President Duterte Announces that Senator Bong Go Wants to be President
Joking with the Senator
In one of the speeches of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, he announces that Senator Bong Gong wants to be president which Go denies. The senator elaborated by saying that the Filipino leader likes to joke around. Perhaps, he would only change his mind if Duterte runs for Vice President. But he’s also quick to clarify that he is not saying what position he runs for if the President does so. Besides, his term would only end in 2025. So, he has a lot of time to serve.
Rumors float with uninterested political figures like Senator Go every time the president suggests a certain presidentiable. This stars from his daughter Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. She condemns the Run Sara Run calls. Senator Manny Pacquiao is also furious about these talks amidst the pandemic. Pacquiao wants his party to concentrate on facing the challenges that the Covid-19 virus brings into the country.
Just a Joke or Misleading Opponents?
To solve the pandemic is the top priority right now, said Senator Go. This coincides with Senator Manny Pacquiao’s plea. Despite Duterte’s mentioning names, it is obvious that he does not talk about Bongbong Marcos anymore which is very unlikely. Marcos was his favorite during the 2016 elections. The Marcoses also have a strong alliance with his family especially now that the Build Build Build project is on its way. As a political strategist, the Philippine president simply knows that divulging his endorsee too early can ruin their chances of winning.
Senator Imee Marcos suspects that killer cop, Nuezca is a member of a syndicate
Killer Cop is Probably a Hit Man
Senator Imee Marcos suspects that Jonel Nuezca in the viral twin slay of a mother and son in Tarlac must be a hit man of a syndicate. The dismissal of his two homicide cases were suspicious. He was also able to avoid a drug test.
Dismissal from the Police Force
The Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to speed up the dismissal from the service of Nuezca. However, this won’t brining back the lives of his victims in broad daylight. The killing even happened in front of his neighbors and daughter. His ease in the killings captured in videos can only point to a larger crime involvement. The way that he killed the young man who was already on the floor was very disturbing, added Marcos.
The alleged police brutality issue that has outraged the nation is back to life. Nuezca gives the whole police force a bad name. However, other people like Atty. Glenn Chong also experienced such serious circumstances first hand. So, it’s not only during martial law that this abuse of power culture exists.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos Working quarantine # 1 and 2
Senator Imee Marcos on Working from Home
Senator Imee Marcos works on three bills for the March 23 filing at the Senate. She is still on quarantine. Her asthma prevents her from attending the senate session. However, aside from filing three bills while on quarantine, the Senator urges the government to go “all out, all heart” in helping Filipinos respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Set Aside Emergency Powers First
Aside from the Pag-ASA: Alaga, Sustento at Pag-Angat that seeks immediate and sustained protection of health workers, provision of food and cash aid for marginalized communities, the Senator Imee Marcos also taps stimulus packages to badly hit industries employing millions of workers. She thinks that the President must not prioritize the emergency power yet because he has the power to realign resources that are not in use by many departments.
Don’t be Stingy: We have all the resources.
The Pag-ASA emergency package can be drawn from funds left over from the 2019 budget. These are from calamity funds in the 2020 budget. Intelligence and social funds of the Office of the President. PhilHealth’s emergency reserve fund and contingency funds from various departments. Namely; education, agriculture, labor and employment, social welfare and development, and public works and highways, Marcos said. Perhaps the Marcos loyalists know very well why Senator Marcos is keen in urging the government to take a loan from the world bank with almost 0 percent interest rate. This is a no brainer! Her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos set it up for this kind of purpose! Will the Congress act on the Marcos’ gold for the welfare of humanity?
YouTube video by INQUIRER.net Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget
Senator Imee Marcos No-Show at the Congress’ Special Session
Senator Imee R. Marcos’ physician advises her not to attend the Senate special session due to cough. This is to debate on and pass the proposed Bayanihan Act of 2020 authorizing the President to use unspent government finances. The aim is to resolve the negative effects of the coronavirus crisis. Earlier, she calls on the government not to be stingy on the provisions to the people who have no work no pay status. She is also thinking ahead on drawing resources to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus aftermath.
Go All Heart, All Out
The Senator said that the government should go “all heart, all-out” in funding the fight against COVID-19. She calls an emergency budget to be taken up in a special session of Congress. This is the most crucial investment in our country’s future, She said. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, has drawn up an emergency package of almost 750 billion pesos called Pag-ASA: Alaga, Sustento at Pag-Angat. This seeks immediate and sustained protection of health workers, provision of food and cash aid for marginalized communities, and stimulus packages to badly hit industries employing millions of workers.
