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Mark Villar in Duterte’s Cabinet: Bringing Conflict or Blessing into DPWH?

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The world is indeed round as the popular Filipino saying goes. Those accused of corruption in the past are now having the time of their life with presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte’s coming into power – who in the first place vowed to topple corruption in the country.

Many questioned Representative Mark Villar’s appointment into Duterte’s cabinet as DPWH or Department of Public Works and Highways secretary whose father Manny Villar was a victim of media propaganda accusing him of the C-5 anomalies that favored his Real Estate projects. Cynthia Villar’s (Mark’s mother) popular comment on the rumor was: As if he needs it!

The outgoing administration’s strategy on suppressing the Villars did not help much in building new infrastructures for public service. Perhaps it is now Duterte’s time to show to the public that people who are publicly prosecuted via the media to ruin their political chances can be a blessing to the economy or country in general. Come to think of it. Where will Duterte get the huge budget for these new public facilities if there’s no Manny Villar funding them? Perhaps a good move, don’t you think?

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Will Duterte’s Choice of Cabinet Members Helps in Prolonging his Presidency Unlike Erap?

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Erap’s chosen cabinet members in the likes of Manny Villar as Speaker of the House, Orly Mercado as Defense Secretary, Angelo Reyes as AFP Chief and many more were allegedly the ones conniving for him to be impeached – and so he advised incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to choose his friends well.

Here’s the presumptive list for Duterte’s cabinet gathered by the Inquirer Research Team:

  • Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III (former agriculture secretary of President Corazon Aquino; Duterte’s childhood friend and campaign finance head), Department of Finance
  • Arthur Tugade (former president and CEO of Clark Development Corp.; Duterte’s classmate in San Beda Law School), Department of Transportation and Communications
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (Duterte’s vice presidential running mate), Department of Justice or Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Perfecto Yasay (acting secretary for a year)(former Securities and Exchange Commission chair), Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Salvador Medialdea (member of Duterte’s transition committee), Executive Secretary
  • Salvador Panelo, presidential spokesperson
  • Peter Laurel (president of the Lyceum of the Philippines University), Department of Education
  • Gilbert Teodoro (former defense secretary of President Arroyo), Department of National Defense
  • Mark Villar (newly elected Las Piñas representative), Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Emmanuel Piñol (former governor of North Cotabato province), Department of Agriculture
  • Andrea Domingo (former commissioner of Bureau of Immigration and general manager of Philippine Reclamation Authority), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
    Communist Party of the Philippines; Departments of Agrarian Reform, Labor and Employment, Social Welfare and Development, and Environment and Natural Resources
  • Silvestre Bello III (former justice secretary and solicitor general), Chief government negotiator
  • Jesus Dureza (former presidential peace adviser of former Presidents Ramos and Arroyo; Duterte’s classmate), Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
  • Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya (incumbent Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command chief), AFP Chief of Staff
  • Senior Supt. Rene Aspera or Chief Supt. Ramon Apolinario or Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, Philippine National Police Director General.

    Although the above list is not yet final, could we foresee if Duterte is here to stay for 6 years full cycle of the presidency or not?
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Media Propaganda Works because Most Filipinos only Read Titles as per Marcos and Binay’s Cases

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Online writers already knew that digital readers only have very short attention span – thus the reason why long articles are abandoned just in one click.

In the Philippines, many do react after reading the title only. If it is against their beliefs, they immediately do something about it by attacking the writer based on personal experience. This has been observed since the Marcos era until Binay’s alleged corruption allegations – and still progressing.

However, writers do need to write compelling titles to trigger the interest of the readers. However whether the article is true or not is a different story. People just have to read the content to know. Otherwise, no one can be misled if the readers read the details given right in front of them by the writers who managed to put them all together with utmost consideration for not violating the Libel guidelines. However, this insight does not include the media that are paid to discredit others.

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Smartmatic Summoned on Publicized Script Tempering without Evidence

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Mata sa Balota Movement leader, Father Robert Reyes led his group to file an electoral sabotage complaint against Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia. This was due to the alleged change in script as per news on the transparency server after the election that coincides with the sudden change of trend on the Vice Presidential results favoring Robredo and wiping out the one million lead of Marcos overnight as reported by MARC JAYSON CAYABYAB of the INQUIRER.NET

Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia and PPCRV chair Henrietta De Villa were summoned for violating the election automation law or Republic Act 9369, according to Inquirer.

The group however did not have an IT expert to vouch for the accusation nor present any evidence for the alleged tampering. Will this group’s case stand a chance or will this have probable cause under the circumstances? Very unlikely but it really did created a noise – if that is the intention.

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Marcos Must Present Discrepancy between Election Return and Poll Results to Backup Fraud Case Against Robredo

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Congress may still have to resume session on May 23, 2016 and yet to convene as the National Board of Canvassers on May 25 – but cheating accusations from both Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos’ camps are already up on the air. Only the NBOC has the constitutional right to proclaim the new president and vice president.

Robredo, the Vice Presidential candidate of the soon to be out Liberal Party, said during the interview with GMA that she is open to a system audit as demanded by Marcos. This will eliminate doubts on possible election fraud; she said.

Meanwhile, lawyer Macalintal advised Marcos to get proofs of discrepancy between the election return received and poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting results to have a case.