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Journalist covering politics, governance, and women’s rights for @rapplerdotcom | 2021 Asia Journalism Fellowship | @UNRAF 2021 | 📥 mara.cepeda@rappler.com
Nov 29, 2021
LOOK: Pharmally execs Mohit Dargani and Linconn Ong, detained by the Senate for failing to cooperate in the ongoing probe, will soon be sent to the Pasay City Jail. They had their med check-up, swab tests done before their transfer to Pasay. Senate PRIB photos @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Dargani and Ong are currently at the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, but they are expected to be transferred to the Pasay City Jail within the day. Commitment order for their transfer was already signed y Senate President Tito Sotto.
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Nov 29, 2021
Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo now set to sign a covenant with the Alliance of Labor Leaders 4 Leni, whose key members include senatorial bet Sonny Matula. #PHVote #WeDecide @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Robredo asks labor leaders to look at the track records of the candidates: Madali lang mag-promise lalo na pag panahon ng eleksyon..Yung ibang mga kandidato, nagbibigay sila ng pahanon sa mga manggagawa? Kinakausap ba nila? Yung yung indikasyon na hindi lang siya campaign promise
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Nov 29, 2021
Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo is the guest in today's Agri 2022 Online Forum for presidential bets. #PHVote #WeDecide @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Robredo pushes for a data-driven approach in reforming agri sectors, says for database of Filipino farmers should be updated because current Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture isn't. #PHVote #WeDecide
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Nov 27, 2021
Artists Ina Esquivel and AG Saño tell @rapplerdotcom the murals they and other artists created for the Volunteer Center of presidential bet VP Leni Robredo and her running mate Sen Kiko Pangilinan are a "labor of love" which took them 2 weeks to finish, free of charge. #PHVote Image @rapplerdotcom Muralist AG Saño, who designed the 60-foot mural of Leni-Kiko, says: We chose to do this as a labor of love... because we believe in their cause. That’s why we want to rally behind that. No amount could match the love that we have for their cause. #PHVote #WeDecide Image
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Nov 27, 2021
Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo and her running mate Sen Kiko Pangilinan are leading the opening of the Leni-Kiko Volunteer Center in Katipunan, QC. #PHVote #WeDecide @rapplerdotcom ImageImageImageImage Robredo shares on FB photos of the artists who volunteered to make the murals around the Leni-Kiko Volunteer Center: Nagpapasalamat tayo sa oras, panahon, at talento ng mga artists na nakikiisa sa atin. Patunay po ito na pagmamahal ang magpapanalo sa atin sa laban nating ito. ImageImageImageImage
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Nov 26, 2021
LOOK: Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo attends a security briefing with new AFP Chief of Staff Lt Gen Andres Centino and members of the AFP Joint Staff. OVP photos #PHVote #WeDecide @rapplerdotcom ImageImageImageImage @rapplerdotcom Robredo: Many thanks to our new AFP chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, and to the honorable men and women of the AFP Joint Staff for the insightful discussion that we had at today’s security briefing. #PHVote #WeDecide
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Nov 26, 2021
The Senate blue ribbon committee holds its 15th hearing on the anomalous pandemic contracts forged by President Rodrigo Duterte's govt with Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation. @rapplerdotcom ImageImage @rapplerdotcom Present in today's hearing are Pharmally executives Mohit and Twinkle Dargani, and Linconn Ong, all of whom are currently detained at the Senate after being cited in contempt and ordered arrested by senators. ImageImageImage
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Nov 26, 2021
Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles holds his press briefing. @rapplerdotcom Image @rapplerdotcom Nograles: Efdective Dec 1, fully vaxed nationals of non-visa countries shall be allowed to enter PH until Dec 15, subject to certain conditions ImageImage
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Nov 18, 2021
Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo participates now speaking during the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo along with other presidential bets. #PHVote #WeDecide @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Robredo reiterates that if she wins, she would dedicate the first 100 days of her presidency focusing on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

