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Senator Richard Gordon: No More Mercy to Trillanes


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It’s about time that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV be made aware of the people’s pulse regarding his behavior in the Senate. He is confident that Senator Richard Gordon cannot get at least three Senatorial signatures for his ethics complaint against him. Trillanes dares him by saying that he’s not even afraid of the President.

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[VIDEO]: Gordon to file ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Carpio and Paolo Duterte’s Invitation

Trillanes wanted to invite both President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and son-in-law, lawyer Manases-Carpio after they were mentioned to be behind the so-called Davao Group. Carpio is the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Gordon just replied; You may do so! But Trillanes continues to make general accusations that he cannot prove.

Not a Cockpit of Gossips

Gordon told Trillanes to refrain from making general statements that he cannot prove. This is because the Senate is not a cockpit of gossips. Instead of calming down, Trillanes responded by criticizing the way Gordon handles the committee hearing. He calls it names and criticizes Senator Tito Sotto as well.

Out of Order and Tune

Senator Gordon firmly said that Senator Trillanes is out of order but he can’t stop his mouth from opening. He even thinks that most Senators are on his side. Worst, he acts like the people’s hero when most Filipinos are wondering while he’s not kicked out yet with his ungentle man approaches.

Ethics Complaint

Too bad for Trillanes, Gordon said he will pursue his ethics complaint against him. “He has done that consistently. I already forgave him the first time. He even came to my office and apologized then he did it to Mr. Zubiri. Then he was trying to do it to Cayetano, he was trying to turn off the microphone,” Gordon said.

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Bongbong Marcos is the Hope for Democracy against Bureaucracy


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Presidents do not operate in a vacuum. To do what he thinks is right, PDu30 can only bring the matter to the state. It is the ensemble of institutions that includes the bureaucracy, that governs a nation. Nevertheless, the President emerges as the country’s strongest President ever. Du30 is almost the equivalent of the late Ferdinand Marcos who is the true crusader of democracy contrary to what detractors say.

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[VIDEO]: Lingid sa kaalaman ng marami, nagsimula ang karera ni Pangulong Du30 makaraan ang EDSA People Power noong 1986. Pero hindi rin sikreto na bilib si Digong sa yumaong diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos.

Strong Leader

Du30 is a strong leader because of his choice to be independent of the economic elite that influences Philippine Presidents for their own gain. He starts to move against the Rufino family that owns the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Lopez clan of ABS-CBN Network, and even an oligarch, Antonio Floirendo, who is his own supporter from Davao.

Weak State

There are indications that the bureaucracy that is captured by the elite causes the State to be weak. But it is enough to block Du30’s moves. The Bureau of Internal Revenue, for example, acted urgently on the President’s orders last August on the Dunkin’ Donuts case. It’s already almost a year now, and there’s no progress on the case yet.

Going Against the President

Bureaucracy a system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials rather than by elected representatives.The Chief Presidential Legal Counsel can tell that his agency’s corrupt officers are just fooling him that by saying that his orders can’t be implemented without violating government rules and regulations. They do the opposite of what a President wants. Take a look at the House Committee’s move against Gov. Imee Marcos’ Ilocos 6 also. Thanks to the 11 justices in the Supreme Court. Martial Law’s implementation moves on despite the opinions of CJ Sereno and Justice Carpio. Some anti-administration Senators would surely come out negatively as Bongbong Marcos’ recount process nears.

Blocking the President’s Choice

It is evident that some justices in the Supreme Court and few lawmakers in the Congress and even the Senate are not in favor of Bongbong Marcos’ potential victory in his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. Delaying tactics for the preliminary conference that is finally set on July 11 are obvious. This has created a stir among the majority of Filipinos who voted for Marcos. Once again. the President’s jurisdiction is put to the test. Will he tolerate such abuses by some officials from these government branches against the Marcoses to deny Bongbong Marcos of his chance to be President someday?

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Enrile: Public Safety Requires Martial Law, Country is in Chaos


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile fully supports the President’s martial law declaration. Considering the external factors of terrorism and rebellion plus the illegal violence in Marawi and elsewhere in the country, even the Supreme Court cannot stop its implementation.

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Not Automatic

The declaration of martial law under the new constitution does not cancel the writ of habeas corpus automatically. The president must issue a separate resolution to do that. This would allow imprisonment without trials just like during Marcos’ time. However, in the case of rebellion, the law says that when the country is in chaos, it must be intercepted to regain peace and order through military rule.

