Monday May 9, 2016. A day that will live in infamy. I remember that night very clearly. I was compelled to hit refresh in my Ipad several times an hour to see the election standings. This continued all throughout dawn. I have no personal data to back it up but it was surreal to see the Bong Bong Marcos lead slowly erode and to see Leni Robredo overtake him like a horse race from a TV movie. That internal twinge is of course subjective but what can not be argued is that on cue Leni’s vote count gained on the Marcos lead. She won every hour from a certain point on. If it was a typical random sample wouldn’t Marcos win at least one of those hours? Not too long after my gut feel that something was a wrong, this story appeared that provided a possible explanation for that fateful day.
I do my best to try and separate fact from gut feel. Let us fast forward to August 2017. Grace Poe not exactly known as yellow assassin questioned the financial institution where Andy Bautista alleged had in the excess of 30 separate accounts totaling over a billion pesos. Granted it seems like her sights are more set on the institution that was earlier a mystery to her than grilling the head of COMELEC with undeclared wealth. What is rich is that despite all the scrutiny that we should give a high profile public official like the COMELEC chairman, he thinks that it is OK to be the “family treasurer.”
Nothing annoys me more than all these people telling you to vote wisely and voting based on values and showing up at the polls yadda yadda yadda. None of them have the guts to say that the last time we were in this position nationally that our votes were possibly compromised by the same people who are running the show this time around. Leni is touted as our vice president and despite all the smoke around COMELEC with undeclared cash, missing officials, deadbeat dads, drenched ballot boxes and yet we all think voting in 2019 will be worth a damn when so much is unanswered from 2016?? Voters Education for 2019 should consist of one lesson only. The votes for Vice President in 2016 did not count. See you in 2022!!!! This myth we have “ Juan Vote“. Nobody cares too much to investigate if we have no vote.
Look at the U.S. People still have their hands in the air with the idea that Russia (external threat) meddled with their election. Locally we have an election body chair ( internal threat) who we all know was linked to the president at the time and the standard bearer of the incumbent party. He was found with money that was undeclared on his SALN in a place where most people would not look or know where to look. He never once gave a coherent answer to why this is the case and before you know it, he is nowhere to be found ( maybe in the closet with the one who appointed him) and for good measure ignoring his own kids. Someone should get 80s band Devo and teach him some discipline.
Three years later, not too many people remember Noynoy grandstanding that he would prevent Marcos from getting power. He said
” and if there is anything I can do, that will not come to pass….. I don’t want a repeat of the problems we went through especially from 1972 to 1986,”
How sure are we that some time mid day of May 9, 2016 that Noynoy in Malacanang fearing public retribution of atrocities he, De Lima, Garin, Drilon, Abad et al did not execute his own Order 66. This Business Mirror article goes into detail about violations Bautista could be responsible for that may have allowed Noynoy’s last gasp as President to happen. Noynoy apologists love to quote the phrase ” never forget”. Apparently that catch phrase does not apply to one Juan Andrés “Andy” Donato Bautista . ( try saying that five times fast)
For all the noise made by the opposition about anything they think they can use politically: measles, inflation ,kissing, swearing, the one subject that serves as a very effective STFU pill is the subject of Andy Bautista. Monday May 9, 2016 was a day that the Filipino vote did not count. No self respecting yellow will make noise about the point man that day. All the undeclared millions that were not in his SALN and conveniently kept in an obscure development bank that even the Great Grace Poe has never heard of was a no fly zone for the yellows what more his flight to freedom and anonymity to the US. Why should they care about Andy ” Christian Grey” Bautista?
We have a former point man of the elections with undeclared wealth who has gone missing to the point that he even ignores his sons. The same political party that once celebrated his appointment, currently pretends he never existed. That classic pinoy indifference when they rather care about beauty pageants. Based on everything some of us care to look at, he only cost the Filipino people their vote. That is all.
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