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Bongbong Marcos: Martial Law is Necessary to Control Insurgents

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The namesake and son of the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos, Bongbong Marcos backs the president by saying that the only way to control insurgents in Mindanao is to declare martial law. This is the same as the idealism of his father. The older Marcos is often called a dictator even if he’s a leader who deliberately follows the constitution.

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[VIDEO]: In an interview, Bongbong Marcos justifies the action of the president in declaring martial law in Mindanao after the Marawi incident.

Right Move in Mindanao

Marcos observes in the last 24 hours that the terror attacks are not just simply terrorism movements. They intend to destabilise the government. There seems to be a higher hierarchy that prompt the rebels in connivance with ISIS to spread terror recently in Marawi. The president does not take this lightly for sure.

Destabilisation Efforts

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops raided the hideout of a top terrorist suspect in Marawi that sparks a gunbattle. That prompted the militants to call for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute. He said dozens of gunmen occupy the city hall. A hospital, a jail and a Catholic church are burned. A college and some houses are under attack. Two soldiers and a police officer are killed. 12 others are wounded.

Muslim Extremists

Du30 immediately left Moscow to deal with a crisis in the Philippines.  Muslim extremist start the siege on a city. Militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have taken hostages. They are noted to do such things when their demands are not met by the administration.


Duterte declares martial rule for 60 days in the entire southern Mindanao region. The military is under a strict order to crush Muslim extremists. These insurgents align themselves with the Islamic State group. Martial law could be extended for a year depending on how long the problem persists. It can go on indefinitely if the government has difficulty in establishing control over these lawless people.

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President Retaliates to ISIS’ Terrorism Challenge with Harsh Martial Law

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The terrorists who display the ISIS flag along the streets of Marawi irks the president’s decision to put his well-known iron hand into it. They are noted to be in connivance with the Maute group in Mindanao. Du30 swears not to have mercy unto them and follow what the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos’ moves in the past. Martial law is back. He vows to protect and save the country from the destabilisation efforts.

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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the martial law in Mindanao will be no different from the martial law period during the time of President Ferdinand Marcos, saying he will deal harshly with terrorists.

Cutting Trip Short

The Constitution says that initial period must not exceed 60 days. Any extension is subject to Congress’ approval. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella earlier said it would last 60 days. But that can be extended indefinitely once it gets the nod of the congressmen. This is not a problem for the president when it comes to the House of Representatives. His super majority still rules. 

Martial Law Limits

The 1987 Constitution highlights the role of other branches of government in the martial law declaration. The provisions are meant to prevent grave abuse. Thus within 48 hours after its declaration, the President shall submit a report to Congress. The declaration can also be revoked if Congress votes for it without the president’s control through his allies.

Supreme Court Review

The Supreme Court reviews the basis of its declaration. As a separate branch and co-equal of the executive office of the government, it can contest its existence if necessary. That serves as the security for unlawful or misjudged people not to experience extreme abuses from the military.

Action to Watch

Most Filipinos are relieved that finally, Mindanao is already under martial law. It’s actually still under the state of emergency but that doesn’t seem to work. Terrorists or rebels at the same time test the president’s patience. Collateral damages are expected with this development. It is certain that detractors will use those to discredit him just like what happened to Marcos But if the popular leader thinks that it’s the answer, the people trust him to make them safe.

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Why would Robredo Envy Binay’s Investment after her Wealth Drops by 2M?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay remain humble despite the series of corruption allegations. Binay explained in 2103 his investment for the profit he made that resulted in his net worth of P60 Million. There’s indeed no comparison with Leni Robredo on the concept of; you reap what you sow.

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Binay’s Nature

Misjudged, condemned and accused of stealing by detractors that cost him the presidency but Binay continues being a public servant without an official title. He’s back to his charity foundation in Makati, helps in his law firm, consultant to various institutions not to mention his daily rounds in the community. His family is currently on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel.

No Comparison

Since her proclamation, Vice President Leni Robredo’s net worth drops by over P2 million. It is a drop of 19.7% over a 6-month period. In contrast, her predecessor, former vice president Binay, saw his net worth drop by only around P666,000 within the first 6 months of his term back in 2010. This is beside the fact that both faces electoral protests for the same post. The only difference is, it costs a lot of money for Robredo to counter-act Bongbong Marcos’ allegations of fraud than Binay. The latter completed his term as the honorable VP.

