Initially, Bongbong Marcos seeks the annulment of election results in Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. All three are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM. Robredo’s Camp assumed that they are Marcos’ 3 pilot provinces for the recount but to their dismay. Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are the ones stated in the preliminary brief.
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[VIDEO]: Nagsumite na ang kampo ni dating senador Bongbong Marcos ng preliminary conference briefs sa Korte Suprema. Ito ay para sa election protest ni Marcos laban kay Vice Pres. Leni Robredo
The 3 provinces for the election recount are not only crucial because they are the priority – but they can dictate the trail of the electoral protest because of the slim margin. Robredo placed first in these areas. They consist of 2,756 clustered precincts. She garnered a total of 477,985 votes, compared to Marcos’ 169,160 votes. Robredo won with only 263,473 votes lead over Marcos in the overall Vice Presidential count.
Annulment of Election Results
Marcos’ annulment petition for the election results in the 3 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao was due to the “widespread presence of terrorism, violence, threats, coercion, force, intimidation” and other anomalies such as batch-feeding and pre-shading of ballots. This was disclosed prior to the preliminary conference. It is also noted that Comelec retrieved ballot boxes from this region for the alleged local protest use.
Robredo refers to Marcos’ protest as “baseless claims.” Robredo assails the Marcos camp for not providing relevant admissible documentary evidence. They rely heavily on affidavits of his supporters, she said. Her lawyer, Romulo Macalintal also criticizes’ Marcos’ final choice of the priority provinces for the recount. He said that Marcos himself is unsure of his own protest and he is just fishing for evidence.
Marcos has moved on to the new pilot provinces that he is confident that would show clearly that he was cheated. It is a surprise that Robredo insists of him sticking to the ARMM provinces after Comelec’s hand on the ballot boxes there. She can’t blame people to think that they have done some “magic” on those votes because of her camp’s resistance to the new pilot provinces of her opponent that include her party’s own bailiwick.
It is a fact that the country is in turmoil because of worldwide terrorism threats. Many pretend to be democratic fighters. But they are actually the ones taking advantage of the situation. Democracy is to hear the people’s voice. The delay of the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo shows that public interest is hindered. Immediate recount is a sign that the country is under a democratic rule.
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[VIDEO]: Concerned citizens gather to discuss current threats to democracy at the Defend Democracy Summit: “Pagtitipon at Paninindigan para sa Demokrasya at Kalayaan”
Defend Democracy Summit
About 200 people from various sectors gather for a summit entitled DefendDemocracy Summit: “Pagtitipon at Paninindigan para sa Demokrasya at Kalayaan” on Independence Day. The event takes place at the UP Diliman School of Economics Auditorium.
Avenue for Confusion
The forum is allegedly an avenue “to listen, reflect, discuss, and define common action steps for national sovereignty, social justice, truth, and democratize institutions during theses challenging times.” However, the resource speaker is VP Leni Robredo herself whom her position as the second leader of the land is still questionable.
The forum is also attended by some Liberal Party members. They are noted for their justifying rebels, fraudulent election activities, and supporting a former President whose intention is just to block Bongbong Marcos from the executive office and not to serve the people at the highest of his ability.
Every Vote Counts
In a democratic country, every vote counts. Therefore, any effort made to expedite the VP post recount is a clear pro-democracy act. Only Bongbong Marcos’ camp is known for these strategies. The Supreme Court, Robredo’s camp, and the Comelec are all just applying some delaying tactics. So, what is there to convene for? Mislead the public?
People are anxious to witness the immediate recount to legitimize the Vice Presidential post now occupied by Leni Robredo. Calls for the recount even becomes more intense when the President praises the late Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr.’ martial law. Bongbong Marcos is just too proud to be his son.
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[VIDEO]: President Du30 says former president Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law was ‘very good.’ This is in response to a question seeking to clarify Du30’s earlier statement, where he said that his declaration of martial law would be similar to Marcos’ time.
