PH PRESIDENCY 2016: MAR-CHIZ; BINAY-MELOTO; CAYETANO-TRILLANES

BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS: Those are the political alliances shaping up for the 2016 presidential elections. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for president and Sen. Chiz Escudero for vice president for the Liberal Party; Vice President Jejomar Binay and Gawad Kalinga founder and chairman Tony Meloto for the United Nationalist Alliance. and Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV for the Nacionalista Party. Sources said Roxas and Binay both wanted Sen. Grace Poe as running mate but the lady senator feels she is not ready yet to run for a higher position in 2016. The Mar Roxas and Chiz Escudero ticket is the handiwork of President Aquino, several sources said. Both Roxas and Escudero, gave up their long-harbored presidential ambitions in 2010, to give way to Aquino, whose candidacy came after the death of his mother August 2009. Sources said Roxas is reluctant about teaming up with Escudero, who endorsed Binay for president in the 2010 elections. But he has no choice given his low popularity rating. Although there are some members of the Liberal Party, who do not give Roxas a good chance of winning in the 2016 elections, his supporters resort to mathematics to show otherwise. A presidential candidate has to get 40 percent of the votes of the total registered voters to win the election. Administration political analysts say Aquino’s endorsement will bring in 20 percent of the total of the voters which presidential spokerperson Edwin Lacierda bragged is “lethal.”

ALSO: Aquino, Binay parting of ways in 2016 'inevitable'

There will be an "inevitable parting" of ways between President Benigno S. Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016 as they belong to different political parties that will field their respective presidential bets. This was the reply of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during a press briefing on Sunday, April 15 when asked how the two highest officials will proceed with the upcoming 2016 national elections. "There will be an inevitable parting of ways because of the fact that they…belong to two different political parties. President Aquino is with the Liberal Party and the Vice is with PDP-Laban….So inevitably …there will come a time when they will be endorsing two different standard bearers of their respective parties," Valte said. Binay has already confirmed his intention to run for presidency in 2016, while Aquino has yet to announce his bet for the next presidential race. Valte said "what's important at this particular time is the support for the programs, for the reform agenda of the President" which Binay has given. Valte was reacting to the analysis of former Senator Ernesto Maceda, who had said that, though Binay is supporting the Aquino's anti-corruption efforts, the two would eventually clash in the 2016 elections.

ALSO: Binay considering Vilma as running mate in 2016

After announcing that he has bolted the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas (PDP)-Laban to form a new political party, Vice President Jejomar Binay admitted that he is considering Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto as his running mate in 2016. The actress-turned-politician’s name cropped up when Binay went to Batangas in February for a presentation of the government’s shelter program. Both Binay and Santos were mum then about their potential tandem in 2016. In an interview with TV5, Binay finally admitted he is considering Santos. “Oo, lahat naman ay worth considering,” he said. However, he quickly added that any decision now will be too early. “Malayo pa ang 2016, marami pang mangyayari. Bakit naman magsasabi ka na agad ng magiging VP mo. Lahat ay kino-consider pa natin. Kung bibiglain mo 'yung mga nag-aasam asam, hindi na magkakagusto sa iyo,” he explained. Binay has made no secret of his plan to run in 2016. Last week, he announced that he will form a new political party because of a rift with members of PDP-Laban, which he had co-founded.

ALSO: The countdown begins for 2016 Philippine vote

Coffee shops are abuzz about 2016, the year when Filipinos will once again choose its next president. Unlike previous administrations, the ruling party of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (or PNoy as referred to by the people) has yet to visibly and aggressively flex its muscle, organize and revitalize its base, and make a dent in the public consciousness as the political party to beat. Perhaps its leaders think that now is not the time for political organizing, given the enormity of national problems. Barred to run by the constitution, President Aquino would soon have to choose his successor. Will it be former vice-presidential running-mate and current Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas?

