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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, May 10, 2016

Meet Leni Robredo: The Brave Widow Who Fought (and Won) vs.The Dictator's Son!


Meet Leni Robredo
 The Brave Widow Who Fought (and  Won) versus
The Dictator's Son!
The BEST Woman Won !
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.
Robredo versus "Amoy Marcos"
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.
Robredo had called out her rival for the vice presidency, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., for his revisionist statements about his father’s regime.
Filipinos, she said, should be truthful about what really happened during those years that were marked by abuses against political dissenters, thousands of whom were detained, tortured and killed.
“If there were mistakes, we need to accept them so they do not happen again,” she said.
Marcos, son and namesake of the dictator, has repeatedly said he has nothing to apologize for and the country would have progressed had his father not been deposed.
Robredo said that acknowledging the dark past would lead to a change in society.
The congresswoman, who was eight years old when martial law was declared in 1972, said she had her “political awakening” during the years of the dictatorship, especially after Ninoy Aquino’s assassination.
“After Ninoy died, I became very active [in protests] at the University of the Philippines,” she said. Later she took up law and worked as a human rights lawyer. From Inquirer
"Ang daang matuwid po ang magsisiguro na hinding hindi makakalimutan ang mga taong madalas napag-iiwanan. Hindi po kumpleto ang trabaho ng daang matuwid hanggat may napag-iiwanan sa laylayan. Malinaw po na ang daan patungo sa kaunlaran ay ang daang nagtataguyod ng maayos na buhay para sa lahat.
Sa lahat po nang nagpahayag ng suporta, pangamba, pagkatakot, pati na pakikiramay at sa lahat na nag alay ng dasal, mula sa ating mga tinitingala at lalong-lalo na sa karaniwan nating mga kababayan, taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat sa inyo. Kayo po ngayon ang pinaghuhugutan ko ng lakas." Leni Robredo
"Ma, Follow Your Heart" Jesse
Hindi po ako si Jesse. Ngunit noong namatay po siya, maliwanag po sa aming mag-iina na siya ay umaasa, na sa abot ng aming makakaya, susubukan din naming magsakripisyo, gaya ng kanyang pagsasakripisyo, para makapag  ambag para sa ating bayan. Yung nakalipas na mahigit na dalawang taon po ang saksi na aking nasuklian naman ang aking kakulangan sa paghahanda ng matapat na panunungkulan. Sa aking paninilbihan bilang Kinatawan, ipinaglaban ko po ang karapatan ng mga naka tsinelas –‘yong nasa ibaba, nasa labas, at nasa laylayan ng ating lipunan. Isinulong natin ang mga panukalang batas na nagbibigay ng puwang para pakinggan ang boses ng karaniwang Pilipino at bigyan sila ng pagkakataong makilahok sa pamumuno. Gumawa din po tayo ng mga panukalang batas na magsusulong ng mga sistema kung saan sinisiguro na ang ating mga pinuno ay hindi maliligaw ng landas o mabubulag ng kapangyarihan. Tapat, malinis at bukas na pamamahala ang buod ng ating mga isinusulong, dahil sa paniniwala na sa ganitong paraan lamang tayo tunay na makakapagsilbi at sa ganitong paraan lamang natin  masisiguro na mabigyan ng halaga ang lahat ng umaasa sa atin." Leni Robredo
Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz, eldest sister of P.Noy said she is confident that Robredo will 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.
"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. From ABS-CBN News