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ELECTION DAY AS GATHERED AND UPLOADED FROM THE INQUIRER  HEADLINES, MAY 9 from 11 AM (TORONTO TIME)

AFTER 32M VOTES COUNTED: DUTERTE KEEPS LEAD, MAR IN 2nd


MAY 9, 11 AM TORONTO TIME - Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO With 58.36 percent of votes counted, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to lead the unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections Transparency Server with over 12 million votes, but former secretary Mar Roxas overtook Sen. Grace Poe to rank second. In thus race for vice president, the gap between leader Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Rep. Leni Robredo remained at over 3 percent, with Marcos at 11 million votes. The surprise Senate race leader, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority head Joel Villanueva, remained on top, with 14 million votes. The Comelec mirror server, housed at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, has as of 10:10 pm counted 32,526,754 votes — 58.36 percent of the total number of registered voters of 55,735,757. – JN ---READ COMPLETE UNOFFICIAL TALLY BELOW...

ALSO: Who’s who in Duterte’s inner circle


MAY 9 - BONG Go likes to call himself Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s “utility man.” INQUIRER PHOTO DAVAO CITY—Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte first joined the presidential race with limited resources in November last year. At that time, Duterte said he did not have the financial firepower his rivals had. But the tough-talking local executive said he would not accept money and contributions from people with vested interests. Amid limited machinery, Duterte boosted his campaign by tapping volunteers all over the country.
But at the center of the tough-talking mayor’s 90-day campaign is a small group of men calling the shots, deciding on every small detail that has to be settled, and ensuring that Duterte wins the race to Malacañang. Below are the seven men who were pivotal in helping the controversial mayor reach the top spot in the electoral polls: READ MORE...

ALSO: It’s official - Poe concedes to Duterte


Sen. Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA
SENATOR Grace Poe conceded on Monday night to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is leading the partial and unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Poe and administration candidate Mar Roxas are trailing Duterte based on the initial count. The senator was the first among the five presidential hopefuls to concede to the mayor. The two other presidential bets, aside from Poe and Roxas, are Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Marcos, Robredo gap narrows to 1.3 percent


MAY 9--The gap between the votes cast for Senator Bongbong Marcos and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo narrowed to 1.3 percent or 432,074 votes, according to the unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Transparency Server. 
As of 11:20 p.m., the votes for Marcos reached 35.72 percent of the total or 11,863,352 while Robredo’s reached 34.42 percent or 11,431,278. More than an hour ago, Marcos’ share of votes was at 36.44 percent while Robredo’s share was at 33.90 percent. Robredo’s daughter Aika posted on Twitter that the votes from Robredo’s bailiwick are just being transmitted. The congresswoman also tweeted that her camp’s projections show that she will win. The Comelec mirror server, housed at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, has so far counted 35,965,395 votes or 64.53 percent of 55,735,757 registered voters. Of the 94,276 clustered precincts, results from 73,560 have been counted. Below is the 11:20 p.m. update:READ MORE...

ALSO: Joma to ‘President Duterte’: Let’s talk peace


MAY 9 -Joma Sison. FILE PHOTO
LUCENA CITY, Quezon — Barely an hour after polling precincts closed on Monday, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison addressed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the next president of the Philippines and invited him to talk peace.
“I now look forward to further conversations with President Duterte to arrange an immediate ceasefire, release of all the political prisoners, my return home and acceleration of the peace negotiations. Let us have as goal a government of national unity, peace and development,” Sison, who has been based in The Netherlands for many years now, said in an online interview on Mondaynight. “I hope the trend in favor of Duterte can no longer be reversed by cheating. So, I convey to him my warmest congratulations,” Sison said. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

After 32M votes counted: Duterte keeps lead, Mar in 2nd


Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA
, MAY 9, 2016 (INQUIRER) @inquirerdotnet 10:57 PM May 9th, 2016 - With 58.36 percent of votes counted, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to lead the unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections Transparency Server with over 12 million votes, but former secretary Mar Roxas overtook Sen. Grace Poe to rank second.

