Who among the VP candidates are actually running for President, and who is running for VP?

binay honasanDid you parse that headline for grammar? Did you notice the plural and the singular expressions of the verb “to be”?

That’s highly important. It’s what this blog is about, actually.

As you know, this blog is now famous, attracting Chinese trolls like flies on a karabao’s back and notable readers like politicians to donations. Where donations come in the form of ideas.

With the help of this fame, I have developed networks of information spread across the Philippines like so many spider-webs glistening in the morning dew, each node a listening post. If a nameless sultan blinks in Mindanao, we know about it on Biliran Island. The network is now active and producing. Indeed, one of my high-value assets recently sent in a little whisper of striking insight, then slipped quietly back into the dim and smoke-filled rooms where she plays her ploys, and where the future of the Philippines is defined.

I’ll share what she sent in, verbatim, decoded, in her words . . .

I may be mistaken, but I don’t recall this many people running for VP without a president in previous elections. Why so many now?

Unless they’re banking on Poe winning, and maybe they know she’ll be disqualified . . . making them president!

That’s undoubtedly the plan of Escudero. But it may also now be the plan of his NPC partymates: Trillanes, Cayetano, and Marcos.

So, really, only Robredo is running for VP. Everyone else is actually running for president. (Honasan doesn’t count, being just a Binay prop.)

And since Trillanes, Cayetano, Robredo, and Honasan are apparently from Bicol, they can kiss the regional vote goodbye . . . this gives Marcos a clear advantage with the so-called Solid North votes, and the rest of the country will be divided among them all.

Oh, my! . . . If Poe and Marcos win, Poe will be disqualified, making Marcos president.

And there was Imelda Marcos expressing disappointment that her son is only aiming for the VP post. In truth, he isn’t.

Well, it does not take Jack Ryan to cut through that message and get to the truth of the matter. Marcos has the lead position and is likely going to elbow the others aside. His true aim is not the Vice Presidency, but the Presidency.

Furthermore, there is only one candidate who is running for Vice President to serve the people. Leni Robredo. For the rest, it is a political play, an exercise in opportunism.



[Photo credit: http://pinoythaiyo.com ]


It’s all a little disturbing for those of us who want the Philippines to get on with stability and away from self-serving opportunism.

But voters get to decide. So it is not settled yet. The question is, do voters want any of these characters for President . . . ever? Because that is what the Vice Presidential race is all about.


172 Responses to “Who among the VP candidates are actually running for President, and who is running for VP?”
  1. There is only one running for VP and only one deserving of our vote.

    There is only one.

    • edgar lores says:

      One of these is not like the others.

      • Three are unpalatable – Marcos, Escudero, Honasan.

        Trillanes or Cayetano would be OK, but they could take votes away from Leni and cause one of the three stooges to win. The choice is simple – it is between a country run properly – it is on its way but not yet fully there – or a country going back to being run badly.

        Aside from other criteria that make them unpalatable, three Presidential candidates have handicaps – Poe can be disqualified, Miriam can be incapacitated, Binay impeached.

        Poe seems like a good choice for many who buy her stuff, but it is based on thin air.

        Duterte could be a game-changer based on his popularity and even his effectivity at the local level, but his non-understanding of what K-12 is about and his position on China are criteria that show he is not capable to lead at a national level. Hope in 12-18 years the Philippines is a mature democracy and there are real choices that make sense, maybe even a face-off between a modernized NP and the LP, with “boring” policy discussions.

    • chit navarro says:


      Cong. Leni is the only one who has the heart to serve, the mission and the vision to uplift the status of the needy and the marginalized – because she belongs to them and to us! Let us all make this happen!!! So that in 2022, we will have another President with the heart to serve our country and really make true the road map of PNOY for our country!!!!

  2. Micha says:

    In old Europe, kings and queens get deposed every now and then but some will find a way to reclaim the throne for the family through their sons or daughters or immediate family members.

    Imelda Marcos really thinks she’s the rightful queen of these islands who was unceremoniously kicked out along with King Apo by ungrateful subjects.

    Bobo Marcos is just obeying the marching order of his madah to reclaim the throne.

    He has nothing to offer but more perversion.

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_III – a Corsican clan (the worst Mafiosi in France still come from that island where they speak an Italian dialect, Bonaparte was originally called Buonaparte) was able to sneak its way back into dictatorship via democratic means:

      Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (20 April 1808 – 9 January 1873) was the only President (1848–52) of the French Second Republic and, as Napoleon III, the Emperor (1852–70) of the Second French Empire. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. He was the first President of France to be elected by a direct popular vote. However, when he was blocked by the Constitution and Parliament from running for a second term, he organized a coup d’état in 1851, and then took the throne as Napoleon III on 2 December 1852, the forty-eighth anniversary of Napoleon I’s coronation. He remains the longest-serving French head of state since the French Revolution.

      During the first years of the Empire, Napoleon’s government imposed censorship and harsh repressive measures against his opponents. Some six thousand were imprisoned or sent to penal colonies until 1859. Thousands more, including Victor Hugo, went into voluntary exile abroad.[1] From 1862 onwards he relaxed government censorship, and his regime came to be known as the “Liberal Empire.” Many of his opponents returned to France and became members of the National Assembly.[2]

      • Yet finally, it ended badly for Napoleon III and for France – losing against the Prussians.

        The question is, will a President Marcos II be able to deal with China, work with China or be defeated by China? And yes, to go by jameboy’s suggestions, what will his policies be? How competent is he really? Again going back to the parallel of Napoleon I and III, for all his bad sides Napoleon I was a strong ruler, while Napoleon III was effectively a weaker civilian version of his military uncle. Who finally was humiliated at the hands of Bismarck.

      • Micha says:

        If the stupid Filipino voters give legitimacy to the Marcoses for their dramatic return of the comeback, we can kiss goodbye our attempt to forge a modern progressive democratic state.

        • http://www.britannica.com/topic/Carlism – or it will go the way it went in Spain, with the reactionary Carlists battling progress from 1820-1975, imagine what a long time…

          My experience with Spaniards is that they often lack humility and are hard-headed, something Filipinos must have learned from them. Spanish often have “learning disability” meaning you teach them something then they go back to their old ways the moment you turn your back. Just like Filipinos after the Americans left. Well, I think Filipinos could be better than their former colonial masters, and learn stuff better, they ARE much smarter. But to learn you have to admit that mistakes were made, and that Filipinos often can’t.

          • Joe America says:

            ” . . . they are much smarter.” That’s what my wife keeps telling me. Indeed, she can remember things better than me, being trained up for that, but I can figure things out better than her, and be on time. She’s the boss though, something about being hard-headed and having verbal skills . . . even if her prepositions aren’t so hot when she lays down the law.

            • One similarity I have noticed between Filipinos – especially many among the crowd you find at Raissa’s – and Spaniards is their love of legalism. For most Spaniards, the law is the law no matter how absurd, they even remembered to consider the decree of Philipp II exempting certain Filipino royals – I think it was Tupas, Soliman and another family name – from mandatory labor when they gave surnames to those who didn’t have any by the decree of governor Claveria in the 19th century, so as to avoid Filipinos claiming those surnames to avoid mandatory labor, usually in building roads and churches… so probably Dinky Soliman will be descended from Raja Soliman, but we don’t know for sure really… A Tupas I know stopped looking for her ancestry when I posted both decrees on her FB wall.

