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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:52 am 
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Otso Diretso to Hugpong: 'Don't want to be called thieves? Then don't steal'

'Hindi negative campaigning ang magsabi ng totoo,' says Otso Diretso senatorial bet and ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada

MANILA, Philippines – The opposition candidates of the Otso Diretso slate told their opponents in the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) ticket that their anti-corruption messaging is not negative campaigning.

Rather, they are only telling the truth.

This was the message of 4 Otso Diretso senatorial bets on Tuesday, February 19, after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of the HNP lineup shunned the supposed "negative campaigning" of her electoral competitors.

"Simple lang naman. Kung ayaw nilang tawagin silang magnanakaw, eh 'di 'wag silang magnakaw. Hindi negative campaigning ang magsabi ng totoo," said Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada. ... -not-steal

Nice one, sir!
Pati mga magnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan nire-recycle ng ulupong ng panggagago.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:56 am 
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WATCH: Bong Revilla, sinisigawan ng ‘pork barrel’, ‘300’ ng mga kabataan
By Change Scamming
Published on February 18, 2019

Pork barrel! Pork barrel!

"Ibang klaseng pagtanggap ang naranasan ni Bong Revilla habang nagmo-motorcade sa Taytay, Rizal.

Sa isang video, maririnig ang mga kabataan na isinisigaw ang ‘300’ at ‘pork barrel’.

Matatandaang pinawalang-sala ng Sandiganbayan si Revilla kaugnay sa kaso nito sa pork barrel scam, habang guilty naman ang hatol sa chief-of-staff nito na si Richard Cambe at ang pork barrel mastermind na si Janet Lim Napoles.

Kahit pinawalang-sala ng korte, sabit pa rin si Revilla sa kaso dahil pinagbabayad ito ng P124.5 milyong halaga ng civil liabilities.

Kabilang si Revilla sa senatorial slate ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Kasama ni Revilla sa slate ang kapwa-akusado sa pork barrel scam na si Jinggoy Estrada."


Mabuti nga sa iyo Nardong KUPIT!

Sana naman me natitirang pang hiya sa iyo at huminto ka na sa pagiging politiko. Bakit ayaw mo?
Mas malaki ba ang kinikita mo sa pagnanakaw nang kaban ng bayan kesa sa pagiging artista?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:28 am 
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Duterte’s abuse of power

Last week’s column described how President Duterte unleashed, or caused to be unleashed, the full powers of government against one woman—Sen. Leila de Lima—which has resulted in her being incarcerated for two years now, while embroiled in legal battles (three, so far), fighting charges that can only be described as ridiculous. As if not content with showing that he could control the legislature and the judiciary (supposedly independent) to do his bidding, the President then, and/or his willing government minions, have made that incarceration as unpleasant an experience as possible.

What is “unpleasant”? Try isolated, cramped quarters, sans TV, sans radio, sans computer, sans cell phone and other devices to further emphasize the isolation. From 5 p.m. to 6 a.m., she is incommunicado. Her staff go to her with communications and legal pouches (subject to scrutiny/confiscation by her jailers) for at most an hour during the day. Her jailers have several times forbidden foreign delegations and legislators from visiting her, even if these visitors had followed every step of the application process.

Is this shameful treatment of De Lima an isolated case? It may have started out as one, but apparently delighted by the obeisance of the legislature and the judiciary, a pattern seems to have emerged. First, a victim is selected—one who has dared to tell Mr. Duterte, no matter how politely, that he is wrong. Then he attacks that victim publicly, during press conferences or a speech, and since he is the President, a gullible public takes him seriously.

Enter his minions in the government agencies, i.e., Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Immigration, who manage to get “evidence” to support whatever the President wishes. Then other branches of government weigh in, accepting the charges at face value, and deciding almost always in his favor. It is a legal farce, except the victims, like De Lima, are not laughing. De Lima, as I said, will have spent two years in detention by next week for displeasing the President. The drug charges are just a cover-up.

Who are the other victims? Surely, Reader, you remember. There is Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. There is Sister Patricia Fox.

