HALALAN MAY 2022
Marcos tells supporters to be vigilant vs cheating
By Elizabeth Marcelo - The Philippine Star , April 25, 2022 | 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged his supporters to be vigilant against possible cheating during the May 9 elections.
While Marcos was giving a speech during a campaign rally in Sampaloc, Manila Saturday night, his supporters shouted: “Hindi kami papayag dayain ka (We will not allow you to get cheated).”
Marcos replied: “Tama ‘yan, huwag tayong papaloko. ‘Wag na talaga nating payagan ‘yung mga ginagawang kalokohan sa eleksyon (That’s right, let us not be fooled. Let us not allow any election fraud, this time).”
Marcos did not name any person or group supposedly planning to commit election fraud, but said that President Duterte has already warned against “groups who are planning to destroy the integrity” of the polls.
“The President is on our side. He is warning all those thinking of pulling off tricks in the upcoming elections. He’s got your back,” the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer said in Filipino.
Sara vows to prioritize livelihood, food security of urban poor.
Meanwhile, Marcos’ running mate for vice president Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio vowed their tandem would prioritize livelihood and food security for urban poor families should they win the elections.
“There are three things that we will focus on – first is to bring back the jobs and livelihood of those affected by the pandemic,” she said in Filipino. – Delon Porcalla
Fact check: Robredo’s ‘judiciary’ experience
By Jeline Malasig - April 20, 2022 - 3:07 PM
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray‘s comment on her voter awareness vlog released Monday about a presidential bet having experience in “all three branches of the government” sparked a debate in the online community.
Some Facebook users argued that the former beauty queen was wrong in claiming Vice President Leni Robredo has experience in the government’s judicial branch, which Catriona called the “judiciary” in short.
The former Miss Universe titleholder mentioned it in explaining her criteria for choosing the country’s next leader, namely the qualifications of work history, sense of service, platform and values.
“And my choice for president is Leni Robredo. She is the only candidate with the experience in all three branches of the government: Judiciary as a volunteer lawyer, legislative as a congresswoman and executive as a vice president,” she added.
Robredo rendered legal services to the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in Naga City from 1997 to 1999.
Meanwhile, a Facebook user who took a screenshot of Catriona’s video said that PAO “falls under the executive, not judiciary.”
PAO is an independent and autonomous office attached to the Department of Justice, which is under the executive branch of the government but is part of the judicial system.
Catriona Gray’s claim on Robredo’s “judiciary” experience as a “volunteer lawyer” under PAO has missing context.
It would be more accurate for her to say that Robredo has exposure to the three branches of government while not technically serving, or having experience, within the judiciary.
Catriona referred to the judicial branch as “judiciary.” The generalized term can refer to either the government’s third branch or the entire legal system involving courts, judges and officers encompassing, theoretically, all lawyers.
The Supreme Court in a 2019 ruling referred to all lawyers as “officers of the court.”
“They are called upon to assist in the administration of justice. They act as vanguards of our legal system to protect and uphold truth and the rule of law. They are expected to act with honesty in all their dealings, especially with the court,” it said on the Genato versus Atty. Mallari case.
Election lawyer Emil Marañon III explained that lawyers, as officers of the court, are “tasked to participate to the best of their ability in the functioning of the judicial system to forge justice, pursue the legitimate interests of all parties and the general good of society.”
Marañon argued on Twitter that such is the reason why a lawyer’s license to practice is issued by the judiciary, and not by the Professional Regulation Commission which is under the executive branch of government.
PRC is the agency mandated to regulate the practice of professionals constituting the highly skilled manpower of the country such as nurses, architects and chemists, among others.
The Bar examinations taken by aspiring lawyers, moreover, are exclusively administered by the Supreme Court—which is part of the judiciary branch of the government.
The 1987 Philippine Constitution states that the judicial power of the government “rests with the Supreme Court and the lower courts.”
Caveat: While Robredo may have exposure to the judiciary as a public attorney, she has not been part of the courts holding constitutional powers granted to the judiciary.
Sec. 1 Article VIII of the Constitution states, “Judicial power includes the duty of the courts of justice to settle actual controversies involving rights which are legally demandable and enforceable, and to determine whether or not there has been a grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the Government.”
Romualdez: BBM-Sara landslide win sealed
with One Cebu support
Manila Standard April 13, 2022, 6:33 am
CEBU CITY – House Majority Leader and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin G. Romualdez on Tuesday said the formal endorsements of One Cebu local party and four mayors of Cebu to Lakas-CMD vice presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her presidential tandem, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will help them seal a landslide victory in the coming elections.
Romualdez made the statement following the official endorsement and reiteration of support of majoriry of the province’s local chief executives under “One Cebu” to the candidacies of Marcos and Duterte.
“While we already expect that the UniTeam tandem will win in the upcoming presidential elections, the latest support that we got will further lead Marcos and Duterte to landslide victories,” Romualdez, who thanked the local chief executives for their support, said.
Romualdez said the endorsement of One Cebu of Marcos and Duterte, who have been leading consistently their rivals by wide margins in nationwide surveys, has cemented the pair’s paths to overwhelming victories, as he noted that Cebu has nearly three million registered voters.
“With their avowed help and support, we will have these votes,” he said.
As early as November last year, the mayors of Cebu had already assured Marcos and Duterte their support when the League of Municipalities of the Philippines held its regional planning conference in the province, which the two attended as guests.
“On behalf of all the 44 mayors of the province of Cebu… as well as my fellow mayors in the Visayas, for whom I am the national vice-president, we hereby express our unequivocal support to you, for your candidacy and we will do everything in our power to ensure an unequivocal victory in the coming elections,” LMP-Cebu Chapter President and Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco told Marcos at that time.
The endorsement of One Cebu of the UniTeam tandem followed the forging by the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), Lakas-CMD, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of a four-party grand alliance to support Marcos and Duterte.