EX-SPEAKER PROSPERO NOGRALES RETIRES FROM POLITICS

Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles is retiring from politics, according to his son Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles. The Speaker is not joining the 2013 elections, said the young Nograles after filing his Certificate of Candidacy with the Commission on Elections office in Davao City on Monday, October 1. Karlo is seeking reelection.

A close ally of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Nograles was beaten in the 2010 mayoral race with more than 200,000 vote margin in the mayoral elections in Davao City by Mayor Sara Duterte.

Nograles’ badly disorganized Team Nograles, was expected to field a token slate against the local home-grown party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod led by Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the coming May 2013 polls.

 

Duterte names son Paolo as political successor

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

        Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is would run in the 2013 election for mayor, the position that he had held for 18 years before daughter sitting Mayor Sara Duterte. He is expected to have no serious rival.
        Mayor Sara Duterte would be running in the First District Congress race, against Team Nograles’ incumbent Representative Karlo Nograles.
        Son Councilor Paolo Duterte, who sits in the Davao City Council as president of the Association of Barangay Captains, is running for vice mayor, also without an opponent.
    This scenario developed on Friday last week at the convention of the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod at the SM Premier Mall attended by more than a thousand members of the Duterte-led local political bloc. The convention is the first for the party recently accredited as a local party by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
    Speaking at the convention, Duterte, president of Hugpong,  made known Paolo Duterte as the vice mayor would be  a step away from the City Hall top post, in a clear hint he is passing the mantle of leadership to his son. The announcement was met with strong approval from barangay captains and barangay councilor from the city’s three districts.
    As if to affirm that Paolo Duterte is on his way to becoming the mayor after him, Duterte gave his son a virtual lecture on Politics 101 right before the barangay officials.
    Go to the people and feel their heart, he told the son, adding he has earned the Dabawenyos’ support because he knew their problems and solved them.
    Duterte said he would be filing his certificate of canndidacy on October 5, without saying which position he would run for out of respect to Mayor Sara Duterte who earlier said she would bare her options during filing of COCs.     But her pregnancy, with her doctor advising avoidance of stress, was expected to push her to take the less strenous job of campaigning for the congress seat.
    Rep. Karlo Nograles, earlier bruited as running for vice mayor, had anounced he is seeking reelection. The younger Nograles also said his father former Speaker Prospero Nograles is not running in the 2013 elections. The ex-speaker is said to be ill.
    On his running for mayor and his positioning his children for the top posts, Duterte said he was not building a “political dynasty” but a “dynasty of service.”
    He said there were no other winnable qualified candidates for the positions and giving the positions away to the opposition would destroy the Hugpong political leadership.
    During his speech, Duterte said he was told of the physical condition of ex-Speaker Nograles and stayed away from hitting his political arch-rival.
    As in boxing, you don’t hit an opponent who is down, he said.
    In the convention, Maribojoc, Bohol Mayor Leoncio Evasco, one of the founding members of the Hugpong and political adviser of Duterte, presented in video the political trail of Duterte, a former fiscal, from the time he entered politics  as a post-EDSA interim vice mayor. Councilor Melchor Quitain read the by-laws of the Hugpong.

SP race is ‘free zone’

    Hugpong has declared the contest for the 24-man Davao City Council a ‘free zone’ and is fielding a slate more than the 8 candidates per slate for each disttrict. The candidates are, FIRST DISTRICT: Edgar Ibuyan, Leah Librado,  Melchor Quitain, Mabel Acosta, Emmanuel Galicia, Jr., Leonardo Avila, Jessie Mar Culaste, Bonifacio Militar, Oca Casaysay and Nilo Abellera, Jr; SECOND DISTRICT: Diosdado Mahipus, Danilo Dayanghirang,  Jimmy Dureza, Tomas Monteverde, John Louie Bonguyan, Marissa Abella, April Marie Dayap, Al Ryan Alenjandre, Malen Cabling, Arnolfo Apostol, Gerald Bangoy and  Alang Patiganzo; THIRD DISTRICT: Bernard Al-ag, Rachel Zozobrado, Karlo Bello, Victorio Advincula, Jr., Myrna Ortiz, Joselle Villafuerte, Gerardo Braganza, Jose Marie Bernardo Baluran,  Petite Principe and Eduardo Trinidad.

DURIAN POST NO. 122 – FRONT PAGE – Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to retire from politics if arch-rival Congressman Prospero Nograles ….

