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My story of passing the Civil Engineer Licensure Board Exam

The story of a sleepy civil engineer who once lost motivation but passed the Civil Engineering licensure exam November 2019 in one take.

I graduated last April 2019. After I got my diploma, I knew my next goal is to pass the board exam and earn that license.

Early May, the review center classes for Civil Engineering began. There are a lot of good review centers for the CE Boards, there is the oldest one, Besavilla Review Center, Padilla, the Caltech friendly Mega Review Center, the well known Review Innovations (R.I), the new ones like Esplana and so much more. Our school is somehow associated with Mega and R.I so majority of us went to those. Together with my friends. I made a downpayment at Mega Review Center as we were convinced by their calculator technique. Some of my friends went to R.I and Esplana though.

I was excited at first, enthusiastic in attending the review classes in Mega even if it was so damn early (7am classes y’all!). I was motivated as well when I did well on their evaluation exams and diagnostic exams. I had these small notebooks where all the necessary formulas are written.

I studied at different cafes around Mendiola after classes since our review class ends at 12:30PM but then around the mid of July, I began to feel unmotivated. I once missed a class and then it was followed by another absence and another until I found myself just sleeping and being all lazy at our apartment for two straight weeks. I felt lost and stuck. Everyone was studying and then here I am sleeping around.

I don’t want to go with them either just like what most people say that you should go with diligent people so you’ll be like them. No. That’s not it. I just felt off whenever they brag about how much they know that moment, sure you can review with that but it’s just not for me.

After then, I decided to revise my plan. I asked myself why do I feel lazy attending the review center, Mega was a great RC, the problem is it just doesn’t match with my ways. I felt bored with their super detailed lectures, I only wanted their caltech. I didn’t like how their evaluation exams are so hard, harder than the actual board exam because it was designed not to be back-solved, or be answered by caltech or be answered easily in general.

I attended our school’s refresher classes with my closest CE friends where the top 3 of CE board exam 2017, Engr. Hans Lawrence Dela Cruz is our lecturer hoping I’ll get motivated again. I did, but it wasn’t enough.

I wanted a review center that is straight to the point, I don’t want to know other things, I wanna know the types of questions that comes out of the board exam, teach me how to solve it, make me master it up to the point that when I see a question, I know how to answer it. Besides, this is about passing the board exam not knowing everything about Civil Engineering. That’s when I decided to finally stop attending classes and I studied on my own everyday, alone. I quietly studied on my own not letting my friends know which part I am on and where I study because it wasn’t necessary.

August 16, I went to Naga City, a pilgrim city, with my Dubredo friends and did a church hopping to pray for my board exam, wishing that I’ll pass. This served as my last vacation too for this whole review era.

My friend, Tyrone, then passed his licensure exam around August, he’s now a licensed Mechanical Engineer. I asked him for tips and he said it’s hard to pass without a review center. He said the board examinee really need an RC to be confident on. With his advice, I began to reevaluate things again, I needed a review center and in perfect timing, my mother texted me and said I should enroll on Besavilla Review Center even if it was quite late already, so I did.

After months of doing self review, I had my last months review and coaching at Besavilla Review Center in España. I really didn’t want my friends to know about it because Besavilla is really a big thing for CE and I didn’t want them to expect so much from me and bombard me with pahingi ng module niyo, notes niyo, reviewer niyo. I needed to focus but jokes on me, they still discovered about it.

Just like the early days, I was excited to attend my review classes on BRC but unlike in Mega, I didn’t miss a single class here. I took the weekend schedule, our classes run from 8AM to 5PM in the afternoon. Throughout the review, I had three repeating lecturers, Engr. Palma, Engr. Bachicha and Engr. Quizon who were really great.

October 3, days after our refresher course began, a horrifying announcement from PRC came out and really made us devastated. It was the banning of the Casio 570ES Plus calculator that we’ve been trained to use since college and they happen to decide to ban it just a few weeks before the board exam!!!! Then they decides to replace it with an older model Casio 82EX and Casio 350EX which doesn’t have shift solve, 3 equations 3 unknowns, differential, integration and vectors. NAGULANTANG KAMI LAHAT.

