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Du30′ Floats Ferdinand Marcos’ Maharlika Name Change as VP Electoral Protest Drags On

Ferdinand Marcos
By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 recently said that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was right. During his time, he was really right, he added. He wanted to change the country’s name to Maharlika or the Republic of Maharlika. Maharlika is a Malay word and it means more of a concept of serenity and peace,” Du30 explained. “But it’s okay. When the time comes, let’s change the name. The President floats this idea as Bongbong Marcos, the only son of the late Philippine leader awaits the resolution of his VP electoral protest against Leni Robredo. z

YouTube video by Martin Abel

[VIDEO]: A RECAP ON THE VP ELECTION PROTEST.

Disunity Propaganda to Block Ferdinand Marcos

It is quite noticeable via social media that issues are raised to divide supporters of Marcos and Du30. Many posts imply that the President could have a hand to speed up the resolution of the VP electoral Protest that is now on its third year against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. However, if one observes the Filipino leader’s actions, it is a sure thing that he is doing everything in his power to set the record straight for Marcos but following the rule of law. Often, Du30 thinks out loud but these signify his true feelings and intentions. People can only realize his achievements when they finally happen.

Supreme Court Decision

Meanwhile, Marcos, in his extremely urgent motion of grave concern with omnibus motion, wants PET to order the Voters Identification Division of the Commission on Elections–Election Records and Statistics Department (Comelec ERSD). This is to produce the documents involving its technical examination on the Voters Registration Records (VRRs) as against Election Day Computerized Voter’s List (EDCVL) of 508 established precincts in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan. Robredo consistently opposes such forms of technical examinations of the ballots and insists for SC to use the allegedly tampered digital images.

Getting Rid of Spanish Colonialism

President spokesperson, Salvador Panelo said that President Du30 does not resent Spain’s 333-year colonial rule. He merely asserts the Filipinos’ national identity. “He said that Maharlika is a Malay word. Since we are Malays, we should have a name identified with us. I agree with him, I like the idea of Maharlika as a name for the Philippines,” Panelo clarified.

Two Arguments on the Name Change

There are two contradicting views about the supposed proposal to change the country’s name. “One, as one of my staff lawyers pointed out, the ‘Philippines’ is mentioned in the Constitution. So if you issued an executive order or passed legislation to rename it, some constitutional expert might say, ‘You cannot amend that, it’s in the Constitution’,” Panelo said. The other argument, according to the President’s spokesperson, is an instance where the name ‘Philippines’ was just established for the time being. The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country. It needs to submit it to the people for a referendum,” Panelo said. He stresses that a mere executive order would not be effective.

Ferdinand Marcos for President in 2022

President Du3o certainly appears to endorse Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., better known as Bongbong Marcos. He refers to him as his Vice President. It may be a lengthy process for Marcos to regain his position as the country’s second leader but Du30 potentially paves the way for his succession to the top job when he steps down before his term or in 2022 during the next Presidential elections.

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Atty. George Garcia: Bongbong Marcos Won the Vice Presidency

Bongbong Marcos
By: Elena Grace Flores

The lawyer of Bongbong Marcos, Atty. George Garcia confirms to a recent interview that Marcos is indeed the winner of the Vice Presidential race in 2016 elections. He cannot say approximately how many ballots his camp won over because of the gag order. He also clarifies that the current update on the electoral protest refers to Marcos asking the PET for the revision of results outside of the 3 pilot provinces due to the evidence taken from another protest related to the case. The presumptive VP vehemently opposes this. z

YouTube video byABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]: The camp of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos is hoping the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will finally decide this year on their electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Robredo’s Opposition

The Marcos camp earlier motions to subpoena the Comelec to issue a handwritten report on their initial findings. This is an area outside of the 3 pilot province. It is also under protest by another candidate. It was found that 70% of the returns are not from real legible voters. Only one person did such an entry, it turns out. Robredo of course opposes this said plea through her lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal.

Video Evidence

A video shows the alleged cheating that occurred in ARMM. This results in the petition of Marcos. He asks the PET to subpoena relevant documents in connection with the technical examination in the area. The election protest is by the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao gubernatorial candidate Sakur Tan against ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman. This is outside of Marcos’ 3 pilot provinces. Therefore, Macalintal opposes this on behalf of Robredo.

