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DUTERTE CLAIMS PHILIPPINE PRESIDENCY, VOWS CRIME CRACKDOWN
[RELATED: Duterte in tears as he visits parents’ tombs, asks for guidance]


MAY 10 -(Screen grab from Haru Uy’s YouTube video, published Tuesday [May 10, 2016]) After months of campaigning and hard work for his presidential bid, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte opted to visit the grave of his parents early Tuesday morning (May 10, 2016), just as the partial and unofficial results reveal a huge lead for him. The tough-talking PDP-Laban standard bearer was reported to be in tears while asking his parents to help him, whatever the official election results may reveal. Incendiary Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte vowed Tuesday a relentless crackdown on crime after claiming a landslide presidential victory built on foul-mouthed populist tirades that exposed deep voter anger at the establishment. The 71-year-old firebrand stormed to victory in Monday’s election, securing an insurmountable lead of nearly six million votes over his nearest rival, as a growing global howl for strong, populist leaders swept across the Southeast Asian nation. Duterte, the longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao, captivated Filipinos with vows of brutal but quick solutions to crime and poverty, while offering himself as a decisive strongman capable of resolving a host of other deeply entrenched problems in society. “It’s with humility, extreme humility, that I accept this, the mandate of the people,” Duterte told AFP in Davao early on Tuesday morning as the results came in. “I feel a sense of gratitude to the Filipino people.” In other comments to reporters who had converged on Davao, Duterte offered an olive branch to his rivals following a deeply divisive campaign that had seen President Benigno Aquino brand him a dictator in the making who would bring terror to the nation. “I want to reach out my hand and let us begin the healing now,” said Duterte, whose campaigning style and ability to upend conventional political wisdom have drawn comparisons with US Republican Donald Trump. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte in tears as he visits parents’ tombs, asks for guidance...

ALSO: ‘With humility, I accept the people’s mandate’
[RELATED: Duterte aide - Left keeps making errors, fails to learn from them]


MAY 10 -MAMA’S BOY: Photo provided by the Davao City Mayor’s Office shows winning presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte weeping at his parents’ tomb at the San Pedro Memorial Park in the city early yesterday. Soon after it became clear from the election count that he would be the next president, Duterte left his home at 3 a.m. and went to the cemetery. DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With the burdens of the nation soon to rest on his shoulders, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo yesterday promised to give his best in his new role as he pleaded tearfully for help from his parents before their graves.
“It’s with humility, extreme humility, that I accept this, the mandate of the people,” Duterte told Agence France Presse as the unofficial count showed him on a sure path to become the nation’s 16th president. “What I can promise you is that I will do my very best not just in my waking hours but even in my sleep.” Duterte may have spewed vitriol to win votes and terrify his enemies. But to get things done as president, he said he needed guidance from his departed parents. He visited the tombs of his father, former Davao governor Vicente Duterte, and mother Soledad Roa at the cemetery in this city. Duterte embraced and kissed the tombs of his parents, weeping unabashedly while asking for their help as he takes on the biggest challenge in his career as a public servant. “Tabangi ko, Ma (Help me, Ma),” Duterte cried to his late mother, Nanay Soling, a public school teacher. Duterte admitted to media he was a mama’s boy and that he really misses his mother. He said he prefers to be called “President Rody,” the nickname his mother gave him. “Don’t call me Digong. I want Rody,” he told The STAR. The mayor said he needs the help and guidance of his late parents as the task before him is so enormous. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte aide: Left keeps making errors, fails to learn from them...

ALSO: Philippine president urges 'united front' against maverick candidate
[But political science professor Benito Lim said the plan was doomed to fail. "That {Aqino-Roxas strategy} simply will not work," he said. "That's not the way people vote now, they are not really looking for a popular candidate but someone who can do the job."]


