Aquino eager to campaign for LP Senate bets



President Benigno Aquino III. AFP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino is already looking forward to campaigning for the administration’s senatorial candidates in next year’s midterm polls, saying the election results would serve as a “referendum” of sorts on his governance style.

“So will I be campaigning? Yes. But I also have to run the country. So initially, I think, it will be office work and all the meetings in the morning, some campaigning in the afternoon, and refereeing at night,” he said.

The President bared his campaign plan when he was asked Tuesday at the Christmas party of Bulong Pulungan press forum if he would actively campaign for his senatorial candidates just like his what his mother, then President Corazon Aquino, did during the 1987 and 1992 senatorial elections.

“It will be a referendum on how we have governed for the past three years. By the time, it will be three years by the time there’s a decision (on the polls),” said Mr. Aquino.

This early, the President had already a campaign pitch in mind.

“We want to send a message that you cannot just mouth change as a slogan, but we want to say that there has been change brought in this country, (and that) the pace of the transformation of our society can be accelerated if we’ll get a team of fellow travelers who see the same vision as we do,” he said.

“That’s where we really picked our 12,” he said, referring to the criteria used by Malacañang in the selection process.

“Now, if the electorate will give us a mix message, let’s say half and half—half with us and half not (with LP), then that (as far as) we can go,” he said.

The President noted that from an initial list of about 40, the list of candidates was eventually trimmed down to 12.

By refereeing, he said that “everybody has concerns during the campaign,” thus he would be striving to “keeping the team intact, united, focused.”

The LP senatorial slate includes reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV; former Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Jamby Madrigal; former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, wife of outgoing Sen. Manuel Villar; and Grace Poe-Llamanzares, daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.

Completing the slate are Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, son of outgoing Sen. Edgardo Angara and Mr. Aquino’s cousin, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, the youngest candidate on the administration slate.

However, only six LP candidates have so far fared well in the latest surveys.

In the Social Weather Stations survey conducted from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3,  Legarda topped the list, followed by  Escudero (second place), Cayetano (third place), Villar (4th place), Pimentel (6th to 7th place) and Trillanes (11th place).

Completing the magic 12 were candidates of rival United Nationalist Alliance or UNA: San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito (5th place), Rep. Jack Enrile (6-7), Sen. Gregorio Honasan (8th place), Ma. Lourdes Binay and former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (9 to 10th place) and former Sen. Richard Gordon (12th place).

LP’s Angara, Madrigal and Magsaysay were, however,  within the winning circle.

Sen. Franklin Drilon is LP’s campaign manager.

“So far. He has accepted the position but … we are all committed to making this transformation happens. So we might get more people into the team, I think. There’s so much that has to be done, the more people working at achieving the end result,” said Mr. Aquino.

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  • vince

    ang iboboto ko lang diyan is si Pimentel at si Villar…  yung lang …ayaw ko na sa LP..baka magkalat pa sila ng mga culture of death nila sa senate..tama na ang  isang abnoy sa palasyo.. … basta   lahat ng sumuporta sa RH.. di ko iboboto 

    • akongednamzug

      Para namang napakaimportante ng boto mo. Huwag kang mag-alala ayaw rin naman ng LP sa iyo.

      • barry p

        lol….good one bro :)

        And obviously this one was never a fan of the change and reform.  On the contrary mukhang miembro ng arroyo garapata brigade.  

  • jack pott

    Honestly, i dont care about partylists. i doubt i would ever vote straight for just a partylist. i like some members  from UNA and LP. some of them include  JV Ejercito, Aqilino Pimentel, Allan Cayetano, Hontiveros, Etc. regardless of who Pnoy endorses or supports, i will vote for whom i know can be trusted and has proven themselves not because someone important backed them up.

  • agustin

    Vote for the non partisan senatorial candidates this will lead our nation in getting rid of trapos and dynasties.  corruption is the trade mark of trapos and dynasties. this is now our chance to lead a new corruption less Philippines.

    • El_Gran_Capitan

      I sympathaize with you, but you’re dreaming my friend, alam mo naman sa pilipinas, mas pinipili ng mga botante ang mga kilalang politico at angkan, kesa yun di kilala 

      • agustin

         thank you for sympathizing with me, but i will assure you that i will keep posting my anti dynasty stand so that more readers will know. as what Sen.Santiago said : voters are not educated to vote while candidates are less educated to serve what they have run for.

  • Pitbulldog

    Dump the LP. We do not need another bunch of leeches at the Senate. We already have a lot of them sticking proudly at P-noy’s scrawny behind in the House.

  • Pitbulldog

    Dump the LP.  We do not need aother bunch of leeches at  the Senate.  We already have a lot of them sticking proudly at P-noy’s scrawny behind in the House. 

  • Marshall

    vote straight LP… itapon sa basurahan ang UNA,,,unahin na sila Malignong Binay at Plunderer E rap…..

  • barry p

    JV Ejercito for Senador ???

    Santisima Madre Cacao…

    Huwag naman po mga ate, kuya…

    JV Ejercito and Mikey Arroyo…

    Parehong anak ng dating presidente na nasangkot sa katiwalian at pandarambong.  Both are incapable.  Both are corrupt.

    The only difference is the family of one is so unpopular while the other is still popular.

    The only difference is yung isa nakaraos na…yung isa tila gustong pumuesto para makaraos din…

    Umuusad na po ang bansa…huwag na po tayong magluluklok pa ng mga pabigat….


    What is Mitos Magsaysay – a hardcore klepto arroyo lapdog – doing with Ejercito and Binay camp anyway ?

    Isipin po ninyo!

    • Aldelyn Quilon

      Hey Mr. Barry p..hindi napatunayan ang bintang sa tatay ni JV..remember..
      Dont pretty sure na hindi corrupt si JV..infact ung part nga ng pork barrel niya ei bibigay niya sa mga binagyo ei.yung iba bang kongresista na gusto mung iboto kayang gawin yan??wala puro lang sila daldal..parang ikaw…

  • disqusted0fu

    a tit for a tat… you vote yes for the RH bill, and i will campaign hard for you. easy as that! but Bam doesnt have to do anything since he is part of the family.

  • Marian

    Lets Vote wisely..wag tayong masyadong makinig sa mga maatatbil ang dila na ang tanging hangad ay manira ng mga politicians..lets do our own research and let us analyze each one of them..
    Check JV’s sure malalaman nio kung bakit madaming nagtitiwala sa kanya..Sen. Legarda as well..always no. 1..

    GOOD LUCK voters..

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