On the Bongbong Marcos electoral protest update against Vice President Leni Robredo, both camps await for the Preliminary Conference Order to set the proceedings in motion. It is expected from the PET any time soon.
Youtube video by; Sa Ganang Mamamayan
[VIDEO]: SC, Pinagbigyan ang Precautionary Protection Order na inihain ni Sen. Marcos.
Rule 65 says that either camp is required to present at most 3 provinces “best exemplifying the frauds or irregularities alleged in the petition.” If the protestant or protestee makes out their case in these 3 mentioned provinces, the protest prospers. Otherwise, it is dismissed without consideration of the other details stated in the protest. In the Marcos protest, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao are the 3 questionable provinces.
The revision of votes starts as scheduled in the preliminary conference order. Ballot boxes are opened and the votes on ballots are recounted and tallied. Revision committees are formed for the continuous revision of votes. The revision is done using vote-counting machines – or manually and visually – as the PET decides on. The revision is completed in 5 days. Either party moves for a technical examination. The authenticity of the ballots or election returns is verified.
Marcos’ Lawyer: 180 Days Recount without Delay
Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez is confident that if there’s no delay, the manual recount for the 3 disputed provinces takes only about 180 days. However, Robredo’s camp can contest every step of the way to delay the proceedings.
The last Vice Presidential electoral protest filed by Mar Roxas against former Vice President Jejomar Binay takes 6 years. The Supreme Court dismisses the case and declares Binay the real winner. However, Rodriguez insists that it should not take that long if Robredo’s camp won’t file motions for reconsideration for ever decision made by the SC. The least it can take without delay is 2 years.
Just before the evening news today, January 10, 2017, the rumor saying that SC ruling on Marcos electoral protest happens today is not in mainstream broadcasts. The VP ballot recount seems to be not on the agenda of the Philippine Electoral Tribunal of the Supreme Court. Reports are also noted that the Marcos Camp’s witnesses are harassed to hopefully change their stories.
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[VIDEO]: The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos said that they have received reports that their witnesses have been harassed by the Liberal Party to change their testimonies in the case.
SC Denies Marcos’ Motion to Preserve VCMs
Just recently, SC orders Comelec to immediately facilitate the stripping of data chips from the electoral voting machines to avoid adding up to the penalty imposed in the signed agreement. One positive thing for Marcos supporters for this order is that – SC can now proceed to the next step towards the ruling on Marcos’ electoral protest.
No Recount Yet
Vice President Leni Robredo worries about the recount in the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos. This step is necessary to find the almost 1.37 million discrepancies on the total registered voters. That is substantial compared to a little more than 200,000 lead of Robredo.
Pro-Marcos Supporters are Dismayed of the Delay
Many Marcos supporters are checking social media on the Marcos electoral protest update but no such news satisfies them. It is not clear where the rumor comes from that there’s a ruling today – but eventually it should come from the Pro-Marcos groups in Facebook.
There seems to be a trend that SC announces the denial of the minor requests of Bongbong Marcos in the electoral protest such as the failed VCM preservation. This does not mean that he is on the losing end. Perhaps SC eliminates the minor issues yet to deal positively with the major issue particularly the VP ballot recount in questionable areas since he gets President Duterte’s favor, which is no doubt a great factor for the decision.