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EXCLUSIVE: Taiwanese politician explains why he chose Duterte’s image in campaign posters

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2018

Taiwanese politician Chen Renchi tries to win some votes by using the image of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring attention to his own policies on illegal drugs. Duterte is know internationally for his tough stand against illegal drugs which has earned him both praise and criticism.


HUALIEN City, Taiwan – A photo of President Rodrigo Duterte being featured in a campaign poster of a Taiwanese politician recently went viral on social media.

UNTV Senior Correspondent in Taiwan, Amiel Pascual, was able to interview the man featured along with Duterte on the poster and who was even emulating the signature “Duterte fist.”

“I decided to use the picture of President Duterte because he is known for his war on drugs…What I look at is President Duterte’s contribution in the awareness of illegal drugs,” said Chen Renchi.

Chen is a political candidate seeking election as city council representative in Hualien City, East of Taiwan.

Chen said that even though he has other policies on illegal drugs, he believes that Duterte’s image will be a big help in expressing his concern for the future generation on the dangers of illegal drugs.

“Not only in Taiwan but now around the world, drug abuse is rampant. To let the next generation know not to have contact with drugs. That is why we are spreading anti-drug awareness. We are hoping that our next generation and our citizens could live in a drug-free environment,” he explained in Mandarin.

Chen said he admires President Duterte’s determination and although his (Duterte’s) ways might not be applicable in Taiwan, Chen said the President’s “spirit is admirable.”

Meanwhile, some Hualien residents seem to agree with Chen’s campaign platform. Some of them also expressed admiration for President Duterte’s war on drugs.

“I personally approve President Duterte’s ways of solving problems. I think he has a lot of guts. I really like his determination in fighting drugs,” said resident Chi Chia Xu in Mandarin dialect.

“That’s good. It’s better not to use illegal drugs so that you won’t put your life to waste and the country will progress. It’s ok. It’s ok. Every country has its own way,” said Mr. Lin.

“I think it’s not bad. Nowadays, young people, many middle and high school students, use illegal drugs,” expressed Mr. Yun.

As expected, Filipinos in Taiwan couldn’t be prouder knowing that people in Taiwan are also looking up to the country’s anti-drug policy, particularly to the President.

“Proud ako siempre na pati iyong picture ni President ginagamit sa campaign. Siguro pagpapakita ng pulitiko na iyon na idol niya si Duterte. Humahanga siya,” said Filipino worker in Hualien Octa Velly.

“Nagpapakita iyan kung gaano kinikilala ang pangulo ng Pilipinas sa kaniyang adhikaing mapabuti ang ating bansa. Kahit na ang dayuhan, sa kaniyang (Duterte) adhikain ay pamarisan,” reacted Boyet Salud, also ang OFW in Taiwan.

Hopeful he would win in November’s election, Chen said he is determined to impose his platform of government and make a difference in his beloved hometown Hualien City, a home to 230,000 people. – Marje Pelayo (with a report from Amiel Pascual)


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Former Senator Alvarez withdraws from congressional race

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Former Senator Heherson Alvarez (Photo courtesy: Dayao Ti Amianan)

Former Senator Heherson Alvarez has withdrawn his bid for a congressional seat in the 4th congressional district of Isabela, two days ahead of the May 13 Midterm Elections.

In his statement released on Saturday (May 11), Alvarez who “had hoped that this election would have been (his) last effort to render public service after several decades of cumulative experience,” said that the blatant practice of vote-buying had led to his decision to withdraw.

The former lawmaker claimed that “the massive and overwhelming vote-buying makes the electoral process a sham.”

He added that “vote-buying is vote-killing and it is as destructive to our democracy as drug is as destructive to our physical well-being.”

Alvarez also said that he “cannot continue in this political exercise that violates (the) precious political freedom of choice of leaders.”

He called on the public to renounce, denounce and withdraw tolerance on vote-buying lest the country withers away because of it.

He also cited President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to jail the perpetrators of vote-buying and to “make those who undermine our free suffrage accountable to our laws and constitution.”

The former senator also thanked the President for his endorsement as the standard bearer of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Isabela’s 4th congressional district.

He also made an appeal for the people to “stand up and assist the President to strengthen our democratic system.” /mbmf

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Duterte advises Filipinos to ‘follow rules’ on Election Day

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The 2019 Midterm polls is only three days away, and with this, President Rodrigo Duterte reminds all political candidates and voters to “just follow (election) rules” on Monday (May 13).

The last day of campaigning is on Saturday (May 11) and the President is expected to join the meeting de avance of his party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Pasig City.

“I promised the people that this election and every other election that will take place during my time, or (under) my watch — you just follow rules. It’s when you start to break rules (that’s when problems start). Sundin mo lang ang batas at walang problema, (Abide by the law and (we’ll) have no problem),” the President stressed.

The Chief Executive also advised both admin and opposition candidates to respect each other’s respective ideals and positions on public issues.

“This is for my candidates and for the opposition. Everybody’s stand or position must be respected. That is the rule in this country. This is democracy,” he emphasized.

President Duterte is likely to stay in Davao City on the day of the election on Monday where he is also expected to cast his vote.

The President said he leaves it to the people to decide on the election day emphasizing that he has no intention of convincing anyone to vote for the candidates he endorses.

“Let’s talk about national candidates. It’s up to you if you believe it or not. I won’t try to convince you. I’m not going to say, ‘vote for these candidates,’” he said.

President Duterte believes that not all of his senatorial bets will win the election but he reiterates to all Filipino voters to think it over and carefully list down their preferences before they go out to vote.

“I know you have about 12. I do not think that… Well, on the law of averages, I do not think that this 12 will make it,” President Duterte said.

“But kung ito lang man ipalit ninyo, you better think, please. (But if you would replace them with just anyone, you better think, please.) Think hard and sleep on it tonight. It’s (the election is) just around the corner,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte, no interest in filing cases vs alleged ‘matrix’ plotters

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has no interest in filing charges against the alleged plotters included in the “ouster” matrix.

READ: DOJ to look into Malacañang’s new oust Duterte matrix

On Wednesday (May 8), the Malacañang released a new ouster matrix linking the Liberal party, Magdalo group, and several media outfit in an attempt to discredit the president.

Duterte also said there is a non-Filipino intelligence community.

“Now their Otso [Diretso] has created another black propaganda. So I revealed it. There is an intelligence community but it’s not Filipino. Actually, you would know who it is if you try to read my character. That was revealed in the matrix. They released black propaganda that included my daughter. I’m not interested to file cases,” he said.

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