Opinion: What does Erice want?



Caloocan second district Rep. Edgar Erice. Image from the House of Representatives website.

Caloocan City second district Representative Edgar Erice was accused of being the attack dog of the Liberal Party (LP) when he criticized what he called as Vice President Jejomar Binay’s “two-faced” attacks against the ruling party in a privileged speech in June 10.

Erice was fuming, challenging the vice president to resign from his post in the cabinet and be “the true leader of the opposition.” He even asked Binay, of all things, to show his true colors.

The speech was repeatedly described as fiery, although I would rather call it a waste of plenary time – which could have been instead used to discuss relevant legislation – for political and personal purposes. The content might have been different, but I view it as something similar to the ones given by Senator Bong Revilla in the past months.

In subsequent interviews, Erice denied being the attack dog the LP. He even revealed that he did not get the permission of the President or his party to deliver the said speech, apparently entitled “In Defense of the Grand Old Liberal Party.”

While it may seem impossible that no one from the party leadership knew of his speech, I am inclined to agree with his claim that his actions were not on the orders of the President or someone from LP.

Erice designated himself as the party’s attack dog – the counterpart of UNA’s Toby Tiangco – because he wants something from the leadership.

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[Updated] Opinion: ‘Pia Cayetano for President’


Senator Pia Cayetano. Image from the Senate of the Philippines website.

The alternative to Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, according to earlier reports, is Senator Grace Poe – a predictable choice, considering she topped the 2013 senatorial elections.

Since then, we have heard other possible contenders: Rodrigo Duterte, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ramon Revilla Jr., Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Alan Peter Cayetano, and even Leni Robredo.

I have decided to throw in another name in the fray: Senator Pia Cayetano.

This is not a statement of support – at least for now. Rather, this is an appeal for the public to view her as a possible contender in 2016. She is one, even if most of us would agree that she will not win if the elections are held today.

But the elections are two years from now, and President Aquino and Secretary Mar Roxas would agree that a lot of things can happen in such a period of time.

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