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DUTERTE ASSUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF PDP-LABAN


FEBRUARY 9-In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, right, of Davao City is officially declared as the presidential candidate of the PDP-LABAN political party by its President Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III in Manila. AP/Bullit Marquez
Davao City Mayor and presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assumed the chairmanship of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on the eve of his proclamation rally in Tondo, Manila. Duterte is the standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban for the May 9 polls. “The appointment of Duterte as the party's new chairperson will re-invigorate our efforts to heed the Filipino people's clamor for genuine reforms and thoroughgoing social transformation," Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president said in a statement. "We expect Mayor Duterte to exercise bold leadership and wage war against crime, illegal drugs and corruption, work towards an inclusive economy through regional development, and achieve equality under the law," Pimentel added. PDP-Laban is a coalition between the Lakas ng Bayan party founded by former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 1978, and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) founded in 1982 by Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. Former Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., PDP-Laban Chairman Emeritus, also welcomed the assumption of Duterte as PDP-Laban chairman. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte skips oath-taking as PDP-Laban chair AND Duterte: If elected, I will release Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo...

ALSO: Trillanes says Duterte trying to fool public


FEBRUARY 9 -Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes says Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been employing tactics in his attempt to run for president. Trillanes/Duterte staff/Released
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday accused Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of resorting to gimmickry in his bid for the country's top post. Trillanes, who is running for vice president while openly supporting Sen. Grace Poe's run for the presidency, said Duterte repeatedly told the public he would not run before submitting his certificate of candidacy for president close to the deadline for substitution.
"Nung una sinabi niya, hindi ako tatakbo... Doon pa lang pinasakay na tayo," Trillanes said in an interview over radio dzBB. Trillanes also criticized Duterte's campaign against crime, saying the tough-talking mayor did not have a perfect law enforcement policy in his own hometown. The senator also picked holes in Duterte's aim to reduce illegal drugs and crime by half in his first year as president. "Sa Davao, marami rin naman pong addict. Relatively, may kapayapaan pero laganap ang illegal drugs doon," he said. "Huwag tayo magpadala sa ganoong yabang." The senator's statement against the popular Davao official was not the first. In January, Trillanes said that to have a leader like Duterte will be a "disaster for the country" and is worse than electing Vice President Jejomar Binay to the presidency. Binay is Trillanes's political foe and the subject of his months-long Senate Blue Ribbon inquiry. — Camille Diola FULL REPORT, RELATED --Trillanes posts bail for libel...

ALSO: They’re up and running!
[PRESIDENTIAL BETS HOLD KICK-OFF RALLIES TODAY, TUESDAY]


FEBRUARY 9-THE VENUE is the message.
Three presidential aspirants and their running mates are scheduled to hold proclamation rallies today (Tuesday) in places they claim represent the core message of their respective election campaigns.  Two other presidential candidates chose cities considered to be their bailiwicks. It’s Welfareville in Mandaluyong City for Vice President Jejomar Binay. Tondo in Manila for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Plaza Miranda in Manila for Sen. Grace Poe, Roxas City for Mar Roxas, and Batac City for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. With poverty as the main “moral issue” of his campaign, Binay will kick off his bid for the presidency among the poor of Mandaluyong. Along with his running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan II, and senatorial slate under his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party, Binay will hold the proclamation rally at the Welfareville compound this afternoon. “We chose Welfareville to start off the campaign where the poor people live. This is how we have found out the real problems of the poor,” UNA president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco told the Inquirer. The Mandaluyong proclamation rally will be “duplicated around” the country, Tiangco said. Asked why poverty and addressing it seemed to be the main focus of the Binay campaign, Tiangco said poverty was the “biggest problem of our country and the biggest moral issue today.” “Why is it that the rich only get to be richer, why the poor are not flourishing?” he asked. Another Binay spokesperson, Joey Salgado, said Binay, a former mayor of Makati City, would continue to present his platform of government “anchored on uplifting the lives of the people, something he has done in Makati.” 
“He (Binay) will continue to talk directly to the people about his track record of decisive and propoor management and his programs to bring in more jobs, improve the quality of education, provide accessible healthcare and address poverty,” Salgado said. Plight of urban poor Duterte will hold his proclamation rally in Tondo. Similar activities will be held in the cities of Davao, Digos, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu and Butuan. Tondo was chosen as venue for the main rally at the start of the campaign period “to dramatize the plight of the urban poor,” said Leoncio Evasco, mayor of Maribojoc in Bohol province and campaign manager of Duterte. READ MORE...

