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AQUINO'S 2016 BET RISKS SPLITTING LP SUPPORT BASE -- POLITICAL ANALYST


JULY 31 ---MY MOMENT: Interior Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas 2nd is overwhelmed by his emotions as he delivers his speech accepting President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s nomination for him to run for president in 2016. MALACAÑANG PHOTO A political analyst has warned that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s endorsement of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as his party’s candidate for the 2016 presidential elections risks splitting his support base.
“On paper, he looks like a competent technocrat and successor,” Richard Javad Heydarian, a political science professor at De La Salle University, said. “But he lacks the popular touch.” Heydarian gave his analysis as Aquino officially announced his choice of long-time ally Roxas on Friday for the country’s election of his successor next year, saying the Interior chief was the best person to advance anti-corruption reforms.
“We choose the one who is certain to pursue the straight and narrow path,” the President said, alluding to his hallmark anti-graft crusade that he says ushered in unprecedented economic growth in the Philippines.“I believe that person is none other than Mar Roxas,” he told cheering members of his Liberal Party at the Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila).Roxas is likely to run against Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is being investigated by a special prosecutor over graft allegations, and the popular Sen. Grace Poe, who had also sought Aquino’s endorsement.According to recent pre-election presidential preference polls, Roxas trails Poe and Binay.Poe was reportedly dead set in gunning for the presidency after recent survey results revealed that she was pulling away.She was among the three considered by Aquino as the administration party’s standard- bearer.Heydarian also warned that Roxas and Poe could split Aquino’s support base, giving Binay–the opposition’s bet–an edge.Roxas was Aquino’s running mate in 2010 but lost to then outgoing Makati City Mayor Binay in the vice presidential race.READ MORE...

ALSO: Mar given option to choose his VP


AUGUST 1 --President Benigno Aquino 3rd has allowed Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, his chosen standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s polls, to choose his runningmate, according to LP spokesperson and Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone.Evardone said that LP was “extremely hopeful” that Sen. Grace Poe would consider the option of running as Roxas runningmate.He also said that Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero was also being considered as another choice.
“Normally, it is the presidential candidate who chooses his runningmate because he has to be comfortable with his buddy. Dapat hindi siya nangangamba na sasaksakin siya sa likod,” Evardone said.“I think we are going to give the option to Secretary Mar,” he said.Evardone said it was possible that Roxas might ask Escudero to run with him since they were coalition partners.Escudero endorsed Jejomar Binay against Roxas as vice-presidential bet in 2010 elections.“Palagay ko iko-consider niya yan,” he said, adding that President Aquino wanted to preserve the administration coalition.The LP spokesman pointed out that Escudero would bring a considerable number of votes to Secretary Mar “considering his track record as senator and congressman and a Bicolano.” Other candidates being considered are Secretary Jun Abaya and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.Asked by reporters if Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto is also in the short list, Evardone said: “She is also highly qualified to run for vice-president. Her performance is outstanding also.” President Aquino earlier met with Roxas, Poe and Escudero for a possible coalition in the 2016 election but no consensus was reached.
It is widely rumored that Poe and Escudero will run together for president and vice-president, respectively in 2016. READ MORE...

ALSO Estrada: Roxas ‘proven incorruptible, qualified’
[Estrada said he had not yet decided whom to support in next year’s elections. “Magdedesisyon din ako. Titingnan ko kung sino ang makakatulong sa higit na nakakarami,” he said.]


JULY 31 --Manila Mayor Estrada
Will Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II make a good President? Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada says Roxas is “proven incorruptible and qualified” to run for president in the 2016 elections. “Cabinet Secretary ko dati si Mar Roxas at maganda naman ang performance niya,” Estrada said in a radio interview on Friday. Roxas served during the Estrada administration as secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry from 2000 to 2003 before he became a senator. Though they belong to rival political parties, Estrada has kind words for Roxas, saying the interior secretary has a “good breeding.” “Maganda naman ang breeding niyan. Yung lolo niya naging presidente. Yung ama niya, si Gerry Roxas, magaling na senador, at saka proven na incorruptible at qualified naman,” he said. In 2010, Roxas ran as vice president for the ruling Liberal Party against then Mayor Jejomar Binay who ran under Estrada. READ MORE...

ALSO: Winning presidency is 99% prayer – Binay
[He told The STAR yesterday that the presidency is destiny “and destiny is what you pray for.”]


