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POLITICAL DYNASTIES DOMINATE 2016 POLLS


OCTOBER 16 -ELECTION season is under way and investors are in for a wild ride of power-politics dominated by entrenched family dynasties, whose machinations will leave little room for serious debate on badly needed reforms.
The wife, son, daughter and nephew of Ferdinand Marcos will all run in the May 2016 elections, joining a host of other privileged candidates from elite families seeking to keep their hold on power in local and national politics. Marcos’ only son, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., is running for vice president next year. Bongbong’s mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos, is a second-term congresswoman of Leyte while his sister, Imee, is governor of Ilocos Norte. Imelda’s nephew, Martin Romualdez, is congressman of Leyte while another nephew, Alfred Romualdez, is mayor of Tacloban City. “The problem with elite politics is there is no program or platform, it’s all power,” said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the advocacy group Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms. The family of Vice President Jejomar Binay is another high-profile dynasty, having ruled Makati financial district for nearly three decades. Binay’s daughter, Abigail, is ending her term as congresswoman and will run for mayor in 2016, hoping to replace her brother, Jejomar Erwin, who is facing a graft case. Abigail’s businessman husband, a political novice, will run for her seat in Congress. Another vice presidential daughter, Nancy, is a senator. The Vice President is seeking the presidency in the May 2016 elections. “A lot of these political dynasties feel they own the seats that they occupy and its theirs to bequeath, to whoever family member they see fit,” anti-corruption group Transparency and Accountability Network executive director Vincent Lazatin said. “It is very disturbing.” The leading candidate to replace President Aquino, according to opinion polls, is neophyte Sen. Grace Poe. READ MORE...

ALSO: CROWD TAKES SELFIES WITH AQUINO, LP TEAM; President upstages Roxas, Robredo at Comelec


OCTOBER 16 -
UNITED THEY STAND After hearing Mass at Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on Thursday, President Aquino with his candidates for the presidency and vice presidency, Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, and their supporters show their unity. Roxas and Robredo later filed their candidacy papers at the nearby Commission on Elections headquarters. LYN RILLON PRESIDENT Aquino stole the limelight from former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as he accompanied the administration’s standard-bearer and vice presidential candidate to the doorsteps of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the filing of the pair’s certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Thursday.
“I’m excited!” the President said when asked how he felt, as the group stayed in a tent at the park right across from Palacio del Gobernador, waiting for the Comelec headquarters to open. Asked if he had any last-minute advice for his chosen ticket, Mr. Aquino, who has vowed to campaign vigorously for the victory of the duo in the 2016 national elections, replied: “I try not to give too much advice.” The President accompanied the candidates at Manila Cathedral before going to the Comelec offices “to demonstrate his solidarity with them, in his capacity as chair of the Liberal Party (LP) and as titular head of the ‘daang matuwid’ coalition,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said at a press briefing in Malacañang. Mr. Aquino’s popularity remains high, enjoying a 37-percent satisfaction rating even as he continues to deal with controversies hounding his administration, like the Disbursement Acceleration Program, the killing of journalists, his lukewarm support for the freedom of information bill, and the kidnapping sprees in Mindanao. He has won praise for the improving economy and only two days ago, American business leader Steve Forbes expressed admiration for his leadership. Selfies with President On the steps of Manila Cathedral, people gravitated toward the President and took selfies with him. While the group was in one of the tents, an elderly woman pleaded with the Presidential Security Group (PSG). “Please, I want to see my President!” she said. At least four tents with dozens of chairs were set up for the gathering. The day for Mr. Aquino, Roxas, Robredo and their Team Daang Matuwid began early with a 7:30 a.m. Mass at the cathedral. READ MORE....

ALSO: Noy eats, prays with Mar, Leni
[Unexpected presence: Aquino’s presence came as a surprise as there was no mention of him accompanying Roxas and Robredo in media advisories issued the day before. Administration coalition spokesman and Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo said Aquino’s presence reflected his commitment to his straight path policy.]


