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Martial Law’s 11-3-1 Supreme Court Ruling Applicable to Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

This question looms over Facebook after the Martial Law’s 11-3-1 Supreme Court Ruling; Is it applicable to Bongbong Marcos’s Electoral Protest? There’s actually a great possibility since it was the SC that approves the Hero’s burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The Chief Justice seems to be democratic as well on Gov. Imee Marcos’ Ilocos 6 case.

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[VIDEO]: Magiging detention room ni Gov. Imee Marcos sa Kamara, ipinasilip

Intimidated by Congress

Governor Imee Marcos is under grieve intimidation by the Congress on the alleged misuse of the tobacco excise funds. Her detention room, in fact, runs on a high-publicity media campaign. This pushes her to retaliate in saying that she is ready to fight upon arrest if lawmaker won’t give in to her request to conduct talks on the Ilocos 6 conflict in Ilocos Norte. This time, she has found an unlikely defender – the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Favorable Votes on Martial Law

Eleven justices voted to uphold the president’s declaration over all of Mindanao. Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said that the 3 others voted to limit the declaration to Marawi City, including CJ Sereno. Only one justice voted to nullify the proclamation of Martial Law.

Dismissed Anti-Martial Rule Petitions

The decision validates Du30’s declaration on May 23. He placed the entire Mindanao under military rule. This follows after the clashes between government troops and Isis-supported Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups in Marawi. It dismissed many petitions that questioned the basis of the president’s declaration.

The Big Change

The ruling stands as the first on the merits of a martial law declaration under Article 7, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution. This safeguards the repeat of the alleged military abuses during the Marcos regime. Can these 11 justices also vote in favor of Bongbong Marcos on his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo?

Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr.
Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro
Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta
Associate Justice Lucas P. Bersamin
Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo
Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza
Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes
Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe
Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza
Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires
Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam

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Imee Marcos: Congress has No Power to Deprive Citizens of Constitutional Rights


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Governor Imee Marcos was a former legislator. She knows that the power of legislative inquiry does not give Congress the power to deprive any citizen of constitutional rights. This includes the rights to freedom of movement. As well as the presumption of innocence.

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[VIDEO]: Posibleng detention room kay Gov. Imee Marcos, ipinakita

3-in-1 is Tyranny

The governor explains that when Congress acts as investigator, prosecutor and judge rolled into one, it is legislative tyranny. The principle of separation of powers prevents that from happening. However, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows his being a tyrant by threatening to dissolve the Supreme Court or impeach the Chief Justice. The President once said that Alvarez has the tendency to act more superior than him.

Congress has No Power

She added that the 1987 Constitution did not authorize the Congress to “act as a prosecutorial or judicial body that determines the innocence or guilt of anyone for any charge of misconduct.” There is a clear violation of human rights here. There’s no way that the President would tolerate this as a popular democratic leader. He knows that his power is from the people, unlike Alvarez.

Supreme Court has the Say

“The judicial system, not Congress, is constitutionally empowered to do so,” she said. She cites Alvarez and Pimentel’s threats. Marcos admits that she can suffer the same fate as the six Ilocos Norte employees and officials. They are held by the House Sergeant-at-Arms office since May 29 for allegedly not rightfully answering questions during the inquiry. However, they may do this only through local arrest from her own hometown.

Above the Law

Some Congressmen is the House of Representatives are into power abuse in a major way. They probably think that they can get away with it. The people are not so keen on understanding the Constitution. This practice is rampant during the Aquino administration. That broke the spirits of good public servants like the late CJ Corona. This time, it’s the people against these abusive lawmakers who are fond of using the saying; “no one is above the law” to their advantage. They tend to forget laws exist. Marcos is here to remind them.

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Imee Marcos to Congress: Ilocos Norte Talks or Fight?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos begs the Congress to talk the matters out in Ilocos Norte if they really want to properly investigate the accusations against her. Otherwise, the province is forced to fight back to defend itself should they push through in arresting her against the people’s will.

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[VIDEO]: House leaders are eyeing the possible impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as well as the detention of three Court of Appeals justices and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in connection with the House probe on the alleged misuse of excise tax funds.

Congress-Supreme Court Clash

The Congress under the leadership of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who is in the line of the VP succession won’t hesitate to impeach the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. This is if she interferes with the Ilocos 6 show cause order against the CA justices under her branch. If Sereno won’t defend democracy, who would?

Pimentel’s Plea

Johnny Pimentel, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability pleads with Gov. Marcos to attend the hearing. He said that the conflict would escalate if they have to arrest her in her province. It will be the people against the Congress because Marcos is duly elected and well-supported by her constituents.

Bongbong Marcos is Not Worried

Pimentel even said that the country may soon see two Marcoses behind bars. Imee Marcos for her no-show on July 25 and Bongbong Marcos for his advice to his sister. The siblings are not at all worried about their threats. The brother just undermined it while the sister vows to fight arrest.

Civil War or Executive Intervention?

