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NO NPC ENDORSEMENT ON POE-CHIZ COMING; MEETING WITH OTHERS CONTINUES
[The Nationalist People's Coalition or NPC is a conservative political party in the Philippines, founded in 1992 by then presidential candidate Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. Update: Cayetano opted out from Presidential bid, looking for VP bid]


AUGUST 31 -The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party led by businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. seems not completely sold to supporting the tandem of likely indepedents Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero for the presidential elections next year as the NPC said it will continue to hold meeting with other presidential aspi-rants. The NPC statement came after the party conducted a series of meetings with presumptive presidential Poe and Escudero. The NPC said yesterday it will continue to meet with other potential presidential aspirants in the coming days. NPC spokesman and Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga said the move is part of their party’s continuing efforts to observe due diligence in ensuring that only the best candidate will earn the party’s coveted support in next year’s elections. Aside from Poe, NPC will also meet with other presidential aspirants among them Liberal Party standard bearer Interior Sec-retary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte although the latter is yet to make up his mind on whether to run or not. “We want to listen to the platforms and programs of action of every candidate so that we will be guided accordingly before eventually deciding on who to support in the next elections,” Enverga said. “We will only select candidates whom we believe would best represent and work for the aspirations of our people while also advocating a clean, dedicated and transparent governance,” he elaborated.
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ALSO: Grace Poe submits birth, travel records to Senate electoral tribunal


SEPT 1 -Sen. Grace Poe is facing a disqualification complaint filed before the Senate Electoral Tribunal. Facebook/Grace Poe
 Sen. Grace Poe on Tuesday submitted her citizenship and travel documents to the Senate electoral tribunal (SET) to support her claim that she is a natural-born Filipino.
The SET has earlier ordered the Bureau of Immigration and National Statistics Office to produce Poe's documents in relation to the disqualification case filed against her. "Para sa akin, it is one of relief na maibigay na rin 'yan sapagkat 'yung mga kwestyon kung ako ba ay natural-born Filipino o hindi ay nasagot naman namin diyan," Poe told members of the press. Poe said her legal counsels prepared the said documents such as her birth certificate and a document indicating that she was a foundling. The SET gave her 10 days after receiving the disqualification complaint filed by losing senatorial bet Rizalito David who claimed that Poe distorted information in her certificate of candidacy when she ran for senator in 2013. READ MORE...RELATED STORY...

ALSO: Binay promises to make PPPs happen


SEPTEMBER 5 -Binay
IF Vice President Jejomar Binay becomes president, he will continue to harness the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program but rid it of the delays that have plagued projects in the Aquino administration, his spokesman Joey Salgado said Friday. “PPPs have long been in place in Makati. The programs of University of Makati are anchored on public-private partnerships that helped grow the local economy and provide jobs for Makati residents,” Salgado said.He said the vice president will make certain that should he win the 2016 elections, the PPP projects will be done right. Salgado said the Binay’s PPPs will be different from the Aquino administration, saying there will be “no paralysis by analysis.” “The present PPPs has been plagued by delays. What the Vice President will do is address causes of these delays,’ Salgado told The Standard. “VP Binay will make project implementation faster to achieve economic expansion and generate jobs and livelihood for Filipinos,” he added. Salgado said the Cavite Laguna Expressway was a good example of a project bogged down by delays. Under a Binay administration, he said, an agency will be tasked to review and monitor PPP projects. Salgado added that Binay was not grabbing credit for Makati’s growth during his time as mayor, but noted that City Hall under Binay reached out constantly to the private sector and provided the right environment for business. “When he was first appointed acting mayor in 1986 by the late President Corazon Aquino, the city’s revenues stood at P240 million. It was at P11 billion when he left,” Salgado said.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Marcos not eyeing presidency, says Sen Cynthia Villar


