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Calida and Aguirre: Bongbong Marcos Need Not Give Up Election Protest to be a Cabinet Member

Bongbong Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Solicitor General Jose Calida and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II are unanimous in their legal scrutiny that Bongbong  Marcos can be a Cabinet member while he pursues his case before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET against Leni Robredo. Marcos need not give up the election protest against the incumbent Vice President if he accepts a Cabinet post in the Du30 administration. This is verified as well by government lawyers.

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[VIDEO]: ‘If the President asks you to serve in whatever capacity, you can’t say no,’ says former senator Bongbong Marcos, who will be eligible for a government post after the one-year appointment ban on losing candidates lapses next month.

Continues Protest

Bongbong Marcos will not abandon his protest against Robredo when he is appointed to a Cabinet position after the one-year ban,” Calida said. He cited the Moraleja vs Relova case, which held “that acceptance of an appointment cannot be considered as inconsistent with a protestant’s determination to protect and pursue the public interest involved in the matter of who is the real choice of the electorate.”

Can Serve in the Cabinet

Aguirre says that Marcos may serve in the Du30 Cabinet while he awaits the resolution of PET on his protest. It cannot be mooted by the appointment because mootness only applies when the protestant assumes another elective post that is tantamount to abandonment of the protest,” he clarified.

Similar Cases

Senator Loren Legarda case against former vice president Noli de Castro in the 2004 elections becomes void because Legarda wins as a senator in the 2007 polls. The electoral protest of Mar Roxas against former vice president Jejomar Binay proceeds despite Roxas’ other job as DILG Secretary. This is likely the case of Marcos at the present time.

Macalintal is Wrong

Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Robredo argues that if Marcos accepts a Cabinet post, it should be considered as an abandonment of the protest as it is allegedly tantamount to conceding defeat. Most lawyers think otherwise including DOJ Secretary Aguirre and Solicitor General Calida.

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Ex-Pnoy’s 31st EDSA Gathering is Overpowered by the Almost Half a Million Pro-Admin Crowd at Quirino Grandstand and Still Counting

Quirino Grandstand

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

While the original EDSA revolution considered by Marcos loyalists as mere mutiny is a gathering of people with different agenda’s, the recent gathering for its 31st anniversary with the presence of ex-Pnoy is just a show of sentiments for the locking up of Senator Leila De Lima, extra-judicial killings accusations, and death penalty reminder according to the former president’s short interview. The exciting thing, however, is that in the early hours of Feb 25, 2017, there are already almost half a million people at Quirino grandstand showing support to President Digong and his policies.

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[VIDEO]: The President’s supporters from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao gather at the Quirino Grandstand to show their support to his policies. Organizers say that it is just a coincidence that it is launched at the same time as the 31st Anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

Many People Just Happened to be at the People Power Revolution

According to the gathered interviews, there are many people who just happen to participate in the People Power Revolution without knowing what it is for. Some met up in a bar, spent few hundreds of their school allowance, and went to EDSA to check it out at first. Then, their nationalistic spirit is triggered and the scenes that follow overwhelm them. In the end, they thought they are free from the complaints of Marcos’ detractors but find themselves in a worse situation under the Aquino regime.

Ex-Pnoy Ignores the Government’s Official EDSA Celebration

The rebellious nature of ex-Pnoy is shown in his presence at the EDSA gathering on Feb 25 but he is absent during the celebration organized by the administration on Feb 24. Anyhow, no Aquino is ever present in the People Power Revolution so his absence does not matter anymore. His regime is already over. All he can do is complain but he has no power to act in favor of his sentiments.

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The People at Quirino Grandstand is already Almost 500,000 and Still Counting

Almost half a million people are already at the Quirino grandstand early evening of Feb 25. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre arrives ahead than his peers. A concert by different artists entertains the crowd while they are provided with rice porridge. The program is expected to last overnight. All are in high spirits to spend time from Feb 25 to 26 at the Luneta.

People’s Safety

Police and military visibility are felt in both the EDSA and Quirino Grandstand areas. So far, there’s no report of chaos yet except the commotion that happens near the American embassy which is in another vicinity and far from the two venues. Anti-American protesters are sprayed with water to disperse them earlier. The pro-administration gathering is also mirrored at Davao’s Rizal Park, various provinces, and overseas.

