danny
09-14-2010, 09:28 AM
'Jueteng' payoff bared

Retired bishop says Aquino aides get P2M monthly
By Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:19:00 09/12/2010

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100912-291760/Jueteng-payoff-bared



Now this is really disturbing. Not!


Tita Cory was clean, yet the tentacles were dirty. More of the same.

Joescoundrel
09-16-2010, 10:41 AM
Dear Noynoy, nuod ka naman ng Final 4 natin versus Adamson sa Linggo, sige na, baka ikaw ang buenas... ;D

chiqui34
09-27-2010, 10:29 AM
Dear Noynoy,

We don't hate you. You just have to prove wrong what we knew all along. ;D


Yeah, even those publicity gimmickry of eating hotdogs don't wash. Can someone tell him there are SMART people in the Philippines? We do not want publicity, we want solutions, which your administration seems to have no effing idea how to solve.

Again, I have very low expectations, ang malas lang, ayoko din kay Binay. Waaaaahhhhh!!! :'(

tigerman
09-27-2010, 03:02 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Pagyayabang mo pa ang pagkain ng hotdog sa kalye eh titira ka din pala sa isang mamahaling restaurant kinagabihan.

Puro ka na lang "I'm better than GMA" PR stunts eh. Nakakainis na.

BedanRoar
09-27-2010, 06:34 PM
To Noynoy.

Let's start with the First Impression of Foreigners & Filipinos (Balik Bayans, OFW's, Business trips & Tourists), pag dating pa lang sa N.A.I.A ang dami ng racket ng Immigration, Customs, Stolen Shots na sisingilin ka ng $20 bawat kuha, mga Bagger na obligasyon mong bayaran at mga nangongontrata ng transpo na sobra ang taga (pwera pa yung hoholdapin ka)! Tapos, pag labas mo ng airport. Matinding traffic ng mga walang disiplinang Jeepney, Taxi, Tricylcle at VIP vehicles plus mga traffic enforcers na kaway ng kaway lang kahit alam nila ang sanhi ng traffic! Tapos bulok pa airport natin.

Pwera pa ang mga akala mo may picnic sa Parking Area dahil sa mga isang baranggay na naghahatid at sumasalubong (Ang kalat at nakakasikip)!

Dito pa lang, NAKAKAHIYA na tayo!

BedanRoar
09-27-2010, 06:40 PM
Sorry double post.

Anyway, ang point ko. Pag tungtong mo pa lang sa Pilipinas eh Stress ka na sa dami ng kalokohan!

danny
10-22-2010, 01:54 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Pagyayabang mo pa ang pagkain ng hotdog sa kalye eh titira ka din pala sa isang mamahaling restaurant kinagabihan.

Puro ka na lang "I'm better than GMA" PR stunts eh. Nakakainis na.


Pero mas magaling naman talaga siya kay GMA...mag-Wii at PS3! :D :D

O ano...si Fr. Intengan hindi mo hahabulin? Kasabwat yan ni GMA sa panloloko sa taumbayan. Pero mas matinik yang pareng yan. Niloloko na ang mga Pilipino, niloloko pa din niya mismo si Arroyo sa pagudyok sa militar na sumapi sa Partidong Pasista niya. Ayos! :D :D

salsa caballero
10-22-2010, 04:54 PM
Dear Noy,

Always knew you were a soc-dem at heart.

Love,
SC

PS- Nike WILL find a way to get the 3-peat shirt to you.

mighty_lion
10-22-2010, 05:09 PM
Dear PNoy - Kung ako ang tatanungin nyo, mas hot pa rin si Shalani.

kerouac82
10-22-2010, 05:24 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Pagyayabang mo pa ang pagkain ng hotdog sa kalye eh titira ka din pala sa isang mamahaling restaurant kinagabihan.

Puro ka na lang "I'm better than GMA" PR stunts eh. Nakakainis na.


Pero mas magaling naman talaga siya kay GMA...mag-Wii at PS3! :D :D

O ano...si Fr. Intengan hindi mo hahabulin? Kasabwat yan ni GMA sa panloloko sa taumbayan. Pero mas matinik yang pareng yan. Niloloko na ang mga Pilipino, niloloko pa din niya mismo si Arroyo sa pagudyok sa militar na sumapi sa Partidong Pasista niya. Ayos! :D :D



PDSP: A party that is anything but Democratic and Socialist.

danny
10-23-2010, 02:57 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Pagyayabang mo pa ang pagkain ng hotdog sa kalye eh titira ka din pala sa isang mamahaling restaurant kinagabihan.

Puro ka na lang "I'm better than GMA" PR stunts eh. Nakakainis na.


Pero mas magaling naman talaga siya kay GMA...mag-Wii at PS3! :D :D

O ano...si Fr. Intengan hindi mo hahabulin? Kasabwat yan ni GMA sa panloloko sa taumbayan. Pero mas matinik yang pareng yan. Niloloko na ang mga Pilipino, niloloko pa din niya mismo si Arroyo sa pagudyok sa militar na sumapi sa Partidong Pasista niya. Ayos! :D :D



PDSP: A party that is anything but Democratic and Socialist.


Clerico-fascists. No better than the Leninists. ;D

kerouac82
10-25-2010, 05:04 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Pagyayabang mo pa ang pagkain ng hotdog sa kalye eh titira ka din pala sa isang mamahaling restaurant kinagabihan.

Puro ka na lang "I'm better than GMA" PR stunts eh. Nakakainis na.


Pero mas magaling naman talaga siya kay GMA...mag-Wii at PS3! :D :D

O ano...si Fr. Intengan hindi mo hahabulin? Kasabwat yan ni GMA sa panloloko sa taumbayan. Pero mas matinik yang pareng yan. Niloloko na ang mga Pilipino, niloloko pa din niya mismo si Arroyo sa pagudyok sa militar na sumapi sa Partidong Pasista niya. Ayos! :D :D



PDSP: A party that is anything but Democratic and Socialist.


Clerico-fascists. No better than the Leninists. ;D




The Socialist International should've expelled them a long time ago :D

bchoter
10-25-2010, 10:43 PM
Dear PNOY,

I feel your frustration. Asan ang mga haters nung si Gloria ang naka upo? Aba'y ni walang Dear Gloria Dito nung umupo ang pandak... at umupo ulit...

Schortsanitis
10-26-2010, 08:47 AM
Dear P-Noy,
Pinangalandakan mo nung kampanya kung gaano ka kagaling, kung gaano ka kalinis, at kung gaano ka kaiba sa ibang kandidato, at kaiba ke Gloria. Ngayong nakaupo ka na, time to deliver on your promises, to "walk the talk", ika nga. Sana hindi ka lang all talk and talk and talk, dahil ang pagpapatakbo ng bansa ay hindi nadadala sa dada lamang ...


Truly Yours,


Schortsanitis

chiqui34
10-30-2010, 06:40 PM
Hayz, eto na naman. Your writer said Vietnam's streets are dangerous on her twitter account and your communications chuva is downplaying it and has been resolved. Tsk, tsk. Where's the LEADERSHIP here? I really can't feel it and oh, by the way, your denying Binay to be the caretaker of the country while you're away speaks volumes.

Ingat lang po. Pag maraming mainis, baka matulad kayo sa nanay nyo na sandamakmak na coup ang naranasan.

danny
10-31-2010, 07:52 AM
Hayz, eto na naman. Your writer said Vietnam's streets are dangerous on her twitter account and your communications chuva is downplaying it and has been resolved. Tsk, tsk. Where's the LEADERSHIP here? I really can't feel it and oh, by the way, your denying Binay to be the caretaker of the country while you're away speaks volumes.

Ingat lang po. Pag maraming mainis, baka matulad kayo sa nanay nyo na sandamakmak na coup ang naranasan.


Wine sucks pa nga daw.

WTF!

Ang ilang nga naman sa mga kababayan natin o. Sobra kahambugan e wala namang maipagmalaki kundi si Charice at PacMan.

Kumusta na ang hyper-capitalism ng Vietnman. Nilampaso na ang Pinas!

Etong groupie in Noynoy feeling... gobyerno ba ito?

t@ngin@, hindi ba nila nakita yung mga daga sa subway ng New York. Mga basura sa kalye ng New York? Wala atang ganung tweet ano? Amerika kasi. :D :D :D

danny
10-31-2010, 08:06 AM
Madaming supporters si Noy. Minority lang ang tumutuligsa. Habang kay Gloria hindi mo na kailangan ang thread dahil lahat ata galit kay pandak.

Revolving door lang po ang demkrasya sa Pinas. Sila sila yan. Ilang taon na ba tayong nagpalit ng pangulo? Ano ang bago kay NoyNoy? Wala.

Hindi tayong mga mamamayan ang magkakalaban. Ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas ay hindi para sa atin. Para yan sa kanila.

Asan na ang paguusig ni Noy Noy kay Gloria...anak ng puta? Ang bagal ng hustisya!

Joescoundrel
06-17-2011, 07:41 AM
Dear Noynoy, Ping De Jesus is gone, Mar Roxas is now an official cabinet man once more. How's Virgie Torres doing...?

Joescoundrel
07-25-2011, 02:26 PM
Dear Noynoy, SONA na naman, now what...?

LION
07-25-2011, 06:45 PM
The real SONA is what's happening everyday.

The "SONA" today is just a mandatory social event.

abcdef
07-27-2011, 04:28 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Kelan mo naging prof si Gng Escasa? Naging prof ko din cya eh pero bakit di ka natuto sa kanya. . . .

gfy
07-27-2011, 06:42 AM
Dear Nonoy,

Many of your kaklase and other Ateneans in your Cabinet are very qualified and have postgraduate degrees abroad and took huge pay cuts to join the government. Listen to them and don't pretend that you are better than them (so I heard). They are also unlike the other Ateneans in the previous Administration. >:(. It is your kabarilan you should be wary of. ;D. And your kamaganak...

Joescoundrel
07-27-2011, 02:15 PM
Dear Noynoy, it is now your second SONA and yet we have yet to see you at any of the Ateneo games at the Big Dome. Buti pa sina Butch Abad at Edwin Lacierda cortside pa in Game 2 versus FEU last year.

bigfreeze_bibby
08-02-2011, 02:40 PM
Dear Noynoy, it is now your second SONA and yet we have yet to see you at any of the Ateneo games at the Big Dome. Buti pa sina Butch Abad at Edwin Lacierda cortside pa in Game 2 versus FEU last year.


Papa Joe, wag nyo daw kasi intrigahin kung may kasama siyang date pag nanood sa Araneta hehehe.

Joescoundrel
08-05-2011, 02:13 PM
^ Basta ba hindi si Edwin Lacierda date niya, ok lang... ;D

shyboy
08-05-2011, 08:05 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Ang balita ko walang nangyayari sa mga departamento mo kundi mag-imbestiga ng anomalya ng dating administrasyon. Marami sa kanila ang naaasar na dahil parang walang direksyon ang pamamahala mo at ng mga nilagay mo sa posisyon. Mukhang tama nga ang hinala ng iba, di ka nga manloloko, ikaw naman ang niloloko. Wala ka nga gagawing di maganda, wala ka rin naman gagawing makakabuti para sa pangkalahatang mamamayang Pilipino.

bigfreeze_bibby
08-05-2011, 10:00 PM
^ Basta ba hindi si Edwin Lacierda date niya, ok lang... ;D


Bwahahaha ikaw nagsabi niyan ah? Pano kung si Ricky Carandang? Okay lang? Hehehe. ;D

bigfreeze_bibby
08-05-2011, 10:03 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Ang balita ko walang nangyayari sa mga departamento mo kundi mag-imbestiga ng anomalya ng dating administrasyon. Marami sa kanila ang naaasar na dahil parang walang direksyon ang pamamahala mo at ng mga nilagay mo sa posisyon. Mukhang tama nga ang hinala ng iba, di ka nga manloloko, ikaw naman ang niloloko. Wala ka nga gagawing di maganda, wala ka rin naman gagawing makakabuti para sa pangkalahatang mamamayang Pilipino.


Mukhang ganyan lang ata gagawin niya for six years e. Maghalungkat at maglinis ng kung ano mang dumi ang naiwan sa Malakanyang.

gfy
08-08-2011, 05:44 PM
Dear Noynoy.

You should read Boo Chanco's column in today's Philippine Star. Your class valedictorian, Dr. John Nye, has very good ideas, particularly on the political economy, and you should listen to him.

Please continue your crusade against all kinds of wangwangs and eradicate the culture of corruption in this country.

Our population is nearing 100 million while Thailand has only 67 million. Population management should be a priority.

And lastly, please do not sign the bill proposing to divide my province CAMSUR. Kalokohan lang yan na kuno it will hasten the development of the area. Waste of money at gusto lang ng mga politico dyan para meron nanaman paglagyan ang mga kamaganak nila bilang governor, congressmen and so forth. We have about 90 provinces already compared to Thailand's about 50 (?) provinces and Malaysia's about 13 states. Pero mas umuunlad sila.

LION
08-08-2011, 06:26 PM
Dear Noynoy.

You should read Boo Chanco's column in today's Philippine Star. Your class valedictorian, Dr. John Nye, has very good ideas and you should listen to him.

Please continue your crusade against all the wangwangs and eradicate the culture of corruption in this country.

Our population is nearing 100 million while Thailand has only 67 million. Population management should be a priority.

And lastly, please do not approve the bill proposing to divide my province CAMSUR. Kalokohan lang yan na kuno it will hasten the development of the area. Waste of money at gusto lang ng mga politico dyan para meron nanaman paglagyan ang mga kamaganak nila bilang governor, congressmen and so forth. We have about 90 provinces already compared to Thailand's about 50 (?) provinces and Malaysia's about 13 states. Pero mas umuunlad sila.


Speaking of wangwang. Tama lang na itigil na yan. Pero bakit naman wangwang lang ang nakikita? Bakit ba nagkaroon ng wangwang?

Dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga hinayupak na jeepney drivers, tricycle drivers, pedicab drivers at bus drivers na nakahambalang sa mga kalsada natin. To look only at wangwangs is an extreme act of stupidity. There's a big reason why wangwangs came into being.

Matuwid na daan, hindi makaraan dahil sa dami ng nakahambalang!!!

gfy
08-08-2011, 06:38 PM
^ Ang bagong wangwang sa second SONA ni Pnoy ay yun lahat na mga abuses, corruption and arrogance of power sa ating kultura ngayon. Pero I agree with you. Ang problema sa mga kalsada natin ay paradahan at tambayan ng lahat ng uri ng mga sasakyan. Ang kalsada ay daanan at di paradahan lalo na ang kikitid ng ating mga kalsada. Sa village na lang namin, naghihintayan ang mga sasakyan makadaan kasi ang daming nakaparada sa kalsada. In San Francisco, one cannot put up a house kung wala kang paradahan for two cars inside your property.

bigfreeze_bibby
08-08-2011, 07:02 PM
Speaking of which LION and gfy, pag binusinaan mo, sila pa galit sabay hampas or palo sa car mo hehehe. Ang galing di ba?! Sila na nga istorbo, sila pa galit. Saan ka pa?!

mighty_lion
08-08-2011, 08:01 PM
The goverment has been trying to cut the budget deficit by increasing tax collection, tight control on the budget and checking validity of spending. On paper, implementing check and control procedures to ensure goverment spending are legitimate is ideal. However that doesnt warrant delaying key goverment projects just to implement the most ideal check and control. I dont have the metrics but my impression is the economy is contracting at this stage due to significantly lower goverment spending. For example, PNoy administration has been delaying PPP projects and from looks of it, it will be further delayed to next year. Some construction companies who paid billions of taxes last year will have tax dues 50% less than what they paid for calendar year 2010. Same is true with industry but it may not be a reduction of that magnitude.

