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Is SOGIE Equality Bill an EQUALITY bill or an LGBTQ+ special treatment bill?

💡 FUN FACTS ABOUT SOGIE EQUALITY BILL!

Based on the SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Risa Hontiveros (read here), this bill isn’t just about letting the transgenders use the female’s comfort room. SOGIE Equality Bill is an EQUALITY bill and not an LGBTQ special treatment bill so please CALM YOURSELF DOWN and continue reading first.

SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros

I understand the uproar of some regarding the SOGIE Equality Bill being pushed in the senate recently. People are talking about Gretchen Diez controversy, perverts to take advantage of this law to sneak into women’s comfort rooms and practice immoral acts.

But can we look at the bigger picture? Nothing’s perfect so is every law.

One example is the law prohibiting the selling of firecrackers. Yes, it will raise safety among people, protect people and lessen accidents, casualties and fatalities involving firecrackers but what about the people who have firecrackers as their business? What about the Filipino tradition of using firecrackers to celebrate occasion and new year? What about the preservation of our tradition and culture? Trashed.

Just think about that. Every law will affect something, it’s inevitable.

Now, why don’t we focus on what SOGIE Equality bill contain and what and who does it want to protect? Discriminated LGBT members and everyone.

• SOGIE Equality Bill (formerly Anti-discrimination bill) was first filed by late the Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, though it failed to pass several senate hearings, the senators continued to revise the said bill. Sen. Risa Hontiveros renamed it SOGIE Equality Bill after such revisions, however, the content seemed the same but contained a finer protection of the LGBTQ.

Kung baga, Miriam’s ADB was written to protect everyone from all kinds of discrimination (race, age, gender, ethnicity etc) equally at 100%, Hontiveros’ SOGIE Equality Bill was written to protect the LGBT majorly, and nadamay lang yung other forms of discrimination (race, age, gender, ethnicity etc) sa bill.

• Today, Sen. Risa Hontiveros is the author of the second version of bill and are backed up by Kaka Bag-ao, Geraldine Roman and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (who are the authors of the other version of the bill). The other version of the bill is I think what most people are scared of as it was specific-SOGIE (more of LGBTQ protection) while Hontiveros’ version is more comprehensive as it protects everyone not just the LGBTQ+.

Read the House of Representstive’s version here.

Read Risa Hontiveros’ version here.

•President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo both support the passing of the anti-discrimination bill.

President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo are both lawyers, isn’t that enough credential for you to consider listening to their opinions about this? Ever wonder why they both support the passing of this bill? Partida, pula at dilaw na yan.


This bill gives everyone, regardless of sex, race, age, class, status, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, ethnicity and gender identity, the right to be free from any form of discrimination as stated in Section 2 of the bill.

Let’s begin with making the readers understand a bit more of the purpose of this bill.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

— these are based on my understanding of the proposed bill and I decided to set examples of cases in order to define the function and fundamentals of bill in a less jargon way.

Disability: You’re an HIV+ girl who actually earned the virus from your HIV+ birth mother. You’re decent and all. This law will protect you from being discriminated and all the stigma.

Sex: If you’re a woman, qualified, and you want to be a courier rider (common job of men), a company shouldn’t prohibit you from being hired just because you’re a woman.

Race/Color/Ethnicity: You’re an aeta and you want an access to good education but a scholarship grant wasn’t given to you despite that you’re qualified just because you have dark skin, accent or you’re from a native race. That’s violation of law.

Age: You’re around 60s yet you’re still fit, qualified and you want to work and keep earning money. A company shouldn’t reject you with just the reason of because you’re old.

Class/Status: You’re from the lower class yet you’re qualified for the job position, a firm puts you at a lower position just because you’re from the lower class, that will be against the law.

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity: You’re gay but you have full heart in joining the military reservist. Being prohibited from joining the training just because you’re gay will be against the law.

Political Beliefs: You’re a <politician> supporter and your boss fired you because he doesn’t like <the politician>. With SOGIE Equality bill, that will be against the law.

Religious Beliefs: You’re a muslim and despite that you’re doing well and all decent, you get fired because your bosses/colleagues have different religion. That will be against the law.


Moving to another point, what is discrimination?

Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

Does anyone want to be discriminated? NO. Do you want to be discriminated? I’m sure not.

This law will not just protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination, it will protect EVERYONE from discrimination, including you.