MAY 9 -BIG WINNER, DUTERTE: MANILA (Reuters) - Outgoing Philippine leader Benigno Aquino on Friday weighed in on the contest to replace him by urging presidential candidates to join forces and stop maverick mayor Rodrigo Duterte from winning next week's election. Aquino's revelation of his last-gasp intervention, three days before the election, came moments after his chosen successor, Manuel Roxas, hastily called a news conference to urge rival Grace Poe to team up with him and thwart Duterte and uphold "democracy and decency". The push from the administration to form a pact came a day after the final major opinion poll ahead of Monday's vote showed crime-fighting mayor Duterte widening his lead, with 33 percent of survey respondents backing him. Poe trailed with 22 percent and Roxas had 20 percent. "I am trying to get all of these different voices together and in that sense, perhaps help our candidate get together and have that united front," Aquino told CNN Philippines. Duterte's promises of wiping out drugs and crime within six months and his advocacy of extrajudicial killings as a deterrent and have struck a chord among Filipinos tired of crime and drawn to his brash, tough-guy image. Duterte was a last-minute entry into the campaign and analysts say a victory on Monday would represent disenchantment with Aquino's administration, under which the Philippines has seen annual growth of more than six percent on average, its best five-year record in four decades. Aquino, who has served his maximum one term, said he had been talking to Roxas and had exchanged text messages with Poe, with a view to them joining forces. He said it would be good if all candidates, including Miriam Santiago and Vice-President Jejomar Binay, worked together to beat Duterte. "Instead of thinking about what shall we do if everything he says is exactly what he intends to do, why don't we remove that problem, or that threat, or that insecurity," Aquino said.READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte camp announces members of Transition Committee


MAY 11 -Philippine presidential race front-runner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his final campaign rally in Manila on Saturday, May 7, 2016. A bruising presidential campaign drew to a close in the Philippines Saturday with a last-minute attempt by the president to unify candidates against a front running mayor perceived as a threat to democracy virtually collapsing. AP/Aaron Favila MANILA, Philippines – Presumptive president Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s camp on Wednesday announced the members of the incoming administration's Transition Committee. On his personal Facebook account, Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Laviña, who will be part of Duterte’s Transition Committee also revealed the five other members of the group. “It's now out. The members of the Duterte Transition Committee are Campaign Manager Leoncio Jun Evasco; Assistant Campaign Manager and Executive Assistant Christopher Bong Go; Carlos G. Dominguez, former cabinet member and Head of our Campaign Finance Committee; lawyersSalvador Medialdea and Loreto Ata, personal layers of the presumptive president, and yours truly at your service,” Laviña said. Laviña told Philstar.com that the committee was only formed today. A meeting of the members is currently on going at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. READ MORE...

ALSO: FROM THE US - RP better off with DU30 than US with Trump — Time


MAY 11 -For Time, the popular American weekly magazine, the Philippines will be better off with President-elect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, than the United States, if it elects Donald Trump to succeed President Barack Obama, despite the frequent comparison between both. A Time article said that “the Philippines knows what it is getting (with Duterte). With Trump, America is looking at the unknown.”  It noted that the comparison between Duterte and Trump has strong basis. “One calls Mexicans rapists; the other jokes about gang rape. One vows to build a wall at the Mexican border; the other threatens to “butcher” criminals. Both have used stump speeches to brag about the size of their manhoods. And both have had rows with the Pope,” Time said. It added that both have run populist campaigns that have provoked international concern. “Trump’s plan to halt Muslim immigration to the US prompted half a million Brits to sign a petition that called for him to be banned from the UK. Duterte’s appalling remarks that he “should have been first” in the 1989 gang rape of an Australian missionary drew censure from the US and Australian ambassadors. Duterte responded by telling both to “get out” and threatening to sever diplomatic relations,” it added. Time, however, said similarities between the combustive pair are overplayed. “Duterte, 71, has spent three decades in public services, first as a lawyer and prosecutor, and later as mayor and congressman. His election to his nation’s highest office is based on his zero-tolerance approach fighting crime in Davao, where Amnesty International alleges “death squads” under his control are responsible for 700 extrajudicial executions,” it said. “Under Duterte, Davao has been ruled by an iron fist (which, incidentally, is one of his nicknames, along with “the Punisher” and “Duterte Harry.”) There is a 10 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors, a ban on the public consumption of alcohol after 1 a.m., a complete ban on smoking in public places, and a 9 p.m. curfew on boisterous karaoke (not surprisingly, when you consider that singing “My Way” in a Philippine karaoke bar can get you killed),” it added. “Whereas Trump equates criminals with immigrants, Duterte puts criminality down to drugs, even vowing to “kill” his own children if they dabbled in narcotics,” it said. Time said Duterte is certainly more pugnacious that your typical politician, but the devout Christian is surprisingly supportive of minorities, fiercely backing the marginalized Moro Muslims calls for greater autonomy, and even advocating for gay marriage in the devoutly Catholic nation. READ MORE...


