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Is Senator Koko Pimentel Falling Short of his Promise to Present Smartmatic to the Public?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

During the last Senate committee meeting on September 13, 2018, Senator Koko Pimentel pledged that Smartmatic people must divulge their knowledge on the alleged 2016 election fraud. Two months had passed by and this promise is still hanging. However, he prioritizes the filing of his questionable certificate of candidacy and his recent marriage. Does this mean that there’s no more public hearing on this issue?



YouTube video by Radyo Pilipinas 738

[VIDEO]: Disqualification case isinampa laban kay Sen. Koko Pimentel sa Comelec


Two Kinds of Senate Hearings

There are two types of hearings in the Senate. First is the public hearing where it is open to the media and the public. Then, the executive sessions where the media and the public are not allowed. Only members of the Senate and the Congress can attend such meeting. Atty. Glenn Chong’s team members are worried that Senator Pimentel’s committee would opt for the executive session. Given that this could save Smartmatic from further embarrassments.


Pre-judged Case?

Smartmatic in partnership with Comelec is obviously very powerful. Only a public hearing can justify a clean mid-term election. However, it is notable that Pimentel’s committee is very quiet nowadays. It could be that an executive session is now cooking if the running Senator is in connivance with the riding in tandem, as Atty. Chong puts it.


Regaining the Public’s Trust

As long as the Smartmatic witnesses cannot be presented in a public hearing, the people will surely doubt the integrity of the elections in 2019. It would look like the committee is protecting the Comelec and Smartmatic fraud syndicates. The Senate would surely lose its credibility as a worst-case scenario.



Confusion on the Law

The Constitution provides that the term of office of a senator is six years and that no senator can run for more than two consecutive terms. “In the case of Pimentel, he lost in the May 2007 election for senator but eventually won his election protest against Senator (Juan Miguel) Zubiri in August 2011 and served merely the remaining two years unexpired term of Zubiri from August 2011 to June 2013”. Pimentel’s election lawyers cited the 2017 case of Albania vs. Comelec, where the High Court reiterated its previous similar doctrines in other election cases that the period of time that an elective official served after winning his election protest “did not constitute a complete and full service of his term as he did not hold the office for the full term of three years to which he was supposedly entitled to.” Other lawyers also disagree with this analysis.

Newly-Wed Blues

Pimentel, 54, married partner Kathryna Yu, 36, in a civil wedding ceremony last October 18, at the Coconut Palace. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio officiated the wedding, which was attended by big names in politics and showbiz. President Rodrigo Du30 and close aide Bong Go who also runs for Senator led the principal sponsors. Despite the newly-wed blues, Atty. Chong still insists on Pimentel’s response as to when the next public hearing would be on the election fraud issue?


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If Cursing can be Banned in Schools, Should Robredo’s Brainwashing Students be Stopped Also?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

To curse in public places where students are is now prohibited in Baguio. This is under an ordinance of the city government.  City Councilor Lilia Fariñas is the author. It bans cursing in schools, computer shops, arcades, and other business establishments that young people patronize. Meanwhile, in her desperate attempt to look good, the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo reads a book to young children in Tondo. The name of the book is “Digong Dilaw.” This is a mockery to the President whose nickname is Digong. He is often the target of her opposition group better known as the “Dilawans” or yellow faction. This stunt follows after she fails to influence the millennials through social media. VP protestant Bongbong Marcos got the approval of these young minds who are keen in verifying facts online.



YouTube video by The Young Observer

[VIDEO]: Presumptive VP Leni namigay ng Aklat na DIGONG DILAW sa mga Bata.


Cursing is Banned in Baguio

The ordinance defines profanity as “blasphemous or obscene language. It may be regular or irreverent speech or action. They can be expletives, oath, swearing, cussing, profane, or obscene expressions. They are usually spoken in a moment of surprise or anger.” It doesn’t matter if a person is mad or trying to be funny. The ordinance still bans anyone from doing it in student-prone areas regardless of the context.


