March 13, 2016 at 12:28 am #853
(c) The Bohol Tribune
Three days after The Bohol Tribune ran a banner headline on Bohol opposition’s dumping of presidential bet Mar Roxas courtesy of 27 heart-changed mayors, the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) led by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III swooped down on this vote-rich province and retaliated against its detractors with a “show of yellow force,” vowing to deliver an election victory for Roxas, LP’s standard bearer.
“Pres. Aquino’s visit with Mar Roxas, Leni Robredo and LP’s senatorial slate, with Gov. Edgar Chatto leading Bohol LP, will solidify Bohol leaders and will deliver victory,” said Provincial Administrator Alfonso “Ae” Damalerio II, who is also considered Bohol LP’s titan political strategist.
Damalerio said that Pres. Aquino’s seventh visit to Bohol “will surely translate into good politics which will certainly benefit Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.”
“With LP as the most dominant party today, a great number of Boholanos will adhere to good governance and clear development direction, stronger economy and inclusive growth,” Damalerio said.
Gov. Chatto, for his part, rated Aquino’s visit to Bohol as “very successful.”
“PNoy’s seventh visit to Bohol reinforces an already publicly known reality that Bohol has a special spot in the President’s heart,” Chatto told The Bohol Tribune yesterday. “The programs and projects his administration launched in the province in collaboration with LGUs (local government units), NGOs (non-government organizations) and CSOs (civil society organizations) strengthen the inclusive growth strategies adopted by the provincial and local governments.”
Chatto said that indorsing the Mar-Leni Team is a clear message of PNoy to rally support for continuity of reforms and the gains his (Aquino) administration has started.
“We join PNoy’s call for a solid Mar-Leni support,” the governor said. “Boholanos have much to gain under a sustained DaangMatuwid leadership.”
Earlier, a Bohol United Opposition or Rainbow Coalition led by Second District Rep. ArisAumentado and Third District congressional bet CheToribio Delos Reyes dumped presidential bets Rodrigo Duterte and Mar Roxas in favor of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
The Bohol opposition bloc, muscled with 27 mayors who had pledged support for Binay and Loay last-termer Mayor Rosemarie Lim-Imboy as their gubernatorial contestant, was first organized on February 21, 2016, in time of Gov. Chatto’s birthday, at a resort owned by Delos Reyes in Carmen, Bohol.
Lawyer JV Bautista, UNA’s national campaign manager and sectary, officially accepted the Bohol United Opposition as UNA’s additional political arsenal during a meeting at the Metro Center Hotel in Tagbilaran City, on February 24, 2016.
At that February 24 meeting, Bautista slammed the administration for its alleged failure to alleviate poverty in the country and vowed to transform the lives of the Filipino people under a Binay presidency.
The Bohol Tribune both witnessed the Carmen and Metro Center Hotel meetings.
Immediately on Sunday, February 28, 2016, the paper ran a headline story detailing the major developments of the Carmen and Metro Center Hotel gatherings.
Three days later, LP stalwarts rushed to the province and showcased their potential forces.
City Administrator Edi Borja, reacting to PNoy’s visit last Wednesday, said: “The LP leadership in Bohol is quite strong, with Gov. Chatto as party head.”
Borja praised the Aquino administration’s programs in Bohol.
“Bohol is a recipient of BEA (Bohol Earthquake Assistance) funds worth P4.6 billion, the 4Ps (PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program) program, the BUB (Bottoms-up Budgeting) program,” Borja told The Bohol Tribune yesterday.
“These are meaningful projects that directly benefit the Boholanos,” Borja said.
He also lauded the national government’s quick response to infrastructure rehabilitation in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol in 2013 and the implementation of the P7.14-billion new Panglao airport project.
“We need a continuance of these programs and projects that have brought progress not only to Bohol but to the entire country as well,” Borja said.
Valencia Mayor Maria Katrina Lim, speaking after the LP meeting at the Bohol Cultural Center, said: “I am very much positive that Bohol will be able to deliver majority votes for Mar and Leni.”
“There’s no doubt about that,” Lim said.
The lady mayor said Mar and Leni’s rating has been constantly increasing even though that “our campaign has not even reached the ‘roots’ or the ground leaders.”
Voicing the same sentiment is Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas.
Piezas said he believes Bohol LP could deliver the necessary votes for Roxas’ victory here.
“Maka-deliver kay gawas sa mga LP mayors ang mga kapitan nga maoy naa jud sa ground makasulti man jud ug unsa kadaghan ang mga programa ug proyekto sa administrasyon nga nakitaugna-feel jud sa mga katawhan,” (LP mayors and the captains at the ground will deliver and know how many programs and projects of the administration directly impacted the people) Piezas told The Bohol Tribune yesterday.
“Daghan pud mga CSO (civil society organizations) nga na-involve sa mga projects ni PNoy,” Piezas added.
Jagna Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla, meanwhile, said that PNoy’s visit to Bohol “has helped a lot” in endorsing LP candidates here.
Abrenilla’s belief is also shared by Anda Mayor Metodio “Dodong” Amper and Ubay Mayor GalicanoAtup.
