Cesar Chavez fo DZRH Manila asks; Is the pilot provinces recount this April 2 enough to determine the winner of the 2016 Vice Presidential election? Bongbong Marcos answered; It depends on the number. April 2 marks the beginning of the recount but since there are 50 tables to be opened, it would take around 3 months if 100 precincts per day are met a day for the procedure.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos answers the questions of Cesar Chavez regarding April 2, 2018, recount during the DZRH Manila interview.
Value of the Pilot Provinces
Considering that all things go smoothly, the 3 pilot provinces which are; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, the amount of the discrepancy is crucial in determining if the recount should continue. In short, it won’t stop there. Declaration of winners by then won’t happen yet.
Sufficiency of the Initial Recounts
Bongbong Marcos said that his electoral protest includes recount for 34,000 clustered precincts. The PET, however, rules that only 3 pilot provinces can serve as a determining factor if there is a basis for his electoral fraud accusation against his rival’s political party that can officiate such manipulation.
Father’s Legacy to Continue
The son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos aims to continue his protest to realize his father’s plan for the country. Quality education, agriculture, infrastructure, business opportunities, and better public services must be the priorities to augment the lives of the poor.
Relation to Senator Sotto’s Expose
The expose of Senator Tito Sotto might be in line with Bongbong Marcos’ protest but that touches the general integrity of both the local and national elections. Whereas, in his electoral protest, despite the massive indication of electoral sabotage, it remains exclusive to the VP post and nothing to do with other positions that may be affected by the results of the recount.
Bongbong Marcos earlier asks for a technical examination in three Mindanao provinces allegedly because of the existence of fake voters. Marcos said the revisors need to examine each and every signature in the voter’s list to make sure that the vote is cast by the real voter. Leni Robredo opposes this because those are not Marcos’ pilot provinces. Therefore, it’s denial is not a big deal for the Marcos Camp. Despite the long wait, the election protest against Robredo continues to roll.
[VIDEO]: PET kicks off discussion on Marcos poll protest, Robredo counter-protest
Stay with Pilot Provinces
Robredo’s camp said that Marcos has to content himself with the results of the recount of ballots from the three pilot provinces. Those are the basis of the PET to determine if Marcos’s protest shall proceed. Examination of other provinces can continue after that or the protest may be dismissed for lack of merit.
No Single Protest Have Won in the Past
“We are highly confident that after such recount the PET can see all the valid grounds and reasons to dismiss Marcos’ protest. Out of the hundreds of election protest cases, not a single election protest won. Particularly by any protestant on the basis of a recount of the ballots,” said Romulo Macalintal. However, the PET itself discloses that there are no other protests like Marcos’ case. In fact, it’s the only one that reaches the payment process.
Marcos is Confident that Recount Will Happen
Marcos has full confidence in the PET. This is the very reason why he files the electoral protest against Robredo. He has paid in full also prior to the deadline. This was not the case in the past protests that Macalintal talks about. Robredo, however, still has paid the second tranch of the required payment.
Dismissal of Motions are Over
Dealing with motions from both Camps is over. They now look forward to opening the ballot boxes. No amount of witnesses can ever surpass the importance of the manual recount itself. The ballots from the pilot provinces of Marcos are the ultimate judge of his victory or defeat during the last VP race against Robredo.
The PET ordered the initial recount of votes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental first. This is to prove whether or not the rest of Marcos’ protest has merit. Bongbong Marcos said that it is about to start in November and is expected to be completed in December this year.
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[VIDEO]: Marcos names provinces for pilot manual recount of ballots.
No Witnesses for Anomalies
Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia told the Supreme Court that Marcos will no longer present witnesses. This is for the annulment part of his petition. It’s because their allegations of electoral fraud can best be proven through a ballot recount. Their camp no longer plans to present testimonial evidence or witnesses to support his allegations of widespread cheating. Particularly in 3 provinces where Vice President Leni Robredo won.
Marcos Drops Nullification of Votes
In his electoral protest against the Vice President, Marcos wants votes to be nullified in Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. He cites the “widespread presence of terrorism, violence, threats, coercion, force, and intimidation.”
Not Abandonment of Election Fraud Protest
Atty. Garcia clarifies that; “The waiver of testimonial evidence in so far as the 3rd cause of action is concerned is not an abandonment of the electoral frauds, anomalies, and irregularities alleged in the electoral protest. These may be proven by the ballots which are ‘the best repository of the sovereign will,'” Garcia added.
Unaccounted Votes in Pilot Provinces
He also explained that the “unaccounted votes” for the position of vice president can be verified through the judicial and manual recount. This goes with the revision of election paraphernalia in 36,465 clustered precincts under 27 provinces and 5 highly urbanized cities as well.