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BINAY SAYS ALL IS NOT WELL WITHIN ARROYO CABINET; SEES MORE HIGH-LEVEL ADMIN OFFICIALS SUPPORTING OPPOSITION

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , on September 23, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
23 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

‘After Nov. 30, Malacanang will be loneliest place in the country’

BINAY SAYS ALL IS NOT WELL WITHIN ARROYO CABINET; SEES MORE HIGH-LEVEL ADMIN OFFICIALS SUPPORTING OPPOSITION

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said “all is not well” within the Arroyo Cabinet following statements made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo that he was supporting Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the reported plan of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. to run for president.

“When you have a situation where two Cabinet members are not supporting Mrs. Arroyo’s choice for the 2010 election, it shows that all is not well within the Arroyo Cabinet. The pessimism about the chances of Mrs. Arroyo’s candidate winning fair and square has apparently reached the highest level of government,” he said.

The opposition leader said he expects more Arroyo administration officials to jump ship in the weeks leading to the November 30 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2010 elections.

“The exodus has already started and Secretary Romulo will not be the first and last high-level official who will express support for the opposition,” he said.

“After the November 30 deadline, you can expect mass desertions to the side of the opposition, from the national to the local level. Starting December 1, Malacanang will be the loneliest place in the Philippines ,” he added.

“No one wants to be identified with an administration that is distrusted by the people, and an administration candidate who has pledged six more years of hunger, poverty, political repression and abuse of authority,” he said.

Earlier, Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) Commissioner Jaime Jacob resigned his post to campaign for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Administration congressmen, governors, and mayors have either signed up or are set to join opposition political parties, he said.

Binay said the realignments that are expected to happen will all be favorable to the opposition.

Recently, local officials, most of them belonging to Lakas-Kampi-CMD, announced their support for Binay, who plans to run for vice president.

Malacañang had urged Cabinet members who cannot support the candidates of Mrs. Arroyo to resign, following reports that the Foreign Affairs Secretary was supporting Aquino.

A Cabinet official had said as the alter egos of the President, Cabinet members should support her choice for the presidency, and the honorable thing to do, if they cannot support her, was to resign.

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LOCAL EXECUTIVES CROSS PARTY LINES TO SUPPORT BINAY FOR VP

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
21 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Local executives from across the Philippines have crossed party lines to express their support for Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) President Jejomar C. Binay’s plan to run for vice president in 2010.

Surigao del Sur Gov. Vicente Pimentel said the local chief executives come from all parties, including the administration Lakas-KAMPI-CMD, and span the major provinces of Pangasinan, Bohol, Laguna, Batangas, Cotabato, Surigao, Pampanga, Quezon and Camarines Sur.

“It just shows that this is not about partisan politics. My fellow local chief executives recognize the need for change and the need to empower the local government units. We believe that Mayor Binay will help us realize this goal,” he said.

Binmaley, Pangasinan Mayor Sammy Rosario said the local executives are unanimous in expressing their support for Binay, and have been informed that more mayors will join their ranks in a couple of weeks.

“We all believe that Jojo Binay is the example of effective governance, and whoever is elected president will benefit from having someone with Binay’s track record, experience, and concern for the common people as his vice president,” he said.

For his part, Kidapawan City Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco said Binay’s 20 years as Makati’s mayor is proof that the “he has the experience and political will needed in the executive branch.”

“We have seen what Mayor Binay has done in Makati . He has the competence and the know-how, and being a mayor himself, he knows the needs of local governments. He can help the president focus on social programs and help the local government officials in replicating his achievements in our localities,” Gantuangco said.

Meanwhile, Lucena City Mayor Ramon Y. Talaga Jr. said Binay’s idea to give more power to LGUs will help localities improve the services they render to their constituents.

“Right now, some LGUs are dependent on their Internal Revenue Allotments for salaries and wages for their employees and for development programs – if they are lucky. We need to review the disbursement of IRA, and all other funds for that matter, to ensure that localities have enough funds to create projects for their constituents. We need someone to speak for us in national government about this. I believe Binay is more than qualified to be that someone,” Talaga said.

According to Binay’s spokesman, Lito Anzures, the support for the Makati mayor reflects the true sentiments of the country’s mayors for change in national government.

“Mayor Binay has always believed that for the country to be progressive, the local government units must be progressive. He has shared his belief in LGU empowerment to his fellow mayors. They have seen it work for Makati . And now they believe Binay’s advocacies will work for the country,” Anzures said.

“This growing support for Mayor Binay is a message from the local executives that someone from their ranks would be the best to represent them in the national government,” he said.

