• Groups ‘pushing’ Lina to run for VP in 2016

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    Former senator Joey Lina is being pushed by some groups to be the vice presidential candidate of another former senator—Panfilo Lacson—who is perceived as now ripe to lead the country in attaining peace and order, aside from instilling discipline in Filipinos, a source told The Manila Times on Tuesday.

    The Times source, however, declined to name the groups backing Lina’s supposed bid to become Vice President.

    Meanwhile, Lina has formed a new group whose members will go around the country to ask the people on who the appropriate candidate for President in the 2016 elections is.

    Also a former Interior secretary and former governor of Laguna province, he announced also on Tuesday the name of the group—Sagot Kita Bayan (SKB).

    Lina said the group is non-partisan, insisting it is ecumenical since many of its 21 board members are pastors of various Christian churches.

    A core group that he formed when he was Interior chief, according to him, has started helping him to reach out to 234 districts in the country where volunteers of SKB will come from.

    “So much has been gained by the [current]government but inclusive growth remains elusive like employment, quality education, housing and peace and order,” Lina told the Bulong Pulungan forum at Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City (Metro Manila).

    At present the president of Manila Hotel, he said SKB is busy educating voters, guiding them on what to look for in the next leaders of their town, province, district and the country.

    He clarified that he is not running for President in 2016 and that SKB is not his party.

    Lina said the group will use social media, aside from the traditional means, in voter education.

    According to him, there is a big possibility that the winning candidate in 2016 will be a minority President just like Fidel V. Ramos in 1992.

    Lina said soon the KBS office will open somewhere in Ortigas, Pasig City (Metro Manila).

    When asked if the group has financiers, he replied that members of a core group are the ones spending.

    Lina said SKB is open to other groups, specially civic groups.

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