New Duterte ad goes viral

The timing could not be more perfect.

Just as a new Pulse Asia survey showed Davao City Mayor Duterte is trailing Vice President Jejomar Binay, a very unconventional Christmas message is going to be shown in theaters nationwide starting this week although its audio version is already out in the airwaves.

In it, Duterte issued very loaded message for drug traffickers, corrupt officials, criminals and those who made life very hard for the Filipinos.

Kung ayaw ninyong huminto at patuloy pa rin ang karahasan, ito na ang huli ninyong Merry Christmas.” (If you will not stop and the violence continues, this will be your last Merry Christmas)

Davao City Mayor's latest ad is back to the basic: fighting corruption and criminality. Photo Screenshot from FB page of Mocha Uson
Davao City Mayor’s latest ad is back to the basic: fighting corruption and criminality. Photo Screenshot from FB page of Mocha Uson

Five hours after sexy dancer Mocha Uson posted it on her Facebook page, the 30-second ad already generated over 800,000 views and shared by well more than 40,000 viewers.

Shoot apparently inside his office at the City Hall of Davao, Duterte went back to the messaging which endeared him most to his supporters: fighting crime and corruption.

This time, he opted to make his otherwise strong message very veiled.

Choose your wild. Either this will be your last Christmas as a free man or a man alive.

This is the only second advertisement the Duterte camp has produced. The first one was the “Tapang at Malasakit” which also drew millions of viewers and generated popular support. But that was more than 8 months ago when the ad was more of a trial balloon for him.

The ad, which is reportedly produced by an action star who is an avid supporter, has yet to appear on prime time slots.

Duterte relied on being a good copy for the one-liner hunting press eager to draw the biggest headline for media mileage.

Indeed, on the deadline for the filing of COCs, it was his non-running that made all the splashes.

The maverick Davao City Mayor formally threw his hat into the presidential derby on the week Pulse Asia conducted its periodic survey on presidential contenders for next year’s general elections.

Duterte did not announce his decision to join the race until after a month of the October 16 deadline of the filing of certificates of candidacies (COCs) set by the Commission on Election (Comelec).

Duterte now is second to vice President Jejomar Binay who leads the Pack with 33 percent of the respondents interviewed.

Duterte has a 23 voter preference, just two notches above erstwhile poll survey leader Grace Poe.

Grace Poe’s disqualification apparently affected her poll leadership. She was ahead of Binay during the week of the Comelec deadline for the filing of COCs.

Duterte was then ranked fourth.

Administration bet Mar Roxas slipped to 4th place from third over the same period.

Pyrotechnic competition to lighten Gensan Xmas dig

Seven entries have already signed in for the 2nd Pyrotechnic Competition which will also highlight this year’s Paskuhan sa Gensan celebration.

Event organizer Poppy Altoberoz Rillo said competitors each from Manila, Bohol, Dumaguete, Matalam, Tacurong will vie for the P100,000 first prize, up from last year’s P80,000 grand prize winner.

Host General Santos city has two entries.

Total cash prize for the competition is P330,000 with the second prize winner going home with P80,000 and P60,000 for the third prize winner. A P30,000 consolation prize for 3 others will also be awarded.

More and bigger fireworks display will be up in this year's 2nd Pyrotechnics Competition which will run trough December 20 to 22 at the Oval Plaza.  Photo taken from last year's closing ceremonies of the Paskuhan sa Gensan.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
More and bigger fireworks display will be up in this year’s 2nd Pyrotechnics Competition which will run trough December 20 to 22 at the Oval Plaza. Photo taken from last year’s closing ceremonies of the Paskuhan sa Gensan.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

The annual Paskuhan sa Gensan kicked off Thursday with the Light-a-Tree contest of Department of Education at the Plaza Heneral Santos and the opening of the Oval Plaza bazaar.

On Monday, December 14, grand opening will be held at the Oval Plaza where select competitors of the fireworks display will show their wares.

The city government is no longer spending for the fireworks display for this year’s grand opening and closing ceremonies as per advised by government auditors, a report said.

General Santos City is aiming to become the fireworks display capital of Mindanao by holding the pyrotechnic competition the second straight year.

Mayor Ronnel Rivera said he hopes the competition gains momentum and will become an annual attraction for the city.

“Especially that Davao City has banned all kinds of firecrackers and pyrotechnics,” Rivera said.

The mayor however said he has issued an order to the event organizers to ensure that the safety of the audience and the city is guaranteed.

The fireworks are set up at the grounds of Mindanao State University and are off limits to spectators.

Last year’s inaugural competition was won by an entry from Manila.

The competitors will show their fireworks displays on December 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 o’clock each night.

Meanwhile other activities lined up for this year’s Paskuhan include Lantern Parade Contest, Battle of the Band, Larawan Paskuhan Photo Contest, Christmas Carol Competition, Swag Christmas Dance Competition, Campus idol Competition and Drum and Lyre Competition.

Nightly movies will also be shown at the Oval Plaza adjacent to the bazaar and Christmas Carnival that is now offering more and bigger rides.

The Paskuhan will close on December 23 to allow government employees and competitors to enjoy Christmas with their families.