By: Elena Grace Flores
Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, when asked of how he would rate former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III or Pnoy responsed – to leave it up to God and the Filipino people to judge the outgoing and incoming presidents. “God, the Filipino people, history and time will tell of the legacy they will leave behind. The greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time, the strong foundations and institutions they leave behind, the long-term peace unity and prosperity, the future and welfare of our most precious resource: Our children,” Honasan said. (With reports from Mario B. Casayuran, Madel Sabater Namit, and Hannah Torregoza)
As per Manila Bulletin’s report: Neophyte senator Sherwin Gatchalian likewise credited Aquino for his efforts at fighting corruption in the country. “PNoy tried his best to fight corruption and change the culture of impunity in our country. In my opinion he was successful in showing to the public that honesty is still possible in government and it started with him,” Gatchalian said.“However, he neglected the simple but important things to the ordinary Filipino. Simple things such as the MRT or Metro Rail Transit woes, a symbol of apathy towards the people. I give him 6 out of 10,” he said when asked how he would grade Aquino’s performance in the last six years.
Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito is generous and gave the Aquino government a grade of 8.5 for its over-all performance in running the country. “But in terms of infrastructure development, I give his administration a low mark of 4,” Ejercito said. Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said, “as far as PNoy is concerned, I have no doubts about his sincerity and performance. Some people he has appointed and people below them are the disappointment. They were not on the straight path,” Sotto said.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Outgoing Benigno Aquino III or Pnoy will walk out of Malacanang unscathed tomorrow when he turns over the presidency to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. The DAP case filed against him and other alleged accomplice was dismissed and he is safe for now.
CNN Philippines wrote: The justices ruled that the acts sought to by the petitioners from the respondents were not ministerial — but discretionary acts.
SC Spokesperson Theodore Te explained that the mandamus will be issued only (1) where there exists a clear, legal right to the act demanded; (2) respondent has the duty to perform the act because it is mandated by law; (3) respondent unlawfully neglects the performance of such duty required by law; (4) the act to be performed is ministerial, not discretionary; and (5) there is no other plain, speedy and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law.
The petition was filed by senatorial candidate Greco Belgica group – asking the Supreme Court last August 2015 to direct the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice or DOJ to probe and prosecute those behind the DAP or Disbursement Acceleration Program.
By: Elena Grace Flores
It has been made known by the local Philippine media that President Noynoy Aquino has been inviting Grace Poe over for some political discussions. According to GMA News, Senator Grace Poe confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III asked her to go around the country with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who’s supposedly the Liberal’s presidential bet but still suffers bad survey rating against Binay unlike Poe.
On another follow-up news from GMA, Grace Poe confirmed via text message that President Benigno Aquino III met with Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero last Thursday hoping they will be united during the 2016 polls. However, there’s still no clear positioning among these three candidates; Mar, Grace and Chiz. If Grace and Chiz stick on their plan to retain their tandem, the big problem for the Liberal Party and for Pnoy is – what to do with Mar Roxas?
So why is Pnoy or the Liberal Party so hot on Grace Poe? Aside from winning the senatorial race because of her late father’s popularity, Fernando Poe, Jr., she has not really showed any achievements in the senate. Poe chairs the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs that led the chamber’s inquiry into the “misencounter” in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao that left 44 police Special Action (SAF) troopers, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters, and five civilians dead. The investigation is either halted or going nowhere. It simply went quiet amidst reports that talks are going on between Pnoy and Grace Poe.Can Poe really hold Pnoy accountable if proven to have involvement in the failure of the confidential operation as Commander in Chief?
In our further research, we came across with this website named after Grace Poe: http://www.presidentgracepoe.com/. At a glance, we thought that this is her official website but when you read through, although the facts are verified, the maker of this website has a different opinion on her. Find out what!
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Here are the links to the full transcriptions and video of July 7, 2015 Binay Senate Probe:
Part 1: Senate Probe Media Favors Binay Anew – July 7, 2015
Part 2: Trillanes’s Accusations are Opposite from the Witnesses’ – Part 2 July 15, 2015 Binay Senate Probe
By: Elena Grace Flores
Under the AMLA, banking institutions are required to report all “suspicious transactions” to the Anti-Money Laundering Council, the agency which enforces the AMLA. Banks and depositors have opined that this statutory obligation is legally objectionable because it compels the bank to make a judgment call against its own client despite the fiduciary (something built on trust) relationship between the bank and the client.
The AMLA also authorizes the AMLC to petition the Court of Appeals to issue a “freeze order” against a bank account used in illegal activities. A freeze order has the effect of putting the money beyond the reach of the account holder.
AMLA that was authorized by AMLC to freeze the bank accounts of V.P. Binay’s family is, based on the reasons for its enactment, can be an effective weapon against organized crime and large-scale corruption – there is nothing to stop its use against the political opposition and other perceived enemies of the state. Analyze this:
Ultimately the allegations of corruptions against the Binay family is triggered by VP Binay being a strong contender for president in May 2016, and that President Benigno Aquino III is not exactly very fond of his vice president, are matters which have been downplayed by Malacañang. Knowing now the functions of these bodies, questionable events arised:
Question Number One: – Binay, who denies having violated the AMLA, is at the receiving end of the AMLC’s attention.
