• Yes, I’m running for President – Duterte

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    Duterte

    Duterte

    “The die is cast. I have already crossed the Rubicon.”

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made the statement on Monday as he confirmed reports over the weekend that he has changed his mind and would run for President in next year’s elections.

    “Yes, I am running,” he told reporters in San Juan City (Metro Manila). ““But the formal declaration will be made by the PDP.”

    The tough-talking mayor was referring to Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP-Laban, the over 30-year-old political party that has been pushing him to gun for the presidency.

    PDP-Laban traces its roots to Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City and was organized in the early 1980s primarily to galvanize anti-Marcos forces in the region. Duterte is a member of the party.

    Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, president of the PDP-Laban, said he spoke with Duterte last Saturday and the mayor told him he is now inclined to run in 2016.

    “This is the accumulation of his [Duterte] frustrations or concerns due to complaints given to him like tanim-bala [bullet-planting], citizenship and others. Maybe he’s had enough,” Pimentel added.

    Pimentel, a Bar topnotcher, said that in order to make Duterte’s candidacy official, the mayor needs to file his own certificate of candidacy for President, attaching the party’s nomination to Martin Diño’s COC, who recently withdrew as standard-bearer of the party.
    “We will do it step by step, he [Duterte] still has until December 10 [to file his own COC],” the senator added.

    He said the Davao City mayor will be the substitute candidate of the PDP-Laban.
    According to Pimentel, PDP-Laban has been reenergized and is now flexing its political muscle although he admitted that they do not have candidates in all municipalities.

    He said there are many personalities identified with PDP-Laban who are no longer part of the party but vowed to campaign for Duterte after learning about the his presidential bid.

    The party fielded former Quezon City barangay (village) captain Martin Diño as its standard-bearer after Duterte failed to appear at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) head office in Manila on the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy.

    A few weeks later, PDP-Laban passed a resolution designating Duterte as its “substitute candidate” in case Diño withdraws his candidacy.

    Another resolution stated that Duterte could not turn down the party’s decision to draft him as its candidate for President.

    According to the schedule of the Comelec, a political party may replace its registered candidates not later than December 10.

    Speculations that the 70-year-old Duterte–known for his tough stance against criminality and illegal drugs–was eyeing a higher position started after he embarked on a nationwide speaking tour purportedly as part of a campaign to draw support for a proposal to move for a shift to a federal form of government.

    He, however, has repeatedly denied eyeing the presidency, citing his age and desire to retire from politics.

    The mayor even threatened “to shoot” whoever was behind the movement to draft him to run for President in the 2016 elections.

    Duterte’s eventual entry into the presidential derby makes the 2016 elections a five-cornered fight.

    The administration Liberal Party is fielding former senator and Interior secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, while the opposition United Nationalist Alliance would be bannered by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

    Independent candidates Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor-Santiago round up the contenders.

    “Whether they’ll accept it or not, I don’t worry. I don’t know how my lawyers would fix the problem, but my lawyers will soon sort it out. There should be a proper step on that,” Duterte told reporters when asked how he would throw his hat into the ring.

    He said his disappointment with the government’s failure to act on the alleged bullet-planting (tanim-bala) extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Senate Electoral Tribunal’s decision favoring Poe were the factors that made him change his mind.

    “As a matter of principle, I cannot accept the fact that we have elected [someone]who is half-American and half-Filipino,” the mayor added, referring to Poe, who is facing disqualification cases over her citizenship and residency.

    Duterte said should Poe be disqualified, he is willing to withdraw his candidacy.
    When asked on when he is going to file his candidacy, he replied, “When I get to confer with the PDP leadership, it will be a formal announcement. When will it be, I can’t tell you.”

    “I have to talk to the father and son first [former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Koko Pimentel]. There’s a need for the party [PDP-Laban] to talk first,” the mayor said.

    Duterte confirmed that his eventual running mate would be Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, whom he remarked as “very patient” in waiting for his eventual “Yes.”

    “There he is, at my back,” referring to Cayatano. “If not, why would we be together?” he said.

    Legal loopholes
    President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday expressed doubts that Duterte could still join the presidential derby.

