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Atty. George Garcia: Bongbong Marcos Won the Vice Presidency

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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. z

YouTube video byABS-CBN News

[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.

Robredo’s Opposition

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.

Video Evidence

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.

Not Related?

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.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest Update for Chinese New Year

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos finds a good season for announcing the latest electoral protest update during the Chinese New Year. He explains that there are 3 reasons for the legal action. These causes of action are 1) The digital system is questionable because of the anomalies undertaken by Smartmatic. 2) there were no elections in some precincts in ARMM. 3) there were other places that had some irregularities that should be considered rather than refer to the automated images. z

YouTube video byBongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: They say that in the Year of the Pig, fortune favors those who are patient. So for those who have been waiting patiently for news about my election protest, this update is dedicated to you.

Electoral Protest Recount Proceedings

Marcos came up with 8,000 witnesses against the said election frauds but the PET deferred the first cause of action to give way for the recount. Now, the recount of the first 3 pilot provinces namely; Negros Occidental, Camarines Sur, and Iloilo that show many anomalies are about to be completed. The ballots are about to be decided by the justices if they are perfect reproductions of the original. The Comelec can’t even explain it and promises to ask Smartmatic about it that amused the audience during a Senate hearing. It is definitely not a game over case yet.

Appreciation Phase

The electoral protest status is contrary to Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal’s announcement. He might only be desperate of media mileage for his Senate candidacy. Marcos said that the discussion on the fraudulent acts is not yet undertaken. This is called the appreciation phase.

The Recount is Not the Ultimate Basis

To prove that anomalies did happen during the 2016 elections, the results of the ballot recount in the pilot provinces must convince the PET that there was indeed fraud. Only around 200 plus more presincts are left for counting. Both sides have to contest if the questionable ballots must be counted or not right after that. Macalintal always says that the concerns raised by Marcos are but normal occurences. However, Atty. Vic Rodriguez insists that for one thing, the tampered ballots are not anymore a faithful reproduction of the original which is against the law.

Not Right to Let the People Wait for a Long Time

The former Senator is so dedicated to finalizing his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Robredo. In fact, he is not running for the next elections because his previous votes in 2016 are not yet counted. The verdict of the said protest can determine if the country still has hope to be able to conduct a clean and honest poll. The 2019 race should be under close watch because Smartmatic is still a player despite its shortcomings.

Supporting his Nephews and Sister

Aside from supporting his sister, Imee Marcos’ Senatorial bid who is on the top 10 favorites, Marcos will frequent Ilocos Norte because his budding nephews are progressing in their political careers. He vows to campaign for them. So, even if his term as VP is set aside, the Marcoses’ reign in the Philippines is very well secured with the young generation.

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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

YouTube video byElena Grace Flores

[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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Atty. Glenn Chong on BBM’s Protest: Why is Macalintal Abandoning Robredo’s Ship

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By: Elena Grace Flores

In the Senate hearing back on July 21, 2018, Senator Franklin Drilon kept on linking Atty. Glenn Chong to Bongbong Marcos to stop him from making comments on BBM’s protest. The basis of Senator Drilon’s questions was a letter from BBM’s lawyer, Atty. George Garcia. This letter, dated March 15 was passed to Drilon by one of Robredo’s lawyers. Stated in the letter was that BBM was assigning Glenn Chong to some activities in Sta. Rosa Laguna. As such, the camp of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo is asking the Supreme Court to investigate Chong. In any angle, it is certain that Robredo wants to identify Chong as BBM’s lawyer to shut him off under the PET’s gag order. The young lawyer retaliates by making sure to respond to Robredo’s plea on time. This is with all his evidence proving the alleged lies of the presumptive VP. He also lashes on her lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal who is running for Senator under the Liberal Party.



YouTube video by TOKHANG TV

[VIDEO]: Atty Glenn Chong Pinapatahimik na ni Lugaw.


False Narrative

Glenn Chong says that the lawyers of Robredo should know that he didn’t go to the said hearing described in Garcia’s letter. A representative of Robredo was always present in the activities that took more than a week to finish. Atty. Chong claims that he wasn’t there even for a day. To complete their false narrative, Robredo and her supporters show a picture from his Facebook post where he is in the Comelec warehouse in Sta. Rosa. Chong, however, said that particular picture was taken nearly 5 months before.


