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MIRIAM RETURNS TO CAMPAIGN: AT HER OLD STOMPING GROUND, U.P. IN ILOILO


APRIL 14 -Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago returned yesterday to her old stomping grounds at the University of the Philippines in Iloilo to declare that the anti-cancer medicine she takes is working. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file -
After missing the campaign for a month, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago returned yesterday to her old stomping grounds at the University of the Philippines in Iloilo to declare that the anti-cancer medicine she takes is working, making her prepared to unmask her rivals who are “not qualified to become president of the country.”  “What right do they have to run?” she asked in native Hiligaynon, referring to their competence and, without dropping a name, bringing a “codigo” (cheat sheet) during a presidential debate. Santiago said she decided to run because God has given her a chance to live despite stage four cancer, adding that she asked God to get her but nobody came to kill her. The Ilongga senator, known for her feistiness, also challenged her opponents to take the UP entrance and IQ tests to determine their competence in running the country. Despite her apparent frailty, Santiago did not disappoint and regaled the crowd with her usual pickup lines. “Why would I want to be president? I studied very hard at UP until I almost got cross-eyed,” she said. Santiago and her runningmate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were guests at a candidate forum hosted by UP Iloilo. Asked about her low ratings in pre-election surveys, she said some people no longer believed in surveys, which sometimes omit her name. Marcos welcomed the return of his runningmate on the campaign trail and expressed confidence that Santiago will finally touch base with the grass roots. “I am the luckiest of all vice president to have Senator Santiago as my runningmate,” he said. He added that Santiago, who topped school-based poll surveys, would pull a surprise come Election Day. “Contrary to the pre-election surveys, she has a strong support among the youth,” Marcos said. READ MORE...RELATED, Miriam: Pollsters have removed my name from survey forms... ALSO...MIRIAM:
“I have cancer. I told God I am ready, but He was never ready,” she said, drawing the loudest cheers from the large crowd that spilled over to the grounds outside the auditorium..  ALSO Ex-president Arroyo’s Lakas party adopts Marcos as VP bet...

ALSO: Poe seeks ‘divine intervention’ to win polls


APRIL 16 -PILI, Camarines Sur — With three weeks left into the campaign and no major personalities defecting to their side as earlier anticipated, independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is leaving no stone unturned, even seeking “divine intervention,” to enable her to win in the polls.
Poe yesterday practically admitted that she had been calling on all saints, including St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible. “More prayers,” she told Manila-based reporters while in a campaign sortie in the province. The matter of “exodus” of those from other parties to the camp of Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, earlier announced by them, has since fizzled out, it seemed, especially those from the ranks of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) as its leaders reportedly conducted a “loyalty check” during its Thursday’s “gathering of friends” at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. “There are (those expected to join our side),” Poe said. Her campaign spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, however, was conspicuously cautious in dealing with queries on supposed “transferees,” saying they would rather be respectful of the affairs of other political parties. “We have to respect the other parties and let them do the talking if it’s their affairs but what’s important for us is, whatever support they could provide will be welcomed by us. The respect remains there for the other parties and we wish them well for their affairs,” he said in a separate interview. Nonetheless, Gatchalian said they’re confident that more incumbent officials will consolidate their support behind the bandwagon of the Poe-Escudero tandem known as “Gobyernong may Puso.” ‘Parting ways’ Split in the campaign, meanwhile, is inevitable, especially in areas where Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, is not the chosen vice presidential candidate of incumbent local executives. “There are those preferred candidates. Like Senator Chiz, he has other supporters,” Poe said. The matter was asked as Poe went on campaigning in the province without Escudero. Former Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte who now seeking the province’s second district and his son, incumbent Gov. Miguel Luis “Migz” Villafuerte — both with the Nacionalista Party (NP), are throwing their support to Poe for president and LP vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. The Villafuerte patriarch, LRay’s father Luis Villafuerte, who is running as representative of the province’s third district, is supporting Vice President Jejomar Binay for president and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for vice president. Bicol is one of the considered vote-rich provinces in the country and has for the first time, four “Bicolano” vice presidential candidates, Escudero included. The two others are Senators Antonio Trillanes IV who is running without any presidential running mate and Sen. Gregorio Honasan who is the running mate of Binay. READ MORE...RELATED,
Rivals scold Duterte for remark on rape victim...  ALSO Rody: No apology for rape remark...

ALSO: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - Noy stumps for Mar in LP show of force
[The gathering of Roxas’ supporters in Club Filipino was held a few days after Duterte topped the pre-election surveys. It was also held after some of Roxas’ allies had jumped ship and pledged allegiance to other presidential candidates. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP campaign manager, however clarified that the event was not a loyalty check. Belmonte said he is confident that “at the end of the day, the Filipino people will choose the best person for the job.” LP spokesman and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said the event was a “show of force” and a “victory march.”]


APRIL 15 -President Aquino, chairman of the Liberal Party, delivers his speech during the ‘Tuloy-Tuloy, Sama-Sama’ gathering of party members at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday.
MANILA, Philippines - It was a show of force and a declaration that they would prevail in the end. Local officials belonging to the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid filled the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday in a show of force led by President Aquino to boost the candidacy of administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. The meeting, held as the administration candidates languished in the latest surveys, was seen by some quarters as a loyalty check amid reports that LP members were defecting to the camps of stronger contenders. LP stalwarts, however, denied it was a loyalty check, and expressed confidence that their candidates would win. Roxas and Robredo were in high spirits as they cited what they described as a snowballing support for them across the country. Roxas said he would win because he is not corrupt and does not act like a dictator.
READ MORE...RELATED, Kris Aquino campaigns for Roxas, Robredo...

ALSO: Pacman back home, may come out of retirement


APRIL 14 -Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao waves to fans during a motorcade in Quezon City yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS
Boxing icon Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is not officially retired and is “leaving the door open” for a rematch with American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But for now, it’s back to the campaign trail for Pacquiao, who is part of the senatorial slate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 9 elections. Pacquiao and his family arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 at 5:07 a.m. yesterday on Philippine Airlines flight PR 103 from Los Angeles. “Yes, I am retired as of now. I want to be with my family and to serve my people,” he told reporters at the airport lobby. But he refused to say if he is retiring from boxing for good. In his arrival statement, Pacquiao thanked his admirers for their endless support. He reiterated his observation that Timothy Bradley, whom he faced for the third time last Sunday in Las Vegas, was a different boxer from their previous fights. He said Bradley is now more scientific and a counter puncher, but he was able to adjust immediately to the new style of the American. Pacquaio’s wife Jinkee, when asked about her husband’s retirement, said “yes, Manny is retired for now and it’s up to him if he leaves his door open for another fight.”  Observers said that negotiations are now ongoing among handlers of Mayweather and Pacquiao for a possible rematch. Pacquiao, when asked about his conditions, said, “Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda, pero wala naman nagbago sa akin, ganoon pa rin ang pakiramdam ko sa sarili ko (Only carabaos grow old but nothing has changed for me, I still feel the same).”  “I don’t want to say something that you know we don’t know yet. I don’t know what the feeling is going to be like when I’m retired,” Pacquiao said. He seems unsure if he will hang up his gloves for good, or is merely waiting for a “green light for a rematch.” READ MORE...ALSO, ‘Daang Matuwid’ slogan for Mar, Leni hit by Election watchdog...

