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Mocha on not running for Senate: Nasusuka ako sa mga pulitiko lalo na pag panahon ng kampanya

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Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has repeatedly issued statements clarifying that she is not running for the Senate this 2019 and gave a few reasons why.

On November 18, she wrote another statement denying a Senate run in the upcoming 2019 elections.

“I AM NOT RUNNING. Hindi ako magpapaligoy ligoy ng sagot. Malinaw ang sagot ko HINDI AKO TATAKBO. Wala ng mas lilinaw pa diyan,” Uson wrote on Facebook.

She said that she hate politics and politicians, while noting how many politicians are turncoats.

“Hindi ako pulitiko. Alam po niyo yan mga kaDDS. I hate politics and politicians. Ano ba ibig sabihin ko niyan? Ganito lang yan sa pulitika sabi nga nila walang permanenteng kaaway o kaibigan. Bakit? kasi nga balimbingan ng balimbingan diyan. Sa totoo lang diring diri ako sa ganyan. Dahil lang gusto mo ng may kapangyarihan babaluktutin mo prinsipyo mo. GALIT AKO SA GANYAN,” Uson said.

“At alam naman natin sa Senado napakaraming balimbing diyan. Napakaraming pulitiko diyan. Hindi ba yan ang dahilan ba’t natin binoto si PRRD dahil inis na tayo sa mga TRAPO?” she added.

Uson also said that she does not want to join politics because she wants to continue calling out politicians for their wrongdoings.

“Isa pa kung kakandidato ka dapat maging plastik ka sa mga Media at iba’t ibang pulitiko lalo na sa LGU. So paano na mga kabulukan nila at kalokohan nila? Hindi na natin pupunahin dahil kakandidato lang ako? Over my dead body! Itong MUB at mga Pro-Duterte bloggers na nga lang boses natin dahil madami diyang MEDIA naging PR Firm na ng mga pulitiko tapos magiging pulitiko pa po ako?” Uson added.

On House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s November 17 announcement that she is one of PDP-Laban’s senatorial bets, Uson remarked that she saw the early announcement as a mistake because doing so would make a candidate an early target of their enemies, especially the Liberal Party candidates.

“Kung tatakbo ako ang aga naman ata ng announcement. Maling mali na mag announce ngayon, bakit? Kasi tatargetin ka ng mga kalaban mo. Lalo na mga dilaw na kandidato. Ang dumi pa naman mag laro ng mga dilawan. Ngayon pa nga lang grabeh na ang paninira nila,” she said.

“Yang bansag na FAKE NEWS na yan? Kahit sila ang madalas mag kamali pero dahil alam nila nakakasira tayong mga DDS sa kanila gagawin nilang manira para hindi lumabas ang baho nila. Ngayon na may ganyang announcement sigurado ako pinaplano na nila lahat ang paninira. Kaka announce pa nga lang inatake na tayo ng mga trolls nila,” she added.

Uson also clarified why she earlier said that she’d only consider running for the Senate if President Rodrigo Duterte himself would ask her to.

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“Kasi nga DDS ako. Ano ibig sabihin nito? My loyalty is only to him. WALA NG IBA. O hihirit nanaman yung mga dilaw dapat sa taumbayan ang loyalty mo. Common sense po lang, ang ibig sabihin ko ng “my loyalty is only to him” ay pagdating sa mga nasa gobyerno o polticians not pertaining to people. Siyempre I am here to serve the Filipino people. Given na yan pero pag dating sa mga boss wala na akong ibang boss kung hindi si PRRD. Siya susundin ko dahil sa kanya lang ako may tiwala na may tunay na malasakit sa mga Pilipino. Yung iba? ewan ko lang,” she said.

“If I will run dahil gusto ko lang mapabilis na mapasa ang mga programa gusto niya para sa taumbayan. Sa totoo lang kaya bumabagal ang pag unlad ng Pilipinas hindi na dahil kay PRRD dahil yan sa napakabagal na pagpapasa ng mga batas na kailangan ng Pangulo,” she added.

She noted the delays in the passing of bills like the restoration of the death penalty and giving the Department of Transportation emergency powers and the reason being that some lawmakers are more focused on campaigning for the 2019 elections.

“Bakit ba tumatagal? kasi yung “ilang” mambabatas natin kesa na yan ang asikasuhin namumulitika at nagpapakyut lang dahil kakandidato sa 2019. Kaya ito ang sagot ko wala ng paliguy ligoy pa- tatakbo lang ako dahil gusto ng Pangulo mapabilis ang kanyang plano para sa bayan,” she remarked.

Uson said that she wants to quit from politics that soonest time possible, after Duterte’s term ends, adding that she only chose to remain in government because she wants to witness Duterte’s promises come to fruition.

