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Few days after President Rodrigo Du30 hints that he’s not sure if VP Leni Robredo is the real Vice President, Gov. Imee Marcos comes out in the open and divulges that Robredo’s 263,473 votes lead over Bongbong Marcos is now down to 200,000 as per the ongoing recount of his electoral protest. She tells everyone to be patient because her brother is soon to assume the second highest office in the land.
Gov. Marcos discloses the statistics while in Nueva Vizcaya in a speech as guest speaker during the 2nd-anniversary celebration of the Timpuyog ti Babbalasang idi Kalman-Nueva Vizcaya. It is an organization of married women. She met and conferred with former Kabataang Barangay (KB) leaders in the province led by former board member Efren Quiben.
Marcos Patriarch’s Project
The KB, the predecessor of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), was created by Presidential Decree 684 signed on April 15, 1975. It was by the governor’s father and then-President Ferdinand Marcos. However, it was abolished in 1986 after he was overthrown from office.
Gov. Marcos said her brother is very serious in his election protest against the Vice President. She said at this point they are invalidating the votes in only three provinces, Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Soon to be VP
The lady governor further discloses that the one voted by Nueva Vizcaya and Ilocos Norte will soon be taking over as Vice President. She refers to her brother. They are indeed very optimistic because of the shocking anomalies found.
SAP Bong Go is known as the “Little President.” He finds an equally reliable ally in the person of Senator Migz Zubiri. In the two decades that Zubiri knew him as a neighbor in Mindanao, he never asks for a percentage or any favor from the people that he helped. He does not even want to be in the limelight. Go takes the center stage only when he sings Karaoke after the President already settles at his home, said Zubiri.
[VIDEO]: SENATOR MIGZ ZUBIRI IPINAGTANGGOL SI SEC BONG GO NA FAKE NEWS ANG LAHAT SA ISYU NG FRIGATE DEAL.
The Cheapest is Not Always the Best
Malacañang said it is “very clear” that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has nothing to do with the frigate project of the Philippine Navy. Go faces a Senate inquiry to answer allegations that he intervenes in the selection of the combat management system (CMS) for the 2 frigates. These are to be bought by the Philippines from South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Zubiri does not even question this because he is for the project. Besides, the cheapest is not always the best, the Senator said.
Running for Senator?
It is observed that T-shirts printed with the phrase “Ready Set Bong Go” were distributed to Pangasinan farmers who received certificates of land reform ownership award. However, Go still has to confirm his candidacy. Earlier, he said that he is not yet ready for the Senate. Despite of this, endorsements and donation pledges keep on coming.
Go Bong Go
Another campaign for SPA Go is the “Go Bong Go.” initiative. The organizer with the imprinted slogan in his T-shirt said that he will do anything he can to help Go land in the top 5 of the 12 senators to be elected in 2019. Bong Go immediately wrote a letter after consulting the President for their claims at DPWH even before their official request. The least they can do he said which coincides with Zubiri’s testimony. So, he certainly gets support in lieu of his good deeds and not the other way around.
The Little President
Bong Go may not be as vocal as the President but he makes things done like his boss. His character did not change way back when he was still younger as the executive assistant of then-Congressman Rodrigo Du30. It would seem like magic if suddenly he gets corrupted by some fake news that the administration’s opponents are launching. Well, just like the out of the blue win of VP Leni Robredo that Bongbong Marcos is now protesting.
PACC member and spokesman Greco Belgica is a notable supporter of the President and an anti-Robredo stalwart. He previously hinted on the agency’s recommendation to fire at least four government officials. Although the Malacanang spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque denied it, Du30 just fired the Customs Deputy Commissioner, Noel Patrick Prudente. His alleged excessive personal travels are under investigation. Now, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission announces the 25% incentive for whistleblowers. Will it listen to the people in Mindanao to fast-track the release of the government’s credit? This is for the right of way payment allegedly by DPWH under Secretary Mark Villar that can be subject to SOP procedure that the President tags as corruption.
[VIDEO]: Oath-Taking of PACC Officials and Anti-Corruption Meet (Speech) 3/6/2018.
Approved by the President
A big reward awaits everyone who would become whistleblowers. Those who would give information to the PACC that will lead to a successful recovery of ill-gotten wealth can avail of the offer. Belgica added that this provision has already been approved by the PACC en banc and by President Rodrigo Du30 himself. The President on the other hand, also verbally approved the road right of way claims of Maguindanaoans but the DPWH seems to follow the previously corrupted system.
Government Claim for Fuel Extraction Funds
The claim was undertaken since 3 years ago and that the EO 153 issued by Secretary Villar in early 2017 does not cover said claims. almost all of Villar’s 9 lawyers either resigned or were transferred. The recipients are banking on the said payment to pursue the requirement of the DOE for the extraction of deuterium and other oil and gas components in the Liguasan Marsh located at the Cotabato Basin.
