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DUTERTE LEADS IN NEW STANDARD POLL


APRIL 5 -DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took the lead in the latest The Standard Poll conducted by Laylo Research Strategies.
In the March 26 to April 1 survey, about 30 percent respondents said they will vote for Duterte if the presidential elections were held today. The tough talking mayor, however, was in a statistical tie with Sen. Grace Poe who got 27 percent. Trailing Poe was administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 21 percent, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 18 percent. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago only got 2 percent.
The survey, which had 3,000 respondents, had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percent. The survey was conducted in 79 provinces, 40 highly-urbanized cities, including all cities in the National Capital Region. In the vice presidential race, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero who got a 28 percent voter preference was in a statistical tie with Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr who had 25 percent. Camarines Sur Representative and administration bet Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo had 21 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had 15 percent, followed by Senators Antonio Trillanes IV who got 5 percent and Gregorio Honasan II who had 3 percent. The survey was first published in The Standard on Tuesday. FULL REPORT. RELATED, Binay blasts Duterte: ‘An arrogant, lying killer’...

ALSO: It's final - Grace Poe can run, says SC


APRIL 9 -The Supreme Court allowed Sen.Grace Poe to run for president in the May 9 elections. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File photo
 The Supreme Court (SC) decided with finality that Sen. Grace Poe can run for president in the May 9 elections. In a resolution released Saturday, the high court said the motions for reconsideration filed by disqualification petitioners failed to present new substantial arguments to reverse the March 8 ruling. "The Court resolved, by the same vote of 9-6, to deny with finality the said motions for reconsideration as the basic issues raised therein have been passed upon by this Court and no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision," the resolution read. The high court dismissed the motions filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), former senator Francisco Tatad, De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras, former University of the East College of Law dean Amado Valdez and former Government Service Insurance System counsel Estrella Elamparo. In a concurring opinion released Saturday, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said, “The minute resolution that denies the motions for reconsideration accurately reflects the understanding of this Court—that the motions do not raise any new substantial argument, and that all the issues that the motions raised have already been passed upon in the 8 March 2016 decision.”  The SC has deliberated on the motions for reconsideration in Baguio City last Tuesday but delayed the release of the decision. “Due to the strong feelings expressed by some of our dissenting colleagues, the Court decided to delay the release of the resolution dismissing with finality the Motions for Reconsideration and to await submission of their dissents,” Sereno said. “Some of them may believe that a minute resolution will not do justice to the motions, but that is their view, and that view remains a dissenting view,” she added. The SC earlier ruled the Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion when it disqualified Poe as presidential candidate in December over citizenship and residency requirements. The high court, in the same ruling, decided in favor of Poe’s petition to nullify her disqualification from the May polls. READ MORE... RELATED, Citizenship query hangs despite final Poe rule...

ALSO: Miriam, Bongbong together again in campaign


APRIL 7 -The Miriam-Bongbong tandem was last seen together during the launch of the Youth for Miriam Movement at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Feb. 15. Senate PRIB/Lex Nueva España/Romy Bugante
Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her runningmate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are expected to be seen together again at next week’s campaign sorties.
Marcos said he and Miriam are fixing their schedules so they could be together in the next campaign stop. “We will have a joint appearance. We have no details yet. We will announce it as soon we have it,” he said. The Miriam-Bongbong tandem was last seen together during the launch of the Youth for Miriam Movement at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Feb. 15. Santiago did not attend the second debate in Cebu City as she was undergoing clinical trial for a new anti-cancer drug. Marcos said that given the health condition of Santiago, they did not plan to campaign together all the time.THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Marcos zooms past closest rival in 2 surveys

ALSO: Marcos leads VP race, Escudero falls behind — SWS survey


APRIL 11 -Senators Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Francis Escudero Photos by Alexis Corpus Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. secured the top spot in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The 1st quarter election survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,500 respondents from March 30 to April 2. The results of the survey, which were released early Monday on BusinessWorld, showed Marcos clinching the top spot in the race for the second highest post in the country with 26 percent. The preference ratings of the late dictator’s namesake and son increased by one percent from the previous face-to-face interview conducted by SWS last March 8 to 11. Escudero suffered the biggest dip in his ratings. From 28 percent last March 8 to 11, it went down to 21 percent in the latest survey. Liberal Party vice presidential bet Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (19 percent) was statistically tied in second place with Escudero. Despite clinching a statistical tie with Escudero, Robredo was hit with a three point decrease in her rating, from 22 percent during the March 8 to 11 survey. In third place is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 13 percent. Tied for fourth place are Senator Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV with 5 percent each. The vice presidential candidates’ numbers in the separate SWS-Bilang Pilipino mobile survey conducted last March 30 were the following: Marcos with 26 percent, Escudero with 31 percent, Robredo with 25 percent, Cayetano with 13 percent, Honasan with 1 percent and Trillanes with 3 percent. The latest survey has sampling error margins of +/-3. KS #VotePH2016: The Inquirer multimedia coverage of the 2016 national and local elections in the Philippines provides to voters the latest news, photos, videos and infographics on the candidates and their platforms, as well as real-time election results come May 9, 2016. Visit our special Elections 2016 site here: http://www.inquirer.net/elections2016.  RELATED, Bongbong ready against mudslinging in VP debate...
 
ALSO: Poe vs. Duterte - Where is Binay?


