By: Elena Grace Flores
The end result of the Oct. 15, 2019 Supreme Court decision over the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos versus Leni Robredo overrides the delay and frustration suffered by the protestant. He’s grateful that despite the complication of the case, the majority of the justices still see the essense of what he’s fighting for. His case continues contrary to the dissenting opinions of justices Benjamin Caguioa and Antonio Carpio. He vows to continue the protest until he gains back the Vice Presidency.
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Must Review the Electoral Protest Processes
The 3 years delay only shows that there’s a need to revisit the electoral protest processes that seem to have loopholes. The protestant is not at all protected, Marcos said. Nevertheless, he’s just thankful that the fight is far from over as claimed by his opponent.
Big Reason to be Jolly
Marcos admits that defeating Caguioa’s efforts to dismiss his case is already a big victory in itself. He cannot hide his jolly mood in front of the press representatives. He vows to show all the evidences that his defeat was due to massive fraud orchestrated by the sitting VP or her influencers.
Trust the Justices
The former senator urges the public to trust the wisdom of the justices. When it is true that the whole procedure is not advantageous to the electoral process itself, the voters or even to the whole political system, he is still thankful to see his agenda through. The essence of the recent PET decision is for his protest to continue and that is the most important thing, he added.
Bongbong Marcos Thanks his Supporters
Since it’s a knock-out score versus Caguioa who heads the committee for his case, Marcos is thankful to the sacrifices of his supporters who are on vigil at the Supreme Court grounds whenever such event happens. What happens today overcomes the difficulties in the last 3 years. He stresses that the loyalists are the ones who are giving him the fighting spirit to continue his quest. As for Robredo, his lawyers will take care of her camp who steals his place as Vice President.
By: Elena Grace Flores
True to the logical explaination of Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez earlier, his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo continues. As per the constitution, the Supreme Court can’t dismiss such a case without resolving the pending second course of action regardless of the recount result. The SC en banc, according to Marcos, rejects to adopt a draft decision made by Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa. He recommends a dismissal of Marcos’ election protest. “I am happy that the case continues,” said Marcos. “So the case lives and it continues,” he said. Besides, only justices Carpio and Caguiao have dissenting opinions versus the 8 magistrates who are for Marcos.
YouTube video by PINOY RANDOM TV RESULTA NG PET RULING MUKHANG PABORABLE KAY BBM
Trust in the Judiciary
Marcos can’t deny that frustration sneeks in after being made to wait for too long to take over as Vice President. “Of course, it’s frustrating but what are you going to do?” he said. “You have to trust the wisdom of our justices. Also the case is complicated. It is the first time that any presidential protest has reached this stage,” Marcos said.
Initial Recount Results
The high court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), releases copies of initial recount results. These are from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. The former senator claims that massive cheating allows Robredo to win. He files such case for it but the camp of Robredo demands the release of its results. The Supreme Court also asks Robredo’s camp to submit an answer to Marcos’ bid. This is to recount votes in yet another area. This time, it’s in the the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Likely Heir of the President
President Rodrigo Du30 currently laments over his poor health. He declares that he is suffering from a chronic immune-system disorder. The timing does not seem accidental. The Supreme Court, with his appointees, is set to issue a crucial ruling about who should be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
The Annointed Successor
If the 74-year-old President Du30 who is prone to long, unclear public absences gets his way, his vice- president should be Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. He swears during the campaign period that he would turnover the Presidency to Marcos because he’s too old for the problems of the country. The Filipino leader also clarifies his disagreement for Robredo to succeed him.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos may again face another delay due to some divisions in the Supreme court – but one thing is certain. Many advocates in the society come forward to defend the late President Ferdinand Marcos citing his pro-poor policies. Marcos’ demonization can’t stand a chance against active players in the economy. Take the case of CREBA National Chairman Charlie AV Gorayeb who commends Marcos for his presidential decree on socialized housing. He is surely an advocate in making Filipino lives better. This happens during the 888 News forum recently at the Marco Polo Hotel during an ambush interview.
YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores CREBA National Chairman Charlie AV Gorayeb Explains the Marcos Era PD On Socialized Housing
A Home for Every Filipino
The Chamber of real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. or CREBA announces its 28th National Convention to the 888 News Forum attendees. It aim to provide a home for every Filipino. Their target is to award 10 million homes by 2040. The convention is from October 9 to 12 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Lahug, Cebu City.
CREBA is Pro-Administration
CREBA commits to protect and promote the interests of its members. It harmonizes the conflicts in busines, government and homeless society. The national interest is paramount to them. The association seeks to be an effective and dynamic partner for national development with the real estate industry being a major pump-primer of the national economy. CREBA has become the government’s stongest ally. This is in terms of their national and affordable housing programs.
Financial Support to the Low-Income Earners
Advocate Gorayeb reminds the public that the government mandates a 270 billion per year funds from the social security system, security insurance, PAG-IBIG, and the Marcos era presidential decree that obliges trade banks to provide 25% of a housing unit’s loanable amount.
