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Marcos-Aquino Survey: Unity Message for Ninoy’s Day Highlights the Good in Everyone

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Marcos-Aquino camps continue to justify the means of the end results of the leadership of the two influential clans in the country. The survey on their popularity is still on as long as Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against an Aquino follower does not reach the verdict yet. The President who is a known supporter of the Marcoses chooses to highlight the good side of the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. He mentions his contributions to the restoration democracy in the country as Filipinos mark the senator’s 34th death anniversary. Du30 also credits the late senator for inspiring a peaceful revolution or what others call a mutiny.






Youtube video from; GMA News

[VIDEO]: Pahayag ni Pres. Du30 sa Ninoy Aquino Day.




Journalist and Politician

The President also praises Aquino for his work as a journalist and politician that led to positive changes in society. Aquino remained steadfast with his struggle during martial law to fight for what he believes in. Du30 hopes to commemorate his death with his works that inspire the today’s Filipinos. This is to be united and patriotic. The only way to echo the late senator’s famous line: “The Filipino is worth dying for.”




Clash with Marcos

“Even at a time when he was hopeless, he struggles to restore democracy through non-violent means. His deeds have taught us that we should always aspire for the common good. Even if one must go against the grain and do what is necessary,” the President added. Aquino was a vocal critic of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. He was imprisoned and exiled during the martial law period because of rebellion. Marcos saved him from execution by sending him to the US for humanitarian reasons due to his deteriorating health.










Diplomatic Relationship

Members of both clans are diplomatic enough during social gatherings and meetups with common friends. However, no one can deny that the past rivalry of their patriarchs continues to divide the nation when former President Noynoy Aquino vows to block Bongbong Marcos from the executive office.

Survey the Divided Nation

Political groups via social media are proofs that the country is divided. The online technology these days allow social media practitioners to base their opinions on the data generated from actual online users. Under this climate, the President is right to focus on the good of the opposing party. There’s indeed a good side in everyone. The late Aquino is entitled to be credited on what is due to him.

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/20/17/duterte-lauds-ninoy-he-fought-for-what-was-right-just




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Anti-Marcos Plot Revival: Do LPs Spearhead EJKs to Discredit the President’s Drug War?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The President clearly declared a drug war and warned all involved to be killed if they resist arrest and endanger the authorities. However, many Filipinos are still taking their chances. Thus, endangering their lives, families, friends, and neighbors. The policemen are on highly defensive mood during buy-busts operations. It’s a choice between the alleged criminals’ lives or theirs. Liberal Party members are again using human rights violations to slow the President down just like during the Marcos era.






Youtube video from; INQUIRER.net

[VIDEO]: “Gago ka (You’re a fool).” That was how President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hit back at former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for saying his administration’s war on drugs hardly achieved anything.




Death of Minors

The recent death of Grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos created the latest stir according to the yellow media. He is not the first minor killed in the name of the President’s drug war. He is just one among at least 31 people aged 18 years old and below killed in either police operations or vigilante-style killings in the current administration’s first year. The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center in January 2017 is the source of the date.




VP’s Opportunity

Vice President Leni Robredo visits the wake of Delos Santos in Caloocan City straight from Naga City, Camarines Sur. She is with Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group who volunteered his help to the Delos Santos family. Robredo calls for an impartial investigation into the incident. Again, she stresses that the Duterte administration should rethink its approach to fight illegal drugs. However, she has no suggestions for possible options.










Vocal LP Senator

Another LP member, Senator Risa Hontiveros also visits Delos Santos’ wake and said that the witnesses are already under her custody and protection. “My office took custody of the witnesses and began ensuring their safety. Another institution is also helping,” Hontiveros said in a statement. “The protection provided to the family will be extended to the key witnesses who will help in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the extrajudicial killing of Kian Lloyd Delos Santos,” she added. She already made the judgment even before the trial begins.

The Family Fails

The actions of the LP politicians are not surprising. They did the same strategy to destroy the reputation of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Perhaps, they do not have the ability to think that the killings are the signs that families fail in nurturing their members. The President’s drug war is his last resort to give an ultimatum to heads of families to refrain from the drug trade. He never denied that collateral damages can result in his order to the military forces. If the yellow faction is sincere in their bid to help, maybe they can start from family programs in communities.

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/179234-minors-college-students-victims-war-on-drugs-duterte

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/20/17/robredo-visits-wake-of-slain-11th-grader-vows-legal-aid

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/622572/witnesses-in-kian-s-slay-now-under-senators-custody/story/




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Most Sought-after Election Lawyer of Bongbong Marcos, Atty. George Garcia on 3.9 M Undervotes

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The most sought-after election lawyer of Bongbong Marcos, Atty. George Erwin Garcia, who originally points out the large estimate of 3.9 million undervotes has a valid point of making this a big deal from the start. It is not normal under election standard to have such large number of boycott voters. Even the 3.2 M latest count of undervotes is still very questionable.