ALSO: NPC still undecided on presidential bet
[The Nationalist People's Coalition or NPC is a conservative political party in the Philippines, founded in 1992 by then presidential candidate Eduardo Cojuangco,Jr. NPC was a member of the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP), the political vehicle of then Vice President Joseph Estrada in the 1998 presidential elections. NPC left the now-defunct LAMMP after Estrada was removed from power in January 2001. When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the Presidency, her People Power Coalition, led by the Lakas-CMD party, became the dominant group in Congress. In 2004, the LDP and NPC both backed businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco as a potential presidential candidate in the 2004 elections.[6] Cojuangco, the NPC chair, was fielded as NPC's standard bearer, but withdrew. Results for the 2004 elections show that NPC had 0 seats for the Senate while for the House of Representatives, NPC had 53 seats.


FEBRUARAY 911-“Our party leadership wants that there is unanimity on the candidates for president and vice president we will support. As of now, such unanimity has not been attained,” Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano told reporters yesterday. Philstar.com/File
The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which considers itself the second largest political group after the ruling Liberal Party (LP), remains undecided on the presidential candidate it will support. “Our party leadership wants that there is unanimity on the candidates for president and vice president we will support. As of now, such unanimity has not been attained,” Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano told reporters yesterday. As a result, he said each NPC member is free to make a choice. However, he said many party members have opted to support the ticket of Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero. Durano is campaign manager of the Poe-Escudero team. He served as tourism secretary under the Arroyo administration and spokesman for the Lakas-dominated Team Unity ticket in the 2007 elections. The opposition clobbered the administration Team Unity slate. The NPC had held separate dialogues with Poe, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. READ MORE...

ALSO: STANDARD LAYLO POLL - Poe keeps lead in Laylo survey


FEBRUARY 9 -Poe continued to enjoy a narrow lead at 29 percent, up one percentage point from 28 percent in December. SENATOR Grace Poe retained her lead over other presidential candidates in the latest The Standard Poll following a Supreme Court order stopping the Commission of Elections from disqualifying her from the May 9 polls. The survey, conducted by resident pollster Junie Laylo from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 had 3,000 respondents—all of whom are registered voters with biometrics and who said they are sure to vote in next year’s elections—from 79 provinces across the country and the 17 cities in the National Capital Region. It has a national margin of error of +/- 1.8 percent. In a statement to The Standard, Poe said: “I owe this top ranking in The Standard-Laylo survey to the Filipino people, who continue to put their faith in my capacity to lead the country. They are my driving force in being unflinching in fighting for change and in pushing an inclusive platform for a progressive and just society. “I look forward to coming face to face with more of our kababayan in the campaign period.”  Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II were tied at second place with 22 percent each, followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 20 percent and Senator Miriam Santiago with 2 percent. READ MORE...

ALSO: Computer program woes - For the 3rd time printing of ballots postponed for next week


FEBRUARY 6 -ORIENTATION Workers at the National Printing Office undergo training on the use of vote counting machines. The Commission on Elections has started testing the machines it will use for the May elections. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has, for the third time, postponed the printing of ballots for the May 2016 elections by another week because of incompatibility problems in the two computer programs supplied by election provider Smartmatic Corp. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Monday said the printing of ballots has been moved from February 8 to early next week.
He gave assurances that the delay in printing will have “no material impact on the schedule of the elections.”  Bautista dismissed speculation about “manipulation” ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on the disqualification cases against leading presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe soon after Tuesday’s “If there was really manipulation that’s going to happen, then they could have just kept quiet and all would have been fine and dandy but the fact that there is a finding… again to us is good because they’re doing their job, we still have enough time to make changes to the system,” the Comelec chief said. “We wanted to ensure that the source code is in accordance with international best practices and no malicious stuff [is] included therein,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, Comelec: Source codes safe with BSP, errors corrected...


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Duterte assumes chairmanship of PDP-Laban


In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, right, of Davao City is officially declared as the presidential candidate of the PDP-LABAN political party by its President Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III in Manila. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Mike Frialde - Davao City Mayor and presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assumed the chairmanship of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on the eve of his proclamation rally in Tondo, Manila.

Duterte is the standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban for the May 9 polls.

“The appointment of Duterte as the party's new chairperson will re-invigorate our efforts to heed the Filipino people's clamor for genuine reforms and thoroughgoing social transformation," Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president said in a statement.

"We expect Mayor Duterte to exercise bold leadership and wage war against crime, illegal drugs and corruption, work towards an inclusive economy through regional development, and achieve equality under the law," Pimentel added.

PDP-Laban is a coalition between the Lakas ng Bayan party founded by former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 1978, and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) founded in 1982 by Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.

Former Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., PDP-Laban Chairman Emeritus, also welcomed the assumption of Duterte as PDP-Laban chairman.

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The former senator said Duterte will help restore the rule of law which is a prerequisite for sustained economic growth and social development.

"With Mayor Duterte's assumption as PDP-Laban chairman, he will now lead the campaign for a shift to a federal form of government which I have long advocated to solve the problem of uneven development due to the concentration of powers in Manila and lopsided distribution of national resources," the elder Pimentel said.

Paola Alvarez, PDP-Laban spokesperson, said Duterte is ready and willing to lead the party towards lasting and meaningful solutions to crime, corruption and poverty in the country.

