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AFTER QUITTING CABINET LENI EMBARKS ON OWN PROJECT
[RELATED: Robredo to still reach out to Duterte even after resignation from Cabinet]
[RELATED(2): Leni - I would have wanted to stay]
DECEMBER 7 -FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo is sworn in during inauguration ceremonies in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File After quitting her housing portfolio, Vice President Leni Robredo flew to Mindanao yesterday to check on the progress of her own anti-poverty projects in three provinces. Robredo visited the project sites of Angat Buhay program in Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte and arranged dialogues with local officials as well as with victims of Typhoon Pablo. Launched last October, the Angat-Buhay program is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President to facilitate partnerships between local government units and different stakeholders for addressing specific poverty-related problems. In a television interview yesterday with ABS-CBN News, Robredo’s chief of staff Philip Dy said work continues for the Vice President even after her resignation as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo to still reach out to Duterte even after resignation from Cabinet...RELATED(2) Leni: I would have wanted to stay...
ALSO Palace belittles ouster: Duterte is secure; LP denies ouster claim
[RELATED: TRILLANES denies rumors behind Coup Plot vs Duterte - The President is already self-destructing]
DECEMBER 9 -OMBUDSMAN’S REPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte receives Wednesday a report from Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales during the 4th State Conference on United Nations Convention Against Corruption Implementation and Review at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang. THE Palace on Thursday played down speculation that the Liberal Party was working to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte, saying he is secure and has the full support and backing of the military. “The President is very secure,” said Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag. “He knows that he is working well. It is not all about extrajudicial killing. Governing the Philippines is not all about that. It’s all about the lot of things concerning the Filipino people and alleviating their plight.” Banaag said there was no need to conduct a loyalty check among government troops since Duterte had “massive support” from the Filipino people. READ MORE...RELATED, THE PRESIDENT IS ALREADY SELF-DESTRUCTING' Trillanes denies rumors he’s behind coup plot vs. Duterte...
ALSO: Robredo’s new task: Unify opposition
[RELATED: PNP Chief 'Bato' on coups: ‘Over my dead body’]
DECEMBER 9 -CONSTRUCTIUVE OPPOSITION: Vice President Leni Robredo at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum. ARNOLD ALMACENN/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER The unifying force, the unifying voice. This is how Vice President Leni Robredo described herself as the leader of the opposition to President Duterte. Her job: bringing together the voices of dissent to compel Mr. Duterte to listen to what people are saying about his controversial policies. “I think there’s not one person bringing all of us together and so I think that would be who I want to be in the next few days: to be the unifying voice of all those who have expressed either disgust or opposition to the policies of this administration,” Robredo said at the Meet the Inquirer Multimedia forum on Thursday. READ MORE...RELATED, Bato on coups: ‘Over my dead body’...
ALSO: Duterte to Robredo - No plot to oust you
[RELTED: DU30 loyalists vow to defend Rody vs Yellow ousters]
DECEMBER 9 -PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday assured Vice President Leni Robredo and her fellow Bicolanos that she will be able to complete her term, dismissing supposed administration-sanctioned plots to remove her from office. At the groundbreaking ceremony of a new terminal of the Bicol International Airport in Daraga, Albay, Duterte made the statement following concerns from Robredo’s camp that there are efforts to “steal the vice presidency” from her. This was after she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings, starting last Monday, which prompted her to resign as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. Robredo did not give details of the alleged plot to steal the vice presidency, but said it was telling that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. accompanied Duterte on an official visit to China last October. Robredo defeated Marcos in the presidential race only by some 263,000 votes. Marcos has a pending electoral protest. READ MORE...RELATED, DU30 loyalists vow to defend Rody vs Yellow ousters...
ALSO: Robredo admits LP unprepared after Mar's 2016 loss | LP ‘not doing enough’
[RELATED: Robredo: I’m not a minion of LP]
DECEMBER 10 -Vice President Leni Robredo at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum. ARNOLD ALMACENN/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER Still reeling from the results of the 2016 elections and the defection of many of its members, the Liberal Party (LP) was unprepared for the new administration, Vice President Leni Robredo admitted on Thursday. “I think the LP is not doing enough at this point and I understand why,” Robredo said during the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum when asked if she thought her party was responding adequately to the Duterte administration’s questionable policies. She said the LP was caught off guard after its standard bearer, former Senator Mar Roxas, lost in the 2016 elections and many of its allies in Congress jumped ship. READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo: I’m not a minion of LP...
ALSO: House speaker Alvarez unsure of LP’s role
(The LP has split into two groups in the House.)
[RELATED: LP backs Robredo to head opposition]
DECEMBER 11 -HOUSE REACTION: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says that if President Duterte thinks the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is really necessary according to his own discernment of the problem, the option’s up to him. —INQUIRER PHOTO President Rodrigo Duterte’s top allies in the House of Representatives appear to be in a quandary over whether the Liberal Party (LP) should remain in the supermajority now that Vice President Leni Robredo has emerged as the new opposition leader. “I don’t know with them,” Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said in a text message to the Inquirer when asked if the LP ought to remain in the ruling coalition after Robredo expressed her intention to unify the opposition. “[Robredo] as the leader of the Liberal Party has every right to unite the opposition,” said the House leader, a bosom buddy of Mr. Duterte. READ MORE...RELATED, LP backs Robredo to head opposition...
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Leni embarks on own projects
FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo is sworn in during inauguration ceremonies in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File
MANILA, DECEMBER 12, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores December 7, 2016 -
MANILA, Philippines – After quitting her housing portfolio, Vice President Leni Robredo flew to Mindanao yesterday to check on the progress of her own anti-poverty projects in three provinces.
Robredo visited the project sites of Angat Buhay program in Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte and arranged dialogues with local officials as well as with victims of Typhoon Pablo.
Launched last October, the Angat-Buhay program is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President to facilitate partnerships between local government units and different stakeholders for addressing specific poverty-related problems.
In a television interview yesterday with ABS-CBN News, Robredo’s chief of staff Philip Dy said work continues for the Vice President even after her resignation as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Dy also said Robredo had never complained about the President despite their differences on several issues.
“No, never. She’s been very professional in how she’s dealt with the President,” Dy pointed out.
Compostela Valley Gov. Tyrone Uy said Robredo’s visit had been arranged more than two weeks ago. He also said Robredo confided to him that she bore no grudge against the President.
“She told me she has no quarrel with the President and that she does not have any bad feeling with him,” Uy told The STAR.
Robredo on Monday resigned as HUDCC chair after being told by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. to desist from attending Cabinet meetings. Evasco took over Robredo’s HUDCC post.
Barred from Cabinet meetings, the Vice President said it would be difficult or even impossible for her to perform her duties as HUDCC chief, hence her decision to resign.
In Compostela Valley, Robredo told residents of NHA Housing Center in Barangay Lower Ulip in Monkayo town that she would continue checking on housing projects as giving shelter to the poor is really her advocacy.
“I also hope to be able to continue to share and, perhaps, give suggestions to Secretary Evasco Jr., who is now the chair of HUDCC,” she said.
Meanwhile, Robredo denied she was plotting to oust President Duterte, contrary to what Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had insinuated.
“There’s no such thing (oust Duterte plot). I think people who know me well, like my partymates in the (Liberal Party), they know that I have reluctance to take on the leadership,” she said in an interview in Compostela Valley. “I think I don’t have that kind of political skill.”
On the statement of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that she was the one who stole the vice presidency from him and not the other way around, Robredo said, “Between us, who has the history of stealing? I think it’s not me.”
She also shrugged off Marcos’ statement that she is a “hypocrite.”
