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VP BINAY: GRACE POE SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED FROM RUNNNG PRESIDENT


NOVEMBER 25 -Senator Grace Poe should be disqualified to run for president in next year’s elections, her presidential rival Vice President Jejomar Binay said Wednesday.
In a radio interview, Binay said he agrees with the position of Supreme Court (SC) justices Arturo Brion, Antonio Carpio, and Teresita De Castro who voted in favor of the disqualification case filed against Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). Binay's daughter, Senator Nancy Binay, also voted against Poe. “Sa kaso ni Senator Poe, it’s really a question of law. Walang room dito ang emotions. Walang iyakan pang telebisyon. ‘Yung sa question of law, you have to defend yourself why you won’t be disqualified because the requirements is a natural-born [Filipino],” said Binay. “Bilang abogado dahil sa question of law eh nakakalungkot man pero may batas, kailangan masunod yung batas na natural-born.” Last week, with a vote of 5-4, the SET denied the petition of Rizalito David, a defeated senatorial candidate in the 2013 elections, against Poe, the leading presidential contender according to presidential preference surveys. The elder Binay dispelled notions that he influenced her daughter’s vote in the SET. Binay added that disqualifying Poe from the presidential race does not mean that she is being stripped off her Filipino citizenship. “Hindi natin siya inaalisan nang pagka-Pilipino. Hindi naman eh. Kinikilala siya na siya ay Pilipino, hindi lamang siya natural born, that makes [her] disqualified to run for the presidency,” he said. “Hindi rin ito issue ng pagiging foundling,” Binay added. Poe, a foundling adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces, was found abandoned at the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City. —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/JST, GMA News THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO LP: We thought Poe was natural-born
[LIBERAL PARTY CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN SAID: “But as of now, there are other allegations being thrown against her in the Comelec [Commission on Elections], there are four cases filed against her, so we cannot say what’s the situation now. Like many, we are also waiting [to see] what will be the results. We do hope that the Constitution and the rule of law will prevail,” Gutierrez said.]


NOIVEMBER 26 -Senator Grace Poe
WHILE declaring Senator Grace Poe a Filipino when it was still trying to recruit her as its vice presidential candidate, the Liberal Party now says it is uncertain about her status as a natural-born citizen and will await the outcome of four petitions filed against her. “As far as we know, and with the information that we had when we invited her to be part of the Daang Matuwid coalition in 2013 to the slate as senator, and early this year when we invited her to be our vice president, [Poe was a natural-born Filipino],” said Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez III, campaign spokesman for the LP team of Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.
“But as of now, there are other allegations being thrown against her in the Comelec [Commission on Elections], there are four cases filed against her, so we cannot say what’s the situation now. Like many, we are also waiting [to see] what will be the results. We do hope that the Constitution and the rule of law will prevail,” Gutierrez said. Although Poe and her staff were repeatedly asked to comment on the LP tirade, Poe declined to address the matter categorically and only criticized her opponents indirectly. At the “Know Your Candidate” forum hosted by the Harvard Club of the Philippines, Kellog School of Management and Wharton and University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, Poe said she will respect the decision of the court, if she is disqualified. “But I continue to fight for the principles we have presented in the complaints against us,” she said. “Ang batang inabandona ng magulang ay hindi dapat abandonahin ng gobyerno [A child abandoned by her parents should not be abandoned by the government]” She insisted that all she wants is to spur “inclusive growth for every Filipino.”  “I admit I only have three years of political experience, but there is no evidence that long years in government will translate to good performance,” Poe said, taking a potshot at the worsening Metro Manila traffic situation that is being blamed on Roxas, who was once transportation secretary.  Roxas also confirmed attendace at the forum, but he still had not arrived at press time, an hour and a half after the scheduled star of the event. “I’m not just running because I believe I have chance of winning in this election. I just want to bring inclusive growth to the people,” she said, adding that her Cabinet hiring policy if she wins will be based on integrity, intelligence and energy. On Monday, Roxas referred to allegations that Poe, the frontrunner in the presidential opinion surveys, was not a natural-born citizen. “Without any specificity, none of us would want a foreigner as president, right?” Roxas said. “The issue here is being a natural-born Filipino, which is stated in the Constitution.” READ MORE...RELATED, Susan Roces urged to run if Poe disqualified [SUPPORTERS PUSH PLAN BUT GRACE NIXES IDEA]...

ALSO: Poe not a ‘registered’ foundling


NOVEMBER 28 -There are 4,350 registered foundlings in the country and Sen. Grace Poe is not one of them, a lawyer disclosed Saturday. “She is not registered. It is a pre-requisite. You must be registered to avail of legal presumption as natural born,” Manuelito Luna told a news forum in Quezon City. Luna is the counsel of radio commentator and presidential candidate Rizalito David who sought to nullify Poe’s proclamation as one of the winners in the 2013 senatorial elections. He also filed an electoral offense complaint against Poe before the Commission on Elections. In both cases, David assailed Poe’s claim that she’s a natural-born Filipino citizen. David argued that being a foundling with no known biological Filipino parents, Poe has no basis to claim being a natural-born Filipino. The Senate Electoral Tribunal had voted 5-4 dismissing David’s petition. The case is under appeal. According to Luna, the Philippine Statistics Authority which serves as the national civil registry requires the registration of a foundling before the Office of the Civil Registrar of the city or municipality where the child was found by the finder within 30 days from the date of finding. In Poe’s case, he added, there was no registration whatsoever anywhere in the country. He said 4,350 foundlings were registered with the PSA – which was earlier called the National Census and Statistics Office and the National Statistics Office — from 1950 to the present.“Not one Grace Poe has been registered,” he claimed. Poe was reportedly found abandoned at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo in 1967. She was eventually adopted by celebrity couple, Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. Banking on the popularity of her late adoptive father, Poe ran for senator and topped the 2013 mid-term elections. She has filed a certificate of candidacy for President in next year’s general elections.
Luna said there is still hope that the case filed by David with the SET would be reversed. If not, he added, they will go to the Supreme Court. All of the three justice-members of the SET voted in favor of David’s petition. READ MORE...

