OPERATION PROTECT VP LENI

Barely a week after VP Leni accepted Duterte’s appointment to an ICAD co-chair post, she has been bombarded — relentlessly, maliciously, callously, and systematically — by hateful remarks coming from this administration’s fanatics, bullies, sycophants, and trolls.

Bong Go said na “ibi-baby” lang ni VP Leni ang mga drug lords.

Sir, ilang beses bang kailangang ulitin ni VP na ang gusto niya talagang habulin ay ang mga drug lords pati na ang kanilang coddlers/protectors, at hindi lang ang mga small-time pushers sa kanto? Gusto niyang papanagutin sa batas ang mga kagaya nina kumpareng Peter Lim, ang mga beshies na sina Charlie Tan at Kenneth Dong, sina Albayalde at ang mga ninja cops, at sina Faeldon at ang mga tiwali sa BOC na nagpapasok ng tone-toneladang shabu mula sa China. If she gets lucky, baka malaman din nating lahat kung sinu-sino, in the president’s circle, ang involved sa Chinese drug triad at ang may mga itinatagong yaman na katas ng illegal drug trade sa bansa.

According to Bato Dela Rosa, hindi pwedeng “magpacute-cute” lang si VP Leni sa giyerang ito. Dapat daw, nasa “forefront” siya; that she should join in the anti-drug raids and operations.

Although sinabi na ni VP that she is willing to join kung hindi makakasagabal sa mga operasyon ang kanyang presensya, hindi ba ironic, Sen. Bato, na sa iyo pa ito manggagaling? Sino ba ang mahilig magpa-cute? Sino ba ang mahilig umiyak at magpaawa? Sino ba ang, sa pag-usok lang ng firecracker, ay kumaripas na ng takbo like a dog with its tail between its legs? Sino ba ang, kahit minsan, ay hindi naman sumama sa Tokhang operations when he was still the PNP chief? (Huwag pong mapipikon, Sir. I’m just asking.)

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Ayon kay House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, VP Leni is starting “on the wrong mouth,” na ang Operation Tokhang daw ay naging Operation All-Talk based sa dalas na laman si VP ng mga balita.

Si Sir naman, threatened kaagad. Lagi ka rin naming nasa news nang nakasilip ng bilyon-bilyong insertions sa proposed national budget si Sen. Lacson, di ba? Gayun din when the House asked for additional P1.6 billion budget for your additional deputy speakers and additional vice chairpersons. And, for your information po, Sir, sa iilang araw pa lang ni VP Leni sa kanyang bagong position, she was already able to meet with her ICAD colleagues. Nakipag-usap na rin siya sa mga miyembro ng Community-based Drug Rehabilitation Alliance (COBRA), at nakipag-coordinate sa United Nations. Nakabuo na rin siya ng mga concrete plans involving the anti-illegal drug campaign. (Read Pinoy Ako Blog’s Mga Plano ni VP Leni Robredo Bilang Anti-Drug Czar.)

Si Jay Sonza naman, walang tigil sa kanyang efforts na magpapansin sa administrasyong Duterte. Ang sabi niya, co-chair lang daw si VP Leni. Saling-pusa lang at dakilang alalay.

Alam mo, Mr. Sonza, iyan yata ang dahilan why, up to now, sa kabila ng pagtalikod mo sa kagandahang-asal and making a career out of peddling fake news and promoting hate just so you’ll get noticed, ay hindi ka pa rin nabibigyan ng pwesto sa gobyerno. Hindi ka kasi aligned sa kanila. Nagpahayag na ng suporta ang Malacanang kay VP Leni at sa kanyang mga plano as the ICAD co-chair. May access na rin daw siya sa drug war documents at intel. Most importantly, Spox Panelo said that the VP should be given enough space to do her job. You were not listening, ha, Mr. Sonza.

Isa pa itong si Mocha Uson. Sanay daw kasi sa meryenda si VP kaya mas inuuna pa ang presscon kaysa sa trabaho. Honestly, hindi ko gets ang relation between the two. If she was insinuating that the VP is just after the free meals during presscons, I dare say that she has absolutely no idea how our Vice President is so conscientious in spending the meager budget allotted to her office. She is aware na every centavo entrusted to her by the Filipino people ay katumabas ng pawis, mahabang oras sa trabaho at traffic, at matinding stress at pagod ng bawat isang tax payer. Hindi katulad niya na sanay maging free-rider sa mga junkets ni Tatay nya. Na ang P155,000 per month na sweldo nya ay sinusuklian niya lang ng mga blog (aka propaganda) articles na hango sa kasinungalingan at half-truths.

