UniTeam’s Sara warns public against group soliciting cash from supporters

UniTeam vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte warned the public against a scam where their supporters are supposedly to get an ID card for a minimal amount ranging from 20 to 180 pesos in exchange for an ATM card with an amount of P5,000 coming from UniTeam presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, Jr.

In a press conference in Davao City on Monday, February 28, the presidential daughter said that they do not ask for any membership fee from their supporters nor would they issue an ID and give an ATM card with money in it.

VP candidate Sara Duterte

Mayor Sara Duterte said that such an activity by one group is a scam and refrained their supporters from falling into it.

On Sunday, February 27, two individuals identified as Virginia Almoroto Calape and Nanette V. Denopo were caught by the Davao City Police Office personnel while recruiting members for the UniTeam in Sto. Niño, Matina.

The recruited members reportedly paid P25 to Calape and Denopo for the Uniteam ID card lamination and membership processing.

Authorities recovered cash amounting to P4,895 from the suspects; along with filled-up forms; blank ID cards; certificate of appointment supposedly signed by former secretary Jesus Dureza as lead convenor, and Saida Wong and Edilberto Loquente as convenors; among others.

The Talomo Police coordinated with the UniTeam’s legal team for Davao Region headed by Atty. Joahna Paula Domingo who denied that their group has authorized anyone to use the UniTeam and the name of their presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos Jr. and vice presidential bet Sara Duterte for any activities in soliciting/collecting money from individuals just for ID cards and membership.

Few weeks back, a certain Rogelio Suarez, 52, a resident of Barangay Marapangi, Toril was also arrested by the police for the same reasons.

Suarez was nabbed by police at the Matina Crossing public market after he was reported to be allegedly recruiting members, soliciting and actually collecting money for P20.00 claiming it was for the use of the UniTeam Multisectoral Alliance Movement campaign of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

Efforts to get statement from Dureza proved futile as of this writing.


Total lockdown rumors dismissed by Palace

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
Acting Spokesperson
08 January 2022

On the audio clip and baseless rumors about a ‘total lockdown’

We have come across an audio clip that has been shared via personal messages and social media, in which a male speaker warns the public to stock up on essential supplies as the government is considering placing the country under a “total lockdown.”

This is a false and baseless statement.

We reiterate our appeal to the public to dismiss these unfounded and malicious rumors and to refrain from sharing these with our family and friends. As I said in our press briefing yesterday, our country is dealing with a real threat that understandably concerns our people, and spreading these unverified rumors contributes to unnecessary anxiety and needless panic. Hindi po ito nakakatulong.

Let me also reiterate that the Department of Agriculture has given assurances that our inventory for basic food commodities, particularly rice, indicates that we have more than enough supplies to last for more than the next three months, enough until the next harvest season in April. According to the Department of Agriculture, the same also holds true for lowland and highland vegetables, which is at 85 percent and 107 percent sufficiency level, respectively.

While we encourage the public to keep informed about the latest developments in our battle against COVID, we urge everyone to obtain their news and information from credible sources, dismiss disinformation, and contribute positively in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID by observing minimum public health standards and by getting vaccinated in order to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Bong Go to run for president in 2022 polls

As PDP-PDDS strengthens their alliance

On Saturday, November 13, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go substituted for Grepor Belgica and filed his candidacy as the standard-bearer of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan for the presidency in the May 2022 elections.

He was personally accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila.

“Wala na pong standard bearer ang ating administration. Sabi ko, I accepted the challenge. Kung kailangan ko pong mag step-up, alang-alang sa (administrasyon) at para lang po maipagpatuloy ‘yung pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte (ay gagawin ko),” Go said in an ambush interview after the filing.

“Mahal ko ang aking kapwa Pilipino, gusto ko pong magserbisyo sa kanila at pangako ko sa inyo, walang isang oras, walang minuto na masasayang, magseserbisyo ako sa inyong lahat,” he vowed.

The presidential aspirant explained that he strongly felt the need to step up to ensure the continuity of the reforms and vision of the Duterte Administration. He vowed to serve as a bridge between the government and the Filipino people—particularly the poor, hopeless and helpless—to ensure their needs are provided for, their concerns addressed, and their voices heard.

“Kailangan ko pong (umangat) para sa mga kapartido ko at sa sambayanang Pilipino, lalung-lalo na kay Pangulong Duterte. Kailangan ko pong bumangon para sa kanila. Kailangan kong ipaglaban (to) save the legacy, save the party, save the Filipino people. Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang pagbabago. Tuloy ang malasakit at tuloy ang serbisyo,” vowed Go.

