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WHY P-NOY WILL ATTEND LP CAMPAIGN KICKOFF IN CAPIZ DESPITE BUSY SKED


FEBRUARY 8 -In this Oct. 5, 2015 photo, President Benigno Aquino III, center, ruling Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas, left, and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo gesture after being proclaimed standard-bearer in next year's presidential election in San Juan City. AP/Bullit Marquez
 February 8, 2016 - 6:28pm - Why will President Benigno Aquino III, who is supposed to be busy dealing with the country’s problems, attend the launching of the Liberal Party’s (LP) campaign today in Capiz? For his allies, the president’s presence will achieve two things. First, attending the rally will allow him to explain the gains of his administration and convince the voters to vote for those who will sustain them. The LP also believes that Aquino, who has consistently enjoyed high satisfaction and trust ratings will help boost the chances of its candidates especially its presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who is lagging behind in surveys. LP spokesperson and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said Aquino’s presence in the kickoff rally at Roxas’ hometown in Capiz means that the president would "actively campaign" for his allies "from the first day until the last day." He said the campaign would not affect the performance of the president because he can always accomplish his tasks with the help of technology. READ MORE...RELATED, Mar’s low ratings worry LP... AND In Capiz, Aquino pulls for Roxas, Robredo

ALSO: Aquino invited Grace Poe to his birthday party


FEBRUARY 11 -A birthday greeting sent via text message, followed by good-natured ribbing about a possible blowout, landed presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe a personal invitation to President Aquino’s 56th birthday celebration on Monday.
This was the backstory gathered by the Inquirer from several sources who squashed speculations that Poe gate-crashed the party held on the eve of the proclamation rally of candidates running for the country’s top political posts. A Palace source said Poe texted the President a birthday greeting on Feb. 8, and followed this with the usual teasing between friends: “Hindi ka ba magpapakain? (So, are you giving a treat?)”  In response to Poe’s text message, Mr. Aquino invited her to his party that night, his last as the country’s chief executive. Poe herself shrugged off the buzz about her being at Mr. Aquino’s birthday bash, and said they remain good friends despite being from rival political parties. “I went to his party because we’re friends. Whenever there are special events in the Palace, he would always invite me,” Poe told reporters in a press conference in Toledo City, Cebu province, Wednesday morning. The birthday party, held at the Presidential Security Group (PSG) compound in Malacañang, featured Japanese food and entertainment provided by the PSG band. ‘Secret candidate’ Present at the celebration were the President’s sisters, their families and relatives, as well as close friends, Cabinet secretaries, key government officials, Mr. Aquino’s anointed, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas, and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. READ MORE...RELATED, Aquino stays away from the spotlight on his 56th birthday...  

ALSO: PNoy, Binay remain nation’s most approved, trusted officials


FEBRUARY 14 -The approval and trust ratings of President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay dropped to below 50 percent but they remain the officials with the highest ratings in a survey conducted Jan. 24 to 28 by Pulse Asia.
Aquino’s approval rating fell to 49 percent from 55 percent in the December survey. Binay had a 47 percent approval rating, down from 52 percent last December. Aquino had his highest approval ratings in Visayas and Mindanao, with 62 and 55 percent, respectively. His highest disapproval rating of 39 percent was in Metro Manila. Binay got his highest approval ratings in Luzon and Metro Manila with 53 and 49 percent, respectively. Senate President Franklin Drilon got an approval rating of 44 percent, followed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte with 24 percent and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno with 25 percent. TRUST RATINGS In trust ratings, Aquino and Binay were tied at 45 percent. Aquino’s trust rating dropped by eight points from 53 percent in December while Binay’s trust rating dropped by four points from 49 percent in December. Aquino was most trusted in Visayas and Mindanao with 56 and 52 percent, respectively. Distrust was highest in Metro Manila at 41 percent. Binay was most trusted in Luzon (51 percent) and Metro Manila (48 percent). Distrust was highest in Visayas at 33 percent. READ MORE...RELATED, Nearing their terms’ end, both Aquino, Binay lose majority approval ratings...

