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DUTERTE’S ‘SECRET’ ACCOUNT CONFIRMED


APRIL 29 -DUTERTE
 A CONCERNED citizen was able to prove yesterday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lied when he said the other day that he does not have a hidden bank account as claimed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Taking the cue from the concerned citizen’s move, the camp of administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II also managed to validate the existence of the account. Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas, a Malaya columnist and former chief of reporters, narrated in her Facebook account that a friend of hers went to a BPI branch yesterday afternoon to find out if Trillanes’ exposé is true. Using the bank account number that came out in the media, Tordesillas said, her friend deposited P500 at 2:24 p.m. “It’s validated. The account is existing. Here’s the deposit slip,” said Tordesillas, who posted the client’s copy of the deposit slip. The teller’s validation revealed that BPI account 002433-0695-39 is owned by a “Rodrigo Roa Duterte or Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Z. Duterte.” Roxas said one of his staff members was able to validate the existence of the account after also depositing P500 to the account yesterday. “Mayor Duterte, you’re lying again. When are we going to know the truth? When can we hold you accountable for what you say? You said yesterday (Wednesday) that the account is non-existent, that there was no such thing. You said it’s just a fabrication (of Trillanes), just an invention,” Roxas told a press conference. Trillanes, a vice presidential bet, earlier claimed the bank account was not declared in Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Duterte, a front runner in the presidential race based on surveys, has denied Trillanes’ claim and said it was a “mere fabrication.” But late yesterday, Duterte confirmed the existence of the account. However, he said it contains only thousands, and not millions as claimed by Trillanes. “Meron ako sa BPI hindi ganon kalaki, thousands lang... Nilalaro niya (Trillanes) ako. Hindi ako uto-uto,” Duterte said. Duterte, standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban, and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano last March 11 signed an “end to corruption” manifesto pledging to open all their accounts but Roxas’ camp earlier said the document had no legal value because it was not executed and notarized for the purpose of opening to the public a particular bank account. READ MORE...RELATED...DUTERTE MULLS FILING CASE AGAINST TRILLANES... ALSO, Du30 has dollar account, billions in peso accounts...ALSO,Trillanes bares 49 hidden DU30 assets

ALSO: Poe dares Tatad to prove claims against husband


MAY 2 -POE -BALANGA CITY — Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe yesterday dared former Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad to prove his claims against her husband, Teodoro Daniel “Neil” Misael Llamanzares, since his claim holds no ground before any court of law.Poe took a dig at Tatad’s latest move to discredit her even as she challenged the former senator in pursuing the complaint he filed before the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against Llamanzares. “Where will he have my husband deported? Where? He has already renounced his American citizenship. So where will he deport him ( Niel Llamanzares)?” Poe retorted when the latest charges of Tatad was raised during an interview with reports here following a courtesy call on Gov. Albert Garcia and provincial board members and some mayors. Poe was referring to the moves taken by her husband, which was his taking an oath of renunciation of foreign nationality before a barangay chairman in Greenhills, San Juan City where they are currently residing and are registered voters as well as the filling out of a questionnaire of the US embassy to confirm the renunciation. She first dropped the information during the televised presidential debates in Dagupan City, Pangasinan last Sunday and further defending that Llamanzares has been legally compliant as far as the country’s laws are concerned. READ MORE...


ALSO: Pro-lifers back Binay, Bongbong


MAY 2 -CHURCH-backed pro-life groups on Saturday endorsed the Binay-Marcos tandem, the senatorial bid of Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and seven other senatorial candidates for being anti-death penalty and anti-abortion.
At the Kapihan sa Annabel’s forum, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said the combined forces of Buhay party-list and Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, numbering some 2.5 million Catholics, rejected the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The groups appealed to all Catholics and Christians not to vote for Duterte because of his alleged penchant for extrajudicial killings. They, instead, endorsed the candidacies of opposition United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay for president and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for vice president. Marcos is running as independent.Besides Romualdez, endorsed for the Senate were Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, world boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao, reelectionist Senator Vicente Sotto III, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Princess Jacel Kiram, former Quezon City Rep. Dante Liban and Diosdado Valeroso. Atienza also revealed that the influential El Shaddai of Bro. Mike Velarde would back the Binay-Marcos tandem. Velarde, he said, would make the announcement during the gathering of the El Shaddai flock Saturday night. But the Servant Communities, led by Albert Gomez Alba, said the SC, composed of charismatic priests, endorsed the vice presidential bid of Binay’s running mate, Senator Gregorio Honasan. Atienza and Eric Manalang, president of Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, said they had no problem with either Marcos or Honasan. Manalang said while Marcos’ family was hounded by such controversies as corruption and human rights violation due to Martial Law that was declared by his father and namesake the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the group did not take the issues against Marcos. “We had a face-to-face interview with Senator Marcos. All vice presidential contenders were subjected to intense review and grilling. We followed his political career and found that he is pro-life. All his legislations are geared at protecting and preserving life,” Manalang said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Reject Duterte, CBCP tells flock


MAY 2 -MARCOS
CATHOLIC bishops issued a pastoral letter Sunday that, without mentioning the candidate’s name, exhorted the faithful not to vote for presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. “The desire for change is understandable. Our people have suffered from incompetence and indifference,” said the letter signed by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. “But this cannot take the form of supporting a candidate whose speech and actions, whose plans and projects show scant regard for the rights of all, [and] who has openly declared indifference if not dislike and disregard for the Church, especially her moral teachings.” The letter, read in the homily of all Sunday masses in all churches nationwide, was the strongest condemnation yet of Duterte, who has been linked to the extrajudicial killings of criminal suspects.El Shaddai’s candidate. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a vice presidential candidate in the May 9 elections, speaks during the pro-Catholic religious group El Shaddai’s prayer vigil overnight celebration in Parañaque City on May 1, 2016. More than 17,000 positions ranging from president to town councilors will be contested when the Philippines holds national elections on May 9, 2016. About 80 percent of the Philippines’ 100-million people are Catholic. AFP The pastoral letter came after the charismatic movement within the Catholic Church, the El Shaddai, began distributing sample ballots to its members at a prayer rally Saturday night that carried the name of Vice President Jejomar Binay for president, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for vice president, and Buhay for the party-list.  The CBCP pastoral letter read Sunday was directed mostly at voters. “The nationally telecast debates as well as the publicized utterances and actuations of our candidates, particularly those who vie for the high office of President of the Republic, have given us all a glimpse of who they are, what they represent and the causes they champion—or reject. “There is a fundamental difference between right and wrong, and not everything is fair game in politics. A choice for a candidate who takes positions that are not only politically precarious but worse, morally reprehensible, cannot and should not be made by the Catholic faithful... “One cannot proclaim Christ as King and at the same time accept the governance of one whose thoughts, speech and demeanor are diametrically opposed to the demands of submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” the pastoral letter read. READ MORE...

