Bongbong Marcos has opposed to Robredo’s Motion that she be allowed to secure soft copies of the printed ballot images. This from the ongoing Decryption activity of the COMELEC for Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. Marcos cannot figure out why Robredo suddenly wants them when she’s been opposing it ever since. She even did not help in paying the liability requirement.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos said that election fraud can be verified in the technical examination.
No Liability Payment from Robredo
It will be recalled that the ongoing decryption activity was initiated solely by Marcos. He had to shoulder the decryption fee of Php 2.9M including an additional Php 2M for the initial supplies required by the COMELEC. Robredo did not join him in this undertaking. In fact, actively opposed the same as early as June 2017.
No Right to Demand
According to Marcos, since “Robredo did not contribute any share in the expenses and supplies, she should not be allowed by PET to obtain soft and even hard copies of the decrypted images of the ballots, election returns, audit logs and other relevant documents for all the protested clustered precincts of the pilot provinces.”
Marcos has accused Robredo of cheating her way to the second highest office in the land. He lost to Robredo by a slim margin of about 260,000 votes in the 2016 national elections. Lawyer and I.T. expert Glenn Chong who has been involved in scrutinizing Smartmatic’s performance just refer to Robredo as a big liar.
Recently, Robredo’s camp released a media propaganda accusing Marcos of forging the list of 8,000 election fraud witnesses mostly in his pilot areas. The accusation boomeranged to her. ALDUB or Alyansang Du30-Bongbong or ALDUB members stood as witnesses to various incidents of election fraud in Basilan, Lamitan.
Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest is a win some, lose some scenario. Just recently, the Supreme Court orders the COMELEC to start the decryption and printing of ballot images that can take at least 7 months. At this time of writing, the PET junks the petition for him to pay the overseas storage fees for the election materials as the delays of his case against Vice President Leni Robredo take effect due to the delaying tactics of his opponent.
[VIDEO]: The decryption and printing of ballot images for Bongbong Marcos’ protest against VP Leni Robredo will take seven months.
COMELEC’s Petition to the Supreme Court
The COMELEC asks the PET earlier that Marcos should shoulder the storage fees for ballot boxes that include other election materials kept abroad. They said that the Precautionary Protective Order or PPO issued by the PET requires them to safeguard those proofs. That stops them to shipping them back to the country.
PET’s Favors Marcos
The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET rules that the Comelec should pay for the cost of the overseas storage of election materials and not Bongbong Marcos. It is now official as the resolution is made public.
Amount of Overseas Storage Fees
For New York and Hong Kong alone, the incurred storage fee is already over P4.5-million, Comelec said. Comelec claimed that since the PPO instructed them to preserve and safeguard the integrity of the ballots and other election materials. They could not bring them back to the Comelec office in Manila within the required period. So, the same had to be stocked in the foreign posts which resulted in additional costs.
The PET rejects Comelec’s argument saying the PPO did not prohibit them from transferring the ballots and other election-related materials to Manila. “There is nothing in the PPO that prohibited the physical transfer of the election materials and paraphernalia. The Comelec was merely required to preserve and safeguard their integrity. Thus, the Comelec’s proffered reason that its faithful compliance to the PPO has no basis,” the PET resolution stated.