Robredo’s Retaliation

Robredo is also not safe from bashers. She also faces two impeachment complaints aside from Marcos’ electoral protest. She retaliates by bad-mouthing the administration in international events. She complains via social media and now runs a radio show for her sentiments and insights showing how inexperienced she is with the plight of the marginalized poor.

Reap what you Sow

In her June 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), Robredo declared a net worth of P11.05 million. Six months later, her net worth dropped to P8.88 million. There’s a difference of over P2 million, or a 19.7% drop in her wealth. Her predecessor, meanwhile, began his term with a net worth more than 5 times more than Robredo. Binay, a longtime mayor of Makati City, had a net worth of P58.76 million as of June 2010. It increased to P 60 million in 2013. Clearly, right investments and positive attitude help in attaining prosperous finances.

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The President’s Security: Why Bongbong Marcos? Nobody Believes in Robredo


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

As congress threatens Vice President Leni Robredo with impeachment in August, Bongbong Marcos can take her place only if he wins his electoral protest against her. However, it can’t be denied that he is the president’s choice as his successor. This has got nothing to do with alleged paying back rumors. The president discloses it bluntly why Leni Robredo cannot handle the country’s security problems.

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Marcos’ Chance

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that if Robredo is removed from office through an impeachment in the House of Representatives Marcos can claim the post only after receiving the favorable resolution from PET. However, if that is not the case Senate President Aquilino Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are next in line.

Appointment Scenario

The Constitution, however, also gives the President the power to nominate a replacement for a vacant vice presidential post from among members of the Senate and House, subject to approval of a majority of Congress voting separately. If Marcos runs again during the 2019 senatorial race and wins, he can be appointed as VP if the post is vacant following Robredo’s successful impeachment.

Similar Case

This is the case when former senator Teofisto Guingona Jr.. He was appointed vice president in 2001 when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency after the EDSA 2 people power revolution ousted former president Joseph Estrada on plunder charges.

Presidential Security

It is a popular statement of Marcos that the only way the president can be secured from his enemies is by making him Vice President. People are aware that they have the same detractors, the Liberal Party. Its members are doing everything to block Marcos from the Vice Presidency to not allow this to happen. Du30 is safe because they would hate the namesake’s ascension to the highest post of the land.

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Know Why TIME Can Make or Break Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It is very important of the Supreme Court to speed up the elections protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo for the Vice Presidency because of the upcoming senate election in 2019. To run for the senate again can impact Marcos’ protest in a big way. Its dismissal is at stake.

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[VIDEO]: Political analyst Ramon Casiple shares his thoughts on the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Senatorial Election

Political analyst Ramon Casiple says Bongbong Marcos is yet to decide whether he’ll run for senator in 2019. Another consideration is to continue with his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Ramon Casiple, chairman of the Consortium on Electoral Reforms said that the speed of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) resolution of the case can make it or break it for Marcos.

Essence of Time

As per records in history, Casiple estimates that Marcos’ protest “will reach the 2019 senatorial elections.” “Marcos would have to decide to go for it or not.  “The possibility of Marcos being proclaimed Vice President is not due to the content or the substance of the protest. The most important factor is time. They can end the whole process if he runs for the senate or continues the recount.

Average Time

The PET starts the preliminary conference on June 21, 2017. The average of previous electoral protests for PET to resolve lasts for four years. Therefore, the senatorial race can decide Marcos’ fate for the electoral protest if he wants another term as senator. However, since he is geared up for the presidency, Robredo’s camp can only hope that for him to vie for a seat in the senate again.


Should Marcos ends up running for the senatorial race, the electoral protest will be moot and academic. In most cases, the PET just drop the case because of lack of interest. That is the reality that the Marcos camp is struggling upon. This is the reason why it is important for them to block every delaying tactics of Robredo’s camp.Marcos camp’s proposal to have 3 hearing commissioners, one for each cause of action in his electoral protest is a strategy to resolve the protest in less than two years.