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PHL NOT READY FOR DUTERTE PRESIDENCY - MIRIAM
[RELATED: I
will finish this race! —Miriam]


MAY 3 -MIRIAM SANTIAGO Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said the country is not ready for the leadership style of her fellow presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. At the Meet the Inquirer Multimedia forum in Makati City, Santiago was asked if she thinks the country is prepared for a Duterte presidency given the mayor’s various controversial statements, particularly regarding his anti-crime campaign. “I don’t think so. First of all, we have to be legally literate. We have to know what does the law says, so we can tell whether his actuations are within the law or outside,” Santiago responded. As part of his promise to end criminality within three to six months in office, Duterte earlier stated that he has no problem ordering the military and police to kill criminals “as long as it is in performance of duty in accordance with law”. “Merong mga [nag iisip] bayani siya dahil kaagad ay susuntukin niya ang kalaban niya. Alam natin na mali iyon pero wala tayong legal literacy kasi e,” Santiago said. Critics and various groups are also questioning Duterte’s plan to abolish Congress and set up a revolutionary form of government. “Ni hindi man lamang natin alam ano ba ang tinatawag na rule of law… Rule of law means the law applies to everybody whatever is the standing in the community. And also that everybody must remain within the folds of the law and not outside it,” Santiago said. In the early part of the interview, Santiago, who in the past presidential debates was seen to be very cordial with Duterte, admitted that the latter’s recent statements during media interviews were “ill-reasoned” and legally questionable. READ MORE..RELATED, I will finish this race! —Miriam ...

ALSO: Duterte maintains lead in Pulse Asia survey
[RELATED: Large Duterte rally raises more jitters]


MAY 4 -Front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, center, talks to Juanito Victor "Jonvic" Remulla, right, and Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla following his meeting with some politicians who shifted political support to his camp Friday, April 29, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Mayor Duterte of the southern Philippine city of Davao, is facing another controversy after allegedly failing to declare his P211 million Pesos ($4.5 million US Dollars) 2014 bank deposits as required by law. AP/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintained his lead in the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN Corp. released early Wednesday.
The presidential front-runner kept his 33-percent rating for the second week in a row. READ: Duterte retains wide lead; Poe, Roxas statistically tied for the second spot Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe are in a statistical tie with 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Vice President Jejomar Binay scored 17 percent while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago obtained 2 percent. READ MORE...RELATED, Large Duterte rally raises more jitters...

ALSO: Duterte compounds his mistakes, says his assets are gifts
[RELATED PMA ALUMNI: Threat of uprising under Duterte real]


APRIL 3 -DUTERTE --Quiboloy gifted him with properties, cars
It’s one major mistake after another being committed by PDP-Laban standard bearer, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, just as the campaign weeks went by. He just added to his list of fatal mstakes when he said that he would burn the Singaporean Flag, but is now passing off his remark as yet another joke. There goes yet another country with whom it will be at odds with Duterte. His spokesman quickly tried damage control, saying that Duterte’s remark on burning a Singapore flag was made “jokingly”. In a Facebook post on Monday morning, Peter Tiu Laviña, his spokesman, said Duterte’s remarks were a “tit-for-tat” for Singapore’s reaction to a Facebook image that had been circulating implying that Singapore’s Prime Minister endorsed Duterte’s candidacy. “How can a self-respecting country react to such a trivial matter and call for an investigation?” said Laviña. “Now, it has tasted its own dose of medicine when Duterte retorted jokingly that he will burn the Singaporean flag again. It’s a tit-for-tat. Only the onion-skinned would actually be affected.” Fallout from ‘jokes’  Fearing a fall-out not only from his rape “joke” now making the rounds nationwide, and reflected in his drop in survey ratings, but also from his failure to prove that he does not have the billions transacted form his Bank of the Philippines (BPI) Julia Vargas branch with his refusal to have his bank account opened, despite his earlier claims, along comes another big mistake he just made yesterday, in a bid to clear himself of charges of not having included in his 2015 Statement of Assets and Liablities Networth (SALn), his properties. In Duterte’s bid to clear himself of charges on his non-inclusion of his money in the bank and other properties he owns, he now claims that Kingdom of Christ Pastor Apollo Quiboloy gifted him with pieces of property and cars. Quiboloy is the founding leader and executive pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, which was founded in Davao City in 1985. Trying to rid himself of the big stain of corruption that has enveloped his character and reeks in his person, Duterte Monday said he doesn’t have to engage in graft and corruption because his longtime friend Pastor Quiboloy had been helping him acquire pieces of property and secure his family. The presidential candidate made the disclosure on Quiboloy’s TV program “Give us this Day” in an apparent attempt to disprove the allegations made by vice presidential bet Sen. Antonio Trillanes that he has at least 49 properties that remain undeclared in his SALn.READ MORE...RELATED, RELATED, PMA ALUMNI: Threat of uprising under Duterte real...

ALSO: Duterte bares 2014 bank account balance
[RELATED: Grateful Rody: Duterte thanks the Filipinos, vows to change for the better]


MAY 5 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte stresses a point during a news conference held at The Philippine STAR office yesterday. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN 
Mayor threatens BSP, AMLC 
MANILA, Philippines – In the face of accusations of ill-gotten wealth, presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday revealed the contents of his bank accounts, disputing allegations that he amassed billions in suspicious transactions. Duterte took to task the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for their failure to flag the supposed P2.4 billion in his bank accounts. In a news conference held at The STAR, Duterte presented documents covering the months of December 2013 to December 2014 and April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016. No documents were showed for the year 2015. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV earlier claimed Duterte did not declare in his 2014 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) the P211 million supposedly deposited in a joint Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) account with his daughter Sara. But Duterte stressed that if the allegations of Trillanes were true, the BSP and the AMLC must have been remiss in flagging the suspicious transactions. “What Trillanes was claiming that the P2.4 billion has been in my account ever since, then why the hell wasn’t I investigated by the AMLC. That is hidden wealth, not only that, Trillanes is now claiming it was drug money and it also came from smuggling,” Duterte said. “What I am trying to say is if there is proof, then that is criminal negligence if there was no action on their part. It behooves upon the authority of the ombudsman, especially the Bank of the Philippine Islands, because that is dirty money,” Duterte said. Duterte threatened to file criminal charges against the BSP and the AMLC for negligence in failing to flag the supposed P2.4 billion in his bank accounts. Duterte said the BSP and the AMLC committed criminal negligence when they failed to investigate him about his alleged ill-gotten wealth as Trillanes has been claiming. In same news conference, Duterte showed 11 passbooks of his peso and dollar accounts at the BPI Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City. Duterte’s bank certification of deposit, which is a joint account with his daughter Sara, showed he has only P17,816.93 in his savings as of March 31, 2014. Duterte also showed that the same bank account had P17,766.98 as of Dec. 31, 2014 and P74,734.30 as of April 29, 2016. READ MORE...RELATED, Grateful Rody: Duterte thanks the Filipinos, vows to change for the better...

