Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told media that his accounts at BPI Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City have "little less" than P200 million in funds‎ or closer to the first expose of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Duterte finally admits millions in secret BPI accounts from bday gifts but all spent for ‘happy-happy’

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has revealed to media that his accounts at BPI Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City have a “little  less” than P200 million in funds‎ or closer to the first expose of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

“Definitely, it’s a little  less than (P211 million),” said Duterte in an interview with reporters.

Duterte previously claimed, after he was forced to admit the existence of the BPI accounts, that these deposits contained no more than P17,000 to P50,000.

Trillanes had accused Duterte of receiving a total of P197 million in the undeclared BPI account on his 69th birthday on 28 March, 2014. He didn’t disclose it in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for that year.

“These were gifts for me. Others have already claimed that (a lot of cash) came in during my birthday,” said Duterte.

Duterte reasoned that he didn’t report the case in his 2014 SALN because he had spent all of the funds by the reporting deadline.

“That is as of. (By that time) it’s all gone. I spent it all. I used it for happy-happy,” said Duterte on why these BPI accounts were not included among the cash deposits he was mandated by law as a government official to declare in SALN.

Duterte had a roundabout way in justifying these undeclared millions in his deposits‎.

“I have an explanation for that. Hindi naman lahat ng pera namin ninakaw (Not all of our money were stolen). Where did I steal it? I’ve been mayor for 22 years, did you see a case (against me)? Ask anybody in Davao if I ever intervened in a transaction,” said Duterte.

On having so much money received for his birthday, Duterte Said: “It only means I have very rich friends. What else? Alangan naman hinoldup ko (Am I supposed to hold up someone).”

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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.

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