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Duterte claims Philippine presidency, vows crime crackdown


MAY 10 -(Screen grab from Haru Uy’s YouTube video, published Tuesday [May 10, 2016]) After months of campaigning and hard work for his presidential bid, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte opted to visit the grave of his parents early Tuesday morning (May 10, 2016), just as the partial and unofficial results reveal a huge lead for him. The tough-talking PDP-Laban standard bearer was reported to be in tears while asking his parents to help him, whatever the official election results may reveal.

DAVAO, PHILIPPINES, MAY 16, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by AFP May 10, 2016 - Incendiary Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte vowed Tuesday a relentless crackdown on crime after claiming a landslide presidential victory built on foul-mouthed populist tirades that exposed deep voter anger at the establishment.

The 71-year-old firebrand stormed to victory in Monday’s election, securing an insurmountable lead of nearly six million votes over his nearest rival, as a growing global howl for strong, populist leaders swept across the Southeast Asian nation.

Duterte, the longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao, captivated Filipinos with vows of brutal but quick solutions to crime and poverty, while offering himself as a decisive strongman capable of resolving a host of other deeply entrenched problems in society.

“It’s with humility, extreme humility, that I accept this, the mandate of the people,” Duterte told AFP in Davao early on Tuesday morning as the results came in.

“I feel a sense of gratitude to the Filipino people.”

In other comments to reporters who had converged on Davao, Duterte offered an olive branch to his rivals following a deeply divisive campaign that had seen President Benigno Aquino brand him a dictator in the making who would bring terror to the nation.

“I want to reach out my hand and let us begin the healing now,” said Duterte, whose campaigning style and ability to upend conventional political wisdom have drawn comparisons with US Republican Donald Trump.

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However Duterte vowed to push through on the central plank of his campaign platform — ending crime across the nation within six months and eliminating corruption.

On the campaign trail he had enraged critics but hypnotised fans with profanity-laced promises to kill tens of thousands of criminals, forget human rights laws and pardon himself for mass murder.

- ‘ Kill threats’ -

While avoiding such extreme inflammatory remarks, Duterte said a law-and-order crackdown that particularly targeted drugs would be one of his top priorities when he became president, and he was prepared to kill.

“I will do it (fight drugs), even if they say I am an executioner,” said Duterte, who rights groups accuse of running vigilante death squads in Davao that have killed more than 1,000 people.

“Look what I did to Davao. I will not let down the people.”

Duterte, who on the campaign trail boasted of being behind the death squads, also had a warning for corrupt police.

“If you are a policeman and stick to your racket, choose: either you kill me or I kill you,” he said.

The election commission was not expected to officially proclaim Duterte as the winner of Monday’s vote for more than a week.

However it had authorised the PPCRV, a Catholic Church-run poll monitor, to tally the votes, and they showed on Tuesday morning with almost 90 percent of the total counted that Duterte could not lose.


Philippines Presidential frontrunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte listens to questions from the press at a hotel in Davao City on the southern island of Mindanao on May 9, 2016. Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte was heading for a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced threats to kill criminals./ AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS by Ayee Macaraig

Duterte had 38.65 percent of the vote, with administration candidate Mar Roxas on 23.16 percent and Senator Grace Poe in third with 21.71 percent, according to PPCRV.

In the Philippines, a winner is decided simply by whoever gets the most votes. The next president will be sworn in on June 30.

- Rival concedes -

Poe, the adopted daughter of movie stars, conceded just after midnight on Tuesday.


PHILSTAR HEADLINE MAY 11, 2016 -Roxas concedes, wishes Duterte success By Paolo Romero and Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 11, 2016 - 12:00am -Liberal party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II and independent presidential candidate Grace Poe concede to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during press conferences yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS

“I congratulate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and pledge my support in working to heal our land and to unite our people toward the continued development of our country,” Poe told reporters in Manila.

Roxas’s aides said he would give a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, but refused to disclose whether he planned to concede.

Duterte had during the campaign dominated local media coverage and generated international headlines with relentless gutter talk, including branding the pope a “son of a whore”.

He also boasted repeatedly about his Viagra-fuelled affairs.

Duterte caused further disgust in international diplomatic circles with a joke that he wanted to rape a “beautiful” Australian missionary who was killed in a 1989 Philippine prison riot.

Duterte was enraged by the reaction to the rape comments, which included criticism from the US and Australian ambassadors, insisting they were taken out of context.

