Is Bam Aquino politicizing the death of Noynoy Aquino?
It is said that 2022 is a bad time for the Liberal Party candidates. Bam Aquino did not make it during the last elections. The former senator is a bit tactless in saying that the country’s present problems particularly the South China Sea contribute to the death of ex-president Noynoy Aquino. The long-time driver of the late Pnoy said that he was already weak a few days before his death due to an illness.
Doubtful Concern Over the Dead
Netizens are doubtful on the concern of Bam Aquino to the dead former leader. It is said that eversince ex-Pnoy was sick, the other Aquino never had the chance to visit him. So, his opinions were purely speculations. A kind of strategy to destroy the current administration but to no avail.
What Goes Around Comes Around
As a single man, the dead ex-president died without a relative around. He was left by his night shift staff and found the same way by the driver that morning. This leads to some doubtful minds to think that he was left to die. But no family members want that to happen. Just the kind of lifestyle the former leader had. Aspirants for the 2022 elections should not capitalize on his death because it can only boomerang to them. Just like in the case of Bam Aquino.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong sees lowering of criminal age as a way to move children away from adult criminals and syndicates. “By lowering the age, we actually remove more of these children away from them,” he said. Chong added that rehabilitation facilities should also be given adequate funding to ensure that children are “well” rehabilitated. “If our goal is to rehabilitate, there must be enough funds necessary to bring back their dignity,” he said. This is contrary to Bam Aquino’s stand who disagrees with the bill. He explains that syndicates or parents should be punished instead of children.
[VIDEO]: #Harapan2019: Glenn Chong on age of criminal responsibility
The House Approves the Bill
The House committee on justice approves the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old. Last January 21, the justice panel gave its thumbs up to the substitute bill. This would amend Republic Act (RA) 10630, the law that currently retains the minimum age of criminal liability at 15. However, it allows children as young as 12 to be in youth care facilities or Bahay Pag-asa for serious crimes only. These include rape, murder, and homicide, among others.
Glenn Chong Got the Ultimate Purpose
House justice panel chairperson and Oriental Mindoro 1st District Representative Salvador Leachon said the bill primarily seeks to protect children from being used by syndicates to commit crimes. “Let it be understood that with the present bill, we are not putting these children in jail but in reformative institutions to correct their ways and bring them back to the community. They are not branded as criminals but children in conflict with the law,” said Leachon. The controversial, clean election advocate and lawyer, Glenn Chong explains this better than anyone else.
“Reformative institutions do not punish individuals. Instead, they are set to help the children to be integrated back to the community after they have committed criminal acts,” Leachon added. This is why Atty. Chong insists that it is necessary to have substantial funding if it’s rehabilitation that we are after for the children to have better opportunities in the future.
The Same Stand but Different Mindset
Former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino agrees to lower the age to 12 or 13. He said that the country needs a “reformative justice system” for children accused of crimes. Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad also said that law enforcers should go after “masterminds” and “drug lords” that use children in crimes.
No Funding from Marcos
Running alongside hong is another lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon. He agrees to lower the age to 12. Children already have “discernment at such age, ” he said. “Today’s kids are smarter, they know what’s wrong and right,” Gadon added. “They will commit a crime because they have in mind that no punishment is at stake, Both Gadon, and Chong are in line with the administration’s objectives. Better yet, their advocacies pave the way for Bongbong Marcos to have a better stand in his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. The two also deny that they get any financial support from the Marcoses. They claim that their findings just coincide with Marcos’ fight.
By: Elena Grace Flores
September 22, 2018, Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey on the 2019 senatorial elections shows Imee Marcos’ substantial rise to the 7th to11th places with a 32.6% voter preference. It made her secure to have a definite place in the winners’ circle as Senator. This is a vital improvement from her ranking in June. She previously ranks 13th to 20th with a voter preference of 29.9. However, the social media community is not quite happy with such results. Therefore, an online poll was initiated and Marcos landed as the top bet instead of Senator Grace Poe.
Pulse Asia’s Analysis on Imee Marcos Rise as Candidate for Senator
According to Pulse Asia, the sudden rise of Ilocos Norte’s Governor in the recent senatorial survey is not due to “an increase of her voting support. The research firm’s president said that because of the percentage decline of the voting support for other prominent candidates like Senator Bam Aquino.
