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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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Sotto: Source who divulged 2016 electoral fraud is credible

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III

MANILA, Philippines — On the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Tuesday, the country’s second-highest official, Vice President Leni Robredo said that it is impossible to have irregularities in the 2016 national polls.

This was her reaction to the privilege speech of Sen. Tito Sotto last March 6 where the latter alleged that there had been foreign access to Smartmatic servers and premature transmission of election results in Libon, Albay before May 9, 2016 — which was election day.

“Ito paniwala ko, kung may dayaan noong eleksyon, lumabas na dapat,” said Robredo.

(This is what I believe, if there was election fraud, it should’ve surfaced already.)

When asked if Sotto was misled, the vice president said, “Hindi naman. Napakasweeping naman para sabihin ko ‘yon pero isa iyon sa mga possibilities.”

(Not really. It’s a sweeping generalization to say that; but it’s a possibility.)

Sen. Sotto hit back saying VP Robredo is not the subject of his criticisms.

“My question now, itatanong ko sa kanya: bakit? Siya ba ang nakinabang doon? Why are they questioning it? Sila ba ang nakinabang? Wala naman akong binabanggit,” said the senator.

(My question to her now is: why? Was she the one who benefited from it? Why are they questioning it? Did they benefit from it? I have not said anything.)

“I have nothing to show. I have nothing to do with Marcos and Robredo. I  have nothing to do with Tolentino and De Lima, so he [source] thought that I would be the best person to show what he has and what he has gotten from the Smartmatic itself,” he said.

Sen. Sotto believes that his source is credible and is ready to face the probe of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms in April.

Officials of Comelec and Smartmatic will also be called to the scheduled hearing. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


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VP Leni Robredo shrugs off criticisms against her

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo answers a question from Daniel Razon on the program Get It Straight

MANILA, Philippines — In an interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Vice President Leni Robredo said there is someone behind the personal attacks against her.

When asked about the networks of critics attacking her, the vice president said:  “Yung tumitira sa akin, well-oiled na infrastructure. Hindi totoong tao lahat. Konting percentage lang ang totoong tao. Isa siyang mahal na set-up na makinarya at identified na namin kung saan galing ang mga centers.”

(Those attacking me are from a well-oiled infrastructure. They are not real people. Only a small percentage are real people. It is an expensive set-up of machinery and we have already identified the location of its centers.)

The show’s host, Daniel Razon, clarified with Robredo, “So kung lahat ng alegasyon sa inyo Ma’am sa iba’t ibang mga platform, are you saying na walang totoo?”

(So all the allegations against you on various platforms, are you saying none of those are real?)

The vice president readily replied, “Walang totoo. Wala akong naaalala na may sinabi silang totoo.”

(None of it is real. I don’t recall them saying anything true.)

Robredo said her membership in the Liberal Party is the root of all the criticisms. Despite this, Robredo said she has no intention to turn her back against the previously most influential political party in the Philippines.

She further noted that she will even run under the Liberal Party in the event of another poll run-up.

“Nagumpisa ako sa Liberal, matatapos ako sa Liberal. Hindi naman ako sumama sa Liberal dahil sa mga kasama ko pero sumama ako sa Liberal dahil sa paniniwala. Naniniwala ako sa mga prinsipyo ng partido,” said the vice president.

(I began my political career with the Liberal Party, I will end my career still as a member of the Liberal Party. I joined Liberal not because of my colleagues, but because of ideology. I believe in the principles of the party.)

Robredo also clarified that despite her criticisms against extrajudicial killings, she is not against the president and even wishes for his success.

However, she believes it is everyone’s obligation to call out the wrongdoings of public officials including the president.

“Sino ba ang nasa likod ng EJK (extrajudicial killings)? Maraming pagkakataon, hindi ito palagay pero ito yung fact, mga pulis ang nasa likod ng EJK. Hindi si Pangulong Duterte. Pag nagkontra tayo sa EJK na ginagawa ng ilang mga pulis, hindi nangangahulugan na gusto natin bumagsak ang gobyerno,” she said.

