By: Elena Grace Flores
President Du30’s newly appointed Comelec Chairman to replace Andres Bautista, Sheriff Abass was previously a Commissioner of the Commission on Election as per the appointment made by the former President Benigno Aquino III. Abas is the nephew of Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. Iqbal was under Bongbong Marcos’ scrutiny over his non-disclosure of his real name that was also a factor of the BBL halt.
[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos says Iqbal alias will affect BBL
President Rodrigo Du30 appoints Commission on Elections commissioner Sheriff Abas as the new Comelec chairman. He replaces the controversial Andres Bautista. Abas’ appointment papers were signed on Wednesday, November 22. He will serve until February 2, 2022, which is Bautista’s remaining term.
Serving the Government All his Professional Life
A law professor, Abas worked as acting assistant regional director of the Civil Service Commission in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. This was until his appointment to the Comelec. He worked at the CSC from June 2007 until April 2015.
Appointee of Both Governments
Abas replaces Bautista who resigned and directed to make his resignation effective immediately by the President last October. Many Marcos loyalists’ eyebrows can raise on the fact that he was an Aquino appointee. Nevertheless, he is also an appointee of Du30 now. That should balance his loyalty.
As a Comelec commissioner, he headed the packing and shipping committee. He should have full knowledge of how the handling and moving of the ballots from Bongbong Marcos’ key cities can be done effectively and safely for the electoral protest against Leni Robredo. Given his professional and personal affiliations, Marcos’ call for recount is the biggest test for his unbiased decision.
Bongbong Marcos made it clear in the interview with Jessica Soho that the Marcos family has nothing to do with the alleged Martial Law abuses. Therefore, the minimal compensation allegedly released is between the government and the claimants. On On the Bamgsamoro Basic Law, contrary to the accusation that he is an anti-Moro, he is just defending the rights of Filipinos, Moro or not. It’s about time to bring out the truth surrounding the propaganda against the Marcos namesake.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: On the new GMA News TV nightly newscast “State of the Nation,” anchor Jessica Soho interviews Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on the legacy of and allegations against his father, the late strongman
Next Singapore as Tycoon Economy
The young Marcos knows the plans of the older Marcos by heart. So when all of the late president’s strategies are implemented, it is certain that the country can surpass Singapore as a tycoon economy. This is very evident in the energy department. Marcos’ nuclear power plant project is terminated by the late president Cory Aquino. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that rampant brownouts now happen in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Next Libya as per Pnoy
Pnoy states that perhaps the Philippines becomes the next Libya if the late Marcos did not step down. Bongbong corrected him saying that he should be very careful in criticizing Libya because we still have Filipino OFWs making a living there. It is noted that the former president is tactless in his speeches when it comes to discrediting the Marcoses. Due to his poor knowledge of history and current events, he emerges as the most irresponsible president the country ever had.
Compensation of Martial Law Victims is between the Government and the Claimants
Whatever the court verdict on the Martial Law compensation, Bongbong Marcos supports it. The case is between the government and the alleged victims. He reiterated that his father, the late Ferdinand E. Marcos did not commit those abuses. Their name is dragged along the case because PCGG used a fraction of their sequestered wealth to pay off some of the claimants.
Marcos’ Vindication on the Pnoy Administration’s Actions on Issues
Marcos clarifies that there is no one who should be blamed for the Bangsamoro delay but Malacañang. It “embargoed” the proceeding for review. Took many months to work on it, but came out with a non-compliant version. He also asked why the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the presidential peace agency, gave in to demands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that our very own Constitution does not at all allow. He might be accused as “anti-Moro” for blocking the BBL but added that the final output of his work will vindicate him and “prove them wrong.”