By: Elena Grace Flores Bongbong Marcos finds a good season for announcing the latest electoral protest update during the Chinese New Year. He explains that there are 3 reasons for the legal action. These causes of action are 1) The digital system is questionable because of the anomalies undertaken by Smartmatic. 2) there were no elections in some precincts in ARMM. 3) there were other places that had some irregularities that should be considered rather than refer to the automated images. z
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[VIDEO]: They say that in the Year of the Pig, fortune favors those who are patient. So for those who have been waiting patiently for news about my election protest, this update is dedicated to you.
Electoral Protest Recount Proceedings
Marcos came up with 8,000 witnesses against the said election frauds but the PET deferred the first cause of action to give way for the recount. Now, the recount of the first 3 pilot provinces namely; Negros Occidental, Camarines Sur, and Iloilo that show many anomalies are about to be completed. The ballots are about to be decided by the justices if they are perfect reproductions of the original. The Comelec can’t even explain it and promises to ask Smartmatic about it that amused the audience during a Senate hearing. It is definitely not a game over case yet.
The electoral protest status is contrary to Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal’s announcement. He might only be desperate of media mileage for his Senate candidacy. Marcos said that the discussion on the fraudulent acts is not yet undertaken. This is called the appreciation phase.
The Recount is Not the Ultimate Basis
To prove that anomalies did happen during the 2016 elections, the results of the ballot recount in the pilot provinces must convince the PET that there was indeed fraud. Only around 200 plus more presincts are left for counting. Both sides have to contest if the questionable ballots must be counted or not right after that. Macalintal always says that the concerns raised by Marcos are but normal occurences. However, Atty. Vic Rodriguez insists that for one thing, the tampered ballots are not anymore a faithful reproduction of the original which is against the law.
Not Right to Let the People Wait for a Long Time
The former Senator is so dedicated to finalizing his electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Robredo. In fact, he is not running for the next elections because his previous votes in 2016 are not yet counted. The verdict of the said protest can determine if the country still has hope to be able to conduct a clean and honest poll. The 2019 race should be under close watch because Smartmatic is still a player despite its shortcomings.
Supporting his Nephews and Sister
Aside from supporting his sister, Imee Marcos’ Senatorial bid who is on the top 10 favorites, Marcos will frequent Ilocos Norte because his budding nephews are progressing in their political careers. He vows to campaign for them. So, even if his term as VP is set aside, the Marcoses’ reign in the Philippines is very well secured with the young generation.