By: Elena Grace Flores
Former Senator Bong Revilla, who seeks to run for Senator during the election 2019 evades plunder charges when the Sandiganbayan acquits him. This is due to the prosecution’s “failure” to prove that he received millions in kickbacks from alleged ghost projects. Those were funds allegedly from his Priority Development Assistance Fund. This means that he is not liable to return the P124.5 million funds taken by the guilty ones contrary to some media reports. Revilla addresses them in a video announcement.
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[VIDEO]: Saksi: Bong Revilla, umapela sa mga nanira umano sa kanya na sa Diyos humingi ng tawad
Only the Guilty Ones are Liable
Only businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and Revilla’s former chief-of-staff Richard Cambe are told to return the said amount to the National Treasury. This is according to Ramon Esguerra, the former lawmaker’s counsel. The last paragraph of the dispositive portion of the Sandiganbayan’s decision shows that after Revilla’s acquittal. Since Napoles and Cambe are guilty of plunder, “pursuant to Article 100 of the Revised Penal Code, they are held solidarily and jointly liable to return to the National Treasury the amount of One Hundred Twenty-Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand Pesos.”
Not Guilty Beyond Reasonable Doubt
The Sandiganbayan promulgates its decision about 4 years since the ex-lawmaker was held in prison. The prosecution fails to show that he is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Thus, the reason for his acquittal. He still has 16 graft cases pending in connection with the same alleged pork barrel scam.
Wrong Interpretation of the Court Order
Some experts say that the prosecution fails to prove Revilla’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt. But the court seems to find that there are a lot of evidence against Revilla. That he “must be held as equally accountable to the People of the Philippines. This is with respect to the return of the money lost by virtue of the PDAF scam allegedly.” The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) known as pork barrel or funds set aside for lawmakers’ projects is now unconstitutional as per the High Court ruling in 2013. This happens during its exposé on its misuse during the Aquino administration.
Running for the Senate During the Election 2019
Revilla’s case is the first to have a favorable ruling among dozens of cases involving lawmakers’ PDAF. Former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are also facing plunder and graft charges. This is in relation to the scam wherein Napoles allegedly got ₱10 billion of lawmakers’ funds into bogus non-government organizations. Revilla, Estrada, and Enrile are all out on bail and are to seek a Senate comeback this coming election 2019.
Challenge for Forgiveness
Revilla challenges his critics if they can ask for forgiveness from the highest being for what they have done unto him. He said that he is just thankful to have survived his nightmare through the help of his family and supporters. It makes sense that his acquittal from the criminal case also sets him aside from the civil case.
The VP electoral protest recount is now finishing in the 3 pilot provinces of Bongbong Marcos. PET must issue a ruling few months from now. This seems to be the fear of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp. Plus the rest of the Marcos detractors. The massive propaganda against the former First Lady is nothing but to discredit her son. This is their enemies’ chance of tainting the narrative. A jail term for her is unlikely according to the law. Despite that, the LP manipulated media massively covers comments on her alleged arrest or imprisonment.
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[VIDEO]: Ordered Arrested! Imelda Marcos found GUILTY after 26 years on charges against her!
Atty. Glenn Chong said that comments about parole, pardon, and probation in the case of Rep. Marcos must not be the highlight at this stage of her case. The accused has not been sentenced yet and there’s no final judgment on these 7 counts of graft verdicts as the appeal for each is on its way.
The judgment on Rep. Marcos is not final because she could still file a motion for consideration at the Sandiganbayan. Worse comes to worst, even if the motion is denied, she can still appeal it to the Supreme Court. Unless the decision is executory, talks on the pardon, parole and probation are not necessary unless the detractors are into politicking someone who can hold the highest position in the land. It looks like attacking the mother to destroy the son scenario.
Jail is Far Away
The Marcos patriarch is somewhat safe from jail even if the judgment on her cases becomes final. She can always bail out. It is very possible that the court grants her that option because of her old age. The former first lady can still have her freedom after all.
