Recounts of a witness about Kabayan Party List’s Rebel Recruitment
Rebellion has Tampered Education
The witness narrates how a party-list member recruited him to join a rebel group from his university. Later on, he became a recruiter himself. Instilling hatred towards the government is common during meetings. Promises of financial support and education scholarships are also part of the process. These recruits never get to see the fulfillment of those offers. They end up dead in the mountains during encounters with the military.
The youth from low-income families are prone to rebel recruiters. Those who have some misunderstandings with parents can easily be recruited, the witness said. He decided to surrender when he realized that the military in many instances did not hurt him. Instead, it’s the party list leaders who did not give the promised education scholarship of his recruits.
The former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile comments on Senator Ping Lacson’s plan to make red-tagging a crime. This is after Rep. Sarah Elago gets emotional upon knowing that she’s red-tagged as an NPA member and recruiter. She denies the allegation but some witnesses said otherwise. Enrile reacted that red-tagging can’t be a crime. If the accused thinks that the military made a mistake, then she can sue them for libel.
President Duterte Announces that Senator Bong Go Wants to be President
Joking with the Senator
In one of the speeches of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, he announces that Senator Bong Gong wants to be president which Go denies. The senator elaborated by saying that the Filipino leader likes to joke around. Perhaps, he would only change his mind if Duterte runs for Vice President. But he’s also quick to clarify that he is not saying what position he runs for if the President does so. Besides, his term would only end in 2025. So, he has a lot of time to serve.
Rumors float with uninterested political figures like Senator Go every time the president suggests a certain presidentiable. This stars from his daughter Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. She condemns the Run Sara Run calls. Senator Manny Pacquiao is also furious about these talks amidst the pandemic. Pacquiao wants his party to concentrate on facing the challenges that the Covid-19 virus brings into the country.
Just a Joke or Misleading Opponents?
To solve the pandemic is the top priority right now, said Senator Go. This coincides with Senator Manny Pacquiao’s plea. Despite Duterte’s mentioning names, it is obvious that he does not talk about Bongbong Marcos anymore which is very unlikely. Marcos was his favorite during the 2016 elections. The Marcoses also have a strong alliance with his family especially now that the Build Build Build project is on its way. As a political strategist, the Philippine president simply knows that divulging his endorsee too early can ruin their chances of winning.
Sandro Marcos’ Birthday Coincides with the $400 Million ADB Loan to Help the Philippines Purchase COVID-19 Vaccines
Loan Grant and Sandro Marcos
The Philippines became the first recipient of financing support under the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX). This marks the approval of a $400 million loan to help the country purchase safe and effective vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ADB connects with the World Bank that the late President Ferdinand Marcos built the country’s credit facility with. It may just be a coincidence that this happens a few days after Sandro Marcos’ birthday. But still very significant for people who knew the background of the said international financial support system.
Padapadakam Tradition in Ilocos Norte
Flower-gifting to the adult birthday celebrant that signals the service to the people is a tradition in Ilocos Norte. It’s called Padapadakam. The young Marcos was uncomfortable at first but got used to it as fellow Ilocanos took turns in doing the ritual. His father explains his son’s commitment to helping Filipinos as they all do.
The Marcoses’ Commitment to the People
BBM’s vlog triggers various questions like; Is Sandro running for public office? As shown in the video, his visits to the House of Representative and Congressman Martin Romualdez were featured. This can be a hint for something in the next national elections. BBM himself became a congressman in his 20’s. Sandro is 27 years old now. This could be a fresh start for the Marcoses. As they know well Philippines’ loan standing with these creditors.
Mayor Sara Duterte, VP Robredo among possible presidential candidates: OCTA
Other than Bongbong Marcos for the Election of 2022
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and VP Leni Robredo are among the named presidentiables for the election of 2022. Manny Pacquiao and Mayor Isko Moreno have their own publicity stunts. Senators Bong Go and Tito Sotto are also active in their own jurisdictions. However, the Marcos loyalists noticed that Bongbong Marcos is the quietest. They even urged him to continue questioning the unfavorable outcome of his electoral protest with a bit of toughness.
