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LACSON, LAPID SON, ADMIN EXECS COMPLETE LP SENATE SLATE
["Kapag inihain na natin sa ating mga boss ang ating senatorial slate, lalo pang magiging malinaw: Habang hirap na hirap ang iba na magtagpi-tagpi ng koalisyon, buong-buo naman ang ating puwersa," Aquino said.]


OCTOBER 12 -The administration coalition is fielding former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as its presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as his running mate. File photo The Liberal Party (LP) announced on Monday its complete list of senatorial candidates for the 2016 elections which included executives of the Aquino administration. At the LP national headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City, the party officially named Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, resigned Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva and PhilHealth Director Risa Hontiveros as its senatorial bets. Also part of the LP's senatorial slate as guest candidates were Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority general manager Mark Lapid, former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Coop Natcco party-list Rep. Cresente Paez and Interior Assistant Secretary for Muslim Affairs Nariman Ambolodto. About two weeks ago, the LP named Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sens. Teofisto Guingona and Ralph Recto and former Sen. Francis Pangilinan as its first four senatorial candidates. READ MORE...

ALSO: Seasoned politicians, unknowns, strange bedfellows make up admin coalition
[“Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid”.... Where is Pacquiao? Lacson no show at the event]


The Liberal Party announces its senatorial ticket for the 2016 elections in Cubao, Quezon City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Among them are known public servants, fresh faces and strange bedfellows. Malacañang Photo Bureau /Released The Liberal Party (LP) announced on Monday its complete list of senatorial candidates for the 2016 elections which included executives of the Aquino administration.
At the LP national headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City, the party officially named Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, resigned Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva and PhilHealth Director Risa Hontiveros as its senatorial bets. Also part of the LP's senatorial slate as guest candidates were Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority general manager Mark Lapid, former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Coop Natcco party-list Rep. Cresente Paez and Interior Assistant Secretary for Muslim Affairs Nariman Ambolodto. About two weeks ago, the LP named Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sens. Teofisto Guingona and Ralph Recto and former Sen. Francis Pangilinan as its first four senatorial candidates. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy endorses LP's Senate slate, attacks foes, Binay, Marcos
[Aquino said the 2016 campaign season will be easy, expressing confidence that voters will not choose the administration's foes. Aquino said their opponents will try to grab credit for the country's achievements under his watch.]

 
President Benigno Aquino III graces a "gathering of friends" of the Liberal Party in Club Filipino in San Juan City on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV  President Benigno Aquino III on Monday took a swipe at the administration's opponents as he endorsed the Liberal Party's (LP) 12-person senatorial slate. During the announcement of the LP senatorial ticket called "Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid," Aquino listed down the traits of unnamed political foes that referred to Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
"Una, nariyan ang ampaw na pangako, na sinasabing ibibigay nila ang lahat, pero nakakalimutan nila parating sabihin kung paano ibibigay ang pangako," Aquino said in his speech. "Palagay ko po, 'pag dumating ang panahon na napako ang ipinangako, alam na natin kung bakit. Diin ko po, noong kunwaring panig pa sila sa atin, maraming pagkakataong nakatulong na sana sila sa solusyon," he added. Binay, who filed his certificate of candidacy for president this morning, has become the administration's staunchest critic following his resignation from the Cabinet in June. The vice president has called the administration inept and uncaring. In response, Aquino has repeatedly criticized Binay's campaign promises and his failure to help the administration. Apart from Binay, the president also made a veiled attack on Marcos, son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinad Marcos. "Pangalawa, nariyan ang mga diretsuhang nagsisinungaling. Napapailing nga po ako kapag gumagawa sila ng mga pahayag; na para bang hindi sila kasama sa mga nagpahirap sa atin noon," Aquino said. "Nariyan silang umaasang nag-uulyanin na ang taumbayan. Ang hirit pa: Time to move on na raw," the president added. Aquino fired shots at Marcos for saying in a television interview in August that he and his family have nothing to apologize for what happened during the martial law regime. "Ang sabi naman ng aking ina: 'Reconciliation with justice' ang kailangan. Alam n'yo po, sa simbahang kinabibilangan ko, ang paghingi ng tawad ay sa Diyos at sa pamayanan," Aquino said. "Ang tanong ko nga: Paano natin pagkakatiwalaan ang hindi humingi ng patawad, at di nakakakita ng pangangailangang magpaumanhin?" he added. Marcos announced last week that he will run for vice president in the 2016 elections. With the poll season unofficially kicking off this week, Aquino also warned against incompetent candidates who are out to pull down other officials. "Ang pangatlo po, 'yung halatang aminado na sa kanilang napakasahol na track record, kaya tinatangka nilang ipresenta na kasinsahol at kasinsama nila ang lahat," he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: OSMEÑA SAYS, AQUINO CAN'T RAISE ROXAS POOR RATINGS[Administration coalition leaders have said that they envision having a 2016 team that will have a President who will pursue Mr. Aquino’s reform program, to be succeeded by a Vice President who will become President in 2022 and sustain the gains of the reforms. This is the reason why the administration coalition wants Poe to be the running mate of Roxas.]