Despite all the rhetoric, analysts said Duterte is expected to moderate his inflammatory comments from now on and unlikely to unleash a killing spree.

“Extrajudicial killings and forgetting human rights, he cannot do that because it will create more instability and chaos, which is what he wants to prevent,” Earl Parreno, an analyst from the Manila-based Institute for Political and Economic Reform, told AFP.

“During the campaign he was stage acting, he was exaggerating to get across a message.”

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After months of campaigning and hard work for his presidential bid, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte opted to visit the grave of his parents early Tuesday morning (May 10, 2016), just as the partial and unofficial results reveal a huge lead for him. The tough-talking PDP-Laban standard bearer was reported to be in tears while asking his parents to help him, whatever the official election results may reveal.

Videos of supporters who witnessed Duterte’s emotional visit to his parents’ tombs went viral, saying that the Mayor even pleaded his late mother for guidance.

“Tabangi ko ma,” uttered the presidential frontrunner in front of the tomb, which translates to “Help me, mother”. He also kissed their graves before he bid goodbye. Duterte’s father, Vicente, served as a governor in Davao while his mother – Soledad or “Soleng” – used to be a public school teacher.


Presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte kisses the tomb of his parents, early Tuesday (May 10, 2016). (Photo courtesy of Edith Caduaya via Facebook)

The Davao City mayor is in the top spot of the presidential race as revealed in partial and unofficial results from the Comelec Transparency Server as of 10:29 a.m. of Tuesday with 15,245,930 votes, followed by administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 9,183,938 votes; Senator Grace Poe with 8,542,169 votes; Vice President Jejomar Binay with 5,061,014 votes, and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 1,366,558 votes.

The Philippines will soon be naming its 16th president who will take President Benigno Aquino III’s place in Malacañang.

Meanwhile, netizens also aired on social media how seeing the soft side of the toughest man in the presidential race made them want to cry. Some even quoted the song Warrior Is A Child to describe the mayor, saying: “Deep inside this armor, the warrior is a child”.

 
DUTERTE CRYING...


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‘With humility, I accept the people’s mandate’ By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 11, 2016 - 12:00am 39 1333 googleplus1 1


MAMA’S BOY: Photo provided by the Davao City Mayor’s Office shows winning presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte weeping at his parents’ tomb at the San Pedro Memorial Park in the city early yesterday. Soon after it became clear from the election count that he would be the next president, Duterte left his home at 3 a.m. and went to the cemetery.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With the burdens of the nation soon to rest on his shoulders, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo yesterday promised to give his best in his new role as he pleaded tearfully for help from his parents before their graves.

“It’s with humility, extreme humility, that I accept this, the mandate of the people,” Duterte told Agence France Presse as the unofficial count showed him on a sure path to become the nation’s 16th president. “What I can promise you is that I will do my very best not just in my waking hours but even in my sleep.”

Duterte may have spewed vitriol to win votes and terrify his enemies. But to get things done as president, he said he needed guidance from his departed parents.

He visited the tombs of his father, former Davao governor Vicente Duterte, and mother Soledad Roa at the cemetery in this city.

Duterte embraced and kissed the tombs of his parents, weeping unabashedly while asking for their help as he takes on the biggest challenge in his career as a public servant.

“Tabangi ko, Ma (Help me, Ma),” Duterte cried to his late mother, Nanay Soling, a public school teacher.

Duterte admitted to media he was a mama’s boy and that he really misses his mother.

He said he prefers to be called “President Rody,” the nickname his mother gave him.

“Don’t call me Digong. I want Rody,” he told The STAR.

The mayor said he needs the help and guidance of his late parents as the task before him is so enormous.

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Duterte, who garnered more than 15 million votes in last Monday’s polls, won all his past 11 forays in the electoral process. He had also served as congressman.

Visiting his parents’ tombs has been Duterte’s habit for many years. Aside from having served as congressman, Duterte had also been a city prosecutor and vice mayor.

The longtime mayor of this city hypnotized millions with his vows of brutal but quick solutions to the nation’s twin plagues of crime and poverty, which many believed had worsened despite strong economic growth in recent years.

And after a record turnout of voters last Monday, Duterte scored a commanding victory, according to data released by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

With 88 percent of the vote counted early yesterday morning, Duterte had an insurmountable lead of 5.84 million votes over his nearest rival, administration candidate Manuel Roxas II.

