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Can the Supreme Court Ignore Atty. Glenn Chong’s Testimony on Marcos’ Missing Votes?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

One of the top candidates for Senator, Atty. Glenn Chong explains at the top of his lungs the obvious anomaly on the missing votes of Bongbong Marcos during the last election in 2016. The Comelec can only discredit him that he is lawyering for Marcos. However, only people who pretend to be deaf can’t understand the logic of his explanation. Will the Supreme Court ignore this? z

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[VIDEO]: Who can Stop Atty. Glenn Chong in Locating Marcos’ Missing Votes?

Hot Senatoriable’s Advocacy

Hot senatoriable Atty. Glenn Chong discloses the whereabouts of Bongbong Marcos’ 241,712 voting shortage to win as VP. He said that the official votes from the Comelec server are short of around 241,000 votes. The result of municipal, district, regional and regional board of canvassers of 181 million for the 6 VP and 6 Presidential candidates must tally with that of the Comelec server. However, it so happens that the shortage of Bongbong Marcos to win as VP is more or less the same as the amount of the missing votes from the overall total.

Comelec is Not Listening

Instead of getting the data from Chong, Comelec ex-Chair Sixto Brilliantes tries to deny Chong’s claims. He has doubts of the figures that the young lawyer mentioned. Nevertheless, Chong blasts him saying that the poll body did not check the database. The team of Chong thoroughly made a careful examination and analysis of the available information. This is why the former Congressman of Biliran can immediately criticize them right at their faces.

Lawyering for Marcos?

The people can now understand why Chong’s detractors insist that he is Marcos’ lawyer. His knowledge about the massive 2016 election cheating is vital to the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. In fact many experts speculate that the Supreme Court is quiet now because they need an unquestionable defense for their decision on the case which can only be favorable to the son of the late President, Ferdinand Marcos.

The People are Now Aware

It is evident online that the popularity of Chong surges high because of his passionate fight against election fraud. He accuses Comelec and Smartmatic of depriving the people on their choices during elections. This is why he runs for Senator. He said,that doing so is his last straw for his clean election advocacy. The people must be the ones to decide on his plight.

The Supreme Court is Under Close Watch

Despite the restlessness of Marcos’ supporters online, they can’t do anything but to wait for the Supreme Court to act on the electoral protest of Marcos. They are just waiting for the legislative branch to make a wrong move. For sure, the loyalists won’t take any unfair decisions sitting down. As Chong’s digital survey rate increases, the more Comelec fears for its possible demise.

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Can Senator Koko Pimentel Work with Bongbong and Imee Marcos?


By: Elena Grace Flores

Senator Koko Pimentel said that he can work with Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos if they both win in May’s Senate elections. However, he maintains that the martial law years under her father’s regime were not good for the country. Pimentel’s father, former Senate President Nene Pimentel was a political prisoner during the Marcos regime. Despite this, he had worked with her brother, Bongbong Marcos when he was still a Senator. He is used to working with them. z

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[VIDEO]: Sen. Koko Pimentel on campaigning with Imee Marcos

Gotten Used to Former Senator Bongbong Marcos

“I’ve gotten used to it.” Senator Pimentel said, whose father was a political prisoner during the Marcos regime. He sees no problem sharing the campaign stage with Imee Marcos. Hugpong ng Pagbabago is their common affiliation. The President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Du30-Carpio chairs the political party.

Imee Marcos and Martial Law are Two Different Things

For Pimentel, the Marcos martial law years were not good years or not beneficial years to the country. He believes that the suppression of democracy at that time was evident. We had no basic freedoms,” Pimentel added. This remains to be his stand. But he can campaign with Imee because she is a nominee of President Rodrigo Du30. Like Marcos, Pimentel is an ally of the President.

Who Doesn’t Lie?

The Ilocos Norte governor recently stirs controversy over her educational credentials after the University of the Philippines and the Princeton University announces through the mainstream media that she is not a graduate of her school. Although Marcos only said that she completed her studied in both schools. Mayor Du30-Carpio defends Marcos, saying that Leni Robredo should not talk about honesty. She is known as a Fake VP for nothing. This should not be an election issue because all candidates supposedly lie anyway, she declares.

