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Will the Pilot Provinces April 2 Recount Determine VP Race Winner?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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Cesar Chavez fo DZRH Manila asks; Is the pilot provinces recount this April 2 enough to determine the winner of the 2016 Vice Presidential election? Bongbong Marcos answered; It depends on the number. April 2 marks the beginning of the recount but since there are 50 tables to be opened, it would take around 3 months if 100 precincts per day are met a day for the procedure.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos answers the questions of Cesar Chavez regarding April 2, 2018, recount during the DZRH Manila interview.

Value of the Pilot Provinces

Considering that all things go smoothly, the 3 pilot provinces which are; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, the amount of the discrepancy is crucial in determining if the recount should continue. In short, it won’t stop there. Declaration of winners by then won’t happen yet.

Sufficiency of the Initial Recounts

Bongbong Marcos said that his electoral protest includes recount for 34,000 clustered precincts. The PET, however, rules that only 3 pilot provinces can serve as a determining factor if there is a basis for his electoral fraud accusation against his rival’s political party that can officiate such manipulation.

Father’s Legacy to Continue

The son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos aims to continue his protest to realize his father’s plan for the country. Quality education, agriculture, infrastructure, business opportunities, and better public services must be the priorities to augment the lives of the poor.

Relation to Senator Sotto’s Expose

The expose of Senator Tito Sotto might be in line with Bongbong Marcos’ protest but that touches the general integrity of both the local and national elections. Whereas, in his electoral protest, despite the massive indication of electoral sabotage, it remains exclusive to the VP post and nothing to do with other positions that may be affected by the results of the recount.

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Two Other Sons of Bongbong Marcos Join in Sandro’s Support to Father’s VP Protest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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Just prior to the PET’s assurance to Bongbong Marcos that the recount pushes through on April 2 regardless of the revisor shortage, his two other sons urge the Comelec to bring out the original ballots if the ones presented by their father in a press conference are fake. This coincides with Gov. Imee Marcos’ disclosure that other members of the family may be forced to run for a national post because of such delays in his brother’s Vice Presidential electoral protest.  Sandro for one is a favorite Congressman potential this early. Will Vincent and Simon follow suit?

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Blogger RJ, or better known as TP from his blog ThinkingPinoy, interviews the Marcos Kids at the PiliPINASCON 2018.

Signaling the Youthful Marcoses

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said that the family talks about other members of the family to run for the national elections due to the uncertainties surrounding her brother’s protest against VP Leni Robredo. She for sure is one major bet for the upcoming Senatorial race in 2019. However, due to the dirty game exhibited by their detractors, it helps to have younger bets that would continue to inspire Filipinos. Luckily, all the sons of Bongbong Marcos got the charm that touches hearts.

The PET’s Incompetence

In the interest of transparency, the Marcos Camp informs their supporters, especially those who anticipate the revision or recounting of votes in the election protest of Marcos at the Supreme Court, that the scheduled event is moved from March 19, 2018, to April 2, 2018, with calmness. This is due to the incomplete staffing requirements of the Presidential Election Tribunal (PET). They cannot handle logistics for that matter.

A challenge to the Comelec

Vincent and Simon react to the previous comment of Robredo’s lawyers that their copies are fake. The two brothers take it upon themselves as private citizens to call on the Comelec. This is to reveal the original ballots for comparison with what they have.

Public’s Fascination with the Marcos Siblings

The new delay may be a setback in the proceedings for Marcos. However, this is taken as an opportunity for the other Marcoses to shine. The tireless support of the Marcos loyalists even grows stronger, as the younger Marcoses display their wit and good looks to the public via social media.

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Filipinos are Ready for a Marcos Comeback after EDSA Fails to Gather 3 to 6,000 Supporters


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government has appropriated funds to commemorate the EDSA People Power revolution last February 25. The President has no attempt to diminish the significance of the uprising that toppled the Marcos dictatorship, he added. Dr. Rene Escalante, Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, however, cannot issue a more accurate estimate between 3 to 6 thousand attendees. Despite this, magnified news reach overseas media using a collection of images or images from small gatherings in different areas. Does the unpopular EDSA signify that the Filipinos are ready to have a Marcos back in the national post? Would it be Gov. Imee for Senator or Bongbong Marcos for Vice President?

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Support for the EDSA People Power Commemoration seems to be waning, the NHCP is unable to give a clear answer if the target of 3000 to 6000 people was reached.

The President’s Choice

Du30 skips the 32nd Edsa People Power commemoration and chose to stay in his hometown Davao City. This is the second time the President misses the event. Roque justifies this by saying; “the declaration of February 25 as a national holiday stays,” despite the absence of Duterte in the event.

Essence of EDSA

The 1986 Edsa People Power that topples the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ regime is important in history because it was a  “bloodless” revolution, Malacañang said. This shows the former leader’s sacrifice for the sake of his countrymen. He has the heart not to use the military forces loyal to him to avoid Filipino casualties.

Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest

The recount on March 19 for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is fast approaching. As this happens, uncertainties arise in many areas. The Supreme Court justices for the first time are ganging up against their Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. They recommend that she take an indefinite leave of absence so as not to influence the proceeding but she insists on staying on. Sereno is an appointee of former President Noynoy Aquino.

