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Robredo is Thankful for Du30’s Otso Diretso Attention for the 2019 Election

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By: Elena Grace Flores

It is a known fact in the Philippines that President Rodrigo Roa Du30 is not appreciative of the sitting VP. However, it is still a surprise that the questionable second leader thanks Du30 for his negative remarks on her party’s 2019 election senatorial bets, Otso Diretso (straight 8). At least, they got his attention, she admits. Robredo said that she is thankful for the President’s acknowledgement regardless of his “straight to hell” comment. The tough-talking leader spares only one of the 8 since she is from Mindanao. The mainstream media is currently feasting on this issue among others. z

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[VIDEO]: Bumuwelta ang Otso Diretso sa mga banat ni Pangulong Rodrigo Du30 sa mga kandidato ng oposisyon. Kumambiyo naman ang Palasyo at sinabing posibleng nagpapatawa lang ang pangulo.

Straight to Hell for the 2019 Election

The senatorial candidates of the opposition Otso Diretso (Straight Eight) are going straight to hell, according to President Du30. The opposition coalition’s candidates have not done anything for the country but criticize. He made a comment about each one of them who are candidates as Senators for the 2019 election.

Roxas, the Boastful One

Those people do nothing but criticize, Du30 said. He questions their competence and accomplishments for the first time in a campaign sortie. He calls former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II “hambugero” or arrogant. Roxas retaliates at once boasting his alleged call center achievement that the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo initiated. The former Senator is known for his incompetence in handling the Yolanda typhoon disaster as witnessed by many foreign journalists.

Old Wounds

To vote for Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano is a “mistake,” the President said as he belittles the former soldier’s involvement in uprisings against Arroyo. “Look at the Magdalo. They launched a revolt in Makati… When the police came, they surrendered,” Du30 said. He also attacks Sen. Bam Aquino being just a lookalike of his uncle, the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. The late Aquino was the rival of the late President Ferdinand Marcos who resorted to unbelievable strategies to topple Marcos.

Negative Attention for a Laugh

“Tañada is a leftist. Do you know who gives us headaches? They do not admit they are NPA members but they support the group by acting as their lawyers,” Du30 said. He insinuates that election lawyer Romulo Macalintal only serves clients for money. Chel Diokno’s manner of talking is no match to his father former senator Jose Diokno, he added. The Filipino leader also criticizes Former solicitor-general Florin Hilbay and calls him a “turtle.”

Vengeance for Imee Marcos?

Robredo defends the opposition senatorial candidates. They were chosen because of their good track record, she said. The other Otso Diretso candidates hit back at Du30. They accuse him of using his position to campaign for his bets at the expense of the opposition. The temporary VP said that the fact that the President mentions each opposition bet shows that they are getting the attention of the people. On the other hand, Du30’s bet, Imee Marcos was the target of criticisms by the Otso Diretso team earlier.

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Who can Block Imee Marcos become the Top Senator in the 2019 Elections?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

September 22, 2018, Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey on the 2019 senatorial elections shows Imee Marcos’ substantial rise to the 7th to11th places with a 32.6% voter preference. It made her secure to have a definite place in the winners’ circle as Senator. This is a vital improvement from her ranking in June. She previously ranks 13th to 20th with a voter preference of 29.9. However, the social media community is not quite happy with such results. Therefore, an online poll was initiated and Marcos landed as the top bet instead of Senator Grace Poe. z

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[VIDEO]: Beyond Politics: Pulse explains Imee Marcos’ rise in senatorial survey

Pulse Asia’s Analysis on Imee Marcos Rise as Candidate for Senator

According to Pulse Asia, the sudden rise of Ilocos Norte’s Governor in the recent senatorial survey is not due to “an increase of her voting support. The research firm’s president said that because of the percentage decline of the voting support for other prominent candidates like Senator Bam Aquino.

Sudden Rise on the Ranking

This shows Pulse Asia’s 2019 Senatorial Elections Survey rank:

The Online Community’s Social Media Survey

Marcos always believes that the millennials already have access to information from all sides. They are capable of analyzing facts and they can have their own conclusions. This digital survey actually makes sense in line with the Senator to be’s statements:

Other Candidates Slid Down the List

“It’s not so much an increase of her voting support. It’s the decline in terms of the voting support for the others who were ahead of her in the past,” Pulse Asia President Ronnie Holmes said. “We saw a decline in terms of the pre-election support for the other candidates who were much more ahead of her in term of the ranking,” he added. Among those slid down the list are incumbent Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, JV Ejercito, and Bam Aquino. Former senators Lito Lapid and Sergio Osmeña, as well as former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, follow the same fate.

