Mayor Sara reiterates decision not to run for any national position in 2022 elections

Maris Federez   •   October 7, 2021   •   183

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has insisted that she will not be running for any national position in the government come 2022 elections.

Mayor Sara made the declaration two days before the deadline of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC).

In her Facebook post, Mayor Sara said she won’t be running as president and has decided to run for reelection and finish her third term as local chief executive of the city of Davao.

Mayor Sara admits that it was not easy for her to come up with such a decision, knowing fully well that she will be offending a lot of individuals and groups in the process.

Nevertheless, the young Duterte insists that one doesn’t have to become a president to be of help to many and that she will still contribute to building the country.

Mayor Sara has earlier said that only one Duterte should run for a national position, prompting groups of people to call on her to run for higher office following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to no longer run as vice president.

Mayor Sara has filed her COC for reelection last Sunday, October 3. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

Go, Domagoso express willingness to undergo drug test anew

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirants Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go and Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso signified their willingness anew to undergo drug testing following the move of Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Manila City Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen said Mayor Isko has always been willing to undergo voluntary drug testing.

“Ready po siya any time. Pero priority niya muna ang constituent niya,” Leonen said.

In earlier interviews, Mayor Isko has already signified his willingness to do so.

“Kasi if a president will fight against drugs as a matter of policy, then dapat talaga kami rin. Ako, I don’t mind. Anytime mas maganda nga ahensya ng gobyerno,” Domagoso said.

Senator Go, meanwhile, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added.

Presidential candidate Leody de Guzman, on the other hand, said he will not fall for the gimmickry of the Lacson-Sotto tandem.

He, however, said that he will have a change of heart should the Commission on Elections make it mandatory, but warned that such might infringe the Constitution and violate human rights.

“Hindi kami mahuhulog sa klase ng gimik na ginagawa ng tambalang Lacson-Sotto. Pero tulad ng sabi ko rin dati, kung gawing mandatory ng Comelec ang drug test, susunod ako bilang kandidato,” De Guzman said.

“Ngunit, nais ko silang paalalahanan na maaari itong paglabag sa Konstitusyon na magbubukas sa marami pang paglabag sa mga karapatang pantao,” he added.

Although other 2022 national elections presidential aspirants, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Vice President Leni Robredo have stated, in past interviews, that they are willing to undergo drug testing, they have yet to give their statement on this development.

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos has also not given his statement on the matter, although his camp has earlier stated that they do not feel being alluded to by President Duterte when he talked about a certain presidential aspirant who was using cocaine. /mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Presidential, VP aspirants OK with mandatory drug testing

Maris Federez   •   October 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines [UPDATE] — Several presidential and vice-presidential aspirants for the 2022 national elections agree on the proposition of mandatory drug testing of candidates.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said this will determine whether there are candidates who use illegal drugs or are drug dependents.

He said campaigning against illegal drugs is an act of futility if the president himself uses illegal drugs.

“Dapat lang. Eh baka mamaya, may adik. May adik na kandidato. Can you imagine ‘pag may adik na presidente?” Moreno said.

“I mean, let’s be honest to ourselves. How can we go and campaign against drugs even the President eh nag-da-drugs? Hindi, ‘di ba? We have to. Why not? Ako, OK ako. Call ako,” he added.

Senator Manny Pacquiao also expressed his agreement, stressing that drug testing must be done simultaneously among candidates.

“Agree ako dapat pakita natin na malinis tayo. At bago start ng campaign ay sabay-sabay na padrug test kami lahat,” Pacquiao said.

Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa, in agreement, also said that that the testing must be done among all candidates.

“Agree ako sa suggestion na magkakaroon ng mandatory drug test lahat ng presidential candidates,” he said.

Senator Bato explained that if security officers are being required to undergo drug testing, presidential candidates are no exemption.

“Dapat lang! Yung security guard nga na nagbabantay lang ng isang establisimento ay required na magpa-drug test, iyon pang presidente na magbabantay at mangungulo ng buong bansa exempted sa drug test? Unfair noh?” he pointed out.

Vice President Leni Robredo also welcome the proposal to include mandatory drug testing among the requirements to all candidates.

Robredo said this will assure that candidates start with a clean slate.

“Ako, ready ako anytime. Hindi sa’kin problema ‘yon. Sa’kin, kung ire-require ‘yon, OK, lalo na dahil maraming mga kwento na ito ay lulong sa ganito. Mas mabuti na clean slate kami. So ako, anytime,” she said.

Even presidential candidate Senator Panfilo Lacson sees no problem in going through mandatory drug testing.

“I have never been addicted to drugs all my life, so I have no problem with that,” he said.

Lacson stressed that the testing must be done at random to ensure its credibility.

“In fact, we should all undergo random testing to make it more credible. I understand drug toxins may dissipate after 72 hours,” he added.

Presidential aspirant Ka Leody de Guzman also expressed willingness to undergo mandatory drug testing.

He, however, underscored that candidates must rather focus on the real issues the country is facing.

“Tanong ko lang kay Mayor Isko, kung mayroon ba siyang nakikita sa mga nagfile ng pagkapresidente na meron doon na adik? O yan ay paglilihis lamang dun sa mga tunay usapin? Kagaya ng problema ng tuloy-tuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina, tuloy-tuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng kuryente, yung matagal nang hinihingi, na problema ng mga health workers na proteksyon sa kanilang pagtatrabaho?” De Guzman said.

“Magfocus tayo doon sa isyu ng bayan, sa isyu ng masa, sa isyu ng ating mga kamanggagawa. Hindi yung magke-create ng mga usapin na di ko malaman kung saan hinuhugot,” he further said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, a vice-presidential aspirant, said he has earlier included mandatory drug testing among those who will run for public office as one of the provisions of the Dangerous Act of 2002 which he wrote.

The Supreme Court (SC), however, declared the provision unconstitutional in 2008.

“I placed that in the law I authored, RA 9165, the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.  [The] SC shot it down as unconstitutional.  I do it voluntarily instead, every election,” Sotto said.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, on the other hand, no one can compel any candidates to go through mandatory drug testing as it is not backed by any law.

“Pero I am not aware of any law that requires it. So, I think beyond voluntary compliance ay hindi naman po natin pupuwedeng i-prescribe iyan kasi wala pong ibang kuwalipikasyon na nakasaad sa Saligang Batas para maging kandidato kung hindi ikaw ay Pilipino at of a certain age,” Roque said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Pacquiao-Atienza tandem bares senatorial lineup

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday announced the senatorial lineup for the 2022 national elections under the Pacquaio-Atienza tandem.

The slate is composed of media personalities, former and incumbent senators, and a former vice president. The list is as follows:

  • Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo
  • Senator Miguel Zubiri
  • Former Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero
  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay
  • Senator Joel Villanueva
  • Former Senator Loren Legarda
  • Senator Richard “Dick Gordon
  • Labor Leader Elmer Labog
  • Human Rights Fighter, Neri Colmenares
  • Former Governor Lutgardo “Lutz” Barbo

Pacquiao earlier filed his certificate of candidacy for president under PROMDI — a national party founded by the late former Cebu governor Lito Osmeña — with House Deputy Speaker and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza as his running mate. —/mbmf


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