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The Late Eddie Garcia’s Take on Martial Law: Only Bad People Had Nightmares

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Eddie Garcia, a Filipino actor, shares his experience with Martial Law shortly before he dies. He once said in the interview that he never experienced a nightmare during the Martial Law period. Artists can even get a curfew pass to do some shootings overnight. None of his friends were subject to the highly publicized alleged abuses. It’s because they are good, he said. Only those who are outlaws are punished. It’s that simple, Garcia stresses.





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[VIDEO]: The late Eddie Garcia talks about his Martial Law experience



Misleading Media Headlines, Labels, and Captions

Most mainstream media always calls the former President Ferdinand Marcos as dictator. They highlight alleged martial law atrocities despite the absence of legal records and cases filed. Nevertheless, witnesses like the late Garcia has more impact to the people because of his honest reputation.



Martial Law is Good for Law-abiding Citizens

Garcia also has nothing against martial law. When there’s chaos, he’s open to it, as per his video interview. His piece of advice is to not go against the government because that’s when one will surely has a nightmare. Good people can live well for sure – just like him and his friends.

Testimony of a 90-year-old Respected Actor and Director

Eduardo Verchez Garcia was a Filipino actor, television personality, film director and producer. With over 600 film and television roles and a career spanning seven decades, he is widely regarded as the “greatest Filipino actor of all time”. Garcia was born on May 2, 1929. He was 51 when martial law was lifted.



Who is More Credible for Filipinos

Judging from the failure of the opposition’s Otso Diretso members to get a Senate seat, it is certain that Filipinos now wake up to the truth of martial law. This is the reason why the daughter of the late President, Imee Marcos got more than 16 million votes and ranked 8th in the Senate race. Garcia is very credible indeed.



Presidential Race in 2022

It’s still 3 years more to go before the 2022 Presidential race. Bongbong Marcos is more than ready to face this challenge already after the uncertainties surrounding his VP electoral protest against Leni Robredo. The latter also announces recently that she is open to the candidacy. Although believes that it’s a matter of destiny to become a President.

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Senator Imee Marcos’ Family Proves ex-PNoy Wrong

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By: Elena Grace Flores
The joke of Senator Imee Marcos that she might arrange their Igorots to dance and bless former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s office prior to her moving there is again given another meaning. The news report states that Marcos implies their ownership of the Igorots. A certain group of this native community allegedly denies their affiliation with the Marcoses. This is a clear proof that the opposition would twist everything just to block any Marcos to return to Malacanang. However, they prove them wrong especially ex-Pnoy. They even poses next to the portrait of their patriarch at their former home during the new Senator’s oath-taking.





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[VIDEO]: The Marcos family poses with the portrait of their patriarch at Malacanang Palace during Senator Imee Marcos’ oath-taking.



Strengthen Nationalism

In his independence Day message, Bongbong Marcos reminds to strengthen nationalism. Finding ways to serve the country is a highlight. One possibility is to bring back ROTC. Senator Manny Pacquiao already files the bill for this. The President also deems this urgent. He supports the efforts as he explains that the Reserve Officers Training Corps is not only a reserve for war but an exercise for discipline.



Black Propaganda Against the Marcoses is Now Ineffective

Over three decades since their patriarch’s ouster, the Marcos family sets foot in Malacañang anew. This is during the oath-taking of Senator-elect Imee Marcos before President Rodrigo Du30. Corruption and human rights allegations are the opposition’s tool in making the Marcoses unpopular. These are now laughing matters after Senator Imee Marcos’ win in the Senate with over 16 million votes.

Social Media is the Initial Source

Photos of the Marcoses’ recent Malacanang visit are available at the official social media accounts of the Marcos siblings, Imee and Bongbong Marcos. Their return to the halls of power recently symbolizes their return to power as a family and not just one or two of their members.



Malacanang Pictorial Coincides with the President’s Remarks

Find another Marcos, the President said. He hints on the election of a Marcos as President. Coincidentally, the namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos also discloses that he is now ready for the Presidency. This prompts his Vice Presidential rival, Leni Robredo not to close the possibility that she might run in the 2022 Presidential elections.



