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Sen. Grace Poe is keen on seeking a higher post in 2016, but what or who is holding her up?

A source from the senator’s camp said that her mother, actress Susan Roces, is flatly opposed to calls for  her daughter to run for president or vice president. 

The source, a close family friend who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak for the said the late Fernando Poe’ Jr.’s traumatic experience in the 2004 elections was still fresh on the mind of Roces who was wary of her daughter going through the same experience. 

The source said Poe has been confiding to her friends that running in 2016 would have been an easy decision if only she would be the one making it considering her lofty standing in the presidential ratings and strong interest from the biggest players in the elections — United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay and  Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III. 

But as it is, the source said Poe would not disobey her mother and she does not have the heart to let Roces go through the political wringer where betrayal and heartbreak were par for the course. 

On the record, Poe has declared she did not want to go through what her late father experienced when he went against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. FPJ died of a heart attack seven months after the elections.

But apparently, the source said, it was Roces who felt that being screwed twice would be too much to bear in one lifetime.

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Bilib kay Vico Sotto! Pangilinan commends Pasig mayor for anti-corruption feat

Senator Francis Pangilinan is impressed with the brand of leadership of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.

The millennial politiko has earned a recognition from the United States Department as among the world’s anti-corruption champions. The International Anticorruption Champions Award was given to Sotto and several others individuals who have shown leadership, courage, and impact in battling corruption.

Pangilinan took to Facebook to extend his congratulations to Sotto.

“Congratulations, Mayor Vico Sotto! May your tribe increase,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Mayor Vico Sotto was recognized as standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office,” he said.

In giving the award, the US State Department recognized Sotto as “a standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office.”

Sotto has expressed gratitude to the US agency for the latest recognition. He said it was important to “denormalize” corruption and take it out from Filipino culture.

“Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for this recognition. But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness. If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture,” he tweeted on Feb. 24.

Congratulations, Mayor Vico Sotto! May your tribe increase. * Mayor Vico Sotto was recognized as standard-bearer for a…

Posted by Kiko Pangilinan on Monday, March 1, 2021

Drilon: No need for Cha-cha; just amend retail trade liberalization law

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Tuesday said there was no need to change the Constitution once Congress passed key economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act.

“The immediate passage of this law will remove the steam the powers that Cha-cha train in the House of Representatives,” Drilon said on Wednesday as Senate plenary discussed Senate Bill 1840 or the proposed amendments to Republic Act 8762.

The bill seeks to further relax foreign restrictions by removing investment categories and setting an across-the-board minimum paid up capital investment equivalent of $300,000 in Philippine peso.

“By amending the Foreign Investments Act (FIA), further relaxing retail trade restrictions and amending the public service law, the Philippines will generate up to $30 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) a year,” Drilon said.

“We are all bombarded with questions about the so-called economic charter change. Well, we do not need to be bothered by such talks because we can immediately better the investment climate,” Drilon said.

“The proposed Cha-cha simply seeks to add the phrase ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to address the so-called economic provisions of the Constitution,” he said.

“What we need now to address the economic slowdown is a concrete solution through the enactment of various economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act and the Public Service Act,” he added.

Drilon is the principal author of Senate Bill 1840, which is being sponsored by Senate committee on trade chair Senator Koko Pimentel.

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