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VP Leni applied for another Cabinet position but rejected – Palace

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that Vice President Leni Robredo attempted to join the Cabinet of the Duterte administration again, several days before the latter announced her intention to lead the opposition.

Roque made the revelation after the opposition’s move to boost their popularity and push Robredo to become their leader.

The spokesperson wished that Robredo already know his role in the government after she chose to lead the opposition.

“Sinabi naman namin eh importante rin ang oposisyon sa demokrasya. Pero good luck po, at sana po ay malinaw na ang papel ni Leni Robredo dahil nitong kailan lamang po eh parang nag-a-apply muli siya sa gabinete ni Presidente. So, ngayon at least mayroon na siyang desisyon na sa oposisyon na siya at hindi na siya umaasa na makapasok muli dito sa gabinete ng ating Pangulo,” ani Roque.

Roque didn’t disclose what position did Robredo was seeking in the Cabinet.

As of writing Robredo is not yet releasing a statement on the claim of the Palace.

In 2016, Vice President Leni Robredo was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUCC), but she decided to resign after she was barred by the administration to attend Cabinet meetings.

President Rodrigo Duterte also said yesterday that the Vice President is “incompetent” to lead the Philippines, the harshest statement that the chief executive threw against Robredo.

In response, Robredo urged the Duterte to solve the problem in the economy instead of criticizing her.

Some netizens believe that this move of Robredo is connected to the upcoming 2019 elections and the opposition is moving to get a leader that would match Duterte.

Source: Abante

Villars abandon Las Piñas twice over as Em joins DOJ

Residents of Las Piñas City are now left without a representative in Congress after the lawmaker chosen to be their “caretaker” was appointed to the Department of Justice.

DIWA party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay Villar has been appointed as Justice Undersecretary, the agency announced Wednesday (July 10) in a press release.

Emmeline became the “caretaker” of the lone district of Las Piñas after her husband, Mark Villar, was appointed to head the Department of Public Works and Highways in 2016.

Mark won his re-election bid before becoming a Cabinet Secretary.

Las Piñas is known as the turf of the Villars. Its mayor, Vergel Aguilar, is the brother of Senator Cynthia Villar.

The House leadership has yet to announce which politiko will assume the “caretaker” role for Las Piñas following Emmeline’s departure from Congress.

De Lima wants to make use of child car seats mandatory

Detained Senator Leila de Lima has proposed a measure requiring every private vehicle to install child car seat system to protect children from getting injured or killed from vehicular accidents.

She filed Senate Bill No. 1862 which amends Republic Act No. 8750, also known as “Seat Belts Use Act of 1999,” to address a legislative gap in the law that is only designed to protect adult passengers.

“Aside from the seat belt requirement, motorists of privately-owned vehicles are now required to install and to use child restraint system for infant and young children passengers,” she said.

Based on a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report, an average of 667 children–ages 14 years old and below–died in road accidents from 2006 to 2015.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), the use of child restraint systems can reduce deaths among infants by approximately 70% and among small children by between 54% and 80%.

It also claimed that the use of child restraint system can change up to 80% on the risk of injury for children aged 0-4 in a rear facing restraint, while children aged 0-4 with only a seat belt can change the risk of injury only by 32%.

De Lima, a grandmother of two, noted that under RA 8750, drivers and passengers are required to use seat belts while children below six years old are prohibited from sitting in front seat of a vehicle.

However, the law only protects adults since regular seatbelts are not designed to protect infants and young children from injuries or death due to sudden stop or vehicular accidents.

“Infants and children need a more specific type of design to protect them during a collision because a seat belt will not prevent trajectory or injuries,” De Lima said.

“Notwithstanding the child being secured in a child restraint system, at no instance shall he or she be left unaccompanied by an adult in a motor vehicle,” she added.

Under her proposed measure, only children from six to 12 years old are allowed to sit in front of vehicles, except when the child is at least 150 centimeters in height and capable to properly fit in the regular seat belt in the front seat.

SBN 1862 proposes for higher penalties on violators ranging from minimum fine of P100 to P1,000 for the first offense and to P500 to P2,000 for the succeeding violation.

“This is in response to news reports that according to the Land Transportation Office, the most frequently committed traffic violation in the years 2013, 2014 and 2016 is non-compliance with the Seat Belts Use Law,” De Lima said.

De Lima was detained at the Phil. National Police Custodial Center in February 2017 on drug charges.

Magaling siya! Kiko defends Leni’s leadership after Duterte’s tirades

Senator Francis Pangilinan defended the leadership of Vice President Leni Robredo after President Rodrigo Duterte said she is “incompetent” and would be unfit to lead the country.

