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TRILLANES SAYS GRACE IS HIS RUNNING MATE, RISE TO 2016 POE-TRILLANES TANDEM
[“Our group Magdalo and our chapter leaders all over the country have chosen Senator Grace Poe from among the candidates,” Trillanes told dzMM radio. “So as far as the group is concerned, our tandem will be Poe-Trillanes.”]


OCTOTBER 3 -SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said Friday his announcement of his bid for the vice presidency will give rise to the Poe-Trillanes tandem today for next year’s elections
“Our group Magdalo and our chapter leaders all over the country have chosen Senator Grace Poe from among the candidates,” Trillanes told dzMM radio. “So as far as the group is concerned, our tandem will be Poe-Trillanes.” Trillanes will officially announce his candidacy during Magdalo’s general meeting at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City at 5 p.m. today. He said he will run as an independent candidate because his two other party mates, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Bongbong Marcos, will also run for vice president. “I will run as an independent although I am a member of the Nacionalista Party,” Trillanes said. “It will be sona libre or free zone for the party because we have many party members running for the same position.” Trillanes said he will support Poe’s presidential bid based on the decision of the Magdalo faction in the House. And with his declaration, the vice presidential race will be among the three vice presidential candidates of the Nationalista Party and Senator Francis Escudero, who is running as an independent, and possibly Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the LP. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leni says ‘yes’ to being Mar’s VP – LP


OCTOBER 5 -ROBREDO After nearly a month of courtship, President Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party is set to announce today at a gathering of friends that Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has said “yes” to being the Vice-President of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP vice chairman said today’s LP event will zero in on the declaration of Robredo’s vice presidential bid for next year’s elections. “I think that is our agenda to proclaim her (Robredo) as our vice presidential candidate,” he said when asked if Robredo gave in to Roxas’ offer. Other LP stalwarts – Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas and Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez said there is “no Plan B” on the vice presidential bet except Robredo. “There is no plan B except Leni Robredo for VP of Sec. Mar. I hope the announcement can be made tomorrow (Monday),” Trenas said. “Tomorrow (Monday), the LP will introduce Congresswoman Robredo as the administrations vice presidential candidate. That is a sure thing to happen,” Fernandez said. You Against Corruption (You) party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez, a close friend of Roxas, agreed with her colleagues, saying that “I think that is the announcement that the LP will be making tomorrow.” For his part, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said he is also hopeful that Robredo will join the vice presidential derby. READ MORE...PLUS READERS RESPONSES...

ALSO: It’s Binay-Honasan for 2016


OCTOBER 5 -Photo from GMA News Online shows Vice President Jejomar Binay welcoming Sen. Gringo Honasan at the blessing of the United Nationalist Alliance headquarters in Intramuros, Manila on June 24.
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate in next year’s elections, according to sources from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). After months of scouting for Binay’s potential running mate, party leaders reached a decision following a meeting early Saturday night, a well-placed source told The STAR yesterday. The source said the Vice President, who was in Misamis Oriental for the Mindanao-wide launch of UNA on Saturday, was informed about the party decision through a text message. Honasan, a Bicol native and UNA’s vice president, was chosen over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “The media focused on Senator Bongbong. Between the two, the talks with Honasan were faring much better,” the source said. The source said UNA leaders and close friends of the Vice President rallied behind Honasan. Binay is the chairman of UNA. “It’s clear that Honasan is committed to the VP’s platform – a pro-poor, healing and unifying presidency,” the source said. The decision had been relayed to the camp of Marcos, the source said. The source added that Binay and Honasan were to meet last night in Manila to finalize the tandem. UNA is expected to issue an official statement today on the two’s team-up. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay camp calls Trillanes ‘Mr Senator 1%’  ‘delusional'


