Newbie senator dresses down his Senate chief in a privilege speech

By Raïssa Robles

By tradition, a first-term senator is supposed to keep a respectful silence while his elders in the august chamber speak out.

Last year, first-term Senator Antonio Trillanes broke the mold by engaging   Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in a debate that was disrespectful by post-Martial Law Senate standards.

Last Wednesday, another first term senator Alan Peter Cayetano followed suit. He not only questioned Enrile’s handling of the Senate’s multibillion pesos finances. He also demanded to know “Who is calling the shots” at the Senate – Enrile or his Chief-of-Staff Jessica “Gigi” Reyes.

UPDATE as of 9:12 AM, Jan. 25, 2013:

Gigi Reyes has just issued the following public apology to Sen. Cayetano:

“I profusely apologize to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano for my disrespectful and offensive statements as I was interviewed on DZMM Teleradyo.”

UPDATE 2 as of 9:30 AM, Jan. 25, 2013 – Tweets from Aksyon 5 on an interview with Atty. Gigi Reyes

Atty.Gigi: The people now believe that the Senate stinks…It is sad but I so agree…

Atty. Gigi: … It is time to look for where the stink is actually coming from.

Atty.Gigi: My family,esp my mother and my children, continue to suffer in silence the horrible & distasteful comments they read&hear abt me

Atty.Gigi on ‘relationship’ w/ JPE:…just to whet & feed the public’s appetite for gossip,to gain political points,& to inflict more pain..

Atty. Gigi: ….as if the pain and ugliness we have all witnessed and suffered were not already enough

Atty.Gigi: …I still wish that the Senate President’s family and my own family could be spared from the hurt …

Atty.Gigi: …hurt brought about by malicious insinuations and imputations regarding my personal relationship with the Senate President…
Atty.Gigi: It is also a total lie that nobody can go directly to the Sen.Pres.unless they pass through me or my bro.as Sen.Cayetano alleges.

Atty.Gigi:If SenCayetano stuck to d real isue,SenTrillanes wud b realy happy by nw as he wud not hav 2 sweat it out just 2 unseat d SenPres

Atty. Gigi: I only go to the Senators Lounge when and as needed by the Senate President, or when I am called by the other Senators.

Atty. Gigi Reyes: I wish to disabuse the minds of the public that I enjoy any special privilege as the Senate President’s Chief of Staff.

Atty.Gigi:THE DRAFT SPEECH I PREPARED ALSO CONTAINED A STATEMENT TOWARDS THE END THAT HE (JPE) WAS RESIGNING IRREVOCABLY AS SENATE…

Cayetano justified his question by flashing two documents on a screen. The first one was issued by Enrile granting a cash gift to “all senators”. The second one was issued by Gigi Reyes modifying Enrile’s written order and exempting four senators from receiving it. As Cayetano himself explained:

Tingnan po ninyo ang nasa screen. Ang alam ko po galing sa Senate President ‘yan. Tingnan ninyo ang nakalagay diyan, “To each senators.” Bibigyan daw ng pondo ang lahat ng senador at normal po ito, at ginagawa ito the last few years. Pero tingnan po ninyo ang next slide. Sulat-kamay po ng COS. Ang nakalagay diyan COS-OSP (chief-of-staff-Office of the Senate President), so I assume kay Atty. Gigi po ‘yan. Sa isinulat ni Atty. Gigi, wala ang pangalan naming apat na na-publicize na hindi binigyan–si Sonny Trillanes, Miriam Defensor, Pia, at ako. Ang nakalagay po diyan, December 5 din.

Dalawang dokumento po iyan na December 5. Isang formal at typewritten at signed ng Senate President, at isang hand-written na signed by the COS. Isang addressed sa Secretariat, isang addressed kay Director Chua ng finance department. Ang nasunod po ay ‘yung kay Atty. Gigi, hindi sa Senate President.

If Cayetano had not delivered this in the Senate session hall, Enrile could have slammed him with a multi-billion pesos defamation suit, along with all the newspapers that wrote about it.

But because Cayetano stated everything in a privilege speech, you and I are also free to publish it without fear of being sued for defamation. By tradition, comments made by senators to reporters to clarify what they said inside the session hall are also covered.

Senate proceedings form part of  “privileged communications” for which reporters cannot be sued for libel.  Article 354 of the Revised Penal Code on criminal libel states that one exception to the presumption of malice in a “defamatory imputation” is the following :

“A fair and true report, made in good faith, without any comments or remarks, of any judicial, legislative or other official proceedings which are not of confidential nature, or of any statement, report or speech delivered in ssaid proceedings, or of any other act performed by public  officers in the exercise of their functions.”

 

UPDATE 3 as of 10:29 AM, Jan. 25, 2013

Full Text of Atty. Gigi Reyes’ statement

Below is Cayetano’s speech.

Following that is the official transcript of the media interview he gave after his speech.

Privilege speech of Senate Minority whip Alan Peter Cayetano

Cayetano calls for Transparency and Accountability in the Senate

“Pondo ng Senado para sa mamamayan at hindi pondo para sa senador lang”

Good afternoon Mr. President, my beloved colleagues, mga kababayan.

Kung ano ang ating itatanim, yun din ang ating aanihin. Mr. President, this is a biblical principle that I firmly believe in. I rise today to speak on a question of personal and collective privilege. My initial reaction when this issue came out is, “Nakakahiya.” Nakakahiya na ang issue na pinaguusapan ng mga senador ay mga pondo nila at pera.

Samantalang ang daming problema sa ibang lugar sa bansa katulad ng region 11, sa Davao City na tinamaan ng matitinding kalamidad, mga problema sa peace and order na napapabalita sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa. Nararanasan ng ating mga kababayan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin. Tuloy tuloy ang pagtaas nito at marami pa rin ang hirap na hirap na makakuha ng trabaho at sapat na kita.

Kaya nung Lunes po, 8 A.M. sa isang programa sa ANC, iminungkahi ko po na pag simula ng sesyon ay tutukan natin ang problema ng mga mamamayan sa edukasyon, trabaho, kalusugan, peace and order. Para matahimik na tayong lahat sa isyu na ito ipaubaya na natin ang imbestigasyon na ito sa isang private auditing firm para matigil na tong bangayan na ito.

Handa po akong manahimik na to get back to work sa Senate. Ikinalungkot ko po na mas ginusto pa ni Senate President Enrile na ipatuloy ang word war at name-calling at paglabas ng iba’t ibang issue na wala namang kinalaman sa main issue ng ating pondo.

Ika nga ni Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile noong impeachment ni Chief Justic Corona, “irrelevant, immaterial.” Kung saan saan na napunta ang issue na ito. Sumali pa ang kanyang Chief of Staff na si Atty. Gigi Reyes na naglaunch ng vicious attack at character assassination sa akin. Ito ay ikinagulat ng marami sa Senado.

Napagisipan ko tuloy na napakahalagang sagutin ko itong issue na ito tungkol sa pananalapi ng Senado. Hindi natin pera ito, pera ito ng mamamayan. Paano tayo makakapagimbestiga ng iba kung tayo mismo ay ayaw magpaimbestiga? How can we investigate others like we investigated the Fertilizer scam , the NBN-ZTE deal, Gen. Garcia and the military establishment?

Naalala niyo po nung inimiimbestigahan natin ang military at sabi nila na we should not destroy the institution. Anong sagot natin sa kanila? By exposing the truth, we strengthen the institution and remove anything that is wrong there. If there’s nothing wrong then walang masama na mayroon pong imbestigasyon.

The same thing here. Maraming nagsasabi na masisira ang institusyon. Nasisira po ang institusyon na dahil kung ano ano na ang lumabas dito without getting to the main issue. Paano po tayo makakapagimbestiga kung mayroon tayong cloud of doubt sa ating mahal na institusyon at sa atin? We should always lead by example.

Ang issue: Pondo ng Senado para sa mamamayan. Ang pondo ay hindi para sa senador lang. Pera ito ng mamamayan hindi ng senador. Second issue: Christmas gift nga ba ito o MOOE? Pangatlong issue: Nanganak nalang ang issue na ito at lumabas dahil sa interview sa COA. Pero bunsod ito ng issue na pinipili kung sino ang bibigyan ng pondo o hindi. Ang tanong ay kung paano natin nililiquidate ang pera ng Senado o kung by certification lang o yung sinasabing walang resibo pag nililiquidate ng mga senador ang mga pondo nila.

Over all ang issue dito ay ang integridad at independence ng Senado. Walang conspiracy dito. Pati po ang media ay binanatan sa privilege speech nung Lunes ni Sen. Enrile na may conspiracy. Nirereport lang nila ang nangyayari. Galit ang mga tao sa korupsyon dahil tumataas ang presyo, nababawasan ang serbisyo at humihirap ang buhay.

Kaya mahal po nila ang Senado at kaya maraming senador ang mataas ang ratings kasama na si Senate President. Dahil sa paglaban natin sa korupsyon sa ating mga huling sesyon at taon. Hindi natin tinatantanan ang korupsyon dito sa Senado. Kaya di tayo pwedeng mabahiran ng korupsyon.

We cannot survive and continue if we are under the shadow of the doubt. Mr. President, tama ang sabi ni Sen. Lacson. We should not cast aspersions on each other. Pero hindi po namin ginawa yun – my sister, Sen. Pia, myself and Sen. Trillanes.

Nung una niyo pong speech sabi niyo po let’s call a spade a spade. Malinaw at simple ang isyu. Tahimik ang ate ko na si Sen. Pia at tahimik din po ako. Hindi ako nagpapainterview nung lumabas ang issue na ito.

Ang nagpainterview tatlo: Si Sen. Santiago, Sen, Chiz Escudero at si Sen. Trillanes. Ano po ang sinabi nila? Ano pong sabi nila? Si Sen. Chiz sabi niya liquidated naman yan at lahat nasa rules ng COA. Ganoon lang kasimple. Si Sen. Trillanes ang sinabi ay kung hindi kami bibigyan anong magagawa namin? Sanay naman kami na walang pondo. That was the gist of it.

It was Sen. Miriam who said a mouthful. And bunsod ito ng personal relationship nila ng Senate President. Doon nagsimula ang bangayan na ito. Uulitin ko po. Tahimik kami pero ang Senate President ang unang naglabas ng press release. Sabi niya minority daw kami kaya hindi kami dapat bigyan. Pero binigyan si Sen. Joker Arroyo.

Tapos tinuloy pa. Hindi daw ako tunay na minority at si Sen. Joker lang ang nagfifiscalize. Tapos pinapalabas nila na pera ang issue at walang masama na sila ay mamili kung sino ang papaboran at kung sino ang hindi. Lalo na kung ang minority ay hindi rin bibigyan o puputulan ng pondo o babawasan.

I have to defend the Senate as an institution. I have to defend the minority. Paano mga kasama kung kayo naman ang nasa minority? Ganito bang Senado ang gusto niyo? Kung happy ang Senate President may staff kayo, pwedeng magpadetail, malaki ang pondo ninyo. Pag galit sa inyo for one reason or the other ay pwedeng tanggalan?

Hindi yan ang kinalakihan kong Senado. Of course, 6 years pa lang naman akong senador. Pero alam ko ito ang kaibahan ng Kongreso at Senado. That’s why pinutakte ng kritisismo ang Senado noong panahon ni GMA. Nung tinanggal ang mga pondo at inipit kung hindi sumunod sa pangulo. Ganoon din ba ang mangyayari sa atin?

Uulitin ko, tama si Sen. Lacson at ako ay walang pinagbintangan na nagnakaw sa mga kasamahan natin. Dinipensahan ko pa ho ang sinasabing by certification. Ang sabi ko ay masama kung nananakaw at minsan ay kulang pa ang pondo. At sinabi ko pa na normal sa December, as it was in the last 2 years with all the calamities, activities and the savings.

Hindi ko sinabi na magnanakaw ang mga kasamahan ko dito. Bakit ko sasabihin yun? I worked with you very professionally in the last years. Kayo ang nagsabi niyan Mr. President sa press statement niyo nung Jan 9, paragraph 5. Pinagsama sama niyo po kami lahat sa minority. Sinabi ni Sen. Miriam yan, nilagay mo rin sa bibig ki, sa bibig ni Sen. Pia at ni Sen. Sonny.

Turo ko po sa staff ko na always be respectful sa mga senador. Turo ko sa mga staff ko at turo rin ng ibang senador ito na never sila makisama sa mga away at debate ng mga senador kasi normal dito yun.
Sa RH, ito ang magkalaban at ito ang magkakampi. Sa Sin Tax ganoo din. Pagdating sa ibang bill ganoon din. Sa eleksyon na nga lang po, ang LP at NP ang magkakampi. Dito sa Senado ang UNA at LP ang magkasama. Normal sa Senado yan. Bakit namin sasabihin sa staff namin na awayin at bastusin ang mga senador?

Enrile during Cayetano’s privilege speech

Parang tayo kapag may asawa sabi wag magsumbong sa biyenan. Kasi maski bati na kayong magasawa, magkaaway pa ang biyenan. Yung ang turo ko sa staff ko. Ako po ay madalas niyong apihin Sen. Enrile pero never ko po kayong binastos. I’ve always treated you with respect. I’ve always explained to you after a heated debate what my stand is. I never called you names. I always call you Uncle Johnny or Manong Johnny.

Sabi niyo let’s call a spade a spade tutal kayo naman ang may gusto niyan. Alam naman natin kung paano niyo pinapatakbo, o kung paano niyo pinapatakbo ni Atty. Gigi ang Senado. Diba bawal sa caucus ang staff? Diba sa lounge sa likod ay bawal ang staff? But out of respect for you, pumayag kami na hindi lang andun si Ma’am Gigi kundi pwede ba siyang magsalita kapag may caucus at pwedeng magdiscuss. Para na rin siyang isang senador.

Tinanggap ko po yun at naming lahat. Bakit po? Courtesy and respect. You deserve it and you’ve earned it. You said almost 50 years in government and due to your age, I’ve always agreed with you. I agreed with you and disagreed. You’ve done good and bad things but that’s beside the point. That’s how you want to run the Senate, I never argued with that.

Kay Sen. Villar, sa kanya ako pumupunta. Pero sa administrasyon niyo ay either kay Atty. Gigi o sa kapatid niyang political officer. Pati chief of staff ko hindi haharapin pero okay lang. Ngunit ano ang sinukli niyo sa akin? Umpisa pa lang ay ginawan niyo na ng paraan para hindi ako makaupo sa Commission on Appointments. Kaya nagfilibuster pa ko dito kung maalala ninyo.

Ang extra room ng minority leader na binibigay sa akin ni Sen. Pimentel dahil palaging dalawa ang kwarto ng Senate Minority Leader binigay niyo po sa ibang staff. Ni hindi namin makausap si Atty. Gigi dahil hindi hinaharap yung chief of staff ko. Tinaggal niyo sa amin yun.

Mga pinangakong committee nung una tayong nagusap, binigay rin sa iba. Di ako umangal. I was a gentleman. Hindi ako umangal sa publiko. I just took it. Administrasyon niya ito so ganoon talaga dahil baka naiinis kayo sa akin.

But let’s call a spade a spade. Bakit ba kayo inis at galit sa akin personally? Dahil dati na kayong galit sa akin sapagkat napakalapit niyo pong dalawa ni Atty. Gigi sa dating pangulong GMA at kay First Gentleman. Kasama naman po talaga kayo noon sa planning group at sa asar na isang katulad ko na pwedeng tumayo sa Kongreso at labanan sila?

At hindi ba si Ma’am Gigi ay best friend po niya ang asawa ni Justice Tinga na nakalaban ng asawa ko sa Taguig? At ang hipag o sister in law naman ni Ma’am Gigi ay isang konsehal sa Taguig na number one kritiko ng akign asawa. So everytime naman na may hearing dito at andito si Chairman Brillantes ay sa inyong opisina ang diretso. Ako ang inuupakan at minsan ay tinutulungan niyo pa. Kaya nagkakasagutan tayo.

Pero after that, I approach you and I say that we just have different opinions. I never took it personally. “Hipokrito, cowards, walang utang na loob, my God!” Yan ang madalas kong marinig sa inyo. Madalas ko na ngang marinig sa radyo at ng mga kasama ko ang chief od staff ninyo. Kung ano ano ang tinanggap namin insulto. Tempted ako talaga na sumagot. Tempted ako na magsalita ng ganyan.

Bakit ako tempted? Bakit ko gustong sumagot? Dahil sa bawat isang kasinungalingan na inilabas ninyo tungkol sa akin ay isang daang katotohanan ang alam ko sa inyo ni Ma’am Gigi. Ngunit hindi ako magppatukso na mamersonal at mawala sa isyu. Hayaan nalang natin na naipaliwanag ko ng maikli at minsan man lang ang minana kong pangalan. Dahil yan lang po ang minana namin ng ate ko – ang Cayetano name.

Inalagaan namin ito. Pinalalabas ni Ma’am Gigi na hipokrito at mukhang pera kami. Di lang kami nabigyan kaya umaangal kami. Di nga kami umangal at tahimik kami. Hindi kami naginterview. Check that on the record. It was only when you came out with the press release hitting us that we said anything.

Ngunit isang katotohanan na dapat tanggapin ninyo sana ay never namin pinagpalit ang pangalan namin. Never namin pinagpalit ang prinsipyo namin para sa pera. Hanggang sa muntik na kaming ipakulong ng dating pangulo. Nag-aaresto na noon sa EDSA nagpapainterview pa ko. Tinanggalan kami gn security at pondo, tinitira kami sa distrito, we stuck to our principles.

Mahigit P1 billion in pork barrel hindi namin nakuha pero okay lang. Ito ang prinsipyo namin kaya kami nahalal. Tapos para sa P1.6 million ay mukhang pera kami. For her information, nung ako ay Chairman ng Blue Ribbon Committee ay di ako nangipit, nangblackmail ng ni isang negosyante para magbigay sa akin ng pera.

Maraming nagsabi sa akin, “Alan, kung P1 o P2 million kang kinita nung panahon ni GMA, ifile mo lang yung resolution, ni hindi mo kailangan mag-hearing dahil yung iba takot ma-TV at magbibigay ng pera.”

Ma’am Gigi for your information, itanong niyo sa COA, ang intelligence fund ng City of Taguig ay P500 million. Ipa-audit niyo po. Ni singko hindi kinuha ni Mayor Lani this year. Yun po ay walang audit ang liquidation, pirma lang. Tingnan niyo rin ang kabang bayan ng Taguig. P2 billion ang inabot niya na collection sa taxes. Maraming nagsasabi, “P20,000 ang bayad sa tax. P10,000 sa inyo.” Sabi ni Lani, “Hindi, ipasok niyo lahat.”

Kaya hindi siya nagtaas ng buwis at instead nagbawas pa. From P2 billion, ngayon P4 billion na ang taxes ng Taguig na pumasok sa loob. This is because of honest and good government. Question: kung pagiintersan ko ang P1.6 million at yon lang ang pagaawayan natin, ang daming pwedeng pagkunan. Pwedeng sinira ko na pangalan ko. Tapos pupunta siya sa radyo at sasabihin na si Alan ay palahingi.

Excuse me, tanungin niyo po. Hindi ako nakatira sa subdivision. Kaming magasawa ay walang sariling bahay. Ang bahay na tinitirahan namin ay yung family corporation. Pamana pa ng aking ama. 209 Paso Calabao street, Bagumbayan, Taguig. Wala kami sa subdivision. P250 pero square meter ang bili ng aking ama. Bisitahin niyo po kami at tingnan ninyo. Kaming magasawa ay doon nakatira. Ewan ko yung iba kung sana nakatira.

Yung pagtawag sa minority members na hypocrites. Ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng chief of staff ng senador na malakas ang loob na tawaging hypocrite ang isang senador. Ganito na ba ang asal sa Senado under the Enrile Senate Presidency?

Sa nakakakilala sa amin, hindi kami nakukuha sa pera. Hindi kami hipokrito and we are people who know how to respect other people. But we are also people who know how to stand up for our rights.

Having tried to clear that up, I apologize to our countrymen because we really have to straighten the record. We just had to defend out good name. Let’s go to the main issue: the P1.6 MOOE. Hindi namin sinasabing mali ito. Sinasabi ko pa nga na kailangan na kailangan. Wag lang nanakawin. Pero dahil sa issue na ito lumabas tuloy na by certification lang ginagawa ito. Nagdedemand ang ating kababayan na hindi dapat ganito. Nagdedemand din ang iba ng accountability at ng reform. Si Senate President po ay inamin niya na ang P250,000 ay Christmas gift niya. Naglambing daw kasi yung ibang senador.

