Bongbong Marcos is thankful for the expert journalists and social media practitioners who initiate the talks with him on the different issues. This gives him the chance to explain his side on issues like the COMELEC’s role in the 2016 election fiasco, his kind of leadership, most especially, the current status and progress of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
[VIDEO]: 3 Karambola journalists and Thinking Pinoy take turned in asking Bongbong Marcos about the current status and progress of the electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo.
The Marcos Camp is more than ready when it comes to the preparation of the upcoming recount. However, the Supreme Court has not set a date yet for it to happen. The venues, teams, and processes are already in place but COMELEC’s logistics and other responsibilities are delayed. Thus, the excuse of the SC.
National Youth Commission
The National Youth Commission authored by Marcos even before the millennials existed. He believes that the youth must be empowered for the future of the country. Future progress lies on how well the young ones are nurtured.
Transfer of power can be a challenge because of the stronghold of current authorities like the mayors, governors, and barangay chairmen. There’s no concrete platform for it yet but it is worth scrutinizing. Federalism can work for the Philippines when properly implemented.
Priorities as VP
If a calamity is in the forecast, Marcos would always prioritize his constituents than personal affairs. On BBL, the President’s remedy for it is likely Federalism as he understands it. This should address the separation of state issue. A party conference is about to happen with China that would strengthen the country’s relationship with them diplomatically. The ties with America remains but not anymore exclusive. He believes that open trade is the answer for economic problems. Marcos is committed to aiding President Du30 in all his undertakings.
Trust and satisfaction surveys could be part of a plot to destabilize the government, former Senator Bongbong Marcos said. The vice presidential hopeful explains to the press that approval ratings might be meant to turn public opinion against the President. Du30 is very vocal of his preference when it comes to his successor. He wants Marcos to continue the fight – making him an easy target for Liberal media propaganda.
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“This is a way of making the mindset to say that maybe we should destabilize Duterte because he’s not popular anyway,” Marcos said. “It’s very clear that there are groups that are working very hard to destabilize Duterte’s government. Now, I don’t know, maybe this (the survey) is part of it. But this is all speculation,” he added.
The President’s Rating Drop
President Du30’s ratings dropped in the most recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, even as he maintained high approval and trust scores with another pollster, Pulse Asia. SWS has no comment on Marcos’ speculation. However, it previously said that such a drop is “a normal phenomenon for all past presidents.”
Views of the Opposition
Critics of the President said that the decline in ratings showed dissatisfaction with the war on drugs and failure to deliver on promises. They also cite slow solutions to traffic and stopping ‘endo’ (end of contract) employment among others. There are many attempts to duplicate the EDSA revolution but this time, they also failed many times. The President’s popularity cannot be withered because of the people’s dissatisfaction with the Aquino’s two presidential terms.
Just a Matter of Interpretation
Marcos added that while he believes in hard data, there are many ways to interpret them. “The art is in the interpretation… I don’t know that those who are doing the interpreting right are very objective,” he said. The Aquino patriarch, Ninoy Aquino was the mastermind of media propaganda against his father. There is a pattern that such technique is again upon the Du30 administration.
Vice President Leni Robredo during her interview with Ted Failon expresses her dismay on social media attacks against her family that allegedly deprive the public to get to know her. She admits that these online platforms become the medium of public opinion. Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, only has nice words for these digital media outlets. Marcos stresses its benefit of getting answered in real-time may the post be true or not. He believes that the people’s voice must not be suppressed. The outpour of public sentiments online continues as the people wait for the VP election recount date.
[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo expressed sadness over unjust social media rumors that have deprived the public of a chance to truly know her.
Bloggers should not Stop
Marcos said bloggers should not be stopped from expressing their thoughts online – whether or not they spout truthful statements. He believes the responsibility rests on the readers to stop reading blogs and posts they know are making false claims. I think the approach is wrong, because why would you suppress bloggers? I’ve been saying to just let them be because the internet is the great equalizer. If you read the blog and you see it’s full of lies, then don’t read it! That’s an opinion. Everyone is allowed to express their thoughts.
He said the responsibility rests on readers to read online posts with a grain of salt. “So if you don’t know what they’re saying. If you believe that they’re lying or this person is not in their right mind, then don’t read! Just listen to the people who you know are wise. You have to allow people to express themselves, Marcos added.
Senate Hearing on Fake News
The Senate committee on public information and mass media conducted a hearing on the alleged online fake news recently. The panel, particularly its chairperson Senator Grace Poe did a good job for inviting Rey Joseph Nieto of Thinking Pinoy and Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
VP Election Recount Progress
The people are patiently waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on the date of the VP Election recount. It earlier grants the Commission on Election for additional time twice. The COMELEC Chief was impeached after he resigns. Marcos is very confident that the initial counts can immediately prove the discrepancy cited. VP Leni Robredo cannot understand where Marcos gets his confidence.