In the race for vice president, the gap between leader Sen. Ferdinand  “Bongbong” Marcos and Rep. Leni Robredo remained at over 3 percent, with Marcos at 
11 million votes.
The surprise Senate race leader, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority head Joel Villanueva, remained on top, with 14 million votes.
The Comelec mirror server, housed at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, has as of 10:10 pm counted 32,526,754 votes — 58.36 percent of the total 
number of registered voters of 55,735,757. – JN
PRESIDENT
DUTERTE, RODY
12,051,853 VOTES
38.83 %
ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID
6,861,153 VOTES
22.11 %
POE, GRACE
6,825,103 VOTES
21.99 %
BINAY, JOJO
4,074,465 VOTES
13.13 %
DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM
1,208,281 VOTES
3.89 %
VICE PRESIDENT
MARCOS, BONGBONG
11,001,468 VOTES
36.44 %
ROBREDO, LENI DAANG MATUWID
10,232,663 VOTES
33.90 %
CAYETANO, ALAN PETER
4,243,210 VOTES
14.06 %
ESCUDERO, CHIZ
3,568,037 VOTES
11.82 %
TRILLANES, ANTONIO IV
609,269 VOTES
2.02 %
HONASAN, GRINGO
532,810 VOTES
1.77 %
SENATORS
1. VILLANUEVA, JOEL TESDAMAN (LP)
14,061,181 VOTES
2. DRILON, FRANK (LP)
13,827,164 VOTES
3. SOTTO, VICENTE (NPC)
13,244,576 VOTES
4. LACSON, PANFILO PING (IND)
12,959,808 VOTES
5. GORDON, DICK (IND)
12,906,862 VOTES
6. HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBYN)
12,088,110 VOTES
7. ZUBIRI, MIGZ (IND)
11,977,262 VOTES
8. PANGILINAN, KIKO (LP)
11,905,958 VOTES
9. PACQUIAO, MANNY (UNA)
11,551,107 VOTES
10. RECTO, RALPH (LP)
10,681,146 VOTES
11. DE LIMA, LEILA (LP)
10,508,063 VOTES
12. TOLENTINO, FRANCIS (IND)
9,653,755 VOTES
13. OSMEÑA, SERGIO III (IND)
9,615,301 VOTES
14. ROMUALDEZ, MARTIN (LAKAS)
9,159,796 VOTES
15. DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO (PMP)
8,564,575 VOTES
16. GUINGONA, TG (LP)
7,591,060 VOTES
17. PETILLA, CARLOS JERICHO (LP)
4,935,635 VOTES
18. COLMENARES, NERI (MKBYN)
4,882,060 VOTES
19. LAPID, MARK (AKSYON)
4,818,613 VOTES
20. MANZANO, EDU (IND)
3,869,165 VOTES
21. ROMULO, ROMAN (IND)
3,733,905 VOTES
22. OPLE, SUSAN (NP)
2,137,153 VOTES
23. ALUNAN, RAFFY (IND)
1,522,341 VOTES
24. GADON, LARRY (KBL)
1,437,781 VOTES
25. LANGIT, REY (UNA)
1,407,346 VOTES
26. PAGDILAO, SAMUEL (IND)
1,330,234 VOTES
27. SANTIAGO, DIONISIO (IND)
1,311,273 VOTES
28. NAPEÑAS, GETULIO (UNA)
1,259,660 VOTES
29. CHAVEZ, MEL (WPPPMM)
1,212,029 VOTES
30. MONTANO, ALLAN (UNA)
1,095,481 VOTES
31. AMBOLODTO, INA (LP)
949,742 VOTES
32. BELLO, WALDEN (IND)
785,915 VOTES
33. KIRAM, PRINCESS JACEL (UNA)
612,694 VOTES
34. LIBAN, DANTE (IND)
579,509 VOTES
35. ALBANI, SHARIFF (IND)
526,532 VOTES
36. MAGANTO, ROMEO (LAKAS)
516,681 VOTES
37. MONTAÑO, MON (IND)
500,148 VOTES
38. ARQUIZA, GODOFREDO (IND)
454,754 VOTES
39. BALIGOD, LEVITO (IND)
414,426 VOTES
40. VALEROSO, DIOSDADO (IND)
359,924 VOTES
41. DORONA, RAY (IND)
318,086 VOTES
42. KABALU, EID (IND)
231,559 VOTES
43. BELGICA, GRECO (IND)
VOTES
TOP 40 PARTY-LIST
1. 16 AKO BICOL
189,535 VOTES (4.96 %)
2. 36 GABRIELA
183,564 VOTES (4.81 %)
3. 25 1PACMAN
165,580 VOTES (4.34 %)
4. 31 ACT TEACHERS
140,614 VOTES (3.68 %)
5. 69 SENIOR CITIZENS
128,401 VOTES (3.36 %)
6. 110 BUHAY
107,542 VOTES (2.82 %)
7. 62 ABONO
101,593 VOTES (2.66 %)
8. 1 AGRI
92,870 VOTES (2.43 %)
9. 30 KABAYAN
92,341 VOTES (2.42 %)
10. 89 PBA
90,012 VOTES (2.36 %)
11. 21 COOP-NATCCO
77,278 VOTES (2.02 %)
12. 8 AGAP
73,323 VOTES (1.92 %)
13. 81 BAYAN MUNA
72,346 VOTES (1.89 %)
14. 72 CIBAC
71,927 VOTES (1.88 %)
15. 14 AKBAYAN
71,844 VOTES (1.88 %)
16. 58 KALINGA
63,530 VOTES (1.66 %)
17. 78 AN WARAY
62,039 VOTES (1.62 %)
18. 40 LPGMA
60,591 VOTES (1.59 %)
19. 6 DIWA
60,196 VOTES (1.58 %)
20. 51 A TEACHER, INC.
55,581 VOTES (1.46 %)
21. 102 1-SAGIP
54,938 VOTES (1.44 %)
22. 60 AAMBIS-OWA
52,211 VOTES (1.37 %)
23. 5 ABANG LINGKOD
51,782 VOTES (1.36 %)
24. 93 BUTIL
50,305 VOTES (1.32 %)
25. 34 YACAP
44,252 VOTES (1.16 %)
26. 88 ACTS-OFW
43,303 VOTES (1.13 %)
27. 63 AMIN
41,228 VOTES (1.08 %)
28. 39 ABS
41,117 VOTES (1.08 %)
29. 44 ALONA
40,278 VOTES (1.05 %)
30. 32 ANG KABUHAYAN
40,277 VOTES (1.05 %)
31. 100 BH (BAGONG HENERASYON)
40,192 VOTES (1.05 %)
32. 43 ANGKLA
39,752 VOTES (1.04 %)
33. 55 KABATAAN
38,982 VOTES (1.02 %)
34. 57 TUCP
38,234 VOTES (1.00 %)
35. 52 ANAKPAWIS
37,885 VOTES (0.99 %)
36. 98 MATA
36,065 VOTES (0.94 %)
37. 9 SBP
35,845 VOTES (0.94 %)
38. 91 ANAC-IP
35,556 VOTES (0.93 %)
39. 59 AASENSO
34,633 VOTES (0.91 %)
40. 97 1-CARE
34,570 VOTES (0.91 %)
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Who’s who in Duterte’s inner circle By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 07:41 PM May 9th, 2016


