By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos assures his nephew, Matthew Marcos Manotoc that there will be chaos in the election 2019 but there’s nothing to worry about. The whole family will be there beside him every step of the way. Manotoc is set to run as the next governor of Ilocos Norte. His mother, who vacated the position runs for Senator.
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[VIDEO]: Happy Birthday Matt! You cannot know how proud you have made us all. Onward and upward mattie!
Lots of Teasing
Manotoc wants to be known as the sporty government official who loves to eat. He in fact refers to himself as Mr. Gluttony as his brother, Borgy calls him “matakaw.” He surely knows how to laugh at his weaknesses which is a very positive trait.
Dressing Up for the Occasion
The former Senator expresses his admiration to the young Board Member who has shown impressive moves in the past months or weeks. One major decision was to run for governor replacing his grandmother, Cong. Imelda Marcos who is already 89 years old. He is only 30 years old.
Senior Board Member Manotoc led the inaugural ceremonies of the new three-generational (3G) playgrounds and fitness parks recently. This is in the towns of Solsona, Sarrat, Vintar, Nueva Era, Banna, Marcos, Bangui, Burgos and Currimao. These projects are in line with his advocacy for more Ilocanos to adopt healthy and active lifestyles regardless of age.
Any Chance for Fariñas?
The young governor bet for Ilocos Norte runs head on against the greatest critic of his mother, Rep. Rudy Fariñas. The outcome of Imee Marcos’ ordeal brought about by the latter during the detention of the Ilocos 6 shows that Marcos has the power over him not just in their hometown but also in the branches of government. This puts Fariñas into a bad light.
Election 2019 Promise
Bongbong Marcos is another foundation of Manotoc aside from his mother. He swears to give is utmost support to his nephew without failing to warn him that it’s not going to be easy. However, they both have the mechanism and influence to put on the line for him to become the next governor of Ilocos Norte replacing ex-Gov. Marcos.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos always describe the charges against another ex-Senator Bong Revilla as “a little too vague”. Revilla, is now acquitted on the plunder case. He was also allowed to post bail on the graft charges at the Sandiganbayan over the “pork barrel” scam. A Revilla and Marcos tandem was floated in 2016. Marcos also defended Revilla and co-accused, ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada, over criticisms of their alleged special treatment at their detention in Camp Crame.
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[VIDEO]: Bong Revilla, acquitted sa mga kaso kaugnay ng prk barrel scam; Cambe at Napoles, hinatulang guilty
Malacañang Bows Down
Malacañang said that it respects the decision of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to acquit former senator Revilla of plunder. “Regardless of the sentiments to the contrary, we have to bow down to the judgement of the Sandiganbayan,” Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a statement recently.
Slow but Rightful Ruling
Panelo, who is once Revilla’s lawyer, describes justice in the Philippines as “slow.” But the court’s verdicts are “exacting and immutable,” he added. Earlier, the Sandiganbayan’s special first division rules find Revilla not guilty of plunder. He was accused of earning P224.5 million worth of kickbacks through the pork barrel scam. However, experts believe that they were politically motivated. This was during former President BS Aquino’s time as he intends to run for President
Revilla is among 3 former senators accused of funnelling his Priority Development Assistance Fund. This was allegedly through the use of fake non-governmental organizations owned by Napoles. The others are Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada. Both are out on bail.
The President’s Promise on his Freedom
When he was still a presidential candidate in January 2016, President Rodrigo Du30 had said that he would “see to it” that Revilla would be granted bail. This is if the evidence was “weak.” Everything goes according to his word. Since he follows the rule of law, the proceedings took a long time. But it’s definitely worth it for the Revilla’s and their supporters.
The Era of the Anti-Aquino and Pro Marcos
The current developments from the appointment of the New Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin to Revilla’s freedom are manifestations of the President and his allies’ goal to return Marcos’ idealism. Many believe that this is for the good of the country. Can the VP proclaimation of Bongbong Marcos be next?
Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin begs for independence in the judiciary. He knows that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo divides the country. He, however, promises to make reforms during his 11-month tenure in the SC. Among his priorities are to make procedural law court proceedings to be less tedious, less intimidating, more economical and speedier. That would certainly help resolve the VP conflict.
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[VIDEO]: Isang Arroyo appointee ang bagong Punong Mahistrado na si Lucas Bersamin na bumoto noon pabor sa “Sereno ouster” at “Marcos burial” sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Giit ni Chief Justice Bersamin, pananatilihin daw niya ang independence ng hudikatura. Saksi si Dano Tingcungco.
Objectives of the New Supreme Court CJ
Chief Justice Bersamin said in his speech during the culmination event of the “Judicial Strengthening to Improve Court Effectiveness (JUSTICE) Project; “I shall make it my objective to lead the Supreme Court and the rest of the judiciary in respecting and promoting the rights of our people, thus I will prioritize reform of our procedural law to make court proceedings less tedious, less intimidating, more economical and speedier.”