BIR should not be surprised if they are short with their tax collection this year. If BIR is projecting an increase in tax revenues to help reduce the budget deficit, they might as well be dreaming. I hope this will not result to undue pressure to BIR officials where to source their collections, and eventually push that pressure to private entities.

For some affected companies, they are trying to absorb the impact of contraction. But management and investors have their own limits too. Worst case is it may actually result to lay-off.

There's an optimal way how to handle economics. I hope they covered this quite well in their plan.

Joescoundrel
08-09-2011, 10:16 AM
Dear Noynoy, let's kill every jeepney driver who has been driving for 10 years or more. The longer you drive a jeepney the worse a jeepney driver you become. I propose we do the same with bus drivers.

If the families protest, kill all of them too.

You hit two birds with one stone: traffic and population.

LION
08-09-2011, 10:25 AM
Speaking of which LION and gfy, pag binusinaan mo, sila pa galit sabay hampas or palo sa car mo hehehe. Ang galing di ba?! Sila na nga istorbo, sila pa galit. Saan ka pa?!


Naghahanap buhay daw kasi sila e busina ka ng busina. Mag antay ka daw kita mong nag aabang pa ng pasahero e hahahaha.

lekiboy
08-09-2011, 12:07 PM
^ Ang bagong wangwang sa second SONA ni Pnoy ay yun lahat na mga abuses, corruption and arrogance of power sa ating kultura ngayon. Pero I agree with you.

kaya kapag pinapara ako ng traffic enforcer, sinasagasaan ko...ayun, talon sa tabi... buset!

Joescoundrel
08-09-2011, 12:08 PM
^ Boss, if the motorists lined up behind the jeep jams are pissed, what do you think we commuters feel?

Kami na nga ang nagbayad kami pa ang inaabala. Most of the times I just take it, I'm never in that big a hurry anyway. Pero may ilang pagkakataon I just let the sons of b---ches have it.

Me: "Brod, kanina ka pa nag-aabang dito wala naman nasakay, nagbayad na kami, abante mo na!"

Him: "Kung nagmamadali ka mag-taxi ka!"

Me: "Ah ganun ba. Sandali lang ha, tawagin ko 'yung traffic enforcer dun sa kabila."

Him: (sama ng tingin, tapos larga na)

Me: (a few minutes later getting off)

Him: "Hoy bayad mo!"

Me: "Bumaba ka diyan, habulin mo dito."

Him: "Na'mo!"

Me: "TY sa sakay, magca-cancer sana anak mo!"

mighty_lion
08-09-2011, 01:05 PM
Mass transportation was not planned well and if ever there was, walang long-term planning. Masyado tayong reliant sa jeep at bus at sobrang daming nakakalat sa kalsada. Masayado ring maraming private na sasakyan kahit sabihin pa natin naghihirap ang Pilipinas.

LION
08-09-2011, 04:29 PM
Mass transportation was not planned well and if ever there was, walang long-term planning. Masyado tayong reliant sa jeep at bus at sobrang daming nakakalat sa kalsada. Masayado ring maraming private na sasakyan kahit sabihin pa natin naghihirap ang Pilipinas.


Pareng mighty, your first 2 statements = 3rd statement. :)

kerouac82
08-09-2011, 06:35 PM
Mass transportation was not planned well and if ever there was, walang long-term planning. Masyado tayong reliant sa jeep at bus at sobrang daming nakakalat sa kalsada. Masayado ring maraming private na sasakyan kahit sabihin pa natin naghihirap ang Pilipinas.


Mass transportation in the Philippines is treated as a commodity, not as a utility. Other countries have city-supervised transit authorities, the exception being intercity bus lines, i.e., Greyhound. And looking at the power wielded by the IMBOA and the various JODAs, getting them to integrate is something we might not see before the second half of the century.

gfy
08-09-2011, 06:48 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Dapat talaga tingnan yan pautang na mga 600 million pesos sa grupo ni Bobby Ongpin. Na processed yung loan in one day para bilhin ng grupo ni Ongpin yun shares ng DBP sa Philex at 12 pesos per share (may tubo daw na ang DBP kasi DBP bought it at 6 pesos per share) pero in one month binenta sa grupo ni MVP at 21 pesos per share. Dapat binenta na lang ng derecho kay MVP ;D. Sabi nga ni Maceda yan ang ginisa sa sariling mantika.

Jaco D
08-10-2011, 01:52 PM
^^ Maybe I'm not seeing the entire picture here but wasn't that a legit move? DBP got 100% return on its investment, RVO got 75% ROI on a one-month holding period - practically close to risk-less arbitrage if you ask me, and MVP got Philex. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 (dito magaling ang mga politico - Maceda included). RVO's major asset is his depth and breadth of information and contacts which DBP doesn't have.

LION
08-10-2011, 02:01 PM
^If I may add, a one-day processing of the loan is not a big deal, especially if all requirements have been complied with and processing here refers to documentation only.

What matters most is that the approval process was not compromised.

At the end of the day, did DBP lose money? Did it earn profit from the transaction? If DBP made money or earned profit, then we can safely say that the transaction was not prejudicial to the government.

The DBP is in the business of lending money for profit, not trading in shares or speculating in the stock market.

gfy
08-10-2011, 07:55 PM
Lending money to a group to buy YOUR shares? I am sure the previous Board and management knew what was cooking between RVO and MVP and Philex. My point here is DBP (and the government) could have made MORE money. And I am not sure if those kinds of transactions are what DBP should be engaged in. It is supposed to lend money for development purposes. Unlike SSS and GSIS.

And to add: Rey David IS Rey David.

Jaco D
08-10-2011, 11:51 PM
This is what I find a bit inconsistent. If DBP's mandate is entirely developmental finance, how did it end up with Philex shares in its portfolio when Philex is hardly developmental (if you go by the fact that it has been listed on the local bourse for ages). Not unless "na rimata" yung shares if they were collateral for a loan that went sour, they had no business holding on to them. I don't know how much DBP would have gotten by unloading those shares in the open market (magkano ba ang Philex noon? Haven't been following the market in decades). If DBP knew about RVO-MVP playing footsies with Philex, why couldn't they have cut a deal with MVP and leave RVO alone at the altar? I think DBP wouldn't be able to do that if its corporate mandate doesn't allow it to engage in non-developmental finance things. Having said that, I think this RVO deal was a win-win for everyone: DBP got out of a situation it shouldn't have been in the first place (with 100% return at that); MVP got his Philex, and RVO made money with "laway lang ang puhunan". If the market value of Philex at that time was lower than Php12 per share, heck Rey David would have gotten a gazillion pogi points by closing the deal. If not, ika nga "ginto na naging bato pa". I don't know how the current DBP board can defend their allegation that the "lost opportunity" between the Php12 RVO buying price and the Php21 RVO selling price to MVP should be theirs. I think they're being greedy here.

In spite of his abrasive and condescending demeanor, RVO is one sharp cookie. Gordon Gecko can't hold a candle to this guy.

gfy
08-11-2011, 02:12 AM
^ I am not faulting RVO at all. It is that the previous Board and management were naive (intentionally or not) not to have known that MVP was interested in buying PHILEX even at a large premium (some FINEX people are saying that MVP and Ramon Ang of San Miguel might be spreading themselves too thin and buying companies at large premiums - maybe they know more than these FINEX guys ;)) Still, DBP made only 6 pesos per share compared to RVO's 9 pesos per share.

In any event, with Popoy at DBP, Emil at SSS and Vergara at GSIS, we can be hopeful that they will handle the people's money more wisely and with more transparency.

Jaco D
08-11-2011, 03:32 AM
Personally, Saludo ako kay Popoy. I think he has the experience in straight-forward financial management as well as the more arcane fields of finance such as investment banking and the like to know "when not to act like a cowboy". If the heads of our GFIs are Popoy clones, I think our GFIs are in good hands. The Philex brouhaha is something you'd expect from RVO. This guy can make the proverbial lemonade out of lemons, and knows how to leverage his vast information resources to his advantage. Though Tita Cory was close to RVO's late brother Jimmy during the time when RVO was identified with the Macoy camp, I think it would be to Noy's advantage if he can tap RVO and his network to do things for the benefit of Inang Pinas. I know it might sound naive to be thinking of these things, but you never know. Of course, this assumes we can afford RVO or if RVO is willing to do things for love of country.

bchoter
08-12-2011, 11:34 AM
The goverment has been trying to cut the budget deficit by increasing tax collection, tight control on the budget and checking validity of spending. On paper, implementing check and control procedures to ensure goverment spending are legitimate is ideal. However that doesnt warrant delaying key goverment projects just to implement the most ideal check and control. I dont have the metrics but my impression is the economy is contracting at this stage due to significantly lower goverment spending. For example, PNoy administration has been delaying PPP projects and from looks of it, it will be further delayed to next year. Some construction companies who paid billions of taxes last year will have tax dues 50% less than what they paid for calendar year 2010. Same is true with industry but it may not be a reduction of that magnitude.

BIR should not be surprised if they are short with their tax collection this year. If BIR is projecting an increase in tax revenues to help reduce the budget deficit, they might as well be dreaming. I hope this will not result to undue pressure to BIR officials where to source their collections, and eventually push that pressure to private entities.

For some affected companies, they are trying to absorb the impact of contraction. But management and investors have their own limits too. Worst case is it may actually result to lay-off.

There's an optimal way how to handle economics. I hope they covered this quite well in their plan.
This has happened, on a smaller scale, in our province. When the underdog won, the Governor made it a crusade to stop corruption, make the previous admin accountable and have better fiscal management, which are ideal.

While it's good to have the previous adminsitration accountable, it's a turn off if the gov makes disparaging remarks against the family of the previous governor at every opprotunity. She never fails to mention the previous family on every speaking engagement. Paulit ulit kaya nakakasawa at nakakarindi katulad ng mga wangwang.

In the gov's crusade against corruption, the gov made sure that non of the relatives will abuse the office of the gov. However, some relatives were turned off when, even on informal visits, they were asked to make an appointment. And some well meaning ones were further turned off when they were rebuffed on offers to help jsut because of the presumption that they expect something in return.

Although everybody acknowledges her fiscal abilities (according to provincial gov't employees estimates, the province has a 3 billion budget surplus), people are not too impressed because they don't feel the benefit of having a surplus when she's too frugal, holding on to funds too long.

She eventually lost her reelection bid (in a hotly contested election result) to a member of the same political DYnasty that she vowed to put down. And, like in a trahedya-comedia, the budget surplus she carefully nurtured? Gone in 90 days. Kung anong tinanim... siya ang aanihin... ng magnanakaw... hehehehuhuhu

Joescoundrel
08-12-2011, 03:04 PM
Dear Noynoy, when will we sit down to discuss the draft of my proposed Varsity and Amateur Athletics Act...?

shyboy
08-18-2011, 09:45 PM
Dear Noynoy,

Your dad once said, "The Filipino is worth dying for."

danny
08-23-2011, 04:44 AM
Noy, maganda itong palakad sa Amerika. Gayahin sana natin.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04MNf1YdNxI&feature=player_embedded


http://theintelhub.com/2011/08/21/journalists-assualted-activists-arrested-as-children-defy-police-purchase-lemonade-at-capitol/



Ang bagal namang makulong si Gloria. Etong lemonade stand sa Amerika, aksyon agad! :D

maroonmartian
08-23-2011, 09:39 AM
Dear PNoy,

Alam namin na mahal mo ang Tito Peping Cojuangco mo pero sana naman pagsabihan mo siya na huwag siya maging arogante sa mga atleta at mga sports association presidents na ayaw sa kanyang "mafia" style na pamumuno. Ayusin ninyo ang PSC at POC para maging maayos ang pamamahala sa mga atleta.

oca
08-23-2011, 11:08 AM
^
Nakoooh! Alang magagawa si PNOY dyan.

Una, POC yan, hwag na hwag magpapadala ng official correspondence dyan ang Malacañang, na may tono ng pakikialam, dahil bawal yun.

Ikawala, kung bubulungan at kakausapin ng palihim, lalong alang mangyayari. Eto nga at may balak na tumakbo sa ARMM si Ting-Ting na nunca naman naging residente o nagkaroon ng ugat sa region-- kung sa pampublikong bagay ay di man sila nangiling sa isang nakaupong Pangulong pamangkin, gagalangin ba nila si PNOY kung sila-sila lang ang nag-uusap?

Sa madaling salita, walang pakialam si Peping sa sasabihin ng kung sino man. Gagawin niya ang gusto niya.

Pero para maging maayos ang palakad sa sports dapat magkaroon ng empowerment ang mga athletes. Maging bahagi sila ng processo ng pagpili ng mga mamumuno sa kanila at sa paggawa ng programa. Sa ngayon, lahat sila naghihintay lang kung ano sabihin ng mga nakaupo.

Ang empowerment dapat magsimula sa district levels. Dahil dyan nanggagaling ang provincial leaders at itong mga provincial ang pipili ng regional. From this regional comes representatives to the different NSAs. The different NSAs have internal rules that elect officers, the head of which seats in the POC. The NSA heads in the POC will elect among themselves a President, eto nga si Peping ang naka-upo.

Tanong, may wasto at kaukulang angas na ba ang mga athleta sa district levels para igiit ang karapatan nila makibahagi sa proceso ng pagpili kung sino uupo sa mga asosasyon nila? Sa mga malalaking lungsod, pwede. Pero ilan lang yan. Pagdating sa provincial, outnumbered na sila ng mga districts na kung saan karamihan ng athletes ay timid o non-assertive.

Pero kung ang palakad lang sa PSC, madali lang yan. Pero kahit anong ayos nito, wala silang poder sa IOC at sa international sports. Walang legal o juridical personality ang PSC sa labas ng bansa, POC lang. POC pa nga ang nagbibigay ng accreditation sa PSC para makasama sa delegation natin sa int'l events.

Malalim ang ugat ng problema sa leadership ng sports at sa sports in general, ewan kung kaya ng magic wand ni Harry Potpot na gawan ito ng lunas.

Kaya kung di kaya ni Harry Potpot, malamang di rin ito kaya ni Noynoy na napapan_t. ::)

Athletes and the public should not ask or look up to Malacañang or to anyone else to solve the myriad problems in sports. Ang solution dyan ay nasa athletes-- ang maging assertive sila across the board. Assert their rights to be part of the process in selecting their representatives starting at the distirct levels. Yan ang paniwala ko.

bchoter
09-01-2011, 07:43 PM
Dear PNoy,

Natawa ako dito:

Interviewer: Kumusta ang LOVELIFE mo?
PNoy: . .ah parang COKE. Dati may regular, coke in can. Ngayun ZERO.

Nakakatawa kasi kalbo :D

danny
09-22-2011, 09:14 AM
Kumusta ang Student Council? Malapit na magunaw ang Euro at US Dollar, chicks at jokes pa din ba usapan sa Student Council? ;D

chiqui34
09-23-2011, 05:09 PM
Dear President Noynoy,

I would not be mean to you. Everyone's mean to you. I'll be nice because poor you, Shalani's getting married to a ROMULO, and you're getting ... zilch... poor you. Oh, me and my mouth sorry! But then just pretend to people you don't care or play with Joshua and Bimby to forget.

That trips to China and US were awesome (did you get hotdogs in NY again?). You talked about the Edsa Revolution in 1986! Wow, who says you can't talk about a 25-year old event and imply that the presidency has something to do with it! Ikaw lang yun!

