Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is now Pampanga 2nd district representative, has been named the new Speaker.
When President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at Batasan for his State of the Nation Address (SONA), before 4 pm, it was still Alvarez who welcomed him, along with Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
The President's SONA was delayed for more than an hour since he had to speak separately with Alvarez and Arroyo, according to congressional sources.
An agreement was reached to let Alvarez sit with the President during the speech, and to formalize Arroyo's election as Speaker through a proper resolution.
After the President's SONA, lawmakers stayed to hold a session.
Alvarez also made powerful enemies.
He slapped graft charges against his former bosom buddy, Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., one of the top campaign contributors of the President.
Alvarez supported Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas in the latter’s political feud with the Marcoses in Ilocos Norte.
“Everybody had their own issues [with him],” Nograles said. “The zero budget was an issue for some of them, so was the removal of chairmanships from those who voted against the death penalty [bill],” he said.
While Alvarez was making enemies, Arroyo was consolidating her forces.
Of the 184 who voted for her, several were her former Cabinet officials, including Andaya, who was her budget secretary, and Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap, who was her agriculture secretary.
Another close ally is Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, who has joined the new supermajority.
Alvarez did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-bodyguard of Senator Leila De Lima, admitted Thursday that his former boss-lover urged him to go into hiding to avoid a House of Representatives inquiry on the alleged drug trade inside the state penitentiary.
Dayan said that when his sister received a subpoena summoning him to the House probe, he talked to his daughter to contact De Lima because the senator was not replying to his text messages.
He said he wanted to attend the investigation, but De Lima -- whom his family allegedly calls "Tita Lai" or "TL" -- told his daughter that he should go into hiding.
"Gustong-gusto ko pong attendan iyung hearing pero ang sabi ni Ma'am sa text niya sa aking anak na si Hannah Mae Dayan: 'Pakisabi sa kanya magtago lang siya... Papipiyestahan lang siya at silang dalawa kapag nag-appear siya sa hearing."
His daughter, Hannah Mae Dayan, also read the text messages which she allegedly got from de Lima last October 1, 2016.
House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas said the text messages allegedly from De Lima are "bordering on obstruction of justice and contempt" for interfering in the proceedings.
An arrest warrant was issued against Dayan after he failed to appear in a House inquiry on the alleged narcotics trade inside the national penitentiary, where several witnesses said De Lima asked convicted crime lords to sell drugs to beef up her campaign kitty for the 2010 senatorial elections.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
LET ME SHARE TO YOU THE EXCELLENT PLAN OF PRES. MARCOS TO " MAKE THIS NATION GREAT AGAIN.!! "
PRES. MARCOS UNFORGETTABLE REMARKS -
"This Nation can be great again. This I have said, over and over. This is my Articles of Faith and Divine Providence (Gold reserve) has Willed that You and I can translate this Faith into deeds."
Here is the Factual events in the Line of Historical study as qouted in the Secret documens. .
" Pres. Marcos grand plan is, He wanted to Re-established the former Grandeur of MAHARLIKA and the whole Region of South East Asia Region, the former MALAYAN EMPIRE. .
In June 1983, Marcos appeared before the first world leader in Toronto. He announced his plan to boost economy of the South East Asia Region by ' CREATING ASIAN DOLLAR.' .
This would be backed up by the 400,000 metric tons of Gold in Central Bank. .
The ASIAN DOLLAR, backed up by the 2/3 of all gold in the World that was in the Maharlika, would make the Maharlika money ' MORE VALUABLE AND STRONGER THAN AMERICAN DOLLAR.'
This was his Vision to raise South East Asia to be par with the rest of the first world countries. .
There is a plenty of Solid evidence of a program Marcos worked on with American Pres. Ronald Reagan, which reffered to as ABL or ANG BAGONG LIPUNAN program. .
To this day, the 400,000 metric tons of gold are still in the Central Bank in East Avenue, Quezon City.
NO BODY CAN MOVED IT, it because it insured it with the LLOYDS OF LONDON and its agents are guarding it. .
BUT THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE ITS EXISTENCE. .
Not only have succeesive governments of the Philippines failed to acknowledge the existence of the gold, they have Conspired to keep this information from being known to the Filipino people. .
WE ASSUME, THIS IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING AT FOR WAYS TO CONVERT THE GOLD FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH GAIN. .
PROBABLY, IN CONSPIRACY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING CARTEL. ."
THE ADMIN DOES NOT WANT YOU TO LIVE IN GRAVE IGNORANCE. .
THE YELLOW PROPAGANDA MAY CONTINUE TO SPREAD OUT TO CONVINCE THE DEPRAVED MIND THAT PRES. MARCOS IS " MAGNANAKAW ". .
THEN, IF THE FILIPINO WILL BELIEVE,
THE TRAPPED OF YELLOW DUNGEON WILL CONTINUE TO DARKEN THE MINDS OF IGNORANT FOR THEIR ADVANTAGE TO REMAIN AND TO MAINTAIN THEIR POWER. .