A Notice Must be Posted

Schools can expel students if they violate the ordinance. May it be in all levels, those that provide technical or vocational education and training, the business establishments where students are often seen must provide signs that prohibit these expressions of insults. Perhaps, it helps to be aware of this local law for the adults to become the role model of the young people.


Looking into the Smallest Unit of Society

It is readily obvious nowadays that cursing has become a normal practice. Children seem to imitate these habits seen from the manners of vocal adults in society. The President himself does some swearing even on national TV. Many believe that children can easily imitate this manner thinking that it’s the norm. Some church figures are wishing that the rest of the cities follow suit. In reality, it’s the family members that can have a strong influence on children. The upbringing counts.



Robredo’s Brainwashing

Robredo in a surprise visit to Brgy. 58 Day Care Center in Pritil, Tondo did something hilarious. She distributes school supplies and read the”Digong Dilaw” book to children. It is written by National Artist and NCCA chief Virgilio Almario. It is about a boy who only likes yellow things. Adarna first published it in 2003. What is odd is that the mainstream media did not pick this brainwashing act up. The news highlights the new ordinance in Baguio instead.

Wisdom from the Late Senator Santiago

The wisdom of the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago who ran with Marcos in the 2016 election lingers. In a YouTube video, she stresses that people should know that something is wrong with them if their urine is very yellow. In a medical and logical aspect, that makes sense. The boy who only likes yellow might be coincidental. But this effort of Robredo shows that she is quite aware that the negativity of the public towards her party can last through generations. That’s probably why she must start her brainwashing spree now.


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Glenn Chong Asks Comelec where’s the 10 Missing Voting Machines are for Election 2019?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

“Massive testing” will start today by vote counting machines and other election systems for their use in 2019. This will definitely be used as a “massive propaganda” of the syndicate, said Atty. Glenn Chong. He also joins the PDK, DDS, and BBM group leaders to talk about the VP electoral fraud which is a hot topic in the country today.

PDK DDS BBM 2018Attorney Glenn Chong talking about VP Electoral Fraud. Hot topic.

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[VIDEO]: Attorney Glenn Chong talking about VP Electoral Fraud.


10 Missing Voting Machines

The Comelec admits that the 10 voting machines are indeed missing. However, they cannot explain to the public why they have not been returned to the poll agency yet after the 2016 elections. This is until now after a long 2 years and 5 months has passed. Their officials are not even taking responsibility for their disappearance.  The Senate hearing on September 13, 2018, got the record for the admission.


Cheating in Election 2019 is More Likely

Due to Comelec’s incompetence in safeguarding the voting machines, the people will always think that the next election in 2019 cannot be a clean and honest one because these machines can actually generate votes for the manipulators, added Chong.


Independent Operation Theory

INDEPENDENT OPERATION: These machines have been stolen by the politicians who are the conniving candidates with the syndicate as per the case in Biliran in 2010. They can be used in to conduct their own fraudulent activities to match with the maneuvers of the Comelec and Smartmatic personnel. There are various cheating procedures that can be done technically using those devices.



Syndicated Operation Scenario

SYNDICATED OPERATION: These machines will be used as cloned VCMs. This can be a widespread operation by the Comelec syndicates and Smartmatic itself. If the Comelec and Smartmatic are not guilty of this scenario, they must have been found already. Their whereabouts should not be a mystery. The culprits must also suffer the consequence. To the contrary, the Comelec just refuses to answer.

Tools for Cheating

Chong explains to the PDK, DDS, and BBM group leaders its significance. The missing VCMs are enough to let any Senator win. Take the case of the 459 result transmissions a day before the election in 2016. That can happen again in 2019. They would surely make use of the plan by just setting the issue aside. However, the PDK, DDS, and BBM groups continue to make noises.


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Gov. Imee Marcos is a Leader who Unites Political Parties as she Runs for Senator

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Gov. Imee Marcos who runs for Senator joins the ribbon cutting of Consumer’s Welfare Week 2018 at the Makati City Hall. She hails the leadership of Mayor Abby Binay and her Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo. Marcos explains that there’s not much difference in managing a progressive commercial district compared to being a governor in a small province in terms of public service. However, it is obvious that the city has more funds and her territory only has a larger area. She also jokes about the Yabuts, the good and the bad.