At the rate the Ilocos 6 conflict is going, it is likely that there’s some kind of a civil war scenario. The Congress insists on implementing its undemocratic rules against the people of Ilocos Norte. Ilocanos have suffered for over 30 years from the time that the Marcoses were forced into exile already. They will not back out on this one. The President knows that by heart. Is he not calling the shot to his unruly ally, Alvarez to respect democracy for once?

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Power Abuse: Intimidation Tactics of Congress against Imee Marcos


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The House committee on good government and public accountability chairperson Johnny Pimentel and Sergeant-at-Arms Roland Detabali conducted a press tour to the detention room for Governor Imee Marcos in Congress.

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[VIDEO]: Posibleng detention room kay Gov. Imee Marcos, ipinakita

A “Dayan” Arrest

A subpoena for Marcos to attend the next hearing on July 25 is already issued by the Congress. Since she won’t submit herself voluntarily. They have to arrest her. Pimentel admits that it is difficult to do that in Ilocos Norte because she’s an elected governor with ample support from the people.

“De Lima” Contempt

Bongbong Marcos also is warned. The governor said that she wants to testify during the probe into her alleged misuse of P66.45 million worth of provincial tobacco funds. This is to purchase motor vehicles upon the request of the farmers themselves through their barangay officials including two of the Fariñas clan. However, her brother, Bongbong Marcos discourages her to so so. The younger Marcos just shrugged off their threats.

Doing a “Corona”

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also vows to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for advising the justices involved to seek the intervention of her branch which is their constitutional right. Where is justice?

Detention Arrangement

Gov. Marcos’ detention room is a 70- to 80-square-meter extension office of Detabali. It is on the 3rd floor of the House of Representatives’ main building. It is fully air-conditioned with private bathroom and a water heater. A solo metal bed with mattress and food are provided. She can also bring her own. Gadgets, television, and internet connection are allowed for her to continue working.

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Alvarez to do a “Corona” to Supreme Court CJ Sereno over Ilocos 6

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez vows to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court over her advice to the CA committee on the show cause order on Governor Imee Marcos’ case. It orders the three CA justices to explain why they should not be cited for contempt. This is for granting the petition for habeas corpus of the Ilocos 6.

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[VIDEO]: The chairman of the House Committee commends Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. This is for her willingness to cooperate with an inquiry into the tobacco excise taxes.

Sereno’s Impeachment

Alvarez reacts to the report that Sereno orders the CA to defy the show-cause order. “If it is true then we will discuss it in Congress for a possible impeachment case,” he said. Sereno earlier had lunch with some justices to allegedly discuss their response to the Congress’ show cause order against the Ilocos 6 justices involved.

Justices in Trouble

The House of Representatives is in a with CA Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon, and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela. They ordered the release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the Congress. This is for answering questions about an alleged anomaly over the purchase of P66.45 million worth of vehicles. The funds are from the tobacco excise taxes.

Southern Leyte Speech

In his speech during the PDP-Laban in Southern Leyte oath-taking, Alvarez announces the delay of the barangay and SK elections this year. “To all barangay officials who are here will be happy with this news that there will be no elections and that the barangay chairman will just be appointed,” he said.

Power over his Head

Alvarez is noted to threaten VP Leni Robredo of impeachment after her UN side event fiasco. The President was against it. Then it went quiet. This time, he talks about doing a “Corona” to CJ Sereno over its Ilocos 6 clash with Congress. The late Chief Justice was impeached during the Aquino administration. He was highly intimidated during hearings. Knowing that Du30 is an ally of the Marcoses, will he not say a word this time?

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The Supreme Court is Imee Marcos’ Hope but Under Close Watch for Bongbong Marcos

The Supreme Court is Imee Marcos' Hope but Under Close Watch for Bongbong Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Supreme Court Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno recently talks over lunch with CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and several other justices of the appellate court recently. It ends up on the decision for the CA Committee to seek intervention with the Supreme Court for the release of the Ilocos 6.

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[VIDEO]: Detention cell ni Imee Marcos, inihahanda na

No Compliance with Congress

It was agreed during the that the CA justices seek Supreme Court intervention if the House leadership insists on the “show cause order” against the three appellate justices. The justices were told by CJ Sereno “not to comply with the House processes. Instead, they should immediately file a petition for prohibition before the SC as soon as they receive the show cause order”.

Democratic Remedy

Sereno and Reyes earlier call on the House leadership to reconsider the show cause order issued by the House committee. It cites its implications on separation of powers and judicial independence. They ask House leaders to avail of all legal remedies available under the Constitution instead. These are democratic in nature. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rejects the call and reiterates that Sereno should discipline the CA justices.

Teeth to Teeth

The CA issues a show cause order that requires House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for defying the release order. He also twice rejects its service twice. House officials refuse to accept the orders and insist that they are invalid. They said that the appellate court has no jurisdiction over the matter.

