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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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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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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.

Do or Don’t, there is no try DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

Digong is like Yoda of Star Wars, for him, it’s do or don’t there is no try. It’s somehow normal for him to hire people he once worked with, he’s close with or someone he trusts because why would you actually hire a total stranger? But once you get hired by him, that doesn’t mean you’re safe from getting fired. Just because you’re his friend doesn’t mean that you can just slack off there and get paid. Ano ka sinuswerte?

One proof of this is Digong’s acceptance of DOJ Secretary Aguirre’s resignation. He is his long time fraternity brother in Lex Taleonis Fraternity, his schoolmate in San Beda but it was when he was seated as department of Justice secretary when the cases against some well-known drug lords got dismissed. This fumed not only Digong but the Filipinos.

How can those big time drug lords — who some are self confessed — got their cases dismissed? What’s disappointing is Aguirre failed to keep the credibility of DOJ during his time of leadership with such instance.

It’s just either Aguirre was asked to resign to avoid further humiliation or he resigned out of delicadeza but the only reason for these two is because he is no longer an effective DOJ secretary.

Just as I said earlier, President Duterte, he doesn’t care if you’re his friend, if you’re someone close to him. Sure, he’ll give you a chance to work as his subordinate but it’s always the “do your job or resign.”

To think, Aguirre has the capacity to plead the president to keep him in his position despite this failure but instead, he chose to resign. I never liked Aguirre; ever since he had this ear covering fight with Miriam Defensor-Santiago, but I give him my thumbs up for this move that he did.

I hope the next DOJ secretary will help the DOJ regain it’s full credibility.

Does President Duterte know how to listen?

Do I think President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t know how listen?

Diktador!

Walang pakielam sa boses ng mga tao!

Cut it off.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been a good listener so I say, yes, he does listen. Some people may refute at this point of my post, tell me I’m being a bias supporter but give me a chance to explain why I think he’s a listener.

Early after he was seated as the president, he appointed people at the cabinet. Have you tried paying attention to the people he appointed there? Have you noticed how he allowed lefts, socialists, centrists, soldiers and economists to be seated there during the cabinet meeting?

Di mo gets yung point? Let me break it down to you.

Left/Socialist: The ones who ALWAYS criticize the government. Some may say they are anti-administration but sila yung walang political side, they are always for the people, their top priority is the people.

Known Lefts: DSWD Judy Taguiwalo, DAR Rafael Mariano, KADAMAY, Renato Reyes

Centrist: The ones who trust the government and is appreciative of everything the public servant or political figure or the administration contribute in the development of the country regardless of their political position and background but also criticizes the administration. Liberal, PDP, independent, etc, basta may nagawa kang maganda, naappreciate yan ng centrists, may nagawa kang mali, expect criticism from the centrists.

Known Centrists: CabSec Jun Evasco, Karen Davila, VP Leni Robredo

Soldiers: As their label, these are the soldiers and you know soldiers are for the administration and the seated leader. They are the wise men who are willing to die for the country and serve the people and the nation. Most of the time, they are the ones who stands up for their chief’s decision.

Known Soldiers: DND Delfin Lorenzana, Eduardo Año

Economist: These are the people who’s top concern is the economic growth and wealth of the country. Sila yung usually kalaban ng mga left and socialist because sometimes their decisions and the things they want to happen affects the poor and the people.

Known Economists: DOF Sonny Dominguez, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

With all of those people seated with the president during the cabinet meeting, do you still think he doesn’t listen? If yes, please keep reading.

According to the people of the cabinet, every cabinet meeting, the president presents the issues and problems of the nation and let the cabinet members fathom, discuss and argue about it. Hinahayaan niyang maglatag sila ng mga suggestions, comments, negative reactions and demands, he makes the members argue with their thoughts and points and refute each other, that’s the time when he listens.

“Nakikinig lang ang pangulo, at the end of the day, at the end of the meeting, that’s the time he’ll make a decision.”

Weh? Parang hindi naman.

Let me state an example na madaling maitindihan. Issue is the approval of P2000 of pension hike to the SSS beneficiaries.

The lefts protested about this. Hindi pwedeng hindi ibigay ang P2000 na pension hike sa mga beneficiaries ng SSS. Nangako ang gobyerno na magkakaroon ng hike tapos hindi niyo ibibigay?

The economists refuted this protest. Mababankrupt tayo kung ibibigay yang P2000 hike na yan. Mashoshort ang funds ng SSS, yung fund life natin na nakabudget until 2042 iigsi until 2025 nalang.

If you, a normal citizen of the country would hear these two sides, parang ang hirap magdecide ‘di ba? Sige nga, make a decision and defend it at this moment.

As the president looked into this issue and listened to the sentiments of the two sides, he decided to settle on a wise solution.

Sige, let’s meet halfway. We’ll approve the hike — after he heard the sentiments of the left — but we’ll cut it to P1000 instead of P2000 — after he head the sentiments of the economists. Problem solved!

Please don’t tell me, YAN LANG? I can’t write all the proofs here, uso rin naman magresearch on your own. Anyways, I’ll give you another case that shows how President Duterte listens.

