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Du30’s Resignation? The PET is on Fire to Rule on Bongbong Marcos’ Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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Coach Jarret Corrects the Dilawan Propagandist

Counteracting Raissa Robles
Notorious Dilawan propagandist, Raissa Robles cannot hold her peace on the martial law clarifications of Coach Jarret. It is highly noticeable that Robles’ arguments are quotes from Dilawan propaganda and not factual. Whereas, Jarret’s notes and replies come from official records with matching links of the sources. The people can judge better in this battle. It is clear who provides logical information. That’s why calls for the PET to decide on Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest resurfaced.



Still No Solutions from Leni Robredo

No matter how Leni Robredo tries to answer the questions that the President throws at her, the more she looks dumber, Coach Jarret insinuates. Her suggestions are very general and there were no specific methods or strategies. It is also evident that she has no clues on the measures done by the current administration that she is a part of. Medical management is in place, surging mental stress now has an outlet and Covid-19 safety practices are strictly imposed as the government balances the risks versus the economy. All she could do is criticize.

Marcos Camp to the PET

The people have the right to know who the real VP is. It is of public interest for the PET to decide on the winner of the 2016 VP race. It does not matter if Bongbong Marcos can serve his term or not if he wins the protest. The result is crucial for the 2022 elections. There must be closure first before going to the next election. Atty. Vic Rodriguez pleas to the PET not to keep this case hanging. Many Filipinos support this especially now that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte again hints on resigning amidst the widespread corruption anomalies that he perceives as difficult to handle.


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Protest Clue: Once ARMM Tech Exam Pushes through, it’s a Done Deal for Bongbong Marcos

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By: Elena Grace Flores

It is clear that under the PET rules, the tribunal conducts a revision of ballots in the 3 pilot provinces. Then use the results to decide if there is a basis to proceed with the rest of Bongbong Marcos’ recount petitions. Marcos could not press the Supreme Court (SC) that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to start investigating cheating allegations in Mindanao votes if there are no substantial evidence of fraud. Given that the process of the electoral protest takes time, might as well put the next step in line for immediate continuity.

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[VIDEO]: LATEST NEWS TODAY March 27 2019 BONGBONG MARCOS | LENI ROBREDO | RECOUNT

Official Protest Motion

Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia on March 26 files an urgent motion calling on the PET to resolve their initial motion. This is the one put in place in December to subpoena election documents that detail incidents of fake votings. Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao are the areas in question. Marcos won’t be too confident to puss on the motion if there’s not substantial evidence of the massive fraud. It turns out that in a local protest, many voters’ signatures do not match that of the ones in the ballots.

Robredo’s Camp Opposes the Motion

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo already opposes this. Shey says that it was a circumvention of the tribunal rules as the current process’ limit are the 3 pilot provinces only. They are; Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Atty. Garcia thinks otherwise, He said that there’s nothing wrong with it because the motion’s filing was in December last year. This is not a new petition but merely making a follow-up on an old move.

Circumstantial Evidence

Circumstances greatly favor Marcos. The Commission on Elections itself through its Election Records and Statistics Department (COMELEC-ERSD) conducts an investigation into the votes of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan. This was for the protest of FORMER Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan against the incumbent governor. It found that some things are questionable. The names, signatures, and numbers of voters just did not match the official tally. Therefore, it concludes that the votes on record are not legitimate.

Truth versus Propaganda

Whatever the yellow media may say, most people can already feel the enormous advantage of Marcos because of the many incidental reports of fraudulent activities during the 2016 elections. Due to the gag order to both parties, only the SC can finally announce the real standing of the protest. There are just too much evidence for the PET to handle.

The Supreme Court’s Careful Resolution

The possible twist in the 2016 VP election can shake the country in a major way. This would signify the return of a Marcos to power. While the loyalists will be grateful, the anti-administration stalwarts can only fuss about it. It is very important for the SC to support all their actions with the legalities of the land. That would ensure democracy to stay despite possible future outrage by the people who may not get the results they want.

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Birthday Laugh: Bongbong Marcos’ Humor When Updating PRRD on His Electoral Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos’ Birthday greeting video shows how stories can be made by incorporating footages together. In times of fakes news, some media outlets resort to this. This serves as a warning that readers must verify facts. He covers topics from greeting the President on his 74th birthday to updating him on his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo.

