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BONG GO: ‘I can work with anyone’

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said he can work with anyone if elected as Vice President in the 2022 polls.

He said his priority is to pursue the continuity of programs of the current administration and expand it further to sustain the positive change that President Rodrigo Duterte has started.

“I can work with anyone. Mula noon hanggang ngayon, walang pili naman po ang pagseserbisyo ko sa tao. Rerespetuhin ko kung sino ang ihahalal ng taumbayan sa pagka-pangulo (Right from the start, I serve without discriminating anybody. I would respect anyone who would be elected for president by the people),” Go said in a statement on Wednesday.

Go has pledged to be a “working vice president” if the Filipino people elect him, stressing that he will not merely be a “spare tire,” but rather a public servant who ordinary Filipinos can rely on.

At kung mabibigyan naman ako ng pagkakataon ng mga kababayan natin, I will be a working Vice President na gagawin ang lahat para makapagsilbi sa mga Pilipino hindi lang sa salita, kundi sa gawa. Hindi ako magiging spare tire o reserba lamang (If given a chance by our people, I will be a working Vice President who would do everything to serve the Filipinos, not only in words but also in action. I won’t be a spare tire),” he said.

Go filed his Certificate of Candidacy in Pasay City on October 2, accompanied by President Duterte.

He said his decision to run was motivated by his desire to carry on the Duterte Administration’s legacy.

Bilang opisyal at kandidato naman ng PDP-Laban, kaisa ako ng aking mga kapartido sa aming hangaring maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at makabuluhang pagbabago na nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte (As an official and a candidate of PDP-Labas, I’m one with my party mates in our goal to continue the programs and genuine change that President Duterte has started),” he said.

The senator added that the party “will support a presidential candidate who can push for the continuity that the people want.”

Meanwhile, Go thanked Filipinos for their continued support for him and the Duterte Administration.

He assured them that he would keep pushing for programs that would continue the change that the present administration had started.

Go, on the other hand, said despite his vice presidential bid, he remains focused on his duties as a senator and public servant especially in assisting the government and the general public in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. (PR)

BREAKING NEWS: Robredo files COC for president in 2022 polls

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, October 7, filed her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president as an independent candidate and not under the Liberal Party that she chairs.

Robredo filed her COC, hours after she announced her presidential bid on Thursday, October 7. 

In a speech to announce her presidential bid earlier Thursday morning , Robredo said she wants to put an end to the incompetence, corruption, and culture of violence that has persisted under the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte. 

56-year old Robredo, widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, was accompanied by daughers Aika and Tricia, and her election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal.

Meanwile, reports have it that Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is running for vice president in the 2022 elections, in tandem with Robredo.

Pangilinan, 58, is president of once-ruling Liberal Party.

The senator and Robredo have opposed several key policies of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, including the war on drugs, stance on the West Philippine Sea, and push for death penalty. 

MARCOS slammed for using emergency alert text blasts for political propaganda

By ROGER M. BALANZA

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) frownson politicins using the emergency alert system for purposes of political propaganda.

“Ill-advised,” said the Comelec on Wednesday, October 6, after alert messages appeared following the filing of a certificate of candidacy for president by former senator Bongbong Marcos.

“Needless to say, the use of the emergency alert system for political propaganda purposes is ill-advised, at best. Whether or not criminal liability will attach to those who are behind this move will have to be determined by the appropriate agencies of government,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez .

The text blasts  were sent to those present at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel in Pasay City after Bongbong Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, formalized his presidential bid.

The emergency alert used words that start with the acronym BBM or short for Bongbong Marcos. The hashtag #BBM2022 also appeared on the alert message.

Marcos camp cries ‘political sabotage,” disowns emergency alert blasts

The camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. is supporting the investigation on the emergency alerts containing campaign messages promoting his camp when he filed his candidacy on Wednesday, saying these were “political sabotage”.

In a statement on Wednesday, Marcos chief-of-staff, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, said such “underhanded moves” should not be tolerated as the emergency alert system is a tool used to warn the public of disasters.

“We hope that the responsible parties do not interfere with government systems just to operate political sabotage against presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos,” Rodriguez said.

He supported the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and its intention to investigate the improper use of the emergency alert system.

In a separate statement, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the emergency alert promoting Marcos did not come from them nor from their partners in the telecommunications sector.

“Emergency notifications issued today by the NDRRMC are only about rainfall warnings due to the current weather disturbance and nothing else,” the NDRRMC said.

