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ROBREDO REVEALS 'SERIES OF EVENTS' PROVING PLOT TO STEAL VP POST FROM HER
[RELATED: Duterte says no quarrel with Leni but insists ‘yellows’ planning his ouster]


DECEMBER 5 -Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo smiles as she arrives at the Philippine Congress for her proclamation as vice president-elect on Monday, May 30, 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez
Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said there is a series of events which confirmed her belief that there is a plot to oust her. “Marami, it was a confluence of so many events already. Number one, maraming nagwa-warn even people in the Cabinet who do not want me there and wanted Bongbong Marcos instead,” Robredo said when asked of indications of the plot to steal her vice presidency. “Marami nang series of events if you remember ang kasama ni presidente sa Japan — sa China — si Bongbong Marcos pinakilalang vice president pero ‘yung sa akin lahat ko iyon nilunok,” she said. Robredo said she failed to recognize the initial indications of the plot against her because she has a mandate to fulfill. On Sunday, Robredo said her camp has been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency. She then vowed to protect her post and assured the public that she would not allow the vice presidency to be stolen. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte says no quarrel with Leni but insists ‘yellows’ planning his ouster...

ALSO: ‘Yellows’ want to install Leni as president – Duterte
[RELATED: Cabinet dissenters free to quit­—Palace
(‘Toe the line or follow Leni’s hint’)]


DECEMBER 8 -President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the “yellows” are behind efforts to remove him from office to install Vice President Leni Robredo as chief executive.In his speech during the 4th State Conference of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Malacañang, Duterte accused the yellow group of being behind protests against him.“‘Yung mga yellow diyan, nagde-demonstrate kayo dyan [The yellows, you keep on demonstrating]. You want me out because you cannot accept defeat,” he said.
“Eto pulitika to eh [It’s all about politics]. They wanted me out; syempre yung Vice President [of course, it’s for the Vice President],” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, Cabinet dissenters free to quit­—Palace (‘Toe the line or follow Leni’s hint’)...

ALSO: Duterte warns opposition - ‘Wait for your time’
[RELATED Tribune Commentary - A tiresome yellow plot]
(It’s the same pattern the yellows are following. And it's all about protecting their political skins from being charged and convicted).


DECEMBER 8 -President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned that he would soon get even with his critics as Vice President Leni Robredo vowed to lead the political opposition against the rise of extrajudicial killings in his bloody war on illegal drugs. Duterte did not mention Robredo or her resignation as chairwoman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in his speech Monday night, but issued a stern warning against his critics, saying he would deal with them as soon as he finished addressing the country’s pressing problems. “We are nearing 2017. To the opposition, just wait for your time. Anyway… you’ve had your days,” the President said. “I’ll be straightforward and continue until no Filipino is silly enough to shame us all,” he added. On Monday, Robredo vowed to lead the opposition after quitting Duterte’s Cabinet, making her the highest-ranking official to publicly voice dissent over the President’s hardline law-and-order platform. READ MORE... RELATED, Tribune commentary: A tiresome yellow plot...

ALSO:
Marcos' camp on Leni's resignation - 'She has shown her true colors'

[RELATED: HUDCC bares accomplishments under Robredo]
[RELATED(2): Robredo - Bongbong trolls knew about exclusion from Cabinet meetings]


In this March 2016 file photo, vice presidential candidates Chiz Escudero, Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo face off at a nationally televised debate. Philstar file photo The camp of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday said Vice President Leni Robredo "has shown her true colors" following her departure from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet. In a statement, Marcos' legal spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said Robredo's resignation was "long overdue" owing to her "very obvious adversarial attitude and opposite stance” against Duterte’s policies. Rodriguez also slammed Robredo for floating the existence of an alleged plot to steal the country's second highest post from her. Robredo made the allegation on Sunday following her resignation from the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), saying she will not allow the will of the people to be "thwarted." READ MORE....RELATED, HUDCC bares accomplishments under Robredo... RELATED(2) Robredo: Bongbong trolls knew about exclusion from Cabinet meetings....

ALSO: Evasco is new HUDCC chief; Read: Robredo officially tenders her resignation
[RELATED Robredo: I will stand guard against dictatorship]


DECEMBER 5 -In this August 17, 2016 file photo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. welcomes Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo to the Malasakit at Pagbabago Social Development Agenda Summit held in SMX Convention Center, Davao City. ROBINSON NIÑAL/PPD
Cabinet Secretary and President Rodrigo Duterte’s former campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr. is set to replace Vice President Leni Robredo as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Malacañang announced Monday. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Evasco’s appointment as housing chief is on top of his responsibilities as secretary to the Cabinet and supervisor to a dozen agencies. The appointment was announced after Monday’s Cabinet meeting in Malacañang, the first after Robredo resigned from the HUDCC. READ MORE...ALSO ABOUT EVASCO, WIKIPEDIA...RELATED, Robredo: I will stand guard against dictatorship...

ALSO: Duterte accepts Leni’s resignation ‘with a heavy heart’; While Rody ‘lost confidence’ in Robredo, Palace says, 'not moving to unseat the vice president'
[RELATED: Robredo 'confused' by Duterte's 'heavy heart' over her resignation]
[RELATED(2): Rody assures Leni she’ll finish VP term]


DECEMBER 5 -President Rodrigo R. Duterte talks with Vice President Leni Robredo during a Full Military Honors for Duterte at the AFP Change of Command Rites held at the General Headquarters Grandstand in Camp Aquinaldo, Quezon City on July 1, 2016. (Richard V. Viñas) | mb.com.ph
President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo “with a heavy heart” after almost five months of working in his Cabinet. The president convened a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Monday, December 5 without Robredo, who earlier resigned as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. “It is with a heavy heart that I accept the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo,” the President said. Earlier, presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar said the president has lost confidence in Robredo but would not resort to moves to unseat her from office. READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo 'confused' by Duterte's 'heavy heart' over her resignation...RELATED(2),
Rody assures Leni she’ll finish VP term...


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Robredo reveals ‘series of events’ proving plot vs her


Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo smiles as she arrives at the Philippine Congress for her proclamation as vice president-elect on Monday, May 30, 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, DECEMBER 12, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Rosette Adel December 5, 2016 - Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said there is a series of events which confirmed her belief that there is a plot to oust her.

“Marami, it was a confluence of so many events already. Number one, maraming nagwa-warn even people in the Cabinet who do not want me there and wanted Bongbong Marcos instead,” Robredo said when asked of indications of the plot to steal her vice presidency.

“Marami nang series of events if you remember ang kasama ni presidente sa Japan — sa China — si Bongbong Marcos pinakilalang vice president pero ‘yung sa akin lahat ko iyon nilunok,” she said.

Robredo said she failed to recognize the initial indications of the plot against her because she has a mandate to fulfill.

On Sunday, Robredo said her camp has been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency. She then vowed to protect her post and assured the public that she would not allow the vice presidency to be stolen.

READ MORE...

READ: Leni to resign as HUDCC chief, vows to protect vice presidency

Robredo said her camp received a text message which she did not specify but cited as the biggest indication that there is a plot against her.

“‘Yung sa akin ‘yung pinaka-nagbigay sa akin ng ideya na bahagi talaga ito ng plot. We received a text message last Saturday. No one knew about it except a few people and my staff,” the vice president said adding that not even her mother or the whole of her staff knew.

She said only her daughters and five or six of her staff knew of the text message. However, she was surprised that the camp of her rival, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. sent her tweets saying goodbye.

“May mga tweets na from Bongbong Marcos group… ano gusto sabihin no’n… It only confirms what we have been warned about for so long,” she said.

