Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that Bongbong Marcos made a mistake on the ballot images discrepancies as cheating evidence in 2016. Macalintal urges the latter to apologize saying that protest recount delay is due to Marcos’ first cause of action. However, contrary to his accusation, the PET already rejects the annulment of votes. It is also not true that no discrepancies were ever found in other protests. In Cebu alone, former Biliran representative Glenn Chong said that both Marcos and VP Robredo got lower votes in the machine count versus the manual checking or revision of official ballots. This is according to the results for the VP race in 40 select precincts in Cebu City. That is necessary to the revision of votes in the election protest of mayoral candidate Michael Rama who lost to incumbent mayor Tomas Osmeña.
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[VIDEO]: Atty. Romulo Macalintal from Vice President Leni Robredo’s Camp lied again that the Marcos’ first cause of action is the reason why the recount is delayed. He insinuates that someone is riding on Comelec ex-Chair’s scandal to discredit the 2016 elections.
Macalintal said he believes the Marcos camp made a “mistake” on the discrepancies found in the ballot image soft copies. He describes it as a “knee-jerk reaction” to the information on hand. They should admit their lapses, he added. Ballot IDs are “unique and the same” for each clustered precinct. In fact, the Comelec explains this in the orientation that Marcos is not aware of.
Annulment cannot Determine the Winner
The PET junks the first cause of action of the electoral protest because even if Marcos succeeds in proving that the certificates of canvass generated by the consolidation and canvassing system are not authentic, this will not make him the rightful winner of the May 2016 poll. This can only be determined by a manual recount of all the precincts. “Thus, the first cause of action may be dispensed with for judicial economy and for the prompt disposition of the case,” the PET resolution stated. Macalintal clearly misleads the public here.
Speeding up the Recount – No More First Cause of Action
With the first cause of action already rejected, Marcos’ protest would be limited to revision or manual recount of the actual ballots and annulment of election results for the position of vice president in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan on the ground of terrorism, intimidation, harassment of voters and pre-shading of ballots. Macalintal even welcomes this decision of PET.
All for the Speedy Recount – No More Annulment
It is a big thing that Bongbong Marcos criticizes Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa. He is the magistrate in charge of the election protest for his obvious favoring of VP Leni Robredo. Marcos accuses him of influencing the unfair actions of the Supreme Court as the PET. This is in connection with his electoral protest appeal to allow technical examination needed to nullify illegal votes. The SC recently denies it, so no more annulment of votes to allegedly speed up the recount.
Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET of the high court can put an end to the delays to process forward Bongbong Marcos’, electoral protest against Leni Robredo. The frustration of the people over this hanging matter should be attended by the Court’s majestic authority and wisdom. The pro-administration rally in Luneta that calls to get rid of Robredo is the people’s way of showing their getting fed-up over SC’s inactivity.
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[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.
Delay is a Wrong Strategy
The tribunal’s delayed action is the wrong strategy to follow. To delay the case only puts doubts on the ones responsible for it as their way to remain in the lie that they propagated. The PET has the authority to not allow these falls claims to linger from both sides if there are. SC’s jurisdiction over the matter is needed badly to appease the people.
No Change if Delayed
The delay of the proceedings will not correct the wrong. It will not change the count of the ballots. The lawyers who are into the delaying techniques strategy should be terrified of an unfavorable verdict. It impacts on their legal practice and reputation among others.
VP Legitimacy is Crucial
It is in no doubt that the public and the nation want this issue to be settled immediately. It allows the fully legitimated Vice President to fulfill his service to people and the nation as a whole. Whether it’s Leni Robredo or Bongbong Marcos, people want this contest to end now. May the true and rightful winner be proclaimed in no time.
PET can Settle Dispute
The PET is a momentous one. It can decide to tackle the issue head-on at any time. It can also avoid the responsibility by falling on deaf ears. Avoidance is a disservice to the nation. People want SC to answer their call of duty to the best of their ability with honor that is praiseworthy to the eyes of the Filipinos.
