Cayetano versus Marcos social media battles emerged right after President Du30’s VP speech. He said that if one of them is his successor, then he can already resign. Nonetheless, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is actually not in the position to compete with Bongbong Marcos when it comes to the Vice Presidency. According to the 1987 Constitution, the order of the line of succession is the Senate first. Then the Speaker of the House of Representatives is second. That is once Vice President Leni Robredo is impeached which is not the case at all. Only the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest holds much weight right now. So, the VP race is just between the two.
[VIDEO]: Kung nanalo lang sana si Cayetano o si Marcos wala na akong problema
The President openly admires the leadership style of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. He considers the Marcos clan as important political allies who are helping him in rebuilding the nation. He is counting on the younger Marcos to take over the Presidency at the soonest possible time which adheres to the Philippine constitution. This is if Bongbong Marcos is successful in his protest to assume the Vice Presidency come 2018.
No Cayetano in the VP Line-Up
In an impeachment rap for the Vice President, the Senate President takes over which is Senator Koko Pimentel. In case of his inability, the Speaker of the House is next in line which is Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. He will act as Vice-President until the elected or the chosen one qualifies. If Bongbong Marcos wins in the electoral protest against Leni Robredo, he can immediately be installed in the VP post. Therefore, Pimentel or Alvarez’ take-over can be temporary. Although, it is not necessary for the time being since no case such case survived to remove Robredo.
Speculations have No Legal Basis
The speculations that Cayetano as the president’s running mate aspires to replace Robredo has no legal basis. He is not in the line of VP succession. He seems happy as DFA Secretary. His previous debates with Marcos were for political survival. The yellow traces in him are normal. Considering that many Senators and Congressmen shifted to the president’s PDP Laban from the Liberal Party.
Marcos as VP in 2018 is Still on Track
Marcos reiterates that once the recount is already on schedule by the Supreme Court, it takes only 2 to 3 months to know if he has merits to the case. He is always for unity and to deal with misunderstandings among the supporters of the DFA Secretary is the last thing on his list. Loyalists must be prepared also to support the favored Du30-Marcos tandem by understanding the feelings of the followers of the rest of the unsuccessful 2016 Vice Presidentiables. That way, we can all stand united for nation-building.
The Vice Presidential line of succession does not include Rep. Johnny Pimentel. Although he has the same last name with Senator Aquilino or Koko Pimentel who is the Senate President. He was once involved in the Pork barrel scam that implicates the Senator who denied it. So far, he’s just a menace to that surname. Under the constitution, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are next in line to the VP post should it be vacated.
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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, handang humarap sa Kamara
Senator-Governor Pork Clash
Senator Koko Pimentel claimed that his signature was forged in a 2012 memorandum of agreement. It was signed between Antonio Fleta, the undersecretary for finance before and Surigao Del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel. According to the MOA, Pimentel was allocated the funds for marginal farmers in Surigao Del Sur but the Senator insists that his signature was forged.
The Ultimate Dream
Johnny Pimentel, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability said that the country may soon see two Marcoses behind bars. It is likely the scenario if Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos won’t show up in the House inquiry on July 25, he confirmed.
He said arresting a Marcos would be very difficult. If they will issue a warrant for the arrest, to do that to a popular incumbent governor who is a Marcos is a big challenge. This is a possibility given that the people of Ilocos Norte are behind Marcos.
Pimentel also said the governor’s brother, Bongbong Marcos should refrain from advising his sister – to disregard the House inquiry. To disobey a court summons is against the law. The question is, where is the democracy? Liberal Party politicians are noted to claim that they are Democrats but their actions are very undemocratic.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatens to file an impeachment complaint against Robredo for alleged betrayal of public trust. Her video message for a side event of the United Nations drugs body destroyed the country’s image before the international community. On the other hand, Senator Koko Pimentel stresses that if and when Robredo is impeached and convicted, her removal does not mean that her rival, Bongbong Marcos can automatically take her place.
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[VIDEO]: Mahihirapan daw na maisulong ang planong impeachment laban kay VP Robredo ngayong nagsalita na si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Yan ay ayon kay Senate Pres. Koko Pimentel
Not Duly-Elected VP
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez cannot consider Robredo as VP because he doubts her election victory. He has no one in mind to replace her in case she gets ousted through impeachment. Robredo narrowly won the vice presidential election last over former senator Bongbong Marcos. He has a pending electoral protest against Robredo with the Supreme Court sitting as a presidential electoral tribunal. The constitution dictates that next in line for Robredo is Pimentel then Alvarez. If the post is declared vacant, the president can appoint a replacement from both Houses which is subject to confirmation by the Senate and CA.
Betrayal of Public Trust
Alvarez reiterates his contention that the Robredo betrayed public trust when she sent a video message to the United Nations side event criticizing extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the President’s war on drugs. He said that the video has put the Philippine leader and the nation in a bad light before the international community.
