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Ifugao expert clarifies on rumors about Leni Robredo wearing a death blanket

Ifugao expert clarifies on rumors about Leni Robredo wearing a death blanket

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  • Vice President Leni Robredo got accused of wearing a death blanket on a Rizal Day ceremony.
  • An Ifugao expert clarified that it was not a death blanket but an Ifugao ikat as Robredo is an active promoter of the Ifugao products.

Vice President Leni Robredo was in the middle of a controversy regarding the skirt she wore while leading the Rizal Day rites in Luneta Park on December 30.

Facebook page Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan first posted the photos, accusing Robredo of wearing an Ifugao death blanket and suggesting that she should read about cultural appropriation.

Wait. I hope that is not an Ifugao death blanket the Vice President is wearing. Or Isinai. In the second picture below…

Posted by Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan on Monday, December 31, 2018

Ifugao expert and University of Hawaii graduate Stephen Acabado clarified that the Vice President is not wearing a mistaken-to-be a death blanket, but an Ifugao ikat.

Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles prior to weaving the fabric.

He added that this just shows how many Filipinos are ignorant about the Philippines’ history.

My VP is wearing an Ifugao ikat! The lizard motif is a dominant design in Southeast Asian textiles/images.It is not a…

Posted by Stephen Acabado on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Page Ifugao Nation also clarified that the fabric is not funerary and that many Ifugao weavers are actually recipients of Robredo’s Angat-Buhay programs and she also helps in the promotion of their products.

YES, the VP is wearing our fabric.NO, it's not funerary. Many Ifugao weavers are recipients of the VPs angat-buhay…

Posted by Ifugao Nation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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VP Candidate Robredo is apparently in favor of same-sex marriage

VP Candidate Robredo is apparently in favor of same-sex marriage

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Last December 9, Cong. Leni Robredo visited the Banilad Campus of the University of Cebu (UC) to hold a question-and-answer forum with UC students and several members of the public. She was asked about her opinion on same-sex marriage. UP Cebu Student Council member Isaac Saguit was there to record her answer, he shared it via Facebook in a post dated the same day.

As posted on Isaac Saguit's Facebook page.
As posted on Isaac Saguit’s Facebook page.

“…Leni Robredo, without fear and without thinking twice, told Cebuanos in UC that everyone should be able to choose who they wish to love,” began Saguit’s post. “She reminded everyone that human rights is [sic] universal and that everyone should enjoy the same rights everyone else is enjoying.”

Saguit further quoted Robredo non-verbatim, “…that while we should respect religious beliefs and the right to religion, we should also respect the fact that the state does not and should not cater only to one religious group.”

But in a predominantly Catholic country, the issue of same-sex marriage is still a very touchy subject.

“Sound’s [sic] right but the idea leaves several breaches for immorality to ground,” FB user Donald Onde replied to the post.

To which Job Solilapsi countered, “There are religions that allow same-sex marriage. So I think if your religion doesn’t allow that, you should just refuse to participate. It’s your right. But if others want to marry who they love, one cannot say it’s immoral as there are thousands of religions in the world.”

But a vast majority of those reached by Saguit’s post showed their respect and admiration for Robredo, such as Ronald Menchaves who commented that it was “Very bold of her.”

“F I N A L L Y,” exclaimed Kate Heceta in all caps. “A candidate actively giving their support to the LGBTQ community. Time to wake up Philippines. Everyone is entitled to love. Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.”

Robredo’s favoring same-sex marriage even had netizens changing their minds about their VP picks.

“With the growing population of LGBT in the country, candidates should present a platform to promote equality regardless of gender or at least try to pander. I’m now giving my VP pick a second thought,” said Aldrin Perez.

Cresencio Agbayani, Jr. agreed, “Good to know that she favors same sex marriage. Im [sic] thinking of giving my vote to her for VP.”

But for the original poster, Isaac Saguit, there seems to be no doubt. Robredo has his vote.

“This woman right here, who had been in the service of the marginalized for the most part of her life, this woman who had always put the voiceless first, this woman who shows so much passion in what she is fighting for, this woman who is arduously pushing for the reform agenda for a more equitable Philippines, this woman—Leni Robredo, is definitely my vice president.”