Two Aspirants,

Marcos spends the last few months going around different provinces in the country. Her Facebook profile shows the various events she attends. Town fiestas to the distribution of relief goods are common agenda. Marcos also hosts her own radio show, “Imee Sagot” at dwIZ. I thank the public for their trust and confidence in me. My engagement with them paid off, she said. It is also noticeable that most of her supporters go out of the way in printing and posting tarpoulines endorsing her alongside Atty. Glenn Chong, the whistleblower of the 2016 frauds that put her brother, Bongbong Marcos into a better light in his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo.

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Imee Marcos: Moving On from Martial Law Means Learning from the Past

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The martial law blaming game during the Marcos era is again a spotlight in interviews today for the upcoming 2019 elections. Senator Bam Aquino insists that Senate candidate, Imee Marcos should apologize to the victims of the said military rule of her father instead of moving on. The governor of Ilocos Norte clarifies what she meant about moving on from it. z

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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos clarified on her previous remark to “move on” from the martial law issues thrown to her late father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Moving on from Martial Law by Imee Marcos

Imee Marcos explains to Senator Aquino Aquino who presses the issue of the martial law apology that moving on does not mean forgetting the past. It is already in history and no one can change that. The best thing is to learn from it and make sure that it won’t happen again.

The Assessment of Millennials

The millennials are the youths who belong to the generation after the technological advancement. They have all the resources to hear both sides unlike before. The Philippines, in particular, was in the control of the mainstream media. It influences the decision-making of the Filipinos during elections. The black media propaganda against the Marcoses is spread out through its networks worldwide.

Many Apologies are Done Repeatedly

When the anchor asks if an apology must be done by Gov. Marcos, she replies that she has said sorry many times. Apologies to the victims and to others who were hurt because of the incident were undertaken on numerous occasions. However, she cannot apologize on any atrocities because the version that they knew when they were younger, was the opposite of the black media propaganda. Many older people are saying that the Marcos era was more prosperous and peaceful than any administrations after that.

Not in the Authority to Accept Responsibility

Gov. Marcos added that she is not in the position to accept the responsibility brought about by her father’s era. She can only move forward to work on how to improve the lives of Filipinos. Nevertheless, her political enemies especially the Aquinos, are again reviving this old wives’ tale.

Social Media to Air the Marcoses’ Side

Marcos admits that their only mistake was staying quiet about the accusations to her deceased father. They just do not have the outlet to retaliate until social media arrives. This gives them the channel to air their side. Better yet, real people who are witnesses of the said dark ages in the Philippine history also came forward through online platforms burying the half-truths propagated by the Aquino stalwarts. This is to the surprise of the yellow faction that went to the verge of befriending Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

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Marcos & Estrada Made it to the Top Big Names for Senator in the 2019 Elections

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Marcos and Estrada surnames are big political names in the Philippines. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Ilocos Norte Governor already have winning personalities but they are both controversial all along. Currently, their popularity even surges because of their brothers. Gov. Marcos for one is the sister of the Vice Presidential Protestant Bongbong Marcos. His election protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is still ongoing. Meanwhile, Estrada’s story also revolves around a brother whom he might not see eye to eye with but loves him anyway.

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[VIDEO]: On the Record: Senatorial survey: Who’s in, who’s out


Probable Winners for Senator

Pulse Asia said only 15 of the 58 probable senatorial bets included in the survey’s senatorial poll will have a “statistical chance of winning” come May 2019. Most of the probable winners are either incumbent or former members of the Senate.

1. Sen. Grace Poe (70.8 percent of 1,200 respondents will vote for her)

2-3. Sen. Cynthia Villar (55.6 percent)

2-3. Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (53.8 percent)

4-6. Sen. Nancy Binay (45.8 percent)

4-7. Sen. Sonny Angara (44.9 percent)

4-7. Davao City Mayor Sara Carpio Duterte (43.8 percent)

5-9. Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (39.8 percent)

Marcos and Estrada Made it Through

Other personalities that float for the poll but didn’t make it to the Top 12 are Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, and Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman.