ALSO: Race down the wire as 4 bets in virtual deadlock—The Center 'Pulso Ng Pilipino'
[RELATED: No more cooperation with Poe — Roxas]


MAY 4 -While survey results from major pollsters have Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte enjoying a double-digit lead from his nearest rival a week to go for election Day, a non-commissioned survey conducted by The Center revealed a down the wire finish among the four major presidential candidates including Duterte. According to Ed Malay, executive director of The Center, the results of the Pulso Ng Pilipino covering the period from April 23 - 29, 2016, the May 9 race is still too close a fight to call as they have the mayor from Davao only enjoying a four-point lead over independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe and a six-point lead over United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. In its April 23-29, 2016 Pulso ng Pilipino survey, the results show Duterte at 29 percent, Poe at 25 percent, Binay at 23 percent, former Secretary Mar Roxas at 21 percent and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago at 2 percent. Duterte was second in Metro Manila with 29 percent to Poe’s 30 percent. He came in second in the Visayas region with 23 percent to Roxas’s 34 percent, but as expected he topped the race in Mindanao with 45 percent. “With a margin of error of + 2.5 percent, this is too close to call,” said Malay. However, Malay said latest developments could play a major role in next Monday’s elections. In fact, Malay said these developments have already manifested in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino survey.“As the survey covered the period when the controversy on questionable bank deposits was raised against presidential front-runner Mayor Duterte, the results of the latest and final pre-poll Pulso ng Pilipino survey of the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) show a slight decline in the ratings of the tough-talking chief executive of Davao City,” said Malay. “But as there is still a full week before the 54 million Filipino voters or at least 80 percent of them go to the polls on May 9, 2016, there is still a possibility these numbers will change – either up if the voters will remain glued with regard to their support of Duterte’s presidential bid or, down if those who were enamored by his messianic posturing will have a change of mind especially for Catholics and Christians alike who will heed the pastoral advisory of Church authorities for the Filipino people to cast their votes based on what the Church termed as a discerned choice,” he explained. Malay noted that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday issued a pastoral letter signed by its president Archbishop Soc Villegas of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan saying: “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  or 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 and those who take their allegiance to Christ and his Kingship seriously. 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 further read. READ MORE...RELATED,
No more cooperation with Poe — Roxas...


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PHL not ready for Duterte presidency — Miriam


MIRIAM SANTIAGO

MANILA, MAY 9, 2016 (GMA NEWS) Published May 3, 2016 10:19pm By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News - Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said the country is not ready for the leadership style of her fellow presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

At the Meet the Inquirer Multimedia forum in Makati City, Santiago was asked if she thinks the country is prepared for a Duterte presidency given the mayor’s various controversial statements, particularly regarding his anti-crime campaign.

“I don’t think so. First of all, we have to be legally literate. We have to know what does the law says, so we can tell whether his actuations are within the law or outside,” Santiago responded.

As part of his promise to end criminality within three to six months in office, Duterte earlier stated that he has no problem ordering the military and police to kill criminals “as long as it is in performance of duty in accordance with law”.

“Merong mga [nag iisip] bayani siya dahil kaagad ay susuntukin niya ang kalaban niya. Alam natin na mali iyon pero wala tayong legal literacy kasi e,” Santiago said.

Critics and various groups are also questioning Duterte’s plan to abolish Congress and set up a revolutionary form of government.

“Ni hindi man lamang natin alam ano ba ang tinatawag na rule of law… Rule of law means the law applies to everybody whatever is the standing in the community. And also that everybody must remain within the folds of the law and not outside it,” Santiago said.

In the early part of the interview, Santiago, who in the past presidential debates was seen to be very cordial with Duterte, admitted that the latter’s recent statements during media interviews were “ill-reasoned” and legally questionable.

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“Some of the statements have been ill-reasoned. I think he would try to clarify that in subsequent pronouncements. But some of the statements make us doubt of his allegiance to the rule law. He is a lawyer himself,” Santiago said.

Duterte was recently under fire over his statement, made in jest, about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary in Davao city in 1989.

Many were also apprehensive of Duterte’s promise of ending criminality in three to six months, saying that it might lead to extra-judicial killings.

Duterte is also facing a controversy over his supposed multiple bank accounts, one of which allegedly contain around P211 million, that was not declared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

But despite these controversies, the Davao city mayor has been topping the recent pre-election surveys of research firms Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations. — BAP, GMA News

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I will finish this race! —Miriam Published May 7, 2016 7:06pm By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News

 A few hours left before the official closing of the campaign period for the May 9 elections, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago maintained that she will not back out from the presidential race.

"I have said it before, and I will say it again: I will never quit, I will never stop, I will never withdraw," Santiago said in a statement issued to reporters a few minutes before her expected arrival at Brgy. West Triangle, Quezon City.

Santiago and her running mate, vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., are set to join about a hundred members of the Youth for Miriam Movement converged at West 4th Street in Barangay West Triangle, for a street party dubbed as "Miriam Redvolution: A Rave to Reform."

Dressed in red T-shirts with printed face of Santiago, the youth supporters started the street party with flash mobs and witty chantings of "Si Miriam ang sagot!", "Batas hindi dahas!", "Only Miriam, only Miriam!", "Aangat tayo kay Miriam Defensor-Santiago!", "Miriam supporters, hindi kami bayad!" among others.

Santiago, in her statement, said she owe it to the Filipino people who believe in her, to finish the race.

"I owe it to the Filipino people who believe in my leadership and who yearn for long-overdue reforms," Santiago said.

Santiago's statement came amid rumors that she will back down from the race at the last minute to support another candidate.

Santiago had earlier revealed that a certain group offered her around P350 million to withdraw from the race and endorse another presidential candidate.