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Featuring Pinakbet

Pinakbet is a local dish with vegetables and meat ingredients. The elements create a right balance for a healthy, yet indulgent lifestyle. Soldiers must have them first, says Marcos. He implies their loyalty to the Du30 administration because the President prioritizes their needs which are relevant to their serving their country with their life.

Drinking in the Streets

Street drinking is an old culture of Filipinos, especially in slums. The men without shirts look so fierce while enjoying alcoholic drinks with comrades. PRRD swears to kick their butts if they are caught doing so at present times. This may be tough for those people with this lifestyle but for the sake of the country’s image, they should learn how to sacrifice their comforts. Marcos agrees with this as he gives a hint on his electoral protest.

The President’s Birthday Wishes

Prosperity for his government and a future free of troubles for his country are President Rodrigo Du30’s wishes. He utters this as he blew out the candle on his Philippine flag birthday cake. His staff in Davao City surprises him with a birthday song. His words were: “My wish, well, that this government will prosper and that we don’t get involved in the problems of other nations. It’s a very topsy turvy world so even the Chinese are kind of hesitant…My wish is that we will just continue to progress. We won’t be part of that mess with other countries.

Family Assurance

The President’s son, Paolo said in Bisaya that he is thankful because their father still manages to spend time with the family despite his hectic schedule. “Even if you don’t have enough sleep but you always find time for us. Thank you, Pa,” he said in his colloquial dialect. Paolo said his father should also take a break from work. He further assures him that he and sister, Davao City Mayor Sara Du30-Carpio would take care of his critics.

Electoral Protest Update

Back to the former Senator Marcos’ video message, he gives the president an update on his electoral protest. It is now on its 1000th day. He is hopeful for an immediate decision soon. It’s really just awaiting announcements from the Supreme Court. Just recently, Marcos attends the candle lighting ceremony of his supporters at the SC vicinity. He is very thankful for their unending support.

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Is Chong’s Cheating Expose Relating to Marcos-Robredo Protest Not Enough to Make him a Target?


By: Elena Grace Flores

Senator Panfilo Lacson admits that he is frustrated with the links between former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong and the killing of his aide, Richard Santillan. The latter was killed in an alleged shootout with policemen in Cainta, Rizal, last December 10. Lacson does not believe that Chong is the real target. Or else, they could just ambush him instead of his staff. The senator candidate, however, affirms that the culprits went after his aide to warn him. There will be a massive protest and chaos since he became popular after he exposes the cheating for the position of vice president between former Senator Bongbong Marcos and the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. z

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[VIDEO]: Senate Hearing of Richard “Red” Santillan Case

Goal of the Senate Hearing

Santillan is the aide of Chong, a former Biliran representative now running for senator. PAO forensics team chief Dr. Erwin Erfe said the body of Richard Santillan, who was a bodyguard of former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, sustained 63 wounds in different parts of the body. A resolution directs the committee on public order and dangerous drugs to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation on the brutal killing of Richard Santillan. Its goal is to craft more effective measures to ensure public order and safety during the election period.

PNP: A Shootout, Not a Rubout

Lacson still reiterates that he does not buy the scenario that the police would go after Santillan and not Chong if he was the real target. Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, PNP-Region IV-commander emphasizes that there was no rubout as Chong claimed. He maintains that Santillan was driving the Fortuner together with members of the Highway Boys Group. They were engaged lawmen in a gunbattle. Although, the evidence proves otherwise.

Stressing on the Lies

Supt. Joseph Arguelles of Police Regional Office 4-A denies the allegations of Chong that Santillan was kidnapped, tortured, and killed. He testifies before the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs hearing chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson that the evidence shows that there was a shootout. He said that Santillan was able to fire shots while outside the vehicle where he eventually died from gunshot wounds. All these statements from the PNP do not match the forensic findings of the PAO. In fact, the dead victim did not have a gun.

