The Supreme Court can dismiss Bongbong Marcos’ case right away if the recount results were beyond reasonable doubts.
The Supreme Court Has Doubts
Former Philippine Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban says the PET made the right decision to get Marcos and Robredo’s comments. This was on the tribunal’s protest report after the recount. Panganiban echoes then Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin’s statement: This is all part of due process. Besides, only the Supreme Court knows the numbers of the recount. Both camps and the public actually don’t know. Robredo just made an assumption.
Appreciation of Votes
Due process dictates that to determine the winner of a recount, the numbers are not the only basis. The appreciation of votes is as important as the recount results. That’s the reason why there are judges in the Supreme Court. They must make the ruling, whether or not they are tampered; Panganiban explained.
Therefore, it is safe to say that the sitting VP was just assuming that she gained 15,000 more votes after the recount. Worst, the alleged fact-checker supports her lie. This is the very reason why she can never get the sympathy of the majority of the Filipinos. She would say anything that would save her. But instead, he became the most hated VP of all times.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos said that the former senator made substantial recovery in the initial recount of 3 pilot provinces. This is under his electoral protest but the number of votes recovered is still unknown. The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal voted to release the report on the initial recount of ballots. This is only Marcos’ second cause of action, and it requires parties to comment.
YouTube video by ABS-CBN News Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson said that they got substantial recovery.
Marcos’ Substantial Recovery
Atty. Rodriguez, however, did not divulge the figures. He said that this would violate the sub judice rule.”If you’re gonna ask us, of course we have made substantial recovery. In the revision, both parties had copies of their respective tallies. But it does not have evidentiary value. This is because their list favors their own interest. My list favors me. That’s why the tribunal has to decide.
The Supreme Court Seeks Comments
The high court gives Marcos and Robredo 20 days to submit a memoranda on the motion to nullify votes for the 2016 vice-presidential election in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao. Former poll commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the SC must act on Marcos’ second action before moving on to his third one that seeks “wholesale” nullification of votes in provinces.
Robredo’s Counter-Protest May Be Dismissed
Rodriguez also said that the high court could tackle both causes of action at the same time. He added that the Supreme Court earlier ruled the two were “separate and distinct.” He rejected PET Rule 65, which the Robredo camp has been mentioning. That states the court may dismiss an election protest “if upon examination of such ballots and proof. After making reasonable allowances into account, the protestant or counter-protestant will most probably fail to make out his case.”Robredo on the other hand still has not paid her balance for the counter-protest. So, this may also face dismissal if that’s the basis of Robredo Camp’s reasoning.
A Matter of Understanding the Law
We know how to understand the law, the law says ‘may.” It’s permissive. Rodriguez also denied claims that their camp has been changing tactics to delay the proceedings. He explains that they filed 3 causes of action from the start. Why would we want to delay this case we have been building for 3 years? The term is only for 6 years. “Why would we seek for a delay? It’s not going to be advantageous to us. It’s not in our best interest and we stand to gain nothing if we have this case because this is much delayed already.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles pities ex-CNN reporter, Maria Ressa because she has lost control of the media because of social media. Real people can already counteract all her misinformation online. This is in time for the 2019 election when Filipinos have to choose vital government lawmakers particularly senators and district representatives in the Congress. Ressa’s tweet triggers them to expose themselves just to prove that they are real people behind the Du30 administration who is in favor of Bongbong Marcos and not trolls as per her claim.
[VIDEO]: Atty Trixie Cruz Angeles is meeting up with dds bloggers. They are reals. They are not fakes, they are not paid trolls as Maria Ressa of Rappler insists to the world.
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Maria Ressa is Public Enemy No. 1
International media picks up Ressa’s story that there are alleged cases of harassing journalists as one of the President’s specialties. They even call Du30 the strongman president of the Philippines. They depict him as someone who goes after her, a former CNN reporter and a founder of the online news site Rappler. Her news platform caters to just criticize the current government, his works, and allies. Atty, She has criminal charges because of tax evasion and libel. She also faces criticisms through Facebook because of the lies that she spread out.
Real People and NOT Trolls
Supporters of Du30 who are also Pro-Marcos troop to the office of news website Rappler to prove to its chief that they are “not trolls.” Trolls refer to netizens employed to attack using inflammatory statements or even fake information on social media. Du30 supporter Mark Lopez made the visit following Ressa’s tweet last week that trolls were deployed to misinform her friends and colleagues such as former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour.
