Bongbong Marcos receives a letter dated August 1, 2017, which the COMELEC ‘s Office for Overseas Voting sent the PET. It requested for payment of storage fees. This is a result of the “safe keeping” of various election paraphernalia in Hong Kong that amounts to HK$ 90,000, New York at US$ 24,678.50 and 18 other posts with no amounts mentioned.
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[VIDEO]: All 58 certificates of canvass from 82 foreign posts have arrived in Manila, Commission on Elections Commissioner Arthur Lim said. The votes can be crucial in deciding the cliffhanger vice presidential race Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos.
Marcos Leads in Partial Count
It is noted that Marcos leads the VP race against Leni Robredo by more than 72,000 votes among overseas Filipino voters. The running total of overseas votes for Marcos was 156,123, according to the tabulation disclosed by Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Robredo got 84,144 votes. This indicates that Marcos was enjoying a lead of 72,979 votes.
Only Three Posts
The certificates of canvass from Tel Aviv, Rome and Bahrain are not yet in during the partial count, Guanzon said. It was not disclosed how many votes are involved in these three posts. The turnout for the overseas absentee voting is 429,802 voters in total.
Election Procedure Not Followed
As the local count shifted to Robredo’s favor, PPCRV communications director Ana de Villa-Singson said that some election returns might not be reflected on their electronic transmission screen. Some election returns from local precincts were already canvassed without transmitting the votes from the precinct to the Comelec transparency server. This could happen if the proper procedure is not followed, Singson added.
Good that it’s a Marcos
The electoral protest fees for the recount alone are already a hefty 66 Million Pesos. Aside from the overseas voting safe keeping liabilities, Marcos may have to pay the Smartmatic penalty for not returning the VCMs on time as per contract. What if it’s not Bongbong Marcos who has the means to settle these outrageous expenses? Will there be a case?