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DUTERTE, BONGBONG PULL AWAY TO TOP IN PULSE ASIA SURVEY


APRIL 13 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Sen. Bongbong Marcos Philstar.com file After leading the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also topped the new poll conducted by Pulse Asia on presidential preference.
The tough-talking mayor took the solo lead with 30 percent, based on the March 29-April 3 survey of Pulse Asia commissioned by ABS-CBN. Independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe was in second spot with 25 percent. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party (LP) candidate Manuel Roxas II are statistically tied for third place with 20 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago remained at the bottom with two percent. The survey used face-to-face interviews of 4,000 registered voters nationwide. It has an error margin of plus or minus 1.5 percent. Duterte’s rating improved by six points from 24 percent in Pulse Asia’s March 15-20 poll, which was also commissioned by ABS-CBN. Poe, on the other hand, suffered a three-point drop from 28 percent in the previous survey. Binay also lost three points, while Roxas’ rating was unchanged. Santiago’s rating was the same as her March 15-20 score. VP race Meanwhile, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., runningmate of Santiago, again snatched the lead from Sen. Francis Escudero, garnering 28 percent, up from 25 percent in the March 15-20 poll. Escudero, runningmate of Poe, and LP candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are now statistically tied for second place with 22 percent each. Escudero’s score fell three points from 25 percent previously, while Robredo’s rating improved by a point. READ MORE...RELATED, Election rivals pounce on ‘executioner’ Rody...

ALSO: Grace Poe victory will vindicate me, FPJ, says Mayor Estrada


APRIL 16 -With Fernando Poe Jr. cheated of the presidency and him “illegally” ousted from his office, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said Sen. Grace Poe’s should win the presidency to vindicate them. Estrada, a former actor and close friend of Poe’s late father, another movie king popularly known as FPJ, brought Poe on Thursday to the Baseco compound, one of the poorest areas in Metro Manila, telling his supporters he could guarantee that the senator had a heart for the poor and was “more intelligent than him and FPJ.” “I was ousted, [FPJ] was cheated. We had similar fates. That’s why we need Grace Poe to remedy what FPJ and I went through. Maybe she will replace the two of us,” Estrada said. He was referring to FPJ’s loss in the 2004 presidential race, which was marred by a cheating scandal after his opponent, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was wiretapped asking an election commissioner about her lead in the polls. THE FULL REPORT. RELATED,
Poe - I sought no endorsement during meeting with FVR...ALSO, Erap campaigns for Grace in Manila...

ALSO: By Rina David Jimenez -The widow and the dictator’s son


APRIL 13 -“The best person who can defeat a Marcos is a pious widow,” goes a meme I recently spotted on Facebook. It refers, obviously, to the current “contest” between BBM, otherwise known as Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and the Liberal Party’s candidate for vice president, Leni Robredo.
The meme harks back to the 1986 presidential election, where the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, despite the all-powerful machinery of government at his disposal, was ultimately defeated by the “pious” Cory Aquino, who led the ragtag forces of “People Power.”  Cold comfort at best is what this memory may lend Filipinos leery of a Marcos comeback. The most recent ABS-CBN/Pulse Asia survey shows that Marcos is currently in the lead in the vice-presidential race. Robredo, who started her campaign with single-digit awareness numbers, is close at his heels, outpacing previous leader Sen. Chiz Escudero. Based on his recent statement regarding this new survey finding, Marcos seems to be taking it in a magnanimous light. “The new survey is proof that our message for national unity resonates with the Filipino people,” he said. “For years we have been ruled by divisiveness and I guess the people want to change that because Filipinos are by nature cooperative, kind and gracious. We will keep on going and work harder to spread our message to more people,” he added. So “moving on,” bathed in the glow of reconciliation and grace, is what Bongbong’s campaign is all about, eh? Well, he should be looking over his shoulder right now, since it seems that Robredo is fast gaining on him. Like Cory, she could yet pull an upset. Still, don’t you get the sense that we’re eternally replaying Edsa in our minds and politics? *** I am more disturbed, though, by the emergence of Rodrigo Duterte at the top of the same poll. My own reading is that the mudslinging against former survey leader Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jojo Binay has turned off a lot of their “soft” sympathizers, but the desire for “change” has led them to turn to the other candidate who offers something different. READ MORE...RELATED, Roxas confident he’ll be ‘flavor of the month’ in May...

