The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor

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The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor

President Duterte and his children Sara and Paolo separately and together offer token or opaque data that, under the law, they are required to reveal in their SALNs

MANILA, Philippines – Rich man, poor man, Mayor, President.

Back in 15th century England, this was how a traditional nursery rhyme and fortune-telling game ran. Later in the United States, it became a popular counting song of children playing tag as they called out who would be “it.” In the Philippines today, it could well be the riddle that is the state of wealth of the President’s family.

Honesty, full and unvarnished, is something that one could wish of the Dutertes, or more than the data that they have disclosed in their asset records.

On several occasions, President Rodrigo Duterte has claimed that he was born into poverty. Yet at other times, he has boasted that he was raised in wealth.

Is the President honestly poor or honestly rich? The disclosures in his asset records across 20 years are woefully inconsistent, or less than fully open.

Daughter Sara, Davao City mayor, and son Paolo, resigned Davao City vice mayor, are similarly ambiguous in the declarations they have made under oath in their respective Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) across 11 years.

Token reveal

Checked against records of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the businesses they declared they own or have interests in, the President, Sara, and Paolo separately and together offer a muddled mix of token or opaque data that, under the law, they are required to reveal in “truthful and complete” SALN submissions.

Such requirement is aimed in part at surfacing any possible conflicts of interest that public servants may have gotten themselves into. Faced with the apparent lack of pertinent data and details in the Dutertes’ SALNs, PCIJ reviewed not only SEC documents on their business interests, but also provisions of relevant laws. Legal experts and other sources were also interviewed.

Among the findings are:

  • The Carpio & Duterte Lawyers entity, which has Sara and husband Manases "Mans" R. Carpio as partners, was born over 10 years ago but has not registered at all with the SEC, as of this posting. The Supreme Court and the Local Government Code prohibit mayors and governors from practicing their professions, but Sara has not formally, publicly declared her leave of absence from the firm. Since 2016, however, Manases has appeared as legal counsel to big companies with big cases before government regulatory agencies. Last March, the firm opened a branch office in Cebu, its second after Davao City.
  • Duterte, Sara, and Paolo have either a) belatedly disclosed their interests in certain companies; b) remained listed in some other companies as shareholders but kept these undisclosed in their SALNs; or c) remained part of certain companies not at all registered with the SEC or the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • The President and Paolo have separately listed several “donated” real properties but do not identify their donors by name, to validate their donors’ potential or real conflicts of interest with their public functions.
  • The Dutertes have reported “liabilities” in their SALNs as “various personal loans” (Sara) or “personal loans” or “miscellaneous payables” (Duterte, Paolo) that they owe Davao City-based businessmen who are apparently among their business partners and campaign donors.
  • For 10 years running from 1999 to 2009, the President’s SALNs showed unchanged liability he called “miscellaneous payables” of an absolute P1 million. By 2013, he renamed this liability “personal loan” – from creditor “Sammy Uy.”

Creditor, biz pal

In his 2013 SALN, Paolo said that he got a P3-million loan from Nestor Ma, owner of the “San-Ei Group of Companies” that reportedly owns the San-Ei Building in Ma-a, Davao City, which had served as the national headquarters of the “Duterte for President Movement” in 2016.

Four years later in his 2017 SALN, Paolo said that he still had a “personal loan” from Ma amounting to P2.2 million.

Soon after Ma was appointed Philippine Judo Federation (PJF) chairman in 2016, the businessman offered a part of his 1,000-square-meter building along Ma-a Diversion Road as the new training center for judo and office of the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Sports Institute (PSC-PSI).

A SunStar report quoted Ma as saying that the center will accommodate all judokas not just in the city, but also from the entire region, starting 2017.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) in 2017 granted Ma’s Davao San-Ei Trading Inc a certificate of registration as an importer of rice covering a 3-year period, or from March 15, 2017 to March 15, 2020.

CERTIFICATE The certificate for Davao San-Ei Trading Inc Screenshot by PCIJ

CERTIFICATE. The certificate for Davao San-Ei Trading Inc. Screenshot by PCIJ

In his LinkedIn profile, Ma said that he is president of Davao San-Ei Trading Inc, which does not seem to have prior involvement in rice importation. On its Facebook page, the firm said that it is engaged in “transportation, trucking, and railroad” services, and is a “direct importer, Japan & U.S.A surplus, light and heavy equipments (sic), light & heavy vehicle.”

The databases of both the SEC and DTI do not show any registration or other corporate documents for Davao San-Ei Trading Inc. Two other companies where Ma is listed as president and stockholder have records as of 2018 and 2019 with the SEC: Mindanao Allied Industrial Mining Sales (MAIMS) and Davao Rental Co Inc (Davrenco).

