By: Elena Grace Flores The tribunal asks both parties; should the court find basis for Marcos’ other cause – would it mean that to nullify the elections for all elective positions in the ballot is necessary? Or if a call for special election for the position of Vice President is a better solution. If so, who has the competence to call for such elections? the court asked. Since this is a democratic country, the people’s call could have much weight. Therefore, the loyalists may be cooking something at this time. Bongbong Marcos can only be thankful to his tireless supporters.
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos PABORABLE ang naging desisyon ng PET hinggil sa ating election protest! MATUTULOY ang pagdinig sa ating protesta.
The SC Exercises Due Process of Law
Don’t undermine the court system, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns those who say that the high court, that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), favors one candidate over the other. Its recent ruling on the poll protestof former Senator Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo may be a factor for this. The court is merely exercising due process and wantes all parties to have their say in the case before the tribunal rules after the 11-2 en banc votes on Marcos’ favor.
Robredo’s Lead Has 2 Interpretations
Lawyers for the Robredo and Marcos camps have different interpretations of the over 15,000 additional votes that Robredo gains in the tribunal’s revision and appreciation of ballots in Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental. These are the three pilot provinces that Marcos had chosen for recount. The PET releases its report which shows that the recount of votes in three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos increases Robredo’s lead by 15,093 votes. But Marcos spokesperson and lawyer Vic Rodriguez said the vote gain was “outrageous” and was the reason why the tribunal voted not to dismiss the Marcos protest outright. It does not answer the questions where do they come from and where are the INC members’ votes?
Deep Throat Informer
The Marcos lawyer also claims that the leak from the Robredo camp indicates that someone from the tribunal offices spies for the Vice President. “It only confirmed our suspicion that Mrs. Robredo’s premature celebration and claim of another fake victory in the tribunal was a product of advance information she’s been receiving all along through a highly placed ‘deep throat,’” he said. He refers to the anonymous source of information that exposes then US President Richard Nixon’s culpability in the Watergate scandal in the late ’70s.
A Special Election for the VP Post May Settle the Dispute
The tribunal said it “will chart a way forward after the initial revision and recount. It allows the parties the fullest opportunity to make their case consistent with due process of law. The resolution is not against the protestant or the protestee. Among the queries that both sides must comment on is whether or not the revision and appreciation of votes in the three pilot provinces renders unnecessary. This is Marcos’ other cause of action. It seeks to annul the election results for the VP post in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan which are proven fraudulent in another protest.
Bongbong Marcos’ press conference followed right after the preliminary conference to announce its aftermath. The Supreme Court explained that based on the history of electoral protest in the country, no case yet has progressed quickly. They themselves are in the learning curve, said the Chief Justice. The PET, therefore, decides to set aside all motions that can delay the protest.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos holds a press conference after the Preliminary Conference.
Leni Robredo’s Motions
VP Leni Robredo sought the dismissal of the poll protest. She cites the lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET. This is despite the high tribunal’s ruling that Marcos’ protest is sufficient in form and substance. Other motions include the clarification for Marcos to shoulder the expenses incurred by Comelec. These are all set aside at the moment and might be tackled after the recount if necessary after summarizing all issues.
Marcos paid the remaining P30 million for his electoral protest against Robredo. The payment was in two checks. One amounts to P15-million and the other was for P15.2-million. He paid the balance ahead of the July 14 deadline set by the Supreme Court. It ordered Marcos to pay P66,223,000 for the recount in 132,446 precincts.
The PET was apologetic for the slow process and the Marcos camp can only be grateful for their explanation that delays happen because this is the first electoral protest of its nature and they do not have the template yet on how to handle it efficiently and quickly.
Justices’ Good Interest
Marcos is thankful to the Supreme Court Justices that they themselves are also interested to see the case resolved at the soonest possible time through the recount. This is the reason why all pending petitions may have to wait to give way to the electoral protest process. It is expected that after a week, these petitions are shortlisted and the retrieval of the ballot boxes should follow the week after that.
