[VIDEO]: The Senators’ Reactions to PBBM’s first SONA
The Senators’ Reactions
Many senators if not all are happy about President Bongbong Marcos’ first SONA. It was comprehensive, said Senator Win Gatchalian. Senator Bong Go is happy about the emphasis on additional hospitals. While Senator Sonny Angara is all praises for the president’s plan from agriculture to education.
The senators can’t be complete without the opposition. But this time, the one surviving anti-Marcos is seen to oppose for the sake of opposing. Not anymore a check and balance kind of thing. Senator Risa Hontiveros said that she would like to hear more about anti-corruption practices. Despite the detailed speech of the Filipino leader, there are things that can be left out.
All is Well
However, topics like assets or specifically gold deposits can find another time. The 20 pesos per kilo f rice promise always has an update on local news. Senator Migz Zubiri calls it amazing. Senator Nancy Binay also thinks it’s inspiring. Senator Lito Lapid likes face-to-face classes. Senator JV Ejercito is excited about his railway system advocacy. Senators Jinggoy Estrada, and Joel Villanueva can clearly follow PBBM’s interntions for the nation.
Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros have something to say. Basically about the impeachment case against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. It is a part of an elaborate conspiracy. This is to boost Bongbong Marcos’ chances of winning his electoral protest vs. Leni Robredo, Pangilinan said. Hontiveros calls the impeachment complaint a distraction. The one that will only drag lawmakers and the public into a pointless political fiasco, she added. Netizens can’t help but answer their comments.
Netizens made fun of Senator Pangilinan with memes showing his double standard. This was his verdict during the impeachment of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona: Failure to declare a realistic SALN annually for nearly a decade is dishonesty and a culpable violation of the Constitution. Now, he’s blaming Bongbong Marcos for Leonen’s case.
Nick Nangit of NCN Law bashes both Senators. He implies that perhaps Pangilinan and Hontiveros may have something to do with Robredo’s cheating in 2016. That’s why they are afraid of Marcos. The video upload tackles the issue in detail. It revolves around Pangilinan making an excuse using the pandemic. Plus correcting Hontiveros that the whole country will benefit from the outcome of BBM’s protest.
YouTube video by INQUIRER.net Sen. Pia Cayetano, pinuna ang hearing ni Sen. Imee Marcos
An Overlapping Situation
Senators Pia Cayetano and Imee Marcos continue the rift between their families. In 2016, Senator Ian Peter Cayetano and Bongbong Marcos also had some bouts. A recent hearing that tackles the the “economic effects” of the government’s investment promotions program has led to Citira. Cayetano is the sponsor of the Senate version of Citira, which is under her ways and means committee. She fumes over Marcos’ inclusion of this topic on her economic hearing.
Malacanang certifies the CITIRA bill as urgent, according to Cayetano. The bill is now up for plenary debates as Committee Report No. 50. Are we allowed to have another committee conduct a hearing on exactly the same subject matter in another hearing without even informing the chair, even on a personal level?” Cayetano said in the plenary session. “I don’t mind, dear colleagues, you can speak to any resource person. You can invite them to your office, but to have them in a hearing on a matter that was pending on the floor is a slightly different thing,” she continued.
Apology to the Irrate Senator
This prompts Marcos to clarify that the Senate economic affairs’ hearing did not touch on the tax aspect of the CITIRA measure. It merely tackles the impact of COVID-19 on exports and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. Marcos added that the discussion also includes the impact of the cancellation of the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the over-all effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Marcos eventually apologizes to Cayetano and Cayetano accepts Marcos’ apology but has difficulty understanding her explanation that the committee covers a wide range of topics.
By: Elena Grace Flores
There might not be any formal declaration of their alliance but the likely senators nowadays are very hot. Not just among overseas Filipino workers but also locally. They are Gov. Imee Marcos and former Biliran Congressman, Atty. Glenn Chong. Recently, the governor made time to visit Chong’s territory. She was warmly welcomed there and was “game” during the interview as she multi-task under severe tiredness. She pulls it out gracefully in the end with her plans to help Biliran’s agricultural system.
[VIDEO]: Interview with Senatorial Candidate Imee Romualdez Marcos
Multi-tasking Senator to Be
At the beginning of the interview, Gov. Marcos is still on her mobile device catching up on things. She then expresses her gratitude to the mayor and governor of Biliran. They are surely one with Atty. Glenn Chong’s intention to make their province more progressive with the help of Marcos.
