After the withdrawal of Sen. Mar Roxas from the 2010 presidential race to give way to Sen. Noynoy Aquino III, who as of now is still going on retreat to help him decide whether he’ll run or not, another presidential hopeful follows suit.
Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio has also dropped his presidential aspirations and withdrew from the 2010 polls. Also joining him is Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca, his supposed running-mate. Instead, they would give their full support and trust to Sen. Aquino, if ever the latter decides to run in 2010.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan has also expressed his willingness to give up his Vice Presidential bid if the Liberal Party decides to push through with the Noynoy-Mar tandem in 2010.
Despite Roxas and Panlilio’s sacrifices, some presidential aspirants from the opposition refuse to give way. Click here for news article ftom The Philippine STAR.
Sen. Manny Villar, the Nacionalista Party’s standard bearer, said that everyone has the right to run for President.
Former President Joseph Estrada would not back out from the race either. He would only withdraw if the opposition could come up with one presidential candidate. (He won’t get it, would he?) His son, Sen. Jinggoy, has also said that he is willing to run for VP, and become Sen. Aquino’s running mate. The elder Estrada said that if he runs for President, Jinggoy would not run for VP. But if Jinggoy insists, he might not run for the Presidency at all. (Please Jinggoy, run for VP.)
Estrada also did not heed Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s advice to him to withdraw, saying that Lacson does not even have the right to do so, because Lacson “caused disunity among the opposition” in the 2004 polls. Estrada also rejected Makati Mayor Jojo Binay’s offer to mediate between him and Sen. Aquino, saying that he and LP does not have business between each other.
JIL leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva also pushes through with his 2010 plans, saying that “the only way to achieve Bangon Pilipinas’ vision of a new Philippines and platform of righteous governance is to stay on in the race.”
“May the best man and woman win,” says Sen. Jamby Madrigal.
Senators Richard Gordon and Loren Legarda are reportedly running, but they haven’t announced formal plans yet.
Vice President Noli de Castro, who was earlier commended by President GMA, is seeking his own “discernment” in his decision whether or not to run for President in 2010.
Also, de Castro has also mentioned he would be honored and willing to accept Pres. GMA’s reported offer to him to be the administration’s presidential candidate. Click here for article.
A recent SWS survey showed that a Villar-Escudero tandem in 2010 would likely win in the polls, getting 36% approval. An Estrada-Legarda tandem comes second (28%), and a de Castro-Teodoro one in third (11%).
“Impossible. It will never happen. I stand for good governance,” was Sen Chiz Escudero’s quick reply, adding that he “cannot in good conscience run with or under him.” Escudero cited the C5 road extension controversy, in which Villar is allegedly involved, as his reason.
Speaking of Sen. Manny Villar, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile told Villar’s consultant to tell Villar to show up at next Tuesday’s hearing regarding the C5 controversy, or be cited in contempt and arrested.
In other news:
* September 7, this Monday, would be a Special Non-Working Holiday. It has been declared as a national day of mourning for the late Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) leader Bro. Eraño Manalo. September 21, next next Monday, would also be a holiday, to commemmorate the end of Ramadan.
* Ilocos Norte Rep. Bongbong Marcos plans to run for Senator. His mother earlier said she wanted him to run for President. He is having talks with the Nacionalista Party and even with former Pres. Estrada’s camp to include him in their senatorial line-up.
* Presidential aspirant Gilbert Teodoro would meet with US Defense Sec. Robert Gates and other top US security officials on Sept. 9 (Wednesday) to strengthen the two countries’ counter-insurgency cooperation in Mindanao.
* The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which another presidential aspirant, Bayani Fernando, heads, has just been appointed as a reserve unit of the Philippine Army. The MMDA is tasked to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted operations of water, light, transportation and communication for the AFP, especially in times of war and emergency.
* Forty-three percent of Filipinos disapprove of Pres. Arroyo’s performance, according to Pulse Asia’s latest survey. GMA received only 23% approval rating and 21% trust rating among Pinoys.
* Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Jan Fischer would visit the Philippines this Sunday, Sept. 6, upon invitation by Pres. Arroyo.