[ABOUT BONGBONG: Senator of the Philippines, Incumbent Assumed office June 30, 2010; Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Ilocos Norte's Second District; In office June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010; Preceded by Imee Marcos; Succeeded by Imelda Marcos.

Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr. (born September 13, 1957), widely known as Bongbong Marcos, is a Filipino politician and senator in the 15th Congress. A member of the Nacionalista Party, Marcos chairs several senate committees, including the Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, and is a member of several other committees.

He is the only son of Ferdinand E. Marcos, the former president of the Philippines (1965–1986), and former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos. He is a former congressman and former governor of Ilocos Norte before his election to the Senate in 2010. Marcos also previously served as Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Marcos attended La Salle Green Hills in the Philippines from elementary until his freshman year in high school. He completed his high school at Worth School in England. He obtained a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) degree from the University of Oxford.[5] He also obtained a Master's of Arts degree in Business Administration from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Brief stint as a child actor: Marcos appeared on his father's true-to-life story film, Iginuhit ng Tadhana, as himself, along with Vilma Santos as his sister Imee Marcos, Luis Gonzales as his father and Gloria Romero as his mother. The film was released before 1965 elections.

Political career: Vice Governor - Province of Ilocos Norte (1980-1983); His political career started with his election to Ilocos Norte's vice-gubernatorial post in 1980. His term expired in 1983. Governor - Province of Ilocos Norte (1983-1986); Congressman - 2nd District, Ilocos Norte (1992-1995); He then was elected as Representative of the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte in the Congress of the Philippines, serving from 1992 until 1995; Governor - Province of Ilocos Norte (1998-2007); He again was elected to the gubernatorial post in 1998. He ran against his father's closest friend and ally, Roque Ablan Jr., and served for three consecutive terms ending in 2007; Congressman - 2nd District, Ilocos Norte (2007-2010); He ran, unopposed, for the congressional seat in the 2007 Philippine Elections, which was previously held by his older sister Imee.He is the founder of Confederation of Ilokano Associations Incorporated. Senator - 15th Congress (2010-present); He placed 7th overall in the 2010 elections with 13,169,634 votes.. EXCERPTS FROM WIKIPEDIA BY PHNO]

MANILA, JULY 1, 2013 (PHILSTAR) IN SEARCH FOR TRUTH By Ernesto M. Maceda - It certainly looks like Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has started his campaign for the 2016 Presidential elections.

He has been issuing daily press releases.

He has questioned President Aquino’s anti-graft campaign. He has said that Sen. Frank Drilon’s Senate presidency is not a done deal. He has declared the sin tax a failure and that the BIR would not be able to collect the P33.4 billion projected revenue.

His latest statement questioned claims of President Aquino of an economic boom. He pointed out that a dearth in infrastructure projects, primarily lack of power projects will be the Achilles’ heel of the country.

He pointed to the lack of foreign direct investments and the high unemployment rate as indicators of a failing economy.

He expressed fears the Philippines will be in a crisis similar to the situation in Spain.

“You cannot move further into industrialization if you don’t have sufficient, cheap, and reliable source of power, it’s that simple,” Marcos stressed.

Marcos also decried the failure to solve the flood problem.

“We are talking about floods and we haven’t done a thing. Floods cannot be good for the economy. Productivity necessarily decreased because of the floods,” he added.

He pointed out that an electricity outage which blacked out large swathes of Luzon for up to 8 hours last month highlighted the worries about a potential power crisis that could undermine a fast growing economy.

Sen. Marcos’ tirade is the strongest criticism hurled at the Aquino administration which has been in power for 3 years now.

In his latest speech, President Aquino promised to focus on job creation for the rest of his term. The valid question: Why only now? Why didn’t he attend to it for the last 3 years?

Marcos’ PR boys have gone as far as identifying Senators Chiz Escudero and Bong Revilla as strong Vice-Presidential possibilities.

He is a member of the Nacionalista Party. There is the problem of NP Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also being mentioned as a presidential bet.

On the other side, Sen. Mar Roxas has also begun to be active with these photo ops of floods, squatters and supervision of local government officials. He has been quietly getting his men appointed to important government jobs. He certainly appears to be the frontrunner for President Aquino’s choice as LP presidential bet in 2016.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has no rival for the opposition as UNA presidential candidate.

2016 politics is the subject of the day. Expect the different probables to intensify these PR campaigns.

Excellent point

Migrante International thru its chairman, Gary Martinez, hit the nail squarely on the head when he blamed the Aquino administration for the “sex for fly” and prostitution activities in several Middle East Embassies.

Martinez said that “The bottom line here is that abusive embassy and consulate officials are taking advantage of the desperation of the OFWs.”

Martinez confirmed that his organization had received complaints of sexual abuse and exploitation from victims of crackdowns on undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan.

It's hard to understand why Malacañang has adopted a hands-off attitude on the scandal and announced they are leaving the investigation to DFA and DOLE.

NPA active

Two soldiers were killed in a clash with NPA rebels in Esperanza, Agusan Del Sur last Saturday.

The clash took place 4 days after the NPA raided Shenna Lyne Corp. in the same town, killed 5 workers and burned heavy equipment.

In Camarines Norte, govenment troops clashed with NPA rebels in Jose Panganiban town. The firefight did not last long as the NPA rebels withdrew leaving one M-16 and two radios behind.

Recently the NPAs abducted 5 soldiers in Paquibato district in Davao City.

The NPA is also active in Compostella Valley and Surigao del Sur.

Ship captain to blame

The US Navy’s Pacific Council has released its report on the grounding of the USS Guardian at the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan.

It put the blame squarely on the “lack of leadership” of the captain of the ship, Lt. Commander Mark Rice.

The Supreme Court has acted on the petition of a multisectoral group headed by Bishops Pedro Arigo and Deogracias Yniguez asking the US Navy to pay a fine of $27 million.

The Supreme Court sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy asking then to comment on the petition.

There has been no information as yet on the official government action imposing a fine on the US Navy for the incident.

The petitioners include Representatives Neri Javier Colmenares of Bayan Muna Party-list, Renato Reyes Jr. of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Peter Gonzales of Pamalakaya, Clement Bautista Jr. of Kalikasan-PNE, Elmer Labog of Kilusang Mayo Uno, Joan May Salvador of Gabriela, and public interest lawyer Edsel Tupaz.

Another extension

After being allowed to operate the last 3 years, Small Town Lottery (STL) operators have been granted another extension of 3 months. STL has admittedly been used as a cover for jueteng.

It looks like PCSO officials have succumbed to the charm of STL operators. Another unfinished problem. This is so disappointing.

Congratulations, Susan

Susan “Toots” Ople, president of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute was awarded the Trafficking in Person (TIP) Hero Award by US State Department Secretary John Kerry in rites held at the State Department in Washington D.C.

Susan Ople was nominated by US Ambassador Harry Thomas. She pledged to step up her campaign against modern day slavery by battling forced labor and promoting after-care programs to the victims.

She has been active in assisting OFWs who are victims of abuse in the Middle East.

Congratulations Coach

Congratulations are pouring in for half-Filipino coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat who has won the NBA Championship for the 2nd year in a row.

Spoelstra’s mother is from San Pablo, Laguna.

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