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JUNE 30, 2016: GOD BLESS THE COUNTRY AND THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES!

LENI ROBREDO TAKES OATH AS 14th VICE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY


JUNE 30 - Vice President Leni Robredo signs the written oath of office at the Quezon City Reception House, which will serve as her official residence while in office, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Mark delos Reyes for Philstar.com  Liberal Party's Leni Robredo on Thursday morning formally took her oath of office as the 14th vice president of the country. Robredo's oath was administered by two town captains Ronaldo Coner of Barangay Punta Tarawal, Calabangga, Camarines Sur and Regina Celeste San Miguel of Barangay Mariana Quezon City. She was sworn in at the Quezon City Reception Hall where she will also hold office.
In her inaugural address, Robredo delivered message calling for unity and referred to the poor, or those in the fringes of society, several times. "Ang ating pagtutulungan ang ating pinakamabisang puhunan. Napatunayan na nating hindi sagabal ang anumang kakulangan sa totoo, tapat at pursigidong paglilingkod. Ang pagsubok ay kabilang mukha lamang ng pagkakataon." Robredo said. Robredo sought for Filipinos help as she takes office, vowing to try to give relief to the public's woes. "Ang sandaling ito ay hindi lamang tungkol sa akin. Ito ang pagkakataon na makasama ang mga nasa laylayan tungo sa maginhawang buhay," she said. She who wore an off-white Filipiniana gown made by Paul Cabral. Robredo's daughters Jillian, Tricia and Aika were present to witness her oath and serve as the Bible bearer. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marcos pushes Robredo ouster


JUNE 30 -Electoral protest. SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday filed an election protest before the Supreme Court seeking the ouster of incoming vice president Leni Robredo. Senator Ferdinand ëBongBongí Marcos Jr., who lost his bid for the vice presidency last May 9, briefs newsmen on the election protest he filed before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on Wednesday. EY ACASIO
A throng of supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court compound as Marcos accompanied by his lawyers and several political allies filed his 1,000 page petition asking the magistrates, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to set aside the proclamation of Leni Robredo and instead declare him the duly elected and rightful vice president of the republic. Attached in his petitioner were 20,000 pages of affidavits, certificates of canvass and other supporting documents, which Marcos said would provide clear and convincing evidence of what he called the biggest electoral fraud in the history of the Philippines. Marcos, through his lawyer George Garcia, said that through a series of electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities, people behind the whole operation made sure that Robredo would win and that Marcos’ votes would be reduced. “The votes presumptively obtained by... Robredo during the last elections are products of electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities. Meanwhile, the votes obtained by protestant Marcos were significantly reduced, manipulated and altered to make it appear that he only placed second during the last elections,” the petition stated. In particular, Marcos is contesting the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts in 25 provinces and five highly urbanized cities all over the country. Marcos explained that his petition has three parts—the first is the “flawed” automated election system (AES); the second consists of the more “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections; and the third focuses on the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code (or a new script or program) into the Transparency Server as well as the effects brought about by the unauthorized change. READ MORE...

ALSO: Robredo calls for unity, opens doors of VP to poor


JUNE 30 -Leni Robredo takes her oath as the Philippines’ 14th Vice President. She is joined by daughters Jillian, Tricia and Aika. PHOTO FROM LENI ROBREDO MEDIA BUREAU Leni Robredo sounded a rallying cry for national unity on Thursday as she took her oath of office as the 14th Vice President, becoming only the second woman to rise as the second most powerful official of the Philippines. “As Jesse used to say when he was alive: ‘What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart’,” she said, quoting her late husband, the former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. “During these times of conflict, unity is most important for our nation. We may come from different walks of life or different advocacies, but our dreams are the same: that each Filipino will live a dignified, prosperous life,” the 51-year-old Robredo said. Without the new President at her side, the new President-in-reserve was sworn into office under weeping skies, surrounded by people in the fringes of society whose interests she has vowed to protect—women, farmers, the urban poor, persons with disability, the Bangsamoro, indigenous peoples, and the youth.They shared the spotlight with several VIPs who came to bask in Robredo’s reflected glory, mostly political allies, including her defeated Liberal Party running mate Mar Roxas, outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon, and outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. READ: VP Robredo calls for unity, vows service transcending politicsKris Aquino, the celebrity sister of former President Benigno Aquino III, who relinquished his post to Rodrigo Duterte alsoThursday, added star power to an otherwise simple ceremony, though she came in late. But Robredo devoted much of her speech talking to and about the people in the margins of society and how she hoped to serve and address their needs. “The doors of the Office of the Vice Presidency are always open, no matter one’s station’s in life, beliefs or party. Ours will be a listening office,” the former Camarines Sur congresswoman said, speaking in Filipino. “In our first 100 days, we plan to once again go to the farthest and the smallest barangays to pray with you, to laugh and cry with you, and most of all to listen to the things that you want changed,” she said. “We hope that as we bring the Office of the Vice Presidency to your barangay, you will feel the government is truly there for you, and when you feel that, you will be inspired to spark your own change as well,” she said. READ MORE...