ALSO: LP VP bet Leni Robredo is biggest spender with P406-m in ads


MAY 2 --ROBREDO THE Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo was the biggest spender on political ads among vice presidential contenders, buying P406.82 million worth of airtime from Feb. 9 to April 27, even surpassing her running mate Manuel Roxas II and two other presidential candidates, Nielsen Media reported Sunday. The LP tandem of Roxas and Robredo were also the biggest spenders for TV ads, spending P83.87 million during the period. LP senatorial candidates also spent the most, buying TV ads worth a total of P1.73 billion, the Nielsen Media report showed. The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) tandem of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his running mate Senator Gregorio Honasan was the second biggest spender with P74.14 million, while the team of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano of the PDP-Laban came in third, with TV ads worth P60.80 million. The tandems of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero of the Partido Galing at Puso and Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago-Ferdinand Marcos Jr. did not have TV ads together. Separately, Poe placed TV ads worth P429.74 million while Escudero spent P269.05 million.  Minus the Poe-Escudero and Santiago-Marcos camps, the three tandems shelled out a total of P218.82 million. Among vice presidential candidates, Escudero was the second largest spender, followed by Cayetano, who spent P185.39 million. They were followed by Senators Marcos (P45.64 million), Antonio Trillanes IV (P40.13 million) and Honasan (P21.83 million). All told, the vice presidential candidates bought a total of P1.006 billion worth of airtime.  Of the 22 senatorial candidates that placed ads on major TV networks, nine were LP bets with a combined placement of P857.14 million, seven were from Poe’s slate at P465.17 million, two were from Binay’s UNA at P36.24 million and four independent senatorial candidates at P442.63. The senatorial candidates bought total airtime of 855.8 minutes worth P1.73 billion. From Feb. 9 to April 27, all five camps that spent for TV ads bought a combined P4.56 billion worth of airtime, with the Roxas camp spending the biggest chunk at P1.7 billion, followed by Poe’s camp at P1.16 billion, Duterte camp at P654.86 million, Binay camp at P507.97 million and Santiago’s camp at P86.66 million. Among the senatorial candidates, independent Francis Tolentino was the top spender at P197.42 million for a total of 77.5 minutes with 11 percent in share of investment.  Tolentino was followed by LP’s Joel Villanueva at P150.81 million, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of the Poe camp came in third at P141.99 million, followed by independent Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez at P133.99 million. READ MORE...


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DUTERTE’S ‘SECRET’ ACCOUNT CONFIRMED


DUTERTE

MANILA, MAY 2, 2016 (MALAYA)  By WENDELL VIGILIA April 29, 2016 - A CONCERNED citizen was able to prove yesterday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lied when he said the other day that he does not have a hidden bank account as claimed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Taking the cue from the concerned citizen’s move, the camp of administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II also managed to validate the existence of the account.

Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas, a Malaya columnist and former chief of reporters, narrated in her Facebook account that a friend of hers went to a BPI branch yesterday afternoon to find out if Trillanes’ exposé is true.

Using the bank account number that came out in the media, Tordesillas said, her friend deposited P500 at 2:24 p.m.

“It’s validated. The account is existing. Here’s the deposit slip,” said Tordesillas, who posted the client’s copy of the deposit slip.

The teller’s validation revealed that BPI account 002433-0695-39 is owned by a “Rodrigo Roa Duterte or Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Z. Duterte.”

Roxas said one of his staff members was able to validate the existence of the account after also depositing P500 to the account yesterday.

“Mayor Duterte, you’re lying again. When are we going to know the truth? When can we hold you accountable for what you say? You said yesterday (Wednesday) that the account is non-existent, that there was no such thing. You said it’s just a fabrication (of Trillanes), just an invention,” Roxas told a press conference.

Trillanes, a vice presidential bet, earlier claimed the bank account was not declared in Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Duterte, a front runner in the presidential race based on surveys, has denied Trillanes’ claim and said it was a “mere fabrication.”

But late yesterday, Duterte confirmed the existence of the account. However, he said it contains only thousands, and not millions as claimed by Trillanes.

“Meron ako sa BPI hindi ganon kalaki, thousands lang... Nilalaro niya (Trillanes) ako. Hindi ako uto-uto,” Duterte said.

Duterte, standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban, and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano last March 11 signed an “end to corruption” manifesto pledging to open all their accounts but Roxas’ camp earlier said the document had no legal value because it was not executed and notarized for the purpose of opening to the public a particular bank account.

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In contrast, Roxas signed a duly notarized waiver “authorizing the Ombudsman to obtain and secure from all appropriate government agencies, including the Bureau of Internal Revenue, cash documents that may show my assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests and financial connections.”

Roxas said he also waived “in favor of the Ombudsman all my rights and privileges to the Bank Secrecy Law under and it shall cover all banks.”

The “affidavit of transparency” shall cover all previous years to include the year I first assumed (government) office in government, Roxas said.

“So that’s the truth. This isn’t just a gimmick (unlike Duterte’s previous waiver) because when it was confronted by the truth, it was answered with lies. So, step up, Mayor Duterte. Our country is at stake here.”

Roxas said the Office of the President must be the most trusted among all government offices because its leader was elected based on public trust and confidence.

He said Duterte must tell the truth because “our people deserve no less.”

“If we can’t trust your word now, what more if you are catapulted to the presidency?” said Roxas. “You’re lying, in the same way you lied before. Every time you were confronted with data and facts, you’ll change your story. You’ll insult and curse at those telling the truth.”

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, said they are willing to sign a waiver if there are questions on their bank deposits.

Poe said while privacy must be respected, transparency must be given priority.

Escudero reiterated his call for national and local candidates to waive their rights under the bank secrecy law to make sure they are not keeping any ill-gotten wealth. – With Raymond Africa and JP Lopez

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DUTERTE MULLS FILING CASE AGAINST TRILLANES By RAYMOND AFRICA April 29, 2016

THE legal team of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, PDP-Laban standard bearer, is looking at charges that can be filed against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who alleged he has some P200 million in undeclared wealth, Duterte’s spokesman Peter Laviña said yesterday.