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The Philippine presidential and vice presidential election of 2016 is the next presidential election in the Philippines, scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016. Incumbent President Benigno Aquino III is barred from seeking re-election, pursuant to the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Therefore, this election will determine the 16th President of the Philippines. The position of president and vice president are elected separately, and the winning candidates may come from different political parties. This will be the 16th presidential election in the Philippines since 1935, and the sixth sextennial presidential election since 1986. This will a part of the 2016 general election where elections to the Senate, House of Representatives and local government, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao shall be held. Potential presidential candidates....MORE BELOW


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MAR-CHIZ, BINAY-MELOTO, CAYETANO-TRILLANES

MANILA, MARCH 3, 2014 (MALAYA) By Ellen Tordesillas - Those are the political alliances shaping up for the 2016 presidential elections.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for president and Sen. Chiz Escudero for vice president for the Liberal Party; Vice President Jejomar Binay and Gawad Kalinga founder and chairman Tony Meloto for the United Nationalist Alliance. and Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV for the Nacionalista Party.

Sources said Roxas and Binay both wanted Sen. Grace Poe as running mate but the lady senator feels she is not ready yet to run for a higher position in 2016.

The Mar Roxas and Chiz Escudero ticket is the handiwork of President Aquino, several sources said.

Both Roxas and Escudero, gave up their long-harbored presidential ambitions in 2010, to give way to Aquino, whose candidacy came after the death of his mother August 2009.

Sources said Roxas is reluctant about teaming up with Escudero, who endorsed Binay for president in the 2010 elections. But he has no choice given his low popularity rating.

Although there are some members of the Liberal Party, who do not give Roxas a good chance of winning in the 2016 elections, his supporters resort to mathematics to show otherwise.

A presidential candidate has to get 40 percent of the votes of the total registered voters to win the election. Administration political analysts say Aquino’s endorsement will bring in 20 percent of the total of the voters which presidential spokerperson Edwin Lacierda bragged is “lethal.”

“Whoever the President will endorse, the power of the President’s endorsement is lethal. It is effective and that’s the reason why the—whoever the President would anoint, would certainly have an advantage, “ Lacierda said last January.

The source said Roxas believes, his campaign organization will be able to get the remaining 20 percent of the votes needed to win the presidency.

Sources said Escudero, who has not returned to NPC, after he left the Eduardo Cojuang co-controlled party in 2010, has no qualms about being the running mate of Roxas even if he endorsed Binay in 2010.

It is often said that there are no permanent friends in politics. A Roxas-Escudero team will show that there are no permanent enemies either in politics.

Binay told Philippine Star’s Marichu Villanueva that he wants an economist for a running mate in 2016. Meloto fits the bill.

The intriguing part of this team-up is that it is brokered by a presidential relative.

Earlier Binay had earlier considered Darlene Marie Berberabe, the young and pretty president and chief executive officer of Pag-ibig Fund, for running mate but that team-up didn’t materialize.

Binay is confident that with his formidable national machinery, he can afford a non-politician running mate.

At the Nacionalista Party, party members think the possibility of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. getting embroiled in the Janet Napoles pork barrel cases, won’t make him a viable standard bearer.

They are working on a Cayetano-Trillanes ticket.

FROM THE RAPPLER.COM

Aquino, Binay parting of ways in 2016 'inevitable' BY RAPPLER.COM POSTED ON 04/15/2012 3:08 PM | UPDATED 04/15/2012 5:57 PM Comments 1

MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] - There will be an "inevitable parting" of ways between President Benigno S. Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016 as they belong to different political parties that will field their respective presidential bets.

This was the reply of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during a press briefing on Sunday, April 15 when asked how the two highest officials will proceed with the upcoming 2016 national elections.

"There will be an inevitable parting of ways because of the fact that they…belong to two different political parties. President Aquino is with the Liberal Party and the Vice is with PDP-Laban….So inevitably …there will come a time when they will be endorsing two different standard bearers of their respective parties," Valte said.

Binay has already confirmed his intention to run for presidency in 2016, while Aquino has yet to announce his bet for the next presidential race.

Valte said "what's important at this particular time is the support for the programs, for the reform agenda of the President" which Binay has given.

Valte was reacting to the analysis of former Senator Ernesto Maceda, who had said that, though Binay is supporting the Aquino's anti-corruption efforts, the two would eventually clash in the 2016 elections.

