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DECEMBER 15 -Irked by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s (right) claim that his Wharton School of Economics degree is “a myth,” LP presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II said he is willing to be slapped by the mayor if it could be proven that he is not a graduate of the prestigious US school. Philstar.com/File photo
If they make good on their word, the verbal war between Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II and his rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte might turn into a slapping match.
Irked by Duterte’s claim that his Wharton School of Economics degree is “a myth,” Roxas said he is willing to be slapped by the mayor if it could be proven that he is not a graduate of the prestigious US school. Roxas, however, said that in turn, he should be allowed to slap Duterte if he proves that he really obtained a degree from the Ivy League school. “If my Wharton degree is not for real, he may slap me. I won’t avoid him. But if my Wharton degree is for real, I will slap him,” Roxas told reporters on the sidelines of a forum on urban poor at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City yesterday. “I am ready to be slapped by him. He was the one who brought it up. What now? Lalake tayo lahat di ba (We are man enough right)? He said something. Now what?” he added. Roxas said he would write a letter to Wharton so he could produce documents proving that he earned a degree at the business school. READ MORE...

ALSO RAPPLER.COM: Wharton a 'myth?' Facts on Mar Roxas and his economics degree


DECEMBER 14 -HAPPIER TIMES. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (L) and LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas (center) meet in Davao City on May 22. Photo sourced by Rappler “You claim to have graduated from Wharton School of Economics. That is a myth. You did not graduate [from] Wharton, Mr. Roxas.” Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte went all out in hitting his friend-turned-political-foe Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, following a heated word war between the two over the weekend. After a long explanation on why PDP-Laban standard-bearer Martin Diño, whom he intends to replace via substitution, should not be disqualified, Duterte concluded: “Ngayon if you still find enough reason to disqualify me, eh di kayo, nasa inyo yan. Mamili nalang kayo kay Binay o kay… sino tong isa?” (Now if you still find enough reason to disqualify me, it’s up to you. Just choose between [Vice President Jejomar Binay] and… who’s the other one?) “Roxas,” the Mayor’s co-host said. “Who’s he?” quipped Duterte before accusing Roxas of only pretending to have had earned a degree from the prestigious business school. Mar Roxas' 'Wharton graduation photo,' according to his official website. Photo from Mar Roxas' official website Mar Roxas' 'Wharton graduation photo,' according to his official website. “You claim to have graduated from Wharton School of Economics. That is a myth. You did not graduate [from] Wharton, Mr. Roxas. Wala doon sa listahan na ikaw naka-kumpleto ng 4 years or 5 years for a degree. Tanungin mo ang Wharton. Maybe um-enrol ka ng 3 months course, correspondence. I would believe that.” (Your name is not on the list of those who studied for 4 or 5 years for a degree. Ask Wharton. Maybe you enrolled in a 3-month course, a correspondence. I would believe that.) Duterte then challenged Roxas to show a photo of him wearing a toga with his mother as “proof” that he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Roxas did not hold back when asked by reporters on Monday, December 14, to react to Duterte’s claims. “Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Hindi ako iiwas o iilag. Pero kung totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita. O ayan. Ang bilis mong magsalita na hindi mo alam eh (If it’s not true that I have a Wharton degree, he can slap me. I won’t avoid it. But if it’s true that I have a Wharton degree, I’ll slap him. There you go. He’s so quick to say things he doesn’t know),” said a visibly peeved Roxas. He did graduate Even before Duterte made an issue out of Roxas’ degree, Rappler checked with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) through the National Clearinghouse, which validates alumni information for a fee. It's part of our fact-checking process involving claims of public officials about their degrees. (READ: Did Bongbong lie about Oxford, Wharton? and No master's degrees for Ralph Recto) READ MORE...RELATED, GMA NEWS NETWORK -Roxas, Duterte exchange 'sampal' threats... AND MORE...

ALSO STANDARD: Let’s slap it out, Mar dares Rody


DECEMBER 16 -Administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II tells reporters at UP Diliman that he had urged Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to slap him after Duterte threatened to do so. John Paolo Bencito LIBERAL Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II said Monday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, his opponent for the presidency, could slap him in the face if he could prove his claim that Roxas never graduated from the Wharton School of Economics. ‘Then slap me!’ Administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II tells reporters at UP Diliman that he had urged Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to slap him after Duterte threatened to do so. John Paolo Bencito “Let’s have a slapping match,” a visibly irked Roxas challenged Duterte in Filipino. “If my Wharton degree is not real, you can slap me in the face and I won’t dodge it. But if the degree is real, then I’ll slap you.” 
Responding to the remarks, Duterte called Roxas an “idiot” who deserved to be slapped for his poor performance in the wake of Typhoon “Yolanda” two years ago. “If he gets mad at me, I’ll slap him,” Duterte said in Filipino. “I’ll slap that idiot if I chance upon him on the campaign trail.” Duterte also urged people not to vote for Roxas because he could not handle stress. “Will you make him your president?” he said. The word war between the two candidates erupted after Roxas said Davao’s reputation as a city that was safe from crime was “a myth.”  On his own radio talk show, Duterte said Roxas’ Wharton degree was a myth. Roxas, a former investment banker in New York before entering politics, got his B.S. Economics degree from the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. An official university archives web page lists him among the school’s notable alumni “who have served in notable positions in foreign governments,” along with the late Senator Raul Roco, who completed his Masters of Laws in the same university in 1975. “I’d like to ask [him], you claim that you have graduated from the Wharton School of Economics, that is a myth,” Duterte said on his radio show. “You did not graduate from the Wharton School of Economics, Mr. Roxas. Your name is not on the list of those who graduated from the four- or five-year degree courses. Ask Wharton. Show me [a photo] of you wearing a toga at Wharton, with your mother at the graduation,” he added. Roxas, who oversaw the Philippine National Police as Interior secretary before he resigned to campaign for the presidency, slammed Duterte’s autocratic tendencies. “What’s wrong with Mayor Digong Duterte [is] he’s used to one-man rule… If he doesn’t get what he wants, or someone tells him the truth, he’ll just slap someone.”  READ MORE...Related, From Manila Bulletin: Roxas returns gibe...and, After Mar dares, 'suntukan na lang', Duterte dares Roxas to gun duel ...

ALSO: Binay’s Christmas wish: Political truce


DECEMBER 19 -With Christmas fast approaching, Vice President Jejomar Binay fervently wished for a “political ceasefire” among rivals in next year’s elections.
“As a Christmas wish, I’d ask them to stop offending, stop spreading lies, stop personal attacks that cause division. In fairness, the (New People’s Army) already declared a ceasefire... I hope the same thing happens in our political scene,” the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer stressed.
He said his appeal for political peace is for all national and local candidates as the political atmosphere heats up and rumors are being tossed around about them. “From national to local, they should shake hands, embrace each other and join one another in prayer,” the Vice President added. Binay lamented that despite the holidays, there are still opposition allies who are suspended from public office, particularly Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.READ MORE... RELATED,
Office of VP’s P94.7-M transactions already clarified — Binay camp...

