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P-NOY OFFICIALLY ENDORSES MAR ROXAS AS LP STANDARD-BEARER
[YELLOW IS THE COLOR OF 'CONTINUITY']


JULY 31 ---A GATHERING OF FRIENDS: From blue to yellow, the color of continuity. Yellow is the color of the presidential campaign of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for all to see by the hundreds of people sporting yellow ribbons inside the storied Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino on the eve of the democracy icon’s sixth death anniversary.President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday that he had picked Roxas as the candidate his administration will support in next year’s presidential election. Mr. Aquino called on all administration supporters to work harder to make Roxas “known to all.” It was the first time that Mr. Aquino publicly acknowledged that Roxas is trailing other candidates in the presidential polls. “It is clear who, of all the choices, deserves to be our next leader. And if his numbers are low at this point, it only means that we need to do even more to make him known to all,” Mr. Aquino said in his endorsement speech delivered in Filipino. Despite Roxas’ poor showing in the polls, President Aquino was high-spirited, punctuating his endorsement speech with his trademark humor. He opened his speech by greeting the “energized” crowd and said he sang the song “Bukas Palad,” performed by a children’s choir at the start of the program, whenever he was angry with someone. “It really calms me,” Mr. Aquino said, drawing laughter from his audience. “Again, we are being called to prove that ‘the Filipino is worth fighting for.’ Because what is truly important, we have to work for. We have to fight for,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mar: I accept the challenge


AUGUST 1 ---President Aquino endorses Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his preferred successor at Club Filipino in San Juan yesterday. Club Filipino was where Roxas announced in 2009 that he would give way to Aquino in the presidential race. It was also where Aquino’s mother Corazon took her oath as president in 1986. Boy Santos
Nearly six years ago, Manuel Roxas II announced at Club Filipino that he was forgoing his dream of becoming president and giving way to the only son of Corazon and Benigno Aquino Jr.
At the same venue yesterday, President Aquino finally announced that he preferred Roxas to succeed him in 2016. An emotional Roxas accepted Aquino’s endorsement, saying, “Our fight is still on. I am Mar Roxas, I accept the challenge posed by our bosses: to continue, widen and fight for the straight path.” “In all humility I thank you (Aquino) and our bosses. I will never ever go astray from the straight path,” Roxas vowed. “I will give my all; I will not leave anything for myself. I will leave everything on the floor for this fight.” Roxas said the fight was not about him and Aquino but daang matuwid or the straight path and the dreams of the Filipino people. “As the President said, it is worth fighting for. It is worth sacrificing for – and dying for if need be. The straight path transcends me and P-Noy; it is a Filipino ideal that has been there long before we were born, and will remain long after we are gone. We are being challenged by history to live up to this principle, to continue our journey, to fight for our dreams as a race,” Roxas said. READ MORE...

ALSO Binay: Roxas’ endorsement will highlight our difference


JULY 31 --CITY OF IMUS, Cavite – Vice President Jejomar Binay said the official proclamation of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the standard bearer of the administration’s Liberal Party will only “highlight” their difference in terms of experience, governance, and public service. The LP proclamation today also put an end to the party’s “pahele-hele” (playing coy) and drama about Roxas’ candidacy, Binay told reporters here. Binay was in this city on Friday while President Aquino made the announcement of Roxas’ official endorsement at the historic Club Filipino.
From here, Binay is scheduled to visit Dasmariñas City and later the town of Silang to meet with village officials to discuss “barangay anti-disaster programs.”  THIS IS THE FULL REPORT PLUS RELATED STORY....

ALSO Korina Sanchez: Mar Roxas ‘ready to accept challenge’  
[Korina Sanchez: Call me ‘only lady,’ not first lady]


JULY 31 --SCREENGRAB TO CRITICS: "BRING IT ON" Ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s expected endorsement of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, the latter’s wife, Korina Sanchez, said Friday that he is “ready to accept the challenge.”  In an Instagram post, the news anchor called Aquino’s formal anointment of her husband as his party’s presidential bet at the Club Filipino in San Juan city a “historic passing of torch.” “It’s a big day today… for a lot of people. I hear it is a historic passing of the torch — from one like-minded to another, between kindred spirits and who share one heart for the Filipinos,” she said. “Amidst differences, ubiquitous intrigue, power play, creeping doubts and fears, it must still and always be country above self.” She added that her husband is not reluctant and is willing to accept the job. “In a country where reluctance seems to be a primordial credential, there is no reluctance in my husband Mar. He is ready for the challenge, willing to serve hand and foot as he has, and able to bring this country to as close to where it deserves to be as he can take it. Honor here is not in declining power. Honor here is in accepting sacrifice,” she said. READ MORE...RELATED.....

ALSO LP exec: Poe ties with Escudero mired Aquino plans for her
[Poe calls for clean, fair race]


JULY 31 --President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Grace Poe. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/REM ZAMORA
The plot is out. The President would have wanted Senator Grace Poe to be the running mate of Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in 2016, then she would be given a Cabinet portfolio and an administration’s endorsement in 2022, a Liberal Party (LP) official disclosed on Friday. But that plan apparently did not materialize supposedly because of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, said LP treasurer and Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso “Boy” Umali Jr.
Umali is also a close friend of President Benigno Aquino III since they were members of the House of Representatives. “Ang gusto kasi ni Presidente continuous ‘yung matuwid na daan, 18 years,” he told reporters in an interview at the Club Filipino in San Juan city. (The president wants continuity in the straight path for 18 years) “So after him, Mar sana at kinukuha si Grace as Vice President tapos after that bibigyan ng magagandang portfolio para come 2022, si Grace ang magpi-presidente,” he said. (So after him, Mar would continue it, then Grace as Vice President will be given a good portfolio to aid her in 2022.) READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay confident he’ll KO Roxas in 2016


JULY 30 --Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is confident that he would win in a two-way fight between him and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, whose anointment as the administration party’s standard-bearer for next year’s elections is set for Friday. Malacañang on Thursday night confirmed that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will endorse Roxas in “a gathering of friends” at the Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila). A media advisory sent to reporters said four people from different sectors will give their message, which will be followed by the “response of Aquino.” “In the response, the President shall state his endorsement. After the response, DILG Sec. Roxas will deliver an acceptance message to the endorsement of the President,” the advisory added. Binay, in a statement, said his confidence springs from results of pre-election surveys. The Vice President had consistently led the surveys until he was overtaken beginning the second quarter by Sen. Grace Poe. Roxas, whom Binay defeated in the 2010 vice presidential race, was hovering at 3rd behind Poe and Binay. Victory would be his if the 2016 elections were “clean and honest,” Binay predicted at the sidelines of the General Assembly of Cavite Barangay Health Workes in Trece Martires City, Cavite. Commenting on Roxas’ supposed endorsement on Friday, Binay said he is glad that the cards will now be laid open. When asked if he could replicate his victory in 2010, the Vice President replied, “[I still have my] lucky punch.” READ MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao promises Binay: ‘I won’t leave you, Vice’


JULY 30 --Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
  Vice President Jejomar Binay belied reports that Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will leave the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and join the Liberal Party for the 2016 elections. In an interview, Binay said that Pacquiao has assured him that he will stay in the opposition party. “Sasabihin ko po sa inyo na kinabukasan nang lumabas sa pahayagan ‘yong intrigang ‘yon, kausap ko po mismo si [Representative] Manny Pacquiao at ang sinabi n’ya, ‘Wala pong iwanan. ‘Di ko po kayo iiwanan. Sama-sama po tayo, Vice,'” Binay told reporters during his visit in Cavite City on Thursday.
(A day after the issue was published in the paper, I talked to Manny Pacquiao and he said “I won’t leave you, Vice. We will be in this together.”)  EAD MORE...

