DUTERTE to lead start of roadshow for Bato-Go tandem in 2022 election

By ROGER M. BALANZA

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte will lead start of a national roadshow for the BAGO tandem (Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for President and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for Vice President) of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2022 elections.

The faction led by party president Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi iPDP-Laban will fire the starting gun to kick off the event in Iligan City on Saturday, October 16.

“It would be like a political rally that would include acknowledgment and raising of the hands of our official candidates in local posts, new members would take their oath and everyone would be given a chance to give their commitment to support the candidates of the party,” Melvin Matibag, party secretary-general, said on Friday.

Duterte in the event expected to be attended by some 250 local candidates, officials and leaders of PDP-Laban, will endorse the party’s local candidates, said Manubag.

PACQUIAO snaps at Bongbong washing his hands off his dictator father’s cruel martial rule

He can’t say he did not know

Born in 1957, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was 15 years old when his father, the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., declared martial law in 1972.

Bongbong also served as vice-governor of Ilocos Norte from 1981-1983 and governor of the same province until 1986 when his father was deposed in the four-day EDSA revolution. 

With these facts of history, presidential candidate Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday, October 15, snapped at Bongbong, fellow presidential candidate, for saying that he did not know what was happening when his father was president.

Pacquiao dismissed claim by the son of the late dictator that he was too young to know what was going on during his father’s rule. 

“Alamin natin ang tunay na pagkatao ng isang tao, tunay na damdamin at saloobin na gustong magserbisyo ng bansa,” he said.

Also Read: PACQUIAO TO BONGBONG MARCOS: Return ill-gotten wealth, apologize to Filipinos

Ferdinand Marcos (1917-89) Philippines statesman and president (1965-86) takes oath 24 February 1986 in Manila while his wife Imelda looks on. Marcos' regime as president was marked by increasing repression, misuse of foreign financial aid, and political murders (notably, the assassination of Benigno Aquino in 1983). He declared martial law in 1972, but was overthrown in 1986 by a popular front led by Corazon Aquino. AFP
Ferdinand Marcos (1917-89) Philippines statesman and president (1965-86) takes oath 24 February 1986 in Manila while his wife Imelda looks on. Marcos’ regime as president was marked by increasing repression, misuse of foreign financial aid, and political murders (notably, the assassination of Benigno Aquino in 1983). He declared martial law in 1972, but was overthrown in 1986 by a popular front led by Corazon Aquino. AFP

DE LIMA, TRILLANES in Robredo’s Senate slate for 2022 election

Vice President Leni Robredo n Friday, October 15, announced 11 names for her senatorial ticket in the 2022 polls.

It includes a former vice president, five incumbent senators, two returning senators, and one former congressman representing seven parties from across the political spectrum.

They are :

  1. Teddy Baguilat Jr.  (Liberal Party)
  2. Jojo Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)
  3. Leila de Lima (Liberal Party)
  4. Chel Diokno (Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino)
  5. Chiz Escudero (Nationalist People’s Coalition)
  6. Dick Gordon (Bagumbayan VNP Movement)
  7. Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan Party)
  8. Alex Lacson (Kapatiran Party)
  9. Antonio Trillanes IV (Magdalo)
  10. Joel Villanueva (Independent)
  11. Migz Zubiri (Independent)

Robredo is running as an independent candidate, while her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is seeking the vice presidency underopoosition Liberal Party (LP).

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista to break mayoral one-term jinx in 2022 election

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Supporters of Mayor Ernesto Evangelista laughed off talks the reelectionist mayor of Santo Tomas town is not going to get a second term.

The talks, a political tale often normally taken as a joke, are spawned by what Tomasinos call as a “jinx” — no elected mayor has ever earned a second victory in the local elections.

But supporters of 78-year old Mayor Evangelista are confident the former cop could break the “one-term only” legend that hounded the political careers of the town’s former mayors.

Mayor Evangelista seeks a second term in the May polls in 2022 amid the backdrop of a first term marked by outstanding peace and order situation, corruption-free governance, enhanced economic development and responsive social, health and education services never experienced in the previous administrations.

Santo Tomas Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista Lapina: Outstanding performance would convince Tomasinos to give Mayor Evangelista an overwhelming vote for another term come 2022.

Mayor Evangelista runs Santo Tomas with a reliable partner, no less than daughter Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina.

The young lawyer is already a veteran in governance having held posts, before being appointed as Santo Tomas administrator, during her stint with the Davao City government under Mayor Sara Duterte, among others as a an attorney at the City Legal Office and action officer of Mayor Duterte’s Peace 911, an anti-insurgency special body that helped free the far-flung mountain village of Paquibato from the clutches of communist rebels.

Atty. believes the jinx sentenced previous mayors to a single term due more to corruption and poor governance and delivery of basic public services.

