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SET DECISION ON POE TO BOOST BINAY PRESIDENTIAL BID

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The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) verdict not to disqualify Senator Grace Poe from running in the 2016 election is a big plus to the presidential bid of  Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Despite this perceived benefit for her father, Senator Nancy Binay opted to vote in favor of a petition seeking to disqualify  Poe on grounds of being not a natural-born Filipino.

In the SET ruling —  5 against 4 — on November 17, Binay took the side of three Supreme Court Justices – SET chairman Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, chairman, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Associate Justice Arturo Brion –  in favor of the disqualification petition filed by Rizalito David.

Poe won her case in the 9-member SET with five senators – Senators Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Vicente Sotto III – voting in favor in her favor.

In a statement, Binay said she voted to disqualify Poe despite political analysts saying that   her father would stand to gain if Poe would run in a race with more candidates vying for the presidency.

“With my father’s core supporters intact, the other votes will be split among the other candidates,” she explained.

Aside from independent candidate Poe and Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), two others are running for President: Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal party and Senator Miriam Santiago.

Her vote with the justices of the Supreme Court was based on, among others, evidence presented by Poe regarding her citizenship and adoption, said Binay in the statement.

“This case is not about my father or the presidential election,” Binay said. “This is about the provisions of the Constitution which each and every Filipino must uphold.”

The Constitution provides that a candidate for President should be a natural-born Filipino, which, Binay said, Poe is not.

She said she voted to disqualify Poe as a senator of the country who is “entrusted by the Filipinos to uphold the law.”

HONASAN: ENRILE, ERAP BACKING UP BINAY

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan says Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former President now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap”  Estrada are supporting the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar BInay.

Their body language shows it, said a confident Honasan, running mate of Binay, the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the 2016 May elections.

Enrile and Estrada  appeared at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City, the official residence of the Vice President, on Tuesday, November 10, to greet Binay on his 73rd birthday.

The body language of Enrile and Estrada during their appearance, indicates support for Binay, according to Honasan, the vice chairman of UNA.

Enrile, Estrada and Binay were the so-called “Three Kings” of UNA, which was largely credited with the victorious vice presidential campaign of Binay against Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas in the 2010 elections.

Binay will have his second encounter in the presidential race in 2016 with Roxas, the administration presidential bet.

I beat him once, I will beat him against, said a confident Binay earlier.

Binay will be fighting a four-cornered contest for the presidency with Roxas, Senator Grace Poe and Senator Miriam Santiago.

UNA, which fielded Estrada in the 2010 presidential race against then Senator Benigno Aquino (Liberal Party), was founded as an opposition coalition by   Enrile, Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Binay, then the chairman of the  Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

IF DUTERTE DOESN’T RUN, BINAY WILL WIN MINDANAO

Vice President Jejomar Binay, in spite of the plunder charges against him for allegedly pocketing billions from governmet transactions, is expected to win hands down in Mindanao should Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte stand firm on his decision not to run for President in 2016.

Even Duterte himself shared this political assessment on who would benefit most should he decide not to join the Presidential race.

“Binay,” Duterte told members of the media when asked who would be benefitted most by his earlier announced decision not to run.

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