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BY ANA MARIE PAMINTUAN: 'MAYOR' OF THE PHILIPPINES


MAY 18 -As midnight approached on election day and the unofficial quick count showed Rodrigo Duterte headed for an unassailable landslide victory, we planned to use his initial reaction as our headline. The betting in the newsroom was that it would be something like, “@#$%!, I won!”
Of course as we have seen, Duterte in victory proved more circumspect in his remarks than some of the contenders for the vice presidency. Instead his camp informed the nation that in the wee hours of May 10, shortly after Sen. Grace Poe had conceded to him, Duterte headed for the tombs of his parents. The tough-talking “Punisher” is at heart a softie and mama’s boy, the nation was told; he wept unabashedly as he asked his Nanay Soling for her blessings. Any sane person would probably weep, too, as the weight of the presidency in this dysfunctional democracy dawns on him. And any free spirit would weep, too, if he suddenly finds himself tossed into a fishbowl. * * * The profanity is gone, at least in public. And while Duterte is not embracing his former rivals in reconciliation, the insulting remarks during the campaign are also gone. It’s not quite a reinvention of Dirty Rody – the trash-talking Davao City mayor still promised a “double hanging” for those who commit multiple crimes. But you can see that Duterte is making an effort to grow into the job of president. The last time I saw such a reinvention was in the case of Fidel Ramos, who is said to be a strong influence in Duterte’s decision to seek the presidency. When FVR was military and constabulary chief and then defense secretary, reporters avoided interviewing him. He was cantankerous and snapped at reporters. Admittedly, journalists can often ask stupid questions, but we can also avoid interviewing cranky officials. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Marichu Villanueva - Duterte will lead a ‘stirring’ presidency


MAY 18 -By Marichu A. Villanueva
If there is one thing that keeps him abreast with public sentiments, incoming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has a tried and tested formula. If he wants to test any idea or proposal, the outgoing Davao City Mayor revealed his favorite strategy: Stir public opinion. To get the sense of the people on an idea or proposal that comes to his mind, Mayor Duterte himself would throw it on air and make off-the-cuff remarks or statements. Purposively, he discusses his ideas with advisers, or talks about it in speeches, and especially, through media. This way, he pointed out, he could gauge and determine whether his idea or proposal would receive popular support or negative reaction. Apparently, this formula worked for him through his stint as a local government executive starting as vice mayor in 1986 when he was first appointed, then as mayor for almost 28 years, and later as one-term congressman. So when Duterte hit the campaign trail, he dished out a lot of his bright but controversial ideas and proposals – including quotable quotes and cussing to punctuate his points. While the presidential standard bearer of the PDP-Laban came in late as the last candidate to join the presidential race, Duterte’s bid obviously gained so much traction using the same technique. Duterte shared with us his governance techniques during The STAR presidential roundtable last May 5. “I like to stir people with ideas that come to my mind,” Duterte quipped, with his right forefinger making a stirring gesture. Indeed, Duterte’s “stir” is a rabble-rousing technique that makes him a good copy for media. To “stir” means to excite or arouse strong feeling, to agitate, to cool, or dissolve by stirring. Many of his statements during the 90-day campaign period were controversial. In fact, Duterte’s pronouncements became fodder for national debate. His stirring campaign speeches elicited rebuttals not only from his rivals but also vehement reaction from no less than outgoing President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Jose Sison - Change or revival?


MAY 20 -By Jose C. Sison People are getting more and more excited nowadays because changes appear to be really forthcoming. But the excitement seems to be gradually tapering as the end of old and the beginning of the new regime get nearer and nearer. Very noticeable are the appointments in the new cabinet and major government agencies. Some of them are not really “new” faces for they have already served in previous regimes that likewise contributed to our present deplorable situation urgently calling for drastic changes. Duterte should not forget that he won because he appears to have the solution to all the frustrations which people have been experiencing through the years. Of course, there are also “new” faces among the prospective appointees in various government positions. Obviously they are people who can be trusted and relied on by the incoming President in running his government. This is understandable. But somehow, people are still worried because this move appears to be similar to the present regime’s practice of appointing KKKs( Kabarkada, Kaibigan, Kabarilan). Another “scary” development in the incoming Duterte administration is its apparent shortcut in solving crimes and getting rid of heinous and big time criminals especially the drug lords and the other dangerous groups in our midst. Already, his prospective PNP Chief known as the “Rock” has issued a warning that he will “crush” all of them. Such policy may be in violation of human rights universally recognized and protected. But more worrisome and quite debatable is Duterte’s recent pronouncement favoring death penalty for the prevention of grievous crimes and preservation of peace and order. Actually, this move is not one of the changes people expected from him. In fact this is not a change but a revival of a policy that has already been tried but found ineffective. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Bobit Avila - Mayor Duterte may have won, but can he rule?


