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Election Watch: The Fall of the Yellows Signals the Rise of the Marcoses

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The opposition’s Otso Diretso coalition emphasizes that it isn’t just a proxy of the Liberal Party (LP). This is after former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ campaign manager admits he distances himself from the team as an election strategy. Kris Aquino did not like his Batman and Robin comparison but Kiko Pangilinan told ex-Pnoy’s sister to shut up. They can deny the disagreements within the party itself but one thing is for sure. The yellows are going down. Not just from the surveys but also because of the rise of the Marcoses. First, Imee Marcos’ strong enclosure in the top 12 Senatorial list is unstoppable. Second, Bongbong Marcos nearly completed electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo can change the Philippines forever.

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[VIDEO]: Erice: Maayos ang relasyon nina dating Pres. Aquino, Mar Roxas at LP candidates.

The Public’s Rights to Prevent Election Fraud

Chong urges voters to please do not agree that doors and windows are closed in the embassies or consulate room where the admission of mailed in balloting takes place. It should be open to the public and the entire process must be publicly visible. When they hide in a closed room, all kinds of cheating can happen. Please report immediately if this is not the case in your area, he added.

Alejano’s Excuse this Election

Another senatorial hopeful from the yellow group said: “There’s propaganda to paint the previous administration or any critic or opposition member as ‘yellow,’ and that we all have the same faces,” Gary Alejano told a news conference. He urges people not to believe in such propaganda. However, it is too late for him to get rid of the “Dilawan” image just a few weeks berore the May 13, 2019 election.

Yellow is Aquino’s Pride

“Yellow” is the Du30 administration’s code word for the Liberal Party or “Dilawan.” It is the color in the 2010 general elections to identify itself with the late President Corazon Aquino, whose signature color was yellow. At that time, it boosts the chances of her son of winning his campaign for the Presidency.

The Trend has Changed

Aquino won but his running mate Roxas lost the vice-presidential race to former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay. Edgar Erice’s remarks admitting that Roxas regrets wearing yellow as a sidekick of Aquino in the 2016 presidential election. He lost to President Rodrigo Du30 who allies with the Marcoses, Binays, and the rest of the Anti-Aquino groups.

The Return of the Marcoses

In the Binay-Marcos-Du30 alliance, the former Vice President Jejomar Binay is the sacrificial lamb. He was the target of the massive black media propaganda by the yellows that allows Du30 to emerge as the winner. All of the three had an LP history. Therefore, the term “Dilawan” is not that of the Liberal Party but Aquino’s color. The former President Noynoy Aquino swears to block Bongbong Marcos from the Vice Presidency using Robredo. Binay did not tolerate that and urges him to generate a clean election. That made him turn his propaganda machinery to Binay. Now, there’s no more stopping the Marcos come back.

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Why would Comelec’s James Jimenez Calls OFW Election Voting Troubles Fake News?

Why would Comelec's James Jimenez Calls OFW Election Voting Troubles Fake News?
By: Elena Grace Flores

Government officials must be sensitive to the concerns of the public. This is not the case with Comelec’s James Jimenez. He shrugs off the chaos and complaints expressed by Filipino overseas workers on dysfunctional machines, wrong over voting verdicts, and duplicated ballots. Jimenez justifies it by saying that the absentee voting since April 13 is relatively smooth. He warns the public for alleged fake news. However, Atty. Glenn Chong is quick enough to react on his statement.

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[VIDEO]: Atty. Glenn Chong Hinamon si Sen. Grace Poe ng Debate kung Totoong No. 1 sa Survey

Public Funds Go Down the Drain this Election

As an IT expert, Atty. Glenn Chong explains that the PCOS machines bought at almost 10 Billion pesos in 2010 are now outdated. It is just but natural to have wear and tear. The impractical thing is why keep on using such automation and spend more money on them when they are close to useless as they malfunction during the election proper? They added another 2 billion in 2013 then they rented another sets of VCMs in 2016. Therefore, they are used only during 2 elections only.

Money for Public Services Went to Smartmatic

If Comelec pays Smartmatic 12 Billion for 2 elections once every 3 years, at least 2 Billion Pesos a year are wasted instead of funding hospitals, schools, and public facilities or infrastructures. Dysfunctional machines are as good as disposable technology. They won’t be beneficial to the country anymore.