More Denials from the PNP

According to Carpio of the PNP insists that the condition of Santillan’s toenail was due to a grazed gunshot wound. He said that the wound correlates with the bullet holes in the vehicle. As for the hematoma on Santillan’s body, he said this was also caused by a gunshot. The slug causes the hematoma before exiting the body, he added. The open wound or abrasion on Santillan’s body was not a sign of torture. It was caused by fragments from the slug, he argued.

Chong’s Protest

Recap and highlights of the lies and claims of the police involved in the crime were not consistent with the evidence. This is the protest of Chong. Richard “Red” Santillan is clean according to the policemen themselves. Dr. Carpio, a medico-legal doctor said that there was no sign that Santillan receives a blow on his head. However, PAO forensics did a thorough examination and discovered a hematoma. Besides, Richard Santillan was found negative on paraffin test. Traces of gun powder nitrates were not found in his body and clothes.

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Atty. Rodriguez: Macalintal Uses BBM’s Protest for Senate Bid Media Mileage


By: Elena Grace Flores

The PET does not issue any official numbers from the 2016 VP election recount. It is generally silent on the ongoing process. In response to Macalintal’s “game over’ statement, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, a lawyer os Bongbong Marcos said that he believes the comments of Robredo’s lawyer that it’s a game over for Marcos and all are media mileage. This is his desperate effort to bring relevance to the carcasses of a futile Senate bid, he said. “I pity Macalintal. As an officer of the court, it’s clear to me that only the PET can determine whether we are finished,” he added. z

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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer said that he pity Macalintal for his desperate media mileage quest using BBM’s protest.

The Supreme Court’s Statement

The Supreme Court that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal recently said that the ballot recount is nearing its end – except for a few damaged ballots. The recount will continue on January 28 using the decrypted ballots for the unreadable ones. PET notes that the recounts in four protests it previously administered did not reach completion. Marcos’ poll protest would be the first that will eventually be completed, it said. The tribunal reminds the parties repeatedly to refrain from commenting on the ongoing process. It cites the sub judice rule.

Determining Factor to Continue the Recount

The recount began last April in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. These are the pilot provinces that Marcos identified in his protest. The results of the recount in the three provinces would determine if the tribunal should continue checking ballots. The recount for the rest of the clustered precincts in the country could follow if there’s a substantial basis for the discrepancies in the said initial places.

Desperate for Media Mileage

Macalintal holds a joint press conference with former Rep. Erin Tañada (Quezon). This is to discuss a supplemental manifestation of Robredo’s that objects Marcos’ petition for a technical examination in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao. Aside from the electoral protest, the two also discuss their respective Senate bids and campaign platforms. In December, Marcos made a petition to look into voters records included in an unrelated petition by former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan against ARMM Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

Macalintal’s Basis for his Comments

Macalintal keeps on comparing Marcos’ protest to the other electoral protests that are incomplete. This is contrary to the PET’s disclosure that in the history of electoral protests, only Marcos’ case reaches this part to the verge of completion. However, the tribunal does not leave a clue on its actual status because of the gag order.

The “It’s Over” Expression on the Election Protest

If Marcos’ reference for his claim is only the recount results, then it’s over or far out, said Macalintal. As seen in the video, he seems to insinuate that the Protestant’s team is just over acting since no electoral protest won in the past, he added. This is so because the digital count normally matches the recount results, the veteran election lawyer stressed. Nevertheless, this is contrary to Atty. Rodriguez’ feedbacks and the Senate hearing’s election fraud findings in 2016.

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What Does Sandro Marcos Worry About Other Than his Father’s Electoral Protest?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Sandro Marcos, the eldest son of Bongbong Marcos seems like not worrying at all about the result of his father’s electoral protest. In fact, he wishes that his dad’s fashion sense would be dated. However, the latter insists that his wardrobe choice is classic. The son’s New Year resolution for their patriarch coincides with their reaction to the delay on the case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Here’s why. z

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[VIDEO]: BBM VLOG #43: New year . . . new look?! | Bongbong Marcos

BBM Sticks on Familiar Grounds

If there’s one thing this makeover has taught me, it’s that sometimes we’re better off sticking to what we know!, Bongbong Marcos said. A” for effort though to Sandro, Simon and Borgy!, he added. However, despite the sound suggestions of a credible fashion consultant, his choices remain. Just like in the protest versus Robredo. Marcos refused to ruin his New Year with negativity. He stays confident that his time to lead the country would come.