Based on Mayor Evangelista’s track record of public service in his first term, Atty. Lapina said the so-called jinx would be useless against the mayor’s outstanding performance that would convince Tomasinos to give him an overwhelming vote for another term come 2022.

In next year’s battle, Mayor Evangelista would be up against a neopphyte politician and a former mayor who could be a victim of the jinx, for the second time, because of his uneventful performance when he was the mayor.

DOLE chief Bello open to running for Senate as ‘substitute bet’

 October 13, 2021, 4:48 pm

MANILA – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said he is not closing his doors to running in next year’s polls, despite skipping the filing the certificate of candidacy (COC) period last week.“There is a possibility. It will depend on what… Read More

Top female politicians vie for NoCot gubernatorial post

North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco (left) and North Cotabato Vice Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza are both vying for the provincial gubernatorial post for the 2022 national and local polls. Both women have pledged to maintain a clean and credible election in the province next year. (Photos courtesy of Catamco and Mendoza Facebook accounts)

COTABATO CITY – Male politicians in North Cotabato were sidelined by two women leaders who will contest the province’s top post in next year’s polls.

Reelectionist Governor Nancy Catamco of PDP-Laban filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Friday (Oct. 8 ) creating a “one-on-one” battle of women leaders in the province.

The governor’s running mate, incumbent Provincial Administrator Efren Piñol, and other party candidates for Provincial Board accompanied her in filing her candidacy.

On Oct. 6, North Cotabato Vice Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza of the Nacionalista Party (NP) filed her COC before the Commission on Elections in Kidapawan City, challenging Catamco’s post.

Her running mate is Board Member Shirlyn Macasarte. READ MORE

WILLIE REVILLAME dumps plan to run for office in 2022 elections

Political bickering forces TV host to give up plan

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MANILA – Popular television host Willie Revillame had planned to seek public office in the May 2022 polls but seeing political bickering escalate day by day made him change his mind.In the Oct. 7 episode of his game show “Wowowin”, Revillame gave his insights on the current political scene.”Sa… Read More

MILF party fields bet vs. Cotabato reelectionist mayor

COTABATO CITY – A last-termer councilor here will seek the mayoralty post with the backing of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) political party–the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP).

Former councilor Mohammad Bruce Matabalao, a journalist-turned-politician, filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor on Friday afternoon to challenge reelectionist Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi.

Matabalao has served the city legislative body for three consecutive terms and resigned early this year to work as director of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) interior minister and UBJP secretary-general, described Matabalao as a sincere, dedicated, and experienced local politician who was more than qualified to promote the UBJP advocacy of moral governance.

“We would just like to present a new kind of governance under Matabalao,” Sinarimbo said.

Sayadi, meanwhile, said she is willing to take on any challenger for the mayoralty post given her good track record as local chief executive.

“Cotabateños know me as they have seen my work for them the past three years. They could vouch for my record (as mayor),” she said.

Sayadi and her party, including vice-mayoral reelectionist Graham Nazer Dumama, filed their COCs under the local “One Kutawato” party before the Commission on Elections office here on Oct. 2, 2021. (PNA)

Roque hopes Sara accepts calls to join presidency race

Will not seek Senate seat if Sara not running for president

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday refused to give up on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s potential presidential run, as he still hoped for a miracle that the Davao City mayor would still file her certificate of candidacy (COC) for president on the last day of filing..

In a Laging Handa briefing, Roque said he continues to pray that Sara would listen to the public’s clamor for her to seek the presidency.

Nagdadasal pa rin po tayo na sana po matuloy na ang kandidatura ni Mayor Sara (We are still praying that Mayor Sara’s candidacy [for president] will push through,” Roque said.

Roque made the statement, as he maintained that he would only file his COC for senator, in the event that Sara decides to accept calls for her to join the presidential race.

“So, kung matututloy ang paghain na ‘yan, baka mamaya kinakailangan magpaalam na ngayon. Pero kung hindi matuloy yan, I’ll see you on Monday (So, if her filing [of COC for president] pushes through, perhaps, I have to bid farewell now. But if that does not happen, I’ll see you on Monday),” he said. Read More

Detained senator Leila de Lima files COC for reelection

Detained senator Leila de Lima on Friday filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for reelection in the upcoming 2022


“I would have liked it very much to personally file my own Certificate of Candidacy for re-election as Senator of the Republic but, of course, my present situation prevents me from doing so,” De Lima said in a statement.

“Together with VP Leni [Robredo] and under her leadership, I and the other candidates of the Liberal Party and our allies, continue to represent the opposition in this country,” De Lima added.

“We present the people an alternative to the criminal government that now governs us in the most perverted sense, an alternative that should have been a continuity administration of peac

De Lima filed her COC through her representative and spokesperson, Atty. Dino de Leon, who arrived at the Harbor Garden Tent in Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City at around 10 a.m.