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PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?

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Reply #105 on: Aug 24, 2013, 10:14 PM
Pork barrel stays in 2014 budget, says Abad

MANILA, Philipines—President Benigno Aquino’s decision to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) will not immediately result in the scrapping of the pork barrel allocations for members of Congress  in the proposed P2.268-trillion national budget for next year.


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Reply #106 on: Aug 25, 2013, 01:33 AM
^This is going to be a long drawn battle, isn't it? How come nobody seems to consider this as a factor in how our market will move in the coming weeks? #Prez made the live telecast about lunchbreak last Friday

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Reply #107 on: Aug 25, 2013, 06:45 AM
^This is going to be a long drawn battle, isn't it? How come nobody seems to consider this as a factor in how our market will move in the coming weeks? #Prez made the live telecast about lunchbreak last Friday

Maybe we are caught off guard regarding this PDAF issue. If Pnoy doesnt know how to handle this .. in the coming days we will see the short term effects in our Market.

Here's another corruption issue from an international source.

@2:10 Karen Hudes (former employee of World Bank) says: " another case, I was reporting corruption in The Philippines. NINE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS (US$900,000,000.00) worth of money that should have gone to fight poverty in The Philippines instead went to a corrupt man, LUCIO TAN, who was in default of his loans. (The) Philippine National Bank went into default....."

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Reply #108 on: Aug 25, 2013, 11:10 AM
Ang Porky or PDAF hindi naman mawawala yan dahil sa Budget kuno. Ang kailangan dito FOI at Open sa transaction kung sino kukuha nung Budget at saan gagamitin. Daily mag lagay sila sa TV ng update ng Projects at Gastusin or sa mga Website nila. Itemize nila at walang pabor pabor kung allies or opposition as long na welfare ng Tao. Pero trabaho ng Executive kasi yan mga Projects, and mga legislators ay iba naman.


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Reply #109 on: Aug 25, 2013, 06:56 PM

Netizens pig out on new names for pork: Holdaf, Nacaw, Badaf, Cupit etc.

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MANILA, Philippines—Rage and LOL—that is, laugh out loud.

If the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is to be renamed, what should it be called?

Never short of ideas, a number of Internet users yesterday proposed new names for the controversial “pork barrel” fund.

Former journalist Carlos Conde, who uses the name @carloshconde, suggested it be called  Holistic Lawmaking for Development of All Filipinos (Holdaf).

“National Account for Countrywide Administrative Welfare,” or Nacaw, Twitter user @SamYunono said.

Why not just simply Napoles—after the fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged “mother” of the scam?

Netizen @corazonangeles said Napoles  stands for “National Assistance Program of Lawmakers Engaged in Swindling.

Or why not Badaf—meaning, Benigno Aquino Development Assistance Fund? That was the text message that circulated after President Aquino yesterday said he favored  abolishing the PDAF.

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Reply #110 on: Aug 25, 2013, 09:55 PM
as expected...

malaki ang saklaw ng pork barrel issue ...

Pork barrel scam goes unabated under Aquino regime


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Reply #111 on: Aug 25, 2013, 10:02 PM
eto pa.. from BizBuzz of inquirer..


Paranoid on pork
Amid the ongoing “pork barrel” controversy—and today’s (Monday) massive protest action in Rizal Park—some quarters in the Aquino administration remain deeply suspicious about the roots of the public outcry.
While initial suspicion fell on the Liberal Party as the hidden hand behind the pork barrel scam exposé (especially since many of the implicated lawmakers came from the minority), some Aquino administration officials believe that the growing flames of the public’s indignation are actually being fanned by the opposition.

pwedeng inggitan blues mga pulitiko dahil mas malaki mapupunta sa mga LP's kumpara sa mga hindi ka-alyado..


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Reply #112 on: Aug 25, 2013, 11:26 PM
The bottom line is PORK BARREL is used to influence other politicians to vote for the bill that only favours the very few.

If PORK BARREL be removed, we Filipinos will have a better chance of being heard by the lawmakers.

If its removed, FUNDINGS will be more efficient compare to current state and BILLS will also improved in terms of effectivity, definitely will NOT be perfect but it will SURELY improved and ECONOMY will benefit.


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Reply #113 on: Aug 26, 2013, 12:44 AM
I hope not... mukang it will only just be renamed...hayyyzzz....

I hope if they remove it, reformat agad...wag lang sa recycle bin....


