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An Overlapping Situation
Senators Pia Cayetano and Imee Marcos continue the rift between their families. In 2016, Senator Ian Peter Cayetano and Bongbong Marcos also had some bouts. A recent hearing that tackles the the “economic effects” of the government’s investment promotions program has led to Citira. Cayetano is the sponsor of the Senate version of Citira, which is under her ways and means committee. She fumes over Marcos’ inclusion of this topic on her economic hearing.
Malacanang certifies the CITIRA bill as urgent, according to Cayetano. The bill is now up for plenary debates as Committee Report No. 50. Are we allowed to have another committee conduct a hearing on exactly the same subject matter in another hearing without even informing the chair, even on a personal level?” Cayetano said in the plenary session. “I don’t mind, dear colleagues, you can speak to any resource person. You can invite them to your office, but to have them in a hearing on a matter that was pending on the floor is a slightly different thing,” she continued.
Apology to the Irrate Senator
This prompts Marcos to clarify that the Senate economic affairs’ hearing did not touch on the tax aspect of the CITIRA measure. It merely tackles the impact of COVID-19 on exports and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. Marcos added that the discussion also includes the impact of the cancellation of the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the over-all effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Marcos eventually apologizes to Cayetano and Cayetano accepts Marcos’ apology but has difficulty understanding her explanation that the committee covers a wide range of topics.
The anti-Marcos stalwarts can only deny the rising popularity of Gov. Imee Marcos for Senator in the upcoming 2019 election. However, they start to ask; Will voters care if the candidate is pro-Marcos or anti-Marcos? Political analysts and Professor, Ramon Casiple, Tindig Pilipinas Convenor. Atty. Edwin Lacierda, and Atty. Bruce Rivera debate on the issue. At one point, they insinuate that if she makes it to the top 3, then what will it make Bongbong Marcos in 2022?
[VIDEO]: Will voters care if the candidate is pro-Marcos or anti-Marcos? Political analysts and Professor, Ramon Casiple, Tindig Pilipinas Convenor, Atty. Edwin Lacierda, and Atty. Bruce Rivera said that this is a non-factor in the voters’ decision in choosing their candidates.
Top 3 Contenders for Senators
Political personalities seeking reelection and a return to the Senate will most likely top the senatorial elections. A commissioned survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) announced this recently. Billionaire Senator Cynthia Villar tops the survey with 53 percent. Senator Grace Poe immediately follows. Taguig Representative, Pia Cayetano, a former senator was next. The two are tied at 2nd and 3rd place with 43 percent each.
Reelectionists on the 4th and 5th Places
Tied in 4th and 5th places meanwhile, are reelectionists, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and former Senator Lito Lapid. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who seeks for a political comeback after a three-year detention over plunder charges, places 6th. Next in the list is the former senator and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas Lacierda stresses that the LP would be very happy if Roxas is indeed running.
8th and 9th Placers
Reelectionist Senators Nancy Binay and Sonny Angara share the 8th to 9th spots. Bureau of Corrections chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa follows them. Completing the “Magic 12” are former Senator Serge Osmeña and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. As per the discussion, Marcos can still make it to the top 3 since her position jumps to the 7th from the 11th spot during Pulse Asia’s recent survey.
The Likely Occupants of the 12 Senatorial Seats
Reelectionist Senators Nancy Binay and Sonny Angara shared the 8th to 9th spots at 26 percent each. Bureau of Corrections chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa follows at 25 percent. Completing the “Magic 12” are former Senator Serge Osmeña and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos at 24 percent each. The rest of the LP bets are at the tail end.
Imee Marcos’ Rise in the 2019 Election Survey
Unfortunately for the Marcos detractors, there’s a sudden rise of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’ rank in the recent Pulse Asia senatorial survey. Its President justifies it by saying that it is not due to “an increase of her voting support.” The daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos climbs to the 8th spot in Pulse Asia’s September senatorial preferences survey. She is up 6 spots from her 14th place finish in the June survey. Atty. Rivera explains that since Marcos has the support of President Rodrigo Du30, she can easily gain votes from his supporters. Likewise, Du30’s chosen Presidential successor is her brother Bongbong Marcos. That can very well equate to his possible win should he runs for President in 2022.