ALSO Privately commisioned Pulse Asia's: Duterte leads in Metro poll
[POE, BINAY, ROXAS AND SANTIAGO TRAIL HIM]


NOVEMBER 26 -P
residentiables
Metro Manila, the country’s economic and political center, prefers Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte —who is known for his tough stance on crime—as the next President. The upper and middle classes, as well as the poor, gave Duterte the highest scores among presidential aspirants in a survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc. two weeks ago. One in every three voters (34 percent) in Metro Manila said he or she would vote for Duterte if elections were held early this month. Poe got 26 percent; Vice President Jejomar Binay, 22 percent; former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, 11 percent; and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 7 percent. Asked about the survey, Duterte last night said he did not know why people from Metro Manila chose him, a “probinsyano.” “I am happy if I am leading or just equal to Poe. I am running on a matter of principle because I don’t want anyone messing up the Constitution.” Duterte said in a phone interview. “It’s a matter of principle and there are times and events in your life that you just do what you have to do,” he added. Respondents were showed a list of five names (Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas and Santiago) and were asked, “If the following were candidates for President of the Philippines, whom would you vote for if the 2016 elections were held today?” Pulse Asia conducted face-to-face interviews with 300 respondents from Nov. 11 to 12, or less than two weeks before Duterte declared that he would seek the presidency in the May 2016 general elections. Privately commissioned The privately commissioned survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. Pulse Asia confirmed that it ran the survey. READ MORE...RELATED, DQ case raised as Duterte files COC in Comelec; Can he run? ....

ALSO: It’s official: Duterte files COC for president But can he run?


NOVEMNER 28 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shows his statement of withdrawal of candidacy for mayor while his daughter Sara holds her COC as substitute candidate at the Comelec regional office in the city yesterday. ROBINSON NINAL JR. DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made official his run for the presidency in the May 2016 elections by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the local Commission on Elections office here yesterday. Duterte filed his COC just after he withdrew his earlier bid to seek reelection as mayor. At the same time, lawyer Salvador Medialdea filed Duterte’s COC before the Comelec main office in Manila. Duterte is expected to face legal obstacles. Broadcaster Ruben Castor has prepared a petition questioning Duterte’s substitution for Martin Diño, who filed a COC for mayor rather than as standard bearer of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban). In the petition, copies of which were sent to media offices late yesterday, Castor sought to nullify Diño’s COC. Duterte confirmed the filing of his COC for president through Medialdea. He reportedly signed the COC upon his arrival from Hong Kong the other day. “I have crossed the bridge … the Rubicon and there is no turning back. I place my future entirely in the hands of God,” Duterte told a press conference. In his COC, Duterte stated he was nominated by the PDP-Laban as presidential candidate, replacing Diño. READ MORE...RELATED, 5 NAMED IN DUTERTE SENATE SLATE...

ALSO: Leni hits Duterte’s ‘violence’ campaign


NOVEMBER 28 -Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo pays a visit to The STAR office in Port Area, Manila yesterday for a roundtable discussion with editors, columnists and reporters on current issues. Joining her are columnists Joanne Rae Ramirez, Sara Soliven de Guzman, Bum Tenorio and other employees of The STAR. GEREMY PINTOLO
Administration vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo warned yesterday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s message of violence in his campaign could be dangerous for the public mindset.
Robredo was referring to Duterte’s strong statements on fighting criminality, including those attributed to him calling for the execution of drug pushers, rapist-murderers and other criminals. “To a certain extent it could be dangerous, pushing for radical means of achieving objectives,” Robredo told STAR editors, columnists and reporters. She acknowledged that Duterte’s strongman image appeals to certain voters, but noted it was uncertain whether such a platform would remain appealing in the long run. “There may be a clamor for that particular kind of leadership style and he sort of fills that need,” Robredo said. “I don’t subscribe to that kind of leadership. It may have worked in other places, but from my personal experience, we don’t have to resort to those things,” she said. Duterte is accused of tolerating or even leading summary executions of drug pushers as well as petty criminals in Davao City. READ MORE...


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VP Binay: Grace Poe should be disqualified from running for president

MANILA, NOVEMBER 30, 2015 (GMA NEWS NETWORK) Published November 25, 2015 6:53pm-  Senator Grace Poe should be disqualified to run for president in next year’s elections, her presidential rival Vice President Jejomar Binay said Wednesday.

In a radio interview, Binay said he agrees with the position of Supreme Court (SC) justices Arturo Brion, Antonio Carpio, and Teresita De Castro who voted in favor of the disqualification case filed against Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). Binay's daughter, Senator Nancy Binay, also voted against Poe.

“Sa kaso ni Senator Poe, it’s really a question of law. Walang room dito ang emotions. Walang iyakan pang telebisyon. ‘Yung sa question of law, you have to defend yourself why you won’t be disqualified because the requirements is a natural-born [Filipino],” said Binay.

“Bilang abogado dahil sa question of law eh nakakalungkot man pero may batas, kailangan masunod yung batas na natural-born.”

Last week, with a vote of 5-4, the SET denied the petition of Rizalito David, a defeated senatorial candidate in the 2013 elections, against Poe, the leading presidential contender according to presidential preference surveys.


