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THE MAN WHO SECURED POPE FRANCIS VISIT IN JANUARY: MARQUEZ IS NEW PNP CHIEF


JULY 15 ---Police Director Ricardo Marquez delivers a speech after he was named the new Philippine National Police chief during a press conference at Camp Crame yesterday. Ernie Peñaredondo
The man in charge of securing Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines last January has been named chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The appointment of Director Ricardo Marquez by President Aquino came five days before PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on July 19, and seven months after the post was vacated with the suspension of Alan Purisima. “With all humility and full of gratitude to President Aquino and Secretary Mar Roxas, I am accepting the challenge to me, the 150,000 strong men and women of the PNP,” Marquez said in a brief speech at Camp Crame after being informed of his new job by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II. “I appeal for your support for your police in the fight against criminality and the pursuit to build peaceful communities and neighborhoods,” he said. On instructions of President Aquino, Roxas announced the appointment of Marquez in the presence of other top PNP officials including Espina, Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., PNP deputy chief for operations; and Deputy General Danilo Constantino, chief director staff. Roxas said Marquez assumes the full rank and title of chief PNP with four stars. He said the appointment of the right PNP chief is crucial, especially with the coming presidential election in 2016. The DILG chief said the President would like to see peaceful and orderly elections in 2016 with Marquez retiring on Aug. 28, 2016, almost two months after Aquino’s successor assumes office. READ MORE...

ALSO: An unfamiliar face, but competent and capable


JULY 15 ---Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II assured the public Marquez has a good track record and is fully capable to head the 150,000 policemen nationwide. File photo
Most people may not have heard of him until now, but Director Ricardo Marquez’s capability and competence to lead the Philippine National Police (PNP) are beyond question, according to his direct superior, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.
Until his appointment yesterday by President Aquino as the 20th chief of the PNP, Marquez was an unfamiliar face to most Filipinos. But Roxas assured the public Marquez has a good track record and is fully capable to head the 150,000 policemen nationwide. “This (PNP chief) is a sensitive position. The President has trust and confidence in Director Marquez,” Roxas emphasized. READ MORE...

ALSO Aquino is urged: Lower income taxes as goodbye gift


JULY 16 ---President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Cabinet Budget Presentation meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Lauro Montellano, Jr.
Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara is looking forward to the statement of President Benigno Aquino III regarding the lowering of individual income taxes in his last state of the nation address (SONA).
The senator hopes that the president would back such bills that will revamp tax brackets as his "best goodbye gift to the people." Angara, who heads the Senate ways and means committee, authored a bill compressing the net taxable income brackets and lowering tax rates. The Philippines has the second highest income tax rate in the region with 32 percent following Thailand and Vietnam, both with 35 percent. The Philippines also has the highest value added tax with 12 percent. "We need to think ahead and be competitive in the region but more importantly, we must give the Filipino people a break. Currently, a policeman and a teacher whose net taxable income is P150,000 are taxed at the third highest rate," Angara said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe better off as Roxas’ VP, says Osmeña


JULY 14 ---Test of Noy’s leadership to convince Grace, Mar and Chiz
A test of leadership of President Aquino is convincing personalities such as Sen. Grace Poe to become the vice presidential bet of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas. Sen. Sergio Osmeña in an interview with reporters, could not help but comment how feeble Aquino is in convincing who among the said personalities he would want to give in or give way in favor of his favored candidate, the name of whom, he is set to reveal supposedly after his last State of the Nation Address on July 27, the opening of 17th Congress. “Well it is taking him so many meetings,” he commented. “You know you cannot accommodate everybody who wants to be president. The President has to make an executive decision and he has to be firm about it also,” Osmeña added. Looking at Poe’s perspective, Osmeña said it would be better for the neophyte lawmaker to run as vice president first before seeking the presidency. He does not see the probability of her being allowed to carry the banner of LP alongside Escudero as her running mate even if they are the ones leading the surveys, even higher than Roxas. I don’t see that as a probability because who will now carry the Liberal Party? So just for the sake of the local candidates, the LP would have to put up a presidential candidate,” he said. “There’ll always be trade-offs when you’re going to a meeting like that. there’s a lot of give and take. But I really cannot predict. I can only analyze that this is the direction of PNoy (President Aquino). How he intends to achieve it, is another matter,” said Osmeña. He emphasized that he is not advising Poe to run for the vice presidency. “Not advice, we’re out of touch. But just looking at it from her perspective. Her perspective only, OK? I’m not talking about political strategy. She would be better off, she would make a better president if she have six years as vice president, because she’s fairly new in this game. This is not only national politics and winning an election, after that big work, the headache comes - running the country,” he said. READ MORE...


