Sara Duterte: It’s all “black propaganda”

TAGBILARAN CITY – “It’s all black propaganda,” thus said Sara Duterte, daughter of PDP-Laban standard bearer Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The daughter of tough-talking Duterte answered queries to select media last night on the issues regarding the millions of bank deposits being trumpeted by senator Trillanes.

She said in quick ambush interview that his father had already answered the issue when he called a press conference yesterday.

She hinted that all the mud slinging against her father point to his being the front runner in different opinion polls on presidential preference.

Sara Duterte, who is gunning for mayor in Davao City come May 9, 2016, expressed her gratitude to Boholanos who volunteered and other supporters here for their trust in her father.

Sara Duterte and company arrived in Tubigon in late afternoon and arrived here at past six last night where her fathr’s supporters were waiting at Plaza Rizal for a glimpse of the Duterte bus on tour.

Today, the bus tour will visit the interior part of Bohol particularly Carmen town and make minute stopovers in towns leading to Talibon then back to this city. The following day (May 1, 2016), the bus will bring them to eatern part and stopover in Jagna town, where they would continue to travel by boat on the way to Camiguin island, the source.

Meanwhile, press release of Duterte had this to say. Presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte said government programs that benefitted the Filipino people will continue.

“It is crazy to stop them just because they are programs implemented by previous administrations,” Duterte told more or less 7,000 residents of Navotas and Malabon on April 27.

Good programs of former president Gloria Arroyo and President Noynoy Aquino like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will not be stopped, the Davao City Mayor said.

Duterte, in previous campaign sorties, has consistently said that he will, in fact, improve it by adding a sack of rice every month.

“I will not waste government money and discontinue projects that are beneficial to the people,” added Duterte who seemed to be tireless despite a snail-paced motorcade in Navotas and Malabon areas.

The tough-talking mayor also didn’t miss on lambasting Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas for threatening people with stopping 4Ps if the people don’t vote for him.

“How can he stop the 4Ps if he is no longer with the government when he loses (presidential bid),” said Duterte adding that Roxas has no right to stop the 4Ps because it is government’s money, not his.

Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday, Duterte said he had no qualms about copying the works of his predecessors if these have stood the test of time.

Initiated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2008 and further executed by the Aquino administration, the P60 billion-plus program reportedly supported some four million households in 2014 by helping to reduce poverty from 26.4% to 25%.

The 4Ps is the world’s third largest CCT program, according to reports.

Speaking before a packed hotel ballroom in Makati City jointly organized by the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines, the tough talking mayor negated accusations that should he become president, he would ram down his brand of discipline upon the people.

“We are not short on good ideas,” Duterte said, pointing out that the problem as always been in the implementation and “political will.”

He also said he favors aggressive public spending on infrastructure, especially on projects designed on the basis of the people’s real needs: roads that connect farms to markets, irrigation systems that are strategically located, airports and seaports that encourage better trade.
He said pursuing the good work of his predecessors and his uncompromising approach to law and order will help alleviate hunger and build a strong middle class.

Reports describe the middle class as citizens whose per capita incomes fall between four to ten times the national poverty line. Using this yardstick, a family of five with a total monthly income (in 2012) between P30,000 to P80,000 would fit in this category.

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