MAY 19 -By Bobit S. Avila
With the controversy between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its partner (in crime?) Smartmatic still unresolved… and Comelec issuing statements in its defense that the results of the 2016 elections was not affected by the Smartmatic change of its script only brings us to ponder how much damage they did to our democratic processes in the last six years, where Atty. Glenn Chiong (former Congressman from Biliran) was able to prove that the 2010 and 2013 elections showed that the results of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines do not match the results of the ballot boxes when the courts ordered them opened. As for the recently concluded 2016 national elections, many pundits have already pointed out that we are now in “Plan C” of the Yellow Regime. Plan A is supposed to be Mar Roxas. And since it wasn’t working they shifted to Plan B which is supposed to be Sen. Grace Poe. Now since that didn’t work either and with Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s enormous lead against the other Presidentiables they now shifted to Plan C, where Liberal Party Vice Presidential bet Leni Robredo must win at all cost! That suddenly, overnight, the huge lead of vice presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos mysteriously disappeared is something that the Comelec has yet to explain. What many people can’t understand is that if the Comelec already finished counting the ballots for the presidential race,why couldn’t they at the same time count the votes for the vice presidential race and the Senatorial race? Ezzz a puzzlement indeed! Poor Leni Robredo, she came out issuing a statement that she didn’t cheat Bongbong Marcos. Poor Mrs. Robredo, let me say it here that no one is accusing her of cheating… it is the people supporting her that is doing the cheating! In fact if she truly is an honest and humble person, she too should demand from the Comelec to reveal the whole truth as to who is winning the vice-presidential race… rather than defend herself from the cheating that we know she didn’t commit. Meanwhile, Teddy Boy Locsin in their show on NoFilter@ANC last Sunday questioned the vice-presidential race. “Is it possible that it was an engineered collapse?” While he was referring to the collapse of the campaign of Chiz Escudero, but this thought alone gives you an idea of a questionable pattern in the transmission of the elections. Locsin questioned… “Why is it that the results of the vice-presidential race keep on changing, but the Senatorial race was always the same?” READ MORE...


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MANILA, MAY 23, 2016 (PHILSTAR) SKETCHES By Ana Marie Pamintuan,  May 18, 2016 - As midnight approached on election day and the unofficial quick count showed Rodrigo Duterte headed for an unassailable landslide victory, we planned to use his initial reaction as our headline. The betting in the newsroom was that it would be something like, “@#$%!, I won!”

Of course as we have seen, Duterte in victory proved more circumspect in his remarks than some of the contenders for the vice presidency.

Instead his camp informed the nation that in the wee hours of May 10, shortly after Sen. Grace Poe had conceded to him, Duterte headed for the tombs of his parents. The tough-talking “Punisher” is at heart a softie and mama’s boy, the nation was told; he wept unabashedly as he asked his Nanay Soling for her blessings.

Any sane person would probably weep, too, as the weight of the presidency in this dysfunctional democracy dawns on him. And any free spirit would weep, too, if he suddenly finds himself tossed into a fishbowl.

* * *

The profanity is gone, at least in public. And while Duterte is not embracing his former rivals in reconciliation, the insulting remarks during the campaign are also gone.

It’s not quite a reinvention of Dirty Rody – the trash-talking Davao City mayor still promised a “double hanging” for those who commit multiple crimes. But you can see that Duterte is making an effort to grow into the job of president.

The last time I saw such a reinvention was in the case of Fidel Ramos, who is said to be a strong influence in Duterte’s decision to seek the presidency. When FVR was military and constabulary chief and then defense secretary, reporters avoided interviewing him. He was cantankerous and snapped at reporters. Admittedly, journalists can often ask stupid questions, but we can also avoid interviewing cranky officials.

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But when FVR decided to seek the presidency, he underwent a dramatic transformation, becoming the approachable and even humorous Steady Eddie, surprising even his wife Ming with public displays of affection.