The Vice President also denied presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella’s statement that Duterte felt “uncomfortable” with her after she joined political activities, especially the protest rallies last Nov. 30 against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
She clarified that she only attended the awarding of individuals who fought the dictatorship at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. – Edith Regalado
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Robredo to still reach out to Duterte even after resignation from Cabinet Published December 7, 2016 9:11pm
Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said despite her resignation from Cabinet, she will still reach out to President Rodrigo Duterte, pointing out that it is part of her obligation as vice president to support the chief executive.
Robredo, who formally stepped down as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair on Monday, had earlier said she will still support the administration's "good" policies and programs.
"Ako naman magre-reach out pa rin ako kay Presidente kasi tingin ko obligasyon ko na maging supportive sa kaniya," she told reporters at the sidelines of Teachers' Congress in Surigao City.
Robredo said she was invited to the change of command ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday, where she would have met Duterte for the first time since her resignation.
However, she had prior out-of-town engagements and couldn't make it back in Manila on time for the event.
The country's top two officials first met at a similar ceremony last July 1.
While Duterte was initially non-committal to meet Robredo or to give her a Cabinet post—given his friendship to her rival, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.—the event led to her courtesy visit to Malacañang. Days later, Duterte offered her the HUDCC portfolio.
Robredo resigned as HUDCC chief following Duterte's directive, through Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., for her to "desist from attending all Cabinet meetings."
In explaining the order, Palace officials cited her and the President's "irreconcilable differences" over certain issues including the controversial burial of Bongbong's father and namesake, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the revival of death penalty, and lowering of age of criminal liability.
'WITH A HEAVY HEART'
While the President accepted her resignation "with a heavy heart," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte "felt uncomfortable" with her "engagement with certain political actions."
Robredo, however, reiterated that she would not change her stance on issues she is opposed to.
"[B]aka ang gustong sabihin magsasang-ayon tayo sa lahat ng polisiya ng gobyerno. Mahirap naman iyon sa akin kasi noong hinire ako, klaro naman sa amin kung ano ang position ko sa mga bagay," Robredo said in response to Abella's statement.
"Iyong Marcos burial, extrajudicial killings, klaro ang position ko doon, even with my appointment sa Gabinete, hindi ko babaguhin ang posisyon ko. Kaya kung iyon ang dahilan, it only goes to show na talagang untenable na ang samahan kasi kung hindi din matatanggap ang differences in opinions, hindi din ako makakapagsilbi nang mahusay kasi may mga hadlang sa taas," she added.
Robredo underscored her earlier pronouncement that she wishes to help the government in any way the President asks her to.
However, she added: "Ang hindi ko lang ma-promise ay iyong mga bagay na hindi namin pinagkakaintindihan, hindi ko ipagpapalit ang aking desisyon. Kasi ang mga bagay na hindi namin pinagkakaintindihan, sigurado ako sa conviction ko doon. Iyon ang hinihingi ko ng tawad na hindi ko mabibigay sa kaniya." —Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/KBK, GMA News
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Leni: I would have wanted to stay By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 11, 2016 - 12:00am 4 3 googleplus0 0
“If it were up to me, I wanted to have the chance to support his policies because that is our mandate. It was expected of us to not let politics affect our relationship,” VP Leni Robredo told reporters in Filipino yesterday. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - If given a choice, Vice President Leni Robredo would have remained in the Cabinet to show her support for the administration of President Duterte.
“If it were up to me, I wanted to have the chance to support his policies because that is our mandate. It was expected of us to not let politics affect our relationship,” Robredo told reporters in Filipino yesterday.
“The order not to be a part of the Cabinet did not come from us,” she added.
Robredo resigned as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council last Monday after she was told to desist from attending Cabinet meetings.
Malacañang cited “irreconcilable differences” between Duterte and Robredo in explaining the desist order.
Robredo was in Laguna to attend the anniversary of micro-financing institution CARD MRI Inc.
In an interview, Robredo was asked about the recent joke of the President that she was waiting for his plane to crash.
“The Philippines will be at a disadvantage because he is the one who has the mandate of the Filipino people,” the Vice President said.
“Because he has the mandate, it is our obligation to support him. However, it is also our obligation to call his attention on policies that we think are wrong,” she added.
NO AMBITION TO BE PRESIDENT
Amid allegations that the Liberal Party (LP) is plotting to oust Duterte and install her as chief executive, the Vice President repeatedly stated she had no ambition to be president and even assured Duterte he would finish his six-year term.
Robredo said she talked with former president Benigno Aquino III, her runningmate former interior secretary Mar Roxas and with other LP leaders and her employees before she decided to make public her decision to resign from the Cabinet.
She noted, however, that their position as a party has yet to be discussed in a party meeting.
Robredo, who is currently party chairman as she holds the highest elected post, said she met with partymates at the House of Representatives where she was asked for the direction of the former ruling party.
“I said they should talk among themselves, but told them of my position to be supportive of good policies and be vigorously opposed to policies that threaten our democracy,” she said in Filipino.
Most LP members in the House are part of the ruling coalition, and a small faction led by Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat is claiming to represent the legitimate minority.
Robredo said she hopes LP interim president Sen. Francis Pangilinan will call for a party meeting in January.
Palace belittles ouster: Officials insist Duterte is secure; LP denies claim posted December 08, 2016 at 11:01 pm by Manila Standard
OMBUDSMAN’S REPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte receives Wednesday a report from Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales during the 4th State Conference on United Nations Convention Against Corruption Implementation and Review at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang.
THE Palace on Thursday played down speculation that the Liberal Party was working to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte, saying he is secure and has the full support and backing of the military.
“The President is very secure,” said Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag. “He knows that he is working well. It is not all about extrajudicial killing. Governing the Philippines is not all about that. It’s all about the lot of things concerning the Filipino people and alleviating their plight.”
Banaag said there was no need to conduct a loyalty check among government troops since Duterte had “massive support” from the Filipino people.
Banaag made these statements as Duterte assured Vice President Leni Robredo that there is no plot to steal the vice presidency from her, despite his support for her rival, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“I will assure Leni and the rest of the Bicol region that you will have her until the very end of her term,” Duterte told reporters Thursday.
“There is no such thing as removing the vice president,” he added.
Duterte recently asked Robredo to stop attending Cabinet meetings in Malacañang, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Robredo, in turn, resigned as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
On Thursday, Duterte scored “yellow forces” who are plotting his ouster to install Robredo as president.
Without mentioning names, Duterte apparently referred to the Liberal Party.
“Those yellow people, let them demonstrate. You want me out because you cannot accept defeat,” Duterte said in a speech during the 4th State Conference on the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption.
“This is politics. They wanted me out. Of course they want the vice president. You’ve had your chance,” he added.
Recently, Filipino-American philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis, whom Duterte identified as one of the moving forces behind a plan to launch protest rallies against his administration, urged him to resign after his decision to ease out the vice president and failing to keep his promise to rid the country of drugs and criminality “in three to six months.”
Duterte insisted that it is only the yellow forces who are working to have him removed from office, saying that even the Communists are for him.
“The communists, the New People’s Army, they are all for Duterte,” he said in Filipino.
Duterte also criticized the previous administration of President Benigno Aquino III, saying he left the drug menace untouched.
“When did the drug industry blossom?” Duterte said.
Duterte had earlier issued a warning that he would soon get even with his critics, saying he would deal with them as soon as he is finished addressing the country’s pressing problems.
Liberal Party acting President Francis Pangilinan rejected allegations by the President that the so-called yellows were out to oust him.
“The alleged plot is untrue. There is no such plot,” Pangilinan said. He added that the bulk of the “yellows” have abandoned the LP ship and are now card-carrying members of other parties such as Duterte’s PDP-Laban.