ALSO: Binay, Roxas bank on party machinery


APRIL 13 -Former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Binay. PHOTO BY KRISTINE ANGELI SABILLO 
RIVALS of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are unfazed by his topping two recent nationwide surveys.
Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas said he was relying on the ruling party’s strong machinery in local electoral politics. Vice President Jejomar Binay is also banking on his machinery, while Sen. Grace Poe vows to work harder. “I remain confident that in the end we will prevail,” he told reporters in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. “In fact, as one of my rivals said, there are only two campaigns with political infrastructure or machinery on the ground, and the Liberal Party is one of those two.”  “Our strategy is to continue speaking the truth. We will not invent stuff. We will not resort to insults to put down our rivals and raise our popularity,” he said. Asked why the LP’s strength with local officials was not being reflected in the surveys, Roxas said: “The local campaign had just started. As you have seen, all the barangay chairs and councilors, congressmen and mayors, support daang matuwid (straight path governance).”  Binay optimistic The other day, Binay said the contest would be between him and Roxas because of their large political machinery. Binay’s camp remained optimistic he would win the presidency amid a second survey in as many days showing him trailing Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe. “The Vice President will continue to persevere to touch the hearts and minds of the people that his antipoor programs will effectively uplift their lives,” Binay campaign spokesperson Rico Quicho said. In a statement, Quicho Tuesday said Binay’s core and volunteer groups were all fired up to work for the victory of the Vice President. Poe to work harder In Surigao City, Poe remained unfazed after relinquishing the lead to Duterte in the surveys of Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia. READ MORE...RELATED, Mar losing ground support...

ALSO: Poe wants Duterte as crime czar


APRIL 15 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has overtaken Sen. Grace Poe for the top spot in the latest presidential preference surveys. Philstar.com/File photo
  Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe on Thursday revealed that she will appoint Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as crime czar if she wins the presidential race in the May 9 elections.
Duterte earlier said that he will offer the tourism post to Poe if he wins the presidential race. "In exchange, I want to offer to him the position as crime czar because of what he said that he will finish the problems of criminality in six months," Poe told members of the press. READ: Duterte: Kill me if I don’t resolve crimes in 6 months During the Commission on Elections-initiated presidential debate in Cebu City, Poe mentioned that she will appoint former military Col. Ariel Querubin as crime czar if elected. Poe claimed that Querubin said that he is willing to give way for Duterte to be the crime czar. On the other hand, the senator admitted that she had been meeting with former President Fidel V. Ramos for consultation. "I’ve been meeting with him since last year. Every time we talked, he has a lot of topics to discuss, about West Philippine Sea, economy, how to increase employment and other issues," Poe said. Ramos earlier gave Poe a jacket as a "good luck" gift from giving her advice on various issues. RELATED: Poe, Duterte intensify strategies to ensure lead after SWS poll THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Duterte camp denies campaign being financed by mining firms...


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Duterte, Bongbong pull away in Pulse


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Sen. Bongbong Marcos Philstar.com file

MANILA, APRIL 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR) April 13, 2016 - After leading the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also topped the new poll conducted by Pulse Asia on presidential preference.

The tough-talking mayor took the solo lead with 30 percent, based on the March 29-April 3 survey of Pulse Asia commissioned by ABS-CBN.

Independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe was in second spot with 25 percent.

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party (LP) candidate Manuel Roxas II are statistically tied for third place with 20 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago remained at the bottom with two percent.

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 4,000 registered voters nationwide. It has an error margin of plus or minus 1.5 percent.

Duterte’s rating improved by six points from 24 percent in Pulse Asia’s March 15-20 poll, which was also commissioned by ABS-CBN.

Poe, on the other hand, suffered a three-point drop from 28 percent in the previous survey.

Binay also lost three points, while Roxas’ rating was unchanged.

Santiago’s rating was the same as her March 15-20 score.

VP race

Meanwhile, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., runningmate of Santiago, again snatched the lead from Sen. Francis Escudero, garnering 28 percent, up from 25 percent in the March 15-20 poll.

Escudero, runningmate of Poe, and LP candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are now statistically tied for second place with 22 percent each.

Escudero’s score fell three points from 25 percent previously, while Robredo’s rating improved by a point.

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Duterte’s runningmate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, placed fourth with 15 percent, followed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, an independent candidate, with five percent and Sen. Gringo Honasan II of UNA with four percent.

Cayetano and Trillanes saw a point increase in their scores.

Honasan’s rating fell from five percent.

Marcos also took the solo lead in the March 30-April 2 poll of the SWS with 26 percent.

Duterte vowed to work hard in the remaining days of the campaign to maintain his lead.

His campaign manager, Maribojoc Mayor Jun Evasco, yesterday said they are humbled by the rise in the Davao mayor’s survey ratings, but acknowledged that the fight is not yet over.

“We will continue to build on this momentum and aim for a complete, decisive and indisputable victory,” Evasco said.

Still optimistic

Roxas, meanwhile, remains optimistic that he would emerge victorious in the upcoming election.

“I remain convinced that we are ahead in this fight,” Roxas told reporters yesterday in a press conference in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental.

When asked why the support of his local machinery was not reflected in the survey, Roxas replied: “The local campaign has just started. You have seen earlier the expression of support by all barangay captains, kagawads, congressmen and mayors.”

Core groups fired up

The camp of Binay remains unfazed by the latest Pulse Asia survey.

“The Vice President will continue to persevere to touch the hearts and minds of the people that his pro-poor programs will effectively uplift their lives,” said UNA campaign spokesman Rico Quicho.

