Bongbong Marcos performed very well during the 2016 election. He finishes a very close second to Liberal Party candidate Leni Robredo with 14,155,344 votes. It is just over 250,000 less than the winning number. Marcos’ camp claimed that Robredo’s margin was the result of fraud. The electoral protest is to proceed as it awaits for the recount date from the Supreme Court. However, due to the delays, most of his voters resort to social media, particularly through Facebook political groups. The noisiest are the ones who voted for Marcos but their precinct registered a zero vote for him. This development makes him even more popular and causes Robredo to be hated by many.
[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos Received Zero Votes in All These Places
Reaction from the INC
Members of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo expressed outrage after their votes in Lamitan, Basilan disappeared. Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo got all 100 percent of the votes. The church members accused the Liberals of allegedly “stealing” their votes. They noted that the results in a clustered precinct at the Bohenge Elementary School in Lamitan City showed Robredo obtained all 595 votes while all of her contenders, including Marcos, got zero votes.
Macalintal’s Defense vs. Unconditional Obedience
Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, thinks that nothing is wrong with Robredo getting 100 percent of the votes. But the INC said it was impossible because it has three “locales or churches” in the area. INC member and former congressman Rodante Marcoleta said that the church members were “indoctrinated to follow its leadership’s decisions in absolute and unconditional obedience.”
Thousands of the INC members posted their outrage on Facebook that went viral right after the election. It is still ongoing and is getting more intense. Some posts call for mass actions at the Supreme Court. The INC members particularly questioned where the votes for the church-endorsed Du30-Marcos tandem went but only the recount can resolve this. Most Filipinos believe that the results of the votes were manipulated.
Not Keeping Quiet via Social Media
Here are some of the groups monitored for this article:
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos urges the Supreme Court to handle his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo with urgency. They have to decide one way or the other how to proceed. It is of national interest to know who the real VP is.
[VIDEO]: BONGBONG MARCOS NABABAGALAN NA SA PAG-USAD NG ELECTORAL PROTEST LABAN KAY LENI ROBREDO.
Canvass System Not Authentic
The PET composes of the members of the Supreme Court earlier junks his first cause of action. It asks to the nullify Robredo’s victory. According to Marcos, the certificates of canvass generated by the Consolidation and Canvass System were not “authentic.”
Recount Date by the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court cannot decide on the recount date yet because the COMELEC’s logistics, schedule and estimated costs relative to the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images for Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are not yet ready. Its plea for additional time to comply with the PET’s Show Cause Order was granted twice. Marcos cannot tolerate its leniency towards the COMELEC anymore.
Election Ballot Recount
His other petitions include a ballot recount in 27 provinces, and nullification of votes in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao, where Marcos alleges the election turnout was rigged. The PET moved to partially grant a recount. However, this is limited only in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. However, Marcos notes that the “actual order” sending teams to the provinces has not been released yet. The Supreme court also did not junk Robredo’s counter-protest even if she failed to pay the required fee.
Slow Progress on the Recount
“It has been close to 18 months since the last election, and we haven’t come to any conclusions on this extremely important issue,” Marcos said. “We are hoping to start soon because the electoral tribunal must… assign teams to go out to the three pilot provinces and there assess the kind of logistics required, to bring those ballot boxes back to Manila and to start the recount.”
COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista thinks that to impeach him is unnecessary because he already tendered his resignation to the President. However, it is effective only at the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition, he said. He will, however, abide by the Constitution and the relevant rules regarding the impeachment process,” he added. Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo is about to start this October but such incidents can cause further delays. Nonetheless, the Marcos Camp welcomes the development as it addresses the attempt to bury some truths about the 2016 automated election anomalies.
[VIDEO]: Uumpisahan na ngayong Oktubre ang recount ng mga balota kaugnay nang protesta ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos laban sa pagkapanalo ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa nakaraang eleksyon.
Pro-Administration Solons’ Counter Attack
The pro-administration lawmakers and social media practitioners’ democratic movements are counter-acting the government’s enemies. Most of them agree that the Du30-Marcos tandem can eventually stop any destabilization efforts. One move is evident. Cebu Representative Gwen Garcia insists that the election fiasco is a major allegation. The COMELEC Chair must not escape from that by just resigning.