 I make a solemn vow, a promise, that I would retire from politics “if Nograles drops dead tommorow,” said Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the television program Give Us This Day on ACQ Network hosted by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.

SC junks Nogie protest vs. Duterte


The Supreme Court has dealt another cruel blow to former Speaker Prospero Nograles by dropping his petition seeking a review of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision declaring Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as winner of the 2010 mayoral election.
    Nograles lost to the daughter of former mayor now vice mayor Rodrigo Duterte in that election by more than 220,000 votes. The father also defeated former mayor Benjamin de Guzman, Nograles’ running mate, by more than 300,000 votes.
    Earlier in May, the High Court in another ruling also dismissed a petition by Nograles asking the court to order the Comelec to cleanse its voters’ list in Davao City.
    The High Court dismissed Nograles’ petition for being moot and academic as the poll body already cleaned the list prior to the elections.
    In the latest decision on Nograles’ petition aiming to annul results of the election, The High Court dismissed the petition for lack of merit.
    Nograles backed his petitiion to review the Comelec decision with a report from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) which said that there were about 40,000 double registrants in Davao City.
    As soon as results of the elections were out, Nograles announced he would file a protest saying ‘zombie voters’ helped Duterte win the election.
    But in jest, the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod in a press release in reaction to the Nograles accusation, said “Nograles could not win even if all the zombies in Davao City voted for him and not Sara Duterte.”
    Nograles’ defeat in the mayoral race was the third attempt to capture City Hall. He was first defeated by the elder Duterte in 1998, then lost the race in 1998 against then vice mayor de Guzman, then Duterte’s political ally.

DURIANBURGDAVAO SKEWERS ED MALAY, THE CENTER

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BANTAY KANG MALAY KA!

ROGER M. BALANZA

We heard that publicist Ed Malay, the discredited public relations man behind the rigged surveys that had ex-Speaker Prospero Nograles winning a lopsided battle over then Vice Mayor Sara Duterte in the mayoral race in the 2010 elections in Davao City, has resurfaced with 2013 elections but a year away, to peddle anew his incredible surveys.
Malay was the publicist cum propagandist of Nograles in that election. His pre-poll surveys were the laughing stock of the Dabawenyos for incredulity.

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Imagine Malay saying Nogie would grab 70 to 90 percent of the votes against Sara.

His surveys also had then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte being clobbered in the vice mayoral race by Nogie’s running mate Ben de Guzman.

The results of the elections had  Sara mauling Nogie with a 220,000 vote margin and Rody Duterte winning by more than 300,000 votes.

Which should place Malay where he rightfully belongs–the gang of swindlers masquweading as expert pollsters and propagandists  who  surface every election year to peddle their sham surveys to gullible politicians.

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Villar no. 1 (The Center Survey says…)

