A group of young entrepreneurs is gearing up for battle in the coming elections to grab a seat in the Davao City Council to represent young men and women in business to help further push the economic stride of Davao City.
Rose Yee, interim president of the Young Entrepreneurs Society of Davao (YES Davao), said Davao City has a lot of young people in business whose talents could be tapped in crafting economic strategies that would further reinforce Davao City’s position as the premier city of Mindanao.
We decided that the best avenue for us to help in the progress and development of the city is the local legislative body, said Yee, who at 24 runs small but successful businesses in Davao City’s Lanang Business District.
Being business-oriented, YES Davao has fresh talents whose innovative ideas could be translated into economic legislation that would further spur the city’s economic development, she said.
We believe that it is time for young people in business to share their talent for the benefit of the city and the Dabawenyos, said Yee.
The newly-formed YES Davao with Yee as interim president, is initially composed of a few dozen young Dabawenyos who are into business, social development projects and other civic-oriented initiatives.
Yee said that under the leadership of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and the members of the Davao City Council, the excellent business climate opened numerous business opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
Our aim to put one of us in the Davao City Council to help craft fruitful economic legislation is our way of paying back for the graces that we earned because of the opportunities for business offered by the city, said Yee.
Yee said YES Davao, formed several months ago, is now scouting for a young man or woman in business whom they would support as a candidate to the Davao City Council in the 2016 elections.
President Benigno Aquino’s high approval rating will not boost the image of Mar Roxas, his presidential candidate under the administration Liberal Party.
Roxas also cannot claim credit for the rating because his resignation as Interior Secretary helped the Aquino administration recover from accusations of mismanagement.
This dampener on Roxas, Aquino’s former Interior Secretary who has fared badly in surveys for presidential preference, was fired off by the opposition United Nationalist Alliance as results of a Pulse Asia approval survey rated Aquino with a high 54 percent.
The survey was conducted nationwide from September 8 to 14, with 2,400 respondents, at a time when Roxas had already resigned from the Aquino cabinet.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, the presidential bet of the opposition UNA, had an approval rating of 43 percent, down from 58 percent in June.
Roxas could not claim credit for Aquino’s rating, said an official of UNA who begged to remain anonymous in the meantime as he awaits the reaction of Roxas to the result of the survey.
We would rather believe if Roxas topped with an extremely high rating a disapproval survey, if there is such a thing, taken at a time when he was the Interior secretary, said the official in jest.
If this was done, baka pulutin si Roxas sa basurahan with his role in the Disbursement Acceleration Program, Mamasapano Massacre and the Yolanda Tragedy, among others where a bumbling Interior Secretary showed the kind of a weak leader he is, said the official.
Roxas resigned as Interior Secretary on September 11 to run for president after Aquino named him as the LP standard bearer in the 2016 elections.
Binay and Roxas will contest the presidency with independent candidate Senator Grace Poe. A fourth potential candidate, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, has yet to announce his bid. Binay beat Roxas in the vice presidential race in 2010.
Liberal Party stalwarts could not agree on the benefit of the survey on Roxas or its impact on Binay.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte is not comfortable with the Pulse Asia survey and expressed worry at Binay’s rating even as it has slid down by 15 points.
The trend maybe unfavorable for Binay but his score is formidable, said Belmonte.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, a spokesman for the LP, said the slide in Binay’s ratings favors Roxas.
The continued high approval rating of Aquino and the huge decline in the rating of Binay will certainly have an impact in the outcome of next year’s elections, according to Evardone.
Aquino was the only one of top five government officials who got a majority approval rating in the survey.
In the Pulse Asia “Comparative Performance Ratings of Top National Officials” survey, Aquino snagged 54 percent, Senate President Franklin Drilon netted 50, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes P. A. Sereno had 49, Binay got 43, followed by Belmonte with 32.
The UNA official said Binay was expected to recover lost ground as he goes around the country to explain his performance as Vice President
The survey also showed Binay’s trust rating plunging to 39 percent from the 57 percent in June.
The UNA official said Binay was also expected to rise from his declining trust rating as the Vice President parries off allegations levelled against him which is being investigated by the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee.
The Senate probe is seen as a key factor in Binay’s rating in the Pulse Asia trust survey.
Binay has dismissed the allegations as propaganda aimed to derail his presidential bid.
Pulse Asia’s survey in June showed Binay topping both the trust and approval rating surveys.
With Senator Peter Allan Cayetano opting to run as running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos will have to hatch up with Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 election.
Marcos on Tuesday, Sept. 29, said on television that he was discussing a tandem for his vice presidential run with Binay and Duterte.
But on the same day, Cayetano declared his vice presidential bid in Davao City.
At his press conference packed with Duterte supporters, Cayetano said he would be the running mate of Duterte.
Cayetano would later meet with Duterte in the evening.
Reports in Davao City say Duterte of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP), will announce his presidential bid with Cayetano his running mate on October 2.
Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) earlier confirmed that his camp is discussing a tandem with Marcos.
Marcos and Cayetano both belong to the Nacionalista Party, which has another member Senator Antonio Trillanes also running for vice president.
Cayetano is the fourth candidate eyeing the vice presidency.
Earlier, Senator Chiz Escudero declared his bid as running mate of independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe.
Roxas, of the administration Liberal party, is still scouting for his running mate, with top pick Camarines Sur Leni Robredo undecided on the offer.
Marcos said he was not surprised by Cayetano declaring his bid saying the Senator had repeatedly expressed his intention to run for vice president.
Marcos said a Duterte-Cayetano tandem may not even materialize if the Davao City Mayor skips the race.
PDP president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said the Duterte-Cayetano tandem was “a formidable team.”
Pimentel also said Marcos was last on the line of potential running mates for Duterte.
He said PDP was among the lead players in the ouster of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the Senator’s father.
Senator Antonio Trillanes said the latest survey on presidential preference for the 2016 election by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) with Senator Grace Poe in the lead and Mar Roxas pushing Vice President Jejomar Binay to the third slot is nothing but propaganda.
Questioning the methodology used by SWS, Trillanes said Roxas would benefit from the survey.
Roxas, former Interior Secretary, is the candidate of the ruling Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino, who is winding up his term next year.
Roxas, Trillanes said, can use the SWS survey as propaganda that he has overtaken Binay.
Binay is the candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Trillanes, of the independent Magdalo Group, has nothing to say about the ranking of Poe, whom he is supporting in the coming polls.
Poe has declared her bid for the presidency with Senator Chiz Escuderio as running mate under a yet to be formed independent coalition with other parties.
Previous surveys had Poe toppling down Binay from his long hold of the Number One slot, with Roxas, hogging the bottom or in a statistical tie with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at third place.
In the SWS survey conducted from September 2 to 5, respondents were asked: Who do you think are the good leaders who should succeed Pres. Aquino as President? You may give up to three names.”
Trillanes said he wondered why respondents had to give three names.
He said that there’s no such thing as third choice for president.
The result of the SWS survey could not be used as basis for voters’ preference because the methodology used is not valid, he said.
The survey had Poe netting 47 percent; Roxas with with 39; Binay with 35 and Duterte at a low 15 percent.