In 2010, supporters of then Presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino dumped, junked and otherwise kicked then Vice-Presidential candidate Mar Roxas. Both candidates ran under the Liberal Party. The anti-Mar faction was called the Samar group, named after the street in Quezon City where the plotters held court. Organizations such as the Noynoy Aquino for President Movement also actively campaigned for a Noynoy Aquino – Jejomar Binay (called the Noy-Bi) tandem. Senator Chiz Escudero was the main spokesperson of the group with many others secretly supporting candidate Binay with their names only being revealed to the public AFTER then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay won the Vice-Presidency.
Prominent Samar group members are Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. Among the relatives of President Aquino, maternal uncle Peping Cojuangco, aunt TingTing Cojuanco, paternal uncle Butz Aquino and the Presidential sisters campaigned for then candidate Binay.
Pastor “Boy” Saycon, Boy and Maria Montelibano, Eddie Roces (son of the Chino Roces), the late Billy Esposo and Mikee Cojuangco campaigned for Jojo Binay.
As the 2016 Presidential elections start to heat up, the same Samar group and NAPM personalities that betrayed Mar Roxas in 2010 are poised for a REPEAT stab in the back situation. To date, the Presidential sisters have openly stated that they (with the possible exception of tv celebrity Kris) may not be in a position to support Vice President Binay this time around. Adding to a possible scenario too is the much-awaited entry of Senator Grace Poe and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the Presidential derby. Needless to say, Binay, Poe and Duterte would certainly draw Administration allies AWAY from the Liberal Party standard-bearer, former Senator, now DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.