Robredo defends UP experts

Robredo defends UP experts.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepOct 18th, 2020

Robredo hits Roque’s gag request to Octa Research Group

The Duterte administration wants the Octa Research Group to stop publicizing their recommendations on the pandemic response because of its intention not to follow them, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “Ang nakikita ko lang na dahilan kung bakit ililihim, hindi susundin iyong datos, iyong pagdedesisyon hindi nakasunod sa datos (The only reason I see why it must be hidden is that they won’t follow the data, they would decide not based on data),” she said during her weekly radio show.According to Robredo, it would be better for experts from the group to make public their research instead of just communicating it to the government in private.“For the benefit of everyone na alam ng tao kung ano iyong mga resulta ng research (the people should know the result of the research),” she asserted.The vice president disagreed with Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque who discouraged the local research group from publicizing their recommendations on placing areas under strict lockdown to avoid confusion.The Octa Research team, composed primarily of faculty members and alumni of the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas, has been regularly issuing reports on the COVID-19 situation nationwide.Roque said the group does not have the same number of experts working with the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).“I wish they would refrain from making these recommendations publicly,” he said.His statement came after the Octa team recommended to implement stricter lockdown measures in Bauan, Batangas; Calbayog, Western Samar; and General Trias, Cavite due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.   These places were not being mentioned by the IATF......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Robredo hits Palace, Antiporda for remarks vs. experts

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday threw her support behind the country's experts and scientists after government said they should not publicize their quarantine recommendations, as well as being called "bayaran" by an environment official. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Stay vigilant vs COVID-19, Robredo urges public

While she is hopeful about the country’s decreasing coronavirus cases, Vice President Leni Robredo said this should not be a reason for Filipinos to be complacent and they must continue to be vigilant against COVID-19. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo, in a Facebook post, said the people must maintain all the necessary precautionary measures and health protocols despite the improving COVID-19 situation. These include wearing face masks and face shields, frequent hand washing, and maintaining physical distancing from each other in public places. “While the numbers give us hope, this is no time to relax or be complacent,” the opposition leader said. ”Let us also pray fervently that all who are sick and those afflicted by the virus will get well soon and that our frontliners will be cloaked in the mantle of protection,” she added. “Kaya natin ‘to (We can do this),” Robredo stressed. The vice president issued a reminder to the public as the country has started to flatten the curve with the low number of COVID-19 cases’ reproduction number. The latest Department of Health (DOH) data showed the reproduction number was below 0.9. Robredo believed the current downward trend is the end result of the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) that was implemented in Metro Manila and nearby provinces last month. “Our medical experts were right to demand for a two-week MECQ. We’re seeing the fruits of that now,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

Detractors didn t read the report : Robredo defends ICAD findings

"Pag sinabi mong political, hindi mo binasa yung report.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2020

Cayetano defends P50-million SEA Games cauldron | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler:   P1.5 billion worth of SEA Games funds will not undergo public bidding House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano defends the P50-million cauldron which earned the ire of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Filipinos online. Robredo lost Cabinet post due to request for drug war docs, intel – Panelo Malacañang says Tuesday, November 19, Vice President Leni Robredo's requests for documents and intelligence reports related to the government’s ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

Cayetano’s rates higher than Robredo | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano receives a 62% trust rating and 64% approval rating in the September Pulse Asia poll. LRT2 operations remain suspended on October 7 The Light Rail Transit Line 2 or LRT2 remains closed Monday, October 7, as safety checks are being completed. Duterte defends Albayalde: 'He has the right to be heard'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

Belmonte defends opposition: Speaking the truth is not sedition

MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Minority Leader Jose Christopher "Kit" Belmonte defended his allies in the opposition, including Vice President Leni Robredo, against the sedition charges filed against them. In a privilege speech on Tuesday, August 6, Belmonte reminded his colleagues in the House of Representatives that speaking ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2019

OSG defends role in sedition raps vs opposition

The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) yesterday defended its role in the filing of criminal charges against opposition personalities led by Vice President Leni Robredo who were implicated in the alleged plot to oust President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

Robredo, Arroyo’s net satisfaction ratings drop in June 2019 – SWS | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Robredo, Arroyo net satisfaction ratings dip in June – SWS Benny Abante is new House Minority Leader Jollibee to acquire Coffee Bean for $350 million Gov't eyes 'selective closure' of El Nido in Palawan Dani Barretto defends sister Julia: 'Cheating na agad?' – Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Palace defends Locsin after calling Robredo 'boba'

alacanang defended on Tue........»»

