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Bongbong Marcos not Scared of P2.08-B Comelec Expenses for Election Protest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Romulo Macalintal is noted to scare off Bongbong Marcos with extreme expenses that Comelec might incur due to his election protest. This sounds unfair but since Marcos has a multitude of supporters willing to shell out money, who can be scared?

[VIDEO]: Kampo ni Robredo pagbayarin ang si Bongbong Marcos ng 2 bilyon, gagawa kahit anong paraan

Who’s Liable for Comelec Expenses?

In their motion, Robredo’s lawyers asked the PET to direct the Comelec to clarify who should pay for the expenses mentioned in an earlier manifestation. Following an order from the PET, the Comelec provided an itemized list of expenses to pay under its contracts concerning the May 2016 automated elections.

Estimated Amount

The Comelec expects to pay up to P2.08 billion due to the failure to return the 97,365 vote-counting machines (VCMs) to technology provider Smartmatic on time. Aside from this, it also informed the PET that it is liable to pay a monthly fee of P5.62 million for the rental and operational expenses of its Sta Rosa, Laguna warehouse.

Macalintal’s Scary Tactic

Macalintal reiterates that Marcos’ protest against Robredo causes the tremendous expenses. One of the requests is to conduct a technical examination and forensic investigation of the VCMs. And these VCMs are those used in all 92,508 clustered precincts.

The Loyalists’ Vow

It is evident in Marcos loyalists’ social media groups in the country and overseas that most of them are willing to contribute some amount that they can afford to let the case go forward. However, Marcos never asks such favor from his supporters. It is not a secret that he has enough supporters from the wealthy sector. Prayers are more crucial right now. Money is an easy problem for him to solve.