Let me ask first: Who is calling the shots? Paano ba ang nangyayari sa Senado ang pera at sino ba ang nagsasabi ng totoo?

This photo of Enrile and his Chief-of-Staff Jessica "Gigi" Reyes has gone viral on Facebook. Gigi Reyes sits in the same table with President Noynoy Aquino, Vice-President Jojo Binay and ex-President Erap Estrada during the latter's birthday dinner.

This photo of Enrile and his Chief-of-Staff Jessica “Gigi” Reyes has gone viral on Facebook. Gigi Reyes sits in the same table with President Noynoy Aquino, Vice-President Jojo Binay and ex-President Erap Estrada during the latter’s birthday dinner.

Tingnan po ninyo ang nasa screen. Ang alam ko po galing sa Senate President ‘yan. Tingnan ninyo ang nakalagay diyan, “To each senators.” Bibigyan daw ng pondo ang lahat ng senador at normal poi to, at ginagawa ito the last few years. Pero tingnan po ninyo ang next slide. Sulat-kamay po ng COS. Ang nakalagay diyan COS-OSP (chief-of-staff-Office of the Senate President), so I assume kay Atty. Gigi po ‘yan. Sa isinulat ni Atty. Gigi, wala ang pangalan naming apat nan a-publicize na hindi binigyan–si Sonny Trillanes, Miriam Defensor, Pia, at ako. Ang nakalagay po diyan, December 5 din.

Dalawang dokumento po iyan na December 5. Isang formal at typewritten at signed ng Senate President, at isang hand-written na signed by the COS. Isang addressed sa Secretariat, isang addressed kay Director Chua ng finance department. Ang nasunod po ay ‘yung kay Atty. Gigi, hindi sa Senate President.

The next document is dated December 10. May memo nanaman na additional P300,000. Hindi nanaman po ibinigay iyon. Ang nasunod nanaman po ay ‘yung hand-written kahit na sabihin mong that was five days ago. Ganoon din po ang nakikita kong trend. Bakit po? Noong lkumabas sa media na tinanggalan po kami ng staff, ang sagot po ng Office of the Senate President, expired na daw po ang kanilang kontrata. Hindi naman po ipinaliwanag ng Office of the Senate President na halos lahat ng senador ay may naka-assign na technical staff sa opisina. Na kapag nag-e-expire ito, tinatawagan lang at nire-renew.

Pero bakit po noong nasa radio ang COS ng ating Senate President na si Atty. Gigi, ang sinabi niyang dahilan ay dahil may report (hindi confirmed) na sa Taguig daw nagre-report ang aking isang staff kaya daw nila ni-recall. May CCTV naman dito. Bakit hindi nila tingnan kung saan nagre-report? May district office din ako sa Pateros, may staff akong nandoon. Wala akong opisina sa City of Taguig dahil masamang tingnan dahil mayor doon ang misis ko. Pero may projects ako doon. Kaya may pinapupunta akong mga staff doon. Mayroon din akong pondo sa Cebu. May staff ako doon, masama ba iyon?

Pero iyon po ang ipinapalabas sa media sa kanilang demolition job.

Going back straight to the issue, Mr. President, katulad ng naipaliwanag nating lahat, walang masama sa MOOE. Kaya nga maintenance and operating expenditure. Hindi makakagalaw ang mga opisina kung walang pondo. Ngunit, hindi ba dapat gamitin ito para sa lahat, at hindi paboran lang ang mga senador? Where did this whimsical idea come from–that the Senate President can choose kung sino ang bibigyan ng MOOE o hindi? He is claiming that it has always been there. I haven’t heard of that. I told the media that I’m in the minority, so I don’t care. Kung ayaw nila kaming bigyan, okay lang. kung gusto nila na sa ilalim kami ng puno mag-opisina, okay lang.

Wina-warning-an ko ang mga kasama ko sa majority, kapag dumating ang araw na sila naman ang nasa minority, payag ba sila na ganoon ang mangyayari? Nasa inyo naman ‘yon dahil kayo ang nasa majority. Pero ditto po sa P250,000, pare-pareho po tayo. Ang pagkaalam natin, pagpasok sa account natin, MOOE din ‘yon. Pero ang nasabi po ng Senate President, regalo daw iyon. Naglambing daw na may Christams gift. Pero ang tanong ko, paano iniligpit ito? Ang sabi ninyo may dalawang senador na nangangantiyaw. Pero ang sabi ng chief-of-staff ninyo, I was singled out. Sino pa ang dalawang iyon na nangantiyaw?

Blessing in disguise na din ito, Senate President. Bakit? Dahil sa ginawa po ninyo, napilitan po kaming mag-research, Mr. President. Ito po ang natuklasan ko. Mr. President, tingnan po ninyo ang budget ng Senado. I realized that the budget doubled from the time Sen. Enrile became senate president. Siguro dapat lang dahil very productive at madami tayong trabaho. Pero makikita po ninyo, from around P750 million, we went up to around P1.5 billion.

I did my own math, Mr. President. ‘Yung P470 million, sa mga oversight committee ‘yon, ang nagli-liquidate ‘non ay mga chairman. My question now, Mr. Preisdent, paano po nili-liquidate itong P600 million? I was told that a big part of this is being liquidated by certification. Is it P100 million? Is it P200 million? Or P300 million? I was told na kapag personal services pala, kapag may savings, you can realign it pala. And you can also justify its use by mere certification.

So, Mr. President, let me quote your own words. Sabi po ninyo sa inyong speech dito, “the people have the right to demand from all of us an accounting of every single centavo of taxpayers’ money entrusted to us. No one is immune or exempt from scrutiny in the way public funds are spent.”

Therefore, Mr. President, I’ve been asking, ilabas po natin ang mga dokumento. How weas the P250 thousand liquidated? Ilabas din natin, Mr. President, ito bang P500 million by certification lang, ibig sabihin walang resibo at pirma lang ninyo? O dalawangdaan o tatlong daang milyon?

Mr. President, ano ang itinuro ninyo sa amin pagdating doon sa Impeachment Court? Hindi pwedeng assertion lang. hindi pwedeng sagot lang. kailangan may evidence o proof. That’s why I’m asking, Mr. President, kaysa sayangin natin ang oras at ditto tayo mag-debate, at kayo lang ang may hawak ng dokumento, payagan natin ang isang independent, private auditing firm na pumasok at tingnan ang pondo at sila ang mag-clear sa atin. Hayaan nating sabihin nila, that everything’s in order. Ang duda ko, marami sa mga senador abunado pa. kasi may opisina pa sa labas at sa home province nila.

Pero nagulat po ako at hindi ko alam na buong budget pala ng senado, ganito ang sistema.

Mr. President, ipinasa natin ang FOI Bill, sinasabi natin na lahat ng pondo ng lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno dapat pwedeng malaman ng lahat. L;et’s release the documents. I challenge you: allow the private auditing firms to look at the finances of the Senate. It is very important. Why? Because ordinary government employees have been calling me up and texting me bakit sila bawat singko kailangan i-account for?

Most Filipinos, bawat peso, sa tatay man nila o sa asawa, they have to account for kahit halos walang makain.

Mr. President, I want to go back to discussing education, health, presyo, trabaho, kita ng mga tao. Let’s end this discussion. Hindi productive na nagbabangayan tayo sa radio, sa telebisyon, sa dyaryo. Pero hindi matitigil ang issue na ito hangga’t hindi natin ma-resolve (1) kung ganito ang sistema na gusto natin sa Senate? If the majority wants it that way, okay lang. Kung ano naman ang itinanim natin, iyon din ang aanihin natin. In the future, kung ganyan ang mangyayari, it’s up to you. (2) ‘Yung duda ng tao sa atin dahil sa certification process. (3) Kung ano ang sinasabi natin sa ibang iniimbestigahan natin na buksan ang libro, i-subpoena ang account, tingnan ang mga dokumento, payagan din natin na gawin sa senado iyan so no one will say that we are above the law and that no one will say that senators do not lead by example. I think this is the greater challenge.

Lastly, Mr. President, it’s not about leadership change. I’ve always been in the minority. Halos dalawang taon lang ako napunta sa majority, noong panahong senate president si Sen. Villar. Sanay na po ako dito. Ang sinasabi ko palagi, if there’s someone better that comes along, why not? If it’s someone worse, bakit? If it’s the same, bakit pa mag-change? You know that.

But here last Monday, you made it appear that it’s about the change of leadership. No. and your offering to resign did not answer the issue. And the vote to keep you on will not answer the issue. The issue is the funds of the Senate, and that’s what should be addressed, Mr. President.

Thank you very much.

 

TRANSCRIPT OF AMBUSH INTERVIEW AFTER PRIVILEGE SPEECH

Cayetano: “The transparency we ask from other institutions should also apply to us”

ASC: So, siguro ayaw nga nilang ilabas yun or I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Para sa akin naman, wala akong sinasabing may masamang nangyari dito sa senado. Ang sinasabi ko, kapag may iniimbestigahan tayong iba, sinasabi natin na ilabas ninyo dokumento, hindi pwedeng salita lang, kailangang may ebidensya.

So, kanina may nakita akong hawak ni Senate President na dokumento. Ipakita niya yun, okay lang. Pero ibigay niya sa atin at make it available to private auditors. Kung hindi, e baka lahat ng imbestigasyon dito, ganon na. Diba yung nakita nating pulis doon sa Quezon, sabi ayaw ibigay yung baril, ayaw ganito. So, papayag ka ba naman na salita lang. Siyempre yung ebidensya, ipakita nila.

Minsan kailangang magkaganito bago bumuti eh. Like sa akin, I’ll be more conscious na ang bawat singko ng Senado, hindi lang dapat gamitin ng tama, dapat i-account din ng tama, at alam ng tao kung saan napupunta. Kaya sabi ko nga, kung magkakaroon ng reporma at hindi na by certification pero kailangan ng iliquidate ito isa isa na may resibo, di ako tututol.

Reporter: Senator, kanina ang bungad ni SP ay tungkol sa utang Ni RLC

ASC: Sabi ko nga, 1998 pa nung sila ay nagkahiwalay at sinipa siya sa law office na ang tatay ko ang nagtayo. Pero hindi naman siya siningil. Hanggang 2003 yan, nung siya’y buhay. Tapos wala naman sa issue yan.

Araw-araw naman kami nagkikita, hindi naman siya nagsasabi, naniningil. In fact, anlaking pera noon at hindi ko alam na may ganoong pera ang aking ama. Ang tingin ko talaga, ito yung squid tactics kung tawagin. Nililihis sa issue para ang tao galit sayo o mawalan ako ng kerdibilidad pero ine-expect ko hindi lang yan.

Kahapon, hiprokito naman; nung isang araw ako naman daw ang palakantyaw sa Christmas gift. Eh akala ko ba magkagalit kami at hindi kami nag-uusap? Paano ka mangangantyaw sa isang tao na kagalit mo?

So, ine-expect naming ni Sen Trillanes na hanggang eleksyon ganito… Magkakaroon talaga ang Senate President ng PR Campaign. Kasama na sa trabaho namin yun pero ang hinihiling lang naming sa kanya, tigilan na natin ito, magtrabaho na tayo pero payagan niya ang independent auditing firm para walang masabi.

Kasi ngayon, maglalabas siya ng papel, hindi ko naman Makita yung papel. Hindi ko naman mave-verify. Ngayon kung ang gagawin ko naman ay ipatawag ko si Dir Chua at sa harap ng camera siya ay iimbestigahan sasabihin naman nila namumulitika ako. So, kung gusto ni Senate President na siya ang mamili ng auditing firm hindi ako tututol.

Reporter: Bakit po kailangang paulit ulit yung inyong pag-kwestyon sa role dito sa Senate letter ni Gigi Reyes?

ASC: Hindi paulit-ulit. Ngayon ko lang sinabi ito.

Reporter: I mean sa plenary hall.

ASC: Eh dalawang araw na niya akong tinutuligsa sa media at naglalabas siya ng di katotohanan at pangatlo, parang ang lumalabas, siya ang proxy ng Senate President sa pagsasalita. Pero nakita mo naman, iniiwasan ko na kahit anong issue na lihis doon tungkol sa kanilang dalawa ay hindi ko binanggit.

Reporter: Sir, hindi ba kayo dismayado na sa halip na sagutin yung issue, utang ng tatay ninyo yung nilabas ni SP?

ASC: Na-emosyonal lang ako dahil wala naman dito ang tatay ko para sagutin ang sarili niya pero inexpect ko na na hindi niya basta sasagutin to. Di ba nung nagsalita si Sen Trillanes ang ginawa niya, binuweltahan niya at ang pinag usapan ay yung China kasi ang tamang gawin dito, sagutin mo yung issue, ngayong pag-upo ko, gusto niya akong upakan edi tumayo siya uli at upakan naman niya ako sa ibang issue.

Pero ang hirap naman na magbi-bring up ka ng ibang issue tapos tatayuan ka niya tapos ang layo. Bakit niya sinabi pa yun? Naniningil ba siya? Ano ang gusto niyang palabasin dito?

Reporter: Si JPE po may edad na, hindi nio po bay un ikokonsider?

ASC: Well, nakita niyo naman demeanor ko at wala akong binring up na ibang issue. Ako pa nga ang ginalit niya e imbis na siya ang ginalit ko. Siya ang nagbibring up ng mga issue na wala dito. Pero sana naman nauunawaan ng mga kababayan natin hindi siya pwede magtago sa edad niya pagdating dito sa issue ng pera ng Senado. Lalong lalo kung totoo na si Atty Gigi ang may hawak nito at siya naman ang nagdidisperse nito.

Ngayon kung gusto ni Senate President, alang alang sa kalusugan niya ay payag ako to suspend the rules at si Atty Gigi ang sumagot dito. Pero pag ganun sasabihin na naman pulitika. Kaya hiningi ko, independent auditing firm nalang.

Sinasang alang-alang ko palagi ang kalusugan ni Senate President kaya kayo ang witness dito. Tuwing may mangyayari dito, kahit hindi ko kasalanan o kahit si Sen Trillanes ang kabanggaan niya, nilalapitan ko siya. Pinipilit ko na mag-calm down siya. Pero sa pagkakataon na ito, tingin ko naman very professional ang pagdeliver ko nung aking salita at dinidipensahan ko lang ang sarili ko.

Reporter: Sir unparliamentary ba ang ginawa ni Atty Gigi na sabihan kayong hipokrito kayo?

ASC: Ang punto kasi non, kaming mga senador, pabayaan niyo na magtuligsaan kami. Pero yung mga staff sa ilalim ay mag ganon eh paano kung lahat ng staff dito ay magkaroon ng hindi lang pakikialam pero pagtutuligsa.

Gusto mo ba na pag naglalakad ka sa senado, hihiyawan ka nung ibang staff o babastusin ka. Eh magdadagdag tayo ng security dito sa senate kasi magkaka upakan dito dahil sa ganoon. Buti nalang babae siya at hindi sa harap naming nangyari.

Kami, kaya ko sinabi yan dito para maparinig sa ibang staff na kahit anong kampi ninyo sa amo ninyo, kahit anong kampi ninyo sa idol ninyong senador, kayo ay empleyado man o hindi, kahit anong ayaw ninyo sa senador, huwag kayong magsasalita dahil hindi ninyo trabaho yun. Ang trabaho ninyo, staff support. Ang trabaho ng staff ko magbigay ng note, tulungan ako sa issue. Hindi nila trabaho na atakihin o kampihan yung ibang senador.

Reporter: Baka nama po may animosity lang kayo with Atty Gigi [dahil closely related sa mga Tinga]

ASC: Well kahit naman may animosity tahimik lang naman ako e. Ako ba ang nag-object, ako ba ang naglabas ng issue tungkol sa kanila? Pero yung pupunta siya sa station ng radio at tatawagin kami pare parehong hipokrito.

Kung siya ay ordinary citizen, tatanggapin ko dahil lahat ng citizen ay pwedeng magsalita laban sa mga opisyales. Pero yung isang staff ng Senado at lalo kung Chief of Staff ng Senate President, Sana yung demeanor naman maging professional. Yun lang naman. It’s not about animosity.

Andami ko naging kagalit sa pulitika, nandyan si Cong Villafuerte. Siya ang kabanggaan ko sa GMA impeachment pero niyayakap ko pa siya. Walang personalan yun.

Reporter: May disciplinary action ba against Atty Gigi?

ASC: Hindi ko na hinahanap yun kasi dito Senador ang magdidisiplina sa sarili niyang staff.

Reporter: Under the rules?

ASC: Under the rules pwede pero bakit pa. Dito sa senado, depende yan kung kukunsintihin ng senador. So it’s up to Sen Enrile na makipag usap sa Chief of Staff niya. Eh kung siya naman ang nagpapunta doon… Kaya nga ganun ang pananalita ko, ang gusto kong palabasin ano ba talaga ang nangyari. Siya ba ang nag-utos? Or hindi niya mapigilan ang sarili niyang staff na magsalita doon.

Reporter: Pero on your personal note, sa palagay ninyo may blessing ito ni Sen Enrile before she…

ASC: Kasi ang statement niya doon sa radio station, ayaw na magsalita ni Senate President dahil nakapag-speech na siya. Kaya ang tanong ko, kung ayaw na magsalita ng senador, bakit ka magsasalita para sa kanya? Hindi naman niya sinabing inutusan ako na ako na ang magsalita. Pero as I said, that’s not between me and her. That’s between her at yung boss niya dahil hindi naman ako ang boss niya pero ang hinihiling ko lang, wag na niya ako respetuhin bilang tao pero respetuhin naman niya ang senado.

Reporter: Sir, nanggaling po kami kanina sa opisina nila pero accdg. To atty gigi ayaw na daw po niya magcomment pa…

ASC: Sa akin, bukas wala na dapat ito. Katulad ng sinabi ko sa inyo, kaya nga ginawa ko na ngayon, sana Monday and then the next six days hindi na ito ang issue. Pero ang warning ko lang sa aking mga kasama, if we sweep it under the rug, d’ba ang basurang itinapon mo, sabi sat TV, babalik din sayo.

So, kung hindi natin iimbestigahan ito and we don’t get at the bottom of it babalikan din natin to pero I am done speaking with this issue kaya sa floor na ako nagsalita.

Reporter: Sir, anong klaseng imbestigasyon po ito

ASC: Many kinds of investigations. Pwedeng kapwa senador ang magimbestiga. Pwedeng ang magimbestiga ay ang COA. Pero ano ang mangyayari kapag yon? Kapwa Senador, sasabihin nila leadership to, namumulitika. Pag COA, sasabihin kami ang nagbibigay ng budget at saka authorized naman yun by certification.

That’s why ang option sa akin na available is a private auditing firm or a group of accountants na credible. Hindi ako makikialam kung sino piliin ng Senate President pero basta’t open ito. So, parang canvassing lang ito ng balota. Bakit ang canvassing ginagawa natin sa harap ng media? So, yung lang naman ang sa akin para lang mawalan ng doubt ang mga senador.

Let’s see depende kung saan mapunta ang issue na ito. I am just saying na pagod na rin ako dito at hindi ko rin maiwasan na tayuan ito dahil paano kami mag-iimbestiga ng iba kung kami mismo, ang tingin ng tao ay may tinatago.

Reporter: Senator, ano po yung 100% na katotohanan na alam ninyo between the Senate President and Mam Gigi?

ASC: Sabi ko lang kasi sa bawat isang kasinungalingan, may 100 akong katotohanan. Ang problema, kapag sinabi ko ang isa, 99 na lang ang alam ko. *laughs*

The transcript of  Cayetano’s privilege speech came from here.

The transcript of Cayetano’s interview came from here.

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  1. 50
    Mel says:

    Finally

    Senate OKs bill compensating Martial Law victims

    by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at 01/28/2013 8:27 PM
    Updated as of 01/28/2013 9:00 PM

    MANILA – The Senate has ratified a bill granting compensation to victims of human rights abuses during Martial Law.

    The chamber approved the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2012 almost a week after the bicameral conference committee reconciled the respective versions of the House and the Senate.

    The measure declares it a state policy to “recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture, involuntary disappearance and other gross human rights violations committed during the Martial Law regime of Former President Ferdinand Marcos.”

    Those qualified to receive compensation under the bill are victims of human rights violations committed from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986.

    In the bill’s list of definitions, human rights violations include warrantless arrests, torture, takeover of businesses, enforced disappearances, media censorship, and other offensive acts committed by people in government such as the police and military.