OCTOBER 16 -Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo flash the Laban sign after filing their COCs at the Comelec yesterday. ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO With President Aquino seeing them off, Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo filed their certificates of candidacy yesterday at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros. The occasion was far from being low-key – as promised earlier by LP leaders – with hundreds of supporters of Roxas and Robredo cheering them on as they made their way from the Manila Cathedral where they attended a 7:30 a.m. mass to Plaza Roma in front of the church to share breakfast consisting of rice porridge, puto or rice cake, sandwiches and water with supporters and kibitzers. A lion and dragon dance performance outside the cathedral provided entertainment and supposedly good luck to the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid. After breakfast, Aquino accompanied Roxas and Robredo up to the doorstep of the Comelec office at the Palacio del Gobernador where the two top LP bets filed their respective COCs. Some call their team-up RoRo, short for Roxas and Robredo. With Roxas were his wife broadcaster Korina Sanchez and his mother Judy Araneta-Roxas, while Robredo was with her daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian. “Leni and I are confident that our countrymen will choose the right people in the 2016 election. We fought for the straight path, which is not about personalities, a tandem or a party. It is about the dream of every Filipino family,” Roxas said. “We will give our all in this battle. This is a fight that is worth fighting for, a fight for our people, a fight to make sure that the dreams of each Filipino family will come true,” he said in Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roxas must step out of Aquino’s shadow, say LP leaders


OCTOBER 17 -
Mar Roxas is flanked by wife Korina Sanchez and mother Judy Araneta Roxas during his filing of certificate of candidacy at the COMELEC , October 15. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE Leaders of the Liberal Party (LP) on Friday acknowledged that the party’s presidential candidate, Mar Roxas, must step out of President Benigno Aquino III’s shadow once the campaign begins. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., an LP vice chair, said Roxas would need to stand on his own merits by playing to his own strengths as a candidate. “He will have to do that at some point,” said Belmonte, the party’s general campaign manager for the 2016 elections. P-Noy’s popularity The LP-led administration coalition, however, will continue to bank on President Aquino’s popularity on the campaign trail, said Team Daang Matuwid spokesperson Barry Gutierrez, an Akbayan representative. “He will be our No. 1 campaigner,” he said. Mr. Aquino joined Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the party’s candidate for Vice President, in filing their candidacy papers at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, on Thursday.
Continuity His presence nearly overshadowed the two candidates, as he was mobbed by reporters and LP supporters, some of whom took selfies with him. Gutierrez said the focus on Mr. Aquino was understandable because the central theme of the entire campaign was the continuity of his administration’s reform program. “But there are no fears in the party that [Roxas] will not be able to establish his own identity,” he said. During the campaign, Roxas will emphasize his “unblemished track record” during his stints in Congress and in the Cabinet, Gutierrez said. He said Roxas would also resurrect his “Mr. Palengke” persona, and remind voters about his role in the growth of the business process outsourcing industry. Another coalition spokesperson, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, said on Tuesday that Roxas’ underdog image would benefit him in the campaign against Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poll rating After trailing the two candidates for the better part of the year, Roxas moved up in the latest voter preference polls conducted by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, although still behind Poe, the front-runner. The strong message of the coalition, Quimbo said, will resonate well with voters, especially those who are satisfied with how President Aquino has been running the government. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: 1987 Constitution root of ‘political butterflies’ — expert


OCTOBER 18 -Political loyalties are slippery indeed in the Philippines and the butterfly-like attitude of many politicians is due to the erroneous provision of the 1987 Constitution that is intended for parliamentary form of government, not presidential like what the country has.
This is the observation of a political expert who affirmed that the current Charter must be amended to avoid weakening the country’s political foundation by members of the House of Representatives and Senate. The observer, who requested not to be named, said the 1987 Constitution, also called Freedom Constitution, is virtually a “cut and paste” version of the 1935 Constitution that limits the term of elective officials, except the president, for three terms. “The framers of this Constitution have forgotten that many of its provisions were just lifted from the 1935 Constitution which is better because that limits the switching of party by any publicly elected individual,” the source told The Tribune in an interview. “Turncoats and butterflies are all over because of this 1987 Constitution,” the official, who is in mining, banking, aviation and food business, noted. The source, who served as congressman for nine years, said the 1935 Constitution is by far the best among the three charters the country has had so far. He said although there were turncoats during those years, it was very rare unlike today wherein every election, voters witness mass exodus of politicians from one party to another.“They are absolutely after power and assurance to win. Very unmanly attitude,” the source said.  Under the 1935 Constitution, every politician who will switch party will not be allowed to seek reelection, thus deterring him or her to gain from the act that he or she just did. “If your intention is to win or get funding because you will defect to the ruling party you can only use that in the next election,” he added. When asked if he will switch party, the official said: “It’s not in our mind even I think there are only three left in our party.”  The two others are outgoing Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and former Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez.READ MORE...


