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Report: Bongbong Marcos lost in PET recount

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Report: Bongbong lost in PET recount

Social media was astir yesterday with reports citing Supreme Court sources that former Sen. Bongbong Marcos lost in the very provinces he had picked to prove to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal that Vice President Leni Robredo cheated him in the 2016 elections. 

The NewsFront Philippines website posted figures from its source in the Supreme Court, whose 15 members sit as the PET en banc, that Robredo even improved her winning margin of 263,473 (upon proclamation) to 279,215 (upon recount) – or by 15,742 additional votes.

The website published what it said were “results after revision, recount and re-appreciation of the 5,415 merged/clustered precincts” from the pilot provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Camarines Sur that Marcos pinpointed as the areas with the worst cheating.

The still unconfirmed PET recount/revision scoreboard showed that instead of recovering a significant number of lost or stolen votes, Marcos gained only 4,191 votes while Robredo added 19,933 to her votes.

As we write this Wednesday noon, we have not heard of any reaction from the Supreme Court, especially regarding the numbers shown in the supposed scorecard said to be part of the report to the PET by Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, who is in charge of the recount-revision.

Under the rules for election protests, the protagonists are asked to specify three pilot areas where they allegedly experienced the worst cheating or fraud. Marcos submitted 5,415 precincts in Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Camarines Sur (Robredo’s home province).

Overall, he protested the results in 25 provinces and five highly urbanized cities. Under Rule 65, however, he was asked to select three provinces that best exemplify the alleged cheating – something like “yung sa tingin niya merong pinakamatinding dayaan.” 

The PET will make an “initial determination” of the merits of the protest based on the three pilot provinces listed by Marcos. After the submission of the recount/revision report, Rule 65 normally applies. The rule says:

Dismissal, when proper – The Tribunal may require the protestant or counter-protestant to indicate, within a fixed period, the province or provinces numbering not more than three best exemplifying the frauds or irregularities alleged in his petition and the revision of ballots and reception of evidence will begin with such provinces. If upon examination of such ballots and proof and after making reasonable allowances, the Tribunal is convinced that, taking all circumstances into account, the protestant or counter-protestant will most probably fail to make out his case, the protest may forthwith be dismissed, without further consideration of the other provinces mentioned in the protest.”

When the revision of ballots in the pilot areas fails to show any significant recovery of votes, as in this Marcos vs Robredo case (assuming the NewsFront Philippines report is accurate), the protest is usually dismissed.

The Commission on Elections, the electoral tribunals of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and even Regional Trial Courts apply the “initial determination” rule – and if in the pilot areas the protestant fails to make any substantial recovery, the protest is dismissed.

The SC/PET, where nine of the 15 justices constitute more than a majority, can “set aside” the Caguioa report (assuming it has been accurately reported) and order the revision of more ballots in other contested areas. Is this not in effect changing the rules in the middle of the game?

As we asked in this space last Sunday, why prolong the conflict and not put a closure to the protest that has exacerbated partisan animosity and contributed to dividing the nation? 



  • buddywbuddyw PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Marcos’ camp ‘scrambling’ to turn PET decision in his favor

    The camp of losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is scrambling to turn the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) decision in favor of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

    According to a reliable source from the Supreme Court(SC), the Marcos camp has been contacting associate justices appointed by President Duterte and aggressively convincing them to keep his electoral protest going.

    The SC, sitting as the PET, has already finished its manual recount of ballots in three pilot provinces -- Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental -- that Marcos identified in his electoral protest.

    Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, submitted a report on the recount, but SC spokesperson Brian Hosaka said the tribunal "has not acted upon" it.

    While the SC ordered both camps to refrain from making any public statements to the media, the Marcos camp is quietly tapping its allies in the SC to decide in his favor as per the SC insider.

    Currently, President Duterte has eight appointees to the High Court -- Associate Justices Henri Jean-Paul Inting, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Jose Reyes Jr., Ramon Paul Hernando, Rosmari Carandang, Rodil Zalameda and Amy Lazaro-Javier.

    Duterte could add more allies to the Supreme Court with the retirement of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in October and Francis Jardeleza in September of this year.

    The Marcoses have been recipient of favorable decisions from the SC in this administration, including the ruling on the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

    Initially, the PET favored the 50-percent shading threshold in the manual recount of votes on April 10, 2018.

    The PET later upheld the use of the 25-percent shading threshold after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attested that the said percentage was used in the 2019 national and local elections.

    As of now, Marcos’ protest is dependent on the results of recount in three pilot provinces that he identified.

    If there is substantial recovery from the three pilot provinces, the PET will allow his poll protest to expand to other provinces. If not, his protest will be dismissed.

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  • buddywbuddyw PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Duterte to respect Supreme Court decision on VP poll recount

    Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he will respect the outcome of the poll recount for the 2016 vice presidential race, with the Supreme Court expected to make a decision soon.

    The high court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has been tackling the poll protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. against incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo as he questioned the results of the May 2016 elections.

