Broadcaster and senatorial aspirant Raffy Tulfo on Monday said the camp of Sen. Manny Pacquiao asked him to run as the lawmaker’s vice president in the 2022 elections.
“Sinabi ko na napakabilis naman ata agad yun bang paglundag, vice president agad. Sabi ko, isa pa, hindi ko puwedeng banggain si Pangulong Duterte dahil siya’y kaibigan ko. Isa pa, nandiyan si Sen. Tito Sotto, di ko rin puwedeng banggain. Pumayag naman sila,” he said.
Pacquiao made the offer to Tulfo even as he has already tapped Deputy Speaker and Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza to be his running mate.
Tulfo, who is gunning for a Senate seat, is already included in Pacquiao’s slate along with several senators up for reelection and former lawmakers seeking a comeback. The lineup also includes a labor leader and human rights lawyer.
Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas will suffer the most in Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte joining the 2016 presidential derby, a political analyst said.
“Mar Roxas will really suffer from this development,” said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform.
After earlier closing the door to a presidential run, Duterte on November 21, announced he would run for President.
The turn-around was sparked by the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Poe, a foundling, was a natural-born citizen and qualified to sit as a senator.
The 5-4 decision in favor of Poe of the 9-member SET also removed any legal obstacle to Poe seeking the presidency.
Duterte described the SET decision as “showbiz” and insists Poe is not a natural-born citizen which is required of candidates for President under the Constitution.
Casiple described Duterte’s entry as a “game changer” that could impact on pre-poll survey ratings for presidential preference.
Previous surveys of both the Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia had independent candidate Poe leading the pack, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), with Roxas at third and Duterte at the fourth spot.
Casiple said Duterte could rattle the rankings of the leading bets, but may not drastically change the rankings of Poe and Binay.
With Duterte in the race, the “votes will now be spread around and one candidate will lose votes more than the others,” he said.
Explaining why a Duterte candidacy would be a disaster to Roxas, Casiple said Roxas’ bailiwick—the Visayas—will likely go for Duterte. He adds that the Davao City mayor is also very popular in Mindanao.
“Roxas was in the third spot while Duterte was in the fourth. If Duterte performs well, he can easily dislodge Mar from the third spot,” he added.
Casiple said he would not expect Duterte to jump to the top spot.
“He is a game changer, not in the sense that he will be the frontrunner. Nor will he likely change the top one and top two posts held by Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay,” said Casiple.
On November 21, Duterte first bared he was running at the Philippine Gastroentrologists Society convention at the Iloilo Convention Center.
My presidential candidacy is “on the table,” he told convention participants after describing the SET decisions as “flaunting the Constitution.”
He would reiterate the same announcement on the same day in Cavite while attending a birthday party of a lawyer friend.
On November 22, in Davao City, Duterte also bared his plan to run in a pre-taped edition of his weekly program Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN.
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.”
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