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DUTERTE: I MAY NOT LAST 6 YEARS IN OFFICE


DECEMBER 10 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had earlier disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to smoking. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Facebook page No Comelec ruling on Poe, Duterte candidacies
Is he suffering from a serious illness? Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte himself fueled speculations about his health after telling supporters he may not be able to finish a president’s six-year term if he wins. “Nakikita ko na (I can see it). I am 70 years old and I can see my life go. Kung ano ang medisina ninyo, yun din ang medisina ko. Wag kang magtanong kung ano ang sakit ko (Your medicine is my medicine. Don’t ask what my sickness is). Everyone gets sick and everyone has to go. Ako ay 70. In the long stretch, medyo duda ako kung makaabot ako ng (I doubt if I can finish) six years. Makababa pa kaya ako ng Malakanyang na (Can I step down from Malacańang) vertical? Maybe horizontal. And if I win, inshallah (God willing), I will be the first president to enjoy a state funeral,” he told his supporters Tuesday night in an advance Christmas party in Taguig City. His presidential aspirations – along with those of Sen. Grace Poe – still hang in the balance as the issues raised against their candidacies remain unresolved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with only five days left before the release of the official list of candidates in the May 2016 elections. Duterte had earlier disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to smoking. He is also reported to have Barrett’s Esophagus, a more serious form of gastroesophageal reflux, in which the lining of the esophagus is replaced by intestinal tissue. If not properly managed, Barrett’s Esophagus can progress into a rare cancer called esophageal adencarcinoma. Duterte has denied suffering from throat cancer and lambasted a journalist who wrote about it. The mayor tagged the writer as a propagandist for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, who denied the accusation. “The presidency, I really don’t care because it’s burdensome. The enormity of the problems of the country is really daunting. I am a lawyer and 22 years the mayor of Davao City. I served as congressman of the first district for one term and I was vice mayor to my daughter, Inday. Ok na ako. Alam ko na lahat (I’m okay, I know it all). As a matter of fact, I can see my life in front of me,” he said. Duterte again emphasized that he is not bent on seeking the presidency. READ MORE...RELATED,TEAM 'DAANG MATUWID' DARED DUTERTE TO PROVE CLAIM OF KILLING A NUMBER OF PEOPLE...

ALSO: Duterte bats for hero’s burial for FM, house arrest for GMA


DECEMBER 10 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte COTABATO CITY – Invoking the need for the country to move forward, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has declared that if elected president, he would allow the burial of the remains of late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and permit a house arrest for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a key supporter disclosed Thursday. Interviewed for two hours over Radio Station DZMM Wednesday, Duterte also rejected the idea that as President, he would order close scrutiny on the records and performances of incumbent President Benigno S. Aquino III and his officials for criminal prosecution by the Ombudsman, according to former North Cotabato Manny Pińol. “There is a Constitutional body, the Ombudsman, tasked to do that. Let’s leave that to the Ombudsman,” Duterte was quoted by Pińol as saying. Pińol described the pronouncements on Marcos’ burial and Arroyo’s arrest as parts of Duterte’s growing bandwagon in “wading into issues which other presidential candidates have conveniently skirted” and something that catapulted the Davao mayor to the upper ladder of recent popularity survey results. READ MORE...

ALSO Family law expert: Poe a natural-born Filipino; Poe will wait and accept SC final verdict.


Sen. Grace Poe, a frontrunner in the presidential race, was disqualified by two divisions of the Commission on Elections. In this July 2014 photo, Poe greets colleagues ahead of President Aquino's State of the Nation Address. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file
Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe is presumed to be a natural-born Filipino unless proven otherwise, a high-profile lawyer said.
Family law expert Katrina Legarda said Poe, as a foundling, was abandoned by her parents in the Philippines, making her a Filipino citizen. "A foundling found in the Philippines is a natural born Filipino and he or she who denies it has to prove it that the mother is not a Filipino or is a foreigner," Legarda said in a forum in Quezon City on Saturday, as cited in a state news report. "The presumption is Sen. Poe and all foundlings are natural born citizens, born to mothers who are Filipino because it defies imagination that a foreign woman, pregnant, will go to Iloilo or goes to our country to give birth," she added. The Commission on Election Second Division canceled Poe's certificate of candidacy for president on December 1, saying she failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates. On Friday, the poll agency's First Division likewise disqualified Poe from the presidential race based on consolidated petitions by former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad, former law dean Amado Valdez and professor Antonio Contreras. Poe's camp said it will respect the decision of the Supreme Court and follow its final verdict. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Ex-nanny vouches for Grace Poe


