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DUTERTE WIDENS LEAD IN APRIL 5-10 PULSE ASIA - ABS-CBN SURVEY


APRIL 20 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte widened his lead in the race for presidency in a survey conducted April 5-10 whose results were released by Pulse Asia and TV network ABS-CBN yesterday.
The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey was conducted before the latest incident involving the mayor’s allegedly offensive remarks about a raped Australian woman who was killed during a bloody hostage incident in a Davao prison in 1989. A video was taken during a Duterte’s campaign rally in Quezon City last April 12, in which he recalled the 1989 incident and made a joking remark. The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey involved face-to-face interviews with 4,000 respondents from March 29 to April 3, several days before the QC rally. Duterte had 32 percent of the voter preference, while Sen.Grace Poe was second with 25 percent. Vice President Jejomar Binay had 20 percent, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas had 18 percent, and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago had 1 percent. Those who were still undecided or refused to disclose their choice numbered 4 percent. By region, the survey results were as follows: Duterte and Poe led in Metro Manila, both with 32 percent. Poe led in the rest of Luzon with 33 percent. Roxas led in the Visayas with 35 percent. Duterte led in Mindanao with 58 percent. MARCOS AHEAD In the vice-presidential race, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. remained ahead with 27 percent, Sen Francis Escudero had 23 percent, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo had 21 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had 17 percent, Sen. Gregorio Honasan had 4 percent, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV had 3 percent. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte to cost pinoys jobs...

ALSO: By Carmen Pedrosa - We want change – Duterte, Duterte, Duterte


APRIL 22 -DUTERTE AT CAMPAIGN SORTIE - DRASTIC CHANGE STILL POSSIBLE Top Philippine candidate pushes `kill criminals` message Lady Spikers, one win away from gold It is not really the Duterte remark on a beautiful Australian that offends. What offended the American and Australian ambassadors and the Filipino elite was that an obscure, uncouth, ill-mannered, common Filipino should break their stranglehold on the Filipino nation. Days before that remark the Filipino crowd, rich and poor alike, had a leader who could lead us to break the status quo. That was the context of the anger against Duterte. The massive crowds that flocked to Duterte’s rallies shocked and evoked their anger. How could this commoner – Duterte – consolidate the Filipino crowd with power to start a revolution for change They put together the strength of their numbers. There were songs, powerful videos and stunning photographs for social media. Duterte had simple words everyone understood “it was time to change our Constitution if we were to be a powerful and respected nation. Pictures show Duterte wiping a tear or two when he ascended the stage and saw the crowds. These were the Filipino people, his suffering countrymen. They were placing on his shoulders the task and burden to create better and more decent lives for them and their children. Someone or something had to stop this man with a charisma they had not expected. He came out of the blue. The enemies of change would dig up his every word, rake up his history, his life, anything that might change the Filipino crowd’s mind. He “apologized for his dirty mouth but promised to give his people a clean government.”  I saw an item posted by Boyet Roa in FB on why the Aquino government would be preferred by former colonizers and the elite. Today the Philippine debt is P6.4 trillion. The Aquino government borrowed P4.1 trillion of that. No wonder he and his candidates are going to cheat to win. Borrowing so much money and yet nothing to show for it that would improve the lives of the poor and marginalized. Until they found a hero, a General Luna of our time to remind us of our heroic struggle against colonialism. Now, my one-billion-peso question is: “where did the money go?”  “Not spent for infrastructure cause I don’t see improvement on public transport system or new roads built.
Not spent on power-generation Facilities coz I still see brownouts. 
Not to social welfare coz there are thousands of homeless and hungry Filipinos on the street. 
Not to Agriculture coz I don’t see any enhancement of production of raw products
– So on and so forth.”  READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte on survey ratings: It's volatile...

ALSO: Trillanes - Duterte told me how he did killings
[‘HE SHOT THEM IN HEAD WHILE ON THEIR KNEES’ - 'TRASH TALK SAYS DUTERTE CAMP]


APRIL 22 -TRASH TALK -Rodrigo Duterte’s camp says there is more trash now being thrown at the Davao City mayor than that found in landfills. At right, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV says mafia-style killers are “sick” people.
Vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte once told him in a casual conversation how he had shot people in the head while on their knees. “He told me that he made people get down on their knees and shot them in the head, splattering their brains on the ground,” Senator Trillanes said in an interview on Radyo Inquirer 990AM. (See www.ustream.tv/channel/3065972) “He told me that story and I was thinking that perhaps if the people involved were soldiers and they were serving in a war …. well, that’s how it is in the military,” the senator said. “But mafia-style executions about which you tell me casually and you sleep well, people who do that are different—they are sick,” he said. Trillanes said Duterte, the mayor of Davao City who has captured the lead in voter preference polls for the presidential election on May 9, shared the story with him during a meeting set up by a “common friend” in April last year to explore the possibility of running together. Duterte had not yet announced his plans to run for President at that time, Trillanes said. A former military officer, Trillanes said he took Duterte’s word that he would not run for President. Differences “I was a vice presidential candidate and I was shopping for a principal … so we talked and he told me directly that he wouldn’t run,” he said. But despite meeting with Duterte, Trillanes said he realized that a partnership with the trash-talking mayor of Davao would not work because of their differences in principles. “Looking back, I believe he and I will not get along well because Mayor Duterte is closely associated with leftists and communists. So a partnership between us is really unlikely,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte on Trillanes: ‘Be careful with that idiot’...