It's 2011, five years to go. I'm planning to hold a major party in 2016, all for your farewell greetings. :)

LION
09-23-2011, 05:19 PM
I don't know if it's better to be mean than sarcastic. ;D

Joescoundrel
10-11-2011, 01:04 PM
Dear Noynoy, tell that Llamas fellow to f--- off. Please. His guys got caught ON PRIMETIME MEDIA removing evidence from a crime scene. An AK-47 AT THAT!

Jeep
10-11-2011, 01:25 PM
dear noynoy,

i really wonder what you see in llamas. he's an idiot, a charlatan, a rumor-monger, a demagogue, and delusional about being the next che guevarra -- thus the fascination with the AK.

you don't need a moron like that in your cabinet, dude. dump him. send him back to the streets where he came from. or better yet, encourage him to go back to UST and finish college, where he left off HALF a century ago. he could yet amount to something. ;D

LION
10-11-2011, 04:07 PM
dear noynoy,

i really wonder what you see in llamas. he's an idiot, a charlatan, a rumor-monger, a demagogue, and delusional about being the next che guevarra -- thus the fascination with the AK.

you don't need a moron like that in your cabinet, dude. dump him. send him back to the streets where he came from. or better yet, encourage him to go back to UST and finish college, where he left off HALF a century ago. he could yet amount to something. ;D


I don't know how someone can effectively use an AK 47 inside a drum-like Mitsubishi Montero. ;D

And it was even placed under the driver's seat. You need a minimum of 5 seconds to extricate that rifle, maybe 2 seconds to unlock the safety and about 3 seconds to find your target. By that time, you are dead meat already.

maroonmartian
10-11-2011, 08:09 PM
Dear Mr. President,

Isa po ako sa mga bumoto sa inyo at hindi (pa) ako nagsisisi sa desisyong iyon. Ngayon po, may opsyon po kayo. Tanggalin ang mga ahas sa gabinete ninyo (Llamas etc) at iretain ang mga magagaling. Isa sa mga nakikita ko po na magaling sa inyo ay si Atty. Tolentino ng MMDA. Aba kay ganda na po ng mga kalsada at isipin ninyo isang taon pa lang siya. Mas gusto ko yung green kaysa yung dating pink. Maghanap pa po kayo ng gaya niya at yung mga umaabuso, tanggalin na po ninyo. At susupurtahan pa po kayo.

Joescoundrel
10-20-2011, 09:03 AM
Something I found thanks to Mr Billy Esposo:

Per Memorandum Order no. 61, November 9, 1992, “The following criteria may be utilized as a frame of reference in determining a behest loan:

1. It is under-collateralized;

2. The borrower corporation is undercapitalized;

3. Direct or indirect endorsement by high government officials like presence of marginal notes;

4. Stockholders, officers or agents of the borrower corporation are identified as cronies;

5. Deviation of use of loan proceeds from the purpose intended;

6. Use of corporate layering;

7. Non-feasibility of the project for which financing is being sought; and

8. Extraordinary speed in which the loan release was made.”

The Ongpin DBP P660 million loan would appear to have been in violation of the first, second, fourth, sixth and eighth criteria. Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile was quoted after the first hearing that there could have been insider trading. The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) would have to be involved in the probe. It was Senator Enrile’s masterful questioning that brought out last October 14 the details of possible insider trading.

Senator Serge Osmena had asserted that a ‘Mr. Big’ must be behind the Ongpin P660 million DBP loan. The speed with which this loan was processed was simply amazing. If you’re familiar with the way government works, this loan’s processing time must have been a record setter.

Bobby Ongpin keeps saying that he is neither a partner nor a front man of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. However, Ongpin’s actions keep reminding us of Mike Arroyo. Like Mike, Ongpin did not show up at the October 7 and 14 Senate hearings. Like Mike, he sued a person who was hot on his trail.

Let’s hope that Mike doesn’t liken himself to Jesus Christ after being denied by Bobby Ongpin.

maroonmartian
10-21-2011, 08:47 AM
(GMA newscaster/Jessica Soho?): Sabi po nila, laidback ang style ng pamumuno niyo.

P-Noy: Si Gloria iniwanan sa akin (numbers) bilyon, iyan ba ang gusto niyong kasipagan?

President Noy, just look for the friends who are good influence to you. Yung mga BI tanggalin mo na. Mas gusto ko na sipagan mo paglalaro ng PSP kaysa sipagan na tulungan mo friends mo na magnakaw. Pero huwag mo na dalhin sa work mo.

gfy
10-21-2011, 11:33 AM
Joe, in America a SriLankan-American was convicted of insider trading in two years after being indicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He's worth $1.8 billion! If they do that here, baka wala nang paglagyan sa Bilibid ang mga insider traders. At sino bang maniniwala na being directors ng isang kumpanya ay wala ka man lang alam sa mga plano ng kumpanyang iyon. Napakabobo mo naman. :D ;D

LION
10-21-2011, 03:57 PM
Joe, in America a SriLankan-American was convicted of insider trading in two years after being indicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He's worth $1.8 billion! If they do that here, baka wala nang paglagyan sa Bilibid ang mga insider traders. At sino bang maniniwala na being directors ng isang kumpanya ay wala ka man lang alam sa mga plano ng kumpanyang iyon. Napakabobo mo naman. :D ;D


It's entirely possible, gfy, especially in the case of nominees only who are not involved in the day-to-day operations of companies and do not even participate in board meetings.

gfy
10-21-2011, 07:25 PM
Of course. Especially political appointees to the Board. But not if your background is finance or investment banking.

To add: The question here is did Rey David EVEN try to peddle the DBP shares to MVP and other big investors at all to get the best price? In contrast, Emil of SSS (my kababata and kababayan) has recently offered various SSS holdings for sale and has requested bids from interested parties.

maroonmartian
10-23-2011, 06:15 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Having worked as a clerk in one of the most hierarchical agency in the government and having talked to Muslim activist friends at the State U(I am not but I have ideals), please do follow Dean Leonen's advice not to attack the Muslims. Don't let blood/violence breeds violence. One needs to break that violent cycle. Follow your dad Ninoy. He was oppressed as a kid, politicians etc but he didn' fought back.

Hayaan muna iyan. Tao rin sila pareho.

Joescoundrel
11-10-2011, 11:06 AM
Dear Noynoy, Manny Bautista as CGPA, Good decision; not allowing GMA to go overseas for medical treatment and dallying to this day about charging her, definitely Bad...

maroonmartian
11-10-2011, 04:22 PM
Dear Noynoy, Manny Bautista as CGPA, Good decision

Absolutely one of the best (maybe the best) pick for that job. ;)

Joescoundrel
11-23-2011, 11:11 AM
Dear Noynoy, today is the second anniversary of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre. You showed you could throw the book at the Arroyos, how's about throwing the book at the Ampatuans. If you could throw the book at Sigfrid Fortun too that's be a nice bonus.

tigerman
12-12-2011, 12:10 AM
Pnoy,

Wala ka na bang ibang gagawin kundi sisihin ang ibang tao (lalo si gma) sa mga kakulangan at kapalpakan ng adminstrasyon mo?

danny
12-15-2011, 02:03 AM
Unlike the New-Hope-Manchurian-Candidate-Obama, PNoy still has the support of the populace.

Lucky guy. Mas galit ang tao sa pandarambong ng mga Arroyo kesa sa Student Council mo. ;D

danny
12-15-2011, 02:31 AM
Dear Noynoy, today is the second anniversary of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre. You showed you could throw the book at the Arroyos, how's about throwing the book at the Ampatuans. If you could throw the book at Sigfrid Fortun too that's be a nice bonus.



Unahin kaya niya nanay niya. Mendiola Massacre anyone. I was there. PI!

Jeep
12-22-2011, 02:30 PM
dear noynoy,

i'm glad you finally had the gumption to go down south, where your bosses have been missing you since early saturday morning. i'm sure watching valerie concepcion and some hot dancers is a lot more fun, but for sure your bosses didn't have a lot of fun saturday and sunday, either. so that's par for the course.

and i'm glad you had the cojones to tell your bosses that living on waterways and riverbanks is asking for trouble. i just felt that message could've been given earlier than it was actually given, and that would've given you the image of a true father of the nation, reprimanding his children right after they barely escape from disaster. they would have been more open to that kind of criticism, and would've seen the folly of their ways. as it is now, some of them actually want to go back to their domiciles that have since been washed away. ang tatay na may matitigas ang ulo na mga anak ay magsasabing: "i told you not to do that, but you do that, now look at..." in other words, pasensyahan na lang tayo, ha?

the speed with which you want to end corruption is the same speed i hope to see you travelling at toward the next disaster, because the way things are in these benighted islands, there's another one just around the corner. i remember a line from a u-2 song: "broken bottles on the beach" or something like that. that is how things have been in this country, and that is how i fear things will still be long after you, noynoy, go riding off into the sunset with that porsche you're longing to have as soon as you leave that office.

good luck, sir! and merry christmas to you and your loved ones.

danny
12-23-2011, 01:31 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Not everything is about you.

These DAILY job losses, bankruptcies and business closures are not your fault. If they have Philippine subsidiaries or are being serviced by local call centers, many of the local job cuts has nothing to do with the Philippine economy.

http://www.dailyjobcuts.com/

Maligayang pasko. :)

Joescoundrel
12-23-2011, 10:09 AM
Dear Noynoy, I respectfully nominate your old Ateneo classmate and eminent lawyer of the downtrodden, Atty Justin Adviento, as your next Supreme Court appointment. You may also want to get him for the prosecution team versus Renato Corona. By the way, good luck with that, you'll be fighting Estelito Mendoza whether or not you actually see him in the impeachment court.

Sam Miguel
08-15-2012, 10:18 AM
Dear Noynoy,

Getting in the faces of our PAGASA weather folks in the midst of Storm Helen is a bad idea.

It is made worse when we consider that guys like Jori Loiz don't even have enough bus fare to make it to work every day.

Stop f---ing about already and give these people their money. They earn it every day.

And yes, I mean including hazard pay. For all of them. Because working in the weather bureau is by itself already a hazard.

You can ask Prisco Nilo and Tany Cruz about that.

Also, get rid of that so-called Cebu Faction now holding fort there. As you can see for yourself, those guys don't like you.

Sam Miguel
06-26-2013, 08:49 AM
Aquino raps NIA for missing targets

By Michael Lim Ubac

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:02 am | Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Irrigation officials and employees got a dose of President Aquino’s reputation for testiness at official events during the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Diliman, Quezon City, on Tuesday.

NIA personnel, led by Administrator Antonio Nangel, who were gathered to hear their honored guest speak, must have gotten the surprise of their lives when a stern-looking Aquino started scolding them for continually failing to meet their targets year after year.

“We’ve been together in this administration for the last three years, and it seems you know me—I don’t have time to fool around. Let me be honest with you: I am dismayed because until now it shows that there have been few changes in the National Irrigation Administration,” he said.

He put Nangel on notice that he would be checking up on the latter’s many “palusot” (excuses) and unfulfilled promises.

The President as much as said that the occasion did not call for celebration as many farmlands across the country continued to suffer from low productivity due to lack of irrigation facilities.

Different message

It was a different story last week when Aquino went to the Department of Public Works and Highways for the department, which has a history of corruption, during its 115th founding anniversary.

To show his satisfaction with the DPWH, he gave public works personnel an anniversary bonus of P10,000 each for their hard work, efficiency, cost-effective and timely services, and adherence to his “straight path” mantra of public service.

Earlier Tuesday, the President also visited the Department of Health (DOH) to preside over the groundbreaking of its new medical center complex.

In a brief speech, Aquino extended his appreciation for the health services the department was delivering to the public. He even complimented the agency, saying it was the administration’s barometer and “proof” that “its mandate to the people” was being fulfilled.

Hours later, he went to the NIA to deliver a different message.

No excuses

Aquino appointed Nangel to the NIA, a government-owned and -controlled corporation that is primarily responsible for developing and managing irrigation systems in the country.

Addressing Nangel as “engineer,” he began his speech by seeking the indulgence of his audience as he said he would not beat around the bush.

The audience, composed of NIA employees, farmers and other irrigation stakeholders heartily applauded.

But what he said next was not music to their ears.

Expressing his frustrations over the NIA’s lackluster performance, Aquino said he felt that “with what’s happening at NIA, you yourselves are inviting me to monitor you closely.”

“I was elected by the people to watch over the state of every institution of government. But I’m just human, not a CCTV camera that can monitor (government agencies’) actions for 24 hours,” he said.

According to the President, those who knew him well knew that “excuses or alibis don’t (fool) me. So if we have talked already, and you promised something, I don’t expect you to go back on your word.”

Hometown dam

To give an example of the NIA’s history of failures and inefficiencies, he cited the “long-pending” irrigation reservoir in his Tarlac hometown.

The Balog-Balog dam project in Tarlac province was conceived during the first Aquino presidency, with the Italian government expressing its willingness to fund it at the time.

The dam was deemed to be the answer to the destruction caused by an earthquake and the Mt. Pinatubo eruption on the irrigation canals in Tarlac in 1990 and 1991.

The project was declared as “not economically feasible” by then President Fidel Ramos, but was partially pursued by the administration of deposed President Joseph Estrada.

According to Aquino, his predecessor, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, had told him: “Consider it done.”

“I am now (the President), we have yet to have a groundbreaking activity for this project” 21 years after it was first planned, he said.

Aquino said the irrigation project was important as his Tarlac constituents relied heavily on rainwater.

He said a private proponent had come forward to construct the dam, which would have flood control, irrigation and power generation components, and “at very minimal expense to the government.”

According to the NIA website, the dam, dubbed the “Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project,” was envisioned to provide irrigation to 39,150 hectares of farmlands in the Tarlac towns of Concepcion, Gerona, Pura, Ramos, Paniqui, La Paz and Victoria, and the city of Tarlac.

It was also supposed to mitigate flooding in low-lying areas and provide upland communities with the opportunity to pursue inland fish production on the dam’s 2,004-ha reservoir.

The President explained that irrigation would drastically increase rice (palay) yields in his home province and other areas of Central Luzon as it would increase the current once-a-year “harvest cycle” to five over a period of two years, or 7 1/2 harvest cycles over a three-year period.

A major feature of the project is a 113-meter-high earth and rockfill dam with a storage capacity of about 625 million cubic meters.

The main dam is located in San Jose town, some 48 kilometers west of Tarlac City.

‘Rice turned to stone’

The President likened the failure to construct and finish the dam to “rice turned to stone.”

“How many administrations have passed? Until now, the project hasn’t moved,” he said.

“Three years into my term, but until now, it seems that it’s not happening,” he added.

He complained that he would be hard-pressed to explain this to his provincemates in 2016, the end of his term, as he himself “couldn’t understand why nothing came out of” the dam project.

“What would you like to tell the people when they ask (me), ‘Where’s your promises? So, Administrator Nangel, help me prove to them that I can do this,” said Aquino, who served as the representative of the second district of Tarlac whose residents are mainly farmers.

Just do it

He told his NIA audience that he was looking forward to a “groundbreaking” of the dam upon his retirement three years from now.

“The question is simple: Is this project worth it to be funded by government? Would this be beneficial to the people? If the answer is yes, then let’s go ahead and do it. Isn’t that so?” he asked, again eliciting applause.

But if it fails in its specifications to qualify as a government project, “then let’s put a stop to this and let’s not give our countrymen false hopes,” he said.

He said he entered government to institute reforms and defeat corruption, “but despite the changes sweeping many agencies, there are those who have yet to learn, remaining mired in the old graft-ridden system and lack of accountability.”