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We thought Malay has retired from his inanity but we read he was on Tonying Taberna’s Punto por Punto on ABS/CBN a few days ago announcing the result of his survey that it is not majority of Filipinos who wanted ex-President Gloria Arroyo locked up for various crimes to the people.
Malay could be going bigtime with his sham surveys and found a big fish to bite his surveys in GMA.
In his recent survey that wanted to establish how much the Filipinos loved or hated GMA, Malay said that about 43 percent or less than half of the Filipinos agreed with the Aquino administration on charging GMA.
Malay said that 56 percent of the 600 respondents polled by his Issues and Advocacy Center also called The Center (of Sham Surveys) said they agreed with the decision of the Aquino Government to formally charge Arroyo.
But he said  there is a large number of around 43 percent who said otherwise in contrast to claims by the Aquino administration and other survey firms that majority of the Filipinos wanted GMA charged for the various anomalies committed during her term.
Now this is trademark Malay nincompoopism.
According to him, his survey showed a growing number of Filipinos preferring that GMA be released from detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC); and that about 41 percent wanted GMA to stay at the VMMC while 59 percent prefer to have her under house arrest.
Insanity has levels like nincompoopism that reaches the maximum.
Malay could have reached his when he said that his survey also showed that 61 percent of the respondents agreed to allow Arroyo to post bail while only 39 percent is against it.
We had written several pieces about the Manila-based Malay in the 2010 elections because he was deeply involved in local politics, particularly in the conduct of  queer surveys that Dabawenyos widely discredited being outlandish and unbelievable.
Friends then had admonished me against being harsh on Malay over fears he would disappear from the scene and deprive the Dabawenyos with the jokes that Malay dishes in out in his surveys. At one time, Malay threatened us with libel. His boss Nogie filed four counts of libel against us.
We then pitied Nogie for having hired this PR man masquerading as an expert on pre-poll surveys. He could not have known about the standing of Malay in the media community, in the public relations circle and the political scene.
He claims his outfit The Center is the third most credible survey firm in the country after the Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia.
He came to Davao City bragging about his credential as the PR man of former President Fidel Ramos, which was quickly denied by FVR’s camp in Pangasinan.
Politicians there supporting then LP presidential bet Sen. Noynoy Aquino sent us a press release, apparently in reaction to our series of articles on Malay’s foolishness in Davao City,  that FVR a long time ago had already dropped Malay who was also warned that he should no longer trumpet around that he is still the spokesman and media handler of the former president.
The Pangasinan politicians said they were happy that Malay’s surveys had NP Manny Villar winning, which means that with Malay’s tract record of failure in predicting results of presidential elections, his survey results mean the reverse with Noynoy winning.
Which is what happened,
Out of pity, we then had advised  the Nograles camp to also drop Malay.
But Nogie had to stick to this joker because he apparently cannot find a decent pollster to do a rigged survey for him, a monkey job that only Malay could do.
If birds of the same feather fly together, fools also stick like leeches together.
Would you believe the results of a survey conducted through phone calls by Malay with Nogie winning by a wide margin against an opponent known as Sara Carpio and not Sara Duterte? Nogie believed that! Nincompoop!
We were supposed to be kind to Malay after his disastrous handling of Nogie. But No.
In the 2010 elections in Davao City, he tried to fool the Dabawenyos with his fake surveys.
Clearly, he has now come to the defense of the beleaguered GMA as shown in his latest survey.
Now he is trying to fool with his rigged surveys not only the Dabawenyos but also the entire Filipino people.     This is treason by foolishness and nincompoopism  and punishable with a stint in a (mental?) institution.

laugh-pa-more-3-gifBantay kang Malay ka!

SC junks Nograles’ petition vs. ‘zombie, ghost voters’

 

   Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a petition for mandamus filed by former House Speaker Prospero Nograles asking the SC to order the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cleanse its voters’ list in Davao City.
In a six-page en banc decision, the SC dismissed the Nograles’ petition for being moot and academic as the Comelec did already what it had to do prior to the May 10, 2010 local elections in Davao City.
“Notably, three days before the elections, on May 7, 2010, the Comelec issued Resolution No. 8882, entitled Cleansing of The List of Voters Through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)…” the SC decision said.
Shorlty after the elections, Nograles alleged that the Comelec list was embedded with what his Team Nograles said were ‘zombie or ghost voters.”
Nograles asked the SC to direct the Comelec to prepare a new voters’ list covering the three congressional districts of Davao City, instead of merely relying on so-called “watchlist.”
He argued that it should be used as basis in the conduct of the elections.
Nograles lost to former Vice Mayor Sara Duterte in the May 10, 2010 local elections. Sara is a daughter of incumbent Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Nograles claimed that his camp discovered tens of thousands of multiple/double and dead registrants and that he was alarmed over the possibility of a failure of elections in Davao City.
In its ruling, the SC said that the petition was dismissed on the grounds of mootness because “on May 7, 2010, the Comelec issued Resolution…resolving to adopt the policies and guidelines relative to the [AFIS]. “

High survey rating no effect on Davao City mayor

High ratings in surveys indicate strong public trust and confidence and winning popularity, but Mayor Sara Duterte is not being pushed to seek reelection only because ego-boosting figures in a local survey.