              But then even the Laguna copperplate from the 10th century is full of repetitions and honorifics, somehow remiscent of a modern-day Filipino affidavit… it could be that many aspects of the mentality are cemented, somehow unable to adjust to the modern situation. The book Raiding, Trading and Feasting about Filipino pre-Hispanic chiefs shows how they raided and traded, and cemented alliances by giving favors to lesser chiefs, and feasting their subjects. Now does this remind us of VP Binay? Old cultural DNA I think…

              • There are histories that document how Filipino chiefs who traded with China before vied for being more in Imperial favor, those who thought they were closer to the Chinese court swelled with Filipino pride and their tatoos… Soliman of Maynila, Manila or Kota Selurong paid tribute to Brunei and was a Muslim, then became a Catholic and swore allegiance to King Philipp in exchange for exemption of him and his family from forced labor while it was OK if his former subjects had to do it, and King Philipp even decreed that Filipino chiefs should continue to rule.. Aguinaldo stopped with his revolution in 1897, Biak-na-Bato treaty, money paid, exile to Hongkong, and the Americans took him back to Manila on a ship, then he decided to do his own thing… but Paterno and Buencamino sold out to the USA… then you had Laurel serving the Japanese, Manuel Roxas I too… Roxas I was fully back on the US side when the Americans were back, and signed a trade agreement unfavorable to the Philippines and good for the USA, and laws favoring hacienderos… Finally in the future some President may sell the Philippines to China if it is of advantage, but not necessarily for the people and the nation, more probably for himself and his folks. Those that think of the Philippines and Filipinos as a whole are rare, Leni Robredo YES, Mar Roxas I am not yet so sure, Duterte most probably, but his statecraft is wanting…

              • Joe America says:

                Ah, the love of legalisms, displayed everywhere from the Constitution to the Supreme Court to the collection of debaters on Raissa’s site . . . drives me nuts. 🙂 Incredible mind wrestling over words. I am alternately in awe or bored to oblivion. When I was in the corporate world responsible for some pretty heady contracts, I leaned on a guy (attorney) who had those skills. Meticulous. His second skill was that he could explain it (implications) in real English so I could make the best business decision on the issues that arose. THAT is a very rare skill, an attorney who understands business guys are simple-minded and can speak their language.

              • Noynoy so far has been 100% for the Philippines, no sell-outs… even if some will say he was trying to sell out the Philippines to Malaysia on the BBL thing, I don’t see it that way. His dealings on the China issue show a lot of statesmanship and astute judgement.

                Mar Roxas, well he may be like Noynoy, probably not yet like Bam who is a step ahead of everyone else, but he may also backtrack and favor big business too much like Gloria… and not sell out to China, but to American multinationals, maybe even throw Germany out like has often happened in the past when Filipino politicians had their sweet deals with American J.R. Ewings. Germans at least train people properly to work long-term, as evidenced in the Dual System and K-12+, while American firms often just hire and fire cheap labor… just oppose Accenture to SAP in the Philippines, see the differences? Filipinos have more advantages if they get better training and are not forever the hire and fire servants of the world. Don’t know how much haciendero mindset Mar still has inside…

              • “an attorney who understands business guys are simple-minded and can speak their language.” my attorney and friend is good at that, and at explaining the reasoning behind different legal schools of thought… Latin law, Germanic law.. stuff we talk about over beer.

              • My remark about Mar Roxas overtook a bit, but the point is, his rich-kid mannerisms make people distrust him not out of prejudice, but because his kind have sold out the country so often that the distrust is there. Aquinos have proven me wrong, especially Bam Aquino.

                Will Mar Roxas continue with the good stuff like K-12, get companies that do more qualified stuff and train people, or will he go back to the old policies of his class, meaning sell ordinary Filipinos as slaves with college degrees while raking in the big earnings?

            • Bert says:

              My wife, she’s the boss, too, she pretends I’m smarter than her but I don’t believe her because she keeps the wallet. Well, maybe she’s right, only that I’m a TAKUSA.

            • Juana Pilipinas says:

              I bet she figures things just fine, just letting you hold on to your dignity. Definitely not gahi ulo, cloaked decisiveness and determination is more like it. As for the prepositions, that is what happens to a lot of polyglots. Code switching ain’t easy, Joe. 🙂

              • Joe America says:

                Ahahahaha, “cloaked decisiveness and determination” . . . which of course puts me in the default position of being the hardhead . . . You argue a lot like her. I’m going to go watch basketball. ( 🙂 )

    • chempo says:

      In Europe kings and queens that get deposed loose their heads to the guillotines in Paris, or get their heads thrown into the River Thames in London.
      Here they are feted and return to the corridors of power within the same generation. It sucks to heaven come.

  3. Bert says:

    Mar Roxas has to win this election. If he fail and then Grace Poe won the presidency, whoever wins as vice-president will have to wait for the next presidential election. Why? Because, according to my deep-throat reliable source/informant, Grace Poe has an ace up her sleeve…a conclusive and legitimate DNA result that will prove she is the daughter of a Filipino citizen hence a natural born Filipino, :).

    • Joe America says:

      Are you saying your spy network is as good . . . or better . . . than mine? The things I have to put up with. The humiliations!

      • Bert says:

        I’m very sorry, Joe, but your spies are in the inner circle of our friend, our manok. Mine is within the perimeter fence of the “enemy”, which is the better warfare strategy according to Irineo’s Sun Tzu, and therefore more accurate. Better to tell your spies not to make sipsip and tell the truth.

        • Joe America says:

          Daang. You’re making sense. I’m in trouble here. I need to dig out my old Ludlum books for a refresher course . . .

          • karl garcia says:

            Jason Bourne will befriend Bert’s deep throat,based on intel on previous comment thread,deep throat stays away from drunks because they are soft. Bourne will make sure he stays away from alcohol to interact with deep throat.Bourne gatheted from DT that Trillanes made public his support to Poe,is he also counting on Poe’s disqualification,maybe ,but he also said he is there to stop Binay.First move was to spread picture of Chiz and Binay having lunch at Davao……Bourne and DT will continue to monitor. Bourne is also liasing with anti neo loyalists project to create memes to counter neo loyalists fiction.

            • And to solve the loyalist problem, we will form an alternative. We will imitate from the Spanish like before, not imitate the Americans for now. They had Carlistas who were like loyalists, we will have Karlistas, who will practice cornyism instead of cronyism – first recruit:

    • edgar lores says:

      That’s an interesting rumor. I note that the term used is “daughter”. Therefore, the DNA link is parental, which is conclusive, and not sibling, which might be inconclusive.

      If it’s true, Poe’s popularity will resurge and her campaign, which has bogged down and lost momentum, will gain traction. However, she will still have to overcome the residency hurdle.

      This is a strange election contest. The principals seem to be Grace, Leni and Bongbong. If Grace’s legal problems continue to hover her head like dark clouds, all eyes will be focused on the last two. Binay, Miriam — and even Mar — will be relegated to the background. It will be a proxy fight… which is to Mar’s advantage.

      Grace has lost her virginal glow. Leni’s luster is increasing. And as to Bongbong, let us see what electoral value money can buy.

      Popcorn, anyone?