Sudden Rise on the Ranking
This shows Pulse Asia’s 2019 Senatorial Elections Survey rank:
The Online Community’s Social Media Survey
Marcos always believes that the millennials already have access to information from all sides. They are capable of analyzing facts and they can have their own conclusions. This digital survey actually makes sense in line with the Senator to be’s statements:
Other Candidates Slid Down the List
“It’s not so much an increase of her voting support. It’s the decline in terms of the voting support for the others who were ahead of her in the past,” Pulse Asia President Ronnie Holmes said. “We saw a decline in terms of the pre-election support for the other candidates who were much more ahead of her in term of the ranking,” he added. Among those slid down the list are incumbent Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, JV Ejercito, and Bam Aquino. Former senators Lito Lapid and Sergio Osmeña, as well as former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, follow the same fate.
Marcos spends the last few months going around different provinces in the country. Her Facebook profile shows the various events she attends. Town fiestas to the distribution of relief goods are common agenda. Marcos also hosts her own radio show, “Imee Sagot” at dwIZ. I thank the public for their trust and confidence in me. My engagement with them paid off, she said. It is also noticeable that most of her supporters go out of the way in printing and posting tarpoulines endorsing her alongside Atty. Glenn Chong, the whistleblower of the 2016 frauds that put her brother, Bongbong Marcos into a better light in his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The martial law blaming game during the Marcos era is again a spotlight in interviews today for the upcoming 2019 elections. Senator Bam Aquino insists that Senate candidate, Imee Marcos should apologize to the victims of the said military rule of her father instead of moving on. The governor of Ilocos Norte clarifies what she meant about moving on from it.
[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos clarified on her previous remark to “move on” from the martial law issues thrown to her late father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Moving on from Martial Law by Imee Marcos
Imee Marcos explains to Senator Aquino Aquino who presses the issue of the martial law apology that moving on does not mean forgetting the past. It is already in history and no one can change that. The best thing is to learn from it and make sure that it won’t happen again.
The Assessment of Millennials
The millennials are the youths who belong to the generation after the technological advancement. They have all the resources to hear both sides unlike before. The Philippines, in particular, was in the control of the mainstream media. It influences the decision-making of the Filipinos during elections. The black media propaganda against the Marcoses is spread out through its networks worldwide.
Many Apologies are Done Repeatedly
When the anchor asks if an apology must be done by Gov. Marcos, she replies that she has said sorry many times. Apologies to the victims and to others who were hurt because of the incident were undertaken on numerous occasions. However, she cannot apologize on any atrocities because the version that they knew when they were younger, was the opposite of the black media propaganda. Many older people are saying that the Marcos era was more prosperous and peaceful than any administrations after that.
Not in the Authority to Accept Responsibility
Gov. Marcos added that she is not in the position to accept the responsibility brought about by her father’s era. She can only move forward to work on how to improve the lives of Filipinos. Nevertheless, her political enemies especially the Aquinos, are again reviving this old wives’ tale.
Social Media to Air the Marcoses’ Side
Marcos admits that their only mistake was staying quiet about the accusations to her deceased father. They just do not have the outlet to retaliate until social media arrives. This gives them the channel to air their side. Better yet, real people who are witnesses of the said dark ages in the Philippine history also came forward through online platforms burying the half-truths propagated by the Aquino stalwarts. This is to the surprise of the yellow faction that went to the verge of befriending Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The recent fact-checks of some media recently failed a great deal. Half-truths can also be misleading. Bongbong Marcos might not be the author of the Free Education bill but he proposed it. According to the Senate of the Philippines’ 17th Congress website, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. pushed for free college education in all the state colleges and universities in the country.
[VIDEO]: Many senators may have claimed to propose such bill but it is already recorded in the minds of the public that Bongbong Marcos initiated it first in 2015.
Support for Public School Teachers
Likewise, Marcos also called for increased support for public school teachers. He said that it is a crucial factor in improving the country’s educational system. Marcos stressed that education is one of the most important services that the government can provide to people. He worked for possible enactment of measures for this during his last term in the Senate but the legislative agenda at that time was not able to accommodate Marcos’ proposals.
Electoral Protest Delayed the Bill
Marcos vowed to continue this quest when he becomes Vice President but his electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is still ongoing. However, his proposal was endorsed and authored by other Senators when he was no longer in the position. The bill becomes a law in August 2017. It aims to provide students from state colleges and universities with free education.
