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Election Riddle: If Imee Marcos Makes it to the Top 3 Senators 2019, What will it Make Bongbong Marcos in 2022?

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By: Elena Grace Flores 

The anti-Marcos stalwarts can only deny the rising popularity of Gov. Imee Marcos for Senator in the upcoming 2019 election. However, they start to ask; Will voters care if the candidate is pro-Marcos or anti-Marcos? Political analysts and Professor, Ramon Casiple, Tindig Pilipinas Convenor. Atty. Edwin Lacierda, and Atty. Bruce Rivera debate on the issue. At one point, they insinuate that if she makes it to the top 3, then what will it make Bongbong Marcos in 2022?



YouTube video by One News PH

[VIDEO]: Will voters care if the candidate is pro-Marcos or anti-Marcos? Political analysts and Professor, Ramon Casiple, Tindig Pilipinas Convenor, Atty. Edwin Lacierda, and Atty. Bruce Rivera said that this is a non-factor in the voters’ decision in choosing their candidates.


Top 3 Contenders for Senators

Political personalities seeking reelection and a return to the Senate will most likely top the senatorial elections. A commissioned survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) announced this recently. Billionaire Senator Cynthia Villar tops the survey with 53 percent. Senator Grace Poe immediately follows. Taguig Representative, Pia Cayetano, a former senator was next. The two are tied at 2nd and 3rd place with 43 percent each.

Reelectionists on the 4th and 5th Places

Tied in 4th and 5th places meanwhile, are reelectionists, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and former Senator Lito Lapid. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who seeks for a political comeback after a three-year detention over plunder charges, places 6th. Next in the list is the former senator and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas Lacierda stresses that the LP would be very happy if Roxas is indeed running.


8th and 9th Placers

Reelectionist Senators Nancy Binay and Sonny Angara share the 8th to 9th spots. Bureau of Corrections chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa follows them. Completing the “Magic 12” are former Senator Serge Osmeña and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. As per the discussion, Marcos can still make it to the top 3 since her position jumps to the 7th from the 11th spot during Pulse Asia’s recent survey.



The Likely Occupants of the 12 Senatorial Seats

Reelectionist Senators Nancy Binay and Sonny Angara shared the 8th to 9th spots at 26 percent each. Bureau of Corrections chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa follows at 25 percent. Completing the “Magic 12” are former Senator Serge Osmeña and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos at 24 percent each. The rest of the LP bets are at the tail end.


Imee Marcos’ Rise in the 2019 Election Survey

Unfortunately for the Marcos detractors, there’s a sudden rise of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’ rank in the recent Pulse Asia senatorial survey. Its President justifies it by saying that it is not due to “an increase of her voting support.” The daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos climbs to the 8th spot in Pulse Asia’s September senatorial preferences survey. She is up 6 spots from her 14th place finish in the June survey. Atty. Rivera explains that since Marcos has the support of President Rodrigo Du30, she can easily gain votes from his supporters. Likewise, Du30’s chosen Presidential successor is her brother Bongbong Marcos. That can very well equate to his possible win should he runs for President in 2022.

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Can Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Continue his VP Duties Despite Criticisms?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The ongoing election protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo is instructive over the results of the vice presidential contest. The tell-tale signs of a concerted effort to ensure that the wishes of then-President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to block Marcos’ return to the executive office are obvious. His party supporters safely carried out their quest during elections. Smartmatic obviously ensures the victory of the pro-Aquino slate. However, despite the mainstream media blackout, the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos remains to thrive because of his clan’s good governance.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: I always believed in the importance of the LGUs, having spent most of my public service career in local government. To all the barangays in Quezon City, congratulations on a job well done!


Ex-Pnoy’s Wrath

The most sophisticated cheating strategy happens in the highest levels of the Comelec. This is under the baton no less of the infamous ex-Comelec Chair Andy Bautista. He organizes what turns out to be the most corrupt electoral system and practice in the country’s history.  That starts from the leak of the list which the National Privacy Commission exposed. It turns out that the same was the handiwork of a group of Comelec employees working in tandem with LP manipulators.

Follow-up on Senator Tito Sotto

Calls for Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Dick Gordon occupy social media platforms. People are making follow-ups on the verdict of the hearings conducted. They owe it to the public to make the 2016 elections mishaps as the basis to safeguard a clean, honest and credible elections in 2019. The joint legislative committee on the automated electoral system has gathered enough information. They can easily craft a good model for the next elections if they want to.


Tweaking Excuses

The tweaking of the “N” in the middle of the national canvass by Venezuela Marlon Garcia already casts doubts on the 2016 elections. Neither Comelec nor Smartmatic cannot come up with credible excuses. The overwhelming public view that it caused Marcos’ over-a-million lead to vanish dramatically remains. Thus, the ongoing protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is very much alive. In fact, it leans towards Marcos’ victory. It is even supported by the IT experts in the country.



