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EDSA ANNIVERSARY TO BE 'SIMPLE, QUIET' THIS YEAR - PALACE
[RELATED: PNoy supporters, 'The Silent Majority' protest return of authoritarianism, celebrate Edsa 31 'People rising from inertia']


FEBRUARY 16 -It rained with yellow confetti at the People Power Monument in Quezon City in celebration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 2014, which ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. PIA
This month's celebration of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution would be "very simple and very quiet" and would highlight the need to move forward towards nation-building, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the event would be simple because the emphasis has shifted from the celebration of the past to "reflection on what can happen in the future." "It's time to move on from just celebrating the past, remembering the past and to move on into the whole aspect of nation-building, to give it a more positive outlook and… give (it) a more positive understanding," Abella said at a press briefing. READ MORE...RELATED, Aquino supporters' ‘Power of We’ protest a return of authoritarianism, to celebrate Edsa on Feb 25...

ALSO: Bishops to lead prayer rally at Luneta today vs EJKs; expecting 20k people in attendance[RELATED: ‘Duterte open to work with CBCP amid drug war’]


Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.  MANILA — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urged President Duterte to listen to the voice of Filipino Catholics joining this Saturday’s Walk for Life in Manila. “This is his constituency. It’s a big group. They are people who come from the parishes who want to speak,” said Manila auxiliary bishop Broderick Pabillo. Pabillo, the chairperson of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on the Laity, said that the three-hour prayer rally at the Quirino Grandstand would draw lay people from all walks of life. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Several bishops, including Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, will attend the three-hour prayer rally, “Walk For Life”, to be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila starting 4:30 a.m. today. The activity was organized by the laity and other pro-life groups to call for a stop to the extrajudicial killings and oppose the revival of the death penalty.
Similar activities will be held in Dagupan City, Pangasinan and in Cebu City. According to Joseph Jesalva, executive assistant of the Council of Laity of the Philippines (CLP), they expect some 20,000 people to attend the gathering. “We open it to everyone, religious groups, civic groups... We asked them to go directly to the venue... We expect 20K or more,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED,
‘Duterte open to work with CBCP amid drug war’...

ALSO: EDSA anniversary - Focus on "moving on" from the 'hate to reflection on nation-building'


FEBRUARY 17 -PHOTO COURTESY OF ABS-CBN -The traditional Edsa people power commemoration pontificated by previous yellow administrations will be toned by the Duterte administration. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, at a briefing at the Palace yesterday, said that the 31st anniversary of the Edsa revolt on February 25 will focus on “moving on” from the hate it provokes toward deposed strongman, the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
“It’s going to be a very simple and very quiet and that the theme will be about a reflection on nation-building,” Abella said. “The whole thrust is moving the nation forward from just looking back at what has happened in the past but moving forward to the future of the Philippines as everybody is encourage to cooperate in nation-building,” the Palace official stressed. READ MORE...

ALSO: No real reforms under Duterte — FVR; FVR unhappy w/ simple EDSA commemoration this year


FEBRUARY 19 -Former President Fidel V. Ramos
Change has yet to be seen from the Duterte administration, former President Fidel V. Ramos said Saturday as he again threw potshots on pronouncements made by the Palace telling the people to “move on” as it decides to tone down the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution on Feb. 25.  “If today, many of our people are unhappy or disgruntled, it is simply because they are not seeing those whom we elected to lead us achieve any real reforms toward the betterment of our country and people,” Ramos said in a statement sent to Manila Standard. Ramos, who earlier berated Duterte for the “fiascos” he continues to commit more than six months into his term, noted the “painfully obvious” lack of coordination among the country’s leaders. “The lack of hands-on, focused advance to progress along the fast lane by our elected leaders is painfully obvious from the daily headlines—which are full of non-inclusive bickering,” the former President said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leni to appeal ruling on VP poll protest; SC denied her motion to dismiss Marcos poll protest[RELATED: How Leni Robredo wants to be remembered as a VP]


FEBRUARY 17 -The camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo yesterday said they will appeal to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) the resolution of the Supreme Court (SC) that denied her motion to dismiss the poll protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Romulo Macalintal, the Vice President’s lead counsel, said they will use their constitutional rights to file the motion for reconsideration (MR) before the end of this month. Macalintal refused to reveal his punches in his appeal but claimed that the PET resolution did not reflect the validity of Marcos’ claims of fraud in the May 2016 election. He said the resolution has jurisdiction over the case and the protest was sufficient in form and substance, taking into account the narrations of “ultimate facts” on the alleged irregularities and anomalies in the contested clustered precincts.
READ MORE...RELATED, How Leni Robredo wants to be remembered as a VP...