Santiago's statement also came at the heels of the call of President Benigno Aquino III for presidential rivals to unite against a looming dictatorship of the leading candidate, apparently referring to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who has been topping the recent pre-election surveys.

Santiago, meanwhile, again hit the private research firms over their alleged questionable pre-election surveys.

"These commercial surveys are mind conditioning tools. The goal is to discourage contributors, effectively depriving me of campaign funds," Santiago said.

Santiago had been consistently lagging in pre-election surveys of research firms Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia.

Santiago, however, has been questioning the credibility of the two pollsters’ commissioned surveys, claiming irregularity in their methods, particularly the exclusion of her name in some of the survey questionnaires.

Unlike her four fellow presidential candidates, Santiago opted to attend the street party of her youth volunteers instead of holding a grander miting de avance.

Her media relations officer Arveen Patria said this is to show that Santiago is giving primacy to the power of the youth vote to change the tides of the elections. —ALG, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Duterte maintains lead in Pulse Asia survey By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated May 4, 2016 - 8:34am


Front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, center, talks to Juanito Victor "Jonvic" Remulla, right, and Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla following his meeting with some politicians who shifted political support to his camp Friday, April 29, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Mayor Duterte of the southern Philippine city of Davao, is facing another controversy after allegedly failing to declare his P211 million Pesos ($4.5 million US Dollars) 2014 bank deposits as required by law. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintained his lead in the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN Corp. released early Wednesday.

The presidential front-runner kept his 33-percent rating for the second week in a row.

READ: Duterte retains wide lead; Poe, Roxas statistically tied for the second spot

Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe are in a statistical tie with 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Vice President Jejomar Binay scored 17 percent while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago obtained 2 percent.

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Duterte was the top presidential bet among respondents in Mindanao with 58 percent choosing him. The mayor was also the top pick in the National Capital Region with 40 percent.

On the other hand, Poe took the lead in Luzon with 28 percent while Roxas took Visayas with 38 percent.

Duterte also emerged as the top bet among classes ABC and D with 37 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Duterte and Roxas were statistically tied in class E with 31 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

The survey was conducted from April 26 to 29 among 4,000 respondents nationwide. The respondents were adults who are registered voters with biometrics.

RELATED: New Pulse poll out this week

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RELATED FROM THE TRIBUNE

Large Duterte rally raises more jitters Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 08 May 2016 00:00



Claiming 600,000 supporters who attended PDP-Laban candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s final rally at the Quirino Grandstand, his allies and supporters smelled victory in tomorrow’s polls particularly after a last-minute attempt of President to unify candidates against him failed.

After crisscrossing the archipelago nation for three months, most of the five presidential candidates, led by Duterte, converged in the vote-rich capital Manila for their final rallies ahead of elections tomorrow.

Duterte held his gathering at the grandstand by Manila Bay, where he said he would fatten fishes with corpses of criminals he would summarily execute.

“The election is over,” Duterte ally Sen. Koko Pimentel told the crowd. “It’s just a matter of counting, so let’s guard our votes,” he added.

Duterte is causing anxieties in the business sector reflected in a successive downswing in the Philippines Stock Exchange index (PSEi) after he appeared before a joint meeting of the Makati Business Club (MBC) and Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

During his speech before businessmen, Duterte joked about his libido and bragged about throwing corpses of criminals in Manila Bay instead of presenting a detailed economic plan.

The local stock barometer ended lower on Friday, still on heightened investors’ anxieties over the outcome of the elections.

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) lost 7.88 points to 6,991.87 from previous day’s 6,999.75 finish.

“Election jitters did not help the local bourse. Investors continued to stay in the sidelines,” said Banco de Oro Unibank chief market strategist Jonathan Ravelas.

The firebrand Duterte is considered by the business sector as one of the most divisive, alarming presidential candidates with his advocacy of summary executions as a deterrent against rampant crime and illegal drugs.

Duterte was a clear leader in final opinion polling with a lead of 11 points over Poe, with Roxas close behind in third.

Experts say his recent surge, and Poe’s popularity, represents public disenchantment with Aquino’s administration.

That sentiment has perplexed investors and some Western governments given the robust performance of the economy under Aquino.

However, criticism by opponents that it has not translated into jobs or better livelihoods for millions of poor appears to be resonating.

Poe’s pro-investment, anti-poverty platform is striking a chord, however, as is Duterte’s promises of a war on crime and his profanity-packed speeches during a campaign that bears the emblem of a clenched fist.

Duterte emerging the victor in the elections has not been greeted well by investors. The country’s five year credit default swap rates had widened to 116.5 basis points (bp) by Friday, 10bp higher than they were a month ago. A high default rate means that investors consider risks have grown.



Bond prices are down. The peso has underperformed against other countries in the region.

This does not bode well. But there is reason to think that the Philippines can stay on track in the near-term whoever wins the vote.

“Investors tend to take things in their stride. Emerging markets tend to be volatile when politicians change but long term they tend to do pretty well,” Henrik Raber, Standard Chartered’s global head of capital markets, said.

It has been hard enough for Aquino to get things done even with a strong Senate majority, says a sovereign credit analyst in Singapore. Duterte will have an even harder job. He represents a small political party, and there appears little chance that he will enjoy widespread support from Congress, especially if he proves as decisive a president as he has been a candidate.

Duterte has also acknowledged, in a rare moment of public humility, that he is no expert on economic policy.

As a result, he plans to bring in the top economic minds in the country to advise him. That should help limit the impact of a Duterte victory on the financial markets.

Race still too tight to call

Ronald Holmes, president of independent pollster Pulse Asia, however, said the race, one of the most closely fought in the country’s electoral history, remained too tight to call.

Duterte’s lead of 11 percentage points over administration Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Sen. Grace Poe in Pulse Asia’s final poll would be difficult to overtake, but it can still be “wiped out” depending on sudden loyalty shifts by voters, Holmes said on television.

On the eve of the final day of campaigning, President Benigno Aquino III made a desperate call on candidates to agree to an alliance to defeat the brash Duterte, who has been likened to US Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump for his controversial remarks but has topped election polls.

Duterte’s lead in the polls can be overcome if his trailing rivals — mainly Roxas and Poe — join hands, Aquino said, implying that some of them should back out and support a single aspirant.

Under the Philippine electoral system, a candidate who gets the most votes is proclaimed the winner, even if no one gets a majority.