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Reply #114 on: Aug 26, 2013, 03:53 AM
Hope many of us can join in today's National Anti-PDAF protest! It's about time PNoy really listen to his BOSS...Us, the Filipino People!



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Reply #115 on: Aug 26, 2013, 09:10 AM
Mark these names-- they should have a permanent place in the Philippine Hall of Shame. If they (and their ilk)  have any sense of propriety left, they should resign.

7 Napoles conduits named in NBI affidavits
Whistle-blowers say staff signed for solons

By Nancy C. Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Senior staff members of four senators and a staff member of a congressman served as conduits for channeling funds to Janet Lim-Napoles, according to the whistle-blowers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

In affidavits submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the racket allegedly masterminded by Napoles, the whistle-blowers identified the conduits as Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Gonzales-Reyes, chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile; Jose Antonio Evangelista, Enrile’s deputy chief of staff; Pauline Labayen, deputy chief of staff of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada; Richard Cambe, chief political adviser to Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.; Jen Corpuz, a member of the staff of Sen. Vicente Sotto III; and Lourd Dexter D. Manalo, chief of staff of former Rep. Conrado Estrella.

The whistle-blowers also named Ruby Tuason, former social secretary of former President Joseph Estrada, now mayor of Manila, as Napoles’ conduit in the offices of Enrile and Senator Estrada.

They also named a certain Mae Catherine Santos as Napoles’ connection to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sen. Loren Legarda.

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Reply #116 on: Aug 27, 2013, 09:49 AM
Can Binay explain his wealth?

 In less than a decade, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, former chair of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and former mayor of Makati, accumulated at least P80 million worth of real estate properties in Makati and Batangas, which he kept undeclared, our investigation shows. The amount excludes P12 million in declared investments, as well as other businesses that he and his friends reportedly control through dummy corporations.

 After serving as mayor for 12 years, Binay now owns a 66-hectare farm in Rosario, Batangas—estimated to be almost double the size of the Ayala commercial center in Makati—according to our investigation. Based on conservative estimates of the land value alone, the property—excluding improvements—is worth about P23 million.

 In addition, Binay and his wife, Elenita, current Makati mayor, also own at least two Hidalgo condominium units, located inside the posh Rockwell Center in Makati. A 208-squae meter unit in Rockwell, like the ones occupied by each of the two Binay daughters, costs around P28 million.

 The three properties alone, worth at least P79 million, were never declared in the couple’s statement of assets and liabilities.

 This is in violation of RA 6713, which mandates all officials to file every year the acquisition cost and the assessed and fair market values of their real property. They are also required by law to list other personal property, investments, cash on hand or in banks, financial liabilities, and their business interests and connections.

 Violation of the law carries certain penalties—a P5,000-fine and disqualification from public office. Unfortunately, officials take the law lightly as none of them have been put behind bars for their transgressions. Former President Joseph Estrada himself was previously caught committing the same mistake.

 We interviewed at least 15 contractors, former employees and farm hands, sources privy to transactions, and local residents who saw Binay inspect the properties, and who all confirmed his ownership of these properties. Without these testimonies it would be difficult to trace ownership to him because documents, if they are available at all, do not link him or his family members to the properties.

 Appointed MMDA chair in 1998 and replaced early this year after the Edsa 2 uprising, Jojo Binay want s to go back to City Hall. Perhaps the most popular politician among Makati City’s poor who constitute the majority of the city’s voters, he is the neutral target of political opponents.

Makati’s coffee shops are bursting with stories about Binay’s alleged unexplained wealth which he supposedly acquired during his consecutive three terms as mayor from 1988 to 1998 (he served as OIC mayor in 1986 until the 1988 local elections)

 And he has a lot of explaining to do, considering that as mayor, Binay received a monthly P32,000 salary and as MMDA chairman, he received P46,000. Elenita received the same salary as mayor.

“These charges are a rehash of old election issues,” says Binay in a written response to questions, brushing aside the allegations of misdeed.

 In a city where there is an accumulation of tremendous wealth, it is said that Binay himself had amassed riches by tolerating the collusion between the city’s building contractors and permits officials. It is common knowledge in Makati that permits that City Hall gives to builders of condominiums sometimes come with a hefty, under-the-table price.

 The local opposition says they have the goods on the former mayor. In fact, it spent a hefty sum on recent paid ads in the Inquirer that alluded to Binay’s posh residences in and out of Makati City.

