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ESCUDERO: GRACE WANTS DISQUALIFICATION COMPLAINANTS INVESTIGATED
[Nonetheless, Escudero said the results of the DNA test, especially if it will yield positive findings, will put to rest the issue on the citizenship of Poe. “If the (result is) positive, that one of her parents is a Filipino, then it’s settled that she’s a natural born. We need not debate based on theories in international law or Generally Accepted Principles of International Law or Treaty or Convention on Statelessness,” he said.]


OCTOBER 27 -POE
Desiring to have the upper hand in the disqualification suits filed against her, Sen. Grace Poe vowed to have those who had filed these suits investigated, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero told reporters yesterday. “It is but right to probe their connections and the motive of the persons who had filed these disqualification and announce this to the public, if there is really evidence on all these,” Escudero said. Tribune sources from another political camp, however, laughed off the threats issued by Poe, saying, “what does the probe have to do with anything, especially if the DQ cases have valid issues raised?” They added: “That’s a silly threat, especially as the issues are valid. It shouldn’t make any difference who filed the cases, or who are even behind this filing of DQ cases — as long as the issues are valid.” Escudero also said he and Poe hope that the Senate Electoral
Tribunal will give merit to the DNA move of Poe and her supposed relatives to undergo testing. “Even if the DNA results are positive, we hope the SET will rule soon for its ruling to apply to all (the disqualification cases filed against Poe at the Commission on Elections), he said.He added that “as Grace has said, this is not only her fight but the fight of many thousands who are in the same situation as hers—not knowing who their parents are.”Escudero is rallying behind Poe’s move to investigate those behind the filing of disqualification cases against her and have them exposed before the public.Poe earlier said that they are having the series of filing these complaints against her, all aimed at disqualifying her from running for president in the coming national elections, investigated in hope of ascertaining the “brains” behind these moves. From what he knows of this issue, Escudero said Poe had already assigned her lawyers to look into this matter.“Of course, the priority of her lawyers is to handle the case and defend Senator Grace. Second is her investigation of the probe on those behind the filing of these charges to disqualify her. We have no Isafp (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) or the NBI (National Bureau of Investigatio) to ask these agencies for the probe,” he said.The camp of administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas has reportedly already denied any involvement in the filing of cases against Poe. “We have no right at this time to accuse those who want her disqualified. But there is also still no reason for them to deny this. I do not want to preempt what the lawyers are going to do, nor do I want to say anything without proof,” he said. The SET is reported to be due to hand down a decision sometime between Nov. 3 to 4 but the camp of Poe has asked for more time to enable her to submit the results of the DNA test. READ MORE...

ALSO: Comelec recommends suspension of proceedings in Poe's DQ case due to similar case at SET


OCTOBER 28 -Comelec Chair Bautista The law department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday recommended to suspend the legal proceedings of the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe due to the similar case filed against her before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). “The law department has recommended the suspension of the proceedings before the commission on the alleged ground that the case before the SET contains a prejudicial question determinative of the outcome of the election offense case pending before the commission, and subsequently filed before it,” Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim told lawmakers during the House of Representatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms hearing.Lim clarified that the commission has not yet resolved the issue on prejudicial question and added that the rules of the Comelec on preliminary investigation should be complied with. The Comelec official said that "the rules mandate that if there is a verified complaint for an election offense, the investigative process has to be set into motion." The commission may release a decision on the disqualification case against Poe by December. Meanwhile, the Comelec summoned Poe to a hearing scheduled on November 3 for her to respond to the charges filed against her. Three disqualification cases have been filed against Poe before the Comelec, seeking to invalidate her certificate of candidacy for president. Poe is also facing a disqualification case before the SET. RELATED: Poe unfazed by latest DQ case | Poe to accept SET ruling on disqualification case  THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Lacson: Poe dropped me from slate in favor of Edu Manzano