Screenshot of the Senate Press Release
It is actually hard to miss this kind of press release if the objective of a media entity is to tell the truth. It is very clear that the country’s news networks have the hand of anti-Marcos oligarchs. Here’s the screenshot and link of the said Press Release:
The Bill’s Authors and Co-Authors
The authors of the bill signed on January 23, 2017, were Senators Recto, Villanueva, Ejercito, Aquino IV, Gatchalian, Pangilinan, Angara, and Legarda. The bill’s passage into law also shows that other senators were made co-authors. All in all, the bill had 12 authors: senators Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Sherwin Gatchalian, Francis Pangilinan, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Loren Legarda, Leila de Lima, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Richard Gordon.
The Aquino and Marcos rivalry still exists these days. As one of the co-authors of Marcos’ proposed bill, Bam Aquino receives criticisms in claiming that he is the author of the bill that Marcos initiated. The feud has come a long way and it generally delays the provision of laws that would benefit the general public. Too bad that the mainstream media is more interested in “Who’s Who or Who’s What” than for the common good.
The so-called yellow media is quick enough to report on the various criticisms against the likely Senator to be Imee Marcos after she urges Filipinos to “move on” from the days of her father’s rule which was merely a “feud” between the Marcoses and the Aquinos. However, most of these known biased news outlets, ignore the sentiments of the majority. They have no clue what real people via social media are screaming about – which is to investigate who really killed Ninoy whose death was blamed to the late President Ferdinand Marcos who helped his family survive in exile. Perhaps it is time for them to use Google Analytics or other software to gauge their conclusions.
[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos told Filipinos who continue criticizing her family to move on from Martial Law. (Please note that the Philippines can never have a dictator because of its democratic system of the 3 branches of government.)
The Opposition’s Attempt to Malign Marcos
The critics view Imee Marcos’ Speech as an attempt to frame the tragedies of Ferdinand Marcos’ regime as just a feud with the Aquinos. This is in contrast to how it was framed before. The LP set it like the people fought against a dictator. To quote Senator Kiko Pangilinan in his reaction to Imee’s Speech, “It was never an issue between the Marcoses and the Aquinos but an issue between the Marcoses and the entire nation that suffered immensely from the abuses, the greed and the oppressive and tyrannical rule of Marcos the dictator.”
Bam Aquino’s Closure Demand
As long as the Marcoses don’t own up to the wrongs they have done, the people cannot have closure, said Ninoy’s nephew. To quote Senator Bam Aquino, “It’s hard to get over something if there is no closure, especially if they keep on telling the public that the guilty party did no wrong.” However, ASEC Mocha Uson argues against him. It’s not the Marcoses who did wrong but the LP. She says that the Aquinos are refusing to disclose who the real killer of Ninoy is. After 2 terms, the Aquinos should have found out already. This is if they are keen on finding the culprit, she said.
LP Wants an Apology
The Liberal Party is denouncing Imee’s speech about moving on from the past of the Marcoses. Before they talk about moving on they should first express remorse and apologize. Bongbong Marcos already asked in the past what he should apologize for?
Human Rights Bluff
The Liberal Party is asking Imee Marcos to think on how the victims of Marcos’ human rights violations will “move on”. To quote them, “When there is no remorse, not an act of atonement, not acceptance and recognition of wrongdoing on their part? How can the Filipino people move on when the Marcos family continue to deny the billions of dollars in unexplained wealth that ran our economy to the ground and earned the late dictator the title world’s greatest thief?” Mind you, the Marcoses are never convicted of corruption in any court here and abroad.
Seats for Senator are the Judge
Neither Du30 or Marcos are dictators according to PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. She says that Cory Aquino would fit the term more as she hasn’t won the election. The 2019 poll is coming soon. If Gov. Imee Marcos wins as Senator, it would mean that the stigma on the Marcoses is over. This should make the LPs realize their mistakes.
The likely top senatorial candidate for election 2019, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has full commitment to clean and renewable energy. She renews her advocacy on this matter during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum held previously in Laoag City. This gives hope to the country’s local deuterium explorers to produce clean hydrogen fuel as a substitute for gasoline. They are certain that with her influence, they can finally get the pending oil and gas exploration permit from the DOE’s Evaluation Section. However, the “Resistance” is also building up to counteract her ideologies.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The Philippines need a lawmaker like Gov. Imee Marcos who is for Clean and Renewable Energy
The Resistance for Election 2019
The president of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) hopes to see a strong opposition in the 2019 midterm elections. He echoes the statement of his party-mate, Senator Bam Aquino who eyes a “resistance” coalition in next year’s polls. Senator Francis Pangilinan said a genuine opposition is needed to make sure that the country’s “democracy remains vibrant.”
