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.
Bongbong Marcos’ counsel George Garcia, said that the designation of hearing officers will improve the order, simplify and expedite Supreme Court procedures for the electoral protest considering that there are three causes of action raised in the case.
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[VIDEO]: UB: Dating Sen. Marcos, naghain ng mosyon sa PET para mapabilis ang kanyang election protest
3 Issues Raised
Marcos’ protest raises the following issues:
– anomalous Automated Election System (AES);
– failure of elections in various provinces in Mindanao; and,
– the unauthorized editing by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia using a new hash code into the Transparency Server on election day.
Efficient Process of the Supreme Court
Marcos’ camp stressed the importance of a hearing officer assigned for each cause of action to not confuse the proceedings. Marcos intends to present witnesses and matching documentary support for each cause of action. He also added that assigning hearing officers will resolve the protest in a timely manner.
Not Fair for Namesake
Marcos explained this in the motion; “Moreover, it is neither fair nor just to keep in office for undetermined period one whose right to it is under suspicion. It is imperative that his claim is immediately cleared not only for the benefit of the real winner but for the sake of public interest, which can only be achieved by setting aside technicalities of procedure which can delay and complicate ordinary action.” Will the Supreme Court hear this out?
By: Elena Grace Flores
Duterte will reach out to other presidential candidates if he wins the election as President 2016.
He said that he will work for the interests of the people when officially declared as winner. He thanked all his voters and also those who did not. All votes must be counted correctly; he said.
However, he will wait until it’s official as how he normally did in previous elections.