Cayetano versus Marcos social media battles emerged right after President Du30’s VP speech. He said that if one of them is his successor, then he can already resign. Nonetheless, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is actually not in the position to compete with Bongbong Marcos when it comes to the Vice Presidency. According to the 1987 Constitution, the order of the line of succession is the Senate first. Then the Speaker of the House of Representatives is second. That is once Vice President Leni Robredo is impeached which is not the case at all. Only the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest holds much weight right now. So, the VP race is just between the two.
[VIDEO]: Kung nanalo lang sana si Cayetano o si Marcos wala na akong problema
The President openly admires the leadership style of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. He considers the Marcos clan as important political allies who are helping him in rebuilding the nation. He is counting on the younger Marcos to take over the Presidency at the soonest possible time which adheres to the Philippine constitution. This is if Bongbong Marcos is successful in his protest to assume the Vice Presidency come 2018.
No Cayetano in the VP Line-Up
In an impeachment rap for the Vice President, the Senate President takes over which is Senator Koko Pimentel. In case of his inability, the Speaker of the House is next in line which is Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. He will act as Vice-President until the elected or the chosen one qualifies. If Bongbong Marcos wins in the electoral protest against Leni Robredo, he can immediately be installed in the VP post. Therefore, Pimentel or Alvarez’ take-over can be temporary. Although, it is not necessary for the time being since no case such case survived to remove Robredo.
Speculations have No Legal Basis
The speculations that Cayetano as the president’s running mate aspires to replace Robredo has no legal basis. He is not in the line of VP succession. He seems happy as DFA Secretary. His previous debates with Marcos were for political survival. The yellow traces in him are normal. Considering that many Senators and Congressmen shifted to the president’s PDP Laban from the Liberal Party.
Marcos as VP in 2018 is Still on Track
Marcos reiterates that once the recount is already on schedule by the Supreme Court, it takes only 2 to 3 months to know if he has merits to the case. He is always for unity and to deal with misunderstandings among the supporters of the DFA Secretary is the last thing on his list. Loyalists must be prepared also to support the favored Du30-Marcos tandem by understanding the feelings of the followers of the rest of the unsuccessful 2016 Vice Presidentiables. That way, we can all stand united for nation-building.
House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali has this to say to Gov. Imee Marcos’ quest to free the Ilocos 6; “They should not manipulate justice system for questionable ends. This is prostituting the Constitution and manipulation of the judicial system.” If for Umali, it is prostituting to seek intervention to the right channel, what if Gov. Marcos goes directly to the President?
Facebook video by; Rappler [VIDEO]: House justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali holds press con on Ilocos Norte tobacco funds probe.
Umali hit Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos for allegedly disrespecting the Constitution. This is because she attempts to stop the congressional probe into the alleged misuse of local tobacco funds for her people to be free first.
He reacts to the omnibus petition filed with the Supreme Court by Marcos and the 6 Ilocos Norte officials. The Ilocos 6 members are currently detained at the House for giving the best answers they know during the congressional probe.
CA Moves but not Honored
The Marcos camp’s omnibus petition urges the SC justices to take over the detention case that is still pending before the Court of Appeals. The CA grants their request to order the Congress to provisionally release the 6 provincial officials. However, the House leadership refuses to honor the ruling. So, naturally, the next step to do is to seek the intervention of the SC which Marcos did.
Majority leader Rudy Fariñas also challenges his political rival for a face-off to answer his allegations. Fariñas swears to battle Marcos’ accusations in a separate press conference. Naturally speaking, the media battle is on.
Rep Rudy Fariñas gives the Congress a bad name. He is found to be judgemental without doing his homework. By doing so, the people have the impression that the House already has a verdict even before giving the Ilocos 6 and Gov. Imee Marcos due process under the Constitution.
Youtube video by; PTV
[VIDEO]: Rep. Fariñas, hinamon si Gov. Imee Marcos na magharap sila hinggil sa isyu sa Tabacco Excise Tax
Present during Distribution
Gov. Imee Marcos said there were no ghost projects using the tobacco funds. She even points out that Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas who accuses her of such misuse was with her during the distribution of the vehicles.
