NOY'S PICK FOR LP PRESIDENTIAL BET KEY TO LP-NP COALITION UNITY

With President Aquino entering the “last two minutes” of his administration, his allies believe that his “anointed” in the 2016 elections will hold the key to keeping the majority coalition intact for, and dominant in, the next national polls. Aggabao said that the majority coalition—composed of the ruling Liberal Party of Aquino, the NPC led by businessman Danding Cojuangco, the Nacionalista Party led by ex-Sen. Manuel Villar, the LDP led by ex-Sen. Edgardo Angara and the Akbayan party-list group—would hold fast or fragment, depending on the President’s anointed one. “Major political players within the coalition will bolt if they see [that] the common candidate is unwinnable.  There is no secret to that. The challenge for the coalition is to hook a credible candidate for president that has excellent chances of winning,” he said.

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The coalition of the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista Party is bound to break up when the time comes to choose each group’s standard bearer in the presidential election in 2016, an NP senator told the Inquirer Saturday. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of three NP senators that ran and won under the LP-led Team P-Noy coalition in the May 2013 elections, said he expects both parties to have different presidential candidates in 2016 regardless of whom President Benigno Aquino will endorse by then. “The way I understand it, the coalition will be binding up to the end of P-Noy’s (President Aquino’s) term as far as legislation is concerned. But as regards the presidential elections in 2016, parting ways is inevitable,” Trillanes said. “I believe both parties will field their respective candidates from their own ranks.”

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As the New Year 2014 starts, we are still in search of a genuine leader who will bring us out of the material and moral bankruptcy we have been experiencing since we became an independent Republic 68 years ago. It looks like our search will continue until the end of the term of the present Aquino administration in 2016. Our search will not end during his term simply because Aquino is working under the illusion that his administration’s straight path or daang matuwid is bearing good fruits; that he has the upper hand in the fight against the well entrenched corruption in government. It will not end during his term because he cannot unite our people. We cannot end the search for as long as our President is more concerned about his popularity and the promotion of a good public image as reflected in periodic popularity surveys than in a credible and truly believable public service that engenders public trust. Our search for a good leader will continue during Aquino’s term because he continues to believe that for as long as he is popular as shown by those contracted surveys, he is doing a good job; that for as long as he is popular, he is credible.


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Aquino’s pick key to coalition unity


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With President Aquino entering the “last two minutes” of his administration, his allies believe that his “anointed” in the 2016 elections will hold the key to keeping the majority coalition intact for, and dominant in, the next national polls. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, JANUARY 6, 2014 (INQUIRER)  By Gil C. Cabacungan - With President Aquino entering the “last two minutes” of his administration, his allies believe that his “anointed” in the 2016 elections will hold the key to keeping the majority coalition intact for, and dominant in, the next national polls.

Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas, who heads the Visayan bloc in the House of Representatives, figures that the President’s enormous popularity will make him a potent kingmaker in the next presidential elections.

“The President continues to enjoy high trust ratings and whoever he chooses as his successor will be a force to reckon with in 2016,” Treñas said in a phone interview.

Based on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) report released last Dec. 28, Aquino got an average net satisfaction rating of “very good,” or plus 55 percent, in 2013, or two percentage points above his average of plus 53 percent net rating in 2011 and 2012 but seven points off his plus 62 percent net rating in 2010.

The SWS noted that the President managed to maintain the “very good” rating in most parts of the country, in the rural areas and in the ABC and E income classes, but slipped to a merely “good” rating in Metro Manila, urban areas and the D class.

Could choose outsider

Treñas said that the President’s choice would be the key to keeping the ruling Liberal Party’s coalition with other parties intact for the 2016 elections.

But he did not discount the possibility that Aquino could very well choose a presidential candidate from outside the LP.

“It’s really not for me to say but I hope that his choice will come from us (the LP). But you know in politics, anything is possible… Only time will tell,” said Treñas.

Anointed one the key

Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, said the President needs to anoint a successor to ensure continuity in government policy.

“The President has set out a good course for the country, as evidenced by our stellar economic growth,” he said.

