It can be observed that there’s also some kind of conflict within the Supreme Court. En banc votes can judge on this. Once the so-called allies of the ex-President Aquino inhibit from a case, the Pro-administration magistrates win. Take the case of the alleged election storage liability of Bongbong Marcos for the monthly expenses of the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In its Resolution dated 29 August 2017, the PET ruled out that “there would be no occasion for the Tribunal to charge the same against either of the cash deposits of Protestant or ‘Protestee’.”
However, there’s a catch. SC also approves COMELEC’s requests for additional time to prepare for the VP recount twice. So, the stalwarts of the previous administration seem to balance their hold to avoid public scrutiny. The ultimate goal is to delay Marcos’ Vice Presidency as their yellow comrades use Senator Leila De Lima’s plight to malign the President who is a Marcos ally.
LP can Sacrifice De Lima over Marcos’ Election
Voting 9-6, the SC en banc ruled to reject De Lima’s motion to recall her warrant of arrest. It was issued by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. The six justices who dissented from the main ruling are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Francis Jardeleza.
The Administration’s Show of Power
The decision was penned by Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., whom de Lima had asked to inhibit from the case for allegedly pushing the acquittal of a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug lord.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) in February filed three criminal charges against De Lima for supposedly receiving bribes from NBP drug lords in exchange for their protection during her term as Justice secretary. The agency also accused De Lima of using the money from the illegal drug trade to fund her 2016 senatorial campaign. She was charged with three counts of violation of Section No. 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to trafficking and criminal liability of government officials. Contrary to the black media propaganda against the President, De Lima is not a political prisoner.
Bongbong Marcos earlier estimates that the recount for his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo can start in November. The PET already ordered the initial recount of votes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental first. Meanwhile, The “yellows” have intensified its campaign to oust the President, said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
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[VIDEO]: Palace, confident the plot to oust President Duterte will not prosper.
Justice Secretary’s Announcement
The “yellows” have intensified its campaign to oust the President, said Aguirre II. “They, the yellows, are intensifying the actions against the President,” Aguirre stresses in his announcement to the media. He said the allegations against the President and his family are part of the opposition’s black propaganda.
Aguirre continued that he created a group composed of lawyers and retired members of the military and police. “Unofficially, I have created a group. This, in my own little way I can help thwart the moves of the opposition to oust the President,” said Aguirre. He refused to give the name of his group but hopes that it will be launched soon.
The Liberal Party said in its response that the party along its allies has always adhered to its core values of integrity and people-centeredness. “These values compel us to speak up on issues such as the drug smuggling and corruption allegations against those close to the President. The murder of minors and innocents by instruments of the state, among others,” the LP added.
The Essence of the Initial Recount for the Protest
The priority recount aims to prove whether or not the rest of Marcos’ protest has merit. Bongbong Marcos said that it is about to start in November. It is expected to be completed in December this year. Can the LP be concerned that if the President is not ousted now prior to the recount, Bongbong Marcos is likely the next President of the Philippines?
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reveals that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez would proceed with the impeachment bid against Leni Robredo. This is after the President called on allies in Congress to drop the plan as mentioned also to her. Aguirre said the President’s stand that there should be no impeachment of top executives after less than a year of work was his mere personal opinion.
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[VIDEO]: SOJ Aguirre, suportado ang paghahain ng Impeach VP Robredo Complaint ni Speaker Alvarez
Impeachment involves the power and discretion of Congress. The impeachment process will be a congressional call. Not the President’s call at all, Aguirre explained. He said that he supports the impeachment complaint against Robredo based on her video message which is critical to the administration’s drug war. It was then sent to the United Nations commission side event on narcotics drugs.
Impeachment Complaint Filed against Robredo
An impeachment complaint against Robredo was already filed by Marcos loyalist and constant impeachment complainant Oliver Lozano. Another group of lawyers and academics that supports the administration is also preparing another complaint against the Vice President. She said, that she has not received copies of the complaint documents.
Aguirre Agrees with Alvarez
Alvarez believes that the Vice President has betrayed public trust in her video message to the UN event. Betrayal of public trust is one of the grounds under the Constitution for the impeachment of an official. The law and political experts both consider it as a numbers game. She humiliated the Philippines before the international community with her false accusations. That is not only damaging to the country’s image, but it certainly affects the economy as well, Aguirre added.
More government officials criticize Robredo’s actions. This includes Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo saying that what she did is bad for Tourism. PAGCOR Chair Andrea Domingo also faces an international audience telling them not to believe the Vice President because she maligns the country. At the rate it is going, Robredo is very successful in generating hatred from peers in government service. How much more in the public in general?
Many Marcos loyalists are wondering why Bongbong Marcos is very quiet nowadays. Instead of stressing about the long wait for the electoral protest to have its preliminary conference to be set in motion, why not follow Marcos? Go out and watch a movie! This is when a social activist spotted Bongbong and mother, Imelda with no other that DOJ Secretary, Vitaliano Aguirre.
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[VIDEO]: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says former president Noynoy Aquino still has a lot of explaining to do over his alleged liability in the Mamasapano clash in January 2015 that killed 67 people.
Spotted at Greenbelt
Gang Badoy of Rock Ed Philippines posted on his Facebook account that the DOJ secretary with Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, her son 2016 vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and son-in-law businessman Gregorio “Greggy” Araneta is spotted having a meeting at a restaurant in Greenbelt, Makati recently. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II asked back; What’s wrong with it?
Mamasapano Documentary Movie
Aguirre said that last Feb 21, he was invited by the Producer to watch the advance showing of the Mamasapano documentary movie: “Fallen not forgotten: The Untold Story of the Gallant SAF 44.” He finds it good and elegantly produced. It shows the gallantry and heroism of our premier police force, Aguirre said. He is not aware that “Greggy” is also there.
Chance Meeting with the Marcoses
Bongbong Marcos who attended the showing with his mother was also invited together with approximately 100 other viewers. The former senator is a principal player during the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano incident. Aguirre is also the counsel for General Getulio Napeñas, former SAF head.
Now as DOJ chief, Aguirre has control over the prosecutors who pursue the criminal charges against members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and private armed groups who engaged the police commandos in the unfortunate operation. Aguirre strongly stresses ex-President Aquino’s liability over the incident. It is also not a secret that Aquino swears to block Bongbong Marcos from the executive office. What the activist is implicating is the possible connivance between the Marcoses and Aguirre.Too bad, the DOJ Secretary is not with the SC.