Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla introduces Bongbong Marcos as the next President.
The Next President
In an event in Cavite, Governor Jonvic Remulla introduces Bongbong Marcos as the rightful Vice President then, the next President of the Philippines. This was during the oath-taking ceremonies of barangay and SK officials. They always talk about politics and their alliance came way back to their fathers’ time.
Close to Former President Ferdinand Marcos
Bongbong Marcos said that the father of the governor, Johnny Remulla were one of those loyal officials of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. There were the first to join them in Malacanang in 1986. And the last to leave. They only left following the istruction of the former President. This was for them to be safe.
Infrastructures and Investments
Marcos hails the Cavite residents because of their competence. This is why investments continue to pour into the province. Being close to Manila is one advantage. But the resilience of the people is also a big help to prosper the economy, said Marcos. He also mentions the infrastucture projects of his father in Cavite. They are still in use up to this time. Those are proofs that Remulla’s territory was one of the priorities during the Marcos regime.
President Rodrigo Du30 orders the dismissal of the police cadets involved in the oral sex punishment scandal in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA). He acts on the matter after reading the report about the incident as he explains during the briefing of typhoon Rosita’s damages and rehabilitation. He expresses satisfaction in the government’s efforts in alleviating sufferings during the disaster.
[VIDEO]: President Duterte spends All Saints’ Day attending to Typhoon Rosita damage.
Dignity must be Intact
The President also reminds the police and the military of their duty. He stresses that their ultimate goal is to protect the people and preserve the nation. They cannot do this well without dignity. So, those soldiers who corrupt them by doing things that would mentally make them unfit such as the sexual hazing activity will be dismissed, swears Du30.
Du30 said that he is satisfied with the collective response of the local and national government to Typhoon Rosita. He clarifies that there is still much work to be done as he agrees that the damage caused by the typhoon was extensive. There are also missing persons due to landslides that occurred during Rosita’s onslaught.
Typhoon Rosita, with an international name Yutu’ entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) last October 30. It ravaged much of Northern and Central Luzon. Rosita also brought heavy rains and strong winds in some parts of the regions. That resulted in flash floods and landslides. It left more than 30,000 displaced families and at least 15 confirmed casualties, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Work Away from Scandal
The President works through the long weekend without missing important issues that needed his decisions. This is contrary to the questionable VP, Leni Robredo’s assumption that the Filipino leader falls short in servicing the people. She uses the surging prices of commodities as the basis of her theories which is brought about by the increasing rate of fuel or gasoline from the international market. This is why many Filipinos understand Du30 why he calls her incompetent.
Out of Tune Presumptive VP
Robredo is seen in interviews throwing the dumbest punches against the President and his allies including the Marcoses. These are definitely signs that she is getting insecure about her victory in the 2016 VP race. Since the massive revelations of the evidence of the electoral frauds, she is notably hiding behind her role as the leader of the opposition. Nevertheless, no matter how much media propaganda she uses, it’s already hard to get the people’s trust back. Surely, she can’t eradicate the suspicions anymore that she and her party cheated big time during the previous elections.
The Filipino workers are close to former President Ferdinand Marcos heart so he upholds their rights by signing the Presidential Decree 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines. This law sets out labor regulations in the country. It states policies favoring workers, such as regularization and job security, “endowment” restrictions, benefits such as overtime, holiday and disability pay, humanitarian work conditions, right to establish the union and collective bargaining agreement (CBA), and much more.
[VIDEO]: Dignidad sa Paggawa – Mga Programa ni Pangulong Marcos
The POEA and OWWA
To extend the opportunities and benefits of Filipino workers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), are the key agencies administering and caring for Filipino workers and wanting to work abroad.
Overseas Contract Workers
Due to new rules and well-being in the field of overseas employment, the number of land-based Overseas Contract Workers (OCW) has grown. From only 12,500 in 1975, it reached 385,000 in 1988. While the Seafarers turn to 86,000 from 23,500 in 1975.
Critics Take it as an Image-Building Effort
In 1974, Marcos’ critics describe Presidential Decree 442 or the Labor Code as an image-building effort. Among its goals as per a mainstream media was “to ensure the careful selection of Filipino workers for the overseas labor market to protect the good name of the Philippines abroad.” It might not be the ultimate goal of the fallen leader but no matter how they twist the facts, this is also a positive development.
