supreme court – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:14:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png supreme court – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Texas Supreme Court strikes blow to heartbeat abortion ban lawsuit https://draftgore2008.org/texas-supreme-court-strikes-blow-to-heartbeat-abortion-ban-lawsuit/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/texas-supreme-court-strikes-blow-to-heartbeat-abortion-ban-lawsuit/ By Michel GryboskiSenior Church Editor | Friday, March 11, 2022 Pro-life activists demonstrate outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for the defunding and replacement of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected […]]]>
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Pro-life activists demonstrate outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for the defunding and replacement of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. |

Texas’ highest court has recommended that a lawsuit against the state law banning abortion as young as six weeks gestation be dismissed because state officials are not enforcing the pro-life measure.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday in the case of Whole Woman’s Health et al. versus Jackson et al. that state medical licensing board officials cannot enforce the law, which bans nearly all abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which is usually about six weeks after onset of a pregnancy.

Since the law allows private citizens to enforce the ban instead, the decision by the state’s highest court effectively nullifies the lawsuit filed by pro-choice groups.

Texas Right to Life, a pro-life group that supports a heartbeat abortion ban, celebrated the Texas Supreme Court’s opinion in a statement telling supporters the ruling was a “huge victory.” “.

“We have said from the start that the abortionists’ lawsuits must be thrown out,” the lobby group said.

“Parliament clearly never intended state agencies to be involved in enforcing the Texas Heartbeat Act, and the Texas Supreme Court agreed. This is not the last leg of the journey, as the case goes now return to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but it confirms a positive path for the landmark law.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which helped bring the lawsuit against the law, concludes that the lawsuit is effectively dead. Of the legal attempts to stop the Texas law, the abortion rights group argues that this lawsuit was “once the most promising.”

But now the Texas Supreme Court has ruled the lawsuit cannot proceed against the Texas Medical Board and state licensing officials, the only remaining defendants.

Although the case returns to the 5th Circuit, the CRC said in a statement that it expects the challenge to be “dismissed” in light of Friday’s ruling.

“This decision comes after the United States Supreme Court dismissed most of the case in December 2021, allowing only a small portion of the case to proceed to a lower court,” the statement said. CRC. “Today’s ruling will result in the remaining portion of the 6-week ban challenge being dismissed, meaning SB 8 will likely remain in effect for the foreseeable future.”

CRC President and CEO Nancy Northup said the decision shows that “[w]We are going through a moment of crisis not only for reproductive rights, but also for our justice system and the rule of law.

“With this ruling, the fragment of this case that we have left is gone,” Northup said.

“An unconstitutional six-week abortion ban continues unchecked in the state of Texas. The courts allowed Texas to override a constitutional right. We will continue to do everything in our power to right this wrong. »

Last May, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 8, which bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually about six weeks into a pregnancy.

The law is enforced by private citizens who receive financial incentives to sue abortion providers or anyone else in Texas who helps a woman obtain an illegal abortion.

The law has survived multiple legal challenges, with the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the law into effect last summer and also declining to block the legislation last December.

According to data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the number of abortions in the state the month the law went into effect fell about 60 percent from the previous month.

In its statement, Texas Right to Life said it was “grateful that the Texas Heartbeat Act continues to save thousands of lives, and we hope the judiciary will soon lead the way in protecting all unborn children in canceling Roe vs. Wade.”

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,Virginia. city ​​drops plan for ‘abortion provider appreciation day’ https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:01:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday 08 March 2022 The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. | Wikimedia Commons/Hermann Luyken The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese. Mayor Justin Wilson, […]]]>
The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. |

The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese.

Mayor Justin Wilson, a Democrat, unveiled a proclamation last week announcing his intention to make Thursday, March 10, an “abortion provider appreciation day” to “celebrate courage, compassion and high quality care. quality that abortion providers and clinic staff provide.”

While Alexandria is a majority Democratic city where more than 80% of residents who voted in the 2020 presidential election supported Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the plan to recognize “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” was strongly pushed back.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington issued a statement condemning the proposal to celebrate abortion, which he described as a “direct and violent attack on human life”.

“Proposing a celebration of abortion and a ‘day of appreciation’ for those who destroy lives defies belief,” he said. “The city of Alexandria should rather do the opposite. It should celebrate all who save, protect and care for human life. It should redirect its focus to acknowledging and supporting both mothers and their children, as so many dedicated and compassionate people in Alexandria do every day.

Burbidge called on the people of Alexandria to “express their opposition to this proclamation”. St. Mary’s Basilica in Alexandria’s Old Town district shared the bishop’s statement on its website and provided a link to a form for residents to contact the mayor and city council members. The council was due to consider Wilson’s proclamation at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

Virginia’s oldest Roman Catholic Church provided a list of sample statements residents could include on the form, urging them to “take a strong stand for life!”

In addition, prominent conservatives living in Alexandria have also taken issue with the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.”

“My Democratic mayor and my city council celebrate people who kill babies,” said Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, tweeted. She called the proclamation “demonic.”

Mercedes Schlapp, another Alexandria resident who served as the White House’s director of strategic communications under former President Donald Trump, supported that “Mayor Justin Wilson is trying to divide our country”, insisting that “this action must be stopped”.

In an email obtained by The Daily Wire, Wilson announced that “This proclamation has now been removed from the agenda at my request.”

“The proclamation you refer to is part of a nationwide effort, timed to occur 29 years from the date of the murder of an OB-GYN in Florida, who was murdered for providing legal and safe health care services. “Wilson said.