Poe, however, refused an invitation by Roxas, who is backed by Aquino, to meet and discuss an arrangement where she would be forced to back out. Vice President Jejomar Binay also said he would not step aside. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who has trailed far behind in the polls, said she would never surrender.

Duterte’s camp said calls for an alliance against him “reeks of stench of defeat.”

“It’s an admission that a victory by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has virtually become inevitable,” said the mayor’s national campaign manager, Leoncio Evasco Jr.
Impossible Duterte vow

Duterte has successfully tapped into public insecurities with a bold promise to wipe out crime and corruption in three to six months if he is elected.

The national police chief has doubted that campaign promise. Police have issued statistics showing Davao city, where Duterte has served as mayor for more than 22 years, placed fourth among 15 major Philippine cities with the highest number of crimes from 2010 to 2015.

“I thought he was like Batman and Superman combined,” Aquino said sarcastically of Duterte’s anti-crime pledge.

Aquino, business executives and church leaders felt that Duterte crossed the line when he joked about wanting to have been the first to rape an Australian missionary who was gang-raped and brutally killed by inmates in a 1989 jail riot.

When the Australian and U.S. ambassadors sniped at his joke, Duterte asked them to shut up and expressed openness at the possibility of severing ties with major Western allies if he wins the presidency. He also has threatened to close Congress if lawmakers try to impeach him if he wins next week and has said he would allow Marxist guerrillas to play a political role in his government.

Duterte also once cursed Pope Francis, who had caused a huge traffic jam during a visit to Manila last year that trapped the mayor for hours. When stunned bishops reacted, Duterte apologized.

A senator has threatened to immediately try to impeach Duterte if he becomes president.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has filed a corruption complaint alleging the mayor hired nonexistent employees and kept a huge amount in a joint bank account with his daughter that he did not declare publicly in 2014, as required by law.

Duterte denied any wrongdoing, but he and his camp initially issued differing explanations that set off confusion.

Nervous Noy



In a sign of the nervousness that Duterte will win, Aquino — who is limited by the constitution to a single term of six years — made an extraordinary plea on Friday night for the other candidates to unite against the frontrunner.

Under the proposed anti-Duterte alliance, one or more of the other candidates would withdraw from the race to back the person with the best chance of winning.

Roxas said he was willing to discuss the proposal with Poe. However Poe immediately rejected any suggestion that she should withdraw, and there were no signs on Saturday of a partnership.

Duterte’s media team ridiculed Aquino and Roxas over the alliance proposal, saying it “unmasks the true character of the Aquino regime –- one in the face of debacle will abandon ship and run like a headless chicken.”

In a similar manner to US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Duterte’s blistering campaign has upended conventional political wisdom, with controversies that pundits said would doom him instead only fuelling his popularity.

Human rights groups have warned his comments are not merely rhetoric.

They accuse him of running vigilante squads in Davao that have killed more than 1,000 suspected criminals. At times he has boasted about his involvement, and said 1,700 people were killed, but on other occasions denied any links to the vigilantes.


TRIBUNE

DU30 compounds his mistakes, says his assets are gifts Written by Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00



Quiboloy gifted him with properties, cars

It’s one major mistake after another being committed by PDP-Laban standard bearer, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, just as the campaign weeks went by.
He just added to his list of fatal mstakes when he said that he would burn the Singaporean Flag, but is now passing off his remark as yet another joke.

There goes yet another country with whom it will be at odds with Duterte.

His spokesman quickly tried damage control, saying that Duterte’s remark on burning a Singapore flag was made “jokingly”.

In a Facebook post on Monday morning, Peter Tiu Laviña, his spokesman, said Duterte’s remarks were a “tit-for-tat” for Singapore’s reaction to a Facebook image that had been circulating implying that Singapore’s Prime Minister endorsed Duterte’s candidacy.

“How can a self-respecting country react to such a trivial matter and call for an investigation?” said Laviña.

“Now, it has tasted its own dose of medicine when Duterte retorted jokingly that he will burn the Singaporean flag again. It’s a tit-for-tat. Only the onion-skinned would actually be affected.” Fallout from ‘jokes’

Fearing a fall-out not only from his rape “joke” now making the rounds nationwide, and reflected in his drop in survey ratings, but also from his failure to prove that he does not have the billions transacted form his Bank of the Philippines (BPI) Julia Vargas branch with his refusal to have his bank account opened, despite his earlier claims, along comes another big mistake he just made yesterday, in a bid to clear himself of charges of not having included in his 2015 Statement of Assets and Liablities Networth (SALn), his properties.

In Duterte’s bid to clear himself of charges on his non-inclusion of his money in the bank and other properties he owns, he now claims that Kingdom of Christ Pastor Apollo Quiboloy gifted him with pieces of property and cars.

Quiboloy is the founding leader and executive pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, which was founded in Davao City in 1985.
Trying to rid himself of the big stain of corruption that has enveloped his character and reeks in his person, Duterte Monday said he doesn’t have to engage in graft and corruption because his longtime friend Pastor Quiboloy had been helping him acquire pieces of property and secure his family.

The presidential candidate made the disclosure on Quiboloy’s TV program “Give us this Day” in an apparent attempt to disprove the allegations made by vice presidential bet Sen. Antonio Trillanes that he has at least 49 properties that remain undeclared in his SALn.

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Said Duterte: “When I was mayor, the Pastor gifted me with three properties. This is true. He (Quiboloy) said ‘I will give you these but these properties for your children.’ At that time, my kids were still young,” Duterte said.

“Pastor and I are friends, even before I became mayor. We have been friends for a long time—30 years. He told me that he will give my kids these properties, because if I lose my job, if I die—because I really was going after the criminals in Davao City, and we shoot each other, (the kids will be left with nothing),” he stressed.


SCREENGRAB: Duterte Admits Receiving Properties, Cars From Quiboloy - “Everytime Magbili Si Pastor, Dalawa Iyan. Ang Isa Sa Akin Diyan."

Accoring to the report from GMA news online, Duterte said that one of the assets Quiboloy gave him is in Woodridge Subdivision in Maa, Davao City.

“The house in Woodridge, he (Quiboloy) gave is here in Davao for us. The House is there (Davao). You can go and look at it. I didn’t want to accept it and I said: ‘Pastor, my goodness’. And he said, ‘it is there.’ Go to Woodridge. Who bought it? It’s Pastor,” Duterte said.

