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Response to VP Leni Robredo reading “Digong Dilaw” to the kids of Tondo, Manila

I would like to clarify this issue about VP Leni Robredo yesterday regarding her reading the “Digong Dilaw” book for the kids of Tondo, Manila. I was there and I believe I am highly involved in this issue. This is my response to Mr. Francis Abraham’s facebook post yesterday.

I am Jam Ong, the founder of the Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo,a group who STAUNCHLY supports President Duterte and VP Leni amidst all the political and personal misunderstandings and issues. Moreover, we are not employed or under any government offices, we are an individual group who has our own principles and mission. We volunteer, we help, we donate, we promote unity between the president and vice president over diversity. (Feel free to question who and why I support them, I’d love to refute.)

Our group volunteered to help her anti-poverty program (Metrolaylayan) yesterday, November 6, and I was one of those who were assigned on the day care activities.

Our group owns the Digong Dilaw book that VP Leni read yesterday to the kids. Again, it is a book written by our national artist Virgilio S. Almario way back in 2003 (it was published even before the divisive issues between the president and the “yellows” rose to public).

VP Leni already read this story to the kids before in Camarines Sur way back in 2017 (READ: Digong Dilaw? Robredo picks book on yellow-loving kid for storytelling session) and has expressed her admiration for the book during her radio interviews, I’m actually surprised how it made noise just now when it was her second time reading it lol!

Now, I was the one who personally asked her to read it because I’m a Dubredo (DUterte and roBREDO supporter) and ‘Digong’ and ‘Dilaw’ are in the title, the irony is just perfect but aside from that, I don’t see anything wrong with the story being told to the children as it actually is about a boy named Digo who is very much into yellow foods and the lesson of the story is to also eat other kinds/colors of food aside from yellow. Relating it to this political world, I still don’t think it is wrong because looking at the story at a deeper aspect, the plot actually encourages the readers to NOT be biased with colors and open our eyes to the other options as well. This may sound funny but naging malungkot ang buhay ni Digo dahil lahat ng nasa paligid niya ay naging dilaw, isn’t relatable? Hindi ba magiging nakakapanlumo ang bansa kung lahat tayo magiging bias lang sa iisang kulay? Let’s be objective here. Let’s fathom into the issues deeper.

Also, looks like most just read the title of the book and didn’t bother to read its content before criticizing VP Leni for reading it. The lesson is deep, the lesson is meaningful and important. Actually Sass Sasot (A staunch Duterte supporter) posted about it before I think way back in 2016 finding the irony also humorous, why are we so mad now? How are most DDS reacting negative to this now? I thought we love humor because our President has it? Spare the vice president from the accusations that this is a PR stunt, our intentions are pure.

Lastly, I didn’t ask her (VP Leni) to read it to mind-condition the children or to generate a PR stunt for her or in favor of anyone. I asked her to read it because we mutually admire the irony and the lesson the book can bring PLUS I personally like to promote the book to support our very own national artist, Virgilio S. Almario. 😊 Support our own, support the local, yeah? Unity is the beginning of growth of this country.

Yours truly,

Jam Ong

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When President Duterte and VP Leni talk about each other

As much as I think VP Leni feels so liberated talking about President Duterte on her interviews, talks and media engagements, President Duterte feels the opposite. Not that he feel oppressed or he doesn’t enjoy talking about her but it’s more of that he doesn’t feel very comfortable talking about her maybe because he is afraid that his words and opinions about her might get misinterpreted — by her or the people — just like what happened in Tacloban last November 2016.

When President Duterte talks about VP Leni

President Duterte is not so good in expressing his thoughts straight to the point, I can say that even if I am a staunch supporter of him, it’s kind of like his weakness. Now there was a time he spoke about VP Leni in front of the public and everyone misinterpreted his whole thought from the real idea that he wants to convey — wanting to protect her from the eyes of the others — to the whole idea that he was ogling at her legs and perverting around.

