• LP exodus possible – analyst


    THE reported plan by some stalwarts of the Liberal Party (LP) to dump the ruling party’s standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 3nd and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in favor of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero is “possible” considering the volatile political environment at present, according to a renowned political analyst.

    “These are possible scenarios but not yet decisions,” Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms executive director Ramon Casiple told The Manila Times.

    Casiple was reacting to the Times’ report on Monday about the planned “shift” to the team of Poe and Escudero if Roxas and Robredo will continue to lag in presidential surveys.

    Sources told the Times that Poe and Escudero will be the administration’s “spare tire” if the survey ratings of Roxas and Robredo will not improve.

    An insider claimed that many big names in the LP and local administration bets are expected to “abandon ship” and shift their allegiance to the two lawmakers.

    “Local government officials under the LP are also waiting for all projects to be closed so their constituents will not suffer when they eventually throw their public support behind their real candidate,” said the source, who spoke on condition that he will not be named.

    A supposed splinter group involved in the 2010 campaign that saw the victory of Vice President Jejomar Binay over Roxas is said to be working in the shadow to boost the
    candidacies of the Poe-Chiz tandem.

    Asked if this is possible, Casiple replied: “All have shadows.”

    But Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino trusts that Roxas and Robredo will continue to gain wide public support.

    “President Aquino is steadfast in his endorsement and support for the Roxas-Robredo team,” Coloma said.

    “He believes that both candidates are steadily gaining public support being the most capable to promote and solidify the gains under daang matuwid,” he told the Times in an earlier interview.

    A Palace official who asked not to be identified confirmed that Aquino is most likely to support Escudero if Robredo will continue to wallow in the vice presidential surveys.
    He said the President’s “greatest fear” is that Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will win the vice presidential race.


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