APRIL 6 -By Tony Lopez In the Pulse Asia survey of Dec. 4-11, 2015, Binay was still the No. 1 choice of voters, 33 percent. The killer mayor of Davao City Rodrigo Duterte had 23 percent and freshman senator and formerly American Grace Poe Llamanzares 21 percent voter preferences. Four months ago, Binay was No. 1 in Metro Manila with 30 percent, No. 1 in Balance of Luzon 34 percent, and No. 1 in the Visayas 34 percent. He was also No. 1 among the D class with 40 percent and E class, 42 percent. In other words, it was a sweep for Makati’s can-do former mayor. Today, Binay no longer has ascendancy in any major constituency, like Metro Manila, entire Luzon except NCR, the Visayas, and Mindanao. Even the masa—D and E income classes—seem to have abandoned him. In the March 15-20, 2016 Pulse Asia survey, Binay is a poor third in NCR with 26 percent to Poe’s 35 percent and Duterte’s 30 percent. He is No. 2 (26 percent) to Poe’s 35 percent in Balance of Luzon; No. 2 like Poe and Duterte with identical 20 percent, to Mar Roxas’ 37 percent in the Visayas; and No. 3 with 19 percent to Duterte’s 43 percent and Poe’s 21 percent in Mindanao. In the D income class, Binay (22 percent) has been dislodged by Poe (27 percent) and Duterte (25 percent). In the lowest or E income bracket, Binay (28 percent) has lost to Poe (30 percent). Between early December and the third week of March this year, Binay lost 9 percentage points (pcp) or 450,000 votes in Metro Manila; 8 pcp or 1.546 million votes in Balance of Luzon; 14 pct or 1.584 million votes percent in the Visayas; 11 pcp or 1.389 million votes in Mindanao. Total voter losses: 4.969 million votes. I cannot quantify the 18-percentage point loss in number of votes in the D and 14 percent in the E income classes. Since the poor are more than 50 percent of the population, Binay’s remarkable loss in number of votes is by now, irretrievable. Still, the fact that Binay has a strong third place finish, with 23 percent or 9.99 million votes, after significant to substantial voter support losses, is an indication of one or two things: Binay has intrinsic strength and resilience, thanks to his machinery and hard campaigning. Or his rivals are quite weak or inadequate, to snatch the vote losses of the vice president. There is hope. READ MORE...RELATED, Roxas cuts in on Binay-Duterte ‘word war’...


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Duterte leads in new Standard poll


DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took the lead in the latest The Standard Poll conducted by Laylo Research Strategies.

DAVAO CITY, APRIL 11, 2016 (INQUIRER)  By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ 09:17 PM April 5th, 2016 - In the March 26 to April 1 survey, about 30 percent respondents said they will vote for Duterte if the presidential elections were held today.

The tough talking mayor, however, was in a statistical tie with Sen. Grace Poe who got 27 percent.

Trailing Poe was administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 21 percent, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 18 percent. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago only got 2 percent.

The survey, which had 3,000 respondents, had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percent.

The survey was conducted in 79 provinces, 40 highly-urbanized cities, including all cities in the National Capital Region.

In the vice presidential race, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero who got a 28 percent voter preference was in a statistical tie with Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr who had 25 percent.

Camarines Sur Representative and administration bet Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo had 21 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had 15 percent, followed by Senators Antonio Trillanes IV who got 5 percent and Gregorio Honasan II who had 3 percent.

The survey was first published in The Standard on Tuesday.

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Binay blasts Duterte: ‘An arrogant, lying killer’ Written by Charlie V. Manalo Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:00



The more PDP-Laban presidential contender Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte opens his mouth, the more he is exposed to be an embodiment of arrogance and prevarication. That is of course aside from his being a self-confessed killer.

This was how United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, Vice Presdient Jejomar “Jojo” Binay described Duterte after the PDP-Laban presidential bet made an unexpected 180-degree turn in denying his involvement in extrajudicial killings in Davao City.

“Mayor Duterte, you were always bragging that you have killed a lot of people but now you are denying it,” Binay said.

“Make up your mind, Mr. Executioner. The presidency is not for the unprincipled and the inconsistent. It is not for liars, braggarts, and most especially merciless killers,” Binay said.

The other day, Duterte, in reaction to Binay’s statement asking him to address the issues linking him to extrajudicial killings in Davao including the brutal slaying of four sibling who were all minors denied involvement in any killings ascribed to him.

“I’m a lawyer, I am a Christian and even if you say how bad I am, I still have my values in life. I do not do that,” said Duterte who had earlier vowed to end criminality in the country within three to six months if he wins the presidency through summarily executing criminals.

“I never admitted that I did an extrajudicial killing. What I admitted to him was killings,” Duterte told reporters in an interview.

However, Binay said that it was Duterte who admitted to be involved in the killings allegedly committed by the Davao Death Squad (DDS).

In an interview over Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa in May 24, 2015, aired over the local ABS-CBN channel in Davao, Duterte was quoted saying ”Ako, ako raw ang death squad? Tinuod. Tinuod na. (They say that I am (reponsible for) the death squad. True. That’s true).”

In another interview last December 9 over DZMM, Duterte retorted, “Ay susmaryosep, marami na.” (Oh Lord, yeah many) referring to a question if he had executed criminals.

Duterte even asked Manila-based reporters who interviewed him in Davao last November to start investing in putting up funeral parlors as the bodycount would be huge in the event he wins the May 9 polls.

“Aside from being a murderer, you are full of arrogance and the undisputed king of liars,” Binay said addressing Duterte.

According to Binay, a former human rights lawyer like Duterte, killing those who are merely suspected of committing a crime, is inhumane.
Executions don’t end criminality

“This is in violation of the laws of God and the people,” said Binay.

“We do not need a leader who wantonly disregards the sanctity of human life and whose only wrong solution to the pressing problem of poverty is to kill the poor,” he stressed.



“You keep on bragging how courageous yet compassionate you are. But on the contrary, all you have ever accomplished are beefing up your arrogance and prevaricating ways, on top of your being so heartless,” Binay averred.

Meanwhile, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza welcomed the statement issued by Binay on Duterte’s theory that killings will solve criminality, adding that it comes at a time when the campaign has deteriorated to a point where candidates are pushing for short cut solutions.

Atienza, who was Manila Mayor for 9 years said, “Mayor Duterte, Vice President Binay and I shared the same experience of confronting crimes in our cities. Before my term, Manila was the most crime ridden in Metro Manila. After 9 years of effective work of combating criminality, it became the safest city.”

“We did this by providing jobs and economic opportunities for Manilans, lessening the number of people who turned to crime as a solution to poverty,” he said.

“We never snuffed out any life thru summary executions or salvaging. We got the police to do their jobs and perform better, at the same time tapping barangay officials to help in fighting crime,” he added.

