• Speaker: Noy-Bi 2 tough to crush

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    Breaking another splinter group in the ruling Liberal Party (LP) would be tough, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. admitted on Saturday.

    “There’s no fixed formula [really for crushing such group],” Belmonte, campaign manager of the LP for the 2016 elections, said.

    “We just have to tell our adherents to stick to the Mar-Leni ticket,” he added, referring to Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, party standard-bearer in the May 9 polls this year, and Roxas’ running mate Leni Robredo.

    Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez, also spokesman for the LP, also on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd sounding off that next Top 2 leaders of the country be his presidential and vice presidential candidates should do the trick in defeating any splinter group.

    The President had endorsed the respective bids of Roxas 2nd and Robredo.

    “Both Sec [Secretary] Mar and Cong. [Congresswoman] Leni continue to reinforce each other in their speeches, and both emphasize the need for a solid team. Even the President, in his endorsement speeches, has always underscored the importance of team, and even referred to his difficulty in having a Vice President from a different party,” Gutierrez said in a text message.

    Roxas was a former Interior secretary and Robredo represents the Third District of Camarines Sur province in Congress.

    “We are pushing the daang matuwid [good governance]team as much as we can. The team is not only about one candidate, but a team that will work to build on it and carry it forward,” Gutierrez said.

    In the 2010 elections, a splinter group tagged as Noy-Bi emerged and campaigned for then-Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd of the LP for President and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino as Vice President.

    Noy is short for President Aquino’s nickname Noynoy and Bi is Binay’s shortened surname.

    Roxas, the running mate of Aquino in the polls nearly six years ago, lost the vice presidential race to Binay despite leading all the way in pre-election surveys.

    At the time, Sen. Francis Escudero showed up in a campaign advertisement endorsing the Noy-Bi tandem.

    In the political ad, Escudero vouched for Binay’s competence and claimed that his choice for Vice President is someone with kalyo–a Filipino word for a skin deformity that a person suffers from as a result of backbreaking work.

    Last week, it was reported that the President’s friend and Undersecretary Rico Puno of the Department of Interior and Local Government is raiding Roxas’ camp to recruit supporters for independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe.

    Puno was infamous for “securing” the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo’s apartment after Robredo died in a plane crash in August 2012.

    His move was not authorized by Robredo’s wife, Leni.

    The are also provincial governors who are allegedly pushing Poe as President and Robredo as Vice President, while others are allegedly going for Roxas as President and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as Vice President.

    Marikina City (Metro Manila) Rep. Romero Quimbo, campaign manager of the LP-led Senate slate, has expressed confidence that ghosts of 2010 would not make a comeback because the Noy-Bi tandem did not serve the Aquino administration well.

    “As far as what we see, there is no significant number of people espousing broken tandems unlike in the past because lines are more clearly drawn today than in 2010. Today, it’s about continuing good governance under Mar-Leni or returning under the old order of patronage and corrupt governance,” Quimbo said also on Saturday.

    “If there’s anything about this campaign, [it]is that it has learned from the lessons of 2010. I am sure the people who supported Noy-Bi in 2010 have realized that it makes governance troublesome when the President and the Vice President come from different parties. Success can only be made more inclusive and expansive if the top leaders of the country take the same path,” he added.

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    1. It is the leadership ability that can propel one to the highest position in the land. We cannot trust one who is indecisive and depend on other’s opinion before coming up with decisions. We need someone who believes in himself and carry out decisions based on government for the people no
      a government only for a selected kkk.

    2. Indeed, those bobotantes voted for a guy touted as “non-corrupt” and what happened? We have the biggest systematic plunder of PP160 Billion thru PDAF/DAP and we have the highest level of smuggling per UN data. So you still want another “non corrupt” guy?

      On the other hand, who among them will not reimburse those campaign financiers with franchises or contracts once he/she is in power? Lahat din naman sila will have to pay back their markers and that makes all of them “corrupt”.

    3. First of all, the filipino voters now were not dumbed. They have now their own ideas which were to vote or not. Like the suffering of filipinos who used to go by public utiites vehicle, LRT, congestion of Traffice, high cost of power , everything, that doesnt favor the filipino masses.What Roxas done and leni to our country…So far mar roxas has a done a lot of Mess in our country, aside from being rude and disrespectful in his attitude. Is this the kind of President that we want??? with regards, to Ms. Leni, is she clean?? Why she vote and sign in favor of BBL?? She sign with out reading the BBL , what is it. ?? She is not clean, because she is also one of the traitor who sign BBL without understanding. Does she knows the Philippine constitution/?? She is a lawyer right..but she dont know nothing..

    4. I think ” daang matuwid” would not sit well as Mar-leni slogan, from my personal experience lately I would agree with the chairman of the ombudsman that their are too many crooks in the gov’t of Pnoy, the office of the Register of Deeds is still the nest of crooks as a good example, RA 9485 is just a myth, we really need a CHANGE.

    5. I think it is the duty of every Filipino to vote for politicians that are clean and has no stains. Other politicians that are already marked for graft, corruption , killings and sons or children of killers, and candidates pretending to love the country has no place in filipino society. They are the scourge or salot of humanity.They take something which are not theirs and impoverish the people. THINK IT OVER BEFORE CASTING YOUR VOTE. VOTE FOR ROXAS AND ROBREDO clean and honest.

      • It is generally accepted norm in Philippines’ political circus that whoever control the political machines –comelec, military and gov’t coffers–can dictate election results in his/her favor. The lure of lucre is the reason why the country have TRAPOs and political dynasty.