Grace Poe, secret candidate of Pnoy? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 February 2016 14:01

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Internet news claims that Senator Grace Poe is the secret candidate of President S.B. Aquino III.  This is indeed an alarming development for the country and the Filipino people. One of the most loyal party men of the President is former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, the President’s Liberal Party standard bearer and to dump him like a “hot potato” now, because survey shows he is not winnable is ingratitude. Allegedly, the internet news also reveal that the Palace influential Samar group and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa together with the three presidential sisters are vouching for Senator Grace Poe, since she is doing better in the surveys. If this is true, we see a political power play in the highest order at work, in Philippine politics.

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One good reason why President Aquino is looking for a winnable presidential candidate is he is preparing for a “savior” in anticipation of legal backlashes for his wrong decisions, that may unfortunately lead him to jail after his immunity expires with his term ends. Concerned groups unsympathetic to his administration are waiting to file cases when his term expires and the more if the next President of the Philippines is not his ally. President Aquino sees in Senator Grace Poe a willing ally as heard in many of her interviews in the campaign trail  that she unwittingly defended the President’s alleged accusations of corruptions Besides, same news reveal of her alleged secret attendance in the palace social gatherings.

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What will now happen to LP presidential standard bearer Mar Roxas? Twice in the past, he gave way to President Aquino III’s wishes. First when he was supposed to run for President instead of Pnoy but the untimely death of former President Cory Aquino, Pnoy’s mother that catapulted Pnoy to the presidency and forced Mar Roxas to abort his plan. Now, allegation of Senator Poe as his secret candidate for president is going viral. Three times to be made a scapegoat is too much and only a fool will not understand the situation. Unless of course, Mar Roxas, surrendered his “Roxas” political legacy in the Philippines being a scion of the illustrious “Roxas” family of pioneer Filipino political and economic bigwigs.

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Comparing this political development in the inner circle of the President to Zamboanga City’s political development, people are asking: Who is the secret candidate of Congressman Celso L. Lobregat for city mayor? And who is the secret candidate of Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar for District 1 House Representative? Shakespeare said in his book Romeo and Juliet, “ too early seen unknown and known too late”.

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Scoop: Changing horses in midstream is good but the horse could at least swim or you will all drown in your caprices or create a monster you cannot control. Agree or disagree my friends.