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


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.

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[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.

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Bongbong Marcos Visits Earthquake Victims in Leyte


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The weekend prior to the preliminary conference of Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo, assistance to Leyteños after the earthquake are personally distributed by him. He flew to his mother’s home province and visited victims. His cousin, Rep. Martin Romualdez, and Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo were with him. Financial assistance for the families of the fatalities and relief goods were given.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos was with Mayor Richard Gomez during the inspection of the earthquake damages in Ormoc City.

DSWD Efforts

The Department of Social Welfare and Development relief for nearly 2,000 families displaced by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte first arrive. Two people were dead. It temporarily shuts down power plants. A total of P3,239,260.38 worth of food and other items were provided to the affected localities of Kananga and Ormoc City.

Other Provisions

The DSWD-FO VIII also provided initial relief to Ormoc City: 100 family food packs, 200 pieces of malong, 100 pieces of blankets, 100 mats, 67 Australian tents and one tent from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees were allocated. A total of 1,837 families or 9,185 persons is displaced by the earthquake. 73 families or 365 persons stay in one evacuation center while the others are with relatives and friends.

Burial Assistance for Earthquake Fatalities

The families of the two earthquake fatalities received burial assistance from the FO. They are also set to receive an additional P5,000 cash assistance next week. The DSWD Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau is currently on blue alert. It coordinates the FO VIII for updates on the number of affected families or individuals. They also monitor the extent of the damage by the eathquake.


DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo thinks that there’s a need to raise awareness and educate the public in disaster preparedness and mitigation. This goes for both man-made and natural disasters. July is the National Disaster Consciousness Month. “The effectiveness of plans for disaster preparedness does not only lie with the government but a collective effort between the state and its citizens. By participating and working together, we can save more lives,” the Secretary said.