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    The University of Mindanao Institute of Public Opinion (UM-IPO) in a recent survey on popularity and trust placed the mayor and father Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on top of the heap.
This is not enough to convince me to seek reelection, said Mayor Duterte  who has kept to her heart her future political plans.
While she was thankful for the results showing the Dabawenyos’ confidence in her, the mayor said the IPO figures inspire her to do more for the city.
But Mayor Duterte said she may put off a plan to retire after her first term after her father said he would spend for her if she seeks reelection.
Mayor Duterte bagged the vice mayoral race without a contest in the 2010 elections in her first foray into politics.
She demolished former House Speaker Prospero Nograles in the mayoral contest in 2010, winning with a vote margin of more than 220,000 votes.
Looming in the horizon to push a challenge in 2013 to the Dutertes’ stranglehold on local politics are Nograles and son First District congressman Karlo Nograles.
Sources said Karlo may contest the mayoral post while the ex-Speaker was speculated to attempt to go back to Congress.
Even as the Dutertes have not yet made a decision on who and what position to run for in 2013, their political bloc Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod is prepping up to “politically demolish” the Nograleses in next year’s polls.
“The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod has a mopping up work to do in the coming 2013 local elections: Erase from the political landscape the highest elected official from the opposition, a report in the Durian Post said earlier.
Object of the marching order of the dominant local political bloc is First District Representative Karlo Nograles, son of former Speaker Prospero Nograles.
Hugpong was founded by former mayor now Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte two elections ago. The bloc is the third political bloc that dominated local politics, headed by Duterte (mayor for 18 years), since his first mayoral term in 1988. Its predecessors were the Lakas ng Dabaw and Alyansa Dabaw.
Hugpong is presently headed by Mayor Sara Duterte. Mayor Duterte beat the former Speaker in the mayoral race by more than 220,000 in the 2010 elections. It was the elder Nograles’ third failed attempt to capture City Hall.
Karlo was among few survivors of the Hugpong onslaught in the 2010, where Hugpong captured 20 of 24 elective positions at stake. Runnng under his father’s Team Nograles, Karlo beat city councilor Mabel Acosta, the Hugpong bet, by only about 8,000 votes in the district known to be Nograles’ stronghold.
My father wants the next representative of the city’s first congressional district to come from Hugpong, Mayor Sara Duterte told media.
The two other congressional posts in the city are held by Hugpong: Isidro Ungab (Third District) and Mylen Garcia (Second District).
A sweep of all elective posts is said to be a long dream of Vice Mayor Duterte.
The 26-member Davao City Council is also dominated by Hugpong with only four non-members: Joanne Bonguyan and Rene Lopez of Team Nograles, and independents Jimmy Dureza and Pilar Braga.
The Hugpong has yet to decide on who to field against Karlo Nograles, but speculations say it could be any of the three Dutertes. Aside from the mayor and vice mayor, there is a third Duterte in local politics: Paolo Duterte, Barangay Captain of Catalunan Grande who sits in the Davao City Council representing the Association of Barangays (Liga ng mga Barangay).

DUTERTE: Nograles painted me as a ‘warlord’ before the United Nations

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he had a far worse experience than the 21 officers of the Davao City Police Office slapped with penalty equivalent to one month’s  salary by the Office of the Ombudsman for their alleged failure to stop the Davao Death Squad (DDS) killing spree.
I was painted like a warlord before the United Nations (UN), said Duterte, who suffered the ignominy of his image and integrity crucified before the Human Rights Commission of the New York-based world body.
Prior to the 2010 elections, the case of the DDS killings had been investigated by the Philippine government and brought to the attention of UN rights body by then Speaker Prospero Nograles, Duterte’s political rival, who urged an investigation into Duterte’s alleged  link to the DDS blamed for the hundreds of extrajudicial killings  in Davao City.
News report on a proposed UN probe on the DDS killings had attracted world attention.
In the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN on Sunday, Duterte did not name the person who brought up his alleged link to the vigilante group before the UN, leaving to the public to guess his identity.
You know who he is, he said, clearly referring to Nograles.
The case against the police officers was filed in 2010 prior to the May elections before the Ombudsman by a group which identified itself as the Davao City Deserves Good Government Movement.

Of course we know who is behind this group, said Duterte in the program.

He said the case was filed as a politician using his power was trying to reassign police and military officials deemed sympathetic to him.

The DDS was a major issue leveled against Duterte, then the sitting mayor,  and daughter then vice mayor Sara Duterte at the approach to the May elections in 2010.

In the race, Sara beat Nograles by more than 220,000 votes in the mayoral fight; Duterte trounced Ben de Guzman, Nograles’running mate, by more than 300,000 votes in the vice mayoral derby.

Months prior to the campaign period, Nograles, tagging along with a state visit to the US of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, met with the UN Human Rights Commission in New York to bring up the case of the DDS extrajudicial killings, said the Team Nograles media bureau in a press release as the election fever started to heat up the city prior to the May polls.
The US visit followed an investigation by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights led by its then chair Leila de Lima, now the Justice Secretary., on the alleged link of Duterte and police and their tolerance of the killings.
Duterte and several police officers were among those invited for questioning by the de Lima probe.
The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, Duterte’s homegrown party, in a press release then said the CHR investigation was politically motivated and instigated by Nograles, as part of mudslinging propaganda to shame the Dutertes.

The de lima probe would be followed by the release of results of investigation by human rights groups on the DDS killing.

