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GRACE IS ON TOP; MAR SURGES TO NO. 2, BINAY SLIDS DOWN TO 3rd - SWS


SEPTEMBER 22 -Sen. Grace Poe remained the most preferred candidate for president and vice president in the May 2016 elections based on the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS), but Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II posted the highest gain, overtaking Vice President Jejomar Binay for second place.Poe, daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., obtained 47 percent voter’s preference in September, slightly up from 42 percent in June.
Poe formally announced her presidential bid last Sept. 16. The survey was conducted from Sept. 2 to 5, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents nationwide. Respondents were asked to give up to three names of those they see as “good leaders to succeed” President Aquino next year. Roxas, who announced his candidacy on July 31, has the biggest improvement among the preferred presidential aspirants. His rating went up by 18 points from 21 percent in June to 39 percent this month, taking the second spot from Binay. READ MORE...

ALSO Poll Questioned: Poll trending starts thru SWS ‘pick 3’ scheme


SEPTEMBER 22 -Survey trending courtesy of pollsters symphatetic with the administration has started as Social Weather Stations (SWS) used an unconventional “pick-three” candidates for the presidency that showed administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas with a 39 percent rating gaining supposed momentum and has even overtaken erstwhile top pick Vice President Jejomar Binay with 35 percent landing third. Sen. Grace Poe topped the “pick three” list with 47 percent. The SWS failed to get away easy with the skewed survey scheme as it earned wide criticism over it. A political scientist questioned the methodology of the survey. In a television interview, UST political science professor Edmun Tayao questioned the method in taking the survey when it asked respondents to name 3 candidates who they think are best to succeed President Aquino instead of just one. “The survey to me doesn’t matter at all because it asked for three names and there’s only one position for president being fought for. The ranking doesn’t matter. It only shows that the base of support for Sen. Grace and Sec. Mar would be the same,” Tayao said. House members from both the administration and the political opposition also expressed doubts on the results of the SWS survey. “You don’t choose three names when you vote for a president. You only choose one,” Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting said. Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, a member of the House minority bloc, said the survey was made for Roxas. “That kind of survey is tailor made to make the third and fourth placer come out the first. The methodology is absolutely tailor-made to fit Roxas,” said Atienza. He added: “This is a cockeyed result. They are deluding themselves but at the same time they are trying to influence the public.” Opposition stalwart Rep. Silvestre Bello III was likewise incredulous at the SWS survey. “As I said before, if you believe in your own propaganda, you are out,” said Bello. Both Atienza and Bello hit SWS for coming out with a survey methodology that requires respondents to pick three presidentiables who they believe could be good presidents.“We should never allow these surveyors to manipulate our elections,” Bello said. Mahar Mangahas, SWS president, claimed that asking respondents to list down their top three choices for president instead of one would be “fair to all.” The SWS’ novel survey system has led to criticism that Mangahas would favor laggards in the presidential race who, in this case, is Roxas who has never entered the top three in any of the single-choice surveys. READ MORE...

ALSO another SWS poll: Poe, Binay, Mar statistically tied


SEPTEMBER 24 -The SWS pre-election poll, conducted from Sept. 2 to 5, showed that the three presidential aspirants are statistically tied at first place, with 26 percent saying they would vote for Poe, 24 percent for Binay and 20 percent for Roxas. The 2016 presidential elections could be a neck-and-neck battle among Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, according to a pre-election survey of BusinessWorld and Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS pre-election poll, conducted from Sept. 2 to 5, showed that the three presidential aspirants are statistically tied at first place, with 26 percent saying they would vote for Poe, 24 percent for Binay and 20 percent for Roxas. The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents nationwide, of whom 96 percent are registered voters. It has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national percentages and plus or minus six percentage points each for Metro Manila, balance Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. If the margin of error is applied, Poe, Roxas and Binay are considered “statistically tied” in first place in the BusinessWorld-SWS pre-election survey, according to Ana Maria Tabunda, research director of Pulse Asia. The SWS furnished the respondents a list of 12 names provided by BusinessWorld to choose from and to be answered orally. They were asked the question: “Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as president of the Philippines if elections were held today?” The list was in alphabetical order and included nicknames, in the manner of ballots during Election Day. READ MORE...

ALSO: Despite improvement in ratings, Mar still lagging behind


SEPTEMBER 24 -Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II File photo
APAYAO, Philippines – It’s a glass half full. Although the ratings of administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II have significantly improved, he is still lagging behind other presidential aspirants like Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay, and President Aquino would rather see the glass half full than half empty for his anointed successor.
At the same time, Aquino expressed hope that Poe would be able to answer the citizenship and residency issues raised against her so she would be able to run in 2016. He said he would rather let the people judge Poe as a presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. Aquino, who endorsed Roxas last July 31, said the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing the Liberal Party standard bearer’s numbers jumping from 21 percent to 39 percent, or an 18-point increase, could not be simply brushed aside. “The point here, the 18-point jump, that is very significant. So even if he is number two now, the so-called numbers before were quite far. And I suppose a lot are able to see that the continuity that we are pushing for should really be pursued by the people,” Aquino told reporters here after inspecting the Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center as well as briefing the residents on the accomplishments of his administration. The President said the local officials here did not support him when he ran for senator in 2007 and landed at number 19. When he sought the presidency in 2010, Aquino said he was number four. But he stressed in a speech at the Bienvenido G. Verzola Jr. Memorial Sports Complex in Poblacion, Luna, that the province was still prioritized in terms of infrastructure and other projects. READ MORE...RELATED,