Wilson began the proclamation last week by noting that March 10 marks the 29th anniversary of the murder of an abortion doctor “by a white supremacist anti-abortion extremist.” That doctor’s name was David Gunn, who was murdered by Michael Frederick Griffin in Pensacola, Florida in 1993.

The current file from Tuesday’s city council meeting contains a list of proclamations the legislature will consider. Agenda item #7, which previously included the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day,” reads: “This item has been removed from the record.”

Schlapp responded to development in a tweet on Friday.

“Glory to God,” she tweeted. “That’s why it’s so important to speak out against the left pushing a radical agenda even at the local level.”

In her proclamation last week, Wilson framed abortion as necessary “reproductive health care” that “must be accessible so people can make real decisions about their bodies, their lives and their futures.”

He lamented the “recent restrictions in some states” that “forced many family planning clinics to close” as well as the “recent gutting of the Title X program” that “further threatened access to abortion referrals.” and reproductive services and care. ”

The mayor also expressed concern that “the United States Supreme Court now contains a majority of justices who may fail to interpret the Constitution to protect the right to terminate a pregnancy and may overrule or severely limit Roe vs. Wade in 2022,” referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

He denounced the “threat to women’s reproductive rights” posed by the possible partial or complete reversal of deer as “a threat to women’s reproductive rights” and “therefore a threat to fundamental human rights”.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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History is abused to support Putin’s Russia policy https://draftgore2008.org/history-is-abused-to-support-putins-russia-policy/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/history-is-abused-to-support-putins-russia-policy/ Russia’s war in Ukraine is as much about the past as it is about the future. Three days before the start of the massive military invasion of Ukraine, Russian state television broadcast an hour-long speech in which President Vladimir Putin claimed that historically Ukraine has always been linked to Russia. For him, the independent Ukrainian […]]]>

Russia’s war in Ukraine is as much about the past as it is about the future. Three days before the start of the massive military invasion of Ukraine, Russian state television broadcast an hour-long speech in which President Vladimir Putin claimed that historically Ukraine has always been linked to Russia. For him, the independent Ukrainian state is the result of a historic mistake first made by the Bolsheviks who granted Ukraine the status of a republic within the Soviet Union. According to his account, this contradicted the historical roots of Ukrainians in the Russian state and sowed the seeds of a radical nationalism that made Ukrainians susceptible to the West’s false promises when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Katja Bruisch is Ussher Assistant Professor of Environmental History at TCD

When the Russian army entered the Donbass after Putin’s speech, it continued the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity that began in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea and Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Putin’s claims about Ukrainian history weren’t entirely new either. In July 2021, his essay “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians” argued that Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusians were “one people”, organically linked by their common history, culture and territory. Putin’s account denies that Ukrainians can tell their story differently and contradicts what historians know about Ukrainian nationalism. Its interpretation is also not legally relevant. However we write the history of Ukraine, the invasion is an attack on a sovereign state whose borders are subject to international law. And yet, Putin’s historical narrative cannot simply be dismissed as an irrelevant delusion of a madman: it is a crucial instrument of his political actions domestically and internationally. The story is used to underpin Putinist Russia policy.

Putin’s account denies that Ukrainians can tell their story differently and contradicts what historians know about Ukrainian nationalism

Laying out an ideological foundation for the war, Putin’s February 21 speech also marked the culmination of a domestic trend in Russia, where the state has become the ultimate watchdog of historical narrative. The consequences for those who write and think about history have been significant. Remarkable is the fate of Memorial, a human rights organization whose origins date back to the years of perestroika. Memorial played a crucial role in restoring truths about the Soviet totalitarian past, compiling lists of more than three million victims of state terror.

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Memorial’s headquarters in Moscow houses a rich archive documenting personal stories of political repression and has served for many years as a space for critical debate about the present as much as the past. Under pressure for years, the organization has been accused of supporting ‘terrorism’ and breaking Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law, leading to the Russian Supreme Court’s decision to ‘liquidate’ Memorial in December 2021. On February 28, as Russian and Ukrainian delegations were meeting for negotiations on the Belarusian border and Russian units shelled the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Memorial’s appeal against this decision was rejected. The verdict ends three decades in which professional historians and activists have shed light on human rights abuses in both Soviet and post-Soviet times.

Jennifer Keating is Assistant Professor of Modern Eastern European History at UCD

Meanwhile, the distortion of history takes physical form in Ukraine. On February 28, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced that 25 paintings by famous Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko had been destroyed after the museum in Ivankiv, a town near Kiev, was hit by Russian fire. In an attack on Kiev’s television tower, reports suggest that Russian forces also damaged the Babyn Yar memorial site which commemorates one of the biggest massacres of the Holocaust. The following day, Kharkiv National University, an important center of learning since the early 19th century, was heavily damaged by a Russian missile. Putin’s narrative has countless blind spots. It disregards the fact that much of Ukraine’s territory lies outside the borders of Imperial Russia and refutes stories of nationalistic expression to which the empire responded with strict Russification measures. Likewise, he is silent on the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s and the Holocaust and has nothing to say about the broad popular support for Ukrainian independence in 1991. The war is now turning historical reductionism into tangible destruction. .

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Given Putin’s previous career as head of the KGB, his policies have been mislabeled as an attempt to revive the Soviet Union. Yet while he called the Soviet collapse the major geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century, his history and politics defy simplistic attributions. They combine the imperialist aspirations and conservative values ​​of the Russian Empire, the glorification of military prowess that was central to Soviet identity after World War II, and frustration with the Eastern European countries that define their national policy more and more by turning towards the European Union, and not Russia. Putin’s story is not a step back in time: it is rather the creation of a new past, one that responds to the contexts of the beginning of the 21st century.

