2022 – Sara for President, Digong for VP

Laglag ang mga PANGA ng ibang mga nagpaplanong tumakbo bilang Presidente at/o Bise Presidente sa 2022

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Ilang ulit na sinasabing hindi raw tama na magdeklara kaagad ang mga nagaambisyong maging Pangulo at/o Pangalawang Pangulo. Ang laging halimbawa ay ang Bise Presidente na si Jejomar Binay, matagal na alkalde ng mayamang lungsod ng Makati. Sa kagulatgulat (sapagkat ang mga dating senador Mar Roxas at Loren Legarda ang nangunguna sa mga survey) na pagwawagi ni Jojo Binay, namangha ang lahat sapagkat nuong 2010 palang ang una niyang sabak sa pambansang pulitika. Bagamat si Erap ay matagal ding naging mayor ng San Juan, dumaan muna siya sa pagkasenador bago naging bise presidente at presidente. Hindi pa halos nagiinit sa pwesto ang bagong halal na Bise Presidente Binay ay nagsabi na siya na natural lamang sa isang Bise Presidente na maghangad makuha ang pinakamataas na posisyon ng ating bansa. Sa madaling salita, 2011 palang ay pinagplanuhan na siyang patumbahin ng kalabang partido na Liberal Party. Batid ng lahat kung papano ginisa at ginulpi si Mayor Jojo sa Senado sa pamumuno nila Senador Pimentel, Cayetano at Trillanes. Pagdating ng 2016 Presidential elections, si Jejomar ay pinulot sa pangapat na pwesto sa likod ng nanalong Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Mar Roxas na pumangalawa at Grace Poe na pumangatlo.

Ngayon naman, si Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ang namumuro na pumalit sa tatay niya bilang Pangulo. Ngunit hindi siya sumunod sa pagkakamali sa paganunsyo agad na balak niyang maging Presidente. Palagi lang niyang sinasabi na masyado pang maaga, maski lagpas na ng kalahati ang anim na taong termino ng kaniyang tatay. Sa pagiwas sa lantarang pagpapakita na interesado pala talaga siya, hindi pa siya agad mabanatan ng mga kalaban kagaya ng nangyari kay Jojo Binay. Magugunita na strategy talaga ng mga Duterte ang ayaw kunwari tumakbo para sa alkalde kaya halos dapat pa sila PILITIN ng mga taumbayan. Nuong 2016 Presidential elections, si Digong ay hindi nagsumite ng certificate of candidacy nuong October 2015 last day of filing kaya hindi siya nabato ng putik sa panahong nagsasabong sila Jojo Binay, Mar Roxas at Grace Poe. Nuong November 30, 2015 lamang lumantad si Tatay Digong bilang kandidato sa pagkapangulo sa pamamaraan ng SUBSTITUTION ROUTE (umatras ang kapartido sa PDP na si Martin Dino at si Rody Duterte ang pumalit). Makasaysayan ang pagkapanalo ni Digong sapagkat napagiwanan niya lahat ng kalaban.

Para naman sa 2022, maliban kay Sara Duterte may ilang nagpapahiwatig na gusto nilang tumakbo bilang pangulo. Alam naman natin na madalas kapag masyadong masikip na sa posisyon ng Presidente ay may mga bababa naman sa pagkabise presidente. Andiyan sina VP Leni Robredo, Manny Pacquiao, Isko Moreno, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Bong Bong Marcos, Richard Gordon at Panfilo Lacson. Sapagkat dati nang tumakbo sina Gordon (2010) at Lacson (2004) bilang pangulo at hindi naman sila nagpakita ng kakayanang manalo nuon, malamang ay maski sa 2022 hindi na nila kayang makakuha ng boto para magwagi bilang pangulo o pangalawang pangulo. Dahil naman matagal pa ang 2022 baka baguhin nila ang kanilang pamamaraan at umangat pa sila sa survey pero sa ngayon, hanggang saling pusa nalang muna ang dalawa.

