ANC launches 'Independence' series hosted by Tina Monzon-Palma

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Veteran journalist Tina Monzon-Palma returned to her interviewer's chair on Wednesday for ANC's Independence, a new interview series which will run on a periodic basis.

Promising to "examine the real issues and motivations shaping" the independence of our country's top leaders, the series plans to feature the likes of President Rodrigo Duterte, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

For its inaugural edition, Monzon-Palma visited the Office of the Vice President and sat down with Vice President Leni Robredo to discuss the issues dominating the national conversation: the worrying developments in the South China Sea, the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the removal of Chief Justice Sereno, and the policies of the Duterte administration, among others.

On the government's soft stance on China, Robredo said that there are other available diplomatic means to assert our sovereignty. She said, "Yung tulong manggagaling sa napakaraming ibang sovereign states pero papaano tayo tutulungan kapag nakikita nilang tayo mismo ayaw tulungan 'yong sarili?"

Asked to comment on the SC's decision to deny the motion for reconsideration of former CJ Sereno, Robredo said that the institution "suffered a big blow as far as confidence in it is concerned."

"In a democracy, I believe that the ordinary Filipino should be confident that if his rights gets transgressed then there's a one body that he can turn to, who will protect his rights. And when you don't feel that faith in the institution, there is a sense that your security is being betrayed," she said, adding that the Filipinos should be "expressive of their outrage for the bearers of this institution to be on their toes."

Watch the full interview below:

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