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AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

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July 29, 2009

HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
Washington District of Columbia
United States of America

Dear Mr. President,

We shared the wonderful jubilation of the American people during your historic election triumph. When you assumed office early this year, we rejoiced at the audacious hope that you inspired, and on your promise of change for the common good.

We joined all freedom loving people of the world who exulted when you declared that “those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent… are on the wrong side of history.”

The Filipino people share the same morals, ideals, and aspirations that define the envied way of life of the American people. Filipinos yearn for the same kind of leaders that the American people yearn for themselves; leaders who are imbued with the right values, lead principled lives, and govern with the highest ethical standards. The ideals of justice, democracy and the upliftment of human rights animate the Filipino people’s dreams of a better world in much the same way that these ideals animate the dreams of the American people.

Upon your invitation, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will have the chance to meet with you on July 30, 2009. In your meeting with Ms. Arroyo, it may serve you well to be mindful of Ms. Arroyo’s legacy of corruption, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, bribery, election cheating, among others. We do not wish to belabor you with the details of these high crimes which have surely been documented and reported by the U.S. State Department to your Office.

The Filipino people also yearn for change from the effrontery of hopelessness and the curse of decadence that Ms. Arroyo represents. In your meeting with Ms. Arroyo, we feel confident that you will make clear to her that a Government that does not comply with Principles of Democracy and respect for Human Rights cannot have the approval and support of your administration. We implore you Mr. President to inspire hope and be an instrument of change for the common good of the long suffering Filipino people.

SIGNED:

Teofisto T. Guingona Jr.
Former Vice President

Jovito R. Salonga
Former Senate President

Franklin Drilon
Former Senate President

Camilo D. Quiazon
Former Supreme Court Justice

Wigberto E. Tañada
Former Senator

Sergio R. Osmeña III
Former Supreme Court Justice

Vicente T. Paterno
Former Senator

Agapito A. Aquino
Former Senator

Josefina T. Lichauco
Former Cabinet Secretary/CCM

Francisco I. Chavez
Former Solicitor General

Corazon J. Soliman
Former Cabinet Secretary

Juan Santos
Former Cabinet Secretary

Jejomar C. Binay
Mayor, Makati City

Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva
National Chairman, PJM

Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB
Co-Chairperson, AMRSP

Harry L. Roque Jr.
UP Law/CCM

Jun I. Lozada
State Witness, ZTE-NBN

May Pag-ahon, May Bukas Pa

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Why is the poor close to Mayor Binay’s heart? Find out in his latest commercial.

PROVISION IN “ANTI-SALVAGING BILL” COULD BE USED TO HARASS LOCAL EXECUTIVES – BINAY

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PRESS RELEASE
JULY 30, 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said he has no disagreement with a bill that would make extrajudicial killings a heinous crime but feels that authorities could use as a “tool for political harassment” a provision that penalizes public officers with preventive suspension if charged with inaction on salvaging cases.

Under House Bill 6601, public officers can be suspended for 120 days without hearing if charged with neglect or inaction on extra-judicial cases in their respective areas.

“We would have appreciated the bill more had it been filed earlier and approved by Congress earlier. It could have served as a deterrent to the extra-judicial killings under the administration of Mrs. Arroyo,” he said.

Binay said the human rights group Karapatan had recorded 1,013 cases of summary executions since Mrs. Arroyo came to power in 2001.

The opposition leader said he hopes the bill is not intended to get back at political opponents.

“I sincerely hope that the intention is to sincerely stop the incidents of summary executions under this administration, and not to get back at political opponents. I am hopeful that personal and political animosity has not tainted the intent of the law,” he said.

Binay said in the hands of a vindictive national government, the provision provides an excuse to suspend local executives, especially those who are in the opposition.

“It would not be far-fetched that summary executions could be committed by precisely the same persons who want to go after a local executive who belongs to the other camp or is considered part of the opposition,” he said.

House Bill 6601 filed by Speaker Prospero Nograles seeks to make “salvaging or extra-judicial killing by any public officer, person in authority or agent of a person in authority” a heinous crime, and imposes the maximum penalty provided by law.

BINAY URGES JUDICIAL AND BAR COUNCIL TO ASSERT INDEPENDENCE

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PRESS RELEASE
JULY 30 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO
Binay: Mabini Lawyer

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today asked the Judicial and Bar Council (JCB) not to accede to Mrs. Arroyo’s request to include more names in the list of Supreme Court nominees.

“The JBC is an independent body that has already fulfilled its mandate. For Mrs. Arroyo to ask for more names is an affront to the JBC and an attempt by Mrs. Arroyo to assert her power over an independent body,” he said.

Binay said the JBC has gone through the process of reviewing and assessing the qualifications of potential nominees.

“Mrs. Arroyo cannot substitute her judgement over the judgement of a collegial, independent body like the JBC. The JBC should tell Mrs. Arroyo that the list is final,” he said.

Mrs. Arroyo had rejected the six nominees submitted by the JBC fill up the two seats in the Supreme Court left by the retirement of justices Dante Tinga and Alicia Austria-Martinez. Palace officials explained she wanted more names included in the list.