ALSO: After making Roxas comics, artist does it for real idol Duterte


APRIL 14 -Screen grab from Facebook
Presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also has his own comic book, made by the same artist who illustrated the controversial one featuring administration bet Mar Roxas. Artist Karl Comendador of Atlas Publishing Company Inc. on Thursday shared on Facebook a sneak peek of the comics titled “Digong: Ang Kanlungan ng mga Inaapi at Inaabuso.” The comic book, which has a story written by Jim Estrabela and KC Cordero of Atlas Komiks, features the tough-talking mayor extending help to Filipinos, including a cancer-stricken boy with amputated legs. READ MORE...RELATED,
Mar Roxas on attack mode, slams rivals...  ALSO, Duterte bares plan to wage war vs drugs if elected President

ALSO: Australian envoy -  'Rape should never be joked about'


APRIL 18 -Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said that rape and murder should never be joked about following Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's remarks about an Australian lay minister rape victim. Twitter/Amanda Gorely
 Australia broke its silence on Monday following the controversial remark of presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
"Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere," Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said via Twitter. A video of the presidential aspirant talking about an Australian lay minister rape victim went viral on Saturday. Duterte was speaking at a political rally and telling a story about an operation against criminals who raped a number of women. In the video, Duterte described the rape victim as beautiful and compared her to an American actress. The mayor drew flak for saying that he should "have been first." READ: Duterte on rape 'joke': No apologies  On his Facebook page, Duterte denied that his remark on the incident was a joke. READ MORE...


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Miriam returns to campaign


Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago returned yesterday to her old stomping grounds at the University of the Philippines in Iloilo to declare that the anti-cancer medicine she takes is working. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

ILOILO CITY, APRIL 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Perseus Echeminada April 14, 2016 - After missing the campaign for a month, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago returned yesterday to her old stomping grounds at the University of the Philippines in Iloilo to declare that the anti-cancer medicine she takes is working, making her prepared to unmask her rivals who are “not qualified to become president of the country.”

“What right do they have to run?” she asked in native Hiligaynon, referring to their competence and, without dropping a name, bringing a “codigo” (cheat sheet) during a presidential debate.

Santiago said she decided to run because God has given her a chance to live despite stage four cancer, adding that she asked God to get her but nobody came to kill her.

The Ilongga senator, known for her feistiness, also challenged her opponents to take the UP entrance and IQ tests to determine their competence in running the country.

Despite her apparent frailty, Santiago did not disappoint and regaled the crowd with her usual pickup lines.

“Why would I want to be president? I studied very hard at UP until I almost got cross-eyed,” she said.

Santiago and her runningmate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were guests at a candidate forum hosted by UP Iloilo.

Asked about her low ratings in pre-election surveys, she said some people no longer believed in surveys, which sometimes omit her name.


Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor- Santiago and running mate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. meets on Wednesday their supporters at University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo. This is the third time they appeared together in public since the campaign launch on Feb. 9. FRANCES MANGOSING

Marcos welcomed the return of his runningmate on the campaign trail and expressed confidence that Santiago will finally touch base with the grass roots.

“I am the luckiest of all vice president to have Senator Santiago as my runningmate,” he said.

He added that Santiago, who topped school-based poll surveys, would pull a surprise come Election Day.

“Contrary to the pre-election surveys, she has a strong support among the youth,” Marcos said.

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Marcos is glad Santiago introduced him in Iloilo, just as he introduced her during the Feb. 9 proclamation rally in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

‘Let people decide’ Meanwhile, Sen. Gregorio Honasan has urged the critics of his colleague and rival Marcos to let the Filipino people do the judging on May 9.

“If they want to elect him vice president, it’s their choice. Let’s tell our story and history and let the people decide,” he told ABS-CBN News Channel.

Honasan, who is among those running against Marcos for the vice presidency, was a key player in the military-backed 1986 Edsa people power revolt that ended the regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and forced the Marcoses, including the young Marcos Jr., to seek asylum in Hawaii.

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo earlier warned the nation that it would become the world’s laughingstock if it elects Marcos.

With the abuses of the Marcos regime and the estimated $10 billion ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, Robredo said, the country should have perpetually banned all family members from occupying public office.

Former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos is a representative for Ilocos Norte, where her daughter Imee is governor.

Asked if the Marcos family has hidden wealth, Honasan said he did not know.


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“But Bongbong is correct in saying he cannot return to the government what he does not have,” he said.

Honasan said he hopes to win the vice presidency despite his low survey numbers and with only three weeks to go before election.

He considers his being “a good soldier, senator, father, husband and grandfather” as an advantage over vice presidential candidates Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV, Robredo and Marcos.

In Bacolod City, Marcos assured Mayor Monico Puentevella of help for the construction of an additional 500 meters to the runway of the Bacolod airport so it could accommodate international flights.

“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 after Marcos paid him a courtesy call.

He said the airport needs to be improved because people in Negros still go to either Manila or Cebu for flights abroad.

Although Negros is considered a bailiwick of the Liberal Party, Marcos said he is confident of winning in the island region. – With Jess Diaz, Jennifer Rendon

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Miriam: Pollsters have removed my name from survey forms SHARES: 487 VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 02:51 PM April 15th, 2016


Presidential bet Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago accused pollsters of removing her name from survey forms distributed to respondents, the reason why she was lagging behind in some surveys.

The lady senator, who did not specify the pollsters, has consistently placed fifth in some scientific surveys.

“No one believes surveys anymore because, in the first place, it’s all over social media that my name has been removed from some of the forms used in these surveys so that respondents would be forced to vote for other candidates,” she said.

The senator said that individuals who claim to have been respondents in some pre-election surveys alleged that they had to write Santiago’s name in the survey form because she was not among the choices, while others said they picked “Undecided” instead.

The senator urged the public against “mind-conditioning” by moneyed candidates and their wealthy supporters.

Santiago, a social media darling who is banking on the so-called youth vote, has topped several social media and campus polls.

She returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday at her hometown in Iloilo City after taking a monthlong absence for her anticancer treatment. She is scheduled to campaign at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City on Saturday. CDG

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Ex-president Arroyo’s Lakas party adopts Marcos as VP bet by Mario Casayuran April 15, 2016 (updated) Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share17


Vice President Candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos greets supporters during a motorcade before they start their kick-off campaign at the Batac, Ilocos Norte on Tuesday morning. (JOHN JEROME GANZON)

The Lakas ng Tao-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has formally adopted independent vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as its official candidate for the vice presidency.

The adoption of Marcos as Lakas-CMD’s official vice presidential candidate went through the process during its official plenary session at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City Thursday afternoon, a party statement said.

When the session was called to order, former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay moved to nominate Marcos as the adopted vice presidential candidate of Lakas-CMD.

The motion was seconded by Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, wife of detained Sen. Ramon ‘’Bong’’ Revilla Jr. and seconded further by lawyer Raul Lambino, the party’s acting secretary general.

The motion was approved without any objection and abstention by any of the delegates.

Lambino said Lakas-CMD would deliver to Marcos at least 3 million votes.

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile said he is confident that Marcos would romp away with the Solid North votes and votes from other Ilocanos in other parts of the archipelago, including Mindanao.

Marcos accepted the adoption and said he was honored by the support of the party.

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“Malaking karangalan na ma-adopt ng inyong partido Lakas-CMD. I am deeply humbled by this show of support by one of the most vibrant parties,” he said. (It is an honor to be adopted by your Lakas-CMD party.)

Marcos announced that his campaign for national unity is paying off since it is not only being heard but also slowly being adopted by the Filipino people.

“Ang ating hangarin na pagkakaisa ay isinasabuhay na at itong pag-adopt ninyo sa akin ay isang malaking hakbang tungo sa pagkakaisa,” he said. (My objective of a united Filipino nation gets a boost from this adoption process.)

Lakas-CMD party president Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, for his part, called on his party mates to unite behind the candidacy of Marcos and work hard for their respective victory in the elections.

Romualdez is Marcos’ cousin. Marcos’ mother is the former First Lady and now an Ilocos Norte congresswoman.

Other prominent party members who attended the assembly were Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, former Quezon province congressman Danilo Suarez, and former Maguindanao congressman Didagen Dilangalen.

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Miriam Santiago: I told God I’m ready, but He wasn’t SHARES: 975 VIEW COMMENTS By: Dona Z. Pazzibugan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:52 AM April 15th, 2016

After being sidelined for nearly six weeks, presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has returned to the campaign trail, confident about the effectivity of a new cancer treatment and her chances of winning in May.

Santiago picked up the pace of the campaign with a brief but well-attended appearance at her alma mater, the University of the Philippines Visayas, in her Iloilo City hometown on Wednesday.

She appeared stronger than she did in her last campaign appearance on March 4, just before she underwent a clinical trial for a new anticancer pill.

She was joined by running mate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in only the third time that they have appeared together since the campaign period officially began last Feb. 9.

They will again campaign together on Saturday in Baguio City with a visit to the Saint Louis University.

Regaling the packed crowd at the UP Visayas-Iloilo auditorium with several impromptu quips in the Hiligaynon language, Santiago said she was not beaten by her cancer.

“I have cancer. I told God I am ready, but He was never ready,” she said, drawing the loudest cheers from the large crowd that spilled over to the grounds outside the auditorium.

“Today I ask you: Convince, persuade your parents and those nearest you to use their wits these elections,” Santiago said, reiterating her demand for academic, professional and moral excellence in public officials.

Attacking the other candidates’ supposed lack of academic qualifications, she said: “If it were up to me, presidential candidates would be taking an IQ test.”

At one point, she said some candidates cannot memorize their notes, alluding to Vice President Jejomar Binay’s insistence on holding on to his documents during the March 21 presidential debate, which Santiago missed.

In her 13-minute speech, Santiago gave a rundown of her economic platform that includes lowering income taxes, raising the minimum wage, adding grant-for-work under the conditional cash transfer program and prohibiting labor contractualization.

Marcos spent most of his 10-minute speech praising Santiago, saying he was the “luckiest man” for being chosen as her running mate.

The pair did not entertain questions from the audience after delivering their speeches, staying for a little under an hour.

Briefly intercepted by reporters upon her arrival in a hotel, Santiago said she felt better and dismissed her poor survey ratings.

“The medicines appear to be working. I’m weaker than normal but certainly I can go around,” said the senator, who walked without assistance and carried her own handbag.

She said many people did not believe in surveys anymore, adding that she was told that the questionnaires did not include her name.

Santiago, who was diagnosed with advanced (Stage IV) lung cancer in June 2014, said she announced last March 17 that she would take part in a clinical trial for a new anticancer pill.
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Poe seeks ‘divine intervention’ to win polls Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 16 April 2016 00:00



PILI, Camarines Sur — With three weeks left into the campaign and no major personalities defecting to their side as earlier anticipated, independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is leaving no stone unturned, even seeking “divine intervention,” to enable her to win in the polls.

Poe yesterday practically admitted that she had been calling on all saints, including St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible.

“More prayers,” she told Manila-based reporters while in a campaign sortie in the province.

The matter of “exodus” of those from other parties to the camp of Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, earlier announced by them, has since fizzled out, it seemed, especially those from the ranks of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) as its leaders reportedly conducted a “loyalty check” during its Thursday’s “gathering of friends” at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City.

“There are (those expected to join our side),” Poe said.

Her campaign spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, however, was conspicuously cautious in dealing with queries on supposed “transferees,” saying they would rather be respectful of the affairs of other political parties.

“We have to respect the other parties and let them do the talking if it’s their affairs but what’s important for us is, whatever support they could provide will be welcomed by us. The respect remains there for the other parties and we wish them well for their affairs,” he said in a separate interview.

Nonetheless, Gatchalian said they’re confident that more incumbent officials will consolidate their support behind the bandwagon of the Poe-Escudero tandem known as “Gobyernong may Puso.”

‘Parting ways’

Split in the campaign, meanwhile, is inevitable, especially in areas where Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, is not the chosen vice presidential candidate of incumbent local executives.

“There are those preferred candidates. Like Senator Chiz, he has other supporters,” Poe said.

The matter was asked as Poe went on campaigning in the province without Escudero.

Former Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte who now seeking the province’s second district and his son, incumbent Gov. Miguel Luis “Migz” Villafuerte — both with the Nacionalista Party (NP), are throwing their support to Poe for president and LP vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

The Villafuerte patriarch, LRay’s father Luis Villafuerte, who is running as representative of the province’s third district, is supporting Vice President Jejomar Binay for president and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for vice president.

Bicol is one of the considered vote-rich provinces in the country and has for the first time, four “Bicolano” vice presidential candidates, Escudero included.

The two others are Senators Antonio Trillanes IV who is running without any presidential running mate and Sen. Gregorio Honasan who is the running mate of Binay.