BONG Go likes to call himself Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s “utility man.” INQUIRER PHOTO

DAVAO CITY—Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte first joined the presidential race with limited resources in November last year.

At that time, Duterte said he did not have the financial firepower his rivals had. But the tough-talking local executive said he would not accept money and contributions from people with vested interests.

Amid limited machinery, Duterte boosted his campaign by tapping volunteers all over the country.

But at the center of the tough-talking mayor’s 90-day campaign is a small group of men calling the shots, deciding on every small detail that has to be settled, and ensuring that Duterte wins the race to Malacañang.

Below are the seven men who were pivotal in helping the controversial mayor reach the top spot in the electoral polls:

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PICTURED ABOVE: CHRISTOPHER “BONG” GO. The most hands-on and visible among Duterte’s aides. Some call him the “national photobomber” after always being spotted behind the mayor during interviews and sorties. A self-described all-around “utility man,” Go manages the personal and political affairs of Duterte. Go is all-knowing when it comes to the mayor’s schedule of meetings, speaking engagements, and interviews since all invites must pass through him first. The grandson of a close Duterte ally, Go has been with Duterte when the latter served as congressman from 1998 to 2000.

READ: A photobomber in Duterte campaign

LEONCIO EVASCO. The mayor of Maribohoc town in Bohol is the national campaign manager of Duterte. Evasco, a former rebel priest, is a long-time chief of staff and close friend of Duterte. The two first met in Davao City when Evasco, who was at that time a New People’s Army rebel, was arrested and detained. Duterte, on the other hand, was a city prosecutor. Duterte said he trusts Evasco because he is a “principled man.” As campaign manager of Duterte, Evasco planned the overall strategy for the mayor’s 90-day campaign.


Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. of Maribojoc, Bohol (Photo from www.maribojoc.gov.ph)

CARLOS DOMINGUEZ. Dominguez chairs the Duterte camp’s finance committee. Owner of the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City, Dominguez is a
former classmate and childhood friend of Duterte. He is also a former Cabinet secretary of Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos. He was also
former president of Philippine Airlines and Manila Hotel. Duterte trusted Dominguez to head his finance team because “he has a good reputation in
the business community.”


Carlos Domiguez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

PETER LAVIÑA. He is the media head of Duterte’s campaign and serves as the spokesman of the mayor. Laviña also worked with Duterte’s mother, Soledad.


Duterte’s spokesman Peter Laviña. SCREENGRAB from INQUIRER.net VIDEO

BUTCH RAMIREZ. He is the advance party head of the Duterte campaign. Ramirez was former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission
and served as sports chief of the Davao City mayor. As head of the advance team, he coordinates logistics of the mayor’s campaign rallies.

DANILO DAYANGHIRANG. He is the man in-charge of the support groups campaigning for Duterte. His work involves coordinating with volunteers
and various groups that have expressed support for the presidential bid of Duterte.

ISIDRO LAPENA. He is a former Philippine National Police Director and is the head of Duterte’s security team, which is composed of five former police generals who are close to the mayor. KS/JN


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It’s official: Poe concedes to Duterte By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 12:07 AM May 10th, 2016


Sen. Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA SENATOR Grace Poe conceded on Monday night to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is leading the partial and unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Poe and administration candidate Mar Roxas are trailing Duterte based on the initial count.

The senator was the first among the five presidential hopefuls to concede to the mayor.

The two other presidential bets, aside from Poe and Roxas, are Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

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Marcos, Robredo gap narrows to 1.3 percent By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 11:51 PM May 9th, 2016
The gap between the votes cast for Senator Bongbong Marcos and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo narrowed to 1.3 percent or 432,074 votes, 
according to the unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Transparency Server.
As of 11:20 p.m., the votes for Marcos reached 35.72 percent of the total or 11,863,352 while Robredo’s reached 34.42 percent or 11,431,278.
More than an hour ago, Marcos’ share of votes was at 36.44 percent while Robredo’s share was at 33.90 percent.

