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Duterte rally gathers 30,000 in Tagbilaran

More than 30,000 people gathered in Tagbilaran City Sunday to show their support for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s candidacy for the highest position in the country.

In a statement sent to the media in Davao City, the Duterte camp also lauded Maribojoc, Bohol town Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr., Duterte’s campaign manager, for gathering such a huge crowd to listen to the mayor.

“Numbering close to 30,000, the crowd was also the largest Tagbilaran has ever seen in recent memory for an election-related rally. So huge was the crowd that it stretched more than a kilometer, filling the main avenue that was already closed to traffic as early 1 p.m,” the statement said.

In his message, Duterte wasted no time hitting his critics who dismissed his promise to stop corruption in government. He said that the coming May 9 election is a choice between genuine and meaningful change and a regime of wastefulness and neglect.

ABSENT

Absent from the crowd were the local officials of the host city and the provincial governor, the Duterte camp said. Local officials in the area are all Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts.  They are also opponents of Evasco, one of the stalwarts of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) until he threw his support behind Duterte.

A former rebel priest, Evasco was a long time chief of staff of Duterte while the latter was still an appointed vice mayor in 1986. He also served in various capacities under the Duterte administration in Davao City until he returned to his hometown in Maribojoc where he ran and won in 2007.

POPE’S LETTER

In Davao City, Archbishop Romulo Valles said that Pope Francis had responded to the letter of Duterte, and described the words of the Pontiff as beautiful, full of encouragement, with prayers and good intentions for the Davao City mayor.

The archbishop’s statement was made during a press conference yesterday at the Bishop’s residence.

The archbishop did not specify if Duterte has been forgiven for the negative words he uttered against the Pope last year.  He said it is only Duterte who can fully divulge the exact content of the Pope’s letter.

Valles said Duterte wrote the Pope last January 21. The letter was coursed through him. The Pope’s response was dated February 24 and was received in his office last March 12.

Valles only read the cover letter signed by Angelo Becciu, from the Secretariat of the State in Vatican. It acknowledged that the Pope received Duterte’s letter last January.

“He appreciates the sentiment which you expressed. The Holy Father offers the assurance of his prayers for you, as he invokes upon you the divine blessings of wisdom and peace,” the cover letter said.

In his recent pronouncements to the media, Duterte also confirmed receiving the letter of the Pope but did not categorically mention the exact contents. He said he will tell the public of the content after election.

Valles said he is happy that the Pope responded to Duterte’s letter despite the fact that the Pontiff is very busy with religious activities.

“Mayor Duterte was very open in his letter as he expressed his sentiments,” the archbishop added.

‘EMPTY CLAIM’

Meanwhile, a Catholic priest said the claim made by Davao Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte that he had been forgiven by the Pope remains an “empty claim” unless the Vatican confirms it.

“It’s hard to comment on the veracity of such reports,” said Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“Unless the Vatican confirms the existence of such a letter purportedly expressing forgiveness for Duterte’s cursing, then it’s just an empty claim by the camp of Duterte,” he added.

However, the CBCP official said he does not doubt the capacity of Pope Francis to forgive.

“We cannot, of course, doubt the Pope’s capacity to forgive. He preaches about it and shows it by accommodating and understanding people who practiced a less than ideal Christian life,” said Secillano.

But the CBCP official said the other issue here is the damage that Duterte inflicted on the people who believe and respect the pope.

“The nation deserves not only those with good administrative skills but leaders who will protect and enhance the moral fabric of our country,” Secillano said.

“This may be an old issue but cursing whether done privately or publicly does not befit a person especially if you are seeking the highest post in the land,” he added. (With a report from Leslie Ann G.Aquino)

  • Gabriela Silang

    Gusto nyo ba isang american soldier sa malakanyang:

    NEIL LLAMANZARES’ SECRET: A US MILITARY MAN IN MALACANANG

    Grace Poe’s husband, Teodoro “Neil” Llamanzares, served in the US Army from 1988 to 1992. In 1991, Grace Poe married an American soldier. From 1991 to 1992, she lived in an Air Force base housing in Washington DC. Brian Llamanzares was born in the US military base. Neil Llamanzares is loyal to his country, United States of America.

    AN AMERICAN MILITARY WIFE

    Grace Poe is not telling the truth about her life in the US. She is not telling the truth about her American life style, money, jobs and houses.

