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Supreme Court CJ Succession is Like BBM Family’s What’s in the Box Game

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 in August said he follows the “seniority” tradition at the high court when he appointed Associate Justice Teresita de Castro as the top magistrate. This was after the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of his predecessor from the opposition. As of November 28, 2018, the Supreme Court Chief Justice position is currently held by Lucas Bersamin. He assumes the post after the mandatory retirement of the shortest CJ, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro in October 2018 after her appointment two months earlier. The Filipino leader might shock the public with his appointees but like BBM’s Family What’s in the Box Game, they are all in line with his intention to revive the golden age era following the unpopularized Marcos blueprint. Should this continue, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta can be next. z

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[VIDEO]: Now that the boys are home, we’re taking time off to do some fun things at home.

Move Forward with Marcos

It is on record that Peralta said that the country should move forward as he stood firm on the decision of the Supreme Court (SC). This was in allowing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Despite protests from victims of human rights violations during his term, Peralta made the remark in response to the question of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) during the public interview for Chief Justice aspirants on whether the decision has really put closure between the grieving family of Marcos and those injured during the martial law years.

Five Choices for Supreme Court CJ

Five names were included on the shortlist of chief justice aspirants drawn up by the Judicial and Bar Council. Bersamin was a regional trial court judge in 1986 and was appointed as an SC justice in April 2009. Among the list, Bersamin is the third most senior justice in terms of experience at the high court. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, meanwhile, is the most senior justice in the SC where he is serving since 2001. Following him is Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta who was appointed to the SC in January 2009.

Good Friends

Peralta, meanwhile, said de Castro and his friend, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, are both of them are capable and competent to lead the Supreme Court. Peralta, a former Sandiganbayan presiding justice, was named to the High Court by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Jan. 13, 2009. He served as Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 judge from 1994 to 2002. He will retire in March 2022 while Bersamin retires on October 2019.

BBM Family’s What’s in the Box Game

Now that the boys are home for the New Year holidays unlike the Christmas week, they take the time off to do some fun things at home. They take turns in guessing what’s in the box. Oftentimes, they are suspicious, scared, and shocked only to find a friendly item or creature. The same feelings when finding out the controversial Supreme Court CJ appointees of the President. For sure, they indeed have one common denominator.

Securing the Magistrate Post

If President Du30 is true to his words that he wants Bongbong Marcos to take his place, he would make sure to secure the Supreme Court Chief Justice post to be fair to him. Marcos’ VP electoral protest might take a long time. But in the end, the ruling can be influenced by the high court’s leadership.

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How Can Chong Be Sure That Election Cheater is Responsible for Santillan’s Death?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Clean election advocate and candidate for Senator, Atty. Glenn Chong claims that his aide Richard Santillan is a victim of police brutality. This is contrary to the police report. He figures ambush after seeing his car with at least 30 bullet hits. Chong can only blame Smartmatic that aids election cheaters to manipulate voting results. The lawyer previously exposes the anomalies in the 2016 elections. This coincides with the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest proceedings. z
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Spot Report is Inconsistent with the Physical Evidence

Chong is certain that his aide’s murder by the police happens at around 2 a.m. on Dec. 10 in Cainta, Rizal. This is based on a video that they got. According to Chong, the footage shows patrol cars in front and at the back of Santillan’s car that he owns. Quite a contrary to the police spot report that there was a shootout. He also puts logic on the authority’s claims about Santillan’s alleged possession of shabu. Then accuses the cops of planting evidence there.

Loopholes to be Proven

He also points out some loopholes in the police spot report on the allegations that Santillan is a suspect as a member of the Highway Boys Group which operates in Taytay, Cainta, and Pasig City. Santillan is a constant companion of Chong in his political errands in the last 8 years. Santillan’s autopsy reports that his body tests negative of paraffin. He is also not a drug trader. No gun and it is unlikely that the grenade found can be hidden inside Chong’s car.

Sacked Policemen

All 14 policemen that have to do with the brutal attack are now relieved from their posts. Sacked were Senior Supt. Lou Evangelista as provincial director of Rizal and Supt. Pablito Nangang, as chief of police of Cainta. The others are 10 members of the CALABARZON Regional Intelligence Group and four cops from Cainta police station.

Administrative Relief Pending Investigation

Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, director of the CALABARZON regional police, said his order was an administrative relief pending the investigation on the death of Richard Santillan in Cainta.

Election 2019 Senatorial Candidate

To avenge Santillan’s death, Chong runs for Senator in the 2019 elections. He said that it was his close aide’s intention to serve him while he remains true to his country. He vows to continue his fight for clean elections in the Senate should he win a seat. The generous support of his followers and allies really overwhelms Atty. Chong.

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Simon Marcos’ Family Shows How Filipinos can be Lovingly Sarcastic

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Marcos family symbolizes the many aspects of Filipino lives. The Overseas Filipino Workers’ culture is no stranger to greeting birthdays from afar using technology. The recent birthday of Simon Marcos, the middle child of Bongbong and Liza Marcos shows this. It was celebrated the way most global Filipinos do. Birthday wishes were transmitted over the internet while he is in New York. He got to be the favorite son during his special day only.


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Sandro from London

Sandro, the eldest son wishes his brother, Simon a birthday blast from London. He is looking forward to seeing him again and celebrate for real when they are back in the country. They may have different choices for their future careers but the goals and intention are the same for sure.


