Amazing Grace takes lead

FALL FROM GRACE  Sen. Grace Poe holds a copy of the final report of the Senate committee on public order which conducted an investigation on the January 25 police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force were killed. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Grace Poe

I’m used to being an underdog – Binay
Sen. Grace Poe has dislodged Vice President Jejomar Binay from his perch as the frontrunner in the race to Malacañang in 2016.


According to results of the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia, Poe has surpassed Binay in the top spot, getting the nod of 30 percent of the 1,200 respondents polled from May 30 to June 5.

The Vice President slid down to No. 2 with 22 percent.

Binay said he regards the survey results as a “wake-up call.”

“That is a wake-up call and it gives me an opportunity to thank those who continue to support me,” he told reporters.

The survey was conducted at the time Binay hogged the headlines after the Office of the Ombudsman announced that a special investigating panel was formed to look into the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2, the Court of Appeals issued a freeze order on the bank accounts of the Vice President, his family members and associates and the Senate blue ribbon continued with investigation of allegations of corruption against the Binay patriarch.

Also dominating the news at the time were reports of Poe’s alleged lack of residency that makes her ineligible to seek a higher position in 2016.

Duterte, Roxas, Erap
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte trails Binay by seven percentage points, getting 15 percent with both Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and deposed president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada getting 10 percent each.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago got 6 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former senator Panfilo Lacson getting 2 percent each.

Binay’s latest ratings was below the 29 percent he garnered in March.

Poe, who is reportedly being wooed to pair with Roxas in the 2016 polls, enjoyed an increase in ratings. She had 14 percent in the March survey.

Roxas, the presumptive standard-bearer of the administration-backed Liberal Party, also enjoyed an increase in ratings. He only notched 4 percent in March.

Humbled, undecided
In a statement, Poe said she was humbled by the latest poll results.

“Once again, I humbly thank our countrymen for trusting me. I am one with them in desiring for a country where every Filipino would enjoy an equal opportunity to develop. I value the voice of the people,” her statement in Filipino read.

Poe, however, said she is still undecided about her political plans in 2016.

Been there
Binay, who has never lost an election since getting elected as mayor of the then municipality of Makati in 1988, said he is used to being an “underdog.”

“Hindi po ako bago sa ganitong sitwasyon. Ilang beses na akong naging underdog sa aking mga laban [I’m not new to this kind of situation. I’ve been an underdog many times in my past fights],” he added.

Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco, the interim president of Binay’s party the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said the Vice President (VP) will continue to work harder.

“Ipagpapatuloy lang ni VP ang pangangalaga sa OFW at Housing Sector. Lalo siyang magsisipag para maibangon sa kahirapan ang ating mahihirap na kababayan [Binay will continue t take care of overses Filipino workers and the Housing Sector. He will work harder to improve the lot of the poor],” Tiangco’s text message read.

Malacanang remains unperturbed by the survey results.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said public opinion survey results only present a “snapshot view of citizen preferences on potential candidates.”

“The President [Benigno Aquino 3rd] continues to consult relevant stakeholders and, as he stated most recently, he is looking at the period after his last SONA [State of the Nation Address] as the appropriate time for making an announcement on his preferred candidate for the 2016 presidential elections,” Coloma added in a statement.

“Meantime, the President and the Cabinet will continue to focus efforts on implementing priority development and reform programs that will ensure the attainment of sustainable and inclusive growth,” he said.


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  1. There are a few senators who are not corrupt but the majority are.

    Out of 23 senators 18 were on the Napoles list, only 3 opposition senators were charged. Who has the power to shield the other 15 ?

    18 corrupt senators were elected by a rigged election where the voting machines were found to have the security and accuracy components disabled.
    That explains why Poe got elected to the senate (a favor to her adopted father)

    Really doesn’t matter who the people vote for since their votes won’t count anyway. The Liberal Party will do the voting for everyone and elect the same corrupt senators and whoever they want to be president.

    They did it 5 years ago so it’s game on in 2016.

  2. Grace will and shall be President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2016. And just as well. Ano man ang citizenship nya. We need a good and bright leader, not a legally qualified yet corrupt s.o.b. Dig?

  3. I Remember... on

    Obviously, the Yellows are preparing a coup again… after the idiot, the supreme fake with no brains…

  4. All I can say is, ang tatanga talaga ng mga pilipino. Sorry but that’s the truth.

  5. Coloma, tulog ka ba? Gising!
    You keep on talking about sustainable and inclusive growth. Alam mo ba ang ibig sabihin niyan? Bigyan kita ng clue.

    When you talk about sustainable growth (development), you must keep in mind the interdependencies among social development (social transformation), economic development (economic transformation) and environmental management (environmental integrity effectively addressing the problem of unrestricted assault on the environment). Gets mo? Inclusive growth simply means that development must have a voice, must be rooted and must be culture-bound. Gets mo?

