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To Otso for Debate: Why Marcos? Why Not Gadon and Chong?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidates Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada, slam the Otso Diretso slate for boasting on their clean record at the expense of other candidates. Opposition Senate aspirant, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that there is a problem with the exchanges if they won’t happen face to face. The LP tactic aims to humiliate their opponent using past media propaganda. So, his team challenges other senatorial candidates to face them in debates instead of complaining about “negative campaigning” during political sorties. It is evident through the mainstream media that the LP bets are critical of Marcos’ educational attainment. Atty. Larry Gadon counteracts this and together with another social media hottie, Atty. Glenn Chong, they accept their challenge. z

YouTube video byElena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: NEWS BREAK: Atty. Glenn Chong and Larry Gadon Accepted Otso Diretso’s Debate Challenge.

Anytime Anywhere for Atty. Glenn Chong

Atty. Glenn Chong said that he never says no to any debate. He is always a debater ever since he was in school and a good one at that. He counter-challenges them by giving him the time and venue for the said occasion. Chong ranks in the top 2 of social media popularity together with Gadon. Not to mention the ever famous, Governor Marcos.

4 vs 1 for Atty. Larry Gadon but Not at the UP

Gadon is up for Otso Diretso’s debate challenge, provided that only four opposition senatorial candidates would be on the same debate with him. The venue should not be at the University of the Philippines where there is a crowd of communists, according to him.

Pimentel: Aren’t they Busy?

“Are they not busy with their own rally?” Senator Koko Pimentel told the media when asked about the Liberal Party-led “Otso Diretso” opposition slate’s challenge to debate on election issues. Pimentel said that the administration’s PDP-Laban party and their guest candidates are open to debates. But the campaign sorties across the country present scheduling problems.

Imee Marcos is Too Busy

“There is no problem if there would be a debate. I have no problem with that. But there are some like us who are too busy making the rounds that we couldn’t even go back to Manila, said Marcos.” This leaves Otso Diretso members with Gadon and Chong. The people are waiting.

Gadon and Chong are Waiting

Given that their political enemies would do everything to stop any Marcos from reaching the top position of the land, the younger Marcos generation is fully-equipped with an experienced politician like their grandmother. The guidance of both Bongbong and Imee Marcos is also vital. Unlike the yellow faction, it is not their nature to discredit other candidates for election. They can play along with politics because it is their life. Many Filipinos are banking on them to lead the nation to prosperity.

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Robredo’s Electoral Protest Fake News Not Working as Netizens Reviewed PET’s Resolution on 25% Shading

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Netizens can’t trust the mainstream media anymore. They dispute the latest fake news that the presumptive VP Leni Robredo announces through a press conference.  The PET’s resolution was verified by them. They analyzed why Robredo claims the 25% shading victory. The Supreme Court stresses that the segregation and classification of ballots shall be done. This is by referring to the election return. As generated by the machine used in the elections. The PET clarifies that Robredo’s assumption on the decrease of her votes when the 50% mark was implemented has no basis. There is no final vote counting yet and the 50% standard stays the same. Atty. Glenn Chong who has read the 26 pages ruling said that the only procedural change for the electoral protest recount is the use of the decrypted images which Bongbong Marcos will oppose contrary to Macalintal’s analysis.



YouTube video by Maharlika

[VIDEO]: FAKE NEWS: Hindi totoo na pinaboran ng PET si Leni Robredo at ginawang 25% ang vote shading threshold.




Chong Opposes Brillantes

Former Comelec Commissioner Sixto Brillantes said the focus should be on the election returns, not the shading threshold. The former congressman from Biliran, Atty. Glenn Chong opposed him. Chong had been invited to the Senate hearing as a resource person several times during the course of the election fraud inquiry.  But he said he had been deprived many times as well of the opportunity to speak on the issue, especially regarding the alleged early transmission of votes prior to the day of the 2016 automated elections. He explains the difference between manual and automated elections. In manual elections, fraudulent activities can only be manual. While in a digital one, even the cheating is done automatically. His evidence shows that the digital results are not a replica of the actual ballots.