ALSO PHILSTAR OPINION: Time to change the system


By Jose C. Sison One of the annual events eliciting varied comments and long winding discussions is undoubtedly the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress. While it is quite obvious that almost nothing useful can be derived from it, this yearly ritual must nevertheless be observed because it is mandated by the 1987 Constitution (Section 23, Article VII). Actually, in our first Constitution of 1935 under the Commonwealth regime, the President is not required to give such address before Congress. Said Constitution only provides that “The President shall from time to time give to the National Assembly information of the state of the Nation, and recommend to its consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient” (Section 11 (5), Article VII). But in the 1973 Marcos Constitution, the President has been required to “address the National Assembly at the opening of its regular session” (Section 6 (1) Article VII). And such annual event has been carried over into the 1987 Cory Aquino Constitution that we still have up to now. The purpose behind this annual event is really to enable the incumbent President to present the program of government and recommend from time to time, for the consideration of Congress such measures as he (or she) may deem necessary and beneficial to the people. Over the years however, we have seen that all Presidents have used this event merely to show off his (her) alleged accomplishments and /or to justify the failures or blunders committed by his (her) administration especially at the last year of his (her) term. So far however, President Aquino apparently stands out as the President who has largely taken advantage of this annual ritual to showcase the alleged accomplishments of his regime and to defend the failures or wrong doings of his administration. This is more evident in his final SONA delivered last July 27, 2015. It is really one grand production similar to an epic motion picture complete with scenes showcasing the glowing testimonials of ordinary people about the benefits they have derived and are now enjoying under his administration. The presentation has indeed spurred so many people to conclude that they are actually produced scenes with hired talents as in movie or TV shows; or at the very least, they are isolated cases randomly selected for the occasion to convince the skeptics and doubters that his speech is credible and not self serving.  READ MORE...


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Aquino officially endorses Mar Roxas as LP standard-bearer: ‘Yellow is the color of continuity’


AT THE 'GATHERING OF FRIENDS' From blue to yellow, the color of continuity. SCREENGRAB FROM Video by Ryan Leagogo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA,
AUGUST 3, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet - From blue to yellow, the color of continuity.

Yellow is the color of the presidential campaign of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for all to see by the hundreds of people sporting yellow ribbons inside the storied Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino on the eve of the democracy icon’s sixth death anniversary.

President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday that he had picked Roxas as the candidate his administration will support in next year’s presidential election.
Mr. Aquino called on all administration supporters to work harder to make Roxas “known to all.”

It was the first time that Mr. Aquino publicly acknowledged that Roxas is trailing other candidates in the presidential polls.

“It is clear who, of all the choices, deserves to be our next leader. And if his numbers are low at this point, it only means that we need to do even more to make him known to all,” Mr. Aquino said in his endorsement speech delivered in Filipino.

Despite Roxas’ poor showing in the polls, President Aquino was high-spirited, punctuating his endorsement speech with his trademark humor.

He opened his speech by greeting the “energized” crowd and said he sang the song “Bukas Palad,” performed by a children’s choir at the start of the program, whenever he was angry with someone. “It really calms me,” Mr. Aquino said, drawing laughter from his audience.

“Again, we are being called to prove that ‘the Filipino is worth fighting for.’ Because what is truly important, we have to work for. We have to fight for,” he added.

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In endorsing Roxas, the President ended speculations that he might support the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe, the front-runner in the polls and touted as the candidate who could beat Vice President Jejomar Binay, now in second place in the surveys.

Meeting with her several times, Mr. Aquino initially gave the impression that he was considering Poe as his administration’s presidential candidate but in their most recent meetings, it appeared that he wanted her to run as Roxas’ Vice President.

Too much at stake

Finally, on Friday, Mr. Aquino said there was too much at stake for people to gamble their votes on someone who “may be” able to continue what his administration has started, such as holding the corrupt accountable, resuscitating the economy, and providing social services to the majority.

“Why must we allow ourselves to be attracted to ‘may be,’ when we can be certain? Someone who, we’re certain, is more than capable; someone, we’re certain, has no boss other than the Filipino people; who, we’re certain, owes no debt of gratitude to any other; someone who, we’re certain, has no interest other than country before self. We will go with whom we can be certain will continue the straight path,”

Mr. Aquino said, alluding to his reform program. “And I believe that person is none other than Mar Roxas.”

Roxas has apparently abandoned blue as his political color, wearing the Aquino family’s signature yellow that began with the assassination of the President’s father, opposition Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., in 1983.

It was a sea of yellow, too, at the jampacked Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino, with some 300 supporters that included administration lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and Aquino loyalists.

President Aquino arrived at Club Filipino shortly before 11 a.m. and met briefly with Roxas in an adjacent room. When the two entered the hall, the crowd chanted “Noynoy!” and quite awkwardly switched to “NoyMar!”

Traditional politics

The President said it was likely that people have “failed” to recognize what Roxas has done because Roxas, like the Liberal Party in general, “[is] not comfortable with boasting of our achievements” through photo opportunities and putting “[his name and face] on novelty items.”

In his speech, Mr. Aquino took a swipe at the traditional politics practiced by politicians who want “to keep people in dire need so that they will be approached for everything— from food and medicine, to weddings, baptisms or wakes.”

“These, in turn, are the debts of gratitude they rely on during election season, so that they can perpetuate the poverty of the many, and the growing wealth of the few,” he said.

All these are references to Binay, who has been criticized for putting his name on just about anything, including relief goods. The Vice President is also well-known for visiting wakes as a regular activity.

Two obligations

Mr. Aquino said that in his last year in office, his two obligations to the country are to ensure that the 2016 elections will be clean, honest, peaceful and credible, and to ensure that he and all Filipinos make sure that what the country has accomplished during his administration will not go to waste.

This is why he is entrusting the country to Roxas, he said.

Mr. Aquino said Roxas “shows exemplary work and true integrity, the one fully ready to continue the straight path.”

He credited Roxas for the flourishing business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country, which he said began with 2,400 employees in 2000. Fourteen years later, BPO has grown into an P18.9-billion industry, employing more than 1 million people.

The President also hailed Roxas’ integrity, saying the latter “forbade” his family to apply in ecozones.

Mr. Aquino said it was the reason why Cubao was one of the last places to have BPO offices in the country because of the rule Roxas imposed on his family.
Cubao, in Quezon City, is practically owned by the Aranetas, the family of Roxas’ mother.

Despite the criticisms Roxas had received for his handling of the government’s response to recent calamities like the Zamboanga siege, Bohol earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” Mr. Aquino praised him for doing an excellent job.

“What’s puzzling to us (is) in spite of everything that Mar has done, in spite of his sacrifices, it’s as if there’s an entire industry dedicated to bringing him down,” Mr. Aquino said.

Sona extension

Mr. Aquino also said he could not mention the names of those he missed thanking in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, as he had prepared a long endorsement speech “and we still have to listen to Mar.”

But the President seemed to have delivered an extension of his Sona.

The testimonials on video of people who benefited from the “straight path” that were edited out from the Sona were shown on Friday.

