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Secret Political Allies’ Similar Mindset on Online Professionals


By: Elena Grace Flores

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Vice Mayor Mike Rama Vows to Act Upon the Protection of Online Workers

Bongbong Marcos previously reveals his secret alliance with Cebu’s Vice Mayor Mike Rama. Rama was a member of the Liberal Party until he joined the United National Alliance of former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Marcos is a notable patron of technology. He urges industries to upgrade their capability on this area to be competitive. He also supports the emergence of online workers and professionals by continously educating people through his blogs and speeches in adjusting their skills to the needs of the workforce today. Thus, preventing job miss-match which is rampant at the present time. This is the same mindset that the Vice Mayor of Cebu manifested recently in a press conference.

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BM VLOG #87: Friends in Cebu | Bongbong Marcos

Online Professionals are NOT Underground Workers

The Vice Mayor elaborates on the answers of Gov. Philip Tan of the Wage Board when asked about why companies are allowed to consider online workers as contractors rather than regular staff. This was when he explains the 18 Pesos wage increase for low-income earners instead of the 300 Pesos demand of the masses at the 888 News Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel recently. Tan talks about underground workers but this is not the case for online professionals like teachers or educators. Fortunately, Rama knows about the Professional status of the BIR for online professionals.

Avid Tax Payers

The wages of professionals who work from home are automatically deducted 10% withholding tax. However, despite the bank’s payroll account, local companies owned by foreign nationals do not consider them employees. Thus, not qualifying them for health insurance provision, social security system benefits and other government-supported advantages.

Similar Mindset

Marcos emphasizes the importance of adjusting the government system to equip its constituents with the know-how of what is required for the modern jobs. He spearheads the existence of the windmills when it was the first in the country. Together with his sister, now Senator Imee Marcos, they made their home province a call center hub. Innovative cultural traditions and attractions are also popular in Ilocos Norte.

Choose a Leader Wisely in 2022

Vice Mayor Rama reminds the press representatives that the elections 2022 is fast approaching. He said that choosing a leader that can adjust to the current trends is crucial. Government processes will be simplified. Efficient handling is also crucial so better observe the traits of a candidate, he added. Is he hinting on Bongbong Marcos?

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Just like Marcos’ Time: The PNP Aims to Get Rid of Communism by 2021


By: Elena Grace Flores
Col. Renato Dugan presents an analogy that communism is just like an avid suitor who looks better than a motorcycle-for-hire driver. He would definitely be an easy choice for a lady. However, a media practitioner comments that the problem with the desirable rival is that, he is not keen to marry the woman. Therefore, the subject ends up marrying the other man. Just like communism, he said. If the government just takes care of an area where insurgencies are rampant from time to time, chances are, the vulnerable residents of the area could soon embrace the communists. PLt. Col. Jonathan Pineda, Deputy Chief, Regional Operations Management Division then explains the relentless efforts of the government to topple communism by 2021. Perhaps, just like the Marcos era.

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores
Region 7 is Full Force to End Communism in 2021

The Government Watches Negros Closely

PLt. Col. Jonathan Pineda, Deputy Chief, Reg. Operations Mgt. Div. explains the government’s efforts in getting rid of communism at the 888 News Forum, Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu. He stresses that in Negros, 3 batallions are staying put in the area to clear up the place from insurgencies. They function as part of the community and conduct regular police visibility for crime prevention.

The PNP Handles Insurgency-Free Territories

Cebu, Siquijor and Bohol are already insurgency-free territories. Siquijor is the first province to gain such recognition without documentation. While Cebu is officially the first certified insurgency-free province. The men in uniform vow to carry on with the government’s aim to eliminate the presence of communists in the country despite the dissenting opinions of the opposition that they only exist as an ideology.

Medical and Dental Missions

Aside from the show of the police force, medical and dental missions are regular activities in the aforementioned areas. These are provided to residents without any cost. Healthy mind and body are crucial in counteracting possible communism affiliations. In fact, their number is not anymore substantial to exist further. They only make noises through the media to make them sound enormous, Pineda said.

