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Marcos’ burial as former President is fulfilling Duterte’s campaign promise

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The burial of Marcos at the hero’s cemetery tentatively schedlued by Bongbong Marcos on September 18 this year was a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte, believing that this event would would heal and unite the nation contrary to some resistance from alleged victims during martial law. Malacañang also assured the pubic that former president Ferdinand Marcos would be accorded ceremonies fit for a President during his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

President Rodrigo Duterte said that Marcos deserved to be buried at the hero’s cemetery basically as a former soldier and Chief Executive alone regardless of any heroism during battlefield when he was a soldier. The Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a national cemetery designed as the final destination for the remains of former Philippine Presidents, soldiers, war veterans, and citizens considered as heroes.

presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella elaborated the facts on this move: “First and foremost, these are two different levels. We’re talking about historical perspective, we’re talking about something that’s being done, based on presidential decision, based on law. So they’re not necessarily contradictory as far as Duterte is concerned,” he added. “It’s the fact that FM (Ferdinand Marcos) was a past President and that is what was being given consideration for”; he added.

Reference: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/805356/malacanang-marcos-to-be-given-burial-fit-for-a-president

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Warring Leaders are Civil in Malacañang Gathering





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The recent NSC Meeting suddenly became the gathering for former Philippine Presidents at Malacañang as convened by President Rodrigo Duterte. This first ever happening was not seen coming as all parties are throwing mud at each other during the campaign period – but most politicians knew that those so-called media wars were only temporary and they need to be civil if not unite for the sake of the country.

It was remembered that Estrada was not so happy with his then Vice President Arroyo who replaced him after being convicted of plunder despite her giving him pardon. Whereas Aquino was in the spotlight because everybody knew that he imprisoned Arroyo just to shut her up during his administration. Despite all those frictions, the meeting went well and may all grudges involving these personalities will be behind us.

Ex-Presidents Benigno S. Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is now Pampanga congresswoman, Joseph Ejercito Estrada who is now mayor of Manila, and Fidel V. Ramos who has been appointed as the country’s special envoy to China, were all present at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace where the NSC meeting was held. Except for Aquino, Arroyo, Estrada and Ramos were also present during the new President’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) recently at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City.

Reference: http://www.mb.com.ph/did-aquino-snub-arroyo-during-the-nsc-meeting-in-malacanang/

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Duterte’s Fear of Ghosts in Malacañang is a Security Challenge

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte’s nature and ways are challenging enough for a Presidential Security Group tailing him – like posing as a crab driver once in Davao and roaming around the streets incognito, but for Col. Rolando Bautista heading the incoming team, it helps to know Duterte at close range beforehand. He found Duterte reasonable enough when security risks are explained well.

Challenges abound though with his new assignment said Bautista. Duterte’s refusal to live in Malacañang due to fear of the ghosts in the past administrations for one and shuttling back and forth to Davao will already be too risky. Since Bautista is used to chasing the Abbu Sayyaf group, he has no problem protecting Duterte when he has to be in contact with his friends from the insurgents faction.

Predictions of a chaotic Duterte administration are also seen flooding social media – but this one does not need them really. It just need a little common sense that when you give harsh comments to others, it will go back to you a thousand times.

More details here: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/05/24/Securing-Duterte-PSG-head.html