Four “representatives from different sectors” were at Club Filipino to share their success stories, thanks to the Aquino administration, and urged the President to endorse Roxas.

Color shift

Will yellow bring Roxas to Malacañang?

“Yellow is the color of continuity, all the way from 1986 to this day and I think that is the symbol of that color. It is the color of change, continuing reforms and he is picking up from somebody who also picked up from his parents,” Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, a Liberal Party stalwart, told reporters.

Abad said President Aquino would actively campaign for Roxas.

“You remember the word he (President Aquino) used, ‘obligation,’ which means that he ought to be out there, telling the people that of all the people the candidates who offered themselves to continue his work, this is the guy (Roxas) who will certainly continue (the straight path),” Abad said. With a report from DJ Yap

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Aquino officially endorses Mar Roxas as LP standard-bearer

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PHILSTAR

Mar: I accept the challenge By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 1


President Aquino endorses Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his preferred successor at Club Filipino in San Juan yesterday. Club Filipino was where Roxas announced in 2009 that he would give way to Aquino in the presidential race. It was also where Aquino’s mother Corazon took her oath as president in 1986. Boy Santos


MANILA, Philippines - Nearly six years ago, Manuel Roxas II announced at Club Filipino that he was forgoing his dream of becoming president and giving way to the only son of Corazon and Benigno Aquino Jr.

At the same venue yesterday, President Aquino finally announced that he preferred Roxas to succeed him in 2016.

An emotional Roxas accepted Aquino’s endorsement, saying, “Our fight is still on. I am Mar Roxas, I accept the challenge posed by our bosses: to continue, widen and fight for the straight path.”

“In all humility I thank you (Aquino) and our bosses. I will never ever go astray from the straight path,” Roxas vowed. “I will give my all; I will not leave anything for myself. I will leave everything on the floor for this fight.”

Roxas said the fight was not about him and Aquino but daang matuwid or the straight path and the dreams of the Filipino people.

“As the President said, it is worth fighting for. It is worth sacrificing for – and dying for if need be. The straight path transcends me and P-Noy; it is a Filipino ideal that has been there long before we were born, and will remain long after we are gone. We are being challenged by history to live up to this principle, to continue our journey, to fight for our dreams as a race,” Roxas said.

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“I owe the Filipino as much; and I owe as much to you, Mr. President. I have never met a President who sacrificed so much for the country. I have never met a President who has been able to inspire so much confidence. You led by example of what we believe in; you showed what we could achieve with the use of political will, principles and holding on to what is right, no matter how strong the opponent was,” he said.

Roxas turned emotional several times during his acceptance speech, as did members of his family who were present to support his candidacy.

He arrived at Club Filipino with his wife, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez, ahead of the President and greeted LP officials and other well-wishers.

His mother Judy wiped tears as he mentioned his late brother, Gerardo Jr. or Dinggoy, namesake of their late father and the supposed inheritor of their public life.

Roxas said it was in Club Filipino where he first affirmed it should be country above self when he gave way to Aquino.

Roxas recalled he and Aquino talked in 2009 and they agreed to set aside personal interests as the President told him he could not turn his back on what his parents started, referring to democracy icons, the late former President Corazon Aquino and the martyred former senator Ninoy Aquino.

“With this endorsement, I feel that you are passing on to me what they have fought for,” Roxas said, choking with emotion and then joking that he tears up easily.

Roxas said it was a huge honor to be chosen by the President.

“…and I swear to you now: I will not tarnish their name. And more so, I won’t tarnish your name that you also put at stake now with your endorsement,” Roxas said.

He added Aquino was also passing on to him the dreams and strength of the 100 million Filipinos.

Roxas vowed not to waste the trust of every Filipino in him.

If his brother did not pass away in 1993, Roxas said he would not have entered politics. But then the family’s legacy in public service, to put country above self, had to be continued and he could not turn his back on it.

“I had to do justice to what I had been taught, and to what I knew in my heart was right. I accepted the responsibility,” he said.

Roxas said this was the start of his career in government and through the years he learned the many challenges that went with it.

“I wish for the Filipino people only what I would wish for myself. After all, who are we if not our dreams?” Roxas stressed.

Roxas said the people had seen in the past five years that dreams could be achieved as long as the government remained true to its commitment and in fulfilling its duties.

He described the Aquino government as fast, smart and which could immediately respond to people’s needs.

“Professional, not transactional. We leave nothing to chance. We deal with the systematic way of attaining our goals – a government that is answerable for our bosses, for the people that gave us our mandate to serve with greatness,” he said.

Roxas said this the administration had started under the straight path policy.


TV personality Korina Sanchez (right), wife of Manuel Roxas II, is shown with mother-in-law Judy Araneta Roxas and stepson Paolo Gerardo (inset) during the official endorsement of the interior secretary as the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party at Club Filipino yesterday. BOY SANTOS

“P-Noy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of,” Roxas said, noting the dreams of people, from as basic as food on the table to a fair justice system.

Roxas said Filipinos – strong enough to fight a dictator and abuses, resilient amid disasters and hardships, inherently good and hospitable – deserved an honest government.

“We are a serious people who are serious with our dreams, who have just had a taste of what serious, selfless leadership can achieve,” he said.

Roxas gave way to Aquino in 2009 to be the LP’s standard bearer. He became his running mate instead, but lost to Vice President Jejomar Binay despite strong showing in surveys for a sustained period during the campaign until the last few weeks in the May 2010 elections.

They promised not to steal and launched the battle cry – “walang mahirap pag walang corrupt” (there would be no poor if there were no corrupt) – to become the antithesis of the past administration.

They now seek continuity of what they have achieved so far and Aquino, in his last State of the Nation Address, believes the 2016 elections would be a referendum for what they have started under the daang matuwid policy.

The best candidate

During the gathering at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of the historic Club Filipino, the President said that in his search for the candidate to anoint, he spoke to those whom he believed could pursue the straight path, as well as to many other sectors.

“I interviewed three people who, in my view, are allies in pursuing the straight path. The ideal situation is for those who still need experience to have the opportunity to have their skills and talents fully develop, and to understand all that is required of a leader. In my view, these three people could form a truly formidable team,” Aquino said.

“At this point in time, success has eluded us in this endeavor. We reached an understanding; it seems like we have similar goals, but our means of achieving those goals are not exactly attuned to one another’s,” he added.

But Aquino said the people would know that what was at stake was far too important to leave to chance.

“Perhaps there are those who think: maybe others can continue what we have started. Maybe others can hold the corrupt accountable. Maybe others can continue the upward trajectory of the economy and widen the coverage of social services. Maybe others will stay on the straight path,” he said.

“For my part: Why must we allow ourselves to be attracted to ‘maybe,’ when we can be certain? Someone who, we’re certain, is more than capable; someone, we’re certain, who has no Boss other than the Filipino people; who, we’re certain, owes no debt of gratitude to any other; someone, we’re certain, who has no interest other than country before self. We will go with whom we can be certain will continue the straight path. And I believe that person is none other than Mar Roxas,” the President declared to the loud cheers of the crowd.

Continuity

“We are back here in this hall, which stands as a testament to all we have gone through together – those were the days when (former senator) Joker Arroyo said we can all fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. Even today, we can all still fit into many Volkswagen Beetles. Because we are understanding people, if you want to come with us, we will find you a place in one of these Volkswagen Beetles,” Aquino said.

