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DAVAO CITY— President-elect Rodrigo Duterte named three more additions to his Cabinet — the secretaries for the Departments of Health, Tourism, and Trade and Industry.


Incoming deputy presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella said Duterte has chosen assistant health secretary for health regulations Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial as DOH chief;  Wanda Corazon Teo, owner of Mt. Apo Travel and Tours, as tourism secretary; .and businessman Ramon Lopez as trade and industry secretary.

Duterte also named his former professor at Lyceum of the Philippines, Jose David Lapuz, as chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).


Teo, sister of journalist Ramon Tulfo, is the president of National Association & Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) Phil. Inc., which claims to be the “biggest tourism organization in the country.”


Dr. Rosell-Ubial is a native of Mlang, North Cotabato, hometown of another Cabinet member, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. She will replace Health Secretary Janette Petilla Loreto Garin.


Lopez heads "Go Negosyo," a private advocacy movement supporting government in helping build enterprising Filipino communities. 

Professor Lapuz is a long-time professor of political science and of the life and works of Jose Rizal at the Lyceum of the Philippines.


Lapuz will replace CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan, who was appointed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.


 Lapuz, an alumnus of the University of the Philippines, took his post-graduate studies in international politics and foreign policy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He started teaching at the University of Santo Tomas in 1970.


Lapuz served as consultant of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo “for matters related to international relations, global politics, comparative foreign policy, moral and humanitarian issues in international affairs, and the changing nature of world politics.”


Lapuz was also a board member and commissioner of the National Historical Society under the Arroyo administration.


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DAVAO CITY (PhilAmPress) ― Following his proclamation as the next President-elect Rodrigo Duterte announced he would reward P3 million to police and military officials who can get big-time illegal drug pushers, dead or alive.


This as he announced more officials who will join his Cabinet and head important government agencies when he assumes post on June 30 in Malalcanang.


Mr. Duterte, in a meeting with his would-be Cabinet members and officials, pressed them on the crime crackdown and the campaign to stop corruption, adding that he would tap even the military in the drive against criminals and illegal drugs.


“I am not saying you kill them but the order is dead or alive,” Duterte told reporters in a press conference at the Presidential Guest House, also called the Malacañang of the South, at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) depot in Panacan here.


Duterte said he has the money for the reward as this initially came from people who donated funds for his campaign. He said he has the unspent money ready for the drug pushers. “I don’t want to get (of the money) for too long. Hindi 'yan kasali sa sinabi ni Trillanes (That is not included in what (Sen. Antonio) Trillanes has said)."


Duterte said the amount of reward money would depend on how influential the drug trafficker is -- P1 million for supervisor and P50,000 for small-time drug peddlers.


Duterte vowed to cleanse the country of illegal drugs in three monthsas promised during the election campaign.


He said getting the country of illegal drugs is one of his campaign agenda – the other two are solving criminality and stopping corruption.


Duterte said he plans to use the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the fight against illegal drugs, especially when those involved are rogue policemen.


Duterte  said the operation versus illegal drugs must be done within the bounds of the law, emphasizing that law enforcers know when an operation becomes unlawful.


He said a police officer does not kill a man who surrenders, but shoots those who fight back.

“I don’t want to see a police dead,” he added.


Duterte also wants his incoming National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran to kill any of his agents involved in illegal drugs.


He will also ask Congress to amend the probation law to exempt drug cases. He said many drug pushers who were able to avail of the probation law have jumped bail and continued with their illegal activities.


“Ganun lang ang paraan para mahinto ang droga (That’s the only way to stop drugs). Do not destroy our country, do not destroy our children because I will kill you,” Duterte said.


Mr. Duterte called on his incoming heads of the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation to enforce his order and even personally kill the drug lords and traffickers under circumstances that it is allowed under the law.


 Mr. Duterte left a message to drug dealers: "Do not destroy my country because I will kill you. Do not destroy the youth of the land, our children, because I will kill you."


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QUEZON CITY  Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has directed the filing of Informations with the Sandiganbayan against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima and 11 police officers for their involvement in the anomalous courier services contract with Werfast Documentation Agency, Inc. (Werfast) in 2011. 


Impleaded with Purisima for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) are: PNP officials Napoleon Estilles, Gil Meneses, Raul Petrasanta, Allan Parreño, Eduardo Acierto, Melchor Reyes, Lenbell Fabia, Sonia Calixto, Nelson Bautista, Ford Tuazon and Ricardo Zapata, Jr., and WERFAST incorporators Mario Juan, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena and Juliana Pasia.