 But the tough-talking, sometimes brusque Jojo Binay is unfazed. He says he does “not feel alluded” in the ads anyway.

Landed Family

 Two hours away from Makati City, in the agricultural town of Rosario in Batangas, a sprawling, modern, 66-hectrae farm is owned by the Binays of Makati. A conservative estimate of the land’s worth is put at P23 million, excluding the improvements made in recent years such as the construction of two huge houses, a piggery, orchidarium, a cock farm; and the paving of a hilly road that would connect the farm to other areas in the town.

The Binays acquired the first chunk of the land—16.6 hectares—in 1991. Former farm hands recalled having started working there in 1993, disclosing that they saw the former mayor there almost every week at the time.

But the couple never declared this in their Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SAL) of 1996, 1997 and 1999, which Newsbreak obtained. The Office of the Ombudsman did not have a copy of his 1998 SAL. The Binay couple is scheduled to file their new SAL next month, as mandated by law.

 As of December 1999, the couple declared a net worth of only P20.06 million. In the same period, they declared P12.24 million in business investments-without identifying which these are. In fact, the Binays said their real properties are worth only P3,183,445 as of December 1999.

The only real estate property that the Binays declared as acquisitions since Jojo Binay became mayor in 1998 was a residential property in Alfonse, Cavite. Acquired in 1994, its fair market value as of 1999 was pegged at P59,580. The couple, however, declared in their 1999 SAL that they spent P3 million in improving the Cavite residence.

The other real assets declared by the couple in their most recent SAL were either inherited, purchased or mortgaged to them before they dabbled in public service. Two of these properties were inherited—one in 1951, in Cabagan, Isabela; and the other, with an unspecified date, in San Pascual, Batangas. Three were purchased—Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa (1964); Mariveles in Bataan (1965); and San Antonio Village in Makati (1977).

Of the eight declared properties, three are classified as agricultural while five are residential. The residential properties include the ones in Cavite; Makati; Muntinlupa; San Pedro (acquired in 1964) and Calamba (1984), Laguna. The Bataan, Isabela, and Batangas properties are agricultural.

Their 1999 SAL does not say when the San Pascual, Batangas property was inherited.

San Pascual is in the second district of Batangas, very near Batuan, where Binay’s father was born (Binay’s mother comes from Isabela, which should explain his Isabela property.

 Rosario, BatangasAlong the main road of Barangay San Roque in the Rosario town proer, a huge blue-and-white sign sits in front of heaps of huge fruit baskets. It says: “Jobin B. Mango Station.”

A caretaker of the Jobin B. Mango Station, an old man, refused to answer queries about his benefactor. The most he could say was that “taga-Maynila ang kapitalista (the capitalist is from Metro Manila).” At harvest time in June, he said, they bring the mangoes to business establishments in Binondo. This is the first time workers will harvest from the capitalist’s mango farm, whose location the caretaker gestures to be far-flung—he acquired in only recently.

Three barangays away, nearly a hundred mango trees line the mountainous expanse of greens and dirt roads. “Kabibili lang niya ng manggahang iyan (He has just bought that mango farm),” said a farmer-resident of Barangay Maligaya. By “he” the farmer meant, “si Binay, iyong mayor ng Makati (Binay, the mayor of Makati).”
Barangay Maligaya is just one of three barangays that Binay’s farm traverses. The other two are Mayuro and Bayawang.

The Newsbreak team saw that within the same property is a sprawling farm known in the area as Binay’s property. The undeclared property is in the fourth district of Batangas. Although Binay traces his father’s roots to Bauan town, and inherited from his uncle a feed mill in the farther town of San Pascual, he acquired the Rosario land only in 1991. He bought the first 16.6 hectares from a certain Donato Almeda, a brother of the Makati assistant city treasurer who resigned his job two years before the sale.

Through Renato Comla, one of his security aides who hailed from Rosario, Binay learned about the parcels of land which were up for sale around his property, according to a relative of Comla himself.

Binay expanded the land over the years by buying out neighboring farms. Former employees in the farm and residents of the barangays also told Newsbreak that among those who sold their properties to Binay for about P35 per square meter were the Patulays, the Goyenas, the De Toresses, the Quezons, and the Aldays. Except for the Patulays, none of these families are natives of Batangas.