The Economic Pitch of the Senator
Marcos plans to pitch the Pag-ASA emergency package in a Senate bill. This is due to her fear of public panic in the coming months if the government’s proposed emergency budget of only P200 billion is approved. Possible sources of the first P300 billion of the Pag-ASA emergency package can be squeezed from funds left over from the 2019 budget.
These are from calamity funds in the 2020 budget; intelligence and social funds of the Office of the President; PhilHealth’s emergency reserve fund; and contingency funds from various departments. Namely; education, agriculture, labor and employment, social welfare and development, and public works and highways, Marcos said.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos Where are the Young Farmers and Fisherfolks in Abra?
The Farming and Fishery Problem
Senator Imee Marcos spent a day in Bangued, Abra last March 6 where she attended a Farmers and Fisherfolk Forum as special guest. Marcos insinuates that this is a problem because continuity would not be possible if there’s no work succession.
The Senator Encourages Local Travel
Tourist bans already take a toll on the tourism industry in major destinations of the country. It’s about time to facilitate more domestic travels. This can compensate for the lost income of the travel sector. The senator does not mind the risk of coronavirus at all. She continues to roam around nationwide to help and inspire people of all levels.
Dancing the Troubles Away
Senator Marcos gives justice to an impromptu dance performance. Manmanok is a dance that dramatizes three roosters from the Bago Tribe who compete against one another to be able to get the attention of a hen. It starts with each of the dancers holding an “ayob” or “allap” which is a small cloth. The background and meaning of this dance are evident. The male simulates a rooster trying to attract the attention of a hen while the female imitates the movements of a hen being circled by a rooster.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos VLOG 2 2020: Senator Imee Marcos at the distribution of financial
assistance for rice farms of Laoag
Giving Assistance to the Farmers in Laoag
Senator Imee Marcos never gets tired traveling nationwide to inspire and give assistance to the masses. This time, she’s at the Centennial Arena Laoag City to distribute Php 5,000 Pesos each to the farmers who suffer losses from the deteriorating prices of rice. She acknowledges that money is not enough to compensate for the burden of the people in the agriculture sector. Although, she swears to take care of them for as long as she remains as Senator.
Another Presidentiable in the Family
Regardless of President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that if a politician cannot kill, he or she can’t be a president, another presidentiable in the Marcos family emerges. Vice Presidential Protestee, Bongbong Marcos is not in public office right now. But his Senator-sister continues to take care of her people’s livelihood. She is a kind politician. President Duterte also believes that no politician can take up the highest position in the land. However, this is just the President’s opinion.
Reigning through Kindness
The President’s style of leading the country through toughness is his unique style. Nonetheless, reigning through kindness is also a proven technique in the world’s history. The Senator is one example of a politician who can do just that. She can inspire people like her mother, former First Lady, Imelda Marcos and has the brilliance of her father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Imee Marcos suggests that the President’s threats to discontinue the visiting forces agreement with the Americans are just mere expressions. US President did not even take this literally. He welcomes the warning by saying that it will save him money. Marcos, however, agrees with the Filipino President to sometimes give some ultimatum to his counterpart to be firm in the country’s current independent status. The Philippines is not a colony of America anymore.
YouTube video by Imee Marcos Senator Imee Marcos’ media interview in Iligan City
Threats on the Visiting Forces Agreement
WATCH: Senator Imee Marcos talks to local media in Iligan City about the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement and how to speed up the rehabilitation of Marawi.
The American are Not Listening
The Senator also confirms that the Americans do not listen sometimes. She said that it is important to consider the needs of the military when it comes to supplies. They are 80% dependent on the US provisions. The Philippine Air Force particularly is the most affected should the visiting forces agreement can’t continue.
Mandate of the Commander-in-Chief
Marcos stresses that the President is the architect of all military treaties as the commander-in-chief. She implies that he knows what’s he’s doing. It is best to trust his judgement and support him on his decisions on the subject.
In line with “circulating malicious and scurrilous libels to inflict an act of hate” against President Rodrigo Duterte and his relatives, former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail for sedition charges. This is upon his arrival from the US and Europe. Trillanes pays P10,000 for his provisional liberty. Not long ago he calls Senator Imee Marcos a hypocrite when she suggests blessing his office that she uses now.
YouTube video by The Manila Times Trillanes posts bail for sedition rap
WATCH: Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes 4th on Tuesday posts bail at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (QC MetTC) for his sedition case.