ALSO: Duterte dares U.S., Australia to cut ties


APRIL 22 -Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely FILE PHOTOS KALIBO, Aklan—Trash-talking presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has dared the United States and Australia to cut diplomatic ties with the Philippines after their ambassadors criticized his joke about the jailhouse rape of a missionary. Duterte also told the ambassadors to “shut their mouths” and not to “interfere” in the elections as controversy continued to rage over his comments in which he said he wanted to have been the first to rape Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill, who was gang-raped and murdered in a prison riot in Davao City in 1989. “If I become the President, go ahead and sever it (diplomatic ties),” Duterte, 71, said on the campaign trail on Wednesday night, referring to the relationships with the United States and Australia, two of the Philippines’ closest allies. “It was not a joke when I uttered it (in 1989). They took it as a joke when I narrated it. These ambassadors are stupid. I was mad when I uttered it. When I narrated it, I was not angry anymore,” Duterte told reporters after a rally attended by 6,000 supporters in Kalibo, Aklan province. Tough-on-crime pitch Duterte, who while campaigning had called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch” and promised to kill thousands of criminals, recounted at a rally in Quezon City on April 12 the riot events as part of his tough-on-crime pitch to voters. “They raped all of the women … there was this Australian lay minister … when they took them out … I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity… they raped her, they all lined up,” he told the crowd. “I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED ON,President Rody to cut ties with US, Aussies...

ALSO: De Lima: Digong is becoming a monster


APRIL 22 -DE LIMA: EARLY WARNING Former Justice Secretary and LP senatorial candidate Leila de Lima warns voters of the grim prospects of a possible Duterte presidency during a roundtable interview with INQUIRER editors and reporters on Tuesday. EDWIN BACASMAS 
One could say that senatorial candidate Leila de Lima has a hate-hate relationship with presidential aspirant Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, whom she described as a “monster” that must be stopped.
The former justice secretary painted a grim scenario under a Duterte presidency in a roundtable interview with Inquirer reporters and editors on Tuesday night. “(His actions) should be scrutinized and we should be really concerned and really scared. He’s very scary… It’s not at all a laughing matter,” De Lima said. “(Duterte’s) formula (in curbing criminality) would wreak havoc… on society as a whole,” the sharp-tongued De Lima added, referring to the Davao mayor’s promise to stamp out drugs and criminality within three to six months should he win the presidency. “He has become a monster… There has to be concerted actions (against him),” said the Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate. De Lima’s adversarial relationship with Duterte started when she led an investigation into the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), a vigilante group behind the death of suspected criminals in Davao, when she was still chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) during the Arroyo administration. In a previous televised interview, Duterte had boasted that he was supporting the vigilante hit squad. “I am the DDS,” he was also quoted as saying, though he quickly backtracked and claimed he was just joking when the statement caused a stir. Recalled De Lima: “I subpoenaed him (to a public hearing) and asked him about his take on the DDS, particularly on the case of a man who went missing after he was picked up by the police.” Duterte was “rather subdued in the public hearing of the CHR and I really lambasted him,” the former CHR official said. “He can never forget me because I took him to task. Maybe he has not forgiven me,” she added. But De Lima said voters should not make light of the Davao mayor’s penchant to brag about his involvement in extrajudicial killings. He has all the makings of a fascist leader, she warned. READ MORE..related, Law student Duterte shot frat brod on campus in ’72...


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Duterte widens lead in April 5-10 Pulse Asia – ABS-CBN survey


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte widened his lead in the race for presidency in a survey conducted April 5-10 whose results were released by Pulse Asia and TV network ABS-CBN yesterday.

MANILA, APRIL 25, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Ellalyn De Vera April 20, 2016 -The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey was conducted before the latest incident involving the mayor’s allegedly offensive remarks about a raped Australian woman who was killed during a bloody hostage incident in a Davao prison in 1989. A video was taken during a Duterte’s campaign rally in Quezon City last April 12, in which he recalled the 1989 incident and made a joking remark.

The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey involved face-to-face interviews with 4,000 respondents from March 29 to April 3, several days before the QC rally.

Duterte had 32 percent of the voter preference, while Sen.Grace Poe was second with 25 percent. Vice President Jejomar Binay had 20 percent, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas had 18 percent, and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago had 1 percent.

Those who were still undecided or refused to disclose their choice numbered 4 percent.

By region, the survey results were as follows: Duterte and Poe led in Metro Manila, both with 32 percent. Poe led in the rest of Luzon with 33 percent. Roxas led in the Visayas with 35 percent. Duterte led in Mindanao with 58 percent.

MARCOS AHEAD

In the vice-presidential race, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. remained ahead with 27 percent, Sen Francis Escudero had 23 percent, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo had 21 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had 17 percent, Sen. Gregorio Honasan had 4 percent, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV had 3 percent.

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In the senatorial race, Senate President Franklin Drilon and Sen. Vicente Sotto III led the group, followed by former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Joel Villanueva, Sen. Ralph Recto, Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, former Sen. Richard Gordon, former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian.

MALACAÑANG COMMENT

In Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. expressed confidence that Roxas and Robredo would eventually dominate the May 9 elections.

“The race for both the presidency and vice presidency remains closely fought and highly competitive and we are confident that in the run-up to election day, the Daang Matuwid coalition will continue to garner support as the people manifest their desire for the continuity of good governance that is the basis for the attainment of inclusive growth,” Coloma said.

Senator Poe said she is optimistic that in the end, voters would choose somebody who is humane and has the heart and ability to lead the country as the next president of the Philippines.

“Our attention remains on pushing for programs aimed at finding solutions to poverty, and to find ways to improve the lives of our people,” she said.

She added that while she is all for tough measures to fight criminality and illegal drugs, she would never do it at the expense of the country’s hard-fought democracy. (With reports from Genalyn Kabiling and Hannah L. Torregoza)

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Duterte to cost pinoys jobs posted April 24, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera and Vito Barcelo


Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

DAGUPAN CITY—Vice President Jejomar Binay and his daughter Senator Nancy Binay on Saturday expressed concern over reports that Filipino workers in Australia are facing loss of their jobs because of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s joke about the rape of an Australian lay missionary in 1989.

