P2..7-BILLION TAGUM CITY FLYOVER, biggest Mindanao project under Duterte Build, Build, Build program, opens

The Tagum City Flyover in Davao del Norte to motorists on Monday. as a showcase in Mindanao of the Build, Build, Build program of the admnistration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The 1.625-kilometer infrastructure, which cost PHP2.7 billion, in downtown of the capital city of Davao del Norte, hopes to decongest traffic inthe city at the crossroad of several Davao Region provinces and cities.

Construction by the Department of Public Works and Highways of the longest flyover in Mindanao started in 2017.

Mayor Allan Rellon expressed his gratitude to the national government for the project.

“It will help ease traffic congestion on major thoroughfares in the ever-growing Tagum City. Also, it will improve the economy of this city,” he said in a statement.

In line with City Ordinance No. 946 (Tagum City Traffic Code) and Republic Act 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Coe), motorized tricycles, pedicab, any three-wheeled vehicle, bicycle, and trailer trucks weighing more than 40 tons are not allowed to use the flyover.

Jogging, walking, and pulling over in any parts of the flyover are also prohibited.

A penalty of PHP500 will be imposed on violators.

The flyover caters to the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao Oriental.

It eases the congestion in two national roads: Daang Maharlika or Agusan-Davao Road and Surigao del Sur-Davao Road. (PNA)

DUTERTE retiring from politics due to people’s clamor

President Rodrigo Duterte said he decided to retire from politics to respect “the will of the people” after another survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that 60 percent of 1,200 adult Filipinos believed that his vice-presidential run could violate the intention of the Constitution.

Duterte on Monday said he made the “right decision” to retire in reaction to the drop in his satisfaction numbers based on his latest SWS survey results.

he SWS poll results showed that Duterte’s satisfaction rating dropped by 17 percentage points, from a peak of +79 percent net rating in the November 2020 survey to a +62 percent net rating in the latest survey in June 2021.

“It’s still good, but I think it’s time. There’s always a time for everything. Even if you get a 64 rating, may panahon-panahon ang buhay. So sa palagay ko, tama yung ginawa ko (There’s a time for everything. I think I made the right decision),” Duterte said in a late-night Talk to the People.

“I withdrew my vice presidential bid for next year’s elections after giving serious thought to the sentiments of the Filipino people expressed by different surveys, forums, caucuses, and meetings,” he said.

He said it is time to “give way to a new set of leaders” who would “hopefully” continue the reforms projects, and programs started by his administration.

“It is my hope that the new set of leaders will pursue a platform of government that will build on our gains in the areas of fighting illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, terrorism, and insurgency. I likewise hope that you will continue what we have begun in terms of infrastructure development and the many other initiatives we have undertaken during my term,” he added.

 Duterte legacy

Meanwhile, Duterte expressed confidence that his former long-time aide, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go is the “best person” to help the next president continue his legacy and build on their gains, especially in terms of providing basic services to healthcare, education, and other social services for the people.

He lauded Go for establishing Malasakit Centers when he was still Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and helping facilitate its enactment into law as a senator,

Malasakit Centers, which are meant to complement the Republic Act (RA) No. 11223 or Universal Health Care law, serve as a one-stop for easy access to medical and financial assistance needed to receive health care services.

Duterte praised Go for fulfilling his duties as a legislator by passing several important laws, visiting and providing assistance to Filipinos, especially victims of fire, flood, and other calamities as well as those who are heavily affected by the present Covid-19 pandemic.

“With his track record of service and strong work ethic rooted in compassion towards the poor and the neglected, I strongly believe that he will be the best vice president of the country,” he said.

He encouraged Filipinos to “look at his deeds and achievements” in considering the list of candidates for the country’s second-highest elected post.

On Oct. 2, Go filed his certificate of candidacy for vice president in the 2022 elections as Duterte decided to withdraw his acceptance of his nomination to run as vice president under the ruling Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) faction of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Go was nominated by PDP-Laban as its presidential nominee, but he turned down the offer saying he is not interested.

