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ILOCANOS WELCOME MIRIAM, BONGBONG IN MARCOS BAILWICK
[SENATORIAL LINE-UP: They are former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) advocate Susan Ople, former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director general Joel Villanueva, former Armed Forces chief of staff and director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Dionisio Santiago, actor and television host Edu Manzano, Sen. Ralph Recto, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno.]


FEBRUARY 9 -Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago kick off their campaign in Batac City, Ilocos Norte - hometown of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. Santiago staff/Released
BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Ariel Paolo Tejada (philstar.com) | Updated February 9, 2016 - For the first time since they announced their tandem, presidential aspirant Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and running mate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shared the stage as they started their campaign Tuesday in this Batac City, hometown of the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos. The two were greeted by hundreds of supporters who patiently waited along the streets from Laoag City to Batac as early as 6 a.m. The kick-off campaign started at 11 a.m. where Santiago delivered a short speech saying that it is not yet the right place and time for her to explain her agenda for government. She, however, said that one of her agenda is to reform the country’s political system which she described as a failure. “Nakita natin na ang systema ngayon ay hindi umuobra, hindi nakakapagbigay ng empleyo sa ating mga kababayan,” Santiago said. She also explained why she has chosen to start her campaign in Ilocos Norte. “I came here because I've always admired the Ilocanos and to signify my wholehearted support for Bongbong Marcos as the next vice president,” Santiago said. She also joked that if she will be elected president and something happens to her, she would want someone young and idealistic to “take over the reigns of government.” Santiago also promised to prosecute those who are involved in the pork barrel scam once elected president. READ MORE...WATCH VIDEOS...AND RELATED, Miriam, Bongbong bare 10 Senate bets

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Poe-Escudero supporters gather at Plaza Miranda for kick-off rally


FEBRUARY 9 -A glimpse of Quiapo an hour before Poe-Escudero tandem's campaign kick-off in Plaza Miranda TWEETS Supporters of Senator Grace Poe’s Partido Galing at Puso have started to gather at the historic Plaza Miranda in Manila for the team’s proclamation rally this Tuesday afternoon. Bayan Muna Representative Colmenares was the first senatorial bet to arrive at the venue shortly before 3 p.m. The kick off rally to be led by Poe and her running mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, is set to start at around 4 p.m. READ: Poe-Escudero rally to feature stars, not twerking dancers Poe’s senatorial slate is composed of Colmenares, Senators Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Ralph Recto, former Senators Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri, migrant workers advocate Susan Ople, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, actor and TV host Edu Manzano, and lawyer Lorna Kapunan. READ MORE...RELATED, Life’s drama Poe’s 1st campaign salvo...WATCH NEWS VIDEO...

ALSO: Duterte, Cayetano jumpstart campaign in Binondo


FEBRUARY 9 -On the first day of the official campaign period, the presidential-vice presidential tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano met with residents of San Nicolas, Binondo in Manila early Tuesday.
Hordes of people welcomed the Duterte-Cayetano duo in Barangay 286 in Zone 26, District 3 where they held a meeting with residents shortly after midnight. The PDP-Laban bets had just come from Tarlac province but seemed far from exhausted as they pressed hands and talked with supporters. Cayetano said they wanted to show that their tandem will be untiring in the fight against crime. "Unang-una, bakit ganitong oras? Gusto naming ipakitang iyung trabaho ni Mayor, trabaho talaga. Natututulog pa yung ibang kandidato, natutulog pa iyung ibang pwedeng presidente, nasa kalye pa rin si Mayor. Kasi ang krimen, walang oras iyan e," he said. The senator added that they went to the depressed area to hear the plight of its residents who are mostly migrants from provinces lured by the promise of greener pastures. Duterte and Cayetano are running on a platform of wiping out criminals, fighting corruption and pushing for federalism. READ MORE...WATCH VIDEOS...RELATED, DUTERTE CLAIMS:‘Mar backed by dishonest miner’ ...

ALSO: Duterte suffered mild stroke—source
[Video footage of Duterte showed that he was grimacing in pain as the claim was that he was suffering from migrane. His camp also said that the Davao mayor left for Davao City last night, which was false information, since Duterte went straight to the Cardinal Santos Hospital where he stayed overnight, and left for Davao yesterday for further rest at 11 a.m. His doctors said Duterte suffered from bronchitis while his camp claimed he was suffering from migraine.]


FEBRUARY 13 -DUTERTE
PDP-Laban standard bearer, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, suffered a mild stroke, a source, a staffer at the hospital where the presidential candidate had been confined overnight, told the Tribune yesterday, although this information could not be confirmed independently. Video footage of Duterte showed that he was grimacing in pain as the claim was that he was suffering from migrane. His camp also said that the Davao mayor left for Davao City last night, which was false information, since Duterte went straight to the Cardinal Santos Hospital where he stayed overnight, and left for Davao yesterday for further rest at 11 a.m. His doctors said Duterte suffered from bronchitis while his camp claimed he was suffering from migraine. Health concerns of candidates have been raised during this campaign period, with Liberal Party standard bearer, former Interior chief Manuel “Mar” Roxas challenging all the presidential bets to make public their medical records. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was earlier challenged to make her medical records public, but refused to do so, claiming that while she was first diagnosed as having stage 4 lung cancer, she has however recovered. During her proclamation together with her vice presidential bet, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, she claimed that she was in remission, but it was evident from video footage that Santiago was hardly fit to conduct a presidential campaign. Santiago, however, said that her campaign would be conducted over social media. Her latest score in surveys show her to be a cellar dweller, with just 4 percent of the vote. Vice President Jojo Binay, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, said he is “in the pink of health” to wage a nationwide campaign. Binay is the only presidential bet who has travelled to many provinces and towns, meeting with leaders and people who usually mob him. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte admits he has 4 ailments: BUT HE WON’T RELEASE MEDICAL RECORDS...

ALSO: Binay, UNA kick off 2016 campaign in Mandaluyong, Laguna, Cavite
[Why is Vice President Jejomar Binay not holding his first campaign rally in Makati City?]


FEBRUARY 6 -CAMPAIGN STYLE. Vice President Jejomar Binay joins Quezon residents in a boodle fight, a classic during an UNA sortie. Photo from the Office of the Vice President
Vice President Jejomar Binay is officially launching his campaign where he is at his strongest: with the poor. The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer will hold the opening salvo of his presidential bid on Tuesday, February 9, at the Welfareville compound, an urban poor community in Mandaluyong City. “Vice President Binay wants to launch his campaign with ordinary Filipinos who have been left behind and continue to struggle with poverty, hunger, and unemployment,” said Binay’s media affairs head Joey Salgado. “The Vice President chose to hold his proclamation rally at Welfareville because he wanted to share with the masses his vision of a nation where rich and poor share the benefits of economic growth,” he added. The choice of venue is not surprising, as Binay promises pro-poor governance and inclusive growth. His key campaign message builds on his rags-to-riches story as an orphan who became a human rights lawyer. (READ: The Leader I Want: Jejomar Binay's to-fix list for 2016) The Vice President, his running mate Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, and their senatorial slate will then head to Cavite and Laguna, two of the most vote-rich provinces in the country. “The Vice President will continue to present his platform of government anchored on uplifting the lives of the people, something that he has done in Makati," Salgado said. READ MORE, MORE PHOTOS....WATCH VIDEOS...RELATED, Binay to supporters - It’s gov’t money anyway so take it, but vote for the candidates of your choice anyway. [Binay: Poverty, not corruption, is PH’s ‘moral problem’]...