The Binays urged the Department of Foreign Affairs to look into the reports as Australian media continued to criticize Duterte with one news anchorman calling the Davao mayor an “evil bastard.”

Popular news presenter Paul Murray was the latest Australian celebrity to criticize Duterte for his now infamous joke about the rape and murder of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989.

“That evil bastard,” Murray exclaimed after running the video of Duterte’s comments during an April 12 campaign rally.

“I don’t know what’s worse: him saying it or other people actually laughing along with it,” Murray said. “It’s disgusting.”

“If he [Duterte] becomes president, tear up your tickets and don’t go to the Philippines,” Murray urged his viewers.

VILE MAN

Murray also posted in his Facebook account describing Duterte as a “vile man” after similar criticism from international media organizations like the Australian Broadcasting Corp., British Broadcasting Corp., Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

“I am asking the DFA to immediately look into reports that Filipino workers in Australia have been terminated by their employer because of the irresponsible and vulgar remarks made by Mister Duterte about wanting to rape a dead Australian missionary,” Binay said.

“It is unfortunate that dangerous statements are being said at the time when the Philippines is trying to be globally competitive. It is most unfortunate that women were at the receiving end of such a brutal joke,” Senator Binay told a news conference.

A message from a Filipino working in Australia has recently gone viral after it revealed that around 10 to 50 OFWs from Mindanao have been laid off.

The message stated that the Australian company decided it would no longer renew the contracts of all Filipino workers under its employ after Duterte poked fun at the rape and murder of Hamill.

“The owner of the company we’re working for is a very devout Christian and she felt insulted by Duterte’s comments against her fellow Aussie, our supervisor already told us today that the contracts of all of us 50 Filipino workers will no longer be renewed, that we will be replaced by Pacific Islanders,” said one of the workers who did not want to be identified.

OBSCENITY

“There are only 10 Duterte fans in our group but all of us are affected by the obscenity of their idol,” the worker said.

Some 2.4 million Filipinos are depending on their jobs abroad to provide for their families, according to the 2015 survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority, he said.

“I was bothered because the mere thought that he was looking at the dead woman yet he was thinking of touching her. It is indescribable. I cannot find a word for it,” the vice president’s daughter, Senator Binay, said.

“Because he saw how the Australian lay minister was brutally killed yet he had the urge to do it with that person,” she said.

“As a senator, it became my concern those he said about Australia and the United States. He wanted to sever ties with these allied nations. In one event that the Mexican ambassador was present, he also said offensive things against Mexico. Then apparently, it turned out Mexico has huge investments in the Philippines,” the senator said.

“We want to be globally competitive. We are not isolated from the rest of the world. We cannot afford that the words coming from someone who is running for President, technically, the words he uttered reflect his foreign policies that he would carry out,” Senator Binay said. “His pronouncements were somewhat dangerous.”


PHILSTAR DIGITAL EDITION


By Carmen Pedrosa

We want change – Duterte, Duterte, Duterte FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa | 4072 views April 23, 2016 News Update


DUTERTE AT CAMPAIGN SORTIE - DRASTIC CHANGE STILL POSSIBLE

Top Philippine candidate pushes `kill criminals` message Lady Spikers, one win away from gold It is not really the Duterte remark on a beautiful Australian that offends.

What offended the American and Australian ambassadors and the Filipino elite was that an obscure, uncouth, ill-mannered, common Filipino should break their stranglehold on the Filipino nation. Days before that remark the Filipino crowd, rich and poor alike, had a leader who could lead us to break the status quo. That was the context of the anger against Duterte.

The massive crowds that flocked to Duterte’s rallies shocked and evoked their anger. How could this commoner – Duterte – consolidate the Filipino crowd with power to start a revolution for change They put together the strength of their numbers. There were songs, powerful videos and stunning photographs for social media.

Duterte had simple words everyone understood “it was time to change our Constitution if we were to be a powerful and respected nation. Pictures show Duterte wiping a tear or two when he ascended the stage and saw the crowds. These were the Filipino people, his suffering countrymen. They were placing on his shoulders the task and burden to create better and more decent lives for them and their children.

Someone or something had to stop this man with a charisma they had not expected. He came out of the blue. The enemies of change would dig up his every word, rake up his history, his life, anything that might change the Filipino crowd’s mind. He “apologized for his dirty mouth but promised to give his people a clean government.”

I saw an item posted by Boyet Roa in FB on why the Aquino government would be preferred by former colonizers and the elite. Today the Philippine debt is P6.4 trillion. The Aquino government borrowed P4.1 trillion of that.

No wonder he and his candidates are going to cheat to win. Borrowing so much money and yet nothing to show for it that would improve the lives of the poor and marginalized. Until they found a hero, a General Luna of our time to remind us of our heroic struggle against colonialism.

Now, my one-billion-peso question is: “where did the money go?”

“Not spent for infrastructure cause I don’t see improvement on public transport system or new roads built.
Not spent on power-generation Facilities coz I still see brownouts. 
Not to social welfare coz there are thousands of homeless and hungry Filipinos on the street. 
Not to Agriculture coz I don’t see any enhancement of production of raw products
– So on and so forth.”

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There are other implications in the exchange of acrimonious words between American Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely with Mayor Duterte. It is widely known among more aware Filipinos that Aquino was the American candidate who would follow their prodding in their quarrel with China. It is also suspected that Grace Poe or Mar Roxas would have suited their agenda for a pliable Philippine President to dictate on.


DUTERTE, US AND AUSTRALIAN ENVOYS

Duterte was on his feet for this undue interference at election time. Shut up. You are not Filipinos and some Duterte followers expressed their disgust for the American ambassador saying he should be expelled as a persona non grata.