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As to why the Villafuertes are not carrying Escudero in the race to the vice presidency, LRay said it’s only proper for them to support Robredo who hails from the province.

Those in attendance to signify support include Mayor Del Simbulan of Nabua, Mayor Ricky Aquino of Ragay, Mayor Mel Gaite (Baao) and Mayor Ernesto Bagasbas (Balatan) who are all from LP.

“Senator Poe is overwhelmed with the outpouring of support given to her by various incumbent politicians of Camsur (Camarines Sur). These public servants hold various positions ranging from mayors all the way to barangay officials. The public officials of Camsur signified their support because they all want to be part of the battle Senator Poe is waging against poverty and unemployment. Gobyernong may Puso’s quest to uplift the lives of the people of Camsur triggered the snowball of support initiated by the province’s governor, Miguel Villafuerte,” Gatchalian said.

“In the coming days, as more Filipinos hear Senator 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 Senator Poe’s advocacy,” he said.

‘Crime czar’

Poe also clarified her pronouncement made Thursday, offering the portfolio of a crime czar to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, should she win the elections.
The senator explained the context of her statements, which was aimed at countering Duterte’s earlier “offer” for her to be part of the Duterte Cabinet, in the event that he wins in the polls, as it backfired on her.

The camp of the Liberal Party (LP) criticized Poe, saying such statement is a virtual admission that she’s also willing to sacrifice human rights and due process for the sake of peace and order as Duterte is being tagged as an advocate of extra-judicial killings.

Poe, however, said Duterte’s name surfaced as the mayor has been bragging about his ability to eradicate criminality in the country within three to six months.

The senator rejected the notion that the camp of LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas tried to capitalize on, that she would be adhering to extra-judicial killings as well as a means of wiping out criminal elements in the streets, saying her administration envisions good governance and just treatment in the legal system.

But the administration party took a dig at Poe as she originally said she intends to designate retired Marine Col. Ariel Querubin as her crime czar and who already accepted this early the position, even as the senator is yet to win in the polls.

LP spokesman Ibarra Gutierrez said Poe and Duterte have the same brand of leadership that does not give importance to decency.

“Her pronouncements make it clear that she cannot lead the forces for a decent Philippines. How can she stand up for the rights of our citizens if she believes the mayor when he says we have to murder children to suppress crime? This is the real world, not the movies. Those who were shot would not rise again. Real and decent leadership is about fighting for the right, no matter how unpopular it may be. That is the Mar Roxas brand, the president who can lead us to a decent Philippines,” Gutierrez said.

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Rivals scold Duterte for remark on rape victim By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated April 17, 2016 - 3:20pm 22 374 googleplus0 2


Presidential candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay hit fellow candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte for disrespecting women and making fun of “rape.” Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines – Three presidential bets on Sunday issued separate statements condemning a remark by fellow presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte about a dead rape victim.

Presidential candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay hit Duterte for disrespecting women and making fun of rape.

The candidates were reacting to a minute-long video of Duterte talking about an Australian lay minister rape victim whom he described as beautiful and whom he compared to an American actress. The mayor said he hated that the victim got raped but also joked that he should “have been first.”

The video was posted by YouTube user “Beatboxer ng Pinas” with the title “Duterte on Australian Rape Victim: Napaka Ganda. Dapat Mayor ang Mauna". This was part of a live video recording captured by CinEmotion Digital Films and posted on Facebook but that has since been deleted.

Liberal Party standard-bearer Roxas said rape is a serious problem and not meant to be a laughing matter.

“Anyone who laughs at the ultimate assault on the dignity of women should not be allowed to wield power. Ang babae ay may karapatan, hindi pinaglalaruan. Hindi ito katatawanan, kahayupan ito,” Roxas said in a statement.

Like Roxas, Poe and Binay agreed that rape is no laughing matter. “Hindi nakakatawa ang rape at murder ng isang babae,” Binay said while Poe reiterated that rape is a crime.

Poe said she took offense on Duterte’s remark and found it “distasteful” and “unacceptable.”

“Bilang isang babae, nagagalit ako sa pahayag ni Mayor Duterte tungkol sa Australyanang biktima ng rape sa Davao. Ito ay magaspang at hindi katanggap-tanggap, at nagpapakita ng kanyang kawalan ng paggalang sa kababaihan,” Poe said in a statement sent to Philstar.com.

Poe said no one deserves to be raped and abused, and also reminded the public to condemn abuses against women.

“While some may seem impressed with the mayor's nonchalance and tough-talking stance, he should be reminded that at all times, women, men and the LGBT alike should be treated with dignity and respect,” Poe said.

Binay on the other hand also agreed with Roxas’s statement that those who do not respect women does not deserve to serve in the highest post in the land. He called Duterte a crazy maniac for his “unjustifiable” remark on the rape victim.

“Mister Duterte, wala ka bang ina? Wala ka bang anak na babae? Your statement is simply revolting. Nothing can justify such callous remarks,” Binay said.

“Nanghinayang ka na hindi mo na-rape ang Australian lay minister. Pinagyabang mo na minolestya mo ang inyong kasambahay. You are a crazy maniac who doesn't respect women and doesn't deserve to be president,” he added.

Aside from the presidential bets, vice presidential candidate Rep. Leni Robredo issued her statement saying Duterte’s rape joke is not a good example to the youth..

“Galangin ho natin ang kababaihan lalo na tayong mga tumatakbong mga pinuno ng bansa.Kaming mga lingkod bayan ay dapat maging huwaran ng taumbayan. Hindi magandang halimbawa sa kabataan kapag ang isang napakabigat na krimen tulad ng panggagahasa ay ginagawang katawa-tawa,” Robredo said.

Duterte camp has yet to issue a statement regarding the viral video.

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Rody: No apology for rape remark By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 18, 2016 - 12:00am 5 51 googleplus0 0


In this photo released April 16, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks to a crowd of in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Duterte campaign/Released ‘I’m willing to lose’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – It was no joke, but an accurate recounting of remarks made in anger at murderous thugs, and he would rather lose the presidential race than apologize for what he said.

This was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s response yesterday to the firestorm generated by his comments at a campaign rally on April 12 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City about Jacquline Hamill, an Australian lay missionary raped and slain during a hostage incident at the Davao prison in 1989.

In statements peppered with invectives, he told reporters seeking his comment in this city that people should take him for what he is – a tough-talking mayor with a propensity for gutter language.

“I will not (apologize). As a matter of fact, I am even willing to lose the presidency. Do not make me apologize for something that I did and was called for by the moment,” Duterte said. “It is my style. It is my mouth. I said that in the heat of anger. But listen to the story behind it.”

He narrated the arrival at the Davao prison of “prayer warriors” who were used by the rioting inmates as human shields. Among them were Hamill, a child and two men.