7-12. Former Sen. Sergio “Serge” Osmeña (38.0 percent)

7-13. TV host Erwin Tulfo (36.7 percent)

8-15. Former Sen. Lito Lapid (33.8 percent)

8-15. Former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa (33.1 percent)

8-15. Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (32.8 percent)

9-15. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (32.2 percent)

10-19. Senator Bam Aquino (30.5 percent)

10-19. Sen. JV Ejercito (29.0 percent)


Personalities Not Popularity

If the 2019 midterm elections were to be held today, Senator Grace Poe would top the “Magic 12” senatorial candidates, according to a survey. Pulse Asia conducted a survey from March 23 to 28. It asked 1,200 adults, “If the elections were held today, which personalities would you vote for as senators? You can vote for 12 personalities.”



Presidential Link

Over 70 percent of 1,200 respondents said they will vote for former presidential aspirant Grace Poe. Meanwhile, 43.8 percent will vote for President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte Carpio. Most of the probable winners are either incumbent or former members of the Senate.


The Force Behind Likely Winner

Reelectionists Poe, Villar, Binay, Angara, and  JV Ejercito, Estrada’s half-brother have said they will run for the Senate as “The Force.” While Bongbong Marcos propels for his sister’s senatorial bid, Estrada’s conflict with another brother who is also running for a Senate seat can either work on his favor or otherwise.



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Bongbong Marcos Focuses on ASEAN while Gov. Imee Plans for the Elderly as 2019 Election Priority

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Like a real statesman, Bongbong Marcos supports the President on building closer ties with ASEAN member nations and China. On the other hand, sister Gov. Imee plans for the elderly and wishes to continue the pension welfare for the senior public servants. These happen as the country gears up for the 2019 election. It is observed however that the political tide has now switched in favor of the Marcoses in the most branches of the government.






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[VIDEO]:  IMEE AT BONGBONG MARCOS MAY MAGANDANG BALITA SA MGA MATATANDA




Gov. Imee Marcos’ Senate Bid Political Platform for the 2019 Election

Gov. Imee Marcos said she wishes to continue the momentum of the Du30 administration’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program. The transportation and the improvement of telecommunication facilities in the country are some of the priorities. Secondly, she wishes to improve the prices of commodities. This is to soften the impact of the tax reform law on consumers and the global gasoline crises. Finally, Marcos plans to create jobs for women living in remote areas as well as provide a  livelihood to elderly Filipinos who could still work. She also stresses to sustainably provide pensions to senior government retirees. These serve as her political platform for the upcoming election in 2019.




People’s Welfare

The DND Public Information Office confirms that President Ferdinand E. Marcos is a Usaffe veteran.” Usaffe is short for US Armed Forces in the Far East, which was active from 1941 to 1946 and headed by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The previous administration even honored a list of veterans with Marcos’ name on it. The late President’s love for the country drove him to provide benefits for public servants through GSIS. As a war veteran, his widow, the former first lady and now Congresswoman Imelda R. Marcos, receives old age pension from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office despite the denial of his opponents.

ASEAN Ties

On the other hand, Bongbong Marcos explains the good in fostering an alliance with the ASEAN countries. The international agreements must not be sidelined because of a change of administration. As for President Rodrigo Du30’s perceived close ties with China, Marcos said it is good to see that the Philippines now has a better line of communication with the Asian superpower.









SONA Understanding

On his State of the Nation Address (SONA) several days ago, the President mentioned maintaining an independent foreign policy. Marcos thinks that it’s about being a little less dependent on the United States. Marcos reiterates that the Philippines could benefit greatly from welcoming foreign investors interested in improving infrastructure, agriculture, large-scale engineering, and power development. However, this does not mean that the country will abandon its territorial claims, particularly against China.




All for the Welfare of the Country and People

The great leaders’ ultimate achievement always boils down to providing for the welfare of the country and its people. The Marcoses have already mastered the art of sustaining the projects they initiated to last even after death – as per the case of the Marcos patriarch on the GSIS policies. This is the reason why they are the best top officials that can lead the country to greatness again.