PHILSTAR LAST WEEK, HERE IS WHAT PNoy SAID: "One would hope that Senator Grace gets the opportunity to be judged by the people to secure the mandate. Vox populi, vox dei. That's a personal opinion," Aquino said in an interview on ANC on Tuesday night. Hopefully--I assume it might get elevated to the Supreme Court--that there is a decision that is timely, that it happens, there is clarity and it happens soon rather than to be decided after the election," Aquino said. Asked to weigh in on the issue of citizenship, Aquino referred to the legal definition of being a natural-born Filipino. "Traditionally, it says a natural-born citizen is somebody who never did anything to complete the process," he said. PHILSTAR FILE

The elder Binay dispelled notions that he influenced her daughter’s vote in the SET.

Binay added that disqualifying Poe from the presidential race does not mean that she is being stripped off her Filipino citizenship.

“Hindi natin siya inaalisan nang pagka-Pilipino. Hindi naman eh. Kinikilala siya na siya ay Pilipino, hindi lamang siya natural born, that makes [her] disqualified to run for the presidency,” he said.

“Hindi rin ito issue ng pagiging foundling,” Binay added.

Poe, a foundling adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces, was found abandoned at the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City. —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/JST, GMA News


MANILA STANDARD

LP: We thought Poe was natural-born posted November 26, 2015 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


Senator Grace Poe

WHILE declaring Senator Grace Poe a Filipino when it was still trying to recruit her as its vice presidential candidate, the Liberal Party now says it is uncertain about her status as a natural-born citizen and will await the outcome of four petitions filed against her.

“As far as we know, and with the information that we had when we invited her to be part of the Daang Matuwid coalition in 2013 to the slate as senator, and early this year when we invited her to be our vice president, [Poe was a natural-born Filipino],” said Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez III, campaign spokesman for the LP team of Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

“But as of now, there are other allegations being thrown against her in the Comelec [Commission on Elections], there are four cases filed against her, so we cannot say what’s the situation now. Like many, we are also waiting [to see] what will be the results. We do hope that the Constitution and the rule of law will prevail,” Gutierrez said.

Although Poe and her staff were repeatedly asked to comment on the LP tirade, Poe declined to address the matter categorically and only criticized her opponents indirectly.

At the “Know Your Candidate” forum hosted by the Harvard Club of the Philippines, Kellog School of Management and Wharton and University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, Poe said she will respect the decision of the court, if she is disqualified.

“But I continue to fight for the principles we have presented in the complaints against us,” she said. “Ang batang inabandona ng magulang ay hindi dapat abandonahin ng gobyerno [A child abandoned by her parents should not be abandoned by the government]”

She insisted that all she wants is to spur “inclusive growth for every Filipino.”

“I admit I only have three years of political experience, but there is no evidence that long years in government will translate to good performance,” Poe said, taking a potshot at the worsening Metro Manila traffic situation that is being blamed on Roxas, who was once transportation secretary.

Roxas also confirmed attendace at the forum, but he still had not arrived at press time, an hour and a half after the scheduled star of the event.

“I’m not just running because I believe I have chance of winning in this election. I just want to bring inclusive growth to the people,” she said, adding that her Cabinet hiring policy if she wins will be based on integrity, intelligence and energy.

On Monday, Roxas referred to allegations that Poe, the frontrunner in the presidential opinion surveys, was not a natural-born citizen.

“Without any specificity, none of us would want a foreigner as president, right?” Roxas said. “The issue here is being a natural-born Filipino, which is stated in the Constitution.”

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“And in the end, the rule of law should prevail because if there is no law, then it will already be might is right—those who have the money, those who have the guns and those who have the loudest voice would prevail in our country,” he added.

This was in sharp contrast to his declaration in August—when he was still recruiting Poe—that he had no doubt that she was a Filipino.

“Obviously, I believe that Poe is a Filipino. I even invited her to be my running mate,” Roxas said at the time.

Poe’s campaign team blasted Roxas for questioning her citizenship when just a few months ago, he had tried to convince her to be his running mate.

“How can they say that she is a foreign national when they even tried to draft her as their vice-presidential bet?” Team Galing at Puso spokesperson and Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said Tuesday.

“Surely, these actions were grounded in research,” he added.

But Gutierrez denied that Roxas was referring to Poe, and said the senator should respect the rule of law and uphold the Constitution.

“What he was trying to say is that we need to uphold the rule of law, and nobody really wants anyone to have a foreigner president, right? If they think that they were the ones who were being hit by that statement, maybe they’re guilty,” Gutierrez added.

Poe on Wednesday denied allegations raised by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte—the lastest entrant in the 2016 presidential race—that she was an American.

“That’s not true,” Poe said, adding that she was a natural-born Filipino citizen even though she was a foundling, and that she was qualified to run for president.

“It’s up to them to call me names,” she said.

Gatchalian dismissed the attacks on Poe’s citizenship as politically motivated.

He said Poe’s camp would not dwell on other people’s opinions.

“Senator Poe is a natural born Filipino, no less that the SET [Senate Electoral Tribunal] reiterated that. In fact Senator Poe was asked to run as VP by almost all the presidential candidates running for next year’s elections. Not just one camp but almost all camps. It’s sad that when she politely declined their offer, the numerous attacks and allusions surfaced. We also have to remember that Senator Poe ran under the admin coalition in 2013, and her citizenship was never an issue,” Gatchalian said.

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Susan Roces urged to run if Poe disqualified SHARES: 306 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nancy C. Carvajal and Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:29 AM November 28th, 2015


SUPPORTERS PUSH PLAN BUT GRACE NIXES IDEA: PHOTO -Senator Grace Poe with adoptive mother Susan Roces. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

Some of Sen. Grace Poe’s close supporters are planning to field Poe’s adoptive mother, movie star Susan Roces, as an alternative presidential candidate in case the Commission on Elections (Comelec) fails to issue a decision on the disqualification cases against the senator before the Dec. 10 deadline for candidate substitution.

