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Robredo’s trust rating dips

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo (Courtesy of Office of the Vice President)

Vice President Leni Robredo’s trust ratings went down in the third quarter this year.

The survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from September 15 to 23 shows that 59 percent of adult Filipinos have “much trust” in the vice president while 21 percent have “little trust” in her. Twenty percent are undecided.

This translates to a net trust rating of +38; a two-point decline from the +40 she received in June.  — UNTV News & Rescue


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Palace not keen on Robredo impeachment talk

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo | Courtesy : OVP

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from the impeachment threat against Vice President Leni Robredo over her remarks supporting a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution seeking to review the human rights situation in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it will leave it to the courts to decide whether Robredo should be impeached.

“You know, we have better things to do. There are so many problems in this country. I will leave it to those who would want to initiate whatever they want to initiate against whomsoever,” Panelo told reporters in a Palace press briefing.

The Palace official made the statement after Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna threatened to file an impeachment rap against Robredo for backing the resolution seeking to probe the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

“Vice President Robredo’s expression of support to the UNHRC against the Philippine government may cause her to be impeached,” Luna said in a statement.

“For the nth time, she has made it appear that the government is guilty of human rights abuses, and that’s betrayal of public trust,” he added.

Luna, however, clarified his statement was just a warning.

When asked if Robredo’s expression of support for the UN resolution can be used to impeach her, Panelo replied: “If gross ignorance is the ground for impeachment, is that a ground under the Constitution? But I will let the advocate pursue that line.”

“There are many legal opinions as there are lawyers, impeachment court will be the ultimate decider of that legal issue,” he added. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Sara Duterte hits Robredo over ‘honesty’ issue

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2019

(L-R) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte – Carpio and Vice President Leni Robredo

(UPDATED) Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has slammed Vice President Leni Robredo for her remark that honesty should be a requirement for candidates, saying Robredo’s honesty has been questioned since day one of her term.

Duterte-Carpio was responding to Robredo’s remark on Friday (March 8) that dishonest persons should not run for public office and that honesty is an “important ingredient” of aspirations for public office.

In a statement released on Saturday (March 9), Duterte-Carpio said Robredo should avoid commenting about honesty and integrity.

“She is not called fake VP for no reason,” Duterte-Carpio said, noting that Robredo is facing an electoral protest for an alleged massive fraud during the 2016 elections.

Duterte-Carpio was referring to the poll protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, accusing Robredo of cheating after the latter defeated Marcos by more than 200,000 votes.

“She has tried to copy her late husband but has failed at every turn,” Duterte-Carpio added, referring to the late Interior and Local Secretary Jesse Robredo who was well-admired for his notable public service contributions and local government transparency reforms.

The Davao Mayor also said that Robredo “has refused to answer allegations of her relationship with a married man, ” in reference to rumors about Robredo’s relationship with a lawmaker.

“She may or may not get away with these but we all know she is not forthcoming in everything,” Duterte-Carpio added.

“The reason why good moral character is not a requirement to run for Vice President is because we have so many Leni Robredos in this world,” she said.

“And if she insists in saying that you have to be honest to run for public office, then she must say goodbye to her dreams of becoming President,” Duterte-Carpio added.

Robredo’s Spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez, meanwhile, viewed the Mayor’s statement as a form of downplaying truthfulness in public service.

He also chided the Presidential daughter for raising issues against Robredo that are “fake news.”

“Salamat Mayor Sara, pinatunayan mong hindi ka talaga naniniwala na kailangan ang honesty sa public service,” Gutierrez said.

“Babanat ka na nga lang, mga fake news pa ang ginamit mo. Ilang beses nang napatunayang peke ang mga ito. Magbasa din kasi ng totoong balita pag may time,” he added.

“Ginawa mo lahat ito para lang sa pag-iwas sa debate ng mga kinakampanya mong kandidato? Grabe namang tumbling ito para sa mga Hugpong na nagtatago,” Gutierrez continued.

He also said that it is too early for Duterte-Carpio to campaign for the elections in 2022.

The Presidential daughter has earlier said she will decide by 2021 on a possible bid for presidency following talks that she is being groomed as the next president.

“Mag reserba ka naman nang kaunti, madam, masyado pang maaga para mangampanya para sa 2022.” – Robie de Guzman

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SWS third quarter polls reveal 9.8M Filipinos are jobless

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The number of jobless Filipinos soared by 22% in the third quarter of the year, based on the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The figure is higher by 2.3 points in comparison with the results of the survey in June.

The results revealed that 9.2% or 4.1M were retrenched due to recession or cost cutting by companies; 8.4% or 3.7M voluntarily left their old jobs; while 2M were first-time job seekers.

The rate is higher in Metro Manila with 26.4% followed by Balance Luzon with 22.9%, Mindanao with 19.7% and Visayas with 19.6%.

Meanwhile, the number of Filipinos who believe there will be more job opportunities in the Philippines in the next 12 months dropped, according to the survey.

Malacañang, meanwhile, seriously considers the results of the survey while it “continuously finding ways to improve the local employment situation.”

Likewise, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government is confident that this concern will be immediately addressed.

“We are likewise developing our human resources, and with the designation of Mr. Isidro Lapena as Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) we are confident that he can contribute in our employment targets by improving industry-relevant competencies of our youth, especially unutilized, unemployed, and underemployed school dropouts, and increase their opportunities for work experience through skills training,” Panelo said in a statement Sunday (November 11). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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