OCTOBER 27 -Senatorial bet Ping Lacson (left) says presidential aspirant Grace Poe dropped him from her slate to welcome Edu Manzano. INQUIRER.net AND RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
Senatorial aspirant Panfilo “Ping” Lacson disclosed on Tuesday that he was dropped from the senatorial slate of Senator Grace Poe in favor of another candidate.
“Senator Poe called me up last Friday and requested that I be substituted by Edu Manzano. I said, no problem, I’m okay with it,” Lacson said in a text message. “As a background, she (Poe) invited me to meet with her twice to request that I be included in her slate. I agreed with a clear understanding that there will be no obligations imposed on either party,” he said. READ: Lacson: Being guest candidate a ‘privilege’  Lacson first made this disclosure in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel’s “Headstart” where he categorically said that Poe called him and requested “that I be dropped from the senatorial slate to give (way) to another candidate, Edu Manzano.” “And I said yes, no problem with me. In the first place, being invited to be a guest candidate is a privilege and it can be withdrawn anytime,” he said during the interview. After their conversation last Friday, Lacson said he thinks he is no longer part of Poe’s senatorial ticket next year. Sought for comment, Poe explained that at that time, they were still finalizing the slate and they took into account that the former senator was already endorsed by two major parties— the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). “Senator Ping is a strong and worthy candidate and we were considering also those that had no party or less resources who would welcome our support. In fact, Toots Ople is also one of those we spoke with,” Poe said in a separate text message, referring to senatorial bet Susan Ople. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe apologizes to Lacson, says excluding him ‘not the intention’


Senator Grace Poe and former Senator Panfilo Lacson. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON and INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Senator Grace Poe apologized again on Thursday, this time, to former Senator Panfilo Lacson for excluding him from her senatorial ticket in the 2016 elections.“Unang-una ako po ay nagpapasalamat pero humihingi rin ako ng pasensya at paumanhin sa kanya. Hindi po yun ang naging intensyon,” Poe told reporters after announcing her complete senatorial line up next year.(First of all, I am thanking [Lacson] but I am also asking for an apology to him. That was not the intention.) She was reacting to Lacson’s earlier claim that he was dropped from the slate in favor of another candidate, actor-host Edu Manzano.Poe admitted that they had initially drafted Lacson as part of the slate but reconsidered after the latter was endorsed by the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).She also reiterated that Lacson’s big chance of returning to the Senate was also one of the reasons why they decided not to include him anymore in the slate.“Kahit naman wala sya officially sa aming partido, naniniwala rin kami sa kanya,” said Poe.(Although he was not officially included in our party, we still believe in him.) Asked if she thought Lacson was harboring ill feeling towards her, the senator said: “Alam nyo, sana huwag na nating palakihin.” (You know, I hope we will not make this a big deal.) “Pero totoo naman talaga na noong umpisa ay sya’y iniisip naming isama at ang problema lamang po, noong bandang huli, wala rin syang masabing mechanics sa pagkampanya sapagkat ayaw din nya siguro na sumama ang loob ng ibang grupo kung sasama sya palagi sa amin o kung palipat-lipat so naiitindihan ko rin yun,” she added. READ MORE...

Poe understands Escudero mother-in-law’s support for Santiago


OCTOBER 27 -Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has gained the support of the Cecilia Ongpauco, mother-in-law of vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Francis Escudero PHOTO FROM POLITICS.COM.PH
Sen. Grace Poe on Tuesday said she understood that the mother-in-law of her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero supported another presidential candidate in 2016. In an interview at the sidelines of a forum hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Poe said it was understandable that Cecille Ongpauco, mother of Escudero’s wife actress Heart Evangelista, supported Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s presidency because Santiago was Ongpauco’s mentor. “I understand her sentiments. I only met her maybe a month ago, samantalang yun matagal na niyang kilala at mentor niya si Senator Miriam,” Poe, an independent presidential candidate, said. Poe said Santiago remained a qualified candidate for president despite her lung cancer, which some critics said might mean Santiago would not live to finish her term. “Alam naman nating kwalipikado si Senator Miriam. Nasa atin naman ‘yung pagpili kung sino ang nararapat,” Poe said. Ongpauco was present at Santiago’s meet-and-greet forum at the University of the Philippines Diliman Bahay ng Alumni on Monday. Ongpauco said Santiago was the most qualified candidate for president in 2016 and that she and the senator were the closest of friends. For his part, Poe’s running mate Escudero vowed to convince his mother-in-law to support Poe’s presidential bid. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/RC  THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Poe bares 12 ‘rainbow’ senatorial bets


