YouTube video by Imee Marcos Senator Imee Marcos talks about her reaction to President Duterte’s SONA in an interview with DZBB
The SONA 2020 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte overwhelms Senator Imee Marcos. She’s happy to announce that most of her bills are now the priorities of the government going forward. This results in at least 20 items for her homework. It is notable, however, that fund generation is significant in every plan. The OFW welfare remains pending all this time. Senator Marcos expresses the urgency to get this done at the soonest.
COVID-Related Fund Sources
Medical reserve core, local medical supplies, and economic programs require ample investments. COVID-related fund sources are a must. This could cost some asset liquidations by the Duterte administration. Zero-interest loans are also under scrutiny. To sell public properties and to acquire more loans are crucial to rebuild the economy. Needless to say, these efforts must go through careful considerations. Therefore, the Senate has the responsibility to weigh the pros and cons.
Coco Levy Fund
Marcos’ Coco Levy Fund bill version includes a trust fund. This can award the beneficiaries. The farming funds must supplement the struggling coconut industry. It is known that the descendants of the original members now face another challenge. Coconut prices are down to 8 Pesos a kilo during the pandemic. To re-align the logistics that leads to the decline of its industry is important. Then, to find opportunities for it to thrive again should follow.
The country’s best governor, Gov. Imee Marcos responds positively on the price hike question. This was during an ambush interview at the recent SONA of President Rodrigo Du30. She urges everyone not to put the blame solely into the TRAIN law. Instead, she shares her strategies in dealing with the local agricultural production of her province. The sister of VP protester, Bongbong Marcos is expected to run for senator in 2019. She is literally a lady in waiting.
[VIDEO]: Governor Imee Marcos attended the SONA 2018
Not Just the TRAIN Law
The TRAIN law certainly has some effects on the current price hike of commodities but it is not the ultimate reason, said Gov. Marcos. In fact, corporate earners and professionals benefitted largely from it. Their income taxes are greatly reduced. There might be a need to exempt the basic needs for value-added taxes imposed but the most effective tax shield is to ensure that sales agents are brokers won’t take advantage of the farmers’ proceeds.
The World’s Gasoline Crisis
The ongoing switch from gasoline to hydrogen fuel evident in the sales of hybrid cars in Japan signifies that there’s an immediate need to do so. The Japanese government even offered a subsidy for new buyers of this environmentally-friendly transportation system. It is not a secret that the country is a vital source of deuterium, a rich source of hydrogen fuel. It is already waiting for the extraction permit from the DPWH. Since gasoline is dwindling, a replacement is needed asap.
Gasoline Subsidy could be a SONA Highlight
Gov. Marcos wishes that the gasoline subsidy by the government during her father’s regime be implemented during the present time. This is to prevent the prices of the daily needs to increase tremendously. Perhaps an ideal highlight for the next SONA. It is also a clear proof that the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ priority was for the people’s welfare.
The good governor is hands-on when it comes to the agricultural undertakings of Ilocos Norte. They are the main producer and supplier of rice. She is proud to say that there is a substantial price difference if one compares the rice prices of other provinces to her bailiwick. Their local prices are much cheaper than the others.
CGMA’s take over as the House speaker during the SONA recently is a wake-up call that the allies of President Du30 are not taking the oppositions’ destabilization efforts sitting down. Cong. Alvarez is set aside. Earlier, they are already successful in ousting the appointee of PNoy, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Supreme Court. Senator Tito Sotto also replaces Senator Koko Pimentel as Senate President. SolGen Jose Calida is also working on Bongbong Marcos’ case. However, Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa continues to charge the younger Marcos with questionable fees. He would probably need those funds while on possible exile later on.
The supermajority in the Congress votes for CGMA as the new speaker of the house replacing Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez. This happens before and after the SONA of Philippine President Rodrigo Du30. The power struggle is not only evident in the lower house but also in all branches of the government. It is a puzzle to many that conflicts arise even among the supporters of Du30. However, a certain pattern is obvious. The pro-Marcos stalwarts in the current administration are at work. Take the case of SolGen Jose Calida’s stunt against the 25% notion of Vice President Leni Robredo which is favorable to Bongbong Marcos.