The President, for his part, could have confirmed or denied whether the Sammy Uy he identified as his creditor is the same Davao businessman Sammy Uy who donated P30 million to his presidential campaign in May 2016.

Businessman Uy runs a cockpit that counts some local officials and some police and military officers as patrons. SEC records also show that Uy and Duterte are incorporators and shareholders, since 1996, of Honda Cars General Santos Inc. Duterte, however, was 4 years late in reporting that he was an incorporator of the company; the information appears in his 2000 to 2016 SALNs, which say nothing about his being among its shareholders.

Not registered

As for Mayor Sara, among her apparent holdings is a law firm she had set up with her husband months after they were married.

While it has not registered with the SEC, the “Carpio & Duterte Lawyers” entity was organized in 2008, according to Manases’ public profile on LinkedIn. In her 2008 SALN, Sara had also put Manases as a “Law Office Partner” in the “Carpio-Duterte Law Office.”

In her 2011 SALN, the reference to the firm was changed to “Carpio Duterte Lawyers.” The law firm, however, has yet to appear in Sara’s SALN declarations as among her business interests and financial connections.

Carpio & Duterte Lawyers is a hugely opaque matter in the Dutertes’ wealth records particularly because it has recently shown an appetite for big corporations with big controversial cases before government regulatory agencies.

NOT REGISTERED SEC certifications on the law firm

NOT REGISTERED. SEC certifications on the law firm.

PCIJ has secured a dozen written certifications from the SEC that the Carpio & Duterte Lawyers and 11 other possible derivative names (i.e. Carpio Duterte Lawyers, Carpio Duerte Law Office, etc.) are not registered entities at all as of this posting.

What sources in legal circles now call “The Firm” of note and influence under the Duterte administration lists Sara as a “partner” together with husband Manases Carpio in press releases and advertisements.


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  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Continuation....

    Political clients

    On February 13, 2019, the Cebu Daily News reported that Sara has been on leave from the firm – but with no details about when that happened. She herself has not made any explicit declaration ever since the firm was organized more than a decade ago.

    At the time it was set up, Sara was vice mayor of Davao City (2007-2010). She was mayor of the city from 2010 to 2013 and was reelected in 2016. She is currently vying for another term as mayor. From 2013 to 2016, however, Sara did not have a public post.

    Sara’s husband Manases has acknowledged that some of the firm’s clients “appear to have interest in politics…but the firm is not going to handle political cases.”

    “If feeling ninyo lalapit kayo sa akin just to get close to (Mayor) Sara, pasensiyahan tayo,” the Cebu Daily News quoted him as saying. “I’m not a political person.”

    According to the newspaper, Manases explained that mixing politics and legal cases would be difficult as his wife is a politician while he is “more inclined to the legal profession because both his parents are lawyers.”

    Manases told Cebu Daily News that his firm specializes in “family law like annulment, nullity of marriage, adoption and custody cases, as well as labor and corporate cases.”

    Mighty, PECO

    The firm, through Manases, is the lawyer on record of clients with big, controversial cases before state regulatory agencies. Two are most notable: cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation that, in August 2017, paid P30 billion to settle a P37.88-billion tax evasion case, and Panay Electric Co that, in September 2018, filed a petition to lobby for renewal of its franchise before the House of Representatives. Manases’ father, Lucas Carpio Jr, is also into lawyering for corporations with big cases before government agencies.

    Sara married Manases on October 27, 2007, months after she was elected vice mayor on her first electoral run. She finished law at the San Sebastian College-Recoletos in May 2005, was admitted to the bar in May 2006, and for a few months worked as a court attorney at the office of then-Supreme Court Associate Justice Romeo Callejo Sr.

    Manases finished law, also at San Sebastian College, in 2002, and was admitted to the bar in 2004. His mother, Agnes Reyes Carpio, was associate justice at the Court of Appeals until December 2016 and was a former regional trial court judge in Davao City, Manila, Parañaque, and Pasig. Manases’ father Lucas Jr is the brother of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and cousin of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

    Lucas Carpio Jr co-founded the Carpio & Bello Law Offices with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. The firm’s stationery reportedly states that Bello had retired as partner.

    According to Philippine Star columnist Jarius Bondoc, Lucas’ name had appeared in “an official correspondence of Busan Universal Rail Inc (BURI)” dated April 27, 2017 to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) regarding the operations shutdowns since January 2016 of the Metro Railway Transit (MRT)-3.

    BURI had won a P3.8-billion non-bid contract from the Aquino administration for the maintenance of the MRT-3 trains, tracks, and power supply, but has been blamed for frequent breakdowns of train system.