    The compensation will come from funds amounting to P10 billion transferred to the Philippine treasury through the order of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 1997.

    A point system will be followed in determining the amount that each victim or their kin will receive:

    victims who died shall be given 9 to 10 points;
    victims who were tortured shall be given 4 to 9 points;
    victims who were detained shall be given 2 to 4 points;
    victims who were harassed and economically oppressed or disadvantaged but do not belong to the other categories shall be given 1 to 2 points.
    Furthermore, the measure establishes a museum where the names of all victims of human rights violations will be enshrined.

    It also directs the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education to “include the teaching of this chapter in our country’s history in the school’s curriculum.”

    A Human Rights Claims Board will also be created to determine people qualified to get compensation.

    Meantime, Cong. Edcel Lagman, principal author of the Human Rights victims compensation bill, expects the House of Representatives to ratify the bill if it is called to a vote today or tomorrow.

    Lagman signed the bicameral conference committee report or the reconciled version of the House and Senate versions of the bill Monday afternoon.

    He said that this is another piece of landmark legislation that will seek to compensate victims of human rights. — with a report from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

    SOURCE: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/28/13/senate-oks-bill-compensating-martial-law-victims

  2. 49
    Mel says:

    The following analysis on ‘Comelec … Resolution 9615 which set the rules and guidelines for all campaign propaganda including blog posts and Internet advertisements’ provides invaluable advice, tips and guidelines for CPMers (in my opinion) on commenting, submitting and expressing their preferences or dislikes and chosen political candidates.

    Have a read. Hopefully our valued blog host has also one in her upcoming Menu of Articles to dish out during the campaign period in the lead up to the 13 May 2013 Election Day.

    ANALYSIS | Blogs, Facebook, Twitter fall within Comelec purview

    By: Tony Ahn, Special to InterAksyon.com
    January 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    (Tony Ahn is chief digital architect for Tony Ahn & Co., a full-service public relations, digital marketing, and reputation management agency based in Manila. He has written on the subject of Internet marketing and digital public relations for Social Media Examiner, Convince & Convert, and is formerly a featured blogger for Social Media Today.)

    Comelec has classified all individuals who create online content for blogs, Facebook, and Twitter as “media practitioners” subject to its jurisdiction, even if they are not employed by media organizations, according to Resolution 9615 which set the rules and guidelines for all campaign propaganda including blog posts and Internet advertisements.

    The rules consider anything “not falling within the scope of personal opinion, that appear[s] on any Internet website, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogging sites, and micro-blogging sites (such as Twitter), in return for consideration, or otherwise capable of pecuniary estimation” to be political advertising.

    This could have wide-ranging impact in the blogging community for bloggers who sell advertising and/or editorial space in their blogs.

    Some bloggers are paid for writing blog posts, such as those connected with Nuffnang, which runs the largest blog advertising service in Asia Pacific. Abe Olandres, Country Director for Nuffnang Philippines, weighed in on Comelec’s new rules: “For the most part, the policy looks pretty clear cut and fair,” he said via a Facebook message. “As for the paid blog posts, it would be hard to show evidence if indeed a blogger has been paid or compensated for writing or promoting a candidate.”

    Further, if personal opinion is exempted from regulation, but payment for promotion constitutes “political advertising,” this begs the question “What if a blogger is being paid to express a personal opinion?”

    The rules state that “Personal opinions, views, and preferences for candidates, contained in blogs shall not be considered acts of election campaigning or partisan political activity unless expressed by government officials,” which leaves the door open for bloggers to be paid to express personal opinions in favor of the politicians who pay them.

    With some of the more popular Filipino blogs receiving over 100,000 page views a month, a blog can go a long way toward shaping public opinion, and the 2010 election demonstrated that the Internet is now a major campaign venue.

    Comelec’s rules may also affect celebrities that endorse political candidates via Twitter, and the agencies that handle booking those celebrities, like micro-endorsement platform Adinfluent.

    “I applaud Comelec’s requirements for greater transparency from the online community,” said KC Montero, noted local TV personality and owner of Adinfluent, “but the new disclosure requirements themselves are longer than a 140 character tweet. I think additional guidelines for Twitter may be warranted.”

    The new rules also specify that candidates have the right to reply to charges published against them, but state that “The reply shall be given publicity by the newspaper, television, and/or radio station which first printed or aired the charges,” with no mention of digital media such as blogs or social networking sites.

    Inconsistencies

    Resolution 9615 defines such digital media concepts as personal blogs, “collective blogs” (blogs contributed to by multiple people), and “micro-blogs” (platforms such as Twitter), but never invokes those terms again outside the definitions section of the document.

    The rules specifically mention television, radio, and print throughout the document, but are silent on digital media in such critical sections as Lawful Election Propaganda and Prohibited Forms of Election Propaganda.

    Section 16 (Regulation of Election Propaganda through Mass Media) clearly mandates Comelec to “supervise the use and employment of press, radio and television facilities insofar as the placement of political advertisements is concerned to ensure that candidates are given equal opportunities under equal circumstances to make known their qualifications and their stand on public issues,” but omits digital media from the mandate, meaning the use and employment of digital media isn’t supervised by any government agency during the election.

    Further, omission of digital media from Section 23 (Removal, Confiscation, or Destruction of Prohibited Propaganda Materials) means Comelec is empowered to stop prohibited forms of election propaganda that appear on TV, radio, or in print, but not online, nor is there a mechanism for anyone to file a petition with Comelec to remove or stop the online distribution of any propaganda materials on the grounds that they are libellous, illegal, or prohibited.

    In fact, Comelec’s rules don’t seem to take into account several scenarios. Advertising on foreign-based sites such as Facebook, which are unable (under their current configurations) to comply with the rules, will be extremely difficult to regulate, and impossible to track.

    In addition, websites who display ads served by ad networks may face difficulty, as ad networks serve Internet advertisements to hundreds of websites that display their ads for a fee. This will require political advertisers to limit the frequency with which an ad appears.

    “The idea of frequency capping is nothing new,” said Samir Ahmed, Sales Director and local Country Lead for multinational ad network Komli in an interview via Facebook, “and in fact it’s a best practice not often followed. I think the decision to frequency cap political ads is a smart move, and is definitely something ad networks can accommodate.”

    It will be important for ad networks to advise advertisers of the new rules, as an ad network serving a political advertisement more than three days per week to a partner website may inadvertently land the site owner in hot water with Comelec.

    Penalties

    Violation of Resolution 9615 is serious business: according to Section 35, it is punishable under the Omnibus Election Code, with any person found guilty facing “imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years,” without probation.

    In the United States, paid political advertisements are subject to campaign spending limits and other restrictions on candidates. In addition, paid political advertisements are required to carry disclaimers much like those required in the Philippines by Comelec, informing readers that ads were funded by a party or candidate.

    However bloggers who are paid by a candidate, party, or political action committee to promote a candidate in non-advertisement form (such as a blog article) are not required to disclose this fact themselves, although the paying candidate or party is required to disclose who they pay via campaign finance documents available to the public. These documents are closely inspected by a candidate’s opposition, and US. bloggers who accept compensation for promoting a candidate can expect that fact to come to light, either through the press or through the opposition.

    Blogger Juned Sonido, who writes Baratillo Pamphlet at baratillo.net, agreed with the spirit of Comelec’s new rules for bloggers. “It seems to me writing commentary about a candidate per se is not a problem. It is when the blogger gets paid for the post that then they have to say it is a paid post or an advertorial. Personally that is fine with me, primarily because I believe in transparency.”

    “Resolution 9615 is not perfect,” said Jayvee Fernandez, who has been blogging since 2003, and “problogging” or making money from his blog http://www.abuggedlife.com since 2005, “but strict rules in this case are better than none at all. Ultimately there needs to be a better dialogue in crafting such guidelines.”

    What do you think?

    SOURCE: ANALYSIS | Blogs, Facebook, Twitter fall within Comelec purview – By: Tony Ahn, Special to InterAksyon.com. January 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    Maraming salamat to Raïssa and Alan Robles for the opportunity. :smile:

  3. 48
    Unpopular commenter says:

    I really don’t know about JPE, but clearly, ASC is a hypocrite himself. Everyone in Taguig knows how he and his wife extort their own constituents. Millions per transaction over and above the required taxes and fees. Really, as in bigtime corruption. That, and many more stories even from his college days (I was about to vote for him, but I changed my mind). I am not surprised that the public sympathy is with him as he always presents himself as the savior of the people. In fact, whenever he meets with any of his constituents, he would lead in the prayers. When I was new in the city and during the first times that I met him I was starstruck and impressed at how religious and good-natured he was. When I got to know him better I was amused at the drama and hypocrisy. And really, privileged speech? You only do that if you cannot stand up to your words. Again, I am not defending JPE as I do not know him personally, all I am saying is, ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw. Clearly, JPE is no saint (I don’t trust him as well), but I am just appalled at all the hypocrisy going on here.

    • 48.1
      Mel says:

      @unpopular commenter

      You wrote, “Everyone in Taguig knows how he and his wife extort their own constituents. Millions per transaction over and above the required taxes and fees. Really, as in bigtime corruption. ”

      To make it believable and treat your unpopular comment as true, provide some evidences to prove your comments. ‘Extort… millions per transactions?

      Nandiyan ang Ombudsman if his constituents are unlawfully extorted or he’s been soliciting bribes.

      • 48.1.1
        Unpopular commenter says:

        I wish I could, but I’m party to the crime as well. My company allows itself to be extorted. No need to believe me, I am just saying what I am experiencing here.

        • 48.1.1.1
          Mel says:

          @Unpopular commenter

          Had a lot things to do today, but had to reply at first opportunity.

          Careful sa allegations dahil si Raïssa ang maiipit at masasabon of probable libel or slander with sprinkles of malice brought on by her commenters.

          Haluhan mo na lang ng character of ‘Jane Does’ or Juan or Juana, but kindly avoid dropping real names. Sana alam mo ang nais kong iparating.

          The blog host has more to loose than her commenters who goes by their pseudo names or character avatar.

          Kung tutuo man lang ang kuwento mo, nasa saiyo kung nais mong gampanan ang katungkulan mo bilang isang masugid na pilipino o mamayan. Suggestion: idokument mo, at idiary mo. darating ang araw – mabibigyan ka ng oportunidad na isukol at husgahan sila o kung sinu lahat sila.

  4. 47
    Ampy says:

    Enrile even brought up the “kahoy” used to build the Cayetanos’ house. Enrile is so cruel :’(

  5. 46
    Mel says:

    Read an insider’s short recollection of political dynasties’ sordid past.

    Enrile-Cayetano: The Unraveling BY JB BAYLON

  6. 45
    roberto villaflores says:

    On the positive side, the rip between Senators Cayetano and Enrile/Gigi Reyes will pave the way for a renewal in the dirty tradition of the senate. Everyone now is conscious on how they will behave as the highest lawmaker of the land. Meantime, he who erred must face the music…. these events is a perfect timing for the ‘Presidnets “Matuwid na Landas ” for he has still 3 years to come as President. The better if the LP will dominate the senate.

  7. 44
    Mel says:

    EDITORIAL | Everybody just shut up and pass the FOI law
    By: InterAksyon.com
    January 25, 2013 2:32 PM

    The online news portal of TV5

    We frankly could not care less whether or not the Senate President can still get it up. Would he care to be tested for erectile dysfunction, the esteemed Winnie Monsod of GMA News and Philippine Daily Inquirer asked Senator Enrile on live television, as she followed through on insinuations that Mr. Enrile has more than a professional relationship with his (former) chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes.

    OMG, Enrile said, but only in the context of saying he would consent – to being tested, that is.

    Suspiciously, he did not object to the question. Never mind that it was improper and irrelevant, it was non sequitur. And so what if he is 88? Hugh Hefner is 86, and that is what the little blue pill is for. On top of which: his ability to perform has nothing to do with his ability enter into a meaningful relationship. Well, maybe it does. Depends on your definition of “meaningful” or “relationship”. Or “enter”.

    But we digress.

    Which is precisely the problem.

    The point is that virility has nothing to do with public office, public accountability, and the real question we thought we were talking about. But this tail is wagging that dog, so to speak, and public attention is the bitch of the oldest trick in the book.

    Neither does a debt owed by Rene Cayetano to Enrile have any relevance to the point on which the recent Senate imbroglio started. Look, we all know more than we let on. Media, believe it or not, would be happy to keep much of the details off the air or pages – and therefore selfishly to themselves – except of course until we are given no choice by legislators speaking it all into the public record.

    In the course of these past weeks, we thought we were all being drawn into a public debate on transparency.

    The mess we did not mind. Nor the color and personalities. A telenovela we would not mind for the viewerships and hits. But the public will remember – or maybe not – that for a moment there, what tantalized was the prospect of having vested interests and bruised egos powerful enough to finally see an important scandal brought to light.

    This started off as drama, but people were hoping that it would build up to something cathartic. Initially, they understood that the fighting words had something to do with public funds being apportioned among elected officials, some of whom complained they were less equal than others. But ultimately, the people also appreciated, the issue is not fairness. It is not equality. It is not discretion. It is not about legality nor even about old and accepted tradition. Certainly it is not about our senators. It is – still – plainly about accountability, and the people’s right to know how their taxes are being put to use.

    It was rather limp, therefore, even for Senator Alan Cayetano to propose a “private audit” of Senate operational funds. Why a private audit? Because, presumably, the act would be special. It would be for this instance of a scandal alone – for purposes of refereeing the mudslinging – but it would be hard to imagine the practice being institutionalized. It was a bluff among senators, each of whom, it has been correctly pointed out, has been partaking of this practice over past years and past terms. Obviously, after all, all this did not become tradition by carelessness and ignorance of any law. Quite the opposite. We proceed on the presumption that our learned and guilty solons knew exactly what they were doing, and knew exactly what could be justified under the laws they created.

    So enough of that. The law being on their side, the remedy to the root of all this is a law as well.

    Funny that as time runs out on the long-stalled Freedom of Information Bill – Congress has little less than a week’s worth of workdays left to pass anything else in the current session – there has been no earnest effort or even mention of FOI to remedy what supposedly has every aggrieved senator personally hurting. Malacanang, the House of Representatives, the rest of the Upper Chamber: they have all been passive and quiet as well. There is no real push to institutionalize the only real guarantee against unscrupulous practices and traditions in all our public offices.

    We cannot expect our senators to go against established practices and the warped rationalizations traditions engender. We cannot expect them to fix the mess they have made for themselves. It will have to be the public that will have to be granted access to how their money is being spent, and their power as voters and citizens to be allowed to bear upon their elected leaders to institute change.

    Just pass the FOI law, for crying out loud, and we can finally begin to take on all the changes we truly need, while letting our politicians thresh out their personal affairs on their own.

    Source: www interaksyon com/article/53558/editorial–everybody-just-shut-up-and-pass-the-foi-law

  8. 43
    chijap says:

    I miss the days when people who made a mistake simply said:

    “I’m sorry [offended party].”
    (and/or add saying not to repeat it again or offer a social meet to let it go – like lunch or dinner)

    Kahaba ng sinabi di ko na nakita yung sorry.

    • 43.1
      baycas says:

      Sabi sa radyo, seven (7) pages.

      Sabi sa diyaryo, two thousand six hundred (2,600) words.

      Kung laman ay “I’m sorry”, ok na sana…

      Kaya lang hindi!

    • 43.2
      jorge bernas says:

      @ chijap,

      You are RIGHT but l also missed the days that a corrupt public/private official/s to say ….. …. .. ” ” I am SORRY ” and simply commit suicide, like angelo reyes para hindi na pamarisan at magsilbing aral dahil ang magnakaw ay NAKAKAHIYA at NAKAKADIRI …at BAWAL …Amen..

  9. 42
    Michael says:

    *Just a thought*

    … She might be the one misusing the senate fund, that’s why she’s noisy and aggressive about it.

    • 42.1
      David says:

      “Just another thought”

      …Could it be that Cheap Shot JPE, disclosed the information about the 37 million peso outstanding loan of the Late Cayetano, as reasonable explanation for not distributing equally to the senators. Senators beware, honor any outstanding IOU to Cheap Shot Enrile. You could be next….

  10. 41
    Baltazar says:

    To Ms. Reyes,
    With due respect Madame, why not apologize sincerely in the language of the common tao ? I just felt that as much as you try to be articulate with your so called public apology , it is all the more not addressing the majority real public – that is the poor, the hungry, people living in the slums, people honestly paying their taxes out of their meager income yet get nothing in return from our government because the money is being spouted down the pockets of so called leaders – senators included .
    And seriously , how many among the common tao would mind your apology when they are too busy earning their money for the day’s food? In fact, what they do and easily understand are rumors about you having an illicit relationship with Senator Enrile. I know clearly that this is not the issue here and the question might be too personal for a person like you who’s gone private now having resigned from your post. But I believe, for the sake of JPE’s reputation which obviously, he tried to hogwash recently for the sake of his son , some light need to be shed on this one because this issue , unless clarified, just makes the two of you the BIGGEST HYPOCRITES in the entire history of the Philippine Senate.
    Just an honest appeal from a common tao. .

  11. 40
    Rommel says:

    It got personal didn’t it? Well Ms. Gigi asked for it and she got it.

  12. 39
    Mel says:

    Déjà vu

    BTW, the past came back to haunt another Senator (actor / noontime show host) regarding the celebrated rape case of Pepsi Paloma. The thee other noontime show hosts were named in the rape case filed by the noted soft drink starlet.

    Who was helped by another sitting Senator whose companero (who provided the legal representation) was the late father of another sitting Senator. In the midst of the celebrated rape case in the early 1980s, the abducted starlet was rescued by another sitting Senator from Ben Ulo. Who confessed he worked for the Castelo clan, related to a sitting Senator.

    NOW the sitting Senator did a petty exposé of unpaid debts ‘incurred’ by his late companero who happens to be the father of another sitting Senator.

  13. 38
    francis071157 says:

    My suggestion also on the auditing by private firm/s with the Senate – that means lahat ng ginastos ng mga senators…. dapat siguro suspend muna ang trabaho ng COA for a year… tapos lahat – senate, congress and all government offices pati palasyo ay i-audit ng mga private firms…. Mr. President… linisin na natin ang bahay mula kiwarto hanggang sa kubeta sa labas pati yung kalsada sa harapan… as in lahat…. COA can not do it just as Ms. Tan says “who will question the integrity of the Senate President…” just by that statement ibig sabihin pati ikaw di ka pwedeng galawin…. Assist na lang muna ang COA by doing the documentations…. isang taon siguro naman tapos yan… yung mga private firms na masasagasaan, isama sa kalaboso…. Kesa naman tamaan sila ng kidlat… kayo kayo na ang magkusa na linisin ang inyong mga bakuran… Sorry… nananaginip yata ako…. Well… kung gusto talaga ni PNoy na maayos ang “Daang Matuwid”… pag-isipan niya ito…. paki padala na lang po ito sa malakanang…

    • 38.1
      vander anievas says:

      hindi ako naniniwala sa multo, pero pag nangyari iyan, baka makatuklas ng libingan ng mga multo. at hindi lang sa senado iyan. baka mula sa ehekutibo hanggang sa munisipyo may archive ng momo…
      nakakatakot.
      nung bata pa ako, nunca na natakot ako sa multo.

  14. 37
    Cha says:

    My God! It’s a non-apology, this statement of Senator Wannabe Reyes !!!

    While saying she apologises profusely for calling Cayetano et. al. hypocrites, she thn goes on to say that she really have just kept ths to herself! Howzaboutthat? At hindi lang ipokrito ngayon si Cayetano. Liar pa. It’s a lie daw na they have to go though her or her brother whnever they need to bring something up with the Senate President. Nabasa mo yan, Senator Cayetano? Now you can say “amaleyer”,

    And no longer content now on Cayetano and co as target, she brings the rest of the Senators inside the boxing ring as well and takes a jab.. Bakit daw hindi sila kumikibo at ipinagtatnggol ang amo niya! Susme, hindi ba yung pagboto ng against sa resignation eh isang pagkampi na nga kay Enrile?

    Even the Senate Secretary who made a judgment call of her own has also not been spared. And why should Ms. Reyes think that the senators and the Senate Secretary are there to protect and defend the Senate President? Hindi ba kaya nandiyan sila para sa bayan at hindi para kay Manong?So like her principal who said in an interview yesterday that he doesn’t need the minority, as he has his majority. He can pass bills with the support of his majority. His majority! Ganoon, he owns them?

