Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Repost From Manila Bulletin

Liezl disapproves of Robin being crazy about Mariel

While the show of affection that action star Robin Padilla bestowed upon Mariel Rodriguez in an interview on "Entertainment Live" on Aug. 7 had the whole archipelago swooning in glee, someone from afar -Australia, to be exact- is said to have been not as happy with it.

Liezl Sicangco, the former wife of Padilla -and mother of Roselle Elizabeth, Kylie Nicole, Sherileen Zel and Ali- is alleging that Rodriguez is the reason "hindi na nagpapakita si Robin kay Ali. Sana, kung hindi na niya [Padilla] maalagaan ang aming mga anak, e, ibalik na lang niya ito sa akin dito sa Australia.

"Actually, wala naman akong pakialam kay Mariel kasi may sarili siyang buhay. Ang concern ko lang naman, e, ang kalagayan ng aming anak, lalo na si Ali dahil napakabata pa niya," Liezl was quoted as saying in an article posted in Philippine Entertainment Portal.

According to Liezl, it has been six weeks since Padilla last visited his son, who had been crying when he last talked to his mom on the phone.

She also insinuated that Padilla has been teaching Ali lessons on how to handle girls.

"As of this early, e, tinuturuan na niyang mambabae ang anak ko. Tapos, sinasabi pa niya sa bata na dapat, e, magkaroon din ito ng apat na asawa paglaki. Hindi ko gusto 'yon, dahil napakabata pa ni Ali para sa mga bagay na 'yan," said she.

Sicangco said that she only agreed for Padilla to bring their kids to the Philippines after he promised her that he will take good care of them.

"Sabi sa akin noon ni Robin bago sila umalis ng Australia, hindi raw muna siya mag-aasawa agad para maasikaso niya ang mga bata pero iba na ang nangyari ngayon. Paano nga niya maaasikaso ang mga bata, lalo na si Ali, kung nakatutok siya ngayon at gusto na niyang pakasalan si Mariel?" Sicangco asked.

The distraught mother is now appealing for Padilla to return the kids to her care.

"Sana, e, ibalik na niya ang mga anak ko dito sa Australia dahil siguradong maalagaan ko sila 24/7. Hindi gaya nung nasa Pinas sila na kadalasan, e, pinatitira pa niya ang bata sa kanyang mobile house.

"For me kasi, e, hindi 'yon masyadong healthy para sa mga bata. Sana naman, e, maawa si Robin sa mga bata at sana naman, this time, e, pakinggan niya ako dahil every time na nagkakausap kami, e, para siyang walang naririnig."

Robin refused to comment on the issue.

Mariel, through text, responded on the matter following a query by an online site. She said, "Ms. Liezel can say anything that she likes. That's her right, as free men, we have to respect each other's views. As a mother, she must protect her children. Totally understandable..."

Reposted From Manila Bulletin

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Repost From Thea Alberto Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Palace: No special treatment for Kris Aquino

By Thea Alberto – August 13th, 2010
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By Thea Alberto, Yahoo! Southeast Asia

No special treatment should be given to anyone, especially those who are closely related to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Palace said this Friday as it reacted to reports that Aquino’s most popular sister, actress Kris was not penalized after her car was seen parked illegally.

“Let me tell the MMDA officials, all officials concerned, walang kinikilangan ang pamahalaang ito. Kung sino man ang nagkasala, ticket-an po ninyo,” Lacierda said in a press conference.

Lacierda urged officials concerned to enforce the law as required.

“Do not be afraid even if he’s related to the President or related to any cabinet secretaries or the cabinet secretaries themselves. You apply the law without fear or favor,” he added.

The presidential spokesman warned against anyone using the President’s name to avoid penalties.

“Malaki ang burden sa kanila ngayon. Ang pangako ng pangulo ay kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap; walang wang-wang. Siguro it’s a burden on their part really to uphold the virtues and the promises of the president more than anybody else,” he said.

In her noontime show, Kris admitted her driver violated the law but the Metro Manila Development Authority officer refused to issue a ticket.