Simpleng reservoir sa Hydraulics Engineering aabutin ka ng siyam siyam kung walang shift solve what more yung sa design? Moment capacity? Finding ‘a’? Finding no. of bars given the axial capacity of column? It will take us several minutes without shift solve and take note, we only have 5 hours for Mathematics, Surveying and Transportation Engineering, MSTE (75 items), 4 hours for Hydraulics and Geotechnical Engjneering (50items) and 5 hours for Structural Engineering and Costruction, SEC (75 items). Time matters in board exam. It would be fine if we’ll be given less number of items but no.

Once again, I felt weak and unmotivated and disappointed. I continued solving past board exams and I noticed how the new calculator is making me so slow in answering the questions and I can’t be fine with that. The board exam has time. TIME MATTERS.

I visited my soul mommy, VP Leni at her office early in October and ranted about the sudden calculator change just to ease the tension inside me a bit and she sympathized but she focused on motivating me by saying that she’ll be praying for me and she’ll be proud if I pass and even if still haven’t, she’s still proud. I’m so soft for her.

Because of her words, I recalibrated things and stopped complaining about the calculator and thought it’s just between deal with it and pass or give up.

I asked myself, what do you really want? To become a topnotcher, to pass, I replied. I tried to motivate myself but I must admit, it didn’t feel quite enough.

Good thing, I was lucky to be able to be lectured by the super lolo legendary Engr. Venancio Besavilla Jr., himself. He taught us design topics, slabs and foundation design. He taught us everything he knows and gave us his own lecture notes for us to study to be able to counter Ma’am Praxy’s SEC exam. He also told us that he flew from Cebu to Manila in order to send a request letter to President Duterte about the calculator because it’s just a few weeks before the board exam and the stocks of the newly allowed calculator turned zero despite that there are still a lot who doesn’t have it. He also encouraged our class to take the personalized coaching classes because that’s BRC’s most powerful weapon among the other review centers. Only BRC has the strongest coaching for MSTE. Most review centers rely on teaching everything under Mathematics, Surveying and Transpo but BRC have their special method for this, they have the most accurate predictions and topics to teach. BRC’s MSTE refresher and coaching are really the sharpest weapons vs MSTE.

(Ma’am Praxedes Bernardo, by the way, is the PRC CE Examiner for SEC which is known to be the toughest enemy of the aspiring civil engineers. She was a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology, a CE topnotcher during her time, Engr. Venancio Besavilla Jr was the top 2.)

After Engr. Besavilla’s lecture and motivation period, I swear to God, I mastered the topics he taught, I was highly motivated. I felt powerful, I felt half ready. Kahit anong calculator pa yan, I’m ready.

Our refresher course continued and because I was highly motivated, I finished all the topics covered on the past licensure exams and I decided to focus resolving the refresher quizzes over and over with the assistance of Besavilla’s CE Licensure Examination book and Gillesania’s CE Reference. I did it at home in Cavite since my classes are only during weekends.

I went back to Manila at October 25, Friday and passed by St. Jude Chapel. That’s when I pledged to God that I will be doing a fasting of not drinking any milk tea, no samgyeupsal and I will be lighting a candle at St. Jude everyday no matter what happens, rain or shine. I even bought my own lighter because there were times at night that there were no lit up candle left in the chapel and I had to light up my own. It was my voluntary sacrifice to resonate my wish of passing the board exam to the higher.

I continued this routine and as our refresher ended and holidays came, I scheduled myself to wake up at nine in the morning EVERYDAY, take a bath and study at Just In Time study hub in Mendiola from morning up until 5am the next day because they offer a P180 all day pass for all board examinees that will take their exam in less than a month. I made the most of it. It was a new study hub in the place, it was near our apartment, just one jeepney away and it was really conducive for learning. I can also take naps there when I feel exhausted or drink free coffee if I feel sleepy. I am so grateful for their cheap rates, I mastered the topics well in this place.

As per my schedule, November 4 should be the last day of my self review. I should have covered all the topics and mastered it by that time. The next days will just be browsing and mentally thinking of how to solve the pass board exams by just looking at the questions and the given. Luckily, I managed to achieve that and follow my schedule.

