BINAY TOP PICK AS PRESIDENT - PULSE ASIA SURVEY

Vice President Jejomar Binay is the top pick of 1,200 respondents as president come 2016 elections, according to the latest commissioned survey of Pulse Asia, Inquirer Radio 990AM reported Wednesday. In the report, 40 percent of respondents said Binay is their pick as president if the elections were held that day. The second top pick with 15 percent is neophyte Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of the late action star Ferdinand Poe Jr. and who led in the senatorial elections in 2013. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago comes third with 10 percent, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero with nine percent, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas with six percent, Sen. Bongbong Marcos with five percent, and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with four percent. Even Presidential sister and television host Kris Aquino got the pick with four percent of respondents wanting her to be president, according to the report.READ MORE...

(ALSO) PNoy to public: Elect leaders who will continue govt reforms

Saying corrupt officials caused poverty in the country, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday urged the public to vote for leaders who will continue his administration's reforms."Ang pakiusap ko po kung naniniwala kayo na tama ang ating ginagawa, kung ayaw ninyong mabalewala ang maganda nating nasimulan sa tuwid na daan, piliin natin ang mga susunod na pinunong magpapatuloy at higit pang magpapayabong sa ating mga naipunlang reporma," Aquino said during his speech at the Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. Compound in Laguna. The President's remark came following a Pulse Asia survey conducted last month among 1,200 Filipino voters that showed 40 percent of Filipinos will choose Vice President Jejomar Binay as president if elections were to be held now. In the survey, Binay had a significant lead among other potential presidential candidates, with the second placer, Senator Grace Poe, getting the nod of 15 percent of the survey respondents. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who was earlier identified by administration officials as the ruling Liberal Party (LP)'s bet for the 2016 presidential race, came in fifth place, with the support of 6 percent of the respondents. Aquino, who is also LP chairman, has repeatedly refused to name his 2016 bet. On Thursday, however, he urged voters to choose leaders who will continue what his administration started. "Piliin natin ang karapatdapat upang maging permanente ang malawakang transpormasyong tinatamasa ng ating lipunan," said. He likewise bashed corrupt officials, whom he said were the root of the country's poverty problems. "Dahil sa mga pinunong inuna o inuuna ang sariling interes matagal tayong nasadlak sa malubhang kahirapan at katiwalian... hanggan sa nagkaisa nga po at nagsama-samang nanindigan ang mga Pilipino para sa pagbabago," he said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: PNoy makes political pitch but none on labor benefits

WITH no wage or benefit concessions to announce, President Benigno Aquino III used his Labor Day address instead to urge workers to vote for “deserving” politicians who would continue his administration’s reform program in the 2016 elections. “This is my plea to all of you: if you believe that we have been doing the right thing, if you do not want to spoil the gains we have instituted through our policy of treading the straight path, choose the next leaders who will continue and expand even more the reforms that we have started,” Aquino said in his speech at the Laguna Technopark Thursday. “Let us choose deserving politicians who will make permanent the widespread transformation that we now enjoy,” the President added. His statement came a day after Pulse Asia released a recent survey showing Vice President Jejomar Binay as the first choice among the presidential candidates for the 2016 polls, beating Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II of Aquino’s Liberal Party. Binay, an opposition leader, topped 10 other politicians, including administration allies Senators Grace Poe, Miriam Santiago, and Francis Escudero.

ALSO: Despite high survey ranking, Grace Poe still not keen on seeking higher post

Despite a recent survey ranking her as among the top choices both for president and vice president in 2016, Senator Grace Poe  (photo) on Wednesday said she is still not keen on seeking a higher post in the upcoming national polls. “Hindi pa rin nag-iiba ang aking pananaw na marami pa akong dapat patunayan bago ako mangarap na tumakbo sa mas mataas na posisyon,” Poe said in a text message. A Pulse Asia survey conducted last month among 1,200 Filipino voters showed that 15 percent of Filipinos will choose Poe as president if elections were to be held now. The top choice for next president was Vice President Jejomar Binay, who got the nod of 40 percent of the respondents. Poe, who topped the senatorial polls in 2013, was also the leading choice for vice president, according to the same Pulse Asia survey. Thankful-- The neophyte senator nevertheless thanked those who named her as their choice for next president and vice president. “Ako ay lubusang nagpapasalamat sa patuloy na kompyansa ng ating mga kababayan. Dasal ko palagi na hindi ko sila bibiguin,” she said. Poe is not affiliated with any political party, but ran under the administration slate during the past midterm elections. The senator is the daughter of the late actor and National Artist Fernando Poe Jr., who ran for president in 2004, but lost the controversial elections to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Prior to her Senate stint, Poe was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Binay wants charges filed vs. ‘name-dropping’ driver who raced Aquino’s convoy

