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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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Robin Padilla is Willing to Lend his Balls to Senator Trillanes to Face Court Martial

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Actor, Robin Padilla cannot understand why ordinary people have to comply to authorities at once upon the invitation for questioning for a certain case. While lawmakers like Senator Antonio Trillanes IV are also lawbreakers. The so-called showbiz bad boy was outside of the Senate building, where the lawmaker has been staying in protest of President Rodrigo Du30’s order voiding his amnesty and directing his arrest. As Senator Trillanes’ classmate,  Padilla is willing to lend his balls to Trillanes if he does not have it necessary to face the court-martial against him as a military man.





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[VIDEO]: ROBIN PADILLA TUTULONG SA PAG ARESTO KAY TRILLANES NAG-AABANG SA LABAS NG SENADO.




Padilla’s Call to Senator Trillanes

Padilla is calling to Senator Trillanes to face the military court. He has been camping at the Senate grounds since the 4th of September. Despite his work, Padilla keeps doing this just to see Trillanes be brave and face the case against him.




Void Ab Initio (Void in the First Place)

With Du30 declaring Trillanes’ amnesty void ab initio, he orders him to be apprehended. This is for the uprisings he led in 2003 and in 2007 against the government. Trillanes remains defiant, however. He asserts that with his amnesty the criminal cases he faced was already dismissed. Furthermore, as he is already a civilian he could no longer be placed under court-martial. Arsenio Andolong, however, explains that with Du30 voiding his amnesty, he has been reverted as a Navy lieutenant. This is because he still hasn’t produced the copy of the original amnesty application.



Missing Documents

Andolong is saying that it seems that only Trillanes has the copy of the original amnesty application. There were forms that were signed but they cannot locate the original application. They also don’t know if Trillanes physically submitted the application to Malacañang or the temporary committee. Although the troubled Senator showed his alleged amnesty application, he also failed to show any acknowledgment that it was received by the concerned agency.



Detention while in Trial

Defense officials are saying that Trillanes must be tried by court-martial while the search for the missing form continues. In the cases of Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, they were tried for plunder. This is despite either of them being from the military. While Revilla is still to be freed, Estrada is already free.




An Amnesty is a Conditional Pardon

Trillanes took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution on Jan 27, 2011. This is 94 other military men. The chief of the DND internal audit service, Patrick Rubin explains that the court-martial doesn’t lose jurisdiction over him despite being granted amnesty and separated from military service.




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Cayetano Can’t be a Threat to Bongbong Marcos’ Possible Vice Presidency

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.





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[VIDEO]: Kung nanalo lang sana si Cayetano o si Marcos wala na akong problema



Presidential Admiration

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.

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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.



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If Imee Marcos is Prostituting the Constitution, She Resorts to President

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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?






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[VIDEO]: House justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali holds press con on Ilocos Norte tobacco funds probe.



Constitution Disrespect

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.




Omnibus Petition

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.









Face-Off Challenge

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.

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Fariñas Gives People the Impression that the Congress is Judgmental without Due Process

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






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[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.




No Idea

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.









Homework

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.




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