Loren cries black prop by rival for No. 1

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Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Reelectionist Sen. Loren Legarda has alleged that another candidate who is within striking distance of the No. 1 slot in the Senate race is engaging in black propaganda to dislodge her from her lead position.

According to Legarda, this unnamed rival has attempted to link her anew to a fictitious bill that would reduce the retirement benefits of government workers, including public school teachers, policemen, fire fighters and local government employees.

Legarda initially declined to even hint at the identity of her detractor when pressed by reporters during the First Inquirer Senate Forum at the University of the Philippines on Wednesday.

But she later told the Inquirer that the perpetrator was one of the topnotchers in the candidate preference surveys.

The most recent Social Weather Station voter preference survey placed the “topnotcher” candidates in the following order: Legarda followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, with Sen. Chiz Escudero and JV Ejercito tied at third place, and Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III in the 5th to 7th places.

The senator said her rival apparently wants to put her on the bad side of the thousands of retired state pensioners who would understandably be angered by such a bill. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, another reelectionist senator, was reportedly the target of a similar smear campaign earlier this year.

Legarda, who has consistently placed first in the various candidate preference surveys, said she would reveal her detractor’s identity at her victory party after the May 13 elections.

“I really have to come forward and challenge those behind it. I know who you are. Don’t hide behind false text messages,” said Legarda, who is running under the administration’s Team PNoy coalition.

“Besides, you’re just wasting your money sending those texts,” she added.

Legarda, a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Armed Forces, said the armed services’ intelligence network helped her to unmask her detractor.

“I had this thing investigated. Perhaps this person forgets that I am a lieutenant colonel of the AFP and I have a strong intelligence network so I know who this person is,” she said.

“How I wish this person would just engage me in a legitimate debate. We know who the person is but I cannot reveal the identity right now,” Legarda said.

She said she has written to Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima to assure them that she has not drafted a bill that would severely hurt their rank and file.

She intends to submit similar letters to the AFP and the Civil Service Commission.

“Secretary Luistro has already dismissed the rumor while Gen. Purisima laughed it off saying the police do not believe it at all,” she said.

Meanwhile, Team PNoy spokesman Ben Evardone advised the opposition United Nationalist Alliance to brace itself for defeat as senatorial candidate preference surveys already indicate that the administration slate would dominate the May 13 results.

“The die is cast… It looks like the trend is holding in favor of the administration coalition with barely a month left in the campaign period,” said Evardone, a congressman from Eastern Samar.

“All the polling agencies are showing the same 9-3 trend for Team PNoy. As they say in sports, it could be all over but the shouting,” he said.

Aside from Legarda, Team PNoy bets who consistently make it to the Top 12 in the surveys include Cayetano, Escudero, Pimentel and Trillanes.

Other administration candidates who are also Top 12 regulars are Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and Edgardo Angara Jr.

Risa Hontiveros, Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Jamby Madrigal have yet to break into the group.

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  • cato_the_younger

    Don’t hide behind rumours. If you really know who the person is, then say so. Otherwise, you are just like the alleged rumor monger. How would we know that you are not doing this to bring down the other “topnotchers” to be?

  • farmerpo

    Kasama lahat yan sa politika, Loren. No use crying wolf…. do what you do best and hope for the best. No point in pointing fingers. making statements of this sort, makes you look like a KSP which apparently is not true. Forge on, don’t look back.

  • JohnBernabe

    dont worry loren! we believe you! we wont listen to those horrible rumors

    • DingGalang

      tama! ndi ganun si legarda :) shes always hard working! and she really thinks about the people!

      • 12JEM

        A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way. ~John Tudor

    • 12JEM

      Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell. ~Shana Alexander

  • RogerLerma

    rumors are rumors. dont worry senator :)

    • 12JEM

      A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run. ~Ouida

      Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. ~Spanish Proverb

      Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to. ~Author Unknown

    • 12JEM

      Some rumors are entirely
      true. Others contain grains of truth; still others contain none at all.
      Plausible or implausible, truthful or false, rumors circulate because
      people are trying to get to the bottom of a matter. The acceptance or
      rejection of a given rumor in a given time or place depends on its
      ability to satisfy this need to understand.

