DESPITE Fidel Ramos criticisms against the current administration and his intention to resign from the cabinet, Duterte still thinks well of Ramos. In a private meeting between the two presidents, at the Orchid Room in Malacañang a while back, a photo shows Duterte breaking protocol when he personally pulled the chair and held the chair to seat the former president. Netizen Monching Lumantas wrote: “No other president has shown utmost humility, honor, and respect, to a former president, despite the differences in their brand of leadership.” Many agreed with Lumantas.
The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has affirming its earlier resolution finding Marcos’s election protest to be sufficient in form and substance. In a statement, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, spokesman of Marcos, said the former Senator was pleased that the Tribunal denied the motion of former Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to conduct a preliminary hearing on his election protest and eventually dismiss the same for lack of jurisdiction.
“We are hoping that with this resolution, there will be an end to all these delays and we can finally move forward. There is a need to ferret out the truth as to what really transpired during the vice presidential race last May.”
“Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, in relation to Rule 13 of the 2010 PET Rules, provides that the Tribunal shall be the sole judge of all elections contests relating to the election, returns, and disqualifications of the President or Vice President of the Philippines. The phrase “election, returns and qualifications” refers to all matters affecting the validity of the contestee’s title, which includes questions on the validity, authenticity and correctness of the COCs,” the Tribunal said. “We just want the truth to come out. It’s that simple.”
Atty. Jose Amor Amorado, head of the BBMarcos Legal Team and Abakada Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz, political adviser of Senator Marcos revealed the existence of a “4th Queue Server” which had been kept secret from the public by the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic.
Instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassing servers, the Comelec server and the Transparency server, the results were instead coursed through a “4th Queue Server” or the so-called “Queue Server”. This 4th Queue Server was not divulged to the public and was never subjected to a source code review as what transpired with the other servers used in the elections, according to Dela Cruz. Amorado added that there were no watchers allowed in the so-called 4th QS.
Amorado explained that the protest will seek a recount of the votes in some areas including the setting aside of the election results in areas where there are clear indications of election fraud and manipulation. Dela Cruz on the other hand asserted that they are filing the election protest because they owe it to those who voted for Marcos and to the entire Filipino people to find out what really happened in May 2016 elections. “We believe that we have enough evidence to show that there was massive rigging and manipulation of votes.”
Charged for the violation of Section 4(a) of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or R.A. 10175 [possible jail sentences of 6-12 years if found guilty] were Smartmatic personnel Marlon Garcia, a Venezuelan national and Head of the Technical Support Team; Elie Moreno, an Israeli national and Project Director; Neil Banigued and Mauricio Herrera both members of the Technical Support Team and Comelec IT experts led by Rouie Peñalba, Nelson Herrera and Frances Mae Gonzalez who are all assigned at the Information Technology Department (ITD).
“Our main allegation is that on May 9, 2016, the transmitted election results showed that Marcos lost in 1,689 precincts, many of which are considered bailiwicks of Marcos, mostly in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Pangasinan and other areas in Region II.
Amorado pointed out that instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassing servers, the Comelec server and the Transparency server, the results were instead coursed through a 4th Server or the so-called Queue Server during the time when the transmission was already in progress between 9 to 10:10 p.m. They opened the system and introduced the new script without permission from the owner of the system, which is Comelec,” said Amorado.
The camp of Marcos said that shortly after the suspicious introduction of the new script, Marcos’ lead over his closest rival in the Vice Presidential race began dropping, until he was eventually overtaken.