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Duterte skips oath-taking as PDP-Laban chair SHARES: 3479 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nestor Corrales
@NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 04:37 PM February 9th, 2016

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has skipped his oath-taking in Intramuros, Manila, as the new chair of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), according to the party spokesperson.

Lawyer Paola Alavarez on Tuesday confirmed that Duterte could not attend the swearing-in at Intramuros Golf Clubhouse because he was not feeling well.

“Yung throat niya medyo masama na raw so he is reserving his energy for later,” Alvarez said.
Prior to the oath-taking, Duterte and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano visited Binondo and Tondo on Monday night.

Alvarez said Duterte would take his oath in Tondo during his proclamation rally at 6 p.m. RC

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Duterte: If elected, I will release Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo SHARES: 41.3K VIEW COMMENTS By: Justine Dizon @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Central Luzon 02:58 AM February 7th, 2016


AUGUST 23, 2015 PHOTO -
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. The Supreme Court ruling granting bail to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile on humanitarian grounds could benefit detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, Malacańang said Saturday. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines— Pampangans cheered when Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a presidential aspirant, promised on Friday that if elected he would release former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from detention.

Arroyo, who has been detained in a hospital in Manila for six years on charges of electoral fraud and plunder, holds the seat of the 2nd District of Pampanga province in the House of Representatives.

“If I am elected President, I will release her. Why? Because the evidence [against her] is weak. I know that. I am a lawyer,” Duterte said at a gathering of the group Friends of Rody Duterte here.

Arroyo was arrested in 2011 on electoral fraud charges in connection with the 2007 elections, but was allowed bail in 2012. Before she could be freed, however, the Sandiganbayan ordered her arrest on charges of plunder, involving alleged misuse of P366 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office when she was President.

The 112th Branch of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court has yet to open Arroyo’s trial for electoral fraud.

She has won an order from the Supreme Court temporarily stopping her trial for plunder.

Arroyo has questioned court resolutions that denied her right to seek a ruling on the sufficiency of the evidence against her.

She also claims that detention has worsened her many ailments.

Duterte, who served as presidential consultant on public order in Arroyo’s administration, said Arroyo, like ordinary citizens, was entitled to a speedy trial.

“If [the prosecution] is not ready, every time the case is called for hearing, [the court] should dismiss [the charges] because [the delay also] delays justice,” Duterte said.

Why Tondo

Duterte and his running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, will launch their campaign in Tondo, Manila, on Tuesday.

Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing said on Saturday that Duterte and Cayetano chose Tondo to dramatize the need to rescue the Filipinos from poverty.

“Tondo mirrors the true state and image of Filipinos who are trying to break free from extreme poverty,” Bagatsing, who is running for mayor of Manila under Duterte’s PDP-Laban, said in a statement.

The choice of Tondo also has a historical significance for Duterte, Bagatsing said.

Tondo is the birthplace of national hero Andres Bonifacio, a brave leader of the revolution against Spain who was known for his sympathy for the poor, Bagatsing said.

“Bonifacio and Duterte have so much in common aside from being born of the working class. They symbolize our people’s burning desire to break loose from poverty and oppression,” he said. With a report from Nancy C. Carvajal

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Trillanes says Duterte trying to fool public (philstar.com) | Updated February 9, 2016 - 4:06pm 20 124 googleplus0 0


Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes says Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been employing tactics in his attempt to run for president. Trillanes/Duterte staff/Released

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday accused Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of resorting to gimmickry in his bid for the country's top post.

Trillanes, who is running for vice president while openly supporting Sen. Grace Poe's run for the presidency, said Duterte repeatedly told the public he would not run before submitting his certificate of candidacy for president close to the deadline for substitution.

"Nung una sinabi niya, hindi ako tatakbo... Doon pa lang pinasakay na tayo," Trillanes said in an interview over radio dzBB.

Trillanes also criticized Duterte's campaign against crime, saying the tough-talking mayor did not have a perfect law enforcement policy in his own hometown.

The senator also picked holes in Duterte's aim to reduce illegal drugs and crime by half in his first year as president.

"Sa Davao, marami rin naman pong addict. Relatively, may kapayapaan pero laganap ang illegal drugs doon," he said. "Huwag tayo magpadala sa ganoong yabang."

The senator's statement against the popular Davao official was not the first. In January, Trillanes said that to have a leader like Duterte will be a "disaster for the country" and is worse than electing Vice President Jejomar Binay to the presidency. Binay is Trillanes's political foe and the subject of his months-long Senate Blue Ribbon inquiry. — Camille Diola

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Trillanes posts bail for libel By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated February 9, 2016 - 1:06pm 5 84 googleplus0 0

Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV posted bail amounting to P10,000 in connection with the libel case filed by dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar "Junjun" Binay. The STAR, file

MANILA, Philippines – After arriving from the United States on Tuesday morning, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV went to the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 142 to post bail for the libel case filed against him by dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay.

