Regardless of how detractors malign the nature of the relationship between the President and the Marcoses, it cannot be denied that some kind of a relationship exists. Political ideologies may be a factor but it is actually more simple. Much of President’s support comes from the political base of the Marcoses. Du30 acknowledges this by thanking Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on many occasions during the elections and after. Bongbong Marcos ran under the ticket of the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago which is vital in the game. It helps strategically because anti-Marcos supporters of Du30 did not think twice about voting for him.
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Winning Presidential Votes
President Du30 got 16.6 million votes. Assuming that all of the 5.9 million voters of his running mate, then Senator and now Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano voted for him, this would still leave 10.7 million votes which he received from those who voted for other vice-presidential candidates. Considering that there are claims that the votes of the President should have been around 21 million, that would even be the lower limit.
Bongbong Marcos’ Vital Votes
Bongbong Marcos got 14.1 million votes, at least according to the final results, something that he contests at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Taking this as the lower limit of his possible number of votes, and assuming that all the 1.5 million voters of Miriam Defensor-Santiago voted for him, this would mean that there are at least 12.6 million Marcos voters who voted for other presidential candidates.
Political Basis of Marcos’s Votes for Du30
It is logical to assume that a big majority of these 12.6 million voters would have voted for Du30. A lesser number of Marcos voters would have voted for former Vice President Jojo Binay and Senator Grace Poe. It is safe to assume that a Roxas-Marcos voter is a rare thing. Thus, it is hard to dismiss the contribution of the Marcos political base to the electoral success of the President.
Du30 Supporters Come to Like Marcos
It is hard to imagine that an anti-Marcos voter can accept Bongbong Marcos as Vice President simply because he is an ally of the President. Many of the President’s supporters remain anti-Marcos. However, if it is a choice between the namesake of Ferdinand Marcos or the Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo, it is a no-brainer. A number of pro-Du30 supporters now prefer Bongbong Marcos more after Robredo’s self-destructive moves. Thereby, many are hoping for the immediate resolution of his election protest against her through a recount. That would make him the legible heir to the Presidency.
Governor Imee Marcos said that as of now, the family focuses on the election protest of her brother, Former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo. They do not know yet what to do with the election 2019. The governor jokes that her mother, Imelda Marcos is close to becoming a stockholder at Baclaran Church as she constantly prays for the protest’s resolution. However, her brother said that she will be a great Senator.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos nagsalita na sa Impeachment ni CJ Sereno at sa 2019 election.
No Family Discussion Yet
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on clarifies that she has not discussed with her family any plans to run for a Senate seat. This after her brother former Sen. Bongbong Marcos earlier said she has the makings of a “great senator.” “If ever I run for any office, the family will discuss it. As of now, we haven’t talked about it,” Marcos said in a statement. She will finish her third and final term as Ilocos Norte governor in 2019.
Bongbong Marcos thinks that the same as the COMELEC Chair’s scandal, Supreme Court Chief Justice’s impeachment cannot affect the electoral protest. In fact, in the history of the electoral protest, his case versus Robredo has already reached the highest progress.
Not Abandoning Protest
Marcos knows that Robredo’s Camp would wish for him to run for Senator in 2019. This will require him to abandon the electoral protest against her. Such abandonment or withdrawal operates to render moot the protest due to lack of interest. He swears that this is not the case. It is his ultimate priority right now. His sister Imee Marcos can definitely help in the law-making division.
The President’s Wish
Ever since the former Senator was rumored to be appointed as DILG Secretary, the President already suggested that he should concentrate on his electoral protest. Du30 is very vocal that if only he is the VP, he already resigned. It is also observed that the Du30-Cayetano campaigners during the election 2016 have opened their doors to Marcos as they continue to detest Robredo.
The President could not simply absolve Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. and describe them as “sinless” for alleged human rights abuses. They continue to benefit from the ill-gotten wealth of their father, late Ferdinand Marcos, said opposition lawmaker Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said Saturday.
[VIDEO]: Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman insists the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 are not discriminatory.
“Although they were teenagers when martial law was declared in September 1972, they attained the age of majority shortly after the proclamation of martial law and they were already adults during the height of the martial law regime,” Lagman said. In an interview over state-run PTV 4, Du30 said that someone should not be held accountable for the sins someone else committed.
Lagman, a martial law victim, said that Imee and Ferdinand Jr. celebrated their 18th birthdays in 1973 and 1975, respectively. They were “old enough when the documented atrocities and plunder were committed. They were allegedly by the late Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.”
The lawmaker recounts that Imee heads the Kabataang Barangay. It is the Marcosian counterpart of today’s Sangguniang Kabataan. That was accused of involvement in the 1977 murder of Archimedes Trajano, a Mapua Institute of Technology student. Trajano questioned her credentials. On August 31, 1977, he asked during an open forum at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila her capacity to lead the national youth organization. She is only the presidential daughter, he added. Trajano was found dead two days later with signs of torture.