Honesty is a Decision One Can Make

Although Pimentel believes that honesty is “important”, he cannot instill it to all people. It is the right thing to do but we are not in the position to judge. It should also be understood that if some people can trust a person who is not honest, then that it is his decision,” he added. Marcos actually did not lie. She knows that she consistently was in the dean’s list and even attended her graduation ceremony from UP Law. However, her diploma was withheld because of Princeton’s taking her out of the list of graduates following the criticisms of some anti-Marcos followers.

Senator Pimentel’s Unpopularity

Pimentel suffers from recent unpopularity because of his slow and ineffective handling of the Senate inquiry on election fraud in 2016. Supporters of the clean election advocate, Atty. Glenn Chong who is among the top senatorial candidates as per an online survey criticizes his impositions to the Comelec or lack of them. Even Mayor Sara was also not happy with him once. He can actually do better than what he said about Imee and Bongbong Marcos. That might give him a chance to at least get more votes.

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To Otso for Debate: Why Marcos? Why Not Gadon and Chong?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidates Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada, slam the Otso Diretso slate for boasting on their clean record at the expense of other candidates. Opposition Senate aspirant, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that there is a problem with the exchanges if they won’t happen face to face. The LP tactic aims to humiliate their opponent using past media propaganda. So, his team challenges other senatorial candidates to face them in debates instead of complaining about “negative campaigning” during political sorties. It is evident through the mainstream media that the LP bets are critical of Marcos’ educational attainment. Atty. Larry Gadon counteracts this and together with another social media hottie, Atty. Glenn Chong, they accept their challenge. z

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[VIDEO]: NEWS BREAK: Atty. Glenn Chong and Larry Gadon Accepted Otso Diretso’s Debate Challenge.

Anytime Anywhere for Atty. Glenn Chong

Atty. Glenn Chong said that he never says no to any debate. He is always a debater ever since he was in school and a good one at that. He counter-challenges them by giving him the time and venue for the said occasion. Chong ranks in the top 2 of social media popularity together with Gadon. Not to mention the ever famous, Governor Marcos.

4 vs 1 for Atty. Larry Gadon but Not at the UP

Gadon is up for Otso Diretso’s debate challenge, provided that only four opposition senatorial candidates would be on the same debate with him. The venue should not be at the University of the Philippines where there is a crowd of communists, according to him.

Pimentel: Aren’t they Busy?

“Are they not busy with their own rally?” Senator Koko Pimentel told the media when asked about the Liberal Party-led “Otso Diretso” opposition slate’s challenge to debate on election issues. Pimentel said that the administration’s PDP-Laban party and their guest candidates are open to debates. But the campaign sorties across the country present scheduling problems.

Imee Marcos is Too Busy

“There is no problem if there would be a debate. I have no problem with that. But there are some like us who are too busy making the rounds that we couldn’t even go back to Manila, said Marcos.” This leaves Otso Diretso members with Gadon and Chong. The people are waiting.

Gadon and Chong are Waiting

Given that their political enemies would do everything to stop any Marcos from reaching the top position of the land, the younger Marcos generation is fully-equipped with an experienced politician like their grandmother. The guidance of both Bongbong and Imee Marcos is also vital. Unlike the yellow faction, it is not their nature to discredit other candidates for election. They can play along with politics because it is their life. Many Filipinos are banking on them to lead the nation to prosperity.

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Election 2019 Bets for Election Reforms, Livelihood, Health, and Wealth

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Popular social media personalities, Mocha Uson and Atty. Glenn Chong made it not just online but also offline. They can really draw enormous crowds nationwide and overseas. Their campaign strategy is a hit being fueled by voters themselves. The motorcade in Cebu, Hongkong meet and the merging of other senatorial hopefuls like Bong Go, Bato de la Rosa, and Dr. Willie Ong combine various sectors in society. Not to mention the influence of Imee Marcos who is pro-administration like them. Now, here are the real wealth from their political platorms. z

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[VIDEO]: GO KASOSYO Meet & Greet with Atty. Glenn Chong, Doc Willie Ong & Mocha

Mocha Uson’s Advocacy

Uson runs under Kasosyo Partylist, which advocates farmers’ welfare. However, she admits that Kasosyo agrees to accommodate her as its nominee even if she would be espousing the rights of migrant workers. The former Communications Assistant was also an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) at one time of her life.

Congress and Not the Senate

The former official heeds Presidential daughter, Mayor Sara Du30-Carpio’s advice to abolish the Makabayan Bloc that allegedly supports communists. This is why she feels that her inclusion is needed there. Bong Go, Bato de la Rosa, Imee Marcos, Pia Cayetano are already running for Senate seats.