    DOTr had issued 3 memoranda and had asked BURI to explain the maintenance issues, or the contract would be rescinded. BURI’s reply letter was signed by in-house lawyers Charles Mercado and Redentor Roque, as well as Lucas Carpio Jr.

    No problem at all

    But lawyering for big corporations with big cases before government regulatory agencies does not seem to bother President Duterte, even if it involves his daughter-mayor, son-in-law, and in-laws.

    After it was exposed that Mans Carpio was confirmed to have visited then Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to discuss Mighty Corporation’s case, the President, in a loose-lipped moment in August 2017 said: “Ang anak ko was lawyering for the Mighty King. Siyempre piliin mo ‘yung kliyenteng may pera. Kaya sabi ko, kung hanggang diyan, okay lang, sabi ko.” (My daughter was lawyering for the Mighty King. Of course you will choose the client with money. So I said, if it’s just up to a certain point, it’s okay, I said.)

    “It’s lawyering,” the President added. “Nobody can question us and even I, when as a matter of fact it is just part of our profession, our vocation as a lawyer. Alam naman natin ‘yang mga abogado (We lawyers know that).”

    The President had also told reporters in 2017 that “the law firm of Sara and her husband, abogado Manases ‘Mans’ R. Carpio, had been the legal consultant of Mighty long before it was accused of using fake stamp taxes to avoid tax payments.”

    Si Mans Carpio, ang tatay niya kapatid niya si Ombudsman Morales (Conchita) Carpio-Morales,” he said as well. “Ito, abogado ito. Long before ‘yung Mighty ano – Mighty King, ang office nila ang nag-handle niyan.

    Mans’ FB post

    In his social-media account, Manases himself has admitted to having “many clients” dealing with the Bureau of Customs. On his Facebook account in 2017, he wrote: “I represent many clients who have transactions with the Bureau of Customs.” That Facebook post had Manases confirming that he went to the agency because “I represent many clients who have transactions with the Bureau of Customs. It is my job as a lawyer to appear before government agencies for and on behalf of my principals.”

    If, according to the President, Manases and Sara had represented or served as counsel for Mighty Corporation years earlier, that same period also marked the years Sara was vice mayor of Davao City (2007 to 2010), mayor (2010 to 2013), and mayor again (2016 to the present).

    A sitting mayor cannot perform duties as a lawyer, or engage in the practice of his or her profession, according to the Supreme Court and the Local Government Code.

    Provisions of the Code of Conduct and Professional Standards for Public Officials and Employees, or Republic Act No. 6713, on “conflict of interest” are just as relevant. The Code states that "conflict of interest arises when a public official or employee is a member of a board, an officer, or a substantial stockholder of a private corporation or owner or has a substantial interest in a business, and the interest of such corporation or business, or his rights or duties therein may be opposed to or affected by the faithful performance of official duty.”

    Ambit of conflict

    RA No. 6713 also says that such conflict of interest situations may involve the conduct of public officials vis-à-vis their “relatives” that include “any and all persons related to a public official or employee within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, including bilas, inso and balae.”

    Section 9 on “Divestment” of RA No. 6713 is equally important advisory in the case of the Carpio & Duterte Lawyers.

    It reads: “A public official or employee shall avoid conflicts of interest at all times. When a conflict of interest arises, he shall resign from his position in any private business enterprise within thirty (30) days from his assumption of office and/or divest himself of his shareholdings or interest within sixty (60) days from such assumption. The same rule shall apply where the public official or employee is a partner in a partnership. The requirement of divestment shall not apply to those who serve the Government in an honorary capacity nor to laborers and casual or temporary workers.

    On February 19, 2008, the Supreme Court’s First Division resolved Administrative Case No. 5738 (Wilfredo M. Catu, complainant, vs. Atty. Vicente G. Rellosa, respondent) and affirmed the ban on mayors and governors practicing law.

    The high court’s resolution cited Section 90 of the Local Government Code, which “prohibits public officials and employees, during their incumbency, from engaging in the private practice of their profession unless authorized by the Constitution or law, provided that such practice will not conflict or tend to conflict with their official functions. This is the general law which applies to all public officials and employees.”

    Ban on mayors, governors

    For elective local government officials, the court affirmed, Section 90 of RA 7160[12] stipulates that “all governors, city and municipal mayors are prohibited from practicing their profession or engaging in any occupation other than the exercise of their functions as local chief executives.”

    A lawyer with expertise in legal ethics told PCIJ that the Code’s provision is “a total proscription for local elected officials like a sitting mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio. The reason behind this rule, from case law, is that a sitting mayor should fully devote her time and attention to the performance of her official duties.”