But Binay said Mrs. Arroyo intends to pack the Supreme Court with her political allies, now that the high tribunal is shaping up to be the final battleground for efforts to amend the Constitution. Mrs. Arroyo, whose term expires in 2010, is seen as the main beneficiary of moves in the House to amend the Charter.

“The present Malacanang occupant wants a friendly Supreme Court that will rule in favor of Cha-Cha, allowing her to stay in power beyond 2010, either through term extension or as prime minister under a parliamentary system of government,” he said.

“By rejecting the six nominees, Mrs. Arroyo is saying she cannot count on any of them to support her when the time comes to vote on Cha Cha,” Binay said

The JBC is a Constitutional body mandated by the 1987 Constitution to nominate candidates for appointments to the judiciary, including the Supreme Court. The President cannot appoint to the judiciary anyone not nominated by the JBC.

What makes him tick? Why is the poor so close to his heart?

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BINAY URGES OBAMA TO WARN ARROYO VS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, EFFORTS TO AMEND CONSTITUTION

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PRESS RELEASE
29 JULY 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today urged US President Barack Obama to sternly remind Mrs. Arroyo that his government will not support violations of human rights and efforts to amend the Philippine Constitution intended to allow Mrs. Arroyo to stay in power beyond 2010.

“These reminders will be consistent with the stated policy of the Obama administration, which have been made reiterated by the US President in his recent policy statements to foreign governments,” he said.

Binay cited Obama’s recent speech before the parliament of Ghana , where the US president warned against the scourge of corruption and tyranny.

In that speech, President Obama criticized leaders “who exploit the economy to enrich themselves” and governments “where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.”

“Those words describe the situation that we have under the administration of Mrs. Arroyo,” he said.

The opposition leader said he is hopeful Obama will not back efforts by Mrs. Arroyo to extend her hold on power even if she offers the reopening of US military bases in the Philippines .

With Charter change still high on the administration’s agenda, Binay said Arroyo’s congressional allies could move to lift the constitutional ban on US military bases in the country, alongside a shift to the parliamentary form of government, where Mrs. Arroyo intends to become prime minister.

PDP-Laban President Jojo Binay

Foreign observers have said the Philippines has become more strategic to the US in view of the growing influence of China in the region.

The Makati mayor is among several prominent personalities – former senators, Cabinet members, Church and civil society leaders and a retired justice – who released an open letter to the US president Wednesday.

“Upon your invitation, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will have the chance to meet with you on July 30 2009. In your meeting with Mrs. Arroyo, it may serve you well to be mindful of Mrs. Arroyo’s legacy of corruption, extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, bribery, election cheating and others. We do not wish to belabor you with the details of these high crimes which have been sufficiently documented and reported by the US State Department to your Office,” the letter said.

“In your meetings with Mrs. Arroyo, we feel confident that you will make clear to her that a government that does not comply with the principles of democracy and respect for human rights cannot have the approval and support of your administration. We implore you Mr. President to inspire hope and be an instrument of change for the common good of the long suffering Filipino people,” it added.

Aside from Binay, other signatories to the open letter are former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, former Senate President Jovito Salonga, former Senate President Franklin Drilon, former Supreme Court Justice Camilo Quiazon, former senators Wigberto Tanada, Sergio Osmena III, Vicente Paterno, and Agapito Aquino, former DOTC Secretary Josefina Lichauco, former solicitor general Frank Chavez, former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, former DTI Secretary Juan Santos, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Atty. Harry Roque, and NBN-ZTE whistleblower Jun Lozada.

UNO TO MIKEY : TELL IT STRAIGHT , DESPERATION PROMPTING PALACE TO COURT OPPOSITION BETS

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PRESS RELEASE
JULY 29 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO
UNO President Jejomar C. Binay

The United Opposition (UNO) today said Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s son Mikey Arroyo should do the country a favor and tell the whole story about his claim that opposition figures are sending feelers to the administration seeking Mrs. Arroyo’s support in the 2010 election.

“Mrs. Arroyo’s son should name names and present proof. We have always maintained that the people should know who the real oppositionists are, and those who are only presenting themselves as opposition but are in fact administration by association,” Makati Mayor Jejomar c. Binay said.

But Binay said the reality is that the administration is desperately raiding the ranks of the opposition in the absence of credible and winnable national candidates for the 2010 election.

For his part, UNO spokesperson Amb. Ernesto Maceda reminded the younger Arroyo that the administration party had earlier admitted they were considering adopting senators identified with the opposition.

“The truth of the matter is that Mikey Arroyo is hiding the fact that it is the administration which is making desperate naked efforts to raid the opposition’s line-up to resuscitate the administration’s ranks which has reached rock bottom credibility with voters,” Maceda said.

Earlier reports has quoted administration party stalwarts Juan Miguel Zubiri , Roy Roquero and Danilo Suarez saying that the Lakas-NUCD-Kampi is seriously open to adopting either Senators Manny Villar and Francis Escudero as its standard bearers.

“In any event Mikey should name names. The people and the United Opposition definitely want to know who are traitors within its ranks,” Maceda said.

“If he can name them and show proof beyond mere conjecture and self-serving insinuations, by all means he should do so,” Maceda said.

“Otherwise, we assume that as in the past Arroyo is just showing character flaws similar to his honesty-challenged mother. Either he is the boy who cried wolf or telling us half truths meant to inveigle the public once more.