In the Light of Marcos’ VP Recount
Ressa and her cohorts are making noise to cover up the ongoing recount of Bongbong Marcos. The presumptive vice president, Leni Robredo already opposes the recount in Mindanao. Marcos’ counsel, lawyer Vic Rodriguez dismisses the statements of Macalintal that Marcos’ evidence of fraud are not substantial. “We believe that all statements coming from Macalintal are nothing but a drive to earn “media mileage” in his quixotic effort to bring relevance to the carcasses of his Senate bid,” Rodriguez said. He added that it is only the tribunal that can decide on the merits of the electoral protest of Marcos against Robredo.
The Problem of Maria Ressa
Atty. Trixie nails it when she said that the problem with Maria Ressa is that, she does not respect opposing views. She has become a public enemy number one because of her false reports. It is in fact not Du30 who suppresses freedom of speech but Ressa’s network that aims to mislead people locally and abroad to destabilize a government that she doesn’t like. Unfortunately for Ressa, common Filipinos do not hesitate to come out of the open to defend the truth because social media has allowed them to voice out, at last for the longest time.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The lawyer of Bongbong Marcos, Atty. George Garcia confirms to a recent interview that Marcos is indeed the winner of the Vice Presidential race in 2016 elections. He cannot say approximately how many ballots his camp won over because of the gag order. He also clarifies that the current update on the electoral protest refers to Marcos asking the PET for the revision of results outside of the 3 pilot provinces due to the evidence taken from another protest related to the case. The presumptive VP vehemently opposes this.
[VIDEO]: The camp of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos is hoping the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will finally decide this year on their electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The Marcos camp earlier motions to subpoena the Comelec to issue a handwritten report on their initial findings. This is an area outside of the 3 pilot province. It is also under protest by another candidate. It was found that 70% of the returns are not from real legible voters. Only one person did such an entry, it turns out. Robredo of course opposes this said plea through her lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal.
A video shows the alleged cheating that occurred in ARMM. This results in the petition of Marcos. He asks the PET to subpoena relevant documents in connection with the technical examination in the area. The election protest is by the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao gubernatorial candidate Sakur Tan against ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman. This is outside of Marcos’ 3 pilot provinces. Therefore, Macalintal opposes this on behalf of Robredo.
Robredo’s Attempt to Hide the Truth
The camp of Robredo criticizes the latest petition for a technical examination of votes in parts of Mindanao by Marcos. Macalintal said that he is “desperately trying to save his dying election protest.” Robredo’s lawyers Macalintal and Bernadette Sardillo released to the media their counter-manifestation to Marcos’ petition. They filed this on January 14.
Macalintal decries the use of the examination from an election protest to the one filed by Marcos apart from the pilot provinces. He said: “That case has nothing to do with the election protest of Marcos now being heard by the PET.” “Robredo was not a party thereof nor was Marcos.” The pilot provinces petitioned and approved for an ongoing vice presidential recount only include precincts in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. However, in every sense of the world, if the majority of voters in the area are fake, chances are, the results are incorrect. This can generate a substantial lead for Marcos.
Bongbong Marcos Won the Vice Presidency
The recount of the said pilot provinces, where Marcos’ alleges voting fraud took place, began last April. The electoral protest itself is now on its third year. It is the first election protest of the PET to reach the recount level under the 1987 Constitution. Marcos’ election fraud allegations coincide with the findings of the clean election advocate, Atty. Glenn Chong. The people await the finality of this case to know if the real VP is indeed Bongbong Marcos and not the presumptive one, Leni Robredo. Atty. Garcia’s confirmation of Marcos’ victory made a lot of people more anxious to see the real VP sit on his post very soon.
The sources from the Supreme Court or PET said that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest recount in the three pilot provinces is almost done. While the recount resumes on January 28 for the wet and damaged ballots. Insiders said that the suspension was only on certain precincts. This is in reference to the deliberations of the SC en banc recently.
[VIDEO]: SC directs revisors to refer to election returns, ballot images in Marcos poll protest vote recount
Temporary Suspension by the Supreme Court
The PET suspends the recount for damaged ballots around a month after Marcos asks the Supreme Court to urgently order the technical examination of some voting records. These are from Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. These are the votes which Marcos wants the PET to nullify due to alleged widespread cheating.
The SC Orders the Revisors
The Supreme Court sits as the PET electoral to decide the protests of presidential and vice presidential candidates. Currently, the justices agree that they need to suspend the revision in precinct 8 of Tanjay City, and Negros Oriental due to wet ballots. They direct the head revisor to use decrypted ballot images instead. Revision in clustered precinct 42 in Barangay Sabang, Valencia was also suspended. This is because “no election return is in the ballot box.” “The revision is to proceed as to all other contested precincts,” the source added.
The PET to Rule on Nationwide Recount
The recount of ballots from Marcos’ identified three pilot provinces, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, starts last April 1, 2018. After the recount in the said provinces, the tribunal proceeds on ruling on all objections and claims of both parties during the revision proceeding. The results of the recount in the three provinces would determine if the tribunal should continue checking ballots in the rest of the clustered precincts in nationwide.
