The Congress now approves the President’s request to extend the military rule in Mindanao. In fact, the Mindanao block is unanimous with their Yes votes. Lawmakers there said that when their constituents hear the term Martial Law, they are happy. It simply means peace for them. This is contrary to the black media propaganda against Bongbong Marcos. Now that the recount of his electoral protest against Leni Robredo nears, more truths about his late father’s reign unfold. Thus ending the so-called Marcos stigma.
[VIDEO]: Martial law extension, inaprubahan na ng Kongreso.
End of Rebellion and Terrorism
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday is grateful to the Congress for granting the Presiden’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year. He vows that security forces take this opportunity to rid the region of threats to peace and order. Lorenzana assures Filipino legislators that the military and the police would “end” rebellion and terrorism in Mindanao. The destruction of the Islamic State-inspired infrastructure and other terror groups in the area is near.
Overwhelming Votes for Military Rule
The Department of National Defense is thankful for the trust and confidence of legislators. The House votes are overwhelming to accede to Du30’s request to keep martial law in place in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2018. Both chambers of Congress, spent less than half a day to approve such request. The Senate voted 14-4 while the House gave its concurrence through a 226-23 margin.
Opponents of the extension contend that to allow it could pave the way for the declaration of military rule nationwide. A rise in the number of human rights cases can happen. They also said that there is no basis for the continuing placement of Mindanao, a region of 22 million, under martial law. Salvador Medialdea, the executive secretary of the president, however, reiterates that these fears are not logical because the military and the police respect the Constitution in conducting their operations.
Happy with Martial Law
The Filipino masses are therefore happy with the martial law. Only the media under the control of the government’s detractors are tainting its name. The reactions of Mindanao lawmakers only put much sense to the former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s disclosure that the late Ferdinand Marcos used martial law to save the country from communists and terrorists just like today. That is a very welcoming note for Bongbong Marcos’ expected recount victory.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. or Bongbong Marcos expresses his confidence to win the legal battle against current Vice President Leni Robredo to reporters. He immediately becomes a darling of social media when he said that opinions posted on channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Google-approved websites are answered in real-time. These mediums become the outlets of the people’s voice, he added. It’s just a matter of measuring the actual data available to know the majority. To win the recount can place him a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
[VIDEO]: Handa na ang kampo ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos para sa recount ng mga balota kaugnay sa election protest nito laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
The Wealth Talks
Bongbong Marcos does not deny that his family is in talks with the President, a political ally on the wealth for humanity. Du30 even advises them to seek immunity but they refuse it. Marcos said that they are willing to sign a “quit claim” deed. It would identify properties and assets it had acquired legally and relinquish its claim to whatever else the government finds. “If the government says there are hidden things, we will help them find it and you can have it,” he added.
“We are definitely sure that when the recount starts the true result will emerge and prove that the votes in the vice-presidential election had been incorrectly counted,” Marcos told the press. His victory serves as the family’s remarkable political comeback in the executive office. 31 years had passed after the end his father’s 20-year rule.
VP to President
His mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, 88, remains a member of the Congress. She represents the family’s stronghold in a northern Philippine province. Imee Marcos, his sister is the governor of Ilocos Norte. It is Congresswoman Marcos’ dream that her son becomes president. Perhaps this time, the Senate and the media would listen to her pleas on the wealth for humanity. This is in conjunction with the Marcos foundation and the World Bank.
Social Media Trend on the Succession
The President also openly admires the leadership style of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. He considers the Marcos clan as important political allies who help him rebuild the nation. He counts for the younger Marcos to take over the Presidency at the soonest possible time which adheres to the Philippine constitution. Firstly, it’s VP Bongbong Marcos in 2018.
An anti-Marcos lawmaker reacts to an invitation of Ferdinand Marcos’ widow Imelda Marcos with disgust. The invite is to celebrate the late President’s 100th birthday anniversary at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sept 11. Netizens cannot fathom why most anti-Marcos are bitter to the dead. Just like VP Leni Robredo and the rest of the LP Senators or members.
“Yes, I did get an invite and puked on it!” said Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin. He opposed the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City. The “Magnificent Seven” congressman shows reporters a copy of his invitation from fellow Representative, Imelda Marcos. He makes a mockery out of it.
The invitation states that a Mass will be held at 9:30 in the morning of September 11. This is to be followed by a short program and lunch. Villarin even said that the Marcos family, who offers to cooperate in the turnover of the wealth for humanity to the government in exchange for immunity, is “enjoying their heyday.” Actually, the Marcoses have yet to decide on it as per the President’s wisdom.
