Bongbong Marcos Camp’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez vows; We will not rest until the real election results come out. We will not rest until those responsible for making a mockery of our elections are put behind bars.”
[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is alarmed over rumors saying the Philippines would “have a new VP” by early 2017.
Election Manual Recount to Proceed
“Based on the latest SC decision, the manual recount of ballots will proceed as planned. The same holds true for the annulment of the election results in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan. We already know that more than 14 million voters chose BBM as their VP. We also know that there are millions more out there whose votes were not counted, added Rodriguez.
Robredo’s Camp Alarmed
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo expressed alarm over rumors that the country would “have a new VP” by early 2017. In a statement, Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said messages have been circulating about a supposed recount that would lead to the unseating of the Vice President.
This recount, Hernandez said earlier, would be “without the direction of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal” or PET, which handles the election protest filed by Marcos against Robredo. However, in recent developments, PET itself rules in favor of the immediate recount. Preparations are now ongoing after it orders to retrieve ballot boxes and election paraphernalia from the identified pioneer provinces.
New VP in 2018
This rumor is likely true: “Recount of ballots from 4-5 provinces will start end of November and will finish by December, deliberations after. You can bet early next year, we have a new VP.” The estimates here are consistent with Marcos’ disclosure in an interview. This is something that most pro-Marcos, if not the general public would follow through.
Bongbong Marcos’ legal spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said that they are about to request the Supreme Court to designate at least 100 revision committee for the immediate conclusion of the recount of the ballots. Rodriguez said that these committees can comprise of lawyers and clerks of court, all to be staffed by the PET.
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[VIDEO]: Election protest ni Marcos at Robredo, isinalang na sa preliminary conference
The manual recount of ballots in the first three pilot provinces selected by Bongbong Marcos could start in October. Marcos’ legal counsel, George Garcia, estimated this in a press conference after the Supreme Court concluded the preliminary conference on Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo.
The Tribunal requests to both camps to limit their witnesses to three persons per precinct. Marcos’ camp wants the PET to recount first the ballot boxes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Once the slim lead of Robredo is overshadowed, a further recount might not be necessary anymore.
PET’s proposed venue for the manual recount and judicial revision of ballots is the basketball court inside the Court of Appeals. Marcos’ Camp appreciate’s the Supreme Court’s readiness in their outline to really allow the recount to take place very swiftly.
Grateful to the Supreme Court
Marcos thanked the PET for the progress of his electoral protest. It is already one year from last year’s election but the Supreme Court made various efforts to facilitate the recount without delay. They even set aside Robredo’s pleas to be taken up at a later date if necessary. The recount is indeed the priority as far as SC is concerned.
Atty. Vic Rodriguez in behalf of Bongbong Marcos reveals that they have doubted another intent from Comelec to sabotage or wipe out their evidence. The Comelec has requested the PET to allow them to have a temporary custody for the ballot boxes from Maguindanao, Basilan, and Lanao del Sur. The Marcos camp is not happy with this because these areas are included in Marcos’ electoral protest.
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[VIDEO]: Atty. Vic Rodriguez questions why Comelec wants temporary custody of Maguindanao, Basilan and Lanao del Sur ballot boxes
On the Comelec’s letter of request dated April 22, it requests the Philippine Electoral Tribunal to grant them temporary custody of ballot boxes in various areas in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan. These are contested areas in Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. This is still pending until now.
Bongbong Marcos Contested the Request
Marcos contests the said move of the Comelec. The explanation that this is related to the ongoing protest of the governor there is not just acceptable. They have taken Comelec’s action as a way to sabotage Marcos’ evidence for the electoral protest. Vic Rodriguez insinuates that they can erase numbers so that it won’t tally with the data on hand at the Marcos camp.
Robredo Fools the People
Rodriguez said earlier that Leni Robredo again fooled the people by portraying herself as somebody who is struggling to pay the P8 M initial deposit of her counter-protest against Marcos. He said that a candidate who spent around half a billion pesos during the elections can’t have such problems. She is just acting out to get public sympathy, he assumes.