Atienza said Duterte’s solution of fighting crime with another crime and snuffing out lives of poor and defenseless citizens will only aggravate the situation. No society can solve crime with summary executions and even the death penalty which only multiplied crimes.

Atienza also reminded Duterte that Davao ranks fourth in crime and tops the national statistics on the most number of rape cases among all major cities.

“Where is Mayor Duterte coming from? Showmanship and entertainment are not the solution, let’s be true to ourselves. He keeps bragging about Davao, when figures and statistics show otherwise,” Atienza added.

Atienza, who founded and maintains one of the biggest women’s organizations, the Kababaihan ng Maynila, with an active membership of 10,000 and a base of 50,000, also criticized Duterte for trivializing women’s rights, saying it is totally unacceptable.

“I urge all Filipinos to judge candidates according to their values, religious beliefs and track record in curbing criminality. Let’s be wary of false promises not in consonance with our religious and traditional Filipino values. Only hardworking and hands on executives will help our country recover from the mess we are in,” Atienza added.

“Our next leader should be godly, nationalist, humanitarian and environmentalist. And we believe that the only most qualified for the job is Vice-President Jojo Binay. He has a proven track record in government service, he is a true-blue Filipino, and upholds the culture of life. With the threat of international terrorism, the China problem, internal strife, and severe poverty, we need a leader with a sound mind and steady hands,” Atienza stressed.

Several human rights groups have linked Duterte to extra-judicial killings, among them Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.

Binay dared Duterte to change his campaign slogan from “Tapang at Malasakit” (Courage and Care) to “Yabang, Kasinungalingan at Kawalang-Puso” (Arrogance, Lies and Callousness) since this would be more truthful.

Rama sees Binay win


Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama PHILSTAR File photo

An opposition personality from the Visayas also predicted that Binay will win over his four other rivals in the coming May 9, 2016 election citing the base where the candidate is hinging compared to other bets.

Michael Rama, chief coordinator of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)-Visayas, said the mass base of Binay is very deep, having a 40-percent solid backing from the population.

According to Rama, who is also the mayor of Cebu City running for reelection under UNA, it’s very hard to beat someone who has this big number of mass base. “No objection Binay will win. Let the toughest and strongest prevail,” the mayor told The Daily Tribune in a text message.

The prediction of the Vice President’s victory came two days after the 72-year-old candidate said that he expects to win via at least four million votes. He made this prediction during a campaign sortie in Quezon province.

The prediction of the UNA top official in Visayas was issued a day after the Supreme Court decided with finality that one of Binay’s opponents, Sen. Grace Poe, can run for president.

The SC junked the motions filed by at least six lawyers seeking to reverse of the earlier SC decision that allowed Poe to run for president. Voting 9-6, the SC decided in a ruling that the 47-year-old senator can run for president despite failing to meet a coherent qualification—all candidates for president must be a natural-born Filipino citizen.

According to SC spokesman Theodore Te, there is no warrant to reverse the earlier decision of the highest court because there are no other arguments on the motions filed by the six respondents.

Rama advised Binay not to be cowed by the SC decision, advising the vice president to work hard. “Just work hard,” he advised the vice president. The official added that the character assassination being orchestrated against Binay might be in a way helping his candidacy rather than destroying.

He hinted that the vice president is prepared for the series of attacks against him and he is not naive not to be prepared for it. Rama likened himself to Binay who never tasted defeat in the nearly three decades of public servant’s life.

Both Binay and Rama won six times, with the latter winning as mayor for six terms and vice president for a single term. The Cebu City mayor has won three times each as councilor and vice mayor during his last three victories.

Meanwhile, several public relations practitioner have said that the candidates’ packaging is very important before the voters pick them in the next month’s election. “From what I see, Binay still has the edge because he’s been campaigning for six years now,” said a PR man who requested not to be named.
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It's final: Grace Poe can run, says SC By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated April 9, 2016 - 2:00pm 7 45 googleplus0 0


The Supreme Court allowed Sen.Grace Poe to run for president in the May 9 elections. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) decided with finality that Sen. Grace Poe can run for president in the May 9 elections.

In a resolution released Saturday, the high court said the motions for reconsideration filed by disqualification petitioners failed to present new substantial arguments to reverse the March 8 ruling.

"The Court resolved, by the same vote of 9-6, to deny with finality the said motions for reconsideration as the basic issues raised therein have been passed upon by this Court and no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision," the resolution read.

The high court dismissed the motions filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), former senator Francisco Tatad, De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras, former University of the East College of Law dean Amado Valdez and former Government Service Insurance System counsel Estrella Elamparo.

In a concurring opinion released Saturday, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said, “The minute resolution that denies the motions for reconsideration accurately reflects the understanding of this Court—that the motions do not raise any new substantial argument, and that all the issues that the motions raised have already been passed upon in the 8 March 2016 decision.”

The SC has deliberated on the motions for reconsideration in Baguio City last Tuesday but delayed the release of the decision.

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“Due to the strong feelings expressed by some of our dissenting colleagues, the Court decided to delay the release of the resolution dismissing with finality the Motions for Reconsideration and to await submission of their dissents,” Sereno said.

“Some of them may believe that a minute resolution will not do justice to the motions, but that is their view, and that view remains a dissenting view,” she added.

The SC earlier ruled the Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion when it disqualified Poe as presidential candidate in December over citizenship and residency requirements.

The high court, in the same ruling, decided in favor of Poe’s petition to nullify her disqualification from the May polls.

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Foundlings like Poe, who was found as an infant abandoned in a church in Jaro, Iloilo, are natural-born citizens, according to the tribunal.

The SC maintained their ruling that there was no material misrepresentation when Poe declared in her certificate of candidacy (COC) that she is a natural-born Filipino and a resident of the Philippines for 10 years.

The nine justices who voted to allow Poe to run for president are Sereno and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

The six magistrates who voted to deny Poe’s petition include Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Arturo Brion, Mariano del Castillo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Bienvenido Reyes.

Carpio, in his dissenting opinion in March, said that there was no majority ruling on Poe’s qualification as a natural-born citizen since only seven magistrates voted in favor of petitioner on the citizenship issue.

