Isko Moreno – Phenomenal first few days in office

Newly installed Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is taking his city by storm and has the whole Philippines watching in awe. A massive clean up drive cleared streets formerly occupied by vendors and peddlers was just the first salvo. His every speech now contains pearls of wisdom that would transform Manila to its old glory. There are also bits and pieces of his vision to feed school children, install solar panels in city buildings, convert trash to energy and strengthen disaster preparedness.

With Moreno doing all of the talking, one now wonders why few Metro Manila top city executives are visible to the public with the possible exception of newbie Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig. Obviously Moreno comes as a breath of fresh air because in spite of the fact that on the national level President Duterte cleaned up Boracay and me-too projects like the Manila Bay and Pasig River clean ups had local government contributions, NCR mayors were, and still are, mum on massive projects with huge environmental impact.

Less than two weeks in office, Moreno is proving that change for the better can be achieved.


National – Duterte 80%, Local – QC Belmonte 65%, Manila Moreno 90%

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RECORD-HIGH. Halfway through his term, President Duterte gets a record-high satisfaction rating with 80% of Filipinos satisfied with his performance, based on the latest SWS survey.

New Mayors – Belmonte (65, worst), Moreno (90, best) and Sotto (80, good)

One week into office as mayors, Isko Moreno of Manila has shown tremendous political will and the ability to clear the streets of vendors and peddlers while Joy Belmonte of Quezon City is hounded by issues of being a turncoat (from YELLOW to a Duterte supporter), perpetuating a DYNASTY (at least 4 Belmontes currently elected in QC), NEPOTISM (appointing an in law and a cousin as top city officials) and lack of compassion (removing contract workers taken in during the past administration).

Quantitatively, Belmonte is given a 65 (with 75 as the passing grade) while Moreno gets a 90 (very good). Special mention goes to Vico Sotto of Pasig with a grade of 80 (good).


Tolentino seeks ’emergency powers’ for Duterte against traffic scourge

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Jul 10 2019

MANILA – An ally of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate filed a bill seeking to grant him emergency powers to address traffic congestion in the country.

Sen. Francis Tolentino described traffic jams as a “national emergency requiring urgent, immediate and sweeping solutions, for the general welfare of the Filipino people.”

Tolentino was head of the agency in charge of Metro Manila traffic for 6 years before serving as Duterte’s political adviser. He won a 6-year Senate term last May.

Under Tolentino’s measure, the transportation secretary will serve as the country’s traffic crisis czar, who will be under the direct control of the President.

The traffic czar will implement and complete projects under the government’s massive infrastructure program and deal with site and right-of-way acquisitions and procurement.

The czar will also be tasked to reform the transportation system and ensure that the the use of the country’s roads, bridges and infrastructure are maximized.

Under the proposal, the czar may also enter into direct contracting and alternative modes of procurement for priority infrastructure projects. It also suspends the protest mechanism provided under the procurement law.

The bill also seeks the creation of a Traffic Crisis Action and Mobilization Plan, which will lay down the duties of various agencies on traffic management, list priority projects, produce an integrated traffic management plan, rationalize the route of land, sea and air public transport, and clear sidewalks, among others.

Private roads, including those within villages and subdivisions, may also be opened for public use, according to the bill.

The bill also states that only the Supreme Court can issue halt orders on the acquisition of sites for infrastructure projects, execution of transportation projects, opening of private village gates, and termination of any transportation project.

The emergency powers granted to the President shall only last for two years from the effectivity of the measure. The bill also creates a congressional oversight committee on the implementation of the measure.

A 2017 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency said the Philippines loses P3.5 billion a day due to traffic and congestion in Metro Manila.

Grumblings in a Cayetano Speakership

Even before former Senator and now Congressman Alan Peter Cayetano has officially been elected as the next Speaker of the House, there are rumblings and grumblings against his endorsement by President Duterte for a term sharing mechanism with Representative Lord Velasco. The Presidential recommendation took many by surprise considering that the President had been shifting from a non-interference stand to a compromise term sharing position.

Party list Representative Mike Defensor apologized to Davao City Mayor Inday Sara for dragging her name in a text message encouraging congressmen to vote for the candidate of choice and not just be swayed by the Presidential endorsement.

Representative Mikee Romero is now in a dilemma as he has gathered about fifty party list representatives that are supportive of the Duterte Administration at the same time that they had already previously endorsed Representative Velasco. With the announcement of the Presidential choice for Speaker, Romero has only given a QUALIFIED SUPPORT for Cayetano.