Category: newsSource:  manila_shimbunRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Australia defends end of MH370 hunt; investigation continues

SYDNEY — Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said on Wednesday that experts will continue analyzing data and scrutinizing debris washing ashore fro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Where’s Leni? VP defends US vacation

MANILA, Philippines - As an off-season typhoon pummelled her home region, Vice President Leni Robredo found herself on the defensive for spending the Christm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 26th, 2016

Palace defends DepEd module

Malacañang on Monday defended DepEd from criticisms that it is promoting "blind obedience" to the government because of a learning module that discourages students from joining rallies. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

OVP sets up more learning hubs in areas with internet access concerns

With the ongoing distance learning classes, Vice President Leni Robredo’s office continues to set up more learning hubs in communities nationwide to address internet access concerns. (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo announced the opening of 55 additional learning hubs soon in areas where they are needed on top of the 13 pilot sites. She gave the public a first glimpse of the learning hub during a tour on Monday in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City. Joining her was Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto. “We are excited because we have opened 13 of these hubs during the first month. I will also visit the others,” Robredo, who went live on her Facebook account, said in Filipino. “Hopefully, this week and next week. We will then open 55 other sites,” she added. For the pilot run of the learning hub in Pasig City, Robredo’s office partnered with JCI Manila and Catholic group “Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy of the Lord).” Six students can only be accommodated per schedule in the learning center, where health and safety protocols are strictly being observed. The walk-ins are not allowed so students who wish to use the hub should pre-register for their assigned schedules. The Office of the Vice President initiated the establishment of the community learning hubs as part of its Bayanihan E-skwela program to help students who don’t have the capacity to study at home. Two batches of tutors have already been trained to run these learning hubs. Among which are located in Taytay, Rizal; Himamaylan, Negros Occidental; Tabaco City, Albay; Lucena City, Quezon province; and Caloocan City......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Gasoline prices on rollback by P0.25/liter; diesel up by P0.25/liter

Filipino motorists filling up their vehicles with gasoline products will generate savings this week as the price of this commodity will be down by P0.25 per liter this week. Conversely, the price of diesel products at domestic pumps will increase by P0.25 per liter; and it is the same case for kerosene products, of which costs will be higher by P0.20 per liter in this round of adjustment. As of this writing, the oil companies that already sent notices on their cost movements effective Tuesday (October 20) had been Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Seaoil and PetroGazz while the rest of the industry players are anticipated to follow. In the past several weeks, price swings at Philippine retail pumps treaded on slight adjustments because prices in the world market had been relatively steady. Nevertheless, there are apprehensions that oil demand may crash again because of the worsening second wave of coronavirus infections, primarily in Europe. When that happens, according to experts, petroleum prices may plummet again in the coming months; although this is not seen reaching rock bottom or at least not the US$20 per barrel level that oil prices had plunged at when the lockdowns happened in most parts of the world in April.The oil industry is among the sectors heavily hit by the pandemic, and this has been prompting global oil producers – chiefly the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) — to strategize on how to lift sagging prices......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Robredo: Cops’ treatment of jailed activist ‘overkill’

Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday slammed the authorities’ handling of the funeral of detained activist Reina Mae Nasino’s three-month-old baby, describing the incident as an “overkill.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Robredo sa libing ni Baby River: ‘Di makatao

Manila, Philippines – Naghayag ng pagkadismaya si Vice President Leni Robredo sa aniya’y hindi makataong libing ni Baby River. “Para sa akin, parang masyadong overkill… Nasaan iyong humanity natin doon, ‘di ba? Sa akin, mga nanay din tayo, mga magulang din tayo. Dapat naiintindihan natin iyong, ‘di ba, iyong complexity ng relasyon,” giit nito. “Hindi ko […] The post Robredo sa libing ni Baby River: ‘Di makatao appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