ALSO: Poe still tops presidential polls despite drop in ratings - Pulse


SEPTEMBER 25 -Sen. Grace Poe announces intention to run for president in the 2016 national elections in an event at the University of the Philippines on Sept. 16, 2015 in Diliman, Quezon City. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV Sen. Grace Poe still topped the list of preferred presidential candidates for the 2016 national elections, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Thursday night.
Poe scored 27 percent, a three-point decrease from her previous rating of 30 percent in the same survey. Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay garnered 21 percent, a slight drop from his 22 percent rating in the previous quarter. Former Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II jumped to the third spot with 18 percent, a significant increase from his previous rating of 10 percent. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte scored 15 percent, followed by Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, both with 5 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago garnered 4 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Sen. Panfilo Lacson both got a rating of 1 percent. READ MORE.... RELATED, Poe not in NUP convention...

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Roxas
, Binay, Marcos to face NUP members Monday

[THE 'NUP' (National Unity Party):  President:Elpidio Barzaga; Chairman: Roberto Puno; Secretary-General: Roger Mercado; Slogan: One Nation, One Future; Founded February 4, 2011, Split from Lakas Kampi CMD; Headquarters: NLIC Building, Ayala Avenue, Makati City; Ideology: Conservatism, Social conservatism, Christian democracy, Islamic democracy; Political position: Center-right; Colors Green (wikipedia)]


SEPTEMBER 27 -FORMER Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will speak before 500 members of the Nation Unity Party (NUP) for their national convention on Monday at Sofitel Hotel. Roxas and Binay have expressed their intention to run for president while Marcos is reportedly considering a vice presidential run.For NUP, the participation of the two presidentiables and a supposed vice presidential candidate in the event is a way to know who will best run the country and get the group’s support for next year’s polls.“The Party is expected to make a decision on who among the ‘presidentiables’ will be worthy of our support after the convention,” NUP vice president Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga said.NUP Chair and Antipolo City lawmaker Roberto V. Puno said that Monday’s national convention is an opportunity for their members nationwide to “reaffirm allegiance to the NUP.” Meanwhile, INQUIRER.net tried to reach the camp of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe as to why she will not be in the NUP event. However, she has not yet responded as of posting time. The NUP, a political party formed in 2011, has over 1,500 elected local officials composed of mayors, vice mayors and councilors. It also has 30 congressmen and nine governors under its wing.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Grace still on top; Mar surges to No. 2 – SWS

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015, (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores - Sen. Grace Poe remained the most preferred candidate for president and vice president in the May 2016 elections based on the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS), but Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II posted the highest gain, overtaking Vice President Jejomar Binay for second place.Poe, daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., obtained 47 percent voter’s preference in September, slightly up from 42 percent in June.

Poe formally announced her presidential bid last Sept. 16.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 2 to 5, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents nationwide.

Respondents were asked to give up to three names of those they see as “good leaders to succeed” President Aquino next year.

Roxas, who announced his candidacy on July 31, has the biggest improvement among the preferred presidential aspirants.

His rating went up by 18 points from 21 percent in June to 39 percent this month, taking the second spot from Binay.

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Binay, meanwhile, slid down to third with 35 percent, from 34 percent previously.

Binay, facing various corruption allegations, was the first to declare his intention to seek the presidency last July 1.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte remained at fourth place with 16 percent, a slight drop from the previous 20 percent.

Duterte announced on Sept. 7 his decision not to run for the presidency.

The other personalities ranked in the survey were Sen. Francis Escudero with six percent (from four percent); Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., five percent (three percent); former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, three percent (from seven percent) and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, two percent (from four percent).

Escudero is Poe’s running mate in the upcoming 2016 polls.

Marcos, on the other hand, is one of the three personalities being considered as Binay’s running mate.

Former senators Panfilo Lacson and Manny Villar and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano received one percent each.

VP bets

Poe also continued to lead the vice presidential race with 25 percent from 21 percent rating last June.

Escudero came in second with 18 percent, rising 11 points from seven percent.

Respondents were asked about who they were likely to vote for vice president should elections be held the day they were asked.

Marcos and Roxas ranked third with six percent each. Marcos’ rating improved by five points while Roxas suffered a six-point decline in his rating.

Binay obtained five percent from seven percent, followed by Duterte and Cayetano with three percent each.

Duterte’s score was unchanged from June’s three percent, while Cayetano’s rating slightly rose from two percent in June.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, who is being wooed to become Roxas’ running mate, obtained two percent.

Other personalities received one percent each: Sen. Loren Legarda, Estrada, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Defensor-Santiago, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Villar, boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Lacson.

The survey has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national percentages and plus or minus six percentage points each for Metro Manila, balance Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

Results of the survey were published in the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday.

On the right track

Poe said she is humbled by the continuous support of the people on her bid to become the successor of President Aquino after he finishes his six-year term in June next year.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Filipino people for their support and trust. I am again humbled that our kababayans continue to appreciate our hard work and the brand of governance that we are upholding and pushing,” she said.

Poe’s hold on the number one spot came amid the cloud of doubt over her citizenship, which is being heard by the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

“Our growing support from the people, as reflected in this survey, is an affirmation that what we have started is on the right track. It’s a validation that our agenda for transparency, efficiency and honesty resonate well with our people,” she said.

As a public servant, Poe said she will continue to carry out her mandate.

“Our people’s unwavering support remains an inspiration,” she said.

‘Mar on the upswing’


ROXAS

For his part, Senate President Franklin Drilon remains optimistic that the ratings of Roxas will continue to go up after he overtook Binay in second spot in the latest SWS survey.