    And she wants to Senate President to tender his irrevocabke resignation because she thinks he is not being supported by his majority? Pwede ba, tama na ang drama. Kung magre-resign, mag resign na! Pulos kayo pangako!

    And for the last word brought to you by the senator wannabe herself, I am profusely sorry for everything I just said. I just got carried away by my emotions. I should have kept them to myself! :)

    • 37.1
      zamera says:

      Lol!

      Seriously, her long winding apology is no apology at all.

      Other than that, I’d very much like to know, who had sent that paper given to JPE. It was only after getting hold of it that the SP with ghoulish glee “informed” Sen Allan of his father’s P37M. And why the need to bring that up – who decided it?

  15. 36
    francis071157 says:

    I look at our country in a different perspective. God is in control. It may not be as you would like it to be but He is. He has to expose the sin in the high places and it is happening now – in the police and military… in the senate… in congress… and next in to all the departments… I thank God Pnoy may not be that good but he has high moral standard and God is using him to put into places people who are after righteousness… God has to do the exposing so that when He finally release all the riches of this nation for the world to see, no man has the balls to touch them… fear of God has to be restored in the heart of man… otherwise, they will continue to be corrupt and pockect the wealth that is for the people. “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin in the heart of its people will bury her to shame…” God is bound to prosper this nation… He is holding it for awhile but soon this nation will be to the envy of many nations. Those who wait for it and seek for righteousness will receive it and enjoy it… but those who continue to dignify sin will see it from afar and be envied of the prosperity of the righteous. And this is true to all of us as a nation… and so let us do what we can do to promote righteousness not only in the government but in everywhere we are because God has placed us there for a purpose… take that responsibility with all our hearts and we will be rewarded. Be blessed.

    • 36.1
      raissa says:

      God sees the truth but waits.

      Meanwhile, human beings have to act and use the best of God-given talents.

    • 36.2
      LeoSanMig says:

      With all these things going on in the senate, is Pnoy playing one of his patented pool games? Hmm… Mase!

    • 36.3
      pinay710 says:

      @sir francis071157, SAPAGKAT KAMI AY TAO LAMANG!! ang mga PILIPINO ay niyuyurakan ng mga matataas sa senado kaya may karapatan ang mga Pinoy na sumigaw ng ARAY!!!sabi ng DIOS:TUTULUNGAN KITA TULUNGAN MO MUNA ANG SARILI MO. kaya eto tinutulungan ng mga MAGIGITING NA SENADORES NA MAY BAYAG ANG MGA PILIPINONG NAGLUKLUK SA KANILA SA KANILANG PUESTO. MASAMA BA YUN? LABAG BA SA UTOS NG DIOS YUN? (hindi po ako sumisigaw, binibgyan diin ko lang ang ibig kong iparating sa inyo)

  16. 35
    raissa says:

    I’ve just placed the latest updates in this piece – Gigi Reyes apologizes and fights back

    • 35.1
      Mel says:

      Public apology of Gigi Reyes

      I found two rather intriguing tweets at ‘UPDATE 2 as of 9:30 AM, Jan. 25, 2013 – Tweets from Aksyon 5 on an interview with Atty. Gigi Reyes.

      The following tweets;

      Atty.Gigi:If SenCayetano stuck to d real isue,SenTrillanes wud b realy happy by nw as he wud not hav 2 sweat it out just 2 unseat d SenPres

      Atty.Gigi:THE DRAFT SPEECH I PREPARED ALSO CONTAINED A STATEMENT TOWARDS THE END THAT HE (JPE) WAS RESIGNING IRREVOCABLY AS SENATE…

      Which is which? Or Left to reader’s interpretation of hanging statements? Why should Sen Cayetano stuck to the real issue of WHAT? Must Senator Cayetano suck it up and remain silent, again?

      “…(JPE) WAS RESIGNING IRREVOCABLY AS SENATE…” It didn’t end up as IRREVOCALBLE for JPE. Christmas bonus teasers returned the favor by rejecting kuno.

      Their benefactor’s resignation is their loss of …

  17. 34
    pordoy says:

    The constitution, Article VI “Section 10. The salaries of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives shall be determined by law. No increase in said compensation shall take effect until after the expiration of the full term of all the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives approving such increase.” and “section 25-(6) Discretionary funds appropriated for particular officials shall be disbursed only for public purposes to be supported by appropriate vouchers and subject to such guidelines as may be prescribed by law.cralaw, show that all bonuses and almost all transfer of funds as currently done are completely illegal and improper regardless of current and past practices.

    • 34.1
      curveball says:

      @pordoy,
      salamat sa post na ito kaya naman ako ay humihiling kay COA Ms. Grace Pulido Tan

      Paki-explain nga po kung sakop kayo nito?
      Kung hindi ay mabuti naman,
      Kung sakop kayo nito at kasama ito sa trabaho/responsibilidad nyo sa COA para sa mahiwagang Christmas gifts na ipinamudmod.

      Mas lalo pa na ako ay humihingi sa inyo na paliwanag bakit nangyayari ito?

      Meron ako karapatan magtanong at malaman kasi isa ako sa milyon milyon na kinataltasan ng buwis na sya nila pinamimigay bilang regalo nuong pasko.

      Meron din ako karapatan humingi ng paliwanag sa inyo kasi meron din ako kontribusyon sa sweldo nyo.

    • 34.2
      baycas says:

      @leona,

      ayan na naman, “as may be prescribed by law“.

      certification = voucher?

      voucher = receipt?

      what are the guidelines of the law, if there is one? COA probably has the law…

      • 34.2.1
        vander anievas says:

        @baycas,
        hawak nila ang batas. sila ang gumagawa ng batas.
        tatawagin ko silang sunadores. ang batas nila ay puro butas. so it wont hold water. hawr!hawr!hawr!(sottocopy kay mrp):

  18. 33
    focusonmayelections says:

    cayetano yes, una no. kung daang madilim at unanong (as in short sighted or short termed) layunin, ano ang gagawin natin? para sa akin: una no, una no, una no.

    • 33.1
      chit navarro says:

      dahan-dahan lang ng pagbigkas ng UNA NO..
      UNA NO….. UNAO…

      baka ma=Korina Sanchez tayo…. maiitim na maligno… :)

      :)

      • 33.1.1
        rallie f. cruz says:

        Hindi masyadong masasaktan si Korina diyan..mas malaki siya sa ordinartyong unano at malaki ang tiwalako sa kanya sa paglalahad ng mga makatotohanang tala ng buhay…:).

  19. 32
    raissa says:

    UP Prof. Harry Roque just tweeted:

    “Just heard gigi reyes interview with karen davila. Its a lesson on how not to add gas on a burning fire!”

    I think Karen’s program has a replay at 6PM at anc.

    • 32.1
      raissa says:

      Ooops.

      Apparently, Prof. Roque listened to the Karen interview posted on my blog.

      sorry.

      Thought it was new today.

    • 32.2
      Victin Luz says:

      @Pochero,….I agree with your assessment :re Allan attitude so as Sonny Trillanes when he stood against Tatang Johnny lately , but who among the candidates for senate this 2013 election DID when TATANGs policy is too much for them and to us Filipinos? Except for lunatic Meriam and seldom Ulyanin Joker DID.

      We have to select 12 candidate to the Senate remember and also the way Tatang Johnny DID to Marcos that was why we elected him also to the Senate and now become the SP.

      When the rightful path are being violated and the wrong doing was exposed ,, the one who exposed, so much so if they were the least guilty are to be CONTEMPLATED and to be Rewarded if there is a reward. Re- elect Cayetano and Trillanes not that they are 100% clean but like ENRILE did to Marcos , fought the wrongful path when it was needed.

      • 32.2.1
        Victin Luz says:

        @Pochero,… Nobody was perfect iin the Senate so as the candidates for senate this year 2013. Remember we have to choice 12 of them , give us your honest LIST and we will review and follow you. Simulaan mo sa akala mong pinaka HONEST candidate at susundan ka namin SIR.

  20. 31
    Pochero says:

    I’m not sure if this post is intended to praise Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. I myself am not impressed by his privilege speech. Let’s just remember that all these came about because of the unequal divvying up of the loot. Nagkagulangan sa hatian – not everybody happy.

    • 31.1
      raissa says:

      The post is meant to try to understand what just happened.

    • 31.2
      macspeed says:

      whatever, guts and glory or fame and fortune, someone has tell what are happenning to these money which portion of them from VAT, those corruptors cannot kiss Sen Alans butt he he he he di matanggap ng mga corruptors someone will break the eyes from a colt he he he he

      tapos walang resibo, just certification para sa accountability? kaya dami nag popolitico mga hayup sila he he he lower class such as pig…mabuti pa sa kanila apes at zoos, they will stop eating ones full…

      vat comes from everybody, even those who cant make both ends meet, nakunan ng barya, tapos lulustayin lang nila mga pig, pig pig…

    • 31.3
      Cha says:

      I see Cayetano’s privilege speech as a calculated act of retaliation. So there is undeniably a peronal motive there but it also shows the man has the guts and smarts to go toe to toe with a formidable opponent such as Enrile. Which is more than what we can say about a lot of his colleagues in that hallowed chamber.

  21. 30
    sdramos says:

    With all these back n forth bangayan… sana yung pera gamitin nalang to rehabilitate the state of Cateel, Boston, CDO, ComVal and the rest of Davao Del Norte and Davao City and surrounding …. People there still in need of help.

  22. 29
    isellnuts says:

    Why rock the boat

    If ain’t broke why fix it

  23. 28
    chit navarro says:

    I was quite intrigued with the introductory statements of Raissa with this article. Part of whics read as follows:

    “Senate proceedings form part of ”privileged communications” for which reporters cannot be sued for libel.”

    I thought right away the case of Yoli Ong on an article she had written on JPE’s book.

    The following paragraph from William Espos’s column in Philstar today, Jan. 25, says it all:

    “JPE seems to have met his match in Santiago. JPE was relatively shy in engaging Santiago compared to how he sued STAR’s Yoly V. Ong for libel. Yoly expressed her opinion over matters that have been reported previously and are considered public knowledge.

    Is JPE trying to scare other writers and commentators from rekindling discussions about controversies involving his son Jacky?

    Don’t even think about it, Juan Ponce-Enrile. We’re no longer under martial law and some questions just have to be asked.”

  24. 27
    chit navarro says:

    From the column of Rina Jimenez-David, Phil Daily Inquirer today:
    (link in the comment box):

    “As for Ms Gigi, I can remember quite clearly the response of Jack Enrile, the congressman from Cagayan who is running for the Senate, when in a lunch with media women he was asked about Gigi’s role in his father’s life. “I am very thankful to her because she has made my father into the man he is today,” Jack Enrile declared. The response stunned us not just for its honesty but also for the ringing endorsement he seemed to be issuing in favor of the relationship. And indeed, he added, his being “friends” with Gigi has led to an estrangement between him and his mother and his sister Katrina. “….

    can we read between the lines?

  25. 26
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    In conjunction with my comment #4
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/24/13/erap-nothing-wrong-enriles-cash-gifts

    After Binay now its Erap to the rescue
    “Estrada said it will only be wrong if the funds are pocketed by the senators for personal use”

    How can someone utter this words/statements eventhough erap knows that he was convicted by sandiganbayan for plunder?

    For Manilenyos:
    Watch the Kampanyaserye by ABS-CBN Battle for Manila Episode 3 at 06:06 when erap uttered this words:

    “Hungry stomach knows no laws.”

    Which i highly disagree ang daming nagtratrabaho na mahirap na kahit maliit ang kita, tulad ng paglalako ng street foods ay hindi naisip gumawa ng masama sa kapwa.

    Naisip kaya ni erap na isang malaking insulto yang mga binitiwang niyang salita sa mga tapat na mang-gagawang pilipino?

    • 26.1
      raissa says:

      I agree with you.

      Erap’s oft-quoted statement insults the millions of poor Filipinos who are honest.

    • 26.2
      leona says:

      @Martial…maybe Erap’s limited sayings means “…just pocket public money and use it without really being personal’. And “stomach all the laws when you are hungry!”

      Why ‘O why he got that messy PARDON ! He wuz almost in PERDITION na palusot pa!

      It’s NO FUN! Manilenos! …enjoy ur fun now by June U’ll miss all of it !

      • 26.2.1
        Martial Bonifacio says:

        Im glad you ask that magic question “why?”

        In my opinion ito ay isang paraan to return the favor. Remember it is GMA who gave her pardon ng mga panahon na nagagalit ang tao sa kanya, she did gave the pardon to erap to try appease the people.

        Kung babasihan nga ang mga interview ni Binay sa news, halos lahat ng salita niya ay parang pabor sa mga tao ni gloria, from corona’s impeachment trial to garcia’s of cebu.

        This 2013 election is very important not only to the current administration but also to the one who will succeed it in 2016.

        I hope na ma-retain ni Pnoy ang majority in favor of “daang matuwid” for both congress and senate kasi baka lahat ng laws na naipasa ni Pnoy (RH, Sintax) ay ma repeal sa 2016.

        Mga past government officials tulad nila Abalos, GMA, Raymundo Roquero at Corona na may kinakaharap na kaso ay baka biglang mabigyan ng pardon ng susunod na pangulo sa 2016,

  26. 25
    Kajames says:

    SAYANG! kung ano man ang na-gain ni JPE sa several months ng Corona impeachment trial, naglaho lahat sa loob ng ilang minuto.

    • 25.1
      leona says:

      @Kajames…the defects in ourselves and our political leaders is TOLERATION of defects!

      Had there been instant and immediate CONDEMNATION of defects, defects would not be lingering for time. It is CLIPPED sooner than later.

      The greater in numbers among us are LUKEWARM like saying WHO CARES REALLY! Then defects BLOWS UP SKY HIGH! And numbers react: Gee, jee jee is it!

      In all gov’t official places STOP TOLERATION! Senators now DO NOT SOLIDLY REACT but tolerate defects. Then one or more cannot take it anymore! Same everywhere all the more!

      FUN and NO fun!

  27. 24
    danny says:

    Why the Senate and the House of Reps. exempted from a rigorious accounting standards that applied to other government agencies. The COA should show some teeth and independence, afterall the COA is the sole constitutional commission under Article VI Section 20 of the Constitution that audit the records and books of accounts of the Congress.

    • 24.1
      Chit navarro says:

      Han gang ngayon nga Hindi pa confirmed si Heidi Mendoza sa COA – that’s the leverage of the powerful Senate -

      • 24.1.1
        mila says:

        Bakit nga ba? Kung sino pa naman ang matitino…Are they afraid
        that she migh be tasked to handle the audit?

      • 24.1.2
        jorge bernas says:

        @ Chit Navarro,

        Paki lagay nga dito ang mga senador na humahadlang sa appointment ni ms. Heidi Mendoza at nang maturuan at hindi namin IBOTO sa darating na midterm election. palagay ko kasama naman naman TUTA diyan…

    • 24.2
      leona says:

      Acc to @baycas…a law is needed for it …’as maybe provided by law,’ .. ‘as defined by law,’ …’under conditions provided by law,’ ATBPA!

      eH! WALANG law!

  28. 23
    LeoSanMig says:

    Off-topic: I was about to read this post when I noticed a picture at the upper left hand corner right below the byline of Raissa. I almost spilled my coffee. Thought it was Raissa until I saw it was Sen Cayetano the younger. lol.

  29. 22
    isellnuts says:

    In Channel 11 at 9PM tonight state of the nation Jessica Soho’s program COA chairman Grace Pulido Tan was invited by Jessica Soho to give an insight how was the auditing procedure for the senate funds was done.

    COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan apprised TV viewers that there is a COA office in the senate keeping an eye in the senate budget expenditures.

    Jessica Soho asked Grace Pulido Tan how the senate MOOE funds are audited. Grace Pulido Tan replied since she assumed the COA chief it has been the practice of the senate since 1998 during senate presidency of Marcelo Fernan that a mere certification signed by the senate president where and how the money was spent NO receipt required.

    Grace Pulido Tan added that who are we in COA to question the integrity and honesty of the senate president. she also said the same applied in congress MOOE.

    Jessica Soho asked Grace P. Tan regarding what Alan Peter Cayetano recommends that an independent auditing firm must audit the senate expenditures. Grace P. Tan replied so long as no public funds will be spent by the auditing firm is fine with COA

    • 22.1
      rejtatel says:

      “Grace Pulido Tan added that who are we in COA to question the integrity and honesty of the senate president.”

      Exactly you are Commission on Audit Madam that is what and who you are.

      One of your constitutional duties is to look at improprieties in spending public funds by public officers and entities. Is checking how the Senate President and the Senate spend public money beyond a mere certification above your paygrade? Is that not your mandate in the first place?

      I dont know where PNoy’s Tuwid na Daan will end up with a COA like that. But then again, this is just my personal view.

      • 22.1.1
        leona says:

        How directly right @rejtatel!…’keeping an eye’ DAW..is it BLIND EYES? If COA cannot question such when auditing, then WHAT IS COA for? …cover-observe-anly.

      • 22.1.2
        drill down says:

        doesn’t sound like she’s qualified to be coa chief.

        • 22.1.2.1
          AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

          Is that COA head position impeachable? If so, let’s get the ball rolling on THIS one, this incumbent surnamed TAN. She sounded like she doesn’t know her duties, responsibilities and BEING A CONSTITUTIONAL POSITION HOLDER. Nde pa nagsisimula audit ay TAKOT NA KI ENRILE! Yet she wanna have her scared fingers into the audit pie! DUH!! Let’s kick her outta there!

      • 22.1.3
        curveball says:

        Ms. Grace Puldo Tan

        At yung mga ibang tao/sangay ng gobyerno na may mahigpit na pag-audit ay walang integridad at di mapagkakatiwalaan?

        Ano ba ito milyon milyon na pera namin mamamayan…. Face value (certification) lang ok na basta mga senador ang pinaguusapan? O dahil ay nuon pa ay gawain na ok lang?

        Paano naman kami? Pwede ba na isulat sa SALN namin o ilakip ang certification lang? Sabihin ko lang na may integridad ako at dapat pagkatiwalaan? (Parang halimbawa)

        Para naman at di pantay yan. Meron ba deskriminasyon?

  30. 21
    Mel says:

    On another note, “Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile “has already openly said that he is in favor of an audit, but there should be a vote by the institution itself.” – Secretary Edwin Lacierda.

    I wonder where Secretary Edwin Lacierda heard or read that from of JPE’s “… in favor of an audit”? … private?

    Lacierda in favor of opening Senate books for audit

    By Michael Lim Ubac
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    8:41 pm | Thursday, January 24th, 2013

    Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
    MANILA, Philippines–President Aquino’s spokesperson on Thursday joined the clamor for the Senate to open its books of account, admitting that the “reputation” of the Senate as a democratic institution is at stake amid the Senate war over the “Christmas bonus.”

    ‘‘If the Senate President feels that he is not against it, then certainly we hope that the Senate will protect the institution–the reputation of the institution, the integrity of the institution, and vote on the proposal of the Senate President,” said Secretary Edwin Lacierda.

    At his regular briefing in the Palace, Lacierda noted that being the leader of the Senate, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile “has already openly said that he is in favor of an audit, but there should be a vote by the institution itself.”

    Read the rest of this article from newsinfo inquirer net/346461/lacierda-in-favor-of-opening-senate-books-for-audit

  31. 20
    Mel says:

    Breaking News, but no official statements from JPE as true, or yet to confirm Palace’s leeway for a private audit into Senate’s coffers.

    Palace praises JPE for allowing Senate audit

    By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at 01/24/2013 7:37 PM
    Updated as of 01/24/2013 7:37 PM

    MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

    MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

    “It’s commendable that the Senate President has already said that he supports any auditing on the MOOE [Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses]. If the Senate President feels that he is not against it, then certainly we hope that the Senate will protect the institution–the reputation of the institution, the integrity of the institution, and vote on the proposal of the Senate President,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

    “The position taken by this government is for transparency and accountability. Now, the focus is on the Senate and I think it behooves on the Senate to heed the people’s call for transparency given the situation right now where the imbroglio between the Senate President and Senator [Alan Peter] Cayetano has been the subject of intense discussions within the Senate floor.”

    READ the rest of the story at www abs-cbnnews com/nation/01/24/13/palace-praises-jpe-allowing-senate-audit

    • 20.1
      Mel says:

      Above link source: Palace praises JPE for allowing Senate audit By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

      • 20.1.1
        raissa says:

        LOL.