Working Together for the Public’s Welfare
Atty. Chong who is a notable clean election enthusiast is ready to give up his life to uncover the massive election cheating. This benefits Gov. Marcos’ brother, Bongbong Marcos. The younger Marcos’ electoral protest claims against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo coincide with Chong’s technical analysis as an IT expert. Now, the governor seems to pay it forward by helping in the development of Biliran.
Both Marcos and Chong are avid supporters of President Rodrigo Du30. The trio withstand various black media propaganda that the opposition launches against them. The people are driven towards them more after their ordeal from unfair accusations or negative rumors.
Dynamic Duo as Effective Senators
Gov. Imee is known for her successful economic blueprint in Ilocos Norte. She did not become the best governor of the country for nothing. Whereas, Atty Chong is a fierce fighter for the people’s voice to be heard. Both are champions in public service in their own rights.
Under One Goal
Some alliances are circumstancial. They may be planned or not. In the case of Chong and Marcos, it’s coincidental. Their principles and political platforms are for the good of the country and its citizens. They definitely have the sympathy of the Filipino majority under one goal of making Philippines great again.
Attorney Glenn Chong answers the Chiefs directly when asked why he has to run for a Senate post when the competition is already very tough. He can actually do much better in the House of Representatives, they said. However, Chong discloses that he is already very tired of convincing people about his clean election advocacy. If he loses, then it would be a way out for him. Otherwise, he can gain more influence if the people support him.
Former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong says that he will run during the midterm elections and it doesn’t matter if he loses. He also reveals how the people saw his sincerity through the letters he gave out in the 2007 elections. Chong has shown in many appearances that he is willing to give up his life for his good intention for the country.
Social Media Supresses the Fighting Attorney
It is very obvious through Facebook that anything related to the quest of the fighting attorney faces many restrictions at Facebook and other social media outlets. The accounts of his supporters who are mainly pro-Marcos and Du30 voters are limited to the very minimal number of postings. However, some campaigns to discredit him are still visible online. This can also be a part of the social media’s anti-spam drive.
Bongbong Marcos’ Silence
It is observed that Bongbong Marcos never said a word about Attorney Chong’s plight. He earlier confirmed that the election lawyer is not part of his legal team as per the plea of Chong himself. Chong’s revelations about the 2016 poll fraud coincides with the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo
Senate Bid Falls Into Place
As Chong tries to finalize his candidacy, his infrastructure in the Congress did not materialize. Contrary to that, all of his Senate push preparation push through. This is the reason why he thinks that it’s the will of God for him to run for Senator, win or lose. Winning is not his goal but to go further than the crossroad he’s facing.
Way Out or Way In
For Attorney Chong, it’s only the people who can decide for him to take an exit from his fight with the Comelec and Smartmatic or move forward. Should he win, he can have an edge as a legislator to ensure the country’s honest election. He vows to make sure that all votes will be counted properly. There should be no agency that manipulates the will of the people as to who would lead the country.
Since the former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is cleared of electoral sabotage, the battle of the pro and anti-Marcos senators is evident. Among the 2007 Team Unity “winners” was Juan Miguel Zubiri. Koko Pimentel contested Zubiri’s narrow victory over him before the Comelec. He was declared the rightful winner in the senatorial elections in 2011. However, a week before the Senate Electoral Tribunal reached the decision, Zubiri had already resigned as senator amid the alleged electoral fraud allegations that are currently proven as non-existent.
Judge Jesus Mupas said; “For failure of the prosecution to prove the guilt of accused Arroyo beyond a reasonable doubt and moral certainty despite ample opportunity and even without evidence in favor of said accused, the demurrer to evidence is granted and the charge of electoral sabotage against accused Arroyo is hereby ordered dismissed.”
Demurrer to Evidence
Mupas grants Arroyo’s Demurrer to Evidence, which means that the former president never presented evidence in the trial. The 6-page decision dismisses the credibility of the whistleblower, former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas, who said that he heard Arroyo say; It should be 12-0 in Maguindanao, even if you have to fix or change the results.
Pro Marcos Senator
Looking back, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri proposed in 2009 the construction of a 40-foot mega-floodway in Parañaque. This is to allow floodwaters to drain into the Manila Bay and prevent widespread flooding. He wanted to have another look into the Marcos-era mega-spillway plan as designed since the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Instead of holding miners in the neck, Zubiri is into strategic planning. Gina Lopez was even disappointed when he voted against her appointment as DENR Secretary.
Environmental Advocacy that Makes Sense
The frustration of Lopez is understandable. She can only blame the big mining businesses for the disastrous calamities. However, it is worth taking a look at how the government can support the mining industry to thrive without endangering the environment. This is what Marcos is advocating for and Zubiri echoes that.
