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#NO FILTER: DUTERTE IS A MAVERICK PRESIDENT


MAY 28 - Political analysts Prospero De Vera, Jean Franco, and Julio Teehankee have shared their thoughts on incoming president Rodrigo Duterte. For Teehankee, Duterte is a "maverick president' who essentially changed the election arena. "In the same manner that he radically changed the electoral playbook with his unorthodox style, I think we are now seeing the emergence of a maverick president that is tailor-fitted really for reality TV and the social media," said Teehankee. De Vera, meanwhile, remarked that people may have to adjust to Duterte's quirks. "So the Cabinet members must start scouting around for housing in the Davao area now and the major networks must now look for places to put their reporters near the presumptive president’s Malacañang in the South for holding late night sessions," said De Vera. Franco, however, believes that Duterte should change his nocturnal habits. "While we admire the incoming president for being very transparent, holding daily press cons, I think his habits should change because the normal working hours are 8 to 5. It’s difficult if you’re asleep half of the day and you don’t know what’s going on with the nation," said Franco. FULL HASHTAG ANALYSIS.

ALSO: By Teddy Locsin - Change with the same face


MAY 12 -Teddy Locsin, Jr.
I strongly discourage advising any government-in-the-making, not least because advice is rarely taken, it is consistently ignored, and rightly passed over. “After all, it was I who was elected president,” he will say. “I want your advice I won’t ask for it. What for? I ran on a platform of promises, none of them was qualified or conditioned upon advice that might be given after I got elected. As for consulting experts, I should have done that before I promised what I should not deliver on second thought. Besides, there are no experts; except those who became experts because of the problems they created and are trying to solve. I will never ask advice from those with the temerity to offer it. But I will listen reason.” So listen to this. Ignore the suggestion that the new government should be a combination of continuity and change. Sure, there are things that must continue; they are part and parcel of the structure of our world; like the “conditionalities” imposed by the World Bank-IMF on Marcos for stealing the country blind. The World Bank-IMF continued them after Marcos left because we the people let him steal the country blind when we could have stopped him. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao shoots for Duterte's good side with basketball game


MAY 28 -DAVAO CITY -- Boxing icon and senator-elect Manny Pacquiao played basketball with incoming president Rodrigo Duterte's close aides here Saturday, hoping to start a friendly relationship with the man he opposed in the last election. Pacquiao won a six-year term as senator under outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay's ticket, joining him in campaign rallies. But he said he was now supporting Duterte for the good of the nation. "Ang sinasabi ko, bakit iniiisip natin ang mga partido partido, ang importante isipin natin ang para sa pagbabago," he told reporters. Pacquiao, who has also dabbled in a lackluster professional basketball career, played hoops with Duterte's executive assistant, Christopher Go and defeated vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano. The former champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions dismissed observations he was a political turncoat. Since his convincing win in the May 9 elections, dozens of lawmakers have switched to Duterte's PDP Laban Party giving him a clear shot at a majority in Congress to pursue his agenda. READ MORE...

ALSO: Robredo will complement Duterte administration - analyst


MAY 29 -
That's according to University of Santo Tomas (UST) political science professor Edmund Tayao, who sees a good working relationship between the Davao City mayor and the Camarines Sur congresswoman. Duterte has shown openness to working with Robredo, possibly in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Labor and Employment (DOLE), or Tourism (DOT), as the incoming administration continues efforts to finalize the official Cabinet. Tayao said Robredo will surely make a difference. "If the vice president-elect is just a Liberal Party (LP) member or therefore not a Leni Robredo, meaning that the defining factor is her being part of the outgoing administration party, then we can probably anticipate some kind of policy mismatch or conflict in terms of vision," Tayao said. READ MORE...


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#NoFilter: 'Duterte is a maverick president'

MANILA, MAY 30, 2016 (ABS-CBN)  Posted at May 28 2016 12:48 AM  - Political analysts Prospero De Vera, Jean Franco, and Julio Teehankee have shared their thoughts on incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

For Teehankee, Duterte is a "maverick president' who essentially changed the election arena. "In the same manner that he radically changed the electoral playbook with his unorthodox style, I think we are now seeing the emergence of a maverick president that is tailor-fitted really for reality TV and the social media," said Teehankee.

De Vera, meanwhile, remarked that people may have to adjust to Duterte's quirks. "So the Cabinet members must start scouting around for housing in the Davao area now and the major networks must now look for places to put their reporters near the presumptive president’s Malacañang in the South for holding late night sessions," said De Vera.

Franco, however, believes that Duterte should change his nocturnal habits.

"While we admire the incoming president for being very transparent, holding daily press cons, I think his habits should change because the normal working hours are 8 to 5. It’s difficult if you’re asleep half of the day and you don’t know what’s going on with the nation," said Franco.


OPINION: Change with the same face Teddy Locsin, Jr. Posted at May 12 2016 04:31 AM


Teddy Locsin, Jr.

I strongly discourage advising any government-in-the-making, not least because advice is rarely taken, it is consistently ignored, and rightly passed over. “After all, it was I who was elected president,” he will say. “I want your advice I won’t ask for it.

What for? I ran on a platform of promises, none of them was qualified or conditioned upon advice that might be given after I got elected. As for consulting experts, I should have done that before I promised what I should not deliver on second thought.

Besides, there are no experts; except those who became experts because of the problems they created and are trying to solve. I will never ask advice from those with the temerity to offer it. But I will listen reason.” So listen to this. Ignore the suggestion that the new government should be a combination of continuity and change.