November 4 was the beginning of our coaching in BRC as well. EJ and Rex enrolled on BRC’s coaching and it was thrilling for me to have my friends on the same class because ever since I entered BRC, I didn’t have close friends though I managed to have new friends like Bea and Iana. It was intensive and specific. The questions were answered faster than the refresher (more bc the lecturers assume we know it already and passed through it over and over because it was on our review modules and refresher quizzes and CE Licensure Book) and it’s just the past board exams and the May 2019 board exam (most recent) questions being answered over and over. It’s really impossible for you not to master the ways of the examiners with the number of times we solved their past sets of questions.

After I finished covering all the topics, I felt ready and powerful but after our classroom coaching, I felt even more powerful. I knew from the last day of our classroom coaching that I will pass the board exam. Our lecturers made me feel that and this must be the effect of BRC’s way to me. It made me confident.

November 7 was our last day of classroom coaching. November 8, 2PM, we were called at Madison 101 in Quezon City for Besavilla Review Center’s Hotel coaching. EJ, Rex and I passed by St. Jude Chapel in Malacañang to light a candle and ask St. Jude our wish for the last time since we won’t be able to visit him again once we enter the hotel coaching, going out is strictly prohibited.

BRC’s hotel coaching is where they teach the most accurate predictions for MSTE and Hydrau/Geo. All our phones and gadgets were confiscated the moment we entered the hotel so there will be no leakage of the coaching happening inside. It’s like we’re in PBB house lol. But it was nice because we were highly focused on the board exam without our phones with us and it kept us away from distractions. No emotional, mental or intellectual distractions from the social media and texting world. It’s just us and the review materials and our comfortable rooms. Included in the coaching package is transportation transfers from our hotel to our designated testing centers, our meals, exclusive of lunch since we’ll be on our testing centers during lunch time but for our breakfast and dinner? BRC got us some good homemade meals.

My room assignment was on St. Jude College in Sampaloc, Manila, room 403 at BED Bldg.

Room assignments were announced Thursday and the moment I knew my room assignment, I searched for some horoscope (lol) and it was such a coincidence that the lucky number of rat for this year is 23 and I am no. 23 on the room list. Woah. I felt even more powerful.

After then, BRC staffs knocked on our doors at three to wake us up since we had no alarm clocks and gadgets. After I took a bath and dressed up, I went down to get our breakfast. You might wanna ask if I wore the famous red undies as part of the beliefs of the exam takers, my answer is YES! Lol! I did wear red undies on my first day of exam hoping it will make me feel more confident and ready. Wala namang masama ‘di ba?

Friday night was really a tough one. I don’t know if I’m excited or nervous or what but we all struggled to sleep. I was able to sleep for an hour or two but it wasn’t that deep but this is normal, I guess?

BRC drove us to St. Jude College, there were different vans for each school/room assignment. I arrived at the place around 6am. There were policemen in the entrance checking our NOA and calculators before we head up to our rooms.

I took the MSTE exam at 8am. It was inevitable not to tremble or feel nervous once you see the questionnaire being distributed. As soon as I got mine (set A), I skimmed through the pages trying to look for the easy and familiar ones first to build up my confidence and ease my anxiousness. At first I was intimidated by the long problems but then I continued answering the easy ones first and faced the long ones after I built myself, I barely noticed how I already answered over 50% of the questions and I am certain of all that. I felt empowered. At this moment, I began answering the tough questions then I told myself “Jam, I believe in you. This one’s for you, God.” Then naturally, I lost all the nervousness and worry, I finished answering an hour before the time I was able to take a careful nap because I was sleepy(careful nap means napping without folding my paper lol) and whenever I feel drowsy in the midst of answering, I eat my snacks (Meiji dark chocolate bar and Chips Ahoy Chewy Cookies). Then just a few minutes before the time, our proctor said we can pass our papers already if we’re done. Then I did and I went out to have my lunch, I had Sinigang at Lakay Restaurant for only P60. Yum!

I went back to the 4th floor and took a nap again outside our room assignment. I was hell of drowsy after the MSTE and even before our Hydraulics and Geotechnical Engineering began. If I remember correctly I fell alseep for about ten minutes during this period. I panicked when I woke up because the exam is only good for four hours and the questions looked quite different from the past board exam questions, it wasn’t situational that you can easily back solve. Yet, I didn’t let this fact bother me, I told myself, I mastered Hydraulics and Geotechnical engineering a long time ago, nothing scares me. Then my mind absorbed that instruction.

