Most Filipinos were really watching the news on the transparency election reports during the 2016 Vice Presidential race. Until now, many felt cheated. It is definitely understandable because the over 2 million votes lead of Marcos narrows down to around 200,000 votes in favor or rival, Leni Robredo during the wee hours after the 8:22 PM count
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[VIDEO]: People are not convinced that Vice President Leni Robredo won over Bongbong Marcos for the VP race because he was leading by around 2 million votes at more than half COCs counted as reported for the 8:22 PM election day canvass.
The widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo was already leading Bongbong Marcos by a little over 230,000 votes as of 8:45 p.m. the next day after the election. This is after she trails the then senator by almost a million votes at the close of polling as reported.
Marcos, who was a close second with 13,546,701 votes, accused the Liberal Party (LP) of manipulating the election results. This is still ongoing with the electoral protest’s preliminary hearing scheduled on Jube 21. Both sides are required to submit details of their priority issues five days before the said event.
Based on the PPCRV count, Robredo got her votes from Luzon, including her home province in the Bicol region, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. She overpasses Marcos in Calabarzon and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan). Her huge lead in Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are noted.
Lost Votes Not Forgotten
To this date, Iglesia ni Kristo leaders continue to ask where their votes went. Particularly in the areas mentioned where Robredo has tremendous lead from Marcos. It is just unbelievable that he got zero votes in most of the ARMM precincts where the INC church is present. The failure of election in some disputed areas is also one of the issues in the electoral protest.
Bongbong Marcos backs the President’s imposition of martial law in Mindanao. The military continues to hunt down Maute Group members in Marawi City responsible for many terror and rebellious attacks. The idea is to suppress them before they are allowed to grow. It is evident that some locals are also coddling them which the government prohibits.
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[VIDEO]: SALUDO NI BONGBONG MARCOS SANG AYON SA NAGING DESISYON NG PRES DUTERTE NA MARTIAL LAW SA MARAWI CITY
The Marcos-Du30 alliance is not a secret. It may be hard to “second guess” the President’s decision for Marcos, especially in matters of national security. Since the Chief Executive is the only one who has access to intelligence reports other public matters. But his actions show that his ways are timely, effective, and most of all, constitutional.
He basically cannot compare Du30’s declaration with his father’s 45 years ago. The circumstances were just different then and now. “I know the President. I know his character. I know his adherence to the law, he said. He is doing what he views right, in his best judgment, Marcos added.
The reports and personal testimonies show that the Maute Group and some Abu Sayyaf members penetrated several areas. They went first to Bohol and attacked people there. It was suppressed immediately. Now in Marawi City and elsewhere. It’s really widespread, Marcos observes. It is just right that the president immediately acts to halt any terrorist attacks at once.
Pro Martial Law
Marcos’s views have nothing to do with him being the son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. His father was the first post-war Philippine leader to declare martial law in the country. His authoritarian regime has been infamous for the military abuses under martial law. But detractors failed to convince people that he did the right thing to save the country. Now PRRD is doing the moves that made the late Marcos successful in dealing with rebellion. He then added more to correct the ones that were not working like controlling alleged military abuses.
Atty. George Erwin Garcia from Bongbong Marcos’ camp clarifies that the fears in the past martial law are not present in the current situation. Instantly, rumors are verified through social media unlike before that people so not have their own news outlet.
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[VIDEO]: Atty, Erwin Garcia, Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer justifies martial law.
No Fears Like Marcos’ Time
Atty. Garcia thinks that the president should be given ample time to explain to Congress his reasons for the martial law declaration. There’s seems to be no problem in this area but it is better to make everything official. Certainly, there are no fears like during Marcos time because military abuses can be hidden. Today’s technology makes everything so obvious in real-time.
He also expresses that if some citizens would go against the president for whatever reason, they can add up to the country’s problem. People should just obey the leader during these trying times. It can make the job of the president easier.
Trust the President
“Let us trust the President Rodrigo Duterte. His judgment is the best judgment as of now. We will observe how Congress will react to the declaration of martial law in Mindanao,” said lawyer Joel Obar, national chairman of the Peoples Solidarity Federal Party. The president is in the process of exhausting all remedies to protect the country and trusting him is the best thing to do, he said.
Support of Muslim Communities
Field commanders are instructed to coordinate with Muslim communities and barangay officials in their areas of responsibility. The police forces surely have the support of the Muslim communities. The terrorists would find it hard also to penetrate the Christian areas like Western Visayas. They cannot easily scout for support from the civilians unlike in Mindanao. The country can eventually be saved from the outlaws.
Bongbong Marcos is sure that his election protest against Leni Robredo can proceed even if he takes an appointed position in the Du30 administration. He cites the case of Mar Roxas against former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Certainly, this is not exclusive to LP members only, he added.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos is confident that he can take up a cabinet post without sacrificing his electoral protest against Robredo.
Atty. George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer said after the preliminary conference was set that it is important that the case was not dismissed. This will proceed. We won the first battle,” said Atty. Garcia. He also added that the protest will proceed even if Marcos accepts a position in Du30’s Cabinet.
Atty. Garcia explains that there were instances in the past of Protestants running for other positions. He cites the case of the late Sen. Miriam Santiago who filed a protest against former President Fidel Ramos after losing in the presidential elections. She then ran for the Senate and assumed office when she won. Disinterest to pursue the case was shown here.
The Supreme Court rules that in Santiago’s case, it is an abandonment of her election protest. But it is a different case for Marcos because he goes only for a Cabinet post which is appointive, not elective. Therefore, that doesn’t signify that he is abandoning his protest,” Garcia confirmed.
Marcos’ lawyer stresses that it would be better if the case is resolved at the soonest possible time to stop doubts on the legitimacy of Robledo’s status. It is better if the Marcos camp is allowed to present their evidence and prove their case. That can happen in the absence of Robredo camp’s dilatory tactics. Other considerations for Marcos is the upcoming Senatorial elections in 2019 and the Presidential elections in 2022.
The President of the Philippines has declared the Marcos-style martial law in Mindanao. This is despite his trip to Russia. He returned immediately to deal with the problem with the Maute insurgencies in Marawi. The place is filled with terror with rebels burning houses and taking over the city jail to free prisoners.
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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night declared Martial Law in Mindanao amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.
President Du30 always remind people that he won’t hesitate to declare martial law when there’s a reason for it. It is noted that the rebels in Mindanao were in contact with the administration’s detractors, the Liberal party ever since the time of the late Ninoy Aquino. His decision is not a surprise to Filipinos.
Coincidentally, Bam Aquino is rumoured to have visited Marawi just before the attacks. Many people speculated that he is carrying out what the older Aquino did during the Marcos regime. It is assumed to be one of their destabilisation tactics.
Martial law is as it is. It is not different from the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos actions. He deals with it with toughness. Punish the lawless to protect the land. The police, however, promises not to do any abuses. This remains to be seen.
The tough leader assures his citizens that there’s nothing to worry about. His action is lawful. It intends to preserve the nation and the people. Only the detractors can say otherwise.