Committee Chairman Rey Umali said; “The only purpose of impeachment is to remove. Had COMELEC Chair Andres Bautista resigned effective immediately, that would have ended the issue on impeachment.” Bautista tendered his resignation after all 6 Comelec commissioners pushed him to either take a leave or resign, as they said he “can no longer effectively lead the election body.” He faces a feud over money with his estranged wife, Patricia, whom he sued for robbery and extortion. Bautista was appointed by then-President Noynoy Aquino as Comelec chairman. Before this, he was chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government that sequestered the Marcoses’ wealth.
[VIDEO]: After “much prayer and discernment,” Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista announced on Wednesday his decision to resign from his post by the end of the year.
Election 2016 Integrity
In his letter of his resignation, Bautista stresses that the 2016 elections under his watch, “was hailed by independent and foreign observers as the best managed and most credible in the country’s electoral history.” “I am thankful for the love, prayers, and support you have shown me, most especially during my most challenging times. Amid the hurtful, baseless, and malicious accusations hurled against me, most of you never left my side,” Bautista said.
Bautista announced that he is resigning from his post by the end of the year. “It is with deep sadness that I am informing you of my decision to resign as the chair of the Commission on Elections by the end of the year,” Bautista said in a letter to the Comelec. “After much prayer and discernment, I believe that this is the right time to step down given the postponement of the barangay and SK elections. This was not an easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever,” Bautista said. This prompts the Congress to facilitate a voting. At 137-75 votes, the House of Representatives overturned its Justice Committee’s recommendation that dismissed the complaint against Bautista filed by former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.
Give Time for the President
The outgoing COMELEC Chair said that he has already filed a resignation letter in Malacañang. He said his resignation is effective by December 31, 2017. “I also want to give our President time to choose my successor,” He added. However, after the voting, KABAYAN Party-list Rep. Harry Roque sent out a tweet saying, “We have more than 100 no votes. Andy Bautista is impeached!”
Effects on the Election Protest
Umali said the vote was “democracy at work.” Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto assures that the Senate shall specify the date and time to consider the Articles of Impeachment. Bautista responded to the House vote soon after the results came out. “I acknowledge that all members of the House of Representatives are entitled to their own opinion. While it may be an unnecessary move since I already tendered my resignation to the President today the effective end of the year to ensure a smooth transition, I will abide by the Constitution and the relevant rules regarding the impeachment process,” Bautista added. Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is expected to surge now as delays at the COMELEC are the ultimate reasons why the recount cannot proceed yet. This coincides when Enrile handed the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ diaries to the younger Marcos.
Once again, the Supreme Court grants the Motion of the COMELEC for additional time or until 26 September 2017 to comply with the PET’s Show Cause Order. This is the second time that the COMELEC requests to extend their compliance. PET somehow tolerates it. Despite Bongbong Marcos’ confidence that the recount can show the truth, the delay hampers it because of such connivance. This prompts people to believe that the President is right to impeach the SC Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes-Sereno. She is a Liberal Party player and an appointee of ex-Pnoy who vows to block Marcos from the executive post.
[VIDEO]: Handa na ang kampo ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos para sa recount ng mga balota kaugnay sa election protest nito laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
Comelec is Slow to Comply
Its recommended procedures, logistics, schedule and estimated costs relative to the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images for Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are not yet ready. Its compliance with the PET’s Show Cause Order by 18 September 2017 has been extended. It is already the second time that the COMELEC requested for additional time to comply with the said Order. One of its excuses is the local elections which the President already moved for next year.
Bongbong Marcos’ Compliance
Marcos manifests on his list of witnesses for Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. He also identifies the corresponding clustered precincts of these witnesses as required. The Supreme Court, however, grants the decryption of the Secure Digital (SD) cards relative to the 751 pilot protested precincts of Francis Tolentino. Provided that prior notice is given to all the parties in interest so they can observe and participate in the said activities.
Leni Robredo’s Manifestation
Marcos’ actions are the answers to Leni Robredo’s manifestation regarding the Preliminary Conference Order. He has commented on his list of witnesses for Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao as well as identified the corresponding clustered precincts of these witnesses. Such scrutinies are supposed to be discussed during the electoral protest sessions. Therefore, it is right to say that “delay” is the name of Robredo’s game.
Pat on the Back
Marcos has no liability for the monthly expenses of the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In its Resolution dated 29 August 2017, the PET states that “there would be no occasion for the Tribunal to charge the same against either of the cash deposits of Protestant or ‘Protestee’;” This ruling is appreciated which is a good pat on the back. Needless to say, it can’t be denied that there’s some kind of Robredo-Comelec-Supreme Court connivance.