Sampal sa mukha ng Korte Suprema


Mahihirapan ngayon ang Supreme Court upang kumbinsehen ang taong bayan na wasto ang naging desisyon nito sa pagbasura sa election protest ni former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. sa pagkapanalo ni Leni Robredo bilang Bise Presidente ng bansa sa eleksyon ng Mayo 2016.

Wala daw katibayan ang paratang ni BBM na may nangyaring dayaan sa ginanap na eleksyon at hindi nito maaring baliktarin ang proclamation ni Robredo bilang nanalong candidato sa pangawalang pinakataas na puwesto sa ating bansa. Ito ay base sa “second cause of action” sa reklamo ni BBM kung saan iginiit niya na laganap ang dayaan na nangyari sa tatlong “pilot provinces” — Camarines Sur, Iloilo at Negros Oriental.

Meron pang “third cause of action” si BBM, subalit hindi na ito pinansin ng Supreme Court sa papel nito bilang Presidential Electoral Tribunal. This sought to invalidate the results in three ARMM provinces where it was already proven that massive cheating had occured insofar as the race for the ARMM governor in 2016 was concerned. Dapat kasi hindi pinayagan na isama sa bilang ang resulta na rin sa Vice Presidency gamit ang invalid ballots dahil sa dayaan.

But the Supreme Court, in irs supposed wisdom, junked the protest. It ruled that the victory of Robredo, which came about with a hairline margin, was correct.

Strange. This ruling wasn’t met with wild cheering and jubilation across the archipelago. Instead, it was greeted with solemn and somber quiet. Only Robredo and her allies found reason to celebrate. The rest of the country was in fact plunged into mourning, and anger. After being made to wait agonizingly for four years and six months, BBM was handed an unjust decision. It ran counter to the people’s sentinments.

That statement isn’t without basis. Just a month after the decision came out, UP-based Octa Research released its survey for the leading contenders for the 2022 presidential and vice presidential elections. Davao City mayor Sara Duterte emerged the undisputed front-runner. But what is more interesting is that BBM got 12% while Robredo managed to obtain a measely 5%. Between the two of them, BBM is clearly way ahead, and if elections were held between them, one-on-one, the “losing” VP candidate in 2016 will trounce the “winner”.

The results speak volumes. Logic would tell us that a woman who has occupied the position of Vice President for four and a half years, spending every possible moment to promote herself as capable and competent to become President, will be among the front-runners. And that a former Senator who hasn’t been in the limelight except for the occasional press conferences concerning his case for that same period would fade from the public consciousness, and rate lower.

The Octa survey told a different story. Marcos virtually pulverized Robredo, 12 to 5. Without any effort on his part, BBM flew past the great pretender. Could there be a different conclusion than a clear showing that Filipinos prefer BBM over Robredo?

If BBM is ahead by a mile over Robredo at this time, we can only imagine the situation in 2016 when the people’s passions were high about putting Marcos to the second highest position in the couintry. It belies the verdict of the Supreme Court that Robredo won. In the eyes of the Filipino people, it was Marcos who won, fair and square, contrary to what the ruling authored by Justice Marvic Leonen said.

Kaya para sa akin, isa itong sampal sa mukha ng Korte Suprema. It allowed itself to be used as instrument in legitimizing an apparent fraud.

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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