“(This) is a strong indication of an upward trend for the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate, buoyed by President Aquino’s tuwid na daan (straight path) leadership,” Drilon said.

“The spike in Roxas’ rating shows that President Aquino’s endorsement power remains critical and cannot be ignored. It likewise shows that the public’s appreciation for the administration’s reform policies should not be underestimated,” he said.

Drilon said the rising momentum in the poll ratings of Roxas only shows that more and more Filipinos believe in what President Aquino said, that Roxas is the best leader to continue and improve the achievements made by the present administration.

Agri group backs Grace, Chiz


PILLARS OF PHILIPPINE AGRICULTURE- The stakeholders of the country’s agriculture who are members of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) pose after one of their consultative forums.

A leader of an umbrella organization of 33 federations and organizations of various sectors of the agriculture industry in the Philippines yesterday said they will back the tandem of Poe and Escudero in the 2016 polls because their team-up will ensure the growth of their sector in the next six years.

“They both have the best interest of the agriculture sector in their hearts, and for us, that is the bottom line,” Rosendo So, president of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) and chairman of ABONO party-list, said in a statement.

He said Poe is batting for the irrigation of 500,000 hectares of land while Escudero wants more budget for farm-to-market roads which will lower the prices of agricultural products.

“If we help uplift the lives of our farmers, our entire economy will improve. It will have a bottom-up effect, and we need leaders like Senator Poe and Senator Escudero to make this happen,” he added.

Poe has vowed to work for the improvement of the agricultural sector if she wins the presidency.

“We will heed their longing for land to till. Irrigation is still badly needed in half a million hectares of land. We will push for mechanization. We need an effective program to make fishing, farming and livestock propagation profitable for our farmers and the youth,” she said.

Escudero, for his part, has always prioritized the welfare of farmers and agri-growers as a lawmaker, being the son of the late agriculture minister Salvador Escudero.

He earlier criticized the government for underspending in agriculture projects, which he said threatens the country’s food security.

Escudero also urged the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority to discuss with manufacturers and distributors the possibility of reducing fertilizer prices.

So said under a Poe-Escudero administration, Filipinos can expect stricter policies against smuggling of agricultural products, “something that the current administration has failed to fully address.”

Poe has authored Senate Bill 2348, An Act Amending Presidential Decree No. 1464, otherwise known as the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, defining smuggling as an act that constitutes economic sabotage.

SINAG had disclosed that some P37.35 billion worth of agricultural products were smuggled into the country last year.

“It is a double-whammy for Filipinos. On one hand, the government is losing much-needed revenues. On the other hand, those involved in the local production of agricultural products are not able to compete with these smuggled goods,” So said.


POE, ESCUDERO

Both Poe and Escudero have also committed to increase employment in the agriculture sector, which currently accounts for 30 percent of the total labor force.

Poe has backed the passage of Senate Bill 1282, which seeks to encourage Filipinos to venture into agriculture by giving incentives.

She also filed Senate Bill 2089, an act promoting corporate farming and providing incentives for its effective implementation. – With Christina Mendez, Perseus Echeminada


TRIBUNE

Poll trending starts thru SWS ‘pick 3’ scheme Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00



Survey trending courtesy of pollsters symphatetic with the administration has started as Social Weather Stations (SWS) used an unconventional “pick-three” candidates for the presidency that showed administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas with a 39 percent rating gaining supposed momentum and has even overtaken erstwhile top pick Vice President Jejomar Binay with 35 percent landing third. Sen. Grace Poe topped the “pick three” list with 47 percent.

The SWS failed to get away easy with the skewed survey scheme as it earned wide criticism over it.

A political scientist questioned the methodology of the survey.

In a television interview, UST political science professor Edmun Tayao questioned the method in taking the survey when it asked respondents to name 3 candidates who they think are best to succeed President Aquino instead of just one.

“The survey to me doesn’t matter at all because it asked for three names and there’s only one position for president being fought for. The ranking doesn’t matter. It only shows that the base of support for Sen. Grace and Sec. Mar would be the same,” Tayao said.

House members from both the administration and the political opposition also expressed doubts on the results of the SWS survey.

“You don’t choose three names when you vote for a president. You only choose one,” Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting said.

Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, a member of the House minority bloc, said the survey was made for Roxas.

“That kind of survey is tailor made to make the third and fourth placer come out the first. The methodology is absolutely tailor-made to fit Roxas,” said Atienza.

He added: “This is a cockeyed result. They are deluding themselves but at the same time they are trying to influence the public.”

Opposition stalwart Rep. Silvestre Bello III was likewise incredulous at the SWS survey.

“As I said before, if you believe in your own propaganda, you are out,” said Bello.

Both Atienza and Bello hit SWS for coming out with a survey methodology that requires respondents to pick three presidentiables who they believe could be good presidents.

“We should never allow these surveyors to manipulate our elections,” Bello said.

Mahar Mangahas, SWS president, claimed that asking respondents to list down their top three choices for president instead of one would be “fair to all.”

The SWS’ novel survey system has led to criticism that Mangahas would favor laggards in the presidential race who, in this case, is Roxas who has never entered the top three in any of the single-choice surveys.

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“We do not include any list of candidates to prompt the survey respondents about likely candidates to choose from. Since this system does not exclude any potential candidates, it is fair to all,” Mangahas said.

“The acceptance of as many as three names for president is the SWS way of bending over backward to identify as many potential candidates as possible,” added Mangahas.