The Labor Export Patch Continues
No president after Marcos has detoured from the labor export path. During her term from 1986 to 1991, President Corazon Aquino also utilized labor export to address unemployment and source much-needed foreign exchange. Deployed Filipino workers jumped from 378,214 in 1986 to 615,019 in 1991. Meanwhile, average unemployment rate from 1985 to 1990 remained high at 10.46 percent. From 1992 to 1998, the Ramos administration took the same direction. In 1995, President Fidel Ramos signed Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act to promote the welfare of OFWs. The number of Filipinos leaving for work abroad slowed down but still rose from 686,461 in 1992 to 747,696 in 1997. Joblessness remained a problem, with unemployment ranging between 8.6 percent and 10.1 percent during the term of Ramos. Under the short-lived Estrada, administration deployment increased to 837,020 in 1999. Unemployment under his administration averaged between 8.4 percent and 9 percent.
The Presence of President FEM Remains
FEM is long gone but his influence remains. Critics must think twice before accusing him of things he is not guilty of. Chances are; the noisiest detractors are definitely beneficiaries of the projects of the highly misunderstood President. This is very possible because of his infrastructure, education, and healthcare programs. It is overwhelming to think that even after his death, he still contributes to the field of labor.
President Rodrigo Du30 threatened to make COA members fall down the stairs on an interagency briefing of Typhoon Ompong. He made this joke after he learned from Governor Imee Marcos about COA not allowing cash advances for emergencies. This was supposed to be for the budget on purchasing building materials for the victims of the disaster.
President Du30 came hard on the Commission on Audit for their restriction on government spending for the disaster. He is going as far as to say that COA employees should be pushed down the stairs.
The Governor can only Agree
With the COA only allowing cash advances for food up to Php 15,000, Imee Marcos gets exasperated. Du30 also criticizes the COA with their circulars that he could care less about.
The Budget is Needed for Emergency
COA defends that not all can be cash advanced, and also this occurring over the weekend makes things too difficult. However, Du30 criticizes the circulars further. He sees the circulars as cockeyed, with some people from the government getting to jail because of it while others get away scot-free also because of it. It seems it all depends on how they swing the legal arguments.
Cash Advance Restriction is Not a Law
With Ompong smashing through northern Luzon, which people describe as the strongest storm to hit the country for the year, the president comments on the uselessness of the circulars. He says that unless they are made into law the circulars are useless.
Typhoon Ompong Damages in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte suffers a big loss after the Typhoon. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council assesses the damage at around Php 2.3 billion. With agriculture damages amounting to Php 1.9 billion and damages in infrastructure amounting to Php 440 million. The COA may deserve some respect because they are just doing their job. However, they should put their attitude on a check when dealing with emergency disasters. They too must be prepared when cash is needed badly for the victims’ relief efforts.
Bongbong Marcos is true enough to admit that since he was born into a political clan, politics is his career. It is only natural for Marcos to aim for the highest position in the land during the 2022 election or even before. This is not surprising given that his protest in the Vice Presidial race against Leni Robredo is ongoing. In fact, this is the expectation of many Filipinos.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos Reveals his Presidential Platform Long before the Election
President in the 2022 Election or Before?
It is just a matter of time for Marcos to be president. His loyalists believe that he can even be in the position should President Du30 calls it quits after his VP race victory confirmation. It was clear that this is the intention of the Filipino leader. The ultimate reason why he ran as President. To bring back the glory of the golden age.
Marcos vaguely expresses his support to the teachers and government employees. He also stresses the importance of strengthening diplomatic relations with China. It is remembered that education and public welfare are amongst the priorities of his late father. China also was one of the economic foundations of the country during his time.
Slim Margin in the VP Race
The slim margin of the alleged election victory of Leni Robredo as Vice President made political experts believe that Marcos can indeed be President. Besides, the Martial Law stigma brought by the opposition’s black propaganda is already worn out. Logical thinking already excels in the digital world.
In contrast to the hateful regimes of the Aquinos’, Marcos is for nation building just like the family’s patriarch, former President Ferdinand Marcos. He swears not to run after the injustices done by his political enemies to block his return to power. Now that this scenario is out in the open, Filipinos can go back to earlier predictions. That was to just wake up one day and find out that the nation already has a new VP – and then President in the near future.