While many public servants have become accountable for their actions, “there are still personnel and leaders who remain hardheaded, and treat being part of government as a free ticket to unduly gain advantage” over others, Aquino said.

Aquino reminded the NIA that its primary duty was to manage and improve the irrigation systems in the country.

Noting the agency’s accomplishment rate, he said that from 2001 through 2009, not once did the irrigation office accomplish its own annual targets regarding new areas for irrigation.

In 2005, the NIA targeted 18,883 hectares to be irrigated but only 56 percent, or 10,539 ha, were covered.

In 2006, only 40 percent, or 8,989 ha, were irrigated compared to the target of 22,639 ha.

In sum, only 66 percent of the accomplishment rate of NIA has been met over the period, the President said.

Sam Miguel
06-27-2013, 10:36 AM
NIA officials in hot water, may be shipped out

By Michael Lim Ubac

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:39 am | Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Publicly scolded by President Aquino on Tuesday for his agency’s poor performance, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Antonio Nangel may be on the way out.

A Palace source told the Inquirer that Aquino had already asked for Nangel’s replacement as NIA chief as soon as possible.

“We’re now looking for a replacement,” said the official who had knowledge of the President’s directive.

Created in 1963, the NIA is a government-owned and -controlled corporation tasked with the development and operation of irrigation systems and provide irrigation services for the government’s agricultural programs.

Unless the President extends his appointment, Nangel is scheduled to leave the NIA on Sunday.

Nangel, along with NIA board member Ismael Tabije, representing the rice and corn sector, was appointed by Aquino to the agency on Dec. 12 last year, to serve from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

Nangel had previously served as NIA administrator in an acting capacity, from Sept. 6, 2010, to July 2012.

On Wednesday, a day after getting a presidential scolding for inefficiencies at the NIA, Nangel tried to defend himself by blaming his agency’s lackluster performance last year on Typhoon “Pablo,” which hit Mindanao in December last year.

But Aquino was skeptical and ordered Cabinet officials concerned to “verify” Nangel’s excuse, according to presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

“We’re verifying the explanation (of the NIA) administrator, because he mentioned that (the whole of Mindanao) was affected by Typhoon Pablo,” Lacierda said.

Nangel’s replacement

The response from the Palace seemed to suggest Nangel should not hope to be reappointed.

When the Inquirer reminded him of Nangel’s expiring term, Lacierda said, “I don’t know.”

Lacierda said Malacañang had also launched an investigation into over a decade of failures and inefficiencies in the NIA.

‘Not acceptable’

On Nangel’s Typhoon Pablo explanation, Lacierda said it was unacceptable because the typhoon hit in December, when the NIA was supposed to be completing its goals after working on them for 11 months.

He noted that Pablo primarily affected Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental so Nangel and his subordinates cannot claim it as the reason for their low accomplishment in the entire country in 2012.

The NIA’s case should be a reminder to other governmental agencies that they have commitments to the public, Lacierda said.

“This is not the first time (the President) has done it. The President is always frank and candid [about agencies’] accomplishments or nonaccomplishments,” Lacierda said.

“So this should not be a wake-up call. [F]rom the very start, the President has said that we have six years to deliver our commitments, and he expects [all agencies] to perform their mandate to their utmost best,” he said.

Anniversary sermon

At the 50th anniversary of the NIA on Tuesday, Aquino devoted his entire speech to pointing out the lackluster performance of the irrigation agency.

The NIA, he said, had only a 66-percent accomplishment rate for “new areas of irrigation” from 2001 to 2009.

In 2011, the NIA set 37,759 hectares of farmland for irrigation, but only 87 percent, or 32,824 ha, of that goal was actually irrigated.

In 2012, the NIA aimed to irrigate 81,170 ha, but watered only 65 percent, or 52,372 ha.

Aquino said this was “suspicious,” pointing out that not once had the NIA fixed its record of “yearly failures.”

He then asked whether it was really a vice among NIA officials to make promises and then break them.

Aquino put Nangel on notice that he would check out his many excuses and unfulfilled promises.

He made it clear that he did not accept excuses or alibis.

Once he had talked to officials and they promised to work toward his administration’s goals, he said, he expected them to deliver, not to fail.

Long-delayed project

Aquino cited a long-delayed irrigation project in his home province, the Balog-Balog Dam.

Conceived during the first Aquino presidency and approved by the administrations of President Joseph Estrada and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the project remains on the drawing board to this day.

“I am now (the President), we have yet to [break ground] for this project,” Aquino said.

The dam is planned to provide irrigation to 39,150 ha of farmland in the towns of Concepcion, Gerona, Pura, Ramos, Paniqui, La Paz and Victoria, and the city of Tarlac.

It will also mitigate flooding in low-lying areas and give upland communities the opportunity to pursue inland fish production in the dam’s 2,004-ha reservoir.

The President said irrigation would dramatically increase paddy yields in Tarlac and other areas in Central Luzon, as it would raise the current once-a-year “harvest cycle” to five over a period of two years, or seven and a half harvest cycles over three years.

“Three years into my term, it’s [still] not happening,” Aquino said.

Sam Miguel
06-27-2013, 10:37 AM
What Went Before: Aquino, the common scold

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:23 am | Thursday, June 27th, 2013

On Tuesday, President Aquino scolded officials and employees of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) during its 50th anniversary celebration for failing to meet their yearly goals.

“We’ve been together in this administration for the last three years, and it seems you know me—I don’t have time to fool around. Let me be honest with you: I am dismayed because until now it shows that there have been few changes in the National Irrigation Administration,” the President said, adding that he would be checking up on NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel’s many excuses and unfulfilled promises.

Aquino is known to use anniversary speeches to scold not only governmental agencies but also private companies and organizations.

Earlier this month, Aquino reminded Chinese-Filipino businessmen to pay correct taxes during the oath-taking of new officers of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.

In March, the President chided the same group for not paying taxes, noting that 424 of its 552 members had tax identification numbers but only 185 filed income tax returns.

In July last year, Aquino called the attention of ABS-CBN executives during the silver anniversary of the network’s news program “TV Patrol” for supposedly focusing too much on bad news.

In September, the President also scolded the Bureau of Immigration during its 72nd anniversary for allegedly “conspiring” in the escape of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother Mario, both of whom are wanted for the murder of Palawan journalist and environmentalist Gerry Ortega.

In contrast, Aquino last week granted Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) employees an anniversary bonus of P10,000 each to show his satisfaction with the agency’s “hard work, efficiency, cost-effective and timely services” and adherence to his good government program.

“In an equal society, good deeds are rewarded. If you strive hard, there is a corresponding reward for you. This is why I did not hesitate to approve a P10,000 anniversary bonus for each employee and official of the DPWH,” Aquino said.

The President also commended the Department of Health during Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremonies for the department’s new medical center complex, and extended his appreciation for the health services the agency was delivering to the public.—Inquirer Research

Sam Miguel
07-22-2013, 08:11 AM
Time’s running out

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:10 pm | Sunday, July 21st, 2013

As the newspaper goes to press, the draft of President Aquino’s fourth State of the Nation Address remains a tightly guarded secret. We are, however, almost certain of one thing: Having reached the halfway point of his unexpected presidency, he will pause to mark the time, and perhaps make a joke about how he has to endure only three more years in Malacañang Palace before resuming normal life.

But to those who voted for him because of his staunch anticorruption stance and his commitment to necessary governmental reforms, to those who have learned to support him because of his personal integrity and to those (such as credit rating agencies and foreign allies) who have seen important changes take place in the country since 2010, the fact that only three years remain in his term is no laughing matter.

Because much, much more needs to be done.

Halfway through his presidency, Mr. Aquino continues to enjoy enormous political capital—not only the highest performance rating of any post-Edsa president at the midpoint, for example, but the only one above (indeed, well above) 50 percent. Even his most fanatical critics must concede that these levels of continuing popularity are remarkable, because in the last three years President Aquino has used his political capital repeatedly. The campaign to oust Merceditas Gutierrez as ombudsman, the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, the concerted effort to win the majority of Senate seats at stake in the midterm elections, the complicated task of extricating the country out of the unwelcome Sabah mess, not least the continuing confrontation with an expansionist China on legal and diplomatic fronts: Any of these could have cost the President substantial political goodwill. Vocal criticism notwithstanding, that hasn’t happened.

But we hope Mr. Aquino or his advisers are not lulled into thinking that because he remains personally popular, the public is not growing frustrated. As the turmoil sweeping through economically vibrant economies like Brazil and Turkey has shown, public impatience is the other side of high public expectations. And one mishandled issue can turn impatience into fury.

The daily reality in many parts of Mindanao, to give one example, is an unending nightmare of power outages. The daily reality for hundreds of thousands who use the light rail systems in Metro Manila, to offer a second, is a slow-motion nightmare of crowded stations and an absurd lack of trains. Three years into his term, there is no excuse for the administration’s continuing failure to solve these and similar nightmares.

And yet much more remains on the agenda.

One of the landmark laws which will help define the President’s legacy cannot yet be considered to have taken root. The battle to stop the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law has shifted to the Supreme Court. We can all hope that the Court will recognize its limits and refrain from invalidating a much-debated policy. But a vigorous passage in defense of the new law in the Sona—a constitutionally mandated rite where the executive branch reports to the legislative, with members of the judicial branch in attendance—would serve as a timely reminder of the immense amount of political compromise and legislative discourse that went into the making of the law.

The continuing negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have entered the final, but also most contentious, stages. But a comprehensive peace pact, difficult as it is to achieve, is only the beginning of another and potentially riskier stage: enacting a basic law or new organic act for the Bangsamoro region. A word in the Sona would signal the President’s continuing engagement with the peace process.

The President’s inability or unwillingness to make good on his campaign commitment to enact a Freedom of Information law in his first three years imperils the good governance platform he has himself tried to entrench. The time to push FOI is today, the first day of the first session of the 16th Congress; a paragraph in the Sona would spread the word to his reluctant allies.

In truth, the President does not have enough time to make good on all of the public’s expectations. All the brave and bold talk about new airports, for instance, will end up producing exactly one new international airport by 2016—in Bicol, not in or near Metro Manila.

We hope today’s Sona will be impressed with a sense of urgency, a sense that time is running out.

Sam Miguel
07-22-2013, 08:12 AM
‘Daang matuwid’ faces serious test

Sona IV comes on heels of P10B pork scam

By Gil C. Cabacungan and Leila B. Salaverria

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:07 am | Monday, July 22nd, 2013

As he delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Aquino’s “daang matuwid” (straight path) policy against corruption is under close scrutiny in the wake of allegations that transportation officials tried to extort $30 million (about P1.3 billion) from a Czech train supplier and that bogus NGOs funneled P10 billion in pork barrel into ghost projects.

Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello said appointees of Aquino had been accused by a European ambassador of the extortion attempt for the capacity expansion and modernization of MRT 3, the commuter train system along Edsa that is suffering from passenger congestion due to a limited supply of coaches.

“The DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) controversy is the most serious since the people accused by the Czech ambassador are appointees of the administration and not insignificant ones. We don’t want to end up with a pure President surrounded by dirt and slime,” Bello, an ally of the President, said in a text message.

Josef Rychtar, Czech ambassador to the Philippines, has accused DOTC officials, led by MRT General Manager Al Vitangcol, of demanding $30 million from Inekon. The Czech company was reportedly blacklisted after rejecting the bribe demand.

The ambassador said the extortion attempt was made when Manuel Roxas II, now interior secretary, was the DOTC head. His handpicked officials in the department have been retained by his replacement, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya. Both Roxas and Abaya are high-ranking officials of the ruling Liberal Party.

Abaya announced on Friday that his office was investigating the matter and that Inekon had not been blacklisted.

Before news of the $30-million extortion attempt broke out, a bigger scandal came to light.

The Inquirer reported Janet Lim-Napoles’ alleged P10-billion pork barrel racket over the past 10 years involving five senators, 23 members of the House of Representatives and more than a dozen fake NGOs, and ghost projects.

Clamor for abolition

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said that for the first time in the past three years, the clamor for the abolition of the pork barrel had reached a crescendo that even the President could not ignore.

“(T)he P10-billion pork barrel scam is the ultimate test case for daang matuwid as an anticorruption campaign. Will P-Noy ensure a thorough investigation that spares no one, or will this be an exercise in scapegoating, damage control and selective demolition of political opponents?” Tinio said in a text message to the Inquirer.

The party-list lawmaker said the abolition of the pork barrel, formally known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), would be the lasting legacy of daang matuwid. “Otherwise, it will just be another anticorruption showcase that ultimately leaves institutionalized corruption and patronage intact,” Tinio said.

Each senator is allotted P200 million and a member of the House P70 million in PDAF yearly for their pet projects.

Tinio said Aquino’s initial reaction to calls for the abolition of PDAF had “exposed the limits” of his anticorruption campaign which he kicked off to a rousing applause when he took office in July 2010.

“Evidently, he’s unwilling to go as far as dismantling the system of patronage politics at the root of corruption in government. No wonder, since the Aquino administration has shown that it is no less adept at manipulating government resources, including PDAF and the CCT (conditional cash transfer), for expanding the Liberal Party base,” Tinio said.

Not enough

Bello said a conviction of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has languished in detention but has succeeded in parrying legal efforts to jail her, was not enough.

“I think the administration is determined to convict GMA, but the judicial system is what is holding things up. But the pork barrel scam shows you have to really push deeper into the system to root out corruption and not be satisfied with just getting people at the top like GMA,” the Akbayan lawmaker said.

The President’s other allies downplayed the slew of news involving corruption in the past few weeks.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the daang matuwid mantra he helped craft for the presidential campaign in 2010 had not lost its appeal.

“There is a lot of noise out there but the trust and approval ratings of P-Noy and his administration remain in the very high category. Watch out for the latest SWS (Social Weather Stations) ratings. Our people are discerning enough to sift through all this confusing jumble of allegations,” Abad said.

He said daang matuwid was fundamental to all the social, economic and political reforms that the administration was pursuing.

Abad noted that the corruption charges against DOTC officials were “allegations that still need to be investigated.”

Still relevant

Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña III said daang matuwid was more relevant than ever.

“In the past administration, the scams like Napoles, MWSS, DBP loans and Senate budget would never have come to light. The whistle-blowers would have been too scared because they know that a cover-up would [be the end result]. Under P-Noy, people have been emboldened to expose wrongdoings,” Osmeña said.

Sen. Francis Escudero said the President “has remained true and steadfast with his campaign. Simply put, our battle versus graft and corruption is not a simple one and cannot be totally erased overnight. It’s a work in progress and P-Noy is the best chance we have in gaining headway and achieving this elusive dream.”

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara said the President’s anticorruption campaign had already taken root in health, social services and education, “as shown by the greater funds available and devoted to the people and which they can see and feel.”

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III said the President was sticking to his vision. “I still think the person or the President still walks the path.”

The President’s speech is ready, but the lawmakers who will be hearing his message in the flesh have their own great expectations on what he will tackle when he faces the country Monday.

Allies and critics alike want to hear him to continue to discuss corruption, which has always been a theme in many of his speeches.

In the Sona, the President lists his accomplishments, lays down his plans for the next year, and points to the direction he wants the administration to take.

Bello said he hoped Aquino would talk about the “continuing corruption in the middle and lower levels of government.”

He also expressed hope that Aquino would discuss the alleged sexual exploitation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the hands of embassy and labor officials to ensure that something would be done about it and to show that the problems of the workers abroad were in his sights. Bello was the one who made the allegations public.

