The Congress earlier threatens Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos that they will do a “Dayan” if she doesn’t show up in the next scheduled hearing. Bongbong Marcos advised her not to attend the House inquiry into the province’s P66.45-million tobacco fund expenditures. Does this mean they will do a “Delima” to the brother as well? It is remembered that Senator Leila de Lima advised “Dayan” not to show up during the “Bilibid Prison” anomaly hearings
Youtube video from; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Imee Marcos, iginiit na pamumulitika ang imbestigasyon kaugnay sa paggamit sa Tobacco tax funds
Straight to Detention
“I really want to attend. I want to explain myself in Congress but others said I should not. Bongbong told me I could also be detained,” said Imee at her first news conference after six provincial employees, now called the “Ilocos Six,” were cited in contempt and detained by the House committee on good government and public accountability on May 29.
Imee said her mother, former First Lady, and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, was rejected by the committee when she requested for the release of the six employees on humanitarian grounds. This shows that the Congress is not into the people’s plight – but for their own glory. However, Alvarez mellowed down after the Supreme Court stand by the CA.
Requested by Provincial Leaders
Gov. Imee said that the vehicles were requested by different provincial leaders. Among them were Rudy Caesar Fariñas, who served as ex-officio member of the Ilocos Norte provincial board, and Mary Michelle “Mikee” Fariñas, president of the Laoag Federation of barangay councils. So, is this Fariñas way of discrediting Marcos?
Gov. Marcos’ Justification
The vehicles were not overpriced. They were bought through proper bidding procedures, and were “therefore not ghost projects nor missing funds.” Asked why the vehicles were not registered, Marcos discloses that the new vehicles served as agricultural equipment like tractors. But she would register them immediately if deemed necessary by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez might be indifferent to Bongbong Marcos’ sister, Imee’s case but he respects the Supreme Court, supports prolonged Martial Law, and detests Leni Robredo’s Vice Presidency. It is not certain if he really believes that the namesake won or just because he is one of the successors of the Vice Presidential seat if that is vacated.
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[VIDEO]: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez: Maiksi lang ang 60 days ng martial law
Martial Law until 2022
Alvarez said that he is quite open to extending martial law in Mindanao. Perhaps until the President steps down in 2022. This is ideal for fast-track development. The Marawi crisis and other peace and security problems in the region can also be addressed better, he added.
Robredo is NOT the Real VP
Alvarez was on the verge of petitioning an impeachment complaint against Leni Robredo as VP due to betrayal of public trust. This is when she sent a slanderous video attacking the President’s drug war with the wrong data. The president was quite vocal that he is not into the VP’s impeachment. The issue goes quite after that.
Supreme Court Ruling
Alvarez’s mouth is not that of a gentleman. He has threatened various government agency heads and agencies if they are in conflict with Congress where he is the speaker of the House. However, he does respect the Supreme Court when it rules. One incident was the Marcos’ burial. He, in fact, urged anti-Marcos protesters to follow the law.
Recently, he dares not to get involved with the Supreme Court’s motion for consideration for the Congress’cContempt citation for the justices who rule to release the six detained employees of Gov. Imee Marcos. Right after his tough remarks to the CA, he slowed down after hearing the SC’s plea to resort to other constitutional means instead. Whatever is Alvarez up to, he certainly is loyal to PDu30.
Bongbong Marcos is officially not in government service now. However, he is open to any Cabinet position that the President may offer. At the moment, there’s no invitation yet from the Chief Executive. The President in earlier interviews wants Marcos to concentrate on his election protest against Leni Robredo.
Marcos addresses the 38th Commencement Exercises of the Lingayen and Infanta campuses of the Pangasinan State University at CSI Stadia in Dagupan City. The press chanced upon him and Marcos said “yes” to a question from a reporter if he would agree to join the Du30 administration.
No to Robredo
However, he promises to pursue the election protest he filed against Leni Robredo. He challenges the camp of Robredo not to oppose anymore the recount of votes. This is to expedite the proceedings. That the people will finally know who the real winner is in the last election for vice president.
Election Protest Continues
“In my opinion, there is no need to drop the protest I filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal if I join the government. It is only if I run for an election that I may do that,” said Marcos from a table which he shared with his son Zandro. The son is vacationing from his studies at the London School of Business and Economics. Marcos is confident that after the hearing on July 11, the process continues. Then proceeds to the retrieval of ballot boxes from the protested precincts. This can be followed by the recounting of the votes.
