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PH senator: Good luck, Grace!

THE more aspirants for the presidency, the better for our country. The bigger the field, the more choices for us. Better to have a surplus of aspirants than a shortage.
Senator Ralph Recto prepared this statement a few hours before Sen. Grace Poe made public her intention to seek the Philippine presidency.
Poe, daughter of the late Philippine movie King Fernando Poe Jr., stressed in her speech at the Alumni Building of the University of the Philippines Wednesday night that she’s seeking the highest office in the land to put into reality her father’s dream for the Filipino people.
“Let’s unite and move together against all ills, especially at this very challenging time for our country,” Poe told her audience, mostly students coming from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila.

Neophyte PH senator to fight Aquino’s choice?

PHILIPPINE Senator Grace Poe, who topped the senatorial race in the 2013 presidential polls, will reveal her most-awaited political plans for 2016 on Wednesday night at the University of the Philippines’ auditorium in Quezon City.
Prodded mostly by students and ordinary Filipino citizens, Poe turned down former local government secretary Mar Roxas’ offer to be his running mate in next year’s polls. Roxas has been endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III as the administration’s official candidate for president.
Poe, however, is still facing a political dilemma. With citizenship questions still unresolved, the lady senator has made up her mind and will seek the presidency in 2016, according to political sources.

P13B allotted for 2016 PH polls

THE Philippine government has allotted a total of P12.954 billion for the holding of automated national and local elections (NLE) on May 9, 2016 and the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Oct. 31, 2016.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad gave this breakdown during the briefing Monday of the inter-agency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) at the first day of the hearings of the House Committee on Appropriations on the proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for next year.
Abad told the appropriations panel chaired by Rep. Isidro Ungab (3rd District, Davao City) that the government has allotted P6.26 billion for the national and local elections and an additional P6.69 billion for the SK and Barangay Elections.
Abad said the P6.26 billion will only be for the holding of the NLE, since P12.6 billion had already been allotted this year for the acquisition of additional voting machines and P1.2 billion for other expenses in preparation for the polls.
For the SK and Barangay Elections, of the P6.69 billion budget next year, P507 million will be used for the SK registration, P5.9 billion for the holding of elections and P193 million for the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) so Filipinos abroad can vote for the country’s national officials. This amount will be augmented by the P936 million allotment this year for the SK polls and P10 million for the OAV.
Abad said the conduct of orderly and clean elections is among the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption thrusts of the Aquino government for next year. The others are improved state of governance; corruption deterrence services through the investigation services and enforcement of decisions of the Office of the Ombudsman; resolution of graft and corruption cases by the Sandiganbayan (graft court); public financial management reform and strengthening of public audit; business and trade regulation services; corporate and capital market regulation services; diplomatic and consular services; public sector financial resources management services; tax collection services; and collection of duties and taxes.
Abad said aside from Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, the other expenditure priorities of the government next year are: Making Growth More Inclusive; Sustaining the Growth Momentum; Managing Disaster Risks; and Forging Just and Lasting Peace.

Millions maybe barred from 2016 PH polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila may face legal problems and public anger if millions of registered voters will be barred from voting in the 2016 elections.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday predicted trouble for the Comelec, which is persuading over 4 million registered voters to have their biometrics taken as a requirement for voting in the 2016 election.
“Imagine, more than 4 million will be disqualified from voting in the 2016 presidential and local elections because of the lack of biometrics? This invites trouble. How will the Comelec be able to convince the people that this is right? I hope the people will not get mad. But I’m afraid they surely will,” Marcos said in a statement.
Biometrics data, which includes a voter’s photograph, fingerprint and signature, is mandated by the Mandatory Biometrics Registration Act of 2013 as a requisite for voting.

Who will succeed PH President Aquino?

(NOTE: As the May 2016 presidential election draws near, MyGlobalPinoyChannel is featuring some Philippine politicians, who are being considered as possible successor of President Benigno Aquino III.)

Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr. is a Senator of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. He is presently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Senate Committee on Public Works; and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, the Committee on Cooperatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Track Record of Public Service

‘Phl president liable for impeachment’

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will become liable for impeachment, on the constitutional ground of bribery, if the Supreme Court rules that the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) is unconstitutional.
Militant groups have asked the high court to declare DAP unconstitutional. The court already declared unconstitutional the controversial “pork barrel” funds.
In a statement, Santiago also said the senator-judges will be obliged to restitute and return to the government the sum of P50 million each; and the sum of P100 million each from Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Franklin Drilon and Chiz Escudero.
The “bribery issue” hugged the headlines late last year after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada in a privilege speech disclosed that senator-judges were bribed just to convict former chief justice Renato Corona during the impeachment trial.