ALSO: IN PHOTOS - Celebrities at VP Leni Robredo's inauguration


As Leni Robredo is sworn in as the Philippines' 14th Vice President, people from different sectors of society have gathered – including various famous personalities. Robredo took her oath of office on June 30, Thursday, at the Quezon City Reception House, the new home of the Vice President. Entertainment figures and the like were also there to witness the historic moment for the former Camarines Sur representative, who has assumed the second highest office in the land. Kris Aquino Kris Aquino was there to represent her other sisters Ballsy, Viel, and Pinky, who joined their brother, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, as he turned over the office of President to Rodrigo Duterte.READ MORE...

ALSO: WATCH - President Aquino pensive on last full day in office


JUNE 30 -SCREENGRAB MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III's broadcast team released a video of him as he spends his last full day in office at Malacañan Palace. On Thursday, Aquino will turn over his seat to newly elected Rodrigo Duterte as his term expires at noon. In the video, Aquino appears to be in a reflective mood as he reads documents and looks out the window in his office. Aquino had said he is looking forward to stepping down from his post and tour the country as an ordinary citizen. But as a former president of the republic, things will never be the same again for the 56-year-old bachelor. WATCH VIDEO...


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Leni Robredo takes oath as 14th vice president


Vice President Leni Robredo signs the written oath of office at the Quezon City Reception House, which will serve as her official residence while in office, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Mark delos Reyes for Philstar.com

MANILA, JUNE 30, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Rosette Adel Updated June 30, 2016 - 9:18am - Liberal Party's Leni Robredo on Thursday morning formally took her oath of office as the 14th vice president of the country.

Robredo's oath was administered by two town captains Ronaldo Coner of Barangay Punta Tarawal, Calabangga, Camarines Sur and Regina Celeste San Miguel of Barangay Mariana Quezon City. She was sworn in at the Quezon City Reception Hall where she will also hold office.

In her inaugural address, Robredo delivered message calling for unity and referred to the poor, or those in the fringes of society, several times.

"Ang ating pagtutulungan ang ating pinakamabisang puhunan. Napatunayan na nating hindi sagabal ang anumang kakulangan sa totoo, tapat at pursigidong paglilingkod. Ang pagsubok ay kabilang mukha lamang ng pagkakataon." Robredo said.

Robredo sought for Filipinos help as she takes office, vowing to try to give relief to the public's woes.

"Ang sandaling ito ay hindi lamang tungkol sa akin. Ito ang pagkakataon na makasama ang mga nasa laylayan tungo sa maginhawang buhay," she said.

She who wore an off-white Filipiniana gown made by Paul Cabral.

Robredo's daughters Jillian, Tricia and Aika were present to witness her oath and serve as the Bible bearer.

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Other program participants were representative from various sectors. Her flag raisers were Bangsamoro woman leader Jehanne Mutin, Sumilao farmer Bajekjek Merida, urban poor leader Alice Murphy and persons with disability representative Gabriel Querubin.

Four prayers were heard at the ecumenical service. A Christian prayer was led by young campaign volunteer Cyleen Velasquez, Ifugao prayer was by indigenous groups' leader Delfin Dimog Dulnuan, the Muslim prayer was led by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Commissioner Uztadz Abdulhadi Daguit, and the Catholic prayer was led by Sister Cho Borromeo.


The crowd, expected to have only around 300 people, includes members of the Liberal Party (LP), Senate and House of Representatives, as well as people who actively campaigned for Robredo for the May polls. Robredo's running mate Mar Roxas was already at the venue as of posting time. Robredo's mother and "special guest" Sally Gerona arrived at around 8 a.m. Josephine Bundoc, sister of the late Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo, was also at the venue.

Robredo's inauguration was attended by around 300 guests. Among other notable guests were Robredo's running mate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and presidential sister Kris Aquino, her biggest donor and representative of the Aquino family.

