The late President Ferdinand Marcos’s son vows to turn down the offer from the party of President Du30 to run as Senator if there’s any. “I will decline. I’m determined to finish this protest against VP Leni Robredo,” Bongbong Marcos said. This is actually in line with Du30’s advice earlier to continue the case. So, it’s likely that no such move can happen. This made many Marcos loyalists excited over social media. The likely Presidential heir now fights vocally after a long silence.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos, tatapusin ang electoral protest vs Robredo
Marcos is not happy with Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa who handles his election protest for making biased resolutions. “It has now become fairly obvious that his resolutions are biased against me and biased in favour of the opposition,” Marcos said. Caguioa was appointed to the high court by former President Noynoy Aquino who swears to block him from the executive office. They were classmates at the Ateneo De Manila University.
Direct Answer to Macalintal
Marcos also reacts to the suggestion of Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal that he should run for Senator instead in the 2019 elections. He said that he doesn’t have to do that because he’s already the Vice President. His claim is consistent right after the 2016 poll up to now. He just has to prove that he was cheated.
In Line with President Du30’s Wish
Previously, the President advice Marcos to continue the protest. This is despite the fact that the Filipino leader needs a DILG Secretary very badly at that time. Marcos was a favourite candidate for the post. More so now that the LP floats the idea that Du30’s Federalism change aims to lengthen his term. When in reality, he wants to shorten it if Marcos is the VP.
President Du30 enjoys the support of people who want change. They are fed-up of pretentious and corrupt politicians. This frustration attracts the massive constituency of Bongbong Marcos. They settle for a Du30-Marcos split ticket like the Iglesia ni Kristo’s solid block. Driven by the Marcos loyalists, this crucial niche is enough to give the President a huge margin that no digital fraud can override. Unfortunately, Marcos does not have enough percentage among the Du30 supporters because of the official Du30 – Cayetano tandem. That made him prone to the computerized manipulation, thus triggers the electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Looking back to the Du30-Marcos pre-campaign news for election 2016.
Rappler CEO Has No Clue How Facebook Works
Maria Ressa, Rappler’s CEO should know that Facebook is just communications technology like any other social media platforms. It is freely and equally accessible to everyone. It is used by both national and local candidates during the election 2016. Liberal Party who was in power by then has the most advanced social media machinery compared to President Du30. Blaming FB for her company’s downfall shows that she does not know how it works.
All Election 2016 Candidates Used Social Media
Any candidate cannot control voters just by using social media. Defeated candidates can attest to that. It is illogical to conclude that Facebook was responsible for Du30’s victory. He must have a multitude of supporters to put his messages across the country to gain such unbeatable margin.
Death of Liberalism
Mar Roxas failed despite his well-financed social media team that operates even before the campaign. His political platforms did not capture the voters. His political party just disgusts the majority of the public. Ex-President Noynoy Aquino’s swearing to block Bongbong Marcos that was echoed by Robredo made Marcos looks like the hero among the many yellow villains.
Bongbong Marcos Camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez vows; We will not rest until the real election results come out. We will not rest until those responsible for making a mockery of our elections are put behind bars.”
[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is alarmed over rumors saying the Philippines would “have a new VP” by early 2017.
Election Manual Recount to Proceed
“Based on the latest SC decision, the manual recount of ballots will proceed as planned. The same holds true for the annulment of the election results in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan. We already know that more than 14 million voters chose BBM as their VP. We also know that there are millions more out there whose votes were not counted, added Rodriguez.
Robredo’s Camp Alarmed
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo expressed alarm over rumors that the country would “have a new VP” by early 2017. In a statement, Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said messages have been circulating about a supposed recount that would lead to the unseating of the Vice President.
This recount, Hernandez said earlier, would be “without the direction of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal” or PET, which handles the election protest filed by Marcos against Robredo. However, in recent developments, PET itself rules in favor of the immediate recount. Preparations are now ongoing after it orders to retrieve ballot boxes and election paraphernalia from the identified pioneer provinces.
New VP in 2018
This rumor is likely true: “Recount of ballots from 4-5 provinces will start end of November and will finish by December, deliberations after. You can bet early next year, we have a new VP.” The estimates here are consistent with Marcos’ disclosure in an interview. This is something that most pro-Marcos, if not the general public would follow through.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple was right. He said that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo will reach the 2019 elections. It is not about the substance of the complaint since it is evident that there was cheating especially now that the impeachment of the COMELEC Chair is more likely.
Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: Political analyst Ramon Casiple shares his thoughts on the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Not Helping Yet
Marcos is successful in his bid to have 3 commissioners to supervise the electoral protest proceedings. However, Robredo’s Camp manages to halt it on the first part of his three courses of actions. CJ Sereno’s possible impeachment also slows down the process. In fact, the recount is already overshadowed by Bautista’s scandal and Kian’s death.
Identification of Witnesses
As discussed in the preliminary conference, both camps agreed to limit witnesses to 3 for each of the 2,756 clustered precincts in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan. They are told to identify them in their comments. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal points out that in Marcos’ response, he failed to identify such witnesses. He just made the same reservation as such.
Banking on Protest Inconsistencies
Robredo’s lawyers are very vigilant in every detail that can possibly delay the recount. This is already taken since various Representatives of the House endorsed Chairman Andres Bautista’s impeachment complaint. That alone already clouds the integrity of the 2016 automated elections.
Election 2019 Decision
Protestant Marcos may not admit that he has to already decide this early on what to do during the Senatorial election in 2019. He may continue the protest and let his sister, Gov. Imee Marcos to run as Senator than seek another term. He can also do otherwise and face the consequence to moot his case against Robredo. Besides, there’s the election 2022 as well where he could run as President which he can be a popular bet if he wins the electoral protest. Whatever he does, he has to decide soon.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. better known as Bongbong is rest assured that the Filipino people are hungry for a Marcos leadership despite the propaganda against his father who remains not buried after his death many years back due to the dispute between Marcos and the Aquino administration that started from family feud.
Data shows that Marcos will soon rise after his consistent lead during the partial count of the Vice Presidency race today, May 9, 2016. Although he wanted to wait for the official results, many are confident that he will end up to be the Vice President of the Philippines.