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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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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 urged: Don’t appoint ‘The Firm’ lawyers to gov’t

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The promise of leading presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of zero tolerance for corruption may not happen if he appoints members of “The Firm” in sensitive positions in government, a veteran lawyer said Thursday.

“Itong government ni President Noynoy Aquino, ito na ang nangyayari, jockeying for positions,” former Solicitor-General Francisco Chavez told ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.

Chavez said that according to some lawyers that he talked to, former Defense Secretary Avelino “Nonong” Cruz Jr. is asking for the Department of Justice, while former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo is lobbying for a position in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


LP picks Belmonte for House Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) has chosen returning Quezon City 4th district representative Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. as its bet for Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 15th Congress.

Thirty of the 46 LP members who will assume their posts on July 1, met with incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and LP vice-presidential bet Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas Wednesday night.

Among those discussed was the LP bet for the House Speaker when the 15th Congress convenes.

Via ABS-CBN News

MEANWHILE: After June 30, coast is clear for Lacson

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Barangay ‘kap’ out for Aquino oath but Corona not in

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will no longer take his oath before a barangay (village) captain when he is proclaimed the winner in the presidential election, his spokesperson said Wednesday.

Lawyer Edwin Lacierda said the Aquino camp was now considering a notary public, a judge or a justice of the Court of Appeals to swear in the Liberal Party standard-bearer.

Or, it will probably be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, according to a source who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak publicly on the matter. But Lacierda said there was still no decision on that.

via INQUIRER.net.

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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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LP: Roxas ahead by 137K based on 88 COCs

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) has advised leading vice-presidential candidate Jejomar Binay not to be confident with his current standing in the vice-presidential elections, as it unveiled data from certificates of canvass (COCs) that show Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II leading the race.

The LP based its finding on 88 out of the total 108 provincial and chartered city COCs that it has obtained, showing Roxas with a lead of 137,404 votes over Binay. Roxas has 11,890,802 votes, while Binay has 11,753,398 votes based on these COCs.

Binay earlier said he would win the vice-presidential race since he leads in the official tally of the Comelec and the unofficial count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Can 13th senator take Aquino’s seat? Miriam says yes, Enrile no

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — Can the Senate seat to be left by likely president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III be filled up by the senatorial candidate ranked 13th in the vote count, once Aquino is proclaimed President?

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the candidate ranked 13th in the counting could occupy Aquino’s seat if Congress passed a concurrent resolution, but Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile disagreed, saying special elections should be held for the vacated position.

Interviewed over dzBB radio, Santiago initially disagreed with the idea of allowing the 13th-ranked senatorial candidate to become the replacement for Aquino but changed her position when told this happened in the 2001 elections when Congress passed a concurrent resolution.

via INQUIRER.net.


Santiago warns Aquino on an ‘opposition’ Congress

MANILA, Philippines — Likely president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III may face an opposition Congress, with defeated presidential candidate and Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incoming Pampanga representative, working to gain the Senate presidency and the House Speakership respectively.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago raised a potentially challenging situation for the would-be Aquino government, as she stressed that Villar had the “numbers” to regain the Senate presidency. She added that Ms Arroyo, being a shrewd leader and having made preparations for her new life in Congress, could just clinch the House leadership.

But Santiago said Ms Arroyo could only be the next Speaker if her alliances would hold after Aquino’s proclamation by Congress.

Via Inquirer.net

Belmonte ready for Speakership fight

MANILA, Philippines – Congressman-elect Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte of Quezon City is ready to be the candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) for the House Speakership against outgoing President and congresswoman-elect Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“I’ve expressed interest. Dati na akong naging Speaker and I know how it works,” said Belmonte on Sunday.

Belmonte, who is on his last term as Quezon City mayor, made the statement after Rep. Amelita Villarosa of Occidental Mindoro turned over the chairmanship of the Lakas-Kampi (Lakas) party to Arroyo.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Power blocs gear for Senate leadership showdown

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Municipal tallies show Roxas winning by 200,000 votes, says LP

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Based on the municipal certificates of canvass (COCs) his camp has gathered, Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II would edge Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential race by around 200,000 votes, former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz said Saturday.

Cruz said that the municipal COCs the LP obtained from around the country were tabulated by Ateneo de Manila University professor Edmundo Lim and they showed Roxas would win by “plus or minus 200,000” votes.

Binay’s camp does not have access to these documents because they are not the dominant minority party.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Aquino vows justice for murdered LP ally

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


TARLAC CITY—Apparent President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said that he would pursue justice for a murdered friend and chief of staff of a Liberal Party leader who was gunned down by policemen in a Cavite town on Election Day.

Aquino, together with his running mate Sen. Manuel Araneta “Mar” Roxas II, went to Enriquez Funeral Chapel in this city at 11 a.m. to condole with relatives and friends of retired Col. Arnulfo Obillos, the chief of staff of former Congressman Plaridel Abaya.

