35 party-list nominees proclaimed

May 31, 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed on Monday 35 nominees from party-list groups, filling in more than half of the 57 seats available to them in the House of Representatives.

The new sectoral representatives belong to 28 organizations, 16 of which have served in Congress; 12 are first-time winners.

Among the groups that led the tally of the Comelec, 11 groups have not yet been proclaimed due to pending cases or appeals on their disqualification.

Based on the 90% of the tallied votes, a party-list group needs at least 549,568 votes to win a seat.

Seven groups will get 2 seats each. They are:

1. Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc. (Senior Citizens), elderly

· Incumbent Senior Citizens Rep. Godofredo Arquiza

· David Kho-member of the board of mining exploration company Geograce Resources Philippines

2. Akbayan Citizens Action Party (Akbayan), multi-sectoral

· University professor and incumbent Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello

· Arlene Bag-ao-Executive trustee of the Mindanao-based law group BALAOD

3. Gabriela Women’s Party (Gabriela) , women rights

· Incumbent Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan

· Former Gabriela secretary-general Emerenciana de Jesus

4. Cooperative NATTCO Network Party (COOP-NATTCO), cooperatives

· Former National Confederation of Cooperatives chair and incumbent COOP-NATTCO Rep. Jose Ping-ay

· Incumbent COOP-NATTCO Rep, Cresente Paez

5. Bayan Muna, political party

· Incumbent Bayan Muna Rep.Teodoro Casiño

· Incumbent Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares

6. Abono, agri-based sector

· Incumbent Abono Rep. Robert Raymund Estrella

· Incumbent Abono Rep. Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III

7. Anwaray, regional political party

· Incumbent AnWaray Rep. Florencio Noel

· Incumbent AnWaray Rep. Neil Benedict Montejo.

The party-list groups that are entitled to 1 seat each are:

1. Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP), agri-based

· Acting chair of Audacious Services and incumbent AGAP Rep. Nicanor Briones

2. Alliance for Baranggay Concerns (ABC), baranggay development

· Leyte baranggay chairman Arnulfo Molero

3. Anakpawis (AP), multi-sectoral

· Incumbent AP Rep. Rafael V. Mariano

4. Kabataan Partylist (Kabataan), youth

· Incumbent Kabataan Rep. Raymond V. Palatino

5. Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN), regional group

· Former Ifugao governor and congressman Romulo B. Lumauig

6. Act Teachers, educators

· Act Teacher national chair Antonio Tinio

7. You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP), anti-corruption and anti-poverty

· Businesswoman and YACAP founding president Carol Jayne Lopez

8. Kasangga Sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (Ang Kasangga), microentrepreneurs

· Teodorico Haresco

9. Bagong Henerasyon (BH), multi-sectoral group

· Quezon City 1st District Councilor Bernadette Herrera-Dy

10. Ang Galing Pinoy (AG), multi-sectoral group

· Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo, son of President Gloria Arroyo

11. Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano (Agbiag), regional political party

· Former Cagayan 1st district Rep. Patricio Antonio

12. Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA), athletes

· Mark Aeron H. Sambar

13. Arts, Business, and Science Professionals (ABS), professionals

· Incumbent Catalina G. Leonen-Pizarro

14. Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), labor

· Raymond Democrito Mendoza, former Philippine National Oil Company board member and son of TUCP president Democrito Mendoza

15. Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para Mamamayan (Agham), science and technology

· Radio reporter Angelo B. Palmones

16. Democratic Independent Workers’ Association, Inc. (DIWA), labor

· Emmeline D. Aglipay, former student council president at De La Salle University

17 . Kapatiran ng mga Nakakulong na Walang Sala (Kakusa), penal system

· Incumbent Rep. Ranulfo Canonigo

18. Kalinga Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (Kalinga), anti-poverty

· Abigail Faye Ferriol-daughter of Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ bishop Arturo Ferriol

19. Alagad party-list (Alagad), urban poor

· Incumbent Rep. Rodante D. Marcoleta

20. Ang Pamilya (1-Pamilya), multi-sectoral group

· Department of Agrarian Reform Senior Agrarian Reform Officer Reena Concepcion Obillo

21. Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE), educators

· Eulogio R. Magsaysay

The party-list groups that have garnered enough votes for a seat each, but which have yet to be proclaimed pending disqualification cases are:

AkoBicol Political Party
Buhay Hayaan Yumabong
1-Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy

Citizens Battle Against Corruption
LPG Marketers Association, Inc.
Ang Asosasyon San Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma, Inc.

Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives
Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy
1-United Transport Koalisyon

Advocacy for Teacher Through Action
Cooperation, and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms
Butil Farmers Party.

Of the groups being questioned, 7 have held seats in the 14th Congress. They are: Buhay, Cibac, APEC, ANAD, 1-UTAK, Butil, and A- Teacher.

Most of the groups whose proclamation was postponed had been accused of having been created by the Arroyo administration to ensure her having allies in the House and secure the speakership.

Poll watchdog Kontra Daya had released a list of administration-backed groups early this year, most of them either have alleged ties with the president or had been included in a memorandum circular allegedly issued by Malacañang that hopes to fund the campaign of the Arroyo-linked party-list groups.

Among the proclaimed groups, 9 are in Kontra Daya’s list: Coop-Nattco; Abono; YACAP; Agbiag; Kakusa; AVE; TUCP; Ang Kasangga

Among the most controversial is Ang Galing Pinoy, which has the President Arroyo’s son Juan Miguel as top nominee. Juan Miguel, a former congressman of Pampanga, gave way to his mother in the district race this year.

Frontrunner AKB faces 2 cases alleging that it failed to observe the party-list guideline that only allows the marginalized and underrepresented sectors to participate.

AKB led the rest of the 187 groups by about 1.4 million votes or more than 5% of the partial tally of the the National Board of Canvassers. If proclaimed, AKB may send 3 representatives in the House.

Militant group Bayan Bicol accused the AKB of being funded by the companies of its chairman and business mogul Elizaldy Co. Although it identifies Co as one of its supporters, AKB president Rodel Batocabe said in an official statement, that AKB is not a sectoral party, but a regional party representing Bicolanos.

Another appeal questions Buhay party-list accreditation since its nominees are related to the El Shaddai Charismatic Catholic Movement. It has in its line of nominees, El Shaddai leader’s son Mariano Michael who would likely obtain a seat in the House. Buhay had been active in the party-list election since 2001.

Danny Lim released on bail

May 31, 2010

Former Philippine Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, who is still facing charges in civilian and military courts, has been granted temporary liberty after posting bail on Monday.

This was after the Armed Forces’ chief approved his request that he be placed under the custody of another military officer.

The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, where Lim is facing rebellion charges, issued the release order after Lim posted bail Monday afternoon.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit also approved the grant of temporary liberty to Lim, paving the way for his provisional release.

Lim was ordered placed under the custody Brig. Gen. Reynaldo Ordoñez, AFP Philippine Defense Reform office chief.

Lim was released 5:35 p.m. from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City after proper custodial procedures and medical examination were conducted.

Lim was under detention for more than 4 years

Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos, AFP public affairs office chief, said Lim asked Bangit, through a letter, that he be given temporary liberty and placed under the custody of Ordoñez.

Bangit reportedly approved the request through a memorandum, on condition that Lim would still face charges filed against him in military courts.

Lim entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and would have been batch mates of Bangit and Ordoñez in PMA Class ’78. But Lim was sent to the US Military Academy in West Point in New York where he graduated.

Lim was deemed resigned from active military service when he filed late 2009 his certificate of candidacy for senator in the May 2010 elections.

Lim ran as an independent candidate, but was adopted as a guest candidate by the camps of president-apparent Benigno Aquino III of the Liberal Party and former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Lim, however, did not make it to the top 12 senatorial candidates.

Lim, however, still faces a charge of violation of Article 67 [mutiny] of the Articles of War in relation to a supposed plan to grab power last February 2006. His co-accused in the 2006 case include former Marine commandant Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda and former Marine Col. Ariel Querubin.

Lim is also charged with violation of Articles of War 63 (disrespect to the President), 96 (conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman), 97 (conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline), and 70 (escape from confinement).

The charges are in connection with the November 2007 incident in Makati City where he and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of a court hearing on the coup d’etat charges against Trillanes and other detained members of the Magdalo group.