Duterte had 38.6 percent of the vote, with Roxas at 23.12 percent and Sen. Grace Poe in third with 21.76 percent, according to PPCRV. Poe had conceded after midnight yesterday.

Duterte, a pugnacious 71-year-old, surged from outsider to the top of surveys with cuss-filled vows to kill tens of thousands of criminals, threats to establish one-man rule if lawmakers disobeyed him and promises to embrace communist rebels.

He also boasted repeatedly about his Viagra-fuelled affairs, while promising voters his mistresses would not cost a lot because he kept them in cheap boarding houses and took them to short-stay hotels for sex.

Duterte caused further disgust in international diplomatic circles with a joke that he wanted to rape a “beautiful” Australian missionary who was killed in a 1989 prison riot, and by cursing the pope.


President asks Roxas, Poe to join forces vs Duterte  -here’s still hope, Duterte has only 30% INQUIRER NEWS MAY 7, 2016. Aquino photo FROM GOOGLE.COM SEARCH:

President Aquino, whose mother led the democracy movement that ousted Ferdinand Marcos three decades ago, had warned repeatedly the nation was at risk of succumbing to another dictatorship.

“I need your help to stop the return of terror in our land. I cannot do it alone,” Aquino said in an appeal to voters in a miting de avance for Roxas in Quezon City last Saturday.

On the same day in his own miting de avance, Duterte repeated to tens of thousands of cheering fans his plans to end crime within six months of his presidency.

“Forget the laws on human rights,” said Duterte, who has been accused of running vigilante death squads in Davao.

“If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because as the mayor, I’d kill you.” Another key message of Duterte’s campaign was his pledge to take on the elite, even though his vice presidential runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano was from one of the nation’s richest and most powerful families.

Various trade unions, meanwhile, welcomed Duterte’s imminent rise to the presidency.

Sonny Matula, president of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), said the Filipino people, especially workers, are looking forward to a change for the better under a Duterte presidency.

“May he initiate a healing presidency to unite our divided nation,” Matula said.

“May his administration bring those who have less in life to have more in law and more opportunities to be lifted up from the squalor of never ending poverty,” he added. – Mayen Jaymalin

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Duterte aide: Left keeps making errors, fails to learn from them By: Karlos Manlupig @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 01:07 PM May 15th, 2016

LAVIÑA REACTS TO LEFT'S CRITICISMS OF 8-POINT ECONOMIC AGENDA; JOMA SISON SAYS THEY'RE OPEN TO DIALOGUE


Duterte's transition team: Duterte’s transition team includes Peter Laviña, Atty. Salvador Medialdea, Christopher Go, Leoncio Evasco (standing) and Carlos Dominguez. Not in photo and absent is Atty. Lorieto Ata. PHOTO BY NICO ALCONABA/ INQUIRER MINDANAO

DAVAO CITY — The spokesperson of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte fired shots against the “national higher organs” of the Left in the country for criticizing Duterte’s economic agenda.

“A mistake not corrected becomes an error. A mistake may not be intentional, but to commit the same could be fatal. Leftist groups have rejected the hands of friendship and cooperation by the incoming Duterte administration by mouthing their usual criticism of others but not undertaking their own criticism, self-criticism,” Peter Laviña said in a post in his Facebook account on Sunday morning.

Laviña also mentioned the “mistakes” made by the Left in the past elections, hinting that the mainstream Left in Manila allied with Duterte’s rival Grace Poe.

“They did it in 1985 and did it again in the 2016 election. They boycotted the election in 1986 and went with another candidate 30 years later. For groups that claim that they are patriotic, nationalist and anti-imperialist, many were aghast in their decision to go with someone who abandoned our country and once pledged allegiance to the US,” Laviña said.

“In their desire to push one of their national officials to be senator, they rush to a hasty decision, rejecting calls to wait for the maturing of the political situation before deciding. Having done these mistakes, they want to continue with their old ways of critiquing, critiquing, critiquing. I am truly sorry for these leftist groups which will be left out in the march of history with their dogma and belligerent styles and methods of work,” Laviña added.

Laviña said that efforts to “sustain gains even little by little here and there to advance the cause of the masses are better than none at all.”

“Here is an unsolicited advice to them – dialogue with the incoming government instead of mounting black propaganda to be heard,” Laviña remarked.

But National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison said that the movement in the country has already committed to talk with the government after Duterte made reciprocal gestures.

