Labor officials bats for
Lorens’ VP bid
Philippine News Service
(January 28, 2004) -- A big
confederation of organized labor union yesterday expressed strong preference
for the vice presidential bid of Loren Legarda, legislative performance.
Speaking on behalf of the Congress of Labor Organizations (CLO), chairman
Timoteo “Boy” Aranjuez said Legarda looms as a giant compared to the two
other major contenders for the position.
“While we still
have to consult with the mass members of the federations we represent, Loren
is likely to be a top choice. We are likewise coordinating with our youth,
urban poor, farmers and fisherfolk, women and indigenous and Moro partners
to put up a solid front for our choice for national officials,” Aranjuez
He cited the
honesty, sincerity and transparency in the legislative work of Loren, making
her well qualified candidate for the vice presidency.
praised the work of Loren outside the halls of Congress, especially in her
efforts to promote peace and order, especially in the Mindanao region.
declaration of the different basic sectors on their common choice for vice
president and senatorial slate will be announced on February 25 when a joint
convention will be called. The CLO groups together 25 earn federations.
At the same
time, Aranjuez called on candidates for senator from all parties to come up
with their agenda for labor and other basic sectors.
“We do not want
to repeat past errors where we voted for senators and congressmen who later
turned out to be anti-labor in their legislative work. Hence we want to be
of better service to our membership so that the labor cause would find
excellent exponents in both houses of Congress,” Aranjuez stated.
Loren Cites Senate Work
as she resigns as Majority Leader
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE
16, 2004) -
Sen. Loren Legarda cited the work of the Senate in nation-building as she
officially resigned her position as majority floor leader because of her
candidacy for vice president of the republic.
her valedictory speech on the floor of the Senate, Legarda, the first woman
to be elected majority floor leader in the upper chamber, said, “I leave
this post after three years with an education worth a lifetime. Wisened,
honed and, in a sense toughened by that experience. And with a certain
confidence, a degree of maturity, that prepares me for the next big
challenge in my public life.”
running for vice president under the banner of the Koalisyon ng
Nagkakaisang Pilipino with Fernando Poe Jr. as candidate for president.
In her speech,
Legarda thanked all her colleagues “for the three years of intense and
collective work for the nation.” She also thanked the members of the Senate
minority extending to her “the hand of cooperation on matters for the common
good.” She expressly thanked Senate President Drilon for his “unwavering
support and confidence.”
She added, “The
real story of the Senate in the past three years went beyond the news
reports on power grabs and intense factionalism. It was the productive work
of the various committees, the grueling hours spent on looking into official
indiscretions, the key advocacies to make a better people and a better
government. All of these had been accomplished in the context of a fluid
Legarda’s watch as majority floor leader, the Senate passed many
ground-breaking laws. She also filed 291 bills and 124 resolutions in the
12th Congress. Of her bills, 13 were enacted or incorporated
into laws, while 41 of the proposed resolutions were adopted by the
Among the vital
legislation approved by Congress during Loren’s watch as majority floor
leader are the Anti-Money Laundering Act, the Barangay Micro Enterprises
Act, Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Film Development Council act, the
law increasing the base pay and benefits of the AFP Officers and Enlisted
Personnel, An Act Declaring Ramadan as a national holiday, the Overseas
Absentee Voting Act, Citizenship Retention Act, the Anti-Trafficking in
Persons Act and the Anti-Smoking Law.
valedictory, Loren stressed, “I relinquish this post with a sense of
fulfillment – that somehow during the most difficult and challenging times
in our history, we performed our humble task to the best of our ability.”