Si Leni Robredo ay nagsasabi na handa siyang tumakbo bilang Presidente. Tandaan natin na si VP Leni ang pinakamataas na halal na opisyal na galing sa hanay ng oposisyon kaya nararapat lang na siya ang mamuno sa ticket ng Liberal Party sa 2022. Ang problema lang ni Leni ay NABOKYA ang Partido Liberal sa walo nilang kandidato sa pagkasenador nitong 2019. Ibig sabihin na sa 12 pwestong pinaglabanan, hindi sila nakapanalo ng maski isa. Nakakahiya na si dating senador Mar Roxas na tumakbo bilang Bise Presidente nuong 2010 at Presidente nuong 2016 ay natalo pa bilang senador ngayong 2019. Natalo din si re-electionist Bam Aquino na galing sa makapangyarihang dynasty ng mga Cojuangco Aquino (Senator Butz Aquino, President Cory Aquino, Senator at President Noynoy Aquino).

Sila Senador Manny Pacquiao at Manila Mayor Isko Moreno ay malakas ang dating. Ang isa naman sa pinakamayamang tao sa buong Pilipinas na si Senadora Cynthia Villar, number one senator ngayong 2019, ay nagiisip ding tumakbo para sa masmataas pang posisyon. Si Senadora Grace Poe ay natalo na sa pagkapangulo ngunit number two pa rin siya sa 2019 senatorial elections. Si dating senador Bong Bong Marcos, natalo bilang Bise Presidente nuong 2016 ay naghahangad maging Presidente o Bise Presidente.

Ngayong may survey na Sara Duterte for President at Digong for Vice President, halos hindi alam ng mga nagaambisyon kung saan sila lalagay. Kaya ba ng isa sa kanila talunin si Sara sa pagkapangulo? Malamang hindi. Kaya ba ng isa sa kanila talunin si Digong sa pagkabise presidente? Malamang hindi rin.

Gaya ng sabi ng marami, masyado pang maaga. Gusto ba talaga tumakbo ni Sara na pamalit sa tatay niya? Kaya pa ba ni Digong tumakbo bilang Bise Presidente sa kaniyang edad at estado ng kalusugan? Eh kung manalo si Sara at Digong, ano ba naman na sa kaunting sakit mapilitan o magdahilan si Rody na hindi na kaya ng katawan niya at bumitiw sa pagkabise presidente. Eh si Sara ang pipili ng magiging kapalit na bise presidente. Kinukuha yan mula sa mga kasalukuyang senador at kongresista. Malamang si SAP at ngayong senador Bong Go na ang makuha. Kung naniniwla kayo na si Bong Go ay isang CLONE ni Digong at nakakalam ng lahat ng iniisip at plano ni Tatay Digong, eh de madali siyang tatanggapin ng taumbayan. Napatunayan na ito nitong 2019 senatorial elections kung saan PUMANGATLO si SAP sa 12 nagwagi. Boto para kay Tatay Digong yon maski hindi naman siya kandidato, kasi Presidente siya. Genius talaga yung nagpasurvey. Pansinin ninyo, sa Visayas at Mindanao lang tinanong ang mga botante. Laglag tuloy ang mga taga Luzon at Metro Manila. Ngayong alam na ang magiging boto ng VisMin, magsusubok pa ba ang mga taga Luzon at NCR tumakbo eh makakakuha pa rin ng boto sila Sara at Digong sa Luzon at NCR? Alalahanin ninyo na sa December 2019 popularity survey 87% ng buong bansa ang pabor kay Digong. Ang tawag diyan ay TRIAL BALOON, sinusubukan lang palutangin ang Duterte-Duterte tandem, eh mukhang pumatok sa takilya.