    Now start your experiential learning journey. Your starting point must be Tineg, Abra where you come from. Walk or ride a horse if you wish.

    • here’s one for you marlo,there’s no need to insult other people’s opinion,and where they are from.

  6. Ogold Azures on

    Kahit laging no. 1 si Grace, di naman siya puwedeng tumakbo so wala rin. Ang problema kung si Roxas ang mauna pero hindi… Halos kulelat pa rin ang pambato ng LP. Sa bandang huli si Bnay pa rin ang panalo sa pagka presidente. Sana nga bukas na ang eleksyon para mapalitan na ang pangulo. Sobra na ang kanyan kapalpakan at ka trayduran sa bansa. Palibhasa hindi niya pera kaya ipinamimigay ito sa mga terorista.

    • Eliseo Jr. P.Tenza on

      Ang kahinaan ni Sec.Mar Roxas sa mga survey ay dahil kay President Aquino. Ayaw pa siyang iendorse ni Pres. Aquino. Dapat ipahayag ni SEc. Mar Roxas, ” I will run for President whether I am endorsed by the President or not”. Kailiangan ipakita niya ang kanyang determination na maging pangulo.

  7. P.Akialamiro on

    What a presumptuous ‘assumption’ that only VP Binay and Grace Poe are the viable candidates for Presidency next year’s election? Binay has to clear his slate and Poe has to clean her alleged perjury from the time she run for senator and also the doubts beclouding her natural birth.

    Binay talks as if the case of corruption against him (& dynasty) is only political. I don’t want to have another president who is ‘corrupt’ or plunderer; ‘Dis-Grace’ Poe thinks she is ‘qualified’ just because she has no accusation of being corrupt, not realizing that her qualifications don’t fit to the demands of the presidency. True, she is “ambisiosa”! If these are the only two the Filipinos will have to choose from, may God bless the Philippines.

  8. Wala ba kayong napapansin,hindi kasama si. Marcos sa mga pangalan itinatanong sa taong bayan!
    Media , elite,at yellow fanatics,ang komokontrol upang hindi mabigyan ng publisidad si Marcos!
    Poe,binay,Poe at Mar ,duterte,ay masasandalan ni Aquino at ng yellow gangs,sino man ang maging pangulo ! Erap madali itong kausap!

  9. Arch. Lito L.Mallonga on

    Hangang hindi ito nareresolba ang tunay na kanyang mga magulang
    ay malaking problema ito hindi lang siya pati na iyong mga iba diyan
    sa ating mga politika na alam naman ng lahat kung sino talaga ang
    kanilang pinangaligan. Tutal naririyan ang DNA para malaman natin
    lahat hindi ba.

    Kung ikaw gusto mong mag linkod bilang Presidente ng Pinas,
    magsabi ka ng tutuo dahil ikaw ang mamumuno sa taong bayan
    natin. Remember we have closed to 100 Million People including
    those Filipinos abroad.

    Eh basta ba tatay at nanay mo ay Pinoy na kahit pa ikaw ipinaganak
    sa ibang bansa Pinoy at Pinay ka pa rin. Problema sa ating mga mambabatas
    itong tinatawag na protektionisim na kaya hindi tayo umuunlad hangang
    gayon. Sa dami ng population natin wala bang mapili na siyang mag silbi
    sa ating bayan. Lagi na lang ba tayong ganito.

    Magising na tayo at iboto iyong karapat dapat at hindi makukuha sa popularity
    na lang lagi. Iyong may kakayahan na hindi laging nakikinig sa mga tinatawag
    na mga adiver na palpak naman ang sinasabi.
    Proposal ko ibinigay ko sa gobyerno tulad sa Lotto 649 ginamit nila na kaibigan kong si Gary Newman at gayon naman iyong Universal Medical Plan, Infrastructure
    tulad sa Railroad , Hi-ways at Ro-Ro ferries na ibinigay ng kasama kong
    si Leo Santana kay Mr. Sonny Coloma at ito inilabas nanaman nila .
    Pero ito ay Media lang at wala naman silang pondong magawa ito.

    All Show at mga pledge at MOU lamang. Kung ito ay MOA baka sakali
    magawa ito. Utang sa mga internhational banks na naman. Kawawang
    Juan De La Cruz na boan na ng utang. Wala ng katapusan.

  10. Give up na ako sa mga Pilipinong mga bobotante. Maliwanag pa sa sikat nang araw
    ang kawatan, corruption nang ibang mga politico binibigyan pa nang pansin. Ang
    may kasalanan na nito ang mga bobotante. Kase itong mga politikong kawatan
    nag sasamantala lang nang ka inutilan nang mga bobotanteng pinoy. HOY MGA

  11. Felimon A. Soria on

    If this poll is to be believed and we elect a president whose citizenship is in question, then I say God Bless our country the Republic of the Philippines.