Quo vadis, Mar Roxas?

duterte for presidentWill Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte be the standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP)?

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, party mates of LP head President Benigno Aquino are uneasy about fielding Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the presidential race.

Roxas continues to fare badly in surveys landing No. 7 in the latest Pulse Asia survey, with opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) potential bet Vice President Jejomar Binay  leading and LP ally Senator Grace Poe in third place.

In the House of Representatives, there’s unease among key allies of Aquino  and are worried about 2016.

“Is it really going to be Mar?” allies ask. “Is there really nobody else?”

There is. If Roxas is ditched, who will be LP’s replacement? LP party stalwarts are looking at Duterte, also an LP, who landed third in the Pulse Asia survey. Poe has already said she was not prepared to run for the presidency to give Duterte the front seat in the coming LP nomination.

Congressmen are beginning to lose hope that Roxas still has a fighting chance in the 2016 BINAY HANGINGpresidential race. Binay – who has long ago announced his intent to run for president – appears formidable with his high approval ratings.

But Duterte’s rating is on the upswing. Analysts meanwhile said Binay’s rating  was expected to dive with massive graft and corruption levelled against him and members of his family that is now being investigated by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

Aquino’s allies in the House of Representatives are “looking at options” as early as now, and starting talks with other parties in anticipation of 2016, reports said,

The search could lead to Duterte, with none in the LP bench having firepower that could stand up against Binay.

There’s a prevailing sentiment that Roxas is not winnable, said a congressman who points to results of surveys where Roxas is a consistent loser.

Ahead of the nomination, Aquino hinted he wanted Roxas as his successor.

The President is concerned that the next president will put his reforms to waste. He wants someone who is allied with him.

But a Mindanaoan congressman allied with Aquino said continuity of the President’s reforms is not a problem with Duterte sitting as President.

Duterte is a strong supporter of the President and his programs. His iron-fist campaign against criminality and corruption is in line with the President’s ‘Matuwid na Daan’ governance. 

federalism 10ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is being urged to run for president in next year’s polls, had repeatedly said that he has no plans to seek the country’s highest post. He is however going around the country in what is dubbed as a “Listening Tour” where he promotes the concept of Federalism as a form of governance. Even before he could declare he is running, the Duterte for President Movement has gone nationwide to become a potent campaign machinery for Duterte’s presidential bid in 2016.

LP wants Duterte as standard bearer

The Liberal Party (LP) has welcomed the possibility of picking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as its candidate in the 2016 presidential derby, according to two allies of President Benigno Aquino.

The choice of Duterte comes as Representatives Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar and Edgar Erice of Caloocan City said the LP has yet to decide if it will field Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas as its standard bearer in 2016.

The more the merrier, said the congressmen in a report in The Manila Times.

Roxas has been consistently faring poorly in surveys while Duterte, also an LP, landed third in the latest survey of Pulse Asia.

Duterte’s presidential stock zoomed high in the March survey of Pulse Asia, notching 12 points for third place behind frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay and second placer Senator Grace Poe.

The more the merrier. We should welcome the entry of  Duterte. This will give people wider choices. I’m sure the people will pick the best for the country, Evardone and Erice said.

      duterteThe two administration congressmen said LP is also considering former Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Like Roxas, however, Lacson is rating badly in the surveys.

In the March Pulse Asia survey, Lacson was at No. 11.

Duterte is going around the country in what is dubbed as a “Listening Tour” where he promotes the concept of Federalism as a form of governance.

The “Listening Tour,” a series of speaking engagements  that has already covered major cities in Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon has morphed into a venue for people to urge Duterte to run for President. ROGER M. BALANZA



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