Youtube video from; GMA News

[VIDEO]: Panayam kay Atty. George Garcia, abugado ni Bongbong Marcos




Target of the Recount

Bongbong Marcos lists three pilot provinces for recount or revision that would allegedly show the merits of his election protest. He questions the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo during the election. The recount is about to begin but the Supreme Court has not ruled on the date yet. Marcos’ camp headed by Atty. Garcia targets on the authenticity of the undervotes when the ballot boxes are opened.




Discrepancies

Atty. Victor Rodriguez, a spokesperson of Marcos, said that Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are the pilot places for the recount. It is because they can show that the major discrepancies. This is the differences from the cast ballots and Vote Counting Machines transmissions. The tally can then be the basis of the Certificates of Canvass. These places had an enormous number of undervotes.










Competent Lawyers

To this date, it is evident in the courses of actions of Marcos’ lawyers particularly Atty. Garcia and Atty. Rodriguez that their strategies are well-thought of. From the designation of 3 legal officers that could administer the electoral proceeding in a speedy manner to actual media announcements that are factual. These are in contrast with the actions displayed by the opposing camp.

Professionalism

These lawyers are just like Bongbong Marcos himself. They do not open their mouth just to have something to say about the opponent. This is why they go quiet when there’s no development from the Supreme Court yet. This means to say that it is not certain yet when the recount would start.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/06/16/1710650/marcos-lists-3-provinces-pilot-recount

Attorney George Erwin Garcia




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Bongbong Marcos: COMELEC Must Pay Election Storage Fees at Overseas Posts

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos responds respectfully that COMELEC must defray for or pay the election ballot storage fees overseas because it’s their mandate to safeguard these materials. It is unfair to charge it against his paid deposits for the recount. This is not the first time that the poll agency’s incompetence is put on the line. Eary this year, it also failed to secure its database from alleged hackers.






Youtube video from; GMA News

[VIDEO]: Bautista, pinakakasuhan dahil sa nangyaring pangha-hack sa COMELEC website




Primary Guardian

Marcos said that as the primary guardian of the election, it is the duty of the COMELEC to protect these ballots. Therefore the claims for payments of their storage by the consular offices must be dealt with accordingly. It is not only constitutional but doing so means that the agency adheres to the rules and regulations of the land.




Incompetent Leadership

Early last year, there was a recommendation that the COMELEC must be charged with negligence due to the hacking incident that leaks out the election database to the public. Chairman Andres Bautista thinks that this is unfair because authorities must punish the criminal and not the victim. However, Bautista must also be liable for his negligence.










Unfair Process

The former Senator questions why the overseas storage fees will be charged against his deposits when the Supreme Court clearly orders that the fees are for the retrieval of ballots. This should refer to the precincts mentioned his electoral protest against Leni Robredo. Particularly the ones in his three pilot provinces.

Injustice

It is an injustice for COMELEC to insist that the said fees be taken from the 66 M Pesos he already paid.  It is their job in the first place to make sure that they are safe and not tampered with. Otherwise, this will violate the PET’s aim to facilitate the electoral protest in a speedy and inexpensive manner.

https://www.bongbongmarcos.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/BBMs-Comment-to-Letter-dtd-10-July-2017-of-Maria-Alarkon-dtd-7-August-2017-Filed.pdf




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Robredo’s P7 M Counter Protest Balance Overpowered by Quick P443.946 M OVP Budget

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos earlier asks the Supreme Court to dismiss the counter-protest of Vice President Leni Robredo over his electoral protest. The Marcos camp stresses Robredo’s failure to pay the first tranche of ₱8 M on time. Eventually, she settled it at a later date. Now, the second tranche of  ₱7 M is long overdue. The deadline is not yet set by the PET. Marcos seems to ignore this but his supporters question the SC’s leniency towards the VP. That is even followed by the swift approval of her P443.946 M OVP budget by the House of Representatives appropriations committee.






Youtube video from; News5Everywhere

[VIDEO]: VP Leni Robredo, nagpaliwanag kaugnay sa budget ng OVP




Personal Attendance

Vice President Leni Robredo personally attends the House appropriations committee budget hearing. Chairperson Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the committee would dispense with the presentation of the budget as a courtesy to Robredo.




Ally Moved to Dispense

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman also moves to dispense with the OVP’s budget deliberation. “We move to dispense with the presentation of the budget. This is a due courtesy to the Office of the Vice President,” Lagman said. Lagman is known for his criticizing the first 100 days of the Du30 administration and the President’s war on drugs.










3% Increase

Robredo said the OVP’s budget may have increased by three percent, but it incurred a huge cut on its maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE). The OVP proposesP443.946 million for 2018. That is up by 3.58 percent from P428.618 million in 2017. This is net of the Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums. The MOOE of the OVP, however, went down by 2.32 percent. The MOOE of P357.324 million in 2017 decreases to P349.029 million for 2018.

OVP Money Matters

This news about the OVP’s money matters is very timely just after Robredo’s petition to the SC to allow them to help her settle her counter protest balance was rejected by PET. People can’t help but connect this with her money problems. One thing is certain. Her office will be under close watch as far as auditing is concerned.

House panel approves OVP budget in less than 2 minutes

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/04/20/Bongbong-Marcos-Leni-Robredo-electoral-protest.html