Among the local executives who are backing Binay for vice president include Mayor Ferdinand B. Trinidad, Iguig, Cagayan; Mayor Cesar P. Baroña, Sr.,Lacub, Abra; Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel, Agoo, La Union; Mayor Andrew Vincent R. Pagurayan, Sto. Niño, Cagayan; Mayor Wilfredo S. Domingo, Licab, Nueva Ecija; Mayor Peter B. Flores, Masantol, Pampanga; Mayor Angel L. Cruz, Jr., Hagonoy, Bulacan; Mayor Ariel T. Magcalas, Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Mayor Marilen B.Alonte, Biñan, Laguna; Mayor Rhyan M. Dolor, Bauan, Batangas; Mayor Ramon Y. Talaga, Jr., Lucena City, Quezon; Mayor Joy A, Cabangon, Gumaca, Quezon; Mayor Melencio L. de Sagun, Jr., Trece Martires City, Cavite; Mayor Luis A. Ferrer IV – Gen. Trias, Cavite; Mayor Lily R. Estoya, Calintaan , Occidental Mindoro; Mayor Eric A. Constantino, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro; Mayor Romar G. Marcos, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro; Mayor Jackson C. Dy, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Mayor Lemuel F. Cipriano, Concepcion, Romblon, Mayor Cicero C. Triunfante – Daraga, Albay.

Mayor Vicente B. Flores, Jr., Oton, Iloilo; Mayor Elyzer C. Chavez, Passi City, Iloilo; Mayor Rony L. Molina, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique; Mayor Dan Neri Lim, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Mayor Reynato M. Latorre, Villareal, Samar; Mayor Gil Norman P. Germino, Can-avid, Eastern Samar; Mayor Cesar G. Tagon, Sr., Hernani, Eastern Samar.

Mayor Nenita M. Suyao, Kalilangan, Bukidnon; Mayor Arsenio A. Latasa, Digos City, Davao del Sur; Mayor Rodolfo Y. Gantuangco, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Mayor Carl Elias C. Lademora, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; Mayor Dale Corvera, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Mayor Alfonso Casura, Surigao City; Mayor Mohammad Aquil A. Mamainte, Bayang, Lanao del Sur; Mayor Datu Mohammad Paglas, Sr.,Datu Paglas, Maguindanao; Mayor Datu Allandatu M. Angas, Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao; Mayor Datu Adbulkarin T. Langkuno, Paglat, Maguindanao ; Mayor Al-haj Bonnie Kali, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatum, Maguindanao; and Mayor Hussin U. Amin, Jolo, Sulu.

KOKO PIMENTEL – PUNO SHOULD ALSO RESIGN AS DILG CHIEF

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
17 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

PDP-Laban Secretary General Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III today called for the resignation of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno to allay suspicions that he will use his authority to coerce local government officials into supporting the administration’s Teodoro-Puno tandem.

“The post of DILG Secretary is a powerful position. And therefore, it should not only be Secretary Gilbert Teodoro who should resign, but also Secretary Puno,” he said.

Pimentel said Cabinet members enjoy undue advantage over other aspirants for national office because of the government resources at their disposal and the authority they exert over government agencies and personnel.

“Appointed governmental officials who have declared their intention to run and have been endorsed by their respective political parties should relinquish their positions,” he said.

“In the case of Secretary Puno, he needs to allay suspicions that he will use his position as DILG chief to arm-twist local government officials into supporting his vice presidential bid, and that of his presumptive standard bearer, Secretary Teodoro,” he said.

By resigning, Pimentel said Puno “will also be able to address fears that the Philippine National Police, which is also under his supervision, will be involved in partisan political activities.”

Last Wednesday, the National Executive Committee of the Lakas-KAMPI-CMD named Teodoro as its presidential candidate for the 2010 election, and Puno as his running mate.

MACHINERY WON’T DELIVER VOTES FOR ARROYO’S ANOINTED – BINAY

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags on September 16, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
16 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

The administration’s much-vaunted political machinery will not deliver the votes for Mrs. Arroyo’s anointed candidate because of widespread dissatisfaction over her eight-year rule, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay said.

“The machinery is useless in the face of widespread dissatisfaction over Mrs. Arroyo. Only a miracle will save the administration candidate from certain defeat,” he said.

Binay said contrary to claims made by party leaders, the administration’s machinery is already disintegrating since most local officials belonging to Lakas-KAMPI-CMD have already joined or are poised to join political parties identified with the opposition.

He said he was able to confirm this in his meetings with local officials from the provinces.

“Most of the local officials I talked to have either switched loyalties or are planning to bolt the administration party. Some of them, on the other hand, will be silently campaigning for opposition candidates,” he said.