ALSO: Fiesta-like atmosphere in Capiz as Roxas, Robredo start campaign


FEBRUARY 9 -Fiesta-like atmosphere in Capiz as #RoxasRobredo start #VotePH2016 campaign 
ROXAS CITY, Capiz—The Liberal Party kicked off on Tuesday its campaign for the 2016 general elections in the hometown of its standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. Roxas and Robredo, who separately arrived at the gym, were mobbed by screaming supporters as soon as they got out of their vehicles. READ: Roxas-Robredo tandem: Together but separate Roxas’ wife Korina Sanchez, mother Judy Araneta and son Paolo were also in attendance. Before the tandem came, senatorial candidates of the “Daang Matuwid” coalition arrived one by one except former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director Joel Villanueva, who had his own proclamation rally at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. Yellow-clad supporters filled 6,000 seats of Capiz Gymnasium in Roxas City. They brought with them tarpaulins with messages of support for the administration candidates. READ MORE...RELATED, Aquino, Roxas court barangay officials... AND Aquino turns the spotlight on Roxas, Robredo in Iloilo: PRESIDENT WILL JOIN MAR-LENI CAMPAIGN EVERY CHANCE HE GETS according to Abad...WATCH VIDEO interview with DeLima, Lacson, Drilon...


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Ilocanos welcome Miriam, Bongbong in Marcos bailiwick


Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago kick off their campaign in Batac City, Ilocos Norte - hometown of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. Santiago staff/Released

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Ariel Paolo Tejada (philstar.com) | Updated February 9, 2016 - For the first time since they announced their tandem, presidential aspirant Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and running mate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shared the stage as they started their campaign Tuesday in this Batac City, hometown of the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos.

The two were greeted by hundreds of supporters who patiently waited along the streets from Laoag City to Batac as early as 6 a.m.

The kick-off campaign started at 11 a.m. where Santiago delivered a short speech saying that it is not yet the right place and time for her to explain her agenda for government.

She, however, said that one of her agenda is to reform the country’s political system which she described as a failure.

“Nakita natin na ang systema ngayon ay hindi umuobra, hindi nakakapagbigay ng empleyo sa ating mga kababayan,” Santiago said.

She also explained why she has chosen to start her campaign in Ilocos Norte.

“I came here because I've always admired the Ilocanos and to signify my wholehearted support for Bongbong Marcos as the next vice president,” Santiago said.

She also joked that if she will be elected president and something happens to her, she would want someone young and idealistic to “take over the reigns of government.”

Santiago also promised to prosecute those who are involved in the pork barrel scam once elected president.

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Meanwhile, Marcos once again said that the “Solid North” unity will be a key factor in his bid for the vice presidency.

"Sa Ilocandia ang mga Ilocano maipag mamalaki parin, na tayo ay tinatawag na Solid North," he said.

Marcos said his advocacy is to bring back unity among Filipinos.

“'Yan po ay aking sisimulan na isang kilusan na pagkakaisa ng buong Pilipinas, nang maramdaman ulit natin at masasabi ulit natin na tayo ay isang bansa, tayo ay may isang diwa, tayo ay may isang gawa," he said.

After the kick-off rally, Santiago and Marcos went to the Mariano Marcos State University to attend a forum with students.

They were joined Gov. Imee Marcos, Rep. Imelda Marcos, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, who also runs for senator, and other provincial officials.

After the forum, Marcos went to Ilocos Sur to continue his campaign while Santiago went back to Manila.

 
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SANTIAGO BINATIKOS POE, BINAY..BUT KAPANSIN PANSIN NA Sen. Santiago, tila naghabilin kay Sen. Bongbong sa kanilang proc rally Published on Feb 9, 2016 Sa Ilocos Norte nagpakita ng puwersa ang tambalan nina Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago at Sen. Bongbong Marcos. Pero kung si Sen. Bongbong ganado sa pag-iikot sa kanyang hometown, si Sen. Miriam naman, tila naghahabilin na. Alamin sa ulat ni Faith Del Mundo. (Video uploaded by Ric Jayson Toring; Manuscript edited by Joey Hernandez; For any concerns, you may e-mail us at newsfiveeverywhere@gmail.com) Category Entertainment License Standard YouTube License

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Miriam, Bongbong bare 10 Senate bets February 13, 2016 11:12 pm by JAIME R. PILAPIL, REPORTER


President Benigno Aquino III’s friends and former Cabinet members are the top attractions on the senatorial ticket of ‎the 2016 tandem Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. politics.com

The tandem of Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday bared its 10 candidates for senator.

They are former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) advocate Susan Ople, former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director general Joel Villanueva, former Armed Forces chief of staff and director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Dionisio Santiago, actor and television host Edu Manzano, Sen. Ralph Recto, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno.

The 10 will be proclaimed Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City during the launch of Youth for Miriam, a group of volunteer young voters.

Marcos and Santiago will attend the event.

Only Petilla and Recto are from the administration slate of the Liberal Party.

Others are from the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero except Romualdez and Pacquiao who are from the group of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Top choice

Marcos, who wrapped up his campaign in Northern Luzon Saturday emerged as the top choice for vice president in the vote-rich province of Pangasinan.

In a non-commissioned survey on 1,500 residents of Pangasinan on January 10 to 18, 2016 covering five cities and 43 municipalities, Marcos got the highest rating — 41.5 percent.

Senator Francis Escudero was a far second with 25.4 percent, followed by Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, 13.3 percent.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was fourth with 7.6 percent, followed by Senator Gringo Honasan with 6.9 percent and Senator Antonio Trillanes with 5.3 percent.

The survey, conducted by Issues and Advocacy Center, has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

Marcos also led the recent survey conducted by Magdalo on 3,000 respondents from across various regions of the country with 28 percent.


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Poe-Escudero supporters gather at Plaza Miranda for kick-off rally SHARES: 706 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 03:12 PM February 9th, 2016 poe-escudero INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES


A glimpse of Quiapo an hour before Poe-Escudero tandem's campaign kick-off in Plaza Miranda

Supporters of Senator Grace Poe’s Partido Galing at Puso have started to gather at the historic Plaza Miranda in Manila for the team’s proclamation rally this Tuesday afternoon.

Bayan Muna Representative Colmenares was the first senatorial bet to arrive at the venue shortly before 3 p.m. The kick off rally to be led by Poe and her running mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, is set to start at around 4 p.m.

READ: Poe-Escudero rally to feature stars, not twerking dancers

Poe’s senatorial slate is composed of Colmenares, Senators Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Ralph Recto, former Senators Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri, migrant workers advocate Susan Ople, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, actor and TV host Edu Manzano, and lawyer Lorna Kapunan.