ALSO: Mar issues debate challenge; Rody accepts


DECEMBER 20 -Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas
Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas yesterday said he will not back down from any debate or face-to-face discussion with his rivals in the 2016 elections.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday accepted his challenge to a debate. “When the political campaign starts, I will debate with them on any matter under the sun,” Duterte said. Roxas issued the statement after attending several presidential forums that were organized in such a way that the candidates do not debate with each other. “I don’t retreat from any debate. We’ve always attended all these forums,” Roxas told reporters in San Fernando City in Pampanga. He said he also welcomed the call of Vice President Jejomar Binay for a political ceasefire, but added that the campaign should discuss relevant and substantial issues close to the hearts of the people. “The candidate must be able to say clearly where he or she intends to bring the country. We must talk about the dreams of 100 million Filipinos – not just say what one’s going to do. But give exact details,” Roxas said. He said he was surprised by the tirades of Duterte against him, adding that the selection of the next leader is too important to discuss trivial matters like slapping. “If the issue he raised are shallow, let’s ask him about how he intends to handle the economy,” Roxas said. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Netizens criticize Roxas’s Fast Forward ad campaign (Video at bottom of this page)


DECEMBER 15 -The recently released ad campaign featuring the Liberal Party’s standard bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo has been generating a lot of criticisms from netizens.
Aside from the two candidates, the video entitled Fast Forward sa Daang Matuwid features a song performed by Billy Crawford, JayR, and Kris Lawrence. They are also joined by other celebrities including the KathNiel love team (Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo,) Maricel Soriano, James Yap, Ramon Bautista, and Roxas’s wife, Korina Sanchez. With the slew of talents coming together for the ad, a few netizens have compared it to a station ID music video. “Akala ko nag merge na yung dalawang stations (I thought the two stations had merged),” said Facebook user Dave Manalo, in reference to artists from rival stations ABS-CBN and GMA appearing in the commercial. “Ang lakas maka station Id. Lumevel up na po yung Ad niyo, mahal din ng ginastos dito ah ilang artista din ito (It strongly resembles a station ID. Your ad has leveled up, with the number of celebrities this features, this must have cost a lot to produce).” “new station I.D. of Malacañang Network,” joked Boylen Cabag. “cheerer na si Mar…” (Mar is now a cheerleader.) Other netizens tended to pick on a couple of celebrities who apparently went balimbing (switched sides). “bushit na ramon bautista pa kantsaw2 pa sa video ni mar,” Jeffrey Itum ranted. “humahalik din pala sa pwet dahil lang sa pera. badtrip (It’s annoying how Ramon Bautista made fun of Mar’s video before, but now he’s kissing ass just because of money. Bad trip.).” “Yung isa sa hosts ng Kontrabando na may makikitang video na pinagtatawanan ang fistbump ni Mar, eh bakit andito din? ano yan? pera pera lang…? palibhasa persona non grata sa Davao eh (One of the hosts of Kontrabando who laughed at Mar’s fistbump video, so why is he here now? Is it because he got paid? Probably it’s because he’s persona non grata in Davao.),” said Romnick Doringo, also taking a crack at Bautista. “I still remember, Billy C. was posting good deeds of Mayor Duterte…” recalled Shamara Trixie. “Now sya pa isa sa kumanta for Roxas campaign… (Now, he’s one of those singing for Roxas’s campaign.)”  “Magkano kayang bayad kay Pope Billy? 1 like 1 prayer (I wonder how much Pope Billy was paid?),” asked Candice Fuentebella, alluding to the actor’s penchant for posting religious memes. But the greater number of netizens, after noticing the video’s high production value, expressed their outrage, apparently believing that taxpayers’ money went into it. “The yellow is hurtful to the eyes, especially the text right at the end. I can understand from an advertisement perspective the move made. Most Pop-Icons, old and new, were here to promote Mr. Roxas, heck I can even understand the inclusion of his wife,” began Kaoru Patlunag’s post. ” My questions are… whose money was paid to do this? is this included in the campaign limitations by comelec?” (The video is next page)  READ MORE...


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Mar-Rody slap match looms


Irked by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s (right) claim that his Wharton School of Economics degree is “a myth,” LP presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II said he is willing to be slapped by the mayor if it could be proven that he is not a graduate of the prestigious US school. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, DECEMBER 21, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero December 15, 2015 - If they make good on their word, the verbal war between Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II and his rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte might turn into a slapping match.

Irked by Duterte’s claim that his Wharton School of Economics degree is “a myth,” Roxas said he is willing to be slapped by the mayor if it could be proven that he is not a graduate of the prestigious US school.

Roxas, however, said that in turn, he should be allowed to slap Duterte if he proves that he really obtained a degree from the Ivy League school.

“If my Wharton degree is not for real, he may slap me. I won’t avoid him. But if my Wharton degree is for real, I will slap him,” Roxas told reporters on the sidelines of a forum on urban poor at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City yesterday.

“I am ready to be slapped by him. He was the one who brought it up. What now? Lalake tayo lahat di ba (We are man enough right)? He said something. Now what?” he added.

Roxas said he would write a letter to Wharton so he could produce documents proving that he earned a degree at the business school.

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His camp provided a link to a University of Pennsylvania website showing his name on a list of notable alumni.

GMA News reported receiving confirmation last night from Wharton that Roxas obtained an economics degree in 1979.

Roxas’ profile and photo can be found at the “Penn Notables” page, at http://www.archives.upenn.edu/people/notables/political/pennworld.html


Manuel A. Roxas II (1957- ) MORE PENN NOTABLES:

Penn's National Administrators in Foreign Governments Roster of Alumni, Faculty, and Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania This roster of men and women who have served in notable positions in foreign governments

The page featured national administrators in foreign governments, alumni, faculty and trustees of the university.

According to the website, Roxas obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree at the Wharton School in 1979. The profile, however, was not updated as he was described as the Philippines’ trade secretary from 2001 to present.

Wharton counts among its alumni even those who attended classes but did not obtain a degree. These include Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who is running for vice president and nearly became Duterte’s running mate.

Earlier, Roxas dismissed as a myth notions that Davao City under Duterte is one of the safest places in the country.

Citing statistics from the Philippine National Police, Roxas said there were about 18,000 crime incidents in Davao City last year.

Duterte, known for his tough talk and strong stance against crime, lashed back at Roxas by saying that the administration bet is not a graduate of Wharton.