He said being critical of the burial of Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani or being critical of the spate of extrajudicial killings does not mean they wanted Duterte ousted.
“We are in a democracy and dissent and rallies should be seen simply as such in a democracy and should not be viewed as part of a so called larger conspiracy,” he said.
Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said the LP denied as totally unfounded the allegations that they were planning to oust the President.
“We respect the mandate of our people. But certainly we would state our positions on various positions which were contrary to those of the President,” said Drilon.
“So these are views that we expressed as a party and they have nothing to do with any plan allegedly to oust the President. We deny that categorically,” he said.
In the Senate, he said, they voted for Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, who belongs to the PDP-Laban.
“In fact, in the Senate, what has evolved is we decide on an issue-to-issue basis. For example, the issue on Marcos’ burial, the LP and its allies took the position that Marcos should not be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and the President of the Senate joined us there,” said Drilon.
DE LIMA ASKS FOR SPECIFICS
Duterte’s harshest critic, Senator Leila de Lima, asked the President for specifics.
“May I ask him--what exactly are the yellows doing to purportedly oust him? Are the acts of opposing the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the death penalty, EJKs, the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility and misogynistic acts and behavior indicative of a plot or plan to oust the President? Of course not! The yellows, including the LP senators, are simply weighing in or making their voices heard on those issues of deep public interest. And, certainly, we’re not doing that to benefit any political figure or promote any political agenda,” said De Lima.
She said the President seems to be forgetting that this is a free country, where all citizens have the right, and even the duty, to speak up about serious issues affecting our nation.
“Labeling people as yellows does not, cannot and should not unclothe them of their rights and duties as citizens,” said De Lima.
“We, as much as everyone else in this nation, are the President’s people--when we speak, should he not listen to us, instead of silencing us or hurling unfounded and paranoid accusations against us?”
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THE PRESIDENT IS ALREADY SELF-DESTRUCTING' Trillanes denies rumors he’s behind coup plot vs. Duterte Published December 7, 2016 3:49pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday denied rumors circulating that he and the Magdalo group are behind a supposed coup plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a statement, Trillanes said there was “absolutely no truth” to the rumors.
“I maintain my position that there is no need to oust President Duterte because he is already self-destructing,” he said.
“This is the handiwork of Dutertard trolls who have nothing else to do but to divert the attention of the public from the gross incompetence and shortcomings of the Duterte administration,” Trillanes, a staunch critic of Duterte, added.
A text message circulating said the “Magdalo group led by Trillanes and Alejano has started preparing a coup.”
The Magdalo party-list is represented by Rep. Gary Alejano.
Trillanes and Alejano are former military officers who got jailed for rising against then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. — RSJ, GMA News
ALSO....... FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK
Trillanes warns of guilt thru pics, shows Duterte photos with ‘top drug lord’ Published December 5, 2016 5:06pm Updated December 6, 2016 1:16am By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday said that if photos were going to be used as evidence, then President Rodrigo Duterte may also be liable in the illegal drug trade, given that he has posed—and even shook hands with—businessman Peter Lim, tagged as a top drug supplier.
At a Senate hearing, Trillanes noted that this would apply to Duterte if the photos of Sen. Leila de Lima with alleged Visayan drug lord Kerwin Espinosa would be used against her.
"Kung consistency tayo, 'yun ang prime suspect," said the senator, a staunch critic of the President.
"Kung ito ang basehan ng guilt, ipapakita natin... kasi nauuso ngayon 'yung guilt by picture-taking. Kanina sinasabi ng lahat ng tinatanong ko, si Peter Lim ang pinakamalaking drug lord sa Visayas, walang nagdi-dispute," he said as photos of Duterte and Lim were shown at the Senate's overhead projector screen.
"Ngayon nandidito siya, kakamayan niya si President Duterte mismo in at least two occasions.... Kakamayan. Kumpare ni President Duterte itong pinakamalaking drug lord na si Peter Lim," he added.
"Ngayon sinasabi ko, I am not ready to make a judgment dahil picture 'yan. Then 'wag din nating gagamitin itong kay Sen. De Lima. Otherwise, kung gagamitin natin itong guilt by picture-taking, aba... huli na natin si President Duterte kasi pinakamalaking drug lord 'yung kakamayan niya," Trillanes said.
"Si Kerwin Espinosa kumukuha siya ng droga kay Peter Lim. So tao lang siya ni Peter Lim. Ngayon, are we now ready to use pictures as a sign of guilt?" he added.
At a previous hearing, Kerwin said Lim—who earlier met with Duterte to deny involvement in the drug trade—was a top drug supplier.
Trillanes brought up the photos as he warned against the credibility of Espinosa, who tagged De Lima in the illegal drug trade, saying he gave a total of P8 million for her campaign fund through her former driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan.
"Mahirap panghawakan ang salita ni Mr. Kerwin Espinosa. Ikaw lang ang nagsasabi... ito ang 'yung kuwento mo, eh, ang pinanghahawakan mo itong picture. Pumunta ka sa Baguio kasama ng pamilya mo. Incidentally, nandoon si Senator De Lima kasi kandidato na siya nu'n," he said.
"Ito sinasabi ko lang kasi umiikot kami. Kapag may lumapit sa amin na drug lord na 'di mo kilala, ngingiti ka, pi-picture ka. Tapos gaganituhin ka, kukuwentuhan ka," he added.
Trillanes said he, along with senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III have been "victims" of such ploy.
He also said he was "so confident" that Espinosa, as well as Dayan, will change their narratives after Duterte's term.
"'Yung mga nasa poder ng kapangyarihan gagawan ka ng kuwento to smear your name. Nu'ng nagpalit ng administration, na-clear si Senator Lacson, na-clear si Senator Sotto," he said.
He addressed Espinosa and Dayan: "I am so confident, 'pag nagpalit ng administrasyon, babaguhin mo 'yung kuwento mo. Ikaw, Ronnie Dayan, ganu'n din. Lalabas 'yung totoo."
For his part, Lacson said the difference between Duterte and De Lima's photos was that the latter is backed up by sworn statements from Espinosa and Dayan, saying money was given and received in her behalf.
He said Duterte's photo with Lim would not hold much weight unless the alleged top drug lord submits a sworn affidavit saying he gives money to the President through his special assistant, Christopher "Bong" Go.
Lacson also noted that Go would also have to issue a sworn statement claiming the same.
He said such would merit an impeachment proceeding.
"Kung si Peter Lim magbibigay ng affidavit na nagbigay siya ng pera kay Sec. Bong Go, at may statement rin si Sec. Bong Go na ito'y ibinibigay niya kay President Duterte, I think an impeachment proceeding is in order," he said.
However, he added: "Pero wala tayo do'n, eh. I'm speaking not as an enabler or apologist of President Duterte... I'm just pointing out that 'yung picture puwede natin 'yang i-interpret... pero there are some circumstances na hindi nakikita sa picture."
Lacson, however, said he would vote for Duterte's impeachment should such evidence prove that he protected Lim.
PNP chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa then said the President was "very angry" upon finding out Lim had been identified as a drug lord.
Dela Rosa said Duterte ordered a case build-up against Lim. — NB/BAP, GMA News
[THE FOLLOWING ARE SERIES OF EARLIER RELATED REPORTS ON TRILLANES' ATTEMPTS AGAINST DUTERTE]
Trillanes: Duterte's P2.4B possibly from drugs
'We are piecing things together.... You will be surprised how deep and big it is. That's why it's baffling to think that he could be the next president of the country.'
