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  • Mar Roxas asks Grace Poe to be his running mate  
    Liberal Party standard-bearer and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said he formally asked Senator Grace Poe to be his running mate in the 2016 elections. Sec. Roxas declined to give details about the meeting, but said further talks are scheduled in the coming days. Sen. Poe confirmed Sec. Roxas officially asked her to become his vice-presidential running mate during the meeting on Sunday night at her residence. “He officially asked me. Now my answer is, thank you for considering me, but I am still deciding at this time,” she told reporters at the Senate. Sec. Poe said she has set a deadline for herself to decide on whether to run for higher office, but declined to reveal the date. The Commission on Elections has set the filing of candidacy for the 2016 elections on Oct. 12-16. Sec. Poe has consistently ranked high in recent presidential surveys by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, along with current Vice-President Jejomar Binay. Sec. Roxas, on the other hand, has lagged behind Vice Pres. Binay and Sec. Poe in the surveys.
  • 6 groups eye regional airport projects             
    Six groups yesterday submitted prequalification documents to bid for P108.19-billion contracts to develop, operate and maintain (O&M) 5 regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) program. But the project immediately hit an obstacle, as the Transportation department said it received yesterday a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Davao Regional Trial Court on auctioning off the deal for Davao International Airport, Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said. “We’re still studying the TRO we received from the Davao RTC today, but will proceed with the prequalification submission,” Transportation Undersecretary for Planning Rene Limcaoco said during the prequalification conference at the department’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City. “Those who submitted are Philippine Airports Consortium, Union Equities-ACSA Consortium, SMHC-IIAC Airport Consortium, Maya Consortium, Filinvest-Jatco-Sojitz, and GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium.”

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