Leni Robredo

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo entered politics 2013, little did she know that within four years she’d be propelled to the second highest position in the country – the vice presidency. Some people call it “fast track” ascension; some call it luck; and a few call it destiny. But as the country’s vice-president since June 30, 2016 – just a little Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Five weeks after former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in as President of the Philippines, his promise to rid the country of criminality and illegal drugs is paying off. To date, more than 400 people – drug lords, drug pushers, drug addicts, house thieves, and other kinds of criminals — have been killed and more than 4,000 captured. Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz  Just as Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was enjoying her razor-thin victory over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the vice presidential race, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is under pressure from some quarters to disqualify Leni from taking over the vice presidency because her party — the Liberal Party — failed to submit its Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Had Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. won the vice presidential contest, it could have been one of the greatest – if not the greatest – political comebacks in the annals of politics. And the 30 years that passed since his father, the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, was ousted and the entire Marcos family booted out of the country, it would Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Up until a few weeks ago, vice presidential candidate Congresswoman Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was behind in the polls. Way ahead of her then were Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who were at a statistical dead heat. But the latest polls surprised a lot of the power brokers who have shrugged her off as a “spoiler.” Not Read More …

Bongbong Marcos and Chiz Escudero

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Francis “Chiz” Escudero are not related by blood or political affiliation, but their provenance – Bongbong’s biological roots and Chiz’s political roots — comes from the same person: Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. Bongbong is the biological son of the late dictator and the Escudero political clan was deeply associated with the Marcoses during the martial law Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz No, it’s not a misprint. What we’re talking about here is the presidential race in 2022. But while the winner of the 2016 presidential election is still anybody’s guess, whoever will be elected vice president in 2016 would be the next president in 2022. And here is the reason why? In my article, “Who doesn’t want to be vice president?” (August Read More …

File photo shows Undersecretary Rico Puno and the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

By Aurea Calica The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Three days before a Senate probe into his alleged vast powers and questionable dealings in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Undersecretary Rico Puno announced yesterday his resignation. He, however, declared, “I have carried out my assigned duties to the best of my ability.” In a two-page statement released by Malacañang, Puno said Read More …

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AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star Like many Filipinos, I’ve taken a great liking to lawyer and mother, Leni Robredo. Seeing Leni Robredo during the television coverage of the wake and funeral of the late DILG Secretary, Jesse Robredo, reminded me of the stability at home that Cory Aquino provided while our national hero Ninoy sallied forth to fight Read More …

Lenie Robredo holds the urn of Interior and Local Government Secretary Robredo for its final resting place at Eternal Gardens in Naga City. (Photo: Danny Pata)

  On March 29, 2003, then Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo delivered this address during the Commencement Exercises of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. Here is the text taken from the website of the Naga City Government (http://www.facebook.com/l/wAQHqO1H3/www.naga.gov.ph/cityhall/ademu2003.html) FOLLOW YOUR HEART; PURSUE YOUR DREAM by Jesse M. Robredo, Naga City Mayor Reverend Fr. Ben Nebres, Distinguished Members of the Board of Trustees, Read More …