The President’s Support
“With President’s blessings and absolution of their sins, including his push for their immunity from prosecution, the Marcoses are enjoying their heyday since they were booted out by people power,” he said. “While Duterte and Marcos party in the Libingan, the blood of thousands killed by both of them cry out for justice! The day of reckoning will come and history will judge harshly those who kill the truth and our own humanity,” Villarin ‘s mockery continued.
Ilocos Norte Holiday
The President also declared Marcos’ birthday as a holiday in his home province Ilocos Norte. The transfer of the late Marcos’ remains from Ilocos Norte to the LNMB happened as approved by the Supreme Court amidst the uproar from the alleged victims of human rights violations during martial law. Du30 clarifies that ex-President Marcos did the right thing to save the country as he faces the same accusations from Marcos’ detractors.
The wealth of humanity that most mainstream media refers to as stolen by the Marcoses cannot be retrieved by anyone without the long process in the Congress. The late President Ferdinand Marcos’ family cannot even benefit from it. They face great risk of being persecuted for the crime they did not commit. As a lawyer, President Du30 said that it is logical for the Marcos family to ask for immunity from such suits in exchange for the handover of the wealth to the government. But they didn’t so far.
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[VIDEO]: Pinayuhan ni Pangulong Duterte ang pamilya Marcos na humingi ng immunity kung magbabalik sila ng inaakalang nakaw na yaman.
Du30: If I am the Marcoses
Although Du30 said he will not advise the Marcoses anything, he said that it doesn’t make sense for them to return the wealth and end up in jail. “If I am the Marcoses, and I would return that wealth, it is logical to “ask for immunity.” Otherwise, keep the treasures because you might go to jail. If you give them immunity, fine. If you don’t give them immunity, fine. But they might not return any money. Then you’ll have to look to the ends of the earth to get them.
Not Asking for Immunity
However, the President clarifies that; “they did not ask any immunity.” ” I could not guarantee it also. I know that I’m not the proper authority to do that,” he added. Aside from the Congress, the Supreme Court also has the say. Therefore, the end result could not happen during his term.
Long Process in the Congress
The President makes sure that Congress will pass a law for the turnover to happen. “It’s a long process,” he said. “It does not belong to me. It was just a signal from the Marcoses they will bring back what the people are believing to be theirs.” The Marcos family also has the right to defend themselves that the wealth was not stolen by their patriarch or else they could have direct access to it.
Not PCGG-Like Recovery
Du30 clarifies that the wealth that the Marcoses plan to return is different from the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG’s efforts. It is the government agency tasked to recover the billions of pesos allegedly plundered by the late President Ferdinand Marcos under the Aquino administration despite not being convicted. This is due to the strong legal evidence that is recognized worldwide. The Marcoses are confident that once the actual status is disclosed through a proceeding, the truth will set them free.
The fact that the Marcoses always win the plunder cases against them is the ultimate proof that the golden wealth is not ill-gotten. They are all documented and traded according to international laws. People who don’t know anything are the ones who made accusations against the Marcoses. It is also some kind of false hope that Filipinos can receive a cold cash share of those treasures. They are intended for long-term public service use that can surely benefit the country and the world in general.
The former first lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos reiterates that the golden wealth labeled by his husband as the wealth for humanity is not ill-gotten. They are documented following the international trading laws at that time. This is why they always win the cases against them
The President also clarifies that in making the offer, the Marcoses were not admitting that the wealth being returned was stolen. “Imee Marcos did not announce that it had been stolen. But she said whatever was under suspicion should be discussed and that I accepted,” he said.
The President’s Plan
Du30 explains that he could not possibly decide on the offer because he was not authorized by a law to do so. “When the proceeding would begin, we should start with Congress. They represent the people,” he said. “There could be more wealth but we have to start with the Congress. You know, the Congress must authorize, then it should be the Central Bank governor and the secretary of finance who would then negotiate,” he added.
No Sole Power Over Wealth
The President has this to say; “A President cannot negotiate by himself. It has to be the law and the law must come from the Congress, not from me. I cannot say with finality that this should be the way. There are so many stages to undergo. If it’s an arbitration because it’s settlement, it should go under an arbitration proceeding. But the Congress must authorize because that is a money to be recovered by the government of the Republic of the Philippines and that was the offer,” he elaborated.