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Bongbong Marcos Doesn’t Mind: Uson’s DSWD Online Survey that Robredo Tops is a Peace Offering

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

ASec Mocha Uson is a known critic of Vice President Leni Robredo. She surprises her by including Robredo in the online survey for possible DSWD Secretary choice. Eventually, she tops the poll and Bongbong Marcos who is for unity seems to not mind despite his ongoing protest against the VP. Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella thinks that this is difficult. He, however, trusts that the President has his way of doing things.






Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: VP Robredo, binisita ang ilang lumikas mula sa Marawi City




Public Gratitude

Vice President Leni Robredo expresses her gratitude to the public after she tops an online survey on the next social welfare secretary. Her critic, Mocha Uson, a blogger and assistant communications secretary of the Du30 administration initiates it. Robredo said that she was surprised that Uson included her among the choices. The VP should know that ASec Uson is now a government employee like her and in that instance, both should act as public servants and not as the campaigners for their party. This can be taken as a peace offering from Uson to Robredo.



Voters’ Trust

“First of all, I was surprised because my name was included. I also thank Asec. Mocha for believing in our ability to handle the position,” the Vice President said. She is also grateful to those who showed their trust by voting for her. Robredo tops the online survey through Uson’s Twitter account. It garners 81 percent of the votes. Uson initiates the poll after the decision of the Commission on Appointments to reject Judy Taguiwalo as head the Department of Social Welfare and Development.




Top Choices

Vice President Leni Robredo, Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy, and former Tarlac Representative Monica Teodoro-Prieto are included in the list of people who might replace Taguiwalo. Uson’s survey showed that Robredo is taking a wide lead against the Badoy and Prieto.








Not Saying NO to Robredo

Abella downplays the online poll. He said that the President has his own ways of picking the next DSWD chief. “I’m sure the President has the other ways of measuring a candidate’s capability, aside from surveys. It means that the President has a different set of categories,” he clarified. It seemed to be a “difficult choice.” “Perhaps, there may be conditionalities that may not be too favorable regarding that if it happens. I don’t know. It all depends on the President.” “I mean, I’m not saying no for Leni, I’m saying that it seems to be a difficult choice,” he added.




http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/08/21/1731215/leni-thanks-public-topping-survey-dswd-chief

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/08/18/duterte-yet-appoint-new-dswd-head-559185




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Leni Robredo: Bautista’s Scandal Got Nothing to do with Bongbong Marcos’ Protest

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice President Leni Robredo finally denounces the attempts to link her election victory to the Comelec Chair Andres Bautista and his wife’s scandal. Her win is under protest by Bongbong Marcos. She also denied their alleged secret meeting that she calls malicious.






Youtube video by; INQUIRER.net
[VIDEO]: Robredo: No ‘secret meeting’ with Comelec chair Bautista



Forced Issue

Robredo cannot help but accuse her detractors of the alleged forced link. She said; “I think it’s just forced. I think they are just forcing a connection with our case, which is unfortunate,” she told reporters in an interview in Naga City.




No Link

The VP said that the allegations raised by Mrs. Patricia Bautista “had nothing to do with the election.” “But it’s saddening that such a private problem is being used by some politicians to further their ends,” Robredo said without elaborating. Is she blaming Marcos again?



Scandal Background

Patricia accused her husband of unlawfully amassing nearly P1 billion in cash and real estate properties. Chairman Bautista, in turn, accused her of attempting to extort money from him and of having an affair. The mud throwing continues until it reaches into the election fraud issue where the Chairman got referral fees from Smartmatic, the provider of election VCMs that is guilty of illegal alteration on the night of the 2016 election.








Dragged Along

Robredo is facing an electoral protest by a rival, Bongbong Marcos.  He questions her narrow victory over him. The slim margin of more than 260,000 votes can easily be disputed by the 3.2 undervotes if the ballot boxes are opened for the recount, he said. Marcos’ own name was dragged into the controversy following rumors that his wife Liza Araneta-Marcos arranged Mrs. Bautista’s meeting with the President despite not knowing her personally. However, Marcos never blames Robredo for it.




Leni decries link of Bautista woes to 2016 polls




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Robredo Leads DSWD Poll Survey but NOT Ideal as Bongbong Marcos’ Protest Continues

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

VP Leni Robredo is one of the possible replacements of former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo. This is after Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson includes her name in a Twitter poll. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while he does not reject the idea that the VP can become the next social welfare secretary. However, Abella notes that the Political climate may not make her an ideal candidate. That can be right considering that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against her is still ongoing.






Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: Umalma ang Malacañang sa komento ni Vice-President Leni Robredo na mabagal ang aksyon sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong “Nina,” at sinabing siya’y namumulitika. Sagot naman ni VP Leni, “nag-overreact” ang Palasyo.



Leads Twitter Poll

Robredo leads in the poll by ASEC Uson. She is ahead of DSWD Asst. Sec. Lorraine Badoy and Nikki Teodoro, wife of former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. It can be recalled that the VP was criticized when a typhoon strikes the Bicol region while was in America. Bongbong Marcos even visited her hometown that she appreciated later on. This is because they need all help that they can get, according to her.