“Our core and volunteer groups are all fired up to work for the victory of the Vice President,” he added. – Janvic Mateo, Robertzon Ramirez, Paolo Romero, Alexis Romero, Perseus Echeminada

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Election rivals pounce on ‘executioner’ Rody By Helen Flores and Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 13, 2016 - 12:00am 3 230 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay, who earlier tagged presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte as the “pambansang berdugo” or national executioner, reminded voters that it is their moral obligation not to pick a president who advocates violence and killing people, including children, on mere suspicion. Philstar.com file

Duterte hits back, challenges VP to debate

MANILA, Philippines – As he surged to the top of the latest surveys, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is now in the crosshairs of his rivals, who called the Davao City mayor the nation’s executioner, a threat to democracy and a liar as they tried to persuade the people not to vote for him.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who earlier tagged Duterte as the “pambansang berdugo” or national executioner, reminded voters that it is their moral obligation not to pick a president who advocates violence and killing people, including children, on mere suspicion.

Duterte’s closest rival, Sen. Grace Poe, also twitted the mayor, saying the country needs justice and not violence in order to attain peace and order.

The camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II warned the electorate that a Duterte presidency would pave the way for the return of martial law.

Law experts called for government action and resolution of cases of extrajudicial killings as they criticized the kind of leadership that Duterte is propagating in his bid for the presidency.

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“As a human rights lawyer and a Catholic, it is my moral responsibility to oppose the policy of summary executions being espoused by Duterte,” Binay said during a roundtable discussion with The STAR editors and reporters on Monday night.

The tough-talking Duterte is currently leading various surveys on presidential preference.

Binay, standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance and former frontrunner, slid to third place followed by Roxas, who ranked fourth. Poe is in second place.

Roxas said Duterte represents the “biggest danger to the country” since the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“Duterte wants to be the judge, jury and executioner. If you don’t agree with him or follow him, you will be insulted, pelted with bad words or bullets,” Roxas told journalists during a briefing in Misamis Occidental yesterday.

He urged voters not to believe Duterte’s claims that he can solve crime within six months in office. He said one does not need to resort to extrajudicial killings to punish criminals.

The LP standard-bearer called Duterte a liar for claiming Davao is crime-free.

Duterte hits back Speaking to a crowd of about 50,000 at the Food Terminal Inc. complex in Taguig City on Monday, Duterte turned the tables on Binay, calling him berdugo ng pera ng bayan or executioner of the country’s treasury.

While he admitted that criminals did get killed in Davao City for opting to shoot it out with police officers, Duterte said Binay’s act was worse.

Duterte’s runningmate, Sen. Alan Cayetano, said Binay and Roxas are threatened with the good showing of his partner in the recent surveys.

“We don’t need to defend the mayor against Binay and Roxas because they were the ones who feel threatened, not the democracy,” Cayetano said.

He said Duterte was good to Binay and Roxas when they were courting him for an endorsement, before the mayor decided to run for president.

Binay urged everyone who values life, democracy and Christian values to oppose Duterte’s idea of justice.

“I have advocated the right to life, while Duterte advocates killing people. Such a policy victimizes the poor,” Binay said.

Binay said Duterte’s vow to clear the country of criminals in his first six months in office is disturbing.

He said Duterte’s victims were poor, particularly children and old people.

The Davao mayor countered that he has never ordered the killing of women or children, saying they were sent to rehabilitation facilities after they were caught in anti-drug operations.

Duterte challenged Binay to a one-on-one debate on morality and graft and corruption.

Former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez and lawyer Raymond Fortun condemned what they described as “illegal and bloody” means to solve widespread criminality in the country.

Valdez said extrajudicial killings are criminal acts that cannot be justified, as states allowing them could be held liable under international law.

He said the US courts have jurisdiction to hold heads of states liable under the US Alien Torture Act, citing a case where the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos was ordered to pay billions in damages to human rights victims during the martial law years.

Valdez, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Association of Law Schools, said the investigation to be launched on extrajudicial killings should be “non-political.”

“With the political environment, an independent commission is in order,” he suggested, adding that members of academe would be best suited to handle the probe because they are “the least politicized.” – With Mike Frialde, Edu Punay, Robertzon Ramirez, Christina Mendez


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Grace Poe victory will vindicate me, FPJ, says Mayor Estrada SHARES: 1042 VIEW COMMENTS By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:54 AM April 16th, 2016



With Fernando Poe Jr. cheated of the presidency and him “illegally” ousted from his office, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said Sen. Grace Poe’s should win the presidency to vindicate them.

Estrada, a former actor and close friend of Poe’s late father, another movie king popularly known as FPJ, brought Poe on Thursday to the Baseco compound, one of the poorest areas in Metro Manila, telling his supporters he could guarantee that the senator had a heart for the poor and was “more intelligent than him and FPJ.”

“I was ousted, [FPJ] was cheated. We had similar fates. That’s why we need Grace Poe to remedy what FPJ and I went through. Maybe she will replace the two of us,” Estrada said.

He was referring to FPJ’s loss in the 2004 presidential race, which was marred by a cheating scandal after his opponent, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was wiretapped asking an election commissioner about her lead in the polls.

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Poe: I sought no endorsement posted April 15, 2016 at 12:01 am by Macon Ramos-Araneta

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Grace Poe sought no endorsement when she met with former President Fidel Ramos at the RP Development Building in Makati City Wednesday night­—or a little over three months before the May 9 elections.

