President Rodrigo Du30 tells his son, Paolo, to “do what is right.” This is after the then vice mayor of Davao City informed him of his resignation over family and political issues. Meanwhile, the initial review of ballots in Camarines Sur, VP Leni Robredo’s home province is fast approaching. Its retrieval is on January 22, 2018. The recount schedule is in the second week of February. The Vice President can never go wrong if she follows the same advice on Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against her.
[VIDEO]: VP manual vote recount in 3 provinces to start in February 2018
Solely the Son’s Decision
Vice Mayor Du30 announces on Christmas day his resignation to his constituents out of “delicadeza” or sense of propriety. He basically had enough of the “shabu” smuggling accusation and his twitter arguments with daughter Isabelle just add up to the mess he’s in. His father, however, clarifies that he never suggests for it. He believes that the highly criticized pictorial of his son’s daughter in Malacañang, and other past issues made him vacate his post.
VP’s Lawyer Seems to be on Top of Her
Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal stresses that under the PET Rules if Marcos cannot prove any substantial vote discrepancy from the three pilot provinces, his protest is for dismissal due to lack of merit. For Camarines Sur alone, Macalintal reminds Marcos that P9.6 million is chargeable from his cash deposit for the retrieval expenses. The lead counsel’s confidence obviously gives her the courage to continue the fight even if she can’t pay the remaining 7 Million Pesos balance for her counter-protest against Marcos.
The Protestant’s Stand on the Election Protest
Bongbong Marcos laments that it takes for the PET more than 17 months to get to the recount stage. That can also take another 7 months. So, 2 years is almost gone for the 6-year term by the time a ruling can be made granting that there’s no more delay. Nevertheless, Marcos’ protest is the only national case that has gone that far. Robredo should also think of saving herself if the tide does not turn into her favor by then.
Vice President Leni Robredo was not invited to welcome any of the foreign leaders as they arrived in the country. This role is traditionally given to past Philippine vice presidents. The members of the Du30 Cabinet welcomed the world leaders instead. However, while the VP did not serve any official functions during the 31st ASEAN Summit, she attended the opening ceremony. Robredo also delivered a keynote speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Solaire Resort and Casino. It’s not a big deal for her not having an official function. She would need a lot of time to prepare for Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against her now that the recount is due to happen anytime soon.
[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the closing keynote at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit held Tuesday, November 14.
The VP’s Mandate
The vice president in Philippine politics has no specific mandate to perform in the Cabinet or in government. He or she normally attends ceremonial functions. Political tensions arise if the vice president maneuvers to undermine the president. It is detrimental if the VP supports the opposition. Complications happen if the VP intends to be president. The second leader’s every action perceives as partisan and can be harmful to the president’s political interest.
Robredo’s Own Initiative
Robredo urged ASEAN businessmen to help micro, small, and medium enterprises have easier access to fair trade and unclogged value chains during her keynote speech. The Vice President then met with representatives of women’s business organizations in Asia on the sidelines of the ABIS.
Must Strengthen her Defense
Robredo, who resigned as Housing Czar currently has no Cabinet duties. She has all the time in the world to strengthen her legal defense in the election protest case filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos. The President’s alliance with Marcos is just not helping her ultimate quest to stay in power.
Action is Obvious
Du30 could have reviewed the functions of the office of the vice president already if the second most powerful leader after him is his preferred heir, Bongbong Marcos. He can begin by broadening the VP office’s mandate, identifying the government body that will be headed by the vice president, and specifying the duties that will be the basis to demand accountability from the country’s second-highest official. It’s the opposite now with Robredo. Her exposures are obviously minimized. She should already get the hint that the forces are working against her.
Bongbong Marcos is confident that the President has shown one singular quality that is very clear as he refers to the leader’s recent SONA. It is the reason why he is very popular. His quality of leadership can’t be discredited. The Filipino people recognize that. Only a good leader can do and manage that. Filipinos know the truth from his genuine side versus his detractors’ propaganda.
Youtube video by; Ferrer Michael
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos’ views on democracy, governance and not judging anyone during the Vice Presidential campaign.
The Voice of the People is the Voice of God
Like his father, Marcos is a real democracy crusader. No matter how sensitive the issues are like same-sex marriage, he keeps an open mind. He believes that the voice of the people is the voice of God. No one should judge and be judged.
How to Improve People’s Lives
Marcos said that relocation is not just moving people. It’s about building a community with proper provisions and opportunities for the people to live a decent life. Livelihood, transport system, hospitals, schools, and other fundamental government services must be prioritized to support the citizens’ progress.
Comment on the President’s SONA
Marcos thinks that the President has shown good leadership both in our local and foreign policies. He has redirected our foreign policy and that is the reason why we have regained once again a crucial and important position in the international community to the benefit of the Philippines. It is the same with various domestic policies, he added.
Marcos Regime’s Effect in his Bid
He ran for the Vice Presidency for a simple reason that he wants to address people’s needs first and foremost. The principles of his father for public service is hereby inherited. There are no traces of negativities in him with regards to the Marcos regime. In fact, he takes it an opportunity for the people to thank his late father. He said that since most people were not able to thank former President Ferdinand Marcos, they can show their gratitude to him by supporting his bid to the executive office.
Leni Robredo has some rests now that social media shifts its attention to the martial law. Nevertheless, it’s still a fact that she needs more money to defend herself against Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. At the rate, it is going the recount can only be stopped if he runs as senator for the 2019 election. This shows his disinterest to pursue the case.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The Vice President in question guesses her plight that she will be buried in debts due to Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against her. in fact, according to her newly released SALN, she’s getting broke.
If Marcos wins a senatorial seat. In assuming the office of Senator, he effectively abandons or withdraws the protest. At the very least, he abandons his determination to protect and pursue the public interest. That involves the matter of who is the real choice of the electorate. Such abandonment or withdrawal operates to render moot the instant protest.
On to the Recount
The unfortunate thing for Robredo is, the preliminary conference for the protest is already set in motion on June 21. The major issue in the petition is the recount of the votes from three questionable areas that Marcos submits to the Supreme Court five days before the prelim.
Expedite the Process
The camp of Marcos refutes the claim of Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer that his request for the Supreme Court (SC) to assign hearing officers on his poll protest was “premature” and “impractical.” Marcos seeks for at least three hearing officers for the three issues that he wants to be resolved by the tribunal. This is a move that his lawyer George Garcia encountered in the past.
Logic of Time
The delaying tactics of Robredo’s camp are very crucial to the result of the electoral protest. It can bring difficulty for Marcos to plan his political career. This can be the reason why his lawyer comes up with strategies to finish the recount in one-and-a-half years. This can be very timely for the senatorial race in 2019.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Large undervotes for Vice President in questionable COCs were disclosed amounting to more than half a million difference between Presidential and VP Votes. The very first day of the official canvass by the Board had noted large amount of undervotes in the vice presidential – that is more than half a million votes behind the Presidential Votes. This is clearly electronically maneuvered discrepancy.
The huge gaps were noted by Atty. George Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer that from the Certificates of Canvass that has been counted so far. In many instances, votes for president outnumbered the votes for vice president by 623,174 as reflected in various COCs.
Leni Robredo did not have a clue that only !% undervotes is acceptable in Philippine elections which should not exceed 400,000 each COC for those particular cases as she defended her side saying; it’s normal during elections to have undervotes – when in fact, this must not be permitted during close fight such as this one.