Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s cases filed by a group of lawyers and a businessman are now in the Preliminary Conference stage. Inciting to sedition, proposal to commit coup d’etat and graft raps charges are currently on the roll at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. This is allegedly for encouraging the military to kill the President. Complainants are lawyers Eligio Mallari, Glenn Chong, Nestor Ifurung, Jacinto Paras, Eduardo Bringas, Nasser Marohomsalic and businessman Louis Biraogo.
[VIDEO]: A team of lawyers including Atty. Glenn Chong, the clean election advocate has filed numerous cases against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that include inciting to sedition. It is now in the Preliminary Conference stage.
Php 2 Billion Bank Account
The complaint stemmed from Trillanes’ October 3 privilege speech. He accused Du30 of having bank transactions of more than P2 billion from 2006 to 2015. Trillanes made no direct appeal for soldiers to kill the President. But the lawyers think that it’s enough to nail him when he said that troops would probably have to use their M-60 machine guns against the president because of the volume of evidence proving the latter’s ill-gotten wealth.
Unlawful Remarks for a Senator
The lawyers said Trillanes violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act 3019) for “irresponsibly and recklessly and continuously accusing, sans evidence,” that the president is keeping over P2 billion in bank accounts and/or amassing illegally-acquired wealth. The complainants cited the statement of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) last September denying that it provided the Office of the Ombudsman with documents and information related to its investigation on Duterte’s finances.
The Law is the Law
The first business of the Philippine government is the preservation of the State. As well as the promotion of the welfare of all the people. Senator Trillanes endangers the life of State and its people. He is responsible for all the probable and logical consequences of his acts. The Senator has caused the evil deed and therefore faces the consequences of his actions as per the law.
End of Trillanes’ Bullying?
Trillanes who vows to “work hard” in ousting Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III should the majority bloc keep Sen. Richard Gordon as Senate Blue Ribbon committee chair has weakened. The vocal administration critic said that the latter’s handling of the powerful committee, which undertakes high-profile legislative investigations, has affected the Senate’s independence. Gordon has given him disciplinary actions but that does stop him from disrespecting authorities. Thus, prompted the pro-administration group to act on his abusive statements.
A House leader clarified that Bongbong Marcos and his mother Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos are not liable for advising Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos not to attend the July 25 hearing. They are not the ones being investigated, said Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the House Committee. This is actually contrary to his disclosure earlier when he showed to the media her possible detention room.
The Ilocos Norte governor earlier said her mother and brother advised her to snub the congressional probe on tobacco excise taxes to avoid being detained. This is after the detention of 6 provincial staff members who declined to answer the way they want them to on the queries during the hearing. The Congress then threatens her brother for obstruction of justice but he replied saying that it was a brotherly advice for he is not a lawyer.
“The advice holds no bearing at this point in time,” Pimentel said. The governor should not fear to attend further probes. The lawmakers have no intention to keep her locked in the House premises provided she answers questions, Pimentel added. This was also delivered in a more relaxed tone.
Marcos tried to seek an audience with the President during his second state of the nation address. However, she refrained from doing it thinking that he already got a lot of problems to solve. She does not want him to be burdened with the illegal detention in the House. Therefore, she still follows-up on the case she filed with the Supreme Court. In fact, during the hearing, it issued an order for the Congress to answer on the Writ of Amparo – that questions the suppression of the Ilocos 6′ rights for liberty.
Pimentel is confident that the president will not try to use his political power to rally legislative allies to give due consideration for Marcos. The Ilocos Norte officials who were detained for more than two months are now free without a single case filed against them. Gov. Marcos, however, said that there’s another hearing on August 9 but since the Ilocos 6 is free, it is just going to be inconvenient but not that dramatic.
Bongbong Marcos said that the extension of Martial Law is not the problem. Thinking that international terrorists are gaining a foothold in Mindanao particularly in Marawi, this is not an easy problem. This is even a global threat. The President asks the Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017. This is over concerns of a “looming situation,” the Palace explains.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos said that the conflict with rebels is a world issue.
Proposal to the Congress and Senate
Du30 proposed to Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to continue military rule in the southern Philippines for over five more months because the “looming situation in Mindanao has to be addressed,” Abella said. The President has also requested that the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus be likewise extended.
