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Bongbong Marcos: COMELEC Must Pay Election Storage Fees at Overseas Posts


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos responds respectfully that COMELEC must defray for or pay the election ballot storage fees overseas because it’s their mandate to safeguard these materials. It is unfair to charge it against his paid deposits for the recount. This is not the first time that the poll agency’s incompetence is put on the line. Eary this year, it also failed to secure its database from alleged hackers.

Youtube video from; GMA News

[VIDEO]: Bautista, pinakakasuhan dahil sa nangyaring pangha-hack sa COMELEC website

Primary Guardian

Marcos said that as the primary guardian of the election, it is the duty of the COMELEC to protect these ballots. Therefore the claims for payments of their storage by the consular offices must be dealt with accordingly. It is not only constitutional but doing so means that the agency adheres to the rules and regulations of the land.

Incompetent Leadership

Early last year, there was a recommendation that the COMELEC must be charged with negligence due to the hacking incident that leaks out the election database to the public. Chairman Andres Bautista thinks that this is unfair because authorities must punish the criminal and not the victim. However, Bautista must also be liable for his negligence.

Unfair Process

The former Senator questions why the overseas storage fees will be charged against his deposits when the Supreme Court clearly orders that the fees are for the retrieval of ballots. This should refer to the precincts mentioned his electoral protest against Leni Robredo. Particularly the ones in his three pilot provinces.


It is an injustice for COMELEC to insist that the said fees be taken from the 66 M Pesos he already paid.  It is their job in the first place to make sure that they are safe and not tampered with. Otherwise, this will violate the PET’s aim to facilitate the electoral protest in a speedy and inexpensive manner.

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Robredo’s P7 M Counter Protest Balance Overpowered by Quick P443.946 M OVP Budget


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos earlier asks the Supreme Court to dismiss the counter-protest of Vice President Leni Robredo over his electoral protest. The Marcos camp stresses Robredo’s failure to pay the first tranche of ₱8 M on time. Eventually, she settled it at a later date. Now, the second tranche of  ₱7 M is long overdue. The deadline is not yet set by the PET. Marcos seems to ignore this but his supporters question the SC’s leniency towards the VP. That is even followed by the swift approval of her P443.946 M OVP budget by the House of Representatives appropriations committee.

Youtube video from; News5Everywhere

[VIDEO]: VP Leni Robredo, nagpaliwanag kaugnay sa budget ng OVP

Personal Attendance

Vice President Leni Robredo personally attends the House appropriations committee budget hearing. Chairperson Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the committee would dispense with the presentation of the budget as a courtesy to Robredo.

Ally Moved to Dispense

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman also moves to dispense with the OVP’s budget deliberation. “We move to dispense with the presentation of the budget. This is a due courtesy to the Office of the Vice President,” Lagman said. Lagman is known for his criticizing the first 100 days of the Du30 administration and the President’s war on drugs.

3% Increase

Robredo said the OVP’s budget may have increased by three percent, but it incurred a huge cut on its maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE). The OVP proposesP443.946 million for 2018. That is up by 3.58 percent from P428.618 million in 2017. This is net of the Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums. The MOOE of the OVP, however, went down by 2.32 percent. The MOOE of P357.324 million in 2017 decreases to P349.029 million for 2018.

OVP Money Matters

This news about the OVP’s money matters is very timely just after Robredo’s petition to the SC to allow them to help her settle her counter protest balance was rejected by PET. People can’t help but connect this with her money problems. One thing is certain. Her office will be under close watch as far as auditing is concerned.

House panel approves OVP budget in less than 2 minutes

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Will Bongbong Marcos Ignore Referral Fees Received by Comelec Chair from Divina, Smartmatic?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Patricia Paz Bautista, the estranged wife of Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said that her husband received at least P500,000 in referral fees from Smartmatic Corp. This is through Divina Law firm as per the commission sheet. The Chairman denies this by saying that before his election post, he’s already referring real-estate clients to Divina. It already has an existing relationship with Smartmatic. Bongbong Marcos also said that it’s better to investigate the matter than drawing up speculations. He might not want to get involved with the fiasco but he cannot ignore the fact that this allegation supports the first part of his election protest against Leni Robredo that involves the Comelec-Smartmatic anomalies.

Youtube video from; ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]: Comelec chairman Andy Bautista refuted claims that he received a “referral fee” from DivinaLaw in respect to Smartmatic. He also said that when he became Comelec chairman in 2015, Smartmatic is already the technology provider for the elections.

The Chairman’s Defense

It is unclear when Chairman Bautista received the referral fees. He points out that Smartmatic has been the Comelec’s technology provider since 2010 or five years before he was appointed the chairman of the election body. DivinaLaw is just one of the many law firms engaged by Smartmatic, Bautista added. However, prior to his existing post, he was PCGG Chairman. That is still covered by the law that government officials must not receive favors that can jeopardize their responsibilities for the public.

