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The slaughter of a Korean national near the office of PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa sounds like a plot to discredit the head of the national police force. This comes after Senator Antonio Trillanes IV call on the Duterte administration to stop taking credit for the increase in the salaries of the military and policemen. He alleged that this is due to Executive Order 201 issued by former president Benigno Aquino III on Feb. 19, 2016 – and has nothing to do with the President’s double pay promise.
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[VIDEO]: In order to fulfill one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promises, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno submitted a proposal to increase the regular pay of uniformed personnel.
Pnoy’s Salary Standardization Law (SSL 2015)
In 2015, Congress appropriate P57.91 Billion in Republic Act (RA) No. 10717 or the Fiscal Year 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA). This is to cover the requirement to implement the compensation adjustment of civilian personnel and military and uniformed personnel in the National Government. The SSL is a general law for salary and benefits standardization. The fulfillment of the law is expected to be during the new administration’s time.
President Rodrigo Duterte approves an increase in the combat and incentive pay of soldiers and police personnel as part of his campaign promise to improve the lives of the security forces. This is carried out in the Executive Order (EO) No. 3, which took effect on Sept. 1. Under EO 3, the combat duty pay of members of the Armed Forces of Philippines and the Philippine National Police is increased to P3,000 a month. This is six times the current combat pay of P500 a month for soldiers and nine times the P340 a month for police.
Fulfillment of the Laws Passed
Duterte orders the pay increase during the 3rd quarter last year and also promises a double of pay before his six-year term ends. However, during the congressional deliberations on the 2017 national budget last year, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno admits that there are no funds to carry out the promised increases in one go.
Anti-Duterte and Marcos Sentiments are Used for Destabilization
Duterte’s promises are still finding their way to be fulfilled. Diokno is working on it. Pnoy’s signed order is not specific to the AFP and PNP benefits and combat increases – so why the fuzz from Trillanes? There seems to be an attempt to lure the armed forces to go against the government. This is through the use of anti-Duterte and anti-Marcos sentiments. Discourage the armed forces by making a big deal out of the delayed salary hike, then discredit the PNP chief? Looks like the Liberal Party’s behavior pattern – visible during the Marcos anti-burial protests.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is not only a convicted rebel on parole – but also a convicted liar. He is on bail after a warrant of arrest is issued for his case that former Vice president Jejomar Binay filed against him for his accusing the latter of corruption during the longest ever senate hearings. He has no credibility at all in calling for such probe involving social media trolls bearing false news.
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[VIDEO]: MANILA – A Makati Regional Trial Court judge has ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after finding probable cause in the libel case filed against him by former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
Abuse of Power by Trillanes
Social media “trolls” are the subjects of a Senate investigation initiated by Senator Antonio Trillanes. In his Resolution No. 259, Trillanes wants the Senate committee on public information and mass media to probe the alleged spread of false, erroneous, distorted, fabricated and/or misleading news and information on social media, carried out by trolls – meaning, social media accounts not bearing the real profile of the owner.
According to the Resolution, the probe aims to protect the public from “manipulation” through the spread of “false or misleading news and information.” It also seeks to hold “the authors, distributors or purveyors of the said fake news responsible and/or accountable under the law for the contents they generate or disseminate.”
Tool of Empowerment
Trillanes is disgusted that social media is not anymore a tool for empowerment because his lies are counteracted with attacks on his credibility. When it is true that “social media trolls, do exist, Trillanes should know that he cannot hold the owners of troll accounts because they are unverifiable. That is why they are called “trolls” or fake social media accounts.
An elected public official like Trillanes is noted to spread lies against political opponents for character assassination. Binay, Marcos, Duterte and most particularly Bongbong Marcos are some of his major victims. He has ultimate loyalty to the Liberal Party because former President Benigno Aquino III pardoned him for sedition. The people resorted to social media trolls to counteract his lies. It is somewhat like the people of the Philippines versus Trillanes. Who is more believable in this case?
