• Duterte threatens to skip presidential debate

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    Davao City mayor and PDP-Laban standard-bearer Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to boycott the first presidential debates sponsored by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) following allegations of discrimination in media coverage.

    The debates will be held in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, “I will not go there. Pagka ganun [If it’s like that] you limit the [press coverage)]?” a press statement from the Duterte camp quoted the mayor as saying.

    On Sunday, the Cagayan de Oro Press Club released a statement saying that the organizers of the debate limited the number of slots for local media.

    The February 21 debate will be mounted by GMA-7 and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, along with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

    Duterte, who is advocating the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill, said local media should be given equal treatment and be spared from discrimination.

    “[I am running for] president because I want people from the provinces to be given equal treatment,” he said.

    Duterte said he will discuss the possible boycott with PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd.

    According to a statement sent by Duterte’s camp, the Cagayan de Oro Press Club said it will boycott the Comelec debate after learning that only five slots will be reserved for Cagayan de Oro-based media in the venue that can accommodate only 500 people.

    Only five newspaper reporters will be allowed in the event’s media center– a separate venue where a video monitor will broadcast feeds of the debate, the group added.

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    1. Many so far only Mayor Duterte and Sen. Cayetano are the only candidates that can talk and promise to eradicate Corruptions, Criminality, but foremost is their fight against illegal drugs. These three items on their platform are seldom or never mentioned by other candidates for President and Vice-President, while campaigning .
      Voters may judge properly whom to vote on May 9.2016 National Election.

    2. nasasabik na ako sa mga plano nila mayor duterte at sen.cayetano sana manalo sila para mabawasan na ang krimen sa bansa natin

    3. wag na po kayong magdalawang isip pa alam naman natin na sila lang ang sagot sa pagbabago mayor duterte at sen.cayetano na po tayo.

    4. Tingnan nyo naman ang plataporma ni mayor at sen alan. Tingnan nyo naman ang dedikasyon sa pagtakbo nila. Tingnan nyo naman ang mga plano nila para sa atin. Walang kandidato ang kagaya nila kaya naman si mayor at sen alan lamang ang aking susuportahan

    5. Sa dinami-dami ng kaguluhan na nangyayari sa ating bansa tulad ng banta ng mga terorista, rebelde, magnanakaw, at kung anu-ano pa mas kailangan natin ng leader na kayang supilin ito kaya naman si mayor at sen alan lamang ang pinipili ko dahil alam kong kaya nila at dedikado sila sa kanilang trabaho.

    6. totoo kasi si mayor duterte at may paninindigan, naniniwala ang taong bayan na kaya niyang baguhin ang ating bansa at umasenso tayo. kaya solid kaming sumusuporta sakanya.

    7. Sonny Alejandro on

      Mas lalong naghirap ang mga tao dahil sa daan na matuwid na yan dahil puro paninisi lang naman talaga ang ginagawa ng ating presidente kaya naman dun ako sa totoong magbibigay sa atin ng pagbabago! Para sa pagbabago kay mayor at sen alan lamang tayo

    8. Kailangan na talaga natin ng mga leader na hindi kurakot at nag lalayon ng pagbabago sa bansa. Suportahan natin ang tambalang duterte at cayetano

    9. Magsama-sama tayo para wala ng korapsyon at krimen sa ating bansa. Suportahan natin si mayor at sen alan dahil dala nila ang pagbabago na magdadala sa atin sa tagumpay

    10. Sino ba ang pilipino na gustong maghirap at gustong matakot sa bawat pagalis nya sa kanyang bahay? Gusto ko yung leader na kayang supilin ang krimen at ang korapsyon kaya naman kay Duterte at Cayetano lamang ako para sa pagbabago.