OCTOBER 29 -ABILITY AND HEART Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero endorse their “magic 12” at Club Filipino in San Juan. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN  THE tandem of Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday formally introduced a 12-man senatorial line-up possessing not only “intelligence and competence” but also “compassion” for the people. Its senatorial ticket dubbed as Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) is composed of candidates from different political parties and former public servants who vowed to support genuine growth, transparency and global competitiveness agenda of Poe and Escudero, who respectively are running for President and Vice President in the 2016 elections. “The President cannot solve all the problems of the country alone. The President needs allies to push for real reforms,” Poe said in her speech during the announcement of her slate held at Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila). Those running under PGP are Susan “Toots” Ople; Senators Vicente Sotto 3rd and Ralph Recto; former senators Richard Gordon and Miguel “Migz” Zubiri; Representatives Sherwin Gatchalian (Valenzuela City, Metro Manila) and Roman Romulo (Pasig City, Metro Manila); lawyer Lorna Kapunan; party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Samuel Pagdilao; Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno; and actor Edu Manzano. Eleven of the 12 candidates attended the event except for Recto who was represented by his son, Ryan Christian Recto. Manzano is the former husband of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, now the senator’s wife.“Dito po sa ating partido, naniniwala kami na hindi sapat ang magaling at matalino ka lamang, dapat meron ka ring puso para sa maliliit at mga naghihirap [In our party, we believe that it is not enough to be competent and intelligent, you also need to have a heart for the poor],” Poe said.According to the senator, the PGP slate shows her belief that “competence and integrity must go hand in hand” and that no member of her senatorial line-up was forced to join the team. “These leaders and I share a commitment to build a society where no Filipino will be left behind, a country where everyone will be able to reap the fruits of economic growth and enjoy life in a safe and progressive environment,” Poe said. Of the 12 senatorial candidates, six are exclusive candidates while the other six are shared candidates with the administration and opposition slates. PGP’s exclusive candidates are Gatchalian, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC); Romulo, a member of the Liberal Party (LP) but chose to join the Poe-Escudero team; Manzano, who replaced former senator Panfilo Lacson; and Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list, Kapunan of Aksyon Demokratiko party-list, the political party of the late senator Raul Roco, and Pagdilao of ACT-CIS party-list. The other six candidates who are also candidates of other tandems are Sotto of NPC and a guest candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance; and Gordon, who is running under his own party Bagumbayan, and a candidate of UNA together with Zubiri. Ople is a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and is also a guest candidate of UNA and the tandem of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Moreno is also a guest candidate of the Santiago-Marcos slate. Recto is part of the administration party’s senatorial ticket. Poe said there was no condition given to PGP’s senatorial candidates regarding the campaign and it is up to the aspirants who they want to support in the presidential and vice presidential races. READ MORE...


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Grace wants Disqualification complainants probed

MANILA
, NOVEMBER 2, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00


POE

Desiring to have the upper hand in the disqualification suits filed against her, Sen. Grace Poe vowed to have those who had filed these suits investigated, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero told reporters yesterday.

“It is but right to probe their connections and the motive of the persons who had filed these disqualification and announce this to the public, if there is really evidence on all these,” Escudero said.

Tribune sources from another political camp, however, laughed off the threats issued by Poe, saying, “what does the probe have to do with anything, especially if the DQ cases have valid issues raised?”

They added: “That’s a silly threat, especially as the issues are valid. It shouldn’t make any difference who filed the cases, or who are even behind this filing of DQ cases — as long as the issues are valid.”

