Marcoleta: BBM’s protest is a case of public interest
Rep. Rodante Marcoleta’s wit was imminent during the ABS-CBN’s prolonged hearings. He got the approval of the people for being so direct, lawful, and efficient pro-administration defenses and attacks. When it comes to Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo, he said that this is public interest. People need justice. They want to know that their votes went to the right candidate.
Delayed Election Protest and More
Not acting promptly on a case is a grieve offense. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen who is in charge of Bongbong Marcos’ election protest who sits on it for 8 months now. He also keeps on delaying the process for 3 long years. Petition and motions are thrown without proper agenda. His removal from the Supreme Court is necessary, said Marcoleta.
Number One with the Most Pending Cases
Leonen’s being number one with the most pending cases constitutes to non performing of tasks effectively. Violation of the Constitution made unintentionally, in good faith, and mere mistakes in the proper construction of the Constitution, do not constitute an impeachable actions or inactions. But in his case, he is totally not doing his job to the best of his ability, implied Marcoleta. Therefore, the impeachment complain against him is very heavy.
Marcoleta: The rightful winner must be seated already!
Various Pleadings Delay Marcos’ Protest
Congressman Rodante Marcoleta is not only a vocal and brilliant solon but is a member of INC. He previously inquires where their votes for Bongbong Marcos went. He said that the ponente of Marcos’ election protest, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen already ran out of pleadings to delay the case. Therefore, he just submits motions without agenda. On the side, he overhears the former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s impeachment plan on Leonen.
No Agenda and For Decision Notation
In an election protest, when all pleadings are saturated, a notice for a decision with the details of the hearing must be set. However, Leonen fails to state when the ruling must be made. This drags the case even longer. There are times that the PET rules two weeks before the end of the term. That would not allow the rightful winner’s position take over. The election protest becomes useless.
Enrile Whispers Ground for Impeachment
Marcoleta mentioned overhearing the former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to file an impeachment case against Leonen. His not promptly acting on the case is a ground for impeachment, he said. That might be the reason why the SALN issue of the magistrate was discovered. They are preparing for a possible removal of Leonen from the Supreme Court.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos said that the former senator made substantial recovery in the initial recount of 3 pilot provinces. This is under his electoral protest but the number of votes recovered is still unknown. The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal voted to release the report on the initial recount of ballots. This is only Marcos’ second cause of action, and it requires parties to comment.
YouTube video by ABS-CBN News Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson said that they got substantial recovery.
Marcos’ Substantial Recovery
Atty. Rodriguez, however, did not divulge the figures. He said that this would violate the sub judice rule.”If you’re gonna ask us, of course we have made substantial recovery. In the revision, both parties had copies of their respective tallies. But it does not have evidentiary value. This is because their list favors their own interest. My list favors me. That’s why the tribunal has to decide.
The Supreme Court Seeks Comments
The high court gives Marcos and Robredo 20 days to submit a memoranda on the motion to nullify votes for the 2016 vice-presidential election in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao. Former poll commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the SC must act on Marcos’ second action before moving on to his third one that seeks “wholesale” nullification of votes in provinces.
Robredo’s Counter-Protest May Be Dismissed
Rodriguez also said that the high court could tackle both causes of action at the same time. He added that the Supreme Court earlier ruled the two were “separate and distinct.” He rejected PET Rule 65, which the Robredo camp has been mentioning. That states the court may dismiss an election protest “if upon examination of such ballots and proof. After making reasonable allowances into account, the protestant or counter-protestant will most probably fail to make out his case.”Robredo on the other hand still has not paid her balance for the counter-protest. So, this may also face dismissal if that’s the basis of Robredo Camp’s reasoning.
A Matter of Understanding the Law
We know how to understand the law, the law says ‘may.” It’s permissive. Rodriguez also denied claims that their camp has been changing tactics to delay the proceedings. He explains that they filed 3 causes of action from the start. Why would we want to delay this case we have been building for 3 years? The term is only for 6 years. “Why would we seek for a delay? It’s not going to be advantageous to us. It’s not in our best interest and we stand to gain nothing if we have this case because this is much delayed already.
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.
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.
Bongbong Marcos cannot fathom why there are over 4 million undervotes in the 2016 election. Although an undervote is common during elections that result from voting mistakes, the large amount is just questionable. Leni Robredo’s Camp uses his questioning the integrity of the entire election to drag the victory of the President. However, the Palace does not take this sitting down.
[VIDEO]: CNN Philippine reports that Bongbong Marcos refers his questioning of the 2016 election integrity from the enormous number of undervotes.