Duterte went on to say that Roxas was not in the list of students who were able to complete a four-year or five-year degree.

He also threatened to slap Roxas if they cross paths during the campaign period.

Roxas insisted that he was merely citing police statistics when he made a statement about the crimes in Davao.

“Mayor Digong Duterte is the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council. He must have forgotten that. He is in charge of peace and order in the entire Davao region. He appointed the (police) regional director and the chief of police of Davao City,” Roxas said.

“Those statistics came from his men. That is the truth. Can’t he accept it? If he becomes the president and he receives bad news, will he slap somebody? Will that be his type of governance?” he added.

Roxas said violence no longer has a place in society and that security forces should not be used to inflict harm on the people.

“Ang pulis, protektor ng tao, hindi sila tirador (policemen are the protectors of the people, they are not hit men),” Roxas said.

“The problem with Mayor Digong Duterte is he is used to one-man rule. If he does not get what he wants or if someone tells him the truth, he resorts to slapping,” he added.

Roxas also denied maligning Duterte, whom he claimed to have considered as his friend.

“I did not malign anyone. It is he who maligns people. He even swears,” he said.

The tough-talking mayor also hit Roxas who claimed that the stable peace and order situation in Davao City was a myth, saying that his claims were true, unlike Roxas’ degree from Wharton which the mayor said was a myth.

Duterte had also claimed that Roxas failed to give enough relief to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 when he was still interior and local government chief.

“If not, I’ll go to Davao and he (Duterte) can slap me at the airport. Let’s see,” Roxas said.

“I don’t see any big shot that he slapped in the face – they’re all little people, who can’t fight back,” he added.

Addressing Duterte by his nickname, Roxas said: “Digong, I consider you as a friend. I respect you. But it was also good that we all saw your true character.”

Duterte was the last among presidential candidates to file his certificate of candidacy for the 2016 elections but his nationwide survey ratings soared compared to Roxas, who placed either third or fourth, depending on which outfit conducted the survey. With Paolo Romero


RAPPLER.COM

Wharton a 'myth?' Facts on Mar Roxas and his economics degree Bea Cupin and Michael Bueza Published 8:50 PM, December 14, 2015
Updated 11:02 PM, December 14, 2015



HAPPIER TIMES. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (L) and LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas (center) meet in Davao City on May 22. Photo sourced by Rappler

Even before Rodrigo Duterte made an issue out of Mar Roxas' allegedly non-existent degree, Rappler made a check with the University of Pennsylvania, which the Wharton School is part of.

MANILA, Philippines – “You claim to have graduated from Wharton School of Economics. That is a myth. You did not graduate [from] Wharton, Mr. Roxas.”

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte went all out in hitting his friend-turned-political-foe Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, following a heated word war between the two over the weekend.

After a long explanation on why PDP-Laban standard-bearer Martin Diño, whom he intends to replace via substitution, should not be disqualified, Duterte concluded: “Ngayon if you still find enough reason to disqualify me, eh di kayo, nasa inyo yan. Mamili nalang kayo kay Binay o kay… sino tong isa?”

(Now if you still find enough reason to disqualify me, it’s up to you. Just choose between [Vice President Jejomar Binay] and… who’s the other one?)

“Roxas,” the Mayor’s co-host said.

“Who’s he?” quipped Duterte before accusing Roxas of only pretending to have had earned a degree from the prestigious business school.

Mar Roxas' 'Wharton graduation photo,' according to his official website. Photo from Mar Roxas' official website
Mar Roxas' 'Wharton graduation photo,' according to his official website. Photo from Mar Roxas' official website

“You claim to have graduated from Wharton School of Economics. That is a myth. You did not graduate [from] Wharton, Mr. Roxas. Wala doon sa listahan na ikaw naka-kumpleto ng 4 years or 5 years for a degree. Tanungin mo ang Wharton. Maybe um-enrol ka ng 3 months course, correspondence. I would believe that.”

(Your name is not on the list of those who studied for 4 or 5 years for a degree. Ask Wharton. Maybe you enrolled in a 3-month course, a correspondence. I would believe that.)

Duterte then challenged Roxas to show a photo of him wearing a toga with his mother as “proof” that he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Mar Roxas' 'Wharton graduation photo,' according to his official website. Photo from Mar Roxas' official website

Roxas did not hold back when asked by reporters on Monday, December 14, to react to Duterte’s claims.

“Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Hindi ako iiwas o iilag. Pero kung totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita. O ayan. Ang bilis mong magsalita na hindi mo alam eh (If it’s not true that I have a Wharton degree, he can slap me. I won’t avoid it. But if it’s true that I have a Wharton degree, I’ll slap him. There you go. He’s so quick to say things he doesn’t know),” said a visibly peeved Roxas.

He did graduate

Even before Duterte made an issue out of Roxas’ degree, Rappler checked with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) through the National Clearinghouse, which validates alumni information for a fee. It's part of our fact-checking process involving claims of public officials about their degrees. (READ: Did Bongbong lie about Oxford, Wharton? and No master's degrees for Ralph Recto)

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UPenn, which counts Wharton as its business school, is among the universities that course alumni information requests through the National Clearinghouse.

According to a check by Rappler, “Manuel Araneta Roxas II” graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, under the “Wharton Undergraduate” division.

Roxas, who earned his degree on May 1, 1979, majored in Finance and attended the prestigious school from September 1, 1976 until May 1, 1979.

On his official website for his 2016 presidential campaign, it says “[Roxas] graduated from… the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.”


A check from the National Clearinghouse confirms Roxas' education background. Document obtained by Rappler

Wharton, currently ranked 18th in the latest QS World University Rankings, was founded in 1881 and is the world’s first collegiate business school.

To date, it has over 10 academic departments, over 5,000 students (undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctorate), and over 94,000 alumni all over the world.

“The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania” is also called “Wharton School of Business,” “Wharton School” or “Wharton.”

Roxas is also listed in UPenn’s “Roster of Alumni, Faculty, and Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania,” alongside other prominent Filipinos such as the late Senator Raul Roco, former energy secretary Vincent Perez Jr., current Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, and economist Solita Monsod.

The same UPenn alumni page lists those who attended the university but “did not earn a degree” such as UK politician Douglas Alexander and Japanese politician Yoshinori Ohno.

After Roxas’ quick tirades against Duterte – which extended onto a “sampal (slap)” challenge between the two, “Wharton” started trending on Twitter. The heated exchange began on Friday, December 10, when Roxas said the belief that Davao City is the "safest" in the country was a "myth."

Duterte retaliated by exposing Roxas' supposed failures in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Leyte and bringing up his alleged lies about his academic background.

