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Feb 09

From force to farce

Chances are JV Ejercito has withdrawn from the Senate race to defend the Estrada’s bailiwick of San Juan. The reason he’s given, though, might put pressure on Koko Pimentel, but probably not.

One paper reports Joker Arroyo and Ralph Recto have signed on to the President’s pet party. Other papers aren’t so sure. Oh well. So much for the “third force”!

Alhough Binay is saying the right things,

“The opposition candidates are firm in the commitment to defend the independence of the Senate, fight for the Constitution, stop political killings and work for an equitable economic growth,” said Binay.

The Inquirer editorial warns of hidden agendas for the administration and opposition candidates. Tough questions concerning the prominence of the NPC in the administration, most of all.

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  1. Nick

    I’m officially off blogging about politics until these would-be senators can finally make up their mind…

    Is this another example of “Filipino Time”? Waiting until the last minute to file candidacy?

    Or is this a “fairytale”, where each candidate is hoping that prince charming will pick them?

  2. cvj

    If ever the Constitution gets changed to unicameral parliamentary, Danding (or his annointed) is in a good position to become Prime Minister. Of course, Gloria Arroyo is already thinking up ways to betray Danding, but i don’t think the latter is as stupid as JDV. Such an approach has a limited shelf-life.

  3. Musings

    Kudos to Erap and JV for their willingness to ‘sacrifice’. Or is this just a move to prevent in-family squabblings in San Juan?

  4. john marzan

    i don’t see JV’s exit as any big deal. i don’t see it as a “sacrifice”. but i think it’s a good call on JV’s part.

  5. manuelbuencamino

    so there’s no need for a third force after all. the UNO slate is turning out to be what everyone hoped it would be.

    if erap is really the one who picked the UNO slate then that says a lot about him especially if you compare his picks to Gloria’s chosen slate. Come to think of it Erap’s cabinet was far superior to any gloria ever had. And if you’re going to talk about Erap’s midnight cabinet, well Gloria’s is not too far behind considering that Chavit and some famous smugglers and jueteng lords are likewise welcome in her inner circle.

  6. PACQUIAO

    SUPPORT U.N.O !!!!

    THE OPPOSITION’S SLATE is the BEST CHOICE in the

    coming MAY 2007 ELECTION ….

  7. ricelander

    As I write this Kiko Pangilinan was on TV telling they have not decided yet. If I were UNO, I wouldn’t wait for their decision. Let them go to GMA. They belong to each other.

  8. The Ca t

    Probably, Erap was not able to convince Guia to run in San Juan or Loi made the deal that she won’t run if…

  9. cvj

    Whatever the reason, i am grateful to Erap and JV for making way for Sonia Roco. It is also just logical for anyone who has previously been commenting here on the need for third force candidates, to welcome such a development. (Hindi ba, Ca T? )

    I also agree with Estrada when he said “The political dynasty issue is a false issue” At this point, that’s a red herring. The real issue for this elections is Gloria Arroyo’s legitimacy.

  10. The Ca t

    cvj,
    I believe that there is still the third force but not as a party. The members are hitching rides with coalition that could provided them with the necessary funding for campaign.

    PArang kagaya yan ng balimbing, mangga, sampaloc na inilagay sa isang basket. Pag inilabas mo balimbing, mangga at sampaloc pa rin sila.

    The senatorial slates are not drawn by the political leaders.

    They are dictated by the rich businessmen who see to it that their interests are not invested in one political party.

    Who sez that the poor should be blamed for the lousy leadership of the country?

    They just vote for whoever is given them as candidate.

    Why is Gomez in the administrative slate?

  11. manuelbuencamino

    Oo mga Cat. Yun administration slate are a basket case. Pero yun si Pichay sa kangkungan mo mahahanap.

  12. manuelbuencamino

    Oo mga Cat. Yun administration slate is a basket case. Pero yun si Pichay sa kangkungan mo mahahanap.

  13. Chabeli

    Cvj,
    You said (February 9th, 2007 at 1:18 pm) that “Of course, Gloria Arroyo is already thinking up ways to betray Danding..”

    Good observation..Gloria is using a third party to do this “betrayal”. The third party is actually to blame for the so-called “movements” in NPC (Sotto, Oreta, Gomez, etc.). The person is close to the NPC but is not w/ the NPC. He is sly.

  14. Chabeli

    Cvj,
    You said (February 9th, 2007 at 1:18 pm) that “Of course, Gloria Arroyo is already thinking up ways to betray Danding..”

