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Bongbong Marcos is NOT the New DILG Secretary

Bongbong Marcos


By: Elena Grace Flores

It has been heavily rumored that Bongbong Marcos assumes the DILG’s top post once the one-year ban for defeated candidates expires tomorrow. However,  Malacañang recently released a list of the President’s appointees in April. It is listed there that the Department of the Interior OIC Catalino Cuy, who temporarily replaces Interior chief Ismael Sueno is not the new DILG Secretary but Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año.

Youtube video by; GMA News [VIDEO]: Undersecretary Catalino Cuy was first appointed as OIC of DILG. Bongbong Marcos was the popular bet for the DILG Secretary post.

First Appointment

Undersecretary Catalino Cuy was first named the new Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-In-Charge. He is then listed as the DILG head in April by the President but Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año was later announced as the new DILG Secretary.

April Appointments List

The said list is the same news release that announces former House Speaker Jose De Venecia, Jr.’ appointment as Special Envoy for Inter-Cultural Dialogue. It also discloses the appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Roy Cimatu’s appointment as the new DENR Secretary. He replaces the controversial Gina Lopez. Armed Forces. The news on General Año then followed.

Electoral Protest

Marcos supporters are clear that they want SC to facilitate the recount as soon as possible. The first three locations for priority recount are not yet known. There is still a pending Comelec request for them to have temporary custody for the ballot boxes from Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.

Brief and Preliminary Conference

Marcos and Leni Robredo’s camps must submit their briefs to speed up the process five days before the Preliminary Conference on June 21. This shows that the president really wants Marcos to focus on the protest. Perhaps to aid him in running the country as his VP.

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Prediction Now a Reality: Bongbong Marcos Likely to Replace Sueno as DILG Secretary

Bongbong Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Despite playing a coy on Bongbong Marcos to replace Ismael Sueno as DILG Secretary, the president remains to be how it is. He often confuses people on his decisions for the different issues because he is fond of saying conflicting opinions. However, his style works for him – even in winning the presidency. It can be remembered that he refused to run for president many times but in the end, it looks like he’s really up to it – just maneuvering strategies to mislead enemies.

Youtube video by; News5Everywhere
[VIDEO]: Sinagot ni Pres. Duterte kung si former Senator Bongbong Marcos ba ang papalit bilang kalihim ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Ulat ni Maricel Halili.

Fired or Scripted?

The alleged firing of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno did pave the way for the rumored appointment of Bongbong” Marcos as DILG chief. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that there was no mention of the possibility that Marcos will replace Sueno – but the prediction is becoming a reality as the one year ban is running out to prevent Marcos from assuming the post. It is even insinuated that the anomaly against Sueno is scripted.

Conflicting Opinions

Du30 initially refuted news reports that Marcos is soon to assume the DILG top post. The President thinks that Marcos is not interested which is clarified by the latter almost immediately. He is indeed very interested and can’t wait to get back to work in whatever capacity.

No legal Implications on the Electoral Protest

The electoral protest of Marcos against Robredo remains valid once he accepts any appointment from the President. His experience in the local governance is vital in overseeing the DILG department. He has what it takes to do well in the said post.

Expedite Recount

Marcos loyalists, on the other hand. are getting ready to make the necessary protest to urge the Supreme court to expedite the recount scheduled on April 17, 2017. This is planned to happen right in front of the SC building. However, even if the recount happens soon, it will still take a lot of time to get the final verdict. The estimate is around 2 to 4 years if it can be faster. So, better be going for Marcos in an appointed post than stay idle while waiting.

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Ex-Comelec: Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest Remains Valid if Appointed as DILG Sec

electoral protest

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos leaves the legalities over his electoral protest against Leni Robredo should he be appointed as DILG secretary by the president. He is certain that holding an appointed position is different from the elective one. So, as far as legality is concerned, his recount quest could still go on.

Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr said he would accept a Cabinet post if offered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Electoral Protest Remains Valid

Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest against Leni Robredo remains valid when Marcos accepts a Cabinet post in the Du30 administration. Former Commission on Elections commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal and lawyer Raul Lambino said this after the plan to appoint Marcos to his Cabinet as soon as the one-year appointment ban on unsuccessful candidates in the May 2016 lapses on May 9 breaks out.

Similar PET Cases

Larrazabal explains similar PET cases: the protest of the late senator Miriam Santiago in 1992 against Fidel Ramos for the presidential election is one. The protest of Sen. Loren Legarda versus Noli de Castro’s VP victory in 2004 is another, and the protest of then Mar Roxas II against Jejomar Binay’s win in the 2010 vice-presidential race.


