The opening of ballot boxes in Camarines Sur for the recount in the election protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo may have to be verified contrary to what Atty. Trixie mentioned. However, she explained two vital things on the issue according to a lawyer’s point of view. First, the initial recount in one of Marcos’ pilot provinces, Camarines Sur aims to justify the validity of his complaint that there was fraud in the VP race during the election 2016. He only needs 200,000 discrepancies of votes for that. Secondly, Robredo’s counter-protest must already be dismissed because of lack of payment.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Atty. Trixie said that the recount in Camarines Sur is specifically for Bongbong Marcos’ election protest. He needs only 200,000 discrepancies of votes to finish the recount in his favor.
Collection of Ballot Boxes
A total of 538 ballot boxes from Districts 1 and 2 of Camarines Sur arrived in the Comelec office in Pili last week. These ballot boxes are from the towns of Cabusao, Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Milaor, Gainza, and Minalabac. Twenty-five more towns are expected to do the same during the media blackout. Mainstream media has no updates over the weekend. There were also reports that media practitioners in who are anti-Robredo are blocked from Facebook postings. This marks the start of the vote recount for the poll protest of Marcos.
Robredo’s Landslide Win Questioned in Election 2016
Marcos lost to Vice President Leni Robredo at the 2016 national elections by just 263,473 votes. Camarines Sur is one of three pilot provinces decided upon by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET in its partial grant of Marcos’ plea to recount the ballots. Robredo won by a landslide in the province. She gathered more than 660,000 votes, while Marcos got only about 40,000. It is remembered that 4 other Vice Presidential bets, Honasan, Escudero, Trillanes and Cayetano have family ties in Bicol. This has made her victory even more suspicious.
Fraud and Irregularities
Other provinces in the pilot recount of Marcos are Iloilo and Negros Oriental. He identified the three provinces as “best exemplifying fraud or irregularities” in his protest brief. Atty. Trixie also stresses in her video that Camarines Sur which is Robredo’s bailiwick is a good choice to start from. The 200,000 discrepancies can easily be proven there if the allegations of fraud are true. The recount in the area might put a top on the lengthy electoral protest process should the slim margin is justified.
PET has required Marcos to pay P66 million and Robredo P15 million in two tranches to fund their protests and counter-protests. A petitioner needs to pay P500 per contested precinct. Robredo also listed three provinces in her own counter-protest brief: Capiz, Sulu, and North Cotabato. According to Atty. Trixie, no recount in Robredo’s pilot provinces can happen because she has not paid the second half of her counter-protest fee. In fact, that must be dismissed already according to the law.