    PCIJ asked the expert whether Sara might have violated any law or rule when she allowed her name to be listed as a partner of Manases, until the recent opening of its branch office in Cebu. Has the Davao City mayor sent a message, intended or unintended, that she is still a part of the firm because she has not expressly recused herself from it?

    The legal expert replied: “Since the total proscription/prohibition to practice the legal profession adheres to Mayor Sara, then she should not allow her name to be printed or advertised as a name partner, holding out to the public that she, together with the partners of the firm, can practice law.”

    By the Canons of Professional Ethics of lawyers, the expert said, Sara and Manases may have misrepresented or falsely advertised her role in the firm, despite one news report that she has taken a leave of absence.


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    Continuation ……………

    Misleading claim

    Said the legal expert: “The Code of Professional Responsibility provides that a lawyer in making known his legal services shall use only true, honest, fair, dignified and objective information or statement of facts (Canon 3, CPR). He is not supposed to use or permit the use of any false, fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, undignified, self-laudatory or unfair statement or claim regarding his qualifications or legal services (Rule 3.01, CPR).”

    Most important of all, the source said, “the standards of the legal profession condemn lawyers' advertisement in a manner similar to a merchant advertising his goods. The proscription against advertising of legal services or solicitation of legal business rests on the fundamental postulate that the practice of law is a profession, not a money-making enterprise (Mauricio C. Ulep vs. The Legal Clinic, Inc, Bar Matter No. 553, June 17, 1993).”

    Carpio & Duterte Lawyers had a “grand opening” on February 13, 2019 at the City Times Square II in Mandaue City. At least 13 congratulatory half-page ads ran simultaneously in the SunStar Cebu newspaper from a variety of political and corporate well-wishers.

    13 greeting ads

    The identical greeting ads came from Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino; Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Almendras-Magpale; E.C. Labella & Partners Law Office that is owned by Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidate for mayor against incumbent Mayor Tomas Osmeña; Tuburan Mayor Democrito "Aljun" Diamante; Marty Pimentel; Representative Wilfredo “Willy” Caminero (Cebu, 2nd District.); Representative Peter John D. Calderon (Cebu, 7th Distict); Toyota Team Cebu (Talisay, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue North, Mandaue South); motorcycle dealer Du Ek Sam Inc; Catalina Car Rentals; Topline Express Ferries; Stradcom Corporation; Roble Shipping Inc; and Hercules Transport Inc.

    Another lawyer who teaches law ethics said, though, that if it is run as a “general practice partnership,” Carpio & Duterte Lawyers may not need to register with the SEC. That is, if its lawyers are rendering legal services on their own as officers of the law, and not as a business unit.

    “The right to practice law, represent clients, file pleadings with the court is vested in the individual lawyer, and not in law firms,” the lawyer said. But the source said that it is important for Sara to explicitly state in the firm’s stationery that she has taken a leave of absence, because as a mayor she may not render legal services at all.

    Yet how Carpio & Duterte Lawyers secured a business permit to operate, issue receipts to clients and in whose name/s, cover the social benefits of their employees, and pay business taxes are not quite clear for the unregistered law firm.

    Civil Code: Must register

    An ancient but still valid law enacted on June 18, 1949, Republic Act No. 386 or The Civil Code of the Philippines, spells out in various provisions the obligations of parties to various types of partnerships to register via public instruments when these start acquiring “immovable property” and deal in transactions affecting “real rights.” The Code also defines the rights of partners with regard to the distribution of profits, and transactions with creditors, debtors, and other parties.

    “A partnership may be constituted in any form, except where immovable property or real rights are contributed thereto, in which case a public instrument shall be necessary,” according to the Civil Code.

    Just as important, the Code says that “every contract of partnership having a capital of three thousand pesos or more, in money or property, shall appear in a public instrument, which must be recorded in the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

    That is exactly what a sitting commissioner of the SEC told PCIJ: “To the extent that they are not single/solo practitioners, law partnerships register with the SEC.”

    More than just a conjugal affair for “partners” Sara Duterte and Manases Carpio, Carpio & Duterte Lawyers has also hired other lawyers as associates at their offices in Davao City and Cebu. At the latter, its associates are Nikko Jay G. Gagno and Goldy Luck C. Dacal-Mayol, both of whom passed the bar only in 2017.

    Duterte’s law firm

    Mayor Sara, however, may be just taking a cue from her father. The President himself was a partner at the Fabiosa Duterte Cimafranca Carcedo Law Firm (FDC CO. LAW). The firm has never appeared in any of his SALNs.

    At least, though, the SEC has records of its Articles of Partnership, which indicate that it was established on February 6, 2003 and that Duterte and 3 other lawyer-partners each put in P100,000 in subscribed capital. At the time, Duterte was mayor of Davao City.