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Five in Poe’s senatorial ticket, however, are shared or guest candidates, like Recto, who is part of the administration’s team, while Sotto, Gordon, Zubiri and Ople are also running under the slate of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

The remaining seven bets are exclusive to Poe’s team. CDG

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POE-ESCUDERO TANDEM, SISIMULAN ANG KAMPANYA SA PLAZA MIRANDA SA QUIAPO Published on Feb 8, 2016 AKSYON | Sa Plaza Miranda sa Quiapo, Manila, ang simula ng pangangampanya nina Sen. Grace Poe at Chiz Escudero. Ganado si Sen. Poe sa kampanya kahit nakabinbin pa ang kaso niya sa Korte Suprema. Alamin sa ulat ni Maeanne Los Baños. (Video uploaded by Raffonzyl Bonifacio; Manuscript edited by Joey Hernandez:

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Life’s drama Poe’s 1st campaign salvo Written by Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00


POE'S 2016 CAMPAIGN RALLY AT PLAZA MIRANDA, QUIAPO MANILA

Independent candidate Grace Poe chose to launch her precarious bid for the presidency through the “drama” that has best described her life and that continues to this day, saying she opted to formally begin her quest for the highest post in government in front of the Quiapo Church in Manila.

“The story of my life started inside a church. It is fitting that I should launch the next chapter in front of a church,” Poe said in her proclamation speech to an estimated crowd of 6,000.

As she vowed to struggle for her right to seek the presidency amid questions on her citizenship and lack of experience, Poe said there’s no more turning back for her.


Live shot from plaza miranda, Poe, Escudero and senatorial slate all set for this afternoon's campaign kick-off. GOOGLE IMAGES

“To those who have gone to great lengths to tarnish my good name, I am ready to defend my Filipino identity here and now,” she said.

“I am running for the presidency of our country so that I may stand and fight with all of you whose lives are full of drama and we will continue to dream and strive for a better life for our families,” Poe said.

Retaliating on the criticisms being thrown at her by some of her rivals, that of capitalizing supposedly on her personal circumstances, that of being a “foundling”, Poe opted to take advantage of this issue in the hope of seeking public sympathy.

“Maybe my life is replete with drama because, like the majority of Filipinos, there are difficulties that I have to struggle with, I have been oppressed and belittled, but I rise to fight again after each battle, after the passing of each storm of my life and fate. They may well call it drama, but this is my real life. It is the reality that many Filipinos live every day.

“Despite all these, I stand before you today as a Filipino, a woman who knows how to fight bullies and oppressors, a leader with a heart that loves our country and people. It is from the people that I draw strength so I may serve them truly and effectively,” she said.


Sen. Grace Poe. Sen. Grace Poe speaks during the kick off rally of her team dubbed as Partido Galing at Puso held at the Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila. Poe: ‘Puno na ang salop, dapat na itong kalusin’ GRACE DRAMATIZES VISION TO END ‘TOLERANCE FOR POVERTY, CORRUPTION’ VIA FPJ QUOTES RAY BAJAMUNDE JR. INQUIRER FILE

But prior to taking the stage, Poe, accompanied by her husband Teodoro Daniel Misael Llamanzares and son Bryan, had a quick stop at Quiapo Church, before proceeding to the rally site that commenced at 5:30 p.m.

Her mother, veteran actress Susan Roces, arrived few minutes ahead of Poe and her family.

“As my father has told me: In whatever you do in your life, always fill your efforts with prayers. Therefore, in this historic spot – before the people, before God – I offer this pledge: I am Grace Poe, mother, daughter, Filipino. With all my heart and strength, I will uphold and defend,” she said.

Among the senatorial candidates, the “early birds” were re-electionist Sen. Vicente Sotto III, lawyer Lorna Kapunan, Bayan Muna party list Rep. Neri Colmenares, ACT-CIS party list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao Jr.

Also part of Poe and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero’s Partido Galing at Puso senatorial slate were Valenzuela Rep. Win Gatchalian, former Sen. Richard Gordon, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, OFW advocate Susan “Toots” Ople and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo.

Noticeably absent were actor Edu Manzano who made a last-minute cancelation of appearance due to health reasons. Sen. Ralph Recto who is an adopted candidate and is officially under the Liberal Party (LP) and returning Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri who opted to kick off his campaign in his home province in Bukidnon. His wife, Aubrey Zubiri, represented him instead.


September 17, 2015 PHOTO -Actress Susan Roces watches with the Poe family as daughter Grace reveals her 20 priority programs at the Bahay ng Alumni. Joining her are (from left) Grace’s son Brian, husband Neil and daughters Hanna and Nikka. MICHAEL VARCAS

Daang Matuwid referendum in May

Daang Matuwid spokesman and Rep. Miro Quimbo, meanwhile, said in the campaign kick off at Roxas City that he is con0fident the Koalisyon ng Daan Matuwid’s 12 senatorial hopefuls will win convincingly in Capiz and in Iloilo.

“LP has a strong and broad base of support here in Capiz — home town of LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, and in Iloilo — hometown of Sen. Franklin Drilon. We are confident that we can convince the people to vote for the LP senatorial slate. This slate will continue the policies and programs of President Aquino, which has greatly benefitted the two provinces,” Quimbo said during the Capiz rally attended by President Aquino.

“The recent Pulse Asia Survey has also shown that our LP senatoriables are in a good place. What we have to do is stay on track, but double our efforts to secure a steady footing for our candidates. This can only be attained if all 12 candidates will work as a team,” he added.

The Marikina City congressman also said that the LP has prepared very hard for this campaign, and will continue to strive even harder until the 90-day campaign period is over.

The 12 LP led coalition is composed of five LP members and seven coalition partners, namely: Senate President Franklin Drilon; Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto; Senator Teofisto Guingona III; former Senator and Food Security Czar Francis Pangilinan; former Senator and Yolanda Rehabilitation Chief Panfilo Lacson; former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima; Former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla; former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva; former Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid; PhilHealth Director and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros; COOP NATCCO Party-list Rep. Cresente Paez; and former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for Muslim Affairs and Special Concerns and Maguindanao Officer-in-Charge Nariman Ambolodto.

Aquino asked the people of Capiz to support the administration bets to continue the gains of the Daang Matuwid advocacy that he has expoused in the past five years.

In his speech, Aquino said the May elections will be a referendum on whether or not the people will support “Daang Matuwid”.


PNoy SPEAKING AT MAR, LENI CAMPAIGN RALLY IN CAPIZ

He noted that his advocacy has already transformed the country — from being a “sick man of Asia”, the Philippines has become the fastest growing economy in the world, surpassing even the region’s biggest economies.

As a result of a stronger economy, he said, the government has lifted 7.7 million people out of poverty and completed major infrastructure projects that help the people.

The President said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allotted P7.29 billion for infrastructure projects in Capiz from 2011 to 2016.

The figure, he said, is three times bigger than the P2.18 billion budget allocated for the province from 2005 to 2010.

The Chief Executive further reported that all the target sitios in Capiz under the Sitio Electrification Program have been energized as of last month.

Aquino noted that as his term nears its end, he wants a successor who will continue his programs.

The President lauded Roxas’ achievements at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as he responded from crisis to crisis.

He said that as interior secretary, Roxas created an anti-criminality drive in the National Capital Region by launching the “Oplan Lambat Sibat”.

He also said that Roxas has proven his competence and integrity with his quick response to such crises as the Zamboanga siege, the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and Typhoon Yolanda that devastated Eastern Visayas.

Belated Chinese feast

PDP-Laban standard bearers, presidential Rodrigo Duterte and vice presidential bet Alan Peter Cayetano made a surprise visit to Binondo, Manila residents Tuesday and shared midnight snacks with them.

