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Idiot for president

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 7th, 2016
    “If I am elected President, I will release her [Gloria Arroyo]. Why? Because the evidence [against her] is weak. I know that. I am a lawyer,” said presidential hopeful Mayor Rody Duterte at a gathering of the group Friends of Rody Duterte in San Fernando, Pampanga.

What an incredibly ignorant thing for a lawyer to say. Gloria Arroyo is under detention by order of the Sandiganbayan, the President has no power to order her release because the Sandiganbayan is independent of the president.

It would do Duterte well to get a grasp of the basics of how our government works before he aspires to become President. What an idiot!

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Binay: Money talks

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 7th, 2016

moneytalks

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Charges upheld!

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 5th, 2016

Ombudsman upholds criminal charges vs VP Binay, son

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman junks the appeal of the Binays and 22 Makati officials, saying it presented ‘quantum of proof’ to find probable cause to indict them over the alleged overpriced Makati carpark building

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Office of the Ombudsman upheld its decision to indict Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son dismissed Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr, and 22 others over the alleged overpricing of the Makati city hall parking building II.

In two separate resolutions on 6 docketed cases, the Ombudsman said it has jurisdiction to conduct its preliminary investigation that led it to find probable cause to file criminal charges against Binay, his son, and their co-respondents for graft, malversation of public funds, and falsification of public documents in connection with the bidding and construction of the carpark project.

Rappler obtained copies of the documents on Friday, February 5.

The Vice President, Makati mayor for 21 years, sought the reconsideration of the October 2015 decision of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, claiming that the Ombudsman has “no jurisdiction” to investigate and issue a resolution indicting him for criminal charges.

Citing the High Court’s In Re: First Indorsement from Honorable Raul M Gonzalez dated 16 March 1988 (Gonzalez), Binay argued that the Ombudsman cannot file a case against him before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan or any other court while he is still vice president.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said it has the authority to investigate Binay “in accordance with the Constitution, law and jurisprudence.” (READ: ‘Vice President does not enjoy immunity’)

Carpio said Binay was being investigated for alleged criminal acts committed while he was Makati city mayor, not as vice president.

“It bears recalling that the assailed Joint Resolution resolved to hale Binay Sr to court after his term of office as an impeachable officer expires,” the Ombudsman said in the decision.

This means that the Ombudsman will not yet file criminal charges against Binay while he is the sitting vice president as this is not permitted by law.

Should Binay lose in the presidential elections in May, the Ombudsman may immediately file the cases against the United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer before the Sandiganbayan.

The other 22 Makati officials facing criminal charges are the following:

Marjorie de Veyra
Arnel Cadangan
Line dela Peña
Giovanni Condes
Rodel Nayve
Pio Kenneth Dasal
Lorenza Amores
Nelia Barlis
Leonila Querijero
Norman Flores
Ulysses Orienza
Mario Badillo
Emerito Magat
Cecillio Lim III
Connie Consulta
Gerardo San Gabriel
Eleno Mendoza
Raydes Pestaño
Efren Canlas
Manolito Uyaco
Virginia Hernandez
Orlando Mateo
The Ombudsman had dismissed Binay’s son, Junjun, along with 19 city hall employees, in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati’s city hall parking building II.

The Ombudsman also junked their appeal on their dismissal orders on Friday.

Due process given, quantum of proof met

In the resolutions, Morales slammed the argument of the Vice President, Junjun Binay, Hernandez, Mendoza, and Uyaco, that they were not given the right due process.

Morales said the respondents were duly notified and “given an opportunity to be heard” on the criminal complaint filed against them.

“They in fact submitted their counter-affidavits, and their separate rejoinders filed in response to complainant’s Reply were taken into consideration in the marshalling of facts and evaluation of the evidence,” said the Ombudsman.

“And, respondents were duly furnished with copies of the assailed Joint Resolution on account of which they filed the present motions. Where lies the denial of due process?” she added.

The Ombudsman also said it its upholding its October 2015 decision because the respondents failed to show any newly discovered evidence or error which could materially affect the outcome of the cases.

Moreover, Morales said the “quantum of proof” required to support indictments in preliminary investigation was met by her office.