ANALYSIS: It is clear that Cayetano does not have the numbers to win an honest to goodness election in the House of Representatives. If the pressure from the Palace is taken away and the representatives are given the free hand to choose among themselves on who their leader would be, it will not be Cayetano. Of course, it is not the 2019 election for House Speaker that is being examined here but rather how this race for House Speaker in 2019 will impact the 2022 Presidential elections. Alan Cayetano and Sara Duterte (technically not a representative but rather a city mayor with a regional political party and a lot of national clout) could gain influence or lose points depending on how they handle the situation that can propel either or both to the Presidency or Vice Presidency.


Defensor apologizes to Sara for ‘text’ urging rejection of Cayetano

Pathricia Ann V. Roxa, inquirer dot net

July 10, 2019

Defensor apologizes to Sara for ‘text’ urging rejection of Cayetano

PHOTO: Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor shows a text message from a neophyte House member from Davao, whom Defensor refused to name, to reporters on Tuesday, July 10, 2019. The text message claims Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has given him the go signal to inform lawmakers to reject Alan Peter Cayetano’s bid to become Speaker of the House of Representatives. (Photo by PATHRICIA ANN V. ROXAS / INQUIRER.net0

MANILA, Philippines — Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor has apologized to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for showing a text message supposedly stating that she was urging House members to reject President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement on the speakership.

On Tuesday night, Defensor showed reporters the text message which he said was sent by a neophyte congressman from Davao who was “very close” to the presidential daughter. But the Mayor later disowned the text message, branding it as “disinformation.”

The message reads: “Hi sir! I have the go signal of Mayor Inday to publish. ‘Kaya nanawagan siya ngayon sa lahat ng mga Congressmen na bumoto ayon sa kanilang kagustuhan dahil ang kanya ama ay na set-up lamang ng mga gahaman na gabinete na kaalyado ni Cayetano.’ – Mayor Inday.”

On Wednesday, Defensor denied saying that the text came from a congressman close to Sara. He said the mention of the congressman was referring to the meeting with the party-list coalition where two party-list congressmen discussed the Duterte Coalition’s continued fight despite Duterte’s endorsement of Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker. 

The lawmaker refused to name the congressman citing confidentiality of their discussion.

“I apologized to Mayor Inday Sara if I have in anyway offended her with my statement. I did not say it came from her or a congressman. In fact, I should not have shown it because reading it again it had Inday Sara’s name,” Defensor said in a statement.

“It was wrong of me to drag her name unfairly on this matter,” the party-list lawmaker added.

The Davao City Mayor also said it was Defensor who reached out to her through Atty. Charo Munsayac to “make last-minute requests for (Leyte) Rep. (Martin) Romualdez.” Defensor confirmed this. 

“I didn’t want to bother Atty. Charo, my lawyer and a good friend of the Mayor, as regards political concerns but the turn of events on the speakership fight has left me and many of my colleagues confused and nonplussed on the matter,” the congressman explained.ADVERTISEMENT

Defensor, who had been supporting Romualdez, on Tuesday, said the speakership issue was already decided, but “the reality is there are still movements.” (EditorKatherine G. Adraneda)

LP – PAGBALIMBING FORMALIZED, sumama na sa mayorya ng Kamara

Matapos ang mabigat na PAGKATALO ng Otso Diretso sa Inidoro sa nakalipas na halalan nitong 2019 na pinangunahan ni dating senador Mar Roxas at re-electionist senator Bam Aquino, tila nagbabago na ang ihip ng hangin sa hanay ng Partido Liberal. Maaalala na sa pagkapanalo ni Pangulong Duterte nuong 2016, nagumpisa na ang BALIMBINGAN ng mga kasapi at mga kakampi ng LP sa Senado, Kamara at sa mga lokal na pamahalaan. Yan ang dahilan kung bakit ang mga DILAWAN ay nagwagi nitong 2019 habang nakasakay sa hanay ng pamahalaan (Hugpong ng Pagbabago, PDP-Laban).

Tila nalagay sa alangnin o nakakatawa o sadyang pagkaipokrito lang na habang ang mga DILAWAN ay BUMALIMBING o sumanib sa mga koalisyon ng mga taga suporta ni Pangulong Duterte sa antas ng LGU at Kamara, ang mga kasapi at kaalyado naman nila sa Senado (Drilon, Pangilinan, De Lima at Hontiveros) ay patuloy sa pagtuligsa at pagbanat sa kasalukuyang administrasyon.

