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Why are there Attempts to Destroy the Du30-Marcos-Binay Alliance in time for the New Supreme Court CJ?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Misled Marcos supporters made unlogical posts on social media recently. They said that President Rodrigo Du30 just uses Bongbong Marcos to enhance his already outstanding popularity during the last elections. This is because of his alleged no action on Marcos’ electoral protest. As political experts say, all alliances are vital in every election. This is why we can see posts that discredit the Binays despite the efforts of the former VP to gather evidence for the 2016 electoral fraud. His daughter, Senator Nancy Binay also filed a resolution for the Senate to investigate such anomalies. Marcos himself is very thankful of that. There is actually another reason to destroy the Du30-Marcos-Binay alliance. The President by law can’t have a hand in the protest. He can only appoint Supreme Court magistrates.



YouTube video by THE SUPREME COURT OF THE PHILIPPINES

[VIDEO]: October 18, 2018 – JBC public panel interview for the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice


Constitutional Supreme Court Process

Pursuant to Section 2, Rule 7 of the Revised Rules of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), a public panel interview was conducted on 18 October 2018at the Division Hearing Room, Supreme Court Main Building of the following candidates for the position of SC Associate Justice (vice Hon. Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro):

1. JIMENO, Rita Linda V.
2. QUIROZ, Alex D.L.

The following are also candidates for the said judicial position, but whose previous interviews are still valid:
1. BADELLES, Oscar V.
2. BARRIOS, Manuel M.
3. BRUSELAS, Apolinario D., Jr.
4. CARANDANG, Rosmari D.
5. CRUZ, Stephen C. 11. VILLANUEVA, Cesar L.
6. DELOS SANTOS, Edgardo L.
7. DIMAAMPAO, Japar B.
8. GARCIA, Ramon D.R.
9. LAZARO-JAVIER, Amy C.


Seniority or Alliance Challenge for President Du30

As per the rule, at least 3 candidates must be nominated according to the seniority culture of the SC. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted his automatic nomination for the Chief Justice post. He has been at the Supreme Court since October 2001, is the first appointee of former President, now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is the third candidate to accept his nomination – first was Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, followed by Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta. However, he opposed the ouster of the anti-administration CJ Maria Lourdes-Sereno. Carpio’s nomination will determine if Du30 will stay true to his word that seniority was his biggest factor in appointing De Castro, according to the yellow media. However, rejecting him would also make his alliance with Bongbong Marcos stronger who’s electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo is still pending with the slow manual recount of the pioneer areas.


Du30’s Supreme Court Appointees

After 4 previous appointments to the High Court in 2017 – Samuel Martires (March 2, 2017), Noel Tijam (March 8, 2017), Andres Reyes (July 13, 2017), and Alexander Gesmundo (August 14, 2017). Du30 is filling up 4 more vacancies by the end of 2018. An additional 5 by the end of 2019 are also at stake. It will be a Du30-packed court by the time the President ends his term in 2022. Of the 15 sitting SC justices by then, a total of 13 would be his appointees. If the VP electoral protest ruling happens in 2019, 9 out of 15 is already a majority.



The Binay vs. Binay in Makati is Part of Democracy

The former Vice President Jejomar Binay will not choose whom to support as Mayor of Makati between his two children this coming 2019 midterm polls. He said that he will leave it to the voters whom they will choose as their local leader. While the yellow media are feasting over this issue, the Binay patriarch is certain that one of his children will win. He is not only democratic during elections but also as a father. Despite the divided votes, they still have the majority. That’s how strong the political supporters of the Binays are. So, the question of why Senator Binay won in the first place is not logical. Her alliance with Gov. Imee Marcos works both ways. Remember that one voter won’t vote only for one Senator but 12. The new constitution dictates that 12 senators would be elected every three years.


Du30-Marcos Alliance is Formidable

The President who is an incumbent and former senator Marcos who was denied his rightful place to become an incumbent is are still hanging on. However, emerging alliance between Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Du30-Carpio is sending the yellow supporters sleepless nights. An alliance between a Du30 and a Marcos is already naturally proven to be formidable. It has a constituency that is real and not just imagined. So, if one is really a Marcos loyalist, he or she won’t ride on to the yellow’s black propaganda to destroy the Du30-Marcos-Binay alliance for the governor to be the number one Senator.