ELECTIONS 2022: Marcos Jr., concerned with ‘vote protection’, slows down on sorties

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Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, gestures with a victory sign during a campaign rally in Lipa, Batangas province, Philippines, April 20, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The son of the late Philippine dictator and his namesake Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday (April 26) that while sorties will continue, the UniTeam has begun slowing down on them to focus on “vote conversion and vote protection.”

Sunod-sunod pa rin ang aming mga sorties, although nag-slow down na kami nang kaunti because we’re starting to attend to other outstanding issues, specifically vote conversion and vote protection," he said.

(The sorties will continue, although we’ve slowed down a bit because we’re starting to attend to other outstanding issues, specifically vote conversion and vote protection.)

Marcos Jr. emphasized the need to be “very very careful” in the upcoming 2022 national elections, particularly with the vote count.

“So far, our coordination with local leaders, our parallel groups, seem to be okay. But of course, we still have to be very very careful,” Marcos Jr. said. “We still have to be very watchful and make sure that everything goes according to the proper procedure, especially during election day and, of course, more importantly, during the counting."

Marcos added, “These are the things that I worry about and these are the things na tinututukan namin ‘to (that we are on the lookout for)," he said.

In February last year, the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) unanimously decided against Marcos in his electoral protest against Leni Robredo for vice presidency. He filed a motion for reconsideration in May that year.

Looking back, Bongbong’s father Marcos Sr. has a record of ruining the integrity of the vote by cheating in the 1986 snap elections against Corazon “Cory” Aquino – an event which led to the walkout of 35 computer workers of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) that contributed to the buildup to the EDSA People Power Uprising.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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