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25th September 2015
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 25, 2015, 4:13 pm

'No strings attached'

By Manny Piñol

Several Filipino businessmen, who believe that a crime-free, drug-free, corruption-free and rebellion-free Philippines is good for business, have pledged to raise an initial P1 billion to help fund the Presidential campaign of Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte.

Calling themselves "Anonymous Patriots for Peaceful and Progressive Philippines" or AP4, the businessmen said they believe that by helping Duterte win the Presidency, they would be showing their patriotism.

"There will be no strings attached. They will not even allow their names to be published," said businessman Benigno Gopez, who has agreed to be the spokesman for the group most of whom are his friends.

Gopez, a former waiter at the canteen of the University of Santos Tomas who later became a successful businessman, said the decision to pledge P1-B for Duterte's campaign came after members of AP4 learned that the Davao City Mayor refused to receive campaign funds from traditional political funders.

"Mayor Duterte's firm belief that the leader of this country must not be beholden to anybody or any interest group has earned the admiration of AP4," Gopez said.

Gopez said the P1-B pledge could just be the start a nation-wide effort by ordinary Filipinos to support the Duterte Presidency.

"Many more are willing to contribute to Rody Duterte's campaign kitty. These are ordinary businessmen who do not even have business transactions with any government agency," Gopez said.

"Do we really want a President who is not beholden to anybody but only to the Filipino people? AP4 believes we should do our part," Gopez said.

Gopez, speaking on behalf of AP4 said, the group could help raise additional funds for Duterte.

"Look, if only 500,000 patriotic Filipinos would contribute P10,000 each, we could easily raise P5-B. That would be more than enough to help Duterte win the Presidency," he said.

While the estimated cost of running a Presidential campaign is pegged at between P6-B to P8-B, Duterte's campaign is not expected to cost that much because most of his local political leaders are not dependent on the traditional party funding.

Earlier, people's groups initiated symbolic fund-raising campaigns for Duterte highlighted by the Piso Para sa Presidente effort by young Muslim professionals in Cotabato City earlier this month.

Overseas Filipino Workers, including Filipinos living in the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe, have also committed to contribute to the Duterte campaign.

US-based journalist Winchell Campos, who is also the publicist for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, said the Dollar for Duterte Campaign could be launched anytime.

Salinas, California resident Sam Mante, a Fil-Am who traces his roots in Bohol Province, said he and his friends are willing to raise $100 each to contribute to Duterte's presidency.

"If we are able to pull this through, this will be the first time that the country would truly have a People's President," Gopez said.

Duterte 2016 Drive: Why am I stili here?
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 25, 2015, 12:26 am

September 25, 2015 at 10:47am

By Chito Fuentes

Why am I here?

I’ve been asked that question many times in the course of my advocacy to federalism and to the “Run Duterte!” campaign to prod Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for the highest post in the land in 2016.

Let me digress for a minute to reiterate that one is indispensable to the other. Federalism is dead in this country if the next president is not surnamed Duterte. Forget about it.

In the same breath, Mayor Duterte has insisted he won’t be able to do anything much unless the Philippines shifts to federalism. The same political system that has benefited the ruling class since the time of the Spaniards will effectively tie his hands if it remains in place.

Anyway, I volunteered to this because I don’t see much hope in the next six years without both federalism and Duterte.

Over the last eight months, we’ve been to different parts of the country. Mayor Duterte sounds like a broken record insisting that he is not running for president, just advocating federalism which he said is Mindanao’s last card in the event that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not signed.

For the most part, he and the positions he has taken were not given prominence by the major media organizations save for occasional mention that leaves passing impact.

It’s different out there on the field with him. It is the people who wait for hours under punishing conditions just to see him, who shout themselves hoarse to prod him to run when he is present, who scramble to get a piece of him with the standard “selfie” or “groupie”. If he were a lesser mortal, he would have been carried away enough to declare his candidacy.

And yet, we know how fickle people’s minds can be. Who will forget the welcome Jesus received when he entered Jerusalem, and the scorn he got from the very same people when he was led to the slaughter just a few days later? Definitely, fickleness of public opinion is not an exclusive Jewish franchise.

Perhaps, Mayor Duterte saw this when he stuck to his guns that he is not running. Perhaps he realized that winning the elections (if indeed he will run) is the easier part. The more difficult part would be getting the majority involved in the massive overhaul of a system responsible for centuries of oppression, exploitation, corruption and deception.

