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MAR ROXAS UNFAZED BY ALLIES' SUPPORT FOR DUTERTE


PDP-Laban officially proclaims Duterte-Cayetano as its presidential, VP bets PHOTO FROM BUSINESS-INQUIRER THEY are free to choose whom to support in the elections, said Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas of his allies in Mindanao who turned their backs on him to support Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for presidency in 2016. Unfazed by LP allies’ crossing over to the camp of Duterte, a smiling Roxas told reporters on Monday that the ruling party still has leaders loyal to him and the administration. “Malaya naman ang bawat mamamayan na piliin kung sino at kanino sila papanig. OK naman ang lahat. Maraming balasa pa ito,” he said in an ambush interview at Payatas village, Quezon City. Roxas said the party is not inclined to conduct a loyalty check. “You know, hindi naman ito personality cult. Hindi ito para kay Mar Roxas o kay Leni Robredo, ako panatag kalooban ko na ang mga nagtitiwala sa Daang Matuwid, ang nagtitiwala sa ating mga prinsipyo na kayo ang boss, prinsipyo na kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap, prinsipyo na inclusive, consultative na pamunuan ay patuloy silang kabahagi ng ating Daang Matuwid Movement. Ang iba naman ay kung iba ang kanilang gustong pagkalooban ng tiwala ay OK naman lang, ‘yan ang demokrasya natin,” he said. LP officials in Mindanao crossed party lines to support Duterte, pointing out that there is rarely a Mindanaoan in the presidential race. Those who have abandoned Roxas’ party are Davao del Norte Governor and LP chair Rodolfo del Rosario and former Tagum City mayor Rey Uy. Del Rosario’s son Antonio Rafael is a close friend of Roxas. READ MORE...

ALSO Leni disagrees with Mar: Traffic not a sign of progress
[She said the administration has many achievements, except in mass transportation. She cited the recurring breakdown of the Metro Rail Transit 3 and the need to rehabilitate the Philippine National Railways.]


“I don’t know about that – the more progressive a place is, the more there’s traffic – that’s not a justification not to address traffic,” Robredo said yesterday during a vice presidential forum organized by the National Alliance of Youth Leaders at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. STAR/File photo
- Unlike Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, his running mate Leni Robredo does not believe that traffic is a sign of progress.
“I don’t know about that – the more progressive a place is, the more there’s traffic – that’s not a justification not to address traffic,” Robredo said yesterday during a vice presidential forum organized by the National Alliance of Youth Leaders at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. “I don’t think that’s a correct position. Yes, there’s progress but that’s no reason for traffic,” she added. She said there should be an acceptance that there is a problem with traffic and the need for an efficient mass transport system. “More progressive (countries) have less traffic. We may be not that progressive, but our traffic is worse,” she said. Robredo admitted the Aquino administration has failed to address the problems in the mass transport system. READ MORE...

ALSO Brilliantes: I am worried about Korina becoming the first lady
[Meanwhile, along with Roxas’ unpopularity further manifested with LP members’ shift into the bandwagon of supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential bid, Roxas, in a sortie yesterday in Quezon City, downplayed such incidents as if he’s still confident of winning in next year’s race.]


Among the crop of presidential candidates, it is Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer and President Aquino’s anointed Manuel Roxas who will find it difficult to win, not the least because of his wife, television news anchor Korina Sanchez, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes said yesterday.
In an interview on cable television program ANC, Brillantes said Roxas was already rejected by the people by not being chosen as a successor of Aquino in 2010, when he lost out to Vice President Jejomar Binay. “I don’t think he performed well (as head of the agencies) in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG),” Brillantes said. “I am worried about Korina becoming the first lady,” he added. “The First Lady is the closest to the President and something might go wrong if she becomes one because of her own concept on issues facing the President,” he said. Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) added that if there is anybody to be blamed for Roxas’ “most probable” defeat in next year’s elections, it is no less than President Aquino himself. Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes said that Aquino’s poor “performance” is dragging Roxas down to a “sure defeat”. “Rejecting the people’s call for tax reforms, as well as tolerating MRT (Metro Rail Transit)-LRT (Light Rail Transit) woes and letting down consumers with the high prices of commodities are the things that make up Aquino’s legacy and its pulling his candidate Roxas to a sure defeat,” Reyes told the Tribune. READ MORE...

