Federalism, how the Duterte administration will get rid of drugs and crimes, the possible release of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and local vote buying were discussed at the Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt the other day.
Former President Arroyo, through Atty. Larry Gadon, thanked incoming President Rody Duterte for his offer to grant former President Arroyo pardon, but the former president’s case, according to him, is politically motivated, given the mere fact that all of her co-accused were acquitted.
Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) head Arsenio ‘Boy’ Evangelista is very optimistic that the commitment of Pres. Duterte to rid the country of drugs and crimes can be realized with the help of the citizenry, especially barangay officials. Accountability is a must, and they should resign if they cannot control their community, according to him.
La Salle and San Beda professor Fred Cabuang said that federalism is fine, but safety valves should be integrated, and the state leadership should sign a commitment that the state will not secede from the motherland.
For his part, former Catanauan (Quezon) mayor Buzz Serrano said that he filed a complaint at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of vote buying against the other candidate. He added that VCM or vote counting machine manipulation in their locality never happened. With them in photo is Erick San Juan, the forum host.