By: Elena Grace Flores The tribunal asks both parties; should the court find basis for Marcos’ other cause – would it mean that to nullify the elections for all elective positions in the ballot is necessary? Or if a call for special election for the position of Vice President is a better solution. If so, who has the competence to call for such elections? the court asked. Since this is a democratic country, the people’s call could have much weight. Therefore, the loyalists may be cooking something at this time. Bongbong Marcos can only be thankful to his tireless supporters.
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The SC Exercises Due Process of Law
Don’t undermine the court system, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns those who say that the high court, that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), favors one candidate over the other. Its recent ruling on the poll protestof former Senator Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo may be a factor for this. The court is merely exercising due process and wantes all parties to have their say in the case before the tribunal rules after the 11-2 en banc votes on Marcos’ favor.
Robredo’s Lead Has 2 Interpretations
Lawyers for the Robredo and Marcos camps have different interpretations of the over 15,000 additional votes that Robredo gains in the tribunal’s revision and appreciation of ballots in Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental. These are the three pilot provinces that Marcos had chosen for recount. The PET releases its report which shows that the recount of votes in three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos increases Robredo’s lead by 15,093 votes. But Marcos spokesperson and lawyer Vic Rodriguez said the vote gain was “outrageous” and was the reason why the tribunal voted not to dismiss the Marcos protest outright. It does not answer the questions where do they come from and where are the INC members’ votes?
Deep Throat Informer
The Marcos lawyer also claims that the leak from the Robredo camp indicates that someone from the tribunal offices spies for the Vice President. “It only confirmed our suspicion that Mrs. Robredo’s premature celebration and claim of another fake victory in the tribunal was a product of advance information she’s been receiving all along through a highly placed ‘deep throat,’” he said. He refers to the anonymous source of information that exposes then US President Richard Nixon’s culpability in the Watergate scandal in the late ’70s.
A Special Election for the VP Post May Settle the Dispute
The tribunal said it “will chart a way forward after the initial revision and recount. It allows the parties the fullest opportunity to make their case consistent with due process of law. The resolution is not against the protestant or the protestee. Among the queries that both sides must comment on is whether or not the revision and appreciation of votes in the three pilot provinces renders unnecessary. This is Marcos’ other cause of action. It seeks to annul the election results for the VP post in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan which are proven fraudulent in another protest.
By: Elena Grace Flores
While the misunderstanding causes chaos among the Marcos loyalists because of misinterpretations of the President’s comments, Bongbong Marcos praises the President for personally pushing Smartmatic out. This then results to the formation of the electoral reforms senate committee where Senator Imee Marcos is the chairwoman. Changes in the electoral protest proceedings are necessary because they made the plight of the protestants difficult, said Marcos.
YouTube video by Eagle News[VIDEO]: Sa Ganang Mamamayan interviews former Senator Bongbong Marcos
Impeachment Does Not Benefit Bongbong Marcos Directly
Bongbong Marcos agrees that he cannot benefit directly from the impeachment of the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo if the complaint against her is successful – unless he is nominated and approved by the Senate. In short, nominated by the Senate, appointed by the President for a cabinet position, and confirmed by the Congress.
Sol Gen Calida’s Hand for BBM
Marcos also denies his involvement with Solicitor General Jose Calida’s assisting the filing of the sedition case against Robredo. They are not close friends, he said. It just happens that it’s the mandate of Calida’s office as the lawyer of the government.
The President’s Campaign Promise
Like the Endo, president Du30 himself already discloses his wish to get rid of Smartmatic. Although its removal is not in his hands, the formation of Senator Marcos’ electoral reforms committee arises because of that. As what the lawmaker said, it’s purely constitutional and not presidential. Changes in the election laws are necessary. It’s only Smartmatic that would qualify as the election device provider at the present time.
The Importance of Unity
Former Senator Marcos is confident that if given the chance to be Vice President for just a short time, he can still make a substantial contribution to the government because the two of them are on the same page. The alliance is a powerful bond because this allows the continuity of the President’s projects. Not to mention the possible turnover of the presidency from Du30 to Marcos as promised during the election campaign period.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Contrary to the false information that blames the President’s alleged inaction with regards to Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest, his sister himself, Senator Imee Marcos write bills to fast-track the election reforms that are added to her plate. Her proposal includes 3 guidelines. These are: 1. Opening the bid to other systems providers; 2. Re-drafting the qualification criteria for the automated election operators and; 3. Imposition of the hybrid system.
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[VIDEO]: Senator Imee Marcos pushes for the 3 major changes of the election policies.
Blaming the President
Netizens who seem to pretend to be Marcos loyalists aggressively post misleading memes over Facebook to blame President Rodrigo Du30 for not firing Smartmatic. They also criticize the Filipino leader for not diictating the SC to declare Bongbong Marcos as the real winner of the 2016 VP race. His electoral protest still awaits the PET’s decision.
The PET Denies Robredo’s Fake News
The Presidential Electoral Tribunal denies the plea of Vice President Leni Robredo for immediate resolution and dismissal of election protest by former Senator Marcos. The tribunal says it has “yet to complete the proceedings which entail judicial recount, revision and appreciation of the votes cast in pilot provinces” and “is still in the process of appreciation.”
