Makabayan senatorial bets invited not to ‘reinforce’ Casiño’s candidacy



Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Guest senatorial candidates of the Makabayan Coalition on Thursday denied that they were being fielded for next year’s elections to “reinforce” the campaign of the bloc’s official senatorial bet Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Teddy Casiño.

“What they want from us is our partnership in supporting their advocacies,” said former Las Piñas legislator Cynthia Villar.

She along with Senators Loren Legarda, Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares have teamed up with Casino as part of the Makabayan Coalition’s senatorial ticket for 2013.

“This is not about me and it is not meant to reinforce my candidacy. In fact, we are reinforcing each other’s candidacies,” explained Casiño.

“We aren’t strange bedfellows,” he added, echoing Legarda’s description of the other Makabayan Coalition candidates as her “partners” in pushing for issues and advocacies close to her heart.

What set this lineup for next year’s senatorial race, according to Makabayan Coalition president Satur Ocampo was what the team stood for: not politics and personalities but issues and advocacies which will benefit the people.

“Let us look at the issues and go beyond personalities and politics. It’s about time that we do it like the Republicans and the Democrats in the US elections,” urged Legarda.

But queries on how the new arrangement with guest candidates were waved off in the meantime by the Makabayan Coalition when asked whether the new personalities they were fielding would stand on stage with Casino come campaign period.

Villar said that the team has not discussed campaign rules as of this time to which Ocampo added “we respect the rules of other senatorial slates. In the course of our preparations for the campaign, pag-uusapan namin kung papaano sa actual campaign.”

This was also the case with issues of funding during the campaign, according to Makabayan Coalition co-chairperson Liza Maza who said that what they first thought to discuss were the advocacies the candidates shared.

“It doesn’t matter kung saan ka magsalita basta ang issues na dinadala mo ay sa Makabayan Coalition,” she said.

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  • k

    sa totoo lang,ang gulo.cant they say no and stict to 1 party only?example,itinaas ni legarda yung kamay ng 1 makabayan,12 na LP coalition at 12 na UNA.sino sa mga ito ang 11 na sinusuportahan nya?

    ang gulo ng bansa nyo…

    • EdmunDantes

      What a condescending statement. What’s your solution? The only reason why this is confusing to you, is that you are too simplistic to understand the politics. Stick to one? Is that your solution? My goodness! God bless this person with a brain! 

  • Bonnie

    It’s good that they are doing this for their common advocacies. This will play a big role in pushing their advocacies/goals in the future. Good luck to all of you.

  • andy bonifacio

    It is actually taking advantage of each other, casino and the NPAs to get  funding for revolution from Villar and on the other hand villar getting the votes of the communist in the far flung areas where unfortunately people are managed by the comrades of casino. If by bad luck both of them win, that is when they star shooting each other.

    • Paglaya

      can you show us some factual evidence, thank you! It will helps.

  • jinx

    It’s actually the PDI reinforcing his candidacy for churning out this trash article.

    • Paglaya

      akala ko po ba pro-aquino ang PDI, tapos sinusuportahan nila ang pagkandidato ng numero unong kritiko ni Aquino? parang anlabo.

  • RyanE

    Political butterflies at their worst! As they say in politics.. there are no permanent enemies, only permanent interests. Junk all these trapos! 

  • akosibonjing

    Parang naghahanap lang ng kasama si Teddy casino

  • jorgecapulejr

    Talaga lang Makabayan??  Kinuha ninyo si loren legarda na pinakasimbulo ng pagka-balimbing at pagka-trapo.. New politics?.. C’mon.. lokohin nyo ang lelang nyo…

    “Let us look at the issues and go beyond personalities and politics. It’s about time that we do it like theRepublicans and the Democrats in the US elections,” urged Legarda.

    — Yeah, unahin mo na yung pagka-loyal sa isang partido sa US. Di tulad sa Pinas, kalokohang partido lang.. 

    • Paglaya

      somehow, sang-ayon ako. 

  • monleg

    WTF…ano yon trip lang…gusto lang nilang isama…

  • Janet

    If parepareho naman pala yung advocacies nila then maganda naman pala. I hope lang na maganda kalabasan nito.Good luck to all of you.

  • melodygal

    There’s nothing wrong naman in being a guest candidate e. Sabi nga “What they want from us is our partnership in supporting their advocacies,”.so if may similaritites naman talaga then okay naman na yung reason na yun.

    • DanDanandan

      I agree with you,ganyan din kasi ang napansin ko sa guest candidate na yan. pinagaagawan sya dahil alam naman natin na marami talaga syang nagawa at natulungang pilipino.

  • Albert Einstien

    casino, gordon & kapatiran candidates …..are more VOTE WORTHY than puppies of CORRUPT political dynasties….in fact all independent candidates are FAR vote worthy than LP & UNA candidates….like Hagedorn etc….

  • BoyDakila

    “Not politics and personalities but issues and advocacies which will benefit the people.” – I hope this is true. Some of them naman have good track records. I won’t vote for everyone here and I don’t care what party they belong or if guest sila. In the end what matters most pa din is yung achievements nung bawat isa.    

  • Gregogo

    Seryoso at kinuha si Sen. Escudero uli? Why?

  • Jack

    alam nila siguro na kapag mag-stick sila sa LP coalition or UNA ay wala silang kapanapanalo sa 2013 eleksiyon

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • Paglaya

    Basta Teddy Casino ako sa SENADO, IBA NAMAN!