Comla’s relative recalled that it was Comla himself who recruited farmers, including some of his other relatives from the surrounding barangays, to work in Binay’s farm.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, Binay’s former farm hands complained that each time Binay bought the parcels of land, these would be put under their names and they would be made to sign documents to that effect. Binay got all the documents, however, they said, depriving them of the right to pursue their claims. The agrarian reform law bars a landowner from owning five hectares of agricultural land. Beyond that, he or she must distribute the land to his workers.

By 1993, Binay had already acquired 38 hectares of land in the area. It was also then that he started his own hog raising business with 60 pigs.

 The following year, Binay decided to build honest-to-goodness structures in the farm, which required him to secure a building permit from the municipal government. At the time, the “owners” of his properties—farmworkers, actually—were no longer employed in his farm and therefore refused to sign any documents that facilitate the release of the permit.

“Pineke nila ang pirma namin. Tuwing kailangan, ‘yon ang ginawa nila,” said one of those formerly assigned to the piggery. “May kakutsaba sila sa munisipyo.” (Binay’s aides just forged our signatures. Every time these were needed, they would just forge them. Somebody in the municipal hall connives with them.)

 A Manila-based source, one of those who sold his property to Binay, in fact, warned that the moment inquiries about the property are made in the assessor’s office in Rosario, Binay is immediately tipped off.

The vacation house inside the farm, which according to a farm insider, is “being patterned after the Palace in the Sky” project of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, rose simultaneously with spacious pens to house about 10,000 hogs, an expansive orchidarium, and hundreds of teepees for fighting cocks.

The property, based on farmers’ estimates, now spans 66 hectares and, at P35 per square meter when the first parcel was bought, should be worth at least P23.1 million.

Comla resigned as caretaker of the farm a few years ago due to his frequent conflicts with Elenita Binay’s aides. “There was a time when Doctora visited the farm more often than the mayor did because she had to check on her flowers. And her aides were commandeering people around, something which did not sit well with Ato,” a friend of Comla recalled.

Former farm workers recalled that in 1999, suspected communist guerrillas raided the farm because Binay reportedly maintained an armory there. They seized 10 different types of guns, according to farm employees at the time. Comla’s brother, his friend said, happened to be a member of the New People’s Army in the province.

The farm is now heavily guarded, a farmer in nearby barangay said, with security guards coming all the way from Makati and General Santos City. Farm workers from surrounding barangays have been replaced by aetas from Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales and Tarlac who stay in quarters inside the farm. “Batanguenos complain a lot,” a former farm worker said, recalling the reason they were dismissed from their jobs.

HE said they were made to work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and were made to choose between two salary arrangements—P150 a day without free food, or P3,000 a month with free food.

To further secure the farm, Binay’s chief chief security, Lito Glean, frequently visits the place and has been befriending local leaders in the area. The chairman of Barangay Maligaya, Danilo Recto, is now Glean’s kumpare after he stood as sponsor in the wedding of Recto’s daughter.

At present only one Batangueno, Pepito Carrido, remains employed in the farm.
 Carrido, who started out as bookkeeper in the farm seven years ago, is, by all indications, now a trusted man of Binay, in charge of releasing the salary of farm workers. Even if Carrido was present when we visited his house one Sunday evening, his wife, who had orchids as fine as Mrs. Binay’s in her mini patio, said her husband was out, that she did not know the number of his cellular phone, and that they never talked about his work in the farm.

Carrido lives in a middle-class subdivision in Barangay San Roque. A stone’s throw away from the gate of his village is the Jobin B. Mango Station.

 Without these testimonies from residents of Rosario and former workers of Binay, it would be difficult to trace the ownership of the land to the comebacking mayor.

 This is the same difficulty that Newsbreak encountered when it investigated reports that Binay, through dummy corporations, also owned several business establishments in Makati. However, people privy to the transactions or who have seen the Binays in posh residences in the city have spoken with Newsbreak to confirm his ownership of these companies and residences.

 The papers of incorporation were mostly unavailable at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and, in instances that documents could be accessed, they listed non-incriminating names. Land titles remain in the names of former owners or fronts, according to people privy to Binay’s style, but the documents are all with him for safekeeping.

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Reply #117 on: Aug 27, 2013, 09:52 AM
The Makati Properties

 Wearing a house dress which indicates her domestic familiarity with the place, Mayor Elenita Binay emerged from the elevator at the lobby of the Hidalgo condominium building at the plush Rockwell Center. The security guard acknowledged her with a respectful nod, which she returned with a casual inquiry, “May units pa bang for sale dito?”

