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The Noy Chronicles

Posted by akosistella on July 13, 2010


By Yoly Villanueva-Ong*


A good beginning

MANILA, Philippines – This three-part series is a first person account of our experience with the 15th President of the Philippine Republic. Despite the chaos, rough sailing and dubious characters we encountered in the so-called people’s campaign, I firmly believe that our nation has been handed one more miraculous chance at grabbing our place in the sun, after nine years of merciless darkness.

This is an attempt to set a piece of history on record, even if admittedly the view is long but narrow, as seen only from my personal lens. Six years from now we may look back and hopefully earn the right to give ourselves a pat on the back because we did not squander our potential; that we were able to prevail over vast differences and vested interests; that we managed to climb Mount Nebo and have a glimpse of the Promised Land.

via The Noy Chronicles part 1.

The campaign that never was
(The Noy Chronicles part 2)

MANILA, Philippines – “This election is ours to lose,” was the ironic statement of Danny Gozo, as he briefed me over coffee. Atty. Henry Gozon echoed the same sentiment, when he told Noy with a chuckle, “The only way you will lose is if you make major mistakes.” This wasn’t just cockeyed optimism.

An internal survey done by Mercy Abad with field work in late August 2009 placed Noy at 54 percent, with a trajectory that could reach as high as 63 percent, and a deep commitment measured at 41 percent. In layman’s terms this means that 6 out of 10 Filipinos was inclined to vote for Noy, and a hardcore 4 out of 10 said they would surely vote for him. This is important because research has shown that 33 percent of the electorate will likely change their mind.

Via The Noy Chronicles part 2

As it was in the beginning
(The Noy Chronicles, Part 3)

MANILA, Philippines – The campaign sputtered along like an overheating car just trying to make it to December for a tune-up. We assumed that Comelec would disallow pre-election activity after the last day of filing. But they did not. That favored “he who has gold”, but not those who needed a pit stop. Noy was still ahead, but Villar was gaining, fuelled by burning big bucks. (SWS, Dec 09 Aquino-46.2%, Villar-27%; Mar-43.3%, Loren-32%)

The confidence had considerably lessened. Reinforcement was badly needed. So the informal family effort developed into a parallel shadow group dubbed “Pinball” after Pinky and Ballsy. Talk was that COPA and other “Coryistas” who felt excluded in the campaign, found their bearings here.

Via The Noy Chronicles part 3

*Yoly Villanueva-Ong is chairperson of the Campaigns Group of Companies


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Noynoy voters pick Mar more than Binay – SWS

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


ONLY 1 in 4, or 26.4 percent, of those who voted for apparent president-elect Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd voted Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of Makati City for vice president, results of the recent TV5-Social Weather Stations (SWS) exit poll showed.

And a larger percentage of those who voted for Aquino picked Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd (64.4 percent), his official running mate.

Seven out of 10 (71.5 percent) of those who voted for former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada also voted for Binay.

Both Binay and Roxas admit that the endorsement of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero of the Aquino-Binay tandem, also known as “NoyBi” resulted in a surge in Binay’s ratings.

VIa Manila TImes


Special elections on May 28 still tentative

Special elections will be held on May 28 for provinces that declared poll failure during the May 10 polls, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larra-zabal said the poll body would be holding special elections in seven municipalities of Lanao del Sur, in two municipalities of Basilan, in the towns of Guimbal, Iloilo, Pagsanjan and Western Samar to make up for the failure of polls declared earlier.

But Larrazabal also mentioned that the schedule might be moved, because May 28 will fall on Islam’s worship day.

via Manila TImes.

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GMA, still looking for numbers, plays coy on speakership

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


PRESIDENT Arroyo will not be swayed by her party mates at the Lakas-Kampi CMD to run for Speaker as she is more interested in being the party leader in the incoming 15th session of Congress in July, a political aide said yesterday.

“It is impossible to change her mind. At the moment, she just wants to be like Sonia Gandhi, the head of the party but no position in Congress,” presidential political adviser Prospero Pichay Jr. told reporters.

Sonia, the widow of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, is president of the Indian National Congress party. She is chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha and the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party.

Via Malaya

(ALSO READ: Erap would have won if not for Cory’s death-Pichay)

Escudero mulls Senate presidency

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero was not completely abandoning the idea of seeking the Senate presidency although he said he was not “actively” pursuing it.