BECAUSE, THEY KNOW IF THEY WILL STOP DESTROYING PRES. MARCOS,
THE ENLIGHTENING WILL COME INTO THE MINDS OF FILIPINO. .
IF THAT CASE WILL HAPPEN, THEN THE DECREE OF THE APPOINTED TIME WILL KNOCK AT THE DOOR UNLEASH THE GLOBAL ASSET THAT CAME FROM THE SPRINGS OF GOLD RESERVE. .
AND THE DIVINE JUSTICE OF THE INVISIBLE ARMS OF PROVIDENCE WILL MOVE--
TO MAKE THIS NATION GREAT AGAIN.!!!
Thursday, September 29, 2016
A 'pillar' of PH politics
Lawmakers grieved over the passing of former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
"I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. With her passing, we lost one of the country's most vocal and feisty defenders of our nation's sovereignty and national interest, as well as one of the most feared campaigners against corruption in government.
"We would also miss not only her trademark colorful language that stung foes and chastised incompetent officials, but also for her cutting intelligence and wit that endeared her to a horde of youthful followers.
"We will forever be grateful to Senator Santiago for dedicating her life to the service of our nation." - - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao del Norte 1st District
"We lost a pillar in the Senate. The passing of the senator and looking at her performance on the background of how she performed during all these years, it may be difficult to find somebody that can somewhat duplicate what she has done. A good reformist and fiscalizer, and somebody who did not take advantage of her position. Loyal and dedicated as a public servant." - Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Quezon 3rd District
"I join the whole nation in grieving the death of a dear and true friend and loyal ally, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
"Senator Miriam's life is the epitome of courage, brilliance, eloquence, dedication to public service and commitment to good governance. The Philippines has lost a truly outstanding and irreplaceable leader in Senator Miriam!
"I extend my deepest sympathies to Atty Jun Santiago, their children, and their whole family. She will be truly missed." - Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga 2nd District
"She is a great loss. With her sterling and exemplary performance as part legislature, legal mind, and leader, her departure to join her Creator has created a missing link, that finding a replacement is not an easy task." - Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, Capiz 2nd District
"We mourn the passing of a giant cultural icon. She will be remembered not only for being an unparalleled legislator but for her meteoric personality, her acerbit wit, and deep intolerance for the stupid. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she managed to capture the idolatry of people from all ages, specially the young. Her appeal was age- and gender-proof. I continue to wish that someone, just even a 10th of her, were present in today's political circumstances. Typhoons have Yolanda. Politics has Miriam." - Deputy Speaker Romero Quimbo, Marikina City 2nd District
"It's a sad day for the Philippines. We have lost a brilliant stateswoman who has captured the hearts and the imagination of the Filipino people with her courageous yet witty remarks and ideas that helped shape and build our strong nation. She will be greatly missed. #WalaKangKatulad." Cristal Bagatsing, Manila City 5th District
"My family and I are saddened by the passing of Senator Miriam Santiago, whom I maintained a cordial relationship with through the years. I was also godfather to her son who passed away.
"Philippine politics will not be the same without the staunch and feisty Miriam. We will miss her intelligence, wit, and vast legal expertise, which she has shared as university professor and earned for the country the distinction of being the first Asian elected judge to the International Criminal Court.
"It was a privilege to have worked with Miriam and we thank her for her dedication to the country, having served well in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches ofour government.
"To Atty Jun Santiago and the rest of her family who fought this difficult cancer battle with her, my deepest sympathy and prayers." - Feliciano Belmonte Jr, Quezon City 4th District
"This end of an era of erudition, eloquence, and equanimity. Agree with her or not, her thoughts and her means of expression demanded respect." - Teddy Baguilat Jr, Ifugao
"We mourn the loss of a distinguished legal scholar and an exemplary public servant who [is] hard to come by in every generation. She will always be an inspiration for our youth and to us public servants." - Rodel Batocabe, AKO Bicol
"Maalala natin siya bilang isa sa pinakamahusay nating public servant. Napakatapang, napaka-vocal sa napakaraming issues, lalung-lalo na nakikita natin siyang isang inspiration sa paglaban para sa ating pambansang soberanya. Maaalala natin na isa siya na nanawagan para sa abolition ng mga ‘di pantay na kasunduan ng Pilipinas at ng Estados Unidos. Kaya naman ang mga kabataan ay gagawin siyang modelo at talagang inspirasyon sa pagpapatuloy ng laban para sa soberanya ng ating bansa, sa pagpapatuloy ng laban para sa ganap na kalayaan para sa bansa." - Sarah Elago, Kabataan
"The people of Samar join the entire nation in mourning the passing of former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Even to a political neophyte like myself, Senator Miriam is an inspiration to do only what is good and what is right.
"She is one of the country's great political figures who worked hard to achieve excellence in all the tasks given to her in the field of public service.
