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Lacson: SC’s P81.46 M Deposit Requirement for Marcos Electoral Protest is a System Flaw

Marcos electoral protest

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

After the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET ordered Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni to pay a total of P81.46 million for the Marcos election protest, the latter said that he will protest not to say whereas Leni Robredo’s camp said that they will issue a statement after the holidays.

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[VIDEO]: 24 Oras: Robredo at Marcos, pinagbabayad para gumulong na ang pagdinig sa election protest

Supreme Court Rule

The tribunal’s rules mandated that the cash for the protest and counter-protest is P500 for each precinct involved to bring the contested ballot boxes and election documents for the recount. Marcos requested for a manual recount of 36,365 clustered precincts while he requested for the annulment of the results of 2,756 clustered precincts. The total 38,221 clustered precincts are composed of 132,446 precincts.

SC’s Calculation

In a resolution, the tribunal required Marcos to deposit a total of P66,223,000 for the 132,446 precincts. Meanwhile, Robredo was ordered to pay P15,639,000 for the 31,278 precincts included in her counter-protest. Both camps are required to pay the cash deposit in two installments on or before Good Friday, April 14 and July 14.

Lacson’s Move

Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned a Supreme Court’s order asking the Vice Presidential rivals in the Marcos election protest to pay millions of pesos for the case to continue with the case. He calls it a system flaw that needs to be corrected.

Further Delay on Marcos Electoral Protest

Lacson explained that the winner of an election who is already harassed with a poll protest or cheated must not be made to pay an enormous amount of money to be proclaimed the winner. This is a flaw in Tthe system, Lacson thinks. “Therefore, I will study and propose legislation to correct that flawed system on electoral protests,” he said. So, further delay in the Marcos electoral protest can certainly be expected.

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Right after Vivian Velez’ Resign Leni Movement, COMELEC Got Busy with Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest

Bongbong Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

A week after protesters led by actress, Vivian Velez gathered in front of Leni Robredo’s head office in Quezon City that demand for her impeachment or resignation, it looks like the COMELEC got busy. For this week alone, Bongbong Marcos received no less than four (4) Notices from the COMELEC with regards to the electoral protest filed against Robredo.

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[VIDEO]: Giit ng actress na si Vivian Velez, sinisira ni Leni Robredo ang imahe ng bansa. Dpaty syang iimpeach kahit di sya kinikilalang tunay na Bise Presidente.

Small but Dedicated Group

Four people showed handwritten “Leni Resign”, “Leni Resign ASAP Pls” and “Oust Leni Now” signs, while another protester held a larger “Impeach Leni Resign” tarpaulin. The protesters doubled in number within less than an hour. Actress Vivian Velez arrived with four other people. The number of people who participated in the rally is rounded to 10 based on photographs but each person was a representative of their own pro-Marcos group.

Not Acceptable as VP but must be Impeached

Vivian Velez explains that even if their groups do not acknowledge Leni Robredo as Vice president, she has to be impeached because she has destroyed the image of the country. Velez refers to the video sent by Robredo to a side event of a UN conference saying wrong things about the president’s drug war.

Four Notices Received by Bongbong Marcos

1. Notice regarding the decryption of SD cards and other election data in San Antonio, Northern Samar;

2. Notice with respect to the election closure activities conducted at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna:

1) Release of VCM external batteries on 21 March 2017;
2) Stripping of unused CCS kits on 21 March 2017;
3) Stripping of used CCS kits on 27 March 2017;
4) Back-up of VCM SD cards and used CCS kits on 27 March 2017.

3. Notice informing the Supreme Court that all requests for election-related data in Siruma, Camarines Sur be addressed to the RTC concerned since the latter now has possession of the requested files.

4. Endorsement letter addressed to the PET regarding the inventory, retrieval, and delivery of election-related data in Toledo City, Cebu.


Marcos Camp’s Prompt Reply

On 23 March 2017, Bongbong Marcos sent COMELEC the names of his representatives for the election closure activities to be conducted on 21 March and 27 March 2017. After 38 weeks, they are still waiting for the PET on the following:
• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

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Bongbong Marcos Camp: Robredo Files an MR Discretely on Feb 27 to Delay Electoral Protest

Bongbong Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

No media ever reported that on February 27, 2017, the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo files a motion for reconsideration to reverse its latest ruling on her appeal to dismiss the election protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. Marcos camp is confident that the Preliminary Conference pushes through. Robredo’s move, however, is successful to delay the said protest.

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[VIDEO]: Bigo si Vice President Leni Robredo na pigilan ang Supreme Court bilang Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) na dinggin ang election protest ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos.

Move to Reverse Feb 24 Decision

In its January 24, 2017 decision, the SC said: “Marcos’ protest that questions the results in various provinces consisting of 662 municipalities and their component cities and the 2,537 clustered from 5 highly urbanised cities, contains narration of ultimate facts on the alleged irregularities and anomalies in stated areas and clustered precincts.” Robredo’s camp, in the appeal filed on February 27 argues that the said irregularities are not specified for all the areas included in Bongbong Marcos’ election protest, contrary to the SC ruling.

