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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

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Bistek has to Pack up in favor of the higher V.P. Robredo


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Leni Robredo, the Vice President-elect found her new home in the 7,145 sqm. ex-controversial property “Boracay Mansion” in Quezon City. Although she has yet to move in there on June 30, her move to the Mansion now called Quezon City Reception House, was not known yet by Mayor Herbert Bautista.

The mansion is actually Mayor Bistek’s pet project but the choice no longer belongs to him since Leni Robredo already made that choice to stay there and she is higher than the major. In any case, the mayor would soon be informed and it should not be a problem.

Although the mayor loves the property and he was actually hands on into its maintenance, he would take it as an honor for the city to host the Office of the Vice President there – as how he normally is when things like this happen. He has yet to remove his personal belongings there though; Vice mayor Belmonte said.

Reference: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/791238/leni-feels-at-home-but-bistek-unhappy

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Robredo’s Advocacy can Happen by just Continuing Binay’s Projects


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte might have the same goals as far as how to make Philippines better – but they just have different ways, at least character-wise. This can be clearly seen through continuous exclusion of Robredo during Duterte’s incoming administration meeting.

The good V.P. Binay, who is known for his calm and polite manner wrote to his successor Vice President-elect Leni Robredo despite the confusion on her actual status brought about by Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest and LP’s failure to submit their SOCE on time.

The letter says; “I look forward to personally meeting you. For the past six years, and besides its modest budget, the OVP has extended assistance to thousands of poor and marginalized Filipinos, including our brothers and sisters working abroad. I am confident that with you as the next Vice President, the OVP will continue to be an instrument of social justice.” A kind gesture that did not escape Robredo’s daughter Aika’s attention and she tweeted thanking Binay for his “so gracious” action towards her mother.

Reference: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/790971/look-vp-binays-letter-to-successor-robredo

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Robredo: Staying at Coconut Palace Despite Complaining that Rent of ₱440,000 Too Expensive


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It was highlighted during TV interviews when Leni Robredo was winning based on the unofficial partial server voting results transmissions that shifted to her favor – decreasing Bongbong Marcos’ lead after Smartmatic allegedly inserted a Hash Tag Script into the server’s settings, that she openly challenged Coconut Palace’s rent of ₱440,000 saying it’s too expensive for the government which tax payers pay.

However, she is now justifying her previous comments; saying that she will soon take his Vice Presidential office in two weeks time – and that it will be convenient to just continue for the time being.

Outgoing Vice President Jojo Binay is now busy packing his personal possessions. It’s noted however that ceremonial gatherings were normally held at the Coconut Palace, but the day-to-day operations were held at PNB building which is just near the Palace. OVP employees are also transitioned into Robredo except the 26 co-terminus with Binay.

Reference: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/06/09/leni-robredo-jejomar-binay-transition-office-of-the-vice-president-coconut-palace.html