JULY 27--Vice President Jejomar Binay Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Winning the presidency is 99 percent prayer and Vice President Jejomar Binay says he is definitely praying for it.
He told The STAR yesterday that the presidency is destiny “and destiny is what you pray for.” The Vice President, who arrived here over the weekend to grace the 50th anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Davao City chapter, considers himself a candidate for president in the May 2016 elections as he had declared his intention to run for the country’s highest office. Binay said it means a lot for him to pray because he draws strength from prayer. “Believe it or not I say my prayers in the morning and in the evening,” he said, adding that he is always misty-eyed when he asks for guidance from the Lord. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

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


JULY 31--Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
While the two of them have discussed the possibility of teaming up, in the end Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero would each decide on their own whether they would run in next year’s elections. Poe said on Thursday that since she and Escudero did not belong to any political party, the decision to run or not was their own to make. “The important thing with being independent is, whatever our plans are, it is not the party that made them. It is our own initiative or decision if ever,” she told reporters.
Even if she does not run for higher office, Escudero could still run, Poe said. The reverse could also be true, she added. Escudero said that he and Poe had been going through a “separate and independent process” when it came to deciding whether or not to join the 2016 elections. He also reiterated his earlier statements that he would support Poe whatever her choice would be. The two of them remain good friends and he believes that if she runs, she could hurdle any issue thrown her way. Poe and Escudero are believed to be running together, even though they say that they have yet to finalize their 2016 plans. Poe earlier said she was “comfortable” teaming up with Escudero, who had served as spokesperson for her father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., when he ran for President in 2004. Liberal Party members want Poe to be the running mate of its presumptive standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, whom President Aquino is expected to endorse on Friday. READ MORE...

ALSO by Randy David: The weight of a presidential endorsement
[For a presidential endorsement to work as intended, it has to take on the qualities of a relationship built on enduring trust, rather than of a contractual arrangement arrived at by calculation.]


AUGUST 2 ---Confetti rain on Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, and Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as Aquino endorses Roxas as the administration’s standard bearer for the May 2016 presidential elections, Friday, July 31, 2015 at the historic Club Filipino in suburban San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines. The 58-year-old former congressman and senator said he was honored to be endorsed by Aquino of the dominant Liberal Party. AP
An incumbent president’s endorsement or—to use a religious term—anointment of a candidate in a presidential election can work in either of two ways. It can be a blessing or a curse, an asset or a liability, a badge of honor or a burden. Most of the time, it is a mix of both. Surprisingly enough, notwithstanding the personalistic nature of our existing political culture, presidential endorsements have made very little impact on our nation’s electoral outcomes.Between Fidel V. Ramos and Ramon Mitra, who were both loyal to her, President Cory Aquino initially signaled that she would not take sides. But she eventually supported Ramos after the latter lost the Laban party nomination and decided to run under a new, hastily assembled, party. FVR won by the slimmest margin in the extremely crowded 1992 presidential race. Competing in that election were prominent figures that had stood by Cory during the turbulent years following Edsa I. One could understand why she preferred to stand above partisan politics.In the 1998 election, President Ramos initially found himself torn between Renato de Villa, his longtime friend and comrade in the military, and Jose de Venecia Jr., his party mate in Lakas who, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, had given him an accommodating Congress. Ramos chose De Venecia, hoping that the Lakas machinery and the resources of the administration would be able to offset the tremendous advantage enjoyed by a wildly popular Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Erap won that election by a landslide. Thrown out of office barely halfway through his term, he was unable to groom a successor. Still, while he was in detention on plunder charges, he did everything to get his bosom friend, Fernando Poe Jr., to run against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 election. READ MORE...

ALSO Kris: No bad blood between Aquinos, Binays


AUGUST 2 ---July 2011 photo of JUNJUN BINAY AND KRIS AQUINO: “I like to really believe that our friendship will survive,” Kris said. Despite being on the opposite sides of the political fence, the Aquino and Binay families maintain a strong friendship, presidential sister and actress Kris Aquino said on Sunday. “We were never naman in the same ticket but my sisters and I are very good friends (with them). In particular, his daughter and private secretary Anne is really a good friend and we’ve maintained our friendship,” Kris said during her visit to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Quezon City office to transfer her voter’s registration from Makati City. The “Queen of All Media” was referring to Marita Angeline “Anne” Binay, one of the vice president’s daughters. She said that in order to maintain their friendship, both sides refrain from talking about politics.“Sinabi namin na for us to maintain na magkaibigan tayo, hindi natin ito pag-uusapan (We told each other that in order to maintain that we are friends, we will not talk about politics),” she said.Kris said that her son Bimby is a friend of Senator Nancy Binay’s children. However, the actress admitted that she still gets hurt by the tirades hurled by Vice President Jejomar Binay against his brother. “Hindi mo maaalis sa amin na if he attacks my brother, it hurts. And I’m sure if Noy says stuff, they get hurt (You can’t shrug off the fact that when he attacks my brother, it hurts. And I’m sure if Noy says stuff, they get hurt),” the actress said. In the end, she hopes that when the dust clears after the 2016 elections, the friendship between the two families will remain. “I like to really believe that our friendship will survive,” Kris said. READ MORE...


