Bongbong Marcos cannot fathom why there are over 4 million undervotes in the 2016 election. Although an undervote is common during elections that result from voting mistakes, the large amount is just questionable. Leni Robredo’s Camp uses his questioning the integrity of the entire election to drag the victory of the President. However, the Palace does not take this sitting down.
[VIDEO]: CNN Philippine reports that Bongbong Marcos refers his questioning of the 2016 election integrity from the enormous number of undervotes.
4 Million Undervotes
Marcos has no reservations that other winning candidates can have problems also with the first part of his election protest. Aside from his scrutiny in the unusually large number of undervotes, he also discloses the existence of the secret server that Smartmatic admits to.
Marcos’ camp identifies Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental for the recount. They are confident that actual count there can clearly show that there are major discrepancies in the votes cast in the ballots. Those transmissions through the Vote Counting Machines or VCMs that forms the data for the Certificates of Canvass or COCs are said to be anomalous.
3 Causes of Action
The first part of Marcos’ petition is the Automated Election System or AES. Reports on the “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections belong to the second part. The third part of the protest focuses on the introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code into the transparency server.
Palace’s Reaction to Du30’s Victory
Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said that Marcos’ electoral protest could not put into question the integrity of the entire electoral process last year. “I don’t think the Palace is affected at all about that. The President won by a big margin,” Banaag clarified.
Leni Robredo’s lawyers Bernadette Sardillo and Romulo Macalintal are unanimous in believing that Bongbong Marcos election protest will not finish in 2 to 3 months. Nobody ever said so. What the Marcos camp said that by October, the recount of the 3 pilot provinces can already determine if it must do the same process to the rest of the precincts or not.
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[VIDEO]: Marcos pays full P66-M in Electoral protest vs VP Robredo
Motions and Retrieval
Sardillo explains that there are lots of motions filed and the retrieval of the ballot boxes takes time. She asked; How can it be done in such a short time? This is the reason why the Supreme Court sets aside all motions and give priority to the recount. It is the High Court’s best interest to give this a speedy treatment because this is one case that is unique among the previous protests.
Easy to Surpass Slim Margin
Robredo won by a very slim margin of 263,473 votes over Marcos.Marcos’ camp wants the PET to recount first the ballot boxes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Once the slim lead of Robredo is overshadowed, a further recount might not be necessary anymore. They are confident that in the 3 pilot provinces alone, Marcos can already have around 1 M lead.
Supreme Court Preparations
The Marcos camp appreciates the preparations made by the Supreme Court for the recount itself. PET’s proposed venue is the basketball court inside the Court of Appeals for the retrieval of the ballot boxes. The SC displays its sincere intention that they want the protest to be concluded fast. They only asked for understanding for the delays incurred because it’s the first case for its nature.
Caught in the Mouth
Robredo’s lawyers are obviously caught through their own mouth. They deliberately submit various motions and resolution to possibly drag the case longer. They just cannot believe that the Supreme Court can ignore them and proceed to the recount instead after the submission of their priorities as per the guidelines it provided.
Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Bernadette Sardillo said SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen points out that Marcos’ question on the integrity of the entire automated election system may pose consequences. Sardillo said that Marcos cannot “surgically remove” the results of the VP race from other positions. If Robredo a product of a fraudulent election, President Du30 is too.
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[VIDEO]: Hinihintay na lang ang petsa kung kailan sisimulan ang recount para sa electoral protest sa posisyon ng Pangalawang Pangulo.
Sardillo explained that the canvassing in Congress only has one certificate of canvass for President and Vice President. So if that certificate of canvass was fraudulent and cannot be trusted, that means the President is also affected and his post should be vacated.
Robredo’s Hairline Lead
Perhaps, Sardillo forgot that Robredo won with only 263,473 votes lead over Marcos. That discrepancy can easily be justified if the disputed ARMM votes in Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur are annulled. She garnered a total of 477,985 votes, compared to Marcos’ 169,160 votes in that area. Aside from that, Marcos is even confident that the hairline margin can also be disputed quickly right after the recount in his 3 pilot provinces namely; Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. No one can even question PDu30’s over 5 million leads to Mar Roxas.
Next Step after Prelim
Marcos’ lead counsel George Garcia said that the Supreme Court gave them a guide on the proceedings of the case. Both camps have to answer in 5 working days. “That will happen by next week. Then hopefully, the collection of ballots can happen by the middle of August. That takes the entire August. Perhaps, we can start the revision by September,” Garcia said.
5 M vs 100 K Lead
Most Filipinos know that no one can contest Du30’s over 5 million votes lead over Mar Roxas. This is not the case with Robredo’s over 100 K lead over Marcos. No matter how the digital fraud was done, the large gap is not just possible to corrupt the way it was observed during the election night. The trend of the voting report transmissions changed drastically in favor of Robredo. That was when people fell asleep during the wee hours. Only to be shocked in horror first thing in the morning.
Leni Robredo submits a motion to clarify to the Supreme Court the Comelec expenses. Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo said that Marcos must pay the liability of Comelec. This is allegedly due to his election protest.
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[VIDEO]: Kung gusto raw umusad ni dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang hiling na recount, dapat niyang bayaran ang hindi bababa sa P2-billion na halaga.
Must Follow the Law
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson is aghast with the behavior of Robredo’s lawyers. They should advise their client to adhere to the law. Both are liable to pay. It’s just a matter of how the Supreme Court would divide it. The SC can also rule otherwise. Perhaps, not charge them both. In any case, it is wiser to wait for the ruling before submitting any motion.
Expensive Price to Pay
Comelec estimates the cost of the protest at around P2.08 billion because of the non-turnover of 97,365 vote counting machines before Dec. 1, 2016. Comelec’s assessment is based on the Supreme Court’s order to itemize the costs it may be required to pay under the automated election contracts.
Rodriguez said that Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are shortlisted as priorities for the recount because these provinces can show the major discrepancies between the cast ballots and those transmitted by the VCMs and reported by the Certificates of Canvass. This is the issues that they should face right now and not about the Comelec expenses.
Unbecoming of a Leader
Robredo destroys her reputation as a leader by acting scared shit that she will be ordered to pay a lot of money for the Comelec expenses. Worst, she literally and legally passed the burden onto Marcos even before it’s necessary. One thing is clear. The more she tries to ruin Marcos, the more enemies she can garner.
Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to trash the Bongbong Marcos’ motion. It seeks the dismissal of her counter-protest him.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo wants Bongbong Marcos’ motion to dismiss her counter protest be stricken out from records.
Lawyers Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo explain that Marcos wrongly cited previous rulings of the Supreme Court in the cases of Perla Garcia and Bienvenido William Lloren. This is in his bid to dismiss Robredo’s motion.
They continue that Garcia’s case refers to the simultaneous payment to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) for the petition filing. Lloren’s case is not applicable because it was about the payment of the appeal fee.
Robredo’s camp accuses Marcos to resort to misleading the Tribunal with the use of the Supreme Court’s decision on Lloren’s case. Thereby, they urge the Motion to Dismiss the Counter-Protest. On top of that, they want PET to erase it from the records of the electoral protest, the motion said.
Moot and Academic
They stress that Marcos’ motion is moot and academic. This is allegedly so because Robredo complies with the PET’s order last April 25. The payment of the first installment of the cash deposit for her counter-protest that amounts to P8 million was paid last May 2, 2017.