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Bongbong Marcos’ Hope?: The President’s Only Message to Supreme Court CJ Bersamin

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 said, “My only message to you is that we are all workers of government and so let us work to preserve the nation and to protect the people.  Newly-appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin took his oath before the President in Malacañang recently. Bersamin was accompanied by his family at the Heroes Hall. Bongbong Marcos’ supporters are hopeful that with the current development, their votes will finally be counted


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Unang press conference ni bagong Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

The President Chooses Bersamin Over Carpio

Du30 appointed Bersamin to replace former chief justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who retired on October 8. Aside from Bersamin, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando and Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang also took their oaths of office on Tuesday.


Trusting the Wisdom of PDu30

CJ Bersamin said that he trusts the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power. Please accept me, he begs during a flag ceremony at the SC grounds. Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court that those who were not there at that time, have reasons why they were absent. He accepts the fact that not all staff agree with the President’s decision.


Not Apologizing for the Appointment

“I know that you have expected maybe another individual to be appointed to this office,” said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, “I am not apologizing for my self, I am not apologizing for the President. I am here because I was appointed.”



Seniority is Not the Case

Bersamin was only the 3rd most senior justice out of the 4 applicants. The time-honored tradition of seniority has never been more pronounced at the High Court. Malacañang explained that Bersamin was considered the most senior because he had served in the judiciary the longest. He has served as a judge since 1986. However, he is not the most senior in the Supreme Court per se. 

Bongbong Marcos’ Chance

Bongbong Marcos’ supporters bank on the President’s hand in finally fast-tracking the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. PDu30 has no jurisdiction over the recount proceedings. The only thing he could do is to appoint a fair Supreme Court justice. A CJ that is in line with the ideals of the government. Bersamin’s record shows that he is for the welfare of the country and its people.


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Senator Bet Glenn Chong: Lucky to be Disowned by BBM as Ressa Bails Out

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong, Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) Candidate for Senator this 2019 election lashes back to Rappler’s Maria Ressa’s previous headline that Bongbong Marcos disowns him. He said that he is lucky to be disowned because it made him credible when it comes to his clean election advocacy. Whereas, the presumptive VP Leni Robredo’s defender Maria Ressa has to bail out after her arrest due to tax evasion cases.


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[VIDEO]: Glenn Chong: KDP Senatorial Candidate

Chong’s Challenge

Atty. Chong said that the camp of Leni Robredo tries to mislead the Supreme Court when she files another motion for consideration on her complaint to him that he is affiliated with Bongbong Marcos.  She is lying again when she said that the latter did not answer her accusation. This is on how he got the Ragay data that show election anomalies against BBM’s opponent. In fact, it is in Paragraphs 33 to 42. It is clear in Paragraphs 41 at 42, where all her questions are answered. The only problem according to Chong is – they keep on lying to the public to suit their own narrative. He challenges Robredo that if he’s wrong, to just charge him in court.


Warrant of Arrest for Ressa

Maria Ressa evades arrest by posting bail at a Pasig City Regional Trial Court. Her charge is tax evasion. Judge Danilo Buemio of Pasig RTC Branch 265 issues a warrant for Ressa’s arrest. This is for violation of Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. The bail is set at P60,000.


Out on Bail

Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica ordered the release after their lawyers posted a total bail of P1,452,600. Davao del Norte police “initially wanted to defy the order.” The police argued that the P80,000 bail was for the child abuse charges only. It does not include the kidnapping and human trafficking charges. They are still under investigation.



A Rebel’s Mentality

Ressa maintains that the cases had no basis. She said that her company pays the right taxes. Unless the government reclassifies it into a stock brokerage agency given that it has foreign investors. Are the cases the response to its anti-government coverage? “I think it is a way of sending a signal that we have to be careful. That’s part of what they want to do,” she added.

Digital Karma

Chong mocks Ressa for bringing her own mugshots. He thought that she’s brave enough to face the consequences of her actions. Being the aid of the country’s greatest liar, she can end up a lot worse than that. Her group is responsible for creating destructive media propaganda not just against the President but the country itself. They never failed to give Robredo a massive coverage while she reports many lies not just locally but internationally.


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Flashback: Bongbong Marcos Talks About Satur Ocampo on Poverty Work Despite Difference in Ideology

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo denies recruiting minors to join communist rebels as his group was intercepted in Davao. He, however, admits the presence of the NPA in the area. He also agrees that there are Lumads who joined the New People’s Army. The mainstream media seem to highlight the incident. It could just be a basic security protocol. Impartial reactions can definitely lead to the wrong conclusion. Looking back to Bongbong Marcos’ interview on Ocampo, he is not vindictive knowing that the latter’s advocacy is to try to help ease poverty in the country. Marcos said that despite their difference in ideology, he is for working together for the good of the country.


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[VIDEO]: Bong Bong Marcos talks about Satur Ocampo


Helping Students in Poverty?

Ocampo also said he is no longer part of the CPP-NPA. He maintains that his actions are independent. Ocampo and 17 other leaders of militant groups and volunteer “Lumad” or indigenous teachers were put in a temporary prison cell. Human trafficking of students, kidnapping and child abuse are their alleged offenses. It was in a village of Talaingod town in Davao Del Norte. Ocampo’s group insists that they were on an emergency rescue with consent from the parents.


National Security Protocol

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, meanwhile, welcomes the group’s threat to sue the authorities if there are mishandlings over the case. Ocampo has no knowledge of Albayalde’s claim that the Lumad students in Davao Del Norte practice a different national anthem taught by the rebels.