Instead of surrendering, Duterte said the prisoners fought it out. “Ang mga sundalo, kinuha ang mga patay (The soldiers took away the dead). In my utter anger, I said, ‘O eto, ang ganda ganda pa, mukhang artista, naunahan pa ako, patayin mo na lahat ‘yan (Oh look at this one, she is so beautiful, she looks like a movie star, they even did it ahead of me, just kill them all). It was said in anger. It was not a joke.”

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He explained that he indeed used gutter language, but explained it as the way the underclass speaks. “Ganun talaga magsalita ang mga ano... Galing ako dyan sa baba eh. Di naman ako anak ng conyo (I am sorry if other people didn’t like it. That is the way those from the … I came from the same underclass. I am not the son of the privileged class),” the mayor said.

His rivals as well as several sectors have called Duterte’s remark about the Australian missionary as “a bad and distasteful” joke.

But unknown to many, Duterte actually put his life on the line for the Australian woman and two others who were taken hostage by prisoners.

Duterte offered himself as a hostage in that incident but the military refused, saying that the prisoners might harm him.

Screen grab from YouTube shows Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during an April 12 campaign rally at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City, where he told the story about an Australian missionary who was raped and killed in Davao City.

This, as Duterte returned here Saturday night after almost a week of sorties that brought him to various parts of the country.

Upon arrival, the mayor addressed more than 5,000 delegates of the International Youth Congress of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation.

Duterte said that while he may be leading in the recent surveys on presidential candidates, he is also hoping for a clean and fair election.

“All that I ask from the politicians, military, police and all is: just be fair. Ano lang yung totoo. Kung talo ako, okay lang. Walang problema sa akin (I just want the truth. If I lose, that is okay. I have no problem with that) But just be fair… Count the votes and count them correctly,” Duterte said.

Should he win as president, Duterte asked his long-time friend Quiboloy to donate his private jet and helicopter for use of the Office of the President.

Quiboloy obliged and said he will gladly donate the two aircraft, should Duterte win.

But Duterte was quick to point out that he would not own the jet and the helicopter.

“It is not ownership. I would just use them for official functions that would take me to different parts of the country,” the mayor said.

Duterte is now using Quiboloy’s jet and helicopter in ferrying him to his sorties in various parts of the country. – With Robertson Ramirez


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Noy stumps for Mar in LP show of force By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 15, 2016 - 12:00am 1 26 googleplus0 0


President Aquino, chairman of the Liberal Party, delivers his speech during the ‘Tuloy-Tuloy, Sama-Sama’ gathering of party members at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday.

MANILA, Philippines - It was a show of force and a declaration that they would prevail in the end.

Local officials belonging to the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid filled the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday in a show of force led by President Aquino to boost the candidacy of administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II and his runningmate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

The meeting, held as the administration candidates languished in the latest surveys, was seen by some quarters as a loyalty check amid reports that LP members were defecting to the camps of stronger contenders.

LP stalwarts, however, denied it was a loyalty check, and expressed confidence that their candidates would win.

Roxas and Robredo were in high spirits as they cited what they described as a snowballing support for them across the country.

Roxas said he would win because he is not corrupt and does not act like a dictator.

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Some of the governors and congressmen said during the event that surveys should not be the sole basis to determine possible winners in the elections as they vowed to deliver votes for the administration candidates.

In his speech, Aquino cited the danger of voters getting swayed by political advertisements and social media as well as the current trend in surveys.

“But the gist and maybe my most ardent appeal to everyone – we have come far in treading the straight path. We don’t know for certain that if we stray from Mar and Leni, those who will replace them will have the same principles,” Aquino told the crowd.

“We are not sure about the abilities, the experience and where they are coming from. Where is the focus? Are we going to bring back the focus on ourselves or the focus on others?”

The President said only Roxas and Robredo and the rest of Team Daang Matuwid could guarantee that all their efforts would not be reversed.

Dubbed “Tuloy-Tuloy, Sama-Sama” and held at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall, Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Florencio Abad said the event gathered together supporters from other political parties and representatives of various sectors because “we have to move and work hard” given the tight presidential and vice presidential races.

“We do not want to go back to the streets and where we came from,” Abad, who is budget secretary, said.

The latest Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys showed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leading the presidential derby, followed by Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Roxas and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Meanwhile, Robredo also needs to give Sens. Francis Escudero and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. a good fight to win the vice presidency.

The President said there might really be those dreaming to make reforms permanent but would have the tendency to get tired.

Aquino said he could understand the frustrations along the way, citing his own pet projects in his own province that took so long to be implemented even if they would benefit the people.

He also recalled how officials like Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima were not given importance in the past when they would go abroad. But now, things have changed since the country became Asia’s rising economic tiger.

Roxas slams opponents On a high note, Roxas predicted his win over his rivals in the coming elections as he took swipes at his opponents.

He said he would emerge victorious because he is not corrupt, he does not act like a dictator and he is a Filipino.

The LP standard bearer was apparently referring to Binay, who is facing corruption charges; Duterte, who allegedly advocates the summary execution of criminals; and Poe, who has just hurdled petitions before the Supreme Court to disqualify her from running for president over issues on citizenship and residency.

“My countrymen, my bosses: we are honorable, we are decent and we will truly win,” Roxas told his supporters.

Good track record Roxas claimed that he is also the only presidential aspirant who has the track record to fulfill his promises.

“Despite our successes, some people will try to derail our reforms because the corrupt and the criminals know that if our countrymen are free from poverty, they can no longer be fooled or abused,” he said.

“It is easy to criticize. But let us examine the criticisms hurled at us. Isn’t it that they are saying those things because they cannot find solutions to the problems?” he asked.

The gathering of Roxas’ supporters in Club Filipino was held a few days after Duterte topped the pre-election surveys. It was also held after some of Roxas’ allies had jumped ship and pledged allegiance to other presidential candidates.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP campaign manager, however clarified that the event was not a loyalty check.

“Pampapalaks ng loob ito (It was meant to boost our morale),” Belmonte told reporters in an interview.

“I think the purpose of this gathering is for everybody to meet one another again and to reaffirm that we are all united here, that we are behind Mar,” he added.

Belmonte said he is confident that “at the end of the day, the Filipino people will choose the best person for the job.”

LP spokesman and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said the event was a “show of force” and a “victory march.”

“We have seen local governments benefit from the daang matuwid (straight path). They want it to continue,” he said.

Support from Misamis Meanwhile, local officials of the Misamis provinces are confident that they can deliver votes for Roxas and Robredo.

Misamis Oriental first district Rep. Peter Unabia told The STAR that 17 out of 25 towns and two cities in his province are behind LP because residents have benefited from the projects of the national government.