The Liberal Party loses so badly during the last elections. The win of the Vice President and some senators from the group is questionable. Most of their members have already transferred to the opposition. Only a few loyalists are left. President Rodrigo Duterte even announces that since the election, nobody wants to be LP anymore. Just recently, Gordon warns anti-administration senators who are also anti-Marcos to take their masks off and leave from the majority bloc.
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[VIDEO]: SEN. GORDON BINATIKOS ANG MGA PLASTIK O MAPAGKUNWARING KASAPI NG MAJORITY BLOC NG SENADO
Anti-Administration Senators Inside the Majority Bloc
Gordon is talking about Franklin Drilon, Leila De Lima, Bam Aquino, Francis Pangilinan, and Risa Hontiveros, who are all members of the Senate majority bloc. They are the solid opposition in the Senate masquerading as administration players. “They have to take their mask out,” said Gordon.
Leave Majority Bloc
Gordon thinks that they should leave the majority bloc. The five senators are in unison with the libelous Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Ralph Recto who said that Federalism is ugly. Most of them, if not all support the series of protests against the late former president Ferdinand E. Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery.
Oust Duterte Plan Coincides with Anti-Marcos Protests
A senator can go against the plans of the president without being an anti-administration public official. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri explains this during his conflict with Trillanes. He said that he is against the death penalty but he is never a part of any plan to oust the president unlike the senators mentioned by Gordon in the majority bloc. The anti-Marcos senators seen in protests are the same officials speculated to be part of the plan to oust Duterte.
Reason of Robredo’s Forced Resignation from the Cabinet
The president accuses Robredo of joining anti-Duterte rallies. Then she shows up at a Cabinet meeting the next day. Robredo and the Liberal Party members deny plans to unseat the President, but Duterte is sure that the “yellow group” cannot accept defeat. It is remembered that the Fil-Am billionaire, Loida Nicolas Lewis calls on Duterte to resign because she’s disgusted that he will let Bongbong Marcos take-over if he can’t deliver his promises.
Senator Antonio Trillanes III already warned President Rodrigo Duterte that his biggest headache in his administration is the Marcos burial. However, it is Trillanes who gets the shock of his life when his being a smart ass did not have the chance to interfere with the former President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. All is done before the public knew about it.
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[VIDEO]: The heated exchange erupted after Zubiri protested Trillanes’ accusation against him and Sen. Richard Gordon that they wanted to whitewash a Senate probe involving former Bureau of Immigration officials.
Smart Ass VS the Cool Head
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who is notably cool despite being an arnis champion is pushed to his limits when Trillanes accused him and Gordon for whitewashing the bribery involving former Bureau of Immigration officials. The “words war” reveals the nature of each senator. Zubiri who is factual in everything and Trillanes who is into deception, arrogance, and malicious towards his political enemies and fellow senators. He calls Zubiri a cheater.
Trillanes’ Malicious Accusations via the Media
Trillanes announces to the media that Sen. Gordon and Zubiri do not want the bribery scandal of Sec. Aguirre, BI officials and Jack Lam to be investigated because they know that they can’t stop him. Now, they wanted the case to be in their committee to whitewash, the same as the EJK hearings last month, Trillanes explains. Zubiri reminds Trillanes of his rebellion and that he’s lucky for Pnoy’s pardon that’s why he’s out of jail and now serving the Liberal Party in return.
Zubiri Took Offense on Trillanes’ Accusation
Zubiri stresses that he does not care if there will be an investigation. He moves that the bribery scandal at the BI, to be investigated by Gordon’s Senate blue ribbon committee. Zubiri also insists that he has never been accused of engaging in a whitewash ever when he was a member of the House of Representatives.
Unpleasant Exchanges Are Now Off the Record – Trillanes Off the Hook?
Sotto moves to strike off the record the two senators’ unpleasant and unparliamentary exchange – citing that under any circumstances, a senator cannot throw offensive words against another senator. Will Trillanes get a disciplinary action?
Romulo Macalintal, the Vice President’s lead lawyer, challenges Marcos’ lawyer Victor Rodriguez who said that that the fact there is data in the supposedly untouched SD cards is proof of election fraud – to withdraw electoral protest if fraud not found on decrypted data is insane.