Robredo’s Attempt to Hide the Truth

The camp of Robredo criticizes the latest petition for a technical examination of votes in parts of Mindanao by Marcos. Macalintal said that he is “desperately trying to save his dying election protest.” Robredo’s lawyers Macalintal and Bernadette Sardillo released to the media their counter-manifestation to Marcos’ petition. They filed this on January 14.

Not Related?

Macalintal decries the use of the examination from an election protest to the one filed by Marcos apart from the pilot provinces. He said: “That case has nothing to do with the election protest of Marcos now being heard by the PET.” “Robredo was not a party thereof nor was Marcos.” The pilot provinces petitioned and approved for an ongoing vice presidential recount only include precincts in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. However, in every sense of the world, if the majority of voters in the area are fake, chances are, the results are incorrect. This can generate a substantial lead for Marcos.

Bongbong Marcos Won the Vice Presidency

The recount of the said pilot provinces, where Marcos’ alleges voting fraud took place, began last April. The electoral protest itself is now on its third year. It is the first election protest of the PET to reach the recount level under the 1987 Constitution. Marcos’ election fraud allegations coincide with the findings of the clean election advocate, Atty. Glenn Chong. The people await the finality of this case to know if the real VP is indeed Bongbong Marcos and not the presumptive one, Leni Robredo. Atty. Garcia’s confirmation of Marcos’ victory made a lot of people more anxious to see the real VP sit on his post very soon.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest Update for Chinese New Year

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos finds a good season for announcing the latest electoral protest update during the Chinese New Year. He explains that there are 3 reasons for the legal action. These causes of action are 1) The digital system is questionable because of the anomalies undertaken by Smartmatic. 2) there were no elections in some precincts in ARMM. 3) there were other places that had some irregularities that should be considered rather than refer to the automated images. z

YouTube video byBongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: They say that in the Year of the Pig, fortune favors those who are patient. So for those who have been waiting patiently for news about my election protest, this update is dedicated to you.

Electoral Protest Recount Proceedings

Marcos came up with 8,000 witnesses against the said election frauds but the PET deferred the first cause of action to give way for the recount. Now, the recount of the first 3 pilot provinces namely; Negros Occidental, Camarines Sur, and Iloilo that show many anomalies are about to be completed. The ballots are about to be decided by the justices if they are perfect reproductions of the original. The Comelec can’t even explain it and promises to ask Smartmatic about it that amused the audience during a Senate hearing. It is definitely not a game over case yet.

Appreciation Phase

The electoral protest status is contrary to Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal’s announcement. He might only be desperate of media mileage for his Senate candidacy. Marcos said that the discussion on the fraudulent acts is not yet undertaken. This is called the appreciation phase.

The Recount is Not the Ultimate Basis

To prove that anomalies did happen during the 2016 elections, the results of the ballot recount in the pilot provinces must convince the PET that there was indeed fraud. Only around 200 plus more presincts are left for counting. Both sides have to contest if the questionable ballots must be counted or not right after that. Macalintal always says that the concerns raised by Marcos are but normal occurences. However, Atty. Vic Rodriguez insists that for one thing, the tampered ballots are not anymore a faithful reproduction of the original which is against the law.

Not Right to Let the People Wait for a Long Time

The former Senator is so dedicated to finalizing his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Robredo. In fact, he is not running for the next elections because his previous votes in 2016 are not yet counted. The verdict of the said protest can determine if the country still has hope to be able to conduct a clean and honest poll. The 2019 race should be under close watch because Smartmatic is still a player despite its shortcomings.

Supporting his Nephews and Sister

Aside from supporting his sister, Imee Marcos’ Senatorial bid who is on the top 10 favorites, Marcos will frequent Ilocos Norte because his budding nephews are progressing in their political careers. He vows to campaign for them. So, even if his term as VP is set aside, the Marcoses’ reign in the Philippines is very well secured with the young generation.

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Supreme Court: Pilot Provinces Recount Almost Done while Decrypted Images Use for Wet Ballots Starts Jan. 28

Supreme Court
By: Elena Grace Flores

The sources from the Supreme Court or PET said that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest recount in the three pilot provinces is almost done. While the recount resumes on January 28 for the wet and damaged ballots. Insiders said that the suspension was only on certain precincts. This is in reference to the deliberations of the SC en banc recently. z

YouTube video byEagle News

[VIDEO]: SC directs revisors to refer to election returns, ballot images in Marcos poll protest vote recount

Temporary Suspension by the Supreme Court

The PET suspends the recount for damaged ballots around a month after Marcos asks the Supreme Court to urgently order the technical examination of some voting records. These are from Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. These are the votes which Marcos wants the PET to nullify due to alleged widespread cheating.