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POLITICAL DYNASTIES DOMINATE 2016 POLLS


THE MARCOSES: SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday took a break from his preparations for the vice presidential race to show his support for his mother, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. He flew to Laoag City to accompany Mrs. Marcos in filing her Certificate of Candidacy for her third term as representative of the second district of Ilocos Norte. Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, meanwhile, appealed for a “Solid North” support for her brother Marcos Jr. on his vice presidential bid in the 2016 polls. In her message after a mass held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Batac City, which was attended by the members and supporters of the Marcos family, Imee Marcos expressed optimism at having the Ilocanos’ full support to her brother. Mrs. Marcos, 86, accompanied Marcos Jr. to the Comelec’s offices in Manila last Tuesday, where he filed his own certificate to run for vice president in the 2016 elections. NEWSSCOOP FROM MANILA STANDARD OCTOBER 17, 2015

MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2015 (MALAYA BUSINESS INSIGHTS) October 16, 2015 - ELECTION season is under way and investors are in for a wild ride of power-politics dominated by entrenched family dynasties, whose machinations will leave little room for serious debate on badly needed reforms.

The wife, son, daughter and nephew of Ferdinand Marcos will all run in the May 2016 elections, joining a host of other privileged candidates from elite families seeking to keep their hold on power in local and national politics.

Marcos’ only son, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., is running for vice president next year. Bongbong’s mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos, is a second-term congresswoman of Leyte while his sister, Imee, is governor of Ilocos Norte.

Imelda’s nephew, Martin Romualdez, is congressman of Leyte while another nephew, Alfred Romualdez, is mayor of Tacloban City.

“The problem with elite politics is there is no program or platform, it’s all power,” said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the advocacy group Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms.


THE BINAYS

The family of Vice President Jejomar Binay is another high-profile dynasty, having ruled Makati financial district for nearly three decades. Binay’s daughter, Abigail, is ending her term as congresswoman and will run for mayor in 2016, hoping to replace her brother, Jejomar Erwin, who is facing a graft case. Abigail’s businessman husband, a political novice, will run for her seat in Congress. Another vice presidential daughter, Nancy, is a senator.

The Vice President is seeking the presidency in the May 2016 elections.

“A lot of these political dynasties feel they own the seats that they occupy and its theirs to bequeath, to whoever family member they see fit,” anti-corruption group Transparency and Accountability Network executive director Vincent Lazatin said.

“It is very disturbing.”

The leading candidate to replace President Aquino, according to opinion polls, is neophyte Sen. Grace Poe.

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While she is not a member of a dynasty, her chances of success depend on connections such as Aquino’s businessman uncle, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, is a son of Salvador Escudero III who died in 2012 while sitting as representative of Sorsogon.

Poe will also be up against Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, grandson of the country’s first post-war leader and the administration’s standard bearer.

Roxas’ running mate, Rep. Leni Robredo, is the widow of interior secretary Jessie Robredo who died in a plane crash in August 2013.

Peter Wallace (photo), head of business consultancy Wallace Business Forum, said issues that mattered to ordinary people – the South China Sea maritime dispute with China, jobs, social services – were being drowned out by the politics of personality.

“We have had enough of these domestic families and the politicos, we are demanding change,” Wallace said, calling for concrete proposals on job creation and investment.

The next president should pursue policies that will open up the economy to more foreign investment, reduce business costs, cut red tape and modernize infrastructure, foreign business chambers said in a statement last week.