Duterte’s scathing criticism of Robredo came hours after she declared she was willing to lead the opposition. Pangilinan underscored that the opposition being formed “revolves around her compassionate, empowering, and responsible leadership.”

“Her declaration to lead this coalition only formalizes what has been her role since her election into office two years ago: a stabilizing balance to those in power and their mistaken policies and their abuse of the people’s trust that put them in power,” Pangilinan said in a statement Wednesday (July 11).

”Now, amid the naked rule of force, utter disrespect for life, and abandonment of the people, especially the poor, Vice President Leni is the voice of reason, calm, and sobriety,” he continued.

The President said Monday he would resign next year to give way to a new president who would oversee the transition to federalism if a new constitution is ratified.

However, he clarified yesterday evening in an ambush interview with Palace reporters that he would not be resigning to make way for Robredo to take the helm, but would want an election for a new president to take his place.

President Duterte meets Brother Eddie Villanueva: “I only apologize to God”

Jesus Is Lord Founder Brother Eddie Villanueva and President Rodrigo Duterte met in Malacanang, several days after the latter slammed some accounts on the Bible and mocked God during some of his speeches.

During their dinner meeting at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacanang on July 10, 2018, President Duterte explained his controversial remarks to Villanueva, saying that his only criticizing the God of his critics and not the God of everybody.

“If you review the tape, I said that my God is good, has common sense and does not create trouble for my country,” Duterte told Villanueva.

Duterte also apologized to God if the people misunderstood him and generalized his controversial statement.

The President also pointed out during the meeting that there’s a separation between the Church and State.

“You can criticize us anything at all, from the garbage collectors to the Generals and even to the Vice President and Senators, but never use the name of God as a front to attack the government, because that is not the proper way to do it,” Duterte said.

Villanueva also advised President Duterte to apologize directly to God which the latter agreed.

Duterte also explained that the religious people who are busy in criticizing him instead of doing good deeds to other people are the one who made their own concept of their “God”.

“If you feel that somebody is doing it wrong and invoking the name (of God), hey guy you just talking about the wrong God or that is it not God that is my God,”   Duterte said.

Finally, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would apologize to God, but not to his critics who used God to criticize his policies in the government.

“I only apologize to God, nobody else,”

He also believes that his God would forgive him for what he said.

“He (God) would really happy to listen to my apology, why? because my God is all forgiving, why? because he does not remember past hurts, why? because God created me to be good and not to be bad,” Duterte said at the end of his speech.

Brother Eddie Villanueva is one of the religious leaders who slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for his controversial remarks and he demanded that the latter should apologize directly to God.

Duterte on Robredo’s ability: “She is not capabe of running a country like the PH”

It seems that the word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo has started.

On Tuesday, the Vice President and former house czar of the Duterte administration expressed her intentions to unite and lead the opposition coalition to match the PDP’s bet in 2019 elections.

In the same day, President Rodrigo Duterte who said that he’s willing to resign if the Federalism has been passed clarified that he would give the people a chance to choose their leader and he will not pass the presidency to Robredo.

He explained that passing the Presidency to Robredo might give more problem in the Philippines because of his lack of experience in governance.

“Kung siya mag-presidente? (If she will become president?) Look, I will not resign because it will make her president. My resignation is addressed to the people para makapili sila ng gusto nila,” Duterte told reporters in Clark, Pampanga.

“Siya (she), I don’t think she can ever be ready to govern a country. Reason? Incompetence. She’s not capable of running a country like this, Philippines,” said Duterte of Robredo

President Duterte repeatedly said that he could step down in 2018 if the Federal Constitution is already in effect by then.

Robredo became the representative of Camarines Sur for three years and became the chairman of Liberal Party in her hometown, several months after her husband Jesse Robredo’s death.

The lawyer from Camarines Sur won the Vice Presidential seat against former Senator Bongbong Marcos.

But now, there’s an ongoing recount between Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos.

The camp of the Vice President is also facing controversy after their revisor has been caught having a vacation together with at least 20 staff of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

As of writing, the leader of the opposition is not yet giving any comment on the criticisms of President Duterte against her.


Travel vlogger Nas Daily responds to a fan from U.P who urges him to feature Duterte’s war on drugs: “I’m not visiting countries to be a political analyst”

Travel vlogger who was known as “Nas Daily” is one of the most prominent social media personality this 2018 and he got fans in every country that he visited.

Nas for the second time, visited the Philippines again which he labeled as the “most lovable country” next to Malta.

His video quickly gained 170,000 reactions and 100,000 shares from his fans.

