On the 1000th day anniversary of his election protest :
“I am determined more than ever to fight for the truth and clean up our election system” – BBM Asks PET to order the technical examination of election results in ARMM
“The quest for justice is never easy but with the truth on our side and with the millions of Filipinos who put their trust in me, I am determined more than ever to continue the fight for clean elections.”
This was the statement made today by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. as he marked the 1000th day anniversary of his election protest which is currently pending in the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (“PET”).
For the second time since December 2018, Marcos asked the PET to grant his Motion and order the COMELEC to submit its findings on the technical examination of the Election Returns (“ERs”) and Election Day Computerized Voters’ Lists (EDVCLs) that were initially conducted in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
In a 12 page Reply with Urgent Motion to Resolve Protestant’s Omnibus Motion, Marcos through his lawyer George Erwin Garcia, said that there is an urgent need to proceed with the technical examination of remaining precincts in these 3 provinces, especially since the COMELEC already found evidence of massive election fraud in these areas.
“With all due respect, it would be the height of injustice if this Honorable Tribunal simply turned a blind eye on the MASSIVE SUBSTITUTED VOTING which attended the 2016 National, Local and ARMM Elections in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan,” he said.
The Voters Identification Division of the COMELEC-Election Record and Statistics Department, acting on the election protest of former Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan against ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, had earlier conducted a technical examination on the election results of the three ARMM provinces. It found that in 508 established precincts, 40,528 signatures and 3,295 thumbprints in the EDVCLs were not identical with the Voters’ Registration Receipts. This means that out of the 82,316 registered voters who voted in the 508 precincts, 40,528 signatures or 49 percent of the votes cast were fake.
Because of the alarming number of fake signatures, Marcos asked the PET to order the COMELEC to give a copy of its findings to the High Tribunal. The COMELEC refused, saying the same violated the “sub judice” rule. Marcos also asked the high tribunal to order the COMELEC to conduct the technical examination for the remaining precincts in these areas.
Marcos said that the revision of votes (in Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental & Iloilo) is separate and distinct from the technical examination of the three ARMM provinces which seeks to annul the election results because of violence, terrorism, pre-shading of ballots as well as massive substitution of voters.
Marcos admitted that there were times when he felt like giving up -- especially when there were undue delays in his election protest. However, he would immediately set aside that feeling of despair whenever he would see how the country has suffered – and is suffering -- because an eschewed election system installed a person who was clearly not the people’s choice.
Marcos ended his Motion by saying, “More than a thousand days have passed since Marcos filed his election protest in 29 June 2016. So much has happened in this period of time. We are now in the middle of the campaign period for the next election. The May 13, 2019 elections is barely 7 weeks away and we still do not know the true results of the last election. Everyone will agree that three years is way too long to wait for the true results of something as important as the second highest position in the country. The voters want their votes to be counted. They expect no less.”