The Tribunal explains that it dismisses Bongbong Marcos’ First Cause of Action to speed up his electoral protest. It avers that even if Marcos proves the first cause of action, it would not mean he won the elections. The winner could only be determined by a manual recount of ballots in all precincts. “Thus, the First Cause of Action may be dispensed with for judicial economy and prompt disposition of this case,” the PET stated.
Youtube video by; KCMP News
[VIDEO]: Unstoppable loyalists were in front of the Supreme Court in support of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protests. This is against Leni Robredo’ suspicious triumph in the last concluded national election. The vigil rally was attended by loyalists from all over the country who claim for the immediate recount.
Retrieval of Ballot Boxes
The Tribunal already orders that the retrieval of ballot boxes and other election documents, revision of ballots and reception of evidence can already begin. The priorities are the provinces that Marcos identified namely; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” the Tribunal said.
Decryption and Printing of Ballots
The Supreme Court also grants the motion of Marcos to decrypt and print the ballot images from the SD cards of the three pilot areas. This is to help the Tribunal in the prompt disposition of the protest. It can also assist Marcos in the preparation of the recount proceedings and the presentation of his evidence. “The Tribunal resolves to partially grant protestant’s Motion for Decryption and Printing of ballot images.”
Second Cause of Action
To expedite the case, the Tribunal also limits Marcos’ election protest to just two causes of actions. Those are his second and third causes of action. Marcos has three causes of action. The First Cause of Action calls for nullification of the results of the vice presidential race because of a “flawed Automated Election System (AES). The Second Cause of Action is for the revision and recount of all voters’ receipts, elections returns and other pertinent documents, records and equipment in 27 provinces and highly urbanized cities used in the May 2016 elections.
Third Cause of Action
In the third cause of action, Marcos seeks to annul the election results in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan. This is on the ground of the more “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections. Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, the spokesman of Marcos, said that they prefer for the Tribunal to look into the anomalies in the implementation of the AES under the first cause of action. However, they respect and abide by the Tribunal’s decision in the interest of expediency. “We respect the Tribunal’s decision and we will abide by it.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The United States might have signed the U.N. treaty but never failed to ratify it – and also did not do much in stopping China from building artificial military islands in the South China Sea but managed to convince numerous countries to press China into obeying international laws as in the case with Korea when President Park Geun-hye of South Korea visited Washington last October, President Barack Obama urged Seoul to let China realize that they need to abide international laws and regulations.
Obama’s administration continued to promote the significance of following international laws and even sent Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia to Germany, to present the case at a prominent public policy school in Berlin. It added also into it’s convincing success the Group of 7 nations for issuing joint statements on their South China Sea dispute stand which China detested. A State Department official, Robert Harris, also traveled to landlocked Laos to explain the Philippine case.
Russia alsthough disagreed in the tribunal’s alleged meddling over the situation but mum over the Chinese’ military expansion in the disputed islands, because of its close relationship with Vietnam that has a stake also in the South China Sea. China’s pressuring the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations not to issue a joint statement on the subject ws leaked by Malaysia.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines carefulness in framing its complaint by former foreign affairs secretary, Albert del Rosario under the Aquino administration that pushed sovereignty issues aside over the disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea and argued on logical reasons has left China with no option but to discredit the law making body instead. For instance, the complaint detailed explanation that nine specific reefs and rocks, including China’s reclaimed islands, are too small for assertion of economic rights to the waters around them, regardless of who has sovereignty over them.
The Convention on the Law of the Sea allows a nation to exercise sovereignty over waters up to 12 nautical miles from its coast, and it grants economic rights over waters on a nation’s continental shelf and to 200 nautical miles from its coast. But the treaty says reefs that are entirely submerged at high tide and artificial islands cannot be used to justify any maritime rights.
Philippine specifically asked the tribunal to rule that China has violated the treaty by building islands in the Philippines’ economic waters, interfering with its fishermen, endangering its ships and damaging the marine environment. It also asked the tribunal to reject China’s claim to sovereignty over waters within a “nine-dash line” that almost cover all the South China Sea borders. China threatens to leave the treaty as a result and put themselves under grave pressure with America’s world martial role.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The World is Watching’s U.N.’s Move if International Law not Obeyed
The Obama administration despite not ratifying it’s Unclos agreement, has always been dedicated in backing up the tribunal and already has a lineup of countries that voluntarily submitted themselves to form the U.N. martial – protecting the Philippines from any threats from China and the worldwide interest in preserving the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
Former Foreign Secretary, Albert del Rosario, formally initiated the complaint filing through the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2013 after China claimed sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal – forcibly taking it away from the Philippines. US’d Senior diplomat for East Asia, Daniel R. Russel, was even unaware of the Philippine’s case at that time when the Chinese leader dismissed the case without studying the foreign policy applicable in the dispute.