The revisors at the Supreme Court said that they saw “many votes of President Rodrigo Duterte that did not go to him. However, their attention is on the result of the manual recount and revision of ballots in the vice presidential election protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo. The President knew this right after the May 2016 election when Pastor Boy Saycon of the Binay Camp first reports to him through the phone the anomalies done by the LP. Saycon’s pronouncement later matches the testimonies of witnesses in the Senate. This is why Du30 whispers to Marcos that he is cheated during their first meeting in Davao.
[VIDEO]: Duterte tells Sereno: You have to be out of the Supreme Court.
ThePresident was Cheated and He Knows it
The President said it many times to Sereno that he always follow the rule of law. Despite that, the ousted Chief Justice never stops discrediting him. That drives the Filipino leader to deal with her head on. At the present time, revisors of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal of the Supreme Court said that there were votes cast for President Duterte that were not counted in his favor. They randomly check the votes cast for the presidency “to check if there were also discrepancies in the presidential election after discovering discrepancies in the results for the vice presidential election.” President Duterte won the 2016 election with more than 6.6 million votes than those garnered by his closest rival, Mar Roxas.
Justices to Decide to Continue the Recount
The manual recount and revision of votes in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental is now in its seventh week. The results in the recount and revision of ballots in the three provinces would determine if the PET, composed of all Supreme Court justices, would still pursue the protest in 24 more provinces and cities covered by Marcos’ case.
Not Surprising for the Marcos Camp
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez of the Marcos Camp said that the reduction of votes for President Duterte was not a surprise. “We are not surprised by such report because it just confirms what we have been saying all along – that the cheating was widespread that it also affected President Duterte but his lead was insurmountable that all attempts failed,” Rodriguez said.
Big Change in the Supreme Court
The removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Supreme Court signals an upcoming big change in the government. Many Filipinos suspect and hope that the declaration of the VP race real winner is next to come. Marcos can be the new Vice President soon. Things may be quiet now because of the gag order but one thing is certain; the Philippines will soon have their elected leaders and much more.
Bongbong Marcos reacts an hour after the news breaks that President Rodrigo Du30 withdraws the country’s membership from the ICC. The former Senator said that it is just right for the Filipino leader to defend the dignity of Filipinos after the international body’s unlogical criticisms and dictates to the President without full knowledge of the situations. The ICC must treat the Philippines as a mature sovereign nation, Marcos said. They should not judge us because we do not judge them, he added.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos agrees with the President’s withdrawal from the ICC because we are a mature sovereign nation and must be treated as such.
Avalanche of Withdrawals
The President’s spokesman, Atty. Harry Roque believes the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court is “the beginning of the end” for the court, as it will start an avalanche of withdrawal of other countries. The ICC violated its “complementarity” rule when it began its initial examination into the complaint against President Rodrigo Du30 in relation to the administration’s war on drugs.
Out of ICC’s Jurisdiction
Roque, who specializes in international law, stresses that the ICC, under its complementarity principle, can only exercise jurisdiction when domestic courts are unwilling or unable to do their work. This is not the case in the Philippines. The spokesman said he already brought the issue up before the ICC several times but he was ignored.
Major Powers are NOT Members
Roque points out that major powers such as the United States, Russia, and China are not even members. He is a former co-chairperson of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court. He was grateful to President Benigno Aquino III for the Philippines’ membership in 2011 but understands Du30’s point now. President Du30 decides to withdraw the Philippines’ ratification of a United Nations treaty that created the body. By withdrawing, the Philippines expects that it no longer has jurisdiction over the nation.
Anti and Pro-Administration
Marcos who is a staunch ally of the President hails his pulling out from the ICC. However, Senator Leila De Lima calls Du30 a coward for doing so. The people can very well see the kind of leaders and politicians from this incident.
Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 may displease local Roman Catholic bishops but not the Pope. Bongbong Marcos in 2016 echoes the head of the church’s same sex marriage view saying ‘Who am I to judge?’ It’s the talk of the town via social media when Du30 vow to protect the rights of homosexuals. He even invites them to nominate a representative to work in his government.
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[VIDEO]: Pagpabor ni Pangulong Duterte sa same-sex marriage, ikinatuwa ng LGBT community
Pro Same Sex Marriage President
“I said I am for same-sex marriage – if that is the trend of the modern times,” the president said. “If that will add to your happiness, I am for it,” Du30 jokes that in his youth he was unsure of his sexual orientation. “Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passed?” “So I am with you,” he added.