Proliferation of Fake News

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) braces for the proliferation of fake news as overseas absentee voting (OAV) began. The Comelec spokesman said that the poll body is on the lookout for those who try to disrupt the OAV by spreading false information. Since when does a genuine public complaint becomes fake news? Does Jimenez know how social media works?

Voters are Discouraged

Migrante International warned that only a few overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan will participate in the OAV because they are being required to pay postal stamp to be able to send back their ballots to the Philippine embassy where their votes will be counted. “The right to vote should be free,” it insisted. It also said that Filipinos in Europe expressed fear of losing their right to vote due to the postal mailing system of voting adopted by the Comelec. Jimenez’s justifications of the poll body’s processes are enough proof that the agency and their staff are incompetent.

Why Not Act on Them?

If Comelec cannot improve its system to assure Filipinos of a clean election this May and after 3 years thereafter, who can? Many people are now appealing for the President’s hand on the matter. The Comelec may be an independent body and only has to report to the President and the Congress every election, but its mandate must be clear enough. They organize, conduct, and monitor processes that would protect the people’s right to vote and for their votes to be counted properly. So far, it is not happening.

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Is Aquino and Roxas’ Dropping Out of Election Top 12 List Related to Imee Marcos?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Questionable Vice President, Leni Robredo is quick to cite that there is an operation that made Mar Roxas and Bam Aquino drop out of the top 12 spots of the Senate during the latest survey for the upcoming May election. It is evident that the President often criticizes the opposition’s Otso Diretso candidates. He said that not one of them has proven record for public service beneficial to the majority of Filipinos. In fact, he directly blasts off Aquino for grabbing credits of his achievements like the free tuition. He also said that like any members of the LP slate, Roxas can only own former President Gloria Arroyo’s call center initiatives. Besides Bong Go, Imee Marcos is always the President’s favorite. Both consistently rise up to the ranks.

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[VIDEO]: Mar Roxas at Bam Binastos na naman sa kampanya

Insulted and Ignored

As the choice of the majority, the President’s endorsement certainly helps. This is obvious during Otso’s campaign activities. For one, many spectators during a motorcade chant Du30’s name while they were passing through. In another, they were easily ignored especially overseas. Such incidents really depict the country’s democracy where the people’s choice can emerge if election manipulation tricks won’t happen.

Necessary Recognition of Imee Marcos

In one interview, Aquino cannot deny Imee Marcos’ force that’s why he has to recognize the possibility of working together despite his indifference with the latter. He said that working with former Senator Bongbong Marcos was possible then. So, there should be no problem for him if he gets the chance of sitting next to another Marcos in sessions. Nevertheless, with his dropping off the top 12 list, this scenario might be too good to be true.

Concerted Efforts Again?

Robredo welcomes the ranking result of several Otso Diretso candidates in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey. However, she said that there appears to be efforts to ease rejectionist Bam Aquino and former senator Mar Roxas out of the Magic 12. Is she talking about Du30’s criticisms in favor of Marcos?

Lack of Funds

The latest Pulse Asia survey shows Aquino in 11th-16th place while Roxas ranks 11th-17th. Robredo, however, did not specify whether the said operation concerns pre-election surveys or the elections itself. Robredo also rues the opposition slate’s lack of funds. This prevents them from airing more television and radio advertisements, she added. She also said this during the 2016 election. Nonetheless, she was the highest campaign spender at that time for the VP post.

Marcos Did Not Retaliate

Gov. Marcos has enough decency not to retaliate to the black media propaganda against her. She is the sole topic of criticisms during the opposition candidates’ media interviews, campaign speeches, and of course their print publicities. Marcos ignores, evades or stops a question at point blank that relates to her highly publicized education. However, she never goes below the belt with her answers. President Du30 does that for her.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Remarks on Filipino Women and Children this Christmas

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By: Elena Grace Flores

It is not surprising that this Christmas, Bongbong Marcos prioritizes their medical missions, particularly in Ermita and Tondo. His mother is a champion in providing health facilities for Filipinos during his father’s regime. As these happen, Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray becomes Miss Universe. Marcos justifies this by saying that Filipino women are indeed the most beautiful, intelligent, and the best character-wise in the universe. He, however, urges public servants to pay a lot more attention to the plight of the unfortunate children. z

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[VIDEO]:Bongbong Marcos: We can do better.