Secretary Villar assigned his assistant to coordinate with the claimants’ team for coordination. He does not handle transactions directly. It is uncertain that the required 10% fee of the 13.7 B claim is a legal SOP requirement or a mere under the table transaction. The lady approached the group about 2 months ago for the said deal. The right of way claimants have the SPA of the owners at Mindanao but the 10% fee is a substantial reduction for the oil and gas exploration set-up requirement of the DOE to issue its permit.
Not Looking Good for Villar
Could PACC run after big political and business names like Villar? This does not look good for Senator Cynthia Villar who seeks for re-election this 2019. Thousands of people in Mindanao are under the impression that what is due to them has been withheld long enough by her son. It is a sad thing that the Coco Levy fund lawmaker can be put in a bad light.
Bongbong Marcos reiterates how Vice influential President Leni Robredo can be with the Supreme Court should her petition to lower the election shading threshold from 50% to 25% in the middle of the recount is successful. The PET earlier junks Robredo’s said petition but she submits a motion for reconsideration. Marcos also firmly opposes the plea in a separate petition not to grant her request.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos disagrees with the petition of Vice President Leni Robredo to make the election recount threshold at 25%.
Playing the Underdog
VP Robredo fails to convince the public that she’s the underdog in the VP race protest against her by Marcos. She keeps on accusing the latter of masterminding fake news that allegedly maligns her reputation. The vice president further accuses Marcos and said that unfortunately for her, former Senator “has the money to spend to damage her character.”
The President’s Hand
However, the Marcos loyalists are passionate enough to fight for what they believe in without the said well-oiled infrastructure that the VP is famous for. They are grateful enough to be recognized as followers of the son of the greatest leader the Philippines ever had. President Rodrigo Du30 is himself is a believer of the late President Marcos. He is the only President after the older Marcos to continue his massive development plans for the country. Build, Build, Build and the likes.
Supreme Court is still Dominated by Caguioa
Previously, Gov. Imee Marcos expresses her concern on Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa’s loyalty to the previous administration headed by his classmate who appointed him in the position, Former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. His being the Chair of the PET put’s her brother’s case in uncertainty as seen in his various bias rulings in favor of Robredo.
Gossip vs. Facts
The media mechanism of Robredo is now busy launching a reputation management campaign for her. However, there’s not much they can do with the reasonings of the VP. If being quiet against fake news did not work for her, she will surely be hooked from her own mouth. She should address issues as they are like what Bongbong Marcos is doing.
Erwin Tulfo talks to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos who expresses her dismay on the latest ruling of the Supreme Court that sits as PET under the chairmanship of Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa to exclude Iloilo City in the pilot recount. Vice President Leni Robredo’s Lawyer Emil Marañon III said that the local SC office receives a verbal order to cancel the retrieval of ballot boxes from the City. They are confident that their point is once again favored by Caguioa who now is now the subject of ridicule over social media.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos discloses how Justice Caguiao of the Supreme Court gives a hard time to Bongbong Marcos on his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. Erwin Tulfo also criticizes his latest order for the inclusion of Iloilo City as per the request of VP Robredo.
Now a Chartered City
Iloilo City was converted into a chartered city that is independent of Iloilo province through Commonwealth Act No. 158. During elections, Iloilo City’s certificate of canvass is separate from that of Iloilo province. The question is, why did the PET allow Bongbong Marcos to pay for it in the first place? Does it have something to do with the former Mayor Jade Mabilog who is an ally of Robredo? Is there truth to the rumor that since he does not have power over the city anymore, Marcos can easily get his huge advantage there?
Aside from Iloilo province, the other two pilot provinces chosen by Marcos are Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental. The PET is still recounting ballots from Camarines Sur but it can have void results due to wet ballots and missing records. That is why the recount has to progress to Iloilo.
Supreme Court Condition
The Supreme Court said that the results of the recount in the pilot provinces determine the merit of Marcos’ electoral protest. The justices can then decide in an en banc session to continue the recount. Another option is to declare the real winner of the 2016 VP race. Based on the revisors’ progress reports, the exclusion of Iloilo City might be substantial. However, it can never hide Marcos’ lead but it surely delays the takeover.
Philippine Status Depends on Which Side One is On
VP Robredo talks about the current difficulty back home in the US. This is during the graduation of her daughter from Harvard University. She believes that she and her supporters are in trouble. Since she cannot gauge the intensity of public opinion, she assumes that majority of Filipinos feel the same way. She can never admit the fact that most of her countrymen are ashamed of her as the second leader of the land.