The 19th Case of the Former Senator
Former Senator Trillanes is in no repentance to say that the 19 cases he is facing now is just an act of political harassment by the Duterte administration. The recent one is another sedition charge. One of them is kidnapping which is a non-bailable offense that he awaits a verdict of. He welcomes all the charges as he claims that his purpose is to oppose the government that he believes to practice dictatorship.
Trillanes engagements abroad in the US and Europe prompts him to say that he will immediately post bail as soon as he arrives in the country. This is when the MeTC Branch 138 issues the warrant for his arrest. 10 others have the same fate as him over the viral Bikoy “Ang Totoong Narcolist (The True Narcolist)” videos. The videos accuse Duterte and his family of having a hand in the illegal drug trade.
Hypocrisy Comment on Imee Marcos
Trillanes rebuffs Senator Imee Marcos earlier who eyes an Igorot ritual before moving into the outgoing senator’s office at that time. He welcomes Marcos’ plan if it helps her as a legislator, but calls her “hypocritical” if she suggests that he is a bad person.
The Origin of the Grudge
Trillanes is among the staunchest critics of the President. The Filipino leader is known to be close to the Marcos family. His late father Vicente was in the cabinet of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the senator’s father. Duterte allows Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite protests of the anti-Marcos followers. The Marcos family name is a portray of abuse and dictatorship by bias media. However, records show that he is a hero.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Imee Marcos’ online critics misunderstood the purpose of Senator Imee Marcos’ heroes’ bill. In reality, it only seeks to establish a National Heroes Council to accomplish the unfinished task. This is to proclaim the country’s national heroes. Anti-Marcos bashers suspect that her plea aims to make her father a hero.
YouTube video by Rappler [VIDEO]: Imee Marcos slammed for ‘We have no heroes’ remark
Contribution to the Nation
Senator Marcos files Senate Bill 999. It proposes to create a National Heroes Council within the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It is tasks to select and study exceptional Filipino personages as national heroes. This is in recognition of their personal accomplishments and invaluable contribution to the nation.
Under the bill, the council shall use the following guidelines in the selection and declaration of national heroes.
1. has made a significant and lasting contribution to the country;
2. has enriched the lives of others; has contributed to the quality of life of the people;
3. considered as outstanding in their area of activity;
4. and whose biography inspired the country.
Marcos also proposes that history professors and academic researchers must be in the selection process.
The Countries Heroes are Not Yet Official
The senator notes that a government committee in 1995 onely named the national heroes recommendations such as Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela Silang. Some debates on who else should be added to the list hinders their confirmation. How to accommodate regional sensitivities, and how to address historical controversies involving the nominees were also some of the issues.
Patriotism is Essential for Nation Building
“A nation that does not recognize its heroes loses hope for heroism in the future,” said Marcos. “We must look beyond the present. Let an official proclamation of heroes today be an anchor of patriotism for Filipinos of the future,” she said. “Our youth need heroes to inspire them and for them to emulate,” she added.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Sandro, the eldest son of Bongbong Marcos challenges his father to a Google challenge. In their discourse, the namesake of former President Ferdinand Marcos clarifies that he’s no longer a Senator. That he did not run for a Senate seat in the recent elections because he’s certain that he already won as Vice President. Despite the lengthy process, to give uo the electoral protest against Leni Robredo is not in the picture.
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos[VIDEO]: BBM VLOG #76: Google Challenge | Bongbong Marcos
Giving Away His Best
The proud father of Sandro, Simon, and Vincent is openly giving out the opportunity to anyone interested in running off with them. His eyes still spark when mentioning the name of his wife, Liza. No one could guess that he’s turning 62 in September just by his looks.
The Death and Cloning of Bongbong Marcos
It is not a secret that the urban legend of Marcos’ alleged death made Sandro to wonder. He even asks; how can his father prove that he’s the real Bongbong Marcos? Since he’s not into DNA, he just said to look at his past and present pictures. It’s no doubt that he’s got a lot of resemblance to the Marcos patriarch.
Relationship with Belle Daza
People may wonder about BBM’s relationship with the former Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz’s daughter Belle Daza. It was him who sent her to the altar during her wedding. Marcos explains that he’s very close to Belle’s family particularly to his father, Bong Daza who already passed away. The former Senator gladly took his late friend’s place during her big day.
Sandro Marcos’ Version
Like his dad, Sandro also studied at Benedictine Abbey in England. That was where he did his undergraduate studies for International Relations in the University of London. He also took his master’s degree at the London’s School of Economics in Developing Studies. Just thankful to graduate unlike the rumors or confusions about his father’s education.
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