Over plates of pancit canton, salted eggs and pan de sal, the two promised to end the misery of poverty-stricken Filipinos.
Duterte and Cayetano’s visit signaled the start of their 90-day campaign.

“Good morning to all,” Duterte greeted the residents as he walked through an alley, shaking the hands of everyone present.

The tandem listened to the complaints of the residents and discussed with their political agenda in return, a lively exchange followed by the hearty midnight snack.

A fish vendor, 52-year-old Rosalia Manalang, said she was happy with Duterte and Cayetano’s visit.

Duterte’s proclamation rally was still hours away in an event scheduled at nearby Tondo, but was on a campaign mode early on with a visit to Barangay 286 in Binondo.

There, he vowed to end the suffering of the people if elected.

Duterte said he will sustain the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the government’s poverty alleviation program.

But the PDP-LABAN standard bearer has also been consistent about his plan of giving sustainable forms of livelihood and assistance to poor Filipinos — that they need not depend on dole outs from the government all their lives.

If he wins the presidency, Duterte said he might even increase the cash grants to the program’s beneficiaries, the poorest of the poor in the country.

His declaration was met with applause from the residents along Lavezares St. who were ecstatic over the surprise visit of the tandem.

Under the current 4Ps, also called the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), each beneficiary with at least three children can avail of P1,400 per month or P15,000 a year.

Santiago-Marcos in Laoag



The election campaign of the tandem of Presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Vice-Presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. started in Laoag City.

The tandem arrived at the Laoag International Airport at past 9 a.m. Marcos immediately went to the Provincial Capitol of Ilocos Norte, where he was greeted by local supporters.

Marcos made a speech before attending a special mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Batac, Ilocos Norte, where he was joined by his wife Lisa, mother Imelda and sister Imee.

The official kicked-off happened at the Batac City Plaza in Ilocos Norte, where Marcos called on his supporters to help him in his campaign of national unity to get the country moving forward.
Gerry Baldo


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Duterte, Cayetano jumpstart campaign in Binondo Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News Posted at 02/09/16 10:44 AM

MANILA - On the first day of the official campaign period, the presidential-vice presidential tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano met with residents of San Nicolas, Binondo in Manila early Tuesday.

Hordes of people welcomed the Duterte-Cayetano duo in Barangay 286 in Zone 26, District 3 where they held a meeting with residents shortly after midnight.

The PDP-Laban bets had just come from Tarlac province but seemed far from exhausted as they pressed hands and talked with supporters.

Cayetano said they wanted to show that their tandem will be untiring in the fight against crime.

"Unang-una, bakit ganitong oras? Gusto naming ipakitang iyung trabaho ni Mayor, trabaho talaga. Natututulog pa yung ibang kandidato, natutulog pa iyung ibang pwedeng presidente, nasa kalye pa rin si Mayor. Kasi ang krimen, walang oras iyan e," he said.

The senator added that they went to the depressed area to hear the plight of its residents who are mostly migrants from provinces lured by the promise of greener pastures.

Duterte and Cayetano are running on a platform of wiping out criminals, fighting corruption and pushing for federalism.

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Duterte promised voters that he will retain his tough stance against criminality, saying: "Ayoko ng holdaper, ayoko ng kidnapper, ayoko ng droga. Umalis kayo."

After the meeting, the Duterte-Cayetano duo shared breakfast with the residents. The tandem will formally launch their campaign at a proclamation rally in Tondo, Manila at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Vice President Jojo Binay and Senator Gregorio Honasan of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), meanwhile, will kick off their own campaign in Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong.

Independent candidates Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero will launch theirs in Plaza Miranda, Manila, also at 4 p.m.

Liberal Party standard Mar Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will troop to Iloilo for their own official proclamation at 6 p.m. today.

Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. will start their campaign in the latter's home province of Ilocos Norte at 10 a.m.

 
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DUTERTE CLAIMS:‘Mar backed by dishonest miner’ February 13, 2016 11:18 pm
by LLANESCA T. PANTI, REPORTER

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday accused Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas of coddling a mining company that has been penalized for overextraction.

Duterte claimed that Roxas has been protecting the business interests of Eric Gutierrez, owner of SR Metals Inc. (SRMI) which is based in Tubay, Agusan del Sur.

It is because of this protection that the mining operations of Gutierrez continue, the mayor said.

Gutierrez is a friend and business partner of Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, a stalwart of the ruling party.
The Davao mayor said Gutierrez has been giving Roxas some favors, one of which was the exclusive use of his private planes.
“He (Roxas) has been using his planes. I have personally seen Roxas use that plane in Davao,” Duterte told reporters.
“If that is not corruption, then what do you call that?” he added.

Reports said the mining company and its sister companies, San R Mining and Galeo Equipment and Mining Corp.—which listed themselves as small-scale mining companies—were ordered to pay P7 million in penalty for overextraction in 2007 after shipping 1.8 million MT of nickel from August 2006 to September 2007.

It earned the company P28 billion.

Small-scale mining companies are only allowed to extract an accumulated annual production of 150,000 MT or 50,000 MT each per year.

In 2014, the Supreme Court rejected SRMI’s interpretation that the 50,000 MT limit only pertained to nickel and cobalt minerals in their purest form and did not exclude soil and other materials.

Duterte urged voters not to be deceived by Roxas’ campaign ad that he will not steal.

“Sabi ko nga akala ko mga bilyonaryo ito, hindi ito mga korap [I thought because they are billionaires, they are not corrupt],” Duterte told reporters at the Davao City International Airport.

The mayor and his vice presidential running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, vowed fight corruption and criminality.
The camp of Duterte has also accused Roxas of buying the support of local officials by promising to allot billions of pesos in fund for local government units (LGUs).

Roxas had said that the money will come from the bottom up budgeting (BUB) program.

Peter Laviña, spokesperson and head of Duterte’s media team, said the promise of Roxas —supported and blessed by no less than his number 1 patron, President Benigno Aquino III—is aimed at cornering support from local officials.
“Now we see a process with millions of government money being used as a ruse into voting for Roxas. BUB is officially a campaign kitty of the administration bet,” Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman, said.

Comedian

The LP however dismissed Duterte’s tirade, saying the country does not need a “comedian.”

Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, spokesperson of the administration’s 2016 coalition, said Duterte is “self destructing.”

“He offers great entertainment value and people will realize, you know what he offers is just that. We’re not here for laughs,” the lawmaker told reporters.

“We’re here for the welfare of the 104 million people. Yes, he makes good fantastic entertainment. [But] We’re not here to elect a comedian,” Quimbo added, alluding to Duterte’s penchant of threatening to kill all criminals.

Roxas refused to engage Duterte in another word war after their verbal tussle concerning the former’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Economics.

“Wala akong panahon para sa mga walang kwentang bagay na ‘yan [I don’t have time for useless things like that],” Roxas said.