      KSENIJA BILBIJA, The Art of Truth-telling about Authoritarian Rule

  • LadyBalmaceda

    those are just bad romours, elections can be a horrible field talaga….

  • MarieUntalan

    meeeeeh… thats politics for you.. always trying to bring down the other.. selos lang sila sa mga accomplishments ni legarda

  • Simplify1

    rumours are rumours and nothing else…just like Kris running for a government post in 2016 according to abishop cruz…tsismis lang yan Loren…. Ang totoo yung gaya kay ERAP na convicted of plunder! Or statements ng isang US ambassador tungkol sa memong pinadala sa US Secretary of State or president! Yan totoo!!

    • risamyloves

      I agree, its such a shame they would say these things :( but of course we cant accept that fact there are people like that….

      • Simplify1

        Even in the most advance democracies like the US or Britain, meron talagang mga tsismoso at tsismosa… The big difference is when a politician was actually convicted of the most hienous crime that a president can commit (plunder) and still gets out by virtue of a pardon from an equally dirty president and still has the gall to run as president again (buti natalo) and convince his own dynasty to run for elected offices with him as their leader is beynd comprehension!

      • Concur_Dissent

        GMA assumed wrong that whoever will be the next president will extend to her the same “courtesy” that she extended to Estrada…. it didn’t occur to her that a CRUSADER AGAINST GRAFT AND CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT WILL REPLACE HER!! TSK TSK TSK

      • Concur_Dissent

        Loren is doing the right thing kahit na hindi totoo, still she has to come out and explain her side…. Kung si Estrada nga, totoong na convict for plunder tapos meron pa ring naniniwala na innocent siya! Yung mga taong yun na makikitid na isip that they will believe anything their idol ERAP will tell them!!

      • 12JEM

        There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true. ~Winston Churchill

      • mapicchu

        am not impressed with this political butterfly…

    • 12JEM

      You know what rumors are like–like a jar full of moths. Once they escape, they’re all over the place.

      RHYS BOWEN, Oh Danny Boy

      Rumors are like a flame blown by the wind.

      NELLIE MAE BATSON, Skeet Apples

    • 12JEM

      “Rumor is not always wrong” Tacitus

    • Kirat

      She knows that a public statement from her will stop any unsigned text campaign dead in its tracks. The disturbing implication of this “black ops” episode is that the only other candidates within reach of the top spot are her own teammates. She has reportedly traced the source of the texts to a single candidate, but has not named a name. None of the candidates in the first three spots are in danger of slipping from the Magic 12 either, so the big question is: what was it all for?

      • mapicchu

        D_R_A_M_A lang, papansin lang ni loren.

      • Simplify1

        My best guess is that this is simply jockeying for 2016 presidential elections…. The number 1 spot for the senator election is a big plus!

  • StephenHalili

    its a given.. the senator is number 1 in all the surveys… people will always try to bring down those on top

    • 12JEM

      Rumors are hearsay; they
      are told, believed, and passed on not because of the weight of evidence
      but because of the expectations by tellers that they are true in the
      first place.

      ERICH GOODE & NACHMAN BEN-YEHUDA, Moral Panics

  • DennisTan

    the evil side of politics shows here. rumors is a very dangerous tools and people will use it in anyway to get ahead, such a shame….

  • JenicaLee

    i cant believe people wood stoop so low

    • PaulynTayag

      i know diba? haaay.. ndi nalang sila mag focus nalang sa mga ginagawa nila! sisiraan pa yung mga iba

      • TinaCarunungan

        we have to realize there are people that live off of dirty tactics. its a bad thing of course but its politics. we know the truth at least that its not true but still….low blow…

      • Guest

        si alan cayetano ang may kagagawan nyan kasi gusto niya mag no.1

  • JuliusContis

    such a childish attempt to bring someone down. a shame people resort to something like this!

    • MonGaspar

      some people are not mature yet, kaya the country is where it is right now. its sad but ganyan minsan ung mga tao….

  • Maldi2

    Noon pa man wala na akong kompyansa sa pagmumukha ni Cayetano! Isang traydor sa kapwa nya senador, ubod ng yabang and napaka-arrogante! Ayon sa mga taga Navotas, parang hari kung umasta ang mga ito. Ito ung taong nagbabalak ding tumakbo bilang paungulo, LOL!