“Kasalanan po talaga ng driver ko, pasensiya na po kayo at ticketan ninyo yung driver ko dahil siya po ang nag double parking,” Kris said in Pilipinas Win na Win.

Kris said she has asked her driver to ask a ticket from the traffic officer.

“Nanawagan po ako sa MMDA na ticketan yung driver ko, balik na kayo, Mario kunin mo yung ticket kasalanan mo yan,” said Kris.

Reposted From Thea Alberto Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Arroyo allies ask SC to void EO creating Truth Commission

(Update 2 — 3:24 p.m.) Allies of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to nullify President Benigno Aquino III's Executive Order No. 1 creating the Truth Commission, the body that will probe anomalies that hounded the former Philippine leader.

In a 55-page petition, House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman and Representatives Rodolfo Albano Jr., Simeon Datumanong and Orlando Fua Jr. called the Truth Commission an "exercise in futility" as it duplicates the quasi-judicial powers of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice.

Also, the lawmakers asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order on the enforcement of Executive Order No. 1, which created the Truth Commission.

"This petition is seasonably interposed to challenge the constitutionality or validity of Executive Order No. 1 and the resolution of the issues raised herein is of critical immediacy since they involve the fundamental doctrine of separation of powers and abiding principle of rule of law as enshrined in the [1987 Constitution]," Arroyo's allies said in their petition.

Malacañang, however, maintained that the Truth Commission stands on solid legal ground.

"Sinabi na rin ni Pangulong Aquino, kung may problema sila isampa nila sa Supreme Court (As President Aquino said, if they have a problem with it they should file a case before the Supreme Court)," said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, referring to an earlier statement of President Benigno Aquino III.

President Aquino earlier said the Truth Commission will be headed by retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

With the Arroyo-allied congressmen's case filed, three out of Aquino's so-far four executive orders are now being questioned before the Supreme Court. Aquino's EO No. 2 revoking Arroyo's "midnight appointments" and his EO No. 3 revoking the granting of Career Executive Service Officer Rank III to government lawyers in the executive department have also been questioned before the court.

On Thursday afternoon, Supreme Court administrator and spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said the high tribunal will tackle the petition in an en banc, or full court, session on Tuesday.

"The petition will be included in the agenda of the en banc on Tuesday," said Marquez at a news briefing.


Named as respondents in the petition against the creation of the truth body were Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. The petitioners added that Mr. Aquino's executive order violated the separation of powers between the Executive and the Legislative, saying only the latter has the authority to create a public office such as the Truth Commission.

Citing a provision of Book III, Chapter 10, Section 31 of the Administrative Code of 1987, the congressmen said EO No. 1 is illegitimate because it is not within the Office of the President's powers to issue such.

The lawmakers also argued that the EO No. 1 violated the equal protection clause because it only targeted specific individuals for prosecution “as if corruption is their peculiar species even as it excludes those of the other administrations, past and present, who may be indictable."

In this case, former President Arroyo is the core subject of the upcoming Truth Commission, whose composition is still to be finalized. . They added the creation of the "Philippine Truth Commission of 2010" violates the consistent and general international practice as truth commissions are usually created to exclusively investigate human rights violations. "The creation of the “Truth Commission" is an exercise in futility, an adventure in partisan hostility, a launching pad for trial/conviction by publicity and a mere populist propaganda to mistakenly impress the people that widespread poverty will altogether vanish if corruption is eliminated without even addressing the other major causes of poverty," the petitioners further said.

Palace ready to defend EO 1

At a press conference on Thursday, Lacierda said Malacañang is more than prepared to defend EO No. 1.

He said Arroyo allies' move to question the executive order was "a natural course of the opposition," adding that the Palace is "more than prepared" to defend itself.

Moreover, he reiterated that Malacañang believes the Truth Commission will be the "means" for a closure on the alleged corruption controversies during the Arroyo administration.

Major controversies during the Arroyo administration include the Hello Garci scandal where she was accused of calling up Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano to rig the 2004 presidential elections; the P728-million fertilizer fund scam; and the ZTE national broadband network deal, which her administration eventually canceled.

The Truth Commission, according to EO No. 1, will "primarily seek and find the truth on, and toward this end, investigate reports of graft and corruption of such scale and magnitude that shock and offend the moral and ethical sensibilities of the people" during the Arroyo administration.