Escudero also said he and Poe hope that the Senate Electoral

Tribunal will give merit to the DNA move of Poe and her supposed relatives to undergo testing.

“Even if the DNA results are positive, we hope the SET will rule soon for its ruling to apply to all (the disqualification cases filed against Poe at the Commission on Elections), he said.

He added that “as Grace has said, this is not only her fight but the fight of many thousands who are in the same situation as hers—not knowing who their parents are.”

Escudero is rallying behind Poe’s move to investigate those behind the filing of disqualification cases against her and have them exposed before the public.

Poe earlier said that they are having the series of filing these complaints against her, all aimed at disqualifying her from running for president in the coming national elections, investigated in hope of ascertaining the “brains” behind these moves.

From what he knows of this issue, Escudero said Poe had already assigned her lawyers to look into this matter.

“Of course, the priority of her lawyers is to handle the case and defend Senator Grace. Second is her investigation of the probe on those behind the filing of these charges to disqualify her. We have no Isafp (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) or the NBI (National Bureau of Investigatio) to ask these agencies for the probe,” he said.

The camp of administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas has reportedly already denied any involvement in the filing of cases against Poe.

“We have no right at this time to accuse those who want her disqualified. But there is also still no reason for them to deny this. I do not want to preempt what the lawyers are going to do, nor do I want to say anything without proof,” he said.

The SET is reported to be due to hand down a decision sometime between Nov. 3 to 4 but the camp of Poe has asked for more time to enable her to submit the results of the DNA test.

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“That DNA test Poe really went through and will be doing even if there is no case against her. Who is the foundling who does not want know who her biological parents are? Or at least her relatives? So she will really do the DNA testing. Or for herself. Perhaps, it will serve as a bonus for her the possibility of this being beneficial to her case. But whether this is proved or not, for her to know her biological parents, I have no reason to believe that this would affect her case, one way or the other, he said.


ESCUDERO

“What this means is that up to today, it is not known who are her biolgical parents,” he said.

Escudero is supportive of the contention of Poe’s legal team that those alleging her to be a “naturalized” Filipino should be able to prove this by producing documents.

“There are only two ways to be a naturalized citizen, either a court decision or Congress passes a law. So if they say she is naturalized then they should present either one of the two. Being naturalized can’t remain a legal theory. There are only two ways about this: If you’re not naturalized, you are natural born.”


“To this day, they haven’t shown the decision of the court or Republic Act or PD (presidential decree) that Congress has passed that there is a law and decision of the court that Poe was naturalized a Filipino,” he said.

Nonetheless, Escudero said the results of the DNA test, especially if it will yield positive findings, will put to rest the issue on the citizenship of Poe.

“If the (result is) positive, that one of her parents is a Filipino, then it’s settled that she’s a natural born. We need not debate based on theories in international law or Generally Accepted Principles of International Law or Treaty or Convention on Statelessness,” he said.

Escudero noted that the same principle was employed in the case of her late father, former movie icon Fernando “FPJ’ Poe Jr., who likewise was subjected to the same issue when he ran for the presidency in 2004.

FPJ did nto apply to become a naturalized American. Neither did he travel with a US passport and there was no question on his residency.

Escudero said he’s not privy to the information on the identity of those supposed relatives of Poe who agreed to be DNA-tested, pr even the chances of the test yielding positive results.

Poe is facing multiple disqualification charges before the Comelec based on allegations of material misrepresentations on her citizenship and residency status filed by presidential aspirant Rizalito David, lawyer Estrella Elamparo, former Sen. Francisco ‘Kit’ Tatad and De La Salle University Professor Antonio Contreras.



David was the first to file cases against Poe of which the first is being heard before the SET that seeks to oust her from her Senate seat due to questions of her not being a natural born citizen.

David’s second case versus Poe was filed before the Comelec Law Department which seeks to declare her 2013 Senate bid as null and void due to inconsistent claims written in her certificate of candidacy (CoC), particularly in relation to her claimed residency.