There is also Sen. Antonio Trillanes, who is putting up one hell of a fight and has been helped by the courage of a judge who refused to play ball with the powers that be. (Yes, Reader, we still have good judges, but they are a dying breed.) We don’t know yet how it will end, but the fact that he will no longer be a senator come July is an ominous portent.

And now we have Maria Ressa, one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for 2018. (De Lima, too, is multiawarded, and we are talking here of credible international awards.) The BIR has been hounding her, and the latest is her arrest at the close of office hours so she could not immediately post bail, on a charge that the NBI had said (in pre-Duterte times) was baseless. This is a blatant example of the in-your-face, what-are-we-in-power-for tactics used by the current dispensation.

Mr. Duterte uses his power, it seems, not only to crush people he doesn’t like, but also to build up people he does like. As he has done with Bong Go, who, with a net worth of only P12.8 million (which includes cash of about P3 million) has managed to spend in the last year (January 2018-January 2019), according to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, the sum of P422.5 million, mostly on TV ads, billboards, etc. Go’s ads focus on his closeness to the President, and, in fact, usually picture them together.

Has this kind of abuse of power been done by other presidents? Except for Marcos, I can’t think of any. And Marcos had martial law behind him.

Early on into the Duterte watch, former senator Rene Saguisag addressed him thusly: “I believe your title is President, not King. You demand respect but seem to be incapable of giving any. We elected a leader, not a ruler, and you can’t seem to tell the difference.”

Alas, Rene, neither, it seems, can the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives, a majority of senators, a host of government agencies, and, sadly, a great number of Filipinos.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:57 am 
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Sandiganbayan indefinitely postpones Enrile plunder trial

By CNN Philippines Staff
Updated 16:06 PM PHT Tue, February 19, 2019

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — The much-anticipated plunder trial of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who was charged with plunder over the pork barrel scam, was canceled and indefinitely put on hold on Tuesday.

The trial date was announced as early as December 2018, but it was once again canceled after years of delay. The Sandiganbayan 3rd Division did not provide a new schedule.

Third Division Clerk of Court Atty. Dennis Pulma said alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles previously manifested that she be allowed to attend all her plunder and graft trials. But since she was convicted in the plunder case involving former Senator Bong Revilla and transferred to the Correctional Institution for Women, the Supreme Court has to give the go signal for her to leave detention.

Pulma said the Sandiganbayan asked the Supreme Court to exempt the Priority Development Assistance Fund cases from the rule disallowing national prisoners to leave detention to attend their trial. The high court, however, has not replied to their request so the 3rd Division decided to cancel Enrile's plunder trial.

The plunder case was filed more than four years ago, but Enrile has waived his appearance in the hearings as the 95-year-old politician continues to campaign for another shot at the Senate.

Enrile is facing a plunder charge and 15 counts of graft for allegedly diverting his pork barrel to bogus NGOs in exchange for kickbacks.

His cases were filed in June 2014, along with those filed against former senator Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada. But his trial had long been delayed because of an issue on the supposed vagueness of the allegations against him.

Enrile had asked for a bill of particulars or a more detailed charge sheet from the Ombudsman, a motion that was only granted with finality by the Supreme Court in 2016.

He then used the bill of particulars to file a motion seeking to dismiss his case, which the Sandiganbayan dismissed.

Enrile is currently out on bail after the high court reversed a Sandiganbayan ruling denying him temporary liberty in 2015.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros, Enrile said he wants to see the case to its end.

"The burden of proof is on the government because of the fact that I am presumed innocent. Precisely that's my theory, that if I'm perceived innocent by the Constitution, why detain me? Deprive me of freedom? I would like to see the end of it," he said. ... trial.html

Kingina mas malakas na loob nitong gumawa ng katiwalian. 95 yrs old na e, para ke Dutae exempted nang makulong ang mga matatanda (kasama na sarili nya), hindi lang matanda, sobrang tanda na. Kaya dapat bitay na lang.. Ibalik ang bitay! lol

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:53 am 
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Sara Duterte takes ‘spiritual journey’ between campaign stops
By: Villamor Visaya Jr. - @inquirerdotnet
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Kuh, magpakatotoo ka na lang teh Inday, pagtatawanan ka lang ng erpat Digong mo sa ginagawa mo. lol


PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:47 am 
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Naghamon na otso deretso ng debate may response na ba ang hugpo?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:04 am 
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Retz wrote:
Naghamon na otso deretso ng debate may response na ba ang hugpo?