A driver, who name dropped Vice President Jejomar Binay, did not curry favor with the 2016 presidential aspirant who urged authorities to file “appropriate charges” for allegedly trying to race President Benigno Aquio III’s convoy last week. In a statement on Tuesday, Binay said that not only did Jeffrey Roxas Chua “violate traffic laws” but he also “put at risk the safety and security of the President and the members of his official family”. “Kay Presidente pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda kayo pag nanalo si Binay at Erap. Ipatatanggal kita,” warned Roxas Chua after he was given the ticket. (So, you’re with the President. You better be ready when Binay and Erap win in the next elections. I will have you removed.) “His reckless actions should not be condoned or allowed to go unpunished,” a statement from the Office of the Vice President read. The Vice President also insisted that he did not know Roxas Chua personally. “The Presidential Security Group did the right thing in apprehending this name-dropping motorist,” Binay’s statement read. According to the Malacañang report, the President was on his way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for inspection last Wednesday, April 16, when Roxas Chua “tried to recklessly overtake” a vehicle of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) and thus “endangered the life of the President and [that] of his official family.” The PCOO driver was forced to “slow down and give way,” but Roxas Chua’s red Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution “continued to swerve in and out of the presidential convoy at the right curve approach of the NAIA toll gate,” the report said. The report also said Roxas Chua tried to overtake the “whole presidential convoy” with speed of up to 180 kilometers per hour. He was then heading toward the Bicutan exit of the South Luzon Expressway, where he was finally cornered. Roxas Chua has denied the allegations in a separate report.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Binay top pick as president—Pulse Asia survey

MANILA, MAY 5, 2014 (INQUIRER) Vice President Jejomar Binay is the top pick of 1,200 respondents as president come 2016 elections, according to the latest commissioned survey of Pulse Asia, Inquirer Radio 990AM reported Wednesday.

In the report, 40 percent of respondents said Binay is their pick as president if the elections were held that day.

The second top pick with 15 percent is neophyte Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of the late action star Ferdinand Poe Jr. and who led in the senatorial elections in 2013.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago comes third with 10 percent, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero with nine percent, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas with six percent, Sen. Bongbong Marcos with five percent, and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with four percent.

Even Presidential sister and television host Kris Aquino got the pick with four percent of respondents wanting her to be president, according to the report.

Aquino is followed by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. with three percent wanting him president despite the plunder and graft charges the senator faces for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson comes in last with two percent of respondents.

Reached for a comment, the Office of the Vice President through Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado said Binay would not comment on the survey since the report did not come from Pulse Asia’s official press release.

The survey was done from March 19 to 26.

FROM GMA NEWS TV

PNoy to public: Elect leaders who will continue govt reforms By KIMBERLY JANE TAN,GMA NewsMay 1, 2014 12:58pm

Saying corrupt officials caused poverty in the country, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday urged the public to vote for leaders who will continue his administration's reforms."Ang pakiusap ko po kung naniniwala kayo na tama ang ating ginagawa, kung ayaw ninyong mabalewala ang maganda nating nasimulan sa tuwid na daan, piliin natin ang mga susunod na pinunong magpapatuloy at higit pang magpapayabong sa ating mga naipunlang reporma," Aquino said during his speech at the Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. Compound in Laguna.

The President's remark came following a Pulse Asia survey conducted last month among 1,200 Filipino voters that showed 40 percent of Filipinos will choose Vice President Jejomar Binay as president if elections were to be held now.

In the survey, Binay had a significant lead among other potential presidential candidates, with the second placer, Senator Grace Poe, getting the nod of 15 percent of the survey respondents. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who was earlier identified by administration officials as the ruling Liberal Party (LP)'s bet for the 2016 presidential race, came in fifth place, with the support of 6 percent of the respondents.

Aquino, who is also LP chairman, has repeatedly refused to name his 2016 bet. On Thursday, however, he urged voters to choose leaders who will continue what his administration started.

"Piliin natin ang karapatdapat upang maging permanente ang malawakang transpormasyong tinatamasa ng ating lipunan," said. He likewise bashed corrupt officials, whom he said were the root of the country's poverty problems.

"Dahil sa mga pinunong inuna o inuuna ang sariling interes matagal tayong nasadlak sa malubhang kahirapan at katiwalian... hanggan sa nagkaisa nga po at nagsama-samang nanindigan ang mga Pilipino para sa pagbabago," he said.

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

PNoy makes political pitch but none on labor benefits By Joyce Pangco Panares | May. 02, 2014 at 12:01am


Pitching for successor. President Benigno Aquino III tells his audience at the Laguna Technopark in Biñan City to choose a leader who will follow his ways in the next election in 2016. MALACAÑANG PHOTO
BUREAU

WITH no wage or benefit concessions to announce, President Benigno Aquino III used his Labor Day address instead to urge workers to vote for “deserving” politicians who would continue his administration’s reform program in the 2016 elections.

“This is my plea to all of you: if you believe that we have been doing the right thing, if you do not want to spoil the gains we have instituted through our policy of treading the straight path, choose the next leaders who will continue and expand even more the reforms that we have started,” Aquino said in his speech at the Laguna Technopark Thursday.

“Let us choose deserving politicians who will make permanent the widespread transformation that we now enjoy,” the President added.