Some of his Filipino fans didn’t waste the opportunity to thank Nas for his contribution to promoting the Philippines.

However, one Filipino fan of Nas tried to convince the prominent video blogger to feature “politics” in the Philippines.

It seems that the fan wanted to use Nas’ tremendous amount of audience to demote the Philippines by bringing up negative issues than promoting the country by spreading good vibes.

The student from University of the Philippines, in her comment, urged Nas to feature some of the issues being faced by the Philippines including the West Philippine Sea and anti-drug campaign.

“Dud, try to make a video about the politics behind alleged ‘ownership’, and claims behind some of the islands, as well as the policies being implemented. You’ll see just how much ‘love’ the leaders have for this country.” The netizen told Nas.

“Try looking up ‘Scarborough Shoal’, ‘Chinese navy seizing small-town fisherfolk catch’, ‘anti-drug campaign’, etc,”  she added.

Photo: Screencap from Nas Daily’s comment section.

Obviously, Nas who’s known for only spreading positive topics on Facebook refused the request of his fan.

The vlogger explained that he’s not a political analyst to talk about politics in his blog and also he was already fed up with the politics in his home country.

“Every country I go to has the same issues. I’m not visiting countries to be a political analyst. My home country has enough shit politics to last me a lifetime.” Nas told his fan.

Photo: Screencap from Nas Daily’s comment section.

The reply of Nas to his fan received 10,000 reactions as of writing, mostly from the Filipinos who are also tired of talking about politics.

hahaha too bad Nas is not the type who’d fall for your trap. He just said disregard politics and traffic. Don’t be a crab, join the fun!” netizen Jon Quebral said.

“You really had to bring this up.. Seriously..” Netizen Em Jay commented.

“Why on earth are you talking about politics when Nas is talking about us Filipinos being hospitable and lovable? Nas! You and Alynn should visit Cebu. Pleaaaaase!!” Netizen Angelica Marie Angus remarked

The lesson for today: Don’t ask a travel blogger to talk about politics.

Thank you, Nas for promoting the Philippines!

“She don’t need my endorsement” Kris Aquino says that Inday Sara Duterte “a sure winner” in 2019 senatorial elections

Popular talk show host Kris Aquino believes that Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte doesn’t need her endorsement if the latter wanted to run for a national position in 2019.

Aquino explained it to one of her fans on Instagram who asked her she would endorse Inday Sara Duterte in the upcoming senatorial elections.

“@krisaquino Do you like Mayor Inday Sara Duterte @indaysaraduterte to be Senator and will you endorse her?” jepot_ph asked Kris.

The talk show host said that she doesn’t know Inday Sara Duterte personally, but she was amazed by how the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte recovered on some difficulties and issues threw against her.

Aquino believes that Inday Sara would be a sure winner in the upcoming elections, so she felt that her endorsement would not be needed.

Photo: @krisaquino

“I don’t personally know her but I admire her resilience… I don’t think she needs my endorsement – she’s a sure winner,” Kris told her fan.

Yesterday, Pulse Asia released their newest survey results conducted from June 15-21 and it showed that Inday Sara Duterte moved to between third to fifth place with 46.2 percent voter preference in the so-called “Magic 12.”

However, despite the high popularity received by Inday Sara, the Davao City Mayor insisted that she’s not interested in running in a national position.

But she also warned her critics in her past Facebook post that if they mention her name again, she would give them a hard time in the 2022 elections, a clue that there’s a possibility that Inday Sara tried to follow the footsteps of her father.

Leave me in peace in Davao City or else you and your friends will spend more than a billion in the 2022 Presidential elections just to make me insignificant. Let me repeat, do not bother me and my slot will be available for a yellow Senator for the 2019 elections” Inday Sara Duterte said in her past Facebook post.


“Sosyal!” PET staffs caught having a vacation with VP Robredo’s revisor

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos camp has been disturbed by their discovery that at least 20 staff of Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) employees had a vacation in a private resort in Pansol, Laguna with one of the revisors of Vice President Leni Robredo.

The information was first published by pro-Duterte blogger RJ “ThinkingPinoy” Nieto on his Facebook account.

According to his article, the evidence that would prove that the PET staff spent 22 hours with VP Robredo’s revisor was discovered from the Facebook account of PET Head Revisor Maria Katrin Rosales.

Photo shows that PET Staff is having a good time with Osmundo Abuyuan, the appointed revisor of Leni Robredo in the recount battle between the Vice President and former Senator.

Photo: Thinking Pinoy

To give more evidence, Nieto also showed the record of the resort where the PET staff and Robredo’s revisor had a vacation.