Trillanes, also a vice presidential candidate, personally went to the Makati RTC and posted bail amounting to P10,000 after he was a issued warrant of arrest last February 1, according to a radio report.

The same court dismissed Trillanes’s motions to suspend the arrests and hearings on the libel case against him.

The Makati court ordered the arrest of Trillanes after finding probable cause for the case filed against the senator.

The libel case arose from Trillanes’s expose that the Binay camp bribed two Court of Appeals 6th Division justices, namely Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta for their ruling against the suspension of Binay.

Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay also filed a libel complaint against the senator in September last year for accusing him of "perpetrating a P100 million racket a year in Makati involving ghost senior citizens."

Trillanes said he will not back down against the libel case filed against him.

“Hindi ko siya aatrasan. Lalabanan ko siya rito at makkita natin, 'di kalaunan kung sino nagsasabi ng totoo at nagsasabi ng tama,” Trillanes said in a televised ambush interview at the airport.

The senator again hit the Binays for their alleged corruption.

“Dito niya (Vice President Binay) pinapakita kung paano inaabuso ang kapangyarihan,” Trillanes said.

“Ipapaalam ko sa mga tao na mandarambong ito so 'pag inilagay ninyo sa pwesto ito, wala itong gagawin kundi magnakaw,” he added.

RELATED: Court wants Trillanes arrested for libel


INQUIRER

They’re up and running! By: the Inquirer staff and bureaus @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:12 AM February 9th, 2016

[PRESIDENTIAL BETS HOLD KICK-OFF RALLIES TODAY, TUESDAY]

THE VENUE is the message.
Three presidential aspirants and their running mates are scheduled to hold proclamation rallies today (Tuesday) in places they claim represent the core message of their respective election campaigns.

Two other presidential candidates chose cities considered to be their bailiwicks.

It’s Welfareville in Mandaluyong City for Vice President Jejomar Binay. Tondo in Manila for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Plaza Miranda in Manila for Sen. Grace Poe, Roxas City for Mar Roxas, and Batac City for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

With poverty as the main “moral issue” of his campaign, Binay will kick off his bid for the presidency among the poor of Mandaluyong.

Along with his running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan II, and senatorial slate under his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party, Binay will hold the proclamation rally at the Welfareville compound this afternoon.

“We chose Welfareville to start off the campaign where the poor people live. This is how we have found out the real problems of the poor,” UNA president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco told the Inquirer.

The Mandaluyong proclamation rally will be “duplicated around” the country, Tiangco said.

Asked why poverty and addressing it seemed to be the main focus of the Binay campaign, Tiangco said poverty was the “biggest problem of our country and the biggest moral issue today.”

“Why is it that the rich only get to be richer, why the poor are not flourishing?” he asked.

Another Binay spokesperson, Joey Salgado, said Binay, a former mayor of Makati City, would continue to present his platform of government “anchored on uplifting the lives of the people, something he has done in Makati.”


“He (Binay) will continue to talk directly to the people about his track record of decisive and propoor management and his programs to bring in more jobs, improve the quality of education, provide accessible healthcare and address poverty,” Salgado said.

Plight of urban poor

Duterte will hold his proclamation rally in Tondo. Similar activities will be held in the cities of Davao, Digos, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu and Butuan.

Tondo was chosen as venue for the main rally at the start of the campaign period “to dramatize the plight of the urban poor,” said Leoncio Evasco, mayor of Maribojoc in Bohol province and campaign manager of Duterte.

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“About 80 percent of Tondo residents come from the Visayas who went to Manila because of the lack of opportunities in their provinces,” Evasco said. “These people represent government neglect.”

Plaza Miranda



Plaza Miranda, where Poe will hold her proclamation rally, was the same venue where she launched her 2013 senatorial campaign.

It was also the place where Poe’s father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., who had faced questions about his citizenship, started his presidential campaign in 2004.

Poe is more concerned about whether the Supreme Court cases questioning her residency and citizenship on the eve of the proclamation rally at the plaza in front of Quiapo Church.

“I’m not nervous, I’m ready. I’m praying for good weather,” Poe said in a text message. She said her main concern was to effectively communicate her platform and her message to the people.

Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said: “She has decided to leave her fate to the people, She feels calm and peaceful because she is confident the electorate is wise and will look at the real issues in the elections.”

Cebu Rep. Ace Durano, the campaign manager of Poe’s Partido Galing Pilipino (PGP), said the presidential candidate would be joined by her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, and their 12-member senatorial lineup.

Durano said the team had obtained a permit from Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to hold the rally from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the plaza, venue of political and proclamation rallies before martial law. “We appeal to the public for understanding because of the expected heavy traffic situation during the PGP proclamation rally,” Durano said.