Ever since that instance, I felt like he changed. He started to feel insecure talking about her in public.

Whenever he is composed and the media asks him about her, he strives so hard to pick the right words. I remember observing his gesture of snapping as he try to think of the most precise and accurate word to describe VP Leni and her works. Other than that, when he also describes her (physically and intellectually) as follows:

1. Beautiful – yes, he uses this term to describe her all the time and he never described her as just a pretty or cute or hot or alluring — she is purely beautiful to him. Pay attention to that choice of word.

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The struggles of Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo on Leni Robredo’s side

People usually think Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo is just a typical support group of President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo but this core group is more than just a group of people who supports two same people. After all that we’ve been through, this core group is now like a family that you can’t just brainwash or wreck apart.

We started from zero, no connections to President Duterte or VP Leni Robredo but we decided to work on reaching out to VP Leni first. Most of the people today think it was so easy for us to reach VP Leni but God knows how much we struggled as we paved our way to her. We came across her millennial supporters who didn’t welcome us warmly because we support President Duterte.

Specifically, we came face to face with the Mar-Leni supporters, the Leni-only supporters who criticized our core group, told us we wouldn’t last long and we would part ways after 2016 because Duterte and Leni’s tandem isn’t just possible at all. Most of them told us that VP Leni wouldn’t like our group at all because she doesn’t like Duterte and that time, I didn’t know who Leni Robredo was in depth so I had nothing to hold on to than my own mind telling me that I should keep paving our way to her so that I can determine with my own eyes and ears if Leni Robredo would actually support this Duterte-Robredo support group. I didn’t buy any of their comments and discouraging words, the only thing I believed in is that Leni Robredo is a good person and one day, if she meets this group, she’ll appreciate Dubredo Army.

Being the founder and leader of this group who’s very new to the world of politics and governance, I felt so degraded and hopeless being surrounded by people who discouraged us to push through. I never talked to Leni, I wasn’t aware of her person in depth and it wasn’t easy to make myself hold on to the fact that she will ever notice us, I mean, as we made our way to her, we met so many people supporting her and working for her and about 90% of them doesn’t like the man (Duterte) we support pero hindi ako sumuko, pinilit kong isipin na ‘no, her people doesn’t define her. Just because ayaw ng karamihan ng mga taong nakapaligid sakanya kay Duterte eh ibig sabihin non ayaw rin niya kay Duterte. She has her own mind, she is her own person.’

But man, that was the only thing I was holding on to during those times.

Scheduling a meeting VP Leni isn’t as easy as most of the people think. We had to talk to several people to walk us into her office for a courtesy call or meet/greet with supporters and for the record, those people we had to talk to are the ones who had their social media accounts filled with criticisms against Duterte. We had to stay professional and casual with them despite that, just imagine that.

We joined this ‘social media group’ of someone who once worked at her office (not dropping names) together with the other millennial Leni supporters who made us their utusan. This person asked us to make graphic artworks, directed us to post things on our social media accounts, asked us to repost things about Leni, some of the Dubredos felt like we’re working on making their work easier. Of course, we thought he/she is our only way to Leni so we did what he/she wanted us to do. We spent time to edit graphic artworks but instead of being appreciated, we only heard criticisms and judgments from him/her and the other members of the group.

Hindi maganda yung pagkaka-edit nung graphics.

Ang liit ng text.

We spent hours editing but our works were never posted, our edits were never used, sometimes they would just ignore the graphics we edited for hours — they just wasted our time, didn’t even thank us for trying.

As a part of the social media group, we also expressed our suggestions and ideas to help promoting VP Leni’s works and advocacies but then these people never listened because Dubredo kami eh. There are times that we just happily share new articles about President Duterte and VP Leni just because we are pleased to see them all fine but all we get from these people are scolds.

Bawal ang Dubredo dito.

Luh. Please don’t mention Duterte.

About Leni lang ang pwede dito.

From the very start, they already assumed that VP Leni Robredo would never appreciate us so they never valued us as her supporters. Sabit lang kami sa other Leni supporters noon.

