VP Robredo urges Filipino youth to “serve as light in the darkness”

admin   •   December 15, 2016   •   2572

Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during 5th Youth Leaders Summit held at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite.

Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during 5th Youth Leaders Summit held at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite.

 

CAVITE, Philippines — Around 500 youths from different areas in General Trias attended the 5th Youth Leaders Summit held at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite.

Local government officials graced the affair with no less than Vice President Leni Robredo leading the pack as the event’s main speaker.

“I am happy to know that many of our youth leaders here are ready to offer their efforts, intelligence, and time, and are dedicated to serve the next generation,” she said.

The vice president commended today’s youth for actively expressing  their views  and sees it as a big help to the country.

“Do you notice that the youth is the source of strength of our nation today? At a time when many adults like us are seemingly quiet, those who show courage are the youth. Your fighting spirit cannot be discounted, the intense desire of the Filipino youth to change the world and serve as light in
the darkness,” said the vice president.

Meanwhile, Vice President Robredo reminded the youth leaders in General Trias, Cavite to continue fighting for justice and equality.  — Randy Forastero | UNTV News & Rescue

Access to aid in quake-hit Itbayat, Batanes remains a challenge – Robredo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 31, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The deployment of relief goods to parts of Itbayat town in Batanes remains a challenge four days since two successive earthquakes jolted the area, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday.

Robredo made the observation after visiting the town earlier in the day to personally see the damages left by the temblor and to distribute relief packs to earthquake victims.

“Iyong pagkain, challenge. Iyong construction materials, challenge, dahil sa layo ng lugar. Mayroong mga barko na pumupunta, pero it takes a while bago makarating,” she said.

“Gaya noong dala namin, three days pa siya bago makarating. Halimbawa, iyong PAL (Philippine Airlines) nag-o-offer na makapagpadala sa kanila for free, pero hanggang Basco lang iyon, so kailangan pa din i-transport iyong mga goods. So ano talaga, mahirap. Kahit urgent, hindi talaga mamadali, dahil sa hirap ng pagpunta,” she added.

Robredo also noted that the steel bars, to be used for the rebuilding of damaged structures, are the most difficult to transport since these are too heavy for boats.

“Siguro iyong Navy ship iyong kailangan,” she said.

“Malawak iyong destruction. Iyong pinuntahan natin na barangay, iyong Santa Maria, tapos iyong dinaanan, San Rafael, sobrang dami ng bahay na nasira,” she added.

The vice president also stressed the need for the urgent building of shelters for affected residents.

“Siguro iyong first na pinaka-urgent, na may matulugan na sila na mas maayos. Mayroon naman tayong mga dala na gamit, pero mas pang-temporary siya. Siguro sa lalong madaling panahon, iyong pinaka-mahalaga, maka-build na ng temporary shelters,” she said.

Due to the damages sustained in Itbayat town, Robredo suggested for the local government unit to strengthen the prepositioning of relief goods and implement protocols for quick disaster response.

“Dapat mayroon na sanang, parang, protocols. Na kapag may nangyayari dito, paano iyong pagdala ng tulong. Kasi naaalala ko, in 2016, noong Typhoon Ferdie, nandito din ako, eh. Nandito din ako sa Itbayat, same problem. Iyong pinaka-problema talaga, kahit may sasakyan, mahaba talaga iyong travel time, eh. So siguro iyong kailangang i-consider din, magkaroon na ng… parang naka-store na provisions (of aid) lalo na sa pagkain,” she said.

“Iyong isa pa, talagang ang health services dito, iyong mga hospital, kailangan talagang paglaanan ng maraming tulong, para kapag may ganito, dahil malayo iyong mga dadalhan, dapat equipped noong mga kailangan,” she added.

The entire province of Batanes is listed in the UNESCO tentative list for inscription in the World Heritage list due to the intangible heritage elements of the Ivatan people, including their stone houses.

But Robredo said that following the quake, there is now a need to ‘tweak’ the design of stone houses in Batanes to withstand strong earthquakes.