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Aquino’s 2016 bet risks splitting LP support base[Roxas’ ‘lack of personal touch’ may backfire — analyst]


MY MOMENT: Interior Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas 2nd is overwhelmed by his emotions as he delivers his speech accepting President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s nomination for him to run for president in 2016. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

MANILA, AUGUST 3, 2015 (MANILA TIMES) July 31, 2015 by CATHERINE S. VALENTE and LLANESCAT. PANTI REPORTERS - Roxas’ ‘lack of personal touch’ may backfire — analyst -----A political analyst has warned that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s endorsement of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as his party’s candidate for the 2016 presidential elections risks splitting his support base.

“On paper, he looks like a competent technocrat and successor,” Richard Javad Heydarian, a political science professor at De La Salle University, said. “But he lacks the popular touch.”

Heydarian gave his analysis as Aquino officially announced his choice of long-time ally Roxas on Friday for the country’s election of his successor next year, saying the Interior chief was the best person to advance anti-corruption reforms.

“We choose the one who is certain to pursue the straight and narrow path,” the President said, alluding to his hallmark anti-graft crusade that he says ushered in unprecedented economic growth in the Philippines.

“I believe that person is none other than Mar Roxas,” he told cheering members of his Liberal Party at the Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila).

Roxas is likely to run against Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is being investigated by a special prosecutor over graft allegations, and the popular Sen. Grace Poe, who had also sought Aquino’s endorsement.

According to recent pre-election presidential preference polls, Roxas trails Poe and Binay.

Poe was reportedly dead set in gunning for the presidency after recent survey results revealed that she was pulling away.

She was among the three considered by Aquino as the administration party’s standard- bearer.
Heydarian also warned that Roxas and Poe could split Aquino’s support base, giving Binay–the opposition’s bet–an edge.

Roxas was Aquino’s running mate in 2010 but lost to then outgoing Makati City Mayor Binay in the vice presidential race.

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LP supporters in yellow clapped and chanted “Roxas Now” as the 58-year-old grandson and namesake of the country’s last Commonwealth and first Republican president choked back tears and thanked Aquino.
“I accept the challenge,” Roxas said. “I will never stray from the straight and narrow path.”
Aquino said he interviewed three potential candidates — Roxas, Poe and Escudero
ahead of Friday’s endorsement, but in the end chose Roxas, even though he has been polling poorly.

He downplayed Roxas’ poor survey numbers.

“If something is really important, you must work hard for it, fight for it,” the Presient told an audience of senators, congressmen, mayors and campaign organizers.

Binay said he was looking forward to a rematch with Roxas, after beating him in the 2010 vice presidential elections.

“If this were boxing, we fought as lightweights, now we’re welterweights,” he told reporters.

Poe, after wishing Roxas well and pledging support for Aquino’s corruption fight, remained coy about her political ambitions.

Poe for VP

Leaders of the Liberal Party are still crossing their fingers that the President would succeed in convincing Poe to become Roxas’ running mate.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., vice chairman of the LP, said he personally prefers not to lose Poe.

“Mas gusto ko iyon [I prefer that],” he added referring to a Roxas-Poe tandem.

“I think the President will still try to do that. But if they’re really decided to push through with their team-up, there’s nothing we can do about it,” Belmonte said.

He was referring to Poe and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero who have reportedly been keen on running as a tandem in 2016.

Belmonte has reportedly been backing Poe and earned the ire of Roxas’ supporters in the House of Representatives who threatened to oust him.

“Of course, it should be Mar who should have the initiative to run after them because he is the man of the hour now. He has to run his campaign and I don’t want to interfere with that. But if he asks for my help, I will help him. He already asked for my help, but there are no specifics yet,” he said.

Sen. Ralph Recto, meanwhile, said the challenge for the LP standard-bearer is to show them that “he is better than President Aquino and the other candidates.”

“People want more, not more of the same. He needs to be greater,” Recto added.