Atty. Glenn Chong’s Belief

Atty. Glenn Chong on the other hand campaigns together with Uson in many occasions. He is in favor of federalism, the move to change the name of the Philippines to Maharlika, and most of all electoral reforms that made him popular due to his electoral fraud disclosure by the Comelec itself in connivance with Smartmatic. He also said that he is not keen to get the endorsement of neither the Catholic Church nor President Rodrigo Du30. Chong adds that he wants to win on his own with the help of the people.

Bong Go Hurts Kris Aquino

Despite being known as the President’s sidekick, Bong Go is not new to the circles of elite, business people, and entertainment personalities. Philip Salvador, the father of Kris Aquino’s son, Joshua is even his friend. Both act out some parts of the skit that the actor played with Aquino while the two starred in the 1994 movie Nandito Ako. Salvador declares that he truly loves her and sang the movie’s theme song. The latter then divulges that their joke hurts her. Previously, the President discloses that Go’s family has enourmous wealth that would made it unbelievable for him to be corrupt.

Health is Wealth

Veteran physician Dr. Willie Ong becomes a social media sensation for his helpful tips on almost every health condition. His knowledge in the medical is his tool in helping people especially the poor who need medical help. Dr. Willy is also active in a number of public services in different parts of the country. Ong considers illegal drug addiction as a long-standing problem in the Philippines. To address this, Ong said drug dependents must be given proper attention to help them recover. As a senator, he believes that he can help not just a few but a substantial number of citizens that would help pound wealth into the country.

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Atty. Glenn Chong Explains that Protecting Bongbong Marcos was Not his Goal to Pin Down Smartmatic

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong, one of the hottest faces to run for a Senate seat this 2019 election explains during an interview his affiliations with Bongbong Marcos. It happens that he asks Atty. George Garcia to include his name in the list of attorneys for Marcos’ defense team to prove a technical anomaly of Smartmatic. However, he never shows up during interpolations to protect Marcos. Therefore, he insists that he is not one of his electoral protest lawyers against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. z

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[VIDEO]: Si dating Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong ang haharap sa matinding job interview kasama si News5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes. Karapat-dapat kaya siya para sa iyong boto?

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Chong points out 459 precincts already transmit their results that generate at least 220,000 votes before the election which are substantial enough for Robredo’s win. In the future, he recommends that if there’s a hybrid system with manual voting and counting, the physical counts are already in the precincts’ record. These can then be the basis for the digital transmissions should there be suspicious trends like in Robredo’s case.

Atty. Glenn Chong Needs to be a Senator

Chong confirms bluntly that he needs to be a Senator to be able to defeat the cheaters during elections. He would have his own legal forums and authority to defend his stand on clean election systems. As a private person, the mechanisms are limited to flourish his idealism to protect the people’s votes. He swears to realize this promise when elected.

Breaking his Spirit on Aide’s Murder

150 million is hilarious to be paid by a syndicate just to break Glenn Chong’s spirit according to the interviewer. She made it sound bizarre that someone actually would pay that to discourage a guy like Chong. He answers with the utmost composure saying that he’s noisy. Perhaps a pain in the neck for the election manipulators. Chong believes that Richard Santillan’s case was meant to scare him in pursuing his advocacy.

Political Platform Supported by Data

The anti-poverty projects of Glenn Chong follow the 3 foundations of health, education, and transportation. Poverty incidence in Biliran in 2007 was 65% but immediately drops to 30% after Chong left in just 3 years. He addresses the anchor’s question with legitimate data that cannot be contested.

Bongbong Marcos Support is Coincidental

Chong did not intend to protect Bongbong Marcos for his electoral protest fight but his concrete findings on Smartmatic’s anomalies put a lot of weight on Marcos’ case. Besides, he has a very effective online and offline systems that encourage common people to take part in his campaigns. Filipinos definitely need a Senator like him.