OCTOBER 4 -Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay took a swipe at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who officially declared his vice presidential bid on Saturday. Atty. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, called Trillanes “Senator 1 percent,” a reference to the number garnered by the lawmaker in recent opinion polls gauging his chances for the vice presidency. Quicho said Trillanes was entitled to his delusion of being Binay’s successor. “Senator Trillanes is entitled to his delusions. He has built a career out of attempting and failing to destroy institutions and reputations. This is his claim to infamy. Now he wants to bully his way to the vice presidency,” Quicho said in a statement. The lawyer said that the public had been disillusioned by his “political stunts,” referring to the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearings on corruption allegations being pinned to Binay.“The people can no longer be deceived by political stunts, and his political stunts at the Senate have been graded by the people: from a preference of 4 percent last year to 1 percent in the recent surveys… Senator 1 percent can pontificate all he wants but he cannot fool the people,” he added. Quicho then hit Trillanes for leading the Magdalo coup de etat and for allegedly earmarking taxpayers’ money for numerous consultants. Trillanes said on Saturday that seeking the vice presidency would be an uphill battle for him as he would square off with candidates who have more money and more famous names. “Ngunit ako ay naniniwala na hangga’t ang ating layunin ay iahon ang ating bayan, ayusin ang ating gobyerno at tulungan ang ating kapwa at lalo na habang tayo ay magkakaisa, tayo ay magtatagumpay,” he said. In the same event, Trillanes said that Magdalo would back Senator Grace Poe’s presidential bid. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Poe will accept any SET ruling on disqualification case


OCTOBER 3 -Sen. Grace Poe 
Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday she would accept any decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on the quo warranto petition filed by lawyer Rizalito David that questioned her Filipino citizenship.
“First of all, I will respect the law. If they are able to prove that I am not worthy (to seek higher position) because of the law, I will immediately leave my position,” Poe said in Filipino in an interview at Almont Hotel in Butuan. Poe, however, stressed that her legal battle is not hers alone but also other foundlings in the country. “If I lose here, all of them will have doubt in their nationality. It’s not fair, especially to us who have faith in law that recognizes abandoned Filipino children,” she said. She expressed confidence that she and her legal team would be able to present evidence and arguments that would prove that she is a natural-born citizen entitled to run for public office. She said she is not one who would give up a fight and that she is banking on her mandate as a senator, having garnered over 20 million votes in the 2013 elections. “If they are saying that I am losing here at SET or the Supreme Court later on, who am I to say that I am here? But they should not forget the 20 million people who voted for me. This is a mandate that I respect and value.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Magdalo group endorses Poe-Trillanes prexy, VP bids
[Aside from the Magdalo members and supporters, present during the Magdalo's convention was Brian Poe-Llamanzares, Poe's son, who represented the legislator and accepted the group's support on her behalf.]


OCTOBER 4 -Sen. Antonio Trillanes said the decision to run for higher office is a collective decision of the Magdalo group. Philstar.com/File photo
 The Magdalo group on Saturday officially declared its support to the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential bet Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in next year's elections. Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano said the group believes that both Poe and Trillanes can better serve the country in the executive branch. "The group also conducted extensive consultations among our chapter leaders... and Sen. Grace Poe is the preferred candidate for the 2016 elections.She and Sen. Trillanes can make a good tandem in effecting change and development in the country since their advocacies and platforms are aligned," Alejano said. During the group's convention, which also served as the formal declaration of Trillanes' vice presidential bid, Trillanes said the decision to run for higher office is a collective decision of the group. "This is an opportunity to once again present the Magdalo reform agenda to the people, and raise our barnd of service to the next level," Trillanes said. Aside from the Magdalo members and supporters, present during the Magdalo's convention was Brian Poe-Llamanzares, Poe's son, who represented the legislator and accepted the group's support on her behalf. READ MORE...


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Trillanes says Grace is his running mate

MANILA, OCTOBER 5, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Oct. 03, 2015 at 12:01am - SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said Friday his announcement of his bid for the vice presidency will give rise to the Poe-Trillanes tandem today for next year’s elections

“Our group Magdalo and our chapter leaders all over the country have chosen Senator Grace Poe from among the candidates,” Trillanes told dzMM radio.

“So as far as the group is concerned, our tandem will be Poe-Trillanes.”


Open forum. Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero (not shown) are welcomed by students of the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City for an open forum.

Trillanes will officially announce his candidacy during Magdalo’s general meeting at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City at 5 p.m. today.

He said he will run as an independent candidate because his two other party mates, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Bongbong Marcos, will also run for vice president.

“I will run as an independent although I am a member of the Nacionalista Party,” Trillanes said. “It will be sona libre or free zone for the party because we have many party members running for the same position.”