Independence in the Judiciary
Bersamin emphasizes that the judiciary must remain independent. “We are part of a sovereign nation, the judiciary, but our role is to be an independent judiciary. We cannot always go to the other 2 branches of government to ask for assistance,” he said. He is grateful to several stakeholders for helping the Philippine judicial system. This is by funding its projects.
Replacing Another Short-Term CJ
Bersamin takes over his Supreme Court post recently. He replaces Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired from government service in Oct after just barely serving as Chief justice for 3 months. Short as it may seem, these presidential appointees have it in their records that their decisions are in line with the President’s goal of serving the people.
Earlier, the new CJ had something to ask: “Welcome me, I ask you to welcome me, to love me, to support me,” 25th Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin told Supreme Court officials and employees during his first flag ceremony as a head of the judiciary.
Accidental CJ with a Purpose
Bersamin added: “I am an accidental chief justice but that is not a statement of apology. I do not apologize to anyone for having been appointed because that is the wisdom of the President, who is the appointing power. Please accept me.” Despite his humility, it is obvious that the opposition is always insecure about Bersamin’s voting for the ouster of Sereno and the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. They can only guess how he would vote for the VP case ruling.
President Rodrigo Du30 said, “My only message to you is that we are all workers of government and so let us work to preserve the nation and to protect the people. Newly-appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin took his oath before the President in Malacañang recently. Bersamin was accompanied by his family at the Heroes Hall. Bongbong Marcos’ supporters are hopeful that with the current development, their votes will finally be counted
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The President Chooses Bersamin Over Carpio
Du30 appointed Bersamin to replace former chief justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who retired on October 8. Aside from Bersamin, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando and Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang also took their oaths of office on Tuesday.
Trusting the Wisdom of PDu30
CJ Bersamin said that he trusts the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power. Please accept me, he begs during a flag ceremony at the SC grounds. Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court that those who were not there at that time, have reasons why they were absent. He accepts the fact that not all staff agree with the President’s decision.
Not Apologizing for the Appointment
“I know that you have expected maybe another individual to be appointed to this office,” said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, “I am not apologizing for my self, I am not apologizing for the President. I am here because I was appointed.”
Seniority is Not the Case
Bersamin was only the 3rd most senior justice out of the 4 applicants. The time-honored tradition of seniority has never been more pronounced at the High Court. Malacañang explained that Bersamin was considered the most senior because he had served in the judiciary the longest. He has served as a judge since 1986. However, he is not the most senior in the Supreme Court per se.
Bongbong Marcos’ Chance
Bongbong Marcos’ supporters bank on the President’s hand in finally fast-tracking the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. PDu30 has no jurisdiction over the recount proceedings. The only thing he could do is to appoint a fair Supreme Court justice. A CJ that is in line with the ideals of the government. Bersamin’s record shows that he is for the welfare of the country and its people.
Atty. Glenn Chong, Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) Candidate for Senator this 2019 election lashes back to Rappler’s Maria Ressa’s previous headline that Bongbong Marcos disowns him. He said that he is lucky to be disowned because it made him credible when it comes to his clean election advocacy. Whereas, the presumptive VP Leni Robredo’s defender Maria Ressa has to bail out after her arrest due to tax evasion cases.
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Atty. Chong said that the camp of Leni Robredo tries to mislead the Supreme Court when she files another motion for consideration on her complaint to him that he is affiliated with Bongbong Marcos. She is lying again when she said that the latter did not answer her accusation. This is on how he got the Ragay data that show election anomalies against BBM’s opponent. In fact, it is in Paragraphs 33 to 42. It is clear in Paragraphs 41 at 42, where all her questions are answered. The only problem according to Chong is – they keep on lying to the public to suit their own narrative. He challenges Robredo that if he’s wrong, to just charge him in court.
Warrant of Arrest for Ressa
Maria Ressa evades arrest by posting bail at a Pasig City Regional Trial Court. Her charge is tax evasion. Judge Danilo Buemio of Pasig RTC Branch 265 issues a warrant for Ressa’s arrest. This is for violation of Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. The bail is set at P60,000.
Out on Bail
Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica ordered the release after their lawyers posted a total bail of P1,452,600. Davao del Norte police “initially wanted to defy the order.” The police argued that the P80,000 bail was for the child abuse charges only. It does not include the kidnapping and human trafficking charges. They are still under investigation.
A Rebel’s Mentality
Ressa maintains that the cases had no basis. She said that her company pays the right taxes. Unless the government reclassifies it into a stock brokerage agency given that it has foreign investors. Are the cases the response to its anti-government coverage? “I think it is a way of sending a signal that we have to be careful. That’s part of what they want to do,” she added.
Chong mocks Ressa for bringing her own mugshots. He thought that she’s brave enough to face the consequences of her actions. Being the aid of the country’s greatest liar, she can end up a lot worse than that. Her group is responsible for creating destructive media propaganda not just against the President but the country itself. They never failed to give Robredo a massive coverage while she reports many lies not just locally but internationally.