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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Leni Robredo: It's the Cory Aquino phenomenon happening again!

It's the Cory Aquino phenomenon happening again 
in the Philippines!
As Cory Aquino did 30 years ago, Leni Robredo is courageously challenging the son of the dictator who pillaged the country for over 20 years.
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. 
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.”
"Mukhang Robredo versus Marcos ang VP debate"
Pia Hontiveros
CNN moderator
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.
‘May the best woman win’
This was how Liberal Party’s bet Leni Robredo—the only woman in the vice presidential race—made her closing statement during the Commission on Elections-organized debate on Sunday.
Robredo also declared  that like how she is to her children, she will not leave behind the nation.
“Isa po akong ina, at hindi ko po papabayaan ang aking mga anak, hindi ko po papabayaan ang bayan. Naniniwala po ako sa dulo ng lahat, ang tama ang parating nananaig,” said Robredo before the debate ended, which lasted for nearly three hours.
“Sa amin pong anim, may the best woman win!”
In contrast to the reluctance she showed when she decided to run for vice presidency, Robredo displayed positivity that winning the race is now within her reach.
“Sa aking pag-iikot sa buong bansa, nagiging maliwanag na sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon. Pakiramdam ko, buong buhay ko ay paghahanda. Iyong simpleng pamumuhay, iyong unos at kahirapan na pinagdaanan naming pamilya. Iyong aking matagal na panunungkulan sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,” she said.
“Kapag binabalikan ko ang kuwento at mukha ng aking mga nakakasalamuha, sinasabi ko po sa sarili ko, ‘Excited na akong manalo!’”
But the excitement she was feeling was for the Filipino people hoping for a leader who will not abandon them after winning the race.
“Hindi para sa sarili ko, pero para sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa na mayroong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding-hindi sila papabayaan,” she said.
She also cited her significant climb in the surveys from barely one percent since she declared her VP bid to more than 20 percent.
“Noong una po akong tumatakbo, halos wala po sa aking nakakakilala. Sa lahat po yata sa amin, pang-huli ako. Ngayon, hindi na ganoon ang kuwento. Malapit na, abot-kamay na ang tagumpay,” she said. From Inquirer
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
"She is within striking distance of winning!"
Senator Serge Osmena
From Visayan Daily Star
Re-electionist Senator Sergio Osmeña III said the poll ratings of vice presidential aspirant Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will continue to rise as the May 9 election nears, but he has not chosen a presidential bet yet.
“Although a late-comer in politics after being drafted by the Liberal Party only in October last year, Leni's ratings increase every time she gets more exposure," Osmeña, during his visit in Bacolod City on Saturday, said.
Robredo's ratings reached 22 percent in the latest Pulse Asia-ABS-CBN nationwide survey conducted March 29-April3  survey.
"We are hopeful that the more she goes around, the more she will convert voters," Osmeña said, adding that he is not campaigning for Robredo's running mate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.
He added that the vote conversion ratio of Robredo increases when voters meet her.
Robredo's disadvantage is that her opponents have been in politics long enough and have been around the country several times, but if she doubles efforts by more public appearances, both in television and campaigns, she will have higher chances of winning, the senator said.
Osmeña said Robredo's background in politics and campaign message are her advantages. She just has to keep on repeating this message during campaigns, he added.
He also said she has three qualities of a good leader – charisma, competence, and character. Osmeña likened Robredo's strengths to ex-U.S. President John Kennedy's qualities that a leader should have to be a force for the public good.
He said Robredo has the ability to make people hear her cause, is knowledgeable of the ways of the government, and has the character against temptations in government.
“Robredo is a fast learner, she is a lawyer, and her exposure has been in helping the poor that is why I believe she should be elected vice president of this country,” he said. 
From ABS-CBN News
"If Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr wins the vice-presidential race in 2016, the Philippines will become the laughingstock of the world." Senator Serge Osmena
Sen. Sergio Osmena III, grandson of the late Commonwealth President Sergio Osmena, was incarcerated for five years during the martial rule of Marcos' father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. He escaped from a maximum security prison cell in Fort Bonifacio in 1977, along with ABS-CBN's Eugenio Lopez Jr.