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Election 2019: Welcome To The New Philippine Senate Hall of Shame!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

EQ "Crystal Ball" 2019 Predictions for The Philippines!

It does not take a rocket scientist to make predictions about the Philippines.
Remember the French adage "The more things change, the more they remain the same!" This is particularly true for the Philippines!
1) Duterte's Health
With his advanced age and his serious health problems, expect Duterte to have more "power naps" even at the expense of important scheduled meetings with world leaders during regional meetings abroad in 2019. 
Since information on the President's health is controlled by the Palace and insiders, expect them to come up with creative excuses when Duterte starts making his regular "vanishing acts" from the public!
2) Will Duterte be a pragmatic negotiator with China or continue to be a meek, subservient puppet of Beijing's Winnie The Pooh?
"There are no masters where there are no slaves!
"See how wicked people think up evil; they plan trouble & practice deception.But in the traps they set for others,they themselves get caught. So they are punished by their own evil &are hurt by their own violence.I thank the Lord for his justice;I sing praises to the Lord."
Psalm 7:14
3) Beware! The Greatest Conspiracy Theory in Philippine History!
President Rodrigo Duterte has raised the possibility of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. being his second in command. 
“Si Bingbong… Bongbong… Kung manalo siya sa protest niya, baka bago ang ating bise president (Bongbong could be our new vice president if he wins his [electoral] protest).” Duterte 
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has filed a protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal contesting his narrow loss, alleging vote-rigging. If he succeeds and becomes vice president, he could work to eliminate the commission, potentially leaving his family with more than $9 billion in ill-gotten gains.
Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here
Hail, hail, the gang's all here
What the heck do we care
What the heck do we care
Hail, hail, the gang's all here
What the heck do we care now
4) Arroyo's Mangling of The Philippine Constitution!
Both the Philippines and the United States now have women Speakers of The House. The similarity ends there. Arroyo is trying to mangle the constitution to support an authoritarian while Nancy Pelosi is fighting Trump to protect democracy in America!
The draft charter authored by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo puts the Senate President, and not the Vice President, as successor to President Rodrigo Duterte should he step down during the transition to a federal government. 
Section IV, Article XVII or the transitory provisions of the draft constitution authored by Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers reads: "In case a vacancy arises by reason of removal, resignation, permanent incapacity or death of the incumbent President, the incumbent Senate President shall act as President until a President shall have been chosen and qualified."
5) The Philippine Senate will continue to be dominated by TRAPOS even after the May 2019 senatorial elections!
The Senate of the Philippines used to be one of the most respected institutions in the country.
For a long time, the Senate of the Philippines was viewed as the more prestigious chamber of Congress.
Senators sought out membership in prestigious, nationally focused committees to attract national media attention while congressmen generally tended to spend time on local constituency issues.
In fact, the Senate was viewed as the training ground for future presidents.
By law, just about anyone can be a Philippine Senator. The Constitution requires only that you be a  natural-born citizen of the Philippines, at least 35 years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election.
In effect, if you are from a  famous, well-entrenched political dynasty or you are a popular actor, you have a great chance of becoming a senator! Just take a look at the composition of the Senate now. No real movers or shakers of society.
The great Filipino Senators would be turning in their graves if they only know how bad things are in the Senate of the 17th Congress.
Ka Pepe, Ka Tanny, Don Claro and Ninoy, all look like towering giants; in their shadows the rest of us are but intellectual pygmies.