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2 TEAMS SHAPING UP: BINAY-HONASAN  & DUTERTE-CAYETANO


OCTOBER 12 -Vice President Jejomar Binay with Sen. Gringo Honasan during the official launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), touted to be the main opposition party in the 2016 elections, at the Makati Coliseum, wednesday. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ AND BinGo it is! Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan has made up his mind—he is running for Vice President alongside Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), two reliable sources said Sunday.
And living up to their party’s name—the acronym UNA means “first” in English—Binay and Honasan are filing their certificates of candidacy at the central office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila, at 8 a.m. Monday, the first day of the five-day registration for candidates in next year’s national elections. It took only days to form the BinGo team, a welcome relief for UNA after months of rejections from politicians wary of being associated with Binay, who is accused of corruption and plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman in cases involving alleged kickbacks from infrastructure projects when he was mayor of Makati City. Another team that is shaping up but is expected to show up at the Comelec toward the end of the registration period this week is that of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. Duterte, if he is running for President, is not going to make an announcement—he will just walk into the Comelec office and file his COC. He has said that if he will run for President, he will pick Cayetano for his running mate. No confirmation Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA president, would not confirm that Honasan had agreed to run with Binay. He dodged questions about it Sunday, saying “we will find out” on Monday. But a source privy to the goings-on in the party told the Inquirer that the team-up between Binay and Honasan had been a “done deal” since last week. Another source said BinGo was formed after Honasan’s family “acquiesced” to the senator running for a higher office. “Being the vice president of UNA, his main task is to organize the party. How can he be effective in organizing the party if he cannot accept the draft of the party? And this is what he tried to make his family understand,” the source said. The source said Binay and Honasan would file their COCs together today. The two sources requested anonymity, as they had no authorization to speak about the matter. Also expected to file their COCs later this week are the teams of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero, and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the ruling Liberal Party (LP). ‘Just watch for it’  Duterte, who has admitted being in talks with the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), told reporters in Davao City late on Friday that his supporters should just wait for his action in the coming days. “If I show my face at the Comelec on the 15th, I will be filing my certificate [of candidacy] for the presidency,” Duterte said. Commenting on talk that a proxy would file the COC for him, Duterte said: “Proxy, proxy, I don’t do that.” His supporters, he said, should “just watch out for it.” Speculation about Duterte’s run for the presidency heated up after the mayor spoke about a “dream team” for the Senate composed of Senators Sergio Osmeña III and Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, Manila Vice Mayor Francisco Dumagaso, also known as Isko Moreno, and former Bukidnon Rep. Miguel Zubiri. Lacson is already on the LP senatorial slate, where the 12th and last slot, according to a reliable source, is reserved for Pacquiao. ‘Dream team’ Duterte said the inclusion of Zubiri in the “dream team” would be referred to Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the PDP-Laban president, as Pimentel and Zubiri had been bitter political rivals. Zubiri took a seat in the Senate after the 2007 midterm elections, but quit in 2011 when it became clear in the recount that he benefited from fraud perpetrated by the henchmen of the Arroyo administration in Mindanao. Pimentel, who had protested his loss to Zubiri, claimed the seat vacated by Zubiri. Pimentel said he was more than 90-percent sure that Duterte would run for President. “In the first place, he has no longer repeated his statement that he is not running for President and he is now repeatedly saying he hears the clamor of the people,” Pimentel said in an interview on Radyo Inquirer Sunday. READ MORE...

ALSO Election season starts: Bets can have fun but …


OCTOBER 12 -Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista INQUIRER PHOTO/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ
IT’S OK to have fun, but keep it solemn and orderly please. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave this reminder to people who will be trooping to its offices in Metro Manila and in the provinces starting today to file their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the national balloting on May 9 next year.
Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said candidates could have fun but they should ensure that all the documents they would submit had been filled out and notarized to avoid delays and trouble during the process. “We want it orderly and solemn but at the same time also fun. To me, you know, it’s a happy occasion [because] it celebrates our democracy,” Bautista told reporters in an interview on Saturday. Political season starts Candidates have until Oct. 16 to register as candidates in the 2016 elections. While the campaign does not officially start until February—90 days before Election Day—today marks the official start of the political season. Aside from the presidency and vice presidency, at stake in the elections are 12 seats in the Senate, 293 seats in the House of Representatives, 81 gubernatorial and 81 vice gubernatorial posts; 772 provincial board seats; 144 city mayoral and 144 city vice mayoral posts; 1,490 municipal mayoral and 1,490 vice mayoral posts, and 11,924 town council seats; one gubernatorial and one vice gubernatorial posts, and 24 seats in the regional assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. READ MORE...