    “For instance, will he be adopted by PDP-Laban? A story came out that the PDP-Laban candidate [Martin Dino] filed for mayor instead of President. So can he file? Speculation. I don’t have a copy of the document but they can say it’s not document but the intent,” Aquino said.

    Some sectors, he added, would ask if the Comelec would give Duterte special accommodation because he was given an extension to file his candidacy. “There’s a deadline for filing and now all of a sudden you can file after that period,” the President said.

    Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Wednesday said Duterte’s eventual move to become the substitute presidential candidate of the PDP-Laban could face problems.
    Macalintal raised at least two issues involving Diño’s candidacy.

    First is the apparent error in Diño’s certificate of candidacy, which indicates that he is running for mayor of Pasay City (Metro Manila).

    “If that happens, what we [will see]is that Dino [will run]for mayor of Pasay City. That would have problems. If that happens, I don’t know how they would substitute Mayor Duterte,” Macalintal said.

    The second issue that the lawyer sees is the Comelec law department’s reported plan to consider Diño as a nuisance candidate.

    “Even if he’s saying that he haswithdrawn his candidacy, the Comelec has to resolve if Dino is a nuisance candidate. Even if he already withdrew, there’s still a need for Comelec approval,” Macalintal said.

    If Diño is declared a nuisance bet, his COC will also be considered null and void, he added.

    With CATHERINE S. VALENTE and JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

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    1. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the best candidate to change the Philippines corrupt system to a Federal form of govt. If he becomes the President most govt officials will be afraid of him which the past administration failed to implement. A strong middle class and effective land reform program as what Vice President Chen Chen did to Taiwan who visited the Philippines in 1962 has transformed Taiwan into a progressive & peaceful country 2/3 the size of Luzon with a strong middle class. In 1965-69 the exchange rate then was US $ 1.00 = Php 2.00 & US & 1.00 = NT$ 40.00

    2. Duterte needs to dump the pork barrel thief Cayetano who spent the past year on the yellow ribbon committee as Aquino’s stooge.

    3. At present EDSA is 10Kph to 15 Kph at prime time, if Duterte will make it 40Kph, then that will call for a big celebration for this is what everybody’s dreaming about, Wow na Wow!! Solve na problema sa EDSA. Mabuhay ka Duterte!!

    4. brandogandanghari on

      Ok sana si Duterte, kaya lang mga nakapaligid sa kanya na mga antiMarcos na dilaw gaya ng father n son Pimentel. Baka diktahan lang sya ng mag-amang yan, when in fact, Duterte could win even without these politically dead party and father & son.

    5. “Kung wala ka naman kasalanan bat ka matatakot”
      I dont think it will be a killing stock if Mayor Duterte wins. Maybe for criminals. Theyve been rotting in jails like sardines. Many cases has not been resolved because of due processes. I dont think Mayor is that idoit to kill somebody who is innocent. Right? He collected enough evidence. Sigurooo. Nobody knows if DDS is even true. ARE WE NOT READY FOR A DUTERTE? So who are you ready for? Those pabebe candidates who likes to make themselves NICE,MATULUNGIN AND HAVE THE ADVOCACY FOR THIS AND THAT? THEY ARE MORE LIKE OF THE PABEBE CANDIDATES FOR ME. Pinapabango lang nila sarili nila on televisions radios propos and alike. But youre afraid of someone whos not plastic infront of television? Hahahaha Watch Read and think of how Mayor Duterte raised and made Davao to be known all over the world. His mouth might be scary and has his ways on how to make evrything good. BUT I BET ALL OF US CAN BENEFIT. Philippines should push for someone like him. YOU and WE SHOULD READ MORE.

      *not because you passed late that doesnt mean youre pabebe. not because you passed earlier doesnt make youre READY.

    6. There is a big possibility that Duterte will lose. I like him as a candidate because he has the track record in Davao which is the worse place to live 30years ago. Before the crime rate in Davao is up the charts. Now it is one of the safest city in the world. But Duterte is a very radical scary candidate. It will be martial law all over again. A lot of people will surely die, criminals majority of them. Now you choose. Do this country need a Duterte ? I will say YES. I am scare more of criminals than a Duterte. The criminals drive by contract killers, drug pushers all over. What a sad place to live, Philippines.