    On Tuesday, the court said a report on the recount in three pilot areas chosen for ballot revision has been submitted to the top magistrates, which will be the basis of their decision on Marcos' electoral protest.

    "The interpretation of the Electoral Tribunal forms part of the law of the land. Kung i-appeal nila eventually to the Supreme Court and it will be sustained or affirmed, we will just follow the law," Duterte said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday night.

    "But if the law says that Robredo is the rightful occupant, then we'll just have to follow the final orders of the Electoral Tribunal or the Supreme Court. What is important here is that we follow the law."

    Robredo was proclaimed vice president three years ago with a lead of 263,473 votes against Marcos during the May 2016 elections. The recount began in April 2018, two years after Marcos filed his poll protest. There are less than three years left into the vice president's term, which ends in June 2022.

    Robredo has emerged as the opposition leader and has openly criticized Duterte for his supposed misdeeds in office. Just last month, she called out the President for saying it's alright for government officials to accept gifts in gratitude or small tokens.

    Duterte lashed back, even saying that he wants to resign from the presidency but is holding back because the one set to replace him does not know what to do.

    "Ang hindi ko matanggap itong si Robredo na abogado. Sinabi, 'you are giving an illegal order'. Ano, mga abogado man kayo ‘yung iba dito. Nandiyan mismo sa Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Law. Merong sentence diyan, exception," Duterte added.

    [Translation: I cannot accept Robredo's remarks as a lawyer. She said, 'you are giving an illegal order'. Some of you here are lawyers. It's there in the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Law, there's a sentence on exceptions.]

    Meanwhile, Marcos has openly supported the Duterte administration. In 2018, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte might keep his word to step down if Marcos — whom the President considers a "qualified" leader — is proclaimed the second-highest official of the land. 

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  • alchemistofophiralchemistofophir PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    babawi daw si Manang Imee kasi niradiohan na nya yung mga taga-Abra na Kalinga noong sinabi nyang ipapabless daw sa mga taga Cordillera yung opisina ni Trillanes.

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  •  ninja cops wannabe :lol:

  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Supreme Court Decision on BooBoo Marcos PET deferred AGAIN!!!

    ano kaya ang mas mauuna ...

    NEW SC Chief Justice or intentionally delayed PET Decision?

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    mark your calendars: OCTOBER 15, 2019

    the Boo-Boo is now RICHER with the OVERTURNING of the Sandigan Bayan of the ILL GOTTEN WEALTH case against the Marcoses.

    enough money to buy a favorable Supreme Court DECISION especially with a retiring Chief Justice

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  • EgozumEgozum PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    'I'm not the robber': Robredo rebuffs Marcos' 'robbed' vice presidency claim

    'I don't have a fake diploma, I don't spread fake news'

    MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday rebuffed former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos who said he was "robbed" of his supposed 6-year-term as vice president.

    "Parang nakakatawa naman na siya nagsasabi nun. Hindi ata ako yung may ugaling mag-rob. Lahat ng na-achieve ko pinagpaguran ko, wala akong fake diplomas. Hindi ako naglalabas ng fake news," Robredo told reporters.

    (It seems laughable that he said that. I'm not the one who has a habit of robbing. I worked hard for everything I achieved, I don't have any fake diplomas. I don't release fake news.)

    "Parang dapat hindi niya kaya yun sabihin. Between the two of us hindi ako yung robber."

    (I don't think he could say that. Between the two of us, I'm not the robber.)

    This, after the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, ordered the release of the report on the initial recount of votes.

    The high court also ordered Marcos and Robredo to submit a memoranda "on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matters" on the former senator's third cause of action, which seeks the annulment of election results in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.

    Marcos, in a chance interview, said he was "frustrated" by the court's announcement but that he would comply with its orders. When asked by reporters if he felt "robbed" of his supposed 6-year-term as vice president, Marcos answered "yes, definitely."

    "By conducting the cheating in the election, they robbed the proper Vice President who won the election, myself, from the 3 years of service. Yes, I do," he said.

    Robredo, meantime, said the only "acceptable" decision for the Supreme Court to make in the election protest would be to dismiss it.

    She cited Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules, which allows the tribunal to dismiss the election protest if after initial determination of the grounds for protest involving 3 pilot provinces, it finds that the protestant will most likely fail to make out a case.

    Marcos chose the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

    "Nanatili kami sa aming paniwala na walang ibang acceptable na decision kung di i-dismiss yung protest in accordance with Rule 65 ng PET and in accordance with the results of the recount," she said.

    (We maintain our belief that there's no other acceptable decision but to dismiss the protest in accordance with Rule 65 ng PET and in accordance with the results of the recount.)

    "Pag nilabas na nung committee yung kanilang report, makikita ninyo walang substantial recovery. So talagang the only way to go is dismiss the protest."

    (Once the committee releases its report, it would show there was no substantial recovery. Really, the only way to go is dismiss the protest.)

    Robredo said Marcos was only dragging the case to have a "platform for propaganda."

