The House of Representatives or the lower House of Congress insists on continuing to detain the six Ilocos Norte officials. This is even if the writ of habeas corpus from the Court of Appeals was secured. House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas presses on the resource persons to tell the truth. Is implicating Gov. Imee Marcos the truth for Fariñas?
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[VIDEO]: The House committee on good government and public accountability wants Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to personally explain why the Capitol used P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles.
Diversion of Funds?
Although it is unconstitutional to divert funds to another purpose, Marcos’ case here can be similar to Pnoy’s DAP case if the photocopy of the evidence is indeed genuine. It was justified in the Ombudsman that the former President was not guilty of corruption because the money was not pocketed. It’s just a mere mishandling of the process which made Abad liable for it.
Marcos faces controversy over the alleged diversion of P66.45 million in public funds from Ilocos Norte’s share of excise tax collections on cigarettes. The money was allegedly used to fund motor vehicles without public bidding. One of the detained officials however attested that there was bidding but Fariñas doubts that.
What is the Truth?
It is clear that Fariñas wants to prove that Marcos deliberately ordered the diversion of funds to implicate her. Nevertheless, it is also very obvious that the six officials are very careful not to give him the satisfaction that he aims for. Since the original document is non-existent, it is also possible that the tobacco funds are not misused. Marcos can also accuse Fariñas of faking the said evidence. Time can only tell.
Will Gov. Imee Marcos Show Up?
House committee on good government and public accountability chairperson Representative Johnny Pimentel warns Governor Marcos that she will be cited for contempt if she fails to attend the hearing on July 25. They even threaten to do a “Dayan” for Marcos. He was the ex-boyfriend of Senator Leila de Lima who at first did not show up on hearings. Will they have the same luck with Marcos?
There’s no such thing as “indefinite” martial law in the Constitution, said Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Monday. President Du30 threatens to implement Marcos-like military rule if the Supreme Court decides to rule against his martial law declaration. Social media tags her comment as “unli” and her actions “fake” as per the current trend on the “rice” issues.
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[VIDEO]: Senator Risa Hontiveros justifies her opposition to Mindanao martial law and her call for a joint session to deliberate on President Du30’s declaration.
Indefinite Military Rule
The Commander-in-Chief obeys the Supreme Court whatever the verdict may be. However, if he has to order a second martial law to resolve conflict Marawi City, he is ready to do a “Marcos copycat.” It, of course, alarms Hontiveros, a noted anti-Marcos politician. “There’s no ‘unli’ (unlimited) martial law,” the senator said.
Supreme Court Compliance
The President said that he is willing to let the military withdraw from Marawi City if the Supreme Court rules that “there is no factual basis” for him to place Mindanao under the martial rule. But there is surely a consequence of that action of his. It’s his job to save the country like Marcos did.
Malacañang assures the public that the President does not mean human rights abuses on his “Marcos copycat” statement. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said this in a press Conference to clarify the Du30’s choice of words that brings back the LP’s trauma.
Unli or Fake?
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attests that he and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. recommended martial law in Mindanao Cabinet meetings. This is a similar scenario with then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile’s suggestion to the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Therefore, Hontiveros’ authoritarianism accusation to Marcos is fake.
President Du30 swears to follow the Supreme Court. He is willing to stop Martial Law in Mindanao if it rules against it. He warns that if he has to reinstate military rule to save the country, he will do it his way. That surely makes him a Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. copycat, he said.
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[VIDEO]: The President said that if he is forced to declare Martial Law again in Mindanao after Supreme Court halts it, he will do it on his own, the Marcos way.
Martial Law Abuses
The President’s opposition party detests Martial Law. During the Marcos regime, Liberal Party politicians were allegedly arrested, detained and tortured. The late Ninoy Aquino was even charged with rebellion punishable by death penalty. He was permitted to seek medical help in the US after he got the public sympathy for his plight.
