Estrada predicts Team PNoy 'breakdown', claims early advantage

  • US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    AFP News
    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them shortly after the October 24, 2014 killing, the lawyers said. "I think I may have killed a he or she," Lance Corporal Michael Rose told the court when asked what Pemberton …

  • Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

    Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

    AFP News
    Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

    The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away. The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and foreign department spokesman Charles Jose both said. "We have the commitment and the obligation to extend humanitarian assistance to these asylum …

  • Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines

    Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines

    Associated Press
    Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines

    Robert de Niro and his business partners formally opened Asia's first Nobu Hotel in Manila on Monday as the luxury brand gears up for global expansion. The 321-room hotel within the bayside casino and ... …

  • U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

    Reuters

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. U.N.-brokered peace efforts in Mali's north are in danger of unravelling because of repeated violations of a ceasefire between the Tuareg-led Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and …

  • Cartel operated surveillance cameras in Mexican city

    Cartel operated surveillance cameras in Mexican city

    AFP News
    Cartel operated surveillance cameras in Mexican city

    A drug cartel installed 39 surveillance cameras in a Mexican city bordering the United States to monitor the movements of residents and security forces, authorities said Friday. It underlines the pervasiveness of Mexico's powerful drug cartels, who have eyes and ears in towns and cities across the country thanks to human "halcones," or hawks, who act as lookouts and relay information to the gangs. State police and soldiers removed the cameras on Monday and Tuesday, two days before President …

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is already claiming advantage over Team PNoy, just three days in the official campaign period.
 
Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada predicts the administration coalition will eventually break down after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the Liberal Party (LP) is not a registered coalition.
 
Led by LP, the administration coalition eventually fashioned itself as Team PNoy that is composed of LP, Nacionalista Party (NP), Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), and the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party (Akbayan).
 
“The Comelec said their coalition is not official. So UNA is first (coalition). We are the first to declare a coalition and they will trail behind if they manage to formally form one,” Estrada told reporters.
 
UNA was formed after Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) coalesced with Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
 
Zambales Rep. Ma. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay said the announcement is a big blow for senatorial bets who joined the LP-led coalition to get President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s endorsement.
 
Magsaysay, a first-time senatorial candidate running under UNA, said the administration coalition’s failure to get Comelec's nod will make it hard for their rivals to introduce themselves to the voting public.
 
“They have to work individually (or into small groups) according to their party (affiliations). Their commercial cannot be aired anymore because it’s under Team PNoy,” Magsaysay told reporters.
 
“They cannot do that unlike us, we can use ‘Sa UNA, gaganda ang buhay’ and that’s an edge. We are branded as a group, which they don’t,” she added.
 
Earlier, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Team PNoy can no longer shoulder candidates’ advertisements aired via radio or television.
 
This means, Brillantes explained, Team PNoy is no longer qualified to finance their senatorial bets’ campaign expenses.
 
“They are not entitled to a political party’s advertisements, which means if three LP and NP candidates will appear in an ad, we will charge it to all the parties involved,” Brillantes said.
 
Section 9 of Resolution 9615 states that in cases where two or more candidates are exhibited together in the broadcast election propaganda, “the length of time during which they appear will be counted against the airtime limits allotted for the said candidates.”
 
The provision also states that “the cost of the said advertisement will be considered as their expenditures” regardless of who paid for it or whom it was donated for.

For her part, Magsaysay explained that what happened to administration coalition shows the lack of foresight coming from the campaign managers, strategists, and leadership of the LP.
 
“Despite the fact that their administration coalition, they did not have the foresight to be prepared in this election,” she explained.
 
“It shows that ‘Team PNoy’ was only an after thought when they realized that the Liberal Party (branding) wouldn’t click with the masses,” she pointed out.
 
She noted that the case highlighted the wisdom and the experience of three key leaders of UNA – Binay, Estrada, and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
 
“That's the advantage of UNA. We see wisdom and experience has been be the name of the game in this election and we are realizing that our leaders are wise and experienced in politics,” she explained.
 
“Even if you say that the sister cities are allied with LP, they might be liberals but it cannot supercede the bond, time and effort our leaders have established in help nurturing the masses,” she added.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • US renews travel warning to Mindanao
    US renews travel warning to Mindanao

    The US State Department renewed its warning about the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu archipelago, certain regions and cities of Mindanao and the southern Sulu Sea area. In an update on Wednesday of a travel warning it issued Nov. 20, 2014, the State Department said US citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there. …

  • Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda
    Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda

    The Philippine initiative to put the interests of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) front and center in global and regional trade has made significant progress following the conclusion on Thursday of the 2nd APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and Related Meetings in Boracay, Aklan. Called “The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs,” the Philippine proposal calls for a host of specific, concrete and practical interventions that APEC economies can implement to provide MSMEs wider …

  • Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week
    Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week

    The Philippines will join a 15-nation meeting in Bangkok, Thailand next week to address the migration crisis involving thousands of Rohingyas who escaped persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima bared this yesterday after meeting with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to the Philippines Bernard Kerblat. In an interview, De Lima said the Philippine government has been invited to the meeting. …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options