Robredo’s daughter Aika posted on Twitter that the votes from Robredo’s bailiwick are just being transmitted. The congresswoman also tweeted that her camp’s projections show that she will win.
The Comelec mirror server, housed at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, has so far counted 35,965,395 votes or 64.53 percent of 55,735,757 registered voters.
Of the 94,276 clustered precincts, results from 73,560 have been counted.
Below is the 11:20 p.m. update:
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PRESIDENT
DUTERTE, RODY
13,219,660 VOTES
38.62 %
ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID
7,761,306 VOTES
22.67 %
POE, GRACE
7,485,077 VOTES
21.87 %
BINAY, JOJO
4,471,876 VOTES
13.06 %
DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM
1,271,232 VOTES
3.71 %
VICE PRESIDENT
MARCOS, BONGBONG
11,863,352 VOTES
35.72 %
ROBREDO, LENI DAANG MATUWID
11,431,278 VOTES
34.42 %
CAYETANO, ALAN PETER
4,685,301 VOTES
14.11 %
ESCUDERO, CHIZ
3,950,492 VOTES
11.89 %
TRILLANES, ANTONIO IV
682,508 VOTES
2.05 %
HONASAN, GRINGO
599,604 VOTES
1.81 %
SENATORS
1. VILLANUEVA, JOEL TESDAMAN (LP)
15,271,433 VOTES
2. DRILON, FRANK (LP)
15,133,458 VOTES
3. SOTTO, VICENTE (NPC)
14,296,666 VOTES
4. LACSON, PANFILO PING (IND)
14,021,411 VOTES
5. GORDON, DICK (IND)
13,910,645 VOTES
6. HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBYN)
13,127,027 VOTES
7. ZUBIRI, MIGZ (IND)
13,096,602 VOTES
8. PANGILINAN, KIKO (LP)
12,974,995 VOTES
9. PACQUIAO, MANNY (UNA)
12,717,534 VOTES
10. GATCHALIAN, WIN (NPC)
12,411,339 VOTES
11. RECTO, RALPH (LP)
11,628,796 VOTES
12. DE LIMA, LEILA (LP)
11,485,091 VOTES
13. TOLENTINO, FRANCIS (IND)
10,513,605 VOTES
14. OSMEÑA, SERGIO III (IND)
10,425,468 VOTES
15. ROMUALDEZ, MARTIN (LAKAS)
10,026,634 VOTES
16. DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO (PMP)
9,271,988 VOTES
17. GUINGONA, TG (LP)
8,304,848 VOTES
18. PETILLA, CARLOS JERICHO (LP)
5,542,254 VOTES
19. COLMENARES, NERI (MKBYN)
5,310,717 VOTES
20. LAPID, MARK (AKSYON)
5,293,173 VOTES
21. MANZANO, EDU (IND)
4,225,014 VOTES
22. ROMULO, ROMAN (IND)
4,012,967 VOTES
23. OPLE, SUSAN (NP)
2,276,226 VOTES
24. LACSAMANA, ALMA MORENO (UNA)
1,945,941 VOTES
25. BELGICA, GRECO (IND)
1,733,791 VOTES
26. ALUNAN, RAFFY (IND)
1,636,268 VOTES
27. GADON, LARRY (KBL)
1,580,866 VOTES
28. LANGIT, REY (UNA)
1,511,643 VOTES
29. KAPUNAN, ATTY. LORNA (AKSYON)
