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VP BINAY VOWS TO CONTINUE 'DAANG MATUWID'


BINAY  Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he will continue the reforms initiated by the Aquino administration if he wins the 2016 presidential elections. Binay, himself facing plunder raps over the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II, recognized the anti-corruption efforts of the government. He said this must be continued by the president's successor. ''Basta't ako ho, 'yun hong mga magaganda at tamang ginawa dapat ipagpatuloy sa tamang namamahala,'' Binay told reporters. ''Ang maganda naman ho doon 'yung paglaban ho sa graft and corruption. Maganda ho 'yun. Ipagpapatuloy po natin 'yun at pag iibayuhin pa ho natin at ipapakita nating may resulta."  READ MORE...

ALSO: LP ready for 2016 with Mar for president, mum on running mate


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DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II is still the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections, Senate President Franklin Drilon said yesterday. “Roxas is the presidential candidate we will present and the party is ready for 2016,” LP stalwart Drilon said in response to questions from journalists. Drilon would not comment on who would be Roxas’ runningmate. While the LP has not yet discussed its entire lineup, Drilon said some names are already in the party’s possible senatorial slate, and one of them is former Pangasinan third district Rep. Rachel Arenas, daughter of Rep. Rosemarie Arenas. The popularity of President Aquino, LP chair, has suffered a setback in recent surveys and some say his endorsement might adversely affect his candidates for 2016. But Drilon said “surveys are the perception for a particular period and I am certain that over the several months, with constant explanations, the people would be enlightened that the policies being pursued by the government are really for the public.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Roxas says he will accept any decision of PNoy, LP on 2016 polls


PNoy, MAR
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday said he will accept any decision by President Benigno Aquino III and the Liberal Party on who will be the administration's standard bearer for the 2016 elections. "Kung ano ang mapagpasiyahan ay handa akong gampanan," Roxas said in a chance interview after the League of Municipalities of the Philippines National Congress on Wednesday at the Manila Hotel. "Mabigat na boto diyan ay si Pangulo," he added, referring to LP's decision on the presidential polls. Aquino is the ruling party's national chairman. READ MORE...

ALSO Binay: BBL’s approval should not be rushed


Vice President Jejomar Binay said the government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like the indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads and the Moro National Liberation Front.
Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday urged the government to include other stakeholders in the discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which will be the legal basis for the creation of an autonomous Bangsamoro entity in Mindanao. “What I fear is after the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is signed, there will be another group of insurgents that will arise,” Binay said in Filipino. He also noted that certain features of the draft BBL should be carefully reviewed as these could run counter to provisions of the Constitution and compromise national sovereignty. File photo PHILSTAR  Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Friday called on the Aquino administration to let the next administration handle the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in case it fails to hurdle Congress within its term of office. In his speech before the 15th National Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Cebu, Binay reiterated his position not to rush the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “I have said so before: Let us not insist on a hasty and precipitate approval of the BBL; if it fails to pass in this administration, then let the next handle it — and handle it firmly and well, with the Constitution and the welfare of the Filipino nation foremost in mind — in 2016,” Binay said. READ MORE...

ALSO Abigail Binay: Trillanes desperate for VP slot with Mar Roxas


TRILLANES 
 Makati Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is ''desperate'' to become the running mate of Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II in the 2016 elections. In a statement, Binay said Trillanes is attacking the Binay family in order to gain political mileage and, more importantly, to get the backing of Roxas, who is presumed to run against Vice President Jejomar Binay in the presidential race. Trillanes, who belongs to the Nacionalista Party, has declared his intention to run for vice-president in 2016. According to Binay, Trillanes is counting on the Liberal Party-Nacionalista Party (LP-NP) coalition to draft him as the vice presidential running mate of Roxas. ''Senator Trillanes has been desperately trying to sell himself to voters and more importantly, to Roxas. This is why the senator has been leading the charge against the Vice President, who remains the biggest obstruction to Roxas' own aspiration to become president,'' Binay said. In the recent Pulse Asia survey, Trillanes placed 6th among the possible contenders for the vice-presidential race, with 6 percent of the respondents saying they would vote for him if the elections were held at the time of the survey. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe catches up with Binay in new presidential poll; Binay still top contender; Roxas, Duterte tied in third place