Mangahas, however, did not explain why SWS did not adopt the pick three system in the survey for vice president which used the traditional pick one system.

Poll validates Binay support base

While expressing gratitude to the people for continuously supporting Binay despite the non-stop attack against him and his family, the camp of the Vice President merely shrugged off the SWS survey saying it only validated the solid support base of Binay.

“The Vice President is grateful to the core of supporters who continue to show their trust and full support to him. Results of this particular survey do not affect the desire of the Vice President to continue his pro-poor programs and to fight for inclusive growth for all Filipinos,” lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho, vice presidential spokesman for political concerns, said.

Quicho explained the SWS survey is a choice of three names that the respondents think are best to succeed President Aquino and not a specific question of who will they vote for if elections are conducted now.

“Even political analyst Prof. Edmund Tayao said the survey is ‘immaterial’ because ‘it only shows that the base of support for Senator Grace Poe and Secretary Mar Roxas is the same,’” Quicho said.

In the latest SWS survey conducted from September 2 – 5, Poe-Llamanzares got a rating of 47 percent while Roxas got 39 percent, a jump of 18 points from the last survey.

Binay remained stable at 35 percent, one point higher than the 34 he got last time.

Quicho attributed the high rating of Poe-Llamanzares and Roxas to the heavy advertising, questionable use of government resources especially on the part of the former Interior and Local Government Secretary, which Binay’s spokesman said, contributed to the bump in his numbers to tie the Vice President, if the margin of error is considered.

On the other hand, Quicho said Binay’s core supporters remain growing and solid.
“There will be no changes in the campaign direction and the Vice President will continue to go to the provinces, spend time and talk directly with the people,” said Quicho.

“Our people are now realizing that the orchestrated attacks against the Vice President and his family are all fabricated lies being peddled by some entities to prompt the rating of other candidates,” Quicho said.

Binay also appeared unaffected by the latest survey result saying whatever the outcome was would not deter him from seeking the country’s highest elected post in 2016.

“Whatever, I will be running for president in 2016,” Binay said during an interview with the media, even ignoring questions whether he is threatened by Poe-Llamanzares’ strength in surveys.

“The real survey is on the actual election day,” said Binay.

“Everything else is merely about popularity,” he added.

However, Binay said survey results should not be discounted as they help influence voters’ decision.

“So, assuming the surveys are correct, it would serve as a wake-up call, a challenge to work harder,” said the vice president.


BINAY STILL THANKFUL TO SUPPORTERS


But as far as the results are concerned, Binay said it only validated his support base at 35 percent.

“I believe 35 percent is my core group. That was the same figure who voted for me in 2010 and the same figure which (Senator) Nancy got in 2013,” said Binay.

Asked if he would engage Roxas and Poe in a tit-for-tat in terms of advertisement, Binay retorted in the negative saying they don’t have the financial capability to do so.

Liberals rejoice

For Liberal Party Reps. Dan Fernandez (Laguna) Niel Tupas (Iloilo) and Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar) and other LP allies including Reps. Sherwin Tugna (CIBAC Partylist) the survey results were a welcome development.

“We are happy with the big improvement in Secretary Mar’s ratings. People are slowly realizing his capability and strength as a presidential candidate,” Tupas said.

Evardone said Roxas is now in the right spot and should not lead the pack early.

“I think the major contributory factor of the jump of Roxas rating was the endorsement of Pnoy. We should be able to maintain this position before the homestretch,” Evardone said.

For his part, Fernandez said the survey “shows how steady the upward trajectory of Mar went”, adding that it may have been hugely triggered by the endorsement of President Aquino.

“It only shows that it is anybody;s ballgame for the presidency in 2016,” said Tugna.

The administration camp was quick in attributing the results of the survey showing Roxas in an improved position to the presidential endorsement he received.

Senate President Franklin Drilon, who viewed the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) to have an upward trend for the Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer, said Roxas’ poor showing in previous surveys was due to the latter’s reluctance to announce his candidacy.


The endorsement power remains -Palace.

“The spike in Roxas’ rating shows that President Aquino’s endorsement power remains critical and cannot be ignored. It likewise shows that the public’s appreciation for the administration’s ‘tuwid na daan’ reform policies should not be underestimated,” he said.

“The rising momentum in the poll ratings of Roxas just shows that more and more Filipinos believe in what President Aquino said (that) Roxas is the best-suited leader to continue and improve on the achievements already made under the present administration,” Drilon said.

But Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, himself a declared vice presidential candidate, questioned the validity of the results of the said survey by the SWS, which supposedly showed Roxas inching ahead of Binay.

Trillanes’ misgivings stemmed from what he noted is an unusual methodology unlike in previous surveys where the respondents were asked to choose only one name.

“In pre-election surveys, a question that asks you to provide three names for a position that is only for one person is not valid and therefore has no value,” he said.

“The only thing that has value there is the first choice because during elections, it’s the name that counts. I’m questioning the validity of the SWS survey that asked three names. Pulse Asia, I believe has a different methodology,” Trillanes added.


TRILLANES

Roxas expressed elation for the support given him, saying that the increase in numbers in the said survey is an expression of faith to the administration.

“The entire Daang Matuwid coalition is elated by the surge in our numbers in the most recent SWS survey. For me, this is proof that, as time passes, more and more Filipinos are recognizing the excellent beginnings we have made along the straight path and are expressing their desire to maintain our trajectory,” he said.

“Despite this, we remain firm in the belief: we’ve only just begun. As time passes, so too will each candidate have to face more issues. We are confident that even more our people will be able to discern true election issues from mere mudslinging,” Roxas said.