SEPTEMBER 4 -MARCOS
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. is seeking another six-year term in the Senate and not the presidency, a leader of the 107-year-old Nacionalista Party (NP) to which he belongs revealed yesterday.
Senator Cynthia A. Villar put to rest speculations that Marcos is angling for the presidency or vice presidency under the NP banner or running for a higher position as an independent. Villar is the wife of former Senate President Manny Villar, the current NP president. She also said that Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano “is very vocal that he wants to run for a higher position.” Villar’s statement on Marcos was given when Senate reporters asked about the TV ads of Marcos and Cayetano. Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV had said that he is leaving it to the NP if it decides to support his political aspirations for higher office. He, however, had reiterated his intention to seek the vice presidency and would run as vice president should Sen. Grace Poe decide to run as president. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: LP drops Grace; takes Drilon's cue [Poe ‘not worthy’ to be Mar’s VP—Erice]


SEPTEMBER 5 -Poe ‘not worthy’ to be Mar’s VP—Erice2016 with her political soulmate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, as her vice presidential candidate. Dropping Poe was the same message in the LP-dominated House of Representatives. According to LP vice chairman on political affairs, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, the party took the cue from Senate President Drilon. “I agree with Senator Drilon that it is high time to drop Sen. Grace Poe,” Erice said, noting that Poe is not “worthy” of being Roxas running mate due to her views on the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) issue.Poe has been hit in the social media, majority of whom said they have now seen the “true colors” of Poe, and that she is no different from the traditional politicians, or trapo, a perjorative term for traditional pols.Erice claimed that Poe’s position on the INC issue was made “just for politics.” Erice also claimed that Poe has veered from the “tuwid na daan” of President Aquino. “It is now time to face the reality that Sen. Grace Poe is building her own path which is not in consonance with that of the Aquino government” Erice stressed. The LP congressman branded Poe a “trapo” (traditional politician) when she allegedly promised, in a speech in Pangasinan, that she would build an international airport in the province. READ MORE... RELATED REPORT...


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No NPC endorsement on Poe-Chiz coming

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015,
(TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00



The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party led by businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. seems not completely sold to supporting the tandem of likely indepedents Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero for the presidential elections next year as the NPC said it will continue to hold meeting with other presidential aspi-rants. The NPC statement came after the party conducted a series of meetings with presumptive presidential Poe and Escudero.

The NPC said yesterday it will continue to meet with other potential presidential aspirants in the coming days.

NPC spokesman and Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga said the move is part of their party’s continuing efforts to observe due diligence in ensuring that only the best candidate will earn the party’s coveted support in next year’s elections.

Aside from Poe, NPC will also meet with other presidential aspirants among them Liberal Party standard bearer Interior Sec-retary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte although the latter is yet to make up his mind on whether to run or not.

“We want to listen to the platforms and programs of action of every candidate so that we will be guided accordingly before eventually deciding on who to support in the next elections,” Enverga said.

“We will only select candidates whom we believe would best represent and work for the aspirations of our people while also advocating a clean, dedicated and transparent governance,” he elaborated.

NPC is considered as one of the country’s most formidable and influential political parties having in its roster at least two senators, 40 congressmen, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors.

“We already heard the platforms and programs of Poe although she is yet to make a decision on whether to run for president or not, and we believe that it’s now about time that we also hear from other candidates before making our final decision,” Enverga said.

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“We are still in the process of consultation and we will surely use the opinions of our members as guides before arriving in a consensus on who will get the party’s backing in 2016,” Enverga pointed out.


UPDATE: Cayetano opts for vice-presidential run SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano has given up his plan to seek the highest office in the land and will instead run for vice president, but he has still not decided under which party. Speaking in Bacolod City on Friday, Cayetano said he really wants to run under the Nacionalista Party, but three other NP members are entertaining the possibility of running for vice president and voter preference surveys reveal a poor showing in the presidential race. FROM MANNILA STANDARD SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

Enverga also expressed confidence that once the party leadership arrives in a decision after a thorough consultation, all members are expected to toe the party line.

An initial consultation among their party members reportedly showed that majority are inclined to support a Grace-Chiz (Escudero) tandem, but Enverga clarified that “this does not mean that the party has already made its decision to throw its support behind them.”

It can be recalled that when Malacañang moved in 2011 to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, NPC members in the House of Representatives were split.

There had been heated debates, but in the end, all of the members voted as one to impeach her.

It has therefore acquired the reputation of being a solid and disciplined party that also follows the leadership once a decision is reached.

