The late Miriam Defensor Santiago was the first Filipino elected as judge of the International Criminal Court or ICC, based in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2011. She only let go of her post in 2014 due to her chronic fatigue syndrome. Santiago was a no-bullshit public servant. She would immediately turn down any politicking attempts once they reach her table. Anti-administration politicians can think of this if they ever bring the President’s alleged human rights complaints again to the Hague.
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Public Service Principles Molded
Santiago served in all three branches of the government. The presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court; immigration commissioner, agrarian reform secretary; and a senator for three terms. She filed the most number of bills in the Senate. Her decision-making principles were based on her solid experience in the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches.
Bongbong Marcos said that his campaign experience with Santiago “was always a learning experience.” Important issues were always related to the experience of an ordinary Filipino.” “The way she took the legal issues and explain it to a layman is just remarkable. She had a very clear way of thinking straight to the root of the problem. But always delivered with a personal conviction that brought tears to people’s eyes from laughing,” Marcos said. He refers to Santiago’s infamous one-liners that appealed effectively to the youth.
Bongbong Marcos to Santiago
“It was her decision” to press on for the presidency despite her health condition, her running mate, Bongbong Marcos, said when asked if he ever asked Santiago to slow down during the campaign. “It was not in her constitution to stand back and take it easy. She always moved forward addressing head-on the issues. Santiago tried to address the problems she saw the Philippines was facing,” Marcos added.
Take it for the Ride
The President shrugged off threats by opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to bring him to the ICC to answer allegations of human rights violations. This is in connection with the government’s drug war. Du30 made the statement following the quashing by the Congress for the impeachment complaint against him filed by Alejano for lack of substance.
The black media propaganda launched by the Liberal Party against the Marcoses has boomeranged to them in the form of fake news. Most of these are actually for real. They are comments from disgusted citizens of the Philippines who are deprived of democracy. Stephen Sackur’s interview with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has opened the minds of Filipinos as to what democratic actions are contrary to the principles of Trillanes and the Liberal Party members.
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Black Propaganda Disguised as the Truth
Trillanes is from the Nacionalista Party but is a notable Liberal Party player. LP capitalizes him to destroy the former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s chances to be President through false accusations. They use the Senate as the stage for their media propaganda against him. Other LP members like Rep. Rudy Fariñas shifts to the PDP-Laban Party of the President. However, the “yellow” character remains. He implicates Governor Imee Marcos into the alleged anomalous purchase of vehicles using the tobacco funds. They are currently using the Congress the same way as how Trillanes and his colleagues used the Senate against Binay.
People’s Pulse Must be the Basis of Governance
The Liberal Party is noted to stick to traditional politics. Their principle as a coalition partner of all administration parties since during the time of the late Cory Aquino is inexistent now, They tend to go against the current President who is voted for by the majority because. He is popular because he implements the will of the people.
People’s Pulse Must be the Basis of Governance
In a democratic country, each and every vote during elections must be accounted for. Leni Robredo won by a hairline over Bongbong Marcos. It is a victory that is contested before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Robredo is the highest official in the government from the Liberal Party. She is the key for the party to gain back their dominance. She tries to delay the recount in any way she can. This is the reason why she is a favorite bashing target via social media. She blames her plight to her arch-rival.
The BBC Hardtalk interview explains it all. The reason why a bully Senator like Trillanes thrives in local politics because mainstream media in the country only report how events happened in full context. They do not ask the right questions based on ample research like Sackur did. Right after watching the said interview, Filipinos realize that democracy is already compromised when the Liberal Party matriarch replaced the elected late President Ferdinand E. Marcos through a mutiny. She is therefore not the democracy icon but the dictator that they labeled Marcos with. That eye-opener marks the death of the Liberal Party.
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.
The submission of the briefs for the preliminary conference is retained on June 16. This is the same petition date for both Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo camps which was initially set at five days before the original date of the preliminary conference on June 21. That is now moved to July 11, 2017. This is more of a public interest than Trillanes’ usual intimidation strategies just to ruin political enemies.
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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV slams the President’s absence during the Independence Day rites at Luneta Park. He calls him tactless for skipping the official event just because he lacked sleep. Trillanes just simply takes advantage of the opportunity to criticize the hard-working leader who is very hands on to the Marawi siege. Trillanes is indeed the tactless one. It’s time to disregard a dishonorable Senator who is only out to discredit the president.
Ballot Boxes Custody
On the same PET resolution, the Supreme Court grants authority to the HRET Secretary to take custody of the ballot boxes. This goes the same with the other election paraphernalia used during the May 2016 elections. This is in respect to the election protest cases pending with the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. HRET is the sole judge of all contests relating to the election.
Transfer of Ballot Boxes
The PET also grants the COMELEC through the Office of the Executive Director clearance to transfer the 2016 ballot boxes. The same goes for all the files pertaining to the May 2016 elections to the New Municipal Building. However, this must be with prior notice of the date of the said transfer to the PET and the parties.
Other Resolved Petitions
Bongbong Marcos is also notified on June 9 that a panel of 3 Commissioners to preside over the reception of evidence of the present electoral protest are appointed as per his petition. Robredo’s 24 February 2017 Motion for Reconsideration for the details of the contested areas are deferred because this is what the preliminary conference is for. That is to shortlist the agenda of the recount for a faster resolution.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV must be in great despair upon knowing that Leni Robredo accepted the President’s dinner invite with her family. He previously lamented that she wasn’t even given full discretion to appoint her own people in her department -and even kicked her out of the Cabinet. Now, he’s doing it again. Only the naive would be fooled,” Trillanes stressed.
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The questionable Vice President accepted the dinner invite but no specific date yet since the president stays in Davao City for the Holy Week. Interior Secretary Mike Sueno told her that it is aimed to happen after Holy Week. There’s no problem in Robredo’s side. She said that she would show up “anytime” based on Du30’s availability.
She is grateful that the President mentioned that he was not in favor of impeachment moves. He cited that a year had not even lapsed since they were elected. Robredo agrees that they should instead buckle down to work. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre still pursues the impeachment moves against her despite the president’s opinion.
Betrayal of Public Trust
Betrayal of public trust based on her video to a UN event is one of the grounds under the Constitution for the impeachment of an official, Alvarez said. She humiliated the Filipinos before the international community with her drug war pronouncements. Aguirre also said that what she did hurts the economy. In fact, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo’s team already have difficulties in selling the Philippines as a tourist destination. OFWs are also treated indifferently because of her unfounded revelations.
Lawmakers are appalled with Trillanes’ comment on the Robredo-Du30 dinner. Chief presidential legal counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo said there’s nothing unusual with the invite. It was also suggested for Trillanes to join the dinner. Senator Ping Lacson almost blurts out for Trillanes, not to be a killjoy. What is he afraid of?