Senator To Be
Electoral Protest or Perpetual Disqualification?
On the issue of perpetual disqualification to hold public office, this decision will only be final if the judgment is already executory. Therefore, Rep. Marcos can still run for Ilocos Norte governor. Meanwhile, nothing is heard from the mainstream media about the VP electoral protest update of Bongbong Marcos. They even failed to report on Smartmatic’s no-show during the November electoral reforms hearing. There’s no mention about the missing 10 voting machines as well. It won’t be a surprise anymore when the tide turns to BBM’s favor soon. The panic is pretty obvious amongst the anti-Marcos stalwarts.
Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile said that when the country is confronted with the same magnitude of rebellion as during the martial law regime, it must be handled intensely. This is to silence or intercept the chaos at once. He retains that the ultimate purpose of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’s military rule declaration was to prevent massive bloodshed. He admits, however, that there were lapses in his memory. This was when he threw a challenge to give him at least one name who was imprisoned because of his or her political beliefs during his interview with Bongbong Marcos. He then insisted that they were released right away as things settled down. At 94 years old, Enrile is running again for Senate seat in 2019.
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[VIDEO]: The Chiefs grilled former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on why he told Bongbong Marcos that there were no martial law human rights violations.
Hopeful at 94
Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile vies for a Senate seat again. This is in the upcoming midterm elections. The 94-year-old veteran politician confirms that he is set to run as an independent candidate. His lawyer, Joseph Sagandoy filed his certificate of candidacy. He urges The Chiefs to let the people judge him on his performance. If he loses, he will easily accept. But he wins, he will serve the nation.
History Revisionism or the Truth?
“I am not going to wrestle with anybody physically, I am going to wrestle mentally,” Enrile said. Enrile’s Senate bid comes barely a month after he drew flak for his interview with former Senator Bongbong Marcos over what his critics branded as an attempt at historical revisionism of the martial law era. Enrile said that he is running following his own will. Marcos never made an attempt to convince him to re-enter politics.
A former defense minister of the late Marcos, Sr., Enrile recently told Marcos, Jr. that no one was arrested under his father’s rule for their political or religious beliefs. Many political figures debated on these and he agrees that he may have said that when having some memory lapses. He also sought to dispel talk that he was no longer fit to run for public office. Enrile said in jest that he may even outlive some of the incumbent Senators.
Platform for His Ideas
Enrile earlier said he would run as an independent candidate but would welcome the endorsement of President Rodrigo Du30. He said winning in next year’s elections would help him have a platform for his ideas. Enrile joins the late President’s daughter, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos in the 2019 senatorial race.
Let the People Decide
It is obvious that The Chiefs are worried about the increasing popularity of Gov. Marcos. The possibility of her brother’s VP electoral protest is another thing. However, Enrile can only advise them to let the people decide.
Former VP Jejomar or better known as Jojo Binay has his eyes set for Congress in the 2019 elections. Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson confirms this on Monday, September 24. His daughter, Mayor Abby Binay is also going to run with him under the United Nationalist Alliance for the same position. Another daughter, Senator Nancy Binay is the president of UNA with the family patriarch serves as its chairperson. The latter’s comment on former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s revelation to Bongbong Marcos is used to malign the ongoing Binay-Marcos alliance by the mainstream media. Enrile earlier said that there were no arrests made due to political beliefs during the martial law regime. The eldest of the Binay siblings stresses that the differences of perspectives are simply situational.
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[VIDEO]: Nancy Binay debunks Enrile on martial law
Rags to Riches Story is Still Hot in the Congress
With Binay’s rags-to-riches story, he garnered lots of support and made it as vice president in 2010. He then aimed higher but unfortunately lost as a presidential candidate. He finished 4th with 5,318,249 votes.
