Bongbong Marcos Camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that the former Senator is more than ever determined to see the real results of the manual recount to eject the fake vice president. VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo, however, retaliates and says that “ there is no such thing as ‘fake VP’. But there is such thing as ‘fake protest’. He trusts that contrary to Marcos’ wishes, Robredo can clear her victory once the recount is completed,” Macalintal said.
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[VIDEO]: Can the Recount Put Closure to the VP Election Protest of Bongbong Marcos?
Closure or Disunity after Protest?
The recount scheduled for February 2018 can either bring closure or more disunity depending on how it is processed. This is in connection with Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo. Clean election advocates already scrutinize the ballot retrieval process of the pilot provinces namely; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Robredo’s Territory First
Macalintal said that the first ones to count are the ballots from the clustered precincts in Camarines Sur. It’s the vice president’s home province. The ballot retrievals are set on January 22, 2018. The recount should start by the second week of February. This two other pilot provinces can then follow.
The Supreme Court that sits as the PET, begins in February 2018 the recount of votes. It covers the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. Marcos chooses them as the best provinces. He’s certain that he could prove the irregularities alleged in his protest there.
Did not Pay a High Price to Lose
If Marcos could not prove any substantial recovery of votes from these three pilot provinces, his protest will be dismissed for lack of merit. This is under the PET Rules, Macalintal said. In Camarines Sur alone, P9.6 million would be charged to Marcos’ cash deposit for the retrieval of ballots, salaries, and allowances of employees, security, transportation, and other expenses.