LP was indeed underestimated by critics at that time despite the high ratings in surveys of Aquino, as they doubted if they could sustain a campaign with funds running dry, being a small party.

“We gather today in Kalayaan Hall in Club Filipino, a private establishment that has been part of many significant moments in our history. This is where my mother was sworn in—where she took an oath to begin fulfilling the promise of EDSA. To those who have, for so long, treaded the straight path with us, you might also remember that this is where I first said: The Filipino can hope once more. Now, I stand here with the Liberal Party, and with other groups... We have assembled here to talk about the next chapter in our journey along the straight path,” Aquino said.

Roxas announced his decision to give way to Aquino in Club Filipino and Aquino declared his candidacy in the same venue.

Competence and integrity

“It is clear who, of all the choices, deserves to be our next leader. And if his numbers are low at this point in time, it only means that we need to do even more to make him known to all. Again, we are being called to prove that ‘the Filipino is worth fighting for.’ Because what is truly important, we have to work for. We have to fight for,” Aquino said.

“To my bosses, I tell you today: in my opinion, the one who has shown exemplary work and true integrity, the one fully ready to continue the straight path, is none other than Mar Roxas,” he said.

In his remaining time in office, Aquino said his two major obligations were to ensure clean and peaceful elections and choose a good successor.

“I have said this before: Some people were advising me to extend my time in office to make certain that all that we have achieved will not go to waste. During the SONA, I explained why I disagreed with them: I do not wish to open the possibility for an individual to stay in power their whole life, whilst only looking out for their own selfish interests. This is no theory; it is already part of our history,” the President said.

“There are also some who advised me not to endorse a candidate, and remain a friend to all. That seems like the wrong thing to do,” he said.

With the difficulties of the job as pointed out by one supporter in a text message, Aquino said he did feel it was his responsibility to choose a successor so their efforts would not be wasted, even as his vote would only be one among many other Filipinos.

Aquino cited the track record of Roxas as the one who brought the business process outsourcing industry to new heights.

The industry flourished in the Philippines, from having 2,400 employees in 2000 to an P18.9-billion industry, employing over one million people in 2014.

“What most of you don’t know: Cubao was one of the last places to join in the growth of the industry, because Mar forbade his family to apply in the ecozones. Let me emphasize: His own family, who have long been businessmen, he convinced not to take part in an initiative he began as a government official. Here, and in many other instances, the integrity of Mar Roxas is clear,” Aquino said.

Roxas served as congressman, trade and industry secretary under the Estrada and Arroyo administrations, senator and then secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

“In my experience, I know that, whatever orders are given Mar, he will not leave until the situation is stable. Whether in Zamboanga, Bohol or Leyte, even when communication has been cut off because of (Typhoon) Yolanda, I know that everything is in good hands and that he does not need to wait for orders, just to ensure that all needs are met,” Aquino said.

“Let me remind everyone: he did not go to these places on vacation. He was there at a time of crisis; he needed to ensure that all those in the evacuation centers would be able to eat, and that all other immediate needs were met. When we went to Zamboanga, for example, even soap had to be rationed because, should we happen to run out, all the stores were closed. We ended up creating a cottage industry of laundry persons, because there were some of us who thought that we would only be there overnight and consequently failed to bring enough clothes,” he added.

What was puzzling to them, Aquino said, was that in spite of everything that Roxas had done and his sacrifices, “it’s as if there’s an entire industry dedicated to bringing him down.”

In Leyte, Aquino said all that Roxas wanted was to follow the rules but the people that he was talking to, all of whom just wanted to engage in politics, even edited a video just to ruin his name.

Another example was when Roxas chose to ride a motorcycle because roads were not traversible by cars to reach areas in need of assistance, he was even criticized when he slipped.

“And I wonder: is this part of the job description of a good leader – that, even when you exert all effort to do good, those in opposition will only see the bad? What so many don’t know is that at night, when the media’s asleep, Mar himself is the one at the wheel, driving around communities to check on whatever else needed to be done,” he said.

Aquino said they were not comfortable with boasting of their achievements and this perhaps could be the reason why so many people failed to see everything Roxas had done or to recognize his true character.

“That is the fate of those focused on true change, instead of on photo-ops and on putting their names and faces on novelty items. For my part: the triumphs of one person do not vanish into thin air, just because he does not broadcast them. And in choosing, I, like you, do not consider those who are clearly credit mongers, and those who have clearly strayed from the straight path,” Aquino said.

Aquino said during his first campaign, whenever he went around Tarlac, there were so many areas that seemed to make no progress since the 1960s, during the time when his father was governor.

“I asked, where is growth? Why are things like this? This is likely the result of what we call traditional politics: the work of politicians who seem to want to keep our countrymen in dire need, so that they will be approached for everything – from food and medicine, up to weddings, baptisms or wakes. These, in turn, are the debts of gratitude they rely on during election season, so that they can perpetuate the poverty of the many, and the growing wealth of the few,” Aquino said.

“That is why, in the coming elections, the question is: who should we support? Those who will continue along the straight path and fully break the system of patronage, or those who are always looking for a way to bring us back to the cycle of corruption and poverty?” he asked.

Aquino called on voters to examine what candidates had done; “the longer their experience, the better, because it is in their experience that we will see evidence of their being true and excellent partners along the straight path.”

Support Local officials have expressed their support for Roxas.

“There is no doubt about Secretary Roxas’ integrity, character, qualifications and commitment to continue the daang matuwid governance, which had already resulted to higher growth rate and faster economic progress. Because of the daang matuwid, we also earned the confidence of foreign and local investors and respected financial institutions all over the world,” Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.

Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are supporting President Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas as his preferred successor.

“We are supporting P-Noy’s choice of Secretary Mar,” ARRM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said.

“We owe the numerous development and poverty alleviation projects in our region to President Aquino. He has extended to the region the financial support it needs,” he added.

Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar said Aquino’s endorsement “is expected to propel the candidacy of Roxas to greater heights as it will define the battle lines between continuity and uncertainty.”

“The President’s decision to anoint him clearly shows that Secretary Roxas is highly qualified because of his integrity and selflessness,” he said.

Former senator Panfilo Lacson said President Aquino made a good choice in Roxas for the presidential elections in 2016.

Lacson said Roxas is qualified to be president of the country. “If we go by his credentials like his educational attainment and extensive experience in the executive and legislative branches of government,” he added.

Lacson also pointed out Roxas has not really experienced being on the saddle by himself, making his own decisions without seeking guidance from superiors.

“I can only hope and pray that his good attributes can be translated into positive action if and when he becomes the next leader, if only for the sake of our beloved country,” the former senator said.

Former Albay congressman Edcel Lagman also supported Aquino’s choice of Roxas.

“I was with Mar in the 9th and 10th Congresses. I find him hardworking, competent, honest and earnest. His vast experience as a legislator, both as representative and senator, and as an executive in the Cabinet of two administrations, has extensively prepared him for the presidency,” Lagman said.

“He has an enviable political pedigree. I am certain the voters will truly appreciate these sterling qualities, and will give him the mandate. Mar’s anointment by the President will help catapult him in the ratings. An outgoing President’s residual political power and influence cannot be underestimated,” he said.

Apparently alluding to Sen. Grace Poe, daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., Lagman said sheer popularity should never be a qualification for public office.