    And she is not telling the truth about her American husband either.

    On 14 June 2014, addressing hundreds of Filipino-Americans in Los Angeles, Grace Poe talked about her ”immigrant life in the US”. It was when her husband got a job in the US, Grace Poe claimed, that they decided to live as immigrants in a country where “opportunities are limitless for those who work hard“.

    That was another lie.

    Grace Poe got married to Teodoro „Neil” Llamanzares on 27 July 1991 in the Philippines. On July 29, the newlyweds went to the United States. Neil Llamanzares didn’t get any job in the US in the two days between the wedding ceremony and the departure. He already had a job: Neil Llamanzares was serving in the US Air Force. Although her husband didn’t wear his uniform at the wedding, the simple truth is that Grace Poe, the current Philippine presidential candidate, married an American soldier.

    The couple didn’t leave the Philippines to live “as immigrants” in the US, as Grace Poe pretends in her bogus stories. (This is quite ridiculous since Neil Llamanzares is a US citizen by birth). They moved to a US Air Force base in Washington DC.

    Grace Poe’s first home in the US as a married woman was an American military base.

    For more than a year, Grace Poe was an American military wife living in a military base housing. Her first child, Brian, was born in the army housing community.

    Neil Llamanzares was honourably discharged from the US military in 1992. He graduated from George Washington University School of Business in 1998. So, obviously, it was not him who earned the money to pay for the million dollar house in Herndon. In 1998, Grace Poe was a preschool teacher and her husband was a student. Still, Grace Poe keeps telling that a student and a preschool teacher used their “hard earned money” to buy a mansion in the US, which is offensive to the overseas Filipino workers.

    THE QUESTION OF LOYALTY.

    Is Neil Llamanzares’ US military background an issue?

    Yes, according to Grace Poe. Otherwise she wouldn’t lie about it, she wouldn’t announce her husband’s planned renunciation of American citizenship, she wouldn’t give false assurance that Filipinos “will not have an American boy in Malacañang“.

    But more importantly Neil Llamanzares’ background in the US Air Force is an issue because the Philippines are a sovereign state. And in a sovereign state the idea of a First Gentleman who is a citizen of a foreign country and served for several years in that foreign country’s army is unthinkable.

    It’s a simple question of loyalty. Grace Poe’s loyalty to the Philippines is more than questionable. Her husband’s allegiance is doubtful.

    Neil Llamanzares is loyal to his country, United States of America……….

  • Gabriela Silang

    Gusto nyo ba isang american soldier sa malakanyang:

    NEIL LLAMANZARES’ SECRET: A US MILITARY MAN IN MALACANANG

    Grace Poe’s husband, Teodoro “Neil” Llamanzares, served in the US Army from 1988 to 1992. In 1991, Grace Poe married an American soldier. From 1991 to 1992, she lived in an Air Force base housing in Washington DC. Brian Llamanzares was born in the US military base. Neil Llamanzares is loyal to his country, United States of America.

    AN AMERICAN MILITARY WIFE

    Grace Poe is not telling the truth about her life in the US. She is not telling the truth about her American life style, money, jobs and houses.

    And she is not telling the truth about her American husband either.

    On 14 June 2014, addressing hundreds of Filipino-Americans in Los Angeles, Grace Poe talked about her ”immigrant life in the US”. It was when her husband got a job in the US, Grace Poe claimed, that they decided to live as immigrants in a country where “opportunities are limitless for those who work hard“.

    That was another lie.

    Grace Poe got married to Teodoro „Neil” Llamanzares on 27 July 1991 in the Philippines. On July 29, the newlyweds went to the United States. Neil Llamanzares didn’t get any job in the US in the two days between the wedding ceremony and the departure. He already had a job: Neil Llamanzares was serving in the US Air Force. Although her husband didn’t wear his uniform at the wedding, the simple truth is that Grace Poe, the current Philippine presidential candidate, married an American soldier.

    The couple didn’t leave the Philippines to live “as immigrants” in the US, as Grace Poe pretends in her bogus stories. (This is quite ridiculous since Neil Llamanzares is a US citizen by birth). They moved to a US Air Force base in Washington DC.

    Grace Poe’s first home in the US as a married woman was an American military base.

    For more than a year, Grace Poe was an American military wife living in a military base housing. Her first child, Brian, was born in the army housing community.