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Former Binay colleague explains why he won’t Vote for the VP

Former Binay colleague explains why he won’t Vote for the VP

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Earlier today (Aug. 3,) Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered what he called the “kontra-SONA” or the “true State of the Nation” Address, highlighting what his party claims as the true state of the Filipino masses as opposed to the picture President Benigno Aquino III painted in his own SONA delivered exactly one week ago.

Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted the State of the Nation Address and held his own Tru State of the Nation Address at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite (photo by ali vicoy) mbnewspictures/mbnewspix
Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted the State of the Nation Address and held his own Tru State of the Nation Address at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite (Photo by Ali Vicoy, Manila Bulletin)

Though people at CavSU (Cavite State University, where Binay’s SONA was delivered) cheered enthusiastically, social media though, showed a different picture. Election fever has yet to reach its peak, but for a while now, several anti-Binay sentiments have been posted on Facebook. Some groups, such as The Thinking Class of the Philippines and the Netizens’ Coalition Against Binay, have been very vocal in their position. However, one particular anti-Binay post is quickly making the Facebook rounds.

It is a blog post supposedly written by Nathaniel von Einsiedel, a well-respected architect and urban planner who has had over 30 years experience in urban development planning and management in both the government and the private sector. He has also lent his expertise in technical assistance programs in developing countries. In the viral post, Von Einsiedel details knowing Binay since their student days as well as working with him in various government programs. He also lists his reasons why he won’t vote for Binay.

His post in its entirety follows:

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons.)
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons.)

“The recent columns of Randy David and Sara Soliven de Guzman in the major dailies give us a pretty good picture of what a Binay presidency would be like — it will be a disaster. The problem, however, is that the average Filipino does not read or understand their analytical writings. Anyway, I agree with them a hundred percent, not just because I believe in their analysis, but because I had worked directly with Binay in the past and, therefore, have personal knowledge of how he thinks and does things. And it is based on this that I will not vote for him come 2016.

I have known Jojo Binay personally since we were in college at UP Diliman. He was a fraternity brother of one of our neighbors in Area 1 where I grew up. He frequented our neighbor’s house and that’s how we got to know each other. After college, it was already in 1986 when I saw Binay again, when he was appointed by then President Cory Aquino as acting mayor of Makati and later on as Governor of Metro Manila in a concurrent capacity. Because of my job at the Metro Manila Commission, I got to meet with Binay on a regular basis, often assisting him in his meetings with the Metro Manila mayors and senior officials of national agencies. On many occasions, I had to join him on early morning site inspections and even late evening meetings.

My working relations with Binay took a break when I resigned from government [and] accepted the invitation of the United Nations and worked abroad from 1990 to 2004. When I returned home, we revived our relationship. From 2004 up to a few years ago, my consulting firm, CONCEP, was engaged by Makati City for a number of projects, such as the Makati Pabahay Project, Makati Development Agenda for the 21st Century, the Jupiter Street Urban Renewal Plan, the MACDA Housing Project, the Barangay Rizal Disaster Oriented Urban Redevelopment, and the Makati Poblacion Heritage Conservation Program. In the course of working on these projects, I had to confer with Binay frequently and thus developed a deeper insight on how he thinks and operates as a public official.

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“Binay Candies” handed out in Panabo, Davao Del Norte

“Binay Candies” handed out in Panabo, Davao Del Norte

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Vice President Jejomar Binay is facing criticism after his visit to Panabo, Davao Del Norte last Wednesday, May 20.

Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin
Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin

In what can be seen as an early election campaign, VP Binay gave the town’s senior citizens wheelchairs, T-shirts, and candies printed with the words “Binay” on its wrapper. He distributed the “Binay” candies at a traditional boodle fight at the market.

He also highlighted the benefits that Makati senior citizens enjoy, saying that the elderly have the privilege to avail of free medical treatment while those who reach the age of 100 will receive P100, 000 in cash.

Photo Credit: abs-cbn news
Photo Credit: abs-cbn news

The distribution of “Binay Candies” was first seen when his daughter, Nancy Binay, joined the Senatorial race.

VP Binay promptly denied the accusation that what he was already campaigning by giving gifts to potential Binay voters.

[blockquote author=”Vice President Jejomar Binay”]Ah hindi. Kapag umiikot ka diba magbibigay ka ng mga souvenirs. Kasama lang ‘yon. Ngayong araw na ‘to, napadaan ako. Namigay ako ng souvenirs[/blockquote]

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