Margarita Cojuangco blames Palace for poor survey results

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Former Tarlac Governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Since she began campaigning for the Senate nearly three months ago, former Tarlac Gov. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco has barely moved in the major surveys of potential winners on May 13.

Cojuangco on Friday said she found it rather “unbelievable” considering the campaign areas she had covered, either on her own or with the rest of the United Nationalist Alliance’s senatorial ticket.

Cojuangco raised the possibility she might be the target of a “project” that could be traced all the way to Malacañang.

“Am I also the victim of a Malacañang ‘project’ like Mitos Magsaysay?” she asked, referring to her fellow UNA candidate who has remained way outside of the winners’ circle despite her aggressive campaign.

“How is it possible that I’m not moving at all in the surveys?”

Magsaysay had expressed a similar complaint, alleging that the administration wanted her to lose because she had been a vocal critic.

In her case, Cojuangco said she had been a “convenient target” of the Palace “whenever they’re looking for someone to blame.”

“It’s always me and Peping (her husband is Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco),” she said, recalling how they were tagged as possible instigators after members of the Royal Sulu Army sneaked to Sabah and clashed with Malaysian security forces.

Peping is the brother of the late President Corazon Aquino, mother of President Benigno Aquino III. Despite the family relations, Cojuangco is running under the senatorial ticket of UNA which was put up by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Cojuangco said she had received word that some members of the administration had been trying to drive a wedge between her and her nephew.

About six months ago, she said she went to Cotabato and was told by a top official there that two administration stalwarts wanted to keep her out of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The Cotabato official, she alleged, had been told to draft a letter to the President saying she should not be involved in the peace talks.

“I raised the matter with the President and he told me he got no such letter,” she said.

Despite her poor showing in surveys, Cojuangco insisted she would not quit the senatorial race.

“It’s my way of showing that I love my country and that no matter what happens, I’m not quitting,” she said.

“Because of the campaign, people get to know that Tingting is not just a model and a beautiful face,” she added, citing her two doctoral and two master’s degrees.

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  • pcosmachine

    VOTE FOR TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

    VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

    TEAM PNOY FOR A LANDSLIDE 12-0 SWEEP ON MAY 13!

  • bongarroyo

    kawawa naman si tingting nawalis ….

  • Jojo Griffin

    Isa lang ibig sabihin niyan..Ayaw lang talaga sa iyo ng mga Filipino voters.

  • kulittwit

    HAHAHA!

    Ano kaya itong si tingting kung hindi naka asawa ng cojuangco???

  • wilfredo h. villena

    Ang team P Noy ang mananalo dahil sa mahusay ang governance ng kanyang administrastion. Mabuti kung si Binay na lang ang namuno sa UNA, wala ng tiwala ang Pilipino kay Erap, Enrile at Maceda.

  • Pio Pusli

    whatever!!!!

  • TotoyKalentong

    Sabi nga ni professionalheckler dapat siya tinatanong, “you were once named as among the world’s most beautiful women, what happened?”

  • carlbenedict

    Si TINGTING MAY TILILING….BEAUTIFUL FACE DAW? RETOKE FACE….

  • Concur_Dissent

    Big mistake joining ERAP, Enrile and Binay!! What were you thinking?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    sori, nagkamali ka ng partido pinasukan!! isipin mo, cojuangco ka, at kinalaban mo ang nasa poder na cojuangco at pangulo pa man din! di ba hudas yan?

  • BotoMoKinabukasanMo

    Bantayan ang kaban ng bayan, huwag nating hayaang kulimbatin at nakawin ng mga UNAng mandarambong, manggagantso, at mapag-samantala. Busog at puno na naman ang kaban ng bayan dahil sa Tuwid na Daan at palakad ng ating pamahalaan. Dito natin ipakita na tayo ay nagmamasid at hindi nagpapabaya, iboto natin ang mga tapat na Taga Bantay na pinili nang ating Pangulo. Ating isipin sa 2016 gagawing lahat ng Itim na maligno kahit ma-ubos ang mga ninakaw sa gobyerno upang kaban ay mapa sa kamay at magpapakayaman bawiin ang mga nagastos sa eleksyon kasama ang mga UNAng grupo.Iboto ang kandidato ng Administrasyon at kung may ayaw isama natin si Hagedorn, Huwag lang ang kampon ng kasinungalingan, magnanakaw, sugarol, smuggler, rapist-killer, drug pusher-dealer, utak ng holdup-kidnap, at protektok ng mga Mandarambong sa ating Gobyerno.