      • I remember talking to a Filipino, then just finished his MBA in Columbia, in New York.

        It was 1994, there were the beginnings of an economic boom under Ramos, cut short by the Asian financial crisis in 1997. His comment was “I fear they will screw it up again”.

        The Philippines always has had boom-bust cycles. What convinced me that Aquino has a long-term vision is K-12 which is solid – in theory, in practice things are often different in the Philippines so we shall see. Now will Mar Roxas really continue that? Or will he go and dismantle much stuff already done by two Aquinos, Noynoy and Bam, to the advantage of his folks, the rich, and to the detriment of normal Filipinos? Will he really listen to Leni? Some people say he is only using Leni. If he can convince people it is otherwise, then he may win more votes, because it isn’t his mannerisms that are the issue. It is his true concern for the country and the people – OK other candidates are not better, maybe Duterte could be if he was more competent as a statesman. Filipinos have a hard choice.

        • Many groups, or still most, think only of their own interests, to hell with the rest.

          There are many who think the new way, most of those here I think are that way. And have good reasons to be for Mar Roxas because he is most likely to continue doing good things.

          But what about the crowd that only thinks of its own financial advancement and are already OK, to hell with inclusive growth? This group will also vote for Mar Roxas, and may pressure him into doing things for them only. But do they have to be very careful. Manila becoming like Johannesburg with its high rises and slums and attendant crime problems is not really a pleasant prospect, even for egoists. And it is a source of political problems too.

          The crowd that votes for Marcos will be most likely lower-middle class, not yet fully there and wanting a piece of the cake as quickly as possible. Same class that supported Hitler and Marcos Sr., respectively, people with a lot of resentment but wanting the same cake.

          Duterte crowd will not care about one poor man more or less shot in the name of safety.

          • Joe America says:

            I’ve gotta get my bookie back in to divide up the pies. There is a populist pie among the voters, rather large. And a rational thinker pie. Good sized. And a crooked/opportunist pie. Smallish.

            Figure Binay, Poe, Roxas, Santiago and divide the pies. Toss in Duterte and divide them again. Toss in Estrada and divide them again.

      • Bert says:

        Edgar, that mentioned ‘rumor’, if true, can only benefit Grace Poe after the election, if she wins. True or not I don’t think that would be a positive factor for her in the campaign period considering the notoriety of the subject matter. That’s why, while the opposite camp is moving heaven and earth to have Grace Poe disqualified, and what better timing for it to happen than before the election, or before the printing of the official ballot, the camp of Grace Poe has been employing dilatory procedural tactics that could last the whole campaign period or at least after the printing of the official ballot.

        In the meantime,let’s stock up on the popcorn.

    • Jonathan says:

      To me the issue of Grace Poe’s citizenship and whether she is “natural-born” has never been about this whole DNA malarkey. It’s whether you can still consider her natural-born after she renounced her PH citizenship to become a naturalized US citizen, then got back her PH citizenship through legal means.

      Personally – and I know the lawyers will probably disagree with me – I do not consider her a natural-born citizen. She gave that up when she took up US citizenship. She gained back PH citizenship later, but I don’t consider that natural-born citizenship: it’s the same process as if, say, Joe America was to become a naturalized citizen of the Philippines. It’s citizenship, but not natural-born.

      The legal issues cloud the electoral ones, though. It’s a very valid issue that Grace Poe has never really addressed – i.e., how can someone who once voluntarily took up the flag of another country lead the Philippines?

  4. manuel buencamino says:

    If indeed that is the plan then it goes down the chute if Roxas wins

  5. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    I’ll be darned! Korina married Mar so she will not only be Cinderella-in-Waiting, she can also be the Aunt of Cinderella. All those VPs are Pep-Boys-Come-Lately. Korina is ahead of the game. She lost the last time to Binay. This time, she may be the President behind Mar on a string.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Korina cannot run for President because she has the same issue with Grace.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      I am rooting for Grace-Leni.
      If Grace gets disqualified
      Leni becomes President
      No strings attached.

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      That explains the slippers she is always giving away. 🙂

      I think Elenita has greater ambitions though, reading from her Kew Gardens.

      Tell us about the axe you have to grind with Korina and UP.

      • Joe America says:

        Korina is the symbol of mestizo entitlement and fraudulent social standing and UP is the symbol of educated people posturing as intelligent whilst driving all the cheating and dysfunction. He has nothing against either of them, personally, I suspect, but as long as people persist in being blind to the unfairness of entitlement, cheating and dysfunctional ways, he will hammer home the point using his symbols. To some extent, when you say the critic is the problem, you are convincing him that he has to keep hammering because you are not focused on the REAL problems.

        • Juana Pilipinas says:

          I’d like MRP to answer the question as he had related in his “WHY THE RANT”comment the connection between his hateful comments about Filipinos in general and the circumstances surrounding it.

          MRP is not for real? He is like Lola Nidora? A fictional ranter?

          Boy, I need to take a sabbatical.

  6. To show how much Iberian colonization influenced our attitudes, let me show you this Brazilian movie: Tropa de Elite (2007) – minutes 35:10 to 42:20 show corruption in the Police Force, called “the system” which I am reminded of when I read some stories here, which leads two honest cops to become hardcore, Duterte-style elite cops that kill people in favelas on sight during drug raids, and torture people. It was very controversial, but based on a true story by a former elite cop.

    • Maybe this will give some understanding of the forces at work… which I am sure at some level are still there as well in Philippine society, not as bad as in Brazil I hope… both the impunity and how it comes to be, as well as what leads to fascism… to help solve things.

      • Not fascism as a solution I meant, definitely not… but impunity, fascism, crime and all of that have their roots somewhere, and understanding how it comes to be, not condoning it, could help deal with things better. How does one deal with people who have gotten used:

        1) to making workarounds to help their families survive, and are in “the system”?

        2) to going the quick way to solve problems, and don’t care about human rights?

        3) to doing criminal stuff because they know no other way of life, of getting by?

        All three issues happen in countries were there is extreme poverty and wealth together, something many Latin countries and their former colonies have in common. Any ideas?

  7. Annalissa M. valdez says:

    Alin? Alin? Alin ang naiba? Isipin kung alin ang naiba? Isiping mabuti. Isipin kung alin. Isipin kung alin ang naiba? …from Batibot. Gamitin ang utak……

    • Si Leni siyempre… sino pa. Pero magagawa niya kaya ang gusto niyang gawin?

      Hindi pa ako 100% sure kay Mar. Baka kahit gusto niyang tulungang ang taongbayan, pigilin siya ng mga katulad niyang mayaman na matagal nang ibinebenta ang kapwa nila, mula pa noong panahon ng mga datu tulad ng isinulat ko sa itaas. Baka ma-martir pa si Leni tulad ng asawa niya, di natin alam, at may sasambahin na naman na martir ang mga Pilipinong palagi na lang biktima. Pag-alsa hindi rin solusyon, dahil mga rebolusyonaryo sa Pilipinas sarili din lang ang iniisip, kaya ako umalis sa kanila noon. Tsaka madugo iyan, panay paghihiganti ang labas niyan at masisira lang ang bayan, rebolusyon man galing sa itaas (Marcos) o ibaba (NPA). Sana nawa katulad si Mar ni Noynoy at Bam, para sa bayan.