Suppressed Freedom of Speech
Media people also complained that press freedom during Marcos’ time was non-existent. The news was accessory to the rebellion and Communist propaganda of the insurgents. Most of these media affiliations are still around these days. They are the ones that back up the VP Leni Robredo and other LP political warriors for their anti-administration campaigns.
Getting what LP asked for
The Liberal Party will definitely get what it asked for if they continue to challenge the President. Their criticisms are not taken lightly. They all go through relevant legal processes. Since they never give the Philippine leader the benefit of the doubt, he is ready to give them hell one more time using Martial Law if they insist.
Copycat of Marcos
The 1987 Constitutions was revised by the late President Cory Aquino. If LP members are not convinced that it prevents the President from doing what Marcos allowed to happen, then Du30 is more than willing to do it his way. That is more likely a Marcos copycat.
The Supreme Court put an end into Pro- and Anti-Marcos arguments on Martial Law. It decides on the case on or before July 5. Three petitions are heard by the SC during the three-day oral argument. This internal deliberation is based on the request of Solicitor General Jose Calida.
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[VIDEO]: Huling araw ng oral arguments kaugnay ng Martial Law, nauwi sa executive session
The Supreme Court terminates the oral argument on the petitions that question the validity of Proclamation 216 or the martial law proclamation of the President in Mindanao. SC’s Information Chief Atty. Theodore Te said that all parties must submit their memoranda or before June 19, 2017, at 2 in the afternoon.
The internal deliberations of the anti-martial law petitioners is led by Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. Defense Secretary and martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces Chief of Staff and martial law implementor Eduardo Año gave details on the actual situation to justify the pro-martial law sentiments of the President.
Calida said that it is necessary to keep the session internal because intelligence information is discussed with the justices and the mentioned parties. Año has a powerful presentation with confidential documents for the Supreme Court to verify, he explained.
The petitioners’ fear of the Marcos regime’s measures against political detractors that resorted to inciting insurgents to go against the government is just hard to ignore. They are basically worried that President Du30 will do the same. If so, the Liberal Party members can be persecuted, their media banned and real democracy will be restored just like during the Marcos era. Perhaps this time, Bongbong Marcos can already take his post as VP because most people believe that he was the real winner of the 2016 Vice Presidential elections.
Where else can the international media get their stories from but from the Liberal Party media feeders that portray the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos as a tyrant that Du30 allegedly idolizes. They projected that the Filipinos just woke up in the midsts of rebellion and terrorism threats just to put the whole Mindanao in the state of Martial Law.
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[VIDEO]: Activists march towards the Philippine Senate in Manila to protest the Presiden’s proclamation of martial rule in Mindanao
In 1972, the late Marcos with the help of then-Defense Secretary Senator Juan Ponce Enrile declared Martial Law nationwide after strenuous study to save the country from insurgencies and communism invasion rampant in those days worldwide. Just like at present time, suspicion looms that the Liberal Party is involved in igniting the Marawi siege. It was known that the patriarch of the Aquino political clan was involved.
The late Senator Benigno Aquino III who intended to replace Marcos as President was eventually one of the founders of the CPP-NPA merger. This is the union of the notorious rebel groups in Mindanao. His wife who became the President after his death when Marcos stepped down to save Filipinos from bloodshed, manifested the revision of the 1987 constitution. She is tagged as a democracy icon despite their undemocratic ways.
Basic Democratic Rights
The Liberal Party of the Aquinos in full context of the democratic principles cannot be the leader for democracy. For one, their matriarch the late President Cory Aquino replaced Marcos as President despite losing the elections. At the present time, another widow from the LP, Leni Robredo beats Bongbong Marcos in the VP race over clouds of doubts. She is noted to try to delay the younger Marcos’ electoral protest against her.
LP is Pushing Du30
It is not enough that the Marcos patriarch is already dead for the LP to bring his tainted memories back. They can only compare the military abuses against the opposition during his time to Du30’s present Martial Law in Mindanao. This prompts the President to follow the Supreme Court if it rules to halt it. However, he said that if he has to reinstate it, it is going to be his way – a copycat of Marcos.