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Bautista’s Impeachment Clears the First Part of Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

An impeachment complaint is already filed against the Commission on Elections chairperson Andres Bautista. This is on the ground of the betrayal of public trust.  Plus the culpable violation of the Constitution over allegations of ill-gotten wealth. This development clears the way for the recount required on Bongbong Marcos’ election protest which is on the second part.






Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Andres Bautista, sinampahan ng reklamong impeachment dahil sa betrayal of public trust.



Impeachment Filed

Former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras with his lawyers Ferdinand Topacio and Manuelito Luna filed the impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives’ Secretary General’s office against Bautista. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia, Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque, and Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino endorsed the impeachment complaint. It fulfills the first requirement for an impeachment complaint to be duly endorsed by a member of the lower House.




Election Corruption

Bautista faced an impeachment complaint about betrayal of public trust and culpable violations of the Constitution for not declaring his true wealth in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth (SALN). Graft and corruption for allegedly receiving commissions from Divina Law Offices, the legal counsel of Venezuelan election technology supplier and Comelec’s biggest contractor Smartmatic are also featured.



Doubts on the Automated Election

Cebu Representative Gwen Garcia said that she decides to endorse the complaint to clear out all speculations since the wife presented to the media passbooks which showed Bautista’s undeclared wealth. The allegations against Bautista cast doubt on the credibility of the recently concluded 2016 elections, she said. “Personally, I have always had serious doubts about the automated voting systems. I think it’s the right time now to see and check on the veracity as well as the credibility of the automated voting system, as evidenced by this very, very controversial happening,” Garcia added.








On to the Recount

Leni Robredo’s Camp always used the first part of Bongbong Marcos’ election protest as the cause for the recount delay. They said that the second part can only start after the first part is resolved. This is about the credibility of the digital election process in 2016. Now that the COMELEC Chair already faces an impeachment complaint after the evidence presented by his estranged wife, the recount must start immediately to satisfy public interest.




Impeachment complaint vs Bautista filed after endorsement of 3 solons




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Robredo’s Supporters Twist Democracy Just to Block Bongbong Marcos

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo used a twisted version of democracy on their motion for reconsideration after the Supreme Court rejected their bid to help Robredo pay her counter-protest payment balance against Bongbong Marcos. They deny Liberal Party’s involvement but their reasoning is in line with the undemocratic ways of the party.






Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, rejects the petition of VP Leni Robredo’s supporters to help pay the remaining fee for the election protest filed against her.



Motion for Reconsideration

Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo asked the Supreme Court that sits as PET recently to reconsider its earlier decision that dismiss their plea to accept their contribution for the payment of the balance for Robredo’s counter-protest. They support her bid to block Bongbong Marcos from the second highest office in the land – the very reason why she ran for the post.




Petitioners

The Piso Para Kay Leni is led by Museo Pambata chair Cristina Lim-Yuson. The other petitioners are former social welfare secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, former human rights commissioner Paulynn Sicam, former Bases Conversion, and Development Authority board director Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, award-winning singer Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo and Ateneo de Manila University Press director Karina Bolasco. They are all anti-Marcos voters.



Denial of their Rights

The petitioners said the PET decision denies them of their right to protect their vote for Robredo. They allegedly have the legal standing to do so. Their proposal to pay to the PET directly is still a donation for Robredo. That is still against the law for public officials. They cannot accept donations regardless of the mode of payment.








Twisted Democracy

Likewise, they argued that considering the importance of the case, the Tribunal should also exercise sound discretion even if their motion for reconsideration is filed after the 10-day period from receipt of the order. Aside from the late filing, they are banking on the twisted democracy principle that the LPs are noted for. This is for selfish reasons to favor their own goal which is contrary to the general public’s interest.




PET urged to reconsider ruling vs contribution for Robredo




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COMELEC to Bongbong Marcos: Demand Letter Just a Mere Compliance with Supreme Court

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






Youtube video by; PTV
[VIDEO]: NEWS BREAK: Election protest ni ex-Sen. Marcos vs. VP Robredo, may basehan – PET



Compliance

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.




https://www.bongbongmarcos.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/BBM-COMPLIANCE-dated-August-2-2017.pdf

Bongbong Marcos: COMELEC Must Pay Election Storage Fees at Overseas Posts




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Martin Bautista’s Disclosure Supports First Part of Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Comelec Chair’s brother Martin Bautista faces direct scrutiny by Patricia Bautista’s lawyer, Atty. Lorna Kapunan on his disclosure that he has with him the evidence of their alleged unexplained wealth. Kapunan points out 8 violations that put not only him and his family into trouble. He also places the 2016 election into a bad light. These add to the weight of the first part of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest when proven.






Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: Comelec chief may have violated rule to disclose business interests: lawyer




Family Treasurer

Atty. Lorna Kapunan, a former lawyer and current legal adviser of Patricia Bautista said that Martin Bautista’s admission that he does not know their family’s wealth details because the Chairman is the “family Treasurer” is damaging. It means that the Comelec chief fails to disclose his business interests and financial connections as required by law. She said that the disclosures are supposedly on a separate form attached to the SALN.



Negative Impact on his Brother

As he points the Chairman as the family Treasurer, he also implies that Comelec Chair Bautista is liable if incorrect taxes filed. Kapunan also stresses that Bautista could face charges for “soliciting or accepting gifts directly or indirectly.” This follows after Mrs. Bautista reveals a “commission sheet” or referral record, however they call it. That bears the names of lawyers that allegedly paid such fees to the Comelec chief.



Liberal Party Bet

Kapunan also mentioned that Martin Bautista ran for public office at least three times while he still has residency and active investments in the US. As his current status dictates. She suggests for authorities look into how they transfer their wealth from America to the Philippines. This is to see if they follow the remittance law. He belongs to the Liberal Party of Vice President Leni Robredo, Marcos’ rival in the VP race.








Integrity of the 2016 Election

The Comelec Chair’s brother cannot vouch for the integrity of the 2016 election or else, he can only be biased. Despite his LP affiliation, he seems to have various violations in his political activities. His disclosure not only ruin his own brother and family – but he also helped Bongbong Marcos prove that the previous poll was indeed fraudulent.




http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/15/17/comelec-chief-may-have-violated-rule-to-disclose-business-interests-lawyer

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/621288/bautista-s-brother-denies-ill-gotten-wealth-raps-vs-comelec-chairman/story/




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Should Bongbong Marcos Pay HK$90,000, US$24,678.50 for Election Safekeeping Overseas?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos receives a letter dated August 1, 2017, which the COMELEC ‘s Office for Overseas Voting sent the PET. It requested for payment of storage fees. This is a result of the “safe keeping” of various election paraphernalia in Hong Kong that amounts to HK$ 90,000, New York at US$ 24,678.50 and 18 other posts with no amounts mentioned.






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[VIDEO]: All 58 certificates of canvass from 82 foreign posts have arrived in Manila, Commission on Elections Commissioner Arthur Lim said. The votes can be crucial in deciding the cliffhanger vice presidential race Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos.



Marcos Leads in Partial Count

It is noted that Marcos leads the VP race against Leni Robredo by more than 72,000 votes among overseas Filipino voters. The running total of overseas votes for Marcos was 156,123, according to the tabulation disclosed by Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Robredo got 84,144 votes. This indicates that Marcos was enjoying a lead of 72,979 votes.




Only Three Posts

The certificates of canvass from Tel Aviv, Rome and Bahrain are not yet in during the partial count, Guanzon said. It was not disclosed how many votes are involved in these three posts. The turnout for the overseas absentee voting is 429,802 voters in total.



Election Procedure Not Followed

As the local count shifted to Robredo’s favor, PPCRV communications director Ana de Villa-Singson said that some election returns might not be reflected on their electronic transmission screen. Some election returns from local precincts were already canvassed without transmitting the votes from the precinct to the Comelec transparency server. This could happen if the proper procedure is not followed, Singson added.








Good that it’s a Marcos

The electoral protest fees for the recount alone are already a hefty 66 Million Pesos. Aside from the overseas voting safe keeping liabilities, Marcos may have to pay the Smartmatic penalty for not returning the VCMs on time as per contract. What if it’s not Bongbong Marcos who has the means to settle these outrageous expenses? Will there be a case?




https://www.bongbongmarcos.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/BBM-Notice-dated-08.01.17-PET-Case-No.-005.pdf

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/05/14/1583096/bongbong-leading-over-robredo-overseas-voting