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.
VP Leni Robredo insinuates that the Duterte administration just comes up with Federalism without carefully studying it. She wans that the shift to a federal form of government can result to areas that might be left out of the development process. However, in a gathered insights from Sandra Cam and the Binay Camp, poverty is not a real concern for the VP or else she could have used her office already to help alleviate the problem instead of just going against the president. She is afraid to lose her power and scared of Bongbong Marcos as Prime Minister.
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[VIDEO]: REPUBLIKA EPISODE 1/3 talks about the plans, goals, and mandates of her Vice Presidential office with Sandra Cam’s insights on VP Leni Robredo.
Sandra Cam On VP Leni Robredo
Sandra Cam describes VP Leni Robredo as a public official who is not working for the people but for her political Party. While the pro-poor president is working hard on making Filipino lives better, she constantly goes against it. She previously attends cabinet meetings then leak out vital information to her opposing team. Just like a paddle who goes against the tide.
LP’s Term is Over, It’s Time for PDu30
The Liberal Party with Pnoy or President Noynoy Aquino already had their six years in the executve office. Now is the time for them to give way to the president. Sandra Cam blatantly said that they already cheated Bongbong Marcos for the Vice Presidency but since their efforts are not enought to block PDu30, they must bow down to the will of the people.
Robredo explains that federalism might be too drastic to remedy a problem. It is not the only solution to the conflict in Mindanao, she added. Is it the cure for persistent oligarchies? Is it the only way to assure equal wealth-distribution among provinces? Robredo still have no answers to these questions. She said that millions of Filipinos continue to languish in poverty. Federalism might result to unequal provincial development, she firmly contradicts but also not sure.
Hilario Andes from the Binay Camp has this to say to the Vice President: Very wrong Mrs. Robredo. Federalism will afford each federal region to develop their respective towns and cities with their federal income through the taxes directly paid by the Federal economic and corporate and business entities without depending on the existing national budgetary allocations being controlled by the so-called “Imperial Manila ” Please revisit Economics 1 Mrs. Robredo. Its Economics 1.