Bongbong Marcos discloses earlier that there are strong groups that are working to destabilize the Du30 administration. A study on remittance locally shows that there were suspicious funding movements. Remittances to central bank-registered remittance centers in Northern Mindanao spike by 200 to 400 percent early February 2017. This is three months before the Marawi attack. Marcos also speculates that surveys in the same period tend to influence the mindset of people.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos stresses that there are real groups that are working to destabilize Du30.
Much Needed Funding
Local remittances are crucial to funding the five-month siege led by the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups. The IS terrorists in Marawi cannot sustain their deadly attacks without the daily payments. Private remittance centers flourish extremely at a high rate in 2017. This happens even in second-class municipalities like Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, which, for the longest time, only have two rural banks.
Constant International Remittance
Remittances from overseas workers remained constant. They account for just 25 percent of the total in the past three years. Since February 2017, there were no new local industries within Mindanao that logically explain the 200- to the 400-percent increase in the volume and value of daily local remittances within the region.
Military sources cite the presence of cash couriers inside the Marawi main battle area during the siege. Some dead terrorists were found to possess cash ranging from P30,000 to P300,000. The Al Qaeda is known to utilize the informal hawala or padala system to fund terrorist attacks all over the world. Local residents have confirmed receiving money through hawala. It is an unregistered remittance scheme.
Bongbong Marcos is greatly involved in the rehabilitation of Leyte after Super Typhoon Yolanda four years ago in his personal capacity as the cousin of Tacloban Mayor, Alfred Romualdez. Rejected Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who insists that no billions of pesos worth of funds reached the department during her tenure has no replacement yet. She, however, shows her reluctance to work with Bongbong Marcos if ever he becomes a part of President Du30’s cabinet in an interview. Taguiwalo is a notable anti-Marcos as a leftist. It’s a different ball game now because if there was no Marcos before, there’s definitely no Taguiwalo now. Although the hope for Marcos’ return is still on the rise with the pending recount on his electoral protest against Leni Robredo.
[VIDEO]: Rejected Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said she is not sure what would happen if Senator Bongbong Marcos joins the cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Du30.
Taguiwalo’s CA Rejection
Taguiwalo was the third Cabinet member rejected by the CA. The social activist-educator would remain the President’s friend. It is also unlikely that Vice President Leni Robredo can replace Taguiwal. Some netizens recommend this in an online survey. It is an uncomfortable scenario if the President allows that. She is known to oppose all the major moves of Du30 behind his back. Not during cabinet meetings.
The Government’s Commitment
The country commemorates the fourth anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Its international name is Haiyan. Malacañang reaffirms the government’s commitment to rebuilding communities affected by the disaster. This is amidst continued cries for shelter among victims. Palace spokesman Harry Roque assures the public that President Rodrigo Du30 would not turn his back on Yolanda victims. The Du30 administration learned from the past mistakes of the Aquino government when it comes to dealing with Yolanda’s devastation.
Du30 visited Yolanda victims in Tacloban City last year. He openly expressed his frustration over the slow housing projects for the super typhoon survivors. The Chief Executive returned to Tacloban in January. he still complains that not all his expectations are met. This year, however, Du30 is not in the country during the Yolanda anniversary, November 8. He attends the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam. This could be very handy for Bongbong Marcos if he is the Vice President.
Bongbong Marcos’ Passionate Hand Might be Needed
The National Housing Authority or NHA data shows that 205,128 houses are for construction. But only 11.4 percent are occupied. Only 33 percent is complete. Although they believe that the real figures are much lower. Roque said that the President backs moves to hold those who caused delays in housing projects accountable. This is for their apparent negligence. Bongbong Marcos has yet to comment on this. Perhaps, his involvement is needed here. Also, Senator Manny Pacquiao earlier suggested conducting a Senate probe where the big chunk of Yolanda funds went.