Never Again to Smartmatic

The people should never again let Smartmatic and its co-conspirators to make a mockery of our electoral process. Foreigners must not decide the fate of our democracy. They are the reason for all kinds of problems and questionable results using their automated electoral system. The oligarchs benefit greatly from the results they generate.


Where is Democracy?

Smartmatic’s monopoly over Philippine elections was perpetuated by PNoy-appointed officials. Acting Comelec chairman Christian Robert Lim awarded the supply contract for the vote counting machines (VCMs) to be used in the May 2019 midterm elections to Smartmatic. This was three weeks before his scheduled retirement on February 2, 2018. Also, it was without the benefit of any bidding or public notice. Now, it would be too expensive for the government to eliminate that. Therefore, Marcos’ critics have no right to stop Marcos from inspiring the LGUs to promote good governance. The pro-Marcos community is larger than the black media propaganda his detractors launched against him because they are the real voters.

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UN Ambassador Becomes DFA Secretary as Cayetano Vies for the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 said they began to look for the outgoing Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano’s replacement. This is right after the latter revealed his plan to vie for a seat in the Congress again. The President said that United Nations Ambassador, Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. might take Cayetano’s place.  Locsin replied by saying that he accepted Du30’s offer.



YouTube video by Filipino Top 10

[VIDEO]:  SI TEDDY BOY LOCSIN JR. NA NGABA ANG ATING BAGONG DFA SECRETARY


Trust is a Big Factor

Locsin, a lawyer, politician and former journalist, had served as the representative of the 1st district of Makati from 2001 to 2010. He talks highly of the president. He said that he can trust Du30’s decision since his uncle Chito Ayala also trusted him. Locsin believes in the Philippine leader’s wisdom when he was first appointed as the Philippine Representative to the United Nations.

Cayetano’s Last Trip before Trying His Luck at the Congress

Meanwhile, Cayetano’s Bali trip with the President for the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering would be his last overseas travel as DFA secretary. After filing his certificate of candidacy next week, Cayetano said he would not work as foreign affairs chief anymore. No more foreign trips with the President as well. This includes the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea next month.


Panelo is Set to Wear a New Hat

Also set to wear a new hat is presidential chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo. He is preparing to be the chief of the soon-to-be-organized Office of the Press Secretary (OPS). It will replace the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) of Martin Andanar. Panelo is the President’s choice head of the OPS after presidential spokesman Harry Roque bares his plan to run for senator.

Positioned as Spokesman

Current officials of the PCOO are going tender their courtesy resignation to give Panelo a fresh start.  Panelo is no stranger to the task of speaking for the President. It was he who had been facing the media before Roque’s appointment. His hosting the “tete-a-tete” with the President also draws speculations that he could soon become the Presidential spokesman.



Siblings Exchanging Positions

Cayetano’s sister, Pia Cayetano, currently occupies the Taguig City-Pateros, 2nd District Congress seat. It was his position in the Congress before. She is about to file her certificate of candidacy for senator in the mid-term elections. Taking turns is quite common among siblings in politics just like Gov. Imee Marcos who is running for senator in lieu of her brother, former senator Bongbong Marcos. Others may have to run against each other. Take the case of Makati’s Abby and Junjun Binay for mayor and Jinggoy Estrada and  JV Ejercito for a senatorial seat.


Dominance in Taguig Might Win a Congress Seat

Just like the Binays in Makati, Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano also known by her nickname Lani Cayetano is the former congresswoman and the incumbent mayor of Taguig City. She is the wife of the outgoing DFA Secretary who is proud of his achievements. However, working alongside a popular president gives the latter some pros and cons among avid voters. Especially when he was a rival to the President’s choice for his successor. Running for the Congress in his territory is the best that he could do to win a seat.

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Can AJ Lucas Bersamin’s Appointment as Supreme Court Chief Justice Prevent Scalawags?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

With the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de-Castro, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin then accepted his automatic nomination for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Shortly, before this, President Du30 appointed Associate Justice Paul Hernando from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. So far,  the President has appointed six associate justices in the SC. They are Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexader Gesmundo, Jose Reyes, and now Hernando. Bersamin previously voted against the ousted Chief Justice Marcia Lourdes Sereno.



YouTube video by ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]:  Supreme Court Assoc. Justice Lucas Bersamin appeared before members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a public interview as part of the application process for chief justice.


Sufficient Time

With the mandatory retirement age at 70, Bersamin said he still has sufficient time to make the Supreme Court’s image better despite retiring next year. He underwent a public interview before members of the Judicial and Bar Council for the application process of the chief justice post.

