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Can President Du30 Influence the Supreme Court on Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

At present, the revision in Iloilo is already finished for the initial recount of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo. Up next, is the 400 ballot boxes from Camarines Sur. This is estimated to be finished in about a week. Next, will be the 1,284 ballot boxes from Negros Oriental. The Supreme Court can then make their decision on the 3 pilot provinces before the half of the year 2019. Meanwhile, with worries about cancer, President Rodrigo Du30’s word on resigning seems at hand. If Marcos wins his protest he sees him as one of the better-qualified public figures to succeed him, if not the most capable one.



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Election Protest Timeline

The revision of the ballots from Negros Oriental is expected to be finished by November. Next on the timeline, would be the presentation of evidence. This can be started by January. Consequently, if the whole of January will be given to BBM and February is given to Robredo, for the presentation of their evidence, the appreciation stage of the proceedings can be started by March. If PET will be quick with the appreciation stage, they can make the decision about the 3 pilot provinces before the half of 2019.

Schedule for the Evidence

Despite the evidence that is already out the PET still, haven’t made a decision because the due process must be observed for the electoral protest. After the revision proceedings of the ballots from the 3 pilot provinces can the presentation of evidence be started.


The President’s Anointed Successor

It is not a secret that President Du30 is looking at Marcos to succeed his presidency. He announced on recently that he prefers someone like Marcos or Escudero to replace him when he resigns. Furthermore, in recent media appearances, through his spokesman, he says that he will resign if Marcos wins his protest. This is despite the alleged Martial Law atrocities during his father’s time.

Influencing the Supreme Court

Asked if Du30 wants Marcos to win his protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said: “That I do not know. That’s a different question.” We posted on Twitter on Friday: “By announcing his preference, is the President trying to influence the PET or the Supreme Court on the Marcos electoral protest? Also, a signal for PET to rush Marcos winning his protest? President Du30 announcing his preference, however, begs the question if he is trying to influence the PET to rush making a decision in favor of Marcos.



The President Cannot Dictate the Supreme Court

It is not however for Du30 to dictate who should succeed him after his presidency. The President is sworn to uphold the constitution, and the line of succession is clearly defined within. The SC Justices sitting as PET members must be unbiased in their decision for the protest. They should rule for Marcos if the evidence collected is substantial enough as verified by Atty. Glenn Chong.


Influence is Possible

Du30 may well be trying to influence the PET and the public to accept his plans and preferences. His announcements can be seen by his detractors as machinations. As can be recalled with the quo warranto petition of Supreme Court CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno that the Filipino leader vowed to remove. Consequently, the majority of the tribunal voted to have her ousted, if for sure can’t just be a coincidence.

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The Palace Plays with the Yellow’s Destabilization Efforts using Senator Trillanes’ Limelight

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque questions how could there be persecution when Senator Antonio Trillanes IV receives more airtime and “the palace gets 30 percent by way of reply?” “He loves it because he’s now in the center stage. This is not political persecution. This is a gift for him because we’ve given him the limelight,” Roque said. The yellow’s destabilization efforts together with the Communist Party of the Philippines may be real. But it is evident that the government is confident with the military’s loyalty. The AFP is bigger than its officers and men, as Col. Edgard Arevalo responds to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ badmouthing the President. Hontiveros calls Du30 as the country’s ultimate destabilizer. However, Arevalo confirms that the military is loyal to the constitution. He also adds that the opposition cannot persuade the uniformed soldiers to turn against the elected leader.



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[VIDEO]: Malacañang: ‘We’ve given Trillanes the limelight’




Intelligent and Mature Organization

With the word war about the soldier’s loyalties between President Durterte and Senator Trillanes, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. comments. To quote him, “While I am aware that the troops have individual views on many issues, those merely are hallmarks of an intelligent and mature organization like the AFP. But we always put the interest of the organization and the nation above our own.”

The Senator is Lying

Galvez is dissuading people from attempting to divide the AFP. To quote him, “Let me take this occasion to warn persons or groups that attempt to divide the AFP by sowing intrigues and discord among its officers and enlisted personnel. You will not succeed.” He also reminds the soldiers to not involve themselves with politics after the issuance of Proclamation 572.




