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Eusebio decries election fraud vs. Vico Sotto in Pasig City

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Outgoing Mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) and Mayor-elect Vico Sotto (right)
Photo: Bobby Eusebio Facebook | Froilan Calces/UNTV

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Losing candidate Bobby Eusebio refused to yield to Vico Sotto in the city’s mayoralty race.

Eusebio, who belonged to the ruling clan that dominated the city for 27 years, accused their opponent of manipulating the election.

Minutes after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Sotto as the new mayor, Eusebio addressed his supporters inside the Pasig City Sports Center on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) to air his opposition to the poll results.

“Gusto kong iparating sa aking mga supporters din na hindi ko tinatanggap ang resulta,” the embattled reelectionist said.

Eusebio, joined by his wife Maribel, said he will file a case of election fraud against the camp of Sotto.

“Kami ay maglalatag ng protesta laban sa pangyayari dito sa Pasig. Gusto namin maging malinaw, kasi alam ng tao kung sino ang ibinoto (nila). Kung sino ang nanalo,” he said.

“Iyan ay mapapatunayan natin sa ating ipapa-file na election fraud na protesta dahil gusto nating marinig ang boses talaga ng tao at hindi ng makina. Kung sino ang nagwagi dito sa syudad bilang alkalde at bilang representante ng Pasig,” he added.

“Hindi kami naniniwala sa resulta ng eleksyon. Hindi nakita kung sino talaga ang totoong ibinoto ng kalakhang botante sa Pasig City dahil sa mga defective na mga PCOS. Nagkaroon ng dayaan sa paggamit ng mga PCOS machine,” former mayor Maribel accused.

Earlier today on his social media account, Sotto questioned the Comelec why “no one is able to tell us what the reason for the delay (of the proclamation) is” despite their lead of more than 50% of votes.

It was only around 3:30 in the afternoon that Sotto and his party mate Congressman-elect Roman Romulo were proclaimed.

Nevertheless, the new mayor thanked his supporters for the overwhelming support as he promised the Pasigueños of a new kind of governance in the city.

“Sa lahat ng mga Pasigueño, sa lahat ng mga sumuporta sa laban na ito, maraming maraming salamat,” the millenial mayor said.

“Kahit ang mga hindi sumuporta, basta moving forward, ay magtulungan po tayo para sa kinabukasan ng ating mahal na lungsod,” he concluded.

Sotto’s camp is yet to respond to Eusebio’s plan to file an election protest. – Marje Pelayo

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Sotto, Zamora, Moreno topple giants; make history in PH politics

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

(L-R) Vico Sotto, Francis Zamora and Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – The political arena had a complete turn-around in major cities in the country as the reign of political clans ended and new faces emerged victorious in Monday’s 2019 midterm polls.

Pasig City’s new, “millennial” mayor

A promise of a “new kind of politics” is about to start in Pasig City after 29-year-old Councilor Vico Sotto braved the pressure to break the almost three-decade unbroken line of Eusebios in the country’s eighth largest city.

On his official Facebook page, Sotto thanked his supporters for the trust while he promised to lead the city to its new beginning.

“Maraming salamat. Sa lahat ng nagbigay ng tiwala, sa mga bumoto, at sa mga nakiisa sa ating laban,” the incoming Mayor said.

“Sulit po ang pagod at effort natin. Narinig na ng bayan ang ating tinig. Handa na ang Pasig para sa tunay at pangmatagalang pagbabago!” he added.

Sotto, who topped the councilor race in 2016 in his first ever attempt in public office, is the son of veteran celebrities Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes.

Sotto did not field a vice mayor which left the incumbent Iyo Christian Caruncho Bernardo unopposed.

His party-mate former Rep. Roman Romulo also won the race against Mayor Bobby Eusebio’s brother incumbent Rep. Ricky Eusebio and is now a returning congressman for Pasig City’s lone district.

A game changer in San Juan City

Businessman Francis Zamora is the new mayor of San Juan City ending the reign of the Ejercito-Estrada clan in the smallest city in Metro Manila.

