Will Aquino court Duterte to be the LP standard bearer?

If worse comes to worst, and the Liberal Party dumps Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as standard bearer, will President Benigno Aquino lure Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to lead the administration party in the 2016 presidential elections?

Over Roxas’ poor showing in the surveys, Aquino, chairman of the LP, said the party may pick a standard bearer other than Roxas

In poll surveys, there are potential wannabes on the line for Aquino to pick, who are either LP stalwarts or aligned in a coalition with the LP, as Roxas’ replacement.

Among them, could be   Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a long-time LP member, who has made headway in voters’ preference in various surveys.

 Recently, Duterte landed Number 7 in the Top Ten of a presidential survey by Novo Trends PH.

     The ranking came even as Duterte denies he is not joining the 2016 presidential race.

       The results of the survey by the political think tank headed by political analyst Ramon Casiple is the first for Duterte to make it to a survey on voters’ preference for president for the coming 2016 national election.

         Previous surveys by Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia and other survey outfits on presidential preference had not included the name of Duterte due to his public announcement that he is not joining the presidential race.

     But the Novo Trend survey conducted in Manila October 24-25 involving 1,600 respondents placed Duterte in No. 7 (3.4 percent), sharing the spot with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II (3.4 percent) and  Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (3.4 percent); former Senator Manuel Villar was No. 10 with 2.1 percent.

     Vice President Jejomar Binay topped the survey with 29.3 percent.

Following Binay are President Benigno Aquino (13.1 percent), Senator Grace Poe (11.8 percent), and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago ranked fourth with 7.9 percent.

In the fifth to ninth slots are Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (5.1 percent); Francis Escudero (4.6 percent); Duterte (3.4 percent); Roxas (3.4 percent); Cayetano (3.4 percent) and Villar (2.1 percent).

The Novo Trend survey results may have Duterte in No. 4, with the three in the list ahead of Duterte — Aquino (No.2), Poe (No. 3) and Escudero (No. 6) having said they are not running in 2016.  

     Aquino has announced he is not seeking reelection; Poe has said she is not gunning for a higher position, while Escudero said he is eyeing the vice presidential slot of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Cayetano, who shared the No. 7 spot with Duterte and Roxas, has said he is not running for president.

     With the four out of the race, the Novo Trend ranking should actually be Binay in No. 1, Santiago in No. 2, Marcos in No.3 and Duterte in No. 4.

Blue Ribbon hot on ‘hanging’ Binay

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DEATH SENTENCE. Bent on hanging Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Senate Blue Ribbon committee will resume its investigation on Binay’s massive corruption in January

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

     The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has spurned a reported request by President Benigno Aquino to stop its investigation into Vice President Jejomar Binay’s massive corruption.

The probe has temporarily stopped with Congress in recess.

But Binay will have to face anew his tormentors when the probe resumes next year.

The probe may continue up to May, said Senator Antonio Trillanes, who along with subcommittee head Senator KoKo Pimentel and Senator Peter Allan Cayetano has been hearing evidence in the alleged overpricing by Binay in the 11-story P2.3 billion Makati City Parking Building II and the Vice President’s alleged hidden wealth including the 450-hectare, P1.2 billion Hacienda Binay in Rosario, Batangas.

Apparently bent on “hanging” Binay, Trillanes said the subcommittee has not yet completed its hearings as reports said that Aquino wanted the subcommittee to wrap up its 4-month probe and file charges if evidence warrant.

Roxas not sure as LP bet

mar_roxas_hagupit_motorcycle-300x200PREMONITION? Interior Secretary Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ reported crash on a motorcycle while supervising relief operations for Typhoon Ruby victims in Samar may be an ominous sign: his bid to be the next President is on the verge of crashing with the Liberal Party saying he may not be picked as standard bearer of the Aquino party

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas may yet see his dream to be the next President washed down the drain, with the Liberal Party (LP) not sure if he would be picked as its standard bearer.

President Benigno Aquino said the LP is still holding consultations to arrive at a consensus as to who will be the administration party’s presidential candidate.

 Aquino, chair of the LP, said he is also looking outside the LP for his successor in the 2016 elections.

Roxas, the LP’s potential  standard bearer, has been faring badly in surveys against Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United    Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Both potential candidates of the two major political parties are hobbled by “baggages” that  may force their parties to look for another standard bearer.

     While Roxas suffers from extremely low ratings, Binay, consistently leading in the surveys, is saddled with a more serious threat to his bid  to become the next President.

     Binay is facing charges of massive corruption before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

     Binay has parried off as “black propaganda” charges levelled against him, his wife former Mayor Elenita Binay and son incumbent Mayor Junjun Binay.

Roxas said he will accept his fate if the LP drops him as its standard bearer.

I will accept it, Roxas said.

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