ALSO: LP aiming for coalition, offers half of 12-man Senate slate to outsiders


OCTOBER 7 -RULING Liberal Party (LP) is aiming to form a coalition senatorial slate for next year’s elections by setting aside at least half of the slots on its 12-member ticket for outsiders. An LP source, who was privy to the selection process but not authorized to speak for the party, said the coalition being formed would be called “Koalisyon sa Daang Matuwid.” The administration party has already confirmed the inclusion of reelectionists Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senators Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona III, and former Sen. Francis Pangilinan. Another four slots have been reserved for outgoing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, outgoing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Joel Villanueva and outgoing Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino. The source said those vying for the four or five slots in the senatorial ticket were Sen. Serge Osmeña, former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar of the Nacionalista Party, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and Mark Lapid, general manager of the Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority. LP leaders were divided on whether to retain Tolentino following the brouhaha over a group of twerking female dancers he brought to entertain the crowd at an LP-sponsored event in Sta Cruz, Laguna province. A number of LP leaders agree with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s view that Tolentino should not wait for the LP decision but make the decision himself whether to run under the administration ticket next year.
P-Noy endorses Tesda chief The senatorial candidacy of Villanueva got a boost from a friend, President Aquino, who heaped praises on the outgoing Tesda director general. READ MORE...

ALSO: Escudero tops Pulse VP poll; Marcos 2nd in 5-way race


OCTOBER 11 -Sen. Francis Escudero (left) says he expects the bicameral committee that will reconcile conflicting versions of the BBL to have a long and hot debate on the centerpiece of Malacañang’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, while Sen. Ferdinand Marcos (right), chair of the Senate committee on local government, laments that politics prevailed over the people’s interest in the bill approved last week by the House ad hoc committee on the BBL. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA
In a five-way race for Vice President, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero would be the voters’ most preferred candidate, with 43 percent of respondents choosing him, according to a Pulse Asia survey.
Placing second was Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 19 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 16 percent, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 9 percent, and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 7 percent. The survey was conducted from Sept. 8 to 14, the same period as the Pulse Asia poll on voter preferences for President and Vice President, released in late September. But the results for the vice presidential race that Pulse Asia released in September featured 12 candidates, with Sen. Grace Poe still included among the choices for the post. It was only on Sept. 16 that Poe declared that she was running for President. The following day, she and Escudero announced their team-up. The poll for the five-way vice presidential race was an embargoed question in the Pulse Asia survey, according to the source who provided the Inquirer with a copy of the results. The respondents were given the five names and asked: If the following are the ones who will become candidates for Vice President, whom would you vote for if the 2016 elections were to be held today? The survey was conducted before Robredo accepted the Liberal Party’s offer to be the running mate of its standard-bearer Mar Roxas, and before Cayetano and Marcos confirmed their plans to run for the same post. As for Trillanes, he had already announced in media interviews that he was sure to run for Vice President when the survey was conducted. But it was only last weekend that he formally launched his bid. READ MORE...

ALSO: Political race starts


OCTOBER 11 -THE election season officially begins today as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) opens its doors to accept the certificates of candidacy (COC) to be filed by aspirants for the positions of President, Vice President, senator and other elective posts.Candidates have until Friday to file their COCs.Vice President Jejomar Binay is expected to be an early bird as his camp has said he will be at the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila, when the commission opens on Monday.“VP [Binay] will file his COC at 8 a.m. with the Comelec,” Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman, told The Manila Times on Sunday.Aside from Binay, those who are eyeing the country’s top post are former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd of the Liberal Party (LP), Sen. Grace Poe and OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Seneres.The candidates for Vice President are Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo (LP), Senator Francis Escudero, (Independent.), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is yet to formally accept the offer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to be Binay’s running mate. When asked if Honasan will accompany Binay, Salgado replied, “We have no information on that yet.” It was not known, however, when Roxas and Robredo will file their respective COCs. Similarly, there is no information yet on when Poe and Escudero will file theirs.The LP, meanwhile, is scheduled to announce its complete line-up today at its Balay headquarters in Quezon City. Under Comelec Resolution 9984, candidates for President, Vice President and senators should file their COCs in Intramuros, Manila. Each national candidate is allowed three companions during the filing of his or her COC. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the Comelec will not entertain or accept COCs filed by mail, electronic mail or facsimile. “It should be filed either by the candidate or through a duly-authorized representative. The CoC should be accompanied with a sworn and signed authority to file the document,” Jimenez added. Candidates should also present a certificate of nomination (CON) and acceptance of political parties without which he or she shall be declared as independent. Candidates for congressmen in the National Capital Region or Metro Manila should file their COCs at the Comelec-National Capital Region in Manila, while those in the provinces should file theirs with the Provincial Election Supervisor (PES). On the other hand, candidates for congressmen in independent cities and municipalities shall file their COCs at their city and municipal election office. Nominees for party-list organizations should also file their COCs at the Comelec law department. Candidates are considered resigned and must vacate their posts upon filing of their COCs. Tolentino run Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino will run as an independent senatorial candidate and will file his COC on Wednesday, it was learned. READ MORE...