This is not the first time that Ambassador Goldberg would provoke the anger of his host country. He was previously expelled from Bolivia that accused him of fomenting the civil unrest that threatens not only the country’s first indigenous Indian president, Evo Morales, but the unity of the nation itself.

The ambassador should have been told of Section 81 of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines:

‘Intervention of foreigners. – It shall be unlawful for any foreigner, whether judicial or natural person, to aid any candidate or political party, directly or indirectly, or take part in or influence in any manner any election, or to contribute or make any expenditure in connection with any election campaign or partisan political activity.”

Since the American and Australian ambassadors claim to be teaching Duterte some manners, I think it is time to remind them of the bells of Balangiga. It is time to ring them again. (Unfortunately the Americans have refused to return them. Talking about manners!)

The incident took place in the town of Balangiga in Samar. There is a detailed account of the incident in a book “The Ordeal of Samar,” by Joseph L. Schott or you can google it. Capt. Thomas Connell was sent there with the mission to ”civilize the natives.” Samar was a hotbed of rebel activity.

From Ramon Farolan’s column

“On Sunday morning, Sept. 28, 1901, some 500 Filipino rebels who had slowly gathered inside the church, some dressed in women’s clothing, waited for the signal to attack. While the US troopers were having breakfast, police chief Sanchez grabbed a sentry’s rifle and fired it, signaling the insurgents to begin their assault on the garrison. The bells rang and the church doors burst open, with screaming rebels brandishing bolos and other improvised weapons such as picks and shovels. It was combat at close quarters; bolos against Krag rifles. The only advantage held by the rebels was the element of surprise.

An hour later, the town plaza was a bloody mess with dead US troopers all over the place. Of the 74 members of Company “C,” only 26 would survive. I have not come across any account of any other single action during the Philippine-American War where US forces suffered similar or more casualties.

Reprisal was swift in coming. First on the scene was Company “G,” also of the Ninth Infantry, stationed at Basey. The force entered Balangiga, firing away with Gatling machine guns and light cannon. Twenty natives captured at the edge of the town were brought to the plaza and executed. All houses were torched to the ground.

The brigade was headed by Brig. Gen. Jacob Smith. Smith declared: “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn, the more you kill and burn the better you will please me.” In his handwriting were the words “The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness.”

In 1993, President Fidel V. Ramos made serious efforts to recover the bells. Under this formula originally suggested by President Ramos to President Bill Clinton, two copies would be cast and the Philippines and Warren Air Force Base would each get one original and one copy. This initiative was unsuccessful.”

The Americans argued that the bells were part of the spoils of war, paid for with the blood of American soldiers. We, too, paid a terrible price for a war not of our own making. Theirs was a war of conquest; ours was a fight for freedom.

They have no business teaching us manners at election time. Shut up.

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Duterte on survey ratings: It's volatile By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated April 24, 2016 - 6:39pm 4 58 googleplus0 0


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pulled away from his rivals in the latest Pulse Asia presidential survey. In this photo, Duterte arrives with running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at the University of Pangasinan on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

DAGUPAN CITY — Presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said that his pre-election survey ratings are volatile despite topping the latest presidential preference polls.

"A few months ago I was number one in Metro Manila, I think. The following day, I went down to number four, maybe number five ako next week," Duterte told members of the press during an ambush interview before the third presidential debate in Dagupan City.

Duterte topped the latest Pulse Asia survey with 34 percent, a 12-poit lead over Sen. Grace Poe who obtained 22 percent.

READ: Duterte is top choice in latest Pulse Asia poll

Vice President Jejomar Binay scored 19 percent while Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got 18 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

The Davao City mayor said that he thinks his opponents in the presidential race would gang up on him during the final Commission on Elections-sanctioned debate as he is topping the latest surveys.

All five presidential bets have confirmed to attend the Luzon leg of the presidential debate at the Phinma University of Pangasinan.

The third presidential debate will have a town hall format and will focus on metro traffic and public transport, job security, health, foreign policy, basic public education, overseas Filipino workers concerns and peace for Mindanao residents in conflict areas.


INQUIRER

Trillanes: Duterte told me how he did killings ‘HE SHOT THEM IN HEAD WHILE ON THEIR KNEES’

SHARES: 91 VIEW COMMENTS By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 12:24 AM April 22nd, 2016


TRASH TALK -Rodrigo Duterte’s camp says there is more trash now being thrown at the Davao City mayor than that found in landfills. At right, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV says mafia-style killers are “sick” people.

Vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte once told him in a casual conversation how he had shot people in the head while on their knees.

“He told me that he made people get down on their knees and shot them in the head, splattering their brains on the ground,” Senator Trillanes said in an interview on Radyo Inquirer 990AM. (See www.ustream.tv/channel/3065972)

“He told me that story and I was thinking that perhaps if the people involved were soldiers and they were serving in a war …. well, that’s how it is in the military,” the senator said.

“But mafia-style executions about which you tell me casually and you sleep well, people who do that are different—they are sick,” he said.

Trillanes said Duterte, the mayor of Davao City who has captured the lead in voter preference polls for the presidential election on May 9, shared the story with him during a meeting set up by a “common friend” in April last year to explore the possibility of running together.

Duterte had not yet announced his plans to run for President at that time, Trillanes said.

A former military officer, Trillanes said he took Duterte’s word that he would not run for President.

Differences

“I was a vice presidential candidate and I was shopping for a principal … so we talked and he told me directly that he wouldn’t run,” he said.

But despite meeting with Duterte, Trillanes said he realized that a partnership with the trash-talking mayor of Davao would not work because of their differences in principles.

