Presidents do not operate in a vacuum. To do what he thinks is right, PDu30 can only bring the matter to the state. It is the ensemble of institutions that includes the bureaucracy, that governs a nation. Nevertheless, the President emerges as the country’s strongest President ever. Du30 is almost the equivalent of the late Ferdinand Marcos who is the true crusader of democracy contrary to what detractors say.
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[VIDEO]: Lingid sa kaalaman ng marami, nagsimula ang karera ni Pangulong Du30 makaraan ang EDSA People Power noong 1986. Pero hindi rin sikreto na bilib si Digong sa yumaong diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos.
Du30 is a strong leader because of his choice to be independent of the economic elite that influences Philippine Presidents for their own gain. He starts to move against the Rufino family that owns the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Lopez clan of ABS-CBN Network, and even an oligarch, Antonio Floirendo, who is his own supporter from Davao.
There are indications that the bureaucracy that is captured by the elite causes the State to be weak. But it is enough to block Du30’s moves. The Bureau of Internal Revenue, for example, acted urgently on the President’s orders last August on the Dunkin’ Donuts case. It’s already almost a year now, and there’s no progress on the case yet.
Going Against the President
Bureaucracy a system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials rather than by elected representatives.The Chief Presidential Legal Counsel can tell that his agency’s corrupt officers are just fooling him that by saying that his orders can’t be implemented without violating government rules and regulations. They do the opposite of what a President wants. Take a look at the House Committee’s move against Gov. Imee Marcos’ Ilocos 6 also. Thanks to the 11 justices in the Supreme Court. Martial Law’s implementation moves on despite the opinions of CJ Sereno and Justice Carpio. Some anti-administration Senators would surely come out negatively as Bongbong Marcos’ recount process nears.
Blocking the President’s Choice
It is evident that some justices in the Supreme Court and few lawmakers in the Congress and even the Senate are not in favor of Bongbong Marcos’ potential victory in his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. Delaying tactics for the preliminary conference that is finally set on July 11 are obvious. This has created a stir among the majority of Filipinos who voted for Marcos. Once again. the President’s jurisdiction is put to the test. Will he tolerate such abuses by some officials from these government branches against the Marcoses to deny Bongbong Marcos of his chance to be President someday?
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno might be the SC head but it is obvious that she does not have control over it. Sereno criticizes the majority ruling of the Supreme Court over the approval of Martial Law. She said that it effectively gave PDu30 the exclusive right to decide on matters of national security without limitations. She fears that this can pave the way to abuse.
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[VIDEO]: President Du30’s record-high net satisfaction ratings can be partially attributed to his declaration of martial law in Mindanao,
Close Watch by the Supreme Court
The Chief Justice and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have the same opinions. They said separately that the President must be under close watch on his Martial Law moves. This is to make sure that as he exercises Proclamation 216, people can prevent abuses.
Sereno partially granted the petitions against Proclamation 216. She said in her opinion that Du30 should not have been given the sole discretion to proclaim martial law over the entire Philippines. This goes the same in areas where there is rebellion. However, most justices voted in favor of his sole discretion over the matter. At least, SC still practices democracy.
Carpio said that Du30’s words should not be taken lightly. The president once discloses that his Martial Law will not be any different from what the late President Ferdinand Marcos did. Marcos allegedly abolished Congress, shut down media that triggers rebellion, imprisoned political opposition leaders, packed the SC with loyalists and ruled by decree. Carpio said that the Court must discourage the President to repeat history
Martial Law Consequences
Carpio enumerates the possible consequences of the martial law. That includes wiretapping and government takeover of businesses, the news media, and services such as telecommunications, power supply, and aviation. He stresses that these are all powers given to the President when national security or public safety requires it. What can they do with the surging high popularity of PDu30? As democracy dictates, the majority wins.
It’s not all glamor for the ever popular former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Her cousin Loreto Ramos attests their humble beginning. A family helper, even bought her new shoes, because she was not raised in luxury but by the kindness to house helpers. She does not have to create a glamorous image. Her grace, charm, beauty, intelligence, and golden heart are treasures enough that allow her to be the hind legs of a great President full of wisdom and soon to be the mother of one.
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[VIDEO]: Imelda Marcos, who turns 88 this year, is known for her lavish lifestyle when she was the first lady. Her jewelry collection is estimated to be worth at least P1 billion.