1,473,747 VOTES
30. PAGDILAO, SAMUEL (IND)
1,442,551 VOTES
31. SANTIAGO, DIONISIO (IND)
1,437,844 VOTES
32. NAPEÑAS, GETULIO (UNA)
1,373,616 VOTES
33. CHAVEZ, MEL (WPPPMM)
1,348,626 VOTES
34. MONTANO, ALLAN (UNA)
1,228,141 VOTES
35. AMBOLODTO, INA (LP)
1,126,015 VOTES
36. BELLO, WALDEN (IND)
860,209 VOTES
37. KIRAM, PRINCESS JACEL (UNA)
690,590 VOTES
38. PALPARAN, JOVITO JR. (IND)
678,863 VOTES
39. CAM, SANDRA (PMP)
629,487 VOTES
40. PAEZ, MR. COOP (IND)
627,694 VOTES
41. LIBAN, DANTE (IND)
625,521 VOTES
42. ALBANI, SHARIFF (IND)
604,673 VOTES
43. MAGANTO, ROMEO (LAKAS)
567,099 VOTES
44. MONTAÑO, MON (IND)
565,062 VOTES
45. ARQUIZA, GODOFREDO (IND)
511,013 VOTES
46. ALI, ALDIN (WPPPMM)
498,939 VOTES
47. BALIGOD, LEVITO (IND)
459,002 VOTES
48. VALEROSO, DIOSDADO (IND)
400,716 VOTES
49. DORONA, RAY (IND)
361,144 VOTES
50. KABALU, EID (IND)
267,900 VOTES
TOP 40 PARTY-LIST
1. 16 AKO BICOL
189,535 VOTES (4.96 %)
2. 36 GABRIELA
183,564 VOTES (4.81 %)
3. 25 1PACMAN
165,580 VOTES (4.34 %)
4. 31 ACT TEACHERS
140,614 VOTES (3.68 %)
5. 69 SENIOR CITIZENS
128,401 VOTES (3.36 %)
6. 110 BUHAY
107,542 VOTES (2.82 %)
7. 62 ABONO
101,593 VOTES (2.66 %)
8. 1 AGRI
92,870 VOTES (2.43 %)
9. 30 KABAYAN
92,341 VOTES (2.42 %)
10. 89 PBA
90,012 VOTES (2.36 %)
11. 21 COOP-NATCCO
77,278 VOTES (2.02 %)
12. 8 AGAP
73,323 VOTES (1.92 %)
13. 81 BAYAN MUNA
72,346 VOTES (1.89 %)
14. 72 CIBAC
71,927 VOTES (1.88 %)
15. 14 AKBAYAN
71,844 VOTES (1.88 %)
16. 58 KALINGA
63,530 VOTES (1.66 %)
17. 78 AN WARAY
62,039 VOTES (1.62 %)
18. 40 LPGMA
60,591 VOTES (1.59 %)
19. 6 DIWA
60,196 VOTES (1.58 %)
20. 51 A TEACHER, INC.
55,581 VOTES (1.46 %)
21. 102 1-SAGIP
54,938 VOTES (1.44 %)
22. 60 AAMBIS-OWA
52,211 VOTES (1.37 %)
23. 5 ABANG LINGKOD
51,782 VOTES (1.36 %)
24. 93 BUTIL
50,305 VOTES (1.32 %)
25. 34 YACAP
44,252 VOTES (1.16 %)
26. 88 ACTS-OFW
43,303 VOTES (1.13 %)
27. 63 AMIN
41,228 VOTES (1.08 %)
28. 39 ABS
41,117 VOTES (1.08 %)
29. 44 ALONA
40,278 VOTES (1.05 %)
30. 32 ANG KABUHAYAN
40,277 VOTES (1.05 %)
31. 100 BH (BAGONG HENERASYON)
40,192 VOTES (1.05 %)
32. 43 ANGKLA
39,752 VOTES (1.04 %)
33. 55 KABATAAN
38,982 VOTES (1.02 %)
34. 57 TUCP
38,234 VOTES (1.00 %)
35. 52 ANAKPAWIS
37,885 VOTES (0.99 %)
36. 98 MATA
36,065 VOTES (0.94 %)
37. 9 SBP
35,845 VOTES (0.94 %)
38. 91 ANAC-IP
35,556 VOTES (0.93 %)
39. 59 AASENSO
34,633 VOTES (0.91 %)
40. 97 1-CARE
34,570 VOTES (0.91 %)