Reelectionist for Mayor
Consequently, Abigail Binay takes up after his father as Makati City Mayor. Furthermore, she also says that she will run for reelection in 2019. This was publicized as early as August of 2018. Michael Camina as Makati City Government Spokesperson also confirms this.
Kid Peña Tries his Luck Again
Former Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña is likely to be Abby’s opponent again according to Salgado. Consequently, Peña seems to be already going around the district before the official campaign period, as shown on his Facebook profile.
Binay Supports Bongbong Marcos
In the 2016 elections, UNA initially offered Bongbong Marcos the slot for vice president. Despite coming from different political parties, Binay is in an alliance with Marcos. He justifies this alliance by saying that Bongbong is not his father. Furthermore, both Abby and Bongbong were endorsees of the INC.
The alliance of Binay and Marcos is controversial because of the political history of the two parties. Binay was even imprisoned during Martial Law as a former human rights lawyer. Furthermore, Binay was also one of the closest allies of Cory Aquino and challenged the alleged dictatorship of Marcos with her. According to political analysts, the Binay-Marcos alliance can strengthen the force against the government’s opposition in the Congress. This is why the yellow media is exerting efforts in misleading the public using Senator Binay’s comment.
Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile warns Bongbong Marcos that as long as Smartmatic controls the election, the Yellow’s dominance stays. Enrile reveals that the late President Cory had no clue when it comes to governance. However, the people around her who are anti-Marcos made sure to consolidate power through the important branches of government by installing a revolutionary constitution. To this date, they still have a stronghold over the important branches of government including the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a known Yellow ally is now at the hands of the RTC. The court takes at least 30 days to resolve a motion. If the case is urgent enough, a judge can resolve it sooner. Judges Andres Soriano and Elmo Alameda, of the Makati Regional Trial Court, are under pressure when state prosecutors stormed to their sala. This is when the SC pushed Senator Trillanes’ petition back to the local courts.
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[VIDEO]: More LP Yellow’s ugly secrets revealed (BBM interviews Enrile)
Proclamation No. 572
Proclamation No. 572 revokes Trillanes’ amnesty. It also orders his arrest for his role in the Oakwood Mutiny of 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege of 2007. It was dated on the 31st of August but was only made public on the 4th of September through a newspaper publication. Despite the presidential order, the rebel senator is still seeking refuge at the Senate.
The Department of Justice then filed separate motions for the Judges of the Makati RTC to order Trillanes’ immediate arrest. However, the judges instead ordered a series of hearings. This is to allow both Trillanes and the state prosecutors to present their sides. The court’s proceeding allows a delay to the Senator’s arrest for at least 30 days.
Judge Soriano granted interviews and welcomed reporters after the DOJ filed their motion. The judge did not grant the DOJ’s request to immediately file a warrant of arrest, instead, he gave 10 days to Trillanes’ lawyers to comment, and 5 days for the prosecutors to file their rejoinder. People can just sense the power struggle through these agencies.
Aquino’s Amnesty Grant
During an interview, Soriano acknowledges that Trillanes and the Magdalo group’s’ rebellion case was dismissed on Sept. 21, 2011. It was dismissed by Judge Ma. Rita Sarabia, to follow the amnesty that was granted to them by President Aquino. Nevertheless, this does not mean that Trillanes can escape the imprisonment. The debate on his military status is still ongoing that can dispute the court-martial proceedings.
Sure Conviction Outside of Supreme Court
However, Soriano convicted First Lieutenants San Juan and Rex Bolo, as they did not avail of the amnesty. Consequently, the Court of Appeals cleared them both of their charges in April 2015. Furthermore, Soriano also ignored Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s pronouncement that the government’s application does not need a hearing. All these developments are clear proof that there’s no way current President Rodrigo Du30 can be a dictator.
The mainstream media is adamant in intensifying their campaign on ex-PNoy’s opinion. This was after former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Bongbong Marcos’ martial law video becomes viral. Enrile clarifies many details in an interview with Marcos that contradict the speculations about his father’s rule. He believes that they are only aiming to twist what happened during the late Presiden Ferdinand Marcos’ regime to discredit the son. On the other hand, presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo also expresses her dismay on Enrile’s statements.
