Leni Robredo's 'Angat Buhay'
By Elson . Elizaga, March 2, 2020.

When Vice President Leni Robredo criticized the war on drugs, several nitizens flung this question: "Please ask yourself if you have done something good for the country before maligning others."

CNN photo of Vice President Leni Robredo with two comments Excellent suggestion. I did a research and discovered remarkable facts. First among them is the absence of a police record that Robredo has maligned anyone. So, she does not need to ask herself if she has served her country.

I also found out that, years ago, when Robredo was still single, she stopped studying law so she could work as researcher for the development of three provinces in the Bicol Region.  Then she founded the Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga Federation, which provides livelihood skills for women. Later, she became the coordinator of Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligan (SALIGAN), a private group that travelled to remote barangays to offer legal services. SALIGAN won the case for the Sumilao Farmers in Bukidnon.

When she became a member of Congress, she strongly supported the Freedom of Information Act and the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  She also wrote the Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Bill (HB 3432) which prohibits prejudice against people with disability and HIV condition, or with "different" ethnic upbringing, religion, sexual orientation, and language. (Sass Rogando Sassot, take note.)

On October 10, 2016, five months after she was elected Vice President, Robredo launched her anti-poverty program Angat Buhay. A year later, Angat Buhay succeeded in providing P145 million worth of services to 83,707 poor families. This number reached 224,000 in December 2019.

As reported by Rappler, the services given by Angat Buhay are numerous and varied, such as "feeding and nutrition programs …food packs and multivitamins … livelihood opportunities for 7,691 farmers, fisher folk, and indigent families … classroom construction, teacher training, scholarships, school supplies, and other equipment that benefitted 21,791 students, out-of-school youth, and teachers … P2.29 million worth of solar kits and generators, water filters, water pumps, hygiene kits, sinks, and toilet bowls for 1,868 individuals and 725 families … A total of 75,633 families affected by various natural calamities were given disaster rehabilitation aid P30.43 million from Angat Buhay’s partners and another P12.43 million from the OVP (Office of the Vice President).

"Angat Buhay was also able to help 3,646 indigent patients get assistive devices and free health services, while 935 women were able to attend product development and marketing workshops, gender and development planning, Violence Against Women orientations, and courses on hairdressing and cosmetology."

These are just some of the inspiring accomplishments of Robredo, her staff and 300 companies that support Angat Buhay. And she is not even the president. No wonder the Senate in 2018 increased the proposed budget for her office by P20 million, and no wonder President Rodrigo Duterte was awe-struck. He wanted to resign as early as 2017, so he could witness the transformation of the country with Robredo at the helm, but he appeared to have been restrainedpossibly by friends, possibly by China, also a friend. The best he could do was appoint  Robredo as co-chair of The Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), knowing fully well the contraptions she would discover.

The rest is one percent.

So, concerned netizens, thanks for asking. I have applied your query to myself, because I love to malign others. And this is what I have discovered:

I serve my country by brushing my teeth and training a cat to defecate in the toilet. I don’t burn my garbage. I help my kids do their homework and make sure my photos are not overexposed. When presented with a question answerable by yes or no, I never say "yes or no."

A LATE VALENTINE MESSAGE FROM ONE WHO HAS BEEN THERE AND DONE THOSE: If you love somebody, let them go, change your sim card, deactivate your Facebook, unplug your Wi-Fi, and go to the West Philippine Sea without telling anyone. If they find you, they were always yours, or they could be people with special set of skills. If they don't find you, reactivate your Facebook.Black square indicates end of article.

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