The Comelec agreed with Carpio’s dissent and urged the high court to hold another voting on Poe’s citizenship and residency issues.

The high court, based on the resolution released Saturday, will no longer accept further pleadings related to the case.

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Citizenship query hangs despite final Poe SC rule Written by Benjamin B. Pulta Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:00


TATAD TO FILE SECOND MR

The Supreme Court (SC) released yesterday its final decision to affirm the presidential run of independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe through a resolution which merely stressed the conflict among the 15 justices, eight of which have to issue separate opinions on the three-page ruling.

Several of the dissenting justices stressed that questions over Sen.Grace Poe’s citizenship and residency eligibilities remain unresolved even after the abbreviated voting by the high court allowing her to run for presidency.

In his dissenting opinion , Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said the high court once more failed to come up with a clear majority ruling on the citizenship issue in dismissing the appeals on its earlier decision allowing Poe’s candidacy.

In his dissent, Carpio said the issue of petitioner’s (Poe’s) citizenship remains hanging after the resolution skipped discussion on the contentious issue on the citizenship and residency requirements that the Constitution imposes on a presidential candidate.

As a result of the unresolved conflict within the SC over Poe’s candidacy, former senator Francisco Tatad said he will file a second motion for reconsideration (MR) and appeal the final ruling.

“That is if the Supreme Court has really denied our joint MR with the other complainants,” Tatad’s lawyer Manuel Luna told reporters.

Luna said if the citizenship and residency on Poe were clearly resolved, they would ask the court to settle these questions in Tatad’s second MR.

“We have 15 justices, and seven is not a majority. Eight votes are needed to qualify Senator Poe. Otherwise, these citizenship and residency issues will continue to hound her,” he added.

He pointed out that various lawyers’ groups, including the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Philippine Bar Association, have expressed the opinion that the March 8 decision did not settle Poe’s citizenship and residency.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno noted in his concurring opinion that the final ruling was unusual.



“Very rarely are concurring opinions and dissenting opinions attached to a minute resolution,” Sereno opened her dissertation.

Last Tuesday, the magistrates maintained their 7-5-3 voting on the question of whether Poe is a natural-born citizen qualified to become president under the Constitution.

Nine justices maintained their position that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) committed grave abuse of discretion in cancelling the certificate of candidacy of the senator due to supposed material misrepresentation on her citizenship and residency qualifications.

They are Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

The six justices in the minority were also firm in their vote to dismiss Poe’s petition — Carpio and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Mariano del Castillo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Bienvenido Reyes.

But on the issues involving Poe’s citizenship and residency, the magistrates had different votings.

Only seven justices voted in favor of Poe and held that she is presumed to be natural-born citizen despite being a foundling: Sereno, Velasco, Bersamin, Perez, Mendoza, Leonen and Jardeleza.

There were five who voted that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino for failure to establish Filipino blood lineage as required by law — Carpio, De Castro, Brion, Reyes and Bernabe.

The three other magistrates — Peralta, Del Castillo and Caguioa — held that it was premature to settle the citizenship issue, which could only be determined by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) in an election protest against Poe should she win the election.

SC rules require that if all 15 justices deliberated and voted on a case, a majority of 8 votes is required in granting a petition.

“In short, the issue of Poe’s citizenship remains hanging and unsettled,” Carpio said in his 12-page opinion.

The senior magistrate has also warned of possible repercussions of the ruling.

“The majority will allow a candidate with unsettled citizenship to be elected President... The ruling of the majority will lead to an absurd result,” he explained.
Carpio reiterated his stand that the eligibility of Poe should be determined with certainty and finality before the elections.

“All qualifications of those running for the presidency must be resolved by Comelec prior to elections... Otherwise, all nuisance candidates must now be allowed to run,” he argued.

De Castro, Brion and Reyes agreed to this opinion.

In her separate dissenting opinion, De Castro believes that the ruling would jeopardize the conduct of the election and even stressed that a victory by Poe would not erase the questions on Poe’s eligibility.

“The delay in the ruling on citizenship will only invite instability in the conduct of the coming elections,” she pointed out.

Brion, for his part, hinted on a possible PET case due to failure of the high court to settle the legal issues on Poe’s qualifications.

“No legal bar exists for a qualified petitioner to question Poe’s qualifications after the elections should she win,” he stressed.

Brion slammed the majority ruling, which he described as “gross violation of the law,” for “allowing the possibility of one who is not natural born Filipino wld occupy the presidency,”

“The majority gave the electorate a run around by allowing Poe to run w/o first examining if she is indeed qualified... Citizenship cannot be presumed, claimant must be able to prove she is a Filipino citizen,” he explained.

Reyes supported this position in the dissenting vote: “There is no majority ruling that Grace Poe is natural-born citizen. There is no majority ruling that foundlings found here are natural-born Filipinos.”

This common point by four magistrates rebutted the claim of Sereno that the seven votes declaring Poe a natural-born was a majority.

The SC chief said in her concurring opinion there were only 12 justices who voted on this issue since the three have abstained and should not be counted.

However, a reading of the separate opinions of the justices also showed a 7-6-2 vote on the issue of whether Poe has met the 10-year residency requirement for the presidency.

There were also only seven of the nine justices in the majority who opined that Poe would meet the 10-year residency requirement under the Constitution.

Peralta and Mendoza did not join them and held that the issue must be resolved only before the PET. When the SC ruled on the case last March 8, the two magistrates did not clarify such position when they only concurred in the ruling and did not issue separate opinions.

Even Peralta and Caguioa, who joined the majority, agreed with the dissenting justices that the issues on Poe’s eligibility should be resolved with the PET.

“I opted to join Justice Caguioa in his view that a more thorough discussion of and ruling on Poe’s qualifications, specifically as to her natural-born citizenship, as well as her 10-year residency, are premature, the same being cognizable only after she had been proclaimed as winner of the presidential elections and through a petition filed in the PET, and not the Comelec, with the precise purpose of contesting what she had stated as her qualifications,” Peralta explained.