ALSO: VR throws support behind Leni, but is mum on Mar


FEBRUARY 9 -Photo from Leni Robredo media bureau
A DAY before the official launch of the campaign period, Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has won the support of a prominent and powerful personality, former President Fidel V. Ramos, according to her staff.
In a news release Monday, the Robredo camp announced that Ramos had officially endorsed the candidacy of Robredo following a visit to Ramos’ office in Makati. The candidate’s publicist provided photos of the visit Monday morning, including one showing the former President raising Robredo’s arm.There was, however, no word on whether the 87-year-old Ramos would do the same for Robredo’s running mate, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas. In December, Ramos reproached Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for their public spat, advising the presidential candidates to start acting like a president, if they wanted to get the job. Her staff said the widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo asked Ramos for advice on running her campaign. “In the meeting, Ramos shared his campaign experience in 1992 and offered Robredo some advice on how to woo voters as she visits different parts of the country starting tomorrow (Tuesday),” according to the news release. According to her staff, Robredo told Ramos: “I came here to ask for your support.” The former President was quoted as having replied: “You’ve always had it. You didn’t even have to come.” READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte camp accuses Roxas of buying votes from local execs...

ALSO: Palace to Alan - Why should Duterte free Arroyo when you were against her?


FEBRUARY 9 -Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano . FILE PHOTO
PERHAPS Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should explain to the people why his running mate, Davao City Rodrigo Duterte, is keen on releasing former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is detained on plunder charges and was the subject of a corruption probe by Cayetano himself during the previous administration.
“Perhaps it is best to ask Sen. Alan Cayetano to interpret Duterte’s new statement. It’s interesting that Senator Cayetano tangled with GMA and the First Gentleman (Jose Miguel Arroyo) when he was investigating the latter in the Senate,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Monday. Duterte earlier told supporters in San Fernando City in Pampanga he would have Arroyo freed from hospital detention where she has been since 2011, first on electoral fraud charges and then for plunder. Lack of evidence Arroyo, who is on her second term as Pampanga representative and appears headed for a third and last campaign, has argued that her detention is illegal due to lack of evidence to prove the charges. READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo recalls phone call from Roxas and opened up on ties that bind to her running as VP...


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Why P-Noy will attend LP kickoff in Capiz despite busy sked


In this Oct. 5, 2015 photo, President Benigno Aquino III, center, ruling Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas, left, and running mate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo gesture after being proclaimed standard-bearer in next year's presidential election in San Juan City. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated February 8, 2016 - 6:28pm - Why will President Benigno Aquino III, who is supposed to be busy dealing with the country’s problems, attend the launching of the Liberal Party’s (LP) campaign today in Capiz?

For his allies, the president’s presence will achieve two things.

First, attending the rally will allow him to explain the gains of his administration and convince the voters to vote for those who will sustain them.

The LP also believes that Aquino, who has consistently enjoyed high satisfaction and trust ratings will help boost the chances of its candidates especially its presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who is lagging behind in surveys.

LP spokesperson and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said Aquino’s presence in the kickoff rally at Roxas’ hometown in Capiz means that the president would "actively campaign" for his allies "from the first day until the last day."

He said the campaign would not affect the performance of the president because he can always accomplish his tasks with the help of technology.

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"Wherever he (Aquino) goes, he can speak of accomplishments. Even in remote areas, the daang matuwid (straight path) has positive contributions," Erice told The STAR in a phone interview on Monday.

"While others are offering promises, he has done a lot of things. His high trust ratings will uplift our candidates," he added.

A look at the recent survey results showed that Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo badly need a boost.

Despite being the candidate of the administration, Roxas only ranked third in the Social Weather Stations survey on presidential candidates released last month.

He was chosen by 21 percent of the respondents, behind Vice President Jejomar Binay’s 31 percent and Sen. Grace Poe’s 24 percent.

In the Pulse Asia survey released over the weekend, Roxas tied with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in third place with 20 percent. Poe topped the poll with 30 percent while Binay ranked second with 23 percent.

Robredo’s performance in surveys was not any better. She ranked third in the SWS January poll with 17 percent, behind Sen. Francis Escudero (28 percent) and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos (25 percent).

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, believes Aquino will not contribute that much to the LP campaign.

"He (Aquino) won’t be able to help that much. His endorsement power is no longer that strong," Casiple said.

