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  • LP wooing Grace Poe for 2016                                       Is Sen. Grace Poe President Aquino’s “Plan B” in the 2016 presidential elections? Sen. Poe, whose approval ratings are now getting closer to presidential frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay’s, was invited to the Christmas party of the Liberal Party (LP) in Malacañang on Dec. 3. “Senator Poe was seated on the left side of the President while Speaker (Feliciano) Belmonte was seated on the right. (Interior) Secretary (Mar) Roxas was seated in front of the President at the roundtable,” a source revealed, adding that President Aquino acted as the emcee. It was also learned that Secterary Roxas, who is LP president-on-leave, was the one who invited Sen. Poe. It was the first time that Sen. Poe attended the LP Christmas party after the May 2013 senatorial elections. Sen. Poe, daughter of the late movie icon and action kind Fernando Poe Jr., now ranks 2nd to Vice Prsident Binay among possible contenders in the 2016 presidential elections, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. The young senator got 18%, or only 8 points behind Vice President Binay. The LP party was held a week before Pulse Asia released the survey.
  • Manila ports fully decongested early 2015 – PPA    The government is confident of fully decongesting the ports of Manila early next year after successfully reducing yard utilization rate to more than 80%. “The positive performance is a clear indication that the decongestion efforts being imposed in the last couple of months are already paying off. If we can sustain such efforts in the next couple of months, we will hit our target to fully decongest the ports by early next year,” Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Juan Sta. Ana said. According to Mr. Sta. Ana the combined yard utilization of Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) of the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and the Manila South Harbor of Asian Terminals Inc. stood at 81% or approximately 66,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) as of Dec. 12.

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