The possibility to be the next target for ouster is not strange for Vice President Leni Robredo. Such scenario is always possible, according to her. However, she should know that it does not serve the purpose of his rival, Bongbong Marcos. The President wants Marcos to be next in line to the presidency. Removing her as such won’t install the latter to the post. He must win the election protest to be legible as Vice President as per the constitution.
Youtube Video by Elena Grace Flores [VIDEO]: VP Robredo’s fear that she will be next to be removed from office is real. However, it is not through Quo Warranto since the election protest of Bongbong Marcos is ongoing.
Election Protest is More Likely
Professor Ranjit Rye explains during an interview at Tutok Tulfo why the quo warranto must not be applied to Vice President Leni Robredo’s case. He said that since Bongbong Marcos’ protest is already ongoing, the said remedy is not anymore necessary. The series of anomalies found during the recount may not automatically make Bongbong Marcos Vice President. The Supreme Court has to make the declaration on the real winner.
Supreme Court CJ Sereno’s Ouster is Favorable to Marcos
The Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno over her failure to meet the “integrity test” of her position despite earlier warnings. Voting 8-6 in a special en banc session declares void Sereno’s appointment as chief justice. Those who are in favor of the ouster are Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo. They also made the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Needless to say, they are pro-Marcos. Therefore, Bongbong Marcos can be VP if the trend continues.
Conflict in the Senate
Senator Risa Hontiveros urges her colleagues to “cross party lines and unite to defend the integrity of the Senate. This is after the removal of Sereno.” Hontiveros said that the following senators give their support to the anti-quo warranto resolution: Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Leila de Lima, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Francis Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Grace Poe, and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.
Balancing Act in the Supreme Court
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Marcos criticizes most of his resolutions that delay his election protest against Robredo. However, the President is yet to appoint Sereno’s replacement. The Filipino leader is strategic enough not to appoint a CJ who is against his plans.
Freedom of speech and expression is one privilege of democracy. However, in the Philippines, there’s a current rage between Vice President Leni Robredo and the people using social media. The VP can only blame her rival, Bongbong Marcos for these hate campaigns. Although, digital marketing experts can vouch for mass sentiments – or else it won’t work. Passion, originality, style, and content are vital in making such posts viral. Only an individual who speaks from the heart can manifest this.
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[VIDEO]: Vp Leni Robredo pumalag sa mga fake news at banta sa buhay na natatanggap nila.
Eyes on the Ball but Bring it On
VP Robredo surely has good intentions when she embraces the saying; Eyes on the ball but bring it on. She means that she continues to do her mandate while retaliating against detractors. She can hire a team of keyboard warriors for this but that is insignificant. What she needs is a reputation management company that can help to build up her image. There’s only so much she can do when the majority of the Filipinos are not for her.
News or Rumors
Due to PET’s gag order to both Marcos and Robredo camps, the people cannot get daily updates on the progress of the ongoing recount for the Vice Presidency. They rely on social media to get a glimpse of what’s happening inside the Supreme Court. The current rumors online imply that the slim lead of Robredo during the 2016 elections went down drastically. Robredo’s camp takes this as fake news.
PhilStar publishes that revisers found ballots that appear to have been soaked in liquid chemical as well as jumbled election documents during the fourth week of the ongoing recount, according to an insider. They take note of several damaged ballots that had a chemical smell – particularly from Canaman and Garchitorena towns. The insider, however, would not say if these latest findings could be evidence of tampering of poll results, explaining that their task is just to conduct the manual recount and such conclusion should be left for the tribunal to decide upon.
Robredo leads the VP race at only 263,473 votes during the 2016 election. It is now down to 242,000 votes according to the revisors through Atty. Glenn Chong’s posts. There are 1,300 clustered precincts more to go in Camarines Sur and 4,000 clustered precincts in Negros Oriental and Iloilo for the revision of ballots. If the trend continues, the 243,000 votes of Robredo in the 3 pilot provinces will go down to 20,000 votes left. If the people won’t know these developments, whoever is the winner of the recount will surely divide the nation. So, transparency is needed on the recount.
Vice President Leni Robredo seems to be running out of excuses on the recount anomalies when she turns her wrath to Bongbong Marcos’ sister using fake news. Robredo includes Ilocos Norte, as among the Philippines’ top 20 poorest in her speech at the London School of Economics. Gov. Imee Marcos said that contrary to the statistics of Robredo, Ilocos Norte is among the top 20 richest provinces of the Philippines. This is according to the Philippine Statistics Authority data. Ilocos Norte is rich and not poor said the lady governor. Marcos earlier is very vocal in slamming the VP due to the obvious anomalies found in the 2016 election ballot boxes from Camarines Sur that her camp undermines.
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[VIDEO]: IMEE MARCOS: GARAPALAN ANG PANDARAYA NI LENI ROBREDO
Revisors’ Denial on Typhoon Excuse
The revisors deny Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal’s defense that the ballot boxes from Bato, Camarines Norte got wet during the December 2017 typhoon. They said that no signatures from them are found to signify Macalintal’s claim. They acknowledge receipt that the ballot boxes were in good order and condition prior to the initial recount.
Marcos can’t help but slam Robredo’s justifications on the wet ballots, missing audit logs, and cracked ballot boxes. They even try to reverse the cheating allegations saying that since the Marcoses are close to President Du30, they have all the opportunities to cheat. The pre-shaded ballots in favor of Robredo can even be the reason why four revisors quit immediately because they are just too obvious as Gov. Marcos insinuates.
