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The President has No Jurisdiction Over the Comelec Unlike the Customs

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Since the Bureau of Customs is under the Department of Finance, it is directly under the Office of the President. The Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and their staff may be removed by President Rodrigo Du30 when he loses confidence in them. On the other hand, the Commission on Elections is an independent constitutional office established under the constitution. The Congress of the Philippines has the authority over the agency through the drafting of resolutions that can change election laws and agreed upon by the Supreme Court as per the judicial review of such acts.



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[VIDEO]: Civilian personnel still ‘in control’, says new Customs chief


Impeachments by the Congress

Therefore, the Commissioners of the Commission on Election can only be removed through impeachment proceedings where only the Congress can facilitate. As a result, it is not possible for any judicial reviews to allow any military takeover to happen. This is very different from the circumstances surrounding the Bureau of Customs. This is why abuses in the poll agency can flourish because the abusers can build their supporters among lawmakers.


No Active Soldiers at the Customs

Malacañang clarifies that soldiers will not be given appointments or designations at the Bureau of Customs. This is after critics said that a military “takeover” at the bureau would violate the Constitution. President Du3o said he wants the military to “take over” Customs. He appoints Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the country’s former military chief, to the corruption-ridden agency.


Shabu Shipment Incident

Du30 recently removed Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief. Lapeña was criticized over the multi-billion shabu shipment that allegedly slipped past the country’s ports. He also announced that all Customs officials and personnel will be on “floating status.” In a Palace news conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said: “the President is not appointing or designating any member of the armed forces.”



State of Lawlessness

Panelo argued that the situation at the Customs is akin to “lawlessness” which must be addressed by the President at all costs. “The Constitution says when there is lawless violence, the President can call out the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.


Just to Intimidate

Panelo also explained that the soldiers who might be sent to the Customs will still have to answer to AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr., not Guerrero. This is just to intimidate abusive customs personnel. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that there’s no “military takeover” order from the President at all. He would, however, take part in the drafting of the guidelines for the plan, along with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. The people should know by now why Du30 acted out quickly on the customs’ case. Whereas undermining the Comelec’s incompetence amidst the revelations on digital electoral fraud.


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Military Rule Preference Paves the Way for Bongbong Marcos’ Return

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






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[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’ Fear

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.




Bongbong Marcos and Robredo’s Exchanges: Fake VP Versus Fake Protest?

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/13/1768085/martial-law-extended-defense-chief-vows-get-rid-security-threats




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Ferdinand Marcos’ Military Rule Anniversary on Sept 21 is Likely a Holiday

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The President may suspend government work and classes in Metro Manila on Sept. 21. This is amid plans by several groups to hold massive protests. This was the day of the late Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of military rule. “I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday this early so that no one gets hurt,” Du30 said. The Palace will need to issue a proclamation to officially declare the said date a holiday or any date decided upon.






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[VIDEO]: The declaration of a nationwide martial law is a “remote possibility,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday.



Martial Law Declaration Anniversary

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the date of the holiday could be September 21. This is the anniversary of late President Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law declaration. Proclamation 1081 which is the declaration of martial law was announced on September 23, 1972.  It was backdated to September 21 because of numerology.




Avoid Public Inconvenience

A coalition of groups called “Movement Against Tyranny” promotes its plan to stage massive demonstrations on September 21 to protest the administration’s drug war. This is their way of preventing the president to become tyrant or authoritarian. s the people’s President, Du30 puts the public’s welfare first. He does not want to inconvenient them.



Backing Up the Marcoses

Du30 is noted to be an ally of the Marcos political clan. He granted the Marcos family to bury the late President’s remains at the Heroes’ Cemetery in a private ceremony. He also declared September 11 a “special non-working day” in Ilocos Norte, the Marcos bailiwick. This is to mark the Marcos patriarch’s 100th birth anniversary.








Enemies are Panicking

The President’s political detractors particularly the Liberal Party politicians are worried about his intention to resign. This can happen once Bongbong Marcos assumes the Vice Presidency. His electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo continues. The recount is about to start. The Philippines may have a new VP at the end of the year.




https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/889902/robredo-haggles-with-sc-bongbong-pays-up-in-election-protests