It’s time for Grace to call it quits

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By Perry Diaz

Sen. Chiz Escudero meets with Vice President Jejomar Binay and the United Nationalist Alliance senatorial candidates aligned with Binay. (Photo credit: Office of Vice President)

Sen. Chiz Escudero meets with Vice President Jejomar Binay and the United Nationalist Alliance senatorial candidates aligned with Binay. (Photo credit: Office of Vice President)

It was supposed to be a political “marriage” made in Heaven. But the tandem of Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero – for president and vice-president, respectively — seems like its heading for the rocks.

Is the Grace-Chiz "marriage" of convenience heading for the rocks?

Is the Grace-Chiz “marriage” of convenience heading for the rocks?

It all began when rumors started going around in the “tsismis” or rumor-mongering crowd — or should we say the Chizmosos and Chizmosas? — after Chiz was seen having lunch with Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay in a restaurant in Davao City. No sooner had the “Chizmis” reached the media than another rumor started going around that Grace Poe was withdrawing her candidacy. And while Chiz and Grace denied the rumors, there were speculations that the Grace-Chiz “marriage” of convenience is indeed in big trouble.

The Binay-Escudero meeting was reported by CNN Philippines on October 26, 2015. According to the news report, the two met at a restaurant in Davao City on a Sunday afternoon last October 25. Binay was supposed to be in Davao City to attend the Boy Scout of the Philippines national jamboree in Tagum City while Chiz arrived in Davao Sunday morning. The report didn’t say whether Chiz was in Davao to attend an event.

However, the report said that their meeting was brokered by businessman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., who owns the restaurant. Floirendo told the media that he initiated the meeting “so that Binay and Escudero could talk again after months of being estranged.” Escudero was instrumental to Binay’s victory in the 2010 vice presidential race against Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. Binay and Chiz parted ways when Chiz decided to support Grace’s presidential bid. Their private meeting lasted about an hour. Binay then left for the airport while Escudero followed minutes later, which makes one to believe that Escudero flew to Davao City just to meet with Binay and, as Floirendo had in mind, to “patch” things up between Binay and Escudero. What for? They’re political rivals, aren’t they? At least until the May 2016 elections. Then they can be friends again after the elections.

Chiz and Binay: Plotting the Noy-Bi victory from behind?

Chiz and Binay: Plotting the Noy-Bi victory from behind?

But could it be possible that their meeting was to forge a political alliance to snatch the 2016 elections for themselves? Which reminds me of the 2010 elections when Escudero surreptitiously formed an underground campaign alliance between then presidential candidate Benigno “Noy” Aquino III and the opposition party’s vice presidential candidate, Jejomar Binay, who was officially in tandem with former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Known as the “Noy-Bi” tandem, Aquino and Binay won the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, to the consternation of the supporters of the Liberal Party’s official standard-bearers, Aquino and Roxas, known as the “Noy-Mar” tandem.

Binay-Escudero unholy alliance?

Is Chiz ready to abandon Grace for Binay?

Is Chiz ready to abandon Grace for Binay?

Which begs the question: Is Floirendo trying to replicate what Chiz did in 2010 by forming an unholy – and secret — alliance between Binay and Escudero to dump Chiz’s presidential running mate, Grace Poe, and Binay’s vice presidential running mate, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan? Or could it be that Honasan – who had reluctantly accepted to run in tandem with Binay – would withdraw his candidacy and give way to Escudero? If this happens, it would leave Grace without a running mate unless she picks Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who is running as an independent vice presidential candidate with no presidential running mate.

But a more logical reason why Chiz would abandon Grace is because Grace might withdraw from the race because she is having difficulty proving that she is a “natural-born” Filipino citizen that is required by the Philippine Constitution. In her search for her parents, Grace took DNA tests with two potential relatives; however, the tests failed to find a match. But she hasn’t given up hope. Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said that more DNA samples were being processed.

Bongbong to the rescue

Grace and Bongbong: Are they bound together by DNA?

Grace and Bongbong: Are they bound together by DNA?

