VP Leni Robredo said last year that she was worried about the expenses that would come with the election case. Her supporters initiate a petition to the SC to allow them to raise funds for the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos. Pro-bono lawyer Pinky Bernabe, the group’s legal counsel, said the petition is a test to the Supreme Court if they respect their constitutional rights. They seem worried that the high court has the tendency to side Marcos after the Martial Law ruling.
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[VIDEO]: Former senator Bongbong Marcos on Monday pays P36 million – the first installment of the recount fee for his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Supreme Court Petitioners
The petitioners are former social welfare secretary Corazon Soliman, former human rights commissioner Paulynn Sicam, former Bases Conversion, and Development Authority board director Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, award-winning singer Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo, Ateneo de Manila University Press director Karina Bolasco, and Museong Pambata founder Nina Lim-Yuson.
Fund-Raising before Approval
Robredo is due to pay the second installment of the 7 M protest fee. The PET’s payment deadline is on July 14. The petitioners said that they are able to raise as much as P401,878 in just two weeks. This does not include the ongoing pledges, they said.
“Our interest here is not just to give Leni, the VP, our help, but the theory of our case is we want to protect our votes,” she added. “How do you fight a billionaire?” Sicam asked. One peso at a time is their solution.
The group claims that many people are willing to help but they don’t want to be named. They find it difficult to speak out on Facebook because trolls allegedly attack them. They prefer to be invisible, Sicam said. Therefore, it is noted that it looks like there are more Marcos loyalists than Robredo followers. That for sure is the reason why they are intimidated.