About two-thirds of the outgoing Congress are the heirs of political families, even though Aquino, himself a descendant of the family that toppled Marcos in 1986, vowed to ban dynasties when he ran for president in 2010.

While Aquino abandoned his crusade after coming to office, he has recently picked up the banner of reform again, backing an anti-dynasty bill that is, perhaps unsurprisingly, languishing in Congress.

His second volte-face came after his government filed graft cases against Binay family members. Even so, analysts see little hope that the bill will become law any time soon.

“There does not seem to be any real trend away from the personalization of politics in families,” said Steven Rood, regional advisor for local governance at the Asia Foundation. -- Reuters


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CROWD TAKES SELFIES WITH AQUINO, LP TEAM: President upstages Roxas, Robredo at Comelec By: Gil C. Cabacungan and Tina G. Santos, Jocelyn R. Uy, Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:07 AM October 16th, 2015


UNITED THEY STAND After hearing Mass at Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on Thursday, President Aquino with his candidates for the presidency and vice presidency, Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, and their supporters show their unity. Roxas and Robredo later filed their candidacy papers at the nearby Commission on Elections headquarters. LYN RILLON

PRESIDENT Aquino stole the limelight from former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as he accompanied the administration’s standard-bearer and vice presidential candidate to the doorsteps of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the filing of the pair’s certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Thursday.

“I’m excited!” the President said when asked how he felt, as the group stayed in a tent at the park right across from Palacio del Gobernador, waiting for the Comelec headquarters to open.

Asked if he had any last-minute advice for his chosen ticket, Mr. Aquino, who has vowed to campaign vigorously for the victory of the duo in the 2016 national elections, replied: “I try not to give too much advice.”

The President accompanied the candidates at Manila Cathedral before going to the Comelec offices “to demonstrate his solidarity with them, in his capacity as chair of the Liberal Party (LP) and as titular head of the ‘daang matuwid’ coalition,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

Mr. Aquino’s popularity remains high, enjoying a 37-percent satisfaction rating even as he continues to deal with controversies hounding his administration, like the Disbursement Acceleration Program, the killing of journalists, his lukewarm support for the freedom of information bill, and the kidnapping sprees in Mindanao.

He has won praise for the improving economy and only two days ago, American business leader Steve Forbes expressed admiration for his leadership.

Selfies with President

On the steps of Manila Cathedral, people gravitated toward the President and took selfies with him.

While the group was in one of the tents, an elderly woman pleaded with the Presidential Security Group (PSG). “Please, I want to see my President!” she said. At least four tents with dozens of chairs were set up for the gathering.

The day for Mr. Aquino, Roxas, Robredo and their Team Daang Matuwid began early with a 7:30 a.m. Mass at the cathedral.

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The President’s official schedule indicated that he was going to attend only the Mass. But minutes after it ended at 8 a.m., his convoy remained on a side street beside the cathedral.

Moments later, Mr. Aquino and Roxas emerged from the church, walked past the convoy and headed straight to the cathedral steps.

It came as a surprise to the yellow-clad Roxas-Robredo supporters, not to mention a security nightmare for the PSG, as journalists jostled for space while the President and Roxas made the short walk to the front of the church. It was Roxas who invited the President at the last minute to join the team after the Mass, the Inquirer learned.

Also present were other LP officials and supporters, like Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya, former Civil Service Commission Chair Karina Constantino-David, Palawan Gov. Pepito Alvarez, the President’s sisters Viel Aquino-Dee and Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, and Representatives Miro Quimbo, Carol Lopez, Cesar Sarmiento and Christopher “Kit” Belmonte.

Wearing his trademark yellow and black shirt, Mr. Aquino interacted with the administration coalition supporters and LP members, obliged them all with photos and stayed with them for almost half an hour. Later, he and his entourage proceeded to the tent, surrounded again by the PSG members, supporters and spectators.

Organizers bought out the merchandise of taho (soft tofu) vendors and gave the fare for free to people in the area. A food truck stayed at the corner of the park where rice porridge, puto and sandwiches were prepared for the crowd and the VIPs.

While the others ate congee, the President, as usual, had his glass of cold regular Coke.

After 20 minutes, the group had another photo. They all flashed the Laban sign for the photojournalists before walking to the Comelec offices at Palacio del Gobernador.

