Bongbong Marcos through lawyer George Edwin Garcia asks the electoral tribunal to proceed with his case by setting the preliminary conference in motion and ordering the retrieval of ballot boxes so the electoral protest can finally move forward. Garcia said it has been nine months since the filing of the protest and the tribunal is yet to schedule the preliminary conference date and agenda.
Youtube video by; What’sNowPH
[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has deemed that the complaint of Bongbong Marcos over cheating in last year’s VP race has presented enough merit to be reviewed. The resolution reads, “The protest is only sufficient for the tribunal to proceed and give the protestant the opportunity to prove his case in accordance with the 2010 PET rules.”
In those nine months, destabilization efforts against the administration have been continuously waged. Several plots on destabilizing the government have emerged which are not to public interest. There is clearly a well-funded concerted effort to undermine the administration. Robredo’s recent video message on the unfounded extrajudicial killings caused angered patriotic countrymen, Garcia wrote in a statement
No Tolerance for Robredo
The electoral tribunal “should not tolerate the duplicity of Robredo who insists that she won the vice presidential race but opposes every move to prevent the truth from coming out. Garcia said. “Robredo cannot have it both ways. She cannot keep claiming that she won the elections fair and square and yet, behind everyone’s back, she keeps finding ways to stop the truth from coming out,” he added.
The evidence of Marcos is the same evidence that Robredo has by now since the filing of the electoral protest. Asking for such evidence that she already knew beforehand is a big foul. People cannot help but wonder why she does not want the proceeding to move forward. Does she want to know the truth or not?
The illegitimate VP is obviously buying time and it is up to the Supreme Court to tolerate her delaying the process. One thing is for sure, the people want the truth right now. As various groups start to organize protests for SC to move quickly, the country can never be at peace thinking that a fake VP is traveling around sabotaging the economy of the Philippines. She must be stopped or at least, declare her as real VP or not.
It can be felt online especially in the President’s groups via social media and Marcos loyalists’ Facebook pages that they are tired of waiting for the Supreme Court to set the Preliminary Conference in motion so that the recount in the electoral protest agenda can start. They call on to support Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s pronouncement on not calling Robredo as Vice President because she is not the duly elected VP instead.
Youtube video by; News5Everywhere
[VIDEO]: Mahihirapan daw na maisulong ang planong impeachment laban kay VP Robredo ngayong nagsalita na si Pangulong Du30. Yan ay ayon kay Senate Pres. Koko Pimentel.
Not Duly Elected VP
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that he could not consider Robredo the country’s second highest official. Although he has no one in mind for her replacement, he wants her impeached. In radio and television interviews Alvarez did not call Robredo vice president. He said it’s because he’s not sure if she really won in the May 2016 elections.
Robredo Puts the Country into Bad Light
Alvarez clarifies his conviction that the Vice President betrayed public trust when she sent a video message to the United Nations that extrajudicial killings and human rights violations are committed in the President’s drug war. He stressed that her pronouncements put Du30 and the country in a bad light before the international community.
As a human rights lawyer, Robredo noted that the impeachment against her seems to be an attack on her freedom to dissent. “There is nothing wrong with speaking dissent, she claims. It is our right, sometimes our burden,” she admits. But she also forgot that speaking about unconfirmed state-sponsored killings in the international community is disastrous to the economy of the nation.
Multitude of Du30-Marcos Supporters
Alvarez’s decision in not recognizing Leni Robredo as Vice President is also followed by many supporters of Bongbong Marcos and the President. However, respect is still there because he calls her Lady Robredo. This is contrary to PRRD-BBM loyalists who call her Lugaw, Fake VP, and more names that are too negative.
Leni Robredo said in a radio interview it is too early for both her and the president to face impeachments. They have not completed their one year in office yet. It is not only unfair to them but chaotic for the country to go through another political process after a bitterly fought election. Two groups already file impeachment cases against Robredo for publicly criticizing the administration’s drug war. A separate case was filed against the President over deaths linked to the campaign which is proven false by CHR recently.
Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[VIDEO]: Leni Robredo shared the stance of the President that it is too early in their terms to be facing impeachment complaints.
