Bongbong Marcos’ Supreme Court motion to assign 3 hearing officers is mocked by Leni Robredo’s camp. This is for the 3 issues stated in his electoral protest. They call it impractical. It is allegedly premature for SC to hear that plea since there are still lots of priority resolutions that are pending. Most of them would delay the process which is Robredo’s ultimate intention.
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[VIDEO]: The camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos is asking the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to designate hearing officers to assist in the conduct of the preliminary conference.
From the VP Camp
Vice President Leni Robredo camp said that the request ofBongbong Marcos to have three hearing officers in the preliminary conference on his poll protest is “impractical” and also “premature.”
Stop the Delay
George Erwin Garcia, Marcos lawyer states that each cause of action presents a specific set of witness and evidence. It is better to have one separate hearing officer for each one them. The Supreme Court should have the discretion to schedule the hearings closely to each other but not at the same time – which can contradict Macalintal’s theory.
Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal mocks Bongbong Marcos for petitioning the Supreme Court or the PET to assign three hearing officers for his election protest. He also belittles him for his alleged impatience urging the SC to expedite the process. He insinuates that Marcos cannot wait to be in power.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer on Wednesday criticized former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for petitioning the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to assign three hearing officers for his poll protest.
Election lawyer, Macalintal describes Marcos’ move as “very premature.” Marcos’ call was apparently aimed at giving satisfaction to the public interest by giving them the answer as to where their votes went for the Vice Presidential race. The veteran lawyer mocks the action as if the 15-member PET will believe his claims before it could hear the case.
Macalintal reminds the public that the PET has to decide yet if it would act on the three main issues which Marcos mentioned in his election protest. This is on top of their camp’s pending resolutions considered as their delaying tactics by Marcos’ lawyers. The high court is scheduled to take up the matter during its preliminary conference on June 21.
Bout for the Presidency
Do this concerns mean that Robredo is actually defending her chance to be president and not just the VP post? It is very obvious that LP members are indeed disturbed with this scenario that Marcos will eventually end up to be president sooner rather than later. Just review the media propaganda from various pro-LP publication both online and offline.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo wants Bongbong Marcos’ motion to dismiss her counter protest be stricken out from records.
Lawyers Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo explain that Marcos wrongly cited previous rulings of the Supreme Court in the cases of Perla Garcia and Bienvenido William Lloren. This is in his bid to dismiss Robredo’s motion.
Moot and Academic
They stress that Marcos’ motion is moot and academic. This is allegedly so because Robredo complies with the PET’s order last April 25. The payment of the first installment of the cash deposit for her counter-protest that amounts to P8 million was paid last May 2, 2017.
It has been a re-battle between Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos’ that both camps have their own share of delaying the electoral protest. Needless to say, there’s always the right time for everything. The preliminary conference’s setting in motion is not an exception. June 21 is just right in time if Marcos is to assume a cabinet post in May.
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[VIDEO]: UB: Panayam kay Atty. Romulo Macalintal, abugado ni VP Robredo
One Year Ban is Over
The one year ban will soon be over that hinders Bongbong Marcos to take on a cabinet post. He is rumored to assume the DILG post after the one-year ban for defeated political candidates is over. The late Jesse Robredo, the husband of his rival Leni Robredo, died in a plane crash when he was the DILG Secretary under the Aquino administration. Robredo says that she will respect such appoint should the president decides on it.
Macalintal’s Delaying Tactics
Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer earlier sought clarification from the High Court. He argues that Marcos should pay in full first because he filed the election protest and theirs was a counter-protest. Macalintal also added that Marcos should pay a total of P185 million since his protest has a first cause of action that involves all 92,000 clustered precincts.
Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, believes the motion like any other motions from Robredo’s camp is their another delaying tactic. Rodriguez criticized Macalintal’s argument that they must pay only after Marcos’ protest is finished because it had long been decided by the Tribunal. The rule says that “the election protest filed by Senator Marcos is sufficient in form and substance.”
Expensive Search for Truth
Rodriguez also said that Robredo’s camp is “making the search for truth very, very expensive.” The Marcos camp pleaded for the dismissal of Robredo’s counter-protest after they failed to settle the required payment – but the court gave them another five days to comply. Meanwhile, around 400 Bongbong Marcos supporters converged anew at the Supreme Court (SC) with lighted candles in a show of support for their candidate. They pray for the speedy disposition of the decision from SC justices. Then the announcement came that the preliminary conference date is already set. It is indeed true that there’s a right time for everything.
Believe it or not. Just when the news breaks out that Leni Robredo was given five days to pay the required deposit for her counter protest and that the omnibus motion of Bongbong Marcos to dismiss it is deferred, the Supreme Court hereby sets the preliminary conference for Marcos’ electoral protest on 21 June 2017 at 2 PM. Perhaps the Baguio vigil by Marcos’ supporters worked.
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[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has assured the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), that it will pay the P8 million fee for her counter protest against former senator Bongbong Marcos.
Marcos’ Motion is Granted
Preliminary Conference Schedule
The SC Public Information Office said that the first preliminary conference is scheduled on June 21, Wednesday, at 2 PM. This is when the issues are shortlisted with the matching completion dates. This is needed to start the process of verifying evidence and conduct the recount of votes as prayed for by Bongbong Marcos.
SC Acted on Various Incidents
The Vigil Worked for SC to Finally Move
The high court also said that the preliminary conference would also cover Robredo’s counter-protest and not only limited to Marcos’ protest. This is actually what Marcos supporters asked for that whatever the SC may decide for as long as they move forward with the protest, it is good enough for them. The candle vigil seemed to work after all.