Mar Roxas now seeing his candidacy JUNKED by P-Noy allies. With the start of the official campaign period underway, former Senator (Cory Administration) and former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary (P-Noy administration) Alberto Romulo attended the opening salvo rally of the Presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Romulo’s son is an official candidate of the Team Grace Poe ticket but the father still made his presence felt in the Digong camp in an effort to solicit a “Second Endorsement” from the Duterte Cayetano tandem. Significantly, Romulo does not attend Mar Roxas and Liberal Party campaign sorties.
A few weeks before the February 2016 Comelec campaign period, the Nograles clan, bitter Davao opponents of Mayor Duterte bolted from the Aquino Administration Coalition to cast their support for their blood relative Digong. Their official statement stated that their bloc consists of at least 50 members of the Lower House (House of Representatives) with at least 20 of them being members of the Liberal Party. This decision can be construed as a move along regional lines as Mayor Duterte is the mayor of Davao City in Mindanao.
On the local front, Secretary Mar Roxas may have his hands full even in his own home turf as Congressman Albie Benitez, Chair of the Liberal Party in Negros Occidental, already publicly declared his support for Senator Poe. Needless to say, the poor survey results of Secretary Mar prompted many in the Aquino Administration Coalition to jump ship on the basis of the lack of winnability in candidate Roxas. Roxas ran and lost in 2010 for the Vice Presidential seat while his party mate Benigno Aquino won the Presidency. Mar Roxas was stabbed in the back by Aquino backers when they campaigned for a NoyBi (for Noynoy Aquino and Jejomar Binay, who won as Vice President) ticket. Those same Aquino allies are again plotting to sabotage the Roxas campaign with prominent personalities siding with either Vice President Binay or Senator Poe or Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for President in 2016.
The Aquino Administration was recently hounded by the Lagalag Bala international airport controversy with DILG Secretary geting some collateral flak as he was formerly Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications. It did not help that Roxas issued strong statements against passengers carrying weapons and bullets (some as amulets) while totally being SILENT on the EXTORTION aspect of the problem. It is the general perception that the epidemic of “discoveries” is due to airport security personnel trying to make a fast buck by planting bullets on the luggage of hapless victims who would be prodded to give grease money in an effort to avoid missing their scheduled flights.
Samar Group Plotting to Stab Mar Roxas in the Back AGAIN.
FVR supports Duterte and Robredo
Mar Roxas NILAGLAG na ng P-Noy Allies
Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News
The two officially launched on Tuesday their national campaign in Batac, Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the Marcos family.
Santiago said that if their tandem wins the elections and something happens to her, the Philippines will be in good hands with Marcos as president.
“If I die before I finish my six-year term, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will be able to fit that bill,” she said.
Santiago said Marcos’ youth and idealism are what the country needs right now.
“We need somebody young and idealistic to take over,” she said.
Marcos thanked Santiago, saying he has learned a lot from the lady senator. The two have been seatmates at the Senate session hall for the last five years.
“Kami ni Senator Miriam, lagi kaming magkatabi. Desk mate, kung sa eskwelahan. Sa kanya ako kumokopya,” Marcos said in jest. “But one basic fundamental principle that we agreed upon is that of meritocracy and recognition for excellence.”
Today marked the very first time that Marcos and Santiago were together in a campaign sortie since declaring their respective bids last year.
They flew together from Manila and arrived in Laoag International Airport at around 8:30 a.m.
From the airport, Sen. Marcos went around Laoag City for a motorcade before proceeding to Batac City where they attended a Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish, as a start to the 90-day campaign period.
Together with Marcos Jr. was his wife Liza, his mother, Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, and sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.
Their proclamation rally was held at the plaza of Batac City shortly before noon Tuesday.
In her speech, Santiago said she has always admired the Ilocanos.
Ilocos Norte is part of what is called the “Solid North” that can deliver up to 5 million votes.
Santiago also said if she is elected president, all those who stole from government coffers will be put in a brand new jail.
“Mamili sila. May ordinaryo, may business class, may first class, pero kulong silang lahat,” she said to the cheers of thousands of their supporters.
Last week, victims of martial law launched a movement to stop Marcos Jr. from winning the vice presidential race.
The initiative is called CARMMA or Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang.
Left-leaning groups such as SELDA, Desaparecidos, Bayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and other victims of human rights abuses said they are opposed to the younger Marcos as vice president because “he is not guiltless as he presents [himself] to be.”
“Hindi namin hahayaan na manumbalik ang mga Marcos sa Malacañang through a presidential bid. Pag nanalo yan bilang VP, isang hakbang na lang ay presidente na,” SELDA Chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez said.
The groups believe Marcos and his family have a bottomless war chest that he can use to win the vice presidency.
“There is also the reality that the plundered wealth of the father has been passed on to his children,” SELDA Vice Chairperson Bonifacio Ilagan explained.
Marcos’ refusal to apologize for the abuses and human rights violations during the martial law makes him even more frightening than his father, the groups said.
They also claim the senator was part of his father’s crony capitalism in 1985, when at 26 years old, he was appointed chairman of the board of Philippine Communications Satellite Corporation (Philcomsat) receiving a monthly salary of up to $97,000.
The groups said they will hound Marcos wherever his campaign sorties will be and flood social media with anti-Marcos propaganda.
A nationwide event for CARMMA is slated on February 22 as the grand launch of the campaign. — with reports from Dennis Datu, DZMM; Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News