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Does the Congress Insinuates that It also Doubts Robredo’s VP Election Victory?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Even the Congress as the National Board of Canvassers that proclaims Leni Robredo as the VP winner in 2016 is in doubt until now if she really wins it. Congressman Vicente Veloso asked; Can we submit this Republic to that uncertainty? Are we sure that it is Robredo who is the Vice President? The question emerges as lawmakers are rooting VP out in the line of succession. This is contrary to the over-confident advice of Atty. Romulo Macalintal to Bongbong Marcos. He urges the latter to drop his electoral protest. President Du30’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” said Robredo’s lead lawyer. However, BBM camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that Macalintal is under false pretense because why would he urge Marcos on numerous occasions to let go of the protest if they are not guilty of digital fraud?



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[VIDEO]: DATING SEN. BONGBONG MARCOS, PINAYUHANG ISUKO NALANG ANG ELECTION PROTEST NITO LABAN KAY VP ROBREDO


Ambitious Macalintal

‘Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?’ asks Robredo’s election lawyer. He is also running for Senator in the 2018 Midterm elections. On his election bid, he says that he will push for the rights of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Robredo Camp’s Belief

Robredo’s team expresses confidence in the face of Malacañang’s statement that President Du30 will step down if the former senator wins his poll protest against her. Du30’s resignation will never happen because Marcos will never win his electoral protest, said Macalintal.


True to His Word

The President thinks that the former Senator is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him and if there’s development and he will win the protest and he becomes vice president, yes he will make true to his word,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters earlier before his rumored resignation as the Presidential spokesperson.

Mac Criticizes the President

Macalintal criticizes Du30 saying that he’s willing to step down except that he does not think if the constitutional successor is qualified. Marcos’ election protest is currently at the manual ballot recount stage. It covers over 5,000 clustered precincts from his three chosen pilot provinces: Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. The results of this recount will determine whether or not Marcos’ protest will proceed with the rest of the 31,047 contested clustered precincts.

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Senators Disagree with the Revision

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, and Minority Leader Franklin Drilon all said there’s no time to discuss the charter change. Arroyo’s proposal has no counterpart in the Senate.  A resolution calling for a separate voting of a Constituent Assembly is still pending. It has no counterpart in the House. Drilon said that before going into the details of the revisions, the Congress has to decide first whether or not to amend the Constitution and which mode to do it.


Chong the Congress Doubts

Atty. Glenn Chong, former Congressman of Biliran Island appeared before a Senate investigating committee on the 2016 Automated Elections. It revived many questions raised for all the automated elections ever held in this country since 2010. This includes the 2016 elections, of course. Right now many people are questioning the same issues in the social media network. But with the 2019 mid-term elections getting nearer and nearer, it is high time for Filipinos to exert efforts in driving Smartmatic out of the country.

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Robredo’s Supreme Court Mind Conditioning Stunts Can’t Cover Bongbong Marcos’ Busiest Season

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The PET resolution has nothing to do with the presumptive VP’s 25% shading plea but with the use of the election returns. Robredo’s mind conditioning stunts fail after netizens examine the said Supreme Court ruling in black and white. Also, UP professor Chito Avecilla says, “In my opinion, since the purpose of the revision is to physically count the ballots, resorting to a shortcut may raise serious objections.” He maintains that the ballot should be physically counted and under the presence of the opposing parties or their representatives. This is also the position of Bongbong Marcos as he continues his unofficial duties during his family’s busiest season.

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[VIDEO]: Celebrating Life and Health! |The family of Bongbong Marcos goes about their busiest season by celebrating numerous birthdays, marital law commemoration and endless public services to the Filipino masses.


Physical Count is a Must to be Fair to the Protestant

With an electronic shortcut, it seems to Avecilla, that it would defeat the purpose of the revision.  Since Marcos paid a fee for his protest, it is his right to have the ballot boxes concerned be physically counted.

Election Returns at the Basis of the Recount?

The PET is now deciding to refer to the election returns rather than making use of a numerical threshold. The VCMs directly produces ERs in electronic and printed form. It shows the date of the election, the province, municipality and the precinct in which it was held. Furthermore, it also shows how much votes does each candidate in the clustered precinct of the VCM.


