Atty. Romulo Macalintal visited the recount area at the Supreme Court recently and said that the manual count is expected to start in February 2018. They want this done and over with. Hoping to erase doubts on VP Leni Robredo’s victory over Bongbong Marcos who filed the electoral against her. There’s no indication yet that it is so at this time of writing from the SC nor the Marcos Camp.
[VIDEO]: Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal said that the recount for the VP Post in connection with Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against his client is expected to start in February 2018.
2nd Week of February
The ballot recount requested by Bongbong” Marcos is to start on the second week of February. This is according to Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo. In a statement, Macalintal said that the Supreme Court would start collecting the ballots in Camarines Sur on Jan. 22. It sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET,
Marcos’ Priority Areas
Marcos chooses three pilot provinces – Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental for the initial recount. His camp earlier explains that these would be the “best provinces.” These are where he could prove his allegation of electoral fraud in the vice presidential race.
Macalintal’s Confidence in the Supreme Court
In an ambush interview at the Supreme Court, Macalintal expressed confidence that the recount would push Marcos’s electoral protest towards dismissal. Of course, Marcos can only retaliate as it happens. The Counter-Protest must be decided first after Robredo failed to pay her 7 Million balance on time.
No Revisions Before Until Now
Macalintal explains that out of around 500 candidates who protested in local elections have not shown any revision. However, Atty. George Garcia of the Marcos Camp earlier stressed that Marcos’ electoral protest is unique in its own rights. It is the only protest at the national level who has paid in full. If this is just Robredo’s media stunt, she can easily burn to her extinction.
Lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon recently said that Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno could not bring before the SC the decision of lawmakers. He insists that only she could cross-examine witnesses during the proceedings. Gadon filed the impeachment complaints against Sereno. He publicly admits that he wants to “avenge” former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo and the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. In addition, he also wants to make sure that the Vice Presidency goes to Bongbong Marcos.
[VIDEO]: Justices De Castro, Jardeleza to testify against Sereno – Atty. Gadon
Appeal for the Supreme Court CJ to Resign
Gadon earlier stresses that Sereno should resign to keep the integrity of the body that she is serving. He warns that the Congress Impeachment hearings are brutal. However, the CJ responded that to resign is nor even an option for her. This is allegedly so because she is certain that the case has no legal basis.
The Right to Counsel
Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, a spokesperson for Sereno, said that the Constitution provides that the Chief Justice “be accorded the right to counsel and the right to cross-examine the complainant and the witnesses through her lawyers. These are the same rights that are guaranteed to every citizen of this country to ensure due process.” Gadon is told to review his law on this matter.
Sereno’s Camp Takes the Case as a Political Process
This political process involved a judicial character the same as that of a criminal prosecution,” Lacanilao said. The House Committee on Justice formally invited Sereno to the next impeachment hearing on Nov. 22. She insinuates that her lawyers will represent her.
Gadon wants the ones who benefit from the misfortunes of ex-President Arroyo and the late former CJ Corona, like Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno, to be accountable for those.” Gadon also works to assure former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ timely take over to the VP post. He believes that as an appointee of Pnoy, Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo won’t get the justice it deserves under Sereno’s Supreme Court watch.
The Tribunal explains that it dismisses Bongbong Marcos’ First Cause of Action to speed up his electoral protest. It avers that even if Marcos proves the first cause of action, it would not mean he won the elections. The winner could only be determined by a manual recount of ballots in all precincts. “Thus, the First Cause of Action may be dispensed with for judicial economy and prompt disposition of this case,” the PET stated.
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[VIDEO]: Unstoppable loyalists were in front of the Supreme Court in support of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protests. This is against Leni Robredo’ suspicious triumph in the last concluded national election. The vigil rally was attended by loyalists from all over the country who claim for the immediate recount.
Retrieval of Ballot Boxes
The Tribunal already orders that the retrieval of ballot boxes and other election documents, revision of ballots and reception of evidence can already begin. The priorities are the provinces that Marcos identified namely; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” the Tribunal said.
Decryption and Printing of Ballots
The Supreme Court also grants the motion of Marcos to decrypt and print the ballot images from the SD cards of the three pilot areas. This is to help the Tribunal in the prompt disposition of the protest. It can also assist Marcos in the preparation of the recount proceedings and the presentation of his evidence. “The Tribunal resolves to partially grant protestant’s Motion for Decryption and Printing of ballot images.”