Last November 21, the camp of Robredo expressed alarm over the alleged plan to recount the votes in the May 9 elections without the consent of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez also expressed concerns after receiving a text message from a “trusted source” saying that “early next year, we have a new VP.”

Marcos last June filed an electoral protest against Robredo, who won in the May elections by a slim margin of 263,473 votes.

FIRST 4 READERS' COMMENTS

DENIS • 11 minutes ago HINDI NAMAN TALAGA IKAW ANG TUNAY NA NANALO LUGAW QUEEN. • Reply•Share › Avatar William Love Hazel • 11 minutes ago i admire ms leni for her courage and professionalism. i believe she is an honest and incorruptible person.. she is very much qualified for the vice president position and she is working hard to do the mandate given to her. it was just unfortunate that she run under the LP party and lots of filipinos hated the way PNOY run the government. many called him inutil and manhid president.

another issue is that this country philippines really needs a strong leader (like our president du30) as the problems this country is facing needs quick solutions so as not to aggravate the current situation. in comparison to PGMA ms gloria is a strong leader. i also admire her for that but she is corrupt one and the country suffered for that. VP robredo may run for president but she needs to make a strong leader in her. 1 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Cecilia Sy • 13 minutes ago COUP D' ETAT. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar peppito • 14 minutes ago First, her incompetency in the post given to her by the president has nothing to do with the electoral protest filed by BBM...and as early as now she already casting doubt and undermining the integrity of the PET...its either kinakabahan sya dahil alam naman nya ang totoo kung bakit sya nanalo or sya yung may niluluto at plinaplano against the president tutal sila naman together with her yellow party ang atat na makabalik sa pwesto... • Reply•Share › −

Avatar bratenilla • 28 minutes ago I will not allow bonbon "magnanakaw" marcos to be the vp. He will have the dose of his own medicine. Enough is enough. 1 • Reply•Share ›

jessie bratenilla • 3 minutes ago BBM will be the next VP, mark my words. The decision is already made. Digong has advanced info. Remember most of the SC justices are his classmates in San Beda Law. Bye Leni, fake VP. • Reply•Share ›

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RELATED FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Duterte says no quarrel with Leni but insists ‘yellows’ planning his ouster Published December 8, 2016 6:46pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that he didn't have a quarrel with Vice President Leni Robredo but insisted that "yellow forces" allied with her were out to unseat him.

Duterte made the remark after indicating that his administration had no plan to cause her removal from the vice presidency even after she was asked not to attend Cabinet meetings and her subsequent resignation.

"Wala akong away kay Leni. I don't want to pick a fight with a lady, pero 'yung demonstrations ng yellows, ang target diyan, ako. They want to oust me," Duterte said in a speech before a Bicolano federalist group in Legazpi City.

Duterte indicated that the "yellows" had their shot at governance during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

"Iyong mga yellow, you wait for your time. Tapos na eh. I'm trying my best to put things in order," Duterte said, referring to his campaign against drugs, crime and corruption.

Robredo is a member of the Liberal Party, which used yellow as its official color in the May elections.

Duterte defeated the LP standard-bearer former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Robredo, meanwhile, narrowly beat former Senator Bongbong Marcos, an ally of Duterte.

Duterte lost in the Bicol region, frowm where Robredo hails.

In his speech, Duterte even joked that the Bicolanos were right for not voting for him.

Duterte in Malacañang on Wednesday night claimed that the LP wanted him out, indicating that the party's members were sore losers.

The Liberal Party (LP) leader in the Senate on Thursday refuted the statement of Duterte that his “yellow” critics were planning his ouster.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon said Duterte’s allegation was “totally unfounded.”

“Walang katotohanan yan. We have not discussed any plot to change the President. We respect the mandate of the people,” Drilon told reporters.

He said LP’s opposition to certain issues, like the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, has nothing to do with any ouster plan. —NB, GMA News


MANILA TIMES

‘Yellows’ want to install Leni as president – Duterte BY THE MANILA TIMES ON DECEMBER 7, 2016 THE LATEST NEWS, TODAY'S BREAKING NEWS

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the “yellows” are behind efforts to remove him from office to install Vice President Leni Robredo as chief executive.

In his speech during the 4th State Conference of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Malacañang, Duterte accused the yellow group of being behind protests against him.

“‘Yung mga yellow diyan, nagde-demonstrate kayo dyan [The yellows, you keep on demonstrating]. You want me out because you cannot accept defeat,” he said.

“Eto pulitika to eh [It’s all about politics]. They wanted me out; syempre yung Vice President [of course, it’s for the Vice President],” he added.

READ MORE...

Duterte was referring to supporters of former president Benigno Aquino 3rd.

Yellow symbolized the color of the opposition during the martial law regime.

Duterte said he will not be cowed by attacks over his campaign against illegal drugs.

He said a people power movement against him will not succeed because even the New People’s Army (NPA) is supporting him.

“The Left? They won’t even allow me to step down… The NPAs are pro-Duterte,” the President said. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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RELATED FROM THE TRIBUNE (COMMENTARY)

A tiresome yellow plot Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00



It is hardly Bongbong Marcos’ “stealing” the vice presidency that Leni Robredo and her Liberal Party (LP) mentors fear, since she knows that in the end, it is the Supreme Court (SC), acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) that has the last say.

Of course, she does not want to be dislodged from the vice presidency and neither does the LP, since she remains, if and until the PET disqualifies her, the successor to Rody Duterte, which is of course part of the LP plan to return to power, position and pelf.

It is Rody that the LPs wants out — and fast.

To the LP’s way of ousting duly elected presidents whom they do not like, it is Rody they want out.

Even if, following the claim of Leni that Bongbong is out to “steal” the presidency, the problem is hardly solved by Leni and her LPs, given that a VP has no real powers — save for an offer of a Cabinet by the sitting President.



What the LPs fear is if Rody is not ousted soon enough, these LPs, from Noynoy Aquino, to Butch Abad and down the corrupt LP line, they all may just be charged in court, which is why Sen. Frank Drilon brings up the scenario of Rody naming 12 SC justices, a majority, during his term of office.

He also will be naming a lot of Sandiganbayan justices during his term. Neither the Senate not the House can prevent Rody from picking his nominee since it is the JBC that makes the list of SC justices’ candidates in the list.

In less than two years, in 2018, their yellow partisan and overstaying Ombudsman will also be retiring, which means that a new Ombudsman will be nominated and appointed by Rody.

This may likely mean that the new Ombudsman, will, in all probability, investigate the cases against the top LP leaders and senators involved in the pork barrel scam who were earlier protected by Noynoy. As for Noynoy and Abad, well, with a new probe and charges filed against them, these cases will go to the Sandiganbayan and off to the SC, which is probably the reason the LP senators fear Rody’s mandate to appoint the majority of the SC members, knowing that they may no longer have the same protection they enjoyed under the Noynoy presidency which had control over the courts and the Ombudsman.

Impeachment of Rody is out of the question. Impeachment has to be initiated by the House of Representatives, which translates to the House not moving to impeach Rody.

YEARLY IMPEACHMENT TRIES ON ARROYO

Remember the yearly impeachment tries on Gloria, with now Rep. Edcel Lagman even coming up with the claimed “prejudicial question” to ensure that Gloria was not impeached by the House?

The Speaker today, Bebot Alvarez, will not even think about doing a then Speaker Manny Villar when he came up with a prayer opening of a plenary session and quickly segued into the impeachment complaint against Estrada and immediately sent the complaint to the Senate for trial while refusing to have the congressmen vote for or against it in the plenary. That’s not going to happen in Speaker Alvarez’ time.