The NPC was founded by Cojuangco for his 1992 presidential bid which through four administrations has built itself as a reliable partner of the party in power.

Zero vote on Mar asserted

A migrant rights group, meanwhile, said the zero vote campaign against Roxas was an expression of overseas Filipino workers’ (OFWs) wise vote.

The migrant rights group in the Middle East issued the statement in reply to Palace spokesman Abigail Valte’s “vote wisely” comment.

Last August 29, Valte was heard saying in a radio interview that OFWs should vote wisely based on platform of governance. This was Malacanang’s reply to the “zero vote” campaign against administration bets in 2016.

What we only expect is, of course, votes will be based on platform. Based on what will help our country, and what will help benefit your families, Valte said.

Valte added that OFWs, as absentee voters, have the freedom to elect their candidates in 2016.

“Usec. Valte missed our point. Because LP, the administration’s ruling party, has an anti-OFW policies and programs such as the manual random inspection of Balikbayan boxes and the added clearing fees on cargo forwarders’ container vans which cost will be passed on to OFWs, we protest by waging the ‘Zero Remittance’ and later on the ‘Zero Vote’ campaign,” Monterona explained.

He added, “What LP and Mar Roxas being LP’s presidential candidate have to offer? Nothing new but a continuation of Aquino’s anti-people and anti-OFW policies and programs on pretense of ‘Tuwid na Daan’ slogan.”

According to Monterona, a Roxas presidency like Aquino would mean intensified forced migration of millions of unemployed and underemployed because of its failure to generate jobs with decent wage and benefits, and will continue its blind adherence to US-imposed economic neo-liberal policies of privatization, deregulation, and fiscal austerity that wreaked havoc to the lives and livelihood of ordinary Filipinos because like Aquino, Roxas is an ‘Amboy’ (American boy).

“Like Aquino, Roxas will not provide protection and welfare programs for OFWs abroad and their families. He, too, will not address the root causes of forced migration and chronic poverty. There will be more unnecessary and additional state exactions and imposition of government fees to OFWs just what exactly Aquino has being doing now,” Monterona claimed.

“Human right violations and impunity will continue to reign under a Roxas presidency,” Monterona averred.

“OFW wise vote is ‘Zero Vote’ for Roxas and LP bets!” Monterona declared.
Recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) reported that new registrants have reached 600,000 aside from the total overseas voter stock accumulated during the previous registration periods stands at 975,263.

The DFA-OVS is targeting 1-M new overseas absentee voters (OAVs) by end of the registration period on October 31, 2015.

The National Unity Party (NUP), another major political force, are inclined to support Roxas after Cavite Rep. Elpidio Bargaza, NUP’s vice president for external affairs, said 80 percent of the party’s members are leaning towards backing Roxas’ candidacy.

“A meeting was held that included Roxas last week and it was indicated that 80 percent are ready to support the candidacy of Secretary Mar,” Barzaga said.

Barzaga said the meeting took place last August 27 in Catarman, Northern Samar where Roxas, the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer, was present.


PHILSTAR

Grace Poe submits birth, travel records to Senate electoral tribunal By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated September 1, 2015 - 6:46pm 1 1 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe is facing a disqualification complaint filed before the Senate Electoral Tribunal. Facebook/Grace Poe

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe on Tuesday submitted her citizenship and travel documents to the Senate electoral tribunal (SET) to support her claim that she is a natural-born Filipino.

The SET has earlier ordered the Bureau of Immigration and National Statistics Office to produce Poe's documents in relation to the disqualification case filed against her.

"Para sa akin, it is one of relief na maibigay na rin 'yan sapagkat 'yung mga kwestyon kung ako ba ay natural-born Filipino o hindi ay nasagot naman namin diyan," Poe told members of the press.

Poe said her legal counsels prepared the said documents such as her birth certificate and a document indicating that she was a foundling.

The SET gave her 10 days after receiving the disqualification complaint filed by losing senatorial bet Rizalito David who claimed that Poe distorted information in her certificate of candidacy when she ran for senator in 2013.

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"Madali naman naming maibibigay sana kung sa amin lang hiningi dahil 'yan ay kasamang documentary proof ng aming mga claims," the senator said.