        The Palace is making sure he doesn’t backtrack?

        • 20.1.1.1
          Mel says:

          yap…

          parang pain.

          tanggapin kaya niya? baka mahulog sa dulo ng upuan si Edwin Lacierda sa kahihintay, baka mapuk-pok tuloy.

          magpagaling at gumaling na sana agad si MDS para tanggapin din niya ang hamon ni JPE na dalhin sa SC ang reklamo niya.

          Trivia? Once the Sen prosecutor, now may become the Sen defense for impeachment.

          :smile: malayo na ata ang narating -

          • 20.1.1.1.1
            netty says:

            What can he do? Nabisto na ang corruption and his erection, sori election tehnic..Oh my God, my bad.I just remember my Japanese neighbor, jk, when he asked a friend about a division election going on, that goes like this,How was the/your erection ? Of course this was one instance of the cultural shocks that CPMERS are very aware of. I am generally behaved but you know from the waist up I am still good, but from the waist down, ohh you never know. ;)

            • Mafe says:

              this is an old joke. the pinoy who was asked “how was you er(l)ection?” answered, “I just had one this morning.” hehe…

              • netty says:

                ;) Mafe, right on. I just thought something is missing, just like the apology given,Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang the movie, nagsorry nga ngunit may kulang. Sincerity is such a rare commodity indeed.

      • 20.1.2
        Mel says:

        Cayetano should pay for independent audit: COA

        By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com
        Posted at 01/24/2013 6:20 PM
        Updated as of 01/24/2013 7:03 PM

        MANILA – The Commision on Audit (COA) cannot be taken out of the picture when it comes to looking into the finances of the Senate, the commission’s chairman said on Thursday.

        COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan said Senator Alan Peter Cayetano can still ask a private auditing firm to look into the finances of the Senate, but he will have to shoulder the costs of its services and have the Senate as a whole approve it.

        Tan added that the Constitution provides that the COA has irrevocable jurisdiction over the auditing of any government agency.

        “Ang sinasabi ng Saligang Batas na hindi pwedeng magpasa ng anumang batas o resolusyon man yan, in any guise, to exempt any government agency from the jurisdiction of the COA,” Tan told dzMM.

        “Maski may mag-audit na private entity, hindi pa rin kami matatanggal. We still can audit and we will audit. Kasi ‘di kami pwedeng ma-out ng jurisdiction dyan.”

        Cayetano came up with the suggestion to have the Senate’s finances be independently audited after it was revealed that Enrile released some P1.6 million as additional “maintenance and other operating expenditures” (MOOE) to 18 colleagues from “savings” of the chamber in 2012, excluding Alan and Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV.

        READ the rest of the article at www abs-cbnnews com/nation/01/24/13/cayetano-should-pay-independent-audit-coa

        • 20.1.2.1
          AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

          This COA Chairman Grace PULIDO Tan ay waring hindi PULIDO kung gumanap ng kanyang katungkulan. Ano kaya dapat gawin sa kanya? SIBAKIN? YEAH, RIGHT! AND THE SOONER THIS IS DONE, THE BETTER FOR ALL OF US!

          • 20.1.2.1.1
            jorge bernas says:

            @ August,

            Tama ka, Parang ayaw niyang mag audit ang private firm kasi makikita na wala silang nagawa noon at ginawa ngayon? At makikita na takot silang magpakulong nang malaking Aso kong nagkasala? COA huwag naman kayong mag double standard…Maging marehas sana kayong taga COA? Pera nang bayan ay bantayan at alagaan at huwag matakot sa nabigyan lang nang pansamantalang kapangyarihan dahil KAMI ang BOSS??? KUHA MO???

          • 20.1.2.1.2
            Jackie E says:

            dapat ilifestyle check din c COS reyes na syang naghahawak ng budget ng OSP. Kung nagresign na sya mahahabol pa ba natin kung meron man nakulimbat?

          • 20.1.2.1.3
            Jackie E says:

            oo nga TAN nga kse :)

    • 20.2
      Mel says:

      Erratum

      MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

      - sorry folks.

      MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

    • 20.3
      Mel says:

      Cayetano should pay for independent audit: COA

      By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com
      Posted at 01/24/2013 6:20 PM
      Updated as of 01/24/2013 7:03 PM

      MANILA – The Commision on Audit (COA) cannot be taken out of the picture when it comes to looking into the finances of the Senate, the commission’s chairman said on Thursday.

      COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan said Senator Alan Peter Cayetano can still ask a private auditing firm to look into the finances of the Senate, but he will have to shoulder the costs of its services and have the Senate as a whole approve it.

      Tan added that the Constitution provides that the COA has irrevocable jurisdiction over the auditing of any government agency.

      “Ang sinasabi ng Saligang Batas na hindi pwedeng magpasa ng anumang batas o resolusyon man yan, in any guise, to exempt any government agency from the jurisdiction of the COA,” Tan told dzMM.

      “Maski may mag-audit na private entity, hindi pa rin kami matatanggal. We still can audit and we will audit. Kasi ‘di kami pwedeng ma-out ng jurisdiction dyan.”

      Cayetano came up with the suggestion to have the Senate’s finances be independently audited after it was revealed that Enrile released some P1.6 million as additional “maintenance and other operating expenditures” (MOOE) to 18 colleagues from “savings” of the chamber in 2012, excluding Alan and Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV.

      READ the rest of the article at www abs-cbnnews com/nation/01/24/13/cayetano-should-pay-independent-audit-coa

  32. 19
    jiroarturo says:

    Atty Gigi Reyes kabit ni Enrile?

  33. 18
  34. 17
    ivan says:

    “Sa UNA gaganda ag buhay!”….creepy slogan….

  35. 16
    springwoodman says:

    Let us not go overboard in praise of Senator Alan Cayetano. He is the chairman of the Ethics and Privileges Committee and I am still holding my breath on his review of Sotto’s plagiarisms. He is quick to defend his personal interests but not the nation’s interests?

    As to Enrile’s transgressions that should be up for review as well. But I will not be holding my breath on that one.

    • 16.1
      ivan says:

      hehehehe.tama……

      • 16.1.1
        Victin Luz says:

        Tumbuk mo @springwoodman,……accepting xmas gift the previous years of any amount coming from SENATE savings and not allowed by COA will make no difference by not accepting it this year.

    • 16.2
      curveball says:

      Sa tingin ko nag-antay sya ng timang oras, sabi nga sa mga ganitong moves timing is everything.
      Dahil sa baguhan pa lang sya ay nagobserba muna kung sino ang kalaban o kakampi nya bago sya magsalita.
      At sa ginawa naman nya ay tamang oras nga. Parang bomba na sumabog at may mga after shocks pa.
      Mga resignation, may pagtanggi na may relasyon daw.
      Malalaman natin sa mga darating na araw kung epektib ba at may natutunan ang botante sa mga narinig nila mula kay Alan P. at E.

  36. 15
    • 15.1
      Cha says:

      Back in 1998 (link to follow):

      Headline News Philippines

      ENRILES SPLITTING, JPE DENIES AFFAIR

      Manila, Jan. 29, 1998 – Senator Juan Ponce Enrile confirmed yesterday that his wife Cristina had left their Dasmarinas Village home and is seeking to annul their marriage.

      However, he denied rumors that the reason for his marital problems is because he was having an affair with his chief of staff, lawyer Jessica Gonzales-Reyes.

      “There is no relationship other than an official and professional one,” Enrile said, even as he charged that the rumor is part of a smear campaign being waged by his political enemies.

      The story broke out in the column of Manila Standard columnist and TV personality Jullie Yap- Daza. The rumor was that Enrile and Reyes were caught by Mrs. Enrile in a compromising situation in his hospital room where he was recuperating from a recent case of vertigo.

      Both Enrile and Reyes issued statements to the press denying the story. Reyes said that while she visited the senator, there was never a time when they were alone as nurses and doctors were always present.

      Reyes threatened to file libel charges against a tabloid that came out with a story about the alleged affair.

      Senator Enrile told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he thought he had his wife’s love in his pocket. He confirmed that he and his wife of 40 years are facing a difficult time with their marriage and started discussing separation 4 years ago. He said his wife complained about his public life “and the stress it posed to her role as wife and mother.”

      “I understand her distress, I always have, but I hope she will reconsider her plan to seek a dissolution of our marriage,” Enrile said.

      He announced that he had agreed to a division of family assets and properties with his wife “because of love for her, not out of guilt.”

    • 15.2
      pinay710 says:

      @mam chit, eh meron po akong kamaganak 85 yrs old na nagkaroon pa ng anak na 3yrs old. kung magsalita naman si JPE parang mga kausap nya TANGA. hihihi,

      hindi ngayon at sumagot ang isang kabataan sa nakakatanda eh walng galang na at HINDI DAPAT MANGATWIRAN. HINDI lahat ng ginagawa ng MATATANDA ay tama. dapat aminin din na MINSAN nagkakamali din ang mga MAY PINAGKATANDAAN. si JPE ay may simptomas na ng dimentia.

      tayong may mga edad na DAPAT makinig din tayo sa KABATAAN dahil iba ang panahon nila at sila ang mabubuhay sa mga isinasagawa nila NGAYON!!

      tayo ay gabay na lang HUWAG NATIN SILANG DIKTAHAN. ITURO ANG TAMA HWUAG ANG MALI!!

  37. 14
    jp3b says:

    Nakakalungkot at nakakainis. Kung gastusin at manipulahin ng mga Senador ang pantustos sa kanila ng mga nagbabayad ng buwis ay parang ganun-ganun na lang. Sa bawat piso na binabawas bilang withholding tax at ibinabayad na VAT ganyan pala.

    Ngunit mas ikinagagalit ko at ikinaiinis ay ang paguugali ng CoS ni Enrile. Umaastang bangaw na nakatungtong sa kalabaw! Kung signatory siya sa mga government bank accounts dapat siguro imbestigahan ng Ombudsman kung walang anomalya ang mga pag iisyu niya ng mga tseke o mga withdrawals simula ng humwak siya ng ganoong kapangyarihan.

    • 14.1
      Victin Luz says:

      Government Corporation’s were doing that giving bonuses to their Board Members coming from savings and also not allowed by COA.

      STATE Universities saving’s instead of returning it to DBM , cash drawn from such saving’s and given to their Directors, not also allowed by COA. Worse if they return the savings to DBM , a percentage share or a bonus will be given also to the budget officer , also not allowed by COA.

      What difference does it make,… Almost all government entities/employees are drawing cash gifts from savings , be an appointed or elected , employed locally or by National Government.

      COA rules and regulation covers all Government agencies including the SENATE, HOUSE , SUPREME COURT, OFFICE of the PRESIDENT and Government Controlled and Owned Corporation. Resident COA were distributed to these Departments , WHY WAS IT ALLOWED BY THEM for long years ,WHY?……Why do we still need PRIVATE AUDITING UNIT to check those illegal disbursement. Why are we going to spend another TAX PAYERs money in paying those proposed private auditors?

      Resident COA are not allowed to receive Bonuses from Agencies where they are assigned.Why not let COA main investigate or audit the questioned transaction and discover if their resident COA are also involved in an anomaly .

      • 14.1.1
        rejtatel says:

        i heard it somewhere that the difference lies in the fact that heads of constitutional offices are allowed to use savings for some specific things including bonuses. So Senate, HOR, SC, OP are doing it.

        I wonder if COMELEC, COA and CSC are also practicing this.

        • 14.1.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          If that so , still you have to follow COA rules and regulation in using savings for specific purposes including bonuses. Receipts are needed not a mere certification.

          Resident COA are not allowed to received bonuses coming from other goernmnent agencies .

          • 14.1.1.1.1
            Victin Luz says:

            Only a few detailed and resident COA refused to collect bonuses , cash gifts and etc..offered/allowed by Government agencies, entities including local government units where they are posted.

      • 14.1.2
        Gene Simmowns says:

        Should we count the Judiciary Development Fund as the same thing? I kinda heard about this during Chief Justice’s Davide’s term. If I’m not mistaken, this is of the same nature, earnings of the court and is being given as monthly allowances for court officers and workers.

  38. 13
    leona says:

    …the big BIG question is: Will JPE or the Senate allow an AUDIT on it by a PRIVATE ACCOUNTING FIRM?

    If NOT, gifts and Christmas DOLES to senators and senate employees continue?

    Can it be possible for Lower House and Malacanang to put ZERO budget for the Senate in the next Fiscal Year?

    If not possible, what then? ZERO in the voting for all senator-candidates this year’s election?

    Possible? Yes, but improbable. Btw, in the next Cha Cha, can the people just have ONE LAWMAKING BODY…a unicameral legislature? Yes. What shall it be…a Senate or Assembly of representatives?

    If only a SENATE [ like the Roman senate], one senator for each province. No more congressional districts. No more party-list representatives as there will be more ‘senators’ this time. So, eliminate ‘congressional districts’ with a SENATE system.

    With one lawmaking body, the country SAVES A LOT OF PEOPLE’S MONEY; less delays in enacting laws; less politics; less corruption and ATBPA.

    A far dream ahead but may come soon. Let’s dream more much more better of our political structural system ahead and not total sottocopying other countries’ system!

    What’s good for this country only is the goal.

    • 13.1
      baycas says:

      1987 CONSTITUTION
      Article VI
      THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

      Section 20. The records and books of accounts of the Congress shall be preserved and be open to the public in accordance with law, and such books shall be audited by the Commission on Audit which shall publish annually an itemized list of amounts paid to and expenses incurred for each Member.

      COA has the jurisdiction. Point is, accounting must be open to the public.

      The question? Enabling law again is required…

      Didn’t search for one…all I’m thinking is the…

      You guessed it right…

      The FOI…

      • 13.1.1
        leona says:

        In the next Cha Cha, proponents, that is the delegates, must avoid the phrase “xxx in accordance with law” and make the clause ‘self-executing already. We’re sottocopying US constitution mostly. Let our delegates stop or avoid this practice. More legal suits are most often filed because of this.

        As much as many possible, no more ‘xxx in accordance with law’ clauses! If they can write thousands of complicated statutes, why can’t they write a brief, short and clear fundamental law with self-executing provisions! It can be done!

        One flaw of our present written Constitution is that it is somewhat so long in violation of constitutional writing at that. Redundancies a lot many, etc.

        Again, let us all hope our next framers will heed this.

        • 13.1.1.1
          Rolly says:

          @leona

          To me, our Constitution is good enough. Enacting an enabling law is where problem lies, more so, its implementation.

          Radical overhaul of our Constitution is required if ever we decided to change it.

          Maybe, CPMers can draft one and put it up to the ConCon assembly for scrutiny and consideration.

          We dedicate a space…an article of its own that can be visited from time to time in the side, for people to comment , suggest, edit and debate upon. Concurrence of Raissa is of course must be sought first for the needed web space.

          The good starting point could be, the merit and advantages of a Parliamentary system. People (locals or aliens) can voice out their opinions, and further down the track, we bring forth a solid base that would become the foundation of a proposed Constitution.

  39. 12
    Rod says:

    I hope we, the people, will launch a mini-EDSA if this issue dies down after a few days. The sense of outrage must be kept alive.

    • 12.1
      begalon says:

      Even if it doesnt die down, we need to show strong dissatisfaction now that we will not tolerate squandering the taxpayer’s money.

  40. 11
    baycas says:

    walang blessing ang resignation.

    baka magtampo ‘yan.

    hmm, baka pinag-resign lang…kunwari…por delicadeza nga naman…

    tapos ‘di tatanggapin.

    • 11.1
      TOL says:

      Mana kasi sa amo…resignation kunwari…..yung amo naman, declaring the presidency vacant….kuno. Haaay buhay!!!!

  41. 10
    AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

    I was not an Alan Cayetano fan. WAS. Now I AM. I like his HONESTY, INTELLIGENCE, FAIRNESS, NATIONALISM… everything! If he runs for President, I wish I could vote 15 MILLION TIMES TO ENSURE HIS WIN. Our poor, impoverished country and people need this man, THIS KIND OF PUBLIC OFFICIAL. PASALAMAT TAYO AT BATA PA SIYA. MATAGAL PA NATING MAPAPAKINABANGAN… kung hindi siya IPALILIGPIT ng kanyang mga kaaway…. SO PLEASE….GOD BLESS SEN. ALAN CAYETANO EVER AND FOREVER. AMEN.

    • 10.1
      begalon says:

      I can understand your outrage and yes, Alan Cayetano is a good man and outstanding nationalist. Let us vote for him. Yes, he is young, honest, dynamic, and courageous, so we need more like him.

      • 10.1.1
        leona says:

        All of our senators, originally, are all good men and women. Kaya lang, na tempted due to weakness. Pag yung isa, dalawa, ‘o tatlo korupt, na hahawa yung iba at lahat na! Sarap naman ang pera talaga! Who doesn’t love money? Power?

        But, what about their duty to the people? Country? Is that it? No! A big NO!

        Maybe a Lie Detector Test every 3 months for all gov’t high officials should be made and televised to the public! If the ‘machines’ tells a lie, the official is telling the truth…?

    • 10.2
      vivian says:

      You said it right sir and i will campaign for him to win any position he wants to engage in. He is a very good example for other public official to follow. God bless the cause he is fighting for…the family who support him and his mother ( and the late Sen Rene) who give him exemplary upbringing…

      • 10.2.1
        DannyG says:

        Dito sa usaping ito, for this issue alone, masisira ang paninindigan ko na, NO… to Political Dynasty !!!! Just for Allan Cayetano , I’ll now go for him !!!

        • 10.2.1.1
          BETH says:

          kung matino naman at may prinsipyo kahit sabihin natin dynasty ok lang na iboto..isa sa mga gusto kung sendor noon ay ng ama nya kaya talagang plano ko syang iboto…kailangan natin sa senado ang maprinsipyong tao…

    • 10.3
      AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

      With GIBO TEODORO fed up with politics as I read once, I believe our hope and salvation now lies in the person of SEN. ALAN CAYETANO. No one in the visible scene and horizon could be like him. Not Mar. AND OF COURSE, NOT, NEVER, NUNCA, KALIMUTAN NA LANG…. BINAY!

      • 10.3.1
        Alan says:

        1. Teodoro – son of a Marcos crony, lawyer of Marcos cronies who defended their ill-gotten wealth.
        2. Cayetano – son of a Marcos crony

  42. 9
    wakwak says:

    I hope, although I very much highly doubt it will ever happen, that this will force the people in the Senate to change. if they have nothing to hide, show the documents to the people…

    And worst, the VP thinks that the tax that we pay is for them. I think he forgot that the tax we pay is for our country… not to be used as a Christmas bonus for Senators.

  43. 8
    ivan says:

    i have been an admirer of both sen. Alan and se.n. Pia since they go against GMA.- wag na sana makisawsaw c VP binay.

  44. 7
    grace888 says:

    sikat talaga si Gigi Reyes…pati birthday party ng mama na (kunsintidora) niya sa isang ballroom sponsored by taxpayer’s money din???!!! http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/lifestyle/lifestyle/view/20090329-196782/Private-party-of-a-special-lady

  45. 6
    Art Montesa says:

    With regards to this issue between Enrile and Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, I stand squarely behind Allan. God does work in mysterious ways. Expect a battle, no, a war in the Senate. Enrile’s chief of Staff, Atty Gigi, should at least be reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee, or thrown out of the Senate. A libel suit against her would be nice too.

  46. 5
    danny says:

    bat nasama ang rh at sin tax?pati yung asawa na mayor

  47. 4
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Binay to the rescue
    “unfortunate, nakakalungkot na binigyan ng ganung interpretasyon ang Christmas bonus na iyon.” -Binay said in a interview from inuirer.net

    Its more unfortunate that the vice president of the country thinks that the tax payers money are their own pocket money and can be given easily as christmas gifts.

    • 4.1
      Cha says:

      May I add?

      It’s is unfortunate that the vice president of the country… Is a crook!

      • 4.1.1
        Art Montesa says:

        Cha – you should not speak like that about the future President of this country.

        • 4.1.1.1
          Cha says:

          My bad! Let me rephrase,

          The future President of this country is a crook. :)

        • 4.1.1.2
          chit navarro says:

          will we allow one like him to lead our country after President Aquino?

          can we make a stand on who should we support for Senators to help the President carry out his program and vision for the country? I believe it’s high time that CPM’ers MUST come out with a solid stand for a senatorial slate…

          what say you, fellows…Honorable ladies & gentlemen of this society?