As usual iwas pa rin sa mga forums at debate si Bongoloid
Si Bato matapang..malakas ang apog na ipakita ang kanyang kabobohan

Same nung makakapal ang mukha na mga mandarambong


PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:05 am 
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Wala talagang maaasahan sa debate 'tong mga kandidato sa Hugpong ng Panggagago! Panay iwas at alibi lang sa debate. Wala kasi talaga galing at plataporna. Kung gusto at kaya naman, me paraan lol

PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:34 am 
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Binay to voters: Do not elect ‘unprepared, unprincipled’ lawmakers

'The process of lawmaking is serious business that should not be left to the unprepared, unprincipled, and inarticulate,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Former vice president and now congressional candidate Jejomar Binay said only candidates ready for the “serious business” of lawmaking should be elected to Congress.

“Dapat ay handa na magpanukala ng mga batas, humarap at makipagtalakayan sa mga kapwa kongresista, opisyal ng national government, mga kilalang eksperto sa larangan ng ekonomiya, pamamahala at iba pang usapin na hinaharap ng bansa,” said Binay in a recent forum on good governance. Parts of his speech were sent to reporters on Wednesday, February 27.

(They should be ready to propose laws, debate with other lawmakers, government officials, experts on the economy and governance, and other issues being faced by the country.)

“The process of lawmaking is serious business that should not be left to the unprepared, unprincipled, and inarticulate,” he added.

Binay is running for congressman of Makati’s 1st District against former city vice mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña Jr.

A veteran politician, Binay was mayor of Makati for a total of 21 years and this will be his first crack at a congressional seat.

In 2010, Binay’s rags-to-riches story propelled him to the vice presidency; he ran for president in 2016 but lost – finishing 4th with 5,318,249 votes. A 20-month Senate investigation that dug up multiple allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth against Binay is believed to be among the chief reasons for his failed presidential bid. (READ: Jejomar Binay's impossible dream)

In the same forum, Binay hit the common practice of politicians to jump ship to the ruling party each time a new president is elected. After the May 2016 polls, for example, members of the once-ruling Liberal Party switched their allegiance to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko-Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan.

According to Binay, turncoatism removes the system of checks and balances that should be in place among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

“Our institutions, most especially the legislature, should never be a party to plots to prolong one group’s or one person’s stay in power at the expense of democracy and our Constitution. Congress should be an institution to build a country and achieve a vision, not a tool to undermine democracy,” said Binay.

Makati remains a stronghold of the Binay family, yet elections in this city will be more heated than usual in May.

Binay’s own children – his only son and namesake, former mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr and reelectionist Mayor Abby Binay – are both running for mayor. (READ: Battle vs Junjun for Makati mayor to 'divide' Binay family, says Abby)

The family patriarch has allowed his children to slug it out, but he also said his daughter “deserves” to be reelected.

Abby’s husband, Makati 2nd District Representative Luis Campos, is also seeking reelection. –

Aba aba bumabanat si nognog ah lol
Baka paimbestigahan ka ni Dutae nyan


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:39 am 
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Sara Duterte and Imee marcos
March 06, 2019

"SARA CALLED OTSO candidates liars...but it was her candidates who was caught lying...and apprarently she did too.
On the question that Imee Marcos lied about her education by claiming to be a graduate of Princeton and University of The Philippines, despite official denial or clarification form the said institutions...

Her reply? "Honesty Should Not Be An Election Issue because everyone lies anyway?" - Sara Duterte

Huuuwaaat? WTF! So Sara Duterte is saying it is okay for those running for public office to be dishonest!

It is like saying, it is okay to steal, since everyone steals anyway. She totally gone berserk in trying to defend the indefensible.

For Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, senatorial candidate Imee Marcos' false claims about academic degrees should not be an issue, because "everyone lies anyway."

"Walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling, kaya hindi dapat nagiging issue ang honesty ngayon," said Duterte on Wednesday, March 6, in Parañaque City.

And tha audacity of Sara to even call the Otso Diretso candidates - liars. ... bets-liars

What can I say, this girl wants to be the president of this country...and this is the message she wants the people to emulate.

Your Honor, I rest my case..."

WTF, they're conditioning the mind of Pinoy voters but only bobotantes and turd dds would believe them.
So basically, Sara Istupida says "everyone lies so don't expect candidates to be honest." Eh, putangama mo na lang!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:18 am 
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Sara Duterte: Honesty should not be an election issue
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Mar 06 2019 03:02 PM

MANILA - Everybody lies anyway.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio had this to say Wednesday as she asserted that honesty should not be an issue in this year’s elections, defending her candidates under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) accused of dishonesty and corruption.

Duterte-Carpio lashed out at Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, one of the candidates from the opposition slate Otso Diretso, for claiming that government funds were used in campaign t-shirts of HNP bet Christopher Lawrence “Bong Go,” which were distributed during a public assembly attended by barangay officials.

Bong Go shirts distributed in paid Liga ng mga Barangay event

She said Alejano lied about the matter.

“You know, nagsisinungaling si Alejano when he said that galing sa government funds ang t-shirt na inilagay sa kits… So what shall we do about Alejano who is lying through his teeth about his dishonesty?” Duterte-Carpio told reporters at the sidelines of an HNP campaign sortie in Parañaque.

(You know, Alejano was lying when he said government funds were used for the t-shirts placed inside the kits. So what shall we do about Alejano who is lying through his teeth about his dishonesty?)

“Sinasabi ko sa kanilang lahat: Walang isang kandidato d'yan na hindi nagsisinungaling kaya hindi dapat nagiging issue ang honesty ngayon.”

(I tell them all that there is no single candidate who does not lie so honesty should not be an issue now.)

Duterte-Carpio said Alejano and his fellow opposition candidates also “deliberately say false statements” against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Lahat sila sinungaling, lahat ng tao sa mundong ito sinungaling,” she said.

(All of them lie. Everyone in this world is a liar.)

The white polo shirts with Go's face and campaign logos were distributed as part of the first Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas National Assembly event kit, where the registration fee cost between P13,800 and P19,800, Alejano said in a statement.

"Ang kanilang registration fee at iba pang expenses ay charged sa local funds as per DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) Memorandum Circular 2019-23. Ibig sabihin charged sa pondo ng gobyerno," Alejano said.

(Their registration fee and other expenses are charged to local funds as per DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-23. It means it's charged to government funds.)

Go denied Alejano’s claim and said his supporters distributed the shirts without his consent.

“Wala po akong idea (about that), tanungin na lang po nila ang organizers. Pakiusap ko po sa lahat na huwag niyo gamitin pangalan ko without my knowledge and consent,” Go said in a chance interview on Tuesday.

(I have no idea about that. Let’s ask the organizers. I plead to everyone not to use my name without my consent.)

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año also vouched for Go.

“That's a big fake news! Liga ng Barangay is an independent activity initiated by the national league officers. They have their own organizers. I just provided the guidelines so that the activity is in accordance with the law,” Año told reporters.

“I will never allow any irregularity in my department much more spend funds for unauthorized activity. 'Yung gumawa ng allegations ang hanapan mo ng proof rather than entertaining fake news.”

(You should ask proof from those who made the allegations rather than entertaining fake news.)

In his campaign sortie speeches, Go said he would push for the crafting of a magna carta for barangay officials. ... tion-issue

So kung iyon iba nagnanakaw sa gobyerno e ok lang na magnakaw din, kaya pala todo sulong at himod ang istupidang Sara sa kandidatura ni Imee Marcos na magnanakaw. Putangama mo na lang ulit!

#Hugpong ng Pagnanakaw

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BOO, LIARS Advocate!

