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Friday, February 22, 2013
THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has junked guest Senate bets Sens. Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero and Grace Poe, daughter of the late action movie king Fernando Poe Jr.
The three have opted to join campaign sorties of Liberal Party-led Team PNoy, UNA chief Toby Tiangco said.
UNA, it appears, is not their first priority.
It must be difficult for other senatorial candidates to deal with three others who are both endorsed by two major parties, Team PNoy and UNA.
The three, as the Tagalogs say, are “namamangka sa dalawang ilog” or are “straddling two horses.”
It sounds too good to be true. In politics as in war, battle lines have to be drawn.
A teary-eyed Grace Poe said in a rally in Talisay City “the wounds are still fresh” and asked Cebuanos to help her move on over her father’s loss in the 2004 presidential elections by ensuring a landslide victory for Team PNoy.
Did she really believe there was massive cheating in Cebu during the 2004 presidential elections?
Let’s see if Cebuanos are prepared to “cheat” themselves for her to move on.
Reelectionist Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said small traders who have no access to banks are relying on loan sharks or the so-called “5-6” for capital at 20 percent interest.
He said the 6.6 percent economic growth last year means nothing if people still go to “5-6” lenders.
He learned about this after six years in the Senate. Just think of what he’d discover in the next six years.
Some 300 armed followers of the Sultan of Sulu have holed themselves up in a village in Sabah, Malaysia to press for the Sultanate’s claim over Sabah.
They are now surrounded by Malaysian forces.
No, they’re not there to collect the P70,000 rent. They’re claiming Sabah as their home.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 23, 2013.