I managed to answer the questions well and even the new and unfamiliar ones. I admit I wasn’t sure of everything but again, I made sure that I am sure of at least 50% of my answers and yes, I was sure of half the whole exam. I finished earlier than the due time again so I took a nap again. I wonder what the proctors think of me that time. Wala na ba ‘tong masagot kaya natulog nalang? One can only speculate. I went home confident that I did well though.

For the second day of my exam, I prepared myself for the toughest one. Ma’am Praxedes Bernardo’s Structural Engineering and Construction. It’s always intimidating because structural is very technical and code based topic and our exam consists of 34 pages — the hardest but then again, I had to condition myself. I cannot let anything intimidate me, I told myself “Kaka-master mo lang ng design, fresh pa yan sa’yo. Si Engr. Besavilla at Engr. Palma ang nagturo sa’yo niyan sa review center. Si Engr. Delima ang prof mo sa RCD at PCD, si Engr. Sarzaba ang prof mo sa Mechanics, TOS at Strength nung college. Plakado ang mga nagturo niyan sa’yo. Halos six months mong inaral yan, anong ikakatakot mo?” My confidence began to rise.

I skimmed through the pages looking for the easy and familiar ones then I managed to build my confidence again. I admit that there are problems in the exam that I never encountered before and are purely code based and I clearly have no idea of how it goes but I told myself that if it was based on the code and the code is attached on the exam questionnaire, I could use it to find the answer. I calmed myself down and thought it was my way during the time I was self studying. I didn’t know anything, I relied on the books and resources and this time. I simulated my mind and imagined I was just reviewing. I studied the tables and codes given and then suddenly I just knew how it works. I felt resurrected, I continued answering and then I realized I managed to surely answer 50% of the questions again. This time, I was confident that I’ll make it.

The ones I can’t understand and had no idea of can be counted by fingers, I told God that I really have no idea of how it goes. I apologized in case I answer it wrongly because I told him that exam was for him and I didn’t want to give him so many wrong answers. I owed it to him.

Again, I finished earlier than the other again. I rested my mind for a few minutes before I decided to pass my paper and leave the area.

As I leave the place, I fathomed about my whole examination experience. I evaluated myself and I was 85% sure that I will pass and it was enough. I went back to the hotel to get my things and went home to Cavite right away since the exam ended at 1PM. I wanted to see my family immediately so that I get to see the people who believed in me before I did.

Today, November 14. Just a few minutes before 12AM, the results came out and I saw my name on the passer’s list.

Out of the 15,075 civil engineers who tried, only 6,510 passed and I am one of them.

I knew I’ll make it.

Though I failed to make it to the topnotcher’s list. Yepp, I was that confident of myself that I thought I’ll make it to the top but sometime’s you just got to believe in yourself, believe that you can be at the top so that if you go a little lower, you won’t fall towards failing the whole examination. I don’t regret anything and I am proud of myself. Aim high!

As for my review center recommendation, I suggest you take Mega’s review classes and then take Besavilla’s refresher and coaching sessions. Perfect combo with your self reviews. Mega’s detailed review might just be the perfect foundation for you and Besavilla’a refresher and coaching are the greatest source of confidence for your last days. Tapos na lahat ng review, refresher at coaching ng ibang review centers pero si Besavilla hanggang sa huling araw ng exam mo, hindi ka iiwanan.

Lastly, this may sound really cliché but believe in yourself. Calm down and DON’T let anything intimidate you during exam.

Less than 45% passing rate? One of the hardest board exams? That’s nothing to an examinee with a will to pass, a faith to believe and a trust to one’s self.

Do your part, study well, pray to God and a day before your exam, tell yourself:

And you will.

Now that I am officially a registered Civil Engineer, it’s my time to serve our country and contribute to our industry. Once I start earning well, I promise to help people in need.

Good luck to the next batches of Civil Engineers to take the licensure board exam! You can do it!

OJT Experience in DPWH Central Office 2018

Ever since I took the Civil Engineering program, I’ve always wanted to work at DPWH. Working on a government agency makes me feel like I’m contributing something for the development of our country so now that I am taking up my 5 units OJT course, I grabbed the opportunity to work here and see how this department works even if there is no allowance included.

I was alone when I took my OJT course, my friends went on another company which I will no longer mention.

Anyways, back to my story, I got accepted right after I submitted my endorsement letter and resume (that’s pretty much all they need from an OJT applicant). I was endorsed by Sir Jimmy to the Planning Services – Programming Division on July.

