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Thousands attend ‘Palit-Bise,’ Duterte shows indifference to rally

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By Jaimie Rose Aberia and Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Thousands of pro-Duterte supporters converged at the Quirino Grandstand to call for the ouster of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Organized by a group of artists, volunteers, and organization heads collectively known as the Duterte Alliance of Volunteers, Artists, and Organizations or D.A.V.A.O. movement, the gathering dubbed “Palit-Bise,” is in response to Robredo’s video message to the United Nations wherein she exposed the alleged “palit-ulo” scheme in the war on drugs.

Duterte supporters converge at the Quirino Grandstand for the Palit-Bise rally. (Jaimie Aberia / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Duterte supporters converge at the Quirino Grandstand for the Palit-Bise rally.
(Jaimie Aberia / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board member Mocha Uson said she is happy with the crowd turnout of the event.

The rally, which was funded through online fundraising website Gava Gives, is the first people-funded pro government rally held under the Duterte administration.

“‘Yung mga nandito, boluntaryo po ‘yang nagpunta rito. Pati ang rally na ‘to, rally ng taumbayan dahil ang ating mga kababayan, pati iyong nasa abroad ay nag-contribute,” she said.

Singer Jimmy Bondoc, on the other hand, called on the international media to “stop maligning the president.”

“We are on our knees, we are calling out to the international media to stop lying. There are no dead bodies on our streets, they are only on the television screens,” he said. “We just want our people to live a better life.”

Department of Tourism undersecretary Kat De Castro and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation AVP for Community Relations Arnell Ignacio also graced the event.

Meanwhile, President Duterte refused to comment on the protest rally.

According to Duterte, it would be difficult to comment on such topic as it would cause another issue between the country’s top officials.

He, however, reiterated that he does not support any activities calling for the removal of him or Robredo as he labeled himself as not a politician anymore.

“No [I don’t support it]. I am not anymore a politician. Why should I waste time about politics? I am no longer eligible for any public office after this,” he said in an ambush interview in Cagayan de Oro City Sunday afternoon.

“I do not hunger for popularity anymore, everything is in my destiny,” he added, referring to possible impeachment.

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  • Utot

    i’m really astonished with the people in manila, ang mga ugok rally ng rally. meron ba silang kinakain? dito sa cebu, we don’t do this stuff very often

    • Carlos Reyes

      kahit araw ara pa gawin ang rally as long as it is peaceful and hindi nakaistorbo sa general public wala ka paki that is freedom of expression with responsibility

      • the shadow2

        OWS MAY FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION NA DIN ANG MGA TANGA SOSYAL!!!

        • Meister Sander

          Who sounded TANGA now? hahaha

        • klubeck

          ??

          • the shadow2

            HHAH NAG WONDER ANG PEG NG TANGA DI TALAGA MAKA GETS HAHAHAHAHA

    • abbaj

      mga bayaran yan ni bongbong oxford (daw).

      • angpilipinongayon

        You can check for it that is crowd funded rally, the evidence is in your front. It is a different rally than the KMU(Extortions?) or the LP supported rallies(Lewis, oligarchs).

        • abbaj

          yup agree, it’s a rally funded by a crowd paid for by friends of bongbong lol!

          • angpilipinongayon

            I am for evidence not trolling. I agree, find yourself a teacher that will tell you what you wanted to hear.

          • abbaj

            i am not trolling, the evidence of paid rallyist will come in due time.

          • angpilipinongayon

            You can find for yourself “INDIVIDUAL” fund contributions as little as 30 to 60 dollars. Why should in the “future” the evidence will side with you?

            During election time, it is clear that Duterte have very few sources of funding and many of us are just volunteers, I do not even made it through any of those rallies. The point is, you and the likes of you are so familiar with traditional trapos who paid people to support them and can’t believe that someone like DU30 succeeded without enough “money” contributions.

          • Micashan
          • angpilipinongayon

            It seems the website is down. Critics of the rally were suggesting that gagagives could not have funded the rally since the contribution page is still active. So therefore, it is your taxes that funded the rally, they are so used of the Aquino way, and the recent infighting among the LP supporters for the funds, would let them think in no way, the Duterte camp would not do what they’ve been doing since ancient of days.

          • angpilipinongayon

            Do you people have an alternate reality? Trolls used arguments based on rumors and unproven and unsubstantiated evidence. Video of Leni’s 7,000 are all EJKs (Not to mention the invented term EJK), not one of the 7,000 really fight back despite of the fact that there are soldiers and police officers killed in these operations? Please tell me again you are not a troll, after checking this crowd funding site:
            gavagives dot com/protect-duterte-rally

          • abbaj

            man you are copycat, try to invent you’re own ok, alternate reality, what the heck is that? EJK is the reverse of intra judicial killing or death penalty. see it’s you who said it, not one of the 7000 really fight back, of course no one dared with 0.45, 9mm, and m16 pointed to your head. 2 out of those 7000 are espinosa and yap who were murdered by marcos et al, and yet your amo mr. fentanyl plans to pardon and even promote them later. how can you stomach that lunatic @$$h0l3. back to the rally thing, those are paid professional rallyist from mindanao and ilocos, just look at their backpacks lol!