He said he would like to hear the President tackle ways to narrow the rich-poor gap and the failure to make economic progress trickle down to the grassroots.

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said the President should admit that after three years, his anticorruption campaign was no different from the path treaded by his predecessor. He should also take to task his officials involved in unscrupulous activities.

She also wanted him to say that he would put a stop to all Charter change initiatives, rethink the privatization of public utilities and basic services, and ensure proper housing for the poor.

Ilagan said she would also like to hear the President say that he would go after Jovito Palparan, the retired military official implicated in the disappearance of activists, and that he would push for lower water and electricity rates.

Another ally, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, believed that the President would push for a new mining bill that would raise tax revenues from mining firms.

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:13 AM
Aquino: No stopping change

President credits Filipinos for transformation

By Michael Lim Ubac

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:54 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

There’s no stopping change.

Halfway through his six-year term, President Aquino on Monday exhorted Filipinos to discard all lingering doubts about the sincerity of his administration in completing the tasks, including achieving inclusive growth, it set out to do three years ago.

Facing a joint session of Congress to deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona), the President said the strategy to achieve inclusive growth was to maximize opportunities for all, especially those most in need.

In his speech, the President asked: “Is there any space left for doubt? Especially now that we are achieving things we never thought we could achieve, especially now that we have made progress—that our shared goals are within reach? My bosses: ‘Is this really the time to have doubts?”’

Aquino said inclusive growth was the principle that was driving every initiative, action and decision of his administration. “Widespread opportunity is key to comprehensive and sustained progress. The only ones who may be left behind are the ones who did not seize the opportunity,” he said.

The President was apparently responding to critics, especially Catholic bishops, who said that the benefits of economic growth that his administration had been crowing about were not trickling down to the poor. They pointed out that the country was recording jobless growth.

Aquino said it was clear that Filipinos were the ones who would shape this growth. “(Y)ou are the ones who will determine whether the fruits of our labors become sweet and ripe for the picking, or if you will let them rot away, and waste the chances that this new chapter in our history has given us.”

He, however, did not mention any blueprint to generate jobs for the millions who are unemployed or underemployed.

He said there were no more roadblocks to treading the straight path.

“Once, I was told: Noynoy, just begin the change. So we did, and we can all see how far we have come. Now, my countrymen, let us continue to stand arm-in-arm. Together, let us foster, accelerate and expand the transformation of society. I am Noynoy Aquino and I proudly say to the world: ‘I am a Filipino. How wonderful to be a Filipino today,’” said the President.

He did not take credit for this transformation, saying the business of “good, honest governance” was “brought about by the millions of Filipinos who have, in their own ways, big and small, pitched in and transformed the country.”

Aquino credited these unsung heroes for this change, but said:

“The road ahead of us is long; and we never said it would be easy—or that we could tread this path free of challenge. But I do not doubt our capacity to overcome any obstacle. We did not achieve our current success by chance. Let us not allow this transformation to be temporary; let us seize this opportunity to make the change permanent.”

Accomplishments

In straightforward manner, he reported a harvest of notable accomplishments, with infrastructure projects even reaping huge savings for the government.

He said this efficiency in managing funds had freed up much-needed resources that were channeled to education, health, social services and modernization of law enforcement agencies, to name a few.

It took the President one hour and 42 minutes to describe the benefits to the people of projects that had been completed, under construction, or in the pipeline. His speech was interrupted more than 90 times with applause.

Continuation of agenda

Looking ahead toward his retirement in 2016, the bachelor Chief Executive appeared hopeful, saying the next presidential election was not the end but rather the continuation of the agenda for change.

“There are those who always ask: What will happen in 2016? What will happen when you step down? Will that be the end of good, honest governance? Will we have reached the end of the straight path?”

“My bosses, let us remember: Where did we begin? If you have doubts now, compare them to the doubts we all carried in 2010. Were we not happy enough then just to see the darkness end? Was it not enough for us to be able to replace those in power?” he asked.

He said Filipinos were already experiencing change. “Change that has sprung from the seeds of kindness, solidarity and goodwill; change that was brought about by the millions of Filipinos who have, in their own ways, big and small, pitched in and transformed the country.”

‘I trust you’

After three years and less than a month as President, Aquino declared that this “straight path” mantra of leadership had not only led to efficient management of resources, but also convinced even the ultra-traditional skeptics—the Moro rebels—that change was afoot.

Said Aquino: “Just look at where working together as one people has brought us: Did anyone imagine that peace would be within reach for a region that has, for the past 40 years, been torn apart by conflict? Who else could be responsible for this but the Moros who laid down their arms and said: ‘Come. Let’s talk. I trust you’? Who else but the common Filipino citizen who said: ‘Brother, we are all Filipinos. Let us put an end to this conflict.’”

He was referring to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a framework agreement with the government.

The President noted that when the expansion of the coverage of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps, or conditional cash transfer program) was initially proposed, there were many questions about spending taxpayers’ money to alleviate the plight of the poorest of the poor.

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07-23-2013, 09:14 AM
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‘Did anyone imagine?’

“Did anyone imagine that in just three years, we will have expanded the scope of our project to cover four million household beneficiaries? And isn’t it they themselves who continue to help this program succeed? Each mother who wakes up early to send her child off to school? Each child who studies hard?” he asked.

He said good governance also led to increased chances of achieving rice self-sufficiency.

“Did anyone imagine that a country known as the ‘Sick Man of Asia’ would, within three years of good governance, reach investment grade status? Who would have thought that all the social interventions the government is providing right now would be doable without raising taxes, apart from the sin tax? And did they not have a part in this? Each accountant, each doctor, each lawyer who now pays the right taxes? Didn’t we all have a part in this?” he said.

“For every Filipino who believes in the strength of small acts of kindness: You made this transformation possible. This is your Sona,” Aquino said.

‘This is your Sona’

He extended the same recognition to the often unheralded contributions of teachers, police officers, wise voters, students “and to all who roused their fellow citizens from apathy, those who challenged the cynics in our midst, and those who made the stubborn see reason: This is your Sona.”

He said that when he was a congressman, the people of Tarlac were his strength. “When I became a senator and until now, in my presidency, the people of our country have been there. To the Filipino people, you are my strength. As we continue doing our part—and as we continue placing faith in our fellow men and in God—I tell you: ‘It will still be you who will make certain that what we have begun here will continue; you will be the ones who will make sure that we will completely eradicate corruption; you will be the ones who will make sure that we will never again stray from the straight path,’” he said.

The President reported achievements to prove that the benefits of good governance and robust economy were starting to be felt by many sectors.

Investment-grade

Besides, the 7.8-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the first quarter of the year—the highest recorded GDP in East and Southeast Asia—the country had two consecutive 10-place jumps in the global competitiveness rankings of the World Economic Forum.

“For the first time in history, the Philippines was upgraded to investment-grade status by two out of the three most respected credit ratings agencies in the world, and we are confident that the third may follow,” he said.

He said his administration had maintained the price stability of consumer goods and continued to reduce the portion of the national budget for paying debts, while increasing the funds for social services.

Brightest spark

“We are now considered a rising tiger by the World Bank; the ‘brightest spark,’ according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, among other accolades that allude to the transformation that is sweeping our nation,” he said.

“From the prudent expenditure of funds to the effective collection of taxes; from infrastructure development to the transparent conduct of business that generates jobs, our message to the world could not be clearer: the Philippines is ready to ride the tides of progress,” he added.

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:21 AM
Of heroes, anti-heroes: Biazon offers to quit

By TJ Burgonio, Jerry Esplanada and Christian Esguerra

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:09 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

“I immediately offered my resignation after the President’s speech.”

So said Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon in a text message to the Inquirer after President Aquino criticized the Bureau of Customs and two other agencies in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) for incompetence.

Biazon said he was not in the House of Representatives as Aquino spoke “so I immediately communicated with the President by cell phone.”

“His reply was: ‘Ruffy, we both know the difficulties in the agency you are trying to reform. My confidence in you remains the same.’”

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda confirmed that the President sent the text message to Biazon.

That meant the President had not yet accepted Biazon’s resignation.

Riled by corruption in his administration, Aquino on Monday skewered misfits in the bureaucracy and vowed to hold accountable the corrupt who refused to turn their back on the “wangwang” (siren) culture.

But Aquino spoke proudly of public servants who remained faithful to their duty and performed well, among them police officers who shone in the ranks for outstanding performance.

Peace officers stood out in Aquino’s fourth Sona, which honored ordinary achievers but shamed nonperformers in his Cabinet.

Among the nonperformers, Aquino singled out officials and personnel of the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration and Deportation and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for their incompetence, saying they had no place in the government.

“Where do these people get the gall (Saan po kaya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha ang mga kawani sa ahensyang ito)?” Aquino asked, referring to customs personnel who abetted the smuggling of goods, drugs and arms into the country’s ports.

“One can almost hear them say, ‘I don’t care if the weapons go to criminal elements. I don’t care how many lives are ruined by drugs. I don’t care if our fields remain barren forever. What matters is that I am rich.’ It’s every man for himself,” he said.

Aquino warned: “Such practices have no place in the government. If you cannot do your job, you do not deserve to remain in office.”

The President said he had repeatedly admonished the immigration bureau to improve its watch over the country’s seaports and airports, but Filipinos and foreigners facing charges in court still managed to slip out.

“How then was it possible for the brothers Joel and Mario Reyes, the principal suspects in the slaying of Gerry Ortega, to leave the country?” he said, referring to the suspects in the January 2011 killing of the Palawan environmentalist.

“How could the escape of the Korean Park Sung-jun—as blatantly seen in CCTV footage—have taken place?

Aquino last week accepted the resignation of Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David.

The President admitted that the NIA’s “make-do” culture that encouraged its personnel to merely rehabilitate existing irrigation facilities also “tested” his patience.

“For them, shoddy repairs are enough to say they have already done a good job. During their anniversary, I asked them why only 60 percent of their target was accomplished in 2012, when they had reached 80 percent in 2011,” he said.

NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel reasoned out that 40 percent of the target areas were located in Mindanao and devastated by Typhoon “Pablo,” an explanation that Aquino refused to accept because the storm struck in December 2012.

Aquino let go of Nangel early this month after publicly scolding him at NIA’s anniversary over unmet targets.

In the case of the BOC, the President said, “Instead of collecting the proper taxes and preventing contraband from entering the country, they are heedlessly permitting the smuggling of goods and even drugs, arms and other items of a similar nature into our territory.”

Even so, the President urged the “conscientious” employees of the three agencies not to lie low, but “prevent wrongdoing.”

Former leadership of Tesda is now being held accountable for overpriced purchases during the term of Augusto Syjuco Jr., the President said.

Among law enforcers, Aquino extolled the likes of PO3 Edlyn Arbo, PO2 Dondon Sultan and PO3 Felipe Moncatar.

Arbo fought off a jeepney robber and got stabbed in the effort. Sultan assisted a motorist who had a flat tire, refusing to accept anything in return. Moncatar had received countless commendations for arresting “most wanted” criminals in Bacolod City and putting them in jail.

Aquino praised the three police officers for their excellence amid a scandal involving the alleged summary execution by police of two leaders of a robbery gang in Laguna province last week.

Investigators are looking into the angle that convicted robbers Ricky Cadavero and Wilfredo Panogalinga Jr. were executed to prevent them from spilling the beans on their police handlers.

But to “whoever masterminded” the alleged rubout, the President issued a stern warning: “Prepare yourselves. I am close to finding out who you are.”

Aquino also praised Education Secretary Armin Luistro for erasing the backlog in textbooks and chairs inherited from the previous administration, and for the implementation of the K to 12 education program.

“If Brother Armin didn’t have strength of will, he could have just left this culture of negligence in his agency for his successor to deal with. He could have also left the backlog, as well as the growing gap of needs because of the rising number of enrolees each year. But instead of being content, instead of saying, ‘This will do. My job is done,’ Brother Armin will build even more chairs and classrooms, and buy even more books, to ensure that even the needs of future years will also be met,” Aquino said.

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:21 AM
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ARMM governor

He also mentioned Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the peaceful conduct of elections in the region in May.

“He could not remember a time in his life when Lanao del Sur did not suffer a failure of elections,” Aquino said. “This 2013, because our uniformed forces had to safeguard elections across the entire country, there were those who thought the situation in ARMM would only get worse. But we have seen how vastly it has improved: ARMM successfully held a clean, safe and fair election. Votes were counted, and those whom the people charged with new mandates were proclaimed,” Aquino said.

The President cited his ally Sen. Franklin Drilon, who was elected Monday as president of the Senate, for helping to launch the second phase of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project in Iloilo, ending 50 years of waiting for the people of the province.

Aquino also cited the reforms initiated by Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, who did away with “letters of intent” that bidders used in conspiring to inflate costs of and gain more profit, and simplified the bidding processes.

Without mentioning him by name, the President praised Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez for the breaching of tourist arrival targets.

Aquino cited Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario for putting himself in harm’s way to help Filipinos trapped in Libya during the Arab Spring uprising; the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo for not only transforming society but also inspiring others; and Presidential Security Group chief Brig. Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon for protecting him at the height of the military coups against his mother, President Corazon Aquino, in the 1980s.—With a report from Tetch Torres-Tupas, INQUIRER.net

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:36 AM
Highlights of President Aquino’s 4th State of the Nation Address

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:30 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Key strategies and principles:

* Maximize opportunities for all, especially for those most in need.

* “We are not content to wait for the trickle-down effect; we cannot leave their fate (receiving the benefits of progress) to chance.”

* Inclusive growth drives every initiative, action and decision of government. Widespread opportunity is the key to comprehensive and sustained progress (e.g. TESDA scholarship, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and quality education)

* “Kayo ang aking lakas (You are my strength).”

Examples of those who contribute to nation-building:

* Niño Aguirre, and police officers Edlyn Arbo, PO3 Felipe Moncatar and Dondon Sultan, and disaster relief workers and volunteers

Jobs:

* Scholars of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment: Of the 503,521 people who graduated from their programs, six out of 10 have found jobs; and 70.9 percent of the graduates found employment in Tesda’s Information Technology-Business Processing Operations program, up from 28.5 percent from 2006 to 2008.

Social Welfare:

* Almost 4 million household-beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer program

* Families with children up to 18 years old will be included in the program

* Calls for reforms in the Social Security Service (SSS) pension scheme to address shortage of funds

* PhilHealth coverage jumped from 62 percent of Filipinos in 2010 to 81 percent

* Expanded Z benefit package to cover other conditions and diseases

* Allotted P33 billion for the modernization of 4,518 hospitals, rural health units and health stations in the country

Education:

* Erased backlogs in chairs, in textbooks, and about to address shortage in classrooms.

Agriculture/fish industry:

* Agricultural sector grew 3.3 percent, triple that of 2012

* Rice self-sufficiency on-target. The maximum to be imported would be the minimum access volume of 350,000 metric tons, including the 187,000 metric tons of buffer stock

* Tap the potentials of coconut industry by intercropping; 434 sites targeted in 2013 for coconut intercropping

* Cites the cold storage facility in Bataraza, Palawan province

* Ongoing construction of ports, roads and other infrastructure to benefit the fishing industry

Agrarian reform:

* The Department of Agrarian Reform has completed the list of beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita; turnover of lots will start in September.

* All notices of coverage under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program will have been served by 2014.



