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Cayetano-Romualdez Congress Deal Gives BBM an Edge

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By: Elena Grace Flores
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano administers the oath-taking for Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez recently.  He takes on the role of majority floor leader of the 18th Congress on July 22, 2019. The Cayetano and Romualdez deal is President Du30’s remedy for the previous speakership conflict. Du30 calls on unity in Congress. The arrangement gives an edge to the current administration’s policies and future endeavours. That could include Bongbong Marcos’ plight for 2022 or before.

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[VIDEO]: Martin Romualdez takes oath as Majority Floor Leader



4th Powerful Position

Taguig-Pateros Rep. Cayetano ascends to the fourth most powerful position in the country.  He receives the nod of 266 out of 300 House members in the speakership vote during the first regular session of the 18th Congress after the plea of the President. Romualdez immediately backs out from  his speakership candidacy in unity with the President’s majority block.



15-Month Term

Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Du30 said the House should elect a new Speaker after Cayetano’s 15-month term ends. President Du30’s son made the manifestation before nominating Cayetano for Speaker. Former Speaker aspirants. Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco also nominates Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 presidential elections. Velasco was Cayetano’s arch rival for the position whom Du30 wants to install as the next Speaker. 


Not  Term-Sharing but Resignation

“The term sharing agreement is one between congressman Cayetano, Romualdez, Velasco and the President. I am against any term sharing agreement, however, if the Speaker resigns after 15 months, then we will have to elect a new Speaker,” Paolo said during the chamber’s first regular session of the 18th Congress.



The Power of the Congress on BBM’s Plight

A President can nominate someone to become Vice President if that office is vacant, with the approval of Congress or the House of Representatives. It is known that the current VP now faces charges filed against her by the PNP. That includes sedition. If an impeachment is successful against Robredo, the second position of the land will be available. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress. When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo succeeded to the presidency and nominated Teofisto Guingona as Vice President. Guingona was confirmed by Congress on February 9, 2001 and took the oath of office the same day.

SONA Hint: The President Aims to Preserve Marcos’ Funds During Martial Law

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Tearful Atty. Chong Answers Why NOT the Congress but the Senate?

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong who seeks for a seat at the Senate addresses his fellow Biliran residents why not run for the Congress? The warm welcome in his hometown recently proves that it would be easier for him to become a Congressman than a Senator.




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[VIDEO]: Interview with Senatorial candidate Atty. Glenn Chong



The Support in Biliran is as Hot as the Heat of the Sun

The hot and not just warm support of the people of Biliran amazes Chong. This is after 9 years of not being with them. He wishes to have this kind of support nationwide this coming elections. This is for him to have the power to make sure that the votes of the people are counted properly.



Why not Party List?

Atty. Chong actually prepares 3 Party Lists. All of them did not qualify at the end. Only the Senatorial candidacy of an old woman with no money gets through. He was able to become her substitute.



Chong’s Priority Task as Senator

Should Chong manages to win a seat, he vows to get rid of Smartmatic right away. He believes in returning the power of election to the people. He can be in a better position as Senator than in the Congress for this mandate. Especially in making the election cheaters accountable for their fraudulent actions.



The Power Must Belong to the People

As Atty. Chong swears to safeguard the power of the people, he urges his fellow Biliranon to vote for the local officials that he has alliance with. He said that they are the ones who can help him implement his intentions for the island.



The Senator to be from Region 8 is Powered by the OFWs

It is heartwarming for Chong to get financial support from the OFWs. This allows him to organize decent political sorties, motorcades, and get-together. Some of them even went home to help in his campaigns physically. The new game-changer after President Rodrigo Du30 can only be grateful win or lose.



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The Supreme Court En Banc Sets Martial Law Extension Petition Argument Next Week

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Solicitor General Jose Calida files his comment on the petition recently. He insists that rebellion still exists. “The issue of whether such rebellion persists must have the verification of the executive department. Then, the approval by the legislative department must follow. These are the two of the three co-equal branches of the government. The Supreme Court en banc sets the oral arguments of the petition against martial law extension on January 22 and 23. z

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[VIDEO]: Kamakailan lamang ay muling ipinalawig ni Pangulong Duterte ang Batas Militar sa Mindanao hanggang Disyembre 2019. Ano-ano na nga ba ang naging epekto nang pagpapatupad nito noong nakaraang taon?