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2 team-ups taking shape
BINAY-HONASAN, DUTERTE-CAYETANO IN THE WORKS


Vice President Jejomar Binay with Sen. Gringo Honasan during the official launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), touted to be the main opposition party in the 2016 elections, at the Makati Coliseum, wednesday. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, OCTOBER 12, 2015 (INQUIRER)  By: Christine O. Avendaño -AND BinGo it is!

Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan has made up his mind—he is running for Vice President alongside Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), two reliable sources said Sunday.

And living up to their party’s name—the acronym UNA means “first” in English—Binay and Honasan are filing their certificates of candidacy at the central office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila, at 8 a.m. Monday, the first day of the five-day registration for candidates in next year’s national elections.

It took only days to form the BinGo team, a welcome relief for UNA after months of rejections from politicians wary of being associated with Binay, who is accused of corruption and plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman in cases involving alleged kickbacks from infrastructure projects when he was mayor of Makati City.

Another team that is shaping up but is expected to show up at the Comelec toward the end of the registration period this week is that of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Duterte, if he is running for President, is not going to make an announcement—he will just walk into the Comelec office and file his COC.

He has said that if he will run for President, he will pick Cayetano for his running mate.

No confirmation

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA president, would not confirm that Honasan had agreed to run with Binay.

He dodged questions about it Sunday, saying “we will find out” on Monday.

But a source privy to the goings-on in the party told the Inquirer that the team-up between Binay and Honasan had been a “done deal” since last week.

Another source said BinGo was formed after Honasan’s family “acquiesced” to the senator running for a higher office.

“Being the vice president of UNA, his main task is to organize the party. How can he be effective in organizing the party if he cannot accept the draft of the party? And this is what he tried to make his family understand,” the source said.

The source said Binay and Honasan would file their COCs together today.

The two sources requested anonymity, as they had no authorization to speak about the matter.

Also expected to file their COCs later this week are the teams of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero, and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

‘Just watch for it’

Duterte, who has admitted being in talks with the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), told reporters in Davao City late on Friday that his supporters should just wait for his action in the coming days.

“If I show my face at the Comelec on the 15th, I will be filing my certificate [of candidacy] for the presidency,” Duterte said.

Commenting on talk that a proxy would file the COC for him, Duterte said: “Proxy, proxy, I don’t do that.”

His supporters, he said, should “just watch out for it.”

Speculation about Duterte’s run for the presidency heated up after the mayor spoke about a “dream team” for the Senate composed of Senators Sergio Osmeña III and Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, Manila Vice Mayor Francisco Dumagaso, also known as Isko Moreno, and former Bukidnon Rep. Miguel Zubiri.

Lacson is already on the LP senatorial slate, where the 12th and last slot, according to a reliable source, is reserved for Pacquiao.

‘Dream team’

Duterte said the inclusion of Zubiri in the “dream team” would be referred to Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the PDP-Laban president, as Pimentel and Zubiri had been bitter political rivals.

Zubiri took a seat in the Senate after the 2007 midterm elections, but quit in 2011 when it became clear in the recount that he benefited from fraud perpetrated by the henchmen of the Arroyo administration in Mindanao. Pimentel, who had protested his loss to Zubiri, claimed the seat vacated by Zubiri.

Pimentel said he was more than 90-percent sure that Duterte would run for President.

