Bongbong Marcos does not take the recount for his election protest sitting down. He prepares his team of experts to cover developments, enhance his social media presence, and most of all, speaks his mind out when asked directly. As per the video coverage, he confirms vehemently the ultimate goal of the delaying tactics imposed by VP Leni Robredo’s Camp. Her lawyer tries to influence him to run for Senator in 2019. He firmly declined, to their dismay because he’s already the Vice President, he said.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos discloses that Robredo’s lawyer pushes him to run for Senator in 2019. This is his reply.
The electoral protest against Robredo involves the unending filing of motions for reconsideration for every move of the Marcos Camp. Robredo, in fact, filed a motion for reconsideration even for the recount. She claimed that the allegations made by Marcos were not enough to open ballot boxes. Marcos’ spokesman, Atty. Vic Rodriguez disputes this by saying that if Robredo really has nothing to hide, she should not resort to delaying tactics. She must allow the proceedings to continue if she is not guilty, Rodriguez added.
Justice Caguioa’s Hand
Marcos slams Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa who handles his election protest for his injustices. He cites paying the Tribunal P7 million upfront to decrypt the ballots but he is still waiting for its progress. Whereas, it grants Robredo’s access to their soft copies as soon as she files a motion. The cost is still running for ink, paper, and others. The PET deprives Marcos of the documents that the tribunal required him to pay “only to grant them to Robredo for free.” Besides, Marcos is the one who moved for the decryption and Robredo even opposed it
Push from Robredo’s Lawyer
Marcos discloses earlier that Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal suggests that he should run for Senator in 2019. He is surely the number one, Macalintal added. However, Marcos knows that the protest will be rendered moot and academic if he does so. It shows his disinterest in the case.
Bongbong Marcos’ Firm Reply
Marcos is now simply reclaiming the seat that is taken away from him through fraudulent means. However, unfavorably to them, Marcos vowed to fight until the very end. He knows that he is the rightful Vice President and he is about to unveil how he was cheated.
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.
[VIDEO]: ‘Why run for senator when I already won as VP?’ – Bongbong Marcos
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.
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.
VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal cannot believe it when Bongbong Marcos said; “I don’t see any reason why I would change my mind. Why would I run for senator, I already won as vice president.” Marcos vows to “finish” his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Macalintal disputes this because according to him, nobody wins yet after a recount. They will just tally what the machines generate, he said. Perhaps, Marcos is dreaming, he added.
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos, tatapusin ang electoral protest vs Robredo
Marcos is certain that he would stand by his decision even if the President endorses him, or if he would be included in the slate of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). That won’t stop him from pursuing the protest.” There seems to be some kind of understanding between Du30 and Marcos. It is remembered that President Du30 wants him to concentrate on his protest. The Filipino leader also told Marcos to trust him on this.
Election Protest Recount in February
The manual recounts are the actual counting of the ballots in comparison to the tallies from the server. This is contrary to Macalintal’s description that it is just a mere digital tabulation. Perhaps, he was caught by surprise when Marcos shows extreme confidence that he is the real winner of the VP race in 2016.
No for Senator 2019
To the dismay of the Robredo camp, Marcos does not follow the footsteps of his late running-mate, former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Senator Loren Legarda. They both ran for their Senate seats, thus abandoning their respective electoral protests.
The Quest for the Real VP
Marcos, on the other hand, is more concerned about knowing the real results of the VP elections in 2016. He is also determined more than ever find out the real winner. He is not quitting and ready enough to pursue the case especially now that he has the support of most Filipinos – that is very obvious via the social media.