DUTERTE dlams ICC for fabricated evidence on Davao Death Squad link

To prepare defense vs criminal court claim

 President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to prepare for his defense for the full-blown investigation that will be conducted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the crimes against humanity allegedly committed in his administration’s drug war.

He made the remark acknowledging how the public wanted him to retire from politics.

Tanggap ko ang husga ng taongbayan. Simple lang, ayaw nila ako maglaro pa ng politka. Gusto nila umuwi na ako sa Davao at maghintay ako sa maraming dada ng dada diyan. I will prepare for my defense na yung ICC na ‘yan (I accept the judgment of the people. It’s simple, they don’t want me to play politics. They want me to return to Davao and wait for people to talk. I will prepare for my defense for the ICC),” he said in a late night public address.

He, however, warned the ICC against fabricating evidence against him.

Huwag lang kayo mag(sinungaling). Kung totoo lang. Tutal may record naman. Huwag kayo magimbento na yung namatay ng malaria diyan icha-charge ninyo sa akin. Kalokohan na ‘yan. Hindi na justice ang hinahanap ninyo niyan (Don’t lie. Just rely on evidence. There are records. Do not fabricate to the point that you charge me over those who died of malaria. That’s nonsense. It might not be justice you’re seeking),” he added. Read More

DUTERTE warns 2022 poll saboteurs

Tells political warlords, NPA: ‘Stay out of elections’

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday issued a stern warning to political warlords and the New People’s Army to stay out of the May 2022 elections and he would not think twice about using the police and military to ensure orderly polls.“I will not allow fraud, tapos yung mga tigas… Read More

ROQUE: Duterte serious about political retirement

‘Just wait and see’

Malacañang on Monday urged those who doubted the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to retire to wait until the deadline of filing certificates of candidacy (COC) and candidacy substitutions to find out whether or not he was serious in his declaration.

Political analysts earlier raised skepticism over Duterte’s pronouncement, noting that he may still change his mind as in 2015 when he joined the presidential race at the last minute.

Prior to the 2016 national elections, Duterte said he would not run for president but later substituted for Martin Diño as the standard-bearer of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“Kung talagang may nagdududa, antayin nalang natin ang Oct. 8 para malaman natin kung anong plano ni Presidente. Kung mayroon pa ring duda, antayin natin Nov. 15 kasi yun po ang deadline para sa substitution (If there are doubts let’s just wait for Oct. 8 to find out the President’s plans. If there are still doubts, let’s just wait until Nov. 15 because that is the deadline for substitutions),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Angeles City, Pampanga. Read More


Filipinos against him running for VP

SPresident Rodrigo Duterte announced today thathe is retiring from politics and is not running for any polsition in the 2022 elections.

Duterte made the announcement as Senator Chrsitopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed his CoC today, October 2, under the banner of the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Go, was accompanied by President Duterte, as he filed the CoC at around 2:30PM before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Duterte caught not a few by surprise on Saturday when he announced his retirement from politics after he steps down from office in June next year.

 Duterte made the pronouncement when he accompanied Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, his former longtime aide, who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). In a speech at Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City,

Duterte said he withdrew his vice-presidential bid in consideration of public sentiment that his intent to seek the second top post violates the Constitution. “Now, I’d like to address myself to the entire nation.

The universal sentiment of the Filipino has been reflected in the different surveys and in many forums, caucuses, and meetings to discuss what should I do in my life. The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the Constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the Constitution,” Duterte said. Read More

BONG GO files Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for vice president in 2022 election

Senator Chrsitopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed his CoC Saturday, October 2, under the banner of the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Go, accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte, filed the CoC before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Read: Go accepts challenge to continue Duterte reforms

“Napag-desisyon kong tumakbo bilang bise presidente sa darating na halalan upang maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at tunay na pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte. Sisikapin natin dagdagan pa ang mga ito,” Go said after filing his COC at the Sofitel Manila Hotel.

Among Go’s plans is to continue the fight against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality in the country.