“Looking back, I believe he and I will not get along well because Mayor Duterte is closely associated with leftists and communists. So a partnership between us is really unlikely,” he said.

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Extrajudicial killings

Trillanes earlier said a Duterte presidency would spell disaster for the Philippines.

Duterte, known for his iron-fist style of leadership and tolerance for crime, was heavily criticized for his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings and links to the so-called Davao Death Squad.

Duterte has denied links to the death squad, but he has said on the campaign trail that he will kill criminals if he is elected President.

His camp Thursday refused to comment on Trillanes’ statements in the radio interview.

“It would be his words against the mayor’s. We are not surprised. We all know that Trillanes is a congenital attention seeker. He will do everything just [to] get the public’s attention,” said Peter Laviña, head of Duterte’s media team.

In a recent interview, Duterte said Trillanes had asked him to make him his vice presidential running mate.

Trash

“And if he was that bold, he should have fought it out with government forces during the Oakwood mutiny,” the mayor said, referring to the 2003 junior military officers’ uprising against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Duterte’s camp dismissed all the criticisms against the mayor as trash.

“There is now more trash being thrown at Duterte than (that found) in sanitary landfills,” Laviña said.

“Such wasteful attacks do not help raise the political maturity of the electorate,” he said.

Laviña said that instead of presenting their platforms to the voters, Duterte’s rivals were engaging in character assassination and smear campaign.

He cited rumors that Duterte had withdrawn from the presidential race.

“This is an outright and pathetic lie,” he said.

Laviña said there was also a supposed National Bureau of Investigation and Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group report linking Duterte to smuggling in Davao City.

If the report were true, he said, charges should have been brought against Duterte a long time ago, and the mayor and his family would have easily cleared their names.

“All these will backfire on the rival camps. This is an affront on the intelligence of the voters,” he said. With a report from Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

READ: WHAT WENT BEFORE: Davao Death Squad

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Duterte on Trillanes: ‘Be careful with that idiot’ By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 07:48 AM April 23rd, 2016


DUTERTE

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday minced no words against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who claimed that the tough-talking mayor told him in a casual conversation how he had shot people in the head while on their knees.

“I don’t know him. I only met him twice,” Duterte said in a rally in Pandacan, Manila.

Trillanes said Duterte, shared the story with him during a meeting set up by a “common friend” in April last year to explore the possibility of running together.

Duterte confirmed that he indeed met with Trillanes.

“Nag-usap kami gusto niya maging presidente sa akin, ay vice, sabi ko, hindi ka pwede, madumi ang record mo. Sa militar, pinag-iinsulto mo pa yung mga heneral,” Duterte said.

(We talked, he wanted to be president and for me to be vice, I said I can’t [run with you], you’re record is tainted. In the military, you insulted the generals.)

READ: Trillanes to give Duterte 6 months if they both win

He recalled saying that Trillanes was not deserving to be a vice president.

“You are not deserving, nagkudeta ang g***, sinira ang hotel, pinagkakalat sa mundo at ngayon nagyayabang pa,” he said.

([He] is not deserving, he staged a coup d’etat, destroyed the hotel, and it was known all over the world, and now he is even boasting.)


TRILLANES

The tough-talking mayor said Trillanes only wanted to be in the news.

“I know the purpose. Para nasa news siya, baka sakali manalo siya (if he is in the news, he might win),” he said, referring to Trillanes’ low standing in surveys.

He narrated how Trillanes went on a mutiny but later surrendered.

“Pa hero-hero. Bakit di ka nagpakamatay, bakit ka nag-surrender,” he told Trillanes, referring to the Manila Peninsula siege.

(Playing the hero. Why didn’t you just kill yourself, why did you surrender?)

He mentioned how Trilanes humiliated former Armed Forces of The Philippines Chief Angelo Reyes, which led to his death.

“That’s Trillanes. Be careful with that idiot,” Duterte said. CDG

READ: Trillanes: Binay a ‘lifelong thief,’ Duterte undisciplined, Poe ‘enthusiastic’


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Duterte dares US, Australia to cut ties By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr. and Victor Anthony Silva @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas, Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:38 AM April 22nd, 2016


Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely FILE PHOTOS

KALIBO, Aklan—Trash-talking presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has dared the United States and Australia to cut diplomatic ties with the Philippines after their ambassadors criticized his joke about the jailhouse rape of a missionary.

Duterte also told the ambassadors to “shut their mouths” and not to “interfere” in the elections as controversy continued to rage over his comments in which he said he wanted to have been the first to rape Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill, who was gang-raped and murdered in a prison riot in Davao City in 1989.

“If I become the President, go ahead and sever it (diplomatic ties),” Duterte, 71, said on the campaign trail on Wednesday night, referring to the relationships with the United States and Australia, two of the Philippines’ closest allies.

“It was not a joke when I uttered it (in 1989). They took it as a joke when I narrated it. These ambassadors are stupid. I was mad when I uttered it. When I narrated it, I was not angry anymore,” Duterte told reporters after a rally attended by 6,000 supporters in Kalibo, Aklan province.

Tough-on-crime pitch

Duterte, who while campaigning had called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch” and promised to kill thousands of criminals, recounted at a rally in Quezon City on April 12 the riot events as part of his tough-on-crime pitch to voters.

“They raped all of the women … there was this Australian lay minister … when they took them out … I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity… they raped her, they all lined up,” he told the crowd.

“I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” he said.

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Duterte was at the time mayor of Davao City, where he is accused of running vigilante death squads that have allegedly killed more than 1,000 people.

The front-runner in voter preference polls for the presidential election on May 9 has at times on the campaign trail boasted about running the death squads, claiming they killed 1,700 people, but also denied any links to them.