Bacoor gunfight

Obillos, a resident of this province, along with another Abaya bodyguard, Sgt. Juanito Paraiso, were killed when police in Bacoor, Cavite, opened fire at them as they accompanied Abaya to the town police station to complain about alleged harassment of Abaya supporters.

via INQUIRER.net.


Noynoy open to LP-NP House alliance vs GMA

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said yesterday he is open to an alliance with the Nacionalista Party (NP) of rival Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. in the House of Representatives for as “long as it would be for the good of the nation.”

Outgoing Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. also said that an alliance between the two parties is “possible” to be able to come up with a majority to support his bid for speaker of the House of Representatives.

Belmonte is expected to be pitted against President Arroyo in the battle for the speaker’s post. Malacañang said the President has an “advantage” in the contest.

Via Phil. Star

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As Roxas awaits Visayas votes, Binay keeps lead

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


As of the 5:31 p.m. update from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting PPCRV, the citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections based at the Pope Pius Center in Manila, Roxas was still nailed to the second spot with 12,670,877 votes.

Binay has so far garnered 13,478,375 votes, widening his lead to 804,669 votes from Thursday night’s 793,358 vote-margin.

Out of the 76,475 polling precincts across the country, 68,871 have already transmitted election returns to the Pius server, a small jump from early Thursday’s 68,373 precincts.

But votes from Central Visayas, much awaited by the camp of Roxas, the running mate of almost-elected president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, still remained uncounted as of 1:03 p.m. Friday.

Roxas’ camp has claimed that the senator will win by a “hairline” against Binay once votes from Central Visayas, his bailiwick, were counted.

via INQUIRER.net.


2 LP candidates vying for last Senate seat

Local polls results via GMANews.TV

Comelec partial, offical tally of partylist groups

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Roxas: Fight for VP post not yet over

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010

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VP race between Binay, Roxas still too close to call — PPCRV

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — The vice presidential race is still a toss-up between Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and Sen. Manuel Roxas II because some five million votes from more than 8,000 precincts—the largest of which are in the presumed bailiwicks of Binay and Roxas, have yet to be counted.

As small increments of votes slowly raised the tallies, Binay got 13,429,660 votes (40.77 percent of the votes counted so far), giving him a lead of 776,441 votes over Roxas as of the 5:30 p.m. count on Thursday, by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Roxas received 12,643,219 votes (38.38 percent).

The figures represent the consolidated results from 68,601 precincts, or 89.70 percent of the 76,475 precincts nationwide.

via INQUIRER.net.


Analyst: Vice-presidential race too close to call

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to canvass or transmit results in some provinces known to be bailiwicks of Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

This has apparently given the Liberal Party vice-presidential bet enough reason to refuse to concede to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, who has been leading in Comelec’s canvassing of votes.

But Gemma Bagayaua Mendoza, editor-in-chief of abs-cbnnews.com, believes Roxas has reason to be optimistic.

Via ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN News research results here

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Alleged fertilizer scam point man loses gubernatorial bid in Capiz

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


CEBU CITY — It’s official: Capiz reelectionist Gov. Victor Tanco (Liberal Party) has won his reelection bid against the controversial former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante, the alleged architect of the fertilizer scam.

Bolante lost not only the gubernatorial post but a chance to gain political vindication from the public drubbing that he got when he was made to face a Senate inquiry on the fertilizer scam. The Senate hearings had recommended charges to be filed against him and several government officials.

Likely president-elect, Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Mar Roxas, a native of Capiz and Aquino’s running mate under the Liberal Party, personally campaigned in the province against the election bid of Bolante.

via INQUIRER.net.


Dy beats Padaca in Isabela’s race for governor

ILAGAN, Isabela, Philippines —- Rep. Faustino Dy III derailed the reelection bid of Gov. Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca after votes from the two remaining Isabela towns were canvassed by the provincial board of canvassers at past 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dy, whose brothers were defeated by Padaca in the 2004 and 2007 gubernatorial races, received 274,757 votes while Padaca got 271,319 votes from 35 towns and one city.

Padaca was leading by at least 3,000 votes on Thursday afternoon before votes from Angadanan and Palanan towns were received by the PBOC.

Via Inquirer.net

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Aquino-Roxas tandem overwhelms opponents in voting in US

Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


WASHINGTON – Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party won more votes than all the other presidential candidates combined in the District of Colombia and 10 other states that the Philippine embassy here had jurisdiction over in the May 10 general elections.

Consul General Domingo Nolasco, chairman of the Special Board of Canvassers for the US, said of 1,723 absentee ballots cast within the embassy’s area of control, 981 went to Aquino.

In second place was Lakas-Kampi’s Gilbert Teodoro with 213 votes followed by Nacionalista Party’s Manuel Villar (181) and Bagumbayan’s Richard Gordon (141).

Similarly, Aquino’s running mate Mar Roxas received more votes than all the other vice presidential aspirants combined.

via Philippine Star.

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