In 2012, Poe had written down in her CoC that she has been a resident of the Philippines for six years and six months, which if added to three years, would yield the information that she had resided in the country for nine years and six months, which would still be short of the 10 year constitutional requirement for presidential and vice presidential candidates to be qualified to run for office.

In her CoC fo the presidency, Poe wrote down as her number of years she had been in the country as 10 years, 11 months.
She claimed that she made an honest mistake in her first CoC.

The burden of proof rests on Poe as technicalities are apparently not on her side.

It is to be recalled that Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, during the oral arguments of the SET last month, took the view that that Poe may be a naturalized Filipino, but not natural born, since she had performed the act of perfecting (through her re-acquisition) of her Filipino citizenship status. Only natural born citizens, the Constitution demands, are allowed to occupy posts in government office.

Also, according to former University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez, as previously reported, the math on Poe’s not fulfilling the 10-year residency rule asked by the Comelec was not met.

Poe has been summoned by the Comelec to appear on November 3 to explain herself and submit her counter-affidavit. If she fails to appear, the case will be decided solely based on David’s arguments which may be is quite unfavorable to her camp.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said he is confident that the charges against Poe won’t prosper as they are “quite invalid” and manifests a sense of “forum shopping”.

“The cases filed against Poe are based on different legal opinions from different personalities. If they argue based on mere presumptions, sorry to say, but they are bound to fail,” Macalintal said, particularly citing the Elamparo as the weakest case among all the four complaints hurled at Poe.

On the part of Poe’s camp, her political spokesman and Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian remains confident despite these eminent threats that may eliminate Poe from the Malacanang rat race.

In a text message to the Tribune, Gatchalian hastily ignored legal expert opinions on his Poe’s case.

“We are confident that all these petitions will be dismissed. The law is on the side of Senator Poe. She is a natural born Filipino and has met all requirements to seek the presidency including residency requirements,” Gatchalian said.

“Not a single minute did we entertain that thought that (she will be disqualified),” he added.


PHILSTAR

Comelec recommends suspension of proceedings in Poe's DQ case By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 28, 2015 - 5:39pm 1 329 googleplus0 1


Comelec Chair Bautista

MANILA, Philippines - The law department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday recommended to suspend the legal proceedings of the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe due to the similar case filed against her before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

“The law department has recommended the suspension of the proceedings before the commission on the alleged ground that the case before the SET contains a prejudicial question determinative of the outcome of the election offense case pending before the commission, and subsequently filed before it,” Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim told lawmakers during the House of Representatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms hearing.

Lim clarified that the commission has not yet resolved the issue on prejudicial question and added that the rules of the Comelec on preliminary investigation should be complied with.

The Comelec official said that "the rules mandate that if there is a verified complaint for an election offense, the investigative process has to be set into motion."

The commission may release a decision on the disqualification case against Poe by December.

Meanwhile, the Comelec summoned Poe to a hearing scheduled on November 3 for her to respond to the charges filed against her.

Three disqualification cases have been filed against Poe before the Comelec, seeking to invalidate her certificate of candidacy for president. Poe is also facing a disqualification case before the SET.

RELATED: Poe unfazed by latest DQ case | Poe to accept SET ruling on disqualification case


INQUIRER

Lacson: Poe dropped me from slate in favor of Edu Manzano By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ
INQUIRER.net 11:04 AM October 27th, 2015


Senatorial bet Ping Lacson (left) says presidential aspirant Grace Poe dropped him from her slate to welcome Edu Manzano. INQUIRER.net AND RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Senatorial aspirant Panfilo “Ping” Lacson disclosed on Tuesday that he was dropped from the senatorial slate of Senator Grace Poe in favor of another candidate.

“Senator Poe called me up last Friday and requested that I be substituted by Edu Manzano. I said, no problem, I’m okay with it,” Lacson said in a text message.

“As a background, she (Poe) invited me to meet with her twice to request that I be included in her slate. I agreed with a clear understanding that there will be no obligations imposed on either party,” he said.

