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In the face of headwinds and history, Marcos will deliver a political speech

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In the face of headwinds and history, Marcos will deliver a political speech

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will deliver his first address to the nation on Monday in the wake of his landslide election victory, but he is paralyzed by history as the son of a ousted dictator and horrendous economic headwinds.

More than 20,000 police, riot control troops and military personnel have been deployed to the gun-banning metropolitan Manila to provide an evening ceremony ahead of a joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives.

About 5,000 flag-wielding protesters were allowed to march until noon along the main road away from Congress. They put forward a range of demands, from government aid and fuel subsidies as the cost of living soared, to justice for human rights victims under Marcos Jr.’s father, the late dictator who was ousted in a 1986 uprising. “People power”.

They asked Marcos Jr. it outlined a clear roadmap for the economic hardship caused by the two-year lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and the global fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Mark Jr. must realize that he is no longer in the thick of the election campaign, where he could refuse to participate in debates and rely on empty phrases and superficial slogans,” Akbayan’s left-wing group said. “People demand clarity of vision and purpose for action.”

Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez said last week that Marcos Jr.

Rodriguez said the president will lay out plans to prepare the country for a looming food crisis, which prompted him to temporarily become agriculture secretary, and to safely resume face-to-face classes starting next month.

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Mark Jr has received over 31 million votes out of over 55 million votes cast in the May 9th election – a stunning political turnaround and a major victory that will earn him political capital as he faces huge challenges as well as doubts stemming from your father’s decision . reputation. This was the first victory for a majority president in the Philippines in decades.

His allies also heavily dominated both houses of Congress in the elections: his cousin, Representative Martin Romualdez, was elected Speaker of the House, and another close ally, Juan Miguel Subiri, Senate President on Monday.

With the huge internal challenges he faces and the historical baggage that haunts him, Marcos Jr. is one of the most difficult leaders in the recent history of the country. His huge electoral mandate could be undermined if people don’t see significant relief from their hardships under his rule, University of the Philippines professor Jean Franco said.

“I’m not sure how long the other 31 million will stay with Marcos Jr., especially if the economic crisis continues,” Franco said, adding that the new president lacks the tough populist image that kept the ratings up. his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, is tall.

Mark Jr.’s father was overthrown by a largely peaceful People Power uprising in 1986 and died in 1989 while in exile in Hawaii without admitting to wrongdoing, including accusations that he, his family, and associates accumulated approximately 5 to 10 billion dollars. while in the office.

A Hawaiian court later found the elderly Marcos guilty of human rights violations and awarded $2 billion to more than 9,000 Filipinos who sued him for torture, imprisonment, extrajudicial executions and disappearances.

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But Marcos Jr., a former governor, deputy and senator, has refused to acknowledge the massive human rights violations and corruption that have marred his father’s government.

The Philippines is among the Asian countries hardest hit by the two-year-old pandemic after more than 60,000 people died and prolonged lockdowns sent the economy into the worst 2020 recession since World War II and exacerbated the country’s poverty, unemployment, hunger and indebtedness. .

As the pandemic eased earlier this year, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fueled global inflation and raised fears of food and oil shortages.

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Associated Press journalists Joel Kalupitan and Aaron Favila contributed to this report.

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump’s re-election

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Hours after it was revealed that the FBI raided his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, Donald Trump posted a campaign video on his Pravda social network, fueling rumors that he was preparing to announce his re-election to the presidency.

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Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

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Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

After the FBI ransacked the home of the former President of the United States, early Monday morning Donald Trump, several family members and members of the Republican Party point to illegal police actions and “political persecution.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home is inappropriate,” Donald Trump said in a statement, accusing Democratic rivals of using the U.S. Department of Justice as a weapon to stop him from doing so. run in the 2024 presidential election.

The children of the former president also spoke out in favor of Trump. Eric and Donald Junior say the FBI’s investigation is worthy of a “third world country” and a “banana republic.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes in a conspiracy against a businessman and political leader: “Overt politicization of the DOJ/FBI is shameful. The Attorney General must explain why these searches delayed justice for 250 years.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson even says the FBI has “officially become an enemy of the people.”

The FBI is led by Christopher Ray, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017. Officially, investigators have not yet commented on the searches, but US media sources indicate that Donald Trump could have taken confidential documents from the White House without permission.

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On political crime and criminal policy – 08.08.2022 – Opinion

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The escalation of violence that has engulfed the political arena has taken another victim. The birthday party, which had former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) as its theme, ended tragically after a political antagonist intruded and fired a gun, killing the birthday boy. A police spokesman in the case said it was not a political crime.

And how is a murder with a clearly political motive not a political crime? Sometimes there are such things in the law: it has its own logic. This “magic” created by the codes is not always pleasant, but this time we must give a justification to the law.

Attributing a crime to a political one is not limited only to the motivation of the perpetrator, but also to the actual or potential consequences of the action. Thus, it takes a crime to endanger national sovereignty, democracy, territorial integrity, or the head of any of the Union powers. The gruesome murder may have been politically motivated, but the perpetrator’s intended consequences were limited to the party and its members.

There is no rule relating exclusively to political motivation; thus, this type of motivation corresponds to the concept of abomination, which, in the language of criminal law, is a particularly heinous and heinous crime. Since murder qualifies as hooliganism, the crime is punished more severely. Thus, there is no political crime, but there is a crime in politics.

Besides the issue of the infamous crime in politics, there is another dimension, much more complex, that deserves attention: the politics of crime.

The aggressor was reportedly traveling with his wife and child when he fell out with his political opponents. He left them both safely and returned for a rematch. From the killer’s point of view, he was definitely not a killer, but a patriot or some sort of hero against a villain.

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The Manichaean understanding of life, projected into politics, allows for family conflicts, broken friendships, and even marriages, which have been widely reported. Exposing yourself as the bearer of absolute truth allows you to confront the enemy as a hero who must defeat the villain. This kind of absolute contraction is characteristic of religions whose dogmas are guided by love, mercy and tolerance.

Politics, on the other hand, has other dogmas, as it is a stage for disputes over power and ideas. Presenting oneself as the holder of sacred truth outside the religious scene is usually the fuel for the generality of historical atrocities. The politics of crime is born only in the absence of minimum cultural and educational standards, replacing persuasion with knowledge.

There is no other way to suppress criminal politics than to reconsider one’s own convictions, to make room for listening to the opinions of others, no matter how much one wants to convince the other of one’s opinions. In politics, as in science, belief is the worst enemy of consensus, and without a minimum of consensus, there is no nation, only a handful of people shooting at each other.

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