“He needs more exposure. If people will get to know him, he can endear [himself to] them,” he said. WITH AFP

16 Responses to Aquino’s 2016 bet risks splitting LP support base
crisdec10 says:
August 1, 2015 at 3:15 pm
History repeat itself. Remember Joe de Venecia who endorsed by incumbent Fidel Ramos and ex-pres. Cory Aquino with the finances and machineries and the backing of INC and other religious group. Joe de V. lose to popular then Vice Pres. Erap.
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Teddy Sevilla says:
August 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm
Be careful with your analysis Mr. Heydarian. Remember, you are from La Salle; Roxas is from Ateneo.
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Truth Seeker says:
August 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm
TANONGSA IYO MAR: Gagayahin mo ba ang style ni Noynoy? Ibabalik mo pa ba sa isip ng mga tao na kaya di ninyo nasolusyunan ang problema dahil kagagawan ng nakaraang administrasyon kaya maaaring mag-fail ka rin? Sa 5 SONA mo ba ay ang ipagdadakdakan mo ay ang kapallpakan ng nkaraang Arroyo Regime kaya ganito, ganoon ang nangyari? Aba, sabihin mo na kaagad antimano kumbaga, para makapag-isip isip ang mga botante na kaya pala papalpak ang asministration ninyo ay dahil sa nakaraan at di kayo marunong gumawa ng paraan para resolbahin ang nadatnan ninyo 6 years ago! Simple lang yun! Kaya itigil o ang pangarap mo…di masama yun, kaya lang not at the expense of the voters…please lang, makinig ka sa amin kung tinuturing mo kaming boss – walang plastikan! Walang gimikan gaya ng ginawa ni Noynoy….
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Ruffy says:
August 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Roxas is the LPs choice.
The peoples choice might be different. So we could not say Mar is it.
Yes, according to this article Mar is good on paper but lacks personal touch.
For politicians, Mar is their obvious choice whom they also look for their financial
support in running their individual campaign for different positions.
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JuanFromCDO says:
August 1, 2015 at 9:49 am
For me Roxas was the better choice. Grace Poe doesn’t have enough experience. Binay would be the worst choice. It’s just a matter of time on how the Liberal Party can hold on together.
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rafael delariarte says:
August 1, 2015 at 9:04 am
contrary to what you stated, the endorsement of Roxas now seems to unite LP stalwarts realizing that indeed theirs is the better choice than other aspirants. voters like you and me may agree that a presidential election is not a popularity contest, it is choosing a qualified leader who will lead the nation to its aspired destination, otherwise, Vice Ganda would handily won the election. re-affirming Eraps statement that his former cabinet member is still the most qualified among the presidentiables at this time…
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Ric Brazil says:
August 1, 2015 at 8:47 am
“We choose the one who is certain to pursue the straight and narrow path,” the President said
“I accept the challenge,” Roxas said. “I will never stray from the straight and narrow path.”
With the above quote, we, the Filipino people are surely nowhere to go, if ever the anointed one is elected by the gullible voters. The path that we have threaded has always been narrow all along, and there is no mention the anointed one will make this narrow path wider. Perhaps the above quote was a pathetic reference to the verses in the Scriptures which says:
“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road to it is easy…” (Mat7:13);
“Do your best to go in through the narrow door;…”(Luke13:24).
Notice that what has been described in said verses as narrow were the door. All along this administration wanted us to believe it is leading us to a prosperous future with peace in our homes and on the streets, never mind peace of mind. So its always been the narrow road that they have envisioned and pursued and intend to pursue further. I just pray and hope the Filipino voters may now practice intelligence in choosing the next leader. So help us Lord.
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Carl says:
August 1, 2015 at 7:56 am
What Mar Roxas has is a horrible authenticity problem. Mar is such a phony that people can’t help but notice.
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edgar says:
August 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm
he is so humble but he is clean untainted politician compared to binay and other corrupt politician. ano pa ba ang hinahanap ninyo, mga BOBOTANTES..
warlaw says:
August 1, 2015 at 7:49 am
Poe will be the next president and whoever is the running mate of Mar Roxas. History repeat itself.
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vg says:
August 1, 2015 at 7:18 am
We will all watch as the LP goes down in flames.
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Estepano says:
August 1, 2015 at 5:11 am
That is the reason noynoy has a budget of 3.2 trillion pesos to make sure that liberal party tongressmen will only have roxas as their candidate. Just like what noynoy did to corona’s impeachment.
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edgar says:
August 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm
bakit ayaw mo bang ma-impeach si corona???? hahahahah lol
Sonny says:
August 1, 2015 at 3:30 am
Like former presidents Ramos and GMA, P-Noy will loose his anointed one. Unlike her mother Cory who anointed a winner in Ramos, he will not make a repeat in Roxas. Ramos has the charisma but Roxas is very poor on this. Election is decided by votes and votes go to a charismatic person…that is not Roxas. I see it in Poe, low profile but dangerous, she is loved by the masses.
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Roldan Guerrero says:
August 1, 2015 at 1:10 am
POE does not have the machinery to run for what she aspires….She will grab the offer…pa hard to get lang pero sobrang EPAL at AMBISYOSA…Sanay maki hitch….
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arnel says:
August 1, 2015 at 12:57 am
si mar ay masyadong tinimbang pero kulang na kulang. under honest to goodness election mar will never make it…
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MANILA TIMES

Mar given option to choose VP August 1, 2015 9:56 pm by LLANESCA PANTI, RHAYDZ B. BARCIA AND PNA

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has allowed Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, his chosen standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s polls, to choose his runningmate, according to LP spokesperson and Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone.