Senator Poe who topped the said survey likewise expressed her gratitude for the trust and support given her.

“I am again humbled that our kababayans continue to appreciate our hard work and the brand of governance that we are upholding and pushing,” she said.

“Our growing support from the people, as reflected in this survey, is an affirmation that what we have started is on the right track. It’s a validation that our agenda for transparency, efficiency and honesty resonate well with our people.

As a public servant, I will continue to carry out our mandate and serve the people.

Our people’s unwavering support remains an inspiration,” she added.

Poe admitted that Aquino’s endorsement to the candidacy of Roxas provided the neeed boost and she’s hoping that her recent declaration of her intention to run for the president will also somehow affect her standing as there are respondents who place her name in the vice presidential race.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, LP vice chair for political affairs said that the rise of Roxas in latest SWS polls can be attributed “to the endorsement” given by President Benigno Aquino in late July.

Erice added that another factor which helped Roxas back in the latest presidential survey despite being down in the past few years is his transition “from a government worker to a presidential candidate.”

The LP official said he feels vindicated after disclosing the ruling party’s internal survey results weeks back, in which he revealed that Roxas will defeat Binay in a one-on-one matchup.

“I am not fooling myself on a one-on-one scenario. Mar can easily beat Binay… I predict that next quarter, Secretary Roxas will be no. 1 (in the surveys) as the momentum is on his side.

Yacap Rep. Carol Jane Lopez said that she “is elated” with the latest survey figures as voters are now focusing on the “depth, quality, integrity and stability” of a presidential candidate and not just merely on popularity.

Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, spokesman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and a staunch supporter of Poe, downplayed Roxas’ climb to second place saying “it’s too early to tell how things will end up.”

“The picture is getting much clearer for the presidency in 2016. Definitely the race is between three possible contenders Poe, Roxas and Binay. Notable are gains of Roxas and surge of Poe,” Enverga said.

The SWS survey revealed that Roxas jumped to second place via a 18 percentage point surge to 39 percent, which was only good enough to land the LP standard bearer behind Poe and a statistical tie with Binay with 35 percent.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr immediately linked the Roxas ratings surge to Aquino’s backing.

“The increase in the number of respondents who expressed their preference for Secretary Roxas as the next president is a reflection of the trust of the people in his ability to lead the country after he was endorsed by President Aquino as the Liberal Party’s standard bearer,” he said.


AQUINO SPOKESMAN LACIERDA

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a statement, linked Roxas’ increase in the SWS survey with President Aquino’s improving numbers, saying: “His improvement of 18 percentage points—up from 21% last quarter to 39%—is the biggest one recorded in the survey, and reflects growing sentiment that he is the best leader to succeed President Aquino in 2016,” he said.

A total of 1,200 respondents were asked to give three names of people they see as “good leaders to succeed” Aquino in next year’s elections, with the SWS disclaiming that the survey conducted was not categorically a preview of presidential preference.

The margin of error for the survey is plus-minus three percentage points for the national percentage and plus-minus six percentage points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

On the other hand, the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay skirted Roxas’ improved figures, crediting the advancement to heavy campaigning, which he attributed to questionable use of public funds, for the administration bet.
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Poe, Binay, Mar statistically tied By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 24, 2015 - 12:00am 0 10 googleplus0 0


The SWS pre-election poll, conducted from Sept. 2 to 5, showed that the three presidential aspirants are statistically tied at first place, with 26 percent saying they would vote for Poe, 24 percent for Binay and 20 percent for Roxas.

MANILA, Philippines - The 2016 presidential elections could be a neck-and-neck battle among Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, according to a pre-election survey of BusinessWorld and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The SWS pre-election poll, conducted from Sept. 2 to 5, showed that the three presidential aspirants are statistically tied at first place, with 26 percent saying they would vote for Poe, 24 percent for Binay and 20 percent for Roxas.

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents nationwide, of whom 96 percent are registered voters. It has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national percentages and plus or minus six percentage points each for Metro Manila, balance Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

If the margin of error is applied, Poe, Roxas and Binay are considered “statistically tied” in first place in the BusinessWorld-SWS pre-election survey, according to Ana Maria Tabunda, research director of Pulse Asia.

The SWS furnished the respondents a list of 12 names provided by BusinessWorld to choose from and to be answered orally. They were asked the question: “Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as president of the Philippines if elections were held today?”

The list was in alphabetical order and included nicknames, in the manner of ballots during Election Day.

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In the SWS third quarter survey on the Filipinos’ presidential preference that was also taken from Sept. 2 to 5, Poe also topped the poll with 47 percent, followed by Roxas with 39 percent and Binay with 35 percent.

But unlike the BusinessWorld-SWS pre-election survey, the SWS third quarter survey did not provide the respondents a list but asked them to name the best leaders to succeed President Aquino in 2016. They were allowed to give up to three names.

Pulse Asia will release the results of its third quarter electoral survey next week.

Asked if the Pulse Asia survey results were approximate to the SWS findings, Tabunda said, “It will be close, we have a different survey period but it will not be very far.”

Expecting a tight fight in the presidential race, Binay will work harder to get the people’s support, his spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho said yesterday in reaction to the BusinessWorld-SWS pre-election survey.

“The survey results will inspire the Vice President and his core supporters to work harder and not to be overconfident,” Quicho added. “The elections will be a battle for every single vote and the Vice President will continue to personally meet with the people around the country.”

Malacañang, on the other hand, lauded the latest survey, saying the result “reflects public sentiments on the future leadership of the country.”