But then, sino nga ba ang Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo supporters para i-please or pakinggan nila ‘di ba? Syempre kung gusto nila magpalakas kay VP Leni doon sila didikit sa mga Leni supporters kase uncertain rin naman nga sila kung magugustuhan ba talaga ni Leni yung Dubredo Army. Baka mamaya kapag lumapit lapit sila saaming Duterte-Robredo, imbis na lumakas sila kay Leni, humina pa sila.

So we, Duterte-Robredo supporters had to get along with it. Nobody liked us, nobody believed in us, nobody appreciated our mission. We also had doubts if Leni would appreciate us but during our early days, we just wanted her to know that there are people who supports her and the president, yun lang, masaya na kami.

Hindi namin hinangad na maging bida sa office ni Leni, we never asked to be treated special. We didn’t want to meet Leni Robredo to earn some bragging rights or to just earn a connection. We just wanted to empower the idea that it is better to support the president and the vice president instead of pitting them against each other. But since we’re so new to this political supporting world, the people who had much knowledge played us and then used us. I’m not taking it back, I’m not holding my words back, pinagtripan kami and then ginawang utusan para mas mapadali ang trabaho nila.

I told some of our members before that it’s okay, let’s be understanding, during that time some of the Dubredo Army members started complaining because they felt like a slave on that group — most of us are professionals pero anong ginawa nitong mga millennial intern saamin? Ginawang taga-edit, taga-post and then made us a laughingstock because sumusunod lang kami. I told the DuBredos that one day they’ll appreciate us especially if we meet VP Leni already. Tiis tiis lang.

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10 Reasons why I believe President Duterte is for Leni Robredo

I repeat again, I am both pro-Duterte and pro-Robredo. Previously, I wrote a blog post about the five reasons why I believe VP Leni Robredo is for President Duterte (read here) and I believe this blog post is in relate to that. I don’t wanna sound so bias saying it’s only VP Leni who’s all sincere about unity so I made this.

As you can see, I only wrote five (5) reasons why on my last post, that is because VP Leni is a lady and dapat mas reserved (lol!). Now this, I lay to you ten reasons why I believe that President Duterte likes VP Leni Robredo as a co-government official and most importantly, as a person.

1. Maganda talaga siya. Let’s start with the elections period. Leni Robredo ran with the Liberal Party, the party well-known to be the complete opposite of Digong’s side but not because of it’s policies but its known members and people. Digong is tactless, if he doesn’t like you, he’ll say it, he’ll throw shades on you but during the elections he chose to praise the lady in yellow named, Leni Robredo. (WATCH: Duterte wants ‘beautiful’ Leni Robredo as assistant president)

Duterte blushes over Leni Robredo when the media asked him why he wants her to be his assistant president.

I know a lot have seen this video so I wouldn’t fathom further but I would like to mention the time that Digong was throwing shade at Mar Roxas and then he pulled the brakes and said ‘dinamay pa yung matinong babae’ wherein he is referring to Leni Robredo as the matinong babae. To think, Digong and Leni aren’t close friends that time and it was elections, she is from the other side and she isn’t his running mate. He could’ve easily dragged her with Mar Roxas but he chose to exempt her instead.

Now this is the time for you, reader, to think about it.

2. Diamond ring for Leni Robredo. This instance I’m about to mention is when Digong was asked what position will he be giving to Leni Robredo when she started leading the VP race. Let me just point out that he was ranting before this question was thrown at him so I was expecting a negative statement from him but then guess what he said?

“Ano bang magandang singsing?”

(WATCH: Duterte plans to give Leni a ring)

His dimmed mood turned light when he was asked about Leni and it’s just amusing because he shouldn’t be talking that way about her during elections — politics-wise — because he might deliver supporters to her with that instance, eh hindi naman siya ang running mate niya but he didn’t care.

