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Atty. Bruce Rivera to Robredo: Unfair UP and Princeton Treatments to Imee Marcos Made Her More Successful

Imee Marcos
By: Elena Grace Flores

A fellow UP product, Atty. Bruce Rivera defends Imee Marcos from the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo’s bitch-talking over her radio program. He said that graduate or not from UP or Princeton, the governor is more successful than any summa cum laude like Hilbay or magna cum laude like him. Considering that her family’s humiliation due to black media propaganda drags on for over 30 years.This is after Robredo accuses Marcos of lying despite her own very notable reputation of being a great liar herself. z

YouTube video by Rappler

[VIDEO]: Otso Diretso to Bulacan youth: Will you vote for somebody who lies about college degrees?

Otso Diretso is Straight to the Loo Because of Imee Marcos

The opposition senatorial candidates hit administration bet, Imee Marcos. Like Robredo, they also accuse her of lying for saying that she graduates from Princeton University and the UP College of Law. Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay was first to take a swipe against Marcos. Someone runs yet lies about her diploma, Hilbay announced. Veteran election lawyer Romy Macalintal follows suit. He said that they must scrutinize the backgrounds of each of the candidates. He urges them not to entrust their future in the hands of thieves. Then Macalintal turns to Marcos. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada also shares his failures to pass the bar examinations twice before passing it on his 3rd try. Tañada said the students should vote for candidates who have integrity. Then lashes on Marcos all the same.

Leni Robredo’s Bitchiness

The Vice President who faces an electoral protest by Marcos’ brother, Bongbong Marcos alludes to the eldest daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos for not engaging in senatorial debate to address the issue. What’s worse is the others can really continuously lie…Just like about her studies in UP and Princeton, there were lies, right?, Robredo confirms. Marcos declares she graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and earned a master’s degree in religion and politics from Princeton University in the United States. But both universities have debunked Marcos’ claims about her educational credentials. This is despite visual evidence and testimonies of her batch mates.

Debate Challenge

The temporary Vice President zeroes in on Marcos and other administration-backed senatorial candidates from Hugpong ng Pagbabago party for not joining televised debates. In her radio show, Robredo said the HNP candidates should let the people know where they stand on policies and issues through a public debate. Our candidates and the others join, but they don’t come, especially those who are okay in the survey. So how would the people know the issues against them or their beliefs where they stand, what they feel about issues? she asked.

Just for Media Mileage

Senatorial candidates of the opposition slate Otso Diretso are challenging administration bets to a debate to gain publicity, Malacañang said. Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo said that the administration candidates did not accept the challenge because they did not want to give their opponents media mileage. “I can understand that those from the other side, they want to debate because it would give them publicity. The administration candidates did not want to give their rivals publicity,” Panelo said in an interview.

Atty. Bruce Rivera’s Defense

Atty. Rivera is not surprised with the missing record any other way because they do happen in the Philippines and elsewhere depending on the authority at the time. He just explains the logic of why would Marcos claim that she qualified – just to be humiliated in her political career? The fact that she has been governor of Ilocos Norte. She was also its congresswoman for the longest time when both the Romuadez and Marcos name were a curse. Marcos is indeed very successful without becoming much of a scandal like Robredo, Rivera insinuates.

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Du30′ Floats Ferdinand Marcos’ Maharlika Name Change as VP Electoral Protest Drags On

Ferdinand Marcos
By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 recently said that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was right. During his time, he was really right, he added. He wanted to change the country’s name to Maharlika or the Republic of Maharlika. Maharlika is a Malay word and it means more of a concept of serenity and peace,” Du30 explained. “But it’s okay. When the time comes, let’s change the name. The President floats this idea as Bongbong Marcos, the only son of the late Philippine leader awaits the resolution of his VP electoral protest against Leni Robredo. z

YouTube video by Martin Abel

[VIDEO]: A RECAP ON THE VP ELECTION PROTEST.

Disunity Propaganda to Block Ferdinand Marcos

It is quite noticeable via social media that issues are raised to divide supporters of Marcos and Du30. Many posts imply that the President could have a hand to speed up the resolution of the VP electoral Protest that is now on its third year against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. However, if one observes the Filipino leader’s actions, it is a sure thing that he is doing everything in his power to set the record straight for Marcos but following the rule of law. Often, Du30 thinks out loud but these signify his true feelings and intentions. People can only realize his achievements when they finally happen.