DECEMBER 11 -Senator Grace Poe during a presconference in Tarlac City, following COMELEC's first division canceling Poe's certificate of candidacy for President, voting 2-1. Poe says her camp expected the ruling, and will file for motion for reconsideration on the following days. INQUIRER/ MARIAANE BERMUDEZ BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—A former nanny of the family of actress Susan Roces wept when she learned that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had decided to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) for President of Sen. Grace Poe. “I knew Grace Poe when she was a baby. She is pure Filipino,” said Herminia Sajo Alojado, 64, and a resident of Hacienda Mercedes, Barangay Pasil, EB Magalona, in Negros Occidental. She said she could not understand how people could be so cruel “to a child who was found in a church in Iloilo and could be nothing else but a Filipino.” Alojado worked for Susan’s younger sister, Teresita Sonora, as nanny of her then baby daughter Shiela. Cute baby She said Teresita’s family would often visit Susan and her late husband, actor Fernando Poe Jr., in their house in San Juan. When in Susan’s house, Alojado said she would carry and bathe Grace, who she described as a good and cuteť baby. According to Alojado, she came to work for the Sonoras after she was brought there by Trinidad Sonora, an aunt of Susan, who owned a farm located near her residence in EB Magalona. Alojado said baby Grace was brought to the home of the Poes by an Ilongga fan of Susan, Teresita Valencia. The Poes loved the baby so much that they eventually decided to adopt her. No doubt “I have no doubt that she is a Filipino and I hope she is allowed to run for President because I certainly will vote for her,” said Alojado, who is now a sugarcane farm worker. The Comelec First Division voted 2-1 to cancel Poe’s COC for President on Friday, granting a petition filed by former Sen. Francisco Tatad and former University of the East College of Law dean Amado Valdez. Second setback It was Poe’s second setback, following a unanimous vote by the Comelec Second Division on Dec. 1 to disqualify her as a presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Poe, who went to the city of Cauayan in Isabela province on Saturday, said she was hurt that her political ambitions had prompted her rivals for Malacańang to try to take her Filipino citizenship away. Saying the second disqualification ruling issued by another division of the Comelec was hurtful, Poe, an independent presidential candidate, assured people in the city that she first saw light as a Filipino. “I am a true Filipino from birth. I saw light as a Filipino, was raised a Filipino, resided, studied and got married in the country so I would like to serve my fellow Filipinos,”ť she told a news briefing here. Take away citizenship “This is why it hurts that they are trying to take away my citizenship, my heritage, which are a huge part of my being,” she said. READ MORE... RELATED, Poe: Human rights violators have no right to rule ...

ALSO: A call for ‘Zero votes for Mar in calamity areas’
[“The lack of compassion on this shocking discovery is unthinkable and beyond human comprehension. I can’t understand why this has to happen given the continued hunger among Yolanda survivors who continue to hope for government assistance. The lives of survivors remain uncertain. Such negligence (rice dumping) and wastage of relief goods in the disaster-hit areas are unforgivable,” Leyte Rep Romualdez said.]


