Opinion: Inday Sara gets the whole machine behind her

The current Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Caprio or Inday Sara is getting everyone behind her it seems. The CMD-Lakas has given her the vouch of approval and also the chairmanship of her party. PFP and Ferdinand Marcos Junior is supporting her Vice-Presidential race as a tandem vote. The People’s Reform Party is vouching for Sara as the VP and their candidate in in the race. While the PDP-Laban party and Presidential Candidate “Bong Go” is vying for Inday Sara as well. Therefore, everyone is seeking her graces at this point.

That says a lot really, but why is it like this? Why does everyone want to play with her? Is it because she’s the rising star or is ti because of the influence of her father as well. This is maybe why the PDP-Laban haven’t anointed anyone directly to be the VP candidate there for now. They hope she will be part of the ticket there too.

However, she is directly campaigning with Bong Bong Marcos. That is in all our messages and her statements of now. The ticket she is running on is directly being part of the Marcos launch plan. Inday Sara is clearly taking the risk and hopes for the rewards for doing so. Being part of a dynasty ticket and getting monetary gains into a campaign. Since, BBM and the family of plunders have the funds to have a vast campaign for her.

With doing that, she is indirectly vouching for the son of a dictator. Inday Sara has to take the blunt disregard and the disrespect of the EDSA revolution. She has to carry the weight of the martial laws and the tyranny, which the father did in his life-time. Bong Bong Marcos isn’t his father, but he has dismissed and downplayed the actions of his father. Neither has the Marcos family repaid or tried to take account for the plundering, which also happened and has been reported. The vast wealth was built on the state and siphoning funds. These haven’t been returned to the Republic and now some of that might be spent on the Inday Sara campaign.

She is initially accepting this blood-money for a stake at power. Inday Sara is accepting trading morals and credibility over a quick buck. Yes, that will make it easier and the venues might be bought without any issues. Inday Sara will get the promotion materials, the airtime and the TV-Ads needed to be in people’s mind all the time. Nevertheless, the price of that is working and accepting the neglect of the victims of the Marco’s reign. Since the son has never responded or cared for it. He only saw the beautiful side of his reign and enjoyed spoils. That’s why he will not address the reasons for the popular revolution, which caused the end of his fathers reign.

Now, Inday Sara will have to eat that bullet. She might shred tears and say she will push him. Nevertheless, she will be indebted to him and the slot he gave her. The agreement there comes with a cost and she cannot push or burn that bridge. The PDP-Laban slot might be a life-line, but then she will not have the same machinery behind her.

In CMD-Lakas and PFP she has two parties behind. While also having possible suitors in PRP and PDP-Laban. With that in mind, Inday Sara has several of friends who can back her. Now, she just have to prove her policies and worth. So, that she can be edible and able to sell Marcos to the public as well. Inday Sara has to make Bong Bong Marcos people friendly and a viable option. That’s not easy. BBM has never made that easy and he shreds doubts, again and again. She has to in-debt prove his value. That is a task I don’t ever want. No matter how much money you throw on my desk.

Inday Sara has a hurdle ahead of her. Yes, the machinery is behind her. Still, the machine can easily default or have technical difficulties. It is all fun and games when everything is working. However, when you have down-time and stoppage time. Awaiting the mechanics. At that time, the true face of the character comes forward and how she carries the trouble ahead. Right now is the honeymoon stage.

While the true campaigns are soon hitting the streets and there will be no turning back. Peace.

Halalan 2022: Is President Duterte giving way to Inday Sara? [That’s how it seems to me]

We all know why this happens as the PFP and CMD-Lakas have fielded their main candidates, which is Ferdinand Marcos “Bong Bong” Jr. as the Presidential Candidate and Sara Duterte Carpio as the Vice-Presidential Candidate. This was released during the weekend and some anticipation of a VP battle between father and daughter.

Now, today that’s dismissed. Again the PDP-Laban ticket gets altered, as Bong Go is the Presidential Candidate, because “Bato” Del Rosa withdraw from the race. We don’t know who will be the VP of the PDP-Laban anymore. Since the current President Rodrigo Duterte announced today that his standing as a Senatorial race in 2022.