No Concrete Evidence

Chong attests that there was no evidence of Robredo’s accusation because the said picture was not specifically taken between March 20 to 27 of 2017. Despite that, this fabricated story by the Camp of Robredo made it to the so-called yellow media. They still publicized the news and deceived the public. He also asserts that if he was sent but he didn’t go, it only shows that he has his freedom to not follow orders as he is not a representative of BBM.

 


Manifestation to Investigate Chong

Robredo’s camp filed a manifestation of grave concern with an urgent motion to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal indicating their suspicion on Atty. Chong. They particularly would like the PET to investigate how he acquired access to the audit logs from Ragay Town of Camarines Sur as well.



One of the Resource Persons

One of the 3 pilot provinces that BBM picked for his poll protest was Camarines Sur. Incidentally, Camarines Sur is Robredo’s home province. In their manifestation, Robredo’s camp cites partial transcripts of the July 31 Senate hearing regarding the alleged poll fraud of 2016. Chong was allegedly one of the resource people who divulged such anomaly. Nevertheless, Chong insisted that he got the data from the Senate Electoral Tribunal.


Chong is Not Marcos’ Lawyer for the Protest

Atty. Chong firmly denies being a representative of Marcos. He says that Robredo’s camp is only insisting on the connection so that he would be put under by the gag order s well. However, at the rate that the protest is going, the pilot provinces should be done by the end of the year. He also notes that even Macalintal is abandoning Robredo’s ship. The veteran lawyer clearly does not want the liability of Robredo’s failure that can happen anytime in 2019. That would be very timely for the midterm elections as well. Therefore, Macalintal’s candidacy is a very effective way to be off the hook. Macalintal reiterates that his job as an election lawyer is different from his job as a candidate. He also gave the assurance that he “will not take advantage of the situation.”


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Does the Congress Insinuates that It also Doubts Robredo’s VP Election Victory?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Even the Congress as the National Board of Canvassers that proclaims Leni Robredo as the VP winner in 2016 is in doubt until now if she really wins it. Congressman Vicente Veloso asked; Can we submit this Republic to that uncertainty? Are we sure that it is Robredo who is the Vice President? The question emerges as lawmakers are rooting VP out in the line of succession. This is contrary to the over-confident advice of Atty. Romulo Macalintal to Bongbong Marcos. He urges the latter to drop his electoral protest. President Du30’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” said Robredo’s lead lawyer. However, BBM camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that Macalintal is under false pretense because why would he urge Marcos on numerous occasions to let go of the protest if they are not guilty of digital fraud?



YouTube video by SMNI News Channel

[VIDEO]: DATING SEN. BONGBONG MARCOS, PINAYUHANG ISUKO NALANG ANG ELECTION PROTEST NITO LABAN KAY VP ROBREDO


Ambitious Macalintal

‘Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?’ asks Robredo’s election lawyer. He is also running for Senator in the 2018 Midterm elections. On his election bid, he says that he will push for the rights of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Robredo Camp’s Belief

Robredo’s team expresses confidence in the face of Malacañang’s statement that President Du30 will step down if the former senator wins his poll protest against her. Du30’s resignation will never happen because Marcos will never win his electoral protest, said Macalintal.


True to His Word

The President thinks that the former Senator is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him and if there’s development and he will win the protest and he becomes vice president, yes he will make true to his word,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters earlier before his rumored resignation as the Presidential spokesperson.

Mac Criticizes the President

Macalintal criticizes Du30 saying that he’s willing to step down except that he does not think if the constitutional successor is qualified. Marcos’ election protest is currently at the manual ballot recount stage. It covers over 5,000 clustered precincts from his three chosen pilot provinces: Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. The results of this recount will determine whether or not Marcos’ protest will proceed with the rest of the 31,047 contested clustered precincts.

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Senators Disagree with the Revision

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, and Minority Leader Franklin Drilon all said there’s no time to discuss the charter change. Arroyo’s proposal has no counterpart in the Senate.  A resolution calling for a separate voting of a Constituent Assembly is still pending. It has no counterpart in the House. Drilon said that before going into the details of the revisions, the Congress has to decide first whether or not to amend the Constitution and which mode to do it.


Chong the Congress Doubts

Atty. Glenn Chong, former Congressman of Biliran Island appeared before a Senate investigating committee on the 2016 Automated Elections. It revived many questions raised for all the automated elections ever held in this country since 2010. This includes the 2016 elections, of course. Right now many people are questioning the same issues in the social media network. But with the 2019 mid-term elections getting nearer and nearer, it is high time for Filipinos to exert efforts in driving Smartmatic out of the country.