Among the reports was that by the UN Human Rights Commission special rapporteur Philip Alston, which like the other reports squarely placed blame over the DDS summary killings on the police and local government.

This paper had earned a libel charge from the former Speaker for publishing a Hugpong press release accusing Nograles of “shaming the city before the world” for his complaint of human rights violations before the UN rights body.

For neglect of duty that resulted to 720 murders allegedly carried out by the DDS, the Ombudsman ordered the 21 officers to pay a fine equivalent to a month’s salary.
Police Senior Superintendents Catalino Cuy and Jaime Morente and Police Superintendents Harry Espela, Michael John Dubria, and Rommil Mitra were found guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty over the killings. Also found guilty were other police chief inspectors, police senior inspectors, and police inspectors.
Although the usual penalty for neglect of duty is suspension for one month, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the modification of the penalty to just a fine.
A fact-finding team from the Office of the Ombudsman found that 720 people were murdered from 2005 to 2008, with deaths reaching as high as 259 in 2008. The murders were usually done by men riding in tandem on motorcycles and most of the deaths were related to the drug trade, the Office of the Ombudsman said.
Less than half of the murders were ever solved, the fact-finding team found.
“From the foregoing figures, it is evident that the respondents were remiss in their duty to significantly reduce the number of killings,” the Ombudsman’s decision read. The police officers were found guilty under the doctrine of command responsibility under Executive Order No. 226 (1995).
According to the complaint letter that prompted the Ombudsman to investigate the Davao Death Squad killings, high-ranking PNP officers were “directly involved” in the murders.
The Ombudsman said the officers were guilty of failing to “take preventive or corrective action either before, during, or immediately after (the crimes).”
Under that Executive Order, the police officials are presumed to have known about the crimes since they were both widespread and were “repeatedly or regularly committed within (their) area of responsibility.”

DUTERTE ON LINK TO

DAVAO DEATH SQUAD: So be it!

    What is the reaction of Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the Wikileaks expose about his alleged involvement in the Davao Death Squad, (DDS) blamed for hundreds of killings of suspected criminals in Davao City?
So be it, said Duterte on television in a previous edition of the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa on ABS/CBN.
Wikileaks is a populat website posting sensitive information on government dealings most of them classified.
In a recent post, the website reported on Duterte’s involvement in the death squad from documents purportedly sourced from the US Embassy in Manila.
Duterte had been probed for the killings by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights for his alleged “tolerance” of the extra-judicial executions.
Duterte had disowned role in the DDS, lamenting that his public warning against criminals about being summarily executed in his city was taken as fact of his link to the killings.
In the television program on ABS/CBN, Duterte  came short of admitting his role in the killings of suspected drug lords in the city.
” I don’t want the druglords to kill me first,”he said. ROGERM. BALANZA

Return of DDS

is the “voice of God”

If the voice of the people is the voice of God, then the Dabawenyos’ loud call for the return of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) must be the “voice of God.”
Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte posited this logic as a survey strongly backed return of the shadowy motorcycle-riding gunmen of the DDS to their deadly business of shooting down criminals, amid a current rush of crimes in the city.
The text survey recently in the hour-long TV Patrol Southern Mindanao news program hosted by Paul Palacio and Melanie Severino on ABS/CBN-Davao, 593 respondents voted for return of the DDS, against 65 respondents for reinforcing the local police force, to curb the rising crime incidents in the city.
The DDS blamed as behind past summary killings had lain low the past few years after more than a decade of a murderous spree that triggered probes on human rights violations linking the local leadership and the police.
If the voice of the people is the voice of God, then the vote of the Dabawenyos for the return of the DDS is the will of God, he said in the Sunday morning show hosted by lawyer-journalist Geraldine Tiu.
Tiu commented the votes may not reflect the entire wish of the Dabawenyos, the survey being limited to a number of respondents.
But Duterte said he was sure that if all the Dabawenyos were asked the question, the ratio in the TV Patrol survey between votes for return of DDS against the votes of those who wanted to depend on a stronger police to arrest the surge in criminality, would remain constant.
It would be like the votes in the contest between Inday and Nogie, he said. His daughter Inday, now sitting Mayor Sara Duterte trounced former Speaker Prospero Nograles in the 2010 mayoral battle by more than 220,00 votes.
The votes expressed the anger of the Dabawenyos against criminals, said Duterte who is widely-known for his iron-fist policy against criminals during his 18 years as the city mayor.
The votes show the revolting anger of the Dabawenyos against rabid criminals, he said to dismiss Tiu’s comment the votes indicate prevalence of the “culture of violence” in the city.
But Duterte said there is a downside to the Dabawenyo vote condoning the DDS, blamed by human rights groups here as behind summary executions of more than a thousand criminal suspects.
Now the human rights commission would be accusing them of being ‘kunsintidor’ (tolerant) of the DDS, he jested.
Duterte himself had been investigated in 2009 by the Commission on Human Rights for his alleged role with the death Squad and the summary executions. The rights body said Duterte “tolerated” the DDS and the executions but has yet to release its findings on the investigation. ROGER M. BALANZA

