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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.

What did Otso Diretso 2019 slate lack?

I’ve been a staunch follower of President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo and I have to say this because witnessing what they did during their campaigns last 2016 gave me a foundation and background to logically criticize political strategies of an aspiring politician/public servant (at least).

It surprised a lot how the Otso Diretso slate are leading the university mock elections and Twitter voting polls and surveys yet none of the eight aspiring candidates made it to the magic twelve of the official election. Cheat? Manipulated? I don’t think so.

Groundworks. I think this is a heavy one. It seems to be that the Otso Diretso became quite confident and comfortable when they started to lead the university mock elections and surveys plus the Twitter hashtags and online polls/surveys but here’s the thing, who are they following? Who are the people on their friend list sharing those surveys favoring them? They are in their echo chamber, I should say. The elections are nationwide not just on their yellow leaning or opposition leaning or whatsoever audience.

There are farmers, social workers, adults, who doesn’t have social media like Twitter or Facebook. There are illiterates who can’t read even if you show them a graphic poster of the candidate and their credentials. How will you convince them to vote you if you’ll give less effort just because you see how strong you are on social media? There is life outside the internet and I think the Otso Diretso slate lacked effort in reaching them.

Reach out to them. Touch their hearts. Let them remember you. Be the light to their hopes. Give them the reason to vote for you.

I was expecting them to reach them out as much as VP Leni Robredo did during her 2016 VP campaign but I don’t think this slate did as much as she did because I believe that if they did, they would have shared the same faith as hers during her race. I’m not saying they didn’t exert effort but what I can say is they could’ve done more.

Opposition Image. A good opposition doesn’t just oppose and criticize the flaws negatively. A good opposition knows when to oppose and when to support.

That’s the opposition that we need.

If you’ll just keep on opposing everything the administration serves then that’s travesty — you’re a whiner. An opposition opposes bad policies but one should know when to support too and trigger the people to appreciate the good policies, programs and projects of the government because that is progressive.

Can you imagine being a normal apolitical citizen and all you’ll ever hear is the bad works and flaws of the government? If you are that citizen, will you still trust the government? No. You’ll be conditioned to think that government is a total trash and there’s no more hope. We don’t want that. We don’t want our own people to loathe us, we need them to trust and believe us. We’re a team.

Moving to my point, I watched the debates and listened to the (majority not all) statements of the Otso Diretso slate and I was honestly disappointed with their responses when they were asked if they like any of the policies implemented during this administration. Some said none, some only mentioned one. Do they lack awareness or they just don’t want to recognize the good policies/programs/projects of this admin or are they trying to pull off that I am pure opposition kinda guy?

Newsflash: Appreciating the good policies doesn’t make you less of a person nor a bad opposition.

Honestly, I think this is one of the thing they went wrong. They failed to convince the non-supporters that they can be a rational opposition because they had that all oppose image. I think, I’ll generalize their supporters as the coalition of their circles, anti-Duterte, anti-Administration and some lefts. That would give quite a number but it’s not enough. I think the election results prove this argument.

All against the President. I think this might be intertwined with the previous one. The Otso Diretso slate went too far in showing how they are opposing the president — yes, I’ll say ‘just’ the president because Leni Robredo is endorsing them and she is the vice president of the current admin so I don’t think it’s accurate to say that this opposition slate is opposing the current admin. You know what I mean?

Yet then, the previous surveys about approval rating of President Duterte still favors him so this actually backfires to the Otso Diretso slate. Yes, it may be just a small group and just a survey but man, this is politics, you gotta consider that.

As I’ve said earlier, they could’ve shown a better opposition face by showing how they oppose and how they support. I’d like to mention some critics of the President and the admin who also knows how to support and appreciate: JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Grace Poe (I’m not endorsing them or what but they are just the names I remember as of the moment.) With such tactic, they could have convinced more people to vote for them, they could have made some people consider them but no, they kept that staunchly opposing image, bad idea, and what’s a more bad idea is they highlighted their opposition against Duterte. First of all, he’s not on the ballot list to be a good bullseye to target, secondly, objectively speaking, Duterte is still strong up until today, a man hard to topple and because they keep using him to strengthen their opposition face, it backfired. Yepp, that’s it.

Pakulo. Otso Diretso slate members may be packed with academic and professional achievements, public service and legal service backgrounds but then in politics, it’s not enough to be just bright, you also have to be wise (madiskarte) and one should have this so called “maraming pakulo” that will help them campaign themselves OUTSIDE their echo chamber or be viral to reach those registered who aren’t very political or aware.

Look at that budots of Bong Revilla. That budots pakulo did well, right? He made it to the top twelve so don’t argue. (P.S: not a supporter of him). Before you bully me for saying that, let me just tell you that I am not here to bash or drag the Otso Diretso slate but I am here to point out what they lacked (in my opinion), if you don’t agree then you either continue reading or get the hell out.

Unity Aura. Another one worth mentioning. Otso Diretso is a group of opposition, let me say that again, a group with an objective of being an effective voice of opposition but how can they actually convince they can be a solid group to be the voice of opposition if it seems to be a struggle for them to make all their members attend the events. I don’t want to further know the reasons why but just look at how Mar Roxas is absent on most Otso Diretso early ground campaigns. We need a united opposition if that’s what they are promising to offer us. Start small by showing us how each of them are willing to be present in every campaign event.

I personally admire most of the Otso Diretso candidates with their jam packed academic achievements and accomplishments, political, legal and professional works and I wish them luck in case they plan to run again.

What about you? What are your thoughts?

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.

Continue reading When President Duterte and VP Leni talk about each other

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?

Continue reading 10 Reasons why I believe President Duterte is for Leni Robredo

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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Five Reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte should be on social media

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

I’ll be stating five reasons why:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does President Duterte know how to listen?

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

Diktador!

Walang pakielam sa boses ng mga tao!

Cut it off.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Known Soldiers: DND Delfin Lorenzana, Eduardo Año

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

Known Economists: DOF Sonny Dominguez, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

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

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

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

Weh? Parang hindi naman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte speaks to the protesters after his SONA 2017

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

— Chief Supt. Eleazar, QC Police Director

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

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

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

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

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

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


Getting Deeper

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

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

Who do you prefer?

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

SOURCE:

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

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

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

MANILA BULLETIN: Duterte faces protesters after SONA speech

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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