      • What the heck you are afraid for? Let us try him if this will be the solution for the stupid Pnoy government.

    7. There is a big possibility that Duterte will lose. I like him as a candidate because he has the track record in Davao which is the worse place to live 30years ago. Before the crime rate in Davao is up the charts. Now it is one of the safest city in the world. But Duterte is a very radical scary candidate. It will be martial law all over again. A lot of people will surely die, criminals majority of them. Now you choose. Do this country need a Duterte ? I will say YES. I am scare more of criminals than a Duterte.

      • EDSA is already 10kph to 15 kph at present, If Duterte will win and he will make it 40kph, then that is what everybody is waiting for and a dream to a lot of drivers. Mabuhay ka Duterte!!

    8. Anti-Duterte’s propaganda primarily evolves on his indecisiveness. There is a reason for that. To run as president in this current situation of the country is political suicide. Only recently United Nations issued a warning of Philippines dismemberment if the government cannot solve its corruption, one of which refers to the pork-barrel being the biggest in Asia. Duterte is a smart and witty person. He knows the political climate of the Philippines. He has no political machinery. He has to re-think, not once, not twice, not even thrice the gargantuan task of running for presidency in this country unlike other presidentiables who essentially promise status quo, giving the same old rhetorics. Duterte is wise not to jump in the bandwagon. Goes to show he is not greedy for power. President of Philippines monthly salary is only 120,000 pesos. Who would want to kill themselves of stress given the deep quagmire we have in this country? No matter how much black propaganda the oppositions hurl at him, his supporters are very unwavering. If this election will not be rigged, nor will be dominated by vote-buying, I think Duterte stands a very good chance.

    9. How could we trust a person who can’t stand of his own words/ no word of honor..He announced repeatedly all over the country ,,, I am not running for president. And now he said yes, I am running for president. His reason, was base on Madam Grace Case which was saved by the 5 senators from disqualification because they are Ignorant of the Constitution. Mababa naman na rason yan.

      For me, he is no longer Duterte, but Do Dirty….!

      • it appears some people are afraid of Mayor Digongs’s decision to run for president, for me the Philippines needs to be ruled by somebody with the will to uphold the law. kung takot ka kay DU30 siguro may kasalanan ka…

      • laguatanlawzen.com on

        Dak dak ka ng dak. You don’t know the legal ramifications. You see in law, there are hundreds of legal remedies as part of various strategies. Don’t ever think that’s the end of it.

      • You haven’t been following Duterte that long if you already see him that
        way, as somebody not trustworthy.
        I knew he was going to run even after many pronouncements that he
        was not interested in the position. Why would he tour and campaign for
        Federalism around the Philippines? That was a preparation. He was waiting for the right time, gathered insights as to what he will be facing.

        I’m not from Davao, I’m from Cebu but I support the Mayor in his bid
        for the presidency. I wasn’t always a fan of him by the way. I thought
        his ways was cruel at one time but then criminality increased and
        he’s what the Phils need right now, an iron fist to rule and instill
        discipline.
        His ways maybe different, often tiimes confusing but I believe that’s
        just strategy to confuse the opponents. He’s no traditional politician
        and he has plans for the Phils. to prosper. Listen to more of his
        interviews on youtube, about his plans. If that will not sway you in his
        favor, then goodluck with your trapo candidate.

        Change is coming…either be part of it or against it. He is the only
        candidate being pushed by the masses to run because we’re fed
        up with the corrupt. Next year, I’ll look forward to the corrupt hanging
        from a rope.

    10. Gloria B. Wilhelm on

      DUTERTE AS PRESIDENT? BAH, HUMBUG!