14 Responses to ‘Mar backed by dishonest miner’
strawbitter says:
February 14, 2016 at 10:19 am
Si Roxas, kakampi si PNoy, so yung gobyerno (some of them) pipiliting manalo si Roxas para di makulong si PNoy. Ano mangyayari na sa ekonimya niyan? Ngayon pa lang naglalabasan na ng baho!
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nbj says:
February 14, 2016 at 10:13 am
Eh Duterte is protecting the Extortions of NPA.
Parehong Kurap, Parehong Bugok na itlog nag-aaway.
Mayroon pang mapiling maganda kaysa dalawang Bugok na itlog.
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vir_a says:
February 14, 2016 at 9:50 am
Answer the questions squarely which are clear, not with personal attacks. Their silence on the issue means this anomaly is true.
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fyi says:
February 14, 2016 at 7:45 am
“If that is not corruption, then what do you call that?”
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That is certainly corruption but who will charge and arrest him ?
Not the Aquino appointed Dept of Justice and not the Aquino appointed Ombudsman.
Laws are for everyone except Liberal Party and the rich in the Philippines.
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Kaloy says:
February 14, 2016 at 6:58 am
Ayaw patulan ni Mar dahil alam niya kung papatulan niya ito mabibisto siya dahil lalabas ang katotohanan….
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Ed says:
February 14, 2016 at 4:51 am
Yes, quimbo, youre company, not there for laugh, youre their for stealing.
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Ernie axe says:
February 14, 2016 at 2:18 am
Roxas and his LP must answer these accusations squarely. Quimbo’s evasion of the issues raised is not funny.
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Rodel Barzo says:
February 14, 2016 at 2:12 am
SANTIAGO – MARCOS PA RIN. ANG PAG-ASA NG BAYAN…
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Rizal says:
February 14, 2016 at 1:54 am
People hates Mar the most among the presidential candidates! That’s why Mar is always on the tail end of surveys!
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Randolph Ecalne says:
February 14, 2016 at 1:18 am
SO ROXAS IS NOT ONLY INCOMPETENT BUT REALLY CORRUPT FOR PROTECTING THE COMPANY OF ERIC GUTIERREZ AND EDGAR ERICE BECAUSE OF THE FAVORS HE RECEIVED FROM GUTIERREZ. ESPECIALLY THE PKANES AND HELICOPTERS HE USES FOR HIS CAMPAIGN. ADD TO THIS THE BOTTOM UP FUNDING THAT INCOMPETENT ROXAS ARE PROMISING TO THE MAYORS AND BARANGAYS WHICH IS NO DIFFERENT TO DAP AND PDAP. REALLY THESE PEOPLE LIKE LOLONG BUSAYA DRILON INCOMPETENT ROXAS, ABAYA, ALCALA, AND ABAD ARE CORRUPT. THE VOTERS MUST NOT FORGET DAP, PDAP, DOTC, MRT, YOLANDA AND MAMASAPANO TO MENTION A FEW ANOMALIES BY LAPIANG PORK. DO NOT VOTE FOR LOLONG BUWAYA DRILON AND INCOMPETENT ROXAS SO AS LENI ROBREDO BECAUSE THIS WOMAN IS SHOWING HER TRUE COLORS. BEFORE SHE IS FOR INCREASE OF SSS PENSION NOW NO MORE. SHE IS HYPOCRITE.
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alexis says:
February 14, 2016 at 1:12 am
monkey business yan ni roxas
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Viczter says:
February 14, 2016 at 12:56 am
BUB-bottom up BRIBE
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juan bandurias says:
February 14, 2016 at 12:48 am
Duterte is a master in mass disinformation. He himself is flying around using the helicopter of Pastor Quiboloy, he who was accused by indigenous communities in Davao for grabbing their ancestral lands a few years back. Duterte’s City Council members – except for one – have been known to receive a million each in exchange for giving the green light on the environmentally destructive davao coal-fired power plant of the Aboitiz group. If the councilors received this much, how about the mayor? Why is corruption happening even in his own backyard? If he is truly againts criminality, why is it that the illegal gambling ‘last two’ still persists in Davao City with a big financier even boasting that he is giving protection money to local policemen? Why is shabu still rampant in Torres St. Davao City with local chinese pushing the illegal drug like retail goods in a sari sari store? Duterte’s anti-crime record is a myth. After 22 long years of being in power, these activities should not be happening anymore in Davao City.
The tv footage that showed a pathetic Rowdy Duterte wincing in pain, his back against the wall, his lapdogs surrounding him looking so worried, was not a picture of a Dirty Harry, Iron Hand, or Punisher that his handlers are trying hard to project him to the public. He has medical condition inside his head. This is maybe the reason why he is blurting out self- destructing statements – from “PI ka Pope”, ‘ I will abolish calculus, trigonometry and geometry”, “Mabuhay and NPA”, to “I will give my ex-wife and my mystress’ a room each in Malacanang”. His propensity to say ” i was only joking” everytime he thinks a statement he did has caused some damage to himself is a mark of mental instability. Imagine what will happen if he becomes President, with a questionable mental health like that. He is a joke.
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Junadan says:
February 14, 2016 at 9:35 am
You are right! Why elect a mentally deranged person to succeeds another mentally imbalance President Aquino. If that happens, the Philippines will be a country of mentally crazy electorate and will go down the drain of shit! Imagine a cursing President making a speech in the United Nations Assembly of 179 Ambassadors of foreign governments. They will certáinly walk- out so as not to hear and be part of Duterte haranguing cursing speech. Ex Libyang President Khadafi and Iran President were received by UN though at arms- length, Duterte will,drive away those UN
Delegates out of the General Assembly. Duterte will be a disgrace to PILIPINOS and their country if ever he gets elected and appear in UN.
Let us not be similarly crazy as Duterte in voting for him! .


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Duterte suffered mild stroke—source Written by Alvin Murcia Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:00


DUTERTE

PDP-Laban standard bearer, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, suffered a mild stroke, a source, a staffer at the hospital where the presidential candidate had been confined overnight, told the Tribune yesterday, although this information could not be confirmed independently.

Video footage of Duterte showed that he was grimacing in pain as the claim was that he was suffering from migrane. His camp also said that the Davao mayor left for Davao City last night, which was false information, since Duterte went straight to the Cardinal Santos Hospital where he stayed overnight, and left for Davao yesterday for further rest at 11 a.m.

His doctors said Duterte suffered from bronchitis while his camp claimed he was suffering from migraine.

Health concerns of candidates have been raised during this campaign period, with Liberal Party standard bearer, former Interior chief Manuel “Mar” Roxas challenging all the presidential bets to make public their medical records.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was earlier challenged to make her medical records public, but refused to do so, claiming that while she was first diagnosed as having stage 4 lung cancer, she has however recovered.

During her proclamation together with her vice presidential bet, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, she claimed that she was in remission, but it was evident from video footage that Santiago was hardly fit to conduct a presidential campaign. Santiago, however, said that her campaign would be conducted over social media.

Her latest score in surveys show her to be a cellar dweller, with just 4 percent of the vote.

Vice President Jojo Binay, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, said he is “in the pink of health” to wage a nationwide campaign. Binay is the only presidential bet who has travelled to many provinces and towns, meeting with leaders and people who usually mob him.

Save for hyperacidity, the Vice President was quoted as saying that he is in a good physical condition to wage a nationwide election campaign.

“Can they do what I am doing?” Binay told reporters while hopping when reporters asked his state of health.

Asked what he does to remain healthy and fit in campagining nationwide, the VP said he exercises regularly.

He added that he recently had a physical examination and that the results were good.