Vincent from Singapore

Vince also promises to cook him spaghetti Bolognese, which is more likely his favorite when they see each other again in the Philippines. He also gives up his title for the day as the favorite son to the birthday celebrant as an obedient son of his mother who happens to ask for it. However, he wants to reclaim the label soon.


Mother Liza from Ilocos

His mother from Ilocos is also all out in greeting her beloved son miles away. She said that wherever they are, they love him the same. They wish him the best in life. Being the hands-on mom since her sons were little, she really did a good job in adjusting to the current situation when they are in different countries. Teaching children how to become independent really makes sense.



Bongbong Marcos’ Grants his Wish

The former Senator, Bongbong Marcos grants his son’s wish to celebrate his birthday while he is in New York. While it is a good thing to celebrate with the family, it is a reality that when children become adults, they get to have their own circle of friends. There’s definitely no dictatorship traits in this family.

The Birthday Celebrant, Simon

Simon seems busy these days but to balance his activities, he continues to do what he loves the most – playing the guitar. Music can really relax a person’s whole being. Celebrating one’s birthday from a distance is not anymore impossible these days. They may be the Marcoses but they are truly Filipinos.


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The Marcos Boys Treasure Moments when the Family is Complete

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Sandro Marcos, the eldest son of Bongbong Marcos and Louise Araneta Marcos heads the production of the BBM Vlog 34 together with his siblings, Simon and Vince. It highlights the pictorial and the precious moments of the family especially when they are complete over the long weekend.  Sandro lives a“regular” life in London.  The Marcos couple sent their sons abroad to study so they can learn to be independent.



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[VIDEO]: It’s always fun when the family is complete.


All 5 are Together

The 3 siblings with their parents are together during the photo shoot. As Vince said, he felt more loved when his mom and dad notices the slightest things like his hair and his tucked-in shirt. This family proves that the most important things in life are really in the things that do not cost money. The family relationship must be first in line.


Seeing the Parents

Simon also expresses his gratitude in seeing his parents more often this time. The brothers are spending more time with each other overseas while their parents are back home. They are keen on doing chores like cooking on their own. The boys and their father are often chanced upon preparing dinner for the family just shortly before the mother arrives from work.


Family is Everything

A country’s troubles often originate from relationships in troubled families. It is such a breath of fresh air that the Marcoses simply show how much they treasure being together completely as a family. There may be teasings and reminders but those are all proofs of the love they have for each other. Bongbong and Liza as she is fondly called can only be proud of Sandro who overshadows their combined popularity.



The Most Popular

Sandro always attracts large crowds. He has over a million Twitter followers and still counting. Most of his followers are from the opposite sex. That only shows how charming he is. No wonder that talent agents, advertising executives, as well as TV and movie producers, also hope that Sandro would consider going into show business.


Believing in their Patriarch

Nevertheless, as humble as he is, Sandro does not think of his popularity as his own achievement. He regards it as the support from so many Filipinos who believe in his father. It can be felt via social media that people in the Philippines are very excited to hear even the slightest update about him. Just like how Filipinos are so anxious about hearing some VP electoral protest news.


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Marcos’ Lawyer Agrees with Panelo that Voiding Trillanes’ Amnesty is Constitutional

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice Presidential Protestant Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer agrees with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo that President Rodrigo Du30’s decision to declare void ab initio (void from the beginning) the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is constitutional. He should surrender himself to authorities because an amnesty is a conditional pardon. He must stay loyal to the current government and not to the previous one. All he has to do is present the proof of acceptance for his application which he failed to do so. He can stay in jail while fighting for his case. The same with the former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. His can is somewhat similar to the quo warranto petition of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno when after investigation, her SALN was incomplete.




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[VIDEO]: Marcos’ Lawyer Atty. George Garcia Explains the Constitutional Process of Voiding Trillanes’ Amnesty




The Presidential Defense

Panelo is coming to the defense of President Du30’s decision of declaring void ab initio, Trillanes’ amnesty. He is arguing that the President’s decision is constitutionally allowed.  Furthermore, Panelo is saying that Trillanes is abusing the grant of amnesty by not complying with the terms and conditions.




Proclamation No. 572

With the signing of Proclamation No. 572 by President Du30, the amnesty granted to Trillanes is declared void ab initio. This is due to Trillanes failing to submit his original amnesty application to the Department of National Defense.  This was for the crimes he has done in 2003’s Oakwood Mutiny and 2007’s Manila Peninsula Siege.




Trillanes’ Offense

Panelo is saying that Trillanes is essentially committing the same crime again. He is bombarding President Du30 with accusations that he has no proof of. Now, that he is called to answer his own crimes, he’s taking refuge at the Senate.



The Right of the President

To protect itself from assault, the government has the right to protect itself through the President. To quote Panelo, “As Chief Executive and Head of Government, he has the power to issue orders protective of the State and its people. This is in line with the prime duty of the government to serve and protect the people under Article II, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution.”




Warrant of Arrest

Panelo further adds that even without the concurrence of Congress, the amnesty can be voided. As he says, “Senator Trillanes has abused a grant of amnesty, albeit void, and it compels its nullification by the President – official authority who is considered by the 1987 Constitution as the grantor of executive clemencies.”