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Dumaguete sortie: Aquino grounded by rains

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Heavy rains on Tuesday forced President Aquino to cancel a visit to Dumaguete City where he was to have campaigned for the Team PNoy senatorial slate.

Flights to Dumaguete and other areas battered by rains spawned by tropical depression “Crising” were canceled Tuesday.

Aquino was scheduled to join the administration coalition’s senatorial candidates in a rally organized by local leaders at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was to have delivered a speech after the candidates had spoken.

He was also scheduled to inaugurate the Qualfon Building of the Link Sy IT Park in Barangay (village) Bantayan.

The Dumaguete rally went on as scheduled, but with only senatorial candidates Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Grace Llamanzares and Jamby Madrigal showing up.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said it was deemed unsafe for the President and his party to fly to Dumaguete with the inclement weather there.

Aquino, who has pledged to actively campaign for his “handpicked” candidates, is expected to join most of the Team PNoy’s campaign sorties.

He proclaimed the administration candidates at a Plaza Miranda rally on Feb. 12, and joined them in a first sortie last Feb. 14 in San Pablo, Laguna, rallying the people not only to vote but to actively campaign for them.

But the President’s trip to Talisay City in Cebu for a rally later Tuesday night pushed through, Valte said.

At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aquino’s convoy was already proceeding to the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, where he would take a private plane to Cebu.

As part of the administration’s push to solidify support for its senatorial slate in Cebu province, a known opposition bailiwick with 2.5 million voters, Aquino was tasked to address a large gathering of Cebuano candidates and supporters in the Talisay rally.

Organizers said they expected a crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 to listen to the speeches of the senatorial and local candidates, including Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate Hilario Davide III, the LP Cebu chairman, and his running mate, Agnes Magpale, the acting governor of Cebu.

Aquino will be joined onstage by three Cebu lawmakers: Representatives Tomas Osmeña, Gabriel Luis Quisumbing and Ramon Durano.

Osmeña is running for mayor of Cebu City under the LP, while Durano is the vice mayoral candidate for Danao City.

Because of the weather, the rally was being moved from the open grounds of the city hall to an enclosed gym in Tabunok area, according to campaign spokesman Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo.

Quimbo said the bad weather also caused the cancelation or delay of the flights of the candidates, their staff and members of the media.

Originally posted at 12:35 pm | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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  • EdgarEdgar

    Grim Noynoy causes grim weather delaying his arrival in Dumaguete.

    This does not augur well for Dumaguete, nor for the BPO zone there, nor for Qualfon.

    Wrong choice of guest.

  • kilabot

    noykapon should not try his luck flying during bad weather; 
    he might end up like jesse; 
    unless he doesn’t play anymore and wants to retire already.

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Asus at nagdahilan pa ang Palasyo…sabihin nyo na kasi ang tutoo na napuyat si BS aquino sa kakalaro ng Kompyuter at PSP……Tamad na NOynoying!!!

  • $23257130

    abnoytard. pppppppppppppwwweeehhh kadiri eeeeeeewwwwwwww

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QG4SHTGRIE6Z27Z47FAOABS2FY PEDRO

    Welcome MR. President to Lapu-Lapu City, “The Land of the Brave” kami yan, tulad mo. Magiting at Matapang naming Presidente. Alam namin na IKAW ang simula ng pagbabago sa buong Pilipinas at buong utak at isipan ng mga Pilipinong LOKO.

  • rontgen enriquez

    Mr, President, Mabuhay po kayo at napakabuti ng inyong Ginagawa sa ating bayan, Hindi po ninyo binigo ang inyong mga magulang at ating mga kababayan, kung minsan po masakit isiping kahit anong gawin ninyong Tama ay may mga tao paring makikitid ang mga utak at panay parin ang puna. Ang galit nila sa katayuhan nila sa buhay dala ng kahirapan ay ibinabaling sa ibang pamamaraan, Sana ayusin muna nila ang kanilang sarili at magsimula sa kanilang bakuran, bago punahin ang mga ibang bagay. karamihan po sa mga iyan ay may past experience na hindi maganda, kaya lumaking kulang tamang kamulatan at hindi makakita ng tama. We feel very sorry for you Guys or who ever you are. Walk your talk and applied it on yourself and ask not what our President can do for our country, but rather ask what you can do for yourself first in a more positive action. AS YOU LOVE YOURSELVES  LOVE OUR COUNTRY! Tulungan po nating umasenso ang ating bayan..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/774GDBSB7VKLWOSCFNUWDASE24 Roby


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/774GDBSB7VKLWOSCFNUWDASE24 Roby

    trabaho ba yan ng isang presidente? paatend attend lang ng opening ng kumpanya? batugan

  • JamesCarag

    This is because of the weather,,, I hope it would be better by that time para naman makapunta si Sen Loren Legarda, I’m really looking forward to see and hear her speech.

    • RobertVelez

       oo namna, sya ang gusto kong marinig, naniniwala ako sa kanya ako susuportahan ko sya,dumating man sya o hindi..Go Loren , Go Team PNoy!

  • JenicaLee

    sana naman maging maayos ang panahon para makarating ang ibang kandidato tulad ni loren sa pangangampanya ng team pnoy..

    • KateDulce

       i’ll support lp team! and of course Senator Loren Legarda!

  • PaulynTayag

    Maging maganda lang ang panahon, tuloy tuloy na ang pangangampanya ng LP, ayos! aabangan ko yan!

  • corymoran

    HASSLE! Sana umayos naman yung panahon! I really wanna see Sonny Angara :(

  • PabloEsscobar

    Go TEAM PNoy! We’re waiting :) haha

  • JasonBieber

    So PNoy can travel and go to other places in the Philippines because thus far he’s only traveled to nice places abroad like Switzerland or New Zealand or the US or Australia…the only other place i heard PNoy visit in the country was Baguio.

    But then again, it is election season so PNoy has a reason to visit places to campaign. But then again again, doesn’t PNoy have an excuse to visit victims of natural disasters like those from ‘Pablo?’ He hasn’t yet except the brief mandatory visit immediately after the typhoon hit.

    According to the UN people are still suffering and now suffering from malnutrition.

  • boybakal

    Grim weather delays Aquino arrival in Dumaguete….

    Pati panahon di nakikiayon.
    Kasi nga you will not hear or learn from Pnoy except paninira at pambabastos.

  • disqusted0fu

    A grim President deserves a grim weather. 

    Just when Dumaguete city thought that they will be spared from the same boring speech of Pnoy, they thought wrong as someone equally grim in Sen. Drilon, delivered the speech.

    It’s okay for Pnoy to miss everything… everything but the campaign rally. He obviously loves to campaign, that’s his element, that’s what he’s been doing for the past 3 years.

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