Aggabao said that the majority coalition—composed of the ruling Liberal Party of Aquino, the NPC led by businessman Danding Cojuangco, the Nacionalista Party led by ex-Sen. Manuel Villar, the LDP led by ex-Sen. Edgardo Angara and the Akbayan party-list group—would hold fast or fragment, depending on the President’s anointed one.

“Major political players within the coalition will bolt if they see [that] the common candidate is unwinnable.
 There is no secret to that. The challenge for the coalition is to hook a credible candidate for president that has excellent chances of winning,” he said.

Endorsing successors

“Based on past election results, exiting presidents have a spotty record in choosing the candidates to succeed them. While the ruling Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino chose the late Ramon Mitra as its presidential bet, the late President Corazon Aquino endorsed her defense secretary Fidel Ramos, who went on to win the presidential elections in 1992.”

Ramos, in turn, recommended the ruling Lakas party’s Jose de Venecia who lost to Joseph Estrada in 1998, and immediate past President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo endorsed Lakas-Kampi’s Gilbert Teodoro, who was beaten handily by his cousin, Aquino, in 2010.

LP has best odds

Eastern Samar Rep. and LP spokesman Ben Evardone said that with or without its coalition partners, the LP would have the best odds of retaining its hold on Malacañang through 2016 because of its popular leader and its size as the biggest political party in the country.

“I think the President will be a hard act to follow but I believe those who believe in him will also believe in his choice,” he said.

But he said the LP has to evolve into a real principled party, not a party of convenience like Lakas, the LDP and other previously dominant political parties.

“The LP should draw lessons from the debacle of major political parties, it has to reinforce its nontraditional status,” said Evardone, who was one of the dozens of Lakas-Kampi members who jumped ship to the LP in the final weeks before the May 2010 elections.

Evardone said the LP has its work cut out for it in the President’s so-called “last two minutes” and should be projecting itself as an antitraditional (anti-trapo) political party and anticorruption advocate.

Split between LP and NP seen before 2016 By Norman Bordadora Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:17 pm | Saturday, January 4th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The coalition of the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista Party is bound to break up when the time comes to choose each group’s standard bearer in the presidential election in 2016, an NP senator told the Inquirer Saturday.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (photo), one of three NP senators that ran and won under the LP-led Team P-Noy coalition in the May 2013 elections, said he expects both parties to have different presidential candidates in 2016 regardless of whom President Benigno Aquino will endorse by then.

“The way I understand it, the coalition will be binding up to the end of P-Noy’s (President Aquino’s) term as far as legislation is concerned. But as regards the presidential elections in 2016, parting ways is inevitable,” Trillanes said. “I believe both parties will field their respective candidates from their own ranks.”

Trillanes made the comment after Iloilo Representative Jerry Treñas, an LP stalwart, said President Aquino’s choice of presidential candidate will be key to keeping the coalition intact for 2016.

Asked if he thought the two dominant parties will go separate ways regardless of Mr. Aquino’s choice, Trillanes said, “Yes, the NP has its vision and plan for our country, which should be the primary basis for any presidential run of all the other parties.”

While Aquino and the LP led the administration coalition in the 2013 elections, it was the NP that ended up with the most seats in the 24-member Senate with five.

These include re-electionists Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano and first-time senatorial bet Cynthia Villar. They joined NP Senators Pia Cayetano and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who were elected in 2010.

Only one LP senatorial candidate, Benigno Aquino IV, won in the 2013 elections, bringing to four the number of LP senators. The others are Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Senator Teofisto Guingona III.

Despite having the most senators, the NP continued to support the LP-led coalition as its members supported Drilon’s bid for the Senate presidency.

Drilon was the Team P-Noy coalition’s campaign manager.

FROM PHILSTAR (OPINION)

Real and lasting reforms A LAW EACH DAY(KEEPS TROUBLE AWAY) By Jose C. Sison (photo) (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 3, 2014 - 12:00am 0 30 googleplus1 1

As the New Year 2014 starts, we are still in search of a genuine leader who will bring us out of the material and moral bankruptcy we have been experiencing since we became an independent Republic 68 years ago. It looks like our search will continue until the end of the term of the present Aquino administration in 2016.