ALSO: MALAYA COLUMN OF THE DAY - Marcos poll protest gets moving
[RELATED: Robredo camp ‘afraid of truth’—Marcos lawyer]


FEBRUARY 18 -By Dahli Aspillera “Our main allegation is that on May 9, 2016, the transmitted election results showed that Marcos lost in 1,689 precincts, many of which are considered bailiwicks of Marcos, mostly in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Pangasinan and other areas in Region II. Amorado pointed out that instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassing servers, the Comelec server and the Transparency server, the results were instead coursed through a 4th Server or the so-called Queue Server during the time when the transmission was already in progress between 9 to 10:10 p.m. They opened the system and introduced the new script without permission from the owner of the system, which is Comelec,” said Amorado. The camp of Marcos said that shortly after the suspicious introduction of the new script, Marcos’ lead over his closest rival in the Vice Presidential race began dropping, until he was eventually overtaken. READ FROM THE BEGINNING...RELATED, Robredo camp ‘afraid of truth’—Marcos lawyer...


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EDSA anniversary to be 'simple, quiet,' says Palace


It rained with yellow confetti at the People Power Monument in Quezon City in celebration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 2014, which ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. PIA

MANILA, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (PHILSTAR)  By Alexis Romero February 16, 2017 - This month's celebration of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution would be "very simple and very quiet" and would highlight the need to move forward towards nation-building, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the event would be simple because the emphasis has shifted from the celebration of the past to "reflection on what can happen in the future."

"It's time to move on from just celebrating the past, remembering the past and to move on into the whole aspect of nation-building, to give it a more positive outlook and… give (it) a more positive understanding," Abella said at a press briefing.

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"It's going to be a very simple and very quiet… Basically, the whole thrust is moving the nation forward from just looking back at what has happened in the past but moving forward to the future of the Philippines as everybody is encouraged to cooperate in nation-building," he added.

The theme of this year's celebration is "A day of reflection: Celebrating People Power for nation-building."

The celebration comes three months after former president Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite protests from Martial Law victims and human rights groups.

President Duterte had said Marcos, who was ousted during the 1986 revolt, deserved to be interred at the heroes' cemetery as a former president, commander-in-chief and war veteran.

Will Duterte attend?

Last Wednesday, former president Fidel Ramos said he was informed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea that the 31st anniversary of the People Power revolt on February 25 would be smaller and would be held inside Camp Aguinaldo, not at the People Power Monument. Medialdea is the head of the organizing committee of the EDSA revolt anniversary.

Ramos, a former military chief who supported the revolt that toppled the Marcos regime, said Camp Aguinaldo was chosen as the venue to avoid traffic jam.

"They transferred the celebration. It seems that that it would be small. It will be inside Camp Aguinaldo to avoid traffic jam," the former president said in Filipino during the launching of his book "FVR XYZ Files."

Abella could not say if Duterte would attend the EDSA revolution anniversary rites.

"Hopefully, if it's done within the grounds and I think they're having some simple rites in Malacañang. I think there's a planned mass or something like that," he said.

Asked if Duterte is expected to show up during the event, Abella replied: "Well, I suppose so … I haven't heard anything to the contrary."

Pressed if Duterte's decision to allow the burial of Marcos at the heroes' cemetery would keep him away from the celebration, Abella said: "Like I said, we move forward and not look back to the past."

Ramos also urged Malacañang to build an EDSA Learning Center at the back of the People Power Monument by next year but Abella said the proposal has yet to be discussed.

Last year's EDSA anniversary rites featured the traditional salubungan, a reenactment of the unity between soldiers and civilians that led to the ouster of Marcos.

Children of EDSA heroes and youth leaders also joined the salubungan to affirm their commitment to keep the ideals and spirit of the revolt alive.