Sandro’s New Year Resolution for his Dad

Sandro describes his desire for his father’s wardrobe for 2019 as dated. He said that BBM obviously looks like an Ilocano who never spends for his clothes. Ilocanos are noted to be stingy. His father retaliates by saying that his son is right. He is spending more for Sandro’s wardrobe that he describes as English.

Borgy Manotoc’s Expertise

Borgy Manotoc, son of BBM’s sister, Imee is a famous fashion model and entrepreneur. He acts as Marcos’ fashion consultant. He suggests different kinds of attire for him to try on. Then he and Sandro rate the selected outfit each while the VP Protestee models them.

Learning from the Millennials

Marcos adheres to his son’s wish by complying to the wardrobe try out with Manotoc. He is open to change and quite patient about it. Despite his family’s bad experiences, he is seldom seen furious about something. Positivity aligns him to his goal. This is something that social media users must do. Expressing ill feelings about the electoral protest can only do more harm than good because it triggers disunity.

Experience Counts in the Electoral Protest

There’s only one reason why BBM is so patient about the electoral protest contrary to the negative reactions of his loyalists. He knows that his time will come to lead the country. Despite the rumors about the President’s shortcomings, he trusts that he is doing all he can to allow fairness in the upcoming Supreme Court ruling.

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Albayalde Hears Atty. Chong Out Who is the Key to Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong, the clean election advocate who discloses the 2016 election anomalies that led to the Vice Presidential defeat of Bongbong Marcos is mourning over the torture and death of his long-time aide, Richard Santillan. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde swears to punish the police scalawags responsible for the crime. He is watching the investigation closely. z

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[VIDEO]:NEWS BREAK: PNP Chief Albayalde, nakatutok sa imbestigasyon sa pagkamatay ni Richard Santillan.

PAO’s Autopsy Report

Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta said that an autopsy by the agency finds that Richard Santillan III, the aide of Atty. Chong was tortured before he was killed. According to police, Santillan and his female companion were killed in an operation in Barangay San Andres, Cainta, Rizal on December 11. Therefore, it suggests that the dead body of Santillan was dragged into the road to make it look like a shootout.

Speaking from the Grave

The police reportedly intercept Chong’s vehicle driven by Santillan. But the aide allegedly steps on the gas instead of pulling over. This they said is the reason for the brief exchange of gunfire. However, there is ample physical evidence that the incident was definitely not what the men in uniform said it was. Acosta describes the scenario as the dead speaking from the grave.

Constant Companion

Santillan was Chong’s driver and bodyguard that he treats like a brother for the last eleven years. The lawyer is a former Biliran representative who is now running for Senator. The aide stays at the election fraud whistleblower as he exposes the Comelec and Smartmatic’s fraudulent acts. He was also active in endorsing Chong for the national position in his own capacity. The widow of Santillan attests that her husband can’t possibly do any crime that the police insinuates because he was always with Chong.

PAO’s Mandate

Dr. Erwin Erfe, PAO’s forensic laboratory director said that their examination shows that Santillan was shot even though he was already dead. PAO Chief Acosta added that Santillan’s family is seeking justice because of the alleged torture. The Public Attorney’s Office is mandated to render free legal representation, representation, assistance, and counseling to indigent persons in criminal, civil, labor, administrative and other quasi-judicial cases. Acosta clarifies that since Santillan’s surviving wife is earning only a minimum wage, the family is considered an indigent.

Albayalde to Help Election Lawyer

“I have no enemies except for Comelec and Smartmatic, Chong said. This is the only angle I can see for this incident. They want to scare me by hurting the people close to me,” he added. The lawyer’s testimonies in congressional inquiries on alleged poll fraud in the 2016 elections are really vital in Marcos’ election protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. Meanwhile, the PAO chief asks for records of the police operation that resulted in the death of Santillan directly from Director General Oscar Albayalde. He responds with a promise of justice should his men be found guilty of Chong’s accusations.

