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Actor Dingdong Dantes Beats Mar Roxas And Jojo Binay In New Poll; And He’s Not Even A VP Candidate

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles,  Manila Bureau) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is leading in an ongoing poll conducted by The Adobo Chronicles on who Filipino voters want to be their next president.  Duterte has so far gained 33% of the votes.

But what is surprising is that actor Dingdong Dantes is beating administration candidate Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay, and he’s not even a candidate.

Dantes is in a statistical tie with Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Grace Poe.  The three are tied at 22%.

Roxas and Binay are currently at 0%.

You can still vote in the poll HERE.

The Philippines’ Politics Of Secrets

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In Philippine politics, what you see is not necessarily what you get. (Well, actually, it’s not just in the Philippines).

It has been long rumored that incumbent President NoyNoy Aquino secretly supports Senator Grace Poe’s candidacy to become his successor, despite the fact that he has publicly endorsed and ‘anointed’ former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to become the next president of the Philippines. Roxas is running under Aquino’s Liberal Party.

Poe was Aquino’s original choice to be Roxas’ VP running mate, but  she declined and instead opted to run for president. The senator has since been leading in the polls while Roxas has consistently  been rated at the bottom of the presidential pack.

But it seems there are more secret deals that Filipino voters may not be aware of.

Reliable sources indicate that Roxas has all but accepted the fact that he is not going to win the election.  However, the same reliable sources said there is a standing agreement between Poe and Roxas (with Aquino’s blessing, of course), that if Poe becomes president,  she will appoint Roxas as Philippine ambassador to the United States.  Roxas’ wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, has reportedly been wanting to live in Washington, D.C. to be part of the U.S. capital’s social elite.

Many political observers have also expressed opinion that Miriam Defensor-Santiago strategy has always been to recruit Bongbong Marcos, son of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos, as her vice presidential running mate.  The young Marcos knows that being the running mate of Santiago, who is dealing with cancer, is his best and quickest ticket to the presidency.  Should anything happen to Santiago, Marcos becomes president.

As far as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, it is believed that he is not really interested in becoming president.  He just wanted a national forum — through the campaign — to promote what he has done in his city in as far as peace and order is concerned.  His ultimate goal? To win the Nobel Peace Prize!

Last but not least, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s main objective for running is to avoid prosecution in graft and corruption charges that are expected to be filed against him once his VP term expires.  The charges are in connection with the overpriced Makati City parking structure that was started during his term as mayor of the city.  If Binay becomes president, he will continue to be immune from lawsuits, as are all presidents during their term of office.

Speaking of secrets, many are wondering who among the presidential candidates has the backing of the United States.  That, dear readers, is top secret.


Santiago (File Photo by Tony Pionilla)
Santiago (File Photo by Tony Pionilla)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, the witty, tough-talking ‘Iron Lady’ of the Philippines, has declared her intention to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Santiago, sidelined from her Senate duties for the past year because of a cancer diagnosis, said her prognosis is no longer terminal.  “I beat cancer,” she announced.

As with all political campaigns, Santiago has chosen her campaign slogan.

President Aquino ran under the slogan, “Tuwid na daan,” (straight path), to represent his anti-corruption platform.  His anointed successor, Mar Roxas, decided on a slogan to continue the straight path: “Ituloy ang tuwid na daan.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay chose a presidential campaign slogan that rhymes with his name: “Gaganda ang buhay kay Binay.” (Life will improve with Binay).

Senator Grace Poe, who has led the polls for many months now, has chosen the slogan, “Walang Maiiwan.” (No one will be left behind)

So back to Santiago. What’s her campaign slogan?

“Stupid is not forever!”

It is a take-off from her book, “Stupid is Forever,” and its sequel, “Stupid is Forevermore.” Both are best-sellers.

It wasn’t clear whether her slogan refers to elected officials, or the voters who keep electing  corrupt and incompetent politicians.

In any case, Santiago’s slogan is sure to be another best-seller and may be her ticket to Malacañang Palace!