Possible Dismissal of the Protest and Counter Protest
If upon examination of such ballots and proof, and after making reasonable allowances, the proceedings can stop. Under the Rule 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, the protestant or counter-protestant can lose their case. This is if the tribunal is convinced that after all circumstances are taken into account.
Formal Announcement to Follow Soon
The PET has not released any results of the revision. SC Spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said the PET will issue a statement to clarify the report on the alleged suspension of the recount. The Supreme Court’s clarification is crucial after the conflicting insinuations from the camps of Marcos and the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo.
Bongbong Marcos talks to Erwin Tulfo on his Tutok Tulfo program on various issues particularly the update of his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. He is generally disappointed with its slow progress. In fact, the President inquires on it because it’s like nothing is happening. Therefore, Marcos urges the PET that sits as the electoral tribunal of the Supreme Court to fast-track the processes. It is not fair to let the people wait until the next election which is in 2019.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The recount of ballot boxes from Iloilo has more anomalies than in Camarines Sur. Bongbong Marcos urges the PET to rule on it ASAP.
Ballot to Picnic Boxes
Marcos observes that the condition of the election evidence in Iloilo is far worst than in Camarines Sur. Aside from being wet, and the missing election returns, it is obvious that the picnic boxes that contain the votes do not comply with the standard specified by the ruling.
The Fishy Thing in the Electoral Protest Recount
Host, Erwin Tulfo also mentions the fish bones found in the ballot boxes which Marcos confirms. Gov. Imee Marcos earlier hinted on this during her speech in Bacoor, Cavite. What’s odd is that VP Leni Robredo files a motion for grave concern on the magnifying lens use by one of Marcos’ revisors to be able to see clearly and not on the picnic boxes, wet condition, and fish bones found.
No More Delays
Marcos stands by his commitment to the Filipino people to fight until each and every valid vote that was cast will be counted. He refrains from filing any additional motions that can delay the process unlike the childish acts of Robredo. It is a pity when his declaration as the winner for the 2016 Vice Presidential race comes only when his term is about to end which was the case for the other protests in the past.
Not for Senator
The former Senator reiterates that he is definitely not running for Senator this 2019 regardless of the status or outcome of his protest. The PET just have to decide on how to go about the anomalies reported to regain the people’s trust in the country’s electoral system. Marcos also pushes for the elimination of Smartmatic from the upcoming elections.
The camp of Robredo accuses the Marcos force of violating Supreme Court (SC) rules in the ongoing recount of vice presidential votes. That was when one of their revisors allegedly used a plastic magnifying lens during the recount proceeding. “Nestor Borromeo opted to use a child’s plastic magnifying glass to see clearly. What difference will this make on the recounting of votes?” he asked.
Youtube video by; Team BBM Pilipinas
[VIDEO]: A unity walk happens in time for the anniversary of Bongbong Marcos’ filing of the electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo two years ago.
The manifestation of Grave Concern
In a manifestation of grave concern by Robredo’s lawyers, she calls out on Marcos revisor Nestor Borromeo for allegedly bringing and using a plastic magnifying lens on June 14. They consider it as a prohibited item. The Supreme Court had previously informed both parties that only papers can be brought inside the venue for the revision.
Rodriguez said they are expecting “more desperate disruptions” from the Robredo camp. “Not now that the proof of fraud and massive cheating is out in the open. We expect more desperate disruptions to come our way. After all, Robredo admitted in a recent TV interview that even though she was out of the loop with the current administration, her way of remaining relevant is “to try to disrupt in the manner in which her office has positioned itself,” he said.
Not Slowing Down
Marcos’ spokesperson said they will not allow disruptions. “We won’t allow the election protest to be ‘disrupted ‘ by her desperate, childish and obvious attempts to delay the recount. Instead, we will continue our commitment to the Filipino people to fight until each and every valid vote that was cast will be counted,” Rodriguez added.
United at the Supreme Court
The supporters of former Senator Bongbong Marcos blast Vice President Leni Robredo for the childish complaint. They take it as a malicious act of Robredo to suppress the truth. A gathering for unity to mark the June 29 electoral protest filing anniversary happens recently. It’s been two years and things are still too slow for the case to progress.
Few days after President Rodrigo Du30 hints that he’s not sure if VP Leni Robredo is the real Vice President, Gov. Imee Marcos comes out in the open and divulges that Robredo’s 263,473 votes lead over Bongbong Marcos is now down to 200,000 as per the ongoing recount of his electoral protest. She tells everyone to be patient because her brother is soon to assume the second highest office in the land.