Therefore, the current President isn’t only going down a peg, but his going to Congress. He will be one of the footsoldiers of the government and positive votes with the chamber. Duterte is downgrading his office and stance by a mile. He went from being a mayor for years in Davao City to become the President.

Now, he will be a Senator and running on a list. Where there is 12 seats to win and the most popular senators are the ones who is elected into it. He is risking becoming a side-show or a benign player in the game of politics. The reason for doing is to not compete directly with his daughter. That is what it looks like.

Since him standing as a Senator goes against the PDP-Laban resolution of the ticket of him as a VP and Bong Go as the Presidential candidate. Now, that is not worth the ink on the paper. The PDP-Laban party is clearly not as important as the future of the family. That is how this seems.

Yes, the President is showing that he won’t go hard on his daughter. He only questioned her aspiration, as he thought she should seek the office of President and not VP. The CMD-Lakas statement shows they are proud to her on the team. PFP was happy too. So, both parties of Arroyo and Marcos seems like winners. While the PDP-Laban is further weakened, because of family loyalty.

That is how an outsider looking in… make seems. It is all politics and Inday Sara has tried to pick the parties and “sponsors” to bring her nationally. That is how it seems here. While her father is stepping to a smaller role and hoping to get re-elected into prominence. He can live of his name and he shows was never retiring. Which he promised to do ahead of 2016 as well. So, saying so in 2021 was just buying time to configure the game-plan.

Rodrigo seems to be very favourable towards the daughter instead of his supposed new role or place. He might say it is differently and he has considered all avenues. However, we know he couldn’t rant or tarnish his own kin. We know he couldn’t ambush or abuse his platform to desecrate her. Neither could accept to be humiliated and mocked by his daughter either. That will not happen.

We are just seeing the President giving way to Inday Sara. That is very clear. There is no other way of seeing this… Since the President has kept the political dynasties close, except for a few chosen few. His kin seems to do the same. That’s why Inday is running on the same ticket as Marcos. That will be a hard bargain and making him “edible” for more people. While the son of the former dictator cannot run away from his antics and lack of care for the dictatorship that enriched his family. The plundering and the martial law, which caused the People Power and EDSA revolution. Therefore, she has to waver with this and being able to sell that… this is something I don’t understand that she’s willing to do and surely the promises have to vastly fortunate to her.

We are clearly seeing that the choices of Inday Sara is blocking the President moving forward. That is really clear and that’s how I am seeing this. I just wonder how the PDP-Laban will fill it’s ticket now and who will be the new unique character to run with Bong Go. Peace.

Halalan 2022: Duterte Versus Duterte?

Today, it was revealed that some of the “holding” candidates dropped out and the real candidacies got on paper. Some was anticipated … and this isn’t that shocking, as the candidates in question did a last minute step to go into the ring and backing down makes sense. We can maybe expect some more or just reveal the final tickets. However, today reveals a real unique case, which isn’t that usual or even common anywhere.

The PDP-Laban ticket is getting back to what the party already made a memo or a resolution earlier in the year. So, Ronald “Bato” Del Rosa have revoked his candidacy and withdraws as a Presidential Candidate. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Tesoro Go or “Bong Go” is becoming the Presidential Candidate. While the current President Rodrigo Duterte is running as the Vice-President in the up-coming elections.

This means the PDP-Laban will be going with the Bong Go – Duterte ticket. While the PDP-Laban made the changes and the President is scheduled to field his candidacy over the weekend. A family member made change on her own.

The PFP and Ferdinand Marcos “Bong” Junior presidency got an boost as Lakas CMD have declared Sara Duterte Carpio as the Vice President on the same ticket. This mean the son of the Marco’s dictatorship and Duterte’s daughter is running mates. Which in the end means that Rodrigo and Sara is going head-to-head for the office.

This means father and daughter will be competing for the same office. Sara have already been the Davao City Mayor just like her father was. They have both had this office and now she’s also seeking a high ranking official space. What is striking is that she joins on the Marcos ticket and will with this accept the plundering ways of that family.