“According to mayors and barangay captains, they need to deliver 50 to 60 percent of the votes for Mar Roxas to win in our province. I thought it was too ambitious, but they said they can deliver the 50 percent because their support for LP is solid,” Unabia said in an interview on Wednesday.

Unabia said there are 560,000 voters in Misamis Oriental.

Misamis Occidental second district Rep. Henry Oaminal said all political parties in his area have united to support the Roxas-Robredo tandem.

“There are three parties in my district. The governor’s party NUP (National Unity Party), my party NP (Nacionalista Party) and the Liberal Party. We are confident of delivering 70 percent of the votes cast in our district,” Oaminal said. He said there are 192,000 voters in his district. Of the five towns in the district, only two mayors are supporting another presidential candidate.

Sumilao farmers back Leni At least 100 farmers from Sumilao, Bukidnon will stage a 23-day cross-country caravan starting today to push for the vice presidential bid of Robredo.

Soc Banzuela of the Samahang Tsinelas yesterday said the Sumilao farmers decided to campaign for Robredo because they believe that the widow of former interior secretary and Naga City mayor Jesse Robredo’s platform focuses on the welfare of the poor.

“They will campaign for Leni because they are close to her, being their lawyer,” Banzuela said during a press briefing in Greenhills, San Juan.

The caravan will cover 3,750 kilometers and will start in San Vicente, Sumilao, Bukidnon today and pass through Cotabato, Davao, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Tacloban, Legaspi, Naga and Lucena. It will end at the Quezon Memorial Circle on May 7.

Before entering politics, Robrero worked as a human rights lawyer at the Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (Saligan), a non-government organization that provides free legal assistance to the marginalized, including the Sumilao farmers.

The farmers said Robredo warmly welcomed them when they held a caravan in Naga City in October 2007.

“Robredo was there when the Sumilao farmers marched and we learned that she organized the welcome and issuance of support from the city government,” Banzuela said. “The farmers cried tears of joy because in their province, the mayor and governor considered them as enemies, but in Naga City, they were welcomed by Robredo.”

‘Political machinery to deliver votes’

An LP leader yesterday said the administration’s political machinery will deliver at least an additional eight to 12 percent of the votes for Roxas and Robredo for a closely fought victory in the May 9 elections.

Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas, LP’s whip for the Visayas, said many things can still happen in 24 days and none of the candidates has the political machinery that Mar and Leni have.

“The surveys are also the basis on how a campaign will proceed, but they’re not the end-all and be-all of the elections. Besides, while Mar and Leni are behind in surveys, the margin is not insurmountable,” the lawmaker said. – With Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero, Non Alquitran

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Kris Aquino campaigns for Roxas, Robredo SHARES: 2084 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 06:36 PM April 15th, 2016

MEYCAUAYAN, Bulacan—Celebrity Kris Aquino, youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III, on Friday finally stepped on the stage to campaign for administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo.

The actress, who has been endorsing Robredo, has been silent on Roxas, raising speculations she is secretly supporting longtime family friend Vice President Jejomar Binay. She has also been rumored to be backing Sen. Grace Poe.

The presidential sister, however, ended all rumors with her strong and passionate stump for Roxas.

She said only Roxas and Robredo could continue the “daang matuwid.”

She also vowed to campaign in every corner of the country as she had for her brother in 2010.
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Pacman back, may come out of retirement By Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 15, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao waves to fans during a motorcade in Quezon City yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing icon Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is not officially retired and is “leaving the door open” for a rematch with American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But for now, it’s back to the campaign trail for Pacquiao, who is part of the senatorial slate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 9 elections.

Pacquiao and his family arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 at 5:07 a.m. yesterday on Philippine Airlines flight PR 103 from Los Angeles.

“Yes, I am retired as of now. I want to be with my family and to serve my people,” he told reporters at the airport lobby.

But he refused to say if he is retiring from boxing for good.

In his arrival statement, Pacquiao thanked his admirers for their endless support.

He reiterated his observation that Timothy Bradley, whom he faced for the third time last Sunday in Las Vegas, was a different boxer from their previous fights.

He said Bradley is now more scientific and a counter puncher, but he was able to adjust immediately to the new style of the American.

Pacquaio’s wife Jinkee, when asked about her husband’s retirement, said “yes, Manny is retired for now and it’s up to him if he leaves his door open for another fight.”

Observers said that negotiations are now ongoing among handlers of Mayweather and Pacquiao for a possible rematch.

Pacquiao, when asked about his conditions, said, “Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda, pero wala naman nagbago sa akin, ganoon pa rin ang pakiramdam ko sa sarili ko (Only carabaos grow old but nothing has changed for me, I still feel the same).”

“I don’t want to say something that you know we don’t know yet. I don’t know what the feeling is going to be like when I’m retired,” Pacquiao said.

He seems unsure if he will hang up his gloves for good, or is merely waiting for a “green light for a rematch.”

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After the fight with Bradley, Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach said: “I’m hoping it’s not his last fight because I still think he has a lot left in him, there’s some interesting fights out there.”

Roach said in a recent interview that he had not given up hope in securing a rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather, who is also retired.

Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in their only fight in May 2015.

After the airport interview, the congressman boarded a white SUV for a motorcade that included 10 other SUVs, six personal guards and Metro Manila Development Authority traffic constables on motorcycles.

The motorcade started in Makati at around 8:30 a.m., made its way to Pasay and Manila and then ended in Quezon City at around 11 a.m.

He and his group reportedly ate lunch at one of the hotels in Cubao, Quezon City.

Police said only a small crowd welcomed the boxer at the Araneta Center in Cubao unlike his previous homecoming motorcades.

Supt. Rolando Balasabas, QC police station VII chief, said it seemed that people were not aware of the Pacquiao victory motorcade in the city.

The police had prepared for the motorcade the night before.

Fans of Pacquiao would see him in the campaign sorties of UNA in the coming days, Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

“We talked earlier today and he told me that he will be joining me in the campaign,” Binay said during a press conference at the D’ Hotel and Suites in Dipolog City.

“In fact, he might join us tomorrow (Friday),” he said.

Binay, however, said he advised Pacquiao to rest some more.

Pacquiao missed several sorties of UNA to prepare for his fight with Bradley.

Despite being absent in campaign sorties, Pacquiao remained within the Senate winning circle based on various pre-election surveys. – Helen Flores, Romina Cabrera

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‘Daang Matuwid’ tag for Mar, Leni hit By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 15, 2016 - 12:00am


Photo shows President Aquino with LP standard bearer Mar Roxas and runningmate Leni Robredo at the ‘Tuloy-Tuloy, Sama-Sama’ gathering of party members at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday.