While he called the Soviet collapse a major geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century, Putin’s history and politics defy simplistic attributions

Putin’s distorted language about Ukraine, the crackdown on narratives that do not match those of the state, and the catastrophic damage already done to people and places in Ukraine are intrinsically linked. Since the start of the war, Russian authorities have detained thousands of anti-war protesters and shut down the few remaining independent media outlets in the country. Scholars, journalists, scientists and others published and signed open letters calling the war a war and calling on the government to stop it. Many historians have joined these initiatives. Words, signatures and protests may seem insignificant in the face of tanks and airstrikes, but it all matters. Mobilizing the past in service of the present is by no means Putin’s only domain, but this horrifying iteration must be recognized and denounced for what it is: a violence that seeks not only to distort and erase the past, but also to legitimize, galvanize and authenticate the encroaching actions of an autocratic regime that now threatens the lives of millions beyond Russia’s borders.

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Pro-lifers hail Senate defeat of key abortion bill https://draftgore2008.org/pro-lifers-hail-senate-defeat-of-key-abortion-bill/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 20:11:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/pro-lifers-hail-senate-defeat-of-key-abortion-bill/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday 01 March 2022 Protesters take part in the March for Life 2022 in Washington, DC on January 21, 2022. | Christian Post/Nicole Alcindor While a bill that would have codified abortion rights into federal law did not advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday, life advocates argue that […]]]>
Protesters take part in the March for Life 2022 in Washington, DC on January 21, 2022. |

While a bill that would have codified abortion rights into federal law did not advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday, life advocates argue that Senate Democrats who supported the bill are ” radically disconnected from the American people”.

The Senate failed to garner the votes needed to begin debate on the Women’s Health Protection Act, described as “a bill intended to protect a person’s ability to determine whether it is appropriate to continue or terminate a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services”. .”

The Senate fell short of the 60 votes required to invoke closure and begin debate on the bill, with 48 senators voting in favor of closure and 46 senators voting against.

All Senate Republicans who voted, including pro-choice Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against invoking closure.

Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., was the only Senate Democrat to join Republicans in opposing the bill.

The Women’s Health Protection Act was passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last year, with all Republicans and one Democrat opposing the measure. The bill was backed by the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer.

Pro-life groups issued statements late Monday, reiterating their concerns about the legislation and Democrats’ near-unanimous support for it. Meanwhile, pro-abortion organizations have condemned the Senate’s failure to move the bill forward.

“We thank all of our pro-life allies in the Senate who exposed the extremism of this bill and helped defeat it,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of grassroots lobbying organization Susan B. Anthony List.

“The abortion-on-demand law until the birth of Biden, Pelosi and Schumer would enshrine an unlimited ‘right’ to abortion in federal law and block common pro-life laws nationwide.”

“In calling for the passage of this bill, Chuck Schumer called abortion ‘sacred’ and a ‘fundamental right’ – proving that pro-abortion Democrats could not be more radically out of touch with the American people,” she added. “Those who sided with the abortion lobby to trample the will of the people will face political consequences.”

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, described the Women’s Health Protection Act as evidence of the “Democratic Party’s abortion bigotry.”

“This legislation shows how rigid and intransigent the Democratic Party has become on abortion,” she said. “This legislation would have made sweeping changes, including increasing taxpayer funding for abortion and removing requirements that a woman must receive information about the development of her unborn child so that she can take an informed decision.”

“This legislation would override nearly all existing protective state laws,” warned Jennifer Popik, NRLC’s director of federal legislation. “With this bill, elective abortion would have become the procedure that must always be facilitated – never delayed, never hindered in the slightest degree.”

Leaders of abortion advocacy organizations have vowed to continue fighting to pass the legislation. Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tweeted Monday saying Monday’s result was “disappointing”.

“But the progress we’ve made along the way is still a big step toward protecting access to abortion,” Johnson tweeted.

“We are grateful to all the organizers, volunteers, supporters and elected officials who fought for AMPS! We won’t stop fighting.

NARAL, an abortion advocacy group, blame Senate Republicans for blocking the bill from moving forward. NARAL argues that the legislation would “protect the legal right to abortion.”

“Reproductive freedom is at risk – but they failed to protect us,” NARAL tweeted. “We hold Republicans who voted against the WHPA accountable in 2022.”

The push to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which began nearly three years ago in the 116th U.S. Congress, intensified last fall after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled authorized the entry into force of a Texas law prohibiting abortions after six weeks of gestation.

In addition, fears that the Supreme Court will overturn or weaken the precedent created by Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide played a role in the drive to codify abortion into federal law.

The Supreme Court must rule on the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of gestation.

A poll indicates that while most Americans oppose the overthrow of deer, most Americans support limiting abortions after 15 weeks gestation. A poll late last year sponsored by Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies found that 54% of Americans oppose the overthrow Deer, while 56% of respondents expressed support for limiting abortions to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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DeSantis tells CPAC to ‘put on the full armor of God’ https://draftgore2008.org/desantis-tells-cpac-to-put-on-the-full-armor-of-god/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 18:14:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/desantis-tells-cpac-to-put-on-the-full-armor-of-god/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Friday, February 25, 2022 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, February 24, 2022. | Screenshot: YouTube/News 19 WLTX Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told one of the largest annual national gatherings of conservative activists this week to put on “full […]]]>
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, February 24, 2022. |

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told one of the largest annual national gatherings of conservative activists this week to put on “full armor of God” as he vowed to lead the charge to make 2022 “the ‘the year America fought back’ against what he called the ‘woke’ left.