Robredo postpones Drug War Report

Leni Robredo postponed her scheduled report as Ex Drug Czar. Following her unceremonious removal from the Duterte Administration War on Drugs, the Vice President vowed to continue fighting and threatened to conduct a no-holds barred press conference. She, however, relented due to the ongoing Southeast Asian Games. Not a very opportune time to bash the government involved in hosting a regional sports meet. So December 16 it was going to be, days after the highly successful and internationally praised SEA Games. In the duration, she and her spokesperson intimated that no names would be revealed. What? No BIG FISH? Just simple lessons and recommendations on how to pursue the Drug War? Now, she stated that the report would have to be deferred due to an earthquake that struck Mindanao (actually this one is just another massive temblor experienced in the last few weeks). Holding a forty page document that is shouting to be revealed, we would have to wait until the much anticipated expose is finally out in the open (hopefully, someone gets to leak the story to satisfy our curiosity). Next week just happens to be Christmas week so, in all probability, she would not spoil our Noche Buena. New Year week comes after that. Then Three Kings week. So at the earliest we might be looking at the first or second week of January. With such a delay, we are hoping that we do not get bored with what she has to say because she is the point person (as the highest ranking Liberal Party elected official) for the 2022 Presidential elections. Coming from a ZERO performance in the 2019 senatorial contest, the opposition is still bleeding heavily (what with the FAKE NEWS emanating from the BIASED MAINSTREAM MEDIA which can only remove points from Leni and company).

Gov’t drug war data scrutinized in upcoming Robredo report

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

December 16, 2019

MANILA—Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday her upcoming report would respond to claims contained in a new government documentary and magazine defending its drug war, which has killed thousands in the past 3 years.

“Kabahagi ng report namin,” said Robredo, who put off the release of the 40-page report and instead appealed for help for victims of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit Davao del Sur on Sunday.

Two days before that, Malacañang had premiered a documentary titled “Gramo” (gram) on government TV and social media accounts, defending the anti-drug campaign, which has been widely criticized by human rights groups.

A separate magazine, also released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office last week, summarized the gains of the drug war under President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Contrary to the belief that the Philippines’ war on drugs is a ‘large-scale murdering enterprise,’ the government has shown high regard for human lives,” according to the publication titled “Saving the Future of a Nation: Countering Hard Drugs.”

The government report cited 5,779 fatalities during police anti-drug operations from July 2016 to August this year.

The Philippine National Police earlier pegged the number at around 6,600 but later placed the official figure at at least 5,500 as vetted by the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.

WHY DELAY?

Robredo has repeatedly expressed concern over human rights violations in Duterte’s drug war.

During her short stint as co-chair of Duterte’s anti-drug coordinating committee, the vice president highlighted the need for community-based rehabilitation, citing studies that showed only 10 percent of users required in-patient treatment.

Malacañang spokesman Salvador Panelo hit Robredo for delaying release of her findings while sitting in the anti-narcotics body.

“What’s taking her so long?” he told reporters. 

Robredo’s spokesman, lawyer Barry Gutierrez, criticized Panelo for trying to “score political points when we’re in the middle of a tragedy.”

“Kung hindi naiintindihan ni Secretary Panelo kung bakit ipinagpaubaya ng ating bise presidente ang pag-release ng report ngayong umaga pagkatapos nung lindol na nangyari kahapon, eh siguro totoong wala syang puso at malasakit para sa ating mga kababayan,” Gutierrez told reporters.

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VP Robredo postpones release of drug war report after powerful quake

ABS-CBN News

December 16, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo postponed Monday the release of her report on the government’s war on drugs after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck in Davao del Sur, the fifth earthquake above magnitude 6.0 to hit Mindanao since October. 

“Minabuti namin na ipagpaliban muna…Panahon na ito na magkaisa tayo,” she said, adding she received word that at least 8 to 10 people were killed in Sunday’s quake. 

She urged the public to donate tents and drinking water for affected residents, saying many people in Mindanao have been traumatized by the series of temblors. 

Speaking to radio DZMM, Robredo said she is still consulting her team on the best time to go to Davao.