All six in the minority vote kept their stand that the senator has not met the residency requirement, agreeing with the earlier finding of the Comelec.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and Philippine Bar Association (PBA), the two major organizations of lawyers in the country, have earlier expressed concern over the SC ruling, which they said could have repercussions on the stability of the country’s legal system.

In interpreting the SC ruling, the IBP said the question on citizenship eligibility of Poe remains as the high court opted to resolve it only if Poe wins the presidency and her opponents file a petition before the PET.

‘Deal’s sealed’ — Poe



The Supreme Court ruling denying with finality petitions to disqualify Sen. Grace Poe from seeking the presidency sealed the deal, so to speak, in her being a presidential candidate in the coming May 9 elections.

This is how Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero viewed the high court’s two-page minute resolution on the motion for reconsiderations by petitioners as junked the feasibility of another appeal being entertained by the SC.

“The law does not allow a second MR (motion for reconsideration). They can’t file a second MR (motion for reconsideration). Pwede nilang gawin pero ibabasura lamang iyon ng Korte Suprema,” Escudero, a lawyer by profession, said in an interview with reporters after their mini rally held at Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium.

Poe, in the same interview, said the high court’s decision further affirmed its earlier ruling as well as acknowledged their arguments in the case.

“The (implication of the earlier ruling) was strong. The SC decision was right and we are thankful to the SC for rendering justice,” she said.

Despite the favorable ruling, Poe would not entertain the idea of her rising further in the pre-election surveys.

Poe, who is running as independent alongside Escudero, also expressed confidence that even in the event that she wins in the polls, the issue questioning her citizenship can no longer be used anew against her.

Her campaign spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the SC SC’s decision is a victory not only for the senator but for the country’s democracy.

“This development will pave the way for our electorate to be able to choose the next president from a complete list of candidates. This ruling also enshrines the principle that indeed our laws were crafted to protect all especially those who are marginalized. Sen. Poe will continue to advocate for inclusive growth,” he said in a text message to reporters.

“In Gobyernong may Puso (governance with a heart), nobody will be left behind. She will champion solutions that will once and for all defeat poverty and underemployment, the root causes of our other social ills such as drugs and criminality. It’s time to move our people out of poverty and Sen. Poe will be in the forefront of this battle,” said Gatchalian.

Gatchalian also lambasted continuing attempts aimed at discrediting the senator from being eligible to seek the presidency despite the Supreme Court ruling standing firm on its earlier decision.

He deplored the latest stunt of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to paint the senator of supposedly being dishonest, having purportedly failed to disclose earlier on to them, when she was being swayed by their standard bearer - former Interior Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II - to be his running mate, that her husband Teodoro Misael “Neil” Lllamanzares served in the US Air Force.

Such claims is far from reality, Gatchalian said, reiterating for the nth time that the senator has been forthright with the details of her life from day one.

“Despite the fact that the husband of Sen. Poe is not a candidate this coming elections, she fully detailed the facts of their family’s lives including that of her husband’s in previous occasions,” he said.

“Her life is an open book. She never hid anything,” Gatchalian said in assailing Roxas’ pronouncements who demanded full disclosure of Poe’s background.

Roxas said neither he nor President Aquino knew about her husband having served the in the US Air Force when they asked her to be his running mate as the senator made no disclosure about it.

“No this was never bared or discussed. She can’t say she did and should start clarifying this and disclose her and her husband’s full background,” he said.

Poe, in an interview with reporters during her campaign sortie in Calaca, Batangas said there’s nothing more that she needs to disclose.

In retaliating to the latest tirade against her, Poe said the LP camp need not look elsewhere as one of their allies and party stalwart once served in the US military as well.

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Doubts hover over Poe despite SC final word @inquirerdotnet 01:33 AM April 7th, 2016


Sen. Grace Poe INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court may have handed down its final word on the issue, but it does not erase doubts about the qualifications of presidential candidate Grace Poe.

The petitioners and others who lost their bid to disqualify Poe, the front-runner in the presidential race, said further legal action may still be initiated against Poe before the elections and after, if she should win.

The high court on Tuesday threw out three motions for reconsideration against its March 8 ruling that upheld Poe’s qualification to seek the presidency.

The ruling voided with finality the Commission on Elections resolutions canceling Poe’s certificate of candidacy for President on the ground that she had falsely declared that she was a natural-born citizen and has resided in the country for 10 years before the May elections.

The court has not made a formal announcement of the decision as the full ruling and separate opinions by the magistrates are expected to be released on Saturday.

Manuelito Luna, the counsel for petitioner Kit Tatad, said the court’s decision was contrary to the rule of law.

“If the report is true that some members of the high court voted to affirm their earlier questionable ruling in the Poe cases, then we can kiss the rule of law goodbye and brace ourselves for the worst,” said Luna.

He said a second motion for reconsideration could still be filed to fight the high court ruling, based on the exceptions under the Internal Rules of the Supreme Court.

“Insofar as respondent Tatad and I are concerned, the quest for justice does not end here. In fact, it [has] just begun. As soon as we receive the resolution of the court, we will decide whether to seek a second reconsideration based on the internal rules of the SC and in the higher interest of justice,” Luna said in a text message.

Under the Rules of Court, second and subsequent motions for reconsideration are prohibited, on the principle that a ruling must become final and litigation must end at some point.

But Luna is counting on Section 3, Rule 15 of the Internal Rules of the Supreme Court, which says an exception to the bar on further reconsideration pleas “can only be granted in the higher interest of justice by the court en banc upon a vote of at least two-thirds of its actual membership.” With a report from DJ Yap


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Miriam, Bongbong together again in campaign By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The Miriam-Bongbong tandem was last seen together during the launch of the Youth for Miriam Movement at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Feb. 15. Senate PRIB/Lex Nueva España/Romy Bugante

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her runningmate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are expected to be seen together again at next week’s campaign sorties.

Marcos said he and Miriam are fixing their schedules so they could be together in the next campaign stop.

“We will have a joint appearance. We have no details yet. We will announce it as soon we have it,” he said.

The Miriam-Bongbong tandem was last seen together during the launch of the Youth for Miriam Movement at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Feb. 15.