Quiboloy also bought a property in Royal Pines Subdivision in Matina, Davao City for Duterte.

“The property in Royal Pines, they think I bought it. I said look at it and see who bought it. It’s Pastor again,” Dutrete was quoted as saying in the report.

In Duterte’s 2014 SALn, it was indicated that he acquired two residential properties in Maa in 1997 and 1999 and three in Matina purchased in 1998, 2005, and 2007.

Not just properties, but vehicles and aircraft too

Duterte also revealed that the pastor offered him vehicles.

Quiboloy even once gave him a Ford Expedition, which has a current market value of around P3 million. Duterte said he did not accept it.

“It was a Safari. He gave this too. Then he gave me an Expedition.

“When I went to the airport with P300 there was no chance to give it (the vehicle) back. But I said, that’s for you. I gave it back. Then Inday (his daughter Sara) she threw a fit, she wanted the Expedition, so I told her, where will you get the money for gasoline? You’re crazy!,” Duterte recounted.

“Everytime Pastor buys something, its always in twos. One is for me. For sure. There’s no one else he can give it to, a friend he can really trust. This is true,”

Duterte said, not realizing that he has dug himself deeper into a corruption hole, as his acceptance of such gifts is a violation of the law. Public officials are forbidden to accept gifts. This is another form of corruption.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue should start checking on the taxes being paid by Quiboloy, apart from which his followers should start questioning Quiboloy why funds from his church are being spent on cars, properties and gifts for Duterte.

Quiboloy also offered to give his plane to Duterte for the campaign trail, although Duterte claimed that he declined the offer and will just borrow it if elected president so he can go home very night to Davao, from Malacañang.

“Pastor is here. I don’t have to embezzle funds. I can ask Pastor,” he said.

Duterte: Trillanes a paid ‘askal’

Realizing perhaps that he gets into more trouble everytime he speaks, Duterte promised he will no longer reply to any media questions in relation to Trillanes and his accusations that the Mindanaon leader has hidden wealth.

But it was a vow he made right after he called Trillanes a ‘paid askal’, a portmanteau word for ‘asong-kalye’ or stray or street dog.

Interviewed by journalists Monday evening after Duterte’s sortie in Zamboanga City, the Davao City mayor also called Trillanes a liar.

“From now on, I will not answer,” Duterte said after he was asked to react about the statement of Trillanes that he was a coward. “He (Trillanes) is a plain askal. I will not, from now on, answer. He is nothing but a street dog.”


Alleged Bank Transactions Of Duterte Released By Trillanes

He also said he does not know who Joseph de Mesa is — the supposed source of information about the alleged P211 million undeclared money in BPI Julia Vargas branch.

He hinted that Joseph de Mesa is fictitious — an invention of Trillanes and those who are behind the avalanche of dirty tactics and black propaganda hurled at him.

Because Trillanes is a liar, he said people and the media should not take the information that he peddles seriously.

During his Zamboanga speech, he described Trillanes as an ingrate whose education at the Philippine Military Academy was paid for the money of the Filipino people.

“He studied in the PMA, then he rebelled against the government. He is shameless. He is an ingrate. He was pardoned. Now he has become an askal,” he said.
When asked who had “unleashed” Trillanes as its attack dog, Duterte said: “Obviously, Those who are destroying me.”

Recently, the national campaign manager of Duterte said Trillanes is a pawn of the Aquino administration.

“Senator Trillanes is only a pawn,” said Duterte campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr. “The brains behind this is Malacañang.”

“The Aquino administration is bent on thwarting a victory by Duterte. It is desperately trying to save the candidacy of Mar Roxas and is poised to employ all means, including massive cheating, to maintain the status quo,” Evasco explained.

Mar bashes Digong



In Iloilo City during his campaign rwap up, administration standard bearer Mar Roxas, reacting to the latest self absolution of Duterte, said that “as a public official, accepting lavish gifts while in government service is flagrant violation of law,”

But the problem with Duterte, who is a lawyer, is that he has no respect for the law, said Roxas, who noted the mayor’s practice of killing criminals without due process.

Under the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, government officers are prohibited to accept gifts of significant value from “a person other than a member of the public officer’s immediate family…even on the occasion of a family celebration or national festivity like Christmas, if the value of the gift is under the circumstances manifestly excessive.”

Duterte has admitted that his hige funds in the bank are millions given to him as gifts, because he has many rich friends.

Undeclared properties not in SALn

Roxas also noted Duterte’s failure to declare those pieces of property in his SALn, another violation of the law with a penalty of dismissal from service.

The former Interior secretary, who has long been in a word war with the Duterte again him “a liar” who is making up excuses to dodge corruption allegations against him.

FVR has a change of heart, drops Duterte


FVR

Former Presodent Fidel V. Ramos who is largely credited for having needled Duterte to aspire for the presidency is now singing a different tune following Duterte’s verbal attacks against the US, Australia and Singapore as well as the most recent questionable and inexplicable bank deposits allegedly maintained by Duterte at the BDO Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City.

A reliable source close to Ramos said the former president is now telling those who ask him for advice to instead vote for either Grace Poe or Vice President Binay.
In fact, the cigar-munching former president has been telling followers in Pangasinan to choose between Poe and Binay, said the source.

It is well known that among the presidential aspirants, it is Poe who has visited FVR the most number of times and in the last time that Poe came about three weeks ago, FVR gave Poe the same jacket he used in the 1992 presidential campaign.

The former president however, did not give his sole blessing to Poe saying the election is now a toss-up between the woman candidate and Binay.

Duterte also visited him at least twice and it is common knowledge that retired military generals active during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration are backing up Duterte who in his campaign spiels has committed to release the former president from hospital detention.

The source said FVR was really impressed by the kind of political will that Duterte possess which is necessary in dispensing with the powers of the Office of the President but was turned off by the uncalled for remarks made by Duterte with regard to the rape and murder of an Australian missionary in Davao City and the diplomatic gaffes committed by Duterte against the US and Singapore.

The source said there are other parties who have been advising FVR who was credited for having authorized the legalization of the CPP that allowing leftists to run for office and sharing the presidential office with the NPAs are two different things.

It will be recalled that Duterte has often claimed that he will allow the NPAs to join him in governance.

But the last straw, according to the source, was when the alleged bank deposits of Duterte were leaked out and FVR, the source added, was not satisfied with the explanation of Duterte giving rise to suspicion that there is indeed a multi-million peso deposit in that branch.