UPLB promotes art as de-stressing activities

LOS BAnOS, Laguna, Oct 18 (PIA) - Experts at the University of the Philippines - Los Banos (UPLB) are promoting art as a way to relax and de-stress during this pandemic.In an online lecture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Xinhua world economic news summary at 0900 GMT, Oct. 17

BEIJING -- The success story of China's Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) boosts the confidence of Chinese people and the international community in reform and opening up, overseas experts have.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

What spokespersons do

THE VIEW FROM RIZAL Dr. Jun Ynares An apparent “word war” recently erupted between the science community of the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The tussle seems to have been triggered by what the DENR spokesperson described as a criticism from the UP scientists, particularly those who are part of the UP Marine Science Institute (UP MSI). The institute, according to its website, is UP’s “coordinating base for marine research.” Its mandate is to “pursue research, teaching and extension work” related to marine life in the large bodies of water in the country. The spokesperson of the DENR was visibly angry when he fired verbal shots against UP’s science community at a televised media conference last week. The DENR spokesperson labeled the UP scientists “bayaran” which roughly translates in English as “mercenaries” or “whore.” The televised rant was apparently triggered by what the spokesperson said was the criticism by UP scientists against the DENR’s “white sand” project for the Manila Bay shore. The project, it will be recalled, involved the use of so-called “dolomite” – the residue derived from crushing rocks and stones and which visually resembles white sand. Media described the DENR spokesperson’s action as “lashing out” against the UP experts, saying the latter have no right to air their criticism. He accused the scientists of having received some P500 million from the government and delivering nothing but consultation services. According to media, the DENR spokesperson called the UP scientists “blood-suckers.” In reporting the rant by the DENR spokesperson, media used the headline “DENR slams UP scientists.” This led to confusion among media consumers like us. Wasn’t it the DENR spokesperson who “slammed” UP scientists and not DENR per se? Why should the rant dished out by a spokesperson be attributed to the entire department? To explain the role of a spokesperson and the nature of that job, we turned to international training consultant and fellow Antipoleño Archie Inlong. Archie served as spokesperson for three major agencies – the erstwhile Department of Transportation and Communication, and the two Presidential Task Forces which rebuilt the areas affected by major disasters, the earthquake of 1990 and the subsequent eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo. “There are three important tasks that the spokesperson of a government agency performs,” he told us. “These are, first, to provide relevant information and instructions; second, to issue clarification when needed; and, third, to give assurances to the public on behalf of the organization he represents,” Archie explained. “Occasionally, the spokesperson also shares the point of view of the head of the agency, the latter’s prognosis, and position on certain issues,” he added. “There are items outside of what the spokesperson may safely say to the public, and these include rants, insults, accusations,” he continued. “When these come out of the spokesperson’s mouth,” the public interprets them as the official statement of the entire organization and its head,” he pointed out. This should explain why media now interprets the “mercenary/whore” label given by the DENR spokesperson to the scientists of UP as a “slam” coming from the DENR itself. “The spokesperson is a mouthpiece, that’s all,” Archie added. “We, spokespersons, must be good mouthpieces,” he said. Does that mean that a spokesperson is not entitled to express his own opinion, his own views, his own sentiment? This was his answer: “No, his job is to speak on behalf of the organization and its head, period.” “That disclaimer used by some spokespersons that the comment he or she made ‘is just my own opinion’ does not work,” Archie explained. “Outside of his role as the mouthpiece of the organization, the spokesperson has no personality and his words would carry no weight,” he added. So, does that mean we have to interpret the labels “mercenary” and “whore” given to UP scientists as having come from the DENR secretary himself, I asked. This was the answer I got. “Unless and until the head of agency disowns the statement, that would be the case.” Lesson learned: what the spokesperson says is the official stand of the organization and its head. That means the spokesperson job is something that must be taken seriously and must be handled with utmost prudence and care. Words have power. Particularly those that come from a spokesperson’s mouth......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020