In a 10-page Consolidated Order, the Ombudsman affirmed the finding of probable cause against top PNP officials for lack of merit. The Ombudsman found that WERFAST had no corporate existence and juridical personality when the PNP engaged its services through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) executed in May 2011. The MOA authorized WERFAST to have the sole responsibility of setting up an online system for firearms license application and delivery. No public bidding was conducted by Purisima, et. al. and the MOA was entered into despite WERFAST’s lack of track record as a courier service company. 

PNP officials admitted that the documents submitted by WERFAST for accreditation were incomplete, meeting only the minimum requirements, giving absolute credence to WERFAST’s representation that it has a joint venture with CMIT Consultancy Group, Inc. and PHILREM. Investigation uncovered that WERFAST engaged the services of LBC wherein WERFAST collected P190.00 for deliveries within Metro Manila and P290 for outside of Metro Manila, when other courier service providers charge only P90.00 within Metro Manila.

According to Ombudsman Morales, “the document trail-from the execution of the MOA to the issuance of an accreditation policy, subsequent mandatory imposition of courier service fee deliveries, until accreditation of WERFAST- reveals measures undertaken to mask a long line of violations.”

Under Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019, public officials are prohibited from causing any undue injury to any party, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.

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MANILA (PhilAmPress) ― Malacanang has assured the smooth transition from the Aquino government to the next administration even as President Aquino has started packing up and has formed a transition committee to prepare for the assumption of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte.


Mr. Aquino signed an administrative order (AO) establishing a Presidential Transition Committee (PTC).


”This is to ensure peaceful, orderly and effective transition of power to the incoming administration on June 30 this year,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. announced.


President Aquino emphasized in his AO No. 49, the need for transition committees “to work closely with representatives of the President-elect in order to ensure a peaceful, orderly and effective transition on June 30.”


Coloma said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has been assigned to chair the PTC which will have the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Secretaries of budget and management, finance, foreign affairs, public works and highways, and PCOO as its members.


The Presidential Management Staff (PMS) shall provide secretariat support to the transition committee.


The members of Rodrigo Duterte's transition committee, meanwhile, have been selected.


Duterte spokesman Peter Laviña said the committee members include himself, Duterte's executive assistant Christopher "Bong" Go, campaign manager and Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio "Jun" Evasco, former agriculture secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez, and lawyers Salvador "Bingbong" Medialdea and Loreto Ata.


Dominguez, a childhood friend of Duterte's, also served as his campaign's finance head.


The committee held their first meeting on Wednesday at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.


Aquino's and Duterte's teams are supposed to coordinate with each other as Duterte's proclamation date, June 30, draws near.


”The PTC shall serve as the overall and central coordination committee of all executive departments, agencies, bureaus, government-owned or –controlled corporations (GOCCs), and other government agencies as regards the various aspects of the transition to the new administration,” President Aquino stated in the administration order.


The President said “the PTC shall also oversee the preparation and implementation of the government agencies’ transition to the new administration, in order to ensure the continuity and maintain the efficiency of government services.”


President Aquino also instructed all the government agencies to establish their respective agency transition committees (ATCs).


Coloma said the PTC was set to start meeting  at the Office of the President.


The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) have yet to proclaim the country’s next President but based on the partial and official results, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is already a clear winner with 15,911,376 votes.


Liberal Party’s Manuel Mar Roxas is way behind the second place with 9,679,193 votes followed by independent presidential aspirant Grace Poe (8,929,412), Vice President Jejomar Binay (5,313,362) and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (1,420,502 votes). 


Coloma said the smooth transition is expected because of good governance, which is the advocacy of the Aquino administration.


“Dahil sa masigasig na pagtatatag ng mabuting pamamahala o good governance, maisasalin ng Aquino administration sa hahaliling administrasyon ang isang pamahalaan na kung saan ay maayos ang mga sistema, patakaran at pamamaraan, kumpleto at hayag ang mga opisyal na datos at dokumento at laging handang maghatid ng mapagkalingang paglilingkod sa mga mamamayan,” said Coloma.


Coloma said coordination between the outgoing and incoming administrations is important to ensure a smooth transition.


“Noong palapit na ‘yung pagpalit ng administrasyon, siguro pagkatapos ito noong proklamasyon ng bagong Pangulo na idinaos sa Batasang Pambansa noong first week o lagpas lamang sa first week of June 2010 ay nagkaroon na ng mga ugnayan sa pagitan ng outgoing at incoming administration,” the Palace official recalled.