The Lapse on Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty

Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, argues that only a president can grant or sign an amnesty. He argues that tsk of signing an amnesty cannot be delegated. He also comments that Trillanes should be jailed sooner rather than later. National Security Adviser, Hermogenes Esperon Jr. says, that a “specific amnesty” should have been issued by Aquino.



Temporary Freedom

As a sudden turn of events, the Makati Regional Trial Court issued a warrant against Trillanes. The senator yielded when the warrant was served to him at the Senate Lounge. He was able to post bail, however, and was given a release order. Consequently, he went back to the Senate.




Coup d’Etat is Non-Bailable

With his amnesty nullified, Senator Trillanes’ rebellion cases are pushing through. He was able to post bail from the warrant that was served to him by Makati RTC Branch 150, which handled his case over the Manila Peninsula Siege. However, if branch 148 comes out with a warrant for him over his Coup d’Etat case on the Oakwood Mutiny, he will no longer be able to post bail as it isn’t bailable under court-martial. For the meantime, the RTC defrays its decision to issue an arrest warrant. The Senator is back to his house and has been very quiet since then. The DOJ said that they are relieved that the court at least already did something and not just ignore their plea to address Trillanes’ fate following the rule of law.



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Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty: Media Showdown Cannot Cover Up the Invalid Facts

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Government Presidential Spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque urges Senator Antonio Ttillanes IV to stop talking nonsense. He must deal with the facts by submitting his duly approved Amnesty application. Aside from that, the law as conferred with international standard states that only a President can grant and sign an amnesty. Contrary to wrong media impressions, it is not the former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who signed Trillanes’ amnesty grant but the former Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin. Roque insists that instead of catering to Trillanes’ gossips, Filipinos better prepare for the upcoming typhoon.




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Void Amnesty Due to the Wrong Signatory

The president cannot delegate the power to grant amnesty to anyone according to Du30. He is insisting that PNoy himself should have signed the document. However, Trillanes’ certificate of amnesty was signed by former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. This renders it void according to the President. Furthermore, this also makes other certificates of amnesty questionable, if Gazmin is the only signatory.



The Shallow Defense of Senator Trillanes

Trillanes argues that it is absurd to think of the President to have to sign probably thousands of certificates of amnesty. Consequently, he believes that the president can delegate such administrative tasks to a secretary serving as the alter ego.


SolGen Calida’s Hand

Solicitor General Jose Calida and Senator Trillanes were already not on good terms. Furthermore, Trillanes investigated government contracts entered into Calida’s family business to the ire of the Solicitor General. Calida personally called Defense Secretary Lorenzana for the documents relating to Trillanes’ amnesty. However, Malacañang is insisting that Du30’s proclamation was not colored by politics.



Proclamation 572

Roque is saying that this line of reasoning voiced by Du30 serves as additional grounds for voiding the amnesty. To quote Roque, “This is an additional ground he is invoking, not including the grounds being cited by Solicitor General Calida.”




Facts on the Evidence

Roque is saying that for Trillanes to prove the validity of his amnesty application, he should provide a copy of the acknowledgment of his amnesty application form. If the Department of National Defense could not find a copy, Trillanes will have to prove that a form was submitted to be able to dispute such a claim instead of the staging a word war with the President.



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Bongbong Marcos: GMA as the Congress Speaker is In Line with Palace ex-Staff’s Wish

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By: Elena Grace Flores

It was not a surprise for Bongbong Marcos at all when former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo takes her oath during the SONA as the new Speaker of the Congress. He is, in fact, grateful to CGMA for accepting the nomination of her fellow lawmakers. It gives a clear scenario on how President Rodrigo Du30 puts everything together to pave the way for another Marcos golden years as planned by his alliance even prior to the election 2016. This is the same wish of the former palace staff of the Marcoses – for the namesake of Ferdinand Marcos, the great to be President.





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Not A Shocker from the Congress

It came as no shock to anyone. President Rodrigo Du30 is going to resign if Bongbong Marcos becomes the vice president. This was declared last Thursday, August 16, by Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque.




Strong Alliance

Du30 and Marcos have always been allies. The president has been vocal of his support to Marcos’ poll protest even back in October 2016. This week, he repeats his stand that he wants someone like Marcos to succeed after him.