Sen. Grace Poe is now much closer to Binay's popularity level after her rating surged from 21 percent to 31 percent in the same period. STAR File photo
Sen. Grace Poe has closed in on Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on presidential contenders. The results of the new poll showed on Thursday that Binay remains the top contender for the presidency with a voter preferential rating of 36 percent in March, down from 37 percent in December 2014. Poe, meanwhile, is now much closer to Binay's popularity level after her rating surged from 21 percent to 31 percent in the same period. The SWS survey also showed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's score rose from 5 percent to 15 percent to tie for third place with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, whose rating dipped from 19 percent. READ MORE...

ALSO Surprise: Roxas tells LP he will run in 2016


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas has told party mates that he is interested in running for president, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon. Roxas made his sentiments known to his colleagues in the ruling Liberal Party, Drilon told Radyo Inquirer in an interview on Friday. “As of now, Mar Roxas has expressed interest internally that he wants to offer his candidacy to the public, and the party will probably endorse that. So as of now, it’s Mar Roxas,” Drilon told host Jake Maderazo. Drilon, the LP’s vice president, said he does not know yet who the party is considering for its standard-bearer’s vice-presidential running mate. He said the LP would be calling a convention to decide on its candidates for the top posts in the 2016 elections, though no date has been set yet. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe rejects VP run just to boost somebody's presidential run in 2016


POE
SEN. Grace Poe will not be anybody’s running mate in 2016 because for her, it’s the presidency or nothing, a source said on Saturday.
The source who asked not to be identified for lack of authority to speak on the matter said Poe is not considering running for vice president. He said the senator believes that running second fiddle to any presidential candidate would not bode well for her political career since she could just be used as a tool to boost somebody’s chances. “She doesn’t want to run for vice president. If she will run in 2016, it would be for president. She could be a lock for vice president, but in the long run, she is thinking, how would that work out for her? If she wins as vice president, she will occupy that post until 2022. By that time, she can’t be so sure that she will still enjoy the same high level of popularity and trust of the people, and she knows it,” the source, who has confirmed that some political parties are convincing Poe to be in their team as the vice presidential bet, said. READ MORE...


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VP Binay vows to continue 'Daang Matuwid'


BINAY

MANILA, APRIL 20, 2015 (ABS-CBN)   Updated as of 12/05/2014 4:03 PM - Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he will continue the reforms initiated by the Aquino administration if he wins the 2016 presidential elections.

Binay, himself facing plunder raps over the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II, recognized the anti-corruption efforts of the government.

He said this must be continued by the president's successor.

''Basta't ako ho, 'yun hong mga magaganda at tamang ginawa dapat ipagpatuloy sa tamang namamahala,'' Binay told reporters.

''Ang maganda naman ho doon 'yung paglaban ho sa graft and corruption. Maganda ho 'yun. Ipagpapatuloy po natin 'yun at pag iibayuhin pa ho natin at ipapakita nating may resulta."

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In the interview, Binay was asked to react about Interior Secretary Mar Roxas' statement that the vice-president may not be able to continue the ''straight path'' (daang matuwid) that the administration has started.

''Ako noong maging mayor po ako, 'yung mga mabuting ginawa 'nung aking pinalitan halimbawa ho 'yung ospital, 'yung sa kalusugan, pinagpatuloy ko po 'yun. Hindi porke sa kaniya nagsimula kahit na maganda hindi ko ho ipagpapatuloy. Hindi po ako 'yung ganoong klase. So, palagay ko hindi ho sa akin pinasasabi 'yun," he said.

Binay, who has long revealed his plan to run for president in the 2016 elections, defeated Roxas in 2010 to become the vice-president.

