Bongbong Marcos Camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that the former Senator is more than ever determined to see the real results of the manual recount to eject the fake vice president. VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo, however, retaliates and says that “ there is no such thing as ‘fake VP’. But there is such thing as ‘fake protest’. He trusts that contrary to Marcos’ wishes, Robredo can clear her victory once the recount is completed,” Macalintal said.
[VIDEO]: Can the Recount Put Closure to the VP Election Protest of Bongbong Marcos?
Closure or Disunity after Protest?
The recount scheduled for February 2018 can either bring closure or more disunity depending on how it is processed. This is in connection with Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo. Clean election advocates already scrutinize the ballot retrieval process of the pilot provinces namely; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Robredo’s Territory First
Macalintal said that the first ones to count are the ballots from the clustered precincts in Camarines Sur. It’s the vice president’s home province. The ballot retrievals are set on January 22, 2018. The recount should start by the second week of February. This two other pilot provinces can then follow.
The Supreme Court that sits as the PET, begins in February 2018 the recount of votes. It covers the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. Marcos chooses them as the best provinces. He’s certain that he could prove the irregularities alleged in his protest there.
Did not Pay a High Price to Lose
If Marcos could not prove any substantial recovery of votes from these three pilot provinces, his protest will be dismissed for lack of merit. This is under the PET Rules, Macalintal said. In Camarines Sur alone, P9.6 million would be charged to Marcos’ cash deposit for the retrieval of ballots, salaries, and allowances of employees, security, transportation, and other expenses.
Atty. Romulo Macalintal said it first that the election recount of Bongbong Marcos’ protest against VP Leni Robredo is at the second week of February. The review of ballots from the contested clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the vice president’s home province, is the priority. The retrieval is on January 22, 2018. The Supreme Court finally confirms it the next day.
[VIDEO]: VP manual vote recount in 3 provinces to start in February 2018
Macalintal explains that if Marcos could not prove any irregularity from the three pilot provinces, his protest is to be dismissed for lack of merit. Marcos’ three pilot provinces are Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. For Camarines Sur alone, Macalintal said that P9.6 million is chargeable to Marcos’ cash deposit for the retrieval of ballots, salaries, and allowances of employees, security, transportation, and other expenses.
Meeting on Election Recount Regulations
Macalintal and Marcos’ lawyer, George Garcia, was at the SC for a meeting on the regulations governing the recount of votes. A tour of the venue for the recount process followed. Macalintal is confident that the recount will “confirm and affirm the victory of Robredo as VP in the May 2016 elections.
If the recount of ballots for local elective officials matches with the official election results, a national position would be similar. This is because the ballots used for the local and national elective positions are the same. They are counted and tallied by the same VCMs and CCS, said Macalintal.
Disclosure or Sabotage?
Many wondered why Macalintal announces the recount date first before the Supreme Court. He also insinuates that the recount results for the pilot areas would be the same as the final tallies. He based his disclosure on the past recounts since 2010. Doubts about his camp’s honesty loom because of his overconfidence. They asked why he is so sure of his insights if they have not done any moves to make sure that both results are identical? For sure, advocate for a clean election, Atty. Glenn Chong is on vigil with the recount processes as Macalintal acted suspiciously.
Atty. Romulo Macalintal visited the recount area at the Supreme Court recently and said that the manual count is expected to start in February 2018. They want this done and over with. Hoping to erase doubts on VP Leni Robredo’s victory over Bongbong Marcos who filed the electoral against her. There’s no indication yet that it is so at this time of writing from the SC nor the Marcos Camp.
[VIDEO]: Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal said that the recount for the VP Post in connection with Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against his client is expected to start in February 2018.
2nd Week of February
The ballot recount requested by Bongbong” Marcos is to start on the second week of February. This is according to Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo. In a statement, Macalintal said that the Supreme Court would start collecting the ballots in Camarines Sur on Jan. 22. It sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET,
Marcos’ Priority Areas
Marcos chooses three pilot provinces – Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental for the initial recount. His camp earlier explains that these would be the “best provinces.” These are where he could prove his allegation of electoral fraud in the vice presidential race.