Disaster preparedness:

* Multi-hazard mapping complete for 28 most vulnerable sites; Greater Metro Manila area to be completed in 2014

* 525 automated water-level monitoring stations and rain gauges set up under Project NOAH

* Cooperating with LGUs to relocate informal settlers

* Allocation of P6.2 billion to address flooding in Metro Manila (Construction of the Blumentritt Interceptor Catchment area)

* 9,377 houses for “Sendong” victims; 4,374 additional houses underway

* 53,106 houses for “Pablo” victims; 17,609 additional houses underway

* 19,400 families to be relocated from Metro Manila waterways

* Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to file cases against owners of structures who have closed or obstructed waterways

Benefits of men in uniform

* 21,800 housing projects for policemen completed in 2012; this year’s target of 31,200 houses to be completed next month

* Calls on the Government Service Insurance System to assist in addressing the pension and benefits problems of police and soldiers

Peace and order situation:

* Distribution of firearms and weapons to meet the goal of one pistol-to-one police ratio

* 491,929 licenses verified under Oplan Katok

* Private armies down by 63 percent; election-related violence down to 77 cases

* Peaceful elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

* Accountability for the deaths of Ozamiz Gang members

* Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on the issue of wealth sharing between the Philippine government and a Bangsamoro autonomous entity

* Reiterated the government’s commitment to uphold agreement.

Procurement:

* The Department of Science and Technology to assist in purchase of big ticket items

Legislative agenda:

* Amend Cabotage Law

* Enact Fiscal Incentives Rationalization Bill

* Focus on Land Administration Reform Bill

* Review of PD 1638 and RA 8551 to ensure pensions of PNP and AFP personnel are timely and balanced

* Passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law before end of 2014

* Review of Marcos-issued decrees PD No. 1113 and PD No. 1894

* Review of Civil Service Code and PD No. 1

* P2.268-trillion national budget

Infrastructure:

* Ternate-Nasugbu Road

* Aluling Bridge in Ilocos Sur

* Laguindingan Airport

* Inauguration of the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory to support the semi-conductor industry

* Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II to benefit 24,000 farmers

* PPP airports: Laguindingan; Tacloban; Bicol International; New Bohol; Mactan; Puerto Princesa

* NAIA rehabilitation underway

* Integrated Transport System Terminals in Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Quezon City

* NLEx-SLEx Connector Road project

Cabinet men praised:

Secretaries Armin Luistro (Department of Education), Rogelio Singson (Department of Public Works and Highways), Albert del Rosario (Department of Foreign Affairs) and the late Secretary Jesse Robredo (Department of Interior and Local Governments). (Also thanked soon-to-retire Presidential Security Group head, Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon.)

Tourism:

* Earned titles such as Best Tourist Destination, Most Romantic Destination, Best Diving Site, Palawan as Best Island in various travel magazines

* 4.3 million tourists in 2012; targets 56.1 million domestic travel in 2016

* Tourism brought in 3.8 million jobs in 2012

* Lifting of Philippine Airlines ban from flying to Europe

Turnaround stories of government-owned and -controlled corporations:

* Local Water Utilities Administration’s P870 million in net profit in 2012

* Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System posted P2 billion in profit in 2012 from a P34-million net loss in 2010

Good governance and government savings:

* P18.4-billion savings by the Department of Public Works and Highways

* P2.9-billion savings in textbook purchase

Good governance and justice:

* Former leadership of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) now being held accountable for overpriced purchases during the term of Augusto Syjuco Jr.

* Indicted former officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) who are accused of embezzling P26.7 million to produce a movie and spending P186 million to finance a party-list group

* Former leaders of the Philippine National Police (PNP) being made to answer allegations regarding P131.6 million wasted on defective rubber boats and P105 million spent on anomalous purchase of secondhand helicopters

Agencies slammed:

* Bureau of Immigration for the escape of brothers Joel and Mario Reyes (suspects in the murder of broadcaster Gerry Ortega) and Korean fugitive Park Sungjun

* National Irrigation Administration for their “make-do” culture

* Bureau of Customs, for permitting smuggling of goods—Compiled by Inquirer Research

Sam Miguel
07-24-2013, 09:24 AM
Palace defends omissions in Sona

By Michael Lim Ubac, Leila B. Salaverria Dona Z. Pazzibugan

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:43 am | Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Malacañang on Tuesday defended the omission of issues that critics of President Aquino claimed should have been included in Monday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), including the freedom of information (FOI) bill, maritime disputes with China, mining reforms, job creation and an economic road map for the second half of his term.

“Many are asking—not just necessarily about the FOI—but given the limited amount of time and if we heed these suggestions, it could take us two days listening to Sona,” said deputy press spokesperson Abigail Valte.

To appease everyone, she said that some had even suggested that the President make a checklist of all the sectors, and mention them all.

What Aquino delivered on Monday before the joint session of Congress was the longest by a sitting President since democracy was restored in 1986. The 55-page Sona consisted of 11,641 words and took the President one hour and 42 minutes to deliver in Filipino.

In an interview, Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said that the Sona was couched in the language of Juan de la Cruz since it was meant to be “a teaching and learning opportunity.”

Responding to criticism that the speech was long on details but short on some of the more urgent concerns of the people, Coloma claimed the address was “very substantial.”

“I’m in the government and yet I continue to learn from his exposition of the major policies and decisions that have to be made,” he said.

Coloma said Aquino’s attention to detail led the President to spend time explaining why the government could not just buy a fighter jet, or hire en masse new police officers, or the necessity of implementing a fare hike for passengers of the state-subsidized elevated rail system in the metropolis.

Seal of transparency

On the silence of Aquino on the FOI bill, Coloma noted that the Senate passed its version in the last Congress, and that only the House of Representatives had stalled its passage.

However, he said that “in practice, the government is already implementing all those principles of transparency and accountability” via performance-based bonuses and a transparent budgeting process, among others. He said these principles were the “essence” of the FOI.

Coloma also explained why the Sona lacked a concrete set of action plans for job creation and economic growth even after Catholic bishops chided the administration for pursuing a jobless growth.

He said the basic road map for growth was in the Philippine Development Plan. “For every outcome, there are performance indicators. The National Economic and Development Authority has embarked upon an updating of all performance indicators, and we’ll complete it by December,” he said.

Freedom of information

“FOI may not have been mentioned in the Sona, but the premise for FOI was latent throughout his talk on the tuwid na daan (straight path),” said Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat. This means the bill’s supporters have every reason to push their campaign for the bill’s passage, he said.

“I’d tell my fellow advocates to praise P-Noy for addressing corruption even from his own appointees in the National Irrigation Administration, and immigration and customs bureau,” he said. “Then we can justify the lobby for FOI by saying that if we had the law, there would be less corruption woes in the customs and other offices.”

The FOI Youth Initiative (FYI) said it would intensify its lobbying efforts to secure passage of the measure.

“With or without the FOI in the Sona, we will remain steadfast in our campaign for the enactment of this important piece of legislation. While we still hope that the President realizes the need for the FOI law to ensure broader citizens’ participation in governance and development, we don’t have the luxury of time to wait, especially in light of recent issues involving public funds allegedly being spent on bogus organizations,” Nic Angeles of FYI said in a statement.

The FOI bill seeks to strengthen public access to government data and transactions in order to improve transparency and accountability. It has been touted as a tool to combat corruption. President Aquino said during his election campaign that he would support the FOI bill.

Maritime disputes

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the President did not mention the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute in his Sona because the Philippines’ arbitration case against China had already begun with the organization of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Itlos).

“It was not necessary,” Gazmin said. “It might even affect our legal proceeding.”

The Philippines in January filed an unprecedented case against China in the Itlos to settle maritime boundaries amid China’s continued incursions. The five members of the tribunal were appointed last month.

The President’s omission in his Sona of China’s encroachment of islets within the Philippine economic zone, along with his statements about costly fighter jets, has raised concern the government has backtracked in building a minimum credible defense posture.

It was a turnaround from his Sona last year when the President assailed China’s incursions in Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) off Zambales province.

On Monday, he even cited Chinese dailies promoting the Philippines as a tourist destination. “Hopefully they will love us more,” the President said.

Gazmin said Chinese ships still remained in the periphery of Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal), while at least two Chinese ships are in Panatag Shoal.

Sam Miguel
10-03-2013, 08:49 AM
Aquino: Is there a bribe after the fact?

By Michael Lim Ubac

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:09 am | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

“Is there a bribe after the fact?”

President Aquino raised this question on Wednesday to point out that the additional pork barrel allocations granted to 20 senator-judges last year could not be interpreted as bribes since these were released several months after former Chief Justice Renato Corona was convicted by the Senate impeachment court.

The President also explained the creation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) a year before the Corona impeachment even as he laughed off accusations that he had become a “pork barrel king.”

Asked if he indeed used the DAP as bribes, he said: “Why not check when they were released? Mr. Corona was impeached in May (2012). The releases, if I recall correctly, were in October (that year). So is there a bribe after the fact?”

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Palace spokespersons have offered mixed explanations on the sudden emergence of the DAP from unspent funds of the government the previous years.

The President was unperturbed when asked about claims by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and former Sen. Joker Arroyo that the P50 million worth of pork barrel funds given to senators after the Corona ouster could be a form of bribery—an impeachable offense.

Santiago in a letter to Commission on Audit (COA) Chair Grace Pulido-Tan sought a special audit of the DAP and its use in the “alleged bribery of Congress members.” On Tuesday, Tan said the COA had begun looking into the DAP releases and how they were used.

Constitutional imprimatur

In an ambush interview after keynoting the prayer breakfast hosted by the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professional in Pasay City, Aquino provided the legal basis for realignment of funds under the DAP since October 2011.

“They should pursue it if they think they’re right,” the President said of the possibility of his impeachment raised by Arroyo and Santiago. “But I’ve just read the Constitution. There’s an authority on the savings to (be) put to other uses as long as these are in our budget.”

He said funding for the DAP came from programmed funds or those monies “supposed to be for projects that are already authorized by Congress. And since they are both senators, one would assume that they were either supportive of the budget, or they were not successful in thwarting the (passage of the) budget.”

Aquino said the “pork barrel king” label would not fit him because unlike his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, he had instituted sweeping fiscal and budgetary reforms such as shunning reenacted budgets which were blamed for fund leakages in the past.

He stressed that he had voluntarily renounced some of the vast discretionary powers of his office over the disbursement of the national budget and other fund sources in an attempt to fend off criticism that corruption persisted under his administration as shown by the questionable DAP facility and other lump sum allocations in the national budget.

Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)

“Nobody forced me, nobody taught me about it. Nobody insisted on it, but I still did it. So I made a lot of (reforms) but they still call me, ‘pork barrel king.’ In truth, the executive is really the one spending the national budget, okay? We are very careful in how we spend this because we have to be able to defend its use anytime against critics.”

The President explained he had done away with using reenacted budgets.

“We don’t want a reenacted budget, either in full or in portion. We insisted on enacting the budget at the right time, so that the (administration) won’t have the chance to have (unspent) funds that could be open for distribution,” he said.

He lamented the fact that people had short memories, pointing out that those who had criticized his administration for underspending were the ones complaining about the DAP.

Pump-priming measure

According to the President, some line agencies were efficient but other departments, “for whatever reasons,” had suffered delays in the implementation of their programs and projects.

“So the business community, the economic sector, some of our critics (complained) that we were too slow in spending the budget, and this eliminated its pump-priming effects. So the Disbursement Acceleration Program was meant, (to address underspending),” he said.

With readily available funds pooled by the DAP, line agencies could now complete their programs and projects within “a shorter period of time if there is funding support, so we’re (continuously) looking for funds.”

He explained that the DAP was “authorized” by law, in effect, because the funding sources for specific departments had been “authorized by the budget (that was) approved by Congress” the previous years.

“So what we did is to accelerate the (spending) for these (slow-moving) projects,” he said, adding that delivery of services to the public had been expedited because of early completion of programs and projects that—without DAP—would normally take years to complete.

Palace can’t juggle funds

In an interview with ANC Wednesday, constitutional law expert Fr. Joaquin Bernas and former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that Malacañang was not authorized under the law to transfer items in the General Appropriations Act from one department to another.

Congress may authorize the President to transfer savings from their departments to augment savings in the same department, said Bernas, also Dean Emeritus of the Ateneo School of Law. “So savings in the President’s budget can be transferred to items in his budget, not to other departments.”

Diokno insisted that Malacañang may not augment funding for new projects but can only add funds to existing programs.

“The Constitution is very clear that no law shall be passed authorizing any transfer of appropriation. They allow augmentation of existing budget items in the budget. The President, Senate President and Speaker can augment any item in the budget. It has to be there already, out of savings from other appropriations,” he said.

Diokno cited several new items funded by the DAP, which he said was not in the 2011 budget.

Instead of coming up with a new program to stimulate the economy, Malacañang should have just asked for a supplemental budget from Congress. If Malacañang was not keen on seeking a supplemental budget, then projects that needed funding but had no current allocations should have been deferred to the next fiscal year, Diokno said.

Sam Miguel
10-03-2013, 08:51 AM
‘Pork barrel king’ tag irks Aquino

By TJ Burgonio

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:17 am | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Bristling at the tag “pork barrel king,” President Aquino on Wednesday accused his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, of accumulating close to P1 trillion in discretionary fund to stay in power.

The President, assailed over the release of P1.107 billion in pork barrel to senators after the Senate convicted Chief Justice Renato Corona in May 2012, shifted the spotlight on the Arroyo administration in the current saga of scams.

The President himself wondered whether portions of the alleged Arroyo loot were being used in black propaganda against him.

“It could have surpassed P1 trillion. How much was lost, stolen and played around with, or used in transactions to stay in power?” Aquino said at the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals’ Grand Breakfast at the SMX Convention in Pasay City.

“Is it too much to suspect that this money is now being circulated to undermine your trust in daang matuwid (straight path)? To sow trouble and terror in many forms, and challenge those of us who had long been abused, and are now seeking justice to hold the violators accountable?” he added.

Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative, is under house arrest on plunder charges.

And while he’s become the target of criticisms over the large-scale misuse of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, the President vowed not to turn his back on reforms.

“I just shake my head when I get called pork barrel king even if I have removed the discretion to commit graft; I have tightened spending, stopped budget reenactment and insertion, misuse of lump sum funds, and even the over-importation of rice. You be the judge of what runs in the minds of those saying this,” he said.

When he assumed the presidency, Aquino said he was aware of the stumbling blocks and danger that lay ahead.

“I’m not Superman; I can be hit by bullets, be poisoned, or even be attacked with a knife. But we have crossed over. We’ve made a choice. We can be cowed by fear, or fight for the right. We can turn a blind eye to or enforce the mandate given to me by the Boss. We will do what is right,” he said.

“Let’s be clear on this: Neither the exposé of Mr. Benhur Luy, nor the arrest of Mrs. Napoles started our campaign against corruption,” said Aquino who accepted the surrender of Janet Lim-Napoles, dubbed the pork scam queen, on Aug. 28 and escorted her to Camp Crame for detention after she said she feared for her life.

Studies on Arroyo scams

The President said initial studies had shown that the Arroyo administration skimmed off P637.36 billion in savings from reenacted budgets; P23.33 billion from the Malampaya Fund; and a P177-billion loan for rice importation.

“The fund that became discretionary and that could have been used to perpetuate the padrino system is estimated at P836 billion,” he said.

These are on top of the P140.6 billion accruing from the “doctored” automatic outlays in the General Appropriations Act, he added. All the four items add up to P978.29 billion. These four mechanisms had been put to a stop, the President said.

“If we put it side by side with this: Their average annual budget in close to 10 years was P1 trillion every year. Isn’t this very abhorrent? That they had at their disposal a budget equivalent to an annual national budget and used it as they pleased?”