READ: Lacson: Being guest candidate a ‘privilege’

Lacson first made this disclosure in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel’s “Headstart” where he categorically said that Poe called him and requested “that I be dropped from the senatorial slate to give (way) to another candidate, Edu Manzano.”

“And I said yes, no problem with me. In the first place, being invited to be a guest candidate is a privilege and it can be withdrawn anytime,” he said during the interview.

After their conversation last Friday, Lacson said he thinks he is no longer part of Poe’s senatorial ticket next year.

Sought for comment, Poe explained that at that time, they were still finalizing the slate and they took into account that the former senator was already endorsed by two major parties— the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

“Senator Ping is a strong and worthy candidate and we were considering also those that had no party or less resources who would welcome our support. In fact, Toots Ople is also one of those we spoke with,” Poe said in a separate text message, referring to senatorial bet Susan Ople.

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Asked then if Lacson and Ople would no longer be part of her slate, Poe said she would just make the announcement soon. Her running-mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, earlier said they would announce their senatorial line up probably this Thursday.

“Sen. Lacson and I had spoken earlier prior to filing, so we were not at that time certain who the other candidates were. We had a good talk when we first met personally but he was also non-committal about the mechanics of campaigning with us,” the lady senator added.

Before disclosing that he was dropped from Poe’s slate, Lacson declared his support for former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during the television interview.

“Yes, I’m supporting Secretary Mar Roxas for president,” he said.

BACKSTORY: Roxas certain he’s not on Lacson’s list of ‘uncooperative’ Cabinet execs

Lacson cited several reasons why he is supporting Roxas. Among them, he said, was that the latter has no corruption issue, no disqualification cases and has no health issues unlike other candidates.

He said he could not also forget when Roxas testified for him in 2009 on the case filed against him in connection with the killings of PR man Bubby Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito. IDL


INQUIRER

Poe apologizes to Lacson, says excluding him ‘not the intention’ SHARES: 2462 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 01:30 PM October 29th, 2015


Senator Grace Poe and former Senator Panfilo Lacson. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON and INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Grace Poe apologized again on Thursday, this time, to former Senator Panfilo Lacson for excluding him from her senatorial ticket in the 2016 elections.
“Unang-una ako po ay nagpapasalamat pero humihingi rin ako ng pasensya at paumanhin sa kanya. Hindi po yun ang naging intensyon,” Poe told reporters after announcing her complete senatorial line up next year.
(First of all, I am thanking [Lacson] but I am also asking for an apology to him. That was not the intention.)
READ: Lacson: Poe dropped me from slate in favor of Edu Manzano
She was reacting to Lacson’s earlier claim that he was dropped from the slate in favor of another candidate, actor-host Edu Manzano.
Poe admitted that they had initially drafted Lacson as part of the slate but reconsidered after the latter was endorsed by the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
She also reiterated that Lacson’s big chance of returning to the Senate was also one of the reasons why they decided not to include him anymore in the slate.
“Kahit naman wala sya officially sa aming partido, naniniwala rin kami sa kanya,” said Poe.
(Although he was not officially included in our party, we still believe in him.)
Asked if she thought Lacson was harboring ill feeling towards her, the senator said: “Alam nyo, sana huwag na nating palakihin.”
(You know, I hope we will not make this a big deal.)
“Pero totoo naman talaga na noong umpisa ay sya’y iniisip naming isama at ang problema lamang po, noong bandang huli, wala rin syang masabing mechanics sa pagkampanya sapagkat ayaw din nya siguro na sumama ang loob ng ibang grupo kung sasama sya palagi sa amin o kung palipat-lipat so naiitindihan ko rin yun,” she added.

