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Leni must resign, now

The on-going manual recount for the Vice Presidential race in the first pilot province of Camarines Sur has established a trend: A steady and consistent decline in the number of votes credited to Leni Robredo in her home province.

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Photo credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer

As reported yesterday by Atty. Glenn Chong on his Facebook wall, the teams of revisors who had opened ballot boxes from just 500 clustered precincts have already nullified an estimated 21,000 votes counted in her favor.

Most probably, these involved inadequately shaded ovals beside her name for failure to meet the 50% shading threshold as required by a Comelec resolution promulgated in March 2010 for purposes of manual recount.

The Supreme Court has ruled that 25% shading which apparently is what was found in thousands of ballots does not count for a valid vote. Robredo’s lawyers have filed a motion for reconsideration.

Slowly, but surely, her lead of 263,475 votes over former Senator Bongbong Marcos is being whittled — by 21,000 after only 500 of 2100 clustered precincts in Camarines Sur — and the pattern, and trend, will only speed up in the weeks ahead.

The lead of 263,475 was a rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick pulled off by the Comelec then headed by disgraced Chairman Andy Bautista. It was a hairline margin by any standards, and is now getting thinner and thinner.

If Robredo’s integrity is still intact, as she insists it does, she should now resign. Every week that goes by, and as more evidence of fraud are uncovered, the image of Robredo is growing more rotten. She is desecrating the memory of her husband by allowing herself to be part of this charade put up by the Liberal Party.

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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.

Soon the truth about real VP will come out

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), today (April 2, 2018) began the manual counting of ballots in the contested elections for Vice President in May 2016, with its focus on the three pilot provinces identified by protestor Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as areas where massive electoral fraud had allegedly taken place.

These provinces — Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Iloilo — could open a Pandora’s box of the cheating machinery that the Liberal Party, operating through then Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista, had set into motion to pad the number of votes obtained by incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo.

Robredo was declared the winner by a margin of only 260,000 votes. Marcos claims this narrow margin of victory was caused by massive cheating.

In Iloilo, the Liberal Party machinery engaged in massive vote buying for Mar Roxas as President and Leni Robredo as Vice President on election day to deliver a landslide victory for the LP tandem. There were also reports about PCOS machine manipulation to deliver a “cushion” for Robredo.

Robredo obtained 523,729 while Marcos got only 94,411 based on the official count of Comelec. Such a huge lead obtained by Robredo in Iloilo is highly suspicious, considering that Mar Roxas received only 619,297 votes, or 61.4%. Roxas is considered a local boy as he comes from the neighboring province of Capiz. He was followed by Grace Poe who got 157,252 votes and now President Duterte with 139,357 votes.

The majority vote for Roxas was not only made possible by vote buying, but also PCOS machine manipulation. Still, his rivals got roughly 40% of the votes cast.

Such a huge margin for Robredo was simply unbelievable, political observers here have opined. She was a last-minute candidate for Vice President and was hardly known in Iloilo province. Marcos, on the other hand, has a large following in Iloilo province. His wife is an Araneta, with relatives in Barotac Nuevo and other towns. He also has many supporters in the province.

How could Robredo have gotten a bigger margin over Marcos than her presidential running mate? I believe it was done through vote padding for her while vote shaving against Marcos.

If indeed Robredo did win in Iloilo because of the party machinery, it could not have been that big. As things stand, Robredo’s margin of victory in Iloilo was 429,318. Roxas won by 462,045 against second placer Poe. If we combine the number of votes of Poe and Duterte, Roxas won only by 322,688. That the margins of both LP bets were almost the same over the next contender smacks of fraud. The LP machinery was good, but it was too good to be true.

This scenario could also have taken place in the other two provinces: more votes were added to Robredo while Marcos saw his number of votes shaved. It’s a classic example of dagdag/bawas. Indeed, if we remember the final hours of the national canvass, Marcos had seemed headed for certain victory. At the blink of the eye, the scorecard changed.

Anyway the truth will come out with the start of the manual count. I am confident I will be proven right about what happened in the Vice Presidential race, and not too long from now, the real Vice President will be proclaimed.