So it’s possible for Dirty Rody to remake his image.

* * *

Like Joseph Estrada when he became president also by a landslide, Duterte is being denigrated for “small-town” ideas. But Erap’s San Juan when he was its mayor was a small municipality. Davao City is one of the nation’s largest urban centers in terms of both land area and population.

Perhaps some of the policies that have worked for Davao City will also be good for the rest of the nation. Being the chief executive of a large city should serve as a good preparation for the job of national chief executive. We’re expecting President Rody to act local even while thinking global.

This means that while he won’t pursue an isolationist policy for the country and will understand the value of alliances along with the requirements for global competitiveness, he will always put the ordinary Filipino’s interest foremost in his heart.

At the very least, we don’t expect a repeat of the shutdown of the entire Roxas Boulevard and Intramuros for several days and periodic shutdowns of EDSA and the SLEX just because foreign governments demanded it for the safety of their presidents, and just so the privileged one percent of the population can party.

I doubt if Duterte will withdraw the country’s case filed against China over maritime entitlements before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal, which is expected to hand down a ruling in a few weeks that most quarters believe will favor the Philippines. But the Chinese have said they expect an improvement in relations with the Philippines under a Duterte administration.

Davao is one of the more business-friendly cities, together with Taguig, the turf of Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. Taguig has been picked in surveys as the easiest place to do business in the Philippines. The measures that made this possible must be applied all over the country.

Duterte’s promise to lift economic restrictions on foreign investments as well as make the country a safer place for business have also helped calm market jitters. In fact the shares of businesses with interests in Mindanao have gone up since Duterte’s victory.

* * *

Where Duterte faces an uphill battle is in his plan to restore capital punishment. It requires legislation, and powerful forces are uniting to make sure the plan is aborted.

His only hope, short of abolishing Congress – which I dismiss as campaign bluster – is to rely on surveys to see if there is strong public support for the return of capital punishment. Surveys consistently showing overwhelming public support for the Reproductive Health bill helped persuade lawmakers to finally approve the measure.

In any case, Duterte has been imposing capital punishment on thugs, so perhaps he doesn’t have to engage in too much wheeling and dealing with lawmakers to revive the death penalty.

Another area where he may stumble is in his promise to give no favors to relatives and friends. I’ve heard different versions of this in the past. But even P-Noy’s daang matuwid has its set of cronies or KKK: kaibigan, kaklase at kabarilan.

Erap famously promised “walang kama-kamag-anak, walang kai-kaibigan” in his inaugural speech. We all know what happened.

Even P-Noy’s mom Corazon was criticized for the activities of her “Kamag-anak, Inc.”

Duterte, in the selection of his official family, has also picked former classmates. I think this in inevitable in any new administration. A president cannot recruit into his team people he doesn’t know or trust. What a president must guard against is giving classmates, friends and relatives undue advantage or illegal and improper favors in dealing with the government.

* * *

Obviously, only time will tell if Duterte will turn out to be a dictator, as President Aquino and the Liberal Party have warned, or a competent chief executive. As the Singaporeans have pointed out, there’s a difference between a government run by a strongman and a strong, efficient government.

These days Duterte still has the look of someone stunned that so many people picked him as president. He’s responding with sufficient expressions of humility and gratitude.

The best expression of gratitude, as he surely knows, is competent and honest service to the nation.

Filipinos expect no less from the Mayor of the Philippines.


By Ana Marie Pamintuan


Duterte will lead a ‘stirring’ presidency COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 18, 2016 - 12:00am 4 32 googleplus1 0


By Marichu A. Villanueva

If there is one thing that keeps him abreast with public sentiments, incoming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has a tried and tested formula. If he wants to test any idea or proposal, the outgoing Davao City Mayor revealed his favorite strategy: Stir public opinion.

To get the sense of the people on an idea or proposal that comes to his mind, Mayor Duterte himself would throw it on air and make off-the-cuff remarks or statements. Purposively, he discusses his ideas with advisers, or talks about it in speeches, and especially, through media. This way, he pointed out, he could gauge and determine whether his idea or proposal would receive popular support or negative reaction.

Apparently, this formula worked for him through his stint as a local government executive starting as vice mayor in 1986 when he was first appointed, then as mayor for almost 28 years, and later as one-term congressman.