Most people think it is a bill specially made for the LGBTQ+ but you know why this mindset is so vibrant in this issue? Because it’s the LGBTQ+ who gets the strongest and loudest discrimination + the SOGIE (acronym for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) on the bill’s title makes it sound like it’s made only for the LGBTQ when in fact, the content of the bill shows that it covers all.

Kapag bakla wala ng future, kapag tomboy hanggang diyan nalang. Bakit may ganitong discrimination? Does being a part of LGBTQ+ make you less?

It will NOT oppress people and make the LGBTQ+ any special. Again, it’s an EQUALITY bill not LGBTQ+ special treatment bill. It’s just treating the LGBTQ+, the elderly, all the races, all the social and everyone equally. That’s the whole point of this law so what do we have to lose?

Ang problema kase sa inyo naniniwala kayo agad sa mga FB post derogating this bill. Kesyo this bill will oppress the people or this bill will promote immorality. No, it’s not like that. It is more than just that.

But to clarify things up, I personally would like to suggest to push for the Anti-Discrimination Bill first before the SOGIE Equality specific bill because who knows, ADB can resolve discrimination issues towards LGBTQ already which may give us the conclusion that we no longer need the SOGIE specific bill. You know what I mean? Plus the fact that our country is majorly composed of catholics (conservatives), I think it would be easier to push SOGIE Equality specific bill if Anti-Discrimination bill gets passed as a law.

Again, in my opinion, as an LGBTQ+ advocate and supporter, I don’t see anything wrong with this bill but speaking as a centrist who considers the other side who aren’t much ready to have a law for the LGBTQ, then I guess it’s the best to pass the ADB before the SOGIE Equality bill. That would be the best solution.

Then again, this write up is just composed my thoughts, as centrist and a normal Filipino citizen, about this issue. Tell me what you think about it.

Read the official SOGIE Equality Draft here.

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?

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

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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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.

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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.

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

5 Reasons why I believe that Leni Robredo is for Duterte

Everyone knows I’m a pro-Duterte and a pro-Robredo at the same time. The ones on the right sometimes tell me they doubt that VP Leni is sincere about her support to President Duterte, the ones on the left sometimes tell me it’s only Duterte who likes VP Leni and it is impossible that VP Leni is fond of him so I decided to create this post.

Here are the five things about VP Leni Robredo that proves that she is sincerely supportive of President Duterte at work and personally fond of him behind the eyes of the mainstream. There might be some insiders here but I’ll spill it because I want you all to believe again that our president and our vice president are all for unity and even if a lot tries so hard to pit them against each other, they still have their own mind and decisions. With that said, they both choose to believe and protect each other.

1.Go to VP Leni’s office and you’ll see her Diggy bear seated beside her own self bear.

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Photo from Instagram of women from Mindanao.

Last February 2018, I visited her office and saw Leni bear holding a heart balloon, bigay yata ni Diggy bear. Cutie.

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Diggy Bear of VP Leni Robredo

2. VP Leni Robredo blushing when she talked to Duterte over the phone during her radio show interview with Deo Macalma (video link).

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A Commentary to Leni Robredo’s interview with Daniel Razon

I really liked the interview of VP Leni with Daniel Razon for his Get It Straight show on UNTV (video link) so I am gonna make a commentary about it here on my blog and accompany it with the screenshots of the vice president’s statements.

Communication is very important sa kahit anong relationship — working, personal, professional, kahit ano.

It’s frustrating kung bakit parang hirap na hirap ang pangulo at vice president sa aspect na ‘to but then I remembered, ang dami palang sipsip sakanila (especially to the president) as an individual so ang daming humaharang, ang daming humahadlang.

Yet then, I still hope they work out on this. If it’s necessary for them to buy separate phones where they can contact each other through it, do it. It’s for the Philippines and the Filipinos!!!


This is a fact. Don’t even argue if you’re just some irrational anti-Duterte being.

Why would you want drag the incumbent president of your state down? Because you don’t like him? I have sad news for you, you’re in a democratic country and whether you like him or not, he’s your president. So instead of dragging him down, calling him names, labelling him, why don’t you respectfully call him out if he’s doing against your principles? Why don’t you just wish him to be better? Why don’t you just pray that he’ll be able to lead our state well?

Honestly, VP Leni is spitting real words here. If you want to destabilize the president, in whatever manner, it will affect the nation, it will affect the Philippines.