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Atty. Glenn Chong is More Credible Now: BBM’s Camp Confirmed to the Supreme Court that he’s NOT a Marcos Lawyer

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Finally, Bongbong Marcos’ camp grants the request of clean election advocate, Atty. Glenn Chong to issue a statement that he is not part of their legal team. However, the mainstream media seems to put it negatively. Their headlines simply tried to mislead the public. The lawyers of the former Senator have clarified before the Supreme Court acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) that former lawmaker Glenn Chong is not part of their legal team.



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[VIDEO]: Former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong denies being a lawyer of former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and he hopes the senator himself will issue a statement to that effect.


Clean Election Advocate

We cannot afford to be cheated over and over again said Atty. Chong. He is one of the many victims of election fraud. His logical efforts intend to uncover and stop the syndicate from corrupting the future of the Filipino people. He is one of the people who stand against misleading institutions and dedicated his life to have a clean election once and for all. Chong is indeed a clean-election advocate, a former congressman, an attorney and most of all a principled man without any legal affiliation with the Marcoses who are now fighting the same ordeal.


Some Media Contradicts Own News

Misleading headlines populate the airwaves today. Bongbong Marcos camp ditch Glenn Chong in the poll protest said one. Marcos legal team disowns Glenn Chong in VP protest said another. These titles imply negative bearings that can discredit Atty. Chong’s credibility to people who are not in tune with the truth. If one digs dipper, they are the same media that covers Chong’s press conference asking BBM’s camp to issue a statement on his affiliation with them. Thanks to social media, the election advocate easily answers them through his online accounts.


Granting Atty. Chong’s Wish

The lawyers of Marcos submitted a comment to the PET. This is after the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo filed a manifestation of grave concern on some data leak on the counting in Camarines Sur. “Atty. Glenn Chong is not part of the legal team of protestant Marcos. He was never engaged by protestant as legal counsel for this election protest…Any claim to the contrary is a flagrant lie,” the comment read.



Just an Observer

The lawyers said one of Marcos’ counsel tapped Chong to be among their witnesses in one of their causes of action in the poll protest because of his personal knowledge and expert opinion on the electoral frauds allegedly committed by Smartmatic. “It must be clarified, however, that Atty. Chong’s participation in the undertakings/proceedings mentioned is strictly limited to merely observing the proceedings. He was never given any authority to represent and/or speak for and on behalf of protestant Marcos,” Marcos’ counsels told PET.

Supreme Court Clarification

Chong always says that he’s not Marcos’ lawyer. He became the most notable clean election fighter because of his own experience since 1991. In August this year, Atty. Chong pleads during a press conference for the Marcos Camp to issue a statement that he is not part of their legal team. Therefore, their clarification to the Supreme Court on that matter is just granting the wish of Chong.


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Smiling Again with Bongbong Marcos after the Storm and 2016 Election Ghost Voters

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Rebuilding Tacloban takes five years but Bongbong Marcos is grateful that the authorities involved are serious in their restoration campaign. The Warays are back to their old culture of simply smiling despite life’s difficulties. Just as when the discovery of around 80% 2016 election ghost voters in the ARMM that includes Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur is made known recently,  the City of Tacloban remembers Super Typhoon Yolanda. Former Governor Imee Marcos and her brother joined the Taclobanons as they gathered at the 120-square-meter Yolanda Shipwreck Memorial Park last Nov. 8 to release sky lanterns and light candles. Other than that, Marcos has more reasons to smile as per the outcome of other election protests that affects his case.



Youtube Video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: We will never forget those whom we lost in this tragedy. And so, we will honor them by rebuilding better than before. And we will celebrate their lives by continuing to live fully.


Devastation Recall

In a commemoration event led by Mayor Cristina Romualdez, the mayor recalled all the events that occurred during the tragedy. Super typhoon Yolanda struck the city of Tacloban on Nov. 8, 2013, and affected a total of 8,065,019 persons, leaving 6,300 dead, 1,061 missing, and 28,689 injured.


Spending Time with the Taclobanons

Imee Marcos who is running for Senator in the 2019 election said; “I wanted to spend time with the Taclobanons in San Jose, on my birthday and on this special day that we remember Yolanda. Stand Tacloban! I admire you,” said ex-Gov. Marcos. She receives very positive responses on her Senate bid anywhere she goes for public appearances. Let alone in their Waray bailiwick. Eastern Visayas is a known bailiwick of the Marcoses since it is the hometown of their mother, Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Rep. Marcos just posted bail for 7 counts of graft. The ruling can be reversed pending the court’s appeal or better yet, the Supreme Court remedy.


