BBM’s chief of staff and spokesman nominated as Executive Secretary

BBM’s chief of staff and spokesman nominated as Executive Secretary

Veteran law practitioner Victor D. Rodriguez, the long-time chief of staff and spokesperson of incoming President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. was nominated for the position of Executive Secretary for the next administration.

Rodriguez’ nomination was officially announced by the incoming president as the former formally relinquished his post as spokesperson of Marcos to prepare for his new assignment.

The 48-year old lawyer, who was seen by many as fiercely loyal and among those very few who stood by Marcos in his challenging times, said he has accepted the challenge and new task given to him.

“Who can say no to President-elect Bongbong Marcos? It is an honor working with him, whom I have known for a very long time and I believe will serve the country efficiently and with unquestioned devotion. It is very flattering to work alongside the best person I’ve known,” Rodriguez stressed.

Rodriguez is also the managing lawyer of Rodriguez & Partners Law Firm, president of QC Trial Lawyers League, and a noted alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas and once served as Treasurer of its Law Alumni Foundation (USTLAFI)

With his leadership, Rodriguez was also credited for the very successful and smooth conduct of Marcos’ campaign for the presidency.

“I thanked President-elect Bongbong Marcos for the trust and confidence. Rest assured that our team will work doubly hard for the success of his six-year presidency,” Rodriguez stated.

Not much of his personal activities are known as he prefers to lead a very private life and is seldom seen on the social scene attending events or functions.

Rodriguez also served as Deputy General Counsel of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines,

Apart from finishing law at UST, Rodriguez also has Executive Education at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Negotiation and Influence Program.

1.6-M irrigators back Piñol's senate bid

1.6-M irrigators back Piñol’s senate bid

DAVAO CITY – The National Confederation of Irrigators Association, (NCIA) Inc. with an estimated 1.6-million farmer-members has pledged its support to senatorial aspirant Emmanuel Piñol.

In a statement, Fernando Cristobal, secretary of NCIA bared that the support is a recognition of Piñol’s role in the implementation of the Free Irrigation Act and the Solar-Powered Irrigation Projects.

According to NCIA, they have witnessed the skill and ability of Piñol and they believed in his aspirations to develop the rice industry and help the farmers with the unfair influx of imported rice and the rising price of farm inputs.

Cristobal added that through Piñol, with the support of President Rodrigo Duterte and former Senator Loren Legarda (also Senator Panfilo Lacson as principal author) will strive hard to implement the Free Irrigation Act.

“We are also aware that Pinol’s aspirations is to further expand the paddy fields that can be irrigated through the Solar-Powered irrigation System,” he said.

Cristobal added that Piñol has the capacity to amend the Rice Tariffication Law which he said that has affected the income of their member farmers.

“As a show of support for Secretary Pinol, we promise that we will personally campaign not only with our members and family, but also with our friends, relatives and workers,” Cristpbal added.

Celebrities Go All Out to Support AP Partylist in Cebu and Palawan

Celebrities Go All Out to Support AP Partylist in Cebu and Palawan

Celebrities are going all out to support AP Partylist in its various events as election day draws near.

In Barili, Cebu, Team AP Partylist, led by first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong and third nominee Chris Tio, was joined by singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino. Team AP, together with Team Flores led by Mayor Julie Flores went on a caravan across town that culminated in the Barili Municipal Hall Plaza where the rally was held. Thousands of Barili residents showed up to express their support.

On Tuesday, May 3, AP Partylist held simultaneous events, one in Cebu, led by third nominee Chris Tio, the Youth Hub, and Vice Mayor Franklin Ong held a For Leni concert headlined by singer-songwriter Moira Dela Torre. The For Leni concert was held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Other performers were Jericho and Wonggoys.

AP Partylist, led by first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong, also spent Tuesday in Palawan with actress Yassi Pressman and performers Smugglaz, Bassilyo, and Sisa. Team AP held a meet and greet in the morning at the San Jose New Public Market and a grand rally in the afternoon at the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Pressman, together with Smugglaz, Bassilyo, and Sisa have been a fixture in the AP Partylist’s campaign trail and are staunch supporters of the partylist.

To know more about the programs and initiatives of AP Partylist, visit and follow their social media pages: appartytist on Instagram and Twitter; APPartylist on Facebook and Youtube; and the.ap.partylist on TikTok.

Rain, quake fail to stop UniTeam’s Mindanao Miting de Avance

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — Despite a four-hour heavy rain and an earthquake, thousands of supporters of the UniTeam led by consistent frontrunners Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Vice Presidential hopeful Sara Duterte, on Thursday stayed to be part of the party’s Mindanao Miting de Avance here.

The venue, which was the same rally site as the UniTeam’s contending party, was already full and spilling off as early as 2 p.m. even if the event was scheduled to start late afternoon.



A rain-drenched Hermogenes Villanueva, 71, from Asuncion town, said they will stay until the end of the event.