What about Arrroyo-formed commissions?

Despite the questions earlier raised by Lagman and the House minority bloc, the Aquino administration had repeatedly stood by the legality of the Truth Commission.

For one, Justice Sec. Leila de Lima said Mrs. Arroyo herself created investigative bodies — such as the Melo, Feliciano, and Zenarosa Commissions — during her tenure. De Lima questioned why allies of the Arroyo administration allies did not question the former President when she formed these bodies.

Mrs. Arroyo formed the Melo Commission in 2006. It was headed by former Supreme Court Associate Justice and now Commission on Elections chairman Jose Melo.

The Feliciano Commission, meanwhile, was formed in 2003 look into the circumstances that led into the infamous July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny. It was headed by former Supreme Court Associate Justice Florentino Feliciano.

Another high-profile independent body was the three-member commission that investigated the celebrated “Alabang Boys" case in 2009, where three scions of affluent families were accused of peddling and using illegal narcotics.

Just this year, Mrs. Arroyo also formed the Zeñarosa Commission, headed by Court of Appeals Associate Justice Monina Arevalo-Zeñarosa, tasked to disband private armies. Its creation stemmed from the November 23 massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province in which the Ampatuan clan and their supporters are being implicated. — with a report by Jam Sisante/LBG/RSJ, GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Derek Ramsay recovers from dengue

Derek Ramsay recovers from dengue

MANILA, Philippines - Hunk actor Derek Ramsay is back in fighting form after suffering from dengue.

Ramsay, one of the lead stars of ABS-CBN hit series "Magkaribal," stayed 4 days in a hospital where he was rushed due to high fever.

Ramsay, who's known for being a health buff, said he was in and out of the hospital. Last August 1, he was brought to a hospital but he initially refused confinement.

"Ayoko ding magpaka-confine hanggang Tuesday evening 'yon. Hindi ko na kinaya tapos nag-nosebleed ako Tuesday evening [din]. Then natakot na ako tapos nakinig na ako sa mga doctor at kay Angelica (Panganiban) na dapat magpaka-confine na ako. Nagka-rushes ako all over my neck. Bumagsak talaga ang immune system ko," Ramsay said.

He said he is now feeling better, and he will soon resume his tapings.

"Sabi ng doctor malakas naman ang resistance ko so hindi masyadong bumaba ang platelets ko. Balik ako trabaho. Papagaling ako para makahabol ako sa taping,” Ramsay said.

While in confinement, Ramsay was accompanied by his real life sweetheart, Panganiban.

"She's always there by my side. She made sure na nakikinig ako sa doctor, she made sure na hindi ako masyadong gumagalaw galaw at sinisigurong hindi ako masyadong makulit," he said.

Ramsay was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

Reposted From ABS-CBN News

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Gov?t loses P51 billion claim against Marcos cronies

MANILA, Philippines - The family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos won another case before the Sandiganbayan in connection to alleged behest loans granted to supposed cronies.

In a 27-page decision penned by Associate Justice Alex L. Quiroz, the graft court junked the almost 2-decade-old case for insufficiency of evidence.

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) filed the case on July 24, 1987, claiming that the Marcoses and their alleged cronies engaged in “schemes, devices or stratagems” in order to supposedly acquire ill-gotten assets.

Also named in the suit are businessman Rodolfo and Roberto Cuenca, former Philippine National Bank president Panfilo O. Domingo, former Trade Minister Roberto Ongpin, former Development Bank of the Philippines officer Don Ferry, and 11 others.

The government had asked for P50 billion in moral damages and P1 billion in exemplary damages.

Of the 100 documentary exhibits that lawyers submitted during the trial, the graft court threw out 68 for being mere photocopies.

“The Court held that since the due execution and authenticity of said photocopied documents had not been proved, the same were inadmissible in evidence. Further, the documents in question were rendered inadmissible as they were only photocopies,” the court said.

None of the 5 witnesses the prosecution presented even had personal knowledge of the alleged behest loans and transactions, it added.

