“Dapat intindihin natin na ang gay rights ay hindi lamang para sa ating mga LGBT. Gay rights are in every way human rights as well.”
The Metro Manila Pride March last June 29 broke records as the estimated number of attendees reached 70,000. In 2018, Metro Manila Pride had 25,000 attendees only.
Imee Marcos, self-proclaimed spokeperson for the LGBT community, and the daughter of former president Ferdinand Marcos, is a senator now.
Although she promised that in her first term as a senator, she would, above anything else, prioritize bills that would reduce poverty significantly, she also said that she is looking forward to protecting the LGBTQ community. She had committed to focus on the reduction of value-added taxes on basic goods and services and to see to it that local governments get the budget they need in order to execute necessary actions. Perhaps in the light of the record breaking Metro Manila Pride March, Marcos shifted her focus instead.
Marcos announced that she would be filing a bill that would make gay couples have the same property benefits as straight couples.
“We know gay rights are human rights. It’s important that an anti-discrimination bill be passed,” she said.
The thing is, there is already an existing bill that is similar to what Marcos would be filing.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros sought to give students the freedom to wear clothes that identify with their orientation when she filed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill.
This bill has a lot of benefits not only to the gay community. SOGIE also protects straight individuals from discrimination, with regards to their ethnicity, color, disability, and religious and political beliefs.
Marcos has been criticized before the by LGBTQ community, but she has always shown her support towards them, as shown by her tweets. She has never shown up to their events which perhaps sent a signal to the community that she wasn’t being sincere.
She also did not show up to the recent Metro Manila Pride March, and has been accused of netizens of bandwagoning because of the record breaking numbers.
Imee Marcos supports the LGBT community
Me: Weh di nga
— Kiyan (@kiyandizzzz) July 1, 2019
Imee Marcos: "YASSS HUNTYYYY SNATCH THAT SHADE WE'RE SERVING WEAVE THE TEA IS SHOOKT OKURRRNT? *TONGUE POP.*"
— NEUTROGENA PAREÑO (@Punongbayan_) July 1, 2019
Unggoy kang mangga ka. Gaya-gaya ka pa kay Hontiveros ng bill. Gumamit ka ng utak at originality pls.
— ｈｉｌｌＢｉｌｌｉｅ Ｅｉｌｉｓｈ (@altermakati) July 1, 2019
Pumapapel ang fake LGBT advocate @ManangImee.
— DUTERTE DUWAG – the demon slayer (@defixiones666) July 1, 2019
As much as I appreciate an LGBT Rights bill, Imee and her family still deserve to be burned for all the wrongdoings they did in the Dictatorship of her father. No amount of cover up and handwash can clean and hide their stench. https://t.co/4lVj8WFkI4
— KG stands for Kape Gods wir na u tuyo pa ako (@caffeinatorrrrr) July 1, 2019
Singer and actress Agot Isidro was not pleased by the way Imee Marcos answered issues about her educational background in the latter’s interview on ANC’s ‘Headstart.’
Agot said on her Twitter account, “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus” which means “false in one thing, false in everything.”
And you are still lying! 🙄🙄🙄
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus
(false in one thing, false in everything) https://t.co/lmaiXjN33q
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) May 30, 2019
Senator-elect Imee Marcos dismissed the question about her educational background by saying, “I’ve answered it a gazillion times.”
In February 2019, Princeton University released a statement that Imee Marcos was enrolled in 1973 but did not graduate from the school.
The University of the Philippines College of Law also said she only took courses but did not graduate.
Marcos insisted she and her classmate at the UP College of Law understood that they graduated.
“Ang sinabi ko nga, as far as I know, ito ang ginawa ko. Marami akong kaklase sa UP College of Law. Ang pagkaintindi namin, nag-graduate kami so eto nga, sana isinasantabi na ‘yan, tigilan na ang mga ‘yan at diretso na tayo sa trabaho,” she said.
She also appealed to people to stop asking the same question and that the elections were already over and that they should focus on the work.
“Tapos na eleksyon e. We have the voice of the people. We have been voted in. Let’s get to work, hit the ground running and spare everyone this non-stop discussion on the same thing again and again. Hindi ko na alam kung anong tamang sagot e,” she added.
She was also asked if she would apologize to UP and Princeton but Marcos said: “What will I apologize for? I’m still getting alumni letters and I keep receiving all these invites,” she said.
In her Twitter account, Agot Isidro posted a joke relating to Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos’ plastic surgery as the cause of her hearing impairment.