“Nagkaroon din ako ng oportunidad na mapasama doon sa mga pagpupulong na ‘yon para lang mapag-usapan ‘yung tipikal (typical) na pagpasok ng bagong administrasyon: ‘yung mga idaraos na kaganapan doon pagkatapos ng inauguration sa Luneta Grandstand, ‘yung pagdaraos ng unang pulong ng Gabinete, ‘yung pagbati sa bagong Pangulo at administrasyon ng mga mamamayan, iyon ang ilan sa mga tinalakay,” Coloma continued.


“At doon naman sa mismong tanggapan natin, walang ganung pormal na proseso dahil nga hindi naman nabuo ‘yung ating tanggapan hangga’t hindi nailabas ‘yung Executive Order No. 4 ni Pangulong Aquino na naganap naman noong patapos na ang unang buwan,” said Coloma. “ Nagkaroon naman nang maayos na pakikipag-ugnayan sa pagitan ng outgoing at incoming administration.”

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CEBU CITY ―After severing ties with Vice President Jejomar Binay, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate, the One Cebu Party led by the Garcia family shifted its support to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.


One Cebu Party head and gubernatorial bet Winston Garcia said his party will deliver one million votes for Duterte, the standard-bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino -Lakas ng Bayan and the only Cebuano-speaking presidential candidate.


Duterte and Garcia met in Cebu and firmed up their alliance. Garcia told reporters his party will do for Duterte what it did for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2004.


Arroyo got a million votes in Cebu in that election where she faced off with veteran actor Fernando Poe Jr.


Duterte is ecstatic over the endorsement. "Kabahan na kayo,'' he said.


The camp of Duterte expressed its gratitude to the Winston Garcia-led One Cebu which finally decided to throw its support to the presidential bid of the former.


"We welcome expression of support of any individual, organization or party because ours is an inclusive campaign," said Duterte's national campaign manager Leoncio Evasco, who is also the outgoing mayor of Maribojoc, Bohol.


He confirmed that Duterte and One Cebu's Garcia, candidate for governor in the vote-rich province of Cebu, met on Saturday evening.


Cebu's leading dailies earlier reported the meeting and quoted Garcia as having thrown his support to Duterte, two weeks after dumping United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.


Evasco, however, has advised to wait for the official announcement from the Davao City mayor himself.


"I do not want to pre-empt any decision from the mayor if the manifestation of support will be reciprocated," he added.


But he said this is a welcome development as the Duterte campaign moves to a high gear as the Election Day nears.


Duterte was in Cebu over the weekend for the second time in as many weeks to consolidate his support base.


He was quoted as saying "Kabahan na sila" (they - his opponents - should be worried) after his meeting with Garcia.


He was earlier welcomed by Toledo City mayor and former Senator John Osmena who said Duterte could corner at least one million of the province's 2.7 million votes.


Osmena is identified with UNA but said the people of Cebu are rallying behind one of their own.


Duterte is the only Cebuano-speaking candidate and also hails from Mindanao where he has been mayor of Davao City for over 22 years.


Duterte's father was from nearby Danao City and his uncle Ramon was former city mayor of Cebu.


Garcia said that the party reached its decision to throw its support behind Duterte after meeting with him late Saturday, during which it "became a logical and clear stand for One Cebu to support one of its own, and a Bisaya for president."


He added that One Cebu's platform, ideals and vision are in perfect sync with the Duterte-Cayetano's platform of government, especially on infrastructure.


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MANILA ― More Liberal Party (LP) members from local government units (LGUs) have dropped former Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and threw their support behind the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero, independent presidential and vice presidential candidates.

With a month before the May 9, 2016 elections, Poe gained the support of former Laguna congressman Edgar San Luis, formerly the regional chairman of the ruling Liberal Party in Southern Tagalog IV-A and son of long-time governor Felicisimo San Luis.

 Rep. Recom Echiverri of Caloocan City openly supported Poe and Escudero during his proclamation rally in North Caloocan with Partido Galing at Puso senatorial bets incumbent Senator Vicente Sotto III, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Neri Colmenares and Valenzuela Rep. Win Gatchalian.

During the sortie of Partido Galing at Puso in Lumban, Laguna, the hometown of Poe's husband Neil Llamanzares, San Luis personally introduced and endorsed Poe as his presidential candidate.