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Joma to ‘President Duterte’: Let’s talk peace By: Delfin T. Mallari Jr.@inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon 09:41 PM May 9th, 2016

 

Joma Sison. FILE PHOTO

LUCENA CITY, Quezon — Barely an hour after polling precincts closed on Monday, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison addressed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the next president of the Philippines and invited him to talk peace.

“I now look forward to further conversations with President Duterte to arrange an immediate ceasefire, release of all the political prisoners, my return home and acceleration of the peace negotiations. Let us have as goal a government of national unity, peace and development,” Sison, who has been based in The Netherlands for many years now, said in an online interview on Mondaynight.

“I hope the trend in favor of Duterte can no longer be reversed by cheating. So, I convey to him my warmest congratulations,” Sison said.

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As of 7 p.m. on Monday, Duterte was leading the race among five candidates for president as the Commission on Elections started releasing initial election results.
Sison said Duterte’s possible victory should be credited to the way the tough-talking Davao mayor handled his campaign.

“[Duterte] adopted the winning campaign line against the Aquino [administration], corruption and criminality, and for his common tao (common man), street level campaign style,” Sison said.

He said Duterte did not need his endorsement or the endorsement of the CPP, the New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to win the presidency because the rebel forces “opposed election as tool of the ruling system.”

“But the revolutionary forces and I have always welcomed and applauded Duterte’s offer to have a just and lasting peace by addressing the roots of the armed conflict,” Sison said.

Duterte had vowed that once elected president, he would order an immediate ceasefire with communist rebels to pave the way for the resumption of peace talks. SFM


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