    Good observation..Gloria is using a third party to do this “betrayal”. The third party is actually to blame for the so-called “movements” in NPC (Sotto, Oreta, Gomez, etc.). The person is close to the NPC but is not w/ the NPC. He is sly.
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    Ricelander,
    I agree with what you said (February 9th, 2007 at 5:27 pm) regarding Kiko “Mr. Noted” Pangilinan, “If I were UNO, I wouldn’t wait for their decision. Let them go to GMA. They belong to each other.”

  15. john marzan

    prediction: i think tuloy ang third farce minus angara.

    http://www.politicaljunkie.blogspot.com/2007/02/prediction-tuloy-ang-third-farce-minus.html

  16. Karl Garcia

    1 slot left for a showbiz personality in unity ticket
    expect Pacquiao to fill that in……

    patay tayo dyan…..

    LP daw sya para pasalamatan ang pagsalubong sa kanya sa Airport at iwas Kampi daw para iwas psusoy…

    I still don’t think either UNO or Unity will sweep kung ganyan ng ganyan sila…

    tapos meron pang extra session days para sa political party bill…

    a ewan ..ngayon pa

    teka bat rush tong political party bill tuloy pa din ba ang chacha train?

    para saan pa itong pinag uusapan natin?

  17. Karl Garcia

    Ok watching the news ..wala daw balak mag senador si Pacquiao interbview ni mel Chanco..ay salamat..buti naman kung ganon

    pero mabalik tayo sa bill ni JDV…wala di na sya kakampi

    ok lng kung siguro sa kanya basta sa tingin nya malakas pa din sya.

    That lakas/ kampi turf war was a a non issue to me until Pacquiao entered the scene..me LP Atienza wing pa nga pala

    sure… he is my idol pero wag sana syang utuin na sumali sa senado..

  18. Karl Garcia

    Now on a topic related to the third force….

    So the Wedneday that’s enterrtainment group is waiting for Villar’s decision…

    To the rest of the cast of that group..

    2010 pa yun..mag desisyon na kayo para sa ngayon … or else, all of these would really be a farce.

  19. rego

    Yes to Ca T, There is indeed a third Force. Danton Remoto decided to run for senator since Ang LadLad was not accredited for party list. We advised him not to join any party and is therefore an independent candidate. Danton will be using the Ang Ladlad machinery which was originally intended for party list.

    So that mean Im have no choice but to lift my personal boycott of senate election….

    Of course Danton will be on my number one list. Th erest I have not decided.

    Then Joker Aroyo.

    Im inclined to vote for Trillanes, I believe he has a very genuine cause just like Danton.

    Im been thinking of Sonia Roco. Although I am a big fan of Raul Roco. But there is a big question in my mind. What has she got aside from being the wife of Raul Roco.

    Noynoy Aquino? I wanted to vote for him earlier but mmmmmm never mind. He is just boring me to death! Ayoko sana ng masyadong maingay na katulad ni Mike Defensor, Chiz at Alan. But my gosh. Sobra naman yatang tahimik etong so Noynoy!

  20. rego

    I think Danding Cojuangco will be teh real winner in this coming election. He has candidates in both side.

    And I will be voting for his nephew Gilbert Teodoro. I believe he is more qualified than Coco Pimentel.Becuase he serev as congressman for 3 terms while Coco did not even won an election even in his home town. Kahit nag mayor hindi pinanalo.

    BTW Gilbert and Coco are both Top 1 in the bar exams.

  21. Jowana Balana Bueser

    I thought Gilbert Teodoro has decided not to run for senator.

    What’s the big deal with Kiko? Sooner or later, people will realize that he is just like Recto whose winnability depends on the luster of their wives.

    It’s really embarassing that the current administration has belittled showbiz personalities when the Fake One ran against FPJ…but look at them, in the company (or trying to be in the company) of: Richard Gomez and Cesar Montano.

  22. The Ca t

    Recto has authored relevant bills passed as laws compared to some grandstanding senators.

    http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/recto_bio.asp

    In the bios of some senators, the bills authored are not listed down because there are none, if ever there are they were merely for nationalization of some schools and public roads which even a “caveman” can approve with little of the brain input.

  23. The Ca t

    Loi Ejercito was elected on the strength of her husband’s popularity. Looking at her accomplishments in the Senate, she had authored quite lots of bills and had hardly absented herself.

    I am for a silent worker than big-mouthed nosy-media attention obsessed legislators.

  24. Karl Garcia

    These are the reasons why I am not judgmental of any commenters…..kahit na medyo nakasagutan minsan… wala yun..sa bahay gayan din tayo.

    Kung minsan medyo nalabuan ako ke rego,….me times din naman me sense sya…

    For The Cat same thing…..

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