He also aims to help the economy recover from the pandemic.

“Walang tigil dapat ang kampanya natin kontra iligal na droga, korapsyon, at kriminalidad. Hindi dapat masayang ang mga nasimulang ito kung kaya’t sa susunod na anim na taon ay sisikapin natin ma-proteksyunan ang buhay at kinabukasan ng ating mga anak.”

“Ang ganda na sana ang takbo ng ating ekonomiya at ng administrasyong Duterte kung hindi lang tayo tinamaan ng krisis. Sisikapin nating maibalik sa normal ang ating pamumuhay at muling maiahon mula sa hirap ang ating mga kababayan,” he added.

Go said he will continue, as well, the Build, Build, Build projects that were started during the Duterte administration in order to ensure a more comfortable and peaceful life for Filipinos.

“I intend to pursue and expand these efforts further towards overcoming this pandemic by achieving economic recovery, providing job opportunities, and addressing hunger and poverty. Sisiguraduhin nating walang maiiwan sa ating muling pagbangon bilang isang mas matatag na bansa,” Go said.

He will continue to serve the poor and is determined to become a bridge between them and the government.

Go says the poor will be his priority.

“I will continue to serve especially those who need government attention the most, iyong mga mahihirap. I am determined to fulfill my role as a bridge for the poor, the needy, the hopeless, and the helpless, connecting them to their government so that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed during these trying times. Bawa’t buhay po ay pinapahalagahan natin lalo na iyong mga walang ibang matakbuhan. Sila po ang prioridad natin dito. Kapakanan nila ang pinaglalaban dito,” he said.

“I will be a working vice president na gagawin ang lahat ng aking makakaya para makapagsilbi sa inyong lahat. Hindi ako magiging spare tire o reserba lamang. Asahan ninyo na ako ay totoong magtatrabaho hindi lang sa salita kundi sa gawa.” – bny

SOTTO BEATS PRESIDENT DUTERTE in Pulse Asia survey for vice president

Senator Tito Sotto was the top choice with 25 percent of Filipinos expressing support for his vice presidential candidacy, in results of a survey by Pulse Asia released Wednesday .

President Rodrigo Duterte trailed behind Sotto with 14 percent, followed by Moreno and Marcos with 12 percent each, and Pacquiao and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go with 7 percent each.

Duterte dropped to second place from the previous Pulse Asia survey results where he was the leading vice presidential candidate with 18 percent rating. Sotto was only third in the previous survey with a rating of 10 percent.

In the same survey cnducted from from September 6 to September 11, 2021., Pulse Asia, said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is the most preferred candidate for president with 20 percent of Filipino adults expressing support for her.

She was followed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos with 15 percent, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso with 13 percent, and Senator Manny Pacquiao with 12 percent.

Senator Grace Poe got 9 percent, Vice President Leni Robredo got 8 percent, and Senator Panfilo Lacson had 6 percent.

SWS: 60% of Pinoys believes Duterte for vice president is illegal

Palace: No violation of Constitution if Duterte runs for VP

The Palace asserted that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not violate any law, if he continues to run for the vice presidency in the 2022 elections.

Presidential Spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque Jr. listens to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on June 21, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ FILE

In public briefing on September 28, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated that the President will not violate any law if he pursues the vice presidency, following the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey saying that 60% of adult Filipinos believes Duterte’s plan to run for vice president “would violate the Constitution.”

“Sa tingin po ng Presidente at ng maraming mga abogado – kasama na po ako doon – wala pong lalabagin sa Saligang Batas kung siya’y tatakbo sa Bise Presidente ‘no,” Roque said.

Moreover, 39% believe he should run for the position, while 1% did not give an answer. The survey was conducted from June 23 to June 26, 2021.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized that Duterte values the voice of the masses and encouraged the public to wait for the latter’s final decision.

“Pero ang Presidente naman po ay nakikinig ‘no sa pulso ng taumbayan at antayin po natin ang pinal na desisyon,” he assured.