          • 4.1.1.2.1
            begalon says:

            Tough question, Binay has different agenda in running government. He likes spending public funds for personal use. He has yet, to balance the Makati budget during his glorious and crooked tenure.

          • 4.1.1.2.2
            Victin Luz says:

            Grace Poe Lamanzares , Raissa H. Baraquel, Teddy Casino , pakidagdagan @chit….

          • 4.1.1.2.3
            lgnd says:

            @chit I too believe that this site and like minded individuals in cyberspace can make a difference this coming elections. It is time to unite our voices and resources to come up with a slate of candidates whom we believe can best support the vision of President PNOY. He might not be the brightest, he might not be perfect, but he represents our best chance in recent years to make up for the years we lost with Marcos, Estrada and Arroyo. Let us do our part and let us not be silent this time around, so that the likes of Binay, Enrile, Estrada, Honasan can never be voted again. Raissa, please heed our pleas, use this site to promote the right candidates for this coming elections. Thank you in advance.

      • 4.1.2
        begalon says:

        I agree. Only, if we can get rid of one crook at a time, it is progress.

  48. 3
    duquemarino says:

    @raissa
    “Truth has no boundaries”

    “Truth knows no boundary”

    • 3.1
      Parekoy says:

      @d

      China just sent a message that she will contest those boundaries!

      • 3.1.1
        duquemarino says:

        @Parekoy

        Well, China has always tried to suppress the truth and she doesn’t always succeed. Same with JPE.

  49. 2
    Manuel C. Diaz says:

    The worms are coming out of the woodworks. Good for the people but again the question is will the people kick these worms out of the Senate? The Senate is a bunch of pirates.

    • 2.1
      Cha says:

      “The worms are coming out of the woodworks.”

      And all because of MOOE, the gift that keeps on giving.

  50. 1
    Parekoy says:

    Yay!

  51. Mel says:

    The following analysis on ‘Comelec … Resolution 9615 which set the rules and guidelines for all campaign propaganda including blog posts and Internet advertisements’ provides invaluable advice, tips and guidelines for CPMers (in my opinion) on commenting, submitting and expressing their preferences or dislikes and chosen political candidates.

    Have a read. Hopefully our valued blog host has also one in her upcoming Menu of Articles to dish out during the campaign period in the lead up to the 13 May 2013 Election Day.

    ANALYSIS | Blogs, Facebook, Twitter fall within Comelec purview

    By: Tony Ahn, Special to InterAksyon.com
    January 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    (Tony Ahn is chief digital architect for Tony Ahn & Co., a full-service public relations, digital marketing, and reputation management agency based in Manila. He has written on the subject of Internet marketing and digital public relations for Social Media Examiner, Convince & Convert, and is formerly a featured blogger for Social Media Today.)

    Comelec has classified all individuals who create online content for blogs, Facebook, and Twitter as “media practitioners” subject to its jurisdiction, even if they are not employed by media organizations, according to Resolution 9615 which set the rules and guidelines for all campaign propaganda including blog posts and Internet advertisements.

    The rules consider anything “not falling within the scope of personal opinion, that appear[s] on any Internet website, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogging sites, and micro-blogging sites (such as Twitter), in return for consideration, or otherwise capable of pecuniary estimation” to be political advertising.

    This could have wide-ranging impact in the blogging community for bloggers who sell advertising and/or editorial space in their blogs.

    Some bloggers are paid for writing blog posts, such as those connected with Nuffnang, which runs the largest blog advertising service in Asia Pacific. Abe Olandres, Country Director for Nuffnang Philippines, weighed in on Comelec’s new rules: “For the most part, the policy looks pretty clear cut and fair,” he said via a Facebook message. “As for the paid blog posts, it would be hard to show evidence if indeed a blogger has been paid or compensated for writing or promoting a candidate.”

    Further, if personal opinion is exempted from regulation, but payment for promotion constitutes “political advertising,” this begs the question “What if a blogger is being paid to express a personal opinion?”

    The rules state that “Personal opinions, views, and preferences for candidates, contained in blogs shall not be considered acts of election campaigning or partisan political activity unless expressed by government officials,” which leaves the door open for bloggers to be paid to express personal opinions in favor of the politicians who pay them.

    With some of the more popular Filipino blogs receiving over 100,000 page views a month, a blog can go a long way toward shaping public opinion, and the 2010 election demonstrated that the Internet is now a major campaign venue.

    Comelec’s rules may also affect celebrities that endorse political candidates via Twitter, and the agencies that handle booking those celebrities, like micro-endorsement platform Adinfluent.

    “I applaud Comelec’s requirements for greater transparency from the online community,” said KC Montero, noted local TV personality and owner of Adinfluent, “but the new disclosure requirements themselves are longer than a 140 character tweet. I think additional guidelines for Twitter may be warranted.”

    The new rules also specify that candidates have the right to reply to charges published against them, but state that “The reply shall be given publicity by the newspaper, television, and/or radio station which first printed or aired the charges,” with no mention of digital media such as blogs or social networking sites.

    Inconsistencies

    Resolution 9615 defines such digital media concepts as personal blogs, “collective blogs” (blogs contributed to by multiple people), and “micro-blogs” (platforms such as Twitter), but never invokes those terms again outside the definitions section of the document.

    The rules specifically mention television, radio, and print throughout the document, but are silent on digital media in such critical sections as Lawful Election Propaganda and Prohibited Forms of Election Propaganda.

    Section 16 (Regulation of Election Propaganda through Mass Media) clearly mandates Comelec to “supervise the use and employment of press, radio and television facilities insofar as the placement of political advertisements is concerned to ensure that candidates are given equal opportunities under equal circumstances to make known their qualifications and their stand on public issues,” but omits digital media from the mandate, meaning the use and employment of digital media isn’t supervised by any government agency during the election.

    Further, omission of digital media from Section 23 (Removal, Confiscation, or Destruction of Prohibited Propaganda Materials) means Comelec is empowered to stop prohibited forms of election propaganda that appear on TV, radio, or in print, but not online, nor is there a mechanism for anyone to file a petition with Comelec to remove or stop the online distribution of any propaganda materials on the grounds that they are libellous, illegal, or prohibited.

    In fact, Comelec’s rules don’t seem to take into account several scenarios. Advertising on foreign-based sites such as Facebook, which are unable (under their current configurations) to comply with the rules, will be extremely difficult to regulate, and impossible to track.

    In addition, websites who display ads served by ad networks may face difficulty, as ad networks serve Internet advertisements to hundreds of websites that display their ads for a fee. This will require political advertisers to limit the frequency with which an ad appears.

    “The idea of frequency capping is nothing new,” said Samir Ahmed, Sales Director and local Country Lead for multinational ad network Komli in an interview via Facebook, “and in fact it’s a best practice not often followed. I think the decision to frequency cap political ads is a smart move, and is definitely something ad networks can accommodate.”

    It will be important for ad networks to advise advertisers of the new rules, as an ad network serving a political advertisement more than three days per week to a partner website may inadvertently land the site owner in hot water with Comelec.

    Penalties

    Violation of Resolution 9615 is serious business: according to Section 35, it is punishable under the Omnibus Election Code, with any person found guilty facing “imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years,” without probation.

    In the United States, paid political advertisements are subject to campaign spending limits and other restrictions on candidates. In addition, paid political advertisements are required to carry disclaimers much like those required in the Philippines by Comelec, informing readers that ads were funded by a party or candidate.

    However bloggers who are paid by a candidate, party, or political action committee to promote a candidate in non-advertisement form (such as a blog article) are not required to disclose this fact themselves, although the paying candidate or party is required to disclose who they pay via campaign finance documents available to the public. These documents are closely inspected by a candidate’s opposition, and US. bloggers who accept compensation for promoting a candidate can expect that fact to come to light, either through the press or through the opposition.

    Blogger Juned Sonido, who writes Baratillo Pamphlet at baratillo.net, agreed with the spirit of Comelec’s new rules for bloggers. “It seems to me writing commentary about a candidate per se is not a problem. It is when the blogger gets paid for the post that then they have to say it is a paid post or an advertorial. Personally that is fine with me, primarily because I believe in transparency.”

    “Resolution 9615 is not perfect,” said Jayvee Fernandez, who has been blogging since 2003, and “problogging” or making money from his blog http://www.abuggedlife.com since 2005, “but strict rules in this case are better than none at all. Ultimately there needs to be a better dialogue in crafting such guidelines.”

    What do you think?

    SOURCE: ANALYSIS | Blogs, Facebook, Twitter fall within Comelec purview – By: Tony Ahn, Special to InterAksyon.com. January 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    Maraming salamat to Raïssa and Alan Robles for the opportunity. :smile:

  52. Unpopular commenter says:

    I really don’t know about JPE, but clearly, ASC is a hypocrite himself. Everyone in Taguig knows how he and his wife extort their own constituents. Millions per transaction over and above the required taxes and fees. Really, as in bigtime corruption. That, and many more stories even from his college days (I was about to vote for him, but I changed my mind). I am not surprised that the public sympathy is with him as he always presents himself as the savior of the people. In fact, whenever he meets with any of his constituents, he would lead in the prayers. When I was new in the city and during the first times that I met him I was starstruck and impressed at how religious and good-natured he was. When I got to know him better I was amused at the drama and hypocrisy. And really, privileged speech? You only do that if you cannot stand up to your words. Again, I am not defending JPE as I do not know him personally, all I am saying is, ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw. Clearly, JPE is no saint (I don’t trust him as well), but I am just appalled at all the hypocrisy going on here.

    • Mel says:

      @unpopular commenter

      You wrote, “Everyone in Taguig knows how he and his wife extort their own constituents. Millions per transaction over and above the required taxes and fees. Really, as in bigtime corruption. ”

      To make it believable and treat your unpopular comment as true, provide some evidences to prove your comments. ‘Extort… millions per transactions?

      Nandiyan ang Ombudsman if his constituents are unlawfully extorted or he’s been soliciting bribes.

      • Unpopular commenter says:

        I wish I could, but I’m party to the crime as well. My company allows itself to be extorted. No need to believe me, I am just saying what I am experiencing here.

        • Mel says:

          @Unpopular commenter

          Had a lot things to do today, but had to reply at first opportunity.

          Careful sa allegations dahil si Raïssa ang maiipit at masasabon of probable libel or slander with sprinkles of malice brought on by her commenters.

          Haluhan mo na lang ng character of ‘Jane Does’ or Juan or Juana, but kindly avoid dropping real names. Sana alam mo ang nais kong iparating.

          The blog host has more to loose than her commenters who goes by their pseudo names or character avatar.

          Kung tutuo man lang ang kuwento mo, nasa saiyo kung nais mong gampanan ang katungkulan mo bilang isang masugid na pilipino o mamayan. Suggestion: idokument mo, at idiary mo. darating ang araw – mabibigyan ka ng oportunidad na isukol at husgahan sila o kung sinu lahat sila.

  53. Ampy says:

    Enrile even brought up the “kahoy” used to build the Cayetanos’ house. Enrile is so cruel :’(

  54. Mel says:

    Read an insider’s short recollection of political dynasties’ sordid past.

    Enrile-Cayetano: The Unraveling BY JB BAYLON

  55. roberto villaflores says:

    On the positive side, the rip between Senators Cayetano and Enrile/Gigi Reyes will pave the way for a renewal in the dirty tradition of the senate. Everyone now is conscious on how they will behave as the highest lawmaker of the land. Meantime, he who erred must face the music…. these events is a perfect timing for the ‘Presidnets “Matuwid na Landas ” for he has still 3 years to come as President. The better if the LP will dominate the senate.

  56. Mel says:

    EDITORIAL | Everybody just shut up and pass the FOI law
    By: InterAksyon.com
    January 25, 2013 2:32 PM

    The online news portal of TV5

    We frankly could not care less whether or not the Senate President can still get it up. Would he care to be tested for erectile dysfunction, the esteemed Winnie Monsod of GMA News and Philippine Daily Inquirer asked Senator Enrile on live television, as she followed through on insinuations that Mr. Enrile has more than a professional relationship with his (former) chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes.

    OMG, Enrile said, but only in the context of saying he would consent – to being tested, that is.

    Suspiciously, he did not object to the question. Never mind that it was improper and irrelevant, it was non sequitur. And so what if he is 88? Hugh Hefner is 86, and that is what the little blue pill is for. On top of which: his ability to perform has nothing to do with his ability enter into a meaningful relationship. Well, maybe it does. Depends on your definition of “meaningful” or “relationship”. Or “enter”.

    But we digress.

    Which is precisely the problem.

    The point is that virility has nothing to do with public office, public accountability, and the real question we thought we were talking about. But this tail is wagging that dog, so to speak, and public attention is the bitch of the oldest trick in the book.

    Neither does a debt owed by Rene Cayetano to Enrile have any relevance to the point on which the recent Senate imbroglio started. Look, we all know more than we let on. Media, believe it or not, would be happy to keep much of the details off the air or pages – and therefore selfishly to themselves – except of course until we are given no choice by legislators speaking it all into the public record.

    In the course of these past weeks, we thought we were all being drawn into a public debate on transparency.

    The mess we did not mind. Nor the color and personalities. A telenovela we would not mind for the viewerships and hits. But the public will remember – or maybe not – that for a moment there, what tantalized was the prospect of having vested interests and bruised egos powerful enough to finally see an important scandal brought to light.

    This started off as drama, but people were hoping that it would build up to something cathartic. Initially, they understood that the fighting words had something to do with public funds being apportioned among elected officials, some of whom complained they were less equal than others. But ultimately, the people also appreciated, the issue is not fairness. It is not equality. It is not discretion. It is not about legality nor even about old and accepted tradition. Certainly it is not about our senators. It is – still – plainly about accountability, and the people’s right to know how their taxes are being put to use.

    It was rather limp, therefore, even for Senator Alan Cayetano to propose a “private audit” of Senate operational funds. Why a private audit? Because, presumably, the act would be special. It would be for this instance of a scandal alone – for purposes of refereeing the mudslinging – but it would be hard to imagine the practice being institutionalized. It was a bluff among senators, each of whom, it has been correctly pointed out, has been partaking of this practice over past years and past terms. Obviously, after all, all this did not become tradition by carelessness and ignorance of any law. Quite the opposite. We proceed on the presumption that our learned and guilty solons knew exactly what they were doing, and knew exactly what could be justified under the laws they created.

    So enough of that. The law being on their side, the remedy to the root of all this is a law as well.

    Funny that as time runs out on the long-stalled Freedom of Information Bill – Congress has little less than a week’s worth of workdays left to pass anything else in the current session – there has been no earnest effort or even mention of FOI to remedy what supposedly has every aggrieved senator personally hurting. Malacanang, the House of Representatives, the rest of the Upper Chamber: they have all been passive and quiet as well. There is no real push to institutionalize the only real guarantee against unscrupulous practices and traditions in all our public offices.

    We cannot expect our senators to go against established practices and the warped rationalizations traditions engender. We cannot expect them to fix the mess they have made for themselves. It will have to be the public that will have to be granted access to how their money is being spent, and their power as voters and citizens to be allowed to bear upon their elected leaders to institute change.

    Just pass the FOI law, for crying out loud, and we can finally begin to take on all the changes we truly need, while letting our politicians thresh out their personal affairs on their own.

    Source: www interaksyon com/article/53558/editorial–everybody-just-shut-up-and-pass-the-foi-law

  57. chijap says:

    I miss the days when people who made a mistake simply said:

    “I’m sorry [offended party].”
    (and/or add saying not to repeat it again or offer a social meet to let it go – like lunch or dinner)

    Kahaba ng sinabi di ko na nakita yung sorry.

    • baycas says:

      Sabi sa radyo, seven (7) pages.

      Sabi sa diyaryo, two thousand six hundred (2,600) words.

      Kung laman ay “I’m sorry”, ok na sana…

      Kaya lang hindi!

    • jorge bernas says:

      @ chijap,

      You are RIGHT but l also missed the days that a corrupt public/private official/s to say ….. …. .. ” ” I am SORRY ” and simply commit suicide, like angelo reyes para hindi na pamarisan at magsilbing aral dahil ang magnakaw ay NAKAKAHIYA at NAKAKADIRI …at BAWAL …Amen..

  58. Michael says:

    *Just a thought*

    … She might be the one misusing the senate fund, that’s why she’s noisy and aggressive about it.

    • David says:

      “Just another thought”

      …Could it be that Cheap Shot JPE, disclosed the information about the 37 million peso outstanding loan of the Late Cayetano, as reasonable explanation for not distributing equally to the senators. Senators beware, honor any outstanding IOU to Cheap Shot Enrile. You could be next….

  59. Baltazar says:

    To Ms. Reyes,
    With due respect Madame, why not apologize sincerely in the language of the common tao ? I just felt that as much as you try to be articulate with your so called public apology , it is all the more not addressing the majority real public – that is the poor, the hungry, people living in the slums, people honestly paying their taxes out of their meager income yet get nothing in return from our government because the money is being spouted down the pockets of so called leaders – senators included .
    And seriously , how many among the common tao would mind your apology when they are too busy earning their money for the day’s food? In fact, what they do and easily understand are rumors about you having an illicit relationship with Senator Enrile. I know clearly that this is not the issue here and the question might be too personal for a person like you who’s gone private now having resigned from your post. But I believe, for the sake of JPE’s reputation which obviously, he tried to hogwash recently for the sake of his son , some light need to be shed on this one because this issue , unless clarified, just makes the two of you the BIGGEST HYPOCRITES in the entire history of the Philippine Senate.
    Just an honest appeal from a common tao. .

  60. Rommel says:

    It got personal didn’t it? Well Ms. Gigi asked for it and she got it.

  61. Mel says:

    Déjà vu

    BTW, the past came back to haunt another Senator (actor / noontime show host) regarding the celebrated rape case of Pepsi Paloma. The thee other noontime show hosts were named in the rape case filed by the noted soft drink starlet.

    Who was helped by another sitting Senator whose companero (who provided the legal representation) was the late father of another sitting Senator. In the midst of the celebrated rape case in the early 1980s, the abducted starlet was rescued by another sitting Senator from Ben Ulo. Who confessed he worked for the Castelo clan, related to a sitting Senator.

    NOW the sitting Senator did a petty exposé of unpaid debts ‘incurred’ by his late companero who happens to be the father of another sitting Senator.

  62. francis071157 says:

    My suggestion also on the auditing by private firm/s with the Senate – that means lahat ng ginastos ng mga senators…. dapat siguro suspend muna ang trabaho ng COA for a year… tapos lahat – senate, congress and all government offices pati palasyo ay i-audit ng mga private firms…. Mr. President… linisin na natin ang bahay mula kiwarto hanggang sa kubeta sa labas pati yung kalsada sa harapan… as in lahat…. COA can not do it just as Ms. Tan says “who will question the integrity of the Senate President…” just by that statement ibig sabihin pati ikaw di ka pwedeng galawin…. Assist na lang muna ang COA by doing the documentations…. isang taon siguro naman tapos yan… yung mga private firms na masasagasaan, isama sa kalaboso…. Kesa naman tamaan sila ng kidlat… kayo kayo na ang magkusa na linisin ang inyong mga bakuran… Sorry… nananaginip yata ako…. Well… kung gusto talaga ni PNoy na maayos ang “Daang Matuwid”… pag-isipan niya ito…. paki padala na lang po ito sa malakanang…

    • vander anievas says:

      hindi ako naniniwala sa multo, pero pag nangyari iyan, baka makatuklas ng libingan ng mga multo. at hindi lang sa senado iyan. baka mula sa ehekutibo hanggang sa munisipyo may archive ng momo…
      nakakatakot.
      nung bata pa ako, nunca na natakot ako sa multo.

  63. Cha says:

    My God! It’s a non-apology, this statement of Senator Wannabe Reyes !!!

    While saying she apologises profusely for calling Cayetano et. al. hypocrites, she thn goes on to say that she really have just kept ths to herself! Howzaboutthat? At hindi lang ipokrito ngayon si Cayetano. Liar pa. It’s a lie daw na they have to go though her or her brother whnever they need to bring something up with the Senate President. Nabasa mo yan, Senator Cayetano? Now you can say “amaleyer”,

    And no longer content now on Cayetano and co as target, she brings the rest of the Senators inside the boxing ring as well and takes a jab.. Bakit daw hindi sila kumikibo at ipinagtatnggol ang amo niya! Susme, hindi ba yung pagboto ng against sa resignation eh isang pagkampi na nga kay Enrile?