ALSO: Robredo, Escudero joust over bilateral talks with China


COMPOSITE PHOTO -SEN. ESCUDERO and REP. ROBREDO INQUIRER FILE
Though both Senator Francis Escudero and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo backed the arbitration proceedings the Philippine government initiated against China over claims on the South China Sea, it became apparent during Monday's vice-presidential forum at the University of the Philippines-Diliman that they had opposing views on bilateral talks with Beijing. Robredo, the Liberal Party's vice-presidential candidate, said the Philippines could explore other avenues of cooperation with China even while the case was ongoing. “Dapat di natin sinasaraduhan ang lahat ng avenues for cooperation, lahat ng avenues na magbibigay ng katahimikan para sa lahat ng parties. At the same time, hindi natin gini-give up ang ating sovereignty,” she explained. She, however, believed the country would be shortchanged if it agreed to China’s wish for bilateral talks. “Pero yung lahat ng avenues para sa peaceful resolution dapat nating i-pursue. Marami pang opportunities for economic relationship na pwedeng patuloy na nangyayari habang pinu-pursue natin ang arbitration case,” Robredo added. In contrast, opposition United Nationalist Alliance vice-presidential candidate Escudero said the government should consider holding either bilateral talks or back-channel negotiations with Beijing simultaneous with the arbitration proceedings. “Walang mawawala at hindi kawalan dahil mapayapaang paraan naman ‘yan at hindi natin ipinagbebenta ang pagmamay-ari ng lugar na iyan,” the senator explained. Escudero added that the Philippines would only be “bullied” in bilateral talks with China if it allowed itself to be pushed around. “Mabu-bully lang naman tayo sa one-on-one kung magpapa-bully tayo. Pero kung hindi, pwedeng simulan. Pwedeng tigilan kung ‘yon ang ginagawa nila sa bilateral talks,” he said. The Aquino administration has refused bilateral talks with China, choosing instead to take its maritime row with Beijing before the Arbitral Tribunal. ?The Netherlands-based tribunal recently ruled it had jurisdiction over the case and is now hearing the Philippines’ arguments. China, which has refused to participate in arbitration proceedings, claims “indisputable sovereignty” over the entire South China Sea. — DVM, GMA News THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Leni believes in Mar's capacity to lead the nation
[“Siguro, hindi siya perpektong tao, pero sa lahat ng presidential candidates, sa kanya pinakamalaki ‘yung aking paniniwala,” said Robredo. Robredo also said that if it were not for Roxas, she would have not run for the second highest position in the country.]


Amid criticisms on Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas, his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo firmly believes in Roxas' capacity to lead the nation.
Roxas held two Cabinet positions during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III – first as Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) secretary from 2011 to 2012, and second, as Department of Interior and Local Government) secretary in 2012, when the late Jesse Robredo, Leni’s husband, died in a plane crash, until 2015. Both departments have been widely criticized for their alleged failure to address traffic and mass transportation woes and Yolanda rehabilitation efforts. At the "Ang Pagsusuri: The Vice Presidential Forum" organized by group “Tatak Botante” in the University of the Philippines Diliman on Monday, Robredo admitted that Roxas had shortcomings in the said issues, stressing that the former secretary is not perfect, but she believes Roxas did what he could do in his capacity. “Siguro, hindi siya perpektong tao, pero sa lahat ng presidential candidates, sa kanya pinakamalaki ‘yung aking paniniwala,” said Robredo. On the other hand, despite giving the Aquino administration a grade of 7 to 8 for its performance, commending its efforts on anti-corruption measurements, she pointed out many can still be improved, like the issue of mass transportation. “Nakulangan tayo na magpapatupad ng mga transportation na mga initiatives, kagaya ng problema natin sa MRT, problema namin sa Bicol, sa PNR, problema ng mass transport system, problema ng mga airports na sana masolusyonan sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Robredo. Roxas has been criticized on transport issues for failing to solve MRT woes. Yet, in another forum, Roxas said that he will move to abrogate the MRT contracts should he win the elections next year due to its anomalous provisions. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe spokesman dismisses Palace hand in Comelec DQ ruling


Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian
The camp of Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday dismissed the supposed hand of Malacañang in the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 2nd division to disqualify the presidential poll front runner. Poe’s spokesperson and Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian said they would rather not dwell on political assumptions. “I don’t want to speculate. This is a legal process. We would rather not speculate on assumptions or political assumptions,” Gatchalian said. In a 34-page decision on Tuesday, Comelec 2nd division presiding commissioner Al Parreño and commissioners Arthur Lim and Sheriff Abas granted the petition of lawyer Estrella Elamparo to cancel the certificate of candidacy of the lady senator. The three commissioners were all appointed by President Benigno Aquino III: Parreño, a lawyer and IT expert, was appointed in 2013. Lim, a UP law graduate, replaced former commissioner Grace Padaca and was appointed to the post last March 2015. Abbas was appointed last May. Aquino, who is the leader of the administration party Liberal, has anointed former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his successor. For a time, LP wooed Poe to be Roxas’ running mate but then the neophyte senator decided to run for President. TVJ


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Roxas unfazed by allies’ support for Duterte


PDP-Laban officially proclaims Duterte-Cayetano as its presidential, VP bets PHOTO FROM BUSINESS-INQUIRER

MANILA, DECEMBER 7, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ
INQUIRER.net 05:25 PM November 30th, 2015 - THEY are free to choose whom to support in the elections, said Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas of his allies in Mindanao who turned their backs on him to support Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for presidency in 2016.

Unfazed by LP allies’ crossing over to the camp of Duterte, a smiling Roxas told reporters on Monday that the ruling party still has leaders loyal to him and the administration.

“Malaya naman ang bawat mamamayan na piliin kung sino at kanino sila papanig. OK naman ang lahat. Maraming balasa pa ito,” he said in an ambush interview at Payatas village, Quezon City.

Roxas said the party is not inclined to conduct a loyalty check.

“You know, hindi naman ito personality cult. Hindi ito para kay Mar Roxas o kay Leni Robredo, ako panatag kalooban ko na ang mga nagtitiwala sa Daang Matuwid, ang nagtitiwala sa ating mga prinsipyo na kayo ang boss, prinsipyo na kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap, prinsipyo na inclusive, consultative na pamunuan ay patuloy silang kabahagi ng ating Daang Matuwid Movement. Ang iba naman ay kung iba ang kanilang gustong pagkalooban ng tiwala ay OK naman lang, ‘yan ang demokrasya natin,” he said.

LP officials in Mindanao crossed party lines to support Duterte, pointing out that there is rarely a Mindanaoan in the presidential race.

Those who have abandoned Roxas’ party are Davao del Norte Governor and LP chair Rodolfo del Rosario and former Tagum City mayor Rey Uy. Del Rosario’s son Antonio Rafael is a close friend of Roxas.


PHILSTAR

Leni disagrees with Mar: Traffic not a sign of progress By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


“I don’t know about that – the more progressive a place is, the more there’s traffic – that’s not a justification not to address traffic,” Robredo said yesterday during a vice presidential forum organized by the National Alliance of Youth Leaders at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Unlike Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, his running mate Leni Robredo does not believe that traffic is a sign of progress.

“I don’t know about that – the more progressive a place is, the more there’s traffic – that’s not a justification not to address traffic,” Robredo said yesterday during a vice presidential forum organized by the National Alliance of Youth Leaders at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

“I don’t think that’s a correct position. Yes, there’s progress but that’s no reason for traffic,” she added.

She said there should be an acceptance that there is a problem with traffic and the need for an efficient mass transport system.

“More progressive (countries) have less traffic. We may be not that progressive, but our traffic is worse,” she said.

Robredo admitted the Aquino administration has failed to address the problems in the mass transport system.

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She said the administration has many achievements, except in mass transportation. She cited the recurring breakdown of the Metro Rail Transit 3 and the need to rehabilitate the Philippine National Railways.

Passing rate Robredo gave the Aquino administration a passing grade of 7 to 8.

The worsening traffic jams, airport congestion and dilapidated commuter trains were among the issues raised against Roxas, who once headed the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Official estimates placed economic losses due to traffic jams at P3 billion a day.

Roxas had said solving the traffic problem and rehabilitating the mass transport system could not be done overnight.