    • ranjoranido

      navotas? dba taguig sya?

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * *

    A sure-winner! Congratulations, Madam Butterfly! May you have more nectar to sip!

    Please don’t mind if many choose not to waste their votes on you. Others need it, but not you!

  • CarlosAcantillado

    grabe naman ung mga tao minsan. lagay lang ng kait ano para manalo :( haayzz…

  • SelenaKatayama

    loren is doing the right thing with this. its getting close na to the finish line, this seems inevitable for any candidate. its a shame though it still happens….

  • mangtom

    mad_as_Hamlet refers to Legarda aptly as Madame Butterfly-bull’seye.

  • Hey_Dudes

    What is the matter with these candidates? Can they not engage their candidacy in higher level instead of throwing tomatoes at each other? Is it too much expecting these people to exercise professionalism in things they do while candidates for higher office?

  • Carlos_Iho

    wala halos mapakinabangan sa mga kandidato sa senado…puro trapo…pero epal at gimik…ang layo naman ng mga sagot sa mga tanong sa mga forum…ang masama pa pinapalakpakan pa rin ng mga audience dahil ang dami ng mga sinasabi…kahit wala sa punto…taumbayan din talaga ang may problema….

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    PURO KA KASI YAKYAK EH!

  • Mr Moonlight

    Loren is an undisputed political prostitute, it is a fact, not a frivolous statement

  • nes911

    Ask bishop cruz who could that rumor monger be? Alam nyang lahat ang tsismis.

    • Jane Tan

      Lol nice one.

    • asarin

      isa pang etchoserang beking banal na palaka?

  • wawa2172

    Such rumor was spread not only during this election but also in the past and this will continue to haunt Loren. I would rather suggest that Loren get a certification or clearance from senate secretary that no such bill excess. Being a reserved lieutenant colonel in the AFP should not be bragged by Loren kasi pag mamayabang at pananakot na. Who is that top contender near her standing as number one in survey? He should be unmask by her, kasi parang nangungutya siya kay Judas and tiyak taga Team PNoy ito dahil di niya mailadlad. Unmasking a fellow candidate means its not all well in the coalition. Ang pinakamalapit sa standing niya ay si Chiz at Peter, so sino sa dalawa Loren. You owe us the truth, else blind item lang ito na alam mo ang salarin and baka totoo ang controversial bill na binabangit mo.

  • 12JEM

    Loren, you have become a rumor-monger yourself.

  • mapicchu

    Ho Hum, OA ka loren.

  • Patotz

    Parang hindi naman kapanipaniwala yung mga text messgae na yun. una, Hindi naman ipapasa yun at sino naman ang gagawa nun. Dont worry mam , lam namin na di totoo yun

  • Guest

    Masyadong nagpapayaman itong mag-asawang Alan and Lani Cayetano. Ano ba pinag iipunan nila eh wala naman silang anak?

  • KateDulce

    gusto ko ang ang mga batas na ginawa ni Loren Legarda, nagtanggol iito sa karapatan ng mga babae at kalikasan, kaya sya ang paborito ko. patuloy kong susuportahan si Sen Legarda.

  • RobertVelez

    naniniwala akong makakagawa ng pagbabago si Senator Loren Legarda, paborito ko ang advocacy nyang libreng edukasyon para sa mahihirap.

    • JasperSycip

      oo naman, ngayon pa lang gusto ko na syang pasalamatan

    • kismaytami

      Matagal nang libre ang edukasyon, panahon pa ng mga Amerikano. Yun nga lang Primary at Secondary lang. College? Manigas kayo!

  • JenicaLee

    kung anuman ang lumabas na negatibo sa kanya, siguradong gawa lang yun ng kalaban sa pulitika at hindi mismo sa tao nanggaling, maraming tao ang sumusuporta sa kanya kaya nga sya number 1 eh :)

    • RamonTuliao

      Totoo ! suporta lang para kay mam loren legarda at sa mga ipinaglalaban nya para sa bawat pilipino !

  • Guest

    Palibahasa kasi maraming pinagkukunan ng yaman yang si Sen. Alan Cayetano. For example sa Taguig City government.

