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Shallow-Minded Media Feasted on PDu30’s Davao Rape Joke Again

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 is making another joke. The mainstream media never failed to report this right on the spot. Commentaries loom. Du30 humorously said that the reason why the incidence rate of rape in Davao City is high is that there are plenty of pretty girls in Davao. Because of that, the President is under fire again. Malacañang, however, defends the president and says that we shouldn’t take seriously the jokes of the president. This shows how shallow some news sources are. Instead of covering Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo, which is a public interest, they are more into petty things.






Youtube video by GMA News

[VIDEO]: Pahayag ni Pres. Duterte na maraming maganda sa Davao City kaya maraming nare-rape doon, binabatikos




The President’s Visayan Humor on Rape

The president is saying that as long as there are plenty of beautiful women, rape cases will always be high. He said so in Bisaya in Mandaue City on August 30.




Statistics of Rape Cases in Davao

With the data from the Philippine National Police, Davao ranks highest in the number of rape cases. There have been 42 cases in the 2nd quarter of 2018. With the PNP data on index crimes from 2010 to 2015 Davao City also ranks 2nd in the number of rape cases with 843 counts.

Many Media is Still a Stranger to the President’s Joke

Du30 can’t help but keep on making misogynistic remarks and making light of rape. For that, he faces heavy criticism. Back when he was mayor of Davao City he even joked about raping an Australian missionary as she was very beautiful. She was killed in a prison riot. This joke of his has caused an uproar. The media should know by now the nature of the President’s humor.









Can’t Change the Leader’s Manner

Malacañang, however, sees no problem with the President’s behavior. They say that it is just a part of his manner of speech and Most Filipinos understand his humor, especially the masses. This is actually one of the reasons why he is so popular. The majority of the Filipinos can relate to him.




The Presidential Daughter’s Point of View

As Mayor Sara Du30-Carpio explains,  the incidence of rape has decreased by 20.83%. There were 120 cases during the first half of 2017 and on the first half of 2018 it went down to 95. She is claiming that this is due to the government programs about teaching children on the topic of sexual abuse. And to all the antagonists of Davao City government, she is asking what have they done to help.

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Bongbong Marcos is one with Gov. Imee to Move on from 1986 but Not on his Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The troubled Vice President, Leni Robredo once urged Bongbong Marcos to move on from his alleged defeat during the 2016 VP race. Marcos replied by saying that he cannot do so because his election protest is still ongoing. He is determined more than ever, to restore democracy through a clean and honest election. However, he agrees with his sister, Gov. Imee Marcos to move on from the martial law issues. The Marcos regime then was already toppled in 1986. It’s done, he added.






Youtube video by INQUIRER.net

[VIDEO]: Answering questions on the issue of his father’s strongman rule, former senator Bongbong Marcos said that the proposed abolition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) is proof that their critics should “move on.”




Macalintal’s Criticism against Marcos

Macalintal is criticising Bongbong Marcos about not being able to “move on” from his electoral protest. To quote Macalintal “A very childish attitude of an election loser who cannot accept defeat in good grace. Such a statement is so unbecoming of a man who projects himself as highly capable to lead as vice president of the country,” Macalintal added.




Protest Blame Game?

It seems to Macalintal that Marcos is just looking for someone to blame for losing in the VP election. He is so confident that he would win the elections. First, he blames the Comelec as a conspirator of the Robredo camp in an alleged electoral fraud. Macalintal adds, “After accepting the integrity of the automated election system, Marcos is now blaming the alleged bias of Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa against him and in favor of Robredo,” Macalintal insinuates. To note, Marcos never accepted the integrity of the 1986 election but agrees with the PET to set aside the issue to fast-track the recount.

 

False Confidence

With Marcos only being able to accept closure if he wins the protest, Macalintal further criticizes him. “But, sorry to say, he will stay put or remain without moving because he will never win his election protest since nobody wins an election protest on the mere allegation that the judge is biased in favor of the other party,” he adds. Furthermore, Macalintal also points out that with the results of recounts of the ballots tallying with the electronic results, no one ever won an election protest even back on the 2010 automated elections. This theory of Macalintal is already proven wrong by Atty. Glenn Chong. Besides, Marcos’ case is the first protest at the national level to reach the recount stage.

