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Mayor Sara slams Trillanes over 2022 presidential bid claim

TRILLANES DUTERTE

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio slammed Senator Antonio Trillanes over the latter’s statement that President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing her to run for president in 2022 so he could remain in power.

Mayor Sara posted a rebuttal against Trillanes’ claim on Facebook and Instagram, telling the senator to leave her alone.

“LEAVE ME ALONE, Senator Trillanes. The last time a person irked me, I made sure to make it difficult for him to bring me down,” she said, citing former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, who was her opponent for the city’s mayoralty race in the 2010 elections. In that election, Duterte-Carpio won by over 200,000.

NOGRALES“Speaker Boy Nograles lost that election and was a billion pesos poorer,” she said.
SARA ALVAREZ

“Like Speaker (Pantaleon) Alvarez, my advice to you is not think of me, speak of my name, not even a whisper of Inday Sara from your ugly lips,” she said in the same post.

Duterte-Carpio lambasted Trillanes who claimed that President Duterte has three options to stay in power: declare martial law and establish a revolutionary government, initiate a Charter change, or push the candidacy of his daughter, first in 2019 for the senatorial race, and for president in 2022 when Duterte’s term ends.

Trillanes made the speculations during the general assembly of Tindig Pilipinas, an opposition group formed last year to oppose some of President Duterte’s policies, including the administration’s push to amend the 1986 Constitution.

Trillanes was quoted in the report as saying: “Yung option C niya ay itutulak niya si Sara Duterte bilang pangulo sa 2022. Pero ang unang yugto niyan itutulak niya muna bilang senador sa 2019. Papayag ba tayo na Duterte forever (The President’s Option C is to push Sara Duterte for president in 2022. But first, he will push her for senator in 2019. Are we going to allow a Duterte forever)?”

Duterte-Carpio found these claims absurd.

“Leave me in peace in Davao City or else you and your friends will spend more than a billion in the 2022 Presidential elections just to make me insignificant. Let me repeat, do not bother me and my slot will be available for a yellow Senator for the 2019 elections,” Mayor Sara said in the same social media post.

If her father imagines Trillanes will be shot, Duterte-Carpio said she wanted him alive and in pain.

“I have been described as heartless by my mother, please do not anger me so that you may remain relevant for the future generation. And you should listen to my mother,” she added.

Trillanes has been lobbing allegations against President Duterte and some members of the First Family, ranging from unexplained wealth to other supposed irregularities.

Mayor Sara has been quoted joking in the past about eyeing a congressional seat, raising speculations that she plans to seek a higher post. However, the mayor made it clear that such statements were only aimed at teasing opponents. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)

NOGRALES ENDORSES DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT

 Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles has endorsed the presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, his bitter rival, said a report in Edge Davao.

p7 (1)This came after his son, incumbent First District Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, said he was supporting Duterte’s bid for the presidency, the report said.

nogralesThe report by Cheneen R. Capon and Jon Joaquin was published in the May 17-18 issue of the Davao City-based daily.

Why not? Rep. Nograles said when asked by the paper why he is supporting Duterte for President in 2016.

He is from Davao. He is from Mindanao. It will be pride and joy for us Dabawenyos to see a President from Davao City, Rep. Nograles said.

Duterte said he was not running for president, but results of recent surveys by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia had him among the top three pick for presidential preference.

In the surveys, Duterte landed behind  front-runner Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe who was at second.

The elder Nograles  said he is backing his son’s statement of support to Duterte.

Karlo talks for our family now. He speaks for us when it comes to politics, the former House Speaker told Edge Davao.

Asked if he will bury the hatchet with Duterte for the sake of Mindanao, the ex-Speaker said “there is no hatchet to bury.”

Politics is never personal but is about issues, beliefs, programs and purpose. Davao must be united against others. Rivalry is purely local, he said.

The former Speaker calls the First District  his bailiwick and was undefeated in the congressional races.

He reached the peak of his political career as House Speaker from 2008 to 2010 under the Arroyo administration.

But he was a three -time loser in the mayoral races in Davao City.

      His first loss was to Duterte in the 1992 election.

He suffered his second defeat in the hands of Duterte-backed Benjamin de Gizman in 1998.

He was the sitting House Speaker when he was meted his third debacle in 2010 by Duterte daughter Sara Duterte who won with a vote margin of more than 220,000 votes.