He added: “Just a sign of the fact that I’m really in the pink of health.”

The Vice President is 73 years old.

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Binay said his doctor only prohibits him from consuming sour food.



Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday admitted that he was rushed to the hospital after he had a migraine attack on Thursday afternoon.

He explained that headaches are a common occurrence after he had an accident that caused a slipped disk.

“Because of my spine injury, that (Thusday) morning, I had a severe headache ... I have this spinal issue,” he told reporters before leaving for Davao City Friday afternoon.

Reports quoted Duterte as saying that he was rushed to Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center on Thursday and instructed his staff to tell reporters that he was already on his way to Davao to ward them off. He, however, did not leave for Davao that night.

Doctors instructed Duterte to rest for two to three days. They also diagnosed him to have acute bronchitis.

Realizing that news about Duterte’s confinement in the hospital overnight due to a claimed bout of migraine which forced him to skip a previous commitment , the PDP-Laban issued a statement saying that there is no need to worry about its candidate’s health.

This was stressed by party spokesman Paola Alvarez in a statement Friday.

“(Davao City) Mayor Duterte just needs to take a brief respite from his hectic campaign schedule,” she added.

“We can assure everyone, including his supporters throughout the country that Mayor Duterte can very well sustain the rigors of a nationwide campaign in the run-up to the May elections,” Alvarez stressed.

The PDP-LABAN spokesman said doctors are monitoring Duterte’s medical condition after he suffered a brief bout with migraine on Thursday afternoon.

“Mayor Duterte is hale and hearty and determined to go out and meet and greet his supporters across the country to expound on his platform of governance anchored on peace and order, inclusive economic growth ad equality under the law,” she pointed out.

Duterte blasts Mar for BUB bribe


Duterte camp: Liberal Party, Roxas using BUB for vote-buying - CNN Philippines

Two days ago, Duterte blasted Mar Roxas and his party officials of bribing local chief executives via the government’s bottom-up budgeting (BUB) program.

This was the reaction of the camp of Duterte after Roxas promised in a speech before members of the League of Municipalities that more funds will be allocated for the BUB.

Roxas also promised barangay officials of the expansion of the P100 billion BUB program for the 42,036 barangays nationwide.

Peter Laviña, spokesman of the camp of Duterte, described the offer in order for Roxas to gain the support of local officials in the coming 2016 polls.

The spokesman said at present it can be seen that the millions of state funds are being used, saying that government money is being promsied to local officials as a bribe to vote for the LP bet making BUB an official campaign kitty of the administration candidate.

BUB is the process of preparing the budget based on the needs identified at the grassroots level — in this case local government units, including the barangay – in contrast to a bottom-down approach in which state leaders and officials decide where public funds should go.

According to the Duterte camp, the statement of Roxas three days ago that more funds will be allocated for the BUB, which was implemented during his term as Interior and Local Government Secretary and done is to entice leaders to go for him.
Laviña also accused Roxas of offering P100 billion or P1,000 for every Filipino annually.

He also said that Roxas is holding the life of every Filipino hostage by dangling P1,000 at the start of his presidential campaign, conditioning it on his fate come May 9.

“Clearly, the administration bet is resorting to bribery, offering money to local chief executives in the hope of winning their support,” Laviña added.

He reiterated that the BUB was described as an “investment” in the development of cities and municipalities, regardless of the political affiliations of local leaders.

He said the P100 billion for the expanded BUB, which lets LGUs and communities take a more active role in the budget process, will come from the P800-billion capital outlay under the 2016 national budget.

With this, the spokesman of Duterte, warned local government officials against the promises of the administration bet.

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Duterte admits he has 4 ailments By: Nancy C. Carvajal @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:55 AM February 13th, 2016

BUT HE WON’T RELEASE MEDICAL RECORDS



Davao City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

“I have no cancer. I have four illnesses but they are not fatal,” presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday.

Duterte, 70, faced reporters a day after he was rumored to have suffered a stroke while campaigning in Quezon City.

READ: About to face health group, Duterte experiences migraine

His camp said Duterte had an attack of migraine on Thursday and had to skip addressing a medical convention at Crowne Plaza hotel on Ortigas Avenue.

READ: Rigid campaign schedule caused Duterte migraine, says aide

The combative mayor of Davao City told reporters that he was confined overnight at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in Greenhills, San Juan City, for a severe migraine.

READ: Duterte breaks silence on migraine attack

He said he was diagnosed to have a respiratory infection, which triggered a headache, nausea and vomiting.

“I did not know I have acute bronchitis. I was told to rest and take antibiotics,” Duterte said.

But definitely he was not downed by a stroke and neither does he have cancer, he said.

He said he had a slipped disc from a motorcycle accident 10 years ago. He also has Barrett’s esophagus, which involves tissue lining the esophagus, and Buerger’s disease, a constriction of the blood vessels caused by accumulation of nicotine.

Now he has acute bronchitis.

But none of his four ailments is life-threatening, the PDP-Laban standard-bearer said.

“I am well. Do not worry about my health. Worry about yourselves so you can vote for me,” Duterte said, addressing his supporters.

Asked if he was willing to release his medical records, Duterte declined, saying he was not crazy.

“I will release them if Mar Roxas will show he is circumcised,” he said, referring to the ruling Liberal Party’s standard-bearer with whom he has had angry exchanges.

There was no immediate comment from Roxas or his camp.

Medical disclosure

Roxas, 58, said on Wednesday he was open to the idea of disclosing his medical records to prove his fitness for the presidency.

The proposal for all presidential candidates to disclose their health records came after former diplomat Roy Señeres died on Monday, three days after dropping his campaign for Malacañang for health reasons. He died of complications from diabetes.

On Wednesday, Vice President Jejomar Binay, standard-bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, said the results of his latest medical exam were “very good.”

Binay, 73, oldest of the five candidates contesting the race for Malacañang, said he was strong probably because he had been raised in poverty.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 70, presidential candidate of the People’s Reform Party, has said she had licked cancer of the lungs.

But Santiago has refused to disclose her medical records, saying they were nobody’s business.

Duterte said his doctors advised him to rest for two to three days, which forced him to cancel his campaign events on Friday and today (Saturday).

But he will definitely attend a Kingdom of Jesus Christ event in Buhangin, Davao City, with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy on Sunday, he said.

Duterte, who is tied for second place with Binay and Roxas in the latest Pulse Asia voter preference poll, admitted that his resistance weakened due to the rigors of the campaign, which started on Tuesday.

“I will rest for a while, as my doctor advised, but I will resume my campaign soon,” he said.

Duterte talked to reporters at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 before boarding his flight for Davao City.

Duterte’s common-law wife, Cielito Avanceña, who flew to Manila on Thursday night to be with him, said no dietary restrictions were imposed on the mayor.

Avanceña said Duterte gave up the bottle and quit smoking years ago.

In Davao City, Pete Laviña, spokesperson for Duterte’s campaign, told reporters the mayor canceled his campaign activities for Friday to rest.

Laviña said Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, represented the mayor at the events.

Just needing rest

Laviña assured the public that Duterte is fine and just needs to rest to regain his strength.

“Duterte has been very frank and open about his health. He has gone through a lot over more than a year of listening tour and leading up to this campaign and he has exhibited high spirits,” Laviña said.

