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ROBREDO ACCEPTS LP OFFER TO BE ROXAS' VP: PNoy LIKENS LENI TO CORY[“They were both suddenly widowed. They were both previously seen as mere housewives, but were eventually called to lead. And like my mother, Leni had no ambitions to run. But her countrymen asked her to sacrifice to solidify our leadership in Camarines Sur. She was obliged to run, and, indeed, she served with principle,” PNoy said.]


OCTOBER 6 -LENI’S VP RUN OFFICIAL Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo (fourth from right) formally accepts the offer of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas to be his running mate in the 2016 presidential election. President Aquino (center) raises the hands of the LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas (third from left) and Robredo at the event held on Monday at Club Filipino in San Juan City. On the left are Roxas’ mother Judy Araneta-Roxas and wife Korina Sanchez. Robredo’s daughters Tricia, Jillian and Aika are shown on the right. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA
PRESIDENT Aquino on Monday likened the Liberal Party’s choice for Vice President, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, to his late mother, democracy icon Corazon Aquino. “I cannot help but compare her to my mother,” Mr. Aquino said at Club Filipino’s main hall named after his mother that was filled with a sea of yellow—the Aquino family’s political color. There, in July, he had endorsed Mar Roxas as the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer in next year’s elections. “They were both suddenly widowed. They were both previously seen as mere housewives, but were eventually called to lead. And like my mother, Leni had no ambitions to run. But her countrymen asked her to sacrifice to solidify our leadership in Camarines Sur. She was obliged to run, and, indeed, she served with principle,” he said. Acknowledging that he had asked Robredo and her children to make a big sacrifice, the President sought to assure the family he would be behind them all the way. The President also reiterated his vow to campaign hard for Roxas and Robredo, calling them the tandem who would continue the anticorruption and good governance program under the “daang matuwid” (straight path) slogan that he began when he took office five years ago. “Now, we already have a Mar and, might I add, a Leni too who we can be sure will continue the straight and righteous path—and I am confident that they will accelerate our progress all the more. Given how strong my belief in these two, and in our coalition, I might even be more passionate about this campaign, than my own campaign in 2010,” Mr. Aquino said. “A gentle reminder to our opponents who seem to be so used to the dirty tactics of traditional politics: Maybe as early as now, you intend to make it difficult for Leni to campaign, and you plan to drag her children into this. When Jesse passed, these kids gained so many foster fathers; I will take it personally if you bring them into this,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO Roxas: Sincerity is Leni's advantage; admits that Robredo’s low survey numbers is a concern


OCTOBER 6 -Rep. Leni Robredo has yet to post impressive numbers in surveys released last month. Roxas said,
“For us, the sincerity, honesty and experience are more important than numbers"... PHOTO from Atty Leni Robledo FB -Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II is optimistic that his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo will gain public support, believing her sincerity will be her advantage over her rivals. Roxas admitted that Robredo’s low survey numbers is a concern but is confident that the gains of the Aquino administration’s straight path policy would be an advantage to both of them. “For us, the sincerity, honesty and experience are more important than numbers. It is not a secret that I started with four (percent). Leni started with three right? But we feel and we strongly believe that we stand by what is right,” Roxas told reporters yesterday at the LP headquarters in Quezon City. “We believe that in the end, our countrymen will see who are the most deserving to lead our country,” he added. Robredo announced on Monday her decision to run for vice president under the LP, setting aside her reservations about seeking higher office. Robredo, the widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, vowed to look after the welfare of ordinary Filipinos, whom she described as the strength of the nation. She, however, has yet to post impressive numbers in surveys released last month. READ MORE...

ALSO Leni on Cory comparison: sympathy votes not enough


OCTOBER 6 -Composite photo of Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino. Philstar.com / AJ Bolando, File photo
Liberal Party’s (LP) vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Monday responded to comments comparing her to former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino, saying sympathy votes are not enough.
“Palagay ko kung binoboto lang kami dahil may simpatiya sa amin yung tao, hindi ‘yun enough,” Robredo said in an interview with dzMM. Robredo and former President Aquino are being compared since they are both widows who sought for higher post after their husband’s death. In 2012, Robredo decided to run as Camarines Sur representative and took over the office in 2013. During the announcement of Robredo’s vice presidential bid at Club Filpino on Monday, President Benigno Aquino III also likened Robredo to his late mother. Robredo said that she should not be compared to Cory since times are different now as Cory became a symbol of struggle that inspired several Filipinos to fight during the Marcos dictatorship. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gringo seeking for more time after UNA offers VP slot


