Bongbong Marcos recently filed the motion for reconsideration after the PET allowed Robredo to have copies of decrypted ballots. These are from the secured digital (SD) cards of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal calls this “unnecessary.” He added that if Marcos really wants to get a speedy resolution of his electoral protest, he should refrain from doing so. However, professionalism dictates that if something is not agreeable, a motion must be filed for the record. Abuses of the law can then be very clear in the end. Media stunts come and go but official records stay.
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Passing the Blame
“By doing this, they have no one to blame but themselves for any delay,” Romulo Macalintal said. The lawyer refers to the partial motion for reconsideration filed by Marcos. He questions the decision dated Nov. 7, 2017, of the Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET.
Normal Practice by Spirit
“Like in any other case, both camps are given copies of all documents. This is the standard practice in the spirit of transparency and fairness,” Macalintal said. He explains that the soft copies can help both parties protect their rights. Marcos earlier questions such explanation because if Robredo’s Camp really believe in it, why did they block it and not help pay for the process?
The PET approves the urgent ex-parte motion filed by Robredo’s camp last Oct. 23. That she be furnished soft copies of the ballot images and reports in a decrypted format from the three pilot provinces of Marcos for his election protest. This despite the latter’s disagreement.
Stop Robredo’s Abuses
Meanwhile, Atty. George Garcia of the Marcos Camp can only shake his head on the many cases of abuse done by its rival Camp. First, Robredo expressed her fear that Marcos might steal her seat. Demonizing him once more using his father’s black media propaganda initiated by her party. Second, she has not paid fully for her counter-protest against Marcos but SC tolerates her so far. Lastly, but not the least or limited to it, she has the most motions filed dubbed as a dilatory tactic to drag the protest further. Macalintal is obviously just passing the blame on to Marcos.