Our office is located at DPWH Central Office in Port Area near Intramuros, a few blocks from Manila Hotel and Philippines Ports Authority. From my school, Technological Institute of the Philippines, I just have to ride a jeep to SM City Manila then I go towards the city hall, then take the underpass then I ride another jeep with a signboard that says “Pier.”

The division that I was assigned to is the division that review the budget, communications, database of projects and other programming and computer organizing systems of DPWH.

It took them a while before they were able to assign an engineer for me to help because they were quite busy when I started. Days after, I was assigned to an Engineer II, Engr. Ray.

I struggled a bit to blend in with the people at the office at first because they seem to be all focused with their tasks and the Engineer III and supervisors are just around the office so they can’t be just chillin’ out. I was shy too because I was the only trainee in there and they don’t seem to be used to having so much trainees in the office.

During the next weeks of my OJT time, I slowly started to feel comfortable, I was given a desk and a PC to use and the engineers started to talk to me, they were all warm and friendly yet, I still felt a bit shy until they asked me to join their meeting at the Department of Budget Management (DBM) in Malacañang after our office hours.

Man, it’s so cool to enter Malacañang with a valid reason. I just watched them do their jobs and then assisted a bit. We all went there to submit the budget summary papers (it’s so thick!!) but there were a few revisions that we went there around 7PM and finished all the work around 5AM, yes, we slept there at DBM!

Honestly, I feel so lucky to be a trainee in this department. The engineers are so nice they sometimes treat me foods, share a little chit chat to make me feel comfy and it’s cool that there is another engineer at the office, Engr. Fred, who graduated from the same alma mater as me.

Anyways, enough of the personal stuff. About the work here, being someone who works on Planning Service – Programming Division exposes you to so much computer works — highly of MS Excel. Unlike the Bureau of Construction, engineers and trainees under Programming division doesn’t go out on fieldworks, they do not inspect sites or go on sites, they are the office engineers.

It’s kinda sad for me because I wanted to be exposed to construction sites too but then I’m starting to love it here so I thought I can do construction site visits to another company, SC Megaworld, to be exact since one of my mom’s friend works there as a civil engineer.

It’s cool that in DPWH, I get to expand my connections that may help me in the future when I go out there in the world of Civil Engineers. I met the Mayor of Sorsogon, Engr. Glen introduced me to him — btw, Engr. Glenn and Engr. Ray are both from Bicol so it’s really cool because they appreciate my support to mom (Leni Robredo).

Another thing, I just experienced to ride DPWH’s shuttle bus. Engr. Fred accompanied me, it only costs P5 if you’re dropping place is near and P10 if you’re as far as Cubao. It’s exclusive for DPWH employees and what’s amusing is that the system here is that once the bus arrives, all the male employees give way to the female ones and let all of them sit first before they enter, it doesn’t really matter if they’ll stand as long as all the women are comfortably sitting. Power!!!

I’ll probably write more soon about my OJT experiences in DPWH. I am yet to finish the required 240 hrs OJT time of our school so I hope to earn more experience here!

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.

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

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.


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.


Teddy: Alam mo ba istorya non?

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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.

SAP Bong Go rather than Senator Bong Go


As a staunch Duterte supporter, the people I follow, my friends and followings fill my timeline with the idea of pushing SAP Bong Go for a senatorial position. What is my stand in this idea? I don’t support it. 

Don’t get me wrong. I support President Duterte and I’ve witnessed how loyal and firm Bong Go is with him. I raise my hands up to Bong Go for that. If the president trusts and believes in him, so do I. But then, why am I not in favor of him being on the senate?

Senators are more of legislative. The commonly known function of the senators is to review the bills passed from the congress and be one of the seated senators to decide whether to have the bills passed as a law. It’s like the congress is the first filter or level and the senate is the second filter/level. The senators should have a wide span of knowledge in laws, regulations, the constitution and so many other aspects. 
I am not underestimating SAP Bong Go, he graduated from De La Salle University with a management degree. I think that foundation of education and knowledge is better for an executive position (like mayors, governors) rather than a legislative position (senators, congressmen). 
Remember when President Duterte once said how he prefers to be a mayor than a congressman? He once had a congress term and he admitted that legislative tasks isn’t really his forte so he went back to being a mayor. I think that applies for Bong Go as well. That’s my reason number one.
Reason number two. The president trusts and believes in Bong Go, he even appointed him as his special assistant, right? This only shows that the president needs him more than the senate does. I’ll just leave it that way. 

