By Maila Ager | Inquirer.net
IN LIEU of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is proposing a “full-scale” modernization program for all of Mindanao – politically, economically, socially and culturally.
“From our studies of the problems in Muslim Mindanao and the whole of Mindanao, I am convinced that the best approach is a full–scale modernization program for all of Mindanao – politically, economically, socially and culturally,” Marcos said when he spoke Tuesday night before the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) held at the Manila Hotel.
“We cannot just keep on talking of one small slice of what was once called ‘our land of promise.’ We must now deal with the whole – all of Mindanao and Sulu, and all the people there. Our planning, our actions, our strategies, and our labors must measure up to that challenge,” he said. Read More…
To the former Chief Justice, Chief Justice Reynato Puno; the President emeritus of this organization – PHILCONSA; the Chairman of PHILCONSA, Justice Manuel Lazaro; the PHILCONSA President, Congressman Martin Romualdez, this is a very familiar name. And out of fearer of missing out on mentioning or acknowledging whose friends who are closest to my heart and following the custom that we began today in that being recognized as the distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
It is both an honor and a privilege to address this assembly of the Philippine Constitution Association, at this particular time when great questions of law and policy engage the nation and when many of our people are embroiled in a debate on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for Muslim Mindanao.
Also, when Justice Lazaro told me that I would be receiving an award for being “the great protector of the Constitution” I found this quite ironic. First; that a non-lawyer would be accorded such a singular and, I must admit, flattering honor. Second, the greater irony is that it is Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that has become the “great protector” of the Cory Constitution! I can almost hear my father looking down upon these proceedings, scratching his head and saying, “How did that happen?” Read More…
By Xianne Arcangel | GMA News Online
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said the alternative measure he is drafting to replace the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not an entirely new bill but an improvement of the version that Malacañang submitted to Congress.
Despite finding alleged constitutional infirmities in Malacañang’s version of the proposed BBL, Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, said he is using the original measure as the framework for his substitute bill.
“Many sectors are alarmed by the term ‘substitute bill.’ But it doesn’t mean that I’ll be creating an entirely new bill! We’ll still use the original bill as the framework,” the senator explained. Read More…
By Marvin Sy | Philstar
MANILA, Philippines – A potential candidate for president in the 2016 elections said yesterday that the country’s next leader should end the streak of vindictiveness and start focusing on development and the improvement of the lives of Filipinos.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. lamented that the country has been made to go through two administrations where its leaders were more focused on seeking vengeance against their political enemies than the welfare of the people.
Marcos said this has been counterproductive and has done nothing but cause division among Filipinos. Read More…
By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. said yesterday the next President of the Republic should not adopt a policy of political vendetta that puts political opponents in jail.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, said political vengeance adopted in the past and present administrations is “counterproductive and divides Filipinos.”
The next Chief Executive should instead push for the development of the country, improve the lives of the Filipino people and help accelerate the pace of the country’s economy, Marcos pointed out. Read More…