By: Elena Grace Flores
There might not be any formal declaration of their alliance but the likely senators nowadays are very hot. Not just among overseas Filipino workers but also locally. They are Gov. Imee Marcos and former Biliran Congressman, Atty. Glenn Chong. Recently, the governor made time to visit Chong’s territory. She was warmly welcomed there and was “game” during the interview as she multi-task under severe tiredness. She pulls it out gracefully in the end with her plans to help Biliran’s agricultural system.
[VIDEO]: Interview with Senatorial Candidate Imee Romualdez Marcos
Multi-tasking Senator to Be
At the beginning of the interview, Gov. Marcos is still on her mobile device catching up on things. She then expresses her gratitude to the mayor and governor of Biliran. They are surely one with Atty. Glenn Chong’s intention to make their province more progressive with the help of Marcos.
Working Together for the Public’s Welfare
Atty. Chong who is a notable clean election enthusiast is ready to give up his life to uncover the massive election cheating. This benefits Gov. Marcos’ brother, Bongbong Marcos. The younger Marcos’ electoral protest claims against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo coincide with Chong’s technical analysis as an IT expert. Now, the governor seems to pay it forward by helping in the development of Biliran.
Both Marcos and Chong are avid supporters of President Rodrigo Du30. The trio withstand various black media propaganda that the opposition launches against them. The people are driven towards them more after their ordeal from unfair accusations or negative rumors.
Dynamic Duo as Effective Senators
Gov. Imee is known for her successful economic blueprint in Ilocos Norte. She did not become the best governor of the country for nothing. Whereas, Atty Chong is a fierce fighter for the people’s voice to be heard. Both are champions in public service in their own rights.
Under One Goal
Some alliances are circumstancial. They may be planned or not. In the case of Chong and Marcos, it’s coincidental. Their principles and political platforms are for the good of the country and its citizens. They definitely have the sympathy of the Filipino majority under one goal of making Philippines great again.
Attorney Glenn Chong answers the Chiefs directly when asked why he has to run for a Senate post when the competition is already very tough. He can actually do much better in the House of Representatives, they said. However, Chong discloses that he is already very tired of convincing people about his clean election advocacy. If he loses, then it would be a way out for him. Otherwise, he can gain more influence if the people support him.
Former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong says that he will run during the midterm elections and it doesn’t matter if he loses. He also reveals how the people saw his sincerity through the letters he gave out in the 2007 elections. Chong has shown in many appearances that he is willing to give up his life for his good intention for the country.
Social Media Supresses the Fighting Attorney
It is very obvious through Facebook that anything related to the quest of the fighting attorney faces many restrictions at Facebook and other social media outlets. The accounts of his supporters who are mainly pro-Marcos and Du30 voters are limited to the very minimal number of postings. However, some campaigns to discredit him are still visible online. This can also be a part of the social media’s anti-spam drive.
Bongbong Marcos’ Silence
It is observed that Bongbong Marcos never said a word about Attorney Chong’s plight. He earlier confirmed that the election lawyer is not part of his legal team as per the plea of Chong himself. Chong’s revelations about the 2016 poll fraud coincides with the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo
Senate Bid Falls Into Place
As Chong tries to finalize his candidacy, his infrastructure in the Congress did not materialize. Contrary to that, all of his Senate push preparation push through. This is the reason why he thinks that it’s the will of God for him to run for Senator, win or lose. Winning is not his goal but to go further than the crossroad he’s facing.
Way Out or Way In
For Attorney Chong, it’s only the people who can decide for him to take an exit from his fight with the Comelec and Smartmatic or move forward. Should he win, he can have an edge as a legislator to ensure the country’s honest election. He vows to make sure that all votes will be counted properly. There should be no agency that manipulates the will of the people as to who would lead the country.
Since the former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is cleared of electoral sabotage, the battle of the pro and anti-Marcos senators is evident. Among the 2007 Team Unity “winners” was Juan Miguel Zubiri. Koko Pimentel contested Zubiri’s narrow victory over him before the Comelec. He was declared the rightful winner in the senatorial elections in 2011. However, a week before the Senate Electoral Tribunal reached the decision, Zubiri had already resigned as senator amid the alleged electoral fraud allegations that are currently proven as non-existent.
