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Will LP’s Brand Makeover Work after Du30’s Vietnam Warnings against Robredo, others?


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Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 reiterates his attacks against the European Union and other critics. This time, it includes Vice President Leni Robredo. He speaks before Filipinos in Da Nang City. The Filipino leader said that the EU aid comes with strings attached. It’s the result of Robredo’s wrong reports. Meanwhile, the Liberal Party or LP promises to have a total brand makeover for the party. It is crucial since it is the subject of criticisms by the members and supporters of the administration. Will it work?

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New LP Breeds

The LP, which ruled Philippine politics during the Aquino administration. It announces the oath taking of “new members. They mostly come from the ranks of the academe, youth, professionals, and non-government organizations.” Party chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo administered the oath.

LP Re-branding

The party is now regrouping and re-branding since it fell from power after the 2016 elections. President Du30 won with a margin of more than 6 million votes against second-placer Mar Roxas, the LP’s standard-bearer. Robredo was Roxas’ running mate whose Vice Presidential victory with a slim margin is challenged by the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake.

Transferring Ship

During the Aquino administration, the LP counted most lawmakers and local politicians as members and allies. Their numbers quickly dwindled after the 2016 elections. Many jump ship to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP-Laban. It is Du30’s party. PDP-Laban now leads the majority in the Senate and a “supermajority” in the House of Representatives. Many local politicians who were once members or allies of the LP have also moved to the now-ruling PDP-Laban.

Typical LP Accusations

“This so-called Dutertism is a form of leadership that does not adhere to the limits of power, does not respect institutions, does not regard or follow processes, including the rights and freedoms in the Constitution, which is disregarded under this leadership,” said lawyer Raffy Aquino, representing the new batch of LP members. From this statement alone, no one can blame the President for his criticisms of the Party. As much as he wants to get rid of Robredo as his VP, he still has to adhere to the legal electoral protest procedure filed by Bongbong Marcos as a democratic leader.

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Former VP Binay’s Human Rights Significance in the Du30-Bongbong Marcos Alliance


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Elena Grace Flores

The presence of former vice president Jejomar Binay during the procession to the People Power Monument recently raises some eyebrows. This is among the Du30 and Marcos loyalists. Some are quick enough to judge. They probably don’t know the significance of it. Binay is no doubt an ally of the President because he is for the people. He is a human rights lawyer at that. The Detractors of the President and Bongbong Marcos who accuse them of human rights violations can never question Binay’s human rights role in the country. Even before the 1986 revolt. Binay’s alliance with the Du30-Marcos tandem can prove that they are not guilty of such accusations.

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[VIDEO]: Marcos, Binay share laugh in Yolanda commemorative walk in 2015.

The President Supports Constructive Dissent

Roque stresses that President Du30 allows constructive dissent. Those who have grievances have space to protest. “The Church was very clear. It wasn’t political,” said Roque. However, this homily statement of Archbishop Socrates Villegas casts shadows over his non-political claim: “No politician lasts forever; only God does. Turn to the Lord and turn away from destructive politics. Peace to you all! We respect you. We call you Honorable. Be worthy of it,” he said.

Du30’s ICC Case

The case against Duterte before the ICC was filed amid the spate of killings linked to the government’s war on drugs.The complaint alleges that Duterte and at least 11 senior government officials are liable for murder and calls for an investigation, arrest warrants, and a trial. Roque, the only Philippine lawyer allowed to practice law at the ICC, nonetheless expressed openness to take on yet another role and assist Duterte if ever the latter would need his help.

Marcos and Martial Law

Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, inherits the black media propaganda effects against his father. The late President Ferdinand Marcos is widely known as a dictator. He is allegedly guilty of martial law human rights violations. But he has no single case in that aspect. Most of all, the ill-gotten wealth false publicity. That ends up to be the wealth of humanity. The President already directs the Senate and Congress to look into that.

Binay’s Influence on the BiHoMaDu Alliance

The political assassination stints on the Binays still continue despite the Binay’s patriarch’s retirement from politics. He is now the Dean of the University of Makati. However, it is not a secret that his kingmaker, Pastor Boy Saycon is one of the advisers of President Du30. When some DDS supporters are not for Marcos as VP, they are supplemented by the many Binay-Honasan supporters who are solid Bongbong Marcos for VP crusaders. The BiHoMaDu alliance that stands for Binay, Honasan, Marcos, and Du30 gears Bongbong Marcos to be president someday.

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How Strong is President Du30’s Hand on Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest?


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Elena Grace Flores

Malacañang just urges Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should resign to save the Supreme Court from “further damage.” Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed this. “Of course, the President wants her removed altogether, by all means,” he said. The Congress also previously voted to impeach Andres Bautista. Bautista stepped down as chairman of the COMELEC last month. All these are speculated to be Du30’s hand on Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Leni Robredo for the VP race.

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Second Senate Decision is Harmful

“It will be very difficult for the judiciary to recover from a second Senate decision to remove a sitting Chief Justice because of a finding that that Chief Justice is guilty of an impeachable offense. I don’t think the Court can afford that so soon. Considering the previous removal of former chief justice Corona,” Roque said.

