Exodus begins: 200 officials join Poe-Chiz camp


MALACAÑANG on Friday said it expects some members of various political parties, including the Liberal Party (LP), to shift allegiance to the newly-formed group of Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate and fellow lawmaker Francis “Chiz” Escudero, noting that in major elections, the “landscape” changes.

In a news briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said they are unfazed by the reported “exodus” of 200 local officials from various groups to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which has thrown its support behind the Poe-Escudero tandem.

“The President’s thrust is not personality politics but platform. If you look at the history of every major election that we’ve had, you will always see shifts in the landscape of your political parties,” the official added.

Former Caloocan City (Metro Manila) Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, an LP member, joined hundreds of others in a mass oath-taking as new NPC members also on Friday.

Besides Echiverri, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya of Lakas also joined the group.
An Waray chairman Florencio “Bem” Noel told The Manila Times that so far, Echiverri was the only LP member present during the event.

Noel, who recently resigned from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to support Poe’s bid, also said his party-list and seven other groups will go “all the way” for the Poe-Escudero team.

These party-list groups are Abang Lingkod, AVE, Ang Nars, Bagong Henerasyon, Anak IP, Abono and Ako Bicol.

But Valte downplayed this latest political development, saying while she “could not give a reaction on the members of the LP moving,” the administration bet, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, and Aquino can boast of performance.

“What is important for the President and his chosen candidate is that they continue to argue and to discuss based on programs, policies, et cetera at kung bakit dapat ituloy [and why they should be continued],” she added.

Andaya claimed he joined the NPC to support Poe and Escudero because by all indications, the party, which is the second largest in terms of membership, will back the two senators.

Poe tops Magdalo polls

Poe retains the top spot in a pre-election presidential survey conducted by the Magdalo group in early September.

Poe emerged as the top choice of some 2,937 respondents who were asked to name their candidate in 2016.

The Magdalo conducted the survey using a multi-stage sampling or a form of sampling that involves dividing the population into groups.

The survey was also divided into three scenarios wherein every scenario has its own set of names where respondents could choose from.

In all three scenarios, Poe landed No. 1 followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and Roxas of the Liberal Party on third.

In the first scenario, the respondents were asked to choose from 10 presidential candidates namely Poe, Binay, Roxas, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Escudero, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Poe scored 29.9 percent while Binay got 21.4 percent and Roxas, 15.8 percent.
Duterte landed fourth with 15.5 percent.

Marcos was in fifth position while Cayetano was No. 10 with 1.3 percent.

Scenario number 2 reduced the number of choices to six presidential candidates–Poe, Binay, Roxas, Duterte, Marcos and Cayetano–with Poe still emerging on top with 32.4 percent, followed by Binay with 22.8 percent and Roxas, 17.5 percent

In the third scenario, the number of candidates was further reduced to four and Poe still landed on top with 37.7 percent, Binay with 24.3 percent, Roxas with 18.6 percent and Duterte with 17.8 percent.

The independent presidential candidate was also the top choice in all the regions in the country in all the three different scenarios.

Poe was also the top choice of almost all religions on the country except for Muslims, who prefer Binay and Duterte.


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    Candidate Poe’s open assurance that she will not bash Aquino is a clear
    admission that if she wins the election, she will continue Aquino’s corruption like
    will vote for her, we will expect no better. She will just be the same as Aquino
    who is incompetent, corrupt, vindictive and flip plopping president. Just remember
    the pork barrel, the DAP, the Mamasapano, the vindictiveness and selective justice.
    Poe openly declared that she will not bash Aquino, Meaning if she wins, she will
    be there to protect Aquino. What a partnership with the devil.

  2. These varied surveys conducted showed Poe as the top choice of the electorates so it boils down that Aquino made a great blunder in choosing Roxas, the weaker Presidentiable instead of her. Had he chosen Poe then his dream of the continuance of his matuwid na daan is on the right track.

  3. Donot understimate a neophyte. There maybe so many pioneer politicians, look what they have become. They became corrupt because for so many years these crooks have learned the ways on how to steal from the government funds. Cory Aquino do not even have experience in neither senate or congressional position. She became a President because of his husband who was assasinated.

  4. Hindi pabor si Sheryl Cruz sa deklarasyon ng pinsang si Senator Grace Llamanzares na tumakbo sa pagka-presidente sa 2016 elections dahil kulang pa raw ang karanasan nito bilang public servant.

    Sabi pa ng aktres, “My cousin’s a neophyte. Yes, it’s nice to have fresh faces in our political arena, but it’s best to hone what you have.”

    • These surveys are the barometer to guide the result of the 2016 polls and apparently Aquino chose the wrong candidate to continue his matuwid na daan. For had Poe been his choice then the continuation is assured

  5. This defectors were once associated with GMA who not so long ago were conspirators in cheating FPJ. Look what kind of politicians Grace Poe is getting – rotten and smelled politicians. Shame!

  6. Poe and her group are a product of poll surveys. Pilipinos are so naive and forgot the character of the candidates. I still remember mr villar leading tthe polls then suddenly cory died and noynoy btecame the frontrunner. Now poe is riding on her fathers popularity to gain votes. She even sided with INC during the INC uprising. Is that who we are going to vote as president of this country.