Malacañang said it will respect SC ruling on Marcos electoral protest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019   •   786

(L-R) Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it will abide by whatever the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Whatever the decision of the court, we should abide by it,” noted Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In 2016, Marcos accused Robredo of “massive cheating” in the 2016 elections.

He lost to Robredo by some 260,000 votes, but Robredo’s camp said her lead over Marcos grew by 15,000 votes after the initial recount.

On Tuesday (October 14), the PET ordered the release of a report on the initial recount of votes.

“Hayaan ninyo na sila (Let them be). We’ll just wait and let the parties argue their case in court and PET will have to render its decision,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Batas, kailangan bago ipagbawal ang hiring sa hindi bakunado —Malacañang

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2021

Bagaman isinusulong ng Malacañang sa kahalagahan ng pagbabakuna ng ating mga kababayan kontra COVID-19, iginiit nito na kinakailangan pa rin ang isang batas bago ipagbawal ang hiring sa trabaho ng mga hindi pa nababakunahan.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. hindi maaaring basta na lamang ipagbawal ang hiring sa trabaho ng mga aplikante na hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19.

“Kinakailangan po siguro ng batas kung ipagbabawal ang pagha-hire ng mga non-vaccinated individuals,” aniya.

Isa sa mga suhestyon ng pribadong sektor para mapalawak pa ng pamahalaan ang COVID-19 vaccination rollout ay ang gawing requirement ang bakuna sa hiring sa trabaho.

Pero para sa labor group na Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), discriminatory ang nasabing panukala at hindi makakabuti sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.

Giit ng ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay, marami sa mga Pilipino ang hindi pa rin nababakunahan kaya’t hindi maari na bakunado lamang ang papayagan ng pamahalaan na makapag-apply sa trabaho.

“Babagsak ang ating ekonomiya, maraming mga manggagawa at kanilang pamilya maghihirap dahil kulang po ang supply ng bakuna at hindi pa sila nababakunahan,” aniya.

Sa halip na higpitan ang mga mangagawa na hindi pa bakunado, iginiit ng labor group na dapat solusyunan ng pamahalaan ang mas mabilis na access sa bakuna ng ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mga nasa malalayong lugar.

“Dapat ang pagtuunan natin ng pansin ay paano ba mababakunahan at papaano ba mapaparating ang mga bakuna doon sa mga probinsya at liblib na lugar kung saan maraming mangagawa ang naghihintay at nangangailangan ng bakuna,” ayon kay Tanjusay.

Samantala, sa panayam kanina kay Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre bello III sa isang news program, sinabi nito na may legal na basehan na umano, upang obligahin ng mga employer ang kanilang mga empleyado na magpabakuna sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3.

Gayunman hindi naidetalye ng kalihim kung ano ang binabanggit nitong legal basis sa pagpapabakuna.

Pero nang tanungin sa isang interview si DOLE Usec. Ana Dione, nilinaw nito na wala pang batas na nag-oobliga sa mga mangagawa na magpabakuna laban sa COVID-19.

“Ang requirement na bakunado ang isang empleyado medyo wala po tayong basehan diyan, wala pong basis in law, so ibig sabihin hindi po pupwedeng gawin ng mga kumpanya yan.

“As a basis, yung unvaccinated as basis of termination palagi po nating inuulit, sinabi at uulitin na yan po ay discrimination. If ang termination niya ang sole basis noon ay unvaccinated hindi po, bawal po iyan,” dagdag nito. (Ulat ni JP Nuñez)

No frontrunner yet among presidential candidates — analyst

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —No frontrunner has yet emerged among the 2022 presidential aspirants, according to political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple.

With the campaign season still yet to start, Casiple said no clear platform has been laid down so far by any of the candidates.

Casiple also noted that even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s initial declaration not to join the presidential race still cannot be considered as a final decision of the local chief executive. Not until the deadline for the substitution of candidates which is on November 15.

