VP Electoral Protestant, Bongbong Marcos rushes to the Supreme Court after he realizes that it’s already May 2018 which makes his case against Vice President Leni Robredo already two years in the process. He wants to know if there’s anything he can do to fast-track the recount. The people should know already by now who exactly is the real second leader, Marcos said. It is also important to track down entities responsible for anomalies if there’s any. This is crucial to prevent such irregularities from happening again, he added.
[VIDEO]: Former Senator Bongbong Marcos talks to the media
Supreme Court Needs to Find Ways
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos said he hopes to help the Supreme Court find ways to speed up the investigation on the recount of votes for the vice presidency before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). He wants to know how he could help. That is the reason for his presence at the SC.
Marcos, who filed an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, commemorates the second anniversary of the May 2016 national elections by speaking to the media at the SC. He is clad by many of his supporters. The vote recount started only last April but is progressing really slow with a lot of hiccups.
Robredo, on the other hand, also asks the Supreme Court to follow the threshold set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for shading of ballots. The shading threshold set by Comelec was at 25 percent. However, the PET declared a 50 percent threshold in the case between Marcos and Robredo perhaps to eliminate machine-generated votes.
All Out Support
The Marcos loyalists nationwide are all out when supporting their VP bet in 2016 until now. Due to the gag order that prohibits both camps from speaking about the progress of the recount, they become very creative in showing off their forces. Actions speak louder than words so they say. In fact, the INC, that is the largest chunk of Marcos’ voters grabs the Guinness World Record for the longest human sentence recently.
A week prior to the recount, this is a hot topic in social media. Nothing can beat the thickness of Vice President Leni Robredo’s face. This is after she said that all the winners of the 2016 elections including President Rodrigo Du30 are affected with Majority Leader Senator Tito Sotto expose. Previously, the Supreme Court already set aside the first course of action on Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest that questions the integrity of the automated poll system of Smartmatic to pave the way for the recount on March 19, 2018. However, Senator Nancy Binay’s resolution on the issue enables the Senate to investigate then the Congress follows suit.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: VP Robredo, iginiit na apektado ang lahat ng kandidato sakaling totoo ang isiniwalat ni Sen. Sotto.
How Different is Fraud?
Robredo said that Sotto’s claims appear to be different from the grounds of her rival, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, in his electoral protest against her victory in the May 2016 polls. Both point out that they have evidence of digital manipulation that only the ruling party at that time is capable of orchestrating. Although, she did not elaborate on the subject.
Favorable to Marcos
Marcos congratulates Senator Sotto for bringing the “election anomalies” to the public. Robredo, on the other hand, proposes an independent body to look into Sotto’s allegations.
The Senate & the Congress VS. the Supreme Court
The co-equal branches of the government seem to be on a power struggle at the moment. Firstly, Senator Tito Sotto III claims in his privilege speech to receive information that the 2016 polls were tainted with irregularities. The early transmissions of votes and alleged proof of “foreign access” in the election servers are among the issues raised. Then, the House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez also laid out the analysis of the cheating reports that coincide with Marcos’ protest. Lastly, the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces an impeachment case. Robredo takes this as a quick way to get rid of her.
One Week Before the Recount
A week prior to the recount set on March 19, 2018. Marcos continues to attend to social invitations from groups that consider him as the legitimate Vice President. Meanwhile, Vice President Robredo tries very hard to bring down with her the President who is in alliance with the Marcoses. The people can only guess the next development.
Rumors of government destabilization loom as the Vice Presidential electoral protest recount nears. However, in reality, the networks behind the anti-administration stunts cannot overpower their opposition that is presently in authority. Therefore, logical minds have the guts to express their true sentiments and support. This is evident in Bonondo during the Chinese New Year celebration. The emcee calls on Bongbong Marcos as the next Vice President of the Philippines.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos celebrates the Chinese New Year amidst adoring fans at the celebration in Binondo.
New Vice President in Baguio
Bongbong and Gov. Imee Marcos’ were earlier in the Baguio Flower Festival where their popularity surges as Gov. Imee introduces her brother as the Vice President of the Philippines. Some can’t help but raise their eyebrows but again, the Marcoses are in alliance with the current President. No one can stop them from making their stand public.
Side by Side with the Government
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is on tour nowadays. She is also hot in social media interviews. Pro-administration bloggers back her up. No doubt, she’s preparing for the Senatorial race in 2019. It is not surprising if she runs under the President’s party because of the obvious alliance between them. A press conference even features her side by side with Presidential spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque while they address current national issues. The Marcoses and Du30 are definitely not taking their detractors sitting down.
The Supreme Court Justice’s Plight
Another indication that the pro-administration players are stronger than their enemies is evident in the Supreme Court. All the 13 magistrates are united in asking their Chief Justice Maria Lourdes-Sereno to take an indefinite leave of absence while facing the impeachment trial.
Confidence Behind the Binondo Stunt
Bongbong Marcos explains in his 5th series video that the Chinese community was first recognized during the time of his father. Their undeniable contribution to the economy is never overlooked. This is the reason why the Marcoses still have many supporters from the Filipino-Chinese faction, particularly in Binondo.
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.
Vice President Leni Robredo was not invited to welcome any of the foreign leaders as they arrived in the country. This role is traditionally given to past Philippine vice presidents. The members of the Du30 Cabinet welcomed the world leaders instead. However, while the VP did not serve any official functions during the 31st ASEAN Summit, she attended the opening ceremony. Robredo also delivered a keynote speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Solaire Resort and Casino. It’s not a big deal for her not having an official function. She would need a lot of time to prepare for Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against her now that the recount is due to happen anytime soon.
[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the closing keynote at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit held Tuesday, November 14.
The VP’s Mandate
The vice president in Philippine politics has no specific mandate to perform in the Cabinet or in government. He or she normally attends ceremonial functions. Political tensions arise if the vice president maneuvers to undermine the president. It is detrimental if the VP supports the opposition. Complications happen if the VP intends to be president. The second leader’s every action perceives as partisan and can be harmful to the president’s political interest.
Robredo’s Own Initiative
Robredo urged ASEAN businessmen to help micro, small, and medium enterprises have easier access to fair trade and unclogged value chains during her keynote speech. The Vice President then met with representatives of women’s business organizations in Asia on the sidelines of the ABIS.
Must Strengthen her Defense
Robredo, who resigned as Housing Czar currently has no Cabinet duties. She has all the time in the world to strengthen her legal defense in the election protest case filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos. The President’s alliance with Marcos is just not helping her ultimate quest to stay in power.
Action is Obvious
Du30 could have reviewed the functions of the office of the vice president already if the second most powerful leader after him is his preferred heir, Bongbong Marcos. He can begin by broadening the VP office’s mandate, identifying the government body that will be headed by the vice president, and specifying the duties that will be the basis to demand accountability from the country’s second-highest official. It’s the opposite now with Robredo. Her exposures are obviously minimized. She should already get the hint that the forces are working against her.