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Robredo, Alvarez: The Most Distrusted Figures in Philippine Politics


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Leni Robredo and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez get the highest disapproval and distrust ratings among the 5 top officials in Philippine politics. This is according to the March 2017 Ulat ng Bayan Pulse Asia survey.

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[VIDEO]: A March Pulse Asia survey shows Vice President Leni Robredo and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got the highest ‘disapproval’ and ‘distrust’ ratings among the 5 highest ranking government officials.

Still in Top 3 for the Trusted Officials

Robredo, however, makes it among the 3 officials who got the trust and performance approval of the majority of Filipinos. The President and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III are the other two.

Reason for Distrust on Robredo

Robredo’s anti-drug war video message at a UN side event is believed to be the culprit of her high distrust rating. Sixteen percent of respondents disapproved of Robredo performance. It’s the same ratings she got in the quarterly poll in December 2016.

Highest Disapproval Rating

Robredo got the highest disapproval among Class ABC respondents, from 14% in December 2016 to 29% in March. This is not surprising because these levels of society are abreast with current events in politics.

In Geographic Terms

In terms of geographic area, Robredo got the highest disapproval rating in Metro Manila (25%) and Mindanao (18%).  Robredo is followed by Speaker Alvarez with a consistent disapproval rating of 14% in the last two-quarters, perhaps after being told by the president to leave Robredo alone as he intended to file an impeachment complaint against her.

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Jojo Binay is not a Fish, Pimentel – He teaches People how to Fish

Jojo Binay

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Now that Senator Koko Pimentel is already the confirmed Senate President, he has to stand by his promise to jail former Vice President Jejomar Binay for the alleged corruption committed when he was still mayor of Makati. In fact, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales echoed that by filing cases against him without probable cause and no concrete evidence – just hearsays. Koko was noted saying that Binay would probably be the first big fish who is going to prison for that matter and headlines flashed around tri-media including social media.

Well, this is what most Makati residents are saying in response to that. “Binay is not a big fish, Koko – he teaches people how to fish and you should learn that also as a public servant. His public services in Makati are second to none. Up to this date, you are considered privileged if you get a Makati resident and medical cards – that existed even before the plan of creating a national ID card for Filipinos. Do you know why? It is easy to print cards but even that most of past governments cannot do. The difficult part is coming up with concrete benefits to offer to Filipino Citizen card holders.

Senator Koko Pimentel, now that you have the power to create legislation that would benefit Filipinos, can you at least try to come up with various privileges that a Filipino can have under the Duterte administration? Will a Filipino ID card holder be prioritized in the country’s top paying jobs? Will they get livelihood loans to start businesses? Can their children go to quality schools for free? Most of all, can they get hospitalized without worrying about the cost? Wait until you can accomplish these before even thinking of jailing Binay who had done all of these for the citizens of Makati. For now, learn from him.

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Ejercito, Marcos and Pimentel Spotted at Duterte’s Inauguration

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in the person of JV Ejercito, Bongbong Marcos and Koko Pimentel were familiar faces in the inauguration rites when Duterte was sworn in as the 16th President of the Philippines. Their presence were actually not surprising because Duterte personally invited Marcos. Ejercito and Pimentel gracing the Rizal Hall in Malacañang with their presence were also understandable as party mates of the President.

Not having Vice President Leni Robredo around can already signify that Bongbong Marcos is Duterte’s chosen one. Robredo kept her composure after Marcos filed the electoral protest against her last June 29. She was thankful that it went through the proper forum and not through the media.

Marcos also hinted that if a Cabinet secretary post will be offered to him, then he would gladly accept it – which for him is an order from the president. However, it seems that the president will not assign an important position to his Vice President in respect to Marcos who is his friend. Meanwhile Binay comforted Robredo saying to her personally that by continuing the function of the OVP, she will be in service to the poor, ofws and to public service in general like what he was prioritizing during his term. In fact, Robredo just came back from Japan prior to her own inauguration


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Pimentel Father and Son’s Opposing Sides on Marcos’ Burial

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
PDP-Laban’s chair emeritus and former senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel made it known to Pesident-elect Rodrigo Duterte that if he insisted to bury former President Ferdinand E. Marcos into the Libingan ng mga Bayanim he should change the name to Libingan ng mga Sundalo.

He knew however that he cannot convince Duterte despite his plea to bury him instead in Batac, Ilocos Norte Marcos’ hometown – where he is loved and honored by many, given that he fought bitterly against martial law during Marcos’ regime.

They blamed the thousands of activists jailed, killed or went missing during those era to Marcos despite being triggered by Ninoy Aquino who used media propaganda to discredit the strong leader. It was disclosed by numerous human rights lawyers at that time that the publicized killings of innocent victims were maneuvered by Marcos’ political enemies to use the people’s outrage in toppling him. As outgoing president Jejomar Binay has said; it was Cory Aquino who wanted the Filipinos to suffer so that they will blame Marcos. Pimentel’s son “Koko” Pimentel III also declared that he would not oppose Duterte’s plan.


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Binay will remain a Force in Philippine Politics

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s presidential defeat seemed to be minor for him to even get bothered. The fundamental thing is his family’s recovering Makati City Hall that indicates the Binays’ strong political force in the Philippines, said ex-Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

Jojo Binay’s daughter, former Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, is now the new mayor of Makati. Her husband, Luis Campos, replaces her as Makati district II’s Representative. Nancy Binay, the eldest daughter, will be serving three more years as senator.

Pimentel seems to be fearing that another national conquest by the Binays is now cooking for the next election, six years from now. This is probably why Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales don’t want to let go of the older Binay’s alleged corruption case. The question is; will incoming President Rodrigo Duterte supports the Ombudsman or Binay instead – who is a close friend and an ally?

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