Published 4:19 PM, May 02, 2016
Updated 6:05 PM, May 02, 2016
AFFIDAVIT. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV shows the affidavit requested by the camp of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the latter to release the mayor's BPI bank statements and transaction history, at the Magdalo Headquarters in Quezon City, May 2, 2016. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday, May 2, hinted that the alleged P2.4 billion worth of deposits in Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's bank account came from illegal drug operations.
Asked where he suspects the deposits came from, the senator told reporters in Filipino: "What are the illegal sources? Corruption, plunder. Kung galing sa [illegal] activities: illegal drugs, smuggling, at kung ano-ano pa. 'Yan ang mga p'wede. Pero hindi pa ako ready na i-pinpoint ano specifically ang pinanggalingan."
(READ: Duterte: Details of BPI bank account to be disclosed May 2)
(If it came from illegal activities: illegal drugs, smuggling, and a lot more. Those are the possibilities. But I am not yet ready to pinpoint specifically where it came from.)
While he mentioned on Monday other possible illegal sources of Duterte's money, Trillanes earlier criticized the Davao City mayor for freeing Chinese nationals who were caught with drugs in 2005.
"'Di ba sinasabi ni Mayor Duterte na pinapatay niya ang mga drug lord, pero ano’ng ginawa n’ya sa 8 Chinese nationals na ito? 'Nilaban niya na mai-release. Bakit daw? In the spirit of Chinese New Year, 'yun ang dahilan nya," he said on Monday in a press conference right after he faced Duterte's lawyer at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch along Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City.
(Mayor Duterte emphasizes that he kills drug lords, but what did he do with these 8 Chinese nationals? He fought for their release. Why? In the spirit of Chinese New Year, that's his excuse.)
PANDORA'S BOX. Philippine Star's news item on Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's release of the 8 Chinese businessmen involved in drug operations in 2005. Photo from the Office of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
"Ang tanong dito, baka 'yung mga kumpetensya ang pinapatay, baka lang ah. Pag-isipan natin 'yan," he said.
(The question here is maybe he is only going after competition. Just maybe. Something we need to think about.)
Trillanes made it appear that his camp already knows the source of the alleged billions of pesos deposited in Duterte's account, but refused to divulge details since their investigation is ongoing.
"We are piecing things together. This [needs] a deep and thorough investigation. You will be surprised how deep and big it is. That's why it's baffling to think that he could be the next president of the country," he said in Filipino.
The senator, who has been a staunch critic of top public officials such as Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, stressed the need to reveal the truth about Duterte. He said that it would be hard to resolve this allegation if Duterte already assumes the presidency.
Trillanes showed up at the BPI branch at Julia Vargas Avenue early Monday morning to face Duterte's camp and get a copy of the mayor's transaction records.
The senator brought his affidavit on how he secured the documents against Duterte, which the latter requested as a condition for issuing a waiver to open his bank records.
As written in Trillanes' affidavit, a certain Joseph de Mesa saw documents that reveal Duterte is maintaining several bank accounts where "millions, if not billions of pesos" were transferred over time.
Affidavit of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV by Patty Pasion
De Mesa, a former Duterte supporter, said that the documents were from a "close relative who was working with an agency involved in investigating ill-gotten wealth of government officials."
The papers revealed that the bank accounts with BPI Julia Vargas, BPI EDSA Greenhills, and Banco De Oro in Mandaluyong City were under the name of Duterte and his daughter Sara Zimmerman Duterte.
The camp of the Davao City mayor sent lawyer Salvador Panelo with a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) instead of Duterte’s waiver.
According to Trillanes, the SPA only authorized looking into Duterte's balance, which does not include his account's transaction history.
“Ako ay nagbigay ng affidavit, pero hindi pa rin pumirma ng waiver si Duterte at hindi rin binuksan ang kanyang account," Trillanes said in a statement.
(I issued an affidavit, but Duterte did not submit a waiver to open his account.)
"Mayor Duterte is hiding something from the public. And he cannot deny my accusation that he has a P2.4-billion transaction in his bank accounts," Trillanes added in Filipino. – Rappler.com
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Duterte camp: Trillanes only after ‘fancy attention’ By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net / 03:09 PM May 05, 2016
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (L) and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER/CDN FILE PHOTOS
The camp of poll front-runner Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday fired back at Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who has filed a plunder complaint against the Davao City mayor.
“Trillanes only wants fancy attention; that is why [these] piecemeal releases [only] tickle the media but not the people fed up with trapos,” Peter Tiu Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman, said in statement.
Trillanes, a vice presidential candidate, has filed a plunder complaint against Duterte before the Office of the Ombudsman over alleged “ghost employees” in Davao City.
READ: Trillanes sues Duterte for plunder over ‘ghost employees’
He cited a 2015 Commission on Audit report which said the Davao city government had 11,000 non-existent employees under Duterte’s term as mayor, receiving P708 million a year.
But Duterte’s camp dismissed this claim.
Laviña said that in 2015, the Department of Interior and Local Government, led by now presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, awarded Davao City with a Seal of Good Governance.
“This means the LGU went into evaluation. That award is a positive affirmation compared with trumped up charges,” Laviña said.
Trillanes earlier accused Duterte of having at least P211 million in his account at the Bank of the Philippines Islands on Julia Vargas Branch. The senator said the mayor did not declare the amount in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). JE/rga
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Duterte threatens jail time for Trillanes By Robertzon Ramirez and Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 1, 2016 - 12:00am 71 23.2K googleplus6 1
Duterte made the threat on Friday when asked for his next move if Trillanes’ claim of more than P200 million in the mayor’s account is debunked tomorrow, when the account is opened in response to the senator’s challenge. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, file
MANILA, Philippines – If he wins the presidency, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will make sure Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is put behind bars if information on the latter’s exposé would turn out to be false or illegally obtained.
Duterte made the threat on Friday when asked for his next move if Trillanes’ claim of more than P200 million in the mayor’s account is debunked tomorrow, when the account is opened in response to the senator’s challenge.
The camp of Duterte has promised to bare the mayor’s account with the Bank of the Philippine Islands on Julia Vargas Ave. tomorrow to disprove Trillanes’ accusation. Duterte’s pronouncement came shortly after his meeting with outgoing Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla in Pasay City.
Trillanes said Duterte did not declare his joint account with his daughter Sara that allegedly contained P211 million in his 2014 statement of assets liabilities and net worth (SALN).
The senator also accused Duterte of having P2.4 billion in his three accounts in Pasig, San Juan and Davao City. He also said the mayor has 40 properties, belying the latter’s claim that he is of modest means.
But Duterte said Trillanes was only trying to get back at him after he refused to have the senator as his runningmate.
He said he expects to draw more and fiercer black propaganda as his ratings in surveys continue to rise.
The mayor also called Trillanes shameless and crazy for using government funds to destroy his political opponents.
DUTERTE ACCEPTS BANK ACCOUNT CHALLENGE
Duterte on Friday accepted Trillanes’ challenge to open his bank accounts and dared the senator to be present tomorrow morning at the BPI Julia Vargas branch so that the people would know who between them is telling the truth.
He said he has authorized his counsel Salvador Panelo to open his accounts in front of Trillanes, but stressed the senator – if he ever shows up – should have a sworn affidavit with him outlining his accusation against the presidential candidate.
He also challenged Trillanes to disclose his real intention for making the accusations.
'MERCENARY FRUSTRATED SOLDIER'
Duterte said he would send Trillanes back to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) if the latter becomes his vice president. He called the senator – a leader of a failed coup – a “mercenary frustrated soldier.”
Duterte also took a swipe at Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II for challenging him to reveal his dollar accounts.
He pointed out Roxas should have chosen Trillanes and not Leni Robredo as his runningmate, saying the administration standard bearer has the same mindset as the senator.