The SC Orders the Revisors

The Supreme Court sits as the PET electoral to decide the protests of presidential and vice presidential candidates. Currently, the justices agree that they need to suspend the revision in precinct 8 of Tanjay City, and Negros Oriental due to wet ballots. They direct the head revisor to use decrypted ballot images instead. Revision in clustered precinct 42 in Barangay Sabang, Valencia was also suspended. This is because “no election return is in the ballot box.” “The revision is to proceed as to all other contested precincts,” the source added.

The PET to Rule on Nationwide Recount

The recount of ballots from Marcos’ identified three pilot provinces, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, starts last April 1, 2018. After the recount in the said provinces, the tribunal proceeds on ruling on all objections and claims of both parties during the revision proceeding. The results of the recount in the three provinces would determine if the tribunal should continue checking ballots in the rest of the clustered precincts in nationwide.

Possible Dismissal of the Protest and Counter Protest

If upon examination of such ballots and proof, and after making reasonable allowances, the proceedings can stop. Under the Rule 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, the protestant or counter-protestant can lose their case. This is if the tribunal is convinced that after all circumstances are taken into account.

Formal Announcement to Follow Soon

The PET has not released any results of the revision. SC Spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said the PET will issue a statement to clarify the report on the alleged suspension of the recount. The Supreme Court’s clarification is crucial after the conflicting insinuations from the camps of Marcos and the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo.

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A Wealth of Information: Imee Marcos’ Cebu Tarp Removal During Sinulog Not Personal?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Fiesta Señor is a weeklong celebration that venerates the child Jesus in the image of the Santo Niño. This culminates in the Sinulog Festival taking place this Sunday where’s there’s a wealth of performances. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña orders the removal of an oversized tarpaulin of the senatorial candidate and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos from a street corner. He said that it’s not personal because Cebuanos hate to politicize the sacred event. The governor then responds thanking the mayor for the reminder and that she would request her supporters to immediately remove it. z

YouTube video byBongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos – Sinulog Festival (16 January 2011)

Not About Politics?

Credit where credit is due. This is not about politics, this is only about the Sinulog and how sacred it is to the Cebuanos, Osmeña explains. “Nothing personal. My own brother is running for Senator and I didn’t invite him to come,” he added. Osmeña is the brother of senatorial candidate Sergio Osmeña III. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma earlier asks that the Church “stay away from politics” in light of the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

Speaking for all Cebuanos?

“The Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization of the Sinulog. This won’t be earning you any votes and is doing you more harm than good,” the Cebu City mayor said. Perhaps in this instance, the mayor cannot speak for all Cebuanos. In fact, the governor’s Cebuano supporters are responsible for the tarpaulin display. Although she takes responsibility with the acts done by her local team. This says a lot about her character.

Sinulog 2011 Flashback with Bongbong Marcos

Then Senator Bongbong Marcos was one of the thousands–if not millions–of devotees and participants who joined the Sinulog Festival in Cebu on 16 January 2011. Senator Bongbong was prepared to be drenched willingly by the heavy downpour that “blessed” the 5-kilometer walk, were it not for the timely cessation of the rains, which had already by then soaked the early birds among the wholesome mob of devotees, including the Cebu City Mayor at that time, Michael Rama while Gwen Garcia was governor who believes that Marcos was cheated during the 2016 elections.

Rama’s Electoral Protest Coincides with Marcos

Supported by 42 barangay captains, Rama filed the protest against Osmeña on May 20 last year. Osmeña defeated Rama in the mayoralty race in the May 2016 polls. Rama got 233,186 votes while Osmeña got 267,222 votes. Rama said the results are “statistically highly improbable.” We are all victim of what really occurred with the Liberal Party and of course with my local opponent group (Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan),” he alleged. The evidence gathered on his protest actually coincides with the VP Protestant, Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo.

Gracious Act is True Wealth

Gov. Marcos’ reaction cannot really draw negative criticisms from the opposition’s media. In fact, she is admired for being cool and appreciative of Osmeña’s efforts in reminding her through Twitter as escalated by the mainstream press outlets. She would surely get more votes contrary to the Cebu Mayor’s prediction. His brother did well in 2010. Marcos was elected as Senator of the Philippines under the Nacionalista Party just few months before his Sinulog 2011 appearance. The Marcoses’ loyslists in Cebu are massive that BBM has to grace the event to thank them for their support.