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BI Probe Revenge: Trillanes Stops Aguirre’s CA Confirmation to Show Power over the Pro-Administration?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV shows his power over the pro-administration senators by stopping the CA confirmation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II despite his absence. That forces the Commission on Appointments or CA  to postpone its hearing to Feb. 15. This is after the Bureau of Immigration probe conflict between him and Senator Miguel Zubiri with the latter’s move to channel the BI probe away from Trillanes’ committee. Despite being in the U.S. for an official visit, he left his objection with Senator Ralph Recto demanding Aguirre to clarify his accusations against him.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Trillanes got his revenge in the BI probe by stopping Aguirre’s CA confirmation. (Excerpt from GMA’s 24 Oras)

Zubiri Followed up on Binay and Digong’s Cases

In his senate privilege speech, Zubiri demands Trillanes to give updates on his corruption accusations against Binay and the President during the presidential electi. To this date, the ombudsman still cannot find a probable cause to advance the former Vice President’s Makati building 2 alleged discrepancies. Trillanes corrects his statement that the President’s 200 million deposits are accumulated for years – and not one bulk deposit.

Administration’s Vice Presidency Hand in Favor of Bongbong Marcos

Trillanes also predicted that Bongbong Marcos becomes Vice president in 2017 as allegedly orchestrated by the present administration. It is noted that the president favors the Marcos family – but denies manipulating the possible decision of the Philippine Electoral Tribunal over the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.

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Stupid Senator

Trillanes accuses Aguirre of calling him a “stupid senator” and a “son of a bitch.” Aguirre also branded him, fellow senators Leila de Lima and Francis Pangilinan of being bias to the “yellow” group. They allegedly plan to offer immunity to two sacked Bureau of Immigration commissioners. This is in in exchange for pinning down Aguirre in the P50-million extortion of  Jack Lam.

Why is Trillanes so Powerful?

Many people are surprised why a libelous senator on bail can be that powerful in the senate? Isn’t there a move to discipline him for his wrong actions earlier? Will his revenge to the pro-administration colleagues be vindicated by denying the official appointment of Aguirre for his current post assigned by the president? No wonder Aguirre is very diplomatic in promising to follow the advices of the senate. He is also ready to apologize should he hurt Trillanes’ feelings.

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Bongbong Marcos Respects DOJ Secretary’s Views: Marcos Not A Hero – He’s More than That?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos hears the Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre comment for sure but as he always say, they are entitled to their own opinion. Aguirre is one od the few  government officials to publicly state that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was no hero. He does not want to comment on the recent Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but he does not believe that Marcos was a hero – which is not new to the Marcoses’ ears at all – and no one from them also insisted. Contrary to all of that, official military records clearly shows that the late Marcos was not just a hero, he has exhibited selfless actions for the benefit of his country during the Japanese invasion to the highest level. If he is not a hero for doing that, what is he then? A super hero?

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[VIDEO]: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, hindi naniniwalang Bayani si Marcos. November 21, 2016

No Order Stops the Burial

Aguirre reiterated that Nobody is claiming except for som -that Marcos is a hero. But personally, he does not think he’s a hero. Aguirre was a former anti-Marcos activist. He i reluctant to comment on the legality of the Marcos burial. He instead stressed the Supreme Court Spokesperson’s declaration that there is no order stopping the burial so, the Marcoses can do it.

Alter-Ego of the President

Aguirre chooses to be silent about his opinions against the Marcoses because he respects the President’s decision.  The Supreme Court also approves it. Despite carrying out the burial within the 15 days window that the opposing group can file a motion for consideration, it is the right of the Marcoses to implement SC’s current ruling. Aguirre may be careful not to contradict the President’s stand on the issue because he thinks that he’s the alter-ego of the president, so he’d rather keep his peace.

Military Record Shows that Marcos is a Hero at the Highest Order

Marcos, is a former soldier, who was awarded the medal of valor in 1958 for his heroism in the Philippine-US resistance against Japanese occupation during the World War II. The medal of valor is the highest honor that the military awards to its outstanding soldiers. Marcos’s act fit to the definition of a hero as per military standards as confirmed by SolGen Calida. Presidential Decree 1687 defines the meaning of a medal of valor awardee. The Medal of Valor ‘is the highest award that may be given a Filipino soldier in recognition of conspicuous acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty and in total disregard of personal safety’. An awardee of the Medal of Valor, for his supreme self-sacrifice and a distinctive act of gallantry, performed more than ordinarily hazardous service and deserves due recognition from a grateful government and people.

Marcos did not give the Award to Himself

Marcos being a hero is backed my the requirements given by the military. Even if he issued PD 1687 under where he got the highest recognition. I did not mean that he issued the award himself because it went through the tough and strict scrutiny and process of the military. He only signed the decree but he did not nominate himself for the award nor get involved in the whole process.