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Initial Defeat of Vice President Leni Robredo over Electoral Protest of Bongbong Marcos

Leni Robredo

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Marcos spokesman and lawyer Victor Rodriguez said the tribunal effectively denies the motion of Robredo to conduct a preliminary hearing on the election protest or dismiss it for lack of jurisdiction. The Marcos camp hopes that all delays are prevented so that the protest can finally move forward. There is a need to bring out the truth about the 2016 elections. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, downplays the significance of the resolution, saying it is just a procedural matter – but in reality, it is their initial defeat because the court disagrees with their claim that Marcos filed the protest in the wrong venue.

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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. Bandila, Pebrero 16, 2017,

Protest is not Junked

Marcos accuses the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo of benefiting from “massive electoral fraud, anomalies, and irregularities.” These are pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes for the disputed VP post. The tribunal also dismisses the plea of Marcos that Robredo’s response to the election protest must be junked for being filed late. However, the protest is not dismissed in favor of Marcos.

Buying Time

The case still goes through the usual tedious and lengthy process. Revision and recount of the ballots require lots of time,” Macalintal said. The ballot boxes and their contents are retrieved from various provinces for the recount by PET. This gives Macalintal’s team ample time to study their possible defenses on Marcos’ accusations.

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Leni Robredo is Trying to Keep her Cool

Vice President Leni Robredo may find refuge in the long process of the electoral protest but she cannot hide the fact that she is scared of Bongbong Marcos’ assuming the DILG cabinet post. She can only blame the delayed payments of alleged martial law human rights victims – when the Marcoses have nothing to do with it anymore. Since PCGG already sequesters some of the Marcoses’ personal wealth, the government has enough funds to pay the claimants off, if they wanted to.

Proofs are Not a Problem for Bongbong Marcos

To prove that Leni Robredo is a beneficiary of Liberal Party’s fraudulent acts during the 2016 elections is not a problem for Bongbong Marcos. All evidence are already submitted. Various groups bravely back Marcos on this one, including the Binay, Honasan, Marcos and the President’s alliance force or Bihomadu. Pastor Boy Saycon of the Binay camp presents witnesses to the senate earlier to attest Liberal Party people manipulate votes.

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