 









Enrile Defends the Late Ferdinand Marcos

Senator Enrile also explains in a separate interview that atrocities during the Marcos era should be attributed to him. He is saying that he knows more than the Anti-Marcos media propagandists. What he says are the actual facts. The previous victors just wrote their history to highlight their supposed sacrifices for their own political advantage.




Marcos is Thankful to Supporters

Marcos is grateful for the support and love from those loyal to him. His supporters are staying by his side as his electoral protest is still pending. Currently, a pro-Marcos Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Teresita de Castro has been appointed by President Rodrigo Du30. She is only two months away from retirement. If Robredo managed to be VP overnight with the aid of Smartmatic, Marcos can also be the leader he is destined to be in the blink of an eye.

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Bongbong Marcos is the Next Golden Age President when Election Protest is Favored

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The former senator Bongbong Marcos states that he does not take President Du30’s succession statement “so seriously.” Although, he points out that the chief executive is fully aware that Filipinos need his help. “I know he is still needed by this country,” he said. Marcos stresses that consumer interest will also have to be on the front seat of his administration. That is why former President and now Speaker of the House, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s leadership in the Congress is crucial as the champion for the economy. Marcos can become President as per Du30’s promise when he wins the election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. This is very likely to happen after the appointment of the new Supreme Court Chief Justice, Teresita de Castro.






Youtube video by UNTV News and Rescue

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos, handang maging presidente sakaling manalo sa election protest at magbitiw sa pwesto si Pangulong Du30.




Downplaying but Ready

Bongbong Marcos is ready to step up as president and will prioritize good governance if he succeeds Du30. But he still is downplaying the President’s remark for him to be a Malacanang Successor.




The Economy is a Priority

The improvement of the economy with the consumer’s interest in mind is an objective. “I think the President is doing all of this tongue-in-cheek,” Bongbong Marcos comments. This is an answer of the president’s remark that if Marcos will be guaranteed to succeed him, he would willingly give up the presidency.

Toppling Corruption

“Return of good governance.” That is Marcos’ answer when asked what would be his top three priorities if he becomes president. He is saying that there is no need to name three things, just that we have to return to good governance. This despite the issues of massive graft and corruption that toppled his father.









PCGG Status

The Presidential Commission on Good Governance, created by Cory Aquino, had the sole purpose of prosecuting the Marcoses. It aims to recover the vast amount of allegedly ill-gotten wealth from the Marcos family and their allies. Cases have been filed by the PCGG but to this day none has prospered, as Marcos explains.




Moving on after Election Protest

Now, the Congress is now planning to abolish the PCGG. This is taken by the Marcoses as a sign that the country has to move on. Imee Marcos made a speech about moving on to which she was criticized by Bam Aquino. Bongbong Marcos insists that they have nothing to be sorry for. Instead, Marcos believes that it is their duty to continue on his father’s blueprints and lead the country once more.

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Atty. Glenn Chong Clarifies Bongbong Marcos’ Supreme Court Request to inhibit vs. Caguioa’s Raffle

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge of the namesake of former President Ferdinand Marcos’ electoral protest, writes the en banc to take the case off from him and re-raffle. The Supreme Court rejects it unanimously. On the other hand, Bongbong Marcos requests the Supreme Court to inhibit Caguioa from the case. These are two different things according to Atty. Glenn Chong. The Supreme Court’s decision to junk Caguioa’s request would mean that there is still a chance that Marcos’ plea would be favored. This is for the alleged biased magistrate to be excluded in the voting and other en banc decision makings.





Youtube video by Radyo Pilipinas 738

[VIDEO]: Muling pag-raffle sa protesta ni dating Sen. Marcos, hiniling ni Justice Caguioa




The Rejected Request by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the request of Associate Justice Caguioa. He requested for a re-roll on who will be the member-in-charge on the poll protest after Marcos raised issues of bias.




