Duterte law to make easy gay cops’ entry to PNP

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BY ROGER M. BALANZA

You are gay and wants to join the police force?
If the Philippine National Police (PNP) says it has no room for ‘gay cops,’ run to Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.
Duterte said his Anti-Discrimination Ordinance protects everybody’s right to employment including that of gays who wanted to be members of the police force.
It is time for PNP to change its rules on gay cops, said Duterte on Sunday in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN.
He joked that even the communist New People’s Army (NPA) is changing its view on gays.
He said that the NPA now even allowed same-sex marriage among its members. Reports had it that the NPA wed in rebel ceremony two male rebel fighters in Surigao province four years ago.
The ordinance that defends rights and opportunities of all regardless…

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TALES OF DESTRUCTION – 9th Solo Exhibit by Anoy Catague

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DAVAO CITY JOURNALIST and tourism promotion advocate IAN GARCIA, left, with Catague

“Tales of Destruction”

BY ANOY CATAGUE

MUSEO DABAWENYO

DAVAO CITY

NOV. 10 – DEC. 11, 2014

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PROBE ON P30 MILLION PAQUIBATO ‘RAT ATTACK’ FUND RAISED ANEW

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What happened to the P30 million fund for Paquibato farmers whose crops were ravaged by rat infestation in 2011?

As if smelling a dead rat, this question was posted by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in his Facebook account last week which could revive a Davao City Council resolution calling for a probe on how the multi-million calamity fund was used.

The investigation could place in the hot seat city councilor Leonardo Avila, who handled the fund when he was officer-in-charge of the City Agriculturist Office (CAO).

The Davao City Council that called for an investigation and an order for Avila, then the CAO caretaker, to account for the fund intended for victims of rat infestation that ravaged farmlands in upland Paquibato district was approved in early 2012.

A year before in early 2011 as farmers lost their crops to the rat attack, the city council declared Paquibato under state of…

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‘DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT’ INVADES ILONGGO COUNTRY WITH “ATON INI” STREAMERS

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BY ROGER M. BALANZA

 The movement trying to convince  Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for President is invading Ilonggo territories in vote-rich Western Visayas.

Starting off with Negros Occidental, the Pilipinas Duterte 2016 movement will flood this week the province’s  capital city of Bacolod with its now popular banner emblazoned with the addition of a catchy Ilonggo phrase “Aton Ini!” (He is Ours!).

western visayasThe initial foray into a major  Ilonggo city will lead to a conflagration of support in Ilonggo territories for Duterte, said a confident Mar Masanguid, head of the movement. Masanguid said the efforts to convince Duterte to run is now catching fire in the Visayas Region, where Ilonggo and Cebuano are the dominant dialect. The Ilonggo vote would come as a heavy addition to the Cebuano vote if Duterte, who has his roots in Cebu, decides to take a crack at the Malacanang top…

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Ambushed Ampatuan Massacre witness under tight guard in Davao

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has wrapped a tight security cordon around a hospital attending to a vital witness in the infamous Ampatuan Massacre who survived  an ambush in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao province.

Kaharudin “Butch” Saudagal was on his way, with another witness Dennis Sakal, to testify in a court hearing on the massacre when waylaid by a group of armed men around 7AM Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

ratSakal, a former driver of Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. died in the ambush; Saudagal, who had worked for the Ampatuans,  survived and was immediately rushed to a hospital in Davao City.

The ambush came six days ahead of the anniversary of the November 23, 2009 massacre where 58 people including 32 journalists were killed in the mass murder tagged as the “worst politically-related killings” in the Philippines and the world.

Multiple murder charges have been filed against members of the Ampatuan clan led by former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. 

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DAVAO CITY 2016 MAYORAL RACE: INDAY SARA OR PULONG?

inday starInday Sara: I would rather be a TV star

BY JOANNA C. BALANZA

     Given a choice between Davao City Hall and GMA Television Network, where does the heart of the Kapuso local star belong?

