MAY 2016 ELECTIONI – BATTLE BETWEEN FORCES OF GOOD AGAINST EVIL

              The April 26-29 survey of Pulse Asia, commissioned by ABS CBN, shows Rodrigo Duterte (33%) retaining his double-digit lead over Mar Roxas (22%) and Grace Poe (21%), following a similar trend tracked by Social Weather Station, another credible survey company, a few days before the May 9 election.             Analysts, however, said that…

DUTERTE’S EYE-POPPING P2.4 BILLION DEPOSITS & WHAT WILL COME NEXT

After Senator Antonio Trillanes disclosed after midnight last night to the Philippine Daily Inquirer the P2.4 billion that Rodrigo Duterte and daughter Sara amassed between 2006 and 2015 in 17 different bank accounts — courtesy of incriminating documents — what will happen next? The following scenarios are likely to unfold fast and furious in the…

CAN DUTERTE BE IMPEACHED FOR CORRUPTION & OTHER ISSUES EVEN AFTER HE WINS PRESIDENCY?

Just like Vice President Jejomar Binay, presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte now faces a very serious allegation of hiding unexplained wealth in the form of P211 million in a bank account in San Juan city in Metro Manila. His failure to disclose the huge amount, coupled with an apartment on P. Guevarra Street also in that…

ANALYSIS: THE GOOD AND UGLY IN FEB. 21 PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DEBATE

Most overseas Filipinos are apolitical, probably ignoring yesterday’s face-to-face debate among five candidates for the presidency. But whether they like it or not, their lives abroad or that of their loved ones back home will be touched by the administration of the Philippines’ next president who will serve for six years starting June this year. Yesterday’s…

RODRIGO DUTERTE BACKS OUT FROM WAR WITH CATHOLIC CHURCH

Controversial Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte nearly committed a terrible mistake by picking up a big and meshy fight with the Philippines’ influential Catholic church. This morning, he apologized to the Catholic church for cursing Pope Francis on Nov. 30 in a public speech for causing massive traffic jams in Manila during the pontiff’s visit…

Grace Poe’s corruption fight . . . as President in 2016?

Senator Grace Poe, daughter of former movie icon Fernando Poe Jr, never fails to impress. But she also disappoints in certain ways. Topping the 2010 senatorial elections, with significant help from her father, and getting more votes than veteran senators Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero was impressive. Late last month, she made another impressive move.…