Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez reacts to Atty. Macalintal’s statement. He explains the reason why not a single election protest for president or vice president was successful. It’s because “no protest, in the era of the digital election, ever go through the preliminary conference.” Marcos is more determined now to see this through until the last ballot in the pilot provinces is manually put into account after the Prelim. This is to see if the real result reflects to eject the fake vice president,” stressed Rodriguez.
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Macalintal’s Election Protest Theory
Rodriguez’s reaction comes after Robredo’s counsel, Romulo Macalintal, said that not a single election protest was successful locally. This was allegedly the case since the start of automated polls in 2010. There’s no reason why the recount for a national position would be different.They are both from the VCMs and the CCS; Macalintal added.
Marcos’ Protest Has Come So Far
“Marcos’ case is only the protest that has come this far. It is now in the conduct of manual recount and judicial revision,” Rodriguez said. Macalintal’s overconfidence has no basis. The current progress of the election protest against his client is the ultimate proof. Suspicions even arise after the recount month and estimate for the start date are mentioned by him.
No Such Thing as Fake VP?
Macalintal also reacts to Rodriguez’ comment; “There is no such thing as ‘fake VP’ but there is such a thing as a ‘fake protest.’ Like that of Marcos said the veteran lawyer. It can be fully exposed once the recount is done,” he added. This is basically what Marcos wants also. Win or lose, the truth shall prevail. Any result is acceptable to the Marcos Camp. However, Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake does not part with his millions if he’s not sure if he’s the real VP.
Recount Procedure at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court that sits as the PET, begins in February 2018 the recount of votes. It covers the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. Marcos chooses them as the best provinces. He’s certain that he could prove the irregularities alleged in his protest there. Macalintal said that the first ones to count are the ballots from the clustered precincts in Camarines Sur. It’s the vice president’s home province. The ballot retrievals are set on January 22, 2018. The recount should start by the second week of February. This two other pilot provinces can then follow.