manny pinol & mayor rodrigo duterte
manny pinol & mayor rodrigo duterte

A Mindanao political leader said Mar Roxas, the presidential bet of the administration, could not win in Mindanao because he fails to “capture the imagination of the people.”

The dismal assessment of the chances of the candidate of the Liberal Party was expressed by former North Cotabato Governor Manny Pinol when  asked if Roxas would get the Mindanao vote if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would not run for president in the 2016 elections.

Pinol, among key Mindanao politicians pushing Duterte to run, earlier said Mindanaoans would be a solid vote for Duterte if the feisty mayor, a top contender in surveys on voters’ presidential preference, would run.

Duterte has kept to himself his final plan, leaving Pinol and other supporters in limbo. He has however repeatedly said that he was not interested in the top Malacanang post.

The latest survey by Pulse Asia  showed that Mindanaoans would vote for Duterte after independent candidate Senator Grace Poe with Vice Vice President Jejomar Binay the third choice and Roxas landing at the fourth spot.

The Duterte votes would go to Binay, said Pinol in an interview by ABS/CBN’s DXAB radio in Davao City on October 9.

Explaining why the votes would not go to Roxas or Poe, Pinol said public perception and upbringing of the two candidates would impact on voters’ choice. He said the two are perceived as distances away from the poor.

Mar and Grace are “silver spoon and aircon” babies who because of their upbringing could not empathize with the poor.

When they grew up they only had maids and drivers they could push around, he said, adding both have no contact whatever with poverty during their childhood.

Roxas is a product of the landed Roxas clan of Aklan and the ultra-rich Araneta family of Quezon City.

Poe, the adopted daughter of the late action king Fernando Poe Jr and actress Susan Roces, is of the same upbringing.

Pinol was harsher on Roxas.

He has never captured the imagination of the Filipinos, he said when asked about Roxas’ chances.

Further firing from the hip verbal missiles at Roxas, Pinol said people should know more about how the former Interior Secretary treats his people with his temper.

Maids, drivers, people under him, they have lots of stories to tell, said Pinol.

Roxas has served three presidents: Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino.

PDP-Laban officials defy Pimentel; backs Binay for President

Officials of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) are taking a different route in the 2016 elections and will support the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay in defiance of party president Senator Koko Pimentel.

Pimentel earlier announced that PDP-Laban would be supporting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte however has yet to declare his bid for the presidency.

PDP-Laban and the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of former President now Manila Mayor joseph Estrada coalesced behind the victorious vice presidential run of Binay in the 2010 election.

Binay and Pimentel however had a falling out in the 2010 election after Binay took former Senator Migs Zubiri into the UNA senatorial slate.

Zubiri, who run under the administration ticket of then President Gloria Arroyo, would land in the 12th spot in the 2010 election, but he would be dislodged midway through his term after Pimentel won an electoral protest he filed against the Bukidnon Senator.

Pimentel sits as a member of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee which is investigation various alleged anomalies leveled against Binay.

Pimentel’s support for Duterte apparently is not acceptable to the PDP-Laban rank-and-file.

On Saturday, October 10, more than 200 party officials and members declared their support for Binay, the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Political activists also threw their support to Binay during the PDP-Laban organizational meeting at the Grand Opera Hotel in Santa Cruz in Manila.

Among party leaders in the event were Manila councilor Bernardito “Bernie” Ang, the party’s national treasurer, former Quezon City mayor Jun Simon and Chito Borromeo, former consultant of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).o Binay.

Also in the event were the party’s national officers, committee chairmen, regional presidents and secretary-generals and elected officials.

In his speech before the gathering, Binay urged his supporters to stand their ground and not be disappointed by the series of attacks from his opponents. He said the demolition jobs against him and his family, including the dismissal issued by the Office of the Ombudsman against his son Makati Mayor Erwin “Junjun” Binay, were meant to discredit him and derail his presidential ambition.

The vice president also expressed dismay over the manipulated surveys and disinformation campaigns on his dwindling survey ratings.

An organization composed of political activists and veterans of protest actions against the Marcos dictatorship in the so-called First Quarter Storm also backed Binay’s candidacy.

The group is composed of former revolutionary leaders in such organizations as the Katipunan ng mga Samahan ng Manggagawa (Kasama), Kabataang Makabayan (KM), Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan (SDK) and other pro-democracy associations under the umbrella of the Movement for Democratic Philippines (MDP) which pushed the people’s struggle in that turbulent period of the Marcos dictatorship.


By Manny Piñol

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has disowned a statement issued by a political strategist that he has made up his mind on the Presidency and will definitely run in the 2016 elections.

A statement issued by the Mayor through his official spokesman, former Davao City Council Peter Tiu Laviña said “the news this afternoon at GMA News attributed to Lito Banayo was his own opinion or reading of the situation.”

Banayo, former administrator of the National Food Authority and a political strategist who volunteered to help Duterte during the “Listening Tour” on Federalism, issued a statement which was aired by GMA News that the Davao City Mayor was sure to run for President.

Banayo’s announcement came as Mayor Duterte was in the process of “soul-searching” and consulting his family who had opposed the call for him to run for President.

“Mayor Duterte stands by his statement last night (Friday) that he has not made a final decision on running for President in 2016,” the statement said.

“We reiterate his call for his supporters and everyone to just wait and see if he will file his candidacy on October 15 or before the deadline set by the COMELEC,” the statement said.

Mayor Duterte took exception to the timing of the announcement of his supposed decision to run as it was made at the same time Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. made his formal statement to run for the Vice Presidency.

“The timing of this news release, however, has left a bad taste in the mouth as we received complaints that it was meant to crowd out the scheduled declaration rally of one vice presidential candidate,” said the statement.

“Mayor Duterte has no such intention to do so and has even been shying away from media as he continues his “soul searching,” the statement added.

Banayo is known to be endorsing Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to be the vice presidential running mate of Mayor Duterte should he decide to run.

Both Cayetano and Marcos have expressed their support for Mayor Duterte in case he runs for President.

While Banayo has been helping the Duterte camp in media networking and political arrangements, he is neither the official spokesman or the political adviser of Mayor Duterte as he had previously announced.

The official spokesman of Mayor Duterte is Peter Tiu Laviña, a long-time friend of the Mayor, while his political adviser is Maribojoc, Bohol Mayor Jun Evasco.

Evasco, a former Catholic priest who served as Duterte’s political adviser for over 20 years, is seldom seen in public with the Mayor.

“The official Facebook account of the mayor is Rody Duterte, the other accounts and pages claiming to do so are not,” the statement advised.