Drilon and his LPs in the Senate are not getting that opportunity to start up an impeachment trial against Rody, that’s for certain. They want to oust him instead, through a coup disguised as “people power,” which was already a farce in 2001.

The LPs started the ouster ball rolling with the resignation of two minor officials on claimed issues of their being against the Marcos burial, but which unfortunately for them, hardly made any dent.

AGAINST ERAP

Recall that the yellows made a big deal of then President Joseph Estrada’s Trade Secretary Mar Roxas’ resignation, later followed by the resignation of then VP Gloria Arroyo, using her resignation for protest actions against Estrada.

The yellow media, were of course in on the plot to oust Estrada. And the same yellow media are into it again.

Again, unfortunately for the LPs, Leni’s resignation does not appear to create any dent either, despite her statement saying that she is going to be the opposition leader, even as she sucks up to the various yellows, the usual Catholic bishops and the elite schools’ students and over the Marcos burial, which the LPs believe to be the factor that would oust Rody.

It’s the same pattern the yellows are following.

And it is all about protecting their political skins from being charged and convicted.


MANILA STANDARD

Cabinet dissenters free to quit­—Palace posted December 05, 2016 at 10:01 pm by John Paolo Bencito and Macon Ramos-Araneta, Maricel V. Cruz


RESIGNATION ACCEPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with his Cabinet Monday, only hours after accepting the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, with the President quoted by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as saying “It is with a heavy heart that I accept the resignation...”

(‘Toe the line or follow Leni’s hint’)

CABINET Secretary Leoncio Evasco scored Vice President Leni Robredo for publicly opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies when she was still a member of his Cabinet.

“It is vital for the Cabinet to be united,” Evasco said. “It is important that while one is a member of the Cabinet, one should express one’s views discreetly and not be adversarial publicly.”

“According to the President, it is our duty to defend the dignity and integrity of the Filipino people. If Cabinet members cannot agree with the President’s policy, they are free to resign,” he added.

Robredo opposed several of Duterte’s policies, including his bloody war on drugs, the lowering of the age of criminal liability, the revival of the death penalty, his disrespectful treatment of women, foreign policy, and the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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Evasco said joining the Cabinet entailed an implicit agreement with the President’s program, platform and policies.

“Cabinet members are personally appointed by the President; and it is also his prerogative to withdraw the same for reasons known only to him,” he said.

In an interview on ANC, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Robredo should have talked with the President.

“The President has never showed any feelings of animosity for her,” Yasay, who was in Moscow, said.

GROWING DISTRUST

But Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the President’s growing distrust for Robredo prompted him to send a message to the Vice President that she no longer should attend Cabinet meetings.

“Reading between the lines, it is saying that the President no longer has the confidence and the trust to be in one room with the Vice President and that is the official meeting of the President and the Cabinet officials, the Cabinet meeting,” Andanar told CNN Philippines.

On Sunday, Robredo said it “has become untenable” for her to stay in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, after he issued a directive for her to “desist from attending” all meetings starting yesterday.

In her resignation letter, Robredo said Duterte’s directive “has effectively made it impossible” for her to do her job as chairwoman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

“Remaining in your Cabinet has become untenable,” she wrote. “With due respect, I am tendering my resignation as HUDCC chairperson effective immediately.”

Robredo also said that she exerted all effort to put aside their differences, maintain a professional working relationship, and work effectively despite the constraints, “because the Filipino deserve no less.”

Robredo on Sunday said that she received a text message on Saturday from Evasco relaying the President’s instruction through Christopher

Go for her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting Dec. 5.”

The Vice President, in her statement expressed her dismay over the “obstacles” being thrown in her way by the Duterte administration, which prevented her from functioning as a Cabinet secretary, after the budget for all key shelter agencies was dramatically reduced to just P19 billion for 2017. She also cited the failure of the Palace to act on the key shelter agency appointments; and the failure of the President to sign the executive order raising the HUDCC to department level.

Andanar said some Cabinet members were angry at Robredo’s remarks against the President.

“There have been murmurings around the Cabinet about the VP’s statements; [these] didn’t sit well with some Cabinet members,” Andanar said.

FAILED AS A TEAM-PLAYER

In a separate statement, Andanar said that Robredo failed to do her job as a team player inside the Duterte Cabinet, leading to the “irreconcilable differences” between her and the President.

“As a Cabinet member, the Vice President is expected to be a team player where differences in policies and issues are discussed during Cabinet meetings. The President in turn respects any decision agreed upon by his Cabinet,” Andanar said.

“Recent events, however, showed the differences between the President and the Vice President as becoming irreconcilable and public,” he added.

Andanar also reminded Robredo that the President wholeheartedly welcomed her into the Cabinet, even though she is a member of the opposition Liberal Party.

“A member of the Cabinet enjoys the full trust and confidence of the President for he or she acts as the President’s alter ego. Having said this, the President entrusted the Vice President, whom we all know came from a rival political party, a position in his official family in deference to the wishes of our people who want both leaders to work together and succeed,” he added.

'UNSEAT ROBREDO' MERE SPECULATIONS

Andanar denied claims that the administration is conspiring with Robredo’s political rivals to unseat her as Vice President.

“That is a speculation from the camp of the Vice President. It’s really up to them to sort that out,” he said.

Andanar added that the Cabinet was not interested in removing Robredo as Vice President.

“It is not the job of the Cabinet officials or the administration to fire public officials. Our job is to institute reforms in the government,” he said.

In the same ANC interview, Andanar said leftist members of the Cabinet who opposed the burial of Marcos in the heroes’ cemetery would stay because “they have said they understand Duterte.”

ROBREDO'S ALLY, DRILON

Robredo’s ally in the Liberal Party, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said forcing Robredo from the Cabinet was part of a plot to weaken her politically.

“The writing is on the wall,” he said. “The administration wants the political capital of VP Robredo diminished by stripping her of any opportunity to fulfill her mandate as Cabinet member and head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.”

“The reason for this sinister agenda is clear: when they ultimately install defeated vice presidential aspirant [Ferdinand] Marcos [Jr.] as vice president, it will be at the least political cost on the administration,” Drilon added.

The administration’s actions―and inaction―were signs that it didn’t want Robredo to succeed, Drilon said.

“First, it cut her housing budget by P19 billion; second, it conveniently sat on her appointment recommendations to key shelter agencies; and third, it ignored an executive order that could make her agency more effective.”

Drilon also urged the public to be vigilant on the “next important battleground,” the appointment of justices of the Supreme Court.

The administration, he said, is poised to appoint a majority of the justices in the Supreme Court, as eight of the sitting magistrates are scheduled to retire in the next three years.

“More than ever and most especially in times like this, the country needs a more independent, resolute and uncompromising Supreme Court. Let us guard the process in order to make sure that only those who respect and believe in the rule of law will be appointed,” Drilon said.

“If we are not vigilant, the administration can have a full control of the judiciary as it has of the other branches of government.”

LP SENATORS RALLY SUPPORT  TO ROBREDO

Senator Francis Pangilinan, acting LP president, said he was saddened by the latest development.

“We believe the Vice President should have been treated with greater respect,” he said.

Another LP member, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said Robredo could not serve in the Cabinet where she was treated poorly and even disrespected.

“How can she serve in a Cabinet that bars her from attending regular meetings?”

ABUSIVE AND TOXIC

Senator Risa Hontiveros said the relationship between the President and Robredo was “abusive and toxic.”

From the start, she said Robredo was not given enough support to fully exercise her task as the HUDCC chairperson. As if by design, she was intended to fail.