“I don’t intend and I have not actively pursued it,” Escudero said at a press conference.

But asked if he was ready to take the challenge if there would be a number to elect him for the post, the senator said he would think about it.

via INQUIRER.net.

PAREHONG nagpapaduday. Tsk tsk.

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Estrada defends Aquino on Cabinet choice

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—The only Philippine president to be ousted and criminally convicted for corruption has plenty of advice for the country’s likely new president, front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III.

Deposed President Joseph Estrada, who is still contesting the unofficial results of the presidential race, said there was nothing wrong with Aquino retaining the services of officials serving in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Cabinet.

“Those are the people he trusts. It’s a matter of trusting the people around you. In my case, when I get my Cabinet members, I see to it that first, their integrity is unquestionable. Competence is No. 2,” said Estrada, who was convicted for plunder but was immediately pardoned by Ms Arroyo.

via INQUIRER.net.


Ex-Ombudsman Marcelo: I won’t accept post in Aquino admin

Former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo on Wednesday said he would not to accept any government post that Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the likely winner in the 2010 presidential elections, may offer him.

Marcelo made the statement after former solicitor-general Frank Chavez alleged that Marcelo is jockeying for a government position in the incoming Aquino administration.

“Hindi siguro kasi yung career ko di ba…I almost worked myself to death (Probably not, because during my career…I almost worked myself to death),” Marcelo said when asked on GMA News’ Unang Hirit whether he would accept a government post if Aquino offers him one.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Aquino campaigners should not accept Cabinet posts—Escudero

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House hearing on alleged poll fraud today

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives is set to begin an inquiry today on allegations that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the May 10 elections were tampered with to favor some candidates.

Speaker Prospero Nograles, Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., chairman of the committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, and several congressmen will meet with officials of the Commission on Elections and its automation partner, Smartmatic Inc., at 1 p.m. to seek their explanation on mounting allegations of fraud in the last election.

“Smartmatic people have guaranteed the public that they (PCOS) are hack-free. . . . Suppose there are now evidence gathered that they were in fact not tamper-proof, what is the remedy?” Nograles said.

Nograles earlier proposed to put on hold the full payment to Smartmatic until all allegations about the credibility of the PCOS machines have been dispelled.

“I will not agree to giving Smartmatic full payment because the guarantees were not fulfilled based on the initial report that we have,” he said.

Citing an HBO documentary film, Hacking Democracy, the House leader said it was possible to manipulate the PCOS machines. The documentary was filmed over three years documenting the investigation of irregularities with e-voting systems that occurred during the US 2002 and 2004 elections, especially in Florida.

On Tuesday, reports came out about a masked man claiming that electronic vote-shaving took place in the last presidential election. (Inquirer.net)


Pinoy resilience made May polls possible despite gov’t failures — int’l observers

It was only because of the resilience of the Filipino people – teachers who acted as Board of Election Inspectors and voters – that the automated poll was made possible, an international observers mission that monitored the May 10 polls concluded.

The mission noted, on the other hand, that the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and its poll body failed to address election-related problems such as widespread intimidation, vote buying, corruption and violence, among others.

In a report submitted Tuesday to Senator Francis Escudero, co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections System (JCOC-AES), the People’s International Observers Mission (PIOM) said that the recent elections were not peaceful or violence-free, fair or honest.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: 60 controversial PCOS machines now in Senate custody

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Why Binay is winning over Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


TO THE POINT By Emil Jurado

So why Binay? I was told that during the last stretch of the campaign, the “three Stygian sisters,” like those in the movie “Clash of the Titans” told Noynoy supporters to campaign hard for Binay instead of Mar.

The “Stygian sisters” were not comfortable with Mar being a vice president. They knew deep in their hearts that Noynoy would be overshadowed by Mar. Roxas has all the credentials and qualifications we can hope for. He has achieved many things. You cannot say this about Noynoy.

Click Emil Jurado.

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Roxas fights to regain ground lost to Binay in surveys

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Three days before the elections, Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar’’ Roxas II is fighting back against his closest rival, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, by erasing any doubts that front-running presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy’’ Aquino III is firmly behind him.