“Tinitingnan natin. Unang-una, ‘yung gastos, itulong na lang natin. Pangalawa, aasikasuhin pa tayo ng mga opisyal dun. So dapat sana, busy sila ngayon eh. Tantiyahin natin pero ang team natin ay ready kahapon pa. Hinintay lang namin ‘yung listahan ng kailangan at ngayon kailangan nila tent at drinking water,” she said. 

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the quake could have been caused by the Tambulan Fault, which has a “low” chance of generating another tremor with a maximum magnitude of 7.2.

Some 442 aftershocks, the strongest of which is magnitude 5.2, have hit the region as of 4 a.m. Monday, he said. 

#Duterte #Leni Robredo #WarOnDrugs

Leni Drug Report Preview – Nothing “explosive” but “recommendatory.”

The much anticipated Drug Report of Vice President Leni Robredo should be out by early next week according to her. The FIRED Drug Czar came out firing and threatened the Duterte Administration that she would continue fighting. The previously scheduled Southeast Games, however, made her postpone coming out with her findings and recommendations. With the Games over by this week, she would hold a press conference next week. Intervening events should dampen the force of the Leni expose (in case there are a few blockbusters there). First, there was the Liberal Party attack on the expense of the Games ceremonial cauldron (mainly by Leni party mate Senator Drilon) then mainstream mass media (generally supportive of the political opposition or, conversely, perceived to be against the Duterte Administration) were caught with their pants down in amateurish FAKE NEWS. Although Leni had no participation in the crude attacks and, in fact, she lauded the SEA Games, in a highly divided nation, anything against the Administration will affect President Duterte while fumbles committed by the opposition and mass media will have a negative effect on the Vice President. Second, the President ranted against the water concessionaires Manila Water (owned by the Ayalas and close to VP Leni) and Maynilad (owned by Manny Pangilinan). The pubic anger against corporate greed hit the Liberal Party as well since the Ayalas enjoyed close ties with the previous Liberal Party Noynoy Aquino Administration.

The Vice President has also commented that nothing “explosive” would be forthcoming so all we can expect are motherhood statements. Be that as it may, the Filipino people would be waiting for what she has to say. Barring any real “fireworks”, we can expect little new information at a time when naming names would be the only way to propel her sagging popularity ratings up. Coming from the disastrous 2019 senatorial campaign where the Liberal Party received a sound thrashing (ZERO, nada, zilch), the opposition could be headed for another electoral debacle in the presidential and senatorial elections of 2022.

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Robredo to divulge drug war findings next week

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu, INQUIRER
December 10, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is set to release her findings and observations on the government’s drug war on December 16, Monday, she said in an ambush interview on Tuesday.

“Yung ulat hinihintay lang natin matapos ‘yong SEA Games, matatapos siya on Thursday, pero nasa Basilan at Marawi kasi ako so probably sa Monday gagawin dahil wala ako the rest of the week,” Robredo said.

“Most probably Monday,” she added.

Robredo’s statements came in view of anticipation from critics and supporters alike regarding the publication of her report, which was collated before she was fired as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chair last November 24.

The Vice President previously said that she would wait for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to end before she would announce the findings in order not to shift attention from the sporting event.

Robredo was appointed ICAD co-chair by President Rodrigo Duterte last October 31, which she accepted on November 6.  Her designation came after the President was frustrated with her interview with a foreign news outlet where she allegedly called a stop on the drug war campaign of the government.

During her stint at ICAD, Robredo pushed for the scrapping of Oplan Tokhang, the integration of community-based rehabilitation efforts, and the creation of a baseline data on the drug war.

However, her post also accompanied several obstacles, as she was initially prevented from seeing the list of high-value drug targets as it was deemed confidential and unnecessary for her to see.

But when her co-chair, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino tried to show her a copy of the confidential data, Robredo begged off pending clarification from Duterte on the scope and limitations of her role.

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Robredo to release drug war report next week

Helen Flores (The Philippine Star)
December 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Nothing “explosive” but “recommendatory.”

