As per Leni Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal, under Rules 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, it is not time yet for her to pay. Robredo must pay the cash deposit only when the necessity to retrieve and collect her counter-protested clustered precincts is determined. They simply question its resolution for both camps to pay a little more than P81 M as per deadlines stated.
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Robredo submitted a manifestation through her lawyer Romulo Macalintal saying that the rules do not require her to deposit the said amount just yet. He reiterated that under Rules 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, Robredo should be asked for the cash payment only after there is a necessity to retrieve and collect her counter-protested clustered precincts.
Without allegedly preempting the Hight Court, Robredo asks that the payment of her cash deposit be deferred until the time that the recount and revision of all the 36,465 protested clustered precincts is terminated as prayed in her counter protest. This is explained in the said manifestation.
Motion Still to be Resolved
Macalintal also added that the motion for reconsideration on the PET’s resolution to find Marcos’ protest sufficient in form has not been acted upon by PET yet. So, the camp asks why pay when there’s no final ruling yet that the electoral protest of Marcos is indeed in right form and substance?
Will Pay if Plea is Denied
However, Macalintal gives assurance that if this motion is denied, Robredo is willing to pay the cash deposit for her counter-protested clustered precincts. Any favorable action on their plea will also have an effect on the total number of clustered precincts of the election protest. Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez slams Macalintal’s saying that their manifestations and motion for reconsiderations are mere delaying tactics.