Palace flays NTC for no-el advocacy

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MALACAñANG on Saturday slammed critics of President Benigno Aquino 3rd for refusing to hold a dialogue with the President and for allegedly advocating a no-election scenario in 2016.

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Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Dasmariñas Rep. Elpidio Barzaga were referring to the multi-sectoral National Transformation Council (NTC) which had called on the President to step down to pave the way for an “alternative” government.

“The President has always been open to dialogue with people with an open mind and those who are willing to listen. There is no sense in having dialogue with people who don’t want to listen and those who won’t change their minds. There were reports that they are into dialogue but they haven’t taken steps towards that,” Valte said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

The NTC, which has the support of Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Bishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao City, and Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and leaders of evangelical churches, Muslim clerics and civil society, claimed that Aquino has lost moral ascendancy and should step down.

The NTC, in an assembly in Cebu City, vowed to “pursue all necessary and available lawful means to compel President Aquino to step down at the soonest possible time” and “to immediately organize an alternative government, consisting of men and women of integrity and proven worth.”

Malacañang has belittled the movement, saying the group is composed of few individuals.

“Their [NTC’s] demands have no basis in law or in fact. The NTC is practically advocating a no-election scenario in 2016 because it is claiming that the automated voting system has been corrupted since the 2010 elections. They are claiming that those who were elected in 2010 and 2013 elections are all de facto officers,” Barzaga said.

“They have deliberately forgotten the gains and changes made by President Aquino as compared to the previous administrations, particularly in the fight against graft and corruption,” he added.

Barzaga was alluding to the indictment of several lawmakers and other government officials for their alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada were charged with plunder and graft for allegedly pocketing kickbacks from their pork barrel.

Barzaga also cited the result of the latest Pulse Asia survey that showed that 48 percent of Filipinos remain optimistic in the government’s efforts to fight graft and corruption.

“Under this administration, people occupying high elective positions in the government are prosecuted for plunder and other criminal cases involving graft and corruption,” he said.

The lawmaker urged the NTC to revisit the Bible, particularly Matthew 22:21 which he said underscored the significance of the separation of Church and State.

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  1. Antonio Javier Belzunce on

    This statement, “Malacañang has belittled the movement, saying the group is composed of few individuals.” I can tell you Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte that you have your hands full assuming that we are composed of few individuals. It is a large formidable group of talented professionals. You have lost the reality of realistic view of the people of the Philippines not knowing the true resentment of the people with President Aquino and his administrator. You can post Pulse Asia survey showing increase popularity of the President but go out and observe the views of the people in all facets of our community. That survey information seems to be just a myth.
    We await some positive reaction from the President and administrators to clean the functionality of his cabinet. Get rid of these officials ruining the moral views towards the government with their richness paraded to the public with no realistic credible proof of its source other than the suspicion of more corruption.

    Bayanko-NTC are reform groups that means business fully committed in creating better governance in the Philippines.

  2. Antonio Javier Belzunce on

    Reply to the President’s request for Dialogue

    As stated by Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Dasmariñas Rep. Elpidio Barzaga in the Manila times as official comments from the President’s Office, President Aquino please just evaluate why the Bayanko-NTC sees no need to have dialogue with you and your office. You as a President have truly failed the people by showing disrespect to our constitution by publicly not respecting the Supreme Court ruling on DAP because the decision was not in your favour. Your new 2015 Budget is being promoted proceeding with the DAP reallocation process with unallocated spending details going against the principle of the constitution directive. You are acting beyond the directive of our constitution. So why should we have dialogue with supposedly a leader that does not respect the constitution. You have questionable officials in your government like Vice President Binay, PNP Purisima, Abad, Abaya, your influence with the Senate plus the Congress and most of all your lack of inaction towards Comelec Chief Brilliantes who has jeopardized the legitimacy of the full government. Your inaction with Comelec insinuates to the public that you support his irresponsible management of Comelec in operating against the correct guidance as stated by the specific Legislation regarding Automated Elections 2007. Added to this the lack of responsible action towards the Yolanda disaster not releasing the donated funds and the needed funds from the government showing lack of respect not just the needy but the needy that went through the worst storm recorded in the world. There is the ongoing PDAF, DAP and Malampaya funds scam that seems to have gone into a snail pace assessment and indictments that supposed to expose officials more plunder activities.