Standing a few meters from the main door, the President saw off Roxas and Robredo who, he believed, would continue his reforms and the gains his administration had achieved over the past six years.

As he walked to his vehicle, the President was asked what he prayed for during the Mass. “So many things,” he said smiling, mentioning the low-pressure area that might develop into a storm.

In front of the building was a big crowd of supporters in yellow, chanting “Roxas na, Robredo pa” as directed by Roxas’ sister, Maria Lourdes “Ria” Roxas-Ojeda.

It turned out that Roxas and Robredo were the first election hopefuls vying for the two highest posts in the land to submit their applications on the fourth day of the filing of COCs. Roxas was the 58th filer for the presidency, while Robredo was the 12th individual seeking the vice presidency, Comelec records showed.

76 presidential aspirants

A total of 76 people have submitted their COCs for President, 15 for Vice President, and 83 for senator.

In his speech at the Comelec, Roxas said Team Daang Matuwid was hoping that the public would pick the right leaders who would promote the best interest of the Filipino people.

“What we are fighting for is not just the interest of one person, one tandem or one party. This is about the dream of all Filipino families—their dream to live with dignity, to live knowing that if they work harder their lives will get better and that they have a future filled with opportunities,” he said.

Roxas said the COC filing marked the beginning of Team Daang Matuwid’s all-out fight. “We will give our all in this fight. This is a battle worth fighting for.”

He said he and Robredo were thankful for the opportunity to carry on with the “straight path” governance.

He expressed gratitude to other aspirants who had formalized their bids for next year’s elections for trusting the democratic process and the people’s capability to choose the right leaders.

Robredo vowed to continue, improve and elevate the significant changes that, she said, Mr. Aquino had started. “We believe that the straight path will continue the clean and good governance and will provide services to Filipinos, especially the poor, so that progress will be experienced in every corner of the country,” she said.

Police, dragon dance


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Hours before the Comelec opened its doors, scores of policemen were already guarding the entrance in anticipation of Roxas’ and Robredo’s arrival.

Supporters in yellow shirts were in a festive mood, amplified by a dragon dance for good fortune, courtesy of a certain Antony Roxas from Ronda 117, a Manila-based volunteers group. Yellow ribbons bedecked the fences in front of the Comelec office.

Roxas’ mother, Judy Araneta-Roxas, came 30 minutes early at the Comelec project management office, where all the COCs were being filed. She was engaged in a brief chat by Comelec Chair Andres Bautista, who supervised the situation during the brief stopover by the celebrated tandem.

It took less than 15 minutes for Roxas and Robredo to formally file their COCs. Roxas’ document was stamped by the Comelec at 9:03 a.m. and Robredo’s, four minutes later.

Roxas came with his wife, Korina Sanchez-Roxas while Robredo arrived with her three children—Aika, Patricia and Jillian—all in bright yellow shirts.

A crowd toting mobile phones had also gathered at the lobby to press flesh with and take pictures of the two LP candidates.


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Noy eats, prays with Mar, Leni By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 16, 2015 - 12:00am 2 51 googleplus0 0


Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo flash the Laban sign after filing their COCs at the Comelec yesterday. ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO

MANILA, Philippines - With President Aquino seeing them off, Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo filed their certificates of candidacy yesterday at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros.

The occasion was far from being low-key – as promised earlier by LP leaders – with hundreds of supporters of Roxas and Robredo cheering them on as they made their way from the Manila Cathedral where they attended a 7:30 a.m. mass to Plaza Roma in front of the church to share breakfast consisting of rice porridge, puto or rice cake, sandwiches and water with supporters and kibitzers.

A lion and dragon dance performance outside the cathedral provided entertainment and supposedly good luck to the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid.

After breakfast, Aquino accompanied Roxas and Robredo up to the doorstep of the Comelec office at the Palacio del Gobernador where the two top LP bets filed their respective COCs. Some call their team-up RoRo, short for Roxas and Robredo.

With Roxas were his wife broadcaster Korina Sanchez and his mother Judy Araneta-Roxas, while Robredo was with her daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian.