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO The poll ratings of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas will not shoot up to the sky with President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of his presidential candidacy, Sen. Serge Osmeña III said on Saturday. Mr. Aquino’s endorsement will have a negligible effect on Roxas’ ratings, Osmeña said in a radio interview.
Mr. Aquino endorsed Roxas last week as the ruling Liberal Party’s standard-bearer in next year’s presidential election despite his poor showing in the polls. Roxas, who lost the 2010 vice-presidential election to former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, is running third in the latest Social Weather Stations poll, behind the now Vice President and junior Sen. Grace Poe, who topped the race for the Senate in 2013. In the latest Pulse Asia poll, Roxas is running fourth, behind Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Binay and Poe. LP leaders and Malacañang say, however, that Roxas’ ratings will improve after the endorsement from the highly popular President Aquino. But Osmeña maintained that the presidential endorsement will not significantly improve the numbers of the unpopular Roxas. History History has shown that presidential endorsement has done little for candidates, Osmeña said. “It doesn’t change the dynamics. If Roxas’ ratings will rise, they will rise regardless of whether P-Noy (the President’s nickname) endorsed him or not,” he said. He also noted that Roxas has always been identified with President Aquino and this could already have been factored in in the results of the polls. “All of P-Noy’s people are with Roxas. So that has been seen in surveys. P-Noy has never endorsed any other candidate, has never indicated to the world who his candidate would be except Mar Roxas. So [his numbers] won’t change. If anything, it would be by only 1 or 2 percent,” he said. But he agreed that Roxas’ numbers could rise depending on how he campaigns. He said the campaign would be long, and many things could change during the dynamic period. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cracks in ‘Daang Matuwid’ show as Ping hits LP rule
[Panfilo Lacson lashed out yesterday at the “condition” imposed on him by the Liberal Party (LP). The LP proviso on his being accepted as a guest candidate effectively restricts him from appearing in political sorties other than that of the administration coalition carrying the LP tandem of Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Leni Robredo. “I value my words as I value my integrity and honor. I need not be told and worse, in a veiled threat manner that some people want to project,” Lacson, a returning senator, said.]


LACSON Even before the campaign period fires off, cracks are already showing in the administration Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid (Good Governance Coalition) as independent senatorial candidate Panfilo Lacson lashed out yesterday at the “condition” imposed on him by the Liberal Party (LP). The LP proviso on his being accepted as a guest candidate effectively restricts him from appearing in political sorties other than that of the administration coalition carrying the LP tandem of Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Leni Robredo. “I value my words as I value my integrity and honor. I need not be told and worse, in a veiled threat manner that some people want to project,” Lacson, a returning senator, said. There’s no need for any veiled threats, Lacson said in responding to the recent statements made by LP spokesman Marikina City Rep. Romero “Miro” Quimbo that senatorial bets under the administration coalition can be adopted by other political groups but can share the campaign stage only with Roxas and Robredo. Quimbo was even quoted as saying that the “Roxas-Robredo only” clause was made clear to the 12 senatorial candidates of LP that included Lacson supposedly. Lacson, who is not a member of LP but is considered a strong political ally of the administration, raised a howl over this matter although no sanction has been set for infraction of this condition. Lacson is reported being “adopted” as well by the camp of another presidential aspirant, Sen. Grace Poe and even the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero, the running mate of Poe, both ran under the Team PNoy coalition of the administration and were subjected to the same rigid rule on not joining sorties other than those organized by the LP. Lacson said he had discussed what he committed to do and not to do, when he agreed to be adopted both by the Roxas’ and Poe’s camps. However, he agreed to be adopted as a senatorial bet by the three leading presidential candidates. “On both counts, I was very transparent with each of them about my talks with the other party. I know exactly what I have committed to do and not to do when I agreed to be adopted by them,” he said. “I think it is the height of arrogance to decline an invitation to be a guest candidate of any legitimate and serious presidential candidate, not to mention that I consider it a huge privilege to be offered such,” he added. Lacson added this is why he did not decline Binay’s invitation to be a guest candidate in the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) slate as well. He said Vice President Binay had made a similar request when they saw each other at the Comelec office when they filed their COCs last Monday. “I did not decline his invitation as well,” Lacson said. Lacson was the first among the so-called senatoriables in the coming 2016 elections to file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last Monday, some two hours before the LP announced his inclusion in its senatorial slate. READ MORE...