ALSO: Walang Iwanan Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero promise to support each other in 2016 polls


JULY 16 ---Although they both have yet to decide on what posts to seek, senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero promised to support each other in the 2016 elections. "Pinag-uusapan namin. Pinag-aaralan namin. Basta ako sinabi ko na nakahanda akong sumuporta, tumulong sa kanya (Poe) bilang kandidato man o hindi sa harap, sa gilid, sa likod man niya kung anuman ang kanyang magiging pasya na nais niyang gawin sa 2016," Escudero said in a report on GMA-7's "24 Oras" on Tuesday. In a text message, Poe also expressed support for her friend. "Ang pinag-usapan namin ni Sen. Chiz ay sa larangan ng politika ay suportado namin ang isa't isa sa mga layunin na makakabuti sa ating bayan," she wrote. She added that there are still a lot of factors to consider before making a decision for 2016 elections. "Ang pinakamahalaga ay kung kumpyansa na akong may maiaalay na programa at kakayahan para mas maiangat pa ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan," she added. Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections has set October 12 to 16 for the filing of certificate of candidacy for national positions. On a lighter note, Escudero joked that a Poe-Escudero tandem has already materialized. "May tambalang Poe-Escudero na tuloy iyong teleserye sa inyo ni Heart at ni Lovi!" he jeered.
Heart Evangelista is the wife of Escudero and Lovi Poe is the sister of Poe. Both star in the upcoming GMA-7 teleserye "Beautiful Strangers," which will air in August. — Trisha Macas/ELR, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Grace Poe on meeting with Aquino: We agreed to listen to people


JULY 16 ---Sen. Grace Poe tops the latest presidential survey for the 2016 national elections. Facebook/Grace Poe
Sen. Grace Poe revealed on Thursday what she, President Benigno Aquino III, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Sen. Chiz Escudero agreed on during their dinner the previous night. In a statement, Poe said that the dinner meeting went well. The meeting in Bahay Pangarap at Malacañang Park started at around 7 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m. "Lahat kami ay sang-ayon na nakasalalay sa tamang liderato ang pagsulong ng ating bansa," Poe said. The president met with Poe and Escudero one after the other last week to discuss the 2016 national elections. He said he wants the administration to have a common candidate for next year's polls. Poe currently tops the latest presidential and vice presidential preference surveys while the Liberal Party's Roxas ranks either third or fourth in the presidential preference polls. "Kaya naman nagkasundo kami na ang pinakamahalaga ay isaalang-alang ang boses at gabay ng ating mga kababayan upang masigurong hindi ito mawaldas at mapalakas pa ang maayos na paraan ng pamamalakad ng gobyerno sa darating na susunod na anim na taon," the senator added. Meanwhile, Roxas hinted at the possibility of giving up his presidential bid to give way for Poe. The Interior Secretary noted that he has a track record of "giving way for the sake of a greater objective."  THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Really! PNoy closer to picking LP’s standard bearer


JULY 16 ---President Benigno Aquino III affirmed that he is “closer” to identifying the standard bearer for the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections.
In a Malacanang press conference held past noon of July 16, Aquino said that he had dialogues with Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas. “Napakarami ng pwedeng magpatuloy ng ating ginagawa“, Aquino said answering the media’s question whether he has narrowed his choices. It turned out, after last night’s dialogue, the choices have broaden, but Aquino said that it is a good result. According to the president, the consultations with various groups and personalities in continuous. Aquino hopes to announce LP’s standard bearer before he delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 27. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Noy having hard time choosing ‘acceptable’ administration standard bearer