Recently, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. volunteered to undergo a DNA test to help Grace find biological relatives. It’s interesting to note that Grace was rumored to have been fathered by Bongbong’s father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Grace’s biological mother is rumored to be Rosemarie Sonora, the sister of Grace’s adoptive mother, actress Susan Roces. However, Grace declined Bongbong’s offer and expressed her belief that their DNAs wouldn’t match. But what if their DNAs matched? Would it hurt to find out that she was the offspring of the late dictator and thus lose an opportunity to prove once and for all that she is “natural-born” Filipino citizen and someone with presidential pedigree to boot?

But I guess there are certain family secrets that people would rather not disclose. And perhaps this would be one secret – if it’s true — that Grace would rather lose the opportunity to be president than take a “bitter pill” that she wouldn’t be able to live with for the rest of her life.

Bi-Chiz

From Noy-Bi to Bi-Chiz (Photo Credit: Equalizer Post)

From Noy-Bi to Bi-Chiz (Photo Credit: Equalizer Post)

Could it be that Grace may have indicated her dire situation to Chiz who would end up without a presidential running mate? If so, then he must be preparing for that eventuality and instead of waiting for that to happen, he jumped on the chance to strike an alliance with his old ally, Binay, who owes Chiz a debt of gratitude for masterminding the Noy-Bi election coup. Yes, it would certainly be a Binay-Chiz (Bi-Chiz) tandem if Grace called it quits.

On November 9, 2015, Amado Valdez, a former law dean of the College of Law of the University of the East, filed a fourth disqualification case against Grace Poe with the Commission of Elections (Comelec). He said that Grace failed to comply with the citizenship and residency requirements under Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution. Valdez cited that Poe has “lost forever” her natural-born status in 2001 and never regained it. “Once you lose natural born status, you lose it forever, you can’t reacquire it,” Valdez said.

Quo-vadis-GraceWith four disqualification cases filed against Poe, and with the presidential election only six months away, one wonders what would happen if these cases were not resolved by Election Day? Would Congress declare her President if she won the election? Can the Supreme Court issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) or is it even legal to do so? Could President Aquino declare a state of emergency or martial law to avoid a constitutional crisis?

Perhaps it’s time for Grace Poe to call it quits and withdraw with grace and honor. It would be a great service to her country.

(PerryDiaz@gmail.com)


17 Responses. Have your say.

  1. philip says:

    Swallowing the bitter pill is the only way she can further her ambition, so she’ll likely take it.

  2. pat talens says:

    Grace Poe—to call it quits. What a wonderful opportunity for Senator Sonny Trillanes to alter plan and run for the Presidency of the Philippines. Trillanes, among all current Presidential aspirants, holds the most compelling virtues of honesty, fortitude, and patriotism to become a transformative President of the Filipino people.
    And not Binay, Roxas, Duterte, Escudero, Honasan.

    Here I really cross fingers that incoming most significant breaking news is that Trillanes will run for President. For the country needs him to cure the country from the morass of political, economic, social upheavals and corruptions. His tested, patriotically focussed mindset makes him miles apart from others.

  3. Fernando Habito says:

    This is a real “Conspiracy Trio” live in PHL Politics “Show Biz”….Starring Jojo Binay, Chiz Escudero and Grace Poe… It’s not entertaining but disgusting show.

  4. Estelita Duque Antonio says:

    BongBong to the Rescue! Why can’t Grace agree to the offer of Senator Marcos? There’s no harm in trying and of course this might be the solution to the problem of being a natural-born citizen of the Philippines. Just my thoughts.

    • philip says:

      Susan Roces nixed the idea because she knows they will be exposed and embarrassed to death. Although Grace initially agreed to do it, now she says they will just buttress her case with whatever “evidence” they have with no DNA.

      After the initial shock, I think it will be a plus for her to be a Marcos albeit merely illegitimate. Filipinos won’t care, just ask Johnny and JV.

      She will sorely lose in the SET at least 5-4, the majority being the three justices plus Nancy and Bam. But if she can prove her Marcos lineage, she might win on appeal in the SC.

      • perry says:

        Hi Philip,

        Good analysis. Grace was in a hurry to reach the top. If she missed reaching it, it would be an agonizingly hard fall that would prevent her from pursuing her presidential ambitions.

