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Bongbong Marcos could Easily Surpass Robredo’s Lead after the Result Annulment

Bongbong Marcos could Easily Surpass Robredo's Lead after the Result Annulment

By: Elena Grace Flores

The protest of Bongbong Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo makes noise again after he submits a memorandum to Presidential Electoral Tribunal to reconsider, review and re-examine preliminary results of poll recount. Then proceed to his 3rd cause of action for PET to conduct technical exam in 3 Mindanao provinces. He also argues that even granting Robredo won in the recount of ballots despite irregularities, her lead is “not mathematically insurmountable.” Therefore, it cannot render his third cause of action moot.

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Marcos, Robredo camps debate on Rule 65

Analyzing the Numbers

Assuming Robredo leads the race by 263,473 votes, Marcos could easily surpass this overall margin. It’s because Robredo stands to lose 497,985 votes after the annulment of election results in the 3 Mindanao provinces. This third cause of action is based on terrorism, intimidation and harassment of voters. Pre-shading of ballots resulting to the illegality of ballots and the impossibility to distinguish with reasonable certainty between the lawful and unlawful ballots warrant Marcos’ request for the annulment of the results.

The Recount is NOT the Only Basis for the Race

The second cause of action is based on the misappreciation in the counting of ballots which require revision NDappreciation. However, this is not the only basis. Therefore, Robredo’s alleged 15,000 additional votes are not relevant because they can also be the result of fraudulent activities or VCM manipulations.

The Opponent’s Action

Robredo immediately urges the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to “immediately dismiss” Bongbong Marcos’ election protest for allegedly failing to show “substantial recovery” in the initial recount. Her camp stresses Rule 65 but we already know that the conditions did not end there. Besides, Marcos’ protest has 3 course of actions.

DOST Region 7 Director Paradela clarifies that they are not meddling with the tasks of the Department of Education that was hit by

Evidence Not a Problem

The PET orders Marcos to “present evidence.” This is to justify resorting to a technical examination of the ballots in 3 Mindanao provinces. This is necessary to allow the protest to proceed to Marcos’ third cause of action. It seeks to annul the election results in those areas. The late president Ferdinand Marcos’ son awaits such a presentation of evidence. Since they have massive proofs of fraud against the opponent.

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PDEA: President Duterte’s Drug War is NOT a Failure

PDEA: President Duterte's Drug War is NOT a Failure

By: Elena Grace Flores

PDEA Region VII Director, Wardley M. Getalla said that the drug war of the Duterte administration is heading to the right direction – given the many positive statistics which is contrary to Robredo’s statement. When asked st the 888 News Forum, Dir. Getalla said that it was sad to hear such comment from her. The VP who in under protest by former Senator Bongbong Marcos only had 18 days tenure as the drug war czar. She was fired by the President for being incompetent.

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PDEA: The Drug War of President Duterte is NOT a Failure

Destruction of Marijuana Plantations

Getalla said that they were able to eradicate 11 marijuana plantations and 60 drug dens accross the region. They were also able to apprehend 15 cases of over half kilo of shabu operations. These are only few of the many statistics that they have on record.

Joint Operations with PNP and the Local Government

Continues monitoring of the ports for possible entry of the illegal substances are as tight as ever. K9 dogs are deployed to efficiently watch the region’s entrance and exit points. The PDEA also supports the operations of the PNP with the assistance of the local government that provides the facilities needed.

Protecting the Youth from the Harmful Substance

Entertainment places where the youth frequents are also under inspection. This is to make sure that no selling or distribution of illegal drugs can take place there. Such initiative happens after the numerous reports that the illegal drug trade is rampant in disco houses, hangout places, and drinking clubs.

DOST Region 7 Director Paradela clarifies that they are not meddling with the tasks of the Department of Education that was hit by

The Drug War is NOT a failure

The PDEA Director sure knows what he is talking about. At the beginning of his speech, he enumerates the many programs they implemented and their current status. He is certain that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is on the right track to success. This is because of the halt or reduction of massive illegal drug operations in the region.

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DOST: Avail of the Half a Million Grant for Technology Advancement

By: Elena Grace Flores

DOST Director, Edilberto L. Paradela inspires innovation players to help enhance the skills of Generation Z for the 21st century jobs. He urges businesses to help transfer their science, technology and other skills to the workforce. Paradela announces that a legal entity with this purpose can avail of the grant from the Department of Science and Technology. The half a million pesos budget for each innovative business are at stake.

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The DOST Supports Innovative Projects to Transfer Skills

Local Technology Skills Know-how Essential

According to a recent study, the technology, media and communications industries are expected to be the worst hit by talent shortage across the globe. This is where most skills in technology are neeeded. On top of that, concentration of innovative companies is in Metro Manila. It further worsens the situation. For example, many IT industry players focus their operations on the National Capital Region (NCR). This is despite the fact that cities and even provinces outside the NCR have many IT professionals. Therefore, non-IT graduates elsewhere must get the skills needed through specialized trainings.

Job-Education Mismatch

The mismatch between job requirements and available skill set, and gaps in education and training have been identified as among the major challenges faced by the country today. Many sectors like RAFI tries to bridge the gap. However, the need is very urgent. Therefore, the participation of each business is crucial to equip the workforce with advanced technology skills for the 21st century jobs.

