While critics are busy stressing the “incompetence” issue between the President and Vice President Leni Robredo, an important message evaporates. Du30 stresses that he wants an election for the people to choose their leader. He does not want succession because he does not believe his VP can rule any country.
[VIDEO]: SONA: Pres. Duterte, tinawag na incompetent si Vice Pres. Leni Robredo
Incompetent VP as Reason for an Election
The President’s spokesman cites Vice President Leni Robredo’s alleged incompetence as the reason behind the request for a transition leader to be elected to oversee the shift to a federal form of government. The President is honest enough to say his apprehensions to the capability of the country’s second leader.
Transitory Provisions Review
Du30 asks the Consultative Committee tasked to review the Constitution to revise the transitory provisions in the draft of its proposed charter to allow him to step down from his post once the country goes federal. This will make way for the public to elect a new President who will oversee the transition to federalism. He is definitely not for the extension of power. However, former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said,”It centralizes repressive powers in President Duterte.” This is because of the proposed revision to give authority to the president to appoint important officials. Many people speculate that he intends to appoint Bongbong Marcos as Prime Minister.
Stable Economy Despite World Crisis
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denies that there is an economic problem contrary to the claims of the government’s detractors. He stresses that the Philippines is a “darling economy.” Inflation shows a fresh five-year high at 5.2 percent in June, but Roque has said this is no cause for alarm. This only means that “there’s money going around.” In fact, Japan, Korea, and China are competing in the bids to supply the Philippine’s “Build Build Build” project that is initially funded by the Asian Development Bank.
Roque attributes this to free tuition, lower withholding tax because of the tax reform law, and the administration’s aggressive infrastructure spending program. Robredo previously said changing the constitution is not the solution to high prices and poverty. It only proves how the VP is so out of tune with the world’s situation. The country’s economy is far better than Japan as far as stability is concerned.
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos is the recent guest of Cebu’s prestigious 888 News Forum anchored by Elias Baquero. This is where analytical media representatives exchange views and opinions about the country’s important issues with experts in their field. It is undeniable that Marcos has big chances of becoming the top Philippine leader like his father. A question on how he can address corruption under Federalism when he becomes President confronts him which he logically addressed.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos said that solving corruption is an ongoing thing. Vigorous exercise of laws must be imposed.
Corruption under the Federalism Agenda
Marcos answers the question: Is corruption under your Federalism agenda when you become President? He replied: It is not necessarily in the Federalism agenda. He thinks that everybody can fight against corruption – not just the President. There must be political will on the issue. It happens in any organization. Equal and vigorous imposition of the law is a must, he said.
Previous Administration is a Bad Example
Marcos claims that there are incidents in the past administration that corruption is dealt with unfairly despite the strong evidence presented. They tend to favor those who are in their alliance and condemn those who are in the opposition.
Since corruption is a natural tendency in the society, no one can get rid of it at once. There must be a vigorous and equal application of the law. No group should get a favor and condemn another. It is not an acceptable idea to stop dealing with it. It can go on if not constantly vigilant.
Fairness in the Marcos Presidency
Certain issues are taken up in the 888 News Forum. Most of Marcos’ plans as shown in his answers to the questions raised show fairness in his judgment. Political dynasty, election integrity, infrastructure, federalism, and corruption are some of the major issues. This is the kind of forum that intellectual Filipinos must pay attention to unlike the highly political in nature press conferences elsewhere. Kudos to the Cebuano journalists and to the founders of 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Hotel.
Bongbong Marcos highlights one of the benefits of Federalism during his speech in Baguio city. He explains that it is an attempt to bring government services closer to the people. This is despite the fact that he has no direct benefit from it should he win the electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. The recount date is fast-approaching which is set on March 19.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos discusses one of the benefits of Federalism to the Baranggay Officials in the Regional Forum for Region V held at Baguio City.
Anticipated Recount Victory
Bongbong and Gov. Imee Marcos’ were previously in the Baguio Flower Festival. The Governor introduces him as the new Vice President of the Philippines. This mind-bugling introduction happens again in Binondo when former Senator Marcos addresses the Filipino-Chinese community during Chinese New Year.
Sympathy to the Marcos Family
Marcos said that Chinese businessmen who became rich are sympathetic to the Marcos family and vice versa. The Chinese were first accepted to the society and to the country’s economy institutionally and legally during his father’s time. The Philippines’ relationship with China has always been in the top level since then. That sours only during the time of the Aquinos.
Federalism Isolates Chaotic Situation
The Vice Presidential hopeful also added that in a Federal system of government, a chaotic town or city cannot pull the rest of the country down. The problem has no chance to easily escalate and effective solutions are for immediate implementation without such process delay.
Coup d’ Etat Example
One of the examples Marcos cites is the reason why Coup d’ Etats only happens in Manila. It’s because if the capital is taken by the rebels, the rest of the country follows.
The opposition stalwarts panic because President Rodrigo Du30 succeeds with his administration. He even increases his popularity after 18 months in office. Bongbong Marcos talks highly of the President as he slams the anti-administration drivers. The energy of Du30’s governance creates a synergy among the people as felt via social media. They get frustrated over the power play displayed by their political enemies. It is obvious that the yellow fighters are more concerned about power play than what is good for the country.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos said that the President and the people are frustrated over the opposition’s power play.
Extreme Du30 Governance
The President is so far successful to launch more reforms and programs. This is to change the tone of government in the country. He shakes up the bureaucracy. Even fires more governments officials that includes many of his appointees. He is definitely serious to check corruption to be effective. He appoints a powerhouse team of economists to design and lead his economic program.
Tough Moves but Productive
Du30’s moves bring economic productivity and modernization to the country. The IS rebels in Mindanao are under control. He is bound to defeat the 48-year-old communist insurgency following the late Ferdinand Marcos’ strategy like the Martial Law. He prioritizes business cooperation and harmony in his foreign policy by befriending China.
Energy is Political Will
The late Blas F. Ople, senator, labor secretary during the Marcos regime noted the work of Alexander Hamilton. He said that “energy of will” is crucial in the presidency. This relates to the “energy in the executive” that means “political will.” It also signifies the main agenda of the Bongbong Marcos and President Du30 alliance which is to govern the country to its progress for the welfare of the Filipino people.
Bongbong Marcos has yet to see a process that would work as a transition from the present system to federalism. “It might be that we just need a very strong political will, and I think we can all agree that President Duterte has shown it to achieve what he feels is necessary,” Marcos said.
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[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos shared his views about federalism in a TV show in Davao, Gikan Sa Masa Para Sa Masa.
Component of a State
Marcos has yet to see a definitive government template that would make a shift to a Parliament system that is efficient and acceptable to the people. “For example, how would you form the states? If the process is by administrative regions, then we may become, say an Ilocano state,” he said.
Head of State
However, that would affect the political structure in each of the Ilocos region’s provinces, as well as towns and cities, he said. “If somebody had been chosen to head a state, how will you tell the governor? For instance, Governor Imee Marcos that she will no longer be the one to be followed? Instead, it’s the head of the state?” said Marcos
Federalism is not New
“It has become that way because this system has long been with us,” he added. Federalism is not new to the country, Marcos said. It was adopted by former President Ferdinand Marcos. This was during the creation of the Interim Batasang Pambansa was.
Political Will is More Crucial
Since there’s no process yet that would work in today’s climate, political will is a must. Marcos believes that President Du30 has that. The country can then shift to federalism when it’s ready.