MANILA, Philippines - An election watchdog has criticized the use of a campaign slogan as nicknames of the standard bearers of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

“The use of ‘Daang Matuwid’ as the common nickname of LP standard bearers Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo reflects the ruling party’s desperation to get votes even if it means resorting to voter deception,” Kontra Daya convenor Danny Arao said in a statement.

“While candidates’ nicknames are allowed to be written on the ballot, it is strange and sneaky that Roxas and Robredo share a common ‘nickname,’ one that serves as the current administration’s slogan and, therefore, widely used in government projects funded by taxpayers,” he added.

Following the start of the overseas absentee voting on April 9, various posts online have questioned the use of “Daang Matuwid” in the names of the administration standard bearers.

Responding to queries, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez said candidates were allowed to choose the names that will be included in the ballot.

But Kontra Daya branded the choice of “Daang Matuwid” as nicknames as a deception. It also called “on the people to reject any attempts by candidates and political parties to make a mockery of election rules, which is what the LP is doing.”

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“Kontra Daya acknowledges the efforts of our OFWs to bring to the public’s attention the developments related to the overseas absentee voting that started last April 9. The need to be vigilant becomes more urgent as the LP is resorting to deception to ensure the victory of its candidates,” it added.

Earlier, former Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal questioned the use of “Daang Matuwid” as nicknames of the candidates as this is a campaign slogan and a program of government.

A March 15 mobile survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Bilang Pilipino showed that 59 percent of respondents agreed that “Daang Matuwid” is about clean and honest service of the government.

Fifty-five percent of the respondents in the same survey chose Roxas when asked who among the candidates are being promoted by Daang Matuwid.

Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz also blasted the Liberal Party’s use of their slogan “Daang Matuwid.” He said that it may do more harm than good for their candidates because instead of helping, it may alienate the voters further because of the controversies and alleged poor performance of the Aquino administration. – With Evelyn Macairan


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After making Roxas comics, artist does it for real idol Duterte SHARES: 7711 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 06:59 PM April 14th, 2016


Screen grab from Facebook

Presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also has his own comic book, made by the same artist who illustrated the controversial one featuring administration bet Mar Roxas.

Artist Karl Comendador of Atlas Publishing Company Inc. on Thursday shared on Facebook a sneak peek of the comics titled “Digong: Ang Kanlungan ng mga Inaapi at Inaabuso.”

The comic book, which has a story written by Jim Estrabela and KC Cordero of Atlas Komiks, features the tough-talking mayor extending help to Filipinos, including a cancer-stricken boy with amputated legs.

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“Ang mga accomplishments ni Davao City Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte ay nakasulat sa mga pahayagan, naririnig sa radyo o napapanood sa telebisyon.

 Ikinukwento iyon ng mga taong nakatatanggap ng tulong niya at nakasasaksi kung anong uri siya ng public servant,” a portion of the comics read.


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Comendador had also done the illustrations for the comic book “Sa Gitna ng Unos,” which drew flak for portraying Roxas as a hero during the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” amid allegations of slow government response and rehabilitation.

But Comendador, who said he was a Duterte supporter, had clarified that he was just commissioned to draw the supporter-initiated Roxas comics. YG/RC

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Mar Roxas on attack mode, slams rivals By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated April 15, 2016 - 9:25pm 0 21 googleplus0 0


Administration bet Mar Roxas’s latest tirades targeted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe, and Vice President Jejomar Binay. All the three candidates edged Roxas in the latest pre-election polls. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II continued to be in attack mode on Friday, criticizing the statements of his rivals and calling them names.

Roxas’s latest tirades targeted not only survey frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte but also Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. All the three candidates edged Roxas in the latest pre-election polls conducted by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.

With regard to Duterte, who is now being ganged up on by his rivals in the presidential race, Roxas said the mayor has been inconsistent in his statements on key issues including the South China Sea row. He said Duterte had initially opposed arbitration proceedings and even challenged the Chinese to a fist fight and a gun battle.

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“He (Duterte) has overturned his position and now favors arbitration,” Roxas said, referring to the Philippines’ decision to file a case against China before an international arbitral tribunal.

“It is important for you to know in case it’s not yet clear to you: The president is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. As commander-in-chief, one should remain calm. This is not about tough words. Lives are at stake here,” he added.

Roxas, who ranked fourth in latest pre-election surveys, also criticized Duterte for allegedly helping members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement.

“The NPA (members) kill our policemen and soldiers… As president, he should implement the laws of our country and should not favor things that are illegal and against the principles of our country,” he added.

Roxas said Duterte’s statements only prove that he is an “ampaw,” a Filipino term referring to someone who lacks substance.

Roxas’s name-calling did not stop there. During an ambush interview in Pasay, the LP standard bearer referred to Binay as “magnanakaw” or thief twice.

When asked to react to Binay’s claim that the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps), which provides cash assistance to poor households, is being used to boost the LP campaign, Roxas said: “Ito naman si magnanakaw (There goes the thief again). He should just explain how the building that costs P200 million became P2.3 billion.”

Roxas also chided Poe for saying that she would appoint Duterte as her anti-crime czar. The senator previously said she would designate retired Marine Col. Ariel Querubin to the post.

“Sen. Grace who really is your anti-crime czar? During the last debate, you mentioned twice or three times that Col. Querubin would be your anti-crime czar. Now it’s Mayor Duterte,” Roxas said.

“Being a president is a serious job. A president promotes and guards the interests of the entire Filipino nation. This cannot be done through half-baked pronouncements, tirades or off the cuff statements. The word of a president and commander-in-chief is authentic policy,” he added.

Roxas’s spokesman, Akbayan Rep. Ibarra "Barry" Gutierrez III, scored Poe for considering Duterte as her anti-crime czar despite the human rights abuses attributed to him.

“Senator Poe's pronouncement appointing Mayor Duterte as crime czar makes it clear that she cannot lead the forces for a decent Philippines. How can she stand up for the rights of our citizens if she believes the Mayor when he says we have to murder children to suppress crime?” Gutierrez said.

“This is the real world and not the movies. Those who were shot would not rise again. Real and decent leadership is about fighting for the right, no matter how unpopular it may be,” he added.

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Duterte bares plan to wage war vs drugs if elected President SHARES: 3874 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nancy C. Carvajal @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 09:56 PM April 14th, 2016


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

PRESIDENTIAL BET SAYS HE WILL DECLARE DRUG THREAT AS NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE AND WILL TAP ELITE SOLDIERS, COPS FOR BATTLE

LIPA CITY, Batangas — If elected president, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday his first executive order would be to declare the illegal drug threat as a national security issue and he would then proceed to mobilize elite soldiers and cops in the war against drugs.

The tough-talking mayor who has been leading surveys on presidential candidates, said he would use two divisions of the Philippine Army and 3,000 policemen in the fight against illegal drugs.