Macalintal’s Confidence in the Supreme Court
In an ambush interview at the Supreme Court, Macalintal expressed confidence that the recount would push Marcos’s electoral protest towards dismissal. Of course, Marcos can only retaliate as it happens. The Counter-Protest must be decided first after Robredo failed to pay her 7 Million balance on time.
No Revisions Before Until Now
Macalintal explains that out of around 500 candidates who protested in local elections have not shown any revision. However, Atty. George Garcia of the Marcos Camp earlier stressed that Marcos’ electoral protest is unique in its own rights. It is the only protest at the national level who has paid in full. If this is just Robredo’s media stunt, she can easily burn to her extinction.
Bongbong Marcos explains that no other election protests at the Presidential level have reached the full payment stage, unlike his protest. In short, it’s the only protest that is not abandoned despite the delay due to the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s impeachment. Recently, SC Associate Justice Teresita de Castro testifies that Sereno issued an administrative order in 2012 that contradicted a resolution of the en banc on the opening of a regional court administrative office. Sereno’s Camp denies this. Its statement said that the SC en banc approved the creation of Regional Court Administrative Office (RCAO) in Region 7.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos nagsalita na sa Impeachment ni CJ Sereno
Former President Benigno Aquino III appointed Sereno despite being the most junior among those were shortlisted to replace the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. This is after what was dubbed allegedly as Corona’s unfair trial at the Senate.
De Castro stresses that she was not emotional when she discloses Sereno’s questionable decisions to the panel. She cannot question the ex-President’s appointment of Sereno. However, she cannot stand idly when there’s no more collective power in the Supreme Court. Particularly when the en back decisions are set aside.
Advice to the Panel
The Associate Justice suggests to the panel to look at the evidence available to determine if there’s substance or basis in her testimony. She is not a Justice for nothing after 20 years if they think that she is just emotional.
VP Election Recount
Marcos insists that Sereno’s plight must not affect the recount for his election protest against Leni Robredo. Their proceeding is under the Tribunal. He, However, can see further delay if the CJ is impeached. That could lead to a slow ruling. Robredo’s Lawyer, Romulo Macalintal got it all wrong again that no protests in the country yet has progressed. In fact, his client’s counter-protest is for dismissal due to the non-payment of their balance.
The Philippines marks the first year since the late President Ferdinand Marcos was buried a hero. This is upon the orders of the President following the law. The country recognizes the LNMB as its heroes’ cemetery and loyalists insist that he is indeed a hero. He has done a lot more than the so-called democracy icon, Cory Aquino and her rebel husband Ninoy.
[VIDEO]: Former president Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani with full military honors past noon last November 18, 2016.
Minority Senators are Against but not the Majority
In government, minority senators criticize Marcos’ LNMB interment. Supporters of the Marcos family retaliate with calls to “move on.” They inspire Filipinos to focus on the country’s current problems, Then, work with the President towards progress. The majority can only support the Filipino leader. No one can deny he was a soldier, former President, and saved the country from the terrorists and communism.
More Struggles after EDSA
Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law instilled discipline among Filipinos. The golden era is still fresh in the minds of golden-agers. This is despite the media propaganda painting it from white to black. Poverty and alleged human rights violations escalate especially during and after the two consecutive Presidential terms of the Aquinos. However, incompetent acts are publicized only during the term of Du30, a Marcos ally.
The President’s Support
Critics repeatedly point out that the Philippines is once more led by a strongman. They accuse President Du30 of unfounded things – just to discredit Bongbong Marcos who is his preferred Vice President. Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake awaits the date for the recount on his election protest against VP Leni Robredo.
Injustice to Bongbong Marcos
The “simple and private” funeral rites, as requested by the Marcos family, were carried out last year. This aims to give closure to his family and supporters. However, his detractors cannot accept that finally, the truth prevails that the Aquinos are not the heroes but the brilliant Marcos.