"She will be sorely missed by the entire Philippines not only because of her witty punchlines but because of her selfless dedication to public service. Paalam, Senator Miriam." - Edgar Sarmiento, Samar
"Up to her last breath, former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago showed to all of us the grit and the spirit of a true Ilongga. She fought her disease just like the way she fought to change the many wrongs in our present political system. Despite her passing, she is immortalized by everything that she stands for and everything that she did for the country. She will continue to inspire us to fight for what is right even of everybody else thinks otherwise. She will continue to be an Ilonggo pride." -Jerry Treñas, Iloilo City
"Today is a sad day for the entire nation as we all grieve for the passing of one of the most iconic personalities in Philippine politics.
"Throughout Senator Miriam's entire political career, she has inspired so many Filipinos, especially the youth. Your wit and brilliance, which we all admired, will surely be missed. Senate proceedings wouldn't be the same without the presence of a feisty legislator like you.
"Thank you for your service to our country, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. May you rest in peace." - Sherwin Tugna, CIBAC
"Sad news. Senator Miriam will always be remembered as a fighter and advocate of our democracy. She's indeed a stateswoman!!! Her death is a big, big [loss] to the Filipino people. Our deepest condolences to her family!" - Vilma Santos-Recto, Lipa City 6th District
"Senator Santiago defined what a true statesperson should be – fierce but compassionate, strong-willed but gentle in spirit, a principled advocate that never compromises in the face of adversity. Her passing away is a great loss, especially during these troubling times when voices like hers will surely send shivers to the powers that be. I join the nation in mourning her passing." - Tom Villarin, Akbayan
"The Iron Lady is gone but she had a well-ironed place in our history as a respected jurist, executive bureaucrat, legislator, international law expert, and, of late, a master par excellence in 'hugot lines.' More importantly, though, she's an ally in the campaign against pork barrel and against onerous foreign treaties like the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement) and EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement). To paraphrase one of her hugot lines, 'Mahirap makipaglaro sa'yo ng taguan, because someone like her is hard to find. Requiescat in pace MDS!" - Carlos Isagani Zarate, Bayan Muna
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
De Lima was initially hesitant to comment on the President’s latest outburst, this time directed at United States President Barack Obama, noting how Duterte would not like to be lectured on by other people.
“Di ba nga sinasabi niya na ayaw siyang line-lecturan. Ayaw siyang pinagsasabihan. So mahirap…kasi ayaw ngang line-lecturan, ayaw sinasabihan. So maybe, this is just a friendly advice, unsolicited advice,” she said in an interview at the Senate on Tuesday.
“Kailangan ho kasi tandaan ng ating mahal na Pangulo na Pangulo po siya, and therefore, anuman po ang lumalabas sa bibig niya ay kailangan pinag-iisipin muna nang husto, at hindi padalos-dalos, na nagiging policy yan and official statement,” she said.
De Lima, who also traded barbs with Duterte over her alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade, reminded that a statement of any president or leader of a state would be reflective reflective of his or her country’s foreign policy.
“And therefore, hindi pupuwede yung ganyang style na nambu-bully, offensive din ang language,” she said.
“Because pag ganun po, sa tingin ko po…I know, baka na naman po siya magalit if I say this – that yung mga ganyan po na mga offensive, intemperate language, does not only demean himself, but it also demeans his office and even the country in the eyes of the world. So kailangan po doble-ingat.”
The senator was referring to Duterte’s reported warning against anyone who would lecture him about human rights and extra-judicial killings during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
“You must be respectful. You just don’t throw question and statements. Putangina, mumurahin kita sa forum na yan,” the President was quoted in the media as saying, supposedly referring to Obama.
His remark was believed to be the reason Obama called off his scheduled meeting with him this Tuesday. Duterte later expressed regrets for his comment.
In fact, she said, she already received some text messages from her former classmates, who are now based in the US, supposedly saying that they were already being insulted there by Americans.
“It’s just an advice, Mr. President…I’m not imposing on you. I’m not lecturing sa inyo. And siguro po yung ganitong sentiment, I’m almost sure or pretty sure, is being shared by many,” the senator added.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Sandiganbayan yesterday sentenced Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr. to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a P2.5-million transaction made 21 years ago.
Aside from imprisonment, the anti-graft court disqualified Umali from holding public office and forfeited his retirement benefits.
Records showed that the transaction was made when Umali was provincial administrator.
Umali, along with former governor Rodolfo Valencia and former provincial board member Romualdo Bawasanta, were ordered to reimburse the provincial government P2.5 million.
The charges against the respondents stemmed from a loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), made under the name of the provincial government.
The Sandiganbayan said the respondents violated the Local Government Code when they used the money to repair, operate and maintain a boat owned by a private individual.
Valencia said they would appeal the decision.
He said that in 1993, the province was placed under a state of calamity after a series of typhoons left 149 people dead.
“Because of the gravity and urgency of the situation, the provincial government applied for a loan with the LBP,” Valencia said.
He said the money was used to repair the ship in order to reach and help people in isolated areas.
Valencia said their political rivals criticized their action and charged them in court.
The decision was handed down by a Sandigan division previously chaired by dismissed Associate Justice Gregory Ong, who along with Associate Justices Oscar Herrera and Christina Cornejo, tried the case for 20 years.