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2 Aquino sisters in Cabinet search committee

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has already formed a search committee to select members of his Cabinet.

The members of the committee, according to ABS-CBN sources, include Aquino’s sisters, Ballsy Aquino Cruz and Pinky Aquino Abellada, former Civil Service Commission chair Karina David, Makati Business Club executive director Alberto Lim, and Aquino’s chief of staff, Julia Abad.

Julia is also the daughter of Liberal Party campaign manager, Florencio Abad, who’s reportedly being eyed to become Aquino’s education secretary.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


US ambassador greets Noynoy at Times St.

MANILA, Philippines – High-ranking officials of the United States embassy in the Philippines visited incoming President Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Friday.

US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. met with Aquino in his home in Times St., Quezon City, accompanied by other embassy officials, Leslie Bassett, deputy chief of mission; Brian Doherty, economic counselor; David Eiseenberg, deputy political counselor; Richard Nelson, public affairs counselor.

Thomas said the visit should not be seen as an indication that the US is already recognizing Aquino as the next president of the Philippines.



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‘Noynoy to face corruption, power interests’

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – While much is expected of president-apparent Sen. Benigno Aquino III, corruption and powerful interests are likely to weigh down his capability to implement reforms in the government, a US-based risk consultancy firm said.

“Politically, there is simply no basis for celebration or indication that the 2010 election will produce the shifts in governance that the country so desperately requires,” a report prepared by the Pacific Strategies & Assessments (PSA) dated May 17 showed.

“Without question, Noynoy (Aquino’s nickname) will face the realities of Philippine power interests and indestructible corruption that will limit his ability to impact change,” the report read.

via Philippine Star .


Noynoy swamped with Cabinet recommendations

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) campaign manager Florencio Abad admitted yesterday that presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has been receiving numerous letters of endorsement and recommendation for possible Cabinet appointments.

Abad said various sectors and groups were calling for the appointment of Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, to be the secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, along with former agriculture secretary Leonardo Montemayor who is being endorsed to again head the Department of Agriculture.

Abad said Aquino would have the last say on any appointments and the presidential frontrunner had been meeting with a search committee to get the best and the brightest among applicants and those being recommended for top government posts.

Via Phil. Star

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Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


LOWDOWN By Jojo Robles

Since it now appears that the Yellow faction is going to handily beat the politicians’ camp in the in-house battle for access to and control of the presidency, it’s good to know who the movers and shakers in this ascendant sub-group in N/A’s organization are. At the very least, the following information will help those people who are right now desperately trying to find out who to send their resumes to, in the hopes of snagging some of the spoils that the incoming administration will be handing out.

The Sisters—all of them, yes, Kris included—belong to the most exclusive inner circle of N/A’s camp. These women, to whom Cory entrusted the care, feeding and even the clothing of N/A, will hold the most power next to the incoming president himself, when it comes to matters of policy, appointments and most of the other day-to-day stuff that require N/A’s attention.

The Sisters were the first to start campaigning to junk Roxas by quietly asking financial backers and local supporters of N/A to start considering a “Noy-Bi” tandem behind Roxas’ back. The Designated Girlfriend, Valenzuela’s Shalani Soledad, may soon join this club, if she passes muster and improves her standing to First Lady during N/A’s term.

Click Jojo Robles.


Infighting in Aquino camp goes public

THE infighting in the camp of president-elect Benigno Aquino III went public Monday, after a leader of his volunteers group accused Liberal Party politicians and the Hyatt 10 of hijacking reform.

“From the start, the rift was between the reformist volunteer groups and the trapo political party,” said Conrado de Quiros, a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and a member of the Volunteers for Noynoy [Aquino] Movement’s executive committee.

On one side of the rift are the supporters of Aquino’s vice presidential running mate, Manuel Roxas II; the so-called Hyatt 10, composed of former Cabinet members who broke with President Gloria Arroyo; Liberal Party officials led by campaign manager Florencio Abad; and former Arroyo Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz.

Via ManilaStandardToday

Interesting points raised in both these pieces. I’m surprised though that a distinguished columnist like Mr. De Quiros allows himself to be involved in these issues. Affected, kasi totoo ang mga bintang?

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Who will be the people around President Noynoy?

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010



Some of the names being floated are quite unknown to most Filipinos. For instance Bong Naguiat who was mentioned many times is an old friend and classmate of Noynoy at the Ateneo. He is reportedly being eyed to replace PAGCOR chair Efraim Genuino, while the buzz is strong that another close friend, Pete Prado, will be the next Transportation Secretary. Jojo Ochoa, Noynoy’s legal counsel, is being considered for the position of Executive Secretary while former GMA Defense chief Nonong Cruz will probably head the Department of Justice.

