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800 informal settler families relocated in an 11-hectare site

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The 11-hectare Disiplina Village, the biggest in-city relocation site in the Philippines, located in Valenzuela City. (Photo captured by UNTV drone.)


VALENZUELA CITY,  Philippines — Informal settler families living by the riverside are grateful because they no longer have to live in constant danger.

Over 800 informal settler families have been relocated to the biggest in-city relocation site in the country — the 11-hectare Disiplina Village located in Valenzuela City.

Inside the village are schools, clinics and mini grocery stores. And because it is located in the city, access to jobs is easier.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian explained, “kung dati ang relocation sa labas ng Metro Manila. Pero nahihrapan sila dahil malayo sa pamilya, trabaho, mahal sa buhay, nagdesisyon kami na dapat dito lang kayo sa Valenzuela City.”

(Relocations in the past used to be outside Metro Manila. But people find it difficult because it is too far from work and family. So we decided that relocation should be within Valenzuela City.)

A total of 3,834 informal settler families are the main target recipients of this entire housing program.

This in-city relocation has been the project of Vice President Leni Robredo after she was appointed as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

WATCH: HUDCC implements onsite relocation for informal settlers in Sitio San Roque, QC 

The Vice President is hoping that the project will continue despite her resignation.

“Nakailang meetings na po kami ng National Housing Authority (NHA) at ibang shelter agencies, Metro Manila mayors, congressmen. Ito po yung binubuo natin na yung local government units (LGUs) na may ganitong proyekto mai-share sa ibang LGU,” said Vice President Leni Robredo.

( We’ve had several meetings with the NHA, shelter agencies, Metro Manila mayors and congressmen. This is what we have been advocating, that LGUs with this kind of projects would be able to share with other LGUs. ) — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue


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VP Robredo urges 25% shading threshold in pilot recount; files urgent motion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo giving a speech in front of her supporters when she filed a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to apply the 25% shading threshold when counting votes in the ongoing pilot recount.

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday filed a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to apply the 25% shading threshold when counting votes in the ongoing pilot recount.

Robredo insists that the SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), should adopt the rules of counting imposed during the 2016 National Elections.

The Supreme Court in a resolution on April 10 said they applied the “50% shading threshold” as basis for recount as they were not aware that the “25% threshold” was imposed in the 2016 polls, as claimed by Robredo.

To support her claim, Robredo attached a copy of a letter by Comelec Commissioner Louie Tito Guia which stated that Comelec set the threshold “at about 25% of the oval space.”

Robredo said the letter was approved by Comelec en banc and received by Clerk of Court Tribunal Atty. Felipa Anama.

The Vice President wants PET to immediately change the resolution and order the revisors to proceed with the recount using the “25% threshold.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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Robredo supporters vigil at Naga City

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Leni Robredo’s supporters held up placards saying #PROTECTVPLENI in their prayer rally for her.

MANILA, Philippines — Almost 1,000 Bicolanos from different parts of Camarines Sur flocked to Plaza Quezon in Naga City on Wednesday night to hold a prayer vigil for Vice President Leni Robredo.

This is to support the country’s second-highest government official amid criticisms being thrown against her.

According to the demonstrators, they also want to express confidence over Robredo’s vice presidential win in the 2016 national elections.

“Lalabas ang buong Naga at lalabas ang buong Bicol para ipakita at iparinig sa buong Pilipinas na ang totoong VP na nanalo ay si VP Leni at hindi kami magpadaya.  Kahit na anong mangyari ay magkakalsada kami,” said Trinity Mayores, a Robredo supporter.

(The people of Naga and Bicol will come out to show the whole country that the real VP who won was VP Leni and we will not be cheated. Whatever happens we will take to the streets.)

The group believes that result of the ballot recount for the electoral protest of Robredo’s rival, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, will favor the vice-president.

They said they will continue to conduct prayer rallies until the recount ends.

“Malinaw po sa amin na ang VP po natin ay si VP Leni — walang iba. Kung ano man po ang naging resulta sa eleksyon, alam po namin na ito ay malinis at dinaan po siya sa tamang proseso.  And we want to fight for our democracy. We want to protect ang freedom natin and our voice especially the youth,” said Naga City Youth mayor Alyssa Borja.

(It is clear to us that our vice president is Vice President Leni — no one else. Whatever the result of the last election, we know it was clean and went through the proper process. And we want to fight for our democracy. We want to protect our freedom and our voice especially the youth.)  — Allan Manansala | UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Leni ‘sorry’ over Holocaust photo-op

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The controversial photo of Vice President Leni Robredo with some Liberal Party members in the Holocaust Memorial in Germany

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has come under fire after a controversial photo of her with some Liberal Party members in the Holocaust Memorial in Germany circulated on social media.

With her in the photograph were some party mates including LP president Senator Francis Pangilinan, Quezon City Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and former budget secretary Florencio Abad.

In an ambush interview Tuesday in Pasay City, VP Robredo apologized for the photo and accepted critics’ point over the matter though she said there was no malice behind it.

“There was no excuse. There was no excuse. While there was no malice in it, I take full responsibility so I would like to apologize for whatever offense, sensitivities to people it caused,” the Vice President said.

The Holocaust Memorial was built in 2004 to honor the lives of millions of victims of the Nazi regime. Netizens vent out their dismay on social media seeing the Vice President and her group used as a photo-op.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr., who first posted the picture in a tweet, also expressed his apology.

He explained in a series of tweets that they “fully understand the plight experienced by Jews under the Nazis…the same way that we condemn injustice anywhere in the world.”

However, he added that though they “are appreciative of the countless advocates of human rights for sharing their thoughts,” he hopes that the public can also muster the same “outrage over the EJKs” in the country, alluding to the Duterte administration’s anti-drug war.

VP Robredo’s group was in Berlin, Germany last week for a study tour for poverty alleviation. The study tour was fully funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF)-Philippines. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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