Government Support to Eliminate Communism for Good

Former President Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law on the nation from 1972 to 1981 to suppress increasing civil strife and the threat of a communist takeover following a series of bombings in Manila. Later on, it was found that Marcos actually saved the country from communism. President Rodrigo Du30 constantly expresses his desire to turn the presidency to the late Marcos’ son, Bongbong Marcos – whom he believes as his real Vice President. Currently, he is again in turmoil with the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. He swears to take her down as drug czar if she continues to share trade secrets with the enemies of the state. He did not elaborate.

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A New VP is Likely to be Next in Line to the Presidency


By: Elena Grace Flores
As rumors regarding the Presidency of PRRD looms because of his health, it is found that Rule 65 is obviously not the PET’s basis for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. They  now open the possibility of examining more provinces. This is beyond the 3 priorities of Marcos. The two parties have 20 working days to comment on the results of the initial recount. Plus the 4 issues  in relation to the former ARMM provinces where the alleged massive fraud happens. This Rule 65 is the reason why Senior Associate Justice Tony Carpio and Justice Caguioa differ from the resolution of the majority. However, Marcos’ spokesman, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that the law goes beyond Rule 65. In fact, it is up to 75. Leni Robredo should already be out of the game if she sticks on that rule because it said that if payment is not made in full such as the case of her counter protest, it cannot continue. Therefore a new VP could be next in line for the Presidency as President Rodrigo Du30 wishes.

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The Source: Vic Rodriguez and Romy Macalintal

Following Due Process of Law for the Vice Presidency and Presidency

Justice Marvic Leonen said that the decisions to favor Marcos is all part of fair play and due process. The Constitution guarantees due process for the the two top posts – the Vice Presidency and the Presidency. The resolution is not a final decision on the electoral protest case. In other words, this whole case goes on. The election protest starts last June 29, 2016 and it took more than 3 years until the initial recount results.

Review on Marcos’ 3 Courses of Action

Marcos had 3 causes of action as follows:

1st cause of action: Question the integrity of the 2016 elections and declare Robredo’s proclamation as null and void (this is set aside)

2nd cause of action: Declare massive electoral fraud in 36,465 precincts which cover 21 provinces, 5 cities, and one district in Northern Samar. This already includes the 5,415 precincts in Marcos’ chosen pilot provinces of Negros Oriental, Iloilo, Camarines Sur (Irregularities in the pilot provinces cause the justices to vote for the recount to continue).

3rd cause of action: Declare null election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao (all part of the former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM). (This can be next)

Wider Margin is Not the Basis

Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, who is in charge of the case said that they had to retrieve thousands of ballot boxes, recount millions of ballots, and rule on every objection by both the Marcos and Robredo camps. Their initial recount shows that the margin of votes between the two contenders even widens from 263,473 votes to 278,555 in favor of Robredo. However, the majority of the justices are in favor of Marcos because of the anomalies and the unknown origin of Robredo’s votes. The INC is still in limbo where their votes went in Marcos’ pilot provinces.

Marcos Camp’s Analysis on Rule 65 Can Disqualify Robredo

The former Senator insists that fraus denies him of the vice presidency. The presumptive Vice President also stands firm that she is the real winner in the 2016 race. Rodriguez, however, said the high court could tackle both causes of action at the same time. He rejects PET Rule 65, which the Robredo camp hangs on to. ” We know how to understand the law, the law says ‘may.” It’s permissive. Rodriguez also denies claims that their camp often changes tactics to delay the proceedings. The 3 causes of action are legitimate from the start, he added. Could a new VP be next in line to the Presidency?

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SC: Is a Special Election for the VP Post Necessary?


By: Elena Grace Flores
The tribunal asks both parties; should the court find basis for Marcos’ other cause – would it mean that to nullify the elections for all elective positions in the ballot is necessary? Or if a call for special election for the position of Vice President is a better solution. If so, who has the competence to call for such elections? the court asked. Since this is a democratic country, the people’s call could have much weight. Therefore, the loyalists may be cooking something at this time. Bongbong Marcos can only be thankful to his tireless supporters. 