JULY 20 ---President Aquino is finding it difficult to choose the administration’s presidential candidate for the coming 2016 elections. File photo
President Aquino is finding it difficult to choose the administration’s presidential candidate for the coming 2016 elections. For one, Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II yesterday said the chosen candidate must be acceptable to members of the ruling coalition. Gonzales, a stalwart of the Liberal Party (LP), said Aquino has to consider the sentiments of the coalition members, which include the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Nacionalista Party, National Unity Party, and other political groups, which aligned with LP in the 2013 elections. “I suppose the unity of the coalition is important to him (Aquino) and that is what is causing the delay (in endorsing a candidate). How to make his choice have the support of the LP and the coalition partners – that’s the problem,” Gonzales told dzBB. “If the President will only consider the LP, then I do suppose he won’t have any difficulty in making a decision – there is only one LP (presidential) candidate,” he said, referring to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Gonzales said Aquino privately met with Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero in connection with the 2016 polls more than twice. Both lawmakers are members of the coalition but not of LP. He added that Aquino owes Roxas, who gave way to him in 2010 as LP presidential candidate, and other coalition members “who supported him in times of trouble, particularly in the last three years of his term.”  READ MORE...


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The man who secured Pope Francis visit: Marquez is new PNP chief


Police Director Ricardo Marquez delivers a speech after he was named the new Philippine National Police chief during a press conference at Camp Crame yesterday. Ernie Peñaredondo

MANILA
, JULY 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Cecille Suerte Felipe July 15, 2015 - The man in charge of securing Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines last January has been named chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The appointment of Director Ricardo Marquez by President Aquino came five days before PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on July 19, and seven months after the post was vacated with the suspension of Alan Purisima.

“With all humility and full of gratitude to President Aquino and Secretary Mar Roxas, I am accepting the challenge to me, the 150,000 strong men and women of the PNP,” Marquez said in a brief speech at Camp Crame after being informed of his new job by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

“I appeal for your support for your police in the fight against criminality and the pursuit to build peaceful communities and neighborhoods,” he said.

On instructions of President Aquino, Roxas announced the appointment of Marquez in the presence of other top PNP officials including Espina, Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., PNP deputy chief for operations; and Deputy General Danilo Constantino, chief director staff.

Roxas said Marquez assumes the full rank and title of chief PNP with four stars.

He said the appointment of the right PNP chief is crucial, especially with the coming presidential election in 2016.

The DILG chief said the President would like to see peaceful and orderly elections in 2016 with Marquez retiring on Aug. 28, 2016, almost two months after Aquino’s successor assumes office.

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Roxas stressed that one of the most important tasks of the government is to ensure peaceful and credible elections and whoever is head of the PNP during preparations for the elections should also be the one to execute the plans on election day.

“The President said it won’t be good if the PNP chief involved in planning for the elections retires midway, like in March or April, and gets replaced by someone who was not the PNP leader during the period of poll preparations,” Roxas said in Filipino.

Marquez revealed that the PNP is now in its third preparatory meeting with partners from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“I urge the officers, men and women of the PNP, to rally behind your leadership as I ask each and everyone of you now to contribute your share in strengthening this institution,” he told police officials and personnel at Camp Crame.

Marquez said he accepted the challenge “at the point in time of the history of the PNP organization, which is recovering and moving on, from a difficult situation… when we are hosting an APEC for the second time in 20 years, and your police is tasked not only to provide force and resources but leadership and experience as well to the national joint task force.”

“This is an opportune time to focus on renewing the core functions of the PNP – that is patrolling the streets in our communities, to make sure that crimes are properly investigated to prevent them from happening and to track down and take down most wanted criminals and criminal gangs,” Marquez noted.

Marquez said the PNP under his leadership would always follow the presidential directive of zero incidents during major international events.

“Your partner in law enforcement agencies and local government units and the Filipino people, I appeal to you to support your police in the fight against criminality and the pursuit to build peaceful communities and neighborhoods,” he added.

Before his appointment as PNP chief, Marquez was director for operations as well as police chief of the Ilocos-Pangasinan region, where he launched a massive campaign against criminality, particularly against motorcycle-riding criminals, drug syndicates and armed groups.

“Gen. Marquez is a hardworking officer with a proven track record in all his previous assignments” Espina said in reaction to Marquez’s appointment as PNP chief.

Espina will formally hand over command of the PNP to Marquez tomorrow.

Until Marquez’s appointment, the PNP had no full time chief since the suspension of Purisima for alleged corruption in December last year.