This was, however, turned down by Poe, said lawyer George Garcia, who is representing Poe in four disqualification cases in the Comelec.

“[Poe] opposed it because then she would lose her independent status because in a substitution, party membership is needed,” Garcia said in an interview.

He said another suggestion was to “field Roces and Poe at the same time as a fallback in the event that [Poe] would be disqualified, but this was also turned down by the senator.”

Garcia said Poe’s supporters came up with the suggestions because of the growing number of disqualification cases filed against Poe focusing on her alleged failure to meet the citizenship and residency qualifications for President.

Poe, who is leading in the presidential preference surveys, is a foundling of unknown parentage who was adopted by the movie star couple, Fernando Poe Jr. and Roces, who is Jesusa Sonora in real life, triggering the filing of disqualification cases against her candidacy for high office.

‘Extinguished’

The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) last week disposed of the first of these cases, which sought to nullify her 2013 election as senator on the ground that she is not a natural-born Filipino.

Garcia on Friday said the SET decision throwing out the disqualification case effectively “extinguished” the election offense case filed against Poe by the same petitioner in the Comelec.

Rizalito David, the defeated senatorial candidate who brought the disqualification case before the SET, had also filed an election offense complaint against Poe, accusing her of “material misrepresentation” in the certificate of candidacy for senator that she filed for the 2013 senatorial election.

David said Poe had violated the Omnibus Election Code in filing the sworn statement as she was ineligible “for the office she sought” in 2013 because she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen.

This can be considered an election offense, which carries a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right to suffrage, David said.

Dismissal sought

Garcia said the Poe camp plans to seek a dismissal of the complaint, which will be included in the manifestation they will file on Dec. 1, officially informing the Comelec of the favorable SET decision.

“We strongly believe that the SET win means there is no misrepresentation in the COC she filed when she ran for the Senate in 2013,” Garcia said in a statement.

The SET, voting 5 to 4, ruled that Poe is a natural-born citizen and thus qualified to sit as a member of the Senate, that being a foundling, she enjoyed the presumption that she was born of Filipino parents and that David failed to destroy such presumption by proving that her parents were foreigners.

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Garcia said the Poe camp would also be filing on Dec. 3 their memorandums on the three other disqualification cases in the Comelec brought against Poe by former Sen. Francisco Tatad, political science professor Antonio Contreras and former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez.

More DNA tests

Meanwhile, Garcia said they are waiting now for the results of three sets of DNA testing on members of three different families from Iloilo City who have volunteered to be tested to resolve the parentage of Poe.

Poe recently underwent DNA testing with two women who are descendants of the people who found her at the Jaro Cathedral in 1968, but their DNAs did not match hers.

Garcia said that after the first set of DNA testing yielded negative results, the Poe camp has continued to look for possible relatives, believing it would quickly resolve the disqualification cases.

“We really hope we could now have a positive match, because even the petitioners agree that would erase all disqualification cases against Senator Grace,” Garcia said.

He said that before DNA testing is done, a team conducts a study of the probability that the subjects are Poe’s relatives.

The lawyer said none of those tested were descended from the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos who, persistent rumors have it, allegedly fathered Poe with the actress Rosemarie Sonora, the sister of Roces.


MANILA TIMES

Poe not a ‘registered’ foundling November 28, 2015 10:25 pm
by JAIME R. PILAPIL, REPORTER

There are 4,350 registered foundlings in the country and Sen. Grace Poe is not one of them, a lawyer disclosed Saturday.

“She is not registered. It is a pre-requisite. You must be registered to avail of legal presumption as natural born,” Manuelito Luna told a news forum in Quezon City.

Luna is the counsel of radio commentator and presidential candidate Rizalito David who sought to nullify Poe’s proclamation as one of the winners in the 2013 senatorial elections.

He also filed an electoral offense complaint against Poe before the Commission on Elections. In both cases, David assailed Poe’s claim that she’s a natural-born Filipino citizen.

David argued that being a foundling with no known biological Filipino parents, Poe has no basis to claim being a natural-born Filipino.

The Senate Electoral Tribunal had voted 5-4 dismissing David’s petition. The case is under appeal.

According to Luna, the Philippine Statistics Authority which serves as the national civil registry requires the registration of a foundling before the Office of the Civil Registrar of the city or municipality where the child was found by the finder within 30 days from the date of finding.

In Poe’s case, he added, there was no registration whatsoever anywhere in the country.
He said 4,350 foundlings were registered with the PSA – which was earlier called the National Census and Statistics Office and the National Statistics Office — from 1950 to the present.

“Not one Grace Poe has been registered,” he claimed.

Poe was reportedly found abandoned at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo in 1967. She was eventually adopted by celebrity couple, Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.

Banking on the popularity of her late adoptive father, Poe ran for senator and topped the 2013 mid-term elections. She has filed a certificate of candidacy for President in next year’s general elections.

Luna said there is still hope that the case filed by David with the SET would be reversed.
If not, he added, they will go to the Supreme Court.

All of the three justice-members of the SET voted in favor of David’s petition.

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“We are hopeful of victory before the SC, a better avenue to get justice. I really felt bad with the decision because some senators looked at the case at bar as not doctrinal, a disrespect to the Constitution,” he said.

David for his part, said he is hoping that the SET will suspend the five-vote requirement once a voting is held.