Battle of the Senators
Senator Zubiri and Pimentel symbolize the pro and anti-Marcos supporters. Senator Koko Pimentel was critical of former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos on using her age to avoid detention if the verdict against her becomes executory. His father, Nene Pimentel has always been a critic of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and martial law during his regime. It looks like Zubiri’s and other pro-Marcos stalwarts’ right time is now.
Atty. Glenn Chong shared this petition form that Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angles started. They urge people to sign this form if they agree with their PLAN B. Its goal is to prevent the imminent widespread of smart election cheating: Protect the Philippine election from smart cheating Please sign another petition and share this campaign instead of the payment option. This was launched after the Commission on Elections has opted to continue the use of Smartmatic for the 2019 elections. It happened despite the 2016 election revelations made by Atty. Chong and examination results in the Marcos vs. Robredo vice presidential recount that indicate possible massive electronic cheating.
[VIDEO]: Latest na PASABOG ni Atty. Glenn Chong – Oct.19, 2018 – Ang Malayang Pilipino
As of this writing, 41,918 have signed. At least 50,000 signatures are needed to compel Comelec and Smartmatic to follow the people’s wishes. A simple solution can check this cheating procedure and return the people’s trust in the electoral exercise by counting the voter’s receipts.
PROPOSAL UNDER PLAN B:
1. A voter enters the precinct, check the BEI if registered, and get a ballot.
2. Vote for the favored candidates
3. Enter the ballot into the machine.
4. Retrieve the receipt of the casted ballot and while still near the ballot box, check whether the intended votes are correct or not as per the record on the receipt. (Confidential)
The Importance of the Voting Receipt
They propose that at the end of the voting day, the Board of Election Inspectors convene with the watchers of the national candidates or their parties and count the votes contained in the voters’ receipts. These receipts are kept in a separate box that the BEI can open and count. The counting may be limited to the candidates for senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, and party lists.
5. At the yellow ballot box, the voter should check:
a. If the machine did not make a mistake as per the receipt. Drop the receipt into the box and go out of the precinct.
b. If something is wrong in the receipt, let the poll watchers know while they are still there to record the error. Go to the BEI to record the complaints on the Minutes of Voting where the receipt is filed.
6. Poll watchers and accredited citizens’ volunteers will make sure all receipts are dropped into the yellow ballot box.
7. After the polls, while submitting the results and printing 30 copies of the results for up to 2 hours, one of the BEI officers will be responsible for the Manual Audit Committee (MAC).
After counting, these can be compared with the tally posted at the door as well as those transmitted to the city. This simple procedure will require no extra cost except for the small amount of time allocated for this activity.
8. Poll watchers and the accredited citizens’ volunteers will become MAC members to perform a manual count of votes on receipt. Since the data is printed on the receipt and it is clear, the process can be very fast after the manual audit. (GENERAL DEVELOPMENT)
9. The vital positions are for the Senators, Party Lists, Congress Representatives, Governors and Mayors only.
10. The public may observe manual audits outside the precincts.
11. After manually counting the votes on the receipt, the result is compared to the number of votes made by the machine.
Minutes of voting
b. If the difference in the manual count from the automated count is significant, it is already a sufficient reason to suspend the proclamation of the winners. Ballot counts must be done in a public place. The final ballot manual count results will prevail.
12. Uncovered voter complaints recorded by poll watchers and BEI in Minutes of Voting, if any; and the general variation of the manual count on the automated count, if any, should be posted in a centralized public reporting facility in Manila with the app to study it and take appropriate action. COMELEC and accredited citizens’ volunteers can implement their own reporting facilities.
A separate written petition will be sent to the COMELEC to formalize this petition. If the manual count is incompatible with the automated count, this is enough reason for a candidate to protest.
Only the Cheaters are Against this Election Plan B
There is no doubt that there are many methods of automated system fraud. But the voters or any group cannot effectively control all these methods with one and a half steps. If there is a validation of the correct reading and the correct counting of votes done, all the different forms of automated system fraud will be effectively recognized and therefore prevented using a the double-verification process of the receipt of the votes. This is an effective warning to deceivers to allow a clean and reliable election to happen.
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona died of cardiac arrest. He certainly died of a broken heart. Corona is decent man falsely charged by the Aquino administration. He tried to fight a war he could not win. Consequently, he was removed from office as what then-President Noynoy Aquino wanted. Only three voted to acquit Corona and they were former Senators Joker Arroyo, the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bongbong Marcos. Now, However, Greco Belgica as the Presidential Anti-corruption Commission Commissioner as well as TJC President files malversation complaints against ex-Pnoy and other officials. If it can be proved that the senators who acted as judges in the impeachment trial of the late CJ were “bribed” through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), then his removal would be null and void. That would definitely restore his legacy.