Lavina said Duterte, at an event hosted by the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines Tuesday, “denied the existence of the bank account claimed by Trillanes.”

“Maniwala kayo. That’s garbage. You can check with the bank. You go there,” he quoted Duterte as saying.

Late yesterday, Duterte confirmed the existence of the account. But, he said, it contains only thousands, not millions. He dared Trillanes to file a case.

“Meron ako sa BPI, hindi ganon kalaki, thousand lang... Let us make it legal. File ka ng kaso, secure an affidavit, buksan ko,” Duterte said.

Trillanes, who is seeking the vice presidency, has said Duterte did not declare the account in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.

Yesterday, Trillanes told Duterte to charge him with libel. He also said he would resign as senator and withdraw from the vice presidential race if his claim is proven untrue. He asked Duterte to sign a waiver that will allow the opening of the BPI account.

Meanwhile, another video is now going viral on the internet this time showing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a “puppet” of the communists.

The 14-minute video was supposedly made by a group of soldiers calling themselves the “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic.” It showed alleged links of Duterte to the communists which was reportedly based on an intelligence report.

The video was uploaded on Facebook and can be accessed through www.facebook/NODTR and www.facebook/networkofofficerstodefendtherepublic.

“We are issuing an urgent appeal to the Filipino people, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to defend democracy against an imminent takeover by the communist. This clear and present danger is emanating from presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte,” said a man dressed in a soldier’s uniform with his face covered with a mask. The man is also sitting in front of table with banners which read: “Duterte Communist Puppet. No To Communist Dictatorship.”

The man also accused Duterte of coddling the New People’s Army rebels operating in the Davao region, saying it is only in Davao City where armed New People’s Army rebels can freely roam the streets.

The new video followed the “Pamana ni Duterte” video which showed a compilation of clips showing him cursing the issuing threats to kill.

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Du30 has dollar account, billions in peso accounts Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 f


Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, PDP-Laban standard-bearer, who vows to usher in a “clean and incorruptible” presidency and administration, appears to have lied again and can’t possibly keep his vow of a clean and incorruptible government should he sit as president, as it has been bared that he not only has several secret bank accounts in Philippine banks with transactions amounting to at least P2 billion, but even has another secret account, this time in dollars.

The amounts in these banks do not match what he stated in his 2014 Statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth (SALn).

Duterte could not have honestly earned the billions in peso and the dollars in his dollar account with a yearly salary as Davao mayor.

He has also refused to bare his bank records, as well as admit to what the bank statements and transactions that were exposed very recently.

He has been caught lying too many times.

It was administration candidate Manuel ”Mar” Roxas who has hit Duterte’s blatant lying and bared proof of the mayor’s Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) dollar account. by having one of his staff to deposit a $10 bill.

Roxas on Friday slammed anew Duterte’s penchant for lying as he showed proof that the tough-talking mayor is lying again, this time on the existence of a hidden dollar account at the same BPI where an alleged multi-million peso account was deposited.

Acting on an expose by Sen. Antonio Trillanes that Duterte also has several hidden dollar accounts, Roxas’ camp decided to investigate if one of the dollar accounts really existed.

“Today, US$10 was deposited in one of these accounts at while showing the bank deposit receipt that proved the existence of the dolalr account.
“It is in the name of Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Duterte. The $10 was accepted; This is at the BPI also, the Liberal Party standard bearer said.
“So when he claimed that he had no dollar account, he again lied as the proof shows.

“It has now been proven. Mayor Duterte, time’s up. Tell the truth,” Roxas said.

Roxas revealed this in a press conference on Friday at the LP headquarters amid reports that the mayor, the presidential survey front-runner, had billions of pesos in several bank accounts undeclared in his SALn.



“We wanted to verify if Senator Trillanes’ allegations were true. So we deposited $10 to one of the accounts at we saw the names of Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Z. Duterte, also in BP,” Roxas stressed.

On the claim of Dutrete that Trillanes must first reveal his informants, after which he would sign a bank secrecy waiver, Roxas asked him: “Why sign a bank waiver in March and not sign now? This is Senator Trillanes’ challenge to Mr. Duterte.”

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The former Interior and Local Government Secretary noted that while the existence of the dollar account has now been exposed, Duterte has yet to either fully explain or fully acknowledge what is in the peso account.

Besides the dollar accounts, the Davao City mayor has been accused by Trillanes of having hidden wealth amounting to P211 million stashed at the BPI branch in Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City.

Duterte earlier denied the existence of the said account only to recant and admit it Thursday.

The front-running presidential candidate, who also earlier urged his rivals to open all their bank accounts, then decided not to sign a bank secrecy waiver and stated that he would only do so if and when a case has already been filed in court.

“He keeps on changing his stories, his positions. This has been his pattern. What really is the score? Can the people trust him in what he says? Does he have a word of honor? What our people see, is that you speak with a forked tongue. You speak with both sides of your mouth. You have no word of honor, no one can rely on what you say, or promise,” Roxas said.

“Be truthful, Mayor Duterte. Our people hope for the whole truth and nothing but the truth.Nothing else. The truth is what the people want from you,” he said.
Du30 won’t go to the bank, his lawyer will

Senator Trillanes has called for the opening of all the transaction history for the past nine years of Duterte’s account when he meets the Mayor’s lawyer on Monday.

“I was informed that Mayor Duterte would be represented by Atty. Salvador Panelo during Monday’s visit to BPI Julia Vargas branch,” Trillanes said in a statement on Friday.

“But just to be clear, the opening of the accounts should not be limited to the current account balance alone. It should also include the transaction history for the past nine years,” Trillanes added.

“This is important because, if Duterte has already withdrawn the money before Monday, then the total amount of transactions would not be reflected on the current account balance,” Trillanes stressed.

It was reported by the Inquirer that the mayor had at least P227 million in his BPI account in 2014, not just P211 million but failed ot declare this in his statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALn).

Failure to declare such assets in a government’s official/employee in his SALn, gets that official dismissed.

Trillanes also said that transactions amounting to P2.407 billion and involving 17 accounts of Duterte in three banks—two in Metro Manila and one in Davao—were recorded from 2006 to 2015.

Trillanes challenged Duterte not only to issue a waiver allowing the opening of his accounts but also to meet him at the bank branch.
Earlier, Trillanes showed members of the media a brown envelope which he claimed contains details of bank accounts that, the senator said, belong to presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte and his three children.