    In January 2017, President Duterte appointed the firm’s managing partner, Filemon S. Cimafranca Jr, then 70, as independent director of the United Coconut Planters’ Bank; he was later named director also of UCPB Securities Inc. The government has a 73.9% stake in UCPB. (Nicanor Gabunada Jr, Duterte’s social-media campaign manager in 2016, has also been appointed to the UCPB board and sits in the bank’s Executive Committee.)

    In his public profile online, Cimafranca said that he had worked as consultant of the National Bureau of Investigation director’s office; consultant for Public Order and Security, Office of the Mayor, Davao City; special counsel and head, Philippine National Bank Legal, Mindanao Region; and agent of “Interpol National Bureau of Investigation.”

    Another partner, Ricardo B. Fabiosa, is an Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator as of the 2013 list of the Department of Labor and Employment-National Conciliation and Mediation Board.

    A 4th partner, Oscar A. Carcedo, was admitted to the roll of attorneys in 1981.

    (By email, fax, and courier, PCIJ sent two batches of request letters to the President, Sara, and Paolo for comment and, if possible, sit-down interviews. The first batch moved in October 2018 and the second, in January 2019. The letters raised specific questions about the wealth, business engagements, and properties of the Dutertes.

    Last March 26, a letter from the Office of Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo reached the PCIJ’s offices, although it was dated a month earlier. Panelo wrote that he had referred PCIJ’s queries to the office of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. PCIJ checked with Medialdea and Deputy Executive Secretary Ryan Acosta; both said they would first have to consult with the President’s staff who helped prepare his SALNs. They asked for more time to respond to PCIJ. Medialdea’s office was actually furnished copies of the first letter that PCIJ sent in October 2018 to the President.

    Until Tuesday, April 2, Medialdea’s office had not sent a reply, even as Acosta told PCIJ that it would be ready possibly next week.

    PCIJ’s October 2018 letters were received and acknowledged by the Office of the President and the City Mayor’s Office of Davao City; Mayor Sara’s Office also acknowledged receipt of the January letter. PCIJ was less successful with that addressed to Paolo; it did not get any response at all.

    The January 2019 letter to Paolo, who resigned as vice mayor in December 2017, was coursed through the office of his wife, Davao City Councilor January Duterte, and sent by courier to his residence. Attempts were also made to contact him through his business links.

    Among the matters that Paolo may have helped clarify had he replied is that involving one of his personal creditors who had secured not just an appointment in 2016 as chairman of the Philippine Judo Federation, but also a certificate to import rice from the Bureau of Plant Industry in March 2017.)



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    Nakow, kaya naman pala na high blood si Tay Digs at mag declare na daw ng martial law.


  • troll_anustroll_anus Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    kwentong barbero. 
  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer

    Sabi ni Inday Sara(H), imbento at wala daw Carpio & Duterte Lawyers.

    Sinungaling talaga itong si goggle. Ano nga Inday?????



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  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Data on family wealth came from Dutertes' SALNs, PCIJ says

    MANILA - The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) on Sunday said it only used the data available on the statements of assets and liabilities (SALNs) submitted by the members of the Duterte family in its report about the family's wealth.

    In a statement, executive director Malou Mangahas said there was no need for President Rodrigo Duterte to lose his cool as the PCIJ report "was built on the Dutertes' own declarations in their SALNs, and data from official government records."

    "PCIJ had wished only for the Dutertes to offer clear, direct, straightforward replies to our queries. Instead of blaming PCIJ for the report, Mr. Duterte should turn his attention at his deputies, notably Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, for the failure of Office of the President to attend to PCIJ's request letters, over the last five months," she said in a statement.

    Mangahas also said the report on Duterte's wealth is not new, as the PCIJ also has reported on the wealth and controversies of all five presidents before him -- Benigno S. Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph Estrada, Fidel V. Ramos, and Corazon C. Aquino.

    "It would have been far better had Mr. Duterte, daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara, and son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo granted PCIJ's request for comments, and possibly sit-down interviews, before the story ran. PCIJ exerted best effort to get their side -- by courier, fax, and email, we sent them two batches of request letters in October 2018 and in January 2019," Mangahas also said.

    PCIJ on Thursday published a report on the alleged growing wealth of Duterte's 3 children, Paolo, Sara and Sebastian, who are all running in the May midterm elections.

    Duterte on Saturday credited his late mother, Soledad Duterte, for his wealth.

    He also slammed investigative journalists for allegedly being paid.

    "Tinitira kami ng mga anak ko, all about lawyrering. Ano bang pakialam nila what happened to my law office? Makita mo 'yung mga utak ng investigative journalist, binabayaran 'yan," he said.

    (Me and my children are under attack, all about lawyering. Why should they be concerned about what happened to my law office? See the mind of the investigative journalist? They are paid.)