More Powers to the JBC

Furthermore, Bersamin says that he will grant more powers to the JBC should he be appointed as the next Chief Justice. This is to avoid making mistakes in appointing aspirants to judicial positions. He believes that the JBC needs more muscle to look into the qualifications of the applicants. Incidentally, he was one of the 8 magistrates who voted to nullify Chief Justice Sereno’s appointment. This is based on her alleged lack of qualification.


New Supreme Court Associate Justice

With his appointment to the Supreme Court by President Du30, Hernando takes his oath of office soon after. He appears before Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, who incidentally is his wedding godfather.  In the CA, Hernando maintains an impressive record. He has zero backlogs, 417 disposed of cases in 2013 and 370 in 2012. With him being 52 at the moment, he still has 18 years to serve before the mandatory retirement age.

Bersamin to Prevent Sereno-Like Appointment

“There is no insurance to these kinds of mistakes. I do not ascribe that to the JBC. I rather ascribe that to the shortcomings of the pre-vetting process,” quoting Bersamin. He believes that we should improve the selection processes of the judiciary. Because there are still undeserving people who manage to get appointed. However, he is yet to elaborate what additional powers he intends to give to the JBC.



Inadequate Publication Allows Scalawags in the Country to Rule

To quote Bersamin again, “The solicitation of reactions from the public about the candidates might be lukewarm because the public may not generally know, through inadequate publication, that this and that fellow who is applying is a scalawag to our community.” As another point of interest, Bersamin also wants to look into corruption allegations into the members of the Judiciary, should he be appointed.


Seniority at the SC

Under the rules of the JBC, the five most senior justices of the SC are automatically nominated for the post of Chief Justice should it be vacant. The most senior SC Justices are Bersamin, Peralta, Antonio Carpio who is the acting Chief Justice, Mariano del Castillo and Estela Perlas Bernabe. Chief Justice De Castro’s term may well be the shortest term in the high court’s history. However, this signals the return of the seniority culture in the SC that former President Benigno Aquino III disregarded by appointing Sereno. Aquino vowed to block Bongbong Marcos from the executive office in any way that he can.

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Why is Gov. Imee Marcos Optimistic about the Global Crisis Caused by the US-China Trade War

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos said that she does not have to explain the controversies during her father’s regime. It is enough seeing that most projects of the Marcos patriarch still exist at the present time in service to the people. Despite the expected world crisis brought by the US-China trade war, Gov. Marcos remains optimistic in governing her local territory. She is bound to run for Senator as her brother, Bongbong Marcos refuses to abandon his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo.



YouTube video by UNTV News and Rescue

[VIDEO]: Watch the full interview of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she expresses her opinion on different political issues in the country and talks about various projects that she is implementing for the province of Ilocos Norte.


Abolish NFA

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is still optimistic about the country’s current economic situation. However, she calls for the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA). It is an agency created by her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, in 1972. Marcos blames the NFA for the current high prices of rice. She said that it fails to perform its mandate. Marcos, however, said the “tariffication” should be “measured” so as not to affect the livelihood of local farmers.

Kadiwa Revival

The NFA was created through Presidential Decree No. 4. Its abolition, therefore, requires the passage of a law. Several senators have called for NFA’s abolition following issues on rice shortage. Not to mention the soaring prices of the staple. Marcos also presses for the revival of the Kadiwa market system. It was first implemented during her father’s time.


US Control

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to prevent China from getting emerging technologies such as 5G. It is the next generation of wireless. President Donald Trump has been critical of China’s trade practices. He says they restrict access to certain markets and force American firms doing business there to hand over valuable technology and trade secrets.

US-China Trade War

This comes on top of tariffs the U.S. has slapped on some $250 billion of Chinese imports. China has retaliated with its own set of tariffs on U.S. goods. Trump had considered putting a set of sweeping investment restrictions on China but decided to go along with a plan to grant Cfius broader review power, a win for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who had been working behind the scenes to diffuse the trade spat.



Misguided Belief

On the other side of the world, Alibaba Group executive vice-chairman Joe Tsai, warns that China’s dispute with America is veering towards becoming a “cold war or a geopolitical war started by the United States”.  “I think what the United States is doing is a reaction to an unfounded fear that China’s rise is somehow going to threaten the national security and well-being of the American people,” said Tsai. But that belief was misguided because of the tremendous integration of national economies,


Stay Optimistic

Tsai believes that the United States would “suffer more” from the dispute – but added he remained optimistic because one should not be in business without optimism. This is actually true with the Ilocos Norte governor. Despite the hardships felt in her province, Gov. Marcos remains optimistic as she speaks about the imported Galunggong that used to be the cheapest fish in the country. She said that the importation is necessary to bring the prices down. Only people who think outside of the box can understand that.