Purisima eventually resigned as PNP chief on Feb. 6 after the Mamasapano bloodbath for which he was widely blamed because he led its planning and execution even if he was under suspension.

Dozens were killed in the operation, including 44 members of the elite Special Action Force who had waited in vain for reinforcement to arrive. The police commandos were leaving Mamasapano, Maguindanao after killing a high value international terrorist on Jan. 25 when they were waylaid by guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Purisima went on leave after serving his six-month suspension only to be dismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman on June 30 for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and grave abuse of authority for forging a questionable contract with courier service Werfast Documentary Agency in 2011.

Purisima’s opting to stay in the police force despite his resignation had shut the door to Espina’s chances of getting four-star rank since under the law, only one PNP official can have four-star rank.

President Aquino earlier said he had decided against picking Espina as PNP chief, as naming him to the position would be “disruptive to the service” since the latter was nearing retirement.

In mid-June, Aquino started interviewing possible choices for PNP chief.

At Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President’s appointment of Marquez was based on qualifications.

“The President’s decision was based on who is most qualified for the position. And that’s his basis for appointing Marquez as incoming PNP chief,” Coloma told a press briefing.

Meanwhile, Sen. Grace Poe expressed hope Marquez’s appointment as PNP chief would provide better leadership and stability to the police force.

“I’m very happy to learn that a permanent PNP chief has been appointed. This will give the police force a clearer direction and a stable leadership,” she said in Filipino.

“I don’t know Director Marquez personally, but just the same he needs our prayer and support so he can succeed in serving the people as leader,” Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on peace and order and dangerous drugs, said.


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An unfamiliar face, but competent and capable By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 15, 2015 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II assured the public Marquez has a good track record and is fully capable to head the 150,000 policemen nationwide. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Most people may not have heard of him until now, but Director Ricardo Marquez’s capability and competence to lead the Philippine National Police (PNP) are beyond question, according to his direct superior, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Until his appointment yesterday by President Aquino as the 20th chief of the PNP, Marquez was an unfamiliar face to most Filipinos.

But Roxas assured the public Marquez has a good track record and is fully capable to head the 150,000 policemen nationwide.

“This (PNP chief) is a sensitive position. The President has trust and confidence in Director Marquez,” Roxas emphasized.

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The DILG chief said Marquez first caught President Aquino’s attention during Holy Week last year, when the country was being threatened by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

“Although on Holy Week vacation, Director Marquez was among those police officials who mapped up plans to track down more than 170 (arriving airline) passengers to ensure MERS-CoV would not spread. It was the first time the President took notice of Director Marquez,” Roxas said.

“Since then, President Aquino kept track of Director Marquez, who also headed the successful security preparations for the visit of Pope Francis, APEC operations and the cascading of Lambat-Sibat in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog,” Roxas noted. “I trust the President’s choice of someone in the police force with proven track record.”

Roxas said he came to know Marquez a little earlier, when the police official was the chief of the Ilocos PNP in 2013.

“If I can only describe (Marquez) in one word, napakasipag (extremely hardworking). He’s proven his mettle and capability, as well as his competence, in the major activities we’ve faced in the past few months,” the DILG chief pointed out.

From being Ilocos PNP chief, Marquez was eventually promoted to chief of PNP Directorate for Operations.

Marquez was a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1982-Sandigan. His classmates included chief directorial staff Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Director Benjamin Magalong, National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Carmelo Valmoria, Director Christopher Laxa of the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development, former Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas and former PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr.

Marquez completed his Master’s Degree in Management at the Philippine Christian University (PCU).

An eight-page copy of the personal data sheet of Marquez obtained by The STAR showed he held 37 positions in his 35 years in the police service.

Some of the training courses attended by Marquez were senior crisis management course in the United States, police intelligence officers senior executive course, PNP officer advanced course, PC officers basic course, counterfeit detection seminar, lecture on graft law and public accountability, workshop on illegal drugs and many other leadership programs and intelligence seminars.

In his younger years, Marquez received numerous awards and commendations, including PNP Junior Police Commissioned Officer for 1994 and 1995.


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Aquino is urged: Lower income taxes as goodbye gift By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 15, 2015 - 5:08pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Cabinet Budget Presentation meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Lauro Montellano, Jr.