A People Power Experiential Museum that combines elements of theater, cinema, photography, performances, installations, and other allied arts was also set up inside Camp Aguinaldo to educate the youth about martial law.

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THE SILENT MAJORITY (TSM) ‘Power of We’ protests a return of authoritarianism, to celebrate Edsa 31 with 'People rising from inertia' By: Nikko Dizon - Reporter / @NikkoDizonINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 04:08 PM February 19, 2017


PHOTO POSTED ON JULY 22, 2016 -IN AN animated conversation with TSM founder Jozy Acosta- Nisperos and TSM trustee Eloi Rivera.FROM JOZY ACOSTA-NISPEROS/THE SILENT MAJORITY

“People rising from inertia.”

This is how the broad coalition of almost 50 civil society organizations describes its planned gathering on February 25 to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, with former President Benigno Aquino III invited to join as the son of the country’s democracy icons.

“Whether 5,000 or 50,000 attend, the important thing is that the people are getting up from their inertia and even paralysis arising from near dictatorial events of the past few months, finding their voice, and consolidating their voices in one unified movement,” said Jozy Acosta-Nisperos of the online group The Silent Majority (TSM).

TSM and other organizations collectively call themselves The February 25 Coalition, which traces its beginnings from the protests against the stealthy burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in November last year.

The coalition has dubbed the EDSA gathering as the “Power of We.”

Nisperos told the Inquirer over the weekend that it was a reminder that “power emanates… from everyone coming together as one united ‘we.’”

The partylist group Akbayan is another organizer. One of its leaders, Representative Tom Villarin, said calling the EDSA commemoration as the “Power of We” is a reminder that the bloodless revolution remains relevant to this day, “especially that we have a government that has authoritarian tendencies and our democratic rights and freedoms are being challenged.”

'POWER OF WE' CALLING PEOPLE OF 31 YEARS AGO

Villarin said “The Power of We” is “a call to our people that 31 years ago we were together to oppose authoritarianism… (We say) that the resort to violence, the resort to martial law and the resort to demolishing the opposition should never be allowed again.”

Villarin called on Aquino to join the people at EDSA on Feb. 25. Aquino has been invited to the event, Villarin said.

“As a citizen, he has all the right to be at EDSA. As an Aquino, he has a share of EDSA,” Villarin said in an interview. “As a Filipino he should (make) his presence felt … to remind us that somewhere in our history, we struggled against a dictator. His father was a martyr, his mother is considered an icon of democracy. They should be emulated by the young generation.”

Villarin added that Aquino’s role in “pushing forward our ideals of democracy and freedom is not yet over.”

The February 25 Coalition emphasizes that “The Power of We” is separate from the activities of the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC).

It is the first time that the groups have publicly distanced themselves from the EPPC. The coalition was organized to implement the annual commemoration of EDSA, which ushered the return of democracy and freedom after a 20-year authoritarian rule.

President Rodrigo Duterte has shown his alliance with the Marcos family. It was the President who paved the way for the dictator’s burial at the heroes’ cemetery and he openly endorses Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as his successor.

Malacañang said that the EDSA commemoration this year would emphasize on moving on from the past and focus on the “whole aspect of nation building.”

READ: Palace on ‘simple, quiet’ Edsa celebration: Time to move on

Villarin said the Duterte administration might be trying to “mute” the People Power Revolution, “and make it a passing footnote in terms of our celebrations of national holidays.”

The lawmaker emphasized that EDSA is a “historic event” and that people “should be reminded time and time again that we are still the same Filipinos that fought the dictator 30 years ago.” RAM/rga

 
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TRIBUNE

Bishops to attend prayer rally at Luneta today Written by PNA Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00


Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.  MANILA — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urged President Duterte to listen to the voice of Filipino Catholics joining this Saturday’s Walk for Life in Manila. “This is his constituency. It’s a big group. They are people who come from the parishes who want to speak,” said Manila auxiliary bishop Broderick Pabillo. Pabillo, the chairperson of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on the Laity, said that the three-hour prayer rally at the Quirino Grandstand would draw lay people from all walks of life. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Several bishops, including Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, will attend the three-hour prayer rally, “Walk For Life”, to be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila starting 4:30 a.m. today.

