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    Phl senator: Plunderers will lose in 2016 polls

    PHILIPPINE Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said 2016 presidential aspirants will lose in the election if the Ombudsman charges them with plunder or malversation in connection with the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.
    Santiago said the voters should prove the power of righteous indignation against potential candidates allegedly connected with the “pork barrel” controversies as she weighed in on possible 2016 aspirants to the highest post.
    "I dare to hope and predict that any incumbent public official, who runs for national public office in 2016, will lose in the elections if the Ombudsman charges him with plunder or malversation, in connection with the pork barrel scam, and/or in connection with what appears to be the impeachment scam," the lady senator said.
    Santiago also took a shot at her enemies who are rumored presidential aspirants, saying she has gone out of her way despite suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to expose their dishonesty and incompetence.
    "As partners in crime, none of them deserve to be president or vice president. The Filipino people have seen through their masks, and these clowns should stop current efforts at further pretense, such as being called czar when the person is only a presidential assistant," she said.
    Santiago warned that the public should be vigilant in the two "potentially seismic political years" between 2014 and 2016 in the face of increasing numbers of self-serving press releases from those who hope to run for president or vice president.
    "The 2016 presidential elections are now within sight of the political horizon also. We should now look at personalities amassing a mass base, popular in surveys, and issuing self-serving press releases. But are they good leaders?" she asked.
    Santiago said that for the next presidential elections, the Filipino people shall not look for a manager but should probe more deeply and look for a leader.
    "Management is about coping with complexity. On the other hand, leadership is about coping with change. While the manager identifies results, a leader sets the direction," she said.
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