DECEMBER 7 -Manuel Roxas II
ADMINISTRATION candidate Manuel Roxas II could suffer a backlash from the failure of Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman to provide timely disaster relief, after a militant party-list group on Sunday called on survivors of natural calamities to give him “zero votes” in next year’s presidential polls.
The call came as public anger simmered over the government’s dumping of some 284 sacks of rotten rice—meant for typhoon survivors—in Leyte, as a result of the inability of Department of Social Welfare and Development under Soliman to efficiently manage and distribute relief. “Calamity victims and survivors will not achieve real justice and adequate help from this government. That is why they should campaign for zero votes for its top candidate this coming election because if [President Benigno] Aquino’s clone will win in the coming election, calamity victims will further suffer,” said Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap. “The likes of Dinky Soliman together with other rotten-to-the-core government officials responsible for the lackluster work in rehabilitation and reconstruction of calamity affected areas will continue to do their dirty deeds as long as they remain in their position,” Hicap said. Hicap rejected the suggestion that human error was the cause of the dumping of rice in Leyte. “This is not human error. It is in fact the product of systematic incompetence and negligence by the DSWD and the Aquino government,” Hicap said. Other lawmakers continued to put pressure on the government to make Soliman account for “missing billions” in local and foreign donations. Senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Sunday slammed the government’s lack of compassion and concern for the survivors of typhoon “Yolanda” that flattened Eastern Visayas and killed over 6,000 people in November 2013, after the discovery of the buried rice. “It is quite telling that after two years, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has not been transparent. Despite the Commission on Audit’s discovery of cash donations of over P300 million not being disbursed, the government has yet to account for it and for the billions that had been donated by local and foreign donors,” said Romualdez, whose district included Tacloban City, among the heavily damaged by Yolanda. “For the past two years, we have been asking the government to account for the billions in local and foreign donations, to no avail,” he added. The lawmaker said survivors were complaining about the replacement of donations of imported corned beef and Spam with the relief goods of local brand of corned beef and sardines. He maintained that Soliman must be held liable in the reported dumping of NFA rice for the Yolanda survivors. READ MORE...


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Duterte: I may not last 6 years in office


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had earlier disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to smoking. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Facebook page No Comelec ruling on Poe, Duterte candidacies

MANILA, DECEMBER 14, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Mike Frialde December 10, 2015 - Is he suffering from a serious illness?

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte himself fueled speculations about his health after telling supporters he may not be able to finish a president’s six-year term if he wins.

“Nakikita ko na (I can see it). I am 70 years old and I can see my life go. Kung ano ang medisina ninyo, yun din ang medisina ko. Wag kang magtanong kung ano ang sakit ko (Your medicine is my medicine. Don’t ask what my sickness is). Everyone gets sick and everyone has to go. Ako ay 70. In the long stretch, medyo duda ako kung makaabot ako ng (I doubt if I can finish) six years. Makababa pa kaya ako ng Malakanyang na (Can I step down from Malacańang) vertical? Maybe horizontal. And if I win, inshallah (God willing), I will be the first president to enjoy a state funeral,” he told his supporters Tuesday night in an advance Christmas party in Taguig City.

His presidential aspirations – along with those of Sen. Grace Poe – still hang in the balance as the issues raised against their candidacies remain unresolved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with only five days left before the release of the official list of candidates in the May 2016 elections.

Duterte had earlier disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to smoking.

He is also reported to have Barrett’s Esophagus, a more serious form of gastroesophageal reflux, in which the lining of the esophagus is replaced by intestinal tissue.

If not properly managed, Barrett’s Esophagus can progress into a rare cancer called esophageal adencarcinoma.

Duterte has denied suffering from throat cancer and lambasted a journalist who wrote about it. The mayor tagged the writer as a propagandist for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, who denied the accusation.

“The presidency, I really don’t care because it’s burdensome. The enormity of the problems of the country is really daunting. I am a lawyer and 22 years the mayor of Davao City. I served as congressman of the first district for one term and I was vice mayor to my daughter, Inday. Ok na ako. Alam ko na lahat (I’m okay, I know it all). As a matter of fact, I can see my life in front of me,” he said.

Duterte again emphasized that he is not bent on seeking the presidency.

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“Fate has many faces. Ultimately, I have come to realize that the eternal equation is really destiny. Destiny is not designed by mere mortals like us. It is crafted by God. That is what I understand right now,” he added.

In a radio interview also yesterday, Duterte urged his supporters to consider other candidates first. “Do not think about me, but maybe a week before election time, baka maisipan niyo ako,” he said.

Meanwhile, after a four-hour special meeting yesterday afternoon, the Comelec as a whole failed to decide on the disqualification cases against Poe and on questions on Duterte’s being a substitute candidate of former Violence Against Crime and Corruption chair Martin Dińo.

In an ambush interview, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they were still studying these cases.

“On Dec. 14 we will again meet. What I did (during the meeting) was – what are the issues that we have to study? So I told them, let’s take the weekend to think about these issues,” he said.

Pending at the Comelec is the motion for reconsideration filed by Poe concerning the decision of the Second Division to disqualify her from next year’s presidential elections filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo.

