My trip with the Duterte-Robredo supporters in Naga City

February 4, 2018, Sunday.

I decided to join my friends from Dubredo Army to go to Naga City to unwind myself from the stress I’ve been facing lately. Yes, we decided to go to Naga City, the hometown of our beloved Vice President Leni Robredo. The members of Dubredo Army came from different cities, has different professions, auditors, teachers, MA students, marine transportation and others so it’s really a tough charade for us to match our schedules so we had no other choice than to settle on a Sunday.

This was the time when Mayon Volcano in Albay started emitting ashes causing disturbances to the residents nearby the Volcano. Once we heard of it, we, the Dubredo core group of admins, agreed to give our own shares in order to buy face masks for the people of Albay to protect themselves from the harmful effects that the smoke might cause to their health. We would also like to thank the people who donated and entrusted Dubredo, special mention to my fellow DDS and friend, Mr. Christian Arrieta and others. We managed to gather over 1,000+ masks a week before we went to Naga buying boxes of it from Bambang in Manila where medical supplies are very rampant. We even haggled a bit to be able to purchase more quantity of it (lol!).

Goals:

  1. Unwind and have a tour in Naga City.
  2. Turn over face masks to Naga City Hall for the Albay residents.
  3. Visit the Earthquake Cafe in Robinsons Naga where Duterte Red Velvet shake and VP Leni Mango Banana shake are served.

We decided to go to Naga City instead of Albay because it’s quite unsafe during that time (Kakasimula palang mag-alburoto nung bulkan, we cannot hahaha!) After purchasing the masks, we started to feel troubled to where to turn it over once we reach Naga City, we are going there on a Sunday, we tried communicating with DSWD but then they said that the don’t have anyone to attend to us on a Sunday — no office hours. We started to worry because I’ve been busy that whole week with exams, quizzes and acads, I can’t help in finding an office to have our donations turned over until Friday night. I messaged one of my friend, N (I’d like to hide his identity with such initial for some privacy.), to ask him if he can suggest where can we turn over the donations once we arrive in Naga. He sent me the number of Ms. Laarni from the Naga City Hall.

I was so grateful so I messaged her and she said she’ll be willing to go to the office early in the morning to accommodate us as we turn over our donation because our expected arrival in Naga is around 7AM. I didn’t really know much about Ms. Laarni but I was really grateful that she was willing to go to the city hall kahit na wala naman talagang working hours every Sunday and she doesn’t really know me or our group because N just sent me her number but man, nag-effort si ma’am. Thank you talaga.

The Dubredos departed the Raymond bus terminal in Cubao around 10PM, Saturday, if I remember that right and took the 7-8 hours bus trip to Naga City. We arrived there around 6AM. It’s very seldom that I ride a bus or commute but I enjoyed this one, no wonder why VP Leni loves bus rides.

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We ate lugaw and some soup as we arrived in Naga City bus terminal before we went to the Naga City hall through a tricycle. It’s so cool because tricycle rides there only costs P8.00 per head! Compared here in Manila na from TIP Manila to SM Manila, P50. lol.

We had a quick chitchat with Ms. Laarni as we turn over the donations to the city hall office. I really didn’t know much about her because I don’t have a facebook account to do a background check of who she is and it surprised me to know that she is actually working at the city hall and she personally knows VP Leni, my soul mom (Duterte is my soul dad lol!).

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After then, she accompanied us to Jesse Robredo Museum when she knew we were planning to go there. The museum was free and most of us really look up to the late DILG secretary, Jesse Robredo so we really gave time to go around the museum. Sobrang aga namin doon, we don’t even know if the museum is already open but the guards and people there accompanied us anyway and welcomed us, they knew we were Duterte-Robredo supporters, they looked amused, I was proud. We’re for unity! Hahaha!

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It’s raining nung lumabas kami nung JMR museum pero go parin sa pagpapapicture. Minsan lang yan noh.

Honestly, I was really hesitant to enter the JMR museum because whenever I see Sec. Jesse Robredo, his photos and videos and all, I get the sigh of “man, I wish you’re still alive.” I have this fondness feeling for him like the fondness feeling I have for dad (Rodrigo Duterte). But then my Dubredo friends convinced me to go so I went in. As I look around, I had that sigh feeling again — as expected. It suddenly crossed my mind, what if Sec. Jesse is still alive? What is he’s the one who ran for the vice president position and won and he becomes the vice president of dad? Parang indestructible yung tandem ng President at VP non. Imagine electing people with so much devotion and love for the country and people at the highest offices in the government. Okay, I’m being dreamy now. Let’s move on.

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SAP Bong Go rather than Senator Bong Go

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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?

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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.

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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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