It is evident in social media that it’s not only the rich who are willing to contribute for Bongbong Marcos’ recount dues ordered by the Supreme Court but also most supporters from the masses particularly OFWs, office workers, and laborers. At least 40 friends and supporters of Marcos helped raise the initial money needed for his poll protest against Leni Robredo. They affixed their signatures, contact information with an open letter addressed to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to expedite Marcos’s protest. Marcos confirmed that they are the donors who helped raise P36,023,000 required by the PET.
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[VIDEO]: Binayaran na ni dating Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., sa Korte Suprema ang unang installment ng cash deposits na 66 million pesos na sinisingil ng Presidential Electoral Tribunal para umusad ang kanyang electoral protest laban kay Vice-President Leni Robredo.
The Identified Generous Donors
Peña, Flores, Farrales, Prieto
Fernando Peña is the former president of the Rotary Club of Makati West. A recipient of the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor in 2014 and awardee of the Presidential Order of Merit in 2005. Ira K. Flores and Carlos M. Farrales are both campaign supporters of Marcos. Valentin Prieto Jr. is the national director of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and holds the rank of Coast Guard vice admiral.
Ongkiko, Coyiuto, Violago
Bienvenido Ongkiko Jr. Ongkingco is the president of Galeria de Magallanes Condominium Association Inc. Surname of Coyiuto isalso on the list. The Coyiuto family are in many businesses as well as in the power industry. Roberto Coyiuto Jr. is the 13th richest Filipino in 2016 by the American business magazine, Forbes. He is the president and CEO of Oriental Petroleum & Minerals Corp. Oscar Violago is the owner of San Lorenzo Ruiz Water Development Corporation and New San Lorenzo Builders.
Carmona, Roa, Limjoco
Jose Fabian P. CarmonaCarmona is a former village official at Urdaneta, Makati City. Alfredo D. Roa is the president of the Rural Bank of Alfonso Inland Corp and an independent director of Araneta Properties Inc. Ruby Diaz Roa is the sister of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz. There are 3 donors with Roa as maiden name. Marcos said that they can be related to the President because there are several Roas in the country. Gabriel Roa Limjoco Ruby’s daughter.
Masangkay, Nolasco, Tantoco, Romero, Dionisio
Elizabeth Aguilar Masangkay is a civic leader and a businesswoman who is also the sister of Las Piñas Mayor Vergel “Nene” A. Aguilar. Maymay Nolasco Nolasco is the president and CEO of KSL Corp. Paolo Tantoco is one of the grandsons of Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. of the retail company Rustan’s Group who was listed as the 46th richest Filipinos of 2016 by Forbes. Ramir Arce Romero is a Filipino actor who starred in the various movies. Jethro Dionisio is an award-winning shooter who won in three Steel Challenges. He owns shooting ranges and gun stores in Metro Manila.
Former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay and wife of Former Vice President Jejomar Binay asks Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang to inhibit from hearing her cases over doubts on her impartiality and independence. The remarks that the magistrate made during a hearing in October last year gives Binay the impression of her being bias against her. The Sandiganbayan, however, assures Binay that “bare allegations” of a judge or partiality will not suffice, as per the recent rulings by the Supreme Court.
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[VIDEO]: Former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay related in malversation case bail out P70,000 in the 3rd division of the Sandiganbayan.
Binay’s request to re-raffle her four pending cases to other divisions and hold separate trials for them in a 20-page resolution promulgated on Jan. 13. It is denied by the anti-graft court’s Special Third Division.
In Tang’s case, the Sandiganbayan explains that she only asked Binay’s counsel during the hearing whether the motion for re-raffle was a motion for inhibition and the legal basis for it. It is so because asking other divisions to handle the cases would have the effect of a recusal.
The Sandiganbayan explains that unless there is concrete proof that a judge has a personal interest in the proceedings and the bias comes from an extrajudicial source, that’s when the request can be granted.
Such case is the alleged anomalous purchase of beds worth P36.43 million and P8.83-million worth of medical equipment for the Ospital ng Makati in 2001 without holding public bidding. Binay is already acquitted in the anomalous P13-million purchase of office furniture for the new Makati City Hall building. These cases are filed allegedly by the family’s political enemies over their support of Bongbong Marcos.