The activity was organized by the laity and other pro-life groups to call for a stop to the extrajudicial killings and oppose the revival of the death penalty.
Similar activities will be held in Dagupan City, Pangasinan and in Cebu City.

According to Joseph Jesalva, executive assistant of the Council of Laity of the Philippines (CLP), they expect some 20,000 people to attend the gathering.
“We open it to everyone, religious groups, civic groups... We asked them to go directly to the venue... We expect 20K or more,” he said.

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Some participants will also come from the dioceses of Bataan, Pampanga, Malolos and Antipolo.

“Our appeal to the public is to come and stand up for life. Let us all stand up to be counted to promote life. We defend the life of each one,” Jesava added.

The CLP is an organization focused on uplifting lay involvement in Church activities. It is also composed of diocesan councils of the laity, Church movements, and Church-based groups across the country.

Organizers urged those who are planning to attend the event to wear white shirts and bring white flaglets and ribbons to echo their call for the protection of life.

Earlier, Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), had called on the faithful to join the prayer rally and “fill the streets with prayers and not with blood.”

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‘Duterte open to work with CBCP amid drug war’ By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 15, 2017 - 12:00am 6 73 googleplus0 0


Amid word war: Cardinal Vidal tells CBCP, public to pray for, cooperate with Duterte

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte is open to working with the Catholic Church despite their differences on the administration’s bloody drug war, a Malacañang official said yesterday.

Duterte had engaged bishops in a word war after the Church called on the administration to uphold the sanctity of life amid the drug killings that claimed the lives of over 7,600 people.

The President badmouthed Church officials and said they do not have moral ascendancy to preach because of corruption and sex scandals involving the clergy.

On Monday, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said they were willing to work with Duterte and are not closing their communication lines with the government.

Asked if a collaboration with the bishops is possible, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella replied, “At the end of the day, anything is possible. As I said last time, ‘Wala naman sigurong matigas na tinapay sa mainit na kape’.”

“If they showed this from the very beginning, maybe we would have a better working relationship. Of course, we welcome that,” Abella added.

Abella, however, said the CBCP should be the one to make the first move.

“But, of course, at this particular stage, things have to be worked out But the initiative must come from the CBCP,” he said.

Abella said there was no need for the bishops to apologize for their criticism against the government.

“Not necessarily, but I suppose magma-magandang loob (a show of goodwill), you know, just work it out,” he said. “It’s just a question of being able to show goodwill, you know, being civil.”

Pressed if the President is open to sitting down with the bishops to discuss their differences on drug-related killings, Abella said, “Let’s take it one step at a time. Let’s wait.”

“Let’s not speculate on how we will be open, but let’s take it one step at a time. First they offer, then we’ll see how the President responds,” he added.


TRIBUNE

Palace on EDSA anniversary: Focus on "moving on from the hate, will be about reflection on nation-building Written by Ted Tuvera Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00


PHOTO COURTESY OF ABS-CBN

The traditional Edsa people power commemoration pontificated by previous yellow administrations will be toned by the Duterte administration.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, at a briefing at the Palace yesterday, said that the 31st anniversary of the Edsa revolt on February 25 will focus on “moving on” from the hate it provokes toward deposed strongman, the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

“It’s going to be a very simple and very quiet and that the theme will be about a reflection on nation-building,” Abella said.

“The whole thrust is moving the nation forward from just looking back at what has happened in the past but moving forward to the future of the Philippines as everybody is encourage to cooperate in nation-building,” the Palace official stressed.

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Unlike Mr. Duterte’s predecessor former President Benigno Aquino III’s way of celebrating the mass demonstration that paved the way for the presidency of his mom, the late Cory Aquino, Abella said that the incumbent President would just do some simple ceremonies within Malacañang grounds.

“I think they’re having some simple rites in Malacañang. I think there’s a planned mass or something like that,” he added.

The previous administration did their Edsa celebration at the people power monument near Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City with personalities and rally-like gatherings with confettis re-enacting the events that transpired on February 25, 1986.

Also, Abella, citing the yellow Liberal Party’s (LP) tradition, said that the demonization of Marcos’ legacy should be stopped already.

“The Duterte administration think holistically, you know. The whole nation is evolving we can’t get stuck in the past,” he said.

Duterte earlier initiated the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani amid storms of protests from both yellow and left-leaning groups.

