• Roxas sees victory even without INC backing

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    LIBERAL Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is confident of winning the upcoming presidential election even without the support of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), whose around 2 million members vote as a bloc.

    This comes a few hours after President Benigno Aquino III made an unannounced visit to the INC headquarters in Quezon City in an apparent move to lobby for the INC endorsement of his chosen successor, Roxas, and the latter’s running mate Leni Robredo.

    Roxas cited that his allies on the ground remain intact with one week to go before the May 9 synchronized local and national elections, even if he is yet to top the pre-election surveys.

    “I believe so [that I have enough support to win with or without the INC],” he said. “I feel comfortable. The ground is shifting in our favor. In the beginning we did not have a chance, now we are tied for second place, and that surveys did not include the debate and these hidden bank accounts [of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte].”

    “You can call the governors, lawmakers, mayors…. In fact, I am very glad that they were even the ones calling me, telling me that they continue to be with us,” Roxas added.

    He disclosed that he just concluded a meeting in Manila with Ace Cerilles, who leads the Mayor’s League in Zamboanga del Sur, as well as Mayor Tata Pulmones, of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Norte. Cerilles is mayor of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

    “Why would they come here, travel so far being from Pagadian and Zamboanga del Sur, only to leave us in four days? My point is that the coalition is solid,” Roxas stressed.

    The Zamboanga Peninsula has 1.93 million voters.

    Roxas also invoked the strong presence of LP in Cavite, with six of seven incumbent lawmakers, namely: Elpidio Barzaga, Francis Abaya, Alex Advincula, Luis Ferrer, Roy Loyola and Abraham Tolentino – all for supporting him and his running mate.

     

    Cavite has the second-largest number of registered voters among the provinces in the country with 1.8 million.

    Roxas again stressed what he described as untarnished record in government service.

    “The past 90 days and the past 20 years of my career, corruption has never been attached to my name,” he said. “I’ve been all out in terms of being of service to people. I’m not saying I’m perfect, I’m not saying I did not make any mistake. What I am saying is that we’ve accomplished many things and I put my record up against all the others.”

    It may be recalled that in Aug. 2015, thousands of INC members marched to EDSA-Shaw Boulevard, to ask the Aquino administration, particularly the Department of Justice, to junk the illegal detention complaint filed by the expelled church minister Isaias Samson against the INC Executive Council.

    The mass protest left hundreds of passengers stranded, exhausted, if not agitated along the major highway, as well as vehicles choking EDSA.

    At that time, Roxas, in his capacity as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, stressed that while all citizens had the right to be heard and to peaceful assembly, the exercise of these rights cannot impinge on the rights of others or cause inconvenience to anyone.

    He had also said that the Philippine National Police was duty-bound to maintain the safety and general welfare of the public, including ensuring that opportunists did not try to take advantage of the situation for personal ends. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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    1. He he he kakatuwa masyadong maiinit ang mga pinoy sa usaping pampulitika, hiling ko lang kay mr. President sana wag kayong mandaya alang alang sa inang bayan, tama na po ang maraming kapalpakan na nangyari sa termino nyo ibigay nyo naman po sa iba ang pwesto at panagutan nyo yung dapat panagutan, harapin ang dapat harapin.

    2. Micro Mega on

      The practice of some religious leaders to dictate on their members on how to vote is like commanding them to default on using the God-given faculty of thinking for oneself. “Stop thinking,” they seem to say, “and let us leaders do it for you, for we alone have the right to think as it is evil to think for yourself.” What could be a more potent way of enslaving the mind of man than by appropriating for themselves the exclusive power to decide for others with threats of eternal damnation? No wonder the INC is a powerful cult because of the blind obedience it demands of its members, which allows them in turn to dictate conditions on politicians. Hopefully, there will be members who will see through this and refuse to give up their freedom to think.

    3. GMA was the president then… how could cheating been initiated without her knowledge? (knowing that she will be prosecuted) PNoy won fair and square.

      With regards to the surveys… please remember that the random sampling of 1,200 to 4,000 respondents is not a definite indication of the voting preferences of the entire 54,600,000 registered voters.

    4. Cristo Ricohermosa on

      With his decades of service in the country, with all the challenges he has conquered. He’s ready enough to be the next President, well equipped based on experience to run the country. MAR ROXAS will be the next President.

    5. Dear Mar Roxas,

      You self-centered pursuit of power and your vendetta against the INC is well known within the brotherhood. If you don’t want our unity vote so be it. But remember, this 2016 elections are very close. We would not be surprised if the winning (endorsed) candidate is one million ahead of yours It’s your loss, not ours!

      EPAL MO KASI EH. HUSTISYA PARA SA YOLANDA!

    6. Confident ka na ikaw mananalo… nakakatawa ka… wala ka nga ACCOMPLISHMENTS katulad ka ng amo mong Noytard. Ngayon magkakasubukan sa gagawin nyo dahil hawak nyo ang COMELEC… Malawakang RALLY-EDSA3 sa pagkapanalo mo… hinde ka nakakasiguro dahil may SURPRISE si Meriam Defensor Santiago pagkatapos ng bilangan… dugyot.

    7. Can’t see a good future in the Philippines if mar wins. katulad ni pinoy, siya ay wlang empathy sa mahihirap, at napakakupad umaksyon sa mga problema at crisis sa bansa. Another 6 years na pahirap is very depressing.

    8. Roxas is very confident to win in this election despite the fact that he’s number 4 in the survey..something fishy there. He will only win if he cheat that is a fact. Very few Filipinos have trust and confidence in Roxas and he can only blame himself. Had he been a compassionate man and prop poor, more people would vote for him but ALAS the man has no tint of empathy in his system and has no mind of his own. Another yellowtard in Malacanang spells disaster…doomsday for the Philippines.

      • Yes Sir! Just look at the face of these two evil (abno & underdesaya) something is really cooking. Their tricks are back again, from what they did last two elections. They are notorious on CHEATER ND LIAR. CROOK OF THE SAME FEATHER.

    9. The INC didn’t want to junk the case, just that De Lima stop dipping her fingers in it by giving Samson preferential treatment.

      It’s the same problem as the case of the Opposition Senators who were thrown in jail while the Administration Senators were “coincidentally” spared the same fate.

      De Lima basically acted as a “second lawyer” for Samson, working his documents and even breaking protocol numerous times just to support him.

      If that doesn’t say something about De Lima’s questionable ethics I don’t know what will.

    10. corruption not attached? how about your cronies… vitangcol et al.
      yolanda funds, mrt mess…?

    11. Desperado ang Loko-loko, tsk! tsk! tsk!… magsama kayo ng amo mong lukarit, mga wlang silbi sa bayan…. mga pahirap kayo ng mamayan! mga “tuwad na daan”…

    12. Mananalo lang ang LIBERAL PARTY kapag dinaya ninyo ang mga Filipino..dahil sa PCOS machine na nauna ng nandaya on 2010, ng manalo si Pnoy ng dahil sa pandaraya.. Now hindi na dapat itong mangyari…..