She earlier said her "Kalayaan Mula sa COVID" plan is estimated to cost around P500 billion. rappler.com/nation/electio… #PHVote #WeDecide
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Nov 17, 2021
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tests positive for COVID-19, says Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri. The Senate was informed as Lorenzana was in the chamber yesterday for the plenary debates on the DND’s proposed 2022 budget. @rapplerdotcom Zubiri says this might affect the Senate’s ongoing plenary deliberations: Baka ihinto muna ang hearings bukas dahil sa exposure guys. We may have to resume on Monday na para maka pag PCR test kami lahat over the weekend
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Nov 17, 2021
Detained Pharmally execs and siblings Mohit and Twinkle Dargani name 4 lawyers to represent them during the Senate blue ribbon hearings. One lawyer, Daryl Valles, previously worked at the Office of the President, specially the office earlier held by Sen Bong Go. @rapplerdotcom Other lawyers named by Dargani siblings in their letter to the blue ribbon committee are Don Kapunan and Demetri Felix. They said their 4th lawyer is still pending and to be confirmed.
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Nov 17, 2021
Presidential aspirant and Sen Bong Go on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte saying PDP-Laban rejected alliance with Bongbong Marcos-Sara tandem: I will let the PDP leadership clarify these matters in due time. Alam ko naman po na wala kaming tinatanggihan. #PHVote @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Go: Being the administration party, we have always exerted efforts to reach out to those who are supportive of PRRD. #PHVote #WeDecide
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Nov 16, 2021
In an FB video, presidential aspirant & VP Leni Robredo tells supporters to exercise sobriety online, to calmly and respectfully reach out to other people who do not share their political beliefs. She says this is what being a Kakampink is truly all about. #PHVote @rapplerdotcom Image @rapplerdotcom Robredo: Ang analysis ng mga eksperto, may mga puwersang sadya tayong pinag-aaway. Dahil kapag watak-watak ang Pilipino, mas madaling maisusulong ang personal na agenda ng mga puwersang ito. #PHVote #WeDecide
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Oct 29, 2021
Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo holds a press conference at the Provincial Gymnasium in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon.

Sorsogon Gov Chiz Escudero is part of Robredo's slate in 2022. He will join her later at the soft opening of GSAC General Hospital Inc @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Asked how she'll address the drug problem if she becomes president, Robredo recalls the recommendations she made after she stepped down after her brief stint as chair of the Duterte gov't's anti-drug body, says it shouldn't be heavy on enforcement

READ: rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/r…
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Oct 28, 2021
The Senate blue ribbon committee conducts its 13th hearing on the anomalous pandemic contracts inked by President Rodrigo Duterte's government. @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Blue ribbon panel chair Richard Gordon recaps previous hearing, recalls that TigerPhil Marketing Corporation, a supplier of the Duterte govt's biggest pandemic supplier Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation, underdeclared about 30% of its sales

READ: rappler.com/nation/tigerph…
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Oct 27, 2021
Presidential aspirant and VP Leni Robredo is currently in her bailiwick and home region Bicol. She is now facing local media in a press conference organized by Solid Leni Bicol. @rapplerdotcom #PHVote #WeDecide Image @rapplerdotcom Asked to further clarify her position on vote-buying, Robredo reiterates she is against vote-buying and says it is illegal.

She did say these yday too, then said voters can accept bribe money but they should still vote based on conscience.

CONTEXT: rappler.com/nation/electio…
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Oct 26, 2021
Sought for advice in her dialogue with house helpers re. vote-buying, presidential bet & VP Leni Robredo first says she is against the illegal practice. She then advises them to take the money, since that is taxpayers' money, but vote according to their conscience @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Robredo recalls when she ran as Camarines Sur 3rd District representative in 2013, the Villafuertes had engaged in massive vote-buying aiming to defeat her. She still won in the end.

READ FOR CONTEXT: rappler.com/nation/electio… #PHVote #WeDecide
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Oct 26, 2021
Ahead of another #Kakampink Wed, presidential bet & VP Leni Robredo urges her supporters to go beyond wearing the color pink by helping other people too, from doing feeding programs to as simple as sharing bread w/ others. “Walang maliit na ambag; lahat mahalaga.” @rapplerdotcom Image @rapplerdotcom Robredo: Bago ang lahat, gusto ko magpasalamat sas lahat ng nakiisa sa Caravan of Hope nitong nakaraang Sabado. Ramdan na ramdam ko 'yung init ng suporta at pagmamahal mula sa ating mga kakapinks sa lahat ng sulok ng ating bansa. #PHVote #WeDecide
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Apr 21, 2021
Sen Ping Lacson on Pres Duterte's appeal to give EO 128 a chance: First, the Senate has no choice since the reduced tariff rates and the increased in-quota MAV have already taken effect. @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Lacson: Second, kung meron lang sanang nangyaring inter-departmental courtesy consultation, since EO 128 is a consequence of a delegated authority granted by Congress to the President anyway, we could have given our input based on our own consultations and research.
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Apr 21, 2021
Sen Leila de Lima says the red-tagging of Ana Patricia Non of the Maginhawa Community Pantry was not surprising: Bawal ang maging makatao sa ilalim ni Duterte. @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom De Lima: Duterte's rule thrives on people's misery that anything good coming from the people is threat to them. Heartless.
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Apr 20, 2021
In joint statement, Senators Nancy Binay, Leila de Lima, Frank Drilon, Sherwin Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, Kiko Pangilinan, Grace Poe, and Ralph Recto ask the Duterte gov't to stop the red-tagging of organizers behind the community pantries. @rapplerdotcom @rapplerdotcom Senators: The profiling of organizers must stop. It puts people’s lives in danger, knowing how notorious some police, military officers, and personnel are in red-tagging progressives and now civic-minded citizens who only want to do good for their fellow men and women.
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