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The Reason Behind Anti-Marcos Media Noise VS. Silent Reality at the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Filipino people are not anymore reliant to mainstream media news for information on major public interests. Instead, most of them exert efforts to verify facts. Recently, the noise about Former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ alleged graft conviction and bail was everywhere. It highlights that the Sandiganbayan records show that former senator Bongbong and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos were beneficiaries of the Swiss foundations earlier found to illegally exist under an unknown law. Naturally, the direct beneficiaries are the children. However, the 3rd Marcos sibling, Irene is not a politician. There’s rarely any mention of her name. Whereas the first two are strong contenders to the country’s top posts. Currently, Rep. Marcos is back to the Congress like nothing happened.



Youtube Video by INQUIRER.net

[VIDEO]: Imelda Marcos back in the House after bail.


Back to the Congress

The former first lady was an early bird for the 3 pm plenary session at the Batasang Pambansa, arriving at the hall around 2:30 pm. She was wearing a pink terno-inspired long blouse and matching pants. The 89-year-old widow of the late President Ferdinand Marcos did not grant any media interviews. She was at the Congress on Monday, November 19. It was as usual.


Anti-Graft Court’s Show

On November 9, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty of creating and maintaining private organizations in Switzerland. However, no law was cited why is this illegal. She earned at least $200 million from interest and investments for the “private benefit of the former first family. It is stressed out that the transaction is private because the deposits are privately owned.


Supreme Court’s Reversal is Expected

She was sentenced to prison for 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts of graft. Marcos, who is running for Ilocos Norte governor in 2019, can only be perpetually disqualified from holding public office if the conviction becomes executory. The Supreme Court is likely to reverse the ruling on Rep. Marcos – just like the previous dollar-salting case. The evidence was based on hearsay. Despite the documents from Swiss authorities, only two witnesses with no personal knowledge testified.



Shallow Media

An infamous yellow media even covers a Facebook post. It claims that the late Philippine President Marcos holds a Guinness World Record. That is for being the ‘Most Brilliant President in History’. Guinness did not give him such accolade, it clarified. It does list him as the one responsible for the ‘Greatest robbery of a Government,’ it added. It is odd that this publication goes to that extent of destroying the reputation of the dead. Obviously to discredit the rest of the family. These kinds of media give a bad name to journalists. They are either competing with bloggers or act as LP’s announcer.

Stopping the Marcoses’ Leadership

Meanwhile, Sandiganbayan records signify that the former senator whose electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is about to get a ruling from the PET for the recount on his pilot provinces. On top of that, the 80% ghost voters found in ARMM of the LP bets also made his case looks good. There’s no stopping the rising popularity of Ilocos Imee Marcos as well who is a survey favorite for Senator in the upcoming election. Many mainstream media are really desperate knowing that their faction can be wiped out soon.


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UN Ambassador Becomes DFA Secretary as Cayetano Vies for the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 said they began to look for the outgoing Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano’s replacement. This is right after the latter revealed his plan to vie for a seat in the Congress again. The President said that United Nations Ambassador, Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. might take Cayetano’s place.  Locsin replied by saying that he accepted Du30’s offer.



YouTube video by Filipino Top 10

[VIDEO]:  SI TEDDY BOY LOCSIN JR. NA NGABA ANG ATING BAGONG DFA SECRETARY


Trust is a Big Factor

Locsin, a lawyer, politician and former journalist, had served as the representative of the 1st district of Makati from 2001 to 2010. He talks highly of the president. He said that he can trust Du30’s decision since his uncle Chito Ayala also trusted him. Locsin believes in the Philippine leader’s wisdom when he was first appointed as the Philippine Representative to the United Nations.

Cayetano’s Last Trip before Trying His Luck at the Congress

Meanwhile, Cayetano’s Bali trip with the President for the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering would be his last overseas travel as DFA secretary. After filing his certificate of candidacy next week, Cayetano said he would not work as foreign affairs chief anymore. No more foreign trips with the President as well. This includes the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea next month.


Panelo is Set to Wear a New Hat

Also set to wear a new hat is presidential chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo. He is preparing to be the chief of the soon-to-be-organized Office of the Press Secretary (OPS). It will replace the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) of Martin Andanar. Panelo is the President’s choice head of the OPS after presidential spokesman Harry Roque bares his plan to run for senator.

Positioned as Spokesman

Current officials of the PCOO are going tender their courtesy resignation to give Panelo a fresh start.  Panelo is no stranger to the task of speaking for the President. It was he who had been facing the media before Roque’s appointment. His hosting the “tete-a-tete” with the President also draws speculations that he could soon become the Presidential spokesman.