Maceda noted that the "Corona factor," referring to the impact of the impeachment case against chief justice Renato Corona, will ignite a possible rift between Aquino and Binay.

Maceda predicts that a vote to acquit Corona is a vote supporting Binay's presidential bid, while a vote to convict Corona will drive support for Aquino and his presidential candidate in 2016.

Binay's camp distanced itself from Maceda's predictions. - Rappler.com

FROM ABS-CBN

Binay considering Vilma as running mate in 2016 ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 03/02/2014 3:05 PM | Updated as of 03/03/2014 3:40 AM

MANILA -- After announcing that he has bolted the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas (PDP)-Laban to form a new political party, Vice President Jejomar Binay admitted that he is considering Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto as his running mate in 2016.

The actress-turned-politician’s name cropped up when Binay went to Batangas in February for a presentation of the government’s shelter program. Both Binay and Santos were mum then about their potential tandem in 2016.

In an interview with TV5, Binay finally admitted he is considering Santos. “Oo, lahat naman ay worth considering,” he said.

However, he quickly added that any decision now will be too early. “Malayo pa ang 2016, marami pang mangyayari. Bakit naman magsasabi ka na agad ng magiging VP mo. Lahat ay kino-consider pa natin. Kung bibiglain mo 'yung mga nag-aasam asam, hindi na magkakagusto sa iyo,” he explained.

Binay has made no secret of his plan to run in 2016. Last week, he announced that he will form a new political party because of a rift with members of PDP-Laban, which he had co-founded.

“Meron kasing problema sa party, especially sa leadership. Ayaw ko mang mag-break up 'yung partido, sabi ko kailangan tanggapin na natin 'yung nangyayari, dahil sa maraming pagkakataon na kami, 'yung mga leaders in particular, hiwa-hiwalay pa sa pagsabak sa halalan,” he said, referring to Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, who joined the ruling administration’s slate in the 2012 elections.

PDP-Laban coalesced with other political parties to form the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) but Pimentel did not like the UNA stalwarts’ decision to include his rival, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, in the line-up.

“Para hindi na lang lumala pa ang hindi pagkakaisa na tila lumalabas sa partido, kailangan i-consider namin, time na siguro na mag-move on,” Binay said.

Among those who will be joining him in his new party is Cebu Rep. Gwen Garcia and boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Binay also insisted there is no animosity between him and President Benigno Aquino III.

“Simulang-simula pa naman magkaiba na kami ng party. Pero I think that we should set aside 'yung politika, tapos na 'yung eleksyon noong 2010. Sama-sama tayo sa paglilingkod sa bansa with the guidance and leadership of the President. 'Yun ang sinasabing ibang politika, hindi ito 'yung porke't oposisyon ka, laging mali ang ginagawa ng administration,” the Vice President said.

FROM ARABNEWS.COM

The countdown begins for 2016 Philippine vote SUSAN V. OPLE Published — Tuesday 21 January 2014 Last update 20 January 2014 10:47 pm

Coffee shops are abuzz about 2016, the year when Filipinos will once again choose its next president.

Unlike previous administrations, the ruling party of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (or PNoy as referred to by the people) has yet to visibly and aggressively flex its muscle, organize and revitalize its base, and make a dent in the public consciousness as the political party to beat.

Perhaps its leaders think that now is not the time for political organizing, given the enormity of national problems.

Barred to run by the constitution, President Aquino would soon have to choose his successor.

Will it be former vice-presidential running-mate and current Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas?


MAR ROXAS

Secretary Roxas is a known confidante and close adviser of the president. He has invested a great deal in the Liberal Party (LP) as party president, and Aquino, quite unprepared for the presidential race in 2010, benefitted a great deal from Mar's meticulous preparations.

I remember being part of a hushed crowd that gathered to listen to candidate Mar Roxas's speech to announce his decision to give way to Aquino as their party's presidential candidate. It was obviously an extremely difficult decision to make, but the right one given the circumstances.

For now, Mar is the obvious LP choice unless a tsunami of events conspire for a sudden political detour.

Will there be a return bout between Roxas and Binay in 2016?

