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Is Facebook Against Democracy for Pleasing Robredo’s Kind?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo accused of cheating in the 2016 elections by former Senator Bongbong Marcos is happy about the ban of Facebook on a local company behind the pro-President Rodrigo Du30’s posts. “This is huge, like a gift to the people,” Robredo said in her weekly radio program. However, owners of such accounts who are legitimate supporters of the current administration hate Robredo and her kind more. This goes the same to the Marcos supporters. Is Facebook killing democracy in the country? They asked. It is a now a common occurence that these accounts are either taken out or blocked from posting links or articles. z

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[VIDEO]: IKINATUWA NI VICE PRESIDENT LENI ROBREDO ANG UMANO’Y PAG-BAN SA MGA PRO-DUTERTE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS. ALAMIN ANG BUONG DETALYE.

Hypocrisy Looms

“It’s not for me, but for the whole Philippines that it’s OK to criticize, as long as the basis of criticism is true,” Robredo said. She cites two Facebook pages ran by Twinmark Media Enterprises Inc. – Filipino Channel Online and Trending News Portal – as having “run fake news against opposition figures,” with her as the “number one” target. This is a big puzzle to Filipinos because of this questionable VP’s supporters are also doing the same thing. In fact, she is popular as the ultimate source of Fake News against the Du30 administration. She is also critical about the Marcoses using unfounded lies.

Selective Democracy

Not enough, she said that Facebook should continue such actions, claiming that thousands of fake troll accounts still exist including the ones from her group. She often blasts the government as an entity that does not allow words of decent. That every time she’s ignored, it is already her common expression that democracy dies. Is democracy dead then again?

Not a Big Deal for the Administration

Malacañang earlier shrugs off Facebook’s decision to remove some pro-Duterte pages for violating its policies. There are other platforms that supporters can use to show their appreciation for the administration. Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made the statement before and its stand so far does not change.

A Democratic Government

The reaction of President Du30’s speaker is very democratic. “Facebook must have its own rules and regulations. If they are implementing them, that is their own rule,” Panelo said.

Social Media Dominance

It is known that Maria Ressa meets with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to complain about the subject. As a result, the opposition gets the advantage from the platform from then on. This prompted the affected ones to innovate systems where they can express their sentiments democracy-wise. As talented as Filipinos can be, it’s only a matter of time that Facebook’s dominance in the Philippines becomes vulnerable.

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Can Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Continue his VP Duties Despite Criticisms?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The ongoing election protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo is instructive over the results of the vice presidential contest. The tell-tale signs of a concerted effort to ensure that the wishes of then-President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to block Marcos’ return to the executive office are obvious. His party supporters safely carried out their quest during elections. Smartmatic obviously ensures the victory of the pro-Aquino slate. However, despite the mainstream media blackout, the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos remains to thrive because of his clan’s good governance.



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[VIDEO]: I always believed in the importance of the LGUs, having spent most of my public service career in local government. To all the barangays in Quezon City, congratulations on a job well done!


Ex-Pnoy’s Wrath

The most sophisticated cheating strategy happens in the highest levels of the Comelec. This is under the baton no less of the infamous ex-Comelec Chair Andy Bautista. He organizes what turns out to be the most corrupt electoral system and practice in the country’s history.  That starts from the leak of the list which the National Privacy Commission exposed. It turns out that the same was the handiwork of a group of Comelec employees working in tandem with LP manipulators.

Follow-up on Senator Tito Sotto

Calls for Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Dick Gordon occupy social media platforms. People are making follow-ups on the verdict of the hearings conducted. They owe it to the public to make the 2016 elections mishaps as the basis to safeguard a clean, honest and credible elections in 2019. The joint legislative committee on the automated electoral system has gathered enough information. They can easily craft a good model for the next elections if they want to.


Tweaking Excuses

The tweaking of the “N” in the middle of the national canvass by Venezuela Marlon Garcia already casts doubts on the 2016 elections. Neither Comelec nor Smartmatic cannot come up with credible excuses. The overwhelming public view that it caused Marcos’ over-a-million lead to vanish dramatically remains. Thus, the ongoing protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is very much alive. In fact, it leans towards Marcos’ victory. It is even supported by the IT experts in the country.