“The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is already committed to dialogue with the Duterte government. Negotiations are needed precisely to discuss and work out the agreements on the economic, social and political reforms needed for the benefit of the people,” Sison, who is in exile in the Netherlands, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Sunday morning.

Sison disclosed that both the NDFP and the incoming government have started working together to jumpstart the stalled talks. The efforts towards a new round of peace negotiations will include a personal visit from Duterte.

“Representatives of the NDFP and the incoming government are already at work to prepare for the resumption of formal talks in the peace negotiations and before that possibly for a meeting between me and President-elect Duterte when he comes to Europe on the basis of our April 25 Skype conversation,” Sison said.

The top communist leader, who was also Duterte’s university teacher in Manila, commented that the militant group Bayan was not engaging in black propaganda as Laviña accused when it criticized the proposed economic agenda.

“Bayan has its own political and organizational integrity and independence and has the democratic right to express itself publicly on any matter that is priorly public, like the eight-point economic agenda announced by Mr. Dominguez. I do not think that Bayan is engaged in black propaganda. It has made critical remarks but it also makes constructive proposals,” Sison said.

Earlier, Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said in a statement that the proposed economic roadmap of the Duterte camp would worsen the conditions of ordinary people, most especially in the marginalized sectors.

Reyes said Duterte should end the neo-liberal economic policies of the Aquino regime by pursuing national industrialization, economic sovereignty and strengthening of the domestic economy; and also end the import-dependent, export-oriented, backward, pre-industrial economic set-up.

He said his group has started urging the presumptive President-elect to review and reverse existing and proposed public-private partnership projects, to pursue people-oriented infrastructure development that would help develop industry and agriculture, and to develop government-supported mass transport systems.

To pursue economic sovereignty and strengthen the domestic economy, he said, Duterte should abandon all plans for economic Charter change and instead review the business terms of big foreign mining companies, coal plants, large plantations and other enterprises that plunder the national patrimony and destroy the environment.

Reyes also said to truly develop the agricultural sector, the incoming Duterte administration should adopt and implement genuine land reform and various forms of collective farming with increased government support.

According to Sison, despite the criticism, the NDFP values and recognizes the members of Duterte’s camp who are open to proposals in the crafting of the incoming administration’s economic program.

“As far as the NDFP is concerned, we are pleased with those in the incoming Duterte government who say that they are ready to receive proposals and develop further what will eventually become the Duterte economic program. We look forward to discussions with President Duterte and his negotiators before and during formal talks what would best be integrated in a Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms,” Sison said.

In the Hague Joint Declaration in 1992, both parties agreed to tackle substantive agendas, including human rights and international humanitarian law, socio-economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, end of hostilities and disposition of forces.

In March 1998, both parties signed the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

The government and the NDF panels have already formulated their drafts for the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (Caser) but the process has not made any progress after the talks hit a snag.

The guerrilla insurgency in the country is considered as one of the longest running communist movements in Asia. SFM/rga


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Philippine president urges 'united front' against maverick candidate Reuters International MAY 6, 2016 - 12:54 By Enrico Dela Cruz and Manuel Mogato

MANILA (Reuters) - Outgoing Philippine leader Benigno Aquino on Friday weighed in on the contest to replace him by urging presidential candidates to join forces and stop maverick mayor Rodrigo Duterte from winning next week's election.

Aquino's revelation of his last-gasp intervention, three days before the election, came moments after his chosen successor, Manuel Roxas, hastily called a news conference to urge rival Grace Poe to team up with him and thwart Duterte and uphold "democracy and decency".

The push from the administration to form a pact came a day after the final major opinion poll ahead of Monday's vote showed crime-fighting mayor Duterte widening his lead, with 33 percent of survey respondents backing him. Poe trailed with 22 percent and Roxas had 20 percent.

"I am trying to get all of these different voices together and in that sense, perhaps help our candidate get together and have that united front," Aquino told CNN Philippines.

Duterte's promises of wiping out drugs and crime within six months and his advocacy of extrajudicial killings as a deterrent and have struck a chord among Filipinos tired of crime and drawn to his brash, tough-guy image.

Duterte was a last-minute entry into the campaign and analysts say a victory on Monday would represent disenchantment with Aquino's administration, under which the Philippines has seen annual growth of more than six percent on average, its best five-year record in four decades.