He also lashed out at Roxas for being ungrateful, citing his generosity to the LP candidate when the latter visited Davao City when they were still friends.
The mayor said Roxas had never paid a single centavo for his favorite food in Davao City.
“Now he is accusing me of being a thief. When we were not yet political rivals, you accepted my offer of food, but now you’re accusing me of being a thief,” he said in Filipino.
“You never offered me food. But I gave you something to eat. You’re shameless,” he said of Roxas.
Duterte said he felt offended being compared by Roxas to the late chief justice Renato Corona who was impeached because of his failure to declare certain assets in his SALN.
“You’re running for president and you brazenly tell us lies. Ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw (A liar is brother to a thief). And maybe, they’re children of murderers,” Roxas said earlier, addressing Duterte.
But the mayor said it was “a statement of desperation” from Roxas.
In Davao City, Duterte’s campaign manager said the latest exposés against the presidential candidate are the handiwork of the Aquino administration, which is just using Trillanes as “pawn.”
“The brain behind is Malacañang,” Duterte campaign manager and Maribojoc, Bohol Mayor Leoncio Evasco. Jr. said yesterday.
“The Aquino administration is bent on thwarting a victory by Duterte. It is desperately trying to save the candidacy of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and is poised to employ all means, including massive cheating, to maintain the status quo,” Evasco said.
He said the latest attacks on Duterte were part of a last ditch effort by the administration to destroy the credibility of the Davao City mayor, who is leading in popularity surveys of presidential candidates.
“They made the election a very dirty political exercise. They want it confined among the elite. They cannot stomach an outsider, one who has captivated the imagination of the people but does not come from their ranks,” Evasco, a former rebel priest, added.
He said they expect more black propaganda against Duterte as his ratings in surveys continue to rise just days before the elections on May 9.
On Friday, Pulse Asia released the result of its April 19-24 survey on voter preference, with Duterte enjoying voter preference of 33 percent, or 11 percentage points ahead of closest rival Sen. Grace Poe who got 22 percent. Roxas was third with 20 percent.
“Aquino and Roxas both belong to the landed elite who only have contempt against the majority of Filipinos clamoring for genuine and real change,” Evasco said.
“During the watch of P-Noy and Roxas, we saw how they remorselessly sacrificed the lives of our gallant police officers in Mamasapano,” he said.
“When hungry farmers demanded rice because the severe drought is killing their children, they answered back by firing at the protesters and in the process killing three and wounding scores of others. It was an exercise of brutal state euthanasia,” he added.
“For the first time, people have rallied behind a man – a leader – who is giving them hope,” he said. This, he added, is bringing “fear into the senses of the Aquino government and their minions.”
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Duterte to file charges against Trillanes for making his bank account public
By Gerg Cahiles, CNN Philippines Updated 12:40 PM PHT Tue, June 7, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has had enough of his bank account issue.
On Saturday (April 30), Duterte said he will file charges against vice presidential candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes for making the former's bank account public.
Trillanes has accused Duterte of having around P211 million in his joint account with daughter Sara Duterte in the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City.
Duterte explained he was already divorced from his wife when he opened the account. That is why he deliberately included his daughter in the bank account so that somebody could withdraw the money in case something happens to him.
"Kung anuman ang mangyari sa akin, gago ka Trillanes, merong taong makapag-withdraw at least may makapagbayad man lang sa kabaong o ng cremation."
[Translation: "You're a jerk, Trillanes. The money is there so that, if something happens to me, there will at least be someone who can withdraw and pay for my casket or cremation."]
The country's bank secrecy law states that all deposits of whatever nature with banks or banking institutions "may not be examined, inquired or looked into by any person, government official, bureau or office, except upon written permission of the depositor, or in cases of impeachment, or upon order of a competent court in cases of bribery or dereliction of duty of public officials, or in cases where the money deposited or invested is the subject matter of the litigation."
In addition, Duterte added that he will also file a perjury case against Trillanes. For that to happen, the mayor said he wants Trillanes to execute an affidavit on his accusations first.
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Davao (CNN Philippines) — The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accused President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of orchestrating a last ditch "demolition job" against the lone presidential bet from Mindanao in an effort to prevent his victory.APRIL 30, 2016 REPORT
During a campaign concert at Bonifacio Global City Saturday night, Duterte cursed and mocked Trillanes, in front of around 12,000 of the mayor's supporters.
"Kita mo maglakad 'yan? Ganito: parang may mansanas sa kilikili. Tang***ng yabang."
[Translation: "Have you seen him walk? It looks like there are apples in in his armpits. Son of a whore, he's so boastful."]
The mayor questioned Trillanes' credibility and accused the senator of waging war against his people.
"You are not a soldier of fortune, you are a soldier of misfortune. Pakagago mo. Nagrebelde ka, sinayang mo ang pera ng gobyerno, you waged war against your people. Sinira mo pa ang Peninsula [Manila] hanggang hindi mo binayaran."
[Translation: "You are not a soldier of fortune, you are a soldier of misfortune. You are a jerk. You rebelled, and you wasted the government's money, because you waged war against your people. You destroyed the Peninsula [Manila] and you didn't pay for it."]
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Robredo’s new task: Unify opposition By: Nikko Dizon - Reporter / @NikkoDizonINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:20 AM December 09, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum. ARNOLD ALMACENN/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
The unifying force, the unifying voice.
This is how Vice President Leni Robredo described herself as the leader of the opposition to President Duterte.
Her job: bringing together the voices of dissent to compel Mr. Duterte to listen to what people are saying about his controversial policies.
“I think there’s not one person bringing all of us together and so I think that would be who I want to be in the next few days: to be the unifying voice of all those who have expressed either disgust or opposition to the policies of this administration,” Robredo said at the Meet the Inquirer Multimedia forum on Thursday.
After Robredo resigned as housing secretary on Monday, her supporters and analysts said her inevitable next role was that of opposition leader.
But they also wondered whether she would embrace that role, as she had always been reluctant to go into politics until the pressure had become too heavy to ignore.
Cases in point: her last-minute decision to run for the House of Representatives from Naga in 2013 and her torturous acquiescence to run as the Liberal Party’s vice presidential standard-bearer in this year’s national election.
Confident but humble
But at the Inquirer forum on Thursday, Robredo showed confidence, though with humility, in announcing that she was taking on the role of opposition leader.
“I think it is very important that I will be very vocal in the issues that I feel so passionate about and talk to more people who feel the same,” she said.
The Vice President observed that people have been expressing anger, but have been helpless because of the absence of a leader.
“I think the challenge now is how do we encourage people to come out and not to be afraid to voice their opposition. To me, it is important that I show that I’m not afraid. It is important to me that for the things I truly believe in, it is worth all the risk. It is worth the sacrifice that we are taking,” she said.
Robredo is not discounting the possibility that she might join the people on the streets to voice their anger.
But she said what was more important to her was making Mr. Duterte understand why she and the people were opposing his unacceptable policies.
Among those policies are the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani, reimposition of capital punishment, lowering of the age of criminal liability, and the bloody war on illegal drugs that has cost the lives of nearly 6,000 people in just five months.
Robredo said resigning from the Cabinet, difficult as it was for her, had given her “more elbow room” to be the unifying force in the opposition to Mr. Duterte’s controversial policies.
“I really want to pursue [being a unifying force] because now there are many opposing, but it seems all the voices opposing [certain policies] are discordant. It really needs a unified stand for the President to listen to us,” Robredo said.
She said she believed Mr. Duterte had the capacity to listen to and consider dissent.
“Yes, the President listens. We have seen the President change his mind so many times already and that is both a good and a bad thing in the sense, I think, that when he realizes how important some things are to us, he can change his mind. And I think we should capitalize on that. Let us make him hear, let us show him how much we feel about a particular subject so that he will listen to us,” she said.