So when Duterte hit the campaign trail, he dished out a lot of his bright but controversial ideas and proposals – including quotable quotes and cussing to punctuate his points. While the presidential standard bearer of the PDP-Laban came in late as the last candidate to join the presidential race, Duterte’s bid obviously gained so much traction using the same technique.

Duterte shared with us his governance techniques during The STAR presidential roundtable last May 5.

“I like to stir people with ideas that come to my mind,” Duterte quipped, with his right forefinger making a stirring gesture.

Indeed, Duterte’s “stir” is a rabble-rousing technique that makes him a good copy for media. To “stir” means to excite or arouse strong feeling, to agitate, to cool, or dissolve by stirring.

Many of his statements during the 90-day campaign period were controversial. In fact, Duterte’s pronouncements became fodder for national debate. His stirring campaign speeches elicited rebuttals not only from his rivals but also vehement reaction from no less than outgoing President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III.

READ MORE...

During the campaign for his anointed administration bet, former interior secretary Mar Roxas II, President Aquino presented the Liberal Party presidential standard bearer as the best candidate to elect as new leader of the country. In his strongest pitch for Roxas, P-Noy warned against voting Duterte whose strongman style of leadership, he said, may return the country to dictatorship.

Duterte rightfully chose to ignore the tirades against him by P-Noy. He engaged with Roxas, being the presidential candidate-rival he was up with.

True to his campaign pronouncements, the incoming President reiterated during his first press conference last Monday his stand in favor of restoring death penalty as part of his all out war against crimes and illegal drugs. He even tweaked his stand to add more shock to its intended audience: the hardened criminals and drug lords.

Aside from “shoot-to-kill” orders at criminals who fight back at law enforcers, Duterte vowed to ask Congress to bring back the capital punishment. But unlike the previous death by lethal injection, Duterte wants it done by hanging.

For criminals convicted of double major crimes, he wanted them hanged twice.

While it drew snickers from a mixed audience of media and his allies and supporters, Duterte’s remarks generated immediate adverse reactions from the Commission on Human Rights and leaders of human rights groups.

During The STAR roundtable, Duterte admitted he indulges himself to some degree of exaggeration if only to achieve his desired response or results. “How can I instill fear to criminals if I will be soft with my words?” he pointed out.

But, he explained, he has to keep this public persona of a tough talking “Mayor of the Philippines,” if that is how he would like to be addressed. He promised to speak though without any more cusses to befit and honor the Office of the President that he would soon assume. At least, that is in his public speaking.

In an exclusive interview with TV5 on Friday night, Duterte confessed he is “doubly pressured” by his own campaign promises now that he is definitely the winner of the May 9 presidential election. One of his most controversial campaign promises is to dramatically reduce crime incidence within the first three to six months in office. He staked his own presidency, saying he will step down and give way to his Vice President if he fails to deliver this campaign promise.

“But with the mandate, to me, I am under intense pressure to produce results immediately,” Duterte said.

He assured the public he knows his limits under the laws of the land and the country’s Constitution. He, being a lawyer by profession and served for several years as Davao City prosecutor, Duterte is aware how he would do it within the requirements of due process.

It would be much worse, he warned, if men in uniform commit crimes, especially if they get involved in illegal drugs. He vowed to apply the full force of the laws, not only to Filipinos but also to foreigners who would violate our country’s laws, especially on illegal drug trafficking.

“I have to say they have to follow the law, due process and all the things that are contained in the Constitution, and according to criminal laws, will be followed. But I will be harsh actually. As I have said, I would pursue you to the end of the world,” Duterte said.

The 16th Congress will resume sessions on Monday, May 23, to convene as the National Board of Canvassers to officially proclaim the winners in the presidential and vice presidential elections. Duterte is due to be sworn into office on June 30.

Between now and then, the incoming President indicated his every intention to be as transparent as possible as he forms his new Cabinet and administration even while still in transition. And that transparency includes his constant, if not regular, conduct of press conferences and news briefings with media as platform to stir public opinion.

It goes without saying the “Mayor of the Philippines” intends to lead a “stirring” presidency in the next six years.


Change or revival? A LAW EACH DAY (KEEPS TROUBLE AWAY) By Jose C. Sison (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 20, 2016 - 12:00am 1 1 googleplus0 0


By Jose C. Sison

People are getting more and more excited nowadays because changes appear to be really forthcoming. But the excitement seems to be gradually tapering as the end of old and the beginning of the new regime get nearer and nearer. Very noticeable are the appointments in the new cabinet and major government agencies.