4 Million Undervotes
Marcos has no reservations that other winning candidates can have problems also with the first part of his election protest. Aside from his scrutiny in the unusually large number of undervotes, he also discloses the existence of the secret server that Smartmatic admits to.
Marcos’ camp identifies Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental for the recount. They are confident that actual count there can clearly show that there are major discrepancies in the votes cast in the ballots. Those transmissions through the Vote Counting Machines or VCMs that forms the data for the Certificates of Canvass or COCs are said to be anomalous.
3 Causes of Action
The first part of Marcos’ petition is the Automated Election System or AES. Reports on the “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections belong to the second part. The third part of the protest focuses on the introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code into the transparency server.
Palace’s Reaction to Du30’s Victory
Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said that Marcos’ electoral protest could not put into question the integrity of the entire electoral process last year. “I don’t think the Palace is affected at all about that. The President won by a big margin,” Banaag clarified.
Bongbong Marcos, who filed the election protest against Leni Robredo, joined the overnight vigil with his supporters in front of the Supreme Court the night before July 11. The Preliminary Conference starts at 2 PM.
Youtube video by; Bagong Lipunan
[VIDEO]: Nagsagawa ng prayer vigil para sa katotohanan ang mga Marcos loyalists at supporters sa harap ng Korte Suprema kagabi at binisita ito ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos (BBM). Ngayong araw, July 11, 2017, kasi gaganapin ang unang preliminary conference ng protesta ni BBM laban kay Leni Robredo.
Robredo Ready to Face
Robredo’s is ready to face the high court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. They said that Marcos is only prolonging his protest. He has yet to prove that the integrity of the automated elections was compromised. Then that is when he can demand on ballot recounts and examination of election documents.
Marcos’ Initial Choice
Marcos, however, stuns them when he discloses the three pilot provinces to best exemplify fraud or irregularities in his protest brief. He named Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Marcos to explain how Robredo won the polls with a 263,473 vote lead. This was highly criticized by Robredo’s camp.
Robredo’s Listed Provinces
Robredo also listed three provinces in her counter-protest brief: Capiz, Sulu, and North Cotabato. She said that Marcos’ protest is based on general allegations. Her camp speculates that they have designed manufactured evidence to sway the results in his favor. Nevertheless, this is impossible for the Marcos camp to do. It was the Liberal Party’s reign when the election happened in 2016.
Marcos also criticized Robredo for blocking moves to recount the results of the VP race in almost 40,000 clustered precincts. Robredo’s camp filed a manifestation with a motion for clarification before the PET. They want Marcos to pay for the expenses incurred by the Commission on Elections over his election protest.
Pro-Liberal Party media are very busy releasing old issues about the late Ferdinand E. Marcos’ heroism as a soldier during the war. This is irrelevant because the most admired leader has long been gone. It is the time now for the namesake, Bongbong Marcos to prove that he really won the Vice Presidential election in 2016 through the electoral protest.
Youtube video by; Jazzer musiko
[VIDEO]: Pres. Marcos a real War hero.
Liberal media both local and international were adamant in creating stories that would discredit the late President Marcos claims. They presented facts like he can’t beat the Japanese troops at that time because the ratio between Japanese and Filipino soldiers was 20:1. They continued attacking him saying that he was tireless to tell his side of war stories until they were accepted as facts, an international writer said.
No matter how the detractors of Marcos try to dispute his heroism, most people still look up to him. This is why there are an ample number of Marcos loyalists pursuing his son’s presidency in the future. Besides, his comrades or fellow soldiers who fought with him during the war did not fail to tell the same stories and support the late President’s claims to their loved ones and retold to every generation.
Liberalism is Worldwide
President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ story is newsworthy everywhere in the world because he was first and foremost the protector of real democracy. Not the politicians who claimed that they were but ended up reprimanding the people’s votes. He fought against communism and terrorism that Liberal Party members keep on justifying to this date. Besides, news about the Marcoses sells regardless of where you are in the world. This is due to the World Bank report that the Philippines can be the richest country because of Marcos’ gold deposits for the welfare of the people.
Election Protest of Bongbong Marcos
It cannot be denied that in most people’s hearts, Bongbong Marcos is the real Vice President of the Philippines. The preliminary conference of his electoral protest against Leni Robredo has just been postponed. It must be in motion on July 11 to set the details of the recount. Filipinos are anxious to at least know the results of the first three areas of disputes just to confirm many speculations in favor of the young Marcos.