Right after the SONA 2017 of President Duterte, he went outside Batasang Pambansa to face the left wing protesters lashing out who are mostly composed of violent lefts and militants.

Duterte speaks to the protesters after his SONA 2017

“Security nightmare ‘yan when the president planned to be there.”

— Chief Supt. Eleazar, QC Police Director

Despite his busy schedule, the president took time to have a dialogue with the violent protesters. HE WANTED TO HEAR THEM OUT. He asked them what were their issues, what are their sentiments and complaints, however, he didn’t receive much response from these protesters than “DUTERTE RESIGN! DIKTADOR! EJK BLA BLA.”

When he saw the people protesting over his decision to stop the peace talks, there were placards demanding him to resume peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF so he addressed it. He explained why he decided to ditch the peace talks, the killings and ambush of military and police personnel perpetrated by the rebels prompted him to.

There you go, he answered it for you. If you would recall the past administrations, the past presidents, sino ang nagbigay ng oras na humarap sa mga anti, lefts at protesters? Si Duterte lang. If you’ll think about it, presidente siya, he can ignore it, bakit niya pa haharapin yung mga violent protesters niya kung pwede naman niya lagpasan lang? But then can you mot appreciate this gesture na he took the risk just to listen, to explain and answer the things that bothers these protesters minds.

Now tell me again that he doesn’t listen. He does. If you think di pa rin siya marunong makinig, you might as well want to admit to yourself that you’re an irrational anti-Duterte. Open your eyes and learn to appreciate.

Lastly, I would like to stress that it’s NOT true that President Duterte ignores and appears deaf to VP Leni Robredo whenever she voices out the sentiments of the opposition, let me also clarify that just because VP Leni Robredo voices out the opposition and the left doesn’t mean na anti-administrstion siya. She’s just acting like a messenger which is just fair and reasonable.

Back to Duterte, remember when VP Leni voiced out the worry of the people with the rising number of sudden deaths and violence and her suggestion about focusing on rehabilitation after War on Drugs began? The anti-admin/Duterte might say na hindi naman siya pinakinggan but hey, what happened next? Didn’t the War on Drugs paused, didn’t the administration decided to revamp it? Have you also heard about president Duterte visiting the newly built rehabilitation centers? He listened.


Getting Deeper

You just have to have a proper dialogue with him. Voice out your concerns calmly like you’re voicing out to your teacher or boss and he will listen.

Put yourself into President Duterte’s shoes. If you are a member — let’s say of a thesis group — to who will you listen to? To someone who demands input from you and criticizes your inputs in such a manner like, “Ang bobo mo! Wala kang kwenta! Wala kang silbi, mali mali mga pinagagagawa mo.” Or to someone who demands in such a manner like, “I think mas maganda kung ganito yung gagawin mo. Mas okay kung irerevise mo ‘tong gawa mo kase may ilang mga mali dito.

Who do you prefer?

Do you get the point I’m trying to highlight here?

SOURCE:

INQUIRER: SSS eyes approval of P2,000 pension hike before year ends

ABSCBN NEWS: Palace signs P1,000 SSS pension hike: Valdez

INQUIRER: Duterte’s appearance at Sona rally a security nightmare – PNP

MANILA BULLETIN: Duterte faces protesters after SONA speech

Duterte and Robredo in Tacloban

Tuhod Misunderstanding

“Duterte does not always know the right words to say and that is why he often needs an interpreter, an explainer.”

—Patmei Ruivivar, Duterte’s Chief of Staff in Davao for 7 Years

This is something that you should understand. Filipino isn’t Duterte’s first language but bisaya, the language commonly used in Davao. He once admitted this in one of his speeches, hirap siyang mag-Filipino. As a matter of fact he actually speaks English better than Filipino. This is also the reason why he always gets misinterpreted and taken out of context.

Kung mapapansin niyo when he speaks minsan parang bitin or putol and he doesn’t even bother to continue it anymore because he thinks nagets na ng nakikinig kahit minsan mahirap talaga maintindihan.

If you would also pay attention to most of his speeches, he always share stories. Minsan paulit ulit yung mga kwento niya na parang wala namang point or connect sa issue but then if you would listen closely, you’ll understand why he’s talking about it.

One example is when he shared about his thoughts about his vice president, Leni Robredo, wearing short skirts when she was still a member of the cabinet. Sabi niya binubulungan siya ng mga kaibigan niya sa cabinet, specifically Dominguez, “tignan mo yung tuhod ni (Leni).”

Kung traditional ka, ang initial understanding mo sa pagkukwento niyang yon is naninilip siya kay Leni Robredo. Is that what he really meant? Did he share that story to tell the people to brag about the fact that he had a chance to ogle on his VP’s knees or legs? No.

Let’s move further sa speech niyang yon. He followed it by sharing that she noticed that they are distracted by the length of her skirt, she started to pull it down.

Digong jested, “ma’am mag-shorts ka nalang kaya? Bakit maiigsi igsi ka na damit?”