“Worse, as a woman, she was disrespected and objectified on many occasions, by no less than the President himself. Her way of dressing was made the object of sexist remarks, she was subjected to inappropriate advances and was even reduced to well-rounded knees,” Hontiveros said.

His text message telling her not to attend Cabinet meetings was “intolerably disrespectful,” she added.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Robedo’s resignation was expected “right from the beginning” because she belonged to a different political party.

“Cabinet officials are alter ego of the President. It would be awkward if you are an alter ego of the president, and yet you contradict the President,” Alvarez said.

He added that the appointment of Robredo to the HUDCC was merely a presidential “accommodation.”

Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting said it was Robredo’s personal decision to resign from the Duterte Cabinet.

“That is her choice and we should respect it. It is her prerogative to resign,” Tambunting said.

RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION ON LENI'S PART

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman urged the LP to rethink its alliance with President Duterte’s PDP-Laban.

“Righteous indignation impelled Robredo’s quitting her Cabinet post since no self-respecting official must suffer any further the grave assaults on her person and position,” Lagman said.

Lagman said “the LP’s disengagement from the supermajority and assuming the role of political opposition will strengthen the authentic minority as an indispensable institution in a democracy.”

“The break will also further energize efforts to contain and oppose administration policies violative of the Constitution and inimical to the people’s welfare,” Lagman added.

Alvarez said the PDP-Laban would have no problem if the LP decided to leave the supermajority.

MARCOS CAMP

The Marcos camp said Robredo’s exit from the Cabinet was long overdue.

“Leni Robredo has just shown her true colors,” said Marcos’ legal counsel Vic Rodriguez. “Her departure from President Duterte’s Cabinet is long overdue given her very obvious adversarial attitude and opposite stance from his policies.”

Rodriguez said whether Robredo was fired or she resigned is definitely not the business of former senator Marcos. “However we take strong exception to her statement on not letting the vice presidency to be stolen from her and the will of the people to be thwarted.”

“Such a pronouncement is the height of hypocrisy,” the lawyer said, saying that it was Robredo and the LP that stole the vice presidency from Marcos. With Joel E. Zurbano and Rio N. Araja


MANILA STANDARD

Duterte warns opposition: ‘Wait for your time’ posted December 06, 2016 at 10:01 pm by John Paolo Bencito


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned that he would soon get even with his critics as Vice President Leni Robredo vowed to lead the political opposition against the rise of extrajudicial killings in his bloody war on illegal drugs.

Duterte did not mention Robredo or her resignation as chairwoman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in his speech Monday night, but issued a stern warning against his critics, saying he would deal with them as soon as he finished addressing the country’s pressing problems.

“We are nearing 2017. To the opposition, just wait for your time. Anyway… you’ve had your days,” the President said.

“I’ll be straightforward and continue until no Filipino is silly enough to shame us all,” he added.

On Monday, Robredo vowed to lead the opposition after quitting Duterte’s Cabinet, making her the highest-ranking official to publicly voice dissent over the President’s hardline law-and-order platform.

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“This is not the time for fear. It is a time for conviction. It is a time for courage,” Robredo told reporters.

“If being an opposition leader entails that, then I will be an opposition leader,” she added.


ROBREDO

Robredo vehemently opposed several of Duterte’s policies, including his bloody war on drugs, the lowering of the age of criminal liability, the revival of the death penalty, his disrespectful treatment of women, foreign policy, and the President’s decision to proceed with the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

A STRONGER VOICE VS MARCOS' POLITICAL COMEBACK

Robredo also said she would be “a stronger voice” now against the political comeback of the Marcoses, notably her rival for the vice presidency during the elections earlier this year, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

She also highlighted Duterte’s drugs war, which has claimed more than 4,800 lives and led to accusations that the government is overseeing widespread extrajudicial killings.

She also vowed to speak out against plans by the Duterte administration to bring back the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to nine.

“I will oppose all policies with a stronger voice... that I think are detrimental to the Filipino people,” Robredo said.

Despite her resignation, Robredo said that she still remains supportive of the “positive” achievements of the Duterte Cabinet.

Malacañang, however, which expects Robredo to spearhead the political opposition against the President, confirmed Tuesday that the President’s order that she desist from attending Cabinet meetings was anchored on her political actions and statements which did not sit well with members of the Cabinet.


EVASCO

In a radio interview, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said Robredo should have turned down a Cabinet post if she wanted to speak out her mind as a member of the opposition.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s order for Robredo to stop attending Cabinet meetings was meant to discipline her.

“I don’t think he was fed up with her,” Abella said in Filipino. “Maybe he just felt she needed to be disciplined.”

Duterte said he accepted Robredo’s resignation “with a heavy heart.”

Duterte’s spokesman also denied speculation that the Palace was paving the way for her ouster as vice president by Marcos.

“That’s quite a stretch,” Abella said.

The camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay criticized Robredo for saying she was the only head of the HUDCC to attend board meetings and work weekends at home.

“Not to question Vice President Robredo’s work ethic, but it is quite unfair and self-serving of her to portray herself—after only five months in office—as the most hardworking HUDCC chair,” said Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado. 


Binay was HUDCC chairman during most of the Aquino administration.

“I cannot speak for the other previous HUDCC chairs but perhaps she hasn’t heard of former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s work ethic,” Salgado said.

“I don’t think it’s right to step on others to set yourself up higher,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Palace reminded Commission on Higher Education Chairman Patricia Licuanan to submit her courtesy resignation, after she too was barred from attending Cabinet meetings.

“On August 22, a letter, a memorandum, a circular was given. It was asking for the courtesy resignations of presidential appointees,” Abella said.

On Monday, Licuanan assured Evasco she would follow Duterte’s order for her not to attend Cabinet meetings, but said she will not be stepping down as the chairperson of the state higher education body.

The Palace said “irreconcilable differences” had prompted the President to order Licuanan to stop attending Cabinet meetings.

Unlike Robredo, however, Licuanan has a fixed term that ends in 2018, as guaranteed by the Higher Education Modernization Act. With Joel E. Zurbano


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Marcos camp on Robredo resignation: She has shown her true colors Published December 5, 2016 6:58pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News


In this March 2016 file photo, vice presidential candidates Chiz Escudero, Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo face off at a nationally televised debate. Philstar file photo

The camp of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday said Vice President Leni Robredo "has shown her true colors" following her departure from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet.

In a statement, Marcos' legal spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said Robredo's resignation was "long overdue" owing to her "very obvious adversarial attitude and opposite stance” against Duterte’s policies.

Rodriguez also slammed Robredo for floating the existence of an alleged plot to steal the country's second highest post from her. Robredo made the allegation on Sunday following her resignation from the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), saying she will not allow the will of the people to be "thwarted."

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"Whether she was fired or she resigned from her post is definitely not the business of former Senator Bongbong Marcos. However we take strong exception to her statement on not letting the vice presidency to be ‘stolen’ from her and the will of the people to be 'thwarted,'" Rodriguez said.

"Such pronouncement is the height of hypocrisy," he added.

Rodriguez said Robredo's departure from the Cabinet had nothing to do with the election protest "but has everything to do with her political ambition and that of her party’s desperate and despicable act of getting back into power."

"Long before the May 2016 elections, we were the first ones to reveal the Liberal Party's 'Plan B' which was to rob Senator Marcos of the vice presidency, install Mrs. Robredo in his stead and eventually work for the ouster of President Duterte. It is obvious that 'Plan B' is now in full swing," he said.

"She has shown her true colors indeed."