Compromised Decryption for the Electoral Protest?

The PET resolution denies Marcos’ opposition to using decrypted ballot images in the revision process. Marcos earlier claims that the images were “compromised.” This coincides with Chong’s findings. He was compelled to study the system of the automated elections after being a victim of rigged elections himself. This was during the 2010 and 2013 polls. He spearheaded the election watchdog Tanggulang Demokrasya. It primarily aims to scrutinize the systems and processes imposed in previous elections. He said that in an automated elections Chong said, one stand to lose because all the cheating will take place within the machine.




Macalintal’s Old Belief

Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal, repeated his belief that no election protest has won based on the manual recount of the ballots. He said the results of the manual recount must tally with the result of the vote counting machines. On the other hand, based on the information, Chong claimed that there was a huge difference between the number of votes from the transparency server and the number of votes from the central server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). He insinuates on the conspiracy between Comelec and the service provider Smartmatic. He also notes the response of former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes about it. Macalintal also said that if the 50% is not changed to 25%, there should be no procedural training. However, Chong said the procedure pertains to the use of decrypted images for the electoral protest.



Marcos’ Clarification

While the Robredo camp celebrates falsely, the camp of Marcos said it may seek a clarification from the PET about its ruling. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez said that the Tribunal’s ruling is clear that there is no basis to change the 50 percent shading threshold for the vote recount in the vice presidential race.




Wrong Assumption

But Macalintal countered Rodriguez, saying the PET will not order the retraining of revisors if there are no changes that will be implemented. Atty. Chong who is an IT expert and a lawyer explain why Robredo’s lawyer is wrong during the interview with Maharlika. Malacañang, meanwhile, deferred all actions to the PET. “There’s no hand on this case as far as the executive office is concerned because the President is not a party to the protest… Let the PET do its job,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.



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Robredo is on Atty. Glenn Chong’s Tail Prior to Election Hearing

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By: Elena Grace Flores

A public hearing happens on September 13, 2018. It is a Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System (JCOC-AES) event at the Senate Session Hall, 2nd Floor, Senate of the Philippines at 10:00 AM which is open to the public. Prior to this, the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Supreme Court’s Presidential Electoral Tribunal to investigate how the audit logs from Camarines Sur came into possession of lawyer Glenn Chong.




Youtube video by News5Everywhere

[VIDEO]: Gustong malaman ng kampo ni VP Robredo kung paano nakakuha ng kopya ng audit logs ng Camarines Sur si Atty. Chong.




Disturbed by Chong

Atty. Macalintal finds it disturbing for Chong being able to get a copy of the audit logs from Ragay. He claims to have no connection to the parties involved. However, on his Facebook page back on March 9, he posted a portion of the audit logs. Furthermore, he even presented them to the Senate committee on a hearing. Moreover, Chong consistently denies being a representative of Marcos. Senator Drilon, however, confronts him for having two authorization letters from the Marcos’ camp.



Origin of the Audit Logs

Chong testified under oath that h hot the audit logs from SET. However, Macalintal is saying that Ragay was not covered by the election protest filed by Francis Tolentino before the SET. Consequently, the Commission on Elections did not submit the audit logs to SET. Both Marcos’ and Robredo’s camps were able to obtain soft copies of the decrypted ballot images and audit logs from Ragay, according to Macalintal.


Macalintal’s Challenging Threats

Macalintal is informing the PET that despite claiming to not be a representative of Marcos, Chong still possesses copies of the resolutions of PET and pleadings that were submitted by the parties. Chong was also present during the closure activities of Comelec which Macalintal challenges because only the representatives of the parties were allowed to observe. Furthermore, Chong was even one of the witnesses in the first cause of action of Marcos. Macalintal is accusing Chong of attempting to preempt any resolution of the PET by swaying public opinion through the discussion of the merits of the case on his Facebook.



Chong’s Counter Challenge for the Election

Chong is saying that the first few pages of their 35-page manifesto clearly shows them trying to fool the Supreme Court. They use only select parts of the transcript to make their version believable. This move, Chong believes, is because Robredo’s camp can’t destroy him so they’re trying their chances on the Supreme Court. He is challenging them to bring out all they can on the September 13 hearing.