‘Who am I to judge?’
In 2016, Bongbong Marcos cites the Pope’s reply to same-sex marriage queries. ‘Who am I to judge?’ The Pope humbly asked. Whatever the livelihood of these brothers and sisters of hours, for as long as they have not hurt other people, they deserve such respect, Marcos explained.
Unanimous with the President
Some people may use the bible to support their disagreement with same-sex marriage. However, if they insist on that, they also break other biblical rules which are more important. Love one another and do not judge. Besides, same-sex couples need the legal protection the same as heterosexual couples. As Bongbong Marcos said; Vox populi, vox dei, the voice of the people is the voice of God. That’s how we’ll follow,” Marcos elaborated.
By: Elena Grace Flores
President Du30’s hot and cold relationship with the Americans started from the time of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos. His son, Bongbong Marcos explains that it was not his father’s intention to drive the American military bases away. He just couldn’t agree with the Parity Law that gives equal rights to Americans with the Filipinos in the country. The ex-leader insisted on the country’s sovereignty over its territory – and made it a point that Filipinos are not second class citizens.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos explains why the Americans started to have a grudge against his father who defended the Filipino sovereignty.
Equal Rights with Filipinos
On July 4, 1946, after Philippines’ independence from Japan, the economy was devastated by World War II. Payment of war damage claims by the U.S. government and an influx of capital were both desperately needed. The Bell Act set quotas on Philippine exports to the U.S., pegged the Philippine peso to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 2:1, and provided for free trade between the two countries for 8 years. That was to be followed by gradual application of tariffs for the next 20 years. Many Filipinos objected to the so-called Parity Amendment. It required an amendment to the Philippine constitution allowing U.S. citizens equal rights with Filipinos in the exploitation of natural resources and operation of public utilities. Nonetheless, some powerful Filipinos involved in these negotiations stood to benefit from the arrangement. The Marcos administration finally terminated the Parity officially on July 3, 1974
Du30’s Wrath over the Americans
As soon as President Du30 took office, He immediately criticized American interventions in his administration. However, he mellowed down when Donald Trump won. They are both controversial and share the same distaste with former President Barack Obama.
Would Rather Be Friendly
The President said he “would rather be friendly” now with the United States because they have “redeemed themselves” and “have helped us a lot”. The US “partly helped” when it was “challenged by the Japanese occupation” during World War II. “Even today, they provide crucial equipment to our soldiers in Marawi to fight the terrorists,” he added.
US President ‘Donald Trump’ hailed his “great relationship” with Du30. He made no mention of human rights during brief remarks to reporters prior to a meeting with his counterpart. Both leaders ignored shouted questions about the drugs crackdown during the ASEAN Summit. The American President might be different from his predecessors but he certainly knows how to respect the Filipino way of doing things.
The Philippines marks the first year since the late President Ferdinand Marcos was buried a hero. This is upon the orders of the President following the law. The country recognizes the LNMB as its heroes’ cemetery and loyalists insist that he is indeed a hero. He has done a lot more than the so-called democracy icon, Cory Aquino and her rebel husband Ninoy.
[VIDEO]: Former president Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani with full military honors past noon last November 18, 2016.
Minority Senators are Against but not the Majority
In government, minority senators criticize Marcos’ LNMB interment. Supporters of the Marcos family retaliate with calls to “move on.” They inspire Filipinos to focus on the country’s current problems, Then, work with the President towards progress. The majority can only support the Filipino leader. No one can deny he was a soldier, former President, and saved the country from the terrorists and communism.
More Struggles after EDSA
Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law instilled discipline among Filipinos. The golden era is still fresh in the minds of golden-agers. This is despite the media propaganda painting it from white to black. Poverty and alleged human rights violations escalate especially during and after the two consecutive Presidential terms of the Aquinos. However, incompetent acts are publicized only during the term of Du30, a Marcos ally.
The President’s Support
Critics repeatedly point out that the Philippines is once more led by a strongman. They accuse President Du30 of unfounded things – just to discredit Bongbong Marcos who is his preferred Vice President. Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake awaits the date for the recount on his election protest against VP Leni Robredo.
Injustice to Bongbong Marcos
The “simple and private” funeral rites, as requested by the Marcos family, were carried out last year. This aims to give closure to his family and supporters. However, his detractors cannot accept that finally, the truth prevails that the Aquinos are not the heroes but the brilliant Marcos.
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