Duterte lacks the funds for his Presidential campaign


Duterte won't accept money from those who offer to fund his campaign.

There are 80 days left before the elections and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte revealed yesterday his group lacks the funds to support his campaign for the presidency.

He said, "You would be proud to go in defeat just because it is a question of money. There are certain things in life that you cannot exchange. I have my values...that's it."

Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is the party that he serves as the standard-bearer and chairman. However, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the PDP-Laban, said that the party does not have the money to fund Duterte's campaign.

Despite the problem, he stressed that he could not bring himself to accept money from those who have wanted to support his campaign.

He added that those offers were made long before he made a decision to run for this upcoming election.Also, he ordered a stop to the scratch card initiative that some of his supporters launched in order to fund his campaign. He said that he didn't approve it.

He said he would rather remain cash-strapped and risk losing the election than giving his approval of the scheme that would have allowed his supporters to donate funds ranging from P25 to P500,000, although it was deemed legal. He's also decided to decline contributions with strings attached. He said, "Not from them because they will ask something in return."

In his address held in Tagum City yesterday, where there were about 20,000 supporters, Duterte repeated his proposition that there's no other way for the country to go but to shift to federalism.
He explained them that federalism is a form of government that would pave the way for more autonomous regions, allow distribution of power and equal sharing of funds, and facilitate better delivery of services-attributes that could not be seen in the present presidential unitary form of government that gives Manila the bulk of the funds.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Vice presidential candidate, said the autonomy that federalism brings would likely result in the improvement of Mindanao, which he described as having been neglected by the government.

Duterte and the PDP-Laban were still discussing the composition of the party's senatorial slate.

Meanwhile, Duterte praised Pope Francis for being expressive standing against illegal drugs, particularly in Mexico where the pope is on a six-day visit, and having the courage to take up narco-politics as an issue in Latin America.

He's proud that Pope Francis has taken the courage to name the issue and face down narco-politics. He's sad to say that his opponents seem to be too blind to this reality.

Duterte earlier apologized to the Catholic church for cussing the pope over the traffic jam created by his visit last year and he's glad to find a powerful ally in his campaign to stamp out the illegal drug menace in the country.

Yesterday, Pope Francis held a mass against a backdrop of violent drug-related crimes and offered it to all victims of the violent drug war in Mexico.

Pope Francis said that the Mexico of violence, the Mexico of corruption, the Mexico of drug trafficking, the Mexico of cartels, is not the Mexico our Mother wants.

Duterte said that the Philippines is already going the way of Mexico, where the drug trade has been dictating the outcome of elections and where are drug-lord friendly politicians with.

Illegal drug trade is destroying a generation of Filipinos and that angers him, he said. He claimed that eight of 10 Filipino families have drug-related problems.

Duterte, the tough-talking mayor, declared his own war against drugs in Davao where suspected drug pushers have been gunned down, vigilante fashion.

He gave orders to shoot and kill those drug pushers who will resist police arrest, arguing that these drug syndicates are armed and dangerous.

If he would be elected as a president, he promised to put an end to crime and the illegal drug trade within the first six months.




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Duterte won't accept money from those who offer to fund his campaign.
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