It could be recalled that SET voted 5-4 to junk the disqualification case thrown against Poe.
Those who voted in favor of the neophyte senator were Senators Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar, Paolo Benigno “Bum” Aquino 4th, and Vicente Sotto 3rd.

Those who voted granting David’s petition were Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Associate Justice Arturo Brion, and Senator Nancy Binay.

The public wants to know the position of Cayetano, now that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has filed his certificate of candidacy for President.

Cayetano’s brother, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is running for vice president in tandem with Duterte.

It could be recalled that Duterte for some time refused to join the presidential derby only to change his mind after the SET has ruled in favor of Poe.

Duterte said he could not allow an American to be elected president.

Poe had been leading the surveys.

Duterte topped a recent survey in Metro Manila.


INQUIRER

Duterte leads in Metro poll By: Nancy C. Carvajal @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:31 AM November 26th, 2015

[POE, BINAY, ROXAS AND SANTIAGO TRAIL HIM]


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Metro Manila, the country’s economic and political center, prefers Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte —who is known for his tough stance on crime—as the next President.

The upper and middle classes, as well as the poor, gave Duterte the highest scores among presidential aspirants in a survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc. two weeks ago.

One in every three voters (34 percent) in Metro Manila said he or she would vote for Duterte if elections were held early this month.

Poe got 26 percent; Vice President Jejomar Binay, 22 percent; former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, 11 percent; and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 7 percent.

Asked about the survey, Duterte last night said he did not know why people from Metro Manila chose him, a “probinsyano.”

“I am happy if I am leading or just equal to Poe. I am running on a matter of principle because I don’t want anyone messing up the Constitution.” Duterte said in a phone interview.

“It’s a matter of principle and there are times and events in your life that you just do what you have to do,” he added.

Respondents were showed a list of five names (Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas and Santiago) and were asked, “If the following were candidates for President of the Philippines, whom would you vote for if the 2016 elections were held today?”

Pulse Asia conducted face-to-face interviews with 300 respondents from Nov. 11 to 12, or less than two weeks before Duterte declared that he would seek the presidency in the May 2016 general elections.

Privately commissioned

The privately commissioned survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Pulse Asia confirmed that it ran the survey.

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It was only on Nov. 21 when Duterte declared his bid for the presidency at a private party in Dasmariñas, Cavite province, a complete turnaround from his earlier statements that he was not seeking the highest elective post in the land despite appeals from his supporters.

At the private party, the Davao mayor said Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party would be his running mate.

Platform of gov’t

Duterte and Cayetano are campaigning on a strong anticrime and corruption platform.

Both are pushing for federalism as an alternative form of government to push for political and economic reforms throughout the country.

Just two months ago, Duterte placed second in Metro Manila, 4 percentage points behind the then front-runner, Poe.

Results of the Pulse Asia survey in September showed that Duterte got 27 percent, lower than the 31 percent obtained by Poe. Binay came in third with 26 percent, Roxas was fourth with 13 percent.

Vice President

In the survey for vice presidential candidates this month, Sen. Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero, Poe’s running mate, was leading with 32 percent, followed by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., 24 percent, and Cayetano, 20 percent. Pulse Asia said Marcos and Cayetano are statistically tied.

Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, running mate of Roxas, got 10 percent; Sen. Gringo Honasan, running mate of Binay, 8 percent; and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, 4 percent.

Rich, middle class for Duterte

Among members of the ABC socioeconomic class, Duterte received 38 percent, double the 19 percent obtained by Poe.

Santiago got 15 percent, and Binay and Roxas each got 14 percent.

Among members of Class D, Duterte received 34, followed by Poe with 28 percent; Binay, 21 percent; Roxas, 12 percent; and Santiago, 5 percent.

Informed of the latest Pulse Asia survey, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo of the Liberal Party said Roxas’ rating had increased by 7 points.

Sought for comment, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, spokesperson for Poe, said: “We have yet to see the survey. To comment on a survey that has not been made public by any group is unfair and inconclusive. The method, sample, etc., are factors that must be considered.”

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DQ case raised as Duterte files COC in Comelec; Can he run? SHARES: 667 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:13 AM November 28th, 2015


TWO FOR THE ROAD After withholding his certificate of candidacy (COC) for reelection as Davao City mayor, Rodrigo Duterte (with daughter Sara) holds up his COC for President on Friday. GERMELINA LACORTE/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Finally, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, called “The Punisher” by Time magazine, has joined next year’s race for Malacañang.

After months of wavering, Duterte, through his lawyer Salvador Medialdea, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for President in the Commission on Elections main office in Manila on Friday.

Before the day was over, however, the first objection to Duterte’s run came, with a certain Ruben Castor asking the Comelec “not to give due course” to the Davao mayor’s COC as he was running as a substitute for a candidate who had withdrawn from the race and whose COC had an erroneous entry.

But Duterte’s filing a COC did not mean that he was already a candidate.

According to Election Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, Duterte’s COC needs to go through deliberation by the full commission.

“Receiving his COC was a ministerial function of the Comelec, but this has to be elevated by the law department to the [full commission], which will decide what to do,” Lim told reporters.

Medialdea filed Duterte’s COC in the Comelec’s law department at noon, nearly a month after the original presidential candidate of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Martin Diño, withdrew from the race after being ordered by the Comelec to explain why he should not be declared a nuisance candidate.

Diño, a former barangay captain in Quezon City, named Duterte his substitute.

It’s up to Comelec

Lim said the Comelec needed to determine whether the requirements for candidate substitution had been met.

In his petition, Castor, a client of lawyer Oliver Lozano, said Diño’s COC showed that he was running for mayor of Pasay City, which made the document “void, legally inexistent and without legal effect.”

The PDP-Laban earlier explained that the entry was a “clerical error” that could be rectified.
Castor also said that because Diño had already withdrawn from the race, Duterte was substituting for no one.

