"If these reports are true then I welcome these appointments. I am very confident that Justice Melo will uphold the same courage and professionalism when he issued the report on extrajudicial killings and that General Yano will effectively remove the stigma of partisanship in the AFP," Senator Roxas said.
Sen. Mar Roxas made the statement Sunday, as he stepped up his crusade to get the 12 percent VAT on petroleum products suspended for at least six months, in order to provide consumers instant and material relief from soaring fuel prices.
"The people will surely get a better deal if they simply get their money back now, instead of the government wasting the cash on costly experimental projects that have uncertain and unclear benefits to them (the people)," Roxas said.
Speaking before members of the People's Unity Against Oil Price Hikes in Balay Kalinaw at the University of the Philippines, Roxas stressed that the crisis now has shifted to Juan dela Cruz and his weakening purchasing power, and the old medicine used to cure the previous problem of a government fiscal crisis is not anymore appropriate. Also shown in the picture are Emmie de Jesus of Gabriela, Dr. Giovanni Tapang of AGHAM and Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño.
Together with him in a forum at Balay Kalinaw at the University of the Philippines are: Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran (hidden), Wilson Baldonaza of Kilusang Mayo Uno, Sammy Malunes of Anakpawis (hidden), Renato Reyes of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Rafael Mariano of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Emmie de Jesus of Gabriela, Ferdie Gaite of COURAGE and Dr. Giovanni Tapang of AGHAM.
Here's an article from columnist Federico Pascual on Senator Mar Roxas' plan on urging the President to suspend the VAT on oil products:
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SPENDING POWER: As pointed out by Sen. Mar Roxas, who is pushing for the suspension of VAT on oil products, the P100 or so that the driver saves each “pasada” day is not a real loss to the government.
That money will immediately go back into circulation. The driver and his family -- and the millions of others who will benefit from the price cuts -- will not hide the savings in a shoebox or open a bank account to start a lifetime pile.
The money is soon spent for other goods and services that, as the law dictates, are subject to 12 percent VAT. There is no escaping the tax. It is as pervasive and as obnoxious as air pollution.
Consider the cascading effects of further stimulating the economy by putting more money in the hands of consumers, instead of in the secret pockets of grafters.
With 25 billion liters of fuel consumed each year, imagine the extra spending power passed on to consumers and the taxes they will pay on other goods and services.
While it has been part of Filipino culture to choose the more popular candidate, he said he always chooses the candidate, who is competent to be president.
“I'm supporting Mar basically because he comes from a very decent family and to me integrity is very important. He also has the best working knowledge of the country's economy,” he said.
He said both their fathers were also close to each other. Sergio Osmeña Jr. and Gerry Roxas fought against the Marcos regime during their time.
"The government is rubbing salt into the wound by first rejecting a bill to suspend the [value-added tax] on oil products, and then expressing openness to tax another daily-life necessity—texting,” said Senator Mar Roxas, chairman of the committee on trade and commerce.
“Before Senator Mar Roxas made the call, I had already filed a bill. Meron akong bill na-file sa Senado [I filed a bill in the Senate] removing the 12-percent VAT on fuel and electricity rates,” he said in a statement.
The neophyte senator said that despite new roads, prices of agricultural products remain high because of high oil prices.
Many people have been for or against their relationship. Senator Mar Roxas II's critics say that he's just using Korina Sanchez for his candidacy as Senator last 2004 and now probably as President in 2010. They must be nuts! I don't know why his critics keep on pointing out that Mar is not an effective, charismatic and intelligent leader that he has to depend to a single person in order to trumpet himself. Is Korina a threat that we should be afraid of her having a relationship with Mar? I think not! Korina has a very good record in public service and she is true to herself. She has principles and so does Mar have. They are a perfect match as far as I am concerned.
Should we have the right to deny Mar's feelings. Of course NO! Do you want yourself to be dictated on whom you should be together with your entire life?
So, Mar loves Korina! What's the problem then?
"If ever Sen. Mar Roxas runs for President in 2010, who should be his running-mate?"
It seems that the two Francis, namely Senators Francis "Chiz" Escudero of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan of the Liberal Party (LP), are leading. But the Francis of the NPC seems edging out the Francis of the LP in the blog's poll. Here's the current standing as of January 6, 2008 6:00 PM (Philippine Time).
Francis "Chiz" Escudero - 55 votes (44%)
Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan - 24 votes (19%)
Loren Legarda - 7 votes (6%)
Panfilo "Ping" Lacson - 5 votes (4%)
Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV - 5 votes (4%)
Ma. Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal - 1 vote (1%)
Others: Noynoy Aquino, Vilma Santos, Tomas Osmeña, Gregorio Honasan - 21 votes (17%)
I hope to see a Manny Villar-Mar Roxas fight for the presidency in 2010. It would be our first step in returning to the 2 party system.
As I was visiting the Smoketalk Blog this afternoon, I was surprised by this article, which I think is worth reading:
Read it and enjoy! It really flatters me...
Heh. And I thought I was early. Kevin Ray Chua totally beat me to the punch, bitchez. Check out his Mar Roxas fan site! You have got to admire this fella. Only 17 and he’s already blazing the way in terms of campaigning on the intertubes. Comelec had better sit up and take notice of this dude. I mean, as far as I know, campaigning over the net isn’t covered by that anachronism - the Fair Elections Act.
THE LIBERAL PARTY, one of two resurgent political groups hoping to capture the presidency of the Philippines, appears unprepared to accept deposed president Joseph Estrada as the anti-Arroyo forces' common standard-bearer in 2010.
Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada, a member of the LP national executive council and chairman of the House committee on human rights, said the second oldest existing political party in the country already had a presidential candidate who could restore trust in the government.
Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffino Rozzano Biazon, another LP leader in the House and vice chair of the committee on national defense, said he did not expect the party to back away from its plan to field its own presidential candidate two years from now.
"If President Erap [Estrada] is given the green light by the Supreme Court considering the constitutional issues, then we should respect his decision if he decides to run. It's premature to talk about possible scenarios," Tañada said of the nascent proposal that anti-Arroyo presidential hopefuls rally behind Estrada.
"Maybe one way to unite the country and move forward is to look beyond who is the opposition or administration candidate but who is the better candidate for the country. We have a candidate in the LP who we believe can unite and move this country forward," he said.
The LP has elected Sen. Manuel Roxas II--who received the highest number of votes in the 2004 senatorial election--as its president. He has also been chosen the party's standard-bearer in 2010.