Considered a candidate for a possible Republican presidential election in 2024, Desantis spoke at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Thursday, saying America should be concerned about the leftist’s embrace of the “awakening” and attempts to “marginalize” conservative views from the mainstream culture. .

DeSantis also took photos of Joe Biden’s presidency, further speculating that he intends to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2024.

“All told, he had the worst first year of any president since the 1800s,” DeSantis said.

He criticized the Congressional Democrats’ agenda, saying their agenda would have become a reality “if they had just elected a few more US senators.”

Currently, the US Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, making it difficult for progressives to enact their favorite policy proposals, even if they have a slight majority since Vice President Kamala Harris voted in the event. of equality.

“They were going to wrap the Supreme Court of the United States. They were going to make DC one state so they would have two radical left-wing Democratic senators for life,” he said. “They were going to abolish the Electoral College so California could … elect the president, and they wanted to federalize fraudulent voting practices.”

DeSantis argued that the Democrats’ congressional ambitions are trying to “marginalize the conservative half of the country” so they become “powerless” to fight against their “ideological goals.”

“Revival is the new religion of the left, and that’s what they have in mind,” he said. “That’s why they want CRT [critical race theory] because they want to divide the country. That’s why they’re taking the statues of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt out, taking the name of George Washington out of the schools. Because they want to erase this history.

“They want to delegitimize our founding institutions and they want to replace that with their leftist ideology as the fundamental tenets of our modern society,” he continued.

He argued that many American institutions – the media, universities and “Big Tech” – have embraced the principles of “wokeism”.

The governor urged the crowd to help make “2022 the year America fought back,” promising to “lead the charge here in Florida.”

He argued that such an effort would require people to “put on this full armor of God, to stand firm against the plans of the left.” He predicted: “You will meet flaming arrows, but the shield of faith will stop them.”

DeSantis remarked, “there is no substitute for courage.”

He praised those with the “courage” to oppose “cancellation culture”, “corporate media narratives”, “Big Tech” and the Biden administration.

DeSantis also declared victory over “faucism,” touting Florida’s approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which has been pushed back by liberals.

With relatively lax COVID-19 mitigation policies, DeSantis said the state has attracted a slew of new residents during the coronavirus and has become a top vacation destination for those seeking refuge from restrictive lockdowns. of coronaviruses and the politicians who supported these policies.

He attributed Florida’s popularity to the fact that its administration “refused to let this state descend into some kind of Faucian dystopia where people’s freedoms are curtailed and their livelihoods are destroyed.”

“We have protected people’s rights. We have protected people’s jobs. We have protected small businesses and made sure that every child in the state of Florida has the opportunity to go to school in person, five days a week,” he proclaimed.

“In Florida, we reject the biomedical security state, which erodes freedom, harms livelihoods, and divides our society. And we’re not just rejecting it if it’s the government, we’ve done things like banning passports and vaccination mandates because it’s unacceptable to just outsource… faucism to big business.

DeSantis repeatedly mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has become the public face of the US government’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and has advocated for such measures. than mask mandates, lockdowns and in-person worship. restrictions to stop the spread of the disease.

Florida resisted calls to implement such measures for most of the pandemic, leading DeSantis to declare that “Florida has defeated faucism.”

“Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State,” he said, as the crowd erupted in applause.

“My duty is to stand up and protect the freedoms and jobs of the people I represent and if that puts me in political danger then so be it. I will be with them. I will not try to protect my own skin.

DeSantis’ speech touched on other contentious debates in American politics, including whether trans-identified biological men should be able to compete in women’s athletic competitions because they identify as female.

“In Florida, we were one of the first states to champion and protect women’s athletics,” he said. “We are not going to let our young girls and female athletes be denied opportunities because of ideology and political correctness.”

Speaking on another controversial topic that he and the Florida legislature have broached, DeSantis told the crowd how the state had banned the teaching of critical race theory in public classrooms. When the bill passed last June, DeSantis said it would prevent the teaching of programs that could “distort historical events.”

“Because we won’t spend taxpayers’ money teaching our children to hate our country or to hate themselves, we’ve banned [critical race theory] in K-12 education,” DeSantis told CPAC.

“Instead, we have the strongest civic education in the country. We’re going to hold citizenship exams for graduating seniors, and we’re giving teachers the opportunity to attend a civics boot camp and earn a $3,000 bonus.

CPAC ends with a mock poll, where participants indicate which hypothetical Republican presidential candidate they support.

Former President Donald Trump won last year’s straw poll with 55% of the vote, while DeSantis came in second with 21%. If Trump doesn’t run, DeSantis would emerge as the frontrunner, with 43% of respondents expressing support for the Florida governor. Second place in the straw poll, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, received 11% support.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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Christian group sues California over expanded assisted suicide law https://draftgore2008.org/christian-group-sues-california-over-expanded-assisted-suicide-law/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 15:53:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/christian-group-sues-california-over-expanded-assisted-suicide-law/ By Michel GryboskiSenior Church Editor | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Reuters A Christian medical organization and a licensed medical professional have sued California over changes to its assisted suicide law that they say require them to participate in the controversial procedure. The Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Dr. Leslee Cochrane filed the suit Tuesday […]]]>
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A Christian medical organization and a licensed medical professional have sued California over changes to its assisted suicide law that they say require them to participate in the controversial procedure.

