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Bongbong Marcos: The Supreme Court En Banc Must Make Decisions for the Electoral Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos has to be careful with the sub-judicial rule not to disclose the merit of the case to the public as per the Supreme Court resolution. Nonetheless, he breaks the silence of his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo. This was during the interview with Erwin Tulfo. He said that the Supreme Court must make decisions on various issues following the en banc proceedings. Earlier, he accompanied her sister, Governor Imee Marcos to file her candidacy for Senator.



YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos said during the interview with Erwin Tulfo that the Supreme Court en banc must make decisions.


Feeling Nostalgic

In a tweet, Bongbong Marcos once again thanked Tulfo and everyone who joined by sending their comments. I think I might have a shot in a career as a “love doctor,” he said after advising a caller to move on with regards to his love affair. He also reminisced that he filed his candidacy for Senator in 2010. Eight years later, her sister did the same. So he couldn’t help but feel nostalgic when his Manang Imee asked him to accompany her to the COMELEC.


COMELEC Appearance

Bongbong Marcos accompanied his sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she seeks a Senate seat in the May 2019 midterm elections. The governor has urged for the immediate one-year suspension of the value-added tax (VAT) on basic food commodities, fuel, and electricity. This is to address the skyrocketing inflation in the country. Her brother agrees with this and also called on the government to bring back the Oil Energy Stabilization Fund (OSF). This was used by his late father, President Ferdinand Marcos to cushion the high prices of petroleum products, particularly gasoline.


Supreme Court Decisions

The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has voted to do away with ballot-shading thresholds in an electoral protest over results of the 2016 elections for Vice President. The electoral tribunal’s real ruling is that there is no need to decide the correct percentage. What will matter is ballot appreciation by the revisors. However, the former Senator said that the high court must decide to count or not those ballots that do not reach the 50% mark. This is just one of the many decisions that the PET has to address to.



No to Election Returns

The camp Marcos opposes the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s use of decrypted ballot images and the tribunal’s insistence on reverting to electronically generated election returns in the ongoing election protest over the alleged massive cheating in the 2016 vice presidential polls in Camarines. If realized, this will defeat the purpose of the recount which should be done manually.


Wrap Up Election Hearings

There are groups that call on Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Dick Gordon. They have started the inquiries. All they have to do is wrap up the hearings on the problems encountered during the 2016 elections. The lawmakers must be more aggressive in having all the necessary safeguards in place to ensure the conduct of clean, honest and credible elections in 2019. Smartmatic and its co-conspirators, in and out of the Commission on Elections, must never again be allowed to make a mockery of the country’s electoral process.


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Why does Robredo Need to Highlight her Insecurity with Imee Marcos to Endorse Roxas for Election 2019?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Mar Roxas ends his semi-retirement in politics as he files the certificate of candidacy in Election 2019 for Senator. Since Smartmatic still operates the poll, there are still yellows who can win through the fraudulent machines. This is some kind of payment for the debt of Smartmatic to Noynoy Aquino when he allowed it to administer the 2016 elections despite its disqualification. Meanwhile, Leni Robredo stresses the reason why Roxas is running. It’s because “there is another Marcos again” who will run in the Senate, she said. She is referring to Gov. Imee Marcos. If Marcos was actually the reason for Roxas’ candidacy, why didn’t he wait for her to file her candidacy first before his? So clearly, the governor is not his reason for his decision. Roxas is really excited to run because he knows he can win with Smartmatic’s manipulation, according to Atty. Glenn Chong.



YouTube video by Eagle News

[VIDEO]: Mar Roxas at Imee Marcos, naghain na ng COC sa Comelec


Senator to be Imee Marcos’ Solutions

Imee Marcos focuses on the chant “Imee, solution,” of her supporters and zones out the chants of “Never again to Martial Law” by supporters of the opposition senatorial bet Chel Diokno. On Tuesday, the 16th of October, 2018 she filed for her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections.


Family Support

She is accompanied by her family. Her mother was there, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, who is also seeking to fill in the Ilocos Norte governor slot in the election 2019. Her brother Bongbong was also there, who is currently contesting the results of the 2016 elections for vice president.


The Bet of the Millennials

Imee Marcos is appealing to the Millenials. She once headed the KB, the forerunner of the Sangguniang Kabataan, during the Martial Law period. In an interview, she says that the times are different now. Furthermore, the millennials are now willing to hear about their side of the story.



Roxas Filed his COC for Election 2019 First

As another senatorial bet of the LP, Mar Roxas, the former interior secretary, arrived to file for his Certificate of Candidacy prior to Imee. The Marcos supporters still shouted their support for Marcos. Roxas responds, he says in a video that he had taken an examination of conscience for the past weeks. He ascertains that despite his imperfections as well as shortcomings, he still believes that he has given his best to serve the country as well as its people.