Kung matanggal siya sa pwesto, kung maimpeach siya, what will happen next? Imbis na matutukan yung mas mahahalagang issues ng bansa such as poverty, malamang sa malamang karamihan mas tututok sa impeachment, some will even take advantage of the chaos making the chaos even more chaotic. No thank you.

Duterte is my president and Leni is my vice president. Period. Tapos. The end. Bye.


Don’t come at me again with that UN video. After that incident, the admin, DND Secretary Lorenzana both briefs VP Leni Robredo with regards to the output of war on drugs and the operations done by the administration. Some of you might not think about this but I believe this is how they make up for their shortcomings before in informing and responding to the vice president.

With that said, this is now VP Leni defending President Duterte. It is not the president who propagates/promotes EJK but the disappointing policemen who takes the president’s support, their power and weapons for granted.

If you also remember, it has also been one of President Duterte’s rants that corrupted police officers really give him a problem in achieving his goal of stopping the spread of drug use and securing the safety of the Filipinos. I believe they both share the same opinion of this.


Agree.

This is why amidst the destructive issues thrown against you, the president and the both of you, together, I still choose to believe in the truth that unity between Leni Robredo and Rodrigo Duterte are our hope and you two are two of the few ones in the government who sincerely cares for this country and the Filipinos.

Again, you are our hope. Work hand in hand, work together. Please don’t fail us who believes in you.


There is no perfect politician so we should support when there’s a need to support and oppose when there’s a need to oppose. One should not tolerate the wrongdoings and lost choices despite that it comes from their favorite politician or figure.

However, people should take note that it is not healthy to call out loudly in a way that it sounds like dissing and humiliating the said official. We should be sensitive, we should know how to call out in a respectful way because honestly, the official is more likely to listen with such approach. Put yourself into their shoes.

Kung may thesis kayo or group work. Who would you like to hear out? The one who yells at you with “Ang bobo mo! Wala kang kwenta. May typo ka sa abstract. Mamatay ka na, wala kang silbi. Perwisyo.” Or the one who goes, “Uy, may typo ka sa abstract. Okay lang ba i-revise mo?”


Sabi ni VP Leni na dapat cinocorrect ang mali so I’ll correct her in this.

1. PMA Grad Rites

2. PNPA Grad Rites

3. Independence Day

4. SONA

5. National Heroes Day

6. PAF Anniversary

7. AFP Change of Command Ceremonies

8. Birthday ni Fariñas

9. Rizal Day

10. Other sudden events/meetings

That’s about 9x a year mom. Nastress ako sa twice or thrice a year. Feels like forever ba? Hahaha!


Only proves you’re not the trapo kind who only works on freshening up their image. Balimbing kung balimbing, jump from LP to PDP for convenience kase malakas si President Duterte and he’s a part of PDP- Laban kaya lipat kung lipat (I know a lot who ditched LP and jumped to PDP-Laban just right after Duterte won. Lahat ng partido maganda ang mga principles but if you’ll look at the people inside it, pareho lang ring maraming trapo. Don’t also get back at me with ‘mas okay ang PDP-Laban sa LP’ dahil lang nandon si PRRD. WAG AKO.)

I’m quite sure the reason why President Duterte exempts you from all the other trapo from your party and still appreciates you is because he sees that you really have a stand, you go by your principles, the real principles of the Liberal Party — not the trapo principles.

Personally, I think Liberal Party is fine as a party. It’s just that there are people from it who sits on the higher office who acts like a trapo causing a bad reflection of the party as a whole, dragging down the good ones with them. I admit that there are people from the party that I don’t really appreciate (just wanna clarify that I don’t judge the politician by their party but their person) but then here I am appreciating VP Leni and some other people from the said party.


This is something that Duterte and Leni both practice and preach. Ito yung isang reason kung bakit mahal na mahal ko ‘tong dalawang ‘to e. May times na mas special pa yung kilos ng mga tao nila kesa sakanila to think na sila yung president and vice president.

If you get a chance to be around them, iisipin mo parang ang hirap makalapit sakanilang dalawa, ang hirap makakuha ng pagkakataon makausap sila but honestly, it’s the people around them that makes it hard kase if you’lk go directly to them, I swear to God, sobrang maappreciate niyo kung gaano sila ka-warm pareho. Both good listeners, both madaldal, both full of humor.

I really don’ t know how people can hate these two. They are both wonderful beings. Don’t let politics eat y’all, open your eyes and learn how to appreciate people and things.

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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