With Duterte’s Wharton claims proven to be a bluff, will the two candidates finally return to talk about platform? – Rappler.com

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Roxas, Duterte exchange 'sampal' threats Published December 14, 2015 2:05pm Updated December 14, 2015 6:09pm

The war of words between Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas and Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte heated up as both presidential candidates exchanged threats that they will slap the other.

Roxas on Monday threatened to slap Duterte if he proves to the Davao City mayor that he is an alumni of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

"Ganito, magsampalan kami. Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Hindi ako iiwas o iilag. Pero kung totoo ‘yung Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita," Roxas told reporters at the UP-Diliman campus, where he graced the PCUP-Urban Poor Solidarity Week Celebration.

Roxas also said: "Sampalin niya ko. Punta siya rito. Kung hindi, punta ako sa Davao, sampalin niya ko doon sa airport. Tignan natin."

On Sunday, Duterte alleged in a local TV interview in Davao City that the LP standard bearer's claim that he is a Wharton alumni was a lie.

Before the interview, the Davao City mayor said that he would slap Roxas in the face if their paths crossed during the campaign period.

"… pag magkita kami sa isang kanto dito sa kampanya, sampalin ko yang ****** 'yan," Duterte said during a thanksgiving dinner at the Bonifacio Global City last Friday night.

Duterte was apparently reacting to Roxas's statement that claims Davao City is one of the safest cities in the country is just a myth.

Citing data from the Philippine National Police, Roxas, a former Interior and Local Government secretary, said some 18,000 crime incidents were recorded in Davao City in 2014.

“So myth, kathang isip, imagination lang 'yung payapa ang Davao City. Hindi ko sila dina-down, sinasabi ko lang kung ano ang istatistika,” he said during a presidential forum at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.

At the event in UP, Roxas said that Duterte was used to a "one-man rule."

Mar Roxas statement sa banta ni Rodrigo Duterte na sasampalin niya si Roxas: "Sampalin nya ako. Tingnan natin.Nasanay sya sa one-man rule."

— sandra aguinaldo (@sandraguinaldo) December 14, 2015

Before the word war, Duterte had accused the camp of Roxas of spreading rumors that he had throat cancer.

The mayor said that the rumors came from people close to Roxas and that he find it offensive because his ex-wife Elizabeth had cancer.

Roxas has denied that he was behind the cancer rumors. —ALG/JST, GMA News


INQUIRER

Roxas, Duterte engage in ‘slapstick’ politics By: DJ Yap
@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:20 AM December 15th, 2015


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte and Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

A SLAP for a slap; a taunt for a taunt.

The bitter war of words between Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has degenerated into threats of physical violence with the former challenging the latter to make good on his promise to slap him should they meet.

On Monday, Roxas, who has been increasingly vocal in his criticisms of his rivals, responded to Duterte’s provocations, which came after the LP candidate labeled the mayor’s reputation as a crime buster a “myth.”

‘One-man rule’

“Let him slap me. Let him come here, or I will come to him. Have him slap me at the airport,” Roxas said on the sidelines of the Urban Poor Solidarity Week event at the University of the Philippines Ang Bahay ng Alumni.

The former interior secretary said the trouble with Duterte was that he got used to “one-man rule.”

“He got used to a system in which if he does not get what he wants, if someone tells him the truth, he will just slap someone or raise his fist,” he said.

“I don’t know if he has slapped any powerful person; he has only slapped the small people who cannot fight back,” Roxas said in Filipino.

Wharton degree

On Sunday, Duterte, appearing on a local TV show in Davao, questioned Roxas’ academic credentials, saying the latter’s Economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School was a lie.

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He challenged Roxas to produce evidence he did finish a four-year degree from Wharton. (Duterte’s claim has been discredited by official university sources available online showing Roxas did complete his degree).

To which Roxas said: “Let us slap each other. If my Wharton degree is fake, he can slap me. I will not turn my face away. But if my Wharton degree is true, I will slap you.”

Roxas proof

“You speak so rashly of things you have no idea about. You know, Digong, I treated you like a friend. I respected you, our friendship. It’s good that now we know your true colors,” he said, addressing Duterte by his nickname.

Roxas said he was prepared to show proof of his degree.

“I will show it to you. In fact, I will write Wharton today myself to produce official records, in case he still does not want to believe it.”

Roxas also defended his comments about Davao City not being as safe as touted by Duterte’s followers. He had cited Philippine National Police records showing that Davao City recorded the fourth highest crime incidence in 2014.

“The statistics I mentioned came from the PNP. Mayor Duterte is chair of the regional peace and order council. He may have forgotten that. He is the chair of the entire region. The stats came from PNP, from the people, from the system that counts the blotter. That’s the truth,” he said.

“Can’t he accept that? That’s the truth. Does it mean that if he becomes President, if the news he receives is not good, he will just slap people? Is that his kind of governance?” Roxas said.

Marcos years

Roxas said he found Duterte’s recent pronouncements “shocking.”

“Wasn’t his issue with me that I was supposedly besmirching him? I never did that. He’s the one who’s maligning me. He’s even cursing me,” he said.

“That’s the kind of thinking, of violence, of heavy fists, which has no place in our society,” Roxas said when asked to comment on Duterte’s statement that the police and the military would become the “backbone” of his leadership.

“That was our dark history,” he said, referring to the martial law years under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“The police are the protectors of the people, not their murderers. They should not be used for violence against our people,” Roxas said.

A crowd of supporters began applauding after Roxas made the comments.


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Administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II tells reporters at UP Diliman that he had urged Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to slap him after Duterte threatened to do so. John Paolo Bencito

LIBERAL Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II said Monday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, his opponent for the presidency, could slap him in the face if he could prove his claim that Roxas never graduated from the Wharton School of Economics. ‘Then slap me!’

“Let’s have a slapping match,” a visibly irked Roxas challenged Duterte in Filipino. “If my Wharton degree is not real, you can slap me in the face and I won’t dodge it. But if the degree is real, then I’ll slap you.”

Responding to the remarks, Duterte called Roxas an “idiot” who deserved to be slapped for his poor performance in the wake of Typhoon “Yolanda” two years ago.

“If he gets mad at me, I’ll slap him,” Duterte said in Filipino. “I’ll slap that idiot if I chance upon him on the campaign trail.”

Duterte also urged people not to vote for Roxas because he could not handle stress.

“Will you make him your president?” he said.

The word war between the two candidates erupted after Roxas said Davao’s reputation as a city that was safe from crime was “a myth.”

On his own radio talk show, Duterte said Roxas’ Wharton degree was a myth.

Roxas, a former investment banker in New York before entering politics, got his B.S. Economics degree from the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

An official university archives web page lists him among the school’s notable alumni “who have served in notable positions in foreign governments,” along with the late Senator Raul Roco, who completed his Masters of Laws in the same university in 1975.