Roxas was joined by Aquino in a press conference at the LP headquarters in Quezon City where the latter repeated for the nth time that Roxas was his only VP in the face of an aggressive push by Binay’s camp for a “Noy-Bi’’ ticket.

Aquino said he was “obliged” to come out and reject the “Noy-Bi” endorsement by a party-list group called Bandila whose nominee, he claimed, was Nilo Tayag, a former leader of the leftist Kabataang Makabayan who turned pro-Marcos in the post-EDSA years.

via INQUIRER.net.


Liberal Party declared dominant minority party

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc on Friday declared the Liberal Party (LP) as the dominant minority party.

This means the LP will have access to the sixth copy of the election returns, which reflect the results of the automated polls. It also gives the party access to the Comelec central server for the transmitted results of the elections.

The Comelec, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the majority party will all have access to the server.

Via ABS-CBN News

Frontrunner Aquino warns of election cheating

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine presidential frontrunner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III warned Friday that poll cheating could rob him of victory, as a survey showed he could achieve the biggest election win in the nation’s history.

Just three days before up to 50 million Filipinos go to the polls, the son of national democracy heroine Corazon “Cory” Aquino said he was buoyed by the latest survey results but urged his supporters to be vigilant against skullduggery.

“We are very grateful to our countrymen. They saw the validity of our message and they saw that we were sincere,” Aquino said after the survey showed 42% of Filipinos intended to vote for him to be their next president.


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Don’t vote for Noynoy

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010

By Jojo A. Robles

For whatever it’s worth, consider this a final appeal before you go to the polls on Monday: Do not vote for Benigno Simeon “Noynoy”Aquino III.

Do not vote for Noynoy because he is lazy and incompetent. He has done nothing, good or bad, to deserve your vote; he will most likely do nothing—which most certainly cannot be good—if he becomes president.

Do not vote for Noynoy because he is not his own man. He is heavily indebted to his relatives, political advisers, command-vote gatherers and financial backers, all of whom will most likely call the shots, make the important decisions and rule the country (even if no one elected them or even knows who they are) if he becomes president.

via Manila Standard Today.

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Sen. MAR Roxas speaks on breaking cartels and lowering prices on cement, medicines (Bandila, Hot Seat)

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


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(via ABS-CBN News)

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate MAR Roxas also explains in this interview that EVAT/taxes in themselves are not bad. Taxes fund the operations of the government, and build the needed infrastructure such as roads, ports, and bridges all over the country. It’s when these taxes are stolen by corrupt government officials and are used for their personal purposes that makes VAT/EVAT evil. These taxes also enable local officials like mayors to give benefits to their constituents like free birthday cakes to their senior citizens, etc. Just to be fair, Roxas did not author the E-VAT Law.

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Binay ties Roxas in May survey

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


Makati City Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has tied erstwhile vice-presidential front runner Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the May 2-3 survey of the Social Weather Stations SWS sponsored by BusinessWorld.

The survey, which will appear in BusinessWorld on Friday, showed Binay jump 12-percentage points from 25% in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.

Support for Roxas fell by 2-percentage points from 39%  in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.The latest survey also showed Sen. Loren Legarda falling further behind with 12% support in May 2-3, down from 24% in April 16-19.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


StratPOLLs: Aquino piles up bigger lead

ENTERING the homestretch of the campaign period and with days before the national elections, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has set a “formidable lead” with a 45.2 percent voting share that is twice that of his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada (22.2 percent), according to the latest survey by StratPOLLS-Graphic.

The noncommissioned survey, done with 1,500 respondents nationwide from April 27 to May 2, showed the LP candidate getting thrice the voting share (15.1, from 31 percent a month ago) of Nacionalista Party (NP) candidate Manuel Villar, who was knocked off from second place by Estrada.

For the vice-presidential race, LP candidate Manuel Roxas still leads with 40.1 percent, followed by PMP bet Jejomar Binay’s 37.8 percent. Sen. Loren Legarda fell to third spot with 13.1 percent followed by Eduardo Manzano in fourth with 3.5 percent.

Via BusinessMirror

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MAR Roxas, LP vice presidential candidate, on Headstart

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


Video upload via ABS-CBN News (Five parts)






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Estrada camp disappointed with Chiz

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – A son of former President Joseph Estrada expressed his disappointment with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero Wednesday after the senator endorsed the national tandem of “Noynoy-Binay.”