“Ayaw naming masaktan si Tatay Digong dahil ayaw naming masaktan ang mga tatay natin na nagbigay ng buhay sa atin,” he added.

Go’s most recent decision came after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte filed her substitution papers for the vice presidency under Lakas-CMD party.

“Mahal ko si Pangulong Duterte. Ayaw kong mayroong masaktan at sumama ang loob. Kung kailangan kong umiwas, ako po ay umiiwas alang-alang na lang kay Pangulong Duterte at sa sambayanang Pilipino,” Go explained.

The senator also promised to work hard to accomplish the President’s remaining plans for the benefit of the Filipino people after Duterte’s term ends, adding that he will build on the positive changes initiated by the Duterte Administration.

“The Filipino people should eventually be the winner in this election. While we head towards that, I have to consider the stand of my political party, led by President Duterte, which will both help us achieve our objectives,” Go believed.

He specifically reaffirmed his commitment to the President’s crusade against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. He also pledged to push for the continuation of programs and projects that will bring about a more convenient, comfortable and prosperous life for all Filipinos.

“Ang puwede ko pong mai-offer sa kanila, ang puwede ko lang mai-offer sa Pilipino, ‘yung sipag ko po at pagseserbisyo sa aking kapwa Pilipino. ‘Yung totoong malasakit po, ‘yun lang. Ayaw ko pong magmayabang sa inyo, ‘di ko na po kailangan magmayabang sa kapwa ko Pilipino,” continued Go.

“Hintayin niyo na lang po kung resulta lang po. Kung trabaho ang pag-uusapan, bagama’t tatlong taon lang po akong senador, pero iyong nakikita ko pong ginagawa ni Pangulong Duterte na sakripisyo para sa bayan, sino pong magpapatuloy? Iyon po ang ipagpapatuloy ko,” he stressed.

On this note, the senator expressed his heartfelt gratitude to his and the President’s supporters. He expressed confidence in their ability to give the Filipino people the hope and the future that they deserve.

“Maraming salamat po sa mga supporters ko, sa mga nagpagod. Mahal na mahal ko po kayo. Hindi ko po kayo bibiguin. Magseserbisyo po ako sa inyo. Ayaw kong mangako, hindi ako pulitiko na mangangako. Hindi po ako pulitiko na mangangako rito, mangangako doon. Hintayin n’yo na lang po ang resulta ng aming pagtatrabaho ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Go.

In a separate statement, the PDP-Laban leadership announced that Senator Bato dela Rosa withdrew his certificate of candidacy for President under PDP-Laban to give way to Senator Bong Go’s candidacy for president under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, or PDDS, which supported the candidacy of Senator Go in 2019.

As explained by PDP-Laban, Go filed his candidacy under PDDS as the leadership issue in PDP-Laban has yet to be resolved by the COMELEC.

“Nevertheless, PDP-Laban and PDDS are united in carrying one team for both our national and local candidates,” the statement said.

“The Alliance of PDP-Laban and PDDS is strong and will work tirelessly to push for continuity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brand of leadership, which includes a tough stance against criminals, grafters, drug lords and terrorists, on the one hand, and a genuine concern for the masses, on the other,” it added.

According to the PDP-Laban statement, the PDP-PDDS Alliance has chosen Senator Go as its candidate for President because the senator carries with him a wealth of experience acquired from years of mentorship under President Duterte and is best suited to ensure continuity of President Duterte’s “Tapang at Malasakit” brand of leadership.

The alliance has also said that Go is endeared by the “Pangkaraniwang Pinoy” because of his own brand of Malasakit, which caters to the poorest of the poor. Go is also expected to continue President Duterte’s “Build Build Build” program—including mass railways projects, airports and seaports, and other infrastructure projects, all ensuring convenience of mobility to the masses.

Lastly, Senator Go is the most hardworking among all the candidates for President and lives up to his motto, “Ang BISYO ay MagSERBISYO”, according to the said statement.

PRRD considering Senate run to continue helping and serving Filipinos — Bong Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go stated that President Rodrigo Duterte is still considering running for a Senate seat in 2022, assuring the public that if elected, the president will continue to prioritize their welfare by helping and serving more Filipinos in need.

“He is considering, pinag-aaralan niyang mabuti. Kung makakatulong ba sa bayan… he might. Kino-consider n’ya po ‘yung pagtakbo,” said Go in an interview on Tuesday, November 2.