Poe earlier said that she remains hopeful that the SET will be fair and objective in handling the disqualification case filed against her.

The SET is comprised of its chair, Justice Antonio Carpio, Supreme Court Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo Brion, Sens. Loren Legarda, Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay.

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Grace Poe's personal files, US listing on citizenship By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated September 2, 2015 - 4:56pm 2 905 googleplus0 3


Newly released documents attempt to address the question of Sen. Grace Poe's citizenship. Office of Sen. Poe photo

MANILA, Philippines — One of the senatorial candidates whom Sen. Grace Poe defeated in 2013 questioned the validity of her office based on her citizenship and years of residency in the Philippines.

Rizalito David filed a disqualification complaint against Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and an electoral offense case before the Commission on Elections for alleged "material representation" in her Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for senator filed in 2012.

David said Poe, who was adopted by film stars Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, could not be regarded as a natural-born citizen as a foundling whose biological parents' citizenship is unknown.

He also challenged Poe's claim of fulfilling the two-year residency requirement for senatorial candidates as she lived in the United States since 1991 and was naturalized as an American citizen in 2001.

A publication archived with the US Federal Register obtained by Philstar.com indicates Poe's loss of her US citizenship has been recognized by the national government.


Two pages from a notice issued by the United States Internal Revenue Service indicating that then US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had received information of several individuals, including Sen. Grace Poe, who lost their citizenship before June 2012. It does not suggest, however, that Poe and the listed names only lost citizenship within the same quarter.

On Wednesday, the camp of Poe released her personal files annexed to the 107-page reply to David's quo warranto petition before the SET aiming to have it dismissed.


A July 18, 2006 order from the Bureau of Immigration granting Poe and her three children reacquisition of their Philippine citizenship and passport. (Highlights applied by Philstar.com)


Poe's notarized affidavit in Pasig City officially renouncing her US citizenship and allegiance following notice of her appointment as Movie And Television Review And Classification Board chair by President Benigno Aquino III on Oct. 6, 2010. (Highlights applied by Philstar.com)




Select pages from a US embassy questionnaire executed by Poe on July 12, 2011 specifying that she has performed two acts with an intent to relinquish her US citizenship (Highlights applied by Philstar.com)

US Vice Consul Jason Gallian issued a certificate of Poe's loss of nationality on Dec. 9, 2011, attesting that she took an oath of public office, which is considered as a voluntary act of expatriation, on Oct. 21, 2010. (Highlights by Philstar.com)


Stamp at the back of Poe's US passport bearing the date she renounced her citizenship.


Poe's certificate of candidacy (COC) filed at the Commission of Elections seeking to join the senatorial race in 2013. She claimed six years and six months of Philippine residency.

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In its reply to the SET petition, Poe's legal team admitted the senator committed an "honest mistake made in good faith" in stating her period of residency before May 13, 2013.

"The truth is that, as of 13 May 2013, respondent [Poe] had been residing in the Philippines for more than six (6) years and six (6) months," the reply noted. "However, this mistake was an excusable error arising from complex legal principles that a layman is not expected to fully know, much less understand."

Poe's lawyers said that she and her family began to reside again in the Philippines in 2005 after the death of her father and sold their US home in April 2006.


MANILA STANDARD

Binay promises to make PPPs happen By Vito Barcelo | Sep. 05, 2015 at 12:01am


Binay

IF Vice President Jejomar Binay becomes president, he will continue to harness the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program but rid it of the delays that have plagued projects in the Aquino administration, his spokesman Joey Salgado said Friday.

“PPPs have long been in place in Makati. The programs of University of Makati are anchored on public-private partnerships that helped grow the local economy and provide jobs for Makati residents,” Salgado said.

He said the vice president will make certain that should he win the 2016 elections, the PPP projects will be done right.

Salgado said the Binay’s PPPs will be different from the Aquino administration, saying there will be “no paralysis by analysis.”

“The present PPPs has been plagued by delays. What the Vice President will do is address causes of these delays,’ Salgado told The Standard.

“VP Binay will make project implementation faster to achieve economic expansion and generate jobs and livelihood for Filipinos,” he added.

Salgado said the Cavite Laguna Expressway was a good example of a project bogged down by delays.

