MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Who can forget that awkward interview by television news anchor Karen Davila with senatorial candidate and movie actress Alma Moreno, when, faced by tough questioning, said “do I need to answer the question?”
Well, all that is now behind Moreno, incumbent city councilor of Parañaque.
She doesn’t give interviews any more. She doesn’t even give campaign speeches. She would just dance the night away and try to look cute in front of her party’s presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay, and fellow senatorial candidate, boxer Manny Pacquiao.
MAKATI CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – There is a lot of speculation that Vice President Jejomar Binay will eventually withdraw from the 2016 Philippine presidential race because of dwindling ratings as well as graft charges he could be facing as recommended by the Office of the Ombudsman.
In order to maintain the Binay political dynasty, Senator Nancy Binay is reportedly ready to replace her dad as candidate for president should he decide to withdraw from the race.
Speaking of political dynasty, now that the Vice President’s son, JunJun has been dismissed from the service as mayor of Makati City, — also because of graft charges — another Binay daughter, Abigail, said earlier that she is prepared to run for mayor in place of her brother. Abigail is currently serving as an elected representative in Congress, and will soon be termed out.
To keep everything within the family circle, Abigail’s husband, Luis Campos, will run to replace her on her Congressional seat.
And what does Elenita (the Vice President’s wife and former Makati mayor) think of all this? “Politics is in our blood. The more Binays in politics, the better,” she told reporters.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Yesterday, we reported that according to a soon-to-be-released national poll by the Social Weather Networks (SWS), there is a four-way tie among declared and potential 2016 presidential candidates Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Jojo Binay and Rodrigo Duterte.
To confirm the poll results, we conducted our own informal survey among our readers.
Lo and behold, we have a significantly different result.
Duterte, the candidate that has not officially declared his presidential bid, topped our survey with an overhwelming 48% of the votes — 26 (22%) and 29 (19%) points ahead of Roxas and Poe, respectively. Vice President was dead last at 11%.
With a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, Roxas and Poe are in a statistical tie.
Will Duterte now change his mind and finally declare his run for the presidency?