“This picture should lead us to think seriously and be concerned if this is the future for the Philippines which presidential candidate Duterte is offering to our people.”
From GMA News
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has declared that he would be the first left-leaning president of the country if he wins the elections on May 9.
"But I'm not a member of Communist Party or NPA (New People's Army). I cannot join them.... I am for democracy," said Duterte, who added that he was a member of Bayan.
Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas has criticized Duterte for helping the NPA rebels, who he said were killing the country's soldiers and policemen, and were extorting money from businessmen.
In a campaign sortie in Cebu, Duterte said he also has ties to the Moro people but would not support the Moro Islamic Liberation Front if it would continue its secessionist goals.
He said his mother was a Maranao and his son Paolo has a Maranao wife. He said Paolo's father-in-law was a Tausug.
Duterte said that if he becomes president, he will have to swear to protect the republic.
Yes, I coddle the Reds, they are Filipinos after all.”
The feisty mayor, who allowed a hero’s burial for slain New People’s Army leader Leoncio Pitao, alias Parago, has always been open about his friendship with the communists and other rebel groups. InquirerMalacañang on Wednesday did not mince words when asked about the published photo showing presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Freedom-loving citizens would find sufficient cause to be alarmed at the picture published in a major broadsheet (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 27 April), where erstwhile captive PNP (Philippine National Police) officers are shown wearing shirts with POW (Prisoner of War) printed thereon and being paraded by heavily armed NPA members in the company of Mayor Duterte, with the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines), NPA and the NDF (National Democratic Front) flags prominently displayed in the background,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
“This picture should lead us to think seriously and be concerned if this is the future for the Philippines which presidential candidate Duterte is offering to our people,” he said.
The said photo was published by Inquirer with a story on the NPA’s release of a soldier and five policemen in Mindanao. From Inquirer
Saan galing pera para sa P211million bank account? Sa NPA taxes sa Davao??? You are no hero!
Duterte:Mr.Clean eh? To Waiver or not to Waiver (Secrecy on bank accounts).That's the P211 million QUeSTION! Loser!From Inquirer:
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is allegedly keeping more hidden wealth aside from the reported P211 million bank deposits that he did not declare in his statement of assets, liabilities and networth in 2014, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Wednesday.
“Sa 2014 pa lang ‘yan. Pero meron pa tayong vini-verify ulit at vina-validate at pagka na-validate natin ‘yan, lalabas tayo at lalabas ulit yan, higit na mas malaki d’yan,” Trillanes said in a phone patch interview with Senate reporters.
(That was only from 2014. We are still verifying and validating a report, and once it is validated, we will reveal it because it’s probably bigger (than the amount already reported).
Yung P211 million, ‘yan ‘yung sa 2014 pero maraming higit pa r’yan. ‘Yun lang kailangan kasing i-validiate ng mga auditors, ng mga accountants ‘yung mga figures,” he added.
(The P211 million was only from 2014. There’s more. But the auditors and accountants are still validating it.)
The senator earlier disclosed that Duterte, the frontrunner in the presidential surveys, allegedly had at least P211 million in an account at Bank of the Philippine Island branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City jointly with daughter Sara.
On Duterte’s 69th birthday on March 28, 2014, eight cash deposits totaling P197 million were reportedly credited to the mayor’s bank account in the BPI Julia Vargas branch.
Asked why he is exposing this only now, Trillanes said: “E sana nga kung nakuha ko ito ng mas maaga, e ‘di nailabas ko to, ngayon lang ibinigay (If only I had gotten it earlier, then I would have exposed it earlier. But it was given to me only now),” he said.
“Apparently maraming nagmamahal sa ating bayan at maraming natatakot na magkaroon tayo ng isang psychopath as commander in chief (Apparently, many people who love the country are scared that we may have a psychopath commander in chief),” he said, apparently referring the leading presidential bet.
“Sinasabi ko na sa kanya e, don’t mess with me e…Nagpapanggap s’ya na mahirap, niloloko n’ya ang tao pero may daan-daang milyon s’ya sa banko na nakapangalan sa kanya ha. Hindi pa natin pinag-uuspaan kung saan n’ya pinagtatago ‘yung iba.”
(I already warned him not to mess with me. He’s pretending to be poor and fooling the people, and it turns out that he has millions stashed in banks. We are not even talking about his other hidden wealth.)
If his allegations were not true, the senator then dared Duterte to issue a waiver and allow the opening of his bank accounts.
“Kung fabricated e, di maggawa ka ng waiver na ‘sige tingnan mo kung may account ako d’yan, itong waiver sa specific bank na ‘yan.’ Napakadaling gawin noon, walang mawawala sa kanya,” said Trillanes, who is running for vice president.
(If he claims it is fabricated, then he should make a waiver that says, “go ahead and take a look at this bank account.” It will be easy for him to do and he stands nothing to lose.)
“Ako, I stand by my information. Ilang beses ko nang ginawa ko ito before. Hindi pa tayo napapahiya. Lahat ng prenesent sa mga investigation even before that, lumabas ang totoo.”
(I stand by my information. I have done this before. I have not failed. The truth eventually came out thanks to the evidence we presented in the investigation.)
It was also Trillanes, who initiated the corruption allegations against Duterte’s rival, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“The account is not true and is just a fabrication of [Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV], who is a money for hire,” the presidential candidate told the Inquirer.
Duterte said he would not issue a waiver for the specific account.
“I will not play into their hands by issuing a waiver. The account is nonexistent,” Duterte said.
The mayor, however, confirmed that he had an apartment on P. Guevarra Street in San Juan City.
The spokesperson of Duterte said documents purportedly showing that the mayor had P211 million in a bank account were fabricated.
“Sorry, we cannot comment until we see it, but now I can tell you it’s a lie, a fabrication and black propaganda. Documents can be fabricated,” Pete Laviña earlier told the Inquirer when asked to comment on the alleged millions that was not reported in Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 2014.
“We also urge them to come out and prove that the bank accounts were his,” Laviña added.
He said the timing of the release of the information was suspicious.
“They are trying to throw everything at him, like some pornographic photos and now the supposed secret accounts not in SALN,” he said. “If it’s 2014, why only now?”
Laviña said Duterte was pulling away from his rivals in the presidential race because people were fed up with “trapo” (traditional politicians) and character assassination.
“We have been saying from the beginning, the more they hit him, the more people love him,” Laviña said.
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his vice presidential running mate, Alan Peter Cayetano, have signed a waiver that will allow the opening of their bank accounts for public scrutiny, and they are daring their rivals to do the same.
“In the light of [graft and corruption] charges faced by Vice President Jejomar Binay and members of his family, we have signed a [statement] challenging other candidates to sign bank secrecy waivers in the interest of transparency and accountability and to deter corruption in any form in the government,” Duterte, the pugnacious mayor of Davao City, told the Inquirer.