The graft court also subsequently quashed the government’s move to forfeit the assets owned by the defendants in 46 companies, including the Construction and Development Corporation of the Philippines (CDCP).

The latter is the predecessor of the Philippine National Construction Corp.

Cuenca is former president of the CDCP.

PCGG claimed Marcos had granted Cuenca several favors, including the absorption of obligations that CDCP had incurred. Cuenca is supposedly Marcos’s favorite golf partner.

The Sandiganbayan, however, said the financial support extended to CDCP does not prove that Cuenca unjustly enriched himself.

Reposted From ABS-CBN News

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Repost From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

James’ mom on Kris: ‘Ayoko talaga sa kanya’

By Gerry Plaza – August 9th, 2010
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Showbiz Eye by Gerry Plaza, Special to Yahoo! Southeast Asia

A hurting mom of James Yap appeared on television Sunday to express her sadness over her son’s separation from Kris Aquino and emphasized that the TV host-actress’ comments had given her and their family so much pain.

“Ang lahat ng kasalanan binubunton niya (Kris) sa anak ko. Sana naman huwag naman kasi hindi naman tayo perfect, di ba? Ang Diyos lang ang perfect,” Annie Yap tells GMA-7’s “Showbiz Central” on August 8.

“Kung may kasalanan ang anak ko, siguro natural naman sa mag-asawa ang mag-away. Pero huwag naman lahat ibunton sa anak ko. Malungkot talaga ako. Naa-awa ako sa anak ko,” Annie further said in the interview taped at James’ hometown of Escalante, Negros Occidental.

Kris announced last month that she was filing a nullity of marriage petition against James. She however did not directly or solely blame James for the separation but only pointed out that they stopped loving each other a long time ago and virtually had no communication for the last few years while living under the same roof.

“Naubos ‘yung kagustuhan ko to make it work. I was miserable and I’m sure…ikaw (James) din miserable,” Kris said in an interview over “The Buzz” last week. “Napagod na ako pretending that everything was okay.”

There were rumors however that during the last three years, both constantly fought culminating in an incident two months ago that led Kris to finally say it’s over. That incident allegedly involved an ugly shouting match in front of their son Baby James or Bimby.

James’ mom was asked if he had the tendency to become hotheaded and verbally abusive.

“Hindi. Alam ko ang ugali ng anak ko. Alam ko talaga ang ugali ng anak ko. Mabait siya at di siya sumisigaw. Kahit umuwi siya rito, hindi siya ganoon,” Annie said.

But people would consider James’ alleged extra-marital affairs as a big factor. Controversies had erupted linking the basketball star to several women that caused so much strain in the couple’s five-year marriage. But to Annie, James’ assurance that all the rumors were untrue was enough.

“Basketball player kasi sikat ka tapos ang daming babae idol sa yo. Pero sa akin, di totoo yan. Di nagbabae ang anak ko,” Annie further said. “Tinanong ko siya, si James. Sabi ko, ‘Ano bang mga balitang ganyan? Totoo ba yon? Huwag kang magsinungaling sa akin.’ Sabi niya, ‘Huwag kang maniwala. Hindi totoo yon.’”

Kris however hinted in her “The Buzz” interview last week that the main ground for her annulment was a “technicality” that would deem their marriage was void from start. Annie reacted, “Alam ko di totoo yun (void),” saying that as far as she knows all legal documents were valid and addressed without any hitches.

But what was really “void” from the start was Annie’s approval of Kris to be her daughter-in-law.

“Sa totoo lang, nagsasabi ako ng totoo kasi di ako plastic siyempre. Kasi sinabi niya sa akin ni James na sila na raw. Tapos okay daw ba ako? Sabi ko sa kanila, siyempre Kris Aquino, sabi ko, ‘No! Ayoko!,’ sabi ko sa kanya. ‘So bakit, Ma?’ sabi niya. Sabi ko, ‘Basta ayoko sa kanya,” Annie said.

“Sa totoo lang, tutol talaga ako kasi alam mo naman si Kris, di ba? Pero sa huli, gusto ng anak ko. Wala kaming magawa, di ba?,” she added.