“I will need two divisions of the Army that are ranger-trained and 3,000 policemen for the fight against illegal drugs,’’ Duterte, in an interview, said at the sidelines of his campaign sorties in this city.

Duterte, however, did not give specific details of how the operation against illegal drug traffickers would be conducted.

But he repeated his previous statements that anyone involved in the illegal drugs trade would be killed.

“I will give the order that a suspect be killed, if he resists,’’ Duterte said.

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In the same interview, Duterte said that the comic book titled “Digong: Ang Kanlungan ng mga Inaapi at Inaabuso,” (Digong: Refuge for the Oppressed and the Abused), depicting him as a savior of the Filipino people was not shown to him before it went to press.

He added that the idea came from his fraternity brothers and he denied it was made to glorify him.

“Nobody is glorifed there,” Duterte said.

In the same interview, Duterte again said that he would create a position for Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo similar to the position he made for deputy mayors during his term as a mayor of Davao City.

He also described Robredo as pretty and would like to appoint her as assistant president.

But when reminded there was no such position in Malacañang, Duterte said: “Leni don’t be offended, but I cannot offer you any post. However, there is so much work in Malacañang that she could do,’’ Duterte said
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Binay vows to run after Duterte ‘death squad’ DAVAO MAYOR ACCUSED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS

SHARES: 526 VIEW COMMENTS By: Christine O. Avendaño and Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:34 AM April 15th, 2016


Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTOS

It was the turn of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday to threaten Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, one of his rivals for Malacañang, with imprisonment.

Binay vowed that if he were elected President, he would go after and punish Duterte and his so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) for extrajudicial killings in Davao, which included children and journalists.

READ: Binay to conduct probe on Davao Death Squad if elected president

The presidential standard-bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance said he would form an independent commission to investigate the “summary executions and human rights violations” being blamed on Duterte and the supposed death squad.

“It’s time for DDS, along with Duterte, to answer to God and the laws of our country,” Binay said in a statement.

On the third straight day of the attack and counterattack between Binay and Duterte, now the front-runner in voter preference polls for next month’s presidential election, the Vice President did not deal with the threat of the mayor’s camp, aired on Wednesday by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, to send him to jail on corruption charges should Duterte win the election.

First ‘big fish’ in jail

“Binay would in all likelihood be the first big fish to be sent to jail with the preponderance of evidence of corruption against him during his stint as Makati mayor for more than 20 years,” Pimentel, president of Duterte’s party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), said in a statement.

READ: It’s jail for Binay, says Duterte camp

Binay, running third in the polls less than four weeks before the balloting, had for days been asking voters not to elect Duterte as President, citing the mayor’s admission that he was part of the supposed death squad and that he had killed criminals.

The Vice President accused Duterte of killing poor people, including children.

Are journalists criminals?

“If I become President, I will send to jail child killers and those who kill the poor. I will jail those killing journalists,” Binay said in his latest attack on Duterte.
READ: Binay asks public not to vote for ‘berdugo’ Duterte

The death squad has become “untouchable” because Duterte has admitted being part of it, Binay said.

He scoffed at the claim of Duterte’s camp that they only kill criminals, asking if they considered journalists critical of the mayor criminals.

“Jun Pala, Ferdy Lintuan and Rene Galope were journalists in Davao who exposed corruption and bad governance of Duterte. They were killed by DDS. In the eyes of Duterte, journalists, whom he had called ‘noisy’ and ‘talkative,’ are criminals who should be killed. Is this the kind of President that you want?” Binay said.

He assured the audience that under his presidency, Duterte and the death squad would be punished.

“But because we respect the law, we will give Mr. Duterte and DDS the chance to defend themselves,” Binay said. “We will give [them] the chance to explain to the law—something they denied to their victims.”

He said the independent commission that he planned to form to investigate the extrajudicial killings in Davao may be made up of former members of the Supreme Court, human rights groups, the National Press Club and the Commission on Human Rights.

Responding from Cebu City, Duterte said he would continue killing criminals.

“I will do it again and again,” Duterte told reporters after hearing about Binay’s statements.

Duterte said no charges had been brought against him over the supposed death squad in Davao City.

He said even former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who is now running for a Senate seat, had not brought a case against him.

Pimentel criticized

He added that when his former political rival, Prospero Nograles, brought up the extrajudicial killing of criminals in Davao City, it only helped him win the election.
“Davao City does not like criminals,” Duterte said.

Binay’s campaign spokesperson, Rico Quicho, on Thursday criticized Pimentel for being silent on the human rights charges against Duterte, and said the senator was “duping the people.”

Quicho said Pimentel continued his political persecution of Binay by chairing the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee that investigated the corruption charges against the Vice President.

But Pimentel was “sheepishly quiet” on the human rights violations committed by Duterte, he said.

It was Duterte who responded, saying: “I’d like to remind Binay that he is facing plunder cases, along with his wife. Do you want Malacañang to be filled with people accused of corruption?”

“Let’s see each other in Muntinlupa,” he said, referring to the national penitentiary.

DQ cases financier

Duterte also disclosed that he was angry with Binay because it was the Vice President who funded the disqualification cases brought against him in the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“He funded my disqualification (DQ) cases,” he told reporters, adding that he had “A-1” information about the matter.

He said his informant was someone who worked in the government and was close to the Binays.

“I learned about it only recently,” he said, adding that he at first thought the financier was his other rival for Malacañang, Liberal Party presidential standard-
bearer Mar Roxas.

Four petitions for Duterte’s disqualification from the presidential race had been filed in the Comelec, which dismissed all of them for lack of merit. TVJ

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Australia: Rape should never be joked about By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated April 18, 2016 - 12:54pm 13 2634 googleplus1 0


Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said that rape and murder should never be joked about following Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's remarks about an Australian lay minister rape victim. Twitter/Amanda Gorely

MANILA, Philippines — Australia broke its silence on Monday following the controversial remark of presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

"Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere," Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said via Twitter.

A video of the presidential aspirant talking about an Australian lay minister rape victim went viral on Saturday. Duterte was speaking at a political rally and telling a story about an operation against criminals who raped a number of women.

In the video, Duterte described the rape victim as beautiful and compared her to an American actress. The mayor drew flak for saying that he should "have been first."

READ: Duterte on rape 'joke': No apologies

On his Facebook page, Duterte denied that his remark on the incident was a joke.

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"No, it was not a joke. I said it in a narrative. I was not smiling. I was just talking plain sense narrative," Duterte told reporters on Sunday.

Duterte apologized in general for his remark and said that it was made in "gutter language" and in "utter anger."

"I am sorry in general. I am sorry for the Filipino people. It is my style. It is my mouth. I said that in the heat of anger. But listen to the story behind," the mayor said.

Meanwhile, presidential aspirants Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay condemnded Duterte's remarks for disrespecting women and making fun of rape.

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