Apparently there would be no fourth attempt by a Nograles to capture City Hall.

Rep. Nograles told Edge Davao that he is not running for mayor in 2016.

The young Nograles, who won the First District congressional races in 2010 and 2013, said he plans to run for a  third term.

 Karlo backs Federalism

First District Representative Karlo Nograles is supporting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy to shift to a federal form of government, said the Davao City-based daily Edge Davao in a report.

Since late last year, Duterte has been going around the country to advocate a shift to a federal form of government from the current presidential.

      His Listening Tour on Federalisn, a series of speaking engagements and forums, has already been to key cities in Mindanao, Luzon and the Visayas.

Duterte said federalism is the cure the country’s woes and could resolve the communist and Moro insurgencies and provides for equal distribution of national wealth to federated local government units.

Karlo said as a Mindanaoan, he is supporting advocacies pushing a federal form of government.

He sees the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as a test case leading to federalism.

The BBL which would establish a new Bangsamoro juridical entity in Moro-dominated areas of Mindanao will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The BBL is an offshoot of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Karlo said the structure of the BBL is akin to a federal form of government.

LUCKY RODY DUTERTE & THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

durian beatDavao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte could be the luckiest presidential candidate in the history of Philippine politics if he decides to join the race to Malacanang in the 2016 elections.

BINAY ROXAS RODYThe two major political parties — the administration Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno Aquino and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada—have serious problems with their presidential bets.

binay hangedUNA’s Vice President Jejomar Binay, the erstwhile top placer in poll surveys, is losing his political glitter in wake of a Senate Blue Ribbon investigation on alleged massive corruption when he was the Makati City mayor.

     The LP’s Mar Roxas, Aquino’s Interior Secretary, has not recovered from the stigma of his debacle in the vice presidential race in  2010 against Binay. Respondents in surveys perennially allocate the bottom spot to Roxas. Political analysts say a Binay-Roxas battle in the 2016 presidential election would be nothing but a repeat of the Binay-Roxas tiff in 2010.

With Binay’s political stock  eaten up by the corruption scandal that also involves his family, UNA may dump him for another candidate, which could be Estrada who is now free to run in a presidential election after the Supreme Court dismissed a disqualification case filed by former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

PNOYRanged against Binay or Estrada, the LP may also have doubts on Roxas as a winnable candidate based on his performance in surveys.  Like UNA ditching Binay, the LP may just tell Roxas to spend more time with his Korina and throw him out for another candidate. On the line to replace Mar could be Senator Grace Poe who has been topping poll surveys courtesy of Binay’s corruption scandal and Roxas’ love affair with the bottom spot.

     But Poe has already said she was not ready for Malacanang.

     Estrada running for President is not sure: He has qualified that he would run only if nobody from UNA could stand up against an Aquino candidate. The Eraption may as well refer to Binay: The multi-billion peso corruption scandal this early is forcing Pinoys in shame of the gargantuan thievery to pray to the Black Nazarene to stop Binay from becoming President.

With Binay out, UNA needs a candidate.

     With Roxas out, Aquino’s LP has no presidential bet, with Poe dismissing any plan to run for higher office.

     We are saying that Duterte could be the luckiest politician in the presidential election in 2016 because UNA could take him in to replace Binay. Aquino, with Roxas, a sure loser, could pick him as standard bearer.

     There is no political divide between Duterte and UNA or the LP.

     Duterte is a political animal loved by both foes and friends during political battles. He is among few Mindanao politicians whose support is courted every election by both the opposition and the administration.

     While he supported Aquino and the LP in the 2010 elections, Duterte pitched camp to support  Estrada’s presidential bid and his  Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) in the 2001 elections.

UNA is a coalition in the 2010 election of the PMP and the Nene Pimentel-led Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP). If allegiance is to be counted, the PDP is the mother party of Duterte.

The question of Duterte’s winnability is borne by recent events: his sudden rise in ranking in surveys, the public clamor for him to run for President and an enamored public amazed by his kind of governance in Davao City that could be replicated throughout the country if he is the President.

     Popularity is not a stranger to the Duterte name.

     He was ranked by the Philippine Daily Inquirer third in the popular newspaper’s Ten Top Newsmakers for 2014.

     He lands in the Top 5 in surveys for president.

     He is also widely known for his no-mercy iron-fist anti-crime policy; and for steering Davao City into one of the country’s premier metropolis.