[VIDEO]: Former President Benigno Aquino III and several other officials are facing 272 counts of malversation for their alleged involvement in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Truth and Justice Commission President Greco Belgica filed the complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman Monday. Belgica is also a commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Committee.
Ombudsman Case to Avenge the Late Supreme Court CJ
The Truth and Justice Coalition filed 274 counts of malversation against various officials, former President Noynoy Aquino among others. This is in connection with the DAP funds of 2011.
Not an Attack Against the Opposition
Belgica, however, says in a statement that the complaints should not be construed as an attack against the opposition. However, the names of the other officials who served as respondents aside from Aquino are Butch Abad, who was the former Budget and Management Secretary. Mar Roxas, who was the former Interior and Local Government Secretary. Joseph Emilio Abaya, who was the former Cavite Rep. and House Appropriations Committee Chair. Senator Franklin Drilon, who was the former Senate Finance Committee Chair. Senator Antonio Trillanes. Mario Relampagos, who was the former Budget and Management Undersecretary. Lastly, Director Yolanda Doblon.
Pinned Down Respondents
Among the senators, only Drilon and Trillanes were named as respondents by Belgica. This is despite the fact that other senators and congressmen received DAP funds as well. To quote Belgica, “It just so happened that the evidence gathered by the coalition has pinned down the named respondents. Note that the complaint also refers to several John Does.” Furthermore, he adds, that Abaya and Drilon as the finance heads of both branches of legislature directly participated in the malversation scheme to bribe the aforementioned lawmakers for the removal of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona. Roxas, on the other hand, had clandestine meetings with the senators.
Implicating Trillanes was the alleged ghost projects that he implemented. Quoting Belgica, “The amnesty, ghost project and the project not listed in the Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce website are matters that distinguish Senator Trillanes from the rest of the DAP recipient senators who voted for the conviction of CJ Corona.”
Malversation of Public Funds
The grounds for the malversation complaints as quoted from Belgica, “because there was no law authorizing the cross-border transfer which in itself is a blatant violation of the Constitution.” He adds that the funds were influential in the impeachment and conviction of Corona. This is also corroborated by the privilege speeches of senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Belgica says that 4 days before the impeachment of Corona, 124 congressmen received their DAP funds.
Bongbong Marcos reminds the members of the Marcos Loyalists Movement during his visit in Cebu. That the officials they will vote for election 2019 are for public service. Not to make themselves rich but to make the lives of their constituents better. This is the ultimate Marcos idealism. He urges the public to choose election candidates who do not play politics only but the ones who put service to the people first. Marcos repeats that he does not intend to run for Senator. He definitely won’t spoil his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. Below is the list of likely candidates that might get Marcos’ endorsement:
[VIDEO]: For those who have been wondering if I intend to run in the coming elections – I won’t spoil it, but the answer is in this #BBMvlog.
Gov. Imee Marcos for Election 2019
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attributes her rise in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey to ‘engagement’ with Filipinos. However, Pulse Asia’s president, Ronnie Holmes has another explanation. others who were ahead of her in June dropped in the September survey for the election 2019. In Pulse Asia’s latest Ulat ng Bayan survey on the 2019 senatorial elections released on September 22, Marcos rose to the 7th to 11th places with a 32.6% voter preference, landing her in the so-called winners’ circle. Marcos has been spending the last few months going around different provinces in the country. She is currently seen attending various events, from town fiestas to distribution of relief goods. She surely gets her brother’s support from the start.
Ex-ASec Mocha Uson
Former Palace official Mocha Uson confirms that she will seek an elective post in the polls next year. The announcement came a week after she resigned as a “sacrifice” to pave the way for the approval of the Presidential Communications Operations Office budget. Deliberations on the agency’s budget had been delayed by her failure to attend budget hearings, where heads of agencies and offices are often asked about their accomplishments in the previous year. She announced her resignation during the Senate hearing on the PCOO budget for 2019. Mocha Uson confirms running for 2019 elections but not sure yet if Senate or House seat. She believes that ordinary Filipinos should have a voice. As the President’s avid supporter, Marcos only has good words for her. He wished that she can finally find the position where she can truly be happy.