A known TV personality and critic of the current administration, Isidro quote-retweeted a video news update by Dano Tingcungco, a senior correspondent at GMA News, saying “Babala: (hindi nagpapatama) Ang sobrang retoke ay nakakabingi. #proof”
Tingcungco’s post read as “Since this weekend, we tried to get Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos’ comment on UP’s statement that there is no record of her graduation from UPD nor any honors or distinctions received; we asked her again this afternoon in Valenzuela.”
In the video, the governor and senate-hopeful can be seen being waited upon by reporters for a chance at an ambush interview. Once she appeared, she was bombarded by questions from right to left about the recent controversy surrounding the authenticity of her degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Since this weekend we tried to get Ilocos Norte Gov Imee Marcos’ comment on UP’s statement that there is no record of her graduation from UPD nor any honors or distinctions received; we asked her again this afternoon in Valenzuela @gmanews pic.twitter.com/ZblscJP7IM
— Dano Tingcungco (@danotingcungco) February 25, 2019
The questions however fell on deaf ears with Marcos opting to take limited pictures with her constituents.
Isidro herself is an alumna of the said state university, holding a bachelor’s degree in interior design.
Senatorial candidate and Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos has posted photos of her graduation at the University of the Philippines, amidst rumors that she has dubiously obtained her degree.
The three photos posted on her official Facebook page said they were taken in 1983, during her “graduation from the University of the Philippines’ College of Law.”
Gov Imee Marcos attended her 1983 graduation from the University of the Philippines College of Law. The ceremonies were…
“Gov. Imee Marcos attended her 1983 graduation from the University of the Philippines College of Law. The ceremonies were held at the Meralco Theater where her parents — former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos — pinned her cum laude medal,” the caption read.
The University of the Philippines has already invalidated Marcos’ claims of graduating in an earlier report.
“The records kept by the University of the Philippines Diliman Registrar indicate that Ms Marcos took non-degree courses (courses without credit) in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Philippines Diliman during academic year 1976-77. Thereafter she took courses under the Bachelor of Laws program at the UP College of Law from 1st semester 1979 to 2nd Semester 1983. There is no record of her graduation from UP [Diliman] nor any honors or academic distinctions received with the University Registrar’s office,” UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa said.
This is not the first time Marcos found herself in a controversy involving her academic records as her undergraduate studies at Princeton University was also questioned after a school spokesperson said she was never awarded a degree by the Ivy League school.
In 2015, her brother Bongbong Marcos also faced the same issue after he allegedly made false claims that he earned a degree from Oxford University, whereas he only got a “special diploma.”
Her posting of her graduation photos were further rebuked by a netizen who posted a copy of his 1983 UP Yearbook where the name of the daughter of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was not listed in the College of Law section. She was not even found anywhere else of the Philippensian yearbook.
“Pathological liars disgust me. But there must be a special place in Dante’s Inferno for those who pretend to have graduated from my Alma mater, for whatever political mileage that may be gained,” wrote Angelo Bernardo Jr. in his Facebook post.
Pathological liars disgust me. But there must be a special place in Dante's Inferno for those who pretend to have…
This was also echoed in a 2-year old Opinion article of Madrileña de la Cerna of Cebu Daily News where she recounted her story of graduating for her MA in Asian Studies in UP Diliman on June 18, 1983: “There was tension in the gym because of the rumors that the students (graduates and those attending) will stage a protest rally should Imee Marcos be included in the roster of graduates in the College of Law… It was a public knowledge during my stay in the campus that Imee could not graduate because she lacked 35 units. Many of her batchmates were my dormmates in the campus. In the first place, we learned that her admission to the college was questionable because she did not finish her undergraduate studies at Princeton but was admitted just the same with intense pressure on the administration (whose admission policies are very strict). Thanks to the very few good men and women at the UP College of Law led by the late Haydee Yorac, the integrity of the college remained intact by not letting her graduate.
However, a few days later, I was shocked to watch on TV the “graduation” of Imee Marcos as magna cum laude at the Meralco Theater with Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos putting on the hood and cap on Imee. I could not believe what I saw. The next day, the “graduation” picture was all over the front pages of the national newspapers.”
There may be two sides to every story, but Marcos remained questionable to both of them.
TAGS: Angelo A. Bernardo Jr., Ferdinand E. Marcos, Haydee Yorac, imee marcos, Madrileña de la Cerna, Princeton University, Teodoro Herbosa, university of the philippines, University of the Philippines College of Law
After Kris Aquino’s former financial manager, Nicko Falcis, has uploaded screenshots allegedly proving that Jover Laurio received funds from the actress to boost anti-administration posts, Mark Lopez posted screenshots of said transactions.
