Sara Duterte sa posibleng tandem kay Bong Go sa 2022 polls: ‘No comment’

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021   •   357

Hindi kinumpirma ni pinabulaanan man ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ang umano’y tambalan nila ni Senator Bong Go para sa pagka-presidente at bise-presidente sa susunod na halalan.

“No comment” lang ang maikling tugon ni Mayor Sara nang hingan ng reaksyon ng media ukol sa pahayag ng kanyang ama na si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte hinggil sa Sara-Go tandem sa 2022 elections.

Sa isang ambush interview sa Harbor Garden Tent sa Sofitel Hotel noong Sabado, sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte na ang Sara-Go tandem ang tutuloy sa susunod na halalan kasunod ng kanyang pag-atras sa vice presidential race.

Magugunitang binawi ng pangulo ang kanyang pagtakbo bilang pangalawang pangulo at sa halip ay sinuportahan ang paghahain ni Go ng certificate of candidacy (COC) sa vice president.

Inanunsyo rin ng pangulo ang balak niyang mag-retiro na sa pulitika pagkatapos ng kanyang termino sa 2022.

Sa ngayon ay wala pang inilalabas na pahayag si Mayor Sara sa tanong kung magbabago na ba ang kanyang desisyon at didinggin ang panawagan ng kanyang mga taga-suporta na tumakbong pangulo sa susunod na eleksyon.

Una nang sinabi ni Sara Duterte na wala siyang balak kumandidato sa mas mataas na posisyon dahil nais niyang maglingkod ng isa pang termino bilang alkade ng Davao City.

Samantala, naniniwala naman ang bunsong anak ni Pangulong Duterte na si Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte na hindi magbabago ang pasya ng kanyang kapatid.

“Kapag may sinabi siya, hindi niya binabago. That’s what I expect from her. So ganoon talaga. Sinabi niya dati na hindi siya tatakbo, ayaw maniwala ng mga tao,” ang wika ni Baste.

Si Baste ay naghain na rin ng COC noong Linggo para sa re-election bilang vice mayor ng lungsod ng Davao.

Sang-ayon rin si Baste sa desisyon ng kanyang ama na magpahinga na mula sa pulitika lalo’t may edad na rin ito.

Palace: Duterte to join 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit on Nov. 25-26

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to join the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM) scheduled this week, Malacañang said Wednesday.

The summit will be held on November 25 to 26 via video conference, which would be hosted by Cambodia.

The Palace said Duterte is expected to exchange views on multilateralism, growth and sustainable development during the meeting.

He is also scheduled to speak on rebuilding a resilient future, as well as on international and regional issues at the Second Plenary and Retreat Sessions of the Summit on November 26, it added.

This year’s summit has its theme, “Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth”.

ASEM, an informal dialogue process involving 53 partners from Europe, Asia, the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, aims to strengthen cooperation between the two regions in the spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.

The Philippines joined ASEM in 1996 as one of its founding members.


Lakas-CMD adopts Bongbong Marcos as presidential bet in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) has adopted former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its candidate for president in the 2022 elections.

The Lakas-CMD party has passed a resolution confirming Marcos as its adopted candidate during its Executive Committee (Execom) meeting on Wednesday night.

The party also confirmed in another resolution that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who currently serves as the party’s chairperson, is its vice presidential candidate.

The Lakas-CMD resolutions have sealed the team-up of Marcos and Duterte for the upcoming elections.

The Execom also passed a resolution authorizing the president of Lakas-CMD, House Majority Leader and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez to enter into alliance agreements with other political parties.

Among the political parties expected to forge alliance with the Lakas-CMD are Sara Duterte-led Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (FPM).

In a post on social media, Duterte announced the adoption of said resolutions during their meeting.

She also said that the Uni-team alliance signing of political parties will be held on Thursday.

“Bukas na po ang Uniteam Alliance signing ng PFP, LakasCMD, PMP at HNP,” she said.

Philippines yet to receive formal request from ICC for proof of probe into drug war deaths – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has yet to receive a formal request from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to provide concrete information that it is conducting investigations into allegations involving the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles issued the statement following reports that ICC Prosecutor Khan will ask the Philippine government to provide substantiating information regarding its probe into allegations of crime committed under its war against drugs.

“We would like to clarify that we have yet to receive a formal request with regard to this matter. That being said, we reiterate our position that the ICC has no jurisdiction to probe our campaign against illegal drugs,” Nograles said.

“Clearly, the ICC prosecutor’s request for information is an acknowledgment that alleged victims can seek redress in Philippine legal institutions because these are independent, impartial, and competent,” he added.

Moreover, Nograles said that the ICC prosecutor’s statement “validates our earlier position that the ICC is the court of last resort, one that can be utilized when a State Party is unwilling to investigate and prosecute those who violate its laws.”

“This is simply not the case in the Philippines. Our criminal justice system continues to be capable and functional, and a case in point is the signing of the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation of an agreement to conduct cooperative investigations,” he said.

Nograles stressed that this serves as “evidence that a culture of impunity does not exist in our country as local institutions have demonstrated their commitment to accountability.”

Khan, in a statement posted on Tuesday, said the Duterte administration must submit concrete proof that its is investigating allegations involving its war on drugs after the ICC deferred its probe upon the request of the Philippine government.

The ICC deferred the probe after the government said that investigations on reported deaths during anti-drug operations are underway.

“Such information must consist of tangible evidence, of probative value and a sufficient degree of specificity, demonstrating that concrete and progressive investigative steps have been or are currently being undertaken,” the statement read.

Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Eduardo Malaya wrote Khan that the country’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has already referred to the National Bureau of Investigation the 52 cases it reviewed, where administrative liability was found on the part of concerned law enforcers.

Members of the National Union of People’s Lawyers and the Free Legal Assistance Group have called on the ICC to resume its probe, saying the DOJ is only looking at several cases out of tens of thousands of killings allegedly linked to the drug war.


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