      • There is a Rappler article, a good one about that Mar Roxas has to find his own voice to be the leader he wants to be. It is written very fairly and acknowledges his capabilities.

        Reminds me of this movie about a black preacher who has lost his “groove” and finds it again… something like this has to happen, the voice within has to come out, like Joe said Mar just has to be himself again, trust himself again, like this preacher: 1:28:08 – 1:31:15…

        • Joe America says:

          Actually, he is doing that. He is making the rounds of television interviews and speeches and responding to ambush interviews. He invariably responds in studied, thoughtful, intelligent and detailed fashion, speaking without notes. We see he and Leni Robredo together at functions and they have a superb chemistry. Something you will not see when (if) Santiago and Marcos appear together, or Binay and Honasan. When Poe and Escudero appear together, you will see two people who are smug in the knowledge that they are smarter than everyone else.

          • I like how he carries himself here – very relaxed…


              • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

                GRace Poe was invited by Mar & Benigno in their “Daan Matuwid”. So, Mar & Benigno had vetted Grace as fit for “Daan Matuwid”. Now, that Grace is not with them, SHE IS NO LONGER “DAAN MATUWID”?


                Mar is saying, if you are not with me you are not with Daan Matuwid and those who are running against Mar is not Daan Matuwid they are Daan Baluktot!

              • Joe America says:

                I’ve not read Mar Roxas making that claim, and it is out of character. Can you provide a reference source? I’ve read about Grace Poe making a statement to the effect that “no one has a monopoly on the straight path”. Your statement takes that deeper and makes Roxas the villain for aspiring to continue honest governance.

                Perhaps you should provide a definition of the straight path as a starting point, as it could simply mean honesty in government, or it could mean the Aquino projects, including the position on China which Poe appears to question. What is your definition?

              • Joe America says:

                Please understand that you are allowed an opposition viewpoint, but the discussion must be to issues and not just easy character assassination as of the style of the Marcos trolls. These dripping sarcasms that are not substantiated are not the kind of issues debate that I aspire to at the blog.

              • edgar lores says:

                I second the call for the source of this claim: “Mar is saying MAR IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS MONOPOLOY OF DAAN MATUWID.”?

              • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

                Their Q&A are based on tsismis. WoW! Where is PCIJ? I bet ya all the people in the round table are graduates from U.P. And they are asking Mar based on uncorruburated tsimis sa pansitan? Pagkatapus pinapatulan ni Mar ang mga kwestyon nila? Jesus Mary Mother of God heop the Philippines.

              • Joe America says:

                I agree with JP’s observations. You seem to be on an attack campaign against Mar Roxas. Who are you for, may I ask?

              • jameboy says:

                Mar has the monopoly of “Tuwid na Daan” or Daang Matuwid”?

                Yes. Mar together with Pres. Aquino and his administration has the monopoly of the now popular slogan or motto. They were the ones who thought of, crafted and delivered into fruition such guiding principle to pursue the program to combat graft and corruption in public service.

                “Tuwid na Daan” is a catch phrase that embodies the idea and intent of the Aquino administration to confront and address the nagging issue of graft and corruption in government. It is an expression of the specific objective and intent of the President to minimize if not eradicate waste and corruption in public office.

                If Grace Poe possessed a similar mind frame about combating and fighting corruption, in the way she wants to address it in the program and policy she wants to adopt, she is free to call it what she wants to call it but surely not “Daan Matuwid”.

                Calling it also a “Tuwid na Daan/Daang Matuwid” will send a wrong signal to the people that she is just continuing what Pres. Aquino started when in reality she is not. : (

              • Joe America says:

                I think Grace Poe’s point was not really the name or the slogan, but the idea of a government that is transparent and dealing to rid itself of corruption. She’s right to make that point. She can claim those same principles that underpin “Daang Matuwid”, just as Pepsi can make a high-fructose corn syrup soft drink that is not called Coca Cola. I’m sure she’ll have her own distinctive branding.

              • jameboy says:

                I’m sure she will. Like “Daang Matuwid Din” . : )

              • Joe America says:

                hahaha, yeah, like that!

  8. Ah, the Filipino “Game of Thrones.”

    So much intrigue, vested interest, manipulation…

    (Photo from: Pnoys.com)

  9. Bert says:

    Ah, so the ideal is for Mar Roxas to win and who the heck will win the vice-presidency does not matter anymore. I agree. The second best, if I got it right, is Grace and Leni Robredo win but Grace Poe is disqualified. That I also agree. However this second best will not happen because, as stated already in my previous comment above, Grace Poe has an ace up her sleeve according to my reliable source.

    This matter of Grace Poe’s disqualification, IMHO, is a very sharp double-edge sword. Whoever is wielding this very sharp sword is in very grave danger of being cut to pieces. If Grace Poe is disqualified before the printing of the official ballot, or before the election, the proponent of these disqualification cases as perceived by Grace Poe, if he is a candidate for president, will be in great danger of losing the election.

    My reliable deep-throat source is now hereby discarded.

    Now I am looking at my equally most reliable CRYSTAL BALL, and what I am seeing is not good. With Grace Poe disqualified and out of the running, I am seeing the despondency in her eyes.. Oh, the fiery eyes of a woman scorned. I am seeing the seething anger in those eyes reflected on the millions and millions of eyes of her rabid supporters. Out of running, and yet I am seeing the woman in the campaign trail, egging on the emotions of her people…against the candidate who masterminded her disqualification.

    I can only sympathize with the poor guy.

    You read it first here.

    • Joe America says:

      Binay is in big trouble then, according to my source, who has not been not discarded like so much used plastic into the Pasig.

    • The LP has denied masterminding the Poe DQ (disqualification) moves. Circumstantial evidences all point to Binay and his enablers. There is a sponsored feed on FB that repeatedly mention Poe not meeting the natural born citizenship requirement of the Constitution, and berating PNOY and Mar for commenting that Poe should be allowed to run knowing that she is not qualified. The article being cited repeatedly was written by Tatad and we all know that Tatad belongs to Binay’s UNA party. Even the guy who filed the SET and Comelec DQ cases are related to Gordon and the guy who lost in the 2004 presidential election.

      I wonder why Poe is insisting that it is the LP who is attacking her, as usual, this un-amazing Grace is barking on the wrong tree.

  10. Whoa! PH is finally jelling? A Romualdez apologizing to the administration? A grateful one, too?
    A positive development or a plot twist? So many questions, so little time…


    • NHerrera says:

      I am being uncharitable: it seems improbable (unbelievable) to me. Conjecture — this is somehow related to the Marcos political plan for 2016; meaning it may not look as it seems at first view.

      When May 2016 is over, one can write an interesting book on the Election and the twists and turns preceding it.

      • Vicara says:

        Cacho Publishing House in 2011 published Ambition Destiny Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election, by Chay F., Hofilena and MIriam Grace A. Go. This has twists and turns galore, with a section on each of the top presidential candidates’ campaigns (Aquino, Villar, Estrada and Teodoro)–plus an account of how Jejomar Binay stole the vice presidency from Roxas. The book a riveting read–and hair-raising as well. Because in light of all the horse-trading, skullduggery, frantic switching of loyalties and outright betrayal that went on in 2009-10, one can only imagine what’s going on now behind the scenes.