Capable of Helping
Marcos as always is happy to do anything that could help the government. “Because I am still strong, I think I can contribute something to this administration,” he said. As of now, he focuses on his election protest. He just wonders why the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has not yet heard the case since both camps already submitted their preliminary briefs last June 16. He certainly looks forward to the preliminary conference on July 11.
The Liberal Party’s fear of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos goes beyond Martial Law. They are resistant of his namesake’s return to politics. Bongbong Marcos is always mentioned by President Du30 as his chose successor. The political enemies are doing everything they can to stop that. May it be from using a political prostitute to the worst kind of black media propaganda against the president and the Marcoses.
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[VIDEO]: Nilinaw ng AFP ang naging pahayag ni Pangulong Du30 na magiging kagaya ng martial law ng dating pangulong Marcos sakaling kailangan niyang magdeklara muli ng martial law. Ito ay kung magdesisyon ang Korte Suprema na ibasura ang ipinapatupad na batas militar sa Mindanao.
Proud to be Marcosian
Du30 displays the notion of a strong leader. He begins with his own interpretation of Ferdinand Marcos. He jokes on how much he owed his election success to the Marcos family. That he would reciprocate by giving the late Marcos a Heroe’s at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. This was simply done swiftly even with the blessing of the Supreme Court.
Bongbong Marcos’ Influence
The returns of the President’s friendship with the Marcoses are not hidden. Bongbong Marcos’ influence over national politics is very much pronounced. It is evident that the President listens to him. He also helped to confirm the truth about the “golden era” of martial law. Coupled with the social interactions of the golden-agers especially on Facebook, the LP is already worried that their past fake news about Marcos will soon be buried with real testimonies from the people.
Media Portray of Du30’s Martial Law
Media portrays the president as a strongman and disciplinarian yet also a constitutionalist. He is allegedly the 21st-century version of Ferdinand Marcos. No post-authoritarian president has publicly mused about the declaration of martial law as much as Du30, they added. However, no matter how they misinform the public about the wrong figures of the drug war casualties, he remains popular. People trust his every move – that includes making the Marcos namesake his successor or perhaps, the Prime Minister under Federalism.
Up for the Challenge
“What-goes-around-comes-around.” 83% of Filipinos believe that Du30 is up to the challenge. Despite the continued suspicions about his allegedly deteriorating health, he stays humorous when he appears in public again. When the Maute gang seized Marawi, he has the reason to declare martial law. His political enemies now await other terrorist attacks to make that declaration nationwide. As the saying goes, they can run but they cannot hide.
Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas earlier turned down Bongbong Marcos’ plea to release them based on the CA order to Congress. He also warned the Ilocos Norte officials against using lawyers allegedly provided by Governor Imee Marcos and the rest of the Marcoses.
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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte provincial accountant Eden Battulayan cries as she appeals for the House committee on good government and public accountability to allow her and her 5 colleagues to be released from detention.
Not Commenting on Copies
The six Ilocos Norte employees told Fariñas then they could not comment on the documents. Those are only copies and asked that they see the originals. The committee pointed out that the original copies of the documents disappeared. This is as soon as the investigation was initiated in Congress, the solons said.
Fariñas is not affected by Battulayan’s appeal. He reminds them of the Rules of Court saying it allows the House to make use of secondary documents in a congressional probe when original copies are missing. He warned the detained employees; “Be careful with your lawyers because they are covering up for someone else! They’re telling you not to talk, but you’re the ones who are the ones who will get into trouble here!”
Out to Pin Down Imee Marcos
He also offered the officials to become state witnesses just so they would testify. But they did not accept. This is why is gives them a hard time for being loyal to Imee Marcos. His superiority might excel now but for sure, many voters would remember his lack of compassion – not only for him but for his clan.
Rodolfo “JR” Fariñas Jr. died when his motorcycle collided with a concrete barrier in Barangay (village) Buyon in 2015. JR’s mother is former beauty queen and actress Maria Teresa Carlson who is said to have leapt to her death in 2001. The alleged suicide was speculated as the result of her miserable life with her husband.