VP Robredo wants to involve private sector in drug war

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2019   •   904

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo met with the private sector on Monday (November 11) days after she officially accepted the appointment of drug czar.

Among the agenda in the closed-door meeting was to promote a health-based and faith-based approach in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

According to Robredo, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed support to the initiative of the Community-Based Drug Rehab Alliance (COBRA) on the matter.

“Secretary Año and USec. Echiverri were both very open to the idea of providing idea for this platform,” Robredo said.

“Kasi andami nang experiences on the ground na pwedeng yung lessons manggaling sa mga advocates and private organizations working (There are a lot of experiences on the ground which could be learned from advocates and private organizations working),” she added.

The Vice President has been vocal in her proposal to involve the private sector in the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) since she accepted the position from President Rodrigo Duterte, despite being a staunch critic of the campaign.

Robredo said the war on drugs is not a government matter but also a community concern as well.

“Ang nangyayari, ang gobyerno may ginagawa, ang private may ginagawa, pero walang masyadong (What’s happening is that the government has its own action plan while the private sector also has its own, but there is no) linkage except in local government unit like Caloocan,“ she explained.

Robredo noted that the campaign would be more effective if there would be a collaboration between the public and the private sectors.

She further stressed that it would be helpful to evaluate and use a basis for the anti-drug campaign scholarly studies especially the updated statistics in relation to problems on illegal drugs. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

VP Leni under quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 positive case

Maris Federez   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, President — Vice President Leni Robredo has announced that she is under quarantine following exposure to a COVID-19 case.

Robredo made the disclosure in a Facebook live video on Wednesday (December 29) afternoon, noting that she was exposed to one of her close-in security who tested positive for the virus Tuesday.

“Kagabi tinawagan ako na yung isang close-in security ko nag-positive. So ngayon, naka-quarantine ako,” she said.

The Vice President said she, along with her team who were also exposed will be on quarantine for seven days.

She added that they started their isolation period immediately after hearing the news from the security team on Tuesday night.

“Our protocol in the office is to go on quarantine for seven days, kaya hanggang after New Year pa,” she added.

Robredo said that while this development put her planned visit to more typhoon-hit areas in the country on hold, she assured that the relief operations her office has been conducting will not stop.

“Yung trabaho ko gagawin ko na munang online para hindi sayang sa oras pero nahinto yung aking pag-iikot pero rest assured na yung mga teams natin ay tuloy tuloy yung relief operations on the ground,” she said.

The Vice President said this is the second time she has been exposed to a COVID-19 case.

She is fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot this month. —/mbmf

Presidential aspirants launch relief assistance to areas affected by Typhoon Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 17, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao has called on his fellow aspirants to join forces in extending assistance to areas affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

Pacquiao made the appeal through his Facebook and Twitter accounts, asking other candidates in the 2022 national elections to set aside politics and join together to help the typhoon victims.

Vice President Leni Robredo, in her reply via twitter, signified her support to Pacquiao’s call.

Pacquiao thanked the vice president and offered the cargo plane he chartered to bring assistance to those affected by Typhoon Odette.

The two candidates committed to having close coordination to implement the said activity.

Meanwhile, VP Robredo said she also personally lead in receiving in-kind donations and preparing the same for distribution to the typhoon victims.

“Para mas mapabilis ang pagkilos natin, nandito po ako ngayon sa ating Campaign Volunteer Center sa Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, which we will be converting into a relief hub. We also convened our operations center dito,” Robredo said.

“Starting today, puwede na pong mag-drop off ng mga in-kind donations dito,” she added.

Robredo also appealed for volunteers to help them in repacking the goods. Details of this, she said, will be posted on their official FB page.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Leody de Guzman also responded to Pacquiao’s call.

He volunteered his group to help in the distribution of the relief goods.

“Tama yun. Napapanahon yung ganyang panawagan. Yung maraming pera, yung may bilyon bilyon 3-5 billion na uubusin na eleksyon ay maganda yung kalahati niyan ibigay sa mga taga Mindanao dahil sa nangangailangan sila duon. Katulad ko at Rj nakahanda kami sa makinarya sa distribusyon ng kanilang ipamimigay,” de Guzman said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, said that should Senator Pacquiao made his appeal personal through private communication, he could have acquiesced and joined the call.