    Even the Senate Secretary who made a judgment call of her own has also not been spared. And why should Ms. Reyes think that the senators and the Senate Secretary are there to protect and defend the Senate President? Hindi ba kaya nandiyan sila para sa bayan at hindi para kay Manong?So like her principal who said in an interview yesterday that he doesn’t need the minority, as he has his majority. He can pass bills with the support of his majority. His majority! Ganoon, he owns them?

    And she wants to Senate President to tender his irrevocabke resignation because she thinks he is not being supported by his majority? Pwede ba, tama na ang drama. Kung magre-resign, mag resign na! Pulos kayo pangako!

    And for the last word brought to you by the senator wannabe herself, I am profusely sorry for everything I just said. I just got carried away by my emotions. I should have kept them to myself! :)

    • zamera says:

      Lol!

      Seriously, her long winding apology is no apology at all.

      Other than that, I’d very much like to know, who had sent that paper given to JPE. It was only after getting hold of it that the SP with ghoulish glee “informed” Sen Allan of his father’s P37M. And why the need to bring that up – who decided it?

  64. francis071157 says:

    I look at our country in a different perspective. God is in control. It may not be as you would like it to be but He is. He has to expose the sin in the high places and it is happening now – in the police and military… in the senate… in congress… and next in to all the departments… I thank God Pnoy may not be that good but he has high moral standard and God is using him to put into places people who are after righteousness… God has to do the exposing so that when He finally release all the riches of this nation for the world to see, no man has the balls to touch them… fear of God has to be restored in the heart of man… otherwise, they will continue to be corrupt and pockect the wealth that is for the people. “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin in the heart of its people will bury her to shame…” God is bound to prosper this nation… He is holding it for awhile but soon this nation will be to the envy of many nations. Those who wait for it and seek for righteousness will receive it and enjoy it… but those who continue to dignify sin will see it from afar and be envied of the prosperity of the righteous. And this is true to all of us as a nation… and so let us do what we can do to promote righteousness not only in the government but in everywhere we are because God has placed us there for a purpose… take that responsibility with all our hearts and we will be rewarded. Be blessed.

    • raissa says:

      God sees the truth but waits.

      Meanwhile, human beings have to act and use the best of God-given talents.

    • LeoSanMig says:

      With all these things going on in the senate, is Pnoy playing one of his patented pool games? Hmm… Mase!

    • pinay710 says:

      @sir francis071157, SAPAGKAT KAMI AY TAO LAMANG!! ang mga PILIPINO ay niyuyurakan ng mga matataas sa senado kaya may karapatan ang mga Pinoy na sumigaw ng ARAY!!!sabi ng DIOS:TUTULUNGAN KITA TULUNGAN MO MUNA ANG SARILI MO. kaya eto tinutulungan ng mga MAGIGITING NA SENADORES NA MAY BAYAG ANG MGA PILIPINONG NAGLUKLUK SA KANILA SA KANILANG PUESTO. MASAMA BA YUN? LABAG BA SA UTOS NG DIOS YUN? (hindi po ako sumisigaw, binibgyan diin ko lang ang ibig kong iparating sa inyo)

  65. raissa says:

    I’ve just placed the latest updates in this piece – Gigi Reyes apologizes and fights back

    • Mel says:

      Public apology of Gigi Reyes

      I found two rather intriguing tweets at ‘UPDATE 2 as of 9:30 AM, Jan. 25, 2013 – Tweets from Aksyon 5 on an interview with Atty. Gigi Reyes.

      The following tweets;

      Atty.Gigi:If SenCayetano stuck to d real isue,SenTrillanes wud b realy happy by nw as he wud not hav 2 sweat it out just 2 unseat d SenPres

      Atty.Gigi:THE DRAFT SPEECH I PREPARED ALSO CONTAINED A STATEMENT TOWARDS THE END THAT HE (JPE) WAS RESIGNING IRREVOCABLY AS SENATE…

      Which is which? Or Left to reader’s interpretation of hanging statements? Why should Sen Cayetano stuck to the real issue of WHAT? Must Senator Cayetano suck it up and remain silent, again?

      “…(JPE) WAS RESIGNING IRREVOCABLY AS SENATE…” It didn’t end up as IRREVOCALBLE for JPE. Christmas bonus teasers returned the favor by rejecting kuno.

      Their benefactor’s resignation is their loss of …

  66. pordoy says:

    The constitution, Article VI “Section 10. The salaries of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives shall be determined by law. No increase in said compensation shall take effect until after the expiration of the full term of all the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives approving such increase.” and “section 25-(6) Discretionary funds appropriated for particular officials shall be disbursed only for public purposes to be supported by appropriate vouchers and subject to such guidelines as may be prescribed by law.cralaw, show that all bonuses and almost all transfer of funds as currently done are completely illegal and improper regardless of current and past practices.

    • curveball says:

      @pordoy,
      salamat sa post na ito kaya naman ako ay humihiling kay COA Ms. Grace Pulido Tan

      Paki-explain nga po kung sakop kayo nito?
      Kung hindi ay mabuti naman,
      Kung sakop kayo nito at kasama ito sa trabaho/responsibilidad nyo sa COA para sa mahiwagang Christmas gifts na ipinamudmod.

      Mas lalo pa na ako ay humihingi sa inyo na paliwanag bakit nangyayari ito?

      Meron ako karapatan magtanong at malaman kasi isa ako sa milyon milyon na kinataltasan ng buwis na sya nila pinamimigay bilang regalo nuong pasko.

      Meron din ako karapatan humingi ng paliwanag sa inyo kasi meron din ako kontribusyon sa sweldo nyo.

    • baycas says:

      @leona,

      ayan na naman, “as may be prescribed by law“.

      certification = voucher?

      voucher = receipt?

      what are the guidelines of the law, if there is one? COA probably has the law…

      • vander anievas says:

        @baycas,
        hawak nila ang batas. sila ang gumagawa ng batas.
        tatawagin ko silang sunadores. ang batas nila ay puro butas. so it wont hold water. hawr!hawr!hawr!(sottocopy kay mrp):

  67. focusonmayelections says:

    cayetano yes, una no. kung daang madilim at unanong (as in short sighted or short termed) layunin, ano ang gagawin natin? para sa akin: una no, una no, una no.

    • chit navarro says:

      dahan-dahan lang ng pagbigkas ng UNA NO..
      UNA NO….. UNAO…

      baka ma=Korina Sanchez tayo…. maiitim na maligno… :)

      :)

      • rallie f. cruz says:

        Hindi masyadong masasaktan si Korina diyan..mas malaki siya sa ordinartyong unano at malaki ang tiwalako sa kanya sa paglalahad ng mga makatotohanang tala ng buhay…:).

  68. raissa says:

    UP Prof. Harry Roque just tweeted:

    “Just heard gigi reyes interview with karen davila. Its a lesson on how not to add gas on a burning fire!”

    I think Karen’s program has a replay at 6PM at anc.

    • raissa says:

      Ooops.

      Apparently, Prof. Roque listened to the Karen interview posted on my blog.

      sorry.

      Thought it was new today.

    • Victin Luz says:

      @Pochero,….I agree with your assessment :re Allan attitude so as Sonny Trillanes when he stood against Tatang Johnny lately , but who among the candidates for senate this 2013 election DID when TATANGs policy is too much for them and to us Filipinos? Except for lunatic Meriam and seldom Ulyanin Joker DID.

      We have to select 12 candidate to the Senate remember and also the way Tatang Johnny DID to Marcos that was why we elected him also to the Senate and now become the SP.

      When the rightful path are being violated and the wrong doing was exposed ,, the one who exposed, so much so if they were the least guilty are to be CONTEMPLATED and to be Rewarded if there is a reward. Re- elect Cayetano and Trillanes not that they are 100% clean but like ENRILE did to Marcos , fought the wrongful path when it was needed.

      • Victin Luz says:

        @Pochero,… Nobody was perfect iin the Senate so as the candidates for senate this year 2013. Remember we have to choice 12 of them , give us your honest LIST and we will review and follow you. Simulaan mo sa akala mong pinaka HONEST candidate at susundan ka namin SIR.

  69. Pochero says:

    I’m not sure if this post is intended to praise Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. I myself am not impressed by his privilege speech. Let’s just remember that all these came about because of the unequal divvying up of the loot. Nagkagulangan sa hatian – not everybody happy.

    • raissa says:

      The post is meant to try to understand what just happened.

    • macspeed says:

      whatever, guts and glory or fame and fortune, someone has tell what are happenning to these money which portion of them from VAT, those corruptors cannot kiss Sen Alans butt he he he he di matanggap ng mga corruptors someone will break the eyes from a colt he he he he

      tapos walang resibo, just certification para sa accountability? kaya dami nag popolitico mga hayup sila he he he lower class such as pig…mabuti pa sa kanila apes at zoos, they will stop eating ones full…

      vat comes from everybody, even those who cant make both ends meet, nakunan ng barya, tapos lulustayin lang nila mga pig, pig pig…

    • Cha says:

      I see Cayetano’s privilege speech as a calculated act of retaliation. So there is undeniably a peronal motive there but it also shows the man has the guts and smarts to go toe to toe with a formidable opponent such as Enrile. Which is more than what we can say about a lot of his colleagues in that hallowed chamber.

  70. sdramos says:

    With all these back n forth bangayan… sana yung pera gamitin nalang to rehabilitate the state of Cateel, Boston, CDO, ComVal and the rest of Davao Del Norte and Davao City and surrounding …. People there still in need of help.

  71. isellnuts says:

    Why rock the boat

    If ain’t broke why fix it

  72. chit navarro says:

    I was quite intrigued with the introductory statements of Raissa with this article. Part of whics read as follows:

    “Senate proceedings form part of ”privileged communications” for which reporters cannot be sued for libel.”

    I thought right away the case of Yoli Ong on an article she had written on JPE’s book.

    The following paragraph from William Espos’s column in Philstar today, Jan. 25, says it all:

    “JPE seems to have met his match in Santiago. JPE was relatively shy in engaging Santiago compared to how he sued STAR’s Yoly V. Ong for libel. Yoly expressed her opinion over matters that have been reported previously and are considered public knowledge.

    Is JPE trying to scare other writers and commentators from rekindling discussions about controversies involving his son Jacky?

    Don’t even think about it, Juan Ponce-Enrile. We’re no longer under martial law and some questions just have to be asked.”

  73. chit navarro says:

    From the column of Rina Jimenez-David, Phil Daily Inquirer today:
    (link in the comment box):

    “As for Ms Gigi, I can remember quite clearly the response of Jack Enrile, the congressman from Cagayan who is running for the Senate, when in a lunch with media women he was asked about Gigi’s role in his father’s life. “I am very thankful to her because she has made my father into the man he is today,” Jack Enrile declared. The response stunned us not just for its honesty but also for the ringing endorsement he seemed to be issuing in favor of the relationship. And indeed, he added, his being “friends” with Gigi has led to an estrangement between him and his mother and his sister Katrina. “….

    can we read between the lines?

  74. Martial Bonifacio says:

    In conjunction with my comment #4
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/24/13/erap-nothing-wrong-enriles-cash-gifts

    After Binay now its Erap to the rescue
    “Estrada said it will only be wrong if the funds are pocketed by the senators for personal use”

    How can someone utter this words/statements eventhough erap knows that he was convicted by sandiganbayan for plunder?

    For Manilenyos:
    Watch the Kampanyaserye by ABS-CBN Battle for Manila Episode 3 at 06:06 when erap uttered this words:

    “Hungry stomach knows no laws.”

    Which i highly disagree ang daming nagtratrabaho na mahirap na kahit maliit ang kita, tulad ng paglalako ng street foods ay hindi naisip gumawa ng masama sa kapwa.

    Naisip kaya ni erap na isang malaking insulto yang mga binitiwang niyang salita sa mga tapat na mang-gagawang pilipino?

    • raissa says:

      I agree with you.

      Erap’s oft-quoted statement insults the millions of poor Filipinos who are honest.

    • leona says:

      @Martial…maybe Erap’s limited sayings means “…just pocket public money and use it without really being personal’. And “stomach all the laws when you are hungry!”

      Why ‘O why he got that messy PARDON ! He wuz almost in PERDITION na palusot pa!

      It’s NO FUN! Manilenos! …enjoy ur fun now by June U’ll miss all of it !

      • Martial Bonifacio says:

        Im glad you ask that magic question “why?”

        In my opinion ito ay isang paraan to return the favor. Remember it is GMA who gave her pardon ng mga panahon na nagagalit ang tao sa kanya, she did gave the pardon to erap to try appease the people.

        Kung babasihan nga ang mga interview ni Binay sa news, halos lahat ng salita niya ay parang pabor sa mga tao ni gloria, from corona’s impeachment trial to garcia’s of cebu.

        This 2013 election is very important not only to the current administration but also to the one who will succeed it in 2016.

        I hope na ma-retain ni Pnoy ang majority in favor of “daang matuwid” for both congress and senate kasi baka lahat ng laws na naipasa ni Pnoy (RH, Sintax) ay ma repeal sa 2016.

        Mga past government officials tulad nila Abalos, GMA, Raymundo Roquero at Corona na may kinakaharap na kaso ay baka biglang mabigyan ng pardon ng susunod na pangulo sa 2016,

  75. Kajames says:

    SAYANG! kung ano man ang na-gain ni JPE sa several months ng Corona impeachment trial, naglaho lahat sa loob ng ilang minuto.

    • leona says:

      @Kajames…the defects in ourselves and our political leaders is TOLERATION of defects!

      Had there been instant and immediate CONDEMNATION of defects, defects would not be lingering for time. It is CLIPPED sooner than later.

      The greater in numbers among us are LUKEWARM like saying WHO CARES REALLY! Then defects BLOWS UP SKY HIGH! And numbers react: Gee, jee jee is it!

      In all gov’t official places STOP TOLERATION! Senators now DO NOT SOLIDLY REACT but tolerate defects. Then one or more cannot take it anymore! Same everywhere all the more!

      FUN and NO fun!

  76. danny says:

    Why the Senate and the House of Reps. exempted from a rigorious accounting standards that applied to other government agencies. The COA should show some teeth and independence, afterall the COA is the sole constitutional commission under Article VI Section 20 of the Constitution that audit the records and books of accounts of the Congress.

    • Chit navarro says:

      Han gang ngayon nga Hindi pa confirmed si Heidi Mendoza sa COA – that’s the leverage of the powerful Senate -

      • mila says:

        Bakit nga ba? Kung sino pa naman ang matitino…Are they afraid
        that she migh be tasked to handle the audit?

      • jorge bernas says:

        @ Chit Navarro,

        Paki lagay nga dito ang mga senador na humahadlang sa appointment ni ms. Heidi Mendoza at nang maturuan at hindi namin IBOTO sa darating na midterm election. palagay ko kasama naman naman TUTA diyan…

    • leona says:

      Acc to @baycas…a law is needed for it …’as maybe provided by law,’ .. ‘as defined by law,’ …’under conditions provided by law,’ ATBPA!

      eH! WALANG law!

  77. LeoSanMig says:

    Off-topic: I was about to read this post when I noticed a picture at the upper left hand corner right below the byline of Raissa. I almost spilled my coffee. Thought it was Raissa until I saw it was Sen Cayetano the younger. lol.

  78. isellnuts says:

    In Channel 11 at 9PM tonight state of the nation Jessica Soho’s program COA chairman Grace Pulido Tan was invited by Jessica Soho to give an insight how was the auditing procedure for the senate funds was done.

    COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan apprised TV viewers that there is a COA office in the senate keeping an eye in the senate budget expenditures.

    Jessica Soho asked Grace Pulido Tan how the senate MOOE funds are audited. Grace Pulido Tan replied since she assumed the COA chief it has been the practice of the senate since 1998 during senate presidency of Marcelo Fernan that a mere certification signed by the senate president where and how the money was spent NO receipt required.

    Grace Pulido Tan added that who are we in COA to question the integrity and honesty of the senate president. she also said the same applied in congress MOOE.

    Jessica Soho asked Grace P. Tan regarding what Alan Peter Cayetano recommends that an independent auditing firm must audit the senate expenditures. Grace P. Tan replied so long as no public funds will be spent by the auditing firm is fine with COA

    • rejtatel says:

      “Grace Pulido Tan added that who are we in COA to question the integrity and honesty of the senate president.”

      Exactly you are Commission on Audit Madam that is what and who you are.

      One of your constitutional duties is to look at improprieties in spending public funds by public officers and entities. Is checking how the Senate President and the Senate spend public money beyond a mere certification above your paygrade? Is that not your mandate in the first place?

      I dont know where PNoy’s Tuwid na Daan will end up with a COA like that. But then again, this is just my personal view.

      • leona says:

        How directly right @rejtatel!…’keeping an eye’ DAW..is it BLIND EYES? If COA cannot question such when auditing, then WHAT IS COA for? …cover-observe-anly.

      • drill down says:

        doesn’t sound like she’s qualified to be coa chief.

        • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

          Is that COA head position impeachable? If so, let’s get the ball rolling on THIS one, this incumbent surnamed TAN. She sounded like she doesn’t know her duties, responsibilities and BEING A CONSTITUTIONAL POSITION HOLDER. Nde pa nagsisimula audit ay TAKOT NA KI ENRILE! Yet she wanna have her scared fingers into the audit pie! DUH!! Let’s kick her outta there!

      • curveball says:

        Ms. Grace Puldo Tan

        At yung mga ibang tao/sangay ng gobyerno na may mahigpit na pag-audit ay walang integridad at di mapagkakatiwalaan?

        Ano ba ito milyon milyon na pera namin mamamayan…. Face value (certification) lang ok na basta mga senador ang pinaguusapan? O dahil ay nuon pa ay gawain na ok lang?

        Paano naman kami? Pwede ba na isulat sa SALN namin o ilakip ang certification lang? Sabihin ko lang na may integridad ako at dapat pagkatiwalaan? (Parang halimbawa)

        Para naman at di pantay yan. Meron ba deskriminasyon?

  79. Mel says:

    On another note, “Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile “has already openly said that he is in favor of an audit, but there should be a vote by the institution itself.” – Secretary Edwin Lacierda.

    I wonder where Secretary Edwin Lacierda heard or read that from of JPE’s “… in favor of an audit”? … private?

    Lacierda in favor of opening Senate books for audit

    By Michael Lim Ubac
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    8:41 pm | Thursday, January 24th, 2013

    Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
    MANILA, Philippines–President Aquino’s spokesperson on Thursday joined the clamor for the Senate to open its books of account, admitting that the “reputation” of the Senate as a democratic institution is at stake amid the Senate war over the “Christmas bonus.”

    ‘‘If the Senate President feels that he is not against it, then certainly we hope that the Senate will protect the institution–the reputation of the institution, the integrity of the institution, and vote on the proposal of the Senate President,” said Secretary Edwin Lacierda.

    At his regular briefing in the Palace, Lacierda noted that being the leader of the Senate, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile “has already openly said that he is in favor of an audit, but there should be a vote by the institution itself.”

    Read the rest of this article from newsinfo inquirer net/346461/lacierda-in-favor-of-opening-senate-books-for-audit

  80. Mel says:

    Breaking News, but no official statements from JPE as true, or yet to confirm Palace’s leeway for a private audit into Senate’s coffers.

    Palace praises JPE for allowing Senate audit

    By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at 01/24/2013 7:37 PM
    Updated as of 01/24/2013 7:37 PM

    MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

    MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

    “It’s commendable that the Senate President has already said that he supports any auditing on the MOOE [Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses]. If the Senate President feels that he is not against it, then certainly we hope that the Senate will protect the institution–the reputation of the institution, the integrity of the institution, and vote on the proposal of the Senate President,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

    “The position taken by this government is for transparency and accountability. Now, the focus is on the Senate and I think it behooves on the Senate to heed the people’s call for transparency given the situation right now where the imbroglio between the Senate President and Senator [Alan Peter] Cayetano has been the subject of intense discussions within the Senate floor.”

    READ the rest of the story at www abs-cbnnews com/nation/01/24/13/palace-praises-jpe-allowing-senate-audit

    • Mel says:

      Above link source: Palace praises JPE for allowing Senate audit By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

      • raissa says:

        LOL.

        The Palace is making sure he doesn’t backtrack?

        • Mel says:

          yap…

          parang pain.

          tanggapin kaya niya? baka mahulog sa dulo ng upuan si Edwin Lacierda sa kahihintay, baka mapuk-pok tuloy.

          magpagaling at gumaling na sana agad si MDS para tanggapin din niya ang hamon ni JPE na dalhin sa SC ang reklamo niya.

