By: Elena Grace Flores
Inquirer reported that: An election lawyer who served as a counsel of Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo in the canvassing of votes said the 1,000-page election protest filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. before the Supreme Court was “dismissible.”
He said that the petition filed by Senator Ferdinand Marcos consisting of 3 parts questioning the proclamation of elected Vice President Leni Robredo is NOT an election protest. It did not name Ms. Robredo as the one responsible for the alleged irregularities, hence, she could not be made to answer for such scattershot allegations in Marcos’ petition,” Macalintal said in a statement.
“The ‘second part’ consists of alleged ‘traditional modes of cheating’ like vote-buying, pre-shading and intimidation and failure of election. Again, these are election offenses cases which should have been filed with the Law Department of the Comelec and not before the [Presidential Electoral Tribunal] as the latter has no jurisdiction to hear and decide election offense cases,” Macalintal said. Perhaps what Macalintal is saying that the Comelec, Smartmatic and the Liberal Party should annswer first before they can implicate Robredo with any wrongdoings.