Dole-outs in LP proclamation rally? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:09



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well…” (2 Thessalonians 1:6, the Holy Bible).

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MALACANANG MONEY IN THE 2016 POLL CAMPAIGN? The Malacanang Press Corps is a group of reporters from different media entities covering President Aquino and the various offices under the Office of the President.

Yet, some of its members have interesting stories to share about how they were literally herded by Palace staff members, free plane tickets and all, just so they will be able to attend, and therefore write about, the proclamation rally of Liberal Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo in Capiz and Iloilo on Tuesday, February 09, 2016, at the start of the campaign for the May elections.

My partner in the daily, 6 to 7 in the morning, program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” at Radyo Agila’s DZEC (1062 kHz in the AM band), Vic Somintac, told me as we were bantering in the show on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, that the expenses of the Malacanang reporters who went to the rally of Roxas and Robredo came from the Office of the President itself. Is this not spending government funds for a candidate in an election?

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DOLE-OUTS TO ENTICE AUDIENCE TO COME IN LP RALLY? But that was just one of the stories that Vic Somintac shared on Tuesday. He then took his IPad mini and, punching several keys, he came up with pictures of the Capiz rally showing people—some were mediamen—dozing off, apparently out of boredom, Somintac quipped.

The pictures also showed empty chairs—which meant, not very many people attended the Capiz rally. This must have been devastating for Roxas, Robredo, and the entire LP team, because Capiz is the home province of Roxas, where he is supposed to be thoroughly loved by his province mates. I mean, if this was the kind of audience that Roxas got in his own turf, what number of people is he and his party expecting in their sorties in other places?

Perhaps that is the reason why, in the LP proclamation rally in Iloilo later in the night of Tuesday, it appeared, as shown by a picture posted in Facebook by supporters apparently belonging to presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte (see, there were sacks of rice and groceries already on display near the stage. Was this photo merely photoshopped or edited?

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CANDIDATE MAY CONSIDER QUITTING NOW: I hate to say this but, if a candidate for a top position will not watch out, the history of then presidential aspirant Sen. Raul Roco maybe repeated in this 2016 elections. I mean, when Roco made a second run for the presidency in 2004, his prostate cancer apparently acted up and got worse. I know, because I was one of Roco’s senatorial candidates then.

Roco ultimately finished the campaign, but lost to Gloria Arroyo. Several months after, he died. We do not want this to happen again to the candidate for a top position in this year’s election, but indications are that, the candidate’s illness is already showing its toll even during their proclamation rally on February 09, 2016.

One report said the body of the candidate was visibly shaking, forcing that candidate to say, in the middle of a speech, that the party’s vice presidential candidate may take over in the event of an untoward incident. I plead with that candidate to give up the dream to even run again, and instead focus now on a more meaningful relationship with God, who has the power to heal and make all illnesses go away!

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