Kris defend Boy Abunda

Confirming what many have been speculating all along, Kris Aquino finally admitted to being the brains behind the drive to install her friend, Boy Abunda, as head of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

Kris, youngest sister of president-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, came clean on the matter during the June 6 airing of showbiz talk show, “The Buzz.”

“If anybody is to blame, it’s me. I was the one who brought it up with Noy. I was the one who brought it up with Boy, not realizing that it would cause such a major [issue], front page, 3 days straight,” she said.

Citing Abunda’s “marketing capabilities,” among other things as main considerations for her endorsement, the controversial host-actress went on to shower praises on Abunda, mentioning her many dealings with the manager-host.

“I’ve dealt with Boy with so many money matters. And if you are going to recommend somebody for a government position, you’d want somebody who is trustworthy, one that wouldn’t dare steal and would be protective and caring of the president,” she detailed.

She urged Abunda to consider the offer, saying, “We all know how big a contribution you could give to the Philippines [so] go for it, Boy.”

It was late last month that Aquino III declared he was eyeing Abunda to head the DoT, mentioning the latter’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the sentiments of the populace.

“He is an icon in the country, and more so for his ability to communicate, to understand the audience and to be able to propound and advance a particular set of ideas,” Noynoy said.

When sought for reaction, Abunda said he is “not inclined to accept it.”

He noted that joining the government would mean him quitting show business, which he said he is “not ready to do” as yet as he is still, “happy” doing it.

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now… giving him advice — devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” said he.

Still, not a few wags continued to belittle Abunda, assailing him for being a mere “entertainer.”

Apparently hurt by the insinuations, Abunda change his mind on the matter saying he is “open” to the idea but not anytime soon.

“I have a contract with ABS-CBN that will last until the end of 2011. I will respect and honor that contract.”

NOY the movie: COCO MARTIN

The official winners of the 2010 Presidential Elections was not officially declared yet, but the Filipino voters are more than a hundred percent sure that Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III is the 15th president of the Philippines. Thank you to his influential parents Nonoy and Cory and to her controversial younger sister Kris Aquino.

Cinemedia in cooperation with Star Cinema will soon release NOY The Movie. If you are thinking that the movie is all about the upcoming Philippine president, then you are right. But it doesn’t stop there.

The movie is all about Noy (Coco Martin) a breadwinner of a normal Filipino family he applied as a journalist in order to support the needs of his family. He will soon discover more about Noy Aquino, who is his namesake.

NOY The Movie tackles more on the election campaign period of Noynoy Aquino and at the same time shows what an ordinary Filipino family hopes for in order to survive in the Philippines. The movie is a must-see for every Filipino.

The trailer of Noy The Movie can be seen here. For more information about this interesting docu-drama, you can visit http://www.noythemovie.com. The tentative showing date is May 26, 2010.

Makati Jejomar Binay the new Vice-President of the Philippines?

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay is sure to be the new vice president. Mar Roxas a.k.a “Mr. Palengke” needs a magical power to overtake him, he says, for his closest rival to catch up with his numbers in the race for the second highest post in the country.

The sudden rise of Binay, said to be the dark horse in the vice presidential race, has stunned a nation that had seen Sen. Manuel Roxas II as the front runner since the start of the campaign until a week ago, when pre-election surveys showed the two tying for the first time.

On Thursday, three days after the elections, GMA Network’s partial and unofficial results showed Binay and Roxas still in dead heat — with Binay getting 13,374,107 votes as against Roxas’ 12,587,596 votes, a difference of about 800,000 votes.

“I am confident that I will win … I will be neck-and-neck [with Roxas], in the sense that there will be a one million [vote] gap or less between us,” Binay told GMA News Tuesday.In a press conference Wednesday, Binay tells reporters the only way he can lose is if his rivals cheat the election results. GMANews.TV

He said he is prepared to be the vice president of Sen. Benigno Aquino III, who is emerging as the clear winner in the presidential race with a lead of five million votes over former president Joseph Estrada, Binay’s running mate.

In his speeches, Estrada repeatedly says he is lucky to have Binay, “the best mayor,” as his running mate. Binay, in turn, showered Estrada with praises.

Regardless of whether his pro-poor image shared with Estrada or Escudero’s “Noy-Bi” endorsement fueled Binay’s take-off, the Makati City mayor seems poised to be Aquino’s vice president.

Philippine Election Results: President and Vice-President Race

Senator Noynoy Aquino leads the presidential race and Jejomar Binay leads the vice presidential. Aquino had secured 40.44 percent of the votes counted, with Estrada on 25.76 percent and business titan Manny Villar in third place with 13.98 percent, Commission on Election chair Jose Melo told reporters.

Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay are the most voted candidates in presidential and vice-presidential posts in partial Comelec results. The national and local elections results will continue tomorrow after the chairman has announced via live broadcast in local TV.

Philippine Election Results: Latest Partial Official Results Today. The country has been under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for 2 Presidential terms and now the people of the Philippine Islands are very excited to experience new leadership.

Here’s latest official tally of who is leading in the Presidential and Vice Presidential race in the Philippine Elections as of 7:30 AM Philippine Time:

Partial and Official COMELEC Philippine Election Results (about 71% of polling precincts)

Presidential Race

1.