COMELEC FIRST DIVISION

In the First Division, Poe is also facing three disqualification cases filed by former senator Francisco Tatad, De La Salle Universtiy professor Antonio Contreras and former University of the East College of Law dean Amado Valdez.

Bautista earlier stated that they would try to decide on the validity of Duterte’s substitution while a disqualification case against him is pending before the First Division. This was not resolved during yesterday’s meeting.


Chairman Jose Andres Bautista and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

In a separate interview, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said they have not started discussing Duterte’s substitution because there is a hearing on Dec. 16 by the First Division. This involves the disqualification case filed against him by broadcaster Ruben Castor.

“Not yet. Because we have a hearing on Wednesday, so there’s a case. So we still have to hear the case of Mayor Duterte,” said Guanzon, a member of the First Division.

Asked about a possible extension of the Dec. 15 timeline for the release of the names of the official candidates, Guanzon answered in the negative.

“I don’t think so, if there’s a change in the deadline, in the calendar,” she maintained. Comelec is eyeing to start ballot printing by late January or early February 2016.

Guanzon also said that they are still looking into Poe’s three other disqualification cases.

“It (decision) should be at the latest, maybe by next Tuesday. Because we have to continue deliberating. There are three cases and we are still deliberating,” she added.

But according to Bautista, even if the cases of Poe and Duterte are not yet resolved, their names can still be included in the official list of candidate.

“If there is no final decision, they should be included,” he added.

OFW Family party-list Rep. Roy Seńeres, for his part, made clear yesterday he is not withdrawing his candidacy for president in favor of Duterte.

Seńeres also denied reports that Supreme Court Associate Justices Bienvenido Reyes and Jose Mendoza tried to convince him to give his slot to Duterte.

The lawmaker issued the statement on the eve of the last day for substitution of candidacy.

He said Duterte, his fraternity brother, should just settle with substituting for Dińo.

Dińo filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) using a form reserved for presidential candidates but wrote down that he was running for mayor of Pasay City. – With Robertzon Ramirez 

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DUTERTE DARED: PROVE CLAIMS OF EXECUTION By WENDELL VIGILIA December 11, 2015


DUTERTE

THE spokesman of administration candidates under “Team Daang Matuwid” yesterday dared presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to prove his claim that he has killed a number of people in the course of his career as a politician.

Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez said Duterte is bragging about being a self-confessed executioner of criminals apparently because he knows very well that he cannot be held accountable without proof.

Gutierrez is a lawyer like Duterte, standard bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The expected reply of Duterte: “Ano sila, sinisuerte?”

“Kung talagang matapang siya (Duterte), proud siya sa mga ginawa niyang ito, sabihin niya (kung sino mga pinatay niya),” he told a press conference.

Gutierrez said it is extremely baffling that Duterte is running on a platform of killing people.

He also said he is surprised that at this day and age when there are laws against crime and violation of human rights, there is a presidential aspirant whose “main claim to fame ay pumatay ako ng 1,700.”

He said what Duterte stands for violates the fundamental law of the land.

Duterte recently said there would be weekly executions of criminals if he becomes president. He vowed to revive the death penalty if he becomes president, pointing out that the country’s crime rate significantly increased after the law on capital punishment was repealed during the Arroyo administration. Earlier, Duterte claimed to have killed three kidnappers in Davao City in 1988.

Gutierrez said Duterte’s claims will be reduced to “kwentong kutsero” (tall tale) if he will not talk.

“Ang problema kasi ang dami niyang (Durterte) sinasabi na marami siyang pinatay, hindi daw 700, (kundi) 1,700 (ang pinatay niya) pero ang tanong, nagsabi na ba siya ng mga pangalan? Nagsabi na ba siya ng mga lugar? Nagsabi na ba siya ng oras kung kailan niya pinatay?” he said.

He said anyone can make claims.

“Sabihin ko pinatay ko si (Jose) Rizal, e hindi niyo naman pwedeng ikulong ako dahil sa sinabi ko. So iba yung kuwento, iba yung datos,” he said.

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Sen. Francis Escudero, a vice presidential aspirant, said Duterte’s admission of killing criminals is something concerned government agencies should look into but not during this election season.

“Ngayong panahon kasi ng pulitika’t eleksyon, maski na anong gawin ng kandidato, palaging sasabihin na panggigipit o pangpe-pressure,” he said.

