Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010
Arroyo sings in her first sortie for congressional seat
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — In her first sortie since the campaign period for local positions started on March 26, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sang Florantes “Handog” on Saturday.
Gubernatorial candidate Lilia Pineda, a friend of the President’s, joined her in singing the familiar Pinoy tune about gratitude at a gymnasium in Lubao, hometown of her late father, former President Diosdado Macapagal.
Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign coordinators said the rallys host, Rosve Henson, put Ms Arroyo on the spot during the program. The President took a dare and embraced Pineda as they sang before some 3, 000 people.
Another mammoth crowd leaves Estrada speechless
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Former President Joseph Estrada was uncharacteristically speechless when he walked up the makeshift stage at the huge intersection-turned-rally site here late Saturday night.
For a few minutes, all he could do was look at the mammoth crowd and stare in disbelief how he—at 73 years old and almost a decade detached from his abbreviated presidency—could still gather such a big number at such short notice.
He said the number could go no lower than 50, 000, which was his biggest crowd to date and definitely no small feat for a campaign ticket lacking the star power of top endorsers such as Manny Pacquiao and Willie Revillame.
Votes, not surveys, to decide candidates’ fate — Teodoro
DAVAO CITY, Philippines –- With a fortnight to go before elections, Gilbert Teodoro Jr. on Saturday night here declared that voters, not surveys, would decide the fate of presidential candidates.
The administration standard-bearer spoke before a huge crowd in a rally at the Rizal Park Saturday night, and took the opportunity to hold out an olive branch to his erstwhile allies.
“Let’s wake the others who are giving more importance to surveys and ignoring the voice of the people. For me until the last Juan dela Cruz speaks, it isn’t over. Juan dela Cruz’s vote is sacred,” he told a cheering crowd of 2,000.
JC: We’ve gone this far, that’s a miracle
“MIRACLES” HAVE BEEN HAPPENING since the campaign began.
“We have survived this long, isn’t that a miracle? That a 40-year-old agreed to run for president instead of making money as a businessman, seven elder candidates of Kapatiran submitting to me, the youngest presidentiable, the endorsements from the bishops, the press picking us up, aren’t they miracles?” said John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, standard-bearer of the faith-based Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP).
The miracle of winning on May 10 will put him in the country’s highest post where he can continue his “politics of evangelization.”
Perlas: Better a delayed election than a failed election
MANILA, Philippines – Why hold an automated election for the country’s highest office if there is a large possibility that it will fail?
Independent presidential candidate Nicanor “Nick” Perlas said this is the question that the Commission on Elections should consider when deciding on his petition to postpone the May 10 nationwide polls for 3 months.
“Instead of waiting for failure to happen on election day, we have to preempt it. We have to be active,” Perlas told radio dzMM.
via ABS-CBN News