ALSO: Newsman running for Senate asks: Is May 2016 for trapos, movie stars only?


Several less-known candidates have complained that they were snubbed and deprived of the chance to speak on stage and present their agenda after filing their certificates of candidacy (CoCs) for the May 9, 2016 elections. They blamed the staff of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Philippine National Police (PNP) deputies for leading them out to the exit door and allowed only big-name traditional politicians (trapos), celebrities and perennial nuisance candidates to the stage. “We may be no-names but we have legitimate cause and advocacy in seeking election to public office. We are no nuisance candidates and we are not any less-qualified than the big-name trapos and movie stars who put up a show on the red carpet,” said senatorial candidate Ferdinand Sevilla, aka Lakay Ferdie. The veteran journalist-editor said he is more deserving of a Senate seat than a chronic absentee-lawmaker, a shameless whistle-blower or big business crony. Sevilla, filed his CoC just next to vice presidential candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano but the veteran journalist-editor along with two others were barred from going to the stage area by several Comelec and police personnel. “Masyado nang marami, doon na lang sa labas,” one Comelec employee shouted.
He was to speak about his agenda on national budget legislation, social justice, economic reform, environmental protection, federalism, public health and freedom of information. Sevilla appealed for “open-mindedness” among the Comelec officials, as well as the news media, and observe fairness, balance and objectivity. “I must have a keen insight of how the media work, and I believe they can help bring true change this time around,” Sevilla said. In a span of 32 years, Sevilla worked as reporter and desk editor for various Manila dailies, a Saipan newspaper, Washington DC, Chicago and California Filipino-American newspapers. He covered President Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 and George W. Bush in 2000.THE FULL REPORT.


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Lacson, Lapid son, other execs complete LP Senate slate


The administration coalition is fielding former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as its presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as his running mate. File photo

MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - The Liberal Party (LP) announced on Monday its complete list of senatorial candidates for the 2016 elections which included executives of the Aquino administration.

At the LP national headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City, the party officially named Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, resigned Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva and PhilHealth Director Risa Hontiveros as its senatorial bets.

Also part of the LP's senatorial slate as guest candidates were Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority general manager Mark Lapid, former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Coop Natcco party-list Rep. Cresente Paez and Interior Assistant Secretary for Muslim Affairs Nariman Ambolodto.

About two weeks ago, the LP named Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sens. Teofisto Guingona and Ralph Recto and former Sen. Francis Pangilinan as its first four senatorial candidates.

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The LP was set to announce its Senate slate last Friday but postponed it yet again after Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino asked the party leadership to remove him from the line-up.

Tolentino drew flak recently for allegedly bringing scantily clad female dancers to an LP event in Laguna late last month.

The LP also deferred the announcement of its senatorial line-up to give additional discernment time to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who eventually declined to run for senator.

The administration coalition is fielding former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as its presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as his running mate.

During Robredo's proclamation on October 5, President Benigno Aquino III said the administration coalition remains intact unlike other political parties.

"Kapag inihain na natin sa ating mga boss ang ating senatorial slate, lalo pang magiging malinaw: Habang hirap na hirap ang iba na magtagpi-tagpi ng koalisyon, buong-buo naman ang ating puwersa," he said.


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Seasoned politicians, unknowns, strange bedfellows make up admin coalition By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated October 12, 2015 - 7:04pm 2 9 googleplus0 0


The Liberal Party announces its senatorial ticket for the 2016 elections in Cubao, Quezon City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Among them are known public servants, fresh faces and strange bedfellows. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Released

MANILA, Philippines — Experienced politicians, strange bedfellows and unknowns make up the senatorial slate of the administration coalition, which was finally announced Monday after some delays caused by changes in the lineup.

Six of the 12 senatorial candidates of the “Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid” are members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) while the other six were from coalition partners.

The LP members included in the senatorial ticket are Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sen. Ralph Recto, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, former Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

Completing the slate are former senator and rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson, former Pampanga Gov. Mark Lapid, Citizens' Battle Against Corruption party list president and former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) chief Joel Villanueva, Akbayan chairperson Risa Hontiveros, COOP NATCCO party list Rep. Cresente Paez and Interior Assistant Secretary for Muslim Affairs and Special Concerns Nariman Ambolodto.

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“These 12 gentlemen and ladies will carry the torch so we can provide a better future for the country,” Drilon said.

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, described the LP slate a “hodgepodge.”

“(It is composed of) veterans and newbies, politicians and non-politicians, program-oriented and pragmatic, trapo (traditional politician) and reform. In the end, it's a combination of sure winners, chance winners, and sore losers,” Casiple said.

