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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.


Youtube Video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: Happy Birthday, Simon! | Bongbong Marcos


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.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[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.




Youtube video by Elena Grace Flores from PTV

[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.”




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Gov. Imee Marcos’ Freedom of Expression: Not All UP Educators are Bitter with Martial Law

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Critics say that it is a reunion unlike any other.  It allegedly happens in the bastion of youth activism against martial law. And the gathering of Kabataang Barangay (KB) members would have been unimaginable had it been done during the martial law years of the Marcos rule. Members of the KB original KB were at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Quezon City, to celebrate its 43rd year. Criticisms are made known by UP’s anti-Marcos stalwarts. While educators who are democratic about it can only apologize. Gov. Imee Marcos respects both sides and takes it as freedom of expression.






Youtube video by paradoxman316

[VIDEO]: SONA: UP Pres. Concepcion at Gov. Imee Marcos, dumalo sa reunion ng KB




Bitter Professors

Some professors of the University of the Philippines have expressed their displeasure on the reunion of the “Kabataang Barangay” right inside the UP Diliman campus.  Governor Imee Marcos also attended the gathering of the group formed back from Marcos’ Dictatorship. However, UP President, Danilo Concepcion is expressing regret over his participation in the reunion.




Ironic for the Martial Law Fighters

If it wasn’t for the irony of the venue, the event was pretty much run of the mill. UP Diliman was a stronghold of the resistance against Marcos’ Dictatorship. Furthermore, the Campus has been the stage of the First Quarter Storm.

Pro-Marcos Ambiance

The participants were sporting red and white shirts with the logo of the KB. They are presumably from KB Chapters all over the country. V signs and Fist signs were flashed as the attendants were photographed giving tribute to Marcos and Duterte. Gov. Imee Marcos was the guest of honor. She was appointed as the National Chair of the group by her father back when she was 21.









Election Protest Highlight

Imee Marcos was seen dancing in the event’s festivities. She was jiving to Rock Baby Rock and Boom Boom onstage. Also, she spoke of the electoral protest of his brother that is still ongoing.




An Apology from the President

The attendance of the UP President, Danilo Concepcion to the event drew ire on Social Media. For that, he is apologizing. He meant no offense, especially to the UP community. He only desired to spend time with the old friends that he hasn’t seen in decades, even if he has to overlook the sentiments of the UP community. He was also president of the Kabataang Barangay Federation back on 1976 till 78.

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Credit is Due to President Du30: Nation Building with another Marcos is a Better One

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

During the commemoration of Yolanda’s (Haiyan) first anniversary last November 8, 2014, former Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Bongbong Marcos’ cousin urged the Aquino administration to build back Tacloban for them. He lamented that the priority was not building back their lives. The previous government was always after the economy and they don’t get a good share of that. Recently, Marcos himself inspects the place and other parts of Leyte that needed rehabilitation. He is happy to announce that the credit for building better is due to the current President Du30.






Youtube video by;  Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]:  Build Back Better: Anumang pagsubok ang magdaan, ang Pilipino ay magsusumikap upang makabangon at mapabuti ang kalagayan.




Building a More Egalitarian System of Government

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos said he is planning to return to politics as president of the Philippines. This is years after he lost as the country’s second-highest leader. In an interview, Marcos said he is aspiring to get the government’s top post. “My career is political, and, of course, you aspire to as high a stature within your chosen field as you can achieve – and that would be president in my case,” he said. Marcos added that he will build a “more egalitarian system of government.”




A Society with Equal Opportunities

Egalitarian is relating to or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. It cannot be denied that there’s a big gap between the rich and the poor in the country today. The masses certainly do not have the same access to quality training, networking, credit or investment facilities than those who can afford them.

Bring Back Nation Building

“In my father’s administration, I kept hearing ‘nation-building’, and I do not hear that phrase anymore,” he said. “It’s more politicking than nation-building,” Marcos added. He was also quick to dismiss corruption allegations against his family, saying: “None of the cases that were filed against us have been won.” Despite the accusations, he suffers on behalf of his father, he remains forgiving and still aims for unity among Filipinos.









The Return of another Marcos is a Better One

The younger Marcos is believed to lead the nation at one point. This is the prediction of unbiased political analysts, astrologers, and fortune tellers. Uncertainties might loom in his VP electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo for cheating during the 2016 election. However, this also serves as a good way of promoting his presidential bid may it be for 2019 or 2022. Regardless, the credit still goes to the good President Du30 who believes in the Marcoses.