After her inauguration, Robredo is scheduled to attend her thanksgiving victory party dubbed "Pagkakaisa at Pasasalamat" at the Quezon Memorial Circle at 5 p.m onwards. — Video edited by Efigenio Toledo IV courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

 
WATCH: Vice president Leni Robredo as she takes... by philstarnews

Editor's note: The article earlier noted that Vice President Robredo's inaugural gown was designed by Rajo Laurel. It was Paul Cabral who did.


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Marcos pushes Robredo ouster posted June 30, 2016 at 12:01 am by Rey E. Requejo


JUNE 30 -Electoral protest. SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday filed an election protest before the Supreme Court seeking the ouster of incoming vice president Leni Robredo. Senator Ferdinand ëBongBongí Marcos Jr., who lost his bid for the vice presidency last May 9, briefs newsme

A throng of supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court compound as Marcos accompanied by his lawyers and several political allies filed his 1,000 page petition asking the magistrates, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to set aside the proclamation of Leni Robredo and instead declare him the duly elected and rightful vice president of the republic.

Attached in his petitioner were 20,000 pages of affidavits, certificates of canvass and other supporting documents, which Marcos said would provide clear and convincing evidence of what he called the biggest electoral fraud in the history of the Philippines.

Marcos, through his lawyer George Garcia, said that through a series of electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities, people behind the whole operation made sure that Robredo would win and that Marcos’ votes would be reduced.

“The votes presumptively obtained by... Robredo during the last elections are products of electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities. Meanwhile, the votes obtained by protestant Marcos were significantly reduced, manipulated and altered to make it appear that he only placed second during the last elections,” the petition stated.

In particular, Marcos is contesting the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts in 25 provinces and five highly urbanized cities all over the country.

Marcos explained that his petition has three parts—the first is the “flawed” automated election system (AES); the second consists of the more “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections; and the third focuses on the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code (or a new script or program) into the Transparency Server as well as the effects brought about by the unauthorized change.

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Marcos said based on numerous testimonial and documentary evidence, they were able to establish several violations committed by both the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic.

He said the Comelec and Smartmatic violated Republic Act No. 9369 or the Automated Election System Law, which requires, among others, that the AES to be used by Comelec should “have demonstrated capability and been successfully used in a prior electoral exercise here or abroad.” However, the vote counting machine supplied by Smartmatic as a component of the AES was an entirely new model and had never before been used or supplied by Smartmatic for any election, whether in the Philippines or abroad.

Marcos also noted that 13 days before Election Day, Comelec issued a resolution ordering the boards of canvassers not to transmit the certificate of canvass until all SD cards from the VCMs would have been uploaded or imported into their Consolidation and Canvassing System.

He also said that six days before elections, the Comelec set up seven regional hubs for the reconfiguration of SD cards without prior notice to the political parties and candidates. All this time, the national and local candidates thought that the SD cards were being configured solely at the Configuration Room in the Sta. Rosa facility of the Comelec and Smartmatic.

Instead of being replaced by standby CCS, Marcos said that 30 affected CCSs were pulled out of the BOCs’ custody, and were supposedly delivered to the Sta. Rosa facility for reconfiguration, upon the order of Comelec, through Executive Director Jose M. Tolentino.

He also complained of the unauthorized introduction of a new program into the Transparency Server and the apparent use of a fourth server (called the Queue Server) that was not subject to review by political parties and candidates as required by law.

Marcos said during the election period, the voting public was made to believe that all electoral data were received by the three servers directly from the VCMs and that these were secured by digital signatures and coded encryptions. This was a far cry from what truly happened on Election Day, he said.

“Data had to pass through the fourth server and it was here where the results were encrypted and decrypyted. This being the case, the integrity of the data subsequently received by the CCSs, the Central Server and the Transparency Sever could no longer be relied upon since the purpose of encryption of the data transmission is precisely to prevent any alteration or change,” he said.

He added that soon after the unauthorized new program was introduced at 8:30 p.m. on election day, there appeared to be an abnormally high turn-out of unaccounted undervotes of around three million for the position of vice president.

The accuracy of the election results and the reported irregularities should therefore be thoroughly investigated and determined, Marcos said, through the immediate conduct of a judicial revision or a recount of the ballots and the examination, system audit and verification of the voter’s receipts, election returns and related election documents.

Marcos said he will continue the fight until the truth behind the reports of massive electoral fraud is made public.

“It is my moral and social duty to the Filipino people to expose the truth, and the fraudulent machinations, anomalies and irregularities which attended the recently concluded May 2016 elections, by filing this election protest. I owe it to the 14 million people who voted for me and to the millions of Filipinos whose voices were not heard,” Marcos said.