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara is looking forward to the statement of President Benigno Aquino III regarding the lowering of individual income taxes in his last state of the nation address (SONA).

The senator hopes that the president would back such bills that will revamp tax brackets as his "best goodbye gift to the people."

Angara, who heads the Senate ways and means committee, authored a bill compressing the net taxable income brackets and lowering tax rates.

The Philippines has the second highest income tax rate in the region with 32 percent following Thailand and Vietnam, both with 35 percent. The Philippines also has the highest value added tax with 12 percent.

"We need to think ahead and be competitive in the region but more importantly, we must give the Filipino people a break. Currently, a policeman and a teacher whose net taxable income is P150,000 are taxed at the third highest rate," Angara said.

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Angara added that the current individual income tax bracket of the country has not changed since 1997 despite the increase of the consumer price index.

"Kung hahayaan lang natin ito at hindi tayo agad kikilos upang amyendahan ang sistema ng ating pagbubuwis, malamang ay sa mga susunod na taon, ang tax rate ng ating mga guro, nars at kapulisan ay sintaas na ng tax rate ng mga milyonaryo at bilyonaryo sa bansa," Angara said.

The senator pointed out that the Department of Finance is open to review and amend tax rates and brackets. He noted that the president's mention of tax reforms in his SONA would gain support from lawmakers.

"It will also be good for the economy. It is always better to plow money back in circulation, where it can stimulate the production and consumption of goods. Sometimes, instead of government doing the spending for the people, let the people do the spending themselves," the senator explained.

He added that lower tax rates would also attract human capital and prevent the migration of Filipinos to other countries.

Last February, Aquino approved the bill that increases the tax exemption cap for bonuses. The new law mandates that employees receiving 13th month pay, Christmas bonuses and other benefits not exceeding P82,000 to be exempted from tax.

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Poe better off as Roxas’ VP, says Osmeña Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00


Test of Noy’s leadership to convince Grace, Mar and Chiz

A test of leadership of President Aquino is convincing personalities such as Sen. Grace Poe to become the vice presidential bet of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

Sen. Sergio Osmeña in an interview with reporters, could not help but comment how feeble Aquino is in convincing who among the said personalities he would want to give in or give way in favor of his favored candidate, the name of whom, he is set to reveal supposedly after his last State of the Nation Address on July 27, the opening of 17th Congress. “Well it is taking him so many meetings,” he commented.

“You know you cannot accommodate everybody who wants to be president. The President has to make an executive decision and he has to be firm about it also,” Osmeña added.

Looking at Poe’s perspective, Osmeña said it would be better for the neophyte lawmaker to run as vice president first before seeking the presidency. He does not see the probability of her being allowed to carry the banner of LP alongside Escudero as her running mate even if they are the ones leading the surveys, even higher than Roxas.

I don’t see that as a probability because who will now carry the Liberal Party? So just for the sake of the local candidates, the LP would have to put up a presidential candidate,” he said.

“There’ll always be trade-offs when you’re going to a meeting like that. there’s a lot of give and take. But I really cannot predict. I can only analyze that this is the direction of PNoy (President Aquino). How he intends to achieve it, is another matter,” said Osmeña.

He emphasized that he is not advising Poe to run for the vice presidency.


Osmeña.

“Not advice, we’re out of touch. But just looking at it from her perspective. Her perspective only, OK? I’m not talking about political strategy. She would be better off, she would make a better president if she have six years as vice president, because she’s fairly new in this game. This is not only national politics and winning an election, after that big work, the headache comes - running the country,” he said.

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“And it’s such a tough job. If you start stumbling around then the country stumbles with you. However, she’s got the gifts, she’s got the talent to make a good president. So if she serves as vice president for six years, in 2022, she’s be a sure winner. Even as vice president, she’s a sure winner already. That’s only from her point of view. Like if I were her uncle which I’m not, or her best friend, that’s the safest place to go because right now, if she runs for president, sure she’s leading in the surveys and we’re very happy to see that she’s successful at that,” he said.

“This is just my analysis, not an analysis of candidates. Pnoy wants to remove Grace from the presidential picture because she’s getting a lot of votes and he would rather name Mar as the presidential candidate and have Grace run as the vice president of Mar. That’s but natural that you must eliminate your opponent and if Grace withdraws from the presidential run, maybe 60 percent of her votes will go to Mar (Roxas) then the other 40 percent will be divided between Binay, Duterte or whoever else is running,” he said.