Transactions amounting to P2.407 billion and involving 17 accounts of Duterte in three banks (two in Metro Manila and one in Davao) were recorded over a nine-year period, documents provided by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to the Inquirer showed.

From 2006 to 2015, Duterte held seven joint accounts with his daughter Sara at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City, nine joint accounts at the BPI Edsa Greenhills branch and one joint account at Banco de Oro Unibank-1 in Davao City.

The newspaper report said that at BPI Julia Vargas alone, father and daughter received total deposits and transfers of P1.74 billion. They had P667.24 million in total deposits in BPI Edsa Greenhills and P534,989.75 in BDO–Unibank (Account No. 1370020471).

The number of deposits and transfers in the three banks totaled 71, of which 23 were interbank transfers and 48 through credit memos.

The interbank transfers amounted to a total of P715.9 million, while those done through credit memos reached P1.69 billion.

The records showed that 48 deposits totaling P1.7 billion, including a deposit of $1.9 million, were recorded at the BPI Julia Vargas and Edsa Greenhills branches.
At the BPI branches, the highest deposit was P55,131,747.32 and the lowest, P953,511.29.

The bank records further showed that in several transactions the same amount was entered in two different accounts on the same day. For instance, P49.28 million was deposited in two different accounts at BPI Edsa Greenhills on May 22, 2007.

In another instance, four transfers of the same amount (P41.72 million) were made in just one day at BPI Julia Vargas.

In radio DZMM, Trillanes accused the Duterte camp of trying to buy time after a spokesman of the PDP-Laban said Duterte would only sign a bank waiver if Trillanes reveals his sources about the alleged P2.4 billion in transactions in Duterte’s accounts.

A PDP Laban spokesman confirmed the bank waiver was only addressed to the central bank and not BPI.

The senator pointed out Duterte’s own spokesman, Peter Laviña, lied after he claimed in a TV interview that Duterte had no bank account in BPI Julia Vargas. Laviña has been silent since.

Trillanes earlier said he will resign from the Senate, quit the vice-presidential race and face charges if it is proven that he lied about the multi-billion peso transactions in Duterte’s bank accounts.

He said he could face both libel charges as well as possible violation of the bank secrecy law for his accusation.

PDP-Laban: ‘Inventor’ Trillanes’ raps ridiculous



“We won’t be surprised if next week, Mayor Duterte will be accused of hiding trillions of pesos,” PDP-Laban spokesman Atty. Paola Alvarez said regarding the accusations hurled by Trillanes against her political party’s presidential bet, the Davao City Mayor.

“This is getting ridiculous by the day. Two days ago, Senator Trillanes accused Mayor Duterte of having an undeclared P211 million bank account. Today, he said the mayor’s accounts had P2.4 billion worth of transactions. What’s next, Mayor Duterte is behind the $81 million Bangladeshi bank heist? This is already the height of absurdity,” Alvarez said.

“Senator Trillanes should be voted ‘inventor of the week’. He is becoming more of an inventor than a senator,” Alvarez added, reiterating the challenge made by Duterte for Trillanes to sign an affidavit before the tough-talking mayor opens his bank accounts.

“We call on Sen. Trillanes to execute an affidavit and reveal where and when he got his information and why he released it. Mayor Duterte already committed to open his bank accounts as long as Senator Trillanes signs an affidavit. It’s now in his hands. If the senator is confident of his information, he wouldn’t mind signing his name to a legal document to back up his claim,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez also slammed the rivals of Mayor Duterte, whom she said have found it fashionable nowadays to sign bank waivers.

“When Mayor Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano signed a bank waiver and challenged their rivals to do the same, no single candidate heeded their call. Now that Mayor Duterte is leading the presidential election and is on the brink of victory, they not only joined Senator Trillanes’ ridiculous accusations, they are now signing bank waivers left and right. It is downright hypocritical,” she said.

Alvarez asked Duterte’s supporters not to be distracted from making the Duterte-Cayetano win in the election and achieving real change. She said that in the coming days leading to the elections, her group expects more accusations will be thrown against their standard-bearer.

The wiver that Duterte sign is not a bank secrecy waiver, however, since no bank will honor such a “waiver” being merely a pledge, which is not even going to be honored by Duterte.

“As the enemies of change become more desperate, we expect the attacks to become more vicious. We are also afraid that this will be a prelude to possible massive election cheating. Thus, we call on the supporters of the Duterte-Cayetano tandem and the public to exercise extreme vigilance amid the confusion and lies being peddled by groups with the intention to deprive the people of their rightful choice this coming election,” Alvarez concluded.

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Duterte implodes, as expected Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00



Reacting to Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ threat that he would be first in initiating an impeachment complaint against Davao City Mayor Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, should he win the presidency, the tough talking mayor on Friday warned he will close down Congress if he faces impeachment attempts as president and impose dictatorial rule.

Speaking to reporters at his campaign rally in Olongapo City, Pampanga, Duterte denied hiding any ill-gotten wealth, reiterating that two of his bank accounts only hold P50,000 and P17,000 each. He however, did not disclose this in his required document of assets and liabilities.

He added that he will leave Trillanes with no avenue to unseat him from Malacañang closing Congress.

“Son of a b*tch, impeach me because of P17,000 (in my bank account)? That’s crazy. I will close down Congress,” he said.

Duterte apparently does not know anything about the Constitution, and neither does Trillanes, for him, a senator of the republic, not to realize that if he files an impeachment complaint against a sitting president, he obviously will sit as a senator-judge, which won’t make him an impartial member of the impeachment court, despite a vow, under oath, to be an impartial senator-justice, and his recusal may be sought. This would mean less one vote against Duterte.

In any case, Trillanes must also know, since apparently he does not seem to know, that his impeachment complaint against Duterte won’t constitutionally fly, because despite Duterte’s alleged billions in bank transactions, and his failure to hide his bank accounts and their amounts in his 2014, and probably in his 2015 Statement of Assets and Liabilities net worth (SALn), Duterte cannot possibly be impeached on this failure and evident corruption, as he has committed these acts as Davao City mayor, and not as president.

Trillanes will have to wait until Duterte sits as president and then try and unearth whatever constitutional violations he commits, after which an impeachment complaint is filed then submitted to the new House of Representatives’ elected Speaker who will then transmit the same complaint to the Justice chairman of the Justice committee and the Justice panel that will then decide to bring this up to the plenary for a House vote. Should this pass after getting the required house number to impeach Duterte, then the Articles of Impeachment is immediately sent to the Senate, which will then transform itself into an impeachment court to try Duterte.

