Bongbong Marcos performed very well during the 2016 election. He finishes a very close second to Liberal Party candidate Leni Robredo with 14,155,344 votes. It is just over 250,000 less than the winning number. Marcos’ camp claimed that Robredo’s margin was the result of fraud. The electoral protest is to proceed as it awaits for the recount date from the Supreme Court. However, due to the delays, most of his voters resort to social media, particularly through Facebook political groups. The noisiest are the ones who voted for Marcos but their precinct registered a zero vote for him. This development makes him even more popular and causes Robredo to be hated by many.
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[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos Received Zero Votes in All These Places
Reaction from the INC
Members of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo expressed outrage after their votes in Lamitan, Basilan disappeared. Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo got all 100 percent of the votes. The church members accused the Liberals of allegedly “stealing” their votes. They noted that the results in a clustered precinct at the Bohenge Elementary School in Lamitan City showed Robredo obtained all 595 votes while all of her contenders, including Marcos, got zero votes.
Macalintal’s Defense vs. Unconditional Obedience
Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, thinks that nothing is wrong with Robredo getting 100 percent of the votes. But the INC said it was impossible because it has three “locales or churches” in the area. INC member and former congressman Rodante Marcoleta said that the church members were “indoctrinated to follow its leadership’s decisions in absolute and unconditional obedience.”
Thousands of the INC members posted their outrage on Facebook that went viral right after the election. It is still ongoing and is getting more intense. Some posts call for mass actions at the Supreme Court. The INC members particularly questioned where the votes for the church-endorsed Du30-Marcos tandem went but only the recount can resolve this. Most Filipinos believe that the results of the votes were manipulated.
Not Keeping Quiet via Social Media
Here are some of the groups monitored for this article: