headline WHY NOT? BY ROGER M. BALANZA Who does not want to be senator?, thus said controversial Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa when asked if he may run for senator after his retirement. On DZMM … Continue reading BATO DELA ROSA EYEING SENATE SEAT IN 2019
“I will not accept any nomination for me to run as one of the candidates for senator under the UNA” Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III expressed regret on Friday over not having responded earlier to former President Joseph Estrada’s wish for him and former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to meet to thresh out the issue regarding the former’s candidacy in the 2013 midterm elections. ”Please forgive me for having delayed that meeting because I had to consult with my party mates and supporters. I come to see you today hoping you would understand the position I have taken on … Continue reading Koko to Erap: PLEASE FORGIVE ME
PIMENTEL: Cheater! ZUBIRI: Libelous! Resigned Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday urged Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to stop calling him a cheat amid a brewing word war over Zubiri’s inclusion in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial ticket. Zubiri said he is offended by the senator’s choice of words, especially since there is no proof that he cheated in the 2007 senatorial election. “I am very saddened by the fact that he is calling me different names, he is insulting me on national TV. Last night, he called me mandaraya (cheater). Wala naman siyang pruweba, wala naman siyang ebidensya. … Continue reading KOKO, MIGZ WORD WAR GOING WORSE
SLAMS MIGZ ZUBIRI’S ENTRY IN UNA 2013 SENATORIAL SLATE The Father has come to the defense of the son. Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Q. Pimentel Jr., founder of the PDP-Laban party, fired a broadside on Tuesday at the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for accepting former Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri in its 2013 senatorial slate and thus rejecting the plea of his son, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III – who is already in its senatorial slate – not to accept Zubiri in its fold. The effect of the elder Pimentel’s bitter statement against the UNA leadership headed by Vice … Continue reading NENE PIMENTEL JOINS KOKO-MIGZ FRAY
Liberal Party (LP) of President Noynoy Aquino willing to take in Koko if he leaves the UNA ticket Senator Koko Pimentel III said he will consult with his “core leaders and supporters” to discuss his next move, after he United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Monday formally endorsed former Senator Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri as part of its senatorial slate in 2013, Zubiri’s entry left the fate of Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III up in the air. In a press conference after the meeting of leaders of UNA at the Coconut Palace, UNA spokesperson JV Bautista said the alliance has decided … Continue reading KOKO PIMENTEL says forgiving Zubiri does not mean a slot in UNA senatorial slate
KOKO CAN LEAVE COALITION The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Monday formally endorsed former Senator Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri as part of its senatorial slate in 2013, leaving the fate of Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III up in the air. In a press conference after the meeting of leaders of UNA at the Coconut Palace, UNA spokesperson JV Bautista said the alliance has decided to field Zubiri at the behest of Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) stalwart, former President Joseph Estrada. “Insofar as Koko [is concerned], we respect his personal sentiments and feelings, but the alliance will not delve into … Continue reading UNA SENATORIAL LINE-UP: Migz Zubiri in; Koko Pimentel out?
BY ROGER M BALANZA The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the coalition formed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada, is undergoing birthpains sparked by the demand of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III to shut out his nemesis former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubirislot from UNA’s senatorial slate for the 2013 mid-term elections. Pimentel has issued what seemed to be an ultimatum to the coalition to choose between him and Zubiri. Pimentel’s letter basically outlined his objections to Zubiri, who has since joined Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), being given a slot in the 12 senatorial candidates of UNA. … Continue reading Koko Pimentel demands Migz Zubiri shut out in UNA senatorial slate
IF HE IS NOT FOR NOYNOY’S SENATORIABLES, THEN PEPING MAY NOT SUPPORT AQUINO’S PRESIDENTIABLE Former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., who is currently leading the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) bid to sweep next year’s senatorial race against President Aquino’s administration bets, yesterday stressed that he’s only up against the candidates of the Liberal Party. “Ang kalaban ko yung mga kandidato ng Liberal [Party],” Cojuangco stressed in a press conference after he administered the oath Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay and Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia as the newest members of the PDP-Laban at the executive lounge of the Jose … Continue reading PEPING COJUANGCO THUMBS DOWN AQUINO’S LIBERAL PARTY SENATE BETS