Mayor Duterte has spelled out the reasons why he refuses to throw his hat into the political derby. As Gov. Manny Pinol wrote in his blog, “I could easily demolish the reasons he presented for refusing to be drawn into the Presidential fray in 2016.” I can only say “amen”.

For people who have been betrayed so many times, it is understandable why majority of the people would rather stay on the sidelines and wait for the tide to turn before casting their lots.

Ferdinand Marcos promised a “New Society” when he declared Martial Law. It was “new” only in the degree of barbarism which it inflicted not only on its political opponents but on the entire nation which was systematically looted and plundered enough to give birth to a new word in the dictionary: kleptocracy.

EDSA 86 was billed as the country’s gift to the world, a “bloodless” revolution that gave Filipinos a temporary “high”. Sooner than expected, however, reality struck. Edsa was only a pain killer to numb the pain, not the medicine needed to cure a sick nation.

It has been a roller coaster ride since then. Every election, a new leader promises the sun and the moon to entice the people to vote for them. When they are in office, the people belatedly realize that they have been taken for a ride in still another dark chapter in the nation’s free fall.

When PNoy won in 2010, many were hoping he would be an upgrade from his mother. It turned out that while he managed to project an image untainted by corruption, he was ineffective on many fronts.

He was helpless in fighting crime and illegal drugs, in stopping the new oligarchy’s silent but unmistakable climb back into power, and even in rehabilitating victims of both natural and man-made calamities.

Some say that for all her faults, GMA was hands on and a workaholic, something which PNoy definitely is not. You can count with one hand the times he convened the LEDAC, which partly explains why his administration is good only as far as the mainstream media is to be believed. So good, the say, that “Tuwid na Daan” must be sustained.

Mayor Duterte is right: if the BBL fails, Mindanao will explode. Narco-politics will make the Philippines the next Mexico. China will finish construction of its structures on our atolls.

Who will prevent any of this from happening?

Not Grace Poe. She needed a rehearsal just for her proclamation. She took advantage of her “five minutes of fame” during the hearings on the ill-advised Mamasapano assault, but that is all there is to it.

Not Jojo Binay who has lost the moral ascendancy after the torrents of corruption charges that he refused to answer hoping that they will go away on their own. He belatedly tried to come up with explanations but it was a case of too little too late.

Mar Roxas? Typhoon Yolanda was supposed to be his ticket to Malacanang in 2016. He was out of reach for two days because he failed to bring a satellite phone.

Turned out that all the time he was unreachable, he was telling the Leytenos the last thing they wanted to hear in time of need: “Bahala kayo sa buhay nyo!”

To say that a grim scenario awaits us in 2016 with one of them in Malacanang is stressing the very obvious.

There are those who retort: “But Mayor Duterte said he isn’t running!”, as if it is sufficient for the purpose.

He never said he is running. Until this moment, he resents the idea. In one forum, he confessed that the very thought is already a hair-raising experience.

The challenge is for the people to convince him they are with him. If he says “let’s embrace federalism”, we say “we’re behind you”. If he declares a revolutionary government to effectively deal with a hostile Congress and a judiciary which has oftentimes been proven the refuge not of the innocent but of the scoundrels, we tell him “go ahead!”

Mayor Duterte has repeatedly declared he is not the kind who will sit six years without doing much, consoled to sing lines from Quincy Jones’ hit song popularized by James Ingram at the end of six years: “I did my best, but I guess my best wasn’t good enough.”

“When I step down after six years, I will give you a new government and a new bureaucracy,” he vowed in the few times he indulged his supporters on a Duterte presidency. He has accomplished much in Davao to believe he will do what he can to duplicate this on the national stage.

Mayor Duterte is aware of the risks involved. This early, the probe on the so-called Davao Death Squad is cooking. Big-ticket projects in Davao are put on hold. A DILG consultant has proudly announced that he has throat cancer, which is a brazen lie of course. There are more still hidden from view. 

The mayor has made it clear that if ever he will be jailed when he steps down, definitely it will not be because of corruption but of multiple murder.

Those whose loved ones have been either robbed, raped or killed in drug-related crimes applaud, but the idealists and constitutionalists cringe. Are the on-going barrage of reports on heinous crimes not enough reason to cringe? You tell me.

Most of all, Mayor Duterte knows he will have to go to the extremes if he intends to win against the drug and crime syndicates, rapacious businessmen, corrupt government officials and people in the judiciary.


