BULUAN, MAGUINDANAO, APRIL 15, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Maila Ager - President Benigno Aquino III and six Team PNoy senatorial bets on Friday joined the proclamation rally here of administration candidates led by Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

Aquino arrived at the Peace Center Compound in Barangay Poblacion shortly after 2 p.m. along with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman, among others.

Only four senatorial bets were present when the President arrived in the venue and they were Senator Loren Legarda, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, former Representative Risa Hontiveros, and Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV.

Former Senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay and Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara also came and gave their respective speeches but left long before the President showed up.

Mangudadatu estimated that the crowd who gathered for their proclamation rally was from 50,000 to 70,000.


Security tight in Maguindanao ahead of PNoy's visit to endorse LP bets By John Unson ( | Updated April 9, 2013 - 11:43am

Liberal Party stalwarts Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu of Maguindanao (left) and ARMM's chief executive, Mujiv Hataman, are to jointly host the April 12 visit in Buluan town of President Benigno Aquino III to attend the proclamation of regional, provincial and municipal administration candidates. (John Unson)

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The police and military have started securing strategic spots in Maguindanao as part of the preparations for Friday’s visit of President Benigno Aquino III to endorse local candidates of the Liberal Party.

The officer-in-charge of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Mujiv Hataman, who is LP’s official candidate for ARMM governor during the May 2013 regional elections, is also to attend the party’s major sortie in Buluan town in the second district of the province.

Hataman said he has instructed the ARMM’s police director, Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, and the Maguindanao provincial police office to provide tactical support to the Presidential Security Group, which is to secure the site of Aquino’s speaking engagement.

Hataman earlier told The Star that Aquino is likely to visit first the Office of the Regional Governor, touted as the “little Malacañang” of the autonomous region, to meet with regional officials, before proceeding to Buluan, hometown of LP’s provincial chairman, re-electionist Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.

Hataman said the provincial government of Maguindanao has been busy since last week initiating “legworks” meant to ensure a successful and safe LP sortie in Buluan.

Mangudadatu, in a text message, said he has directed LP candidates for various local positions to focus their campaign discourses on how they can help in the Mindanao peace process if elected.

Mangudadatu said local LP members have sworn to live up to the ideals of one of their “pro-peace” campaign maxims, “ayaw sa away,” as one way of exemplifying their being supportive of the Mindanao peace process.

Twenty six of Maguindanao’s 36 mayors belong to LP, now campaigning for the party’s senatorial, regional and provincial candidates.

Hataman and Mangudadatu both said they are expecting major realignments of political quarters in Maguindanao, in favor of LP, as the May 2013 election comes near.

Mangudadatu said many barangay officials and community elders in Maguindanao towns whose mayors are not members of the administration party have lately been so vocal of their support to local LP candidates.

Hataman said residents of Maguindanao will be honored with the Aquino’s visit on Friday.

“It will be a good opportunity for us to renew our commitment to President Aquino’s vision of a genuine `matuwid na daan’ governance in the autonomous region, in Maguindanao province and all other provinces of ARMM,” Hataman said.

Mangudadatu said they are also to reassure the president of their full support to his administration’s on-going peace overture with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“We shall also renew our pledge to support the FAB (Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro) before the President and express to him our readiness to recognize, respect and support a final peace pact between the government and the MILF,” Mangudadatu said.

The FAB, signed by the government and the MILF on Oct. 15 last year, aims to replace the ARMM with a new autonomous political entity which has more administrative and political powers.


PNoy endorses LP bets in Maguindanao By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News Posted at 04/12/2013 5:58 PM | Updated as of 04/12/2013 5:58 PM

MAGUINDANAO – President Benigno Aquino III formally endorsed to the Maguindanaons the candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) on Friday.

The President was joined on stage by Team PNoy senatorial candidates Loren Legarda, Bam Aquino, Jun Magsaysay, Risa Hontiveros, Koko Pimentel and Sonny Angara.

Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV at 35 is one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of the World for Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment. As the President of MicroVentures, which runs the multi-awarded social enterprise Hapinoy Program and the former Chairman of the Philippine National Youth Commission, Bam exemplifies the best attributes of the world’s young and successful people Ramón Banzon Magsaysay, Jr. (born June 5, 1938) is a political figure & senator. Magsaysay Jr. was born in Manila to former President Ramón Magsaysay and Luz Banzon. He was 15 when his father was elected president and was 18 when his father died in a plane crash in Cebu. He graduated in De La Salle College in Manila where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He pursued post-grad studies in 1962 at Harvard School of Business Administration in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent another year in New York University Graduate School of Business Administration Edgardo M. Angara (born July 15, 1972), most widely known as Sonny Angara, is a Filipino legislator and advocate of educational reform. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, representing the Lone District of Aurora, re-elected to a second term in 2007, and a third term in 2010.[1] He is the chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, making him ex-officio member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines. Angara is a son of former University of the Philippines President, former Senate President, and incumbent Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Mrs. Gloria M. Angara, a former teacher and Chairperson of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He and his wife Tootsy currently have three children. Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III commonly known as Koko Pimentel, is the son of the former senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. and Lourdes dela Llana-Pimentel. He was proclaimed on August 11, 2011 as the 12th winning senator in the 2007 election. Pimentel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ateneo de Manila University and a Bachelor of Laws from University of the Philippines, Diliman. He was subsequently the topnotcher in the 1990 Philippine Bar Examinations. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel (born Ana Theresia Hontiveros), is a Filipina activist, journalist, and politician who was the representative of the Akbayan Party to the Philippines' House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010. Having served as a journalist for ten years before venturing into politics, she is a recipient of the Kapisanan ng Mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas' Golden Dove Award for Best Female Newscaster. She has also received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for her work in the Peace Talks with the National Democratic Front from 1998 to 1999. She is the older sister of journalist and television host Pia Hontiveros, and television host Ginggay Hontiveros.

LP candidates for the local elections in the province were also present. They were led by Gov. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu, who's running for his second term.

In his speech, the President reminded Maguindanaoans about the unpleasant experience he had when he ran for a seat in the Senate in 2007, during the time of then-Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.

In 2007, the senatorial slate of former President Gloria Arroyo, called Team Unity, swept the elections in Maguindanao and drew a 12-0 win against the opposition in the province.

In that same election, then-Congressman Aquino won a Senate seat despite getting a measly number of votes in Maguindanao.

Recalling the Senate's hearing on alleged election fraud, President Aquino said he remembers the moment when Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero warned him against reading the certificate of canvass from Maguindanao, saying it will only hurt him to see the numbers.

The President said he still insisted in reading the certificate of canvass and told Escudero, "Bakit sasama loob ko eh lamang pala ko sa ‘yo. Thirteen votes yata nakuha ko, si Senator Chiz 12 lang."

Fraud in 2007 can't be replicated

Pimentel, who is seeking reelection, was a victim of the alleged fraud. Pimentel believes the fraud committed in 2007 cannot be replicated in 2013 elections.

He also doubts if Team PNoy can get a 12-0 win over UNA, stressing the point that they have no problem if other UNA candidates get elected.

"What's important is masunod ‘yung proseso, ‘yung tunay na gusto ng bayan,” he said.

Mangudadatu, meanwhile, backed Pimentel's view, saying UNA senatorial candidates could win in Maguindanao despite the support and trust that his constituents give to President Aquino.


Senate bets wooing religious groups By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 13, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - A month before the elections, senatorial candidates from Team PNoy have started wooing the support of influential religious groups in the hope of making it to the Senate.

Three senatorial aspirants from the administration slate admitted asking the help of the voting bloc Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), Mike Velarde’s El Shaddai and the Jesus is Lord (JIL) movement, among others.

Former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar had earlier said the El Shaddai vowed to support three candidates from Team PNoy and three from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), all of whom are anti-Reproductive Health advocates.

Villar said that she and senators Koko Pimentel and Antonio Trillanes IV got the support of El Shaddai. Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara said he sought the support of INC and JIL whose founder, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, is also eyeing a Senate seat. Former senator Jamby Madrigal, meanwhile, expressed hope the INC will support her again in the May 13 elections.

The senatorial candidates are also seeking the support of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ-The Name Above Every Name headed by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, and other evangelical and baptist churches.

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