Video of PNoy's No-Holds Barred Panel Interview

Noynoy Aquino

Last September 9, 2010, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III had a no holds-barred panel interview with 3 representatives from media. It was broadcast live on television and radio and lasted for several hours. Below are videos of the entire coverage by ANC which were posted on Youtube.








Ang Kapatiran accepts ABS-CBN's apology

Ang Kapatiran accepts ABS-CBN’s apology
By Perseus Echeminada
Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) has accepted the letter of apology from television network ABS-CBN for not including its vice presidential bet in the March 21 episode of “Harapan: Vice Presidential Debate” held at La Consolacion College in Manila.

In a letter to AKP president Eric Manalang, Maria Ressa, head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, said it was not their intention to overlook the AKP and they are planning to invite them to other episodes of Harapan as well as other venues for the party’s message to reach the people.

“We assure AKP of our commitment to provide political parties fair time and space during the election period,” Ressa said in her letter, according to the AKP media bureau.

AKP vice presidential bet Dominador Chipeco Jr. said he has accepted the apology of the television network, and stressed that “excellence and fairness are great virtues and forgiveness is no less.”

AKP presidential candidate JC de los Reyes, for his part, said that fairness is among the most essential virtues in society that their party is advocating.

“We fought to uphold it, ABS-CBN rectified their mistake, let’s all move forward to give everybody their due, especially the Filipino people,” he said.

With the letter of apology, the AKP is also set to withdraw its complaint against ABS-CBN before the Commission on Elections for alleged selective coverage, which they claimed is a violation of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Election Act.

ABS-CBN corporate communications chief Bong Osorio earlier assured the AKP that they will continue the Harapan debate and will include the party in its future episodes.

“Just because they were not included in the earlier episode doesn’t mean they won’t be included in future episodes,” Osorio said

Loren: All bets should take psych tests

Loren: All bets should take psych tests

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda on Sunday challenged all those who are running for the 2 highest positions in the country to undergo physical, psychological and emotional tests.

According to Legarda, tests like these will help determine if a candidate is emotionally ready to take on the important task of serving the country.

“Napakaraming mga hindi alam ng taong bayan na problema ng ibang kandidato bago nila iboto (People don’t know a lot of things about our candidates and their problems). So I think it’s just right that people become transparent about their physical and mental health as well as legal cases filed against them,” Legarda told ABS-CBN News.

Legarda made the statement following the release of a fake document, supposedly signed by Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag, that said Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III suffered from clinical depression in the mid-1990s. The document, which was forwarded to ABS-CBN by sources from the Nacionalista Party, alleged that Aquino has a history of smoking, drinking and the use of marijuana when he was still in his teenage years.

The Ateneo de Manila University’s (ADMU) Department of Psychology, which allegedly issued the evaluation, has already debunked the report.

“The document is false; no faculty member or other professional affiliated with the Psychology Department has ever conducted a psychiatric assessment of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.,” the department said. (Read: ADMU psychology department statement)

Caluag has also branded the report as bogus, saying that he has “never been connected” Ateneo’s psychology department. The NP has denied issuing the fake report and challenged ABS-CBN to reveal its sources.

The Liberal Party, meanwhile, refused Legarda’s challenge.

Edwin Lacierda, spokesperson for Aquino’s presidential campaign, said the challenge is part of NP’s strategy to boost Legarda’s ratings in the vice-presidential race.

“They’re challenging us for the psychiatric report. That’s part of their strategy. Why would we go with their script? Senator Legarda’s riding on this issue because her numbers in the surveys are slipping after her debate with Mar Roxas at Harapan,” he said.

In an online poll during ABS-CBN’s “Harapan: The Vice Presidential Debate” held last month, Legarda got the lowest score of 4%. In the said poll, viewers were asked to gauge the “truthfulness” of the answers of the vice presidential bets.


LP is planning to file charges against the NP for allegedly spreading copies of the fake document.

NP standard bearer Manuel “Manny” Villar, however, made it clear that they are not guilty of the said accusations. “Kung anuman ang gusto nilang gawin ay gawin nila. Kami naman din ay marami rin sanang gustong i-file na charges sa kanila. Alam mo kapag nagpapakita ng charges parang desperado ka na eh,” he said.

Unlike the LP, candidates from other political parties did not object to parts of Legarda’s suggestion.

Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino presidential bet Joseph “Erap” Estrada said they are willing to undergo physical exams.

Both, however, said looking into a person’s mental state is a “sensitive issue” that should only be kept between a doctor and the patient.

“My wife is a psychiatrist. I don’t need that,” Estrada said.

For his part, Bangon Pilipinas standard bearer Bro. Eddie Villanueva said all candidates must go through not only physical and psychological tests, but lie detector tests as well. These, he said, will help determine the truth behind a candidate’s intentions for public office. — Report from Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Kapatiran files complaint vs ABS-CBN

Kapatiran files complaint vs ABS-CBN
By Sheila Crisostomo
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) yesterday sought to penalize the ABS-CBN broadcasting network for alleged discrimination in their coverage of candidates.

AKP president Eric Manalang filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) accusing ABS-CBN of violating the Fair Elections Act in discriminating against party vice presidential candidate Dominador Chipeco Jr.

Manalang filed the complaint before Comelec Law Department director Ferdinand Rafanan, pointing out that ABS-CBN deliberately excluded Chipeco from a vice presidential debate they had organized.

“We had noticed that ABS-CBN, during the course of its coverage of our party’s campaign activities for public information, is being selective and at times outright discriminating against the Ang Kapatiran and its candidates,” Manalang said.

Manalang said the AKP was forced to file the complaint following the incident which, he said, resulted in many of their members, candidates and supporters being “disturbed” by the events.

“We take legal action against this continuing unfairness. Some had even lost interest to continue supporting us,” Manalang said.

Manalang submitted a letter addressed to Maria Ressa, managing director of ABS-CBN News Channel, requesting her action on the exclusion of Chipeco in the forum last March 21.

“Our demand for rectification, public correction and a formal reply was ignored. Again we felt discriminated against,” he said.

ABS-CBN corporate communications chief Bong Osorio, on the other hand, said they cannot issue a statement since they have yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

“We have not received a copy of the complaint so we cannot issue any reaction. Rest assured that ABS-CBN will continue the ‘Harapan’ series of debates. Just because they were not included doesn’t mean they won’t be included in the future,” Osorio said.

Earlier, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) vice presidential candidate Jay Sonza filed a complaint before the Comelec accusing ABS-CBN of violating the Fair Elections Act (Republic Act 9006) by excluding him from the same debate.

Sonza said he decided to file the complaint because of the refusal of the organizers to include him in the Harapan debate.

He said his exclusion from the debate constitutes a clear violation of the Fair Elections Act. – With Perseus Echeminada