Sa politics, ang tawag dito ay DUAL TACTICS kung saan ang isang kamay ay inaabot para makipagkaibigan habang ang kabila naman ay gustong manampal o manuntok.

Maliwanag na OPORTUNISMO ang pakay ng mga 2019 LP sa Kamara sa PAGBALIMBING (gaya rin ng maraming 2016 LP sa Senado, Kamara at mga LGU). Gusto nila na makakuha pa ng boto sa mga mamamayan na lagpas 80% ay pro administration batay sa pinakahuling SWS survey. Bilang kasali sa mayorya sa House, umaasa sila na makakuha sila ng mga pwesto sa mga komite ng Kamara (higit na maraming kasapi ng majority coalition ang nabibigyan ng pwesto sa mga komite ng Kamara kaysa sa mapupunta sa minorya).

Hindi ba dapat na ang Liberal Party ay sumama sa oposisyon sa Kamara kung saan sila babagay. Malamang nakakakita na ang marami sa mga natitira pang mga kasapi ng Partido Liberal na kung hindi nila kaya umalis sa LP bilang mga indibidwal, mas mabuti pang sumama nalang ang House LP sa mayorya na nakahanay sa Pamahalaang Duterte upang makaakit pa ng mga boto mula sa mga botanteng kakampi sa kasalukuyang administrasyon. Isip ng mga LP sa Kamara na tuluyan na silang malalagas at mauubos gaya ng nangyayari sa Senado kung saan ang mga BUMALIMBING na sina Angara, Villar, Pimentel, at Poe na lahat ay kasama sa LP ticket o LP Senate Coalition ni dating Pangulong Aquino at nagwagi nuon ay lumipat sa Duterte Coalition at mga nagsipagpanalo (muli) habang sina Bam Aquino at Mar Roxas na nanatili sa LP ay natalo.


LP congressmen to join House majority: Erice


July 8, 2019

MANILA – Liberal Party (LP) members in the House of Representatives will join the House majority, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said Monday.

“Ang mayorya ng Liberal Party congressmen ay nag-usap na at ang desisyon ay maging kasapi kami ng mayorya, the majority. So we’ll be joining the majority. We’ll be in coalition with the other,” Erice told DZMM Teleradyo.

According to Erice, President Rodrigo Duterte made the right decision to formally endorse Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as House Speaker.

“Palagay ko tamang panahon na para wakasan ang paglalaban-laban ng mga aspirants,” Erice said.

The Liberal Party earlier said it will decide between Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco for the House speakership in the incoming 18th Congress.

Erice said they chose both aspirants because of Velasco’s “new ideas” and ability to communicate with young legislators and Romualdez’s leadership and experience.

The LP stalwart also said Cayetano and former House Speaker Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, who are also vying for the speakership, are “unpopular” in the ranks of the House.

Following the President’s endorsement, Erice said Duterte made the right choice since Cayetano is a “veteran” congressman.

“Beterano naman po si Speaker Alan. Beterano na, congressman for three terms, naging senador, so alam na alam niya ‘yung gagawin niya doon sa Kongreso,” Erice said.

Isko open to waste to energy tech in solving garbage woes


July 09, 2019

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is considering tapping waste to energy technology to help rid the city of garbage.

“I like the idea. It’s clean and gives power to the community,” he told ANC’s Headstart, saying he already talked to two proponents.

“But first things first, ayoko ng basura sa kalsada because this would generate more problems, sanitation…so ‘yun muna kasi this can be planned,” he added.

On his first day of office, 20 truckloads of garbages were removed from what he called the new Smokey Mountain located in Liwasang Bonifacio.

He also warned two garbage contractors in Manila that he is watching them.

“Pag igihan ninyo. Never ever sabotage this administration. I will recognize and respect a valid contract but violation of provisions of it that affects the general welfare of our citizens, hahabulin ko kayo,” he said.

Meanwhile, the new city mayor thanked the Department of Public Works and Highways for helping improve pipes around the city to reduce flooding especially during the rainy season.

“But Manila geographically speaking, is below sea level so maaring magkaroon pa rin ng baha. Ang pangarap ko, pag tigil ng ulan, dapat humupa na,” he said.

— ANC Headstart 9 July 2019

Alan Cayetano is House speaker, ‘15-21’ term sharing with Velasco

Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star)
July 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has spoken. It’s Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano that he wants to sit as speaker of the House of Representatives at the opening of the 18th Congress on July 22.

After weeks of trying to keep his hands off the issue, Duterte announced his choice last night before a gathering of newly appointed officials at Malacañang.

