SANTIAGO, Isabela (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Liberal Party standard bearer Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo prepared themselves to speak to 8,000 people at a scheduled campaign rally in Santiago, Isabela on Thursday night.
But alas, the presidential and vice presidential candidates were very disappointed that only about 2,000 people showed up.
The Yellowtards (supporters of Roxas-Robredo and President Aquino and his cohorts) were hugely outnumbered by the “Whitetards,” supporters of presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe.
As can be seen in this photo of the Santiago rally, there were more whites than yellow.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In a move that’s unprecedented in the history of Philippine politics, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has ruled to disqualify all five major candidates for president from running in the 2016 elections. For various reasons.
Polls frontrunner Senator Grace Poe has been disqualified on the grounds that she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen as required by the Constitution. She also appeared to lack the residency requirement even if she were a natural-born citizen. She was a dual citizen (U.S. and Philippines) at some point.
Vice President Jejomar Binay has been barred because of pending corruption charges against him while he was mayor of Makati City.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was disqualified on technicality. He filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) after the deadline set by the elections body. His argument for being a substitute candidate didn’t convince the commissioners because the candidate he was substituting for had previously withdrawn his candidacy.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was named a “nuisance candidate” by COMELEC because of her cancer diagnosis. “How can she fulfill the duties of president if she has terminal cancer,” the commissioners said. Santiago, however, asserts that she has had a remission from her cancer, and the COMELEC ruling angered health and disability advocates.
As for former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (the anointed candidate of the Aquino administration), his disqualification was based on violation of rules on early campaigning. Roxas just released a music video which was obviously a campaign material to promote his candidacy and that of his vice presidential running mate Congresswoman Leni Robredo.
So where does the 2016 Philippine presidential elections stand?
Back to square one. COMELEC will soon announce deadlines for new candidacy filing for president.