By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos earlier said that the 2016 legal victory of the Philippines against China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal. This invalidates Beijing’s expansive claim to the South China Sea creates tension with the powerful neighbor. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio then clarifies that the joint exploration with China does not violate the constitution. This is because the Philippines is still in full control with the operation. What’s unconstitutional is the China war threat. Carpio suggests trying to change the mindset of the Chinese people that they do not own the South China Sea through international influence and social media.
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[VIDEO]: Carpio: Kasunduan ng China at Pilipinas sa oil at gas development, walang nilabag na batas.
Change the Mindset
Carpio reiterates his call for a more vigorous campaign to change the mindset of the Chinese that the West Philippine Sea does not belong to China. He also said that there are bills pending in Congress that push for the declaration of portions of the West Philippine Sea as a marine sanctuary.
Call for Unity to Enforce Ruling
The Social Weather Stations releases results a month ago that shows 84 percent of Filipinos want the Du30 administration to do more against China’s intrusion in the West Philippine Sea. Carpio said that 84 percent can increase at the end of the year. “That is good because it is only when we are united can we get the ruling enforced,” he said
No Legal Basis for China’s Claim
He said the Philippine government should continue to assert its rights over the West Philippine Sea. It should do something to fortify the ruling given by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016 every year. The ruling states that China has no legal basis for its nine-dash line territorial claim.
Educating the Chinese People
He also said that Filipinos should take time understanding the issues. That way, they could better explain the country’s position to other nationalities. They have the mission to convince other countries of the Philippines’ position. This is in the hope that together they could convince the Chinese people that the West Philippine Sea does not belong to them.
Downside of the Supreme Court Justice’s Plea
The Supreme Court Justice knows that China will never accept the ruling. Not unless the Chinese people realize that their historical narrative 2000 years ago is false. Since grade school to college, they have been taught that they own the South China Sea. They really believe it because they were not taught other things,” he said. However, it seems vague how the Filipinos with the help of other nations can change the mindset of over 1.3 billion people. This can actually cause more tensions between the two countries.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong said there is a big possibility that he was the target of the ambush that killed his aide, Richard Santillan, and another woman recently. Chong filed his candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections. He appeared in several investigations of the Senate and the House of Representatives about the alleged election fraud in 2016. Despite his denial and Bongbong Marcos’ confirming that he’s not one of his lawyers, the presumptive VP Leni Robredo still insists that he must be affiliated to Marcos. Chong even likens Smartmatic to a mafia that manipulates the people’s voting results in favor of the yellow stalwarts.
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[VIDEO]: Glenn Chong itinangging sindikato ang napatay niyang aide.
Chong said he would file murder charges against the policemen involved in an alleged shootout with his long-time security aide in Cainta, Rizal. He vows to bring the case to court. The attorney claims that the firearms, a grenade and other evidence found inside the vehicle were planted by the police.
Team of Lawyers
Chong also forms a team of lawyers to support the filing of the case. He is undeniably sure that they all did it. H will not spare anyone said. On top of that, investigators of the Commission on Human Rights already issue a subpoena for the police to release reports related to the case, Chong added.
Physical Evidence Points to Murder
Atty. Chong spoke to Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, police regional director for Calabarzon earlier. He got hold of all reports concerning the incident. This includes the autopsy, intelligence, and Scene of the Crime Operatives reports, and other pieces of evidence that the police have against his aide.
Prospect of the Senator to Be
Atty. Chong swears that the Commission on Elections and the Venezuela-based Smartmatic Inc., which supplies the Vote Counting Machines for the 2016 polls, are his absolute enemies. His statement is clear that he has no other grudges with anyone. He roles out his local rival because he’s already running for a national post.
Murder charges are at stake against the members of the Regional Intelligence Unit of the Cainta police and the HPG, declares Chong. He will never stop until Santillan gets justice for his untimely death. 14 policemen are already relieved from their posts to allow smooth investigation on the case. The senatorial candidate certainly deserves the sympathy of the public for what’s he’s going through while fighting for a clean election.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong is known to be an election reform advocate. He exposes the alleged anomaly in the 2016 vice-presidential race between Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos. He now runs for Senator. Barely 6 months prior to the 2019 midterm poll, his car was peppered with 30 bullets. His aide for eleven years, Richard Red Santillan died. Chong was not in the car because Santillan left him in Naga as he headed off to Manila for his yearly pre-Christmas gift-giving activity.
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[VIDEO]: MAINSTREAM MEDIA WALANG PAKE SA AIDE NI GLENN CHONG, RICHARD SANTILLAN – Sass Rogando Sasot 12/11
30 Bullets are Proofs
Reports said there were 30 bullet holes in the car, and Chong said the incident proved the attackers were keen on killing their target. Chong revealed during Senate hearings that Smartmatic had a hand in the 2016 election cheating. He is relentless in his pursuit of the truth when he testified about the alleged electoral fraud in both the Senate and House hearings.
To Chong’s knowledge, Santillan has no known “enemies.” Except perhaps some people in Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Chong is always critical of Smartmatic since the 2010 elections. It, however, got the Comelec bidding to provide the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) for the country’s first digital elections. Chong is among the first and most consistent critics of the PCOS system.