Still, anything can happen even when it’s already the campaign period, the senator said, noting the rise in the surveys of Aquino, surpassing the then frontrunner in the polls, former Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.

And with Poe already on the top of the race this early, the highest in presidential survey so far, Osmeña expressed belief that Roxas stands no chance in winning if pitted against her.

“It’s just a matter of arithmetic. You think if Grace has five percent, the President would be talking to her?” he asked.


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This is a test of leadership on the part of Aquino, Osmeña stressed, in describing the current dilemma of the President in choosing who among his presumed choices as frontrunners in the 2016 elections should stand as standard bearer of the administration coalition.

“If the President is unable to convince a member of his coalition, he’s not that strong a leader, isn’t it? If Grace says she decides to run as an independent then she would break from the coalition. That will weaken the coalition of LP. So if the President cannot convince Senator Poe, how can he convince the voters to make his own candidate win? So he has to convince Grace to stay married to the LP,” he said.

Osmeña’s statements came in the wake of the reported dinner-meeting set by the President to discuss the administration’s plans in next year’s elections with Poe, who is now leading the surveys, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and the Liberal Party’s (LP) presumptive presidential bet, Interior Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in attendance.

It will be the first time that the three so-called “presidentiables” and “vice presidentiables” will be engaged in a talk on 2016 polls.

Aquino plays host to 3 hopefuls

Aquino was dinner host last night in a meeting held with putative Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and popular 2016 survey election picks Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero, as an apparent disbanding of the former coalition between the ruling party and the independents are seen brewing, should one of three dinner guests refuse to give way.

Roxas, in an interview yesterday, confirmed reports that the President has arranged a meeting among the the four of them but has not confirmed the time and date earlier in the day.

“I am interested to take part i this meeting since the straight path is really important and that all actions must be done to form all forces which seek to continue this straight path,” Roxas told reporters.

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, LP strategist, said only if one of the three (Roxas, Poe and Escudero) gives way can there be unity and an intact coalition.

“Sacrifices have to be made. It can come from any of the candidates,” Abad said.
Roxas, however, stressed that he has already shown sacrifice when he gave way to Aquino’s presidential bid in 2010.

“I think I am not the right person to be asked that question, since it is very clear that we have it in us to sacrifice, but what is more important objective is to continue the President’s daang matuwid,” (straight path.) Roxas said.

This meeting follows Aquino’s meeting with Poe and Escudero over the weekend, discussing the need to maintain a united political coalition for the upcoming polls.

Poe had also disclosed that Aquino had asked her to go around with Roxas across the country after second meeting, but retracted her remarks, saying that such was raised during her initial meeting with Aquino, to which she made it a condition that Escudero should come along too.

The two senators are reportedly eyeing to run respectively as President and Vice President for the 2016 elections, with the Nationalists People’s Coalition (NPC) backing them up in the instance the tandem materializes.

Poe and Escudero have not announced their candidacies or political plans for the 2016 polls. Roxas also is yet to declare his intentions for 2016, although LP stalwarts have been openly backing his candidacy.

Speaker Sonny Belmonte was quoted as having said that he and his bloc would quit the party to support a “winnable” candidate, virtually saying that Roxas is not likely to win the 2016 polls and that Aquino may be forced to name Poe as his anointed.

But LP stalwarts were ready to belie the Speaker’s remarks, with Senate President Franklin Drilon, another LP chairman, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that he is positive Aquino will pick Roxas, despite the odds and figures shown by recent surveys of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.

Aquino currently serves as chairman of LP, and is believed to be courting Poe to become Roxas’ vice presidential candidate for 2016.

Poe and Escudero’s past statements have been tagged by critics as the duo’s desire to become Aquino’s presidential and vice presidential anointed.

Striking deal with Poe useless

But the efforts of Aquino to strike a deal between Poe and Roxas in connection with the 2016 presidential polls are going to be futile.

A former member of the House of Representatives, who is close to Poe, said Poe and her putative running mate Escudero are all set for the national campaign.

“The tandem is all set for 2016,” the source who asked for anonymity said yesterday.


