How dark horse Binay surged ahead in VP race*
Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – “Under-the-radar” campaigning and a crucial endorsement by Sen. Francis Escudero a month before the polls helped Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay negate the popularity of vice-presidential frontrunners Mar Roxas and Loren Legarda to sprint ahead in the race, a political strategist said Wednesday night.
Campaign strategist Malou Tiquia, who helped steer Roxas to a successful senatorial campaign in 2007, said Binay and his running mate, former President Joseph Estrada, took advantage of their “underdog” status to wage a low-key campaign that helped strengthen their support base for the May election.
“What afforded them the chance to do the sprint was media wasn’t paying attention. There wasn’t much attention on the two. There were not as many stories about Erap especially the fact that he was convicted of plunder but still allowed to run,” Tiquia said in an ANC interview.
Via ABS-CBN News
Senate begins receiving COCs
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate began receiving Certificates of Canvass (COCs) Tuesday evening.
First to arrive at the Senate office in Pasay City was the COC of overseas absentee voting from Laos.
The COC was received by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Philippine Ambassador to Laos Marilyn Alarilla.
*This is just part of the story. Tiquia is quiet on how Sen. Roxas’ campaign was undermined from within his own party and by his own standard-bearer. All will be revealed in due time. I’m also glad that Tiquia points that Roxas is not the kind of person who would cheat in the elections, as his rival Jojo Binay asserts. We should know who is the cheat and the corrupt one in these elections.