Trillanes said he will support Poe’s presidential bid based on the decision of the Magdalo faction in the House.

And with his declaration, the vice presidential race will be among the three vice presidential candidates of the Nationalista Party and Senator Francis Escudero, who is running as an independent, and possibly Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the LP.

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Cayetano announced his candidacy in Davao City. He wants to be the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who remains undecided on his political plan next year.

There are also indications Marcos wants to be the running mate of Duterte should he decide to run for president. But Marcos said he met Duterte Wednesday night only to seek his advice on the vice presidency.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has said the talks about Marcos running along with him is 93-percent sure.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon says the LP is hopeful Robredo will accept its offer to run for vice president next year.


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Robredo

After nearly a month of courtship, President Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party is set to announce today at a gathering of friends that Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has said “yes” to being the Vice-President of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP vice chairman said today’s LP event will zero in on the declaration of Robredo’s vice presidential bid for next year’s elections.

“I think that is our agenda to proclaim her (Robredo) as our vice presidential candidate,” he said when asked if Robredo gave in to Roxas’ offer.

Other LP stalwarts – Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas and Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez said there is “no Plan B” on the vice presidential bet except Robredo.

“There is no plan B except Leni Robredo for VP of Sec. Mar. I hope the announcement can be made tomorrow (Monday),” Trenas said.

“Tomorrow (Monday), the LP will introduce Congresswoman Robredo as the administrations vice presidential candidate. That is a sure thing to happen,” Fernandez said.

You Against Corruption (You) party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez, a close friend of Roxas, agreed with her colleagues, saying that “I think that is the announcement that the LP will be making tomorrow.”

For his part, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said he is also hopeful that Robredo will join the vice presidential derby.

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Robredo appealed to the LP to give her more time as she needed to thoroughly consult her children and other people close to her, including her 79-year-old mother, Church leaders, longtime friends and her constituents.

SENATORIAL LINE-UP

The ruling Liberal Party has decided to shelve the announcement of its senatorial line-up from Monday to either Thursday or Friday this week.

The ruling party “decided to defer the announcement of its senatorial lineup. This is to ensure the continued media activity of the Liberal Party and finalize the list. Only Congresswoman Leni (Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo) will be announced as vice presidential candidate,” an administration solon said.

The line-up of senatorial bets the ruling party will field in 2016 include: Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senators Teofisto Guingona and Ralph Recto, food security adviser Francis Pangilinan, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Secretary General Joel Villanueva.

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It’s Binay-Honasan for 2016 By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 5, 2015 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Photo from GMA News Online shows Vice President Jejomar Binay welcoming Sen. Gringo Honasan at the blessing of the United Nationalist Alliance headquarters in Intramuros, Manila on June 24.

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate in next year’s elections, according to sources from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). After months of scouting for Binay’s potential running mate, party leaders reached a decision following a meeting early Saturday night, a well-placed source told The STAR yesterday.

The source said the Vice President, who was in Misamis Oriental for the Mindanao-wide launch of UNA on Saturday, was informed about the party decision through a text message.

Honasan, a Bicol native and UNA’s vice president, was chosen over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“The media focused on Senator Bongbong. Between the two, the talks with Honasan were faring much better,” the source said.

The source said UNA leaders and close friends of the Vice President rallied behind Honasan. Binay is the chairman of UNA.

“It’s clear that Honasan is committed to the VP’s platform – a pro-poor, healing and unifying presidency,” the source said.

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The decision had been relayed to the camp of Marcos, the source said.

The source added that Binay and Honasan were to meet last night in Manila to finalize the tandem.

UNA is expected to issue an official statement today on the two’s team-up.

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The 67-year-old Honasan earlier said he is not interested in running for a higher position.

The source said Honasan has not totally closed his doors on the possibility of running for vice president.

In an interview in Misamis Oriental on Saturday, Binay said he has talked with Marcos to discuss the potential tandem in next year’s polls.

Marcos is a member of the Nacionalista Party, which was allied with the administration-led coalition in the 2013 senatorial elections.

Marcos has yet to announce his political plans. He may vie for the presidency, the vice presidency or re-election. His first Senate term is ending in 2016.

Binay referred to Marcos as his “plan A” for running mate, but the senator seems to have another first choice for president.