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Atty. Glenn Chong Opposes Bam Aquino’s Stand on Lowering Age of Criminal Liability

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong sees lowering of criminal age as a way to move children away from adult criminals and syndicates. “By lowering the age, we actually remove more of these children away from them,” he said. Chong added that rehabilitation facilities should also be given adequate funding to ensure that children are “well” rehabilitated. “If our goal is to rehabilitate, there must be enough funds necessary to bring back their dignity,” he said. This is contrary to Bam Aquino’s stand who disagrees with the bill. He explains that syndicates or parents should be punished instead of children. z

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[VIDEO]: #Harapan2019: Glenn Chong on age of criminal responsibility

The House Approves the Bill

The House committee on justice approves the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old. Last January 21, the justice panel gave its thumbs up to the substitute bill. This would amend Republic Act (RA) 10630, the law that currently retains the minimum age of criminal liability at 15. However, it allows children as young as 12 to be in youth care facilities or Bahay Pag-asa for serious crimes only. These include rape, murder, and homicide, among others.

Glenn Chong Got the Ultimate Purpose

House justice panel chairperson and Oriental Mindoro 1st District Representative Salvador Leachon said the bill primarily seeks to protect children from being used by syndicates to commit crimes. “Let it be understood that with the present bill, we are not putting these children in jail but in reformative institutions to correct their ways and bring them back to the community. They are not branded as criminals but children in conflict with the law,” said Leachon. The controversial, clean election advocate and lawyer, Glenn Chong explains this better than anyone else.

Rehabilitation Funding

“Reformative institutions do not punish individuals. Instead, they are set to help the children to be integrated back to the community after they have committed criminal acts,” Leachon added. This is why Atty. Chong insists that it is necessary to have substantial funding if it’s rehabilitation that we are after for the children to have better opportunities in the future.

The Same Stand but Different Mindset

Former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino agrees to lower the age to 12 or 13. He said that the country needs a “reformative justice system” for children accused of crimes. Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad also said that law enforcers should go after “masterminds” and “drug lords” that use children in crimes.

No Funding from Marcos

Running alongside hong is another lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon. He agrees to lower the age to 12. Children already have “discernment at such age, ” he said. “Today’s kids are smarter, they know what’s wrong and right,” Gadon added. “They will commit a crime because they have in mind that no punishment is at stake, Both Gadon, and Chong are in line with the administration’s objectives. Better yet, their advocacies pave the way for Bongbong Marcos to have a better stand in his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. The two also deny that they get any financial support from the Marcoses. They claim that their findings just coincide with Marcos’ fight.

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Glenn Chong also Campaigns for Imee Marcos as he Plots a Landslide Win

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong, the tiger of Biliran becomes fiercer when he was excluded in the recent GMA 7 debate. He swears to file a case on election discrimination if the network refuses to do the second round for the rest of the candidates for senator in the upcoming 2019 elections. Chong’s strategy for a landslide win that would be difficult for Smartmatic to manipulate involves not only social presence and organic website traffic but also physical counts. In almost all of Atty. Chong’s platforms, he also campaigns for Gov. Imee Marcos, the sister of Bongbong Marcos who is an obvious victim of electoral frauds in 2016 during the Vice Presidential race. z

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[VIDEO]: Atty. Glenn Chong, Possibleng Maging No. #1 sa Senate Election.

Campaigning for Imee Marcos

Smartmatic’s connivance with the mainstream media and survey firms is not working. Mind-conditioning through these networks cannot surpass the initiatives of the common people. Chong, however, continues to become popular. He gains sympathy nationwide and overseas after his close aide’s alleged murder by police scalawags. The Marcos loyalist groups alone with the mechanism of National Alliance of Philippine Federalism, Inc. can already assure him of sure votes. In return, his mention of Gov. Imee Marcos in most of his campaigns online and offline is evident. His speeches during tours in Mindanao, particularly in Davao City and Camiguin also did not fail to mention the governor. Plus social media endorsements are rampant for #IMEESOLUSYON.

#IMEESOLUSYON

Gov. Marcos posts on her social media pages an ad or her major television network campaign. Marcos tells viewers that the solution is in the rice fields. She suggests giving farmers enough seeds as well as proper equipment and irrigation. Marcos also says farmers deserve to be paid higher for their harvest. A lot of people have opinions. We have solutions. We got this,” says Marcos as the hashtag #ImeeSolusyon flashes on-screen. Atty. Chong supports the governor’s idealism all the way.

The Golden Age vs. Martial Law Atrocities

Every election, the Marcos Golden Era versus Martial Law Atrocities debate comes to life again even after more than 30 years of the fall of the late President Ferdinand Marcos who is a victim of black media propaganda. He has done so much for the country that most of his projects still exist to serve the people. His children remain popular in the hearts of most Filipinos. However, the descendants of the activists, rebels, and outlaws have different versions.