Roxas, who belongs to the ruling Liberal Party, has not yet declared his plans for the 2016 polls.


PHILSTAR

LP ready for 2016 with Mar for president By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 15, 2015 - 12:00am


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DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II is still the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections, Senate President Franklin Drilon said yesterday.

“Roxas is the presidential candidate we will present and the party is ready for 2016,” LP stalwart Drilon said in response to questions from journalists.

Drilon would not comment on who would be Roxas’ runningmate.

While the LP has not yet discussed its entire lineup, Drilon said some names are already in the party’s possible senatorial slate, and one of them is former Pangasinan third district Rep. Rachel Arenas, daughter of Rep. Rosemarie Arenas.

The popularity of President Aquino, LP chair, has suffered a setback in recent surveys and some say his endorsement might adversely affect his candidates for 2016.

But Drilon said “surveys are the perception for a particular period and I am certain that over the several months, with constant explanations, the people would be enlightened that the policies being pursued by the government are really for the public.”

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Drilon added that he is sure that the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, another presidential contender, is also concerned about the consistent slide of his approval ratings.

“You ask any statistician pollster. One survey should not be a cause for concern. What we have to watch out is over a period of time, there is a trending and if the slide continues in different surveys conducted, that must be looked into,” Drilon said.

“You look at two, three, four surveys and look at the trend, how it looks like and that should be the time to analyze why you are falling behind,” he explained.

Drilon noted that the surveys on Binay are “a cause for worry because it (approval rating) has consistently declined.”

Drilon, meanwhile, emerged as the most trusted government official in the surveys.

He said he will continue to work and prove to the people that he is worthy of their trust and confidence. He also maintained that he is not using this as a gauge for him to aspire for a higher position.

“I always have my feet on the ground,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Aquino expressed confidence that Filipinos would vote wisely in the next elections to sustain the country’s gains.

He made the statement yesterday when he led the bell ringing ceremony at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in Makati City. – With Aurea Calica


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Roxas says he will accept any decision of PNoy, LP on 2016 polls By AMANDA FERNANDEZ,GMA News April 15, 2015 3:13pm


PNoy, MAR

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday said he will accept any decision by President Benigno Aquino III and the Liberal Party on who will be the administration's standard bearer for the 2016 elections.

"Kung ano ang mapagpasiyahan ay handa akong gampanan," Roxas said in a chance interview after the League of Municipalities of the Philippines National Congress on Wednesday at the Manila Hotel.

"Mabigat na boto diyan ay si Pangulo," he added, referring to LP's decision on the presidential polls.

Aquino is the ruling party's national chairman.

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Roxas issued his remarks following Senate President Franklin Drilon's pronouncements that the former is still LP's presidential candidate.

"Roxas is the presidential candidate we will present and the party is ready for 2016," Drilon was quoted as saying in Dagupan City on Tuesday.

Roxas, meanwhile, said he hopes that the next leader would continue Aquino's Daang Matuwid anti-corruption campaign.

"Kinokonsidera ko ang sarili ko bilang sundalo ng army ng Daang Matuwid at kasama ako na ayaw nang mag-rewind na bumalik sa nakaraang pumumulitika lang, pangongorakot, pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan," he added.

But when asked if he has been talking with Aquino regarding the forthcoming 2016 elections, Roxas declined to comment.

Earlier, Roxas dismissed any chance that he would consider to be the running-mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 elections.

"Kahit kailan, kahit papaano hinding-hindi po ako sasama sa hindi daang matuwid," he said. "Doon po ako sa daang matuwid, sa malinis, walang mantsa."

Binay has reportedly said that he is open to having Roxas as his vice-presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

Binay beat Roxas during the 2010 vice-presidential race, although the latter has a penidng electoral protest. — RSJ, GMA News


MANILA BULLETIN

Binay: BBL’s approval should not be rushed Manila BulletinManila Bulletin – Sat, Mar 21, 2015..