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[VIDEO]: Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal dares Bongbong Marcos to commit in writing that he would drop his election protest against VP Leni Robredo if it is not proven that SD cards were used for poll fraud.
Common Sense on Corrupted SD Cards
Macalintal declares, “Marcos should withdraw his election protest against our client, Vice President Leni Robredo should fraud is not proven from the data. His lawyer who made such irresponsible statement should surrender to the Supreme Court his license to practice law,” Macalintal added. In today’s internet era, it is fair common sense that new SD Cards should have no data on them or formatted to contain only what is compatible with the tools that they are needed for.
Why Pay for Corrupted SD Cards
Rodriguez’s point is clear. Why Smartmatic fails to format the SD cards before use if they are corrupted must be explained. Why did Comelec allow having these corrupted SD cards? Is there connivance? Therefore, it’s possible that the exercise is fraudulent because why do they such unauthorized software?
Why Withdraw Protest?
Fraudulent or not, the unauthorized software should not be in the SD cards in the first place. For sure, Macalintal is now too old to understand this. His time has gone and he now looks like a fool.
Macalintal has nothing to lose that is why he is willing to surrender his own license to practice law and withdraw from representing the Vice President if the Comelec did end up proving the existence of fraud. In fact, he should have retired already. His words are already not at par with the changing times and he insisted on his ancient insights that do not match with the developments in the technology era.
Senator Miguel Zubiri denies Trillanes’ allegation that he and Senator Gordon tries to whitewash the BI probe away from his committee. Trillanes also mentions that Zubiri is a cheater against Pimentel in the past. He retaliates by bringing up Trillanes being a rebel against the Arroyo administration and lucky that Pnoy pardons him. This is why he defends the yellow race every step of the way. He hints on the ill motives of Trillanes in investigating then Vice President Jejomar Binay and in exposing the alleged billions in secret bank accounts of Duterte.
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[VIDEO]: Sen. Zubiri, “BINULYAWAN NG MAIINIT NA SALITA” si TRILLANES sa SENADO
New VP in 2017
On a separate interview, Trillanes also discloses that while there is no specific timeline, he got information that Duterte’s allies are on the move to expedite the resolution of Marcos’ election protest. This is to allegedly prepare that by the time impeachment proceedings against the President is filed, no one would dare want him impeached for fear of putting Bongbong Marcos as the successor. Trillanes believes that it is only a matter of time for the Marcoses to be back in power.
Zubiri Addressed Pimentel
Zubiri tells Pimentel that Trillanes accuses the president who is his party mate, President Duterte, that he allegedly owns a P200-million bank account. He then challenges Trillanes to charge Binay and Duterte if he can. Then to fight him to his face and not through the media.
Trillanes Exists to Annoy
Trillanes is proud to be a rebel like it’s a badge of honor. He also advises Zubiri with regards to former Vice President Binay, to the Senate President who is the chairman of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee during Binay’s unfair probe. He channels the propaganda or attack on Binay to Pimentel.
Despite redirecting Zubiri’s accusations, Trillanes is no doubt the notable figure attacking Binay and Duterte all the time on TV. In fact, he is only out on bail due to the libel cases he is still facing as charged by Binay. Why is this guy still a senator?
Immediately after the EDSA revolution, then President Cory Aquino’s first executive order is to create the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). It is n agency that aims to chase corrupt officials, recover their loot, and implements measures to stop corruption.
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[VIDEO]: The Aquino government first executive order was to create the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
First Objective of the PCGG
To recover the alleged ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, his immediate family, relatives, subordinates and close associates here and abroad becomes the primary task of the PCGG.
To conduct such investigations that pertain to graft and corruption as the President may assign to the Commission at any given time comes next to the agency’s responsibilities. The agency adopts of security means to ensure that corruption practices shall not be repeated in any case under the Aquino government. The institution installs adequate measures to prevent the occurrence of corruption.
Original Team is Gone
Jovito Salonga and Mary Concepcion Bautista who operated the original PCGG are man and woman of integrity. It is staffed by lawyers and researchers with annual budgets, that comes up with the initial resolve that leads people to think that it was, the primary agency of government tasked with returning stolen wealth.