“It had nothing to do with any endorsement,” the senator said. She said all those seeking the presidency usually sought Ramos’ advice on the issues confronting the nation.

Meeting. Senator Grace Poe shares a light moment with former President Fidel V. Ramos during her courtesy call on the former leader on April 13.
Poe said she and Ramos always talked since Ramos was also from Pangasinan like her adoptive father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.

She said she remembered Ramos telling her that, as a former president, he really did not favor giving endorsements.

“I mean, he’s no longer in a position to immediately make a choice,” Poe said.

She said Ramos gave her a book and then told her stories about her adoptive father. He also gave her a jacket.

She said yes when asked if she would get Ramos as an adviser.

She said she would also appoint Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, another presidential candidate, as her “crime czar” if she was elected president.

“He has the capacity to solve crimes within three to six months,” said Poe when asked if she would offer any position to Duterte in exchange for his plan to appoint her secretary of either Social Welfare or the Transport Department if he was elected president. Macon Ramos-Araneta

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Erap campaigns for Grace in Manila By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 16, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Speaking before residents of Baseco, Estrada said his choice of Poe for president goes beyond his friendship with her adoptive father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ). AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada made a surprise visit to the densely populated Baseco compound in the city to campaign for his goddaughter Sen. Grace Poe.

Speaking before residents of Baseco, Estrada said his choice of Poe for president goes beyond his friendship with her adoptive father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ).

“My relationship with FPJ was greater than those of brothers. What FPJ and Erap (Estrada’s nickname) have achieved was all due to the poor who supported our films,” Estrada said in Filipino.

“FPJ and I also suffered the same fate, we were both cheated in the elections. Grace Poe must be the one to rewrite the endings of FPJ and me,” he added.

Estrada said he saw in Poe a woman not only intelligent, but also with no hidden motives and a commitment to serve the interests of the masses.

“I can guarantee that she has no hidden motives. Her heart and soul are with the Filipino masses. You know me, I will not endorse someone who will not do any good for the country,” he said.

Poe also told the crowd in Baseco that she understood the clamor of the people for a government that would address their plight.

She said she was aware of the desperation of the poor who would resort to extreme measures in order to make ends meet.

“The poor should not be made to suffer for being desperate. You see what happened in Kidapawan, the farmers are getting hungry but they were shot instead of the government helping them. The solution is not shooting those hungry farmers but giving and providing what is due to them,” she said.

Poe reiterated her vow to create one million jobs a year to help address poverty in the country.

She also promised to provide full scholarships to the children of the poor in state universities and colleges so that they could finish their education and provide for their families.

Poe also brushed aside criticisms from the administration Liberal Party over her statement that she will appoint Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as anti-crime czar if she becomes president.

Poe maintained this does not mean she will tolerate extra-judicial killings, a mark of Duterte-style leadership.

If appointed to the post, Poe said Duterte should play by the rules.

Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II has criticized Poe, saying that she is no better than Duterte.

Poe wanted to appoint someone with a tough character to be the anti-crime czar of her administration.

She mentioned former Marine colonel Ariel Querubin as a probable choice.

Gaining support Poe got the support of local officials in the Bicol region, but not for her running mate Sen. Francis Escudero.

Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Miguel Villafuerte and his father LRay, from the Nacionalista Party (NP), threw their full support to Poe.

“Here in Camarines Sur, we are supporting Sen. Poe as president,” Villafuerte said.

He said the NP has withheld the announcement of support for a common presidential bet since the political party is faced with the dilemma of having three members running for vice president – Sens. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Cayetano.

“In the end, the majority (of NP) will have to voice out their opinion and I feel that there is a big possibility that the Nacionalista Party will endorse Sen. Poe,” he added.

The split in the local support for the tandem of Poe and Escudero became evident since the Villafuertes are openly supporting Liberal Party vice presidential candidate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. They are not supporting Escudero, who hails from Sorsogon.

Aside from the Villafuertes, local officials belonging to the Liberal Party expressed their support for Poe.

Poe’s spokesman Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the senator was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support given to her by the local officials of Camarines Sur.

Four LP mayors – Del Simbulan of Nabua, Ricky Aquino of Ragay, Mel Gaite of Baao and Ernesto Bagasbas of Balatan – gave their support to Poe.

“In the coming days, as more Filipinos hear Sen. Poe’s platform of governance, we are confident that more incumbent officials will consolidate support behind the bandwagon known as ‘Gobyernong may Puso.’ Clearly politicians from different political parties are crossing party lines to support Sen. Poe’s advocacy,” Gatchalian said. – With Christina Mendez, Edu Punay


INQUIRER COLUMN VY By: Rina Jimenez-David

The widow and the dictator’s son SHARES: 45 VIEW COMMENTS By: Rina Jimenez-David @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:12 AM April 13th, 2016



“The best person who can defeat a Marcos is a pious widow,” goes a meme I recently spotted on Facebook. It refers, obviously, to the current “contest” between BBM, otherwise known as Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and the Liberal Party’s candidate for vice president, Leni Robredo.

