NOY ON GRACE’S PRESIDENTIAL BID

‘What, me worry?’

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Sen. Grace Poe is running for President and she will formally announce her bid on Wednesday, sources from the senator’s camp said on Monday.

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No less than President Benigno Aquino 3rd said the administration-backed Liberal Party is not bothered by the buzz.

“Worried? Why should we be worried of her announcing her plans? We really would like to hear what she says. Are we worried? No, we are not worried,” Aquino told reporters in Iloilo City.

The President echoed an earlier statement made by Senate President Franklin Drilon, Liberal Party (LP) vice chairman, who said a Poe candidacy for President will not change any of the party’s plans for 2016.

“No. We are not worried… There is no change in plan. We will continue to build [up]Secretary [Manuel] Roxas [2nd],” Drilon told reporters.

Poe–the pre-election Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia survey frontrunner–is reportedly announcing her bid at the Bahay ng Alumni in the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus in Quezon City.

The President said the LP is moving past the traditional way of personality politics and that whatever Poe’s announcement would be, they would focus on the platform, not on the person.

“I think the party stands on a particular platform,” he added.

“We are moving away from personality politics to platform-based politics. So whatever her announcement is, we still insist that… we still will be advocating governance-based on a first…particular specific platform rather than just, rather just any personality,” the President said.

Aquino earlier said he and the LP are not giving up on Poe until the deadline for filing of certificates of candidacy in October, even as they continue to criticize the senator for her inexperience in government service.

The President had several meetings with Poe where he reportedly tried to persuade the senator to team up with Roxas.

In a four-way or three-way fight, Poe is seen to be a winner based on surveys.

Aside from Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay, the other supposed contender was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but he announced last week that he was no longer gunning for the presidency.

In a two-way fight, Roxas reportedly has more chances against Binay, according to political observers, because Poe would likely get the votes from him instead of the Vice President.

Poe is facing a disqualification case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal because of issues related to her citizenship and residency.

When asked about the chances of Roxas, Aquino earlier expressed confidence that the people would consider the successes of the straight-path mantra of his administration.

“Anyway, what our group is espousing that there should be continuity and how does one argue [with]success… So in our case… this was what had been produced,” Aquino said.

“We believe this is just a starting block. Those who will come after us [will]continue the programs and the reforms that have been happening, this time on our shoulders, you get to higher level at a quicker phase. And everybody who does not subscribe to that will have to explain what is your vision of something better than what is already happening,” he added.

Anti-Climactic
Senator Sergio Osmena 3rd, when asked about the reported announcement of Poe, said it is not a surprise, only anti-climactic.

Osmena added that he has no plans of supporting Poe, regardless of who will be her running mate.

“I won’t support her whoever her Vice President [would be]. I won’t say who I am supporting and why,” he said.

Osmeña was among those consulted by Poe during the 2013 mid-term elections.

Poe is expected to team up with Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero but it was not clear if the latter is also planning to declare his vice-presidential bid on Wednesday.

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  1. “’We are moving away from personality politics to platform-based politics. So whatever her announcement is, we still insist that… we still will be advocating governance-based on a first…particular specific platform rather than just, rather just any personality,’ the President said.”

    Assuming this statement is true, then the President just admitted that being the son of her departed mother, it was that “personality,” anak ni Ninoy at ni Cory that propelled him to win; his sole qualification for the top job.

    Because now that Poe has spurned the wooing LP, add to this, the personal attacks on their real and perceived enemies, ngayon lang sila natauhan? He said it himself. “…moving away.” Ergo, hindi nila dapat pinapansin ang surveys na personality-centric.

  2. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Aquino not worried because he will do what his mom did, switch at the last minute. But the people of the Philippines won’t go for that if it wants a double whammy from mother and son. Nothing came out good from their administrations because both aimed to be “NOBEL LAUREATE” which both, knowing in their heart, doesn’t deserve. Mar, be forwarned of the OMR (Operation Mar Roxas) and distance yourself from mom and Korina as they will be burden to you. Be on your own. God bless the Philippines.

  3. When asked about the chances of Roxas, Aquino earlier expressed confidence that the people would consider the successes of the straight-path mantra of his administration.
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    Aquino really does not have a grip on reality, His administration did nothing but waste the treasury with billions going to senators and house of rep members that they gave to fake organizations in exchange for kickbacks.

    He used the treasury to provide billions to politicians to oust a chief justice, he cancelled projects and called that savings, created a DAP fund where billions were unaccountable.

    Unemployment, poverty and corruption are at never seen before levels while the government lies and denies everything.

    The government cares little for the people, over one hundred thousand citizens still living in tents 2 years after Typhoon Yolanda.

    • An advice to sen. Grace poe i know you have made up your mind in running, i also do not buy your reasoning that you want to serve the pilipino people, to be president, you will encounter very very bad people. I think you are a good person. Why do you want to deal with hoodlums in this country. Corrupt politicians, corrupt police, corrupt judges and corrupt so called friends.