Drilon: Team PNoy members expected to toe the line

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Senator Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Members of the “Team PNoy” administration senatorial ticket will be expected to support President Benigno Aquino’s legislative agenda and priority programs in the next Congress.

Senator Franklin Drilon, campaign manager of the LP-led slate, said Wednesday there was no party discipline among Aquino’s allies in the Senate, making it difficult to pass the administration’s priority measures, such as the recently enacted Sin Tax Reform Law and the reproductive health law.

“The President has asked that those in the Senate should be in support of his programs. If our people are convinced that the programs of the President are working, then we shall vote for the President’s choice,” Drilon told reporters before the start of a Senate session on Wednesday.

“My point is Team PNoy must be committed to PNoy’s program, as they are committed that all legislation geared toward these programs should be supported,” Drilon answered when pressed if the administration candidates were expected to make the Senate more manageable in the next Congress.

And to emphasize that the administration candidates have Aquino’s unequivocal backing, Drilon clarified that the slate is called Team PNoy (not Team Pinoy as the Inquirer earlier reported). He said the tag was a preferred reference to the President.

“These are the people whom the President chose to be his team in order to push his reforms in the last three years of his administration. It is clear to him: Ito ang kasama ko sa tuwid na daan (These are my allies in the ‘straight path’),” Drilon said in a statement.

In an earlier interview over ANC, Drilon said the present Senate was quite “unmanageable.”

“Yes. It’s because there are 23 republics in the Senate. There is no party discipline. Even administration measures are opposed by a certain number of the majority that’s why it’s difficult,” Drilon told Senate reporters, who sought an elaboration of his remarks on television.

Drilon took on the unenviable task of shepherding two important administration measures toward the end of 2012—the national appropriations bill and the contentious sin tax reform measure.

Senator Ralph Recto, a member of the Liberal Party like President Aquino and Drilon, resigned as chair of the ways and means committee after the revenue targets in his version of the sin tax bill proved unsatisfactory to the Aquino administration.

Congress eventually settled on a target of more than P30 billion in additional revenues from sin taxes. The amount is expected to be spent on the Aquino administration’s universal health care program.

Another administration measure passing through the wringer is Senator Teofisto Guingona’s bill strengthening the country’s anti-money laundering law. With only three session days left before the campaign period, the bill has yet to be passed on second reading.

Guingona, also an LP member, has expressed optimism that the third bill amending the anti-money laundering law would be passed on Monday.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E6XL4MSDPR4XAWB3DLNT5WSCKQ tony

    why spend a lot in senate budget when it’s only a rubber stamp of pnoy? better abolish the senate and have lawyers that will draft the laws of pnoy without opposition… what a piggy idea of drilon..

  • amor tamayo

    mabuhay ang “TEAM PNOY” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PIPOL_rd

    ANG TEAM PNOY AY PARA SA IKAGAGANDA NG KINABUKAN NG PILIPINAS LIKE PNOY.
    ANG UNA NI BINAY AY PARA LANG SA PANSARILI NILA LOOK TO THEIR BACKGROUND AND TO THE 3 KINGS OF CORRUPTION..

  • Guest

    Drilon has the makings of a JPE. From the time of Marcos, administrations have come and gone but Drilon has always been close to the center of power. He bends with the wind and changes color depending on the occasion. The only principle in life that Drilon stands for is self-interest. Now, he even wants to turn the senate into a rubber stamp. Between Drilon and Miriam, the former is indisputably the real protégé of JPE. Like his mentor JPE, Drilon will make a pig sty out of this country. Drilon not only resembles a pig, he has made a conscious decision to live up to being a pig.

    • JV Velarde

      In 1990, Drilon as DOJ Secretary had then Sen. Enrile charged with rebellion & brought to an NBI detention center courtesy of then NBI Director Alfredo Lim. A coup which Honasan figured prominently had some witnesses seeing Enrile talking with his personal bodyguard. His defense, it was a look-a-like that he was seen talking with & not Honasan himself.

      Sen. Salonga & Sen. Wigberto Tanada intervened to have him instead under protective custody of the senate. The rest is history.

      • Guest

        Indeed. It must have pained Enrile to see his protégé Drilon turning against him if only to get on the good graces of the then president Cory Aquino. But Enrile also did the same to his partner in crime Marcos. Enrile and Drilon, like mentor like protégé. The tale of two traitors, a bástard and a pig.

        I hope there will more revelations about Drilon’s dark past.

  • padrefaura

    Team Pnoy = Team Abnoy. 

  • Fulpol

    oink oink

    oink oink

    oink oink

  • wawa2172

    Drillon still has the martial law virus inside him. Toe the line? Does it means  Team Pnoy composed of coalition of political parties with LP the lead party will be a solid block after the next election? Drillon maybe dreaming, coalition is only for political convenience. Come next presidential election, political party will realign and parties will opt to coalesce with major political party who has winning chances. Pnoy will soon be a lame duck and influence will diminish. Political anomalies will soon go out of the open and PNoy will be subjected to many next presidential election. Allies now will be bitter enemies soon. Nognog, Manong and Erap has it with the masa with Nognog-Jinggoy will be formidable against Roxas and unknown VP candidate yet. Ping may run as VP of Mar but the partnership maybe a problem since Ping wont opt for a VP position only and dililado si Mar kung nag kataon. Drillon the Pork has bad appeal except for the Iloilo voters.Mar and Kris would a match but Titay’s love life will not be of the likings to Pinoy voters. I guess the Pork should look at 2016 election dahil baka mag back out na naman si Mar at wala na silang pang tapat kay Nognog. My suggestion si Vice Ganda at Boy Abunda na lang ang itapat nang LP kay Nogng-Jinggoy tandem.