Vice President Jejomar Binay said the government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like the indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads and the Moro National Liberation Front.
Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday urged the government to include other stakeholders in the discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which will be the legal basis for the creation of an autonomous Bangsamoro entity in Mindanao. “What I fear is after the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is signed, there will be another group of insurgents that will arise,” Binay said in Filipino. He also noted that certain features of the draft BBL should be carefully reviewed as these could run counter to provisions of the Constitution and compromise national sovereignty. File photo PHILSTAR

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Friday called on the Aquino administration to let the next administration handle the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in case it fails to hurdle Congress within its term of office.

In his speech before the 15th National Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Cebu, Binay reiterated his position not to rush the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“I have said so before: Let us not insist on a hasty and precipitate approval of the BBL; if it fails to pass in this administration, then let the next handle it — and handle it firmly and well, with the Constitution and the welfare of the Filipino nation foremost in mind — in 2016,” Binay said.

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The proposed BBL is the legal translation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that will entrench the Bangsamoro region.

The CAB was signed by the government and MILF on March 27, 2014.

The Aquino administration is targeting the early passage of the BBL in its hopes that an election will be held in Bangsamoro in 2016.

Binay said the outcome of the Jan. 25 Mamasapano, Maguindanao massacre showed the defects of the proposed BBL.

“The great sacrifice in lives of our 44 SAF heroes has pushed to front and center of public attention the constitutional defects of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, putting on hold its rushed congressional approval and bringing it to sober public scrutiny,” he said.

The Jan. 25 clash claimed the lives of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) commandos, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, and five civilians.

Binay, meanwhile lauded the PNP Board of Inquiry and the joint committees of the Senate for probing into the incident despite facing some limitations.

“Despite the gallant effort of the PNP Board of Inquiry, as well as of the joint committees of the Senate, to come up with investigation reports that could help us comprehend the truth about the tragic incident, it is easy to understand the limitations within which they had to labor,” Binay said.

The Senate report drafted by Senator Grace Poe found President Aquino responsible for the Mamasapano incident.


ABS-CBN

Abigail Binay: Trillanes desperate for VP slot with Mar ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/15/2015 8:02 PM


TRILLANES

MANILA – Makati Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is ''desperate'' to become the running mate of Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II in the 2016 elections.

In a statement, Binay said Trillanes is attacking the Binay family in order to gain political mileage and, more importantly, to get the backing of Roxas, who is presumed to run against Vice President Jejomar Binay in the presidential race.

Trillanes, who belongs to the Nacionalista Party, has declared his intention to run for vice-president in 2016. According to Binay, Trillanes is counting on the Liberal Party-Nacionalista Party (LP-NP) coalition to draft him as the vice presidential running mate of Roxas.

''Senator Trillanes has been desperately trying to sell himself to voters and more importantly, to Roxas. This is why the senator has been leading the charge against the Vice President, who remains the biggest obstruction to Roxas' own aspiration to become president,'' Binay said.

In the recent Pulse Asia survey, Trillanes placed 6th among the possible contenders for the vice-presidential race, with 6 percent of the respondents saying they would vote for him if the elections were held at the time of the survey.

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Roxas, meanwhile, has yet to throw his hat in the ring. However, some of his allies at the Liberal Party (LP) believe he will be the ruling party's bet to succeed President Benigno Aquino III.

Roxas continues to lag in the surveys, but some political analysts say this might change once he finally declares his intention to run.

Vice-President Binay, Roxas' 2010 rival, remains on top of the presidential preference polls. In the March Pulse Asia survey, he regained ground, getting 3 percentage points higher than the 26% he got in the November 2014 survey.

The vice-president earlier said his political party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is open to forging coalitions with other political parties, including the Nacionalista Party to which Trillanes belongs.

He also invited Roxas to become his running mate in 2016, a proposal the Interior secretary immediately dismissed.