Sara Duterte Carpio might get the finances and the benefits of the agreements ahead of the race. While the father has the big-name and recognition. Heck, the father might have more popularity and get more favourable headlines. She has to prove herself nationally and cannot just ride on her family name.

Inday Sara have to show herself and not think she can walk into this without any issues. First, she has to address the elephant in the room. As she’s just there because of her father. Secondly, she has to address and be able to articulate her support for Marcos. These two things are just the beginning… before even asking about policies, plans or even use her skills for the high ranking office.

It will be a weird race to see father and daughter battling out for the same office. Both racing to become the VP. They are both willing to fight for the same office. I wonder if Rodrigo will be as brutal and sincere in concern to his daughter? Will Rodrigo go as hard or be as blunt, as he is with any other competitor?

Will Sara throw her father under the bus and bury his achievements? Will she sound like an opposition candidate and answer back with a fierce tone?

Or will these two be a friendly faces and act like nothing. Because, these two are family and in the end… blood is thicker than water. Time will tell…

But seeing Duterte versus Duterte… that’s a mess and I wonder what is the plan behind this. Because, they are not the only candidates and the risks of doing this. They both might loose and some other catch more interest. There might be a will and a foresight to pick someone else.

Now we only have time and wisdom. What we do however see is how PDP-Laban and the Marcos is playing these games. This will become hectic and at some time or another. We can await a erratic and a thunderstorm coming to the press. As both Duterte’s have to get the upper-hand and someone will unleash their vicious side. I just anticipate that. Since they wont to win and I don’t think any of them will leave anything to chance. Peace.

Philippines: Partido Federal Ng Pilipinas (PFP) – Executive Committee – Resolution (13.11.2021)

Philippines: Oxford Philippines Society (OPS) – Official Statement on the Oxford Philippines Society on “BongBong Marcos”

Opinion: Early emergency campaigning by “BongBong” Marcos

It is just about that time. The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr. Just as he had proclaimed and held his speech as a Presidential Candidate. The team and whoever associated with him. Has allegedly sent out “Emergency SMS” in favour of his candidacy.

There will now be an investigation between several of government entities. As these sort of SMS’s or texts are supposed to sent out, if there is a typhoon in a area or dangerous amounts of rain. It is an emergency message or alert for a reason.

That’s why even the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) have come out saying this is not the way or usage of the emergency message/alerts, and they were not sending these ones out. The National Telecommunication Commission which had to come out, and they are saying that these messages are not from the NDRRMC. Since, in this regard, they got no “request” to do so. The NTC have even stated that the texts was not from their network, but from portable cell-sites.

We can clearly wonder, which Telecommunication Company wanted to do this and who would earn political capital on this. These emergency text is only showing fault-lines and misrepresentation of what they are supposed to be.

Let’s be clear BongBong is not an upcoming typhoon, heavy rain-fall, earthquake or a volcano alert. It is not like created hazardous eruption from a volcano. No, he just held a speech for up-coming campaign. He used a means, which is to save people from natural disaster. We don’t know if he defines himself as a natural disaster, but that’s all up to him.

It is not right for a candidate to take “hostage” or misuse “government systems” to finesse the system. Campaigning where you shouldn’t campaign and sending the wrong message. An “Emergency Alert” should be taken serious and not as a joke. That is why the NDRRMC and NTC has procedures and protocol before sending these out. Since, they have to make sure the public gets verified messages and correct information at the right time.

This is why we need to know more, just like Kontra Daya in their press statement today: “It is not enough for COMELEC to say that it is ill-advised and for NDRRMC to deny sending the emergency alert. There is a need to know who is responsible, what kind of technology was used and why this is available to certain nefarious characters” (…) “National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios was quoted as saying that it is illegal to buy and sell portable cell sites that can be used in issuing alerts. As the NTC initiates its own investigation, both the buyers and sellers of the technology used by the Marcos camp should be publicly identified and formally charged” (Konta Daya – ‘Investigate the electronic hijacking, castigate the opportunistic grandstanding’ 07.10.2021).