Hindi sila nakuntento that VP Leni was forced to quit her cabinet post in 2016 dahil sa kanyang matatag na paninindigan against EJKs. That VP Leni has to rely heavily on her partners from the private sector just to implement her anti-poverty programs dahil nga sa maliit na budget na nakukuha ng kaniyang tanggapan. That VP Leni is continuously maligned with fake news about her personal life. That VP Leni has to simultaneously face sedition charges and BBM’s electoral protest – all in an insidious attempt to get rid of her.

VP Leni is the only hindrance to a Duterte-Marcos evil tandem. And as long as she remains the Vice President, they would always see her as a great threat. That’s why they would do anything and everything para tuluyan siyang mawala sa kanilang landas – even offer her a position that may be riddled with traps that they can use to impeach her.

Manatili tayong maging matatag at mapagmatyag.

Lagi tayong maging handa sa lahat ng posibilidad.

LET US PROTECT OUR VP AT ALL COSTS.

An Open Letter to senator Bong Go

Dear senator Bong Go,

When I read how you verbally attacked Rep. Edcel Lagman due to the latter’s “audacity” to question PCSO’s legal basis for funding the Malasakit Centers and allegedly using that initiative as a political front and partisan tool, I was seriously appalled.

Somebody ought to tell you that what you said in retaliation was wrong. On so many levels.

Firstly, Cong. Lagman’s inquiry and observation were made during the congressional deliberations on the proposed budget of PCSO for 2020. He, then, had every right to question PCSO about its projects and expenditure, and to make appropriate comments and suggestions.

In short, walang mali sa ginawa ni Rep. Lagman.

Secondly, instead of using your first privilege speech to define your legislative agenda, you squandered it by launching into a vindictive tirade against Rep. Lagman.

Sana, nagpa-presscon ka na lang para hindi mo sinayang ang oras ng mga kasama mo sa Senado.

Thirdly, you refused to be interpellated by your fellow senators. (During interpellation, senators can ask a colleague questions about the issue raised in the privilege speech. -philstar.com)

‘Yan na nga ba ang sinasabi ko e. Wala ka kasing practice on debating during the campaign kaya takot ka to be engaged in one by your colleagues. Simulan na ang practice, ha? Now na.

Fourthly, you used ad hominem argument to refute Rep. Lagman’s claims. You said, and I quote, “Klaruhin ko lang po, hindi po tinatanggap ng PCSO ang mga request to fund aesthetic enhancements or any cosmetic purpose. Gusto man naming kayong tulungan, hindi po ‘yan parte ng medical concern na ginagawa ng assistance ng PCSO. Wala rin pong legal basis ang pagtulong sa pag-repair ng inyong mukha.”

Mabuti na lang at hindi ka sinagot ni Rep. Lagman ng, “Akala mo naman, kagwapuhan ka!” He wouldn’t stoop to your level that way po kasi.

Fifthly, there is such a thing (a longstanding tradition, actually) as inter-parliamentary courtesy that the members of the two chambers of Congress observe.

Huwag si Senate Pres. Sotto ang tanungin mo about it. Wala kang matinong sagot na makukuha sa kanya. Pramis.

Lastly, since you were hellbent on exacting revenge on Rep. Lagman, anyway, you should have simply defended the Malasakit Centers and explained the significant role you played in its implementation. (If you came up with a convincing enough explanation, you might just silence the good Congressman for good, right?)

These following issues are the ones you should have addressed:

  1. What is the legal basis of the PCSO for funding the Malasakit Centers?
  2. The financial assistance to indigent patients is already covered by the Universal Health Care Act, making your pet project a redundant initiative.
  3. Who authorized the release of the P8.68 billion-fund to put up the Malasakit Centers? Did you not personally benefit from that public fund?
  4. Why were those Malasakit Centers put up right before the start of the campaign for the 2019 midterm elections? Were those used for your premature campaigning?
  5. Why did you still serve as its “poster child” when you were already resigned then as the Special Assistant to the president?
  6. If it were true that you did not use the Malasakit Centers project for your senatorial campaign, kindly explain these pictures.

 

That’s all for now, senator Go. Goodluck to you!

Nagmamalasakit lang po,

Ang Taumbayan