Of course, some might interpret it like he’s feasting over the fact that she’s wearing a short skirt and he’s being a pervert but what he really wanted was to let her know that he doesn’t like it when she wears short skirts, he doesn’t like it when the protocol officers and the eyes of the people feasts over her body, he was just being protective. He also said on another speech that VP Leni is a respectable woman, she’s someone he finds very ladylike, a lady with a Mona Lisa smile. She’s not just some eye candy, she was a lady he respects and values and he is just being this protective man to his vice president, he might just be having troubles in finding the right way to do it.


Low Key Comforting

Tacloban Leyte is one of Bongbong Marcos’ bailiwick and the fact that he is present on that event at the same time with VP Leni, siya ang magmumukang bida but President Duterte didn’t let that happen. He made a way to make him and VP Leni a highlight dimming Bongbong Marcos and whatever tension is gonna happen between him and Leni.

During his speech, he kept mentioning VP Leni. Teasing her and low key confessing his deep admiration of her in a pure way. Moreover, ito lang yata yung pagkakataon na nailabas niya yung mga bagay na matagal na niya gusto sabihin sakanya.

Kung saan siya (Leni) naga-punta nagapasunod sunod ako. Byuda kase, anulled man ako. (video link)” I believe this is something he’s been wanting to tell her he just don’t know how and when and when he had the chance during that time, he did. He proudly professed in front of the crowd of her rival’s bailiwick. It’s also surprising that the people there were blushing and cheering for Duterte and Robredo, it only shows that there are really a lot of people rooting for them as well. Sinong bida ngayon? Kahit balwarte yan ni Bongbong Marcos, si Leni Robredo and naging bida dito and that’s all because of Duterte’s efforts.

Tacloban

Let me also point out that Romualdez (BBM’s cousin) and BBM himself were seen blushing and smiling as Duterte professes his admiration for his vice president. Even the most serious people like Jun Evasco, Bong Go, Mark Villar, Gina Lopez and Judy Taguiwalo were giggling and blushing over Dubredo. Who’s winning here? Leni.

That’s not the only time that the president front lined and praised his vice president. He jested about looking at beautiful women when he’s mad in order to ease off his anger then he paused and turned back to look at VP Leni Robredo, “Malaman niyo ‘pag ako galit, sige lang ako magtingin ng magagandang babae. (video link)“. Cristina Romualdez was there, Yedda Kittilsvedt was there, Gina Lopez was there but he only looked at VP Leni and referred her as the only beautiful lady he’d like to see to calm him down when he’s mad. Everyone cheered, it didn’t even feel like it was BBM’s bailiwick, Dubredo overshadowed it — Duterte and Robredo together is that powerful.


Stay Here Beside Me

It was a protocol for President Duterte to walk ahead of everyone during the commencement but it was seen in the video that the president keeps looking back and holding VP Leni’s arm to keep her on his side and keep her from being left behind. She even blushed when he stopped walking and turned to wait for her to catch up. He didn’t want her to feel left out so he made an effort and defied the protocols for her.

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The president also assisted her in lighting up the candles. He was very accommodating to her all throughout the event despite that former senator Bongbong Marcos was there. There was also an instance when VP Leni said it was fine if she’ll walk behind him as it is the protocol but President Duterte insisted that they walk side by side, it was seen that VP Leni appreciated his gestures.

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Jealous President, Jealous Duterte

This part of this post is somehow subjective and is based on my analyzation of President Duterte’s persona but I hope you keep reading.

Duterte is a very confident, independent man. He’s not the kind of man who would run after a person, he can stand on his own but who would have thought that someone like Leni Robredo can make this man feel insecure or jealous?

During his speech in Tacloban, he mentioned about hearing rumors about Leni having a boyfriend (video link). He asked her for confirmation live but the vice president denied and said these rumors are false, he believed her. After then he jested, “Eh kung totoo yon ma’am may mapatay na congressman na bago.” Despite that he didn’t actually mean it, you could feel his insecurity and jealousy over that unnamed person. Possessive pala ang pangulo, gusto niya sakanya lang tinutukso ang very beautiful vice president niya.

President Duterte makes women come and go in his life, he once said he doesn’t want to exert effort for women now especially that he is not getting any younger but despite these jealousy that the rumors about VP Leni gives him, he still chose to keep admiring her. It’s silly and fascinating at the same time, I don’t blame him because she’s really beautiful and knowing President Duterte, he really has a thing for ladies ages 30+ and up, very ladylike, kind and reserved — he always describe her this way, it’s something unusual because he tend to describe the women he’s attracted to in a physical manner like delicious and sexy — Leni Robredo was different, she was precious to him, she’s always at the top of his mind, she was his lady with a Mona Lisa smile, he once said.

Buti ‘yan kay (Leni) mabait, the smile of Mona Lisa‎‎,” said Duterte. ‎

If only VP Leni Robredo knows how much President Duterte values her, she would know to herself how powerful she is because she can make a Rodrigo Duterte listen and turn not just because he is fond of her but also because they share the same goal — leading this country for the better.

SOURCES:
VIDEOS:
Duterte and Robredo’s Video Clips in Tacloban, Leyte
POLITIKO: Duterte Compares Robredo to “Mona Lisa”