By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Risa Hontiveros, who is known to defend criminals claims that the Du30 administration’s martial law has a record of distorting the rule of law. It allegedly mobilizes the state’s resources and machinery against its opponents. She insists that the situation in Mindanao seems to have similarity with that of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ regime. Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año’s response to Hontiveros during a deliberation says it all: Only lawless individuals in Mindanao are afraid of the military rule. She should study the difference between the two versions as per the constitution itself.
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[VIDEO]: Sagutan ni Risa Hontiveros at Eduardo Año sa Martial Law extension sa House
Hontiveros expresses her sentiment that law enforcement agencies should rely on the 1987 Constitution on the fulfillment of their duties, and not on military rule. She is against the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Her reactions to the statements of Secretary Año during the joint session of the Congress are all critical to it unsurprisingly.
The Opposition Fears for the 2019 Elections
Senator Hontiveros expresses fears that the military rule can cause harassments to local and national politicians from the opposition. This pertains especially those who will run in the 2019 midterm elections. The Congress conducts a joint session to tackle the extension of martial law in Mindanao recently as per the request of the President. The continuing rebellion in Mindanao necessitates the need for additional power to law enforcement agencies. This is something that Hontiveros is uncomfortable about.
The House’s Support
House Majority Leader Andaya made a motion to approve the joint resolution for martial law extension in the joint session. The House backs the assessment of police and military officials. It agrees that there’s “a continuing rebellion in Mindanao.” Andaya, representative of Camarines Sur, said that the House believes a “further extension of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus will enable the authorities to finally put an end to the rebellion. It can also keep it from escalating to other parts of the countr. Thus, prevent a catastrophe like in Marawi City.”
Twelve senators vote in support of the martial law extension. They are Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senators Gregorio Honasan II. Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Aquilino Pimentel III, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian, and Emmanuel Pacquiao also said yes to it. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who presides the joint session with Senator Tito Sotto supports the martial law extension.
No votes for Martial Law Extension
There are five senators who are against the President’s desire for the military rule extension for the third time in Mindanao. They are Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Franklin Drilon, Francis Escudero, Risa Hontiveros, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto abstained. The Senate and the House of Representatives vote to extend martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole Mindanao until the end of 2019 at 235-28-1. The Senate vote is at 12-5-1 and the House 223-23-0. This takes almost five hours of deliberations.
The former First Lady Imelda Marcos is still gracious at 89. She is really a beauty and brain person that made Prof. Winnie Monsod’s questions and comments sound so dumb. Provoking questions are easily corrected without ill feelings. Take the case of the alleged many boyfriends that she had – a scenario that Monsod tried so hard to insist upon. Rep. Marcos shines every time she opens her mouth. She clarifies that she has many admirers. Her transparency is just logical. However, regardless of her honesty and the kindest intention to the world, her family’s critics still insist that they have stolen some wealth from the government. This is despite the fact that her husband’s regime built the most quality public facilities in full accounting. Their wealth is just enormous for the country to have at that time. Marcos explains their gold’s origin in this video.
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[VIDEO]: Saan nga ba galing ang kayamanan ng mga Marcos? Ayon kay Rep. Imelda Marcos, itinago ng kanyang asawa sa ilalim ng kanilang bahay ang kinitang 7,000 toneladang ginto.
Transparent Even to Winnie Monsod
The elderly professor stated without thinking that Marcos’ house can collapse with the 7,000 tonnes of gold at the basement. Rep. Marcos just calmly explained that a basement is already underground. So, the weight could not possibly move the soil supporting it. She also proudly said that the first time her husband kissed her was during the wedding and it is even on the hand. No stolen kisses at all as doubted by Monsod.
Critics Insist that the Marcoses Steal
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez expressed doubts on the veracity of reports that the Marcoses have in their possession about 7,000 tons of gold. “I don’t think we can produce that kind of tonnage from the manner by which we are mining gold,” he commented. This makes sense because Rep. Marcos said that the gold bars were already in the basement for her late husband’s house before they got married. That they multiplied because of the wise investment of his initial fee as a top-notched lawyer to a royal family. Meanwhile, detractors like Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Robredo urge the President not to give immunity from criminal prosecution to the Marcos family in case they surrender part or all of such wealth.
Robredo’s Poor and Rich Story
In the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo’s weekly program “BISErbisyong LENI” aired over the Radio Mindanao Network, Robredo said allowing Marcos provisional liberty upon posting P150,000 bail only strengthened the belief that there was a social class disparity in the country’s judicial system. Nonetheless, she keeps on accusing the Marcoses of corruption even if as a lawyer, she does not have any evidence where the wealth comes from that would support her claim.