Escudero’s running mate, presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe, said the country needs leaders who not only respect human rights but also uphold these rights in the face of challenges.

“Ang gobyerno o ang mga tao na umaabuso sa mga karapatang pantao ay lumalabag sa international human rights at walang karapatang mamuno sa ating bansa,” she said.

Poe, a foundling whose right to public service is being questioned by her political opponents, said a government that allows the rights of its constituents to be violated will not be able to lead the people.

The Commission on Elections said candidates found to have violated human rights in relation to their candidacies could result in their disqualification from the May 2016 polls.

“If it is terrorism, threat, or intimidation at administratively, nakita ng Comelec na guilty sila, they could be disqualified. Kapag nahuli sila na ginagawa ang mga ito, they can be disqualified from continuing as a candidate,” Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said in a press conference launching the Bantay Karapatan sa Halalan coalition.

The Omnibus Election Code defines threats, intimidation, terrorism, or other forms of coercion as acts that directly or indirectly threaten, intimidate or actually cause, inflict or “produce any violence, injury, punishment, damage, loss or disadvantage upon any person or persons to compel or induce the participation in a campaign or refraining or desistance from any campaign, or the casting of any vote or omission to vote.”

An election offense carries penalties of one to six years imprisonment, disqualification from public office, and deprivation of the right to vote.

Among the member-organizations of the coalition are the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Caucus of Development NGO Networks, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, Legal Network for Truthful Elections, National Movement for Free Elections, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, and Task Force 2016. – With JP Lopez and Gerard Naval


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Duterte bats for hero’s burial for FM, house arrest for GMA by Ali G. Macabalang December 10, 2015 (updated) Share9 Tweet1 Share0 Email2 Share74


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

COTABATO CITY – Invoking the need for the country to move forward, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has declared that if elected president, he would allow the burial of the remains of late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and permit a house arrest for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a key supporter disclosed Thursday.

Interviewed for two hours over Radio Station DZMM Wednesday, Duterte also rejected the idea that as President, he would order close scrutiny on the records and performances of incumbent President Benigno S. Aquino III and his officials for criminal prosecution by the Ombudsman, according to former North Cotabato Manny Pińol.

“There is a Constitutional body, the Ombudsman, tasked to do that. Let’s leave that to the Ombudsman,” Duterte was quoted by Pińol as saying.

Pińol described the pronouncements on Marcos’ burial and Arroyo’s arrest as parts of Duterte’s growing bandwagon in “wading into issues which other presidential candidates have conveniently skirted” and something that catapulted the Davao mayor to the upper ladder of recent popularity survey results.

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Duterte “declares his position on the controversial issues in the country without blinking and with the conviction and confidence of a leader who knows what is right for his country,” Pińol said.

“This country has to move forward. Tama na yang away ng mga angkan sa pulitika. Red versus yellow, green versus blue. We have to stop this insanity,” Pińol quoted Duterte as telling him once.

Asked to answer questions with only approve or disapprove, Duterte immediately said “Approve” when asked if he would allow the burial of late President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the former governor said.

“Maski ano pa ang sabihin natin, naging Pangulo ng Pilipinas ‘yan at lumaban noong World War II,” Pińol quoted Duterte as further saying.

When asked if he would approve a house arrest for former President Macapagal-Arroyo who is under hospital arrest for plunder, Duterte said: “Approve,” according to Pińol.


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Family law expert: Poe a natural-born Filipino; Poe will accept SC final verdict. By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated December 13, 2015 - 2:48pm 12 17 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe, a frontrunner in the presidential race, was disqualified by two divisions of the Commission on Elections. In this July 2014 photo, Poe greets colleagues ahead of President Aquino's State of the Nation Address. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe is presumed to be a natural-born Filipino unless proven otherwise, a high-profile lawyer said.

Family law expert Katrina Legarda said Poe, as a foundling, was abandoned by her parents in the Philippines, making her a Filipino citizen.

"A foundling found in the Philippines is a natural born Filipino and he or she who denies it has to prove it that the mother is not a Filipino or is a foreigner," Legarda said in a forum in Quezon City on Saturday, as cited in a state news report.