[VIDEO]: Sa ikatlong pagkakataon mula noong siya’y naupo sa puwesto, nagbigay ng kaniyang State of the Nation Address si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kanina. Pero tila naagawan ito ng atensyon ng biglaan at bulagaang pagpapatalsik kay Pantaleon Alvarez bilang Speaker of the House. Ang ipinalit sa kaniya, walang iba kundi ang dating Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Gayunman, si Alvarez pa rin ang nakaupo sa likuran ng pangulo habang ibinigay nito ang kaniyang SONA.
Coup d’etat at the SONA
Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vows to push for the legislative agenda of the Du30 administration in the House of Representatives after she was elected overall head of the chamber. “I am extremely honored to have been supported by my colleagues at the House of Representatives to be their new Speaker,” said Arroyo in a short statement. “I will endeavor to carry out the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Lower House,” she said.
The SONA row was the culmination of months of speculation about a possible plan to oust Alvarez. Arroyo’s takeover took place in a muted affair. The audio was unceremoniously cut just when Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya announced around 3:30 p.m. that a majority of the House, 161, had voted for the leadership change.
Alvarez’s Vested Interests
The ousted speaker becomes unpopular because of his firm stand in various issues. He even has a rift with the Presidential daughter after he calls her an opposition. Aside from being the line of succession for the VP post, he is also a possible contender for Prime Minister if the Federalism change pushes through. These are taken by the loyalists as vested interests thus explaining his disagreement over the President’s alliance with the Marcoses. Cong. Alvarez earlier flaunts also his affair despite remaining legally married to his wife.
SolGen Calida as the President’s Implementor
Solicitor General Jose Calida is instrumental in the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. He apparently leaves the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defend itself in the ongoing vice presidential electoral protest. Though he files a manifestation backing the 50% ballot shading threshold that favors the interest of former senator Bongbong Marcos. The Office of the Solicitor General urges the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk Vice President Leni Robredo’s appeal to apply the 25 percent threshold. This is to determine the validity of votes in the ongoing vice presidential election recount.
The SolGen’s Legal Basis
The OSG said that in vice presidential elections, it is the PET that has “the sole authority to judge all contests” and the Comelec has no jurisdiction over the case. Calida cited Section 4, Article VII of the Constitution that provides that the PET has exclusive jurisdiction over election contests relating to the president or vice president. Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida’s ‘erroneous’ support of the 50% shading threshold would ‘erode the very foundation of our democracy’ by disenfranchising voters. They are questioning why Calida is siding Marcos.
The opposition earlier expressed its fear that the Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 asks for a transitory election to extend his term. Presidential spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque disputes this by explaining that the leader even wants to cut 3 years of his term to allow the people to vote for their next head of state. Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide floats his fear that Du30 will run again with Bongbong Marcos as the Vice President. The tandem could easily win, he said. However, Marcos hints that the President is indeed true to his word that he is not into term extension. In fact, the former Senator already confirms with the media. He intends to run as President in the next election – may it be in 2019 or 2022.
[VIDEO]: WOW! BONGBONG MARCOS SUSUNOD SA YAPAK Ni PANGULONG DUTERTE NA MAGING PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS!
Eyeing for the Presidency
The namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos eyes to become the next president of the Philippines. The former senator said this in a media interview. He aspires to gain the highest position in Philippine politics. However, the presidency is not something that he wakes up in the morning and plans on it,’ he added. His return to Malacañang is the hope for the majority of Du30-Marcos supporters. So, if Du30 is not running, they can also do the reverse: Marcos-Du30 with Inday Sara as the running mate for VP.
[VIDEO]: Will Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte run for Vice President? The President’s daughter was at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on for a hearing on the petition filed by her new party,
Capitalizing on Du30’s High Approval Rate
Davide’s fear is real. The Du30-Marcos tandem or vice versa can surely win the national election. This is because of the high approval rating of the President despite the massive destabilization efforts of his detractors. When both Marcos and Du30 loyalists merge, they certainly generate majority votes.
The Opposition’s Near Demise
The opposition’s near demise is now felt by their conspirators. Aside from having an unpopular head of their party elected in the executive office in the person of Leni Robredo, their forces in the other branches also dwindled. The removal of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is a demonstration of Sol. Gen. Jose Calida’s great influence. The pro and anti-Marcos senators and congressmen are still battling many issues. One thing is certain though, that the Marcos-Du30 alliance has the number to make this strategy a reality hopefully soon.