New faces try luck to beat veteran
politicians in May 2004 polls
RICKY J. BAUTISTA
(January 9, 2004) Catbalogan, Samar
- The guessing game is finally over. This after the Commission on
Elections (Comelec) the other day released the certified list of candidates
in the local and national synchronized May 10, 2004 elections. And just
like in the previous elections, prominent names in politics are in the
running again. However, it is noticeable that there are so many new comers
who throw their hats and filed their certificate of candidacies (CoCs) for
various local positions up for grabs in this year's polls in the island of
(Western) Samar, aspirants for the different positions made a mad rush
beating the 12:00 o'clock midnight deadline of filing last January 5. A
total of 48 individuals have filed CoC before the provincial office of the
Comelec representing the governors, vice-governors, congress members and
provincial board members.
gubernatorial post, the aspirants this year was increased by 3 compared to
last 2001 polls. For the position of governor, the mayor of Calbiga Melchor
Nacario (Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas), Renato Llamado and
Claro Piczon, both Independents, are vying for it. Former DENR
Undersecretary Mario Roño of Lakas-CMD is also determined to beat the magic
of the incumbent Gov. Milagrosa Tan. In 2001 elections, Tan defeated Roño's
late father Jose in a very thin margin number of votes.
vice-gubernatorial post, three-termer Catbalogan mayor Jesus Redaja
(Liberal), Calbayog City Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Julius Mancol (PDSP),
Nicasio Lencio Jr. (DGIPP) and Samar SP Member Felix Babalcon Jr. of
Lakas-CMD will clash it out this year's elections.
position of congressman, six have filed their candidacies (three for first
and three for the second districts). Also thirty-three candidates, 15 in
the 1st district and 18 for the 2nd district vie for the
contested provincial seats.
the candidates in
Samar province. For Congressman (1st district): Maria Clarina
Sabulao DGIPP, ex Rep. Rodolfo Tuazon (NPC) and Rep. Reynaldo Uy of the
Liberal Party. For Congressman (2nd district): New-comer Rodolfo Raytos
(Independent) has the courage to join the return bout of ex-Rep. Catalino
Figueroa (LDP) and LP's Rep. Antonio Eduardo Nachura. Board Member
aspirants in the 1st district are: Nilda Calinao (Independent),
Rogelio Casurao (LP), Aquilino Catalan (Lakas-CMD), Evaristo Clarin (LP),
Roberto Cruz (Independent), Teresita Dean (Lakas-CMD), Alfredita Labendia
(Independent), Quintin Lim (DGIPP), Raymunda Mabulay ((DGIPP), Bienvinida
Repol (Lakas-CMD), Cesario Recafort (LP), Rosenaida Rosales (Lakas-CMD),
Susano Salurio (LP), Ma.
Lourdes Uy (Lakas-CMD) and
Renato Uy of Liberal Party.
Vying for the
Board Members in the 2nd district are: Fe Arcales (LDP), Virgilio Bernales (PDSP),
Rodolfo Bilbao (Independent), Antonio Bolastig II (Independent), Conception
De Luna (LDP), Jacques Dy (Independent), Jimmy Dy (Lakas-CMD), Wilfredo
Estorninos (Lakas-CMD), Cynthia Gabinay (Independent), Pedrito Lancalan (PDSP),
Juan Latorre Jr. ((LDP), Eduardo Mosot (Independent), Arcadio Quijano
(Independent), Pedro Raytos (Independent), Bienvenido Teoco (Lakas-CMD),
John Erwin Teodoro (LDP), Minandro Tiopes (Lakas-CMD) and Siegfred Zosa
LP remains dominant in
PROVINCE, the Liberal Party remains to be the dominant political party in
the province in terms of organization and the number of candidates. The
Comelec here said only the LP has so far submitted a complete line up in
both the provincial and municipal slots in the two districts of the province
as compared to the other political parties.
released by the Comelec here, the once ruling Lakas-CMD under re-electionist
Rep. Romualdo Vicencio has only four candidates aspiring for the provincial
board in the second district and one in the first district. Lakas-CMD has,
so far, no bets for gubernatorial and vice-gubernatorial posts here.
there were two tough political newcomers and one come backer filed their CoC
at the provincial Comelec here to give re-electionist Gov. Raul Daza a good
fight. Former Vice-Governor Sixto Balanquit Jr. (Independent), Serafin
Cabacang Jr. (DGIPP) and Teddy Morales of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL)
will run against Daza, who is considered by many as a sure winner in this
People at the
Comelec office anticipating for the arrival of ex-Gov. Madeleine Ong failed
to see the former lady governor to file her candidacy at the Comelec. Former
Presidential Assistant Emil Ong who earlier announced his senatorial bid
also a 'no-show' at the Comelec office except for Harris Christopher Ong,
son of Madeleine, who is running for Board Member in the second district.