Supreme Court Sets Aside the Election Threshold

The PET explains that using the ERs instead of adopting a specific threshold will lead the revision procedure to be more flexible and adaptive. Furthermore, through this, the VCM readings is mimicked and confirmed.



50% is the Correct Standard

The Supreme Court ruling shows that the correct interpretation with regards to the threshold is 50% and not 25%. Furthermore, the Tribunal says that it never granted a resolution that states 25% as the shading threshold.


The PET Fails to Settle Threshold Dispute

Atty. Vic Rodriquez, Marcos’ counsel says that the Vice President’s camp is peddling lies. Robredo’s camp claimed that PET ruled in favor of their 25% shading threshold. Her lawyer even has a follow-up media propaganda saying that is allegedly impossible for Marcos to win the electoral protest. However, the latter is just a crowd favorite that wherever he goes, he touches lives.



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Marcos’ Lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez Blasts Robredo’s Thick Face for Spreading Supreme Court Fake News

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, the lawyer, and spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos directly blasts the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo on her Supreme Court fake news. This is on the alleged 25% threshold approval for the election recount. Atty. Rodriguez clarifies that the PET resolution dictates that it has no basis to change its 50% ruling. He added that he cannot figure out where the troubled VP gets the thick face to announce such fakes news in a press conference that even international media like CNN falls victim to.



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[VIDEO]: PET, hindi inaprubahan ang hiling ni VP Leni na bilangin ang boto nito na may 25% shading lang




The Supreme Court Clarification

Atty. Rodriguez added that they would welcome any move by the PET, motu proprio (on its own), to clarify its earlier resolution on the controversy over its recent resolution on the threshold controversy. “As far as we are concerned, it is the body of the resolution in its entirety, which should be controlling and not one mere phrase,” Rodriguez said, noting that the PET had clearly set out why it adopted the 50-percent shading threshold after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) only belatedly informed the PET that as a policy they counted votes with as at least 25-percent shading.

Conflicting News

In a 21-page decision dated Sept. 18, the PET, through Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, partially granted the motion filed by the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo asking to set aside its earlier decision upholding the 50-percent threshold over the 25-percent threshold, which she said was used by the Comelec during the 2016 elections. The matter involved conflicting views on how much partial shading of a circle beside a candidate’s name in the ballot is sufficient to be counted as a vote for the said candidate in the election protest for the vice presidential race in the last elections.




Robredo’s Thick Face

The lawyer also criticized the preemptive acts of opposing counsels in claiming that the resolution was in their favor. This time, she cannot deny spreading fake news because her media allies quickly spread the information given like wildfire. Even other international media like CNN picked the fake news also. Rodriguez already corrected some of them for the wrong headline. It should be; PET upholds Marcos’ Plea and not the other way around.


No to the Use of Ballot Images

The Marcos Camp, however, presses their opposition to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s (PET) use of decrypted ballot images. Plus the tribunal’s insistence on reverting to electronically-generated election returns. This pertains to the ongoing election protest over the alleged massive cheating in the 2016 vice presidential polls in Camarines.




Compromised Election Results

Rodriguez explains that the decrypted ballot images represent a significant number of ballots that have already been damaged and are clearly compromised and cannot reflect the true outcome of the polls. Rodriguez said the returns should not be used by the Supreme Court because “it is a product of the automated election system the product of which is precisely what we are questioning.”



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Bongbong Marcos Believes that Supreme Court CJ De Castro can Set Directions on his VP Protest in 5 Weeks

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice Presidential protestant against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo, Bongbong Marcos gives his actual updates on the case during the interview with Erwin Tulfo. Marcos said that the Supreme Court that sits as the PET must make a decision on what to do with those questionable ballots. He also has high hopes that the new Chief Justice Teresita De Castro can set directions on his protest during the short 5 weeks of her term before her retirement.





Youtube video by Erwin Tulfo

[VIDEO]: UPDATE SA ELECTION PROTEST NI DATING SENADOR BONGBONG MARCOS


The Supreme Court to Decide on the Questionable Ballots

The Supreme Court is beginning a manual recount of the votes. However, Bongbong Marcos calls the PET’s attention to the questionable ballots. Some have been doused only recently, while several audit logs are missing.