The question then is whether Duterte would have the numbers in the House. Probably, since it is well known that the House members and even the elected speaker all turn into political butterflies as they will immediately swear allegiance to Duterte and the now ruling party, the PDP-Laban.

The impeachment complaint is therefore dead in the water.

But let us say, for the sake of argument, that the Articles of Impeachment pushes through and a Senate trial proceeds, again this would depend on the number of senators allied with a rival party, say, the Liberal Party, that will make up the majority — again assuming that the LP members stick to their party and not become turncoats or lapdogs of the new president — the chances of impeaching Duterte may be nil, if money in the hundreds millions flow to each senator, rival or not.
In Duterte’s case, despite having been a public prosecutor in his earlier years, he does not seem to know either what the Constitution entails, or he cares nothing about following the Constitution when he threatens to close down Congress and declare himself the dictator under a dictatorial regime, should impeachment proceedings against him done in the House of Congress.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the President has no power or authority at all to shut down Congress, as the fundamental law states clearly that Congress is required to hold sessions, determine whether to grant Duterte what he wants and Congres will have to be will have to be in session. At most, Duterte can declare martial law for 60 day after which this review goes to the SC.

But in the first place, would he have the full military and police force behind him? Say he does have them by that time, since our military and police force are hardly known to be constitutionalists and professionals. His declaration of a dictatorship and establishing a dictatorial regime may not pass muster before the Supreme Court.

The SC is to rule on the legality and constitutionality of a president Duterte declaring a dictatorship and martial law.

But say the SC justices, many of whom rule unconstitutionally anyway, come around and say what the SC said in the case of Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law, since some SC justices can also be threatened by dictator Duterte with firing them and to close the SC down and the Judiciary, what then?

Surely dictator Duterte cannot expect to rule with a lot of political instability and massive street protests where Dutrete, being a killer, would have his military and police and even his Davao Death Squad kill all the protesters in cold blood while his fanatics in social media start threatening everybody else who go against Duterte and his killers’ way.

Does Duterte really believe that the international community won’t bear down on him?

He has already ruffled the feathers of at least three or four countries. There will be more, and we can all say, Goodbye Digong and Good Riddance!

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DUTERTE'S CAMP: “Senator Trillanes should be voted ‘inventor of the week’. He is becoming more of an inventor than a senator,” Alvarez added, reiterating the challenge made by Duterte for Trillanes to sign an affidavit before the tough-talking mayor opens his bank accounts. “We call on Sen. Trillanes to execute an affidavit and reveal where and when he got his information and why he released it. Mayor Duterte already committed to open his bank accounts as long as Senator Trillanes signs an affidavit. It’s now in his hands. If the senator is confident of his information, he wouldn’t mind signing his name to a legal document to back up his claim,” Alvarez said

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV stepped up his attacks on PDP-Laban presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday on the eve of a meeting with lawyers of Duterte for the opening of his alleged undisclosed bank accounts, as he bared hidden assets of the presidential aspirant, revealing to the public the former’s purported other hidden assets.

Trillanes released to the media the list of 49 alleged real estate properties supposedly belonging to Duterte and his children.

While most of the properties are in Davao and other provinces in Mindanao, the list showed Duterte has a property in San Juan under the name of his son Sebastian Z. Duterte; a Paranaque property under the name of Manases Carpio, husband of Duterte’s daughter Sara; and another property in Quezon City under Sara’s name.

Trillanes, based on the list he provided, said Duterte has nine other known addresses.

These can be found at 386 P. Guevarra St., San Juan City; 93 Sapphire St., Dona Luisa, Matina, Davao; 115 Camagong St., Monte Maria, Davao City; 267 Makiling Central Parkbangkal, Bangkal Davao City; 458 Taal Road Central Park Subdivision, Bangkal, Davao City; 2 Atlantic Avenue, Ecoland, Davao City; 10 Atlantic Avenue, Ecoland Phase 3, Davao City; 9 Atlantic Ave., Ecoland Subdivision Phase 3, Davao City Del Sur; and, 105 SM Village, Bangkal, Davao City.

Duterte eventually admitted the existence of his bank accounts being held at the BPI Julia Vargas branch, initially alleged to have had P211 million, but he insisted it only has over P27,000 in deposits.

“I feel vindicated by Duterte’s admission that he has P200 million in his accounts. But most importantly, it’s time to shatter Duterte’s fraudulent image of being simple, honest and incorruptible. He actually is as corrupt as the Binays. Worse, he is a psychopath and a confessed murderer,” Trillanes said.

While he agreed to have the said bank accounts opened, Duterte said he will not be able to do it personally before Trillanes, as what the latter demanded, but through his lawyer Salvador Panelo.

“I was informed that Mayor Duterte would be represented by lawyer Salvador Panelo during today’s visit to BPI Julia Vargas branch. But just to be clear, the opening of the accounts should not be limited to the current account balance alone. It should also include the transaction history for the past nine years. This is important because, if Duterte has already withdrawn the money before Monday, then the total amount of transactions would not be reflected on the current account balance,” Trillanes said.

The senator said he will proceed with his plan of meeting up Duterte’s camp to sign a waiver and he will be at the BPI Julia Vargas branch in Ortigas, Pasig City today at around 11 a.m. to wait for the mayor or his representative to fulfill the said challenge.

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Conspicuously silent is Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who initially called Trillanes a “Poetector” and accused the latter of trying to bring down Duterte and promote Poe who is his preferred presidential bet.

One of Duterte’s rivals, independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe likewise issued a challenge, for the mayor to make a full disclosure of all his assets and properties.
“If there is nothing to hide, there should be no reason not to divulge everything. That will clear the air in the remaining days in the runup to the elections,” Poe said in an ambush interview with reports in Marikina City.

Poe’s reaction was sought following reports that Duterte’s camp, while agreeing to challenge of Trillanes to sign a waiver on secrecy of bank deposits, will only limit the information on transactions made from December last year to March this year or since the time he has agreed to run for president.

The senator-presidential aspirant chided the outspoken and tough-talking Duterte for refusing to be forthright on the issues confronting him concerning alleged hidden wealth.

“My life is an open book even when various allegations were raised against me and even when these were raised, we were consistent in showing the transactions from the start to erase all doubts,” she said.

Trillanes had revealed that some of the alleged assets of Duterte are not reflected in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALn) and these include those in Davao City, Dipolog City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao del Norte as well as those in Metro Manila - Paranaque, Quezon City and San Juan City.