"Political bedfellows are strange. (It is about) short alliances, short memory, and permanent interests,” he added.

Political science professor Amado Mendoza Jr. (photo) said the LP senatorial ticket “is composed of winners, maybes and sure losers.”

“I don’t think the unknowns have a chance,” Mendoza said.

The announcement of the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid senatorial ticket was supposed to be held last Friday but was postponed to give Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista time to decide on whether to run for senator. Bautista has decided not to join the senatorial race and is seeking reelection instead.

Another factor that led to the rescheduling is the decision of former Metro Manila Development Authority Francis Tolentino to withdraw from the lineup following a controversial lewd show in Laguna early this month.

President Aquino, LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo attended the announcement of the senatorial ticket.

Strange bedfellows There are strange bedfellows in the senatorial line up, which Roxas claimed was not based on political convenience.

De Lima had issues with her fellow senatorial bets Villanueva and Lacson because of her work as Justice secretary. She sued Villanueva over his alleged channeling of pork barrel funds to bogus foundations when he was the representative of CIBAC.

Villanueva denied misusing his pork funds and admitted previously that he would not be comfortable running with de Lima. The former TESDA chief, however, appeared to have a change of heart as he agreed to share the stage with the former justice secretary.

“There's no such thing as a perfect set-up. We are not waiting for the perfect set up to serve our people and give what is due them. We know what we want to accomplish. We want to increase the jobs and entrepreneurs in the Philippines,” Villanueva said.

The issue between de Lima and Lacson was related to the killing of publicist Salvador Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000. De Lima ordered a probe in 2011 to determine if Lacson had a hand in the crime.

Lacson held a grudge against de Lima because of her threats to arrest him despite a court order lifting an arrest warrant against him. Former police superintendent Cezar Mancao, a witness of the case, has cleared Lacson of any link to the crime. Lacson has also agreed to make peace with de Lima.

Lacson was a no-show during the announcement of the administration coalition’s senatorial line-up.

De Lima, who was introduced as “a woman with balls” during the event, said she will campaign alongside Villanueva and Lacson.

“I don’t feel awkward. I am a professional,” De Lima said.

Mendoza agreed that there is nothing awkward with De Lima being in the same ticket with Villanueva or Lacson.

“She (De Lima) does not have to campaign for them. After all, you are still rivals even if you belong to the same party,” the political science professor said.

Bobby Tuazon (photo below), director for policy studies of the Center for People Empowerment (CenPEG) in Governance, said politicians can set aside differences for convenience.


Professor Tuazon expresses his opinions on Leni Robredo's bid for the vice-presidency in this Manila Times Article by Jefferson Antiporda: ‘Daang matuwid’ will not do Leni any good | The Manila Times Online http://www.manilatimes.net/daang-matuwid-will-not-do-len…/…/ FACEBOOK PHOTO

”It's a politics of convenience and expediency.

Differences can be buried to make way for political convenience. De Lima and Villanueva have always been identified closely with the titular LP president, Mr. Aquino. There is no reason why they will refuse to join together in the same slate,” he said.

Lesser-known candidates The Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid surprised observers when it included Paez and Ambolodto – two lesser known figures – in its senatorial slate.

Paez represents cooperatives in Congress while Ambolodto handled Muslim affairs as assistant secretary of the Interior department. Both of them were convinced by Roxas to run for senator.

Paez admitted that it is almost “mission impossible” to win over well-known and seasoned political figures.

“My initial reaction was this is mission impossible. I do not have a name. I’m not like those who have big names. My surname is just Paez,” Paez said.

“But I think behind me is the powerhouse – these are the cooperatives who want to grow. The time has come to recognize the development of cooperatives,” he added.

Paez is optimistic that cooperatives all over the country would support his candidacy.

“If I win, the entire sector, not just Paez, wins,” he added.

Ambolodto said she would introduce herself as a “woman and a Muslim from Mindanao.”

“I came from an internally displaced family but because of hard work and God’s mercy, I was able to achieve what I have now. I want to serve as an example, that poverty is not a hindrance to attain one’s dreams,” she said.

Ambolodto admitted to feeling nervous when she was offered to join the senatorial race.

"I asked myself: 'Can I do it?' The position is too high?’” she said.

“I saw the peace and order situation in our area. I decided to run so that the peace negotiations can continue.”

CenPEG’s Tuazon believes Ambolodto and Paez were included to fill up the available slots in the administration coalition’s senatorial slate.

“They were picked supposedly to represent the NGO or civil society sector. I doubt however whether they have any chances of securing sizeable votes,” he said.

Experts believe it will be hard for LP to sweep the senatorial race.