When Pnoy becomes president in 2010, many hopes that his anticorruption platform would let the PCGG to finish its job. Yet a look at the PNOY presidency raises more questions, as its directives let PCGG left a question mark for many. PCGG falls under the supervision of the Department of Justice, the previous DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima who reportedly sought its abolition. Why would Pnoy abolish the PCGG when a lot of work still remains unfinished? Where’s the sequestered wealth?
The process of decrypting SD cards have been done so many times in the past and so now we’re wondering why Comelec can’t seem to do it now, Rodriguez said on behalf of the Marcos camp.
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The Comelec’s failure to decrypt the unused SD cards with data results to Marcos camp’s insisting that one possible reason is that the SD cards are tampered with. Another theory is the existence of a defective tool to decrypt data or the existence software that is not authorized.
Unauthorized Software Found
Comelec cannot blame the Marcos camp because their IT representatives find a program in the SD cards in question that is compatible only with Windows operating system.Linux is the system Smartmatic uses to format the SD cards.
No Explanation can Draw Unfavorable Conclusions
The Marcos camp claims that the presence of data in SD cards of supposedly unused VCMs proves the existence of electoral fraud. Who can dispute that if no explanations are given? In the first place, it’s against the law.
Macalintals, bionic, dreaming and exhilarating remarks do not do them any good. They should also urge the Comelec to follow the election protocol or else they cannot deny that they connive with each other.
The decryption of 26 SD cards with data at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, spokesman of Marcos, said the fact that the SD cards are corrupted at the very beginning, it is enough to prove that there’s fraud during the last May 2016 elections.
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[VIDEO]: THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday asserted that data found in many of the secure digital (SD) cards retrieved from supposedly unused vote-counting machines (VCMs) strengthened their election protest.
Denial and Lies
Robredo’s camp can deny or lie about it but the discovery of the data in unused SD cards strengthens the position of Bongbong Marcos saying that massive fraud happens in the last elections. SD cards from unused VCM should be empty. That certainly bolsters Marcos’ position.
Marcos lawyers oppose the stripping of the unused VCMs in violation of the protective precautionary order issued by the PET. Its purpose is to preserve the integrity of the ballot boxes and other equipment used in the last elections. Despite the plea, the Comelec seems to rush with it and threatens to charge Marcos for the delay of the VCMs return to Smartmatic on October 26, 2016.
Credibility of Philippine Elections
The Philippines is noted to have very fraudulent elections. Lawmakers opt for the digital system to hopefully give faster and cleaner results. However, the evidence gathered by the Marcos camp prove otherwise. The last election is the dirtiest and most fraudulent election the country ever had.
Bongbong Marcos’ Protest is the Fight for All Filipinos
The Marcos camp vows to fight until the very end – because the integrity of the country’s election system is at stake. They would not stop until all the fraud and machinations are exposed. Filipinos must be vigilant that the culprits cannot carry out the same cheating methods in future elections.
No one speculates the facts from the Bongbong Marcos camp. The data in unused SD cards corrupts the election files. An SD card is a type of memory card typically used in digital cameras and other portable devices. To avoid corrupt files, formatting SD Cards is necessary. Smartmatic fails to do this.
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[VIDEO]: Former senator Bongbong Marcos says data found in some SD cards retrieved from supposedly unused vote-counting machines prove there was fraud in the 2016 elections.
According to Inquirer, the claims of the camp of Bongbong Marcos of election fraud in the decryption of secure digital (SD) memory cards are speculative and not automatically accurate is inaccurate. It is because the technical term of an unused SD card with data is “corrupted.” Thereby, anything that is stored in there are corrupted files. Since the files are corrupt, there is fraud.
Continued Decryption is Delaying Electoral Protest ruling
The decrypting process of the rest of the 127 SD cards is a delaying tactic of the Comelec. The poll body cannot provide a timeline on when the decryption of the 127 SD cards will be finished.
Further Decryption of SD cards Unnecessary
Contrary to Robredo’s camp, the most prudent course of action now is not to wait for the result of the decrypting process. The data retrieved from the first 13 SD cards must be disclosed to the public.
