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The Reason Behind Anti-Marcos Media Noise VS. Silent Reality at the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Filipino people are not anymore reliant to mainstream media news for information on major public interests. Instead, most of them exert efforts to verify facts. Recently, the noise about Former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ alleged graft conviction and bail was everywhere. It highlights that the Sandiganbayan records show that former senator Bongbong and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos were beneficiaries of the Swiss foundations earlier found to illegally exist under an unknown law. Naturally, the direct beneficiaries are the children. However, the 3rd Marcos sibling, Irene is not a politician. There’s rarely any mention of her name. Whereas the first two are strong contenders to the country’s top posts. Currently, Rep. Marcos is back to the Congress like nothing happened.



Youtube Video by INQUIRER.net

[VIDEO]: Imelda Marcos back in the House after bail.


Back to the Congress

The former first lady was an early bird for the 3 pm plenary session at the Batasang Pambansa, arriving at the hall around 2:30 pm. She was wearing a pink terno-inspired long blouse and matching pants. The 89-year-old widow of the late President Ferdinand Marcos did not grant any media interviews. She was at the Congress on Monday, November 19. It was as usual.


Anti-Graft Court’s Show

On November 9, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty of creating and maintaining private organizations in Switzerland. However, no law was cited why is this illegal. She earned at least $200 million from interest and investments for the “private benefit of the former first family. It is stressed out that the transaction is private because the deposits are privately owned.


Supreme Court’s Reversal is Expected

She was sentenced to prison for 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts of graft. Marcos, who is running for Ilocos Norte governor in 2019, can only be perpetually disqualified from holding public office if the conviction becomes executory. The Supreme Court is likely to reverse the ruling on Rep. Marcos – just like the previous dollar-salting case. The evidence was based on hearsay. Despite the documents from Swiss authorities, only two witnesses with no personal knowledge testified.



Shallow Media

An infamous yellow media even covers a Facebook post. It claims that the late Philippine President Marcos holds a Guinness World Record. That is for being the ‘Most Brilliant President in History’. Guinness did not give him such accolade, it clarified. It does list him as the one responsible for the ‘Greatest robbery of a Government,’ it added. It is odd that this publication goes to that extent of destroying the reputation of the dead. Obviously to discredit the rest of the family. These kinds of media give a bad name to journalists. They are either competing with bloggers or act as LP’s announcer.

Stopping the Marcoses’ Leadership

Meanwhile, Sandiganbayan records signify that the former senator whose electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is about to get a ruling from the PET for the recount on his pilot provinces. On top of that, the 80% ghost voters found in ARMM of the LP bets also made his case looks good. There’s no stopping the rising popularity of Ilocos Imee Marcos as well who is a survey favorite for Senator in the upcoming election. Many mainstream media are really desperate knowing that their faction can be wiped out soon.


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Smiling Again with Bongbong Marcos after the Storm and 2016 Election Ghost Voters

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Rebuilding Tacloban takes five years but Bongbong Marcos is grateful that the authorities involved are serious in their restoration campaign. The Warays are back to their old culture of simply smiling despite life’s difficulties. Just as when the discovery of around 80% 2016 election ghost voters in the ARMM that includes Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur is made known recently,  the City of Tacloban remembers Super Typhoon Yolanda. Former Governor Imee Marcos and her brother joined the Taclobanons as they gathered at the 120-square-meter Yolanda Shipwreck Memorial Park last Nov. 8 to release sky lanterns and light candles. Other than that, Marcos has more reasons to smile as per the outcome of other election protests that affects his case.



Youtube Video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: We will never forget those whom we lost in this tragedy. And so, we will honor them by rebuilding better than before. And we will celebrate their lives by continuing to live fully.


Devastation Recall

In a commemoration event led by Mayor Cristina Romualdez, the mayor recalled all the events that occurred during the tragedy. Super typhoon Yolanda struck the city of Tacloban on Nov. 8, 2013, and affected a total of 8,065,019 persons, leaving 6,300 dead, 1,061 missing, and 28,689 injured.


Spending Time with the Taclobanons

Imee Marcos who is running for Senator in the 2019 election said; “I wanted to spend time with the Taclobanons in San Jose, on my birthday and on this special day that we remember Yolanda. Stand Tacloban! I admire you,” said ex-Gov. Marcos. She receives very positive responses on her Senate bid anywhere she goes for public appearances. Let alone in their Waray bailiwick. Eastern Visayas is a known bailiwick of the Marcoses since it is the hometown of their mother, Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Rep. Marcos just posted bail for 7 counts of graft. The ruling can be reversed pending the court’s appeal or better yet, the Supreme Court remedy.