“I’d like to ask [him], you claim that you have graduated from the Wharton School of Economics, that is a myth,” Duterte said on his radio show. “You did not graduate from the Wharton School of Economics, Mr. Roxas. Your name is not on the list of those who graduated from the four- or five-year degree courses. Ask Wharton. Show me [a photo] of you wearing a toga at Wharton, with your mother at the graduation,” he added.

Roxas, who oversaw the Philippine National Police as Interior secretary before he resigned to campaign for the presidency, slammed Duterte’s autocratic tendencies.

“What’s wrong with Mayor Digong Duterte [is] he’s used to one-man rule… If he doesn’t get what he wants, or someone tells him the truth, he’ll just slap someone.”

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Then addressing Duterte directly, he said: “You know Digong, I value you as a friend, I respected our friendship. But it’s good that we’ve seen your [true] character.”

Roxas insisted that the statistics he cited about crime in Davao were real, and chided Duterte for trying to cover up the true situation in his city.

“The statistics I mentioned came from the PNP. In fact, Mayor Digong is the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council. Maybe he forgot that—he’s the one in charge of the peace and order situation in Davao region. He’s the one who chooses the regional director and even the chief of police of Davao City.

“Those statistics came from the PNP and they are the ones who count the crimes from their own blotters. This is the truth—can’t he accept that?”

“Does this mean that if he becomes the President, if there’s something negative about him, he’ll just slap someone? Is that his kind of leadership? At least by now we already know who he really is.”

In a statement on Sunday, the Davao Police Regional Office refuted Roxas claims, saying that the crime index in the Davao region went down by 28.38 percent with 13,476 incidents recorded between January and August this year, compared with last year’s 18,936 for the same period.

Duterte ally former North Cotabato Gov. Emmanuel Piñol scored Roxas as being two-faced.

“Just a few months ago when he was courting Duterte to agree to be his vice presidential running mate, he was singing praises… to the peaceful paradise that is Davao City,” Piñol said.

“Today, as Duterte stands as the major obstacle to his dream of becoming president, Roxas says that Davao’s claim to being one of the safest cities in the world is nothing but a myth.”

Roxas’ allies in Congress questioned Duterte’s claim that he had killed more than 1,000 criminals, and challenged him to name names.

“I don’t know if he killed 1,700 or one or two, to be very frank, maybe I haven’t heard a single complaint from any relative,” said House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. “Maybe it’s all image-making. I would like to dare our very brave mayor, name names.”

Another staunch Roxas supporter, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, dared Duterte to go to Caloocan and slap someone and see where that gets him. With Maricel V. Cruz


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After Mar dares 'suntukan na lang', Duterte dares Roxas to gun duel By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated December 16, 2015 - 11:34am


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed that Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II is not a graduate of the Wharton School which prompted the latter to challenge him to a slapping match. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening dared Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II to a gun duel instead of a fist fight.

"Let's have a gun duel instead. Wealthy people are afraid to die. What should I be afraid of?" Duterte told members of the press during an ambush interview.

This follows Roxas's earlier challenge of a fist fight instead of a slapping match.

"Sampalan? Bakit pa sampalan? Pambabae 'yan. Suntukan na lang, di ba?" Roxas told members of the press during an interview.

READ: Mar to Duterte: Suntukan na lang

Roxas previously challenged Duterte to a slapping match following the latter's claim that the LP presidential candidate is not a graduate of the Wharton School of Economics of the University of Pennsylvania.

Duterte insisted that Roxas's Wharton credential is a myth, following the latter's claim that "peaceful Davao" is a myth.

"He said that ito daw peace and order ng Davao City myth. I would like to ask the presidentiable, you claim to have graduated from Wharton School of Economics, that is a myth," Davao said on his Sunday television program, "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa."

Roxas, however, said that he is willing to be slapped by Duterte if proven that he did not obtain a degree from the Ivy League school.

"I am ready to be slapped by him. He was the one who brought it up. What now? Lalake tayo lahat di ba? He said something. Now what?" Roxas said.

He added that he would write a letter to Wharton so that he can produce documents proving that he earned a degree at the business school.

Duterte insisted that Roxas is not considered a Wharton graduate as he only completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

"A Wharton graduate is a person who finishes his master’s degree at Wharton, meaning you are a graduate of MBA (Master in Business Administration) at Wharton. In your case, Mar, you are not, so don’t claim to be a man you cannot be... because you are not. UPenn graduate ka, and not Wharton," Duterte said.

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The Wharton School also offers an undergraduate degree in economics with focused areas of study, not just MBA.

Records show that Roxas graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He is included in the official university archives webpage as one of the university's notable alumni: http://www.archives.upenn.edu/people/notables/political/pennworld.html .

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Mar Roxas (left) and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (MB file photo) Mar Roxas (left) and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (MB file photo)

MANILA, Dec. 14 (PNA) — Word war between two presidential aspirants tends to escalate over the issue of peace and order in Davao City, which was branded by former Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas as a myth.

Roxas said on Monday that he was ready to be slapped by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as he was willing to give his scheduled return to Davao.

Roxas claimed that all he had done as a former DILG secretary was to counter check the data of Davao City with the Philippine National Police on the present crime rate.

“Ang mga istatistika na iyon, ‘yan ang katotohanan. Ibig sabihin ba pag siya naging pangulo, kung hindi maganda ang balitang natatanggap niya ay mananampal siya? ‘Yan ba ang kanyang uri ng pamamahala? At least magkaalaman na tayo ngayon kung ano talaga,” Roxas said in a chance interview.

“Ang mahirap kay Mayor Digong Duterte nasanay siya sa one-man rule. Nasanay siya na kung hindi niya nakukuha ang gusto niya, kung may magsabi sa kanya ng katotohanan, ay mananampal na lang siya o pagbubuhatan niya ng kamay,” he added.

Roxas explained that Duterte knew that he was not telling the truth on the real statistics of crime rates in Davao because he was also the chairman of Regional Peace and Order Council and in charge of the peace and order in the whole Davao region.

‘Yung pili ng regional director, sa kanya. ‘Yung pili ng chief of police ng Davao city, kanya. ‘Yung mga istatistika na ‘yun ay mula sa PNP, mula sa mga tao, mula sa sistema na nandiyan na nagbibilang ayon sa blotter nitong mga krimen na ito. Ito ‘yung katotohanan eh. Ayaw ba niyang tanggapin?” he pointed out.

Roxas also reacted to Duterte’s claimed that he is not a Wharton degree holder or his degree is non-existent.

With this, he challenged Duterte that he will be willing to be slapped should the mayor proved that he was not a Wharton degree holder. On the other hand, he is willing to be slapped if there is no truth to his claim.