     I would rather be a TV star, said lawyer Sara ‘Inday’ Duterte-Carpio, former City Mayor, former Vice Mayor and daughter of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

     The quote is attributed to a report by a friend in media of Inday Sara, who does not want to be identified.

     FRONTAnd the star in the popular segment, Kay Ingon Ni Inday, of the GMA-Davao daily morning public affairs television program Una Ka Bai.

     The prospect of Inday Sara, City Mayor from 2010 to 2013) returning to City Hall is looming with Mayor Duterte announcing his retirement from politics in 2016.

     The mayor said he wants Inday Sara to succeed him.

I intend to retire, that’s why I’m asking Inday to run as mayor again, he said.

Duterte said Inday Sara proved herself to be a leader when she was the city mayor.

     Married to lawyer Mans Carpio, Inday Sara appears to be enjoying her life with family and her law practice with partner Mans and as a star in her own segment on GMA.

     After cutting her short mayoral stint by not seeking reelection in 2013, Inday Sara however said she is not closing the doors on returning to politics.

     But for now, she is enjoying the little fame she gets from the GMA show and as endorser of several well-known products in television and radio advertisements.

     While Mayor Duterte’s retirement could pave the way for Inday Sara’s return to City Hall, doubts are circulating that the 20-year mayor may be leaving City Hall but not politics.

  By not seeking reelection, is Mayor Duterte gearing up for the 2016 presidential race?

     Speculations are rife that Duterte leaving the mantle of local political leadership of the Dutertes to Inday Sara in 2016, is a sign the mayor could be preparing for a higher position in the next election.

     Duterte is being pushed to run for President in 2016 but he has persistently said he is not interested in the top post.

     An ongoing signature campaign to convince him to run has already netted more than 10 million signatures.   

Duterte has said he wants to retire by 2016 and disowned the “Duterte for President Movement,” the group spearheading a signature to convince him to run.

The group said it has netted nationwide more than 10 million signatures to convince Duterte to run.

Some quarters say Duterte opting to see Inday Sara taking his place in 2016 meant he could be clearing an obstacle for a presidential run by not seeking a mayoral reelection.

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BY ROGER M. BALANZA

            If daughter Sara ‘Inday’ Duterte-Carpio is not running for mayor in 2016, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would not be wanting in another young leader to take his place if he would not seek reelection.

      His son, Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte, the sitting Vice Mayor, is as capable as Inday Sara, who was mayor from 2010 to 2013.

      Mayor Duterte said she preferred Inday Sara to take on the mantle of leadership because of her experience as city mayor.

      But like Inday Sara (Vice Mayor from 2007 to 2010), Pulong has honeymooned with politics and governance for years, an experience that would be more than enough to qualify him for the top City Hall post.

      Pulong emersed in grass-roots politics for years as village chief of Barangay Catalunan Grande and also for years honed his leadership as president of the Federation of the Association of Barangay Captains (FABC). As FADC head, Pulong sat as member of the Davao City Council representing the barangays and amassed a great wealth of experience in legislation making.

      Pulong won an uncontested vice mayoral race in 2013.

      Mayor Duterte, 69, with more than  twenty years as mayor, has said he is not seeking reelection in 2016 and would prefer Inday Sara to run for mayor when he retires.

      After her single mayoral term, Inday Sara had “temporarily” bid politics goodbye and focused on her family and law practice. She runs a law office with hubby Mans Carpio.

      In interviews after the 2013 elections, Inday Sara said she was not yet closing the door on politics, indicating she could stage a return to City Hall in 2016 if her father would indeed not seek reelection.

      Nevertheless, early speculations say the Duterte party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod was expected to field three candidates in the coming election: Duterte seeking reelection, Pulong sticking to his vice mayor post and Inday Sara taking on First District Congressman Karlo Nograles, son of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles whom Inday Sara soundly defeated in the 2010 mayoral race.

In this scenario, Inday Sara could switch poaition to run.

