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Can Speaker Arroyo be Successful in her Constitution Change that Rejects Robredo as Du30’s Successor?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as well as 21 other people from the House of Representatives, are making a push for a change in the Philippine constitution. They initiate a Charter Change by filing of a resolution that contains the revision. The co-authors include Rolando Andaya Jr. the Majority Leader, Vicente Veloso, Alfredo Benitez, Aurelio Gonzales Jr., and Eugene Michael de Vera among others. In this version, the Senate President will be the direct successor of the President and not the Vice President. The camp of the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo reacts immediately through Atty. Romulo Macalintal. While Bongbong Marcos’ camp is still quiet about it.



YouTube video by Innovation Philippines

[VIDEO]: Speaker Arroyo pushes Charter Change, draft rejects Robredo as Duterte’s successor


Arroyo’s Purpose

The resolution was already sponsored for a second reading. However, there is a lack of quorum as pointed out by Buhay Representative Lito Atienza. Consequently, they’ve suspended the deliberations. One of the lawmakers involved said that the revision does not target Robredo directly. They just want to stabilize the government for the future circumstance. Arroyo’s leadership on this matter is crucial. She is a former President and a victim of the previous administration.

Temporary Succession in the Constitution Draft

Section 4 indicates the Senate President in the line of succession, as quoted. “In case a vacancy arises by reason of removal, resignation, permanent incapacity or death of the incumbent President, the incumbent Senate President shall act as President until a President shall have been chosen and qualified.”


No Office Extension for Du30

Section 2 of the article, however, prohibits both President Du30 and Robredo to run for office extension beyond June 30, 2022. Furthermore, this constitution also bars Du30 to run as President in the 2022 elections. Therefore, his detractors cannot accuse him any more of prolonging his executive powers – just like during Arroyo’s time.

Reaction from Robredo’s Camp

Robredo’s camp questions the removal of the Vice President in the line of succession on the proposed draft. As quoted earlier, Section 4 indicates the Senate President, Tito Sotto in this case, to be next in line. Atty. Macalintal who is running for Senator said that they cannot cite the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against his client as the basis for such revision. This also means that if it pushes through, Marcos can’t also assume the highest office of the land.



Belittling Robredo

It has always been expressed by the President that should he step down he would prefer the likes of Chiz Escudero or Bongbong Marcos to succeed him. However, with regards to Robredo, he has always shown doubt over her ability to lead the country. Robredo responds to Du30 by saying that he should stop belittling her and just concentrate on work instead.


The Favored Real VP

The revised constitution skipping the Vice President in the line of succession also applies to Marcos should he win his protest. However, there are rumors that the President intends him to be the Prime Minister under Federalism. The allies of the government are surely working hard to prevent the yellows from coming back to power – just like how their opponents cheated to stop Marcos from claiming his post.

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A Marcos’ Return to the Presidency is Democracy Restored

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 might fulfill his promise of stepping down from office if vice presidential protestant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. While trying to downplay President Rodrigo Du30’s remark that he can be a Malacanang successor, former Senator Bongbong Marcos said that he is nonetheless ready for the presidency. He will make good governance a priority of his administration. This is democracy in the making when the truly elected leader triumphs over fraudulent politicians. Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo us still ongoing.






Youtube video by Innovation Philippines

[VIDEO]: Former Senator Bongbong Marcos downplayed President Rodrigo Du30’s comment for him to succeed the president.




Presidential Announcement

Du30 wants a better-qualified person to be able to succeed him. This is according to Harry Roque, the presidential spokesperson. Quoting Roque, “If there’s a better leader or if there’s a qualified leader to take over and he has said that Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him, if there are developments and he will win the protest and he becomes vice president, yes, he will make true on his word.”




The economy is the Priority

The improvement of our economy is one of the objectives, as Marcos says. We must also prioritize the interests of the consumers as we improve on the economy. Marcos believes that Du30 is doing good on the economy right now. But still, the President is remarking that if Marcos would only be guaranteed as a successor, he would like to give up the presidency.

Top 3 Not Needed

Being asked about three top priorities, Marcos answers that we only need to think of the “return of good governance.”. This is despite the issues his father faced from his term that is historically known for graft and corruption. It’s been more than 30 years after the late Marcos’ removal from power. Not anyone court can pin him down on the alleged corruption cases. The only evidence that is still in use until the current time is the massive infrastructure project. These are from bridges to hospitals that the masses continue to enjoy.