OCTOBER 6 -SENATOR and UNA Party VP Gringo Honasan
Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan has sought for more time from his party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), in deciding whether or not to accept the offer of being Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate for the coming 2016 elections. UNA formally extended its offer to Honasan to be the party’s bet for the vice presidency. In a statement, UNA president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, bared the selection committee of the party had picked Honasan among the other contenders it had previously considered for the vice presidential slot. “After consulting with leaders of the Party, the selection committee of the United Nationalist Alliance hereby announces that it is formally offering to Senator Honasan the position of UNA Vice Presidential standard bearer for the 2016 Elections,” Tiangco’s statement read. “I’m asking for more time from the UNA leadership and the executive committee to consult my family and friends so that I can come up with a decision that will serve the highest national interest,” he told reporters. “It is a matter of making sure that my moral compass is properly calibrated so my priorities are in order, namely God, country and family and none of which can do without the other,” he said. But even under time constraint, as next week will be the start of the filing of certificate of candidacies (CoC) for those seeking elective national posts, Honasan said he can’t be confined with a deadline. Honasan, who turned to be Binay’s “plan B” or a second choice as vice presidential candidate, with the first choice being Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, said he’s not insulted at all on being the alternative choice of the Vice President and the UNA party. “Whatever the decision is, it will be a decision that will serve the highest public and national interest,” he said. Honasan, in the event that he accedes to the UNA party decision, will become the fourth vice presidential candidate from the Bicol region which is often considered to have been delivering a bloc vote to Bicolanos running in the national positions. The three others, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are province mates of Honasan as all of them hail from Sorsogon province while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has roots from Ligao, Albay. Split Bicolano vote to benefit Bongbong Marcos, according to Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, stands to benefit from the possible split in the known Bicol bloc vote. “It’s so very obvious. The Bicolanos will have to decide which one they will support or they will be split for sure. For sure, with that condition, Senator Marcos will have a distinct advantage,” Enrile said in another interview with reporters. “Well the Ilocano bloc is just like the Bicolanos. READ MORE...

ALSO: UNA picks Honasan as Binay’s running mate


OCTOBER 6 -In this July 1, 2015 file photo, Sen. Gringo Honasan takes oath as vice president of United Nationalist Alliance along with other UNA officers including standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
MANILA, Philippines –The selection committee of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Tuesday announced that it is formally asking Sen. Gringo Honasan to become Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay’s running mate in 2016. “The selection committee of the UNA announces that it is formally offering to Sen. Honasan the position of UNA's vice presidential standard bearer for 2016,” UNA said in its Twitter media advisory. According to UNA’s president, Navotas Rep. Tobias “Toby” Tiangco, Honasan’s long year of service and experience as a soldier and legislator will help the tandem. “He has championed the rights of urban poor and farmers, promoted the welfare of the masses, government workers, and our men and women in uniform,” Tiangco said. UNA said the tandem will highlight the party’s commitment to uplift lives of the poor, upholding democracy and restoring the dignity of every Filipino. On Monday, Binay and Sen. Vicente Sotto III confirmed that Honasan and Binay are meeting to discuss about their possible tandem which Binay calls “Bingo.” Honasan is also the elected vice president of UNA in its launch last July. RELATED: ‘Bin-Go, not Bi-Hon’ READ MORE...

ALSO: Arrest threat stronger as CoC day nears — VP Binay


OCTOBER 6 -BINAY The impossible can happen under an administration desperately trying to bump off perceived hurdles to its political agenda as the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said the VP faces threats of arrest despite his constitutional immunity as the second highest ranking government official of the republic, on or after he officially files his certificate of candidacy (CoC) for his 2016 presidential bid. VP Binay’s eldest daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, in a phone interview with The Daily Tribune, confirmed there are serious threats that are seemingly meant to intimidate the Vice President. “VP Binay is not afraid of their threats. In fact, after a year of bullying and obvious political harassments he has been used to them and has, perhaps, become stronger knowing that the truth is on his side,” Senator Nancy Binay said. The senator said her father’s political rivals are apparently scared of VP Binay despite their consistent efforts to pin him down through demolition by perception. In a separate interview, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesman and former Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan said the VP is ready to confront such “desperate and unethical” acts of VP Binay’s critics. “What VP Binay’s critics are doing is immoral both on the personal and on the political aspect. But we know how brave VP Binay is as he himself had said that he is never backing out from a fight,” Ilagan told the Tribune. VP Binay said last Thursday in an exclusive round table interview with CNN Philippines that he received a text message from an unidentified source last Monday about a plan to send him to jail and disqualify his son, suspended Mayor Binay Jr., from his post. READ MORE...


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ROBREDO ACCEPTS LP OFFER TO BE ROXAS’ VP: PNoy likens Leni to Cory


OCTOBER 6 -LENI’S VP RUN OFFICIAL Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo (fourth from right) formally accepts the offer of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas to be his running mate in the 2016 presidential election. President Aquino (center) raises the hands of the LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas (third from left) and Robredo at the event held on Monday at Club Filipino in San Juan City. On the left are Roxas’ mother Judy Araneta-Roxas and wife Korina Sanchez. Robredo’s daughters Tricia, Jillian and Aika are shown on the right. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, OCTOBER 12, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By: Gil C. Cabacungan, Marlon Ramos, Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet - PRESIDENT Aquino on Monday likened the Liberal Party’s choice for Vice President, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, to his late mother, democracy icon Corazon Aquino.