Bongbong Marcos is confident that the President has shown one singular quality that is very clear as he refers to the leader’s recent SONA. It is the reason why he is very popular. His quality of leadership can’t be discredited. The Filipino people recognize that. Only a good leader can do and manage that. Filipinos know the truth from his genuine side versus his detractors’ propaganda.
Youtube video by; Ferrer Michael
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos’ views on democracy, governance and not judging anyone during the Vice Presidential campaign.
The Voice of the People is the Voice of God
Like his father, Marcos is a real democracy crusader. No matter how sensitive the issues are like same-sex marriage, he keeps an open mind. He believes that the voice of the people is the voice of God. No one should judge and be judged.
How to Improve People’s Lives
Marcos said that relocation is not just moving people. It’s about building a community with proper provisions and opportunities for the people to live a decent life. Livelihood, transport system, hospitals, schools, and other fundamental government services must be prioritized to support the citizens’ progress.
Comment on the President’s SONA
Marcos thinks that the President has shown good leadership both in our local and foreign policies. He has redirected our foreign policy and that is the reason why we have regained once again a crucial and important position in the international community to the benefit of the Philippines. It is the same with various domestic policies, he added.
Marcos Regime’s Effect in his Bid
He ran for the Vice Presidency for a simple reason that he wants to address people’s needs first and foremost. The principles of his father for public service is hereby inherited. There are no traces of negativities in him with regards to the Marcos regime. In fact, he takes it an opportunity for the people to thank his late father. He said that since most people were not able to thank former President Ferdinand Marcos, they can show their gratitude to him by supporting his bid to the executive office.
The second SONA of the President is almost here. His detractors fear that he might declare a nationwide martial law after the Congress approved his request to extend it in Mindanao until the end of the year. Du30 floats the idea of imposing Martial Law across the country to keep the law and order and thwart any further terroristic activity in his speeches. Can he do that during his State of the Nation Address?
Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: It is now up to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “wisdom and integrity” to put limits on the imposition of martial law in Mindanao after the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the May 23 declaration, a constitutionalist said Wednesday.
To Extend to the Visayas
“I may decide to expand the area to include the Visayas because it is just a walking distance actually. And because of the many islands, they can always escape there and begin another terroristic activity,” Duterte said this upon arrival from Russia.
“I have ordered the military to embargo the islands. These are the ones at sea that separate Mindanao from the Visayas,” he said. The President also hinted that he would likely include Luzon to be under the Martial Law.
Nationwide Martial Law
“If ISIS also takes a foothold in Luzon, I might declare martial law nationwide to protect the people,” he said. “The Constitution grants him the prerogative whether to put the entire Philippines under martial law. This can also be any part thereof. There is no constitutional edict that martial law should be confined only to the particular place the conflict transpired,” the Supreme Court said read by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo.
Law-Abiding Citizens Need Not Worry
“Remember that this is not intended for the law-abiding citizens. We are the least of your worry. But if you confront government and my orders are one: to enforce the law. And anyone caught possessing a gun and confronting us with violence, my orders are shoot to kill,” the chief executive warned. The President’s plan is supported by his chosen successor, Bongbong Marcos who is the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. He led the nation to prosperity under the martial rule but destroyed by his critics through black media propaganda.
Gov. Imee Marcos asks the House not to hide from the President the “Ilocos 6” when he delivers his second State of the Nation Address or SONA. The Congress prolongs the detention of the six Ilocos Norte officials despite calls from legal experts. House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas initiates the case but seems discrete enough not to divulge the details to the President.
Youtube video by; UNTV News and Rescue
[VIDEO]: Hindi pinagbiyan ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang hiling kahapon ni Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Marcos na palayain na ang Ilocos 6 na dalawampung araw ng nakaditine.
No Mercy and Compassion
Marcos pleads to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to have the heart to give mercy and compassion to their fellow public servants. She fears that the Ilocos 6 can be hidden in isolation cells. This is a way for Alvarez and Farinas not to be “reprimanded” if the President found out about their degrading situation.
