YouTube video by Imee Marcos Working quarantine # 1 and 2
Senator Imee Marcos on Working from Home
Senator Imee Marcos works on three bills for the March 23 filing at the Senate. She is still on quarantine. Her asthma prevents her from attending the senate session. However, aside from filing three bills while on quarantine, the Senator urges the government to go “all out, all heart” in helping Filipinos respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Set Aside Emergency Powers First
Aside from the Pag-ASA: Alaga, Sustento at Pag-Angat that seeks immediate and sustained protection of health workers, provision of food and cash aid for marginalized communities, the Senator Imee Marcos also taps stimulus packages to badly hit industries employing millions of workers. She thinks that the President must not prioritize the emergency power yet because he has the power to realign resources that are not in use by many departments.
Don’t be Stingy: We have all the resources.
The Pag-ASA emergency package can be drawn from funds left over from the 2019 budget. These are from calamity funds in the 2020 budget. Intelligence and social funds of the Office of the President. PhilHealth’s emergency reserve fund and contingency funds from various departments. Namely; education, agriculture, labor and employment, social welfare and development, and public works and highways, Marcos said. Perhaps the Marcos loyalists know very well why Senator Marcos is keen in urging the government to take a loan from the world bank with almost 0 percent interest rate. This is a no brainer! Her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos set it up for this kind of purpose! Will the Congress act on the Marcos’ gold for the welfare of humanity?
YouTube video by INQUIRER.net Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget
Senator Imee Marcos No-Show at the Congress’ Special Session
Senator Imee R. Marcos’ physician advises her not to attend the Senate special session due to cough. This is to debate on and pass the proposed Bayanihan Act of 2020 authorizing the President to use unspent government finances. The aim is to resolve the negative effects of the coronavirus crisis. Earlier, she calls on the government not to be stingy on the provisions to the people who have no work no pay status. She is also thinking ahead on drawing resources to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus aftermath.
Go All Heart, All Out
The Senator said that the government should go “all heart, all-out” in funding the fight against COVID-19. She calls an emergency budget to be taken up in a special session of Congress. This is the most crucial investment in our country’s future, She said. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, has drawn up an emergency package of almost 750 billion pesos called Pag-ASA: Alaga, Sustento at Pag-Angat. This seeks immediate and sustained protection of health workers, provision of food and cash aid for marginalized communities, and stimulus packages to badly hit industries employing millions of workers.
The Economic Pitch of the Senator
Marcos plans to pitch the Pag-ASA emergency package in a Senate bill. This is due to her fear of public panic in the coming months if the government’s proposed emergency budget of only P200 billion is approved. Possible sources of the first P300 billion of the Pag-ASA emergency package can be squeezed from funds left over from the 2019 budget.
These are from calamity funds in the 2020 budget; intelligence and social funds of the Office of the President; PhilHealth’s emergency reserve fund; and contingency funds from various departments. Namely; education, agriculture, labor and employment, social welfare and development, and public works and highways, Marcos said.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos Where are the Young Farmers and Fisherfolks in Abra?
The Farming and Fishery Problem
Senator Imee Marcos spent a day in Bangued, Abra last March 6 where she attended a Farmers and Fisherfolk Forum as special guest. Marcos insinuates that this is a problem because continuity would not be possible if there’s no work succession.
The Senator Encourages Local Travel
Tourist bans already take a toll on the tourism industry in major destinations of the country. It’s about time to facilitate more domestic travels. This can compensate for the lost income of the travel sector. The senator does not mind the risk of coronavirus at all. She continues to roam around nationwide to help and inspire people of all levels.
Dancing the Troubles Away
Senator Marcos gives justice to an impromptu dance performance. Manmanok is a dance that dramatizes three roosters from the Bago Tribe who compete against one another to be able to get the attention of a hen. It starts with each of the dancers holding an “ayob” or “allap” which is a small cloth. The background and meaning of this dance are evident. The male simulates a rooster trying to attract the attention of a hen while the female imitates the movements of a hen being circled by a rooster.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos VLOG 2 2020: Senator Imee Marcos at the distribution of financial
assistance for rice farms of Laoag
Giving Assistance to the Farmers in Laoag
Senator Imee Marcos never gets tired traveling nationwide to inspire and give assistance to the masses. This time, she’s at the Centennial Arena Laoag City to distribute Php 5,000 Pesos each to the farmers who suffer losses from the deteriorating prices of rice. She acknowledges that money is not enough to compensate for the burden of the people in the agriculture sector. Although, she swears to take care of them for as long as she remains as Senator.
Another Presidentiable in the Family
Regardless of President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that if a politician cannot kill, he or she can’t be a president, another presidentiable in the Marcos family emerges. Vice Presidential Protestee, Bongbong Marcos is not in public office right now. But his Senator-sister continues to take care of her people’s livelihood. She is a kind politician. President Duterte also believes that no politician can take up the highest position in the land. However, this is just the President’s opinion.
Reigning through Kindness
The President’s style of leading the country through toughness is his unique style. Nonetheless, reigning through kindness is also a proven technique in the world’s history. The Senator is one example of a politician who can do just that. She can inspire people like her mother, former First Lady, Imelda Marcos and has the brilliance of her father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Imee Marcos suggests that the President’s threats to discontinue the visiting forces agreement with the Americans are just mere expressions. US President did not even take this literally. He welcomes the warning by saying that it will save him money. Marcos, however, agrees with the Filipino President to sometimes give some ultimatum to his counterpart to be firm in the country’s current independent status. The Philippines is not a colony of America anymore.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos Senator Imee Marcos’ media interview in Iligan City
Threats on the Visiting Forces Agreement
WATCH: Senator Imee Marcos talks to local media in Iligan City about the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement and how to speed up the rehabilitation of Marawi.
The American are Not Listening
The Senator also confirms that the Americans do not listen sometimes. She said that it is important to consider the needs of the military when it comes to supplies. They are 80% dependent on the US provisions. The Philippine Air Force particularly is the most affected should the visiting forces agreement can’t continue.
Mandate of the Commander-in-Chief
Marcos stresses that the President is the architect of all military treaties as the commander-in-chief. She implies that he knows what’s he’s doing. It is best to trust his judgement and support him on his decisions on the subject.