The meme harks back to the 1986 presidential election, where the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, despite the all-powerful machinery of government at his disposal, was ultimately defeated by the “pious” Cory Aquino, who led the ragtag forces of “People Power.”

Cold comfort at best is what this memory may lend Filipinos leery of a Marcos comeback. The most recent ABS-CBN/Pulse Asia survey shows that Marcos is currently in the lead in the vice-presidential race. Robredo, who started her campaign with single-digit awareness numbers, is close at his heels, outpacing previous leader Sen. Chiz Escudero.



Based on his recent statement regarding this new survey finding, Marcos seems to be taking it in a magnanimous light. “The new survey is proof that our message for national unity resonates with the Filipino people,” he said.

“For years we have been ruled by divisiveness and I guess the people want to change that because Filipinos are by nature cooperative, kind and gracious. We will keep on going and work harder to spread our message to more people,” he added.

So “moving on,” bathed in the glow of reconciliation and grace, is what Bongbong’s campaign is all about, eh?

Well, he should be looking over his shoulder right now, since it seems that Robredo is fast gaining on him. Like Cory, she could yet pull an upset. Still, don’t you get the sense that we’re eternally replaying Edsa in our minds and politics?

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I am more disturbed, though, by the emergence of Rodrigo Duterte at the top of the same poll. My own reading is that the mudslinging against former survey leader Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jojo Binay has turned off a lot of their “soft” sympathizers, but the desire for “change” has led them to turn to the other candidate who offers something different.

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Well, different Duterte certainly is. And right now, I shudder to think what a “Do-Dirty” presidency could mean for the country, more specifically for my grandchild’s generation. Even now, I must urge young parents to school their children against cursing, rude gestures, threatening people with death and injury, and jettisoning even basic decent behavior (you do not put your feet up on the table in public!).

But I take some comfort from what some cite as the survey figures at this point in the game, less than a month before the voting, in the last presidential election. Surveys can only point the way, but they are not always dead accurate, and could hold surprises on Election Day itself. I certainly hope this holds true in the case of the devilish Davao mayor.

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For your consideration. Disabled/Pilipinos with Disabilities (PWD) is running for a congressional seat under the party-list system, based on “the constitutional mandate that the weak should be given power, that the voiceless be heard and that they be enabled to become veritable lawmakers themselves.”

People with disabilities are among the sectors identified in the Party-List Law deserving of representation in the legislature, but the irony is that no party representing PWDs has ever won enough votes to make it to the House. This, despite the party’s assertion that PWDs “are the most marginalized and vulnerable sector in our society,” who are often neglected, discriminated against and underrepresented in the legislative process, even for laws that directly impact them.

The United Nations estimates that some 10 percent of any national population is composed of people with disabilities. In the Philippines, this would mean that some 9 to 10 million Filipinos are living with disability today. But without formal representation as a sector in the legislature, their voices are muted, if not ignored outright, which means their interests are seldom served by our laws and in their implementation.

As the PWD party asserts: “Through representation in Congress, persons with disabilities can push for legislation to promote and protect their rights. It is also a very important step to fight discrimination and raise general awareness about the issues persons with disabilities face daily.”

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The first nominee of the Disabled/PWD party is Michael “Mike” Barredo, a longtime leader of the sector. He was conferred the Apolinario Mabini Award for business in 1989, named one of The Outstanding Young Men for Humanitarian Service in 1992, named to the De La Salle University Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 for his contributions to national sports for the differently-abled, and named to the “Paralympic Order” from the International Paralympic Committee, the highest recognition given to individuals for their contributions to furthering the Paralympic Movement.

Barredo was also an awardee in 2013 of Victor Ludorum, “The Winner of the Games” from the International Blind Sports Federation held in Greece.

At present, Barredo cohosts two radio programs: “Daang Walang Hanggan” (Endless Road) which has been on air for over 12 years on Radyo ng Bayan (dzRB 738) every Sunday (11 a.m.-12 noon), and “Paralympic Hour,” running for 10 years now, every Wednesday (11 a.m.-12 noon) on Sports Radio (dzSR 918), advocating the rights and concerns of PWDs in sports. And should Disabled/PWD make it to the House, Barredo would become a valuable voice for the voiceless and least powerful among us.

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Roxas confident he’ll be ‘flavor of the month’ in May SHARES: 101 VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 04:57 PM April 15th, 2016


Presidential bet Mar Roxas is unperturbed by his standing in surveys. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net

Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas need not change his campaign strategy as he is confident that he will be the “flavor of the month” in May.
Roxas on Friday offered an analogy to describe the pattern of the preference of voters based on election surveys conducted several times in a month.

“Kung titignan natin, maganda ang trending. Pebrero: sino ‘yung flavor of the month? Binay. Tapos bawat flavor of the month, kinikilatis, tinitignan, tinitimbang. Marso, iba na flavor of the month, Grace na. Kinilatis, tinimbang. Abril, iba na flavor of the month. Duterte. Kinikilatis ngayon, tinitimbang. Itong kanyang mga pananalita na ampaw, na walang laman, na pabago-bago. Mayo, sino flavor of the month? Kaya maganda ang trending natin. Okay?” Roxas said, drawing laughter from the reporters.