"His term is about to end," he added.

When asked if he believes Roxas and Robredo need Aquino to draw crowds, Erice said the president’s attendance is about completing a narrative that they want to relay to the public. The LP campaign narrative can be summarized in three words: Stability versus uncertainty

"He (Aquino) will complete the story. These are the accomplishments and we need to continue them. Secretary Mar will then take over and explain how he will sustain and enhance them and correct those that need to be corrected," Erice said.

"One or two terms of good governance are not enough to uplift the Philippines to first world status. We need at least three terms of good governance so that the gains will not be reversed," he added.

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Mar’s low ratings worry LP February 10, 2016 10:31 pm by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, REPORTER AND JOEL M. SY EGCO, SENIOR REPORTER

SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said the consistently poor showing of Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, presidential candidate of the Liberal Party (LP), is a concern, but he expressed confidence that the ratings of the former Interior secretary will improve with the help of the ruling party’s machinery.

“Of course it is a concern. No question about that,” Drilon, the vice chairman of the LP, said.

In all the past surveys, Roxas consistently trailed his rivals in the presidential race. In December last year, Vice President Jejomar Binay topped the Pulse Asia survey with 33 percent, dislodging Sen. Grace Poe who got 21 percent.

Results of a survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on January 15 also showed Binay leading other presidential bets with 31 percent. Poe placed second with 24 percent. Roxas got 21 percent, while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had 20 percent.
Poe regained the lead in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia last week, getting the support of 30 percent of the people polled. Binay got 23 percent while Roxas got 20 percent.

But Drilon said he believes that Roxas’ ratings will rise once the LP machinery kicks in.

“We have the biggest political machinery in the country. We have the most credible ‘general campaign manager’ and that is President Benigno Aquino 3rd,” he told a weekly news forum in The Senate chief said they expect Roxas’ numbers to go up in the next three months as the ruling party will be maximizing its political machinery with the help of local officials.

“We have many governors, congressmen, mayors who are [running] unopposed and therefore, we will have them campaign for our national candidates,” Drilon noted.

He said members of the Cabinet will also campaign for Roxas since there is no law prohibiting them from doing so.

Some Cabinet members were present in the kickoff rally of the LP in Roxas City, Capiz, on Tuesday, including Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

“Under the law, Cabinet members are not prohibited from campaigning. They can campaign,” Drilon said, adding that what is prohibited is the use of government funds for political purposes.

Roxas was reported to be the top overall ad spender last year, shelling out P774 million from January to December 2015. Binay was said to have spent P695 million while Poe paid P694 million for her campaign ads.

Drilon expressed confidence that Roxas will win the presidential derby.



He also expressed dismay over supposedly slow resolution of disqualification cases filed against Poe.

“I am not happy with the pace of trial in the Supreme Court. It appears that the High Court lacks a sense of urgency. These are] not ordinary case[s]. [They] will have a vast impact on our future,” the Senate chief said.

He maintained that it is within the High Court’s power to hold marathon hearings on cases of great importance.

“Having oral arguments once a week, that is not giving it the urgency it deserves. I’m not dictating on the court, but it is very frustrating because we know for certain that the court could hasten the process by conducting marathon hearings but it has chosen not to do so,” Drilon said.

Defending Mar

The President also expressed confidence that Roxas will recover in surveys, scoring opposition candidates for taunting the LP standard-bearer because of his poor survey ratings.

In his speech before local leaders in Iloilo City on Tuesday night, Aquino took potshots at Binay, saying he regretted that Roxas did not make it as Vice President in 2010.

“We need leaders who share our same mindset, who loves Filipinos, and will put the country before self. They are none other than the tandem of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo,” he said in Filipino.

“Mar and Leni are candidates who don’t do deeds to earn brownie points with the public, who have no drama, who have no gimmick but just all work. With them, we don’t need to hear promises because Mar and Leni have been serving the public especially the needy for a long time now,” the President added.

Also on Wednesday, he called on mayors to support candidates of the Liberal Party so that the reforms that his administration started will continue.