This was how Vice President Leni Robredo described her upcoming report on the government’s drug war.

“For me, explosive is too cinematic. We can expect recommendation to make it (war on drugs) better,” Robredo said yesterday.

The Vice President said she would make public her report on Monday.

“We saw some gaps and our recommendations are intended to help in correcting these mistakes, in addressing the gaps,” she said.

Robredo maintained no sensitive information related to the anti-illegal drug campaign would be divulged in her report.

“We tried to be as comprehensive as possible, given the very limited time given to us. There were things that we don’t have personal knowledge of,” she said.

President Duterte appointed Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) early November following her criticisms of his drug war.

Only 19 days in her post, the President fired Robredo after she met with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the US embassy.

Duterte said he does not trust Robredo with classified information, calling her a “scatterbrain.”

Meanwhile, Robredo yesterday called for justice and support for orphans and family members who lost their loved ones to drug war killings as the nation marked International Human Rights Day.

She also called for the improvement of community-based rehabilitation for drug users.

Robredo made the call during the launch of the special edition of Istorya ng Pag-asa photo gallery, featuring the suffering and struggle of the orphaned families at the Commission on Human Rights office in Quezon City.

Government data showed over 6,000 drug offenders have been killed in the anti-drug operations since Duterte assumed office in June 2016.

#Duterte #LeniRobredo #WarOnDrugs

 

 

 

Duterte wants to see BILLIONAIRE AYALA JAILED

Duterte in LAST BATTLE, this time against the OLIGARCHS. He has named the Ayalas of Manila Water and Manny Pangilinan of Maynilad. The problem stems from a victory the two water concessionaires secured from an international court. Mr. Duterte claims that the contracts entered by the Philippine government are detrimental to the Filipino people so he intends to file economic sabotage or PLUNDER charges against the owners of water distributor companies. PLUNDER is NON-BAILABLE. To stress his point, Duterte injected some of his patented politically incorrect statements saying that if he can not achieve his ends in the usual legal way, he would just lock up the water company offices (with the oligarchs inside) and pour gasoline and burn the whole place down. At his advanced age, the President is ready to go to prison. President Duterte also mentioned that MAINSTREAM MEDIA is controlled by big business so news release is ignored or selective (only favorable to huge corporations and conglomerates).

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‘Milked by billions’: Duterte threatens economic sabotage case vs water distributors

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Dec 03 2019

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Tuesday an international court order requiring government to pay water concessionaires billions in fines as he claimed that Filipinos were being “milked by billions.”

A visibly irate Duterte argued that the government’s contract with Pangilinan-owned Maynilad and Ayala-led Manila Water was unfair to begin with, as he explained that the concessionaires treated water “not as a natural resource but as a commodity.”

“We are being milked by billions and pinapabayad pa tayo ng mga (we are asked to pay) fines and penalties,” he said in a speech in Malacañang.

“Ang kontrata napakatagilid na tagilid because if they fail to realize the profit during the lifetime of the contract or at any period babayad tayo sa nalugi nila. Anak ng… P***** i** naman ninyo kung ganun,” he added.

(The contract is really lopsided because if they fail to realize the profit during the lifetime of the contract or at any period, we will shoulder their losses.)

The Singapore-based Permanent Court of Arbitration earlier ordered government to pay P3.4 billion to Maynilad and P7.4 billion to Manila Water as compensation for losses the water concessionaires incurred due to denied rate increases.

Maynilad Chairman Manuel Pangilinan earlier said his firm is “more than willing” to drop arbitration proceedings with government as long as there is a “way forward” on tariffs.

Manila Water, for its part, said that it would work with the government “for an orderly and managed satisfaction of the award.”

Following the court rulings, Duterte said he has asked the Department of Finance and the government’s top lawyer to craft a new contract on water distribution that is “really favorable to the public.”

“Bigay mo sa kanila (give it to them). ‘This is the amended contract. Accept it or nothing to it’,” Duterte said.