Question Number Two: Mohagher Iqbal, the main man of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the MILF, who admitted to the Senate that he violated the AMLA by using a false name in his numerous bank accounts, remains untouched by the authorities.
The Big Question is: Why the special preferential treatment accorded to Iqbal (or whatever his real name is) is a clear indicator that all is not fair and equal in the government’s handling of AMLA cases. The Pnoy administration are therefor nice to their allies and tough to their enemies!
No wonder that the AMLC evidence were not accepted by the court and classified as hearsays!
By: Elena Grace Flores
What is Media Propaganda?
Media propaganda is when the media is being used as political and social means to influence people’s attitudes and beliefs. The modern propaganda uses all the media available to spread its message, including: press, radio, television, film, computers, fax machines, posters, meetings, door-to-door canvassing, handbills, buttons, billboards, speeches, flags, street names, monuments, coins, stamps, books, plays, comic strips, poetry, music, sporting events, cultural events, company reports, libraries, awards and prizes.
Media people swear before they become one to tell the truth and nothing but the truth – so creative writing or broadcasting is needed to be able to keep that promise or to avoid libel suits. However, the media cannot survive if there’s no business supporting their programs – and we all know that controversy sells a lot – thereby, the birth of provocative titles which are often misleading that results to total misunderstanding by the general public.
Media Propaganda Users
It is difficult for media entities to refuse large incomes because obviously, money is badly needed to be able to sustain their operation expenses. So, in this regard political giants surely can have access to this strategy to destroy their opponents. This is not about publishing false reports. This is normally involves broadcasting half-truth stories. Sometimes both sides of the stories are not covered. The use of “allegedly” is so obvious if you only pay attention to it – which means that the detail of the story is a hearsay by whoever is being interviewed. No concrete or hard evidence at all.
Media Propaganda Brain
In the Philippines, the Marcos regime that governed Philippines to become the most successful economy in Asia to the envy of other Asian countries was toppled because of Ninoy Aquino’s betrayal to his fraternity brother then the late President Ferdinand Marcos – who was once his financial supporter according to an insider’s blog. This article although unfounded contained details of the troubled marriage of Cory and Ninoy contrary to the image that they wanted to create for the family through Ninoy’s media connections being a media man himself. The sour relationship even lasted until Ninoy was assassinated eventually in 1983.
It is evident that two Aquino’s already served as Presidents but the mastermind of the assassination is still not known. Only 16 were convicted and 20 were acquitted as reported. Rumors had it that it can be Cory’s relatives contrary to the media propaganda that it was Ferdinand Marcos who was allegedly threatened that Ninoy Aquino would replace him as President because of his popularity triggered by media propaganda. It was however verified that Ninoy Aquino was already terminally ill or literally dying when he decided to come back to the Philippines. In fact he was in exile for three years in the U.S. for medical treatment after a heart attack.
Again, contrary to media propaganda that he was willing to die to be able to serve Filipinos. The “Filipinos are worth dying for” statement became popular since then.
It was published in various media that Ninoy vowed to drop Sabah claim in pledge to get support from Malaysia in ousting Marcos.
Ninoy Aquino’s highly publicized accusations against Marcos paved the way to the diminishing reputation of President Marcos.
Was the assassination drama used and elaborated by the media for the Aquino’s to gain powered backed by their foreign supporters? Are they selling the land to the Malaysians? That would actually explain the President’s cold actions in helping Sultan Jamalul Kiram’s men in getting back Sabah through a suicide mission. He is also very hesitant to fast track the Bangsamoro Law to be passed before his term expires in 2016.
Result of Aquino Governance
The present Aquino administration is making sure to install a President from their own Liberal Party to avoid being punished for their mismanagement as follow to name a few:
Media Propaganda Strikes Again
Now that the 2016 Presidential election is fast approaching, most political threats are either already in jail for alleged corruption charges or in the process of giving them a hard time and ruining their reputation – which is the same media propaganda strategy that Ninoy Aquino used against Ferdinand Marcos in the past. The following are some examples:
Makati Chaos Can Slow Down Economy
The continued attack by the Liberal party of President Ninoy against the Binays has a huge impact in the Philippine economy. Makati being the center of commerce in the Philippines has lost huge turnovers in a daily basis. Businesses either interrupted or disrupted by the chaotic situation claims to have suffer substantial losses as interviewed by CNN Philippines.
The absence of the Binays in the public service arena is a great loss to the general public because only this family has a proven track record in improving the lives of their constituents through quality service facilities like well equipped schools, better healthcare, supported livelihood and other social benefits. This is the only area in the Philippines where public services are quick and efficient.
Public Service Betrayal
It is very clear that the Pnoy administration is only interested in safeguarding their Liberal political party – that’s why they wanted Kid Pena to govern Makati who is the Vice Mayor than Mayor Binay. Also, as a President who is noted not to have an economic skill, he would not care less if the Philippine economy slows down with the deteriorating income from the central commercial district. There are just too many betrayal incidents done by the ruling President from the Sabah incident to the Makati interference.
So what should the public do?