Bongbong Marcos presents the Court of Appeals order to free the six detained Ilocos Norte officials to Congress on behalf of his sister Governor Imee Marcos. He vowed to exhaust all legal means to make the House of Representatives respect the discretion of its co-equal branch.
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[VIDEO]: Mismong si dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang nagpunta sa Kamara para ipresenta ang utos ng Court of Appeals na palayain na ang anim na empleyado ng Ilocos Norte Capitol. Pero tinabla ng liderato ng Kamara si Marcos.
Bongbong Marcos thinks that it is cruel and unusual to detain six employees of the Ilocos Norte government after House officials did not like their answers. Marcos. He visited them at the House Legislative Building. They are already in detention for 17 days now.
Fuzz over the Original
Ex-Ilocos Norte Governor and Representative Rodolfo Fariñas cited the officials in contempt after they asked for the original copies of his alleged digital proof that they have signed the cash advance from the tobacco funds for the purchase of some vehicles for barangay use.
Congress vs CA
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez called the justices behind the ruling ignorant of the law. He is known as a brave supporter of the president but obviously, he’s not for the Marcoses. The neck to neck power struggle is evident in the fight between the two equal branches of the government.
Marcos finds out that the employees are unable to rest well where they are now. He stressed that there’s no point to continue to detain them because that can’t change their answers to House officials.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reacts toughly after CA Special 4th Division Acting Presiding Justice Stephen Cruz issues a show cause order against him and House Sergeant-at-Arms Roland Detabali. They are asked to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for ignoring a June 9 ruling to release the officials. The conflict between the CA and the Congress is just hard to ignore because they confuse people. There is a resentment on how the hearings are conducted.
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[VIDEO]: epresentative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos’ daughter. Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015.
P Imee or Pay imee?
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas presents documents with the signatures of the officials who are still held in Congress. The tobacco funds were allegedly used to buy mini-cabs, secondhand buses, and Foton trucks. Fariñas even insinuates that the P Imee in the documents stands for “Pay Imee” which the witness answered that the document showed a clear P Imee there and not what he wanted to see.
Ilocos Norte officials did not refuse to answer the questions. They just want the committee to show them the original copies. This prompts Fariñas to cite the officials in contempt and have them detained by Detabali at the House Legislative Building because he does not have the original.
Who is Right?
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez have tough words against the three Court of Appeals justices who ordered him to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for refusing to release the 6 Ilocos Norte officials. “That’s gross ignorance of the law, he said and continued to swear at them in Tagalog.
The lawyers of Gov. Marcos’ employees said that their clients answered all questions to the best of their knowledge. The digital documents should have the original copies or else any one can just make them up. Alvarez must consider where the staff are coming from since government agencies always ask for originals to verify the copies.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez confirms that unlike during the Marcos regime, today’s Congress has a say on Martial Law. It can be revoked if out-voted by members of the House of Representatives. It is, however, unlikely because it’s the right thing to do.
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[VIDEO]: If you’re not from Mindanao, shut up. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had this to say to critics of the President’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao but are not from the region.
Due in Mindanao
He also advises critics not living in Mindanao that they should see the realities on the ground. To chain the hands of the president at a time when he needs our full support the most is cruel. the House speaker said.
Critics Only Disagree
Alvarez knows that he cannot convince critics of the merits of the martial law. Ther are there to find loopholes and they now have the opportunity given the circumstances. Despite the military chief, Eduardo Año’s assurance that the situation is under control, critics continue to disagree.
The Past is Past
Very few in the Senate and the House of Representatives express opposition to the martial law. “While we understand the reservations of some with martial law, let us view the situation not exclusively from the perspective of the past. Our present constitution provides sufficient safeguards to prevent abuses by agents of the State. Moreover, we give the public our assurance that we are keeping a watchful eye upon the unfolding of events and will step in as a counter-balance should and when the need arises,” he said.
BBM is not the Late Marcos
Nonetheless, the real reason for critics to make noise is to malign BBM. Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late Marcos is often accused by detractors of the alleged sins of his father. Despite not being successful in litigating Marcos previously in various courts, they still want to not leave the cloudy past behind. Most anti-Marcos people refrain from punishing the real culprit of the historical martial law abuses. All that they advocate for is to block the younger Marcos from the executive office.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was too eager to sponsor Leni Robredo’s impeachment complaint earlier – but it died down after the president and other lawmakers said that it’s a waste of time. However, the impeachment complaint is already at Speaker Alvarez’s office. He vowed to study it.
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[VIDEO]: Maging ang minorya sa Kamara, pag-aaralan na ang impeachment laban sa Pangalawang Pangulo.
Impeach Leni Movement
Lawyer Bruce Rivera of the “Impeach Leni movement” clarifies that it was Alvarez he refers to as their endorser. He earlier hinted saying that a male lawmaker is “studying” the case that triggers confusion. They added that the group has the solon’s “commitment.” But it’s not clear if he commits to study or endorse the impeachment complaint. Alvarez has yet to decide on their request.
Their complaint states that Robredo commits betrayal of public trust when she criticizes the killings in the administration’s drug war with the wrong data. Alvarez also thinks that Robredo’s video to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is “very irresponsible and stupid of her.” This certainly could hamper the country’s economy and tourism – which should not be done by any government officials.
The complaint also states Robredo’s misdeclarations in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth. She allegedly misused Pag-IBIG funds when she was chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. These were denied by her camp. Although Alvarez maintains his willingness to support the impeachment as of this time of writing, Bongbong Marcos’ supporters are not excited with this move. It can only bring confusion to the VP succession protocol.
They want the electoral protest to speed up so that the recount can be processed. This way, the real winner for the Vice Presidency can, at last, be proclaimed. Since this is a free country, the speaker can very well make a choice to give lawmakers more tasks to do or trust the Supreme Court for the fair and just process of Marcos’ election protest against Robredo. Either way, she’s out – and if that’s all that matters for Alvarez, then he might as well respect the wishes of his colleagues and the president.
Leni Robredo and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez get the highest disapproval and distrust ratings among the 5 top officials in Philippine politics. This is according to the March 2017 Ulat ng Bayan Pulse Asia survey.
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[VIDEO]: A March Pulse Asia survey shows Vice President Leni Robredo and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got the highest ‘disapproval’ and ‘distrust’ ratings among the 5 highest ranking government officials.
Still in Top 3 for the Trusted Officials
Robredo, however, makes it among the 3 officials who got the trust and performance approval of the majority of Filipinos. The President and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III are the other two.
Reason for Distrust on Robredo
Robredo’s anti-drug war video message at a UN side event is believed to be the culprit of her high distrust rating. Sixteen percent of respondents disapproved of Robredo performance. It’s the same ratings she got in the quarterly poll in December 2016.
Highest Disapproval Rating
Robredo got the highest disapproval among Class ABC respondents, from 14% in December 2016 to 29% in March. This is not surprising because these levels of society are abreast with current events in politics.
In Geographic Terms
In terms of geographic area, Robredo got the highest disapproval rating in Metro Manila (25%) and Mindanao (18%). Robredo is followed by Speaker Alvarez with a consistent disapproval rating of 14% in the last two-quarters, perhaps after being told by the president to leave Robredo alone as he intended to file an impeachment complaint against her.