Police escorting LP candidates, harassing rivals — PJ’s lawyers

A SHOOTING in Tuburan, the arrest of 10 men in Alegria and Santander, and allegations the police are escorting Liberal Party (LP) candidates were among the highlights in this final weekend before Election Day.

A supporter of Tuburan mayoral candidate Rosemarie Suezo was shot in his left leg, reportedly while escorting the delivery of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines yesterday. She survived. Read the rest of this entry

Team PNoy ‘not affected’ by high jobless rate

MALACAÑANG downplayed Thursday the possible negative effect of high unemployment rate on the candidacies of the administration senatorial bets.

Latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted on March 19-22 showed that unemployment rate in the country rose to 25.4 percent from 24.6 percent in December last year. This was equivalent to about 11.1 million jobless Filipinos. Read the rest of this entry

Quezon ‘a healthy stronghold for Team PNoy’

A TEAM PNoy senatorial candidate assured Monday that Quezon province will support the administration coalition in the upcoming May 13 midterm elections.

“Quezon has always been a healthy stronghold in 1992 the ticket of Salonga and Pimentel. The PDP Laban even won in the province of Quezon precisely because of the long history of strong LP (Liberal Party) presence and support over the province of Quezon” Team PNoy senatorial bet Aquilino Pimentel III told reporters at a press briefing. Read the rest of this entry

Drilon: Ilocos Sur guv assures Team PNoy of support

TEAM PNoy said Wednesday that its senatorial candidates no longer need to woo voters in the Ilocos Region, as Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson has already assured the administration coalition of his support.

“He said majority of Team PNoy will win in Ilocos Sur. Ang sabi niya sa akin (he told me) personally, ‘huwag na kayo pumunta dun, ako na ang bahala’ (No need to go there, I will take care),” Drilon said in a press briefing held at the Team PNoy headquarters in Makati. Read the rest of this entry

Aquino: Vote for my allies

COMPLAINTS about the lack of health care services prompted President Benigno Aquino III to call for local leaders who are not only competent but also allied with the administration.

“Hindi po tayo naghuhugas ng kamay pero pagkakaintindi ko yang hospital na yan ay enrolled, ibig sabihin po hindi na responsibilidad ng National Government (I am not washing my hands of this matter, but my understanding is that the hospital is enrolled in a state insurance program, and is not the responsibility of the National Government),” Aquino told more than 10,000 people in a coliseum in Bogo City during his visit last Friday. Read the rest of this entry

Aquino attacks Rama at rally in Cebu

On the last of three campaign stops he made in Cebu on Friday, President Benigno Aquino III endorsed mayoral candidate Tomas Osmeña and blamed his opponent for worsening traffic in the city.

The President addressed a crowd from a stage put up in front of the Capitol building, after speaking at campaign rallies in the cities of Bogo and Toledo earlier in the day. Read the rest of this entry

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Jokes, funny digs at rivals liven up rally at Capitol

IT was a different President Benigno Aquino III who faced the crowd yesterday at the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) rally at the Capitol grounds. He was informal and funny, giving the crowd a glimpse of his sense of humor.

The BOPK candidates were the same, entertaining the crowd with their dancing. Read the rest of this entry

LP to hold rally on Friday in Cebu City

MOTORISTS headed to uptown Cebu City on Friday afternoon should brace for “very heavy” traffic, Rep. Tomas Osmeña advised (south district).

If the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) approves the rally organizers’ request, a portion of Osmeña Blvd., M. Velez St., Escario St. and the area in front of the Provincial Capitol building will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. to make way for the Liberal Party (LP) rally there. Read the rest of this entry

Bets trade barb on bailiwick claim

LIBERAL Party (LP) Cebu gubernatorial candidate Hilario “Junjun” Davide III is confident he will get a sweeping win in the first district of Cebu, like what happened in 2010.

But his political rival, One Cebu gubernatorial candidate Pablo John Garcia, downplayed Davide’s claim, saying his opponent cannot claim that the first district is a bailiwick of the LP. Read the rest of this entry

Local LP’s provincewide caravan kicks off in Mandaue City on April 1

MEMBERS of the local Liberal Party (LP) will hold a four-day caravan, starting on April 1.

According to Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale, an LP member, they will kick off the activity with a mass at 7 a.m. at the St. Joseph National Shrine in Mandaue City in the sixth district. Read the rest of this entry

NPC, LP foresee victory

OFFICIALS of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and the Liberal Party (LP) in Negros Occidental foresee a victory of the coalition party’s candidates in the coming May 13 elections.

Mayor Isidro Zayco, provincial chairman of the NPC, confirmed Friday that 17 incumbent mayors in the province are solidly backing the team-up of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez and former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Lacson, the party’s bets for governor and vice governor, respectively. Read the rest of this entry

Admin bets dominate Pulse Asia survey in February

Presidential cousin Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and former censors chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares are among the nine senatorial candidates of administration-backed Team PNoy who have a statistical chance of winning if polls were held in February.

In the survey conducted by Pulse Asia from February 24 to 28, the two posted significant gains in voter support to propel them to the so-called Magic 12. Read the rest of this entry

UNA: Absences of candidates in sorties rock Team PNoy

THIN crowds and chronic absenteeism of some Team PNoy senatorial candidates only show the administration-backed slate is losing steam in the campaign for the May 13 elections, an official of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said Wednesday.

Without mentioning names, UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco said most of Team PNoy bets skip their sorties in Mindanao despite the presence of President Benigno Aquino III. The President attended the coalition’s rally in Cagayan de Oro City last week. Read the rest of this entry

I’m not a turncoat, says Drilon

SENATOR Franklin Drilon on Monday took exception to the statement of former President Joseph Estrada describing the ruling Liberal Party as a bunch of “balimbings” or political turncoats.

“I parted ways with GMA (former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) at the height of her political power because we saw that she was not going in the right direction. We took a position against GMA when it was not politically convenient,” Drilon said in a press conference held at the Team PNoy headquarters in Makati City. Read the rest of this entry