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Bongbong Marcos Worries that his VP Protest Might be Declared Moot and Academic
VP Electoral Protest Validity
Bongbong Marcos camp’s spokesman Atty. Vic Rodriguez said earlier that their VP protest is on the verge of becoming moot and academic. This is because of the upcoming national election in 2022. Marcos intends to run for the executive office. May it be for President or Vice President. Nonetheless, the filing of candidacy starts in October 2021. The Supreme Court only has less than a year to do the remaining proceeding for a possible ruling.
The Supreme Court CJ’s Promise
Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta assures the public that the PET must decide before the end of the current Congress or the post on protest. In fact, he already told his colleagues to render their ruling on Marcos’ petition. It means that the resolution of the case must happen before the filing of the certificate of candidacy for the 2022 national elections in October next year.
Honoring his Own Policy
Peralta said that he had implemented the policy of concluding all poll protests within the term of office of elected officials. This was when he headed the House of Representatives’ Electoral Tribunal (HRET) during the 17th Congress. Failing to do so would mean that he would disobey his own rule.
Newly-elected Speaker Lord Allan Velasco sworn into office
Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco takes his oath as the new House Speaker. This is after 186 lawmakers in alliance with the government declared the post of Speaker vacant. Then, they elected Velasco in a convened regular session at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City on October 12. The backers of the first 16 months of outgoing House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano are not happy how their dominance ends in the lower House. But the gentlemen’s agreement prevails as per the advice of the President.
The Speaker Can’t be Vice President Automatically
Since Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is still pending decision, there are speculations that Velasco may prevent Cayetano from becoming Vice President. However, it’s not true that the speaker of the House automatically becomes vice president. First, the Senate President is also in the line of succession. Also, should the VP replaces President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, she could choose another individual to become her vice president. The Congress and the Senate will then approve it. This was the case of the late President Corazon Aquino and Vice President Salvador Laurel at the tail-end of the Marcos regime.
Becoming the President
If both the President and the Vice President cannot serve for whatever reason, the Senate President or, in case of his inability, the House Speaker, will act as President until a President is elected and qualifies. This is likely the scenario that the administration supporters are looking at. Since rumor has it that the President’s health is questionable, we can’t blame the VP to prepare for the possible accession. This leaves Bongbong Marcos to advance his take and prevent the protestee from assuming the highest post of the land. That would make both of the executive positions vacant. Velasco can make sure that whatever happens to the Senate President, the current administration’s power is safe.
Is Bongbong Marcos running along with Mayor Sara Duterte for elections 2020?
The Marcos-Duterte Tandem
October 2021 is already the filing month of the national elections for 2022. Former senator, Bongbong Marcos admits that he is in serious talks with Davao Mayor, Sara Duterte. They work together well especially during the pandemic. Marcos added that he is ready to run for president if the circumstance calls for it. However, they are still figuring out how the scenario would be. One thing is for sure. They would prepare for it because politics in the Philippines can change very fast.
Thanking the Frontliners
The pandemic is far from over. Nevertheless, we learn as we go along. The country’s fatality rate remains low despite the rising number of coronavirus infections. There must be a balance between healthcare and the economy. This would prevent further damages.
The Electoral Protest Update
Marcos expresses his dismay over the electoral protest ponente. Leonen sits on the case for almost a year. Now, this is on the verge of becoming moot. The October 2021 candidacy filing would be the gauge. The protest automatically ceases once he seeks for another post during the upcoming poll. He just hopes that a decision will be made before then.
Duterte threatens to stop Facebook operations in PH after shutdown of gov’t ‘advocacy’ pages
Support Government Advocacy or Stop
Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expresses his dismay over Facebook’s removal of the government’s official pages. These contain the administration’s advocacies. The blocking of the anti-terrorism campaign was unacceptable. This incident follows after the massive deactivations of the pro-government pages. So, if FB cannot support the welfare of the Filipinos, why stay in the country? President Duterte asks presses for answers over his public speech.
There’s definitely truth in the President’s observation. He stresses that Facebook is too leftist. Many people ask this over and over again online. They seem to favor the anti-administration stalwarts. FB is hot on accounts that support the Du30 administration. They need to talk, said the Filipino leader. Facebook cannot continue to be a biased social media platform. The move is crucial for the 2022 national elections. It should be a venue for open but respectful discussions. Therefore, Facebook must be neutral among others.
Life After Facebook
The President does not know how life would be after Facebook is gone. The presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque seems cool about it. He said that they will just transfer to other social media platforms. As the Facebook capital of the world, this could be a big loss for the social media giant. Since it is already part of most Filipinos’ day, that might also feel strange. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. That is if national security is at risk.
The Annulmentof Mindanao Votes can Result to Marcos’ Lead
Ferdinand Marcos or Bongbong Marcos explains that Robredo’s lead is “not mathematically insurmountable.” So his third cause of action has great relevance. To annul the election results in the 3 Mindanao provinces means that he can already surpass the presumptive VP’s advantage of 263,473 votes. Robredo stands to lose 497,985 votes when this happens. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen finally starts to act on Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo. The final ruling might happen at the tail end of the VP term but the people have the right to know the results of their votes for the upcoming election.
The Supreme Court Ruling Re-starts
Leonen finally issues a draft ruling. This circulates on the same day with a recommendation for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). The goal is to issue their respective comments on the pending issues. The major decision for them to make is for the PET to proceed with the third cause of action. This is the annulment of votes in the Mindanao provinces. The 3rd cause of action may prove that there was indeed cheating with regards to the camp of Robredo.
Possible Denial of Due Process
Marcos stresses that he has a right to prove and establish his third cause of action. A denial of this will impair his right to due process. That is why delaying tactics seem redundant at the Supreme Court according to political analysts in favor of Marcos. The camp of Robredo, however, welcomes this development to allegedly fast-track the resolution to the case. Meanwhile, netizens express their dismay over the opposition’s desire to unseat President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who is fond of Marcos. A lot of them swear to rally if Marcos gets cheated again in the 2022 elections.