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3 Months Not Enough for Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest Conclusion


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Leni Robredo’s lawyers Bernadette Sardillo and Romulo Macalintal are unanimous in believing that Bongbong Marcos election protest will not finish in 2 to 3 months. Nobody ever said so. What the Marcos camp said that by October, the recount of the 3 pilot provinces can already determine if it must do the same process to the rest of the precincts or not.

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[VIDEO]: Marcos pays full P66-M in Electoral protest vs VP Robredo

Motions and Retrieval

Sardillo explains that there are lots of motions filed and the retrieval of the ballot boxes takes time. She asked; How can it be done in such a short time? This is the reason why the Supreme Court sets aside all motions and give priority to the recount. It is the High Court’s best interest to give this a speedy treatment because this is one case that is unique among the previous protests.

Easy to Surpass Slim Margin

Robredo won by a very slim margin of 263,473 votes over Marcos.Marcos’ camp wants the PET to recount first the ballot boxes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Once the slim lead of Robredo is overshadowed, a further recount might not be necessary anymore. They are confident that in the 3 pilot provinces alone, Marcos can already have around 1 M lead.

Supreme Court Preparations

The Marcos camp appreciates the preparations made by the Supreme Court for the recount itself. PET’s proposed venue is the basketball court inside the Court of Appeals for the retrieval of the ballot boxes. The SC displays its sincere intention that they want the protest to be concluded fast. They only asked for understanding for the delays incurred because it’s the first case for its nature.

Caught in the Mouth

Robredo’s lawyers are obviously caught through their own mouth. They deliberately submit various motions and resolution to possibly drag the case longer. They just cannot believe that the Supreme Court can ignore them and proceed to the recount instead after the submission of their priorities as per the guidelines it provided.

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Bongbong Marcos Nails 3 Provinces, Catches Robredo Off Guard in Election Protest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos’ revelation on the three provinces for the pilot manual recount and judicial revision of ballots in connection with his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, catches her off guard. Lawyer, Romulo Macalintal was beleaguered because they were expecting Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.

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[VIDEO]: Atty Vic Rodriguez ambush interview spokesman BBM

3 Initial Provinces for the Recount

In his 81-page preliminary conference brief, the Marcos camp identified Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental for the recount or revision. Marcos spokesperson, Vic Rodriguez explains that they clearly show that there are major discrepancies in the votes cast on the ballots. These also include those transmitted by the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and reported in the Certificates of Canvass (COCs).

Camarines Sur Election Discrepancy

He also stresses that there are almost 65,000 undervotes in Camarines Sur. The three provinces have a total of 300,000 undervotes. Undervotes are ballots that are not counted. This is either because the voter did not vote for a certain position or there were unclear markings in the ballot.

Implausible Iloilo Votes

Whereas in Iloilo, Rodriguez points out that it is extremely implausible that Robredo gets 573,729 votes against Marcos’ 94,411 votes. He’s the running mate of the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago who was from the said province. They were warmly received by the Hiligaynons during their sorties there.

Negros Oriental and Witnesses

Robredo’s 248,102 votes in Negros Oriental against Marcos’ 99,208 votes look dubious. The biggest political clan there is for Marcos. The Marcos camp has a total of 362 witnesses. This is in the preliminary conference brief for July 11. They are ready to testify with evidence to support their claim. What is Macalintal talking about that Marcos is allegedly fishing for evidence?

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July 11 at Supreme Court is a Big Day for Bongbong Marcos, Robredo’s Camp Panics

Supreme Court

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The July 11 Preliminary Conference on the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest is fast approaching. Vice President Leni Robredo repeats her request to the Supreme Court to reconsider its earlier order that finds sufficiency in the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos. This is a clear sign of panicking over the matter.

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[VIDEO]: Bigo si Vice President Leni Robredo na pigilan ang Supreme Court bilang Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) na dinggin ang election protest ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos.

Prelim Purpose

In reference to her motion for reconsideration, Robredo’s counsel Romulo Macalintal said that the PET should not tolerate the strategy of Marcos. He is allegedly trying to circumvent the rules by fishing for evidence. This is to support his electoral case, he said. However, the Supreme Court already explained the details of the protest are dealt with in the Preliminary Conference that is about to start on July 11, 2017.