  • sigelangbro

    I’m really not sure if I’ll vote Casino. Baka yung guests nalang coz’ puro anti tong si Teddy e. Naku, feeling k magiging magulo senado pag nanalo siya dahil puro ayaw niya lahat.  

  • DonkeyKong1

    I wish na talagang  issues and advocacies talaga yung nag bibind sa kanila. We’ll magagaling naman yung kinuha nilang kasama. Alam naman subok, masipag at matatalino yung line up nila so di na ako magtataka kung yung mga pinili nila.  

  • Anne

    I strongly agree that we can do it like the republicans and democrats in the US.  Well, why not? Wala munang personalan at yung kapakanan muna ng tang bayan muna ang mauuna. Kaya naman diba?

  • Manny

     “we respect the rules of other senatorial slates. In the course of our preparations for the campaign, pag-uusapan namin kung papaano sa actual campaign.” – Sure ba yan? baka naman magtampo tampo pag dating ng panahon ha…nako

  • Chakakanvas

    Bakit suki din si Grace Poe-Llamanzares sa mga parties? Ano naba nagawa niya? Di ako sure dito coz parang recently lang syang lumabas sa eksena e and sana di lang dahil Poe siya.. 

  • Sirena101

    And who the fish is this Casino? Based on the comments it looks like Pinoys don’t trust him. Poor guy :)

  • timberlakers

    One problem that I can see is the actual campaign. Mahihirapan yung mga guest candidates niyan. So I hope magkasundosundo sila kung pano yun. Kung hindi baka magkatampuhan sila and magkagulo but I really hope na hindi.

  • Ericka Eckhart

    Here’s what Teddy said before, “For so many decades, the same old political clans and vested interests have dominated the Senate. I want to break that stranglehold. I want to bring the voice of the common tao, especially the poor and marginalized who make up the majority in our country, into the halls of the Senate”.

         — Tapos sino mga pinili niya na kasama? Kayo na maghusga –

  • RandyNivero

    Another party? Nakakalito na yata mga party. But sa huli naman paniguradong ang boto a din ng tao is yung mga individuals pa din. For me, independent man or guest candidate or ano man, I’ll choose pa din whats in my heart.and yung feeling kong deserving na mananalo at karapatdapat bang asa puesto. apir!

  • Jane

    wala ako masyado alam sa politics and first time magvovote next year. And sa mga nasasagap kong news almost everyday nahihirapan akong pumili though may mga naisip nako ilagay sa vote ko next year, medyo iniisip ko pa kung sinong idagdag. I guess isasama ko sa list ko yung mga guest coz, they’ve been invited by diff parties and that means that mataas ang respect ng mga parties sa kanila so ganun din sa mga tao.

  • JhadeEstevez

    Kilala nyo ba si casino?parang wala naman syang nagawa na ayos. siguro yung isa sa candidates pwedeng iboto pero the rest parang wala akong makitang dahilan para iboto sila including casino.

  • Tammy

    I personally think that Mr. Casino is so inconsistent in many ways. I really don’t know what he wants and for me, this is something that will pull him down. Well, he’s not doing well in the recent surveys bec. of this. 

  • JonasBade

    Ok naman siguro ang party na ito,basta iboto lang natin yung siguradong merong nagawa at ginagawa para sa ating bansa. ayaw natin ng kandidatong dinadaan lang sa kasikatan at pagpapacute sa isang talk show sa umaga ang panganganpanya.

  • MaraFernandez

    Well for me, kahit anong party pa yan basta alam at nakikita naman ko kung sino ang karapatdapat para iboto. Actually lahat ng pilipino nakikita kung sino talaga sa kanila ang merong nagagawa para sa bansa.

  • DanDanandan

    I guess i’ll go for the guest candidates. But im sure na isa sa mga guest candidates na yun ay talagang kilala na maraming nacontribute para mapabuti ang pilipinas.Siya ang iboboto ko!

  • YourAngeloC

    I have nothing against casino but seriously who the hell is he? lets be honest, will you vote for someone na hindi tayo sure kung sino sya at kung may nagawa ba sya? Im sorry sir but i will go for candidate na siguradong alam kong marami ng ginawa para sa atin kasi im sure pag nanalo sya mas marammi pa ang maitutulong nya sa pilipinas.

  • ReinaSalamat

    We all love Da King pero hindi ako sigurado sa anak nya. parang wala naman akong nakita na maganda sa mga nagawa nya?im sorry,may nagawa ba sya?nothing,right?

    • YuniceSibug

      You’re right! aside from being the daughter of the late fpj,who is she?

  • YuniceSibug

    Pasikatan ba ang ng pangalan ang pangangampanya? sana makita nating lahat kung sino ang dapat nating iboto,yung tipong alam natin na mapagkakatiwalaan at poprotektekta sa atin.

  • EricSilang

    Kung maganda naman ang advocacies nila eh di sige pwede pero dun pa din tayo sa kandidatong meron ng napatupad na batas na nakabuti para sa atin lahat, batas na nagtanggol sa bawat pilipino pati na din sa kapaligarang ginagalawan nating lahat.

  • MikaelRabang

    Sa ganitong panahon sa tingin ko maging praktikal at mautak na lang tayo, kung sino ang alam nating pwedeng tumulong sa atin at magtanggol sya na ang iboto natin.

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