The question in my mind as the one-hour interview with Vice President Leni Robredo in ANC’s “After the Fact” hosted by Christian Esguerra drew to a close was: If not you, Leni, then who? My question’s context is 1Sambayan’s search for presidential and vice presidential wannabes (and for the senatorial lineup as well) that 1Sambayan will choose from and finally endorse. Aspirants should be willing to go through a vetting process, fit into 1Sambayan’s vision, and abide by its decision on who to finally endorse. These chosen ones would be opposition standard-bearers who can spell the end of the Duterte reign. To use techie language, do a reboot. So far, only Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has made known his desire to be included in 1Sambayan’s selection process. Robredo is still mum. I hate to use the phrases “hemming and hawing” and “playing it coy” as these make her look indecisive. Only she and her close-ins know the right time for her to say yes or no. Cool and collected, Esguerra (a ... » Learn More about If not Leni, then who?
Trillanes on mutiny
In the same session hall where he denied the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), his supposed involvement in it, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged orders to kill crime suspects and personal foes, Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas on Monday, March 6, claimed all these to be true as he became the second self-confessed hitman to make such admission official on Senate records. Lascañas’ 180-degree turnaround did not sit well with many senators, who repeatedly questioned the motives behind his transformation from one of the many Davaoeños who deny the existence of the infamous DDS into a whistle-blower. Lascañas, who retired from the police force in December 2016, served in the Davao City Police Office practically his entire career. In a press conference two weeks ago and in an affidavit leaked to media, Lascañas claimed to have been among the founding members of the hit squad. He was proud, at first, to be part of Duterte’s efforts to rid Davao City of crime. ... » Learn More about From DDS ‘denier’ to whistle-blower: Why Lascañas changed tune
MANILA, Philippines – He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between. 57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true. Practically illiterate after completing only Grade 1 many decades ago, he was made to look stupid and inconsistent in his narration of what he knew. The son of a forest ranger who planted coffee and corn to support his family, the short, stocky Edgar with streaks of silver hair showed little traces of a man who had witnessed and even participated in the killing of hundreds of people – many of them criminals who were a menace to Davao. They were drug pushers, snatchers, hold-uppers, land-grabbers, and they all deserved to die, he thought. Edgar took pride in his job. He says his was among ... » Learn More about Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?
More doubts were raised on Thursday on the credibility of new and expanded diagrams presented by Malacañang to show links among individuals and groups led by the opposition Liberal Party (LP) after two top female athletes were included in the alleged web of conspiracy to discredit President Duterte and his administration. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo could not explain why Hidilyn Diaz, the Asian Games 2018 female weightlifting gold medalist, and star volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho were listed in one of six matrices presented to reporters on Wednesday. The names of Diaz and Ho were in the diagram that centered on Rodel Jayme, who had admitted creating the website metrobalita.net that showed the first of five videos on “The Real Narcolist.” Jayme is now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation. The videos featured “Bikoy,” who surfaced on Monday and identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, repeating his allegations that members of the ... » Learn More about Panelo can’t explain why sportswomen on ‘matrix’
BIGGER NETWORK Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday explains a diagram showing individuals and groups allegedly involved in a wider conspiracy to discredit the Duterte administration. —JOAN BONDOC MANILA, Philippines — Opposition leaders and critics of President Rodrigo Duterte denounced on Wednesday new allegations by Malacañang that they were involved in a wider conspiracy to discredit the administration to push the candidacies of the opposition senatorial slate. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the alleged conspirators, who supposedly included Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano and allies of the Liberal Party (LP), were linked to the release of videos on the supposed involvement of members of the Duterte family and their associates in the illegal drug trade. “This is the nth time that the administration, when confronted with controversy, falsely accuses the LP of ... » Learn More about ‘Matrix’ reloaded by Palace, reviled by Duterte critics
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presents to media on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, a new matrix supposedly showing people and parties involved in a conspiracy to discredit the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and boost the candidacy of opposition candidates. INQUIRER.NET / NESTOR CORRALES Update MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has tagged the Liberal Party, the Magdalo and certain media outfits included in a matrix to be behind a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. “The President has received intelligence information that has been validated and appears to show that there is deliberate attempt to discredit this administration, as well as to boost the candidacies of the opposition, senatorial candidates,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing. “And it appears that there are certain groups who are working together to achieve this goal. This group appears to be the Liberal Party. Some personalities identified as advocates or ... » Learn More about LP, Magdalo, media outfits tagged in Duterte ouster plot
MANILA, Philippines – On Monday, April 22, the Manila Times published an article claiming that media and human rights groups are part of a plot to oust the President. The article was written not by any of its editorial staff, but by the publication’s big boss himself, Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang, who was appointed special envoy for international public relations by President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2017. Ang’s fantastic story attempted to draw links between "Bikoy," an anonymous man who was featured in a video series entitled, "Ang totoong narco list (The real narco list)," which were distributed on social media in early April. It claimed, among other things that, "false narratives" are distributed to media and human rights groups through Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas. The publicist falsely implicated groups Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Rappler, and the National Union of People's Lawyers ... » Learn More about FALSE: ‘Ouster plot’ against President Duterte ‘bared’
MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla said he could not think of any reason why he was barred from leaving the Philippines by the Bureau of Immigration, except for his dragon tattoo. Tattoos, specifically dragon tattoos, have been in the spotlight recently due to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's claims that presidential son Paolo Duterte is a member of the triad, a notorious Asian organized crime ring. This, Trillanes said, could be proven by a dragon tattoo which, he claimed, Paolo has on his back. The tattoo is supposedly a known symbol of the triad. Paolo said that he does have a tattoo but refused to confirm what kind. (READ: 'Ano kami, uto-uto?' Paolo Duterte's lawyer hits Trillanes ) Robin, who was convicted of illegal possession of firearms in 1994 and fully pardoned by President Rodrigo Duterte late last year, took to Instagram to express his dismay over the situation. " Sa hindi maipaliwang na pangyayari ay hindi ako makakaalis ng bansa ... » Learn More about Robin Padilla claims dragon tattoo is reason he couldn’t leave the country
FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo. MANILA, Philippines — Speculation that Vice President Leni Robredo has already given way to other potential presidential candidates in the 2022 race is “extremely premature,” her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said. According to Gutierrez, as there is no definitive announcement yet from Robredo regarding her plans for the 2022 national elections, such assumptions preempt her decision. “It is extremely premature to talk of ‘giving way’ when VP Leni has not yet made a definitive announcement regarding her candidacy for President,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “What she has said before stands: she remains open to running for President, and will announce her decision at the appropriate time,” he added. Gutierrez was referring to statements made by former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who said that he hopes Robredo has not yet stepped aside to give way to Senator Panfilo Lacson — who has announced his intent to run for president. ... » Learn More about Robredo backing out of 2022 polls? That’s extremely premature, says OVP