Walang Iwanan: Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero promise to support each other in 2016 polls. "Pinag-uusapan namin. Pinag-aaralan namin. COURTESY OF GMA NEWS ONLINE

President Aquino has already talked to Roxas, Escudero and Poe for several times in an apparent bid to sway Poe into giving way to Roxas’s presidential bid.

The Poe-Chiz tandem has allegedly created a wedge between supporters of Roxas and Poe in the Lower House.

“Those who are practical, of course, would want to support a candidate who is going to win,” the same source said, admitting that leaders of the various coalition partners of the ruling Liberal Party are inclined to support a Poe-Chiz tandem.

Speaker Belmonte said that Roxas is still the man for the presidency. He, however, said that Roxas should win by himself and not count on the endorsement of President Aquino.

Belmonte, the Vice Chairman of the Liberal Party (LP), expressed these sentiments considering that the President and Chairman of the LP is yet to anoint Roxas as the party’s Presidential bet for 2016 even if Roxas has been then Senator Aquino’s running mate during the 2010 polls and has served as the chief of the DILG and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) during the five-year tenure of the Aquino Presidency.

“I would like to say that there are instructions [to campaign for Roxas, but to be frank, there are none. Secretary Mar is busy meeting political leaders from LP and other parties. And he should be doing that. If I am a candidate, I don’t want other people to speak for me…make decisions for me. Mar has to make the decision for himself,” Belmonte told reporters.

Belmonte urged Roxas to assess his chances in the 2016 polls, considering his possible opponents.

Per survey results, Roxas will have a hard time overcoming potential rivals such as Vice President Jejomar Binay and neophyte Sen. Grace Poe who are more popular than he.

“I believe he is the most prepared to be President. He should consider the surveys, but that should not be the sole basis of his decision. Anything can happen,” Belmonte said referring to Roxas.

With less than a year before the 2016 elections, Roxas has been trailing Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Binay and even Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in surveys for Presidential candidates but has been slowly catching up.

Earlier, Nationalist People’s Coalition President Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao said that both Poe and Escudero are “closet members of the NPC.”

The source also disclosed that a “big chunk” of the LP’s coalition partners and the political opposition would be going for the Poe-Chiz tandem.

Earlier in the day, Senate President Franklin Drilon said he was optimistic that the President would pick Roxas as LP’s standard bearer despite the Interior secretary’s not-so-good showing in surveys.

“Regardless of the odds, if in the President’s view, whichever candidate will continue his reforms, that candidate wil be it,”Drilon said in a radio interview.
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Walang Iwanan Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero promise to support each other in 2016 polls July 14, 2015 10:03pm 33 58 0 185 Tags: Chiz Escudero , Grace Poe Llamanzares

Although they both have yet to decide on what posts to seek, senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero promised to support each other in the 2016 elections.

"Pinag-uusapan namin. Pinag-aaralan namin. Basta ako sinabi ko na nakahanda akong sumuporta, tumulong sa kanya (Poe) bilang kandidato man o hindi sa harap, sa gilid, sa likod man niya kung anuman ang kanyang magiging pasya na nais niyang gawin sa 2016," Escudero said in a report on GMA-7's "24 Oras" on Tuesday.

In a text message, Poe also expressed support for her friend.

"Ang pinag-usapan namin ni Sen. Chiz ay sa larangan ng politika ay suportado namin ang isa't isa sa mga layunin na makakabuti sa ating bayan," she wrote.

She added that there are still a lot of factors to consider before making a decision for 2016 elections.

"Ang pinakamahalaga ay kung kumpyansa na akong may maiaalay na programa at kakayahan para mas maiangat pa ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan," she added.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections has set October 12 to 16 for the filing of certificate of candidacy for national positions.

On a lighter note, Escudero joked that a Poe-Escudero tandem has already materialized.

"May tambalang Poe-Escudero na tuloy iyong teleserye sa inyo ni Heart at ni Lovi!" he jeered.