ARMM Ghost Voters

Former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan discloses the preliminary results of technical examination of physical ballots from Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur part of ARMM. The said technical examination is from the Comelec itself because of his protest against LP candidate Mujiv Hataman, a close friend of Noynoy Aquino. In fact, Hataman was appointed by Noynoy Aquino in 2011 as the OIC Governor of ARMM. The said finding put Bongbong Marcos’ VP electoral protest into a good light. This supports the allegations of Atty. Glenn Chong that most of the presumptive VP’s voters are ghosts.



The Heirs are Magnified

Sandiganbayan records show that the former senator whose electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is about to get a ruling from the PET for the recount on his pilot provinces and Ilocos ex-Governor Imee Marcos who is a survey favorite for Senator in the upcoming were listed as beneficiaries of the Swiss foundations earlier found by Sandiganbayan’s 5th Division as illegally created and maintained. The mainstream media magnifies this highlighting both heirs. However, as a basic protocol, their other sister, Irene is also a beneficiary. This is a normal proceeding for such legal case according to family law.

Election Protest Update

Atty. Glenn Chong blasts Robredo off by saying:  Rather than recalculating ballots in the earliest and most effective way, it took almost 23 months before the ballots were opened and counted again. This is because of the dilatory motions of Robredo’s camp. Even without questionable issues, her lawyers are urging the PET to divert its attention and delay the revision or recount proceedings. Up to this point they succeed. It is definitely not a habit of an innocent person. The rogue finds a way of hiding the truth. The case deceiver is a thief. It is an enormous offense to the public to steal their voting rights.


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Bongbong Marcos: Greets His Ate Governor and Future Senator Imee in a Hilarious Way

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[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

Gov. Marcos said in a statement: I believe I can contribute much to our country when it comes to the economy.” She cites some of the country’s problems, such as inflation and the rising prices of commodities. As the eldest daughter of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, she earns the respect of the clan. She also served as Ilocos Norte governor starting from 2010 up to the present. The lady governor is on her last term.

Happy Birthday

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.


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Election 2019 Noise: See Why Former First Lady Imelda Marcos can Still Run for Governor Despite Graft Conviction

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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.



YouTube video by News5Everywhere

[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

The Marcos family were accused of stealing billions of dollars from the Philippine people during her husband’s presidency. Nevertheless, the numbers do not add up. All the funds during the Marcos regime are all accounted for. Many of their patriarch’s projects are still serving the people to this date from hospitals to roads. Nicknamed the “Iron Butterfly,” Rep. Marcos was portrayed to have a lavish spending. She left over 1,000 pairs of shoes and more than 800 purses behind when fleeing to Hawaii in 1986. These were used to magnify her alleged extravagance. Only to find out that most of these shoes are made or samples from her supported shoe industry in Marikina.

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.


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Gov. Imee Marcos at 63: All Endorsements for Senator are Welcome

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Gov. Imee Marcos said that It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda is right to say that a viral photo of himself arriving in Ozamis City alongside the November 12 birthday celebrant shouldn’t be taken as an endorsement of any kind. The governor is no-doubt a dashing personality at 63 years old. Although Gov. Marcos adds that all endorsements for her as Senator are welcome for her election 2019 quest. At this point in time, her popularity is already surging high.



YouTube video by Allan Diones

[VIDEO]: Ms. IMEE Marcos, NAGSALITA na tungkol sa PAGKIKITA nila ni VICE GANDA sa OZAMIS City!


Vice Ganda’s Clarification

To my fans who are asking: I don’t care about Imee Marcos’ itinerary in Ozamis. I went there to entertain people from Ozamis. Not to endorse any politician. I am not a Marcos endorser! This is what Vice Ganda tweeted when the pictures of their chance encounter went viral on social media.


Popular Candidate for Senator

Gov. Marcos, the elder sister of VP Protestant, Bongbong Marcos is the incumbent governor of Ilocos Norte and is the daughter of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. She will be running for a Senate seat in 2019. Her supporters are aiming for the number one Senator post that is likely to happen if the election is not manipulated digitally.


The Yellow Media’s Effort

The yellow media naturally did a major PR campaign on Vice Ganda’s denial of not being a Marcos supporter. Vice seems to have performed in the city over the weekend, based on pictures from an Ozamis-based photography studio. Marcos is cool about this saying that it is indeed true that there was no political agenda during the coincidental meeting. It just happens that there’s only one flight to the destination that day.



Sad about Nora Aunor

Though reportedly part of the shortlist of nominees, actress Nora Aunor is not chosen for the honor as one of the members of the new set of national artists despite her massive contribution to the entertainment industry. Gov. Marcos is quite pissed off about this because, for the second time, Aunor is again ignored for the recognition award. However, the Palace said that Aunor is the “People’s Artist.”

Senator at 63

Since as early as a few days ago, birthday greetings for the Senator are flooding social media pages. Her birthday is on 12 November 1955. She is also really fond of the local activities in her home-town. One of which highlights gay beauties. Marcos is larger than life especially when she laughs out loud. She would really paint the town red during her celebration with the people who support her all throughout the years.