Last week, Marcos met with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and discussed the 2016 polls.

Duterte, whose ratings improved in the latest presidential surveys, has not yet decided whether to seek the presidency.

A former human rights lawyer, Binay considered running with Marcos even after he fought the dictatorship of the senator’s father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Binay also used to clash with Honasan, who plotted coups against the late President Corazon Aquino. Binay owes his political break to Aquino, who appointed him officer-in-charge of Makati in 1986 to 1987.

The Vice President first named Sen. Grace Poe, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, and Duterte as individuals he considered to team up with but all of them rejected the informal proposal.

Poe will run for president as independent with close friend Sen. Francis Escudero as her vice presidential bet.


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Magdalo group endorses Poe-Trillanes prexy, VP bids By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated October 3, 2015 - 5:16pm 0 33 googleplus0 0


Sen. Antonio Trillanes said the decision to run for higher office is a collective decision of the Magdalo group. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The Magdalo group on Saturday officially declared its support to the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential bet Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in next year's elections.

Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano said the group believes that both Poe and Trillanes can better serve the country in the executive branch.

"The group also conducted extensive consultations among our chapter leaders... and Sen. Grace Poe is the preferred candidate for the 2016 elections...She and Sen. Trillanes can make a good tandem in effecting change and development in the country since their advocacies and platforms are aligned," Alejano said.

During the group's convention, which also served as the formal declaration of Trillanes' vice presidential bid, Trillanes said the decision to run for higher office is a collective decision of the group.

"This is an opportunity to once again present the Magdalo reform agenda to the people, and raise our barnd of service to the next level," Trillanes said.

Aside from the Magdalo members and supporters, present during the Magdalo's convention was Brian Poe-Llamanzares, Poe's son, who represented the legislator and accepted the group's support on her behalf.

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In a video message shown during the declaration, Poe thanked and lauded the group for its selfless service to the people.

She said that she is one with the group in its continuous fight against corruption and promoting the welfare of the people.

Magdalo began as a group of soldiers who staged the Oakwood Mutiny and Manila Peninsula siege against the Arroyo administration to condemn corruption in government and the military.

Magdalo group boasts of card-bearing members nationwide.


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Binay belittles Trillanes as ‘delusional,’ ‘Senator 1%’ By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 02:06 PM October 4th, 2015


Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay took a swipe at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who officially declared his vice presidential bid on Saturday.

Atty. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, called Trillanes “Senator 1 percent,” a reference to the number garnered by the lawmaker in recent opinion polls gauging his chances for the vice presidency.

Quicho said Trillanes was entitled to his delusion of being Binay’s successor.

“Senator Trillanes is entitled to his delusions. He has built a career out of attempting and failing to destroy institutions and reputations. This is his claim to infamy. Now he wants to bully his way to the vice presidency,” Quicho said in a statement.

The lawyer said that the public had been disillusioned by his “political stunts,” referring to the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearings on corruption allegations being pinned to Binay.

“The people can no longer be deceived by political stunts, and his political stunts at the Senate have been graded by the people: from a preference of 4 percent last year to 1 percent in the recent surveys… Senator 1 percent can pontificate all he wants but he cannot fool the people,” he added.

Quicho then hit Trillanes for leading the Magdalo coup de etat and for allegedly earmarking taxpayers’ money for numerous consultants.

Trillanes said on Saturday that seeking the vice presidency would be an uphill battle for him as he would square off with candidates who have more money and more famous names.

“Ngunit ako ay naniniwala na hangga’t ang ating layunin ay iahon ang ating bayan, ayusin ang ating gobyerno at tulungan ang ating kapwa at lalo na habang tayo ay magkakaisa, tayo ay magtatagumpay,” he said.

In the same event, Trillanes said that Magdalo would back Senator Grace Poe’s presidential bid.


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Poe to accept SET ruling on disqualification case By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 3, 2015 - 12:00am 0 209 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday she would accept any decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on the quo warranto petition filed by lawyer Rizalito David that questioned her Filipino citizenship.

“First of all, I will respect the law. If they are able to prove that I am not worthy (to seek higher position) because of the law, I will immediately leave my position,” Poe said in Filipino in an interview at Almont Hotel in Butuan.

Poe, however, stressed that her legal battle is not hers alone but also other foundlings in the country.