      The second guess is that Inday Sara would seek a mayoral election, Pulong running for reelection and Duterte challenging Karlo Nograles in the First District congressional race.

      The First District has been ever since Nograles country, with the elder Nograles beating Duterte-anointed cndidates, and his successor-son Karlo—who is seeking his third and final election in 2016 — trouncing Hugpong bets in 2010 (City Councilor Mabel Acosta) and in 2013 (former Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan).

      In is conceded that only a Duterte, especially Mayor Duterte, can unshackle a Nograles dominance in the First District.

But the most awaited scenario is the growing national clamor for Mayor Duterte for President in 2016. Will he or will he not run?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT’ INVADES ILONGGO COUNTRY WITH “ATON INI” STREAMERS

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

 The movement trying to convince  Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for President is invading Ilonggo territories in vote-rich Western Visayas.

Starting off with Negros Occidental, the Pilipinas Duterte 2016 movement will flood this week the province’s  capital city of Bacolod with its now popular banner emblazoned with the addition of a catchy Ilonggo phrase “Aton Ini!” (He is Ours!).

western visayasThe initial foray into a major  Ilonggo city will lead to a conflagration of support in Ilonggo territories for Duterte, said a confident Mar Masanguid, head of the movement. Masanguid said the efforts to convince Duterte to run is now catching fire in the Visayas Region, where Ilonggo and Cebuano are the dominant dialect. The Ilonggo vote would come as a heavy addition to the Cebuano vote if Duterte, who has his roots in Cebu, decides to take a crack at the Malacanang top post in the 2016 election.

The Negros campaign followed an “organizational” meeting held in Davao City last week which was attended by dozens of chapter presidents of the movement from the Visayas and Luzon.

We will be ready with our campaign machinery in case Duterte changes his mind and decides to run, said Masanguid.

The Masanguid group has already gathered more than 10 million signatures in a campaign started middle of last year that has covered Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

PROBE ON P30 MILLION PAQUIBATO ‘RAT ATTACK’ FUND RAISED ANEW

What happened to the P30 million fund for Paquibato farmers whose crops were ravaged by rat infestation in 2011?

As if smelling a dead rat, this question was posted by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in his Facebook account last week which could revive a Davao City Council resolution calling for a probe on how the multi-million calamity fund was used.

The investigation could place in the hot seat city councilor Leonardo Avila, who handled the fund when he was officer-in-charge of the City Agriculturist Office (CAO).

The Davao City Council that called for an investigation and an order for Avila, then the CAO caretaker, to account for the fund intended for victims of rat infestation that ravaged farmlands in upland Paquibato district was approved in early 2012.

A year before in early 2011 as farmers lost their crops to the rat attack, the city council declared Paquibato under state of calamity and approved a P30 million calamity fund, upon request of Avila.

Victims of the massive rat attack were the farmers of barangays Salapawan, Lumiad, Colasas, Tapak, Mapula, Paradise Embac, Fatima, and Pandaitan. all in Paquibato district.

A year after on March 2012, the city council passed the resolution, calling for an investigation into how the fund was handled, following a privilege speech by then city councilor Melchor Quitain, chair of the committee on ethics and good governance. In his speech, Quitain said Avila and CAO failed to liquidate the fund, a year after the rat infestation.

Quitain was re-elected to the city council in 2013 but resigned shortly after the election to take the post of City Administrator.

Despite the resolution, the city council has not been reported to have conducted an investigation.

There has also been no report that Avila and CAO had already liquidated the fund.

Duterte, a city councilor when the fund was approved, apparently knew that there had been no investigation conducted nor was there closure to the controversy, having raised the query on the fund in his Facebook account.

In his privilege speech calling for the probe, Quitain said that the resolution/ordinance that declared Paquibato under state of calamity and appropriated the P30 million calamity fund required that CAO must submit a monthly disbursement report to the city council.
Quitain said this provision was never followed.

The City Hall social services office had said the rat infestation affected nearly 5,000 people and ravaged crops worth P30 million in about 2,330 hectares.

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