There are also reports that top business leaders have reached out and asked FVR to withdraw his support for Duterte who failed to convince the members of the Makati Business Club that he is fit for the presidency, a position that requires an astute business acumen.

“So it is now either Poe or Binay,” the source said.

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PMA ALUMNI: Threat of uprising under Duterte real May 7, 2016 10:03 pm by ANTHONY VARGAS, REPORTER

Two Philippine Military Academy alumni expressed concerns that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) will take advantage of a Duterte presidency.

Rodolfo Mendoza, former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police, said the “looming” victory of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will boost the underground struggles of the CPP.

“The CPP tactics is two pronged. One is through electoral struggle via Mayor Duterte and two is through urban armed uprising cum armed insurrection. [The] CPP [is] now smelling victory according to my information,” Mendoza told The Manila Times.

Retired Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin also expressed concern that the CPP is taking advantage of the coming elections by either supporting or fielding its own candidates.

“I also heard of that plan. I think Duterte’s campaign is not to win but to create chaos and anarchy [that] the CPP can exploit [towards] their ends,” Querubin said.
“The threat of coup d’ etats is real under a Duterte presidency,” he added.

Mendoza stressed that he is not supporting any particular candidate and that his position is to boycott the elections.

The latest presidential surveys showed Duterte leading his contenders.

A group of military and police officers earlier warned of a possible communist takeover if Duterte wins.


DUTERTE, CPP CHAIR JOMA SISON

Calling itself the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NODTR), the group claimed that Duterte is a “puppet” of communists.

“As men in uniform, we are duty-bound to defend our flag and the Constitution against forces foreign or local inimical to our democratic ideals and institutions,” an unidentified officer in digitized military uniform said in a 13-minute video uploaded on YouTube.

“Today we are issuing this urgent appeal to our countrymen, to fellow officers and brothers in arms in the AFP and Philippine National Police [PNP] to defend our democracy and the republic against an imminent takeover of our government by the communists,” he added.

“By his word and actions past and present, Rodrigo Duterte is a certified hard core dyed-in-the-wool puppet of local as well as foreign communists,” the officer said in the video.

He claimed that Duterte’s campaign machinery is driven by high-ranking communist cadres such as Leoncio Evasco Jr., the mayor’s campaign manager, and Pete Lavina, his spokesman.

Duterte’s campaign, the officer said, is being closely supervised by Jorge Madlos alias “Ka Oris,” the highest ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Mindanao and a member of the party’s Central Committee.


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Duterte bares 2014 bank account balance By Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 5, 2016 - 12:00am 3 33 googleplus3 0


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte stresses a point during a news conference held at The Philippine STAR office yesterday. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

Mayor threatens BSP, AMLC

MANILA, Philippines – In the face of accusations of ill-gotten wealth, presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday revealed the contents of his bank accounts, disputing allegations that he amassed billions in suspicious transactions.

Duterte took to task the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for their failure to flag the supposed P2.4 billion in his bank accounts.

In a news conference held at The STAR, Duterte presented documents covering the months of December 2013 to December 2014 and April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016.

No documents were showed for the year 2015.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV earlier claimed Duterte did not declare in his 2014 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) the P211 million supposedly deposited in a joint Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) account with his daughter Sara.

But Duterte stressed that if the allegations of Trillanes were true, the BSP and the AMLC must have been remiss in flagging the suspicious transactions.

“What Trillanes was claiming that the P2.4 billion has been in my account ever since, then why the hell wasn’t I investigated by the AMLC. That is hidden wealth, not only that, Trillanes is now claiming it was drug money and it also came from smuggling,” Duterte said.

“What I am trying to say is if there is proof, then that is criminal negligence if there was no action on their part. It behooves upon the authority of the ombudsman, especially the Bank of the Philippine Islands, because that is dirty money,” Duterte said.

Duterte threatened to file criminal charges against the BSP and the AMLC for negligence in failing to flag the supposed P2.4 billion in his bank accounts.

Duterte said the BSP and the AMLC committed criminal negligence when they failed to investigate him about his alleged ill-gotten wealth as Trillanes has been claiming.

In same news conference, Duterte showed 11 passbooks of his peso and dollar accounts at the BPI Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City.

Duterte’s bank certification of deposit, which is a joint account with his daughter Sara, showed he has only P17,816.93 in his savings as of March 31, 2014.

Duterte also showed that the same bank account had P17,766.98 as of Dec. 31, 2014 and P74,734.30 as of April 29, 2016.

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As of May 3, 2016, one of his passbooks in the same BPI branch also showed he has a total of P128,829.34.

A BPI bank certification of deposit shows Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s account, which had only P17,817 a few days after large deposits were allegedly made.

The money from this same passbook increased to P128,829.34 after some of his supporters deposited an amount following Trillanes’ exposé.

Duterte has $5,021 in his BPI dollar account as of March 31, 2014. He noted the only recent deposit in that account was that of rival presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II.

The document also showed a deposit of $10 at the New Farmers Market branch of the BPI bank in Cubao, Quezon City, apparently from Roxas who previously showed his transaction to prove that Duterte’s dollar account exists.

Trillanes accused Duterte of having billions of undeclared assets, including over P211 million in the BPI Julia Vargas branch.

But Duterte justified his having several properties and assets by saying evangelist Apollo Quiboloy had given them to him as gifts over their long friendship.

He has also confessed to using Quiboloy’s jet and helicopter in his campaign.

Duterte also admitted that he has accepted valuable gifts during his birthday.

Duterte’s counsel Salvador Panelo said there is nothing wrong or illegal with the Davao mayor accepting gifts from his friends and supporters.

Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II has accused Duterte of violating Republic Act No. 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, in accepting gifts of value.

The law prohibits public officials and employees from soliciting or accepting, “directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office.”

The law further provides that gifts are prohibited “even on the occasion of a family celebration or national festivity like Christmas, if the value of the gift is neither nominal nor insignificant, or the gift is given in anticipation of, or in exchange for, a favor.”

Liberal Party spokesman Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez said Duterte, being a lawyer, should follow the law.

“He cannot pick one law over another. As citizens, we are all obliged to follow all laws, and government officials must obey and implement all of them,” he said.

