VP Leni Robredo has been chosen as The EQualizer Post's "Pinoy of The Year" Award for 2017.
Previous EQ Post "Pinoy of the Year" winners include President Duterte in 2016 ("Un-Filipino of the Year"-2016), and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (2015).
We chose VP Leni Robredo as the 2017 awardee because of her principled opposition to Duterte's plan to reimpose an authoritarian regime following the playbook of the late dictator.
Vice President Leni Robredo has consistently urged the nation to be vigilant and resist any attempts to bring the Philippines back under dictatorship.
“This is not a time for fear. It is a time for conviction. It is a time for courage,” she said in a televised address to the nation.
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As Jesse used to say when he was alive: “What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart.” VP Leni Robredo
"Ma, Follow Your Heart" JesseHindi 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
As Cory Aquino did 30 years ago, Leni Robredo courageously challenged the son of the dictator who pillaged the country for over 20 years.“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.
“Many mistakenly believe that what we went through more than 30 years ago were the best years in our history.”
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.
“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.
“In Philippine elections,” so goes the familiar line, “there are only winners and those who were cheated.”
Bongbong Marcos has accused VP Leni Robredo of widespread cheating & intimidation! Launched poll protest.
Under martial law, Marcos turned electoral fraud into a perfect art of Hitlerian dimensions. In 1978, 1984 and the 1986 snap election, the impregnable cheating machine crafted by Leonardo Perez, Marcos’ evil genius, was deployed with terrifying force. From Philippine StarFrom ABS-CBN News
MANILA - Defeated vice-presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. lodged an election protest against Vice Presiden Leni Robredo.
Marcos, who lost to Robredo by only around 200,000 votes, filed the protest before the high court, which acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
Marcos has maintained that massive automated fraud took place, paving the way for Robredo to win the vice-presidential race.
The senator has also said that they have witnesses and evidence that will show there was massive cheating, including vote-buying, ballot-switching, and tampering of the transmission system.
Marcos son claims 3-M votes lost to fraud, tags Aquino gov't
Robredo has repeatedly denied allegations of rigging the polls, adding that Marcos' accusations are a disservice to Filipino voters.