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For Press Freedom but not for Rappler

I tend to see a lot of people online showing their support for press freedom and then following it with some random statement in support with Rappler. Sure, I don’t think there is anything wrong with supporting press freedom. We don’t want another flawed type of Marcos dictatorship in the country again, do we?


Some staunch supporters of president Rodrigo Duterte probably hates me right now because I support this press freedom campaign and idea but I assume they only hate the idea of it because they think it’s mainly to support Rappler after SEC sued them regarding their alleged violation of the constituitional and statutory Foreign Equity Restriction in Mass Media enforceable through rules and laws within the mandate of the Commission.
Sorry I had to copy paste that part but in a less lawyer definition, it means that a mass media such as Rappler, by the constituition, isn’t allowed to be funded by a foreign company or to give commission or owe a foreign body. The mass media should 100% be owned by a Filipino. However, according to an investigation of the SEC, (which I don’t think was detailed out on public yet) Rappler was partly owned by this foreign company called Omidyar Network leading the government body to revoke Rappler’s license to operate. This has also been the basis of SEC’s order to investigate on Rappler’s Philippine Depository Receipts (PDR) for further proofs.
What is a PDR even? A PDR is an investment in a local company where the holder has the right to earn without having an equity stake.
The first time I heard about this issue, I’m in favor of the idea of giving Rappler a chance to prove themselves and that they didn’t violate any law as to what SEC is accusing them of. I was also further in favor of Rappler when the breaking news appeared saying that Rappler’s license to operate gets revoked by the SEC after this unexpected investigation. As an initial reaction, I thought “Why aren’t there any warning? Why did they just jump into the worst punishment of closing and revocation of license instead of giving a warning?”
I was on Rappler’s side for a moment but after reading more articles and seeing the way they respond to this issue, I started to change my mind.

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Thoughts on Marcos and Robredo’s Electoral Protest

Let me just discuss information and express my thoughts about the motion/manifestation that VP Leni Robredo’s camp and former senator Bongbong Marcos’ signed last February 6, 2018.


Former senator Bongbong Marcos challenged VP Leni Robredo and her camp to sign a joint motion in order to hasten and withdraw all motions to clear the way to the recount of votes last 2016 elections after the former senator accused the duly elect vice president of cheating. “I’ve done everything possible to speed up this election protest,” Marcos said in a statement. “At this point, the only thing left is for Mrs. Robredo to sign the document. We are waiting.”

February 6, Tuesday — Atty. Romulo Macalintal, VP Leni Robredo’s election lawyer, responded to Mr. Marcos’ dare. “I am inviting Mr Marcos and his lawyer tomorrow (February 7, 2018) at 9 am to sign a joint motion,” he said. “This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots. It is Mr Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount.”

February 7, 2018, Wednesday — Atty. Romulo Macalintal showed up and presented VP Robredo’s camp’s prepared joint motion to withdraw all motions and acts that may hamper or delay the recount proceedings. The media and people witnessed him sign the motion, however, ex-senator Bongbong Marcos’ camp didn’t show up on the said venue.

BUT don’t you dare think I am not going to mention in this blog post about what Mr. Marcos did that day.

Mr. Marcos showed up earlier that day with a complete set of media. In front of the media, cameras and live videos, he signed a joint manifestation himself. Yes, himself, not his election lawyer, not any representative but himself. If you would remember, VP Robredo’s camp earlier told Marcos to meet them in a restaurant so both camps could sign the joint motion. But the former senator was a no-show on the said venue, hence, he went on another place and on an earlier time.

Moving further, the surprising part here is that Mr. Marcos signed a joint manifestation instead of a joint motion. It’s planting so much questions in my head because to think of it, it was his camp and him who challenged VP Robredo’s camp to sign a motion (not a manifestation) and it would be too farfetch to think they just accidentally filed a manifestation or made a mistake by filing a manifestation instead of a motion. It’s like challenging someone into a boxing fight and you appear to the meeting place with a pair of basketball shoes instead of some boxing gloves, you know what I mean?

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