Capiz, Iloilo



The ruling Liberal Party (LP) hopes to gather at least 30,000 supporters in Capiz and Iloilo provinces to kick off the campaign for its national candidates.

The rallies in Roxas and Iloilo cities will be joined by President Aquino, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Capiz Rep. Antonio del Rosario.

“The bailiwick of the Liberal Party is Western Visayas. It is natural that we launch the campaign from here,”ť Drilon, LP vice chair, told reporters in Iloilo.

Western Visayas includes the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Aklan and Guimaras.

“I am inspired by the challenge of the moment,” Roxas said as he embarked on his quest to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and namesake, the late President Manuel A. Roxas.

“I am fortified that I’m not alone in this fight. I am confident that we will prevail (and) that in the end, the righteous will win,” Mr. Aquino’s anointed successor and standard-bearer of the LP-led daang matuwid coalition said in a text message.

Anticorruption drive

Roxas would be anchoring his campaign on the perceived gains of the Aquino administration’s anticorruption drive while trying to parry criticisms brought about by the President’s controversial stance on issues, like the aborted pension increase of Social Security System retirees.

He will hold his proclamation rally in front of the hometown crowd at the 6,000-seat Capiz Gymnasium in Roxas City.

Roxas Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, an LP member and one of the organizers of Roxas’ proclamation rally, said at least 10,000 people from the Panay region were expected to attend the 10 a.m. gathering to show their support for one of their own.

Since Sunday, major roads in Roxas City have been festooned with welcome banners and tarpaulins of Roxas, his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and their 12-member senatorial slate.

“This is history in the making. We are all very excited. Expect Roxas City to be in a festive mood (today),” Dadivas said.
114-km motorcade

After a two-hour program, Roxas and the entire coalition candidates will lead the 114-kilometer motorcade from Roxas to Iloilo City where they will also attend another proclamation rally.

The President, accompanied by 16 Cabinet members and other officials, is scheduled to arrive in Iloilo from Capiz at 2:30 p.m. He will proceed to Pavia town for the turnover of an 18-room school building at Pavia National High School.

He will then proceed to Freedom Grandstand on J.M. Basa Street for the LP rally set at 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The President will speak after the senatorial candidates had spoken and before Roxas delivers his speech.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog earlier said about 20,000 LP supporters from the city and neighboring towns were expected to attend the rally.

Batac



In Batac City, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ hometown, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her running mate, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, will be making their first public appearance as a team.

Bongbong’s elder sister, incumbent Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, is running for reelection unopposed.

John Marvin Galat, 19, president of the Debate Society of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City, said on Monday that a “great wall of support” was being prepared by the Miriam-Bongbong Youth Movement (MBYM) in the Ilocos region, which he also heads.

In Apayao, Cagayan and Isabela provinces, local officials and groups identified with Marcos’ loyal supporters have openly campaigned for the Santiago-Marcos tandem.

“Our solidarity as Ilocanos is highly ingrained in our culture. I hope the Solid North will deliver Bongbong [and Miriam] to Malacańang as it did well for [his father] and former first lady [and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep.] Imelda Marcos,” said Apayao Board Member Remy Albano, who is running unopposed for Apayao vice governor.

“As we continue to integrate into the knowledge economy, we need leaders who can harness young people’s potentials to help make the Philippines competitive vis-ŕ-vis other countries. We believe that Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bongbong Marcos are best fit to lead our country to progress and to redeem us from the evils of corruption, crime and inefficient leadership,” MBYM said in a statement.

Formed in December, MBYM’s 200 members have been campaigning for the Santiago-Marcos tandem over multimedia platforms.

Santiago and Marcos will also meet with MMSU students.

General Santos

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, an independent vice presidential candidate, chose his wife’s hometown, which happens to be a stronghold of his political party, to officially launch his vice presidential campaign.

Trillanes will hold his proclamation rally at Barangay Bula Gymnasium in General Santos City at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10.

General Santos is the hometown of his wife, former Philippine Military Academy professor Arlene Orejana-Trillanes, and a stronghold of the Magdalo Party.

Reports from Christine O. Avendańo, Gil C. Cabacungan and Dona Z. Pazzibugan in Manila; Marlon Ramos in Roxas City; Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Inquirer Visayas; Leilanie Adriano, Inquirer Northern Luzon; and Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

 

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NPC still undecided on presidential bet By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 11, 2016

[The Nationalist People's Coalition or NPC is a conservative political party in the Philippines, founded in 1992 by then presidential candidate Eduardo Cojuangco,Jr. NPC was a member of the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP), the political vehicle of then Vice President Joseph Estrada in the 1998 presidential elections. NPC left the now-defunct LAMMP after Estrada was removed from power in January 2001. When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the Presidency, her People Power Coalition, led by the Lakas-CMD party, became the dominant group in Congress. In 2004, the LDP and NPC both backed businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco as a potential presidential candidate in the 2004 elections.[6] Cojuangco, the NPC chair, was fielded as NPC's standard bearer, but withdrew. Results for the 2004 elections show that NPC had 0 seats for the Senate while for the House of Representatives, NPC had 53 seats.


