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After Poe, Binay is Malacanang’s next target

The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) denied it has a hand in the disqualification of Senator Grace Poe by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

BINAY HONASANUNA standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay said  he is himself a target of the demolition job of the administration of President Benigno Aquino whose  ruling Liberal Party is fielding Mar Roxas in the  presidential race.

Senator Gringo Honasan, UNA vice presidential candidate, said “UNA is not in any position nor is it inclined to influence the deliberations, decisions and rulings of constitutionally mandated institutions.” 

The Second Division of the Comelec has voted 3-0 against Poe on a petition to disqualify her from running in the 2016 election.

Poe claimed her disqualification was influenced by her rivals, alluding to Roxas and Binay.

Poe’s presidential bid may expect more woes from Comelec.

The poll body’s First Division has yet to decide on three other disqualification cases filed against Poe that questioned her residency and citizenship qualification to run for President.

Earlier, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) favored Poe in a 5-4 vote in a petition that sought to nullify her senatorial bid in the 2010 election which she topped. The ruling that backed Poe’s claim she is a natural-born Filipino citizen, a requirement under the Constitution for a candidate for President, cleared her way to the presidential run.

Poe’s victory at the SET however was short-lived with Comelec disqualifying her from running for President.    

The plan by the administration to eliminate other presidential aspirants is an old plot, Binay told media at the sideline of his
visit at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Laguna on December 3.

Binay’s claim of demolition job is shared by the Poe-allied Makabayan bloc of the House of Representatives which  said  that  the administration is eliminating other presidential candidates to ensure the victory of Roxas in next year’s elections.

The apprehension of the Makabayan bloc is likely. First it is Poe. I could be the next target, said Binay.

roxas 2Former University of the Philippines law professor Harry Roque had also expressed the same fear about the administration resorting to legal maneuvers to eliminate opposition candidates from the presidential race.

Honasan, in a statement read for him by UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan, said that as a matter of principle and as an accredited opposition party, UNA upholds and respects due process and the rule of law.

“UNA is not in any position nor is it inclined to influence the deliberations, decisions and rulings of constitutionally mandated institutions,” said Honasan.

COMELEC URGED TO DISQUALIFY MAR ROXAS

FOR EARLY CAMPAIGNING

It is the duty and responsibility of the Commission on Elections, headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, to immediately disqualify Mar Roxas from running as the official Liberal Party candidate for Philippine president. Concerned citizen groups must immediately rally and petition the Comelec to act decisively and swiftly on this gross violation of election laws on two counts: 1) premature nomination of a presidential candidate and, 2) early political campaigning by a presidential candidate in person, his party, and supporters through actual campaign rallies; and placing endorsements on television, outdoor advertising and other media vehicles on a massive spending spree involving millions of pesos. READ MORE

JOURNALIST FEARS DUTERTE ‘DAVAO DEATH SQUAD’

In fear, a journalist has issued a pre-mortem statement that the trail should lead to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if he is murdered.

After crossing the path of the mayor, veteran journalist Philip Lustre Jr. could be having nightmares.

ddsDuterte, widely known for his iron-fist anti-criminality campaign in his city, is accused by human rights groups as behind summary executions of suspected criminals especially drug dealers.

The Human Rights Commission (CHR) in the past had investigated Duterte for his alleged link to the extrajudicial killings and the deadly sweet-shooting .45-cal.-armed Davao Death Squad (DDS) blamed for the hundreds of executions of criminals.

Lustre in his Facebook account had claimed that Duterte, a strong contender to the presidency in the 2016 election, ia not running because he suffers from throat cancer.

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Duterte had reacted strongly to the claim he said was false and accused Lustre as a propagandist of Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas.

Duterte said Lustre’s claim was black propaganda.

Lustre has stood by his claim and said  Duterte supporters with fake Facebook accounts have been bullying him in the social media.

police lineI have been subjected to cyberbullying and all forms of verbal abuse using the Internet. I have been threatened with physical harm too by guys who use fake accounts. I have been a victim of black propaganda too, Lustre said in his latest Facebook post.

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He said he had also received death threats.

“If I fall victim to any form of physical harm, you know who is the culprit,” he wrote.

COMELEC HELPLESS VS INFOMERCIALS

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) knocked on the conscience of prospective candidates in the 2016 polls urging them to go slow on their televised campaigning masked as infomercials.

According to James Jimenez, Comelec director for education and information division, infomercials are getting brazen and longer, pretending to merely introduce prospective bets.

“This is my personal opinion but they are short of saying that ‘I am running for this position and vote for me.’ It’s no longer subtle, no pretense that they are just introducing themselves,” he said.

Jimenez noted that while such infomercials are not unlawful since there is no premature campaigning, “these people know that that these activities will not reflect on their election expenses and therefore, they will not report them to Comelec.”

He was referring to the statement of contributions and expenditures which must be filed by all candidates after the elections. The document contains campaign-related expenses.

Premature campaigning has been removed from the stature books because of the Supreme Court ruling on the Comelec vs Penera case in November 2009 which states that a candidate is liable for an election offense if the acts are done during the campaign period and after he has filed his certificate of candidacy.

The ruling superseded election policies, including the Omnibus Election Code, which prohibits a candidate from engaging in election campaign or partisan political activity outside the campaign period.

Jimenez said many candidates have been “circumventing” the law to promote themselves.

He urged them to “show a little more respect to the spirit of the law.” PHILSTAR