He said he will also send his reply privately and will offer his resources.

But since, Lacson said, the appeal was made through social media, responding to it will violate his principles, saying ‘calamity politics’ is the lowest form of campaigning.

“Since it was done through media – it goes against my principled belief that ‘calamity politics’ is the lowest form of campaigning. In fact, I consider it abominable,” Lacson said.

As in the past, he and his friends and supporters send help to those affected by calamities without media coverage.

“As in the past calamities, my Senate office, as well as friends and supporters, assisted without fanfare and without any media coverage. We did it in Cagayan Valley, and Bicol region, and some other areas hit by strong typhoons,” he said.

He emphasized that election or no election, his team is always ready to help.

For his part, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno asked the city council led by its Presiding officer Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna to hold a special session and pass a resolution to allocate funds to be used in sending help to families affected by Typhoon Odette.

“I have already asked the presiding officer of the City Council, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, to immediately hold a special session and a resolution be passed allocating a certain sum of money for the typhoon victims in the Visayas and Mindanao,” Mayor Isko said.

Moreno’s camp has also launched a donation drive and urged the participation of all who can help and coordinate with his office.

Meanwhile, the tandem of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio used their volunteers in distributing relief goods in areas hit by Typhoon Odette.

The BBM-Sara Uniteam prepared relief packs containing 5 kilos of rice, canned goods, milk, and coffee.

On his Facebook page, Marcos thanked all who sent help to his office and their headquarters.

“Marami pong salamat sa lahat ng nagparating ng agarang tulong sa ating mga tanggapan at headquarters. Mahalagang maitawid ito sa ating mga kababayan sa lalong madaling panahon,” Marcos said.

“Ipakita natin ang pagbabayanihang Pilipino na siyang magbabangon sa atin mula anumang sakuna,” he added. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

No frontrunner yet among presidential candidates — analyst

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —No frontrunner has yet emerged among the 2022 presidential aspirants, according to political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple.

With the campaign season still yet to start, Casiple said no clear platform has been laid down so far by any of the candidates.

Casiple also noted that even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s initial declaration not to join the presidential race still cannot be considered as a final decision of the local chief executive. Not until the deadline for the substitution of candidates which is on November 15.

“Alam mo naman sa pulitika wala namang usapang tapos,” he said.

Meanwhile, presidential aspirants have started going out of their way to visit places as a prelude to the election campaign period.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno went to Barangay Banaba in Tarlac City Thursday with his running mate Dr. Willie Ong and the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko.

Moreno held a dialogue with a farmer group and presented to them his plans to use government lands nationwide for their benefit, as well as the fisherfolks, in case he wins the elections.

“Naisip ko hindi ako totosgas. Hindi na ako gagastos para bumili ng lupa. Ang gagastusan ko na lang magtatag ako ng cold storage facility para sa dalawang industriya. Gulay tinanong mo, isasabay ko na dito ang isda,” Moreno said.

Labor leader Leody de Guzman, meanwhile, will also focus on the agricultural sector.

He said that, although he doesn’t have the machinery in running his candidacy, he is still hoping for the support of the farmers come election day.

“Buong Pilipinas yan. Forty-five million yan. May 11 million na magsasaka at yan rin ang pangunahing paglilingkuran. Plano ko na buhusan ng pondo ang ating magsasaka at mangingisda para tiyakin yung food security o availablity ng pagkain,” de Guzman said.

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban Cusi Wing) presidential bet Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, on the other hand, said he will push for the amendment of the Constitution, particularly its economic provisions.

He said he will advocate for a more welcoming business climate in the country that will encourage foreign investments.

“Yung restrictive economic provisions sa ating Constitution ay dadagdagan natin ng phrase na ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to give the Senate [Congress] a leeway to decide on yung pagpasok ng mga foreign investments dito, lalong-lalo na sa ownership ng mga lands,” Bato said.

For presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo, as reflected by the color pink, her leadership will be evident through her gentle manner of speaking, working, and reaching out to the people.

These, she said, must also be reflected in the way of life of every Filipino.

“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe,” Robredo said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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