Aquino to endorse LP bets to boost chances in poll race


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MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III will be headlining the Liberal Party’s campaign advertisements, the party’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III told reporters in a press conference that the President himself will be endorsing in their television advertisements the coalition’s senatorial candidates whom he feels would best help him in reforms.

He said that the candidates are the people the President is “comfortable working with.”

“It is quite clear to us that Team PNoy candidates may have had different loyalties in the past… but these are specific individuals whom the President (feels) is in the best position to protect the program and also pursue it zealously,” said Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo.

The ads would help their candidates do better in surveys, Tañada said, adding that they viewed such surveys as guides. “(Surveys) do not reflect votes come May.”

“The January survey is just a guide for all candidates kung saan sila dapat mag-stress (where they should focus), which regions to visit,” he said.

He reiterated the LP’s strict reminder to guest candidates that they cannot appear with the competition. “It was made clear na kung nakalabas kayo sa ad namin, dapat dito lang. Kami ang kumpletong labing dalawa, ang sa kabila ay siyam (if you appeared in our ads you should stick with us. We are a team with a complete 12 candidates, the other has only nine),” he said.

Quimbo said this was something that was made clear to the guest candidates and something which they had agreed to.

The guest candidates have also been advised against tagging along the United Nationalist Alliance’s sorties.

Aquino’s endorsement was “enough” for LP candidates to get the upper hand in the senatorial race, Tañada maintained.

Tañada urged voters to scrutinize the candidates well and look at who would best assist the President in the three remaining years he had in office.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    “It is quite clear to us that Team PNoy candidates may have had different loyalties in the past… ” —– Miro Quimbo

    Same is true for Miro Quimbo. He was involved in scamming Pag-ibig Fund during GMA’s time to the tune of 7 BILLION PESOS in collaboration with Delfin Lee of the now infamous Globe Asiatique Scam. By serving as the chief spokesperson of the administration’s prosecution team in the Corona Impeacment, Miro served his time and escaped prosecution.

  • RyanE

    Hahaha! Naisahan ng LP ang UNA. Nawalan ng tatlong kandidato ang UNA at ang natira ay kundi kakampi ni Marcos ay kakampi ni Arroyo.

  • Night

    LUTO na yan dahil sa PCOS machine

    • marionics

      he he ako siguro mga pro rh ang iboboto pero depende rin. tignan natin he he

  • primark

    This is the winning team in May 2013 election!

  • Gerald Abueva

    I’m more likely to vote for LP candidates than UNA. But I’m also voting for Mitos Magsaysay to put a check on Pres. Pnoy’s administration. Pres. Pnoy’s endorsement of LP candidates on TV is a good thing. By doing so, LP can leverage on the halo effect of Pres. Pnoy’s popularity and high trust ratings. As any branding strategist will tell you, putting all products under one brand or putting all eggs in one basket is risky. Between today and May, there are still 4 months to go. Many things can still go awry despite the best laid schemes of mice and men. If something like the Atimonan Massacre were to happen again and linked to the people close to Pres. Pnoy, this will hurt his credibility and rub off on the LP candidates he’s endorsing.

    In a recent PR conference I attended in HK-UST, experts from various fields discussed the things that could go wrong in 2013 that might affect local and international politics. The currency war and the excess liquidity around the world that can fuel higher oil prices and food commodity prices are two global factors to watch out for. Rising fuel and food costs are hard to explain away. LP should be ready lest UNA takes advantage of such situations.

    • Fred

      why not Dick Gordon instead of Mitos!

    • Leond Yobar

      Mitos nakakasuka yan utusan ni Arroyo!

  • symonwho

    If we know what the candiates did in the past, with whom they were associated with; we will know what they will do in the future and who’s interests they will protect. Voters should refrain from believing proimises and platforms.

  • morale_reform

    I for one will personally convince people dear to me to vote for Pnoys candidate… Thou some may not be that good, at least, better than UNA candidates.

    Educated people must volt in for a cause, and we need to start NOW!!!

  • Pio Gante

    ok, go figure out kung sino ang dapat ipiliin?

    LP and UNA = tradpols na mayaman na at lalong magpapayaman pa,

    Qualified but lesser known candidates= may possibility na magpayaman din.

    pero sa darating na halalan, makakatikim tayo ng putahe na galing sa macao.

  • Leond Yobar

    We in mindanao will go 12-0 for LP for a change and daan na kahit matuwid!

    • Chava Villabona

      you are only speaking in behalf of yourself and other dim-witted yellowtards.

  • agustin

    Kung gusto ninyo ang pagbabago, huwag botohin ang UNA at LP senatorial candidates.

  • disqusted0fu

    LP candidates are pretty much the people Pnoy is sure of who will not question the personal interests of his administration. People who will just ride along with their black propaganda while they all get richer and citizens stay the same or even get worse.

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