Atty. Chong suspects that his aide was allegedly murdered by the police at around 2 a.m. on December 10 in Cainta, Rizal. He refers to the video they’ve got to back his theory. According to Chong, the video footage shows that there were patrol cars in front and at the back of Santillan’s car. This is contrary to the police spot report that his aide was engaged in a shootout with the authorities.
Furthermore, the election fighter cries fraud on the police claims that they found in Santillan’s possession three packets of shabu. He insinuates that “when the victim is dead, one can always plant evidence there.” He also points on some loopholes in the allegations that Santillan could be a member of the Highway Boys Group which operates in Taytay, Cainta and Pasig City.
Promise to His Comrade
Santillan was always with Chong in the last eight years of his association with politicians. They knew him as an associate because he is like a brother to Chong. He even gave Santillan with a Glock firearm registered under his aide’s name. Santillan may not have brought the firearm with him during the incident. Thus, he suspects that the firearms and a grenade were planted. Chong swears to stand by his fallen comrade and clear his name until the end.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos is grateful to the invitation of USEC Jun Santiago for inviting him to the highest award of the land night for the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. President Rodrigo Du30 bestows the Quezon Service Cross award to her recently. Her husband receives it on her behalf. Marcos mesmerizes on the signs of the blinding intellect behind her humor. BBM expresses how he misses his running mate during the 2016 election. Prior to that, he also reminds the youth of the leadership goals that matter for the country.
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[VIDEO]: The brand of leadership and intellect that the late Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has showed us continues to inspire our youth and our next generation of leaders. Madam Senator, you are well missed.
Only the 6th Recipient
The Quezon Service Cross is unique in that the President nominates Filipino citizens for the award. The Congress approves its conferment. Santiago’s widower, Narciso or Jun, accepts the posthumous award. He thanks the President for it. The first five recipients of the Quezon Service Cross since its creation in 1946 include Emilio Aguinaldo and Carlos P. Romulo. Ramon Magsaysay, Benigno Aquino Jr., and Jesse Robredo follow suit.
Baguio National Conference of the SK
NYC Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Undersecretary Ronald Gian Cardema invites Marcos during the recent SK National Conference in Baguio. He reminds the youth that he is the author principal author of the who creates the Philippine Youth Commission that is now the NYC.
Imee Marcos’ Humour
Gov. Imee Marcos showers the young attendees with funny speeches that Bongbong Marcos likens to Vice Ganda’s comedy stunts. The crowd was obviously hysterical, said Marcos. Notes had it that her chance encounter with the latter becomes an issue to some.
Diplomatic Corps’ Consular Ball of Estonia
Marcos also had fun with the Consular Ball of Estonia for the Christmas season. The diplomatic corps’ members attend the event. A rare chance for them to let their hair down without having to deal with the state’s affairs. Afterall, work-life balance is crucial to all.
The VP Protestee also warns the SK leaders to not tolerate dirty elections. That whatever they experience and see in previous elections, they won’t embrace such anomalies found. Marcos certainly imparts his leadership goals to these youths who can lead the country in the future.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos assures his nephew, Matthew Marcos Manotoc that there will be chaos in the election 2019 but there’s nothing to worry about. The whole family will be there beside him every step of the way. Manotoc is set to run as the next governor of Ilocos Norte. His mother, who vacated the position runs for Senator.
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[VIDEO]: Happy Birthday Matt! You cannot know how proud you have made us all. Onward and upward mattie!
Lots of Teasing
Manotoc wants to be known as the sporty government official who loves to eat. He in fact refers to himself as Mr. Gluttony as his brother, Borgy calls him “matakaw.” He surely knows how to laugh at his weaknesses which is a very positive trait.
Dressing Up for the Occasion
The former Senator expresses his admiration to the young Board Member who has shown impressive moves in the past months or weeks. One major decision was to run for governor replacing his grandmother, Cong. Imelda Marcos who is already 89 years old. He is only 30 years old.
Senior Board Member Manotoc led the inaugural ceremonies of the new three-generational (3G) playgrounds and fitness parks recently. This is in the towns of Solsona, Sarrat, Vintar, Nueva Era, Banna, Marcos, Bangui, Burgos and Currimao. These projects are in line with his advocacy for more Ilocanos to adopt healthy and active lifestyles regardless of age.
Any Chance for Fariñas?
The young governor bet for Ilocos Norte runs head on against the greatest critic of his mother, Rep. Rudy Fariñas. The outcome of Imee Marcos’ ordeal brought about by the latter during the detention of the Ilocos 6 shows that Marcos has the power over him not just in their hometown but also in the branches of government. This puts Fariñas into a bad light.
Election 2019 Promise
Bongbong Marcos is another foundation of Manotoc aside from his mother. He swears to give is utmost support to his nephew without failing to warn him that it’s not going to be easy. However, they both have the mechanism and influence to put on the line for him to become the next governor of Ilocos Norte replacing ex-Gov. Marcos.