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SERGE, PING, ISKO NOT WELCOME IN LP


SEPTEMBER 28 -PING LACSON, SERGE OSMENA, ISKO MORENO - The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is closing its doors to reelectionist-Senator Serge Osmeña and former Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, while presidential sister and actress Kris Aquino reportedly rejected the inclusion of Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno in the administration’s senatorial slate. A reliable source said yesterday that due to their harsh criticisms against the Aquino government, Osmeña, who served as Aquino’s campaign manager in the 2010 national elections and Lacson, who was rehabilitation czar for Yolanda-stricken provinces, were rejected. Kris Aquino also thumbed down Moreno’s inclusion for criticizing her brother’s administration. “From what I understand, Serge and Ping are not welcome to the Liberal Party for obvious reason,” a congressman who spoke on condition of anonymity said. Earlier, Osmeña called the President “stubborn” and “hard-headed,” while Lacson berated the President over his administration’s snail-paced rehabilitation and rebuilding of “Yolanda”-hit areas. “In the case of Moreno, no less than Kris has expressed reservation against his entry for hitting the government and she will talk to the President (Aquino) about it,” the congressman said. Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, an LP stalwart, said among those included in the administration slate as mentioned during a meeting of the National Executive Council attended by the President last Tuesday are re-electionists Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senators Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona III, former Senator Francis Pangilinan, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino and former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla. “They are sure candidates of LP,” Castelo said. The source said Villanueva gave in to President Aquino’s request to run under LP despite his earlier statement that he would not join the administration banner with De Lima in the lineup. The source said “the ninth slot is reserved” for people’s champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, a stalwart of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay since the President has no issue against him. Also being considered by the LP are Taguig Rep. Lino Cayetano and Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar of the Nacionalista Party, Philhealth Director Risa Hontiveros, former Akbayan party-list representative Mark Lapid and former Pangasinan Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas. “Secretary Villanueva cannot say no to President Aquino. He is a special request of the President to run for the Senate under LP,” the source said. Meanwhile, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. renewed his all out support to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as running mate of LP standard bearer Mar Roxas. READ MORE...

ALSO PNoy on leadership style: I'm no dictator


SEPTEMBER 23 -President Aquino reacts to questions on his leadership style during the ANC special interview. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBN news.com
With barely a year left in his term, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III looks back at how he has been as a leader: he’s clearly not a micromanager.
Aquino, whose parents ‘Ninoy’ and ‘Cory’ are deemed icons of democracy, said he disdains dictatorial leadership and prefers being a “consensus builder.” “I'd like to think I'm a consensus builder. I really have an allergy to being dictatorial, thereby we will have very thorough discussions,” said Aquino, when probed by ANC's Tina Monzon-Palma about his management style Tuesday. And while this has yet to be seconded by those who work for him, Aquino said he hopes he projects such impression. “I think hopefully they'll support me, I don’t think I micromanage. Micromanaging to me is calling them up several times a week to follow up the latest development on whatever the assignment is,” Aquino said in “His Excellency: An ANC Special.” Aquino said he “only gets into details” when he’s not happy with how his people are performing. While it may also be easier to dictate, he’d rather let people find their work style. “Sometimes I'm told it doesn’t have to be that difficult or that hard if I just ordered people around, then I said they will comply but I think it's better if they complied because they believed in what we are trying to do,” the president added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy still most popular president in post-Marcos era – Palace


SEPTEMBER 26 -President Aquino
Late in his six-year term, President Aquino, still has high ratings and remains the most popular chief executive in the post-Marcos era, Malacañang said yesterday.
Sec.Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office cited the similar results of pre-election surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia showing a surge in the ratings of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II after Aquino endorsed him as preferred successor. “The significant improvement in Secretary Roxas’ ratings follows the same upward trend in the President’s satisfaction ratings, which are higher than what his predecessors attained in the late stage of their term,” Coloma said. “Secretary Roxas posted the most significant increase of eight points (in the latest Pulse Asia survey), which indicates increasing support for him as the standard-bearer of daang matuwid (straight path) policy. This improvement was achieved within a month after President Aquino endorsed his candidacy.” “It is reasonable to infer that our bosses (the citizens) believe in the President’s advocacy for continuity of daang matuwid,” he added. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte cited the result of an SWS survey showing a record-high 74 percent of 95 million Filipinos were satisfied with the way democracy works in the country, and compared it to the figures obtained during the term of Aquino’s predecessors, including his mother Corazon Aquino.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Re EDSA traffic: PNoy says gov't eyeing elevated ramps on choke points