Desperate Move to Silence Chong

Robredo’s camp is desperate  to prove that he is a representative of Marcos so that he will be under the gag order as well, according to Chong. He is saying that they could not fight the knowledge of the fraud in the elections spreading. They may have paid the mainstream media, but they cannot handle the social media, according to Chong. Consequently, they are trying to silence him.



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Bongbong Marcos is Stunned by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Caguioa’s Declaration

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Supreme Court or the PET denies the urgent motion to investigate the unethical outing of the PET revisors with VP Robredo’s representative. It said that the tribunal already looked into it and concluded its probe into the party. This statement from the PET confirms Vice President Robredo’s announcement that the PET had already investigated into the questioned swimming party. Bongbong Marcos is stunned why only Robredo knew about the said declaration. Not even the media knew about its verdict.






Youtube video by; Radyo Pilipinas 738

[VIDEO]:  Kampo ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos Jr., nagulat sa deklarasyon ng PET




Bongbong Marcos is Stunned

Marcos questions the propriety of the presence of Robredo’s revisor Osmundo Abuyuan in the outing. He said in his plea that to fraternize with a revisor was prohibited by the PET or the election tribunal of the Supreme Court. It is prescribed in the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel and the Canon of Judicial Ethics. In a resolution dated July 10, 2018, the PET denies Marcos’ motion. It justifies its answer by saying that the investigation is already done. Erwin Tulfo reacts by saying why there’s no update to the public on this regard.




Caguioa‘s Role

Marcos enumerates some of the orders issued by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Caguioa which show his one-sidedness especially when it comes to penalties or fees. Almost all of his rulings are in Robredo’s favor. Nevertheless, Marcos makes it a point to comply and respect its decisions but cannot contain its unfairness.

The PET’s Declaration

The PET, in the same resolution, also orders the Commission on Elections to file its own comment on Robredo’s motion. It urges for the use of the 25 percent ballot shading threshold in the recount. The Office of the Solicitor General, who represents the government in court cases, disagrees with the position of the COMELEC on the issue and sided with Marcos. The OSG urges the PET to junk Robredo’s appeal and upholds its resolution. SolGen Jose Calida said that valid votes are those with at least 50 percent shading.









Robredo’s Camp Updated with the PET

Robredo said that “A [CCTV] footage confirms that Mr. Miranda, Marcos’ revisor leaves the bag of snacks on the fourth floor of the building for the swimming event.” Although she fails to specify which building. “The revisors of protestant Marcos were also invited to the said outing. In fact, prior thereto, no less than one of the supervisors of protestant Marcos, Mr. Roderick Miranda, sent some snacks for the proposed outing,” she added. Robredo slams Marcos for urging the PET to investigate the outing. She stresses that a probe has already been conducted where “some of the personalities involved were already meted with penalties.”




The challenge to Show Proof to the Supreme Court

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, a spokesperson of Marcos challenges Robredo’s camp to produce an “authentic” CCTV footage.  “We challenge Mrs. Leni Robredo to go ahead and produce such footage provided it is authentic and not another product of her many lies,” he said. “We have shown pictures of how she has corrupted PET head revisors and pictures don’t lie. To date, all she has are alibis and more lies. She’s already caught and yet she is still making excuses,” he added.




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Supreme Court Revisors’ Outing: Can they Celebrate with Robredo’s Rep while Leaving Filipinos in the Dark?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Romulo Macalintal’s lie that the camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos sent food to their outing with the Supreme Court or PET revisors in Calamba, Laguna meets the fury of Erwin Tulfo on air. In the first place, they do not have the right to celebrate or unwind while leaving Filipinos in the dark with their gag order. Atty. Vic Rodriguez is right to say that the activity violates its own ruling.






