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― Archibald MacLeish

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2016 PiliPinas Vice Presidential Debate:May the BEST WOMAN win!

May the BEST WOMAN win the VP debate @ UST
CNN Philippines, together with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Kapisanan ng Broadkaster ng Pilipinas, in partnership with Business Mirror, is hosting the PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate.
To be held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Quadricentennial Pavilion, the debate will air live on free television channel 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CNN Philippines' Anchor and Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros and Senior Anchor and Correspondent Pinky Webb will moderate the event.
Experts will discuss what to expect and share their analysis at a pre- and a post-debate program hosted by Amelyn Veloso at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Philippine Constitution limits the formal powers and role of vice president to becoming president, should the president become unable to serve, prompting the well-known expression "only a heartbeat away from the presidency".
If her campaign is properly handled, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo could be a “runaway” winner in the vice presidential election, Senator Sergio “Serge” OsmeƱa III said.
" Leni Robredo is 'best candidate' for VP!"
Senator Serge Osmena
Former President Fidel V. Ramos would want someone like Leni Robredo for Vice President in the next administration.
Ramos endorses Liberal Party’s vice presidential bet for the national elections.
Ramos met with Robredo in his office in Makati City a day before the kickoff of LP’s campaign in Capiz and Iloilo provinces.
In the meeting, Ramos shared his campaign experience in 1992 and offered Robredo some advice on how to woo voters as she visits different parts of the country.
Leni Robredo
“ORGULLO KAN BIKOL”. 
PRIDE of BICOLANDIA!
Bongbong- We demand justice for all Marcos' Martial Law Victims! 
Leni Robredo 
LIBERAL Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has a message for “millennials” who believe the martial law years were the country’s golden age: It was an ugly time.
“Everything the country experienced back then truly happened. It was not a myth, it was not just a fabrication,” Robredo said on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Edsa revolution at the People Power Monument on Thursday.
Robredo said she was saddened by postings on Facebook and Twitter, especially by young people, characterizing the Marcos dictatorship from 1972 to 1986 as the best years of the Philippines.
“When I go on social media, I see a lot of comments that are not true,” said the Camarines Sur representative and widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“Many mistakenly believe that what we went through more than 30 years ago were the best years in our history.”
Among other vice presidential contenders, Robredo said she’s the only one vocal about her stance against the abuses under the dictatorial regime of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, whose son and namesake Senator Bongbong Marcos is running against her.
When asked if her anti-martial law stance became the reason her numbers have gone up since the campaign started, she answered in the affirmative.
“Mukhang sa aming lahat, ako lang yung very vocal about martial law. ‘Yung sa akin, hindi naman personal ‘yon about Bongbong, pero para sa akin, yung martial law kasi isang issue na I feel strongly about,” she said in an interview in Balayan Municipality.
Robredo said the assassination of democracy icon and former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who was a staunch critic of the older Marcos, sparked her and her late husband Jesse Robredo’s political awakening.
“Kaming mag asawa parehas kaming umuwi sa Naga because of the Edsa (revolution). Pareho kaming na-inspire na maglingkod sa gobyerno. Hindi pa kami magkakilala at that time pero from the (Aquino’s) assassination until Edsa, active kami sa street protests kaya sa akin, ramdam na ramdam ko yung paghingi ng hustisya ng lahat ng biktima ng martial law, kaya very vocal ako doon kasi ‘yon ang umpisa. Nagumpisa ako sa struggle na ‘yon. Hindi pwedeng 30 years after kakalimutan na lang ‘yon,” she said.
In an interview at the Leni Robredo Tsinelas Volunteer Center Thursday, Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz said she is confident that Robredo can win the vice presidential race.
"Oo, I'm very confident. Hindi ko alam kung bakit pero siguro parang noong 1986 na hindi natin malalaman kung paano mananalo si Cory kung tangan ni Marcos ang lahat. Pero naalala ko sinabi ni Cardinal Sin sa Mom ko, 'Cory you will win.' Sabi ng Mom ko, 'Paano ako mananalo?' Sabi niya, 'Just have faith and there will be a miracle,'" Ballsy said. From ABS-CBN News
"In my mind, ano kayang miracle? Miracle siguro kung umalis si Marcos at natuloy nga. Ngayon, hindi ko alam pero wala akong kaba na mananalo si Leni kasi unang-una, talagang kahanga-hanga naman siya. Hindi man niya ginusto pero noong naisip niya na kinakailangan siyang tumakbo, sumabak siya. Nakita ko kung gaano siya kasipag at ibinibigay niya ang lahat. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz
"Para sa akin, para kay Leni, 'Kung hindi ako manalo, basta I did my best. Kung manalo ako, may dapat pa ako gawin.' Napaka-sincere niya at napakalinis kasi nakikita mo na ang gusto niya lang ay makatulong. Sinabi nga niya ang problema ay hindi siya kilala pero para sa akin, marinig mo lang ang story niya, talagang mapapabilib ang tao sa kanya," she added.