The President is always vocal that the Philippines needs another Marcos as President. It can only be the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Bongbong Marcos. Unfortunately, the sitting VP, Leni Robredo uses her typhoon assistance publicities to discredit the Filipino leader. This triggers followers to compare her nature with the President’s choice. Bongbong Marcos recognizes the efforts and strategies of the government during disasters. He further educates people about Climate justice.
ASEAN Summit Positioning of the President
During the ASEAN summit, the president calls his counterparts to amplify their voices againsts carbon emissions. Act now or everything will be too late, he added. Countries must have a policy to help those smaller countries that suffer calamities. Large industries are responsible for the effects of climate change. Ideally, they must prioritize to aid those that suffer. This is because of their environment abuse to boost their economy. Duterte is the only one that points this out to the world leaders present during the event.
Climate justice is to adapt to the climate changes that happen around the world. This is necessary to prevent disasters. Bongbong Marcos hails the wisdom of President Duterte to spearhead the mve. The study, facilitation, and adaptation must be in place to ease or eliminate the effects of carbon emmissions. Clearly, a word-class Filipino leader can simply make other countries realize their responsibilities to the world. On the other hand, his ideal VP is the one who explains the matter to his countrymen to assist the President. Such is a good sign that there’s hope after the pandemic.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte threatens the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo to wash her dirty linen in public if she runs for president.
History Repeats Itself
It was not so long ago during the 2016 elections that former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III swore that he will do everything in his power to block Bongbong Marcos’ win. Marcos was the arch-rival of the sitting VP. Now that the 2022 presidential election is fast-approaching, another president, a staunch ally of the Marcoses swears that he will wash Leni Robredo’s dirty linen in public if she runs for president. What comes around, really does go around.
Not Just Commenting on a Fake News
Robredo said that the President’s anger towards her was triggered by a fake news. She denies saying or insinuating the social media trend; Where is the President, at the height of a powerful typhoon Ulysses. However, the president quotes an official message from Robredo’s camp on more or less related topic. Such annoyance can’t happen overnight. Most people understand where the president is coming from. In the first place, President Duterte just tolerates her guts after accepting her proclaimation despite the popular election protest against her by Marcos.
Telling Lies through the Media
If social media is for fake news, the mainstream media are also the messengers of lies regardless of who’s saying it. Unlike bloggers, journalists must tell both sides without their own opinions. However, it is now very obvious that the headlines on their stories are already conclusive. The tone of their reporting also signify their stand on the incident. Where does responsible press reporting goes?
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said; the solicitor general’s involvement on the motion of BBM is a must.
The President’s Say
The palace through its spokesperson said that SolGen Jose Calida’s hand to inhibit Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen from Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest is necessary. It is of the interest of the people. Not just the president’s promise? However, he also did not deny earlier President Rodrigo Duterte’s wish of making Marcos the president.
The People’s Lawyer
The Filipino leader really wants to determine the victory of Marcos. So, he can perhaps make do of his promise to pass the presidency over to him. This is the speculation of many. At the moment, no one successfully disputes Calida’s efficiency in implementing the law but only mere criticisms. May it be involving the Marcoses or not. Although critics say otherwise. That he is biased in favor of the Marcoses. In fact, the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo calls him a Marcos loyalist.
The People vs. Robredo
The solicitor general’s office move means that Marcos electoral protest has become the people vs. the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. The feeling of public betrayal in the wee hours the very next day of the 2016 elections loom until this day. To wake up knowing that the sitting VP might not be the one with the majority votes just creates distrust to the office of the Vice President. The scenario also divides the country.
Is SolGen Calida processing the quo warranto case for Justice Marvic Leonen?
Leonen Won’t Let Go
The palace reiterates that Solicitor Jose Calida’s filing a case for Justice Marvic Leonen is of the interest of the people. Calida earlier urges Leonen to inhibit Bongbong Marcos’ protest as ponente. Then it is known that the Supreme Court Associate Justice will not inhibit the election protest of former Senator. Then public anxiety grows. However, political analysts cannot ignore the tell-tale signs of what’s comes next.
THE SALN Scenario
Atty. Larry Gadon and the OSG want access to Leonen’s SALN. This is said to initiate a quo warranto petition. The strategy is similar to that of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Her oustere was through a quo warranto proceeding. Calida is its initiator a couple of years ago. Both Sereno and Leonen are stalwarts of the previous administration.
Supreme Court Ruling
Marcos lost only by 263,473 votes. Election irregularities in Mindanao were ramphant. The SolGen tells the Supreme Court that it’s the PET’s jurisdiction to annul the election returns there. Marcos submits the proofs of those fraudulent activities in those areas. A local protest also coincides with his findings. He believes he can’t get justice on his protest with Leonen as in charge. Marcos aims to get a ruling on his case before the 2022 elections. The people awaits what comes next. Once Leonen is out, many are confident that a new VP is on sight.
SolGen: It is within PET’s jurisdiction to declare failure of election but not to call for a new election.
The SolGen’s Comment
Solicitor General Jose Calida who is known for his wisdom in implementing the laws of the land put a sense into the VP protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos. This is by far the biggest pressure on the Supreme Court when it comes to Marcos’s VP protest against Leni Robredo. Calida’s expert opinion is in line with the insight of the protester’s lawyers. He said that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has the jurisdiction to declare a failure of the election but not to call for re-election.
Proofs of Fraud
The Supreme Court magistrates that compose the PET did not make a ruling on Marcos’ protest yet. His first and second courses of action are still pending. Instead, the minority seek the comments of the parties for the 3rd cause of action. The increase of Robredo’s votes after the recount did not matter. This is after proofs of fraud plus harrassment and chaos during elections dominate social media platforms. It in fact serves as the evidence of the discrepancy between the automated results versus the manual counts. So, it is clear that Robredo’s winning number of votes is questionable.
The 3rd Cause of Action Relevance
Robredo’a 477,985 votes in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao against Marcos’ 169,160 votes can vanish easily. To annul the votes from these provinces would immediately make Marcos the winner of the 2016 VP elections. Since it’s only less than a year left for his term, his supporters are hopeful that he can get justice from the 2016 election fiasco by becoming the new president in 2022.