    • etomacq

      pare parehas lang na mga kurap, trapo, magkakamag anak at ganid sa kapangyarihan ang mga karamihang kandidato ng UNA at Team Pnoy…

      Patuloy lang na maghihirap ang pangkaraniwang mga Pilipino.

    • 444mangyan888

      ako…Jun Magsaysay….Riza Hontiveros….Teddy Casino….ang hirap na pumili ng other 9..!!!

  • divictes

    Huh?!! Hu u?

  • tyopaeng

    wala ka namang silbi eh….

  • indiosbravos2002

    TING TING is not only a model and a beautiful face…. wahaha. Asan? Botox queen.

  • http://twitter.com/JerryJerrx jerry

    I prefer Jamby Madrigal over Tingting Cojuangco. Matalino na, hindi pa magnanakaw

  • indiosbravos2002

    No, Mrs. Cojuangco, people mistrust you because of your husband, the head of Kamag anak Inc. during Cory’s time. If you truly support your nephew then you should have not run under UNA or you should have not run for senator at all.

  • kismaytami

    Umuwi ka na lang sa tsina. Tutal taga-roon ka naman.

  • lolo_Jose

    Tingting kundi ako nagkakamali mag kasing edad tayo pero iba nga naman
    ang nagagawa ng modernong medisina at napamukha ka nilang bata pa..

    HINDI na kailangan pa sisihin mo malacanan sa mga resulta ng survey, ang
    mga tao nagising na sa katotohanan at ayaw na sa isang kagaya mo..

    NO TO BIGNAY!!!
    NO TO JV EJERCITO!!!
    NO TO JACKIE ENRILE!!!
    NO TO UNA!!!

  • jpastor

    Margarita, you love wealth, power but not the country.

    Why on earth you join una headed by a plunderer, a martial law bastonero and a gecko if you are not one of them?

    polit-tuuukkoooo…. tuuukkoooo… hear that?

  • marionics

    as if din naman itong si lola tingting ano?

    hahaha

    • 444mangyan888

      haha..she find it unbelievable that she’s not making it even with all those areas she covered campaigning….hahahah…eh kahit po kau tumakbo for barangay councilor at magpagulong gulong mangampanya….di pa rin namin kayu iboboto…!!! go stay in parlors and parties….that’s where u belong..!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cherry_on_top_1 Che Vergara

    Si Grace Poe,Chiz at Loren biktima lahat ng blk propagand ani Alan Cayetano.Ang puti-puti pero ang itim-itim pala ng budhi

  • http://twitter.com/Shane_OnYou Shane Assist

    Lahat na lang ata ng kandidato sisiraan ni Alan Cayetano kaya di ko iboboto yang si Boy Kuryente,masyadong ambisyoso

  • virgoyap

    Anoi ba ang tingin sa kanyang sarili sikat? Maybe yes sa mga elite, but a BIG NO sa mga masang Pilipino!!!

  • hustlergalore

    tingting naman. you are always on the bottom of surveys ever since. LOL

  • deadlyshooter

    “How is it possible that I’m not moving at all in the surveys?”

    ha!! tingting who?…never heard…mas kilala pa si walis na tingting…kahit na siguro si peping di mananalo sa national election…this is not just Tarlac but the whole country and of course, not a beauty contest…wake up, stop dreaming…you’re on the wrong side of the fence…

  • uma_asa_pa

    Ay nako!!! She blames others except herself.

    Ewan ko!!! She looks on the mirror all the time naman but can not see why people don’t like her.

    Talaga naman!!! She is already rich but still want power.

    Username ko uma_asa_pa, pero kung ako si TingTing hindi na ako a_asa_pa na mananalo.

  • joboni96

    boboto ako kay tingting
    ng may senador ang bangsa moro

    pati na rin si

    jun magsaysay 24
    jamby madrigal
    teddy casino
    eddie villanueva

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