Bongbong Marcos’ Camp still awaits the Supreme Court or PET
to issue a Retrieval Order and to begin the manual recounting of votes for the VP election 2016. On 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “Partially Grant Marcos’ Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.”
[VIDEO]: Handa na ang kampo ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos para sa recount ng mga balota kaugnay sa election protest nito laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
No Action from COMELEC Yet
Marcos is also waiting for the COMELEC to decrypt and print the ballot images in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental Note. On 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “partially grant his motion for decryption and Printing of Ballot Images. This is only insofar as all the precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.
Wrong Counting can be Seen
“We are definitely sure that when the recount starts the true result will emerge and prove that the votes in the vice-presidential election had been incorrectly counted,” Marcos said in the media forum. The PET has still to direct the COMELEC to brief the Tribunal of its recommended procedures, logistics, schedule, and estimated costs.
4 Million Lost Votes
Marcos said that he had lost more than 4 million votes. He suspects that those votes might be added into other candidates’ counts. However, the Camp of Leni Robredo cannot fathom where Marcos gets his data. They think that he just tries to condition the public’s mind to cover up his alleged defeat.
Bongbong Marcos’ Recount Confidence
The son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos expresses his confidence to win the legal battle against Robredo to reporters. His victory could actually put him next in line to the Presidency. This is exactly what President Du30 is hoping for. Then he can resign for he’s not happy anymore.
Bongbong Marcos’ press conference followed right after the preliminary conference to announce its aftermath. The Supreme Court explained that based on the history of electoral protest in the country, no case yet has progressed quickly. They themselves are in the learning curve, said the Chief Justice. The PET, therefore, decides to set aside all motions that can delay the protest.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos holds a press conference after the Preliminary Conference.
Leni Robredo’s Motions
VP Leni Robredo sought the dismissal of the poll protest. She cites the lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET. This is despite the high tribunal’s ruling that Marcos’ protest is sufficient in form and substance. Other motions include the clarification for Marcos to shoulder the expenses incurred by Comelec. These are all set aside at the moment and might be tackled after the recount if necessary after summarizing all issues.
Marcos paid the remaining P30 million for his electoral protest against Robredo. The payment was in two checks. One amounts to P15-million and the other was for P15.2-million. He paid the balance ahead of the July 14 deadline set by the Supreme Court. It ordered Marcos to pay P66,223,000 for the recount in 132,446 precincts.
The PET was apologetic for the slow process and the Marcos camp can only be grateful for their explanation that delays happen because this is the first electoral protest of its nature and they do not have the template yet on how to handle it efficiently and quickly.
Justices’ Good Interest
Marcos is thankful to the Supreme Court Justices that they themselves are also interested to see the case resolved at the soonest possible time through the recount. This is the reason why all pending petitions may have to wait to give way to the electoral protest process. It is expected that after a week, these petitions are shortlisted and the retrieval of the ballot boxes should follow the week after that.
It was odd for the greatest Martial Law critic, Vice President Leni Robredo to easily say that the Supreme Court’s favorable decision on its implementation in Mindanao asserts the “democratic process” provided by the Constitution. Behind all that Bongbong Marcos receives a copy of her Manifestation with Omnibus Motion that asks the PET to direct the Comelec to vehemently charge her rival for all Comelec and Smartmatic expenses incurred along the latter’s electoral protest against her.
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[VIDEO]: Sinabi ni Vice Pres. Leni Robredo na ang desisyon ng SC ay patunay sa demokratikong prosesong nakalatag sa konstitusyon.
Democratic Process of Martial Law
“The Supreme Court decision on Proclamation No. 216 is an affirmation of the democratic process set in our Constitution. This is an important component of the mandated checks and balances to Martial Law,” Robredo said in a statement. However, she also said that she expects Congress to “likewise fulfill its Constitutional duty to review, on behalf of the people, the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.”
