A one-on-one meeting between Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Manny Pacquiao took place last Sunday, September 12, Rappler learned from a source privy to the discussions. Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also met with the two politicians separately on Monday, September 13 – part of her efforts to unify possible non-administration candidates against those who will be fielded by the Duterte administration and its allies. Sources in Robredo's camp confirmed the meetings. One source who was informed about the discussions said no final decision was arrived at regarding tandems. Moreno and Pacquiao have themselves not officially declared their plans to run for president or vice president. The boxing-champ-turned-senator, however, had previously said he was entertaining only three options : run for president, run again for senator, or retire from politics. "She's trying to get all wannabes to join together and make self sacrifices in ... » Learn More about Isko talks to Pacquiao as Leni tries to unify non-admin bets
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The possibility of seeing the return of the Marcoses to Malacañang is so unacceptable for Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo that it might just be the deciding point for her presidential bid in the high-stakes 2022 elections. In an interview with reporters in San Fernando, Pampanga, on Friday, September 17, the opposition leader said two things would make her finalize her 2022 run: being chosen as the standard-bearer of a united opposition or the presidential bid of her rival and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos's son, Bongbong. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr is the bitter rival of Robredo, who beat him in the 2016 vice presidential race. He once again lost to the Vice President in February 2021 when the Supreme Court unanimously junked his election case against Robredo . "Kung one-on-one na Bongbong Marcos tsaka ako, laban ako. 'Yung kung kahit sino ang kalaban, basta ako 'yung pipiliin ng anti-admin forces, laban ako, " said Robredo. (If it's ... » Learn More about What would push Robredo to run in 2022?
Rude, uncalled for, unbecoming of a government official. It was the turn of President Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque to receive a tongue-lashing from the medical community and some lawmakers after he castigated doctors in a meeting for opposing the plan to revert Metro Manila to the less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) despite the record-high number of COVID-19 cases. ‘Listen to the hungry’ Roque drew flak after a video surfaced showing him berating the doctors during a meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on Tuesday. A copy of the video was obtained by the Inquirer on Thursday. It has since gone viral after being posted on Inquirer.net, and also trended on Twitter Philippines, with the topic “Harry Roque” tweeted more than 12,800 times early on Friday. Chastised on social media, Roque apologized for causing offense with his “manner,” but stood by his statements objecting to the medical experts’ ... » Learn More about Roque apologizes for snarling at doctors
The House appropriations panel on Friday swiftly ended deliberations on the P713.41-million 2022 budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP), even as some lawmakers wanted it raised to at least P1 billion. Members of the House of Representatives cited interparlimentary courtesy in moving to terminate the hearing on the OVP’s budget. Vice President Leni Robredo herself went to the House to present her agency’s proposed funding for next year, which is 21 percent lower than 2021’s P908.79-million budget. Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro manifested that the OVP’s funding should at least be P1 billion and not P713.41 million, citing its consistently high audit ratings from the Commission on Audit. —Julie M. Aurelio ... » Learn More about House panel OKs 2022 budget of OVP
MANILA, Philippines – In President Rodrigo Duterte's own words, was there a "miscalculation"? His headline-grabbing threats against drug suspects and equally controversial vows to protect police spectacularly backfired on him the moment the public expressed outrage over the death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. Here was CCTV footage that challenged his administration's narrative: that police anti-drug operations are above-board, that police only shoot when the suspect fights back. To make matters worse, Delos Santos is the son of an overseas Filipino worker, the very demographic whose support Duterte continues to count on. The President knows Delos Santos' death is not just another statistic he can afford not to mention in public, or a statistic he can spin to fit his agenda. Rather than wave it away, as his own justice secretary attempted to do , Duterte has condemned the incident. In fact, the Caloocan teen’s death ... » Learn More about After Kian slay, Duterte tempers messaging on drug war