Not Sure?

“Through a skillful strategy, Protestant is thus trying to circumvent the rules. Clearly, Marcos is not sure of his case. Therefore, he is fishing for evidence. It is respectfully submitted that this should not be tolerated by this Honorable Tribunal,” Robredo said in her motion dated June 28. It is made public only on July 5.

Contested Precincts

Marcos filed an election protest against Robredo in June 2016. He contests 39,221 clustered precincts. They are composed of 132,446 established precincts. Of the 39,221 clustered precincts, 36, 445 are for manual recounting. The remaining 2,756 are for annulment of the election results. Robredo also filed a counter-protest. She questions 8,042 clustered precincts composed of 31,278 established precincts.

No Turning Back

The mere truth is, Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo already started to roll upon his payment of P36 million. That is just his first installment for the P66 million protest fee required by the Supreme Court. This is proof enough that he is sure enough with his accusations against the VP. The P30 million balance is, in fact, due on or before July 14. There’s no sign at all that he is retreating from that.

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Election Prelim is Set: Bongbong Marcos Does Not Need to Fish Evidence


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, filed a motion for reconsideration at the Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Macalintal argued that Bongbong Marcos is uncertain about his own election protest. This is because of the alleged change on the 3 pilot provinces.


Change on the Pilot Provinces

Marcos and Robredo are ordered to name at least 3 pilot provinces that could prove the sufficiency of their protests. Macalintal argued, “Marcos named the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental; despite Marcos’ motion to seek the technical and forensic examination of all ballots from the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.

Fishing or Strategizing?

These details are mentioned in Marcos’ preliminary conference brief submitted on June 16. Macalintal stresses that Marcos “is merely fishing for evidence and not sure of his election protest.” However, analysts conclude that this is the strategy of the Marcos Camp to prevent the opponent from sabotaging the evidence in these pilot provinces. It is noted earlier that Comelec requested the Supreme Court to allow them to retrieve the ballot boxes related to the initial 3 provinces due to alleged pending local protest.

No Reverse Ruling

Robredo’s camp now urges the PET to reconsider the earlier decision to declare Marcos’ case sufficient in form and substance. However, the SC already ruled and repeated many times that it cannot reverse its decision. The move only shows that Marcos’ strategy works and it caught Robredo’s Camp off guard.

Prolonging Case?

Macalintal even accuses Marcos of “prolonging” his protest. He actually throws back the Marcos camp’s accusation against Robredo. Perhaps, they are working heavily on Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur that’s why the change hurt Robredo’s defense badly.

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Robredo Panics: Asked Supreme Court to Pass Comelec Expenses to Bongbong Marcos

Supreme Court

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Leni Robredo submits a motion to clarify to the Supreme Court the Comelec expenses. Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo said that Marcos must pay the liability of Comelec. This is allegedly due to his election protest.

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[VIDEO]: Kung gusto raw umusad ni dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang hiling na recount, dapat niyang bayaran ang hindi bababa sa P2-billion na halaga.

Must Follow the Law

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson is aghast with the behavior of Robredo’s lawyers. They should advise their client to adhere to the law. Both are liable to pay. It’s just a matter of how the Supreme Court would divide it. The SC can also rule otherwise. Perhaps, not charge them both. In any case, it is wiser to wait for the ruling before submitting any motion.

Expensive Price to Pay

Comelec estimates the cost of the protest at around P2.08 billion because of the non-turnover of 97,365 vote counting machines before Dec. 1, 2016. Comelec’s assessment is based on the Supreme Court’s order to itemize the costs it may be required to pay under the automated election contracts.

Recount Priorities

Rodriguez said that Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are shortlisted as priorities for the recount because these provinces can show the major discrepancies between the cast ballots and those transmitted by the VCMs and reported by the Certificates of Canvass. This is the issues that they should face right now and not about the Comelec expenses.

Unbecoming of a Leader

Robredo destroys her reputation as a leader by acting scared shit that she will be ordered to pay a lot of money for the Comelec expenses. Worst, she literally and legally passed the burden onto Marcos even before it’s necessary. One thing is clear. The more she tries to ruin Marcos, the more enemies she can garner.