        For example–and this is just one of the side stories–the book recalls that it was Escudero who lent his media SWAT team to Aquino during a particularly shambolic time for the Aquino-Roxas campaign. Later, it was this team, under Escudero, that plotted to wrest the vice presidency win from Roxas’ grasp and ensure that it went to Binay instead. And yet at various points in that election year, Escudero–who was courted by both Villar and Estrada to be their vice president–told people that for him “it was the presidency or nothing,” according to the book.

        So there he was, our busy bee: handling campaigns for others while planning his own, bolting parties, effecting media magic for a presidential candidate while plotting against that candidate’s running mate in order to get someone from another party elected as vice president. Keeping all doors open, and all irons in the fire. So it’s not surprising to hear rumors going around social media now that his BFF Poe, should they both win the election and she be disqualified after over her citizenship issues, would be the stepping stone for her best buddy to vault himself into the Iron Throne of Malacanang.

        I’m going to put an ice pack on my head now, and going off to bed. If I’m lucky I’ll wake up in 2022.

        • You are one wordsmith, Vicara, a very excellent one. I wish I have that talent. When are you going to contribute an article here? With General Willy, chempo, sir edgar, josephivo, Irineo, the Lance Cpl, JP and Joe here….wow, this is truly the blog site to go to (of course raissa’s too)

          The snake Escuderoo is proving to be the source of our political tragedy – we lost one year of Mar’s able expertise in the PNOY cabinet, His machinations produced this alleged plunderer VP Binay who had all of 6 years to campaign using the government funds all in the guise of doing his job that produced …what…what…now this political snake is once again bent on sowing confusion and betrayal left and right. What can we expect from the son of the dictator’s former cabinet member?

          Now this Presidential candidate Binay started to woo Roxas, then Poe, then Duterte, then BBM, and finally had to settle to Honasan the coup artist. Where is his principle?

          Your last para had me in stiches..hahaha, Ms Rip Van Winkle. Don’t sleep yet, we have a lot to do, soldier. Settle on sir edgar’s popcorn.

          • awwwsss. that should be blog site, not bog site…aaarrggh… sorry.

          • Vicara says:

            Have just woken up! Thank you, Mary Grace. It’s all the surreal political developments plus the smart and passionate discussion that prompts me to comment sometimes, and sometimes fall into the coma of despair. I think we all through this to some extent. 🙂

            • Had just been in a grueling chat with the trolloyalists in the Freedom Wall…grrrr! they are unbelievably mindless, kinda like the walking dead! I do it only because of the freedom loving friends that might wander there…

              • Can’t believe they use tsismis as validations of their argument. I need to stay away from there or I’ll have a cardiac arrest. 🙂

              • . 🙂 Alan Robles is an expert in dealing with them…he exposes their idiocy. I’ll just pose meme in that group and others and will not engage them in the future…have to take care of my health, too…

              • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

                You know, Mary Grace, if it’s true that your trolloyalists are young, this could be their profile: spoiled, money supply from OFW parent, weak value system, subconsciously resentful because of lack of parental presence. So it’s really a revolt of the OFW kids whose only contact with the world is via push button gadgets. They don’t care what happens to the country. They just want a change of scene, just like browsing websites, wala lang. If that’s the case, MarLen propagandists should create fireworks, something that will draw their attention. Arguing our case against Marcos will only whet their appetite, make them circle their wagons, fight it out for logic or emotion until election day when they check Bongbong’s name with defiance. It’s good that Mar is ascendant, and Leni has got magic. Be strong everyone.

    • Joe America says:

      The drama is rather thick. A message was sent to Romualdez a number of days ago from the Administration that was something to the effect that “We know what happened in Tacoban, ALL of it.” I rather think that Romualdez did not suddenly become a kind and generous leader. He woke up to his vulnerability and the rising level of critical blast coming his way.

  11. NHerrera says:

    Let me take off from what I call Joe’s driver or MOTIVATOR PIE above:

    – the populist motivator, rational thinking motivator, the crooked/opportunist motivator; which motivators are to be distinguished, I note, from

    – the voters themselves who rules ultimately, who are essentially of two kinds: the POPULIST VOTERS driven by their view as to who will make their lives better, coming mainly from the E socio-economic class (60%?); and the RATIONAL THINKING VOTERS from the ABC class (5-10%) and some from the D class (30%).

    How the thinking of these voter motivators intersect with those of the voters themselves is still unclear to me. I am overwhelmed by too many variables and “what if” possibilities; and too many “game of thrones” thinking. I can’t seem to find my way in this political forest. The complicity of the matter associated with Poe’s DQ case adds considerably to the ingredients being cooked. Well, we do not have to wait for long — the November 17 SET hearing/decision on Poe’s DQ case and the December SWS/PA survey results hopefully will help clarify our Crystal Ball.

    That said, I lean towards the assessment that the Major Players are: POE, ROXAS, Robredo, Marcos; and the Minor Players are: BINAY, SANTIAGO, Escudero, Cayetano, Honasan, Trillanes;

    • Joe America says:

      Yes, and EVERY prospect has risks, which PiE is seeing in Roxas now that he is rising to become a real choice. And EVERY prospect is imperfect in some ways. But for me, these risks and imperfections in some are within a tolerable range, and in others they are way out of line. I don’t see why this is a hard choice, and it is surprising to me how much even intelligent people struggle with this. I mean, voting for an old, sick, temperamental woman who ties in with Marcos as the best choice for the Philippines? Give me a break. That pair should really come in with about 20 votes each. If people understood skills, character and risks.

  12. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    “… Poe’s deep links to the movie industry as a result of her personal ties and her stint as chief of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board”

    Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/738040/for-masa-appeal-roxas-taps-daniel-padilla#ixzz3qwZLKUG0

    This is unbelievable. Inquirer “analysts” are saying the shortest route to Presidency is MTRCB. WRONG! Don’t think Grace Poe used her “father” to further her ambition. If so, Benigno used his Mother and Father fame to presidency and so is Mar using Benigno star power.

    Somebody got to use someone to reach their goal to make their ambition a reality.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      IN THE BEGINNING there was Binay and Benigno. One was the crookedest crook and the other DAAN MATUWID.

      The only fight in the election was to oust Binay. Not so simple. Today there are plenty of vice presidential and presidential aspirants. It is not about OUSTING BINAY. It is about themselves. NOT ABOUT SAVING THE COUNTRY FROM THE BINAYS. BUT HELPING THEMSELVES TO PUBLIC COFFERS.


      Sorry, God, you also have problem with the Curia in the Vatican living oppulent lives by spending $250,000.00 of tithed money to breakdown next door apartment to expand curia’s lving lifestyle … God also have a problem with the Vatican spending half-a-million to canonize saints … Francis is ANGRY. He sent two Vatican leakers to the gallows in his Sunday mass at the Basilica. MAKING SURE that followers understand, “TRUTH DO NOT SET YOU FREE” !!!!! DO NOT CROSS THE VATICAN! DO NOT TELL THE WORLD VATICAN’S PROBLEM !!!

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        Philippines invests Php10,000,000,000.00 or US$22,222,222.22 in APEC. That includes rounding up homeless streetchildren, feeding them, entertaining them TEMPORARILY …. therefore, DSWD was right hiding homeless streetchildren when POPE FRANCIS BLEW INTO TOWN.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      This election is not about The Binays. It has come down to showbiz. The Binay equation is gone. It is about alDub and anti-alDubs

      “… LP had also tried to get the endorsement of the popular “Aldub” tandem of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza on “Eat Bulaga,” GMA 7’s long-running noontime show.

      Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/738040/for-masa-appeal-roxas-taps-daniel-padilla#ixzz3qwcaLOKP

      It is not about platform it is about showbiz.

      • MRP, MRP, MRP! You are worst than the Filipino press you often criticize.

        Your quote should read: “He denied rumors that the LP had also tried to get the endorsement of the popular “Aldub” tandem of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza on “Eat Bulaga,” GMA 7’s long-running noontime show.”

        You must be the one who edited that Roxas-Romualdez video in Tacloban, huh?

        Not funny, MRP. Disseminating misinformation is low.

        • Joe America says:

          Zing. It is funny, in a non-funny way, that MRP does seem to draw conclusions based on tabloid headlines rather than information, and expresses his issues in the same sensationalized was as the tabloids, for effect, not objectivity. He perhaps commiserates with the poor, under-educated people more than we suspect, and has become one.

        • Alden Richards himself denied this 100 Million offer for ALDUB endorsement. And I will take a bet, that MRP will repeat this a billion times more just like his rants against EDSA 1 People Power, Korina and the UP.

          • MRP is campaigning against RORO for sure, and by extension, the continuity of Daang Matuwid. He is mouthing all their black propaganda.

            • Joe America says:

              He is allowed to have an opposing view. To the extent that he is shown to be wrong of fact and ridiculous of argument, he hurts his own cause when he is shown to be wrong. Few people read his rants, I think. But if you find one worth opposing, I would suggest oppose the facts or presentation and not the speaker, and do it calmly and confidently. That is a powerful position to take.

  13. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Let us revisit the Lag-Lag Bala/Tanim Bala incident. HAS ANYBODY ASKED WHY THIS BLEW UP IN THEIR FACES? WHY JUST RECENTLY WHEN IT WAS HAPPENING REGULARLY? Because they planted the bala on A PALE FACE: Lane Michael White. A Missionary. He was detained. Like all pale face like me, WE DO NOT TAKE IT LIGHTLY. We went to our embassy. Embassy made a ruckus. The cat is out of the hat.


    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:


      In this article it says: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT

      In the Philippines, in the fanatically religious Philippines, REMAINING SILENT, like the Binays, means GUILTY !!!!

      This article further said: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

      If they knew their rights, they would have remained silent. Because what they know if they exercised their Miranda Rights, they are guilty.

      GO ASK BINAY. Maybe Corona. They know the drill. They experienced it. What about Tiu. He is a good example. VP Trillanes violated his Tiu’s rights of self-incrimination.

      Mar Roxas should know in Daan Matuwid HUSTISYA MATUWID is part and parcel of other MATUWIDs.

  14. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Who does Makati Business Club vote for? We failed to ask that.

  15. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism also failed to ask and analyze:

    “WHY ARE THE EX-COLONIST MESTIZO CLASS HONEST not the Filipino Colored Class that booted the colonist?”

    “Filipinos has been indoctrinated that COLONIAL MENTALITY is the caue of all things Filipinos. If so, why are the EX-COLONIST MESTIZO CLASS HONEST?”

    PCIJ are afraid to answer these questions. Because they are not really investigating. Because they do not have COLONIAL MENTALITY. They are afraid.

  16. inquirercet says:

    Is a robredo VP a good thing without a roxas president? Before she becomes president she really needs that 6 year exposure to the ins and outs of government that in my opinion, only a roxas presidency can provide.

    For some reasons, I see robredo resigning as VP if she wins and roxas loses. She’s just too honorable to serve under any of the other candidates.

    • Joe America says:

      The chemistry would certainly be awkward. I think she would consider what resigning means. If it means Marcos moves in, she might prefer to be a placeholder and stay in office, angling to get the work she needs to feel productive and gain experience at the national level. But that is another fascinating element when the President and VP can be of opposite political persuasion.

      Please pass some of that popcorn this way, Edgar . . .

      • edgar lores says:

        Here’s a bucket…

        Given the number of candidates for the top positions, it is highly likely that the winners will get in by a plurality of votes… and not a majority.

        If I were Leni and won:

        o By a majority, I would stay. God, destiny and all that.

        o By a plurality, and the winner was other than Binay, I would stay.

        o By a plurality, and the winner was Binay, I would be so conflicted that I would… jump off the cliff.

        • Joe America says:

          Thanks. Salt’s about right.

        • NHerrera says:

          Did you put a little pepper in that? I like it.

          • edgar lores says:

            Ah, here’s another bucket for you too. Pepper? You will have to add some. Gosh, I wish I was as laid back as you. The proceedings have more than enough spiciness to suit my taste.

            • I’m reminded of a couple of scenes between Maximus and Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott’s ” Gladiator “:

              “I am dying, Maximus. When a man sees his end… he wants to know there was some purpose to his life. How will the world speak my name in years to come? Will I be known as the philosopher? The warrior? The tyrant…? Or will I be the emperor who gave Rome back her true self? There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish… it was so fragile. And I fear that it will not survive the winter…”

              Marcus Aurelius: “Won’t you accept this great honor that I have offered you?”

              Maximus: “With all my heart, no.”

              Marcus Aurelius: “Maximus, that is why it must be you.”

              Which brings me to my question,

              VP candidate Robredo from everyone’s comments seem the closest to the above sentiment and to the ideal set forth by President ‘Pepe’ Mujica– where do the others fall in the spectrum, both Pres. and VP candidates? Who among them come closest to

              Maximus and ‘Pepe’ Mujica?

              • Joe America says:

                Heneral Will will give you further enlightenment on Leni Robredo tomorrow. For myself, personally, I would rank the VP candidates on skill/knowledge and character (10 points each) as follows:

                Robredo: 8 + 10 = 18
                Cayetano: 9 + 6 = 15
                Trillanes: 7 + 7 = 14
                Escudero: 4 + 4 = 8
                Honasan: 6 + 2 = 8
                Marcos: 3 + 1 = 4

                Cayetano is smart and experienced, but gets dinged for being disingenuous by using anti-BBL and other populist anti-positions on important government issues (visiting the airport to get photo-ops on the bullet scam) to further his personal ambitions. When he could no longer leverage the Binay hearings, his attendance at the hearings dropped. He is desperate to get his popularity up. Trillanes somewhat similar. Escudero is the essential manipulative, self-serving trapo. Honasan allied with Binay and has the history of trying to overthrow Cory Aquino by coup. Marcos is both vacuuous and manipulative. jameboy will do an article on him next Sunday.

            • NHerrera says:


          • I’d like to partake that imaginary popcorn, with that forbidden butter and salt, without the pepper.. BBN and MRP are just the limit!

            • tha’ts BBM, aaarrrggghhh!

              • that’s …haaaiiissst! God please give me patience to deal with them!

              • Joe America says:

                See my note, elsewhere. Either don’t read him or respond to the issues, not the person. You don’t have to write a paragraph. Just a sentence or two. Or nothing at all. Work on the skill of not being baited, and hold to the power of being sensible.