Senator Nancy Binay
Teachers who will volunteer to supervise the conduct of elections in the country should receive tax-free compensation, Senator Nancy Binay said. Binay has introduced a bill in the Senate which seeks to exempt from income tax the compensation given to teachers whenever they serve as members of the electoral board during national or local poll exercises. Unfortunately, she said the election season is prone to incidents of election-related violence and deaths. She said the government should recognize the public service that teachers perform during national and local elections by at least exempting from income tax the compensation given to them. Under present laws, compensation for services in whatever form paid, including but limited to fees, salaries, wages, commissions, and similar items are included in gross income and taxable. Earlier, Marcos thanked her for filing a resolution that made the 2016 election fraud investigation at the Senate possible.
SAP Bong Gp
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has now decided to run for senator. This was announced by no less than President Rodrigo Du30. For the past months, Go has kept busy honoring speaking engagements all over the country without the President. He has frequently appeared at public events, distributing relief goods to fire victims and flood victims. One time, he even donated a brand new ambulance to a Leyte hospital. Marcos can only support Go as an endorsee of President Du30.
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said that he would “most probably” run in next year’s mid-term elections to reclaim his Senate seat. Estrada welcomes the filing of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and former Budget Secretary Butch Abad in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) recently. He also appears with Gov. Marcos in a TV interview to talk about the force behind their senatorial bids. As one of Ex-Pnoy’s selective justice victims, he can only back the Marcoses, who are the Aquino’s ultimate concern.
Senators Cynthia Villa and Pia Cayetano
The Nacionalista Party (NP) will field three women in the 2019 senatorial elections, NP chairman Sen. Cynthia Villar said yesterday. Aside from Villar, the other two women are Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano. Villar said the NP is revitalizing its alliance with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and the ruling PDP-Laban to form a coalition for the 2019 elections. In fact, Gov. Marcos already forges an alliance with Hugpong, which is a Presidential daughter, Sara Du30 organizes.
Some senators express their disagreement over CGMA’s recent take over as the new Speaker of the House replacing Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez in a coup d’etat manner. Senators Ping Lacson and Grace Poe are quite emotional about it. Lacson was in exile under the Arroyo administration when he became a prime suspect of a double-murder case. Poe is the adopted daughter of Arroyo’s rival, actor Fernando Poe, Jr. However, the accusations against the ex-lady leader were all not proven until now. She found an even stronger alliance after her ordeal in the prison cell for 5 long years. President Rodrigo Du30 still calls her the boss. Bongbong Marcos and his family also feel for Arroyo’s plight under the same enemies – the Aquino clan.
[VIDEO]: Naglabas ng kanilang saloobin ang karamihan sa mga senador sa pagkakatalaga kay dating Pangulo Gloria Arroyo at ang nakakalungkot ay karamihan sa kanila ay di gusto si Arroyo bilang bagong speaker.
The Dramatic Takeover that Shocked Senators
The sudden change in the leadership of the House of Representatives was not a coup d’état. House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said the majority vote of congressmen in favor of former-president-now-Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replacing Pantaleon Alvarez would “override” any supposed irregularity in the process. Castro was responding to Alvarez reportedly raising questions about the validity of the takeover since the audio and the mace symbolizing the Speaker’s authority were absent during Arroyo’s oath-taking.
Looking Back on How Much Marcos and Arroyo Endured Injustices
Former First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos cannot hide her dismay when she visited CGMA in her prison cell while serving a verdict that was never made. There was no conviction whatsoever until now. Nonetheless, she was a threat to the interests of the Aquino administration. Cong. Marcos thinks that the treatment of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to Arroyo was just cruel. It was clearly an injustice, she said.
Marcos-Arroyo Endurance Under the Aquinos
The Marcoses and Arroyo have suffered a lot under the two Aquino regimes. Their lives revolved around trials that are unending. Nothing can pin them down due to lack of substantial evidence and yet, the Aquinos showed no signs of mercy or respect in the due process. They used their media influence to destroy the reputation of both political names.
[VIDEO]: Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo celebrated her 70th birthday with several political VIPs. Among them, former Senator Bongbong Marcos
Bongbong Marcos swore during the birthday celebration of CGMA that he won’t stop working on his protest until all votes of his voters for Vice President are counted. He was also critical to VP Leni Robredo for being so unpatriotic. This was the time when she bad-mouthed the President’s war on drugs to the international audience during a UN side event.
CGMA Made the Du30-Marcos Stronger
As shown in the series of events, there’s no denying that CGMA’s takeover is vital to the Du30-Marcos alliance. There’s a Filipino anecdote that says; if you can’t do it through ethical means, do it quickly at the most possible method. Coup d’etat or not, the House’s leadership change is as fast as when the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was ousted using SolGen Calida’s quo warranto petition. Is the VP post next?
[VIDEO]: Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte held a surprise press conference in Davao City, where he discussed several topics, ranging from former president Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and granting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pardon.
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