Hydrogen Fuel from Deuterium
Deuterium is abundant in the Philippines. 100% Filipino explorers bank on the President’s good governance to finally drive this project forward. He already endorses the 60 -40% deal in favor of the government to the DOE. No foreign consultants partake in this private-public joint-venture. The aim is to produce clean hydrogen fuel for local consumption first. This can uplift the nation’s economy. They intend to refine locally using a portable mini refinery machine from Korea on site. A Refinery and distilling plant can arise locally in the future on a partnership basis with global players particularly ASEAN.
Hiccups at the DOE Evaluation Section
In a democratic country, contrary to the LP propaganda, lawmakers from the Senate and Congress have great influence in the country’s decision-making process. If both chambers are not in unison with the wishes of the President, the delay for beneficial projects like this one can happen. Foreign investors through the oligarchs want to bring crude oil out. Then refine in their country. Just to sell them back to the Philippines at surging commercial prices. The Filipino consortium turns their offer down. Thus, made them suspect why their permit is withheld. The DOE meanwhile, asks the group to show proof of financial capability. So, this is all about money.
The Resistance’s Unacceptable Liberalism
Back to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, she believes that the latest expose on alleged irregularities during the 2016 elections could strengthen the election protest of her brother, Bongbong Marcos, against the Vice President. It is also on file that Senator Tito Sotto previously expresses his disgust to decriminalize illegal drug use in the country. Vice President Leni Robredo floats the idea. She insinuates this Liberalism stand of her backers from the “Resistance” slate against President Rodrigo Du30 whom the Marcoses support. Can they still fool people with the dictatorship myth to jeopardize democracy and economic progress of the country?
Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceñ defends him from accusations that he is a killer. Her argument was simple: if the President is a killer, his political enemies would have long been dead. She said this amidst speculations that Du30 has a hand on the drug war killings.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Honeylet Avanceña, emosyonal nang ipagtanggol ang Pangulo at kampanya kontra-droga.
“You’ve seen it, Senator Antonio Trillanes has been hitting us since a week before the election.Then why is he still alive, right? Nothing’s happened to him, so it’s not true. You know that he’s not that kind of person,” Avanceña said.
Drug War Program
She talks to Philippine National Police officials during the launch of the PNP’s “Life After TokHang” program. The project seeks to provide a holistic approach to the drug war. Her husband is widely criticized because of this. Detractors name drop International human rights bodies in their media propaganda just to discredit the President and his campaign.
Aside from Trillanes, Avanceña cites the President’s long-time critic in Davao City, former Speaker Prospero Nograles. “Nograles himself has done not very good things to him in the past, but look how forgiving he is,” she said. She refers to Du30’s burying the hatchet with Nograles.
“He will never instruct anybody, the Armed Forces, or the PNP for that matter, to kill for no reason at all. He just can’t-do it, he’s a lawyer,” she added. The non-Visayan media often misunderstand the Du30’s countless threats to kill violators of the law. They even cited in many instances that he said he will do the killing himself. Little do they know that in the Visayan dialect, such statements just mean that he is serious to implement the law. The question now is, who will the detractors kill next to blame it on the President?
Leni Robredo suffered a major drop in the recent Social Weather Stations or SWS survey. Her net satisfaction rating dropped by 11 points, from a “good” +37 to a “moderate” +26.
Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: A Social Weather Stations survey shows Vice President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction rating has dropped to a ‘moderate’ positive 26.
Aquino’s Defense on Robredo
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said “black propaganda” caused Leni Robredo’s satisfaction rating to decline. He said he expected it with all the black propaganda against her. He justifies it as a small percentage of the respondents. The majority still support her,” Aquino added.
To rebound from the sudden drop, her office aims to continue pushing for her agenda of allegedly uplifting the lives of our marginalized countrymen. But this is difficult since she is often on overseas trips. Her message of hope and solidarity cannot be delivered effectively through words only. She must act on it.
Robredo’s net rating which is the percentage satisfied minus percentage dissatisfied took the biggest dip among the vital government’s officials. 53 percent of respondents are satisfied with Robredo, 27 percent are dissatisfied, and 19 percent are undecided. The survey was conducted between March 25 to 28 through face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults all over the country.
Just a week before the survey, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatens to file an impeachment complaint against Robredo over her video to the side event of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, wherein she disclosed the alleged police abuses, with the wrong description of “palit-ulo” scheme or “exchange heads.” This triggers the “palit-VP” or “replace VP” rally at the Luneta Grandstand.