              • I don’t read him nowadays for the sake of my BP. Actually, I responded to JP. Hopefully new readers will read MRP and interpret him the way you do. It just feels that what little we do for Mar and Leni is somewhat negated by his rants and repeated innuendos. Alan Robles have perfected the skill of not taking the bait of the trolloyalists. Ok, Ok, I will follow you advice and hope new readers will, too.


            • NHerrera says:

              Mary Grace,

              I hope this helps:

              I read him. Most of the time I scroll through the postings. The thing about UP people has some germ of truth in it, especially the ones on the lawyers. But the essence of it has become so repetitious, I scroll through them rapidly.

              It is something akin to trying to find diamonds sometimes: in order to find it, one has to shovel through a lot of dirt or get a lot of mud all over oneself to find that gem. So if you do not want a chance to get that diamond, scroll through.

              I sometimes find the gem in the postings, but because of the mud all over me, I do not reply because of the tons of mud in payment for the gem. Hahaha. Metaphorically speaking of course. Got to protect that BP of ours. Take it from a 77-year old.

            • edgar lores says:

              Did someone just ask for butterless caramel popcorn? How about that! I just made a batch.

              Mmm yum. Yup, got to take out the taste of mud and politics.

              • Please pass that over here…politics sure is a dirty game…whoever first threw mud and dirt had no inkling of what they started with lives and honor at stake. Evelio Javier and other noble figures come to mind.

                Stories told by my maternal grandfather about the Quirino’s golden toilet seat, and the Nalundasan murder, was there ever a clean election before? Election violence in Maguindanao, Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Antique..all for the love of power, wealth, prestige.

                Popcorn, please.

  17. raggster says:

    Not sure if it’s already been mentioned (couldn’t be bothered to sort through MRP’s drivel), but if Poe is disqualified due to the lack of a qualification (either citizenship or residency), then she is deemed to have been never a candidate at all. “2nd” placer becomes first placer. Presidential succession doesn’t apply.

    SET is due to resolve her Senate DQ case this coming 17th. That should prove instructive as to how her COMELEC DQ cases may be resolved.

    • karl garcia says:

      thank you raggster,this shows that we lack lawyers here.Caliphman did not mention it,because he believes In Poe.(and he thinks she wont be disqualified)

      • karl garcia says:

        and where is the fun in that,it would be end of discussion if mentioned earlier.

      • Poe won’t be disqualified if and when the biological mother owns up and prove she is natural born citizen through the help of a legally verified and assisted DNA match (maternal and paternal). The SC is known to give weight to intent in domicile aspect so that takes care of the residency requirement.

        As Joe is saying all along, voters should look into the character, qualification in deciding who to vote for in 2016. Mar/Leni is the team that meets them.

        Bongbong is truly dangerous; he and his enablers were not able to utilize the extensive information gathering that they did nationwide (manipulating and tricking the people with the promise of a windfall share in their loot) as the Comelec thumbed down their demand to do away with the PCOS machines and return to manual voting. I wonder for what other evil schemes they will use the private information they possess on the whole Filipinos (well, most anyway). Have they resorted to personal approach to those people and indoctrinate them with their evil lies and propaganda in exchange for money handed now and promises of more to come once elected?

  18. I really wish all the candidates could cease airing those commercials of theirs. It’s not even the campaign period and yet they’re already doing just that. Come on Roxas, Poe, Binay, Romualdez, Tolentino, and all other candidates with ads, please, just stop. It’s eroding your credibility. Roxas in particular, please ask people to have your ads off the air: you claim to want to continue the “Daang Matuwid”, but from the looks of things, your campaigning is the “Daang Maaga” or the “Matuwid na Shortcut”, which isn’t exactly right.

    As for Robredo, sorry, I really think that she isn’t ready for the position. It is frequently said that the position of VP is just a heartbeat away from the presidency, so for me I feel hat anyone who will run for the vice presidency should be someone who’s already qualified for the presidency. If Poe is not ready for the Presidency, then neither is Robredo for the vice presidency. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to these things. Maybe if Robredo ran in 2022 I would have been supportive of her. I would have preferred Cayetano, but his wife’s antics and his being part of a dynasty are bothering me, so for now I don’t have a solid choice for VP.

    • Please read up more on Leni Robredo before Jesse even entered politics. Am sure you will change your mind and realize that compared to Poe and even BBM, she is more qualified.

      • I am familiar with Robredo’s work before entering Congress, and while I believe that her experiences as a lawyer qualify her for being a senator (with flying colors even), I still don’t think that’s enough for the vice presidency. She would make a great secretary or a senator, though.

        • jameboy says:

          I think Robredo’s choice as VP is based on tactical necessity and not really her readiness for the presidency. I agree with you, she is a senatoriable material and would have been a front runner in that category.

          Cayetano for me is a solid choice for VP. If he had the machinery he would be a formidable foe for the presidency.

        • Goodness of heart, simplicity and integrity made up for the Ex President Cory Aquino’s inexperience. The simple housewife charmed the US Congress and the freedom loving Filipinos. It is the VP position that Leni is aspiring for, not the top post. She will have all of six years to observe and learn things she doesn’t know yet and she is an expert already in the direct to the people approach kind of governance, a very good asset for the President-elect. She will have a very able President in Mar to guide her.

          • Joe America says:

            You cause me to think that a person is as good as we allow, or encourage, or help them to be. What does a VP do? Nothing but wait, unless the President gives a cabinet assignment, which is better than a senatorial assignment for someone like Robredo who is heading to the presidency. What does a President do? Manages 25 or so agencies, and has skill in none of them, but the ability to study up and understand them as plans and issues arise. Thinks in big pictures and logically and for the betterment of the Philippines (not his bank account or pals). Is diplomatic and calm in the face of fire, of which there is a lot. Leni Robredo would do fine as VP, and the job would prepare her for the presidency by getting her into cabinet meetings and discussions of issues. She is perfect for the job, and the job is perfect to get a sterling woman ready for the presidency.

            • Vicara says:

              Indeed, Joe. This may sound like I’m trying to set the feminist movement back by a half-century, but I do believe that just as important as Robredo’s stints as a lawyer and grassroots NGO worker were her years as Mrs. Robredo. In provincial LGUs, watching their spouses’ backs and dealing with constituents day and night, mayors’ better halves take on a quasi- deputy function. If they’re smart and educated–as Robredo is–they add to their formal skills the ability to assess people (The sycophants! The backstabbers!), and to both address and manage their constituents’ expectations. They can develop a pretty strong sense of the complexity of branches of government working together (differing from national government only in terms of scale). It’s a unique perspective–and great preparation: Standing by as a demure wife, Robredo had ringside exposure to the strains, crises, balancing acts and daily slog of being a government executive. Plus the advantage of being able to privately review and process all of this with her husband, who just happened to have been an extraordinary public servant with vision and street smarts. She is absolutely ready for the vice presidency.

              • Vicara says:

                And not so very demure either.

              • Joe America says:

                Seems to me you advanced it, not set it back. I think the science shows that women are intuitive and expressive in ways that we clunky males can only imagine. These powers, linked with a strong, rational mind and strength of character and determination rather than muscle, is why women are moving into power positions around the globe. We warriors may be good at slaying the woolly mammoth, but there just aren’t many of those running around these days.

  19. jameboy says:

    “…..if Poe is disqualified due to the lack of a qualification (either citizenship or residency), then she is deemed to have been never a candidate at all. “2nd” placer becomes first placer. Presidential succession doesn’t apply.”
    Interesting angle to explore.