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Matindi din talaga ang advocacy nitong si Sara Gahasa tsk tsk
Ipagpatuloy ang KATRAPOHAN sa Pilipinas!
Mismo ayan ang sigaw ng kanyang puso at diwa he he

Napatokhang na kaya ng kanyang ama yon gumahasa sa kanya??? lols

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec
EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.


In at least two visits to fire survivors, senatorial candidate Bong Go gives away cash
Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of the Interior and Local Government help coordinate and arrange a visit
Bong Go claims he is not campaigning when he does fire incident visits, but in the legal definition of 'vote-buying,' explicit solicitation for votes is not required for the act to be considered 'vote-buying'
Vote-buying is an election offense

MANILA, Philippines – Duterte aide and senatorial candidate Bong Go may be committing an election offense by promising and giving out assistance to people affected by fire incidents during the campaign period, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

This is because promising and distributing assistance, whether in cash or in kind, during the campaign by a candidate fits the legal definition of vote-buying in the Omnibus Election Code.

“Bawal po ‘yan. Maaaring may magreklamo sa kanila ng vote-buying,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told Rappler on Monday, March 11. (That’s prohibited. Someone may file a vote-buying complaint against them.)

Any allegation of vote-buying must go through a hearing before the act can be declared as such by the Comelec. One way to initiate a hearing is if there is a complaint about vote-buying. The punishment for vote-buying is imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than 6 years and perpetual disqualification from voting and holding public office. (READ: Comelec urges public to report vote-buying)

Rappler found that Go made cash donations to fire victims during or immediately after his visit to communities stricken by fire. He made these donations during the campaign period.

On March 5, Go dropped by Barangay South Cembo in Makati City at around 11:30 am. After shaking hands with residents and giving a speech, his staff distributed P2,000 to 22 out of 23 affected families. The 23rd family did not get cash assistance because they were not present at the Bong Go event.

“Bago rin siya umalis doon sa incident, sa evacuation center, nagbigay din naman siya ng financial support, minimal lang naman, P2,000 per family. We have 23 families na affected ng fire incident so he gave pero 'yung mga 'andodoon lang na present,” said South Cembo Barangay Chairperson Eva Dian Manalo Omar in an interview with Rappler on Wednesday, March 13.

(Before he left the evacuation center, he gave financial support, just minimal – P2,000 per family. We have 23 families affected, so he gave but only to those present at the visit.)

Omar later on clarified that it was not Go himself who handed out the cash but someone from his group.

Below is part of Rappler's interview with Omar.

Go's staff distributed the cash donation the morning after the fire razed the homes of 80 persons on March 4. Those affected were left with nothing, with 6 persons even asking Go to provide underwear since they had lost theirs. Within days, Go’s staff sent 6 packs (with 6 pieces each) of underwear.

Go also gave cash assistance to the fire victims of Sta Ana, Manila, when he visited their community on February 18.

Go is listed among the sources of “external” assistance in the tally of assistance displayed at Punta’s Barangay 898 Hall when Rappler dropped by on February 21.

'CASH' FROM BONG GO. Bong Go listed as the source of a cash donation in this tally of assistance in Barangay 898 for fire victims. Photo by Pia Ranada / Rappler

'CASH' FROM BONG GO. Bong Go listed as the source of a cash donation in this tally of assistance in Barangay 898 for fire victims. Photo by Pia Ranada / Rappler

It says he donated “cash.” Manila Social Welfare staff in the barangay hall were not able to give the total amount of Go’s donation.

Kagawad Edgar Budino was there when Go dropped by. He recalled the senatorial candidate promised cash assistance for those affected by the fire.

“’Yung alam ko, magbibigay siya sa mga nasunugan ng pera,” he told Rappler. (What I know is, he will give money to those affected by the fire.)

Remedios Viray, among those affected by the fire, said she heard Go promise that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) would provide cash.

“Ang prinamis niya is 'yung P3,000 to P5,000 na makukuha ng nasunugan, so nagpunta kami sa ano, nakuha naman namin, P1,500,” she said.