Wet Ballots

Starting the recount from Bato Camarines Sur, there were already problems. 4 out of 42 voting precincts had the ballots wet. Consequently, the ballots are illegible. Furthermore, 38 precincts in Bato have the audit logs missing.



Robredo’s Demands

The camp of VP Robredo wants the PET to have the ballots where the ovals are shaded less than 50% but higher than 25% to be segregated. Robredo’s lawyers are also asking the PET to immediately resolve the April 18 resolution. They want the PET to reconsider the decision of a 50% threshold for vote validity.




Macalintal Dares Marcos on the Use of Ballot Images

Macalintal is now challenging Marcos. The picture images of the ballots should be used to determine the real results of the previous election. With the Comelec’s affirmation that the 25% threshold was used, Marcos’ claim that the threshold wasn’t used in the 2016 elections is now exposed as false, said the veteran lawyer. He also comments that Marcos is afraid to know the truth.



Atty. Rodriguez Blasts the Comelec’s Connivance with Robredo

Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez is now calling the Comelec as a co-conspirator of VP Robredo, in response to Macalintal. Furthermore, Atty. Glenn Chong reveals the information that at least one SD card had been tampered with upon checking. Chong continues that with each card containing 500 votes, by switching machines, the 5000 extra SD cards could have been used to produce 2 million votes in favor of the victor during the 2016 VP race.




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Bongbong Marcos is Stunned by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Caguioa’s Declaration

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Supreme Court or the PET denies the urgent motion to investigate the unethical outing of the PET revisors with VP Robredo’s representative. It said that the tribunal already looked into it and concluded its probe into the party. This statement from the PET confirms Vice President Robredo’s announcement that the PET had already investigated into the questioned swimming party. Bongbong Marcos is stunned why only Robredo knew about the said declaration. Not even the media knew about its verdict.






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[VIDEO]:  Kampo ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos Jr., nagulat sa deklarasyon ng PET




Bongbong Marcos is Stunned

Marcos questions the propriety of the presence of Robredo’s revisor Osmundo Abuyuan in the outing. He said in his plea that to fraternize with a revisor was prohibited by the PET or the election tribunal of the Supreme Court. It is prescribed in the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel and the Canon of Judicial Ethics. In a resolution dated July 10, 2018, the PET denies Marcos’ motion. It justifies its answer by saying that the investigation is already done. Erwin Tulfo reacts by saying why there’s no update to the public on this regard.




Caguioa‘s Role

Marcos enumerates some of the orders issued by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Caguioa which show his one-sidedness especially when it comes to penalties or fees. Almost all of his rulings are in Robredo’s favor. Nevertheless, Marcos makes it a point to comply and respect its decisions but cannot contain its unfairness.

The PET’s Declaration

The PET, in the same resolution, also orders the Commission on Elections to file its own comment on Robredo’s motion. It urges for the use of the 25 percent ballot shading threshold in the recount. The Office of the Solicitor General, who represents the government in court cases, disagrees with the position of the COMELEC on the issue and sided with Marcos. The OSG urges the PET to junk Robredo’s appeal and upholds its resolution. SolGen Jose Calida said that valid votes are those with at least 50 percent shading.









Robredo’s Camp Updated with the PET

Robredo said that “A [CCTV] footage confirms that Mr. Miranda, Marcos’ revisor leaves the bag of snacks on the fourth floor of the building for the swimming event.” Although she fails to specify which building. “The revisors of protestant Marcos were also invited to the said outing. In fact, prior thereto, no less than one of the supervisors of protestant Marcos, Mr. Roderick Miranda, sent some snacks for the proposed outing,” she added. Robredo slams Marcos for urging the PET to investigate the outing. She stresses that a probe has already been conducted where “some of the personalities involved were already meted with penalties.”




The challenge to Show Proof to the Supreme Court

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, a spokesperson of Marcos challenges Robredo’s camp to produce an “authentic” CCTV footage.  “We challenge Mrs. Leni Robredo to go ahead and produce such footage provided it is authentic and not another product of her many lies,” he said. “We have shown pictures of how she has corrupted PET head revisors and pictures don’t lie. To date, all she has are alibis and more lies. She’s already caught and yet she is still making excuses,” he added.