“Mga kababayan, ang susunod na presidente ng Pilipinas, si Senador Grace Poe,” San Luis told the cheering crown in Barangay Sto. Nino of this town, beside the San Sebastian Church.

In October 2015, San Luis had bolted the ruling party and filed his candidacy for Laguna’s fourth congressional seat of the House of Representative.

”I don’t know what happened to them. But for me, if we will go to any area and they want to support us, it does not mean that I will give them special treatment if I will win. We just want unity,” Poe replied when asked for comment on San Luis’ declaration of support.

It was learned that Roxas dropped San Luis in favor of Laguna Rep. Benjamin Aggarao in the 2013 midterm elections, and he (San Luis) instead ran for governor but lost to Jorge Estregan “ER” Ejercito, who was eventually disqualified for excessive campaign spending.

In October last year, Aggarao figured in the lewd dancing involving scantily-clad women who were purported “gifts” by senatorial aspirant Francis Tolentino, then chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for Aggarao's 40th anniversary in public service.

Aggarao confirmed this and said the dance group, called “Playgirls,” was sent by his friends whom he had yet to identify, but not by Tolentino as reported.

Aside from San Luis, Siniloan Mayor Eduardo “Eddie” Tibay and Vice Mayor Roberto “Obet” Jacoba also endorsed the candidacy of Poe and Escudero.

In her speech during a mini-rally in Siniloan town, Poe welcomed the support by Tibay and Jacoba, including local officials from Paete, Mabitac, Pakil, Famy and Kalayaan,

“Sa ating mga kababayan, importante rin po na ang gobyerno ay may puso, nararamdaman ang inyong mga pinagdaraanan. Sabi nila bago daw ako kaya hindi pa raw ako dapat tumakbo bilang pangulo. Pero hindi naman nangangahulugang bago ay walang kakayanan. Hindi ba mahilig naman tayo sa bago? Bagong saing, bagong ligo, bagong bahay, bagong graduate, bagong boyfriend, bagong girlfriend, bagong buhay, bagong bayan at bagong Pilipinas, kung saan walang maiiwan,” Poe said.

Minutes after her speech, Poe paid a courtesy call on Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Ejercito, wife of dismissed former Gov. ER Ejercito. Husband and wife are both members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Poe, however, denied the couple has endorsed her presidential bid, saying it was customary for her to pay a courtesy call on local chief executives she visits.

“There’s nothing like that. Maybe it’s better to ask them about it. But I didn’t solicit their support. But of course, we are thankful to them for welcoming us openly in their province,” Poe said.

“Of course (he remains with UNA) and I remain independent,” she stressed.

Echiverri, incumbent LP congressman, endorsed Poe in his proclamation rally in North Caloocan.

Echiverri openly supported Poe after he was allegedly dropped by LP as its mayoral bet, picking instead the incumbent Mayor Oscar Malapitan. Echiverri supported President Aquino in the 2010 elections.

Last year, Echiverri took his oath as Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) member.  In the Poe-Chiz proclamation in front of Quiapo Church in Plaza Miranda, Echiverri was seen and acknowledged by the Partido Galing at Puso.

Laguna has 6 cities, 24 municipalities, 681 barangays and 4 congressional districts while Caloocan City has two congressional districts and 188 barangays.

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BAGUIO CITY (PhilAmPress/MTVi)— The Supreme Court has junked the motions for reconsideration filed on its earlier ruling allowing Sen. Grace Poe to run for President.


The ruling made by the High Court during its summer session in Baguio City finally removed the legal impediment to Poe’s candidacy.


This developed as the lady senator continues to surge in the latest surveys as her runningmate, Sen. Francis Escudero improved on his ratings as leading vice presidential candidate over Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Rep. Maria Leonor Robredo in the latest surveys.


Meanwhile, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas advised voters not to rely on pre-election surveys in choosing candidates in a report posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.


“Do not choose depending on who is topping or trailing in the surveys,” Villegas said.


“You are called to take courage and make moral decisions. Your vote can make heaven come down and make our country beautiful and good as God desires it,” he added.


There was no immediate comment from Senator Poe on the final High Court ruling but she has earlier expressed her gratitude for the continued trust by the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the people, especially those campaigning for her to win the May 9 elections.


Adonis Samson, an uncle of Senator Poe who is based in Pangasinan, said he was hopeful for the imminent victory of Poe even as former Liberal Party stalwarts in Laguna and other provinces have shifted their support to the lady senator.