Our search will not end during his term simply because Aquino is working under the illusion that his administration’s straight path or daang matuwid is bearing good fruits; that he has the upper hand in the fight against the well entrenched corruption in government.

It will not end during his term because he cannot unite our people. On the contrary he has only created a serious rift and deep division among our countrymen by even intervening in the legislative function with the use of the pork barrel to pass highly controversial and constitutionally questionable bill like the foreign imposed RH bill.

Our search is still futile because the President we supposedly elected last 2010 on the glowing promise of genuine reforms in government has been fulfilling that promise more in form than in substance, more in self serving public relations campaign creating a favorable public image than in concrete actions and solid performance that can really be felt by the people.

We cannot end the search for as long as our President is more concerned about his popularity and the promotion of a good public image as reflected in periodic popularity surveys than in a credible and truly believable public service that engenders public trust.

Our search for a good leader will continue during Aquino’s term because he continues to believe that for as long as he is popular as shown by those contracted surveys, he is doing a good job; that for as long as he is popular, he is credible.

Indeed our search continues for as long as most of the office holders are politicians who are more interested in advancing the fortunes of their party than in the promotion of the general welfare; for as long as our office holders use methods to gain their own ends of obtaining or holding on to power, wealth and influence.

It is only the third day of the New Year however, and as always, we Filipinos remain hopeful and continue to make New Year’s resolutions which we hope to accomplish. Coming to mind in this connection is a summary of Pope Francis’ ten most memorable quotes which rappler.com has compiled in the form of resolutions for the coming years. Filipinos including our political leaders particularly our President may consider adopting them. They are as follows:

1. Choose to be humble especially in wielding power and have a sober and essential lifestyle with your money and other possessions. Certainly they “can give us a momentary thrill, the illusion of being happy but they end up possessing us and making us always want to have more, never satisfied”;

2. Develop the culture of encounter by “meeting the poor in flesh and establishing personal contact with the needy. The sick must be cared for and the prison visited.” Donation to charity is not enough. Although Pope Francis did not say so, this culture is also against the practice of distributing relief goods and other assistance during calamities more for photo opportunities enhancing public image.

3. Another means of developing the culture of encounter is to “befriend those who disagree” with us. We have to “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue”. All have something good to give”. Thus it is also good to listen to them;

4. Stop judging others. “Keep watch over ourselves. Let us not forget that hatred, envy and pride defy our lives”. This particular resolution may even enable us to get rid of our intolerance and stubbornness in insisting that we are always right and thus ignore constructive criticisms;

5. Make time for others. This obviously means that we should not look down and disregard the suggestions requests and pleas of other people simply because we do not know them especially the poor and the lowly;

The other resolutions compiled by rappler.com from Pope Francis’ memorable quotes which may also be useful in reforming ourselves especially our leaders one way or another are:

6. Don’t judge others and gossip about them by telling unverified information damaging to their name and reputation. “Gossip is murder” according to Pope Francis;

7. Discard the culture of waste because it neglects the plight of the poor. Here the Pope is asking everybody something that could be easily done: “finish your meals — no leftover please. Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, hungry”;

8. Make life-long commitments —“rebel against a culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility.” While the Pope here cites marriage as an example of such commitment, it may also apply to other commitments especially in making good on promises, political or otherwise;

9. Make it a habit to “ask the Lord.” This is applicable especially “to young people who may not know what to do with their lives”. In this connection the Pope cites the young Samuel’s plea when he said “speak Lord for I am listening” (1 Samuel 3:1-10);

10. And finally the Pope also wants us to “be happy” always. “Joy cannot be held at heel; it cannot be let go. It is is pilgrim virtue. It is a gift that walks the path of life”.

Let us therefore all hope that we can comply with all or some of these New Year’s resolution. It may enable us including those in public service to achieve true and lasting reforms.

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