Martial Law Extension Resistance

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice previously says that martial law extension reflects on the military’s performance and that this is not necessary for Mindanao. The Magnificent 7 lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman earlier files the first petition. On top of that, another group of opposition lawmakers challenges the factual basis of President Rodrigo Du30’s third extension of martial law before the Supreme Court.

The Opposition Group’s Arguments

The lawmakers argue that the government fails to prove that this specific public safety requirement exists.” They said that Du30 requests for its extension with general terms instead of factual arguments. The President allegedly did not submit a more detailed report to support his administration’s statement of continuing rebellion in Mindanao. The members of Congress did not receive such document. They believe that the rebellious incidents do not endanger public safety. This a ground to impose martial law under the Constitution, they added.

The Anti-Martial Law Lawmakers

The Makabayan bloc is composed of House Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna, Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT Teachers and Sarah Jane Elago of Kabataan party list.

Defending the Country’s Sovereignty through the Supreme Court

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assures the public that the military “will continue to uphold its mandate of defending the sovereignty of our state. Then, to retain the integrity of the country’s territory and protect the democratic way of life of our people. This with full respect for human rights, international humanitarian law and the primacy of the rule of law, of course.”

The Able Respondents

Named as respondents are President Rodrigo Du30, Congress of the Philippines represented by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., and Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde.

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Election 2019 Substitution: Imee Marcos’ Son Matthew Runs for Governor Opposite Rudy Fariñas

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Imelda Marcos’ grandson, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for governor instead of her. Manotoc, the son of Ilocos Norte Governor and bet for Senator, Imee Marcos, originally filed his candidacy for vice governor. This makes the previous politicizing in the Congress launched by Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas against his mother clearer than ever. The Ilocos 6 suffered a great deal just for Fariñas to get an edge over Manotoc-Marcos for the election 2019. How could Ilocos Norte forget?


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[VIDEO]: Rep. Imelda marcos, umatras sa kandidatura sa pagka-gobernador; papalitan ni BM Matthew Manotoc


Substituting Imelda Marcos

Matthew Marcos Manotoc, incumbent Senior Provincial Board Member, will run for Governor of Ilocos Norte. Previously, he had filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for Vice Governor of the province but decided to finally substitute his grandmother, 2nd District Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, in the 2019 gubernatorial race.


Opposing the No. 1 Detractor

Manotoc will be running against Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo “Rudy”  Fariñas, who substituted for former Barangay Bengcag, Laoag City Jesus Arimbuyotan as the gubernatorial bet recently. Fariñas strategy seems to boomerang to him. He is now opposed by the more younger and charming Marcos. Manotoc’s mother, Imee’s ordeal in the Congress definitely failed. Imelda Marcos is also smart enough to pretend that she is really running despite her old age.


Ferdinand Marcos’ Kin Runs for Vice Governor

Board Member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos has substituted Manotoc for the vice gubernatorial race as well. Nonong Marcos is the son of Pacifico, the younger brother of Imelda’s husband and former President, the late Ferdinand Marcos whose works still exist at the present time in service to the Filipino people.



Politics in the Congress

The House of Representatives allowed majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and House accountability committee chairman Johnny Pimentel to harass Gov. Imee Marcos. It detained six officials of the Ilocos Norte provincial government on the strength of what it construes as “contempt of the House” or “obstruction of justice”. The six detained officials, who are known as “Ilocos 6,” are Pedro Agcaoili, chairman of the planning and development office; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Eden Battulayan, Encarnacion Gaor and Genedine Jambaro, staff at the treasurer’s office; and Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer.

The North Remembers in the Election 2019

It is a sure win for Manotoc, a champion amateur golfer like his dad, Tommy Manotoc is a viral comment over social media. Given the stunts of Fariñas, it is likely that most Ilocos Norte voters would go for a Marcos whose family is known to prioritize their people than their position. Surely, Imee Marcos is right that the North indeed remembers.


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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.



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[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.