Heart Evangelista is the wife of Escudero and Lovi Poe is the sister of Poe. Both star in the upcoming GMA-7 teleserye "Beautiful Strangers," which will air in August. — Trisha Macas/ELR, GMA News


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Grace Poe on meeting with Aquino: We agreed to listen to people By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 16, 2015 - 9:57am 12 1163 googleplus1 0


Sen. Grace Poe tops the latest presidential survey for the 2016 national elections. Facebook/Grace Poe

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Grace Poe revealed on Thursday what she, President Benigno Aquino III, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Sen. Chiz Escudero agreed on during their dinner the previous night.

In a statement, Poe said that the dinner meeting went well. The meeting in Bahay Pangarap at Malacañang Park started at around 7 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m.

"Lahat kami ay sang-ayon na nakasalalay sa tamang liderato ang pagsulong ng ating bansa," Poe said.

The president met with Poe and Escudero one after the other last week to discuss the 2016 national elections. He said he wants the administration to have a common candidate for next year's polls.

Poe currently tops the latest presidential and vice presidential preference surveys while the Liberal Party's Roxas ranks either third or fourth in the presidential preference polls.

"Kaya naman nagkasundo kami na ang pinakamahalaga ay isaalang-alang ang boses at gabay ng ating mga kababayan upang masigurong hindi ito mawaldas at mapalakas pa ang maayos na paraan ng pamamalakad ng gobyerno sa darating na susunod na anim na taon," the senator added.

Meanwhile, Roxas hinted at the possibility of giving up his presidential bid to give way for Poe.

The Interior Secretary noted that he has a track record of "giving way for the sake of a greater objective."

RELATED: Mar: I have a track record of giving way


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PNoy closer to picking LP’s standard bearer by Tessa Distor July 16, 2015 (updated) Share0 Tweet7 Share2 Email0 Share24

President Benigno Aquino III affirmed that he is “closer” to identifying the standard bearer for the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections.

In a Malacanang press conference held past noon of July 16, Aquino said that he had dialogues with Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas.

“Napakarami ng pwedeng magpatuloy ng ating ginagawa“, Aquino said answering the media’s question whether he has narrowed his choices.

It turned out, after last night’s dialogue, the choices have broaden, but Aquino said that it is a good result.

According to the president, the consultations with various groups and personalities in continuous.

Aquino hopes to announce LP’s standard bearer before he delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 27.


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Noy having hard time choosing ‘acceptable’ standard bearer By Danny Dangcalan (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 20, 2015 - 12:00am


President Aquino is finding it difficult to choose the administration’s presidential candidate for the coming 2016 elections. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is finding it difficult to choose the administration’s presidential candidate for the coming 2016 elections.

For one, Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II yesterday said the chosen candidate must be acceptable to members of the ruling coalition.

Gonzales, a stalwart of the Liberal Party (LP), said Aquino has to consider the sentiments of the coalition members, which include the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Nacionalista Party, National Unity Party, and other political groups, which aligned with LP in the 2013 elections.

“I suppose the unity of the coalition is important to him (Aquino) and that is what is causing the delay (in endorsing a candidate). How to make his choice have the support of the LP and the coalition partners – that’s the problem,” Gonzales told dzBB.

“If the President will only consider the LP, then I do suppose he won’t have any difficulty in making a decision – there is only one LP (presidential) candidate,” he said, referring to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Gonzales said Aquino privately met with Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero in connection with the 2016 polls more than twice. Both lawmakers are members of the coalition but not of LP.

He added that Aquino owes Roxas, who gave way to him in 2010 as LP presidential candidate, and other coalition members “who supported him in times of trouble, particularly in the last three years of his term.”

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Although he is confident that an Aquino endorsement of Roxas will significantly boost the latter’s ratings in the presidential surveys, he remains uncertain if that alone is enough to propel Roxas to victory.

Binay biggest threat Gonzales believes that in a three-way fight among Roxas, Poe, and Vice President Jejomar Binay, the latter remains the most formidable candidate against the interior secretary.

“Let’s accept the fact that even if his (Binay) ratings appear to go down, it’s not clear yet who’s gaining from it,” he said, adding that it’s too early to make conclusions based on the latest presidential surveys.

In Bacolod City, Binay described Aquino’s ambition of an 18-year rule in good governance, installing his own choices for the 2016 and 2022 elections, as actually a “sign of dictatorial regime.”

Binay, who was in Victoria City last Friday, lashed back at Malacañang, which described his proposal to lift the six-year term limit of presidents as something that will lead to dictatorships.


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