The president said that the late President Marcos was forced to declare martial law to fight off the wave of communism at that time. The New People’s Army back then was already getting arms support from overseas.
Parallelism with Marcos
“Whether or not he performed worse or better, there is no study, there is no movie about it. It’s just the challenges and allegations of the other side which is not enough,” Du30 said. It is evident that he draws parallelisms between himself and Marcos as he enumerates his reasons for the declaration of military rule in Mindanao.
Evidence of Rebellion
Maute group’s taking over a hospital, burning of government facilities and killing of government security forces are clearly acts of rebellion. That warrants his declaration of military rule under the new constitution. They are not merely terrorist attacks.
At the back of the martial law incident, many people are asking the updates of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. This only shows that no other big news can cover public interest in this aspect. The tide has turned now from Marcos being the culprit to a real hero – that is supported by the president. Therefore to make-up to his heroism, his son must be installed as the real VP, according to his supporters via social media. The preliminary conference for the electoral protest is set in motion on June 21, 2017.
Leni Robredo has some rests now that social media shifts its attention to the martial law. Nevertheless, it’s still a fact that she needs more money to defend herself against Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. At the rate, it is going the recount can only be stopped if he runs as senator for the 2019 election. This shows his disinterest to pursue the case.
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[VIDEO]: The Vice President in question guesses her plight that she will be buried in debts due to Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against her. in fact, according to her newly released SALN, she’s getting broke.
If Marcos wins a senatorial seat. In assuming the office of Senator, he effectively abandons or withdraws the protest. At the very least, he abandons his determination to protect and pursue the public interest. That involves the matter of who is the real choice of the electorate. Such abandonment or withdrawal operates to render moot the instant protest.
On to the Recount
The unfortunate thing for Robredo is, the preliminary conference for the protest is already set in motion on June 21. The major issue in the petition is the recount of the votes from three questionable areas that Marcos submits to the Supreme Court five days before the prelim.
Expedite the Process
The camp of Marcos refutes the claim of Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer that his request for the Supreme Court (SC) to assign hearing officers on his poll protest was “premature” and “impractical.” Marcos seeks for at least three hearing officers for the three issues that he wants to be resolved by the tribunal. This is a move that his lawyer George Garcia encountered in the past.
Logic of Time
The delaying tactics of Robredo’s camp are very crucial to the result of the electoral protest. It can bring difficulty for Marcos to plan his political career. This can be the reason why his lawyer comes up with strategies to finish the recount in one-and-a-half years. This can be very timely for the senatorial race in 2019.
Bongbong Marcos whose family is accused of possessing the alleged ill-gotten wealth said that his friends helped him source out the P36,023,000 installment payment to comply with the immediate requirement. He added that an open letter addressed to the SC to resolve the case comes with it.
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[VIDEO]: The vice presidential candidate says friends and supporters pulled in resources to raise the P36 million.
Fast and Tight Payment Schedule
Last April 12, the SC that sits as Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET required Marcos to pay deposits in cash on or before April 14 which is a holiday. The other P30 million must also be paid on or before July 14, 2017 – for the retrieval of ballots.
The SC offices were closed on April 12, 13 and 14. Therefore, Marcos opted to pay on a Monday since he had less than 48 hours to come up with the required P36 million. He said that they managed to pool resources to pay the in cash to avoid further delay in the proceedings. The miscalculation on the number of precincts instead of the clustered is to be resolved soon.
Financial Influence Evident
Bongbong Marcos is still financially influential to be able to gather a large amount of money from 40 contributors in a day’s time technically speaking because of the holiday mentioned on various days following the deadline. Many might doubt that he needs contributions given the fact that the family is wealthy. However, rich people managed to do well because of proper financial management – and Marcos just showed how influential he is to be able to gather that much money quickly for his cause.
Marcos personally went to the Supreme Court in Padre Faura, Manila with his election lawyer George Garcia to pay for the first installment of P36 million to cover the cost of a recount in his electoral protest against Leni Robredo.