    1. If the decision to disqualify her comes before she is declared a winner, like the tally shows she is leading and the counting is about to end, then a monkey-wrench has just been thrown to the whole exercise. Officially there is no ‘1st’ or winner because it just have been declared that she’s disqualified. The ‘2nd’ placer cannot succeed one who legally and actually does not exist before the eyes of the law.

    2. If she is declared a winner and the decision to disqualify her comes before she swears in, the same scenario applies. Again, the ‘2nd’ placer cannot claim the ‘1st’ place because the right of the people to choose had been thwarted. Up to that point the whole exercise had been for naught.

    3. If the disqualification comes AFTER she is declared a winner and swore in as president, the Vice President takes over.

    How to solve puzzle, settle her disqualification case before election.

    😎 (Extended version for entertainment)

    And to Grace Poe, next time control the urge. Make sure everything is settled on your end before you allow your personal desire, your salivating nature, your lustful appetite for power and larger than life ambition to take over.

    And to Chiz Escudero, had you not massage her ego and reminded her that she, too, has greed in her, we wouldn’t have this quandary now. Had you not made her realize that an “FPJ” brand can be her ticket to Malacanang probably she could have waited until 2022 to decide if she really have it in her. Had you control your own political craving, we would not have exposed our people to one whose entire centerpiece campaign is all about her connection to the “FPJ” brand.

    In other words Chiz, had you not taken the role of the serpent in the Garden of Eden we wouldn’t have a Judas now.

    And to Susan Roces, God bless you. 😳

  20. Thea says:

    All others (VP candidates)speak of anti-corruption, anti-poverty,peace and order and change in a very broad spectrum whereas only Leni Robredo presented a progressive platform: the participation of people in the government and its granting of self-determination. If she so speaks of a democracy the like of Switzerland’s ,then we are into change. Her ideology is not of a neophyte but of a passionate grounded leader.

  21. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:


    Filipinos are voting for Vilma Santos, Lopez & Kris. Not for Mar. !!!! I LOVE YOU FILIPINOS !!!! YOU ARE SO BRILLIANT THINKING PEOPLE !!!!

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Mar has now realized it is not about DAAN MATUWID …. it is about STAR POWER … DAAN MATUWID is soooo confusing. STAR POWER is it !!!!!

      THERE IS only one platform …. and the platform is where the STARS WILL BE STANDING !!!

  22. manuel buencamino says:

    If Grace Poe is disqualified, Duterte will run. Chiz will become his running mate. Poe will endorse and campaign for the Duterte-Chiz team.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Impossible! They let Grace Poe run. She wins, she gets disqualified. She losses, she doesn’t get disqualified…

      Other winners will get SALNed …

      It is difficult to apply for a job than run for elected office:


      AT COMELEC OFFICE: “To all prospective candidates, Please, submit all the clearance Mariano is asking for after you win. Losers may not submit clearances. Thank you.”

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        … as to why DOJ, Senate, Congress and Malacanang not ruled on the requirements is BIZARRE !!! They got something looney in their minds. Their strategy goes like this:
        1. If Mar is #2
        2. If Grace is #1
        3. Grace wins
        4. Disqualify Grace
        5. #2 is #1

        They could have fixed the ELECTION BALUKTOT from the beginning BUT THEY DID NOT !!! Very goot strategy. Filipinos do not know this. Filipinos cannot know this. Too complex for their brains to process.

    • Joe America says:

      Fascinating. GOP. Grand Opportunist Party.

    • Bert says:

      Naku po, Joe. If MB is correct, patay na ang manok natin.

  23. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    UNIVERSITy of Misouri President resigns amid race row ….

    totally different. same time. different race. different universities. different president.


    • Joe America says:

      Tranlation for readers: UP has weak ethical principles. Extension of the argument by JoeAm: so do many institutions, including newspapers, courts, the Senate, businesses and others.

      • The UP president cannot be held accountable for the crimes of their former students, why would they resign? They may have strong ethical principles while in UP but can be led astray once they were on their own, some, not all, are weak against the temptation of wealth, power and prestige. Some throw away ethical principles and hug WPP.

        We cannot always generalize. For literary effect, to drive home a point, I know, these eyes of mine would not follow the mouse scrolling and my sensitive, emphatic self is hurting in behalf of the other Filipinos that are innocent, but lumped together with the corrupt and thick faced.

        The Japanese and Korean leaders resign out of shame, most but not all Filipinos have no shame – totally shameless like Binay and the three (now 2) alleged plunderer senators.

        The one freed by the equally shameless Arroyo 8 SC justices did not vote for the Php2K across the board increase in the SSS pension (the only no vote) and now proposing to re- open the Mamasapano Senate hearings, he who divulged the backdoor diplomacy being tried re the West Philippine Seas to the detriment of the foreign policy of his own country just because the Trilla dared to oppose him. Now he wants to lay open again the wounds of the Mamasapano tragedy and the intel secrets shared by countries fighting against global terrorism Ahhh, the shamelessness of that multi-faced old man knows no bounds.

        • Joe America says:

          Yes, that’s correct. The US case concerns a president who allowed racism to thrive on his campus (according to protesters), so there was a major flash point. The Philippine lack of shame is mirrored in the lack of ethical foundation. There is a weak sense of right and wrong, so no need for shame, and no need to hold people accountable.

          I’m guessing that Enrile wants to open up Mamasapano again because he knows it will renew the rage against Aquino. It is a way of getting even and a ploy to weaken LP. He has little interest in the actual military operation or deaths. He is a scoundrel of the first order. As are the SC 8 who could not see that their decision has downstream results. Or maybe they want to get even, too.

    • edgar lores says:

      WETAMINIT! Mariano, you have not given the source of your claim in your post of November 10, 2015 at 5:47 am.

      I think the proper response should either be (a) to name the source or (b) to withdraw the claim.

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        I should have said “Mar is ALLUDING to … ” not “Mar is saying … ” to be more precise. “saying” can be used as “alluding” or “imply”.

        • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          It is one of those days my thoughts get lost in translation in the heat of the day 🙂

        • Joe America says:

          He has not even done that. He has proposed to continue the programs and initiatives of President Aquino, and improve upon them. Unless you can provide specific resources that say otherwise, I’ll take your pronouncements, and even your backstep, as politically motivated spin. By the way, you also did not answer the question I posed as to who you are for, so we can put this obvious political flamework in proper perspective.

  24. cesar says:

    In the case of the winning mayor of Kauswagan Lanao del Norte who was later disqualified by the Supreme Court, the winning vice-mayor did not have the opportunity to assume the mayoralty position because the the Supreme Court declared that the winning mayor is not a qualified candidate. From among the qualified mayoralty candidates, the candidate garnering the second highest number of votes was declared as the duly elected mayor. Drawing a parallel, I think the premises offered by the author does not hold water. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  25. cesar says:

    This is only one of the references to the case mentioned above. http://www.rappler.com/nation/32740-supreme-court-disqualification-kauswagan-mayor

  26. junie garcia says:

    As in the case of FPJ, the Supreme Court will hand down its decision before the elections. It only knows too well of the various complications should it leave the question of Gracia’s eligibility hanging till after the elections. No need to spend sleepless nights on this one.

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