Symbolic Photo with the New Senator

Back in Malacañang for the oath-taking of senator-elect Imee Marcos and her son Ilocos Norte governor-elect Matthew Joseph Manotoc, the Marcos family took the opportunity to pose with the portrait of former president Ferdinand Marcos. Among the members of the Marcos clan who attended the ceremony were former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. His son Sandro, and the two other sons of Senator Marcos are also in the picture with her sister, Irene Araneta.

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Is the President Hinting on Bongbong Marcos who Promotes Discipline?

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By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Du30 speaks before the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Sangley Point, Cavite, Duterte. He laments the rampant corruption in government that he cannot solve. The President said that he cannot fulfill his promise to get rid of corruption even with 20 years as president because of the current constitution. He suggests to the public to look for another Marcos. Coincidentally, the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake promotes discipline by supporting Senator Many Pacquiao’s bill for the return of the ROTC. This happens during a boat collision in the West Philippine sea that involves China.





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Strengthen Nationalism

In his independence Day message, Bongbong Marcos reminds to strengthen nationalism. Finding ways to serve the country is a highlight. One possibility is to bring back ROTC. Senator Manny Pacquiao already files the bill for this. The President also deems this urgent. He supports the efforts as he explains that the Reserve Officers Training Corps is not only a reserve for war but an exercise for discipline.



ROTC’s Return

Senator Pacquiao’s bill paves the return of ROTC contrary to the disagreement of the opposition. It reminds the people of duty and honor, Marcos insists. National disasters can have trained individuals who have camaraderie, leadership, and courage. This is for the service of the country – not just for the war.

Peace Corps Discipline

Marcos also explains that the late President John F. Kennedy of America had the Peace Corps. This is the same as the ROTC. The training pushes an individual beyond his or her limit that can enhance self confidence. This is certainly one of the reasons why the youth during the Marcos time had more endurance and resilience in solving society’s problems.



Find Another Marcos

The President hints this; Find another Marcos. Or someday, somehow, somewhere that fellow will be elected in the generations to come, Du30 said. He speaks of his frustration in solving the corruption problems of the country. The constitution made it impossible to deliver on his promise, he explained.



The Opposition’s Outrage

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros slams the President’s statement as an “unwelcome distraction.” The recent remark made by President Du30 about former President Ferdinand Marcos really creates a stir among his detractors. However, the loyalists hope that this is the Filipino’s hint on his move to give way to Marcos whom they believe as the real Vice President of the Philippines. Have some discipline, folks.

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Aquino-Marcos Showdown While Waiting for the Supreme Court Decision

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos patiently awaits the decision of the Supreme Court on his electoral protest. However, his supporters do not have the same patience. Various loyalist groups stage protests here and there because of lack of updates on the case. The presumptive VP also creates a stir when she announces that her lead over Marcos even increases after the recount of his 3 pilot provinces.  Despite the uncertainty, there are some who manage the dispute from the roots of it all through humor. Therefore,  the Marcos-Aquino showdown emerges.





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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos versus Noynoy Aquino (Round 4) Talent Showdown.



BS Aquino on Frank Sinatra’s Watch What Happens

Former President Benigno Simeon  Aquino III may not have the traits of a singer but at least he had the guts.  He still mesmerizes rumored ex-girlfriend Shalani Soledad amidst the crowd. He is even  glad that the former Valenzuela City councilor and TV host has finally “found someone.” She got married to another local politician, Roman Romulo. As for him, he can only watch happens as per the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s song.



BBM’s Version of Hey Jude by the Beatles

Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, can’t be bothered with an impromptu singing performance when he sings the Beatles’ Hey Jude with a live band in a bar. He is not a stranger of those activities knowing the parties previously organized privately by her mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos. In fact, the Marcos matriarch and patriarch were known as a singing couple.

Ex-Pnoy Goes OPM with Student Blues

Kris Aquino, ex-Pnoy’s controversial singer is also seen very supportive to his brother as he struggles for the notes of Estudyante Blues, an OPM. Along with Shalani, Kris also cheers for him from the crowd. She also tries to sing along with the lyrics.