No noisy opposition
Robredo said the quick approval of the bill that would bring back the death penalty on the House committee on justice happened “because there was no noisy opposition [to the measure].”
“I recognize the fact that we need to change that now,” she said.
Robredo stressed the need for vigilance, given the swift pace of events in the country these days.
“Every day, something is happening,” she said.
The Vice President cited Mr. Duterte’s dismissal of the National Bureau of Investigation’s finding that Albuera, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was murdered by policemen.
“The day the investigation report came out, the President gave a statement that seemed to be relegating the report to the background and assuring those cops that they would be beyond the reach of the law,” Robredo said.
“It is scary because what does that imply? We don’t have rule of law?” she said.
The Vice President said she wanted to be a constructive oppositionist, stressing that she would remain supportive of administration policies that she felt were for the benefit and interest of the people, despite having drawn the line on a number of issues.
She said she remained supportive of the passage of a freedom of information law and ending contractualization.
Robredo emphasized that being in the opposition “is not equivalent to ousting the President” because taking Mr. Duterte out of office “is not the answer” to the country’s problems.
“If you ask me, I have no dreams of becoming President. I think if we would have another upheaval, our situation would only become worse. What we only want is [for the President] to listen to us. What we want is for him to recognize why we don’t like certain [policies]. Dissent should not be equated to ouster,” Robredo said.
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Bato on coups: ‘Over my dead body’ Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00 By Mario Mallari and Ted Tuvera
Leni to finish VP term, Rody tells Bicolanos
A coup can only succeed over Bato’s dead body.
It looks like denials by the Liberal Party stalwarts and the Magdalos led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes in cooking up an ouster plot haven’t made a dent , on either on President Rodrigo Duterte and his Malacañang aides or Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa in President Duterte’s belief that indeed a coup has been hatching to install LP Vice President Leni Robredo as president.
That is hardly going to happen, said Mr. Duterte’s PNP top cop, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who vowed that a coup by the Magdalos and the LP coup plotters can only happen “over his dead boy.”
The PNP chief, a Duterte loyalist, said a coup can only succeed over his “dead body,’ stressing this, amid the spread of text messages stating that members of the mutinous Magdalo group are calling for the ouster of President Duterte.“Try it,” dela Rosa dared, adding he received such information but stressed he will die first before any plot against Duterte would succeed.
“There has been information like that. I tell them ‘over my dead body. Try me,’” the chief PNP stressed.
One of the text messages read: “Magdalo Group led by Trillanes and Alejano has started preparing for a coup”, apparently referring to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo party list Rep. Gary Alejano.
Trillanes, as did Sen. Leila de Lima and other LP officials, denied that the Magdalo group is plotting a coup against the President, stressing the President is already “self-destructing.”
Trillanes, an ex-Navy officer, and Alejano, a former Marine captain, were among the core leaders of the Magdalo group which staged the July 27, 2003 short-lived m,utiny at the Oakwood Apartments in Makati City.
The Magdalo group demanded the ouster of then President Arroyo.
Two other Magdalo leaders, former Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon and ex-Army Capt. Milo Maestrecampo are currently working for the Duterte administration.
Faeldon is the Bureau of Customs chief while Maestrecampo is among his officials.
There is also doubt that the Magdalo, even one led by Trillanes, can succeed. These rebels turned LP supporters, have a history of failed coups.
However, while in Legazpi, Albay, facing a crowd of Bicolanos, Mr. Duterte assured the crowd that Robredo will be able to finish her term as VP, which can be translated to any ouster plot of the LPs against him will inevitably fail.
Leni stays as VP
In an interview with reporters during his visit in Legazpi City, Albay, the Chief Executive downplayed the Vice President’s claim that members of the administration are plotting her ouster to give way for Duterte’s friend, former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. who currently contests Robredo’s victory last May.
“I will assure Leni and the rest of the Bicol region that you will have her until the very end of her term. There is no such thing as removing a vice president,” Duterte said which gathered applause from the crowd, knowing that Robredo is a Bicolano.
Robredo resigned as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) from the Duterte Cabinet on Monday.
It was she who had come up with the claim that the vice presidency will be stolen from her by Marcos, Jr.
“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 recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion,” she said last Sunday.
“I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted,” Robredo added.
She has kept quiet on this charge against Marcos, however since she first aired this.
Last Wednesday, the president said the yellows are plotting to install the Vice President as President, as he slammed the LP stalwarts who he said are bitter because of their failure to secure power in the last polls.
Malacañang yesterday linked the ‘yellows’ to Filipino-American billionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis who, months back, was assailed by the Chief Executive as the financier of alleged destabilization efforts against his administration by early 2017.
Nicolas-Lewis, an Amercan citizen, campaigned for then LP vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo and contributed funds even during Robredo’s congressional bid in 2013 and is said to again be seeking contributions and donations for what she calls the resignation of Duterte, has, however, been very vocal in wanting Duterte ousted from Malacañang.
Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag named Lewis as a person of interest in the possible plot to unseat Duterte as President.
“You know, the President has been vocal about [the destabilization plot] months ago when the President raised the issue of Ms. Lewis. It was last August and nobody was talking about it, nobody believed it. And now, Ms. Lewis is coming out in the open and saying ‘let’s oust President Duterte’,” Banaag told reporters in a briefing at the Palace.
“[In the President’s] mind and from other sources he may know about this plot, there is something going on up there, a plot against him. A plot to oust him, he knows—the President had been in politics for many years. So he knows what about it, whenever he says something about ousting or plotting against him,” she added.
In Robredo’s open letter posted on Nicolas-Lewis’ Facebook page last February 1, 2013, the Fil-Am billionaire called out for financial support to grease Robredo’s campaign with a note saying: “To support Atty. Leni Robredo’s campaign, please make/send checks to, Mail check payable to “Loida Lewis ITF Leni Robredo” PO Box 1080, Gracie Station, NY NY 10028.”
Lewis, being an American, is not allowed to contribute to any Filipino candidate’s campaign kitty.
Asec. Banaag, furthermore, called out Robredo and her yellows in the LP to explain circulating rumors that LP leaders are currently talking with some Police or Military officials, that was a clear hint of a possible coup try.
“It is best to ask Vice President Robredo or other LP stalwarts on that matter,” she said as a response the question on whether Malacañang is monitoring such possible meetings with state security leaders.
The Palace official also noted that inspecting uniformed personnel’s loyalty is not necessary at this time,
“It is not necessary to conduct a loyalty check. The President is very secure, he knows that he’s working, he knows that he has the support of the military and majority of the Filipino people,” Banaag added.
The President, during the 4th State Conference of the United Nations Convention against corruption implementation review, said the protests organized by the “yellows” against his initiative to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) will likely be an ouster movement against him just to facilitate a Robredo presidency.
“The yellows, you keep on demonstrating. You want me out because you can’t accept defeat,” Duterte said, referring to the political color of the LP.
“It’s about politics. They want me out because they have a Vice President. You had your chance. You just can’t accept defeat,” he stressed.
Robredo assumed the role of being the face of the yellow opposition after resigning from President Duterte’s Cabinet on Monday. She is the highest elected official who hails from the LP.
Duterte, however, downplayed another people power movement saying that it will not be successful because left-wingers – even the radical New People’s Army (NPA) – have his back.
“The Left? they won’t even allow me to step down... The NPAs are pro-Duterte,” he added.
Duterte to Robredo: No plot to oust you By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR December 09, 2016
PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday assured Vice President Leni Robredo and her fellow Bicolanos that she will be able to complete her term, dismissing supposed administration-sanctioned plots to remove her from office.