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Dr. Leslee Cochrane filed the suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The complaint argues that recently passed Senate Bill 380 requires a physician with a patient requesting assisted suicide “to document the request in that patient’s medical record, even if the physician objects to participating in the suicide. assisted in any way”.

Enacted last October, the legislation also amends the state’s assisted suicide law by reducing the minimum time between a patient’s two required oral requests for life-threatening drugs from 15 days to 48 hours.

The legal filing also states that physicians who refuse to participate in the assisted suicide approval process, such as determining decision-making capacity or referring a patient to a physician who is willing to perform the act , expose themselves to “civil, criminal and administrative proceedings”. , disciplinary, employment, accreditation, professional discipline, contractual liability or medical personnel action, sanction or penalty or other liability. »

The named defendants include California Attorney General Rob Bonta, California Department of Public Health Director Tomás J. Aragón, and members of the California Medical Board.

“In sum, the original End-of-Life Options Act provided broad protection for conscientious objector physicians, but SB 380 eliminates or limits that protection,” the lawsuit reads.

“The plaintiffs do not wish to participate in assisted suicide in any way, but they fear being penalized under SB 380 and being sued against their medical licenses if they do not.”

The CMDA and Cochrane are represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative nonprofit legal association that has successfully argued religious freedom cases before the United States Supreme Court.

ADF lead attorney Denise Harle said in a statement Tuesday that plaintiffs “seek to live out their faith in their medical practice, and that includes valuing every human life entrusted to their care.”

“Participating in physician-assisted suicide or referring a patient there for physician-assisted suicide would very clearly violate their conscience,” Harle said.

“No medical professional should be coerced into acting against their religious beliefs and medical ethics, and the State of California is wrong to impose such coercion.”

In October 2015, then Governor. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act, the law taking effect the following June and making California the fifth state to allow residents to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs.

Several groups and a terminally ill mother of four named Stephanie Packer sued California over the law shortly after it took effect, arguing that it lacked safeguards and rejecting the idea that suicide should be considered crimes. Health care.

In May 2018, Riverside State Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia ruled against the law, finding that state lawmakers passed it unconstitutionally.

But later that year, a three-judge panel of the California 4th District Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s decision, finding the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue.

Last November, the appeals court found the Packer lawsuit moot because lawmakers reauthorized and extended the law into 2021.

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Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage case of Christian web designer https://draftgore2008.org/supreme-court-to-hear-same-sex-marriage-case-of-christian-web-designer/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 17:31:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/supreme-court-to-hear-same-sex-marriage-case-of-christian-web-designer/ By Michel GryboskiSenior Church Editor | Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Lori Smith | Alliance Defending Freedom The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Christian web designer challenging a Colorado state law requiring her to create marriage websites for same-sex couples if she proposes also similar services to other couples. In […]]]>
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Christian web designer challenging a Colorado state law requiring her to create marriage websites for same-sex couples if she proposes also similar services to other couples.

In a list of orders published on Tuesday morning, the High Court agreed to hear an appeal in the case of 303 Creative LLC et al v. Aubrey Elenis, et al.

“The motion for writ of certiorari is granted, limited to the following question: Does the application of a public accommodation law to compel a performer to speak or remain silent violate the Freedom of phrase of the First Amendment?, the ordinance reads.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group representing web designer Lorie Smith and her company, 303 Creative, welcomed the High Court’s decision to hear the appeal.

“This could be a historic case for religious freedom and artistic freedom,” said the ADF on Twitter shortly after the order was posted. “We look forward to representing Lorie in the high court.”

“The government does not have the power to silence or compel creative expression under threat of sanction. It is shocking that the 10th Circuit allows Colorado to punish artists whose speech is inconsistent with state-sanctioned ideology,” ADF General Counsel Kristen Wagoner said in a statement. .

“Colorado has weaponized its law to silence speech it disagrees with, to compel speech it endorses, and to punish anyone who dares to disagree. Colorado law – and others like it – is a clear and present danger to the constitutionally protected freedoms of every American and the very existence of a diverse and free nation.

In 2016, Smith filed a pre-enforcement court challenge to Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, arguing that the law would require him to provide services that contradicted his religious views that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. woman.

A key issue was that Smith wanted to start building websites for weddings, but she was unwilling to provide those services for same-sex weddings due to her religious objections to unions.

In July of last year, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled 2 to 1 against 303 Creative, finding that “Colorado has a compelling interest in protecting both the interests of dignity members of marginalized groups and their material interests in accessing the commercial market”.

“When regulating business entities, like the appellants, public housing laws help ensure a free and open economy,” Circuit Judge Mary Beck Briscoe, a Clinton appointee, wrote in the majority.

“Thus, while the commercial nature of the appellants’ activities does not diminish their interest in speaking, it does give Colorado an absent state interest when regulating non-commercial activities.”

Circuit Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote a dissent, concluding that “the Constitution protects Mrs. Smith from the government telling her what to say or do.”

“But the majority take the remarkable – and novel – position that the government can force Ms. Smith to produce messages that violate her conscience,” Tymkovich wrote.

“In doing so, the majority finds not only that Colorado has a compelling interest in forcing Ms. Smith to deliver a government-sanctioned message against her religious beliefs, but also that its public lodging law is the least restrictive means of achieve this goal.. No case has ever gone this far.