Evardone said that LP was “extremely hopeful” that Sen. Grace Poe would consider the option of running as Roxas runningmate.

He also said that Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero was also being considered as another choice.



“Normally, it is the presidential candidate who chooses his runningmate because he has to be comfortable with his buddy. Dapat hindi siya nangangamba na sasaksakin siya sa likod,” Evardone said.

“I think we are going to give the option to Secretary Mar,” he said.

Evardone said it was possible that Roxas might ask Escudero to run with him since they were coalition partners.

Escudero endorsed Jejomar Binay against Roxas as vice-presidential bet in 2010 elections.

“Palagay ko iko-consider niya yan,” he said, adding that President Aquino wanted to preserve the administration coalition.

The LP spokesman pointed out that Escudero would bring a considerable number of votes to Secretary Mar “considering his track record as senator and congressman and a Bicolano.” Other candidates being considered are Secretary Jun Abaya and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.


Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.  Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday said she is not yet ready to run for vice president under Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. In an interview, Robredo, the wife of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, said she still does not have the experience and popularity to run for the country’s second highest official of the country. She said she was never approached to run with Roxas, who is now confirmed as President Benigno Aquino III’s anointed one as the Liberal Party’s (LP) presidential bet in 2016. INQUIRER NEWS FILE PHOTO JULY 29, 2015

Asked by reporters if Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto is also in the short list, Evardone said: “She is also highly qualified to run for vice-president. Her performance is outstanding also.”


Batangas Gov Vilma Santos-Recto wants to retire from politics in 2016 STARMOMETER.COM

President Aquino earlier met with Roxas, Poe and Escudero for a possible coalition in the 2016 election but no consensus was reached.

It is widely rumored that Poe and Escudero will run together for president and vice-president, respectively in 2016.

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Roxas gave way to Aquino’s own presidential bid in 2010.

Evardone said that as early as the first quarter of 2015, the President had already told Roxas that he would endorse him in the 2016 polls.

The LP spokesman said the party was cognizant of Roxas’ rankings in pre-election surveys, which showed him losing to either Poe or Vice-President Jejomar Binay if the presidential elections were held today.

He said the party would face the challenge to capture the Class D and E voters for Roxas. “Yan ang pinakamarami talaga and most of them are in the countryside,” he said.

Quitting DILG

Evardone also said Roxas would resign as head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government out of delicadeza so he would not be accused of using his position to campaign for president.

“The last time he told us that once he decides to run, he will not stay any minute longer in his office and he will resign the following day. That is what he told us because he does not want to be accused of using his office to advance his political interests,” he said.

Malacañang on Saturday said that Roxas will resign his Cabinet post.

“Of course, that is a given. He will not stay in office so he won’t be accused of taking advantage of his position. Certainly, he will not do that,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over government-run Radyo ng Bayan.

“What he is actually preparing for is the transition already to whoever will lead the DILG next,” she said.

Valte was referring to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s call for the resignation of Roxas as Interior secretary.

Valte, however, could not confirm who will replace him. Roxas is expected to recommend names for the position.

Valte said Roxas wants to have a smooth transition, especially for the priority projects of the DILG, including the Oplan Lambat Sibat of the Philippine National Police.


Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr.
MANILA, Philippines - Now that Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II was officially endorsed by President Aquino as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), vacancies in the Cabinet will inevitably be made as the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy in October draws near. Sources hinted Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, the LP secretary general and a close friend, would be taking over once Roxas steps down and files his candidacy. Another agency that will be vacated would be the Department of Justice as Secretary Leila de Lima is expected to be included in the 12-person senatorial lineup of the administration coalition for the May 2016 elections.Sources also revealed that another LP stalwart, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., now on his third and last term as congressman, would be leaving behind his congressional district in his home province for less than a year until the elections are over. Tupas, a lawyer by profession, headed the House prosecution team in the impeachment of former chief justice Renato Corona in December 2011. PHILSTAR HEADLINE NEWS AUGUST 1, 2015

Members of the opposition have already called for Roxas’ resignation of Roxas.

Responding to critics of Aquino’s choice of Roxas, Valte said, “As the President said, it only validates the integrity and the hard work of Secretary Roxas when all these people use him to prop themselves up.”