“I cannot help but compare her to my mother,” Mr. Aquino said at Club Filipino’s main hall named after his mother that was filled with a sea of yellow—the Aquino family’s political color. There, in July, he had endorsed Mar Roxas as the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer in next year’s elections.

“They were both suddenly widowed. They were both previously seen as mere housewives, but were eventually called to lead. And like my mother, Leni had no ambitions to run. But her countrymen asked her to sacrifice to solidify our leadership in Camarines Sur. She was obliged to run, and, indeed, she served with principle,” he said.

Acknowledging that he had asked Robredo and her children to make a big sacrifice, the President sought to assure the family he would be behind them all the way.

The President also reiterated his vow to campaign hard for Roxas and Robredo, calling them the tandem who would continue the anticorruption and good governance program under the “daang matuwid” (straight path) slogan that he began when he took office five years ago.

“Now, we already have a Mar and, might I add, a Leni too who we can be sure will continue the straight and righteous path—and I am confident that they will accelerate our progress all the more. Given how strong my belief in these two, and in our coalition, I might even be more passionate about this campaign, than my own campaign in 2010,” Mr. Aquino said.

“A gentle reminder to our opponents who seem to be so used to the dirty tactics of traditional politics: Maybe as early as now, you intend to make it difficult for Leni to campaign, and you plan to drag her children into this. When Jesse passed, these kids gained so many foster fathers; I will take it personally if you bring them into this,” he said.

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Robredo ended weeks of speculation on who would be Roxas’ running mate after Mr. Aquino spent months to woo Sen. Grace Poe to slide down from her own quest for the presidency.

“I am not Jesse. But when he died, it was clear to us, his family, that he was hoping that that we too will have to sacrifice to the best of our abilities, similar to his sacrifices, to contribute to our nation,” Robredo said, explaining why she had accepted the LP’s offer to run as Roxas’ running mate.

The Camarines Sur representative said she and her three daughters believed that this was what her husband, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, would have done when called to serve the country.


LENI: “In all our apprehensions, me and my children asked ourselves what Jesse would do if faced with this kind of challenge. We immediately knew the answer. No matter how difficult, he will not turn his back on any one asking for his help.

The widow of the interior secretary who died in a plane crash on Aug. 18, 2012, spoke calmly but firmly and never shed a tear even though her daughters could not control their emotions while she spoke of her husband and the challenges ahead.

“In all our apprehensions, me and my children asked ourselves what Jesse would do if faced with this kind of challenge. We immediately knew the answer. No matter how difficult, he will not turn his back on any one asking for his help. He will not sleep until he has done whatever he can for the nation. When he was faced with the question of nation or self, his answer was clear to us,” Robredo said in her acceptance speech at Club Filipino.

‘Why me?’

Robredo said that the past weeks had been the most difficult for her and her daughters Aika, Trisha and Jillian since her husband died.

“I have been mocked by others for playing hard to get,” Robredo said as she explained why it took her this long, less than two weeks before the deadline for filing of candidacy in 2016, to accept the offer to be the running mate of Roxas.

When her name was floated among the possible running mate of Roxas in August, Robredo asked: “Why me? Out of the numerous choices that could be picked, why chose me?”

She pointed out that she has always stayed “contented and fully supportive” behind her husband in their 25 years of marriage.

She likened her decision to the same process that President Aquino went through when he was asked to run for President in 2010 after the death of his mother.

She saw a lot of parallels between her decision to run for Congress and her decision to run for Vice President. Robredo said she ran for Congress solely on trust and self-confidence brought about by what she saw as a need and opportunity to end the long-reigning Villafuerte dynasty.

Honest service

Robredo admitted that many of her loved ones, including those who supported her husband, tried to dissuade her from running for a national position because of her lack of preparation and their fear that her husband’s name and legacy would only be sullied by entering the “dirty world of politics.”

“Like the question President Aquino asked himself when faced with his own cross roads: ‘Will I be able to sleep at night when I know I could have done something good for the country but instead I turned my back and didn’t do anything?’” she said.

Robredo addressed her critics squarely on her lack of experience to run for public office. She said the last two years proved that her lack of preparation was more than compensated for by her honest service.

“In my years as representative, I fought for the rights of those in slippers—those under, outside and at the fringes of our society. We pushed for laws that gave an opportunity for ordinary Filipinos to have a voice and participate in nation-building. We also pushed for a system to ensure that our leaders will not be led astray or be blinded by power,” Robredo said.