The incumbent President’s mother, the late Soledad Roa-Duterte, was a known ally of the yellows and the Aquino while his father, former Davao Governor Vicente Duterte, used to be a Cabinet member of President Marcos as secretary for general services.


MANILA STANDARD

No real reforms under Duterte — FVR posted February 19, 2017 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


Former President Fidel V. Ramos

Change has yet to be seen from the Duterte administration, former President Fidel V. Ramos said Saturday as he again threw potshots on pronouncements made by the Palace telling the people to “move on” as it decides to tone down the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution on Feb. 25.

“If today, many of our people are unhappy or disgruntled, it is simply because they are not seeing those whom we elected to lead us achieve any real reforms toward the betterment of our country and people,” Ramos said in a statement sent to Manila Standard.

Ramos, who earlier berated Duterte for the “fiascos” he continues to commit more than six months into his term, noted the “painfully obvious” lack of coordination among the country’s leaders.

“The lack of hands-on, focused advance to progress along the fast lane by our elected leaders is painfully obvious from the daily headlines—which are full of non-inclusive bickering,” the former President said.

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Ramos added that “there continues to be a lack of coordination among President Duterte and his cabinet, and teamwork between P. Du30 and his 103 million (+) teammates who are us, the rest of the Filipino people—but who are not P. Du30’s property.”

Among the “fiascos” committed by the administration, Ramos said, were the summary replacement of the PNP by PDEA in the anti-drug war; the breakdown of GPH-NDFP Peace Talks and the transfer of rogue cops to Mindanao – much to the consternation of ARMM leaders, the mis-earmarking of funds for calamity assistance in Surigao Norte and the mass awarding of Medals of Valor to 42 PNP-SAF victims in Mamasapano, without the observance of established procedures.

Following the Palace’s lack of guidance in the Edsa celebrations and its announcement telling Filipinos to “move on” from merely celebrating the event, Ramos stressed the need “to make sure the “millennials” (at least) know about EDSA-I’s national and international significance.”

“To many, their prevailing memory is not anymore a celebration of triumph but uncaring tokenism. Many leaders and journalists even deride our EDSA commemorations,” Ramos said.

“When Filipinos behave in such manner, we the concerned citizens realize how much more work still needs to be done—to link up Edsa to our libertarian and patriotic traditions. True, many of those happenings did take place before our time, in places we may have never visited,” he added.

But the former leader warned that “the failure to impart the values of transcedent events in our nation-building” to the youth will be “the greatest loss to our posterity.”

“We wish to remind our compatriots to join hands in nation-building, and to offer our salute to those who fought and died for our freedom. By doing so, we commit ourselves as responsible citizens, with pride in our hearts, to work for a better future for all Filipinos,” he added.

The Edsa Revolution led to the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino’s ascendance to power.

Duterte is known for his deep affinity with the Marcoses, particularly former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.

Duterte has credited Imee for supposedly being one of only three governors that supported his presidential bid in 2016.

Amid widespread criticism, Duterte last year made good his campaign promise to allow the dictator’s burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery.


TRIBUNE

Leni to appeal ruling on VP poll protest; SC denied her motioin to dismiss Marcos poll protest Written by PNA Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00



The camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo yesterday said they will appeal to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) the resolution of the Supreme Court (SC) that denied her motion to dismiss the poll protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Romulo Macalintal, the Vice President’s lead counsel, said they will use their constitutional rights to file the motion for reconsideration (MR) before the end of this month.

Macalintal refused to reveal his punches in his appeal but claimed that the PET resolution did not reflect the validity of Marcos’ claims of fraud in the May 2016 election.

He said the resolution has jurisdiction over the case and the protest was sufficient in form and substance, taking into account the narrations of “ultimate facts” on the alleged irregularities and anomalies in the contested clustered precincts.

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Macalintal also underscored that the SC has dismissed similar cases before.

“Similar election protests with similar allegations by Marcos have been dismissed by the Supreme Court. Why is it that in this particular case we allow a similar protest to proceed?” Macalintal said in a TV interview.

According to Macalintal, the electoral protest would still go through the lengthy process of revision and recount of ballots, both of which he said might take two years to finish.

