Bongbong Marcos performed very well during the 2016 election. He finishes a very close second to Liberal Party candidate Leni Robredo with 14,155,344 votes. It is just over 250,000 less than the winning number. Marcos’ camp claimed that Robredo’s margin was the result of fraud. The electoral protest is to proceed as it awaits for the recount date from the Supreme Court. However, due to the delays, most of his voters resort to social media, particularly through Facebook political groups. The noisiest are the ones who voted for Marcos but their precinct registered a zero vote for him. This development makes him even more popular and causes Robredo to be hated by many.
[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos Received Zero Votes in All These Places
Reaction from the INC
Members of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo expressed outrage after their votes in Lamitan, Basilan disappeared. Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo got all 100 percent of the votes. The church members accused the Liberals of allegedly “stealing” their votes. They noted that the results in a clustered precinct at the Bohenge Elementary School in Lamitan City showed Robredo obtained all 595 votes while all of her contenders, including Marcos, got zero votes.
Macalintal’s Defense vs. Unconditional Obedience
Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, thinks that nothing is wrong with Robredo getting 100 percent of the votes. But the INC said it was impossible because it has three “locales or churches” in the area. INC member and former congressman Rodante Marcoleta said that the church members were “indoctrinated to follow its leadership’s decisions in absolute and unconditional obedience.”
Thousands of the INC members posted their outrage on Facebook that went viral right after the election. It is still ongoing and is getting more intense. Some posts call for mass actions at the Supreme Court. The INC members particularly questioned where the votes for the church-endorsed Du30-Marcos tandem went but only the recount can resolve this. Most Filipinos believe that the results of the votes were manipulated.
Not Keeping Quiet via Social Media
Here are some of the groups monitored for this article:
Contrary to Atty. Romulo Macalintal’s media bluff, Bongbong Marcos is happy of the Supreme Court ruling. The PET has finally issued rules and guidelines in preparation for the revision of ballots in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Atty. Victor Rodriguez, the spokesperson of Marcos, welcomes the PET Resolution which finally set in motion the requirements needed. This paves the way for the revision of votes. He said that it is a step forward towards their quest for truth.
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[VIDEO]: Inilabas na ang guidelines ng Presidential Electoral Tribunal para sa gagawing recount ng mga boto para sa kaso ni Bongbong Marcos laban kay VP Leni Robredo.
Discussed during the Prelim
As per discussion during the preliminary conference last month, the Tribunal approves the use of the SC Gymnasium in the revision proceedings. It also added two more areas. Namely, a portion of the Fourth Floor Parking Level of the SC-Court of Appeals Multi-Purpose Building. As well as a room at the back of the Division Hearing Room.
Unlike the old rule which required that the Coordinator must come from SC personnel, the Tribunal amends the said requirement. It provides Coordinators from outside the High Court. Thus, ordering the Office of the Acting Chief Administrative Officer to post the vacancies for the members of the Revision Committees. They also accept applications for the staffing complement. The Acting Clerk of the Tribunal screens the applicants for the position of Coordinators of the Revision Committee.
Election Recount Leaders
As members of the said team, the Tribunal has designated the following SC employees – Attys. Mercedes Mostajo and Linuel Alindogan of the Office of the Chief Attorney as leaders; Joy Jemima Reyes and Jeffrey Raymond Atienza of the Cash Collection and Disbursement Division as Special Disbursing Officers; and Joery Gayanan and/or any official/employee to be recommended by the Office of the Administrative Services as Chief Security Officer and/or Assistant Chief Security Officer. They will each receive a compensation of P5,000 monthly.
Macalintal Misunderstands Ruling
Atty. Macalintal in behalf of Robredo’s Camp expresses his joy upon hearing the Supreme Court ruling that it junked Marcos’ motion questioning the integrity of the 2016 election. He added by saying that this proves that Marcos is just on a fishing expedition. Perhaps, due to age, he forgets that the SC told both camps during the preliminary conference to set aside Marcos’ first course of action to allow the recount to happen immediately.
Atty. Vic Rodriguez of the Marcos Camp already stated that delay is the name of Robredo’s game. The legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo resorts to delaying tactics as their lawyers particularly Atty. Romulo Macalintal subsequently questions Bongbong Marcos’ courses of actions to prevent the election recount from happening immediately. Radio commentator, Erwin Tulfo recently blasted Robredo asking why block the recount if she is sure of her win?
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[VIDEO]: BISTADO NA NI ERWIN TULFO ANG TACTICS NI LENI ROBREDO PATUNGKOL SA PET RECOUNT NI BONGBONG MARCOS.
Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson said: “If Robredo has nothing to hide, why resort to all these delaying tactics? It’s not enough that her camp cheated their way to the vice presidency. Now they want to cheat again by depriving Senator Marcos of his day in court. We want the truth to come out. That’s all.”
Afraid of the Truth
Atty. Rodriguez added: “Their actuation on the protest has been consistent: They are afraid of the truth because it would reveal how much they tarnished and debased the true will of the Filipino people in the vice presidential race.” This is unanimous with Tulfo’s call to Robredo. He said, why not just let the recount take its course and judge for herself?
Tulfo explains that if the Liberal Party bets and Robredo really won the 2016 elections, they are the first ones who must be in favor of the recount. He urges them to let the recount of the votes begin immediately to stop speculations against Robredo. This way, they can both move on and public interest will be satisfied.
No Recount, No Trust
The majority of the Filipinos including those who are overseas voters are not convinced that the VP is the legitimate occupant of the 2nd highest public office in the land. This doubt has grown intensively as her lawyers try to question Marcos’ every move just to delay the recount. There’s definitely no closure if the VP continues her dirty tactics.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple was right. He said that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo will reach the 2019 elections. It is not about the substance of the complaint since it is evident that there was cheating especially now that the impeachment of the COMELEC Chair is more likely.
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[VIDEO]: Political analyst Ramon Casiple shares his thoughts on the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Not Helping Yet
Marcos is successful in his bid to have 3 commissioners to supervise the electoral protest proceedings. However, Robredo’s Camp manages to halt it on the first part of his three courses of actions. CJ Sereno’s possible impeachment also slows down the process. In fact, the recount is already overshadowed by Bautista’s scandal and Kian’s death.
Identification of Witnesses
As discussed in the preliminary conference, both camps agreed to limit witnesses to 3 for each of the 2,756 clustered precincts in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan. They are told to identify them in their comments. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal points out that in Marcos’ response, he failed to identify such witnesses. He just made the same reservation as such.
Banking on Protest Inconsistencies
Robredo’s lawyers are very vigilant in every detail that can possibly delay the recount. This is already taken since various Representatives of the House endorsed Chairman Andres Bautista’s impeachment complaint. That alone already clouds the integrity of the 2016 automated elections.
Election 2019 Decision
Protestant Marcos may not admit that he has to already decide this early on what to do during the Senatorial election in 2019. He may continue the protest and let his sister, Gov. Imee Marcos to run as Senator than seek another term. He can also do otherwise and face the consequence to moot his case against Robredo. Besides, there’s the election 2022 as well where he could run as President which he can be a popular bet if he wins the electoral protest. Whatever he does, he has to decide soon.
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.