Trillanes last Wednesday claimed Duterte’s accounts at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)-Julia Vargas Avenue branch contained P227.41 million in 2014 which were not declared in Duterte’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALn) that year.

Trillanes added a total of P2.407 billion was funneled into 17 accounts of the Davao City mayor in three banks, from 2006 to 2015.

Over the nine-year period, Duterte allegedly held seven joint accounts with his daughter Sara at the BPI branch in Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City; nine joint accounts at the BPI Edsa Greenhills branch; and one joint account at Banco de Oro Unibank-1 in Davao City.



Trillanes showed documents that Duterte’s accounts at BPI Julia Vargas alone allegedly received P1.74 billion in total deposits and transfers.

The joint accounts at BPI Edsa Greenhills also received P667 million while the BDO-Unibank account had P534 million.

Trillanes said deposits and transfers in the three banks totaled 71, of which 48 were credit memos and 23 were inter-bank transfers.

Among these transactions were seven deposits amounting to P193 million, which were credited to Duterte’s BPI Julia Vargas account on his 69th birthday.
Duterte has agreed to disclose his bank accounts at the BPI Julia Vargas branch, but his camp on Saturday said Trillanes must first execute an affidavit and name his sources before this can happen.

PDP-Laban spokesperson Paola Alvarez said it is unfair for Duterte to divulge the details of his bank accounts if Trillanes won’t reveal the sources of his information which alleges that the Davao City mayor has millions of pesos in hidden wealth.

Duterte helped in freeing Chinese drug lords

Trillanes also accused Duterte of intervening in 2005 for the release of eight Chinese nationals tagged in illegal drugs trade.

Trillanes said on radio the eight Chinese were among the 10 people arrested on January 1, 2005, a day after a major shabu laboratory in Davao was raided.

Trillanes said Duterte, who was also then the Davao City mayor, freed the eight foreigners “in the spirit of Chinese New Year.”

“Did you know what Duterte did despite his boast that he will kill all drug lords in the country, inarbor (he intervened) for their release and with the excuse that it is being done in the spirit of Chinese New Year,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes said while Duterte admits killing petty criminals, he coddles drug lords.

Trillanes said Duterte only orders the criminals killed when it suits him which Trillanes said he is already gathering data to back up his allegations.

“You will see here in this case that he did not kill these drug lords, instead he intervened for their release. But in other cases he ordered the killing of other pushers. The question here is the possibility that those killed are members of a competing group,” he said.

A previous report on the Chinese detainees’ release quoted Duterte as saying that some of them were either too young or too old to be deprived of their liberty.

Duterte also reportedly said that the eight Chinese nationals, including the parents of alleged shabu lab financier Allan Sy, were cleared of any involvement in narcotics manufacturing.

The mayor added that the only mistake of some of them was the possible violation of immigration laws in their prolonged stay in the Philippines.

Duterte was also reportedly concerned that their continued detention would have repercussions on the many Filipinos who were staying in China.
The eight were rounded up in a row of apartments in barrio Obrero in Davao City where Sy and his family were also residing.

Equipment and chemicals used in manufacturing shabu were also found in Sy’s two warehouses in Barangay Dumoy.

The drug laboratories in the police raid yielded over 100 kilos of high-grade shabu with a street value of over P300 million.

Among those released were Sy’s parents Lin Qiong Xio and Shi Chunchang, who were in the city for a short visit. The six others were identified as Zhenyi Lu, Yashu Gou, Wendun Zheng, Lu Zixiao, Shi Chun Fa and Cai Lungna.

Duterte, in a press statement, however, said his administration will severely punish police officers involved in the illegal drugs trade, stressing that they can be given the death penalty, if found guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

“Here in Manila, let’s be frank, even the police are into drugs,” he said, earning loud applause from the crowd,” he said to a 17,000-strong crowd in Malabon during a recent sortie.

To remove this, one of his first moves as Chief Executive is to double the salary of police and military personnel, adding that his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, has given assurance that there are funds for such an increase.

“Their salary is not enough. PHP14,000 is their starting salary. How can they raise a family with that?” he said.

Duterte said this is the reason many police officers are tempted to become corrupt and even get involved in criminal activities.

“As soon as I sit down as President the salary of the military and police will be doubled. But if I find out you are involved in drugs, the gunshots in your head will also be doubled,” he said.

The PDP-LABAN standard bearer also warned drug dealers that their lives are in danger if they do not stop their activities.

“I don’t want anybody killed. But at the start of my administration, you drug lords better hide or stop and surrender,” he said.

Duterte also urged drug addicts to come clean so they can be rehabilitated.

“You better report to the nearest police station. Surrender so you can have a record and I can send you to rehab,” he said.

Duterte said those who remain in the drug trade can expect to be dealt with harshly.

“I will use the military because the drug threat is already a national security matter. My order to the police and military is find the drug dealers, arrest them, and if they put up violent resistance and you think your life is in danger, kill them all,” he stressed.


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Poe dares Tatad to prove claims against husband Written by Angie M. Rosales Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00



BALANGA CITY — Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe yesterday dared former Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad to prove his claims against her husband, Teodoro Daniel “Neil” Misael Llamanzares, since his claim holds no ground before any court of law.

Poe took a dig at Tatad’s latest move to discredit her even as she challenged the former senator in pursuing the complaint he filed before the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against Llamanzares.

“Where will he have my husband deported? Where? He has already renounced his American citizenship. So where will he deport him ( Niel Llamanzares)?” Poe retorted when the latest charges of Tatad was raised during an interview with reports here following a courtesy call on Gov. Albert Garcia and provincial board members and some mayors.

Poe was referring to the moves taken by her husband, which was his taking an oath of renunciation of foreign nationality before a barangay chairman in Greenhills, San Juan City where they are currently residing and are registered voters as well as the filling out of a questionnaire of the US embassy to confirm the renunciation.

She first dropped the information during the televised presidential debates in Dagupan City, Pangasinan last Sunday and further defending that Llamanzares has been legally compliant as far as the country’s laws are concerned.

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Tatad, in his complaint before the BI said there is no such record of Llamanzares having taken a oath renouncing his American citizenship and applying for Philippine citizenship.

“Is there no more value to being a natural born if one’s parents are Filipinos? I dare him (Tatad) to prove his allegations,” Poe said.

In disputing the allegations, Poe said that Llamanzares is a natural-born Filipino citizen, born to Filipino parents.