SEPTEMBER 22 -President Aquino answers questions related to Metro Manila's traffic mess during the ANC special interview. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com
 President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said the government is eyeing building temporary infrastructure, particularly elevated ramps, to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News Channel's Tina Monzon-Palma, Aquino said he consulted with Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson about the construction of elevated roadways. Aquino noted the dramatic increase in the volume of vehicles on Metro Manila's roads, saying car sales have been increasing by about 20 percent annually in the last two to three years. "The way our country is growing, I think we will never catch up with the demand," he said in "His Excellency: An ANC Special." The President pointed out the need to implement efficient public transportation system. "That, unfortunately, is still a work in progress," he admitted. Technical glitches have been repeatedly hounding the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), where commuters, in turn, suffer long queues and crowded conditions. Aquino then said one of the traffic solutions they are looking at is building elevated ramps in major choke points, one, for example, in the junction of Katipunan Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue. "What if there was an elevated way that prevents (traffic build-up on) that intersection by building that ramp that crosses to C.P. Garcia?" he said. READ MORE...

ALSO presidential bets: Of elections and underdogs
[Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said Filipinos tend to romanticize those who are oppressed. “In our culture, the sympathy of people goes to the underdog. Bullies are very unpopular. In an election, if people view as the underdog, you will win,” he said. Both Mendoza and Casiple believe that it will be hard for Roxas to project that he is the underdog.]


SEPTEMBER 26 -MAR ROXAS with students in Iloilo on September 24:  "I AM THE UNDERDOG". Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM
So what’s with being an underdog?
Presidential bets for the 2016 elections are now trying to portray themselves as the underdog of the race in what experts view as an effort to draw sympathy from voters. No less than Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II acknowledged what seems to be a squabble among candidates for the label “underdog.” Roxas, whose survey numbers improved significantly after being endorsed by President Aquino, said he deserves the label. “I think there is a squabble as to who is the underdog but we are the underdog right?” Roxas told reporters in Iloilo last Thursday. “We started at 4 percent and they were the frontrunner in some point. Vice President Binay was at 60 percent, Sen. Grace (Poe) was like at 40 or 50 percent,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: I’m still the underdog – Mar


SEPTEMBER 26 -Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II
Who’s the underdog now? Everyone seems to want that distinction, as presidential bets for the 2016 elections are scrambling to gain sympathy from voters.
Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II claims that he is the underdog. “I think there is a squabble as to who is the underdog, but we are the underdog, right?” said Roxas, whose popularity rating has improved significantly after being endorsed by President Aquino. “We started at four percent and they were the frontrunner at some point. Vice President (Jejomar) Binay was at 60 percent, Sen. Grace (Poe) was like at 40 or 50 percent,” Roxas told reporters in Iloilo last Thursday. Roxas was reacting to the claim of Binay that he is the underdog in the polls. Binay defeated Roxas during the vice presidential race in 2010. Roxas, however, filed an electoral protest and called for a review of the automated election system because of technical glitches. In a previous statement, Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the Vice President is fighting an uphill battle against those who are bent on continuing a regime of social inequality. READ MORE...RELATED, LP, NPC bare partial senatorial slate for 2016 polls.....


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Serge, Ping, Isko not welcome in LP


PING LACSON, SERGE OSMENA, ISKO MORENO

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Charissa Luci September 28, 2015  - The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is closing its doors to reelectionist-Senator Serge Osmeña and former Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, while presidential sister and actress Kris Aquino reportedly rejected the inclusion of Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno in the administration’s senatorial slate.

A reliable source said yesterday that due to their harsh criticisms against the Aquino government, Osmeña, who served as Aquino’s campaign manager in the 2010 national elections, and Lacson, who was rehabilitation czar for Yolanda-stricken provinces, were rejected. Kris Aquino also thumbed down Moreno’s inclusion for criticizing her brother’s administration.

“From what I understand, Serge and Ping are not welcome to the Liberal Party for obvious reason,” a congressman who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

Earlier, Osmeña called the President “stubborn” and “hard-headed,” while Lacson berated the President over his administration’s snail-paced rehabilitation and rebuilding of “Yolanda”-hit areas.

“In the case of Moreno, no less than Kris has expressed reservation against his entry for hitting the government and she will talk to the President (Aquino) about it,” the congressman said.

Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, an LP stalwart, said among those included in the administration slate as mentioned during a meeting of the National Executive Council attended by the President last Tuesday are re-electionists:

Senate President Franklin Drilon,
Senators Ralph Recto,
Teofisto Guingona III, and
former Senator Francis Pangilinan,
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima,
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva,
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino and former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

“They are sure candidates of LP,” Castelo said. 

The source said Villanueva gave in to President Aquino’s request to run under LP despite his earlier statement that he would not join the administration banner with De Lima in the lineup.

The source said “the ninth slot is reserved” for people’s champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, a stalwart of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay since the President has no issue against him.

Also being considered by the LP are Taguig Rep. Lino Cayetano and Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar of the Nacionalista Party, Philhealth Director Risa Hontiveros, former Akbayan party-list representative Mark Lapid and former Pangasinan Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas.

“Secretary Villanueva cannot say no to President Aquino. He is a special request of the President to run for the Senate under LP,” the source said.

Meanwhile, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. renewed his all out support to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as running mate of LP standard bearer Mar Roxas.

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“He has a chance until another name for Roxas’ running mate has been announced. Malakas na kandidato si Sen. Alan. Mahusay at magaling,” he said, referring to Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo who is the President’s choice to be Roxas’ running mate.

Another source said Roxas’ group favors Cayetano as the administration’s vice presidential bet.

“Sen. Cayetano is the favorite guy and personal choice of Secretary Roxas. But President Aquino wants Congresswoman Robredo to run for vice president,” the source said.

The source said Robredo was given until yesterday, Sept. 27 to decide whether or not she would join Roxas as his running-mate. Roxas is expected to announce his vice presidential tandem and 12 senatorial bets on Wednesday at Club Filipino in San Juan.

“Congresswoman Robredo has until Sunday to decide. I would say it is unfair to pressure her to run if this would affect and hurt her family which is against the proposal (running for vice president),” the source said.

“It is also unfair for Sen. Cayetano to keep him waiting because he is a strong candidate,” the source said.

The source added that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is wooing Cayetano to be his running-mate.

Another source said Duterte is set to announce his presidential bid in October.

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RELATED FROM ABS-CBN LAST YEAR INTERVIEW

What will PNoy do after term ends in 2016?  By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at 12/05/2014 4:00 PM | Updated as of 12/06/2014 4:25 PM


AT THE ABS-CBN INTERVIEW: "His Excellency: An ANC Special."

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he will not run for a lower post when he steps down from office in 2016.

At the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel media forum, Aquino said the first thing he would do once he passes the baton to his successor is to go home to the Aquino residence on Times Street in Quezon City and rest.

"Well, going back to Times, staying in my own bed in my own house... Perhaps looking forward to the following day when I don't have to wake up too early. I can laze around and get used to living in Times again. Then perhaps visit the neighborhood… The supermarket and the fast food joints," Aquino said when asked about his plans when his term ends on June 30, 2016.

Aquino plans to "recharge" for at least a year and serve in a different capacity outside politics.

"After 2016, I think the foremost on my mind, together with my Cabinet, is to take at least a year break and recharge and recover from all the tensions, turmoil, concerns over the past six years by that time. So I think I will try to look for a means to serve in another capacity rather than elective office," he said.

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No. 26 Times Street in Quezon City

"There are very many roles that can be done not just in politics. And perhaps I owe it to those close to me, especially my sisters for instance, and even some of my staff, who have been with me since Congress, they are all looking forward to some time off."

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Aquino may also write a book to put on record the "lessons" that he could share to the youth.

"People from our political persuasion seem to note that there is a dearth of institutionalizing the lessons that have been learned. So, perhaps one of the dreams… [I] can write a book to share the experiences. But more importantly, we'd really want to interact with the youth and really help shape the next generation so that we don't repeat the same mistakes. And exactly what form? I'm not exactly sure at this point in time. We are concerned with today's issues.,'' he said.

In his last full year in office, Aquino intends to focus on making the people feel the "changes" that have happened since he assumed office.

"The people really have to feel that there were significant changes and that they were responsible for these changes. So 2015 really is focused on demonstrating so many of the results, be it infrastructure, be it a better employment picture, be it more investments, and so on and so forth," he said.

