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SC Trashed SOCE Extension Petition: Robredo is safe for now


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
SC ruled to put Vice President-elect Leni Robredo’s on safe landing into her newly coveted position – the same as other late filers. This paves the way to Liberal Winners and Mar Roxas despite him not making it to the presidency.

CNN Philippines wrote: The court’s ruling clears the way for Vice President-elect Leni Robredo and other candidates who won in the May 9 polls to assume their posts on June 30. The decision, however, was based on a technicality – petitioners Manuel Luna and Justino Padiernos failed to attach the assailed Comelec resolution in their petition. The petitioners argued that the Comelec amended the law on the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) when it extended the June 8 deadline for the filing of the election expense report.

It continued: They said the law requiring the filing of the SOCE says candidates cannot assume office even if they won the elections if they or their parties fail to submit their SOCEs within the deadline. Voting 4-3, the Comelec on June 16 granted a 14-day extension for filing the SOCE. This applied to the Liberal Party (LP), Aksyon Demokratiko, Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, and all candidates who failed to submit their SOCEs by June 8.

Reference: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/06/28/plea-vs-soce-filing.html

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Can’t Blame Duterte if he is Uncomfortable with Robredo


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Despite having two separate inaugurations of the President and Vice President on June 30, they will be held in different hours. Robredo’s will be at 9:30 AM at her new office in Quezon City Reception House and Duterte at noon time in Malacañang. The Media is asking if Robredo is invited who can very well make it to Malacañang if she is – but they did not get a direct reply.

Ernesto Abella, Duterte’s spokesman, only said that he didn’t have the guest list. It is a common knowledge that Duterte is favoring Robredo’s rival Bongbong Marcos and was also convinced that there was cheating in favor of the winning V.P. during the recent election.

Duterte also was honest in saying that due to his respect towards Marcos, he is not giving a Cabinet post to Robredo. The President also clarified that he would rather give important posts to the ones loyal to him – and not in the position yet to entertain outsiders. There’s also this rumor that Robredo will be used by the Liberal Party to topple Duterte. So, better be safe than sorry. Who can blame the president?”

Reference: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/23/1595903/duterte-camp-mum-whether-leni-will-be-invited

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Liberal Party Got their Queen in President-elect Leni Robredo


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s continuous snobbing of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo has no effect towards her standing in her own political party – as she is about to be crowned as queen in the Liberal Party hierarchy.

Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III himself said that Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will take a senior post in the Liberal Party since she got the highest elected official post under its banner.

Aquino explained what Robredo’s role in the political organization as per her preferences – as they are still yet to discuss about the said matter. Since Duterte vowed to topple the Liberal Party in the highest government post and vice versa, it is a legitimate reason why the President is uncomfortable with Robredo perceived as his political enemy number one inside his administration.

Reference: http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2016/06/23/1595867/watch-liberal-partys-plan-leni-robredo

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Good or Bad Omen: Late Marcos’ Painting at Robredo’s New Office


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who was responsible of overseeing the renovation of the former ‘Boracay Mansion’ into the present QC Executive House that will be the future office of incoming Vice President, Leni Robredo explains that the Jose Blanco piece of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos depicting his heroism as a soldier is a work of art – that’s why it was hanged there in the first place.

If you are not an art enthusiast, it is easy to overlook it despite its enormous size. Painted by Jose Blanco as commissioned by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, the masterpiece depicts Marcos as a heroic soldier. This is only one of the few examples of the truth trying to surface even if suppressed by many.

Bautista was also an officer of the Kabataang Barangay which was headed by Imee Marcos many years ago. KB’s ideals are now carried out by Sangguniang Kabataan. That should further explain its existence in the house.

Reference: http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/137075-marcos-painting-leni-robredo-ovp-boracay-mansion

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Robredo: Can Join the League of Vice Presidents acting as Spare Tyre


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The 1987 Constitution dictates that no specific duties for the vice president other than taking over the president’s term “in case of death, permanent disability, removal from office, or resignation.” So, it is not illegal for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to give Bongbong Marcos important cabinet tasks rather than to the sworn in Vice President, Leni Robredo.

However, Leni Robredo can even use her term for six years to campaign for the presidency if that’s what she’s up to – but this could be difficult since she won’t be gaining mileage if she cannot show excellent performance in crucial avenues. Almost all past presidents have assigned important posts to their vice presidents even if they belong to opposing political parties. However at the rate that it is now going with Duterte’s respect towards the Marcoses’ Leni Robredo can end up to be the ultimate spare tyre for the president.

However, she can be smart about it. Take the case of President Fidel V. Ramos’ administration, then-vice president Joseph “Erap” Estrada used his role as head of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission—tasked to go after crime syndicates that enhanced his reputation as a crime buster. Whereas Diosdado Macapagal was, the only other vice president to be excluded from the Cabinet. Macapagal spent his term under Carlos P. Garcia traveling the country, exposing himself to the electorate—thus beating Garcia in the next presidential election.

Reference: http://opinion.inquirer.net/95295/duterte-media-test-wills