“I promise not to forget my responsibility as a mother to be a model of love for others and service to country. I also promise not to forget that I am Jesse’s wife and the obligation to bring to life his example of an honest public servant is on my shoulders,” she added.

“After deep thought, broad consultation, and deep prayers, I accept with my whole heart, faith and trust the challenge to run as the Vice President of Mar Roxas. I offer myself completely to our people especially to those wearing slippers outside, below and at the fringes of society.”

In his remarks, Roxas said his decision to team up with Robredo was part of the program of continuity of the Aquino administration’s governance agenda of “daang matuwid.”

Roxas, a close friend of Robredo’s late husband, visibly tried to hold back his emotions as he assured her of the LP’s and the President’s full support to her vice presidential campaign.

“We’re now witness to another sacrifice. The sacrifice of an ordinary individual; a single mother who was summoned and chosen by the straight path,” Roxas said.

“This is a sacrifice of three young women who lost their father in the name of public service. Now, they are again being called to offer their family for a higher objective,” he added.

“This is a sacrifice of a family to put the country first before themselves.”


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Roxas: Sincerity is Leni's advantage By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated October 6, 2015 - 7:45pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Rep. Leni Robredo has yet to post impressive numbers in surveys released last month. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/attyLeniRobredo

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II is optimistic that his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo will gain public support, believing her sincerity will be her advantage over her rivals.

Roxas admitted that Robredo’s low survey numbers is a concern but is confident that the gains of the Aquino administration’s straight path policy would be an advantage to both of them.

“For us, the sincerity, honesty and experience are more important than numbers. It is not a secret that I started with four (percent). Leni started with three right? But we feel and we strongly believe that we stand by what is right,” Roxas told reporters yesterday at the LP headquarters in Quezon City.

“We believe that in the end, our countrymen will see who are the most deserving to lead our country,” he added.

Robredo announced on Monday her decision to run for vice president under the LP, setting aside her reservations about seeking higher office. Robredo, the widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, vowed to look after the welfare of ordinary Filipinos, whom she described as the strength of the nation.

She, however, has yet to post impressive numbers in surveys released last month.

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Robredo was a cellar dweller in the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys on potential vice presidential bets.

She got 3 percent in the latest Pulse Asia survey, trailing behind Sen. Grace Poe with 24 percent, Sen. Francis Escudero with 23 percent, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos with 13 percent, Sen. Alan Cayetano with 9 percent and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 4 percent.

Poe has announced her plan to run for president while Escudero, Marcos, Cayetano and Trillanes have expressed their intention to seek the vice presidency.

In the SWS survey, Robredo only got 2 percent, lower than Poe’s 25 percent, Escudero’s 18 percent, Marcos’ 6 percent and Cayetano’s 3 percent.

“We hope that as we offer the 'Straight Path' tandem to them, our countrymen will see the honesty, sincerity and track record in service,” Roxas said.

260 local officials join LP Meanwhile, 260 local officials, including former members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), joined the LP in a ceremony at the party’s headquarters in Quezon City.

The new LP members came from Pampanga, Laguna, Tarlac, Olongapo, Masbate, Leyte, San Jose Del Monte, Sulu, Camarines Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Isabela, Caloocan, Quezon City and Munoz.

Among those who moved to the ruling party is Tanauan, Leyte Mayor and former UNA member Pelegio Teczon, who claimed to be a “big believer” of the Aquino administration’s Straight Path.

“After (the onslaught of typhoon) Yolanda, we received help even if I belong to another party that time. The administration of President P-Noy (Aquino) helped us. In fact, that’s one of the reasons behind the quick recovery of Tanawan,” he said.

Teczon, however, admitted that he is only speaking for Tanawan and not for the other areas ravaged by the typhoon.

When asked what he found in the LP that he did not find in UNA, Teczon gave a safe answer.

“I'm not trying to shy away from something but I'm trying to go for something that has demonstrated pretty strong results for us in Tanawan,” the mayor said.


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Leni on Cory comparison: sympathy votes not enough By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated October 6, 2015 - 6:23pm 1 0 googleplus0 0


Composite photo of Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino. Philstar.com / AJ Bolando, File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party’s (LP) vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Monday responded to comments comparing her to former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino, saying sympathy votes are not enough.

“Palagay ko kung binoboto lang kami dahil may simpatiya sa amin yung tao, hindi ‘yun enough,” Robredo said in an interview with dzMM.

Robredo and former President Aquino are being compared since they are both widows who sought for higher post after their husband’s death. In 2012, Robredo decided to run as Camarines Sur representative and took over the office in 2013.

During the announcement of Robredo’s vice presidential bid at Club Filpino on Monday, President Benigno Aquino III also likened Robredo to his late mother.

Robredo said that she should not be compared to Cory since times are different now as Cory became a symbol of struggle that inspired several Filipinos to fight during the Marcos dictatorship.