“Only the incumbents, reelectionists and those making a comeback - whether from the administration or from other camps - have the advantage in this race,” Tuazon said.

“There is no chance (to achieve a sweep). There are other (candidates who have greater chancesof winning) ourtside LP,” Casiple said.

LP spokesman and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice is optimistic that Ambolodto and Paez would gain public support during the campaign period.

“We have seven months to campaign and we hope that the people will realize that they have legislators who can support them,” he said.

Where is Pacquiao? Noticeably absent in the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid senatorial slate is champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, who was reportedly offered a slot.

Erice said Pacquiao had opted to join the ticket of someone from Mindnaao but did not elaborate.

Roxas previously said that it was possible to include Pacquiao in the administration coalition’s senatorial slate.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, a rival of Roxas in the presidential race, previously claimed that Pacquiao has given an assurance that he would not leave the opposition party. – with reports from Levi Mae Mora


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PNoy endorses LP's Senate slate, attacks foes By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 12, 2015 - 2:07pm 1 345 googleplus0 0


President Benigno Aquino III graces a "gathering of friends" of the Liberal Party in Club Filipino in San Juan City on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Monday took a swipe at the administration's opponents as he endorsed the Liberal Party's (LP) 12-person senatorial slate.

During the announcement of the LP senatorial ticket called "Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid," Aquino listed down the traits of unnamed political foes that referred to Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

"Una, nariyan ang ampaw na pangako, na sinasabing ibibigay nila ang lahat, pero nakakalimutan nila parating sabihin kung paano ibibigay ang pangako," Aquino said in his speech.

"Palagay ko po, 'pag dumating ang panahon na napako ang ipinangako, alam na natin kung bakit. Diin ko po, noong kunwaring panig pa sila sa atin, maraming pagkakataong nakatulong na sana sila sa solusyon," he added.

Binay, who filed his certificate of candidacy for president this morning, has become the administration's staunchest critic following his resignation from the Cabinet in June.

The vice president has called the administration inept and uncaring. In response, Aquino has repeatedly criticized Binay's campaign promises and his failure to help the administration.

Apart from Binay, the president also made a veiled attack on Marcos, son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinad Marcos.

"Pangalawa, nariyan ang mga diretsuhang nagsisinungaling. Napapailing nga po ako kapag gumagawa sila ng mga pahayag; na para bang hindi sila kasama sa mga nagpahirap sa atin noon," Aquino said.

"Nariyan silang umaasang nag-uulyanin na ang taumbayan. Ang hirit pa: Time to move on na raw," the president added.

Aquino fired shots at Marcos for saying in a television interview in August that he and his family have nothing to apologize for what happened during the martial law regime.

"Ang sabi naman ng aking ina: 'Reconciliation with justice' ang kailangan. Alam n'yo po, sa simbahang kinabibilangan ko, ang paghingi ng tawad ay sa Diyos at sa pamayanan," Aquino said.

"Ang tanong ko nga: Paano natin pagkakatiwalaan ang hindi humingi ng patawad, at di nakakakita ng pangangailangang magpaumanhin?" he added.

Marcos announced last week that he will run for vice president in the 2016 elections.

With the poll season unofficially kicking off this week, Aquino also warned against incompetent candidates who are out to pull down other officials.

"Ang pangatlo po, 'yung halatang aminado na sa kanilang napakasahol na track record, kaya tinatangka nilang ipresenta na kasinsahol at kasinsama nila ang lahat," he said.

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"Sinusunod nga nila ang sinabi ng isang matandang politiko: Kung di mo kayang bumango, pabahuin mo na lang ang iba," Aquino added.

Aquino said the 2016 campaign season will be easy, expressing confidence that voters will not choose the administration's foes.

Aquino said their opponents will try to grab credit for the country's achievements under his watch.

"Sa tingin ko, magiging madali ang kampanyang ito, dahil maliwanag na maliwanag na kaharap ng Daang Matuwid ang mga magdadala sa atin sa ligaw na daan," Aquino said.

"Magiging maingay ang kampanya. Pero sa taong bukas ang mata at tenga, napakadali ng pipiliin. At narito sila sa harap ninyo ngayon," he added.

Aquino maintained that the administration coalition is intact. He claimed that it has a true track record and platform that is based on principles and reforms.


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OSMEÑA SAYS ENDORSEMENT ALREADY FACTORED IN RATINGS: Aquino can’t raise Roxas’
By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer  August 9th, 2015


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The poll ratings of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas will not shoot up to the sky with President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of his presidential candidacy, Sen. Serge Osmeña III said on Saturday.

Mr. Aquino’s endorsement will have a negligible effect on Roxas’ ratings, Osmeña said in a radio interview.

