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In the end, it will be Poe vs Duterte

/ 12:39 AM June 20, 2015

The results of the latest Pulse Asia survey among possible presidential candidates show Vice President Jojo Binay headed to a free fall.

From being a consistent front-runner, Binay has been dislodged by Sen. Grace Poe, a neophyte politician, from the No. 1 slot in the survey.

The corruption charges against the Vice President, when he was Makati City mayor, as well as against his family, have taken their toll.

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Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte maintained his No. 3 position next to Binay who has been consigned to second place.

In the end, it’s going to be a fight between Poe and Duterte should the two decide to run for president in the 2016 elections.

The voters will choose between Poe, who carries the name of her very popular father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., and Duterte, whose sterling leadership has been tried and tested over the years.

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In the end, voters will choose Duterte over Poe because they want other parts of the country to replicate Davao City, considered one of the safest cities in the world.

Duterte’s city is drug-free and crime-free.

The country’s No. 1 problem is illegal drugs which results in a high crime rate. Most crimes are committed by persons “high” on drugs.

Duterte has solved the drug problem in his city through his unorthodox method which has gained the approval of the majority of the populace.

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Whistle-blower Rhodora Alvarez, who exposed the “rotten” P1.26 billion helicopter deal of the Department of National Defense (DND), has not been placed under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Let’s not be surprised if an attempt is made on her life one of these days because she cause she has not been assured of security by the government.

The Senate blue ribbon committee, which is investigating Alvarez’s allegations, has not asked the Department of Justice to have her placed under the WPP despite her plea for protection.

Let’s connect the dots.

Perhaps Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona, the committee chair, is not interested in her security because he is an ally of President Noynoy who, in turn, is beholden to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Alvarez has linked Gazmin to the rotten deal.

As head of the presidential guards, Gazmin protected P-Noy’s mother, President Cory, whose administration was rocked by several coup attempts.

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Assistant Prosecutor Jerry Nebab of Cagayan province seems to favor the suspect in the rape of a 5-year-old girl by pressuring her parents to make an out-of-court settlement with the respondent.

Nebab had recommended a P200,000 bail for the suspect, 76-year-old Conrado Garduque, which was accepted by the court.

Rape is a nonbailable offense.

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TAGS: 2016 elections, Conrado Garduque, Department of National Defense, Grace Poe, Helicopter Deal, Jejomar Binay, Jerry Nebab, P-Noy, Rhodora Alvarez, Rodrigo Duterte, TG Guingona, Voltaire Gazmin
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