“In the first place, he has no longer repeated his statement that he is not running for President and he is now repeatedly saying he hears the clamor of the people,” Pimentel said in an interview on Radyo Inquirer Sunday.

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Pimentel said he would talk to Duterte before Oct. 15, the date mentioned by Duterte.

“[There is no other reason for his going to the Comelec than filing] his certificate of candidacy for President,” Pimentel said.

Mass in Tondo

He said he and other PDP-Laban members would be at Duterte’s side at the Comelec on Oct. 15.

On the eve of the filing of COCs, Binay went to Mass at the Santo Niño de Tondo Parish Church in Manila.


BinGo TANDEM

He declined to tell reporters whether Honasan was indeed his running mate.

“Just wait until the filing of COCs on Monday,” he said, adding there would be “no more excitement” if he disclosed the identity of his running mate.

Asked what he prayed for, Binay said he gave thanks to God for helping his family, special friends and his son, Junjun.

Junjun Binay, the mayor of Makati City, was ordered dismissed and perpetually disqualified from holding public office by the Ombudsman on Friday for dishonesty in service in a case involving alleged overpricing in the construction of Makati City Hall Building II.

Before he files his COC today, the Vice President is expected to have breakfast with family and friends in Intramuros. Then all of them will walk to the Comelec building at 8 a.m., UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan said.

It was not clear whether Junjun Binay would be there.

In a radio interview Sunday, Sen. Nancy Binay said her father would be the first in the family to file a COC.

Mayor Binay running

Her brother, despite the Ombudsman’s order, will file his COC within the week, she said.

Senator Binay said the candidates on the UNA senatorial slate would file their COCs within the week.

Asked on the possibility that her sister, Makati City Rep. Abigail Binay, would run for mayor instead of her brother, Senator Binay said this was one of the things still being studied in case her brother could not run.

Asked about the Binay camp’s concern that the Vice President may also be ordered arrested in connection with the plunder complaint against him in the Office of the Ombudsman, she said there was indeed such talk, but gave no details. With a report from Allan Nawal and Judy Quiros, Inquirer Mindanao


INQUIRER

Election season starts: Bets can have fun but …By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:30 AM October 12th, 2015


Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista INQUIRER PHOTO/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

IT’S OK to have fun, but keep it solemn and orderly please.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave this reminder to people who will be trooping to its offices in Metro Manila and in the provinces starting today to file their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the national balloting on May 9 next year.

Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said candidates could have fun but they should ensure that all the documents they would submit had been filled out and notarized to avoid delays and trouble during the process.

“We want it orderly and solemn but at the same time also fun. To me, you know, it’s a happy occasion [because] it celebrates our democracy,” Bautista told reporters in an interview on Saturday.

Political season starts

Candidates have until Oct. 16 to register as candidates in the 2016 elections. While the campaign does not officially start until February—90 days before Election Day—today marks the official start of the political season.

Aside from the presidency and vice presidency, at stake in the elections are 12 seats in the Senate, 293 seats in the House of Representatives, 81 gubernatorial and 81 vice gubernatorial posts; 772 provincial board seats; 144 city mayoral and 144 city vice mayoral posts; 1,490 municipal mayoral and 1,490 vice mayoral posts, and 11,924 town council seats; one gubernatorial and one vice gubernatorial posts, and 24 seats in the regional assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Giving his last-minute reminders to the candidates, Bautista said candidates should make sure that all necessary attachments had been affixed to the main documents, including photos and certificates of nomination and acceptance if chosen by a political party.

“The forms can be downloaded from the Comelec website. So, fill them out already before coming to the Comelec,” he said.

Up to 3 companions

For the first time, the election body will be limiting to three the number of persons accompanying candidates when they go to the Comelec’s main office in Intramuros, Manila, to file their COCs.

Two video monitors will be set up outside the building for those who cannot be accommodated inside the office.

Candidates will be asked to sign an “integrity pledge” on a Freedom Wall for a peaceful, honest and credible elections.

Election Commissioner Luie Guia appealed to candidates to dispense with the fiesta atmosphere and put more solemnity to the entire process.

“Consider the filing of COCs a sacred process in a sense that you are putting yourselves before the people and presenting yourselves as someone capable of leading the country,” Guia told reporters in a separate interview.

“Rather than making it like a fiesta, it will be good if the process of the filing of your COC will be solemn, sacred and dignified,” he added.