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(However, it is true that in the beginning, we were thinking of including him and the only problem was, in the end, he did not mention any mechanics in campaigning because maybe he did not want other members of the party to harbor ill feeling towards him if he would always join us or he would switch so I understand that.)
Asked how Lacson’s case was different from the case of Senator Ralph Recto, who was included in her slate despite his good chance of winning the senatorial race based on various surveys, Poe pointed out that Recto was not endorsed by other groups except the LP where he is a member.
“Kailangan namin si Senator Recto dahil alam naming magaling din syang ekonomista… sya rin ay kwalipikado,” she said.
(We need Senator Recto because we know he is a good economist…he is also qualified.)
Poe also explained why Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez and former Secretary Joel Villanueva did not make it to her slate.
In the case of Romualdez, she said the congressman was already part of the UNA slate while Villanueva was already in the LP ticket.
“Hindi ko sya kilala masyado noon tapos noong nakausap ko sya nakita ko nakapatalino nya at marami syang ipinaglalaban lalong lalo na sa kanyang mga kababayan sa Eastern Visayas. Sayang lang nga, gusto ko ngang sabihin bakit ngayon ka lang?” she said, referring to Romualdez.
(I didn’t know him well then when I talked to him, I saw that he is very intelligent and he has many advocacies especially for his fellows in Eastern Visayas. It is regrettable, I wanted to tell him: “Why did you come just now?”)
Although Villanueva is smart, Poe said the former Secretary already has the strong support of LP.
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INQUIRER

Poe understands Escudero mother-in-law’s support for Santiago SHARES: 31 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 05:53 PM October 27th, 2015


Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has gained the support of the Cecilia Ongpauco, mother-in-law of vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Francis Escudero PHOTO FROM POLITICS.COM.PH

Sen. Grace Poe on Tuesday said she understood that the mother-in-law of her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero supported another presidential candidate in 2016. In an interview at the sidelines of a forum hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Poe said it was understandable that Cecille Ongpauco, mother of Escudero’s wife actress Heart Evangelista, supported Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s presidency because Santiago was Ongpauco’s mentor.

“I understand her sentiments. I only met her maybe a month ago, samantalang yun matagal na niyang kilala at mentor niya si Senator Miriam,” Poe, an independent presidential candidate, said.

Poe said Santiago remained a qualified candidate for president despite her lung cancer, which some critics said might mean Santiago would not live to finish her term.

“Alam naman nating kwalipikado si Senator Miriam. Nasa atin naman ‘yung pagpili kung sino ang nararapat,” Poe said.

Ongpauco was present at Santiago’s meet-and-greet forum at the University of the Philippines Diliman Bahay ng Alumni on Monday.

Ongpauco said Santiago was the most qualified candidate for president in 2016 and that she and the senator were the closest of friends.

For his part, Poe’s running mate Escudero vowed to convince his mother-in-law to support Poe’s presidential bid. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/RC


MANILA TIMES

Poe bares 'Galing at Puso' 12 ‘rainbow’ bets  October 29, 2015 10:22 pm by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA , JOEL M. SY EGCO AND REINA TOLENTINO REPORTERS


ABILITY AND HEART Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero endorse their “magic 12” at Club Filipino in San Juan. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

THE tandem of Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday formally introduced a 12-man senatorial line-up possessing not only “intelligence and competence” but also “compassion” for the people.

Its senatorial ticket dubbed as Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) is composed of candidates from different political parties and former public servants who vowed to support genuine growth, transparency and global competitiveness agenda of Poe and Escudero, who respectively are running for President and Vice President in the 2016 elections.

“The President cannot solve all the problems of the country alone. The President needs allies to push for real reforms,” Poe said in her speech during the announcement of her slate held at Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila).

Those running under PGP are Susan “Toots” Ople; Senators Vicente Sotto 3rd and Ralph Recto; former senators Richard Gordon and Miguel “Migz” Zubiri; Representatives Sherwin Gatchalian (Valenzuela City, Metro Manila) and Roman Romulo (Pasig City, Metro Manila); lawyer Lorna Kapunan; party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Samuel Pagdilao; Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno; and actor Edu Manzano.

Eleven of the 12 candidates attended the event except for Recto who was represented by his son, Ryan Christian Recto.
Manzano is the former husband of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, now the senator’s wife.

