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Atty. Rodriguez: Macalintal Uses BBM’s Protest for Senate Bid Media Mileage


By: Elena Grace Flores

The PET does not issue any official numbers from the 2016 VP election recount. It is generally silent on the ongoing process. In response to Macalintal’s “game over’ statement, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, a lawyer os Bongbong Marcos said that he believes the comments of Robredo’s lawyer that it’s a game over for Marcos and all are media mileage. This is his desperate effort to bring relevance to the carcasses of a futile Senate bid, he said. “I pity Macalintal. As an officer of the court, it’s clear to me that only the PET can determine whether we are finished,” he added. z

YouTube video byElena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer said that he pity Macalintal for his desperate media mileage quest using BBM’s protest.

The Supreme Court’s Statement

The Supreme Court that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal recently said that the ballot recount is nearing its end – except for a few damaged ballots. The recount will continue on January 28 using the decrypted ballots for the unreadable ones. PET notes that the recounts in four protests it previously administered did not reach completion. Marcos’ poll protest would be the first that will eventually be completed, it said. The tribunal reminds the parties repeatedly to refrain from commenting on the ongoing process. It cites the sub judice rule.

Determining Factor to Continue the Recount

The recount began last April in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. These are the pilot provinces that Marcos identified in his protest. The results of the recount in the three provinces would determine if the tribunal should continue checking ballots. The recount for the rest of the clustered precincts in the country could follow if there’s a substantial basis for the discrepancies in the said initial places.

Desperate for Media Mileage

Macalintal holds a joint press conference with former Rep. Erin Tañada (Quezon). This is to discuss a supplemental manifestation of Robredo’s that objects Marcos’ petition for a technical examination in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao. Aside from the electoral protest, the two also discuss their respective Senate bids and campaign platforms. In December, Marcos made a petition to look into voters records included in an unrelated petition by former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan against ARMM Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

Macalintal’s Basis for his Comments

Macalintal keeps on comparing Marcos’ protest to the other electoral protests that are incomplete. This is contrary to the PET’s disclosure that in the history of electoral protests, only Marcos’ case reaches this part to the verge of completion. However, the tribunal does not leave a clue on its actual status because of the gag order.

The “It’s Over” Expression on the Election Protest

If Marcos’ reference for his claim is only the recount results, then it’s over or far out, said Macalintal. As seen in the video, he seems to insinuate that the Protestant’s team is just over acting since no electoral protest won in the past, he added. This is so because the digital count normally matches the recount results, the veteran election lawyer stressed. Nevertheless, this is contrary to Atty. Rodriguez’ feedbacks and the Senate hearing’s election fraud findings in 2016.

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Senator Bet Glenn Chong: Lucky to be Disowned by BBM as Ressa Bails Out

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong, Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) Candidate for Senator this 2019 election lashes back to Rappler’s Maria Ressa’s previous headline that Bongbong Marcos disowns him. He said that he is lucky to be disowned because it made him credible when it comes to his clean election advocacy. Whereas, the presumptive VP Leni Robredo’s defender Maria Ressa has to bail out after her arrest due to tax evasion cases.


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[VIDEO]: Glenn Chong: KDP Senatorial Candidate

Chong’s Challenge

Atty. Chong said that the camp of Leni Robredo tries to mislead the Supreme Court when she files another motion for consideration on her complaint to him that he is affiliated with Bongbong Marcos.  She is lying again when she said that the latter did not answer her accusation. This is on how he got the Ragay data that show election anomalies against BBM’s opponent. In fact, it is in Paragraphs 33 to 42. It is clear in Paragraphs 41 at 42, where all her questions are answered. The only problem according to Chong is – they keep on lying to the public to suit their own narrative. He challenges Robredo that if he’s wrong, to just charge him in court.


Warrant of Arrest for Ressa

Maria Ressa evades arrest by posting bail at a Pasig City Regional Trial Court. Her charge is tax evasion. Judge Danilo Buemio of Pasig RTC Branch 265 issues a warrant for Ressa’s arrest. This is for violation of Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. The bail is set at P60,000.


Out on Bail

Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica ordered the release after their lawyers posted a total bail of P1,452,600. Davao del Norte police “initially wanted to defy the order.” The police argued that the P80,000 bail was for the child abuse charges only. It does not include the kidnapping and human trafficking charges. They are still under investigation.



A Rebel’s Mentality

Ressa maintains that the cases had no basis. She said that her company pays the right taxes. Unless the government reclassifies it into a stock brokerage agency given that it has foreign investors. Are the cases the response to its anti-government coverage? “I think it is a way of sending a signal that we have to be careful. That’s part of what they want to do,” she added.

Digital Karma

Chong mocks Ressa for bringing her own mugshots. He thought that she’s brave enough to face the consequences of her actions. Being the aid of the country’s greatest liar, she can end up a lot worse than that. Her group is responsible for creating destructive media propaganda not just against the President but the country itself. They never failed to give Robredo a massive coverage while she reports many lies not just locally but internationally.


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The Marcos Boys Treasure Moments when the Family is Complete

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Sandro Marcos, the eldest son of Bongbong Marcos and Louise Araneta Marcos heads the production of the BBM Vlog 34 together with his siblings, Simon and Vince. It highlights the pictorial and the precious moments of the family especially when they are complete over the long weekend.  Sandro lives a“regular” life in London.  The Marcos couple sent their sons abroad to study so they can learn to be independent.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: It’s always fun when the family is complete.


All 5 are Together

The 3 siblings with their parents are together during the photo shoot. As Vince said, he felt more loved when his mom and dad notices the slightest things like his hair and his tucked-in shirt. This family proves that the most important things in life are really in the things that do not cost money. The family relationship must be first in line.


Seeing the Parents

Simon also expresses his gratitude in seeing his parents more often this time. The brothers are spending more time with each other overseas while their parents are back home. They are keen on doing chores like cooking on their own. The boys and their father are often chanced upon preparing dinner for the family just shortly before the mother arrives from work.


Family is Everything

A country’s troubles often originate from relationships in troubled families. It is such a breath of fresh air that the Marcoses simply show how much they treasure being together completely as a family. There may be teasings and reminders but those are all proofs of the love they have for each other. Bongbong and Liza as she is fondly called can only be proud of Sandro who overshadows their combined popularity.



The Most Popular

Sandro always attracts large crowds. He has over a million Twitter followers and still counting. Most of his followers are from the opposite sex. That only shows how charming he is. No wonder that talent agents, advertising executives, as well as TV and movie producers, also hope that Sandro would consider going into show business.


Believing in their Patriarch

Nevertheless, as humble as he is, Sandro does not think of his popularity as his own achievement. He regards it as the support from so many Filipinos who believe in his father. It can be felt via social media that people in the Philippines are very excited to hear even the slightest update about him. Just like how Filipinos are so anxious about hearing some VP electoral protest news.