Human Rights Preservation

The public should know that the new Constitution itself provides ample measures to ensure the responsible implementation of martial law. The President’s pure intention to protect his people by maintaining peace and order and public safety is enough to guarantee for Filipinos not to be alarmed.

External Factor

The world is threatened by terrorism brought about by ISIS. This is the same during the Marcos regime when communism was propagated aggressively worldwide. Liberal Party members always argue that communist rebels before and Maute insurgents now are not doing acts of sedition. Senator Risa Hontiveros even argued that they are just expressing their idealism. Enrile slammed that reasoning and said that if there is illegal violence committed, the president must use his power to save the country.

Complicated Provisions

Enrile, however, suggests to the president that he must avoid the martial law nationwide. This is not to complicate things. It is best to be selective per region to avoid too many legal hassles. For now, the leader must concentrate on solving the problems of the country. Leave the legality to the Congress.

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Congress Subpoena vs. Imee Marcos may be Ignored just like Binay


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

There’s a big possibility that Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos ignores the Congress subpoena issued against her. This is the alleged Tobacco funds anomaly diverted to buy motor vehicles for the barangays. Marcos earlier questions the authority of the House of Representatives to conduct such probe – just like Binay’s Senate inquiry,

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[VIDEO]: The House committee good government and public accountability issues a subpoena against Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, ordering her to appear at the probe into the alleged misuse of her province’s tobacco funds.

Fariñas’ Wrath

House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas moved to subpoena Commission on Audit (COA) Michael Aguinaldo and six budget officials from the Ilocos Norte provincial government when Gov. Marcos continued to ignore her subpoena. They are now detained in the House of Representatives and threatened that they will rot there if they won’t talk.

Long Hearings Expected

Senator Franklin Drilon said that he believes the hearings on the Binay probe would not have gone on very long had the witnesses, most of whom are associated with the Vice President, cooperated and heeded the invitations for them to attend the hearings. This is the same for Gov. Marcos’ staff. Some ignore their subpoena, others participated in the hearing but all are detained. Their rights to defend themselves are obviously stripped off from them.

Filing of Plunder Case

Sen. Grace Poe signed the committee report that recommended the filing of plunder charges against the former Vice President and the others in the Makati City Hall Building II anomalies. This is the proper channel for such corruption allegations that until now, is still not resolved. Only the court can litigate public officials alleged corruption. Not the House of Representatives, may it be the Senate or Congress.

A Different Kind of Thief

Fariñas blatuntly accused Marcos of stealing the original copy of the cash advance document in one of the hearings. He has displayed Trillanes’ style of injustice. He knows how the hearings maligned Binay in the past but the Senate was never able to force him to attend such hearings. After all, he has the right to say no.

Ayaw niyong lumitaw ha? Fariñas subpoenas COA chief, Ilocos Norte execs

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Senator Lacson: Let Martial Law Work in Marawi to Penetrate ISIS


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the president’s martial law declaration is backed by the Senate majority. He also reminds people that the new constitution is already revised to prevent alleged military abuses from happening again.

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No Approval Needed

Now that the President has declared martial law in Mindanao, all eyes are on both chambers of Congress as mandated by the 1987 Constitution to “jointly” vote to affirm or revoke it. The outcome of this is very predictable based on the number presidential allies in the lower as well as in the Upper Houses. Lacson clarifies that no approval is needed.

Voting is Irrelevant

“It goes to say that by sheer numbers alone the vote is irrelevant in this regard. Twenty-four senators can’t outvote 292 congressmen,” Lacson said. He basically confirms that martial law is almost official. They fully support the move to eliminate terrorists from Marawi.

Cannot Revoke

Article 7, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution states that “the Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President.” Lacson assures the people that they cannot revoke martial law given the situation in Congress.

Official Caucus

Congress does not have to approve it but it can be revoked. It can be through a majority vote of all members voting jointly. Lacson suggests that the Senate holds an all-senators caucus to discuss their common stand on the issue. This is to see if they can arrive at a common stand,” Lacson added.

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The Reimposition of the Death Penalty Might Not Thrive in the Senate

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

Positive Outlook

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.

Pacquiao’s Take

 “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.