People who do not want to follow the law because it is at their disadvantage will do anything to twist it. This is what Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal is doing. It is actually a tough test for the Supreme Court. Will they tolerate their wrong action or simply follow the law for Bongbong Marcos’ advantage?
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo’s counter-protest against former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. should not be dismissed for non-payment of the fees required by the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to process her case,
Bongbong Marcos Filed for Robredo’s Counter-Protest Dismissal
Romulo Macalintal opposed Marcos’ appeal to the PET to dismiss the counter-protest of Robredo over his electoral protest despite failing to pay the first tranche of P8 million. It is required by the SC to process her counter-protest. Bongbong Marcos cited two cases to support his call to dismiss the counter-protest, namely, Garcia vs HRET and Lloren vs Comelec. But Macalintal did not agree with this.
Macalintal argued that the case of Garcia vs HRET refers to a disqualification case. It is where a cash deposit was required simultaneously with the filing of the case. “Unlike an election protest, it does not require the retrieval of ballot boxes;” he said. Lloren vs Comelec, on the other hand, refers to the failure to pay the appeal fee when the case is appealed to the poll body; he added.
Supreme Court’s Test
The Supreme Court that acts as Presidential Electoral Tribunal will surely not please everybody. It can dismay Robredo’s supporters if it follows the law or would face enormous distrust from Marcos supporters if they tolerate Robredo. Nevertheless, the issue would go through the voting process. It is interesting to know who are the justices will vote for what.
Inaction Means Careful Deliberation
Will the Supreme Court hear Macalintal’s prayers or favor Bongbong Marcos’ pleas to dismiss Robredo’s counter-protest? This remains to be seen until now for quite a time. Perhaps, the Supreme Court is very careful in making a decision on this matter because the people are watching – and Marcos might soon be the DILG Secretary.
Leni Robredo vowed to face the challenges even if she doesn’t have as much money as her rival, Bongbong Marcos. This obsession has been detected ever since she decided to run for Vice President in the 2016 elections. The pronouncement was made in reference to the electoral protest filed by Marcos against her – to the point of madness.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo vows former Senator Bongbong Marcos would not get the second highest position in the country despite criticism, impeachment threats, and an election case against her.
She Ran for VP to Block Marcos
Robredo admitted that one of the very reason why she ran under the Liberal Party is to fight an alleged impending Marcos return. This is like saying that she agreed to be a political prostitute just to destroy Bongbong Marcos. Her obsession with Marcos has been explained by psychiatrists in the past. That is really driving her crazy and she must get professional help so as not to worsen her situation.
Bongbong Marcos is not his Father
Marcos is the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos who was wrongly accused of perpetrating abuses, including human rights violations. Just like the president these days, he becomes the subject of accusations when killings in any form happen. The question is, what has it got to do with Bongbong Marcos?
Unpaid Marcos Dues?
Robredo while stressed out amidst impeachment threats on top of the electoral protest, made the remarks as her response to a student who asked her opinion on the ongoing election protest. Robredo said that she is saddened by efforts that Marcos’ followers exerted to allegedly discredit her. She pointed out, again and again, the speculated unpaid dues she assumed that were incurred by his family. There’s no court yet that issued a verdict that they really stole money from the country’s coffers.
She rewind again her dismay on Marcos who she thinks is using his resources to carry out the “concerted” attacks against her, especially online. She might be referring to Leni Leaks and Naga Leaks who are exposed by the president’s supporters that pertain to the alleged wrongdoings of her family especially her late husband.
Bongbong Marcos said that it is clear in the law that the counter-protest of Leni Robredo can be dismissed for failing to pay to the Supreme Court the initial deposit as ordered by the Supreme Court. They can argue all they can but they should comply first.
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[VIDEO]: The lawyer of former senator Bongbong Marcos is accusing the camp of VP Leni Robredo of delaying the election protest proceedings after the latter sought clarification from the tribunal about its order that she pay for her protest.
Willing to Pay
Robredo’s legal counsel, Maria Bernadette Sardillo said that they are willing to pay the amount, but only at a later time after the tribunal resolves their motion to determine that there is a basis for the recount to happen. The Marcos camp also asks the Supreme Court to lower the bond based on the number of clustered precincts involved and not per registered precinct.
