Archive for April, 2016

The evolution of Duterte’s BPI account

March 14, 2016 – Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate Alan Peter Cayetano signed a manifesto waiving their rights under the Bank Secrecy law. In the manifesto, printed on a large piece of cardboard, they pledged “to open all our bank accounts in local and foreign currencies both here and abroad in the […]

April 29, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  51 Comments

Marcos is INC’s choice for VP, undecided yet for president

A member of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo said the church leadership has called vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr, to tell him that he is their choice for the number two position for the May 9 elections. “Pinatawag siya (he was asked to come),” the source said. That is not surprising because the […]

April 27, 2016  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  2 Comments

Duterte violates law prohibiting ridicule of PWDs

For the information of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who laughed at Persons with Disabilities while regaling his supporters in Aklan last week, there’s a law that prohibits ridicule, vilification, both verbal and non-verbal, against PWDs which can make them lose their self- esteem. Public ridicule is “making fun or contemptuous imitating or making mockery […]

April 26, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  6 Comments

Duterte’s cinematic solution to South China Sea conflict

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s proposed solution to the South China territorial conflict would make a thrilling action-packed movie scene. In a speech before travel executives at the MOA-SMX last Friday (and in all his rally speches) Duterte said, “I will ask the Navy to bring me to the nearest point in South China Sea […]

April 24, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  21 Comments

Mommy Dionisia at Mayor Pre Salic

Lumabas itong kolum sa Abante Enjoy ako mag-cover ng kampanya sa eleksyun. Maliban sa marami kang lugar mapupuntahan, marami kang makakatagpo na iba-ibang personalidad. Katulad ng rally ni Bise-Presidente Jejomar Binay sa Saranggani at General Santos noong Martes. Si boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao, ang kinatawan ng Saranggani sa kongreso, ang host. Tumatakbong senador si Pacquiao […]

April 24, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  No Comments

Dear next president: How will you make the country’s roads safe?

By Dinna Louise C. Dayao They were all in their teens. John Russel Garcia, John Paul Tena, Kirby Bokingo, Jaymee Gubaton, Bren Loren Calabines, and Rodalyn Bautista were graduating Grade 10 students. They had their whole lives ahead of them: graduations, college, careers. But everything ended in a fiery crash on a road in Tagaytay […]

April 23, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Health  One Comment

Fears about a Duterte presidency

The statement of United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg supporting the concern of Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely of the trivialization of rape by presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, reflects the concern of the international community about the strong possibility of a Duterte presidency. The childish and reckless retort of Duterte, who is leading in the presidential race, […]

April 22, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  2 Comments

Road safety journalism award launched

By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Journalist and VERA Files trustee Ellen Tordesillas announced on April 12 the launch of a new award to honor the best student work on road safety issues. The Chit Estella Road Safety Journalism Award, named in honor of journalist Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan, will be given next year as a special […]

April 22, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Vera Files  2 Comments

The pits of Duterte’s vulgarity

The ghost of Jaqueline Hamill must have come back to haunt Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for disrespecting her even when she was dead after having been gang raped twenty-seven years ago. Duterte refused to apologize over his statement captured in a 1989 video where he was regaling the audience about the hostage-taking incident in […]

April 17, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections  45 Comments

Duterte backtracking on 3-6 months promise to stop crime?

Now that more and more persons with credibility (among them Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV during the vice-presidential debate and much earlier former senator and now senatorial candidate Panfilo “Ping” Lacson) are questioning the sanity of his claim that he can rid the country of criminals, drug dealers and corrupt officials in three to six months, […]

April 16, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections  14 Comments