They marched and holed up in The Peninsula Manila Hotel with some civilian supporters. Lim, during the standoff, read a statement withdrawing support from President Arroyo. Lim, Trillanes and their followers later surrendered to the police and military after the failed military adventure.

Lim is also facing a rebellion charge before a Makati RTC Branch 150 in connection with the November 2007 standoff. Lim and his co-accused in the case had been allowed to post bail as early February.

Erap, Binay lead in 4th day of canvassing

May 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of President Joseph Estrada and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay were ahead in the 4th day of canvassing of votes for president and vice-president.

Based on 140 Certificates of Canvass (COCs) counted by Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), Estrada received 234,474 votes.

Binay received 307,537 votes.

The votes from La Union province and Ilocos, the first electronically transmitted results to be canvassed, allowed Estrada and Binay to take the lead from Liberal Party candidates Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Roxas II.

The Liberal Party tandem was ahead in the first three days of canvassing based on local and overseas absentee voting.

Aquino got 205,967 votes while Roxas got 232,986 votes.

The NBoC canvassed on Monday the results from La Union, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Ilocos Norte.

The results from Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, and Siquijor were deferred to due alleged discrepancies.

Zanjoe Marudo faces break-up issue

May 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Zanjoe Marudo has opened up about his recent break-up with Mariel Rodriguez.

In an interview with “The Buzz,” Marudo reiterated Rodriguez’s statement that they remain friends after their split.

“Wala naman akong plano talagang mawala kami o ‘yong mapunta ako sa iba [at] mapunta siya sa iba,” Marudo said.

Marudo declined to divulge the circumstances behind their break-up so as not to fuel speculations.

“Kasi kapag once na marami pa tayong kinuwento, marami pa tayong ipinaliwanag, mas hahaba pa nang hahaba,” he said. “Ito nga pinipilit namin sa amin na lang ito. May mga nadadamay kasi at naiiba-iba na ‘yong ispekulasyon ng tao.”

Rodriguez has clarified that there was no third party involved in the split.

She already denied rumors that Robin Padilla, who became a guest co-host of “Wowowee,” is courting her. She also said there was no truth to rumor that Marudo is dating actress Cristine Reyes, the actor’s next leading lady in a television program.

Toni Gonzaga replacing Kris Aquino on ‘The Buzz?’

May 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Is the management of ABS-CBN eyeing Toni Gonzaga to be Kris Aquino’s replacement on “The Buzz?”

When ABS-CBN.com caught up with Gonzaga at the PMPC’s Stars for A Cause last May 28, she stressed that nothing’s final yet.

“Ayokong magsalita right now…. When it’s all final, tsaka ko puwedeng sabihin. Pero ‘yong SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon, Aquino’s other celebrity talk show), wala, sa tingin ko hindi [ako ang papalit doon],” she said.

Will she leave celebrity show “Entertainment Live” if the management of ABS-CBN picks her to be Aquino’s replacement?

“’E-live’ will go on and maraming mangyayari in the coming days,” she said.

Gonzaga confirmed though that Aquino talked to her and fellow hosts Mariel Rodriguez and Bianca Gonzalez even before she made the decision to leave “The Buzz” and “SNN.”

Gonzaga, Rodriguez and Gonzalez temporarily replaced Aquino on SNN when the youngest sister of president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III went on leave to campaign for him full time.

“She told me something very personal and I don’t want to share it right now. Basta one thing that I always say and I will never get tired of saying this—I will always admire what she did for her family. Kaya niyang i-give up ‘yong isang bagay na mahal na mahal niya alang-alang sa pamilya niya,” Gonzaga said.

Gonzaga also noted that no one could replace the queen of all media, saying Aquino’s talent and achievements as a host are simply incomparable.

“It’s a big responsibility for me. I’ve said it so many times, walang pwedeng pumalit kay Ate Kris. What Ate Kris did for ‘The Buzz,’ her contribution, walang pwedeng pumalit noon. Kung sino man ang pu-puwesto at lulugar sa ‘The Buzz,’ siguro she can only be herself and contribute something. Pero hindi niya kayang palitan si Ate Kris,” she said.

Noynoy eyes Boy Abunda as tourism secretary

May 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is eyeing celebrity talk show host Boy Abunda, a close friend of his family, to head the Department of Tourism (DoT).

