Malacañang not reacting to Sara Duterte’s statement that honesty shouldn’t be a campaign issue

Maris Federez   •   March 7, 2019   •   2841

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has yet to give any reaction on the statement of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio that honesty should not be used as a campaign issue.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said he has to seek President Rodrigo Duterte’s position on the controversial statement which drew flak from political figures and the netizens.

Mayor Sara made the statement when asked for her opinion on the allegation that former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is using public funds in his campaign activities as a senatorial candidate.

In reply, Mayor Sara said, “Sinasabi ko sa kanilang lahat na walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling kaya hindi dapat nagiging issue ang honesty ngayon [I’m telling them that no single candidate can claim of not lying. So, honesty should not be an issue anymore].”

She added, “Anong gagawin natin sa kanila na [What will we tell them when] they deliberately say false statements on stage against the administration of President Duterte? So lahat sila sinungaling, lahat ng tao sa mundong ito sinungaling [All of them lie. All the people in this world lie].”

Panelo, on his part, said it was the Presidential daughter’s opinion and that it will be against the law for him to give any statement that will favor or go against any candidate or party.

Panelo added that except when one personally knows a candidate, there is no other way to know if such candidate is honest or not.

 “Strictly speaking, you cannot consider a candidate honest or not unless you have personally dealt with him or her,” Panelo said. – Maris Federez (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

No ‘Sara for President’ in 2022, no term extension —Pres. Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said there are groups urging his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to run for president in 2022 but the Chief Executive expressed his opposition to the idea.

He stressed that the presidential seat is not for a woman to fill.

“My daughter inuudyok naman nila, sabi ko, ‘My daughter is not running,’” he said during the launch of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project in Quezon City on Thursday (January 14).

“I have told Inday not to run kasi naaawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko . Hindi ito pambabae. Alam mo, the emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different. That is the sad story,” he said.

Rumors about the younger Duterte’s possible 2022 bid surfaced after a Pulse Asia survey conducted from November 23 to December 2, 2020 revealed that one in every four Filipinos expressed support for the presidential daughter’s bid for the presidency in the next election.

As for him, the Chief Executive said he will not accept any offer of term extension even if Congress moves to amend the Constitution for that matter.

On Wednesday (January 13) the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments began discussing the proposed change in the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

Critics of the Duterte administration slammed such a move, claiming it is a front of Duterte allies to push for term extension and scrapping of term limits among politicians.

“Kaya nga hinihingi ko ang Congress, akala nila term extension ,” Duterte said.

“Maski ibigay mo sa akin on a silver platter, maski ibigay mo sa akin libre another 10 years, sabihin ko sa iyo, p***** i** mo, iyo na lang iyan. Tapos na ako,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Davao City limits movement of residents, visitors amid COVID-19 fears

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Davao City has implemented travel restrictions for its residents and visitors in an effort to combat the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area.

In the guidelines issued Thursday, the Office of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said travel to and from Davao City will be limited, and all residents are barred from going outside the city.

Short-term visitors are also advised to leave the city immediately, while travelers planning to visit the city may still do so but are “requested to postpone their trip until the state of public health emergency is lifted.”

The guidelines, however, emphasized that the city is not on lockdown.

In a local radio interview, Duterte-Carpio urged non-Davao residents to think about observing preventive measures rather than pursuing trips to the city at this time.

“If you are not a resident of Davao and you get the disease here, you can spread it in your hometown once you go back. It would be better if we take preventive measures,” she said.

The presidential daughter appealed for public understanding over the drastic action, explaining that the city has limited health facilities and that they “cannot afford a wide spread infection of COVID-19” there.

“Many people will die if we will not take action,” she said. “To wait for one positive patient before taking action is too late for everyone.”

She added that since health is a primary public concern, it is within her mandate to remind the public of what should be done.

“It is my obligation to do so,” she said.

Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte-Carpio earlier said she is under home quarantine as a precaution after a lunch meeting with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian who was in contact with virus-infected guest at the Senate.

Gatchalian and several of his colleagues are also under self-quarantine.

The Philippines has so far recorded 52 confirmed infections, with five fatalities.

Due to the growing number of coronavirus cases, the country has been placed under a state of public health emergency by the president.

He also placed Metro Manila under a month-long community quarantine beginning March 15 to April 14 as most of the cases were reported in the region.

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

Maris Federez   •   May 19, 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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