Supporting President Du30

The only way that the Golden Era surmises again is for the many alliances that made President Du30’s victory during the 2016 elections to unite always. This is why the detractors have to work hard in creating issues via social media that would divide supporters. Chong made sure that even if he runs for the same position, he would beat the enemies alongside Imee Marcos.

Chong’s Challenges

The clean election advocate attorney is thankful for the social media survey. He ranks 4 for popularity, virality is 6, social competitive is 2 or to have the chance to win, his capacity to turn followers into actual votes is 28. According to Chong, his rating on the latter does not reflect the real status of his current standing because he does not disclose his strategy so as not to alert the competitors vying for the same seat. In fairness to GMA, it explains to Chong that they limit their choice to the top 40 senatorial candidates based on a non-commissioned survey. Chong enlightens them that according to the law, the network must have fair and equal time to the rest of the 21 bets to provide a fair chance. He challenges survey organizers as well to call on a gathering and see who has more followers. As for GMA, the second round of debate is a must or else, a case will be filed accordingly.

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See How the Oligarchs Gain Media Control that Suppress Atty. Chong and Bongbong Marcos’ News

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Senatorial Candidate Toti Casino’s discussion with Teleradyo’s anchor explains why the news on the digital election fraud involving Smartmatic is not mainly covered by the mainstream media. These networks will never admit that they are no longer engaged in the dissemination of information but deeply into propaganda instead. Atty. Glenn Chong who reveals the 2016 automated anomalies that stopped Bongbong Marcos from becoming the Vice President said that he faces the media when he discloses the price of the operation that resulted to the death of his aide, Richard Santillan. It ends up to be a 150 million pesos deal that shuts press coverages against the election system provider. z

YouTube video byElena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Teleradyo Reveals the the Oligarchs’ Control of Mainstream Media

Atty. Glenn Chong vs. Mainstream Media

The netizens’ video on Atty. Chong’s statement regarding Smartmatic caught some mainstream media people capture their press representatives the moment he mentions the election company. His150 million price tag source is a government official with a connection to the intelligence community. The Camp of Chief Superintendent Edward Carranza retaliates that they do not know Chong which many believe that it’s a bluff.

Controlled by the Oligarchs

They are under the control of the oligarchs according to the anchor of Teleradyo. She refers to the mainstream media. They cannot be relied upon, she added. Unlike Teleradyo’s chairman, Ramon Jacinto who is patriotic enough to allow his reporters to express the truth that they know about.

Radyo Bandido

Radyo Bandido during Edsa One was the leading broadcaster at that time, said Casino. The Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc is the owner. DZRJ-AM was originally in the broadcast frequency of 780 kilohertz on the AM band. RJ Jacinto starts to operate the station in the backyard of his house together with his classmates from Ateneo.

Marcos Media Blockout

Bongbong Marcos and sister, Imee Marcos often mention that in the past, they cannot explain their side against the black propaganda thrown at their family. This is because they do not have the outlets to voice out and reach the general public. This changes after the existence of social media. The golden era people themselves are the ones who are contradicting the common belief that martial law was totally brutal and that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was a tyrant.

The Power of the People

The Edsa Revolution that topples the late Marcos was driven by misled Filipinos due to the propaganda against them. Whereas, the current battles of Atty. Chong and Bongbong Marcos versus similar enemies are powered by loyalists online. Despite the LP’s efforts in banning pro-Du30 and Marcos supporters in social media, their physical counts are overwhelming as seen in gatherings nationwide. The Comelec must assure the people with a clean and honest 2019 election or else, face the wrath of the majority.

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Atty. Glenn Chong Resorts to the Ombudsman to Fight Gen. Carranza for Aiding Alleged Smartmatic Crimes

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong is so sure of his accusations that the murder of his aide, Richard Santillan is Smartmatic’s way of scaring him away from the digital election fraud case. He recently files a case against Chief Superintendent Edward Carranza for not answering public inquiries. Gen. Carranza fails to answer Chong’s questions through the Senate hearing. He is certain that he is indeed an assassination target for being so noisy. General Carranza’s cases that Chong files through the Ombudsman are Obstruction of Criminal Prosecution and Obstruction of Justice, among others. z

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[VIDEO]: Atty. Glenn Chong accuses Gen. Carranza directly for the death of his aide and for putting a threat on his life.