Robredo’s Manifestation with Omnibus Motion
The VP’s Manifestation with Omnibus Motion is:
1. To clarify Bongbong Marcos’ liability for the monthly expenses incurred by the COMELEC. The amount of Php 5.6 million per month is for the lease of the Sta. Rosa warehouse; and
2. To direct the COMELEC to clarify for Marcos to be held liable to pay Php 2 billion for the costs of the VCMs breach of contract penalty with Smartmatic.
No matter how Robredo denies her delaying tactics, her actions prove all her ill intentions to delay the electoral protest process. Politicians who say one thing and do another are very dangerous players. With that in mind, it won’t take long until she turns against the President on his Martial Law declaration.
Look at the Heart
One can’t be a good leader without a good heart. Giving your legal opponent a hard time is one manifestation of Robredo’s undesirable nature. To sneak out in pushing the Supreme Court to add to the financial burden of Marcos who is robbed of his victory is unfairly unnecessary – if she believes in democracy. Why not just fight back in legal terms fair and square?
Supreme Court Spokesperson, Theodore Te announced that PET trashed Leni Robredo’s motion for reconsideration to pay only the first tranche of P8 M deposit after finding a basis in Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. However, SC extended the deadline around until 1st of May or five days after they odered her to pay on 25 April 2017.
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[VIDEO]: SC, ipinag-utos kay VP Robredo na magbayad ng P8-M Protest fee
Trashed only the Motion
The PET trashed Robredo’s motion for reconsideration in a resolution that required her to pay the cash deposit. “The PET denied Robredo’s motion for reconsideration on the resolution to pay the cash deposit as ordered in its previous resolution dated March 21,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said. However, the court have given her another five days to comply.
No More Extension after Five Days
“The PET ordered Robredo to pay the cash deposit as stated in the resolution within a non-extendable period of five days from notice of the resolution,” he added. The Supreme Court that sits as the PET, ordered Robredo to pay ₱8 million within five days from 25 April 2017.
Robredo’s Camp Respects SC’s Ruling
Bernadette Sardillo, Robredo’s legal counsel said that they had yet to receive the PET order, but clarified that they respected the ruling and would comply. “Any payment of the cash deposit in our counter protest should not also be taken to mean that the election protest filed by former Sen. Marcos has any merit or legitimacy,” Sardillo stressed.
Merit on Marcos’ Electoral Protest
Why would Sardillo highlight the legitimacy of Marcos’ electoral protest when they pay the deposit? Does this mean that their payment acknowledges that Marcos’ claims of fraud are worth millions just to make a counter-protest? One thing is sure. Bongbong Marcos is confident to pay P36 M deposit out of the total P66 M just to prove Liberal Party’s fraudulent activities that benefit Robredo.
As per Leni Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal, under Rules 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, it is not time yet for her to pay. Robredo must pay the cash deposit only when the necessity to retrieve and collect her counter-protested clustered precincts is determined. They simply question its resolution for both camps to pay a little more than P81 M as per deadlines stated.
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[VIDEO]: QRT: Kampo ni Marcos, nagbayad na ng paunang P36-M para sa election protest laban kay VP Robredo
Robredo submitted a manifestation through her lawyer Romulo Macalintal saying that the rules do not require her to deposit the said amount just yet. He reiterated that under Rules 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, Robredo should be asked for the cash payment only after there is a necessity to retrieve and collect her counter-protested clustered precincts.
Without allegedly preempting the Hight Court, Robredo asks that the payment of her cash deposit be deferred until the time that the recount and revision of all the 36,465 protested clustered precincts is terminated as prayed in her counter protest. This is explained in the said manifestation.
Motion Still to be Resolved
Macalintal also added that the motion for reconsideration on the PET’s resolution to find Marcos’ protest sufficient in form has not been acted upon by PET yet. So, the camp asks why pay when there’s no final ruling yet that the electoral protest of Marcos is indeed in right form and substance?
Will Pay if Plea is Denied
However, Macalintal gives assurance that if this motion is denied, Robredo is willing to pay the cash deposit for her counter-protested clustered precincts. Any favorable action on their plea will also have an effect on the total number of clustered precincts of the election protest. Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez slams Macalintal’s saying that their manifestations and motion for reconsiderations are mere delaying tactics.