"The presumption is Sen. Poe and all foundlings are natural born citizens, born to mothers who are Filipino because it defies imagination that a foreign woman, pregnant, will go to Iloilo or goes to our country to give birth," she added.

The Commission on Election Second Division canceled Poe's certificate of candidacy for president on December 1, saying she failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates.

On Friday, the poll agency's First Division likewise disqualified Poe from the presidential race based on consolidated petitions by former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad, former law dean Amado Valdez and professor Antonio Contreras.

Poe's camp said it will respect the decision of the Supreme Court and follow its final verdict.


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Ex-nanny vouches for Grace Poe By: Carla P. Gomez, Villamor Visaya Jr.
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December 11, 2015


Senator Grace Poe during a presconference in Tarlac City, following COMELEC's first division canceling Poe's certificate of candidacy for President, voting 2-1. Poe says her camp expected the ruling, and will file for motion for reconsideration on the following days. INQUIRER/ MARIAANE BERMUDEZ

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—A former nanny of the family of actress Susan Roces wept when she learned that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had decided to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) for President of Sen. Grace Poe.

“I knew Grace Poe when she was a baby. She is pure Filipino,” said Herminia Sajo Alojado, 64, and a resident of Hacienda Mercedes, Barangay Pasil, EB Magalona, in Negros Occidental.

She said she could not understand how people could be so cruel “to a child who was found in a church in Iloilo and could be nothing else but a Filipino.”

Alojado worked for Susan’s younger sister, Teresita Sonora, as nanny of her then baby daughter Shiela.

Cute baby

She said Teresita’s family would often visit Susan and her late husband, actor Fernando Poe Jr., in their house in San Juan.

When in Susan’s house, Alojado said she would carry and bathe Grace, who she described as a good and cuteť baby.

According to Alojado, she came to work for the Sonoras after she was brought there by Trinidad Sonora, an aunt of Susan, who owned a farm located near her residence in EB Magalona.

Alojado said baby Grace was brought to the home of the Poes by an Ilongga fan of Susan, Teresita Valencia.

The Poes loved the baby so much that they eventually decided to adopt her.

No doubt

“I have no doubt that she is a Filipino and I hope she is allowed to run for President because I certainly will vote for her,” said Alojado, who is now a sugarcane farm worker.

The Comelec First Division voted 2-1 to cancel Poe’s COC for President on Friday, granting a petition filed by former Sen. Francisco Tatad and former University of the East College of Law dean Amado Valdez.

Second setback

It was Poe’s second setback, following a unanimous vote by the Comelec Second Division on Dec. 1 to disqualify her as a presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, Poe, who went to the city of Cauayan in Isabela province on Saturday, said she was hurt that her political ambitions had prompted her rivals for Malacańang to try to take her Filipino citizenship away.

Saying the second disqualification ruling issued by another division of the Comelec was hurtful, Poe, an independent presidential candidate, assured people in the city that she first saw light as a Filipino.

“I am a true Filipino from birth. I saw light as a Filipino, was raised a Filipino, resided, studied and got married in the country so I would like to serve my fellow Filipinos,”ť she told a news briefing here.

Take away citizenship

“This is why it hurts that they are trying to take away my citizenship, my heritage, which are a huge part of my being,” she said.

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Her lawyers would elevate her case to the Supreme Court, where the senator said she expected to get a favorable decision.

‘Biased’ ruling

Sen. Francis Escudero, her running mate, said he respected the First Division ruling but he described it as biased and haphazardly done.

He said the Comelec disqualified Poe before it could declare presidential candidates who registered under the names “Intergalactic Warrior” and “Satan” as nuisance candidates.

“Our chances in the Comelec are dim. Our hope lies in the Supreme Court,” Escudero said.

READ: Escudero ‘confident’ law is on their side in Poe’s DQ cases

Poe said it was “disturbing that an institution is being used to leave people behind, instead of protecting and defending them.”

She said the legal setbacks have not discouraged her from pursuing the presidency.

“We will knock on the doors of the Comelec and the Supreme Court to assert truth and the genuine aspirations of the Constitution. Meanwhile, I will continue to seek the presidency,”ť she said.

“I will fulfill my promises because I know that I do not carry any political baggage for which I need to be protected. I would sleep soundly at night should I be truly disqualified from running next year because I seek the presidency only for the people. I worry about the people,” she said.

