It is evident in social media that it’s not only the rich who are willing to contribute for Bongbong Marcos’ recount dues ordered by the Supreme Court but also most supporters from the masses particularly OFWs, office workers, and laborers. At least 40 friends and supporters of Marcos helped raise the initial money needed for his poll protest against Leni Robredo. They affixed their signatures, contact information with an open letter addressed to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to expedite Marcos’s protest. Marcos confirmed that they are the donors who helped raise P36,023,000 required by the PET.
Youtube video by; Eagle News
[VIDEO]: Binayaran na ni dating Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., sa Korte Suprema ang unang installment ng cash deposits na 66 million pesos na sinisingil ng Presidential Electoral Tribunal para umusad ang kanyang electoral protest laban kay Vice-President Leni Robredo.
The Identified Generous Donors
Peña, Flores, Farrales, Prieto
Fernando Peña is the former president of the Rotary Club of Makati West. A recipient of the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor in 2014 and awardee of the Presidential Order of Merit in 2005. Ira K. Flores and Carlos M. Farrales are both campaign supporters of Marcos. Valentin Prieto Jr. is the national director of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and holds the rank of Coast Guard vice admiral.
Ongkiko, Coyiuto, Violago
Bienvenido Ongkiko Jr. Ongkingco is the president of Galeria de Magallanes Condominium Association Inc. Surname of Coyiuto isalso on the list. The Coyiuto family are in many businesses as well as in the power industry. Roberto Coyiuto Jr. is the 13th richest Filipino in 2016 by the American business magazine, Forbes. He is the president and CEO of Oriental Petroleum & Minerals Corp. Oscar Violago is the owner of San Lorenzo Ruiz Water Development Corporation and New San Lorenzo Builders.
Carmona, Roa, Limjoco
Jose Fabian P. CarmonaCarmona is a former village official at Urdaneta, Makati City. Alfredo D. Roa is the president of the Rural Bank of Alfonso Inland Corp and an independent director of Araneta Properties Inc. Ruby Diaz Roa is the sister of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz. There are 3 donors with Roa as maiden name. Marcos said that they can be related to the President because there are several Roas in the country. Gabriel Roa Limjoco Ruby’s daughter.
Masangkay, Nolasco, Tantoco, Romero, Dionisio
Elizabeth Aguilar Masangkay is a civic leader and a businesswoman who is also the sister of Las Piñas Mayor Vergel “Nene” A. Aguilar. Maymay Nolasco Nolasco is the president and CEO of KSL Corp. Paolo Tantoco is one of the grandsons of Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. of the retail company Rustan’s Group who was listed as the 46th richest Filipinos of 2016 by Forbes. Ramir Arce Romero is a Filipino actor who starred in the various movies. Jethro Dionisio is an award-winning shooter who won in three Steel Challenges. He owns shooting ranges and gun stores in Metro Manila.
Bongbong Marcos whose family is accused of possessing the alleged ill-gotten wealth said that his friends helped him source out the P36,023,000 installment payment to comply with the immediate requirement. He added that an open letter addressed to the SC to resolve the case comes with it.
Youtube video by; NewsBuzzter
[VIDEO]: The vice presidential candidate says friends and supporters pulled in resources to raise the P36 million.
Fast and Tight Payment Schedule
Last April 12, the SC that sits as Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET required Marcos to pay deposits in cash on or before April 14 which is a holiday. The other P30 million must also be paid on or before July 14, 2017 – for the retrieval of ballots.
The SC offices were closed on April 12, 13 and 14. Therefore, Marcos opted to pay on a Monday since he had less than 48 hours to come up with the required P36 million. He said that they managed to pool resources to pay the in cash to avoid further delay in the proceedings. The miscalculation on the number of precincts instead of the clustered is to be resolved soon.
Financial Influence Evident
Bongbong Marcos is still financially influential to be able to gather a large amount of money from 40 contributors in a day’s time technically speaking because of the holiday mentioned on various days following the deadline. Many might doubt that he needs contributions given the fact that the family is wealthy. However, rich people managed to do well because of proper financial management – and Marcos just showed how influential he is to be able to gather that much money quickly for his cause.
Marcos personally went to the Supreme Court in Padre Faura, Manila with his election lawyer George Garcia to pay for the first installment of P36 million to cover the cost of a recount in his electoral protest against Leni Robredo.
Chief Justice Lourdes Aranal-Sereno ultimately delayed the release of the resolution. The late release of the resolution put Bongbong Marcos at a disadvantage because if he fails to pay the amount on time, the electoral protest against Leni Robredo will be dismissed.
Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court orders a cash payment of P81.46 million to proceed with the election protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Sits at Sereno’s Office
George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer receives the resolution on April 10, 2017. The court en banc ruled on the matter on March 21, 2017. It is obviously held at Sereno’s office and released only during the Holy Week.
Under the Rules of Court, if the deadline falls on a holiday, the payment shall be made on the next working day. This means that Bongbong Marcos is obliged to pay the deposit on April 17, after Easter Sunday.
The PET ordered Marcos pay P500 for the 132,446 precincts where he requested a recount for the vice presidential election votes. In his protest, he questioned the election result in 39,221 clustered precincts. If the calculation is per clustered precinct, it could only be P19.610.500 instead of P66,223,000. It just doesn’t make sense. Can a Vice President make that much in terms of salary?
The April 17 new deadline is a day to watch for because this coincides with the rally of Marcos loyalists at the Supreme Court. They initially would call for a recount but since it can only be done after the payment, perhaps their call should be to compromise for the hefty price of justice in the country.
VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal tries to keep his cool upon knowing that SC paves the way of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against his client. He maintains that it is only a procedural matter and Marcos still has to prove if there’s indeed fraud in the 2016 elections. Enough to his lies, he does not have to urge Marcos what to do next. They for sure know what to do next. Sets of evidence are intact and they are ready for hearings.
Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: MANILA – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is unfazed by the latest developments in the election protest filed by defeated vice- presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Macalintal confronts himself knowing that the COC and ballot counts take time. This case is definitely a long process. This is the reason why the president appoints Bongbong Marcos as DILG secretary – to make use of his brilliance while waiting for the electoral protest to finish. It is speculated that Marcos assumes the post after May 10, this year. Robredo expresses her fear in having Marcos in the administration’s cabinet.
SC’s Discovery that Made them Favor Marcos
The protest contains narrations of ultimate facts on the alleged irregularities and anomalies in the contested clustered precincts. However, Marcos needs to prove in due time,” the PET discloses.
Macalintal Previously on the Other Side with Legarda
Macalintal is also the lawyer of Senator Loren Legarda who contests the VP win of her friend, former Vice President Noli de Castro. He says that the cases are different because the older case lacks merit. Obviously, with all the boxes of concrete evidence in the Marcos electoral protest with matching live witnesses and affidavits, it’s only a matter of time that Bongbong Marcos unseats VP Robredo.
SC Gives the Green Light to Marcos’ Electoral Protest
Despite SC’s green light on Marcos’ protest, the president makes preparations for Marcos’ entry into the Cabinet. Current DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno is also not bothered by reports that Marcos replaces him. He serves at the pleasure of the President which is very noble.