Not a Media Favorite
Bongbong Marcos received a Letter from the COMELEC to request the PET to authorize them to have temporary custody of the ballot boxes and other election documents on 25 April 2017. This is not widely reported in the mainstream media. This can easily escape public scrutiny of not because of Facebook and Vic Rodriguez’ interview with CNN.
Atty. Vic Rodriguez of the Marcos Camp said that Leni Robredo again fooled the people by saying that she had difficulty in raising the money to pay her counter-protest against Bongbong Marcos. After all, she paid half a billion pesos according to her SOCE in the last vice presidential elections.
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[VIDEO]: Atty. Vic Rodriguez of the Marcos Camp said that Leni Robredo fooled the people once again.
No Return for Marcos
It is evident that Leni Robredo is not on to the will of the people in last year’s elections. She said she would never allow the son and namesake of the late president Ferdinand Marcos to grab the second highest office in the land and return to power. This is the only thing that matters to her; to block Bongbong Marcos from the Vice Presidency.
Robredo’s words are contradictory to her actions. She said; “Even if it’s difficult, even if we’re going through many challenges, we will not let the voice of the people be taken away.” She said this when addressing her supporters outside the Supreme Court where she paid P8 million counter-protest deposit. If it is the voice of the people she is after, she wouldn’t keep on delaying the electoral protest of Marcos.
It’s all About Her
She added; “You know that this fight is not about me. This fight is about all of us.” Robredo is again lying when she said this. Her own words contradict this statement. Perhaps, she has to be reminded why she agreed to run under the Liberal Party for the VP post – did she said to block Marcos? The truth is, she allowed herself to be used as a political prostitute against Marcos for her own personal gains.
She also said the country suffered during the brutal martial law regime. An alleged victim, former Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales even joined who failed to bring out the truth in history that there was really such thing as the Golden Age of Marcos. They were also joined by another bitter activist priest Robert Reyes and members of their online group The Silent Majority who despite using their channels in destroying the Marcoses are still no match for the people’s voice via social media.
It has been a re-battle between Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos’ that both camps have their own share of delaying the electoral protest. Needless to say, there’s always the right time for everything. The preliminary conference’s setting in motion is not an exception. June 21 is just right in time if Marcos is to assume a cabinet post in May.
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[VIDEO]: UB: Panayam kay Atty. Romulo Macalintal, abugado ni VP Robredo
One Year Ban is Over
The one year ban will soon be over that hinders Bongbong Marcos to take on a cabinet post. He is rumored to assume the DILG post after the one-year ban for defeated political candidates is over. The late Jesse Robredo, the husband of his rival Leni Robredo, died in a plane crash when he was the DILG Secretary under the Aquino administration. Robredo says that she will respect such appoint should the president decides on it.
Macalintal’s Delaying Tactics
Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer earlier sought clarification from the High Court. He argues that Marcos should pay in full first because he filed the election protest and theirs was a counter-protest. Macalintal also added that Marcos should pay a total of P185 million since his protest has a first cause of action that involves all 92,000 clustered precincts.
Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, believes the motion like any other motions from Robredo’s camp is their another delaying tactic. Rodriguez criticized Macalintal’s argument that they must pay only after Marcos’ protest is finished because it had long been decided by the Tribunal. The rule says that “the election protest filed by Senator Marcos is sufficient in form and substance.”
Expensive Search for Truth
Rodriguez also said that Robredo’s camp is “making the search for truth very, very expensive.” The Marcos camp pleaded for the dismissal of Robredo’s counter-protest after they failed to settle the required payment – but the court gave them another five days to comply. Meanwhile, around 400 Bongbong Marcos supporters converged anew at the Supreme Court (SC) with lighted candles in a show of support for their candidate. They pray for the speedy disposition of the decision from SC justices. Then the announcement came that the preliminary conference date is already set. It is indeed true that there’s a right time for everything.