Angered by the required payment, the President said he would “expose” people who benefited from the supposedly lopsided water distribution contract.

“I-expose ko talaga ‘yung mga mayaman na nakikinabang sa bayan na libre,” he said.

(I will expose rich people who benefit from the country for free.)

“Hihilahin ko sila, kung ako titirahin nila but I will make their life from hereon very, very, very miserable,” he said.

(I will bring them down. They can hit me but I will make their life from hereon very, very, very miserable.)

Duterte even slammed the Ayalas for supposedly cheating the government of its dues.

“They do not pay corporate income tax. Ang corporate income tax hinuhulog nila sa tao,” he said.

“Patingin ko sa mga Pilipino kung paano manampal ng mga milyonaryo, bilyonaryo. Le**e kayo… Inano ninyo ang Pilipino e,” he added.

(I will show the Filipinos how to slap millionaires and billionaires.)

 

 

Hospital Rejected Preggy gives birth on the STREET, Viral Photo comments – Isko versus Joy compared

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May viral photo ng isang buntis na pinauwi ng Novaliches District Hospital sa Quezon City. Halos 1 milyong people reached na ang nakamit ng post. Napaanak ang pasyente sa kalsada. Natural lamang na ang mga kawani ng ospital ay pinagdiskitahan ng mga netizens na nagpaabot ng kanilang maasim na mga comments. Yun lang tila NAHATI ang mga taga Quezon City kung may pananagutan ang punong abala ng lungsod na si Mayora. Sabi ng iba na sapagkat ang NDH ay isang Local Government Unit hospital at pagaari ng Lungsod Quezon, dapat daw sisihin si Mayora sa maling pamamalakad sa nasangkot na ospital. Sabi naman ng mga tagapagtanggol ni Mayora na hanggang antas ng pamunuan ng ospital lang daw ang dapat sisihin sa kabila ng patatalaga ni Mayora ng Medical Director at direktang pangangasiwa ng lungsod sa NDH. 

Ang isang maliwanag na pinatutunguan ng lagpas sampung libong Likes, Comments at Shares ay naihahambing ang Lungsod Quezon sa Lungsod ng Maynila na may bago ring alkalde sa pagkatao ni Isko Moreno. Sapagkat may mga naiulat din problema ang ospital na pagaari ng Maynila, INAKO agad ni Yorme Kois ang responsibilidad at inimbistigahan ang pangyayari para mabigyan ng kaukulang parusa ang mga kawani ng ospital (kung kailangan) at makapaglabas ng mga patakaran upang lalong gumanda ang serbisyo ng naturang ospital at iba pang ospital at health center na pagaari rin ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Sa Quezon City, dahil sa marami ang nagmamahal kay Mayora, pakay nilang ilayo ang alkalde nila sa sisi at hayaan nalang daw si Mayora gumawa ng kaukulang pananaliksik, imbistigasyon, paghuhusga at pagpataw ng parusa sa mga may sala. 

Ang pagkakaiba ng pagtrato sa mayor ng Maynila at Quezon City ay magagamit namang halimbawa kung ano ang mga katangian ng MAGAGALING na mayor (kagaya ni Isko) at ang mga MAHIHINANG mayor (na si Mayora ang halimbawa). Ang pinuno na sa umpisa palang ay inaako ang responsibilidad sa problema ay agad patungo na sa solusyon kasi sinisigurado na niya na siya na ang bahala kung anong kabutihan ang dapat gawin. Ang pinuno naman na umiiwas, pinaliliit o itinatanggi ang kaniyang responsibilidad sa problema ay magpapaikotikot pa para makahanap ng solusyon sa suliraning hinaharap. Sapagkat ayaw niya masangkot o madungisan ang pangalan niya, malaki rin ang pagkakataon na pagtakpan niya ang mga may pagakamaling opiyales ng ospital na siya mismo ang nagtalaga.