“If you think that we were on the right path for the past six years, why change it?” Aquino said in a speech at the League of Municipalities of the Philippines’ general assembly held at Marriott Hotel.
With CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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In Capiz, Aquino pulls for Roxas, Robredo SHARES: 2103 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr. @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 12:24 PM February 9th, 2016 Aquino in Capiz


President Benigno Aquino III inaugurates a P151-million road project in Dao town in Capiz before joining the Liberal Party’s kickoff rally in Roxas City (Photo by Nestor P. Burgos Jr./INQUIRER VISAYAS)

ROXAS CITY—President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday asked the support of Capiceños for administration candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Leni Robredo.

“Samahan po natin sila. Iangat po natin sila (Let’s join them. Let’s boost their candidacy),” the President said in a speech which he delivered before about 200 Capiz residents and workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways at the inauguration of a P151-million road project in Dao town in Capiz.

READ: LP: Aquino presence in Mar-Leni campaign to boost tandem’s bid

Aquino was in Capiz Tuesday morning for the inauguration of the Dao road project before he joined the Liberal Party (LP) campaign kickoff rally in Roxas City.

READ: Fiesta-like atmosphere in Capiz as Roxas, Robredo start campaign

The President and some cabinet members arrived at the Roxas City airport about 9:30 a.m. They proceeded to Barangay Duyoc in Dao town, located about 25 kilometers away.

Upon his arrival in Barangay Duyoc, the President transferred with Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson into a waiting pick-up vehicle for a drive-through along the road project.

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Mayors Joselito Escutin of Dao and Christopher Andaya of Sigma welcomed the President at the project site. Singson later gave a briefing of major infrastructure projects on Panay Island.

After the brief program, Aquino motored back to Roxas City where the LP rally was held at the Capiz Gymnasium at the Villareal Stadium.

The eight-kilometer Mianay-Duyoc-Calaan-Panitan road is part of the 6,200 kilometer of paved roads completed in December 2015. The road projects started in July 2010.

The project connects towns in the province’s 1st congressional district with those in the 2nd congressional district. The road cuts travel from Sigma town to Panitan town by 30 minutes, according to a project briefer.


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Aquino invited Grace Poe to his birthday party By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
01:00 AM February 11th, 2016

A birthday greeting sent via text message, followed by good-natured ribbing about a possible blowout, landed presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe a personal invitation to President Aquino’s 56th birthday celebration on Monday.

This was the backstory gathered by the Inquirer from several sources who squashed speculations that Poe gate-crashed the party held on the eve of the proclamation rally of candidates running for the country’s top political posts.

A Palace source said Poe texted the President a birthday greeting on Feb. 8, and followed this with the usual teasing between friends: “Hindi ka ba magpapakain? (So, are you giving a treat?)”

In response to Poe’s text message, Mr. Aquino invited her to his party that night, his last as the country’s chief executive.

Poe herself shrugged off the buzz about her being at Mr. Aquino’s birthday bash, and said they remain good friends despite being from rival political parties.

“I went to his party because we’re friends. Whenever there are special events in the Palace, he would always invite me,” Poe told reporters in a press conference in Toledo City, Cebu province, Wednesday morning.

The birthday party, held at the Presidential Security Group (PSG) compound in Malacañang, featured Japanese food and entertainment provided by the PSG band.

‘Secret candidate’

Present at the celebration were the President’s sisters, their families and relatives, as well as close friends, Cabinet secretaries, key government officials, Mr. Aquino’s anointed, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas, and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

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When Poe arrived, she greeted the President and shook his hand but did not join him at his table, the source said, adding that Mr. Aquino and the senator did not really talk much at the party.

Roxas did not seem to mind his rival’s presence at the party. “He just enjoyed the program,” one source said.

The LP wooed Poe to be Roxas’ running mate, but she chose to stick it out with close friend and running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero. The administration party later settled for Robredo, the widow of Mr. Aquino’s and Roxas’ good friend, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

One of the Inquirer sources dismissed talk that Poe’s presence at the President’s birthday celebration was an indication that she was Mr. Aquino’s “secret candidate” in the May elections.

“He has no secret candidate. He was just (being) a gentleman who invited Senator Grace to his party because she had texted him and needled him about a birthday treat. The President then replied, ‘We’re having a party, come over.’ And so she did,” the source added.