    A report by PCIJ found that Carpio & Duterte Lawyers firm was established over 10 years ago and was not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Macalañang earlier shrugged off the report, saying the timing of the its release during the election season was "suspect."



  • Plantation BoyPlantation Boy Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Like he said:
    "It's none of your business!"
  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop I Am WHIP PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ kailangan nilang ireport yan sa SALN. They are required so by law. kaya nga nila napaalis yung dating supreme court justice dahil sa technicalitty na hinalungkat nila diba?

    o ano ngayon, balik sa kanya. pero since poon pduts e. iba ang standard nya. law does not apply to him! 
  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop I Am WHIP PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Also, if you are in business, like a LAWFIRM, kailangan registered ka sa SEC, dahil eto rin ang requirement para mabigyan ka ng BIR ng cert of registration where in you are given your TIN number. 

    which means:

    wala silang SEC
    wala silang BIR CoR
    HIS LAWFIRM DOES NOT PAY TAXES. 

    ano? iba ang rules for pduts ? 
  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    NO NEED TO LOSE COOL | PCIJ to Dutertes: Respond to queries over wealth

      

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    APRIL 8, 2019 – The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) called on the Duterte family to explain their wealth in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “broadsides” on its three-part report.

    On Saturday, Duterte alleged that investigative reports are driven by money. The chief executive did not mention the PCIJ, but the statements were made after its report titled “The Dutertes: Wealth Reveal & Riddles” was released.

    The report showed “big spikes” in the wealth of the President and his children Paolo and Sara, among others.

    “Makita mo ‘yung utak ng mga investigative journalism kaya… Pera-pera lang. Binabayaran ‘yan kung gano’n kalaki. Pati nu’ng lawyering ko… “P*tang*na ninyo,” Duterte said in Iloilo City.

    “Hoy, ‘yung mga dilaw, all the time I was with my mother. Maski na noong mayor na ako, ang nagpapakain sa akin nanay ko. ‘Yung nanay ko ang may pera. ‘Yun ang nanay ko nag-iwan ng pera sa amin. Pero kung magkano, eh bakit sabihin ko sa inyo?,” he added.

    In response, PCIJ Executive Director Malou Mangahas said the President did not have to lose his cool as the report was built on the Dutertes’ own declarations in their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) and government data.

    “PCIJ had wished only for the Dutertes to offer clear, direct, straightforward replies to our queries,” Mangahas said.

    “Instead of blaming PCIJ for the report, Mr. Duterte should turn his attention at his deputies, notably Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, for the failure of Office of the President to attend to PCIJ’s request letters, over the last five months,” she added.

    The PCIJ likewise emphasized that it has reported on the wealth and the controversies that had hounded all five presidents before Duterte.

    “It would have been far better had Mr. Duterte, daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara, and son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo granted PCIJ’s request for comments, and possibly sit-down interviews, before the story ran.”





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  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    PCIJ to Duterte: Nix blame game, address wealth issues


    MANILA, Philippines  – The Duterte family should just just offer “clear, direct, [and] straightforward” answers about their wealth rather than blaming and hitting and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism report, PCIJ Executive Director Malou Mangahas said in a statement late Sunday.

    “In truth, the President did not have to lose his cool; the PCIJ report was built on the Dutertes’ own declarations in their SALNs (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth), and data from official government records,” Mangahas said.

    “PCIJ had wished only for the Dutertes to offer clear, direct, straightforward replies to our queries. Instead of blaming PCIJ for the report,” she added.


    President Rodrigo Duterte earlier took a swipe at investigative journalists, alleging that they are being paid to publish such reports.

    “Makita mo ‘yung utak ng mga investigative journalism kaya… Pera-pera lang. Binabayaran ‘yan kung ganun kalaki. Pati nung lawyering ko at saka ‘yung motorcycle shop (You can read the minds of investigative journalists, it’s all about the money. They are being paid big amounts. They notice even my lawyering and motorcycle shop),” Duterte said on Saturday during the National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines’ annual national convention in Iloilo City.

    The President was supposedly reacting to a series of PCIJ reports which claimed that his SALN, as well as those of his children, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Paolo Duterte, reported significant increases in wealth while serving in public office

    The reports added that the presidential family had undisclosed businesses and an unregistered law firm.

    “Eh ngayon, tinitira kami ng mga anak ko, all about lawyering. Ano ba naman pakialam nila na what happened to my law office (My children and I are being questioned about our law firm. Why do they care about what happened to my law office?),” Duterte said.

    Mangahas, however, clarified that the PCIJ has reported on the wealth of five of Duterte’s predecessors.