San Juan City Mayor Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito, one of Estrada’s sons, said their family was disappointed with Escudero for endorsing Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III instead of supporting his father’s bid to regain the presidency.

Ejercito said they did not expect Escudero’s betrayal. According to the San Juan City mayor, Escudero enjoys a close relationship with the Estrada family since it was Estrada who paved the way for Escudero’s political career to advance. The only solace of the Estrada camp was that the senator is backing Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay’s bid for the vice presidency. Binay is Estrada’s running mate.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Escudero distributes ‘Noybi’ stickers and shirts

MANILA, Philippines–Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero went all out for vice presidential bet Jejomar Binay, giving reporters covering Liberal Party standard-bearers Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Mar Roxas II, “Noybi” stickers and t-shirts.

“Noybi” is the catch phrase for Escudero’s choice for Aquino and Binay.

Reporters covering Aquino’s campaign chanced upon Escudero while having lunch at a restaurant in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Via Inquirer.net

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Noynoy stands by Mar amid Noynoy-Binay buzz

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — Amid growing support for an Aquino-Binay tandem, Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Tuesday maintained his support for his running mate, Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.Aquino said he is confident that if he wins as president and something untoward happens to him, the government will be left in good hands under Roxas.”Gusto ko iliwanag, sa akin kandidato ko kaisa-isa kong partner sa laban na ito, si Mar, dahil sigurado akong ipagpatuloy niya kung sakaling di ko kayanin I want to make it clear that I have only one candidate and one partner in this fight, and that is Mar, because I am certain he will finish what I have begun,” he said.

via GMANews.TV.


Estrada denies Binay betrayed him

MASBATE CITY, Philippines—Deposed president Joseph “Erap” Estrada has denied accusations his running mate Makati Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay betrayed him and that the latter is really for survey leader Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“I don’t believe so. I personally chose Mayor Binay to be my running mate because I believe in him,” Estrada, who is seeking reelection, said during a campaign sortie here Monday afternoon.

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the visit was Estrada’s second to this island province, a known election hotspot that lies on the fringes of the Bicol Region.

via Inquirer.net

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It’s Roxas vs Binay as per Binay’s pollster

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


As the campaign headed into the homestretch, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s election lawyer had a piece of unsolicited advice for Aquino: Reject Escudero’s endorsement if it would hurt your running mate’s candidacy.Lawyer Romeo Macalintal warned Aquino that he risked being called an “ingrate” and losing his friendship with Roxas if he accepted Escudero’s endorsement.“If he’s a gentleman enough, he should not accept that kind of endorsement,” Macalintal said by phone. “That is a challenge to his leadership, as to whether he would abandon his running mate for his own political benefit.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Binay’s pollster is called LA Research. Hahahahaa! Okay, thank you for today’s laugh-out-load moment.

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Are you ready for ‘Noy-Nay’?

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


LOWDOWN By jojo Robles

But if I were Roxas, I wouldn’t be too concerned about the machinations of Escudero and the hard-core Yellow faction that doesn’t think the senator from Capiz is yellow enough to be truly one of them. At this point, after all, while Noynoy is still hard-pressed to come up with a clear majority even in the most jaundiced of opinion polls, Mar has been steadily increasing his lead over his rivals—Binay included.In fact, it’s actually Aquino who looks like he needs Roxas’ help, instead of the other way around. And when the dust is finally settled, no one would be surprised if Mar is elected vice president and someone else other than Noynoy assumes the presidency.There would be a lot of karmic justice in that scenario, from a Roxas point of view. After all, Mar has had to give up his presidential campaign to give way to Noynoy’s sudden hankering for Malacañang just because his mother had died of cancer.

Click Jojo Robles.


Shocked but not awed

Rabid supporters of Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III are quick to dismiss the issue of corruption against him which have been raised because of his involvement in Best Security Agency. The company got the contract for security for the government-owned Philippine National Oil Co. and other companies sequestered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government during the term of his mother, the late President Cory Aquino.

Like Aquino, they think there is nothing wrong with an agency offering security services listing the official residence of the Republic of the Philippines as its address and having no less than the only son of the president as a stockholder/director and vice president and getting government contracts.

They cite the fact that the alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act happened more than 24 years ago and since no case was filed all these years, it just means that the BSA issue is being used as an election issue.

Click Alvin Capino

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