YouTube video by FILIPINEWS Today

[VIDEO]: Governor Imee Marcos joins the ribbon cutting of Consumer’s Welfare Week 2018 at the Makati City Hall.


Inflation Treatment

Gov. Marcos prides herself in initiating or bringing back the Kadiwa system that allows direct trade from the producers themselves to the direct consumers. This eliminates the added costs of the agents in between thus lowering the costs of the basic commodities. She wishes to distribute their processed meats to the city hoping that the buyers can also benefit from the affordable prices.


Local Trade

Since her province, Ilocos Norte is a producer of vegetables and other crops, she aims to have trade relations with Makati for these raw products in a major way. Makati is no doubt the commercial district of the Philippines and a model for a successful city, she said. It would be a boost for her products to be directly distributed to this highly developed urban area.


Alliance with the Du30s

It is widely known that Marcos forges an alliance with the Hugpong political party of the President’s daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Du30. She also defends the Filipino leader by saying that there was no such thing as militarization under the Duterte administration. She points out that the military officials appointed in various government positions were no longer in active military service.



Friendship with the Binays

It was also in the news that Gov. Marcos met with Senator Nancy Binay to thank the latter for filing a resolution for the Senate’s electoral fraud investigation during the 2016 elections. The revelations during such hearings put Bongbong Marcos in a good light. Now, she shows support to the incumbent mayor of Makati. This is despite the Binay siblings’ rivalry in the mayoral position in 2019. The situation is not really surprising because of the fact that even the Binay patriarch, former Vice President Jojo Binay is not worried about it. Eventually, one of his children would surely be elected regardless.

Uniting Political Parties as Senator Bet

Earlier, Mayor Abby Binay said during a forum at Malate, Manila, answering questions whether UNA will form an alliance with Mayor Du30’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). “Historically if you look at my dad, he is always not aligned particularly with ruling parties,” she added. Nevertheless, as a supporter of Hugpong, Gov. Marcos, can definitely bridge the cooperation of the two parties by simply being friendly and cooperative with both. After all, they are only against the yellow-minded stalwarts.


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The Marcos Boys Treasure Moments when the Family is Complete

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Sandro Marcos, the eldest son of Bongbong Marcos and Louise Araneta Marcos heads the production of the BBM Vlog 34 together with his siblings, Simon and Vince. It highlights the pictorial and the precious moments of the family especially when they are complete over the long weekend.  Sandro lives a“regular” life in London.  The Marcos couple sent their sons abroad to study so they can learn to be independent.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: It’s always fun when the family is complete.


All 5 are Together

The 3 siblings with their parents are together during the photo shoot. As Vince said, he felt more loved when his mom and dad notices the slightest things like his hair and his tucked-in shirt. This family proves that the most important things in life are really in the things that do not cost money. The family relationship must be first in line.


Seeing the Parents

Simon also expresses his gratitude in seeing his parents more often this time. The brothers are spending more time with each other overseas while their parents are back home. They are keen on doing chores like cooking on their own. The boys and their father are often chanced upon preparing dinner for the family just shortly before the mother arrives from work.


Family is Everything

A country’s troubles often originate from relationships in troubled families. It is such a breath of fresh air that the Marcoses simply show how much they treasure being together completely as a family. There may be teasings and reminders but those are all proofs of the love they have for each other. Bongbong and Liza as she is fondly called can only be proud of Sandro who overshadows their combined popularity.



The Most Popular

Sandro always attracts large crowds. He has over a million Twitter followers and still counting. Most of his followers are from the opposite sex. That only shows how charming he is. No wonder that talent agents, advertising executives, as well as TV and movie producers, also hope that Sandro would consider going into show business.


Believing in their Patriarch

Nevertheless, as humble as he is, Sandro does not think of his popularity as his own achievement. He regards it as the support from so many Filipinos who believe in his father. It can be felt via social media that people in the Philippines are very excited to hear even the slightest update about him. Just like how Filipinos are so anxious about hearing some VP electoral protest news.