(He promised P3,000 to P5,000 for the people affected by the fire, so we went and we got P1,500.)

Like in South Cembo, Go paid a visit only a few days after the fire incident. The Sta Ana fire began on Saturday night, February 16, damaging 8 houses and affecting 107 people. By Monday night, Go had paid his visit.

Rappler asked Go's camp, specifically his aide Gelo Villar, repeatedly for comment. No response has been given as of posting. We will update this story if they issue a statement.

What the law says about vote-buying

Vote-buying is defined this way by the Omnibus Election Code, the law that outlines what is allowed and not allowed during Philippine elections:

“Any person who gives, offers or promises money or anything of value, gives or promises any office or employment, franchise or grant, public or private, or makes or offers to make an expenditure, directly or indirectly, or cause an expenditure to be made to any person, association, corporation, entity, or community in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate or withhold his vote in the election, or to vote for or against any aspirant for the nomination or choice of a candidate in a convention or similar selection process of a political party.”

But Barangay Captain Omar defended Go, saying the senatorial bet clearly said during his visit that he was not campaigning at that time.

“In the first place, when he arrived, he said he is not there to campaign. He said he is there because he found out there was a fire incident and so he took a break from campaigning. He came there to help, he said,” Omar told Rappler in Filipino.

Viray said Go said the same thing when he visited Sta Ana.

But according to Jimenez, any offer or distribution of assistance doesn’t need to be explicitly identified as part of a candidate’s campaign for it to be considered vote-buying. (READ: The many ways of buying votes)

“Just like with campaign propaganda, no need for the explicit solicitation of votes,” said Jimenez.

Election lawyer Emil Marañon III said Go’s donations and assistance can fall under vote-buying regardless of his actual motive for providing such help.

“Vote-buying, which is punished under the Omnibus Election Code, a special law, is a malum prohibitum. An act which is declared malum prohibitum, malice or criminal intent is completely immaterial,” he said.

This means that even just the act of giving something of value to voters by a candidate is vote-buying, whether or not there was malice in the act.

Was Go’s P2,000 cash donation of value to the fire victims? Seeing as the victims had just lost their homes and most of their belongings, such amount would be of value.

Go’s donation did not strike Omar as vote-buying.

“The people were in need. It’s about being humane. P2,000 is small. If he really wanted to buy votes, he would have gone all out,” she said.

No one doubts Go’s donations will help fire victims. But the problem with politicians giving such assistance during the campaign season is, it perpetuates patronage politics, a long-festering ill in the Philippines.

Patronage politics is when there is a “patron-client” relationship between politicians and voters, said Carmel Abao, Ateneo de Manila University political science professor.

“There is a private exchange between a patron (e.g., Bong Go) and clients (the voters) which should otherwise be public or impersonal. So ‘services,’ in exchange for ‘support,’” she said.

The rule on vote-buying is not designed to stop any individual from making much-needed donations to people affected by calamity. Go could have made an anonymous donation, if he really wanted to help without involving his senatorial bid.

Government officials helping with Bong Go fire visits

Rappler also found that government officials play a role in these Bong Go fire incident visits.

Social Welfare Undersecretary Aimee Neri functioned as Go’s “advance party” for his Barangay South Cembo visit, said Omar.

This was how Neri was described to Omar when Go’s visit was being coordinated with her.

“She really waited for him, Bong Go. They really went together. She didn’t leave the venue until Bong Go arrived,” said Omar to explain why she thought Go and Neri were working together for the visit.

Neri is a Duterte appointee. She has been hopping from one government appointment to another, with President Rodrigo Duterte tapping her as justice assistant secretary, then as Bureau of Immigration deputy commissioner, then as social welfare undersecretary.
GOOD SAMARITAN. Bong Go visits fire survivors in Isla Verde, Davao City on March 3, 2019. Photo from Bong Go campaign team

GOOD SAMARITAN. Bong Go visits fire survivors in Isla Verde, Davao City on March 3, 2019. Photo from Bong Go campaign team

Omar also said an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was present and even helped in arrangements for Go’s visit. She, however, did not get his name. He was wearing a jacket with a DILG logo and introduced himself as working for the DILG, she said.

