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Robredo victory was a Plan B for Liberal Party to retake power


Former Comelec chairman Andy Bautista is now a fugitive from justice.

That’s because a warrant of arrest was issued against him by the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies for failure to appear before it to answer questions about his questionable deposits with Luzon Development Bank.

From the looks of it, Bautista, who is believed to have masterminded the massive election manipulations through the Vote Counting Machines on May 9, 2016, is not coming home to face the music.

With the discovery since Monday of glaring signs of tampering with the contested ballots in Camarines Sur in the electoral protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Bautista knows he is headed to jail once he comes home.

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Photo credit: Philippine Star

The cheating is his legacy to the Liberal Party. He made sure that Leni Robredo would win, by a hairline, against Marcos, and put her in the next line of succession to President Rodrigo Duterte. And just to put icing on the cake, Bautista also manipulated the results to place Senator Franklin Drilon as the topnotcher among the senatorial winners. It prepared the groundwork for Robredo assuming to the Presidency, and Drilon to become Vice President in the event Pres. Duterte is removed from office (however it would be accomplished.).

It was Plan B of the Liberal Party after it became certain that Mar Roxas would lose to Pres. Duterte. There was no way cheating could overcome the lead of Duterte over Roxas. The LP switched to Plan B to make sure Robredo would be in striking distance of the Palace.

The Senate committee should now seek the issuance of a freeze order on all deposits in the name of Bautista, not only with Luzon Development Bank, but with all other banks in the country.

At the very least, he should not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of his evil. This qualifies as one of the highest crimes a public official can commit — defrauding the elections for tons of bribe money.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), for its part, should also wake up from its self-imposed slumber and issue clarifications on the issues that have erupted. For instance, Comelec should make a statement on the following:

  • Are the ballot boxes susceptible to water leaks, presuming the story spun by Atty. Romy Macalintal about a storm having gone through Camarines Sur is true?
  • Where were these ballot boxes stored? Who had access to them?
  • When the Presidential Election Tribunal directed that all ballot boxes be transmitted to the Supreme Court, doesn’t this include all the appurtenances like audit logs?

The camp of Robredo is now resorting to age-old squid tactics to cloud the issue and deflect the public attention from the emerging evidence of massive cheating. No time must be wasted by the PET, not even after four chairpersons of revision committees resigned on the third day of the counting.

This piece of news, by the way, was just given minor — very minor — treatment by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. It landed as a “Newsbrief” and buried deep inside its pages. PDI story on resignationIsn’t this development — four revision committees quitting — is big news. At the least, it should have landed on page one of the PDI, and statements obtained from the camps of Robredo and Marcos.

It happened just like that: they quit. That’s after they had to undergo a very thorough process of selecting them. What this means is that the number of revision committees that will continue the work will be short by four. That will translate to a slower manual recount.

Now, it doesn’t need a rocket scientist to figure out who would benefit from a delay in the recount.

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About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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