"So if there is a direct correlation that they gave us this opportunity, this mandate, we will be reaping the fruits in 2015, substantially. Therefore, we can have that picture of what can be achieved, building upon that which we already did. So the focus on 2015, again, is more intensified inclusivity of the growth in the economy and the empowerment of the people and that this is very palpable to everybody. That is, I guess, the main focus for our remaining time."

This early, he considers the change in people's mindset about the country as his legacy as president. He also considers feedback about people coming back home as one of the happiest moments of his presidency.

"When you see the renewed optimism and the attitude that is different in our people where it seems nothing is impossible. That, I think, brings out the 'great' as a nation from the time we stepped into office when there was massive cynicism, where the primary goal was how to leave the Philippines, to now, Sandee was just talking about the young coming back home. That, again, makes us all happy and makes all of this worthwhile."


ABS-CBN

PNoy on leadership style: I'm no dictator Thea Alberto-Masakayan, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 09/22/2015 9:42 PM | Updated as of 09/23/2015 12:52 AM 2.3K7


President Aquino reacts to questions on his leadership style during the ANC special interview. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBN news.com

With barely a year left in his term, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III looks back at how he has been as a leader: he’s clearly not a micromanager.

Aquino, whose parents ‘Ninoy’ and ‘Cory’ are deemed icons of democracy, said he disdains dictatorial leadership and prefers being a “consensus builder.”

“I'd like to think I'm a consensus builder. I really have an allergy to being dictatorial, thereby we will have very thorough discussions,” said Aquino, when probed by ANC's Tina Monzon-Palma about his management style Tuesday.

And while this has yet to be seconded by those who work for him, Aquino said he hopes he projects such impression.

“I think hopefully they'll support me, I don’t think I micromanage. Micromanaging to me is calling them up several times a week to follow up the latest development on whatever the assignment is,” Aquino said in “His Excellency: An ANC Special.”

Aquino said he “only gets into details” when he’s not happy with how his people are performing. While it may also be easier to dictate, he’d rather let people find their work style.

“Sometimes I'm told it doesn’t have to be that difficult or that hard if I just ordered people around, then I said they will comply but I think it's better if they complied because they believed in what we are trying to do,” the president added.

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But this puts him on the edge at times, too.

“I am told by people close to me that perhaps I take on too much of the flak instead of my subordinates taking the sword,” he said.

“I'd like to think that isn’t the case. But at the end of the day, if I did subscribe to whatever they were doing, then perhaps as a leader I should bear the responsibility for it,” Aquino added.

Critics have attacked Aquino for being too lenient when it comes to controversial people in his circle. He’s also known to back Cabinet members who have been targets of calls for resignation.

Recently, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino drew the ire of the public over their respective performances.

Lina was hit for his balikbayan box inspection and taxing policies while Tolentino was accused of inaction on metro’s hellish traffic.

Despite the huge clamor online, Malacanang had said Lina and Tolentino continue to enjoy Aquino’s trust.


PHILSTAR

Noy still most popular president – Palace By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 26, 2015 - 12:00am 0 124 googleplus0 0


President Aquino

MANILA, Philippines - Late in his six-year term, President Aquino, still has high ratings and remains the most popular chief executive in the post-Marcos era, Malacañang said yesterday.

Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office cited the similar results of pre-election surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia showing a surge in the ratings of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II after Aquino endorsed him as preferred successor.

“The significant improvement in Secretary Roxas’ ratings follows the same upward trend in the President’s satisfaction ratings, which are higher than what his predecessors attained in the late stage of their term,” Coloma said.

“Secretary Roxas posted the most significant increase of eight points (in the latest Pulse Asia survey), which indicates increasing support for him as the standard-bearer of daang matuwid (straight path) policy. This improvement was achieved within a month after President Aquino endorsed his candidacy.”

“It is reasonable to infer that our bosses (the citizens) believe in the President’s advocacy for continuity of daang matuwid,” he added.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte cited the result of an SWS survey showing a record-high 74 percent of 95 million Filipinos were satisfied with the way democracy works in the country, and compared it to the figures obtained during the term of Aquino’s predecessors, including his mother Corazon Aquino.


ABS-CBN

PNoy: Gov't eyeing elevated ramps on choke points Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 09/22/2015 11:51 PM 47


President Aquino answers questions related to Metro Manila's traffic mess during the ANC special interview. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said the government is eyeing building temporary infrastructure, particularly elevated ramps, to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News Channel's Tina Monzon-Palma, Aquino said he consulted with Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson about the construction of elevated roadways.

