Hopes for Mar Roxas to become Philippine President in 2016 took a massive hit with the announcement of Senator Grace Poe to run for President. Roxas has consistently lagged behind popularity surveys (tying former President Erap Estrada for fourth and fifth places with Senator Poe and Vice President Binay both alternating the number one and number two positions and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte solidly at third place). The 2013 top placing Senator Poe was pursued by President Aquino, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party to become it’s Vice-Presidential candidate, an obvious effort to recruit voters for Roxas among the Poe faithful. With the Poe declaration and Senator Chiz Escudero anointed as her Vice Presidential running mate, the destruction of the Aquino Administration Coalition is now fast taking shape. Pragmatics in the Liberal Party and Aquino Government wanted to draft non-Liberal Party member Senator Poe to be the LP standard bearer due to her significant advantage in popularity surveys but Liberal Party die-hards prevailed in choosing the highly unpopular candidate but definitely loyal Liberal Party stalwart in the person of Mar Roxas.
Aside from the Liberal Party, other Aquino Coalition political parties would be split as well. The Nationalista Party has at least 3 Vice Presidential candidates (Marcos, Trillanes, Alan Cayetano) with no Presidential bet. The three NP leaders would have to find a Presidential candidate to tag along with or run independently as a Vice Presidential candidate. The Nationalist People’s Coalition could officially side with Senator Poe with its other members individually running under other tickets or campaigning for other Presidential and Vice Presidential bets.
Now comes news from the center of Mar Roxas country, perhaps one of the few areas where Mar Roxas can win by large margins over other opponents (Binay and possibly Duterte). Congressman Albie Benitez, chair of the Liberal Party in Negros Occidental, is openly endorsing Senator Grace Poe. This can only mean that the Mar Roxas support is rapidly disintegrating even in his own backyard. #WalaNgPaghuhugutan #KawawaMar #LiberalParty #GracePoe #2016elections #MarRoxas #PresidentAquino #LOSER #PUSO #GilasPilipinas #Gilas #AlDub #AlDubNation #PastillasGirl