Judge Jesus Mupas said; “For failure of the prosecution to prove the guilt of accused Arroyo beyond a reasonable doubt and moral certainty despite ample opportunity and even without evidence in favor of said accused, the demurrer to evidence is granted and the charge of electoral sabotage against accused Arroyo is hereby ordered dismissed.”
Demurrer to Evidence
Mupas grants Arroyo’s Demurrer to Evidence, which means that the former president never presented evidence in the trial. The 6-page decision dismisses the credibility of the whistleblower, former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas, who said that he heard Arroyo say; It should be 12-0 in Maguindanao, even if you have to fix or change the results.
Pro Marcos Senator
Looking back, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri proposed in 2009 the construction of a 40-foot mega-floodway in Parañaque. This is to allow floodwaters to drain into the Manila Bay and prevent widespread flooding. He wanted to have another look into the Marcos-era mega-spillway plan as designed since the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Instead of holding miners in the neck, Zubiri is into strategic planning. Gina Lopez was even disappointed when he voted against her appointment as DENR Secretary.
Environmental Advocacy that Makes Sense
The frustration of Lopez is understandable. She can only blame the big mining businesses for the disastrous calamities. However, it is worth taking a look at how the government can support the mining industry to thrive without endangering the environment. This is what Marcos is advocating for and Zubiri echoes that.
Battle of the Senators
Senator Zubiri and Pimentel symbolize the pro and anti-Marcos supporters. Senator Koko Pimentel was critical of former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos on using her age to avoid detention if the verdict against her becomes executory. His father, Nene Pimentel has always been a critic of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and martial law during his regime. It looks like Zubiri’s and other pro-Marcos stalwarts’ right time is now.
Atty. Glenn Chong shared this petition form that Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angles started. They urge people to sign this form if they agree with their PLAN B. Its goal is to prevent the imminent widespread of smart election cheating: Protect the Philippine election from smart cheating Please sign another petition and share this campaign instead of the payment option. This was launched after the Commission on Elections has opted to continue the use of Smartmatic for the 2019 elections. It happened despite the 2016 election revelations made by Atty. Chong and examination results in the Marcos vs. Robredo vice presidential recount that indicate possible massive electronic cheating.
[VIDEO]: Latest na PASABOG ni Atty. Glenn Chong – Oct.19, 2018 – Ang Malayang Pilipino
As of this writing, 41,918 have signed. At least 50,000 signatures are needed to compel Comelec and Smartmatic to follow the people’s wishes. A simple solution can check this cheating procedure and return the people’s trust in the electoral exercise by counting the voter’s receipts.
PROPOSAL UNDER PLAN B:
1. A voter enters the precinct, check the BEI if registered, and get a ballot.
2. Vote for the favored candidates
3. Enter the ballot into the machine.
4. Retrieve the receipt of the casted ballot and while still near the ballot box, check whether the intended votes are correct or not as per the record on the receipt. (Confidential)
The Importance of the Voting Receipt
They propose that at the end of the voting day, the Board of Election Inspectors convene with the watchers of the national candidates or their parties and count the votes contained in the voters’ receipts. These receipts are kept in a separate box that the BEI can open and count. The counting may be limited to the candidates for senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, and party lists.
5. At the yellow ballot box, the voter should check:
a. If the machine did not make a mistake as per the receipt. Drop the receipt into the box and go out of the precinct.
b. If something is wrong in the receipt, let the poll watchers know while they are still there to record the error. Go to the BEI to record the complaints on the Minutes of Voting where the receipt is filed.
6. Poll watchers and accredited citizens’ volunteers will make sure all receipts are dropped into the yellow ballot box.
7. After the polls, while submitting the results and printing 30 copies of the results for up to 2 hours, one of the BEI officers will be responsible for the Manual Audit Committee (MAC).
After counting, these can be compared with the tally posted at the door as well as those transmitted to the city. This simple procedure will require no extra cost except for the small amount of time allocated for this activity.