Youtube video by;  Erwin Tulfo

[VIDEO]:  MGA PATAY GUTOM NA REVISOR NG PET AT TAUHAN NI LENI ROBREDO NAGSI-LAMON AT NAG-OUTING SA LAGUNA




Outing Probe

The camp of Bong Bong Marcos recently asks the Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to probe the recent swimming party. Some of the PET revisors or at least Head Revisors who determine the number of votes that can go to either party in the ongoing recount were there. The others were the chief tabulator, alternate head revisor, appraiser and at least six ballot box custodians and their chief. It just happens that a revisor of Vice President Leni Robredo was also present in the said event. There were a total of 24 people from the Supreme Court in the controversial excursion.




Facebook Leak

Marcos learned about the outing through the Facebook account of PET Head Revisor Maria Katrina (Che-Che) Rosales. She posted the photos of the “Pansol outing” on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The picture in her account shows the 24 PET personnel together with Osmundo “Ritchie” Abuyuan who is one of the revisors of Robredo. Marcos added that on July 2, Rosales, in an apparent attempt to “to rectify her mistake of publicly posting the incriminating photos of their ‘Pansol outing’,” deleted the photos from her Facebook account.


A Violation of the Judicial Ethics

It is prohibited to fraternize with the party revisor for the Protestee by the Tribunal because such act is prescribed by the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel. It is also stated in the Canon of Judicial Ethics,” Marcos said in his petition. The “Pansol outing” implies that Robredo’s camp already has the favor with these PET personnel. That can allow them to manipulate, influence and control the revision proceedings and maneuver the results to her advantage, said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson.









Marcos’ Doubts

Protestant Marcos now questions the ongoing judicial recount and revision proceedings. They can’t blame him to think that there can be compromises in the results. Given that the same is done by the very same PET personnel who appear to be in cahoots with the Robredo’s camp. The role of the Head Revisors is crucial in the ongoing revision of votes. This is because they are the ones who preside over their respective revision committees and control the conduct of the judicial recounting of ballots.




http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040823




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Bongbong Marcos Complies with the PET’s Protest Gag Ruling while Robredo is in Denial

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos through his lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that they respect the PET’s ruling on their alleged protest gag ruling violation. They are in full compliance. However, for his part, he explained that he was merely making “observations” and not “prejudgments” on the case.  This is his manifestation in his compliance document.






Youtube video by;  Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos Complies with the Gag Ruling while Robredo is in Denial.




Marcos’ Observations

The former senator insisted that his claims of wet ballots and “missing” audit logs reported by media on the first day of the recount were “limited to his personal observation of what transpired during the revision.” “To be sure, the legal counsels of the protestant repeatedly requested that the Adhoc Revision Committee of this Honorable Tribunal to issue media advisories in connection with the ongoing proceedings so that they will not be forced to grant an interview in order to clarify the developments in this election protest,” he added.




Electoral Protest Update

Marcos accuses Robredo of committing electoral fraud to win the vice presidency in the 2016 national elections. Recount on his poll protest started on April 2 and is currently ongoing at the Supreme Court compound in Manila.




Robredo’s Denial

Robredo, through her legal counsel Romulo Macalintal, filed their compliance on the show cause order on April. They maintained that her camp has not “given sensitive information” to the public on the ongoing vote recount. The vice president’s camp also argued that they were merely “correcting” misinformation spread by Marcos’ camp, citing the former senator’s statement that there were wet ballots and missing audit logs discovered on April 2, the first day of the recount.









Protest Gag Ruling vs. Transparency

The PET reminded the two parties that they had earlier been ordered to “strictly observe” the sub judice rule in a resolution dated February 13. The directive was reiterated in another resolution on March 20. However, the people need transparency on this issue. Given that this is a top public interest at this time.




https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/06/26/1828117/pet-fines-marcos-robredo-p50k-public-remarks-electoral-case




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How to Save Leni Robredo’s Credibility when Mission to Block Bongbong Marcos Fails?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

In the beginning, it can be believable that VP Leni Robredo is innocent with such election frauds allegedly perpetrated by her political party. However, the point that she let her lawyer, Atty. Macalintal’s stands in the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos dictate her every move is a manifestation that she allows herself to be used. Take it into consideration that she is also a lawyer. She cannot blame it on LP or Macalintal later on when she needs to concede to Marcos. Besides, she’s very vocal demonizing the former Senator and swears to block him by all means. Her credibility is definitely on the line.





