Archive for the ‘Elections 2016’ Category

Trillanes to Duterte: sign waiver of bank secrecy law addressed to BPI

The public should be more discerning this time with President Duterte’s bluster when confronted with the issue of his BPI bank accounts which have been recipients of deposits amounting to over P2 billion from 2006 to 2015 from several sources. News reports Friday quoted President Duterte as ordering the Anti-Money Laundering Council to give information […]

February 20, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Elections 2016, Graft and corruption  25 Comments

LP SOCE case being eyed for oust-Leni operation?

Amid the many items in media not favorable to Vice President Leni Robredo- LeniLeaks, banned from cabinet meetings, dis-invited by Malacanang in New Year vin d’honneur, drop in satisfaction ratings – another one came up the other day. We were told that the Supreme Court is expected very soon to release its decision on the […]

January 13, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016, Supreme Court  6 Comments

David Lapuz: ‘One prodigious fountain spouting forth brilliant ideas’

Aside from Salvador Panelo, spokesperson of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for a month, aspirant to be ambassador to the Court of St. James and now presidential legal counsel, another appointee of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte who is creating a different kind of buzz is David Lapuz as head of the Commission on Higher Education. There is […]

June 17, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Elections 2016  14 Comments

Cayetano’s Leni remark shows he is not “in” in Duterte’s power group

After Congress, acting as National Board of Canvassers, declared last Friday Rodrigo Duterte of PDP-Laban as winner in the presidential contest and Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party for the vice-presidential race in the May 9 elections, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, told media that a cabinet position awaits Robredo. “Mayor Duterte is […]

June 1, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016  One Comment

PNoy, Del Rosario responsible for PH losing control of Scarborough shoal

Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said early this week he wants to know why the Philippines lost Scarborough Shoal. When he said this, he was apparently under the impression that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who exposed his BPI bank deposits amounting to no less than P200 million despite before the May 9 elections, was responsible for […]

May 20, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Elections 2016, Foreign Affairs  8 Comments

Erap endorsement expected to get Mindanao for Poe

It was almost midnight when Sen. Grace Poe made it to retired Col. Ariel Querubin’s birthday at the Clubhouse at Camp Aguinaldo last Monday. But she looked happy and energized. She told the remaining few guests that she came from the proclamation rally of former President Joseph Estrada, who is running for re-election as Manila […]

March 30, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016  7 Comments

Grace Poe took the first presidential debate

The winner of the first Comelec-sponsored debates of presidential candidates organized with GMA-7 and Philippine Daily Inquirer based on my monitoring of social media and exchange of notes with friends was Grace Poe. It’s not a scientific survey, of course. Political analyst and De La Salle University Professor Richard Heydarian summed up the performance of […]

February 21, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Elections 2016  16 Comments

Social media raises demand for honesty from candidates

Two stories that generated passionate exchanges in social media the past days underscore how new media is being used to demand transparency and honesty from candidates and their staff in the campaign for the May elections. The first story was about the shoes of Brian Llamanzares, son of presidential candidate Grace Poe of the Partido […]

February 17, 2016   Posted in: Elections 2016  19 Comments

The Junjun Binay libel case vs Trillanes

Telling the truth does not make one immune from libel suits. Last Monday, Judge Dina Pestano Teves of the Makati Regional Trial Court 142, released the warrant of arrest for Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV after finding probable cause in the suit filed by former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. Trillanes, who is running […]

February 3, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Elections 2016, Graft and corruption  6 Comments

Duterte and Aesop’s fable about the frogs who desired a king

The frustration of the people over the ineptness of the Aquino government has made the “kamay na bakal” brand of leadership that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealing to many. Former Human Rights Commission Chair Etta Rosales warned about the dangers of a leader who wants to play God. Rosales said, ““These people who say […]

November 27, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Elections 2016  15 Comments