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The LP’s vice presidential candidate said she prefers that people will vote her not only because she was the wife of late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“Pero 'yung kami ngayon, iba na 'yung panahon ngayon. Hindi na ito y'ung panahon nung nakikipaglaban tayo sa isang diktadura. Kaya mas gustuhin ko man na totoong asawa ako nung asawa ko, pero mas gugustuhin ko naman yata na di lang ‘yun ang basehan ng pagboto sa akin,” Robredo said.

On Monday, Robredo officially accepted the challenge to become Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s running mate for the 2016 polls.

RELATED: WATCH: Noynoy likens Leni Robredo to Cory Aquino


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Gringo seeking for more time after UNA offers VP slot Written by Angie M. Rosales and Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00


SENATOR and UNA Party VP Gringo Honasan

Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan has sought for more time from his party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), in deciding whether or not to accept the offer of being Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate for the coming 2016 elections.

UNA formally extended its offer to Honasan to be the party’s bet for the vice presidency.

In a statement, UNA president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, bared the selection committee of the party had picked Honasan among the other contenders it had previously considered for the vice presidential slot.

“After consulting with leaders of the Party, the selection committee of the United Nationalist Alliance hereby announces that it is formally offering to Senator Honasan the position of UNA Vice Presidential standard bearer for the 2016 Elections,” Tiangco’s statement read.

“I’m asking for more time from the UNA leadership and the executive committee to consult my family and friends so that I can come up with a decision that will serve the highest national interest,” he [HONASAN] told reporters.

“It is a matter of making sure that my moral compass is properly calibrated so my priorities are in order, namely God, country and family and none of which can do without the other,” he said.

But even under time constraint, as next week will be the start of the filing of certificate of candidacies (CoC) for those seeking elective national posts, Honasan said he can’t be confined with a deadline. Honasan, who turned to be Binay’s “plan B” or a second choice as vice presidential candidate, with the first choice being Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, said he’s not insulted at all on being the alternative choice of the Vice President and the UNA party.

“Whatever the decision is, it will be a decision that will serve the highest public and national interest,” he said.

BICOLANOS FOR VPs

Honasan, in the event that he accedes to the UNA party decision, will become the fourth vice presidential candidate from the Bicol region which is often considered to have been delivering a bloc vote to Bicolanos running in the national positions.

The three others, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are province mates of Honasan as all of them hail from Sorsogon province while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has roots from Ligao, Albay.

Split Bicolano vote to benefit Bongbong

Marcos, according to Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, stands to benefit from the possible split in the known Bicol bloc vote. “It’s so very obvious. The Bicolanos will have to decide which one they will support or they will be split for sure. For sure, with that condition, Senator Marcos will have a distinct advantage,” Enrile said in another interview with reporters. “Well the Ilocano bloc is just like the Bicolanos.

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They’re very clannish. I’m not talking about myself because I’m from Ilocos, I have my own preference. But even my people in the north, you cannot control them in that situation. If an Ilocano is a candidate for a public office, they will all support an Ilocano. That’s the culture,” he said.

“The Ilocanos all over the country are that cohesive. Except for a few individuals who maintain their individualism. We are talking of real politics, we are not talking of theories,” Enrile added.

In studying the standing of the vice presidential candidates, the upper chamber minority leader said that one has to weigh the number of ethic groupings in the country when election time comes.

“And if you are talking of ethnic groupings, [it’s] very obvious the Bicolanos will also vote for their own ethnic candidate. Which of the Bicolanos will get the biggest bloc of that vote is a question mark. But when you talk also of other ethic groups like a single Ilocano candidate for vice president, you know that’s a big bloc of votes,” Enrile explained.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon, remains optimistic that Robredo will surge in terms of standing in the surveys just in time for the May 2016 elections.

Drilon noted the case of administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas who started with six percent and when he was endorsed by President Aquino, went up from 20 percent to 22 percent or an increase of 16 percent in his ratings.

Drilon denied allegations that Robredo was merely pressured to be Roxas’ running mate saying that the congresswoman, while initially had what they call as “fear of the unknown”, eventually relented to the idea which her children have been strongly opposed to.

It was only last Saturday morning that Robredo’s children agreed to have her seek the vice presidency and this is according the congresswoman herself, Drilon stressed. Gringo’s plus factors Tiangco said Honasan is expected to bring to the tandem his long years of service and experience as a soldier and a legislator. “He has championed the rights of the urban poor and farmers, and promoted the welfare of the masses, government workers, and our men and women in uniform,” said Tiangco.

“The Binay-Gringo tandem highlights UNA as a party committed to uplifting the lives of the poor, upholding democracy and restoring the dignity of every Filipino,” he added. And as Binay had vowed to focus more on his promise to work more for the uplifting of the lives of the ordinary Filipinos, the vice president’s camp laid out his plans to improve teachers’ welfare, including raising their basic salary.