Youtube video by; Kumpletong Sangkap

[VIDEO]: These are compilations of events that feature VP Leni Robredo’s struggles in blocking Bongbong Marcos’ Vice Presidency bid.




SC Must Not Permit Free-Riding

“With all due respect, since Robredo did not contribute any share in the expenses and supplies for the undertaking, it is unfair, unjust and inequitable that she was allowed by the PET to obtain soft copies of the decrypted images of the ballots, election returns, audit logs and other relevant documents for the pilot protest,” Marcos’ motion stated. Robredo must also shoulder the expenses for the decryption process, he added.




Macalintal’s Views

To have copies of the documents for both parties is standard practice in the spirit of transparency and fairness,  Macalintal said. The soft copies can surely help both parties to protect their rights. However, in the spirit of decency, Robredo should have paid a part of the cost.




Grave Error by the SC

“With all due respect, this Honorable Tribunal committed a grave error when it allowed Robredo to secure decrypted copies of the ballot images, election returns, audit logs and other relevant documents,” Marcos said on his December 4 motion. This wrong move by the PET coincides with the suspicion. There’s apparently an LP force that delays the process in the Supreme Court. Robredo simply rides along with it. Besides, the en banc is not only one justice’s decision. The recount in February 2018 puts her credibility at risk.

http://www.new.carelinkwebpr.com/2017/12/bongbong-marcos-motion-is-not-to-delay-protest-but-stop-robredos-abuses/

 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/637147/bongbong-marcos-pet-committed-grave-error-in-allowing-robredo-to-secure-copies-of-ballot-images/story/

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Macalintal’s Disclosure on Bongbong Marcos’ Election Recount Consequence Suspicious

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Romulo Macalintal said it first that the election recount of Bongbong Marcos’ protest against VP Leni Robredo is at the second week of February. The review of ballots from the contested clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the vice president’s home province, is the priority. The retrieval is on January 22, 2018. The Supreme Court finally confirms it the next day.






Video by;  Eagle News

[VIDEO]: VP manual vote recount in 3 provinces to start in February 2018




Macalintal’s Disclosure

Macalintal explains that if Marcos could not prove any irregularity from the three pilot provinces, his protest is to be dismissed for lack of merit. Marcos’ three pilot provinces are Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. For Camarines Sur alone, Macalintal said that P9.6 million is chargeable to Marcos’ cash deposit for the retrieval of ballots, salaries, and allowances of employees, security, transportation, and other expenses.




Meeting on Election Recount Regulations

Macalintal and Marcos’ lawyer, George Garcia, was at the SC for a  meeting on the regulations governing the recount of votes. A tour of the venue for the recount process followed. Macalintal is confident that the recount will “confirm and affirm the victory of Robredo as VP in the May 2016 elections.



Accurate Count

If the recount of ballots for local elective officials matches with the official election results, a national position would be similar. This is because the ballots used for the local and national elective positions are the same. They are counted and tallied by the same VCMs and CCS, said Macalintal.








Disclosure or Sabotage?

Many wondered why Macalintal announces the recount date first before the Supreme Court. He also insinuates that the recount results for the pilot areas would be the same as the final tallies. He based his disclosure on the past recounts since 2010. Doubts about his camp’s honesty loom because of his overconfidence. They asked why he is so sure of his insights if they have not done any moves to make sure that both results are identical? For sure, advocate for a clean election, Atty. Glenn Chong is on vigil with the recount processes as Macalintal acted suspiciously.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/635450/vp-poll-recount-to-begin-in-february-2018/story/

Ballot recount expected in February, says Robredo lawyer

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Marcos Camp’s Atty. George Garcia Corrects Macalintal’s Election Protest Assumptions

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos’s lawyer, Atty. George Garcia reiterates that he partly agrees with the assumptions of VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal. That the recount can take 7 months or more. In fact, some protests are already over when the ruling is made. However, the Marcos Camp is ready for the lengthy process. They are practical about it. That’s why they pursue the case. This is an opportunity to improve the country’s digital election system. It’s a crucial test to be logical on what to do with Smartmatic. Given that it is the only national protest that reaches the full payment stage.





