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Atty. Glenn Chong on BBM’s Protest: Why is Macalintal Abandoning Robredo’s Ship

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By: Elena Grace Flores

In the Senate hearing back on July 21, 2018, Senator Franklin Drilon kept on linking Atty. Glenn Chong to Bongbong Marcos to stop him from making comments on BBM’s protest. The basis of Senator Drilon’s questions was a letter from BBM’s lawyer, Atty. George Garcia. This letter, dated March 15 was passed to Drilon by one of Robredo’s lawyers. Stated in the letter was that BBM was assigning Glenn Chong to some activities in Sta. Rosa Laguna. As such, the camp of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo is asking the Supreme Court to investigate Chong. In any angle, it is certain that Robredo wants to identify Chong as BBM’s lawyer to shut him off under the PET’s gag order. The young lawyer retaliates by making sure to respond to Robredo’s plea on time. This is with all his evidence proving the alleged lies of the presumptive VP. He also lashes on her lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal who is running for Senator under the Liberal Party.



YouTube video by TOKHANG TV

[VIDEO]: Atty Glenn Chong Pinapatahimik na ni Lugaw.


False Narrative

Glenn Chong says that the lawyers of Robredo should know that he didn’t go to the said hearing described in Garcia’s letter. A representative of Robredo was always present in the activities that took more than a week to finish. Atty. Chong claims that he wasn’t there even for a day. To complete their false narrative, Robredo and her supporters show a picture from his Facebook post where he is in the Comelec warehouse in Sta. Rosa. Chong, however, said that particular picture was taken nearly 5 months before.


No Concrete Evidence

Chong attests that there was no evidence of Robredo’s accusation because the said picture was not specifically taken between March 20 to 27 of 2017. Despite that, this fabricated story by the Camp of Robredo made it to the so-called yellow media. They still publicized the news and deceived the public. He also asserts that if he was sent but he didn’t go, it only shows that he has his freedom to not follow orders as he is not a representative of BBM.

 


Manifestation to Investigate Chong

Robredo’s camp filed a manifestation of grave concern with an urgent motion to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal indicating their suspicion on Atty. Chong. They particularly would like the PET to investigate how he acquired access to the audit logs from Ragay Town of Camarines Sur as well.



One of the Resource Persons

One of the 3 pilot provinces that BBM picked for his poll protest was Camarines Sur. Incidentally, Camarines Sur is Robredo’s home province. In their manifestation, Robredo’s camp cites partial transcripts of the July 31 Senate hearing regarding the alleged poll fraud of 2016. Chong was allegedly one of the resource people who divulged such anomaly. Nevertheless, Chong insisted that he got the data from the Senate Electoral Tribunal.


Chong is Not Marcos’ Lawyer for the Protest

Atty. Chong firmly denies being a representative of Marcos. He says that Robredo’s camp is only insisting on the connection so that he would be put under by the gag order s well. However, at the rate that the protest is going, the pilot provinces should be done by the end of the year. He also notes that even Macalintal is abandoning Robredo’s ship. The veteran lawyer clearly does not want the liability of Robredo’s failure that can happen anytime in 2019. That would be very timely for the midterm elections as well. Therefore, Macalintal’s candidacy is a very effective way to be off the hook. Macalintal reiterates that his job as an election lawyer is different from his job as a candidate. He also gave the assurance that he “will not take advantage of the situation.”


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