Democracy in a Divided Nation

The supporters of both sides taunted each other outside of the Comelec. Marcos, under the Nacionalista Party, and a Du30 ally, and Diokno, running under the opposing Liberal party, did not talk to each other during the filing of their COCs. Even Mar Roxas comments upon arriving at the Comelec that democracy is very much alive. This is contrary to the lie of Robredo that it is now dead. The presumptive VP is known for her lies and fake news just to discredit the current administration for her party’s own advantage. It is clear that she has to cover her own insecurity with Bongbong Marcos using his sister and her LP co-member’s  senatorial rivalry.


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Is the Senate Presidency More Viable for Imee Marcos than to be the No. 1 Senator with Smartmatic Around?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The rise of the Marcoses is fast on the track. The electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo might take a long time to get resolved. However, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has filed for her candidacy in the 2019 midterm polls to run for Senator. She also forges an alliance with Davao City Mayor  Sara Du30. The Du30 and Marcoses’ supporters are campaigning for her to land on the top slot but, the pro-yellow Smartmatic is still a player in the elections. Nonetheless, with the charter change on the process, she might be better of as Senate President. There’s no denying that her impact in the Congress and the Senate is still very strong. If she can influence the lower House of Representatives for Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s speakership, she can very well get the majority votes for the Senate Presidency.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: Governor Imee Marcos reviews the accomplishments of her father as she runs for Senator.


First but Powerful Senator to Be

This is Imee’s first time to run as senator. Her brother served as senator from 2010 to 2016. However, he lost against Leni Robredo in the bid for vice president. The electoral protest is still ongoing. Marcos is ranked 6th by Pulse Asia in a September survey. Consequently, she rose up 6 places from 14th in the June survey. With her surging popularity in social media, however, she may well be the number one Senator.




Performance is Greater than Controversies

Imee is now on her final term as governor of Ilocos Norte, her hometown. Previously, she had also served as a lawmaker representing Ilocos Norte’s 2nd district for 9 years. There has been no shortage of controversies in her administration. However, no matter the faults her political enemies seek to uncover, her concern for the welfare of her constituents is still apparent.


The Marcos Golden Age

The Marcos administration has been heralded by people as the “Golden Age of Infrastructure Development” of the country. In that time, an extensive program for public infrastructure was launched. Transportation, Communication, Health, Arts and Culture were all given projects. The road network was more than doubled. From 55,554 km in 1965, it went to 129,186 km in 1980. Maharlika Highway was one of the primary projects during Marcos’ time. This has added 3,517 km of road to the country’s network. Currently, this serves as the primary highway connecting Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. There were more bridges built adding 11,472 meters.



Infrastructure Projects

Plans were made for Circumferential Roads 1 through 10 to ease the travel in the metro. The Light Rail Transit was opened, which was the first in Asia. It connected north and south of Metro Manila, Monumento to Baclaran. 40 years have passed and the LRT is still in common usage. More airports were built, from 140 to 199. Simultaneously, more harbors were also built, from 622 to 849. In modern communication, The Philippines became part of the ASEAN Cable System. Wherein, 2,841 km of cables were laid out from Ilocos Norte to Singapore. This upped the quality of communication in the country. Most important of all, these infrastructures not only continue to give service to the people but also serves as a source of pride because of their high quality.




World-Class Vision Needs Authority

The Marcoses aim to continue the vision of their patriarch but they can only be effective if they have the authority. The opposition might be successful in delaying the return of BBM to the executive office but her sister is hard to block. The proposed new charter skips the VP in the presidential succession to prevent instability. It cites the ongoing poll protest against Robredo. The Senate President succeeds the President if this pushes through.It would be ideal for Gov. Marcos to secure the post of Senate President just in case BBM’s poll protest goes nowhere. Mind you, Smartmatic is still around. So, Imee Marcos as the No. 1 Senator might not be possible – but it’s another story as Senate President.




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Can the Death of Supreme Court CJ Corona be Avenged by Belgica’s Cases against Ex-Pnoy, etc?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona died of cardiac arrest. He certainly died of a broken heart. Corona is decent man falsely charged by the Aquino administration. He tried to fight a war he could not win. Consequently, he was removed from office as what then-President Noynoy Aquino wanted. Only three voted to acquit Corona and they were former Senators Joker Arroyo, the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bongbong Marcos. Now, However, Greco Belgica as the Presidential Anti-corruption Commission Commissioner as well as TJC President files malversation complaints against ex-Pnoy and other officials. If it can be proved that the senators who acted as judges in the impeachment trial of the late CJ were “bribed” through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), then his removal would be null and void. That would definitely restore his legacy.



YouTube video by Innovation Philippines

[VIDEO]: Former President Benigno Aquino III and several other officials are facing 272 counts of malversation for their alleged involvement in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Truth and Justice Commission President Greco Belgica filed the complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman Monday. Belgica is also a commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Committee.


Ombudsman Case to Avenge the Late Supreme Court CJ

The Truth and Justice Coalition filed 274 counts of malversation against various officials, former President Noynoy Aquino among others. This is in connection with the DAP funds of 2011.