Despite his mom’s objections, James still tied the knot with Kris because Annie knew “mahal niya si Kris.”

Annie further revealed that out of James’ love for Kris, he chose her over a girl whom he got pregnant. “Oo. Meron siyang nabuntis. Pero alam ito ni Kris. Pinili niya si Kris kasi mahal niya. Pero hindi naman nagkulang si James sa sustento sa anak niya. Sabi niya mahal niya si Kris kaya pinili niya si Kris.”

She said she was hurt when James did not invite her to their wedding on July 10, 2005.

“Nalungkot ako. Sa totoo lang, umiyak ako dahil sabi ko sa kanya nagulat ako kasi di ka nagpaalam sa amin. Pinaalam mo tapos na kayong kasal. Siyempre nagalit ako. Siyempre bilang nanay, ina niya ako tapos di niya (pinaalam) sa akin kaya nagalit ako. Hindi ako nakatulog. Umiyak ako hanggang umaga sa totoo lang.”

But what made it even more hurtful, Annie admitted, was that James married Kris. “Yun na yon,” Annie said. “Iba talaga kami. Mahirap lang kami. Sila mayaman. Tutol ako. Hindi naman ako tutol porke’t ganoon siya. Hindi, wala ako niyan. Sa buhay namin angat siya sa amin siyempre. Ayoko. Tutol ako ba.”

Asked if Kris did not treat her as family, Annie refused comment.

She further said she only knew of the separation on TV.

“Di ko inakala na may problema sila. Kasi hindi ko alam kung nag-away sila. Nung una kong nakita sa TV, sabi ko, ay nag-away na naman sila,” Annie said.

She said she contacted James, who downplayed the issue. Tumawag at nag-text ako sa anak ko. Sabi ko, James ano ba yung nakita ko sa TV? Nag-away ba kayo? Sabi naman ni James, ‘Wala yun, Ma.’”

But now that the nullity of marriage petition is currently being readied, Annie appealed to the couple not to further create a media circus out of the case.

“Sa akin lang, maghiwalay man sila, dapat mag-usap sila. Ayusin nila. Pag-usapan nila ng mabuti kung maghiwalay sila. Huwag na lang nating ipaalam sa publiko, sa buong mundo. Kung maghiwalay sila, walang ibang tao masasaktan.”

To James, Annie’s word of advice is to focus all his attention to his son. “Pagtuonan ang obligasyon sa kanyang anak. Siyempre hiwalay na sila. Tutok siya sa anak niya,” she said.

Reposted From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Robin declares love for Mariel

Robin declares love for Mariel

MANILA, Philippines – Dashing actor-host Robin Padilla has declared his love for rumored girlfriend and game show co-host, Mariel Rodriguez.

“Umaapaw ang pag-ibig sa puso ko,” said Padilla during his one-on-one interview with Rodriguez on ABS-CBN’s E-Live (Entertainment Live). Rodriguez is one of the hosts of the weekly entertainment program.

The studio audience was thrilled and happy for Rodriguez, particularly when she showed the diamond ring given by Padilla.

“Bakit mo sa akin ito ibinigay?” asked Rodriguez, who also co-hosts Pilipinas Win na Win with Padilla.

“Ngayon lang ako nagbigay. Di pa ako nagbigay kailanman. Napaka-espesyal n’yan,” replied Padilla.

More cheers were heard when Padilla slipped the ring on Rodriguez’ finger and the wedding issue was discussed.

“Yung sinasabing kasal hindi namin itinatago iyun. At kung papayag kang pakasalan ako?” he said.

Rodriguez was teary-eyed during the entire interview and after hearing Padilla’s sweet words.

“Ako, hindi ako nagsisinungalin. Sagutin mo ako, [o] hindi, itago mo yang singsing. Anumang mangyari, itago mo iyan. Sa iyo iyan. Hindi ako nagsinungaling sa iyo Mariel, mahal kita,” he confessed.

Padilla said he won’t be able to return immediately to Pilipinas Win na Win after the Ramadan break because he and Rodriguez will have to start shooting their movie together. Report from Gretchen Fullido, TV Patrol

Reposted From Gretchen Fullido of ABS-CBN News


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