MAY 6 --President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he was facilitating in moves by his chosen successor Manuel Roxas to work with rival candidates and team up to stop Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from winning next week's election. Aquino, who has served his maximum one term, said he had been talking regularly to Roxas, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and Vice President Jejomar Binay and had exchanged text messages with Sen. Grace Poe, with a view to them joining forces to thwart the maverick Davao City mayor. [Read: Mar invites Poe to dialogue vs looming dictatorship] GMA NEWS NETWORK

Aquino, who has served his maximum one term, said he had been talking to Roxas and had exchanged text messages with Poe, with a view to them joining forces. He said it would be good if all candidates, including Miriam Santiago and Vice-President Jejomar Binay, worked together to beat Duterte.

"Instead of thinking about what shall we do if everything he says is exactly what he intends to do, why don't we remove that problem, or that threat, or that insecurity," Aquino said.

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Peter Lavina, a spokesman for Duterte, likened the effort against his boss to "thieves dividing the loot".

Neither Aquino nor Roxas explained how an anti-Duterte alliance would work, or if any of them would have to pull out.

'SPECTRE OF DICTATORSHIP'

Poe, a senator and adopted daughter of Philippine movie stars, made it clear she would not back out.

"I am not withdrawing from the fight," Poe said in a radio interview.

"We have been through a lot and what we carry here are the dreams and hopes of our countrymen that should not be compromised."

Roxas, the former interior minister, said it was time for candidates to unite after what had been a "divisive and vicious" campaign.

"Citizens of goodwill from all walks of life are worried," he said in a statement.

"Uncertainty and the spectre of a dictatorship are looming over our country once again."

But political science professor Benito Lim said the plan was doomed to fail.

"That simply will not work," he said.

"That's not the way people vote now, they are not really looking for a popular candidate but someone who can do the job."

(Additional reporting by Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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Duterte camp announces members of Transition Committee By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated May 11, 2016 - 3:30pm 14 2994 googleplus0 0


Philippine presidential race front-runner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his final campaign rally in Manila on Saturday, May 7, 2016. A bruising presidential campaign drew to a close in the Philippines Saturday with a last-minute attempt by the president to unify candidates against a front running mayor perceived as a threat to democracy virtually collapsing. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines – Presumptive president Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s camp on Wednesday announced the members of the incoming administration's Transition Committee.

On his personal Facebook account, Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Laviña, who will be part of Duterte’s Transition Committee also revealed the five other members of the group.

“It's now out. The members of the Duterte Transition Committee are Campaign Manager Leoncio Jun Evasco; Assistant Campaign Manager and Executive Assistant Christopher Bong Go; Carlos G. Dominguez, former cabinet member and Head of our Campaign Finance Committee; lawyersSalvador Medialdea and Loreto Ata, personal layers of the presumptive president, and yours truly at your service,” Laviña said.

Laviña told Philstar.com that the committee was only formed today. A meeting of the members is currently on going at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.

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Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III, who will step down from office on June 30, also reached out to Duterte’s aide, Go, to discuss his plans of transition with only seven weeks left in his administration.

Aquino assigned his Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to serve as the head of the transition team. He also offered assistance to make the transition process “smooth.”

“I talked to Mr. Bong Go yesterday to relay to Mayor Duterte that an Administrative Order is being drafted designating the Executive Secretary as head of the transition Team. I further offered that the Cabinet stands ready to brief his team on any and all of their concerns,” the president said in a statement.

Lastly, we are committed to effecting the smoothest transition possible,” he added.

Duterte consistently led the presidential race’s partial and unofficial count with at least 15, 856, 910 votes as of posting and around 6 million votes ahead of Liberal Party’s standard bearer and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.


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RP better off with DU30 than US with Trump — Time Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:00



For Time, the popular American weekly magazine, the Philippines will be better off with President-elect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, than the United States, if it elects Donald Trump to succeed President Barack Obama, despite the frequent comparison between both.

A Time article said that “the Philippines knows what it is getting (with Duterte). With Trump, America is looking at the unknown.”

It noted that the comparison between Duterte and Trump has strong basis.

“One calls Mexicans rapists; the other jokes about gang rape. One vows to build a wall at the Mexican border; the other threatens to “butcher” criminals. Both have used stump speeches to brag about the size of their manhoods. And both have had rows with the Pope,” Time said.

It added that both have run populist campaigns that have provoked international concern. “Trump’s plan to halt Muslim immigration to the US prompted half a million Brits to sign a petition that called for him to be banned from the UK.