Siblings Exchanging Positions

Cayetano’s sister, Pia Cayetano, currently occupies the Taguig City-Pateros, 2nd District Congress seat. It was his position in the Congress before. She is about to file her certificate of candidacy for senator in the mid-term elections. Taking turns is quite common among siblings in politics just like Gov. Imee Marcos who is running for senator in lieu of her brother, former senator Bongbong Marcos. Others may have to run against each other. Take the case of Makati’s Abby and Junjun Binay for mayor and Jinggoy Estrada and  JV Ejercito for a senatorial seat.


Dominance in Taguig Might Win a Congress Seat

Just like the Binays in Makati, Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano also known by her nickname Lani Cayetano is the former congresswoman and the incumbent mayor of Taguig City. She is the wife of the outgoing DFA Secretary who is proud of his achievements. However, working alongside a popular president gives the latter some pros and cons among avid voters. Especially when he was a rival to the President’s choice for his successor. Running for the Congress in his territory is the best that he could do to win a seat.

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Does the Congress Insinuates that It also Doubts Robredo’s VP Election Victory?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Even the Congress as the National Board of Canvassers that proclaims Leni Robredo as the VP winner in 2016 is in doubt until now if she really wins it. Congressman Vicente Veloso asked; Can we submit this Republic to that uncertainty? Are we sure that it is Robredo who is the Vice President? The question emerges as lawmakers are rooting VP out in the line of succession. This is contrary to the over-confident advice of Atty. Romulo Macalintal to Bongbong Marcos. He urges the latter to drop his electoral protest. President Du30’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” said Robredo’s lead lawyer. However, BBM camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that Macalintal is under false pretense because why would he urge Marcos on numerous occasions to let go of the protest if they are not guilty of digital fraud?



YouTube video by SMNI News Channel

[VIDEO]: DATING SEN. BONGBONG MARCOS, PINAYUHANG ISUKO NALANG ANG ELECTION PROTEST NITO LABAN KAY VP ROBREDO


Ambitious Macalintal

‘Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?’ asks Robredo’s election lawyer. He is also running for Senator in the 2018 Midterm elections. On his election bid, he says that he will push for the rights of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Robredo Camp’s Belief

Robredo’s team expresses confidence in the face of Malacañang’s statement that President Du30 will step down if the former senator wins his poll protest against her. Du30’s resignation will never happen because Marcos will never win his electoral protest, said Macalintal.


True to His Word

The President thinks that the former Senator is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him and if there’s development and he will win the protest and he becomes vice president, yes he will make true to his word,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters earlier before his rumored resignation as the Presidential spokesperson.

Mac Criticizes the President

Macalintal criticizes Du30 saying that he’s willing to step down except that he does not think if the constitutional successor is qualified. Marcos’ election protest is currently at the manual ballot recount stage. It covers over 5,000 clustered precincts from his three chosen pilot provinces: Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. The results of this recount will determine whether or not Marcos’ protest will proceed with the rest of the 31,047 contested clustered precincts.

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Senators Disagree with the Revision

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, and Minority Leader Franklin Drilon all said there’s no time to discuss the charter change. Arroyo’s proposal has no counterpart in the Senate.  A resolution calling for a separate voting of a Constituent Assembly is still pending. It has no counterpart in the House. Drilon said that before going into the details of the revisions, the Congress has to decide first whether or not to amend the Constitution and which mode to do it.


Chong the Congress Doubts

Atty. Glenn Chong, former Congressman of Biliran Island appeared before a Senate investigating committee on the 2016 Automated Elections. It revived many questions raised for all the automated elections ever held in this country since 2010. This includes the 2016 elections, of course. Right now many people are questioning the same issues in the social media network. But with the 2019 mid-term elections getting nearer and nearer, it is high time for Filipinos to exert efforts in driving Smartmatic out of the country.

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Can Speaker Arroyo be Successful in her Constitution Change that Rejects Robredo as Du30’s Successor?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as well as 21 other people from the House of Representatives, are making a push for a change in the Philippine constitution. They initiate a Charter Change by filing of a resolution that contains the revision. The co-authors include Rolando Andaya Jr. the Majority Leader, Vicente Veloso, Alfredo Benitez, Aurelio Gonzales Jr., and Eugene Michael de Vera among others. In this version, the Senate President will be the direct successor of the President and not the Vice President. The camp of the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo reacts immediately through Atty. Romulo Macalintal. While Bongbong Marcos’ camp is still quiet about it.



