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Programs for the poor under OVP launched in Lambunao, Iloilo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo has visited poor residents of Lambunao in Iloilo City (Photo courtesy: Office of the Vice President).

Vice President Leni Robredo was in Lambunao , Iloilo City to launch pro-poor projects under her Angat Buhay Program.

One of which is the Champion Farmers Program wherein farmers will be placed under six-month training on mentoring and skills application to improve their skills.

The project aims to accommodate around 200 farmers.

“So, ‘yung gusto sana natin alisin yung middle men. Ikabit na ‘yung mga farmers sa mga malalaking korporasyon na bumibili,” the vice president said.

( So, what we want to remove are the middle men and hook up farmers directly with big corporations that will buy their products.)

Also launched in Lambunao was a feeding program for about 700 malnourished and stunted children in the area to improve their health condition within two months.

The project is in cooperation with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation.

A play garden is also provided which will serve as recreational and learning area for children in the community.

The town of Lambunao is among the 50 pilot municipalities chosen by the anti-poverty program of the Office of the Vice President.

The second batch of beneficiaries will be revealed in October.

“Naging malaking bahagi ng pagpili ‘yung pagka-progressive ng local chief executive. Kasi inisip namin na since ito ‘yung pilot, mahalaga na mag-succeed ‘yung partnerships ng LGUs saka private sectors,” VP Robredo said.

(The selection of a progressive local chief executive played a big part.  Because we were thinking that since this is the pilot, it is imperative that the partnership between LGU’s and private sectors should succeed.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Robredo supports bid to suspend, revisit TRAIN Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo supports the bid of some lawmakers to suspend the imposition of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

In a media interview, she reiterated that the law should be reviewed following its negative effects, especially to the poor Filipinos.

Robredo claims the authorities did not anticipate the increase in market prices upon drafting its provisions as she hits the failure in distributing the subsidy for 10 million poor families which are supposed to serve as the safety net of the TRAIN law.

“Until now July na 2.2M palang ang nabibigyan pero ang effects ng TRAIN ramdam na mula ng pumasok ang 2018,” Robredo said.

The vice president also questioned the need to amend the current Philippine Constitution and to shift into the federal government.

She insisted that there are more pressing issues that the government should focus on.

“Bakit ang pinagtutuunan natin ng pansin ay iyong Charter Change na hindi naman siya ang sagot sa pagtaas ng presyo. Hindi naman siya ang sagot sa kahirapan,” said the vice president.

Robredo, meanwhile, confirmed that she will attend President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) to know about his plans for his remaining years in office. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Marcos urge PET to maintain 50% vote threshold

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018

former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.

 

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to maintain the 50% threshold in validating shaded ballots in the ongoing recount of the 2016 vice presidential polls.

He personally filed before the tribunal, a 13-page comment/opposition to the motion filed by Vice President Leni Robredo seeking the consideration of the 25% threshold.

In the comment he submitted, Marcos refuted the existence of any Comelec resolution that allows the 25% threshold.

He also noted that there is “no categorical declaration in the Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600 that the 25% shading threshold was adopted by the Comelec En Banc in determining the valid votes during the judicial recount and revision of ballots in an election protest.”

“Si Aquino nanalo 50% ang ginamit na shading, Jojo Binay nanalo 50% ang ginamit na shading, Si Duterte 50% shading ang ginamit sa kaniyang pagpanalo. Lahat ng congressman, lahat ng governor, lahat ng vice governor, lahat ng vice mayor, lahat ng konsehal, lahat ng (inaudible) mula nang magsimula ang AES ay nanalo ginamit ang 50% shading,” Marcos said.

(Aquino, Binay and Duterte won using the 50% shading threshold. Since the implementation of the Automated Election System (AES), all congressmen, governors, vice-governors, vice mayors and councilors won using 50% shading.)

He said that Robredo “wants to change the rules and have a special situation only for her.”

It can be recalled that in the vice president’s appeal, she asked the tribunal to “immediately direct the Head Revisors to use the 25-percent threshold percentage used by the Commission on Elections for the 09 May 2016 National and Local Elections in lieu of the 50 percent used in the 10 May 2010 National and Local Elections.”

Meanwhile, Robredo’s lead counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, refuted claims that Comelec set a 50% threshold for the 2016 national and local elections.

He cited the September 6, 2016 Comelec En Banc Resolution that adopted the recommendation of Commissioner Luie Guia to set the threshold to 25%.

Macalintal also said that Marcos’ attempt at “changing the rules of the game” disregards the “voice of the innocent voters whose constitutional right of suffrage would be affected.” — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Robredo backs Sereno: ‘I will do everything in my power to right this wrong’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

 

(L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo backs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as she joined calls against the quo warranto petition filed against the Chief Justice.

“As your duly-elected Vice President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution. You can count on me to do everything in my power to right this wrong, should it ever come to pass,” Robredo said.

In a show of strong support to the Chief Justice, Robredo also encouraged the public to defend the judiciary.

We can’t just keep quiet in the dark brought about by events the last few months. We have to set aside our fear and fight for our judiciary,” the Vice President said.

Earlier, the Coalition for Justice (CFJ) launched an online petition to support Sereno.

More than 16,000 signed the petition calling for the dismissal of the quo warranto petition.

Meanwhile in the supplemental memo submitted by CJ Sereno Friday, May 4, she appealed to her colleagues to remain faithful to their oath of upholding and defending the Constitution because their judgement will decide not only her fate but the fate of incumbent members of the Supreme Court.

The en banc has yet to vote on the quo warranto petition against Sereno. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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