In this past interview of Bongbong Marcos, Jessica Soho tries to intimidate him by throwing repetitive questions. She presses for the political agenda of the family since three of them are in public office. As usual, he handles them with dignity even if he sometimes shows gestures of disbelief how pathetic the questions are. Bottom line is, he looks forward to revealing the truth about his father’s legacy. He claims that he knows his plans for the country.
[VIDEO]: On the new GMA News TV nightly newscast “State of the Nation,” anchor Jessica Soho interviews Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on the legacy of and allegations against his father, the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos when he was still a Senator.
The Marcoses’ reputation is painted worldwide in black. Bongbong Marcos said that these are the works of the propaganda against them. However, Soho disputes that thousands were victims of Martial Law, their bank accounts were frozen, and there were actual corruption cases filed. Marcos gave her an example that if a policeman got drunk and hurt others, she can’t blame it on his father. The frozen accounts are not even 1 to 10% of the publicized amounts. Acquittals are the only verdict in most cases. So, they are most likely propaganda for political purposes.
Staggering Amount of Money
Where is the money? Bongbong Marcos asked. Accusers only know how to throw a staggering amount of money propaganda but cannot prove it. He said that he has not seen such amounts of money that they own. Even the wealth for humanity is not for them to handle. They only have shipping documents of the gold bars.
On paying a final settlement for Marcos when he was still a Senator, he firmly discloses that they respect the court’s decision. It has nothing to do with them anymore. Substantial amounts of their assets were already sequestered by the PCGG, so the negotiation is the discretion of the government.
Human Rights Violations
Soho said that the fact that the alleged human rights victims are paid a small amount of money, it is an admission of guilt. Marcos never denies that there were human rights abuses but they never were never ordered by his father. Marcos said that if his father was not ousted, the Philippines is another Singapore. This is contrary to Noynoy Aquino’s opinion that if the late Marcos did not step down, the country is another Libya.
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.
Comelec chairman said that he believes that his wife is used by political forces. He cannot name any yet at this time. Bongbong Marcos’ name floats first as he questions the integrity of the 2016 elections. This is the first part of his election protest. Marcos denies any hand in the marital conflict turned ugly.
[VIDEO]: Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr says he has nothing to do with the corruption allegations raised by the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.
Don’t Blame Bongbong Marcos
Don’t look at former Senator Bongbong Marcos if you are looking for suspects behind the bombshell dropped by Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista’s estranged wife. She alleges that she stumbled upon at least P1 billion unexplained wealth of the man who presided over the 2016 elections. This can be her way to get her legal share of 50% from the “clean” assets denied to her by his spouse and family. Such case is not rare in the country. This should serve as a lesson to husbands out there that a wife can fight despite the media hurdle.
“I’m watching what you are reporting. That’s all I know. The Palace can confirm that’s not true,” Marcos said when asked about the speculations that he had helped Patricia Paz-Bautista get an appointment with the President. Two meetings took place: first, with just her and her lawyer; and on August 1, with Bautista himself, whom Du30 talked to in a separate room. Chairman Bautista even thinks that he acted like a marriage counselor.
Some conspiracy theorists said that Marcos or his camp may have encouraged Mrs. Bautista to bring down her husband. This can taint the outcome of the 2016 elections, where Marcos had filed a protest. His electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, who won by only 200,000 votes is going to the next phase which is the recount included in the second part as decided by the Supreme Court instead of the first part. The SC was worried that other positions will be put in question as well especially those victories with very slim margins.
Wrong Political Force
Marcos said that the Palace can attest that neither he nor his wife Atty. Liza Araneta-Marcos had helped Patricia Bautista to make contact with the President. On the alleged speculations, the evidence doesn’t lie. So, might as well start digging now to address the alleged election rigging.