    “For the record, PCIJ has reported on the wealth and the controversies that had hounded of all five presidents before him  – Benigno S. Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph Estrada, Fidel V. Ramos and Corazon C. Aquino,” Mangahas said.

    The veteran journalist further said that the PCIJ has “exerted best efforts to get their side.”

    “It would have been far better had Mr Duterte, daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara, and son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo granted PCIJ’s request for comments, and possibly sit-down interviews, before the story ran,” she said.

    “PCIJ exerted best effort to get their side — by courier, fax, and email, we sent them two batches of request letters in October 2018 and in January 2019,” she added.

    Mangahas also noted that the PCIJ has “secured authentication as certified true copies of the corporate documents and the asset records that the President had filed since 1998, and Sara and Paolo, since 2007.”

    She also cited the SALN Law or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees or Republic Act No. 6713, which stated all public officials “are enjoined to file ‘truthful and complete’ disclosures of their assets, liabilities, and net worth.”

    “Public officials, not least of them the President, are also required to subscribe and swear by the authenticity of their SALN filings, and to have these documents duly notarized,” she added.

    Meanwhile, in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel on Monday, Mangahas said she was on the phone with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Ryan Acosta a day before the said reports were published.

    “They were saying that they wanted more time to respond but by that time actually that was the day only that they saw the referral letter sent by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the letter actually asked Medialdea and undersecretary to respond to the PCIJ request letter,” she  said.

    “I think we did our best effort to get their side and they didn’t respond, they  knew about the questions,” she added.

    Mangahas further suggested that Duterte “turn his attention at his deputies, notably Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, for the failure of Office of the President to attend to PCIJ’s request letters, over the last five months.”


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    Sereno to Duterte: Explain 'unexplained' wealth


    ILOILO CITY - Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to explain to the public his family's supposed growing riches.

    "Kung kahina-hinala na napakadami ng pera ang isang pinuno, dapat may paliwanag 'yun. At ang paliwanag na iyon ay dapat ibigay sa tao," she said during a voter’s education forum at the University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City.

    Her remark came after a report from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), which examined the wealth of members of the Duterte family. 

    Sereno also slammed the President for attacking journalists who are critical of the administration.

    "Mali 'yun kasi parang sa Constitution at sa batas natin, nandoon 'yun dapat may pakialam tayo, lalo na sa ganoong klaseng allegations na ang layo daw ng linaki ng yaman nila," she said.

    Sereno said these allegations can't simply be swept under the rug, considering some members of the Duterte family are being linked to the narcotics trade.

    "At lalong-lalo na ngayon na may alegasyon pa na kailangang patunayan na ng pamilya niya na hindi totoong nagkakalat na balita na parang ang proteksyon ng droga ay mismo nanggagaling sa mga kasama niya sa kanyang pamilya," she said.

    In its report released Thursday, the PCIJ noted that President Rodrigo Duterte, daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, and eldest son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte “have all consistently grown richer over the years, even on the modest salaries they have received for various public posts, and despite the negligible retained earnings reflected in the financial statements of the companies they own or co-own.”

    Sara is seeking reelection as Davao City mayor while Paolo is running for the city's first district representative.

    The PCIJ noted that across the 10-year period from 2007, the President’s wealth nearly tripled, Paolo's wealth more than tripled, and Sara’s wealth grew more than 6 times.

    Paolo is also being accused of receiving payoffs from a drug syndicate, which the President had denied.

    Malacañang also shrugged off the PCIJ report, saying it the timing of the release was suspect.

    Sereno is traveling all over the country to educate the public on how to vote and not be swayed by money politics. Her appointment at the high court was invalidated in May through a quo warranto petition for failure to faithfully file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs). -


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    edited April 9
    Also, if you are in business, like a LAWFIRM, kailangan registered ka sa SEC, dahil eto rin ang requirement para mabigyan ka ng BIR ng cert of registration where in you are given your TIN number. 

    which means:

    wala silang SEC
    wala silang BIR CoR
    HIS LAWFIRM DOES NOT PAY TAXES. 

    ano? iba ang rules for pduts ? 

    from his own words: "... BARILIN ang Bayaran Journalista"




    true to his being a POLITICIAN: "... Ayaw ko sa POLITIKO kasi kapag POLITIKO GINAGAMIT niyan ang PERA ng BAYAN."

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    Sara Duterte on reported wealth spike: ‘We have jobs, businesses’


    DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday responded to the report that cited her family’s increasing wealth while in public office.

    Duterte-Carpio told reporters on the sidelines of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s campaign rally in Surigao City, Mindanao, that she and her lawyer husband, Atty. Manases Carpio, have jobs and businesses.