“The President believes that the 2016 elections shall be a referendum on daang matuwid and trusts that the people will affirm the need to continue treading the path of good governance by electing the best qualified candidate,” saidd Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.


FROM BUSINESS WORLD: INFOGRAPHIC POSTED on September 23, 2015 10:27:00 AMhttp://www.bworldonline.com/DataViz/Vice092315.php

The BusinessWorld-SWS pre-election survey also had Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in fourth place with 11 percent. He was followed by Sens. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Francis Escudero with four percent each.

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada got three percent; followed by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with two percent and former senator Manuel Villar Jr. with one percent.

Former senator Panfilo Lacson, Sens. Alan Peter Cayetano and Loren Legarda obtained 0.8 percent each. Two percent of the respondents were undecided.

Poe, Escudero lead VP race Poe and Escudero continued to lead the vice presidential race in the BusinessWorld-SWS pre-election survey.

According to the survey, 27 percent of respondents chose Poe while 20 percent selected Escudero.

Escudero announced last Sept. 17 he will be Poe’s running mate in 2016. Escudero made the announcement a day after Poe declared her intention to seek the presidency next year.

Other personalities included in the vice presidential survey obtained less than 10 percent.

They were Duterte with nine percent; Marcos, seven percent; Estrada, seven percent; Cayetano, five percent; Legarda, five percent; Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, four percent; Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, four percent; Lacson, three percent; Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, three percent; Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, two percent; and former Manila mayor and now Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza Jr., 0.9 percent.

Three percent of respondents were undecided. – With Delon Porcalla


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Despite improvement in ratings, Mar still lagging behind By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 24, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II File photo

APAYAO, Philippines – It’s a glass half full.

Although the ratings of administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II have significantly improved, he is still lagging behind other presidential aspirants like Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay, and President Aquino would rather see the glass half full than half empty for his anointed successor.

At the same time, Aquino expressed hope that Poe would be able to answer the citizenship and residency issues raised against her so she would be able to run in 2016.

He said he would rather let the people judge Poe as a presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

Aquino, who endorsed Roxas last July 31, said the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing the Liberal Party standard bearer’s numbers jumping from 21 percent to 39 percent, or an 18-point increase, could not be simply brushed aside.

“The point here, the 18-point jump, that is very significant. So even if he is number two now, the so-called numbers before were quite far. And I suppose a lot are able to see that the continuity that we are pushing for should really be pursued by the people,” Aquino told reporters here after inspecting the Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center as well as briefing the residents on the accomplishments of his administration.

The President said the local officials here did not support him when he ran for senator in 2007 and landed at number 19. When he sought the presidency in 2010, Aquino said he was number four.

But he stressed in a speech at the Bienvenido G. Verzola Jr. Memorial Sports Complex in Poblacion, Luna, that the province was still prioritized in terms of infrastructure and other projects.

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He called on them to continue supporting the straight path, especially after six residents who benefited from the conditional cash transfer program, school building and road projects as well as farming and hospital services gave their testimonials in the presence of the President and other national and local officials.

Asked whether the issues against Poe could work for Roxas, Aquino conceded it was actually earning the senator sympathy, being a foundling, but she must really be able to answer the charges.

“I am just trying to be careful with what I say. Now, she is being obligated to show that her parents are Filipino citizens so you can benefit from the concept being followed – jus sanguini – you follow the blood of the mother usually,” the President said.


AQUINO REMAINS SOFT ON POE

“So it seems fair to hope that the case she is facing now will be resolved soon, and in the end, she will be given the opportunity to let the people judge all those seeking their mandate,” Aquino said.

The President also clarified that he did not think Poe was a non-critic because the senator actually released a report finding him to be ultimately responsible for the Jan. 25 Mamasapano incident.

But it would be safe to say that others were not as professional as Poe because they would criticize him before, during and after any action.

“Grace is not like that. As much as possible, I suppose, she is of the view that she is doing her job and the professionalism (is there),” Aquino said.

P-Noy meets Robredo President Aquino disclosed yesterday that talks with Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on her possible team-up with Roxas are promising but still hanging.

Aquino confirmed meeting Robredo and her two daughters on Tuesday, along with Roxas and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, to determine what was keeping the congresswoman from making a decision.

Robredo’s daughters are openly against their mother running for higher office. Aquino said the youngest daughter was not around because it was her examination week at the Philippine Science High School.

“The discussion is good. Leni shared her concerns with us,” the President said, likening her to his mother, Corazon, who from being a housewife continued the fight of his father, former senator Benigno Jr. for the sake of the country’s democracy. – With Jess Diaz, Marvin Sy

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Mar Roxas Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas has credited what analysts describe as a “giant leap” of his ratings in both the SWS and Pulse Asia recent survey results on the endorsement of President Aquino almost two months ago.

“Two months ago, I was endorsed by President PNoy as the tried and tested candidate who will continue the Daang Matuwid (straight path), I believe that it was the reason on the rise of my ratings,” said Roxas in an interview in Dumaguete City.

Before the endorsement, Roxas has been the subject of criticisms and ridicule for lagging behind the presidential race, starting off with four percent in the ratings game.

The ratings gradually rose until the recent SWS survey registered an 18-point rise on his ratings, from 21 percent to 39 percent. The survey was conducted in the first week of September.

On the other hand, the recent Pulse Asia survey showed statistical tie among Roxas and his two rivals Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.