A real estate broker, who had just shared the elevator ride with the doctora, was impressed that she seemed to be on a condo-buying spree. For that was the impression created by the Saturday afternoon visit some six months ago. The mayor at the time had just visited two of her daughters occupying two units on the 19th floor.

These days, the family reportedly already owns four units in the P100,000-per-square meter structure. However, Rockwell employees could confirm ownership of only two of these. Company officers declined to talk about the matter.

Only one of the daughters, the Ateneo law student, stays in the place now. The other was asked by her parents to go back to their old house on Caong Street in Barangay San Antonio.

The Binay couple still live in the same house and in the same tough neighbourhood where the father grew up. Orphaned at an early age, Binay was raised by his uncle who exposed him to simple living.

But said a former trusted aide of Binay, “He keeps cash by the millions in that house.” And that is not his only house.

 Residents of Bel Air Village 2 attested that the “yellow house” at number 212 Orbit Street belongs to Binay. “It’s some kind of a safehouse, a place for meetings,” said a resident. “There are days when the place is quiet, and these are days when so many cars are parked outside the house.”

Over in the less affluent Barangay West Rembo, a huge house, known to residents as being occupied by Binay’s newlywed daughter, has also been built. Just last February 24, squatter families were alarmed at the sight of engineers surveying the area for a possible widening of the road that leads to what they will call the “mansiyon.” Paving the roads means a possible demolition of their shanties.

However, except for the fact that these houses are either occupied or frequented by members of the Binay family, there are no documents to show that they indeed own them.


How could he have done it?

Nongovernment organizations campaigning against Binay asked realtors to explain the most likely scheme that Binay, a former human right lawyer, must have used to hide his ownership of these houses.

The realtors explained it this way: He forms a company, which buys or builds the house for him. He then lists down unknown names from different addresses as incorporators of the company. After buying the property, registration papers do not bear his name. Instead, the original owner is asked to either issue a mortgage in Binay’s favor or sign a paper bestowing him with a power of attorney over the property. Only Binay has copies of the pertinent documents, such as deeds of sale and land titles.

 A former aide of Binay who worked with him for three years under the Aquino government claimed that the former mayor used this scheme to acquire more than 10 houses and lots in Dasmarinas Village, all of them being rented out.

“There are these people from Bulacan whose names he’s been using [to acquire some properties],” the source, now retired from government, said. “In fact, he and Doctora are special guests of those people during fiestas.”

Homeowners, however, could not confirm whether Binay indeed has properties in the neighbourhood. SEC records of holding companies involved in recent purchases of properties in the village did not point to Binay or any of his close associates.

 A contractor said the “usual SOP” is that in exchange for a building permit, contractors give a representative of the office of the mayor one condominium unit. This is aside from the requirement for most contractors, until 1998, to hire the services of excavation contractor NJ Bautista Enterprises, which, according to three contractors interviewed by Newsbreak, is owned by the couple Noel and Celine Bautista. Both are said to be close to the Binays.

 Another contractor, who built at least two buildings recently, said his company had to give an undisclosed amount of money to an unidentified City Hall official before it got “accredited” to do work in Makati during Binay’s last term.
He said the condominium payoffs, although made several years ago, remains “a very sensitive issue” which he could not discuss in detail.

 Despite persistent talk, however, nobody has come out to openly accuse Binay of pocketing commissions from these deals. The comebacking mayor has repeatedly denied this, claiming that his first mission was precisely to clean up the permits unit at City Hall.

 Pointing out that “everybody’s hassling everybody” in City Hall anyway, a third contractor contacted by Newsbreak said, without elaborating, that his company has opted to just comply with Binay’s extra-legal requirements so it could continue building in Makati. By doing so, he said, “we have not encountered problems so far.”

Business Ventures

 Just beside the barangay hall of Comembo, residents of Makati’s poorer communities have their own Glorietta to troop to.

 Called Apex, the five-story commercial complex on the corner of J.P. Rizal Extension and Sampaguita Street sits where a city government-owned sports complex used to stand. It houses on its first floor a Chowking restaurant, a Mercury drugstore, and a few RTW stalls. A bookstore occupies part of the second floor, while two cinemas share the third floor with a computer school, which also occupies the rest of the building.