So, it is possible that BBM Team did this without the authorities and with portable cell sites, which is also illegal. It is not only the misinformation and misuse of the airwaves. The associates could easily come with recites and prove their innocence. However, expect the investigators have to inquiry and possibly subpoena documents from them. Since, if they are implicated or participated in this. The authorities have to do this properly to prove their guilt.

We know the BBM is the only one earning on the emergency text and it happened right after he launched his candidacy for President. Hopefully, we get to know the full extent of the matter, but this is a bad precedent and so early in the 2022 elections. No one should ever be allowed for personal gains to use emergency texts/messages. That is a national safeguard and not publicity channel. This has to be addressed and not just fizzle out. Peace.

Opinion: “BongBong” will bring back bad memories

I cannot comment on whether it still needs to be celebrated because I was on the other side of the barricade during EDSA. What I can say is that many projects set to be completed in 1986 were disrupted”BongBong” Marcos (2016)

The son of dynasty and dictator, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have been endorsed by several parties of late. These parties are Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), Kalinga Party (KP), Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP) and Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP). KBL is the party of the father. So, it is fitting that the former Senator was endorsed there and elsewhere.

Yes, “BongBong” Marcos has been a “public servant” for years. He has been an elected official. However, his a relic from a plundering dynasty and a dictatorial part of the history of the Philippines. The BBM and his allies will sell the stories differently. They might even try to sell him as different than his father. Which is natural, since the ones who fought his father are now seen as heroes.

The Marcos haven’t delivered back the billions of pesos it stole. The Marcos has massive wealth and unaccounted profits on it. The plunder cases and what they have in Swiss bank-accounts are still not totally known. The family have fought to keep this and their ill-gotten gains. Still, as “public servants” the first thing they should do was to return this. However, the greed runs deep and they see it as their own.

The Marcos and the reign of the father created more poverty for the Republic. While his family have gotten more wealthy. That is why BBM owns several of businesses and has huge liabilities. That isn’t because of his business-savvy ways, but in the manner of which this family got their gains.

I don’t believe “BongBong” will do any good. He was born with a silver-spoon and is a self-serving individual. The ones believing in him is naive. Marcos will use this office for himself and his closest kin. I wouldn’t be shocked with more plunder and porkies. There would be a huge pay-off and securing the bank. While using force and neglecting what is needed.

I can’t believe these parties is willing to field the son of the dictator. A man who bashed in the wealth and haven’t done his due diligence to clean the closet of all the illegal gains earned by his father. That just shows the lack of moral ambiguity. That is the reality here.

Those parties clearly see a viable case with him. The BBM brand and his space is good enough. Nevertheless, this man will most likely not bring anything good. I have a hard time taking his candidacy seriously. By all means, if you want someone who plunders and keeps grinding for the dynasties. Than you have your man and your candidate.

BongBong” Marcos isn’t giving you friendly vibes. His the elite and a man of wealth, because of what his family did. This is why there should an easy way to stay away from these parties and his candidacy. Since there should be other prospects who are more sincere and real.

BBM have participated and written legislation in all his time in office. That should reflect his character and will. However, it has been more for display and cheap politicking, which is what some candidates do to look good. I don’t see anything that he shouldn’t have supported or not done in his time. He has supported several of resolutions and bills. While we can wonder about their affects to this day. Because, he never took accountability and being transparent with the legacy of his father. Except that he used his time in office to secure a state burial and grave for his father. That is noble as a son, but he was a dictator. Did you expect people to love him after all the years of martial law and plundering?

This is why BBM isn’t welcomed and ready for this. The parties might think it is “water under the bridge” and still endorses him. Heck, the KBL is bound by the legacy of his father. While “BongBong” should maybe save himself and it will reignite the stories of the past.

BBM clearly needs to defend the plunder and the legacy of his father. That’s because he is the son and lived lavishly because of that. This is why he will not have this easy and it will be in-disregard of many more.

I cannot see him as viable man. I rather support Duterte’s side-kick than whatever BBM will promise. It will at least be honest and truthful in the manner, which they are governing. Instead of promising change, but never acting up what they did in the past. That’s what the Marcos family seems to have forgotten and they are not taking into account the sentiment, which the popular uprising brought his reign down.

That’s why EDSA matters still and will not be forgotten. Peace.

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