Santiago did not attend the second debate in Cebu City as she was undergoing clinical trial for a new anti-cancer drug.

Marcos said that given the health condition of Santiago, they did not plan to campaign together all the time.


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Marcos leads VP race, Escudero falls behind — SWS survey SHARES: 1 VIEW COMMENTS By: Aries Joseph Hegina @AHeginaINQ INQUIRER.net 03:13 AM April 11th, 2016


Senators Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Francis Escudero Photos by Alexis Corpus

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. secured the top spot in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The 1st quarter election survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,500 respondents from March 30 to April 2.

The results of the survey, which were released early Monday on BusinessWorld, showed Marcos clinching the top spot in the race for the second highest post in the country with 26 percent.

The preference ratings of the late dictator’s namesake and son increased by one percent from the previous face-to-face interview conducted by SWS last March 8 to 11.

Escudero suffered the biggest dip in his ratings. From 28 percent last March 8 to 11, it went down to 21 percent in the latest survey.

Liberal Party vice presidential bet Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (19 percent) was statistically tied in second place with Escudero.

Despite clinching a statistical tie with Escudero, Robredo was hit with a three point decrease in her rating, from 22 percent during the March 8 to 11 survey.

In third place is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 13 percent.

Tied for fourth place are Senator Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV with 5 percent each.

The vice presidential candidates’ numbers in the separate SWS-Bilang Pilipino mobile survey conducted last March 30 were the following: Marcos with 26 percent, Escudero with 31 percent, Robredo with 25 percent, Cayetano with 13 percent, Honasan with 1 percent and Trillanes with 3 percent.

The latest survey has sampling error margins of +/-3. KS

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Marcos zooms past closest rival in 2 surveys April 5, 2016 11:26 pm by JAIME R. PILAPIL, REPORTER

Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has surged in two separate surveys, taking the solo lead going into the final month of the 45-day campaign.

The Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC)-dzRH Third Wave Survey Result on April 2, 2016 showed Marcos surging to 29.8 percent, edging out his closest rival Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who garnered 22.6 percent.

In third place was Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano at 18.4 percent, followed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo who got 17.8 percent.

Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th and Gregorio Honasan garnered 5.5 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

The survey used face-to-face interview with 7,490 respondents from randomly selected barangay (villages) in various provinces, harnessing the strength of the largest radio network in Asia.

MBC has 175 stations under dzRH, Love Radio, Yes FM, Aksyon Radio, Hot FM and Radio Natin.

It also operates dzRH News Television.

Marcos also took the lead in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino survey.

The non-commissioned survey conducted from March 16 to 22, 2016 by the Issues and Advocacy Center showed Marcos getting 27 percent of the “votes,” three percent higher than Escudero, who got 24 percent.

In the same poll, Robredo got 21 percent, Cayetano, 14 percent, Trillanes, seven percent and Honasan, five percent.

Marcos also led the rest of his rivals for A/B social classes with 27 percent, and 24, 23, and 24 percentage points for classes C, D, and E, respectively.

Ed Malay, director of the Center, said the survey showed the so-called millennials seemingly gravitating toward Marcos, whose campaign platform is anchored on unity and progress.

Marcos maintained that the rise in his ratings was a product of the people’s acceptance of his message for national unity.

“But we should not stop there. We will continue to bring the message to as many people as possible and give them hope and confidence that things will be better if we have unity,” he said.

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Bongbong ready against mudslinging in VP debate Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:00


Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday said he is expecting immense mudslinging in the Commission on Elections-organized vice presidential debate slated today at the University of the Santo Tomas.

“We are preparing for all possibilities, intellectual discussions as well as antagonistic exchanges. I think we will have more of the latter,” he said.

Marcos, the front runner in the VP race, added he expects to bear the brunt of the mudslinging given the peculiar attention his campaign has been getting the past two months and the public pronouncements of his rival candidates against him.

But he was quick to concede that it is all part of politics. “But I guess these are all part of politics and we all hear these things during the campaign. We are preparing,” he pointed out.

The Comelec’s VP debate is co-organized with CNN Philippines and Business Mirror.

The senator, however, said he will stick to his campaign policy of keeping it centered on his call for unity and platform of government and not engage in mudslinging just to stay ahead of his rivals.

“It has always been my belief that mudslinging will not do our country any good. We have been polarized by our leaders long enough and look where it brought us.

 Instead of trying to put each other down, we should just present our plans and programs to the people so that they will have an informed choice on who to vote come May 9,” he pointed out. He, however, expressed hope that that the attacks would stop after the elections so the elected leaders could begin fulfilling their duties to serve the people.

“This is a reality of the electoral process in our country. But I hope that after the elections, our leaders set aside all politicking and buckle down to work to fulfill their mandate to serve the people,” he said.

Marcos kept his momentum as he maintained his lead over his rivals in the vice presidential race.

In the non-commissioned Pulso ng Pilipino survey conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center from April 1 to 7, 2016, Marcos kept his lead at 28.5 percent, up from his previous 27 percent taken from March 16-22, 2016 by the same firm.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was in second place at 23.5 percent overtaking Sen. Francis Escudero who got 22.5 percent.

Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano took the fourth spot at 16 percent followed by Sen. Gregorio Honasan at 4.25 percent and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at 3.75 percent. It said 1.75 percent were undecided,

Marcos also led in the A/B, D and E socio-economic classes with 27 percent, 23 percent and 24 percent respectively.

Ed Malay, director of IAC, said the survey, which is part of their public advocacy aimed at giving select public with information relative to the May 9, 2016 elections, has a confidence level of 98 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.



In the presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte kept his lead at 29 percent, followed by Sen. Grace Poe at 24 percent. Taking the third spot was Vice President Jejomar Binay at 22 percent followed by former Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas at 19 percent. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was at fifth place with two percent. The survey said three percent were undecided.

Malay said the rise of Marcos could be attributed to the so-called Marcos loyalists who are not only from the Solid North but have migrated to other parts of the country.

“Largely ignored in the last 30 years, the families and extended families of these Marcos loyalists, some of whom have migrated to other parts of the country and have managed to win mayoralty positions where they now reside are actively campaigning for Senator Marcos and this explains why (he) currently leads the vice presidential race,” Malay said.