“If I lose here, all of them will have doubt in their nationality. It’s not fair, especially to us who have faith in law that recognizes abandoned Filipino children,” she said.

She expressed confidence that she and her legal team would be able to present evidence and arguments that would prove that she is a natural-born citizen entitled to run for public office.

She said she is not one who would give up a fight and that she is banking on her mandate as a senator, having garnered over 20 million votes in the 2013 elections.

“If they are saying that I am losing here at SET or the Supreme Court later on, who am I to say that I am here? But they should not forget the 20 million people who voted for me. This is a mandate that I respect and value.”

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Rally to pressure SET David said the camp of Poe is planning to hold a rally on the second week of October to allegedly pressure the SET to issue a ruling in her favor in connection with the senator’s disqualification case.

David told The STAR that a friend from the intelligence community informed him during the launching of the Reform Philippines Coalition at Club Filipino in San Juan that Poe’s camp will stage a rally to coincide with the supposed decision by the SET, sensing that they may lose in the disqualification case.

“Yes, it is a public pressure on SET. If they can produce a million or two million people in the street, it is like they’re saying that they control the Filipino people. This is unethical and so indecent,” David said.

The demonstration might be held when Poe files her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Poe previously announced her intention to run for president in the May 2016 elections at the University of the Philippines (UP).

The filing of COCs is from Oct. 12 to 16.

David said that he has no intention to ruin Poe’s presidential bid, but said that his “good friend” informed him about the senator’s plan so that the public will be informed about it.

He urged Poe’s supporters to “stick to the issue” and wait for the resolution of the case before making any move that would influence the electoral tribunal.

Poe’s lawyer George Garcia, however, laughed off David’s new allegation, saying that only desperate people would resort to a demonstration just to get the tribunal’s favor.

Garcia said staging a rally never crossed their minds

and they would not rally just to win the case as they have a strong defense.

He added that they do not want to instigate Poe’s supporters, citing that the crisis that Poe is facing right now is a legal issue and not political.

“It is too unfair to our supporters to use them just for this. We can win this case even without rallies,” he added.

Garcia said that there might be supporters who would show up when Poe files her COC, but clarified that they would definitely not hold a rally.

He noted that Poe’s filing of the COC might be as simple as when she filed her certificate when she ran for senator.

Meanwhile, in a press conference Thursday in Quezon City, Garcia urged the camp of David to focus on the disqualification case they filed against Poe, and not on her presidential bid.

David, however, stood firm that whatever decision of the electoral tribunal on Poe’s disqualification case will have a “logical consequence” on her presidential bid.

“Once the SET rules that she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen, automatically she gets unseated as senator, and if you’re unseated senator, how can you run for president? She is not qualified as senator, and the qualification of senator and president is just the same, so under the law, she cannot run,” he said. – With Robertzon Ramirez

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Chiz grateful for Trillanes, Magdalo’s Poe endorsement By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated October 4, 2015 - 12:05pm 1 35 googleplus0 0


Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero thanks Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV and the Magdalo group for endorsing Sen. Grace Poe's 2016 presidential bid. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero thanked Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV and the Magdalo group for endorsing his running mate Sen. Grace Poe’s presidential bid in the 2016 elections.

”I thank Senator Trillanes for supporting the presidential candidacy of Senator Grace in 2016 and for believing that she will be an excellent president,” Escudero said in a press statement.

”By embracing Senator Grace’s platform of government, he is one with all of us in our vision for a government that truly cares and genuinely serves the people. This is very much appreciated,” he said.

Trillanes endorsed Poe during his formal announcement of vice presidential bid in the Magdalo group’s general membership meeting at Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City last Saturday. He read the Magdalo’s resolution endorsing Poe during the meeting,

Escudero said Trillanes is “qualified and has every right to offer himself” for higher position.

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”I wish him all the best,” he added.

Poe also appreciated Trillanes and Magdalo group’s support and trust.

Poe assured that she is one with them in their dream to achieve a government with justice and to fight for the interest of the Filipino people.

Trillanes is one of the two Nacionalista Party senators running for vice president.

NP member Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also declared his vice presidential bid last week while Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he is planning to run for vice president.

Trillanes was the first to expressed intention to run for vice president independently. He only officially declared his vice presidential bid last Saturday.