          Trivia? Once the Sen prosecutor, now may become the Sen defense for impeachment.

          :smile: malayo na ata ang narating -

          • netty says:

            What can he do? Nabisto na ang corruption and his erection, sori election tehnic..Oh my God, my bad.I just remember my Japanese neighbor, jk, when he asked a friend about a division election going on, that goes like this,How was the/your erection ? Of course this was one instance of the cultural shocks that CPMERS are very aware of. I am generally behaved but you know from the waist up I am still good, but from the waist down, ohh you never know. ;)

            • Mafe says:

              this is an old joke. the pinoy who was asked “how was you er(l)ection?” answered, “I just had one this morning.” hehe…

              • netty says:

                ;) Mafe, right on. I just thought something is missing, just like the apology given,Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang the movie, nagsorry nga ngunit may kulang. Sincerity is such a rare commodity indeed.

      • Mel says:

        Cayetano should pay for independent audit: COA

        By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com
        Posted at 01/24/2013 6:20 PM
        Updated as of 01/24/2013 7:03 PM

        MANILA – The Commision on Audit (COA) cannot be taken out of the picture when it comes to looking into the finances of the Senate, the commission’s chairman said on Thursday.

        COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan said Senator Alan Peter Cayetano can still ask a private auditing firm to look into the finances of the Senate, but he will have to shoulder the costs of its services and have the Senate as a whole approve it.

        Tan added that the Constitution provides that the COA has irrevocable jurisdiction over the auditing of any government agency.

        “Ang sinasabi ng Saligang Batas na hindi pwedeng magpasa ng anumang batas o resolusyon man yan, in any guise, to exempt any government agency from the jurisdiction of the COA,” Tan told dzMM.

        “Maski may mag-audit na private entity, hindi pa rin kami matatanggal. We still can audit and we will audit. Kasi ‘di kami pwedeng ma-out ng jurisdiction dyan.”

        Cayetano came up with the suggestion to have the Senate’s finances be independently audited after it was revealed that Enrile released some P1.6 million as additional “maintenance and other operating expenditures” (MOOE) to 18 colleagues from “savings” of the chamber in 2012, excluding Alan and Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV.

        READ the rest of the article at www abs-cbnnews com/nation/01/24/13/cayetano-should-pay-independent-audit-coa

        • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

          This COA Chairman Grace PULIDO Tan ay waring hindi PULIDO kung gumanap ng kanyang katungkulan. Ano kaya dapat gawin sa kanya? SIBAKIN? YEAH, RIGHT! AND THE SOONER THIS IS DONE, THE BETTER FOR ALL OF US!

          • jorge bernas says:

            @ August,

            Tama ka, Parang ayaw niyang mag audit ang private firm kasi makikita na wala silang nagawa noon at ginawa ngayon? At makikita na takot silang magpakulong nang malaking Aso kong nagkasala? COA huwag naman kayong mag double standard…Maging marehas sana kayong taga COA? Pera nang bayan ay bantayan at alagaan at huwag matakot sa nabigyan lang nang pansamantalang kapangyarihan dahil KAMI ang BOSS??? KUHA MO???

          • Jackie E says:

            dapat ilifestyle check din c COS reyes na syang naghahawak ng budget ng OSP. Kung nagresign na sya mahahabol pa ba natin kung meron man nakulimbat?

          • Jackie E says:

            oo nga TAN nga kse :)

    • Mel says:

      Erratum

      MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

      - sorry folks.

      MANILA – The Palace commended Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for reportedly agreeing to open the Senate’s books and have a private firm audit its finances.

    • Mel says:

      Cayetano should pay for independent audit: COA

      By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com
      Posted at 01/24/2013 6:20 PM
      Updated as of 01/24/2013 7:03 PM

      MANILA – The Commision on Audit (COA) cannot be taken out of the picture when it comes to looking into the finances of the Senate, the commission’s chairman said on Thursday.

      COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan said Senator Alan Peter Cayetano can still ask a private auditing firm to look into the finances of the Senate, but he will have to shoulder the costs of its services and have the Senate as a whole approve it.

      Tan added that the Constitution provides that the COA has irrevocable jurisdiction over the auditing of any government agency.

      “Ang sinasabi ng Saligang Batas na hindi pwedeng magpasa ng anumang batas o resolusyon man yan, in any guise, to exempt any government agency from the jurisdiction of the COA,” Tan told dzMM.

      “Maski may mag-audit na private entity, hindi pa rin kami matatanggal. We still can audit and we will audit. Kasi ‘di kami pwedeng ma-out ng jurisdiction dyan.”

      Cayetano came up with the suggestion to have the Senate’s finances be independently audited after it was revealed that Enrile released some P1.6 million as additional “maintenance and other operating expenditures” (MOOE) to 18 colleagues from “savings” of the chamber in 2012, excluding Alan and Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV.

      READ the rest of the article at www abs-cbnnews com/nation/01/24/13/cayetano-should-pay-independent-audit-coa

  81. jiroarturo says:

    Atty Gigi Reyes kabit ni Enrile?

  82. ivan says:

    “Sa UNA gaganda ag buhay!”….creepy slogan….

  83. springwoodman says:

    Let us not go overboard in praise of Senator Alan Cayetano. He is the chairman of the Ethics and Privileges Committee and I am still holding my breath on his review of Sotto’s plagiarisms. He is quick to defend his personal interests but not the nation’s interests?

    As to Enrile’s transgressions that should be up for review as well. But I will not be holding my breath on that one.

    • ivan says:

      hehehehe.tama……

      • Victin Luz says:

        Tumbuk mo @springwoodman,……accepting xmas gift the previous years of any amount coming from SENATE savings and not allowed by COA will make no difference by not accepting it this year.

    • curveball says:

      Sa tingin ko nag-antay sya ng timang oras, sabi nga sa mga ganitong moves timing is everything.
      Dahil sa baguhan pa lang sya ay nagobserba muna kung sino ang kalaban o kakampi nya bago sya magsalita.
      At sa ginawa naman nya ay tamang oras nga. Parang bomba na sumabog at may mga after shocks pa.
      Mga resignation, may pagtanggi na may relasyon daw.
      Malalaman natin sa mga darating na araw kung epektib ba at may natutunan ang botante sa mga narinig nila mula kay Alan P. at E.

    • Cha says:

      Back in 1998 (link to follow):

      Headline News Philippines

      ENRILES SPLITTING, JPE DENIES AFFAIR

      Manila, Jan. 29, 1998 – Senator Juan Ponce Enrile confirmed yesterday that his wife Cristina had left their Dasmarinas Village home and is seeking to annul their marriage.

      However, he denied rumors that the reason for his marital problems is because he was having an affair with his chief of staff, lawyer Jessica Gonzales-Reyes.

      “There is no relationship other than an official and professional one,” Enrile said, even as he charged that the rumor is part of a smear campaign being waged by his political enemies.

      The story broke out in the column of Manila Standard columnist and TV personality Jullie Yap- Daza. The rumor was that Enrile and Reyes were caught by Mrs. Enrile in a compromising situation in his hospital room where he was recuperating from a recent case of vertigo.

      Both Enrile and Reyes issued statements to the press denying the story. Reyes said that while she visited the senator, there was never a time when they were alone as nurses and doctors were always present.

      Reyes threatened to file libel charges against a tabloid that came out with a story about the alleged affair.

      Senator Enrile told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he thought he had his wife’s love in his pocket. He confirmed that he and his wife of 40 years are facing a difficult time with their marriage and started discussing separation 4 years ago. He said his wife complained about his public life “and the stress it posed to her role as wife and mother.”

      “I understand her distress, I always have, but I hope she will reconsider her plan to seek a dissolution of our marriage,” Enrile said.

      He announced that he had agreed to a division of family assets and properties with his wife “because of love for her, not out of guilt.”

    • pinay710 says:

      @mam chit, eh meron po akong kamaganak 85 yrs old na nagkaroon pa ng anak na 3yrs old. kung magsalita naman si JPE parang mga kausap nya TANGA. hihihi,

      hindi ngayon at sumagot ang isang kabataan sa nakakatanda eh walng galang na at HINDI DAPAT MANGATWIRAN. HINDI lahat ng ginagawa ng MATATANDA ay tama. dapat aminin din na MINSAN nagkakamali din ang mga MAY PINAGKATANDAAN. si JPE ay may simptomas na ng dimentia.

      tayong may mga edad na DAPAT makinig din tayo sa KABATAAN dahil iba ang panahon nila at sila ang mabubuhay sa mga isinasagawa nila NGAYON!!

      tayo ay gabay na lang HUWAG NATIN SILANG DIKTAHAN. ITURO ANG TAMA HWUAG ANG MALI!!

  84. jp3b says:

    Nakakalungkot at nakakainis. Kung gastusin at manipulahin ng mga Senador ang pantustos sa kanila ng mga nagbabayad ng buwis ay parang ganun-ganun na lang. Sa bawat piso na binabawas bilang withholding tax at ibinabayad na VAT ganyan pala.

    Ngunit mas ikinagagalit ko at ikinaiinis ay ang paguugali ng CoS ni Enrile. Umaastang bangaw na nakatungtong sa kalabaw! Kung signatory siya sa mga government bank accounts dapat siguro imbestigahan ng Ombudsman kung walang anomalya ang mga pag iisyu niya ng mga tseke o mga withdrawals simula ng humwak siya ng ganoong kapangyarihan.

    • Victin Luz says:

      Government Corporation’s were doing that giving bonuses to their Board Members coming from savings and also not allowed by COA.

      STATE Universities saving’s instead of returning it to DBM , cash drawn from such saving’s and given to their Directors, not also allowed by COA. Worse if they return the savings to DBM , a percentage share or a bonus will be given also to the budget officer , also not allowed by COA.

      What difference does it make,… Almost all government entities/employees are drawing cash gifts from savings , be an appointed or elected , employed locally or by National Government.

      COA rules and regulation covers all Government agencies including the SENATE, HOUSE , SUPREME COURT, OFFICE of the PRESIDENT and Government Controlled and Owned Corporation. Resident COA were distributed to these Departments , WHY WAS IT ALLOWED BY THEM for long years ,WHY?……Why do we still need PRIVATE AUDITING UNIT to check those illegal disbursement. Why are we going to spend another TAX PAYERs money in paying those proposed private auditors?

      Resident COA are not allowed to receive Bonuses from Agencies where they are assigned.Why not let COA main investigate or audit the questioned transaction and discover if their resident COA are also involved in an anomaly .

      • rejtatel says:

        i heard it somewhere that the difference lies in the fact that heads of constitutional offices are allowed to use savings for some specific things including bonuses. So Senate, HOR, SC, OP are doing it.

        I wonder if COMELEC, COA and CSC are also practicing this.

        • Victin Luz says:

          If that so , still you have to follow COA rules and regulation in using savings for specific purposes including bonuses. Receipts are needed not a mere certification.

          Resident COA are not allowed to received bonuses coming from other goernmnent agencies .

          • Victin Luz says:

            Only a few detailed and resident COA refused to collect bonuses , cash gifts and etc..offered/allowed by Government agencies, entities including local government units where they are posted.

      • Gene Simmowns says:

        Should we count the Judiciary Development Fund as the same thing? I kinda heard about this during Chief Justice’s Davide’s term. If I’m not mistaken, this is of the same nature, earnings of the court and is being given as monthly allowances for court officers and workers.

  85. leona says:

    …the big BIG question is: Will JPE or the Senate allow an AUDIT on it by a PRIVATE ACCOUNTING FIRM?

    If NOT, gifts and Christmas DOLES to senators and senate employees continue?

    Can it be possible for Lower House and Malacanang to put ZERO budget for the Senate in the next Fiscal Year?

    If not possible, what then? ZERO in the voting for all senator-candidates this year’s election?

    Possible? Yes, but improbable. Btw, in the next Cha Cha, can the people just have ONE LAWMAKING BODY…a unicameral legislature? Yes. What shall it be…a Senate or Assembly of representatives?

    If only a SENATE [ like the Roman senate], one senator for each province. No more congressional districts. No more party-list representatives as there will be more ‘senators’ this time. So, eliminate ‘congressional districts’ with a SENATE system.

    With one lawmaking body, the country SAVES A LOT OF PEOPLE’S MONEY; less delays in enacting laws; less politics; less corruption and ATBPA.

    A far dream ahead but may come soon. Let’s dream more much more better of our political structural system ahead and not total sottocopying other countries’ system!

    What’s good for this country only is the goal.

    • baycas says:

      1987 CONSTITUTION
      Article VI
      THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

      Section 20. The records and books of accounts of the Congress shall be preserved and be open to the public in accordance with law, and such books shall be audited by the Commission on Audit which shall publish annually an itemized list of amounts paid to and expenses incurred for each Member.

      COA has the jurisdiction. Point is, accounting must be open to the public.

      The question? Enabling law again is required…

      Didn’t search for one…all I’m thinking is the…

      You guessed it right…

      The FOI…

      • leona says:

        In the next Cha Cha, proponents, that is the delegates, must avoid the phrase “xxx in accordance with law” and make the clause ‘self-executing already. We’re sottocopying US constitution mostly. Let our delegates stop or avoid this practice. More legal suits are most often filed because of this.

        As much as many possible, no more ‘xxx in accordance with law’ clauses! If they can write thousands of complicated statutes, why can’t they write a brief, short and clear fundamental law with self-executing provisions! It can be done!

        One flaw of our present written Constitution is that it is somewhat so long in violation of constitutional writing at that. Redundancies a lot many, etc.

        Again, let us all hope our next framers will heed this.

        • Rolly says:

          @leona

          To me, our Constitution is good enough. Enacting an enabling law is where problem lies, more so, its implementation.

          Radical overhaul of our Constitution is required if ever we decided to change it.

          Maybe, CPMers can draft one and put it up to the ConCon assembly for scrutiny and consideration.

          We dedicate a space…an article of its own that can be visited from time to time in the side, for people to comment , suggest, edit and debate upon. Concurrence of Raissa is of course must be sought first for the needed web space.

          The good starting point could be, the merit and advantages of a Parliamentary system. People (locals or aliens) can voice out their opinions, and further down the track, we bring forth a solid base that would become the foundation of a proposed Constitution.

  86. Rod says:

    I hope we, the people, will launch a mini-EDSA if this issue dies down after a few days. The sense of outrage must be kept alive.

    • begalon says:

      Even if it doesnt die down, we need to show strong dissatisfaction now that we will not tolerate squandering the taxpayer’s money.

  87. baycas says:

    walang blessing ang resignation.

    baka magtampo ‘yan.

    hmm, baka pinag-resign lang…kunwari…por delicadeza nga naman…

    tapos ‘di tatanggapin.

  88. AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

    I was not an Alan Cayetano fan. WAS. Now I AM. I like his HONESTY, INTELLIGENCE, FAIRNESS, NATIONALISM… everything! If he runs for President, I wish I could vote 15 MILLION TIMES TO ENSURE HIS WIN. Our poor, impoverished country and people need this man, THIS KIND OF PUBLIC OFFICIAL. PASALAMAT TAYO AT BATA PA SIYA. MATAGAL PA NATING MAPAPAKINABANGAN… kung hindi siya IPALILIGPIT ng kanyang mga kaaway…. SO PLEASE….GOD BLESS SEN. ALAN CAYETANO EVER AND FOREVER. AMEN.

    • begalon says:

      I can understand your outrage and yes, Alan Cayetano is a good man and outstanding nationalist. Let us vote for him. Yes, he is young, honest, dynamic, and courageous, so we need more like him.

      • leona says:

        All of our senators, originally, are all good men and women. Kaya lang, na tempted due to weakness. Pag yung isa, dalawa, ‘o tatlo korupt, na hahawa yung iba at lahat na! Sarap naman ang pera talaga! Who doesn’t love money? Power?

        But, what about their duty to the people? Country? Is that it? No! A big NO!

        Maybe a Lie Detector Test every 3 months for all gov’t high officials should be made and televised to the public! If the ‘machines’ tells a lie, the official is telling the truth…?

    • vivian says:

      You said it right sir and i will campaign for him to win any position he wants to engage in. He is a very good example for other public official to follow. God bless the cause he is fighting for…the family who support him and his mother ( and the late Sen Rene) who give him exemplary upbringing…

      • DannyG says:

        Dito sa usaping ito, for this issue alone, masisira ang paninindigan ko na, NO… to Political Dynasty !!!! Just for Allan Cayetano , I’ll now go for him !!!

        • BETH says:

          kung matino naman at may prinsipyo kahit sabihin natin dynasty ok lang na iboto..isa sa mga gusto kung sendor noon ay ng ama nya kaya talagang plano ko syang iboto…kailangan natin sa senado ang maprinsipyong tao…

    • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

      With GIBO TEODORO fed up with politics as I read once, I believe our hope and salvation now lies in the person of SEN. ALAN CAYETANO. No one in the visible scene and horizon could be like him. Not Mar. AND OF COURSE, NOT, NEVER, NUNCA, KALIMUTAN NA LANG…. BINAY!

      • Alan says:

        1. Teodoro – son of a Marcos crony, lawyer of Marcos cronies who defended their ill-gotten wealth.
        2. Cayetano – son of a Marcos crony

  89. wakwak says:

    I hope, although I very much highly doubt it will ever happen, that this will force the people in the Senate to change. if they have nothing to hide, show the documents to the people…

    And worst, the VP thinks that the tax that we pay is for them. I think he forgot that the tax we pay is for our country… not to be used as a Christmas bonus for Senators.

  90. ivan says:

    i have been an admirer of both sen. Alan and se.n. Pia since they go against GMA.- wag na sana makisawsaw c VP binay.

  91. grace888 says:

    sikat talaga si Gigi Reyes…pati birthday party ng mama na (kunsintidora) niya sa isang ballroom sponsored by taxpayer’s money din???!!! http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/lifestyle/lifestyle/view/20090329-196782/Private-party-of-a-special-lady

  92. Art Montesa says:

    With regards to this issue between Enrile and Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, I stand squarely behind Allan. God does work in mysterious ways. Expect a battle, no, a war in the Senate. Enrile’s chief of Staff, Atty Gigi, should at least be reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee, or thrown out of the Senate. A libel suit against her would be nice too.

  93. danny says:

    bat nasama ang rh at sin tax?pati yung asawa na mayor

  94. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Binay to the rescue
    “unfortunate, nakakalungkot na binigyan ng ganung interpretasyon ang Christmas bonus na iyon.” -Binay said in a interview from inuirer.net

    Its more unfortunate that the vice president of the country thinks that the tax payers money are their own pocket money and can be given easily as christmas gifts.

    • Cha says:

      May I add?

      It’s is unfortunate that the vice president of the country… Is a crook!

      • Art Montesa says:

        Cha – you should not speak like that about the future President of this country.

        • Cha says:

          My bad! Let me rephrase,

          The future President of this country is a crook. :)

        • chit navarro says:

          will we allow one like him to lead our country after President Aquino?

          can we make a stand on who should we support for Senators to help the President carry out his program and vision for the country? I believe it’s high time that CPM’ers MUST come out with a solid stand for a senatorial slate…

          what say you, fellows…Honorable ladies & gentlemen of this society?

          • begalon says:

            Tough question, Binay has different agenda in running government. He likes spending public funds for personal use. He has yet, to balance the Makati budget during his glorious and crooked tenure.

          • Victin Luz says:

            Grace Poe Lamanzares , Raissa H. Baraquel, Teddy Casino , pakidagdagan @chit….

          • lgnd says:

            @chit I too believe that this site and like minded individuals in cyberspace can make a difference this coming elections. It is time to unite our voices and resources to come up with a slate of candidates whom we believe can best support the vision of President PNOY. He might not be the brightest, he might not be perfect, but he represents our best chance in recent years to make up for the years we lost with Marcos, Estrada and Arroyo. Let us do our part and let us not be silent this time around, so that the likes of Binay, Enrile, Estrada, Honasan can never be voted again. Raissa, please heed our pleas, use this site to promote the right candidates for this coming elections. Thank you in advance.

      • begalon says:

        I agree. Only, if we can get rid of one crook at a time, it is progress.

  95. duquemarino says:

    @raissa
    “Truth has no boundaries”

    “Truth knows no boundary”

  96. Manuel C. Diaz says:

    The worms are coming out of the woodworks. Good for the people but again the question is will the people kick these worms out of the Senate? The Senate is a bunch of pirates.

    • Cha says:

      “The worms are coming out of the woodworks.”

      And all because of MOOE, the gift that keeps on giving.

  97. Parekoy says:

    Yay!

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