Marcos is aware that the House leadership desperately looks for a place where they could temporarily hide the six employees so as not to distract the SONA. The lawmakers did not even respect her mother’s earlier plea to be merciful to those government employees. The former First Lady, Imelda Marcos is also a member of the Congress. Her Brother Bongbong Marcos widely criticizes the House’s cruelty as well. It even responds by giving the threat to detain him also for contempt.
Swearing on Fake Documents
The six officials are very careful not to comment on the digital copies of the missing documents with the governor’s signature. They are aware that Fariñas can fake the said evidence. Their lawyers warn them that to testify under oath with a fake evidence is against the law. They can’t expect anything from the Ilocos 6 anymore. Especially now that the missing documents are found to be stolen by Fariñas’ aid.
No Chance at SC yet
Go. Marcos even led the group in filing a petition asking the High Court to take jurisdiction over the case. The aim is to stop a probe being conducted by lawmakers and issue a writ of Amparo. This can stop the issuance of a subpoena against her to force her to testify in Congress. However, 3 justices inhibit from the case and it is now pending.
Vice President Leni Robredo learned her lesson the hard way. If she continues to attack the President, her downfall can also be faster. It wise of her to snub the counter SONA at UP where most of her colleagues from the Liberal Party take turns in criticizing PDu30’s first year in office. She instead flew to Hong Kong with her daughter to spend time with the OFWs there over the weekend.
Youtube video by; INQUIRER.net
[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno face the prospect of impeachment as the 17th Congress enters its second year, according to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Story of Hope
Robredo is not at the counter SONA organized by opposition lawmakers. They are composed mainly of her party mates. It is held at the University of the Philippines recently. Robredo flew to Hong Kong over the weekend instead. She aims to gather inspiring stories from overseas Filipino workers for he “Istorya ng Pag-asa” project
”SOanoNA” was attended by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, and Antonio Trillanes IV. They all delivered a message for detained Sen. Leila de Lima. Also present were Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat. No one clarified if Robredo knew about the event.
Colorful 2nd Year
Robredo and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno face the prospect of impeachment as the 17th Congress enters its second year. This is according to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. “That’s why this second year of Congress may become more colorful,” he said. Alvarez confirms that he is collecting evidence to build possible impeachment cases against Robredo and Sereno.
Alvarez’ anti-Marcos nature is evident in the Ilocos 6 case. He made sure that Gov. Imee Marcos and her six officials are treated as cruel as possible. This is not surprising because He is one of the direct successors of the Vice Presidency or Presidency for that matter. Koko Pimentel, the Senate President is also in the line of succession. This is the reason why Alvarez wants Robredo impeached instead of Bongbong Marcos to win the electoral protest. Nothing is as clear as that.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The speech of President Rodrigo Duterte for his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) made his Communications Secretary cry but many people now wonder why? Andanar also added that Duterte wrote his own speech that is probably why he sounded firm as he normally does – actually, it has close resemblance to his campaign speeches put together. There’s not many facts that we do not hear from him yet but his plan to make military camps as rehabilitation centers nationwide can be a good idea – but medical and psychological experts must be consulted if those places are conducive for healing. See the SONA video here:
Youtube video by: Rappler
The president is hoping that at the end of his term, he can hand over a robust economy to his successor with efficient tax system that would promote more opportunities in the work front. There are many strategies that are in the plan to achieve this including the implementations of existing laws in full force like the reproductive health bill.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Mayor Abby Binay is one brave woman when she ordered 5 posh villages in Makati to cooperate with the compulsory police inspection with regards to Oplan Tokhang or President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Nevertheless, she is not alone in this clean up drive in Makati. Her husband, Congressman for district 2, Luis Campos is leading the pact on that side and Congressman Monsour del Rosario in district 1.
This is evident during the recent first SONA of President Duterte – when the Makati Oplan Tokhang team met PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa or Bato who is spearheading the campaign from the side of the authorities.
Contrary to their usual images of casual and hard working public servants, they were all neatly dressed up for the occasion. The Makati team following the traditional Filipino business attire and Bato with his decorated general look. This proves to show that when a campaign is greatly coordinated by government officials, disasters can be avoided.