The Great President
Then Congressman Ferdinand Marcos may have given Imelda the life that she only dream of. But it is also true the other way around. A man with who manages to have a wife like Mrs. Marcos after 11 days of courtship must be a blessed one. They got married in 1954. He was elected President in 1965. That makes her the 10th First Lady of the Philippines and an envy to the world.
Rep. Marcos also served as governor of Metro Manila and Minister of Human Settlements aside from being First Lady. She even resumed her political career even after her husband stepped down from power due to false accusations. She has served the House of Representatives from 1995-1998, and from 2010 until at present. Her husband can never be a dictator because there’s no such thing in a democratic constitution.
Marcos’s 3,000 pairs of shoes are her collections for the past decades. Some local and international brands still have tag prices on them from $11 for the locally-made ones to $100 each for the imported ones. This is an indication that she has not worn all of them. Media critics failed to investigate that most of the local pair of shoes displayed are the products of the Marikina Shoe Industry that she supported. The imported ones served as models for their designs. Some mainstream media still has a lot to learn.
Bongbong Marcos’ Wisdom
Bongbong Marcos never gives a boring interview. One is always inspired after listening to him. He is filled with wisdom that detractors can only self-destroy. His wit is a mixture of humility, knowledge, and hands-on experience. Supporters are hoping that one day, the people will wake up to witness his installation as the real Vice President of the country – the same way that he was robbed of it. Then, he can be the likely successor of the Presidency.
Midas Marquez who was the late CJ Corona’s spokesperson is the first to be interviewed among 8 applicants in the line-up.The Supreme Court vacancy is for Justice Bienvenido Reyes who will retire on July 6. After Reyes, Justice Jose Mendoza will also retire on August 13. Marquez said that the SC gives a fair ruling on Marcos-related issues so far.
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[VIDEO]: Court Administrator Midas Marquez is grilled by Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez on martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte. Marquez said he does not see the need for the Congress to convene on martial law, but deferred answering directly to the Ilocos 6 conflict.
Supreme Court Justice candidate Midas Marquez told the Judicial and Bar Council or JBC that the decision to bury the late President Ferdinand Marcos at Heroes’ Cemetery was “sound” and that Congress need not convene on President Du3o’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.
Martial Law Joint Session
“Congress only needs to convene if they intend to revoke martial law,” Marquez explained. This is also his stand on the present declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Both chambers’ decision not to convene to approve it is right. It is not necessary, Marquez said.
Supreme Court was Out of EDSA
The late President Ferdinand Marcos did not get an honorable dismissal. Some people made him go away during EDSA revolution. It has nothing to do with the Supreme Court. The late Cory Aquino took over the presidency.
Marcos was not a Criminal
Marquez also clarifies that Marcos did not commit crimes. He was never a criminal as Du3o earlier said. Although he was reminded of the late dictator’s human rights abuses, he thinks that he’s not solely responsible for them.
President Du30 swears to follow the Supreme Court. He is willing to stop Martial Law in Mindanao if it rules against it. He warns that if he has to reinstate military rule to save the country, he will do it his way. That surely makes him a Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. copycat, he said.
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[VIDEO]: The President said that if he is forced to declare Martial Law again in Mindanao after Supreme Court halts it, he will do it on his own, the Marcos way.
Martial Law Abuses
The President’s opposition party detests Martial Law. During the Marcos regime, Liberal Party politicians were allegedly arrested, detained and tortured. The late Ninoy Aquino was even charged with rebellion punishable by death penalty. He was permitted to seek medical help in the US after he got the public sympathy for his plight.
Suppressed Freedom of Speech
Media people also complained that press freedom during Marcos’ time was non-existent. The news was accessory to the rebellion and Communist propaganda of the insurgents. Most of these media affiliations are still around these days. They are the ones that back up the VP Leni Robredo and other LP political warriors for their anti-administration campaigns.
Getting what LP asked for
The Liberal Party will definitely get what it asked for if they continue to challenge the President. Their criticisms are not taken lightly. They all go through relevant legal processes. Since they never give the Philippine leader the benefit of the doubt, he is ready to give them hell one more time using Martial Law if they insist.
Copycat of Marcos
The 1987 Constitutions was revised by the late President Cory Aquino. If LP members are not convinced that it prevents the President from doing what Marcos allowed to happen, then Du30 is more than willing to do it his way. That is more likely a Marcos copycat.