In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, arguing that the state of Colorado violated the baker’s First Amendment rights by penalizing him for refusing to bake a custom cake for a gay wedding. In Decision 7-2, the court held that the laws should be applied in a “religion-neutral” manner.

Last July, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Washington-based Christian florist punished by the state for refusing to provide flower arrangements at a same-sex wedding. Last November, the florist, Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers, agreed to pay $5,000 and retire as part of a settlement amid a lengthy legal battle.

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The Republican Party abandons democracy. There can be no ‘politics as usual’ | Thomas Zimmer https://draftgore2008.org/the-republican-party-abandons-democracy-there-can-be-no-politics-as-usual-thomas-zimmer/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 13:49:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/the-republican-party-abandons-democracy-there-can-be-no-politics-as-usual-thomas-zimmer/ Over the past few weeks, President Joe Biden has repeatedly emphasized his friendship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. At National Prayer Breakfast in early February, for example, he praised McConnell as “a man of his word. And you are a man of honor. Thank you for being my friend.” Biden’s publicly professed affinity is […]]]>

Over the past few weeks, President Joe Biden has repeatedly emphasized his friendship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. At National Prayer Breakfast in early February, for example, he praised McConnell as “a man of his word. And you are a man of honor. Thank you for being my friend.”

Biden’s publicly professed affinity is oddly at odds with the political situation. Returning to the Obama era, McConnell led the Republican Party in a strategy of near total obstruction which he continued with ruthless cynicism. It is true that he has, at times, signaled his distance from Donald Trump and condemned the January 6 insurrection. But McConnell is also sabotaging any effort to counter the Republican Party’s continued authoritarian assault on the political system.

The distinct asymmetry in how the two sides treat each other extends far beyond Biden and McConnell. Republicans immediately derided Biden’s promise to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court – while Democratic leaders hope for bipartisan support; house tenant Nancy Pelosi insists the nation needs a strong Republican Party – meanwhile, radicals like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, who fantasizes about committing acts of violence against Democrats, are embraced by their fellow Republicans, proving that they are not just an extremist fringe that has “hijacked” the Party, as Pelosi has suggested. And when Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently hinted that Republicans would impeach Biden if they were to take over the House “whether justified or not” the White House responded by calling on Cruz to “work with us to get something done”.

Republicans couldn’t be clearer that they view Democratic governance as fundamentally illegitimate, but some establishment Democrats are acting as if politics as usual is still an option and a return to ‘normal’. imminent.

There is certainly an element of political strategy in all of this. Democrats are eager to portray themselves as a force of moderation and unity. But Biden’s desire to understand beyond party lines seems sincere. He was reluctant make the fight against the Republican Party’s assault on democracy the centerpiece of its agenda; Democratic leaders have mostly been reluctant to draw public attention to the Republican Party’s authoritarian turn.

An important explanatory factor is that many Democratic leaders are elderly. They emerged in a very different political environment, when there was indeed a lot of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. There’s no reason to be nostalgic about it – the politics of bipartisan consensus has more often than not stifled racial and social progress. But there was certainly an established norm of intra-party cooperation until quite recently. When the California senator Dianne Feinstein hugs South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham at the end of the 2020 Amy Coney Barrett hearings was a bizarre throwback to those days of cross-party friendship amid a naked Republican power grab.

Beyond institutional tradition and personal familiarity, this failure to seriously address the post-Obama reality in which Democratic politicians are almost universally viewed as members of an “un-American” faction by most Republicans has deeper ideological roots. The way some establishment Democrats have acted suggests they feel a kinship with their Republican opponents based on a worldview of white elite centrism. Their view of the prospect of a reactionary white regime is influenced by whether, consciously or not, they understand that their elite status would not necessarily be affected as much. Republican dogma — that the world works better if it’s run by prosperous white people — has some appeal to wealthy white elites, regardless of party.

From this perspective, it is rational to believe that the greatest immediate threat comes from the “left”: an agenda to transform America from a restricted white male democracy that has largely preserved existing hierarchies into a multiracial, pluralistic and functional social democracy. is indeed a losing proposition for people who have traditionally been at the top. When Biden insists that “I am not Bernie Sanders. I am not a socialist, and instead emphasizes his friendship with Mitch McConnell, he offers more than strategic rhetoric. Many establishment Democrats seem to believe it is high time to push back against the “radical” forces of leftism and “revivalism.”

The constant attempts to normalize a radicalizing Republican party also have a lot to do with two founding myths that shape the collective imagination: the myth of American exceptionalism and the myth of white innocence. We may be decades away from the height of the so-called post-war “liberal consensus,” but much of the country’s Democratic elite still subscribes to an exceptionalist understanding that America is fundamentally good and the United States inexorably on the verge of overcoming everything there might still be residual problems. This often goes hand in hand with a mythical account of America’s past, portraying democracy as exceptionally stable. Never mind that a true multiracial democracy has existed for less than 60 years in this country. What could possibly threaten America so-called “old, consolidated” democracy? Recognizing what the Republican Party has become goes against the pillars of this worldview.

Finally, American political discourse is still significantly shaped by the white innocence paradigm. Economic anxiety, anti-elite backlash, or just plain liberal malice — whatever drives white extremism, it doesn’t have to be racism, and they can’t be blamed for their actions. White innocence dogma instinctively leads to elite opinion sanitize the reasons for the rise of right-wing demagoguesa common trend in commentary surrounding the success of George Wallace in the late 1960s, David Duke in the early 1990s, or Donald Trump in 2016. The idea of ​​white innocence also blurs the perspective of Democratic elites on the Republican elites: since they cannot be driven by reactionary white nationalism, they must be driven by more benign forces, fear of the Trumpian base perhaps, or perhaps they are seduced by the dangerous demagogue.

