Mudslinging and black propaganda are traditional components of Philippine elections.
Candidates are not the only targets.
Their relatives, too, are par for the course in the shame campaign.
Scud missiles laced with vicious poison are now being fired by rivals and their propaganda machines at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is leading surveys for presidential preference.
The smear drive was expected to heighten during the campaign period for the 2016 elections.
Already veterans of political battles, the Duterte children, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and former mayor lawyer Sara Duterte-Carpio, said they are ready for the expected barrage of black propaganda hurled at them as collateral targets.
Paolo and Sara are not angels and had controversial past experiences in private life and as government officials to feed wagging tongues and or used by the propaganda machineries of the political enemies of Duterte aiming to smear his image to stop his presidential bid.
This early, Duterte foes are now zeroing in on Sara, unearthing her mauling of a court sheriff when she was the sitting mayor and spreading misinformation about the incident in social media.
For the sake of fairness and to correct lies that black propagandists may spin from the incident, we are reposting our news coverage of THE SARA PUNCH.