“The Vice President will ask the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council, which he plans to convene immediately under his presidency, to include bills increasing teachers’ salaries and benefits among other priorities,” Joey Salgado, media affairs head for the Office of the Vice President, said.

“We are looking at adjusting the salary of a Teacher 1 from the salary Grade 11 (P18,549) to at least salary Grade 19 (P33,859),” he added.

Salgado also said Binay intends to provide teachers increased instructional materials allowance, study grants for their children, tax exemptions for additional benefits given to them, and funeral assistance through discounts in burial services.

The Vice President also plans to give public school teachers study leaves with pay every so many years, to enable them to upgrade their knowledge and teaching skills, Salgado added. Implementing these plans entails a huge budget that’s why Vice President Binay would push for a 20 percent increase in the share of the education budget.

In a statement on the celebration of World Teachers’ Day, Binay praised the contribution of teachers to his personal success.

“Education is the most effective social equalizer. What and where I am today—all that I have achieved—I have done so because of the education that I was fortunate enough to receive,” he said.

The Vice President, however, also expressed disappointment over the plight of Filipino educators. He said many of them are forced to look for other jobs overseas because of meager salaries. Binay further said that as the “hands that shape our future,” teachers’ rights should be protected and their welfare improved.

“We owe it to them to recognize and honor their sacrifices by making sure they get the services and benefits they deserve,” the Vice President said. Leni as repackaging tool The recent inclusion of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on the apparent 6-way vice presidential race, representing the ruling Liberal Party (LP), is meant to boost the repackaging of Roxas’ image, a political analyst observes.

For University of Santo Tomas (UST) political science Prof. Edmund Tayao, said it is a “wise move” for the LP to partner Rep. Robredo, widow of the late popular Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo, with Roxas maintaining a sort of balance on the relatively struggling unpopular yellow standard bearer. “(Robredo’s) being a running mate of Roxas is a strategic and wise move that will compliment the LP’s attempt to repackage Roxas as an archetypal ‘man of the masses’ of which he is not and apparently this is because of the late Jesse Robredo’s slipper-wearing brand of leadership,” Tayao told the Tribune in an interview.

Tayao says that the LP’s vice presidentiable can “capitalize on her late husband’s popularity” which catapulted, thanks to media hype, when the late Secretary Robredo died in a plane crash three years ago. Tayao also noted that Rep. Robredo’s being Roxas’ running mate is the “LP’s best choice” instead of considering other LP allies and probable choices such as Nacionalista Party (NP) stalwarts Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.

NP pillars Cayetano, Trillanes and Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. are now on their own political paths as all three of them declared their separate intentions to run for the vice presidency.

Both Cayetano and Marcos Jr. pledged their support for alleged presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, while Trillanes mouthed his unsolicited support for neophyte politician Sen. Grace Poe who, for her part, endorses Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero as her VP.

This division among NP figures is truly a serious woe for their party’s leadership, based on the previous statements of standing NP matriarch Sen. Cynthia Villar.

But as far as Sen. Trillanes’ spokesman Atty. Rey Robles is concerned, the NP stalwarts “are geared for a fair and sportsmanlike competition”. Robles also said that Senator Villar promised each of the NP stalwarts who are vying for the VP post “fair share of support” without specifying whether it’s a financial or machinery support. As for the opposition UNA, who is yet to ascertain who VP Binay’s running mate would be, they instead wished all the vice presidential wannabes “good luck”.

But for UNA spokesperson and former Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan, the LP’s pronouncements that Rep. Robredo’s numbers in popularity ratings “might skyrocket” implies a subliminal message. Ilagan is perhaps referring to the “just sit, wait and look” statements of Senate President Franklin Drilon and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice on their predictions of Roxas’ surge.

“It means something else to “boost” their numbers on popularity surveys, knowing that the LP has the machinery to make them appear as good as the way they want the public to them,” Ilagan told the Tribune in a separate phone interview.

Tayao, talking about surveys, laments on the other hand how some media outlets report survey results generally without explaining necessary backgrounds, adding that it then appears to be mind-controlling tools. “It is unfair to disregard the given demographic findings behind the numbers because it turns out to be that surveys are officially reflecting who poll winners are but that should not be the case.

In that sense, one cannot disregard mind conditioning aspects,” Tayao said.

On the other hand, despite a Bicolano VP derby in next year’s contest, Tayao says that not even Robredo can boast a regionalistic support from her Camarines Sur bailiwick.

Bailiwick support has been a vital winning factor in previous polls, but it seemingly won’t work as Robredo, Escudero, Trillanes and presumptive UNA bet Sen. Gringo Honasan are of Bicolano roots.

