Kaya Natin! endorses 4 Team PNoy candidates


MANILA, Philippines—A private group closely associated with the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo endorsed Wednesday the candidacies of four Senate candidates of Team PNoy who, the group believes, exemplify the values the secretary espoused and practiced until his tragic accident last year.

Harvey Keh, lead convenor of the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Government and Ethical Leadership, endorsed reelectionist Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr., former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and social entrepreneur Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV in simple ceremonies at the historic Club Filipino.

The presence of two Liberal Party senators—Francis Pangilinan and Teofisto “TG” Guingona III—however, raised eyebrows since it appeared to some that they were leaving out the eight other Team PNoy senatorial bets in expressing support for the four.

“We, as Kaya Natin!, are endorsing (the four candidates) throughout the country. Not only endorse but also campaign for them and come up with parallel efforts to ensure we get more support for these candidates,” Pangilinan said at one point.

However, the senator, who is Kaya Natin! chairman, later clarified that the group and LP are two separate entities and that as such, he is campaigning for all 12 candidates of Team PNoy.

Pangilinan also expressed confidence that campaign officials of Team PNoy would appreciate Kaya Natin!’s move to endorse administration candidates who remain outside the Top 12 in candidate preference surveys.

“I’m sure some of those in Team PNoy… will also understand that we have to give an extra push for those outside the winning circle,” he explained to reporters after the event.

Pangilinan was apparently referring to Hontiveros and Magsaysay.  However, a third Team PNoy candidate, former Sen. Jamby Madrigal, also remains outside the Top 12 but was not endorsed by Kaya Natin!.

Keh explained that Kaya Natin! has more than 10,000 members from over 100 local government units and private organizations.

He said only the group’s 40 core leaders were consulted about which candidates Kaya Natin! would endorse.

Keh said the core group adhered to criteria related to the leadership style that Robredo exhibited before his unexpected death in a plane crash last August.

Pangilinan said the candidates were selected through a straw vote. Keh added that a candidate had to obtain a “70 percent threshold from all those voting from private organizations, the academe and politics” to be able to gain their endorsement.

Present during the event were “running priest” Fr. Robert Reyes and former Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio. Panlilio, who is running again for governor, and Robredo were cofounders of Kaya Natin!

Pangilinan explained that the Robredo-based selection process was necessary given that the May 13 election would be critical to the Aquino administration.

“Since reforms are now being put in place by our President, the past three years are not enough, maybe even [his entire] six-year term would not be enough if we are to truly move the nation to a new direction. We see 2013 as an opportunity for new, principled, young or even experienced public leaders [to] be chosen to serve,” he noted.

“Kaya Natin! decided to have this activity to show or at least present what we believe to be choices needed and necessary if we are to continue or sustain efforts at reforms and economic growth in the country,” Pangilinan added.

Keh said Magsaysay was chosen for his “great sense of compassion for the ordinary Filipinos” as shown in his livelihood programs for grassroots communities, Hontiveros as “a champion of women and peace,” Pimentel for his campaign for clean and honest elections and Aquino for “actively seeking social change” through his Hapinoy entrepreneurship program.

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  • superpilipinas

    Puro Trapo at Political Dyansty

    Opposite ni Jesse Robredo itong mga ito.

    Ni walang similarity sa kanya.

    Noong namatay si Robredo, parang nag-iba na ang Kaya Natin movement.

    • concern_pinoy_citizen

      Puro Trapo at Political Dynasty? Have you heard of a family member of Ms. Hontiveros in politics? Kailan lang ba naging politico si Hontiveros? Is there another magsaysay in the Senate? Is there another Aquino in the Senate? Is Bam Aquino has been a mayor, governor, congressman or senator? Pag-isipan mo nga sinusulat mo para hindi mahalata na bubo ka.

      • Fulpol

        the dynasty of ANAKBAYAN

  • EdgarEdgar

    Kaya Natin! endorses 4 Team PNoy candidates, and paid for by Team PNoy.

  • yesyesyo

    Kaya natin yan! Go go go!!

