Bongbong Marcos as seconded by his sister, Gov. Imee Marcos discloses that while the Bato, Camarines Sur ballots are gathered for the recount today, some are wet. In other boxes, the audit logs are missing. He added that these are obvious signs that the questionable ballot boxes were opened prior to today’s initial recount in connection with his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The recount finally happens two years after Marcos brings his electoral protest to the Supreme Court that sits as the PET. He lost to Robredo by a slim margin of 263,473 votes. The PET earlier announces that if there’s not enough discrepancy in the pilot provinces, the electoral protest of Marcos may end there. His chosen areas are Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, Robredo’s bailiwicks.
Early Anomalies of Recount Explained
Former Senator Marcos explains that the ballots that are wet are set aside. The sabotage act cannot happen two years ago. Someone may have the splash just prior to today’s event. The audit logs are also essential to determine the transmission date of the report.
Words from Robredo’s Camp
Atty Romulo Macalintal said that most electoral protests are not successful because the results of the manual ballot count tally exactly with that of the vote-counting machines (VCMs) and the consolidated canvassing system. However, Marcos’ protest is the only case that reaches this far in the national level.
“We have endured two years of waiting due to Robredo’s habitual and intentional moves to delay the election protest and deliberate attempts to bury the truth,” Marcos’ spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez said in a statement. Bongbong and Imee Marcos are in the Supreme Court in the early hours of April 2, 2018, to visit their supporters who are in vigil since February 7.
Bongbong Marcos April’s Fool worry seems to disappear into the thin air now. The April 2, 2018, ballot recount for his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is now set to start on the day itself. The Supreme court conducts a tour for the media showing the venue of the said event.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The recount for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is to begin on April 2, 2018, at the Supreme Court of Appeals Gym. It is to be recorded with CCTV cameras at every corner.
Some Camarines Sur Ballots Now with PET
Lawyer Jose Lemuel Arenas, a member of the tribunal’s AdHoc committee, said that the PET currently houses some 1,400 ballot boxes from Camarines Sur, one of Marcos’ chosen pilot provinces for the recount.
Arenas said that other ballot boxes are currently with the Commission on Elections due to storage issues. Once the recount on the first 1,400 ballot boxes is done, the PET will receive the other ballot boxes from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Police Security Protection Group and PET guards secure the venue round-the-clock. CCTVs are also ready to capture movements around the recount venue and the storage area. Cunanan said that the tribunal expects to augment 101 security personnel this coming week with more members of the PNP to arrive at the vicinity.
Marcos just cannot lose his patience after many delays. He vows to continue to wait because he is closer to the much-awaited event. This is the opening of the ballot boxes and the actual recounting of votes manually. At long last, both camps can already leave their disputes to the recount. Speculations of further cheating and connivance loom greatly but if we do not let it flow through its due course, we can never move on as a nation.
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.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[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.
Just prior to the PET’s assurance to Bongbong Marcos that the recount pushes through on April 2 regardless of the revisor shortage, his two other sons urge the Comelec to bring out the original ballots if the ones presented by their father in a press conference are fake. This coincides with Gov. Imee Marcos’ disclosure that other members of the family may be forced to run for a national post because of such delays in his brother’s Vice Presidential electoral protest. Sandro for one is a favorite Congressman potential this early. Will Vincent and Simon follow suit?
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Blogger RJ, or better known as TP from his blog ThinkingPinoy, interviews the Marcos Kids at the PiliPINASCON 2018.
Signaling the Youthful Marcoses
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said that the family talks about other members of the family to run for the national elections due to the uncertainties surrounding her brother’s protest against VP Leni Robredo. She for sure is one major bet for the upcoming Senatorial race in 2019. However, due to the dirty game exhibited by their detractors, it helps to have younger bets that would continue to inspire Filipinos. Luckily, all the sons of Bongbong Marcos got the charm that touches hearts.
The PET’s Incompetence
In the interest of transparency, the Marcos Camp informs their supporters, especially those who anticipate the revision or recounting of votes in the election protest of Marcos at the Supreme Court, that the scheduled event is moved from March 19, 2018, to April 2, 2018, with calmness. This is due to the incomplete staffing requirements of the Presidential Election Tribunal (PET). They cannot handle logistics for that matter.
A challenge to the Comelec
Vincent and Simon react to the previous comment of Robredo’s lawyers that their copies are fake. The two brothers take it upon themselves as private citizens to call on the Comelec. This is to reveal the original ballots for comparison with what they have.
Public’s Fascination with the Marcos Siblings
The new delay may be a setback in the proceedings for Marcos. However, this is taken as an opportunity for the other Marcoses to shine. The tireless support of the Marcos loyalists even grows stronger, as the younger Marcoses display their wit and good looks to the public via social media.
A week prior to the recount, this is a hot topic in social media. Nothing can beat the thickness of Vice President Leni Robredo’s face. This is after she said that all the winners of the 2016 elections including President Rodrigo Du30 are affected with Majority Leader Senator Tito Sotto expose. Previously, the Supreme Court already set aside the first course of action on Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest that questions the integrity of the automated poll system of Smartmatic to pave the way for the recount on March 19, 2018. However, Senator Nancy Binay’s resolution on the issue enables the Senate to investigate then the Congress follows suit.
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[VIDEO]: VP Robredo, iginiit na apektado ang lahat ng kandidato sakaling totoo ang isiniwalat ni Sen. Sotto.
How Different is Fraud?
Robredo said that Sotto’s claims appear to be different from the grounds of her rival, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, in his electoral protest against her victory in the May 2016 polls. Both point out that they have evidence of digital manipulation that only the ruling party at that time is capable of orchestrating. Although, she did not elaborate on the subject.
Favorable to Marcos
Marcos congratulates Senator Sotto for bringing the “election anomalies” to the public. Robredo, on the other hand, proposes an independent body to look into Sotto’s allegations.
The Senate & the Congress VS. the Supreme Court
The co-equal branches of the government seem to be on a power struggle at the moment. Firstly, Senator Tito Sotto III claims in his privilege speech to receive information that the 2016 polls were tainted with irregularities. The early transmissions of votes and alleged proof of “foreign access” in the election servers are among the issues raised. Then, the House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez also laid out the analysis of the cheating reports that coincide with Marcos’ protest. Lastly, the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces an impeachment case. Robredo takes this as a quick way to get rid of her.
One Week Before the Recount
A week prior to the recount set on March 19, 2018. Marcos continues to attend to social invitations from groups that consider him as the legitimate Vice President. Meanwhile, Vice President Robredo tries very hard to bring down with her the President who is in alliance with the Marcoses. The people can only guess the next development.