by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday called on the public to fight for equal opportunities for all Filipinos as the country celebrates the 121st Philippine Independence Day.
In her message, Robredo urged Filipinos to draw inspiration from forebearers who fought for the country’s freedom from colonizers.
“Sa paggunita natin ngayon ng ating kasarinlan, sana ay balikan natin kung paano, bilang isang lahi, ay pinili nating sundin ang sarili nating landas, magtayo ng sarili nating gobyerno at magtatag ng sariling estado,” Robredo said in her message released on Wednesday.
The Vice President underscored that in choosing freedom from foreign oppressors, Filipinos have the responsibility to establish a nation where everyone would have an opportunity to live peacefully and prosperously.
“Sa pagtutulak ng interes na ito, inako natin ang responsibilidad na gumawa ng isang lipunang malaya, makatarungan at makatao. Isang lipunan kung saan ang bawat Pilipino ay may oportunidad na mabuhay nang sagana at mapayapa,” she said.
“Hanggang sa araw na ito, nakaatang ang responsibilidad na ito sa bawat isa sa atin. Ito ang pinaglaban ng mga nauna sa atin at ito na rin ang tungkuling iniwan sa atin upang gampanan: ang masigurong nabubuhay tayo sa isang Pilipinas kung saan umaangat ang bawat isang mamamayan,” she added.
Robredo continued with: “Bilang mga lingkod bayan, nasa ating pananagutan ang pangarap na ito para sa bawat Pilipino: na lahat ay kabahagi at walang maiiwan; na lahat ay may pantay-pantay na oportunidad sa pag-unlad.”
In her message, she also gave honor to the sacrifices made by the country’s heroes.
“Kinikilala natin ang lahat ng nagsumikap at lumaban para matupad ang pangarap ng isang malayang Pilipinas, at para sa karapatan ng bawat Pilipinong panghawakan ang sarili niyang kinabulkasan,” Robredo said.
She also expressed hope that as Filipinos celebrate the country’s Independence Day, it would make them remember their love and responsibility for the Philippines and the things that could be attained through unity.
“Nawa’y pukawin ng pagdiriwang na ito ang isang malalim na pagmamahal para sa bayan, at maging paalala s abawat isa ng kung ano ang kaya nating marating sa ating pagbabayanihan,” she said.
Robredo led the 121st Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park on Wednesday, along with outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) defended President Rodrigo Duterte for not personally handing out the diplomas to the graduates of PMA Mabalasik Class of 2019 on Sunday (May 26).
PMA Spokesperson Major Reynan Afan said it was the President’s prerogative to carry out the task or give someone his “delegated authority”.
During the ceremony, President Duterte awarded the diploma, presidential saber, and the house and lot certificate of ownership to the class valedictorian, Dionne Mae Umalla of Ilocos Sur.
Umalla was the fifth female valedictorian of the PMA graduating class since 1999.
Vice President Leni Robredo, meanwhile, handed the award of class salutatorian, Jonathan Mendoza.
For the rest of the graduating class, it was Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who distributed the diplomas.
In his speech, the Commander-In-Chief reiterated to the 261-member of the PMA Mabalasik Class of 2019 to serve the country with humility, loyalty, and courage for today and the future generation.
“Serve your country well. Die for your country if it needs be,” the President said.
“Remember the young Filipinos yet to come, the children and those who are now studying. Huwag ninyong kalimutan iyan (Bear that in mind). And if you think that the country is not run the way it is and if it will destroy your country, you should know what to do. Do you understand me?” he added.
The PMA graduates responded with a resounding: “Yes, sir!” — Marje Pelayo
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday (May 23) refused to give its assessment on the credibility of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy following the retraction of his previous claims.
Advincula previously confessed as the man behind a series of narco-videos entitled “Ang Totoong Narcolist” that linked President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to illegal drugs trade.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, Advincula should submit first evidence that would prove his claims and allegations against the personalities he was implicating.
The Palace is leaving it up to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on what charges they will file against Advincula as consequences of his actions and for any violations of the law.
“We will have to wait for Bikoy or Advincula to substantiate his charges and after that we’ll see if there are charges to be filed in court then the truth will come out,” Panelo said.
“As I said repeatedly, no matter how you close, you cover, truth will always come out,” he added.
Malacañang, meanwhile, strongly denied the allegation of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who claimed that alias Bikoy’s retraction was another ploy by the Duterte administration to pin down the opposition.
“In the first place the opposition has been harassing this government, this administration. they are the ones sowing intrigues as we repeatedly said,” Panelo said.
Advincula surrendered to the police and revealed that everything he said in the videos were orchestrated by the Liberal Party (LP) and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Vice President Leni Robredo in a televised conference following Advincula’s surrender said all allegations is “unfair” to the opposition party.
“Napakaraming pangalan na nasambit. Ang Liberal Party once again (ay) nahila dito sa controversy. I can speak for the party. Wala kaming kinalaman dito sa Bikoy issue,” Robredo said.
“There were so many names mentioned. The Liberal Party was once again tagged in the controversy. I can speak for the party. We have nothing to do with this Bikoy issue.)
“Unfair na isali uli ang LP dito. Kung ito ay harassment, kung ito ay ginagawang paraan para lalong yurakan o tapakan ang Liberal Party o kaming nasa oposisyon, hindi ito magiging dahilan para magpatinag tayo, para huminto tayo sa pagpupuna kung may kailangang punahin,” she concluded.
(I find it unfair to again tag LP. If this is harassment to pull down the Liberal Party or the opposition, this will not be a reason for us to stop to criticize.) – (with reports from Rosalie Coz) Marje Pelayo
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