Marcos contested the results from 39,221 clustered precincts from 25 provinces and five cities whose votes his camp said, if either annulled or recounted, would be enough to overcome Robredo’s 263,000-vote lead.

The areas include Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.

He claimed massive cheating had taken place during the election and stressed the existence of pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote counting machines, and an abnormally high unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president.

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How Leni Robredo wants to be remembered as a VP Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN NewsPosted at Feb 17 2017 05:14 PM


Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo visits Brgy. Poblacion, San Francisco, Surigao on Friday to inspect affected areas of the earthquake. Cha Villegas, OVP/Handout, NPPA

MANILA - The odds may not be in her favor at the moment, but Vice President Leni Robredo says she wants to do her best nonetheless, and this is how she wants to be remembered.

"If this is an ideal situation, I want to be remembered as the vice president who was a very good partner of the president in steering this administration to progress," she said in an interview with ANC's "Headstart."

"But the circumstances are not present. Yung sa akin na lang, I want to be remembered as someone who did the best she could given a very difficult situation," she said.

After winning the May 2016 elections by a hairline over former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Robredo rose to the second highest national post.

President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he was not inclined to give her any Cabinet post, but changed his mind after meeting her in Malacanang.

She was eventually assigned to chair the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, but she resigned from the position in December after being disinvited from further Cabinet meetings.

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. confirmed that Duterte's order to Robredo was due to their “irreconcilable differences.”

She was advised by some people to not be public with her opposition to some of President Duterte's policies, but spoke up nevertheless.

"I’m not like that. I can’t keep quiet about things I feel so strongly about," she said.

Robredo, however, firmly said no to seeking the presidency.

"No. You know naman the circumstances why I’m here now. It wasn’t as if I dreamed of this. It wasn’t as if this was something I wanted to do," she said.

The mother of three said she is already looking forward to the end of her term as vice president and returning to private life.

"When I was still in Congress, I was so looking forward to ending my three years in Congress, and ngayon, yun pa rin ang nilu-look forward ko, the end of six years," she said.

"Binibilang ko nga ano na bang edad ko pagkatapos ng six years? Pwede ko pa bang balikan yung iniwanan kong private life? I think I still can," she added.

 
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MALAYA (COLUMN OF THE DAY)

Marcos protest gets moving By Dahli Aspillera February 17, 2017


By Dahli Aspillera

DESPITE Fidel Ramos criticisms against the current administration and his intention to resign from the cabinet, Duterte still thinks well of Ramos.

In a private meeting between the two presidents, at the Orchid Room in Malacañang a while back, a photo shows Duterte breaking protocol when he personally pulled the chair and held the chair to seat the former president. Netizen Monching Lumantas wrote: “No other president has shown utmost humility, honor, and respect, to a former president, despite the differences in their brand of leadership.” Many agreed with Lumantas.

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The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has affirming its earlier resolution finding Marcos’s election protest to be sufficient in form and substance. In a statement, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, spokesman of Marcos, said the former Senator was pleased that the Tribunal denied the motion of former Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to conduct a preliminary hearing on his election protest and eventually dismiss the same for lack of jurisdiction.

“We are hoping that with this resolution, there will be an end to all these delays and we can finally move forward. There is a need to ferret out the truth as to what really transpired during the vice presidential race last May.”

“Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, in relation to Rule 13 of the 2010 PET Rules, provides that the Tribunal shall be the sole judge of all elections contests relating to the election, returns, and disqualifications of the President or Vice President of the Philippines. The phrase “election, returns and qualifications” refers to all matters affecting the validity of the contestee’s title, which includes questions on the validity, authenticity and correctness of the COCs,” the Tribunal said. “We just want the truth to come out. It’s that simple.”

Atty. Jose Amor Amorado, head of the BBMarcos Legal Team and Abakada Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz, political adviser of Senator Marcos revealed the existence of a “4th Queue Server” which had been kept secret from the public by the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic.

Instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassing servers, the Comelec server and the Transparency server, the results were instead coursed through a “4th Queue Server” or the so-called “Queue Server”. This 4th Queue Server was not divulged to the public and was never subjected to a source code review as what transpired with the other servers used in the elections, according to Dela Cruz. Amorado added that there were no watchers allowed in the so-called 4th QS.