Democracy Moves On

The PCGG was created by Cory Aquino with the purpose of recovering the wealth allegedly amassed by Marcos through the government. However, Bongbong explains that with the cases filed by the PCGG nothing have prospered. Furthermore, Congress is forwarding a bill that would abolish the PCGG. Bongbong is interpreting this as a hint for the country to move on from these already resolved issues and focus on the issues we are facing now.




The Masses are the Priority

Marcos is stressing that consumer interest will be at the forefront of his administration. He is citing the concern House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has on the issues the economy is facing. Immediately, on her first week as leader of the House of Representatives, she held dialogues with the economic managers of the country. Marcos praises her on that move. Obviously, the changes in the government are now leaning towards his future takeover. The President also did not fail to warn people about this upcoming big change.

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Bongbong Marcos: GMA as the Congress Speaker is In Line with Palace ex-Staff’s Wish

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By: Elena Grace Flores

It was not a surprise for Bongbong Marcos at all when former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo takes her oath during the SONA as the new Speaker of the Congress. He is, in fact, grateful to CGMA for accepting the nomination of her fellow lawmakers. It gives a clear scenario on how President Rodrigo Du30 puts everything together to pave the way for another Marcos golden years as planned by his alliance even prior to the election 2016. This is the same wish of the former palace staff of the Marcoses – for the namesake of Ferdinand Marcos, the great to be President.





Youtube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos: It’s great to reconnect with the people who were such a large part of our lives. I was fortunate to have the chance to do that this week.




Not A Shocker from the Congress

It came as no shock to anyone. President Rodrigo Du30 is going to resign if Bongbong Marcos becomes the vice president. This was declared last Thursday, August 16, by Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque.




Strong Alliance

Du30 and Marcos have always been allies. The president has been vocal of his support to Marcos’ poll protest even back in October 2016. This week, he repeats his stand that he wants someone like Marcos to succeed after him.

Bringing back their Glory

Du30 can count as an achievement his swift rehabilitation of the political powers of 2 names that have been brought down by the Aquinos. He has paved the way for the Marcos family to reemerge in the Philippine national politics. Bongbong Marcos is now right on track to claim the presidency in the future.









Avenging CGMA through the Congress

Now he is defending the name of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as well. She is now once again re-emerging as a major political powerbroker. The opposition, criticizes Du30, as these moves arguably detract from his own reform credentials. They question what his motivations are on restoring these two into political power. To the loyalists of Arroyo and Marcos however, this serves as a realization of his word. We need capable leaders if we are to make the Philippines stand strong.




Ex-Palace Staff are for Bongbong Marcos’ Presidency

Marcos shares nostalgic memories with the ex-palace staff. Marcos surprised Pete Sacro on his 90th birthday, visiting him at his home. All his wishes are for Marcos to remain healthy and strong to fulfill his role as President in the future. With all the excitement on the changes in the government positions, the ex-staff shows their support to Marcos.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Post Now Safe with Arroyo in Case of Robredo’s Impeachment

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Congresswoman and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo showed her competence in front of the world and America’s former President Barack Obama when it comes to the economy. She has turned the ailing economy of the country starting in 2001 when she assumed the presidency. Concrete economic infrastructures were created that spared the Philippines from the global economic crises in 2008. It would be beneficial if Arroyo can take over as temporary Vice President should the impeachment case against VP Leni Robredo pushes through. She is in the line of succession like Senate President Tito Sotto. Bongbong Marcos even vouches on her achievements in setting up economic infrastructures in terms of investments, exports, and other financial facilities through his BBM Vlog 24.





Youtube video YouTube Video by; Innovation Philippines

[VIDEO]: Personally, I know that Gloria, given her expertise that comes from her nine-year rule as president, will lead Congress well. She knows what is good for the country, especially in terms of the economy. Her legacy as president was an economic reform that gave us good economic growth. I’ve been a journalist for nearly seven decades and have walked the corridors of power. I can say that Gloria was among the best presidents we ever had.” – Emil Jurado




Praiseworthy Achievements

During the leadership of Former President Arroyo, she had made tough decisions. But these tough decisions made the Philippine Economy prosper. The GDP (gross domestic product) showed an average of 5.0% during her term from 2001 up to the first quarter of 2008.  This focus on prowess in the handling of economy earned praise from her former classmate in Georgetown, former US President Bill Clinton.




Tough Decisions

One of the toughest rules the Arroyo Administration implemented was the controversial e-VAT law. This was the centerpiece of her economic reform agenda.  Implemented on November of 2005, It aims to help in raising revenue for the country’s large budget deficit. The administration targets to have a sound national budget by 2010. These measures helped to contribute to a stronger Peso by boosting confidence in the government’s fiscal capacity. It is no surprise that the Philippine Peso was the best performing currency in East Asia for 2005-06.