She said those groups only try to put others down instead of banking on the merits of their own candidates.

She added that the Cabinet members, most of whom were present at the endorsement of Roxas, support the President’s candidate. She said the Cabinet knows how professional Roxas is when it comes to work.

Showbiz split

The entertainment industry will not unite behind Sen. Grace Poe, daughter of the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr. and veteran actress Susan Roces.

Regal Entertainment’s Lily Monteverde and talent manager Arnold Vegafria of ALV Talent Circuit showed up in Club Filipino last Friday to show their support for Roxas.

“I am here to support Mar. He is a close friend…but what it more important is his credibility. He is deserving [to be the President],” Monteverde told reporters.

“I believe in his platform of Daang Matuwid (good governance). The other day, we invited him in a small forum, and he was able to answer the questions fielded on him by the artists well,” Vegafria, who is managing around 40 talents, added.

“We are still in the planning stage because he just made his declaration to run for President, but definitely, we have plans for him,” Vegafria, who sat beside Monteverde, added.

Among Vegafria’s notable talents include: siblings Camille and John Pratts, Carla Abellana, Nikki Gil, Iya Villania, Billy Crawford and Martin del Rosario.

More reactions

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, regional chairman of the LP, said Roxas is the most qualified President.

“I believe the certainty of running and the anointment as administration candidate by PNoy will give (Roxas) a spike in ratings. I guess he would be closer to 20 percent arising from the consolidated administration forces on the ground and the focus on his qualifications as a candidate and no longer as Cabinet member,” he said.

Women’s organizations in Legazpi City led by Irene Solmirano commended Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas as they credit interior secretary is responsible for cheaper medicine and of waterworks projects in the countryside.

“What a good choice… I hope and pray that Divine Providence will guide him always and show him that self sacrifice and perseverance will be rewarded with faith and confidence by the Filipinos who will guard their sacred votes for him come 2016,” she added.


INQUIRER

Estrada: Roxas ‘proven incorruptible, qualified’ @inquirerdotnet 08:04 PM July 31st, 2015


Manila Mayor Estrada

Will Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II make a good President?

Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada says Roxas is “proven incorruptible and qualified” to run for president in the 2016 elections.

“Cabinet Secretary ko dati si Mar Roxas at maganda naman ang performance niya,” Estrada said in a radio interview on Friday.

Roxas served during the Estrada administration as secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry from 2000 to 2003 before he became a senator.

Though they belong to rival political parties, Estrada has kind words for Roxas, saying the interior secretary has a “good breeding.”

“Maganda naman ang breeding niyan. Yung lolo niya naging presidente. Yung ama niya, si Gerry Roxas, magaling na senador, at saka proven na incorruptible at qualified naman,” he said.

In 2010, Roxas ran as vice president for the ruling Liberal Party against then Mayor Jejomar Binay who ran under Estrada.

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On Friday, Roxas was officially endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III as the standard-bearer of LP and its coalitions at Club Filipino in San Juan City.

In response to the President’s endorsement, Roxas said he was ready to accept the challenge to continue Aquino’s “daang matuwid (straight path)” governance.

“I am Mar Roxas; I accept the challenge of our bosses,” he said.

Estrada said he had not yet decided whom to support in next year’s elections.

“Magdedesisyon din ako. Titingnan ko kung sino ang makakatulong sa higit na nakakarami,” he said.

Estrada is reportedly torn between Binay and Sen. Grace Poe.

While Binay has long declared his political ambitions, Poe is yet to announce her decision.

With both Binay and Poe close to him, Estrada said he would eventually decide based on their government platforms.

Asked if he would run for president in 2016, Estrada said that for now, he wanted to seek reelection as mayor of Manila.

“Sa ngayon hindi. Marami pa tayong gagawin dito sa lungsod ng Maynila,” he said.

But he said that he remained open to the possibility of running for president, citing it was “providential and destiny.”

“Pero di natin malaman e. Ang pagkapangulo ay providential, destiny ’yan,” he said.


PHILSTAR

Winning presidency is 99% prayer – Binay By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 27, 2015 - 12:00am 2 1599 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Winning the presidency is 99 percent prayer and Vice President Jejomar Binay says he is definitely praying for it.

He told The STAR yesterday that the presidency is destiny “and destiny is what you pray for.”

The Vice President, who arrived here over the weekend to grace the 50th anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Davao City chapter, considers himself a candidate for president in the May 2016 elections as he had declared his intention to run for the country’s highest office.

Binay said it means a lot for him to pray because he draws strength from prayer.

“Believe it or not I say my prayers in the morning and in the evening,” he said, adding that he is always misty-eyed when he asks for guidance from the Lord.