Out on Bail

Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica ordered the release after their lawyers posted a total bail of P1,452,600. Davao del Norte police “initially wanted to defy the order.” The police argued that the P80,000 bail was for the child abuse charges only. It does not include the kidnapping and human trafficking charges. They are still under investigation.



Clarification Sought

Palabrica said prior to the release of the supplemental order, police officer and lawyer Louie Padillo manifested in court that they would not release the respondents even after posting bail. This is due to their preliminary investigation for kidnapping and human trafficking charges. She said she has to issue the order in view of “the unexpected manifestation of PO Lawyer Padillo. It prompted an angry reaction from Congressman Carlos Zarate and the other respondents who are expecting to be released.”

Take it from Bongbong Marcos

Politicizing issues with the help of the mainstream media might come very handy for politicians seeking positions for the election 2019. Bongbong Marcos’ ideals linger as he speaks fairly about Filipino politicians with an ideology opposite his. He sees no reason why he must contain his anti-poverty measures among his supporters only. Leaders from all factions must work together to alleviate poverty nationwide.


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Election 2019 Substitution: Imee Marcos’ Son Matthew Runs for Governor Opposite Rudy Fariñas

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Imelda Marcos’ grandson, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for governor instead of her. Manotoc, the son of Ilocos Norte Governor and bet for Senator, Imee Marcos, originally filed his candidacy for vice governor. This makes the previous politicizing in the Congress launched by Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas against his mother clearer than ever. The Ilocos 6 suffered a great deal just for Fariñas to get an edge over Manotoc-Marcos for the election 2019. How could Ilocos Norte forget?


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[VIDEO]: Rep. Imelda marcos, umatras sa kandidatura sa pagka-gobernador; papalitan ni BM Matthew Manotoc


Substituting Imelda Marcos

Matthew Marcos Manotoc, incumbent Senior Provincial Board Member, will run for Governor of Ilocos Norte. Previously, he had filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for Vice Governor of the province but decided to finally substitute his grandmother, 2nd District Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, in the 2019 gubernatorial race.


Opposing the No. 1 Detractor

Manotoc will be running against Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo “Rudy”  Fariñas, who substituted for former Barangay Bengcag, Laoag City Jesus Arimbuyotan as the gubernatorial bet recently. Fariñas strategy seems to boomerang to him. He is now opposed by the more younger and charming Marcos. Manotoc’s mother, Imee’s ordeal in the Congress definitely failed. Imelda Marcos is also smart enough to pretend that she is really running despite her old age.


Ferdinand Marcos’ Kin Runs for Vice Governor

Board Member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos has substituted Manotoc for the vice gubernatorial race as well. Nonong Marcos is the son of Pacifico, the younger brother of Imelda’s husband and former President, the late Ferdinand Marcos whose works still exist at the present time in service to the Filipino people.



Politics in the Congress

The House of Representatives allowed majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and House accountability committee chairman Johnny Pimentel to harass Gov. Imee Marcos. It detained six officials of the Ilocos Norte provincial government on the strength of what it construes as “contempt of the House” or “obstruction of justice”. The six detained officials, who are known as “Ilocos 6,” are Pedro Agcaoili, chairman of the planning and development office; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Eden Battulayan, Encarnacion Gaor and Genedine Jambaro, staff at the treasurer’s office; and Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer.

The North Remembers in the Election 2019

It is a sure win for Manotoc, a champion amateur golfer like his dad, Tommy Manotoc is a viral comment over social media. Given the stunts of Fariñas, it is likely that most Ilocos Norte voters would go for a Marcos whose family is known to prioritize their people than their position. Surely, Imee Marcos is right that the North indeed remembers.


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Simon Marcos’ Family Shows How Filipinos can be Lovingly Sarcastic

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Marcos family symbolizes the many aspects of Filipino lives. The Overseas Filipino Workers’ culture is no stranger to greeting birthdays from afar using technology. The recent birthday of Simon Marcos, the middle child of Bongbong and Liza Marcos shows this. It was celebrated the way most global Filipinos do. Birthday wishes were transmitted over the internet while he is in New York. He got to be the favorite son during his special day only.


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[VIDEO]: Happy Birthday, Simon! | Bongbong Marcos


Sandro from London

Sandro, the eldest son wishes his brother, Simon a birthday blast from London. He is looking forward to seeing him again and celebrate for real when they are back in the country. They may have different choices for their future careers but the goals and intention are the same for sure.


Vincent from Singapore

Vince also promises to cook him spaghetti Bolognese, which is more likely his favorite when they see each other again in the Philippines. He also gives up his title for the day as the favorite son to the birthday celebrant as an obedient son of his mother who happens to ask for it. However, he wants to reclaim the label soon.


Mother Liza from Ilocos

His mother from Ilocos is also all out in greeting her beloved son miles away. She said that wherever they are, they love him the same. They wish him the best in life. Being the hands-on mom since her sons were little, she really did a good job in adjusting to the current situation when they are in different countries. Teaching children how to become independent really makes sense.



Bongbong Marcos’ Grants his Wish

The former Senator, Bongbong Marcos grants his son’s wish to celebrate his birthday while he is in New York. While it is a good thing to celebrate with the family, it is a reality that when children become adults, they get to have their own circle of friends. There’s definitely no dictatorship traits in this family.

The Birthday Celebrant, Simon

Simon seems busy these days but to balance his activities, he continues to do what he loves the most – playing the guitar. Music can really relax a person’s whole being. Celebrating one’s birthday from a distance is not anymore impossible these days. They may be the Marcoses but they are truly Filipinos.