Obviously, those expected to occupy various government posts are members of the so-called Hyatt 10, among them Dinky Soliman who has already been offered her old position at the Social Welfare Department. But because of the uncertainty of the situation of Mar Roxas, others are not sure whether they will in fact be appointed to Noynoy’s official family. However, Cesar Purisima is reportedly slated for Trade and Industry, the old position of Johnny Santos who in turn will reportedly have the Energy portfolio. Butch Abad who played a major role in the Liberal Party campaign of Noynoy will probably return to the Department of Education, aside from the fact that his sister Julia – who is Noynoy’s chief of staff at the Senate, is expected to play a major role in the next administration.

Click Babe Romualdez.


David heads Aquino talent search

PLANS are underway for the creation of a search committee for the cabinet positions in the incoming administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Reports said the committee will be headed by former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karina David.

Florencio Abad, LP campaign manager, could not confirm David’s appointment.

“Hindi ko pa nadidinig kay Sen. Aquino pero magiging asset siya (David) sa search committee,” he said. “Dahil sa seven years na karanasan niya (sa Civil Service Commission) malaki maitutulong niya diyan.”

Via Malaya

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Noynoy to make fewer public pronouncements until proclamation

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – President-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will be making fewer public pronouncements until he is proclaimed winner in the May 10 elections, according to Liberal Party campaign manager Florencio Abad.

Abad said Aquino does not want to appear “presumptuous” and speak like a president when he has not yet been proclaimed and inaugurated. He said Aquino would “rather be more visible and accessible once he was proclaimed” by Congress.

“He’s not even president-elect yet, he’s just Senator Aquino at this point,” Abad told reporters. “He does not want to be interpreted or be seen as presumptuous.”

However, he said Aquino would be making statements through the media on selected issues.

Abad added that Aquino had not yet selected a barangay captain to administer his oath of office since he did not want to be sworn in by Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was appointed by President Arroyo.

Aquino maintained Corona was a midnight appointee and that Mrs. Arroyo violated the Constitution by appointing a chief justice when there was no vacancy yet and despite the two-month ban on appointments before the end of her term.

He said he would rather take his oath before a barangay captain than a chief justice whose appointment was questionable. (Phil. Star)

Thank you Lord! Natauhan din!

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Jockeying for Cabinet posts starts

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The jockeying for Cabinet posts in the next administration has started.

Florencio “Butch” Abad, the Liberal Party’s (LP) campaign manager, told ABS-CBN News on Sunday that he has received over a hundred text messages and emails from people asking they be considered for Cabinet positions in the Aquino administration.

Though LP standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has not yet been proclaimed as the next president, he is ahead of his rival, former president Joseph Estrada, in the partial vote count.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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No political honeymoon period with Aquino—Left

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines—Leftist groups would not observe the traditional honeymoon period with apparent president-elect Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. Instead, they vowed that the incoming administration will be met with a stream of demands and protests.

This was the statement of the militant fisher folk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) issued Sunday.

“There’s no honeymoon. The total political exposition of and opposition to Aquino and the newly installed ruling Mafia in Malacanang is the top order of the day,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said.

Via Inquirer.net

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LP’s miting de avance turns festive as candidates dance to Lady Gaga

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


(Updated 9:22 p.m.) There’s still three days left before the elections, but the mood at the Liberal Party’s miting de avance in Quezon City was already so festive that their candidates were quickly prompted to dance to Lady Gaga’s monster hit, “Bad Romance.”

Celebrity Pokwang managed to get LP standard bearer Noynoy Aquino, vice presidential bet Mar Roxas, and some senatorial bets to shake their hips, clap their hands, and move their feet to the upbeat song before the crowd of thousands who showed up at the party’s miting de avance at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Even Quezon City mayor Sonny Belmonte and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim danced with the comedienne, whom Noynoy’s sister Kris introduced to the audience after LP senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel suddenly fell down in the middle of her speech due to a torn ligament.

via GMANews.TV.


ABS-CBN, GMA-7 pull out Binay ads vs Mar

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) said yesterday that television networks ABS-CBN Channel 2 and GMA Channel 7 have pulled out the advertisements of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay for being deceptive and violative of the Fair Election Act.

LP standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III also assailed Binay for coming out with deceitful ads against his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II and asked the networks to stop the infomercials showing an Aquino and Binay or the so-called “Noy-Bi” tandem because they were also misleading.

Aquino, Roxas and LP campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad said the networks were able to prove that the video and photograph of Roxas with President Arroyo was doctored to make it appear he was clapping while the Chief Executive was signing the expanded value added tax (EVAT) law.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Torn ligament in right knee caused LP bet’s fall onstage

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LP warns of ‘Ampatuan cheating machine’ in May polls

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


LP campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad said the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to clear Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan from involvement in the Maguindanao massacre could mean that the “Ampatuan cheating machine” would be put to work again on election day.

“With 23 days left before the May presidential elections, the timing of the dismissal of the case and order of the release of the two … can only fuel further suspicion that the Arroyo regime will once again employ the dreaded but effective Ampatuan cheating machine to manipulate the coming elections according to Arroyo’s whims,” Abad said in a statement.

via GMANews.TV.