Maliwanag na si Isko ay ang media darling ngayon hindi lang sa Lungsod Maynila kundi sa buong Metro Manila at buong Plipinas. Makikita rin kung bakit ang pamamaraan ni Mayora ng pamamalakad ng Quezon City ay umaani ng maraming batikos. Sana ay pamarisan nalang ang mga mabubuting gawain ni Isko ng mga LGU executives sa buong Pilipinas.

#IskoMoreno #YormeKois #Manila #QuezonCity #NovalichesDistrict Hospital #NDH

 

 

BOOM or BUST: Leni drug war disclosure

After a humiliating dismissal from her Drug Czar assignment, VP Robredo came out firing and threatened to spill the beans on the Duterte Administration about her alleged findings during her short (18 days) stint at running the campaign against illegal drugs.

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She wants to make us believe that she gained access to sensitive information and that she would be making recommendations. Of course, she can not help herself from denouncing the President, as in (according to her), he has not read two of her reports previously submitted to the Chief Executive.

The question of timing her blockbuster revelation is certainly working against the Vice President. Usually, she should have taken the initiative for a tell all press conference. If not during her first post removal speech (where she said she would reveal her findings at a later date), then immediately after, as in one to two days later, since media and public attention were still glued to her due to the two week comings and goings that led to the President finally deciding to chop her off the Drug War.

Now we have the Southeast Asian Games where the Yellow media committed one fumble after another by manufacturing FAKE NEWS. Whether there is a conspiracy to put the country in bad light or mainstream media is simply exposing its utter stupidity is purely academic. The important thing is that the majority of the Filipino nation consider all these errors as an affront against the Duterte Administration and the Philippines. Since the President still retains very high popularity ratings and Leni is the poster girl of the opposition, any tarring of the Yellow media would have a negative effect on her. Significantly, Leni pulled a turn around act by praising the SEA Games against common perception that she would be part of the hater and bashing bandwagon. Since the Philippines is headed to a spectacular SEA Games finish, obviously the President would reap most of the glory while the Liberal Party would have to lick its wounds as their personalities exerted great effort to put the management of the SEA Games to shame.

Then we have a strong typhoon which would focus public concern on the devastating damages. The SEA Games would be affected by postponements and changes in venue but should proceed normally after the storm has passed. Robredo issued a statement that she would disclose her discovery after the SEA Games are finished. In other words, Leni would be announcing her conclusions and recommendations at a time when the Philippines would be in a celebratory mode with Christmas just around the corner.

For the Vice President to create massive impact, she would have to name names (the closer to the Duterte Administration, the better for her) but if she deals with generalities like the conduct of drug raids that resulted in deaths, then Leni would be exposed to charges of whetting the appetite of the public without substantial information to back up her claims.

 

Robredo: FIRED, FIRED UP, FIRES first salvo for 2022

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With a feeling of righteous indignation, the deposed DRUG CZAR came out fighting, pointing to the Palace as the cause of her removal from office in the government anti-drug campaign. Should she run for President in 2022 as would be her natural course of action since she now leads the tattered political opposition, that speech will be remembered as her first salvo. It would be an uphill battle since the Duterte Administration, now on its fourth year in power, still maintains high popularity ratings but she laid out the primary focus of her presumed Presidential run strategy – to put the Duterte Administration on the ropes for its conduct of the War on Drugs. In the final 2022 analysis, it would be the Filipino electorate who would decide what version or narrative of the drug war to believe and with it the next President of the Philippines.

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Robredo to Duterte: What are you scared of?

By: Stephanie M. Florida – Philippine Daily Inquirer
November 26, 2019

Robredo to Duterte: What are you scared of?

SAN FERNANDO, Camarines Sur, Philippines — “If they think this is over, they don’t know me,” Vice President Leni Robredo said on Monday, after President Rodrigo Duterte fired her from her lead role in his brutal war on drugs.

“I have just begun,” Robredo told reporters here. “If we had the same goal, why did they not just cooperate? Were they not really serious in fighting drugs or did I put some interests at risk?”