Robredo welcomed the election protest, saying this would give her the opportunity to answer Marcos’ allegations against her.

“This is part of what we have already been expecting. He has been telling [all] about his plan to file for a long time,” she said.

“It’s good that that he [Marcos] brought out the issue before the proper body. It is difficult if he brings it up before the media, especially social media. We do not have the chance to respond,” she said.

Robredo of the Liberal Party won as vice president with 14,418,817 votes against Marcos, who had 14,155,344 votes. The victory margin was 263,473 votes.

ACCUSATIONS DENIED

Robredo, through her lawyer Romulo Macalintal, denied Marcos’ accusations of electoral fraud.

Macalintal said the undervotes or null votes did not only occur in the vice presidential race, but in the races for other positions as well.

Elections Commissioner Luie Guia dismissed suggestions that the protest would damage the Comelec’s credibility.

“The filing of a protest is part of electoral process actually. Questioning the results is part of electoral process... that’s how clinical it is,” Guia said.

Guia said that it is the right of Marcos to file an electoral protest if he thinks he was the one who won the vice presidential race.

“The filing of the case will give an opportunity for all parties to really prove or disprove the allegations,” Guia said. With Rio N. Araja, John Paolo Bencito and Vito Barcelo


INQUIRER

Robredo calls for unity, opens doors of VP to poor SHARES: 21 VIEW COMMENTS By: DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:51 PM June 30th, 2016


Leni Robredo takes her oath as the Philippines’ 14th Vice President. She is joined by daughters Jillian, Tricia and Aika. PHOTO FROM LENI ROBREDO MEDIA BUREAU

MANILA, Philippines — Leni Robredo sounded a rallying cry for national unity on Thursday as she took her oath of office as the 14th Vice President, becoming only the second woman to rise as the second most powerful official of the Philippines.

“As Jesse used to say when he was alive: ‘What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart’,” she said, quoting her late husband, the former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“During these times of conflict, unity is most important for our nation. We may come from different walks of life or different advocacies, but our dreams are the same: that each Filipino will live a dignified, prosperous life,” the 51-year-old Robredo said.

Without the new President at her side, the new President-in-reserve was sworn into office under weeping skies, surrounded by people in the fringes of society whose interests she has vowed to protect—women, farmers, the urban poor, persons with disability, the Bangsamoro, indigenous peoples, and the youth.

They shared the spotlight with several VIPs who came to bask in Robredo’s reflected glory, mostly political allies, including her defeated Liberal Party running mate Mar Roxas, outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon, and outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

READ: VP Robredo calls for unity, vows service transcending politics

Kris Aquino, the celebrity sister of former President Benigno Aquino III, who relinquished his post to Rodrigo Duterte alsoThursday, added star power to an otherwise simple ceremony, though she came in late.

But Robredo devoted much of her speech talking to and about the people in the margins of society and how she hoped to serve and address their needs.

“The doors of the Office of the Vice Presidency are always open, no matter one’s station’s in life, beliefs or party. Ours will be a listening office,” the former Camarines Sur congresswoman said, speaking in Filipino.

“In our first 100 days, we plan to once again go to the farthest and the smallest barangays to pray with you, to laugh and cry with you, and most of all to listen to the things that you want changed,” she said.

“We hope that as we bring the Office of the Vice Presidency to your barangay, you will feel the government is truly there for you, and when you feel that, you will be inspired to spark your own change as well,” she said.

READ MORE...

Dressed in an ecru Filipiniana dress designed by Paul Cabral, Robredo had a mostly calm demeanor but visibly struggled to fight back tears during the first part of her speech when she talked about personal defining moments.

“There are moments in our lives that shine brighter than others. Like when I met Jesse. Or when I saw my children’s faces for the first time. Or when the plane (of my husband, Jesse Robredo) crashed. We are facing one of those moments once again,” she said.

Robredo’s oath was administered by Ronaldo Coner of Barangay Punta Tarawal, Calabangga — the poorest, farthest and smallest village in Camarines Sur’s third district. This made her the first Vice President to take an oath before a village chairman.

She made her pledge with her hand atop a bible held by her youngest daughter Jillian, flanked by her two other daughters Aika and Tricia. Robredo’s mother, Salvacion Gerona, was also present, along with other close kin.

Robredo had insisted on having representatives from marginalized groups be present or given a role at her inauguration.
Prayers held at the start of the ceremony were inclusive: a young volunteer Cyleen Velasquez led the Christian prayer; Delfin Dimog Dulnuan, an IP leader, led an Ifugao prayer; Uztadz Abdulhadi Daguit, a commissioner of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, led the Islamic prayer; while Sister Cho B. Borromeo led the Catholic prayer.

