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Duterte siblings proclaimed winners in Davao polls

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

(L-R) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and Sebastian “Baste” Duterte | Courtesy : Respective Facebook accounts

Three of President Rodrigo Duterte’s children were proclaimed as winners of the 2019 midterm elections in Davao City.

Based on the report of UNTV News and Rescue’s C-NEWS correspondent, Janice Ingente on Wednesday, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will serve another term following her landslide victory.

She garnered 580,058 votes in the mayoral race while her sole opponent, independent candidate Jun Marcellones only got 4,262 based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tally.

Sara will serve along with her brother, Sebastian “Baste” Duterte who ran unopposed as vice mayor.

Meanwhile, their eldest brother, former vice mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte secured a seat in the House of Representatives representing the first district of the city. He got 197,024 votes against his rivals, independent candidates Rex Labis and Susan Uyanguren who garnered 2,121 and 5,118 votes, respectively.

The three siblings were proclaimed at past 8 p.m. on Tuesday. However, they were not present during the proclamation and their lawyers received their certificates of canvass on their behalf.

In a Facebook post, Paolo expressed his gratitude for those who supported and believed in him.

“Sa mga katawhan sa unang distrito sa Davao, dako akong pasalamat sa inyong pagpili kanako isip inyong representante sa Kongreso,” he said in a visayan dialect.

(To the people of the first District of Davao, thank you very much for choosing me as your representative to the Congress)

“I am truly humbled and at the same time honored for your trust and support in me,” he added.

Sa mga katawhan sa unang distrito sa Davao, dako akong pasalamat sa inyong pagpili kanako isip inyong representante sa…

Posted by Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – Official on Tuesday, 14 May 2019

He also thanked his family, friends and volunteers who helped him win his bid for a congressional seat.

“Dako sab akong pasalamat sa mga volunteers, sa akong mga higala, ug sa akong pamilya sa ilang dedikasyon ug kakugi aron iduso ang ating tinguha nga makatabang kita sa kalambuan sa unang distrito sa atong mahal nga siyudad,” he said.

(I would also like to thank our volunteers, my friends, and my family for their dedication and determination to push for our goal to help in improving the city’s first district)

“Makalaom kamo nga ako dili lamang inyong tingog ug kusog sa Kongreso kundili kaabaga usab ni President Rody Duterte aron makab-ot niini ang iyang mga plano ug pangandoy para sa nasud,” he added.

(You can be assured that I will not only serve as your voice in Congress but also a helping shoulder for President Rody Duterte in order to realize his plans and dreams for the nation)

It would be the first in Congress for Paolo, who quit his vice mayoral post in 2017 after his name was implicated in a Senate inquiry on the smuggling of illegal drugs in the country.

While this will be the third and last term for Sara, it would be the first time for her brother Sebastian to join the political arena.

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Names that stand out in House speakership race of the 18th Congress

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: House of Representatives (UNTV News)

The names of Lord Allan Velasco, Martin Romualdez, Alan Peter Cayetano and Pantaleon Alvarez have been floating to be the next leader in the House of Representatives (HOR).

Both Romualdez and Velasco were endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the campaign rallies of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, purportedly wants Cayetano to hold the reigns in the House.

And Alvarez, the first choice of the President to lead the last Congress, is making a return.

But now that former Senator Loren Legarda and Presidential son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte had been proclaimed winners in their districts, the list of possible Speaker of the House has gotten longer.

According to PDP-Laban campaign manager, Senator Manny Pacquiao, they will still wait until the proclamation of all the winners in the midterm elections has been completed before they set a meeting with the party to select the next House Speaker and Senate President.

“We still have to deliberate on that, but we need to finish the proclamation first before we discuss the talks for Senate President. It will be an internal discussion,” said Pacquiao.

So far, Mayor Duterte who sits as the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Regional Party head is yet to announce her chosen one.

In one of her earlier statements, Sara said that she will support anyone as long as that person supports her father.

“So walay choice of one but ang ginatan-aw namu kung kinsa and supporter ni President Duterte [there is no choice of one but what we are looking for is who among them supports President Duterte] because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President,” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Liberal Party secretary general Congressman Kit Belmonte said that dictatorship is expected to remain in the lower chamber especially now that there is only 18 of them who made it in the elections.Our last count is 18 representatives so far – not much different from our numbers in the current Congress. Which means you can expect the same tyranny from the supermajority,” Belmonte said.

The newly elected members of the House of Representatives will begin their term on June 30. (with reports from Grace Casin) /mbmf

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Duterte fires FDA chief Puno over alleged corruption

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade Puno | Courtesy: PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade Puno for alleged corruption, the Malacañang said on Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced this during a press briefing on Thursday by reading a letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea addressed to Puno.

“Dear Ms. Puno, please be advised that upon the instruction of the President, your appointment as director general of the Food and Drug Administration of the Department of Heath is hereby terminated effective immediately,” the letter dated May 15 stated.

“This is in line with the President’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption, and to ensure that public officials and employees conduct themselves in a manner worthy of public trust,” the letter added.

Puno was also directed to turn over all official documents, papers and properties in her possession to the office of the Undersecretary for Health regulation of the Department of Health “to ensure uninterrupted delivery of public service.”

Puno was appointed by Duterte as head of the FDA in 2016.

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She survived an ambush in October 2018 allegedly staged by the New People’s Army in Lupi, Camarines Sur.

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Duterte casts vote in Davao bailiwick

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte casting his vote for the 2019 midterm national and local elections

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday cast his vote for the 2019 midterm national and local elections in his bailiwick just hours before the voting closes at 6 p.m.

Surrounded by presidential security group, Duterte arrived at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS) in Matina, Davao City at 4:42 p.m. He was accompanied by his partner, Honeylet Avanceña.

He and Honeylet first greeted officials at the school’s entrance before proceeding to his designated voting precinct.

After shading his ballot, Duterte was assisted by an election officer in feeding his ballot to the vote-counting machine. He also checked the voting receipt before dropping it into a receptacle and getting his finger marked with indelible ink.

Duterte took a total of 21 minutes in casting his vote.

After voting, the President faced reporters to answer some questions but he forewarned them that he won’t be answering questions related to the “oust Duterte” matrix recently released by the Malacañang.

Duterte said he will leave presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo to explain the matter.

When asked about his assessment on Monday’s election, the President said he has yet to receive any information on election-related violence.

In terms of technical glitches and alleged vote-buying incidents that marred the voting process, Duterte said he will let the Commission on Elections address the issue before launching any investigation into the issue.

DRANHS was the same school where the President voted during the May 2016 elections.

This was the first time that the 74-year old Duterte voted as a President because he skipped the May 2018 barangay elections.

His daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, also voted in this school earlier in the day.

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Meanwhile, Duterte’s youngest son, Sebastian Duterte cast his vote around 3:20 p.m. at his precinct in Catigan Elementary School in Toril.

Duterte, a political neophyte, is running unopposed as Davao City Vice Mayor.

While the President’s eldest son, Paolo Duterte, voted in Catalunan Grande Elementary School around 5 p.m. Paolo is gunning for a congressional seat this election. (with details from Janice Ingente)

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