Ambassadors react

Duterte has similarly offered varying responses to the rape comments, with his media team releasing a statement in which he apologized. But on the campaign trail, he has repeatedly told reporters he would not apologize.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely criticized his remarks, saying in a statement on Twitter: “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg later agreed with her, saying in a television interview that “statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder are not ones that we condone.”

“It would do well with the American ambassador and the Australian ambassador to shut their mouths,” Duterte said in reaction in his campaign speech in Kalibo.

“You’re not Filipinos. Shut up. Do not interfere because it’s election time,” he said.

Reminded by reporters later about his earlier campaign statement that if elected President, he would ask help from the Philippines’ allies should China attack the country over the South China Sea dispute, he said he was not worried about the effects of his statements on diplomatic ties.

“That’s their problem, not mine. I never interfered in their elections,” he said.

Assuming that the ambassadors were right, he said, they should not have spoken during election time.

“It will show that you’re politicking. If you want, you call me. I will not apologize. I will not go to you for any talks. I am a Filipino and I will chart the [future] of my country,” he said.

Aquino defends alliances

A spokesperson for the US Embassy on Thursday said there was no immediate response to Duterte’s remarks about the ambassadors. An Australian Embassy spokesperson said there would be no comment.

President Aquino, speaking to reporters in Lipa City, criticized Duterte’s remarks, saying the United States has always been among the Philippines’ top three trading partners while Australia has been helping the government’s peace process in Mindanao.

“He (Duterte) comes from Mindanao and I am sure he would want to have lasting peace in Mindanao,” Mr. Aquino said.

The President said Duterte could not just say something because he “felt like saying it,” referring to the Davao mayor’s frequent acknowledgment of his foul language.

Voters should learn from such remarks, the President said, adding: “I believe the public knows how to make the right decision.”

Lawyer Martin Loon, a national security expert, said Duterte’s statement about severing ties with the Philippines’ closest allies was almost like steering the country toward “isolationism.”

“Candidates who seek to destroy, strain or otherwise adversely affect our harmonious and longstanding ties with foreign nations that can be considered key allies on several fronts are very disturbing,” Loon said.

He said Duterte appeared to be a “threat to national security.”

‘So strange’

Security expert Chester Cabalza of the National Defense College of the Philippines said it was “so strange for a presidential aspirant to utter immature statements against allies like the United States and Australia.”

Cabalza said it seemed Duterte was not well versed in foreign policy and the significance of alliances.

This is not the first time that Duterte has taken a stand against allies of the Philippines. In the past decade, he consistently refused to allow US-Philippine war games to be held in Davao and he most recently rejected proposals to make the city a launching site for US drones.

Duterte’s anti-US stance, which has endeared him to left-leaning activists but made other sectors wary of him, dates back to May 16, 2002, when a bomb went off at Hotel Evergreen in Davao City.

Police investigators traced the bomb to American Michael Meiring, who was injured in the explosion and was taken to a hospital.

Police brought criminal charges against Meiring, but weeks later, alleged agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation spirited the American out of the hospital, flew him to Singapore and eventually to the United States.

Duterte was furious and he had since been accusing the United States of running covert operations against Moro rebels in Mindanao.

South China Sea row

In another warning to the United States and Australia, Duterte’s camp signaled it was prepared to change foreign policy and start direct talks with China over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

President Aquino has been improving defense ties with the United States and Australia to bolster the Philippines’ position in its territorial dispute with China.

But Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Laviña said in a television interview on Thursday that the mayor would be prepared to talk directly with China.

President Aquino has refused direct talks with China over the territorial dispute, preferring multilateral discussions and challenging China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea in the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Laviña said Duterte was “supporting multilateral efforts to rein in China but at the same time, added the mayor was open to bilateral talks.”

He said Duterte was willing to dialogue with China about “joint development of the resources of the South China Sea.”

“Eventually, we need China’s investments and technology,” he said.

‘Go to hell, Gabriela’

The women’s group, Gabriela, filed a complaint against Duterte in the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday over the rape joke, accusing the mayor of violating a law that protects women’s rights and eliminating all forms of discrimination.

Duterte dismissed the complaint as “silly” and told Gabriela to “go to hell.”

“You are crazy,” the mayor said, referring to Gabriela.

Later, campaigning in Cebu, Duterte described Gabriela as “dumb.”

“They brought a human rights case against me, maybe they had been paid, the sons of bitches,” he said.

Duterte called the CHR “stupid” for issuing summons to him less than three weeks before the election.

“I am a candidate for the presidency. Why are you summoning me and what is your ground? Hoy, you sons of bitches, there’s nothing more I can do about your stupidity,” he said.

He said he would not answer the CHR summons, adding the commission showed disrespect not only toward him but also toward his supporters.

He said people may criticize him for his “bad mouth,” but he insisted he was exercising his right to free speech.

Duterte urged voters to look beyond his trash-talking, saying his foul language was not an election issue.

“The issue should be corruption. Where is the people’s money?” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd. With reports from Nikko Dizon in Manila; Nestor Corrales, Inquirer.net; and AFP

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Waving the flag. This photo taken on April 19 shows Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the front-running presidential candidate in the May 9 elections, swearing in front of a Philippine flag during a campaign sortie in Iloilo City. Duterte has warned he is prepared to cut diplomatic ties with the United States and Australia after their ambassadors criticized his joke about the jailhouse rape of a foreign missionary in 1989. AFP

TRASH-TALKING presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte warned Thursday he is prepared to cut diplomatic ties with the United States and Australia after their ambassadors criticized his joke about the jailhouse rape of a missionary.

Duterte also told the ambassadors to “shut their mouths,” as controversy continued to rage over his comments in which he said he wanted to have been the first to rape the Australian woman who was brutalized and murdered in a 1989 prison riot.

“Australian, American ambassadors, shut your mouth,” he said during an interview.