      It would seem that Filipinos are cruel people. Some rejoiced when an indecisive man finally made a decision to run. They want a president that is violent. Is he not? His eye for an eye, violence with violence, “eat the bullet,” iron-handed policies meet with their approval. How uncivilised. Is this mentality prevalent among the Filipinos? Couldn’t they go beyond the square box and look at the whole picture? The government doesn’t have just crime as the ONLY problem. You just cannot gun down all criminals. Besides, he will sooner or later run afoul with the human rights activists, not just here but around the world.

      A man whose main reason for running, is that he was so askance that the SET ruled against the DQ case against Grace Poe. He vehemently said that he didn’t want an American (she isn’t; she renounced her U.S. citizenship) to be the president. I thought he wanted to serve the people of the Philippines which should be first and foremost motivation. Crazy.

      He should just stay in Davao where his policies and iron-hand governing seem to work out well . It takes much, much more to run a country. As yet, he is lacking political savvy, in the intricacies of economic policies, foreign policies, and others. However, having stated the above, perhaps it is a good move. He is not taking votes away from Grace Poe, because the ones who will vote for Poe have already made up their mind. But his joining the political arena for presidency, will surely take away votes from his collaborator friend Jejomar Binay. Good!

      • laguatanlawzen.com on

        I suppose you are a resident of the PH. I can tell from your language and your style of pontificating your opinion. You are not familiar with the PH law.The 1935, 1973, 1986 (revolutionary gov’t declared by Cory Aquino when she was catapulted to the Presidency through people power), and the 1987 Constitution, governs the disqualification case of Grace Poe. And the language of this fundamental law with respect to natural born citizen is expressed in a clear and simple English. You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand it. The Constitution says, to be considered a natural born citizen, you have to be born to a Filipino mother or father, period. The law define foundling is abandon child born of unknown parents hence, stateless. Unfortunately, the PH has no international customary law hence, the status of a foundling is deemed or presumed a citizen of the country where the child is found. So, in the case of Grace Poe she is a presumptive Filipino citizen but not a natural born citizen.

    11. apolonio reyes on

      What will Sen. Koko Pimentel will do now that Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte announced his line-up or senators and what one of them is Migs Zubiri? Will Koko accept Migz or will resign as PDP president?

    12. Wow this is answered prayer. After I had been to Sto. Nino Adoration and prayed, ‘the expect the unexpected’ reflected and started to witness my FAITH. I lost my phone for my business, I lost my hope to solve the case of DRUGS in my place and the only chance is Duterte’s plan to run in the Presidential Candidacy…

      I beg him to run through joining here stating COMMENT and to other news…the others got mad coz of begging and seemed I wasn’t tired of doing it. They said why I keep on begging and the only answered was: It was exactly like praying 10x reciting ‘Our Father’ after asking whatever prayer requests or wishes…let God will take the rest…though I have shortcomings still He always showers the blessings, more than to what I was expecting.

      This is another thing ‘the expect the unexpected’…I won’t expect him to run, I have my choice, she is GRACE Llamanzares if ever he will not file…she is for ‘NO CHOICE’ and upon knowing he will surely RUN, wow I do start campaigning the way I know how to get the votes for him. I do keep on praying to WIN my bet Duterte-Cayetano 2016 :-) YES!!!!!

    13. Senator Koko Pimentel knows his law and he is absolutely right. Mayor Duterte will be allowed to run by COMELEC, which has, as the Supreme Court had previously stated in several legal cases, an obligation to be as liberal as possible in interpreting its rules where mere clerical errors are involved in the filing of CoCs.

      Many netizens have criticized the mayor for his indecisiveness: to run or not to run. But right now, it appears he has made up his mind to be a presidential candidate.. His reasons for running could be taken as “flimsy”. But it could also be taken as a patriotic act on his part. His candidacy will result in the 2016 elections becoming more exciting, interesting, and hopefully, lead to an increase in the number of people going out to vote. “The more, the merrier”.

      • I have watched how Coco Pimentel acted as a judge in the Corona impeachment. A BAR topnotcher as he is, and I was fully dismayed of his decision which was marred with bribery. More than that his father was the senate president when he took the BAR exams. What he is doing in conspiring with 2 other rouge senators in which he is the third one in defaming VP Binay using government funds to pursue their selfish intentions, he is one of the senators who dont deserve to be in the senate just like Grace Poe, Trillanes and Cayetano.

