Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson defends herself against “fake news” controversies. Uson said that the public must be aware of what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and VP Leni Robredo are doing in spreading “fake news.”
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Trillanes and Robredo’s Fake News
Uson pointed out Trillanes’ interview with BBC HARDtalk’s anchor Stephen Sackur as to why the senator is a “purveyor of fake news.” He only says negative things about the President when the facts show otherwise. He is the same with V.P Leni Robredo. She garnered lots of hatred when she spoke at a UN side event against the drug war with the wrong data.
Uson, who was previously blamed for the spread of fake news admitted that she had committed mistakes in the past. This is particularly about her social media post on a corporation that owed the government some P96 billion in taxes based on “Article 263” of the Philippine Constitution.
Uson also defended her Facebook post where she shared a photo of Honduras policemen while calling for prayers for the Philippine military battling the Maute group in Marawi City. She said she only wanted the public to join in praying for the government forces in Marawi City. Not at all intending to mislead the public.
Anti-Fake News Act
Also, Uson clarified that she neither supports nor opposes Senator Joel Villanueva’s Senate Bill No. 1492 or the proposed Anti-Fake News Act. She remains neutral at this time but lamented that she should not be singled out just because of some mistakes. Those were unintentional. The nature is totally different from Trillanes and Robredo’s lies.
There’s no such thing as “indefinite” martial law in the Constitution, said Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Monday. President Du30 threatens to implement Marcos-like military rule if the Supreme Court decides to rule against his martial law declaration. Social media tags her comment as “unli” and her actions “fake” as per the current trend on the “rice” issues.
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[VIDEO]: Senator Risa Hontiveros justifies her opposition to Mindanao martial law and her call for a joint session to deliberate on President Du30’s declaration.
Indefinite Military Rule
The Commander-in-Chief obeys the Supreme Court whatever the verdict may be. However, if he has to order a second martial law to resolve conflict Marawi City, he is ready to do a “Marcos copycat.” It, of course, alarms Hontiveros, a noted anti-Marcos politician. “There’s no ‘unli’ (unlimited) martial law,” the senator said.
Supreme Court Compliance
The President said that he is willing to let the military withdraw from Marawi City if the Supreme Court rules that “there is no factual basis” for him to place Mindanao under the martial rule. But there is surely a consequence of that action of his. It’s his job to save the country like Marcos did.
Malacañang assures the public that the President does not mean human rights abuses on his “Marcos copycat” statement. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said this in a press Conference to clarify the Du30’s choice of words that brings back the LP’s trauma.
Unli or Fake?
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attests that he and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. recommended martial law in Mindanao Cabinet meetings. This is a similar scenario with then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile’s suggestion to the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Therefore, Hontiveros’ authoritarianism accusation to Marcos is fake.
Martial Law is military rule regardless of which administration it is under, said Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. In the constitution, the people are authorizing the military to topple illegal violence, terrorism or not. The late President Cory Aquino made sure that in the 1987 constitution her complaints with the late Ferdinand Marcos won’t be repeated.
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[VIDEO]: JUAN PONCE ENRILE, MARTIAL LAW – USAPING BAYAN
More than Just a Rebellion
The current situation in Marawi City is more than just a rebellion because it is ideological. Worst, a religious problem which is Wahhabism, a kind of fanatical Islamism which is propagated by Saudi Arabia. That is being taught in Madrassas in Mindanao.
Enrile, who was the former defense minister during the martial law of the late President Marcos sides for Du30’s Mindanao martial law. This is in the exercise of the Chief Executive’s constitutional mandate to fight the enemies of the State and control the peace, he said.
Enrile explains that it is only Congress that can stop the President to continue martial law. This is ‘’if they have the votes.’’ The military must explain the basis of Mindanao martial law. Speaker of the House, Pantaleon Alvarez, however, said that they cannot out-vote the president because they have the number for pro-martial lawmakers.
Senator Enrile thinks that Aquino’s move was pathetic. It did not consider situations where the country is in great danger. The new constitution also disregards having a reliable and strong president to finish off all kinds of violence in the country. He confirmed that the problem can only be solved if the culprits are all eliminated.
Many voters asked Binay supporters – why Binay? It all boils down to the good heart. That’s how the family is known in their own community. No one can contest that despite the black media propaganda against them they remain compassionate. The Binays share the same forgiving heart as the Marcoses.
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[VIDEO]: A little over a year ago, a warm exchange between Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Grace Poe, and Nancy Binay was unimaginable. But on Wednesday, May 17, ahead of Cayetano’s final speech as senator, it happened.Senator Binay approached Cayetano and wished him luck on his new stint as foreign affairs secretary.
Nancy Binay’s Forgiving Heart
Senator Nancy Binay approaches Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to wish him luck on his new stint as foreign affairs secretary. It might be awkward given what Cayetano did to her father, the former Vice President Jejomar Binay accusing him of corruption using the Senate blue ribbon televised hearings. This really ruined his chances to become president and removed him from the top spot of presidentiables.
Senator Panfilo Lacson teases Binay saying that her Goodluck message is so contrived. This created the playful atmosphere in the Senate where jokes and sarcasm are not any more serious issues unlike during the 2016 elections.
Referring to his instant confirmation, Cayetano said that it must be because of two things: either they honestly want him to be in the DFA or they just want him out of the Senate quickly. That catches the attention of Grace Poe.
Senator Grace Poe’s Joke
Upon hearing Cayetano’s response, Senator Poe eagerly said: Good that you’re naturally aware. I don’t have anything to do with that, she said. Then added that with all that they have been through, it is just proper to move on and leave all the pains behind.
Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the president’s martial law declaration is backed by the Senate majority. He also reminds people that the new constitution is already revised to prevent alleged military abuses from happening again.
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[VIDEO]: SEN. LACSON ON MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO
No Approval Needed
Now that the President has declared martial law in Mindanao, all eyes are on both chambers of Congress as mandated by the 1987 Constitution to “jointly” vote to affirm or revoke it. The outcome of this is very predictable based on the number presidential allies in the lower as well as in the Upper Houses. Lacson clarifies that no approval is needed.
Voting is Irrelevant
“It goes to say that by sheer numbers alone the vote is irrelevant in this regard. Twenty-four senators can’t outvote 292 congressmen,” Lacson said. He basically confirms that martial law is almost official. They fully support the move to eliminate terrorists from Marawi.
Article 7, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution states that “the Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President.” Lacson assures the people that they cannot revoke martial law given the situation in Congress.
Congress does not have to approve it but it can be revoked. It can be through a majority vote of all members voting jointly. Lacson suggests that the Senate holds an all-senators caucus to discuss their common stand on the issue. This is to see if they can arrive at a common stand,” Lacson added.