His announcement ended weeks of wrangling among his Congress allies over who should occupy the top House seat and blaze the trail for his legislative agenda.

While Duterte’s choice of Cayetano will still be subjected to a House vote on July 22, a presidential endorsement traditionally goes unchallenged in a chamber dominated by supporters.

“Your speaker will be Alan Peter Cayetano. He shares the term with Lord Velasco,” said Duterte, referring to Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

“We thank him for the announcement that he has made. We want the House to be the Congress of the people,” Cayetano said, referring to Duterte. “Good governance will always come first.”

Earlier, Cayetano claimed agreeing to serve as speaker for 15 months and be succeeded by Velasco for 21 months. Cayetano belongs to the Nacionalista Party while Velasco had the endorsement of the President’s own party, PDP-Laban.

Duterte said he had tried to distance himself from the speakership row but felt he had to intervene as the issue dragged on.

He said he wants another ally and contender for the speakership post, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, to be the next majority leader.

“I tried to distance myself from the… But apparently I said it’s time that I talk. So ganun ho ang ano – that’s the setup,” the President said after emerging from a meeting with the three contenders at Malacañang.

The Chief Executive lamented that the issue has created “so much uncertainty.”

“Velasco, kung buhay pa siya (if he is still alive),” would take over the speaker post after an agreed period, Duterte said.

Work on Cha-cha now

In remarks at the oath-taking of new officials, Duterte also directed his allies to speed up efforts to change the Constitution – before he ends his six-year term.

“If you want to change the Constitution, do it now habang buhay pa ako (while I’m still alive),” Duterte said.

Come July 22, the President is expected to get his wish without having to worry about a possible leadership coup like the one initiated by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio that resulted in the ouster of Pantaleon Alvarez as speaker and his replacement by Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Cayetano’s Nacionalista Party is led by former Senate president and Vistaland Group chairman Manuel Villar.

Sara’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago had endorsed the speakership bid of Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab. Presidential son Davao Rep. Paolo Duterte had initially declared his intention to join the fray but was prevailed upon by his father to withdraw.

PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III welcomed the development even if the party had proposed a different term sharing scheme to President Duterte. Pimentel described Duterte’s term sharing as a “good proposal.”

“We made our own term sharing proposal in order to resolve the issue of House speaker. But if the President himself has resolved the issue, then great!” the senator told reporters.

He did not reveal the party’s term-sharing proposal but presumably it had Velasco getting the first term.

Party spokesman Ronwald Munsayac said the party leadership would have a meeting to discuss the latest development.

“But offhand, we fully respect the decision and wisdom of our party chairman, President Duterte. The PDP-Laban is still the majority party in Congress and will rigorously push for the legislative agenda of the Duterte administration,” he said.

Presidential spokesman and chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said the President had to break the impasse among his allies to preserve unity.

“Since the election of the speaker has resulted in a bitter and fractious rivalry that threatens the break-up of political allies, the President, to save the unity of the alliance and avert its fragmentation, obliged to the request of the three candidates,” Panelo said last night.

He said the three candidates for speakership “agree(d) to respect the choice of PRRD,” referring to Duterte by his presidential initials.

“It’s Alan Cayetano as the speaker in the first 15 months, then the next 21 months, the speaker will be Lord Allan Velasco, with Martin Romualdez as the majority floor leader,” Panelo said.

Panelo said the three lawmakers had sought the assistance of the President in resolving the speakership issue. – With Edith Regalado, Delon Porcalla


National – Duterte 80%, Local – QC Belmonte 65%, Manila Moreno 90%

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RECORD-HIGH. Halfway through his term, President Duterte gets a record-high satisfaction rating with 80% of Filipinos satisfied with his performance, based on the latest SWS survey.

New Mayors – Belmonte (65, worst), Moreno (90, best) and Sotto (80, good)

One week into office as mayors, Isko Moreno of Manila has shown tremendous political will and the ability to clear the streets of vendors and peddlers while Joy Belmonte of Quezon City is hounded by issues of being a turncoat (from YELLOW to a Duterte supporter), perpetuating a DYNASTY (at least 4 Belmontes currently elected in QC), NEPOTISM (appointing an in law and a cousin as top city officials) and lack of compassion (removing contract workers taken in during the past administration).

Quantitatively, Belmonte is given a 65 (with 75 as the passing grade) while Moreno gets a 90 (very good). Special mention goes to Vico Sotto of Pasig with a grade of 80 (good).