    Neil Llamanzares was honourably discharged from the US military in 1992. He graduated from George Washington University School of Business in 1998. So, obviously, it was not him who earned the money to pay for the million dollar house in Herndon. In 1998, Grace Poe was a preschool teacher and her husband was a student. Still, Grace Poe keeps telling that a student and a preschool teacher used their “hard earned money” to buy a mansion in the US, which is offensive to the overseas Filipino workers.

    THE QUESTION OF LOYALTY.

    Is Neil Llamanzares’ US military background an issue?

    Yes, according to Grace Poe. Otherwise she wouldn’t lie about it, she wouldn’t announce her husband’s planned renunciation of American citizenship, she wouldn’t give false assurance that Filipinos “will not have an American boy in Malacañang“.

    But more importantly Neil Llamanzares’ background in the US Air Force is an issue because the Philippines are a sovereign state. And in a sovereign state the idea of a First Gentleman who is a citizen of a foreign country and served for several years in that foreign country’s army is unthinkable.

    It’s a simple question of loyalty. Grace Poe’s loyalty to the Philippines is more than questionable. Her husband’s allegiance is doubtful.

    Neil Llamanzares is loyal to his country, United States of America……….

  • Gabriela Silang

    Gusto nyo ba isang american soldier sa malakanyang:

    NEIL LLAMANZARES’ SECRET: A US MILITARY MAN IN MALACANANG

    Grace Poe’s husband, Teodoro “Neil” Llamanzares, served in the US Army from 1988 to 1992. In 1991, Grace Poe married an American soldier. From 1991 to 1992, she lived in an Air Force base housing in Washington DC. Brian Llamanzares was born in the US military base. Neil Llamanzares is loyal to his country, United States of America.

    AN AMERICAN MILITARY WIFE

    Grace Poe is not telling the truth about her life in the US. She is not telling the truth about her American life style, money, jobs and houses.

    And she is not telling the truth about her American husband either.

    On 14 June 2014, addressing hundreds of Filipino-Americans in Los Angeles, Grace Poe talked about her ”immigrant life in the US”. It was when her husband got a job in the US, Grace Poe claimed, that they decided to live as immigrants in a country where “opportunities are limitless for those who work hard“.

    That was another lie.

    Grace Poe got married to Teodoro „Neil” Llamanzares on 27 July 1991 in the Philippines. On July 29, the newlyweds went to the United States. Neil Llamanzares didn’t get any job in the US in the two days between the wedding ceremony and the departure. He already had a job: Neil Llamanzares was serving in the US Air Force. Although her husband didn’t wear his uniform at the wedding, the simple truth is that Grace Poe, the current Philippine presidential candidate, married an American soldier.

    The couple didn’t leave the Philippines to live “as immigrants” in the US, as Grace Poe pretends in her bogus stories. (This is quite ridiculous since Neil Llamanzares is a US citizen by birth). They moved to a US Air Force base in Washington DC.

    Grace Poe’s first home in the US as a married woman was an American military base.

    For more than a year, Grace Poe was an American military wife living in a military base housing. Her first child, Brian, was born in the army housing community.

    Neil Llamanzares was honourably discharged from the US military in 1992. He graduated from George Washington University School of Business in 1998. So, obviously, it was not him who earned the money to pay for the million dollar house in Herndon. In 1998, Grace Poe was a preschool teacher and her husband was a student. Still, Grace Poe keeps telling that a student and a preschool teacher used their “hard earned money” to buy a mansion in the US, which is offensive to the overseas Filipino workers.

    THE QUESTION OF LOYALTY.

    Is Neil Llamanzares’ US military background an issue?

    Yes, according to Grace Poe. Otherwise she wouldn’t lie about it, she wouldn’t announce her husband’s planned renunciation of American citizenship, she wouldn’t give false assurance that Filipinos “will not have an American boy in Malacañang“.

    But more importantly Neil Llamanzares’ background in the US Air Force is an issue because the Philippines are a sovereign state. And in a sovereign state the idea of a First Gentleman who is a citizen of a foreign country and served for several years in that foreign country’s army is unthinkable.

    It’s a simple question of loyalty. Grace Poe’s loyalty to the Philippines is more than questionable. Her husband’s allegiance is doubtful.

    Neil Llamanzares is loyal to his country, United States of America……….