Defense chief Lorenzana says Parlade claim on Bong Go controlling Duterte ‘baseless’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2021   •   426

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana belied the claims of retired military general and presidential aspirant Antonio Parlade Jr. that former aide and now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has been controlling the decisions of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Parlade made the claim when he filed his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 elections as substitute of Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino Party.

He is running against Go and several other presidential candidates.

The retired general claimed that Go was “among the country’s problems” and that it was common knowledge among officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines that Go “controls” Duterte’s decisions.

But Lorenzana rejected his claims.

“Lt. Gen Parlade’s statement is baseless,” the defense chief said in a statement.

“In the years I have known the President, he has always been his own man. The President stands by his own decisions, has always been firm in his directives to us, who are working for him, and is not as easily swayed or influenced by others as purported by the general,” he added.

Parlade became controversial when he was still in active military service and serving as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for red-tagging some celebrities and other activists.

He resigned from the task force in June before retiring in July 2021 as commander of AFP Southern Luzon Command when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 56. He was appointed as deputy director general of the National Security Council in September.

He said he decided to file his candidacy as he “cannot align himself” with Go.

In defense of Go, Lorenzana said the senator has been the defense sector’s “main bridge” to Duterte.

“He has always been our main bridge to the President and I have not known any instance when SBG acted outside the wishes and decisions of the President,” he said.

Lorenzana disclosed that Go assisted the DND in ensuring the doubling of the salaries of the uniformed personnel as directed by the president when he was still serving as Special Assistant to the President.

“He has also been consistent in strongly supporting DND in all its programs and modernization efforts.
In all these endeavors, Bong Go’s support to the DND and AFP has not abated,” he said.

Lorenzana also denied Parlade’s claims that there was “brewing trouble or discontent in the AFP.”

“The AFP remains a professional organization that continues to work in the interest of the Filipino people, regardless of the prevailing political landscape,” he said.

COMELEC releases ballot face for 2022 elections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Tuesday released the final ballot face for the May 2022 national and local elections.

The ballot contains the names of 10 presidential aspirants and nine vice presidential bets. It also includes the names of 64 senatorial candidates.

The presidential aspirants included in the final ballot face are listed in the following order:

  • Abella, Ernie
  • De Guzman, Leody
  • Domagoso, Isko Moreno
  • Gonzales, Norberto
  • Lacson, Ping
  • Mangondato, Faisal
  • Marcos, Bongbong
  • Montemayor, Jose Jr.
  • Pacquiao, Manny Pacman
  • Robredo, Leni

The names of vice presidential bets included in the ballot are the following:

  • Atienza, Lito
  • Bello, Walden
  • David, Rizalito
  • Duterte, Sara
  • Lopez, Manny SD
  • Ong, Doc Willie
  • Pangilinan, Kiko
  • Serapio, Carlos
  • Sotto, Vicente Tito

The final ballot face also includes 178 party-list groups.

Ballot faces for other areas have also been uploaded by the COMELEC on its website.

Cusi-led PDP-LABAN wing adopts Sara Duterte as VP bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has adopted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate for the May 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the PDP-Laban wing said it is already finalizing the terms of its alliance agreement with Lakas-CMD party, which is chaired by Mayor Sara.

“The decision to adopt Mayor Sara has been made by the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee based on her credentials, advocacies, and vision for our nation,” the group said.

“Based on these, the PDP-Laban has decided that the quality of her advocacies and vision are strongly aligned with that of the party,” it added.

The group also said that Sara Duterte-Carpio’s leadership and track record “make her most qualified for the position she is now aspiring for and therefore deserves the party’s support.”

It also expressed its belief that Sara’s election to the vice presidency “will help ensure the continuity of the vital programs of the current administration.”

Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Lakas-CMD have yet to issue a statement on the matter.

While it adopted Mayor Sara, the Cusi-led faction left out her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The group said it is still in the process of evaluating who among the presidential candidates would best continue the programs of the Duterte administration.

It will also consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal pick for president in deciding who to support for the presidency, it added.

 

BBM-Sara Duterte tandem bares senatorial slate

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The UniTeam ticket of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has disclosed the list of senatorial candidates they will be supporting for the 2022 elections.

In a statement, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said their lineup will include the following personalities:

– Rep. Rodante Marcoleta

– Atty. Larry Gadon

– Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri

– Former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar

– Rep. Loren Legarda

– Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

– Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

– Former Defense Sec.Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

– Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista

– Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian

Rodriguez said the list “represents a mixture of seasoned and political personalities who have excelled in their respective endeavors.”

 

 

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