Impeachment is Unfair to Both
Robredo said that she shares the President’s view. It’s indeed too early but PDu30 cannot stop solons who want her impeached. It is their right to file such cases. We have just come from a political exercise, then we are moving to another political exercise which is not only unfair to both but to the nation as well, she said.
Past Impeachments Divide the Nation
Past impeachment processes divided the nation, Robredo said. It can get too divisive. It can polarize supporters. At the end of the day, the country, she added. The last impeachment trial was in 2012 with the conviction of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona who already dies. He was accused of understating his wealth on his incomplete SALN which many politicians did at that time. He was singled-out. Many hated Pnoy after his death.
As a long-time human rights lawyer before running for public office Robredo noted the impeachment against her seems to be an attack on the freedom to dissent. “There is nothing wrong with speaking dissent, she claims. It is our right, sometimes our burden,” she admits.
Better to Watch How Impeachments Progress
The questionable Vice president has yet to receive copies of the impeachments filed against her. So, she cannot really go down into the details of the complaints. These manifested after her video to the UN side event in Vienna. Pro-administration lawmakers are confident that they have the number to finally impeach her but must wait until the congress resumes in May.
Just as when COMELEC starts to cooperate with the details of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo, she once again submitted a motion for reconsideration as a delaying tactic to stay in power longer. This triggers Marcos to response to PET urging SC to set the preliminary conference without delay.
Youtube video by; Eagle News
[VIDEO]: Isinumite na ng kampo ni dating Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos ang kaniyang reply sa motion ni Vice President Leni Robredo na pumipigil sa Korte Suprema na magsagawa ng preliminary conference sa electoral protest na isinampa ng dating senador sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal.
Junk Robredo’s Appeal
Bongbong Marcos asks the Supreme Court or SC that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET, to implement its ruling last January to allow his poll protest against Leni Robredo to proceed. Marcos urges the PET to junk Robredo’s appeal. He refers to it as another delaying or dilatory tactic to stay longer in power illegally.
Bongbong Marcos to Robredo: Stop False Claims
Marcos warns Robredo that she cannot keep on claiming that she won the elections honestly and “yet, behind everyone’s back, she keeps on stopping the truth to come out.” Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal earlier denied they use dilatory tactics but actions speak louder than words.
The PET previously junked Robredo’s bid to dismiss Marcos’ poll protest for issues that have been resolved by Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers or NBOC. The tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction over the case and the protest was sufficient in form and substance. It takes into account the narrations of real facts on the alleged irregularities and anomalies in questionable clustered precincts.
Marcos now calls on the PET to order the immediate collection, retrieval, transport and delivery of all ballot boxes from all 36,465 clustered precincts and set the case for preliminary conference to start the recount at the soonest possible time. COMELEC just needs the direction of PET on how and when this could be facilitated.
Foreign analysts evade questions that insinuate the Philippine President’s alleged cause for the weak peso, Emilio Neri Jr., vice president and lead economist of the Bank of the Philippine Islands said that it is hard to tell if domestic political factors affect it. The growing certainty of a US Federal rate hike could likely play into the foreign exchange market. The rising import requirements due to higher oil prices is also another factor, he said.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: BT: Palitan ng piso kontra dolyar, muling pumalo sa P50 matapos ang 10 taon
US Interest Rate Hike
The dollar held broad gains as the risk of US interest rate hike slugged sovereign bonds and commodities recently. It even manages to sour Wall Street’s party as the reality of rising borrowing costs sinks in.
The Philippine peso dives to more than 10-year low against the US dollar last week. It is mainly blamed on the Hawkish talk by the Federal Reserve with regards to raising interest rates this month in the world’s largest economy. As it closed at P50.40, is is the highest close since Sept. 12, 2006 ” said Neri Jr.
It is a delight for overseas Filipino workers that the US dollar they send to their families back home can go a long way. They actually send little for more peso exchange rates. It is a relief that they can stick to one job abroad and not work too hard for a bigger yield for their loved ones.
Needless to say, it is also opposite to importers of goods for local consumption. Business people have no choice but to increase the prices of their imported commodities. The economy can still be in the balance if most Filipinos learn to patronize local products. Leave the imported stuff to the rich ones. The price of gasoline, however, affects everybody.