Fariñas admits that he was invited during the distribution. He can even attest that they were given to barangay captains. However, he had no idea that tobacco funds were used to purchase them. He also didn’t know that it was done through cash advances and that there was no public bidding. Each motor vehicle was worth P465,000 which could shock him, he said.
Did the Same Thing
Fariñas also did the same thing during his time but argues that the “multicabs” were given to the villages under his district at the right prices. “Pickups were priced at P180,000 each, while pickups with canopy for its bed were worth P200,000 each,” Fariñas compared. The pickups with canopy with glass windows were worth P250,000 each.
The case clearly shows that Fariñas is quick enough to conduct such probe without checking the details. For one, the Gov. disputes that the suppliers went through the bidding process. Also, according to our research, there is tariff increase from the year 2007 to 2012 for imported motor vehicles. This is on top of the actual general increase for the vehicle itself. Fariñas’ purchase happened in 2008 while Marcos’ bought those for the needs of the farmers in 2012.
Governor Imee Marcos was a former legislator. She knows that the power of legislative inquiry does not give Congress the power to deprive any citizen of constitutional rights. This includes the rights to freedom of movement. As well as the presumption of innocence.
Youtube video by; PTV
[VIDEO]: Posibleng detention room kay Gov. Imee Marcos, ipinakita
3-in-1 is Tyranny
The governor explains that when Congress acts as investigator, prosecutor and judge rolled into one, it is legislative tyranny. The principle of separation of powers prevents that from happening. However, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows his being a tyrant by threatening to dissolve the Supreme Court or impeach the Chief Justice. The President once said that Alvarez has the tendency to act more superior than him.
Congress has No Power
She added that the 1987 Constitution did not authorize the Congress to “act as a prosecutorial or judicial body that determines the innocence or guilt of anyone for any charge of misconduct.” There is a clear violation of human rights here. There’s no way that the President would tolerate this as a popular democratic leader. He knows that his power is from the people, unlike Alvarez.
Supreme Court has the Say
“The judicial system, not Congress, is constitutionally empowered to do so,” she said. She cites Alvarez and Pimentel’s threats. Marcos admits that she can suffer the same fate as the six Ilocos Norte employees and officials. They are held by the House Sergeant-at-Arms office since May 29 for allegedly not rightfully answering questions during the inquiry. However, they may do this only through local arrest from her own hometown.
Above the Law
Some Congressmen is the House of Representatives are into power abuse in a major way. They probably think that they can get away with it. The people are not so keen on understanding the Constitution. This practice is rampant during the Aquino administration. That broke the spirits of good public servants like the late CJ Corona. This time, it’s the people against these abusive lawmakers who are fond of using the saying; “no one is above the law” to their advantage. They tend to forget laws exist. Marcos is here to remind them.
Martial Law is military rule regardless of which administration it is under, said Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. In the constitution, the people are authorizing the military to topple illegal violence, terrorism or not. The late President Cory Aquino made sure that in the 1987 constitution her complaints with the late Ferdinand Marcos won’t be repeated.
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[VIDEO]: JUAN PONCE ENRILE, MARTIAL LAW – USAPING BAYAN
More than Just a Rebellion
The current situation in Marawi City is more than just a rebellion because it is ideological. Worst, a religious problem which is Wahhabism, a kind of fanatical Islamism which is propagated by Saudi Arabia. That is being taught in Madrassas in Mindanao.
Enrile, who was the former defense minister during the martial law of the late President Marcos sides for Du30’s Mindanao martial law. This is in the exercise of the Chief Executive’s constitutional mandate to fight the enemies of the State and control the peace, he said.
Enrile explains that it is only Congress that can stop the President to continue martial law. This is ‘’if they have the votes.’’ The military must explain the basis of Mindanao martial law. Speaker of the House, Pantaleon Alvarez, however, said that they cannot out-vote the president because they have the number for pro-martial lawmakers.
Senator Enrile thinks that Aquino’s move was pathetic. It did not consider situations where the country is in great danger. The new constitution also disregards having a reliable and strong president to finish off all kinds of violence in the country. He confirmed that the problem can only be solved if the culprits are all eliminated.