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“Ganito, magsampalan kami. Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Hindi ako iiwas o iilag. Pero kung totoo ‘yung Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita,” he stressed.

“Well, nakakagulat dahil, di ba, ang isyu niya sa akin ay naninira daw ako? E wala naman akong ginawang paninira. E sa kanya nga, siya ang naninira, nagmumura pa. Di ba? Ito ba ang gusto natin? Subukan niya,” Roxas claimed.

He added that he would request Wharton to give him authentication to prove that he was a true degree holder of the said school.

Asked by reporters as former DILG secretary, after Duterte allegedly claimed that he plan to make the “police and the military the backbone of his supposed dictatorship,” Roxas said that “the mentality of violence has no place in the present society.”

According to Roxas, police are the protectors of every citizen and not to go against them. (PNA)

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Mar, Duterte on path for slapping match
Written by Charlie V. Manalo Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00



A Liberal Party (LP) member cast doubts yesterday on the ability of PDP-Laban presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to make good his threat of slapping LP standard bearer Mar Roxas in the face as they claim Duterte, who is branded as Mr. Flip-flop, does not have the guts to do it.

Describing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a presidential candidate with an unstable mind who is using the media for his theatrics, Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez yesterday said he doesn’t believe Duterte has the guts to make good his threat of slapping Roxas when their paths cross.

“Mayor Duterte is known for his flip-flopping ways. What he said last week would not be what he is saying now,” Fernandez told the Tribune in a telephone interview.

Fernandez made the statement in reaction to Duterte’s pronouncement late last week that he would slap Roxas if he gets to see him during the campaign period.

“If we meet in some corner on the campaign trail, I will slap that idiot,” Duterte was quoted saying during a dinner in Taguig Friday night, refering to Roxas.

Duterte, who was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte, recalled the incompetence of the response of the government response led by Roxas in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

“Would he do that? I don’t think so as I honestly believe he would again flip-flop on his statement in the coming days,” Fernandez said.

Roxas also returned the threat on Duterte, saying he would also slap the tough-talking Mayor if Duterte can’t prove his claim that Roxas failed to graduate at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

Roxas on Monday threatened to slap the pretty smirk off “The Punisher’s” face once he produces tangible proof that he has a degree at Wharton.

“If he can prove that my Wharton degree is not true, he can go ahead and slap me but if my Wharton degree is true then I’ll slap him,” Roxas said during a gathering yesterday at UP Diliman.

Duterte said earlier that Roxas’ name was not on the list of those who graduated from a four or five-year degree course.

Roxas even dared Duterte to be present at a certain time at the Davao airport to see if he can carry out his threat.

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“I will tell him when I will next visit Davao, I’ll expect him at the airport, he can go there and let’s see what will happen,” Roxas said.

Fernandez predicts Duterte will not do anything if both cross paths.

Bark worse than bite

“Just like when he said he would not seek the presidency at the deadline of the filing of the certificate of candidacy last October 16, only to flip-flop and declare himself as substitute candidate a month later, even using Sen. Grace Poe’s citizenship issue as his reason for joining the presidential race,” Fernandez noted.

“He even cursed the Pope and his mother whom Duterte called a whore but a week later backed off saying he did not curse him but the government for its failure to solve the traffic problem,” the solon said.

“Sometime ago, he threatened to expose Secretary Leila de Lima’s supposed skeletons in the closet if she pushes through with her investigation of his alleged human rights violations,” said Fernandez.

“He also made the same threat against Secretary Mar after he accused him of being behind the story of his cancer illness,” the actor-turned politician added.

“So, what happened to all those threats? Nothing. They were all for show,” he said.

While Duterte is being criticized for his foul-mouth and uncouth behavior in public, Fernandez said the camp of the Davao City mayor is actually exploiting that angle to prop up their candidate’s image.

“It seems they have adopted the showbiz adage, all publicity, whether they are negative or positive, is still publicity,” said Fernandez.

“And at this point they could be actually winning the media war,” he said.


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Part of Duterte’s success in using his negativity to prop up his image, Fernandez said, could be attributed the media’s propensity to deal more on the negative issues.

“You put up a news item saying ‘Duterte would kill corrupt officials’ on one side and another piece of news declaring a high GDP growth, which one would the people likely read? The first one of course, as news extolling the government for its effort in uplifting the peoples’ lives is no longer considered news for this is part of the government’s responsibility to the people. It is what is expected of them,” said Fernandez.

“So, when a news comes out stating that someone like Duterte would willingly kill those who have disappointed the people in terms of public service, people would more likely read such news. People are tickled with this kind of news,” he said.

“And that’s part of Duterte’s camp strategy. They are exploiting that angle,” said Fernandez.

However, the solon said Duterte’s strategy to use negativity to boost his presidential chances would not hold forever.

“Mayor Duterte will always flip-flop on this threats because he may not be able to carry them out either because he has no guts to do so or they are founded on lies,” Fernandez said.

“And when people start seeing that, they will realize Mayor Duterte is one big liar who cannot make good his words,” he added.

“And one good thing to start with is his threat to slap Secretary Mar. for I am very sure they are going to meet one of these days maybe in a presidential candidates’ forum. I dare him to make good his threat and slap Secretary Mar,” Fernandez said.

“However, I don’t believe he will do it. He will not do it,” said Fernandez.

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ROXAS-DUTERTE RIVALRY COMES DOWN TO THREATS By RAYMOND AFRICA December 15, 2015

ADMINISTRATION standard bearer Manuel Roxas II yesterday dared Davao City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte to make true his threat to slap him as he noted the mayor has never threatened anyone except “small people.”

Duterte made the threat after Roxas, former interior secretary, last week said the claim that Davao City is the country’s safest city is just a “myth.”

“Sampalin niya ko. Punta siya rito. Kung hindi, punta ako sa Davao, sampalin niya ko doon sa airport. Tignan natin,” Roxas said in an interview at University of the Philippines’ Bahay ng Alumni in Diliman, Quezon City, where he was guest for an event.

He said Duterte is used to having his way in Davao City.

“Ang mahirap kay Mayor Digong Duterte, nasanay siya sa one-man rule. Nasanay siya na kung hindi niya nakukuha ang gusto niya, kung may magsabi sa kanya ng katotohanan, ay mananampal na lang siya o pagbubuhatan niya ng kamay,” he said.

He said Duterte has not challenged anyone but “small people.”

“Subukan natin... Wala naman akong kilalang malaking tao na sinampal niya. Lahat maliliit, mga walang kalaban-laban. Kaya kung hindi man dito, doon, punta ako sa Davao. Sasabihin ko sa kanya, ‘yung sunod na punta ko ng Davao, doon siya sa airport, pumunta siya roon, tignan natin kung ano ang mangyayari,” he said.