Robredo said a vice president should neither be a spare tire nor harbor presidential ambitions. – With Robertzon Ramirez


TRIBUNE

‘I worry about Korina’; Brillantes rejects Mar Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00 By Ted Tuvera



Among the crop of presidential candidates, it is Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer and President Aquino’s anointed Manuel Roxas who will find it difficult to win, not the least because of his wife, television news anchor Korina Sanchez, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes said yesterday.

In an interview on cable television program ANC, Brillantes said Roxas was already rejected by the people by not being chosen as a successor of Aquino in 2010, when he lost out to Vice President Jejomar Binay.



“I don’t think he performed well (as head of the agencies) in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG),” Brillantes said.

“I am worried about Korina becoming the first lady,” he added.

“The First Lady is the closest to the President and something might go wrong if she becomes one because of her own concept on issues facing the President,” he said.

Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) added that if there is anybody to be blamed for Roxas’ “most probable” defeat in next year’s elections, it is no less than President Aquino himself.

Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes said that Aquino’s poor “performance” is dragging Roxas down to a “sure defeat”.

“Rejecting the people’s call for tax reforms, as well as tolerating MRT (Metro Rail Transit)-LRT (Light Rail Transit) woes and letting down consumers with the high prices of commodities are the things that make up Aquino’s legacy and its pulling his candidate Roxas to a sure defeat,” Reyes told the Tribune.

READ MORE...

Meanwhile, along with Roxas’ unpopularity further manifested with LP members’ shift into the bandwagon of supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential bid, Roxas, in a sortie yesterday in Quezon City, downplayed such incidents as if he’s still confident of winning in next year’s race.

“Our people are free to choose who they want to side with. Everything seems fine,” Roxas told reporters in an ambush interview after the inauguration of the Bistekville 1 Multi-Purpose Hall in Payatas, Quezon City that was bedecked with yellow trimmings. Yellow is the LP’s political color.

The LP standard bearer added that their allies who are now going for Duterte proves “how democracy works well”.

Roxas added there’s no need for him to conduct a loyalty check for LP members in Mindanao, as he expressed confidence that the LP still has a strong group of “loyal supporters”.

“This is not a personality-cult nor is this about Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo. I am confident that those who trust the straight path, the principles for our bosses of an inclusive and consultative administration will continue to support the movement,” he said.

Roxas promises LGUs P100B fund

Moreover, Roxas announced that, if elected as president, he will create a so-called “walang iwanan fund” worth P100 billion.



“We will launch a Walang Iwanan fund so that nobody will be left behind in our road to development. This costs P100 billion,” Roxas said in his speech, explaining that the said funds will be distributed to local government units and its allocation will be determined by the population of an area.

“You will be the ones to decide on how to spend it because you are the bosses,” Roxas said.

In attendance were around 1,200 household beneficiaries, 500 purok and barangay leaders, and city officials, including Mayor Herbert Bautista, Rep Winnie Castelo, Rep. Kit Belmonte and other local leaders who are mostly unopposed in Quezon City.

Incumbent Quezon city leaders have expressed their full support for Roxas, who has vowed to have more housing projects like Bistekville should he win in the 2016 election.

On the other hand, Bayan’s Reyes worries about the LP’s “all-out efforts” to eliminate political stumbling blocks to pave way for a Roxas administration adding that the tactics employed by the administration’s presidential candidate as part of his “win at all costs” strategy provided “telltale signs” of Roxas’ “dictatorial tendencies”.

“The systematic elimination of your rivals; the use of government resources to secure victory; and the use of threats to coerce politicians to support you—if Roxas is willing to do this to win, then he will not hesitate to do the same to attain his objectives when he is in power,” he said.

LP members are reportedly being pressured to support Roxas under threats of facing administrative cases.

In Negros Occidental, local candidates have allegedly been warned to support Roxas or else the ruling local party United Negros Alliance (Unega) would make life “difficult for them.”

The threats were reportedly issued by no less than the head of Unega, re-electionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr, who vowed to field opponents against politicians who would not support Roxas.

Reyes likewise scored the administration’s LP for its efforts to imprison Vice President Jejomar Binay as well as the string of disqualification cases against presidential frontrunner Sen. Grace Poe and the “malicious cancer-rumor” against Duterte.

“The signs are everywhere. The Roxas camp is eliminating all of its political opponents via the filing of all sorts of administrative and criminal cases under the precept of the administration’s anti-corruption campaign,” Reyes said.