Mandate of the DOST

DOST Region 7 Director, Paradela clarifies that they are not trying to meddle with the affairs of the Department of Education. Instead, their campaign is to support skills training facilities that could provide the necessary know-how to the working class. This way, the local community residents won’t have to migrate to the capital or overseas to get a good-paying job. Such a remedy is the most ideal strategy in terms of nurturing families.

DOST Region 7 Director Paradela clarifies that they are not meddling with the tasks of the Department of Education that was hit by

Half a Million Pesos Support

Director Paradela then announces at the 888 News Forum, Marco Polo Hotel that a half a million pesos budget per business is at stake to legally registered entities that can provide innovative skills training to their target workforce. To avail, a company, cooperative or training school can request for the equipment and infrastructure needed worth Php 500,000 from the department. One should know the support of the government in this area, he added.

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Edvan Loh: Leadership is Too Important to be Left to the Leaders


By: Elena Grace Flores

Outward Bound Singapore Deputy Director, Edvan Loh is a guest speaker at RAFI’s LEAD Summit 2019 recently. The Oakridge Horizons venue in Mandaue is very conducive to the activities of the very prestigious 2-day event. This is for the educators in conjuncion with the relevant industries to discuss how to better equip the country’s education system to match the needs of the 21st century students. Loh stresses that leadership is far too important to be left to the leaders. It takes each one of us to bridge the gap. That is you and me, he said.

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Edvan Loh from Singapore Imparts LEAD Learnings

A One-Man International Panelist

The Vice Mayor elaborates on the answers of Gov. Philip Tan of the Wage
Loh’s presence during the summit made it a somewhat international event. He braises through his presentations with ease and answers sensitive questions with inspiring messages. The technology evolution evolves too fast that the government sector alone cannot immediately get the much needed advance learning infrastructure ready. In Singapore, mapping out the whole country during the planning stage was the first step. Then, the education players, partners and steakholders take part in identifying the leaders for the big change.

Education Infrastructure Model

Singapore might be a small country but they have created a successful model for the Philippines to follow through in a bigger scale. According to Loh, it is ideal to focus on the strenghts and not the weaknesses. His country is notable for discipline that Filipinos are lack of. Despite of that, he sees the creativity, resilience and good interaction skills of Filipino men and women. It is better to make use of these positive atributes to move forward than to deal with any negativity, he added.

Setting Aside Politics for Education

Confrontations with the government are highly discouraged by Loh. Instead, it is best to discuss things with the industry players and see where each sector can help. This is what the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation is doing. The LEAD summit brings together leaders from the public education sector, local school boards and local school governing councils. As well as experts and practitioners in the field of education and leadership development outcomes. Can they map out initiatives and improve collaboration and create synergy for this quest?

Choosing the Right Leader for 2022

Filipinos might be easily influenced by propaganda. Thus, denying them of good leaders in the past. However, in the technology era, the leadership of the candidates for the highest public office can already become very obvious. By now, Filipinos should already have the slightest idea who can lead the country into the 21st century by looking at their track records.

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Secret Political Allies’ Similar Mindset on Online Professionals


By: Elena Grace Flores

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Vice Mayor Mike Rama Vows to Act Upon the Protection of Online Workers

Bongbong Marcos previously reveals his secret alliance with Cebu’s Vice Mayor Mike Rama. Rama was a member of the Liberal Party until he joined the United National Alliance of former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Marcos is a notable patron of technology. He urges industries to upgrade their capability on this area to be competitive. He also supports the emergence of online workers and professionals by continously educating people through his blogs and speeches in adjusting their skills to the needs of the workforce today. Thus, preventing job miss-match which is rampant at the present time. This is the same mindset that the Vice Mayor of Cebu manifested recently in a press conference.

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BM VLOG #87: Friends in Cebu | Bongbong Marcos

Online Professionals are NOT Underground Workers

The Vice Mayor elaborates on the answers of Gov. Philip Tan of the Wage Board when asked about why companies are allowed to consider online workers as contractors rather than regular staff. This was when he explains the 18 Pesos wage increase for low-income earners instead of the 300 Pesos demand of the masses at the 888 News Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel recently. Tan talks about underground workers but this is not the case for online professionals like teachers or educators. Fortunately, Rama knows about the Professional status of the BIR for online professionals.

Avid Tax Payers

The wages of professionals who work from home are automatically deducted 10% withholding tax. However, despite the bank’s payroll account, local companies owned by foreign nationals do not consider them employees. Thus, not qualifying them for health insurance provision, social security system benefits and other government-supported advantages.

Similar Mindset

Marcos emphasizes the importance of adjusting the government system to equip its constituents with the know-how of what is required for the modern jobs. He spearheads the existence of the windmills when it was the first in the country. Together with his sister, now Senator Imee Marcos, they made their home province a call center hub. Innovative cultural traditions and attractions are also popular in Ilocos Norte.

Choose a Leader Wisely in 2022

Vice Mayor Rama reminds the press representatives that the elections 2022 is fast approaching. He said that choosing a leader that can adjust to the current trends is crucial. Government processes will be simplified. Efficient handling is also crucial so better observe the traits of a candidate, he added. Is he hinting on Bongbong Marcos?