If she was the President’s secret candidate, she was not aware of it, Poe said, adding that she and Mr. Aquino respect each other and do not take their differences in opinion personally.

In fact, it was the President himself who opened doors for her when he appointed her to chair the local movies’ ratings and censors board.

“In our last conversation, I showed him how grateful and how inspired I was with his words about making the straight path our personal responsibility,” Poe said.

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Aquino stays away from the spotlight on his 56th birthday by Genalyn Kabiling February 8, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share5

President Aquino stayed out of the media spotlight on his 56th birthday, but many supporters still reached out and sent heartfelt birthday wishes for him online.

Dozens of netizens have wished the President a long, peaceful and happy life preferably with a wife while others thanked him for doing a great job as the country’s leader. The happy well wishes on Aquino’s big day were posted on the Official Gazette’s Facebook account.

The President had no official public engagement on his birthday, which coincided with the Chinese Lunar New Year, a non-working holiday.

Aquino was expected to keep private his birthday celebration with family and friends.


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PNoy, Binay remain nation’s most approved, trusted officials by Betheena Kae Unite February 13, 2016 Share2 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share13

The approval and trust ratings of President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay dropped to below 50 percent but they remain the officials with the highest ratings in a survey conducted Jan. 24 to 28 by Pulse Asia.

Aquino’s approval rating fell to 49 percent from 55 percent in the December survey. Binay had a 47 percent approval rating, down from 52 percent last December.

Aquino had his highest approval ratings in Visayas and Mindanao, with 62 and 55 percent, respectively. His highest disapproval rating of 39 percent was in Metro Manila. Binay got his highest approval ratings in Luzon and Metro Manila with 53 and 49 percent, respectively.

Senate President Franklin Drilon got an approval rating of 44 percent, followed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte with 24 percent and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno with 25 percent.

TRUST RATINGS

In trust ratings, Aquino and Binay were tied at 45 percent. Aquino’s trust rating dropped by eight points from 53 percent in December while Binay’s trust rating dropped by four points from 49 percent in December.

Aquino was most trusted in Visayas and Mindanao with 56 and 52 percent, respectively. Distrust was highest in Metro Manila at 41 percent.

Binay was most trusted in Luzon (51 percent) and Metro Manila (48 percent). Distrust was highest in Visayas at 33 percent.

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Drilon had a 42 percent trust rating, Belmonte had 21 percent, and Sereno had 23 percent.

The survey used face-to-face interviews with a sample of 1,800 registered voters aged 18 years old and above.

When the survey was held in January, the significant developments were the official start of the election period on January 10, the reported delay in the printing of ballots to Feb. 8, from the original schedule of Jan. 26, the holding of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on the disqualification cases against presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe, a word war between Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on the Poe case, the re-opening of the Senate probe on the Mamasapano incident, conclusion of the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee probe on alleged Makati City irregularities, President Aquino’s veto of a bill increasing the monthly pension of SSS retirees by P200, and the SC decision upholding the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States.

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Nearing their terms’ end, Aquino, Binay lose majority approval ratings SHARES: 6736 VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 04:10 PM February 12th, 2016


President Benigno Aquino III (right) and Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay both lost majority approval ratings for January, the latest Pulse Asia survey said.

The survey, conducted January 24 to 28 among 1,800 registered voters, showed that Aquino’s approval ratings declined from 55 percent in December to 49 percent in January. His trust ratings also fell from 53 percent last quarter to 45 percent in January. READ: Palace vows more reforms as Aquino’s trust, approval ratings hike

Binay also suffered the same fate with an approval rating of 47 percent in January from 52 percent in December, and trust rating of 45 percent from 49 percent last December.

The other top officials included in the survey — Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno — also experienced a drop in their ratings.

Only Aquino and Binay enjoyed “near majority approval ratings,” while Drilon received almost the same approval and indecision ratings.

On the other hand, respondents were more undecided when it came to Belmonte and Sereno who posted approval ratings of 24 percent and 25 percent, respectively. A similar trend was seen in their trust ratings.

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Events that coincided with the survey are Aquino’s veto of the bill increasing monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) members, the anniversary of the Mamasapano encounter, and the conclusion of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee probe on corruption allegations against Binay.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the results of the latest survey still show that Aquino enjoys “high approval and trust ratings.”