(If we take a look at it, the trends are favorable. In February, who was the flavor of the month? (Vice President Jejomar) Binay. Every flavor of the month has been weighed, scrutinized and measured. In March, it was (Senator) Grace (Poe) who was the flavor of the month. She was scrutinized and measured. In April, it was (Davao City Mayor Rodrigo) Duterte. He is now being measured and scrutinized—his statements which are nonsense and inconsistent. In May, who will be the flavor of the month? That’s why the trending favors us. Okay?)

Despite consistently lagging behind rivals in surveys, Roxas sees no reason to tweak his campaign strategy to convince more people to vote for him as the next leader of the country.

READ: Roxas camp covets steady rise, not instant surges

“We’re doing okay. Nakikita naman po ninyo, nagbabago-bago kung sino ‘yung nangunguna. Ibig sabihin soft ‘yung support. May segment na soft ang support. ‘Yung atin, stable and solid, hindi nababawasan. So ako po ay tiwala na sa dulo, mananaig po ang maayos. Mananaig po ang tama,” he said in an ambush interview after his dialogue with farmers and fisher folks at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
(We’re doing okay. You can see that there is no consistent leader. It only means that there is soft support (for the leaders). There is a segment throwing soft support. The support for me is stable and solid—it is not waning. So I believe that in the end, the decent one will prevail. The right one will prevail.)
READ: Drilon admits Roxas’ standing in surveys a ‘concern’

The former Interior Secretary is running under the dominant party backed by the administration. But despite the supposed well-oiled machinery of the LP, it doesn’t seem to help in improving the numbers of Roxas.

But Roxas stressed that political machinery does not necessarily translate to bloc votes.

“The machinery does not translate to command votes. Wala ng command votes sa Pilipinas ngayon (There are no more command votes in the Philippines), with Internet, with media, with information,” he said.

Despite the lack of the so-called command votes, the former Interior Secretary said more people are believing in “Daang Matuwid” (straight path) because they are seeing its successes through their local leaders’ way of governance.

Roxas’ campaign is anchored on the gains of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, who initiated the Daang Matuwid reform agenda.

Although admitting that the current administration was not perfect, Roxas promises to continue and expand programs under the “Daang Matuwid.” IDL


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Binay, Roxas bank on party machinery By: DJ Yap, Gil C. Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:21 AM April 13th, 2016


Former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Binay. PHOTO BY KRISTINE ANGELI SABILLO

RIVALS of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are unfazed by his topping two recent nationwide surveys.

Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas said he was relying on the ruling party’s strong machinery in local electoral politics.

Vice President Jejomar Binay is also banking on his machinery, while Sen. Grace Poe vows to work harder.

“I remain confident that in the end we will prevail,” he told reporters in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. “In fact, as one of my rivals said, there are only two campaigns with political infrastructure or machinery on the ground, and the Liberal Party is one of those two.”

“Our strategy is to continue speaking the truth. We will not invent stuff. We will not resort to insults to put down our rivals and raise our popularity,” he said.

Asked why the LP’s strength with local officials was not being reflected in the surveys, Roxas said: “The local campaign had just started. As you have seen, all the barangay chairs and councilors, congressmen and mayors, support daang matuwid (straight path governance).”

Binay optimistic

The other day, Binay said the contest would be between him and Roxas because of their large political machinery.

Binay’s camp remained optimistic he would win the presidency amid a second survey in as many days showing him trailing Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe.

“The Vice President will continue to persevere to touch the hearts and minds of the people that his antipoor programs will effectively uplift their lives,” Binay campaign spokesperson Rico Quicho said.

In a statement, Quicho Tuesday said Binay’s core and volunteer groups were all fired up to work for the victory of the Vice President.

Poe to work harder

In Surigao City, Poe remained unfazed after relinquishing the lead to Duterte in the surveys of Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.

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Poe said the shifting lead in the surveys showed that a candidate should not relax, especially with just a few weeks left in the campaign period.

“We just have to work harder and get our message through to our people. But I am still thankful for the strong support we’re getting. If there is one thing this campaign has taught me is nothing is certain,” said Poe in an interview during a break in the campaign in Surigao City.

This is only the second time for Poe to campaign in Mindanao, after visiting Zamboanga in March. Poe went to Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur where the independent candidate was met by local politicians—former Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers, gubernatorial candidate Guillermo Romarate, congressional candidate Constantino Navarro III, Butuan Rep. Lawrence Fortun and Agusan del Sur Rep. Erlpe John Amante.

Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano, Poe’s campaign manager, said they had already accepted that Duterte would run away with the Mindanao vote. Durano said the goal of Poe was to place second and minimize the gap in the Mindanao vote.

“We’re happy that we have allies who welcome us and support us in Mindanao even if we know there is a hometown favorite here. That’s why we have to visit as many places here to improve our chances,” Poe said.

Build on momentum

Duterte’s camp welcomed the results of the Pulse Asia survey.

