In the US, an election protest like Bongbong Marcos’ case may not be needed. Vice President Leni Robredo’s margin over Marcos is less than one percent of the total votes cast. That is an extremely thin margin that is enough for the US Tribunal to order an automatic recount. Unfortunately, Philippine’s election system does not evolve closely yet with the changing times. However, since fraud denies the people’s rights to a free election, the recount in February 2018 can bring back democracy to the country.
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People’s Votes are Robbed
The focus of the people’s efforts right now should not be on Bongbong Marcos solely. The fraud that denies him the seat he won must be the highlight. It should be the people whose votes are not counted must influence the case to go forward. Those entities who aim to diminish the value of a recount must stay away. This eliminates doubts over the election results. Marcos is already the winner if evidence can speak. There must be some kind of initiative to prevent fraudulent acts from any elections in the future.
The Rule of Democracy
The recount people claim to be advocates of human rights. Therefore, they should know this; Item 3 of Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifically states that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the autonomy of government. Such will be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be held by secret ballot or by an equivalent free voting procedure. Hence, a free election is a basic human right. Electoral fraud is a violation of that right.”
The simple way to explain is to say that in a democracy we should respect the rights of the people. The right of the majority must determine outcomes of elections. Given the incidents of failed elections, ballot re-shading, and the impossible zero votes record for Marcos, the proclamation of VP Robredo disrespects the people’s rights that their votes must be properly counted.
Bongbong Marcos has Won
Bongbong Marcos is not anymore a VP race candidate. He is not running for office either. Marcos simply reclaims the seat that is taken from him. Any media campaign should not imply that he needs the approval of the people. The former Senator is the winner of that vote already. The scrutiny must be the fraud. That certainly undermines the people’s right to have a Vice President-elect. The one who is voted by the majority of the Filipinos.
Vice President Leni Robredo’s legal adviser, lawyer Barry Gutierrez, criticizes the alleged plan to abolish the Office of the Vice President under the PDP-Laban-backed Charter change proposal. On the other hand, although there was a rumor that Bongbong Marcos is likely the Prime Minister and he thinks it’s a good system, he already said earlier that the country may not be ready yet to shift to a federal and parliamentary form of government.
The line of succession under Section 7, Article VII of PDP-Laban’s proposal does not include a vice president at all, the leftist leader pointed out. It says; “In case of death, permanent disability, removal from office or resignation of the President, the President of the Senate, or in case of his inability, the speaker of the Federal Assembly shall then act as President until the President shall have been elected and qualified.
Senator Koko Pimentel’s Say
Senate President Koko Pimentel, who is also PDP-Laban’s president, said that in the political party’s book “The Quest for the Federal Republic” a vice president is not necessary for their government form shift proposal.
Bongbong Marcos who challenges Robredo’s VP race victory said that he has to see a definitive government template yet. The shift to a parliament must be efficient and acceptable to the people. Meanwhile, Atty Gutierrez of Robredo’s Camp stresses that the OVP has been in Philippine government system for 80 years. The only time that there was no vice president was during the late Ferdinand Marcos’ regime.
Root of Reaction
The OVP reactions happen after former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares announces that the proposed Charter change of PDP-Laban may abolish the position of the VP. It is also not certain how Bongbong Marcos can be Prime Minister when he is not in the government right now. If ever he wins the electoral protest against Robredo, he will be in the same boat as Robredo. President Du30 urges Congress to put up a federal form of government. Particularly with a prime minister and a president. Prime ministers who are not Members of Parliament or Cabinet upon their appointment need to seek election to the commons as soon as possible.
It is evident in today’s politics that deception is the name of the game for self-serving politicians. This is very obvious in the wealth issues against the Marcoses. VP Leni Robredo, a lawyer always refer to Bongbong Marcos as a thief. She uses the alleged hidden wealth cases of his late father former President Ferdinand Marcos. If the older Marcos who is also a lawyer but a very brilliant one at that vowed to take care of his people even after his death, how much more he would do for his own family? Just think of this, criminal liability, if there’s any, is never inherited, according to the law.
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More than 30 Years of Politicking
After 30 years of trying to nail the Marcoses down, no courts here and abroad can. Only the one in America orders the alleged Martial Law victims to be compensated. However, such compensation distribution is the jurisdiction of the government. It is not anymore in the hands of the Marcoses, Bongbong Marcos said.
Update on the Alleged Wealth Deal
Malacañang the Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque clarifies that the government and the Marcos family do not have wealth issue agreement yet. Bongbong Marcos also said so. Lawyer and Marcos loyalist Oliver Lozano is not the family’s representative. He submits a draft compromise agreement to the office of chief presidential legal counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo. According to lawyers, his intention is actually good for the case in favor of the government. It’s a win-win situation for both parties if the people’s welfare is a priority.