Veteran election lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal shows his ancient age with his remarks on the finding that the unused SD cards indeed have data on them. His comments that Bongbong Marcos’ camp is either hallucinating or have bionic eyes do not only prove that he is clueless about technology – but he lacks common sense as well.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo’s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the process of decrypting the SD cards is not yet complete for anyone to claim there is proof of election fraud.
Smartmatic Provides Used SD Cards for a Hefty Price?
If Macalintal is right then it’s Smartmatic who provides used election tools for the price of new gadgets which the total price amounts to billions of pesos. In any case, it is still fraudulent in the part of Smartmatic. How could then the Comelec allow such an unfair trade for the Filipino people?
Who does not Understand the Digital Election Process?
Macalintal calls the proof “baseless.” He said it also proves that the Marcos camp does not understand the digital election protest process. The protest ruling does not depend on the basis of SD cards but the ballots actually cast in the VCMs. “The results must match with the election returns, statement of votes, and other election documents,” he said.
Bionic Eyes VS. Common Sense
“The camp of Marcos must have a bionic mind or bionic eyes to be able to read these encrypted data and immediately claim that there were electoral frauds committed in the said election,” Macalintal added. 13 of the 26 SD cards have folders in them with data. Although the decryption process is still ongoing, it brings down to why the Comelec uses used SD cards for such a very important event in the country?
Macalintal should consider retirement now. Bongbong Marcos’ camp is right. The fact that there are data in unused SD cards, there is fraud in every angle. One, Comelec may have cheated in terms of overpricing – buying old items for the price of new. Two, there’s a connivance with the winning V.P.’s political party. This is what SC is finding out.
Smartmatic decrypts 26 SD cards where 13 of them have folders that contain data in them. It is very unlikely why some of the 120 SD cards have data in them when they come from unused VCMs kits. This supports the Marcos camp’s protest that SC preserves the VCMs until the election protest finishes because they are vital in the protest.
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[VIDEO]: The camp of Bongbong Marcos challenged the Comelec to show the content of supposed to be unused SD cards that are suspected to be used.
Decryption is still Ongoing
The Comelec decrypts of 26 of the 127 SD cards found to have data during the stripping of 1,356 unused VCMs last October 2016. This still goes on until they finish all the 127 SD cards.
A Booster of Marcos’ Position
This strengthens the position of Bongbong Marcos that massive fraud indeed happens during the last elections. SD cards from unused VCMs should be empty. Marcos lawyer, Victor Rodriguez confirms that they have data in them. He also serves as the spokesperson of Marcos.
Hurdles along the Way
It is not easy for the Marcos camp to continue the fight against Vice President Leni Robredo’s occupying the second highest position in the land. The discovery inspires Marcos’ team to not surrender.
There is no way that Bongbong Marcos stops his electoral protest against Robredo, especially now that even without knowing the content yet, it’s already proven that there’s indeed cheating since data exist in SD cards that are declared unused. That is already a clear lie!
How can the heirs of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos deny the justice of alleged victims of Martial Law abuses – when their assets are already forcibly taken by the PCGG to allegedly pay the human rights victims? However, the government is into the new challenge to really prove that it’s Marcos who is responsible for the abuses – or else, the compensation won’t be released.
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[VIDEO]: The Court of Appeals has rejected the Marcos family’s attempt to delay trial at a Makati court of a civil case filed by victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime necessary to validate a foreign decision.
$2 Billion Dispute
In 1992, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii finds Marcos personally liable for the human rights abuses committed under his leadership. The court awards the victims $2 billion in damages, sourced from funds that are allegedly ill-gotten. They are under the possession of PCGG which are more than enough to pay the said compensation.
On appeal, it takes 8 years for the Supreme Court of the Philippines to consider the issue. It eventually delivers its opinion. The court offers no explanation for its delay. In 2007, the Human Rights Committee of the UN (HRC) publishes a communication in which it concludes that the Philippines government violates the victim’s rights under the ICCPR due to the unreasonable amount of time it had taken to consider “a matter of minor complexity.” The HRC requests that the government compensate the victims promptly to resolve the case.