Children Deserve Better

Marcos explains: I spent an early Christmas with children in Manila this week. Amidst all the fun, I couldn’t help but realize that there’s still so much more we can do to improve the lives of these less fortunate children. Next year, let’s work on giving them more than just a party. He said this after realizing that most of these children do not have a house that they can call their home. No one takes care of them and gives them Christmas gifts.

Catriona Gray’s Silver Lining Advocacy

Gray visits the Young Focus Foundation Child Care Center in Balut, Tondo. and holds a feeding program for the children. It is a non-government organization that operates since 2008, starting with the children in Smokey Mountain. Believing that education is the most powerful tool to overcome poverty, the foundation had set up several pre-schools in Tondo. The beauty queen even joins in the classes. Her favorite is story time where she sits in with the children. She also works to help renovate the pre-school so that it could take in more children from the surrounding communities.

Christmas Learning

Gray refers to the kids in this Foundation in Tondo when she was asked of the most important lesson she has learned in life during the recent Miss Universe pageant. “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and it’s very sad. And I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look for beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful,” she answered. “And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe, to see situations with a silver lining. And to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something like a spokesperson. And if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity cannot grow and prosper, and children will have smiles on their faces.”

Smile on the Children’s Faces

Like Gray, Marcos also believes in gift giving. It is essential to make them feel the spirit of Christmas through these gifts given during a Christmas Party. The smile of the children and the warmth they felt during these occasions after a little act of kindness is indeed the real joy.

He can do More

Marcos vows to do more than just the projects he has been doing already to make this sector of society happier next year. He made no mention of the VP electoral protest that gets really quiet during the holidays. He can only insinuate that when he is in the position, he can do more to alleviate poverty. Perhaps a government effort that can directly give a decent life to the indigents. Just like his mother’s housing projects.

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How’s the Possibility that Candidate for Senator, Atty. Glenn Chong is the Real Ambush Target?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong said there is a big possibility that he was the target of the ambush that killed his aide, Richard Santillan, and another woman recently. Chong filed his candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections. He appeared in several investigations of the Senate and the House of Representatives about the alleged election fraud in 2016. Despite his denial and Bongbong Marcos’ confirming that he’s not one of his lawyers, the presumptive VP Leni Robredo still insists that he must be affiliated to Marcos. Chong even likens Smartmatic to a mafia that manipulates the people’s voting results in favor of the yellow stalwarts. z
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[VIDEO]: Glenn Chong itinangging sindikato ang napatay niyang aide.

Murder Charges

Chong said he would file murder charges against the policemen involved in an alleged shootout with his long-time security aide in Cainta, Rizal. He vows to bring the case to court. The attorney claims that the firearms, a grenade and other evidence found inside the vehicle were planted by the police.

Team of Lawyers

Chong also forms a team of lawyers to support the filing of the case. He is undeniably sure that they all did it. H will not spare anyone said. On top of that, investigators of the Commission on Human Rights already issue a subpoena for the police to release reports related to the case, Chong added.

Physical Evidence Points to Murder

Atty. Chong spoke to Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, police regional director for Calabarzon earlier. He got hold of all reports concerning the incident. This includes the autopsy, intelligence, and Scene of the Crime Operatives reports, and other pieces of evidence that the police have against his aide.

Prospect of the Senator to Be

Atty. Chong swears that the Commission on Elections and the Venezuela-based Smartmatic Inc., which supplies the Vote Counting Machines for the 2016 polls, are his absolute enemies. His statement is clear that he has no other grudges with anyone. He roles out his local rival because he’s already running for a national post.

Murder Charges

Murder charges are at stake against the members of the Regional Intelligence Unit of the Cainta police and the HPG, declares Chong. He will never stop until Santillan gets justice for his untimely death. 14 policemen are already relieved from their posts to allow smooth investigation on the case. The senatorial candidate certainly deserves the sympathy of the public for what’s he’s going through while fighting for a clean election.