Samson told PhilAmPress that he and other Poe relatives and the people of Pangasinan like former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani are thankful for the support for the senator’s presidential bid.


In its latest ruling, the Supreme Court threw out the reconsideration pleas of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and several prominent personalities led by former Government Service Insurance System chief legal counsel Estrella Elamparo, former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez, former Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad, and De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras.


Earlier, Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te  refused to disclose the decision in his press briefing Tuesday, April 5, adding that the High Court would make an official announcement on the motions on April 9, exactly a month before the May balloting.


 The High Court was also expected to release separate opinions that the justices will write on the final ruling by that time, it was learned.


But sources in the High Court confirmed the final ruling supporting Poe’s candidacy.


Poe’s Facebook account posted without comment a report by the Philippines Daily Inquirer with the High Court decision as its banner headline.


With a 9-6 vote, the SC allowed Poe to run for president and reversed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision disqualifying her from the presidential race on March 8.


But when the concurring and dissenting opinions of the magistrates were released to the public three days later, various sectors raised issues on the SC ruling on Poe’s citizenship and residency.


Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio stressed in his dissenting opinion that there was no majority ruling to establish Poe’s eligibility as a natural-born Filipino, saying only seven justices voted in favor of the senator on her citizenship issue.


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PILAR, Bataan ― With less than two months to go into the end of his herm, President Aquino bid farewell to the veterans on April 9 thanking the Filipino people for giving him the opportunity to serve them in six years.

"Bago po ako magtapos, sa pagpasok ko po rito, may isang aleng bumati sa akin, ang sabi, 
'Salamat sa anim na taon,'" the President said in a speech during the 74th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan here.

"Ang dapat po sanang tugon ko dito, 'Salamat sa inyo sa ipinagkaloob ninyong mandato para makagawa ng pagbabago. Talaga naman pong hindi mapapantayan ang pagkakataong ito.' Ito na nga po ang huli, ako po’y magpapaalam na sa inyo sa Bataan."

As he said goodbye to the nation, the President once again reminded Filipinos that they will be once again facing a crossroad.

In the coming election this May, he said he hopes Filipinos would choose leaders who put public service before self-interest.

"Ang tanong ko sa inyo: Pipiliin ba natin ang lideratong inuuna ang sariling interes, habang ginagarantiya ang pagdurusa ng mga nasa ibaba? Pipiliin po ba natin ang lideratong gustong daanin ang lahat sa shortcut, nang walang pagsasaalang-alang sa mga nasasagasaan?" he asked.

"Pipiliin po ba natin ang mga napakatatamis na pangako, pero tila ba walang sapat na pag-unawa sa mga prosesong kailangang daanan para makamtan ito?"

He told the people that he continues to adhere to the Daang Matuwid agenda that he has initiated, hoping Filipinos will support new leaders who also believe in his reform agenda.

As to the programs carried out by his administration for the World War II veterans, he said one of the reform measures include the Pensioner’s Validation Program that intends to clean up the list of veterans so that legitimate recipients get the benefits they deserve.

The government also extended free healthcare services to the veterans and their dependents through the Veterans Hospitalization Program. 

In less than six years, he said 10,600 veterans and their dependents got free medical assistance not only at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, but also from 183 accredited public and private hospitals across the country.

"Nasa halagang P91 million na nga po ang halagang naisukli ng taumbayan sa inyong sakripisyo sa ilalim ng programang ito," he said.

The veterans' daily hospitalization subsidy was also increased to P1,500 from P1,200, he said.

The government has also modernized the VMMC, put up an eye center, renovated the Operating Room Complex, Medical Intensive Care Unit, and the Outpatient Department Complex.

The hospital's Renal Dialysis Unit, Medical Intensive Therapy Unit, and Post-Anesthesia Care unit were also expanded, the President said.

Aside from providing healthcare, veterans' direct descendants can now receive up to P36,000 each year as financial support for their college education. He reported that his government has so far spent P370 million for the program within his term.

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MANILA (via PhilAmPress/MTVi) ― Sen. Grace Poe has surged in the surveys after two presidential debates even as administration candidate former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II continued to be the tailender in the race.

If the new surveys are to be believed, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the presidential candidate of PDP-Laban, is well entrenched on second place while Vice President Jejomar Binay slid to third place.

This developed as Poe secured the endorsement of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada during his proclamation rally at the Liwasang Bonifacio. Estrada also endorsed Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during the same rally.