Smartmatic sets up satellite gear in Negros

Smartmatic-TIM, the contractor for the May 10 automated elections, has started setting up satellite equipment in Negros Occidental for the rapid transmission of results.

A report on Visayan Daily Star said Smartmatic-TIM set up the first of six Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) at the provincial capitol in Bacolod, the capital city.

Provincial coordinator John Cabalo said the provincial capitol’s Social Hall will be used as the base for incoming election returns that will be transmitted by precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Click GMANews.TV

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Villar-Arroyo alliance seen in Chavit’s defection from Lakas

Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010

When Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao received a hero’s welcome upon his arrival last week, former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson – a known ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was seen in the crowd wearing orange.

Orange is the campaign color of presidential aspirant Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., who was also spotted in Pacquiao’s entourage. Pacquiao, who also used to be allied with the administration, is now under Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP).

Last Saturday, Singson confirmed that he was backing Villar instead of administration standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD). An ABS-CBN report quoted Singson as saying that he chose to support Villar because most Ilocos Sur leaders want him president.

Click GMANews.TV.


Gibo’s secret weapon? Unopposed Lakas mayors have 1.3 M votes

MANILA, Philippines – While presidential candidate Gilberto Teodoro Jr. may be losing support from local officials who have defected from his Lakas-Kampi-CMD, he has a potential 1.3 million votes that could be delivered by his party-mates who are running unopposed and can presumably focus on his campaign.

Newsbreak research shows that there are 85 Lakas candidates who do not have rivals in the mayoralty races. They are running in 80 municipalities and 5 cities.

These 85 from Lakas represent 69% of the 123 mayoral aspirants nationwide who have no challengers at the polls.

Click ABS-CBN News

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LP Senate bet Martin Bautista is a rib-tickling, singing doctor

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines–For a nontraditional candidate, he is a throwback to the old style of political campaigning—a one-man song and stand-up comedy act.

“I’m close to the bottom of the surveys but sometimes you just have to give the others leeway before they see the most meteoric rise in Philippine elections,” Liberal Party senatorial candidate Martin Bautista deadpanned before an Inquirer audience on Thursday night.

With his boyish looks and melodious voice, Bautista could be any one of the many movie stars capitalizing on their show biz cachet to seek elective office.

Click INQUIRER.net.


‘Villarroyo signals everywhere’ — LP

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The Liberal Party said more Lakas-Kampi bets are now throwing support for Senator Manuel Villar Jr., a proof that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been secretly supporting his candidacy.

Florencio Abad Jr., LP campaign manager, told reporters here on Sunday these Lakas-Kampi bets from provinces are increasing.

Abad said the Liberal Party has been veering its campaign toward a “mano-a-mano (direct confrontation)” with Villar in the run-up to the May 10 polls.

Click Inquirer.net

AND: ‘Solid North’ now a thing of the past – Keon

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Acosta’s name to name on ballot but bet may face perjury

Posted by akosistella on March 6, 2010

The Commission on Elections will not remove the name of nuisance presidential candidate Vetellano Acosta from the ballots which are being printed at the National Printing Office.

A Comelec commissioner, however, said they could still run after Acosta for possible perjury raps.

“We cannot change the ballot face now,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said, as it would result in different ballots for various parts of the country.

Click Inquirer.net.

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‘Air Pichay’ carrying admin bets to sorties

Posted by akosistella on March 3, 2010

Administration candidates have been moving around the country in their sorties mostly through “Air Pichay.”

“Air Pichay” refers to the chopper and two planes – a five-seater, a 14-seater, and a 16-seater – owned by Prospero Pichay Jr., the presidential political adviser who is helping Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidates in their campaign for the May 10 elections.

Pichay said he is not charging the party for the use of his aircraft. “It’s my donation. I am part of the party so nakakahiya naman (it’d be wrong) if I use the campaign as negosyo (to earn money),” he said.

Click GMANews.TV.


Gibo woos vote-rich Metro Manila

NP-NPC Coalition not real ‘opposition’ party, LP spokesman says

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How LP is cleaning up Noynoy’s campaign

Posted by akosistella on February 11, 2010

According to Liberal Party campaign manager Butch Abad, the latest Pulse Asia survey underscored the need for the party to adjust its campaign strategy. He noted that unlike the campaigns of the other presidential candidates, Aquino’s campaign is only 4 months old and was birthed by a genuine desire by people to see Aquino run.

“Internally, this campaign is owned by so many groups. This was not a campaign that came about because of the ambition of one individual who starts raising money, putting up an organization and pushing his own candidacy. This was, as [Inquirer columnist] Amando Doronilla said, the second time in Philippine politics when someone was drafted to run for president and you have people from politicians, church-based groups and NGOs pushing him to run,” he said in an interview Tuesday on ANC’s “Strictly Politics” program with Pia Hontiveros.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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