“We are humbled by the results of the recent surveys that placed Mayor Rody Duterte in the lead in voter preference,” Leoncio Evasco Jr., national campaign manager of Duterte, said in a statement.

“We welcome this with guarded optimism, as we are fully aware that the battle is not yet over,” said Evasco, who is also the incumbent mayor of Maribojoc town in Bohol.

Evasco said the mayor’s camp would continue to build on the momentum and aim for “a complete, decisive and indisputable victory.”

“We urge the people to remain steadfast and to continue to reach out to the undecided,” he said.

The Bohol mayor urged Duterte supporters to continue persuading other voters to rally behind the mayor.

No longer a joke

With more people realizing he is no longer a “side-show joke,” an anti-Duterte vote will emerge to stop the mayor from winning it all in May, the spokesperson of Roxas said.

“It’s actually the opposite,” said Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez when asked if they were worried that momentum would swing in Duterte’s favor.

“Now, more people are realizing that Mayor Duterte is a serious candidate and not just a side-show joke, which was the previous impression of him,” he told reporters at LP’s Balay headquarters in Quezon City.

“They’re now taking seriously his pronouncements and his candidacy. And I think there’s a real possibility that there will be a consolidation of the anti-Duterte vote,” Gutierrez said.

“More and more people will wonder if they really want Mayor Duterte to be their president given his inconsistency, his weak position on China, his total lack of any diplomatic ability and what he has said on killings,” he said.

“So, I think there’s a slowly emerging constituency that is going to his high survey numbers. And you know that will eventually bring his numbers down,” Gutierrez said. With reports from Christine O. Avendaño and Niña P. Calleja

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LP mayors rejecting party doles in Visayas, Mindanao

Although short on campaign funds, mayoralty candidates in the Visayas and Mindanao affiliated with the Liberal Party (LP) are said to be rejecting doleouts from the party in protest of being treated like second-class citizens within the LP.

According to a Tribune source, the LP mayoralty bets in the Visayas and Mindanao have started rejecting campaign funds coming from the national party headquarters, saying they feel they are now being treated as inferiors compared to the barangay captains.

“The party leadership and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) called for a meeting of barangay captains in Eastern Samar about two weeks ago,” said the source.

“And there, the party leadership and the DILG promised P1 million to each barangay if it can post a 14-0 victory for the administration,” the source said.

However, the barangays are to get these funds only next year, 2017, which means that if the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Liberal Party officials supporting their standard-bearer, Manuel “Mar” Roxas, and his vice presidential bet Leni Robredo lose, then the promise of P1 million each as doles for the barangay captains for their individual projects, may be a promise unfulfilled, should Roxas lose the elections.

The funds for the barangay captains are in the 2017 budget which has already passed Congress.

If, however, the funds are already being distributed by the LP national leadership, these funds are government funds which the LP is not allowed to use for the election campaign.

A 14-0 victory would pertain to victory for all the national candidates of the LP from the president, vice president and 12 senators. “But when it comes to us, we are being promised loose change compared to the barangay captains,” said the source.

“We don’t think that’s acceptable,” she added.

The LP leadership’s attempt to go directly to the barangay level instead of going through channels like the local government units, had been confirmed by an administration congressional bet in Luzon.

“Yes, we’ve also heard that report of the party leadership and the DILG held a meeting in Bacolod,” said the LP congressional bet requesting anonymity.
“And just like in Eastern Samar, the barangay captains were also promised P1 million each,” the source added.

In an earlier press release from the Department of Budget and Management, it stated that in 2017, the government’s reform program, Bottom-Up Budgeting will be expanded to cover 42,036 barangays nationwide, with each barangay receiving a subsidy of P1 million to be used for the implementation of projects that they have identified. The program is expected to aid barangays in better formulating poverty reduction action plans and monitoring the delivery of basic services in the communities.

DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said that while all barangays are beneficiaries of the program, implementation shall be in batches.

“The first 12,000 barangays will receive funding from the national government in 2017,” Abad said.

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Abad added that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has started national consultations with barangay captains to engage them in the discussion of the rationale, objectives, and mechanics of the Barangay BuB. This will be followed by capacity building sessions and project preparation for the first batch of barangays that will pioneer BuB.

According to DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, the expansion of the BuB was the result of the clamor of various associations of barangay councils (ABCs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP). The ULAP National Executive Board—on behalf of its member leagues, local government units, and elected officials—passed a resolution to institutionalize BuB at the barangay level and adopted the recommendation from the leagues for the implementing guidelines of the BuB.

Meanwhile, a member of the LP has expressed confidence that vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos will deliver upon his election to the vice presidency, his promises, given his track record.

Meeting with Marcos at the city hall, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he is sure that the senator will fulfill his election promises and help Bacolod if he is elected to the vice presidency, since he has always been helpful.

“I know him, we were together in Congress for many years. I know how he works. Whenever I ask for his help for Bacolod, he is always there. I know him, he will help us,” Puentevella told members of the media when Marcos paid him a courtesy call.



Puentevella said if Marcos wins the vice presidency, he will ask for his help for the construction of an additional 500-meter runway in their airport in Bacolod so they can have international flights.