Marcos, in an earlier interview said while he is thankful for the support, he had stopped looking at surveys because they give different results. “I just continue to focus on my campaign and my advocacy for national unity because I believe it is what our country needs right now to move forward and give our people the service that they deserve,” Marcos said.

Meanwhile, Escudero is the voters’ most trusted candidate in the six-way race of contenders vying for the second highest position in the land, according to latest survey results.

A survey conducted by Laylo Research Strategies from March 26-30 among 1,500 likely voters nationwide, Escudero beat all other vice-presidential aspirants in the trustworthiness category with 47 percent.

The “Gobyernong may Puso” vice-presidential bet held a commanding lead of 10 percentage points over his closest rival, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who got 37 percent.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo came in third with 35 percent, followed by Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, 27 percent; Sen. Antonio Trillanes, 21 percent; and Sen. Gringo Honasan, 19 percent.

The survey respondents came from 79 provinces and 40 highly urbanized cities, including 17 localities in the National Capital Region. The results have a margin of error of ±2.6 percent.

In the same survey, Escudero topped the voter preference survey with 28 percent. Trailing behind him are Marcos, 27 percent; Robredo, 20 percent; Cayetano, 13 percent; Trillanes, 5 percent; and Honasan, 4 percent.

Escudero emerged as the No. 1 choice of voters in South Luzon and Bicol regions at 34 percent. He was also the most preferred choice of voters in both urban and rural areas.


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Poe vs. Duterte: Where is Binay? posted April 06, 2016 at 12:01 am by Tony Lopez

Two interlopers—one from the United States and the other from the Philippine south—are about to grab the presidency from longtime frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In the Pulse Asia survey of Dec. 4-11, 2015, Binay was still the No. 1 choice of voters, 33 percent.

The killer mayor of Davao City Rodrigo Duterte had 23 percent and freshman senator and formerly American Grace Poe Llamanzares 21 percent voter preferences.

Four months ago, Binay was No. 1 in Metro Manila with 30 percent, No. 1 in Balance of Luzon 34 percent, and No. 1 in the Visayas 34 percent. He was also No. 1 among the D class with 40 percent and E class, 42 percent. In other words, it was a sweep for Makati’s can-do former mayor.

Today, Binay no longer has ascendancy in any major constituency, like Metro Manila, entire Luzon except NCR, the Visayas, and Mindanao. Even the masa—D and E income classes—seem to have abandoned him.

In the March 15-20, 2016 Pulse Asia survey, Binay is a poor third in NCR with 26 percent to Poe’s 35 percent and Duterte’s 30 percent. He is No. 2 (26 percent) to Poe’s 35 percent in Balance of Luzon; No. 2 like Poe and Duterte with identical 20 percent, to Mar Roxas’ 37 percent in the Visayas; and No. 3 with 19 percent to Duterte’s 43 percent and Poe’s 21 percent in Mindanao.

In the D income class, Binay (22 percent) has been dislodged by Poe (27 percent) and Duterte (25 percent). In the lowest or E income bracket, Binay (28 percent) has lost to Poe (30 percent).

Between early December and the third week of March this year, Binay lost 9 percentage points (pcp) or 450,000 votes in Metro Manila; 8 pcp or 1.546 million votes in Balance of Luzon; 14 pct or 1.584 million votes percent in the Visayas; 11 pcp or 1.389 million votes in Mindanao. Total voter losses: 4.969 million votes.

I cannot quantify the 18-percentage point loss in number of votes in the D and 14 percent in the E income classes. Since the poor are more than 50 percent of the population, Binay’s remarkable loss in number of votes is by now, irretrievable.

Still, the fact that Binay has a strong third place finish, with 23 percent or 9.99 million votes, after significant to substantial voter support losses, is an indication of one or two things: Binay has intrinsic strength and resilience, thanks to his machinery and hard campaigning. Or his rivals are quite weak or inadequate, to snatch the vote losses of the vice president. There is hope.

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The 2016 Philippine presidential election has come down to a two-way tussle between a freshman senator of unknown ancestry and a tough-talking southern city mayor who says he will not hesitate to kill criminals, sans due process.

Manila-based Grace Poe Llamanzares leads Davao City Mayor Digong Duterte by four percentage points, 28 percent vs. 24, per the PulseAsia survey of 4,000 respondents March 15-20, 2016.

There are 54.3 million voters.

Assuming a turnout of 80 percent on election day, 43.44 million voters will cast their ballot on May 9, 2016. Four percent of that translates into 1.737 million votes—the excess of Poe’s 12.163 million votes over Duterte’s 10.42 million votes.

Binay enjoys a 23 percent plurality or 9.991 million votes, just 428,800 votes less than Duterte’s and 2.169 million votes less than Poe’s.

The Pulse Asia survey’s margin of error is 1.5 percent, plus or minus. That’s 651,600 out of 43.44 million votes. That means Poe’s margin of 1.737 million votes over Duterte may not be that convincing or substantial. Part of it could be an error. And when you add that 1.5 percent margin of error—the 651,600—to his 10.42 million, Duterte gets 11.0716 million.

Deduct the same 651,600 (margin of error) from Poe’s 12.16 million, she gets 11.508 million instead and she skates on thin ice to victory with just 436,800 votes, a 1 percent margin. That’s the smallest winning margin ever by an elected president.

TROUBLED PRESIDENT

Before 2016, the smallest margin, in percentage terms, was that of incumbent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, by 3.48 percent—12.905 million votes (39.99 percent) to challenger Fernando Poe Jr.’s 11.782 million votes (36.51 percent).

Earlier in 1992, another hairline victory was scored by Fidel V. Ramos, by 3.86 percent, 5.342 million votes vs. second placer Miriam Santiago’s 4.468 million.

Arroyo had a troubled presidency, owing to allegations of electoral fraud in 2004.

She, however, became a very good president, presiding over the longest economic expansion in the country’s history—36 quarters of continuous economic growth.