“Alam mo naman sa pulitika wala namang usapang tapos,” he said.

Meanwhile, presidential aspirants have started going out of their way to visit places as a prelude to the election campaign period.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno went to Barangay Banaba in Tarlac City Thursday with his running mate Dr. Willie Ong and the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko.

Moreno held a dialogue with a farmer group and presented to them his plans to use government lands nationwide for their benefit, as well as the fisherfolks, in case he wins the elections.

“Naisip ko hindi ako totosgas. Hindi na ako gagastos para bumili ng lupa. Ang gagastusan ko na lang magtatag ako ng cold storage facility para sa dalawang industriya. Gulay tinanong mo, isasabay ko na dito ang isda,” Moreno said.

Labor leader Leody de Guzman, meanwhile, will also focus on the agricultural sector.

He said that, although he doesn’t have the machinery in running his candidacy, he is still hoping for the support of the farmers come election day.

“Buong Pilipinas yan. Forty-five million yan. May 11 million na magsasaka at yan rin ang pangunahing paglilingkuran. Plano ko na buhusan ng pondo ang ating magsasaka at mangingisda para tiyakin yung food security o availablity ng pagkain,” de Guzman said.

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban Cusi Wing) presidential bet Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, on the other hand, said he will push for the amendment of the Constitution, particularly its economic provisions.

He said he will advocate for a more welcoming business climate in the country that will encourage foreign investments.

“Yung restrictive economic provisions sa ating Constitution ay dadagdagan natin ng phrase na ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to give the Senate [Congress] a leeway to decide on yung pagpasok ng mga foreign investments dito, lalong-lalo na sa ownership ng mga lands,” Bato said.

For presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo, as reflected by the color pink, her leadership will be evident through her gentle manner of speaking, working, and reaching out to the people.

These, she said, must also be reflected in the way of life of every Filipino.

“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe,” Robredo said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Robredo on alleged failed unification: ‘I have not given up on unifying our people’

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — “If unity was not possible among the presidential contenders, I have not given up on unifying our people.”

These are the words of Vice President Leni Robredo on what is perceived to be an already impossible task of uniting the presidential candidates against the administration due to the seeming limitation set by the Robredo-initiated Unity Talks.

Robredo, however, said that she is not losing hope in unifying individuals from different groups, starting from the senatorial line-up under her ticket with Senator Francis Pangilinan who will run as her vice president.

Robredo-Pangilinan camp has yet to finalize its senatorial slate but the vice president assured that the lineup represents individuals from different parties.

She stressed that only three among them are from the Liberal Party, a staunch supporter of the vice president.

“When I decided to run for the vice (sic) presidency, it was my signal to move on already from all attempts to unify the personalities and the parties.”

“We are very hopeful that unity is still possible, maybe not among the presidential contenders but definitely among many different kinds of people from different political affiliations.”

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson who is also a presidential aspirant, said that the Unity Talks does not really aim at achieving unity, following the meeting that he and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III had with VP Robredo.

Lacson admitted to feeling slighted by the alleged plan of a Robredo-Sotto tandem.

“Si Sen. Drilon mismo, tinuro niya si VP Leni at si SP Tito Sotto na sila’y magkatandem, in my face. It’s good that I didn’t notice it, I was informed by SP after our meeting. Sabi niya ‘Hindi mo ba napansin na yung dalawang daliri ni Frank nakaturo samin dalawa?’ Parang effectively telling me in my face to withdraw and mag-create ng bagong tandem between the VP and Senate President. So sa akin, when I was told that, I felt insulted,” Lacson said.

Sotto, meanwhile, believes that Robredo’s attempt for unity talks is already a belated move as the Lacson-Sotto tandem has already established an organized alliance with different parties nationwide.

“Too late for us for any unity talks even at that time. We were already organized and set up nationwide. We are now forming a cooperative alliance between NUP, NPC, REPORMA, and UNA,” Sotto said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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