By: Elena Grace Flores
Clean election advocate and candidate for Senator, Atty. Glenn Chong claims that his aide Richard Santillan is a victim of police brutality. This is contrary to the police report. He figures ambush after seeing his car with at least 30 bullet hits. Chong can only blame Smartmatic that aids election cheaters to manipulate voting results. The lawyer previously exposes the anomalies in the 2016 elections. This coincides with the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest proceedings.
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[VIDEO]: Pagpatay sa security aide ni dating Rep Chong, kinondena
Spot Report is Inconsistent with the Physical Evidence
Chong is certain that his aide’s murder by the police happens at around 2 a.m. on Dec. 10 in Cainta, Rizal. This is based on a video that they got. According to Chong, the footage shows patrol cars in front and at the back of Santillan’s car that he owns. Quite a contrary to the police spot report that there was a shootout. He also puts logic on the authority’s claims about Santillan’s alleged possession of shabu. Then accuses the cops of planting evidence there.
Loopholes to be Proven
He also points out some loopholes in the police spot report on the allegations that Santillan is a suspect as a member of the Highway Boys Group which operates in Taytay, Cainta, and Pasig City. Santillan is a constant companion of Chong in his political errands in the last 8 years. Santillan’s autopsy reports that his body tests negative of paraffin. He is also not a drug trader. No gun and it is unlikely that the grenade found can be hidden inside Chong’s car.
All 14 policemen that have to do with the brutal attack are now relieved from their posts. Sacked were Senior Supt. Lou Evangelista as provincial director of Rizal and Supt. Pablito Nangang, as chief of police of Cainta. The others are 10 members of the CALABARZON Regional Intelligence Group and four cops from Cainta police station.
Administrative Relief Pending Investigation
Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, director of the CALABARZON regional police, said his order was an administrative relief pending the investigation on the death of Richard Santillan in Cainta.
Election 2019 Senatorial Candidate
To avenge Santillan’s death, Chong runs for Senator in the 2019 elections. He said that it was his close aide’s intention to serve him while he remains true to his country. He vows to continue his fight for clean elections in the Senate should he win a seat. The generous support of his followers and allies really overwhelms Atty. Chong.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin begs for independence in the judiciary. He knows that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo divides the country. He, however, promises to make reforms during his 11-month tenure in the SC. Among his priorities are to make procedural law court proceedings to be less tedious, less intimidating, more economical and speedier. That would certainly help resolve the VP conflict.
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[VIDEO]: Isang Arroyo appointee ang bagong Punong Mahistrado na si Lucas Bersamin na bumoto noon pabor sa “Sereno ouster” at “Marcos burial” sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Giit ni Chief Justice Bersamin, pananatilihin daw niya ang independence ng hudikatura. Saksi si Dano Tingcungco.
Objectives of the New Supreme Court CJ
Chief Justice Bersamin said in his speech during the culmination event of the “Judicial Strengthening to Improve Court Effectiveness (JUSTICE) Project; “I shall make it my objective to lead the Supreme Court and the rest of the judiciary in respecting and promoting the rights of our people, thus I will prioritize reform of our procedural law to make court proceedings less tedious, less intimidating, more economical and speedier.”
Independence in the Judiciary
Bersamin emphasizes that the judiciary must remain independent. “We are part of a sovereign nation, the judiciary, but our role is to be an independent judiciary. We cannot always go to the other 2 branches of government to ask for assistance,” he said. He is grateful to several stakeholders for helping the Philippine judicial system. This is by funding its projects.
Replacing Another Short-Term CJ
Bersamin takes over his Supreme Court post recently. He replaces Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired from government service in Oct after just barely serving as Chief justice for 3 months. Short as it may seem, these presidential appointees have it in their records that their decisions are in line with the President’s goal of serving the people.
Earlier, the new CJ had something to ask: “Welcome me, I ask you to welcome me, to love me, to support me,” 25th Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin told Supreme Court officials and employees during his first flag ceremony as a head of the judiciary.
Accidental CJ with a Purpose
Bersamin added: “I am an accidental chief justice but that is not a statement of apology. I do not apologize to anyone for having been appointed because that is the wisdom of the President, who is the appointing power. Please accept me.” Despite his humility, it is obvious that the opposition is always insecure about Bersamin’s voting for the ouster of Sereno and the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. They can only guess how he would vote for the VP case ruling.
President Rodrigo Du30 said, “My only message to you is that we are all workers of government and so let us work to preserve the nation and to protect the people. Newly-appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin took his oath before the President in Malacañang recently. Bersamin was accompanied by his family at the Heroes Hall. Bongbong Marcos’ supporters are hopeful that with the current development, their votes will finally be counted
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The President Chooses Bersamin Over Carpio
Du30 appointed Bersamin to replace former chief justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who retired on October 8. Aside from Bersamin, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando and Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang also took their oaths of office on Tuesday.
Trusting the Wisdom of PDu30
CJ Bersamin said that he trusts the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power. Please accept me, he begs during a flag ceremony at the SC grounds. Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court that those who were not there at that time, have reasons why they were absent. He accepts the fact that not all staff agree with the President’s decision.