Inheriting Major Headaches
Analysts said that the next president would inherit the major headaches brought about by the pandemic. His or her character can be judged by how he or she answers strategic questions on how to solve the current crisis. Nonetheless, Robredo continues to attack the president, and the presidential daughter, Mayor Sara can only retaliate by commenting on her fake courage.
Bongbong Marcos is Still
Character-wise, Bongbong Marcos remained still amidst the big blow on his election protest. He only presents fraud evidence during the 2016 elections at the bar of public opinion. This is after those proofs were not shown to the magistrates before the en banc. He blamed former President Noynoy Aquino’s ally, Associate Marvic Leonen who is the ponente of his case for blocking them. His moves may be invisible right now but one thing is certain. The President’s allies are definitely doing something to protect his interest. He clearly chooses his battles.
Bongbong Marcos presents a wealth of evidence on fraud with regards to his electoral protest. This is not possible before according to the law. But now that the decision is out, he feels obliged to make them public. Therefore, at the bar of public opinion, he seeks further justice.
Justices Did Not See Wealth of Evidence
Marcos blames Associate Marvic Leonen for hiding the wealth of evidence he presented. Most justices did not see those during the en banc. That’s why he gets the unfavorable verdict. Nonetheless, the people must judge for themselves.
Unity for Everyone’s Welfare
It is a constant debate among Marcos’ supporters that their social media pages must be exclusive for the Marcoses. However, many believe that to achieve unity, non-loyalists must know the side of Bongbong Marcos too. This is the true quest of the former Senator. He doesn’t even mind the commercial ads on social media pages dedicated to him. He urges everyone to support these kinds of businesses on the net.
Robredo Answers Angelic Face Comment of the President
Duterte: Robredo has an Angelic Face but the Mind is of the Devil
VP Leni Robredo said that she doesn’t stoop down to the level of the President. She knows that she can irritate him with her slightest suggestion but she does it anyway. After all, it’s her mandate to do som she added. However, she admits that this creates a division between the DDS and the Dilawan. She’s also aware that Duterte favors Bongbong Marcos.
The Vaccine Issue
Robredo also mocks Palace spokesperson Harry Roque for defending the President. He said that her suggestions do not make sense anymore because they are 10 steps ahead. Then the VP can’t help by saying I told you so when the delays of the vaccines happen. She cannot comprehend why other vaccines are not suitable for other people. Maybe, she needs a consultant in this area.
Bongbong Marcos on Trolls
Malou Mangahas reminds Robredo that if the DDS has trolls, so as the Dilawans. She denies it by saying that she does not have money to pay trolls unlike Bongbong Marcos. The latter already answered this accusation in the past telling her that his supporters are real people. They are not trolls and also not paid by him,he clarified.
Duterte insists daughter Sara not running for president in 2022
Duterte would Pity Sara in the Hands of Trillanes
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would pity Sara if she runs for President. He then laments that Trillanes did not even spare his 16-year-old daughter, Kitty. The former senator accuses the teenager as a drug lord. This was during the 2016 election campaign period.
Duterte’s Ally for Continuity
The President’s drug war is very controversial. The men in uniform would need the next leader’s support to continue clearing up the country from high-profile criminals. They urged the president to let an ally run to preserve his mandate in this arena. Or else, the armed forces of the Philippines would be in a very difficult situation. Senator Bong Go or Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio were named as examples.
Alliance with the Marcoses
The president has a strong alliance with the Marcoses. Particularly Senator Imee and Bongbong Marcos. The latter is definitely running for te executive office in 2022. This creates speculations why Duterte is critical of VP Leni Robredo. Would it be Bongbong-Inday Sara this coming elections? If so, Trillanes’ next target could be Marcos.
Former Comelec Chair, Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said that the evidence of fraud in Mindanao that they uncovered was adapted by Bongbong Marcos in his electoral protest. Many voters went out to voice their common questions via social media. Where are their votes for Bongbong Marcos? This may stay quiet for a while but never put to rest until the rise of Marcos.
