Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia said that the Comelec should start to conduct a bidding process for the next election in 2019 already for suppliers of automated election machines. He adds that the result of Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo can even help in determining if there are no revisions to the actual vote counts compared to the machine-generated results. Atty. Romulo Macalintal of Robredo’s is obviously uncomfortable upon hearing this.
[VIDEO]: VP Leni Robredo’s lead counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal frowns when Atty. George Garcia of the Marcos Camp calls for an early automated election bidding process. This is for Comelec to decide if a Smartmatic replacement is necessary.
Early Resolution of Election Protest
The early resolution of the Marcos-Robredo election protest can affirm the credibility of Comelec and even Smartmatic if Robredo wins. If it is the other way around, then it’s about time to change the supplier. Garcia stresses that it’s better to look for options already early on so that decisions won’t be last minute. That can end up in selecting only the available choice and not the best if Comelec won’t move now.
Any Result is Acceptable for Marcos
Marcos may want to win the protest but if it won’t work in his favor, it’s also acceptable. What’s important is to expedite the recount to know the real score. Comelec should take advantage of having this opportunity to clear their name from doubts that they have a hand in the alleged fraudulent 2016 elections.
Macalintal mocks the IT experts who give their expert opinions on the transmission trend and server behavior when the immediate twist of fate started on the night of the May 16, 2016, VP race. This is in contrast with Clean Elections advocate, Atty. Glenn Chong’s statement that says that the fraudulent activities during the latest national elections were not only manual but digital in nature. Aside from being a lawyer, he also has some IT background. Not to mention the witnesses of Pastor Boy Saycon in the Senate on the alleged rigging incidents involving system redirecting for questionable servers.
Assessment And Evaluation
Section 33 of RA 9369 states that the JCOC must monitor and evaluate the digital election system within six months from the date of the election. Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the AES technologies must be the basis for the appropriate recommendations to Congress.”
The PET ordered the initial recount of votes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental first. This is to prove whether or not the rest of Marcos’ protest has merit. Bongbong Marcos said that it is about to start in November and is expected to be completed in December this year.
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[VIDEO]: Marcos names provinces for pilot manual recount of ballots.
No Witnesses for Anomalies
Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia told the Supreme Court that Marcos will no longer present witnesses. This is for the annulment part of his petition. It’s because their allegations of electoral fraud can best be proven through a ballot recount. Their camp no longer plans to present testimonial evidence or witnesses to support his allegations of widespread cheating. Particularly in 3 provinces where Vice President Leni Robredo won.
Marcos Drops Nullification of Votes
In his electoral protest against the Vice President, Marcos wants votes to be nullified in Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. He cites the “widespread presence of terrorism, violence, threats, coercion, force, and intimidation.”
Not Abandonment of Election Fraud Protest
Atty. Garcia clarifies that; “The waiver of testimonial evidence in so far as the 3rd cause of action is concerned is not an abandonment of the electoral frauds, anomalies, and irregularities alleged in the electoral protest. These may be proven by the ballots which are ‘the best repository of the sovereign will,'” Garcia added.
Unaccounted Votes in Pilot Provinces
He also explained that the “unaccounted votes” for the position of vice president can be verified through the judicial and manual recount. This goes with the revision of election paraphernalia in 36,465 clustered precincts under 27 provinces and 5 highly urbanized cities as well.
Bongbong Marcos’ counsel George Garcia, said that the designation of hearing officers will improve the order, simplify and expedite Supreme Court procedures for the electoral protest considering that there are three causes of action raised in the case.
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[VIDEO]: UB: Dating Sen. Marcos, naghain ng mosyon sa PET para mapabilis ang kanyang election protest
3 Issues Raised
Marcos’ protest raises the following issues:
– anomalous Automated Election System (AES);
– failure of elections in various provinces in Mindanao; and,
– the unauthorized editing by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia using a new hash code into the Transparency Server on election day.
Efficient Process of the Supreme Court
Marcos’ camp stressed the importance of a hearing officer assigned for each cause of action to not confuse the proceedings. Marcos intends to present witnesses and matching documentary support for each cause of action. He also added that assigning hearing officers will resolve the protest in a timely manner.
Marcos stated in the resolution; “Public interest demands that this electoral controversy be resolved with dispatch to determine once and for all the genuine choice of the electorate for the contested position. Assigning 3 hearing commissioners as suggested can surely aid the Tribunal in achieving its mandate to ensure a prompt and efficient resolution for the election protest.
Not Fair for Namesake
Marcos explained this in the motion; “Moreover, it is neither fair nor just to keep in office for undetermined period one whose right to it is under suspicion. It is imperative that his claim is immediately cleared not only for the benefit of the real winner but for the sake of public interest, which can only be achieved by setting aside technicalities of procedure which can delay and complicate ordinary action.” Will the Supreme Court hear this out?