Villar family, VP Robredo cast vote in bailiwicks

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2019   •   2167

Vice President Leni Robredo (center) | Courtesy : PVI-PRESS/ Rodel Acuvera Luminares

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday morning cast her vote in Las Piñas City along with her husband, former Senator Manny Villar.

The Villar couple voted around 9 a.m. at their assigned voting precinct in Las Piñas Science BF Resort in Talon 2.

They were wearing orange, their family’s signature political campaign color.

Accompanying them were their children, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Paulo, and Camille, who is gunning for a congressional seat.

(Upper photo L-R) Senator Cynthia Villar with her husband, former Senator Manny Villar. (Lower photo L-R) congressional candidate, Camille Villar, Paulo Villar and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar Courtesy : PVI – PRESS / Rey Calinawan Vercide

Cynthia Villar, who is seeking reelection, has been topping political survey polls before the elections. In the recent Pulse Asia pre-election survey, she enjoyed a solo lead edging out Senator Grace Poe.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also voted in her bailiwick in Naga, Camarines Sur on Monday morning.

She arrived at 9:52 a.m. in her designated polling precinct in Tabuco Central School Cluster 112 together with her two daughters, Tricia and Aika.

No special treatment was given to the Robredos who fell in line outside of the polling precinct as they waited for their turn to cast their votes.

After successfully casting her vote around 10:42 a.m., Robredo briefly talked to reporters where she admitted that she feels nervous for this midterm elections.

She also described the opposition slate’s bid to win the polls as “an uphill battle.”

“Napaka-uphill nung battle pero in the last several weeks nakita namin ‘yung passion ng mga volunteers, ano ‘yun unrivaled,” she said.

“Parang pinakahuli kong nakita ‘yung ganun na passion nung 1986 pa kahit noong pagtakbo ko noong 2016 kahit marami kaming volunteers iba yung passion ngayon. Parang kabado para sa bansa hindi naman for the individual candidates we are supporting,” she added.

Robredo has been campaigning for the opposition slate “Otso Diretso.” But of the eight senatorial bets, only Senator Bam Aquino was able to enter the so-called “winning circle.”

Aquino got in 9th to 15th place in the latest Pulse Asia Pulso ng Bayan Pre-Electoral Nationwide Survey on the May 2019 Senatorial and Party-List Elections.

OVP purchases P14-M worth of COVID-19 test kits developed by UP scientists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 24, 2020

The office of Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo has purchased P14 million worth of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits developed by the scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP).

In a statement, the OVP said the test kits will be delivered to hospitals certified as laboratories for COVID-19 testing. These include San Lazaro Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, V. Luna Hospital, and Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory.

The testing kits will help in conducting a total of 10,000 tests.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) previously said the UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) and Philippine Genome Center aim to increase test kit production as well as increase COVID-19 testing capacity per day.

“With the deployment of the test kits, UP-NIH will increase its capacity to run more tests per day, as each unit of the GENAMPLIFY™ COVID-19 test kit can run 25 tests at once and provide results within two hours,” the DOST said in the statement.

Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center Dr. Raul Destura said there is 8,000 to 10,000 tests produced daily and they aim to increase it by 16,000 tests per day by May 1. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Manny Villar is still the richest in PH — Forbes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2020

Former Senate President Manny Villar still remains as the richest person in the Philippines, according to Forbes magazine.

According to Forbes’ annual ranking, Villar has a net worth of $5.6 billion or P282.9 billion and is ranked 565 in Forbes’ list of billionaires.

Following the former Senator is Enrique Razon with an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion or P171.7 billion. Meanwhile, Hans Sy, Herbert Sy and Harley Sy completes the top 5 list.

Hans and Herbert Sy have an estimate net worth of $2 billion each while Harley has a net worth of $1.9 billion. AAC

PACC’s Belgica says colleague’s call to probe Robredo’s COVID-19 aid “a personal opinion”

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) commissioner and Spokesperson Greco Belgica on Thursday clarified that the call of one of his colleagues to probe Vice President Leni Robredo’s fund drive and relief operations amid the COVID-19 crisis was just “his personal opinion.”

In a statement, Belgica said Commissioner Manuelito Luna’s statement calling on the National Bureau of Investigation to prove Robredo for allegedly competing with the government’s efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 “was a personal opinion,” and “does not reflect the body’s sentiments.

“PACC is not asking anyone to investigate VP Leni Robredo. On the other hand, we are grateful to everyone who is helping the frontliners and the needy, including the VP,” he said.

“This is not the time for politicking. We are not concerned with any personality.  Our main concern is to make sure all the needy Filipinos get all the help they need the President promised,” he added.

He also said that the government’s immediate concern right now is to end the coronavirus pandemic, save lives, and rebuild the country and the lives of people after the crisis ends.

“Magtulungan po tayo. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tumutulong pati ang hindi lumalabas ng bahay. Tayo po ay nakakatulong sa ating pagsunod,” he said.

Robredo’s camp earlier slammed Luna’s statement, calling it “ridiculous” and “inappropriate” amid the COVID-19 threat.

Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez said VP Leni has mobilized groups and organized free transport to help health workers, government institutions, and ordinary Filipinos overcome the challenges they had to face due to the threat of infection.

“Anyone who insists that bringing much-needed assistance to hospitals, health workers, and poor Filipinos is somehow a ‘competition’ has absolutely no understanding of the gravity of the crisis we are all facing,” he said.

He assured that Robredo will continue to do all she can to help those in need in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.


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