However, Gutierrez said Duterte “has no respect for the law, for his office and for the people, and is not fit to be president.” – With Jess Diaz

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Grateful Rody: Duterte thanks the Filipinos, vows to change for the better posted May 08, 2016 at 12:01 am by Joel E. Zurbano


A giant Philippine flag is borne by supporters of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during a mitin de avance at Rizal Park in Manila. About 500,000 are estimated to have joined the rally with another 350,000 rallying in Davao City. Right photo shows Duterte endorsing the senatorial candidacy of Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez. REVOLI CORTEZ

STICKING to his profanity-laden speaking style, presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reminded hundreds of thousands of supporters of the failures of the Aquino administration and promised change for the better.

“To the Filipino people, thank you,” the 71-year-old Duterte told supporters at his mitin de avance at the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park in Manila.

“I do not claim any greatness. I do not have extraordinary qualifications to be a great president. I am just an ordinary Filipino,” Duterte told a huge crowd that organizers claimed to reach 700,000.

“But I can stop corruption, criminality and drug trafficking. I have no patience for those. There is no middle ground for those. I will kill you all, idiots,” he told a cheering crowd, which the police estimated at only 300,000.

“I am staking my life, honor and even the presidency. Mark my words, I will do it. When I say ‘stop,’ you better stop or I will really kill all of you criminals and corrupt officials,” he said.

Duterte also lambasted Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who continue to criticize his candidacy and his capability to become president.

“Trillanes is the ultimate mongrel.

Didn’t he stage a rebellion, the fool. But when the tanks came, he surrendered. What kind of leader is that?” Duterte said of Trillanes, who admitted to have paid for television advertisements that criticized the Davao mayor.

He outlined the failures of the Aquino administration and cussed Liberal Party officials, including his rival Mar Roxas, for failing to uplift the lives of Filipinos.

“Sa inyong lahat, panahon na ninyong gumanti [To all of you I say it is your time to get even],” he said to thunderous applause.

The mitin de avance of the Duterte-Cayetano team started at 5 p.m. and was attended by thousands of their supporters.

Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesperson, said the venue was chosen after supporters of the tandem earlier called the gathering “Occupy Luneta.”

“Since the Tagumpay ng Bayan rally held for Cory in 1986, this would be the second time a rally of such political significance will be held at the historic park,” Laviña said.

“We aptly dubbed it Tagumpay ng Pagbabago because no less than the son of Cory is resisting and frustrating the people’s clamor for real change,” he added. “Truly ironic and tragic.”

As of 6 p.m., according to Chief Insp. Kimberly Molitas, chief information officer of the National Capital Region Police Office, the crowd estimate at the Quirino Grandstand was 300,000.

“We deployed teams as well as explosive and ordnance division personnel and K9 teams for panelling. Continuous checkpoints are being conducted while foot and mobile patrol in the activity site are maximized,” said Molitas.

People from various parts of Metro Manila and various provinces came all the way from their localities to Luneta Park to throw their support behind the tough-talking Mindanao leader.

Singer Aiza Seguerra kicked off the program with a song calling for support to Duterte. Television personalities Kat de Santos and Jimmy Bondoc hosted the event.

On Friday, supporters criticized the administration over work on the grounds of Luneta Park, which they suspect was timed to sabotage the grand rally.

But Luneta Park’s planning department officer Rico Mendoza said the work had long been scheduled because it had been earlier laid on the site for a carnival “and now the grass can’t grow.”

He also claimed they did not know about the political rally and denied that the work was meant to sabotage the event.

Duterte, 71, is a consistent frontrunner in various opinion surveys in the presidential race.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s spokesman Peter Tiu Lavina posted in his social media account that they continue receiving reports about a massive vote buying in Mindanao and Visayas.

“Voters are being paid not to vote for Duterte. The plan is to reduce Duterte’s vote so it can be easy to cheat, vulnerable to manipulation of transmission and canvassing. We also expect names of voters missing on Monday’s polling to disenfranchise our voters,” he said in his Facebook account.

“Our response to these schemes—accept the money and vote with your conscience. To resist harassment, let us group ourselves in family, clan or neighborhood brigades when we go to the polls,” Laviña added.

“Remember, in unity there is strength. Let us pinpoint local LP (Liberal Party) ward leaders responsible for these vote buying. Also, tomorrow Sunday let us visit our polling centers to check, double check our names and specific cluster of precincts. This way we would be able to make it easy on Monday. Let us also help our friends and neighbors in identifying their cluster of precincts.”

“On Monday, be sure that the oval that we will shade corresponds to the name of our candidates in the national and local elections. These are on the left, not the right, side before the name of the candidates.”

The Duterte camp earlier chided ruling party candidate Mar Roxas over his appeal for a dialogue with another candidate Senator Grace Poe, saying it is an admission that a victory by Duterte has virtually become inevitable.

“Only a man on the verge of defeat can issue such frantic calls,” said Leoncio Evasco Jr., Duterte’s national campaign manager.


TRIBUNE

Race down the wire as 4 bets in virtual deadlock—The Center Written by Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00



While survey results from major pollsters have Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte enjoying a double-digit lead from his nearest rival a week to go for election Day, a non-commissioned survey conducted by The Center revealed a down the wire finish among the four major presidential candidates including Duterte.

According to Ed Malay, executive director of The Center, the results of the Pulso Ng Pilipino covering the period from April 23 - 29, 2016, the May 9 race is still too close a fight to call as they have the mayor from Davao only enjoying a four-point lead over independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe and a six-point lead over United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.

In its April 23-29, 2016 Pulso ng Pilipino survey, the results show Duterte at 29 percent, Poe at 25 percent, Binay at 23 percent, former Secretary Mar Roxas at 21 percent and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago at 2 percent.

Duterte was second in Metro Manila with 29 percent to Poe’s 30 percent. He came in second in the Visayas region with 23 percent to Roxas’s 34 percent, but as expected he topped the race in Mindanao with 45 percent.

“With a margin of error of + 2.5 percent, this is too close to call,” said Malay. However, Malay said latest developments could play a major role in next Monday’s elections. In fact, Malay said these developments have already manifested in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino survey.

“As the survey covered the period when the controversy on questionable bank deposits was raised against presidential front-runner Mayor Duterte, the results of the latest and final pre-poll Pulso ng Pilipino survey of the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) show a slight decline in the ratings of the tough-talking chief executive of Davao City,” said Malay.

