The leaders of North and South Korea agree to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. They will also pursue talks with the United States to declare an official end to the Korean War within a year. The conflict ravages the peninsula from 1950 to 1953. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo turns to the divine providence as her last resort. He finds Bongbong Marcos as a giant opponent. Marcos discovers lots of election anomalies that put Robredo into a bad light. The VP war in the country continues slowly but surely.
[VIDEO]: A collection of events that leads to Bongbong Marcos’ path as the New Vice President of the Philippines 2018
No More Nuclear Weapon
South and North Korea confirm the common goal to realize complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. This is in the statement signed by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, after their meeting at the border village of Panmunjom.
The event, at the Peace House, a conference building on the South Korean side of Panmunjom can set the tone for the even more critical summit meeting between President Trump and Mr. Kim. The two leaders are known for their being bold and unpredictability. Their actions put the world on the edge last year with threats of a nuclear war.
Robredo’s Social Media Fight
The Filipino Vice President is currently at war with Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao. He writes an opinion piece about Robredo to suggest that she confers with the European Parliament officials. This is during her last trip to Germany. The writer claims that she and her colleagues in the Liberal Party urge the European lawmakers to release a resolution condemning extrajudicial killings during President Rodrigo Du30’s term.
Robredo said that she talks to the members of the German government and civil society organizations about poverty and social injustice. She is earlier found to have circulated fake news herself. This is when she cites Ilocos Norte, the Marcoses’ bailiwick as one of the poverty-stricken provinces due allegedly to the political dynasty. This is despite the fact that it is one of the most progressive and even possesses better statistics progress-wise compared to her own province. In an interview, the VP shares her assumptions on the origin of the extreme hate she receives online. She can only tag her vice presidential rival, former senator Bongbong Marcos as the alleged culprit.
Bongbong Marcos said in an interview that sister, Imee is already roaming around the country to feel through her chances of becoming a Senator. He also adds that with the support of the President, she would immediately garner a percentage of votes from Du30’s avid followers. He’s sure that Governor Imee Marcos also feels the same way as him as an endorsee of a popular leader.
[VIDEO]: Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos remains firm in his decision not to run as a Senator in the 2019 elections but said his sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, might join the Senate race.
Holding on to the Protest
He said that to run for Senator himself would affect his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. The recount is still ongoing that pertains to his case before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
The protest is Taking a Long Time
The vote recount for the poll protest between Marcos and Robredo officially starts last April 2. That was after 2 years of waiting. Marcos said that it is not fair to let the people wait that long on disclosing if there’s really cheating, how it was done, and against or by whom.
The outcome of Electoral Protest Uncertainty
Imee is now on his last term as Ilocos Norte governor. Her plan to run for Senator results from the uncertainty of the electoral protest. Imee earlier said that the uncertainty of her brother makes their family ponder about sending another Marcos to run for a national position. This time, it is her who is likely to do that. Although in the interview her brother hints on the younger Marcoses to follow suit.
The President’s Endorsement of Gov. Imee
President Rodrigo Du30’s endorsement of Imee, should she decide to run, would be “a big factor.” The Filipino leader is a good friend of the Marcoses and has publicly said that Imee is one of the few politicians who support his quest to be president.
The denial of questionable Vice President Leni Robredo’s urgent motion to allow the COMELE’s 25 thresholds of the digital election horrifies her. This is for the manual recount that is currently ongoing. This would immediately mean that the lighter shades or perhaps fakely done ballots are out. That’s why her camp admits that the 50% standard of the PET can quickly lower the VP’s votes. It is, however, beneficial to Bongbong Marcos who has the most legitimate voters.
[VIDEO]: Hiling ni Robredo na 25% threshold sa manual recount, ibinasura
The PET Cannot Relax Ruling
The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) denies Robredo’s motion. She asks that it follows the shading threshold set by the Commission on Elections to consider votes as valid. Robredo’s legal team pleads the PET to apply the 25 percent threshold for ballot shading as it embarks on its manual recount of vice presidential votes from over 5,000 ballot boxes from three provinces as part of former Senator Bongbong” Marcos challenge to her 2016 poll victory. However, the VP is not successful. It seems that the Supreme Court needs to balance things out as the people are already furious about its being biased to the Vice President.
Just a Guideline
The PET cites Comelec Resolution No. 8804, as amended by Comelec Resolution No. 9164. It said it does not mention the threshold raised by Robredo’s camp. “Prior to the amendment in Resolution No. 9164, Rule 15, Section 6 of Resolution No. 8804 states that any shading less than 50% shall not be considered a valid vote.” The Court added that it is consistent with PET rules. The 2010 PET rules state the 50-percent threshold as the 2018 Revisor’s Guide “not a new rule on the threshold.”
Insensitive Information or Public Interest?
The PET also asks both Robredo and Marcos’ camps to explain why they should not be cited in indirect contempt for disclosing “sensitive” information as regards the recount process. It considers that they have earlier been ordered to refrain from making comments on the poll protest pending its resolution.
Lawyers and Bloggers are Not Under the Gag Order
Lawyers insist particularly, Atty. Glenn Chong that he is not under the gag order. Therefore, he continues to disclose all information that pertains to the recount as they happen. His social media posts are on site in online news platforms and bloggers elaborate on them. Therefore, the PET cannot blame Marcos and Robredo for such leaks. Instead, they should learn to adopt the policy of transparency. This is to avoid accusations that they are hiding things from the public.
Bongbong Marcos April’s Fool worry seems to disappear into the thin air now. The April 2, 2018, ballot recount for his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is now set to start on the day itself. The Supreme court conducts a tour for the media showing the venue of the said event.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The recount for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is to begin on April 2, 2018, at the Supreme Court of Appeals Gym. It is to be recorded with CCTV cameras at every corner.
Some Camarines Sur Ballots Now with PET
Lawyer Jose Lemuel Arenas, a member of the tribunal’s AdHoc committee, said that the PET currently houses some 1,400 ballot boxes from Camarines Sur, one of Marcos’ chosen pilot provinces for the recount.
Arenas said that other ballot boxes are currently with the Commission on Elections due to storage issues. Once the recount on the first 1,400 ballot boxes is done, the PET will receive the other ballot boxes from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Police Security Protection Group and PET guards secure the venue round-the-clock. CCTVs are also ready to capture movements around the recount venue and the storage area. Cunanan said that the tribunal expects to augment 101 security personnel this coming week with more members of the PNP to arrive at the vicinity.
Marcos just cannot lose his patience after many delays. He vows to continue to wait because he is closer to the much-awaited event. This is the opening of the ballot boxes and the actual recounting of votes manually. At long last, both camps can already leave their disputes to the recount. Speculations of further cheating and connivance loom greatly but if we do not let it flow through its due course, we can never move on as a nation.
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.