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Imee Marcos and her Brother are the Hottest Politicians after 33 Years

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Senatorial hopeful, Serge Osmena said that it’s nothing for him if Imee Marcos runs as senator as well for as long as his sad version of martial law does not happen again. Another candidate for Senator from the opposition, Chel Diokno also admits that the Marcos family maintains a “good measure of popularity.” He thinks that this is due to image-building internet videos, even before the 2010 elections. That made the namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Bongbong Marcos. won a seat in the Senate, he claims. z

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores from TOKHANG TV

[VIDEO]: Osmena: Nothing Against the Marcoses but with Dictatorship

Good Time for Law-Abiding Citizens

Osmena said that he actually does not care if Gov. Marcos runs for Senator or not. It does not make a difference in his bid. He just wants to make sure that the martial la atrocities that he knew won’t happen again. There have been different sides of that story from the alleged victims and the law-abiding citizens. Activists who rebel definitely had the worst days of their lives. This is very different from the rest of the Filipinos who contribute in their own simple way to build a worthwhile community for themselves.

It’s Up to the Filipino People

Osmena is right that it is up to the Filipino people to continue the reforms after a bloodless revolution but they might be fighting for what they do not like when the mainstream media is out there to mislead them. if this is not the case, the main personalities who are involved in the mutiny should not insist that it was just a mutiny and not as many perceive it to be.

A Debate Challenge for Imee Marcos

Another candidate from the opposition rides on the popularity of Imee Marcos. I his campaign sorties, Diokno said that he finds young voters listen intently. “They want to know the truth and they are learning so fast how to discern between fake news and what’s really true,” he said. The Otso Diretso slate challenges their rivals from the administration ticket to a debate recently. “I really wanted to debate with Imee Marcos. We have to thresh out so many issues. Their camp has been saying so many things. The records are there, the facts are there. It’s unfair to revise history,” he said.

Invading Social Media?

Diokno would tap social media and continues to campaign through debates. He refuses what he describes as a “tarp war.” “The Senate is not about making tarpaulins. The Senate is about making laws,” he said. Diokno said the public should care about the anniversary of People Power, even in the face of a resurgent Marcos family. “The freedoms we enjoy would not be here if not for EDSA. Some people forget that,” he said. However, many Filipinos are now aware of the anti-Marcos propaganda that led the country to chaos during the double Aquino regimes.

Riding on to the Marcoses’ Popularity

The Liberal Party members are aware that their existence is dying. Their so-called democracy also died allegedly when President Rodrigo Du30 becomes President. Needless to say, the Marcoses become stronger after 33 years of the so-called Edsa Revolution. When Imee Marcos becomes Senator in 2019, get ready for Bongbong Marcos as President in 2022.

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Imee Marcos Retaliates to Chel Diokno’s Martial Law Bitterness with Electoral Reforms

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Martial law bitterness works in the past with the presumptive VP Leni Robredo’s debates and speeches. They were able to separate the Filipino voters in their stand. Now, another opposition senatorial candidate and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno counters his rival Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos’ stance on term limits. He cites his own situation during Martial Law contrary to the many advantages that the country still enjoys at the present time. Marcos insists that instead of the term limit, electoral reforms are needed to assure the people of clean and honest elections. z

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[VIDEO]: Pabor ka ba o hindi sa pagtanggal ng term limits sa mga mambabatas?

Removal of Term Limits

The two aspiring senators’ debate creates a stir on social media. Comments are more personal depending on which side netizens are on. Marcos and Diokno explain their position on the removal of term limits in the draft federal constitution. The governor said that instead of lessening the dynasty, the surname has become a franchise when the term limits were installed. She said that having term limits gives families an option to pass on their posts from father to “unknowledgeable wives” and “stubborn” children.

Marcos’ Factual Basis

Marcos cites the October 2011 study of Pablo Querubin at Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in her arguments. She claims that the “Political Reform and Elite Persistence: Term Limits and Political Dynasties in the Philippines” study proves that having term limits is ineffective. Instead of just 67 percent of elected officials with similar family names, it rose to 91 percent. She adds that term limits hinder the plans of elected officials.

Diokno’s Emotional Stand

Diokno’s father, the late Sen. Jose “Pepe” Diokno, was detained during the Martial Law period, opposes this stance of Marcos. He did not mention the name of Imee’s father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, but alludes to him during his rebuttal. He asks if the people already forgot his bitter experience.

Electoral Reforms Needed

Marcos’ alternative measure for the removal of term limits is electoral reforms as per the campaign of Atty. Glenn Chong. She helps in the research for the new Sanggunian Kabataan format that contains the first anti-dynasty provision. Under the said provision, Marcos explains that those with “second degree of civil relations, consanguinity and affinity” would not be allowed to run. Marcos also calls for studies on electoral reform and the real definition of a dynasty.

Timely Concidence

The House of Representatives approves on third and final reading its version of a federal constitution that scraps the term limits for members of the lower chamber and other local officials. Senators only have two terms while House members have a three-term tenure. Marcos’ idealism supports the advocacies of Atty. Chong and Toti Casino who disclose Smartmatic’s digital fraud that favors Robredo. Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest is still ongoing.