  3. the depender valte and dakilang asongot and barzaga the balimbing as b4 he was with gma defender oy nkkhya na kau. same wiyh 3 itlog pimentel trillanes and cayetanos camote puro kau sipsip. ewan ko after what you said to pinoy as may kuliling do you think he indorse you as his anointed candidate hahaha pag ginawa nya yon totoo ang sisasabi m nay may kululing sya same on you boy cay

  4. no….it is this clueless president who is not listening o his ‘bosses’ ..how he hide pAbaya, alcala, abad, and purisima under his skirt..simply shows he doesn’t listen at all…

  5. The most laughable part of the statement of Cong. Barzaga is: “They have deliberately forgotten the gains and changes made by President Aquino as compared to the previous administrations, particularly in the fight against graft and corruption. ” Heavens! What gains and what changes? Graft and corruption under the Abnoy’s administration is at its highest ever. His own officials are the foremost perpetrators of graft, corruption and plunder. What about Abad, Alcala, Abaya, Soliman, Drilon, the Cayetanos, Purisima, et al. The uncles of the Abnoy even advised him to fire his corrupt allies instead of protecting them. Now, does this Barzaga think that we are idiots not to know the truth?

    • you missed to mention the fact that Barzaga in saying what he said was actually basing his statements on facts. The people you mentioned according to you were “foremost perpetrators of graft, corruption and plunder” have not been charged formally like those people mentioned by Barzaga. And if they were ever been charged so, what we should do is await the resolution of the Ombudsman as we also did in the case of those already been detained. This should produce a similar outcome as those with the already detained once the complaint should proved not just trumped up charges but one capable of standing firm before the Sandigan.

      What I observed however is that, the people you’ve mentioned, aside from the fact that there was not even a single specific charge that may be clearly attributable to which each had committed, and is clearly backed up by solid evidence as those which happened to the now detained personalities, they are unjustly and unfairly being treated by some disgruntled individuals like you.

      BTW, you also missed to mention Mr. Binay. I hope you’re not acting so with arbitrariness having missed out his name among those you alleged to have been foremost…in so and so. Hehehe.

  6. I fully support the NTC advocacy – 100%.
    The President has lost his MORAL ASCENDANCY TO GOVERN.
    The soonest for him to STEP-DOWN – the better for the country and people.
    That Comelec-PCOS will again manipulate the coming election..

    • Who else in the Philippines could you convince aside from the few inside your own circles that P-Noy lost his moral ascendancy to govern? That, he should step down, and on what specific grounds? That, Comelec with its PCOS machines will manipulate the 2016 elections?

      You’re hallucinating, man. Consult your idol Martial Law Boy, your SUVs recipient, and your PIRMA adviser.

  7. The big problem is that ABNO(Y)RMAL DOES NOT KNOW HOW LISTEN,.listening only to the chatters in his mind, a sign of inborn mental chanlleges.

  8. “The President has always been open to dialogue with people with an open mind and those who are willing to listen. There is no sense in having dialogue with people who don’t want to listen and those who won’t change their minds. There were reports that they are into dialogue but they haven’t taken steps towards that,” Valte said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.”

    This is very clear. You said it, Valte. The president will only have dialogues with people “who are willing to listen and WILLING TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS and AGREE with PNoy.

  9. The people have seen the revamp of some PNP officials for command responsibility or poor performance but with regards to Chief Purisima, people perceived lenient hands/even cuddling/patronage. There are other things that people see as contradicitons/cover-ups to what the administrations would like people to believe. Heavy/Strong distrust towards government officials and possibly disgust towards corrupt politicians among the citizenry can be observed and felt.

    • You’ve got to wait for the resolution of the Ombudsman to come out. You have to know that the Chief had already taken a vacation. But you deliberately failed to mention Mr. BInay, huh? Tell him to go on vacation also.