PHILSTAR

Poe catches up with Binay in new presidential poll; Binay still top contender  By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated April 16, 2015 - 11:54am


Sen. Grace Poe is now much closer to Binay's popularity level after her rating surged from 21 percent to 31 percent in the same period. STAR File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe has closed in on Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on presidential contenders.

The results of the new poll showed on Thursday that Binay remains the top contender for the presidency with a voter preferential rating of 36 percent in March, down from 37 percent in December 2014.

Poe, meanwhile, is now much closer to Binay's popularity level after her rating surged from 21 percent to 31 percent in the same period.

The SWS survey also showed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's score rose from 5 percent to 15 percent to tie for third place with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, whose rating dipped from 19 percent.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada both got 11 percent to tie for fourth place while Sens. Chiz Escudero and Bongbong Marcos came next with 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Sen. Alan Cayetano landed on seventh place with 4 percent followed by former Sen. Manny Villar and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who both scored 3 percent.

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sens. Loren Legarda, Bong Revilla and Franklin Drilon and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao got a voter preferential rating of 1 percent.

The SWS conducted the new poll from March 20 to 23 and interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide

The survey has sampling error margins of 3 percent for national percentages, and 6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


INQUIRER

Surprise: Roxas tells LP he will run in 2016 Leila B. Salaverria and Nińa P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:26 AM | Saturday, April 18th, 2015


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas has told party mates that he is interested in running for president, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon.

Roxas made his sentiments known to his colleagues in the ruling Liberal Party, Drilon told Radyo Inquirer in an interview on Friday.

“As of now, Mar Roxas has expressed interest internally that he wants to offer his candidacy to the public, and the party will probably endorse that. So as of now, it’s Mar Roxas,” Drilon told host Jake Maderazo.

Drilon, the LP’s vice president, said he does not know yet who the party is considering for its standard-bearer’s vice-presidential running mate.

READ: Aquino wants Poe to run as Roxas’ veep in 2016 – Osmeńa

He said the LP would be calling a convention to decide on its candidates for the top posts in the 2016 elections, though no date has been set yet.

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Party members have long been saying that Roxas, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 2010, was the party’s presumptive standard-bearer.

President Aquino, the party’s titular head, is expected to announce his preferred successor in June.

Roxas ranked third among the names that voters said they would prefer to be president in 2016 in the most recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) voter preference survey conducted in late March and released on Thursday.

According to the results of the SWS survey, Vice President Jejomar Binay still occupies the top spot, but neophyte Sen. Grace Poe is closing in.

READ: Poe cuts down Binay lead

Of the names that the respondents mentioned as the ones they would like to succeed Mr. Aquino in 2016, only Binay has declared his plan to seek the presidency.

‘Competence and experience’

On Friday, in the face of the apparent threat from Poe, Binay released a statement warning the country against voting a neophyte or inexperienced officials for president in 2016.

READ: Binay: Next President should not be a newbie in gov’t

The country should instead choose according to “competence and experience,” said Binay, who spoke at some length about his nearly three decades’ experience as a government official.

“The presidency only lasts for six years and this is too short. The one who will be elected should be experienced, not the one who will only be studying what to do in the event of [a] crisis,” said Binay.

Despite fighting off serious allegations of corruption for the past several months, Binay was shown in the most recent surveys—SWS and Novo Trends—to be the respondents’ top choice for president in 2016.

In the latest SWS survey, however, Poe went up 31 percent in March, from the 21 percent she posted in the last SWS survey in December. Only five percentage points separated her from Binay who lost one point, going down to 36 percent in March from 37 percent in December.

“I will run for president because I know that in the upcoming elections those with experience and competence in governance, those who have produced desirable results like what the Makati residents have been enjoying will be chosen by the Filipino people,” Binay said.

READ: Binay will seek presidency despite corruption scandal

Taking credit for Makati


BINAY

In the news release, Binay claimed that when he was appointed Makati mayor after the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, he took over a municipality that had P190 million in annual revenues and was about P200 million in debt.