According to Go, Duterte is examining a number of factors before deciding whether or not to run, including his party’s, PDP-Laban, senatorial slate. Duterte is open to run if it will help administration candidates win, said the senator.
“Siyempre tinitingnan din niya ‘yung slate ng administration ng PDP. Kung makakatulong siya na mas maraming mananalo sa part ng administration, iyon ang kino-consider,” said Go.

“And of course, ‘yung pagseserbisyo sa bayan bilang inyong Tatay Digong. Ito proven and tested na po ‘yung kanyang pagseserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan hindi lang sa salita kung ‘di sa gawa,” he added.

President Duterte is being urged by his ruling party, the PDP-Laban, to run for senator in the 2022 elections. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, as party president, stated that attempts are being made to push Duterte to run for Senate next year.

Meanwhile, Go said that although President Duterte is more than qualified to be senate president if elected as senator, it is too early to discuss such possibilities especially since the Senate leadership is decided upon by a collegial body.
“Masyado pang maaga sigurong pag-usapan ‘yan dahil hindi naman natin alam kung sino ang mananalo, who will compose the majority. Kadalasan diyan ay pipiliin po ng majority. But, bilang former president ay napakalaking bagay ‘yon sa kanyang ah leadership ‘no, nanggaling sa pagka-presidente,” said Go.

“Siguro masasabi naman ni Pangulo na nabanggit niya kung ano ‘yung mga programa na makakatulong pa siya, na maipagpapatuloy ‘yung mga programa na magaganda na nakakabenepisyo naman sa mga kababayan natin ay isusulong niya rin po, dahil naging mambabatas na rin siya noon, naging congressman na rin po siya at naging presiding officer rin po siya ng… as vice mayor, twice sa Davao,” he added.

Go also confirmed that PDP-Laban officials would meet before November 15 to finalize their candidates for the forthcoming elections. He also stated that he has made up his mind on running for vice president.

“Yes. Parati namang nag-uusap ang PDP about that. Ako naman… sigurado na ‘ko. Kandidato na po ako at desidido na ‘ko diyan. Consistent naman ako, always po akong consistent kung ano po ‘yung sinabi ko. So, 100% dito na ko bilang kandidato as vice president,” said Go.
Meanwhile, Go assured that President Duterte will continue to work hard to promote and protect the welfare of the Filipino people.
“Sa mga kababayan natin, asahan n’yo po na kung sakaling magdesisyon po ang ating Pangulo na tumakbo bilang Senador, asahan n’yo po uunahin niya siyempre kung papaano siya makakatulong at makapagpatuloy na makapagserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan at paano niya maisusulongbat ipagpatuloy ‘yung mga programang naumpisahan na po niya na hindi pa po natatapos… gusto niya pong tapusin,” said Go adding that despite the upcoming election, their primordial concern now is overcoming the crisis.

“Importante po sa kanya ngayon is malampasan muna natin itong pandemya, itong krisis na ating kinakaharap, at makakatawid na po tayo sa ating normal na pamumuhay,” he ended.

House to probe Mindanao Railway Project

The House of Representatives is set to do an inquiry on the Mindanao Railway Project’s (MRP) expropriation and acquisition of the road right of way.

In House Resolution No. 2321, Representatives Paolo Z. Duterte and Eric Go Yap called for the investigation, in aid of legislation, on the Department of Transportation’s Mindanao Railway Project in particular the Phase 1 of the said project.

Phase 1 of MRP covers a 105-kilometer line that covers Davao del Norte, Davao City and Davao del Sur with eight stations located in Tagum City, Carmen, Panabo City, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Sta. Cruz, and Digos City.

The two congressmen said that they have received various reports about the “variations in the offers for acquisition of road right of way (RROW) or expropriation of the private properties by the DOTr and/or its contractors, sub-contractors, or other service providers.”

These variations in offers, Reps. Duterte and Yap said, have substantial discrepancies from the actual zonal value or fair market value of the properties affected.

The House inquiry aims to revisit existing laws and rules on the manner of acquisition of right of way and expropriation of private properties affected by government works, infrastructure, and other projects and to strengthen the same or come up with new and better mechanisms to ensure that all affected stakeholders, whether from the public or private sector, are adequately compensated and protected by applicable laws and rules.

In a phone interview Thursday, October 28, Rep. Duterte said they received information that some individuals were buying properties along the 105 kilometer line at a very low price and are selling it to DOTr at a higher price.

Added to this, the Dabawenyo congressman said, some landowners have also been opposing the construction of the railway project right smack at some of the existing subdivisions in Davao City.

The young Duterte said some of the affected barangays are planning on coming out with a resolution opposing the said project.

Phase 1 of the MRP has a budget of P35.91 billion.