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Poe: Human rights violators have no right to rule By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated December 10, 2015 - 10:25am 1 30 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe earlier filed a motion for reconsideration before the Commission on Elections en banc to reverse the decision of its Second Division to disqualify her in the 2016 presidential race. Facebook/Grace Poe

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Grace Poe on Thursday stressed that the government must be founded on human rights, and human rights violators should not lead.

"Lahat ng tao ay isinilang na may karapatan sa mundong ito, mahirap man o mayaman. Kaya dapat ay kasali ang lahat at walang maiiwan sa buhay. Kasama dito ang karapatang pumili ng kanyang lider," Poe said in a statement.

Poe, a presidential aspirant, noted that the public has the right to choose its own leaders, and that the country needs leaders who respect and uphold human rights in the face of challenges.

"Ang gobyerno o ang mga tao na umaabuso sa mga karapatang pantao ay lumalabag sa International Human Rights at walang karapatang mamuno sa ating bansa," the senator said.

The independent presidential aspirant has been facing several issues regarding her citizenship.

The senator's camp has often cited the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in arguing that Poe has the right to run for president despite being a foundling.

"We all have the right to a nationality, the right to belong to a country," the senator said.

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Poe was found in the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo and was later on adopted by movie star Fernando Poe Jr. and his wife Susan Roces.

"I have always said that abandoned children are entitled to the same rights that all people enjoy. The circumstances of their birth do not make them lesser humans," Poe said.

The senator expressed her confidence that the Supreme Court will take her side as it recognizes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified Poe from the presidential race due to "material misrepresentation" on her 2013 certificate of candidacy for senator.

However, Poe filed an appeal before the Comelec en banc to reverse the decision. She is also set to take her case before the high court.

"At the end of the day, I trust that the Supreme Court recognizes the right of every Filipino to choose his leader," Poe said, adding that she expects fair treatment from the court.

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Poe’s accuser removed from race posted December 10, 2015 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Rey E. Requejo


Poe’s accuser Rizalito David

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Grace Poe’s accuser Rizalito David, who claims she is not qualified to run for President, has been declared a nuisance presidential candidate by the Commission on Elections’ Second Division.

In a six-page resolution, the Second Division led by Commissioner Al Parreńo barred David from running for president next year for his lack of financial ability and for failing to prove that he is being nominated by Ang Kapatiran Party.

“Accordingly, Rizalito David is hereby declared a nuisance candidate and his Certificate of Candidacy for president for the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections is hereby canceled,” the Second Division said.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they will look into the possibility of releasing a “partial” list of candidates for next year’s elections on Dec. 15.

“We will already input whatever names that are already final, tapos hahabulin na lang namin yung iba pang candidates na may pending cases,” Bautista told the reporters.

The Second Division made its decision on David’s case even as the Supreme Court has scheduled a special en banc session on Dec. 16 to deliberate on pressing election cases.

The high court’s justices agreed to hold another full court session during their last regular session for the year last Tuesday due to the “urgency of the cases involving the Comelec,” a Court insider said.

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The source said among the issues included in the Court’s agenda was the urgent plea of the poll body to lift the temporary restraining order issued on Dec. 1 restraining the new policy requiring voters to register for biometrics before they would be allowed to vote in next year’s general elections.

The Comelec cited David’s CoC and his answers to his petition indicating he is a broadcaster.

“While such is a noble way to earn a living, a clear proof however of his financial capability to run a nationwide campaign is absent,” the resolution said.

On Oct. 13, 2015, the Comelec received a letter from Ang Kapatiran president Norman Cabrera saying his party was not “fielding any candidate” for the 2016 elections.

The Comelec’s Second Division also said that while he submitted copies of the endorsements and names of the individuals and organization supporting his presidential bid, David failed to persuade the poll body that he is Ang Kapatiran’s standard bearer.

David, a losing senatorial bet, was the first to file a petition against Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal and before Comelec questioning her citizenship and her compliance with the 10-year residency requirement.

However, the SET ruled in favor of Poe, stressing that her victory for the senatorial seat was valid.


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‘Zero for Mar in calamity areas’ posted December 07, 2015 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera and Rio N. Araja


Manuel Roxas II

ADMINISTRATION candidate Manuel Roxas II could suffer a backlash from the failure of Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman to provide timely disaster relief, after a militant party-list group on Sunday called on survivors of natural calamities to give him “zero votes” in next year’s presidential polls.