    14. Yes Duterte is right. Legally Llamnzares is not qualified to be a candidate for President. Llamanzares ambition to run for president was (based) as a result of the surveys where she is leading. Napaka-ambisyosa niya kaya akala puede na yong #1 niya sa nakaraang eleksiyon sa senado. Kung tutuusin ay guest candidate lang siya noon aayaw-ayaw pa kuno. What accomplishments had she done as a 2yr-senator? None except to experience riding in the MRT/LRT. Eto naman kasing mga TV reporters ay panay ang tutok sa kanya sa camera kaya lumaki ang ulo niya na akala niya, kaya na niyang lahat. If ever comelec will let her run, but there should be a condition not to use the name Poe. Let her use Llamanzres. Kaya lang naman nanalo sa senado ay dahil sa pangalan ni ni FPJ. ace said, “I will continue the programs initiated by FPJ. What programs did FPJ ever started? Make movies? Disqualify Llamanzares. Vote anyone except Binay (the corrupt) and Llamanzares (the naturalized alien). Sigurista pati pamilya niya at ayaw pang i-give up ang citizenship nila. What are the experiences of Poe in America to become Phiippines? As regards to Duterte, running for president for him would be a waste of efforts and money. He will not have a chance to be elected. Duterte should just campaign for Roxas or Santiago.

      • Well, let’s see what will happen.Luzon will be divided into four.The Visayas will be 60%.Mindanao will be 80%.What do you think?

    15. bad reason to run. it feels like you are forced to. No, no one wants an American President, that’s why Grace Poe would still be an excellent Pres since she’s a full-blooded Filipina until you can prove otherwise, Mr. Duterte.

      • laguatanlawzen.com on

        I suppose you are not a resident of the PH. I can tell from your language and your style of pontificating your opinion. You are not familiar with the PH law.The 1935, 1973, 1986 (revolutionary gov’t declared by Cory Aquino when she was catapulted to the Presidency through people power), and the 1987 Constitution, governs the disqualification case of Grace Poe. And the language of this fundamental law with respect to natural born citizen is expressed in a clear and simple English. You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand it. The Constitution says, to be considered a natural born citizen, you have to be born to a Filipino mother or father, period. The law define foundling is abandon child born of unknown parents hence, stateless. Unfortunately, the PH has no international customary law hence, the status of a foundling is deemed or presumed a citizen of the country where the child is found. So, in the case of Grace Poe she is a presumptive Filipino citizen but not a natural born citizen.

      • laguatanlawzen.com on

        You don’t understand what you are talking about. Grace Poe had been telling all and sundry that she is a “full bloodied Filipino citizen” according to Tim. Full-bloodied Filipino citizen and natural born citizen are entirely different. She must prove that she is what she is and not the other way around. A foundling like Grace Poe, can never be considered a full-bloodied Filipino citizen, but a natural born child whose parents are Filipino citizens are, by law, considered a full-bloodied Filipino citizen. Contrary to your statement, an inexperience Grace Poe can never be an excellent President because there is nothing she can show that she is proficient in public administration. The dichotomy, therefore, between full-bloodied and natural born is legally incongruous. I find your specious argument is bereft with inconsistencies because it has no leg to stand on.

    16. Duterte and Cayetano will not win. All the candidacy of Duterte will do is to take away the class A and B voters of Grace Poe and the small number of supporters of Marred Roxas.

      • Let’s give Mayor Duterte a chance and a right to run as a President.It’s the peoples will that will prevail on who will be our next President this coming 2016.You are absolutely right Mr. Valdez.If the THINKTANK team of Mayor Duterte’s political opponents have the correct datas and information about the strength of Mayor Duterte, I’m sure they are starting to worry now.If I were you, I’ll not underestimate the winnability of the Hon. Mayor of Davao City.

    17. Noynoy is now Scared of Duterte. However if they disqualified Duterte , I hope the People’s power will put him as President . Go to EDSA and remove those Corrupt Leaders just as we did to Marcos.