Depriving Marcos of his Day in Court

Marcos’ camp accuses the Vice President’s team of resorting to delaying tactics. The supposed issue can be resolved easily with more evidence to be presented as the case proceeds. They deprive Marcos of his day in court which should not be the case if they are sure that their political party did not cheat.

Innocent People Always Want their Case to be Over

Human beings normally hate long proceedings in court cases if they know by heart that they are innocent of the accusations made. Why is Vice President Leni Robredo exert efforts in such delay and not tell the public about it? The Robredo camp especially the Vice President and her lawyer, Romulo Macalintal are often very noisy about minor gossips. Why do they fail to announce that they already submit a motion for reconsideration on Feb 27, just a few days after the SC ruling?

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Clear Deception

It is now very obvious that the Vice President is indeed guilty of the accusations in the electoral protest filed against her. This is why she delays the proceeding. She even attempts to deceive the public that it is not her who is causing the delay. The people can only put the blame on the. SC. So she is also guilty in trying to tarnish the Supreme Court’s reputation.

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Bongbong Marcos Lawyer: Robredo Must Not Delay Process for Truth if there’s No Fraud Committed


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos lawyer Vic Rodriguez reminds Leni Robredo’s camp that their two motion for reconsiderations in the past before he files the Prelimininary Conference request, show that they are not consistent in their claim that there is no fraud in their part during the elections because they keep on delaying it with such moves.

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[VIDEO]: Marcos Camp lawyer, Vic Rodriguez explains the importance of filing the Preliminary Conference in Marcos’ electoral protest.

Attempts to Scrap Electoral Protest

The legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo is continue to seek ways to scrap the election protest against her because they are “afraid of the truth,” Atty. Vic Rodriguez said. The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, affirms that the election protest of Marcos is sufficient in form and substance.  Robredo’s camp plans to set to file another motion for reconsideration in a bid to reverse the resolution but up to now fails to do so.

Beyond Dispute Ruling

Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson, slams the intended motion, saying, “Despite the Tribunal’s ruling that this issue was already ‘beyond dispute’, Robredo’s legal team is still looking for ways to delay the proceedings.” Their actuations on the protest have been consistent: they are afraid of the truth, he said.  It reveals how much they tarnish and debase the true will of the Filipino people in the last Vice-Presidential race. The Robredo camp cheats their way to the vice-presidency and wants to repeat that by depriving Marcos of his day in court.

Delay Means Longer Term for Robredo

Ideally, a delayed electoral protest benefits Robredo because he retains the position in a longer time. It might label her as a cheater but she does not seem to care. She continues to discredit Bongbong Marcos by discrediting not only him but also his family. Not satisfied, she also criticizes the president for his friendship with him.

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Marcos’ Win Despite Delay

It may take a long while before Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo reaches a favorable ruling on the truth. But Marcos’ win can show to the people how the Liberal Party’s communism idealism in everything that they do. They are not really for democracy as what they always say. This also proves that no Marcos or ally is a tyrant dictator but the ones who go against them using the media manipulates the public to their advantage.

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PET Found the Protest of Bongbong Marcos to be Sufficient in Form and Substance

Bongbong Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Contrary to VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal’s press release that Marcos’ electoral protest is dismissible because he can’t make Robredo responsible for his “general” allegations of electoral frauds and irregularities, PET rules that the protest contains narrations of ultimate facts on such anomalies in the questionable clustered precincts. Marcos can now move on to prove his allegations in due time,” the PET discloses.

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[VIDEO]: Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos files a motion to set his election protest for preliminary conference.

Deliberations on the Proofs Submitted

Since the Tribunal finds the protest sufficient in form and substance, the process can now move to the emphasis of the veracity of the Marcos’ allegations. Marcos must prove the accusations with concrete evidence. The protest gets theTribunal’s go signal to proceed and give the protestant the opportunity to prove his case according to the 2010 PET Rules.”

Questions on Certificates of Canvass

The tribunal also dismisses Robredo’s claim that Marcos improperly raises the authenticity and due execution of certificates of canvass (COCs). They are the basis for vote tallies for the vice presidential post. Robredo must contest the issue in a pre-proclamation case filed before Congress acting as the National Board of Canvassers or NBOC.

Disqualification of the Vice President

The Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution relative to Rule 13 of the 2010 PET Rules provides that the Tribunal shall be the sole judge of all elections contests relating to the election, returns, and disqualifications of the President or Vice President of the Philippines. The phrase ‘election, returns and qualifications’ refers to all matters affecting the validity of the contestee’s title. That includes questions in the validity, authenticity, and correctness of the COCs,” the tribunal explains.

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Bongbong Marcos Pleased with the Development

Although the tribunal denies Marcos’ bid to set aside Robredo’s response to the poll protest due to its late response. PET records showed Robredo received the summons and election protest on August 3, 2016, and not on August 2 as stated by the vice president in her response to the protest. Robredo has until August 13, 2016 to file her answer; but since August 13, 2016 is a Saturday, the filing of verified answer and counter-protest on August 15, 2016 is timely. Marcos’ legal spokesman Victor Rodriguez announces that despite of that, Bongbong Marcos is pleased with the decision.