Cannot Inherit Criminal Liability
The laws in the Philipines imply that no liability can be passed on to the heirs of the accused. It is also true that obligations of persons are the obligations of the heirs. This only pertains to the right to succession of inheritance. Specific provisions of the country’s criminal laws remain. Therefore, the crime of the father cannot be inherited by the son, contrary to what VP Robredo campaigned for.
Just Compensation and Settlement
One sensible insight on this comes from President Du30 himself as a lawyer. He suggests that the government needs to craft a law to detail the arrangements of a compromise deal. Particularly with the heirs of late Marcos. He indicates to include the possibility to waive the family’s criminal liabilities. However, we now know that it is not anymore necessary. Bongbong Marcos already said that he is not accused of anything but it has been the family’s stand to settle whatever is needed to be settled.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s response to a reporter’s question on Bongbong Marcos’ absolute refusal to run as Senator under the President’s banner is very simple. “Marcos already spoke, so be it,” he said. This is consistent with Du30’s earlier advice to the former lawmaker to concentrate on his election protest against VP Leni Robredo. Many can’t help but wonder if there’s an understanding between the two politicians on this regard.
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Roque in another interview said that a compromise deal with the Marcoses on the alleged hidden wealth might face legal challenges in Congress. Du30 previously suggests that it needs to craft a law to detail the arrangements of a compromise deal. Particularly with the heirs of late President Ferdinand Marcos. This includes the possibility to waive the family’s criminal liabilities.
No Deal Yet
Malacañang clarifies that the government and the Marcos family do not have an agreement yet on the wealth issue. It is, however, true that lawyer and Marcos loyalist Oliver Lozano submitted a draft compromise agreement to the office of chief presidential legal counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo. Bongbong Marcos has no knowledge about Lozano’s draft but intends to discuss this with the lawyer.
Criminal Liability Can’t Be Passed On
The laws in the Philipines imply that no liability can be transmitted to the accused’s heirs. It is true that obligations of persons are passed on to the heirs. But this is only insofar as the right to succession of inheritance is concerned. This does not in any way overturn the specific provisions of the country’s criminal laws.
Election Protest and Wealth
Marcos is therefore right to say that he is not accused of anything. Therefore, he is not liable for any criminal charges. He is more attuned now to find out the real score for the VP election in 2016. There may be hiccups along the way but he is confident that he has won the race. That can also easily gain the support of the President who vehemently adheres to the law and takes care of the people’s welfare among others.
Liberal Party senators criticise Bongbong Marcos for questioning the credibility of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. They refer to the misleading headlines saying that he accuses PET of being unfair in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. In actuality, he solely questions Associate Justice Alfred Benjamin Caguioa‘s specific resolutions. Marcos has been consistent that he won the VP race even right after the election and now that the recount is fast-approaching in February 2018.
LP president Senator Francis Pangilinan thinks that it is not good to question PET. Especially for unfavorable decision for Marcos. LP vice president Senator Franklin Drilon also said that he must learn to accept the PET’s ruling. Senator Bam Aquino added that it is unfair for Marcos to cast doubt on the PET’s integrity. Supreme Court justices compose it.
Unfair Rulings on Election Protest
Bongbong Marcos discloses that Associate Justice Alfred Benjamin Caguioa issues “unfair” rulings on his ongoing electoral case against Robredo. Marcos said that Caguioa releases “disappointing” resolutions to her benefit. The case of Marcos was raffled to Caguioa. The justice was the last appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III. The Supreme Court sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.
Marcos laments that his camp has to produce 8,000 witnesses within five days. The action seeks to nullify the election results in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan. He claims that the voters were subjected to terrorism, intimidation, and harassment. The PET reiterates in that Marcos needs to comply with its earlier order to submit all the names of the witnesses after only giving a partial list. Marcos complied with 7,356 more names on October 9 after losing sleep. This resolution is set aside so far.
Non or Delayed Payment
Marcos also points out that the tribunal directs him to produce a P36-million protest fee in just two days during Holy Week. Robredo’s counter-protest against Marcos is not yet fully paid until at present. Marcos paid the first P36 million on April 17, 2017, Easter Monday. On top of that, the recent ruling to allow Robredo to avail of the decrypted ballot copies without paying a cent is hard to ignore. To dismiss the technical examination of the voters’ signatures in questionable areas also made it impossible to have the basis to nullify illegal votes.