Gov. Marcos discloses the statistics while in Nueva Vizcaya in a speech as guest speaker during the 2nd-anniversary celebration of the Timpuyog ti Babbalasang idi Kalman-Nueva Vizcaya. It is an organization of married women. She met and conferred with former Kabataang Barangay (KB) leaders in the province led by former board member Efren Quiben.
Marcos Patriarch’s Project
The KB, the predecessor of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), was created by Presidential Decree 684 signed on April 15, 1975. It was by the governor’s father and then-President Ferdinand Marcos. However, it was abolished in 1986 after he was overthrown from office.
Gov. Marcos said her brother is very serious in his election protest against the Vice President. She said at this point they are invalidating the votes in only three provinces, Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Soon to be VP
The lady governor further discloses that the one voted by Nueva Vizcaya and Ilocos Norte will soon be taking over as Vice President. She refers to her brother. They are indeed very optimistic because of the shocking anomalies found.
Bongbong Marcos reiterates how Vice influential President Leni Robredo can be with the Supreme Court should her petition to lower the election shading threshold from 50% to 25% in the middle of the recount is successful. The PET earlier junks Robredo’s said petition but she submits a motion for reconsideration. Marcos also firmly opposes the plea in a separate petition not to grant her request.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos disagrees with the petition of Vice President Leni Robredo to make the election recount threshold at 25%.
Playing the Underdog
VP Robredo fails to convince the public that she’s the underdog in the VP race protest against her by Marcos. She keeps on accusing the latter of masterminding fake news that allegedly maligns her reputation. The vice president further accuses Marcos and said that unfortunately for her, former Senator “has the money to spend to damage her character.”
The President’s Hand
However, the Marcos loyalists are passionate enough to fight for what they believe in without the said well-oiled infrastructure that the VP is famous for. They are grateful enough to be recognized as followers of the son of the greatest leader the Philippines ever had. President Rodrigo Du30 is himself is a believer of the late President Marcos. He is the only President after the older Marcos to continue his massive development plans for the country. Build, Build, Build and the likes.
Supreme Court is still Dominated by Caguioa
Previously, Gov. Imee Marcos expresses her concern on Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa’s loyalty to the previous administration headed by his classmate who appointed him in the position, Former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. His being the Chair of the PET put’s her brother’s case in uncertainty as seen in his various bias rulings in favor of Robredo.
Gossip vs. Facts
The media mechanism of Robredo is now busy launching a reputation management campaign for her. However, there’s not much they can do with the reasonings of the VP. If being quiet against fake news did not work for her, she will surely be hooked from her own mouth. She should address issues as they are like what Bongbong Marcos is doing.
The revisors at the Supreme Court said that they saw “many votes of President Rodrigo Duterte that did not go to him. However, their attention is on the result of the manual recount and revision of ballots in the vice presidential election protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo. The President knew this right after the May 2016 election when Pastor Boy Saycon of the Binay Camp first reports to him through the phone the anomalies done by the LP. Saycon’s pronouncement later matches the testimonies of witnesses in the Senate. This is why Du30 whispers to Marcos that he is cheated during their first meeting in Davao.
[VIDEO]: Duterte tells Sereno: You have to be out of the Supreme Court.
ThePresident was Cheated and He Knows it
The President said it many times to Sereno that he always follow the rule of law. Despite that, the ousted Chief Justice never stops discrediting him. That drives the Filipino leader to deal with her head on. At the present time, revisors of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal of the Supreme Court said that there were votes cast for President Duterte that were not counted in his favor. They randomly check the votes cast for the presidency “to check if there were also discrepancies in the presidential election after discovering discrepancies in the results for the vice presidential election.” President Duterte won the 2016 election with more than 6.6 million votes than those garnered by his closest rival, Mar Roxas.
Justices to Decide to Continue the Recount
The manual recount and revision of votes in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental is now in its seventh week. The results in the recount and revision of ballots in the three provinces would determine if the PET, composed of all Supreme Court justices, would still pursue the protest in 24 more provinces and cities covered by Marcos’ case.
Not Surprising for the Marcos Camp
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez of the Marcos Camp said that the reduction of votes for President Duterte was not a surprise. “We are not surprised by such report because it just confirms what we have been saying all along – that the cheating was widespread that it also affected President Duterte but his lead was insurmountable that all attempts failed,” Rodriguez said.
Big Change in the Supreme Court
The removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Supreme Court signals an upcoming big change in the government. Many Filipinos suspect and hope that the declaration of the VP race real winner is next to come. Marcos can be the new Vice President soon. Things may be quiet now because of the gag order but one thing is certain; the Philippines will soon have their elected leaders and much more.