“Our party leadership wants that there is unanimity on the candidates for president and vice president we will support. As of now, such unanimity has not been attained,” Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano told reporters yesterday. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which considers itself the second largest political group after the ruling Liberal Party (LP), remains undecided on the presidential candidate it will support.

“Our party leadership wants that there is unanimity on the candidates for president and vice president we will support. As of now, such unanimity has not been attained,” Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano told reporters yesterday.

As a result, he said each NPC member is free to make a choice.

However, he said many party members have opted to support the ticket of Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.

Durano is campaign manager of the Poe-Escudero team. He served as tourism secretary under the Arroyo administration and spokesman for the Lakas-dominated Team Unity ticket in the 2007 elections. The opposition clobbered the administration Team Unity slate.

The NPC had held separate dialogues with Poe, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

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Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, the party’s spokesman, earlier said individual preferences of members make it difficult for their party to decide on the candidates it will support.

Former Pangasinan representative Mark Cojuangco, son of NPC founder and chairman emeritus Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., has publicly endorsed Binay.

Before NPC started its presidential vetting process, 12 party members had a breakfast meeting with Roxas.

Escudero was a member of the Cojuangco coalition until October 2009 when he resigned. He was then eyeing the presidency in the 2010 elections.

He said a politician did not need a political group to aspire for the presidency or vice presidency.

He and Poe are gunning for the two top posts as independent candidates.


MANILA STANDARD

Poe keeps lead in Laylo survey posted February 09, 2016 at 12:01 am by Joyce Pangco Panares and Macon Ramos- Araneta

Poe continued to enjoy a narrow lead at 29 percent, up one percentage point from 28 percent in December.

SENATOR Grace Poe retained her lead over other presidential candidates in the latest The Standard Poll following a Supreme Court order stopping the Commission of Elections from disqualifying her from the May 9 polls.

The survey, conducted by resident pollster Junie Laylo from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 had 3,000 respondents—all of whom are registered voters with biometrics and who said they are sure to vote in next year’s elections—from 79 provinces across the country and the 17 cities in the National Capital Region. It has a national margin of error of +/- 1.8 percent.

In a statement to The Standard, Poe said: “I owe this top ranking in The Standard-Laylo survey to the Filipino people, who continue to put their faith in my capacity to lead the country. They are my driving force in being unflinching in fighting for change and in pushing an inclusive platform for a progressive and just society.

“I look forward to coming face to face with more of our kababayan in the campaign period.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II were tied at second place with 22 percent each, followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 20 percent and Senator Miriam Santiago with 2 percent.

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Binay and Santiago saw their ratings go down by one percentage point each from the December survey. Roxas’ rating remained unchanged while Duterte went up by one percentage point.

Across geographic areas, Poe led in the National Capital Region (35 percent), North and Central Luzon (37 percent), and South Luzon and Bicol (38 percent).

Roxas was the top choice of respondents from the Visayas region, while Duterte firmed up his lead in Mindanao with 44 percent, up from 36 percent in December.

Across regions, Poe was the frontrunner in Ilocos (43 percent), Central Luzon (38 percent), Calabarzon (39 percent), Mimaropa (40 percent) and Zamboanga Peninsula (28 percent).









Binay, on the other hand, was the top choice in the Cordillera Administrative Region (40 percent) and Cagayan Valley (45 percent) while Roxas led in Bicol (39 percent), Western Visayas (43 percent), Negros Island Region (45 percent), and Eastern Visayas (30 percent).

Duterte posted wide leads in Central Visayas (32 percent), Northern Mindanao (31 percent), Davao Region (78 percent), Cotabato Region (47 percent), Caraga (38 percent), and ARMM (37 percent).

A plurality of respondents from urban areas (35 percent) said they will vote for Poe, while Roxas emerged as the top choice among Filipino voters in rural areas with 27 percent.

Poe was also the frontrunner across all economic classes—ABC (30 percent), D (30 percent), and E (27 percent)—and among male and female respondents with 27 percent and 32 percent, respectively.

Poe posted a wide lead among voters ages 18-34 (34 percent) and ages 35-55 (28 percent), while she shared the top post with Binay at 25 percent each among respondents ages 56 and above.

A plurality of Catholic (30 percent), Iglesia ni Cristo (34 percent), and Born Again (28 percent) voters said they will vote for Poe if the elections were held today, while 34 percent of Muslims said they will support Duterte. Roxas, on the other hand, was the top choice among Aglipayan voters with 26 percent.

WHY POE?

When asked for the top reasons for their choice, respondents who said they will vote for Poe said they want to try her style of governance (30 percent) and they hope she will continue the good deeds of her father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. (19 percent). Those who said they will not vote for her cited her inexperience (19 percent), unproven competence (16 percent) and her citizenship issue (14 percent).