Stealing the vice-presidency

Marcos' camp turned the tables on Robredo, accusing her and the Liberal Party of stealing the vice presidency from the former senator, who lost in the May election by just 263,473 votes.

Marcos already turned to the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to unseat Robredo.

"It was they who thwarted the will of the Filipino people by depriving them of their real choice for the vice presidency," Rodriguez said.

"Her statement on the vice presidency is yet another affront to the Supreme Court as she is undermining the integrity and independence of Presidential Electoral Tribunal by casting doubt this early on, on all its future actions and processes," he added.

In his election protest, Marcos said Robredo had benefited from "massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities."

The former senator cited alleged pre-shading of ballots, script change in the transparency server that supposedly altered the results, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning VCMs, and an "abnormally high" unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president.

Robredo shrugged off Marcos' claims by asking the PET to dismiss the protest. —Virgil Lopez/JST, GMA News

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HUDCC bares accomplishments under Robredo By Leif Sykioco (philstar.com) | Updated December 5, 2016 - 5:28pm 5 1266 googleplus0 0


Leni Robredo resigned from her post as the chairman of The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. OVP photo/Released

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 5:32 p.m.) — The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) on Monday listed Vice President Leni Robredo's accomplishments as its chairperson in five months.

The HUDCC listed five key accomplishments including cutting red tape, providing socialized and low-cost housing and construction of around 17,000 homes for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Under Robredo's term, documentary requirements for housing projects under High Density Housing and Community Mortgage Program were reduced from 27 to nine.

At least 46,000 families also received socialized and low-cost housing as of September 31.

Also listed among the achievements were the adoption of city-wide approach to socialized and low-cost housing and revised policy directions based on consultations with the marginalized sectors.

At a press conference on Monday, Robredo said she was passionate about her work in the housing body. "24-7 na halos ako nagtatrabaho," Robredo said.

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Under Robredo's leadership, the council was able to develop a system to quickly identify lands for government housing projects and locate informal settlers in Metro Manila.

Relocated families were also given freedom to choose the site of relocation, home designs and construction of necessary community facilities with the scrapping of the contractor-led model.

Robredo filed her resignation from the post Monday morning as she was barred from attending all Cabinet meetings starting December 5.

"This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties." Robredo's statement, released on December 4 read.

In the statement, she also said the HUDCC's budget for key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion, key shelter agency appointment recommendations were not approved by the Palace and the executive order to make the council effective was not signed.

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco will take over the post vacated by Robredo. — with a report from Alexis Romero

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kent0007 • 24 minutes ago
Tangama naman oh? Kay Dino yung 17000 houses eh.
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Jay Narciso • an hour ago
hahah@ c0mment n@naman dito mga tr0lls ni leni..isang tao, s0bra 50 cp gamit hahaha....ang 
philst@r n@naman,,b@yad naman mga j0urnalist para s@bihin may n@gawa xa..h@hah@
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Dom  Jay Narciso • 31 minutes ago
Have you checked the source of the info? It's not Mocha Uson nor Even Demata definitely.
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kent0007  Dom • 23 minutes ago
magpalit ka na don ng account mo.
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pinay • an hour ago
Kaya pala ito si Evasco ang inutusang mag text kay Leni dahil siya pala ang papalit sa puwesto niya.
Sana mr.Evasco galingan mo ang paghawak sa HUDDC baka ikaw ang susunod na paalisin pag hindi 
mo sinunod ang gusto ni Duterte.
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peppito  pinay • 16 minutes ago
trabaho nya yon dahil sya ang head ng mga cabinet secretaries in regards with the cabinet meetings....and 
he doesn't need to worry dahil alam ng pangulo na meron syang kakayahan na gampanan yung trabaho nya 
at hindi yung puro pamumuna lamang pero wala naman nagawa.
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Soul_Sucker_1  pinay • an hour ago
pagnagtatrabaho ay hindi paalisin..aksyon ang gusto ni du30 at hindi kritiko na tulad ni madam vp. at isa 
pa si vp panay ang pictoryal parang selebriti tapos panay pa ang travel sa ibayong dagat
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Voice Yell  Soul_Sucker_1 • 43 minutes ago
yong travel sa ibayong dagat si DU30 yon, salamat at sa kita mo. sa pictoryal ...? hhmm.. mas marami ding 
pic si DU30. at dapat kahit nsa government ka nag tatrabaho marunong ka parin mag salita kung mali ang 
ginagawa ng gobyerno kasi tao kaparin at hindi robot.
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Soul_Sucker_1  Voice Yell • 40 minutes ago
nyaaa... bilangin mo sa iyong dalire sa loob ng limang buwan kung ilan na ang basa ang napuntahan ni 
madam vp..ano gang mali? ejk o lnmb? eh abugada sya at siya ang higit na nakakaalam tungkol sa legal 
na proseso..gets mo ga?
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Yellow Army • an hour ago
Kahit yung tambay sa amin, kaya to sa dami ba naman ng consultant ..
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renrenm  Yellow Army • an hour ago
Kahit anong dami nga consultant pag hindi ginagamit ang utak at sipag at lalo na pag masama ang ugali 
ay palpak lang ang patutungohan
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Yellow Army  renrenm • 39 minutes ago
ok naman si jejomar binay
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Voice Yell  Yellow Army • an hour ago
pakilala mo nga yang tambay n yan at ma pakinabangan. please.
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Yellow Army  Voice Yell • 40 minutes ago
si jejomar binay po
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Dom  Yellow Army • an hour ago
Si Mayor ba ilan ang consultants bukod pa sa mga advisers at taga explain ng kanyang mga kapalpakan?
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Yellow Army  Dom • 39 minutes ago
ok naman si jejomar binay, same lng sa nagawa ni leni
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Dom  Yellow Army • 38 minutes ago
5 months against 6 years?
BTW, I am asking for Duterte and not Binay who was a failure.
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Yellow Army  Dom • 19 minutes ago
kahit na yung first 5 months nya, sinubaybayan ko sya, marami syang mansion na napatayo
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Yellow Army  Dom • 20 minutes ago
wala akong pakialam kay digongong
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mark wallfridge • an hour ago
This is a music to the anti-Dutertes? Really! Do not dance yet!
Here:
1) construction of around 17,000 homes for victims of Typhoon Yolanda. The news did not provide 
what are the other government agencies that overlap with this. These agencies would claim this as well, as theirs.
17,000 even more should have been delivered already. The key word is CONSTRUCTION/CONSTRUCTING. So this 
is not of Leni's. It would have been hers if it were the units outside the 17K and TURNED-OVER already.
2) documentary requirements - 27 to 9. This is good. But better if it was 8, isn't it? Did she stop at 9, why not 
continue at 8?
This just number. Complaints from unit owners of one developer were not attended. So 9 was not good. 
Accomplishment, yes, but could be better.
3)46,000 families also received socialized and low-cost housing as of September 31 - refer to item #1
4) adoption of city-wide approach to socialized and low-cost housing and revised policy directions based on c
onsultations with the marginalized sectors - where is this?
5) identify lands for government housing projects - this is not accomplishment. Rather you make masterplans 
of these identified lands.
6) freedom to choose the site of relocation, home designs and construction of necessary community facilities 
with the scrapping of the contractor-led model - this is cr*p! Can I go now to agencies and hold on to this, in their face?
I challenge you to go to government agencies with this one, we'll see if you not be treated as a lunatic.
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Dom  mark wallfridge • an hour ago
The duration is for 5 months. For Mayor, any "concrete" evidence of his accomplishments for the poor aside from "killing" them?
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mark wallfridge  Dom • an hour ago
Turns out, the NEWS organization not allowing me to answer you. LOL.
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Dom  mark wallfridge • an hour ago
That's maybe because your reply is just insults and cuss if not name calling?? If not hoax links.
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mark wallfridge  Dom • an hour ago
Nope, not at all. I mentioned though the name of this news organization.
Can you try it, if they would do the same.
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Dom  mark wallfridge • an hour ago
You're correct, maybe they don't want to be quoted.
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mark wallfridge  Dom • an hour ago
OK, THANKS.
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mark wallfridge  Guest • an hour ago
OK
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renrenm  mark wallfridge • an hour ago
Ang commento ko ay sa mga taong walang utak lang na puro commento ng commento na wala daw 
ginagawa si VP hanggang ngayon at puro pa display lang ginagawa.
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mark wallfridge  renrenm • 30 minutes ago
Good for you! This news organization is allowing you those words. LOL!
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kaki  mark wallfridge • an hour ago
46,000 families is a good number, but better if it was 46,001 isn't it? why did she stop 
at 46,000? why not continue to 46,001? baka ayaw ng butal? or tamad lang talaga? so 46,000 
was not a good number. It good be better
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Dom • 2 hours ago
Working without media coverage and no politics, that's public service and not personal interest 
nor "bayad-utang" to her financiers.
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Windy White  Dom • an hour ago
with out media coverage? really? palagi nga siyang laman ng media e.
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Voice Yell  Windy White • an hour ago
ang laging laman ng media ang pang aaway ni DU30, pero d naman lahat ay ayaw ko 
kay DU30 at d ko rin kandidato c Leni at lalong hindi ako maka LP.
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Dom  Windy White • an hour ago
Alam mo lahat yang mga accomplishments nya kung ganoon?
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peninsulaboy  Dom • an hour ago
natumbok mo Dom. no media coverage, trabaho lang si Mrs Robredo. Tahimik lang siyang 
naninilbihan at walang "praise" release.
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Dom  peninsulaboy • an hour ago
Kaya ang akala ng mga supporters ni Mayor eh wala ginagawa si VP kasi ang laging nasa balita ay 
patayan,murahan at demolition jobs laban sa mga kritiko.
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Bingcungan Amer • 2 hours ago
Sept. 31?
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freedash22 • 2 hours ago
This is like the AFP telling us that they "killed" xx number of rebels but have been unable to retrieve 
any bodies. Ganito gawin natin, let's send a fact-finding team to all the places who have received
these "accomplishments" of Leni. If 17,000 homes were really built in the last 5 months, then let's see it. 
Madali lang makita ang 17,000 homes, and show it like 'before and after' para makita natin difference. 
As for the process improvements, ask the people who have applied for low-cost housing if talagang totoo ba.
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Kamote Cque • 2 hours ago
Magulo si Digong kunware tigasin ang dating pero palpak ang mga recommendation niya. - 
MUkhang hindi uusad ang Pilipinas sa kanya.
Magtiis na lang puna tayo ng anim na taon.
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renrenm • 2 hours ago
Mga fanatic ni Dutae at ni BBM pasok!! Hayan na ang accomplishment ni VP na hinahanap ninyo at 
sinasabing walang nagawa. Hayan may ebedensya kaya punta kyo doon sa office nya kung hindi kyo 
maniwala para ipahiya sya at magdala ng vedio at reporter. Mga litse at animal kayo! Sa susunod doon 
kayo matutulog sa mga taong pinupuna ninyong walang nagawa para alam ninyo ang katotohanan. 
Mapaglinglang kayo na walang maipakitang ebedensya.
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pedro penduko  renrenm • 2 hours ago
hindi ko po makita mula sa report.. paki isa isa nga po?
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Dom  pedro penduko • 25 minutes ago
Ganoon talaga ang blind fanatics.
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renrenm  pedro penduko • an hour ago
hoy walang utak! Basahin mo sa itaas o report nya at gamitin ang utak para maunawaan.
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pedro penduko  renrenm • an hour ago
nyahahahahahahahahahahahah hahahahah hahahahahah hahahahah..
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kaki • 2 hours ago
This may be a brilliant/risky move by the VEEP, she will be the voice of the opposition, mas makilala sya,
if she makes the right move and survive the move to remove her from the veep position. she will gain supporters.. t
he road to malacanang starts today.
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Jocel • 2 hours ago
LP nga tlga cya, mahilig mag flaunt .
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Dom  Jocel • 27 minutes ago
LP ba sila Bato, Aguirre at Alvarez?
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bratenilla  Jocel • 2 hours ago
DI BA PARATANG NYO WALA SIYANG GINAWA? O HAYAN NA ANG KANYANG GINAGAWA AT PATI SABI 
NI ANDANAR, THE VP DID VERY WELL AS HOUSING CZAR. ANO BA TALAGA "KUMPARE".. ANYARE SA 3 MONTHS SA DROGA? NASUGPO BA?
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teraytaray  Jocel • 2 hours ago
Ha Ha Ha Pikon ka lang.
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Robredo: Bongbong trolls knew about exclusion from Cabinet meetings GMA News Online GMA News Online Tordecilla, Jaemark 4 days ago SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL

Vice President Leni Robredo revealed on Monday that online accounts connected to her rival, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., knew about the directive for her to stop attending Cabinet meetings even before she made it public.

In a press conference, she noted that while only a few people in her circle knew about the directive, her camp had already received online "goodbyes" from supporters of Marcos.

"Sa akin 'yung pinaka-nagbigay sa akin ng ideya na bahagi talaga ito ng plot... We received the text message Saturday. No one knew about it except a few people in my staff. Kahit yung staff ko hindi alam, siguro hindi sampu nakakaalam. Kahit nanay ko hindi alam. Pero yung mga... may mga tweets na from the Bongbong Marcos group na nag-gu-goodbye na sa akin," she said.

"So sa akin, ano 'yung ibig sabihin nu'n? Hindi pa nga alam ng staff ko... pero may lumabas na sa Twitter saying goodbye to me from their groups. Ano 'yung gustong sabihin no'n? It only confirms what we have been warned about for so long," she added.

Robredo formally stepped down as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) on Monday. She announced her resignation as Housing czar on Sunday night, after receiving the president's directive in a text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr.

Robredo is facing an electoral protest lodged against her by the younger Marcos, who narrowly lost the vice presidency to her in the May polls. The case is pending before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), a body composed of magistrates of the Supreme Court that ruled to allow the burial of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Confluence of events

In her statement on Sunday, the Vice President said "events of recent days indicate" that a plot to steal her post from her "is now being set in motion."

She also underscored as the "duly elected Vice President" that she "will not allow" her position to be stolen.

"It was actually a confluence of so many events already," Robredo said about the matter on Monday.

"Number one, maraming nagwa-warn that there were people around the President—even people in the Cabinet—who did not want me there and wanted Bongbong Marcos instead," she said. "Marami nang series of events. If you remember, ang kasama ni President sa China si Bongbong Marcos, siya 'yung pinakilalang vice president."

Robredo noted that her strongly worded statement against the late dictator's burial at the heroes' shrine, where she tagged the former president as "a thief, a murderer, and a dictator, had "many implications" as well.

In turn, Bongbong's camp slammed Robredo for floating the alleged plot to steal her post from her.

"Whether she was fired or she resigned from her post is definitely not the business of former Senator Bongbong Marcos. However, we take strong exception to her statement on not letting the vice presidency to be 'stolen' from her and the will of the people to be 'thwarted,'" Bongbong's legal spokesman Vic Rodriguez said in a statement on Monday.

"Such pronouncement is the height of hypocrisy," he added.