     Duterte is also overly popular among the Bisaya in the Visayas Region being a Visayan-speaking candidate, and the Bisaya and the Muslims in Mindanao for his efforts to help find final peace in the troubled Southern Philippines.

     Credibility is no problem for Duterte.

     What if UNA painfully sticks to the damned, corruption-laden  Binay or if LP just would like to enjoy the misery of the sure-losing, unexciting and bland Roxas presidential bid?

     If UNA and the LP are political coalitions for convenience, we see a third coalition of unattached parties congregating behind a Duterte presidency, just waiting to cast their lot with the mayor if he finally decides to run for President.

     These parties could also help push a Duterte presidency, with their combined forces packing power equal if not more than that of the UNA or LP coalitions.

     The Pimentel group of the PDP has dumped Binay, a PDP stalwart, for honeymooning with Pimentel arch-foe former Senator Migz Zubiri in the 2013 elections. PDP, a Binay party, has its heart on Duterte.

FVRThe dormant Lakas/NUCD of former President Fidel Ramos may rise from the grave to support Duterte. Ramos has been in Davao City for a secret meeting suspected as having to do with 2016.

   And there are more: Manny Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP) and Danding Cojuangco’s Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC), which is Duterte’s original party.

     The beauty of the Duterte presidency, if he is not taken by UNA or LP, is that it could even lure former President now Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo and her Lakas/KAMPI, including Arroyo defender former House Speaker and Davao City Congressman Prospero “Boy Wonder Nogie” Nograles who is Duterte’s arch political enemy. Nice!

 

 

 

 

 

DUTERTE : No beef against Karlo Nograles

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he has no axe to grind against First District Representative Karlo Nograles but adds his relations with the young solon’s father, former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, remains in troubled waters.

A recent photo of Duterte and Rep. Nograles in a friendly pose in chance encounter in a resto in Davao City has landed on Faceboook, sparking speculations all is well in the political front between the Nograleses and Duterte.

prosperoI have nothing against Karlo. Only against the father, said Duterte commenting on the Facebook photo in his Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on on ABS/CBN-Southern Mindanao on Sunday, December 14.

The elder Nograles has been the perennial challenger on Duterte’s hold of city politics, but lost thrice in as many mayoral races in his bid to capture City Hall.

Nograles first lost in 1992 against Duterte and suffered his second debacle against Duterte-backed Benjamin de Guzman in the 1998 election.

His third defeat was in the hands of Duterte daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio in 2010.

On the other hand, Rep. Karlo Nograles is now gunning for his second reelection in 2016, defeating Duterte-backed candidates councilor Mabel Acosta in 2010 and former Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan in 2013.

Duterte’s party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod was expected to field in the 2016 election a candidate against Rep. Karlo Nograles in a third attempt to wrest control of the First District, a Nograles bailiwick.

Having no conflict with him, Duterte said Rep. Karlo deserves respect as a congressman.

He also said there is blood relations between him and the young solon, whose mother is Elizabeth Bendigo Nograles.

Duterte said the Bendigos and the Dutertes, who trace their roots to Danao City in Cebu, are blood relatives.

Duterte reiterates stand against aliens owning lands

Super-rich nations like China will buy and gobble up lands and make Filipinos squatters in their homeland if foreigners would be allowed to own lands in the Philippines.

For this, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would oppose any move by Congress to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution to include right of foreigners to own lands.

  Nevertheless, in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN, Duterte said he welcomed Charter Change as an avenue for pushing the concept of federalism.

If there will be Charter Change we will push our proposal to shift to a federal form of government, said Duterte, who on December 1 convened in Davao City a summit of about 600 advocates of federalism.

Duterte’s phobia against amending the economic provisions of the Constitution to allow aliens to own lands, dates back to the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when then House Speaker Prospero Nograles authored a resolution allowing foreigners to own land.

Duterte widely used the “anti-poor” Nograles resolution in the 2010 Davao City election where the then House Speaker lost by more than 280,000 votes in the mayoral race against Sara Duterte, the mayor’s daughter.

The resolution was one of measures hurriedly introduced and on verge of approval before the Nograles House bowed out of office in 2010.

The Nograles resolution was not approved following strong opposition from farmers groups which held nationwide mass actions against the measure.