He said Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg have no business stepping into the political affairs of the country.

“Do not interfere because it’s election time,” he added.

Asked if his stance could affect the Philippines’ diplomatic relationship with the two of the countries closest allies, he said, “That’s their problem, not mine.”

“I have never interfered in their elections. If I become president, go ahead and sever [diplomatic ties],” he added.

Duterte, who while campaigning has called the Pope a “son of a bitch” and promised to kill tens of thousands of criminals, recounted at a recent rally the 1989 riot as part of his tough-on-crime pitch to voters.

“They raped all of the women... there was this Australian lay minister... when they took them out... I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity... they raped her, they all lined up’,” he told the crowd.

“I was mad she was raped. But she was so beautiful, I thought, the mayor should have been first.”

Duterte was at the time mayor of Davao.

The frontrunner has at times on the campaign boasted about running the death squads, claiming they killed 1,700 people, but also denied any links to them.

Duterte has similarly offered varying responses to the rape comments, with his media team releasing a statement in which he apologized. But on the campaign trail, he has repeatedly told reporters he would not say sorry.

US, AUSTRLIAN ENVOYS

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely criticized his remarks this week, saying on Twitter: “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg later agreed with her.

“Statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder are not ones that we condone,” Goldberg said in an interview with CNN Philippines television.

Duterte has repeatedly expressed anger at what he regards as their intervention in domestic politics.

“It would do well with the American ambassador and the Australian ambassador to shut their mouths,” Duterte told reporters on Wednesday.

A US embassy spokesman said there was no immediate response to Duterte’s remarks about the ambassadors. An Australian embassy spokeswoman said there would be no comment.

In another warning to the country’s traditional allies, Duterte’s camp singled it was prepared to change foreign policy and start direct talks with China over a long-running territorial dispute.

AQUINO

President Benigno Aquino III has been improving defense ties with the United States and Australia to bolster the Philippines in its dispute with China over the South China Sea.

China claims most of the South China Sea, even up to the coasts of its neighbors like the Philippines which has accused China of “bullying” other claimants.

Aquino has refused to hold direct talks with China over the dispute, preferring multilateral discussions and filing a legal challenge with the United Nations.

However, a Duterte spokesman said in an interview with ABS-CBN television on Thursday that he would be prepared to talk directly with China.

“He is also supporting multilateral efforts to rein in China but at the same time, he is open to bilateral talks,” said Peter Laviña.

“He said, if we can talk to China [about] joint development of the resources of the South China Sea and eventually we need China’s investments and technology.”

President Aquino said he had not seen Duterte’s comments about cutting ties with the country’s allies.

“But assuming that’s what he said, what benefit will the country gain from this? America is a very big trading partner, always in the top three. Australia has been helping us even in the peace process in Mindanao and he comes from Mindanao and I am sure he would want to have lasting peace in Mindanao,” said Aquino.

CONSUMERS GROUP

Also on Thursday, a consumer group accused Duterte of being involved in smuggling in Davao.

Perfecto Tagalog of the Coalition of Filipino Consumers also said former National Food Authority administrator Lito Banayo, Davidson Bangayan alias David Tan and Paolo Duterte alias Polong were in cahoots with the mayor’s son, Paolo.

“It’s as clear as day that Davao City is a smuggler’s haven because Mayor Duterte’s son is the lord of smugglers,” Tagalog said in Filipino.

Duterte’s camp dismissed the accusation as being another form of black propaganda.

“They should have filed cases long ago. Why raise the issue now?” said Laviña.

VACC

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chairman Dante Jimenez also accused Tagalog of acting as an attack dog for groups that want to tarnish Duterte’s image.

He said Tagalog was not a part of the VACC.

Tagalog, who claimed to be a VACC member and a former supporter of Duterte, said he based his accusations on a 2007 report made by the National Bureau of Investigation and the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group, copies of which were given to the media.

“Intelligence information received that a certain Glen Escandor, son of Col. Escandor and owner of Mandaya Hotel, and Paolo Duterte aka Polong, son of Mayor Duterte of Davao City are business partners in smuggling activities and are responsible in the proliferation of smuggled Sub-Urban Vehicles and high-end cars in the area,” the PASG report dated Dec. 7, 2007 signed by Rosauro Bautista, PASG team leader 2, said.

The report continued: “These activities are being undertaken without any arrest or apprehension by concerned government agencies due to the alleged power and influence of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the father of Paolo.”

Laviña said the smuggling charges were baseless, and said efforts to smear Duterte would backfire on his rivals.

“This is an affront on the intelligence of our Filipino voters. They know these are lies and blatant them with disinformation,” he added.

Duterte earlier dismissed a complaint filed by the Women Against Duterte with the Commission on Human Rights for violation of the Magna Carta of Women as “foolish” and “silly.”

“My mouth shouldn’t be an election issue. The issue should be corruption. Where is the country’s money? I may have a bad mouth. But that’s the way I am. It is up to you if you can accept me for what I am.” With AFP


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De Lima: Digong is becoming a monster By: Marlon Ramos @MRamosINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:48 AM April 22nd, 2016


EARLYWARNING Former Justice Secretary and LP senatorial candidate Leila de Lima warns voters of the grim prospects of a possible Duterte presidency during a roundtable interview with INQUIRER editors and reporters on Tuesday. EDWIN BACASMAS

One could say that senatorial candidate Leila de Lima has a hate-hate relationship with presidential aspirant Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, whom she described as a “monster” that must be stopped.

The former justice secretary painted a grim scenario under a Duterte presidency in a roundtable interview with Inquirer reporters and editors on Tuesday night.

“(His actions) should be scrutinized and we should be really concerned and really scared. He’s very scary… It’s not at all a laughing matter,” De Lima said.