Batanes residents are much prepared for tropical cyclones as the province, which sits in the northernmost part of the country, is usually in the path of storms entering the Philippines.

“Iyong sa akin, baka kailangan balikan na in preserving the stone houses, tingnan na kung paano niya mawi-withstand iyong ganito. Siguro kailangang i-tweak iyong design, iyong engineering design. Wala kasi siyang mga kabilya, eh. Talagang mga bato lahat,” Robredo said.

“Tama iyong sabi ni Gov, na for a very long time, ang pinaghahandaan kasi nila bagyo. Ngayon lang nag-strike itong ganitong katinding lindol, saka lang nila naisip na may problema pala iyong… parang iyong original design ng mga bahay dito,” she added.

The Vice President said they visited earthquake victims to extend assistance through its Angat Buhay initiative which partners with private companies in providing aid to communities in need.

They also donated an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine for the local hospital.

DOJ summons Robredo, 35 others over sedition raps

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned Vice President Leni Robredo and other respondents of criminal charges in relation to the “Bikoy” narco-list video series.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that subpoenas have been sent out to respondents on Friday for the preliminary investigation set on August 9 at 10 a.m.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) last week filed charges of sedition, cyber libel, estafa, harboring of a criminal, and obstruction of justice against Robredo and other opposition members based on the affidavit of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded figure ‘Bikoy’ in a series of videos dubbed as “Ang Totoong Narcolist.”

Robredo and other opposition members have been accused of orchestrating the videos as part of an alleged ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Guevarra has assured the public of a fair resolution to the complaint.

“I assure everyone of utmost fairness in the resolution of this case. The evidence, or the lack of it, will speak for itself,” he said.

The camp of Robredo had earlier said the vice president is prepared to face her accusers.

They also called the allegations as “politically-motivated,” and was only filed in an aim to impeach the vice president.

The remarks of Robredo’s camp follows the statement of Atty. Larry Gadon, lawyer of Advincula, on filing an impeachment case against Robredo if she is indicted for sedition and inciting to sedition charges.

Vice President’s camp hits SolGen for ‘singling out’ sedition raps vs Robredo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 25, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo (L) and Solicitor General Jose Calida (R)

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday hit the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for allegedly singling out the charges filed against Robredo and other known opposition members.

Robredo’s spokesperson, Atty. Barry Gutierrez, said the OSG should come up with a satisfactory explanation on its move to assist in the drafting of the raps filed against the vice president.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) last week filed charges of sedition, cyber libel and obstruction of justice against Robredo and other opposition members based on the affidavit of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded figure ‘Bikoy’ in a series of videos dubbed as “Ang Totoong Narcolist.”

Last May, Advincula accused Robredo and other opposition members of orchestrating the videos as part of an alleged ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Prior to his allegations against Robredo, Advincula accused Duterte and members of his family of having links to the narcotics trade.

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde earlier said they consulted the OSG prior to the filing of the complaint.

The OSG also confirmed its assistance in the drafting of the charges, insisting that part of its duty is to serve its clients when they seek legal advice. It also clarified that their client was the PNP-CIDG and not ‘Bikoy’.

“Even if they say legally pwede naman i-allow ito dahil walang express prohibition, I think they still have to explain if it is true na talagang sila nga ang nag-draft, why in this particular case they chose to participate and make single it out from other cases?” Gutierrez said.

He added that OSG’s alleged involvement in the case shows that the complaint against Robredo is “politically-motivated,” and was only filed in an aim to impeach the vice president.

“We are very, very bothered by these statements na impeachment pala talaga ang patutunguhan nito mukhang mayroong hand ang OSG dito kasi in all of that taken together which seem to indicate na this is not an ordinary criminal proceeding but this is really politically motivated to harass the Vice President,” Gutierrez said.

Atty. Larry Gadon, the lawyer of Advincula, earlier said he would file an impeachment against Robredo if she is indicted for sedition and inciting to sedition charges.

Gutierrez said Robredo and her legal team are now preparing to face the accusers in court.

“The Vice president is ready to face whatever trumped-up charges will be brought against her,” he said. (with details from Grace Casin)

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