WHY BINAY?

The top reasons of those who will vote for Binay are as follows: he can replicate across the country what he has accomplished in Makati (20 percent) and he has wide experience in governance (19 percent). Those who will not vote for Binay cited the corruption issues leveled against him (29 percent) and the involvement of his family in anomalous transactions (22 percent).

WHY ROXAS?

At least 42 percent of those who will vote for Roxas said they will do so in the hope that he will continue the government’s dole program. A plurality of who have rejected Roxas said they will not vote for him because he cannot decide for himself and is a mere lackey of President Benigno Aquino III (22 percent).

WHY DUTERTE?

Duterte’s supporters said they will vote for him because he is a disciplinarian (22 percent) and he has addressed the problem of illegal drugs (20 percent). However, 18 percent of those who will not vote for the Davao mayor cited his iron fist style of governance.

WHY SANTIAGO?

Those who will vote for Santiago said they liked that she talked straight to the point (26 percent). Ironically, a plurality (17 percent) of those who will not vote for Santiago cited the same reason for rejecting her.

WHY NOT FOR POE?

WHY NOT FOR  BINAY?

WHY NOT FOR ROXAS?

WHY NOT FOR DUTERTE?

WHY NOT FOR SANTIAGO?

Poe’s spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said the senator is thankful for the continued trust and confidence of the public.

“Their support serves as her inspiration to work harder as a senator and a candidate in the upcoming elections,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian said analysts have claimed that Poe’s political advertisements dispelling the misconception that she is no longer a candidate may have helped improve her ratings.

“In our opinion, though, her continued drive to visit as many provinces and regions to clarify that she is still a candidate for the presidency and her message of inclusive growth helped in the latest rounds of surveys,” he said.


MANILA TIMES

Computer machine incompatibility woes delay printing of ballots for 3rd time February 8, 2016 10:40 pm by WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL, REPORTER & NELSON S. BADILLA


ORIENTATION Workers at the National Printing Office undergo training on the use of vote counting machines. The Commission on Elections has started testing the machines it will use for the May elections. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has, for the third time, postponed the printing of ballots for the May 2016 elections by another week because of incompatibility problems in the two computer programs supplied by election provider Smartmatic Corp.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Monday said the printing of ballots has been moved from February 8 to early next week.


BAUTISTA

He gave assurances that the delay in printing will have “no material impact on the schedule of the elections.”

Bautista dismissed speculation about “manipulation” ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on the disqualification cases against leading presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe soon after Tuesday’s “If there was really manipulation that’s going to happen, then they could have just kept quiet and all would have been fine and dandy but the fact that there is a finding… again to us is good because they’re doing their job, we still have enough time to make changes to the system,” the Comelec chief said.

“We wanted to ensure that the source code is in accordance with international best practices and no malicious stuff [is] included therein,” he added.

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Bautista said the delay in printing will give them time to redesign the ballot or make it shorter.

“Shorter ballots mean faster printing and faster election process,” he explained.

Senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said Smartmatic promised to “cure” the glitches.



It was discovered that the code for the Election Management System (EMS) was incompatible with the Consolidated Canvassing System (CCS).

The EMS designs the configuration for the vote counting machines, like precinct number and the number of voters per precinct, among others.

Lim said if the EMS is not compatible with the CCS, there will be transmission problems during he elections because the latter will not be able to recognize what is being sent by the EMS.

“The EMS is designed to have a network while the CCS was not designed [to have one]. But the way it came out for the CCS, it was designed for a network which should not be the case,” the commissioner said.

“For us, rather than hide it from everybody, we wanted to redo [it] so that everybody is well informed that this is what we’re doing,” he added.

Lim earlier said the problem, if not immediately solved, would result in election delays in some areas, but he later added that the “elections would push through” given Smartmatic’s assurance that the problem will be resolved.

The Comelec has signed a P35-million contract with SLI Global Solutions for testing and review of the source code submitted by Smartmatic.

As certifier, SLI will make sure that the source code meets the specifications and performance and adheres to deliver what the Comelec needs.

“For further checking that the codes in the machines are the same ones certified by SLI, once SLI submitted the final trusted build we will create a hash code. The moment certain lines are changed, the hash code also changes. The hash code will appear in election returns, in documents printed out by machines so that watchers or the public can compare if the code is the same,” Lim said.

Wild plan?

The Partido Manggagawa (PM) also on Monday said the delay in the printing of ballots shows that the Comelec is not prepared for the May 9 political exercise.

“It looks like the Comelec is ill-prepared to handle some important aspects of the elections, including [the] finaliz[ation of] the list of candidates and the timely printing of ballots,” Wilson Fortaleza, PM spokesman, told The Manila Times.

The group expressed fears that the printing delay would pave the way for an act or plan that could lead to the victory of Liberal Party (LP) candidates headed by Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.

“I hope this glitch in preparations is not part of any wild plan [of the Aquino Administration],” Fortaleza said.

2 Responses to Incompatibility woes delay printing of ballots
Inocent says:
February 9, 2016 at 6:43 am
Aha, this “glitch” could be another gimmick of Smartmatic to place the Comelec under duress and could be the reason that they will again make shortcuts and circumvent the requirements to protect the votes of the people. Smartmatic via Cesar Flores and Comelec, via Sixto Brillantes already did it in 2010 and 2013 and succeeded by cheating under our noses and they can do it again. Let us see how “clean” Commissioner Andy Bautista is.
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JJ says:
February 9, 2016 at 3:49 am
We all know that Comelec is a joke, run by the LP. Cheating by them will be rampid so the LPs can hold on to power. Corruption, stealing, abuse of power and laziness is whatthis country is about anymore. Roxas is the biggest joke of them all.

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Comelec: Source codes safe with BSP, errors corrected By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 13, 2016 - 12:00am 0 7 googleplus0 0


Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they were able to address the problems seen in the source codes by Denver-based SLI Global Solutions, which was tapped by the poll body to certify the system. Mong Pintolo


MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday deposited the three source codes of the automated election system at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), declaring the errors earlier found in the system have been corrected.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they were able to address the problems seen in the source codes by Denver-based SLI Global Solutions, which was tapped by the poll body to certify the system.

The source codes are used for the election management system, the vote counting machines (VCM) and consolidation and canvassing system.

“When it comes to the source codes, I think we are OK. We had an end-to-end test at the warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna (yesterday) and I was informed it was successful. I also want to see this in action,” Bautista said.

Bautista added the poll body is looking forward to testing the systems further in today’s mock elections.

The Comelec will conduct today a simulation of the elections in selected cities and municipalities nationwide, covering some 25,000 registered voters.

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating … so we will see tomorrow (today) how it goes. We will simulate the entire election exercise during the mock elections,” he said.

According to Bautista, the mock elections will serve as “technical rehearsals” of the Comelec’s preparations for the May 9 polls.

“We are going through a process which can help us improve on our preparations to make sure that all systems are green and go on May 9 … elections should come close to perfection,” he added.

No SIM cards

But in today’s mock polls, the Comelec will not use SIM cards in transmitting the ballots from the voting centers to the canvassing centers and to the national data base.

“I understand that we will be using BGAN for the transmission. We have to do this because the telecommunication providers were not ready with their SIM cards. This is something we have to look at,” Bautista said.

The Comelec had acquired BGAN or broadband global area network satellite as a back up plan in areas where telecommunication signals are either weak or unavailable.

In the 2013 polls, the transmission rate was 70 percent and Comelec is aiming to increase the rate.

Bautista added the telecommunication companies have given assurance the SIM cards will be available in time for the elections and Comelec is eyeing to hold another dry run to check the quality of transmission.

In today’s simulated elections, the Comelec said it intends to test and ensure the adequate security, accuracy, system and functional capability and integrity of the vote counting machines, transmission devices and consolidation and canvassing system.

The Comelec is also aiming to simulate the process of election, deployment, actual voting and consolidation of votes, as well as transmission procedures and “to develop public confidence and acceptance of the automated election system.”

Comelec earlier hinted that some precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines were malfunctioning and failing to correctly read the ballots, which may have been because of a glitch in the source code.

The new vote-counting machines were reportedly rejecting one to two percent of the ballots during tests.

Comelec explained this was caused by an “overly sensitive self-diagnosing mechanism” of the VCM that was designed to prevent a repeat of the digital lines that appeared on the ballots in the 2013 elections.

Bautista assured the public the technical issues have been solved.

Despite the assurance, critics and candidates expressed their fears that this year’s elections might be faulty.

The camp of presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential candidate Sen. Francis Escudero urged the Comelec to hold a dialog with stakeholders to discuss the status of the preparations for the May 9 elections.

Poe’s spokesman, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian also took note of the delay in the printing of the official ballots.

Senatorial candidate Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said it would be unthinkable to postpone the elections just because of the glitch in the voting machines or delay in the printing of the ballots.

The administration Liberal Party-led Daang Matuwid Coalition coalition also expressed worry over the reported delays and glitches.

Coalition spokesman Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez said the Comelec must make sure the voting machines to be used in the elections will be reliable and accurate.

“The credibility of the elections rests on the reliability of the PCOS machines. We hope that Comelec can address these issues before the elections,” Gutierrez said.

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. also expressed fears over the glitches in the voting machines.

“It bothers me. Every time the Comelec prepares for election, it will not run smoothly. All of us are worried. It could be just a simple problem but it scared us. The problem in the source code is the root of all problems,” Marcos said.

With the discovery of the glitches, Marcos said they would strictly monitor the system being done by Comelec and the potential abuse in election results. With Christina Mendez, Paolo Romero, Jun Elias


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