A Stronger Peso

In 2007, during Arroyo’s administration, the Peso’s value has raised by nearly 20%. This makes it Asia’s best-performing currency. This was made possible through the increased remittances of OFWs as well as the strong domestic economy Arroyo have cultured. Even with the growth of the GDP in place. Arroyo still has the drive to push these areas even further.









Empowering the OFW

The inflation has reached its highest for 17 years in August of 2008. The annual rates go as high as 12.5 percent compared from the record low 2.8 percent in 2007. As the fuel and energy prices went down, the inflation rate eased at 8.8 percent. Pnoy claimed achievements on the continuing GDP Growth during his time. But It was Arroyo who pushed to nurture jobs overseas for Filipinos as a choice and not the singular option.




The BRICS Club

The economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are well known for their tremendous growth potential. They are called the BRICS club. These countries also have their share of economic and political woes. China has been the main force driving this group. China has transformed their economic structure from a focus on exports to an economy that relies on domestic consumption. During her administration, one of Arroyo’s successful achievements is the lower reliance on imports. Arroyo’s economic principles are clearly in line with the Marcos-Du30 partnership. She can also safeguard the VP post just in case Robredo is impeached or removed for whatever reason.

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Bongbong Marcos Explains Leadership Changes for the Economy and Technology Advancement

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By: Elena Grace Flores

It’s the economy, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “The economy, stupid”, which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton‘s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s version was telling Pnoy; It’s the economy, student. Meanwhile, Bongbong Marcos talks about the track record of now Speaker Arroyo when it comes to the infrastructure of the economy when she was President. He said that such leadership change including Senator Tito’s Sotto’s takeover as the Senate President is crucial for the progress of the country.





Youtube video by; Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: It turns out Clinton was right when he said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”




The First Female Speaker of the House

The anti-Arroyo faction must be outraged but former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wins the house speakership post. She is the first female ever to be Speaker of the Philippines’ House of Representatives. The courageous woman is also the only former Philippine President to become speaker. While it is the first time in over a decade that in the middle of a President’s term the Speaker is replaced, Marcos is confident with Arroyo. There is no leader who has a greater sense of the economy as the former President, he said.




A Long Planned Transfer of Power

Without hesitation, Pimentel had formally nominated Sotto as his successor. Sotto now serves as the second Senate president of the 17th Congress. The transfer of power had long been planned, Pimentel says as he resigned from the position. It is done so peacefully and willingly.

The Impact of AI on the Economy

With the development of artificial intelligence comes the elimination of some jobs. But surely with this technology, we can witness the evolution of most professional landscapes. As research predicts, 1.8 million jobs will be gone by 2020, but 2.3 million jobs would be created. While the AI technology will lead to the extinction of repetitive jobs, we can see it morph and enhance creative jobs. These things should be considered while looking at the economy, Marcos says.









The Depreciation of Peso

The peso is weakening. With weak Philippine trade numbers as well as expectations of an interest rate increase in the US, the peso remains weak against the dollar. This according to Jonathan Ravelas, Chief Market Strategist of BDO Unibank Inc. This will certainly work to the benefit of exporters and dollar earners, as well as the families of OFWs, Cid Terosa, Dean of the University of Asia and the Pacific School of Economics said. Arroyo still worries however of its future implications, Marcos says. The depreciation of the Peso Value on the flip side may spur inflation. That can negatively impact the purchasing power of the common Filipino.




Marcos-Friendly Leadership

The electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo may still be uncertain. But now not only the President is Marcos-friendly. The heads of the Congress and the Senate are now on the same boat.  The current line of succession to the office of the President of the Philippines is specified by the 1987 Constitution. During the Marcos era, the line of succession would be amended to include a newly created cabinet or ministerial offices. The line of presidential succession follows the order of Vice President, President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In case of death, permanent disability, or inability of these officials, Congress shall, by law, provide for the manner of selection of the person who is to act as President until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

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The Du30-Arroyo-Marcos Alliance is Now Evident in the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Two powerful women loyal to the Du30 administration contributed to the success of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s bid for speakership at the Congress. Gov. Imee Marcos and Presidential daughter and Mayor Sara Du30 graced Arroyo’s lunch meeting in a Quezon City hotel. She said that it was her gesture of appreciation to politicians who supported her recent bid. Arroyo and Du30 were in red during the even while Marcos was stunning than ever.






Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]:  Lawmakers say former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio joined forces to oust Davao Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House speaker.




Power 3 During Thank You Lunch

Speaker Arroyo had a “thank you lunch” with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and some 150 lawmakers last Monday, July 30. Mayor Du30 previously had a grudge with the ousted ex-Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Marcos also had a conflict with another unseated former Liberal Party member Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas. 




The True Alliance against the Great Pretenders

Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos. The lady governor previously kept her cool against the former Majority Leader.  Legislators allied with Arroyo said Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. She is allegedly campaigning to stop her rival Fariñas from getting a leadership position in the lower chamber.

The Union of the Unwanted Leaders

Fariñas has joined a minority bloc in the House of Representatives to be with Rep. Alvarez. Fariñas admitted that Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. assured him that he could retain his post as majority floor leader even if Alvarez would be ousted but it was not the case. The Ilocos Norte lawmaker, however, chose to join his PDP-Laban party mate in the minority bloc instead. He declares his loyalty to Alvarez.









Party Membership Convenience

Another claimant to the minority block is Rep. Romero Quimbo. He criticizes politicians who just join a political party because it’s the flavor of the month so to speak. They actually do not carry the principles of such a group. Therefore it would be easier for them to go back to their roots or form a new alliance such as the minority block.




Women on Top in the Du30 Regime

The humanitarian crusaders seem to be quiet nowadays. They were known for their discrediting President Du30. They accuse him of being a rapist, anti-women, and a dictator. However, the Arroyo, Marcos, and Du30’s emergence prove that the older Du30 ‘s votes remain intact.




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Stronger Du30-Marcos Alliance with CGMA as Speaker of the House – Can Some Senators Live with It?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






Youtube video by; Tatay Duterte News

[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

Youtube video by; Rappler

[VIDEO]:  Imelda Marcos visits Gloria Arroyo

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.








Bongbong Marcos was CGMA’s Birthday Guest Speaker

Youtube video by;  ABS-CBN News

[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?




Youtube video by;  ABS-CBN News

[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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SONA Sideline: CGMA Takes Over as House Speaker while SolGen Calida Grills Robredo

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The supermajority in the Congress votes for CGMA  as the new speaker of the house replacing Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez. This happens before and after the SONA of Philippine President Rodrigo Du30. The power struggle is not only evident in the lower house but also in all branches of the government. It is a puzzle to many that conflicts arise even among the supporters of Du30. However, a certain pattern is obvious. The pro-Marcos stalwarts in the current administration are at work. Take the case of SolGen Jose Calida’s stunt against the 25% notion of Vice President Leni Robredo which is favorable to Bongbong Marcos.






Youtube video by; GMA News

[VIDEO]:  Sa ikatlong pagkakataon mula noong siya’y naupo sa puwesto, nagbigay ng kaniyang State of the Nation Address si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kanina. Pero tila naagawan ito ng atensyon ng biglaan at bulagaang pagpapatalsik kay Pantaleon Alvarez bilang Speaker of the House. Ang ipinalit sa kaniya, walang iba kundi ang dating Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Gayunman, si Alvarez pa rin ang nakaupo sa likuran ng pangulo habang ibinigay nito ang kaniyang SONA.




Coup d’etat at the SONA

Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vows to push for the legislative agenda of the Du30 administration in the House of Representatives after she was elected overall head of the chamber. “I am extremely honored to have been supported by my colleagues at the House of Representatives to be their new Speaker,” said Arroyo in a short statement. “I will endeavor to carry out the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Lower House,” she said.




Dramatic Takeover

The SONA row was the culmination of months of speculation about a possible plan to oust Alvarez. Arroyo’s takeover took place in a muted affair. The audio was unceremoniously cut just when Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya announced around 3:30 p.m. that a majority of the House, 161, had voted for the leadership change.

Alvarez’s Vested Interests

The ousted speaker becomes unpopular because of his firm stand in various issues. He even has a rift with the Presidential daughter after he calls her an opposition. Aside from being the line of succession for the VP post,  he is also a possible contender for Prime Minister if the Federalism change pushes through. These are taken by the loyalists as vested interests thus explaining his disagreement over the President’s alliance with the Marcoses. Cong. Alvarez earlier flaunts also his affair despite remaining legally married to his wife.









SolGen Calida as the President’s Implementor

Solicitor General Jose Calida is instrumental in the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. He apparently leaves the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defend itself in the ongoing vice presidential electoral protest. Though he files a manifestation backing the 50% ballot shading threshold that favors the interest of former senator Bongbong Marcos. The Office of the Solicitor General urges the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk Vice President Leni Robredo’s appeal to apply the 25 percent threshold. This is to determine the validity of votes in the ongoing vice presidential election recount.