“Indeed, a preliminary investigation is not the occasion for the full and exhaustive display of the prosecution’s evidence, the validity and merits of the parties’ defense or accusation, as well as the admissibility of testimonies and evidence,” said the Ombudsman.

“Such matters are best raised and ventilated during trial on the merits,” she added.

Binay camp: ‘What’s new?’

The Binay camp was not surprised by the latest decision from the Ombudsman.

“So what else is new? We have always expected these resolutions from a biased and partial Ombudsman,” said media affairs head Joey Salgado.

He called the Ombudsman’s resolutions as “political tools” against Binay, who continues to lead in election surveys despite a string of corruption allegations.

The Ombudsman released its decision finding probable cause to indict Binay on the day he filed his certificate of candidacy. Morales’ latest decision against the Vice President came just days before the start of the official campaign period on February 9.

“Alam naman ng Ombudsman na hindi pwedeng kasuhan si Vice President, pero itinuloy pa rin nila. Ang agenda ay ipagpatuloy ang mga kasinungalingan at paninira kay Vice President na sinimulan sa Senado at inabot ng mahigit isang taon at 25 hearings,” said Salgado, referring to the yearlong Senate probe on Binay.

(The Ombudsman knows it cannot file a case against the Vice President, but they still continued. Their agenda is to continue perpetuating the lies against the Vice President that was started in the 25 Senate hearings that lasted for a year.)

According to Salgado, the Ombudsman’s decision “fits into the orchestrated effort” of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), its standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and their allies to allegedly “attack the Vice President.”

“We have never expected fairness and impartiality from the Ombudsman. We look forward to disproving all their allegations in an impartial court,” he said.

In a statement, LP spokesman Barry Gutierrez said all opportunites have been given to the Binay family to defend themselves.

“Eto ang resulta, at kailangan na nilang harapin ang mga kaso nila. Mayor at VP, wala nang lusot dito. Ilabas n’yo na ang katotohanan kung ano ba talaga ang ginawa n’yo sa Makati. Kailangang bigyan ng hustisya ang paglulustay ng pera ng bayan,” he said in a statement.

(This is the result and they need to face their cases. Mayor and VP, you cannot escape from this. Reveal what you really did in Makati. We have to give justice against the embezzling of the nation’s money.) – Rappler.com

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Let the good times roll

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 3rd, 2016

ladyboy

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Solo-flight kasi…

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 3rd, 2016

elenita

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Kung may gusot, may lusot

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 2nd, 2016

pardon

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Get over it, granpops

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 1st, 2016

Sen Juan Ponce Enrile, out on bail on a plunder charge, is so desperate for a debate on Mamasapano he challenge anybody to go one on one with him.

    “Again, I say to all of you listening now, whoever you may be, even if you’re the president of the Philippines, down to the lowest strata of society, all of you, if you wish to debate the Mamasapano case, just tell me when, and I’ll debate with you – especially if you’re the President,”


There is no truth to the rumor that Enrile was sighted at the Shaw Blvd underpass debating Mamasapano with a couple of rugby boys.

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Saving face

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 1st, 2016

He didn’t make any headway in the Senate hearing so now he tries to save face with a parliament of the streets ploy

JPEPWEH

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May malasakit para sa kapwa

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the February 1st, 2016

MALASAKIT

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Striking resemblance

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 1st, 2016

In Malaysia, PM Razak is embroiled in a gigantic corruption scandal. Like our VP Binay he has responded to the charges by saying it is part of a plot, nonsense etc etc.

Below is a short BBC news clip (4min 21 secs) on the scandal and an interview with former PM Mahathir (Starting at 1:43).

Excerpts from Mahathir’s interview bear a striking resmblance with the way Binay is dismissing the corruption allegations against him.

    Mahathir (Reacting to the official statement of PM Razak): ““It’s just the denial. Proof…you see the proof of the pudding is in the eating. You say you deny, let’s see the account…”

    BBC interviewer (PM Razak says you are trying to verthrow a democratically elected leader): “And so you deny political sabotage..are you trying to topple him?

    Mahathir: “No why doesn’t he answer the charges made against him? When people charge him over something he says it is a plot, this nonsense is not true. But proof, proof that it is not true. It is very easy for him to prove it is not true, it is very easy for him to prove that it is not true. He has this account in the bank all he has to do is say ‘you examine my accounts’. ‘look at it’.”

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