“He was saying, a speaker (microphone) is required, the seats should be arranged like this. He wanted the arrangement to be in a circle,” said the barangay captain.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Comelec rules allow political appointees like Neri to engage in partisan political activities. But when their functions as public officials with control over government resources overlap with a candidate’s activities, it could get confusing.

The DSWD is among the national agencies expected to help out in calamities like fire incidents. With a DSWD official present at a Bong Go activity during which much-needed assistance is given, lines are blurred between what should be “impersonal” government services (DSWD relief goods and assistance) and a campaign activity.

“Government services must be delivered to all citizens, regardless of political allegiances. In patron-client relations, service delivery is ‘privatized’ so that citizens feel indebted to the politicians delivering the public services, as if public resources are personal resources of these politicians,” weighed in Abao.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista has yet to respond to Rappler's request for comment on Neri's involvement in Go's visits. Rappler asked DSWD spokesperson Glenda Relova for comment but was told to direct questions to the director of the social media office due to a new internal "memo" on media queries. The policy was not posted on the DSWD website or its social media accounts and Social Media Director Joel Espejo has not responded as of posting.

There are other ways the Bong Go fire visits blur the line between government services and the actions of a political candidate.

Go is quoted in his own official campaign press releases as promising fire victims that he will reach out to “former colleagues” in the government to make sure more assistance is on the way.

“Go also assured the residents of Punta, Sta Ana that former colleagues from various government agencies like DSWD, Pagcor, PCSO, and NHA will be requested to deliver additional assistance to the fire victims,” reads the press release dated February 19 for the Sta Ana visit.

And his promises come true. Omar, for example, got a text from a PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office) official saying they had gotten a call from Malacañang ordering them to send assistance to her barangay’s fire victims.

The official, a woman named “Verna,” had texted then called Omar.

“She said they found out about the incident because someone called them from the office of Malacañang. The word ‘Malacañang’ was really used. They were asking if PCSO can help. I said, ‘Is this through Bong Go because Bong Go is the only one who visited us who is related to Malacañang and has strong connections there. She said, ‘Maybe it’s like that,’ she wasn’t sure,” said Omar.

Because Go openly promises more government assistance would come due to his efforts, what happens when the promised assistance does come? Will the beneficiaries only see the assistance as a government service, or a favor from senatorial candidate Bong Go?

What’s clear is that government resources are buoying his candidacy. He uses his ties to government officials, who have access to government resources, to burnish his image as a good Samaritan.

Go had urged voters not to vote for him if there is proof that government resources were used for his senatorial bid. President Duterte himself had prohibited the use of government resources for any candidate’s campaign.

"Nobody but nobody can use government resources, not even Bong. I will not allow it," Duterte had said on October 15, 2018.

Frequent fire visits

But the Barangay South Cembo and Sta Ana fire visits are just two visits among many. Go has been making such visits as early as July 2018 or months before the official campaign season.

Based on Rappler’s count, Go has made at least 36 fire visits so far. Of these, 7, or about 19%, were done during the campaign period or from February 12 onwards.

Below are graphics showing the frequency and geographic scope of his visits from July 5, 2018 to March 5, 2019. The data was based on press releases, posts on Go's campaign social media accounts, and news reports.

If Go gave P2,000 for every family affected by a single fire incident, how much in total did he spend on cash donations for all his fire visits? Will he report that as a campaign expense in his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE)?

The fire visits appear to be an important part of his campaign. Since January, he has conducted fire visits multiple times a week. In some periods, like in February, he was making almost daily fire visits. Go squeezes them in even between attending major campaign rallies of PDP-Laban and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).

But the fire visits are not all that different from a campaign sortie, even if Go insists he is not doing them to earn votes.

For one thing, he gives a speech.

“Natuwa rin kami, yung presence niya. Kasi sabi niya itutuloy niya yung kay Duterte. Galit siya sa mga corrupt,” said Viray. (We were happy with his presence. He said he would continue what Duterte has done. He said he is angry at the corrupt.)