“Leni and I are confident that our countrymen will choose the right people in the 2016 election. We fought for the straight path, which is not about personalities, a tandem or a party. It is about the dream of every Filipino family,” Roxas said.

“We will give our all in this battle. This is a fight that is worth fighting for, a fight for our people, a fight to make sure that the dreams of each Filipino family will come true,” he said in Filipino.

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Robredo, meanwhile, said she does not mind being just the second choice of Roxas. The administration coalition tried but failed to convince Sen. Grace Poe to run for vice president under the administration party. Poe would later opt to run for president as an independent candidate.

“Actually, it is still a privilege and honor to be even considered for this post. We all know that those who have been considered have been preparing for a national post for a very long time,” Robredo told ABS-CBN News Channel.

When asked how she intends to beat her more experienced rivals, Robredo said: “I am fully aware of the fact that among the contenders, I am the least known. I haven’t gone through any national election yet. I don’t have experience running a national campaign. I don’t have resources and I don’t have anything. I will just double my efforts.”

Unexpected presence Aquino’s presence came as a surprise as there was no mention of him accompanying Roxas and Robredo in media advisories issued the day before.

Administration coalition spokesman and Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo said Aquino’s presence reflected his commitment to his straight path policy.


President Benigno Aquino III joined supporters of administration standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, in a Mass held at Manila Cathedral on Thursday before the two file their certificates of candidacy (COCs). gmanetwork.com (Date:10/14/2015 20:34)

“He (Aquino) wants to show that there is no doubt that he will campaign for a successor that he believes will continue his daang matuwid (straight path) program. His presence here is unprecedented,” Quimbo said in an interview.

“It is definitely a boost. He has the highest approval ratings and it will reflect well on secretary Mar and congresswoman Leni,” he added.

He expressed belief Aquino’s active participation in the campaign would not affect his performance as president.

“He recognizes the need to govern and at the same time undertake political activities. He has done that over the last six years,” Quimbo said.

“Only people will be able to judge whether it is correct or not, but history and experience will show that he manages it very well,” the lawmaker said.

“The President puts his foot where his mouth is. He makes a bet unequivocally on someone he believes in,” he added.

“He’s president first and a political person second – he’s very conscious of that,” he said.

Quimbo said Aquino is willing to stake his political capital to make his “successor triumph.”

“The reforms cannot be done by just one administration but at least three administrations,” he said.

Aside from rector Fr. Reginald Malicdem greeting Aquino, members of the administration coalition did not receive special treatment during the mass.

Also at the mass were some 300 grade 1 and grade 2 students of the St. Joseph Children’s Center in Pasig City and their guardians, who said they were visiting the Manila Cathedral as part of the children’s field trip. They said they had no idea the President and some LP bets were coming.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista greeted and talked with Roxas’ mother Judy, who arrived at the Comelec minutes before her son.

Bautista opted to stay with the crowd and did not go near Roxas when he filed his COC.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they were ensuring the orderliness of the filing process in justifying the unusually large number of poll security and employees when Roxas and Robredo filed their COCs.

58th and 12th Roxas was the first candidate to file his COC yesterday but he was listed as the 58th presidential candidate to file.

Robredo was 12th in the list of aspirants for vice president. Her daughters took selfies with her in the background while she was filing her COC.

Clad in yellow shirt, former justice secretary Leila de Lima filed her COC accompanied by her mother and son. She was among the LP senatorial candidates who separately filed their COCs yesterday.

LP senatorial bets Interior Assistant Secretary Mariman Ambolodto and Coop-Natco party-list Rep. Cresante Paez also filed their COCs one after the other.

Paez said he decided to run for senator “because we believe that the cooperative sector and other marginalized groups need a voice in the Senate.”

“In fact, the decision to run came from the sector itself. We have been waiting for the cooperative to be recognized and I think this is now the time for it, when ‘their Mr. Coop’ is elected to the senate,” Paez said, referring to himself.

For her part, Ambolodto said she is pushing for unity among Filipinos, regardless of their ethic and religious differences.

“We may come from different histories, beliefs and tribes but we live in the same country and there is no reason for us not to unite for a better future,” she added.

