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Robredo should now resign

The Supreme Court en banc is expected to vote overwhelmingly today, Oct. 8, to junk the draft report of Justice Benjamin Caguioa recommending the dismissal of the election protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

This victory is just the first step for Marcos. It means the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is convinced that rampant fraud attended the elections for the VP position in the May 16, 2016 election. It is a signal for phase two to conduct manual recount in other provinces to proceed.

Atty. Romulo Macalintal is right when he said that win or lose, Robredo would still be sitting as VP. But this decision erodes the credibility of Robredo’s victory. The PET has found evidence of fraud as claimed by Marcos. Her victory becomes empty. It is a paper victory. She stole the vice presidency from the people.

Under the circumstances, Robredo should resign. She lost all moral right to stay on as vice president. Each time she appears in public as VP, she will look repugnant to the Filipino people. This is particularly so because the latest SWS survey shows her satisfaction ratings to have dropped to 50% only. The Filipino people continue to reject her.

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Robredo as presidential bet in 2022: pure hallucination

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes that Vice President Leni Robredo is the opposition’s best bet to run as President in 2022. He described her as a “widow to be reckoned with.” Well, everybody is entitled to dream big. But this one is pure hallucination. Robredo is the worst candidate the opposition can field against the administration in the next Presidential elections.

For one thing, Robredo’s ascendancy to the Vice Presidency is shrouded in doubt amid allegations of massive cheating. Iloilo is one of the pilot provinces chosen by former Senator Bongbong Marcos in his protest for recount. I have reason to be believe the results of the elections in 2016 was manipulated to give Leni a big margin in Iloilo.

Heck, she was a total unknown in Iloilo. How could she have obtained the 573,829 votes canvassed in her favor as against Marcos’s 94,411? Bongbong Marcos has many followers in Iloilo, especially among the older voters. His wife’s family, the Aranetas, also wields considerable influence in Iloilo. Had she just won by a 100,000, that would have been more believable.

Anyway, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is reportedly set to announce the results of the recount. We’ll wait and see what the outcome is.

But to say that Robredo is presidential timber is far, far off the mark. It is a wild, wild dream of an opposition incapable of putting up a credible candidate for the Presidency. There will be no President from that side of the fence for a long, long time.

Mali ba ang pagpasara ni Pangulong Duterte sa KAPA?

May kaibigan ako nagsabi na dahil sa pagpa-raid sa mga opisina na Kapa sa utos ni Pangulong Duterte, binigyan lang ng alibi si Pastor Apolinario na hindi na maibalik ang napakalaking halaga ng pera na nakolekta sa maparaan ng donasyon.

Tama at mali.

Oo ngayon may dahilan na si Apolinario na hindi niya maibabalik ang pera na sa estimate ng Securities and Exchange Commission ay maaring aabot sa P50 bilyones. Pero sigurado akong talagang wala nang pag-asa na mababawi pa ng mga members ang kanilang pera. Nag evaporate na yun at napunta sa pribadong account.

At the same time, tama yung ginawa na pagpasara dahil ito lang ang pamaraan na mahinto ang illegal operations ng Kapa at maligtas ang marami pang iba sa kapahamakan. Ilan pa kaya ang naloko na Kapa kung hanggang ngayon ay patuloy ang operasyon nito?

Kung sa wikang Ingles pa, we have to bite the bullet upang maiwasan ang mas malobhang problema.

Paporma na naman si Leni

Halatang-halata na desperado na makahanap ng isyu laban kay Pangulong Duterte ang mga dilawan.

Hanggang ngayon hindi pa nila matanggap ang katotohanan na REJECTED na sila ng mamamayang Filipino at kahit ano pa ang gagawin nila ay hindi makakabawas ng suporta kay PRRD.

Pero ok lang.

Bigyan natin ng sapat na lubid si Madame Leni para mataas ang pagbibitayan sa kanya sa wastong panahon.

Mga terminal na mas malinis, may libreng internet pa

Hindi na maiinip at mahihirapan ang mga pasahero sa bus, jeepney at barko sa buong Pilipinas. Noong Miyerkoles, pinalabas na ng Malacanang ang kakapirma lang ni Pangulong Duterte na batas na nag-uutos sa mga operator ng transportation terminals na ipasiguro ang malinis na mga facilities, lalo na ang CR at dapat may libreng Wifi pa sa mga naghihintay ng kanilang biyahe.

Ibabawal na ang paniningil ng “donation” sa gumagamit ng mga CR at kailangan malinis ang lugar upang mas comfortable ang mga pasahero habang naghihintay ng pag-alis ng mga bus, jeepney o barko.

Isa itong malaking hakbang ng Duterte administration tungo sa upgrading ng mga public infrastructure at mabigyan ang mga mamamayan ng magandang facilities na dati-rati ay pinapabayaan lang ng pamahalan nasyonal. Talagang ibang-iba na ngayon ang gobyerno.

bus terminal

Kapa scam: what happened before

On a national level, the name of Pastor Joel Apolinario hardly made it to the pages of newspapers or reported on television. But his name had long been on the stage of controversy in Mindanao for quite a number of years now. In fact, I remember the name of his Kapa Community Ministry last year when Bombo Radyo reported on the arrest of its station manager and news director in General Santos in September 2018.

Apolinario had complained to the NBI that these broadcasters were extorting money from him so that the daily tirades against his activities would stop. On the part of the broadcasters, identified as Jonathan Macailing and Salvador Galano, claimed they were framed up.

It was also about that time that the Bislig City LGU in Surigao shut down the cooperative store of Kapa, which stands for Kabus Padatoon (Make the poor rich), after getting numerous complaints about its illegal activities.

Kapa had campaigned among its members not to vote for Bislig city mayor Librado Navarro who ran for the position of Vice Governor for the Province of Surigao del Sur in the recently-held local and national elections on May 13. Despite this “no-vote” campaign, Navarro won.

Who is Apolinario?Picture Joel Apolinario

This is a man who is a genuine rags-to-riches story. But it appears that his path to wealth was at the expense of small investors who fell for his promise of a 30% monthly “reward” for their “donations”.

In his youth, he struggled to make both ends meet as a fisherman and then as a construction worker. He got a job as a radio technician and from there, finding that he had a gift for eloquence, became a disc jockey.

He founded Kapa Community Ministry and operated a chain of cooperative stores in Bislig City. While he claims that Kapa is a church, it has no place of worship it could call its own.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) estimates that Kapa has around 5 million members in the entire country, and its exposure could reach P50 billion on an average of P10,000 per member.

In February this year, the SEC revoked his incorporation papers on allegations of fraud and ordered Kapa to stop its operations.

Apparently, Apolinario was in no mood to heed the order.

But last week, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of all Kapa offices and threatened to arrest those who persist in soliciting investments disguised as “donations”.

Unique bridal car

This wedding is definitely going to be remembered. Rudan Vincent Dimaandal met Jocelyn Trespecios as EMT volunteers in Metro Manila and frequently came to Iloilo during the staging of the Dinagyang Festival to serve as first-aiders. When they tied the knot last week, the Iloilo Citizens Action Group (ICAG) gave them an entirely different ride from their church rites — a firetruck as bridal car.