Mr. Aquino endorsed Roxas last week as the ruling Liberal Party’s standard-bearer in next year’s presidential election despite his poor showing in the polls.

Roxas, who lost the 2010 vice-presidential election to former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, is running third in the latest Social Weather Stations poll, behind the now Vice President and junior Sen. Grace Poe, who topped the race for the Senate in 2013.

In the latest Pulse Asia poll, Roxas is running fourth, behind Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Binay and Poe.

LP leaders and Malacañang say, however, that Roxas’ ratings will improve after the endorsement from the highly popular President Aquino.

But Osmeña maintained that the presidential endorsement will not significantly improve the numbers of the unpopular Roxas.

History

History has shown that presidential endorsement has done little for candidates, Osmeña said.

“It doesn’t change the dynamics. If Roxas’ ratings will rise, they will rise regardless of whether P-Noy (the President’s nickname) endorsed him or not,” he said.

He also noted that Roxas has always been identified with President Aquino and this could already have been factored in in the results of the polls.

“All of P-Noy’s people are with Roxas. So that has been seen in surveys. P-Noy has never endorsed any other candidate, has never indicated to the world who his candidate would be except Mar Roxas. So [his numbers] won’t change. If anything, it would be by only 1 or 2 percent,” he said.

But he agreed that Roxas’ numbers could rise depending on how he campaigns.

He said the campaign would be long, and many things could change during the dynamic period.

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In 2010, for instance, Binay surged from 12 percent to overtake Roxas, who at one point had gotten a 49 percent rating, Osmeña added.

Not dictatorship

Osmeña also defended the Aquino administration against Binay’s criticism that it wanted to establish a dictatorship by pressing for continuity of its reform program.

It is a legitimate ambition for any political party to wish to stay in power, and if it was so through elections, then such a plan could not be equated with a dictatorship, Osmeña said.

“It’s not a dictatorship if you go through an election, right? We have elections here,” he said.

Every party’s ambition is to stay in power or control, he added.

“If VP Binay wins, of course all of his allies and all of the people with him would plan for the next two presidential elections so that they could continue remaining in their posts. That’s the way it is,” he said.

“It’s a legitimate and valid ambition of any party to win the election. What’s wrong with that? That’s not a bad thing,” he added.

Next two Presidents

Administration coalition leaders have said that they envision having a 2016 team that will have a President who will pursue Mr. Aquino’s reform program, to be succeeded by a Vice President who will become President in 2022 and sustain the gains of the reforms.

This is the reason why the administration coalition wants Poe to be the running mate of Roxas.

But Poe has so far been cool to the idea, insisting she has not decided to run.

Binay, whose family has ruled Makati City for three decades, said the administration’s statements that it would need about two decades for President Aquino’s programs to bring maximum benefits to the country shows that it was desperate to stay in power.

He said that if the Palace wants 20 years, then it wants a “dictatorship.”

Asked if he believed the Aquino administration could achieve its plan to remain in power for the next two decades, Osmeña said, “Nobody can plan that far.”

“They cannot even plan for one election. They’re having a hard time with the 2016 [elections],” he said.

Ideals of democracy

Malacañang reminded Binay that President Aquino is holding to the ideals of democracy, which includes free and credible elections, that his parents fought for, especially during the Marcos dictatorship.

“The President’s clarion call to our bosses (the Filipino people) is to continue to support [his reform program], so that the transformation of Philippine society that has been built on good governance during his administration may be brought to its full fruition,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

“Like his parents, the President is a staunch advocate of democracy, in which the most important element is the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another through the conduct of orderly and credible elections,” Coloma said.

Binay used to be a close ally of the Aquino family, owing to the President’s mother, the late democracy icon President Corazon Aquino, who appointed him overseer of Makati City after the 1986 Edsa Revolution.

But Binay left Mr. Aquino’s Cabinet in June and fashioned himself into an opposition leader after failing to get the President’s support for his presidential bid in 2016.

Binay is also facing charges of corruption stemming from alleged irregular transactions during his three terms as mayor of Makati City. With a report from Nikko Dizon

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Cracks in ‘Daang Matuwid’ show as Ping hits LP rule Written by Angie M. Rosales Thursday, 15 October 2015


LACSON

Even before the campaign period fires off, cracks are already showing in the admi-nistration Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid (Good Governance Coalition) as independent senatorial candidate Panfilo Lacson lashed out yesterday at the “condition” imposed on him by the Liberal Party (LP).

The LP proviso on his being accepted as a guest candidate effectively restricts him from appearing in political sorties other than that of the admi-nistration coalition carrying the LP tandem of Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Leni Robredo.

“I value my words as I value my integrity and honor. I need not be told and worse, in a veiled threat manner that some people want to project,” Lacson, a returning senator, said.