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Poe still tops presidential polls despite drop in ratings - Pulse By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated September 25, 2015 - 9:34am 3 140 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe announces intention to run for president in the 2016 national elections in an event at the University of the Philippines on Sept. 16, 2015 in Diliman, Quezon City. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Grace Poe still topped the list of preferred presidential candidates for the 2016 national elections, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Thursday night.

Poe scored 27 percent, a three-point decrease from her previous rating of 30 percent in the same survey.

Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay garnered 21 percent, a slight drop from his 22 percent rating in the previous quarter.

Former Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II jumped to the third spot with 18 percent, a significant increase from his previous rating of 10 percent.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte scored 15 percent, followed by Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, both with 5 percent.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago garnered 4 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Sen. Panfilo Lacson both got a rating of 1 percent.

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Poe also topped the vice presidential survey with 26 percent while Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero scored 25 percent, an increase from his previous 12 percent rating.


CAYETANO, MARCOS

Both Cayetano and Marcos scored 7 percent in the vice presidential survey while Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and President Benigno Aquino III both scored 6 percent.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Lacson both garnered 5 percent, followed by Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 2 percent. Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares scored 0.4 percent.

The survey was conducted in partnership with ABS-CBN from August 23 to September 3 among 1,200 respondents nationwide.

Among the preferred vice presidential bets, only Escudero has declared his bid for the 2016 elections. Escudero and Poe will run as a team in the upcoming polls.

On the other hand, Binay will be the presidential candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance while Roxas will be the Liberal Party's standard-bearer.

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Poe not in NUP convention Written by Gerry Baldo Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00



BINAY, ROXAS, MARCOS TO FACE OFF INSTEAD

When the presidentiables meet today at the National Unity Party (NUP) general assembly, independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is not expected be around, which is another case of disinvitation as a result of pressures being made to bear on her by the Palace and the dominant Liberal Party (LP).

Instead, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, who has not even decided on a presidential run, will be guests during the NUP National Convention today at Sofitel Plaza Hotel.
It appears that Poe was again stricken off the invitation list.

The NUP in an earlier announcement said Binay, Roxas and Poe are expected to present their respective platforms of government during the event.

The original schedule even showed Poe was scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m., followed by Binay at 11:30 a.m. and Roxas at 1:30 p.m.

NUP secretary general Reginald Velasco said Poe has not confirmed her attendance to the event.

The NUP which has as figure head Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte is considered as a coalition partner of the LP but Belmonte has been lately showing inclination to support Poe.

However, a source from the NUP said Poe has decided not to attend NUP’s general assembly meeting due to her pledge to non-LP members to temporarily distance herself from them.

During the coalition talks among leaders of political groups which will back Poe, the senator noted parties which are considered LP allies are “feeling the pressure” from the LP and the Aquino administration which are pulling all stops to assure a Mar Roxas presidency.

Leaders of the NUP, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Nationalist Party, Makabayan bloc and dozens of partylist groups are part of the ongoing coalition talks.

“She understands the predicament of many of us. She knows how pressured we are and understands full well that we stand to lose a lot of benefits for our constituents if we will declare early,” the NUP sources said.


Poe, Escudero disinvited from Tawi-Tawi event for ‘political reasons’. SENATORS Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday disclosed that they have been disinvited from Tawi-Tawi’s foundation anniversary rites on Sunday, Sept. 27, because of “political reasons.” The 2016 tandem said it must have been “very difficult” for two local officials, who are both members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), to withdraw the invitation for the Kamahardikaan festival. INQUIRER HEADLINE ENWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Poe and her 2016 running mate Sen. Francis Escudero have been disinvited from attending yesterday’s foundation anniversary celebration of Tawi-tawi.

The decision to withdraw the invitation sent by the Tawi-tawi provincial government two months ago was made by Governor Nurbert Sahali and his sister, Rep. Ruby Sahali, both LP members.

“More than a show of force, the Party’s gathering of our leaders from all over the country will be an opportunity to reaffirm our allegiance to the NUP” NUP chairman Antipolo City Congressman Roberto Puno said.

“We welcome the participation of the Presidentiables as this will help our Party members evaluate their respective platform of government and policy positions on major national issues,” NUP President Bataan Governor Albert Garcia added.

“The Party is expected to make a decision on who among the Presidentiables will be worthy of our support after the convention,” NUP Vice President Cavite Congressman Elpidio Barzaga said.

About 500 NUP Leaders from the northernmost province of Cagayan to the southernmost province of Sulu are expected to attend the convention.

The NUP, the country’s third largest political party, was accredited as one of the country’s major political parties by the Commission on Elections during the 2013 elections.



NUP lawmakers also had several key House committees, including labor and employment, suffrage and electoral reforms, games and amusements, and public order and safety.

It occupies one seat in Commission on Appointments and has one member in the House of Electoral Tribunal.

The NUP, with 26 congressmen, is also allied with 18 partylist lawmakers in the House under the Coalition for Peace and Development.

Puno will open the convention and formally welcome the party delegates and guests.

Garcia, the president of the NUP Central Committee, will preside over the consideration of several resolutions which are expected to be adopted by the delegates that will include the creaton of a special committee tasked to negotiate a coalition agreement between the NUP and political parties for the 2016 elections, and another on the selection of national candidates to be supported by the party next year.

Barzaga earlier said the three “declared” presidential bets were invited that included Poe.

“We have invited them altogether in one day in the spirit of fairness,” Barzaga said.

“They should come personally. They can’t have representatives. If they can’t make it, that is not our concern anymore. But if you are invited by an important group and they think that our support will be material to their candidacy, I think they will be coming,” Barzaga added.