“The ‘box office’ should neither be equated with nor supplant the polling precinct. Perceived ‘electability’ is a poor substitute for qualification and experience,” he added.

“The problems of the country cannot be solved by one who may be buoyed only by a popularity bubble. Our country needs a steward equal to the requisite standards and compelling demands of the highest public office,” Lagman stressed.

With its overseer Roxas set to run in the presidential elections next year, the Philippine National Police will remain apolitical, non-partisan and professional, national police spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said.

“We will remain focused on our mission to enforce the law and maintain peace and order,” Mayor said. – Jess Diaz, Danny Dangcalan, Cecille Suerte Felipe

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Secretary Mar Roxas accepts President Benigno Aquino III's endorsement.Earlier, Roxas said joining politics was not part of his plans.

For seven years, he was an investment banker in New York City. But when his brother passed away, he said he needed to continue what Dinggoy was not able to do:

To continue their grandfather’s principle, “country first before self.” “Kakambal na ng dugo namin ang kaisipang ito. Ito ang idiniin sa akin ng ama kong si Gerry at ito rin ang idinidiin ko sa anak at sa aking mga pamangkin:

May obligasyon kang magsilbi; unahin mo ang kolektibo kaysa personal; palagi kang mag-ulikid sa mga kababayan mo,” he said. Roxas’ voice was choked with emotion as he went on with his speech. At one point, he had to take off his eyeglasses to wipe his tears. “Pasensya na po kayo, mababa talaga ang luha ko,” he told the crowd.

“Nang nawala si Dinggoy, sa akin lumapag ang responsibilidad na isabuhay ang prinsipyong ito. Hindi ko ito kayang talikuran. Hindi ko kayang talikuran ang alaala ng Dad at ni Dinggoy, pati na ng aking Lolo. Tungkulin ko ito. Kahit alam kong magbabago ang buhay ko, at kakailanganin kong lumabas sa nakasanayan ko. I had to do justice to what I had been taught, and to what I knew in my heart was right. I accepted the responsibility,” he continued.

Recalling a conversation with Aquino in 2009, Roxas said that when he set aside his personal interests to give way to the then senator, the latter told him it was to continue the fight of his parents, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino.

“Sa pag-endorsong ito, ang pakiramdam ko, ipinapasa mo sa akin ngayon ang mga ipinaglaban nila (Ninoy and Cory Aquino). Sa pag-endorsong ito, ipinapasa mo rin ang pangarap at lakas ng bawat isa sa 100 milyong Pilipino. Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo,” he said. “Napakalaking karangalan nito, at sumusumpa ako ngayon: Hindi ko dudumihan ang pangalan nila (Aquinos). At lalong hindi ko dudumihan ang pangalan po ninyo,” he continued.

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President Benigno Aquino III raises the hand of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during "A Gathering of Friends" at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall, Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan on Friday, July 31, 2015. The President endorses Sec. Roxas to be the presidential candidate of his political party LP. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Roxas praised the President, who he said had sacrificed so much for the country. “I owe the Filipino as much; and I owe as much to you, Mr. President. I have never met a President who sacrificed so much for the country. I have never met a President who has been able to inspire so much confidence.

Namuno po kayo sa pagsasabuhay ng mga paniniwala natin; ipinakita mo kung ano ang kaya nating marating gamit ang political will, ang paninindigan, ang pagkapit sa tama kahit gaano kalakas ang kalaban. Buong pagpapakumbaba akong nagpapasalamat sa iyo, at sa ating mga boss,” he said. “Hindi ako lilihis sa daang matuwid. Ibubuhos ko ang lahat; wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko. I will leave everything on the floor para sa labang ito.”

Prior to his declaration, Roxas, whenever asked about his political plans in 2016, would only say “he’s willing to purse the President’s straight path.” But in his speech, he made clear that the straight path transcends him and Aquino.

“Naniniwala ako: Hindi lang ito tungkol sa akin o kay P-Noy. Ang daang matuwid ay tungkol sa mga pangarap ng bawat Pilipino. Sabi nga ng Pangulo: It is worth fighting for. It is worth sacrificing for, and dying for if need be. The straight path transcends me and P-Noy; it is a Filipino ideal that has been there long before we were born, and will remain long after we are gone. Hinahamon tayo ng kasaysayan na isabuhay ang prinsipyong ito; na magpatuloy sa ating pasglalakbay; na ipaglaban ang ating mga pangarap bilang lahi,” Roxas said.

After his speech, the stage was showered with confetti as the crowd chanted “Roxas na!” while he shook hands with the President.

Singer and composer Noel Cabangon then perfomed a song titled “A Tribute to Daang Matuwid.”

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LISTEN: Noel Cabangon composes new song for Mar Roxas

This new song will likely be the campaign jingle of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas when he starts his presidential run next year.

Singer and songwriter Noel Cabangon performed the song “Tribute sa Daang Matuwid” shortly after President Aquino endorsed the presidential bid of Roxas during a ceremony in San Juan on Friday.

The song featured the need to build on the straight path by the next president who is honest, competent and has a track record of public service.

“Dapat ang pangulo, MARangal. Dapat ang pangulo, MARunong. Dapat ang pangulo, MARespeto. Dapat ang pangulo, may malasakit sa maralita,” the lyrics of the song goes.

Cabangon’s song dedicated to Roxas was posted on the DILG secretary’s Facebook page.

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/mar-roxas-1/tribute-to-daang-matuwid


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Binay: Roxas’ endorsement will highlight our difference By: Maricar Cinco @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon 02:27 PM July 31st, 2015

CITY OF IMUS, Cavite – Vice President Jejomar Binay said the official proclamation of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the standard bearer of the administration’s Liberal Party will only “highlight” their difference in terms of experience, governance, and public service.

The LP proclamation today also put an end to the party’s “pahele-hele” (playing coy) and drama about Roxas’ candidacy, Binay told reporters here.

Binay was in this city on Friday while President Aquino made the announcement of Roxas’ official endorsement at the historic Club Filipino.

From here, Binay is scheduled to visit Dasmariñas City and later the town of Silang to meet with village officials to discuss “barangay anti-disaster programs.”

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Binay to Roxas: Accept defeat, drop case By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 1


Vice President Jejomar Binay attends the ‘Barangay Ko Alerto’ program of Gov. Jonvic Remulla at the covered court of Barangay Anabu in Imus, Cavite yesterday. Mong Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines - After officially declaring his intention to run for president next year, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II should accept defeat in the 2010 vice presidential race and drop the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

This was according to Binay spokesman for media affairs Joey Salgado, who said that Roxas should now focus on 2016 and withdraw his election case against the Vice President.

“Maybe it’s time for Secretary Roxas to move on since he will surely run in 2016.

He should now drop his election protest, admit defeat and focus instead on 2016,” Salgado said.

The Vice President, meanwhile, said his advantage over Roxas was only heightened by the latter’s announcing his presidential bid.

“It has been more than five years since the Roxas camp filed its election protest. Yet until now they have not paid the required filing fee and have been insisting that taxpayers pay for the cost of the forensic test,” Salgado said.

Binay’s counsel Sandra Coronel earlier said they have asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), composed of 15 justices of the Supreme Court (SC), to junk the protest for lack of merit and for being invalid.

The protest remains unresolved and is still at pre-trial stage, she said.

