[VIDEO]: Lacson: Robredo’s withdrawal only Isko’s idea
Press Con Hosting Went Wrong
5 presidentiables namely; Isko Moreno, Manny Pacquiao, Norberto Gonzales, Jose Montemayor, Jr. and Ping Lacson unite for the press conference hosting. The intention is to assure the public that no one would withdraw. However, while answering a question from the media, Mayor Isko Moreno blurts that it should be Leni Robredo who must withdraw if she wants to be a hero.
Senator Ping Lacson insists to convey the message to the public that no one would withdraw. They did the press con hosting for that ultimate purpose. The presidentiables are already irritated to answer such fake news. They should stop the calls for them to withdraw from the presidential race.
No One would Withdraw
No one would withdraw. Mayor Isko did ask Leni Robredo to withdraw but it’s his own opinion, clarified Lacson. They run for the people and not for any other reasons. So, even if they are crippled, the fight must go on.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Panfilo Lacson admits that he is frustrated with the links between former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong and the killing of his aide, Richard Santillan. The latter was killed in an alleged shootout with policemen in Cainta, Rizal, last December 10. Lacson does not believe that Chong is the real target. Or else, they could just ambush him instead of his staff. The senator candidate, however, affirms that the culprits went after his aide to warn him. There will be a massive protest and chaos since he became popular after he exposes the cheating for the position of vice president between former Senator Bongbong Marcos and the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo.
[VIDEO]: Senate Hearing of Richard “Red” Santillan Case
Goal of the Senate Hearing
Santillan is the aide of Chong, a former Biliran representative now running for senator. PAO forensics team chief Dr. Erwin Erfe said the body of Richard Santillan, who was a bodyguard of former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, sustained 63 wounds in different parts of the body. A resolution directs the committee on public order and dangerous drugs to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation on the brutal killing of Richard Santillan. Its goal is to craft more effective measures to ensure public order and safety during the election period.
PNP: A Shootout, Not a Rubout
Lacson still reiterates that he does not buy the scenario that the police would go after Santillan and not Chong if he was the real target. Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, PNP-Region IV-commander emphasizes that there was no rubout as Chong claimed. He maintains that Santillan was driving the Fortuner together with members of the Highway Boys Group. They were engaged lawmen in a gunbattle. Although, the evidence proves otherwise.
Stressing on the Lies
Supt. Joseph Arguelles of Police Regional Office 4-A denies the allegations of Chong that Santillan was kidnapped, tortured, and killed. He testifies before the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs hearing chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson that the evidence shows that there was a shootout. He said that Santillan was able to fire shots while outside the vehicle where he eventually died from gunshot wounds. All these statements from the PNP do not match the forensic findings of the PAO. In fact, the dead victim did not have a gun.
More Denials from the PNP
According to Carpio of the PNP insists that the condition of Santillan’s toenail was due to a grazed gunshot wound. He said that the wound correlates with the bullet holes in the vehicle. As for the hematoma on Santillan’s body, he said this was also caused by a gunshot. The slug causes the hematoma before exiting the body, he added. The open wound or abrasion on Santillan’s body was not a sign of torture. It was caused by fragments from the slug, he argued.
Recap and highlights of the lies and claims of the police involved in the crime were not consistent with the evidence. This is the protest of Chong. Richard “Red” Santillan is clean according to the policemen themselves. Dr. Carpio, a medico-legal doctor said that there was no sign that Santillan receives a blow on his head. However, PAO forensics did a thorough examination and discovered a hematoma. Besides, Richard Santillan was found negative on paraffin test. Traces of gun powder nitrates were not found in his body and clothes.
Some senators express their disagreement over CGMA’s recent take over as the new Speaker of the House replacing Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez in a coup d’etat manner. Senators Ping Lacson and Grace Poe are quite emotional about it. Lacson was in exile under the Arroyo administration when he became a prime suspect of a double-murder case. Poe is the adopted daughter of Arroyo’s rival, actor Fernando Poe, Jr. However, the accusations against the ex-lady leader were all not proven until now. She found an even stronger alliance after her ordeal in the prison cell for 5 long years. President Rodrigo Du30 still calls her the boss. Bongbong Marcos and his family also feel for Arroyo’s plight under the same enemies – the Aquino clan.
[VIDEO]: Naglabas ng kanilang saloobin ang karamihan sa mga senador sa pagkakatalaga kay dating Pangulo Gloria Arroyo at ang nakakalungkot ay karamihan sa kanila ay di gusto si Arroyo bilang bagong speaker.
The Dramatic Takeover that Shocked Senators
The sudden change in the leadership of the House of Representatives was not a coup d’état. House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said the majority vote of congressmen in favor of former-president-now-Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replacing Pantaleon Alvarez would “override” any supposed irregularity in the process. Castro was responding to Alvarez reportedly raising questions about the validity of the takeover since the audio and the mace symbolizing the Speaker’s authority were absent during Arroyo’s oath-taking.
Looking Back on How Much Marcos and Arroyo Endured Injustices
Former First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos cannot hide her dismay when she visited CGMA in her prison cell while serving a verdict that was never made. There was no conviction whatsoever until now. Nonetheless, she was a threat to the interests of the Aquino administration. Cong. Marcos thinks that the treatment of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to Arroyo was just cruel. It was clearly an injustice, she said.
Marcos-Arroyo Endurance Under the Aquinos
The Marcoses and Arroyo have suffered a lot under the two Aquino regimes. Their lives revolved around trials that are unending. Nothing can pin them down due to lack of substantial evidence and yet, the Aquinos showed no signs of mercy or respect in the due process. They used their media influence to destroy the reputation of both political names.
[VIDEO]: Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo celebrated her 70th birthday with several political VIPs. Among them, former Senator Bongbong Marcos
Bongbong Marcos swore during the birthday celebration of CGMA that he won’t stop working on his protest until all votes of his voters for Vice President are counted. He was also critical to VP Leni Robredo for being so unpatriotic. This was the time when she bad-mouthed the President’s war on drugs to the international audience during a UN side event.
CGMA Made the Du30-Marcos Stronger
As shown in the series of events, there’s no denying that CGMA’s takeover is vital to the Du30-Marcos alliance. There’s a Filipino anecdote that says; if you can’t do it through ethical means, do it quickly at the most possible method. Coup d’etat or not, the House’s leadership change is as fast as when the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was ousted using SolGen Calida’s quo warranto petition. Is the VP post next?
[VIDEO]: Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte held a surprise press conference in Davao City, where he discussed several topics, ranging from former president Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and granting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pardon.
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