Aquino took note of “The Buzz” host’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the audience.

“He is an icon in the country, and more so for his ability to communicate, to understand the audience and to be able to propound and advance a particular set of ideas,” Aquino said.

When sought for reaction, Abunda said although he is grateful to be considered, he is not “inclined to accept it.”

He noted that joining the government would mean him quitting show business. He admitted that he is not yet prepared to leave the entertainment industry.

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now… giving him advice — devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” Abunda said.

Abunda, also a talent manager, used to be a supporter of losing presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. He even appeared in many of the senator’s television advertisements.

When Aquino, however, announced his presidential bid, Abunda immediately expressed his support for Kris Aquino’s older brother

Mariel Rodriguez, Zanjoe Marudo call it quits

May 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Mariel Rodriguez was in the “Entertainment Live” hot seat on May 29 when she finally admitted that she and Zanjoe Marudo are no longer a couple.

According to Rodriguez, their relationship started to get rocky after their Asian cruise last April. “Originally kasi I didn’t want to talk kasi feeling ko na once na pag-usapan sa TV feeling ko final na talaga ‘yun, so as much as possible we were keeping it on the down low, as much as possible walang may alam na may pinagdadaanan ng relationship namin.”

Since both Rodriguez and Marudo are not vocal about the status of their relationship, different speculations about the break-up have surfaced.

The most recent theory is “Wowowee” guest host Robin Padilla’s “extra-closeness” to Rodriguez during his stint on the afternoon show. Rodriguez, however, denied this.

“Yun ang pinakakinaka-sad ko, yung third party speculations, because number one sobrang unfair for Mr. Robin Padilla na madawit siya dito kasi to begin with ‘yung thing na pinagdadaanan namin ni Zanjoe was after the cruise, he (Robin) came in two weeks ago so bago lang yun.”

Rodriguez said she respects Padilla. She added that she is thankful to the actor for hosting “Wowowee” for two weeks and for being such a gentleman to all of the co-hosts and the members of the staff.

“Robin had an interview with dzMM and he said na yung ‘feelings’ [niya] nasa apat ng sulok lang ng studio. In fairness to Binoy, he was such a gentleman, even though he did not have to apologize, nag-apologize siya, sabi niya, ‘Sorry kung meron akong natatapakan o whatever.’ Hindi naman siya nanliligaw, sobra niyang mabait, na-aappreciate ko lang yung sincerity niya sa Wowowee, lagi akong nagtha-thank you sa kanya kasi he saved us. Sobra akong grateful na tinanggap nya yung Wowowee. I will forever be grateful. Naka one million na akong thank you sa kanya,” he said.

Rodriguez emphasized that there were no third party involved.

“Seriously, there is no third party whatsoever. Akala ko nga ang madadawit ay si Cristine Reyes kasi meron silang Kristine Series sa Precious Hearts. [Sabi ko], ‘Naku kawawa naman si AA (how she calls Cristine), I am sure siya na naman ang pag-iinitan ng mga tao na dahilan.’ Hindi po si Cristine, hindi po si Robin, hindi po sinuman dahil wala pong third party.”

Another speculation is that Marudo decided to prioritize his work over their relationship since he is his family’s breadwinner.

“Sa part na iyon I admire him kasi hindi naman lahat ibibigay for their family, siya ibibigay niya lahat for his family, kaya okay lang [sa akin]. To be able to give your best for your family, you have to focus on your career.”

Rodriguez said she and Marudo are still good friends and still communicate with and support each other.

“Hindi naman mawawala yun, as a matter of fact meron siyang Z-Cup (golf tournament spearheaded by Marudo), magpupunta ako dun. Kasi hindi naman kami ‘hindi okay,’ hindi naman kami magkaaway, we are friends, we still text each other,” she said.

“We can watch a movie, we can do whatever, it wasn’t bad na parang may galit sa isa’t isa, nothing like that. Never akong nagpakita ng bahid ng kalungkutan lalo na sa work. Okay lang naman kasi talaga yung state namin ngayon, we are friends. [We can still talk about] anything under the sun, I can say na isa pa rin siya sa mga close sa akin talaga,” she added.

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