Will they run as indendents?

Poe-Escudero’s independent bid is mere talk, LP solon says

Fellow Senators Grace Poe Llamanzares and Francisco Escudero recently declared their intent to run for president and vice president, respectively. Escudero, in his announcement, stressed that ideal contenders for public office should only be beholden to the Filipino people.

Fellow Senators Grace Poe Llamanzares and Francisco Escudero recently declared their intent to run for president and vice president, respectively. Escudero, in his announcement, stressed that ideal contenders for public office should only be beholden to the Filipino people.

MANILA, Sept 19 (Mabuhay) – Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice insisted Saturday that the independent candidacy of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero in 2016 is mere rhetoric.

The two lawmakers recently declared their intent to run for president and vice president, respectively. Escudero, in his announcement, stressed that ideal contenders for public office should only be beholden to the Filipino people.

“Ang dapat na partido ay Pilipinas! At ‘di lamang Liberal, Nacionalista o sino pa mang kapartido ang hahanapin o kakausapin kundi lahat ng Pilipino,” Escudero had said. “Pilipinas ang aming partido at mga Pilipino ang aming kapartido.”

Erice countered that it is impossible to run for the national elections as an independent candidate without being backed by the resources and manpower of an established political party.

“’Yung sinasabi po ni Senator Chiz na ang partido nila [ay] partido ng Pilipino at ang miyembro nila ay mamamayang Pilipino, rhetoric po ‘yun. Bola po ‘yun, hindi po totoo ‘yun. Imposible po na wala kang mga kaalyado sa bawat probinsya, sa bawat bayan sa bawat lungsod,” Erice claimed.

“Papaano babantayan ‘yung boto mo? Paano ‘yung pagkakampanya mo?”

The LP political affairs adviser added that Poe and Escudero’s “independent” candidacy only entails forming a new party that will support them.

This, he said, is far from ideal as the two lawmakers’ support network will be comprised of members with differing stands whose only goal is to win the polls.

“Ibig sabihin lang po ay nagbubuo sila ng bagong partido. Napakasama po sa pulitika nuong sistema. Dahil wala na pong panahon para magbuo, kung sino-sino na lang ang kukuhanin nila, halo-halo na mga prinsipyo, halo-halo na mga paniniwala. Iisa lang ang objective, manalo sa halalan,” Erice said.

“Sa halalan, hindi pwedeng independent, hindi pwedeng ikaw lang, hindi pwedeng dalawa lang kayo. Kailangan niyo ng mga tunay na kikilos sa bawat lugar na mayroon ding stake. Kandidato rin sila, mayroon din silang stake sa halalan kaya interesado rin sila na bantayan ‘yung mga resulta ng halalan,” he added.

Erice also stressed that independent candidates also tend to have a harder time fulfilling promises to voters, more so if they accept contributions from interest groups to fund their poll campaign.

Erice cited Poe’s vow to lower energy charges if she gets elected, which, he said, will be compromised should she accept financial aid from the power sector.

“For example, sabi ni Senator Poe kailangan mababa ang kuryente. Paano kung tatanggap siya ng kontribusyon sa mga players sa power sector? Mako-kompromiso na agad ‘yung mga bagay na ‘yun,” he said.

The congressman thus advised voters to pore through Poe’s 20-point platform, noting that that LP’s standard bearer, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, will push for programs grounded on policies.

“Mas may panlaban po ang partido kasi may tinatayuang polisiya,” he said.(MNS)

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