Some of them are not really “new” faces for they have already served in previous regimes that likewise contributed to our present deplorable situation urgently calling for drastic changes. Duterte should not forget that he won because he appears to have the solution to all the frustrations which people have been experiencing through the years.

Of course, there are also “new” faces among the prospective appointees in various government positions. Obviously they are people who can be trusted and relied on by the incoming President in running his government. This is understandable. But somehow, people are still worried because this move appears to be similar to the present regime’s practice of appointing KKKs( Kabarkada, Kaibigan, Kabarilan).

Another “scary” development in the incoming Duterte administration is its apparent shortcut in solving crimes and getting rid of heinous and big time criminals especially the drug lords and the other dangerous groups in our midst.

Already, his prospective PNP Chief known as the “Rock” has issued a warning that he will “crush” all of them. Such policy may be in violation of human rights universally recognized and protected.

But more worrisome and quite debatable is Duterte’s recent pronouncement favoring death penalty for the prevention of grievous crimes and preservation of peace and order. Actually, this move is not one of the changes people expected from him. In fact this is not a change but a revival of a policy that has already been tried but found ineffective.

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Under Section 19 of the Constitution, “Excessive fines shall not be imposed, nor cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall death penalty be imposed, unless for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua.

This Constitution, which was adopted on Oct. 15, 1986, took effect upon its ratification in a plebiscite on Feb. 2, 1987. So from that date, the death penalty has apparently been abolished and any death penalty imposed has been reduced to reclusion perpetua (imprisonment from 20 years and one day to 40 years). Strictly speaking however, the abolition was not unconditional because the Constitution itself has left the door open for Congress to impose the death penalty for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes.

In reality therefore, the 1987 Constitution did not abolish the death penalty but only suspended its imposition until Congress has enacted the corresponding law to the effect. Thus, in the case of People vs. Muñoz (170 SCRA 107), the Supreme Court declared: “A reading of Section 19 (1) of Article III will readily show that there is really nothing therein which expressly declares the abolition of the death penalty.

The provision merely says that the death penalty shall not be imposed unless for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes the Congress hereafter provides for it and, if already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua. The language, while rather awkward, is still plain enough.”

And true enough, on Dec. 19, 1993, Congress enacted R.A. 7659 entitled: “An Act to impose the Death Penalty on Certain Heinous Crimes…” By Dec. 31, 1993, when R.A. 7659 took effect therefore, government has reinstated the death penalty. The compelling reason for re-imposing the death penalty according to our legislators, is the alarming upsurge of “heinous crimes” defined as the grievous, odious and hateful offenses which, by reason of their inherent or manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity are repugnant and outrageous to the common standards and norms of decency and morality in a just, civilized and ordered society.

There are 24 crimes which this law considers as heinous and for which death penalty has been re-imposed. These are crimes against national security like treason and qualified piracy, crimes committed by public officers particularly qualified bribery, crimes against persons like murder and parricide, crimes against liberty like kidnapping and serious illegal detention, crimes against property like robbery with homicide or when accompanied by rape or intentional mutilation and destructive arson; crimes against chastity particularly rape (now also considered as a crime against person) committed under certain circumstances like that for which Echegaray has been convicted where the victim is under 18 years of age and the offender is the common law spouse of the parent of the victim, crimes punishable by special law like the Dangerous Drugs Act (R.A. 6425) and R.A. 7080 on Plunder.

Death penalty shall not be imposed:

(1) when the guilty person is below 18 years at the time of the commission of the crime;

(2) when the guilty person is more than 70 years of age; or

(3) when upon appeal or automatic review by the Supreme Court , majority is not obtained for its imposition. I

ts execution shall be suspended when the convict is a woman and she is pregnant. The imposition shall remain within one year after the convicted becomes insane or an imbecile after final sentence has been pronounced. The Court shall determine when the suspension will be lifted, that is, when the convict is fit to be executed.

By 2006 however, Congress realized that good effects of death penalty can be achieved by lesser penalties as proven in 86 other countries which found it is an unnecessary cruelty.