WHAT 27 MAYORS?
Bilar Mayor Norman Palacio, on the other hand, debunked reports that there are 27 Bohol mayors supporting Binay as claimed by lawyer JV Bautista in a press statement.
In a text message to The Bohol Tribune, Mayor Palacio said: “25 towns plus Tagbilaran ang Liberal. 22 ang UNA minus Maribojoc kay Duterte man siEvasco. So 26 mayors angnaanigov (Chatto).”
Panglao Mayor Nila Montero, in a message to The Bohol Tribune, disclosed that those 27 mayors identified with Binay “will vote for Mar because of project continuity.”
While it is true that Binay has a lot of political funds, Montero said, one cannot rule out Roxas in the mathematics of political funding.
Meanwhile, Pres. Aquino has said that the 2016 presidential election will be a referendum for the government’s DaangMatuwid initiative.
As this developed, Aquino urged Boholanos to vote for the administration’s candidates so reforms could continue.
In his message during a meeting with thousands of LP leaders in Bohol, the President recalled the devastations suffered by Bohol when a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the province in 2013.
President Aquino noted that when he visited Bohol that time, he was worried about how to rebuild the province — from restoring power to providing assistance to evacuees to reconstructing damaged structures.
He, however, said that with the help of Bohol’s leaders and communities, the province was able to rebuild.
The government’s pro-poor programs have also begun to benefit more Boholanos, the President said, underscoring the importance of expanding the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program.
In Bohol, some 531 households had enrolled under the program during its initial implementation, but the figure has increased to 59,222 households.
“At alam na man po ninyo ang resulta ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino doon sa unang — iyong pagre-revalidate ng ating data, meron na pong 7.7 milyong kabahayang lumagpas na po sa tinatawag nating poverty line, naiangat na natin doon sa kahirapan,” (We all know the result of The Sustenance of the Filipino Family, as we revalidate the data, we helped 7.7 million households living below the so-called poverty line.) he said.
President Aquino further said that the government has also widened PhilHealth’s coverage in the province, with 1.2 million Boholanos currently covered by the health insurance program.
They are now part of 93 million Filipinos across the country enjoying the benefits of PhilHealth, he added.
In the energy sector, he said, Bohol is 100 percent energized under the sitio electrification program.
Some 97 percent of Central Visayas have power supply, the Chief Executive said.
“Pangako po, bago matapos itong buwan na ito, lahat ng utang sa Central Visayas ay magagawa na, 32,000 mahigit pong sitio iyan,” (I promise, this month, all of the pending electrification projects in Central Visayas and that’s about 32,000 sitios will be completed.) he said.
On the upcoming elections, the President enjoined the Boholanos to look to the administration’s candidates for the continuance of the government’s reform program.
“Ngayon ho, para sa akin, sa darating na halalan, ika-siyam ng Mayo, simpleng-simple lang ho, kumbaga referendum. Tama ba ang nangyari saDaangMatuwid o mali? Iyon ho ang tatanungin,” (For me May’s elections in the ninth, it is simple, it is like a referendum. We will know if the Right Path is right or wrong? That’s the question we wish to get an answer.) he said.
He urged the people to scrutinize candidates who promise everything just to win votes, emphasizing that fulfilling such promises is another thing.
Prior to meeting local Bohol officials, the President led the capsule-laying ceremony in Panglao for the new Panglao International airport.
He also attended the switch-on ceremony for the government’s electrification program in Central Visayas that provides power to more than 2,000 sitios in the region.
CHANGE OF HEART?
Political “turncoatism” is rearing its ugly head as the campaign for the May general elections heats up, Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas has said, in a meeting in Cebu recently.
But the silver lining is that it is an opportunity for people to know who among their local officials are pursuing the “DaangMatuwid” brand of good governance and who are going astray, Roxas said.
Roxas was reacting to reports that Talisay Mayor Johnny delos Reyes reportedly left the LP fold for another candidate.
“It is a good thing that he showed his true colors. It was better that he left if he is not in anyway with us in DaangMatuwid, where our principle is for good governance,” Roxas explained.
“Those who are not with ‘Daang Matuwid’ want the old ways and dirty leadership. That makes it easier for our ‘kababayans’ to choose their next leaders,” he added.
He said that such movements in political alliances, especially in the local level, are no longer a surprise.
“We, the Team Daang Matuwid, remain solid and united in fighting for good governance,” he pointed out.
“We are standing on the solid foundation of ‘DaangMatuwid’, our ‘kababayans’ have felt the benefits of good governance through our programs,” he added.
Roxas said the “DaangMatuwid” enrolled 4.5 million Filipinos under the PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that helped 330,000 high school students graduate last year, and expanded the coverage of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) to 6.5 million patients.
According to the veteran lawmaker, these are concrete data, not wishes and promises as what other candidates are making right now, to win votes. He said he has done these already and he will fight for it, no matter what.
“We have proven that if funds are not stolen by corrupt officials, progress will cascade down to those who have less in life. So, let us not allow those who are enemies of ‘DaangMatuwid’ to revert the country to old ways,” he stressed. (with reports from the PNA)
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