The President recently revealed terror threats posed by the international terrorist network ISIS in several parts of Mindanao. Prior to this, Bongbong Marcos already said in an interview that there were signs that the notorious global group has already set a foothold in Mindanao. This is the reason why the extension of Martial Law is crucial.
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[VIDEO]: Former Senator Bongbong Marcos gives his opinion about Pres. Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
In a meeting with lawmakers, the President informed them of new and “serious” plots to sow terror in the southern Philippines, Senator Franklin Drilon briefed reporters about this. The military needs around 20,000 more soldiers, Drilon said. This was also the figure that Du30 mentioned after his second State of the Nation Address where he vowed to strengthen the Armed Forces.
“He informed us of that there’s a renewed threat because the secretary of national defense Delfin Lorenzana requested for additional manpower. Therefore, that would require budgetary allocation,” said Drilon. In the proposed budget for 2018, the Department of National Defense sees an increase by 5.5 percent to P145 billion.
End-year Martial Law
The Senate and House of Representatives grant the President’s request to extend martial law until December 31, 2017. Detractors once again debate on this but Bongbong Marcos said earlier that the extension of Martial Law is not the problem. Since there are indications that the international terrorists are gaining a foothold in Mindanao particularly in Marawi, this is not an easy problem to solve. This has escalated into a global scale.
Once again, Bongbong Marcos displays his brilliance in analyzing situations that pertain to national security. He is indeed his father’s son. He might be officially jobless now but the brain still works. All for the good of the country in support to the President.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon thinks that death penalty with cannot thrive in the senate because of cross-party opposition. “It’s not simply because of the LP or Liberal Party. Individually or collectively, the senators believe that we should not impose the death penalty. Seven from the majority coalition and six from the minority are against its reimposition,” Drilon discloses.
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[VIDEO]: Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Wednesday that he does not see the Senate passing a bill to reimpose the death penalty with opposition to the proposal crossing party lines.
No Hearing on 8 Bills
At the moment, eight bills are in the Senate that impose the death penalty for various crimes. All are pending and no hearing is held, except for one. There are about 13 senators who might vote against the reinstatement of the death penalty, explains Drilon. Six in the minority will surely oppose plus LP, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.
Senator Manny Pacquiao who is pushing for its reinstatement in the Senate said it will give the law more teeth. He insinuates that would be criminals will think twice to commit crimes if there’s a tough punishment – like losing their lives.
“We must speak to these criminal minds in the only language they understand. They must understand that our government will put a stop to impunity. They have profited from thousands upon thousands of Filipino youths. It must stop now,” Pacquiao said. As a born again Christian, he also added that the death penalty is lawful, moral and sanctioned governmental action.
Death Penalty Cannot Get Enough Nods
Drilon implied that it’s not about the Liberal Party members blocking the reimposition of the death penalty in the senate. It’s about not being able to get enough approvals from the senators of the different political groups. Just a matter of conscience voting.
Senator Pacquiao or the great boxer Manny Pacquiao quickly gains respect from the public whenever he interpolates in the senate to defend his stand on certain issues. This time, he urges the senate to pass a boxing bill. This is to establish a commission that can focus on boxing and other combat sports since these are dangerous activities. Pacquiao is clearly attesting based on personal experience that Drilon obviously cannot care less because he can’t feel the intense need.
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[VIDEO]: DRILON KINONTRA SI PACQUIAO SA PLANO NITONG BUMUO NG BOXING AGENCY
Drilon on Strengthening GAB
Drilon said that there is no need to create a separate commission. The existing Games and Amusements Board or GAB could be strengthened instead. He is certain that GAB can perform the functions required to safeguard the athletes of these dangerous sports. Drilon claims that he has confidence with commissioner Mitra who heads GAB but he almost cannot remember his name.
The Key is in the Focus
Pacquiao’s English is actually not bad. He can express in straight English but like many people, sometimes the right word cannot be found. His team coaches him with the word “focus” and he continued explaining his stand since many boxers ever since his early days until now are dying because of lack of proper guidance and monitoring through tougher implementations of requirements especially in medical terms.
The Tagalog Switch
It is amazing how Senator Pacquiao easily gets back to his confident self when he switches to Tagalog or Pilipino. Take note that he is a Visayan speaker but he expresses himself well in Tagalog. Pacquiao replied that his bill aims to update reviews and standards of the industry. It can then collect fees and create linkages to foreign boxing agencies. The new agency would implement stricter requirements for boxers to avoid unnecessary deaths.
It is a pity that Senator Drilon cannot understand where Senator Pacquiao is coming from. He suggests that they can provide additional funds. They can also provide them with enough manpower so that the issues can be addressed. Creating a new bureaucracy, just to address boxing mismatches, for example, is not necessary, he explains. This only proves to show that Drilon cannot only understand Pacquiao but also not concerned of those athletes who endangered their lives with the dangerous sports that they play for the country. After all, combat sports need specialized treatments and cannot be mixed with just any sports – 22 at that!
15 senators agree to expel the four Liberal Party or LP senators from the majority bloc. A resolution issigned by 16 senators that express the sense of the majority that Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, and Risa Hontiveros, are not supportive of the President’s legislative agenda. Senator Manny Pacquiao takes the initiative in making that happen. The LP must not think that the majority of senators tolerate their anti-Du30 whinnings.
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[VIDEO]: As the President orders the Philippine National Police to reinstate the war on drugs, Senator Manny Pacquiao says at least 15 senators planned the ouster of their Liberal Party colleagues at his house in Makati.
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto and minority member Sen. Francis Escudero are not invited to the gathering at Manny Pacquiao’s mansion in Makati, but they know about the plan to oust the opposing four.
Courtesy to Drilon
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III shows the resolution to Senator Franklin Drilon as a matter of courtesy. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III confirms this.
The Punches of Senator Manny Pacquiao
Senator Manny Pacquiao takes the floor and starts the brave process. The boxer turned senator declares Drilon’s position vacant. He is replaced by Senator Ralph Recto. Pangilinan, Hontiveros and Aquino are next in line. The agriculture, health and education committee chairmanships go to Senators Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito and Francis Escudero, respectively. Just as simple as that.
Senator Tito Sotto justifies Pacquiao’s motion by saying that; Most of us are not pro-Duterte or anti-Duterte. We do not want to be subservient but we also do not want to be hostile to the administration,” Sotto explains. Sad to say, the Liberal Party takes this as power monopoly by the PDu30 administration.