In his protest filed in July 2010, Roxas alleged that election results used for Binay’s proclamation did not reflect actual votes due to what he described as an “anomalously high incidence” of null and misread votes in the certificates of canvass in all precincts nationwide, especially in his bailiwicks Regions 6, 7 and Caraga.

Roxas believes counting the null votes would have made him overtake the final 727,084-vote advantage of Binay.

For Rico Quicho, another Binay spokesman, a presidential endorsement is no guarantee of election victory.

Quicho said President Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas as Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer was “nothing but expected and actually anti-climactic.”

He said no amount of praise from the President can erase Roxas’ failure in his tasks under the present administration.

“Truth be told, Roxas simply did not get things done to uplift the lives of our people. Worse, he is petty and vindictive,” Quicho said in a statement.

Vindictive Quicho said Roxas’ vindictiveness was proven in Tacloban, Leyte, a known bailiwick of the relatives of former first lady Imelda Marcos, right after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.

“Lest we forget, Roxas told City Mayor Alfred Romualdez that because of his surname, P-Noy as an Aquino would never help him,” Quicho said.

“Two years from that tragedy, with more than 6,000 dead, 2,000 injured and countless more left without homes, this same man, who is a study in incompetence and lack of sensitivity for the plight of the downtrodden, is being hailed as the yellow hero to succeed to the throne of the mighty Aquino,” he said.

Quicho also said Aquino’s complimenting Roxas for getting things done is “a lie of the highest order.”

He said it was a statement that the President himself “does not seem to take too seriously.”

He cited Roxas’ being kept out of the loop by Aquino in the operation to arrest terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. The operation went awry, leaving 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) dead at the hands of Muslim rebels.

“If P-Noy truly thought that Mar gets things done, why did he keep Roxas, the interior secretary, out of the loop about the ill-fated police operation in Mamasapano?” Quicho said.

He chided Roxas for initially blaming the police commandos for the “misencounter.”

“To cover up, Roxas in a cheap publicity stunt would later cry in public for two weeks during SAF events, including burials in the Cordilleras. A doer? You be the judge,” Quicho said.

He also laughed off Roxas’s presenting himself as the only candidate capable of carrying on the administration’s daang matuwid (straight path) advocacy.

He likened Aquino’s straight path to a road accessible only to the privileged few who manage to climb their way to the President’s and the LP’s good graces. – With Non Alquitran, Rodel Clapano


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Korina Sanchez: Mar Roxas ‘ready to accept challenge’  @inquirerdotnet 09:46 AM July 31st, 2015


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Ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s expected endorsement of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, the latter’s wife, Korina Sanchez, said Friday that he is “ready to accept the challenge.”

In an Instagram post, the news anchor called Aquino’s formal anointment of her husband as his party’s presidential bet at the Club Filipino in San Juan city a “historic passing of torch.”

“It’s a big day today… for a lot of people. I hear it is a historic passing of the torch — from one like-minded to another, between kindred spirits and who share one heart for the Filipinos,” she said.

“Amidst differences, ubiquitous intrigue, power play, creeping doubts and fears, it must still and always be country above self.”

She added that her husband is not reluctant and is willing to accept the job. “In a country where reluctance seems to be a primordial credential, there is no reluctance in my husband Mar. He is ready for the challenge, willing to serve hand and foot as he has, and able to bring this country to as close to where it deserves to be as he can take it. Honor here is not in declining power. Honor here is in accepting sacrifice,” she said.

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Posting a collage of postcards long taped on their bathroom mirror, Sanchez added that the truth will prevail after the “many big ideas, big words, big dreams that will be said today.”

“No matter what the bigness of this world, it will still and always be the simple and unwavering truths that will prevail — Presidency or otherwise,” she said.

Sanchez and Roxas have been married since 2009 and have remained as one of the Philippines more powerful couples with connections in politics, business and media. On Thursday night, Malacañang confirmed that Aquino will endorse Roxas as his chosen presidential candidate of the administration party during a “Gathering of Friends” at Club Filipino.

The announcement of a vice presidential bet, however, was not mentioned. IDL

SCREENGRAB FROM KORINA SANCHEZ’ INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

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Korina Sanchez: Call me ‘only lady,’ not first lady

SHARES: 67 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marlon Ramos @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:46 AM August 1st, 2015

Don’t call her “first lady,” should her husband win next year’s presidential race, broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas said on Friday, shortly after President Benigno Aquino III endorsed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party.

“I don’t want to be (called) ‘first lady,’” Sanchez-Roxas told reporters with a laugh. “I’m allergic to that term because it connotes that there’s a ‘second’ or ‘third (lady).’

“I think ‘only lady’ is more appropriate,” she added.

READ: Is Korina Sanchez ready to become first lady?

The broadcaster, who sat beside her mother-in-law, clan matriarch Judy Araneta-Roxas, during the endorsement, admitted that President Aquino’s declaration of support for her husband was an emotional moment for him.

Roxas gave up his presidential bid in 2010 in response to the swell of support for Mr. Aquino to seek the highest elective post after his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, died of colon cancer in August 2009.

Even while Roxas was going over his prepared speech before they left their home in Cubao, Quezon City, he was already in tears, Sanchez-Roxas said.

“I actually reminded him not to cry. I said I’d do that for him instead. But he’s really emotional. Even old photographs can make him tear up,” she added.

‘Teflon effect’

The broadcaster, who billed herself Roxas’ “No. 1 fan” defended her husband from critics during Friday’s event at the packed Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City.

“We have been criticized before and we’re ready for that. But if the criticisms are not true, they will not stick. I call that the ‘teflon effect.’ If you’re too worried about (criticisms), you’ll get nowhere,” she said.

The news reader and radio commentator said she was ready to give up her career to take an active role in the Roxas’ campaign, which was expected to echo President Aquino’s daang matuwid (straight path) theme.

“I love my job as a broadcast journalist; it’s the best job in the world,” Sanchez-Roxas said. “But there’s a much bigger calling for my husband. That’s one of the reasons I married him: I’m attracted to that calling as well,” she added.

She will also focus on the charity work she started as host of the TV magazine show “Rated K,” the ABS-CBN TV personality said.

True calling

“Journalism isn’t my true calling. It’s (doing) charity (work). That’s my contribution to Mar,” she said. “I will leave everything behind just to be beside him wherever he goes.”

She added: “We have one heart for public service, that’s something we have in common.”

As if to acknowledge the circus-like air of political campaigns in the country, Sanchez-Roxas said she was willing to sing and dance at her husband’s campaign sorties.

That is, as long as she is paid a talent fee,” she added in jest.

Don’t call her “first lady,” should her husband win next year’s presidential race, broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas said on Friday, shortly after President Benigno Aquino III endorsed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party.

“I don’t want to be (called) ‘first lady,’” Sanchez-Roxas told reporters with a laugh. “I’m allergic to that term because it connotes that there’s a ‘second’ or ‘third (lady).’ “I think ‘only lady’ is more appropriate,” she added.

The broadcaster, who sat beside her mother-in-law, clan matriarch Judy Araneta-Roxas, during the endorsement, admitted that President Aquino’s declaration of support for her husband was an emotional moment for him.

Roxas gave up his presidential bid in 2010 in response to the swell of support for Mr. Aquino to seek the highest elective post after his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, died of colon cancer in August 2009.

Even while Roxas was going over his prepared speech before they left their home in Cubao, Quezon City, he was already in tears, Sanchez-Roxas said. “I actually reminded him not to cry. I said I’d do that for him instead. But he’s really emotional. Even old photographs can make him tear up,” she added.