Tatad, on Tuesday, asked the BI to investigate whether Llamanzares, who is a dual citizenship but now in the process of renouncing his American citizenship, is illegally working the country.

If so, he should be deported from the Philippines, Tatad said.

When asked on Tatad’s filed complaint, Poe dismissed it as a mere attempt by the former senator to hog the headlines.

“Media shouldn’t give him any attention,” she said.


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Pro-lifers back Binay, Bongbong Endorse senatorial bid of Romualdez, 7 other bets posted May 01, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera



CHURCH-backed pro-life groups on Saturday endorsed the Binay-Marcos tandem, the senatorial bid of Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and seven other senatorial candidates for being anti-death penalty and anti-abortion.

At the Kapihan sa Annabel’s forum, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said the combined forces of Buhay party-list and Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, numbering some 2.5 million Catholics, rejected the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The groups appealed to all Catholics and Christians not to vote for Duterte because of his alleged penchant for extrajudicial killings.

They, instead, endorsed the candidacies of opposition United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay for president and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for vice president. Marcos is running as independent.

Besides Romualdez, endorsed for the Senate were Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, world boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao, reelectionist Senator Vicente Sotto III, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Princess Jacel Kiram, former Quezon City Rep. Dante Liban and Diosdado Valeroso.

Atienza also revealed that the influential El Shaddai of Bro. Mike Velarde would back the Binay-Marcos tandem.

Velarde, he said, would make the announcement during the gathering of the El Shaddai flock Saturday night.

But the Servant Communities, led by Albert Gomez Alba, said the SC, composed of charismatic priests, endorsed the vice presidential bid of Binay’s running mate, Senator Gregorio Honasan.

Atienza and Eric Manalang, president of Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, said they had no problem with either Marcos or Honasan.

Manalang said while Marcos’ family was hounded by such controversies as corruption and human rights violation due to Martial Law that was declared by his father and namesake the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the group did not take the issues against Marcos.

“We had a face-to-face interview with Senator Marcos. All vice presidential contenders were subjected to intense review and grilling. We followed his political career and found that he is pro-life. All his legislations are geared at protecting and preserving life,” Manalang said.

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Alba said the pro-life groups were targeting the 12.5-million Filipinos who remain undecided, nine days before the elections on May 9.

“No candidate has ever admitted that he is corrupt or a thief. They all deny this. But there is one candidate who admitted that he is a killer and he does not regret it,” said Alba, referring to Duterte.

Atienza said the Catholic members of Buhay would not go for Senator Grace Poe, standard bearer of Partido Galing at Puso, because she was anti-life for being pro-abortion and pro-same sex marriage.

“Poe, if she becomes president, will promote divorce and abortion. That’s going against the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Atienza said. “We cannot have a president that violates the law of the Church, particularly disregarding the sanctity of life and family values.”

He said Poe has adopted an American lifestyle because she was an American before she renounced her foreign citizenship to run for the Senate and she would also push for the use of contraceptives, which the pro-life groups oppose for the pills’ being abortifacient.

Several women’s groups that are advocates of reproductive health law and family planning said several studies show that contraceptives are safe for women.

Atienza said the lone woman vice presidential candidate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, running mate of Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, shares the same stand as Poe.

“Just like Poe, Roxas and Robredo are also anti-life,” Atienza said.

“Only Binay has a clear-cut position on preserving the sanctity of life, being a human rights lawyer. He values life. Bongbong Marcos is also pro-life,” said Atienza, defending the group’s choice of Binay-Marcos tandem.

“Digong [Duterte] is simply anti-life. He kills. He even boasts of his penchant for killing,” Atienza said, cautioning the electorate against believing in popularity surveys.

“The surveys tend to condition the mind of the public. Their results are simply not accurate,” Atienza said.

Atienza cited the case of Buhay party-list group that the surveys claimed in the 2013 elections would not make it to Congress.

“Came election day, some 1.3 million people voted for us. We were able to obtain three seats in Congress. So these surveys should be banned for trying to influence the outcome of the elections,” Atienza said.

He vowed that if got reelected, the Buhay party-list would pass legislations that would bar the survey outfits from coming out with survey results a month before the elections.


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Reject Duterte, CBCP tells flock El Shaddai goes for Bongbong, Binay on May 9 posted May 02, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera


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CATHOLIC bishops issued a pastoral letter Sunday that, without mentioning the candidate’s name, exhorted the faithful not to vote for presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“The desire for change is understandable. Our people have suffered from incompetence and indifference,” said the letter signed by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. “But this cannot take the form of supporting a candidate whose speech and actions, whose plans and projects show scant regard for the rights of all, [and] who has openly declared indifference if not dislike and disregard for the Church, especially her moral teachings.”

The letter, read in the homily of all Sunday masses in all churches nationwide, was the strongest condemnation yet of Duterte, who has been linked to the extrajudicial killings of criminal suspects.

El Shaddai’s candidate. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a vice presidential candidate in the May 9 elections, speaks during the pro-Catholic religious group El Shaddai’s prayer vigil overnight celebration in Parañaque City on May 1, 2016. More than 17,000 positions ranging from president to town councilors will be contested when the Philippines holds national elections on May 9, 2016. About 80 percent of the Philippines’ 100-million people are Catholic. AFP
The pastoral letter came after the charismatic movement within the Catholic Church, the El Shaddai, began distributing sample ballots to its members at a prayer rally Saturday night that carried the name of Vice President Jejomar Binay for president, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for vice president, and Buhay for the party-list.

The CBCP pastoral letter read Sunday was directed mostly at voters.

“The nationally telecast debates as well as the publicized utterances and actuations of our candidates, particularly those who vie for the high office of President of the Republic, have given us all a glimpse of who they are, what they represent and the causes they champion—or reject.

“There is a fundamental difference between right and wrong, and not everything is fair game in politics. A choice for a candidate who takes positions that are not only politically precarious but worse, morally reprehensible, cannot and should not be made by the Catholic faithful...

“One cannot proclaim Christ as King and at the same time accept the governance of one whose thoughts, speech and demeanor are diametrically opposed to the demands of submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” the pastoral letter read.

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The bishops said the Catholic Church has never asked any political candidate to seek its endorsement, but the Catholic Church has always demanded of Catholic voters that they cast their votes as an “act not only of citizenship but also as a public declaration of faith.”

“We ask this most earnestly of all of you, Catholic brothers and sisters, in the forthcoming election,” they said.