Under a Binay administration, he said, an agency will be tasked to review and monitor PPP projects.

Salgado added that Binay was not grabbing credit for Makati’s growth during his time as mayor, but noted that City Hall under Binay reached out constantly to the private sector and provided the right environment for business.

“When he was first appointed acting mayor in 1986 by the late President Corazon Aquino, the city’s revenues stood at P240 million. It was at P11 billion when he left,” Salgado said.


MANILA BULLETIN

Marcos not eyeing presidency – Villar by Jacob Gabion September 4, 2015 Share0 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share5


MARCOS

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. is seeking another six-year term in the Senate and not the presidency, a leader of the 107-year-old Nacionalista Party (NP) to which he belongs revealed yesterday.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar put to rest speculations that Marcos is angling for the presidency or vice presidency under the NP banner or running for a higher position as an independent.

Villar is the wife of former Senate President Manny Villar, the current NP president.

She also said that Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano “is very vocal that he wants to run for a higher position.”

Villar’s statement on Marcos was given when Senate reporters asked about the TV ads of Marcos and Cayetano.

Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV had said that he is leaving it to the NP if it decides to support his political aspirations for higher office.

He, however, had reiterated his intention to seek the vice presidency and would run as vice president should Sen. Grace Poe decide to run as president.

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Bongbong Marcos is right. Why should he say “Sorry” for the dictator’s crimes? By: Boying Pimentel @inquirerdotnet 02:10 AM September 1st, 201


“What am I to say sorry about?” he said in a television interview.

Well, he said it differently in the interview and there were parts he said only in his head and were not revealed in the broadcast …

Here’s the rest of what he said:
“Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers [of roads] that were built (… and the kickbacks our family and allies received)?

“Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice (… who cares about those poor slobs who starved)?

“Will I say sorry for the power generation (… and even more kickbacks especially from that stupid Bataan Nuclear Plant! Woot! Woot!)?

“Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia (… that created so many clueless Filipinos who let us get away with grand plunder for 14 years. LOL! )?

Yes, Bongbong, son of Ferdinand Sr. and Imelda, is right. The son of the late dictator has nothing to apologize for, for three very simple reasons.
It wasn’t his fault.

We cannot blame the crimes of parents on their children. I’m a firm believer in that.

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Remember Bongbong was only 15 years old when Dad and Mom decided, “I think we should stay in power longer. Like, indefinitely.”

Fifteen. A teenager. Should you be blamed for what you parents did when you were just a teenager? Of course, not.

Sure, Bongbong had a comfy life in Malacanang. He didn’t know about the massive crackdown after martial law was declared; about the thousands thrown in prison; the detainees who were raped, beaten, abused, tortured in the most brutal ways by Dad’s security forces.

He didn’t know about the looting of the country’s treasury by his family, and how Dad and Mom and his titos and titas got busy dividing the spoils of dictatorial rule.

“O, akin na Meralco ha.”

‘O, sige, pero akin yong mga TV stations ha.

Like many of us, Bongbong was fed the dictator’s lies.

Many of us grew up listening to and believing the lies. Heck, I thought all that stuff about “disiplina ang kailangan” was for real, and the dictator and his allies were truly disciplined about building a New Society.

Wrong. Hindi pala. Instead, we what we went through was disciplined plunder. Disiplinadong pagnananakaw.

Those of us who grew up during martial law, the martial law babies, were subjected to the lies mainly in school and on TV and in the newspapers.

Imagine being subjected to that propaganda barrage at home, from morning till night, by the couple and their allies who were spinning all the lies.

Bongbong had to go through all of that. Poor guy. Clearly, he hasn’t recovered.

Bongbong was too busy partying while the dictator was destroying the country.

It’s tough to know what’s going on when there’s so much partying going on.

And as we now know from the home movies retrieved from Malacanang after the Marcoses were chased out of the country, the dictator and his family loved to party!

So how in the world would Bongbong know about the repression and the plunder that was taking place around the country. How was he supposed to understand this dark era of pain and brutality when all he saw were bright party lights and happy times.

Sure Bongbong was already 29 when Filipinos finally kicked the Marcoses out — but as one home movie showed, as the country was falling apart in 1986, Bongbong was just too busy having fun!