Video by;  Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Atty. George Garcia for the Marcos Camp explains that the process of their election protest against VP Leni Robredo is indeed very long. It’s the first-ever national protest that can proceed. Even Mar Roxas’ protest against Binay is not at par because the latter only paid Php 300,000.




Macalintal’s Insistence

Macalintal butt in when Garcia explains that the whole recount process is a lengthy one. The 7 months estimate of Garcia does not include the collection of ballots, shipping, and other procedures. Atty. Garcia is gracious enough to agree with this in reality. But made some corrections.




The Only Surviving National Election Protest

Atty. Garcia clarifies that there may be lots of election protests on the local level since 201o but it’s in 2016 that there are Senatorial and VP race protests. Among these cases in the national front, it’s only Bongbong Marcos who has paid in full. They also do not assume that they can win immediately after the payment.



No Recount has Changed the Result in the Past

Macalintal stresses that in the past, no recount has made a revision on the final vote counts. The image printing may be an expensive process but previously, it did not make a difference in the official count. Garcia said that this may be the case but it is important for the country to make use of Marcos’ case to improve future automated elections in the future especially at the national level. Presidential at that.









Win or Lose is Acceptable

The Marcos Camp is grateful enough that the case continues. The results of the recounts in pilot provinces are the only things that matter for Supreme Court to rule if the election protest versus the Vice President has merits. So, other motions like the ARMM tech test must be out of the way. Perhaps, Marcos’ protest can help to decide on Smartmatic’s faith in 2019 which Macalintal defensively said to not blame it for alleged anomalies.

http://www.new.carelinkwebpr.com/2017/11/only-bongbong-marcos-election-protest-complied-with-full-payment-despite-sc-cjs-impeachment/

Atty. Garcia and Atty. Macalintal on COMELEC Chief Abas and Status of PET Contest

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Denial of ARMM Tech Exam Does Not Affect Bongbong Marcos’ Pilot Provinces

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos earlier asks for a technical examination in three Mindanao provinces allegedly because of the existence of fake voters. Marcos said the revisors need to examine each and every signature in the voter’s list to make sure that the vote is cast by the real voter. Leni Robredo opposes this because those are not Marcos’ pilot provinces. Therefore, it’s denial is not a big deal for the Marcos Camp. Despite the long wait, the election protest against Robredo continues to roll.






Video by;  INQUIRER.net

[VIDEO]: PET kicks off discussion on Marcos poll protest, Robredo counter-protest




Stay with Pilot Provinces

Robredo’s camp said that Marcos has to content himself with the results of the recount of ballots from the three pilot provinces. Those are the basis of the PET to determine if Marcos’s protest shall proceed. Examination of other provinces can continue after that or the protest may be dismissed for lack of merit.




No Single Protest Have Won in the Past

“We are highly confident that after such recount the PET can see all the valid grounds and reasons to dismiss Marcos’ protest. Out of the hundreds of election protest cases, not a single election protest won. Particularly by any protestant on the basis of a recount of the ballots,” said Romulo Macalintal. However, the PET itself discloses that there are no other protests like Marcos’ case. In fact, it’s the only one that reaches the payment process.



Marcos is Confident that Recount Will Happen

Marcos has full confidence in the PET. This is the very reason why he files the electoral protest against Robredo. He has paid in full also prior to the deadline. This was not the case in the past protests that Macalintal talks about. Robredo, however, still has paid the second tranch of the required payment.









Dismissal of Motions are Over

Dealing with motions from both Camps is over. They now look forward to opening the ballot boxes. No amount of witnesses can ever surpass the importance of the manual recount itself. The ballots from the pilot provinces of Marcos are the ultimate judge of his victory or defeat during the last VP race against Robredo.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/634687/pet-denies-marcos-appeal-for-technical-exam-of-poll-records-from-3-armm-provinces/story/