Roxas was apparently irked over the way Duterte reacted to his statement that Duterte’s claim that Davao City is one of the safest cities in the country is just a figment of the mayor’s imagination.

Roxas said his statement was based on statistics gathered from the Philippine National Police which he headed as interior secretary. Roxas made the statement in a forum in Quezon City Friday last week.

Soon after Roxas made that statement, Duterte, while in Taguig City, shot back at Roxas, saying the latter was remiss in his work in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon “Yolanda” which hit the country in November 2013.

Duterte said: “Pag-magkita kami sa isang kanto dito sa kampanya, sampalin ko ‘yang gagong yan.”

He recalled Roxas had several policemen-security guards when he went to Tacloban City, the worst hit by Yolanda. He said he told Roxas to “throw his policemen into the sea because they have no place here.” He said he also told Roxas not to ask firemen and city engineering personnel to work because they were among the victims or might be already be dead.

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Roxas said he has lost respect for the mayor who, he said, he considered as a true friend.


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“Alam mo, Digong (Duterte), ang turing ko sa ‘yo, kaibigan. Nirespeto kita. Pinahalagahan ko ang aking pakikipag-kaibigan sa ‘yo. Mabuti na rin lang at nakita natin ang katotohanan ng pagkatao mo,” he added.

He also said Duterte threat to slap him shows the public what kind of leader the mayor will be if elected president.

“Ibig sabihin ba pag siya naging pangulo, kung hindi maganda ang balitang natatanggap niya (ay) mananampal siya? ‘Yan ba ang kanyang uri ng pamamahala? At least magkaalaman na tayo ngayon kung ano talaga,” he said.

Duterte, during his radio program in Davao last Sunday, also said Roxas’ degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is “the true myth.”

This is what apparently irked Roxas more. Roxas said he has requested Wharton School to issue a certification that he was a graduate of that school.

“Ganito, magsampalan kami. Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Hindi ako iiwas o iilag. Pero kung totoo ‘yung Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita. Ang bilis mo magsalita kung anu-ano, hindi mo lang alam,” Roxas said.

He said he was also surprised that Duterte accused his camp of resorting to black propaganda.

“Ang isyu niya sa akin ay naninira daw ako? Wala naman akong ginawang paninira. Sa kanya nga, siya ang naninira, nagmumura pa. Di ba? Ito ba ang gusto natin? Subukan niya,” he added.

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WHO WILL SLAP WHO? Roxas, Duterte trade slapping threats
December 14, 2015 11:06 pm by Llanesca T. Panti


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Will the presidential race dwindle to a slapping derby?

Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd said he will slap Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if it was proven that his Economics degree from Wharton University is a fake.

The former Interior Secretary was incensed by Duterte’s claim that he did not really earn a Wharton degree.

Roxas earned his Economics undergraduate degree in Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

“Magsampalan kami. Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Pero kung totoo ‘yung Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita (If I didn’t earn my Wharton degree, then he can slap me. Otherwise, I will slap him),” Roxas said.

Duterte earlier said he will slap Roxas for the latter’s statement that the touted stellar peace and order situation in Davao under Duterte’s watch is a myth.

“Sampalin niya ko. Tignan natin. Wala naman akong kilalang malaking tao na sinampal niya eh. Lahat maliliit, mga walang kalaban-laban (Let’s see him slap me. I don’t know a big person whom he has slapped. All of those he had slapped were small people who could not fight back),” Roxas said in an interview after a forum in UP Diliman.

“Ang mahirap kay Mayor Digong Duterte nasanay siya sa one-man rule…na kung hindi niya nakukuha ang gusto niya…kung may magsabi sa kanya ng katotohanan…ay mananampal na lang siya o pagbubuhatan niya ng kamay (The problem with him is he is used to a one-man rule. If he fails to get what he wants or somebody tells him the truth, he resorts to slapping people or hitting them with his fist),” the former senator added.

Roxas said police statistics showed that Davao had 18,000 crime incidents in 2014.

“The statistics that I was talking about came from the PNP, those who are recording the blotter for these cases. Why can’t he accept that?” he pointed out.


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Binay’s Christmas wish: Political truce Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:00



With Christmas fast approaching, Vice President Jejomar Binay fervently wished for a “political ceasefire” among rivals in next year’s elections.

“As a Christmas wish, I’d ask them to stop offending, stop spreading lies, stop personal attacks that cause division. In fairness, the (New People’s Army) already declared a ceasefire... I hope the same thing happens in our political scene,” the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer stressed.

He said his appeal for political peace is for all national and local candidates as the political atmosphere heats up and rumors are being tossed around about them.

“From national to local, they should shake hands, embrace each other and join one another in prayer,” the Vice President added.

Binay lamented that despite the holidays, there are still opposition allies who are suspended from public office, particularly Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

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The UNA previously revealed that other opposition bets in Muntinlupa City; Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, and Maguindanao are facing cases filed by the Ombudsman.

Four incumbent UNA members in Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, have been ordered dismissed from service, with Mayor Patchito Eguia replaced by the No. 1 councilor who is a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

The administration seemingly made the similar trend starting with ousting UNA stalwart Gov. ER Ejercito and Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay who were respectively replaced by LP allies.

Binay earlier said UNA allies are seeking his advice knowing that he’s a lawyer.

“I am telling (our allies) to file appeals and be good in their defense because selective justice continues to reign,” he stressed.

“Enough with threats, enough with this brand of selective justice,” he added.

Moreover, the Vice President said he plans to spend the holidays in Makati City and visit patients in the hospital there.

“I will stay in Makati on Christmas Day. I usually visit hospital patients to share Christmas with them. I won’t leave town,” he added.
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OVP’s P94.7-M transactions already clarified — Binay camp
Written by Charlie V. Manalo Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:00


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Short of saying the release of the audit report of the Commission on Audit on the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) 2014 expenditure earlier this week is tainted with malice, the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday stressed they had already clarified before the audit body as early as June this year the observations made by the CoA contained in its audit findings.

Specifically, the OVP said its tapping of the services of a supplier was due to its good record in completing deliveries of relief goods.

Earlier this week, CoA released its 2014 audit report of the OVP wherein it stated that a Makati City supplier of the OVP won contracts for the supply of relief goods amounting to P94.7 million despite allegedly lacking government permits to deal in such business transactions.

The state auditors also disclosed that the OVP has not liquidated a total of P102 million in funds which Binay’s office transferred to various national and local government offices.

But the OVP justified the manner it contracted its supplier, saying its main concern was ensuring the quick delivery of relief goods to calamity victims.