Also, Digong is a ladies’s man who doesn’t really like associating himself with putting so much effort to win a woman’s heart or affection or have someone to marry him but then aside from this ring statement, he also once dared Leni to marry him.

Shocking right?

Sige, dalaga man siya. Pakasalan niya ako.”

(READ: Digong challenges Leni to marry him)

He once challenged though we all know it’s uttered in jest but jokes are half meant and we all know that this man likes that lady in yellow.

How I wish VP Leni rebutted that dare (also in jest) with something like “Sige, nasaan na ang singsing?” To light up the mood ‘di ba?

Si Honeylet nga di niya niyaya magpakasal pero si Leni niyaya niya. Who’s the real winner here? Hahaha! But on a serious note, kapag cinonsider niya yung kasal with a lady, you know he really likes her. Look at ma’am Elizabeth Zimmerman, Digong proudly says that he loves her and he even married her. Kahit kilalang ladies’ man yang si Digong, alam mo talaga kapag seryoso siya sa babae eh.

3. Lady with a Mona Lisa smile. Digong never described Leni the way he describes most women. We all know the typical adjectives he use to praise women like sexy, hot or delicious but hey, he never used those terms to this lady in yellow. There are so many instances that he described Leni Robredo but it has always been respectful. He said she is very beautiful, kind and very ladylike, she is very reserved lady with a Mona Lisa smile, he once said her beauty is something that hypnotizes him that he finds himself just staring at her every time she speaks — it has always been like that. He never described her in a manner that it sounds disrespectful or something that could be misinterpreted.

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Digong with his bungisngis lady, Leni Robredo.

If you would think about it, why is she so special? Why is he so careful about her? Why does he talk about her and describe her that way like she’s so special to him? Or maybe she really is?

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Transcript: Duterte-Robredo supporters on OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz Radio station

Last April 9, 2018, me and some members of the Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo visited the DWBL 1242kHz radio station in Paragon Plaza for an interview with Teddy Pereña.

[WATCH: Dubredo Army radio interview at OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz, April 9.]

Below is the transcript of my main interview speaking as the founder of Dubredo Army.


Teddy: Okay balik na po tayo sa OKS radio. Oras ng Kaalaman at Saya. Ka Teddy Pereña kasama si Jessie Uy at ang mga panauhin natin.

Teddy: Okay ito na Jessie, masarap ang talakayan natin ngayon. At ang aming gusto ipakilala sainyo ay ang founder ng Dubredo Army yung Dubredo po ay pinagsama na Duterte and Robredo ang aking tinutukoy ay si Jam Ong, magandang hapon sa’yo Jam.

Jam: Ayan, magandang um– tanghali, hapon? Hapon na.

Teddy: Relax ka lang.

Jam: Ayan, magandang hapon sa lahat ng nakikinig po at sa mga,

Teddy: Banggitin mo rin yung mga kasamahan mo, siguro isa isa tatawagan natin sila mamaya.

Jam: Actually kasama natin sa studio yung ibang member ng Dubredo Army. Ayan, very active yan sa social media. Yung mga nakikita niyong positive na balita tungkol sa ating pangulo at bise, yan, sila yung mga nagpopost lagi.

Teddy: Pakilala mo na isa isa.

Jam: Papakilala natin si Camille,

Teddy: Taas lang ang kamay mo. Di nakikita yan kase yung camera. Harap ka na muna doon.

Jam: Si Nadine,

Teddy: Si Nadine o si Din Din.

Jam: si Dindin. Pwede niyo siya tawaging ate Dindin, yes. Very approachable naman ang ating mga members tsaka ang pinakahuli sa lahat, yung pinakapaborito nating member, si Vida.

Teddy: si Vida, oo. Yan ang bida natin mamaya.

HISTORY OF DUBREDO ARMY

Teddy: Okay, ang una nating katanungan, Jessie, kay Jam, papano mo naisipan itong buoin at kailan, yung Dubredo Army?