Addressing the presidential candidates, the bishops said in less than two weeks, the sovereign people would choose who should govern them.

“It is this that makes us a free people. We, your bishops of this country, therefore ask of you to allow each Filipino the free and untrammeled right to an informed choice. This means, among other things, that you cannot deceive or mislead the people by proffering them falsehoods, much less defraud the nation,” the bishops said.

The bishops also lamented the rancor that has marked the campaign period.

“Many wounds have been inflicted. This is true not only of candidates but also of their supporters. Even close friends have parted ways because of differences in political persuasion and in the choice of candidates to support,” they said, urging voters and candidates to pray.

They also said whoever wins honestly, takes his or her oath of office seriously, strives to heal the wounds of divisive politics and respects the rights of all would have the support of the CBCP.

At Saturday night’s El Shaddai prayer rally, the movement’s leader Mike Valarde did not endorse Binay or Marcos, but sample ballots distributed at the event showed the group’s preference.

It was an awkward moment for another presidential candidate, Senator Grace Poe, who was on stage with Binay, as the sample ballots with her rival’s name were being distributed.

Also on stage with the two presidential candidates were Marcos, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian and Buhay first nominee Joselito Atienza.

Before the distribution of the sample ballots, survey forms were distributed to the members asking them how they would vote for president and vice president.

But the survey form did not leave blank the space for party-list as Buhay party-list, the El Shaddai’s endorsed group, was already listed.

Velarde said other candidates were also invited to address the El Shaddai members during the “overnight prayer vigil and celebration” in Parañaque.

“We did not forget them. We invited them here. But it seems they forgot us. So if they forgot us, we can also forget them. How many are we? Three million, including those in their houses who are watching right now because we are being covered live by television,” Velarde said.

Only Binay and Poe were the candidates for president who showed up while Marcos was the only vice presidential candidate who delivered a speech.

Poe’s running mate, Senator Francis Escudero came but left right before the program started.

Binay was introduced by Velarde as the highest official in the presidential race, who was “one step away from the presidency.”

Thousands of the El Shaddai members gave Marcos a rousing welcome.

Aside from those in the Amvel compound, Velarde said about a million more witnessed the event as it was shown live on the government Channel 13, dwXI 1314 radio station and live internet streaming.

Marcos, in his address before the crowd, reiterated his advocacy for national unity as the single most important factor to move the country forward for future generations.

Poe agreed with Marcos and in her speech said the only way for the country to rise above poverty was to be united.

Marcos was met with a thundering applause following his speech and was mobbed by members when he left the compound at around 2 a.m.

Benita Carillo, 64, a native of Tarlac who has been a member of El Shaddai for many years, said she was supporting Marcos because of his own achievements as governor of Ilocos Norte and as a senator.

“He showed his independence, particularly during the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona and when they were discussing the bullet-planting scandal in the Senate,” she said in Filipino. With Macon Ramos-Araneta


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Leni is biggest spender with P406-m in ads posted May 02, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera
 


ROBREDO

THE Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo was the biggest spender on political ads among vice presidential contenders, buying P406.82 million worth of airtime from Feb. 9 to April 27, even surpassing her running mate Manuel Roxas II and two other presidential candidates, Nielsen Media reported Sunday.

The LP tandem of Roxas and Robredo were also the biggest spenders for TV ads, spending P83.87 million during the period. LP senatorial candidates also spent the most, buying TV ads worth a total of P1.73 billion, the Nielsen Media report showed.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) tandem of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his running mate Senator Gregorio Honasan was the second biggest spender with P74.14 million, while the team of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano of the PDP-Laban came in third, with TV ads worth P60.80 million.

The tandems of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero of the Partido Galing at Puso and Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago-Ferdinand Marcos Jr. did not have TV ads together.

Separately, Poe placed TV ads worth P429.74 million while Escudero spent P269.05 million.

Minus the Poe-Escudero and Santiago-Marcos camps, the three tandems shelled out a total of P218.82 million.

Among vice presidential candidates, Escudero was the second largest spender, followed by Cayetano, who spent P185.39 million. They were followed by Senators Marcos (P45.64 million), Antonio Trillanes IV (P40.13 million) and Honasan (P21.83 million).

All told, the vice presidential candidates bought a total of P1.006 billion worth of airtime.

Of the 22 senatorial candidates that placed ads on major TV networks, nine were LP bets with a combined placement of P857.14 million, seven were from Poe’s slate at P465.17 million, two were from Binay’s UNA at P36.24 million and four independent senatorial candidates at P442.63.

The senatorial candidates bought total airtime of 855.8 minutes worth P1.73 billion.

From Feb. 9 to April 27, all five camps that spent for TV ads bought a combined P4.56 billion worth of airtime, with the Roxas camp spending the biggest chunk at P1.7 billion, followed by Poe’s camp at P1.16 billion, Duterte camp at P654.86 million, Binay camp at P507.97 million and Santiago’s camp at P86.66 million.

Among the senatorial candidates, independent Francis Tolentino was the top spender at P197.42 million for a total of 77.5 minutes with 11 percent in share of investment.

Tolentino was followed by LP’s Joel Villanueva at P150.81 million, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of the Poe camp came in third at P141.99 million, followed by independent Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez at P133.99 million.

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LP’s reelectionist Senator Franklin Drilon was the fifth biggest spender at P133.42 million, followed by another LP candidate reelectionist Senator Ralph Recto at P188.8 million and Poe’s guest candidate independent Richard Gordon at P107.56 million and LP’s Francis Pangilinan ranked eighth at P105.32 million.

Those who spent less than P100 million were independent reelectionist Senator Sergio Osmeña III at P99.57 million, LP’s Risa Hontiveros and Jericho Petilla at P97.18 million and P85.21 million, respectively.

Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri of the Poe camp shelled out P81.08 million followed by LP’s re-electionist Senator Teofisto Guingona III.

The rest of the LP candidates who bought ads placements were former Justice secretary Leila de Lima at P42.79 million and Mark Lapid at P5.40 million.

Those who belong to the Poe camp that also placed ads less than P50 million were Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares at P48 million, former Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno at P40.08 million, re-electionist Senator Vicente Sotto III at P24.38 million and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo at P21.98 million.

The two senatorial candidates from UNA who bought airtime were world boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao at P35.97 million and radio broadcaster Rey Langit at P270,000 for three minutes.

Independent former senator Panfilo Lacson Jr. placed ads amounting to P11.65 million.


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