Friction with the Palace

The palace was also irked when she observed that the relief goods were slow when she visited one Barangay during Typhoon Nina. The spokesperson said that she should have checked how the government officials particularly the DSWD worked so hard for the job.



Likely Leader in a Rebel

Since the VP is fond of visiting disaster areas as per her photo opportunity press releases, it can be a good idea to let her show that she can do better. It is also noted that she had a previous rift with the rejected DSWD chief Taguiwalo in the past.









Political Climate

It is also understandable that the palace cannot reckon to name Robredo as DSWD Secretary because she likes to criticize the Du30 administration. Perhaps, it is difficult to work on the same page with someone who has the rebellious nature. Besides, she has the electoral protest to concentrate on especially now that she has not paid the remaining tranche of her counter protest against Bongbong Marcos.




http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/18/17/robredo-as-dswd-chief-palace-reacts




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COMELEC to Bongbong Marcos: Demand Letter Just a Mere Compliance with Supreme Court

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Upon thorough scrutiny of the COMELEC’s correspondence in digital copies with the Camp of Bongbong Marcos, it can be concluded that the poll body only sent the demand letter to Marcos for the payment of the overseas storage fees in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court or PET. The Protestant already replied to it saying that the COMELEC must pay them because it is their duty to do so.






Youtube video by; PTV
[VIDEO]: NEWS BREAK: Election protest ni ex-Sen. Marcos vs. VP Robredo, may basehan – PET



Compliance

In compliance with the directive of the Supreme Court or PET, the Office for Overseas Voting forwards a copy of the letter dated 10 July 2017 to Marcos’ laawyer, Atty. Erwin Garica. This is from Maria Lea R. Alarkon, Director III- OFOV-COMELEC, per PET notice dated 18 July 2017 on behalf of the COMELEC



Response within 5 Days

The said letter seeks the comment of the Protestant on COMELEC’s stand for him to pay the said overseas dues. However, Marcos reiterates that it is the duty of the COMELEC to find funds for it as the guardian of the necessary election materials. It is the mandate of the election agency to safeguard such contested ballots, he said. He was given 5 days to respond which he complied with.



Retrieval of Ballot Boxes

Marcos requests the retrieval of ballot boxes from the pilot provinces he mentioned right after paying the full amount of the protest fee ordered by the Supreme Court for him to pay. However, this still awaits Leni Robredo’s comments. Besides, she has not paid her balance of 7 M Pesos yet that delayed the process.








Supreme Court Ruling

It is clear that the cause of the delay is Robredo’s non-payment of her second tranche. Although her lawyer, Romulo Macalintal said that their fees are for the counter-protest and they must wait until the PET finds substance in Marcos’ electoral protest. However, the tribunal already repeated their ruling many times that they find Marcos’ protest substantial.




https://www.bongbongmarcos.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/BBM-COMPLIANCE-dated-August-2-2017.pdf

Bongbong Marcos: COMELEC Must Pay Election Storage Fees at Overseas Posts




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7-M Pesos Amassed by Robredo Supporters Questioned after Supreme Court Disapproval

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Netizens can’t help but wonder what happens now with the money collected by Leni Robredo’s supporters. They amassed P7 million for the second payment of her counter-protest against Bongbong Marcos. The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni campaign said it was only short of P400,000 to reach its P7.4 million target as mainstream media reported. However, The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), rejected the petition. There’s no news yet on the outcome of their motion for reconsideration.






Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, rejects the petition of VP Leni Robredo’s supporters. This is to help pay the remaining fee for the election protest filed against her.



Piso Contribution

Robredo’s supporters disclose that every peso is a contribution of the Filipino voter. A tricycle driver, OFW, housewife, laborer, artist, entrepreneur, and industry leader allegedly spared a Piso to protect his or her vote.  Former human rights commissioner Paulynn Sicam said this. Therefore, every peso is answerable as well since the law does not allow their illegal campaign.



Recount

The recount of the 2016 vice presidential votes is about to begin mid-August after the Supreme Court decides to push through with Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo. It is nevertheless obvious that the issue is buried amidst the Comelec Chair’s fiasco. This is after his wife squeals of ill-gotten wealth while trying to determine her fair legal share of his net worth.



Must not Receive Gifts

Presidential Decree No. 46 prohibits public officials from receiving gifts or any other valuable thing. This is on any occasion when the gift is given because of an official’s position. Regardless of whether or not the gift is given for past favors.  As well as to expect a favor in return or better treatment in the future.








Lawful Ruling

The same rule against such campaign is stated in Republic Act No. 6713. This specifies that unacceptable gifts include those with a value that “is neither nominal nor insignificant.” It is noted that most Liberal Party fanatics from the Comelec Chair’s brother to the “Piso” group members do not adhere to the law. This is evident in their actions. Perhaps, one reason why they are the subject of government scrutiny ever since the Marcos era. Then, they have the nerve to retaliate that they are the victims when it is otherwise.




http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/15/17/robredo-supporters-amass-p7-m-for-counter-protest

http://www.rappler.com/nation/178306-sc-rejects-robredo-supporters-petition-protest-fee