      • klubeck

        Oo. Alam yan lahat ni abbaj makinig kayo sa kanya.

      • Juan Nationalist

        wag kng Gagoh toy

        • abbaj

          wag kang @$$h0le damatan

    • silver zoldek

      hehehe. benta ka na lang muna ng shabu pre.

      • the shadow2

        MGA TANGNANG TANGANG DUTARD PAG WALANG MASABI SHABU NA AGAD …IBIG SABIHIN TOTOO ANG DDS HAHAHAH LOL!!!

        • klubeck

          calm yo tits bro

          • the shadow2

            OWS MAY PA TITS KA PA ATEH…BKA IBIG MO SABIHIN TITI HAHAHAHAH…

    • Mark Owen

      Good point ! The leaders are not from Tagalog region !

  • Marzan Rodesan

    MGA PROFESSIONAL NA RALLYISTA ANG MGA BUGOK NA ITO NA WALANG MABUTING MAGAWA SA KANILANG BUHAY KAYA PANGGUGULO NA LANG ANG INAATUPAG, NA AKALA MO KUNG SINO SILANG KAKAPIRANGGOT NA MAGPAPAALIS SA DULY ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT, BAKA KARAMIHAN PA SA MGA ITO AY HINDI MAN REGISTERED VOTER.

    • abbaj

      at hindi nagbabayad ng tax. yang mga makikitid ang mga utak na yan at bayaran ni bongbong oxford (daw) ang dahilan kaya babagsak ang ekonomiya natin. i just think dutae will lose his job earlier than leni.

      • Meister Sander

        Baka mas malaki pa ang binabayad na tax nyan kaysa sa iyo, o baka ikaw yung di nagbabayad ng tax? hahaha…

        • abbaj

          yes i pay less than those uto-uto rallyists if they combine their taxes, that is, if your pea brain can understand what i mean lol!

    • manong

      Iyak ka na lang..

    • Jeffrey B

      its ok to cry

    • Meister Sander

      Ganun? Bakit nung nag rally ang mga ANTI- DUTERTE d ka ngumakngak? haha

  • Gisingbayanko

    Ito ang halimbawa ng pag gamit ng mga kayamanan ng taumbayan na inilabas sa bansa ng Mar coses para iluto ang taumbayan sa sariling mantika. Kapal talaga ang mga mukha ng Ankan nito.

    • klubeck

      Excuse you. A lot of those donors worked hard for that money. Wag ka nga jan.

      Also, just because anti-Robredo/Liberal party doesn’t mean pro-Marcos. The Philippines is not just about two families (Aquino/Marcos). Arbitrary ang pag-iisip ng tao. I am sure may mga anti-Duterte din na anti-Liberal Party. Open your mind bro.

      • Gisingbayanko

        Do not muddle the issue; the $10 B stashed by the deposed dictator’s family overseas are now being used to get them back to power. His followers obviously want to get a piece of the pie by joining in gathering like this.

        • klubeck

          You’re muddling the issue by accusing the donors of the rally fund to be under the Marcos’s payroll. The article isn’t even about Marcos but about Duterte supporters wanting Leni Robredo impeached. Really, you think everyone who funded it is paid by Marcos? And off topic, but if an individual supports Marcos, don’t be so arrogant to think that they’re doing so because they’re being paid by Marcos. I’m not pro Marcos just so you know, but you gotta open your mind and stop thinking that people who want Leni out, immediately support Marcos. People aren’t that simple.

  • Gisingbayanko

    If the President considers himself no longer as a politician or he’s above politics, It’s time for him to promote reconciliation and unite the country.

  • Antonio Flores

    Jimmy Bondoc, if there are no dead persons lying on the streets, you must be lying.

    • klubeck

      In my honest opinion, I don’t think it’s that simple. Before the Duterte administration there were news of vigilante killings all over the country. The problem now is that the Duterte administration is pissing off a lot of people who benefited from the status quo, and they are making sure to track down his every move, and sensationalize whatever they can. I mean, wasn’t it confirmed by VP Robredo herself that the 7,000 killings are not all drug-related? Yet that very statistic is being perpetuated as such in some national and international media outlets, trying to influence international opinion that the Philippines is a wreck and needs intervention.

      If the international community intervenes via economic and/or military action, do you think the people of this country will be better off?

  • BRONSON

    These CRULO are paid rallymates of DUTAE and MARCOS leadership mostly jobless individuals looking for something to do.

  • Utot

    ang mga manileños ang sipag talaga pag rally na ang topic. full time job ba nila eto? mga ugok!

    • bechay64

      hahaha then where were they when the yellows were in EDSA?