‘Teflon effect’

The broadcaster, who billed herself Roxas’ “No. 1 fan” defended her husband from critics during Friday’s event at the packed Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. “We have been criticized before and we’re ready for that. But if the criticisms are not true, they will not stick. I call that the ‘teflon effect.’ If you’re too worried about (criticisms), you’ll get nowhere,” she said.

The news reader and radio commentator said she was ready to give up her career to take an active role in the Roxas’ campaign, which was expected to echo President Aquino’s daang matuwid (straight path) theme. “I love my job as a broadcast journalist; it’s the best job in the world,” Sanchez-Roxas said.

“But there’s a much bigger calling for my husband. That’s one of the reasons I married him: I’m attracted to that calling as well,” she added.

She will also focus on the charity work she started as host of the TV magazine show “Rated K,” the ABS-CBN TV personality said. True calling “Journalism isn’t my true calling. It’s (doing) charity (work). That’s my contribution to Mar,” she said.

“I will leave everything behind just to be beside him wherever he goes.” She added: “We have one heart for public service, that’s something we have in common.”

As if to acknowledge the circus-like air of political campaigns in the country, Sanchez-Roxas said she was willing to sing and dance at her husband’s campaign sorties. That is, as long as she is paid a talent fee,” she added in jest.

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LP exec: Poe ties with Escudero mired Aquino plans for her @inquirerdotnet  11:35 AM July 31st, 2015


President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Grace Poe. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/REM ZAMORA

The plot is out.

The President would have wanted Senator Grace Poe to be the running mate of Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in 2016, then she would be given a Cabinet portfolio and an administration’s endorsement in 2022, a Liberal Party (LP) official disclosed on Friday.

But that plan apparently did not materialize supposedly because of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, said LP treasurer and Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso “Boy” Umali Jr.

Umali is also a close friend of President Benigno Aquino III since they were members of the House of Representatives.

“Ang gusto kasi ni Presidente continuous ‘yung matuwid na daan, 18 years,” he told reporters in an interview at the Club Filipino in San Juan city.

(The president wants continuity in the straight path for 18 years)
“So after him, Mar sana at kinukuha si Grace as Vice President tapos after that bibigyan ng magagandang portfolio para come 2022, si Grace ang magpi-presidente,” he said.
(So after him, Mar would continue it, then Grace as Vice President will be given a good portfolio to aid her in 2022.)

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READ: LP leaves door open to Poe; Party members still want her for VP

But Umali said Escudero suddenly came into the picture.

“Ang sabi ni Grace, papano naman si Chiz? Mukhang committed s’ya kay Chiz,” he said. (But Grace said, what about Chiz? She looks committed to Chiz.)

READ: Poe-Escudero tandem still up in the air, says Senator Grace

“So ‘yun ang problema. So gusto sana pag-ayusin si Chiz at Mar kaya lang parang mahirap kasi alam naman natin ag nangyari noong eleksyon, Noy-Bi si Chiz,” the governor said.
(So that’s the problem. We wanted to fix the relationship of Chiz and Mar, but that’s quite impossible because of what happened in the last elections.)

Noy-Bi stands for Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay, a tandem endorsed by Escudero during the 2010 presidential race.

Roxas was Aquino’s running mate in 2010 but Escudero opted to support Binay, who was then the running mate of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
“As the ruling party kami LP, alangan naman kumuha kami ng president at vice president from the outside, mukhang out of the picture ‘yun. Malabong-malabo yun,” said Umali.
(As the ruling party, we at LP wouldn’t endorse someone outside the party for president and vice president. That is quite impossible.)

Since Escudero could not be endorsed by the party for vice president since he is not a member, Umali said he could still be given a Cabinet post such as head of the Department of Interior and Local Government, which is now being headed by Roxas or the senator could become the next Senate President .

“Pwede syang ipa-appoint, bigyan ng position, SILG (Secretary of Interior and Local Government) or kung ano man or siguro pwedeng Senate President pwede, kaya lang ayaw nila,” he further said.
(He can be appointed as SILG or Senate President, but they do not want to.)
Despite the apparent breakdown of talks between Aquino and Poe, Umali said the vice presidential slot is still open for the lady senator.

But if Poe was not really keen on running with Roxas, Umali said the LP has three other options for vice president —Senate Majority Leader Alan Cayetano, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos.
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Poe calls for clean, fair race By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe is the second contender in the recent Social Weather Stations survey for the presidential race in the May 2016 elections. Facebook/Grace Poe

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe, who might also run for president next year, is calling for a clean and fair campaign after President Aquino formally endorsed the bid of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II yesterday at Club Filipino in San Juan.

If Poe runs, it will be a three-way derby among Vice President Jejomar Binay, Roxas and Poe in 2016.

“I wish him well,” Poe said of Roxas.

Although she has not officially announced her plans for next year, Poe is batting for a campaign based on fair play and clean debate on issues and proposed platform of government.

“I am hopeful that the 2016 election campaign will be one of open discussion of issues and proposed programs of government that will build on what President Aquino has started,” she said.

“This way, the Filipino people can arrive at a clear choice on Election Day,” said Poe, who faces a possible barrage of questions on her nationality and citizenship come campaign season.

Poe also assured Aquino that she continues to walk the straight and narrow that has been Malacañang’s battle cry for next year’s polls.

“I thank President Aquino for considering me among those who can continue his vision for daang matuwid. I see this as an acknowledgement of my efforts in our shared desire to improve the lives of all Filipinos,” she said.

Poe was apparently referring to President Aquino’s statement at Club Filipino during the endorsement of Roxas’ bid that he talked to three possible contenders who could carry on the reforms under his daang matuwid platform.

Roxas was eventually the President’s choice as his anointed one, who puts country first before self.

“I assure President Aquino that I will continue to walk the daang matuwid, because I believe it will be made more meaningful if more people continue the journey, wherever they may be and in whatever role they play,” Poe said when sought for her reaction on the Roxas endorsement.

Sen. Francis Escudero, in Sorsogon, said he recognized the difficulty that the President had to go through to finally choose Roxas as his presidential bet.

LP senators united for Mar Liberal Party senators Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino and Teofisto Guingona III were present yesterday at the endorsement of Roxas’ presidential bid for next year.

“Mar has the best qualities of the other contenders,” Aquino said after the endorsement ceremonies in an event called “A Gathering of Friends” at the historic Corazon Aquino Kalaayan Hall of Club Filipino in Greenhills.

Sen. Aquino cited Roxas’ clean track record without any trace of corruption and the readiness and capacity to address the difficult issues of the country because of his experience in governance.

Recto also threw his support behind Roxas as the administration’s standard-bearer.

He said Roxas texted him on the eve of the endorsement, and sought the full support of the senator who could bring with him more than a million votes from the vote-rich Batangas province come election time.


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Binay confident he’ll KO Roxas in 2016 July 30, 2015 11:50 pm by BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON AND JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA REPORTERS

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is confident that he would win in a two-way fight between him and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, whose anointment as the administration party’s standard-bearer for next year’s elections is set for Friday.

Malacañang on Thursday night confirmed that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will endorse Roxas in “a gathering of friends” at the Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila).

A media advisory sent to reporters said four people from different sectors will give their message, which will be followed by the “response of Aquino.”

“In the response, the President shall state his endorsement. After the response, DILG Sec. Roxas will deliver an acceptance message to the endorsement of the President,” the advisory added.

