• Marcos pays P36M for poll recount

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    THE electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has started to roll with the former paying on Monday P36 million, his first installment for the P66 million protest fee required by the Supreme Court (SC).

    NO TURNING BACK Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong” Marcos Jr. greets his supporters who waited for him in front of the Supreme Court building in Manila on Monday. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    The High Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, gave Marcos until April 17, 2017, to deposit the money with the tribunal.

    The P30 million balance should be paid on or before July 14.

    The court also ordered Robredo to pay P15.7 million.

    Marcos personally went to the court to pay P36,023,000. The check was received by Jeffrey Raymond Atienza, Assistant Officer in Charge of the Cash Collection and Distribution Division of the Fiscal Management and Budget Office.

    “My close friends contributed to raise the P36 million, even supporters who accompanied me here have chipped in because the time given to raise the P66.2-million was not enough,” Marcos said.

    Hundreds of Marcos loyalists waited for the former lawmaker outside the Supreme Court building on Padre Faura St. in Manila.

    “Hanggang ngayon hindi pa alam ng taumbayan kung sino ba talaga ang nanalong bise presidente noong nakaraang halalan. Sa palagay ko ang isang taon ay masyado nang mahaba (Up to this day, the people do not know who really won in the vice presidential election. I think one year of waiting is enough),” Marcos told reporters.

    “Kaya sana ang ating mga magigiting na justice ay simulan na ang proseso ng paghuhusga kung sino ba talaga ang nanalo sa nakaraang halalan. Ipagpapatuloy natin ang protesta (I hope that the justices will now start the process of resolving this case. We will continue with the protest). I hope this compliance we have done to the Supreme Court’s order will go a long way to getting the process right,” he added.

    Pooled funds

    Forty friends and supporters of Marcos said they pooled their resources to help the former senator raise the needed amount on time.

    Marcos, through his lawyer George Erwin Garcia, received the SC’s order dated March 21, 2017 on April 10, 2017 requiring him to pay P66 million.

    The P200,000 filing fee paid by Marcos when he filed the protest had been deducted from the cost requirement.
    “Since President-Mayor Joseph Estrada declared Wednesday (April 12) as a non-working holiday for all government employees in Manila, the offices of the Supreme Court were closed on Wednesday (April 12), Holy
    Thursday (April 13) & Good Friday (April 14). Thus, if Bongbong were to comply with the April 14 deadline that would give him less than 48 hours to come up with P36 million. In order not to delay the proceedings any further, we decided to pool our resources so that the cash deposit of P36 million would be paid,” friends of Marcos said in a letter submitted to the SC.

    “We have done this because it is our heartfelt wish that the election protest be resolved with dispatch,” the added.
    “Ten months is too long for this open wound to fester. This insecurity and instability is not good for the country.”
    Marcos was required to pay P500 for each of the 132,446 precincts where a recount will be held.

    In his complaint, the former senator assailed the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts. Based on the Commission on Elections data, the 39,221 clustered precincts are composed of 132,446 precincts.

    Robredo had sought the dismissal of the poll protest but the high tribunal dismissed her petition. The PET junked Robredo’s claim that the grounds cited by Marcos in his complaint are just a “series of wild accusations, guesses, and surmises.”

    Recently, the PET ordered the preservation of the “automated election equipment and records such as Vote Counting Machines (VCM), Consolidation and Canvass System ()CCs) units, Secure Digital (SD) cards (main and back up), and the other data storage devices in all of the 92,509 clustered precincts used in the May 2016 elections.”

    Marcos lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes. He claimed that he was a victim of “massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities” such as preshading of ballots, pre-loaded Secure Digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning VCMs, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of VP.

    Pay more

    Robredo’s camp on Monday said Marcos should pay P185 million for his election protest.

    Romulo Macalintal, the lead counsel of Robredo, noted that Marcos’ dues should be P185 million because Marcos is protesting the results of all 369,138 established precincts.

    “Mr. Marcos should pay P185 million because it is worth P500 per established precinct not a clustered precinct, a decision already made by the PET. In fact, the technology provider Smartmatic is already billing the Comelec to the tune of P2.9 billion because the Comelec failed to return the leased VCMs on time due to the pending Marcos case,” Macalintal said.

    He added that while Marcos is questioning the election results in 662 municipalities, he was only able to provide detailed specification of his poll fraud allegation in 57 municipalities.

    Macalintal said Robredo will not pay the fee required by the tribunal just yet.