There’s no need for any veiled threats, Lacson said in responding to the recent statements made by LP spokesman Marikina City Rep. Romero “Miro” Quimbo that senatorial bets under the administration coalition can be adopted by other political groups but can share the campaign stage only with Roxas and Robredo.

Quimbo was even quoted as saying that the “Roxas-Robredo only” clause was made clear to the 12 senatorial candidates of LP that included Lacson supposedly.

Lacson, who is not a member of LP but is considered a strong political ally of the administration, raised a howl over this matter although no sanction has been set for infraction of this condition.

Lacson is reported being “adopted” as well by the camp of another presidential aspirant, Sen. Grace Poe and even the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero, the running mate of Poe, both ran under the Team PNoy coalition of the administration and were subjected to the same rigid rule on not joining sorties other than those organized by the LP.

Lacson said he had discussed what he committed to do and not to do, when he agreed to be adopted both by the Roxas’ and Poe’s camps.

However, he agreed to be adopted as a senatorial bet by the three leading presidential candidates.

“On both counts, I was very transparent with each of them about my talks with the other party. I know exactly what I have committed to do and not to do when I agreed to be adopted by them,” he said.

“I think it is the height of arrogance to decline an invitation to be a guest candidate of any legitimate and serious presidential candidate, not to mention that I consider it a huge privilege to be offered such,” he added.

Lacson added this is why he did not decline Binay’s invitation to be a guest candidate in the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) slate as well.

He said Vice President Binay had made a similar request when they saw each other at the Comelec office when they filed their COCs last Monday.

“I did not decline his invitation as well,” Lacson said.

Lacson was the first among the so-called senatoriables in the coming 2016 elections to file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last Monday, some two hours before the LP announced his inclusion in its senatorial slate.

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Re-electionist Sen Vicente Sotto III has also filed his CoC yesterday, saying that he has more bills that he intended to file and more debates that he intended to take part in on to ensure the interest of the greater majority.

“Today, I present myself to the Filipinos as I have decided to run for reelection and continue to work for the good of the Filipino Family which is a continuing work in progress,” Sotto said.

“For six years that I am Senator, I took my job seriously. Modesty aside, your humble public servant was never late nor absent in performing my duties as a legislator. If elected, I will not waver and continue to work for the good of the majority. My tagline has always been ‘Senador ng Pamilyang Pilipino,’, I will continue to champion for the betterment of the basic unit of our country, the Filipino family,” he added.

Poe and Escudero are c;ose to completing its senatorial line up under the so-called Unity Party, sources close to the tandem said yesterday.

Among those in the list are former Sen. Dick Gordon, peace and human rights advocate Amina Rasul, re-electionist Senators Tito Sotto and Ralph Recto, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela, former Senators Migz Zubiri and Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, and lawyer Lorna Kapunan, a litigation lawyer and expert in intellectual property law.

“We are now in the final stages of coming out with the line up,” the source said yesterday.

“These names are being seriously considered now. They are likely to form the senatorial candidates of Team Grace-Chiz,” the source added.

The source said that forming the grand unity ticket will be a significant step toward national unity and peace.

Two of those being considered in the Poe-Chiz “Unity party” are also in the line up of the ruling Liberal Party including Recto and Lacson.

Poe and Escudero are reportedly going to be adopted by the Nationalist People’s Coalition where Gatchalian and Sotto belongs.
Poe and Escudero are set to file their certificates of candidacy today (Thursday).

NPC is the second largest political party in the country with at least 40 congressmen, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors.

Romulo, who filed his certificate of candidacy yesterday, said that he is running as an independent candidate but he is supporting the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe.

Zubiri already filed his CoC yesterday while Colmenares filed his on Monday.

“As an independent candidate, I am absolutely convinced that I will be able to humbly serve our people better in the Senate. The Filipino family and the people will be my party,” Zubiri said.

“As a non-partisan, I hope to serve the country freely and without conditions — without being weighed down by having to perform any obligations to a political party or faction,” he added.

He has previously served as a senator for four years and as congressman for three consecutive terms representing the third district of Bukidnon.

Cayetano pines for Duterte



Two of the three vice presidential candidates from the Senate who are declared independents as of the moment denied being the person referred to by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago as a possible “running mate” in her bid for the presidency next year.

Santiago last Tuesday declared her intention to contest the presidentcy and expressed plans to file her certificate of candidacy (CoC) tomorrow.

Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said Santiago’s camp sent “feelers” to him concerning the possible forming of a tandem but begged off from it as he is already resolved to have a tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte who jad earlier indicated that he is not gunning for the presidency.

Cayetano, however, continues to hope that Duterte will reconsider at the last minute.