There are two things that need to be done to put an end to the Smartmatic issue following the constitution. First, it must allow other digital system providers to bid. Filipino bidders must be a priority. Second, the pre-qualification requirement must not say that the candidate must have experienced two national elections because it would only be Smartmatic that would qualify.
The third aspect of the reforms that Senator Marcos is working on is the imposition of the Hybrid system. Filipinos are more comfortable watching the tallies on the board when counting votes. She even agrees with Senator Leila de Lima to revise the Omnibus code in this regard because the constitutional law on this matter still dates back to her father’s time.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong’s fight for clean election did not stop when he fails to grab a Senate seat during the recent 2019 elections. He now openly campaigns to declare Bongbong Marcos as the real Vice President through social media. Recently, Chong argues with Comelec spokesperson, James Jimenez on the digital election fraud that allegedly happens during the 7-hour transmission interruption. Jimenez calls it Chong’s alternative theory. Marcos, on the other hand, pushes the Hybrid system that Chong recommends even before the mid-year poll.
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[VIDEO]: Ang Hybrid Election System | Bongbong Marcos.
Parallel Thinking on the Hybrid System
BBM explains the advantage of a hybrid system for the next elections through his vlog. The voting and counting must be manual he said. This allows spectators to witness the actual count. Then, the transmission results from the precincts to the Comelec can be through digital transmission. Marcos said that Comelec’s mistake is evident on the use of additional servers. It is necessary that the report must go directly to the poll agency without interruption from voting centers to discourage alteration, he added. This is in line with Chong’s presentation earlier.
The President’s Recommendation
President Rodrigo Du30 recommends to the Comelec not to use Smartmatic anymore for the 2022 Presidential elections. This is exactly the advocacy of Atty. Glenn Chong. Since both the LP and the pro-administration candidates are not happy with Smartmatic, there’s no reason any more to keep it. Although the poll body is an independent entity from the government, it is open to the idea to stop using Smartmatic.
The Election Fraud is Right Inside the Machine
Jimenez and former congressman Chong are at the Chamber of Representatives during the hearing of the House committee on public accounts. This is after the former Biliran Representative’s complaints about why there are 7 hours of break away from the media during the transmission of results. Chong also said that his name was not in the template. This is the reason why his name can’t come out in the receipt even though he was voted. The cheating is therefore right inside the machine, he insists.
The Real Score
The real score between Marcos and Chong is simple. Both of them know that they were cheated during the particular elections. They also have evidence to prove such accusations. Therefore, it is understandable that they can work together towards a common goal.
It’s Up to the Congress
Jimenez comments that it is up to Congress to create a law on using a hybrid system for the upcoming elections. He did not show any refusal nor disagreement to President Du30’s suggestion to totally scrap Smartmatic. This is contrary to some posts on social media. He also added that election fraud accusations must be dealt with using actual facts and not alternative truths. It is very important that the people would continue to watch if he will “walk the talk” or not. Is he really against election fraud?
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senate hopeful, Atty. Glenn Chong storms the temporary Comelec headquarters in Pasay City on election day. He said that he lost his votes in six areas during the mid-term election. This includes his hometown, Biliran. Chong immediately acts out according to the complaints of his supporters. He’s currently out of the magic 12 at number 30 as per the initial unofficial tally.
[VIDEO]: Inireklamo ni Glenn Chong ang umano’y hindi nababasang boto para sa kanya sa ilang presinto.
Anomalies in 6 Areas
Chong said that his voters received their voter’s receipts without his name on the paper. Other voters in Las Piñas had the same experience like Senator Cynthia Villar who outruns Senator Grace Poe in the number one spot. This takes place in the cities and provinces of Cagayan, Biliran, Manila, Iloilo, Batangas and Cagayan de Oro according to reports.
Senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar said that her voter’s receipt did not match her actual voting list on Monday, May 13. In an interview, Villar said she was surprised when she saw a certain name of a candidate she didn’t vote in her voter’s receipt. However, the top senatorial bet admits that there is a possibility that she made a mistake while shading the oval of her ballot. This may not be the cases in Chong’s voters.
Undisclosed Details on the Election Complaints
“We are only going to say the places because I want the Comelec to come out first with the data,” he said. Chong meets with Comelec officials exclusively. Comelec pokesperson James Jimenez asks him to file an official complaint. Chong said his camp now drafts the letter and submits it to the poll body a day after the election.
The IT Community says that Comelec is the most unqualified operator of the Automated Election System. While Smartmatic is the grossly incompetent contractor for the past 4 elections. They warn the public that data tampering is now on-going. This is due to non-update on Comelec official website and the posting on mainstream media is only at 0.40%. Another Senatorial bet, Tito Casiño spearheads this via social media which is unanimous to Chong’s election grievance.
Message to Chong
Defeats are not necessarily the end of an advocacy. In most cases, it is the beginning. Doors are opened to him. Connections are made. Exposures continue. As a clean election advocate, he can very well serve the country using his own credentials. He did not become an accountant, attorney, and IT expert for nothing. The fight for the people must go on despite the loss in the Senatorial race.