Bongbong Marcos urges the Supreme Court once again to treat the recount on his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo as important as an election. He awaits since September the date that the PET has to set. Marcos also clarifies in an interview that his previous estimate on the manual count which is up to 2 to 3 months starts only from the SC’s official date if it is undertaken promptly.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos explains the 3 courses of actions in the electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo and the 2 to 3 months time frame for the recount.
Estimate Clarification on Recount
In an interview, Marcos reiterates that his 2 to 3 months estimate is applicable only from the official recount date that the Supreme Court still has to decide on. He expects it on 50 tables, that should be done within two months. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET already has a team to locate and retrieve ballot boxes from the contested areas. However, the actual retrieval can’t be done by COMELEC yet due to 2 other protests. One of which is the Cebu mayoral race.
Cebu Recount Justify the Discrepancy Trend
Robredo’s victory only has a slim margin of 263,473 votes over Marcos. The Protestant’s camp wants the PET to recount first the ballot boxes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Once a discrepancy is noted in these pilot areas, a decision to continue or not can be drawn for the conclusion. In fact, anomalies are already seen in the Cebu manual count for Michael Rama’s electoral protest against the incumbent mayor. They are confident more than ever that in the 3 pilot provinces alone, Marcos can already have around one million votes lead.
Reaction from Robredo’s Camp
Atty Bernadette Sardillo argues that 3 months is too short to get this done and over with. That span of time is almost over already since the High Court pronounces that it is in the Tribunal’s best interest to give Marcos’ electoral protest a speedy treatment. However, it asks patience because this is one case that is unique among the previous protests.
SC on Holiday Mood Already
Inquiries on the recount are now only through social media. Since Christmas is fast approaching, government officials tend to stay away from their regular mandate. By now, they are probably switching to the planning of holiday events. The Marcos camp can’t do anything much but wait for what the New Year can bring on their case.
By accident VP Leni Robredo emerges into power after the mysterious death of her husband. However, the obvious digital fraud during the 2016 election made her the balancing factor of the Marcos stigma. Her slim victory of only a little over 200,000 votes did not help either. In fact, it becomes the gauge that the alleged Martial Law atrocities have no more effect on her rival, Bongbong Marcos. Surveys in her favor become unbelievable. So, even if the recount favors her, she is likened to the unfortunate ordeal of Angeline Fernando. She fell into the railway tracks of the MRT’s Ayala station on November 14. Her right arm was cut off, although it was sewn back successfully, it can’t be as normal as before.
Bongbong Marcos earlier commented in an interview that the contradicting survey results which are just a week apart can only trigger confusions. This is seen as a destabilization propaganda by many. Some kind of mind-conditioning effort to compare the President’s performance with the Vice President which is a no match thing.
MRT Victim’s Positive Development
In a positive light, surgeons successfully reattached the severed arm of Fernando. Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez said that 24-year-old Fernando’s operation is successful. She is under observation at the Makati Medical Center.
Emergency Medical Bill
Kabayan Representative Ron Salo, who files House Bill 4955 that seeks to create a national emergency medical services system, said he would move to rename the proposed law’s short title. “The Dr. Charlie Jandic Emergency Medical Services System Act of 2017” is to be the full title. This is once the House committee on health tackles the measure. Jandic, an intern at the Chinese General Hospital, assists Fernando all throughout her ordeal.
The President’s Hand on Marcos’ Protest
It is evident during the ASEAN that Robredo had no official function as the second highest leader of the country. Political analysts see this as a manifestation that the Du30 administration is confident that she won’t survive in the political scene. The President’s fondness over Marcos can’t be denied. However, the ruling on the electoral protest against her can’t happen that quick as Du30 tries to adhere to the law. Just like Jandic’s role in the life-saving procedure. People can just shout for recount to help facilitate that at the soonest possible time. Robredo could end up like an imperfect hand if not dysfunctional if she stays.
President Rodrigo Du30 reiterates his attacks against the European Union and other critics. This time, it includes Vice President Leni Robredo. He speaks before Filipinos in Da Nang City. The Filipino leader said that the EU aid comes with strings attached. It’s the result of Robredo’s wrong reports. Meanwhile, the Liberal Party or LP promises to have a total brand makeover for the party. It is crucial since it is the subject of criticisms by the members and supporters of the administration. Will it work?
[VIDEO]: LENI ROBREDO BINATIKOS SA HARAP NG VIETNAM FILIPINO COMMUNITY NI PANGULONG DU30.