“I actually like Mitch McConnell,” Biden said at a press conference a few weeks ago, offering a window into what he sees in Republicans: No matter what they do, underneath they’re good guys, they’ll be fine. . To promise. It is the manifestation of a specific worldview that makes it nearly impossible to recognize the depths of Republican radicalization – a perspective that severely hampers the struggle for the survival of American democracy.

  • Thomas Zimmer is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, specializing in the history of democracy and its discontents in the United States, and contributing opinion writer for the US Guardian.

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Arizona Senate Waives School Spending Cap, Avoids Crisis | Govt. & Politics https://draftgore2008.org/arizona-senate-waives-school-spending-cap-avoids-crisis-govt-politics/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 23:26:24 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/arizona-senate-waives-school-spending-cap-avoids-crisis-govt-politics/ “So here we are, feeding the beast, more money, more money, in my opinion, capitulating to the educational terrorists who have held our children hostage,” Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita said, blaming local schools of their COVID restrictions. The House voted 45 to 14 last Tuesday to give schools the ability to spend $1.154 billion last year, […]]]>

“So here we are, feeding the beast, more money, more money, in my opinion, capitulating to the educational terrorists who have held our children hostage,” Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita said, blaming local schools of their COVID restrictions.

The House voted 45 to 14 last Tuesday to give schools the ability to spend $1.154 billion last year, which would have put them above the constitutional spending limit. All 28 Democrats present voted for the waiver, but 14 of the 31 Republican House members voted no.

Schools would have exceeded the spending limit on March 1 and would have had to plan quickly for cuts that could have included closures or layoffs had the Legislature not acted. Around 880,000 students are believed to have been affected. The spending limit does not affect public charter schools, which educate about 240,000 K-12 students.

Republicans have balked at approving the waiver of the overall spending limit for fear it will breathe life into Proposition 208, the 2020 voter-approved tax on the wealthy that the state Supreme Court ruled in August unconstitutional if it placed spending above the ceiling.

A trial court judge is considering whether that would be the case, but has delayed the release of what opponents of the tax say is a certain ruling that new revenue would exceed the cap. House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Fann recently asked the Supreme Court to intervene and permanently strike out Proposition 208. The court has yet to act on that request.

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COVID-19 tames the race to replace Duterte as Philippine president | Political news https://draftgore2008.org/covid-19-tames-the-race-to-replace-duterte-as-philippine-president-political-news/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 01:14:16 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/covid-19-tames-the-race-to-replace-duterte-as-philippine-president-political-news/ Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines – Wading through a crowd of supporters, Vice President Leni Robredo moved cautiously as a group of teenagers began to gather around her, hoisting their phone cameras, ready to take selfies. The presidential candidate answered the request of her masked fans as her staff repeatedly reminded the growing crowd to keep […]]]>

Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines – Wading through a crowd of supporters, Vice President Leni Robredo moved cautiously as a group of teenagers began to gather around her, hoisting their phone cameras, ready to take selfies. The presidential candidate answered the request of her masked fans as her staff repeatedly reminded the growing crowd to keep their distance due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Other supporters stood by, waving handmade posters and pink banners of Robredo, and shouting his name in unison. Their voices were drowned out by booming live music played by a swaying and twirling dance troupe in native costume as they welcomed the Philippines’ highest representative.

In a typical election year, when candidates woo voters at events across the 7,107-island country, Robredo A Mardi Gras style reception would have been considered tame. But during a pandemic, when community closures and rigid limits on mass gatherings are the new normal, organizers say turnout has exceeded their expectations.

As the campaign season officially kicks off on Tuesday, Robredo and the other candidates have been forced to adjust to an electoral landscape disrupted by COVID-19.

Since the People Power protests of 1986 and the restoration of democracy, elections for President and Vice President have been held every six years, with Filipinos also voting for 12 senators, more than 300 House members and approximately 18,000 local positions – from governors to city council members. — in a circus-like political jamboree that lasts three months.

Trailing in the polls, Robredo is looking to reel in her supporters and secure another victory from behind on May 9, as she did in 2016 when she was elected vice president.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son and namesake of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr, whose brutal rule was ended by the 1986 protests, stands against her – and currently, the most popular candidate to replace President Rodrigo Duterte.

After six years of strongman rule under Duterte, who is barred from running for president a second time, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

“If Bongbong Marcos wins, it confirms that Duterte’s victory is not just a blip in post-Marcos political history,” said Robin Michael Garcia, director of WR Numero, a polling and analytics firm. Manila-based data company, using Marcos Jr. moniker.

“We know Duterte already has authoritarian tendencies, and I don’t think Bongbong will be any better than Duterte when it comes to political governance,” Garcia told Al Jazeera.

There are approximately 65.74 million registered voters in the country. A presidential candidate only needs to win more votes than any other candidate to win.

“High economic stake”

With an economy plagued by the coronavirus, “the future of the county hangs in the balance,” Hezekiah Concepcion, professor of social sciences at Ateneo de Zamboanga University, told Al Jazeera.

“The new president must be able to lead the recovery of the pandemic-battered economy, which experts say has cost our country an estimated 40 trillion pesos ($776.6 billion),” during of the next four decades, he said.