BBM Brings to Life John Lennon’s, Imagine

Another nationalistic rendition in the tune of John Lennon’s, Imagine creates an outpour of emotions as Marcos tries his best to give justice to the song. It is indeed very obvious that it is not just for the show. He truly loves singing. Just like the loyalists who support him at the Supreme Court ever since many years ago. They are there in front of the Supreme Court for their love of the Marcoses.



Supreme Court Showdown

In an urgent motion, Robredo recently cites the results of the recent revision, recount, and re-appreciation of ballots from 3 provinces chosen by Marcos. His lawyer Romulo Macalintal who is one of the Ocho Diretso losers said that her lead over Marcos widens by as much as 15,000 votes. This is actually not a confirmed report. Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez, said there were no official findings yet from the Supreme Court that sits as the PET.

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Bongbong Marcos Endorses Palafox’s Flood Control Measures

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos stresses that the cancellation of the 4th Spillway project in Metro Manila contributes heavily to the worsening flood control problems. This is part of the urban planning strategy of his late father, former President Ferdinand Marcos. The VP in waiting now endorses the same architect, Jun Palafox’s flood control measures who happens to be a part of the previous Marcos project that was cancelled due to the 1986 quo d’etat.





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The Archipelago Status of the Philippines

Marcos, the Vice Presidential protestee said that it is a fact that the country is surrounded by water because of its archipelago status. The 7,100 islands of the Philippines is located in nearby vast oceans. It would be difficult to move away from waters. Nonetheless, he points out that efficient urban planning and proper flood control measures just like what his father did can ease the problems. He also cites two reasons that contributes to massive floods in Metro Manila.



Climate Change is Real

Marcos also debunks the idea that climate change is not real. In fact most farmers can’t figure out easily anymore when the appropriate planting season would be.  He cites deforestation and over population as the two major contributors for this. The polished logs ceased in Laguna is one proof. Whereas, it is quite obvious that would would relocate to the big city to be near their work or livelihood. Therefore, his mother’s QC project helps solve these kinds of dilemma.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos’ Urban Planning Strategy

The MMETROPLAN is an inter-agency project of the Government of the Philippines with Freeman Fox and Associates of London and Hong Kong. Including other recommendations for transport land use and urban development, the plan suggested the construction of flood control mechanisms to effectively contain and channel floodwaters, citing initiatives by other studies and proponents. In this plan, the Laguna Lake will act as the initial floodwater container and the Manila Bay a secondary container. When the Pasig and Marikina rivers reach critical levels, its excess water is diverted to Laguna Lake through the Manggahan floodway while the Paranaque spillway will flush out excess water from Laguna Lake towards Manila Bay to protect the 29 Laguna lakeshore towns.



Marcos’ Spillway 4 to Continue

The Paranaque Spillway to be simultaneously constructed, but only the Floodway was built. The Spillway project would have cost the government P18 billion (roughly $1 billion). Every time flood waters are diverted into the Laguna Lake via the Manggahan floodway, Laguna Lake becomes a toilet without a flush, which was what exactly happened during the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy, where 4,600 cubic meters per second of flood waters came down from the mountains and flooded more than 80,000 hectares of low-lying urban land in Metro Manila and around Laguna Lake. Singapore, in comparison, has only 71,000 hectares of land.



Palafox’s Flood Control Measures

Among the long-term targets suggested by Arch. Palafox that are related to water management infrastructure included:

1. Building the Spillway from Laguna Lake to Manila Bay.

2. Establish 100-year flood lines and rising water levels, then build higher than them

3. Control development in areas liable to flooding

4. Encourage new developments and retrofit elevated walkways, sky bridges that connect buildings above flood waters

5. Focus of solid waste management

6. Reforestation of the catch basins

7. Update Daniel Burnham’s 1905 Plan, 1976-77 MMETROPLAN, and the 2003 Manila Megalopolis Concept Plan 2020

8. Establish an Urban Metropolitan Management Review (too many overlapping functions among local, metropolitan, regional and national agencies)

9. Construct road dikes around Laguna Lake and relocate settlers to higher areas

10. Make hazard mapping (for earthquakes, floods, fire, and other hazards) a priority

11. Enforce 10-20 meter easements along rivers and lakes, and 3.5 meter easements along creeks and esteros.

There are five factors needed for the country wants to succeed : visionary leadership, political will, good planning, good design, and good governance.



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