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February 15, 2016

#Elections2016 … Duterte’s Diseases, Mar’s Circumcision, Bribe Ur Baranggay

DUTERTE HAS A BUERGER … But Not Like Ben’s Burger

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has a Beurger … No, not a hamburger like former Mandaluyong Mayor and Comelec Chairman Ben Abalos’ Ben’s Boor-joor … but Beurger’s Disease.

The Davao City Mayor admitted over the weekend to having, aside from a slipped disk and a delicate esophagus, Beurger’s Disease, Buerger’s disease or thromboangiitis obliterans. It is a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs which causes constriction of blood vessels. Its cause has been associated with smoking cigarettes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Buerger’s disease makes victims highly susceptible to a thrombosis. It is “a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs (where) blood vessels become inflamed, swell and can become blocked with blood clots (thrombi). This eventually damages or destroys skin tissues and may lead to infection and gangrene. Buerger’s disease usually first shows in your hands and feet and may eventually affect larger areas of your arms and legs.”

Overheard from the Inquirer.

Mar Roxas Refuses To Prove He Is Circumcised

Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas has refused the challenge of Duterte to prove he is circumcised … or at least has refused to dignify Duterte’s challenge to do so. (Story from Manila Bulletin here.)

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Duterte retaliated to the challenge of the Liberal Party to disclose his medical records by saying that he would only do so if Roxas could prove that he’s already circumcised.

Mar’s response …overheard from Bea Cupin’s Twitter:

UNA: Admin’s Bottom’s Up Budgeting Now LP’s ‘Bribe Ur Baranggay’

Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay’s party accused the administration of using government coffers to fund the Liberal Party.

Binay’s party  United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said that the government’s Bottom’s Up Budgeting now stands for “Bribe Ur Barangay”.

UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan said that this “is the new localized version of pork-barrel politics.”

“The power of the LP’s purse is energized by the administration’s Conditional Cash Transfer and BUB projects,” Ilagan explained. “(Its) rationale is no longer developmental but envelopmental, no longer economics, but politics … No matter how Mar and LP call it or sweeten the packaging, it is still legalized vote-buying because it is meant to influence the people’s voting preferences.”

UNA noted that the 2016 budget for BUB of P24.7 Billion is nearly P4 Billion higher than 2015’s BUB budget for BUB which was only P20.9 Billion.

The BUB program is an inclusive budgeting process that utilizes the participation of civil society groups, who propose projects for their communities to be implemented through national funding. The problem is, LP’s Roxas, during the national assembly of village (barangay) officials last February 11, boasted to a crowd of over 1,000 barangay leaders that funding for community-chosen projects would reach P1,000 per constituent or P100 Billion for all barangays in the Philippines, even as he said he was not campaigning.

Overheard from Rappler and the Inquirer.

Señeres Laid To Rest

Resigned presidential candidate Roy Señeres was laid to his final resting place at Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque Saturday morning. The former ambassador and OFW Party-list Representative passed away Monday, February 8, at the age of 68 due to cardiac arrest secondary to complications from diabetes. Señeres expired three days after his withdrawal from the presidential race in the upcoming May 2016 elections.

Overheard from Manila Bulletin.

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