Hence they passed the bill abolishing the death penalty. Indeed, the prevention of heinous crimes and preservation of peace and order can be better achieved by life imprisonment. With imprisonment for life as the capital punishment, society will likewise rid itself of the evil menace like the heinous criminal. Under this penalty he will be incarcerated for the rest of his life without any commutation or pardon.


Mayor Duterte may have won, but can he rule? SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 19, 2016 - 12:00am 0 25 googleplus0 0


By Bobit S. Avila

With the controversy between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its partner (in crime?) Smartmatic still unresolved… and Comelec issuing statements in its defense that the results of the 2016 elections was not affected by the Smartmatic change of its script only brings us to ponder how much damage they did to our democratic processes in the last six years, where Atty. Glenn Chiong (former Congressman from Biliran) was able to prove that the 2010 and 2013 elections showed that the results of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines do not match the results of the ballot boxes when the courts ordered them opened.

As for the recently concluded 2016 national elections, many pundits have already pointed out that we are now in “Plan C” of the Yellow Regime. Plan A is supposed to be Mar Roxas. And since it wasn’t working they shifted to Plan B which is supposed to be Sen. Grace Poe. Now since that didn’t work either and with Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s enormous lead against the other Presidentiables they now shifted to Plan C, where Liberal Party Vice Presidential bet Leni Robredo must win at all cost!

That suddenly, overnight, the huge lead of vice presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos mysteriously disappeared is something that the Comelec has yet to explain. What many people can’t understand is that if the Comelec already finished counting the ballots for the presidential race,why couldn’t they at the same time count the votes for the vice presidential race and the Senatorial race? Ezzz a puzzlement indeed!

Poor Leni Robredo, she came out issuing a statement that she didn’t cheat Bongbong Marcos. Poor Mrs. Robredo, let me say it here that no one is accusing her of cheating… it is the people supporting her that is doing the cheating! In fact if she truly is an honest and humble person, she too should demand from the Comelec to reveal the whole truth as to who is winning the vice-presidential race… rather than defend herself from the cheating that we know she didn’t commit.

Meanwhile, Teddy Boy Locsin in their show on NoFilter@ANC last Sunday questioned the vice-presidential race. “Is it possible that it was an engineered collapse?” While he was referring to the collapse of the campaign of Chiz Escudero, but this thought alone gives you an idea of a questionable pattern in the transmission of the elections. Locsin questioned… “Why is it that the results of the vice-presidential race keep on changing, but the Senatorial race was always the same?”

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With Mayor Duterte soon to take over Malacañang with a commitment to the Filipino people that he would go against the corrupt. Many in the Yellow regime are running scared that their corruption would be exposed in the open. We already learned that the Commission on Audit (COA) that the Aquino regime has not accounted for P1.3 trillion in the last six years. Then there is the still missing Yolanda funds, the funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which needs to be fully reported.

NoFilter@ANC’s talkshow host Prof. Popoy de Vera asked his partner Teddyboy Locsin whether the Duterte victory was a slap to Daang Matuwid. Locsin answered in the positive. So if Daang Matuwid was hit big with the winning of Mayor Duterte… I’m sure that it is more than enough for the Yellow regime to execute Plan C. So the million-peso question is, “If Duterte is proclaimed as President…can he rule?”

In my book, it is high time for presumptive President Duterte to make an official announcement on his thoughts about the way the 2016 elections were conducted. Remember that during the election campaign, the Daang Matuwid attack dog, Sen. Antonio Trillanes viciously attacked Duterte’s persona and his family. For all we know… there could be some sinister plan out there to impeach Pres. Duterte for the slightest wrong he may suddenly do… and with the Liberal Party (LP) still in control of the Legislative Branch, that would be an easy thing to do.

Sure pundits are saying that there will be an exodus of Congressmen and Senators vowing allegiance to the PDP-Laban, while that can happen, I strongly suggest to the Duterte transition team to be very careful to accept those “Balimbings” because they are doing this for their own convenience and not out of loyalty to Duterte. So be very careful folks!

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The Blackbox:

Congratulations to Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Nivel Hills, Cebu City on its 10th Anniversary today. Kudos to Marco Polo’s General Manager Julie Najar, who took over from my dear friend, Hans Hauri for keeping the food quality and service of Marco Polo always at the top of Cebu’s Hotel experience. They feted us with a superb cuisine on their Timeless 10! Kudos to Marco Polo!


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