Aquino noted the dramatic increase in the volume of vehicles on Metro Manila's roads, saying car sales have been increasing by about 20 percent annually in the last two to three years.

"The way our country is growing, I think we will never catch up with the demand," he said in "His Excellency: An ANC Special."

The President pointed out the need to implement efficient public transportation system. "That, unfortunately, is still a work in progress," he admitted.

Technical glitches have been repeatedly hounding the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), where commuters, in turn, suffer long queues and crowded conditions.

Aquino then said one of the traffic solutions they are looking at is building elevated ramps in major choke points, one, for example, in the junction of Katipunan Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue.

"What if there was an elevated way that prevents (traffic build-up on) that intersection by building that ramp that crosses to C.P. Garcia?" he said.

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He said a foreign entity has the technology to have the ramp installed in just 4 to 6 weeks. This is contrary to the technology known to the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Science and Technology (DOST) which can have it installed in 4 to 6 months.

Aquino, meanwhile, said the average travel time of motorists and commuters has been cut by about 18 minutes after the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) took over as the lead traffic law enforcement agency on EDSA, the busiest thoroughfare in the metropolis.

"The problem has been there," he said, citing a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) study that estimates productivity losses at over P2 billion a day due to traffic jams.

"We have been really trying to address that," said Aquino.

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RELATED ABS-CBN

Why EDSA traffic has worsened Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 09/09/2015 12:15 AM | Updated as of 09/09/2015 3:27 PM


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino got a taste of the bitter traffic situation in Metro Manila as he got stuck in heavy traffic along EDSA and missed a live television appearance on Thursday morning. PHILNEWS SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

MANILA - "Talagang puno na." This was how Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino described EDSA, the busiest thoroughfare in Metro Manila.

In an interview on radio dzMM Tuesday, Tolentino attributed the "worsening" traffic situation in Metro Manila to the "dramatic increase" in the number of vehicles using EDSA and other roads.

He said the number of vehicles in the metropolis is now way over existing roads' carrying capacity.

"Nitong mga last 8 months, dumami po yung sasakyan natin, nabawasan naman po yung kalye natin," he said.

Tolentino said there are 8 million registered vehicles in the whole country, 2.5 million of which are in Metro Manila. One million of these pass through EDSA.

"Bakit nabawasan yung kalye? Nabawasan yung kalye kasi marami tayong construction," the MMDA chief explained, citing the Skyway-3 and various drainage improvement projects.

"Pag nabawasan po yun, nagda-divert po yun sa iba at ang option nila ay EDSA," he said.

The total road network in the whole country, meanwhile, is 199,950 kilometers, 5,035 of which is in Metro Manila.

EDSA is only 23 kilometers long, Tolentino pointed out.

"Imagine mo yung increase ng vehicles na idinadagdag natin buwan-buwan, halos 22,000, sa Metro Manila. Saan po natin ilalagay yun?"

"Talagang puno na," he said.

The MMDA chief also noted that the country's rail roads -- the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR) -- are only 73 kilometers long in total.

According to Tolentino, the high number of vehicles is the root cause of the gridlock in the Philippine capital.

This is even worsened by erring motorists, undisciplined drivers of buses and other public utility vehicles (PUVs), and "colorum" PUVs.

Tolentino said there is the need to improve the services of railway systems, particularly the MRT, which runs from Taft Avenue in Pasay City to North Avenue in Quezon City, to help ease the traffic congestion in major roads.

He added that the construction of a subway system running from Cavite to Bulacan will also help in easing traffic.

He also expressed the MMDA's support to the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), which now manages traffic along EDSA.


PHILSTAR

Of elections and underdogs By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated September 26, 2015 - 7:07pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


MAR ROXAS with students in Iloilo on September 24:  "I AM THE UNDERDOG". Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM

MANILA, Philippines - So what’s with being an underdog?

Presidential bets for the 2016 elections are now trying to portray themselves as the underdog of the race in what experts view as an effort to draw sympathy from voters.

No less than Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II acknowledged what seems to be a squabble among candidates for the label “underdog.”

Roxas, whose survey numbers improved significantly after being endorsed by President Aquino, said he deserves the label.

“I think there is a squabble as to who is the underdog but we are the underdog right?” Roxas told reporters in Iloilo last Thursday.

“We started at 4 percent and they were the frontrunner in some point. Vice President Binay was at 60 percent, Sen. Grace (Poe) was like at 40 or 50 percent,” he added.