The specter of a bloodbath looms, as Mayor Duterte points out that there are about 15,000 drug lords in this country. It is not something he relishes - because he gets nothing from it and definitely won’t make him rich.

“What glory is there in killing?” he asked many times, and few people disagree.

And yet, as the mayor said on certain occasions, “someone has to do it.” In a language all his own, he pointed out that he is not a messiah, just a garbage man. 

He is aware of the cost, not only physically, but also spiritually - but he is ready to do what it takes to get the job done.

“I do not care if I burn in hell for as long as the people I serve live in paradise,” he once remarked.

Who would not want a leader like that?

Is Mayor Duterte really running? He said he is not. Will he change his mind? I’m hoping he will. What happens if he won’t? I’ll cross the bridge when I get there.

Let it not be said, however, that I sat as a spectator, in the safe confines of my middle-class home, while the nation inched slowly, irreversibly it seems, over the edge.

This is not only about Mayor Duterte, although a large part of it is. It is also about me.

These sum up the reasons why I’m still here.  


19th August 2015
DOE to conduct massive inspection of liquid petroleum products in Southern Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 19, 2015, 7:25 pm

By Ma. Rebecca G. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, (PIA) – The Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office will spearhead a focused inspection and monitoring of the downstream oil industry establishments in the province of Southern Leyte as well as in Leyte province.

DOE Director Antonio e. Labios informed that the main objective of activity is to conduct massive inspection of liquid petroleum products (LPP) retail outlets and LPG establishments to ensure compliance with the existing rules and regulations governing the business of petroleum products.

He said that a simultaneous information, education and communication campaign will be conducted in the said area to provide venue for discussion to be participated by different stakeholders, concerned local government units , among other concerned government agencies on issues relative to the business of retailing petroleum products.

Labios further said that the energy department will be tapping the expertise of some partner agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Department of Science and Technology to enhance public awareness and to encourage LGU participation in the implementation of the rules and regulations of DOE pertaining to the downstream oil industry.

Director Labios informed that a half-day coordination meeting is set of the 18th of August, 2015 at Maasin Country Lodge to be participated by concerned agencies, He said that details of the said activities will be discussed to include the roles of each agency .

Inputs on the procedures and mechanics surrounding the planned focused inspection and monitoring from the participants will also be solicited, Labios added. (rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)


Philippine Rural Development Project in Southern Leyte to start soon
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 19, 2015, 7:24 pm

By Ma. Rebecca G. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, (PIA) –The Province of Southern Leyte will soon start the Rehabilitation/Improvement of Mahayahay-Manalog Farm to Market Road under the Philippine Rural Development Project, Gov. Roger G. Mercado informed in a procurement conference held August 12 at the Provincial Capitol here.

The said project coursed through the Department of Agriculture (DA) is one of the most priority projects of the province, Gov. Mercado said in his opening message to the participants composed of the Bids and Awards committee members, the DA team, among other observers including the Philippine Information Agency.

“The project will support the province’ vision, that is self-reliance and empowerment of our people,” Mercado said adding that the said project will fully support the agriculture development of the province.

He further said that “ as a coconut province the said project where farm to market road will support our coconut industry through delivering the products, among other planting materials to processing plants, will be convenient and with better time management in terms of travel using the new farm-to-market roads.”

The PRDP Farm to Market Road project under the Government of the Philippines Loan ‪#‎PRDP-1B-R008-SOL-002 through World Bank cost P188,390,000.00 or $501,250.000.00. It is a partnership with the DA and the local government of Southern Leyte as the implementing partner.

The whole amount will be counter parted by the DA with 10% share and another 10% from the provincial government unit and the 80% will be funded by the World Bank.

For the province of Southern Leyte, the 10% contribution or P18.390-M will be sourced from the 20% Economic Development Fund (EDF), Provincial Accountant Crispin Arong Jr. revealed.

The Provincial BAC is setting a pre-bid conference on September 18, 2015 at the Jose Rizal Hall, Provincial Capitol and as part of the transparency measures being instituted by the agriculture department.

The DA team led by Executive Secretary to Regional Director Leo Caṅeda, Onisimo Paduano informed that bidders for the said project can visit their office or website for the requirements of BAC. (rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)


FEATURE: Maasinhons, netizens greet, praise victorious Pagara
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 19, 2015, 7:22 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, August 17 (PIA)  --  The slight drizzle on Saturday nearly spoiled a parade meant to celebrate the coming home here of a rising star in professional boxing many had hoped to be the next Manny Pacquiao.

