Aquino stands by Roxas, slams Binay ‘illusions’
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Going into the final days of the campaign, Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is going out of his way to convince voters that his running mate is Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and not Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.A week after the launch of the “Noy-Bi” ticket endorsed by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ang Ladlad party-list, Aquino reiterated his support for Roxas after Binay claimed that he was offered by Aquino to head the Department of Interior and Local Government should he win the elections.“From day one, my only vice president is Mar. That will not change and nothing will change that fact,” Aquino said in a press statement.
Cardinal Rosales clarifies stand on people power
After receiving flak on the matter, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales blinked and clarified he is not against the use of people power if the elections are thwarted.
At the same time, Rosales said he did not mean to hurt anyone when he branded calls for people power at this time as “crazy,” and that he should have reflected on the matter.
“He was not against People Power, by itself, against dictators and injustices, for which he prayed much during the first EDSA 1986. The interview words he used should have been well reflected on, words he (lately and now) admittedly did not mean (much less to hurt the sensibilities of others),” a statement from Rosales’ office said.
Via GMA News.TV
Comelec sustains decision unseating Panlilio as governor
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has upheld the decision unseating Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio in favor of former board member Lilia Pineda, a poll body official said Thursday.
Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle confirmed that the en banc, in a split decision, upheld the decision of the second division saying Pineda actually won in the 2007 Pampanga gubernatorial race.
“Ang alam ko na-uphold din, di ko alam kung na-promulgate (From what I know, it was upheld, I don’t know if it has been promulgated),” he said in a phone interview with GMANews.TV. Tagle is a member of the second division.