Still Waiting for Recount Date
The COMELEC’s logistics, schedule and estimated costs relative to the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images for Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are not yet ready. Its compliance with the PET’s Show Cause Order by 18 September 2017 has been extended twice. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on the recount date which is dependent on the COMELEC’s progress.
Marcos manifests on his list of witnesses for Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. He also identifies the corresponding clustered precincts of these witnesses as required. The Supreme Court, however, grants the decryption of the Secure Digital (SD) cards relative to the 751 pilot protested precincts of Francis Tolentino. His long list of witnesses is also ready.
Robredo Camp’s Election Reaction
Former Senator Marcos is still confident to finally get his post by the end of this year. VP Leni Robredo’s Camp doesn’t have any idea where Marcos gets his confidence. They refer to it as mind-conditioning efforts. They also claimed that the double impeachment cases against the COMELEC Chair and the Supreme Court Chief Justice are part of the plan to allegedly steal the Vice Presidency from VP Leni Robredo.
It can be observed that there’s also some kind of conflict within the Supreme Court. En banc votes can judge on this. Once the so-called allies of the ex-President Aquino inhibit from a case, the Pro-administration magistrates win. Take the case of the alleged election storage liability of Bongbong Marcos for the monthly expenses of the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In its Resolution dated 29 August 2017, the PET ruled out that “there would be no occasion for the Tribunal to charge the same against either of the cash deposits of Protestant or ‘Protestee’.”
However, there’s a catch. SC also approves COMELEC’s requests for additional time to prepare for the VP recount twice. So, the stalwarts of the previous administration seem to balance their hold to avoid public scrutiny. The ultimate goal is to delay Marcos’ Vice Presidency as their yellow comrades use Senator Leila De Lima’s plight to malign the President who is a Marcos ally.
LP can Sacrifice De Lima over Marcos’ Election
Voting 9-6, the SC en banc ruled to reject De Lima’s motion to recall her warrant of arrest. It was issued by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. The six justices who dissented from the main ruling are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Francis Jardeleza.
The Administration’s Show of Power
The decision was penned by Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., whom de Lima had asked to inhibit from the case for allegedly pushing the acquittal of a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug lord.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) in February filed three criminal charges against De Lima for supposedly receiving bribes from NBP drug lords in exchange for their protection during her term as Justice secretary. The agency also accused De Lima of using the money from the illegal drug trade to fund her 2016 senatorial campaign. She was charged with three counts of violation of Section No. 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to trafficking and criminal liability of government officials. Contrary to the black media propaganda against the President, De Lima is not a political prisoner.
Bongbong Marcos’ Camp still awaits the Supreme Court or PET
to issue a Retrieval Order and to begin the manual recounting of votes for the VP election 2016. On 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “Partially Grant Marcos’ Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.”
[VIDEO]: Handa na ang kampo ni dating Senator Bongbong Marcos para sa recount ng mga balota kaugnay sa election protest nito laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
No Action from COMELEC Yet
Marcos is also waiting for the COMELEC to decrypt and print the ballot images in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental Note. On 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “partially grant his motion for decryption and Printing of Ballot Images. This is only insofar as all the precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.
Wrong Counting can be Seen
“We are definitely sure that when the recount starts the true result will emerge and prove that the votes in the vice-presidential election had been incorrectly counted,” Marcos said in the media forum. The PET has still to direct the COMELEC to brief the Tribunal of its recommended procedures, logistics, schedule, and estimated costs.
4 Million Lost Votes
Marcos said that he had lost more than 4 million votes. He suspects that those votes might be added into other candidates’ counts. However, the Camp of Leni Robredo cannot fathom where Marcos gets his data. They think that he just tries to condition the public’s mind to cover up his alleged defeat.
Bongbong Marcos’ Recount Confidence
The son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos expresses his confidence to win the legal battle against Robredo to reporters. His victory could actually put him next in line to the Presidency. This is exactly what President Du30 is hoping for. Then he can resign for he’s not happy anymore.