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Opinion: Robredo has to prove herself now

Opinion: Robredo has to prove herself now

This week we got to know that the Liberal Party Presidential Candidate is Leni Robredo, the current Vice-President. She said she had to stand to challenge Ferdinand Marcos “BongBong” Junior, because she couldn’t have another Marcos as a President. That is fair enough.

We know that BongBong Marcos doesn’t believe in the horrible era. He didn’t taste the Marshall Law and neither the dictatorial acts of his father. As a son of the late dictator who only enjoyed the perks and spoils of the plunder. Therefore, he wants to continue that part of the legacy, but won’t acknowledge the reason for the EDSA. That’s really says it all.

However, Robredo has more to challenge herself in this one. She has to prove her worth. That isn’t easy. When everyone has seen her role as the Vice President during this term. Now she also has prove herself more worthy than all the candidates. While those are mediocre and the Duterte opposition isn’t coordinated.

Isko Moreno is targeting her. While he sounds more like a Pseudo-Duterte-esque politician. It is not a flattering attempt either. He goes after her and BBM. Still, he doesn’t sound better or more likeable. Just another politician going after the others, but not proving what he wants achieve himself. Don’t worry about that. He plans to continue where Duterte left-off anyway.

Robredo has to really be on point and be folksy. That is much to ask. She has to prove herself to the rural population and least educated. This will be hard. Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao or Manny Pacquiao he is more likely to speak in way that resonate with plenty more. That is something Leni needs to figure out. Not that I think she will, but she could give it try. It wouldn’t hurt her.

Going pink in October isn’t a shock or such. Just using the colour of the campaign against Breast-cancer for herself. It isn’t tactful or wise, but shows how far she wants to go. Robredo isn’t an easy sale.

She went towards BBM in the last campaign and does it again. However, she has to show finesse and proof of ability. While other competition will flex too. Leni has be smart and at the same time relevant. Arrogance and entitlement will not work. Humility and strength in the long-run can pay-off. As well, as strategically move forward. Alas, this game isn’t for the faint-hearted and that is something she already knows.

Leni has to be out there like she was after the typhoons. That is what she needs to be doing. Not being crass and snide against the competitors. Because, everyone will pin-point her failures in office. That she didn’t stop the anti-drug-war and was the Czar for a hot-minute. Alas, there will no peace, but she has to mediate. If she wants to prove her worth…

She cannot put gasoline on the fire. It will just make things worse. Even if this technique have worked for Duterte. I doubt Robredo will earn political currency out there doing that. It isn’t in her character and in that way she will only loose her base.

I don’t think the Doja Cat – “Hot Pink” is her ways of winning others voters either. It will galvanize her base, but I doubt it will bring new to the team. She has to bring more than Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday’s”. I clearly don’t see that vision, but we have to see if she can bring something nobody expects.

Nevertheless, you never what happens tomorrow, but she isn’t the one that surprises anyone. Unless, she suddenly turns a new leaf. Time will only tell. Peace.

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Opinion: Is this the war-chest for Duterte’s campaign?

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives on Friday terminated the briefing for the proposed ₱8.2-billion budget of President Rodrigo Duterte’s office for 2022. ₱4.5 billion of the Office of the President’s budget request is for intelligence and confidential funds” (CNN Philippines – ‘House terminates briefing for ₱8.2-billion 2022 budget for Duterte’s office’ 03.09.2021).

In December 2020 President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the Congress to look into the usage of the confidential funds in the 2021. Now, there is yet another questionable move, as the Office of the President has another budget post on the National Budget, which is for intelligence and confidential funds.

When the President haven’t allowed the committee and inquiries into the previous spending of these billions of pesos. You can wonder…. What is he spending this money on? Is this spend on his side-dishes? Is this the porkies of the budget and the ones used for “private projects”?

It is also striking that he gets these funds in his final year as President and as his the Vice Presidential candidate for PDP-Laban. In my mind… these funds could easily go to campaigning and greasing the wheels. This would be a nice war-chest for a campaign and paying a team to secure another office.

What is also striking for a man that is speaking so publicly about anti-corruption and red-tape. A man who is supposed to be against greed and misuse of office. The President usually use these methods to strike at his enemies. However, here is a budget post made for open corruption with no accountability or transparency. That’s why this can go to his baby-mama’s, side-dishes and build another story on his private resident in Mindanao.

Let’s be clear, if the President wanted to be honest and sincere. He wouldn’t have vetoed the same funds last year. Now, the committee isn’t allowed to look into similar funds of next year. Meaning, he could spend these billions of pesos recklessly and whatever he deems fit. It is confidential and the Congress isn’t allowed to get the audits of it either.

Duterte could easily use this to boost his campaign or secure the VP seat. That’s how it looks to me… as he has a fountain of money and nobody can look into it. It is confidential and at bay for whatever things he see fit.

It is naturally to question this and the need for it in this manner. Why can’t the AFP or any agency need these funds more? Can’t the military intelligence or agencies allocate or appropriate the funds for this without the privy of the President before the possible usage of it. That just seems like a wasted hurdle and a way of disbursing funds to complicate the end-game.

President Duterte should be open about it, if his not … I will claim it is for his “war-chest” and preparation for the up-coming elections. If not it is for his side-dishes or secret affairs, which he doesn’t want the general public to know about. Because, why should he need to veto it and now they are not allowed to discuss it.

That just shows to me that something is up and these funds are not spent in the interest of the Filipino people. If they were than there would be nothing to hide or shield the public from. The President acts like there is hidden skeletons in the closet and he doesn’t want anyone to see them. Peace.

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