Binay, in a statement, said his confidence springs from results of pre-election surveys.

The Vice President had consistently led the surveys until he was overtaken beginning the second quarter by Sen. Grace Poe.

Roxas, whom Binay defeated in the 2010 vice presidential race, was hovering at 3rd behind Poe and Binay.

Victory would be his if the 2016 elections were “clean and honest,” Binay predicted at the sidelines of the General Assembly of Cavite Barangay Health Workes in Trece Martires City, Cavite.

Commenting on Roxas’ supposed endorsement on Friday, Binay said he is glad that the cards will now be laid open.

When asked if he could replicate his victory in 2010, the Vice President replied, “[I still have my] lucky punch.”

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According to Sen. Francis Escudero, he will support Poe in the 2016 elections no matter what she decides.

“I will help and support Sen. Poe in whatever she may decide to do in like what I did for her late father, FPJ [Fernando Poe Jr.], in 2004,” he said in a text message.

Escudero served as spokesman for FPJ when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections.

“I maintain what I have repeatedly said before: I will support her in whatever capacity she may ask [as a supporter, candidate or mere voter] of me,” he said.

Poe and Escudero were dropping hints over the last few months that they are seriously considering running for President and VicePpresident, respectively, in 2016.

Some Liberal Party members, however, are calling on Poe to instead run as Roxas’ running mate.

FPJ’s daughter has repeatedly said she is yet to make up her mind.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao promises Binay: ‘I won’t leave you, Vice’ SHARES: 2656 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet 06:00 PM July 30th, 2015


Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Vice President Jejomar Binay belied reports that Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will leave the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and join the Liberal Party for the 2016 elections.

In an interview, Binay said that Pacquiao has assured him that he will stay in the opposition party.

“Sasabihin ko po sa inyo na kinabukasan nang lumabas sa pahayagan ‘yong intrigang ‘yon, kausap ko po mismo si [Representative] Manny Pacquiao at ang sinabi n’ya, ‘Wala pong iwanan. ‘Di ko po kayo iiwanan. Sama-sama po tayo, Vice,'” Binay told reporters during his visit in Cavite City on Thursday.

(A day after the issue was published in the paper, I talked to Manny Pacquiao and he said “I won’t leave you, Vice. We will be in this together.”)

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He said that the issue of Pacquiao leaving Una seeks to divide the party.

“Kasama lang po ‘yan sa mga pang-iintriga [para] kami ay magkahati-hati na magkakasama,” the vice president said.

(The issue is part of sowing division in the party.)

Yacap party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez on Wednesday said that the camp of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas is wooing Pacquiao to jump ship. Lopez said that if Pacquiao decides to join LP, he will be part of the administration’s senatorial slate.

Pacquiao has attended the launch of Una as a political party last July 1.

The Filipino boxing champion was first allied with the Nacionalista Party, then he switched to LP, and then to Binay’s Una.


PHILSTAR COLUMN

Time to change the system A LAW EACH DAY(Keeps Trouble Away) By Jose C. Sison (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 31, 2015 - 12:00am 0 8 googleplus0 0


By Jose C. Sison

One of the annual events eliciting varied comments and long winding discussions is undoubtedly the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress. While it is quite obvious that almost nothing useful can be derived from it, this yearly ritual must nevertheless be observed because it is mandated by the 1987 Constitution (Section 23, Article VII).

Actually, in our first Constitution of 1935 under the Commonwealth regime, the President is not required to give such address before Congress. Said Constitution only provides that “The President shall from time to time give to the National Assembly information of the state of the Nation, and recommend to its consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient” (Section 11 (5), Article VII). But in the 1973 Marcos Constitution, the President has been required to “address the National Assembly at the opening of its regular session” (Section 6 (1) Article VII). And such annual event has been carried over into the 1987 Cory Aquino Constitution that we still have up to now.

The purpose behind this annual event is really to enable the incumbent President to present the program of government and recommend from time to time, for the consideration of Congress such measures as he (or she) may deem necessary and beneficial to the people. Over the years however, we have seen that all Presidents have used this event merely to show off his (her) alleged accomplishments and /or to justify the failures or blunders committed by his (her) administration especially at the last year of his (her) term.

So far however, President Aquino apparently stands out as the President who has largely taken advantage of this annual ritual to showcase the alleged accomplishments of his regime and to defend the failures or wrong doings of his administration. This is more evident in his final SONA delivered last July 27, 2015. It is really one grand production similar to an epic motion picture complete with scenes showcasing the glowing testimonials of ordinary people about the benefits they have derived and are now enjoying under his administration. The presentation has indeed spurred so many people to conclude that they are actually produced scenes with hired talents as in movie or TV shows; or at the very least, they are isolated cases randomly selected for the occasion to convince the skeptics and doubters that his speech is credible and not self serving.

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Very notable about Aquino’s final SONA is that it lasted for more than two hours. This is a clear indication and an indubitable proof that his speech contains some assertions which are really hard for people to accept as true, and/or that over the past five years he has already lost his credibility in repeatedly telling the people about his tuwid na daan and about his slogan that kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap. If he really thinks that people still believe him because of what he has done for the last five years then his speech should not have taken that long. Action speaks louder than words.

Another noteworthy aspect of his final SONA is his apparent self- righteousness and the tendency to blame the past administration for the failures and blunders of his administration. Indeed he skirted some issues which will place his administration in a bad light. It is really quite hard to understand why he failed to appreciate or even mention the heroism of the SAF 44 commandos massacred in Mamasapano when he even cited and profusely thanked his personal tailor and designer of his fashionable barongs in that speech which is supposed to be about the state of our nation.

In the long run and as a final analysis, Aquino’s final SONA may have really given us the state of mind or mental attitude of our public officials, of people in government from top to bottom. It has vividly shown us the alarming political situation in our country today as manifested by the people running the affairs of the State not only in the Executive but also Legislative branch. And this is clearly seen in the happenings at the Batasan prior to the speech itself particularly the red carpet reception that has become a fashion show akin to the Hollywood Oscar Awards.

This particular event before the speech of Aquino presents to us in vivid colors the current political situation in our country. It shows us the kind of politicians we now have who unabashedly savor the trappings of power and wealth. Obviously they now think and act like they belong to an exclusive and elite group of well dressed or well groomed sector of our society, different from and higher than the ordinary citizens especially the poor and the uneducated ones who put them in power. This is the kind of politicians who believe that the bigger number of our electorate will remain dependent on them for as long as they can show them how moneyed and powerful they are in dispensing political patronage. And so they don’t hesitate to display these trappings of power and wealth especially during the SONA.

The happenings before the SONA have also shown us the emergence of another class in our society aside from but similar to the upper class in our present society mostly composed of the business elite constituting ten percent of our population who owns 80 percent of our country’s wealth and resources. Obviously this is due to our present system of government where there is too much centralization of power in the President who holds sway even on Congress by dispensing political largesse. Thus even the local government units have remained dependent on “imperial Manila.”

It is therefore timely that as the SONA was about to be held, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno had convened a “ Summit of Change,” a gathering of leaders of various multi-sectoral organizations and political and economic advocates to discuss the challenges facing the nation today. Dubbed as “Securing the Country’s Future,” the meeting is aimed at revising the Constitution to change our present presidential form to a federal form of government. This is very timely indeed.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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