At the groundbreaking ceremony of a new terminal of the Bicol International Airport in Daraga, Albay, Duterte made the statement following concerns from Robredo’s camp that there are efforts to “steal the vice presidency” from her. This was after she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings, starting last Monday, which prompted her to resign as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
Robredo did not give details of the alleged plot to steal the vice presidency, but said it was telling that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. accompanied Duterte on an official visit to China last October.
Robredo defeated Marcos in the presidential race only by some 263,000 votes. Marcos has a pending electoral protest.
Malacañang officials have said Duterte’s order for Robredo to stop attending Cabinet meetings was due to “irreconcilable differences” between the two leaders. Later, Malacañang said it was because Robredo was openly criticizing Duterte and his policies.
Robredo is opposed to the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. She has been vocal against alleged extrajudicial killings being linked to Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Duterte, later at the 7th anniversary celebration of the Federalism Alyansa ng Bikol also in Albay, said he has no quarrel with Robredo, even after he said some “yellows” were the ones plotting to force him out of office. Duterte, who was referring to allies of his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, said they should just wait for their time.
Robredo is a member of Aquino’s Liberal Party.
Duterte on Wednesday night said the “yellows” want him out because until now, they could not accept their defeat.
Communications assistant secretary Marie Banaag said the President remains secure about the support of the public as well as those in the uniformed service, dismissing a need for a loyalty check.
She said she is not aware of any plot to force Duterte out of office, except for those early in the President’s term about some groups abroad who are plotting to oust him.
“The President is very secure, he knows that he’s working, he knows that he has the support of the military and most, majority of the Filipino people,” Banaag said.
The new supposed coup plot called “Oplan Splinter: Oust Du30” was circulated through text messages. It is reportedly expected to be in motion on the last week of December. Behind the supposed plot is allegedly the Magdalo, a group of soldiers who staged the short-lived “Oakwood mutiny” against the Arroyo administration.
Among the leaders of the group are now Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo party-list group.
“As far as my information is concerned there is no such plot,” said Alejano.
“What I see is LP’s legitimate dissent against policies of the Duterte administration, which is part and parcel in a democratic exercise,” he said.
Trillanes has said there is no need to oust Duterte “because he is already self-destructing.” – With Raymond Africa and Wendell Vigilia
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DU30 loyalists vow to defend Rody vs Yellow ousters Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 10 December 2016 00:00 By Alvin Murcia and Angie M. Rosales
Loyal supporters of of President Rodrigo ”Rody” Duterte yesterday vowed to defend the president at all costs against forces that want him ousted from Malacañang.
The one million-strong Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC), the group that was instrumental in convincing Mr. Duterte to run for the presidency in the last elections, rallied all its supporters all over the country to “defend the president at all costs” from moves to discredit the country’s leader allegedly being hatched by sinister yellow forces affected by his campaign against criminality, corruption and the economic status quo of a privileged few.
In a press conference held at the historic Club Filipino, MRRD-NECC leaders and supporters, who include top officials from various governmentagencies, such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), vowed to offer strong resistance against such moves, stressing that Duterte’s thrust to achieve genuine change is already taking shape.
Group vows to defend Duterte against 'sinister' plots. By: Philippines News Agency
“In less than six months of his presidency, the President has accomplished a lot in the areas of criminality and illegal drugs, corruption and the drive toward federalism.
“In the process, many were affected by these serious campaigns, including those who used to gain from their evil ways,” said MRRD-NECC chairman and TESDA director general Guiling Mamondiong said.
Mamondiong said the president is not only a leader for the rich or the poor but for all Filipinos.
“These threats on the Office of the People’s President will not prosper. Any supposed plan being hatched by anyone or group of removing him from office through unconstitutional means shall be dealt with blunt force by the millions of Filipinos who have had enough of the apathy, negligence and ineptitude of previous administrations,” he stressed.
Duterte has been the subject of attacks for his determined campaign against illegal drugs, where critics accused him of launching targeted and deliberate killings of certain drug personalities.
There were reports about some sectors planning to oust Duterte, in light of Vice President Leni Robredo’s resignation from the Cabinet as Mr. Duterte’s Housing Secretary.
The name of a wealthy businesswoman based in the US is being linked to the same plot.
But MRRD-NECC believes that what is deliberate is the apparent campaign by the opposition and their affiliates to discredit the president before the international community by projecting an ugly picture of the anti-drug campaign.
“They use and abuse the term extrajudicial killings or EJK with impunity when the fact is that EJK is a misnomer and an illusion. The term EJK already prejudges every murder committed against anyone as government-initiated which is not the case.
“There is no statute in Philippine laws that punishes EJK as a crime. It is a political term used to demean and discredit the government,” explained Mamondiong.
The TESDA chief, however, stressed that like President Duterte, they believe that the rule of law must be upheld at all times in defense, most especially of the weak.
ONLY PRESIDENT PASSIONATE CARE FOR COUNTRY'S FUTURE
“There is no president in the history of the country other than President Duterte who cared so passionately about the country’s future. As he said, he will stake everything, even his life and the presidency in pursuit of his dreams of making the Philippines a better and safer place to live in,” Mamondiong pointed out.
Also, the group credited Duterte for his determination to establish a Federal Philippines during his term, noting that he is by far the only president who was able to show genuine concern for Filipinos by empowering them.
“The government’s campaign for Federalism is already in full swing. The DILG, through the People’s National Movement for Federalism (PENAMFED) and its new president, former Batangas Mayor Sam Ocampo, we have done so much in a very short time. So far, we have campaigned in several provinces and cities and explained to tens of thousands of people the benefits of Federalism,” said DILG Undersecretary Emily Padilla, the agency’s focal person for the campaign.
“Under this government, the voices of the provinces have been heard and represented. Let us not allow the voices of the few thousands here in Metro Manila to derail the good works of our president. If they plan to muster a million in Metro Manila, we could muster more millions in Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon,” the official added.
MRRD-NECC said the whole country must unite in defense of the people’s president and in support of all his reform programs and initiatives.
Leni reminded of ex admin’s ‘sins’
Sen. Alan Cayetano also yesterday issued a mouthful to Vice President Robredo, as he reminded her of some of the transgressions committed under the previous administration.
In responding to the challenge of Robredo, the defeated vice presidential candidate of President Duterte, however, did not address the issue she posed to him, that of speaking up against the Marcoses which Cayetano had been passionate about during the campaign season.
“Thank you for the challenge. Let me return the favor and also challenge you to speak up,” Cayetano posted in his Faceook where he vented a number of political and even personal issues he has with Robredo.
Apparently, Cayetano has been harboring ill-feeling against Robredo whom he perceives as the favored candidate in the last presidential elections by most media entities.
“Ask ABS-CBN and other media outlets that supported you to be fair and objective,” the senator said.
“Ask how and why the drug problem got so bad and out of control. Call out and demand that your LP (Liberal Party) allies involved in illegal drugs to resign and be jailed. Ask for justice for the SAF (Special Action Force) 44. Ask for justice for the tanim-bala victims. Ask for the investigation of and justice on MRT (Metro Rail Transit) anomalies. Expose other LP personalities’ involvement in graft and corruption,” he said.
“Ask for an investigation why, despite expensive fees in the airport in the past administration, no CCTVs (closed-circuit televisions) were purchased and installed. Ask PCIJ (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism), Rappler and Inquirer to look into your donors and undeclared expenses during your campaign,” Cayetano said.
He stressed that in all of the issues he cited, “you were quiet but I respected your role and decision.”
The statement is viewed by Senate observers as a call on Robredo to respect his silence on the Marcos burial issue and the Marcoses in general which the Vice President has been at the forefront of Cayetano’s discussion in the television public debates of vice presidential candidates.
