Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal criticizes Marcos’ move that asks the Supreme Court to speed up the election protest process as “very premature.” He said suspiciously that it only aimed at priming the public and the 15-member PET to believe his claims that he was the real winner of the VP post before it is formally heard.
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[VIDEO]: Pinaghahanda na ang kampo nina dating Sen. Bongbong Marcos at VP Leni Robredo ng listahan ng mga testigo at mungkahi para sa mabilis na retrieval ng mga balota na kailangan sa election protest.
Supreme Court Motion
Bongbong Marcos asks the Supreme Court to speed up the proceedings in his election protest against Leni Robredo. Marcos suggests designating at least three hearing officers to assist the Tribunal during the preliminary conference. This is basically the content of his 7-page Urgent Ex-Parte Motion,
George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer said that doing so as suggested enables hearing commissioners to facilitate better. This can result in orderly, simplified and expeditious manner. Since there are three causes of action in this election protest, it is best to have three officers as well to avoid confusion.
Robredo’s lawyer also thinks that it is impractical for the tribunal to grant the petition of Marcos as both parties only have one lead lawyer to handle the three major issues of Marcos’ electoral protest. “Surely, the lead lawyer has to be present in every hearing and cannot be in three places at the same time. The issues also are all interconnected. It is just improper for three hearing officers to deal with the issues separately,” Macalintal explained.