  • jga94

    Kasama talaga sa iboboto ko sila Hontiveros, Magsaysay at Pimentel….I have been a little iffy about Aquino because I was sore he (with almost no experience) got in instead of Tanada but I may be changing my mind about him….

    • concern_pinoy_citizen

      Please search Bam Aquino so you will know that even though he’s still young, but he already achieved a lot both in private and public service.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Never heard of this group.

    Obviously, they are only supporting the cellar dwellers.

    Sorry, pero di nyo kaya ang mga yan. Magbilang na lang kayo ng langaw sa mga campaign sorties nila baka kakayanin ninyo pa.

    • bongarroyo

      sfakefire paano mong madidinig ang grupong ito lagi kang nakatunganga doon kay lolo kiram at ate amalayer jacel mo…
      iyong team una niyo paghandain mo ng basket lalagyan ng itlog para sa darating na bilangan…

    • concern_pinoy_citizen

      Cellar dwellers? The latest survey shows that Bam Aquino and Koko Pimentel are in the Magic 12. While Hontiveros and Magsaysay are outside the Magic 12. This just shows that Kaya Natin is not after cellar dwellers or those who can pay them millions. They have legitimate criteria to follow.

  • bongarroyo

    ang team PNOY may kaya natin na……….samantalang ang team una naman ang kaya lang ay gangnam at harlem shake.

    • renbowconnection

      hehehe. i never liked una din naman. I can point out few candidates there that looks trustworthy. :)

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    Harvey Keh could not be trusted as his showing during the corona trial!! remember that!!
    I respect this group for endorsing these four candidates, but it Bam aquino should not be included!!
    Only filipino indiots will vote for this Aquino!!, His father is an opportunist and it is the traits he had shown to the aquino clan how he he likes to be a senator!!!His father is one of the GMA’s who rigged the election just for GMA to win. Like father like son.
    If you vote for him is like choosing jackie Enrile for senator.

    • sopingac

      I don’t think Bam deserves to be a senator but to include GMA into the picture is plain idiocy.
      Some are so engrossed with Pnoy vs GMA when in fact they were not presidential opponents and Pnoy was once her ally and only became a critic when he became a candidate for the highest position.
      Without Gloria, Pnoy has very little chance of winning inspite of being an Aquino but by portraying himself as an adversary to the higly unpopular GMA. They were able to manipulate people like you into thinking he is the exact opposite of her.
      In fact, he branded the other popular presidential candidates especially Manny Villar as a GMA puppet only to have his wife now run other his Liberal party.
      People should learn to use their brain or else this country will never progress. Pnoy should be measured on his own and not by how others supposed to be have performed.
      He failed in his own personal life and there is no reason he could achieved the exact opposite for the whole country. It just doesn’t add up.

      • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

        your reply is very far from what i wrote in my comments, I talking about the father of this aquino, Paul aquino as UNA had said were he is one of the
        boys of GMA that rigged the election. Please read again for you to understand well. Ano pa ba ang ibubunga ng bulok na kamatis kundi kamatis din!

  • salomeahmad

    Kaya natin who?


    >>>Kaya Natin! <<<

    GAYA-GAYA lang, as usual na trabaho ng mga Pinoy, sa "YES, WE CAN!" ni Obama. Again, as has been pointed out again and again numerous times by numerous iindividuials, 'Monkey see, Monkey Do!". PSHAW!!!

    • concern_pinoy_citizen

      For situation like this, it’s okay to copy as long as you are copying the best.

      • MATONeeta


    • MATONeeta

      kaya natin ito.


    HOW much?

    • concern_pinoy_citizen

      How much? If ganyan ang mga Kaya Natin leaders, eh, di si Madrigal na lang ang piliin nila because I’m sure she can afford to pay them in millions. And I’m pretty much sure that Ms. Hontiveros can’t afford to give even 1 million.

      • MATONeeta

        siguro how much yong binayad ng mga kandidato para masama sila sa endoresement ng kaya.

  • XY ZEE

    Pipili lang, yung mga talunan pa.
    Go Epal Natin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    Good choices from Kaya Natin!

