DAVAO CITY TO AMEND ‘MINING-FREE ORDINANCE’

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

The Davao City Council led by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is set to amend an ordinance which declared Davao City as “mining-free.”

POLONGBut Floor Leader Councilor Bernie Al-ag said the amendment will not allow mining but will instead refine and strengthen the measure against threats that would question its legality.

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The ordinance passed three years ago declared that Davao City should be free from all forms of mining.

Narco-politics feared in Iloilo

Ilongos want Rody to fight drug lords

Taxi drivers, civic leaders and even local politicians in Iloilo province believe that a strong leader like Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte is what the country needs to address the growing drugs problem.

Local officials expressed fear narco-politics may be taking a foothold on the city, with known drug lords often seen in the company of some politicians.

Duterte was in Iloilo recently as part of his ‘Listening Tour’ promoting a shift to a federal form of government.

But the drug problem in the city also came into focus in talks with local leaders and plain citizens who hoped rampant drug use and drug dealing could be licked if Duterte, a strong anti-drug advocated could become the President.

In the Federal Forum and discussions with politicians and business leaders, the Ilongos showed they have joined the bandwagon pushing Duterte to run for President in 2016.

The ilongos’ call for Duterte to run parallels similar sentiments expressed by people in many areas visited by the Federal Listening Tour.

Drugs has been identified as the most serious problem in Iloilo City with at least two suspected big-time drug dealers known to almost every Ilonggo.

“Almost every city resident knows who these drug dealers are. It seems the only ones who do not know them are the anti-drugs officials,” said radio broadcaster Joeceel Bañas of Aksyon Radyo, a media outlet which has been in the forefront of the campaign against drugs in the city.

Local officials who refused to be identified said the suspected drug dealers have lately been seen in the company of known political personalities fanning the fear that narco-politics is taking a foothold in the area.

During his one day visit to Iloilo which included a forum on Federalism in Janiuay, Iloilo and in the West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Mayor Duterte was confronted with questions on how he handled the drugs problem in his city, now considered as one of the Safest Cities in the World with a crime rate lower than all the other major cities in the country.

“I don’t like people involved in drugs. I don’t care if they are soldiers or policemen. I tell them that drug dealers and criminals in my city have only two destinations – the jail or the funeral parlors,” said Duterte, whose tough campaign against drugs and criminality has made him a “person of interest” by human rights groups.

In 2009, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) then headed by now Justice Secretary Leila de Lima investigated Duterte on his alleged links to the Davao Death Squad (DDS), which was blamed as behind the summary execution of nearly a thousand suspected criminals, mostly involved in drugs.

Human rights groups claimed the deat squad was backed by police and Duterte.

In his Iloilo visit, Duterte, addressing students in the WVSU Federalism Forum, said six months of drugs use, especially “shabu,” will cause irreparable brain damage.

“There is no such thing as a successful rehabilitation for a drug addict. Once you lose a child to drugs, you lose him forever,’ Duterte warned both students and their parents.

“What we need is a leader like Duterte,” said an Iloilo town mayor who asked not to be identified.

There are several town mayors in Iloilo, however, who have taken a strong position against drugs, among them Alimodian Mayor Geefre Alonsabe.

Alonsabe, who has publicly admitted that he is gay, is largely admired by anti-drugs advocates in the province for his bold and open campaign against drugs.

The 69-year-old Duterte, Mayor of Davao for 22 years, is visiting key areas all over the country in an advocacy for Federalism.

His visits, however, also turn into an experience sharing session for many people and local leaders who have heard of the legendary accomplishments of Duterte in the campaign against drugs and criminality.

 

 

DUTERTE WANTS CRIMINALS HANGED

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Saying electricity is expensive, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said criminals especially drug lords and corrupt government officials should be hanged and not burned on an electric chair.

They should be executed by hanging, said Duterte on Wednesday in Ozanis City before a huge crowd attending his Listening Tour on Federalism.

  Why should I spend for electricity? Criminals should be hanged with a barbed wire, he said sparking loud laughter.

  Duterte is being pushed to run for President partly for his famous iron-fist anti-drug and anti-corruption campaign

Saying electricity is expensive, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said criminals especially drug lords and corrupt government officials should be hanged and not burned on an electric chair.

They should be executed by hanging, said Duterte on Wednesday in Ozanis City before a huge crowd attending his Listening Tour on Federalism.

  Why should I spend for electricity? Criminals should be hanged with a barbed wire, he said sparking loud laughter.

  Duterte is being pushed to run for President partly for his famous iron-fist anti-drug and anti-corruption campaign.

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AQUINO MIGHT PICK DUTERTE AS LIBERAL PARTY STANDARD BEARER

BY Edwin Espejo

Now that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has been thrown into the mix of candidates in the 2016 presidential election, people have begun to ask: Will he be the alternative bet of the ruling Liberal Party?

The possibility was triggered by the release of the latest Pulse Asia Research survey results on presidential preferences of voters on Tuesday, March 17.

Duterte, included for the first time in a survey on potential presidental candidates, is currently tied with former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at third and fourth – both garnering 12% voters’ preference – behind top contender Vice President Jejomar Binay (29%) and Senator Grace Poe (14%)

 

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who his partymates insist to be the top LP bet for 2016, is a distant 7th place, garnering only 4% of voters’ preference.

BROAD COALITION. Duterte became LP chair in Davao City in 2009 after former party head Peter Laviña relinquished the post in favor of the soon to be 70-year-old mayor.

Duterte was a member of the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) but switched party in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 national elections.

He ran for vice mayor of Davao City in 2010.

 

Duterte began his “listening tour” in January after repeatedly resisting calls for him to run for president, seen as an indication that he was considering the bid.

He is using federalism as a platform for his listening tour, saying it is the solution to the 4-decade Mindanao conflict if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law fails.

His listening tour, which has brought him to as far as Metro Manila, Baguio, and Dagupan in Luzon; Ilolio and Dumaguete in the Visayas; and practically all over Mindanao.

Laviña said Duterte has stepped up his nationwide tour and may finally relent to the clamor to run for president.

 

“The SWS survey is still ongoing. Hopefully it will validate the Pulse (Asia) result or even top if off as Rody covered more grounds during the past 3 weeks,” Laviña revealed.

The controversial Davao City mayor has been courted by all previous post-Cory Aquino Philippine presidents either to join their administration as a cabinet member or be part of their senatorial slate.

Should he decide to run for president, longtime aide and former 3-term Davao City Councilor Peter Laviña said Duterte would prefer the support of a broad coalition of political groups.

 

“Knowing Rody, he would likely form a broad coalition rather than accept nomination from one party,” Laviña said.

 

MINDANAO VOTE. Duterte is likely to corner the Mindanao votes should he run for president. He is known for his ability to reign over various factions of Moro rebel groups, including the communist New People’s Army.

The March 1-7 Pulse Asia survey showed that he has overtaken Binay and Estrada as the top preferred presidential candidate among Mindanao voters.

Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines.

Nobody from Mindanao has ever made it to Malacañang, so far.

 

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