Rodriguez said Robredo's departure from the Cabinet had nothing to do with the election protest "but has everything to do with her political ambition and that of her party’s desperate and despicable act of getting back into power."

Earlier, the Vice President had admitted to hearing that the Marcoses' victory in the petitions against the controversial interment was being "packaged" with Bongbong's eventual victory before PET.

However, she said then that she remained optimistic on the matter, and would rather focus on her work. —JST, GMA News


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Evasco is new HUDCC chief By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 5, 2016 - 6:26pm 13 107 googleplus0 0


In this August 17, 2016 file photo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. welcomes Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo to the Malasakit at Pagbabago Social Development Agenda Summit held in SMX Convention Center, Davao City. ROBINSON NIÑAL/PPD

MANILA, Philippines — Cabinet Secretary and President Rodrigo Duterte’s former campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr. is set to replace Vice President Leni Robredo as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Malacañang announced Monday.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Evasco’s appointment as housing chief is on top of his responsibilities as secretary to the Cabinet and supervisor to a dozen agencies.

The appointment was announced after Monday’s Cabinet meeting in Malacañang, the first after Robredo resigned from the HUDCC.

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RELATED: Robredo tenders resignation from Duterte's Cabinet

Robredo, who assumed as HUDCC chief last July, quit because of “differences” with the president.

FULL TEXT: Robredo on why she is resigning from Duterte's Cabinet

A former rebel priest and mayor of Maribojoc, Bohol, Evasco was said to have been considered for the Interior secretary post but Duterte claimed he is not qualified due to his previous ties with communist guerillas.

Evasco, along with Duterte’s long-time aide Christopher Go, was given extensive supervisory powers in the president’s first ever executive order.

The order, which reorganized the Office of the President, gave Evasco supervision over the Cooperative Development Authority, the HUDCC, National Anti-Poverty Commission, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, National Youth Commission, Office of the President – Presidential Action Center, Philippine Commission on Women, Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority, as well the the Philippine Coconut Authority and the National Food Authority, two agencies that used to belong to the Agriculture department.

“These agencies shall primarily evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and, if deemed necessary, formulate a more responsive set of programs complementing existing ones, channeling resources as necessary to reduce both the incidence and magnitude of poverty,” Duterte’s order read.

The agencies were also tasked to develop programs and projects designed to reduce poverty and promote “social education” that would allow the people “to participate in effecting real change by keeping watch of the affairs of the government.”

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Leoncio Evasco Jr.


Evasco in 2016, addressing employees of the Malacañang Palace

Chairman of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
Incumbent

Assumed office
December 5, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte

Preceded by Leni Robredo
Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte

Preceded by Jose Rene Almendras
Mayor of Maribojoc
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2016

Preceded by Engr. Gabino C. Redulla
Succeeded by Mer Arocha

Personal details
Born Leoncio Badilla Evasco Jr.
March 29, 1944 (age 72)
Maribojoc, Bohol

Nationality Filipino
Alma mater Seminario Mayor de San Carlos
Ateneo de Davao University
Occupation Businessman
Profession Politician, Priest
Religion Roman Catholic

Leoncio "Jun" Badilla Evasco Jr. (born March 29, 1944) is a Filipino politician, who is the Incumbent Secretary of the Cabinet of Rodrigo Duterte's administration. Before he was appointed as the Cabinet secretary, he was the Mayor of Maribojoc town in Bohol from 2007-2016. He was an ordained priest, being ordained in 1970, when he joined the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing New Peoples Army in 1974.

Early life and education

Evasco was born in Maribojoc in Bohol province on March 29, 1944. He finished his AB Philosophy and Theology in Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Cebu City in 1966 and 1970, respectively. He finishes his masters in Ateneo de Davao University.

Career

Evasco was ordained priest in 1970. He was assigned as priest in Dauis, Baclayon and Catigbian all in Bohol. A raid by soldiers in his convent in Catigbian in 1974 pushes him to join the underground Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army.

In 1983 he was caught while presiding over the wedding of a comrade in Midsayap, North Cotabato. He was tortured and four of his those arrested with him was summarily executed.

Evasco was prosecuted by then prosecutor Rodrigo Duterte for rebellion.

Following the EDSA People Power Revolution he was one of the political detainees ordered released from jail by then President Cory Aquino. After his release, Evasco worked as secretary general of Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto.

He served as campaign manager of Duterte when he run in 1988 mayoral elections. He served as OIC of the city engineer's office from 1989-1990. Evasco headed the economic enterprise office before being appointed as chief of staff of Duterte.

Maribojoc Mayor

Evasco ran for mayor of Maribojoc in 2007 and won despite being away from the town for 3 decades. He won re-election in 2010 and 2013. Under his leadership Maribojoc received the Galing Pook award for 2011 for its Cadastral Survey and Simultaneous Systematic Adjudication Project.

The town was also conferred the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2010 and 2011.

In the wake of the 2013 Bohol earthquake he was involved in a controversy with Philippine Red Cross volunteers regarding the distribution of relief goods to the victims. The controversy led to the prevention of Red Cross volunteers from entering Maribojoc.


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Robredo: I will stand guard against dictatorship By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net / 06:14 PM December 05, 2016


VP leni robredo addresses the nation on her resignation as a member of the duterte cabinet at the office of the vice president in quezon city on monday, december 5, 2016. – inquirer photo/grig c. montegrande

Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she will fearlessly stand guard against the return of any form of dictatorship in the country, even as she leaves the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte as the Housing chairperson.

“Buong tapang tayong magmamatyag at magbabantay nang hindi na magbalik pa ang anumang diktadurya na siyang kumitil sa libu-libong buhay noong rehimeng Marcos (We will bravely keep watch and guard in order to prevent the return of a dictatorship which ended thousands of lives in the Marcos regime),” Robredo said in an address to the nation a day after she announced her resignation as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair.

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This amid fears that Robredo was being eased out of the Cabinet to pave way for the return of a Marcos in the government, son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., her closest vice presidential race opponent.

“We have fought this battle before and won. We will never let anyone revise our history and twist it to turn evil into good,” Robredo said.

She then reiterated that she will not allow anyone to steal the vice presidency from her because that would be “against the voice of the people.”

“The Vice Presidency is not just about one person; it’s about you and your rights. What is at stake here is our collective future,” Robredo said. JE/rga


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Duterte accepts Robredo’s resignation ‘with a heavy heart’ | While Duterte ‘lost confidence’ in Robredo, Palace says it is not moving to unseat the vice president 215 SHARES Share it! Updated December 5, 2016, 3:49 PM By Genalyn Kabiling


President Rodrigo R. Duterte talks with Vice President Leni Robredo during a Full Military Honors for Duterte at the AFP Change of Command Rites held at the General Headquarters Grandstand in Camp Aquinaldo, Quezon City on July 1, 2016. (Richard V. Viñas) | mb.com.ph

President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo “with a heavy heart” after almost five months of working in his Cabinet.

The president convened a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Monday, December 5 without Robredo, who earlier resigned as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

“It is with a heavy heart that I accept the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo,” the President said.

Earlier, presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar said the president has lost confidence in Robredo but would not resort to moves to unseat her from office.

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He dismissed as pure “speculation” the allegations the administration was attempting to steal the vice presidency.

“That’s speculation coming from the camp of the Vice President… Our job is to implement the policies of the President,” Andanar said in Filipino during a television interview.

Andanar insisted there has been a falling out between the two leaders following “irreconcilable differences” in issues such as alleged extrajudicial killings and the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

“If you’re a Cabinet member, if you serve at the pleasure of the President, you have to build his confidence in you,” Andanar said. “If I have been informed not to attend the (Cabinet) meeting, you will just to accept that the President has lost confidence in you.”