Jam: Yung Dubredo Army binuo ko siya out of random lang. Hindi ko siya pinlano na magiging ganito, parang gumawa lang ako sa Twitter nung account ng Dubredo Army, parang ‘army’ in defense sa ating nanalo.

Teddy: Ah, okay.

Jam: Kase malamang may mga galit jan.

Teddy: Hindi air force?

Jam: Hindi naman.

Teddy: Hindi marines? Dubredo. Matapang daw ang marines. Anyway sige ituloy mo.

Jam: Ayun.

Teddy: Kailang formally nabuo?

Jam: Binuo ko siya, actually, after magkita ng pangulo at nung bise for the first time sa AFP change of command and then a day after,

Teddy: kaya army din dahil doon nag-abot.

Jam: Opo. Parang doon nga nabuo. Tapos ayan, nabuo na yung Twitter tapos parang hinayaan ko lang siya ng ilang linggo tapos nakita ko may mga nagfofollow na. Tapos ayan, dumami ng dumami yung followers hanggang sa may nabuo ng group chat. Tapos doon ko nakita ‘ay, marami pala.’

Teddy: So wala ka talagang core group na nag-usap muna kayo, wala?

Jam: Wala. Wala po.

Teddy: Talagang on social media.

Jam: Parang ano lang rin siya, nabuo siya out of destiny.

Teddy: Yan!

Jam: Kase alam niyo naman yung, alam niyo naman yung kay VP at pangulo, di naman dapat sila tatakbo dahil nung una ayaw naman talaga nila pero ayan, out of destiny, nanalo sila.

Teddy: So yung parehong walang plano kamo, yun ang napa-upo. Niluklok ng tao.

Jam: Opo

Teddy: Oh ikaw Jessie, ano ang gusto malaman sa Dubredo Army?

Jessie: Sige i-continue mo lang para marami pa akong malaman.

Teddy: So pagkatapos kailan kayo unang nag-meet na in person?

Jam: Well nung una po kase marami talaga kami. Hindi pa filtered as in merong mga Duterte lang, meron mga Leni lang na sumali.

Teddy: Ah, na hindi pa nila naintindihan.

Jam: Yung unang meet up sa, tama ba, sa office ni Vice President? Na parang courtesy call ng social media team. Yon very halo halo na.

Teddy: Parang April ano ba yon?

Jam: Parang September,

[inaudible Dubredo: September 4]

Jam: September 4.

Teddy: September

[inaudible Dubredo: Yung Davao bombing]

Jam: Oo, inispill niya, okay.

Teddy: Bago mag ano ito, bago mag-Angat Buhay launching.

Jam: Opo, wala pang Angat Buhay.

Teddy: Kase October yon e.

Jam: Opo. Ayan. Very general. Actually, wala ako non kase may pasok ako.

Teddy: Ah *laughs* Dahil studyante pa po si Jam.

Jam: Kaya ang sabi ko doon sa nga Dubredo, sige kayo muna ang makipagkilala kay VP. Pero nung time na yon hindi pa siya very solid. Parang pumunta sila sa office ni VP ng Leni supporters

Jessie: Ayun.

Teddy: Ah okay. So wala pang formal organization?

Jam: Wala pa. Though yung iba sakanila alam na Dubredo sila, yan sila [points to Dubredo members at the studio]

Teddy: Mga orig ba? Orig.

Jam: Opo.

Jessie: So marami ba kayo nung pumunta kayo doon? Mga ilan kayo?

Jam: Mga ilan ba yon?

[inaudible Dubredo: mga twenty five.]

Jam: Mga twenty.

Teddy: Uy marami.

Jam: Pero yung mga Dubredo doon mga six lang, (tama ba yon) mga ganon? Tapos ayun, nakita nila si VP tapos nagreport sila saakin.

Teddy: Reporting!

Jam: Pinuntahan nila ako doonsa lugar ko tapos doon kami nagmeeting, parang yun na yung unang pagkikita namin.

Teddy: Ayun. Tapos lumaki at lumago na.