Never Again to Smartmatic

The people should never again let Smartmatic and its co-conspirators to make a mockery of our electoral process. Foreigners must not decide the fate of our democracy. They are the reason for all kinds of problems and questionable results using their automated electoral system. The oligarchs benefit greatly from the results they generate.


Where is Democracy?

Smartmatic’s monopoly over Philippine elections was perpetuated by PNoy-appointed officials. Acting Comelec chairman Christian Robert Lim awarded the supply contract for the vote counting machines (VCMs) to be used in the May 2019 midterm elections to Smartmatic. This was three weeks before his scheduled retirement on February 2, 2018. Also, it was without the benefit of any bidding or public notice. Now, it would be too expensive for the government to eliminate that. Therefore, Marcos’ critics have no right to stop Marcos from inspiring the LGUs to promote good governance. The pro-Marcos community is larger than the black media propaganda his detractors launched against him because they are the real voters.

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President Du30’s Strong Alliance Triumphs Over the Libelous Opposition Senator Trillanes

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The police collect Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from the Senate and he has gone through the booking procedure already. This is after the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch orders his arrest for the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. Trillanes is facing a case for rebellion before Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda. The RTC allows a temporary freedom for the Senator after paying the Php 200,000 bail.  However, if the warrant for the Coup d’Etat from branch 148 comes out for the Oakwood mutiny, it is not anymore bailable under the court-martial. The former President Benigno Aquino III granted him amnesty without the proper documentation.



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[VIDEO]: Atty. Trixie Cruz Angeles’legal insights on Senator Trillanes’ detention possibilities.




Arrest Warrant Ordered from Branch 150

A Makati court recently orders the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. This is weeks after President Rodrigo Du30 voided his amnesty for his non-compliance to his amnesty’s conditions. It revives charges against him for the unsuccessful uprisings in 2003 and 2007.  The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150, handles the rebellion case against Trillanes over the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. Whereas, the branch 148 has the jurisdiction over Trillanes on the non-bailable Coup d’Etat case. It issued the arrest warrant 21 days after the issuance of the President’s Proclamation 572 that made the Navy officer’s 2011 amnesty void.



Hold Departure Order Against the Senator

The court, in a 2-page order by Judge Elmo Alameda, also bans the Senator from leaving the country without its permission. It sets bail at P200,000 for Trillanes’ temporary liberty. Police officers and court sheriff, Bong Carreon delivers the resolution to the Senate, where Trillanes seeks refuge since September 4. At the time of writing, the noisy lawmaker has paid his bail and now back at the Senate.

Revoked Amnesty

Early this month, the President issued Proclamation 572 that revokes the amnesty given to Trillanes for being void ab initio or void from the beginning. Proclamation 572 says Trillanes failed to submit an application form. Meaning, he did not admit his guilt in the crimes covered by the amnesty which is a requirement of the Presidential provision.



The DOJ’s Hand

With the amnesty revocation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an ex-parte motion seeking a warrant of arrest and a hold departure order against Trillanes. The DOJ also asked the court to resume the trial with the prosecution presenting its evidence. It said that with the amnesty declared as void from the beginning, the dismissal of the case is also void. Therefore, the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo is wrong when she said that the cases against him were already dismissed. This is because they can be reactivated once the amnesty is deemed unexistent.




The Court’s Decision Shows the Restoration of Democracy

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque stated that: “The court has spoken. As the President has said, we will respect the decision of the judiciary.” It is but natural for the opposition to use this incident for the benefit of their intentions. They again stressed that the administration’s actions are undemocratic. Contradictory to that, most Filipinos feel that democracy is actually restored. The lengthy process of his possible detention clearly follows the rule of law. Former Vice President Jojo Binay, Former Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Du30, Senators Richard Gordon, Manny Pacquiao, Migz Zubiri, and many other pro-administration stalwarts now start to see the fall of the most irritating detractor.



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Enrile Reminds the Youth to Know the Real Ferdinand Marcos before Martial Law

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the brain of Martial Law reminds the youth during the occasion of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ 101st birthday that the country owes him its democracy. Had he not declared military rule as per Enrile’s recommendation as the defense secretary at that time, the Communist Party’s founder Maria Sison could have been the current ruler like in Cuba and North Korea.