Duterte’s appalling remarks that he “should have been first” in the 1989 gang rape of an Australian missionary drew censure from the US and Australian ambassadors. Duterte responded by telling both to “get out” and threatening to sever diplomatic relations,” it added.

Time, however, said similarities between the combustive pair are overplayed. “Duterte, 71, has spent three decades in public services, first as a lawyer and prosecutor, and later as mayor and congressman. His election to his nation’s highest office is based on his zero-tolerance approach fighting crime in Davao, where Amnesty International alleges “death squads” under his control are responsible for 700 extrajudicial executions,” it said.

“Under Duterte, Davao has been ruled by an iron fist (which, incidentally, is one of his nicknames, along with “the Punisher” and “Duterte Harry.”) There is a 10 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors, a ban on the public consumption of alcohol after 1 a.m., a complete ban on smoking in public places, and a 9 p.m. curfew on boisterous karaoke (not surprisingly, when you consider that singing “My Way” in a Philippine karaoke bar can get you killed),” it added.

“Whereas Trump equates criminals with immigrants, Duterte puts criminality down to drugs, even vowing to “kill” his own children if they dabbled in narcotics,” it said.

Time said Duterte is certainly more pugnacious that your typical politician, but the devout Christian is surprisingly supportive of minorities, fiercely backing the marginalized Moro Muslims calls for greater autonomy, and even advocating for gay marriage in the devoutly Catholic nation.

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“The main difference between Trump and Duterte is that we have a rough idea what a society governed by Duterte looks like — moreover, those who live in it are overwhelmingly supportive,” it added.

Colorful character

Agence France Presse (AFP), for its part, said his rollicking ride to the presidency is testament to the appeal of an anti-establishment politician in a nation sickened by entrenched corruption and the domination of the economy by a few dozen elite families.


HEADLINE FROM USA TODAY MAY 10 -Filipino 'Trump' claims victory for president Thomas Maresca and Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY 1:43 p.m. EDT May 10, 2016

Duterte is also an undoubtedly charismatic politician and natural story-teller, with his street language and off-color jokes enraging his opponents but captivating audiences on the campaign trail in recent months.

He has further burnished his populist credentials by always wearing jeans and casual shirts in public, and shunning the traditional “barong” shirt worn for formal occasions.

Duterte, a serial adulterer who admits to having four children by four women including his estranged wife, has always been a contentious character.

Jesuit priests expelled the truant and under-achieving high schooler from the Ateneo de Davao school, where he boasted he played basketball while his classmates pored over books in the library.

Duterte, the son of a former provincial governor, was forced onto the straight and narrow by a disciplinarian teacher-mother who hailed from an indigenous Muslim group in the southern Philippines.

But friends say his Catholic father, a lawyer who migrated from the central Philippines to the rich farming lands of the Muslim-majority south to seek better work opportunities, was his role model.

Christian Filipinos from the northern and central Philippines were encouraged by the government after independence to migrate to the Mindanao region and establish homesteads, holding up the region as a “land of promise”.

As presidential rivals began conceding defeat before dawn Tuesday, Duterte visited his parents’ mausoleum and sobbed unashamedly.


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The young Duterte went to college in Manila, where Jose Maria Sison, the now exiled founder of the country’s deadly and long-running Communist insurgency, became one of his teachers and inspired his flirtation with the movement.

He studied to become a lawyer at the San Beda Law School, and became a government prosecutor where he said he saw first-hand the corruption that pervades all levels of Philippine society.

He entered politics in 1986, after the fall of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Ironically he was initially appointed as caretaker vice mayor of Davao by the new leader Corazon Aquino, mother of outgoing president and staunch Duterte critic Benigno Aquino.

Aquino warned during the election campaign that Duterte was a dictator in the making but voters took little heed.

Duterte has been mayor of Davao — the third largest city in the Philippines with a population of about two million — for most of the past two decades.

Like much of the rest of Mindanao, Davao was wracked by communist and Muslim insurgencies when he first came into office.

He now has a reputation for transforming the city into one of the nation’s safest and most orderly, with smoking banned in public places and a midnight curfew for drinking alcohol in public.

However some of his other methods have been hugely controversial.

Duterte is accused of running death squads — made up of police, ex-communist rebels and hired assassins — that rights groups say have killed more than 1,400 people, including children.


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