A source from the camp of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, said Duterte’s COC was filed earlier than the Dec. 10 deadline in anticipation of legal questions.

“It’s a way to flesh out and address legal problems,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Duterte announced his presidential bid on Nov. 21, giving as reason what he called the erroneous decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to throw out a petition for the ouster of Sen. Grace Poe on grounds of her questionable citizenship.

The 70-year-old Davao mayor said he would file his COC after talking to the PDP-Laban, whose leaders had been pushing him to run for President.

Ahead of deadline

On Thursday, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the PDP-Laban president, indicated the party’s approval, saying he wanted Duterte to file his COC ahead of the Dec. 10 deadline for substitution.

Attached to Duterte’s COC filed Friday were the certificate of nomination and acceptance, a statement of his platform of government and a letter authorizing Medialdea to file the documents on his behalf.

The certificate of nomination was signed by Salvador Ty, vice president of PDP-Laban, on
Nov. 23.

In Davao City, Duterte went to the local Comelec office and withdrew his COC for reelection as mayor. His daughter, Sara, filed a COC as his substitute.



Duterte told reporters that he had planned to file his COC for President on Dec. 10 but because Sara agreed to run as his substitute in the mayoral race, he decided to file his COC for President on Friday.

He confirmed that he authorized Medialdea to file his candidacy documents for him.
“I just want a day in my life when I can face the Filipino people and speak my truth,” Duterte said.

Exhibit ‘A’: Davao

“For my credentials for the presidency, Davao is Exhibit ‘A,’” he added.

“If there comes a time when I arrive in Pasig, I won’t promise heaven. But everyone will have the freedom to walk the streets safely at night. Either I deliver that or I resign,” he said, renewing his warning to drug lords and other criminals to go somewhere else or they risked getting killed.

On Thursday night, Duterte dealt with fears that he might be disqualified from the presidential race on faulty substitution.

“I don’t have any problem with that if it is the decision of the Comelec,” he said.

“If the Comelec decides to disqualify me, so be it. I won’t die if I don’t become President,” he added.

Polling well

Duterte has been polling well even during his days of dithering about running. In the latest national surveys by the pollsters Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, he ranks fourth, behind administration candidate Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Poe.

In a Metro Manila survey by Pulse Asia leaked this week, Duterte came out on top of the heap, with a 34-percent voter support, followed by Poe, 26 percent; Vice President Jejomar Binay, 22 percent; administration candidate Mar Roxas, 11 percent, and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 7 percent.

Binay’s camp doubted the survey, with the Vice President’s spokesperson, Joey Salgado, reportedly putting the margin of error at 13 percentage points.

“We take note of the results and the statement of Ana Tabunda (of Pulse Asia) that the survey has a margin of error of 13 percent, owing to the small sampling size,” Salgado said.

In a text message to the Inquirer, Tabunda clarified that the margin of error used was plus-or-minus 6 percentage points for the sample size of 300 used for the survey.

“This means you need a gap of 13 percentage points (times 2 error margin plus 1) to be able to say that a candidate is statistically ahead of another,” Tabunda said.

Poe said on Friday that she fully trusted the credibility of the polls even if the leader was her opponent.

Ups and downs

But she had a piece of advice for the Metro survey leader and the tail-enders: “Don’t brag about it and don’t be sad about it.”

“Sometimes you’re on top, sometimes you drop a little, and then you move up again,” Poe told a news conference in Lucena City.

Poe said she viewed polls as “guides for all candidates.”

“And I treat them with seriousness. It’s important for us to know our rankings,” she said.
She said the Pulse Asia Metro Manila survey was “credible.”

But she questioned the high margin of error, which she said resulted in the close rankings of the presidential candidates.

Earlier, her spokesperson, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said the Pulse Asia Metro poll was “inconclusive” and was “not reflective of the sentiments of the [whole] country.”

Good government

The documents filed for Duterte in the Comelec on Friday showed that he is running on a platform of good government, focused on a fight against corruption, drugs and criminality and fixing governmental operations.

Duterte’s thrust includes “streamlining the bureaucracy by introducing digital systems/technologies” and “values formation in all elementary and high schools nationwide.”

With reports from Nancy C. Carvajal in Manila; Delfin T. Mallari, Inquirer Southern Luzon; Germelina Lacorte and Alan Nawal, Inquirer Mindanao

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First five named in Duterte senatorial slate posted November 29, 2015 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera

DAVAO CITY—Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday named five of 12 senatorial candidates of other camps that he wants to adopt as guests.

These were Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, world boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao, former Senator Panfilo Lacson Jr., ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo.

Duterte said he will complete his slate on or before Dec. 10, the last day of filing of COCs for substitution.


Rep. Martin Romualdez

Duterte also endorsed the reelection of Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles, who is running unopposed in the first district of this city.

Duterte did not field an opponent for Nograles, whom he describes as his nephew. Nograles’ mother Beth and Duterte are cousins.

Duterte, who filed his Certificate of Candidacy for president on Friday, told reporters in an ambush interview at the Matina Hotel Enclave here that Romualdez’s pledge of bringing “malasakit” to government should be a major factor for people to elect him to the Senate.


Former Senator Panfilo Lacson Jr.

“Martin is my candidate to the Senate,” Duterte responded to a query of a Manila-based journalist.

He said Romualdez, who is also a guest candidate of presidential aspirant and Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance, is one of the most qualified senatorial candidates.

Romualdez, a lawyer, is the president of the Philippine Constitution Association and leader of the House Independent Bloc.

Earlier, Duterte said he may include in his senatorial lineup the following: Senator Sergio Osmeña III, Susan “Toots” Ople, former Senator Miguel Zubiri and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.


Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao

Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles Jr., a bar topnotcher who retired from politics and now managing his Royale House Travel Inn and Dormitel here, announced his support for the presidential bid of Duterte, stressing “we have one and solid Davao City for him.”

“For the record, Boy Nograles who was [Duterte’s political] enemy for 30 years is publicly supporting him and I will campaign for him in every which way I can,” Nograles told reporters in his short speech at the Oh Boy Beach Resort at Times Beach here.

Nograles’ sons, Karlo Alexei is running unopposed on his third and last term as congressman in the first district of Davao City and Jerico or Koko is the second nominee of Pambansang Bayaning Atleta party-list led by its first nominee, former Rep. Mark Sambar.


Rep. Roman Romulo

Presidential candidate and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a lawyer and running mate of Duterte, expressed confidence that the Comelec will allow the mayor to run and replace Martin Diño as the official standard bearer of Partido Demokratiko Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan in next year’s elections.

“Mayor Duterte will hurdle the legal question hounding his presidential bid because Martin Diño’s intention was to run for president,” Cayetano told reporters in a separate ambush interview here, referring to the questionable document of Diño who used CoC for president, but signed it as candidate for Pasay City mayor.

Karlo Nograles, also a lawyer, echoed Cayetano’s position, explaining the Comelec “already recognized Diño as presidential candidate after it asked why he should not be declared a nuisance candidate.”


Rep. Samuel Pagdilao

Pacquiao reiterated Friday that he will not abandon Binay despite Duterte’s latest move filing the other day his CoC for president in the 2016 elections with the law department of the Commission on Elections in Manila through a representative, lawyer Salvador Medialdea, shortly after withdrawing his CoC for reelection.

Duterte’s CoC was filed along with a certificate of nomination and acceptance from the PDP-Laban signed by Duterte and the party’s vice president, engineer Salvador Ty.

In withdrawing his CoC, Duterte named his daughter, former mayor Sara Duterte, as his substitute.


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It’s official: Duterte files COC for president But can he run? By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 28, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 1


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shows his statement of withdrawal of candidacy for mayor while his daughter Sara holds her COC as substitute candidate at the Comelec regional office in the city yesterday. ROBINSON NINAL JR.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made official his run for the presidency in the May 2016 elections by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the local Commission on Elections office here yesterday.

Duterte filed his COC just after he withdrew his earlier bid to seek reelection as mayor.

At the same time, lawyer Salvador Medialdea filed Duterte’s COC before the Comelec main office in Manila.

Duterte is expected to face legal obstacles.

Broadcaster Ruben Castor has prepared a petition questioning Duterte’s substitution for Martin Diño, who filed a COC for mayor rather than as standard bearer of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban).

In the petition, copies of which were sent to media offices late yesterday, Castor sought to nullify Diño’s COC.

Duterte confirmed the filing of his COC for president through Medialdea. He reportedly signed the COC upon his arrival from Hong Kong the other day.

“I have crossed the bridge … the Rubicon and there is no turning back. I place my future entirely in the hands of God,” Duterte told a press conference.

In his COC, Duterte stated he was nominated by the PDP-Laban as presidential candidate, replacing Diño.

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As required, Duterte submitted a Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA), which was signed by PDP-Laban vice president Salvador Dy.

Duterte indicated in his COC that he is 70 years old and he has been a resident of the Philippines for 71 years and one month. He resides on Taal Road in Central Park Subdivision, Bangkal, of this city.

Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the poll body would still deliberate on Duterte’s COC as well as Diño’s, who withdrew his candicacy last Oct. 29.

“The normal procedure is to accept his COC. It is ministerial for us to receive the COC. The (Comelec’s) Law Department will have to elevate the case to the en banc (full session) and then we will deliberate,” Lim said.

Lim said the poll body would deliberate if Duterte met the requirements for substitution of a candidate.

Diño reportedly withdrew his candidacy to pave the way for the substitution by Duterte.

Castor, in his petition, said the COC of Diño was for mayor of Pasay City and therefore he could only withdraw his candidacy for that position.

He said Duterte could not substitute for Diño “whose COC is void, legally inexistent and without legal effect; hence, substitution shall likewise be void.”

Castor, however, pointed out that the petition was “not intended to pre-empt, but to promote the presidential candidacy of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is worthy to run for president.”

“Precisely, this petition is intended to avoid violation of the mandatory law and penalty of perpetual disqualification to hold office consistent with Mayor Duterte’s resolute advocacy for the rule of law,” he said.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal also pointed out earlier that Duterte can’t run under PDP-Laban since Diño had filed a defective COC.

Diño’s COC indicated he was running for mayor of Pasay City, thus he cannot withdraw as a candidate for president.

Macalintal said Duterte can still run as the standard bearer of any major political party and be nominated before the Dec. 10 deadline allowing submission of substitute candidates.

Political parties have until Dec. 10 to file their nomination if they intend to substitute or replace any of their candidates in next year’s elections.

Duterte earlier filed a COC for the mayoralty race and has repeatedly rejected appeals for him to run for president.

However, Duterte declared the presidential run is now open, saying he could not allow Sen. Grace Poe to run, believing her to be an American citizen.

Duterte’s daughter Sara filed her COC to substitute for her father as mayoralty candidate of the city. His eldest son, Paolo, who is currently the vice mayor, is running unopposed for reelection.

‘Loose coalition’ Duterte made the announcement shortly after he filed his COC at the Comelec office in Davao City.


GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines: Sorry Duterte, Pacquaio sticking with Binay —Boxing legend and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao said he was supporting Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay despite Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s presidential bid. “We’ve given our word,” said Pacquiao who is running for senator under UNA. “We’ve said that we will support our beloved Vice President and (the United Nationalist Alliance). (That) won’t change,” he added. Pacquiao, who welcomed Binay and his entourage at the General Santos City airport on Friday morning, had met Duterte before the Comelec deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy on Oct. 16. Duterte had told him then that he was not running for President. Later, however, Duterte named a Dream Team of senators that included the boxing icon. The Davao City official also filed his COC for the presidency on Friday. Sought for comment on Pacquiao’s statement, Duterte had yet to reply. From the airport here, Pacquiao and Binay traveled to Colon in Maasim town, where the Vice President graced the 4th Council Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP). Binay is the national president of the BSP. FROM INQUIRER FILE

He then flew by helicopter to join boxing legend Rep. Manny Pacquiao at the Munato Festival in Sarangani.

Duterte declared Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano would be his running mate.

He said his “loose coalition” with Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. exists even after committing that Cayetano is his vice presidential candidate.

Both Marcos and Cayetano, who are members of the Nacionalista Party, have been asking to be Duterte’s vice presidential candidate should he decide to run for president.

But while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who is also running for president, has declared that Marcos is her running mate, Cayetano has doggedly pursued Duterte even if the mayor had earlier repeatedly declared that he was not running for president.

Duterte took issue with reports that he “rebuffed” Marcos to be his running mate.

“Rebuff is too harsh a term and I do not mean to rebuff friends,” he said.

Duterte said Marcos is also his friend, as well as Cayetano.

Duterte said he flew back from Manila to Davao on Thursday with Marcos.

And the two were together yesterday to attend the annual Munato Festival at the Sarangani province as guests of Pacquiao.

“There was a mixed signal. Senator Miriam had announced that Marcos is her running mate. There was really just a lack of communication as a product of mixed signal,” Duterte said.

Duterte said he had to explain to Marcos what really transpired.

“I already talked to Bongbong (Marcos). I have to patiently explain to him the circumstances that led to the lack of communication.”

He said Cayetano was there when he explained to Marcos what happened.

Duterte went to Hong Kong for a meeting with Cayetano.

He flew home the other night and told reporters at the airport that Cayetano would be his running mate and he would file his COC on Dec. 10.

In formalizing his candicacy, Duterte said he would embark on a “truth only” campaign and vowed he would never resort to black propaganda.

“In this campaign you can expect me not to get into any black propaganda. I would never resort to it,” Duterte said.

“Maybe I would answer valid ones, but never on speculations and offensive issues… I will continue to speak my truth. For after all I said that initially I just wanted a day in my life that I can face the Filipino people and speak my truth, which is how I really am,” he added.

Duterte also stressed that in the next days he would be looking for money to finance his campaign but he does not want to be compromised into any debt of gratitude to anyone.

“I will not ask for money from anybody, especially the moneyed people. I do not want to be compromised into utang na loob. In the next few days, I will look for money to finance my campaign. I am not a pauper. I can live comfortably after retirement but certainly that money cannot be used because I could get sick, I would need oxygen. I would have to pay hospitalization, I would not want to burden my children,” he said.

Duterte admitted that to a certain extent, he was overwhelmed by the attention he has been getting lately, especially after he declared he was running for president.

“I am sad I’ve lost my privacy. It is the position that counts – it is understandable because it is the presidency. I value my privacy. I have enough accolades in my life to last me a lifetime. I need not be president to fulfill any dream in life,” he said.

Duterte ticked off his list of priority programs he wishes to implement if elected president, including the streamlining of the government bureaucracy.

He said he is also very clear in his desire to reduce crime and eliminate drugs.

Duterte vowed to prioritize much-needed infrastructure in the country, especially the ports and airports as well as key roads, particularly in Metro Manila. – Sheila Crisostomo


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Leni hits Duterte’s ‘violence’ campaign By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 28, 2015 - 12:00am 0 9 googleplus0 0


Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo pays a visit to The STAR office in Port Area, Manila yesterday for a roundtable discussion with editors, columnists and reporters on current issues. Joining her are columnists Joanne Rae Ramirez, Sara Soliven de Guzman, Bum Tenorio and other employees of The STAR. GEREMY PINTOLO

MANILA, Philippines – Administration vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo warned yesterday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s message of violence in his campaign could be dangerous for the public mindset.

Robredo was referring to Duterte’s strong statements on fighting criminality, including those attributed to him calling for the execution of drug pushers, rapist-murderers and other criminals.

“To a certain extent it could be dangerous, pushing for radical means of achieving objectives,” Robredo told STAR editors, columnists and reporters.

She acknowledged that Duterte’s strongman image appeals to certain voters, but noted it was uncertain whether such a platform would remain appealing in the long run.

“There may be a clamor for that particular kind of leadership style and he sort of fills that need,” Robredo said.

“I don’t subscribe to that kind of leadership. It may have worked in other places, but from my personal experience, we don’t have to resort to those things,” she said.

Duterte is accused of tolerating or even leading summary executions of drug pushers as well as petty criminals in Davao City.

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Robredo said in Naga City, where she hails from, peace and order was maintained through active and collaborative participation of ordinary citizens in local governance, including reducing criminality.

“It’s a matter of changing the mindset. What happened (in Naga City) was that people were not just beneficiaries (of government) but they became partners. The people’s council was a fiscalizer, a balancer of the local government and they’re involved in all aspects of governance – budgeting, peace and order – and they’re not armed civilians,” she said.

Robredo, however, said Duterte may be talking tough but it does not mean his statements have to be taken literally.

Duterte on Thursday said more funeral parlors should be put up in the country once he becomes president, as he expects drug pushers to be put to death.


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