In this event, Tayao comments, will be an advantage for Marcos Jr. if he banks on Ilocano backing popularly ordained as the ‘solid north’ support. Meanwhile, despite the positive media projection of Naga City as tagged with the late Mayor Robredo’s esteemed legacy through the yellow leadership, a city councilor mouthed that such portrayal isn’t consistent to reality. In a privilege speech, City Councilor Nathan Sergio lamented that Naga was not one of the 17 local government units in Bicol that have been awarded with Seal of Governance by the DILG last month.

And yet, city officials still have the gall to brag that Naga is a center of good governance, he pointed out. “It would now appear that the claim is nothing but a hollow brag. And like a fart, it stinks,” Sergio said, while pointing to a huge “Center of Good Governance” arch in front of the city hall entrance.

“Time and again, I would hear a promise or pledge that we will continue and pursue the legacy left by our beloved former city mayor, the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. But this non-inclusion in the DILG recognition speaks something else about the state of affairs of our city, and about us,” the councilor said.

The current mayor is LP stalwart and Robredo-backed John Bongat.

Malacañang, meanwhile, downplayed the vice presidential bid of Marcos saying that he is only one among the many aspirants for the second highest elected seat and leaving it to the public the choice of who among the candidates are the “most qualified and most competent.”

In a statement sent to reporters, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said that the vice presidential contest this year is “robust” noting that the public is provided with choices for them to evaluate.

“Senator Marcos joins a robust field of vice presidential hopefuls. Our people are provided with wide latitude of choice and an opportunity to compare platforms for governance and track records,” said Coloma.

The Palace official trusts that the people will decide promptly on the matter, saying that it is confident that “the sovereign electorate will choose the most qualified and most competent among the aspirants.” With Joshua L. Labonera

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Not for Binay to decide for me—Honasan By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Oct. 06, 2015 at 12:01am


HONASA

SENATOR Gringo Honasan said Monday it is not for Vice President Jejomar Binay to decide if he, Honasan, will be his running mate in next year’s elections but his family and friends.

It was earlier reported that Honasan, who is vice president of the United Nationalist Alliance, will be the vice presidential running mate of Binay, who will be running for President in 2016.

Binay is running under the banner of UNA, a coalition of his PDP-Laban and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

But Honasan said he must first consult his family if he would be running for vice president.

“Yes, they are my primary audience,” he said.

“If my family and my firends cannot be behind me 100 percent, I cannot be 100 percent behind anybody, including the vice president [Binay]. That’s not his decision to make.”

Asked if he was ready to run for a higher office, Honasan replied: “I will wait for the party’s decision. Whether I’m ready or not is immaterial.”

In an earlier interview, Honasan, who has been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, said he was not interested in running for vice president.

But at the initial stage of the interview Honasan acknowledged the possibility of a Binay-Honasan tandem.

“l will subordinate myself to the decision of the party that I’m helping to organize,” said Honasan whose term will end in 2019.

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“It’s possible but it will be a party decision because this is an opportunity to articulate platforms and programs and raise the level of discourse during the coming elections.”

Honasan could not say when his party would make a decision on the matter, although he knows the filing of certificates of candidacy will start on Oct. 12.

But in the event he runs with Binay, he will be the fourth Bicolano joining the vice presidential run.

The other candidates who trace their roots to Bicol are Senators Francis Escudero, Antonio Trillanes IV and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

Escudero was the first to officially declare that he is running for vice president in partnership with Senator Grace Poe. Both are running as independent candidates.


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UNA picks Honasan as Binay’s running mate By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated October 6, 2015 - 4:12pm 2 40 googleplus0 0


In this July 1, 2015 file photo, Sen. Gringo Honasan takes oath as vice president of United Nationalist Alliance along with other UNA officers including standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines –The selection committee of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Tuesday announced that it is formally asking Sen. Gringo Honasan to become Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay’s running mate in 2016.

“The selection committee of the UNA announces that it is formally offering to Sen. Honasan the position of UNA's vice presidential standard bearer for 2016,” UNA said in its Twitter media advisory.

According to UNA’s president, Navotas Rep. Tobias “Toby” Tiangco, Honasan’s long year of service and experience as a soldier and legislator will help the tandem.

“He has championed the rights of urban poor and farmers, promoted the welfare of the masses, government workers, and our men and women in uniform,” Tiangco said.

UNA said the tandem will highlight the party’s commitment to uplift lives of the poor, upholding democracy and restoring the dignity of every Filipino.

On Monday, Binay and Sen. Vicente Sotto III confirmed that Honasan and Binay are meeting to discuss about their possible tandem which Binay calls “Bingo.”

Honasan is also the elected vice president of UNA in its launch last July.

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Arrest threat stronger as CoC day nears — VP Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00



The impossible can happen under an administration desperately trying to bump off perceived hurdles to its political agenda as the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said the VP faces threats of arrest despite his constitutional immunity as the second highest ranking government official of the republic, on or after he officially files his certificate of candidacy (CoC) for his 2016 presidential bid.