UNIFIER PRESIDENT

Ramos had a successful presidency because he was basically a unifier president and reached out to his political enemies—the separatist Muslims (whose leader, Nur Misuari he maneuvered to get elected as governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao), the rightist coup plotters (they were given amnesty and choice government positions), and the communist New People’s Army (a ceasefire was declared).

It helped that the West Point-trained general had a long experience in management, from the time he graduated from the US military academy in 1950 to the time he sought the presidency in 1992—a span of 42 years.

Grace Poe could barge into the presidency with barely three years stint as senator of the republic, and two years as chief of the government censors board for film and television. In the Senate, it was easy to grandstand without a senator feeling responsible for his/her advocacy. At the censors board, it is easy to judge which film or TV show is good or bad for the masa.

Poe’s most difficult decision ever perhaps was choosing between an American citizenship, which she embraced, and Philippine citizenship, which she abjured and later reacquired. On March 8, 2016, the Supreme Court, or seven justices of the high court cited statistical probability or her looks in deciding she is probably natural born.

The legal and political controversy about her being natural born and her apparent lack of 10-year residency could hamper a Poe presidency, especially given massive poverty (25 million Filipinos are poor), massive hunger (15 million Filipinos say they are hungry), massive unemployment (more than 6 percent of the labor force have no jobs), and massive disillusionment with the incumbent administration (only 20 percent of voters want Daang Matuwid’s Mar Roxas, BS Aquino III’s anointed successor).

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Roxas cuts in on Binay-Duterte ‘word war’ posted April 10, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera, Joel E. Zurbano and Maricel V. Cruz
 


Manuel Roxas II

LIBERAL Party presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II on Saturday joined the “word war” between Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over Duterte’s admitted involvement in extra-judicial killings.

“What is he: judge, jury and executioner? In his mind, only he and he alone is correct. His views and only his views are correct. The Philippines is not like that and Filipinos are not like that,” Roxas said.

“When there’s a problem that does not agree with his view or belief, he will just curse it. That is not the right way to lead our country and that is not the character that we want to inculcate in our children,” Roxas said.

Roxas made the remark after Binay, in campaign speeches in Quezon province on Friday, tagged Duterte a “berdugo [executioner]” who kills only poor people, being exceedingly boastful and a king of lies.

“We do not need a leader who wantonly disregards the sanctity of human life and whose only wrong solution to the pressing problem of poverty is to kill the poor,” Binay said, adding that Duterte himself admitted links to the Davao Death Squad and that he had killed 1,700 people, 1,000 more than what was reported by Amnesty International.

Aside from Amnesty International, several other human rights groups have linked

Duterte to extra-judicial killings, including Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.

But Duterte retracted his previous admissions to the summary executions of criminals.

“I never admitted that I did an extrajudicial [killing]. What I admitted to him [was] killings,” Duterte told reporters on Friday after being told Binay’s charges in Quezon.

“When you go against criminal syndicates, do not expect a pristine and white environment. It’s always bloody, but I never said extrajudicial,” he said. “I’m a lawyer, I am a Christian and [even if you say] how bad I am, I still have my values in life. I do not do that.”

But Binay dismissed Duterte’s denial and chided Duterte for his flip-flopping response to questions on his involvement in extrajudicial killings in Davao.

“Mayor Duterte, you are always boasting that you have already killed many people. Now, you’re denying it,” Binay said. “Make up your mind, berdugong mamamatay-tao [executioner-murderer].”

“The presidency is not for the unprincipled and the inconsistent. It is not for liars, braggarts, and most especially merciless killers,” Binay added.

Binay also taunted Duterte into changing his campaign slogan from “Tapang at Malasakit [Courage and Compassion]” to “Yabang, Kasinungalingan at Kawalang-Puso [Boastfulness, Prevarication and Ruthlessness]” since he said this would be more truthful.

Former Manila City Mayor and now Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza also joined the fray and reminded Duterte that Davao now ranks No. 4 in crime and tops the national statistics on the most number of rape cases among all major cities.

“Where is Mayor Duterte coming from? Showmanship and entertainment are not the solution, let’s be true to ourselves. He keeps bragging about Davao, when figures and statistics show otherwise,” Atienza said.

Atienza said when he and Binay were mayor, they have cleaned up their respective cities without having to resort to extra-judicial killings. Binay served as mayor of Makati City for more than 20 years.


ATIENZA

Binay recalled how in past interviews, Duterte admitted his links to the Davao Death Squad and that he had killed 1,700 people, 1,000 more than what was reported by Amnesty International.

Binay scored Duterte for retracting his admission after the Vice President called him out for killing only poor people, including children, through summary executions.

“We do not need a leader who wantonly disregards the sanctity of human life and whose only wrong solution to the pressing problem of poverty is to kill the poor,” Binay further said.

Several human rights groups have linked Duterte to extra-judicial killings, among them Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.

Binay said millions of people who watched the presidential debate in Cebu on March 20 heard Duterte clearly when he said: “When I become elected, I will continue the killings.”

Atienza, who was Manila mayor for nine years, said, “Mayor Duterte, Vice President Binay and I shared the same experience of confronting crimes in our cities. Before my term, Manila was the most crime ridden in Metro Manila.

“After nine years of effective work of combating criminality, it became the safest city. We did this by providing jobs and economic opportunities for Manilans, lessening the number of people who turned to crime as a solution to poverty.

“We never snuffed out any life through summary executions or salvaging. We got the police to do their jobs and perform better, at the same time tapping barangay officials to help in fighting crime.”

Atienza said Duterte’s solution of fighting crime with crime and snuffing out lives of poor and defenseless citizens would only aggravate the situation.

Atienza, who founded and maintains one of the biggest women’s organizations—the Kababaihan ng Maynila with an active membership of 10,000 and a base of 50,000—also criticized Duterte for trivializing women’s rights, saying it is totally unacceptable.

“I urge all Filipinos to judge candidates according to their values, religious beliefs and track record in curbing criminality. Let’s be wary of false promises not in consonance with our religious and traditional Filipino values. Only hardworking and hands-on executives will help our country recover from the mess we are in,” Atienza added.


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