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The Supreme Court Votes
Speculations abound that the Supreme Court will vote on the petition by May 11, 2018, and that the numbers seem to be against the Chief Justice. Some lawyers are protesting the alleged unconstitutionality of ousting a Chief Justice in a route outside of impeachment. Sereno herself said that her colleagues who are unfavorable to her from the start cannot oust her from the position.
There was massive cheating at the polls in 2016. The presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte reportedly got 21 million votes and ended up with only 16 million. The 5 million votes reportedly went to candidate Mar Roxas, who was fourth in the pre-poll surveys — next to Grace Poe and Jojo Binay — but went up to No. 2 after the ballots were counted. Duterte was so far ahead that all the cheating the Liberal Party did was in vain.
LP’s Back-Up Plan
So, failing to put Roxas in the No. 1 position in the presidential race, the LP had to make his vice presidential bet Robredo win at all cost. That’s the reason Bongbong Marcos was leading Robredo, her closest rival, by about 1 million votes on the night of May 14; but the people were shocked to find that she had overtaken him when they woke up the following morning.
Robredo might not know the maneuverings of her own party as she was too naive to even think of cheating. A supporter said that her husband Jesse always won handily in the elections for mayor of Naga City. Therefore she cannot imagine losing even if it against a popular rival such as Marcos. However, she absolutely give-in to those fraudulent acts as soon as she agreed to be LP’s political prostitute. This goes the same to Chief Justice Sereno. The people on the other hand, continue to show forces behind Marcos through their affiliations like the INC’s Guinness record-breaking charity walk and the Marcos Loyalists Movement gatherings nationwide.