    • FernandoBusi

      Theres already a Mar/Cayetano ticket being formed with the backing of Villar. 

      • 12JEM

        Lacson and Erap have their own separate plans for their presidential ambitions in 2016.

        Erap Scenario:  Winning the Manila contest in 2013 and run for president in 2016.

        Ping Scenario:  To have a significant projection through sterling performance in anti-crime campaigns and then run again in 2016 for president.

        All of these scenarios and other such scenarios will be totally become irrelevant if any of the following takes place:
        .
        1. PNoy dies before 2016
        2. Binay dies before 2016.

      • FernandoBusi

        Actually tingin ko si Bong Revilla mananalo … ha ha ha

  • catalansbarce

    Vote straight Team Pnoy sa ikakaunlad ng bayan.., ito ang tunay na
    Partido sa MATUWID NA DAAN. Ibagsak ang UNA.., iyan ang Partido
    sa mga Kurakot at baluktot na daan. Wake up mga kababayan ko..,
    huwag matukso sa sinag ng pera.

  • FernandoBusi

    If the president will not certify FoI as an urgent bill why should we believe the campaign promises of TEAM Pnoy.

    NO FoI NO LP in 2013. 

    • birol

      Iilan lang kasi ang tunay na sumusuporta sa matuwid na daan ni PNOY sa congress/senate .
      Maipapasa ito sa susunod na congress (kung hindi ngayon) ito kung marami sa LP candidate ang mananalo. Kaya kung ako sayo, iboto mo ang LPs.

      • FernandoBusi

        Yeah right if he could go after Corona without passing the plenary he could do the same on FoI. When will he pass it when he is about to leave office? After sheltering his KKK and btw the bill was already okay-ed by the senate last December.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

        Bullseye!

    • cute79

      agree

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RLENCX7D5QB7BPFJFBENEPZNE rage b.

    vote team Pnoy!

    • Danny Larona

       no way….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

    Plunder case against Arroyo et al, dismissed due to no evidence (at all) “as confirmed by a reliable source who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter”.
    tsk.tsk.tsk..Sino ba ang nag sisinungaling?! Puro joker na talaga ang politiko sa Pinas!

  • birol

    I believe the FOI will be passed if not this congress, next congress.
    Vote for LPs candidates para masiguro papasa ito.

    • FernandoBusi

      It was Ben Evardone himself, committee chair and LP functionary who sat on the bill with lame excuses, ‘there’s plenty of time’, ‘there’s no function room’, ‘need a healthy debate’, then ‘no more time’ that killed the bill. LP is responsible for its demise because their afraid of being easily scrutinized. 

      No FoI Junk LP.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

        agree

  • XY ZEE

    Syempre, pag na-control na ng LP ang Senado.
    Matutuloy na ang pangarap ni Porky Pig na maging Senate President.
    As always, sariling interest pa rin niya ang una sa lahat.

  • EdgarEdgar

    What moral lesson can we learn from the life of Franklin?

    Franklin Drilon lost his neck to gluttony. He lost his manhood tucked under layers of obesity.  Now, he lost his uprightness to greed. What profits a man if he gains the whole world only to lose his neck, his shaft and his erection?

    • FernandoBusi

      He may have lost it long before his neck and manhood. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    Do not vote for Team Pinoy puro bulero mga yan.

    • Hatutubo

      Mar Roxas has no chance of winning in 2016 presidential elections. Kelan ba siyang magigising sa katotohanan na ayaw sa kanya ng taumbayan?!

  • Danny Larona

    he is counting the stars. 

  • No_U_Turn

    My brother runs under UNA ticket but I will never vote for those top UNA candidates. Balik bulok na naman Pilipinas. I am proud of being a Pinoy at this time. Head up high quite a bit. Pedro pag UNA nanalo, Balik head down, no more pride again. Politicos bad govt. to blame. Six precious years amigos. No turning back time. Or ur music will be “If I can turn back time”. Been there – done that.

    • Guest

      Sabi ni Sec. Roxas, too early pa raw pag-usapan ang 2016 presidential election, focus muna sa trabaho sa ngayon. Nagkukunwari lang yan!

  • farmerpo

    Drilon’s raised hand in slouching manner in the affirmation of Manong Johnny’s senate presidency said everything that needs to be said about him.  Nothing can be more graphic in depicting his personality. Gave me the jitters and still does. How could we have put such a man in the senate?
    Better Lito Lapid, being there as an addendum, nothing else. No talk, no mistake no notice. Just a part of the landscape, no expectation no disappointment. 

    • FernandoBusi

      Drilon dreams of doing what JPE is doing. It helps if you can point to well established precedent. 

  • Trollollolloll

    Sa politika na pumangit ang mukha nito ni Frank.

  • ED_almansa

    Nagulat daw si Sec. Mar Roxas when Drilon announced his name as LP’s candidate in 2016 presidential race. Gulatin niya mukha niya!

  • Guest

    Paano naman bubuwagin ni Mar Roxas ang mga pulitikong may private armies e karamihan dun member na ng LP. O sige nga.

  • Guest

    Sec. Roxas is a like a clown who wants to toy with our future. Kung di siya umubra last 2010
    elections, wag nating papormahin sa 2016.

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