INQUIRER

Poe-Escudero tandem still up in the air, says Senator Grace By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:44 AM July 31st, 2015


Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

While the two of them have discussed the possibility of teaming up, in the end Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero would each decide on their own whether they would run in next year’s elections.

Poe said on Thursday that since she and Escudero did not belong to any political party, the decision to run or not was their own to make.

“The important thing with being independent is, whatever our plans are, it is not the party that made them. It is our own initiative or decision if ever,” she told reporters.

Even if she does not run for higher office, Escudero could still run, Poe said. The reverse could also be true, she added.

Escudero said that he and Poe had been going through a “separate and independent process” when it came to deciding whether or not to join the 2016 elections.

He also reiterated his earlier statements that he would support Poe whatever her choice would be.

The two of them remain good friends and he believes that if she runs, she could hurdle any issue thrown her way.

Poe and Escudero are believed to be running together, even though they say that they have yet to finalize their 2016 plans.

Poe earlier said she was “comfortable” teaming up with Escudero, who had served as spokesperson for her father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., when he ran for President in 2004.

Liberal Party members want Poe to be the running mate of its presumptive standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, whom President Aquino is expected to endorse on Friday.

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The President himself has met with Poe and Escudero, but there has been no indication that Poe was convinced to be Roxas’ running mate.

Recently, Poe and Escudero went to Koronadal, South Cotabato together for the T’nalak Festival, a move that some saw as a way for the tandem to test the waters for a possible run.

Residency issue

Meanwhile, Poe reiterated that she would be able to adequately explain the issue against her residency in the Philippines, which was supposedly inadequate in case she plans to run for higher office in 2016.

Poe said she had been in the Philippines since 2004, and even gave birth here during that year.

READ: Grace Poe’s citizenship /// Reactions to ‘Grace Poe’s citizenship’

She would not dare deceive the people on this matter, she said.

“I do not have such an ambition for this position that I would do everything to get it. My conscience cannot fathom fooling the people just so that I could run for a higher position,” she told reporters.

She said her actual residency in the Philippines might not have been clear in her certificate of candidacy for senator because of how it was worded, but she would not fool the people on this issue, she said.

Should somebody file a case against her on this matter, she would be ready with the documents.

“The reason I myself am explaining this is because this is not an issue of stealing from the people or being remiss in my duty. It is an attack against my person, which is why I myself am responding.”


INQUIRER by Randy David

The weight of a presidential endorsement By: Randy David @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:22 AM August 2nd, 2015


Confetti rain on Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, and Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as Aquino endorses Roxas as the administration’s standard bearer for the May 2016 presidential elections, Friday, July 31, 2015 at the historic Club Filipino in suburban San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines. The 58-year-old former congressman and senator said he was honored to be endorsed by Aquino of the dominant Liberal Party. AP

An incumbent president’s endorsement or—to use a religious term—anointment of a candidate in a presidential election can work in either of two ways. It can be a blessing or a curse, an asset or a liability, a badge of honor or a burden. Most of the time, it is a mix of both. Surprisingly enough, notwithstanding the personalistic nature of our existing political culture, presidential endorsements have made very little impact on our nation’s electoral outcomes.

Between Fidel V. Ramos and Ramon Mitra, who were both loyal to her, President Cory Aquino initially signaled that she would not take sides. But she eventually supported Ramos after the latter lost the Laban party nomination and decided to run under a new, hastily assembled, party. FVR won by the slimmest margin in the extremely crowded 1992 presidential race. Competing in that election were prominent figures that had stood by Cory during the turbulent years following Edsa I. One could understand why she preferred to stand above partisan politics.

In the 1998 election, President Ramos initially found himself torn between Renato de Villa, his longtime friend and comrade in the military, and Jose de Venecia Jr., his party mate in Lakas who, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, had given him an accommodating Congress. Ramos chose De Venecia, hoping that the Lakas machinery and the resources of the administration would be able to offset the tremendous advantage enjoyed by a wildly popular Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

Erap won that election by a landslide. Thrown out of office barely halfway through his term, he was unable to groom a successor. Still, while he was in detention on plunder charges, he did everything to get his bosom friend, Fernando Poe Jr., to run against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 election.

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GMA, who had assumed the presidency following Erap’s ouster in 2001, was intensely disliked from the moment she announced she was seeking a fresh term as president in 2004. This sour relationship with the public was aggravated by the countless scandals that defined her transactional presidency, beginning with the “Hello Garci” tapes, which showed the extent of her brazen manipulation of the canvassing of the 2004 presidential votes. By 2010, she had become so unpopular that the best thing she could do for Gilberto Teodoro Jr., her party’s candidate, was to stay away from his campaign.