But the rain droplets fizzled out, and so the grand hero’s welcome for International Boxing Federation (IBF) Champion Prince Albert Pagara pushed through, adding yet another festive color for this year’s fiesta celebration and Ajonay festival.

Riding atop a blue pick-up with City Mayor Maloney Samaco by his side, the native from barangay Lib-og this city gamely smiled and waved to adoring fans, his championship belt in gold and red prominently displayed by a young aide up front, while the vehicle inched its way on the street behind the last ajonay dancing contingent.

Teen-ages swooned, shouted, shrieked to the top of their voices on seeing the 21-year old boxing sensation in person, who can easily pass as a showbiz star than a boxer by his looks.

Many could not contain their excitement they struggled to take selfies in handy mobile phones, and sophisticated cameras clicked non-stop as the vehicle barely moved on, the crowd simply enjoyed, relished the moment at hand, obviously with a mixed feeling of pride and awe.

The sense of euphoria overflowed into the cyberworld seconds after PIA posted photos of the motorcade in its facebook page (timeline pia-southernleyte)  --  the very first photos uploaded  --   with facebook user Atom Zyper apparently realizing that “aw Southern Leyte diay na cija?” (So he is from Southern Leyte?)

“So proud of him for putting Maasin City in the international arena,” commented Almira Leonor Miras, a feeling evidently shared by everyone.

“Proud jod ta ani nija kay Maasin City ang gidala nga lugar sa iyang international fight,” said Tabada Lee Yu. (We are proud of him because he carried Maasin City in his international fight.)

That fight happened in Dubai on August 7, 2015, Dubai time, where Prince Albert Pagara demolished Mexican Jesus Rios before the first round was over with a solid left upper cut, sending Rios to the floor.

The win improved Albert’s record at 24 wins, zero defeat, 17 victories by knockout.

Also on the same fight, dubbed Duel in Dubai 2, Albert’s elder brother, Jason Pagara, also won by a technical unanimous decision in the eight round of his match against Ramon Alcaraz, another Mexican, and the victory improved Jason’s record to 37 wins, 2 defeats, 22 victories by knockout.

“A technical unanimous decision means the referee stopped the fight because of an accidental injury, so the judges’ scorecards were read,” Mayor Maloney Samaco, himself a sports buff, explained when PIA sought clarification.

So it was not just one but two Pagaras who should have been in the street limelight?  “Jason was still nursing his wound caused by the accidental head butt so he was not able to come,” announcer Zaldy Olita blurted in bisaya through the public address unit perched on top of the blue pick-up vehicle, answering the puzzled faces of onlookers who expected to see not one but two Pagaras.

“Ang next Manny Pacquiao kay taga Maasin,” wrote facebook user Denver Che.  (The next Manny Pacquiao is from Maasin,) The experts and the street smarts in boxing also have that same vision.

The next question is, who among the two Pagaras will fill in the Pacman’s shoes?

For now, they will still be wearing their own shoes in their next bout on October 17 in California, USA, reportedly the last rung of the ladder to catapult them in more international fights for their professional boxing careers should lady luck be on their side.

Will there be another hero’s welcome?  Only lady luck, fate, and faith can answer that, too.

Or is it just destiny waiting to happen?  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


11th August 2015
Rep. Villar pursues passage of law for modified scholarship
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 11, 2015, 7:42 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 11 (PIA)  --  Las Pinas Lone District Representative Mark Villar will push for a House Bill he authored which seeks to provide students willing to finish college courses but short on academic scholarship requirements.

Villar, who was in the city as keynote speaker for the 15th Charter Day rites August 10, told local newsmen in a press conference at Kinamot sa Abgao that his bill will not necessarily require maintaining a high rating average unlike in mainstream scholarship qualifications, but will be contented with a simple passing grade, at least no failures.

And the other good thing is that he wanted this house measure enacted within the present administration of President Benigno S, Aquino III.

“Pipilitin po natin i-push yan within this administration,” the Las Pinas lawmaker said when pressed how soon his initiative can possibly see the light of day.

As to the specifics on mechanics, Villar said he will leave it to the higher education department to thresh this out but as to the extent of financial assistance this will depend on particular needs of deserving students.

