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The Pro and Anti-Marcos Battle of Senators Evident in Arroyo’s Electoral Sabotage Acquittal

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Since the former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is cleared of electoral sabotage, the battle of the pro and anti-Marcos senators is evident. Among the 2007 Team Unity “winners” was Juan Miguel Zubiri. Koko Pimentel contested Zubiri’s narrow victory over him before the Comelec. He was declared the rightful winner in the senatorial elections in 2011. However, a week before the Senate Electoral Tribunal reached the decision, Zubiri had already resigned as senator amid the alleged electoral fraud allegations that are currently proven as non-existent. z

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[VIDEO]: BREAKING: Court acquits Gloria Arroyo of electoral sabotage (CNN PH)

Guilt Not Proven

Judge Jesus Mupas said; “For failure of the prosecution to prove the guilt of accused Arroyo beyond a reasonable doubt and moral certainty despite ample opportunity and even without evidence in favor of said accused, the demurrer to evidence is granted and the charge of electoral sabotage against accused Arroyo is hereby ordered dismissed.”

Demurrer to Evidence

Mupas grants Arroyo’s Demurrer to Evidence, which means that the former president never presented evidence in the trial. The 6-page decision dismisses the credibility of the whistleblower, former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas, who said that he heard Arroyo say; It should be 12-0 in Maguindanao, even if you have to fix or change the results.

Pro Marcos Senator

Looking back, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri proposed in 2009 the construction of a 40-foot mega-floodway in Parañaque. This is to allow floodwaters to drain into the Manila Bay and prevent widespread flooding. He wanted to have another look into the Marcos-era mega-spillway plan as designed since the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Instead of holding miners in the neck, Zubiri is into strategic planning. Gina Lopez was even disappointed when he voted against her appointment as DENR Secretary.

Environmental Advocacy that Makes Sense

The frustration of Lopez is understandable. She can only blame the big mining businesses for the disastrous calamities. However, it is worth taking a look at how the government can support the mining industry to thrive without endangering the environment. This is what Marcos is advocating for and Zubiri echoes that.

Battle of the Senators

Senator Zubiri and Pimentel symbolize the pro and anti-Marcos supporters. Senator Koko Pimentel was critical of former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos on using her age to avoid detention if the verdict against her becomes executory. His father, Nene Pimentel has always been a critic of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and martial law during his regime. It looks like Zubiri’s and other pro-Marcos stalwarts’ right time is now.

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Will the Pilot Provinces April 2 Recount Determine VP Race Winner?

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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.








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[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.

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