“We were more concerned about the timely delivery and availability of the goods in the calamity areas without prejudice to pricing which is advantageous to the government,” Assistant Secretary Rosalie Licauco said in a letter to State Auditor Marife Tubana dated June 22. Licauco further explained that the OVP has ordinarily contacted previous suppliers to supply basic commodities such as canned goods, noodles and biscuits, as part of its relief operations for areas struck by calamity.

Meanwhile, rice requirement is procured from the National Food Authority (NFA).

“Since our primary supplier is located within Luzon areas only, requirements for the Visayas and Mindanao, if not available from local suppliers within the area of calamity, were mostly procured from the supplier in question,” she said.

“It has the capability of serving large quantity of goods and delivered the same immediately and directly to the calamity areas which were mostly far-flung provinces,” the letter further said.

Licauco added the OVP will submit other needed information for post-audit purposes at the soonest possible time.


JV BAUTISTA

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general, lawyer JV Bautista, however, said there is nothing surprising with the release of the CoA report.

“From 2011 until 2013, CoA has been commending the OVP for its programs and its compliance with procedures. But while we are puzzled by the turnaround, we are not the least surprised,” he stressed.

“This was conducted in 2014 when the former CoA chairman suddenly saw red flags all over despite prior findings of regularity in previous CoA audits of Makati projects. This report on the OVP is obviously heavily influenced by the subjective partisanship of the former CoA chair,” he averred.

Binay is seeking the 2016 presidency under the banner of UNA.


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Mar issues debate challenge; Rody accepts By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 20, 2015 - 12:00am 1 2 googleplus0 0


Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas yesterday said he will not back down from any debate or face-to-face discussion with his rivals in the 2016 elections.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday accepted his challenge to a debate.

“When the political campaign starts, I will debate with them on any matter under the sun,” Duterte said.

Roxas issued the statement after attending several presidential forums that were organized in such a way that the candidates do not debate with each other.

“I don’t retreat from any debate. We’ve always attended all these forums,” Roxas told reporters in San Fernando City in Pampanga.

He said he also welcomed the call of Vice President Jejomar Binay for a political ceasefire, but added that the campaign should discuss relevant and substantial issues close to the hearts of the people.

“The candidate must be able to say clearly where he or she intends to bring the country. We must talk about the dreams of 100 million Filipinos – not just say what one’s going to do. But give exact details,” Roxas said.

He said he was surprised by the tirades of Duterte against him, adding that the selection of the next leader is too important to discuss trivial matters like slapping.

“If the issue he raised are shallow, let’s ask him about how he intends to handle the economy,” Roxas said.


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Netizens criticize Roxas’s Fast Forward ad campaign December 10, 2015 Comments 0 Team DailyPedia

The recently released ad campaign featuring the Liberal Party’s standard bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo has been generating a lot of criticisms from netizens.

Aside from the two candidates, the video entitled Fast Forward sa Daang Matuwid features a song performed by Billy Crawford, JayR, and Kris Lawrence. They are also joined by other celebrities including the KathNiel love team (Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo,) Maricel Soriano, James Yap, Ramon Bautista, and Roxas’s wife, Korina Sanchez. With the slew of talents coming together for the ad, a few netizens have compared it to a station ID music video.

“Akala ko nag merge na yung dalawang stations (I thought the two stations had merged),” said Facebook user Dave Manalo, in reference to artists from rival stations ABS-CBN and GMA appearing in the commercial. “Ang lakas maka station Id. Lumevel up na po yung Ad niyo, mahal din ng ginastos dito ah ilang artista din ito (It strongly resembles a station ID. Your ad has leveled up, with the number of celebrities this features, this must have cost a lot to produce).”

“new station I.D. of Malacañang Network,” joked Boylen Cabag. “cheerer na si Mar…” (Mar is now a cheerleader.)

Other netizens tended to pick on a couple of celebrities who apparently went balimbing (switched sides).

“bushit na ramon bautista pa kantsaw2 pa sa video ni mar,” Jeffrey Itum ranted. “humahalik din pala sa pwet dahil lang sa pera. badtrip (It’s annoying how Ramon Bautista made fun of Mar’s video before, but now he’s kissing ass just because of money. Bad trip.).”

“Yung isa sa hosts ng Kontrabando na may makikitang video na pinagtatawanan ang fistbump ni Mar, eh bakit andito din? ano yan? pera pera lang…? palibhasa persona non grata sa Davao eh (One of the hosts of Kontrabando who laughed at Mar’s fistbump video, so why is he here now? Is it because he got paid? Probably it’s because he’s persona non grata in Davao.),” said Romnick Doringo, also taking a crack at Bautista.

“I still remember, Billy C. was posting good deeds of Mayor Duterte…” recalled Shamara Trixie. “Now sya pa isa sa kumanta for Roxas campaign… (Now, he’s one of those singing for Roxas’s campaign.)”

“Magkano kayang bayad kay Pope Billy? 1 like 1 prayer (I wonder how much Pope Billy was paid?),” asked Candice Fuentebella, alluding to the actor’s penchant for posting religious memes.

But the greater number of netizens, after noticing the video’s high production value, expressed their outrage, apparently believing that taxpayers’ money went into it.

“The yellow is hurtful to the eyes, especially the text right at the end. I can understand from an advertisement perspective the move made. Most Pop-Icons, old and new, were here to promote Mr. Roxas, heck I can even understand the inclusion of his wife,” began Kaoru Patlunag’s post. ” My questions are… whose money was paid to do this? is this included in the campaign limitations by comelec?”

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An FB page entitled Pultikong Walang Nagawa (Politicians Who Did Nothing) ranted, “…Yung perang donation na galing sa ibat ibang bansa na tumulong noon sa mga na salanta ng bagyong YOLANDA! Hindi ipinamahagi! Mga mag nanakaw yang MAR ROXA s na yan kasama si PANOT at DINKY! [They didn’t disburse the funds donated by other countries for Yolanda typhoon victims! Mar Roxas, Panot (slur referring to President Aquino) and Dinky (Soliman, DSWD secretary) are thieves!]”

“Sa dami ng artistang endorser ni MAR siguradong ubos ang kaban ng bayan pag naging Presidente ang kurakot na taong ito!!! (With all these celebrity endorsers, if Mar becomes president, he will surely wipe out the country’s coffers. This person is corrupt!)” lamented Sheree Sasan.

Antonio Vito Medina, however, is convinced that it’s not just Roxas, but all candidates behave the same way. “Puro salita na maganda pakinggan sa tenga (Just words that sound good to the ear),” he observed, “…alam niyo kung ano yung mga problema, halos lahat rin naman ng kandidato eh Wala namang konkretong solusyon o kahit pagsubok lamang (All the candidates are aware of the problems, but offer no concrete solutions nor trials).”

from You Tube:

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