Zamora considered himself a game-changer after winning the election against Jannela Ejercito, the daughter of former senator Jinggoy Estrada and granddaughter of Manila’s incumbent mayor Joseph Estrada.

The new mayor promised to turn the old city of San Juan into a highly developed “Smart City” with improved services and state-of-the-art facilities.

Francis’ father, Ronaldo Zamora, remains in office after defeating challenger Edu Manzano for the lone district of San Juan.

The Estrada clan took hold of San Juan City since 1969 when then popular actor Joseph Estrada won as mayor. He was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and JV Ejercito then JV’s mother Guia Gomez to whom Zamora narrowly lost his bid for mayor in 2016.

The Zamoras and Estradas were family friends for 30 years until Francis and Guia both ran in the mayoralty race in 2016. Francis claimed he was cheated in the election.

Dethroning a giant

Former Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso defeated the “giant” in the country’s capital, Manila.

The new mayor described his win as a “humbling experience” while he could only wish the best for his opponent, former president and mayor Joseph Estrada.

“Maging masaya ang kaniyang mga araw sa buhay. Maging maligaya din siya na kapiling ang kaniyang pamilya…Nakapaglingkod na naman siya sa taumbayan. Napagbigyan na rin naman siya. And I think he did enough already for the country and for the city,” Domagoso said of Estrada.

A Tondo boy who used to scavenge for food, Domagoso established his political career from serving three terms as a city councilor, another three terms as vice mayor and the most recent as an undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

As now the new mayor of Manila, he promised “more programs of governance” for the city.

“Today is just the beginning. It’s going to be challenging years for us. People are expecting pero may awa ang Dios. We always wanted to be guided by law and order and by God,” he said after securing his win.

His running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan, also won for a second term in office. — Marje Pelayo

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P4-B worth of shabu ingredients seized in Pasig City

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018

PASIG CITY, Philippines — Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday night (November 28), busted a shabu manufacturing operation in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

In separate buy-bust operations, police have arrested Korean national and alleged chemist, Kim Jong Hee and his Filipino accomplice, Marvin Yu, over suspicion of drug trafficking.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar said the two had been under the surveillance of authorities after receiving information regarding the suspects’ illegal drug activities.

Marvin Yu was the first to be apprehended at a hotel in Caloocan City, Wednesday morning.

Kim Jong Hee on the other hand, made a stop first at a suspicious-looking van parked in Ortigas Center before he was arrested by authorities in front of a hotel in San Juan City.

After Kim’s arrest, PNP operatives returned to the parked van where they discovered several sackful of raw materials, gallons of various chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of shabu. The van apparently has been in the parking lot for 19 days.

“At the moment, we were able to seize these items and we believe that these are raw materials, precursor, ingredients, equipment, included equipment in manufacturing of shabu,” said Eleazar.

Police found in the suspects’ possession, half a kilo of shabu and 26 sacks of ephedrine which can produce about 300 kilos of shabu with an estimated value of up to P4 billion.

Yu denied the allegations against him and claimed that he is just driving for Kim and would often deliver stuff to different places.

“Hindi ko po alam kung drugs po ba iyan or ano po ‘yan. Hindi ko po tinatanong. First time ko po nakita lahat ‘yan,” he said.

The two suspects are now under PNP custody and will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

A follow-up operation will be carried out by authorities to find out which group the two possibly belongs to and to track their hidden laboratory. — Asher Cadapan, Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Police seize P1M-worth of imported marijuana in Pasig City

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Marijuana haul with a street value of P1 million

 

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Two suspected peddlers of marijuana were nabbed by members of the Eastern Police District inside a residential unit in Barangay Caniogan around 9:00 p.m. Monday (October 8).

The suspects were identified as Carlitos Johanne Arpilleda and Jayson Peralta.

They were caught in possession of about half a kilogram of high-grade marijuana leaves valued at around P1 million which they claimed was shipped from California in the United States.

The suspects admitted that the contraband was ordered through an online website and delivered by an international courier into the country.

The two will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Authorities are now investigating as to how the contraband was able to slip inspection. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr. )

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