Quimbo tapped as Team PNoy spokesman during campaign


Marikina City Representative Romero Quimbo

MANILA, Philippines — It will be, as some reporters put it, a battle of hairstyles.

Team PNoy has tapped Marikina Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo to be its campaign mouthpiece, pitting him against Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco of the United Nationalist Alliance, in a re-run of their opposite roles in the Corona impeachment trial.

Quimbo, he with the spiky hair, was the flamboyant spokesperson of the House prosecution panel. Tiangco, he with the salt and pepper hair, testified at the same trial as defense witness. And many could not help but compare their hairdos.

Where before they had not crossed swords, this time they may not avoid trading barbs, not only because both parties are fielding complete lineups, but also Team PNoy is gung-ho on drawing a “clear distinction’’ from UNA.

After all the mid-term elections are seen as a referendum on the leadership of President Aquino, and Team PNoy is gunning for a sweep. And so is UNA, which is headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and deposed President Joseph Estrada.

Sen. Franklin Drilon, Team PNoy campaign manager, confirmed the designation of Quimbo as the team’s campaign spokesperson.

“There’s an overriding call to ensure that the President’s gains are sustained until the very last day in office,’’ Quimbo said by phone. “It’s going to be challenging. You put yourself in the frontline, and they always love to shoot the messenger.’’

Of course, he’s used to this.

On the prospect of tangling, at least in the media, with Tiangco, Quimbo said he considered the UNA campaign manager and spokesperson a good friend, and that he planned to bring the debate to the level of issues.

“Personalities are not that important. My role is to elevate the discourse, to bring it to matters of accomplishment, principles and programs. We’ll avoid personal ad hominem attacks. It’s a different political spectrum. The challenge is raising the debate between the parties,’’ Quimbo said.

Hostilities began ahead of the campaign period that would officially start this Tuesday (Feb. 12), with President Aquino cautioning his party mates against “riders’’ and “pretenders’’  who would show up in yellow shirts without sharing his policy on good governance.

Team PNOY has also plucked another prosecution spokesperson, House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada, to speak for the Liberal Party during the campaign, along with Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, according to Drilon.

The third prosecution spokesperson, Quezon Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, is running for senator under Team PNOY.

After a three-month long trial last year, 20 senators, against three, voted to oust Corona for non-disclosure of assets, including dollar accounts, in violation of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, said the “pretenders’’ and “riders’’ referred to by the President in a recent speech need not be identified.

“We don’t have to name names. I think the people know who they are,’’ Valte said over government-run dzRB. “It’s clear which is President Aquino’s slate, and which is the opposition. While they claim to be supportive, their support for key issues being pushed by the President is unclear.’’

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  • leomar101

    Expect all small ladies will come out. Mr. Pag-ibig fund scam with billions lost, hirit ka sa tuwad na daan ng amo mo. Isauli mo muna ang nawalang  funds in billions. Lolong  ka rin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IZN2TQG33E3AXD2GSXN6XAQAEQ marcelo

    Hahahah…..wholesome dating NG spokesman NG Team Pnoy while Sanggano dating NG UNA spokesman…..their individual looks mirror the party’s character

  • rolandtr

    This guy is the best friend of Mike Defensor. During the hey days of GMA, these two were inseparable..even galivanting around UP Campus at wee hours of the morning. LP is so wrong getting him to be its spokesman. Spokeman for Daan matuwid? LP is exposing itself to embarrassment when those who dealt with Mike Defensor and Quimbo come out or feed UNA some indefensible information…abangan!   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      its normal.. they are fraternity brothers.. nothing worng with that.. and might add.. dont judge them if you see them with Honasan, and Randy David…

      • rolandtr

        that is very fast! hehehe

  • boybakal

    Quimbo tapped as Team PNoy spokesman during campaign….No Charisma, Not Pangmasa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPN3L3JH7H6VYTE6IWV2CWDI4Q Amparo

    Hmn, good looking!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2QPDX7VYULSAEHLLPP3KSZESPY AlingDorayandMargaret

    They are frat brods!

    • Guest

      No need for loyalty
      check in LP. Loyal ba sila sa LP o loyal kay Mar Roxas?

  • rethinking_madness

    Quimbo said: “Personalities are not that important. My role is to elevate the
    discourse, to bring it to matters of accomplishment, principles and
    programs. We’ll avoid personal ad hominem attacks.”

    A good reminder for the yellows here.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

    parang kelan lang me housing scam to na kasama si VP noli ah…

    • Guest

      Weh di nga? Ang alam
      ko mamimigay ang LP ng caps na may nakalagay ng “Mahal ko Kayo”, from Mar and
      Korina. Yucks baduy ha!

  • rodben

    They are match parehas CHICK BOY..

  • nangangarapmulinapinoy

    Mas ok buhok niya kesa kay toby tiangco

  • Rovingmoron

    Sino ba ang mukhang adik sa kanilang dalawa?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Disente, may dating at siguradong mas may alam naman ang spokesman ng Pnoy Team, kumapara sa nagiisip batang si Toby Tiangco na parang laging nakabato ang hitsura…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred


    • Guest

      Maraming pupunta sa
      proclamation rally ng LP kasi mamimigay daw ng pera si Sec. Mar Roxas. P500
      each kaya punta na kayo!

  • Guest

    Bagay si Miro Quimbo as Team PNoy’s spokesperson. Mrio was also the spokesperson for Globe Asiatique scam.




  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Si Miro ay isang corrupt na tao ng PAG IBIG, hindi ito pinakasohan ni Pnoy dahil nagvolunter na maging spokeman ng prosecuting team sa Corona trial.

  • Guest

    Si Mar Roxas ay
    isinumpang tao kaya sinumang didikit sa kanya will also be cursed. Kaya sa mga
    LP members, lumayo kayo sa malas.

  • Guest

    Are you pointing to
    Sec. Mar Roxas and his croc allies? Yeah, you’re right..masisiba talaga mga

  • Guest

    Tiyak tatahimik lang si
    Sec. Mar Roxas doon. Hindi pwede papapel siya doon, bala lang katapat niya.
    Sige subukan niya.

  • Guest

    Korek! Di na niya kailangang sumama sa campaign ng Team PNoy. Mas maganda pag solo, siya lang walang istorbo.

  • disqusted0fu

    A battle of hair styles, a battle of colors, a battle of popularity. When will it ever be a battle of performance? A battle of public service? Pnoy got elected as President mostly because of his popularity and sympathy from the timely death of his mother. Plus a few campaign promises that have yet to be fulfilled. All that but performance. Voters should not do the same in voting for Senators. Otherwise, PH will have a government filled with just popular people.

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