    The lady mayor also said her net worth from five to ten years ago could not be the same as now, insisting that all their businesses were declared in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

    Duterte-Carpio said she has yet to read the report of the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) which also probed the assets of her brother, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and her father.

    Last week, the PCIJ released a three-part series on the wealth and assets of the Dutertes.

    The PCIJ in its report claimed that the Duterte family’s law firm is not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since its establishment, and that some of their business interests were not disclosed in their SALN.

    The report also found that the wealth of the Dutertes have consistently increased during their years in public office “even on the modest salaries they have received for various public posts, and despite the negligible retained earnings reflected in the financial statements of the companies they own or co-own.”

    President Rodrigo Duterte earlier slammed the PCIJ report, accusing the PCIJ of receiving money in exchange for releasing the report.

    He also said that other people have no business scrutinizing their affairs as long as it did not involve the people’s money.

    But the PCIJ insists that the report was based on their SALNs and that they made efforts to get the side of the Dutertes before the story ran.

    “PCIJ exerted best effort to get their side – by courier, fax and email. We sent them two batches of request letters in October 2018 and in January 2019,” PCIJ Executive Director Malou Mangahas said.

    “PCIJ had wished only for the Dutertes to offer clear, direct, straightforward replies to our queries. Instead of blaming PCIJ for the report, Mr. Duterte should turn his attention at his deputies, notably Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, for the failure of the Office of the President to attend to PCIJ’s request letters, over the last five month,” she added. 

    Several groups have earlier urged the Dutertes to explain their ‘unexplained’ wealth, but Malacañang challenged them to file charges against the President and his children if they think the Dutertes have amassed ill-gotten wealth.

    The palace also said that the law only requires public officials to file their SALN and does not require the filer to justify the increases in their income.



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    Sandigan sees initial basis to convict ex-PNP chief Purisima over SALN omissions


    The Sandiganbayan believes the prosecution's initial evidence against former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima can support a guilty verdict in his perjury case over his alleged omission of properties in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

    The court's Second Division said it is better for Purisima to rebut the accusations against him instead of seeking the outright dismissal of his case through a demurrer to evidence.

    "The testimonial and documentary evidence presented by the prosecution, unless successfully rebutted by the accused, appear to be prima facie (at first glance) sufficient to support a finding of guilt beyond reasonable doubt," the division's April 8 resolution read.

    Purisima, in his motion for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence, said the prosecution failed to prove that he made a "willful and deliberate assertion of a falsehood" in his SALNs.

    He said Ombudsman prosecutors did not even secure copies of his SALNs from the Office of the President, which is the legal custodian of his SALNs before his appointment as PNP Director General.

    However, the Sandiganbayan said Purisima merely challenged the strength of the prosecution's evidence without stating the grounds for the court to consider his motion and its attached demurrer.

    "It must be stressed that the court cannot be compelled to go beyond the motion and examine in detail the discussion and arguments of the accused in the appended demurrer to evidence since leave of court has not yet been granted," the Sandiganbayan said.

    The Sandiganbayan said Purisima's demurrer "merely noted without further action," while the motion was denied for lack of merit.

    Purisima, nonetheless, has five days to inform the court if he still wishes to pursue the dismissal of his case, but the lack of a leave of court forces the Sandiganbayan to decide on the case based on the prosecution’s evidence alone.

    Associate Justice Lorifel Pahimna penned the resolution, with the concurrence of Associate Justices Oscar Herrera Jr. and Michael Frederick Musngi.

    Purisima also faces graft charges at the Sandiganbayan over the alleged anomalous courier service deal the PNP entered in 2011.

    Meanwhile, his case in relation to the bloody Mamasapano encounter in 2015 that killed 44 PNP Special Action Force commandos has yet to proceed due to a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court




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    Duterte: I won’t reveal where I keep my wealth 

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he won’t disclose where he keeps his wealth following the release of a three-part Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) series on the increase in his family’s earnings.

    The PCIJ  also raised questions about the presidential family’s law firm and failure to disclose some business interests in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

    “Wag kayo maniwala sa basura ng oposisyon. I will explain it…Well, sabihin ko sa inyo in due time (Do not believe garbage from the opposition.  I will explain it.  I’ll  tell you in due time),” Duterte said in his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) rally in Bacolod City.

    But for now, the President said he isn’t revealing where his wealth is.

    “Mayaman? Taguin ko. Bakit ko sasabihin sa inyo kung saan ko nailagay? Gago pala kayo eh. May tao ba rito, ma-holdap pa tayo. May pera? May pera ako. Ulol (Wealthy? I’ll keep it. Why will I tell you where I keep it? You are fools. I may be robbed. I have money, fools),” he said.

    Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had earlier dared critics to file charges if they truly believe that the rise in the wealth of Duterte’s family was ill-gotten.

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