 What makes the mini-mall popular among residents is that they know it belongs to former Mayor Binay. The name of the company, JOBIM, is a dead giveaway. City Hall insiders said it stands for Jojo Binay, Irasga (the last name of Nelson, his former chief city engineer and trusted aide with whom he had a falling out in 1998), and Mercado (the last name of former councilor Ernesto, who is widely recognized in Makati as Binay’s alleged bagman).

 The Chowking branch on the first floor of Apex which opened in 1996 is registered under the name BIMECH Food Chains Corporation, which, reliable sources said, again stands for Binay, Irasga, Mercado, and , possibly, one Lilia Chavez, whom SEC papers showed is a resident of Barangay Guadalupe in Makati. Chavez owns the most number of shares in the corporation, which, in 1998, reported a total net income of only P181,644, which dropped to P59,390 in 1999.

 However, as in the case of his alleged houses, documents on the ownership of these and other business establishments do not bear the name of Binay or any of his close political allies. In some cases, there are no papers of incorporation at the SEC at all. And as in the case of the houses, only employees and people privy to Binay’s business deals will attest to his ownership of the companies.

 For instance, two McDonald’s outlets along J.P. Rizal—one at the corner of Reposo Street, very near the City Hall, and another at the corner of Pasong Tamo, near the Sta. Ana Race Track—are widely known in Makati as Binay’s. A check on the papers, however, revealed that the franchise of the said outlets remains with McGeorge Foods Corporation, the mother company of McDonalds in the Philippines.

 A source knowledgeable about the deal said Binay earns from McDonald’s because he owns the lots on which the said outlets stand and also leases them to McGeorge. The Makati assessor’s office refused to reveal the identities of the owner of the said properties.

The Dreyers ice cream booth in Glorietta at the Ayala Center, the franchise for which is pegged at P1 million, is also widely known to be Binay’s The company’s name, BIMET Manufacturing Corporation, is quite similar to the JOBIM acronym of a mall that Binay reportedly co-owns with Mercado. The SEC, however, has no records on the company.

 No registration papers could be dug up either at the SEC for two more widely known businesses of Binay: the two-story Areflor Funeral Homes on J.P. Rizal Extension, and the Christine’s water purifying plant in Barangay Pembo, to provide space and an access road for which a Montessori school and a number of shanties were torn down.

The Binay couple reported in their SALs from 1996 up to 1999 that they had investments in business which grew at an average of P2 million annually. No details on the nature of these investments were given.

Election issue

Corruption is an issue that has been raised against Binay in every election since 1988, including the one held three years ago, when he fielded his wife while he was waiting for his term to pass.

Each time the charges—bloated payrolls, overpriced equipment and supplies, grease money demanded from businessmen, and hefty commissions from projects and purchases—would prove immaterial to voters, as Binay would always win hands down.

To the poor, who compose almost half of Makati’s 505,203 population, Binay is the champion who has delivered to them the goods and services by pounding on the rich to pay their taxes.

The local opposition recognizes that it would be a “difficult climb” trying to downplay what Binay has given the poor, patronage politics being a concept that voters do not seem to regard as negative.

 Free education in a university that would shame private institutions in terms of structures and equipment, access to free medical care in the expensive Makati Medical Center, burial assistance for families who have lost loved ones, basketball courts and paved roads—as long as they benefit from these, residents of depressed barangays are unlikely to question whether these are their rights and not acts of goodwill from Binay.

“We cannot deny the fact that Binay has been delivering to Makati’s poor more than what they ever had before,” said Councilor Mark Joseph, one of the only two oppositionists in the local legislative body. “What our constituents should be made aware of is what he is not delivering. Where people need medicine, they are given roads. Where people training for livelihood, they are given cement.”


 Written by Miriam Grace A. Go
 Wednesday, 28 March 2001



 Unti unti na pong nasisilip ang baho ng bawat pulitiko na maiiwasan sana kung may FOI bill na umiiral upang mabusisi ng taong bayan kung may katotohanan ba o wala.

