PDP-Laban appoints new campaign spokesmen

CHRISTINA MARIE RAMOS | Inquirer.Net
February 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The ruling political party of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–Laban) has appointed its new spokespersons for its national campaign.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, PDP-Laban President Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said that the appointment of Arnold Vegafria and Ronwald Munsayac as spokespersons for the PDP Laban National Campaign came in light of the “increasing need to provide the media and the public with all the needed information in our national campaign for this 2019 midterm elections.”

This means, Pimentel noted, inquiries on all campaign-related activities, media affairs, and public information will be directed to Vegafria and Munsayac.

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Lapid shuns debate with rivals: Di ako nakikipag contest sa pagalingan

PATHRICIA ANN V. ROXAS | Inquirer.Net
February 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Action star-turned politician Lito Lapid said he is not keen on debating on key national issues with senatorial race rivals after opposition senatorial candidates under the Otso Diretso banner earlier challenged fellow candidates to a debate.

“Hindi, hindi naman ako nakikipag-contest sa pagalingan eh. Eh sila naman may galing. ‘Yung galing nila siguro’t alam nila hindi ko alam. Pero may alam din naman akong di nila alam,” Lapid told reporters before the start of his press conference on Wednesday.

(I am not competing with their know-how and expertise. They may know things that I don’t, but I also know things that they have no knowledge of.)

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‘Bato’ says will endure ‘plastikan’ in campaign despite fatigue

SHERIE ANN TORRES | ABS-CBN News
February 19, 2019

MANILA – Administration senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Tuesday said he will endure the “plastikan” or insincerity during the 90-day campaign period for May’s midterm elections despite his fatigue.

Dela Rosa, a former national police chief venturing into politics for the first time, said he often complained to his wife about the first 2 weeks of the grueling campaign.

“Sortie dito, sortie doon. Selfie dito, selfie doon. Kamay dito, kamay doon. Hello dito, hello doon. Pagdating ng pahinga ko, pagod na pagod na ako,” he told ABS-CBN News.

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Poe continues to dominate Pulse Asia’s senatorial survey

DARRYL JOHN ESGUERRA | INQUIRER.NET
February 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Re-electionist Sen. Grace Poe remained the top choice of Filipino voters for the Senate in the coming May elections, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey released Friday revealed.

The survey, conducted from January 26 to 31 using face-to-face interview, showed that Poe getting a 74.9 percent voter preference.

Administration-backed re-electionist Sen. Cynthia Villar ranked second, with 60.5 percent voter preference.

Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (53.3 percent) and former senator Lito Lapid (53 percent) took the third to sixth spot in the ranking.

Senator Nancy Binay had 50.1 percent voting preference and Senator Sonny Angara scored 48.8 percent shared the third to ninth spot.

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Hugpong bets woo voters in Marcos stronghold

Dharel Placido | ABS-CBN News

February 18, 2019

LAOAG CITY – Senatorial candidates under the pro-administration slate Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) on Monday set foot in Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as they wooed the voters from the so-called “solid north.”

Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos received a warm welcome from her fellow Ilocanos at Laoag’s Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, as she hosted her fellow HNP candidates in her province.

In typical Marcos fashion, the host political family pulled out all the stops in welcoming the HNP bets, putting up a beautifully decorated stage and preparing grand productions featuring the Ilocano culture.

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Duterte excludes Jinggoy, Bong Revilla from senatorial lineup

ABS-CBN News

President Duterte excludes from his senatorial lineup Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Jr., both actors and former senators linked to the multibillion-peso ‘pork barrel’ fund scam. But Duterte endorsed Estrada’s half brother JV Ejercito along with 10 other candidates running or allied with the PDP-Laban party. Joyce Balancio has tonight’s top story. ANC, The World Tonight, February 15, 2019

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