“This is a clear proof of his ability and capability to continue his quest for genuine change, for a better life for our fellow Filipinos here and abroad,” he said. With reports from Inquirer Research and Karlos Manlupig, Inquirer Mindanao

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Binay, UNA kick off 2016 campaign in Mandaluyong, Laguna, Cavite Mara Cepeda @maracepeda Published 1:00 PM, February 06, 2016 Updated 12:10 AM, February 08, 2016 1K Twitter Reddit Email 1K


CAMPAIGN STYLE. Vice President Jejomar Binay joins Quezon residents in a boodle fight, a classic during an UNA sortie. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

[Why is Vice President Jejomar Binay not holding his first campaign rally in Makati City?]

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay is officially launching his campaign where he is at his strongest: with the poor.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer will hold the opening salvo of his presidential bid on Tuesday, February 9, at the Welfareville compound, an urban poor community in Mandaluyong City.

“Vice President Binay wants to launch his campaign with ordinary Filipinos who have been left behind and continue to struggle with poverty, hunger, and unemployment,” said Binay’s media affairs head Joey Salgado.

“The Vice President chose to hold his proclamation rally at Welfareville because he wanted to share with the masses his vision of a nation where rich and poor share the benefits of economic growth,” he added.

The choice of venue is not surprising, as Binay promises pro-poor governance and inclusive growth. His key campaign message builds on his rags-to-riches story as an orphan who became a human rights lawyer. (READ: The Leader I Want: Jejomar Binay's to-fix list for 2016)

The Vice President, his running mate Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, and their senatorial slate will then head to Cavite and Laguna, two of the most vote-rich provinces in the country.

“The Vice President will continue to present his platform of government anchored on uplifting the lives of the people, something that he has done in Makati," Salgado said.

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He added that Binay "will continue to talk directly to the people about his track record of decisive and pro-poor management, and his programs to bring more jobs, improve the quality of education, provide accessible healthcare and address poverty."

Why not Makati?

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YES TO NOGNOG.' On July 1, 2015, Binay launched his party UNA at the Makati Coliseum. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Many are wondering why Binay did not decide to kick off his campaign in Makati, his family’s stronghold in the metro and the city of his humble beginnings.

(READ: 9 things to know about Jejomar Binay)

The reason? His camp feared it might have problems securing a rally permit in time from acting Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña, who took over the office following the suspension, and later, dismissal of Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr for allegedly overpricing the Makati city hall parking building II.

“[We didn’t pick Makati because of the] limited time to request for a rally permit. We really don’t know what Mr Peña is thinking, so we would rather avoid possible problems in securing the rally permit,” said UNA president and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco.

(READ: DIRECT CAMPAIGNING.' VP Binay shuns  airwaves, opts for quiet retail campaigning)

Peña, the administration candidate, is running for mayor against Makati Second District Representative Abigail Binay of UNA and art director Jimmy “Jimboy” Jumawan of the Partido Bagong Maharlika.

Mandaluyong was chosen as the campaign kick off venue as Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr "expressed his willingness to host the proclamation rally," Salgado told Rappler.

Abalos is allied with the Vice President. Binay once joked during a hospital visit in Mandaluyong last year that he would draft Abalos as a senatorial bet in 2019.

2010 redux?


ALLIES. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla joins Binay during his counter-State of the Nation Address in the province on August 4, 2015. Photo by Rappler

In the first week of the official campaign period, Binay will also visit two provinces where he has key allies who delivered votes for him in the 2010 elections.

Cavite, with a whopping 1,843,163 registered voters for the May polls, is said to be a bailiwick of the Vice President.

In 2010, he edged Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Manual “Mar” Roxas II in the said province with 481,331 votes against Roxas’ 385,695.

The incumbent governor of Cavite, Jonvic Remulla, used to be a spokesman for Binay. His local party, Partido Magdalo, adopted Binay as their member for the 2016 polls.

“Nasa likod niyo po ang lahat ng Caviteño (The people of Cavite are behind you),” said Remulla. He was present at the Cavite State University when Binay delivered his “True State of the Nation Address” there.

Binay also plans to visit Laguna, where he won over vice presidentia rival Roxas by more than 230,000 votes in 2010.

Asked why Binay has included the province in his itinerary during the opening week of the campaign period, disqualified governor and Binay ally ER Ejercito said it is “because Jose Rizal, our national leader, is from Laguna.”


UNA MEMBER. Ejercito attends the UNA launch in Makati on July 1, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

The province currently has 1,675,366 voters registered this year.

UNA would have to work overtime in the province, however, as the LP and the Nacionalista Party have joined forces against the opposition party in Laguna. – Rappler.com

BINAY HONASAN CMPAIGN KICK-OFF IN MANDALUYONG CITY
With Napenas, Enrile, AND UNA

 
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WATCH: Jejomar Binay's full speech at his campaign kick-off in Mandaluyong

 
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Binay to supporters - It’s gov’t money anyway so take it, but vote for the candidates of your choice
[Binay: Poverty, not corruption, is PH’s ‘moral problem’] By: Kristine Felisse Mangunay @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 07:11 AM February 14th, 2016


Vice President Jejomar Binay.INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Take the cash because it is government money, but vote for the candidates of your choice anyway.

This was the advice Vice President Jejomar Binay gave his supporters in Barangay San Andres, Cainta, and Angono, Rizal, on Sunday.

“My appeal to you is, do not embarrass them. Take it, that’s money from the country’s coffers. As we say in Makati, take the money, put it in your pocket, but vote for whom you want,” said Binay, who is facing multiple corruption allegations from his time as Makati City mayor.

READ: Binay: Poverty, not corruption, is PH’s ‘moral problem’

Binay did not explain how money from the government coffers could end up in a candidate’s hands.

READ: Graft, corruption not the same, Binay tells students

Even as he urged his listeners to accept money from politicians, the spokesperson of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Binay’s party, accused the administration of engaging in vote-buying.

UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan said the Binay camp had received reports of vote-buying by the administration in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Nueva Ecija, and “other local government units.”

He said the vote-buying was being done through the “bottom-up budgeting” process and the 4Ps program, the Aquino administration’s centerpiece antipoverty conditional cash transfer program.

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In the case of the first, Ilagan said those buying votes would ask the barangays what their population is and “add a zero to it.”

“And that will be [the number of their] programs or projects,” he said.

In the case of the second, he said the vote-buyers tell the people that if Binay wins, the 4Ps program would be discontinued.

This is why Binay is going around saying that if he wins, he will not just continue the 4Ps program but will even expand it, Ilagan said. TVJ

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Fiesta-like atmosphere in Capiz as Roxas, Robredo start campaign SHARES: 2063 VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 11:43 AM February 9th, 2016


Supporters of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and vice presidential bet Leni Robredo await their arrival at the Capiz Gymnasium. MARLON RAMOS/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER


Fiesta-like atmosphere in Capiz as #RoxasRobredo start #VotePH2016 campaign 

ROXAS CITY, Capiz—The Liberal Party kicked off on Tuesday its campaign for the 2016 general elections in the hometown of its standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

Roxas and Robredo, who separately arrived at the gym, were mobbed by screaming supporters as soon as they got out of their vehicles.

READ: Roxas-Robredo tandem: Together but separate

Roxas’ wife Korina Sanchez, mother Judy Araneta and son Paolo were also in attendance.