Not an Attack Against the Opposition

Belgica, however, says in a statement that the complaints should not be construed as an attack against the opposition. However, the names of the other officials who served as respondents aside from Aquino are Butch Abad, who was the former Budget and Management Secretary. Mar Roxas, who was the former Interior and Local Government Secretary. Joseph Emilio Abaya, who was the former Cavite Rep. and House Appropriations Committee Chair. Senator Franklin Drilon, who was the former Senate Finance Committee Chair. Senator Antonio Trillanes. Mario Relampagos, who was the former Budget and Management Undersecretary. Lastly, Director Yolanda Doblon.


Pinned Down Respondents

Among the senators, only Drilon and Trillanes were named as respondents by Belgica. This is despite the fact that other senators and congressmen received DAP funds as well. To quote Belgica, “It just so happened that the evidence gathered by the coalition has pinned down the named respondents. Note that the complaint also refers to several John Does.” Furthermore, he adds, that Abaya and Drilon as the finance heads of both branches of legislature directly participated in the malversation scheme to bribe the aforementioned lawmakers for the removal of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona. Roxas, on the other hand, had clandestine meetings with the senators.



Ghost Projects

Implicating Trillanes was the alleged ghost projects that he implemented. Quoting Belgica, “The amnesty, ghost project and the project not listed in the Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce website are matters that distinguish Senator Trillanes from the rest of the DAP recipient senators who voted for the conviction of CJ Corona.”




Malversation of Public Funds

The grounds for the malversation complaints as quoted from Belgica, “because there was no law authorizing the cross-border transfer which in itself is a blatant violation of the Constitution.” He adds that the funds were influential in the impeachment and conviction of Corona. This is also corroborated by the privilege speeches of senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Belgica says that 4 days before the impeachment of Corona, 124 congressmen received their DAP funds.



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See How Bongbong Marcos Lashes Out on Critics during His Governance Speech in QC

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Rewarding good governance in QC barangays was indeed a worthwhile night for Bongbong Marcos. He spent time with the barangay awardees during a ceremony after mingling with the residents in the morning. He lashes out on his detractors who questioned his credentials as the event’s guest of honor. Marcos has served as Congressman in the Second District of Ilocos Norte. He was also the Governor of Ilocos Norte where he served for three consecutive terms. Additionally, he was the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in 2007. Then, he won a seat in the Philippine Senate. If these achievements in public service are not enough, he told his critics to know the father of the barangays. It is no other than his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: A night spent with the barangay awardees and a morning spent with the barangay residents. Thank you so much, Quezon City!


Good Governance at the LGUs

Marcos always believes in the importance of the LGUs, having spent most of my public service career in local government. He said on his social media accounts; To all the barangays in Quezon City, congratulations on a job well done! Saturday morning well spent as I again joined the residents of Barangays Escopa 1, 2, 3 and 4, Quezon City for a medical mission. Marcos remembers that one of his first stops during the 2016 campaign was also in the area.

Smartmatic’s Role in the 2019 Election

Marcos’ protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo during the 2016 elections is not resolved yet. However, the election season for the May 13, 2019, national and local elections is set to open soon. The filing of the certificates of candidacy of aspiring politicians is still ongoing. Although the 2019 elections are still months away, many people doubt it if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has enough time to resolve the issues surrounding its alliance with Smartmatic. The controversial exposé of former Biliran representative and clean elections advocate, lawyer Glenn Chong puts them into the hot seat.


Justification of the Comelec

The PNoy-appointed Comelec commissioners legitimized the supply contract for the 2019 midterm elections to the Venezuelan-based firm. This is by exploiting the “considered sold” stipulation in the 2016 lease contract with Smartmatic. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez who recently resigned as focal person of the Local Source Code Review Committee after a photo of an actress wearing a bikini was shown from his laptop in a Comelec event justified the contract award saying that it was not really a renewal but an “activation of the option to purchase (OTP)” the PCOS machines. Apparently, the decision to exercise the OTP was made by the Comelec en banc in a minute or unsigned resolution on December 18, 2017. That minute resolution remains unpublished until now.



Considered Sold Because of Election Protest

The lease contract contained a spy-like provision that forces Comelec to exercise its option to purchase (OTP) the PCOS machines from Smartmatic. It reads as follows: “6.9 All goods still in the possession of Comelec as of 01 December 2016 because of an election protest or audit requirement shall be considered sold to Comelec pursuant to its option to purchase under this contract. The Comelec shall pay the corresponding price in accordance with the financial proposal within ten working days from receipt by Comelec of the invoice from the provider covering said goods. This is without prejudice to Comelec requiring the protestant to shoulder the costs.”


No Clean Election with Smartmatic

The PNoy appointees obviously knew Comelec would have to exercise the lease contract’s OTP clause for the 2019 elections when they purposely kept the PCOS machines in storage at their warehouse in Laguna. They made no effort to surrender it to Smartmatic before December 1, 2016. This constitutes gross negligence or a treacherous and premeditated act to pawn the upcoming elections to Smartmatic. A democratic election to be credible must not only be fair and clean but must also be seen to be fair and clean. This will not happen if Smartmatic remains the technology provider in the May 2019 elections.