Election Supervisor lawyer Andrew Bido released the complete list of
certified candidates at the provincial level, read as follows: Govenor: Raul
Daza (LP), Teddy Morales (KBL), Sixto Balanquit (Independent) and Serafin
Cabacang (DGIPP). Vice-Governor: Guido Lavin (LP), Glicerio Mondigo (Lakas-CMD),
Wenceslao Pancho Jr., of KBL. Congresman in the first district: Harlin Cast
Abayon (LP), Nelson Ong (Aksyon Demokratiko), Pedrito Tangle (Lakas CMD) and
Rosendo Cinco of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. Congressman in the second
district: Romualdo Vicencio (Lakas-CMD), Don Avalon (LP) and Pete S. Lobos
of KBL. SP (1st district): Rodolfo Del Valle, Luis Damariñas, Paul Ruiz Daza,
Licarion Lim, Herbert Esponilla, all of Liberal Party; Elvira Tumamil (Lakas-CMD),
Conrado Turla (PMP), Pelagio Paredes (KBL) and Independent candidate Shirly
Vicario. (2nd district): Maritess Gillamac, Ben Gorembalim, Remus Dulay,
Gil Timan and Miguel Sarmiento of the LP; Arnold Atondo (Lakas-CMD), Rodolfo
Mercado, Miguel Lucban, Harris Ongchuan, all of Lakas-CMD; Emerito Lagrimas
(Aksyon Demokratiko), Leonardo Lagrimas (Independent) and Voltaire Legaspi
of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino.
Return bouts in Eastern
this eastern part of
Samar, three strong political parties will be vying the people's
vote come May 10,
2004 synchronized election. Tight fight and exciting elections is expected
to happen in this province as 'return bouts' by veteran politicians are
expected to clash in soliciting the votes of their constituents.
Representative: Re-electionist Rep. Marcelino Libanan is once again be
facing former Rep. Jose Tan Ramirez, joining the fight with is new comer
into the political arena Roy Montes who is running under the banner of the
The return bouts of re-electionist Gov. Clotilde Salazar (NPC) and former
governor Ruperto Ambil Jr. (LDP) will be join-in by two new faces Jose P.
Castillo (DGIPP) and Ben P. Evardone of LDP. Other candidates in the
provincial level were: Vice Governor: Leander Geli (NPC), Jacinto Dadia
(Independent), Isagani Lisaca (Aksyon Demokratiko), Federico Suyot (LDP) and
Emiliana Villacarilla (LDP).
Board Members (1st district): Jose Ivan Dayan Agda (KNP-LDP), Aldwin Aklao,
Domeciano Ampong, Ricardo Carpeso, Agustin Docena, Alfonso Esposa, Luisita
Framil, Ismael Menzon, David Tuñacao, all of the LDP; German Alido, Jose
Vicente Raymundo Opinion, Norma Badiola, Cirilo Balagapo Jr., all of the
National People's Coalition Party (NPC); Evangeline Cainday, Juan Dulfo,
Sergio Escoto, Aquilino Mejica, Neil Ian Anacta, all of the Lakas-CMD Party;
Corazon Lupos (KNP-LDP), and Benjamin Umil Jr., of the Partido ng Masang
Pilipino (PMP). In the 2nd district: Joselito Abrugar, Ernesto Baldono,
Cecil Bernas, Adriano Castro, Francisco De Paz, Claro Ramiro Garado, Eulogio
Loyola and Enerio Sabulao, all of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP);
Celirino Bagro, Priscila Cela, Glenda Enage, Generoso Juaban, Felix Pagatpat,
all of the Lakas-CMD; Eduardo Cablao Jr., Pedro Macabocsit, Fernando Naputo
and Generoso Yu, all of NPC; Francisco Ogsimer (PDP-Laban); and Cornelio
Ferdinand Sison of Partido ng Masang Pilipino.