“We note further the most significant increases in the President’s ratings came from socio-economic class ABC at both +7, indicating that the government’s programs to institutionalize good governance and transparency as well as ensuring continued economic reform and inclusive growth have resonated well among the leaders of the professional and business communities,” he said.

While Aquino’s trust ratings was highest among class ABC, Binay received a higher trust and approval ratings among
class E.

Aquino’s approval ratings were more than 50 percent for class ABC and E and was at 49 percent for class D. “Across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, approval for the President’s work eases in Class E (-15 percentage points), while Vice-President Binay’s approval scores drop in the Visayas, Mindanao, and Class E (-11 to -12 percentage points),” Pulse Asia said in its report. IDL


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LP bets fire opening salvo in Mar’s bailiwick By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 9, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


President Aquino, administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and his vice presidential candidate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, along with the ruling Liberal Party (LP)’s senatorial candidates, will fire their opening salvo in Roxas’ home province. STAR, file

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Philippines – President Aquino and administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II are back on the campaign trail today with continuity for daang matuwid (straight path) as the main message.

The President, Roxas and his vice presidential candidate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, along with the ruling Liberal Party (LP)’s senatorial candidates, will fire their opening salvo here in Roxas’ home province.

It was raining and windy here and except for men wearing yellow shirts as uniform for a business establishment, there was no sign of election fever at the airport.

Roxas, who served as Aquino’s secretary for transportation and communications and then the interior and local government, gave way to Aquino to be LP’s standard-bearer after support snowballed for the son of democracy icon and former president Corazon, who passed away in 2009.

The program prepared for the kick-off rally here and in Iloilo later today has testimonials from beneficiaries of the government’s programs, particularly the conditional cash transfer, to show that daang matuwid has a track record to show voters.

The President has been saying the coming elections will be a referendum for daang matuwid and that Roxas will surely continue the good programs his administration has started.

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Roxas’ speech will be the highlight of the activities after Robredo, lawyer and widow of the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo, and the President speak.

On Saturday, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said the campaign season would be the best time to scrutinize and get to know the candidates better.

Before the kick-off rally, Aquino will lead the inauguration of the 6,200th kilometer of national roads paved in this province and a give briefing on major infrastructure projects in Panay Island.

In Pavia, Iloilo, Aquino will also lead the inauguration and formal turnover of a brand new three-story, 18-classroom school building donated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to Pavia National High School, the only public high school in the municipality.

Noy magic

For his allies, President Aquino’s presence in LP’s campaign kick off will achieve two things:

First, attending the rally will allow him to explain the gains of his administration and convince people to vote for those who will sustain them.

The LP also believes that Aquino, who has consistently enjoyed high satisfaction and trust ratings, will help boost the chances of its candidates especially Roxas, who is lagging behind in surveys.

LP spokesman and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said Aquino’s presence in the Capiz rally means that the President would “actively campaign” for his allies “from the first day until the last day.”

He said the campaign would not affect the performance of the President because he can always accomplish his tasks with the help of technology.

“Wherever he goes, he can speak of accomplishments. Even in remote areas, the daang matuwid has positive contributions,” Erice told The STAR in a phone interview yesterday.

A look at recent survey results showed that Roxas and Robredo badly need a boost. – With Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero, Romina Cabrera, Danny Dangcalan


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FVR throws support behind Leni, but is mum on Mar SHARES: 7872 VIEW COMMENTS By: Carla Gomez, DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas, Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:51 AM February 9th, 2016


Photo from Leni Robredo media bureau

A DAY before the official launch of the campaign period, Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has won the support of a prominent and powerful personality, former President Fidel V. Ramos, according to her staff.

In a news release Monday, the Robredo camp announced that Ramos had officially endorsed the candidacy of Robredo following a visit to Ramos’ office in Makati.

The candidate’s publicist provided photos of the visit Monday morning, including one showing the former President raising Robredo’s arm.

There was, however, no word on whether the 87-year-old Ramos would do the same for Robredo’s running mate, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

In December, Ramos reproached Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for their public spat, advising the presidential candidates to start acting like a president, if they wanted to get the job.

Her staff said the widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo asked Ramos for advice on running her campaign.