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The President fired Robredo as cochair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on Sunday, 18 days after she accepted his offer of a lead role in the war on drugs—with a directive to all agencies to support her and a promise to give her “everything” she would need to press the crackdown on narcotics.

But when she requested access to the government’s list of high-value targets last week, the law-enforcement agencies on the committee balked, and Duterte declared that he did not trust her because she was with the political opposition.

Robredo asked why the President appointed her to the committee if he did not trust her.

“He should be direct with me. I’m a straight talker,” she said. “If he does not want me here anymore … and wants to take back the appointment, he should just say the word.”

The President’s spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, told reporters in Busan, South Korea, on Sunday night that the President took offense at Robredo’s “taunt.”

“You don’t say that to your boss who is the President of the Philippines,” Panelo said.

Mr. Duterte himself had said he had not seen Robredo work, though Panelo said the President had not found the time to read two reports that had been submitted by the Vice President after her meetings with members of the interagency committee, US and UN officials and representatives of several organizations.

‘Report to the nation’

Robredo was to submit a third report to the President this week, her office said on Sunday before news broke that she had been fired.

It would include all that she had found out about the campaign against illegal drugs, she said.

“I will disclose all that I have discovered and my recommendations,” Robredo said. “They may have taken away my position, but they can never take away my determination.”

Robredo swore to continue trying to stop the killings in the crackdown on drugs and bring the killers to justice.

‘What are you scared of?’

She said: “When I took on the challenge, I asked them, ‘Are you ready for me?’ Now I ask, what are you scared of?”

Addressing the President, she said: “I did not ask for this position. I did the job that you transferred to me seriously.”

What the nation wants, she said, is a government that is a true champion of the people against illegal drugs.

“The enemy is drugs and the drug lords, not me,” she said.

In Busan, where Duterte was attending the 2019 Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, Panelo ratcheted up the attack on Robredo, belittling her plan to disclose to the public what she had learned about the counternarcotics campaign.

In a text message to reporters covering Duterte’s participation in the summit, Panelo scoffed at Robredo’s question about what the administration feared the nation might find out if she was given access to classified information.

“She can do anything she pleases,” Panelo said. “Anything that she claims she has discovered [is information provided] to her. She was precisely appointed, apart from giving her the opportunity to assist in the campaign against illegal drugs, to let her know that everything in the drug war is transparent.”

‘Fired for incompetence’

Panelo insisted that Robredo “was fired for incompetence, in addition to her failure to introduce new measures she claimed she had, as against what she claimed to be ineffective method in fighting the drug menace.”

He added: “She was weighed and found wanting.”

Robredo has been a relentless critic of President Duterte’s war on drugs, which the Philippine National Police acknowledges has killed more than 6,000 suspects but human rights groups say the death toll could be much higher.

In an interview with Reuters on Oct. 23, Robredo said the war on drugs “was not working,” angering Duterte.

Hitting back, Duterte offered Robredo the position of drug czar for six months, but later changed it to cochair of the interagency committee on narcotics.

Against the advice of her allies, Robredo accepted the offer on Nov. 6, causing consternation among allies of the administration who had expected her to reject the job.

When she asked for the list of the government’s high-value targets, her new coworkers stonewalled her, and President Duterte lashed out at her in a news conference, calling her “scatterbrain” and accusing her of “grandstanding” in the press.

On Sunday, after Robredo had made it clear that she would not be stopped, Mr. Duterte fired her.

‘Caught in his own trap’

In a statement emailed to the press on Monday, Sen. Leila de Lima, detained on drug charges that the Duterte administration brought after she began investigating the killings in the war on drugs in 2016, interpreted what happened.

“By firing [Vice President] Leni Robredo, he has admitted that he was caught in his own trap, defeated in his own challenge, and thoroughly exposed as a man without honor and whose word is as good as the next lie that comes out of his big mouth.”—WITH A REPORT FROM DJ YAP

 

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