TRIBUNE

LP drops Grace; Takes cue from Drilon Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 05 September 2015 00:00


Poe ‘not worthy’ to be Mar’s VP—Erice

Poe ‘not worthy’ to be Mar’s VP—Erice2016 with her political soulmate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, as her vice presidential candidate.

Dropping Poe was the same message in the LP-dominated House of Representatives.

According to LP vice chairman on political affairs, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, the party took the cue from Senate President Drilon.

“I agree with Senator Drilon that it is high time to drop Sen. Grace Poe,” Erice said, noting that Poe is not “worthy” of being Roxas running mate due to her views on the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) issue.

Poe has been hit in the social media, majority of whom said they have now seen the “true colors” of Poe, and that she is no different from the traditional politicians, or trapo, a perjorative term for traditional pols.

Erice claimed that Poe’s position on the INC issue was made “just for politics.”

Erice also claimed that Poe has veered from the “tuwid na daan” of President Aquino.

“It is now time to face the reality that Sen. Grace Poe is building her own path which is not in consonance with that of the Aquino government” Erice stressed.

The LP congressman branded Poe a “trapo” (traditional politician) when she allegedly promised, in a speech in Pangasinan, that she would build an international airport in the province.

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The Caloocan lawmaker also lambasted Poe for allegedly reneging on a promise she made to President Aquino that she would heed his advice before deciding to run for the presidency in 2016. 2016 with political soulmate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero as her vice presidential candidate.

Dropping Poe was the same message in the LP-dominated House of Representatives.

According to LP vice chairman on political affairs, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, the party took the cue from Senate President Drilon.

“I agree with Senator Drilon that it is high time to drop Sen. Grace Poe,” Erice said, noting that Poe is not “worthy” of being Roxas’ running mate due to her views on the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) issue.

Poe has been hit in the social media, majority of whom said they have now seen the “true colors” of Poe, and that she is no different from the traditional politicians, or trapo, a perjorative term for traditional pols.

Erice claimed that Poe’s position on the INC issue was made “just for politics.”

Erice also claimed that Poe has veered from the “tuwid na daan” of President Aquino.

“It is now time to face the reality that Sen. Grace Poe is building her own path which is not in consonance with that of the Aquino government” Erice stressed.
The LP congressman branded Poe a “trapo” when she allegedly promised, in a speech in Pangasinan, that she would build an international airport in the province.

The Caloocan lawmaker also lambasted Poe for allegedly reneging on a promise she made to President Aquino that she would heed his advice before deciding to run for the presidency in 2016.

“She promised that she would abide by the President’s advice. She did not do so,” Erice stressed.

Poe’s allies in the House of Representatives, however, said the senator never promised anything to the LP. It was the LP that had been insisting to court her to become Roxas’ political bride.

Drilon bared plans of calling for a party convention and noted the possibility of time running out on them.

“I will ask the LP National Executive Council (NECO) to convene as soon as possible in order to nominate and approve our vice presidential candidate for 2016.

“In my view, Sen. Grace Poe is already a candidate for president. The writing is on the wall. She will run. So we prepare and complete our slate for 2016, including the senators.

“So I will ask our acting party president (Transportation) Secretary (Joseph) Abaya to convene the council,” he said.

Drilon, LP vice chairman, further admitted that the October deadline for the filing of certificate of candidacies (CoCs) is already pretty close.

“It’s better that we prepare now because the person whom the party has been wooing (as Roxas’ vice presidential candidate) is now running for the presidency,” he said.

When asked what prompted Drilon to urge his party mates to stop “courting” Poe, Drilon said it was obvious that she has been already doing the rounds by making speeches in various schools and organizations.

“That’s not the thing that ordinary politicians do, unless they are candidates. It is not that easy to do the rounds,” he said.

Drilon, whose pronouncements concerning Poe came a day after the latter celebrated her 47th birthday, said he has not talked nor discussed the matter with her, nor did he do so with President Aquino.

The President, who had initiated “talks” to convince Poe to run under the LP wing, is yet to be informed about this latest development.

“I’m just talking in accordance with our LP constitution,” he said.