Based on the photos, Pinoy Ako Blog has spent at least P195,000 in sponsored posts.
Lopez called the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte, Erwin Tulfo, Mocha Uson, Bongbong Marcos, Imee Marcos, Isabelle Duterte, James Deakin, Senator Win Gatchalian, Sass Rogando Sasot, and other Netizens to take a look at the shown transactions.
It was said to be made under the Facebook account of Falcis.
The photos have reached more than 9,000 shares on Facebook.
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Veteran broadcaster and talk show host Jay Sonza slammed the Kapamilya network and accused them of receiving money from Imee Marcos for a political ad.
In his recent Facebook post, he said “Mukhang pera talaga ang ABS-CBN!” for letting the Ilocos Norte Governor advertise in their channel.
mukhang pera talaga ang abs-cbn!
galit sila sa mga marcos, pero tanggap nila ang pera (pol ad) ni imee.
It was not the first time that Sonza slammed ABS-CBN as it can be remembered that last year, he offered six possible reasons why the network dislikes President Rodrigo Duterte.
Why is main stream media acting this way?
(It is pregnant with possibilities)
In the case of ABS-CBN:
1. Is it because BenPress Holdings (the holding company of the Lopez Group of Companies, the network being a company under its wing) indebted with billions with the government (unpaid loans at DBP) and they are being run after?
2. Is it because Hacienda Luisita whose land is being distributed, owes Benpress millions in loan/investment and therefore cannot be paid anymore or recoup their investment?
3. Is it because some of the monies of the network are investments from American moguls (with alleged ties with the the CIA) who are affected by the independent foreign policy of the present administration?
4. Is it something to do with the personal friendship (barkada/powder boys) of some of the owners to defeated candidates?
5. Is it really the culture of the oligarch and the fascist not to acknowledge the rise of a “commoner”?
6. Is it true that the Lopezes are selling or have sold their shares that is why they don’t give a hoot what happens to the company?
ABS-CBN is a publicly listed corporation. The Lopezes are no longer the single owner of the network. Will the other big and small investors allow this company to go down the drain soonest? Remember, their franchise is expiring next year! Remember your permit to operate and business licenses are renewable every January? You have everything to loose and nothing to gain with what you are doing now?
Later, I will discuss the case of GMA and the other MSM.
Another incident was when Sonza included some of ABS-CBN’s broadcast journalists like Alvin Elchico, Zen Hernandez, and Karen Davila in his list of “bastos na reporters”.
It’s no secret to everyone that making a social media account is as easy as one, two, three. So trolls and people with multiple accounts are evident in the popular online platforms.
A netizen shared an observation she made with some of her most recent followers on Instagram.
Recently, I noticed some similarities among my new followers on Instagram. I have a public profile (for contest purposes lol).
Election season is in the air and just in case you need a reminder of who NOT to support. Lemme share what I found.
Nakakagalit na biglang dumadami yung mga accounts na ganito. BE INFORMED Wag na tayo mag bulag-bulagan!
NO TO MARCOS!!!
She attached screenshots of examples that have the similar Marcos photos uploaded in their feeds.
The Marcos photos also have seemingly similar captions, which are all praises to both Bongbong Marcos and Imee Marcos.
Not only do they have similar photos and captions, but they are also posted on the exact same day.
They also seem to praise the projects of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Uy then encouraged everyone to report such accounts as spam and people should be vigilant to report the trolls.
The post has reached more than 900 shares as of writing.
Facebook recently removed over 100 accounts and pages from the Philippines.
Aside from spam accounts that have been constantly reported by users, it included several that are linked to President Rodrigo Duterte.
The biggest social media platform made a statement on Monday, October 22, saying that it deleted 95 pages and 39 accounts for violating their spam and authenticity policies.
It also said that the pages and accounts, which were mostly political or entertainment centric, directed users to “low quality websites that contain little substantive content and are full of disruptive ads.”
Adding to that, “All were sharing links to the same advertising click farms off Facebook… We don’t want this kind of behaviour on Facebook – and we’re investing heavily in both people and technology to keep bad content off our services.”
They didn’t spare even large accounts as one page that even has 4.8 million likes has been wiped out from the website.
Among said pages were Duterte Media, Duterte sa Pagbabago Bukas, DDS, Duterte Phenomenon, and DU30 Trending News.
Manang Imee, which was a page managed by the supporters of Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos was also deleted.