Lovelife and Plate Number are Politicized
The Fifth Division had allowed Mrs. Marcos to post a P150,000 bail bond for her provisional liberty while her motion remains pending. This created a stir among anti-Marcos stalwarts. Therefore, they can only magnify through the media that the congresswoman’s plate number is 8. House of Representatives issued a memorandum in 2016 ordering the recall of all protocol plates previously released to lawmakers. Former speaker Pantaleon Alvarez ordered the recall of all protocol plates in the wake of reports of abuse by their users. Alvarez cited reports that certain vehicles sporting such plates have been spotted in indecent places or figured in crime-related activities. This is not different from the scandal of the late President with an American actress that was fully the work of an overseas detractor.
No Stolen Wealth
Mrs. Marcos also denied that they have stolen any wealth. In fact, in a previous interview, she accuses the PCGG of stealing from them. The cases against her were filed in 1991 and took nearly three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors. She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing. That’s why there is a big possibility that all these convictions can be reversed at the SC in due time.
Bongbong Marcos said that his elder sister who is running for Senator has been his source of inspiration. She is really an “ate” in the great sense of the world. Someone whom the VP protestant looks up to ever since they were younger. Gov. Imee Marcos often introduces difficult words and a model for parents in bringing up their children. However, these are presented in a hilarious way in the birthday video.
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[VIDEO]: Happy Birthday Ate! I know you will always succeed at all that you do! Enjoy your day!
The inspiration of Many People
Gov. Imee Marcos is not only her brother’s inspiration but the model of many people. Despite their many down periods, she remains positive and forgiving. Her heart was not hardened by the sad circumstances in their lives. Yet, like gold, it shines furthermore.
Offering Her Hand
Gov. Imee as she is fondly called often lends a hand to help those who are in need. Moreover, this is projected in the video literally. At a drugstore, the governor happened to greet people. She then extended her hand to the sellers for a handshake. Unfortunately, the supposed recipients were either stunned or surprised that they just froze.
Down to Earth
The airport clipping also shows her being so down to earth. She naturally takes off her shoes following the airport check-in protocol as a safety measure. All of a sudden, she outbalances when attempting to wear her shoes back.
Senator To Be
The Marcos supporters join Bongbong Marcos in greeting the future Senator a happy birthday. At the beginning of the video, her brother apologizes for not having a naked woman somewhere because his wife, Liza did not agree with it. This gives way to the detractors to criticize. Nevertheless, this is the reason why most people can relate to the Marcoses. They are just so real and very Filipino. Especially when it comes to humor.
It took 27 years for the Sandiganbayan Court Fifth Division to sentence former First Lady and Rep. Imelda Marcos. It also happens to coincide with the upcoming midterm election where she is running for the current post of her daughter, Gov. Imee Marcos. Not too long after Gov. Marcos’ Congress intimidation, her mother is now the target of dirty politics. While the Marcos matriarch would be disqualified from holding public office if the conviction isn’t overturned, she still can continue to run in next year’s gubernatorial race until the anti-graft court’s decision is finalized.
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[VIDEO]: Nag-ugat ang kasong graft sa naging partisipasyon ng congresswoman sa pagpapatakbo ng mga foundation sa Switzerland habang nasa gobyerno.
Warrant of Arrest
Since Rep. Marcos failed to appear in court at the end of her corruption trial, an arrest warrant is issued against her. The 89-year-old widow of the former President Ferdinand Marcos was not present in court Friday. It was announced that she had been found guilty of seven counts of graft. Despite her absence, Marcos was sentenced to a minimum of up to 11 years for each count. She was acquitted on a further three counts of graft. However, she can post bail and perhaps not spend any day in prison.
Cases in the 1990s
Marcos, a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, will be given 30 days to explain her absence. The charges, filed in 1991, are traces from companies set up by the family in Switzerland prior to her husband’s ouster in 1986. Re. Marcos held various positions in her husband’s government during his 21-year regime while she was the first lady.
Almost the VP
Imelda Marcos’ son, Bongbong Marcos narrowly lost the election for Vice President of the Philippines in 2016. His protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo is still ongoing. Currently, there are still 1,284 ballot boxes that remain to be counted from Negros Oriental. The 388 ballot boxes are now completed from its 4 towns and 2 cities. The damaged 194 ballot boxes may be verified using the decrypted ballot views as per the wish of Robredo’s camp.
Accusations are Stronger During Elections
Next Possible Steps
As loud as it may seem, the verdict is not yet final. Rep. Marcos still has many remedies to resort to. She can appeal to the Supreme Court for one if the conviction is not reversed in the Sandiganbayan Court. At the end of the day, all these will just be the same old noise during elections. Perhaps the reason why her daughter who is running for Senator can’t comment more on this issue.
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.