Hitting Two Birds

The Congress hit two birds with this statement of Imee Marcos; “I want to explain myself in Congress but others said I should not. Bongbong told me I could also be detained,” she said. First, detain the sister then second, charge the brother with obstruction of justice. It seems that Sereno is the only hope for now but she is also under close watch by netizens who are monitoring the electoral protest against Leni Robredo against further delays.

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Bongbong Marcos: In Trouble with Congress for Obstruction of Justice


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Rep. Johnny Pimentel of Surigao del Sur, Chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability in Congress said that Bongbong Marcos can be liable for his advice to sister Governor Imee Marcos not to attend the next hearing for the Tobacco funds anomaly on July 25. The committee has to decide now whether they cite former the VP post protester, Marcos for contempt, according to Pimentel.

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[VIDEO]: SONA: Imee Marcos, pwede raw makulong kung hindi sisipot sa imbestigasyon ng Kamara

Obstruction of Justice

Bongbong Marcos may be charged with obstruction of justice for advising his older sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, not to attend the congressional inquiry on the alleged misuse of P66 million worth of tobacco fund.

Conditional Release

Pimentel clarified that the “Ilocos 6’s”release is dependent on when they can truthfully answer the questions of lawmakers. He also disclosed that he signed the show cause order for the three justices of the Court of Appeals who ordered the immediate release of the detained local government employees. It orders them to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for such move.

Congress is Doing a “De Lima”

Previously, the Justice Department with Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II filed Obstruction on Justice complaint against Sen. Leila de Lima due to her advice to Ronnie Dayan not to attend a congressional inquiry on the alleged illegal drugs proliferation inside the National Bilibid Prisons.

Predictable Move

When the House threatens Gov. Marcos that they will do a “Dayan” to her, automatically, doing a “De Lima” to her brother, Bongbong Marcos is just too obvious. It is announced in a press conference that Imee Marcos skips the hearing on July 25 due to her brother’s advice. The same advice was given by Senator Leila De Lima to Dayan. The only odd thing is, why would the Marcoses disclose the advice to the public? Are they provoking something or someone?

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Marcos Lawyer: Congress Commits an Act of Torture to the Ilocos 6


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Marcos Lawyer, Estelito Mendoza said that Congress commits an “act of torture.” This is on their move to detain the six Ilocos Norte public officials. They work for Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. Mendoza presses the Court of Appeals to issue a writ of habeas corpus for their immediate release. They are still not free for almost a month now.

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[VIDEO]: The House committee on good government and public accountability votes to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices who ordered the release of 6 Ilocos Norte officials detained at the lower chamber.

Oblivious Lawmakers

“The force of the habeas corpus laws is disregarded by oblivious by lawmakers. This is in open defiance of the rule of law,” Mendoza said. The six provincial officials are detained for an indefinite period. The House aims to force them to give the answers needed by Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas. He intends to implicate Gov. Marcos in the tobacco excise tax funds anomaly for political gains.

No Ground to Detain Ilocos 6

The House rules do not allow the indefinite detention of witnesses who are held in contempt during legislative inquiries. Those who are cited in contempt for “acting in a disrespectful manner” or for “undue interference” during hearings may be detained for not more than 10 days only. Why does the House tolerate such dictatorship action by solons?

Show Cause Order

The House committee votes for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte official. It is against Acting Presiding Justice Stephen Cruz, justices Erwin Sorongon and Nina Antonino-Valenzuela’s release order. Solons ordered them to explain why they should not be held in contempt for their release order.

CA’s Turn for Contempt Citation

The CA and the House display a power fight for a while now.  They exchange show cause orders to compel the other side to explain why they should not be cited in contempt. Now, the CA wants the House committee to explain why it should not be cited in contempt for defying its orders.

Marcos lawyer presses CA to order release of ‘Ilocos 6’

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Supreme Court Not Retreating from Congress in Ilocos 6 Clash

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. came to the defense of the three CA magistrates who were threatened with contempt by the House committee in Congress that conducted the inquiry of Governor Imee Marcos’ Ilocos 6.

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[VIDEO]: House Committee, pinagpapaliwanag tungkol sa pag-iisyu ng release order para sa “Ilocos 6”

Congress’ Power Display

The committee voted unanimously to issue a show cause order to the three CA justices. This is for them to explain why they should not be held in contempt for contradicting the legislature’s prerogatives. They ordered the release of the “Ilocos Six” from House detention.

Supreme Court: Separation of Powers

The Supreme Court recognizes the implications of the separation of powers and judicial independence.  They express deep concern over the show cause order of the House committee on good government and public accountability, Sereno and Reyes said.

Why Contempt Citation?

Sereno and Reyes added that the House may seek other legal options in questioning the June 9 resolution of the appellate court’s Special Fourth Division. It grants the habeas corpus petition of the six Ilocos Norte officials and employees for humanitarian reasons.

Undemocratic Treatments by Congress

The Congress is too tough to the three appeals court justices: Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela. They issued the release order of the Ilocos 6.  Bongbong Marcos even went to the House and to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to plea that they may honor the release order. Alvarez was hesitant at first but later washes his hands on the matter.