DUTERTES VOW DEFEAT OF EX-SPEAKER PROSPERO NOGRALES SON IN 2013 ELECTION

Hugpong 2013 battlecry:
Get the head of Karlo!

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

    The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod has a mopping up work to do in the coming 2013 local elections: Erase from the political landscape the highest elected official from the opposition.
Object of the marching order of the dominant local political bloc is First District Representative Karlo Nograles, son of former Speaker Prospero Nograles.

DURIAN POST NO. 100

Hugpong was founded by former mayor now Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte two elections ago. The bloc is the third political bloc that dominated local politics, headed by Duterte (mayor for 18 years), since his first mayoral term in 1988. Its predecessors were the Lakas ng Dabaw and Alyansa Dabaw.
Hugpong is presently headed by Mayor Sara Duterte. Mayor Duterte beat the former Speaker in the mayoral race by more than 220,000 in the 2010 elections. It was the elder Nograles’ third failed attempt to capture City Hall.
Karlo was among few survivors of the Hugpong onslaught in the 2010, where Hugpong captured 20 of 24 elective positions at stake. Runnng under his father’s Team Nograles, Karlo beat city councilor Mabel Acosta, the Hugpong bet, by only about 8,000 votes in the district known to be Nograles’ stronghold.
My father wants the next representative of the city’s first congressional district to come from Hugpong, Mayor Sara Duterte told media.
The two other congressional posts in the city are held by Hugpong: Isidro Ungab (Third District) and Mylen Garcia (Second District).
A sweep of all elective posts is said to be a long dream of Vice Mayor Duterte.
The 26-member Davao City Council is also dominated by Hugpong with only four non-members: Joanne Bonguyan and Rene Lopez of Team Nograles, and independents Jimmy Dureza and Pilar Braga.
The Hugpong has yet to decide on who to field against Karlo Nograles, but speculations say it could be any of the three Dutertes. Aside from the mayor and vice mayor, there is a third Duterte in local politics: Paolo Duterte, Barangay Captain of Catalunan Grande who sits in the Davao City Council representing the Association of Barangays (Liga ng mga Barangay).

 

No hocus-pocus in PCOS

INDAY SARA NOT AGAINST

AUTOMATED ELECTION

The automatic poll counting machines damned by former House Speaker Prospero Nograles for giving Mayor Sara Duterte a 220,000-vote margin in the automated 2010 mayoral polls would be back in action in the 2013 elections.
Nograles had filed a poll protest seeking to annul the election for alleged electoral fraud perpetuated through the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS), but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dismissed the case.
Mayor Duterte said she sees nothing wrong if the PCOS machines would be used in the polls next year.
She has yet to make a final decision on whether or not to seek

NOGIE. Thrice loser

reelection. Nograles also has not made an announcement on his political plans but a fourth try at the mayoral seat could be another political disaster for Nograles who had already lost thrice in his bid to capture City Hall.
He was defeated by now Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in 1992, by then Duterte political ally Benjamin de Guzman in 1998 and by Mayor Sara Duterte in 2010.
The PCOS would be at center stage anew in the 2013 elections, the second automated elections where the polling machines would be used.
The Comelec in a recent en banc decision voted 5-2 in favor of purchasing additional PCOS machines for the 2013 elections from Smartmatic International, the outfit that proovided the machines in 2010.
The PCOS were dependable and commendable in the 2010 elections, said Duterte who had welcomed Nograles’ poll protest.
The problems encountered with PCOS were expected as it was the first automated elections, she said.
Among others, Nograles claimed in his protest that the PCOS were reconfigured to give Duterte an edge in the counting.
In Manila, a group is planning to question the decision by Comelec to purchase of the PCOs machines for the 2013 elections before the Supreme Court.
Election watchdog Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente) said that civil society groups and poll reform advocates are thinking of filing a petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the purchase of the PCOS machines for use in the 2013 elections.