“We’re not done seeking answers to our questions: Who did it, what exactly did they do, where did the money go, who benefited? Who are the real culprits? We’re not doing this by chance. We’re gathering evidence directly from agencies, despite the traps,” he added.

After the National Bureau of Investigation filed charges against Napoles, three senators and 34 others over the P10-billion pork barrel scam, the Aquino administration has found itself responding to criticisms about fund releases to senators after convicting Corona in May 2012.

Clear abuse of PDAF

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, one of those charged in connection with the scam, divulged in a privilege speech on Wednesday the release of P50 million to senators’ projects following Corona’s conviction.

In May 2012, the senators voted 20-3 to convict Corona for dishonesty in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Joker Arroyo voted against his conviction.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad confirmed 20 senators received additional pork barrel amounting to P1.107 billion months after Corona’s conviction. He denied the amount released was a bribe for the Corona ouster.

In his speech, the President said he had abolished the system of PDAF and cleared the filing of charges against key scam players to put a stop to the abuse of the discretionary fund.

As more pieces of evidence are gathered, more charges will be filed against other personalities, he added.

“It’s clear the abuse of PDAF was wrong. Many had been deprived of opportunities because of the misuse of this fund, especially if we factor in the multiplier effect of the program. It was wrong to use bogus NGOs. It’s estimated that P10 billion was diverted from this racket. That’s why, it’s time to reveal to you the product of bad governance that we inherited and we’re trying to fix,” Aquino said.

Sam Miguel
10-24-2013, 07:55 AM
ATTACKS AGAINST D.A.P.

Aquino smells conspiracy

Media told to distinguish the spin from the facts

By Christian V. Esguerra

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:16 am | Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Saying media should keep their “eyes on the ball,” President Aquino is seeing a conspiracy behind the attacks against his administration in connection with its controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“Since I am in a room full of journalists, perhaps I can leave it to you to connect the dots,” he told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap) forum in Manila.

“All of these attacks came after plunder cases, among others, that were filed in the Office of the Ombudsman against a few well-known politicians.”

The President did not name names, but was apparently referring to Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla. The opposition senators, along with 35 other respondents, were charged with plunder for allegedly taking part in a P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Aquino said it was “difficult to fathom how one could equate” the DAP with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was enjoyed by both senators and members of the House of Representatives.

He claimed that the stimulus program was being “unjustly and oddly vilified in the media … nearly two years after the same media lauded the government for its resourcefulness.”

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on Nov. 19 on petitions questioning the constitutionality of the DAP, a little-known impounding mechanism for government savings from which was sourced, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the P50 million in additional pork barrel funds given to each of the 20 senators who voted to convict Chief Justice Renato Corona in May last year.

The DBM explanation was issued after Estrada, in a privilege speech, revealed that “incentives” were given to senators after the conviction of Corona.

Veteran Senators Joker Arroyo and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, along with a host of constitutional experts, including Fr. Joaquin Bernas, have averred that the Constitution prohibits the transfer of funds in the General Appropriations Act from one department to another.

By the President’s own admission in the Focap forum, the DAP—just like the PDAF—allowed legislators to channel funds to projects of their choice. Still, he had his defense.

Consultations with lawmakers

“The only thing one could remotely relate to PDAF were those projects undertaken through consultation with our legislators,” he said.

“After all, just as we engaged regional offices, local partners, and civil society in identifying projects, was it not also appropriate to hear the proposals of the elected officials of the land?”

Aquino added: “Taking this into account, such projects by the legislators made up a mere 9 percent of the program. Why, then, is the DAP being made an issue?”

“Nine percent” meant that a total of P12.8 billion was given to legislators in additional projects from 2011 to 2012, based on official budget records.

The amount (which was 9 percent of the P142.23-billion savings released through the DAP) was a little less than half of the P24.8 billion in pork barrel senators and House member enjoyed during that period. In short, congressional pork barrel increased by almost 50 percent because of the DAP in 2011 and 2012.

Aquino sought to justify his move to allow legislators to dip their fingers into DAP funds this way. Quoting an “older politician,” he asked: “Who will remember you come election time?”

‘Eyes on the ball’

“Those that you have managed to help find work, those that you have educated, those that you have helped gain medical attention,” he said. “You’re a politician. You’d want to be reelected. Your work, therefore, has to devolve to constituency work.”

In November 2011, a month after the DAP was announced, senators submitted projects amounting to P100 million each, to be funded from pooled government savings.

Senators Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vicente Sotto III, Estrada and Revilla then sought to transfer their allocations from the Department of Agrarian Reform to National Livelihood Development Corp.

Copies of letters bearing their signatures indicated that they nominated as project implementers foundations linked to Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the P10-billion pork scam.

Aquino said he did not need to “remind” the media of “the true issue that has seemingly been drowned out by all the background noise.”

“And so I ask you: Let’s keep our eyes on the ball,” he said. “The public was outraged by the audacity with which public officials allegedly stole from the national coffers through the PDAF. This is an outrage we share, and this is precisely why we abolished the PDAF, and followed the evidence so that we may hold all those who committed wrongdoing accountable.”

“Our media and our people are far too good—far too wise—to be grossly and brazenly led to the wrong issue. Plunderers should be taken to account,” he added.

SSS bonuses

The President noted that attacks against the DAP “coincided” with criticism against bonuses received by Social Security System (SSS) officials, and his administration’s “reforms” at the Bureau of Customs.

SSS board members were assailed for gifting themselves with a P1-million bonus each, even as the state pension agency was planning to increase monthly salary contributions by 0.6 percent.

SSS president Emilio de Quiros (brother of Inquirer columnist Conrado de Quiros) was also in the hot seat for flying abroad—allegedly first-class and all expenses paid—every two months since he assumed office.

But Aquino insisted that the “framework” for the bonuses was “outlined” in the law governing government-owned and -controlled corporations.

“In the midst of the cacophony of voices, the journalist must be able to separate the important from the frivolous, the spin from the facts, the malicious lies from the simple truth,” he said.

Sam Miguel
10-24-2013, 07:59 AM
Aquino called ‘Teflon President’ after allegations fail to stick

By Michael Lim Ubac

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:09 am | Thursday, October 24th, 2013

“Teflon President?”

President Aquino on Wednesday attributed his rather strong sense of ethics to consistency of his character, desire to seek and speak out the truth, and conscious effort to lead a simple life despite his being the most powerful man in the land.

Aquino said this when asked why criticisms didn’t seem to stick to him in the aftermath of revelations that Malacañang had tapped the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) mechanism in the national budget to provide additional pork barrel to senators last year.

At the annual presidential forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on Wednesday, the President had a chance to engage the media in a wide-ranging discussion of burning issues of the day, including his emerging public persona as a “Teflon President.”

Teflon, a nonstick substance present in cookware, was first used in American politics to refer to US President Ronald Reagan, who enjoyed widespread popularity despite the scandals surrounding his stay in the Oval Office in the 1980s.

The term has since referred to politicians who are able to withstand criticism without a major effect on their popularity.

“How do I do the consistent performance of an ethical behavior? Well, first of all, I guess I really have to give credit to both my parents who actually formed the ideology that I follow,” Aquino said, when asked about his resilience despite the corruption scandals that involved government officials, past and present.

He noted that his parents’ “best practices” were inculcated in him at a very young age, including “the sense of responsibility.”

“But at the end of the day, I think that if there is one thing that I can find myself with a relation with our people is consistency and always seeking to tell the truth at all times. It may be an unpopular truth but I guess I think I have been very consistent since even before entering public light, to stand by what I say and also to do what I say,” said the President.

He was also asked about the trappings of power and how, as Chief Executive, he would resist the daily “temptation” that come his way.

“Well, we were always taught to have simple lives. We were taught to be very disciplined at a very young age and I guess it helps that I went to an institution … during martial law years … that also … taught that to resist—or to effectively resist an oppressive structure—you have to live a simple life,” he said, referring to his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University.

“The more you are wedded to things, from material nature, various systems, to certain privileges, the less effective you will be in fighting the oppressive structure. And we have tried to live by those [ideals],” he said.

But while he continued to enjoy the support of majority of the electorate, Aquino may have to work harder to regain his previous standing in the polls.

His net satisfaction rating dropped by 15 points in September based on a recent survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) at the height of the Zamboanga siege and pork barrel controversy.

The SWS survey conducted among 1,200 respondents from Sept. 20 to 23 showed that from a “very good” rating of +64 in June, Aquino’s net satisfaction rating fell to “good” at +49.

The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points for national and 6 percentage points for area percentages.

The survey showed that his net satisfaction rating dropped in all areas and in all socioeconomic groups though it was still within or above the range of “good.”

He blamed the previous administration for this dip in his satisfaction ratings, admitting that the “pork barrel scam” did have an effect on his ratings.

He pointed the finger at the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, during which the misuse of pork barrel was widespread.

“Who was sitting in Malacañang then? Not us,” Aquino asked.

Joescoundrel
10-25-2013, 01:13 PM
Pork and popularity

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:36 pm | Thursday, October 24th, 2013

What do the recent surveys tell us about the impact of the pork barrel scandal on President Aquino? The first round of reporting and analysis of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys, which were conducted roughly at the same time in September, seems to have ranged between dire prognostications of devastated ratings and the first suggestions of a Teflon presidency. The more likely reading, however, is somewhere in the middle: A popular President has sustained a small hit but retains considerable goodwill.

As far as longer-term implications are concerned, however, it’s rather too early to tell.

The two main polling organizations track three different measures of popularity. SWS tracks satisfaction with a public official’s performance in office; it asks each voting-age respondent “gaano kayo nasisiyahan o hindi nasisiyahan” (how satisfied or unsatisfied are you) with the performance of a particular public official. In the case of President Aquino, the Sept. 20-23 survey found that his satisfaction rating slipped from 76 percent in June to 68 percent in September.

Pulse Asia measures both approval and trust ratings. It asks survey respondents whether they approve of a public official’s performance or not, using a five-point scale: “talagang aprobado, aprobado, maaaring aprobado at maaaring hindi aprobado, hindi aprobado, o talagang hindi aprobado.” The survey firm also asks the respondents how big or small (“gaano kalaki o kaliit”) is the trust they place (“ang inyong pagtitiwala”) in a particular official. In the case of President Aquino, the Sept. 14-27 survey found that his approval rating rose from 73 percent in June to 79 percent in September, while in the same time frame his trust rating remained statistically steady, at 76 percent.

Those who focus on the SWS data, especially the polling organization’s tradition of showcasing net satisfaction ratings (that is, percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied), have tended to read gloom and doom in the drop in the President’s rating. His net rating did fall below 50 percent for the first time since May 2012; worse, it dropped by 15 points between June (64 percent) and September (49). But precisely because net ratings require subtracting the number of dissatisfied from the number of satisfied, an official’s actual satisfaction rating can get lost in the shuffle. The President’s 68-percent satisfaction rating in September, however, would be the envy of many other heads of government around the world; to give only the most obvious contrary example, US President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have hovered around 50 percent for the longest time.

Those who focus on the Pulse Asia date, on the other hand, have tended to interpret the latest results as proof of a Teflon or unstainable presidency. Despite relentless coverage of the pork barrel scandal and disclosures about possible misuse of the Disbursement Acceleration Program, Mr. Aquino’s approval and trust ratings are still sky high. A three-quarters trust rating, midway through a presidential term, is rare indeed. But there are warning signs. His distrust ratings in the National Capital Region and in the Visayas, for instance, have reached double-digit levels.

But the bottom line is: Two months after the pork barrel scandal broke with disclosures about the alleged scam perpetrated by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, several weeks after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s privilege speech focused national attention on the now-controversial DAP, the President’s popularity—however you measure it—remains robust.

His current standing is no guarantee against future declines, of course; much depends on how he will slay the dragon of political patronage, while continuing to use political resources to stimulate economic growth. But just as it would be unreasonable to interpret his popularity as devastated by the pork barrel scandal (the latest numbers just don’t support the notion), it would be folly to accept the Teflon claims and grow complacent.

Mr. Aquino’s continuing popularity is potent political capital. Would that he use it not only to ensure that those behind the pork barrel scam face justice but also that the conditions that allowed such a scam in the first place are removed, for good.

bchoter
10-25-2013, 02:16 PM
^ Anonymous' FB account's popularity must have taken a huge huge huge dip as well after trying too hard to pull the presidency down. He's now reduced to heckling

Sam Miguel
10-31-2013, 09:34 AM
Aquino: 'I am the one now being called the 'Pork Barrel King'?

by President Benigno Aquino III

Posted on 10/30/2013 7:53 PM | Updated 10/30/2013 9:41 PM

Over the past few months, a few topics have come to be the focus of public discourse. With the cacophony of discordant voices coming from many different sides, perhaps the subject of the Pork Barrel and DAP has begun to leave you confused. I am asking you for a few minutes of your time in order to bring clarity to these issues.

You are all witnesses to the conflict taking place. On one hand, there is you and your government, to whom you gave the mandate for change—a government that has implemented reform for the past three years and five months, pursuing the corrupt and working to alleviate poverty. On the other side, you have the corrupt officials allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.

Might I remind those who have forgotten: The real issue here is stealing. This is the topic they have constantly tried to avoid ever since their wrongdoing was exposed. I can't help but shake my head, since the first thing I expected was for them to at least deny the accusations. After all, is that not the natural reaction of anyone who is accused of anything? And yet, in the midst of all their extended counter-accusations hurled against me, not once have I heard them say: “I did not steal.”

One would have hoped that out of respect for those who believed in, and voted, for them, these officials would have fulfilled their sworn duties. At the very least one would have expected them to explain how it happened that the beneficiaries of the NGOs they chose to fund was just a list of board passers seemingly culled from newspapers.

But how can we take their excuses seriously, when after repeated instances of their giving money to the same NGOs, they had not once bothered to check if the funds they allocated actually reached the intended beneficiaries? This state of affairs is indeed difficult, even impossible, to explain away.

And since it is exceedingly difficult to explain, it seems they have taken the advice of an old politician from their camp: If you can’t explain it, muddle it; if you can’t deodorize it, make everyone else stink; if you can’t look good, make everyone look bad. You have heard what they are saying: that we are all the same.

My response: We are not the same. I have never stolen. I am not a thief. I am the one who goes after thieves. We appointed people of unquestionable integrity who are fulfilling their sworn duties. Did we not appoint the Commission on Audit leadership that reviewed the documents leading to the discovery of PDAF abuse? And now, can we not expect a fair and just investigation, because the Ombudsman we appointed walks alongside us along the straight path?

DAP is not pork

Let me make it clear: The Disbursement Allocation Program is not pork barrel.

Of the DAP releases in 2011 and 2012, only nine percent was disbursed for projects suggested by legislators. The DAP is not theft. Theft is illegal. Spending through DAP is clearly allowed by the Constitution and by other laws. DAP is only a name for a process in which government can spend both savings and new and additional revenues. Where did these funds come from? They came from our efforts to stop the connivance of some in bidding for contracts, in padding costs, overpricing, and kickbacks. They came from the proper spending of our budget. They came from the good governance now seen in our GOCCs; just one example of this is the MWSS, an agency once buried in debt, and which now remits dividends to the national government annually.

Savings, above-target collections, and new revenues are the results of good governance. And because of DAP, these funds were allocated to projects that were within the proposed budget and that had a clear benefit to the country.

How does this mechanism work? Simple.

There are some agencies that, for a variety of reasons, are unable to implement their projects right away; on the other hand, there are those that are very efficient in implementing their projects. When projects are stalled, naturally, we will not spend for them. We did not allow these funds to remain dormant. We looked for programs under implementing agencies that had proven themselves to be fast and efficient, and we channeled our savings into these programs—together with the additional revenue of the government. The benefits of these projects reached our countrymen faster and earlier, and we were able to spend the money allocated yearly in our National Budget more prudently and efficiently.