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Estradas eye ‘3-generation’ lock on San Juan gov’t
inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 06:43 AM October 2nd, 2015


DYNASTY DEFINED (From left) Sen. JV Ejercito, Jana Ejercito, San Juan Councilor Janella Estrada, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez at Wednesday’s “Unity Convention” JOVIC YEE

If the fates of politics allow, San Juan City will see three generations of the Ejercito-Estrada clan occupying the city’s top three posts next year.

In a “Unity Convention” held Wednesday night, Mayor Guia Gomez formally announced her intention to seek a third and final term. Gomez also endorsed the vice mayoral bid of Councilor Janella Estrada and the congressional bid of former Councilor Jana Ejercito.

The move may be considered historic even in a city where the Estradas had established a dynasty since 1967, when then movie star Joseph Estrada became mayor. The 2016 elections will mark the first time the clan is fielding family members for the top three posts all at the same time.

Former President and now Manila Mayor Estrada is the grandfather of Janella and uncle of Jana. Gomez, meanwhile is the mother of Estrada’s son, Sen. JV Ejercito.

The announcements also formally ended their clan’s decades-long alliance with the Zamoras, which started to fall apart when the Ejercito-Estrada camp dumped Vice Mayor Francis Zamora and House Minority Floor Leader Ronaldo Zamora. News of the rift broke in June after Guia gathered barangay (village) chairs in a meeting held at the detention center holding Sen. Jinggoy Estrada—Janella’s father—in Camp Crame.

Francis Zamora went public the following month about his plans to challenge Gomez for the mayoralty. The vice mayor then noted that talk was rife that Senator Jinggoy’s wife and daughter, Precy and Janella, were running for San Juan’s lone House seat and vice mayoral post, respectively.

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Gomez belied the younger Zamora’s claims, saying Janella was up for reelection as councilor and Precy wasn’t interested in politics. She then pointed out that her visit to Senator Jinggoy (Estrada’s son with former Sen. Loi Ejercito) was purely to mend ties with him since their relationship has been “strained” because of her earlier defense of the Zamoras.

‘First intense fight in decades’


Vice Mayor Francis Zamora

Sen. JV Ejercito was apparently alluding to the challenge posed by the Zamoras when he told Wednesday’s crowd that “for the first time in decades there would be an intense fight here in San Juan.”

The gathering at the San Juan Arena was composed of local members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Partido ng Masang Pilipino, Partido Magdiwang, and allied local groups. The partisan audience also included the Pink Ladies, a women’s civic group founded by Gomez in 1967.

For his part, Mayor Estrada said what the younger Zamora did was expected, noting it was similar to what his father Ronnie did to him during his short-lived presidency. (Hounded by corruption scandals that led to an impeachment trial, Estrada was forced out of Malacañang by a People Power uprising in 2001. He was convicted of plunder in 2007 but received presidential pardon from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.)

“He was among the first to resign—and he was my executive secretary,” Estrada said of the elder Zamora. “[Guia] trusted Francis, she gave him all he wanted. Wala ring utang na loob (No debt of gratitude), like father like son.”

Reached for comment, Francis Zamora said the Ejercito-Estrada’s move to field family members for the city’s top three posts showed that they just wanted to “ensure the dynasty would continue.”
“That was what I was emphasizing [all along]. They wanted to maintain full control. It’s all in their master plan,” he said. He found it also ironic that Senator Ejercito earlier filed an antipolitical dynasty bill in 2013 but now pushes for three relatives in the local elections.

Cause of family division

In the 2013 congressional race, Jana lost to the elder Zamora by just over a thousand votes. Sen. Ejercito recalled how he supported Zamora in that contest “against my own cousin, hence we (my family) got divided.”

In her turn to speak onstage, Jana expressed confidence that she would beat the elder Zamora this time around “with family support. Now we can fight as one for San Juan.” Jana is the daughter of Joseph Estrada’s brother Jesse.

Meanwhile, Janella said she is expecting herself to be the target of black propaganda now that she’s aspiring to be the next vice mayor. “Compared to our allies and opponents who are veterans, I am indeed lacking in experience. My political experience may be considered shallow for now, but I have a deep dedication to serve and help our fellowmen.”


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