There Have Never Been Zero Votes
The late ex-Comelec chair stresses in one of his interviews that there have never been zero votes in various precincts in the country’s history. What’s odd is that even some of Maricos’ Bailliwicks also had zero votes for him. The Iglesia ni Kristo leader is also looking for the votes of their followers where the INC churches are. Brilliantes said that if only Marcos chose Mindanao as his group of priority provinces then, he could have won the electoral protest right away.
Voters’ Registration Signatures Do Not Match
The Comelec itself had a surprise of its life when the Voters’ Registration Signatures did not match with the Election Voters’ List. The latter showed that the styles of writing belonged only to a few people. Many of these pieces of evidence of fraud are overlooked when the magistrates decided on the case at the Supreme Court. This may slow down right now but never in the hearts and minds of the affected Filipinos.
A group of around 1,500 members of the Inday Sara supporters group rallied at EDSA during the 35th anniversary of this mutiny turned revolution recently. They said that the mayor does not know them. But they just want to practice freedom of expression. They want Mayor Sara to run as president. However, Inday Sara said that there’s nothing that could change her mind right now. The president, her father also said that he won’t allow his daughter to do so. They both do not believe that the event is a symbol of democracy. They are in alliance with the Marcoses instead.
Not a Standard of Freedom
Mayor Sara finds it hard to believe that EDSA becomes the standard of freedom to some. She also resists its propaganda. According to her, a few people push this idea down the throats of many Filipinos. President Rodrigo Duterte always praises the late President Ferdinand Marcos. His reign was toppled by this so-called bloodless revolution in 1986. The Marcos loyalists consider this as a big mistake. Duterte always skips its celebration.
Bongbong Marcos’ Assurance
Meanwhile, Bongbong Marcos assures his supporters that he and Mayor Sara won’t run in the same position come elections 2022. So, it is natural to have speculations that the unbeatable tandem could push through. It’s likely Bongbong-Sara. Nontheless, the young Marcos also has no problems if it’s the other way around. That if the Dutertes would agree with it.
VP Leni Robredo is commenting without thinking. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo describes Robredo. She may have common sense but her advisers surely provoke her to criticize the government. As the symbol of the opposition, she can do so but the least she can do is to understand the issue. Then, put sense into her comments. She also underestimated Bongbong Marcos and his supporters. Despite her favorable ruling from the Supreme Court, she obviously did not find any peace yet.
The VP Must Help in Educating People
Instead of a senseless question about why the target vaccination completion is 2023, the VP must lead the opposition in educating the people. The aim is to build confidence in them to finally take the vaccine. The pandemic can only be over if the majority are already immune to the Corona Virus.
Bongbong Marcos will Definitely Prepare
Whether she likes it or not, Bongbong Marcos is sure to prepare for the elections in 2022. Her advice is not necessary at all. Any candidate would surely do this as the basic task. Besides, Marcos is just in the wait-and-see mood as far as the electoral protest is concerned. She should just be happy for her victory and stop underestimating the Marcos supporters.
Analysts say that a second round for Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo is more likely in 2022. There may be some traits that people cannot find in Robredo. But Marcos also has to brush up on his family’s black propaganda. There’s only one thing that Marcos is sure of. He won’t go against Sara Duterte. Needless to say, the rivalry is unlikely.
Robredo’s Electoral Protest Win Did Not Change Anything
The noises from Robredo’s camp that usually malign Bongbong Marcos are signs that they desperately have to work harder to topple a silent Marcos. Nevertheless, despite her favorable ruling from the PET, the majority of the people are still skeptical about her. She is still the fake VP for many. So, more talks from her mean more distrusts. Just like the shallow water scenario.
Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte-Carpio Tandem
The Marcos loyalists must trust that there would be no Bongbong-Sara head-on collision. Marcos assures his supporters in an interview. His alliance with the Dutertes is stronger than what most people think. Therefore, it is best not to perceive them as political rivals. There may be truth in the analysis that the Marcos loyalists who attack Sara and vice versa are just pretending to be their supporters. In actuality, they are actually the strategy of the Dilawans. This is to disunite them and scatter the votes elsewhere.