Youtube video by ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: TV Patrol: Noynoy, may pasaring kay Enrile matapos ang panayam kay Marcos
No Massive Arrests
In Enrile’s interview, he denied 70,00 arrests under Marcos’ rule. Furthermore, he says that anyone who was arrested was only inconvenienced, but later released. He excepts senator Pepe Diokno who didn’t want to be released. However, The LP cites the Amnesty International Mission 1982 report. They sum up 50,000 people being detained without charge or trial on only the first three years of Martial Law. Also in a 1975 mission, the organization finds 6000 people still detained. Out of 107 that they interviewed, 71 says that they have been tortured. The human rights body only based their data on media reports. No one bothered to check the courts as per Enrile’s challenge. Many stories of torture also emerged when the Aquino’s administration provided incentives on martial law abuse claimants.
Enrile also claims that Ninoy Aquino only invented the Jabidah Massacre, and no massacres happened during the Martial Law. However, the LP claims that Ninoy delivered his privilege speech that exposed the Jabidah massacre after being approached by Jibin Arula who was the lone survivor. This allegedly also what prompted Nur Misuari to kickstart the Moro separatist movement. It cannot be denied, however, that the Aquino patriarch’s connivance with the Malaysians is repeated by his son’s allowing the people of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram to be massacred in Lahad Datu when they simply want to return to their own land, Sabah.
Land Reform Achievement
During the interview, Enrile also praised Marcos for introducing land reform. However, Constitutionalist Christian Monsod says that Marcos’ agrarian reform was still a loss, with his cronies lording over agriculture. He says that the Rice and Roads program was a good idea but it seemed a form of tokenism to Monsod, with Marcos’ cronies enjoying exemptions. According to many reports, one of the alleged cronies of Marcos is a Cojuangco. This makes the LP’s story a bit unbelievable.
Marcos is also quoted in the interview saying, “We were beginning to hear my father speaking out against the group of oligarchs that were controlling many segments of the economy and were not helping or supporting the national programs.” The LP argues that Marcos installed his cronies in media outlets and major businesses and empowered them. If this is so, why the giant media, oil, and telecommunication monopolies among others are controlled by the allies of the opposition?
LP’s Media Disputes Nuclear Energy Source’s Story
Enrile also claims that it was because of Cory Aquino’s anger that the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was derailed. The LP, however, argues that it was mothballed because of the disaster that happened to Chernobyl in 1986 as well as the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in 2011. Many young Filipinos may not witness the real score of the Marcos regime or the so-called Golden Age. Nevertheless, many of them are already around during the two regimes of the Aquinos. They can judge better.
Malacanang assures that the law enforcers of the government maintain maximum tolerance during the rallies on the 46th anniversary of Martial Law. Atty. Harry Roque, the Presidential Spokesperson points out that the President respects the people’s right to express themselves. Nonetheless, the mainstream media fails to exaggerate the protests. Real people post through social media various images that show the decline of Edsa People Power. This happens as the brain of both martial law and Edsa mutiny, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile reunites with Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.
Youtube video by Bongbong Marcos
[VIDEO]: Harry Truman once said, “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”
Martial Law Anniversary
On September 21, 1972, Martial Law was enacted through Proclamation 1081. It was then declared on the 23rd of September. Hence, to mark this 46th anniversary of President Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, some groups and universities hold protests. This is according to earlier reports.
Resistance on the Alleged Dictatorship
Quoting The Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon’s statement, “hundreds of peasants with indigenous people, fisherfolks, urban poor and other sectors—people of Central Luzon—continue their three-day protest march from provinces.” Furthermore, they are also set to join to join the United People’s Action against the speculations of Tyranny and Dictatorship under martial law.