Poor’s hopes

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (CBCP-Ecpa) urged candidates to be reminded not of the “perks and grandeur” they could acquire should they win, but of the poor pinning their hopes on them.

“The candidates must be willing to sacrifice their personal interests for the sake of those who have nothing in life,” said Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP-Ecpa.

“I pray that they may be guided in their pursuit of the common good as they shun the temptation to merely work for their personal good,” he added.

As the filing of COCs begins, the Philippine National Police will provide security at Comelec offices.

“There will be policemen providing security and order in the venues where the filing [of COCs] will be held, in addition to our regular law enforcement functions,” PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said on Sunday.

The command will also pull out officers assigned as security detail to candidates.

Mayor said the Comelec would issue a resolution on the withdrawal of security detail. The PNP is under Comelec’s operational control during the election season.

“There is a period during which candidates cannot have policemen assigned to them. They can apply for exemption with the Comelec depending on the threat assessment,” Mayor said.

He added that the 160,000-strong PNP was constantly reminded of its duty to serve and to protect, and to remain nonpartisan in the upcoming elections. With a report from Julie M. Aurelio


INQUIRER

LP to offer half of 12-man Senate slate to outsiders
By: Gil C. Cabacungan, Jerome Aning, Jerry E. Esplanada, Jovic Yee
@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:28 AM October 7th, 2015
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RULING Liberal Party (LP) is aiming to form a coalition senatorial slate for next year’s elections by setting aside at least half of the slots on its 12-member ticket for outsiders.

An LP source, who was privy to the selection process but not authorized to speak for the party, said the coalition being formed would be called “Koalisyon sa Daang Matuwid.”

The administration party has already confirmed the inclusion of reelectionists Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senators Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona III, and former Sen. Francis Pangilinan.

Another four slots have been reserved for outgoing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, outgoing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Joel Villanueva and outgoing Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino.

The source said those vying for the four or five slots in the senatorial ticket were Sen. Serge Osmeña, former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar of the Nacionalista Party, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and Mark Lapid, general manager of the Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority.

LP leaders were divided on whether to retain Tolentino following the brouhaha over a group of twerking female dancers he brought to entertain the crowd at an LP-sponsored event in Sta Cruz, Laguna province.

A number of LP leaders agree with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s view that Tolentino should not wait for the LP decision but make the decision himself whether to run under the administration ticket next year.

P-Noy endorses Tesda chief

The senatorial candidacy of Villanueva got a boost from a friend, President Aquino, who heaped praises on the outgoing Tesda director general.

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In his speech during the agency’s Scholars’ Day program at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, the President said he was sure Villanueva would be “the kind of leader this nation needs.”

“He can help more people the moment he is placed in a higher position,” said Mr. Aquino.

The President described the Tesda chief as “dedicated, hardworking and disciplined,” noting the former University of Santo Tomas cager would be a “star player” in any agency or body he would join.

At the same time, he cited stories of some Tesda graduates whose lives have improved due to the Department of Labor and Employment-attached agency.

Before the President’s remarks, Villanueva announced that he would run for senator.

“I am Joel Villanueva, certified barista, from the tech-voc (technical-vocational) sector. I will be applying to be your representative in the Senate,” he told the crowd.

This was greeted by thunderous applause from about 6,000 Tesda scholars, legislators, local government officials and other guests.

He thanked Mr. Aquino for giving him the opportunity to head Tesda from July 2010 to the present.

Best coach

Villanueva called the President the “best mentor and best coach” and for “championing tech-voc in the country.”

He also cited his father, evangelist Eddie Villanueva, who incidentally was celebrating his birthday Tuesday, and mother Dory.

“You’re the reason why I’m here today,” he said. “I’m following in the footsteps of someone so I will not lose direction.”

On Monday night, Villanueva said in a text message to the Inquirer that he would announce (his senatorial bid) on Oct. 6, “my Dad’s birthday.”

‘Villanueva 2016’

In a chance interview, Villanueva welcomed the President’s remarks as “very heartening.”

“I’ve learned from this administration that much is given, much is required. With those statements I will persevere more and learn what the President and the public expect from me,” said Villanueva, who wore a dark blue polo shirt emblazoned with a yellow “Villanueva 2016” stitch and bright yellow sneakers to the event.

Asked if his attire meant that he would be joining the LP senatorial lineup, Villanueva said that it was “difficult to comment,” adding that he would rather wait for the administration party’s announcement in the coming days.