“In the meeting, Ramos shared his campaign experience in 1992 and offered Robredo some advice on how to woo voters as she visits different parts of the country starting tomorrow (Tuesday),” according to the news release.

According to her staff, Robredo told Ramos: “I came here to ask for your support.”

The former President was quoted as having replied: “You’ve always had it. You didn’t even have to come.”

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Meanwhile, Robredo was the keynote speaker at the opening of Zonta International District 17 Area 3 meeting at Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City on Friday.

She said a nation that is ruled in justice and fairness is business-friendly.

“Investment in integrity and good governance makes huge business sense,” she said, adding that good governance is accompanied by jobs, growth and less poverty.

“We might have attracted some attention in the last four years, and became the new darling of emerging markets, but unless we sustain our reforms on the governance plane, that attention will once again fizzle out and we will go back to square one,” Robredo said.

“This campaign for good governance and this kind of public service that aims not to leave any Filipino behind have become my work as I try to fill my husband’s shoes,” she said, as she stressed the need to empower people.

Since she became a representative of Camarines Sur, Robredo said she had brought in billions in funding for infrastructure and social services to her district using innovative means to source money within the bureaucracy and from private-public partnerships.

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Duterte camp accuses Roxas of buying votes from local execs By Mike Frialde (philstar.com) | Updated February 13, 2016 - 10:33am 2 173 googleplus1 0


The camp of Davao City Mayor and PDP-Laban presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte said that Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is as worse as Vice President Jejomar Binay. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Davao City Mayor and PDP-Laban presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte on Friday accused the Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II of allegedly buying the support of local executives through the administration’s bottom up budgeting (BUB) program.

Peter Laviña, spokesperson and head of Duterte’s media team, said the promise of Roxas - supported and blessed by no less than his number 1 patron, President Benigno Aquino III – is aimed at cornering support from local officials.

"Now we see a process with millions of government money being used as a ruse into voting for Roxas. BUB is officially a campaign kitty of the administration bet," Laviña said.

Speaking before members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines Wednesday, Roxas promised to allocate more funds for the BUB, a program implemented under his watch as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

"Mar is holding the life of every Filipino hostage by dangling P1,000 at the start of his presidential campaign, conditioning it on his fate come May 9," said Lavina.

Roxas said he would give P100 billion or P1,000 for every Filipino annually. He said the amount will be for every member of the barangay.

He did not elaborate how the money is supposed to be spent, but BUB is a process that involves sectors in the identification of projects and programs.

"Clearly, the administration bet is resorting to bribery, offering money to local chief executives in the hope of winning their support," said Laviña.

"How this money is supposed to be spent under the BUB process is very questionable. The whole premise of this promise is questionable,” he added.

Roxas and Aquino also made the same promise before members of Liga ng mga Barangay meeting in Pasay Thursday. Since its inception in 2013, the program spent P74 billion for 54,000 projects approved through participatory approach.

However, even Aquino admitted that only around 13,000 BUB projects were completed since 2013, Laviña said.

Laviña also quoted an ABS-CBN report which said that only three out of 10 BUB projects have been completed from the 42,211 BUB projects implemented between 2013 and 2015. The same report states the poor implementation of the BUB projects - with only nearly two out of 10 are being implemented, according to Laviña.

The report, according to Laviña, also said that that 27 percent of the BUB funds went to vote-rich and progressive provinces like Cebu, Iloilo, and Pangasinan.

Laviña called on local executives not to be swayed by the promises of Roxas and his “Tuwad na Daan” agenda, something that Duterte himself has called a sham and a "failed government."

"Let us not be fooled by this. This early, Roxas is already trying to buy local executives by promising them rewards," Laviña said.

“He is as worse as Binay (Vice President Jejomar Binay) who is mired in allegations and cases of illegal wealth and corruption,” he added.


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Palace to Alan: Why should Duterte free Arroyo when you were against her? SHARES: 8548 VIEW COMMENTS By: Gil Cabacungan @gilcabacungan Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:42 AM February 9th, 2016


Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano . FILE PHOTO

PERHAPS Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should explain to the people why his running mate, Davao City Rodrigo Duterte, is keen on releasing former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is detained on plunder charges and was the subject of a corruption probe by Cayetano himself during the previous administration.