Bongbong Marcos reminds the members of the Marcos Loyalists Movement during his visit in Cebu. That the officials they will vote for election 2019 are for public service. Not to make themselves rich but to make the lives of their constituents better. This is the ultimate Marcos idealism. He urges the public to choose election candidates who do not play politics only but the ones who put service to the people first. Marcos repeats that he does not intend to run for Senator. He definitely won’t spoil his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. Below is the list of likely candidates that might get Marcos’ endorsement:
[VIDEO]: For those who have been wondering if I intend to run in the coming elections – I won’t spoil it, but the answer is in this #BBMvlog.
Gov. Imee Marcos for Election 2019
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attributes her rise in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey to ‘engagement’ with Filipinos. However, Pulse Asia’s president, Ronnie Holmes has another explanation. others who were ahead of her in June dropped in the September survey for the election 2019. In Pulse Asia’s latest Ulat ng Bayan survey on the 2019 senatorial elections released on September 22, Marcos rose to the 7th to 11th places with a 32.6% voter preference, landing her in the so-called winners’ circle. Marcos has been spending the last few months going around different provinces in the country. She is currently seen attending various events, from town fiestas to distribution of relief goods. She surely gets her brother’s support from the start.
Ex-ASec Mocha Uson
Former Palace official Mocha Uson confirms that she will seek an elective post in the polls next year. The announcement came a week after she resigned as a “sacrifice” to pave the way for the approval of the Presidential Communications Operations Office budget. Deliberations on the agency’s budget had been delayed by her failure to attend budget hearings, where heads of agencies and offices are often asked about their accomplishments in the previous year. She announced her resignation during the Senate hearing on the PCOO budget for 2019. Mocha Uson confirms running for 2019 elections but not sure yet if Senate or House seat. She believes that ordinary Filipinos should have a voice. As the President’s avid supporter, Marcos only has good words for her. He wished that she can finally find the position where she can truly be happy.
Senator Nancy Binay
Teachers who will volunteer to supervise the conduct of elections in the country should receive tax-free compensation, Senator Nancy Binay said. Binay has introduced a bill in the Senate which seeks to exempt from income tax the compensation given to teachers whenever they serve as members of the electoral board during national or local poll exercises. Unfortunately, she said the election season is prone to incidents of election-related violence and deaths. She said the government should recognize the public service that teachers perform during national and local elections by at least exempting from income tax the compensation given to them. Under present laws, compensation for services in whatever form paid, including but limited to fees, salaries, wages, commissions, and similar items are included in gross income and taxable. Earlier, Marcos thanked her for filing a resolution that made the 2016 election fraud investigation at the Senate possible.
SAP Bong Gp
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has now decided to run for senator. This was announced by no less than President Rodrigo Du30. For the past months, Go has kept busy honoring speaking engagements all over the country without the President. He has frequently appeared at public events, distributing relief goods to fire victims and flood victims. One time, he even donated a brand new ambulance to a Leyte hospital. Marcos can only support Go as an endorsee of President Du30.
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said that he would “most probably” run in next year’s mid-term elections to reclaim his Senate seat. Estrada welcomes the filing of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and former Budget Secretary Butch Abad in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) recently. He also appears with Gov. Marcos in a TV interview to talk about the force behind their senatorial bids. As one of Ex-Pnoy’s selective justice victims, he can only back the Marcoses, who are the Aquino’s ultimate concern.
Senators Cynthia Villa and Pia Cayetano
The Nacionalista Party (NP) will field three women in the 2019 senatorial elections, NP chairman Sen. Cynthia Villar said yesterday. Aside from Villar, the other two women are Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano. Villar said the NP is revitalizing its alliance with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and the ruling PDP-Laban to form a coalition for the 2019 elections. In fact, Gov. Marcos already forges an alliance with Hugpong, which is a Presidential daughter, Sara Du30 organizes.