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?
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[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.
Youtube video by; Rappler
[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.
Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News
[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.
It is evident in social media that it’s not only the rich who are willing to contribute for Bongbong Marcos’ recount dues ordered by the Supreme Court but also most supporters from the masses particularly OFWs, office workers, and laborers. At least 40 friends and supporters of Marcos helped raise the initial money needed for his poll protest against Leni Robredo. They affixed their signatures, contact information with an open letter addressed to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to expedite Marcos’s protest. Marcos confirmed that they are the donors who helped raise P36,023,000 required by the PET.
Youtube video by; Eagle News
[VIDEO]: Binayaran na ni dating Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., sa Korte Suprema ang unang installment ng cash deposits na 66 million pesos na sinisingil ng Presidential Electoral Tribunal para umusad ang kanyang electoral protest laban kay Vice-President Leni Robredo.
The Identified Generous Donors
Peña, Flores, Farrales, Prieto
Fernando Peña is the former president of the Rotary Club of Makati West. A recipient of the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor in 2014 and awardee of the Presidential Order of Merit in 2005. Ira K. Flores and Carlos M. Farrales are both campaign supporters of Marcos. Valentin Prieto Jr. is the national director of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and holds the rank of Coast Guard vice admiral.
Ongkiko, Coyiuto, Violago
Bienvenido Ongkiko Jr. Ongkingco is the president of Galeria de Magallanes Condominium Association Inc. Surname of Coyiuto isalso on the list. The Coyiuto family are in many businesses as well as in the power industry. Roberto Coyiuto Jr. is the 13th richest Filipino in 2016 by the American business magazine, Forbes. He is the president and CEO of Oriental Petroleum & Minerals Corp. Oscar Violago is the owner of San Lorenzo Ruiz Water Development Corporation and New San Lorenzo Builders.
Carmona, Roa, Limjoco
Jose Fabian P. CarmonaCarmona is a former village official at Urdaneta, Makati City. Alfredo D. Roa is the president of the Rural Bank of Alfonso Inland Corp and an independent director of Araneta Properties Inc. Ruby Diaz Roa is the sister of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz. There are 3 donors with Roa as maiden name. Marcos said that they can be related to the President because there are several Roas in the country. Gabriel Roa Limjoco Ruby’s daughter.
Masangkay, Nolasco, Tantoco, Romero, Dionisio
Elizabeth Aguilar Masangkay is a civic leader and a businesswoman who is also the sister of Las Piñas Mayor Vergel “Nene” A. Aguilar. Maymay Nolasco Nolasco is the president and CEO of KSL Corp. Paolo Tantoco is one of the grandsons of Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. of the retail company Rustan’s Group who was listed as the 46th richest Filipinos of 2016 by Forbes. Ramir Arce Romero is a Filipino actor who starred in the various movies. Jethro Dionisio is an award-winning shooter who won in three Steel Challenges. He owns shooting ranges and gun stores in Metro Manila.
While Bongbong Marcos’ friends and others who are close to him initiated the money collection to contribute to Marcos’ immediate SC due, the camp of Robredo is buying time. They submitted a manifestation instead of the payment – but will ultimately pay if the plea is rejected.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Panayam kay Atty. Maria Bernadette Sardillo, co-counsel for VP Leni Robredo
SC Plea of Robredo
Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court, that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET to allow her to pay the cash deposit for her counterprotest at a later time after determining that there’s truth in Marcos’ accusation that she cheated during the last elections.
Atty. Maria Bernadette Sardillo said that they are not delaying the protest. They apparently are in different positions and have a contrasting understanding of the law. She said that since Marcos questioned the whole electoral system, he should pay for all the recount expenses in all precincts. Sardillo also added that Marcos allegedly contributed to the delay in the process by only sending a petition to set the preliminary conference in motion after 6 months from PET’s resolution that his electoral protest is in right form and substance.
Demand in the Manifestation
In their manifestation, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that Marcos should even pay P185 million since his protest questioned the integrity of the vote counting machines in all 92,509 clustered precincts which are equivalent to 369,138 established precincts.
Robredo’s lawyers made her look like a spoiled brat. They are fond of twisting laws and say unfounded details just like her in her latest UN video side event pronouncements. Sardillo discredits the witnesses of Bongbong Marcos for the alleged election fraud even before the verdict of the high court. Will the SC still continue to tolerate the camp that is disrespecting and giving it a bad name?