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Roxas was reacting to the claim of rival presidential candidate and opposition leader Vice President Jejomar Binay that he is the underdog in their rematch.

Binay defeated erstwhile survey leader Roxas during the vice presidential race in 2010. Roxas, however, filed an electoral protest and called for a review of the automated election system because of technical glitches.

In a previous statement, Office of the Vice President media affairs head Joey Salgado said Binay is “fighting an uphill battle against those who are bent on continuing a regime of social inequality.”

Roxas claimed the underdog tag even if he has overtaken Binay for second place in the Social Weather Stations survey released early this week.


I AM STILL THE UNDERDOG

The survey showed Roxas’s score surging to 39 percent from 21 percent in June. His score edged Binay’s 35 percent but paled in comparison with that of Poe, who emerged as the survey frontrunner with 47 percent.

Even Poe has been labeled as an “underdog” because of questions on her Filipino citizenship, an issue widely viewed as the factor that catapulted her to the top spot.

Ironically, the camp of Binay was the first to claim that Poe is not qualified to run for president because of her citizenship.

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, a stalwart of Binay’s party United Nationalist Alliance, has since apologized to Poe amid speculations that the move had backfired on the vice president.

Experts said politicians capitalize on the underdog tag because Filipinos tend to side with those whom they believe are being bullied or oppressed.

“Supposedly, we have a soft heart for underdogs. We are against the oppressors,” political science professor Amado Mendoza Jr. told The STAR in a phone interview yesterday.

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said Filipinos tend to romanticize those who are oppressed.

“In our culture, the sympathy of people goes to the underdog. Bullies are very unpopular. In an election, if people view as the underdog, you will win,” he said.

Both Mendoza and Casiple believe that it will be hard for Roxas to project that he is the underdog.

“It may not work for Roxas because he is the administration’s candidate,” Mendoza said.

Casiple said Roxas has an advantage because he has the support of the president. He, however, said it is too early to tell who would be viewed as the underdog by the voting public.

“The underdog tag is effective if voters believe it to be true. But you cannot dictate on people on what to believe,” Casiple said.


PHILSTAR

I’m still the underdog – Mar By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 26, 2015 - 12:00am 0 143 googleplus0 0


Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II

MANILA, Philippines - Who’s the underdog now?

Everyone seems to want that distinction, as presidential bets for the 2016 elections are scrambling to gain sympathy from voters.

Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II claims that he is the underdog.

“I think there is a squabble as to who is the underdog, but we are the underdog, right?” said Roxas, whose popularity rating has improved significantly after being endorsed by President Aquino.

“We started at four percent and they were the frontrunner at some point. Vice President (Jejomar) Binay was at 60 percent, Sen. Grace (Poe) was like at 40 or 50 percent,” Roxas told reporters in Iloilo last Thursday.

Roxas was reacting to the claim of Binay that he is the underdog in the polls.

Binay defeated Roxas during the vice presidential race in 2010. Roxas, however, filed an electoral protest and called for a review of the automated election system because of technical glitches.

In a previous statement, Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the Vice President is fighting an uphill battle against those who are bent on continuing a regime of social inequality.

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Roxas claimed the underdog tag even if he has overtaken Binay for second place in the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released early this week.

The survey showed Roxas’ score surging to 39 percent from 21 percent in June. His score edged Binay’s 35 percent but paled in comparison with that of Poe, who emerged as the survey frontrunner with 47 percent.

Even Poe has been labeled as an “underdog” because of questions on her Filipino citizenship, an issue widely viewed as the factor that catapulted her to top spot.

Ironically, the camp of Binay was the first to claim that Poe is not qualified to run for president because of her citizenship.

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, a leader of Binay’s party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), had earlier questioned the residency of Poe, but has since apologized to the senator amid speculations that the move backfired on Binay.

Experts said politicians capitalize on the underdog tag because Filipinos tend to side with those whom they believe are being bullied or oppressed.

“Supposedly, we have a soft heart for underdogs. We are against the oppressors,” political science professor Amado Mendoza Jr. told The STAR.

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said Filipinos tend to romanticize those who are oppressed.

“In our culture, the sympathy of people goes to the underdog. Bullies are very unpopular. In an election, if people view you as the underdog, you will win,” he said.

Both Mendoza and Casiple believe that it will be hard for Roxas to project that he is the underdog.