Not Apologizing for the Appointment
“I know that you have expected maybe another individual to be appointed to this office,” said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, “I am not apologizing for my self, I am not apologizing for the President. I am here because I was appointed.”
Seniority is Not the Case
Bersamin was only the 3rd most senior justice out of the 4 applicants. The time-honored tradition of seniority has never been more pronounced at the High Court. Malacañang explained that Bersamin was considered the most senior because he had served in the judiciary the longest. He has served as a judge since 1986. However, he is not the most senior in the Supreme Court per se.
Bongbong Marcos’ Chance
Bongbong Marcos’ supporters bank on the President’s hand in finally fast-tracking the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. PDu30 has no jurisdiction over the recount proceedings. The only thing he could do is to appoint a fair Supreme Court justice. A CJ that is in line with the ideals of the government. Bersamin’s record shows that he is for the welfare of the country and its people.
The whole world is the witness on how their many detractors brainwash people to believe that the Marcoses are the most corrupt family in the world. Nevertheless, Bongbong Marcos never ceases to give thanks on everything that goes his way. Thanksgiving might be an American tradition but Filipinos also have the culture of thanking the superior being. The former Senator’s patience on his electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is formidable. It seems uncertain until President Rodrigo Du30 himself appoints the new Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lucas Bersamin over the more senior, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. This time, there’s a big chance that justice can be served.
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[VIDEO]: Thank you for the kindness you have given me and my family. I don’t get to say this as often as I should, but we are deeply touched by your show of support. Mabuhay tayong mga Pilipino!
Seniority Culture of the SC
Du30 in August said he follows the “seniority” tradition at the high court when he appointed Associate Justice Teresita de Castro to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno. The President considers Sereno as his enemy. Five names were in the shortlist of chief justice aspirants drawn up by the Judicial and Bar Council.
Carpio is Set Aside
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Andres Reyes Jr. vied for the chief magistrate post. Senior Associate Justice Carpio is the most senior justice in the SC. He serves the SC since 2001. Following him is Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta who was appointed to the SC in January 2009.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Bersamin
Bersamin was a regional trial court judge in 1986 and was appointed as an SC justice in April 2009. Among the most notable cases that Bersamin penned at the SC were the ruling that granted former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile bail due to humanitarian grounds and the decision that there was no illegal retrenchment of more than 1,000 flight attendants and stewards of the Philippine Airlines. Bersamin will retire on October 18, 2019.
Democracy is Dead Again for the Dilawans
Thanksgiving Must Continue
Marcos urges everyone that despite the hardships in life, one must continue to give thanks. Things can only get better for as long as we are still around. He is thankful that he remains in good health and still very fit physically, mentally, and emotionally to serve the Filipino people and his beloved country, the Philippines.
The presumptive Philippine Vice President said in an interview that the honeymoon of her relationship with President Rodrigo Du30 did not last long. Talking to a US interviewer, she explained that it was because he allowed the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Marcos is the father of her archrival for the VP Post, Bongbong Marcos whose electoral protest against her is still ongoing.
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[VIDEO]: The presumptive Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said, “I am the most vilified of all national government officials. However, I have not allowed it to affect the work that I am doing.”
Democracy and Community Development
Robredo spoke at the CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum in Washington DC on October 17, 2018. Robredo discussed the importance of upholding accountability and the rule of law in the quest for democracy and community development in the 21st century. Framing the discussion within the context of US-Philippine relations. Nevertheless, Robredo fails to recognize that staying in a questionable position due to election fraud is very undemocratic.
The Most Vilified Officer
After repeated attacks against her from the President himself, Robredo believes she is the “most vilified” government official in the country. She made the statement during an open forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. Robredo said that she tries to make their relationship civil but the Filipino leader often makes comments that would irk their supporters. Again, she can never admit that the President only retaliates whenever she accuses the government of out of tune claims.
Du30 may have repeatedly belittled Robredo’s capabilities to lead the country. He calls her “incompetent” and “weak.” The opposition leader is often the subject of criticisms on social media since she assumed the vice presidency in June 2016. The manner of his victory proves to be very suspicious. It coincides with the pattern of digital manipulation. Therefore, people can only bring their sentiments to social media since they feel that their votes were not properly counted. Despite these, Robredo said she continues to look for avenues where her dealings with the President could be amicable.
Often Civil but Sometimes Combatant
Robredo said her relationship with Du30 “has been civil most of the time.” “The President would issue statements from time to time that is a little combative. And it has polarized their supporters,” she said. However, she thinks that they both could hold on to the top 2 positions in the country in the remaining years of their term.
Waiting for the Takeover
“But you know, I am well aware that we will still be president and vice president for the next three years, so I keep telling my staff that in spite of the noise, we have to have our eyes on the target, to be mindful of what we want to achieve after six years. To have a laser-light focus on the things we want to do, despite the atmosphere,” she added. After all, she is still banking on the idea that her ultimate job is to wait for a possible takeover when something happens to the President.