“This takedown is a small step in the right direction, and we will continue working to find and remove more bad content.”
This is not the first time that Facebook “cleaned” their website as it also blocked a number of websites that supported President Duterte back in April. The reason behind the move is because they were suspected to be sharing fake news.
Malacañang shrugs off
Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo stated that supporters should not be worried about Facebook’s decision to remove pro-Duterte pages that violated its policies.
He said that there are many other platforms wherein they can show their appreciation to the current administration.
“If the concern is there will be no more avenues, there are so many. We have Twitter, Instagram, and so many others where the advocates can express themselves in support of this administration.
“Facebook must have its own rules and regulations. If they are implementing them, that is their own rule.”
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The Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino, broke her silence regarding comedian and television host Vice Ganda’s photos walking beside Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental.
In her Instagram post, she stated that she stayed away from any political discourse as it’s better to remain quiet. She added that she respects other’s choices and who they’ll stand with.
Kris confirmed that she did see the viral photos but did not think of it as early campaigning. She then said that her son, Bimby, loves Vice and whoever her son loves, she does as well.
Almost home. i was told i was tagged many times today… on purpose, i’ve stayed away from political discourse because if i cannot help bring a better understanding of a given situation, and if i’ll only add noise, BEST FOR ME TO STAY QUIET. i’m respectful of a person’s right to choose who they’ll stand with because i was brought up to uphold democracy…i saw the pics & personally didn’t feel it was early campaigning. di nya kailangan magsalita ako kasi millions ang followers & defenders nya, di ko lang trip na intrigahin pa kami; life’s too short para ma stress. BIMB wholeheartedly loves his tito vice @praybeytbenjamin… kuya josh is a tito Willie (Revillame) loyalist- i’m being #real, we have FREEDOM of choice in our home. Pag minahal ng mga anak ko, mahal ko rin. Good night. #simpletruth
Vice Ganda then commented on Kris’ post, telling her to rest and leave it to him to clarify everything.
Sleep na. Rest ka na. Hayaan mo na sila!!! Keri ko na to! Hayabayabayu!!!
The controversy started when a Twitter account released photos of the comedian with Marcos. Vice then clarified that it was a pure coincidence and he’s not campaigning for the Marcoses or any politician.
Comedian and It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda answered accusations about him being a Marcos supporter and endorser.
It started when Twitter user Study of RM (@rmology) uploaded photos of Vice walking beside Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
According to the account, Vice is with the governor at Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental last October 21.
Bakit kaya balot na balot si Momshie @vicegandako kasama si Mareng Imee Marcos sa Ozamis City??? The down fall of the unkavogable star! Oh I forgot Vice and Bongbong history back in 2014.
Netizens then reacted negatively to the photos, taking it as a proof that the comedian is endorsing the Marcoses.
I never liked him before and now more than ever!
Is this recent? Wow, so that explains it! He is not only DDS but also a Marcos entertainer!
Hindi lang pala Dutertard, Marcos apologist din. Keep it up, Vice Ganda. Kaunti man kami sa ngayon pero dadami din kami.
He SUCKS! …literally and figuratively…Magkano kaya tinanggap na TF nito?? Nagpapakawala na talaga ng mga nakaw na salapi ang magnanakaw na hugis mangga at sandok!
I never liked his panlalait but he was funny at times. When he seemed to be voicing out the masses sentiments, he’s somehow earning my respect. But this?? Oh my, mukha din pla sya pera! Below zero respect na!
The comedian immediately defended himself on Twitter, saying that he doesn’t care about Imee’s purpose in visiting the city as he’s there to entertain the people and it was only a coincidence that they had the same flight.
Ok para sa mga fans ko na nagtatanong. Wala akong pakelam kung anung iteniraryo ni Imee Marcos sa Ozamis nung nakasabay ko sya sa eroplano. Nagpunta ko dun para mang aliw ng mga taga Ozamis City. Di para magendorso ng kahit sinong pulitiko. Di ako endorser ng mga Marcos!
He also shared that he found the post funny as people easily jumped into conclusions as soon as they saw the photos.
So dahil sa picture na to supporter na agad ako ni Imee ?! Di pa pwedeng supporter ako nung mamang naka puti dun sa likod?! Lol!
The initial tweet about Vice’s get-up led to him joking about the existence of a dress code in the Ozamiz City.
At tawang tawa ko sa bakit daw ako balot na balot??? Hahahaha!!! Seriously first time nyo bang nakakita ng naka-hoody at nakashades??? Di pwede??? May dress code ba sa Ozamis City???