Impeachment Grounds

Mrs. Bautista also said that her lawyers told her that Bautista could be liable for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act. They could be grounds for impeachment. She explained that her findings might lead to a much bigger crime. It is not certain if she insinuates Marcos’ protest against Robredo but it is the hottest event right now on the matter.

Legal Proceedings

Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque comments that Bautista’s admission for receiving such fees made him liable for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. He is a public official. Therefore, he is not allowed under the law to receive any gift or consideration from anybody who has an interest in his office, Roque said. The National Bureau of Investigation launches a probe into Bautista’s finances. It is not surprising that the commissions from Smartmatic cast doubts on all elections supervised by the Comelec chief.

Law on Evidence

It might be premature for Marcos to get involved in the allegations thrown at the Comelec Chair. Most evidence for his protest is already submitted to PET. Should the legal findings of the proceedings made against Bautista are confirmed positive, these can add as both physical and public evidence on the case. In paper or physical as per law that supports the public’s general interest. The recount will just be a formality.

Andy got P500K from Smartmatic – wife

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Cases against Patricia Bautista also Cloud Bongbong Marcos’ Election Recount


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Lorna Kapunan said that the camp of the Comelec chair Andres Bautista is filing several charges against his wife, Patricia Bautista to confuse the public. Kapunan stresses that chairman Bautista is confusing the narrative of the case. He sued his wife for robbery and extortion. A cyber crime case against the lawyer herself is even also filed. With these ongoing, Bongbong Marcos’ election protest proceeding seems to be on a halt. No matter how Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal denies it, the Bautista issues also cloud the recount bid of Marcos.

Youtube video from; ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]: The Bautista family saga continues now with Atty. Lorna Kapunan, the legal adviser of Patricia Bautista, saying that the camp of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andy Bautista is trying to “cloud the issue.”

Shooting the Messenger

Bautista’s camp seems to be very busy filing bizarre cases to elude from the real issue of SALN non-disclosure that affects the integrity of the 2016 election. “Because they cannot shoot the message, they are now shooting the messengers. We have a robbery, we have qualified theft, we have extortion, we have libel, and against me, I know, cyber crime,” Kapunan said.

Evidence Tells All

When Mrs. Bautista reveals what she discovers, she has all the evidence. Whereas when Martin Bautista defends his brother, no paper trail is found. “They want to cloud the issue and tell the public that all the evidence has been either manufactured, fabricated, illegally obtained, robbed, raided from a safe. They want to exclude all of these things as evidence in the pending investigation called the Doctrine of the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” Kapunan said.

Cloud on Election Protest

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal explains that questions about the integrity of the election can only be proven by discrepancies in the votes cast on the ballots. This includes those transmitted by the vote counting machines. Not by claims that Bautista pocketed commissions from Smartmatic.


The Marcos camp’s estimate on the recount start is around mid-August. As of this time of writing, there’s no indication yet that it can happen very soon. However, the case of the Bautistas dominate the mainstream media. Therefore, no one can deny that it has no effect on the ongoing Marcos-Robredo electoral protest.

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Bongbong Marcos: Election Fraud by Comelec Chair Just Speculations, Recount Yet to Start


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos vehemently said that the Comelec Chair’s alleged involvement in his digital election fraud issue with Smartmatic in his electoral protest is just speculation as of now. The recount is yet to start which is estimated to begin in the middle of August but so far, there’s no advice yet to the media on this particular event.

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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos on alleged Smartmatic bribery issue: It’s all speculation.

Suicide Advice

The brother of Comelec Chair Andres Bautista advises the Chairman to go kill himself if corruption allegations against him are true. “I told my brother corruption is bad. So I told him, you know if this is true, you should commit suicide. He denied it, and I believe my brother”, Dr. Martin Bautista said upon his arrival from the US to defend his brother. Psychologically speaking, the doctor just wants to stress on their family’s core value. That, they would rather die than commit corruption. However, in some cases, family members are the last to know.

SALN Anomaly

Martin is also confident that the Comelec chief did not lie about his SALN contrary to his wife’s revelations. “He is that confident that he would not MIS declare his SALN. And that’s why I am here, to back him up,” Martin added. Patricia Bautista insinuates that her husband may have a hidden wealth as she disputes her half of their legal assets. She also shows evidence that Chairman Bautista receives a referral fee from Smartmatic who supplies the VCMs for the digital elections.

Effect on the Election Protest

“Let Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre determine. Let the DOJ and BIR investigate. We only ask for transparency. We are not hiding anything, my brother did not steal anything,” he said. This is also what Bongbong Marcos suggested – to let the authorities investigate the accusations against Chairman Bautista.

Election Doubts

Dr. Bautista pleads that; “This should not taint the elections. This should not cast any doubt on the outcome of the elections. There was no fraud there,” the Comelec chief’s brother added. He may be right about his brother but the recount is yet to start. His opinion on this matter won’t hold the truth. He asked not to judge his brother at this point in time and that is fair. However, he should also refrain from making conclusions with regards to the 2016 election. Especially now that the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo is still ongoing.

‘Pakamatay ka na kung totoo,’ brother tells Comelec chair amid controversy