The call came as public anger simmered over the government’s dumping of some 284 sacks of rotten rice—meant for typhoon survivors—in Leyte, as a result of the inability of Department of Social Welfare and Development under Soliman to efficiently manage and distribute relief.

“Calamity victims and survivors will not achieve real justice and adequate help from this government. That is why they should campaign for zero votes for its top candidate this coming election because if [President Benigno] Aquino’s clone will win in the coming election, calamity victims will further suffer,” said Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap.

“The likes of Dinky Soliman together with other rotten-to-the-core government officials responsible for the lackluster work in rehabilitation and reconstruction of calamity affected areas will continue to do their dirty deeds as long as they remain in their position,” Hicap said.

Hicap rejected the suggestion that human error was the cause of the dumping of rice in Leyte.

“This is not human error. It is in fact the product of systematic incompetence and negligence by the DSWD and the Aquino government,” Hicap said.

Other lawmakers continued to put pressure on the government to make Soliman account for “missing billions” in local and foreign donations.

Senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Sunday slammed the government’s lack of compassion and concern for the survivors of typhoon “Yolanda” that flattened Eastern Visayas and killed over 6,000 people in November 2013, after the discovery of the buried rice.

“It is quite telling that after two years, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has not been transparent. Despite the Commission on Audit’s discovery of cash donations of over P300 million not being disbursed, the government has yet to account for it and for the billions that had been donated by local and foreign donors,” said Romualdez, whose district included Tacloban City, among the heavily damaged by Yolanda.

“For the past two years, we have been asking the government to account for the billions in local and foreign donations, to no avail,” he added.

The lawmaker said survivors were complaining about the replacement of donations of imported corned beef and Spam with the relief goods of local brand of corned beef and sardines.

He maintained that Soliman must be held liable in the reported dumping of NFA rice for the Yolanda survivors.

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“The lack of compassion on this shocking discovery is unthinkable and beyond human comprehension. I can’t understand why this has to happen given the continued hunger among Yolanda survivors who continue to hope for government assistance. The lives of survivors remain uncertain. Such negligence and wastage of relief goods in the disaster-hit areas are unforgivable,” he said.

House Deputy Minority Leader and 1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III said the mishandling of relief goods and donations has undermined the faith of foreign and local donors to course their contributions through the national government.

“Where are the billions of donations? Why can’t the government account for them?” he asked.

In January this year, Hicap said, some 900 sacks of rice were also discovered undistributed and left to rot inside the regional office VIII of the Bureau of Customs in Tacloban City. The 900 sacks of rotting rice were eventually buried, he said.

“The sins of DSWD chief Dinky Soliman to calamity victims are unfathomable. She should be held accountable for all the sufferings she inflicted on all calamity victims in her stint namely typhoons Ruby, Seniang, Pablo and super typhoon Yolanda,” Hicap said.


SOLIMAN

At the same time, Hicap urged all opposition and non-administration candidates for president to an “only Mar” scenario that would knock out Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from the presidential race by way of disqualification cases.

“We believe that Senator Poe’s disqualification case is just step one,” said Hicap, who ascribed the complaints to the Aquino administration and the “Liberal Party clique.”

The Comelec 2nd Division last week cancelled Poe’s Certificate of Candidacy, citing her failure to meet the 10-year residency requirement for president, and questions about her status as a natural-born citizen.

Anakpawis said the next step in the Liberal Party plot could be the issuance of an arrest warrant for Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is facing four plunder cases before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Hicap said this would be followed by a demolition job or disqualification case against Duterte, who filed his CoC as substitute to anti-crime advocate Martin Dińo.

If these actions take place, that would leave only Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to oppose Roxas, Hicap said.

“As last resort, the Aquino administration could utilize the automated elections to favor Roxas’ candidacy,” Hicap said.

The Palace on Sunday said the DSWD has ordered an investigation over the dumping of almost 300 sacks of rice meant for typhoon victims.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma added that Soliman had reported that the DSWD has been doing everything it can to strengthen its capacity to handle the distribution of the relief goods to the victims of the typhoons and other calamities. With Sandy Araneta


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