“Dito po sa ating partido, naniniwala kami na hindi sapat ang magaling at matalino ka lamang, dapat meron ka ring puso para sa maliliit at mga naghihirap [In our party, we believe that it is not enough to be competent and intelligent, you also need to have a heart for the poor],” Poe said.

According to the senator, the PGP slate shows her belief that “competence and integrity must go hand in hand” and that no member of her senatorial line-up was forced to join the team.

“These leaders and I share a commitment to build a society where no Filipino will be left behind, a country where everyone will be able to reap the fruits of economic growth and enjoy life in a safe and progressive environment,” Poe said.


"Galing at Puso" ticket: Senator Grace Poe personally handpicked the candidates in Poe-Escudero Senate slate. FROM Left: Sens. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Ralph Recto,former senators Richard “Dick” Gordon, Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) member and Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, Liberal Party (LP), ACT-CIS Party List Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares,Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Susan "Toots" Ople of Boses ng OFW, Litigation lawyer Lorna Kapunan -Secretary General of AKSYON DEMOKRATIKO (party founded by the late Raul Roco) and actor Edu Manzano.

Of the 12 senatorial candidates, six are exclusive candidates while the other six are shared candidates with the administration and opposition slates.

PGP’s exclusive candidates are Gatchalian, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC); Romulo, a member of the Liberal Party (LP) but chose to join the Poe-Escudero team; Manzano, who replaced former senator Panfilo Lacson; and Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list, Kapunan of Aksyon Demokratiko party-list, the political party of the late senator Raul Roco, and Pagdilao of ACT-CIS party-list.

The other six candidates who are also candidates of other tandems are Sotto of NPC and a guest candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance; and Gordon, who is running under his own party Bagumbayan, and a candidate of UNA together with Zubiri.

Ople is a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and is also a guest candidate of UNA and the tandem of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Moreno is also a guest candidate of the Santiago-Marcos slate.

Recto is part of the administration party’s senatorial ticket.

Poe said there was no condition given to PGP’s senatorial candidates regarding the campaign and it is up to the aspirants who they want to support in the presidential and vice presidential races.

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“While we are hoping that they will also endorse us, we will not force them. We included them in our line-up because we believe that they can contribute in the Senate,” she added.

The Palace said it is not bothered by the inclusion of LP senatorial candidates in Poe’s Senate line-up.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. noted that they are not piqued by the inclusion of Recto.

“To my knowledge, there are agreed guidelines or rules pertaining to the conduct of [guest] candidates,” Coloma said.

He explained that details like what sorties they will join and how they will conduct their campaign have been arranged with the parties concerned.

“I believe they understand these rules,” Coloma said.

In his acceptance speech after the introduction of the PGP ticket, Gatchalian said he is offering his 15-year experience as mayor and now representative of Valenzuela City as an advocate of genuine reforms in education, governance and the economy.

Romulo, who heads the House panel on higher and technical education, vowed to push for education reforms if elected as well as reduced income taxes and the passage into law of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.

In a statement, he said he believes that Poe and Escudero are “the most qualified to lead the Philippines in the next six years.”

Colmenares introduced himself as “[the people’s fighter in the Senate].”

Like Romulo, he said he wants to push for lower income tax.

On top of Pagdilao’s agenda is peace and order in the communities and the whole country if elected senator.

Pagdilao is a retired police general and is a founder of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.

4 Responses to Poe bares 12 ‘rainbow’ bets
e28 says:
October 30, 2015 at 10:36 am
Simula pa lang mali na ang desisyon. Ipagpalit si Lacson para kay Manzano? Nakakatakot maging presidente itong si Llamanzares. Puro kapalpakan ang magiging desisyon nyan….
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sea eagle says:
October 30, 2015 at 8:38 am
Doble kara time.
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alex says:
October 30, 2015 at 3:26 am
Good luck to you all!
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Inocent says:
October 30, 2015 at 1:28 am
Okay candidates – Ople, Kapunan, Colmenares, Zubiri, Gordon, Recto. The rest are trash.
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