Estrada made his announcement during his local party’s proclamation rally attended by many supporters at the Liwasang Bonifacio.


”Mga kasama, mga kaibigan palakpakan po natin ang aking inaanak at susunod na pangulo ng Pilipinas, walang iba kundi si Grace Poe,” Estrada said in introducing Poe to the cheering supporters.


In his endorsement speech, Estrada described Poe as a woman with talent and heart, a daughter of his best friend, a mother, a wife and a Filipina.


”Her father never left me. How can I leave her? A daughter of king and queen of the Philippine movie, you know already? Who is the king? Fernando Poe Jr. and who is the queen? Susan Roces,” he told the crowd.


Before endorsing Poe, two other presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Rodrigo Duterte reportedly approached Estrada with the hopes of getting the support of the still popular former President.


In her response speech, Poe thanked her ‘godfather’ Estrada for endorsing her candidacy.


”Ninong maraming salamat po sa inyong pagendorso sa akin. Nakakataba po talaga ng puso. Alam ko ito ay isang desisyon na pinagisipan ninyong mabuti. Alam kong mahal ninyo ang aking ama pero alam ko na ang mga decision na ganito ay para rin sa bayan,” Poe replied.


Poe promised that she will not fail her godfather, saying “it would be a great honor to have a support from someone who loved so much by the people and who loved our countrymen.”


”Si Erap ang isang pinuno na kung saan kinakatawan ang ating ordinaryong mamayan. Si erap ay nakakaramdam, nakikiisa sa inyo, hindi manhid, naiintindihan kayo, yan din an gaming isulong: isang gobyerno na nakakaramdam sa inyo mga sulirinanin, na magbibigay ng isang agarang solution para sa inyo,” Poe said.


Poe promised to the people of Manila that she will push for free lunch in all public schools and free tuition fee in the government universities and colleges.


”Muli sa aking minahal na ninong, maraming salamat sa inyong pagpili sa akin. Alam ko hindi nagging madali at dasal ko na hindi ko kayo papahiyain, na gagawin ko ang lahat para naman maitaas ang ala-alala ng aking ama at matulungan ang masang Filipino,” Poe said.


Estrada also endorsed the candidacy of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and PGP senatorial bets Manila vice mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, Rep. Neri Colmenares, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri.


The Manila mayor also endorsed senatorial aspirants Sen. Serge Osmena, Francis Tolentino, Joel Villanueva, Cong. Martin Romualdez, Getulio Napenas, Manny Pacquiao and Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson.


He was joined by her vice mayoralty running mate former 4th district councilor Dra. Maria Sheila ‘Honey’ Lacuna-Pangan and his candidates for congressmen, councilors from Manila’s six districts.


Estrada’s wife former senator Loi Estrada and incumbent Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito were also present in the proclamation rally that marked the start of the campaign for local candidates for the May 9 elections.


Ached on accusations of taking money from jueteng, illegal numbers game. After an aborted impeachment trial, he was ousted from Malacañan by a second People Power revolt, often referred to as EDSA Dos.


In 2007, the Sandiganbayan found him guilty of plunder and sentenced to reclusion perpetua. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pardoned him shortly after. Estrada made another presidential bid in 2010 but lost to Benigno Aquino III.


He was elected as Manila mayor in 2013 under an urban renewal platform that aimed to reclaim the capital's lost glory and grandeur.


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MANILA ― The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has appealed before the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its ruling that allowed Senator Grace Poe to run for president in the May 9 national elections.


In a 59-page motion for reconsideration (MR), the Comelec asked the High Court to reconsider its ruling on Poe's disqualification case.


The Comelec argued that no grave abuse of discretion was committed when it cancelled the certificate of candidacy (CoC) for president of Poe in the May 9, 2016 elections.


It filed the motion for reconsideration anchored on the citizenship issue of Poe.


The Comelec also asked the SC to "re-deliberate" on its ruling on the Poe case due to lack of majority.


It invoked Section 2 of Rule 12 of the Internal Rules of Court which provides for a majority vote of eight votes in a decision with 15 magistrates.


The Comelec further argued that if majority is still not attained after re-vote, "We seek SC to dismiss the Poe case."


It noted that the SC voted 7-5-3 on the Poe citizenship issue, thus calling for re-deliberation as it is not a majority vote.


"If required majority is still not attained, then we are asking the court to dismiss the case," the Comelec said.


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