In his speech at the city gym for the anniversary program, Villar mentioned this kind of scholarship program to the wild, approving cheers of the jam-packed audience who were mostly students.

Later in a text message, he disclosed that “House bill 4591 providing for a comprehensive and unified student financial assistance system for higher and technical education, rationalizing access thereto, and approving funds (also known as UNIfast) was already approved by both Houses” in Congress.

As of now the proposed law is “awaiting signature of President Aquino,” the text message added.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)  


6th August 2015
Maasin City kicks-off activities for Twin Towers of August
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 6, 2015, 2:27 am

By Ma. Rebecca G. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 31 (PIA) --- The City of Maasin kicked-off activities for the 15th Charter Day and the Feast day of Our Lady of Assumption, August 10 and August 15, respectively.

A bike and fun walk was conducted yesterday around the city proper at around 3:00 in the afternoon, as part of the opening salvo for Maasin City’s twin events. City officials and employees participated the activity led by the Mayor Maloney Samaco.

The kicked-off activity also include drum and bugle competition participated by the local public schools throughout the city and a formal induction of the 15 candidates for the Miss Maasin City 2015.

Among other activities lined-up for the twin special events include Ajonay Festival, Pabulhon Festival, Battle of Champions-singing competition, Special Friends Night to be participated by Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens, Liga ng Barangay Night with Barangay officials as participants, KAB Olympics, Dance Sports competition, Employees Night-Masquerade Ball, Potpot Race, Farmers and fisherfolks get-together and Anniversary concert.

Different sports competition is also slated as part of the activities such as lawn tennis tournament, futsal competition, chess tournament, shootfest, basketball, volleyball , triathlon, badminton, among other activities to include the anniversary parade and luncheon.

The 15th Charter Day Anniversary is the Crystal Year for the City of Maasin, carrying the theme dubbed as, “Maasin City @ 15: Celebrate the City of Champions.”

Mayor Samaco in his invitation to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) said that “this is a timely celebration of the city’s laurels and recognitions for its unwavering response to public service and governance.” (rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)

Local Health Chief promotes healthy lifestyles for Pnoys
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 6, 2015, 2:26 am

By Ma. Rebecca G. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 31 (PIA) --- As the Nutrition Month ended, the Provincial Health Services Office, and the Provincial Nutrition Committee led by Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Noel Lumen conducted a culmination activity, July 30 at the OLAP Function Hall highlighting the healthy lifestyle for all Filipinos.

During the Nutrition culmination activity, Lumen promoted a healthy lifestyle campaign where hataw and Zumba exercises were included in the day activity, saying that “one of the main objectives of nutrition month celebration is to increase awareness on the role and important proper nutrition and physical activity in the prevention of overweight and obesity.”

He also encouraged all Filipinos, particularly the participants to make positive discussions towards consumption of healthy diets and be physically active to prevent overweight and obesity as well.

Dr. Lumen added that “ the prevalence of overweight is increasing, that’s why nutrition program focused on achieving normal weight through proper nutrition,” as in this year’s theme dubbed as “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo.”

He further noted that one of the reasons for overweight is physical inactivity and changing of dietary patterns of Filipinos in terms of quantity and quality. Hence the government is promoting a healthy lifestyle through different programs such as the Food-Based Dietary Guidelines - 10 Kumainments, the Pilipino Go for Health, Nutrition Labeling, Food Nutrition Guide Pyramid, the Pinggan Pinoy food Plate, to name a few.

On the other hand, provincial Nutritionist Nilda Rich reported the Garantisadong Pambata results for the Vitamin A supplementation and deworming program., among other health-related accomplishments of the province.

Rich also revealed the importance of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE), a situation which food security, health and range of different services and strategies is often threatened during calamities

The participants during the one-day activity include PNC members, PHSO-Technical Department staff, Department of Education (DepEd) Health Department led by Dr. Consolacion Ruflo, Department of Health-Provincial staff, Southern Leyte Hospital Provincial Chief Dr. Imelda Rodriguez, among others.

The day activity ended with an open forum and updates from the different committee members and a Zumba exercise was conducted. (rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)

2nd August 2015
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 2, 2015, 6:19 am

Duterte confident he won’t go to prison for corruption

“If ever I will go to prison, it will not be about money,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte confidently declared before a gathering of judges, lawyers and law students.

Duterte issued the statement during the testimonial dinner for the four new lawyers of the Liceo de Cagayan University College of Law.