“Magpabilin mi. Naa sab akong mga kauban diri. Nanganhi lang gyud mi para mulantaw sa rally. Andam ko mo-suporta nila, dili ko sa uban nga kandidato,” Villanueva, who came with her wife and granddaughter as early as 11 in the morning, said.

While the crowd was enjoying the entertainment of the grandest political gathering held in the province, an earthquake happened.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology later saidr it was a 5.8-magnitude tremor with the epicenter in Tarragona, Davao Oriental.

Despite the rain and tremor, Samra Esmael-Buisan, a utility worker, said she will remain in the venue to wait for the BBM-Sara tandem.

“Gusto namong makita si Sara Duterte ug BBM. Sila akong iboto isip presidente ug bise-presidente nako tungod maayo sila magdala. BBM-Sara unta madaog kay sila ang magdala ug kaayohan [sa nasud],” the 23-year old mother said.

UniTeam senatorial candidates Larry Gadon, Harry Roque, Win Gatchalian, Robin Padilla, Gibo Teodoro, Jinggoy Estrada, Mark Villar and Migz Zubiri, and SAGIP Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta attended the event.

The Miting de Avance here was the UniTeam’s second after it kicked off a successful gathering in Guimbal, Iloilo on May 3. HNP MEDIA

Kadaugan ni BBM dili na mapugngan

BBM pun-an pa ang 180,000 ka plantilla positions sa gobyerno ug himoong regular ang mga JO workers

Maayong balita sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno nga hangtud karon wala pa nahimong regular o permanente ang status. Gibutyag ni Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard bearer ug presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., nga panahon na aron hatagan og atensyon ang mga trabahante sa gobyerno nga hangtud karon wala pa gihapon ma-regular sa trabaho bisan kung kwalipikado.

Matud ni Marcos, nabati niini ang kalisod sa tanang mga Pinoy ug daghang mga trabahante nga dugay nang nagserbisyo sa gobyerno ang hangtud karon nagpabiling contract of service o ba kaha job-order workers.

“Dunay 180 tawsan ka bakanteng plantillas busa unahon nato nga punoon ug ayuhon dayun silang mga JO workers sa national ug LGUs atong paningkamotan nga ma-regular basi sa pondo sa gobyerno ug kung unsay nakalatid sa balaod,” dugang pa ni Marcos.

Sa kasamtangan, daghang mga job order workers sa gobyerno ilabina ang mga naa sa local government units nga ga-sweldo lang sa 10 tawsan matag bulan.

Sobra kini ka ubos kung ikumpara sa minimum wage sa mga naa sa pribadong sektor nga 537 pesos kada adlaw o ga-sweldoh og 13,962 matag bulan.

“Ang ato man ganing minimum wage ubos na kaayo, unya naa pa man diay mas ubos ana ug ang naka-grabe kay kadto pa hinoong ga-serbisyo sa gobyerno,” gibutyag ni Marcos. “Halos dili nako mahuna-hunaan kung giunsa kini pag-antos sa atong mga JO workers.

Ato nang tarungon aron malipay sad tawun ang ilang pamilya,” gawas niini, ang mga trabahanteng casual ug job-order way labot kadtong mas ubos pa gyud ang sweldo mao pay dili makadawat og benepisyo sama sa mga Christmas bonus ug 13th month pay nga gakakuha sa mga regular o permanenteng empleyado.

Tungod niini, gibutyag ni Marcos nga dili lamang sa pribadong sektor dunay dakong problema sa kontraktwalisasyon, kung dili dugay na usab kining problema bisan sa gobyerno tungod kay kadaghanan kanila mga job order o contract of service lamang.

Sa kasamtangan, mokabat sa 600 tawsan hangtud 700 tawsan job-order workers ang naa sa gobyerno. Naa sa 180 tawsan usab ang ibutang nato sa ‘unfilled plantilla positions.’

Usa sa hinungdan nganung dili ma-regular ang pipila ka JO worker tungod sa kakulang sa kwalipikasyon, partikular na ang eligibility gikan sa Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Kung si Marcos ang pangutan-on, gusto niining mopasa og balaudnon nga mahatagan og higayon ang mga empleyado nga consistent nga nakakuha og ‘outstanding performance ratings’ sulod sa tulo ka tuig, aron ma-promote ug mahimong regular.

“Kung maayo usab ang ilang rekord sa trabaho ug consistent ang outstanding performance ratings, basin pwede na silang himoong regular bisan kung walay civil service eligibility,” matud ni Marcos.

“Dili sakto nga nag-serbisyo ang mga empleyado nga contractual, job order o moa (memorandum of agreement) workers sa taas nga panahon nga walay employer-employee relationship.

Sakit sad para sa ilaha kay wala man lang silay madwat nga benepisyo busa angay lang nga ihatag nato kung unsay dapat, ilabina ang ilang dignidad,” saysay pa ni Marcos.

Dugang pahayag niini nga ang mga government workers ang frontliners sa gobyerno– duna may pandemya o wala busa kung swertehon nga makadaog sa Mayo 9 nga eleksyon, paningkamotan niyang ma-regular sa trabaho ang liboan ka mga JO workers sa gobyerno.