He added that “some of these cases may have merits, but the timing and the selective application of this anti-corruption campaign is dubious”.

“Selective justice is one of the hallmarks of a dictator,” he added.

Roxas said he is sticking to his campaign strategy for the continuation of the programs and values of the Daang Matuwid started by Aquino.

He said that if given a chance through daang matuwid, he will continue the programs of Aquino and those projects which have not been implemented will be done to assure progress in the country.

Among those who reportedly abandoned the LP camp are former Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy and congressional candidate Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

Duterte said in his local radio show that the supposed political crossover reflects the strong political unity of Region 11.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Robredo, Escudero joust over bilateral talks with China Published November 30, 2015 11:31pm By XIANNE ARCANGEL, GMA News


COMPOSITE PHOTO -SEN. ESCUDERO and REP. ROBREDO INQUIRER FILE

Though both Senator Francis Escudero and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo backed the arbitration proceedings the Philippine government initiated against China over claims on the South China Sea, it became apparent during Monday's vice-presidential forum at the University of the Philippines-Diliman that they had opposing views on bilateral talks with Beijing.

Robredo, the Liberal Party's vice-presidential candidate, said the Philippines could explore other avenues of cooperation with China even while the case was ongoing.

“Dapat di natin sinasaraduhan ang lahat ng avenues for cooperation, lahat ng avenues na magbibigay ng katahimikan para sa lahat ng parties. At the same time, hindi natin gini-give up ang ating sovereignty,” she explained.

She, however, believed the country would be shortchanged if it agreed to China’s wish for bilateral talks.

“Pero yung lahat ng avenues para sa peaceful resolution dapat nating i-pursue. Marami pang opportunities for economic relationship na pwedeng patuloy na nangyayari habang pinu-pursue natin ang arbitration case,” Robredo added.

In contrast, opposition United Nationalist Alliance vice-presidential candidate Escudero said the government should consider holding either bilateral talks or back-channel negotiations with Beijing simultaneous with the arbitration proceedings.

“Walang mawawala at hindi kawalan dahil mapayapaang paraan naman ‘yan at hindi natin ipinagbebenta ang pagmamay-ari ng lugar na iyan,” the senator explained.

Escudero added that the Philippines would only be “bullied” in bilateral talks with China if it allowed itself to be pushed around. “Mabu-bully lang naman tayo sa one-on-one kung magpapa-bully tayo. Pero kung hindi, pwedeng simulan. Pwedeng tigilan kung ‘yon ang ginagawa nila sa bilateral talks,” he said.

The Aquino administration has refused bilateral talks with China, choosing instead to take its maritime row with Beijing before the Arbitral Tribunal.

The Netherlands-based tribunal recently ruled it had jurisdiction over the case and is now hearing the Philippines’ arguments.

China, which has refused to participate in arbitration proceedings, claims “indisputable sovereignty” over the entire South China Sea. — DVM, GMA News


ABS-CBN

Leni: Mar may not be perfect but among all other candidates he is the one I believe the most ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 12/01/15 5:12 AM

MANILA - Amid criticisms on Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas, his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo firmly believes in Roxas' capacity to lead the nation.

Roxas held two Cabinet positions during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III – first as Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) secretary from 2011 to 2012, and second, as Department of Interior and Local Government) secretary in 2012, when the late Jesse Robredo, Leni’s husband, died in a plane crash, until 2015.

Both departments have been widely criticized for their alleged failure to address traffic and mass transportation woes and Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.

At the "Ang Pagsusuri: The Vice Presidential Forum" organized by group “Tatak Botante” in the University of the Philippines Diliman on Monday, Robredo admitted that Roxas had shortcomings in the said issues, stressing that the former secretary is not perfect, but she believes Roxas did what he could do in his capacity.

“Siguro, hindi siya perpektong tao, pero sa lahat ng presidential candidates, sa kanya pinakamalaki ‘yung aking paniniwala,” said Robredo.

On the other hand, despite giving the Aquino administration a grade of 7 to 8 for its performance, commending its efforts on anti-corruption measurements, she pointed out many can still be improved, like the issue of mass transportation.

“Nakulangan tayo na magpapatupad ng mga transportation na mga initiatives, kagaya ng problema natin sa MRT, problema namin sa Bicol, sa PNR, problema ng mass transport system, problema ng mga airports na sana masolusyonan sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Robredo.

