President Aquino’s anointed one, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, is floundering in his effort to be elected the next President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2016. The failure of the President Aquino and the Liberal Party to convince Senator Grace Poe to be its Vice Presidential candidate sealed the fate of former Senator Mar. The announcement of Senator Grace to secure the highest office in the land has triggered a migration of loyalties from the President Aquino Administration Coalition to the still undefined Poe broad alliance. Early indications point to the Liberal Party (or major chunks of it), the Nationalista Party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition and the Makabayan bloc as the core groups that would populate the Poe and Senator Chiz Escudero (for Vice President) senatorial line up. Former President Joseph Estrada could also formally align with the daughter (Grace) of his departed best friend, Fernando Poe Jr. (losing Presidential candidate in 2004, marked by massive cheating by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo). #2016Elections #Halalan2016 #MarRoxas #GracePoe #Pilipinas
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 for President in 2016.