Martial law administrator Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, martial law implementor General Eduardo Año, and Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa have given their recommendations. The President, as always, used his “thorough, personal assessment” and his own sources of information as the basis for his request, Abella added.
Despite the military’s pronouncement it is possible to end the conflict in Marawi before the end of July, Abella explained that the President still sees the Mindanao threat serious enough to justify his request for martial law extension.
No Extension Limit
The 1987 Constitution dictates that the initial proclamation of martial law may last for 60 days. But there is no limit for the extension. The extension period will be determined by the Congress. Pimentel said if Duterte’s formal proposal is to extend martial law in Mindanao until year end, they will likely convene on it.
Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas surely has a political agenda in initiating the Congress probe on the alleged misuse of tobacco funds. It implicates her clan’s rival for local elections, Governor Imee Marcos. However, a greater scenario comes out from it – the presidential succession. This has something to do with the direct heir or heirs to the Vice President’s post; House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and Senate President Koko Pimentel.
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[VIDEO]: IMEE MARCOS POSIBLENG MAKULONG PAG HINDI SISIPOT SA KAMARA,BONG BONG MARCOS DAMAY
Line of Presidential Succession
The line of presidential succession follows the order of Vice President, President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Congress shall, by law, provide for the manner of selection of the person who is to act as President. This is in the case of death, permanent disability, or inability of these officials. The substitute remains until the President or Vice President shall have qualified and the line of succession will change of who those new national officials.
Congress Summoned the Marcoses
Bongbong Marcos may also be cited for contempt for advising his elder sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, to skip the July 25 hearing. This is in the report for the irregular purchase of motor vehicles by the provincial government. The committee already issued a subpoena to the governor. She has to attend the July 25 hearing but refused to do so.
There is meat on the President’s joke about Ely Pamatong who already claimed the presidential throne over the internet amidst his alleged bad health. He said that the only constitutional successor is Leni Robredo. Everyone knows that his preferred heir is Bongbong Marcos. However, he indirectly implied that it should be Marcos. Take into consideration the ongoing electoral protest against Robredo. Du30 is also too experienced in politics not to know that traitors can exist from his own party or even administration. This happened during the Marcos regime. Thus, prompted the humor. Strange but true.
The only link so far that can put doubt on Koko Pimentel’s involvement in the Ilocos 6 fiasco is the relationship between him and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability. The drama is more inclined to the double face behavior of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. He already announced through the media that he won’t budge with the Ilocos 6 case anymore as a respect to the Supreme Court. However, the fact remains that he is the signatory of Gov. Marcos’ subpoena.
IBP calls on the House Committee of Congress to go to Supreme Court if it wishes to overturn CA order. If the members of the House Committee on good government and public accountability, which issued the contempt order, wants to overturn the CA’s release order, they should go to the Supreme Court, the IBP, it explained.
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[VIDEO]: Ilocos 6 row may lead to constitutional crisis – IBP
Integrated Bar of the Philippines
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines reminds lawmakers that the appellate court has the authority to grant bail based on the habeas corpus petition of the six detained officials. They are the ones who were cited in contempt during the alleged misuse of funds by the Ilocos Norte government inquiry.
CA is Right
The Court of Appeals did not interfere with or deny the power or authority of the House when it acted on the petition of the six Ilocos 6. It is constitutional. It is Congress that is out of line in this regard, the IBP insinuated. The Solons should back down on the CA order to release the Ilocos 6 on bail and if they refuse, they must deal with it in the Supreme Court.
Subpoena for the Governor
The House of Representatives on its subpoena to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos requires her to attend the July 25 hearing. Surigao Del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel orders Marcos to attend. She is subject to contempt if she fails to do so. She already discloses in a press conference that it is a no-show for her as per the advice of her brother, Bongbong Marcos.
Obstruction of Justice
What comes next from Congress is predictable. Bongbong Marcos faces possible contempt charges for advising his sister not to show up. This is amidst the disgust of the people commonly expressed via social media. Perhaps, the House’ abuse of power now reaches the real target, the likely winner of the VP Post electoral protest that can be the legitimate successor of the presidency.