“Besides, we’re nearing the deadline (on the filing of CoCs) so maybe we should help Roxas in putting up a ticket and according to our constitution in LP, the NECO should be the one to nominate. Of course, we will consult Roxas,” he said.

Drilon jinks Leila for VP

This early, Drilon junked the possibility of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima being drafted as a possible vice president.

“As far as I know, she is a candidate for the Senate,” he said.

De Lima’s popularity, pro government media reports said, increased during the five-day protest rally of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).

But apparently, this is not enough to convince Drilon to pursue the idea, sticking instead to those whose names had previously been floated by some of his party mates as a potential replacement to Poe.

Gov. Vilma Santos is a viable candidate, Drilon said.

The same goes for Rep. Leni Robredo while Cayetano and Trillanes, who are both from NP, have made themselves available in running for the vice presidency.

“Insofar as the last two gentlemen, that would necessitate a coalition with the LP.

They (LP conventioners) cannot possibly nominate them because they are not LP.

But that means we will coalesce with the other parties,” he said.

“And if we will form a coalition (with NP), certainly we should consider not only Sen. Alan (Cayetano) but also Trillanes,” he said. Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ name was not mentioned.

Trillanes, however said he plans to run as an independent, but will support Poe for president, and not Roxas.

Trillanes is a cellar dweller in the vice presidentiables’ surveys, getting only 1 percent.

“There are other names. That’s just an initial thought. But what is important is that Senator Poe, in my view, is planning on running for the presidency. So stop courting her,” Drilon said.

[InfoNote on the LDP:The Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (Struggle/Fight of Democratic Filipinos) is a political party in the Philippines founded in 1988. The party is divided into two factions. The faction led by Edgardo Angara was at the 2004 elections member of the (KNP) Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (Coalition of United Filipinos). In the 2004 elections, the party was critically divided by two factions between its party president Senator Edgardo Angara, who supported the candidacy of party outsider actor Fernando Poe Jr. and party secretary general Makati representative Agapito Aquino who supported Senator Panfilo Lacson's candidacy to the presidency. Angara supported Fernando Poe, Jr. Lacson then ran under the LDP - Aquino Wing, and Poe under the LDP - Angara Wing, which would later become the KNP. The opposition saw the need to become united under one banner to boost their chances of winning the presidential election against the organized political machinery of Arroyo. Lacson wanted Poe to concede to him and run as his vice-presidential candidate while the supporters of Poe wanted Lacson to back-out from his candidacy and instead support Poe, citing his low performance in the surveys. In 2004 Lacson lost to re-elected President Gloria Arroyo. He finished third ahead of Roco and Bro Eddie Villanueva. Today the LDP is again divided into 2 factions. Wikipedia]


Sonny Angara: Senator of the Philippines,Incumbent, Assumed office June 30, 2013. WIKIPEDIA

Meanwhile, Sen. Sonny Angara said the matter of his party, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) continuing to be in coalition with LP, is something to be considered by them for the 2016 elections as well as the idea of supporting Poe’s candidacy.

“I have a party to consult so we’ll see but definitely, she (Poe) has many commendable qualities to be a leader,” Angara, LDP executive vice president.

At this point, there is no certainty yet on the LDP keeping its ties with the ruling LP, currently the biggest political party, a description once held by Angara’s party.

“Im sure that it’s also something to be considered. We’ve seen a lot of good that happened to the country in the last few years and the question now really is who is in the best position to have that continue and possibly improve what President Aquino has done,” he said.

Angara said the LDP has yet to be consulted by LP on its plans for 2016.

“Probably because we’re not as big as before in terms of force or membership.

Probably not because we are not one of the bigger parties, I’m sure they’re prioritizing bigger parties like NPC (Nationalist People’s Coalition), NP. Maybe once the situation is clarified, that’s when they start talking to smaller parties,” he said.


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Asked on the late ABS-CBN News program Bandila on Tuesday night if she thought Poe should seek the highest office despite citizenship and residency issues, Robredo tried to evade the question and started to reason out. But when prodded to just answer yes or no, she said, “No.” Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo thinks that Sen. Grace Poe should not run for president because she once renounced her being a Filipino and acquired American citizenship and lived in the United States for 14-15 years.