No Poverty in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte is definitely not among the country’s top 20 poorest provinces, Gov. Imee Marcos said. “She can easily check her data if she wants a more accurate reading on the state of poverty.” Ilocos Norte’s economy, Marcos said, grew by 16.7 percent in 2013-2014. Robredo’s report is purely malicious.
Robredo Clings to Fake News
This incident is not the first time for VP Leni Robredo to divulge the wrong data to an international audience. The first major one was during a side event of the UN. Her wrong report that gives a bad image to the country was about the president’s drug war. This is still available on Youtube. At desperate times, the most unpopular second leader of the country once again clings to fake news.
Kerwin Espinosa testifies before a Senate hearing that he earns P50 million yearly in the illegal drug trade. He said that he gives out P20 million in protection money to individuals like jailed Senator Leila De Lima linked to his illegal drug network. He discloses that he completes the 8 million payment through Ronnie Dayan, De Lima’s ex-driver, and lover. Vice President Leni Robredo points this scenario out when she hints her suspicion. She hints that if the court dismisses his case due to insufficient evidence, then Du30 is wrong about De Lima. However, Malacanang spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque reiterates that in the Senator’s case, both the RTC and the Judiciary ruled that there’s probable cause on her role as a coddler of the drug war criminals when she was DOJ Secretary. Is this part of the destabilization effort to topple the President and block Bongbong Marcos’ Vice Presidency?
Youtube Video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo hints on her doubts on alleged injustice against De Lima after the dismissal of Espinosa’s case but Roque is quick to explain the Senator’s involvement in the drug war.
Drug War Cases Dismissal
The state prosecutors’ decision to clear Kerwin Espinosa, alleged drug lord, Peter Lim, and several others of drug charges disappoints President Rodrigo Du30. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) still has to review the case.
The Police are on Appeal
Roque said that during the command conference, the Philippine National Police decides to appeal the DOJ’s decision to clear the alleged drug personalities of the charges. He also said that DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre forms a new investigation panel to review cases against Lim and Espinosa.
LP Members Quick to Judge
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman is quick to judge the President. He said that the policy of the Du30 administration’s drug war is to prosecute the small illegal drug traders but free the drug lords. The Vice President also hints at the same mentality. This kind of thought is also magnified via social media.
5 Days before the Recount
The RTC or the Manila Regional Trial Court can’t be more obvious with the timing in announcing such sensitive case dismissals. The LP stalwarts are also ready to deliver their anti-government speeches. Senator Kiko Pangilinan also adds that the dismissal of cases vs Espinosa, etc casts doubt on Senator Leila de Lima’s drug case. Whereas, government supporters like Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa is caught in a big surprise. All these happen 5 days before the recount for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo. It is not surprising that there are powerful anti- Marcos people in Philippine politics. They seem to go against the President also when it comes to possible leadership turnover.
Vice President Leni Robredo is again ill-advised by her lawyer – making her believe that she is still safe with the current developments on electoral sabotage that Senator Tito Sotto exposes. Her camp is in denial and uses the PET’s dismissal of Bongbong Marcos’ first cause of action that assails the integrity of the system. Nonetheless, the Senate and the Congress are co-equal branches of the Supreme Court. They vow to investigate the fraud committed by the Liberal Party as the SC’s Chief Justice faces an impeachment case. On the other hand, Bongbong Marcos’ camp congratulates Sotto for bringing the election anomalies to the attention of the public.
[VIDEO]: The camp of VP Robredo is not giving a statement with regards to the issue of Senator Sotto’s exposé. According to Sotto’s source, there may have been irregularities in the previous election where VP Robredo may have benefited. The office of the Vice President, however, is confident that the issue will not affect her. They mentioned that the integrity and accuracy of the 2016 automated election system had been affirmed by the PET when it dismissed Marcos’ first cause of action assailing integrity of the system.
Hacking the Philippine Democracy
Election servers worked overtime to collate data transmission by “rogue vote counting machines” on May 8. This is a day before polling precincts were opened. “Polling precincts were not supposed to be opened for the next 23 hours. Oddly, these transmissions came only from a set of allegedly 9 IP addresses.
Bongbong Marcos reacts to Sotto’s exposé by saying that; “Other patriotic leaders and stakeholders have seen the extent of the conspiracy, interference, and manipulation of the election results by Smartmatic and have begun to speak out,” He said this a day after Sotto’s disclosure.
Comelec’s Favoring Smartmatic
It is a big question for Marcos why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) still awards the contract to purchase vote counting machines to Smartmatic. This is despite all the evidence of massive cheating. “We have never understood Comelec’s insistence in again awarding Smartmatic despite the multitude transgressions attributed to it,” Marcos added.
When there is Smoke, there’s Fire
Rumors have it that President Rodrigo Du30 got 21 million votes instead of 16 M. Since the discrepancy is overwhelming, it is difficult to cheat. This is not the case in the VP race. As House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez explains that there seems to be an attempt to transfer votes to the LP candidate if it is not too obvious. Bongbong Marcos’ speculation which is in line with clean election advocate and IT expert, Atty. Glenn Chong’s finding. Marcos lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes in the May 2016 polls.