By Elena Grace Flores | Media Curious
Gone are the days when people rely on the mainstream media news particularly TV reports to confirm big events. However, in today’s digital age, Facebook got them first. But some people still have doubts until such information is shown on the home screens. The initial report of Bongbong Marcos’ recent victory against the COMELEC which insists on his liability over the election storage fees overseas now starts in the broadcasting networks.
COMELEC’s Lack of Discretion
The Supreme Court says its order to safeguard the poll materials abroad should not stop the Commission on Elections from moving the materials back to the country. As long as they can assure that such process is safe. In the sense that the evidence remains intact for the purpose.
The Supreme Court’s Decision
The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), ruled that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) must pay for the storage fees of election materials kept in foreign posts. In a 6-page decision dated October 10, the PET denied the Comelec’s petition requesting that the storage fees be shouldered instead by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, who had filed an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The Poll Body Wanted Marcos to Pay for its Liability
The Comelec reasoned that it could not bring back these election materials to the country within the period required by the PPO, resulting in additional costs. It earlier suggests to let Marcos pay because of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. But the PET did not agree. It said that the PPO did not prohibit the Comelec from transferring the election materials to the poll body’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.
Strong Public Force
It can be felt via social media that the public is already getting fed up with the slow progress of the recount. This is the only way to resolve the legitimacy of the Vice Presidency. There are obvious forces that contribute to its delay as the majority of Filipinos shout for the immediate recount online. Why can’t mainstream media do the same if they are of the people?