Cebu is becoming the center of both international and international attention! After the start of APEC last Saturday, August 22, 2015, 3 of the top 5 presidential candidates, Binay, Poe and, together with President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III, Roxas, are all here in Cebu today.
Senator Grace Poe arrived during the weekend. There hasn’t been any reports as to her activities during the weekend but she attended the Intramurals of University of San Carlos. The students performed the “USC wave” to welcome the senator. She then gave the opening speech for the event.
There are reports that her speech was supposedly cancelled at the last minute by the school administration and the media from Manila who were arranged to cover her appearance were banned. The student organization who was in-charge of the event said that the appearance was meant “to be low-key and that they did not expect it would generate so much media attention,” as reported by CNN Philippines. While she said she respected the school’s decision to ban the media, they eventually allowed her speech to push through.
Vice President Jojo Binay has been here since yesterday, Sunday, August 24, 2015. He spent the day with a press conference at Waterfront Hotel Mactan, Lapulapu City in the morning, boodle fight for lunch, and visited public markets in Lapulapu City and Cebu City.
In the morning, Mar Roxas delivered a speech at the Daang Matuwid (Straight Path) People’s Dialogue held at Cebu Normal University. At 2:00 PM, Pres. Aquino and Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Mar Roxas, were at the Cebu Coliseum for the “Gathering of Friends,” which was an assembly of their fellow party members and supporters. Their political party, the Liberal Party, held a similar event at Metro Manila last July 31, 2015.
Having been described as “vote-rich,” province has now become the center for courting voters for the upcoming 2016 national elections. Cebu has a total of 2.5 million registered voters and 80% practiced their right of suffrage last elections, a large number that could definitely affect the tide of the elections.
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