This line Viray heard is mentioned by Go all the time during campaign sorties.

In several fire visits, Go has brought along actor Phillip Salvador. Salvador is also by Go’s side at HNP and PDP-Laban rallies. They even do skits together. The actor sometimes proxies for Go at campaign activities the former Duterte aide cannot attend.

“Prayoridad ko ang tumulong sa nangangailangan, higit pa sa pangangampanya,” said Go in Sta Ana. (My priority is to help the needy, even more than to campaign.)

But as far as the legal definition of vote-buying is considered, one act is not always separable from the other.

And here's the catch: for any candidate to be held liable for vote-buying, Jimenez said a private complainant must file a complaint which would serve as the Comelec's basis for its own complaint. – with a report from Sofia Tomacruz/ ... ote-buying

Dutae's immediate signing an EO on salary increases in the heat of election season could be a case of vote-buying too lol


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Sara insists honesty required of public officials but not of senatorial bets

The presidential daughter and Hugpong campaign manager Sara Duterte reacts to the statement of her aunt-in-law, former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

STILL ON HONESTY. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales exchange words on honesty

CEBU, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte reacted to the assertion of her aunt-in-law, former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, that the Constitution requires public officials to be honest.

According to the President's daughter, while what Morales said is correct, the Constitution does not require senatorial candidates to be honest.

"Yes, oo, I agree, public officials [should be honest]. Nasa Constitution 'yun eh (It's in the Constitution), public office is a public trust. But I was saying, honesty is not a requirement for candidates," she said on Friday, March 22, in Danao, Cebu.

Sara insisted that when she spoke previously to reporters about the honesty issue, she had said honesty is not a requirement for senatorial candidates, and she did not say honesty is not required for senators, who are elected public officials.

But a video of that interview shows Sara did not use the word "candidates."

“Ang importante is, ano 'yung required ng batas. Ano ba sinasabi ng batas for a senator? Able to read and write, natural-born citizen. Does it say na dapat good moral character 'yung tao? Does it say the person has to be honest? Kaya sinabi ko, kung honesty ang pagbasehin natin, disqualified lahat,” she said on March 9 in Calamba, Laguna.

(What’s important is what is required by the law. What does the law say for a senator? Able to read and write, natural-born citizen. Does it say they must have good moral character? Does it say the person has to be honest? That’s why I said, if honesty is the basis, all the candidates are disqualified.)

Also, the portion of the 1987 Constitution she was citing lists down requirements for senators, not senatorial candidates.

Section 3, Article VI states: "No person shall be a Senator unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, and, on the day of the election, is at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election."

'Very different things'

Sara on Friday insisted on the difference between a candidate and an elected official, ostensibly to show why the honesty requirement is absent for one and present for another.

"Of course, when you become an official, you fall under all the laws that are required of public officials – anti-graft and corruption, 'yung constitutional provisions, but iba yung public official, iba yung candidate (but public officials and candidates are different)," she said.

"A candidate is not a public official Those are two very different things," Sara added.

But a few sentences later, she denied saying that it's okay for senatorial candidates to be dishonest.

"No, I'm not saying that. I'm saying that honesty is not an issue because it's not a requirement to run as a senator," said Sara, a lawyer.

The day before, Morales had issued a statement emphasizing that no less than the Constitution requires public officials, including senators, to be honest.

“The word honesty is in the Constitution, which explicitly declares that ‘the State shall maintain honesty and integrity in the public service.’ Upholding the Constitution is part of every public officer’s oath of office,” she had said.

Morales is connected to Sara by way of the latter's husband, Manases Carpio. Morales is Manases' aunt.

Despite this connection, President Rodrigo Duterte has not hesitated from verbally attacking Morales back when she was still ombudsman, accusing her of delivering "selective justice."

Morales and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario announced on Thursday that they had filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping with the International Criminal Court over Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea.

Asked if Morales' actions critical of the Duterte administration ever caused friction in her family, Sara said, "No, my husand is very pro-Duterte." –

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