His statement came a day after Pulse Asia released a recent survey showing Vice President Jejomar Binay as the first choice among the presidential candidates for the 2016 polls, beating Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II of Aquino’s Liberal Party.

Binay, an opposition leader, topped 10 other politicians, including administration allies Senators Grace Poe, Miriam Santiago, and Francis Escudero.

“Because of leaders who prioritized their own interests, we have long suffered from extreme poverty and corruption,” Aquino said.

The President played up the three percentage point decrease in the number of Filipinos living below the poverty line in the first semester of 2013 but did not mention the rising unemployment and underemployment rates that labor groups complained about on Wednesday.

“Maybe some people will ask: isn’t the three percentage point decrease too small to make a difference? Three percentage points translate into 2.5 million Filipinos who have been alleviated from the poverty line,” Aquino said.

In the Pulse Asia survey conducted from March 19-26, Binay was chosen by 40 percent of the 1,200 respondents, followed by Poe, 15 percent; Santiago, 10 percent; Escudero, 9 percent; Roxas, 6 percent; and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 5 percent.

Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., who is facing a plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman, got 3 percent, while rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson received 2 percent.

Binay and his supporters in the opposition United Nationalist Alliance welcomed the results of the latest opinion poll, but administration ally Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said it was too early to draw any conclusions about the next election.

“Well it’s not yet 2016,” Belmonte, vice president of the ruling Liberal Party, said.

On Tuesday, Aquino met with labor leaders but was non-committal on their demands for greater job creation and security of tenure for workers.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, however, said the administration was focused on creating more “high value-added” jobs.

“The administration is intensifying job generation by promoting expansion and new investments in manufacturing and high value-added industries that will create more high-quality jobs. Chronically high unemployment is being addressed through targeted skills training programs... and... job matching programs,” he said. – With Maricel V. Cruz and Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Despite high survey ranking, Grace Poe still not keen on seeking higher post By ANDREO CALONZO,GMA NewsApril 30, 2014 12:19pm 497 15 1 530

Despite a recent survey ranking her as among the top choices both for president and vice president in 2016, Senator Grace Poe  (photo) on Wednesday said she is still not keen on seeking a higher post in the upcoming national polls.

“Hindi pa rin nag-iiba ang aking pananaw na marami pa akong dapat patunayan bago ako mangarap na tumakbo sa mas mataas na posisyon,” Poe said in a text message.

A Pulse Asia survey conducted last month among 1,200 Filipino voters showed that 15 percent of Filipinos will choose Poe as president if elections were to be held now.

The top choice for next president was Vice President Jejomar Binay, who got the nod of 40 percent of the respondents.

Poe, who topped the senatorial polls in 2013, was also the leading choice for vice president, according to the same Pulse Asia survey.

Thankful

The neophyte senator nevertheless thanked those who named her as their choice for next president and vice president.

“Ako ay lubusang nagpapasalamat sa patuloy na kompyansa ng ating mga kababayan. Dasal ko palagi na hindi ko sila bibiguin,” she said.

Poe is not affiliated with any political party, but ran under the administration slate during the past midterm elections.

The senator is the daughter of the late actor and National Artist Fernando Poe Jr., who ran for president in 2004, but lost the controversial elections to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Prior to her Senate stint, Poe was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). — RSJ, GMA News

FROM THE INQUIRER

Binay wants charges filed vs. ‘name-dropping’ driver who raced Aquino’s convoy INQUIRER.net 8:05 pm | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 22 1443 1234MBNA


Vice President Jejomar Binay. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A driver, who name dropped Vice President Jejomar Binay, did not curry favor with the 2016 presidential aspirant who urged authorities to file “appropriate charges” for allegedly trying to race President Benigno Aquio III’s convoy last week.

In a statement on Tuesday, Binay said that not only did Jeffrey Roxas Chua “violate traffic laws” but he also “put at risk the safety and security of the President and the members of his official family”.

“Kay Presidente pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda kayo pag nanalo si Binay at Erap. Ipatatanggal kita,” warned Roxas Chua after he was given the ticket.

(So, you’re with the President. You better be ready when Binay and Erap win in the next elections. I will have you removed.)

“His reckless actions should not be condoned or allowed to go unpunished,” a statement from the Office of the Vice President read.

The Vice President also insisted that he did not know Roxas Chua personally.

“The Presidential Security Group did the right thing in apprehending this name-dropping motorist,” Binay’s statement read.

According to the Malacañang report, the President was on his way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for inspection last Wednesday, April 16, when Roxas Chua “tried to recklessly overtake” a vehicle of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) and thus “endangered the life of the President and [that] of his official family.”

The PCOO driver was forced to “slow down and give way,” but Roxas Chua’s red Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution “continued to swerve in and out of the presidential convoy at the right curve approach of the NAIA toll gate,” the report said.

The report also said Roxas Chua tried to overtake the “whole presidential convoy” with speed of up to 180 kilometers per hour. He was then heading toward the Bicutan exit of the South Luzon Expressway, where he was finally cornered.

Roxas Chua has denied the allegations in a separate report.


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