8. Poll watchers and the accredited citizens’ volunteers will become MAC members to perform a manual count of votes on receipt. Since the data is printed on the receipt and it is clear, the process can be very fast after the manual audit. (GENERAL DEVELOPMENT)
9. The vital positions are for the Senators, Party Lists, Congress Representatives, Governors and Mayors only.
10. The public may observe manual audits outside the precincts.
11. After manually counting the votes on the receipt, the result is compared to the number of votes made by the machine.
Minutes of voting
b. If the difference in the manual count from the automated count is significant, it is already a sufficient reason to suspend the proclamation of the winners. Ballot counts must be done in a public place. The final ballot manual count results will prevail.
12. Uncovered voter complaints recorded by poll watchers and BEI in Minutes of Voting, if any; and the general variation of the manual count on the automated count, if any, should be posted in a centralized public reporting facility in Manila with the app to study it and take appropriate action. COMELEC and accredited citizens’ volunteers can implement their own reporting facilities.
A separate written petition will be sent to the COMELEC to formalize this petition. If the manual count is incompatible with the automated count, this is enough reason for a candidate to protest.
Only the Cheaters are Against this Election Plan B
There is no doubt that there are many methods of automated system fraud. But the voters or any group cannot effectively control all these methods with one and a half steps. If there is a validation of the correct reading and the correct counting of votes done, all the different forms of automated system fraud will be effectively recognized and therefore prevented using a the double-verification process of the receipt of the votes. This is an effective warning to deceivers to allow a clean and reliable election to happen.
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona died of cardiac arrest. He certainly died of a broken heart. Corona is decent man falsely charged by the Aquino administration. He tried to fight a war he could not win. Consequently, he was removed from office as what then-President Noynoy Aquino wanted. Only three voted to acquit Corona and they were former Senators Joker Arroyo, the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bongbong Marcos. Now, However, Greco Belgica as the Presidential Anti-corruption Commission Commissioner as well as TJC President files malversation complaints against ex-Pnoy and other officials. If it can be proved that the senators who acted as judges in the impeachment trial of the late CJ were “bribed” through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), then his removal would be null and void. That would definitely restore his legacy.
[VIDEO]: Former President Benigno Aquino III and several other officials are facing 272 counts of malversation for their alleged involvement in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Truth and Justice Commission President Greco Belgica filed the complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman Monday. Belgica is also a commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Committee.
Ombudsman Case to Avenge the Late Supreme Court CJ
The Truth and Justice Coalition filed 274 counts of malversation against various officials, former President Noynoy Aquino among others. This is in connection with the DAP funds of 2011.
Not an Attack Against the Opposition
Belgica, however, says in a statement that the complaints should not be construed as an attack against the opposition. However, the names of the other officials who served as respondents aside from Aquino are Butch Abad, who was the former Budget and Management Secretary. Mar Roxas, who was the former Interior and Local Government Secretary. Joseph Emilio Abaya, who was the former Cavite Rep. and House Appropriations Committee Chair. Senator Franklin Drilon, who was the former Senate Finance Committee Chair. Senator Antonio Trillanes. Mario Relampagos, who was the former Budget and Management Undersecretary. Lastly, Director Yolanda Doblon.
Pinned Down Respondents
Among the senators, only Drilon and Trillanes were named as respondents by Belgica. This is despite the fact that other senators and congressmen received DAP funds as well. To quote Belgica, “It just so happened that the evidence gathered by the coalition has pinned down the named respondents. Note that the complaint also refers to several John Does.” Furthermore, he adds, that Abaya and Drilon as the finance heads of both branches of legislature directly participated in the malversation scheme to bribe the aforementioned lawmakers for the removal of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona. Roxas, on the other hand, had clandestine meetings with the senators.
Implicating Trillanes was the alleged ghost projects that he implemented. Quoting Belgica, “The amnesty, ghost project and the project not listed in the Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce website are matters that distinguish Senator Trillanes from the rest of the DAP recipient senators who voted for the conviction of CJ Corona.”
Malversation of Public Funds
The grounds for the malversation complaints as quoted from Belgica, “because there was no law authorizing the cross-border transfer which in itself is a blatant violation of the Constitution.” He adds that the funds were influential in the impeachment and conviction of Corona. This is also corroborated by the privilege speeches of senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Belgica says that 4 days before the impeachment of Corona, 124 congressmen received their DAP funds.