Enrile’s Denies Martial Law Brutality
Enrile claims that the country was in better condition when martial law was declared in 1972 than the country’s situation now. He is one of Marcos’ strongest allies and served as defense secretary. He said that there’s nothing to fear under the provisions of the martial law in the 1986 constitution. Even Senator Risa Hontiveros’ stunts on the street in the rain seem crazy for many.
The Communist Party is Not the Organizer
The Communist Party of the Philippines also says that they are not the event’s organizers, but, they do support the opposition. Their statement says; “The CPP denounces the officials of the Philippine National Police for insisting on the announcement that such actions are the doings of the CPP, NPA, and the NDF. This is apparently to justify plans to clamp down the protests. However, it is obvious through the media interviews of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo that the Liberal Party is behind all the movements.
In the anticipation of the rallies, Joseph Estrada suspends classes in all levels both in public and private schools. The PNP is set to observe maximum tolerance for the rallies. Meanwhile, in anticipation of road closures because of the activities, the MMDA urges the motorists to take alternate routes.
As the Defense Secretary back then, it was Juan Ponce Enrile who planned the mutiny that grew into the People Power Revolution by mistake. Enrile was wary of the political factions in the palace when then President Ferdinand Marcos was ill. One cabal was led by the former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Fabian Ver and Imelda. The real enemies were unknown to him at the time but the demonization of Marcos through the media was so intense. However, Enrile always sought for the approval of the late Marcos in every step that he made. All these efforts were to help save the first family.
Youtube video by Bongbong Marcos
[VIDEO]: Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) speaks on many little-known facts around the actual events of Martial Law. Watch Episode 1, “JPE on Martial Law” on Thursday, September 20 at 7 pm and Episode 2, “JPE on EDSA” on Saturday, September 22 at 7 pm. Both episodes will air on official BBM channels:
False Branding Claim
The People Power had been attributed to the Aquino Family ever since it happened. Almost as if it is their franchise, they use it to their political advantage. However, during the most dangerous and first night of the movement, Corazon Aquino was hiding in Cebu, in a convent. Furthermore, his son was too busy in other things as well and hadn’t participated. Nevertheless, with massive media stunts, they were tied with the movement.
Cory’s Blame Game via the Media
When Ninoy was killed, Corry blamed Marcos. She then launched a destabilization campaign. Marcos was then forced to call a snap election, wherein he was confident to win. Back in 1982, the county’s economy was stable but after the murder of Ninoy, things went south. Ultimately, Cory’s destabilization campaign worked.
Enrile was down on to deciding to make a last stand. They decided to hold it at the AFP headquarters. He made a call to the Vice Chief of Staff Lieut. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos. Their allegiance was assured, but it was not until late in the evening of Feb. 22 that Ramos was able to join them in Camp Aguinaldo.
Wrong People Power Beneficiary
Because of the People Power, the Aquinos were granted two presidencies. But what did the people gain in these two presidencies? They cannot even solve the assassination case of their own patriarch. That made one speculation even grow stronger. That a relative of the late Cory Aquino is responsible. It would be pathetic to kill their own to gain power.
Marcos did not Cheat
After Cory’s ascension to the presidency, Namfrel conducted a recount. In the recount, Marcos still won by 800,000 votes. Furthermore, in the official count sanctioned by the Comelec, Marcos was the official winner by a margin of 1.7 million votes. It is now clear that Cory Aquino was never elected by the people. The same doubts go to the son, Noynoy. He could have won because of the digital election system manipulation made possible by the conniving Comelec and Smartmatic. Currently, Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest for the Vice Presidency is still ongoing. Atty. Glenn Chong’s technical evidence shows that the present VP, Leni Robredo may be illegitimate.
Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the brain of Martial Law reminds the youth during the occasion of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ 101st birthday that the country owes him its democracy. Had he not declared military rule as per Enrile’s recommendation as the defense secretary at that time, the Communist Party’s founder Maria Sison could have been the current ruler like in Cuba and North Korea.
