EQ Post

The EQ Post-The world's best citizen journalism for YOU, the Global Pinoy.Year 7 of fearless and independent citizen journalism.
Got a problem? Odds against you? Need help? - The EQualizer Post will even it up for YOU. We are good in fighting the giant windmills (and bullies) of this country!


Tatak "M" :Why the Binays are worried!

EQ video


EQ Post On Twitter

Follow equalizerpost on Twitter

Thursday, August 21, 2014

EQ Showbiz Breaking News: D'Binays' Tatak "M" Season vs.Duck Dynasty (Season 6 Rating Decline)

The Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—are known for their long beards and their religious views. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel. From Wikipedia
The Binay Dynasty:
The BINAY Dynasty is a true-to-life political reality show in the Philippines. 
The Binay family members who are in politics are the following:
Jojo Binay: The Patriarch, Vice President of The Philippines
Nancy Binay :The oldest daughter, Senator 
Jun-Jun Binay: The son, Mayor of Makati
Abigail: the younger daughter, Congresswoman
In the U.S., Americans simply have to press the "off" button of their remotes if they don't like their reality tv shows.
However, for better or for worse,  the zany and sometimes tumultuous political relationships of The Binay Dynasty affect our daily lives in the Philippines. We can't use our remotes to shut them off!
From breathecast.com
In the latest 'Duck Dynasty' news, Willie and Korie Robertson talked about many topics including Season 6's ratings decline, and the controversy that follows them whenever they express their Christian faith in public.
"Doing the show and having this platform is absolutely worth it," said Korie to FOX 411 in a recent interview, "Nobody really wants to be involved in controversy, but I think it's a matter of you have to stand up for what you believe in and stay true to your principles and your values and those things don't change. It doesn't shift and sway with the wind.
The wife of Duck Commander CEO further expressed her views on her family's boldness in sharing their faith with anyone who wants to learn about their beliefs and family values.
"That's who you are and that's what you believe and you have to stick behind those things and if controversy comes with that, and it does, hopefully we handle it as a family the best way we can with love and the way God would want us to," said Korie.
Korie's soulmate Willie also talked about the reality series in regards to its current ratings slump as compared to Season 5's rating.
"To some extent it's a natural cycle of any show, you have ups and you have downs... [This season] was aired in the summer which is when not as many people are watching TV." said Willie.
"Those things affect it, it's about what you're up against too so a lot of factors play into that. We just do what we do... I mean it's the top show on cable. I think anybody would kill to have a top show on cable, you know, for one night of the week so we feel like it's not as bad [as people say it is]," she added.
In addition, Willie and Korie revealed they're hoping to see the series' ratings bounce back in the upcoming seventh season.
"If you traveled around with us and saw the vigorousness of the fans' support you'll see that it certainly hasn't lost momentum," said Willie.
"As far as what else we would do, I don't know, we've been approached for a lot of opportunities, and we may do something on television, we may not, so who knows we'll just see. We'll let the Lord guide us where He takes us," he concluded.
The Binay Dynasty Latest Episode: "Kulang na lang ng M!"
“Sabi ko nga kanina, ang feeling ko kulang na lang, ‘yung mga kasamahan ko ukitan ako dito sa noo ko ng M, ..........” Nancy Binay, (in the Senate, 8/20/2014)
Mahal na mahal!
The most expensive parking building in the country?
Based on present construction standards for high-end commercial buildings, the current acceptable construction cost per square meter is only P25,000 per square meter. It said the reasonable cost of construction for the whole building is only P798, 200,000.
Actual cost : P1.56 billion.
Senator Nancy Binay said she felt like her colleagues would like to put an “M” tag on her forehead. “M,” she said, stands for “Magnanakaw” (thief).
From Inquirer:
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Audit will conduct a special audit of the construction of an allegedly overpriced P2.3-billion Makati City parking building, with COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan noting “red flags” such as the division of the project into several phases and questioning the quick award of the contracts.
The 11-story building is the subject of a plunder case filed against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was Makati City mayor when construction of the parking building began in 2007.
The case was filed by their political rivals Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso, who said the building should have cost only P700 million.
Binay on Wednesday anchored part of his defense of the parking building project on an earlier COA report finding nothing irregular about it from start to finish.
Appearing in a politically charged Senate blue ribbon inquiry on the alleged overprice of Makati buildings, Binay also explained the cost of the parking building by saying that it was “world-class” and that its foundation had to be strengthened because of its location on soft ground, given that it was near the Pasig River.
Cuervo’s valuation
Federico Cuervo, a property appraiser from Cuervo Valuers & Advisory, said the average cost of a building in Barangay (village) Poblacion, Makati City, was P23,000 per sqm based on 2007 prices. He also said the P23,000 value was for a “Grade A” building.