SC’s PET strengthens it’s stand on their initial ruling that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robreso is substantial in form and substances. It also trashes Robredo’s plea that congress should facilitate COC hearings and clarifies that the SC only has the jurisdiction in any COC questions for the VP and President posts. At the moment, the Marcos camp awaits for the preliminary conference confirmation to be able to set the timeline and agenda for hearings
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[VIDEO]: (Eagle News) — Pinagtibay ng Korte Suprema na umuupo bilang Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) ang nauna nitong deklarasyon na may sapat na porma at substansya ang election protest ni dating Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
Great Public Interest
The issue to determine the true winner in the vice-presidential election is a matter that is with great public interest for many reasons. The public at this point still does not have full confidence that the COMELEC delivers to the nation an accurate and fair account of the electoral to the people. The results do not just tally. There are many discrepancies in the breakdowns and reports in some areas of the country that trigger suspicions of fraud.
Next in Line to the Presidency
The position that is under contest is the vice-presidency of the country. Its possessor, once legal is next in line to the presidency. This particular issue of the vice-presidential contest is only at the back of alleged discussions on plots of destabilization against the PresidentDeuterate. The more people want to know who really is the real VP.
The Legitimacy of the Vice Presidency, Marcos or Robredo?
The result of the electoral protest enables the nation to know if the truth is Bongbong Marcos’ claim, or that of Robredo’s. At the end, whoever is the true winner, the nation finally gains a real and legitimate vice-president. Not merely one who is a political prostitute that a political party uses.
Ready for Recount?
Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez is confident that if Robredo’s Camp does not delay the process, once the preliminary conference dates and topics are final, they can proceed to the manual recount of the votes in disputed areas. That can take at least 180 days.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, as usual, does not have knowledge on sensitive issues – until the president himself declares it. The possible appointment of Marcos to the DILG is not yet confirmed by the Office of the President but Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman already demands that Bongbong Marcos must withdraw his electoral protest against Robredo. He falsely said that if Marcos accepts it, he is constrained to withdraw his petition. The court has many rulings on that,” he added. What about the case of Mar Roxas?
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[VIDEO]: 24 Oras is GMA Network’s flagship newscast, anchored by Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco. Mar Roxas’ installation as DILG Secretary despite the ongoing electoral protest against then Vice President Jejomar Binay. The electoral case was dismissed after a new Vice President in the person of Leni Robredo succeeded Binay.
DILG is Not an Elective Post for Bongbong Marcos
Former election commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal lectures Galman that in the case of the late Miriam Santiago, her 1992 electoral protest against former President Fidel Ramos is dismissed because she ran for an elective post, which is for senator. The DILG secretary is an appointee of the president. Bongbong Marcos need not abandon the electoral protest versus VP Leni Robredo.
When does an Electoral Protest Become Moot?
The PET discloses that Roxas’ electoral protest in relation to the 2010 polls become moot right after VP Leni Robredo assumes the office of the vice president after Binay’s full term. This is after the May 2016 elections dubbed as the most fraudulent one. The PET adds that the tenure of office (2010 to 2016) as contested by Roxas and Binay expires upon Robredo’s succession.
Remains an Academic Process
Indeed, it is a futile process for the Tribunal to revise and engage in academic discussion in order to determine who really is the winner in the 2010 vice presidential race. It brings no practical value and purpose for the parties because the term is simply over. So, even if this happens to Marcos’ case, it is not really a concern.
Roxas’ Protests against Binay
In his election protest, Roxas asks the tribunal to account the three million null votes and other votes that are not counted during the national canvassing after the May 10, 2010, automated elections. He also calls for a review of the automated elections system in light of the technical glitches that happen before, during, and after the elections. Roxas lost to Binay by a substantial margin of 700,000 votes whereas Robredo’s win over Marcos has a very slim margin of only around 200,000 votes. Since Bongbong Marcos is more popular than Mar Roxas, his stint as DILG secretary makes him a lot closer to the presidency for 2022.