        Perry

    • Bobby Bagos says:

      Oh hell, it really doesn’t matter who wins the presidency, it’s going to be the same business as usual, corruptions abound and the Filipino people will be just happy as a bunch of shit eating pigs. Our country have gone through over six decades of nothing but disappointing times since we’ve got our independence from Uncle Sam, our system of government remained the same, messed up and continue to be corrupt because the people that took an oath to serve and protect the Constitution and its people are the ones destroying it. I’m really tempted to say that God will somehow guide our country to prosperity, but I have a feeling that he’s going to stay away from our affairs, so we’ll see who’s going to be next to really screw our country up.

      • philip says:

        You’re on the mark. That’s why I initially thought Marcos was the answer in 1973. Lee Kwan Yew and he had the right idea at the same time but one was a Singaporean and the other was a trapo Filipino. The only president who could have been our LKY was a clone of Magsaysay. But no one has ever come close since.

        Only a benevolent strongman ala-Lee Kwan Yew can save the Philippines. Come to think of it, has the Philippines progressed since so-called “democracy” was restored starting with Cory in 1986? Same old, same old unfortunately/

  5. Andres Pangilinan says:

    This again proves that politics is evil to the core. These candidates are so money-hungry and power-hungry that they will do ANYTHING!ANYTHING! I thought Poe was a SAINT, compared to the others, BUT, she got contaminated fast and joined the evil forces.Pray for our country!

    • pat talens says:

      Andres, Senator Trillanes is not and will not be contaminated by evil of corruption. In him, in his brain, and in his passion is to serve the country with his life. As in the movies, but in real life, Trillanes even as a junior military officer already led an insurrection against a corrupt government and military establishment during the Arroyo administration. Even while detained he catapulted himself to be a courageous Phiippine Senator and thence even as junior Senator demonstrated admirable political leadership against giants of Philippine politics the likes of Enrile and Binay.

      In biblical terms, may the spirit of God dwell in his dreams to urge him run for President—and be the real transformative President of the counry.

      • Bobby Bagos says:

        I hope you’re right about Trillanes Pat, a couple of supposedly well principled former military officers have been in the political scene for quite sometime and both seemed to kind of just gone with the flow, I’m referring to Honasan and former Senator Ping Lacson. As far as I’m concerned, they have not put even a small dent in eliminating the massive corruption taking place in the government, and many of these illegal activities are taking place under their noses by some of their colleagues. Trillanes, should he decide to run for president better prove his worth, his integrity and loyalty to the people and the Constitution will truly be tested. I hope he does run and I for one will be rooting for him.

      • philip says:

        Pat,100% with you.

        • pat talens says:

          Bobby and Philip—thanks for agreeing with me about Senator Trillanes. Indeed we are all part of that Philippine diaspora without vested interest on Trillanes, but to marshall wide ranging political opinion what is best for our country of birth. Here we render unbiased and selfless political commentaries with the belief this man Senator Trilanes is the best hope to make the country again a source of pride by people like us of Filipino blood. To date, current status quo of economic and social conditions in the Philippines is very unsatisfactory and embarrassing at the very least.

  6. Zeny Ferry says:

    The case of Grace Poe being sued for her birth is really problematic. And if she cannot prove her birth as being a natural born Filipino, what’s next?

    With the possiblity of Binay-Escudero tandem it seems the Philippines will never get ahead due to rampant corruption.

    • Bobby Bagos says:

      So if this case is going to be problematic for Grace Poe, how is this thing going to affect all the other so called foundling that are currently in limbo in our country. Grace Poe and the rest of those foundlings didn’t happen to just popped out of nowhere, or that they were a product of immaculate conception, these people were in someone’s womb for at least nine months and to say that they’re not a natural born Filipino citizen is pure nonsense. Even if Grace popped out of a coconut and as long as that coconut tree has its roots in the Philippines, she is a natural born Filipino citizen.

  7. Rex Q. Garcia says:

    Dr. Pangi;linan I agree with you and I will pray with you to make our country corrupt free by voters to vote intelligently.

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