“(Duterte’s) formula (in curbing criminality) would wreak havoc… on society as a whole,” the sharp-tongued De Lima added, referring to the Davao mayor’s promise to stamp out drugs and criminality within three to six months should he win the presidency.

“He has become a monster… There has to be concerted actions (against him),” said the Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate.

De Lima’s adversarial relationship with Duterte started when she led an investigation into the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), a vigilante group behind the death of suspected criminals in Davao, when she was still chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) during the Arroyo administration.

In a previous televised interview, Duterte had boasted that he was supporting the vigilante hit squad. “I am the DDS,” he was also quoted as saying, though he quickly backtracked and claimed he was just joking when the statement caused a stir.

Recalled De Lima: “I subpoenaed him (to a public hearing) and asked him about his take on the DDS, particularly on the case of a man who went missing after he was picked up by the police.”

Duterte was “rather subdued in the public hearing of the CHR and I really lambasted him,” the former CHR official said. “He can never forget me because I took him to task. Maybe he has not forgiven me,” she added.

But De Lima said voters should not make light of the Davao mayor’s penchant to brag about his involvement in extrajudicial killings. He has all the makings of a fascist leader, she warned.

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Like a phantom, the former justice secretary said she would haunt Duterte’s administration should he be elected President, just as she would stay critical of his leadership should she win a Senate seat.

“I’m the first to speak against (Duterte). I used to be the lone voice in the wilderness,” she said.

Sense of impunity

“Every time he says something about the persons he supposedly killed, I promptly react. I’m never silent when it comes to Mayor Duterte’s braggadocio. I can’t stand his sense of impunity,” she said.

De Lima said she would “strongly urge people to… undertake a movement to reverse” Duterte’s popularity among voters, including those belonging to the ABC socioeconomic classes.

“He’s now number one (in the surveys). Where is that (support) coming from?” she asked. “It’s extremely frightening and disturbing.”

The former justice secretary said she could not understand why people would choose to believe Duterte’s grand promise of ending criminality and the illegal drug trade within the first six months of his presidency when he had not even tried to present a coherent plan in combating crimes.

Duterte’s rival, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, had questioned the mayor’s campaign promise, pointing out that Davao remains one of the cities with the highest number of recorded crimes in the country.

Utter depravity

“We know what method he wants to use and we know that it cannot be done,” De Lima said. “How in heaven’s name can you eradicate criminality, including drug-related criminality, in three to six months? It’s a complete illusion.”

The public, she added, should hold Duterte accountable for the controversial remarks he made on the Australian lay missionary who was gang-raped and killed inside a Davao prison in 1989.

His statement on the incident, De Lima said, was “a classic Duterte, classic in its brazenness and its utter depravity.”

“I don’t understand the accolades and the jeering for this kind of a hate speech,” she lamented. “No matter how you look at it, rape and condoning rape is never acceptable in whatever form.”

“It’s not a joke. How can it ever be a joke? Anyone who enjoys talking about a rape victim is actually indulging in hate speech—hate for women, hate for victims of rape. How can we ever tolerate that?”

But the former justice official also admitted that the rise in Duterte’s following was an “indictment of the justice system” and mirrored the people’s frustration with the country’s snail-paced judicial process, as well as the perceived worsening criminality.

“But is that the solution?” she asked. “It sounds cliché, but that’s why we need to fix the system. This is one of the main reasons I want to join the Senate—to help fix the justice system… by filling up the gaps in the laws and the existing legal mechanisms.”


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Law student Duterte shot frat brod on campus in ’72 By: Fe Zamora @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Social Media 01:38 AM April 22nd, 2016
Now it can be told.


DUTERTE CAMP CRIES HARRASSMENT

As a graduating student of law at San Beda College in Manila in 1972, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte figured in a shooting incident on the school campus.

Duterte himself told the story at a campaign rally in Iloilo City on Wednesday, drawing applause from the crowd.

An Inquirer source from the Lex Talionis fraternity identified Duterte’s victim as Octavio Goco. Both Duterte and Goco were members of the fraternity.

“I was a graduating student at San Beda when I shot a man,” Duterte said in Filipino. “I waited for him, I told myself I’ll teach him a lesson.”

Duterte said Goco bullied him over his being a Visayan. Muslim students also suffered from Goco’s bullying, he said.

Duterte said they were in the corridor and Goco was pushing people around.

“I said you son of a bitch if I get hit I will shoot you. I was hit in the nose. Aaah! Bang,” he said.

Goco was hit, but not killed, according to a Lex Talionis member who asked not to be identified.

The incident was settled because the school authorities did not want to drop him, the fraternity member said. But Duterte was not allowed to join the graduation rites.

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Another source from Lex Talionis said the incident was “hushed up” by the fraternity with the help of school officials who did not want a scandal.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) roster includes Octavio Goco of Malabon City, who was admitted to the bar in 1975.

Goco later migrated to the United States, where he died in 2004.

Duterte said he returned home to Davao City by boat to avoid the authorities, who were looking for him.

A few years later, Duterte established the Lex Talionis chapter at Ateneo de Davao with another San Beda graduate, lawyer Alberto Sipaco Jr.

Sipaco would later become the chair of the Commission on Human Rights in the Davao region, while Duterte would be elected mayor of Davao City.

Duterte has drawn widespread criticism for his account of how he killed 16 inmates at the Davao jail who seized and raped several female missionaries, including an Australian.

In a campaign speech in Quezon City on April 12, Duterte said he was mad because the Australian missionary was raped by the inmates.

“The body was brought outside and it was covered. I looked at her face, son of a bitch … she looked like a beautiful American actress,” he said

“Son of a bitch, what a waste. I was thinking they lined up and raped her. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first,” he said.

Duterte has refused to apologize for the rape joke. With a report from Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Inquirer Visayas


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