PROTESTANT Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. is confident to reclaim his vice presidential race victory by over forty-five thousand votes once the so-called “terrorized and fraud balloting” in three provinces in Mindanao are nullified.
“If the Presidential Electoral Tribunal resolves to continue with our second cause of action filed as early as 2016 when we lodged the electoral complaint, then Leni Robredo’s most feared phase of the protest being heard by the PET can’t be avoided and would surely compel her to come to terms with reality that only truth, not lies, will set us all free,” Marcos’ spokesman, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, said yeaterday.
Rodriguez was referring to the pending motion of the protestant with the PET to nullify the votes in Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur which the Marcos lawyers have considered as the centerpiece of their electoral protest.
And his incisive statement was in reaction to Robredo’s media blitz few days back about her case winning the Tribunal’s appreciation in the manual recount despite the PET’s decisive 11-2 vote against justice-in-charge Benjamin Caguioa’s submission to dismiss the electoral protest of the former senator.
In the same 11-2 resolution, the Tribunal also took cognizance of the three-year old petition of protestant Marcos to nullify the 2016 vice presidential balloting in the provinces of Maguindanao, Basilan and Lanao del Sur because of alleged terrorism and massive poll fraud, prompting the magistrates to order both parties to also file their comments on the nullification issue.
Asked about the chances of the former senator to overcome Robredo’s 263,473 vote margin if the balloting for vice president in the three provinces in Mindanao is nullified, Rodriguez cited numbers intimated to him by a Comelec insider that Marcos will win no less than 45,000 votes in overall tally.
He explained that proofs of pre-shading, terrorism and massive election fraud in the 2016 vice presidential race have already been established by the Comelec in about 25 percent of the 2,756 precincts in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan.
Commenting on the protest’s time line, Rodriguez added that “if the PET allows us to proceed with the nullification proceedings and repulses Robredo’s dilatory tactics, then the true will of the electorate in the 2016 vice presidential contest will come out sooner than we expected.”