Psychiatric Issues

Two SC psychiatrists express willingness to testify against Sereno. The two were career employees in the judiciary. They were dismissed after their findings that she failed a psychiatric examination. The confidential report is with the Judicial and Bar Council which Sereno – as SC chief – heads, and whose ex-officio members include Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a Senator, and a congressman, among others.

Aquino’s Appointee

Sereno, who was appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III to head the SC when she was 52, will be chief justice for 18 years, or until 2030, when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 for magistrates. If she completes her term, she will have the distinction of serving four administrations – Aquino, President Duterte and the succeeding administrations in 2022 and 2028. Sereno was the youngest SC justice in the 15-member SC when Aquino promoted her in 2012

Election Protest is Now Too Long

It cannot be denied that these series of events are some kind of the President’s hand to give justice to Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Robredo for the VP post. However, since the President adheres to the rule of law, he cannot just implement what he wants. The legal processes must be followed. He can only do so much. The only way now is for the people to shout out loud for the Supreme Court to conduct a recount immediately!

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Church in Bad Light after Healing Rally with Notable Anti-Admin Politicians


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Elena Grace Flores

Only about 600 people were present inside the church during the recent prayer rally. The Philippine National Police estimates that about 2,000 to 3,500 people joined the procession from the EDSA Shrine to the People Power Monument. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the “Lord, Heal Our Land” event should not be taken as a threat to the administration. Present during the mass were Senators Bam Aquino and Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano. Former vice president Jejomar Binay who is an ally of the President joins the procession to the People Power Monument as a human rights lawyer. He is outnumbered by Senators Franklin Drilon, Rissa Hontiveros, Trillanes, and Aquino who are anti-administration politicians.

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Maximum Presidential Tolerance

Roque stresses that President Du30 allows constructive dissent. Those who have grievances have space to protest. “The Church was very clear. It wasn’t political,” said Roque. However, this homily statement of Archbishop Socrates Villegas casts shadows over his non-political claim: “No politician lasts forever; only God does. Turn to the Lord and turn away from destructive politics. Peace to you all! We respect you. We call you Honorable. Be worthy of it,” he said.

Pray for Senseless Killings

The intention to pray for the end of the senseless violence is rightful and the government supports that. However, it is confusing to single out the administration’s drug war that allegedly results to extrajudicial killings. Homicide and murder cases are already part of the country’s history since time immemorial. Crimes of passion, road rages, and gang wars attribute to these unfortunate events.

The Dominance of Catholicism in the Country

The turnout of the event is quite low for a Catholic country. Therefore, doubts are expressed via social media if Catholicism is still a dominant religion in the country. Perhaps, Christianity is but the many factions including the INC, Born Again, Christadelphian, Protestants, Mormons, El Shaddai, and others made it more made the data complicated to determine.

Church Misunderstandings

The misunderstandings are understandable. The venue itself is already controversial. EDSA is known for the People Power Revolution against the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The presence of the LP members also contributes to the controversy. Most of all, false media claims and reports that exaggerate the number of attendees and the use of misleading images just did not help the situation. That put the Catholic Church in a bad light.

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The Country Benefits from Du30’s Continuing of Ferdinand Marcos’ Foreign Policies


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Elena Grace Flores

President Du30 is just in time to continue the late Ferdinand Marcos’ forwarding foreign policies that open a new avenue to the unknown in the free world. He befriends China just as when the World Bank economists applaud what they see as China’s miracle. It has lifted out of extreme poverty 800 million of its citizens from 1988 to 2013. The very pro-American Aquino regime’s filing of a case against China over its claims in the South China Sea made the Chinese see us as the US proxy in a dispute. Despite this legal battle with China, Du30 managed to warm up to this Asian superpower. Now, Japan that is a notable US ally follows suit.

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[VIDEO]: Former Senator Francisco Tatad, information minister under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, recalls the start of diplomacy between the Philippines and China during the Marcos regime. Diplomatic ties between the two countries began on June 9, 1975, exactly 41 years ago.

South China Sea Dispute

China puts the arbitration decision behind the continuing business cooperations. China pledges during the President’s state visit $9 billion in low-interest or soft loans for our infrastructure projects. The total Chinese economic assistance promised by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Duterte is estimated at $24 billion. Bongbong Marcos was with the President in China during the visit.

Japan Follows Suit

Now, the other economic superpower in Asia, Japan, which also has serious territorial disputes with China, can’t help it but woo the Philippines. It rushes to extend to the country a similar magnitude of soft loans.

The President’s Diplomacy

The longtime city mayor whom detractors describe as somebody who wouldn’t understand international geopolitics proves to be adept in diplomacy. The essence is for the country to take advantage of such deals at the maximum level.

Beneficial Ties with Japan

During a summit in Tokyo with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirms Tokyo’s commitment to providing economic cooperation. It is worth ¥1 trillion over the next five years. The move seems like an economic assistance race against Beijing to strengthen the relationship further. Abe tries hard to win Du30 over in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea. However, the Philippines remains a key diplomatic player.