Leni Robredo submits a motion to clarify to the Supreme Court the Comelec expenses. Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo said that Marcos must pay the liability of Comelec. This is allegedly due to his election protest.
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[VIDEO]: Kung gusto raw umusad ni dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang hiling na recount, dapat niyang bayaran ang hindi bababa sa P2-billion na halaga.
Must Follow the Law
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson is aghast with the behavior of Robredo’s lawyers. They should advise their client to adhere to the law. Both are liable to pay. It’s just a matter of how the Supreme Court would divide it. The SC can also rule otherwise. Perhaps, not charge them both. In any case, it is wiser to wait for the ruling before submitting any motion.
Expensive Price to Pay
Comelec estimates the cost of the protest at around P2.08 billion because of the non-turnover of 97,365 vote counting machines before Dec. 1, 2016. Comelec’s assessment is based on the Supreme Court’s order to itemize the costs it may be required to pay under the automated election contracts.
Rodriguez said that Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are shortlisted as priorities for the recount because these provinces can show the major discrepancies between the cast ballots and those transmitted by the VCMs and reported by the Certificates of Canvass. This is the issues that they should face right now and not about the Comelec expenses.
Unbecoming of a Leader
Robredo destroys her reputation as a leader by acting scared shit that she will be ordered to pay a lot of money for the Comelec expenses. Worst, she literally and legally passed the burden onto Marcos even before it’s necessary. One thing is clear. The more she tries to ruin Marcos, the more enemies she can garner.
While people are busy arguing about the President’s absence during the Independence Day celebration officiated by the VP in question, Leni Robredo, PET constitutes a panel of three Commissioners to preside over the dealings of evidence of the present election protest of Bongbong Marcos. This is petitioned by the latter to speed up the process.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo led the wreath laying and flag raising ceremony in the 119th Independence Day celebration together with DFA Secretary Alan Cayetano, in behalf of the President at Rizal Park, Luneta.
Vice President Leni Robredo leads the 119th Independence Day celebrations on as the President geared up to continue the Marawi siege that gives him sleepless nights in a row. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano said the President was not well because of hard work in the past few days in a bid to liberate Marawi City from the rebellious, Maute group.
PET appoints the following as Chairperson and members of the panel of Commissioners that would focus on the evidence submitted by both camps:
Justice Jose Vitug as Chairperson
Atty. Angelito Imperio as Member
Atty. Irene Ragodon-Guevarra as Member;
Social Media Fight
Sometimes some people like to deal with shallow issues. It’s the prerogative of the president to choose his priorities in leading the country. On the other hand, the Vice President is designed to do such ceremonial activities that are no brainer. It’s really as simple as that. Disputes in this should not occur if all Filipinos aspire for the welfare of the nation and not only to fight for their own political preferences.
June 16 Briefs
The Supreme Court also directs that both parties must submit their preliminary conference briefs on or before 16 June 2017. This is for the compliance to the new preliminary conference date. That is on 11 July 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the En Banc session hall.
It is a fact that the country is in turmoil because of worldwide terrorism threats. Many pretend to be democratic fighters. But they are actually the ones taking advantage of the situation. Democracy is to hear the people’s voice. The delay of the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo shows that public interest is hindered. Immediate recount is a sign that the country is under a democratic rule.
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[VIDEO]: Concerned citizens gather to discuss current threats to democracy at the Defend Democracy Summit: “Pagtitipon at Paninindigan para sa Demokrasya at Kalayaan”
Defend Democracy Summit
About 200 people from various sectors gather for a summit entitled DefendDemocracy Summit: “Pagtitipon at Paninindigan para sa Demokrasya at Kalayaan” on Independence Day. The event takes place at the UP Diliman School of Economics Auditorium.
Avenue for Confusion
The forum is allegedly an avenue “to listen, reflect, discuss, and define common action steps for national sovereignty, social justice, truth, and democratize institutions during theses challenging times.” However, the resource speaker is VP Leni Robredo herself whom her position as the second leader of the land is still questionable.
The forum is also attended by some Liberal Party members. They are noted for their justifying rebels, fraudulent election activities, and supporting a former President whose intention is just to block Bongbong Marcos from the executive office and not to serve the people at the highest of his ability.
Every Vote Counts
In a democratic country, every vote counts. Therefore, any effort made to expedite the VP post recount is a clear pro-democracy act. Only Bongbong Marcos’ camp is known for these strategies. The Supreme Court, Robredo’s camp, and the Comelec are all just applying some delaying tactics. So, what is there to convene for? Mislead the public?
It is heartwarming for Bongbong Marcos to hear it from the President that should he is the Vice President, he could have resigned already because of too much pressure. It should be the younger ones who must face those kinds of challenges like the namesake and Cayetano. Marcos responds by urging PET once more to speed up the process of his election protest against Leni Robredo whom the President thinks that she’s not capable enough.
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[VIDEO]: REACTION NI BONGBONG MARCOS SA SINABI NI DUTERTE KUNG SI BBM ANG NANALO IPAPAUBAYA KO NA ITONG BANSA
Marcos seeks the immediate decryption of ballot images from the clustered precincts of 30 contested provinces. He also asks the tribunal to print the ballot image from the Secure Digital cards. The other data storage devices from each of the 36,465 protested clustered precincts must be included. This should be done before the scheduled preliminary conference on June 21.
Lawyer George Garcia argues that PET has the power to order the decryption and printing before the scheduled preliminary conference to expedite the proceedings. The process, as per the rules, is to be conducted and supervised by the election records and statistics departments of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Rule 29(a) of the 2010 PET Rules enumerated the items to be considered during the preliminary conference. This included other matters that may aid in the prompt disposition of the election protest. They may be something that would “assist in the preparation for the recount proceedings and the presentation of evidence for the election protest.
President Du30 adds that he is confident that the country is in good hands if Marcos or Cayetano succeeds him as president. He also insinuates his distrust to Robredo because he is not certain where she plans to take the nation to. Marcos recognizes this and comforts the president by saying; hang on in there, Mr. President, the truth will finally come out. We are doing all we can – not to allow any delay in the process anymore.
Bongbong Marcos is sure that his election protest against Leni Robredo can proceed even if he takes an appointed position in the Du30 administration. He cites the case of Mar Roxas against former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Certainly, this is not exclusive to LP members only, he added.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos is confident that he can take up a cabinet post without sacrificing his electoral protest against Robredo.
Atty. George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer said after the preliminary conference was set that it is important that the case was not dismissed. This will proceed. We won the first battle,” said Atty. Garcia. He also added that the protest will proceed even if Marcos accepts a position in Du30’s Cabinet.
Atty. Garcia explains that there were instances in the past of Protestants running for other positions. He cites the case of the late Sen. Miriam Santiago who filed a protest against former President Fidel Ramos after losing in the presidential elections. She then ran for the Senate and assumed office when she won. Disinterest to pursue the case was shown here.
The Supreme Court rules that in Santiago’s case, it is an abandonment of her election protest. But it is a different case for Marcos because he goes only for a Cabinet post which is appointive, not elective. Therefore, that doesn’t signify that he is abandoning his protest,” Garcia confirmed.
Marcos’ lawyer stresses that it would be better if the case is resolved at the soonest possible time to stop doubts on the legitimacy of Robledo’s status. It is better if the Marcos camp is allowed to present their evidence and prove their case. That can happen in the absence of Robredo camp’s dilatory tactics. Other considerations for Marcos is the upcoming Senatorial elections in 2019 and the Presidential elections in 2022.