The SolGen’s Legal Basis

The OSG said that in vice presidential elections, it is the PET that has “the sole authority to judge all contests” and the Comelec has no jurisdiction over the case. Calida cited Section 4, Article VII of the Constitution that provides that the PET has exclusive jurisdiction over election contests relating to the president or vice president. Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida’s ‘erroneous’ support of the 50% shading threshold would ‘erode the very foundation of our democracy’ by disenfranchising voters. They are questioning why Calida is siding Marcos.

 




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Elections 2016 Woes Continue as Bongbong Marcos Speaks at Arroyo’s Birthday Party

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

At Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s birthday celebration in Pampanga, Bongbong Marcos apologized to well-wishers for their unaccounted votes in the elections 2016. He swears that he will not stop pursuing his electoral protest against Leni Robredo until each vote is accounted for.






Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[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.



Pampanga Celebration

Marcos attended Arroyo’s birthday party twice. In Pampanga early on and at her residence in Quezon City later that day. Du30, however, was not able to make it in the Pampanga event but managed to be at the Quezon City bash together with his family.



Quezon City Celebration with the President and Marcos

Arroyo’s evening party was held at her residence in La Vista Subdivision, Quezon City. The President showed up with his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña and their 12-year-old daughter Veronica. This looks like a more intimate get-together of allies.



Arroyo’s Birthday Wish

As a leader, former president Arroyo wishes for the success of the president because this would mean success for the country as well. She is in politics so nothing can disturb her celebration despite controversies around her political guests like Du30 himself, Marcos, and Senator Richard Gordon.









Meaningful Get-together

Supporters of Bongbong Marcos are hopeful that the events during Arroyo’s birthday signify that the president is still the strongest supporter of Marcos. After a long silence, loyalists are about to take assembly at the Supreme Court vicinity for their call to expedite recount. Marcos’ recent Pampanga speech seems to jive with the upcoming movement.




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Bongbong Marcos’ Views on Drug Problems Support Alvarez’s Firm Death Penalty Campaign

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez faces criticisms over his arm-twisting leadership when it comes to the reimposing the death penalty. He mentions that former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can leave her post as deputy speaker should she chooses to go against it. However, he seems to find an ally in Bongbong Marcos who is in favor of death penalty for illegal drug crimes.






Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: Pinatawag na ng liderato ang mga kakamping kongresista para tiyakin ang suporta sa death penalty. Binalaan din ni House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez na tatanggalan ng pwesto sa liderato ang mga kongresistang kontra sa death penalty.



Alvarez Unfazed of Declining Majority Support

Alvarez serves as Arroyo’s Department of Transportation and Communications secretary from January 2001 to July 5, 2002. Many lawmakers already warn Alvarez against his arm-twisting members of the lower house. He is at risk of losing the majority’s support due to his tough campaigning for the House leadership vote in favor of the death penalty bill. He is at all not worried about it, he said.




Addressing Drug Addiction as Social Problem

Bongbong Marcos explains that the drug problems are not just police concerns. They are threats to society. He stresses what the “We Parents” organization is doing to help address the problem of drug addiction since they existed in 2012 in Pasig City. The do livelihood program for one. The organization comprises of members of parent-teachers associations, homeowners associations, public utility drivers, and operators associations. They provide skills training in partnership with the local government. Marcos urges all sectors to come together and focus on values formation of the children to strengthen the Filipino family. He thinks that the solution lies in a strong family that the child can depend on, Marcos said. This, however, takes a long period of time. The government from the authorities to lawmakers must also do their part and it should be soon. That is what Alvarez is doing.




Why Marcos Supports Death Penalty for Drug-Related Crimes?

92 percent of barangays in Manila are affected by the illegal drug trade. This is alarming not just because of the increasing crime rate. It is a serious problem because pushers prey on the children, who are our country’s future. If the children are messed-up children, the country’s future is destroyed, said Marcos. The “Shabu Market” is the proof of the negative effects of illegal drugs. It changes the morality and mentality of society.  It convinced Marcos to support the death penalty for the traffickers because they already sell shabu like candies from stores.






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Solution Must be Done even through Arm-Twisting Strategy

The Speaker wants the public to know that he does not threaten those who oppose the death penalty. He does not force anyone to go with his stand, he said. He just announces to their members that they support HB 4727. PDP-Laban is the President’s party who wants the return of the death penalty. Those who are against it are “free to resign” from the party, he said.



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