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.
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.
Robredo Accuses Bongbong Marcos of Destroying the Country
Robredo: Marcos Destroys the Integrity of Government Institutions
Right after the Supreme Court’s decision of dismissing the entire electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos, VP Leni Robredo keeps on accusing Marcos of fake news, discrediting institutions and worst, destroying the country. So, here’s the fact check of what BBM said. First, they want to address the issue only after receiving the copy of the ruling. This way, they can have all the details of how the decision came about. Next, he only campaigns for transparency of the next election. Thus, explaining about the benefits of the hybrid system.
Integrity of Government Agencies
Robredo may not know that all evidence of the electoral protest came from the supporters of Marcos. Verification of fraud is necessary because of real testimonies. These are not propaganda. People had live posts when these happened. To rule out this one is the decision of the SC. But they cannot stop people from getting unsatisfied with their processes. After all, these are their votes that must be counted. Marcos’ zeroing in poll centers where they actually voted is already a big proof of cheating.
Transparency over Speed
In BBM’s recent vlog, he clarifies details about the hybrid system. It may be a bit slower than the automated one. But one thing is certain. It is transparent enough which is necessary to bring back people’s trust. The public should know that a good person does not go around accusing others. One can always campaign for their candidates this elections 2022. However, the Marcos way is mainly focussing on the political agenda. Never into destroying others.
The Online Trend after the Dismissal of Marcos’ Electoral Protest
Fr. Jose Antonio Diaz and Ferdinand Marcos
Fr. Jose Antonio Diaz, the Tallano clan’s negotiator and trustee of their gold suddenly becomes viral on Google. Fr. Diaz was the one who hires the services of then ATTY. FERDINAND E. MARCOS. This happens while the media sensationalizes Marcos’ electoral protest dismissal. However, President Rodrigo Duterte still prefers former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Vice President Leni Robredo. This is even after the PET dismisses the poll protest of the younger Ferdinand Marcos. Such scenario can naturally triggers the people’s curiousity. This is an online trend that can give hints to candidates who want to know the interest of the public online.
Not Capable to Lead
Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Robredo’s legal victory would not change Duterte’s assessment of her. The President declares that Robredo is not capable to lead the country. Roque, however, said the Palace respects the tribunal’s ruling. Despite the speculations that the Presidential daughter might run opposing Marcos in 2022, the president still prefers Marcos as his successor.
The recent VFA extortion comment of Robredo is not at all in Duterte’s lifestyle, said Roque. All policies of the country adhere to the laws in the constitution. The VP may have some kind of victory now but people wonder that if she is that popular, why does her approval rate remain low? Is she just the preference of the Smartmatic digital electoral system? Perhaps in the 2022 elections, Filipinos may have to do more than just vote. They can be watchers of votes too. If they can research more about Fr. Jose Antonio Diaz, they would definitely make Bongbong Marcos win.
An Interview with Atty. Vic Rodriquez on the Dismissal of Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest
The SC Supeme Court Spokesperson has No Clue
Lawyer and spokesperson of the Bongbong Marcos camp, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said; They’re actually not into winning or losing. This is regarding the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo. They want to know how’s the 3rd cause of action went. This is the annulment of votes in Mindanao. He, however, hopes that comments of the PET can be found in the resolution which they do not have a copy yet. It is important to clarify this because mishandling of the case has constitutional implications.
People are Stripped with Election Rights
Most lawmakers except a few like Senators Tito Sotto and Imee Marcos are not doing enough to eliminate Smartmatic. It’s either they are its products or they do not care about the people’s choice. The voting right is the only remaining power the Filipinos have. Unfortunately, the provider of the digital election still has a monopoly.
Social Media Noise
There is an outpour of public sentiments. Marcos loyalists vow to campaign for Marcos’ presidency in 2022. Nonetheless, doubts are on the rise. That Smartmatic would deny again the majority’s choice. Clean election advocates call on the people. To help make noises via social media. The intention is to possibly implement measures like the hybrid system. Then, minimize the involvement of Smartmatic. Better yet, remove it totally. Just like what the President wishes. So, it’s now the people vs. Comelec.
The PET Rules on the Electoral Protest of Bongbong Marcos
The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) unanimously votes to dismiss the election protest, Bongbong Marcos. This is a protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen earlier hints of the outcome. So, this is not a surprise anymore to the Marcos loyalists. It is just a relief for Marcos that his case cannot be moot and academic come October when he files his candidacy for the 2022 elections. It is not clear, however, if the 3rd cause of action remains.
Outpouring Public Sympathy
Rallies may happen here and there but never a massive one because the Marcos camp already said that whatever the result may be, they have to accept it. They only want the final ruling to put an end to the case. This makes his supporters vow to put their vengeance in the upcoming presidential elections.
Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka announces that out of the 15 justices seven members fully concurred in the dismissal while eight justices concurred in the results. As early as now, the presence of the pro-Bongbong Marcos groups on social media is now felt but mostly quiet. But there’s only one goal in mind. To finally support the comeback of a Marcos in the executive office.
Round Went to Bong Bong Marcos – Atty. Glenn Chong
Attorney Glenn Chong’s Advocacy for 2022
Bongbong Marcos appreciates attorney Glenn Chong for his never-ending campaign for the Comelec to adapt the hybrid election system. Nonetheless, the poll agency is still reluctant to do it. Not unless there’s a massive protest from the voters themselves. On the contrary, public disagreement is only on display via social media. However, the number of new voting registrants clearly shows that the youth already has no trust in the country’s electoral system.
Message of Thanks
In an exclusive social media posts in one of the pro-Marcos Facebook groups, Bongbong Marcos acknowledges the efforts of the young attorney. This is for his advocacy to push the hybrid election system. Nevertheless, there’s still no progress in this area. There is news that the Comelec snubbed the said pleas from politicians like Senator Imee Marcos. Chong also explains that the 11-2 PET decision on BBM’s case is in favor of Marcos. Despite what the media wants to project.
Revolutionary Government Becomes Appealing
Attorney Chong also explains clearly the 3rd cause of action for Bongbong Marcos’ case. This is the annulment of votes in Mindanao. 80% of the voters’ signatures there were fake. This goes to all the positions of that area including the Vice Presidency. Once the annulment goes through, Bongbong Marcos is definitely the winner for the VP post. The slow justice in the country just makes the revolutionary government appealing, said Attorney Chong.
Bongbong Marcos: The Youth Must be a Part of the Political System
Bongbong Marcos recognizes the voice of the youth through social media. They are not very active as voting registrants because they have lost their trust in the electoral system. The Comelec must do something to bring the election integrity back. Young registrants must also vote to retain the balance in the country’s democracy regardless of the fraudulent activities. Silence cannot solve anything. It’s the participation of the majority that can drive cheaters away.
The Hope of the Future
Just like what the late Dr. Jose Rizal has said: the youth is the hope of the future. However, nowadays, it’s only on social media that they are vocal. This is because their voices are heard there instantly. Unlike in politics. Therefore, it is necessary for them to join political exercises by hearing them out using the present communications technology, said Bongbong Marcos.
Embracing the Technology Age
The youth can solve the existing problems of the nation. First, listening to them is crucial. They are the ones who know the digital solutions. The major problems also involve them like childhood pregnancy and many more. Therefore, the Philippines cannot see the brightness of the future without their participation. To empower the youth must be a priority. They are not the outcast but the lead influencer. Guidance is necessary by modern leaders. Politicians who value the importance of digital and global powers. So, let’s campaign for a clean election next.
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