Belief in the capacity of common folk to do what’s right and to do it well – another mark of a great leader. Leni’s empowered constituents fulfill their dream.
It has been a long cherished dream that Calabanga, the only coastal town in my district, will have its own fishing port. Not only will it help uplift the lives of fishermen in the locality, it will also attract economic activity for the entire municipality.
Because of the relentless efforts of the Barangay Council of Sabang led by Punong Bgy Levi Sta. Ana Sr., that dream is now becoming a reality. The National Government, through DOTC and PFDA, budgeted P100M for the construction of a fish port in Bgy. Sabang, complete with an ice plant and cold storage facilities.
This afternoon, I found the chance to step out of Papa’s wake for an hour to visit the site and consult with the barangay officials and some municipal officials on the developments of the project. Hopefully, everything will be fully operational by the end of this year. – Cong Leni Robredo
(Manila) Sen. Tito Sotto, father of four and still smarting from the Pope’s comment about rabbits, was at the Papal Nunciature’s gate in Taft Ave. this morning holding up a placard saying, “Je suis une personne très religieuse, je ne suis pas un lapin”. (I am a very religious person, I am not a rabbit.)
Members of PETA, (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) naked except for artificial rabbit ears on their heads and rabbit feet necklaces hanging over their breasts, were also at the Nunciature holding up signs protesting the Pope’s conejophobic remarks and showing solidarity with rabbits, “Je suis lapin”; and “Lapins ne sont pas obsédés sexuels”.(“I am rabbit”; “Rabbits are not sex maniacs”)
Members of Bayan led by their Secretary General Renato Reyes and Rep Neri Colmenares were also at the Nunciature protesting and chanting “Ibagsak! Ibagsak!” for no reason whatsoever.
Senator Vicente Sotto III does not believe that Pope Francis said people should not have to breed like rabbits in order to be good Catholics.
“Somebody invented it. Somebody invented the statement. Nasaan ang soundbite? Nasaan ang video? It’s out of character for him to say that.” He added, “I’m a very religious person.”
Eto po, Kagalanggalang na Senador, ang excerpt sa transcript ng presscon ng Pope sa eroplano papauwi sa Roma.
“That example I mentioned shortly before about that woman who was expecting her eighth (child) and already had seven who were born with caesareans. That is an irresponsibility (That woman might say) ‘no but I trust in god’ But God gives you methods to be responsible. Some think that, excuse me if i use that word, that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood! This is clear and that is why in the church there are marriage groups, there are experts in this matter, there are pastors, one can seek and i know so many, many ways out that are licit and that have helped this. you did well to ask me this.”
“Transcript? Anong gagawin ko sa transcript, para sa nagbabasa lang ‘yan! Gusto ko soundbite o video!” the senator said, I imagined.