COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista thinks that to impeach him is unnecessary because he already tendered his resignation to the President. However, it is effective only at the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition, he said. He will, however, abide by the Constitution and the relevant rules regarding the impeachment process,” he added. Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo is about to start this October but such incidents can cause further delays. Nonetheless, the Marcos Camp welcomes the development as it addresses the attempt to bury some truths about the 2016 automated election anomalies.
[VIDEO]: Uumpisahan na ngayong Oktubre ang recount ng mga balota kaugnay nang protesta ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos laban sa pagkapanalo ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa nakaraang eleksyon.
Pro-Administration Solons’ Counter Attack
The pro-administration lawmakers and social media practitioners’ democratic movements are counter-acting the government’s enemies. Most of them agree that the Du30-Marcos tandem can eventually stop any destabilization efforts. One move is evident. Cebu Representative Gwen Garcia insists that the election fiasco is a major allegation. The COMELEC Chair must not escape from that by just resigning.
Still Waiting for Recount Date
The COMELEC’s logistics, schedule and estimated costs relative to the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images for Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are not yet ready. Its compliance with the PET’s Show Cause Order by 18 September 2017 has been extended twice. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on the recount date which is dependent on the COMELEC’s progress.
Marcos manifests on his list of witnesses for Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. He also identifies the corresponding clustered precincts of these witnesses as required. The Supreme Court, however, grants the decryption of the Secure Digital (SD) cards relative to the 751 pilot protested precincts of Francis Tolentino. His long list of witnesses is also ready.
Robredo Camp’s Election Reaction
Former Senator Marcos is still confident to finally get his post by the end of this year. VP Leni Robredo’s Camp doesn’t have any idea where Marcos gets his confidence. They refer to it as mind-conditioning efforts. They also claimed that the double impeachment cases against the COMELEC Chair and the Supreme Court Chief Justice are part of the plan to allegedly steal the Vice Presidency from VP Leni Robredo.
It can be observed that there’s also some kind of conflict within the Supreme Court. En banc votes can judge on this. Once the so-called allies of the ex-President Aquino inhibit from a case, the Pro-administration magistrates win. Take the case of the alleged election storage liability of Bongbong Marcos for the monthly expenses of the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In its Resolution dated 29 August 2017, the PET ruled out that “there would be no occasion for the Tribunal to charge the same against either of the cash deposits of Protestant or ‘Protestee’.”
However, there’s a catch. SC also approves COMELEC’s requests for additional time to prepare for the VP recount twice. So, the stalwarts of the previous administration seem to balance their hold to avoid public scrutiny. The ultimate goal is to delay Marcos’ Vice Presidency as their yellow comrades use Senator Leila De Lima’s plight to malign the President who is a Marcos ally.
LP can Sacrifice De Lima over Marcos’ Election
Voting 9-6, the SC en banc ruled to reject De Lima’s motion to recall her warrant of arrest. It was issued by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. The six justices who dissented from the main ruling are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Francis Jardeleza.
The Administration’s Show of Power
The decision was penned by Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., whom de Lima had asked to inhibit from the case for allegedly pushing the acquittal of a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug lord.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) in February filed three criminal charges against De Lima for supposedly receiving bribes from NBP drug lords in exchange for their protection during her term as Justice secretary. The agency also accused De Lima of using the money from the illegal drug trade to fund her 2016 senatorial campaign. She was charged with three counts of violation of Section No. 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to trafficking and criminal liability of government officials. Contrary to the black media propaganda against the President, De Lima is not a political prisoner.
Bongbong Marcos’ Camp still awaits the Supreme Court or PET
to issue a Retrieval Order and to begin the manual recounting of votes for the VP election 2016. On 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “Partially Grant Marcos’ Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.”
[VIDEO]: Handa na ang kampo ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos para sa recount ng mga balota kaugnay sa election protest nito laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
No Action from COMELEC Yet
Marcos is also waiting for the COMELEC to decrypt and print the ballot images in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental Note. On 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “partially grant his motion for decryption and Printing of Ballot Images. This is only insofar as all the precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.
Wrong Counting can be Seen
“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 said in the media forum. The PET has still to direct the COMELEC to brief the Tribunal of its recommended procedures, logistics, schedule, and estimated costs.