1.Unexplained wealth 400 hectares Binay FARM-Rosario Batangas
2. Unexplained wealth 40 hectares Binay FARM-Bauan Batangas
3. Unexplained wealth 10 hectares Mango Orchard
4.Two condominium units Rockwell worth 30 million not on his SALN
5.Three story Mansion with Elevator in Banuyo Street,San Antonio Village and not on his SALN
6.House and lot Orbit st.Bel -Air Village and not on his SALN
7.House and Lot in Palm Village,Guadalope Viejo and not on his SALN
8.Rest House in Tali Beach,Batangas

9.Rest House in Puerto Azul,Cavite
10.Rest House in Tagaytay,Highlands
11.Rest House in Alfonso Cavite
12.Rest House in Zambales
13.Rest House in Pangasinan
14.More houses in Paranaque, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Muntinglupa
15. 600 Ghost Employee authorized by corrupt wife,Dra Elenita Binay and Amigas worth 3 million a month
16. Binay wife linked to Php72.06-M graft

 A FORMER whistleblower in high-profile graft corruption controversies turned-head of government’s financial watchdog yesterday linked the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, an incumbent and several former Makati City officials to alleged deception in the public bidding for a Php72.06 million supply contract awarded by the city government in 2001.

 17. Sandiganbayan graft case

 Elenita Binay's (and private businessmen Li Yee Shing, Jason Li and Vivian M. Edurise, and Ernesto Aspillaga's) arraignment for graft charges was set by the Sandiganbayan's 4th Division on January 18, 2008. Binay was charged of alleged anomalous purchase of office fixtures and furniture for the new


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Reply #118 on: Aug 27, 2013, 10:04 AM
This was written a year ago by ramon tulfo concerning (binay) as the secret identity of the official.

Corrupt exec gets high trust rating

By Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:29 pm | Friday, July 20th, 2012

If only the public knew the real character of some government officials that survey firms—like the SWS and Pulse Asia—put under scrutiny, they would give these officials very low trust ratings.

One official included in the trust rating survey is so corrupt he and his family became billionaires years after he joined the government service.

This official owns a big part of the city where he and his family live.

The family is engaged in buying expensive real estate at a price that they arbitrarily set, and not at the current market value.

Condominium developers and owners of business establishments complain that the family demands one or two units before a condominium is built, and a part of the business without investing a single centavo.

Even this official’s brother, who lives in an upscale village in Metro Manila, has a house which occupies practically one entire block.

The brother has no livelihood that would give him significant returns to enable him to live a life of luxury.

The family owns a huge farm in a province near Metro Manila which boasts of a vast man-made lake, a multimillion-peso orchid garden, orchards and an air-conditioned pigpen.

The official can’t claim his family was rich before he joined the government.

His high school classmates would laugh at him if he made such a claim.

When this columnist was a police reporter covering the Manila Police District, I often saw this man join antigovernment demonstrations and rallies on Mendiola.

And yet, people don’t know the real score about this official who has successfully built himself up as a champion of the poor.

* * *

Makati now a sin city

By Ramon Tulfo
 Philippine Daily Inquirer
 12:33 am | Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 I received several text messages about Saturday’s column which was headlined, “Corrupt exec gets high trust rating.”

 “Mukhang si _______ ang subject mo sa column mo ngayon. Maraming pang kulang sa sinabi mo (It seems blank blank is the subject of your column today. You omitted a lot of things about him),” read one texter.

 Another message sender, a high government official during the Cory Aquino administration, said:,“In your column today why is it that my mind leads me to______ as d person you are referring to?”

But the most striking reaction I received came from a friend of the politician.

 Said the politician’s friend, whose identity I’m keeping secret: “Mon, i read ur column today. U are absolutely correct about this politician. I know him personally. He has a very good public image indeed. And that’s why I told u that unless he makes a major booboo, he will be__________.”

I told the friend of this politician that the public will eventually find out about what he has been up to.

 That’s as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

 It’s like someone not knowing about his or her partner’s infidelity because nobody dares to tell him or her. But eventually, it will all be out in the open.

 * * *

 What did I say in Saturday’s “On Target” column?

 Basically, that the politician and his family are rich—filthy rich.

 They are engaged in buying real estate in the city where they live. The family owns a big chunk of the city.

 Condominium developers and owners of business establishments complain that the family demands a unit or two before a condominium is built, apart from a portion of the business, without spending a single centavo.

 They have a huge farm in a province near Metro Manila where they own a huge farm complete with a vast man-made lake, a multimillion-peso orchid garden, and an air-conditioned pigpen.

 You want a clue? They are a family of politicians.


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Reply #119 on: Aug 27, 2013, 10:52 AM
Oh that's not secret. Tulfo is certainly alluding to the

1. VP Jejomar
2. Senator Binay
3. Mayor Binay
4. Ex-mayor E. Binay

The world knows they are filthy rich but the rich, especially
public officials are gods in this land while the people
starve to death.


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