He reiterated though that if the President would not give his “100-percent blessing,” he would not run in the 2016 elections.

Tesda platform

Villanueva, who is set to tender his resignation today, said he would be bringing to the Senate his Tesda platform, which stands for “trabaho” (work), education, service, dignity and “asenso” (success).

He earlier said he was not comfortable running with De Lima under the same ticket given that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had included him in the third batch of current and former lawmakers to be charged in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Villanueva, a former party-list congressman, was accused of receiving P2.33 million in kickbacks in dealing with Janet Lim-Napoles’ bogus foundations, which purportedly implemented ghost projects for kickbacks. Napoles is said to be the mastermind behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Asked what his dynamic with De Lima would be, Villanueva said that he’d rather wait for the LP’s decision but stressed his stand on “truth, justice and reason.”

“I will not be a hypocrite and say that I’ll be comfortable. I know my calling. I know what I want to give to our countrymen this coming election. I will not be distracted by anyone or any group of people or organization for that matter,” he told reporters.

De Lima on Tesda chief

De Lima on Tuesday said that she had no problems running with Villanueva and Tolentino.

“It’s [Villanueva’s] problem if he’s not comfortable with me. He should understand and should know that there are no personal motives involved [in my decisions as DOJ chief]. Did you hear me react the first time I heard him say that? I did not because I understand him. That it’s a spur of the moment (thing),” De Lima said.

“But if that’s what he is saying until now, that is his problem,” she added.

On Tolentino, De Lima said what she knew was the MMDA chair was being investigated by the LP leadership. She said she was not an LP member.

“So, let us see if it’s true that he had something to do with the gifting of the group to the birthday celebrant. I don’t want to judge while the investigation is not yet over. Again, it’s not for me do decide,” she said.

Tech-voc scholars

However, De Lima said that as a public official, she wished the incident should not have happened. “That is very deplorable, that is very unfortunate that in a public gathering, in a public event, there are things like these which degrade the image of women.”

At the Tesda Scholars’ Day program, the “biggest gathering” of tech-voc students from regions like Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon and Ilocos, Villanueva said Tesda had “come a long way in our efforts to understand and put into action what matters most for the youth and the technical-vocational education system.”

“Relevant, innovative and accessible are qualities that should always rock the tech-voc system as it moves forward,” he said.

Other top government officials who attended the gathering included Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma and Sen. Bam Aquino.

The event with the theme “Pagpupugay sa mga Tesda Iskolar,” aimed to “showcase the successful implementation of the agency’s scholarship programs and hail the achievements of the scholars.”

It also recognized the “fruitful partnership of Tesda with various organizations in the private sector,” said a Malacañang briefing paper.

Outstanding tech-voc graduates were cited through videos, which chronicled their “journeys from poverty to success.”

Three scholars shared their experiences on how tech-voc gave them better lives. They were Merryl Llorvin Santos, a visual graphic artist from Parañaque City; Cristina Reyes from Manpower Training Center in San Jose, Batangas province; and Renji Arcilla, owner of Habitat Spa in Dagupan City, Pangasinan province.

Representatives of tech-voc institutions, local government units and the private sector gave testimonies on their partnership with the agency.


INQUIRER

Escudero tops Pulse VP poll; Marcos 2nd in 5-way race
By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:56 AM October 11th, 2015


Sen. Francis Escudero (left) says he expects the bicameral committee that will reconcile conflicting versions of the BBL to have a long and hot debate on the centerpiece of Malacañang’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, while Sen. Ferdinand Marcos (right), chair of the Senate committee on local government, laments that politics prevailed over the people’s interest in the bill approved last week by the House ad hoc committee on the BBL. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

In a five-way race for Vice President, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero would be the voters’ most preferred candidate, with 43 percent of respondents choosing him, according to a Pulse Asia survey.

Placing second was Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 19 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 16 percent, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 9 percent, and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 7 percent.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 8 to 14, the same period as the Pulse Asia poll on voter preferences for President and Vice President, released in late September.

But the results for the vice presidential race that Pulse Asia released in September featured 12 candidates, with Sen. Grace Poe still included among the choices for the post.

It was only on Sept. 16 that Poe declared that she was running for President. The following day, she and Escudero announced their team-up.

The poll for the five-way vice presidential race was an embargoed question in the Pulse Asia survey, according to the source who provided the Inquirer with a copy of the results.