(Who do you think are behind the EJKs (extrajudicial killings)? There are many instances, this is a fact, where the police are involved, not the president. When we express opposition against EJKs that are committed by some policemen, it doesn’t mean we want to destabilize the government.)

Should the chief executive offer her another Cabinet position, Robredo said she is ready to accept it but with one condition.

“Kung ang bahagi noon kailangan ako sumangayon sa lahat ng bagay na kahit laban sa paniniwala ko, mas mabuting hindi na lang. Pero kung may agreement na pwede naman ako mag call out kung palagay ko nagkakamali tingin ko, ‘yun ang magandang part doon,” the vice president said.

(If it requires me to agree with him at all times even if it’s against my principles, I would rather not accept it. But if I will be allowed to call out errors, I think I would be agreeable to it.)

The vice president is also hoping to be able to talk with the president to discuss important matters with him.

And when asked about what she would tell the president in a heart to heart talk, the vice president said: “If he gives me the chance, sasabihin ko lahat ng saloobin ko sa mga bagay na di namin pinag-aagreehan  — EJK, human rights, China, Benham Rise, ICC (International Criminal Court) membership, propeso ng pagsulong ng Cha-Cha (Charter-Change). Sana mabigyan ako ng ganung pagkakataon.”

(If he gives me the chance, I will tell him all my concerns on policies I don’t agree with, like EJKs, human rights, China, Benham Rise, ICC membership, the manner in amending the charter. I hope to be given the chance to do so.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue



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ICC prosecutor undermines credibility of Int’l Criminal Court — Malacañang

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

Malacañang confirmed Philippines withdrawal from International Criminal Court over Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda violation of the principle of complementarity.

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque did not deny feeling sad about the Philippines withdrawal from the Rome Statute or treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because he was among those who worked for it to be ratified during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.

However, he agrees with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the ICC treaty because, according to Roque, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda violated the principle of complementarity and made herself become a political tool against the Philippines.

He added it is also clear that ICC has no jurisdiction over the Philippines or the President because local courts are still working in the country.

“Wrong political move Madame prosecutor and I am addressing you, wherever you are. You just gave countries confirmation on why they should not become a member of the ICC. Because you have shown that you can exercise your power without accountability. You are to blame if the ICC will become part of history,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Roque also said that the Philippines withdrawal from the ICC treaty will give way to the possible decline of credibility of the ICC and no other country will be encouraged to ratify the Rome Statute.

“Remember, the Philippines’ withdrawal from ICC treaty has a great impact being not only in Asia but as well as in other parts of the world,” said the official.

Roque added that the statement of United Nations (UN) human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein against the Philippine president is a great deciding factor for the government.

“With the statement, the President is convinced that there must be some kind of a conspiracy on the part of pressure groups and UN officials to shame him,” said Roque.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman and Vice President Leni Robredo believe the international community may lose trust in the Philippines.

“The international community will lose trust in the Philippines because a country which does not honor its commitments does not deserve the trust of other states,” said Lagman.

Robredo echoed the same sentiments saying, “Ano ba iyong implikasyon ng pag-alis natin, pag-withdraw? Iyong international perception sa ating bansa apektado. Pangalawa, nagiging questionable na iyong commitment natin sa international agreements. Pangatlo, ano ba iyong gusting sabihin nito pagdating sa human rights? Ayaw na ba natin mangako na ia-uphold natin ito.”

(What will be the implication of our withdrawal? The international perception on the country is affected. Secondly, our commitment to international agreements has become questionable. Thirdly, what does it say about human rights? Are we not anymore willing to promise to uphold it?)

These statements were abruptly rebutted by Malacañang.

“America is not a member of ICC. Does it have an effect on the image of America? None. Russia, also not a member of ICC. Does it have an effect? China, is there an effect? Again, there are 198 countries on this planet,” said the presidential spokesperson. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue



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