Human Rights as an Excuse
The Hawaii District Court awarded $4.16 million to the Trajano family in 1991. It was affirmed by the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court in 1992. Lagman said the effort of the Trajano family to enforce in the Philippines the foreign judgment was quashed by the Philippine Supreme Court. This is a mere technicality of a defective substituted service of summons to Imee. She claimed that she was then a resident of Singapore when the summons was served at the Alexandra Homes in Pasig City, her known address at that time. Perhaps Lagman forgets the rights for innocence until proven guilty.
The Marcos loyalists are hopeful that the realization of the late Ferdinand Marcos’ prophecy is about to happen in the near future. His daughter, Imee Marcos reveals; “When we were all in tears and everyone said, ‘The end is nigh, it is finished, we are dead and doomed’, he said ‘No, children. To my family and everyone, history is not done with me yet’.”
[VIDEO]: Bisperas ng ika-100 kaarawan ni ex-Pres. Marcos, dinaluhan ng kanyang kaanak at Marcos loyalists.
Corruption Allegation in History was a Lie
Marcos was accused of ill-gotten wealth in billions of dollars from state coffers. Despite the government’s inability to have that much money. The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International in 2004 named him the second most corrupt leader of all time, next to Indonesian dictator Suharto. However, no member of the Marcos clan has ever gone to prison.
Stunning Political Comeback
His son and namesake, Bongbong Marcos narrowly lost the vice presidential election in 2016. His widow Imelda Marcos sits in the House of Representatives. Daughter Imee Marcos is governor at Ilocos Norte. President Du30, a family friend, says Marcos is the country’s best-ever president. He stuns the nation last November to allow Marcos’ remains at the national “Heroes’ Cemetery.” This is despite the anti-Marcos outcry.
Wealth of Humanity Handover
Du30 also said that he considers a Marcos family proposal to start to hand over the wealth of humanity to the government. He even suggests for them to seek for immunity from prosecution in return. This proves that the President is trustworthy enough who serves for the good of the country.
True History is from FM to FM
Bongbong Marcos is definitely set for the Vice Presidency. That analysis can come out from recent developments. It is just a matter of time. Once again, another prophecy of the late President Marcos is about to happen. Ferdinand Marcos’ history just starts with him but will continue with Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. Remember that it is Du30’s hope to resign once the younger Marcos becomes his VP. The country might not only have a new VP but it is likely to have a new President.
Senators and Congressmen crumble over the news that the Marcoses are willing to turn over the wealth for humanity in gold bar certificates. Some are obviously playing dumb. Asking why only now? Little do they know that because of internet technology, people can already have access to digital evidence online. Hearings on the matter in the Senate were already conducted in the past. The public also knows that the late Ferdinand Marcos was rejected by the deceased former President Cory Aquino on his bid to explain about the wealth for humanity. It was more beneficial for her to spread lies – that Marcos was a thief.
[VIDEO]: Lawmakers are urging the government to clarify issues about the Marcos family’s wealth before agreeing to any deal with them.
Yellow Regime Unsuccessful in Moving the Gold
Congressman Lito Atienza divulges in a press conference that during the time of the Aquino’s they tried to move the gold but they cannot. The late President Marcos made sure that the treasures will be used for the welfare of the people – even after his death.
Legal Proceedings for Wealth Movement
The deposits are under the World Bank-IMF agreement. Central Bank certification also points to the Marcos Foundation. Consent must be given by the Marcos heir and approved by Marcos’ trustee for the government to process any movement. If one of these components is missing, it remains in its current state.
The Government’s Move
The Presidential Palace’s spokesperson, Ernesto Abella announces; “We understand that certain parties indicate to the President that there may be an opportunity for the turn over of the assets from the Marcos family to the Republic,” Abella said in a statement. “As this matter becomes clearer, we will advise what further action will be taken to finally obtain justice.”
Public Service or Political Vendetta?
Senator Ping Lacson welcomes the offer for additional funds for the Treasury. Senator Koko Pimentel is the same and calls it a donation. Congressman Edcel Lagman is more interested in its whereabouts. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants all. Neri Colmenares insists that it is disadvantageous to negotiate because they were stolen that made the people poor. However, there’s no logic to this statement. LP supporters always accuse the Marcoses of alleged ill-gotten wealth but they always win any courts cases because of hard evidence in the past nor at present. If they really are products of Marcos’ gold trading before he became President, the government is only entitled to the taxes. The Marcoses want to give them all for as long as PCGG stops pursuing their personal wealth including pieces of pieces of jewelry and paintings of the former first lady.