From the campaign sorties
Posted by akosistella on April 25, 2010
Aquino, Roxas awed by Batanes welcome
BASCO, Batanes, Philippines—Almost half of the population of the country’s northernmost province went out of their stone houses Saturday to greet the first national candidates to ever visit their “humble but enchanting” islands.
The Liberal Party pair of Senators Benigno Aquino III and Manuel Roxas II were overwhelmed by the thousands of residents who lined up the streets from the airport to the provincial capitol.
“We were told that Batanes only had a population of 20,000, but it felt like almost all of them were out on the streets greeting us,” said Roxas in an interview before a mid-morning rally. “This is really encouraging and it reflects how the entire country has embraced our message of hope and change.”
Teodoro alarmed over Gonzales’ reported endorsement of Villar
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr., expressed alarm yesterday over Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales’ reported endorsement of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar to military officers.
“If the report is true that is alarming,” Teodoro said in Filipino in an ambush interview here at the old Sasa airport, adding that the defense secretary is running a government institution that should be neutral.
Gonzales, former National Security Adviser (NSA), replaced Teodoro as defense chief when the latter accepted the presidential nomination of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.
Via Phil. Star
Estrada wows Cavitenos
CAVITE CITY.—Former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) showed he has not lost his “masa “ appeal despite having been ousted from power and convicted of plunder.
About 5,000 people on Tuesday crammed the vacant lot in front of the public market here to hear Estrada, who turned 73 the day before, vow to recapture Malacañang in this year’s elections.
Estrada attributed his improved ratings in a recent survey to the masses’ unwavering faith in him. A survey commissioned by the Manila Standard showed him statistically tied with Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Manuel Villar.
via VERA Files