No Capacity to Pay Yet
Sardillo said that Robredo does not have the capacity to pay the P15 million. This is the reason why they need to come up with the funds. This is fairly difficult at the first tranche of P8 million. The PET requires this payment for the expenses of ballot recount in more than 8,000 clustered precincts. The Vice President’s 2015 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth shows that her net worth is only at ₱8.7 million.
Robredo cannot Solicit
Since Robredo is a public official, she cannot solicit like what Marcos did. Based on Republic Act 6713, officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties. This is why they are buying time to come up with an acceptable source of funds.
Marcos is now a private citizen and thereby can collect donations. The ₱36 million he paid to the PET was from friends and supporters collected complete the first tranche in a manager’s check. If the tribunal sets Marcos’ protest in motion, his lawyer is confident that three material witnesses can directly prove fraud in the vice-presidential election. He insinuates that they are in a protective custody right now and their testimony will be very very damaging to Robredo, Rodriguez said.
Reuters reported that Bongbong Marcos, son of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos took a step towards securing a recount of votes in an election for the vice presidential race last year. He discloses that he was unfairly robbed of victory. Social activist and lawyer Leni Robredo was proclaimed the winner for only about 260,000 votes.
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[VIDEO]: Dating Sen. Marcos, gustong iapela ang halagang pinababayaran ng SC para sa recount ng mga boto.
Bongbong Marcos said that it is good to have kind-hearted friends. That they also believe in his election protest because it is right, just and fair. He did not present all the 40 friends who contributed but they are listed with contact numbers and addresses for verification if needed by the media. The manager’s check was given in full to Marcos with the list and a protest letter to SC.
Robredo is Not Favored by the President
Robredo’s relationship with the President is not harmonious despite obvious efforts from both sides. He has cracked jokes publicly at her expense. She criticizes some of his policies, including his war on drugs. The most recent move she made just pulled her satisfaction rating down – when she delivered a video message to a U.N. human rights conference in Geneva deemed as a betrayal of public trust.
Preferred by the Administration
Last year, Du30 instructed his assistant to tell Robredo not to attend his Cabinet meetings. This prompted her to resign as housing secretary. She remained vice president but not a cabinet member anymore. Rumors have it that the president favors Marcos and he is also preferred by the cabinet members to manage an important department soon.
Marcos’ next schedule to pay the rest of the recount fees is on July 14. He has to pay another 30 million pesos to complete the recount votes in more than 39,000 polling precincts nationwide. Vote-counting machines were allegedly manipulated to favor of Robredo. She has challenged his protest in the high court by filing a counter protest – but she failed to pay the required 8 million pesos deposit. Duterte’s father, a former governor in Mindanao province, served under the elder Marcos when he was first elected president in 1965.
Bongbong Marcos whose family is accused of possessing the alleged ill-gotten wealth said that his friends helped him source out the P36,023,000 installment payment to comply with the immediate requirement. He added that an open letter addressed to the SC to resolve the case comes with it.
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[VIDEO]: The vice presidential candidate says friends and supporters pulled in resources to raise the P36 million.
Fast and Tight Payment Schedule
Last April 12, the SC that sits as Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET required Marcos to pay deposits in cash on or before April 14 which is a holiday. The other P30 million must also be paid on or before July 14, 2017 – for the retrieval of ballots.
The SC offices were closed on April 12, 13 and 14. Therefore, Marcos opted to pay on a Monday since he had less than 48 hours to come up with the required P36 million. He said that they managed to pool resources to pay the in cash to avoid further delay in the proceedings. The miscalculation on the number of precincts instead of the clustered is to be resolved soon.
Financial Influence Evident
Bongbong Marcos is still financially influential to be able to gather a large amount of money from 40 contributors in a day’s time technically speaking because of the holiday mentioned on various days following the deadline. Many might doubt that he needs contributions given the fact that the family is wealthy. However, rich people managed to do well because of proper financial management – and Marcos just showed how influential he is to be able to gather that much money quickly for his cause.
Marcos personally went to the Supreme Court in Padre Faura, Manila with his election lawyer George Garcia to pay for the first installment of P36 million to cover the cost of a recount in his electoral protest against Leni Robredo.