    “He is the one filing a protest, so he should make the first cash deposit. We have to see first if the votes recovered from the recount due to Marcos’ protest will be enough to overcome the Vice President’s winning margin,” the lawyer said.

    “While payment of the cash deposit would have to be complied with, the Robredo camp asked the PET to allow her to comply with the order of payment at a later time because we can’t pay the cash deposit unless the merits of Mr. Marcos’s election protest has been determined,” Macalintal explained. “We believe that we should not pay the cash deposit at this point, in accordance to the PET rules.”

    WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI

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    16 Comments

    1. People should realize na paso na ang idea na ang “kasalanan ng ama ay kasalanan ng anak”. And besides, ni wala nga naipakitang proof na may ninakaw talaga ang mga Marcos. On BBM’s case of giving the money, whether it came from donations or his own pocket, it only shows that he (or yung mga nagdonate) is really after the truth behind the mass cheating ng Yellow army nung election. The BIG question now is how would Robredo handle this, well not paying the money can be considered as a delaying tactic.

    2. The MARCOSES should not be allowed to be in power again. Did the Filipinos never learn a lesson. History always repeat itself. Don’t let this family fool you again. Let them rule ILOCOS they own this people anyway.

      • Filipinos are not dumb , they knew very well who are the most corrupt politicians and dictator at its best, that’s Cory and her son and thats the lesson we learned at last . Thank God

      • CriticalThinking on

        And it took 30 years before people realized it…. Hopefully Philippines can still recover from it.

    3. kayang kaya bayaran yan dami yatang nanakaw nyan. kaya magnanakaw ulet yan pag naupo kaya kayung mga Pilipino nde na gumanda ang buhay ninyo kse nde na kayo natuto. ilang beses pa na kailangan kayung alilain ng mga corrupt na politician para kyo magising. alam ba ni ninyo ang sweldo ng mga politician mula tongressita hangang sa presidende malaki pa ang kita ng mga OFW dyan .. Kya kapag yan gumasta ng Milyon magnanakaw yan ng Bilyon. Get It….

    4. Nigel of Makati on

      I think most of us forgot that people have the capacity to change (for the better). Let’s give BBM a chance, so that once and for all allegations of cheating by the Robredo camp is put to rest, that is IF she turns out to be the winner in the recount.

    5. kriminal na pinoy on

      BBM cannot convince anybody that the P36 Million was donated by his close friends. Filipinos nowadays are better informed and are better educated as well, comparing during his father’s era. The P36 Million was just changes in your pockets that were rightfully belonged to the Filipino people. Barya lang sayo yan BBM.

      • “changes in your pockets that were rightfully belonged to the Filipino people”

        You’re implying that the Marcoses really stole money. Then where is your proof? Mere hearsay won’t work in the court of law.

      • CriticalThinking on

        For 30 years under Yellow Liberals none of the Marcoses(Mrs. Imelda Marcos) were/was jailed? What about the Yelloe Liberals in which not only stole Billions of Government Money(DAP, PDAF, PORK), they also sold Philippine territories(Scarborough Shoal) aswell as Billion Dollar Worth Donations for Yolanda Victims, don’t forget 3500 Metric Tons of Gold.

        Hence they are desperate to bring down the current government and put their puppet as replacement.

    6. VP Leni Robredo , I presumed can’t afford the P15 million plus required by PET. In this case, I for one, in my own little way is willing to contribute P10,000.00 to keep the ball rolling and I firmly believed other supporters will follow.

      • CriticalThinking on

        Heh, considering the Yellow $200 plus billion Yolanda Funds, DAP/PDAF/PORK, 3500 Metric Tons of Gold, Selling Scarborough Shoal, etc. And her husband being a Gambling/DrugLord?

        Keep fooling yourself.

    7. mikhail hieronymus on

      P36,000,000,000 Is that thirty six million pesos? Wow!!!! How much is the Vice-President salary in four (4) years?
      It must be worth it. Lol

      • I believe once you serve, your monthly salary is for a lifetime.. but usually, the position is about public service to the national interest and decisions that could benefit, not only individuals but businesses. Philippines should teach his in schools.

    8. Josie Asuncion on

      BBM, please don’t fool us. That 36 million pesos donated by your close friends and supporters is a mammoth lie.

      • CriticalThinking on

        Where ever it belongs the important thing is the recount to continue, now what will CJ Sereno and her Yellow ally gonna do.

        Still they can manipulate the result anyway they want to anyway, so why drag the recount long if they are convinced that robredo gonna win?