Benigno S. Aquino III won that election with 42 percent of the votes. The capable “Gibo” Teodoro, who could not avoid being identified with GMA, trailed at fourth place, with 11 percent of the votes. His miserable performance at the polls demonstrated in no uncertain terms the unbearable weight of a presidential endorsement.

The 2016 presidential election will likely change that picture. All our presidents, from Marcos to Arroyo, uniformly ended their terms weighed down by poor approval ratings in the opinion polls, and hounded by controversies and problems that eventually defined their presidencies.

P-Noy, in contrast, has remained politically buoyant as he approaches his final year in office. In the eyes of the many who entertained doubts about him in the aftermath of Mamasapano, but later gave him back their trust, this President has earned the right to name his successor.

I think P-Noy’s forthright announcement of his personal choice of Mar Roxas as the person most worthy to succeed him will test, for the first time, the true value of a presidential endorsement. At his last State of the Nation Address, he declared that he wants the coming election to be a referendum on his administration. One would be hard-pressed to find any other president who has stood so confidently on his record. Clearly, P-Noy intends to go out and actively campaign in the 2016 election as though he himself were the candidate. In turn, I am sure he expects Roxas not only to continue what he has started, but also to defend it with conviction.

Roxas has repeatedly shown that he is a good team player. He could have quit P-Noy’s Cabinet at the height of the Mamasapano affair, and he would have been instantly rewarded with high presidential preference ratings by an impressionistic public. A political pragmatist who thinks only of his career would no doubt have seized the opportunity. Not Mar; he quietly stood by P-Noy even when he was being jeered for having allowed himself to be bypassed on a matter that belonged to his department. I am sure his low ratings are partly ascribable to this perceived lack of confident assertiveness that we often mistake for leadership.

To sum up: Three questions basically determine the value of a presidential endorsement.

Firstly, has the endorser earned the right to endorse his successor? Or, to put it another way, how much political influence does the endorser wield over public opinion?

Secondly, to what extent is the endorser prepared to act in order to ensure that his endorsement makes any difference? Another way of putting the same thought: How much stake does the endorser have in the election of his chosen successor?

And lastly, how far is the chosen one prepared to defend the record of an incumbent president’s endorsement? The events at Club Filipino the other day have left no doubt about the answers to these questions.

For a presidential endorsement to work as intended, it has to take on the qualities of a relationship built on enduring trust, rather than of a contractual arrangement arrived at by calculation.

Looking back, I think it would have been very difficult for P-Noy to justify endorsing anyone else other than Mar Roxas.


Kris: No bad blood between Aquinos, Binays By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 05:46 PM August 2nd, 2015


July 2011 photo of JUNJUN BINAY AND KRIS AQUINO SHOWBIZ.NET

Despite being on the opposite sides of the political fence, the Aquino and Binay families maintain a strong friendship, presidential sister and actress Kris Aquino said on Sunday.

“We were never naman in the same ticket but my sisters and I are very good friends (with them). In particular, his daughter and private secretary Anne is really a good friend and we’ve maintained our friendship,” Kris said during her visit to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Quezon City office to transfer her voter’s registration from Makati City.

The “Queen of All Media” was referring to Marita Angeline “Anne” Binay, one of the vice president’s daughters.

She said that in order to maintain their friendship, both sides refrain from talking about politics.

“Sinabi namin na for us to maintain na magkaibigan tayo, hindi natin ito pag-uusapan (We told each other that in order to maintain that we are friends, we will not talk about politics),” she said.

Kris said that her son Bimby is a friend of Senator Nancy Binay’s children.
However, the actress admitted that she still gets hurt by the tirades hurled by Vice President Jejomar Binay against his brother.

“Hindi mo maaalis sa amin na if he attacks my brother, it hurts. And I’m sure if Noy says stuff, they get hurt (You can’t shrug off the fact that when he attacks my brother, it hurts. And I’m sure if Noy says stuff, they get hurt),” the actress said.

In the end, she hopes that when the dust clears after the 2016 elections, the friendship between the two families will remain.

“I like to really believe that our friendship will survive,” Kris said.

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In an earlier Inquirer report, Kris’ sisters Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Aquino-Abellada and Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz said that they will not support Vice President Jejomar Binay in his bid for the presidency after his “bumbling and insensitive” remark against the Aquino government.

“He (Binay) has spoken, it’s all different now. Binay is still our friend, but he is going against our brother,” Cruz said.

In 2014, Kris Aquino said that they are open to supporting the vice president in 2016 but the actress revealed that she was “lectured” by her the president after she gave her statement.

The President has endorsed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday to be his successor in 2016.

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