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PABORABLE ang naging desisyon ng PET hinggil sa ating election protest! MATUTULOY ang pagdinig sa ating protesta.

The SC Exercises Due Process of Law

Don’t undermine the court system, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns those who say that the high court, that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), favors one candidate over the other. Its recent ruling on the poll protestof former Senator Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo may be a factor for this. The court is merely exercising due process and wantes all parties to have their say in the case before the tribunal rules after the 11-2 en banc votes on Marcos’ favor.

Robredo’s Lead Has 2 Interpretations

Lawyers for the Robredo and Marcos camps have different interpretations of the over 15,000 additional votes that Robredo gains in the tribunal’s revision and appreciation of ballots in Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental. These are the three pilot provinces that Marcos had chosen for recount. The PET releases its report which shows that the recount of votes in three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos increases Robredo’s lead by 15,093 votes. But Marcos spokesperson and lawyer Vic Rodriguez said the vote gain was “outrageous” and was the reason why the tribunal voted not to dismiss the Marcos protest outright. It does not answer the questions where do they come from and where are the INC members’ votes? 

Deep Throat Informer

The Marcos lawyer also claims that the leak from the Robredo camp indicates that someone from the tribunal offices spies for the Vice President. “It only confirmed our suspicion that Mrs. Robredo’s premature celebration and claim of another fake victory in the tribunal was a product of advance information she’s been receiving all along through a highly placed ‘deep throat,’” he said. He refers to the anonymous source of information that exposes then US President Richard Nixon’s culpability in the Watergate scandal in the late ’70s.

A Special Election for the VP Post May Settle the Dispute

The tribunal said it “will chart a way forward after the initial revision and recount. It allows the parties the fullest opportunity to make their case consistent with due process of law. The resolution is not against the protestant or the protestee. Among the queries that both sides must comment on is whether or not the revision and appreciation of votes in the three pilot provinces renders unnecessary. This is Marcos’ other cause of action. It seeks to annul the election results for the VP post in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan which are proven fraudulent in another protest.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Camp Discloses their Recount Advantage


By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos said that the former senator made substantial recovery in the initial recount of 3 pilot provinces. This is under his electoral protest but the number of votes recovered is still unknown. The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal voted to release the report on the initial recount of ballots. This is only Marcos’ second cause of action, and it requires parties to comment.

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Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson said that they got substantial recovery.

Marcos’ Substantial Recovery

Atty. Rodriguez, however, did not divulge the figures. He said that this would violate the sub judice rule.”If you’re gonna ask us, of course we have made substantial recovery. In the revision, both parties had copies of their respective tallies. But it does not have evidentiary value. This is because their list favors their own interest. My list favors me. That’s why the tribunal has to decide.

The Supreme Court Seeks Comments

The high court gives Marcos and Robredo 20 days to submit a memoranda on the motion to nullify votes for the 2016 vice-presidential election in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao. Former poll commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the SC must act on Marcos’ second action before moving on to his third one that seeks “wholesale” nullification of votes in provinces.

Robredo’s Counter-Protest May Be Dismissed

Rodriguez also said that the high court could tackle both causes of action at the same time. He added that the Supreme Court earlier ruled the two were “separate and distinct.” He rejected PET Rule 65, which the Robredo camp has been mentioning. That states the court may dismiss an election protest “if upon examination of such ballots and proof. After making reasonable allowances into account, the protestant or counter-protestant will most probably fail to make out his case.”Robredo on the other hand still has not paid her balance for the counter-protest. So, this may also face dismissal if that’s the basis of Robredo Camp’s reasoning.

A Matter of Understanding the Law

We know how to understand the law, the law says ‘may.” It’s permissive. Rodriguez also denied claims that their camp has been changing tactics to delay the proceedings. He explains that they filed 3 causes of action from the start. Why would we want to delay this case we have been building for 3 years? The term is only for 6 years. “Why would we seek for a delay? It’s not going to be advantageous to us. It’s not in our best interest and we stand to gain nothing if we have this case because this is much delayed already.