Sure, there are things that must continue; they are part and parcel of the structure of our world; like the “conditionalities” imposed by the World Bank-IMF on Marcos for stealing the country blind. The World Bank-IMF continued them after Marcos left because we the people let him steal the country blind when we could have stopped him.

READ MORE...

And the proof that we could have stopped him is that we did—in 1986 when we should have done it the day after martial law was imposed on September 21, 1972.

These structural things are anyway the exclusive domain of the Bangko Sentral run by the best central banker today. Those things aside, all the rest must change, because all the rest is what you promised. No more stealing, no more borrowing, no more smuggling, and far less duties and taxes; no more crime, no more drugs, and far less criminals alive—the big and even more the petty ones that prey on the small.

A foreign intelligence officer said to me, “Your cops know all the criminals and all about the crimes because for the most part they are criminals.” All we have to do is tell the cops, “Okay double your pay and spare your life by taking out everyone bad you know.

Give them a minute to decide but keep your finger on the trigger—you never know. Offer peace to the communists and social justice for all—that is the only reason they fought the republic at all. Be the man who ended the longest running insurgency in history. Kick out the foreign diplomats who suggested, and the peace panel that proposed, carving out a homeland for Islamic terrorists so they will leave neighboring countries like Malaysia alone.

Cut the red tape, pare government down to bare bones, equal speed for equal pay for all WI FI—all fast or all slow, no premium for those who can pay more.

Punish the Telcos, abolish the Customs bureau, cut taxes on the salaried, leave the honest rich alone, and repeal the withholding tax to equalize the opportunity to question taxes across the board. And finally call Sumitomo and say, “So solly foh tulning ova a pah-fack-lee woking EM AL TEE to a talyer in Paniqui. Please take it back.”

Do those and the other things you promised. Not by the end of 6 years but, with regard to crime, early as 3 and no later than 6 months. Then the people will know that the change that was coming has arrived; but not—no not—with the same old faces as before.


Pacquiao shoots for Duterte's good side with basketball game Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at 28 May 2016 02:23 PM Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on LinkedIn

DAVAO CITY -- Boxing icon and senator-elect Manny Pacquiao played basketball with incoming president Rodrigo Duterte's close aides here Saturday, hoping to start a friendly relationship with the man he opposed in the last election.

Pacquiao won a six-year term as senator under outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay's ticket, joining him in campaign rallies. But he said he was now supporting Duterte for the good of the nation.

"Ang sinasabi ko, bakit iniiisip natin ang mga partido partido, ang importante isipin natin ang para sa pagbabago," he told reporters.

Pacquiao, who has also dabbled in a lackluster professional basketball career, played hoops with Duterte's executive assistant, Christopher Go and defeated vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano.

The former champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions dismissed observations he was a political turncoat.

Since his convincing win in the May 9 elections, dozens of lawmakers have switched to Duterte's PDP Laban Party giving him a clear shot at a majority in Congress to pursue his agenda.

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"Eh 'di sana lumipat na ako noon? Pinakita ko sa kanila ang pagiging firm ko sa decision, na kapag may desisyon ka panindigan mo," Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao, an outgoing congressman in his wife's home province of Saragani, said he would try to cure his record of chronic absenteeism once he is sworn into the Senate next month.

He said he decided to forego the Rio Olympics to focus on legislative work.

"Kung makaya natin ma-perfect (ang attendance) bakit hindi?" Pacquiao told reporters.

"Nakakahiya sa taumbayan na naglagay sa akin sa posisyon tapos unang buwan ng serbisyo ko wala ako," he said.

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ABS-CBN VIDEO REPORT

  
100% attendance sa Senado, target ni Pacquiao

ABS-CBN News Posted at May 28 2016 10:20 PM | Updated as of May 28 2016 10:21 PM

Kung noon, panay-absent sa Kongreso, iba naman ngayon ang target ni Senator-Elect Manny Pacquiao sa Senado. Nagpa-Patrol, Doris Bigornia. TV Patrol, Sabado, Mayo 28, 2016


ANC - ABS-CBN OPINION

Robredo will complement Duterte administration - analyst ABS-CBN News Posted at 28 May 2016 03:48 PM

 

MANILA - Incoming vice president Leni Robredo will complement the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

That's according to University of Santo Tomas (UST) political science professor Edmund Tayao, who sees a good working relationship between the Davao City mayor and the Camarines Sur congresswoman.

Duterte has shown openness to working with Robredo, possibly in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Labor and Employment (DOLE), or Tourism (DOT), as the incoming administration continues efforts to finalize the official Cabinet.

Tayao said Robredo will surely make a difference.

"If the vice president-elect is just a Liberal Party (LP) member or therefore not a Leni Robredo, meaning that the defining factor is her being part of the outgoing administration party, then we can probably anticipate some kind of policy mismatch or conflict in terms of vision," Tayao said.

READ MORE...

"But Leni Robredo is Leni Robredo, the same kind as the late Jesse Robredo, and so I'm inclined to think that this is also something that is taken note of the president-elect and the people working with the president-elect. Possibly, she would be able to provide more finesse in the way governance or decision-making is undertaken by the government," he added.

Meanwhile, Tayao is confident Robredo will not be affected by questions on the legitimacy of her victory, given her willingness to look into the electoral protest of her closest rival, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

The Marcos camp has said it would contest the results on grounds of a close to 4-million undervotes in the vice presidential race. - ANC

READ: Bongbong mulls poll protest after losing to Leni


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