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LP claims 12-0 win statistically possible

A 12-0 sweep for the administration coalition is “statistically possible” in the May 13 midterm elections as at least seven candidates have made it to the top 12 in the recent poll surveys, Team PNoy spokesman and Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo said on Thursday. “The election of the full slate of Team PNoy is not statistically far-fetched,” Quimbo said, adding that the remaining five bets were still “within the winning circle.” Quimbo made the statement even as the political leaders in Batangas led by Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto and Senator Ralph Recto on Thursday vowed to deliver a 12-0 win for Team PNoy as ordered by President Benigno Aquino III. The Liberal Party-led coalition held its first sortie on Wednesday in Batangas, a vote-rich province with over a million registered voters in 2010. Recto said they would try their best to get all the coalition’s 12 candidates elected. “It will be a tall order but we will do it,” Recto said. “I think the LP is very strong in the province. We will win here because the LP is strong in Batangas,” said Recto who joined the Liberal Party in 2010. Based on the latest survey of Pulse Asia, the top three senatorial bets are in Team PNoy—Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Alan Cayetano. The other administration senatorial bets who have made it to the top 12 so far are re-electionists Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV, Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, and Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara. “It’s always the dream of any team to have all its candidates win,” Quimbo said. “It is important for the President to have a broad support in the Senate for his reform agenda.” Quimbo said the team would be divided into sub-groups during the campaign period to cover more geographical areas. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the members of the Cabinet will also be campaigning for the Team PNoy bets since no law or rule prohibited it. “Legally, there is no prohibition,” Lacierda said. “The Supreme Court has already rendered a decision on that—that being alter-egos of the President and political appointees, we are allowed to campaign and there is no prohibition with that aspect. “We believe in the candidates of the President. Lacierda said Mr. Aquino’s official family would “stand side by side” with Team PNoy since it had the candidates who could help advance the administration’s reform measures. The Cabinet members who were present during Tuesday’s proclamation rally in Plaza Miranda were Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Transportation Secretary and Liberal Party acting president Joseph Emilio Abaya, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Communications Development Secretary Ramon Carandang, Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas, and National Anti-Poverty Commission chairman Joel Rocamora. Santos-Recto organized two rallies for Team PNoy in Batangas: one in Batangas City and another in Lipa City. She appealed to supporters to vote for Team PNoy’s 12 senatorial candidates to help sustain the administration’s anti-corruption drive. Santos-Recto said Mr. Aquino need not go to Batangas to woo the voters because the Liberal Party had a strong following there. Ralph Recto, speaking before a big crowd at the Batangas Provincial Auditorium in Batangas City, said 62 percent of the Batangueños threw their support behind The President. “Forty-two percent of the people of Batangas joined the President,” Recto said. He thanked the crowd for helping his wife Vilma Santos-Recto win as vice mayor of Lipa City and then governor of Batangas. He said the President was again seeking the trust of Batangueños who helped him win in 2010. Recto said poverty and joblessness were still a big problem under the Aquino administration, but solving those problems was not easy. “So the President needs his allies, the 12 senators of Team PNoy, to help him address those concerns,” Recto said. “The President has already started his reforms and he wants these [candidates] to help him realize these reforms. With Maricel Cruz  and Macon Ramos-Araneta
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