Bongbong Marcos’s lawyer, Atty. George Garcia reiterates that he partly agrees with the assumptions of VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal. That the recount can take 7 months or more. In fact, some protests are already over when the ruling is made. However, the Marcos Camp is ready for the lengthy process. They are practical about it. That’s why they pursue the case. This is an opportunity to improve the country’s digital election system. It’s a crucial test to be logical on what to do with Smartmatic. Given that it is the only national protest that reaches the full payment stage.
Video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Atty. George Garcia for the Marcos Camp explains that the process of their election protest against VP Leni Robredo is indeed very long. It’s the first-ever national protest that can proceed. Even Mar Roxas’ protest against Binay is not at par because the latter only paid Php 300,000.
Macalintal butt in when Garcia explains that the whole recount process is a lengthy one. The 7 months estimate of Garcia does not include the collection of ballots, shipping, and other procedures. Atty. Garcia is gracious enough to agree with this in reality. But made some corrections.
The Only Surviving National Election Protest
Atty. Garcia clarifies that there may be lots of election protests on the local level since 201o but it’s in 2016 that there are Senatorial and VP race protests. Among these cases in the national front, it’s only Bongbong Marcos who has paid in full. They also do not assume that they can win immediately after the payment.
No Recount has Changed the Result in the Past
Macalintal stresses that in the past, no recount has made a revision on the final vote counts. The image printing may be an expensive process but previously, it did not make a difference in the official count. Garcia said that this may be the case but it is important for the country to make use of Marcos’ case to improve future automated elections in the future especially at the national level. Presidential at that.
Win or Lose is Acceptable
The Marcos Camp is grateful enough that the case continues. The results of the recounts in pilot provinces are the only things that matter for Supreme Court to rule if the election protest versus the Vice President has merits. So, other motions like the ARMM tech test must be out of the way. Perhaps, Marcos’ protest can help to decide on Smartmatic’s faith in 2019 which Macalintal defensively said to not blame it for alleged anomalies.