“Para lang sa kaalaman ninyo gusto ko nang mag quit sa pulitika as soon as possible. After PRRD gusto ko nang maging pribado muli. Nandito lang po ako dahil gusto ko po makita na maisakatuparan ang mga pinangako ni PRRD noong nakaraang eleksyon. Since nakilala na po natin ang Pangulo at ang ilang mga gabinete ay gusto ko lang ipagpatuloy ihatid ang mga hinaing ng mga Pilipino sa kanila. YAN LANG ANG DAHILAN BAKIT AKO NAG PAPATULOY. Wala ng iba,” she said.

Among the reasons why she has grown tired of politics are her bashers, especially noting “garbage” Rappler for “stalking” her and waiting for her to make a mistake, such as when she was blamed for sharing a misquoted statement attributed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Sa totoo lang nakakapagod na po. Habang nagtratrabaho po tayo hindi tumitigil ang kaaway ng bayan mang bash, kahit itong basurang Rappler na ito parang stalker na. Nag aabang ng pagkakamali tapos ibabalita. Kahit mga maliliit ng mali. Yun nga misquote ng THE MANILA TIMES sa akin pa sinisi,” she wrote.

Addressing her followers and supporters, she said: “Sa mga masugid pong nagbabasa ng MOCHA USON BLOG kilala niyo po ako. Galit ako sa TRAPO, EPALITIKO at higit sa lahat GALIT AKO SA MGA PLASTIK na pulitiko. Sabi nila madumi daw ang showbiz world pero mas marumi di hamak ang pulitika. Kaya yan ang pinaka huling papasukin natin. Hangga’t maari dito nalang tayo sa pagsisilbi sa ating Pangulo sa Executive Branch at after this balik pribado na tayo.”

“Sa totoo lang gusto ko na mag quit ngayon palang. Kung hindi lang dahil sa pang-aapi ng ilang media at mababang tingin ng ilang opisyal ng gobyerno sa mga DDS at pro-Duterte bloggers ay titigil na tayo. Gusto ko din maging bukas ang impormasyon para sa lahat hindi lang sa traditional media. Yan ang aking mission bilang ASEC,” she added.

In a separate post, Uson emphasized her reasons on not running for a Senate seat being that she hates politicians who love to make empty promises and she despises campaigning for herself as it would mean making promises to the public.

“Hindi pa rin tumitigil ang issue sa pagtakbo ko daw sa Senado. Napakalabo talaga dahil tulad nga ng sinabi ko I AM NOT A POLITICIAN. I can not imagine myself campaigning. Alam niyo bakit? Dahil nasusuka ako sa mga pulitiko lalo na pag panahon ng kampanya,” she said.

“Inis na inis na ako pag nagsimula nang magsalita ang mga pulitiko. Sa katunayan umaalis na po ako at aking grupo pag nagsimula na sila. Makakadinig ka ng iba’t ibang pambobola sa mga tao,” she added.

She also slammed how some politicians make it seem as though they are spending their personal funds for the programs they develop for the public.

“Meron naman mangangako na maglalaan ng budget sa mga manggagawa at mga guro akala mo sa kanila pera. Ang totoo niyan pera yan ng taumbayan. Yan ay mula sa kanilang tax,” she said.

“Eh yung ibang politiko kala mo sa kanila ang perang pinamimigay nila. Hindi pa po ba tayo sawa sa ganyang kaplastikan ng mga pulitiko? Hindi pa ba tayo sawa sa mga pulitiko na ipangangako ang lahat para lang makakuha ng boto? Ako po ay sawang-sawa na at galit na galit na sa mga ganyang pulitiko. At maririnig mo yan sa kampanya. Meron pa diyan inaangkin ang libreng paaral sa mga State University. Pera ba niya yun? Tax yan ng bawat Pilipino. Hindi niya pera yun. Ganyan ang mga karaniwang maririnig mo sa kampanya,” she added.

Uson explained why she hates campaigning for herself.

“Ayaw kong tumatayo sa entablado at sasabihin ang mga gagawin ko pag nanalo. Galit nga po ako sa mga taong masyadong mapagmalaki sa nagawa niya kay PRRD noong huling eleksyon. Ayaw ko nga po yung mga taong puro “ako” ang laman ng post sa social media. Lalo na pag dumating ang kampanya,” she said.

Before concluding her post, Uson said she prefers looking for the right person to endorse, someone who can help the country, and avoid the “trapos.”

“Mas mabuti siguro na tayo ay mamili nalang ng tao na ikakampanya natin na makakatulong para sa ating bayan. Huwag na po tayo paloko sa mga trapo sa susunod na eleksyon,” she said.

On November 17, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez announced Uson as one of PDP-Laban’s senatorial bets in the 2019 elections.

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’

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President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.

He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.

“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.

Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.

“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.

Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”

So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.

Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks

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His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.

“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.

This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.

One of  the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”

In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show

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Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.

Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”

DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.

Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.

In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.

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Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.

“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.

“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.

In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal

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Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.

The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.

First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.

As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.

According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.

He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.

Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.

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In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.

Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.

Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.

The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”

Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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