Meanwhile, the so-called Visayas bloc of more than 40 congressmen is supporting the Roxas-Robredo tandem.

“The members of the group are solidly behind Mar and Leni and we are committed to work hard to ensure their victory in the Visayas region in next year’s elections,” Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas said in a statement. With Sheila, Crisostomo, Mayen Jaymalin, Jess Diaz, Paolo Romero, Evelyn Macairan, Eva Visperas


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Roxas must step out of Aquino’s shadow, say LP leaders By: DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:38 AM October 17th, 2015


Mar Roxas is flanked by wife Korina Sanchez and mother Judy Araneta Roxas during his filing of certificate of candidacy at the COMELEC , October 15. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Leaders of the Liberal Party (LP) on Friday acknowledged that the party’s presidential candidate, Mar Roxas, must step out of President Benigno Aquino III’s shadow once the campaign begins.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., an LP vice chair, said Roxas would need to stand on his own merits by playing to his own strengths as a candidate.

“He will have to do that at some point,” said Belmonte, the party’s general campaign manager for the 2016 elections.

P-Noy’s popularity

The LP-led administration coalition, however, will continue to bank on President Aquino’s popularity on the campaign trail, said Team Daang Matuwid spokesperson Barry Gutierrez, an Akbayan representative.

“He will be our No. 1 campaigner,” he said.

Mr. Aquino joined Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the party’s candidate for Vice President, in filing their candidacy papers at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, on Thursday.

Continuity

His presence nearly overshadowed the two candidates, as he was mobbed by reporters and LP supporters, some of whom took selfies with him.

Gutierrez said the focus on Mr. Aquino was understandable because the central theme of the entire campaign was the continuity of his administration’s reform program.

“But there are no fears in the party that [Roxas] will not be able to establish his own identity,” he said.

During the campaign, Roxas will emphasize his “unblemished track record” during his stints in Congress and in the Cabinet, Gutierrez said.

He said Roxas would also resurrect his “Mr. Palengke” persona, and remind voters about his role in the growth of the business process outsourcing industry.

Another coalition spokesperson, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, said on Tuesday that Roxas’ underdog image would benefit him in the campaign against Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Poll rating

After trailing the two candidates for the better part of the year, Roxas moved up in the latest voter preference polls conducted by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, although still behind Poe, the front-runner.

The strong message of the coalition, Quimbo said, will resonate well with voters, especially those who are satisfied with how President Aquino has been running the government.


TRIBUNE

1987 Constitution root of ‘political butterflies’ — expert Written by Ed Velasco Sunday, 18 October 2015 00:00



Political loyalties are slippery indeed in the Philippines and the butterfly-like attitude of many politicians is due to the erroneous provision of the 1987 Constitution that is intended for parliamentary form of government, not presidential like what the country has.

This is the observation of a political expert who affirmed that the current Charter must be amended to avoid weakening the country’s political foundation by members of the House of Representatives and Senate.

The observer, who requested not to be named, said the 1987 Constitution, also called Freedom Constitution, is virtually a “cut and paste” version of the 1935 Constitution that limits the term of elective officials, except the president, for three terms.

“The framers of this Constitution have forgotten that many of its provisions were just lifted from the 1935 Constitution which is better because that limits the switching of party by any publicly elected individual,” the source told The Tribune in an interview.

“Turncoats and butterflies are all over because of this 1987 Constitution,” the official, who is in mining, banking, aviation and food business, noted.

The source, who served as congressman for nine years, said the 1935 Constitution is by far the best among the three charters the country has had so far.

He said although there were turncoats during those years, it was very rare unlike today wherein every election, voters witness mass exodus of politicians from one party to another.

“They are absolutely after power and assurance to win. Very unmanly attitude,” the source said.

Under the 1935 Constitution, every politician who will switch party will not be allowed to seek reelection, thus deterring him or her to gain from the act that he or she just did.

“If your intention is to win or get funding because you will defect to the ruling party you can only use that in the next election,” he added.

When asked if he will switch party, the official said: “It’s not in our mind even I think there are only three left in our party.”
The two others are outgoing Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and former Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez.


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