Youtube video by Bongbong Marcos
[VIDEO]: It’s heartwarming to see our supporters come together year after year to help celebrate my father’s birthday.
On the 101st birth anniversary of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the whole family was present. Bongbong Marcos shared pictures of the gathering on his Instagram. Also, on his vlog, he showcased the achievements of his father.
Bongbong Marcos’ Speech
Quoting Marcos, “101 years ago, one of this country’s greatest leaders was born. Today we celebrate his life as well as his enduring legacy. He aspired greatness for this country and it was born out of a strong belief that Filipinos are capable of achieving it,”. Among the family and the Marcos loyalists present, was Irene, the former First Lady Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, and the grandchildren.
Pursuit of Greatness
Marcos Further says, “As citizens of this great nation, we should not waver in our pursuit of greatness. In doing so, we honor his memory. Happy Birthday, Dad!” The Marcoses always believe in the capabilities and talents of Filipinos.
Black Media Propaganda Version
Not only Marcos loyalists were present on Ferdinand’s 101st birthday. In a stark contrast, Dozens of anti-Marcos folks bore scathing placards against him outside of the cemetery. Despite their limited number, their efforts are magnified through the mainstream media that has misled the public for many years. They capitalize on the abuses under the martial law regime and blamed the alleged atrocities on the deceased leader to discredit the son.
Marcos’ Legacy Lives on Despite Martial Law Critics’ Efforts
Quoting retired Justice Manuel ‘Lolong’ M. Lazaro, “Succeeding administrations have inordinately used laws and the media to destroy or consign Marcos to oblivion, notwithstanding his solid unprecedented achievements for the good of the nation and its people,”. We should all keep in the record not only the wrongs but also the achievements and contributions of Marcos. We must not distort history by obliterating these achievements that should be attributed to him.
Irate supporters of Bongbong Marcos express their disgust with most mainstream media that label the late Former President Ferdinand Marcos as a dictator. President Du30 earlier explained that he cannot call Marcos such since there is no legal basis for it. Even conviction of moral turpitude is not present. It is also lawful for him to be laid to rest at the Heroes Cemetery. There’s no proof that he’s an oppressor. Only facts that he’s an ex-national leader and a soldier. Those alone are more than enough reasons to give him military honors.
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Marcos Centennial Stamps
The Philippine Postal Corporation or PhlPost issues a commemorative stamp to coincide with the birth centenary of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. They are available for sale at P12 per piece. Victorino Z. Serevo designs it with Marcos’ portrait and signature. They are available in selected PhlPost branches until September 10, 2018. Marcos loyalists flock to the post offices to obtain them as a remembrance. They are not happy to hear some reports that next in line to have a stamp portrait is Hitler.
Elected to Office
A dictator is a ruler with total power over a country. Typically, one who has obtained power by force. The late President won the reelection for a second term from 1969 to 1972. Marcos saves the country under Martial Law and steps down in 1986 despite his victory. This is to avoid bloodshed during the EDSA revolt. If there is a dictator in a democratic country, then it is not Marcos but the late Former President Cory Aquino who assumed the top office after the mutiny, according to former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
Not a Plunderer
Calling Marcos a thief or a plunderer has no legal basis. No such accusations can stand in court after more than 30 years. The real score must be written in history but that remains debatable. He is only a dictator through media propaganda and for the outlaws. Not through the hearts and minds of the majority of law-abiding Filipinos.
No Human Rights Violations
Former Vice President Jejomar Binay was a critic of the Marcos patriarch during the martial law period. However, to this date, no single case is filed against the late president that can nail him down of any human rights violation. Binay only assisted claimants in the alleged martial law abuses from the Marcos estate. This is the reason why the ex-VP endorses Bongbong Marcos as Vice President. His still influential political network is working on stopping the opposition’s forces to block the young Marcos’ VP electoral protest which is his stepping stone for the Presidency in the near future.