4 Million Lost Votes
Marcos said that he had lost more than 4 million votes. He suspects that those votes might be added into other candidates’ counts. However, the Camp of Leni Robredo cannot fathom where Marcos gets his data. They think that he just tries to condition the public’s mind to cover up his alleged defeat.
Bongbong Marcos’ Recount Confidence
The son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos expresses his confidence to win the legal battle against Robredo to reporters. His victory could actually put him next in line to the Presidency. This is exactly what President Du30 is hoping for. Then he can resign for he’s not happy anymore.
Some media’s misleading headline that reads; “Bautista Welcomes his Impeachment Dismissal” or something in that context created a bit of stir for a while. More news clarifies that only the correction plea got dismissed. In fact, his estranged wife, Patricia Bautista’s testimonial is set at the hearing. Whatever the outcome is, COMELEC Chief, Andres Bautista’s case is not any more relevant to Bongbong Marcos’ recount bid. This is because the first course of action that questions the integrity of 2016 automated election is already cleared out by the PET for the immediate recount to take place. The second course of action in Marcos’ electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is about to begin.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos says that he has nothing to do with the corruption allegations raised by the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.
First Course of Action Out
In a resolution dated August 29, the PET junked Marcos’ first cause of action for being “meaningless and pointless.” The tribunal said that “allowing the first cause of action and the annulment of the proclamation to continue would be an exercise in futility and would have no practical effect.” The PET then ruled that immediate recount must be prioritized in the selected pilot provinces which Marcos welcomed.
Impeachment Correction Denied
The House rejects the motion to admit a substitute impeachment complaint. It seeks to correct the verification errors of the first one filed against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Andres Bautista. The committee just tackles the first impeachment complaint against Bautista if it is sufficient in form and substance. At least 27 members voted against the motion for substitution, while only two members voted in support of the motion to admit the substitute verification.
Bautista’s Wife to Attest for Truth
The estranged wife of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista attends the poll chief’s impeachment hearing at the House of Representatives to “attest to the truth.” Patricia Bautista earlier said that she would be attesting to the authenticity of the impeachment case filed by lawyer Ferdinand Topacio and former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras against her husband.
Recount Bid Belongs to the 2nd Course
Bongbong Marcos vehemently denies that he’s got something to do with Mrs. Bautista’s squeals against her own husband. He also assures the press that he and his wife won’t meddle with marital affairs. However, Marcos believes that the estranged wife’s testimony must be heard after she signs an affidavit on that regard. No matter how the COMELEC Chair’s case develops, that has no effect anymore on his protest. The PET has already ruled that the VP Post issue is to be resolved only through the recount.
Upon thorough scrutiny of the COMELEC’s correspondence in digital copies with the Camp of Bongbong Marcos, it can be concluded that the poll body only sent the demand letter to Marcos for the payment of the overseas storage fees in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court or PET. The Protestant already replied to it saying that the COMELEC must pay them because it is their duty to do so.
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[VIDEO]: NEWS BREAK: Election protest ni ex-Sen. Marcos vs. VP Robredo, may basehan – PET
In compliance with the directive of the Supreme Court or PET, the Office for Overseas Voting forwards a copy of the letter dated 10 July 2017 to Marcos’ laawyer, Atty. Erwin Garica. This is from Maria Lea R. Alarkon, Director III- OFOV-COMELEC, per PET notice dated 18 July 2017 on behalf of the COMELEC
Response within 5 Days
The said letter seeks the comment of the Protestant on COMELEC’s stand for him to pay the said overseas dues. However, Marcos reiterates that it is the duty of the COMELEC to find funds for it as the guardian of the necessary election materials. It is the mandate of the election agency to safeguard such contested ballots, he said. He was given 5 days to respond which he complied with.
Retrieval of Ballot Boxes
Marcos requests the retrieval of ballot boxes from the pilot provinces he mentioned right after paying the full amount of the protest fee ordered by the Supreme Court for him to pay. However, this still awaits Leni Robredo’s comments. Besides, she has not paid her balance of 7 M Pesos yet that delayed the process.
Supreme Court Ruling
It is clear that the cause of the delay is Robredo’s non-payment of her second tranche. Although her lawyer, Romulo Macalintal said that their fees are for the counter-protest and they must wait until the PET finds substance in Marcos’ electoral protest. However, the tribunal already repeated their ruling many times that they find Marcos’ protest substantial.