Bongbong Marcos says VP poll protest 'must be decided soon'

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, October 16, 2017

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Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) should prioritize his poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Monday, Marcos told host Pinky Webb that his pending electoral protest "must be decided soon" by the PET, saying that presentation of evidences can speed up the entire process.

"It should be prioritized. We have to come to a final conclusion. This is something as important as a national election. We have to come to a conclusion and people need to know... decide one way or another. But it must be decided and it must be decided soon," Marcos said.

Marcos' causes of action in his protest are the 2016 automated elections, the recounting of ballots in 36,465 precincts, and the nullification of votes in three areas in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In the same interview, Marcos was also asked to comment on the resignation of Andres Bautista as chairman of  the Commission on Elections and whether this would have an effect on his case. He said that Bautista's "secret meetings" with Smartmatic officials outside the country "must cause for alarm."

"It's highly irregular for the chairman to be conducting secret meetings outside of his office, and even worse outside the country. The fact that you do that outside the country immediately raises suspicion. Why do that? You have a perfectly good office. All the people that involved are here in the Philippines. Immediately the conclusion, anong tinatago ng mga ito? What are they hiding?" he said.

When asked about President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to set up a revolutionary government amid supposed destabilization plot against him, Marcos said that the evidences are "clear enough" to prove that there are moves to oust him.

"Well, it is certainly a radical move but I think the efforts to destabilize him have already been clearly shown — that there are very large great forces working hand-in-hand to try to unseat him," he said, adding that the opposition "is opposing him not because they believe their opposition is in the national interest."

"It is only in the partisan interest. The President is trying his best to do what he can to right their evils and wrongs that he sees in our society. And his opposition is not working on the same basis," Marcos said.

In the latter part of the interview, Webb asked Marcos about reports that his family is willing to return a portion of their wealth to the government. He said that his family has always been open to the idea of settling their cases, which have been ongoing for the past three decades.

"We have said that we have taken a very consistent position. We will settle anything and anything that you find, we will put a quitclaim. A quitclaim being: kung may mahanap kayo sa inyo na. Kung may makita, sa inyo na," he said, adding that certain groups just want to "make the Marcoses the issue" for their political gain.

The Source will have a replay tonight at 7:30PM and 11PM.

Watch portions of the interview below:

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