The alleged vacation happened on 22-23 June 2018.

According to Nieto, it’s illegal for the employees of PET to socialize with any party to a pending PET Case.

Meanwhile, the sister of Maria Katrin Rosales defended the PET revisor from the accusations of Nieto, saying that the latter was a loyalist of the Marcos family.

” Mali kau ng iniicp, sis ko c cheche buong pamilya nmin marcos loyalistss!!!.. Lolo ko at tito ko PSG dati ni marcos…. Wag kau gnyan mgicp…. Nde nmn dw c leni ang ngpaswimming.. Ngshare share dw cla dun..” Karla Marie Izra Zamora told Nieto.

However, Nieto insisted that what the PET staff committed was illegal.

“The Code of Conduct for Court Personnel [A.M. No. 03-06-13-SC] prohibits “any act of impropriety that immeasurably affects… the people’s confidence in [the Judiciary]”. Per Burgos v. Aquino [A.M. No. P-94-1081], this must include the behavior of court personnel as private individuals.” Nieto told the relative of PET revisor Maria Katrin Rosales.

“Assuming that what you claim is true, ignorance of the law excuses no one,” he added.

Several hours after the article was published, the camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos filed a “Manifestation of Grave Concern with Extremely Urgent Motion to Investigate” to the Supreme Court.

According to Atty. Glenn Chong, one of the government officials who followed the PET recount said that BBM was worried that there’s already a conspiracy between the camp of VP Robredo and some PET staff that’s why they quickly urged the Supreme Court to investigate.

“Ang pakikipagbonding (fraternize) ng party revisor ni Robredo ay malinaw na IPINAGBABAWAL ng PET dahil ang gawing ito ay IPINAGBABAWAL hindi lamang ng Code of Conduct for Court Personnel pati na rin ng Canon of Judicial Ethics,” Chong while quoting what Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Garcia said in their motion.

Ang “Pansol Outing” ay nagpapahiwatig na “na-infiltrate na at nakahingi na ng pabor sa mga tauhang ito ng PET ang kampo ni Robredo upang manipulahin, impluwensiyahan at kontrolin ang revision proceedings at maniubrahin ang resulta pabor kay Robredo,” he added.

The camp of VP Robredo is not yet giving any comment on the accusations of the Marcos camp.

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Source: Thinking Pinoy, Atty Glenn Chong

Mocha Uson lectures the Church Leaders: “Kung gusto niyong magsisi si Pangulong Duterte, bakit di niyo siya pakitaan ng mabuti?

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson addressed the church leaders in her Philippine Star Article on July 3, 2018.

Church leaders became a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter criticized God and some accounts in the Bible like the book of Genesis and the original sins of the mankind.

In her article Uson, who’s a Christian, clarified that she didn’t write the article to prove that Duterte didn’t commit a sin against God.

Uson said that she doesn’t want to argue with the Church leaders about the statements of President Duterte, but she wanted to reveal some insights to those people who chose to refuse God because of what the Church Leaders committed.

“Before I digress, let me just make myself clear: I AM NOT SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT COMMIT A SIN AGAINST “GOD.” I am not saying what he did was right. But since they are so quick to judge, let us also get answers from what these people (and to others also practicing the Christian faith) believe in – the Bible. This is not to argue with them, but rather to hopefully shed light to those who now refuse to believe in God or Jesus mainly because of what some of these “church leaders” portray.”, Mocha said.

She lectured the church leaders who criticized President Duterte with some bible verses and reminded them that Jesus Christ went to Earth, not to judge the humanity but to save them from their sins.

“According to John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Mocha reiterated.

“It is clear that Jesus Christ took to human form not to judge the man, nor to point out that we are sinners. Rather, he came to earth to save us from sin.”, Mocha added.

Uson pointed out that if they really care about the country, they should pray for the Philippines and for the President instead of criticizing her statements, because Jesus Christ didn’t condemn the sinners, instead he convinced them to believe in God.

“I have this message to our church leaders: if you love our country, then pray for it. Pray for our President and not condemn him. The Lord Jesus Christ, whom you preach to your followers, did not come to earth to condemn mankind for his sins, so who are you to condemn sinners?”, Asec. Mocha remarked.

She challenged the Church leaders that if they want Duterte to ask forgiveness to God, they should show kindness to the President to convince him to repent.

“If you want President Duterte to repent – if you think he committed sin, then why don’t you show him compassion and kindness? It is according to Romans 2:4, “God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.” Ms. Uson ended.

To read the whole article of Mocha, visit PhilStar.

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