“It may not work for Roxas because he is the administration’s candidate,” Mendoza said.

Casiple said Roxas has an advantage because he has the support of the President. He, however, said it is too early to tell who would be viewed as the underdog by the voting public.

“The underdog tag is effective if voters believe it to be true. But you cannot dictate on people what to believe,” Casiple said.

LP slate

The Liberal Party is ready to roll out its vice-presidential bet and senatorial slate during the national executive meeting next Wednesday at the Club Filipino in San Juan, party vice-chairman Senate President Franklin Drilon said yesterday.

“On Sept. 30, we will formally nominate Secretary Mar Roxas’ vice presidential candidate and the senators,” Drilon said.

He said 15 names are currently in the list of LP senatorial bets.

Drilon said the party is still finalizing the 12-member Senate slate but incumbents including himself, Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona III are on it.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is also being tapped to run for the Senate. She is expected to resign shortly and has bade good-bye to DOJ employees. Former senator Francis Pangilinan will also be part of the administration slate, while a slot is also reportedly being reserved for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

Asked about Roxas’ running mate, Drilon said negotiations remain underway for Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo.

The Senate president said he is not privy to the reported meeting of President Aquino and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, another possible vice presidential bet of the administration.

Roxas confirmed on Thursday that he met with Cayetano.

He did not provide details but revealed that the meeting took place before the senator met with President Aquino last Sept. 23.

Roxas said he has worked with Cayetano on common advocacies when he was still in Congress.

“He was my deputy when I was majority leader of the House of Representatives. We were at the Senate and, in fact, he was with the President in almost eight out of ten advocacies,“ Roxas said.

Roxas said those advocacies include the fight against corruption.

“What is important here is the process of consultation among those who believe in the straight path,” the LP candidate said.

Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez of party-list group Akbayan accused Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday of using public funds in his quest for the presidency.

“In 2011, the Vice President declared that he will run for president in 2016. He has devoted his entire term as the country’s second highest official and his stewardship of several housing agencies to his campaign for the presidency, using public funds and resources,” said Gutierrez, an ally of Roxas. – With Christina Mendez, Jess Diaz, Jennifer Rendon

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LP, NPC bare partial senatorial slate for 2016 polls September 22, 2015 6:50pm Tags: liberalparty, nationalistpeoplescoalition, eleksyon2016 By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News

An official of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) on Tuesday bared some names that will be included in their senatorial slate in the 2016 elections.

In a press conference, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, the party's chairman for political affairs, said Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senators Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, Ralph Recto and former Senator Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan will surely be part of their senatorial lineup.

“Yung iba pa ay papabayaan na natin ang [LP] National Executive Council ang mag-announce,” he said, adding there may be some independent candidates who might be adopted by LP to complete its senatorial slate.

“Siguro may mga ilan kaming pipiliin [na independent candidates]. Basta ang pwede lang makasama ay yung naniniwala kay President [Benigno] Aquino, sa tuwid na daan, at kay Secretary [Mar] Roxas,” Erice said.

Pacquiao, Villanueva

Erice, meanwhile, neither confirmed nor denied if Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) chairman Joel Villanueva will be included in LP’s senatorial slate.

“Siguro po ay intayin nalang natin ang pormal na anunsyo sa September 28, tutal ay isang linggo na lang naman ang ating hihintayin,” he said.

The LP is set to announce Roxas' running mate and the party's complete senatorial lineup for 2016 on April 28 at the Club Filipino in San Juan.

Erice said they are leaving it to Roxas to decide on who will be his running mate. Asked on who will be the most likely choice between Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, he said LP members “have really no idea.”

“Wala pa talagang nakakaalam sa ’min kung sino," Erice said. "Basta we will support whoever will be chosen by Secretary Roxas as his vice president.”

The LP has formally asked Robredo to be Roxas' running mate, but the lady solon has yet to make a decision on the offer.

NPC

Meanwhile, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), considered as the second largest political party in the country, has yet to make a final stand on who to support for the presidential and vice-presidential post in 2016.

But in a separate press conference, Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, the party's president, said many of their members, including himself, have already expressed support for the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero.

Aggabao said they will announce their official bets “in the coming days.”

He, however, bared that as of the moment, sure to be included in NPC’s senatorial slate are Sen. Tito Sotto, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares and Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian.

Aggabao said their party will also include some independent candidates, but refused to name them. He also said Pacquiao and Villanueva are welcome to join them. —KBK, GMA News


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