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.

Ateno de Manila University: University statement on the 49th Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law (21.09.2021)

Opinion: Marcos Day shouldn’t be a thing

To celebrate the former President and the Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos doesn’t make sense to me. The Filipino Nation, the Philippines has such great heroes that deserves dedication and get their credit. They are all deceased and gone, but their memory can live on. The most recent dictator doesn’t need a day or be celebrated in glory.

It makes sense that the dynasty, the family and the remaining family members wants to clear its name. However, the name will be remembered for the looting, the martial law and the oppression. Which let the republic revolt and had their EDSA, the People Power Revolution of the Philippines, which removed Marcos from power in 1986, who had been in power since 1965.

The man kept the republic under a control with an iron fist. With 1st and 2nd Term, the second martial law period from September 1972 to January 1981 and the final “Fourth Republic” from January 1981 to February 1986.

Therefore, I have hard time to see people celebrate a thief, a kingpin and a grand dictator. People shouldn’t forget the man and his whims. They should never forgot who he controlled and misused the government to his benefit. No, that should be remembered. So, that it doesn’t happen again and get repeated by someone else. That is how you can remember Marcos.

Instead of celebrate Marcos, the state could instead give days to the like Andrés Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo and Jose Rizal. They could even celebrate a man who got assassinated by Marcos. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. a man who stood up against the Marcos regime and lost his life doing so. He deserves praise and being important in the revolt against Marcos.

This is why Marcos shouldn’t be celebrated. There are so many victims, families hurt and people who lived under the tyranny. This man doesn’t deserve the honour of a day in his name. A public holiday. He deserves to be part of history as a warning to what power can do to you and how it can corrupt you. However, not be a celebration of his persona and his life.

That is make glitz and glamour for a man who misused his office and took the Republic for granted. Used the seal and the good faith of the Filipino to his advantage. A man who used the military forces to keep a hold on the public and not allow them their freedoms.

Marcos doesn’t deserve this. If so, then why celebrate the EDSA every year? Why remember the People Power Revolution? When you remember the man who caused the need to revolt?

EDSA is celebrated every 25th February 2020 and rightfully so. A reminder of the power of the people, but also the popular demonstrations against Marcos.

Even if this is supposed to only be celebrated in the province of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City. It is still a reminder of what Marcos did for the whole Republic. It is a travesty to celebrate this every 11th September somewhere. While also celebrating the revolution who toppled him.

Marcos Day shouldn’t be a thing. Rather celebrate countless others who sacrificed themselves for the Republic. The ones who lost their lives for a democratic Filipino Nation. Not celebrate the men who took away. Peace.

Opinion: Sen. Imee Marcos cannot revise the plunder history of her family!

If we cannot punish old plunderers, we should stop pretending that we are out to punish the plunderers who came after them. If our people do see punishment for plunder past and present, then “plunder” would become a meaningless word added to our vocabulary” (Ruben Carranza – The Meaning of Plunder Past and Present, 2001)

Well, today was a special day, that the truth about the verdict about one court case against the family of Marcos in the Philippines. However, even if this is botched and dismissed court case because of lack of evidence. There is still plenty out there proving that this family has ill-gotten gains, has stolen and plundered. Just that they got away with it this time. That doesn’t revise nor free the legacy of the family, which became stupid-rich while being in power.

Today’s Botched Court:

MANILA, Philippines— It might have taken more than 30 years “to prove our innocence” but Senator Imee Marcos was grateful just the same. For lack of evidence, the Sandiganbayan has junked a civil case involving an alleged Marcos ill-gotten wealth worth P1.052 billion” (Malia Ager – ‘Imee Marcos: It took over 30 years to prove our innocence’ 08.10.2019, Inquirer.net).

Imee Marcos thinks she can revise history and suddenly take away the past of her family. It is natural that someone want their relatives to get a better legacy. However, the senator here is far off. If she thinks the botched plunder case now is freeing the history of Ferdinand Marcos or Imelda Marcos self. It is just a misstep in the courts. There is plenty of other cases and also foreign evidence of the actions done by her parents.

I’ll be dropping the titbits of information from Chaikin and the SARI, whose been investigating the money laundering, the illicit transfer of funds from the Philippines to Switzerland/Lichtenstein and elsewhere. To show what the Family Marcos did in their hey-day. Also, end with the court case, where the Marcos was deemed guilty of doing so in 1993 in a similar case. Therefore, the Marcos are far from “innocent” in the manner.

Like David Chaikin reported this in 2000: “A RICO claim brought in 1989 in California in the United States sets out in some 100 pages the details of how Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos and others conspired to loot, divert and launder public assets for their personal use and benefit. The RICO claim estimated that $5 billion in ill-gotten wealth was taken by the Marcoses, their associates and accomplices. But there is other material suggesting that Marcos took even greater amounts of money” (…) “The significance of the Malacanang documents is that they established investigatory leads concerning the secret Marcos assets in Switzerland. They provided the starting point for any analysis of the size of the Marcos’s Swiss wealth. Indeed, based on the Malacanang documentation and from other sources, in April 1986 the Philippines Government asserted that the Marcoses had accumulated illicit wealth of over $5 billion dollars, and that at least $1 billion had been transferred to Swiss bank account” (David Chaikin – ‘TRACKING THE PROCEEDS OF ORGANISED CRIME – THE MARCOS CASE, March 2000).

The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative – Asset Recovery Watch updated on 20th July 2017 on the case of Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos (United States) or the ARW-63. The asset case that started in 1986 and ended in 2006. Which stated this: “According to a 2007 case study by Merceditas Gutierrez, Ombudsman of the Republic of Philippines, from 1986 to 2006, the total value of the assets recovered in the U.S. is less than $50 million. They include: (1) in New Jersey, funds in a bank account and two residences at Princeton Pike and Cherry Hill used by Marcos children (amount not given); (2) administrative settlement relating to four New York buildings (40 Wall Street, Crown Building, Herald Center, and at 200 Madison Avenue); (3) settlement agreements that led to recovery of properties such as the Olympic Tower Apartment, Pendleton Drive property, the Cedars, Summit Drive Beverly Hills, Lindenmere estate and the Makiki Heights property; (4) seizure of various jewelry, art, and other valuables; and (5) funds in Sanwa Bank and shares in California Overseas Bank and Redwood Bank” (StAR Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative – Asset Recovery Watch, 20.07.2017).

That is something from abroad, but if I go back into history in the year of 1993. This sort of case went differently: “Imelda R. Marcos was found guilty of corruption this morning and sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. The conviction came seven years after she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were hounded out of the Philippines in a popular uprising. Mrs. Marcos clutched a rosary as her sentence was read in a special anti-corruption court. Outside the packed courtroom, crowds of her supporters held a vigil; opposite them, hundreds of anti-Marcos protesters cheered the former First Lady’s conviction” (New York Times – ‘MARCOS CONVICTED OF GRAFT IN MANILA’ 24.09.1993).

So, in another time, the courts would have done something else today. Still, the history of the Marcos will linger on. It will not be forgotten and the family is not vindicated like she claims. It is a reason why the previous Presidents have tried to recover funds from the plunder. That shouldn’t be forgotten in this matter.

It might been lack of evidence today, but if someone seriously wanted to follow the money. They might have gone to the other authorities that has kept things on file. Where they could have seen the accounts, the spending and even the estates in question. Still, the senator want to look innocent. Even if she knows perfectly well what happened. Peace.