Amorado explained that the protest will seek a recount of the votes in some areas including the setting aside of the election results in areas where there are clear indications of election fraud and manipulation. Dela Cruz on the other hand asserted that they are filing the election protest because they owe it to those who voted for Marcos and to the entire Filipino people to find out what really happened in May 2016 elections. “We believe that we have enough evidence to show that there was massive rigging and manipulation of votes.”

Charged for the violation of Section 4(a) of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or R.A. 10175 [possible jail sentences of 6-12 years if found guilty] were Smartmatic personnel Marlon Garcia, a Venezuelan national and Head of the Technical Support Team; Elie Moreno, an Israeli national and Project Director; Neil Banigued and Mauricio Herrera both members of the Technical Support Team and Comelec IT experts led by Rouie Peñalba, Nelson Herrera and Frances Mae Gonzalez who are all assigned at the Information Technology Department (ITD).

“Our main allegation is that on May 9, 2016, the transmitted election results showed that Marcos lost in 1,689 precincts, many of which are considered bailiwicks of Marcos, mostly in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Pangasinan and other areas in Region II.

Amorado pointed out that instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassing servers, the Comelec server and the Transparency server, the results were instead coursed through a 4th Server or the so-called Queue Server during the time when the transmission was already in progress between 9 to 10:10 p.m. They opened the system and introduced the new script without permission from the owner of the system, which is Comelec,” said Amorado.

The camp of Marcos said that shortly after the suspicious introduction of the new script, Marcos’ lead over his closest rival in the Vice Presidential race began dropping, until he was eventually overtaken.

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com

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Robredo camp ‘afraid of truth’—Marcos lawyer Written by PNA Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00



The camp of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo is resorting to delaying tactics as it intends to file a motion for reconsideration (MR) on the decision of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on the former’s electoral protest.

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman for Marcos, noted that the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as PET already ruled against the issue pointed out by the Vice President.

“Despite the tribunal’s ruling that this issue was already ‘beyond dispute,’ Robredo’s legal team is still looking for ways to delay theproceedings,” he said in a statement.

“If Robredo has nothing to hide, why resort to all these delaying tactics? It’s not enough that her camp cheated its way to the vice presidency. Now they want to cheat again by depriving Senator Marcos of his day in court. We want the truth to come out. That’s all,” Rodriguez stressed.

But the lawyer noted that it is expected for the camp of the Vice President to appeal the SC ruling.

“We are not surprised by the pronouncement of Leni Robredo’s counsel that they will appeal the recent PET decision which found former Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ election protest to be sufficient in form and substance,” he said.

“Their actions on the protest have been consistent: they are afraid of the truth because it would reveal how much they tarnished and debased the true will of the Filipino people in the vice presidential race,” Rodriguez added.

The Marcos camp had already asked the PET to expedite the resolution of the former senator’s election protest by setting a preliminary conference.

It stressed said the preliminary conference is important because it will set in motion the issues to be resolved, the list of witnesses and the evidence to be presented as well as the schedule of hearings and the revision of the ballots, in his protest.

Last month, the PET affirmed its earlier resolution finding the former senator’s election protest to be sufficient in form and substance.

The January 24, 2017 ruling denied the motion filed by the former Camarines Sur representative to conduct a preliminary hearing on his election protest and eventually dismiss the same for lack of jurisdiction.

“On the matter of the sufficiency of the protest, the same (is) already beyond dispute. With the issuance of the summons, the tribunal has found the protest to be sufficient in form and substance. The protest contained narrations of ultimate facts on the alleged irregularities and anomalies in the contested clustered precincts, which the protestant needs to prove in due time,” part of the eight-page resolution stated.

The SC also countered Robredo’s claim that the PET should not decide on the case for “lack of jurisdiction” and that the issue should have been raised before Congress acting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).

“Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, in relation to Rule 13 of the 2010 PET Rules, provides that the tribunal shall be the sole judge of all elections contests relating to the election, returns, and disqualifications of the President or Vice President of the Philippines,” PET said.

In his election protest, Marcos urged the PET to nullify the proclamation of Robredo as duly elected vice president of the country as this was a result of massive electoral fraud committed to ensure her victory.

In the May 2016, Robredo won the vice presidency after receiving 14,418,817 votes over Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.


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