This is the inevitable conclusion unless the political gods decree that they share the same stage. Stranger things have happened in Philippine politics. So far, among the present crop of politicians, Mar remains a serious contender given the president's support and his pivotal role as DILG secretary.

Nevertheless, he has to make up for adverse public reactions caused by his argument with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, made viral viaYouTube.

Vice-President Jejomar Binay has always been candid about his intention to run for president in 2016.

His reverence for and loyalty to the late President Corazon C. Aquino are of public record. He maintains high visibility as presidential adviser on OFW affairs and on housing programs.

Political dynasty is an issue attached to the Binay name, and his critics especially in social media are adamant and vigorous in pointing out his shortcomings.

Nevertheless, the vice-president has the edge based on the latest surveys. On the sidelines are the younger bets: Senator Alan Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Senator Chiz Escudero, an independent but closely aligned with the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), and neophyte senator Grace Poe, daughter of the well-loved actor and former presidential candidate, Fernando Poe Jr.

No longer hibernating and thus now a contender, is former senator Ping Lacson, recently appointed as rehabilitation czar for Eastern Visayas.

Just as visible and in a fighting mood is Senator Antonio Trillanes, who appears to be casting a moist eye on 2016.

My father once said that happy accidents are bound to occur to those most prepared for it. The list cited above may become longer or shorter as 2016 nears.

Destiny has a way of making its presence felt, just as it did in the most unexpected way, in 2010. A friend of mine recently chided me for saying that 2016 is still far away.

He reminded me that three years under the current administration have gone by, in a flash, without us even realizing it. Indeed, the first month of the year is nearly over and I have yet to jot down anything on my new Starbucks planner.

For those aiming for the presidency in 2016, the challenge is on how to project one's self without appearing over-eager, fake, and selfish. To thyself be true, as a wise man once said.

FROM WIKIPEDIA

Phl presidential election, 2016 Philippines 2010 ← May 9, 2016 → 2022


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The Philippine presidential and vice presidential election of 2016 is the next presidential election in the Philippines, scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Incumbent President Benigno Aquino III is barred from seeking re-election, pursuant to the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Therefore, this election will determine the 16th President of the Philippines. The position of president and vice president are elected separately, and the winning candidates may come from different political parties.

This will be the 16th presidential election in the Philippines since 1935, and the sixth sextennial presidential election since 1986. This will a part of the 2016 general election where elections to the Senate, House of Representatives and local government, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao shall be held.

Potential presidential candidates

  • Vice President Jejomar Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)
    In a Rappler interview published on September 2011, he was quoted to have said "I dream of becoming president. I never denied that."
     
  • Senator Francis Escudero (Independent)
    In a Rappler interview published on April 2012, he said that "Let me be honest, candid, yet factual about it. I would be very interested in seeking a higher office in 2016 for the simple reason that I’m halfway through my last term."
     
  • Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas (Liberal Party)
    Senator Franklin Drilon said "In so far as the LP is concerned, [and] in so far as I am concerned, we believe that he is best qualified for 2016." In a later interview, Roxas said he had not thought about it.

  • Senator Bong Revilla (Lakas-CMD)
    Lakas spokesman Raul Lambino said that "Many have voiced out the possibility of him being our standard bearer in 2016. This is one of the reasons we are reorganizing." He later added that Revilla had still had to accept their proposal.
     
  • Senator Grace Poe (Independent)
    The surprising first place finish of Grace Poe-Llamanzares in the 2013 Senate election at the expense of twice-number one senator, Loren Legarda, whom the former beat, 20.15 million to 18.48 million with only 350,000 votes still to be counted. Poe-Llamanzares’ huge win created ripples throughout the ranks of would-be candidates in the coming 2016 presidential elections. It has already been likened to President Aquino’s own dramatic entry into the presidential race in September 2009.
     
  • Batangas governor Vilma Santos (Liberal Party)
    Political analysts have pointed to Governor Santos as a possible contender for either the presidential or vice-presidential election.
     
  • Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. (Nacionalista Party)
    His mother revealed she wants her son to run for the presidency if ever. It is not the first time that the former First Lady said she wants another Marcos to take the helm in Malacañang.
     
  • Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson (Independent)
    Secretary Mar Roxas acknowledged him qualified to run in for president in 2016, but there have been no talks on the latter joining the Liberal Party
     
  • Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (Nacionalista Party)
    Senator Cayetano says he is forming the team to supervise the campaign preparations for his possible presidential bid in 2016.

Declined or withdrew candidacy

  • Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (People's Reform Party)
    She is already looking forward to her future job as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), rejecting hopes for her bid to seek the country’s presidency for the third time.
     
  • Manuel V. Pangilinan
    Pangilinan, chairman of utility companies PLDT and Meralco and of TV5, is claimed as a "dark horse" by political analysts. The businessman later commented on the rumors that he would seek an elective position, saying "there is no political blood that runs through my veins. I believe I can serve our people better some other way.” He also said his decision was “final” amid encouragement from various sectors that he would make a great president, given his “technocratic skills.”
     
  • Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte (Independent)
    Duterte shrugged off calls for him to run as President in 2016, saying he is not qualified for higher public office.

Potential vice presidential candidates

  • Senator Jinggoy Estrada (United Nationalist Alliance)
    In an oath-taking ceremony of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, Estrada noted that his father noted that he his a copycat, saying he became San Juan mayor, senator and even best actor; he then said that his father also became a president. He finally said that "you'd have to think about that for yourselves."

  • JV Ejercito-Estrada (United Nationalist Alliance)
    Now that his brother (Jinggoy) is involved in many political issues, that brought to (Jinggoy) his brother's 2016 dream. He may be run instead of Jinggoy.

Declined or withdrew candidacy

  • Representative from Saranggani Manny Pacquiao (United Nationalist Alliance)
    Pacquiao, revealed his intention to run for vice president in 2016 in an interview at GMA, but backtracked when he said "No, it’s not possible yet. I’m not old enough."
     
  • Kris Aquino
    On April 2, Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz has asked the camp of Kris Aquino, actress and presidential sister, of her plans on running for the vice presidency. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda denied rumors of Aquino's vice presidential candidacy in 2016, and alluded to Cruz as a "rumormonger". At a Davao City political rally during the campaign in the 2013 elections, Aquino teased Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte to make her win in 2016 after President Aquino lost in Davao in 2010. While she did not mention the position, Duterte later said that "she will run for senator". The next day, at a Cebu City political rally, Aquino bared that she plans on running as governor of Tarlac.

FROM PHILSTAR LAST DECEMBER

Noy bucks political plans for Kris By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 4, 2013 - 12:00am 13 253 googleplus0 4

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino does not want his youngest sister Kris Aquino to run in the 2016 national and local elections.

Speaking at the Bulong Pulungan weekly forum in Sofitel Plaza yesterday, Aquino said he adheres to the American saying that if you want to get even with somebody get him into politics.

“I love my sister,” he said.

Aquino said Kris is also busy with being a stage mother to her two children.

“But at this point in time, the last time she made a pronouncement (is that she is) concerned about the topic of being a stage mother and, of course, (her son) Joshua’s achievements,” he said.

“The latest pronouncement I heard from her was she’s aiming to be the perfect stage mother.”

Kris’ son Bimby is appearing in a movie with comedian Vic Sotto and child star Ryzza Mae Dizon due out this Christmas.

Aquino’s anointed

Aquino refused to engage the public in general about speculations of who would be his anointed in 2016.

“Man proposes and God disposes,” he said.

“It is nobody’s powers to determine such as only God knows who will it be.”

Aquino noticed “several that have declared their (presidential) ambition” - the most notable of whom is Vice President Jejomar Binay - but he clarified that it is still too early to tell who would be the Liberal Party’s standard bearer.

He also didn’t give in to observations he was “grooming” Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

“I want to get out to the people as much as possible,” he said.

“My alter ego performs that function also for me. Is he being groomed? Our party has not decided on that. We have not discussed it. We are focused on solving the problems of today.”

Aquino said running for the presidency is a matter of destiny.

“I know of several people who want to be the opponent,” he said.

“And perhaps they are not saying they are not the opponent at this point in time. Some of them would be entertaining the idea perhaps that they might be our candidate also.”


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