Two Different Motions

Caguioa’s and Marcos’ requests are two different things, however, according to a court insider. Caguioa was asking for a re-raffle of the case and wrote an internal memo to ask the PET. Meanwhile, Marcos is asking the associate justice to inhibit from the entire case because of the alleged bias.

Caguioa Does Not Want to Lose Voting Rights

Caguioa is asking for a re-raffle wherein the lead would be transferred to another justice. He doesn’t want to lose his voting rights so he would not want to inhibit from the case. Whoever will be in charge will have control of the direction of the case as he will have control of the pace of the case.









Delaying Tactic?

The attacks against Caguioa according to the camp of VP Leni Robredo is just a delaying tactic. Robredo however, is appealing to apply a 25% shading threshold. This, despite the PET rejecting this earlier in favor of a 50% shading threshold. Robredo’s appeal is clearly an attempt to delay the proceedings.




Media Confusion

Some media labels the re-raffle rejection of the Supreme Court as unfortunate for Marcos. This is why Atty. Glenn Chong explains that it does not affect Marcos’ stand and progress on the protest. It can actually be beneficial because Caguioa can still lead the proceedings but could only rely on the en banc for its direction and decisions without the right to influence it or simply vote on his judgment. This is so if Marcos’ motion for Caguioa to inhibit from the protest is granted.

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Can Bongbong Marcos Get Enough Support as He Pushes for Caguioa to Inhibit from his Protest?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET to inhibit Supreme Court (SC) Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa as justice-in-charge or ponente of his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Many Filipinos wonder why the questionable VP is still counter-protesting Marcos when she actually fails to pay in full her counter-protest fee? This among others are the biases of the magistrate involved, said Marcos.





Youtube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: Enough of Justice Caguioa’s bias. Watch as former Senator Bongbong Marcos lays down the many reasons why he filed a Motion to Inhibit Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Caguioa from further taking charge of his election protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.




Anti-Bongbong Marcos Wife

The Marcos camp discovers that Caguioa’s wife is an anti-Marcos advocate. Not only that but Pier Angela Caguioa is also a staunch supporter of Leni Robredo. She has even campaigned for her in the 2016 elections actively. This is what Marcos tells the PET in a motion on the bias of Justice Caguioa against him. He also cites messages from the Viber chat group of Mrs. Caguioa.




The Conjugal Conspiracy Leak

Former Councilor Tony Boy Tabora of Baguio City has posted a video with the title “The Conjugal Conspiracy”. This has gone viral with over 312k views and 8.8k shares as of August 4, 2018. The Viber messages are documented in a video.

 

Motion to Inhibit Caguioa

To quote some of the messages from Mrs. Caguioa’s Viber chat. “If BBM wins and if he wins because of the youth, it’ll be the failure of our generation. We were the main catalysts of EDSA 1 and yet we failed to impart its lessons upon the generation that followed us” she said. Marcos also notes this in his motion. He says that this reveals the ardent support that Mrs. Caguioa has for Leni Robredo.









The Electoral Rules for the Protest

There are also rules that prohibit a justice from participation in determining the case if any member of his family is associated in the case in any manner. Furthermore, he is also aware of the fraternal bond Justice Caguioa shares with former President Benigno Aquino III. They have been classmates back from elementary until college in the Ateneo de Manila University. This bond is what made former president Aquino appoint Caguioa to the SC.




Other Biases

Marcos also cites several PET resolutions that show bias on Caguioa’s part, and caused delays on the ruling of his poll protest. A resolution issued on March 21, 2017, required him to pay P66.22 million as cash deposit for his poll protest. This resolution was received by his lawyers only on April 10, 2017, which is only a few days before holy week. He only had four days to pay half the amount else his protest would be scrapped. While on Robredo’s case, on the other hand, She still hasn’t paid the entirety of her cash deposit. Quoting Marcos, “In light of the clear and convincing evidence of bias, partiality and prejudice exhibited by Associate Justice Caguioa and Mrs. Caguioa in favor of Robredo, and the continued presence and participation of Associate Justice Caguioa as the ponente of the case are gross violations of the protestant’s Constitutional right to due process of law,” This is why Marcos appeals for public support.