New LP Breeds
The LP, which ruled Philippine politics during the Aquino administration. It announces the oath taking of “new members. They mostly come from the ranks of the academe, youth, professionals, and non-government organizations.” Party chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo administered the oath.
The party is now regrouping and re-branding since it fell from power after the 2016 elections. President Du30 won with a margin of more than 6 million votes against second-placer Mar Roxas, the LP’s standard-bearer. Robredo was Roxas’ running mate whose Vice Presidential victory with a slim margin is challenged by the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake.
During the Aquino administration, the LP counted most lawmakers and local politicians as members and allies. Their numbers quickly dwindled after the 2016 elections. Many jump ship to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP-Laban. It is Du30’s party. PDP-Laban now leads the majority in the Senate and a “supermajority” in the House of Representatives. Many local politicians who were once members or allies of the LP have also moved to the now-ruling PDP-Laban.
Typical LP Accusations
“This so-called Dutertism is a form of leadership that does not adhere to the limits of power, does not respect institutions, does not regard or follow processes, including the rights and freedoms in the Constitution, which is disregarded under this leadership,” said lawyer Raffy Aquino, representing the new batch of LP members. From this statement alone, no one can blame the President for his criticisms of the Party. As much as he wants to get rid of Robredo as his VP, he still has to adhere to the legal electoral protest procedure filed by Bongbong Marcos as a democratic leader.
Malacañang just urges Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should resign to save the Supreme Court from “further damage.” Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed this. “Of course, the President wants her removed altogether, by all means,” he said. The Congress also previously voted to impeach Andres Bautista. Bautista stepped down as chairman of the COMELEC last month. All these are speculated to be Du30’s hand on Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Leni Robredo for the VP race.
[VIDEO]: ERWIN TULFO AT BBM, PINAG-USAPAN ANG ELECTORAL PROTEST AT DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION!
Second Senate Decision is Harmful
“It will be very difficult for the judiciary to recover from a second Senate decision to remove a sitting Chief Justice because of a finding that that Chief Justice is guilty of an impeachable offense. I don’t think the Court can afford that so soon. Considering the previous removal of former chief justice Corona,” Roque said.
Two SC psychiatrists express willingness to testify against Sereno. The two were career employees in the judiciary. They were dismissed after their findings that she failed a psychiatric examination. The confidential report is with the Judicial and Bar Council which Sereno – as SC chief – heads, and whose ex-officio members include Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a Senator, and a congressman, among others.
Sereno, who was appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III to head the SC when she was 52, will be chief justice for 18 years, or until 2030, when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 for magistrates. If she completes her term, she will have the distinction of serving four administrations – Aquino, President Duterte and the succeeding administrations in 2022 and 2028. Sereno was the youngest SC justice in the 15-member SC when Aquino promoted her in 2012
Election Protest is Now Too Long
It cannot be denied that these series of events are some kind of the President’s hand to give justice to Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Robredo for the VP post. However, since the President adheres to the rule of law, he cannot just implement what he wants. The legal processes must be followed. He can only do so much. The only way now is for the people to shout out loud for the Supreme Court to conduct a recount immediately!
Gone are the days when people rely on the mainstream media news particularly TV reports to confirm big events. However, in today’s digital age, Facebook got them first. But some people still have doubts until such information is shown on the home screens. The initial report of Bongbong Marcos’ recent victory against the COMELEC which insists on his liability over the election storage fees overseas now starts in the broadcasting networks.
[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court rules that the COMELEC must pay for the storage fees of election materials in foreign posts.
COMELEC’s Lack of Discretion
The Supreme Court says its order to safeguard the poll materials abroad should not stop the Commission on Elections from moving the materials back to the country. As long as they can assure that such process is safe. In the sense that the evidence remains intact for the purpose.
The Supreme Court’s Decision
The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), ruled that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) must pay for the storage fees of election materials kept in foreign posts. In a 6-page decision dated October 10, the PET denied the Comelec’s petition requesting that the storage fees be shouldered instead by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, who had filed an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The Poll Body Wanted Marcos to Pay for its Liability
The Comelec reasoned that it could not bring back these election materials to the country within the period required by the PPO, resulting in additional costs. It earlier suggests to let Marcos pay because of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. But the PET did not agree. It said that the PPO did not prohibit the Comelec from transferring the election materials to the poll body’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.
Strong Public Force
It can be felt via social media that the public is already getting fed up with the slow progress of the recount. This is the only way to resolve the legitimacy of the Vice Presidency. There are obvious forces that contribute to its delay as the majority of Filipinos shout for the immediate recount online. Why can’t mainstream media do the same if they are of the people?