Aquino’s Delayed Action
Former President Benigno Aquino III signs the Human Rights Victims (Reparation and Recognition) Act into law on February 25, 2013. It addresses the human rights abuses allegedly takes place under former President Ferdinand Marcos’ government from 1972 to 1986.
Rules 38 Section 48 of the Philippine Rules of Court, the country recognizes and enforces a foreign decision only through a case filed before the Philippine court. Therefore, the complainants file a suit at the Makati RTC in 1997. Initially, the regional court dismisses the suit, stating that the victims are required to pay a filing fee of $8.4 million, based on the $2 billion in dispute. The irony now is, what if after thorough questioning, the courts finds out that Marcos should not be held responsible but the Philippine Constabulary’s chief? Will they also charge the culprit the same as the Marcoses?
The Media make it look so bad for the Marcoses who allegedly delay the hearings for the human rights violation compensation. this amounts to 1.9 billion dollars or rounded off at $2 billion. The Marcoses’ plea is only for 30 days extension. Pnoy acts on it only after more than 8 years from the US court ruling.
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[VIDEO]: Senator Bongbong Marcos has taken the top spot in the recent vice presidential survey. But he continues to be hounded by Martial Law victims demanding compensation for the atrocities they endured under his father’s rule.
Damages are Paid
Win or lose, the Marcoses’ paid the damages, guilty or not. PCGG already has the funds from the sequestered wealth of the Marcoses. The Marcoses’ counsel team only asks for a bit of delay since they are still facing petitions against the late Marcos’ burial and Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against vice President Leni Robredo. The delay does not mean they don’t want to pay because they have paid long before the verdict.
$3.6 Billion in Cash is with the PCGG
The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) gets at least P170 billion (nearly $3.6 billion) in cash from the Swiss Bank deposits. Other luxury assets such as paintings and jewelries are the ones under the petition of Imelda Marcos to be returned. Those are not blocking any payment that should be under the control of the government.
Guilty before the Verdict
Once the hearings continue, discussions take time as well. PCGG still holds the wealth that should hold interests. What if the ruling overturns and finds the Marcoses innocent of Martial Law crimes and hold former President Fidel Ramos responsible instead? Will PCGG returns Marcos’ wealth?
So, if the late Ferdinand Marcos is set free, can they charge the same amount to the real culprit if ever? Is this the reason why after 8 years of delay by the Aquinos’, the process is fast tracked to reach an immediate verdict and silenced the alleged Martial Law victims? Bongbong Marcos during the campaign period said that the payment of the compensation is the government’s discretion.
Former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay and wife of Former Vice President Jejomar Binay asks Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang to inhibit from hearing her cases over doubts on her impartiality and independence. The remarks that the magistrate made during a hearing in October last year gives Binay the impression of her being bias against her. The Sandiganbayan, however, assures Binay that “bare allegations” of a judge or partiality will not suffice, as per the recent rulings by the Supreme Court.
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[VIDEO]: Former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay related in malversation case bail out P70,000 in the 3rd division of the Sandiganbayan.
Binay’s request to re-raffle her four pending cases to other divisions and hold separate trials for them in a 20-page resolution promulgated on Jan. 13. It is denied by the anti-graft court’s Special Third Division.
In Tang’s case, the Sandiganbayan explains that she only asked Binay’s counsel during the hearing whether the motion for re-raffle was a motion for inhibition and the legal basis for it. It is so because asking other divisions to handle the cases would have the effect of a recusal.
The Sandiganbayan explains that unless there is concrete proof that a judge has a personal interest in the proceedings and the bias comes from an extrajudicial source, that’s when the request can be granted.
Such case is the alleged anomalous purchase of beds worth P36.43 million and P8.83-million worth of medical equipment for the Ospital ng Makati in 2001 without holding public bidding. Binay is already acquitted in the anomalous P13-million purchase of office furniture for the new Makati City Hall building. These cases are filed allegedly by the family’s political enemies over their support of Bongbong Marcos.