“There’s much more but in a nutshell, I challenge you to stop campaigning and thinking of ‘The Presidency’ and help attract investments, build infrastructure, create jobs and redistribute wealth in our country. Let’s do it together,” Cayetano said.
Robredo, on Thursday, took a dig at Cayetano saying that his continuing support to the President should not hinder the indignation he showed toward the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and his family during the campaign.
“I would have hoped that the outrage he showed during the campaign would still be the same until now. We understand that he is fully supportive of the President but that’s not enough reason for him to keep quiet. We saw how he was fully aware of the sins of the Marcoses against the Filipino people. He should be more vocal about it now that they’re doing everything to get back to power,” she said.
While initially Cayetano eyed the presidency until he was able to convince Duterte to run for the post and opted to be his vice presidential candidate, the senator is said to be still out to seek the highest government position in the country in the next presidential elections.
“Thank you for the challenge. Let me assure you I am doing what I can on the manner that I believe I can be most effective,” Cayetano’s post read.
Robredo admits LP unprepared, ‘not doing enough’ By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo -@KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net / 06:17 PM December 08, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum. ARNOLD ALMACENN/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
Still reeling from the results of the 2016 elections and the defection of many of its members, the Liberal Party (LP) was unprepared for the new administration, Vice President Leni Robredo admitted on Thursday.
“I think the LP is not doing enough at this point and I understand why,” Robredo said during the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum when asked if she thought her party was responding adequately to the Duterte administration’s questionable policies.
She said the LP was caught off guard after its standard bearer, former Senator Mar Roxas, lost in the 2016 elections and many of its allies in Congress jumped ship.
The opposition is now looking at Robredo, who recently resigned as a member of Duterte’s Cabinet, to lead what is left of the LP.
“We were the majority party before. I think we became complacent…because the President (Benigno Aquino III) was part of the Liberal Party,” she said, adding that everything was hinged on the fact that they had the backing of Aquino.
She said the party did not expect to lose so many of its members, to the point that they would now joke that their members can fit in a Volkwagen car.
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“We were so used to the fact that we were the dominant party then all of a sudden. That’s how life is; sometimes you are on top, sometimes you’re at the bottom. Now we are at the bottom,” she said in Filipino.
Robredo said they were surprised, which is why they had not been able to react.
She said she recently attended a Christmas party with Liberal Party members from Congress and that they agreed to convene the LP during the first quarter of 2017, possibly in January.
“We originally agreed to meet in March but based on our discussion yesterday, maybe March is too late because there are so many issues already that the party needs to take a stand (on),” she said.
The Liberal Party has not been vocal since Duterte rose to power. Aquino has refused to criticize the President while Senator Leila de Lima was unseated as chair of the Senate committee on justice.
Robredo’s resignation as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and member of Duterte’s Cabinet is seen as a sign that she is ready to become the leader of the opposition.
Robredo, during the forum, said she was willing to help unify the voice of the opposition. JE/rga
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Robredo: I’m not a minion of LP By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQ
INQUIRER.net / 06:48 PM December 08, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo listens as she is being asked a question at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum on Dec. 8 at the Inquirer offices in Makati City. ARNOLD ALMACEN/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday cried foul over accusations she was merely a lapdog of the erstwhile ruling Liberal Party (LP).
During the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum with Inquirer editors and reporters on Thursday, Robredo said ever since she was a legislator for her hometown Camarines Sur, she was able to prove that she could work independently, without any influence from her party.
Robredo explained: “To claim that I’m a minion of LP, I think that’s unfair because my record hasn’t shown any indication to that sort na sunud-sunuran (that I just mindlessly follow orders). That’s an unfair accusation.”
Robredo, who ran with LP standard-bearer former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during the May elections, even pointed out that the party significantly lost members when President Rodrigo Duterte took office.
In the House of Representatives, Robredo said the LP started with 114 members but they had since been reduced to 32.
FACE OF THE OPPOSIITON
The Vice President also noted that being the face of opposition was a “very daunting” task for her because the public had already attached a stigma to LP, which was then backed by the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
“There’s already a stigma that has been assigned to it by so many people also because I think some of the things said during the campaign really stuck,” Robredo said.
“When they say ‘dilawan kasi ’yan (their color is yellow),’ it turns off so many people,” she added, referring to the chosen political color of the Liberal Party.
NO PLANS TO LEAVE LP
But Robredo maintained that she had no plans of leaving LP, mainly because her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, belonged to the party.
“I intend to stay but the challenge really is how to continue being a part of LP and removing that stigma,” she said.
Alvarez unsure of LP’s role By: DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:37 AM December 10, 2016
HOUSE REACTION: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says that if President Duterte thinks the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is really necessary according to his own discernment of the problem, the option’s up to him. —INQUIRER PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte’s top allies in the House of Representatives appear to be in a quandary over whether the Liberal Party (LP) should remain in the supermajority now that Vice President Leni Robredo has emerged as the new opposition leader.
“I don’t know with them,” Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said in a text message to the Inquirer when asked if the LP ought to remain in the ruling coalition after Robredo expressed her intention to unify the opposition.
“[Robredo] as the leader of the Liberal Party has every right to unite the opposition,” said the House leader, a bosom buddy of Mr. Duterte.
Asked the same question, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said: “I guess you should ask them (LP).”
Fariñas, however, said there was no need to conduct a loyalty check among LP members belonging to the supermajority in the 293-seat chamber.
“I was invited to, and attended, the LP Christmas party the other day (on Wednesday). SB (former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.), VP Leni and almost all House LP members were there but nobody mentioned about being in the opposition,” Fariñas said.
The LP has split into two groups in the House.
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LP backs Robredo to head opposition BY ADMIN · DECEMBER 9, 2016 ARNOLD ALMACENN/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
The Liberal Party (LP) is ready to stand behind Vice President Leni Robredo when she becomes the leader of the emerging opposition, party president Sen. Francis Pangilinan said on Friday.
While still part of the majority allied with President Rodrigo Duterte, the Liberal Party is expected to hold party consultations in the coming weeks and decide after the holidays whether or not to remain in the alliance.
“Should that time come that Vice President Leni decides to take on the position of leading the opposition, the LP will be behind her,” Pangilinan told the Inquirer.
Asked if he has spoken to Robredo about the prospect, Pangilinan said: “We have had initial discussions, yes.”
Speaking at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia on Thursday, Robredo said her role was “to be the unifying voice of all those who have expressed either disgust or opposition to the policies of this administration.”
In the same breath, she said she would continue supporting administration policies that she believes would be for public good.
VP HIGHEST GOVT OFFICIAL OF THE LP
The Vice President, the highest elected official from the LP roster, made the statements just days since leaving Mr. Duterte’s Cabinet, resigning from the housing portfolio. This followed the President’s order for her to “desist” from attending Cabinet meetings.
Sen. Bam Aquino reiterated on Friday that all senators have the leeway to independently decide on issues before the chamber regardless of political affiliation.
“As Vice President Leni has said, we will support initiatives that deserve support and oppose measures which are inimical to our people. It’s always been that way for the LP in the Senate,” Aquino said when reached for comment.
“And in fact, all senators, not just the LP, have a free hand in deciding how they will decide on issues on a case-per-case basis,” he added.
The LP remains to be a member of the majority bloc in Congress, although it had lost a chunk of its membership to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) as soon as President Duterte assumed post in July.
82 OF 115 LP LEFT AND JOINED DUTERTE PARTY
Pangilinan said a total of 82 of 115 LP members in the House of Representatives left the party and joined the PDP-Laban and other Duterte-allied parties.
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