Robredo has tendered her resignation letter on Monday as HUDCC chair, admitting that working in the Cabinet has become untenable.

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Robredo’s resignation came after getting a text message from a Palace official to desist from attending Cabinet meetings starting December 5.

Andanar admitted that the president was uneasy about Robredo’s public statements that contradicted his viewpoints.

He noted that some Cabinet members have opposed the Marcos burial but did not openly oppose the president in public and instead opted to focus on their work and cooperate with the president.

Robredo has opposed Duterte’s decision allowing the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery. She also denounced the wave of drug-related killings and called for a probe into these killings.

Andanar said some Cabinet member were concerned about Robredo’s public statements on issues openly opposing the president.

“There have been some murmurings about the Cabinet about the statements of the Vice President the past few months and it did not sit well with some members of the Cabinet,” Andanar said in another television interview.

“It was only expressed through the Cabinet members, not to the President so I wouldn’t really know whoever told the President what some of the Cabinet members felt during that time,” he added.

Read more: Robredo to resign as housing secretary

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Robredo 'confused' by Duterte's 'heavy heart' over her resignation Published December 5, 2016 10:05pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News

Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she was "confused" over a statement made by President Rodrigo Duterte and his men over her resignation as Housing czar.

In a press conference, Robredo noted that there seemed to be a disconnect between the President's directive for her to "desist from attending all Cabinet meetings" and his pronouncement that he was accepting her resignation "with a heavy heart."

"Again I'm confused. Kasi if he is not... if you say 'heavy heart,' parang malungkot siya na magre-resign ako. Pero 'yung hindi pagpa-attend sa'kin ng Cabinet meeting parang 'yung writing on the wall, ayaw na nila ako na nandoon," she said.

"Alam naman natin na 'yung Cabinet position, kami 'yung alter ego ng Presidente sa Housing. I should have his full trust and confidence. So if you are not trusted enough to let you in sa Cabinet meetings... Lalong lalo pa 'yung Cabinet meeting this afternoon. One of the items in the agenda was my department," she added.

Robredo announced her resignation as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chief on Sunday night, a day after the "stronger" directive was relayed to her via text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr.

She said the said directive was "the last straw" among "obstacles thrown [their] way" at HUDCC.

Easing out

On Monday she revealed that she wasn't able to get a direct response from the President through his special assistant, Christopher "Bong" Go, who Evasco cited in his message to Robredo.

Robredo said she felt that "they were trying to ease me out" when she was asked not to attend the Cabinet meetings in order "not to aggravate the situation."

"Wala na ding sense [to stay on]," she said. "Because if they don't want me there anymore, chances are I won't get the support."

"Pero they cleared it this morning—last night pa yata—parang the statement was that I wasn't being fired, I was just being asked not to attend Cabinet meetings. Naguguluhan ako. Hindi ko maintindihan," she added.

Robredo, the interim chairman of the Liberal Party, said party leaders were taken aback by her decision when she informed them about it.

"Lahat din nagulat kasi they thought naman na... alam naman nila na maraming kahirapan. Alam naman nila na marami ding mga hinihingi na hindi nasusuportahan. Pero kasi sa akin 'yung limitasyon parang kayang... parang I can still work despite the limitations," she said.

"So nagulat sila na gano'n. They knew that I was so passionate about my work sa housing. Halos lahat ng waking hours ko housing na 'yung inaasikaso ko. Ano ako, 24/7 na halos nagtatrabaho. Kaya when I informed them of my decision, lahat nagulat," she added.

Allies at LP, the ruling party of the previous administration, had expressed their support for Robredo after she announced her resignation. —JST, GMA News

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Rody assures Leni she’ll finish VP term By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 9, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


“I will assure Leni and the rest of the Bicol region that you will have her until the very end of her term,” President Duterte said in a chance interview in Albay yesterday. “And there is no such thing as removing a Vice President. What’s the crime?” Office of the Vice President/Released, file

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte yesterday vowed to retain the country’s Vice President until her term ends, days after she resigned from the Cabinet complaining of a “plot to steal” her position.

Vice President Leni Robredo resigned as housing secretary on Monday, saying she would still support the President but would challenge some policies, such as the deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty.

There is no plot to unseat Robredo, Duterte said, adding that he has no quarrel with her despite his decision to exclude her from Cabinet meetings.

“I will assure Leni and the rest of the Bicol region that you will have her until the very end of her term,” Duterte said in a chance interview in Albay yesterday. “And there is no such thing as removing a Vice President. What’s the crime?”

On Sunday, Robredo said Duterte had barred her from attending Cabinet meetings, prompting her to quit as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES

Malacañang officials explained that Duterte made the decision because of “irreconcilable differences” with the Vice President. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that Duterte was “uncomfortable” with some of her “engagement with certain political actions.”

The Vice President has been critical of the administration, especially in relation to the alleged extrajudicial killings and the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos, father of her rival former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Robredo also claimed that plots to steal the vice presidency from her are now in motion. Earlier, she said she chose to ignore the warnings about the plans to unseat her so she could focus on her job at HUDCC.

“We had hoped this day would not come. I had been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of the recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion,” she was quoted saying.

Robredo is facing an election protest before the Supreme Court filed by former senator Marcos, whom she defeated by a slim margin of more than 200,000 votes.

Robredo has criticized Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of the late dictator at the heroes’ cemetery.

Robredo has also called out the President for making what she described as “tasteless” and “inappropriate” remarks about her knees and her outfit.

Robredo is a member of the Liberal Party, the dominant political group during the previous administration.

No rift

Despite their parting of ways, Duterte claimed that he has no rift with Robredo.

“I don’t have any quarrel with Leni. I don’t want to pick a fight with a lady,” the President said.

Duterte, however, claimed that the demonstrations were staged by “yellows” or people identified with the previous administration to oust him.

Early this week, Duterte’s spokespersons claimed that Robredo’s exclusion from Cabinet meetings had nothing to do with alleged plots to take away the vice presidency from her.

“I don’t know about the plot, but I think that’s quite stretched,” Abella said in a chance interview.

“That may be her opinion. But as far as I know from the Cabinet part, (there’s no plan to unseat her).”

Robredo was a one-term congresswoman from Naga City, located in Bicol.

In earlier speeches, Duterte also accused the opposition of using street protests against the Marcos burial as a pretext to force him out of office and make way for Robredo.

The 52-year-old Robredo did not give details of the alleged plot to “steal” the vice presidency, but said it was telling that Marcos had accompanied Duterte on an official visit to China in October, during which the President said he could be the vice president by next year.

Her camp also expressed alarm over the reported plan to recount the votes in last May’s vice presidential race without the “direction” of the Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Election Tribunal.

Robredo did not give details of the supposed plot to snatch the vice presidency from her, but she mentioned “obstacles” that made her job as housing chief difficult.

She noted that in barely five months since she took over the helm at the HUDCC, the housing agencies had made “solid” accomplishments even as she thought Duterte would support her despite their differences on issues related to housing.

Robredo also said that all her recommended appointments for key shelter agencies have not been acted on by Malacañang.

Mentioning her policy differences with Duterte, Robredo said she took the job as housing secretary hoping that “this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us.”

Last month, Robredo slammed Duterte after he joked about her legs and smooth knees.

“Tasteless remarks and inappropriate advances against women should have no place in our society. We should expect that most of all from our leaders,” she said.

Robredo, however, vowed to continue supporting the “positive initiatives” of the administration even after resigning from Duterte’s Cabinet.


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