Supreme Court Decision

Meanwhile, Marcos, in his extremely urgent motion of grave concern with omnibus motion, wants PET to order the Voters Identification Division of the Commission on Elections–Election Records and Statistics Department (Comelec ERSD). This is to produce the documents involving its technical examination on the Voters Registration Records (VRRs) as against Election Day Computerized Voter’s List (EDCVL) of 508 established precincts in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan. Robredo consistently opposes such forms of technical examinations of the ballots and insists for SC to use the allegedly tampered digital images.

Getting Rid of Spanish Colonialism

President spokesperson, Salvador Panelo said that President Du30 does not resent Spain’s 333-year colonial rule. He merely asserts the Filipinos’ national identity. “He said that Maharlika is a Malay word. Since we are Malays, we should have a name identified with us. I agree with him, I like the idea of Maharlika as a name for the Philippines,” Panelo clarified.

Two Arguments on the Name Change

There are two contradicting views about the supposed proposal to change the country’s name. “One, as one of my staff lawyers pointed out, the ‘Philippines’ is mentioned in the Constitution. So if you issued an executive order or passed legislation to rename it, some constitutional expert might say, ‘You cannot amend that, it’s in the Constitution’,” Panelo said. The other argument, according to the President’s spokesperson, is an instance where the name ‘Philippines’ was just established for the time being. The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country. It needs to submit it to the people for a referendum,” Panelo said. He stresses that a mere executive order would not be effective.

Ferdinand Marcos for President in 2022

President Du3o certainly appears to endorse Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., better known as Bongbong Marcos. He refers to him as his Vice President. It may be a lengthy process for Marcos to regain his position as the country’s second leader but Du30 potentially paves the way for his succession to the top job when he steps down before his term or in 2022 during the next Presidential elections.

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The President has No Jurisdiction Over the Comelec Unlike the Customs

customs


By: Elena Grace Flores

Since the Bureau of Customs is under the Department of Finance, it is directly under the Office of the President. The Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and their staff may be removed by President Rodrigo Du30 when he loses confidence in them. On the other hand, the Commission on Elections is an independent constitutional office established under the constitution. The Congress of the Philippines has the authority over the agency through the drafting of resolutions that can change election laws and agreed upon by the Supreme Court as per the judicial review of such acts.



YouTube video by ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]: Civilian personnel still ‘in control’, says new Customs chief


Impeachments by the Congress

Therefore, the Commissioners of the Commission on Election can only be removed through impeachment proceedings where only the Congress can facilitate. As a result, it is not possible for any judicial reviews to allow any military takeover to happen. This is very different from the circumstances surrounding the Bureau of Customs. This is why abuses in the poll agency can flourish because the abusers can build their supporters among lawmakers.


No Active Soldiers at the Customs

Malacañang clarifies that soldiers will not be given appointments or designations at the Bureau of Customs. This is after critics said that a military “takeover” at the bureau would violate the Constitution. President Du3o said he wants the military to “take over” Customs. He appoints Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the country’s former military chief, to the corruption-ridden agency.


Shabu Shipment Incident

Du30 recently removed Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief. Lapeña was criticized over the multi-billion shabu shipment that allegedly slipped past the country’s ports. He also announced that all Customs officials and personnel will be on “floating status.” In a Palace news conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said: “the President is not appointing or designating any member of the armed forces.”



State of Lawlessness

Panelo argued that the situation at the Customs is akin to “lawlessness” which must be addressed by the President at all costs. “The Constitution says when there is lawless violence, the President can call out the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.


Just to Intimidate

Panelo also explained that the soldiers who might be sent to the Customs will still have to answer to AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr., not Guerrero. This is just to intimidate abusive customs personnel. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that there’s no “military takeover” order from the President at all. He would, however, take part in the drafting of the guidelines for the plan, along with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. The people should know by now why Du30 acted out quickly on the customs’ case. Whereas undermining the Comelec’s incompetence amidst the revelations on digital electoral fraud.


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Panelo: Facebook is Not the Only Social Media Platform For the Du30 Supporters

Facebook


By: Elena Grace Flores

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the removal of the pro-Du30 pages from Facebook does not speak about the profile of the President’s supporters. FB decides to take down pages supportive of the President due to alleged spam content and violation of its authenticity policies. The Filipino leader’s avid followers still have enough social media platforms to express their support outside of the number one social media platform in the Philippines, added Panelo. Duterte Media, Duterte sa Pagbabago Bukas, DDS, Duterte Phenomenon and DU30 Trending News were among the pages removed. Manang Imee, a page that endorses Du30’s ally, Gov. Imee Marcos’ senatorial bid in the 2019 elections also did not survive the purge.