Santiago and Legarda won Senate seats in 1995 and 2007, respectively. That invalidated their electoral protests. Roxas pursued his protest until he ran for president last year and lost.

Compatible with VP Post

Lambino elaborated that a Cabinet appointment is not a hindrance to Marcos’ electoral protest that is still pending. This is because a Cabinet post is not incompatible with the Vice presidential position. The only effect it can cause is based on the capacity of Bongbong Marcos to prioritize tasks.

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Bongbong Marcos is not for the DILG Post – but for the Presidency


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing that no one has been chosen yet to replace Sueno. No reference was made to Bongbong Marcos, son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos after the president let go of DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno. Sueno remains to accept whatever the President decides upon.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The president discloses that Bongbong Marcos cannot abandon electoral protest for the vacated DILG post. (24 Oras, GMA News clipping)

Loss of Trust and Confidence

President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno after the investigation on corruption allegations against him. Abella confirms in a statement that the President removed Sueno after the Cabinet meeting last Monday due to loss of trust and confidence.

Anti-Corruption Measure

Since the President is very serious to restore trust in the government he will not countenance even a slight hint of corruption. Sueno’s dismissal comes after the MRRD-NECC accused Sueno of allegedly abusing his power as the DILG head through a confidential letter.

Campaign Promise

Marcos was one of the names that Duterte lined up to become Interior Secretary. The President has close ties to the Marcoses. So close that he is seen to fulfill his campaign promise of burying former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last November 2016. He also mentioned publicly that if he cannot solve the country’s crimes in six months, he will give the presidency to Marcos who was winning at that time in surveys.

The Presidency is the Promise

Bongbong Marcos as many of his supporters reiterated that he is not a mere replacement of any post. He is allegedly the real winner of the 2016 VP race. The electoral protest against Leni Robredo is still ongoing and he cannot abandon that by taking up an elective post. Some are even not happy with the impeachment plans against Robredo because it will not make him the second highest leader of the country. Marcos must assume the VP post as a stepping stone for the presidency as aspired by the Binay camp and his avid loyalists.

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DILG: High SWS Survey Predicts Pro-Administration Big Crowd at Rizal Park on Feb 25 with Attendees from Visayas and Mindanao

Rizal Park

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The President’s supporters from all over the country will gather at Rizal Park on February 25. This is for a vigil and rock concert in support of the war on drugs campaign and anti-corruption efforts of the administration. The Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG  confirms this event. This is just after Cabinet Secretary Ismael Sueno concedes to Bongbong Marcos should the rumor is true that Marcos is replacing him. The recent survey by the Social Weather Stations or SWS coincides with the event. Since Filipinos remain optimistic about the economy as well as their quality of life at the moment, a big crowd is likely to appear for the said activity.

Youtube video by; Pilipinas Cnn News
[VIDEO]: The latest Pulse Asia survey shows President Rodrigo Duterte continues to gain the approval and trust of majority of Filipinos. According to the survey conducted from December 6 to 11 last year, 83% of the 1,200…

Many are Positive with Future Economy

The optimism of Filipinos is on the economy that it improves in the next months. The SWS survey shows 51 percent of those poll participants believe that the economy gets better in the next 12 months. Only eight percent say that it can go worse. People from Mindanao are the most positive ones followed by the Visayans. It is not a surprise that this early, Muslim communities in Manila now start to accommodate guests. They are here to take part of the event.

Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Luneta Focus

DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing said that the Quirino Grandstand gathering focuses on other events aside from commemorating the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Pro-admin groups nationwide expect to join a vigil and rock concert on February 25 officially at 5:00 pm. This is just one big gathering that can start from the Quirino Grandstand but ends up occupying the whole Rizal Park or beyond in Luneta.

Visayas and Mindanao Attendees

Unlike the previous People Power revolution, Filipinos from the Visayas and Mindanao are keen in joining the crowd to support the President’s policies. The influx of domestic travelers from those regions is noted as early as 3 days before the event. Various small gatherings are also seen in places like Baclaran, Taguig, and where Muslim communities reside.

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Massive Turnout from the Bihomadu Alliance

The president already has a big crowd during the election campaign. However, this time, his crowd is not only solid Digong groups. The Bihomadu alliance organizes their own initiatives to add to the volume of people needed to see how much support the president gets from ordinary people. Bihomadu stands for Binay, Honasan, Marcos and Du30 groups. All anti-Liberal Party must join hands to stop the destabilization intention of the yellow soldiers. Overseas sources also confirm to mirror this auspicious occasion in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the OFW countries.