Barzaga said the party would decide by October, as they would still have to consider the candidate’s running mate, senatorial slate, and platforms.

VP praised for UNA’s Muslim bet

Three sectoral leaders from Mindanao praised Vice President Jejomar Binay, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer for the inclusion of a Muslim in UNA’s senatorial slate, as they challenged other national political parties to seriously consider the inclusion of a Muslim leader in their lineup because it has been 17 years ago since the last Muslim graced the halls of the Senate.

UNA has Princess Jacel Kiram, daughter of the late sultan of Sulu, in its senatorial slate.


Abraham Idjirani. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Professor Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of the Sultanate of Sulu ad North Borneo, however, expressed sadness over the non-inclusion of Muslim candidates in the tickets of other political parties during the past elections. The last Muslim senator, Santanina Rasul, ended her two-terms in 1998, he pointed out.

He said it was Binay who seems to be the only candidate who is serious in attaining a long lasting peace in Mindanao.

Idjirani called on Roxas and the independent tandem of Poe and Francis Escudero to include a Muslim in their respective senatorial slates.

Idjirani with MNLF General Fabillon Daud Al Hadji, secretary general of the Federation of Sultanate Kingdom Organizations Inc., and Kah Leon Peralta, of the Anti-Trapos Movement (ATM) asked Roxas and Poe to consider businessman and peace advocate Shariff Ibrahim Albani for inclusion in their tickets for the Senate.

The three sectoral leaders pointed out that the young Albani, who hails from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; is a successful businessman and civic leader with a master’s degree in public administration from the Manuel L. Quezon University. He finished with a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the Universidad de Zamboanga.

Albani also has an honorary doctorate degree from the International Academy for Leadership & Management in Edmond, Oklahoma,USA, they pointed out.

Prof. Idjirani noted that the inputs from a Muslim senator will be crucial in attaining a judicious end to the decades old insurgency problem not only in Mindanao but in many areas of the country.

NP to decide for Marcos

Marcos said in Dagupan City that he is still in the process of making a decision whether he is going to run for a higher position come 2016 election but added that running for reelection is still an option for him to take.

Speaking to newsmen during a press conference at Tondaligan Park here, Marcos expressed surprise over news reports coming from unauthorized sources stating that he would announce his candidacy for president in Manila presumably during the NUP meeting.

“I don’t have any announcement to make as of today as to what position I am running for and running with and all of those questions that everybody is wondering,” Marcos said.

Marcos, who is with the Nacionalista Party (NP), said he can not give an answer on his 2016 plans for the simple reason that “none of those decisions have been finalized.”

He admitted that he is now very close to deciding what higher position he would run in next year’s polls.

The NP, he said, is not the biggest political party in the Philippines today but he can vouch that it is the most cohesive among the political parties. The senator admitted he has been with the NP since 2009.

“This decision is not yet finalized and because this discussion does not only involve myself and also members of the Nacionalista Party, I do not want to preempt any decision that the party would be making,” he added.

“It is the party that will decide in any national election, he added, when it comes to a national election, it is a must that a candidate has a party.

The NP, he stressed has not finalized its position on the national elections for 2016, which is something that the party members are not yet ready to announce.

“I am presently discussing with different groups and individuals but again we have not yet finalized how we are going to and what we are going to do in the next election,” he said.

Other NPs who earlier expressed their intention to run for higher offices are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes III.

“We are still hoping that the party (NP) will choose one. I think that is the best situation for all of us,” he added.

As to his running for reelection, Marcos said he might take such an option but said that right now, “we are talking about higher position (for me)”.

He considers the 2016 polls an unusual election because even at this stage, the administration party has also not finalized its own line up of candidates.

Marcos said the candidacy for President of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is another undetermined variable even if his followers held their march just to persuade him to run.

Asked why he is not with the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) created by his father, the young Marcos said he belongs to the NP and has not been with the KBL for a long time.

He also said at some point, the leadership of the KBL has separated ways.
A group, meanwhile, extolled the achievements of former President Ferdinand Marcos, the senator’s father, as having embodied Filipinism as an indeology.

“The enduring legacy of Marcos bequeathed to the Filipino people to this day is unrivalled and unequalled by five presidents who succeeded him,” the Movement for National Salvation (MNS) said in a statement.

MNS leader Nilo Tayag said Marcos’ massive infrastructure and socio-economic development programs from 1965 to 1986 as President sustained the country’s top position in Southeast Asia next only to Japan.
Conrado Ching, PNA


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Roxas, Binay, Marcos to face NUP Monday SHARES: 978 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 05:44 PM September 27th, 2015

FORMER Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will speak before 500 members of the Nation Unity Party (NUP) for their national convention on Monday at Sofitel Hotel.

Roxas and Binay have expressed their intention to run for president while Marcos is reportedly considering a vice presidential run.

For NUP, the participation of the two presidentiables and a supposed vice presidential candidate in the event is a way to know who will best run the country and get the group’s support for next year’s polls.

“The Party is expected to make a decision on who among the ‘presidentiables’ will be worthy of our support after the convention,” NUP vice president Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga said.

NUP Chair and Antipolo City lawmaker Roberto V. Puno said that Monday’s national convention is an opportunity for their members nationwide to “reaffirm allegiance to the NUP.”

Meanwhile, INQUIRER.net tried to reach the camp of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe as to why she will not be in the NUP event. However, she has not yet responded as of posting time.

The NUP, a political party formed in 2011, has over 1,500 elected local officials composed of mayors, vice mayors and councilors. It also has 30 congressmen and nine governors under its wing.


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