The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo said she refuses to be made a “scapegoat” of the Duterte administration for failing to fulfill his promise of ending crime and drugs in the country within six months in 2016.

Tapos gagawing panakip-butas? VP Robredo’s suggestions for anti-drug campaign ignored by Duterte admin — spox

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The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo said she refuses to be made a “scapegoat” of the Duterte administration for failing to fulfill his promise of ending crime and drugs in the country within six months in 2016.

This was after President Duterte lambasted Robredo for calling for a reassessment of the administration’s bloody drug war. Duterte later challenged Robredo to take over as drug czar to “ensure her effectiveness in combatting the drug menace.”

Contrary to what Duterte has been claiming that Robredo was all talk when it comes to criticizing the drug war, her spokesperson, Atty. Barry Gutierrez, reiterated in a statement on Friday (November 1) that as early as 2016, the Vice President had reached out to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other concerned agencies, including the Philippine National Police, in suggesting her inputs on how to improve government’s efforts in addressing the country’s drug problem.

But Gutierrez said the agency, then headed by former Secretary Ismael Sueño, did not act on Robredo’s requests and inputs.

Robredo’s camp also accompanied its statement with a news article on the DILG ignoring Robredo’s request in 2017 asking for records and statistics related to the PNP’s Operation Double Barrel.

“As early as 2016, VP Leni engaged with DILG and other agencies to give suggestions on how to improve government efforts against illegal drugs. Her inputs were not acted on, and the admin excluded her from further discussions soon after. (Read: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/20/17/robredo-camp-shows-ignored-letter-to-dilg)

Gutierrez then said that Robredo is willing to work with the President as long as the offer is done in a respectful manner.

“Handa naman laging tumulong si VP Leni. Mula noon hanggang ngayon. Kung humihingi na ng saklolo ang Pangulo sa usapin ng “drug war,” daanin lang sana sa maayos na usapan — hindi sa text, hindi sa palabas sa media,” he said.

“What she will not stand for is being made a scapegoat for all the shortcomings of the “drug war” for the past three and a half years. This admin made the impossible promise to end crime and drugs in six months, and if they are now being called to account for their failure to deliver, they should not blame VP Leni for it,” he said.

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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.

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