Imee Marcos for Senator

Ilocos Norte’s Governor Imee Marcos discloses that the family decides for her to run in the national elections since her brother’s protest can take time. She can very well eye for a Senatorial post. Earlier, Robredo’s Camp hopes that Bongbong Marcos runs for Senator to make the case against the Vice President moot and academic. However, the former Senator clearly stresses that he is pursuing the election protest and will never stop until it is proven how they cheated him.

Edsa 1 not a product of ‘fake news’ but of ‘bloodless revolution’ — Palace

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Contrary to Yellow Media: Bongbong Marcos Withdraws All Pending and Future Motions for Immediate Recount


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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Immediately after the PET announces the gag order to both camps, the yellow media is quick to publish that the PET notes that Bongbong  Marcos did not file a motion to withdraw all pending motions that can hamper the upcoming recount date. The tribunal allegedly inquires if he intends to file a similar motion to withdraw all pending motions. Earlier, Marcos’ lawyer and spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said that they have filed a joint manifestation. Not a motion because they intend to withdraw not just the existing motions but also the upcoming ones. That is why they did not go for a similar motion as Vice President Leni Robredo. This does not mean that they did not withdraw.

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[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday signed a joint motion to withdraw any and all pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in relation to the poll protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Sub Judice Rule

The Supreme Court (SC) orders the camps of Robredo and Marcos Jr. to observe the sub judice rule. This is of relevance to the ongoing vice presidential electoral protest. The sub judice rule prohibits parties in a case and their lawyers from making comments and disclosures concerning ongoing judicial proceedings to avoid preempting the issue, influencing the court, or obstructing the administration of justice.

Reminder and Clarification

The PET issues the sub judice rule reminder a week after both the Marcos and Robredo camps publicly criticize each other over the delay in the electoral protest. The Marcos camp produces a “joint manifestation” signed by Marcos himself. The Robredo camp produces a “joint motion” signed by Macalintal. Both camps refused to sign the other’s document. They have different strategies but both withdraw pending motions. Only Marcos prevents future motions in that case.

Gag  Order Effect

Since both camps cannot give interviews anymore to clarify their actions as far as the protest is concerned, the media supporters of both camps can only rely on evidence. To be credible on the subject, side comments like “the PET asks Marcos to inform the tribunal if he intends to file a similar motion to withdraw all pending motions” won’t. Logical reporting on this matter is crucial to avoid misleading the public.

Motions Not Necessary

On the same note, the pro-LP media discloses that the Vice President’s camp formally files a motion before the PET. This is to withdraw any motions that could potentially delay the electoral protest. But they claimed that in the same February 13 resolution, the PET ruled that Robredo camp has not filed any motions that could or would delay the ballot recount process. In fact, both camps do not have motions that can delay the protest. Therefore such processes are not necessary. Truly just playing with the minds of the electorate.

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Atty. Trixie: Bongbong Marcos Needs Only 200,000 Discrepancies of Votes in Camarines Sur to Finish Election Recount


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The opening of ballot boxes in Camarines Sur for the recount in the election protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo may have to be verified contrary to what Atty. Trixie mentioned. However, she explained two vital things on the issue according to a lawyer’s point of view. First, the initial recount in one of Marcos’ pilot provinces, Camarines  Sur aims to justify the validity of his complaint that there was fraud in the VP race during the election 2016. He only needs 200,000 discrepancies of votes for that. Secondly, Robredo’s counter-protest must already be dismissed because of lack of payment.


Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Atty. Trixie said that the recount in Camarines Sur is specifically for Bongbong Marcos’ election protest. He needs only 200,000 discrepancies of votes to finish the recount in his favor.


Collection of Ballot Boxes

A total of 538 ballot boxes from Districts 1 and 2 of Camarines Sur arrived in the Comelec office in Pili last week. These ballot boxes are from the towns of Cabusao, Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Milaor, Gainza, and Minalabac. Twenty-five more towns are expected to do the same during the media blackout. Mainstream media has no updates over the weekend. There were also reports that media practitioners in who are anti-Robredo are blocked from Facebook postings. This marks the start of the vote recount for the poll protest of Marcos.

Robredo’s Landslide Win Questioned in Election 2016

Marcos lost to Vice President Leni Robredo at the 2016 national elections by just 263,473 votes. Camarines Sur is one of three pilot provinces decided upon by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET in its partial grant of Marcos’ plea to recount the ballots. Robredo won by a landslide in the province. She gathered more than 660,000 votes, while Marcos got only about 40,000. It is remembered that 4 other Vice Presidential bets, Honasan, Escudero, Trillanes and Cayetano have family ties in Bicol. This has made her victory even more suspicious.

Fraud and Irregularities

Other provinces in the pilot recount of Marcos are Iloilo and Negros Oriental. He identified the three provinces as “best exemplifying fraud or irregularities” in his protest brief. Atty. Trixie also stresses in her video that Camarines Sur which is Robredo’s bailiwick is a good choice to start from. The 200,000 discrepancies can easily be proven there if the allegations of fraud are true. The recount in the area might put a top on the lengthy electoral protest process should the slim margin is justified.

Counter-Protest Dismissal

PET has required Marcos to pay P66 million and Robredo P15 million in two tranches to fund their protests and counter-protests. A petitioner needs to pay P500 per contested precinct. Robredo also listed three provinces in her own counter-protest brief: Capiz, Sulu, and North Cotabato. According to Atty. Trixie, no recount in Robredo’s pilot provinces can happen because she has not paid the second half of her counter-protest fee. In fact, that must be dismissed already according to the law.

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