ARMM Ghost Voters

Former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan discloses the preliminary results of technical examination of physical ballots from Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur part of ARMM. The said technical examination is from the Comelec itself because of his protest against LP candidate Mujiv Hataman, a close friend of Noynoy Aquino. In fact, Hataman was appointed by Noynoy Aquino in 2011 as the OIC Governor of ARMM. The said finding put Bongbong Marcos’ VP electoral protest into a good light. This supports the allegations of Atty. Glenn Chong that most of the presumptive VP’s voters are ghosts.



The Heirs are Magnified

Sandiganbayan records show that the former senator whose electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is about to get a ruling from the PET for the recount on his pilot provinces and Ilocos ex-Governor Imee Marcos who is a survey favorite for Senator in the upcoming were listed as beneficiaries of the Swiss foundations earlier found by Sandiganbayan’s 5th Division as illegally created and maintained. The mainstream media magnifies this highlighting both heirs. However, as a basic protocol, their other sister, Irene is also a beneficiary. This is a normal proceeding for such legal case according to family law.

Election Protest Update

Atty. Glenn Chong blasts Robredo off by saying:  Rather than recalculating ballots in the earliest and most effective way, it took almost 23 months before the ballots were opened and counted again. This is because of the dilatory motions of Robredo’s camp. Even without questionable issues, her lawyers are urging the PET to divert its attention and delay the revision or recount proceedings. Up to this point they succeed. It is definitely not a habit of an innocent person. The rogue finds a way of hiding the truth. The case deceiver is a thief. It is an enormous offense to the public to steal their voting rights.


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Marcos Detractors Turn to Imelda as the VP Electoral Protest Pilot Recount Finishes

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The VP electoral protest recount is now finishing in the 3 pilot provinces of Bongbong Marcos. PET must issue a ruling few months from now. This seems to be the fear of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp. Plus the rest of the Marcos detractors. The massive propaganda against the former First Lady is nothing but to discredit her son. This is their enemies’ chance of tainting the narrative. A jail term for her is unlikely according to the law. Despite that, the LP manipulated media massively covers comments on her alleged arrest or imprisonment.



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[VIDEO]: Ordered Arrested! Imelda Marcos found GUILTY after 26 years on charges against her!


Mere Gossips

Atty. Glenn Chong said that comments about parole, pardon, and probation in the case of Rep. Marcos must not be the highlight at this stage of her case.  The accused has not been sentenced yet and there’s no final judgment on these 7 counts of graft verdicts as the appeal for each is on its way.


More Remedies

The judgment on Rep. Marcos is not final because she could still file a motion for consideration at the Sandiganbayan. Worse comes to worst, even if the motion is denied, she can still appeal it to the Supreme Court. Unless the decision is executory, talks on the pardon, parole and probation are not necessary unless the detractors are into politicking someone who can hold the highest position in the land. It looks like attacking the mother to destroy the son scenario.


Jail is Far Away

The Marcos patriarch is somewhat safe from jail even if the judgment on her cases becomes final. She can always bail out.  It is very possible that the court grants her that option because of her old age. The former first lady can still have her freedom after all.



Senator To Be

Whether or not the bail is approved or canceled, the judicial jurisdiction prevails. Under the 114 NIV Rules, Rep. Marcos’ age is a big factor. She can remain free while the appeal is ongoing. Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s case is the same. Although his case is plunder and not graft.

Electoral Protest or Perpetual Disqualification?

On the issue of perpetual disqualification to hold public office, this decision will only be final if the judgment is already executory. Therefore, Rep. Marcos can still run for Ilocos Norte governor. Meanwhile, nothing is heard from the mainstream media about the VP electoral protest update of Bongbong Marcos. They even failed to report on Smartmatic’s no-show during the November electoral reforms hearing. There’s no mention about the missing 10 voting machines as well. It won’t be a surprise anymore when the tide turns to BBM’s favor soon. The panic is pretty obvious amongst the anti-Marcos stalwarts.