• Bare your assets, Poe dares Duterte

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    A STAR FOR GRACE Singer-composer Ogie Alcasid joins Sen. Grace Poe in Marikina City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    A STAR FOR GRACE Singer-composer Ogie Alcasid joins Sen. Grace Poe in Marikina City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Senator Grace Poe has challenged Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to reveal all his assets if he really has nothing to hide.

    Poe said Duterte should squarely face allegations that he has hidden wealth, the same way that she confronted her opponents’ claims she was not qualified to run for President.

    “My life is an open book. I have made public all my records and transactions to remove all doubts,” the senator said in an interview after having breakfast with workers in Marikina City (Metro Manila).

    She noted that if the Davao mayor has nothing to hide regarding his bank accounts, he should disclose all of his bank transactions and not limit the disclosure to his chosen dates of transactions.

    “So ‘yon lang naman, kung wala namang itinatago, e ‘di ilabas, ‘di ba, para at least matapos na ‘yan kasi ilang araw na lang ang natitira [So that’s it, if he is not hiding anything, then disclose all so that we can put the issue to rest because we only have a few days left before the elections],” Poe said.

    The senator was reacting to Duterte’s decision to open his bank account at the Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) Julia Vargas Branch in Pasig City (Metro Manila) but on certain conditions.

    One of these conditions is that Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, who earlier claimed that Duterte has P211 million in undeclared bank deposits, reveal where the senator got his bank documents.

    Duterte last week directed his lawyer Salvador Panelo to open his bank account covering transactions from December 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the day he formally decided to run for President.

    Duterte initially denied Trillanes’ allegations and insisted that the BPI account is non-existent and even branded the claims of the senator as “garbage.”

    Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, criticized Trillanes, saying that the latter’s allegation “is obviously a desperate ploy to bring down the mayor and promote Poe.”

    Duterte, however, was forced to admit the existence of the bank account after a deposit slip showing a successful deposit transaction circulated in the Internet.

    Malacañang also urged Duterte to face allegations of ill-gotten wealth as it denied the mayor’s claim that President Beningo Aquino 3rd was the “brains” behind Trillanes expose.

    “It’s better for the mayor to just heed the people’s clamor for him to bravely face [the allegations]and clarify the issue,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

    49 property assets
    Trillanes on Sunday released to the media a list of pieces of real estate property supposedly owned by Duterte’s children.

    At least 49 of such property in Davao City, Davao del Norte, Dipolog Cit, and in San Juan City, Parañaque City and Quezon City in Metro Manila were listed under the names of Duterte’s children Sara, Paolo, Sebastian and Veronica.

    Ten of them in Davao City were under Sara’s name, as well as one each in Quezon City and Davao del Norte. Three others were under the name of Sara and her husband Manases Carpio, including one in Parañaque City.

    Sebastian has seven pieces of real estate property in Davao and one in San Juan City.

    There were two others in Dipolog City under a certain Sebastian Descalllar and wife Jesusima Duterte.

    Meanwhile, 10 of such property were in Paolo’s name while he and his wife Lovelie were listed as the owners of two others.

    Veronica has two such property in Davao City.

    Church weighs in
    The Catholic Church also on Sunday called on Filipino voters to reject candidates who are morally and politically unstable.

    “A choice for a candidate who takes positions that are not only politically precarious but worse, morally reprehensible, cannot and should not be made by the Catholic faithful and those who take their allegiance to Christ and his Kingship seriously. One cannot proclaim Christ as King and at the same time accept the governance of one whose thoughts, speech and demeanor are diametrically opposed to the demands of submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” said the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a pastoral letter.

    “The desire for change is understandable. Our people have suffered from incompetence and indifference. But this cannot take the form of supporting a candidate whose speech and actions, whose plans and projects show scant regard for the rights of all, who has openly declared indifference if not dislike and disregard for the Church specially her moral teachings,” he added.

    Villegas did not name names, but he was obviously referring to Duterte, who earlier made fun of Pope Francis and admitted to killing criminals.

    “The Catholic Church has never asked any political candidate to seek its endorsement but the Catholic Church has always demanded of Catholic voters that they cast their votes as an act not only of citizenship but also as a public declaration of faith. We ask this most earnestly of all of you, Catholic brothers and sisters, in the forthcoming elections” the prelate said.

    Villegas noted that the Catholic Church is apolitical but it is part of its mission to “pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvations of souls requires it.”