 

Nogie’s P600M PDAF biggest in Congress

The alleged misuse of P47.5M worth of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by Davao City First District Congressman Prospero Nograles may only be a tip of the iceberg in the former House Speakers alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

The Ombudsman has filed graft charges against Nograles , who, as House Speaker, acted as  caretaker-representative of Misamis Oriental’s First District following the death in June 2008 of Representative Danilo Lagbas.

SPECIAL AUDIT. Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido-Tan shows the special audit of lawmakers' pork barrel from 2007-2009 at a press conference on August 16. Photo by Rafael Taboy/Rappler.com
SPECIAL AUDIT. Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido-Tan shows the special audit of lawmakers’ pork barrel from 2007-2009 at a press conference on August 16. Photo by Rafael Taboy/Rappler.com

As the misuse of the pork barrel became a full-blown scandal late last year, news reports said the Commission on Audit (COA) released a report on the PDAF allocations of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The alleged COA report  had Nograles getting more than P600 million of PDAF, the second biggest next to former Compostela Valley congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora who had P1.2 billion. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) would later say that the PDAF figure of Zamora was a technical error.

       The Ombudsman has already filed graft and plunder charges against several lawmakers,  and its continuing investigation may lead to the more than P600 million PDAF released to Nograles.

        

 

 

Nograles sued over pork barrel scandal

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles has been slapped with criminal charges for alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) aka congressional pork barrel.

pork barrelThree others were accused by the Ombudsman in the malversation and graft complaints dated September 23 involving pork barrel amounting to P163.5 million.

Charged before the Sandiganbayan along with the former congressman of Davao City’s First District were former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and former Congressmen Candido Pancrudo Jr. (Bukidnon) and Thomas Dumpit Jr. (La Union).

SPECIAL AUDIT. Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido-Tan shows the special audit of lawmakers' pork barrel from 2007-2009 at a press conference on August 16. Photo by Rafael Taboy/Rappler.com
SPECIAL AUDIT. Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido-Tan shows the special audit of lawmakers’ pork barrel from 2007-2009 at a press conference on August 16. Photo by Rafael Taboy/Rappler.com

In the complaints, the Ombudsman alleged the projects funded by the PDAF of Nograles, Pancrudo and Dumpit were endorsed to fictitious NGOs and were not implemented.

The Ombudsman charged Nograles, as then caretaker-Representative of the First District of Misamis Oriental, for over P47.5 million in illegally disbursed pork barrel from 2007 to 2009. Nograles took over the post of  Congressman Danilo Lagbas, who died in 2008.

The Ombudsman started investigating Nograles, Dumpit, and Pancrudo in July 2013 after news of the multi-million-peso PDAF scam broke out.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, wished his arch political rival “good luck” but refused further comment saying the case is now in the court.

       “Good luck na lang, Dodong,” he said. “Dodong” is Visayan for Boy. Nograles’ nickname is Boy Nogie.

       Nograles had engaged Duterte and his camp in political combat during elections since 1992.

       Duterte trounced Nograles with a landslide win in the 1992 mayoral contest.

       Nograles took another defeat in the mayoral race in 1998, against Benjamin de Guzman, then Duterte’s political ally. De Guzman, Duterte’s former city administrator, former vice mayor and mayor, has parted ways with Duterte and has pitched camp with Nograles after losing a reelection in 2001 against then come-backing Congressman Duterte.

       In the 2010 elections, Nograles, capping his last and third term in Congress, challenged then Vice Mayor Sara Duterte in the mayoral race in his third failed attempt to conquer City Hall.

       The then sitting House Speaker, the No. 4 most powerful man in the country, lost by more than 220,000 votes to the political neophyte daughter of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

No comment

Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles hasnogie 3 no comment on the graft raps filed against him by the Ombudsman over alleged misuse of millions of pesos of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

“No comment. Am retired and now a private citizen and not public property!” said Nograles, the former representative in Congress of Davao City’s First District and closest political ally of former President Gloria Arroyo, who is herself facing graft charges for various anomalies during her administration.

Nograles also said he is not aware of any investigation conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman, and has not received any notice or formal communication from the anti-graft body at the time of its investigation.

Aside from Nograles, also facing charges of malversation and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act are former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, former Bukidnon 1st District Representative Candido Pancrudo Jr., and former La Union 2nd District Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr.

The four are accused of channeling P163.2 million of PDAF to various agencies and bogus non-government Organizations (NGOs).

The violations were allegedly committed between 2007 and 2009.