The respondents were given the five names and asked: If the following are the ones who will become candidates for Vice President, whom would you vote for if the 2016 elections were to be held today?

The survey was conducted before Robredo accepted the Liberal Party’s offer to be the running mate of its standard-bearer Mar Roxas, and before Cayetano and Marcos confirmed their plans to run for the same post.

As for Trillanes, he had already announced in media interviews that he was sure to run for Vice President when the survey was conducted. But it was only last weekend that he formally launched his bid.

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Of the five, only Escudero and Robredo have presidential running mates.

Leads all classes, areas

In the survey featuring the five names, Escudero led the other candidates in all locations surveyed—National Capital Region, the balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. He got the highest rating, 48 percent, in Mindanao. He was also the top choice across all socioeconomic classes.

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes confirmed in a phone interview that there was an embargoed question in its last survey involving five names for the vice presidency.


MANILA TIMES

Political race starts October 11, 2015 10:30 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO, SENIOR REPORTER AND WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL, REPORTER

THE election season officially begins today as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) opens its doors to accept the certificates of candidacy (COC) to be filed by aspirants for the positions of President, Vice President, senator and other elective posts.

Candidates have until Friday to file their COCs.

Vice President Jejomar Binay is expected to be an early bird as his camp has said he will be at the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila, when the commission opens on Monday.

“VP [Binay] will file his COC at 8 a.m. with the Comelec,” Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman, told The Manila Times on Sunday.

Aside from Binay, those who are eyeing the country’s top post are former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd of the Liberal Party (LP), Sen. Grace Poe and OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Seneres.

The candidates for Vice President are Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo (LP), Senator Francis Escudero, (Independent.), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is yet to formally accept the offer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to be Binay’s running mate.

When asked if Honasan will accompany Binay, Salgado replied, “We have no information on that yet.”

It was not known, however, when Roxas and Robredo will file their respective COCs.

Similarly, there is no information yet on when Poe and Escudero will file theirs.
The LP, meanwhile, is scheduled to announce its complete line-up today at its Balay headquarters in Quezon City.

Under Comelec Resolution 9984, candidates for President, Vice President and senators should file their COCs in Intramuros, Manila.

Each national candidate is allowed three companions during the filing of his or her COC.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the Comelec will not entertain or accept COCs filed by mail, electronic mail or facsimile.

“It should be filed either by the candidate or through a duly-authorized representative. The CoC should be accompanied with a sworn and signed authority to file the document,” Jimenez added.

Candidates should also present a certificate of nomination (CON) and acceptance of political parties without which he or she shall be declared as independent.

Candidates for congressmen in the National Capital Region or Metro Manila should file their COCs at the Comelec-National Capital Region in Manila, while those in the provinces should file theirs with the Provincial Election Supervisor (PES).

On the other hand, candidates for congressmen in independent cities and municipalities shall file their COCs at their city and municipal election office.

Nominees for party-list organizations should also file their COCs at the Comelec law department.

Candidates are considered resigned and must vacate their posts upon filing of their COCs.

Tolentino run


BULLIED BY LP EXECS?

Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino will run as an independent senatorial candidate and will file his COC on Wednesday, it was learned.

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A source who is privy to the plan of Tolentino said the former MMDA chief has not abandoned his senatorial ambition after his fallout with LP stalwarts over a lewd show during a LP event in Laguna.

At the same time, good governance advocates claimed that Tolentino was “bullied” by LP members who used him to cover up for the “sins” of other LP bets.
Alberto Vicente, spokesman for the Alliance for Good Governance, stood firm in his claim that the LP was behind the “demolition job” against its own allies who have expressed their intention to run for the Senate in 2016.

“He was hapless and helpless. He was bullied. Tolentino was an underdog. The big boys were ganging up on him,” Vicente said in a statement.

“Tolentino is more qualified compared to other aspirants for the Senate slate of the LP. What they did to him could happen to others, too,” he added.

“Look at Joel Villanueva, he’s facing a pork barrel case and he himself admitted that a group of LP stalwarts, identified with Roxas, wants him out of the Cabinet and from the ruling party’s Senate slate,” he Vicente said.

Villanueva, who is expected to run under the LP, is not on speaking terms with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, one of the senatorial bets of the ruling party.
He has lashed at de Lima for including him in the latest batch of respondents in the pork barrel scam.


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