By Gerry Baldo | The Daily Tribune
Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday returned to vote-rich Pangasinan province as he banked on the “Solid North” support to boost his bid for the presidency.
Accompanied by reelectionist Pangasinan Rep. Jesus Celeste, the United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer said while local government officials’ have decided to throw their support to vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., instead of his running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, still he respects their decision. “Let us see if the people want it. In an honest and peaceful election, we will have to respect it,” he stressed.
Pangasinan is the third-most vote-rich province in the country with 1.705 million registered voters.
Celeste, for his part, said local officials in his district have decided support Marcos because the latter is a fellow Ilocano.
“Bongbong Marcos is an Ilocano. He has been with with us… Binay is an Ilocano as well, we speak in Ilocano. When you are an Ilocano, there is what we can call unity,” he said.
Roxas loses Albay gov support
The camp of Sen. Grace Poe has welcomed the support given by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, a member of Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s Liberal Party.
“Senator Poe is thankful to the good governor for his support of her candidacy. She is steadfast in fighting for those who have been left behind, those who have not felt the growth of our economy,” Poe’s spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said in a statement.
“Senator Poe is elated that she found a new ally to carry on this task. In the coming days, we expect more public servants with the same vision to join the Gobyernong may Puso wagon,” he added.
Salceda, a member of Roxas’ Liberal Party (LP), said he is supporting Poe’s presidential bid because “she shares our values of authentic humanism, shares our goals of countryside development and national competitiveness and certainly her compassion will ensure that the impact will be shared by all.”
Meanwhile, 12 groups representing around five million women voters have urged 54 million registered voters to junk presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for insulting rape victims, sexually abusing women and debasing persons with disability (PWDs.)
At a press conference, representatives of the 12 groups took turns in condemning the PDP-Laban bet for going too far in his recent statement about a victim of rape.
They also filed a case against Duterte for violating the Magna Carta of Women due to his “insulting, tasteless and vulgar utterances against women.”
Saying no one should be afraid of sociopaths and those who suffer from anti-social narcissistic personality disorder (ANPD), the malady that had gripped Duterte since he was an adolescent, the women leaders said “women will have the worst time under Duterte, who apparently lies and creates his own version of reality to suit his bloated ego.”
They also demanded that Duterte investigate the claim of his daughter Sara that she, too, was raped.
In slamming Duterte, former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral, convenor of the Purple Ribbon for RH Movement, noted that: “One candidate even made fun of rape, which is totally unacceptable and insensitive to rape victims and survivors.”
During the briefing, journalists asked the women leaders to comment on what Duterte had been doing on the campaign trail.
Mina Tenorio of Likhaan Center for Women’s Health stressed Duterte is a recidivist who will debase Filipino women with his narratives about how he had molested a household help and how he maintained two “wives,” which is a violation of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
Judith Pasimio of Lilak and a support group for indigenous people (IP) said the Purple Vote organized by the Purple Ribbon for RH Movement wants all Filipino voters to support candidates who actively promote women’s rights and the RH Law from the national level down to the local level.
Princess Nemenzo, who represents Rep. Walden Bello, explained that Duerte “has no business warning women’s groups who filed a complaint against him for the tasteless crack on (Australian missionary Jacqueline) Hamill after the bloody carnage in Davao City. Death and rape are serious matters that should not be treated as some kind of comic relief for sick minds.”
Nemenzo said “women are not scared of Duterte and we shall not be bullied by his vulgar mouth and regular threats. He has threatened to kill 100,000 criminals summarily as if he owns the law.”
Duterte has been quoted as telling the complainants to “go to hell,” dismissing their case as another “black propaganda” but the women leaders insisted that it was Duterte who created the problem, and he is “mad as hell when Filipino women, just like his now-liberated wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, chose to fight back and expose him as a failed husband.”
Ging Cristobal of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community also blasted Duterte for treating women as sex objects, and questioned his ability to lead a nation that has more women than men.
Judy Ann Miranda of Partido ng Manggagawa said Duterte’s pronouncements “thoroughly confirms his being unfit to lead the nation.”