Asked on the late ABS-CBN News program Bandila on Tuesday night if she thought Poe should seek the highest office despite citizenship and residency issues, Robredo tried to evade the question and started to reason out.

But when prodded to just answer yes or no, she said, “No.”

She also lamented Poe’s comparison of the citizenship question hounding the senator with a similar issue once raised against the congresswoman’s husband, the late local government secretary Jesse Robredo.

She said the two cases are different.

Robredo said her husband’s citizenship was once questioned because his father was a Chinese born in the Philippines.

But unlike Poe, she said her husband never gave up his being a Filipino, she said.

“The premises in the questions on their citizenship are different,” she added.

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Defeated senatorial candidate Rizalito David has asked the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to unseat Poe on the ground that she is not a natural-born Filipino.

David argued that the senator, being a foundling, should be considered as stateless and not a natural born Filipino, since her parents’ citizenship could not be determined.

Even if her parents were Filipinos, Poe lost her status as a natural-born citizen when she acquired US citizenship and swore allegiance to America, he said.

Poe claims she is a natural-born Filipino, having been born in Iloilo, even if her parents’ citizenship was not known.

Rep. Lito Atienza of party-list group Buhay has urged people not to vote for a presidential aspirant who once swore allegiance to and vowed to die for another country.

Several lawyers, including former Misamis Oriental assemblyman Homobono Adaza, hold the view that a Filipino loses his or her status as a natural-born citizen if he or she acquires foreign citizenship.

Poe talks on being adopted Amid deliberations on a petition questioning her nationality, Poe discussed her experience being an adopted daughter of the late action star Fernando Poe Jr. and movie actress Susan Roces.

“I welcome the opportunity to speak to you about adoption, not least because I myself am adopted and therefore have intimate experience of the topic,” Poe said during the 13th Philippine Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services.

She said the government should take action to ensure that every child would be able to develop and reach full potential and have a fighting chance to live a life of dignity and happiness.

“The process of adoption will certainly have a role in this plan of action,” she added.

Poe’s lawyers have filed a reply on the petition pending before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), seeking to disqualify her.

She said she was grateful to talk about adoption to professionals from government and civil society, advocates and prospective parents, whom she described as the “people who care about the topic as much as I do.”

The senator, who turns 47 today, expressed belief that poverty prompted the increase in the number of unwanted children whose parents opt to give them up rather than have them live in miserable conditions.

While she is an advocate of adoption, Poe said she is saddened that poor families are forced to part with their children.

“I cannot help but find this truly tragic, because it underlies a willingness to keep the child if the parents or parent only had the means to do it,” she said.

“This is why we should find ways to afford our people with decent and gainful employment, and make basic food and services affordable. This will ease the financial burden of raising children. Ultimately, my hope is that no Filipino should give up a child out of economic hardship,” she added.

“The slightest stroke of ill fortune could have rewritten my life story into something much different and perhaps less happy. This, in a way, is the situation of most children you are trying to place for adoption,” Poe said.

She praised the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) for providing children with good homes and fulfilling people’s wish to become parents.

Poe said each individual adoption success was a triumph of human goodwill that goes beyond statistics even as it also reflects a sad reality in the Philippines.

She said the government, as part of its general responsibility to protect the welfare of children, should endeavor to attend to their needs promptly.

This includes strengthening the system of birth registration, which the senator sought to streamline through Senate Bill No. 2892.

The bill provides that any child found and classified in need of special protection should receive, within 48 hours, documentation, medical attention or temporary custody.

“This bill ensures that the adoption process is streamlined and not impeded by red tape,” she said.

Poe said her advocacy for adoption stemmed from her desire to honor her parents.

Meanwhile, party-list group An Waray, which is based in the Visayas, supported yesterday the expected presidential and vice presidential candidacies of Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero.

An Waray Rep. Neil Montejo said the potential Poe-Escudero ticket “is gaining momentum, as evidenced by political figures who had expressed their intention to run for the Senate in a unity slate led by the two senators.”

“I already know of two party-list representatives who are entertaining serious senatorial bids, and are ready to join Sen. Grace and Sen. Chiz once they announce their candidacies,” he said. – With Christina Mendez


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