Earlier, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba ordered an “immediate” investigation into the emergency alerts, with telecommunications companies so far confirming that they did not release any such messages. (PNA)

BAN ON CABINET MEN in Senate Covid-19 fund mess hearing stays

DUTERTE: No way I’ll withdraw memo barring Cabinet

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night rejected calls to withdraw a memorandum barring officials and employees of the Executive Branch from attending a series of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probes into the government’s handling of Covid-19 response fund.  

“Pinapa-withdraw nila yung order ko, yung (They want me to withdraw the order) prohibiting people from the Executive Department from testifying. There ain’t no way that I will withdraw it. You can do your worst and I will do mine,” Duterte said in a late-night public address.

He said only the Supreme Court (SC) could decide on whether the memo is “unconstitutional” as some sectors believe.

“Eventually, I think this will reach the Supreme Court. I am not saying that I am all correct. I may be wrong, but I have to protect the Executive Department from the incessant and steady dose of insults coming from the senators,” he said.

Duterte again lambasted the Senate panel for investigating the government’s purchases during the height of the pandemic last year, particularly its transactions with Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp.

He said he wanted to go to the high court to show footage of how “badly” the lawmakers behaved during hearings.

“That’s why I want them to go to the Supreme Court. Gusto kong makita ang footage ng behavior nila (I want to show footage of their behavior)… I want it recorded in history yung pangyayari sa (what’s going on in the) Senate and how they behave badly,” he said. Read More

45 guvs back Bong Go’s VP bid

Four days after he filed his certificate of candidacy for vice president, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has gained the support of at least 45 governors nationwide.

In joint statement on Tuesday, the governors hailed Go’s “wide and valuable” insights on both local and national governance, as well as his offered solutions for pressing issues in the country.

“We, provincial governors, crossing party lines, support the candidacy for vice president of Sen. Bong Go and vow to campaign tirelessly for his election to the country’s second highest elective position,” the statement read.

The provincial governors said Go, from being President Rodrigo Duterte’s long-time aide to being a senator, is ready to take on the challenge as the second highest official in the country if the lawmaker wins in the next year’s elections.

“Such experience has prepared him adequately for elective public office – as senator and hopefully as vice president. Having come from the ranks of local public servants, we have no doubt that Bong Go understands the issues we face 24/7 in our respective provinces,” they said.

They believed that Go, if elected vice president, would continue Duterte’s programs, including the relentless efforts to fight illegal drugs, criminality and corruption. Read More

BONGBONG MARCOS to run for president in 2022

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Shouts of “Never Again!” reverbearted throughout the Phlippines as the son of a late dictator that ruled the country with an iron hand for more than two decades announced he was running for president in the 2022 elections.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday, October 5, said he was taking a crack at the presidency that President Rodrigo Duterte will vacate when his term ends next year.

Bongbong is the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. whose decades of martial rule was ended 35 years ago by the People Power Revoluton of 1986.

Bongbong, who lost in the 2016 vice presidential race against Vice President Leni Robredo , declared his bid in a recorded video published on Facebook.

The son of the late dictator, whose rule until today is being hounded for rampant human rights violations and grand thievery by Filipinos especially victims of martial law, says he will “bring that form of unifying leadership back to our country.”

Bongbong was expected to file his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) any day on or efore the October 8 deadlune for filing. Three presidential hopefuls have already filed their COC: Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

A leading contender, presidentail daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is not seeking the presidency and has filed for her reelection. But speculations are rife she may drop her mayoral bid and file a new COC for president.

TYPHOON UPDATE: ‘Lannie’ continues to bring rains

The whole country will experience rains until Monday night due to Tropical Depression Lannie, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said “Lannie” has so far made eight landfalls.

Earlier, “Lannie” made landfall over Bucas Grande Island in Surigao del Norte; Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; Liloan, Southern Leyte; and Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte.

From 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Pagasa said “Lannie” made landfall again over Mahanay Island, Talibon, Bohol; Banacon Island, Jetafe in Bohol; San Fernando, Cebu; and Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

“Rains will be experienced in the whole country from the afternoon until evening. Apart from ‘Lannie’, no weather disturbance is expected to affect the country,” Ariel Rojas of PAGASA said.Read More

Lannie’ expected to make more landfalls

MANILA – Tropical Depression (TD) Lannie is forecast to make more landfalls, the weather bureau said on Monday afternoon.”Inaasahan dahil dadaan sa gitnang bahagi ng Visayas ang bagyo, may multiple landfalls ang mangyayari (We expect multiple landfalls as the tropical depression will pass… Read More