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Bongbong Marcos Solemnly Respects the Iron Lady’s Memory Contrary to the Political Priest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos, the late Miriam Defensor-Satiago’s running mate in the May 2016 polls which is the Iron Lady of Asia’s last electoral bid in public service pays homage to her memory during her first death anniversary. Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Davao City Mayor Sara Cario are also there. Presiding priest Fr. Virgilio Ojoy, a close friend of Santiago’s, said he misses the former senator. He can’t help but make reference to the drug war campaign despite the occasion.

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[VIDEO]: The sister of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Len Defensor, thanked her sister’s family, doctors, staff, and supporters who stood by the lawmaker until her death.

Only the Priest is Political

Father Ojoy said; “I miss Miriam… I wonder what she would say amid all the extrajudicial killings,” he said. Santiago’s sister Linnea Defensor-Evangelista conveys her appreciation for plans to confer the Quezon Service Cross on the late Senator. “Nobody deserves it more,” she added. The Quezon Service Cross is the highest award the nation accords public servants.

Marcos’ is more Personal

Marcos said that he misses Santiago “not just in the Senate but talking to her.” He sits next to the President’s daughter, Mayor Sara Carpio. The priest cannot seem to find the right venue to express his belief on alleged EJKs blamed to the President now, just like during the Marcos regime.

Solemn Event

Family and friends of late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago commemorate her first death anniversary. They are missing the “Iron Lady of Asia” amid a critical time in the country’s history.  Loved ones, former colleagues, and supporters gather at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City for a mass and tribute.

Brilliance and Bravery

Santiago passed away last year in her sleep at the age of 71. This was after a two-year fight with lung cancer. Santiago was best known for her legal brilliance. She had an unrelenting stance against corruption. She was the first Filipino appointed to the UN-backed International Criminal Court, which tries government leaders.

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Bongbong Marcos: Federalism is a Good System but Political Will a Must Now


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos has yet to see a process that would work as a transition from the present system to federalism. “It might be that we just need a very strong political will, and I think we can all agree that President Duterte has shown it to achieve what he feels is necessary,” Marcos said.

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[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos shared his views about federalism in a TV show in Davao, Gikan Sa Masa Para Sa Masa.

Component of a State

Marcos has yet to see a definitive government template that would make a shift to a Parliament system that is efficient and acceptable to the people. “For example, how would you form the states? If the process is by administrative regions, then we may become, say an Ilocano state,” he said.

Head of State

However, that would affect the political structure in each of the Ilocos region’s provinces, as well as towns and cities, he said. “If somebody had been chosen to head a state, how will you tell the governor? For instance, Governor Imee Marcos that she will no longer be the one to be followed? Instead, it’s the head of the state?” said Marcos

Federalism is not New

“It has become that way because this system has long been with us,” he added. Federalism is not new to the country, Marcos said. It was adopted by former President Ferdinand Marcos. This was during the creation of the Interim Batasang Pambansa was.

Political Will is More Crucial

Since there’s no process yet that would work in today’s climate, political will is a must. Marcos believes that President Du30 has that. The country can then shift to federalism when it’s ready.

PH may not be ready for federalism — Bongbong Marcos