Already the Direct Target

Atty. Chong is certain that he is now the main target after the intimidation technique of the police scalawags fails. He becomes fiercer than ever. The young lawyer also gets the sympathy and support of Filipinos nationwide and overseas. The Marcos loyalist groups for one are already enough to make him win a seat in the Senate, alongside Gov. Imee Marcos.

Only the Preliminary Step

The threat of Chong’s life intensifies because of the noises that he made. In fact, a suspicious car that trails his vehicle is the same as that of a PAO officer who assists him in Santillan’s case. Despite this, he continues to travel to destinations that would establish his candidacy stronger. He forms alliances that can guarantee him votes.

Chong’s Call Prior to the Ombudsman Filing

Chong earlier said that he wants to see and inspect the evidence that the police force gets. He also demands the supporting reports and evidence of the theory of the police. He made it very clear that he wants answers to the death of Santillan in days, not weeks. The heads of the criminals in uniform are at stake as per the clean election advocate.

Carranza’s Failure

Carranza previously said that he orders a fact-based probe to avoid mere speculations on Santillan’s case. He also assures that the findings by crime laboratory and the Public Attorney’s Office would be in court. His men are to testify according to their operational procedures and face charges accordingly. He also promises the public that the investigations would be based on facts and that the police scalawags would suffer. Nevertheless, he fails to even answer public concerns with concrete proofs.

Rising Popularity through the People’s Initiatives

Smartmatic’s connivance with the mainstream media and fake survey firms is not working. Mind-conditioning through these networks cannot surpass the initiatives of the common people. The Comelec and the police scalawags do not have concrete evidence on their claims. However, Chong has gained sympathy nationwide and overseas. The Marcos loyalist groups alone with the mechanism of National Alliance of Philippine Federalism, Inc. can already assure his seat in the Senate. His current popularity alongside Gov. Imee Marcos and Toti Casino is obvious during his tours in Mindanao, particularly in Davao City and Camiguin.

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Imee Marcos Retaliates to Chel Diokno’s Martial Law Bitterness with Electoral Reforms

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Martial law bitterness works in the past with the presumptive VP Leni Robredo’s debates and speeches. They were able to separate the Filipino voters in their stand. Now, another opposition senatorial candidate and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno counters his rival Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos’ stance on term limits. He cites his own situation during Martial Law contrary to the many advantages that the country still enjoys at the present time. Marcos insists that instead of the term limit, electoral reforms are needed to assure the people of clean and honest elections. z

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[VIDEO]: Pabor ka ba o hindi sa pagtanggal ng term limits sa mga mambabatas?

Removal of Term Limits

The two aspiring senators’ debate creates a stir on social media. Comments are more personal depending on which side netizens are on. Marcos and Diokno explain their position on the removal of term limits in the draft federal constitution. The governor said that instead of lessening the dynasty, the surname has become a franchise when the term limits were installed. She said that having term limits gives families an option to pass on their posts from father to “unknowledgeable wives” and “stubborn” children.

Marcos’ Factual Basis

Marcos cites the October 2011 study of Pablo Querubin at Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in her arguments. She claims that the “Political Reform and Elite Persistence: Term Limits and Political Dynasties in the Philippines” study proves that having term limits is ineffective. Instead of just 67 percent of elected officials with similar family names, it rose to 91 percent. She adds that term limits hinder the plans of elected officials.

Diokno’s Emotional Stand

Diokno’s father, the late Sen. Jose “Pepe” Diokno, was detained during the Martial Law period, opposes this stance of Marcos. He did not mention the name of Imee’s father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, but alludes to him during his rebuttal. He asks if the people already forgot his bitter experience.

Electoral Reforms Needed

Marcos’ alternative measure for the removal of term limits is electoral reforms as per the campaign of Atty. Glenn Chong. She helps in the research for the new Sanggunian Kabataan format that contains the first anti-dynasty provision. Under the said provision, Marcos explains that those with “second degree of civil relations, consanguinity and affinity” would not be allowed to run. Marcos also calls for studies on electoral reform and the real definition of a dynasty.

Timely Concidence

The House of Representatives approves on third and final reading its version of a federal constitution that scraps the term limits for members of the lower chamber and other local officials. Senators only have two terms while House members have a three-term tenure. Marcos’ idealism supports the advocacies of Atty. Chong and Toti Casino who disclose Smartmatic’s digital fraud that favors Robredo. Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest is still ongoing.