“Perhaps it is best to ask Sen. Alan Cayetano to interpret Duterte’s new statement. It’s interesting that Senator Cayetano tangled with GMA and the First Gentleman (Jose Miguel Arroyo) when he was investigating the latter in the Senate,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Monday.

Duterte earlier told supporters in San Fernando City in Pampanga he would have

Arroyo freed from hospital detention where she has been since 2011, first on electoral fraud charges and then for plunder.

Lack of evidence

Arroyo, who is on her second term as Pampanga representative and appears headed for a third and last campaign, has argued that her detention is illegal due to lack of evidence to prove the charges.

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She has also sought house detention for humanitarian reasons, saying her neck and spinal condition had worsened after being cooped up too long.

Previously, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. questioned how Duterte could have Arroyo released if he became president, since “under existing laws, only the courts have jurisdiction and authority to rule on the status of an accused, including petitions for bail.”

Misplaced sense of justice

Lacierda criticized Duterte for engaging in hyperbole and having a misplaced sense of justice.

“Of the 1,700 people Duterte claimed he killed, he executed them without due process. Of the big fishes, he released them summarily with one press statement. That is Duterte justice for you,” said Lacierda in a text message to reporters.

Duterte is running for president under the PDP-Laban mainly on an anticrime platform. The administration presidential candidate is former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas who is running neck and neck with Duterte and Vice President Jojo Binay in the latest polls.

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Robredo recalls phone call from Roxas By: DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer February 14th, 2016
[Leni Robredo opened up at a campaign rally on Wednesday night about the ties that bind her to running mate Mar Roxas, particularly the unforgettable phone call he made to her on the morning of Aug. 21, 2012.]


MAR, LENI

NAGA CITY, Philippines—Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo opened up at a campaign rally on Wednesday night about the ties that bind her to running mate Mar Roxas, particularly the unforgettable phone call he made to her on the morning of Aug. 21, 2012.

“It was Secretary Mar on the other line. He could not talk because he had started crying,” she recalled, addressing thousands of her town mates in Bicolano. “When he could finally speak, the only thing he could say was: ‘Sorry, sorry, sorry.’”

It was then that she knew her worst fear had come true—her husband, Interior Secretary and former Naga Mayor Jesse Robredo’s body had been found three days after his plane crashed off Masbate, Leni said.

“[Mar] couldn’t bring himself to say what had happened, but I already knew,” Robredo said, as her audience, who had otherwise been rowdy and cheerful, listened in silence at the packed Plaza Quezon.


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Robredo said it was one of many occasions Roxas proved himself to be a true friend to her, her late husband and their three daughters.

She remembered that Roxas had asked her what she thought when President Benigno Aquino III picked him to be interior secretary to replace Jesse. She gave him her blessing.

“I told him I was praying you would be the one because I knew that if you were chosen, you would continue Jesse’s legacy, and even expand it and strengthen it. That is why I have a debt of gratitude to you.’”

“You know how Jesse loved Mar. They fought their fights together,” she told her town mates. “I thank him because he never abandoned us, even when Jesse was still alive.”

Central theme

The memory of Jesse Robredo, who was given a Ramon Magsaysay Award for his honest and transparent leadership as mayor of Naga, was the central theme of this homecoming rally of the Liberal Party’s “daang matuwid” coalition, following the campaign kickoff in Roxas’ native Capiz on Tuesday.

Earlier in the afternoon, President Aquino lit a candle in Jesse’s honor at the latter’s tomb, accompanied by Leni, Roxas and other officials in a private gathering that was closed to the media.

It was the only moment of quiet in the packed schedule of the Roxas-Robredo campaign.

It was the Camarines Sur congresswoman’s turn to host her running mate Roxas, Aquino, and the rest of the administration coalition in her hometown.

“In the same way that Roxas City was Mar’s hometown, Naga is Leni’s,” said LP coalition spokesperson Barry Gutierrez. “We chose Naga and Roxas City because of the symbolism of them returning home before embarking on the greatest journey of their lives thus far,” he said.

Robredo, a lawyer and economics graduate, spoke entirely in Bicolano throughout her 15-minute speech, appearing at ease in front of her home crowd.


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