The mayor was enumerating the reasons why he does not want to be president when he made the declaration.

“What will I get from that? So many problems: China, Mindanao, ask any mayor who your friend what is the problem and he will tell you ‘drugs,” he said in the vernacular.

Duterte said the problem is so enormous that it can never be solved under prevailing conditions.

“You cannot fix what is unfixable,you cannot save democracy because democracy is fractured,” adding that “it is only for the elite and moneyed people”.

The mayor said there are now three million addicts in a country with a population of 101 million.

If by accident God makes him president, Duterte said going after the criminal syndicates will be “bloody”.

It did not come as a surprise to his audience many of whom are already familiar with his uncompromising stance against illegal drugs and criminality. 

Duterte recalled what it was like when he first assumed as mayor in 1988.

“Davao was a ghost country, my city suffered so much,” he narrated.

During the violent years, Duterte said the city lost 410 policemen, soldiers and militiamen.

The prosecutor-turned-mayor, however, was up to the challenge such that Davao is now the country’s safest city.

Duterte says he has “so many accolades to last me a lifetime.”

“Just thinking about it makes me happy,” he confessed.

Duterte insists that he needs the presidency “like a hole in the head”.

Acknowledging the persistent call for him to join the presidential race, Duterte said the enormous problems are what makes him avoid it “at all cost”.

“How do you deal with police who are into criminality? By what stretch of imagination can you really define due process if you want to reform this government?” he asked.

Duterte said that if anybody can answer these questions, “maybe I will consider it”.

“I will never give a space to criminals,” he vowed.

But if it is his destiny to be president, Duterte told his audience what to expect.  

“After six years, I’m going to give you a new government and a new order,” he categorically declared.

Pointing to the jail time that befell the last two presidents, Duterte hinted that he would be ready to suffer the same fate when he steps down.

If ever that happens, however, the mayor was sure it will never be about corruption.

“It will be about multiple murder or genocide,” he suggested. (CHITO A. FUENTES)


Duterte guests at Liceo testimonial
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 2, 2015, 2:12 am

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s mere presence during the testimonial dinner of the Liceo de Cagayan University College of Law was enough to guarantee a “record-breaking” event.

This was revealed by Jose Pepe Abbu Jr., Law Students Organization president, who organized the event.

“Even non-Liceo lawyers have inquired whether they can attend the testimonial,” Abbu said.

The testimonial in honor of the alumni who successfully hurdled the 2014 bar exams was slated at the N Hotel in Cagayan de Oro

Abbu disclosed that based on the advanced booking, this testimonial would be a record-breaker in terms of the number of people who have already signified their intention to attend the activity.

The mayor has attracted increasing interest as a possible presidential timber after turning Davao City around as from the killing fields of the 80s to safest city in the country.

Despite his consistent denials, his supporters have continued to grow in numbers which was proven when he placed a strong third in the last Pulse Asia survey behind Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

While Poe, Binay and the recently proclaimed Liberal Party bet Secretary Mar Roxas have all waged national campaigns, Duterte until recently had limited himself to Davao which makes his impressive showing even more significant.

The country’s longest serving city mayor after Edsa, Duterte was prompted to go around the country to promote federalism which he described as the country’s “last card” to prevent a fresh outbreak of violence in Mindanao.

While the mayor had expressed opposition to certain provisions of the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law, Duterte has declared his support for it “to buy time and to bide time”.

The mayor’s soaring popularity was proven when he guested on “Gandang Gabi Vice” on ABS-CBN which debuted on second place on world-wide trending behind only the Wimbledon tennis championship.

This proved that the Duterte magic has captured people from all walks of life particularly OFWs now based in different parts of the world. 

Duterte arrived in Cagayan earlier in the day to grace the baptism of the child of Glenn and lawyer Aimee Torrefranca-Neri.

From Cagayan, Duterte will proceed to Camiguin where he will address a forum on federalism in Catarman.

He will also pay a courtesy call on provincial officials led by Vice Gov. James Ederanga.

Surveys show that Duterte enjoys almost a cult-following in his Southern Mindanao base with a mind-boggling 93%.

Pulse Asia gave Duterte a 37% approval rating, the highest received by any of the top presidentiables but Mindanaoans insist this is still very conservative.

If Duterte changes his mind and caves in to the tremendous pressure to run, he is poised to make history not only as the first Mindanaoan president but also the first local official to jump straight into Malacanang. (CHITO A. FUENTES)


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