Bzzzzz: Poe is a Filipino but, maybe, not natural-born

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

... NO GOVERNOR MAY BE CREDITED FOR THE ASTRONOMICAL RISE IN CEBU PROVINCE’S ASSETS (as against liabilities).

Properties of the province that Capitol has owned since several decades ago compose the bulk of the assets (P27 billion of P28 billion).

Dramatic and phenomenal increase came when the properties were re-appraised, which would be during Gwen Garcia’s first term (2004-2007). Gwen said the assets went up from P5 billion to P28 billion.

Technically, the adjustment occurred during her watch.

As to Gov. Junjun Davide, he could be credited for stabilizing the assets but only if it could be shown that Gwen depleted those assets in the last year or two of her term. Junjun’s claim that Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and himself made Capitol’s finances robust would be credible if it could be shown that the province was “bankrupt” when they took over from the former governor and they nursed it back to its health that COA found in 2004.

... RODRIGO DUTERTE’S ENTRY TO THE RACE may affect the chances of all the contenders, including Duterte himself. He could slice off votes from Mar Roxas in Visayas, Jojo Binay in Mindanao and Grace Poe all over. Grace is expected to be the target of Digong’s attacks as she is publicly made the reason for his running.

His assault on her citizenship though may be hugely exaggerated. From arguments of the three justices in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) who voted against her, Poe is not a foreigner (“an American,” Digong said), she’s a Filipino but she’s not natural-born, which would disqualify her as senator or as president.

... PNOY’S DOUBTS ABOUT DUTERTE SUBSTITUTING A PDP-LABAN CANDIDATE, the kind of comment he usually wouldn’t make, tends to show the LP is threatened by Digong’s joining.

Duterte is the spoiler no major competitor would want. But PNoy’s observations were raised before by legal experts and could bar Duterte from the battle: (1)the poll bet he’d replace, PDP-Laban’s Martin Dino, had withdrawn his COC not for a substitute but because Comelec was about to remove him as a nuisance, and (2) the COC was for a mayor’s post, not for president.

... AN OPPOSITION GROUP IN LAPU-LAPU CITY HAS USED THE RADAZA CAMP’S “I LOVE PAZ” CATCHPHRASE AGAINST THE MAYOR’S INTEREST.

Kusgano Party changes the “z” to “s” to turn “PAZ” into “PAS,” the initials for its top candidates: Patalinghug (for mayor), Amores (vice mayor) and Sitoy (for congressman).

Devious but neat.

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