Actors Dingdong Dantes, a former National Youth Commission chair, and his wife, actress Marian Rivera, also graced the event held at the Quezon City Reception House, the new official residence of the Office of Vice President.

Members of Aquino’s Cabinet came en masse: former budget secretary Florencio Abad, former agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala, former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, former tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez, and former political adviser Ronaldo Llamas.

Newly elected or reelected Senators Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, and Kiko Pangilinan also attended, as did incumbent Senators Sonny Angara and Bam Aquino, who was Robredo’s campaign manager. House representatives Romero Quimbo, Edgar Erice, Erin Tañada, Jerry Trenas, and former Roxas spokesperson and Akbayan congressman Barry Gutierrez were also present.

Belmonte said Robredo’s call for national unity was “the signal of the day really.”

“The elections are over. We should put politics behind us and get united in confronting the problems that beset our country,” he told reporters.

FULL TEXT: Vice President Leni Robredo inaugural speech

The outgoing Speaker said he was practically sure that Robredo and Duterte would eventually patch things up between them.

Duterte has been impervious to Robredo’s attempts to reach out. He has stated he has no plans to appoint her to a Cabinet post in spite of a longstanding tradition of Presidents giving this courtesy to the Vice President.

He also did not want her at his own inauguration at Malacañang, forcing her to arrange her own inauguration.

“I think, I’m almost 100 percent that sooner and later, they will have to work together,” Belmonte said of the two officials. “[Duterte has a lot of common sense. He knows where he is. If he is presiding over a divided country, or divided politics, he won’t want that.”

Drilon said Robredo’s call was the “kind of spirit we need for the next six years.”

Asked to comment on the apparent divide between the two officials, Gutierrez said: “Hopefully it’s not emblematic of a division so much as it is a last show of force for those who supported Leni Robredo.”

Hontiveros, a former leader of Akbayan, said she hoped Robredo’s sincere words would not fall on deaf ears.

“Those who make calls for cooperation tend to be very persistent people and leaders. Many who have supported Leni since the elections listen to her call… Hopefully such a sincere call will be answered,” she said.
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RAPPLER.COM

IN PHOTOS: Celebrities at VP Leni Robredo's inauguration Rappler.com Published 9:45 AM, June 30, 2016 Updated 5:42 PM, June 30, 2016 3 2K Twitter Reddit Email 2K Screengrabs from Instagram/miroquimbo, kriscaquino; Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler


JUNE 30 -Kris Aquino, Enchong Dee and celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera were some of the celebrities spotted at the inauguration of Leni Robredo as Vice President Screengrabs from Instagram /miroquimbo, kriscaquino; Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – As Leni Robredo is sworn in as the Philippines' 14th Vice President, people from different sectors of society have gathered – including various famous personalities.

Robredo took her oath of office on June 30, Thursday, at the Quezon City Reception House, the new home of the Vice President.

Entertainment figures and the like were also there to witness the historic moment for the former Camarines Sur representative, who has assumed the second highest office in the land.

Kris Aquino

Kris Aquino was there to represent her other sisters Ballsy, Viel, and Pinky, who joined their brother, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, as he turned over the office of President to Rodrigo Duterte.

 
 





Robredo kept it simple with the meals that were served, which includes buchi with Chocnut – a favorite treat of hers.

She is also set to grace a thanksgiving party with supporters at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The new Vice President's inauguration was separate from President Duterte – an uncommon move. Usually, the president and vice president usually are sworn into office at the same event and location, even though they are part of different or even opposing political parties.

Duterte took his oath of office at Malacañang Palace's Rizal Hall, as the new president's camp cited limited space in separately holding his inauguration from Robredo's. – with reports from Bea Cupin/Rappler.com


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PHILSTAR: WATCH: President Aquino pensive on last full day in office (philstar.com) | Updated June 29, 2016 - 8:03pm 12 102 googleplus1 0

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III's broadcast team released a video of him as he spends his last full day in office at Malacañan Palace.

On Thursday, Aquino will turn over his seat to newly elected Rodrigo Duterte as his term expires at noon.

In the video, Aquino appears to be in a reflective mood as he reads documents and looks out the window in his office.

Aquino had said he is looking forward to stepping down from his post and tour the country as an ordinary citizen. But as a former president of the republic, things will never be the same again for the 56-year-old bachelor.

 


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