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BINAY: TRILLANES RAPS ALL SALIVA

Vice President Jejomar Binay said the latest charges spewing out of the mouth of Senator Antonio Trillanes are nothing but saliva.

Puro laway, said Binay as Trillanes bared more alleged anomalies of Binay at the recent holding of the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee.

abigailIn the August 26 hearing of the anti-graft body, Trillanes said a former Makati City official benefitted from  the  Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Makati Representative Abigail Binay, daughter of the vice president.

Trillanes said Rep. Binay issued 15 checks funded by her PDAF in the name of Ryan Barcelo, the former officer-in-charge of the Makati Social Welfare Department.

In the hearing, Trillanes pressed Barcelo to explain why the checks were issued in his name instead of the Makati city government.

Barcelo explained he was the special disbursing officer of the city government.

“The office of Congresswoman Binay had programs for medical and financial assistance,” Barcelo said.

ERAP ENDORSES POE

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada climbed the stage and acknowledged the presence of his bosom friend’s daughter, Sen. Grace Poe, saying, “The next…”

“President,” the crowd shouted, finishing the sentence for him, then let out a lusty cheer of approval of his apparent endorsement of the front-runner in the voter preference polls for the 2016 presidential election.

“Thank you,” Estrada said, adding, “You really know.”

It was the 76th birthday of Estrada’s late best friend, movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., but politics was palpable in the mood of the crowd at the commemorative event at Manila North Cemetery on Thursday as FPJ’s daughter tried to decide whether to run for Malacañang or stay in the Senate to steel herself for the job then go for it when the right time came.

She had earnest supporters. “Takbo Poe” (Run Poe), they said on the banners that decked the white tent in front of FPJ’s mausoleum. READ MORE

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DELIMA ON ENRILE BAIL: “Dangerous precedent”

Former President Gloria Arroyo could gain temporary freedom through a recent decision by the Supreme Court on the case of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

ARROYOJustice Secretary Leila de Lima said on August 20 that the High Court’s decision allowing Enrile to post bail could is a dangerous precedent, considering that he is charged with a non-bailable offense.

De Lima expressed concern over the High Court’s decision to allowtemporary liberty for the 91-year-old senator because of “humanitarian considerations.”

Voting 8-4, the magistrates said they considered Enrile’s poor health and advanced age in allowing him to post bail.

But De Lima said those currently detained over non-bailable offenses may use the same argument in seeking relief from the SC.

She cited the case of former president and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is currently detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center over a P366-million plunder charge.

The former president is suffering from “multiple cervical spondylosis” or the wearing off of the bones.

De Lima said this could be used as an argument for the court to allow her to post bail.