“But as there is still a full week before the 54 million Filipino voters or at least 80 percent of them go to the polls on May 9, 2016, there is still a possibility these numbers will change – either up if the voters will remain glued with regard to their support of Duterte’s presidential bid or, down if those who were enamored by his messianic posturing will have a change of mind especially for Catholics and Christians alike who will heed the pastoral advisory of Church authorities for the Filipino people to cast their votes based on what the Church termed as a discerned choice,” he explained.

Malay noted that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday issued a pastoral letter signed by its president Archbishop Soc Villegas of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan saying: “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 and those who take their allegiance to Christ and his Kingship seriously. 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 further read.

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“The desire for change is understandable. Our people have suffered from incompetence and indifference. 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, who has openly declared indifference if not dislike and disregard for the Church, especially her moral teachings,” the letter further stated.

The CBCP pastoral letter was taken by some sectors, including Malay as an appeal to Catholics to reject Duterte.



Given the current political scenario as the campaign period enters its final week, The Center views this Pastoral Advisory as a rejection of the candidacy of Duterte and while the CBCP encourages the lay faithful to make what it termed as discerned choices, it appears that the CBCP has taken a stand that it could be anybody but Duterte,” Malay said.

Malay added that the endorsement of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) could play a crucial role in the May 9 polls.

“The Pulso ng Pilipino survey for the period in review will show that all top four presidential aspirants are practically back to when this campaign started as even with Duterte in the lead, the other aspirants actually still have a chance of winning the presidency on May 9, 2016 – also if the so-called command votes that are controlled by political kingpins will be able to deliver their commitments for their favored presidential candidate and also if the religious organizations with huge memberships will vote as one big bloc for their anointed candidate,” said Malay.

“As of this writing, the Iglesia ni Cristo still has to make a final decision on whom it will endorse. All top four presidential aspirants have met with INC head Ka Eduardo Manalo and an announcement will probably be made either on Wednesday or Thursday during the weekly worship service of the INC when its choice is announced to its membership,” said Malay.

Similarly, Malay said the El Shaddai Prayer Partners Foundation headed by Bro. Mike Velarde is also expected to make an announcement either on Tuesday or Wednesday at its regular weekly prayer gathering at its El Shaddai worship center in Parañaque City.

“So far, only three aspirants have met with Bro. Mike Velarde – Vice President Binay, Senator Poe and former Secretary Roxas,” said Malay.

“While the Catholic Church, Malay said, does not, as a matter of principle, endorse any candidate for an electoral position it allows organizations operating under the ambit of the Church to get involved in politics and are free to endorse candidates to national and local positions.

“It is on this basis that the Pro-Life Philippines has openly endorsed the candidacies of Vice President Binay for president and Sen. Gringo Hinasan for vice president,” said Malay.

“They were chosen based on their platform of governance which highlight their unequivocal support for the social teachings of the church that are anchored on respect for human life and human rights,” Malay said adding that the Christian Discipleship Formation Center (CDFC), a nationwide organization engaged in Christian formation, has also endorsed the candidacy of Binay for President.

“The CDFC has also launched a vigorous campaign targeting the key parish organizations nationwide to generate support for Binay,” said Malay.

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No more cooperation with Poe — Roxas



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A day after his “unity” talk with Sen. Grace Poe was rejected, administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II will no longer reach out to his rival.
“It is unfortunate that Senator Poe has rejected and ridiculed my offer to meet and talk about unity and our country’s way forward,” he said.

Roxas also expressed alarm over the future of the country.

“We no longer know what’s going to happen. Senator Grace turned her back on a matter that concerns the greater good of everybody,” he noted. “The topic is about our country, about the forces of democracy ranged against dictatorship. You can discern the leanings of the leaders based on my appeal.”

Daang Matuwid spokesman Barry Gutierrez appealed to all Filipinos “who believe in preserving democracy, who believe in upholding Filipino values, who believe in transparent and consultative leadership, switch to Mar. Together, we will win this fight.”

He said Roxas “has given his commitment to the Filipino people and will not fail their trust and support.”

President Aquino the other day called on the trailing presidential candidates to unite against frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, in a sensational finale to one of the nation’s most divisive election campaigns.

Aquino has repeatedly warned Duterte is a dictator-in-the-making, and made the plea after polling showed the favorite had kept a huge lead ahead of Monday’s elections despite allegations he has overseen vigilante death squads and a spate of controversies over vulgar campaign speeches.

Aquino told CNN Philippines in an exclusive interview that he was trying to get the other four presidential candidates to unite to defeat Duterte, who he said was likely to get 30 percent of the vote.

“The whole point is to get even two of them to unite... then we have more than 40 percent,” Aquino said.

‘Unity, decency’

Roxas gave a short speech on Friday night saying he was ready for talks with Poe.

“I call for unity, I call for decency, I call for democracy,” Roxas said, without saying whether he would be prepared to back out.

Poe said she would not pull out of the race, seemingly leaving a Roxas withdrawal the option for a unity ticket.

“We can talk anytime. But I will say this now... if they are thinking that someone among us will withdraw, I won’t withdraw,” Poe told reporters.

Meanwhile, history seems be repeating itself in the case of Poe, as talks of unification with the administration camp was broached on the eve of her miting de avance.

The same issue hounded practically the entire presidential campaign of her late adoptive father, movie icon Fernando “FPJ” Poe Jr., during the 2004 presidential elections, with another opposition figure, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, as the other party involved.

Efforts to unite the ranks of the opposition, aimed at arresting the split in the votes of those against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, failed even before it could gain traction.

Lacson, then independent presidential candidate, was insistent in asking FPJ to slide down and be his running mate under a unified opposition even if the latter was then the frontrunner in the presidential race, based on the surveys.

Arroyo prevailed over FPJ, amid reports of massive cheating, with a margin of just over a million vote or more than three percent only, the closest margin in the country’s presidential history.

‘Ratings’

Senator Poe, hours before she face her supporters one last time before expiry of the campaign period, stood her ground in entertaining any talks other than the matter of sliding down or giving way to Roxas’ candidacy.

Poe’s firm stance against the idea of withdrawing in favor of Roxas was anchored on fact, citing surveys, that only 17 percent of her votes could be transferable to the LP standard-bearer.

Currently, Poe is enjoying the support of 22 percent of respondents while the supposed frontrunner, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is said to have 33 percent, according to surveys.


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