According to a report citing the International Labor Organization (ILO), unemployment is also expected to reach 1.1 million this year, 10% higher than pre-pandemic levels. In November, the Philippine Statistics Authority put the number of unemployed at 3.16 million.

Concepcion says that given the situation, the next president must be “inspirational” to unite the country and “smart in choosing experts and technocrats” to address concerns related to the economy, education, health and the pandemic.

But instead of focusing on the economy and the pandemic, many candidates have engaged in behind-the-scenes deals and political maneuvering for months as they seek to succeed Duterte. Duterte himself had run for senator but later dropped out.

Tandem Marcos and Duterte-Carpio

Analysts say Duterte’s political machinery rallied behind Marcos Jr, even though Duterte himself called Marcos Jr a “weak leader”.

Her own daughter, however, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, seems to think otherwise. She declared her support for Marcos Jr and agreed to run as his vice president, cementing their support into a formidable base. At one point, she too had considered running for president.

Even before declaring his presidential candidacy in October, Marcos Jr had leveraged his 4.4 million Facebook followers to spread his message and woo voters through “virtual campaign trailers” and events. of “meet and greet” online.

His campaign also posts brilliantly produced daily vlogs and occasionally hosts Facebook Live chats to compensate for limited in-person gatherings. In one of his videos, however, Marcos Jr says he still prefers the “old-fashioned” campaign, where he can see his supporters and shake hands.

Garcia, of polling firm WR Numero, describes Marcos Jr’s pre-election poll as “unprecedented”.

“If none of the other candidates do anything drastic in the next three months, Bongbong Marcos will be our next president,” he told Al Jazeera.

It doesn’t hurt the Marcos and Duterte-Carpio team that Duterte remains hugely popular despite the economic downturn and the pandemic and the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into his signature war on drugs for the possible “crime against humanity of murder”.

Former Philippine Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, waves to supporters after submitting his candidacy for the May 2022 presidential race [File: Jam Sta Rosa/AFP]

Marcos’ toughest challenger

As vice president, Robredo is considered the Philippines’ leading opposition figure and Marcos Jr.’s toughest challenger.

Robredo and Duterte were sworn in in 2016 but disagree on many issues, including the handling of the pandemic response and the war on drugs, which she called a “failure.”

Presidents and vice presidents are elected separately in the Philippines, often resulting in the election of candidates from rival parties, such as Duterte and Robredo, who are then unable to work together.

On becoming vice president in 2016, Robredo defeated Marcos Jr who later challenged his victory in court. Although the effort failed, his supporters mounted a sustained social media campaign questioning the legitimacy of Robredo’s victory, weighing on his popularity. Recent polls show her trailing Marcos Jr by a wide margin, although her ratings are rising again.

Robredo has tried to rally support from other opposition figures in a bid to eat away Marcos Jr’s lead, but with little success so far.

These presidential candidates include international boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Panfilo Lacson.

In terms of experience and record, however, no other candidate comes close to Robredo, says Anton Mari Lim, a Mindanao veterinarian and community leader.

He says he supports Robredo because the 2022 race “is a personal fight for the future of my son and the many children in the impoverished communities we serve.

“This is one of those rare times when our choice is not between choosing the lesser evil, but between good and bad governance,” he told Al Jazeera.

In a brief interview with Al Jazeera, Robredo said tackling the pandemic would be her top priority as president, adding that by managing COVID-19, the country could reopen its economy faster.

“There are a lot of gaps in [Duterte] administration’s pandemic response, but it’s not too late yet and we can still fix them,” she said in English and Tagalog.

RobredoLagging behind in the polls, Robredo [centre] is looking to entice her fans across the country and pick up another victory from behind in her rematch with Marcos Jr, whom she similarly defeated in 2016 [Ted Regencia/Al Jazeera]

“Ill-gotten Wealth”

Marcos Jr faces his own challenges. He continues to push back against questions about his family’s questionable wealth and the slew of allegations that they failed to return billions of dollars to the government.

In 2020, the Philippines has already recovered a total of 174.2 billion Philippine pesos ($3.38 billion) from the Marcos family, according to the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG), whose sole task is to recover public funds lost during the Marcos. diet.

The PCGG estimates that from 2021, some A further 125.9 billion Philippine pesos ($2.45 billion) in “ill-gotten wealth” remains to be recovered from the Marcos.

On top of that, the Marcos family also owes the Philippine government an additional 203 billion Philippine pesos ($3.94 billion) in unpaid inheritance tax, according to retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, who leads a group multisector opposing the candidacy of Marcos Jr.

In a media forum, Carpio warned that it might not be possible to recover this money if Marcos Jr becomes president.

Marcos Jr is also the target of motions for disqualification filed with the electoral body, Comelec, following an earlier conviction for his failure to file tax returns for four years in the 1980s.

On several occasions, Marcos Jr has dodged questions about his family wealth and financial connections by refusing to participate in televised debates and forums with other candidates, and instead relying on interviews with friendly members of the media and advertisements to deliver its message of “unity”.

Concepcion, from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, says the strategy has so far allowed him to stay above the fray and deliver the message he wants to promote.

Robredo, however, questioned Marcos Jr’s message, saying unity is meaningless if there is no justice for those who suffered rights violations during the dictatorship, and if the Marcos family does not return the remaining money they stole from the government.

As the sprint to the finish line begins, Robredo, who is the only female candidate in the presidential race, said during a televised debate on Friday that she was confident of beating Marcos Jr again.

“I have never backed down from any challenge I have faced, and in 2022 the last man standing will always be a woman.”

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