Second Cause of Action
To expedite the case, the Tribunal also limits Marcos’ election protest to just two causes of actions. Those are his second and third causes of action. Marcos has three causes of action. The First Cause of Action calls for nullification of the results of the vice presidential race because of a “flawed Automated Election System (AES). The Second Cause of Action is for the revision and recount of all voters’ receipts, elections returns and other pertinent documents, records and equipment in 27 provinces and highly urbanized cities used in the May 2016 elections.
Third Cause of Action
In the third cause of action, Marcos seeks to annul the election results in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan. This is on the ground of the more “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections. Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, the spokesman of Marcos, said that they prefer for the Tribunal to look into the anomalies in the implementation of the AES under the first cause of action. However, they respect and abide by the Tribunal’s decision in the interest of expediency. “We respect the Tribunal’s decision and we will abide by it.
VP Leni Robredo is one of the possible replacements of former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo. This is after Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson includes her name in a Twitter poll. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while he does not reject the idea that the VP can become the next social welfare secretary. However, Abella notes that the Political climate may not make her an ideal candidate. That can be right considering that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against her is still ongoing.
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[VIDEO]: Umalma ang Malacañang sa komento ni Vice-President Leni Robredo na mabagal ang aksyon sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong “Nina,” at sinabing siya’y namumulitika. Sagot naman ni VP Leni, “nag-overreact” ang Palasyo.
Leads Twitter Poll
Robredo leads in the poll by ASEC Uson. She is ahead of DSWD Asst. Sec. Lorraine Badoy and Nikki Teodoro, wife of former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. It can be recalled that the VP was criticized when a typhoon strikes the Bicol region while was in America. Bongbong Marcos even visited her hometown that she appreciated later on. This is because they need all help that they can get, according to her.
Friction with the Palace
The palace was also irked when she observed that the relief goods were slow when she visited one Barangay during Typhoon Nina. The spokesperson said that she should have checked how the government officials particularly the DSWD worked so hard for the job.
Likely Leader in a Rebel
Since the VP is fond of visiting disaster areas as per her photo opportunity press releases, it can be a good idea to let her show that she can do better. It is also noted that she had a previous rift with the rejected DSWD chief Taguiwalo in the past.
It is also understandable that the palace cannot reckon to name Robredo as DSWD Secretary because she likes to criticize the Du30 administration. Perhaps, it is difficult to work on the same page with someone who has the rebellious nature. Besides, she has the electoral protest to concentrate on especially now that she has not paid the remaining tranche of her counter protest against Bongbong Marcos.
Andres Bautista, Ex-Pnoy’s appointee was the PCGG Chair in charge of chasing the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses. Now, he’s the Comelec Chair whom Bongbong Marcos accuses of conniving with Smartmatic. This pertains to the dirtiest ever digital election in 2016 that favors Liberal Party candidates especially VP Leni Robredo.
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[VIDEO]: After meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, the wife of Commission on Elections Chair Andres Bautista submitted last week to the National Bureau of Investigation an affidavit. She says that the Comelec chief might have amassed nearly P1 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth.
Patricia Paz “Tish” Bautista submitted the affidavit on Aug. 1, five days after meeting the President in Malacañang. She discloses several passbooks, real property documents under her husband’s name and some of his relatives. Those were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALN.
“I understand that since Andy holds the position of Comelec chair, he is liable to be impeached should there exist valid and sufficient grounds to hold him in a trial for an impeachable offense under Sec. 2, Article XI of the 1987 Philippine Constitution,” Patricia said in the affidavit. Bautista was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III as Comelec Chair in May 2015. In 2010, Aquino also made him Presidential Commission on Good Government Chairman. PCGG is the agency tasked with going after the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family.
Kept in the Dark
Her lawyers insist that Patricia has no hand in the purchase or acquisition of the questionable properties because her husband always kept her in the dark with regards to their assets. Patricia said that based on her own assessment, the cumulative value of the properties at their acquisition costs was between P250 million and P300 million. It is “definitely more than P158.5 million” that Bautista declared in his 2016 SALN.
Disclosure Supports Marcos
Patricia discloses her discoveries to the media as what she divulged through her NBI affidavit. She also narrates her life she had with her husband of 17 years from whom she wants to separate since 2013. Her revelation only supports Bongbong Marcos’ accusation of Comelec’s connivance with the Liberal Party to block his victory. Since the President already knows this, she definitely made the right move.