“She has a friend (Santiago) who asked us (on the possibility of forming a tandem) but we were very honest to say that we’re committed to Duterte. I really believe he’ll be the best president, so until the last minute, I will really push for him to seek the presidency to give people a choice,” he said in a text message to reporters.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who is from the Nacionalista Party (NP) like Cayetano, said he’s not likely to be the vice presidential candidate that Santiago was referring to since he had announced his support to the presidential bid of Poe.

“We welcome the entry of Senator Santiago in the presidential race. She is highly qualified for the position and would add color to the campaign. Having said this, I would like to clarify that I am not the vice presidential candidate being referred to by her as her possible running mate. Our Magdalo group is committed to supporting Poe for president,” Trillanes said.

Santiago, who will be running under her People’s Reform Party (PRP), hinted that she would likely have a running mate but refused to name the candidate yet dropped hints that the latter has already announced his vice presidential bid.

“I cannot give the answer because his wife might scold him,” she said.

Trillanes, however, admitted receiving information that Santiago could be referring to the third NP member in the Senate seeking the vice presidency, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“If that will be the case, whatever happens, I wish them all the luck. Everybody will have a chance to offer himself to the people,” he said.



Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile who was at Marcos’ announcement of his vice presidential bid in Intramuros, Manila said he was not surprised to hear about Santiago’s intention to throw her hat into the ring.

“I never thought about that. I do not know whether Bongbong [Marcos] would want to be a running mate of anybody. He has not selected anybody yet,” Enrile said.

“I’m afraid she’s too brilliant,” Enrile, who has been at odds with Santiago for quite sometime now, said in jest.

Besides openly throwing support for Marcos’ candidacy, Enrile refused to disclose his preferred presidential candidate even if he has been identified with UNA of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“Do I have to endorse anybody for president? I will vote but endorsing, well I would just tell my preferred candidate of my support during the campaign period,” he said.

Asked if he sees Santiago as serious in her presidential bid, Enrile had this to say: “There is nothing better to do according to her, except to run for president. So if she was quoted correctly, then I can base my assessment about the seriousness of her candidacy on the basis of that statement. [But] I’d rather keep my conclusion (to myself).”

Trillanes formalized his vice presidential bid by filing his certificate of candidacy (CoC) yesterday.

Trillanes said that by running to higher office, he seeks to make greater impact in providing direct services to the Filipino people, and as well as in improving the country’s peace and order, which has been a serious concern in the past.

Supporters of Marcos also welcomed the backing of Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos on his vice presidential bid.

This developed as Marcos expressed sincere gratitude to his supporters who gathered at the main office of the Commission on Elections Comelec in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday as he filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC).

Abalos, together with Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and former President and current Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada led supporters in endorsing Marcos during his formal proclamation of candidacy last October 10.

“He is the most qualified and experienced candidate for the position so far. Our country needs a person of his caliber in the service,” Abalos said.

Abalos said Marcos has always stood on factual ground and strongly pushed his position on sensitive national issues. Gerry Baldo


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Newsman running for Senate asks: Is May 2016 for trapos, movie stars only?
Written by Conrado Ching Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00



Several less-known candidates have complained that they were snubbed and deprived of the chance to speak on stage and present their agenda after filing their certificates of candidacy (CoCs) for the May 9, 2016 elections.

They blamed the staff of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Philippine National Police (PNP) deputies for leading them out to the exit door and allowed only big-name traditional politicians (trapos), celebrities and perennial nuisance candidates to the stage.

“We may be no-names but we have legitimate cause and advocacy in seeking election to public office. We are no nuisance candidates and we are not any less-qualified than the big-name trapos and movie stars who put up a show on the red carpet,” said senatorial candidate Ferdinand Sevilla, aka Lakay Ferdie.

The veteran journalist-editor said he is more deserving of a Senate seat than a chronic absentee-lawmaker, a shameless whistle-blower or big business crony.

Sevilla, filed his CoC just next to vice presidential candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano but the veteran journalist-editor along with two others were barred from going to the stage area by several Comelec and police personnel.

“Masyado nang marami, doon na lang sa labas,” one Comelec employee shouted.

He was to speak about his agenda on national budget legislation, social justice, economic reform, environmental protection, federalism, public health and freedom of information.

Sevilla appealed for “open-mindedness” among the Comelec officials, as well as the news media, and observe fairness, balance and objectivity.

“I must have a keen insight of how the media work, and I believe they can help bring true change this time around,” Sevilla said.

In a span of 32 years, Sevilla worked as reporter and desk editor for various Manila dailies, a Saipan newspaper, Washington DC, Chicago and California Filipino-American newspapers.

He covered President Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 and George W. Bush in 2000.


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