“These local officials don’t want to be casualties of the people’s dissatisfaction with the Arroyo administration,” he added.

Binay said the 2010 national election will be all about the track record of Mrs. Arroyo, which her anointed candidate has pledged to continue.

“When Mrs. Arroyo’s candidate says he will continue her programs, the people can only see six more years of hunger, poverty, human rights violations, and abuse of authority,” he said.

“The people have had enough of Mrs. Arroyo’s misrule, and they are definitely looking for national leaders who are the direct opposite of Mrs. Arroyo,” he added.

OPPOSITION PARTIES THAT COALESCE WITH LAKAS-KAMPI FACE REJECTION IN 2010; COALITION SHOULD BE AMONG OPPOSITION GROUPS – BINAY

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , on September 12, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
12 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said opposition parties that enter into a coalition with the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD run the risk of being called turncoats and could face rejection at the polls.

“Once a political party that identifies itself as opposition enters into a coalition with the Arroyo administration , that party becomes part of the administration,” he said.

“If we are to enter into a coalition, it should ideally be a coalition among opposition parties,” he added.

The opposition leader, who announced his decision to run for Vice President to pave the way to talks for a common opposition candidate, said the public’s dissatisfaction with the Arroyo administration will taint any opposition party that aligns itself with Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

“Because of her unpopularity and the widespread public dissatisfaction with her administration, Mrs. Arroyo’s endorsement will be the kiss of death for her anointed candidate, whether the candidate is from Lakas or from an opposition party,” he said.

“Mrs. Arroyo’s candidate will be identified with and will have no choice but to defend and justify Mrs. Arroyo’s failure to lift people from poverty and her scandalous mismanagement of government resources,” he said.

Binay said he remains optimistic that opposition parties can unite. All it would take, he said, is for party leaders to sit down without any preconditions.

“While there are those who say that opposition unity cannot be achieved at this point, I remain optimistic that we can still agree on commonalities. There are more things that unite us rather than divide us,” he said.

But regardless of the outcome of unity talks, it is clear that the 2010 election belongs to the opposition, he said.

“The public is looking for candidates who can offer a government that is the direct opposite of what we have now under Mrs. Arroyo. The opposition parties all agree that the people deserve better,” he said.

Mrs. Arroyo’s popularity ratings have been sliding in the last few years. A recent Pulse Asia survey said 43 percent of Filipinos distrust Mrs. Arroyo and disapprove of her performance.

Binay also cited results of surveys done by Social Weather Station (SWS) showing that hunger had quadrupled from five per cent in 2003 to 20 percent in June 2009.

Public dissatisfaction with the Arroyo administration’s failure in addressing hunger and corruption have been placed at -21 per cent in the August SWS survey, posting the highest dissatisfaction.

“Mrs. Arroyo’s declining popularity is the surveys is an accurate indicator of the people’s dissatisfaction over the unabated scandals and the sordid tales of abuse of power involving Mrs. Arroyo and her allies,” Binay said.

BINAY TO PALACE: PLUG SINKING SHIP FIRST, LEAVE OPPOSITION MATTERS TO OPPOSITION

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 4 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Instead of making sarcastic comments on every development involving the opposition, Malacanang should concentrate on finding a winnable and credible presidential candidate and stopping the defection of erstwhile supporters of Mrs. Arroyo to the opposition camp, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said.

“Malacanang appears to be in self-denial, as it continues to project Mrs. Arroyo’s Lakas-KAMPI as a force to reckon with when in fact it is already a sinking ship,” he said.

“Mrs. Arroyo’s party does not have a credible and winnable presidential candidate, and its members are already defecting. These are the problems they should work on, instead of making sarcastic comments on developments in the opposition, and engaging in black propaganda against leading oppositionists,” he said.

Malacanang spokesmen had described the spiritual retreat of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as political “gimmickry.” Politics is also seen as the motive behind recent moves to implicate former President Joseph Estrada in the murder of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver.

Members of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD party had warned that unless their party decides on a standard bearer, more members will be moving to parties identified with the opposition.

Binay noted that while Mrs. Arroyo earlier said Vice President Noli de Castro “would make a good president,” he continues to be silent about his plans, while the other identified administration presidential bets are tail-enders in credible surveys.

Earlier, Binay said he is willing to mediate unity talks among presidential candidates, starting with Estrada and Aquino III of the Liberal Party (LP).

“The emergence of Sen. Noynoy Aquino as the probable presidential candidate of the Liberal Party could result in political realignments and a likely coalition within the ranks of the opposition parties,” he said.

Binay said he would most likely talk to Aquino after his weekend spiritual retreat.