  • Guest

    Basta black propaganda, diyan expert ang mga Estradas. Mabuyay ang mga Estradas!

  • kikomonkey

    Hanep top 2 pa si Escudero! bumenta ang mga katarantaduhan ng mokong na yan ah!

  • akosibonjing

    Anong karapatn ni Chiz Escudero na makapasok sa top 12? naknamput a eh puro kalokohan ang pinagagagawa ng bastos na lasenggo na to! wag iboto ang tamad! hindi kailangan sa senado si Escudero!

    • asarin

      beki daw? hm mmmmm

  • DonkeyKong1

    Puro pagnanakaw ang alam gawin ni escudero, dapat sa kanya makulong! makulong sa parlor ang baklang Escudero!

    • AriannaDraws

      Tama! dapat masilya elektrika habang kinukulot ang buhok! bading!

      • BonnieBailey9

        Kung bakla si Chiz , anu si heart? Tibo? pero parang mas bagay ang Bobo , bobo kasi pumatol kay escudero! !

      • asarin

        si ay isang panakip sa pagpapanggap. nakita ko na ang isang dakota harrison na gets nya dati!

  • kilabot

    it could only be chiz and alan.
    what is chiz’s motive?
    possibly, both are after the same woman heart.
    what is alan’s motive?
    possibly, a presidential run in 2016.

  • JasonBieber

    It’s shocking how all those elected to government position are so rich and still receive so much money but yet the people that they are supposed to serve are so poor. The Philippines maybe thanks to PNoy has become more about helping the rich and less about helping the poor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    This girl is a Political Prostitute!She is useless and user.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yet.jua Yet Jua

    Kung hindi si Nancy Binay si JV Ejercito….’yun lang naman ang mga demonyo eh…

  • indiosbravos2002

    Dyaybee… ikaw ba yan. Hindi ka pa senador nang-aaway ka na agad.

  • Beguine

    Loren Legarda deserves to be at the bottom, not the top.

    That’s it.

  • mewo_meow

    I will not vote for this lady solon pero I can say she will be in the top 3.

  • $14334231

    “black propaganda” and “demolition job” are the common words used by politicians, regardless if it’s true or not…..but on this one, i doubt if legarda would do such a thing……

  • jga94

    If there is one candidate I truly want to break in the magic 12, it is Jun Magsaysay….Legarda is someone I do not wholly support but given the present crop of candidates, okay na sya

  • gikiness

    Rumors din dati na pinatay si Alfie Anido. Hindi na natin nalaman pa ang katotohanan dahil maimpluwesya ang mga taong involved.

  • kismaytami

    May pa-intel-intel ka pang nalalaman. Ayaw mo naman din palang pangalanan. Ang resulta tuloy eh mukhang gumagawa ka lang ng ingay. Typical of a politician, gumagawa ng isyu para hindi makalimutan ng botante ang pangalan. Malay mo nga naman, pagdating ng eleksyon eh yung mga tangang botante eh bilog na lang nang bilog ng mare-recall na pangalan.

  • whyinthisworld

    Personally I won’t vote for you. I suggest that you concentrate on being actress to compete with juday, angel locsin, kris aquino etc….. Could you identify what particular bill that you sponsor pass into law so to speak where your possible voters enjoy or benefit from it.

  • harri dolena

    Si Alan Cayetano ang nasa likod ng paninira kay Loren Legarda dilang kay Loren pati kay Chiz, trillanes, Grace poe, Bam Aquino napaka ahas talaga ni Alan Cayetano.

  • pinoy_abno

    Legarda, a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Armed Forces, said the armed services’ intelligence network helped her to unmask her detractor.
    “I had this thing investigated. Perhaps this person forgets that I am a lieutenant colonel of the AFP and I have a strong intelligence network so I know who this person is,” she said.

    Ibang klase rin…pati AFP intelligence dapat gamitin para lang malaman kung sino naninira sa kanya……bit*h

  • boybakal

    Loren cries black prop by rival for No. 1….

    This woman has no satisfaction…. she is already no.1 and she wants more .
    She should go back to zero.

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    She plays plenty of propaganda games herself.

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