YouTube video by Eagle News

[VIDEO]: Pro-Duterte pages at marami pang accounts, isinara ng Facebook dahil sa paglabag.


Just Riding On at Facebook?

All these groups back President Du30. It is not sure, however,  the administrators of these pages are actual supporters of the president. They can just be profiting off from his popularity. “Manang Imee”, on the other hand, expresses support for the eldest daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos is a close political ally of Du30.


2nd Massive Removal

Facebook has removed over 100 pages and accounts in the Philippines, including several Pro-Du30 groups that it said, violated its policies on spam. This is just the second time after Maria Ressa, the founder of Rappler accuses FB of aiding Du30  in 2017. It is obvious that the intensity of these groups can drive her business into bankruptcy.


Political Twist

Ressa and her company are known to be the supporters of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s political party. Robredo leads the opposition slate and is anxious to replace the president, according to reports. Her ultimate dream can be jeopardized by the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos, the brother of Gov. Marcos.



Purging Reason

It said the pages and accounts, which were mostly political or entertainment-themed, directed visitors to “low-quality websites that contain little substantive content and are full of disruptive ads”.


Online Security vs. Freedom of Speech

The US is the number one country where Cambridge Analytica had improper access to Facebook users’ data. Number two is the Philippines. This is where the corruption of more than a million Filipino data can take place. Facebook’s move is their prerogative for online security. However, they should know that Article III Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies that; no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech or of expression.


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Senator Trillanes Misunderstood the President’s Rule of Law that Leads to the Supreme Court

Supreme Court


By: Elena Grace Flores

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s Order of Arrest could now be in the hands of the Supreme Court, explains former Senator and Armed Forces Chief, Rodolfo Biazon. Therefore, the noisy senator does not have victory contrary to his claims. What he has right now is a temporary relief that he is still out of jail, said Biazon. In fact, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that while the Du30 administration respects the court’s ruling and adheres to the rule of law, the Justice Department and the Office of the Solicitor General would look into possible remedies with regard to the senator’s case. The SC’s Court of Appeals is surely in the picture.



YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court now has to rule on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’ order of arrest after he experiences a temporary relief from being arrested.


Judge Soriano’s Judgement

Judge Andres Soriano issued a resolution denying the DOJ’s plea for the warrant for Trillanes’ arrest, saying the court had already dismissed the case in 2011 and “the court finds no reason to disturb the doctrine of immutability of a final and executory judgment.” The judge also said the court “finds and so holds that Trillanes did file his amnesty application in the prescribed form in which he also admitted guilt for his participation in the Oakwood Mutiny, among others, and in which he further recanted all previous statements that he may have made contrary to said admission.


Voiding Trillanes’ Amnesty is Legal

The resolution also upheld the validity of Proclamation 572, saying it was within President Rodrigo Duterte’s prerogative to issue it. In a 33-page order, Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres B. Soriano found “no basis to believe that Proclamation 572 has breached any constitutional guaranty or that it has encroached on the constitutional power of either the judicial and executive branch”.


The Senator will be Apprehended

Based on the proclamation, Trillanes has no pending application for amnesty granted to all active and former personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and supporters who joined the July 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines stand-off and the November 2007 Manila Peninsula incident. The proclamation also tasked the AFP and the PNP “to employ all lawful means to apprehend former (Lieutenant Senior Grade) Antonio Trillanes so that he can be recommitted to the detention facility where he had been incarcerated for him to stand trial for the crimes he is charged with,” citing the power of the President under Article VII, Sec. 19 of the Constitution to grant amnesty.



Military Court Martial?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it respects the court’s ruling. “The PNP as a law enforcement agency will always respect. It upholds whatever is the decision of any judicial authority,” said PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. The President still gets a strong support from the military. However, Senator Ping Lacson said that only the Supreme Court can decide whether Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should face a military court even as a civilian.


Court of Appeals in the Supreme Court

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra clarifies that the Department of Justice determines the next step. This is in the amnesty issues of Senator Trillanes. Parties have 15 days to file an appeal or motion for reconsideration before a court. Guevarra said that the DOJ is finalizing its next step. It is likely that it will end up in the Court of Appeals. The rebellion case was dismissed in 2011 pursuant to the amnesty granted by former President Benigno Aquino. But President Du30 declared the amnesty “void from the beginning” through Proclamation 572.