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Dahil bale magiisang taon kalaon, magdadalawang taon palang kayo noh?

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Tama ano, ayan Jessie,

Jessie: Dapat pala sa September. Kung 17, 18, magone year palang, di ba?

Teddy: Hindi, 16 yung sinasabi niya.

Jam: 2016.

Jessie: Ah, 2016. Magto-two years.

Teddy: Mga July 2016 yung ginawa niyang Twitter post.

Jessie: Ah okay.

Teddy: So parang yun yung official na pangangak non,

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Kaya nga love child (ni Duterte at Robredo) siya eh.

Jam: Oh.

*laughs*

Teddy: Alam mo ba istorya non?

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Duterte teases Robredo: ‘I love to see my vice president’

Dad has always been proud of his beautiful vice president. It’s really a nice view not just for me but to all Filipinos.

Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo

President Rodrigo Duterte teased Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday, calling her “my lady” at the graduation of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class of 2018 in Silang, Cavite.

“This is the third time that I have greeted you, my lady. Una sa PMA in Baguio, then Fort Bonifacio kahapon at dito ngayon. Sana po may graduation pang iba para magkita pa rin tayo. I love to see my vice president,” Duterte told a smiling Robredo, who was among the guests in the event.

On Tuesday, Duterte ribbed Robredo, saying she was on the agenda of the late night meeting of the National Security Council Executive Committee on Monday.

It was the third time in a week that Duterte and Robredo shared the same stage.

The two attended the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alab Tala Class of 2018 on Sunday in Baguio City and the…

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Five Reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte should be on social media

I believe President Duterte should have his own social media account owned and managed by no other than himself. Not his assistant, not his aide, not his subordinates but himself.

I’ll be stating five reasons why:

1. Direct contact. Having a personal public social media account that he controls on his own can serve as every Filipino’s direct contact to him. It makes him accessible to the people without risking his physical self.

Despite that there could be chances that he will miss to see messages, there are still chances na mababasa niya yung mga may gusto sabihin and iba parin yung siya mismo ang nascoscroll at nagbabasa than having his aide scroll and read then have his aide filter things out and have the messages his aide liked or chose to be relayed to him.

2. Awareness. Having his own social media account can raise the president’s awareness to what is really the situation in the social media. It is also one method for him to keep an eye to his subordinates and regulate them. With this, he can really see and monitor with his own eyes kung sino ba talaga ang mga naninira, nagpapagamit, namumulitika at nagkakalat ng fake news. It’s about time!

3. Clarification. The president can clarify vague issues, correct misleading headlines, call out misinformation if he has his own social media account because the people and his audience are more likely to believe an information that comes directly from him instead of the information written by the mass media and mainstream media.

How cool is it to have your questions be answered by the president himself? How nice would it be to confide your problems and be asked by the president himself about how he could help?

4. Accuracy and credibility. The accuracy and credibility of an info is higher if it comes directly from him, typed by himself or said by himself instead of having a certain organization, person or group to post or say it for him because I believe there are times that his people slightly twists his words and use it for their own benefit. I can’t be the only who notice how a lot of people suck up to him for their own political agendas and benefits. Sick!!

5. Central source. Having his own social media accounts can give the people a central source of legitimate news about him and his administration. If you are a supporter of the president, will you question the legitimacy of an information that comes directly from him? I don’t think so.

Compare that case to seeing updates and news about the president through some big pages who you clearly have no idea who controls or some pro-Duterte bloggers who can’t just settle with stating facts and keeps adding more infos to make things even more impressive than to what it really is.

‘Di ba mas okay if si Digong mismo yung source?

Wouldn’t it be better to get the answers to your questions directly from him instead of having your questions pass through so many people before it reaches him?

I don’t think it would be that hard? Trump is doing it with his separate account and the @POTUS, Obama did it too when he was still the president of USA, Widodo has a personal Twitter account as well so why can’t our own President Duterte? I believe he can and he should.