AQUINO, Benigno Simeon III C.

10,527,696

(40.58%)

2.

ESTRADA EJERCITO, Joseph M.

6,665,960

(25.72%)

3.

VILLAR, Manuel Jr B.

3,626,442

(13.85%)

4.

TEODORO, Gilberto Jr. C.

2,766,266

(10.63%)

5.

VILLANUEVA, Eduardo C.

795,470

(3.10%)

6.

GORDON, Richard J.

389,374

(1.54%)

7.

ACOSTA, Vetellano S.

114,657

0.52%

8.

PERLAS, Jesus Nicanor P

35,357

(0.13%)

9.

MADRIGAL, Jamby A.

31,794

(0.12%)

10.

DE LOS REYES, John Carlos G.

29,339

(0.11%)

Vice Presidential Race

1.

BINAY, Jejomar C.

10,451,007

(40.48%)

2.

ROXAS, Manuel A.

9,601,411

( 36.93%)

3.

LEGARDA, Loren B.

2,720,422

(10.40%)

4.

FERNANDO, Bayani F.

746,101

(2.90%)

5.

MANZANO, Eduardo B.

476,879

(1.78%)

6.

YASAY, Perfecto R.

257,030

(1%)

7.

SONSA, Jose Y.

43,401

(0.16%)

8.

CHIPECO, Jesus Nicanor P

32,971

(0.12%)

A Moment of Silence for Noynoy’s Critics

By: Mara Cordial

Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Simeon Aquino III

Sen. Noynoy

As of today, with the large percentage of counted votes of Filipinos, the latest tally for the Presidential Election of May 2010 is continuously setting the mark of victory for Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Just a week ago, the latest Pulse Asia survey has shown the failure of Noynoy’s critics of the Liberal Party –their failure to “bring him down through lies and black propaganda.”

“The survey results validate our belief that the Filipino people continue to support our campaign for an honest government. It comes at a time when our many opponents are desperately trying to bring us down through lies and black propaganda,” Lawyer Edwin Lacierda, spokesman of Aquino, said.

With the latest automated election poll results, Lacierda can now proudly claim that the son of the former President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. has indeed sustained the public’s confidence in him; and now that his victory is clearly visible, all that the Filipino people can do is wait and observe what he can contribute as the new father of the Philippine nation.

And then there were 8 presidential candidates

MANILA, Philippines—Eight, 8 and 158.

These are the numbers of certificates of candidacy (CoCs) for president, vice president and senator, respectively, that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has initially approved for the national elections in May.

These figures were trimmed from the 99 presidential aspirants, 20 vice presidential hopefuls and 158 senatorial wannabes who filed CoCs from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1.

Comelec Chair Jose Melo Tuesday identified those running for president as follows: Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (Liberal Party), JC de los Reyes (Ang Kapatiran) and former President Joseph Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino).

Sen. Richard Gordon (Bagumbayan), Sen. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal (Independent), former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), Bro. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas) and Sen. Manuel Villar (Nacionalista Party).

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Arroyo ally taunts: OK, she quits; Noli takes over, boo!

MANILA, Philippines — Trust this ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to trot out a handy bogey in her defense.

Apparently to defuse the impact of former President Fidel Ramos’ call for Ms Arroyo to step down now after she filed her certificate of candidacy for representative of her home province, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez in effect posed this question: Do you want Vice President Noli de Castro to lead the country while the economy is in the doldrums?

Suarez said Ms Arroyo—who holds a doctorate in economics and taught the subject in top schools—had to continue leading the nation because her expertise was very much needed in the face of the foundering global economy and the Philippines’ own shaky financial health.

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(UPDATE 2) Gordon, BF team up for 2010 polls

MANILA – Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon and former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando on Tuesday announced that they will be running mates for the 2010 elections under a new party.

Dubbing themselves the “transformers”, the two filed their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila past 2 p.m.

Gordon, who is running for president, said the tandem was formed Monday night after finding out that he and Fernando have similar views on issues.

“Walang tamad sa tambalang ito. Wala rin tanga sa tambalang ito. Hindi kami kapos. We may not have much money but we have enough. Besides we already know what happened to leaders who love money too much,” Gordon told reporters.

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Arroyo okays new RP baselines

The new baselines law takes the place of a 1961 statute and complies with a United Nations treaty, giving Philippine territory international recognition, officials said.

Republic Act 9522 stipulates that disputed territories such as the Spratly Islands or the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) and Scarborough Shoal are not part of the main archipelago, but are still owned by the Philippines as a “regime of islands” — much like Hawaii is owned by the United States although not part of the mainland.

“We are sending the message to the whole world that we are affirming our national sovereignty and protecting our national interest. This is the right thing to do,” Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita told Palace reporters.

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Losing war vs corruption

THE numbers are in and the grafters and the corrupt clearly are winning.

In the last 10 years starting 1999, the Office of the Ombudsman filed 4,056 indictments against public officials, down 66 percent from 11,933 cases filed between 1989 and 1998.

This at a time of widespread perception that corruption has become worse than it was during the time of President Ferdinand Marcos.

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