No Other President is as Good as Marcos
Chairman Gorayeb finally testifies that ex-President Marcos is by far the only president who takes care of the poor through his era’s policies and reforms. There’s no doubt for him that he is indeed the best president the country ever had. His sector would indeed welcome his son, Bongbong Marcos as President Du30’s replacement should the electoral protest results favorably for him.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The presumptive VP’s camp urges the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to release a copy of the committee report on the initial recount of votes in the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos. This seems unecessary when the deliberation is already the next day. Her counsel said that the SC only decides whether election protest will continue or not. Meanwhile, Marcos is confident of ousting the sitting vice-president in a legal challenge. This would place him a heartbeat away from the Presidency as PDu30’s anointed if the ruling is favorable to him. The loyalists are quietly anticipating his victory.
YouTube video by ABS-CBN News[VIDEO]: Robredo’s camp seeks copy of PET’s committee report on Marcos protest
October 8 Deliberation Round
Atty. Romulo Macalintal swears that Robredo would remain as VP whatever the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s decision would be. This is because the tribunal would only rule on whether the poll protest would continue or not, he said. They should know that BBM’s family was in talks with the President, a political ally, to end the government’s three-decade hunt for the billions of dollar hidden wealth. Although there are evidences that the former first lady Imelda Marcos desperately seeks the attention of the Congress to prioritize its claim constitutionally but to no avail. At the end of the day, the PET fails to act on the electoral protest on October 8. The deliberation’s new schedule is on October 15.
Marcos is Expecting a Favorable Ruling
“We are definitely sure that when the recount starts the true result will emerge and prove that the votes in the vice-presidential election had been incorrectly counted,” Marcos told reporters. Marcos, 60, narrowly lost the vice presidential election last year but he filed a case with the Supreme Court alleging the victor, Leni Robredo, cheated by manipulating computerised vote counting machines. The 8-6 rumored SC ruling which is favorable to Marcos initially leaks but the Chief Justice denies it.
A Political Comeback
Victory for Marcos would cement his family’s remarkable political comeback. This is after 31 years after a famous “People Power” revolution saw millions of people take to the streets to end his father’s 20-year rule. The family was forced into US exile. Although the family remains popular with Imelda, 88, as Congress representative for the solid north.She dreams of his son Bongbong to become president at the right time.
BBM Can be a Step Away from the Presidency
The vice-president takes over should the president die or becomes incapacitated. Du30, 72, admits to having a range of health problems, including a cardiovascular illness. The President insists he is an anti-graft crusader. He also openly admires the leadership style of the the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Senator Imee Marcos was one of his presidential campaign supporters. Du30 mentions something about the settlement on the wealth cases. Bongbong Marcos also confirms that his family offers to sign a “quit claim” deed in which it would identify properties and assets it had acquired legally. Then, relinquish its claim to whatever else the government finds.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Just shortly after the Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, postpones its decision on 2016 vice presidential recount – a media entity leaks the alleged en banc voting that favors Bongbong Marcos. The analysis said that it is most likely vote 8-6 in favor of the protestant. Immediately after the controversy SC Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin denies such opinion but he fails to convince many political analysts given the obvious facts and situation.
YouTube video by ABS-CBN News[VIDEO]: Possible outcomes of Marcos-Robredo electoral protest
Robredo Cannot File for BBM’s Protest Dismissal
Robredo cannot claim victory just through the ballot recount. Bongbong Marcos has three causes of action that could invalidate Robredo’s slim margin of 263,473 votes.“First, that the certificates of canvas were not authentic. They came from tampered vote counting machine. Second, that there was massive fraud in Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. Nothing is valid in those places. And third, that there were malfunctioning of vote counting machine in 22 provinces. This includes the five highly urbanized cities.
Making President Du30 Look Bad
Understandably, the reason why Robredo hangs on to her position is the fear that a reversal of the decision could delay her political ambition. To continue to affirm her victory despite the uncertainties could reduce Du30’s strong image as president. Investors will be adamant to complete projects like the construction of new airports to promote tourism. Another one is a rehabilitation of our railway line in Bicol and a new one Mindanao to provide easy access in the delivery of agricultural products, construction of new dams to improve our water system. Additionally, the breaking up of the telecommunications industry by allowing another party to join the industry, and the building of more bridges and new one along Pasig River, plus the assurance to import our fruits and agricultural products to help our farmers could slow down.
The Continuity of the Marcos-like Administration
Some suspect that the President wavers whether or not to support the Bongbong Marcos for the Vice Presidency as a way to ensure the continuity of his administration. Currently, the current administration has similar platforms to the Marcos administration in many ways. His independent foreign policy and populist economic approach to economic development have made him overwhelmingly popular. But if he goes out of line, it is possible that the country would be in chaos.
More than Just Politics or the Supreme Court
Robredo can only revive the arbitration court decision to instantly renew the country’s indifference with China, whichis favorable to the US. The issue of the five US military bases could be revived. They would seem like our best defense against China. Then the pro-Americans will use to discredit China over the disputes on some islands in the South China Sea. Although to the extreme the exploitation of natural gas and oil in the Reed Bank can go ahead without the prohibitions in the memorandumof agreement. Back to square one so to speak and getting only minimal benefits from our resources. If Robredo succeeds in her quest with the sponsorship of the US, all the plans of President will go nowhere. Du30 knows that she is the next leader who would allow the US’s dominance in the Philippines.