Before the tandem came, senatorial candidates of the “Daang Matuwid” coalition arrived one by one except former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director Joel Villanueva, who had his own proclamation rally at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.

Yellow-clad supporters filled 6,000 seats of Capiz Gymnasium in Roxas City. They brought with them tarpaulins with messages of support for the administration candidates.

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Singers Jett Pangan, Frenchie Dy, and Jonalyn Viray entertained the audience as they waited for Roxas, Robredo and the LP senatorial candidates to enter the stadium.

Members of the local police and Special Action Force were deployed to secure the event.

Security was tight in and out of the venue. Supporters and members of the media had difficulty entering the gymnasium.

READ: Why a woman in Roxas’ turf can’t vote freely

Guards carefully inspected the belongings of the supporters. They were also discouraged to wear jackets and caps. The placards they brought were also screened by the security.

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Liberal party presidential and vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo with president Benigno Aquino III during the kick-off proclamation rally held at the Capiz Gymnasium, Roxas City. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

After promoting his candidates to allies and mayors the day before, President Benigno Aquino III reprised his role on Thursday morning during the national assembly of village (barangay) officials.

Aquino showcased the gains of his administration and told village officials that they should vote for the tandem that will truly continue his “Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)” agenda.

“At para sa akin po, walang iba po iyan kundi si Mar Roxas at si Leni Robredo (For me, it’s none other than Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo,” he said.

Highlighted during the event was the administration’s bottom-up budgeting (BuB) program for villages, which gives them additional funds for grassroots projects.

Despite resigning from office to run as president in the May elections, former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas was invited to the national assembly of Liga ng mga Barangas sa Pilipinas to talk about the government’s BuB program.

In his presentation, Roxas said it is an important component to fight poverty. He emphasized that all LGUs, regardless of political affiliation of officials, will receive funds through the BuB.


The Aquino Administration's Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Summit launches in Davao this week to highlight and track the progress of various BUB projects. www.gov.ph 

“Walang iniwan, walang pinili, hindi tinanong kung sinong nanalo. Hindi tinanong kung ano ang chaleko. Hindi tinanong kung anong kulay ang winawagayway sa mga bayan na iyon,” he said.

(No one will be left behind, it won’t be asked who won. It won’t be asked whose vest one is wearing [in reference to one’s political affiliation]. It won’t be asked which colors are being brandished by that town.)

Roxas, who joked with the audience throughout his speech, said he wasn’t campaigning. But he said P1 billion in funds for capital outlay have been allocated for the BuB (P1,000 for each resident).

Aquino, on the other hand, recalled his past experience as Tarlac congressman. He said he can relate to village officials who are on-call “24/7, 365.25 days a year.”

“Pag hindi niyo napagbigyan yung kalahati doon sa sampung hiningi, nine and a half naibigay niyo, yung one half hindi niyo naibigay, yun lang ang maaalala,” he said.

(If you are unable to give just half of ten things being asked of you, if you were only able to deliver nine-and-a-half, that one-half that you left behind would be recalled most.)

On Wednesday, Aquino attended the League of Municipalities of the Philippines general assembly with Roxas and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo. CDG

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ILOILO CITY — It was a moment for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, and President Aquino, their “most important campaigner,” literally took a step back and moved out of the limelight at the Liberal Party-led Daang Matuwid coalition proclamation here on Tuesday night.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer caught a video of President Aquino inconspicuously walking to the rear of the stage of the Freedom Park at the heart of the city while Roxas, Robredo and the administration senatorial candidates waved to the crowd after the political ticket’s traditional raising of hands to show a united front.

While the last of the yellow confetti rained on the candidates and Roxas and Robredo walked to the front of the stage, the President walked to the back.

LP senatorial bet Francis Pangilinan was seen trying to dissuade Mr. Aquino from going to the rear but the President smiled and gestured to Pangilinan, as if telling the latter he was okay.

For a few minutes, President Aquino, wearing the team’s signature yellow shirt, stood behind them, smiling, and watching them with his arms behind his back.

LP stalwart, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad described President Aquino’s move as “very significant.”

“His role in this campaign is to make sure that his team, on May 9, is going to win. So, he will do everything that is necessary to do (even) if he may humble himself, but he will do it,” Abad told the INQUIRER on the sidelines of the rally.

Certainly, Abad said, President Aquino “is going to be the most important campaigner” for Roxas, Robredo, and the rest of the coalition.

The Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief take on the role as chief campaigner until May 9, Election Day.

“This whole campaign is going to see the President, of course, express his gratitude to the people for what he had been able to do for the past six years. But at the same time, even more important, he is going to tell the people that Daang Matuwid is not going to end with him, that Daang Matuwid is going to continue and the instruments to that are Mar and Leni,” Abad said.

Still, President Aquino appeared to be the star of Tuesday night’s show because the moment he stepped off the stage, leaving behind the administration candidates, the crowd thinned.

In planning the campaign, is there a conscious effort that President Aquino must not overshadow Roxas and Robredo, or vice-versa?

Abad described President Aquino and Roxas as “humble and modest people who know very well how to balance this thing as you go along.”

The core campaign team of the administration coalition meets every week with President Aquino “when his time permits,” according to Abad.

With the President, the team assesses the campaign and major policy decisions are reviewed.

“He has wisdom after campaigning for so many elections already, about how to run a national campaign, and therefore he certainly shares his own wisdom and experience in making sure that every day the campaign gets better and better,” Abad added.

Abad described the administration team’s campaign as “very organized,” with the focus on the campaign’s central message.

“We are not campaigning for individuals here. We are campaigning on a vision, on an idea that has worked for the past six years and therefore we will continue to campaign for that. And the vehicle for doing that is the theme Daang Matuwid headed by Mar and Leni,” Abad said.

As a campaign strategist, President Aquino “is very particular about being focused and discipline on message,” Abad said.

The central message of the administration coalition is reviewed several times.

“This is to ensure that, number one, the achievements of Daang Matuwid both in terms of value-laden achievements and very specific services are explained to the people. Number two, we emphasize that if we make a mistake, it is going to be a huge reversal for which we may not be able to recover from. And number three, the best is still yet to come, and the second stage of Daang Matuwid is really going to go on the shoulders of Mar and Leni. And the message is repeated all over the country,” Abad said.

The President will take “every opportunity” to campaign for Roxas and Robredo while he remains on top of governance, according to the budget secretary.

“He has really been itching to (campaign),” Abad said.

On Tuesday in the Panay Islands, President Aquino had his own schedule separate from the campaign. He inaugurated road networks and school buildings, among others, in Capiz City and Iloilo, described by Malacañang as “governance activities.”

On Friday, President Aquino is set to join the administration coalition’s campaign in Naga City, Robredo’s bailiwick.

The President leaves on Sunday for the US-Asean Summit to be held in Sunnylands, California, on Feb. 15 and 16.

Abad said President Aquino could ably balance governing and campaigning because “government is running well.”

“His Cabinet Secretaries are continually running their respective departments. Really, it shouldn’t be difficult for him to devote more time, as we approach May 9, to be more and more present in the campaign,” Abad said, adding:

“As you will notice, it is a very tight race and I think, in the end, his presence and his support will make a big difference in the victory of Mar and Leni.” SFM

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