“It is hard because we still have to go to Manila or Cebu when we go abroad because our runway is short,” he said.

Marcos said he will help Bacolod get the additional runway length if he wins in his bid to which Puentevella responded by saying he was sure the senator will make good his promise because he had always helped them.

Bacolod was one of the areas visited by Marcos in his three-day Unity Caravan in Western Visayas. He expressed confidence that he can muster the support of majority of local officials and candidates for local posts in the entire Negros Island Region, which is considered a bailiwick of the ruling Liberal Party.

Speaking to local media in Balocod City, Marcos said he is lucky that most of the local candidates from different sides of the political fence in the island region are his friends and they have expressed their support for him.


BACOLOD VOTE. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with wife Louise and son Zandro during his meeting with Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra at the Bishop's House on April 12, 2016. Photo by Marchel Espina/ Rappler

However, Marcos said he understands that since they belong to different political parties they have to work within the confines of their own party lines.

“But I feel confident because I was fortunate that many of the leaders here, and in other places as well, have become my friends,” Marcos said.

As a result of his extensive experience as governor of Ilocos Norte and as lawmaker in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Marcos said he had worked with or done something together with many of the political leaders in the island region.

Because of this, Marcos said many of these local leaders are not only well-aware of his capabilities but also of his plans and programs for the benefit of the entire country.

“That is how we are approaching the campaign in different areas. And Negros is one of them, where I feel that we have the support from all quarters of the political spectrum,” said Marcos.

In addition to Bacolod City, Marcos also conducted campaign sorties in the cities of Bais and Bayawan in the province of Negros Oriental where he was warmly received by local officials.

In his campaign sorties, Marcos has been pushing too for national unity, saying this is essential for the country to face the problems besetting the country today.

He expressed belief that his surge in the latest surveys that propelled him to the solo lead in the vice presidential indicates that an increasing number of Filipinos are receptive to his message of national unity.


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Poe wants Duterte as crime czar By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated April 15, 2016 - 10:27am 8 268 googleplus0 0


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has overtaken Sen. Grace Poe for the top spot in the latest presidential preference surveys. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe on Thursday revealed that she will appoint Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as crime czar if she wins the presidential race in the May 9 elections.

Duterte earlier said that he will offer the tourism post to Poe if he wins the presidential race.

"In exchange, I want to offer to him the position as crime czar because of what he said that he will finish the problems of criminality in six months," Poe told members of the press.

READ: Duterte: Kill me if I don’t resolve crimes in 6 months

During the Commission on Elections-initiated presidential debate in Cebu City, Poe mentioned that she will appoint former military Col. Ariel Querubin as crime czar if elected.

Poe claimed that Querubin said that he is willing to give way for Duterte to be the crime czar.

On the other hand, the senator admitted that she had been meeting with former President Fidel V. Ramos for consultation.

"I’ve been meeting with him since last year. Every time we talked, he has a lot of topics to discuss, about West Philippine Sea, economy, how to increase employment and other issues," Poe said.

Ramos earlier gave Poe a jacket as a "good luck" gift from giving her advice on various issues.

RELATED: Poe, Duterte intensify strategies to ensure lead after SWS poll

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Duterte camp denies campaign being financed by mining firms By: Nestor Corrales  @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net
04:51 PM April 15th, 2016

The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday denied allegations that his campaign was being financed by mining firms.

“For the record, our media operations are not receiving funds from one Manny Zamora and one Dennis Uy or their reported mining firms,” Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Tiu Laviña said in a statement.

Laviña issued the statement after Liberal Party stalwart Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice accused Duterte that his campaign was being financed by mining magnates. Erice challenged the tough-talking mayor to disclose his link to Zamora and Uy.

“It is totally unfair that our winning efforts are being or will be attributed to others,” Laviña said.

In his previous speeches, Duterte repeatedly said he would not receive money or any contribution from people with vested interest in government.

Laviña also denied reports that the Duterte camp had a public relations group to take care of his campaign.

Erice said reports reaching the LP revealed that Zamora, founder of mining firm Nickel Asia Corp., had been helping Duterte with his media campaign.

“There is no truth as well that we have any public relations operations,” Laviña said.

He said their “media operations banked solely on a well-planned and well-executed media liaison work based in a small office in Davao City.”

“We relied on the capacity, generosity and creativity of our team, volunteers and supporters both in the mass media (fourth estate) as well as social media (fifth estate),” he said.

Laviña also denied LP accusations that Lito Banayo, known to be close to Zamora, was part of their media group.

“For the record, Lito Banayo is not a member of our media group. In fact, it is public knowledge that we asked him to take a leave as volunteer last year when Duterte was not yet even a declared or registered candidate,” he said.

He said the success of their media operations was because of Duterte and his excellent leadership.

“If our media operations are succeeding, it is because of our excellent leader in Duterte and hard work, and also because of the string of blunders by the LP.

They, actually, have been providing ink for our mighty pen. Hence, in a sense, they have been supporting our media operations,” he said.

“In calling for transparency, our unsolicited advice to those with ‘lying patterns’ (LP) is to look themselves in the mirror,” he added.
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