Taking credit for the success of Makati, Binay claimed how his policies of instituting reforms, implementing fiscal discipline and sound management practices helped transform a bankrupt municipality to the country’s premier city.

In 2014, Makati posted P11.9 billion in revenue collections as its Makati Central Business District, the leading financial center in the country, hosts the biggest corporate headquarters.

Binay boasted how Makati is able to offer primary to tertiary healthcare under the Yellow Card health program—with free medicines and hospitalization—as well as a senior citizens care program that allows Makati’s elderly citizens to enjoy free movies, a birthday cake, medicine and cash allowances.

“Binay’s accomplishments in Makati propelled him to be named one of the top mayors of the world,” the Binay press statement said.

It enumerated Binay’s accomplishments, from his efforts to help Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza, who had been in prison in Saudi Arabia for 13 years and had been sentenced to die, to secure his freedom and return home, to his performance as the head of the government’s housing program.

Local execs ‘better’

Binay said that because the President’s term is only six years, he plans to work with previous Cabinet members who performed well during their tenure.

“Because of that belief, should I win the presidency, I will choose those people with experience and had shown effectiveness in their jobs as members of my Cabinet,” he said.

Binay also claimed that local government executives are better equipped to handle national positions because of their experience in managing their localities.

“Look at America, many of their elected national officials became governors first,” he said.

“Managing local and national affairs are the same, except that in the latter the scope of the work would be for the entire country,” Binay said.


MANILA TIMES

Poe rejects VP run April 18, 2015 10:17 pm by LLANESCA T. PANTI REPORTER


POE

SEN. Grace Poe will not be anybody’s running mate in 2016 because for her, it’s the presidency or nothing, a source said on Saturday.

The source who asked not to be identified for lack of authority to speak on the matter said Poe is not considering running for vice president. He said the senator believes that running second fiddle to any presidential candidate would not bode well for her political career since she could just be used as a tool to boost somebody’s chances.

“She doesn’t want to run for vice president. If she will run in 2016, it would be for president. She could be a lock for vice president, but in the long run, she is thinking, how would that work out for her? If she wins as vice president, she will occupy that post until 2022. By that time, she can’t be so sure that she will still enjoy the same high level of popularity and trust of the people, and she knows it,” the source, who has confirmed that some political parties are convincing Poe to be in their team as the vice presidential bet, said.

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“Hindi tatanggapin ni Grace yang offer to run as vice president. Ayaw niya. (Grace will not accept that offer to run as vice president. She doesn’t like it),” the source added .

“She wants to run while she has good chances, and she knows that 2016 is the best time for her to run for president,” the source pointed out.

Poe, daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe, Jr. surprisingly topped the 2013 senatorial race with 20 million votes.

In last week’s Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the senator trailed Vice President Jejomar Binay by only five percentage points. Binay, who had consistently topped presidential surveys, got 36 percent, down from his 37 percent rating in December last year.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ranked third, surging to 15 percent from five percent in December. Duterte tied with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd of the ruling Liberal Party, whose rating fell to 15 percent from 19 percent in December.

Sen. Miriam Santiago and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada were tied at 11 percent.

Binay had from the start been very vocal about his presidential ambition. Roxas was reported to have expressed interest in running for president, but Poe and Duterte have yet to announce their plans to run in 2016.

Poe led the Senate investigation on the killing of 44 Special Action Force troops in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in her capacity as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Safety. She has criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for allowing then suspended police chief Alan Purisima to be involved in the Mamasapano operations for the arrest of two high profile terrorists.

In its report, the Senate panel found the President responsible for the operation that left at least 60 people dead, including the 44 police commandos.

“The President must bear responsibility for giving assent to and failing to prevent the unlawful exercise of official functions by Purisima in connection with Oplan Exodus,” the report said.

Poe blasted Aquino for allowing Purisima’s “unlawful exercise of official functions” despite being aware that the latter had been suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft.


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