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[VIDEO]: It’s heartwarming to see our supporters come together year after year to help celebrate my father’s birthday.




Family Celebration

On the 101st birth anniversary of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the whole family was present. Bongbong Marcos shared pictures of the gathering on his Instagram. Also, on his vlog, he showcased the achievements of his father.



Bongbong Marcos’ Speech

Quoting Marcos, “101 years ago, one of this country’s greatest leaders was born. Today we celebrate his life as well as his enduring legacy. He aspired greatness for this country and it was born out of a strong belief that Filipinos are capable of achieving it,”. Among the family and the Marcos loyalists present, was Irene, the former First Lady Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, and the grandchildren.

Pursuit of Greatness

Marcos Further says, “As citizens of this great nation, we should not waver in our pursuit of greatness. In doing so, we honor his memory. Happy Birthday, Dad!” The Marcoses always believe in the capabilities and talents of Filipinos.



Black Media Propaganda Version

Not only Marcos loyalists were present on Ferdinand’s 101st birthday. In a stark contrast, Dozens of anti-Marcos folks bore scathing placards against him outside of the cemetery. Despite their limited number, their efforts are magnified through the mainstream media that has misled the public for many years. They capitalize on the abuses under the martial law regime and blamed the alleged atrocities on the deceased leader to discredit the son.




Marcos’ Legacy Lives on Despite Martial Law Critics’ Efforts

Quoting retired Justice Manuel ‘Lolong’ M. Lazaro, “Succeeding administrations have inordinately used laws and the media to destroy or consign Marcos to oblivion, notwithstanding his solid unprecedented achievements for the good of the nation and its people,”. We should all keep in the record not only the wrongs but also the achievements and contributions of Marcos. We must not distort history by obliterating these achievements that should be attributed to him.



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The Legitimate Vice President, Bongbong Marcos Welcomes Malaysia’s Vice Premier and Democracy Icon, Anwar Ibrahim

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos recently graces the welcome party for Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister. The emcee introduces him as the legitimate Vice President of the Philippines. Former President and now Mayor Erap hosts a fun and festive evening to cap the lightning visit of Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim to Manila who expresses his views on democracy. This is a clear indication of the future big change towards the new Marcos golden era. Marcos’ legitimacy in the presidential line of succession is now slowly introduced to the foreign alliance. Simply, it’s not whom one knows but it’s whom they are affiliated with that counts in today’s world.




Youtube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: A Day with Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim




The Presidential Message

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim said that if he will have his own way, he would tell President Rodrigo Du30 to ensure vibrant democracy. Retain the respect for the rule of law, he said. This is if he should continue to reign in the country.




Malaysia’s Vice Premier’s Official Message

Deputy Prime Minister Ibrahim delivered his speech in Intramuros. Furthermore, the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila bestowed him with the degree of law (honoris causa).



Reactions to the Country’s Current Events

Currently, there is an impending arrest of Senator Trillanes while Senator De Lima’s is still incarcerated. Du30’s critics seem to be punished. Consequently, when Anwar was asked about his views of these events in the Philippines, he responds, “My consistent view is that you cannot abuse power to victimize the opposition or dissidents. Specifically, I don’t know if the charge is due to what.”



Likely Next Leader

To quote Anwar, “If I am to meet President Du30, I would just say that I would support someone else’s measure; that I would certainly want to continue and ensure that vibrant democracy and respect for the rule of law in the Philippines. How? It’s for him and the Filipinos to decide.” Consequently, He is certain to be expressing his views if an abuse had been committed. Furthermore, The former Malaysian Deputy is also the most likely successor to Prime Minister Mahathir with the result of a party coalition agreement.




Democracy Beyond Friendship

Anwar is very much concerned about the Philippines. He has become friends with many Philippine leaders and civil society members. Furthermore, these friends have always been on his side supporting him while in jail. This all throughout his incarceration in his own country for many years. To quote him “In all those plights that I had when I was incarcerated, Filipino leaders and the civil society were there for me.”