Bringing back their Glory

Du30 can count as an achievement his swift rehabilitation of the political powers of 2 names that have been brought down by the Aquinos. He has paved the way for the Marcos family to reemerge in the Philippine national politics. Bongbong Marcos is now right on track to claim the presidency in the future.









Avenging CGMA through the Congress

Now he is defending the name of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as well. She is now once again re-emerging as a major political powerbroker. The opposition, criticizes Du30, as these moves arguably detract from his own reform credentials. They question what his motivations are on restoring these two into political power. To the loyalists of Arroyo and Marcos however, this serves as a realization of his word. We need capable leaders if we are to make the Philippines stand strong.




Ex-Palace Staff are for Bongbong Marcos’ Presidency

Marcos shares nostalgic memories with the ex-palace staff. Marcos surprised Pete Sacro on his 90th birthday, visiting him at his home. All his wishes are for Marcos to remain healthy and strong to fulfill his role as President in the future. With all the excitement on the changes in the government positions, the ex-staff shows their support to Marcos.

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Du30’s Verdict?: Bongbong Marcos to be President as fast as When He was Cheated in the 2016 Election

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 was not joking when he told Gov. Imee Marcos that he will pass the presidency to Bongbong Marcos. In fact, the alliance of Binay, Honasan, Marcos, and Du30 knew this all along even before the election. Although at that time, no one ever thought that VP Leni Robredo would win against Marcos. It was just very obvious that the direct tampering of the server made the almost one million votes lead of Marcos disappear in favor of the questionable Vice President in the 2016 election. Now, Du30 is true to his word of giving up the highest power of the land to Marcos. He hints that he will be President as fast as when he was cheated.





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[VIDEO]: If former senator Bongbong Marcos wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte ‘will make true his word’ to step down, says Malacañang.




The Presidential Spokesperson’s Confirmation

As soon as Marcos wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Du30 ‘will make true his word’ to step down, says Malacañang.  He will likely resign, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. This was the logical “conclusion” one would make from the recent the President’s statements that he was ready to resign if the ideal leader will take his place in Malacañang.




Likely Successors

President Du30 has always been open about his admiration for and close friendship with Marcos. The latter is the namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The President said on Tuesday, August 14, that he would step down if someone like Marcos or Senator Francis Escudero were next in line. However, even before the election, the President already said that if he wins as President, he will turn over the Presidency to Bongbong Marcos. At that time, Marcos was a sure winner for the Vice Presidency until a direct tampering activity was obvious in the data collected by the country’s IT experts.

Constitutional Leader

Escudero, who ran alongside Sen. Grace Poe, conceded defeat in 2016. He is a member of the Senate majority. Marcos, meanwhile, is in the middle of an election protest against Vice President Robredo. He accused her of cheating in 2016. In a speech hinting at resignation in May, Du30 told government officials and congressional leaders: “Anyway I really want to resign from office. Between the two preferred successors of Du30, only Marcos has constitutional rights to take over through his protest. However, Robredo can be impeached with either House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo or Senate President as the temporary replacement until Marcos is declared the real winner of the 2016 VP race.









The Supreme Court is the Key on the Election Protest

The PET, the body that will decide whether or not Marcos is the rightful vice president, is the Supreme Court. It sits as an electoral tribunal. The SC is currently composed of 5 Du30 appointees out of 15. By 2022, 13 out of 15 will be his appointees. Marcos currently petitions the PET for Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa to inhibit from is election protest. He said that he is biased all throughout as Pnoy’s appointee. At the moment, a new Supreme Court Chief Justice is about to emerge. If a pro-Marcos head magistrate will be appointed, there’s a big chance for him to unseat Robredo. As promised, Du30 will give way to Marcos like lightning. Just like when his father was buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery while the opposition was sleeping.




Bongbong will be President before 2022

The current developments are actually leaning towards the realization of a prophecy. Bong, bong, bong…hail the pearl of the orient. A new leader has emerged with his name sounding like a bell, it was written. This is believed to be the era where no one can block the progress of the Philippines. Truly, the country will be great again. Thanks to President Du30.