It was steaming humid in Aling Nena's tiny living room, but lessening my discomfort were a swiveling fan, her velvety voice and engaging smile.
Over the past thirty years or so, I have seen Aling Nena over a dozen times for psychic readings, and WOW, who can doubt a blind seeress, now 75, who reads with stunning accuracy your life including the exact places of the moles on your body?!
With religious images stacked up on the wall behind her, and a deck of tarot cards spread out over her desk, she said (as translated from Tagalog), "Hello, Mr. Roy! You've come for a political reading, right? Please sit down and, as usual, concentrate on the images with your hands rested on the desk palms down." After I did as instructed, she laid her hands on mine, then lowered her head eyes closed.
After awhile, she raised her head…
Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party standard-bearer for president, is confident that he will win the 2016 presidential elections — not by popularity contests, empty promises or arrogant remarks, but by concrete actions and programs that will uplift the lives of every Filipino.
This was his pledge and stance to his supporters – and to Filipino voters – at a jampacked convention organized by Liberal Party leaders and die-hard supporters, at Club Filipino, I,n Greenhills, San Juan on Thursday, April 14.
While his rivals — like Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Jejomar Binay — have relied on their “glowing” popularity on empty promises and bellicose threats of bloodshed, Roxas is banking his campaign on the aspirations of ordinary Filipinos: a better, more sustainable living for them and for future generations.
“Ang laban na ito ay para sa disente at maunlad na bukas ng 100 milyong Pilipino,” the LP…
By Roly Eclevia
A law dean believes former DILG chief Mar Roxas is the leading presidential candidate despite all the surveys that place him on the third or even fourth place. The surveys, he maintains, “are endogenously inaccurate.”
In an article posted on the internet March 31, Mel Sta. Maria, dean of FEU Law School, observes Mar Roxas obtained 11,213,563 votes in the 2010 elections. To win the 2016 presidential race, he need only keep his support base intact.
That spells trouble for the three other candidates: Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The law dean points out Benigno Aquino won the 2010 elections with 12,233,002 votes. Ex- President Joseph “Erap” Estrada came second, with 7,449,597 votes. The total number of votes garnered by the two presidential frontrunners was 19,972,599, just a little less than the 20,337,327 votes the lady senator obtained in the…