    With JOEL M. SY EGCO

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    24 Comments

    1. juan delacruz on

      No one can stop the Filipino people from choosing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next President even though political rivals keep attacking the good mayor.The people are tired of the hypocrite oligarchs this is the very reason why Duterte rise in power is the sentiment of the discontented Filipino masses.Change is coming Duterte 2016.

    2. Grace why don’t you BARE YOUR ASSET, too! We will know by then that the 300 m campaign fund you husband and chiz have been fighting for is now included in your bank account. Your don’t have to BARE YOUR @SS, we already know you are wearing white p@nties—you know what I mean, “all white” get me.

    3. Miriam Santiago is the best option. She was never tainted with graft and corruption and also she is intelligent. She can surely deliver quality governance and service for the majority Filipino people. Switch to Miriam Santiago!

    4. Poe should be very careful or Duterte will literally take up her challenge and drop his trousers in front of her. Hala!

    5. If Poe wants duterte to bare all his assets…then she should sign a waiver, opening her financial,employment,immigration and health record in the United states to all the filipino voters….lets see if you will agree

      • Farmer Boy on

        Bagay talaga ang pinili mong alyas mo. Parehong-pareho kayo ni penoy kung mag-isip.

    6. jeff jaramillo on

      The shoes of Grace Llamanzares worth Ph1 million is a treasure, Yung medias ay 50K pesos, yung brief ay 750k pesos. and so on. Can you disclose all your assets, Miss Grace? Siguradong marami. Saan mo ginamit yong bigay ni Pnoy para matanggal si Corona?

    7. Alam ni Mr.Ogie Alcasid na mababago ni Sen.Grace Poe ang pilipinas kung kaya’t ito ang kanyang sinusuportahan.

    8. No problem with duterte,, he wants to open his account even the last 20 years but you should open yours too and the rest presidential candidates. Watch out.

    9. Rizal Sychitpin on

      PekengPoe must bare all her assets first. She can not impose on others what she herself can not do.

    10. Poe’s challenge is good but will she be willing to disclose her and/or her husband’s bank accounts in the USA?

      • Joseph Encarnacion on

        Thats okay..Poe don’t have any problem on that…because I know for sure Poe doesn’t have millions of dollars in the first place. Duterte has 211 million pesos plus 49 properties including in Metro Manila. As a mayor only, how can he afford to buy all these? Very obvious its an ill-gotten wealth .

    11. Bishop Villegas said that our people have suffered from incompetence and indifference. May be true but PNoy administration will be rated as one of the best since Marcos presidency. Who did better than PNoy? Cory, Ramos, Estrada or GMA?

      There is also no guarantee that a Duterte, Roxas, Poe or Binay presidency will be better than PNoy’s. No need to keep our people’s hopes and expectations high. It will likely result in more frustration.

      • Joseph Encarnacion on

        I agree with you 100%. Pinoy is the best. I made the Philippines the 2nd fastest growing economy in Asia 2nd only to China. Job well done President Aquino!

    12. Sige mga PARI – ituloy ang drugs, ituloy ang nakawan sa gobyerno. Nasa sana maghari ang magsasamang elemento sa Pilipinas sa basbas nyo!!!

      Teka ilang taon na ba ninyo sinasabi yang ganyan!! – 50 years na!! may nangyari ba!!!

      • maraming nangyari di ka lng nagbabasa.
        Duterte is fake and worse goverment if he become president.

    13. Paul Pilapil on

      Dahil lang walang tinatago si Duterte, ilalabas na nya lahat ? Grabe! Walang iniwan yan sa bintang na may balat ka sa pwet. Dahil wala kang tinatago na balat sa pwet, ilalabas mo na pwet mo? Labo naman nun!

    14. A few of the reporters still keep chirping in for former chief justice corona saying he was innocent, yet when he opened his dollar account there was almost P180,000,000 in it. He never could explain it & kept denying he had a lot of money, hhhmmmm sounds exactly like duerte. The cause of all this is the bank secrecy law. Every corrupt politician or powerful person will use it for their benefit. I ask how does it help the country, well it doesnt, dont listen to their rubbish when they say it will undermine trust in banks as we with peso accounts dont get the luxury of bank secrecy yet that doesnt affect the integrity of any bank. Its smoke & mirrors again & its there to protect themselves from being caught with ill gotten money.

      • Well said ! “Be careful , Philippines ! You may get what you ask for “…. another “Marcos” in power for 6 years ( or much longer !)