    "Nagkakaroon siya ng platporma para magpropaganda na siya yung totoong nahirang na Vice President. Tapos na yun eleksyon, prinoclaim tayo ng Kongreso," she said

    (It gives him a platform for propaganda that he was the elected vice president. The election is finished, we were proclaimed by Congress.)

    "Yung resulta galing sa Comelec, prinoclaim tayo ng Kongreso panalo tayo. Nagkaroon ng recount, panalo ulit tayo. Ilang panalo pa ang kailangan para maniwala siya hindi siya yung nanalo?"

    (The results came from Comelec, Congress proclaimed us as the winner. There was a recount, we won again. How many victories do we need in order for Marcos to believe that he did not win?)

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  • buddywbuddyw PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Robredo kay Marcos: Ilang panalo pa kailangan para maniwala ka

    Magkahalong saya at pagkadismaya umano ang nararamdaman ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa pinakabagong ruling ng Korte Suprema kaugnay ng inihaing election protest laban sa kanya ni dating senador Bongbong Marcos.

    Ani Robredo, “half relieved and frustrated” ang nararamdaman niya dahil ipinag-utos lang ng Supreme Court, na tumatayong Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), ang release ng revision committee report sa resulta ng vice presidential recount.

    Para kay Robredo, ang dismissal ng election protest ang “acceptable” decision ng PET batay sa Rule 65 at resulta ng recount.

    “Kasi ang paniniwala talaga namin there is no other way but to dismiss this, considering their own rules, and considering the results of the recount,” saad ng Bise Presidente.

    Sa kabila nito, mabuting balita umano ang pinag-utos na release ng PET para malaman ng publiko kung ano ang lumabas sa recount.

    “Mabuting balita nag-order iyong PET para malaman ng publiko kung ano talaga iyong nag-transpire sa recount, ano talaga botong lumabas at sino talaga iyong nagsasabi ng katotohanan,” aniya.

    Samantala, nagpatutsada naman si Robredo kay Marcos na kailan umano nito matatanggap na natalo siya sa 2016 vice presidential election.

    “Tapos na iyong eleksiyon. Pinroclaim tayo ng Kongreso. Iyong resulta na galing sa Comelec, pinroclaim tayo ng Kongreso, panalo tayo. Nagkaroon ng recount, panalo ulit tayo. So, ilang panalo pa ang kailangan para maniwala siya [Marcos] na hindi siya iyong nanalo?” sabi ni Robredo sa video na binahagi ng kanyang tagapagsalitang si Barry Gutierrez.

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    CJ Bersamin reveals wanting to delay Marcos-Robredo poll protest

    Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 16) — Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin did not want to be involved in deciding on the election protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

    "I wanted to delay the vote because I did not like to take part in it," Bersamin told reporters in a chance interview on Wednesday.

    "I did not like the public, the media speculating that I cooked or orchestrated the result," the chief magistrate added, reiterating that Supreme Court decisions cannot be rigged.

    The high court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) did not vote on the case on Tuesday. Instead, the PET ordered the release of the results of the recount in the polling precincts chosen by Marcos in Iloilo, Negros Oriental, and Camarines Sur, which is Robredo's bailiwick.

    Robredo earlier said that her lead against Marcos, her biggest rival in the 2016 vice presidential race, actually even grew by 15,000 with the recount. Marcos has also asked for the nullification of votes in the Mindanao provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan where he said there was "massive fraud."

    The PET asked the two parties to give their comments on the controversial committee report on the results of the recount. Associate Justices Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Antonio Carpio dissented from this decision. They believe Marcos' poll protest should already be dismissed for failing to get substantial recovery of votes from the recount.

    Bersamin said it's just part of due process to ask Robredo and Marcos to respond to the report.

    "So, whoever feels that he or she was prejudiced by any conclusions of that report should be given time of day to comment, or to attack or challenge the conclusion. That's only fair," Bersamin said.

    Both Robredo and Marcos are claiming victory in the Supreme Court's decision to defer a vote and disclose result of the recount instead. Robredo is confident that once the result is released, the only acceptable decision will be to junk Marcos' case. Marcos, on the other hand, rejoices that his case was not dismissed outright.

    Bersamin said both camps are free to air their opinions on the Court's decision.

    "It's up to them. Whatever they say. They may distort even what we have decided... unless somebody else comes here and complain that there was a falsification of the truth," Bersamin said.

    Bersamin is retiring on October 18. He refused to speculate on what would happen in the future, including if there would be a new justice in charge with Caguioa's dissent.

    The controversial poll protest, filed by Marcos in June 2016, has been pending for more than three years under three different Chief Justices. It was lodged during the time of Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was ousted by the Supreme Court in a historic ruling. Teresita Leonardo de Castro then served a 40-day stint, followed by Bersamin.

    President Rodrigo Duterte will now choose the fourth Chief Justice under his administration and the fourth top judge to lead the PET in handling the electoral protest. Included in the shortlist are Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Andres Reyes.

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