  • Mr Moonlight

    ang pinaka low key subalit masipag, madaming mahalagang bills nauthored nya na naging batas, walang bahid na pandadaya or pangungurakot sya ay humble, very decent sya ay si former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr
    He should be the no.1 on everbodys list

  • JosephNess

    why can’t there be a solid party of solid platform to back them like the politics of old when there’s dignity in every person… not a mixed nut of people of different political belief that made people confuse of who to choose? a coalition is different, it is tainted with so many impurities like, comical characters, false make believe political stand and just pure hypocrisy of all kinds, bringing with them their own self interests.. to win, enrich and do nothing…bring back the two party system, and let sanity return to our political systems, and to our country and people…

  • im_not_convinced

    Yamsuan’s articles should qualify for campaign material for Team Pnoy. :)

  • http://twitter.com/JaimeOdeVera Jaime O. de Vera

    My conscience tells me not to exercise my right of suffrage because: 1) I want the senate body to be abolished in favor of a simple unicameral lawmaking body thus saving millions of pesos, 2) Implement the ban on political dynasty as mandated by our constitution, & 3) Implement the two-party system to be funded by the govt to ensure quality candidates

  • Fulpol

    eto na yung sinasabing mga organisasyon na nakikisawsaw sa pangit ng istilo ng mga trapo..

    tyranny within democracy…

    they endorse certain candidates, so their “independent mind” members will vote for those they endorsed..

    talagang sobra na ang political corruption.. etong si Harvey Keh na nagmamalinis, corrupt din. anyway, pangalawa lang naman siya sa media na mahilig sa propaganda.. buti si CDQ may immunity sa PDI dahil sa lantaran nitong pang-promote ng mga kandidato..

    asan ba ang kredibilidad?


    kaya ninyong utuin ang tao.

  • his_airness_23

    Kaya natin chose good candidates to endorse. I personally like Koko Pimentel and Bam Aquino. And if party lang yung pag uusapan, then I’l go for LP. They have a better line up of candidates and most of them are achievers.

    • renbowconnection

      In short, they made a right choice in selecting who to endorse. Track Record wise, LP leads in the category.

      • StephenHalili

        I gotta agree with you but for me, I dont care if may party or wala basta I’ll still look per individual and see if they deserve to be in the senate.

  • 2rey3

    No to RH and why is Senator Jun Magsaysay being endorsed by Ladlad?? Puede si Koko ok yan at hwag muna si Bam dynastiya yan!!Kaya Natin for reforms??? For whom!!Namannnnn!!!!

  • Batang Altura

    ibobot ko sana ang mga kandidatong iniindorso ng kaya natin pero nung malaman ko na kasama pala sa grupo si Running priest ayaw ko na ..

  • sopingac

    There is just no reason why I should waste my time voting for any of these candidates. This is like baking. The ingredients are so poor that even the best baker will still come up with a very bad cake. And many of the old bad ingredients are still making themselves a possible choice.
    People should wake up and stop getting manipulated. Selecting the best from the bad ingredients to choose from will never result into a good cake.
    There are many ways to help our country and voting is just one of them. I may not be voting but it doesn’t necessarily mean that those who will contribute more for the Philippines than I do.


    OK na sana si KOKO kaso di cya mka move on kay MIGS,but the three endorsed mo MUDslinging against others, KOKO should stop MADslinging MIGS!lets focus on the issue and platform of the party

  • JosephNess

    maybe…let’s see come May 13 election…

  • KenKhoy

    go for independent candidates

  • Bob de la Cruz

    Sana kayanin rin nilang TANGGAPIN ang PAGKATALO lalo na’t sa mga TEAM PATAY at dun sa Aquinong nanggagaya ng mukha!

  • Luthmar

    Kaya natin choices are also my choices. Definitely no UNA votes from me.

  • boybakal

    Kaya Natin! endorses 4 Team PNoy candidates…

    This is good.The candidates are assured of four votes….as their membership is four only.
    Key, Padaca, Panliliio and Robredo who died in plane crash.
    Sorry, not four but three votes.

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