VP Binay’s eldest daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, in a phone interview with The Daily Tribune, confirmed there are serious threats that are seemingly meant to intimidate the Vice President.

“VP Binay is not afraid of their threats. In fact, after a year of bullying and obvious political harassments he has been used to them and has, perhaps, become stronger knowing that the truth is on his side,” Senator Binay said.

The senator said her father’s political rivals are apparently scared of VP Binay despite their consistent efforts to pin him down through demolition by perception.

In a separate interview, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesman and former Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan said the VP is ready to confront such “desperate and unethical” acts of VP Binay’s critics.

“What VP Binay’s critics are doing is immoral both on the personal and on the political aspect. But we know how brave VP Binay is as he himself had said that he is never backing out from a fight,” Ilagan told the Tribune.

VP Binay said last Thursday in an exclusive round table interview with CNN Philippines that he received a text message from an unidentified source last Monday about a plan to send him to jail and disqualify his son, suspended Mayor Binay Jr., from his post.

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The VP, however, swiftly responded that he would question any case filed against him before the Supreme Court because he believes that as vice president, he should be immune from suit like other members of constitutional bodies like the Commission on Elections (Comelec) or the Commission on Audit (CoA).

Senator Binay, meanwhile, scored the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee troika anew for their plan to hold another round of probes on VP Binay.

“It is expected that another chapter of this seemingly endless drama series of lies will take place soon and, you know, its business as usual. In fact, I deem it more of bullying than a hearing which, in the first place, should be in aid of legislation and not political demolition,” she said.

Even the confirmed rivalry of the avid Binay haters Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV for the vice presidential race next year will not hinder both Nacionalista Party (NP) stalwarts from stopping their demolition campaign against the Vice President, Ilagan said.

“We are not expecting these two stubborn heads to stop their harassments on the VP Binay until they reach a point to kill the VP’s political career which is unlikely because it is the VP who has the closest bond and sentiment to the grassroots and not them,” he added.


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Senator Binay also decried the same pattern of harassment on her brother, suspended Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, whose suspension order is set to expire by December, also fears a possible arrest warrant on “trumped-up charges meant to intimidate (the Binay) family from joining politics”.

“Based on my observation, the trend has not only stemmed within the VP and our family because it has trickled down to other opposition leaders both in the national and local levels. Just look at how they suspend or include officials tagged with VP Binay and the UNA in cases that are overshadowed with subliminal political intentions,” she said, adding that this all boils to the incumbent administration’s brand of “selective, double-standard justice”.

Binay backers form group

With only a week to go before presidential wannabes start trooping to the office of the Comelec to file their respective certificate of candidacies (CoCs), supporters of various presidential candidates have started organizing support groups to propel their candidate’s chances in 2016.

Yesterday, Volunteer-Supporters of Vice President Jejomar Binay officially launched the “Pangulo na si Jojo Binay Movement – Regional Parallel Group (RPG) (Jojo Binay For President 2016 – Regional Parallel Group in Central Luzon) in Clark in Pampanga to drum up his presidential campaign focusing on the achievements, executive abilities, position on issues besetting the country today including his pro-poor and pro-people platforms of government.

The launch highlighted the oath taking of some 4,000 regional, provincial and municipal members who adhere to the platforms of government Binay wants to pursue should he be elected president of the country come 2016 national elections.

The members of the movement came from Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

Their oathtaking had been witnessed by former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, Mark Allen Sison of Angeles City, former Zamables Congresswoman Mitos Magsaysay, Professor Tomas Lopez, president of the University of Makati and Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez Jr, former Magalang Mayor Lyndon Cunanan, Councilor Rondon Mercado, among others.

Pelayo said this movement will carry out good governance, transparent, just and fair elections focused on the agenda of development and economic productivity and prosperity of the people as pledged by the Vice President once he assumed the presidency.

“Definitely, Jojo Binay is President-in-waiting. And, we fully and voluntarily support him as our presidential candidate in 2016. So, we have to empower local volunteers to experiment with positive and creative ways to achieve our common goals,” Pelayo said.

Pelayo added that organizations will also be created to oversee facets if the campaign; media targeting programs for undecided voters and demographic data, paid advertising, voter identifications and turnout, communications, polling, research and rapid response and the coordination of the operations of other RPG around the country.

Sison said the movement is a driving force designed to supplement the campaign activities of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate.

He said this group is moving to set up coordinated national, region-by-region operations down to the barangay level that is equivalent of a full presidential campaign.

“With good information and proper support, small and local teams can sometimes do better than large, distant organizations. Smaller sectoral groups, voluntary and dedicated associations and nimble, bottom up teams are preferable to large, bureaucratic organizations,” he said.
By Ted Tuvera with Charlie V. Manalo


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