Roxas has been criticized on transport issues for failing to solve MRT woes. Yet, in another forum, Roxas said that he will move to abrogate the MRT contracts should he win the elections next year due to its anomalous provisions.

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Robredo was also asked to react on the administration’s stand that the metro traffic is a “sign of progress.”

“Sa more progressive na mga lugar, talagang mas may traffic, pero hindi ‘yun depensa. Dapat may acceptance tayo na may problema talaga tayo sa traffic,” she said.

ON YOLANDA

When asked to rate her running mate’s performance regarding super typhoon Yolanda, Robredo answered that it cannot be perfect.

"Maraming pagkukulang noong Yolanda, maraming dapat ginawa na 'di ginawa... Gusto kong maniwala na ginawa ang lahat, pero ako, naniniwalang kahit ginawa niya (Mar Roxas) ang lahat, hindi talaga magiging perpekto.," Robredo said while recognizing that she does not have all the facts on the issue.

Two years since Yolanda hit central Philippines, rehabilitation efforts in Tacloban City, the area worst-hit by the supertyphoon, remained very slow.

Robredo also added that authorities had not expected such magnitude, although rehabilitation efforts could have been faster.

"I would have wished na alam natin na ganu’n ka grabe, para mas napaghandaan natin. Tapos yung rehabilitation efforts... sana mas naging mabilis," she said during an ambush interview.

She also compared the Tacloban experience to her hometown region of Bicol, saying they have also been exposed to such calamities.

“’Yung Albay ngayon na tinitignan, na isa sa mga modelo ng disaster risk and management, gano’n din, maraming aral ang pinagdaan bago natuto. Gano’n din siguro ‘yung Tacloban,” Robredo said.

'IF IT WERE NOT FOR ROXAS, I WOULD NOT RUN'

Robredo also said that if it were not for Roxas, she would have not run for the second highest position in the country.

“Hindi ako papayag were it not for Mar. ‘Yung mga anak ko gano’n din. The first time we talked to Mar, the kids already gave me their blessings,” said Robredo.

Robredo admitted that Roxas may not be a close friend before, but her husband had always lauded Roxas.

“Hindi madaling bumilib ‘yung asawa ko sa tao, pero lahat nu’ng nakuwento niya tungkol kay Secretary Mar, ‘yun ‘yung lingkod-bayan na handang kagalitan ng tao, ‘yun ‘yung lingkod-bayan na kahit mahirap, sige pa rin nang sige kahit na alam niya na unpopular,” said Robredo.

She added that Roxas’ handling of various departments in the government is a “test of character.”

“’Yung lahat ng galit sa kanya, galit na nakuha niya dahil marami siyang mga tinanggap na mga assignments na alanganin. Pero kahit mahirap, kahit alanganin ‘yung assignments, tinanggap niya pa rin. ‘Yun ‘yung sa akin, test of character.”

She further defended Roxas, saying his name has never been tainted with corruption issues.

“Matagal na matagal nang nag-occupy ng position (si Roxas) na hindi nabahiran ‘yung pangalan niya sa anumang korapsyon.”


INQUIRER

Poe camp dismisses Palace hand in Comelec DQ ruling
By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 11:41 PM December 1st, 2015


Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian

The camp of Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday dismissed the supposed hand of Malacañang in the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 2nd division to disqualify the presidential poll front runner.

Poe’s spokesperson and Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian said they would rather not dwell on political assumptions.

“I don’t want to speculate. This is a legal process. We would rather not speculate on assumptions or political assumptions,” Gatchalian said.

In a 34-page decision on Tuesday, Comelec 2nd division presiding commissioner Al Parreño and commissioners Arthur Lim and Sheriff Abas granted the petition of lawyer Estrella Elamparo to cancel the certificate of candidacy of the lady senator.

The three commissioners were all appointed by President Benigno Aquino III: Parreño, a lawyer and IT expert, was appointed in 2013.

Lim, a UP law graduate, replaced former commissioner Grace Padaca and was appointed to the post last March 2015.

Abbas was appointed last May.

Aquino, who is the leader of the administration party Liberal, has anointed former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his successor.

For a time, LP wooed Poe to be Roxas’ running mate but then the neophyte senator decided to run for President. TVJ


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