Cuervo said he came up with the P23,000-per-sqm value when asked to do so for a “hypothetical building,” and did not know until Wednesday that it was to be compared with the Makati parking building.
He also confirmed, upon  Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s questioning, that a 31,000-sqm building would have cost only around P700 million.
Trillanes also said that if based on 2012 prices, the cost of a building would be P27,000 per sqm.
This would mean the Makati parking building was still overpriced, he added.
Internal memo
Tan said the COA report Binay cited was an internal memorandum and would still have to be validated. The COA is now set to conduct a special audit of the project and its findings will be filed in the Office of the Ombudsman because there is a pending case on the matter.
“It will go through a special audit. This will be handled by the central office, the special audit service. We will have a multi-disciplinary team,” she said at the hearing, adding that the COA will also engage experts like a quantity surveyor because a technical matter was involved.
Five phases for project
She said one red flag that would be looked at was the division of the parking building project into five phases.
“In the usual course, it’s a red flag,” she said, in response to a question from Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III on whether the division of a project into phases triggered suspicion.
Pimentel said this could “open a Pandora’s box” because many projects had been implemented in phases.
Lone bidder
Tan noted that in this case, one contract was awarded for each phase. There were also lone bidders for the contracts.
But Sen. JV Ejercito, a former San Juan mayor, said dividing projects into several phases was a usual practice in local governments.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asked COA auditor Cecilia Caga-anan, former auditor of Makati, whether the parking building raised red flags, citing the Davis, Langdon and Seah construction cost handbook used in the Philippines.
Caga-anan signed the COA report cited by Binay that there had been no adverse findings about the project.
Cayetano said that based on the handbook, a parking building should have cost P12,000 to P18,000 per sqm, while an average standard office should cost P26,900 to P33,000 per sqm. A prestige office or high rise should cost P30,000 to P37,000 per sqm.
Caga-anan said she had consulted the technical staff, the COA engineers before signing the report.
Bidding, awarding
Another thing the COA would look at was the appropriation, bidding out and awarding of the P400-million contract for phase one of the parking building project in two-and-a-half months.
Tan noted, for example, that a city ordinance setting aside P400 million for phase one was approved on Nov. 8, 2007. On Dec. 28, 2007, it was bid out and on Jan. 18, 2008, the contract was awarded to Hilmarcs Construction Corp.
“If all of these was because of efficiency, commendable. But in our experience, a contract of this magnitude and complexity would normally take at least six months or even a year to procure,” she said.
“I do not wish to be prejudging at this time, but there are definitely matters we need to look into more intensively, more cautiously so that we can go into the bottom of this whole matter,” Tan added.
Unaware of overprice?
Cayetano further asked whether the building had 24-hour generators, and what the ratio of parking spaces to offices was.
Binay said he did not have the information with him and will provide it later. He also said he was not privy to the details of laying down the foundation for the parking building, since this was done during his father’s term.
Cayetano asked whether Binay asked about the original plans of the buildings, because the phases might keep on adding up in the coming years and so that he could check what else would be needed for it.
The mayor said the city engineers briefed him about what needed to be done next and about the cost.
“We’ll have to rely on them, on their findings and recommendations,” he said, adding that the project also goes through the bids and awards committee and through audit.
He also said there could have been no splitting of contracts because there was a bidding for every phase of the project.
Since Binay relied on the reports of his subordinates, Cayetano said it was possible there was an overprice and the mayor was just not aware of it.
“There will be a possibility, your honor. You’re right, sir,” Binay replied.
Other buildings
Bondal also alleged during the hearing that other Makati buildings were likely overpriced, such as Makati City Hall, Ospital ng Makati 1, and Makati City Science High School.
He further alleged that it was the Makati government’s practice to “chop-chop” one project into several contracts, completing the project in several phases, in order to inflate the price.
“There was no bidding for the P2.7-billion Makati carpark building… The real cost of the building will only be known after it has been completed because it was chopped into phases,” he said.
‘Chop-chop’ capital
He said as far as he knew, the procurement act prohibited the splitting of contracts.
“Makati could be called the chop-chop capital of the Philippines,” he added.
Hilmarcs Construction Corp. bagged all the contracts for the parking building.
Trillanes noted that as per the COA report, all the structural works, for the parking building’s foundation, amounted to P600 million.
But this would mean close to P2 billion was still spent for the rest of the building, he added.
The COA should have dug deeper on this, he said.
Binay had said that part of the reason for the cost of the building was the need to strengthen its foundation, since it was located on softer land that was near the river.