The VP electoral protest recount is now finishing in the 3 pilot provinces of Bongbong Marcos. PET must issue a ruling few months from now. This seems to be the fear of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp. Plus the rest of the Marcos detractors. The massive propaganda against the former First Lady is nothing but to discredit her son. This is their enemies’ chance of tainting the narrative. A jail term for her is unlikely according to the law. Despite that, the LP manipulated media massively covers comments on her alleged arrest or imprisonment.
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Atty. Glenn Chong said that comments about parole, pardon, and probation in the case of Rep. Marcos must not be the highlight at this stage of her case. The accused has not been sentenced yet and there’s no final judgment on these 7 counts of graft verdicts as the appeal for each is on its way.
The judgment on Rep. Marcos is not final because she could still file a motion for consideration at the Sandiganbayan. Worse comes to worst, even if the motion is denied, she can still appeal it to the Supreme Court. Unless the decision is executory, talks on the pardon, parole and probation are not necessary unless the detractors are into politicking someone who can hold the highest position in the land. It looks like attacking the mother to destroy the son scenario.
Jail is Far Away
The Marcos patriarch is somewhat safe from jail even if the judgment on her cases becomes final. She can always bail out. It is very possible that the court grants her that option because of her old age. The former first lady can still have her freedom after all.
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Electoral Protest or Perpetual Disqualification?
On the issue of perpetual disqualification to hold public office, this decision will only be final if the judgment is already executory. Therefore, Rep. Marcos can still run for Ilocos Norte governor. Meanwhile, nothing is heard from the mainstream media about the VP electoral protest update of Bongbong Marcos. They even failed to report on Smartmatic’s no-show during the November electoral reforms hearing. There’s no mention about the missing 10 voting machines as well. It won’t be a surprise anymore when the tide turns to BBM’s favor soon. The panic is pretty obvious amongst the anti-Marcos stalwarts.