Impeachment Not for Marcos
It is true that the Marcoses are the president’s allies. He once introduced Marcos to Chinese officials as the incoming vice president if he wins the electoral protest against Robredo. On insinuations that he wants Robredo impeached so that his choice for vice president could take over, Alvarez said that the issue at hand was her having possibly betrayed the public’s trust. It is not PDu30’s goal to impeach her to let Marcos replace her.
A trivia from Pastor Boy Saycon’s Binay Camp says that there is an intentional and pre-planned human creation that evident in Robredo’s administration attacks. Ex-Pnoy once said that he shall do everything in his power to stop Du30 and Marcos from winning. The president’s then secret alliance with Binay made him safe fro the Liberal Party’s black propaganda that destroyed Binay. But Robredo emerged victorious fraudulently. A clandestine operation was implemented by Comelec and Smartmatic. An alleged former executive secretary led the sinister operation. Comelec Head was hands-on. By-pass operations were done at Lucena, Cabuyao, and Tarlac to reconfigure. President Du30 was robbed of around 5 million votes, so are then VP Binay by 6 million votes and Bongbong Marcos by around 3.5 million votes.
Pimentel reacts to Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s statement that the President’s plan to replace elected barangay officials with appointees is a copy-cat of Marcos authoritarian ideologies. He insists that the administration’s party PDP-Laban is for Federalism and not for an Authoritarian rule. Even Marcos loyalists refuse to accept the Dictator label of Marcos since his policies are always online with the constitution.
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[VIDEO]: Pinag-aaralan daw ng Pangulo ang posibilidad na i-appoint na lang ang mga barangay official. Bukod dito, nabanggit din niya ang Martial Law na posibleng solusyon hindi lang sa problema sa droga kundi maging sa terorismo. Ulat ni Zony Esguerra.
An Insult to PDP-Laban
Pimentel takes Pangilinan’s comparison to Marcos as an insult to their party’s ideology. The president is merely explaining the party’s ideology which is federalism. That is at par with the rule of law. The pro-Marcos people are actually also confused if Pimentel is pro or anti-Marcos but obviously more weight on the latter. This is why many do not want Leni Robredo impeached from the VP post because Pimentel is next in line.
Rule of Law
Following the law nowadays has become optional only as per the president. Pimentel agrees with this. There should be a political will in enforcing the law. Part of the law is the Constitution, so due process, respect for human life that must be observed. That’s why police officials are cautioned to go all-out in the war against drugs because there is anti-drug law, he said. They should implement the law with respect because the bill of rights also exists, he added.
Not Marcos Martial Law
So the ideology of the President is the ideology of the party and the party’s ideology is not like martial law during the time of the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos. We were born to fight the martial law regime,” Pimentel discloses. This pronouncement even created much disagreement from the pro-Marcos faction.
The Senate leader also corrects Pangilinan’s statement that the ouster of anti-death penalty lawmakers from their key posts in the House of Representatives was a “disturbing indicator of authoritarianism. He stressed that while the President had strong opinions on specific issues, he never attempts to intervene in the affairs of the Congress.
The ex-lawyer of President Ferdinand Marcos, Oliver Lozano filed an impeachment complaint against Leni Robredo for her criticism of the administration’s deadly war on drugs. The complaint for violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust was submitted by Oliver Lozano to the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for sponsorship. Lozano said that said Bongbong Marcos would not benefit from it.
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[VIDEO]: Impeachment complaint laban kay VP Robredo, inihanda ng dalawang kilalang Marcos loyalist.
Immediate Successor is the 3rd Highest Official of the Land
Under the law in the Philippine constitution, it is the third highest official that shall immediately succeed when the vice presidency is left vacant. In this case, it is the Senate President Koko Pimentel who directly benefit once Robredo is impeached and not Bongbong Marcos. Next in line to Pimentel is House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest Win is Crucial
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II clarified that Bongbong Marcos can take the VP post once Robredo is removed from her post. But he has to win the electoral protest first. It is noted that the said process takes years to facilitate but since many cannot stand Robredo anymore, it is not so important who would replace her in the VP post for as long as they can get rid of her.
VP Successor can also be Appointed
The president can appoint a VP replacement from members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The appointee assumes office once the majority vote from both Houses of the Congress approves the appointment. The Commission on Appointments then scrutinizes the VP candidate for confirmation. This is based on Article VII Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution.
Robredo allegedly betrayed the people by shaming the nation with her dishonest message to the side event in the United Nations forum. “The respondent is duty bound to act within the framework of the Constitution but her acts of dishonesty and moral bankruptcy breached the bounds of the Fundamental Law,” Lozano said. In the video, Robredo exaggerated the killings linked to the drug war and also revealed a so-called “palit-ulo” scheme with the wrong description.