You can decide for yourselves: Is this wrong? When has it ever been wrong to look for a constitutional way to serve our countrymen more effectively? DAP funded Project NOAH, which gives accurate and timely warnings during calamities. Also because of DAP, under the Training-for-Work Scholarship Program of TESDA, almost 150,000 Filipinos were able to study, and no less than 90,000 of them are currently employed. DAP also benefited our Air Force and the police.

Through DAP, we were able to construct infrastructure in Mindanao and other parts of the country, restore the benefits of DepEd employees by paying their GSIS premiums, which had long been unpaid by the government, and fund many other programs and projects that have a real, tangible benefit to Filipinos.

DAP also played an important role in our economic resurgence. According to the World Bank, DAP contributed 1.3 percentage points to our GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2011. Let us compare: isn’t it true that, when they were still in power, we were called the “Sick Man of Asia”? Today, we can choose from a number of new labels: Asia’s fastest growing economy, Rising Tiger, Brightest Park. And let’s include the investment grade status we received from the three most reputable credit ratings agencies in the world. This economic growth—and its positive effects, which have redounded to our countrymen, especially those in the margins of society—this is the product of principled spending, and not of stealing. Money once pocketed by the corrupt is now being used to help our people, particularly the poor.

Let me also take this chance to explain the President’s Social Fund. There are times when we will need funds that can be disbursed quickly to meet sudden needs. For example: we needed funds to provide assistance to the families of soldiers and policemen who fell in the line of duty while responding to the threat posed by the MNLF-Misuari Faction in Zamboanga. There were also those who fell in the course of rescue and relief operations in the wake of Typhoon Sendong. The PSF funded these; without it, without calamity or contingency funds, they would have continued to suffer.

Sam Miguel
10-31-2013, 09:34 AM
^^^ (Cont'd )

Issue is theft

Because these funds were abused in the past, people are saying that perhaps we will abuse them today—even if no one has accused us of stealing or using them in the wrong manner. Some propose to remove them completely. Would this be just? If only it were that simple—but what would we then do in case of natural disasters? Even if we were lucky and Congress was in session, it would take at least four months of debate before Congress can approve the funding we need. If you are in Zamboanga, with a child crying from hunger, and government tells you that it cannot help you just yet, it would need to haggle with Congress first—how would you feel? We have the money, and we have the mechanisms that will ensure this money goes where it’s needed most. Would it be right to deprive our countrymen of the care they direly need?

I repeat: The issue here is theft. I did not steal. Those who have been accused of stealing are those who are sowing confusion; they want to dismantle all that we have worked so hard to achieve on the straight path. We were stolen from, we were deceived—and now we are the ones being asked to explain? I have pursued truth and justice, and have been dismantling the systems that breed the abuse of power—and yet I am the one now being called the “Pork Barrel King”?

This is what I say to them: If you think that this will stop me from going after you, if you think that you can divert the public’s attention, if you think you can get away with stealing from our countrymen—you have sorely underestimated me and the Filipino people. If there still remains some vestige of kindness in your hearts, I hope that you stop acting in self-interest, and instead act to help your fellowmen.

When my father returned home on the twenty-first of August 1983, he had a speech prepared. Filipinos never got to hear it, because he was murdered right on the tarmac. In that speech, he quoted Archibald MacLeish: "How shall freedom be defended? By truth when it is attacked by lies." Now that falsehood and deception are threatening the Filipino’s right to a clean and honest government, the truth stands as our most powerful weapon.

Tonight, I laid out the truth of what has been happening in our nation. I hope that in the coming days, you will talk about this amongst yourselves—in your families, in the groups you belong to, between friends and colleagues, within your communities—and that you can arrive at an understanding and a resolve that aligns with the truth.

My bosses, we have fought so many battles. And I am grateful that no matter how foul the slander and the sabotage, you never let go, you never gave up. Together we proved that there are no tyrants if there are no slaves. Now, those who have abused our trust want to cast us off the course towards the fulfillment of our collective aspirations. I do not believe that you will let this pass. And so long as you are with me, I will continue to stand for our principles.

I have no doubt that, whether or not I am in office, you, our Bosses whose minds and hearts are in the right place, will continue and will finish the fight. This knowledge is the source of my strength and my courage. After all, is it not true that, not too long ago, the system in place was one where the Filipino people had grown tired of dreaming, of fighting back, of doing their part?

Today, there are so many of us who are collectively forging the positive and meaningful changes that are taking place in society. I have every confidence that you will more actively choose to be on the side of what is right, what is truthful, and what is just. This is why I am thankful today, because I know that we will continue our march on the straight path. - Rappler.com

The President delivered this televised address on Wednesday, October 30

Joescoundrel
02-10-2015, 08:08 AM
WHY I RESPECT PRESIDENT AQUINO

Posted by Joe America on January 20, 2014 · 682 Comments

There is no perfect president. Never has been one, never will be one. We can cite the presidents who are generally held in high regard, and those held in low regard.

How do you look at President Aguinaldo, I wonder? He deserves credit for organizing the Philippines as a nation, yet he set the standard for self-serving leadership. Even brutal.

Most Americans hold George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the highest regard. But don’t dig too deeply into their personal lives or you will find some mighty fine flaws.

That crook U.S. President Nixon is held in high regard for his international dealings with China. The ineffectual “Jimmah” Carter did more after leaving office than he did in office. Habitat for Humanity ring a bell? Ronald Reagan grew in stature as the impacts of his deeds in office rolled through history. The much admired and assassinated JFK was a lustful adulterer. Bill Clinton was a brilliant politician and president who got his mitt in a wringer, so to speak.

How do we weigh President Aquino? How will history judge him?

The critics abound and are undermining his popularity polls. As I mentioned in a recent blog, the Philippines represents a “culture of criticism”. Any flaw in specific act is leveraged to represent a flaw in the entire effort. Or the entire person. President Aquino, an active president, is taking his shots.

Who can live up to that standard in a job as enormously complex as the presidency?

I rather think we should cut any president a little slack. Do you know that term?

From the Urban Dictionary:

“Cut some slack” This phrase is used to request or suggest leniency. To go easy on someone, or to be forgiving.

“Cut him some slack, he’s had a tough day”

“Cut me some slack while I’m learning”

To go easy. To be forgiving. Or to recognize that being relentlessly critical fosters a tear-down mentality. It undermines the nation if the leadership is weakened by criticism that distorts the entire picture.

What is it with this incessant need that Filipinos have – and I suppose we all have to some extent – to win a personal argument and sacrifice a nation in the doing? Critics like to use the term “apologist” for those supporting the President, as if his backers should be ashamed of their view. That is bizarre to me, and anyone who uses the term becomes instantly suspect to me. It is sneaky name-calling and has nothing to do with issues.

And for sure, for sure, I’m not saying that one should hold back from criticizing acts that warrant criticism. I’m saying cut some slack about judging an entire picture – or person – on the basis of one paint stroke.

I respect President Aquino for many reasons, one of which is that he has not bowed to agenda-bound, manipulative criticism. Oh, you can see he gets nettled sometimes. But his most recent observation that critics deserve to be ignored (my paraphrase) is a good one.

Take these critics for example:

Organizations like Bayan Muna simply do not recognize good deeds unless they smack of 1950’s anti-capitalist rhetoric and total destruction of wealth-building mechanisms. They sharpshoot at every opportunity and they are loud out of proportion to their authority.

The mayor of Tacloban. My son would call him a “Whimpy Doodle”. If you listen to that mayor, he is accountable for exactly nothing that went wrong in his city during and after Typhoon Yolanda.

And the newspapers, which intoxicate themselves by thinking that shallow sensationalism is a profound finding and any slander is worth printing.

And the plunderers and crooks who are intent upon making the accuser the guilty party. They are another bunch that knows no accountability. Nor shame.

Those critics are worth ignoring.

I respect President Aquino because he has stuck to a responsible path for four years. He has been serious and sincere and honest.

He has held to a path of integrity.

He demands a lot of others. I respect him for that. He demands a lot from his cabinet, from his staff, from those who serve the public, and from you and me. And you know what, most of the time:

It is not he who fails us.

It is we who fail him.

Is our need for personal justification more important than the Philippines? Have we lost touch with the meaning of sacrifice? I’m not talking about throwing our bodies on a grenade, just allowing others some wiggle room if they take a different decision than we would.

Is that so hard?

I respect President Aquino because he holds his position if he believes it is right. He does not equivocate or slip-slide or flip-flop. If a sultan deserves a swat, he delivers. If the Taiwan President is shrill and intent upon leading his nation to riot, President Aquino remains calm. If a Vice President tries to upstage him, he calls him aside out of public view and gets him back into line rather than playing politics. If China plays its one-way criticism cards, he flips them back, rationally and in the frame of a nation with peace in its Constitution but firmness in its adherence to a law-based resolution of disputes.

A Few Cases

Bus Massacre: The rescue was botched. Follow-up was handled well. I recently blogged on that: “Why Mayor Estrada Is Wrong On Hong Kong”

Gloria Arroyo: He jailed her immediately. No pardon. But let’s criticize the glacial pace of justice.

Appointing Chief Justice Sereno: He had the courage to extract Chief Justice Corona from position then defy convention by selecting a junior justice who will seal the Court to integrity for many years.

Ampatuan Massacre: He immediately confronted and jailed a powerful warlord. Another ding for glacial justice. Arroyo, my bad. JoeAm

The Sultan’s Foray into Malaysia: He was firm. He controlled the outcome without derailing the Mindanao Agreement.

American Ship Reefed in Tabataha: He was calm and firm about restitution.

Taiwan Fisherman’s Shooting: He kept his perspective in the face of the Taiwan President’s undiplomatic rant, and subdued a potentially volatile incident.

China In Philippine Territory: He has taken the high road, one of laws, and has not been provoked by China’s relentless taunts.

Puno and Other Loyalists: He was loyal back. He did not wilt under the pressure of the media sensationalist glare.

Reluctance to Back FOI: I’m not understanding why he does not enthusiastically see FOI as hand-in-hand with good governance. FOI should not have to swim upriver. Ding on the issue.

Zamboanga: He was on scene, firm on not negotiating, and handled VP Binay’s out-of-line stab at a peace agreement quietly.

Negotiations with America on Basing: He insists on staying firmly within Philippine laws.

Typhoon Yolanda and a Confrontational Mayor: He did not accede to the Mayor’s game-playing and refuses to back incompetence.

Take any one of these issues and put yourself at the helm.

Joescoundrel
02-10-2015, 08:09 AM
^ (Continued)

Wow. Any one is a potential back-breaker. In the limelight. Dealing with powerful people. Dealing with explosive issues. Every decision, to speak or not to speak, to decide or not to decide, comes under the spotlight of crooks and others who carry about their personal bitterness or agendas. This is not tiddly-winks folks.

These are extraordinarily complex and sensitive matters. Can we find flaws? Of course. But the upshot is that the President has piloted a steady, mature, intelligent, law-based course. His hand has been guided by good thinking, good decisions, firm commitment and diplomatic demeanor.

Right at the center of a culture of criticism. In the spotlight.

I also respect President Aquino because he has personality and character. Off duty, he’s a regular guy, with dates and a computer and probably a well-deserved snooze now and then. He walks like I do, with a hitch or a gimp. He smiles like my Cousin Maude when her girdle is too tight and when he is angry his eyes go dark and sharp.

If he were my brother, I’d be immensely proud of him. If his father and mother were alive today, they’d also be proud of this man, their son, who has grown to fill the big shoes of the presidency with high values and masterful handling of intricate matters.

When critics ridicule him about his sister or gait or cars or dates, it makes the critics very little people indeed. Little of character. And mighty cheap patriots.

He was going nowhere when the people drafted him to the presidency. He agreed to serve. Not to coast, or take advantage for personal gain, or to pull power punches to raise up the family dynasty. He just went to work.

He surprised me, for his executive style, for his clarity of understanding, for his determination, for his calm in the face of pressure. I thought he would be like his senate career, undistinguished. I did not expect he would succeed in putting the Philippines quickly on the path to global respect and economic well-being.

Some thought he should cure poverty and corruption in two years.

He is not a dictator. He does not sit on Yamashita’s treasure. He is not a miracle worker any more than the good Cardinal Tagle is, no matter how hard either of them pray. All the President can do is work and make decisions. I respect him for his resoundingly thoughtful perspectives on matters, and for good decisions under fire.

He is high principled. Dedicated. Smart.

Many seem to find it difficult to be proud of the President. Many seem to favor an upscale wheeler-dealer, an ambitious peddler in favors and favoritism. A guy who would cut deals with extortionists, outside the chain of command, cram an unqualified daughter into the senate and jail security guards for just doing their job.

Well, final accountability rests with the voters and no one else. There is no blaming or excuse-making or finger-pointing that can deny the tabulation.

But I’ll tell you, without question, President Aquino is 110% for the Philippines.

He’s doing what he does for you, and he’s doing it for me. It seems to me he is one of the few people in power who genuinely, honorably, puts the nation’s well-being above self-gain.

I’m inclined to wonder, what do we give in return?

Sam Miguel
05-14-2015, 09:50 AM
AS DIVIDENDS SURPASS REMITTANCES COLLECTED DURING ARROYO’S TERM

Aquino mulls bonus hike for GOCCs

Kristine Angeli Sabillo

@KSabilloINQ

INQUIRER.net

1:05 PM | Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

With dividends from government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) surpassing that of his predecessor, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday called for a review and possible increase in the bonuses of GOCC employees.

“I am directing now Secretary Purisima, and Mr. Villanueva, and also Butch Abad: I want a review of the bonuses that have been accruing all of the people involved in the GOCCs,” he said during the turnover of more than P30 billion worth of GOCC remittances to the national treasury.

He pointed out that while P84.18 billion in remittances were collected during former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term (2001-2009), from 2010 to 2015 alone, his administration was able to raise P131.28 billion.

“In our interest to make you more efficient, baka naman kayo ang nakalimutan. Pinasaya n’yo ‘yung bansa, baka kayo naman ang pinalungkot nang todo-todo (In our interest to make you more efficient, we might have neglected you. You made the country happy but it might have also resulted in you being sad,” he said.

The announcement was applauded by the hundreds of GOCC representatives present at the event.

The President said the review, which seeks to “maximize the benefits” of GOCC employees, should happen in a month’s time.

Reforms

Earlier in his term, Aquino suspended bonuses and allowances of GOCC executives. Several GOCCs were also abolished.

“There was a GOCC that had a mid-year bonus, productivity bonus, anniversary bonus, year-end bonus, financial assistance,” he recalled. He said it was revealed that the GOCC personnel had been receiving allowances that were more than their regular pay and benefits.

He said part of the reform process was the abolition of some companies that were no longer relevant.

Aquino said that it was through the reforms and new regulations that his administration was able to “professionalize” the GOCCs.

He said GOCC remittances under his administration may most likely reach an amount double that of Arroyo who was in power for nine years.

Aquino urged the GOCCs to further improve their performance.

“Ang pakiusap ko po: Huwag tayong titigil; huwag tayong makontento sa nagawa na; mag-isip pa tayo ng paraan para ba lalong mapaganda ‘yung iiwan nating biyaya, pakinabang, serbisyo sa taumbayan (My appeal: Let us not stop; let us not be content with what we have achieved; let’s think of more ways to further improve benefits and services for the people),” he said, challenging those who attended the annual GOCC Day in Malacañang.