PCO’s non-endorsement cancels celeb-organized Duterte rally

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Only Pokemon hunters, kite flyers and strollers were present as usual at Burnham Greens in Luneta on Sunday.

The supposed “peace rally” of artists and supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte–scheduled from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight – was cancelled due to the Presidential Communications Office’s non-endorsement.

On Saturday night, singer-composer Jimmy Bondoc, one of the organizers and hosts of the event, told The Manila Times that their group had to back out last minute due to the non-endorsement, but added that time they may still push through another time.

“It’s not going to push through because the PCO did not endorse the rally. It may still push through without us [at another time]but the thing is we weren’t able to get Malacañang’s endorsement,” he said.

The newly appointed Pagcor entertainment director and assistant vice president assured The Manila Times he will provide updates for “upcoming official rallies in support of the current administration.”

Artists who have been supportive of Duterte during the election campaign, and who have since been appointed to government posts include Kat De Castro, Liza Diño, Aiza Seguerra and Arnell Ignacio.

A staunch supporter of the President agrees with The Manila Times headline on September 17 that “Duterte (is) unscathed by revelations” as analysts question the witness Edgar Matobato’s credibility in the ongoing Senate inquiry on extra-judicial killings chaired by Sen. Leila De Lima.

“There’s no need for a rally in support of the President right now as the hullabaloo has dented the credibility and persona of De Lima more, rather than Duterte,” said the supporter, who requested anonymity.

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