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[VIDEO]: Speaker Arroyo pushes Charter Change, draft rejects Robredo as Duterte’s successor


Arroyo’s Purpose

The resolution was already sponsored for a second reading. However, there is a lack of quorum as pointed out by Buhay Representative Lito Atienza. Consequently, they’ve suspended the deliberations. One of the lawmakers involved said that the revision does not target Robredo directly. They just want to stabilize the government for the future circumstance. Arroyo’s leadership on this matter is crucial. She is a former President and a victim of the previous administration.

Temporary Succession in the Constitution Draft

Section 4 indicates the Senate President in the line of succession, as quoted. “In case a vacancy arises by reason of removal, resignation, permanent incapacity or death of the incumbent President, the incumbent Senate President shall act as President until a President shall have been chosen and qualified.”


No Office Extension for Du30

Section 2 of the article, however, prohibits both President Du30 and Robredo to run for office extension beyond June 30, 2022. Furthermore, this constitution also bars Du30 to run as President in the 2022 elections. Therefore, his detractors cannot accuse him any more of prolonging his executive powers – just like during Arroyo’s time.

Reaction from Robredo’s Camp

Robredo’s camp questions the removal of the Vice President in the line of succession on the proposed draft. As quoted earlier, Section 4 indicates the Senate President, Tito Sotto in this case, to be next in line. Atty. Macalintal who is running for Senator said that they cannot cite the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against his client as the basis for such revision. This also means that if it pushes through, Marcos can’t also assume the highest office of the land.



Belittling Robredo

It has always been expressed by the President that should he step down he would prefer the likes of Chiz Escudero or Bongbong Marcos to succeed him. However, with regards to Robredo, he has always shown doubt over her ability to lead the country. Robredo responds to Du30 by saying that he should stop belittling her and just concentrate on work instead.


The Favored Real VP

The revised constitution skipping the Vice President in the line of succession also applies to Marcos should he win his protest. However, there are rumors that the President intends him to be the Prime Minister under Federalism. The allies of the government are surely working hard to prevent the yellows from coming back to power – just like how their opponents cheated to stop Marcos from claiming his post.

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Bongbong Marcos: Not Surprised that Mocha Uson Resigns but Wished her Well on the Congress or Senate Choices

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The resignation of PCOO ASec Mocha Uson is not a surprise to Bongbong Marcos. He knows that she is never comfortable at her vacated post because the government’s detractors are always attacking her on various issues. It may be sad for Marcos to see a friend goes out of public service, he wishes her well and hopes that she can find a position where she can be happy. Previously, the sexy personality announces that the fight is not over yet for her. Uson mentions that she will bring her case to the Congress or the Senate. This prompts people to believe that she might run for Senator or Congresswoman during the mid-term elections.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: This week we bid farewell to a friend in public service, and we also welcomed new friends to our circle of service.


Uson’s Resignation

The executive branch did not pressure Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson to vacate her post. Although her resignation is expected to be accepted by President Rodrigo Duterte. Uson was in the United States earlier this week as part of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Presidential Assistant, Bong Go said Uson sent her letter of resignation last Tuesday, October 2, and is already in the President’s office. Uson can run for the Congress or the Senate if she wants to. She has around 5 million followers via social media.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Uson announces her resignation at the Senate as a “sacrifice” in exchange for the approval of the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s (PCOO) budget.  Asked if the resignation was connected to reports that Uson would be running for senator in the upcoming elections, Go said the announcement would come from Uson herself. He advises everyone to wait for her further announcement.


What Prompted the Resignation?

Go did not elaborate on the circumstances leading up to the resignation of Uson, but he said that Malacañang wishes her well. Prior to her resignation, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold Clavite publicly asked Uson to step down from her post citing her failure to attend plenary deliberations on the PCOO budget.



Robredo’s Camp Happy with Uson’s Decision

The camp of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo said that the country did not lose anything in the resignation of Communications Assistant Secretary Uson.  Gutierrez, however, warned Uson that resigning from a government post does not exonerate her from liability over her previous actions. Robredo had been at the receiving end of Uson’s sharp criticisms in the past, at one time calling her stupid and idiot.


The Congress and Senate’s Real VP

Uson also calls Robredo “fake vice president” and identifies the former Senator Marcos as the real VP. Many Filipinos believe that the brave lady can even be more powerful without the restrictions from the government lawmakers who are critical of her. She is free to disclose everything that she knows and act in ways she deems appropriate. Another thing, she definitely establishes a good support by SAP Go and President Duterte himself aside from Marcos.