MANILA, Philippines — A measly budget is not a hindrance to serve the public, Vice President Leni Robredo expressed on Sunday. “Mabuti na lang mula 2016 nasanay kami dito na kung ano ‘yung ibigay pagkakasyahin namin. ‘Yung kaliitan ng budget, hindi siya dahilan para hindi na kami makatulong,” Robredo said during the BISErbisyong LENI program on DZXL. (It’s good that we are used to maximizing a small budget since 2016. The small budget is not a reason for us to not help.) The Office of the Vice President (OVP)’s budget for 2022 was slashed by 21 percent as P713 million was approved. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives called to increase the OVP’s budget to at least P1 billion. Robredo explained that they augment their budget through their projects to continue helping Filipinos. “Kaya nga nagkaroon kami ng Angat Buhay kasi ‘yun ‘yung solusyon namin dun sa maliit namin na budget,” she mentioned. (That’s why we have an Angat Buhay because it is our solution to our ... » Learn More about Small budget not a hindrance to serving public — Robredo
MANILA, Philippines — No one has the right to bully nor humiliate doctors, Vice President Leni Robredo said after a video leaked showing presidential spokesperson Harry Roque lashing out at doctors over opposing views during an Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases meeting. She added that the IATF meeting is an avenue for different sectors to discuss and harmonize their takes on the pandemic to better serve the public. “Kung mayroong ibang tao na kausap mo na iba ‘yung pagtingin sa mga bagay, wala ka namang karapatan na mag-react the way na si Secretary Roque did. Kaya nga may IATF para mapakinggan lahat,” Robredo explained during the BISErbisyong LENI program on DZXL. (If there is someone who has a different view with you, you do not have the right to react the way Secretary Roque did. That’s why there is an IATF to listen to everyone.) “Kung hindi ka agree, okay naman sabihin mong hindi ka agree. Pero wala kang karapatan na mambully, mambastos,” the ... » Learn More about Robredo to Roque: You have no right to bully, humiliate doctors
MANILA, Sept 12 (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN): No one has the right to bully nor humiliate doctors, Vice President Leni Robredo said after a video leaked showing presidential spokesperson Harry Roque lashing out at doctors over opposing views during an Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases meeting. She added that the IATF meeting is an avenue for different sectors to discuss and harmonize their takes on the pandemic to better serve the public. "If there is someone who has a different view with you, you do not have the right to react the way Secretary Roque did. That’s why there is an IATF to listen to everyone." Robredo explained during the BISErbisyong LENI program on DZXL. "If you do not agree, it is okay to say that you disagree. But you do not have the right to bully or humiliate," the vice president added. Robredo noted that Roque’s anger is “misplaced” as the doctors only represent their sector which is the frontline in the COVID-19 pandemic. ... » Learn More about Philippines veep warns presidential spokesman: “You have no right to bully, humiliate doctors”
On Monday, September 13, actress and YouTuber Toni Gonzaga interviewed Bongbong Marcos , son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, on her Toni Talks YouTube show. The episode was irksomely titled, “The Greatest Lesson Bongbong Marcos Learned From His Father.” Just on the title alone, my initial reaction was disbelief and disgust. It had awakened the anger in my gut: she had made it sound like Ferdinand Marcos, murderer and thief, had great lessons to impart. Marcos was a strongman who dealt with critics and maintained power for 20 years the way strongmen do – harshly, unforgivingly, disproportionate to the transgressions he imagined being levied against him. Toni failed to discuss this matter with Bongbong with the depth the topic required. Instead, she allowed Bongbong to claim that all that had been said against his father were lies, just lies, and nothing more. That is the biggest failure of Toni here as an interviewer. She allowed Bongbong to get away ... » Learn More about [OPINION] On Toni Gonzaga interviewing Bongbong Marcos
The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) will be playing a critical role in the election protest that involves the vice presidency. Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr lodged his protest against Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo on June 29, a day before Robredo took her oath of office. ( EXPLAINER: Prospects of electoral protest after VP canvassing ). Still pending at the PET, the electoral protest also marks the 3rd time in history that the vice presidency is at stake. The PET is the sole arbiter of all contests "relating to the election, returns, and qualifications of the President or Vice President of the Philippines." The Supreme Court sits as the PET. All rules concerning an election protest filed before the PET are governed by Administrative Matter (A.M.) No. 10-4-29-SC of the Supreme Court, or the 2010 Rules of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Filing an election protest Only the candidate for president ... » Learn More about Presidential Electoral Tribunal: What happens to a protest?