Most Filipinos cannot believe that under the administration of a very principled leader, the Liberal Party power is still evident in the judiciary as displayed by the Supreme Court. This has even triggered Du30’s supporters to file a complaint against the Comelec. Pro-Marcos loyalists also call for justice in Bongbong Marcos’ plight.
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[VIDEO]: Prelim conference sa poll protest ni dating senador Marcos, ipinagliban ng Korte Suprema
The preliminary conference, initially for June 21, is now reset to July 11, SC spokesperson Theodore Te confirmed. The Supreme Court that also sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), eventually has to postpone in response to the resolutions submitted by Comelec and Robredo.
Marcos is Dismayed
Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez said they understand the “urgency to set the oral arguments on martial law declaration in Mindanao” but they do not see the need “to further delay an equally important case that likewise involves public interest.” This is disappointing not just to Marcos but also to the people who have waited too long for their votes to be counted at last.
Robredo’s Premature Victory
It might be a temporary relief for Robredo now that she is allowed to buy time by the Supreme Court. However, the outpouring public sentiments just put her in a very bad light. The obvious delays can’t be covered up anymore. That just adds up to her already worsening reputation as the most hated Vice President of the Philippines.
The denial of the Supreme Court that their decision is no prejudice to anyone involved is not just convincing enough. Most people are certain that Marcos won the Vice Presidential election. Liberal Party’s hope is to bring Supreme Court to rule as soon as Robredo’s 6-year term is over. It is likely the case if the President does not intervene in the already very biased behavior of SC.
There may be some truth on Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez’s statement that Leni Robredo is just pretending not to have money. It’s because veteran election lawyers and a government agency are still loyal to her. Rodriguez doubts very well the Comelec’s explanation why they need to have temporary custody for the ballot boxes from Maguindano, Lanao del Sur and Basilan. Are they trying to wipe out evidence?
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[VIDEO]: Lawyer Vic Rodriguez is furious over Comelec’s alleged bluff in getting temporary custody for the ballot boxes of Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao delSur.
Part of Electoral Protest
Maguindano, Lanao del Sur and Basilan are part of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. In any case, their ballot boxes must be secured. PET must not allow Comelec’s temporary custody of the said election properties. The people can never be satisfied with the outcome of the electoral protest if these fall into the wrong hands.
Rodriguez is furious with the sudden request of the Comelec to get temporary custody of the said ballot boxes just fa ew days prior to Leni Robredo’s first payment for the deposit of her counter-protest against Marcos. The timing is just very suspicious now that the preliminary conference is now set for June 21.
Not Buying Bluff
When it’s true that there are also ongoing protests locally for the governorship, Rodriguez or the Marcos camp as a whole is not buying the buff. There are six electoral protests for governor filed in the 2016 elections in the ARMM region – but only the Mayoral protest in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur – Omar Ali (49.66%) vs Majul Gandamra (50.28%) is directly in the place included in the Marcos protest.
42 Electoral Protests Filed
There are 42 election protest cases (EPC) pending before the Comelec locally. These are against 6 provincial governors and 3 vice governors. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor is one of them. There are 21 city mayors and 4 city vice mayors. This only proves that the 2016 election is the dirtiest ever in terms of fraud.
With the insistence of Atty. Romulo Macalintal of the Robredo’s camp that Bongbong Marcos should pay P185 M instead of just P66 M as ordered by PET, Atty. Vic Rodriguez of the Marcos camp reiterated that Marcos’ search for truth has gotten very expensive. Thereby, online supporters demand that Leni Robredo must disclose the source of funds when he pays the P8 M ordered by the court.
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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.
Atty. Vic Rodriguez’s Say
“We complied with the ruling of the tribunal and they did not. So I think they missed their chance and we will move for the dismissal of their counter-protest,” Rodriguez said. “That way, the whole process will be able to run its natural course unimpeded with unnecessary delays being filed by the ‘protestee’,” he added. He said this after explaining that the law is clear.
Since Marcos discloses his sources of funds and provided a verifiable list of his donors just to comply with the PET’s order despite falling on a holiday, netizens call on Robredo to also do the same. They demand that her sources must be known since she said that she needs time to come up with the money – and as a government official, she cannot receive contributions just like Marcos.
Both are required to pay the cash deposits in two installments on or before April 14 and June 14. However, given April 14 fell on Good Friday, a national holiday, the deadline was moved to April 17. Marcos paid P36 million to the Supreme Court to comply for his electoral protest against Robredo. Robredo however failed to pay the P8 M first tranche to the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court is Lenient to Robredo
Marcos’ dismissal plea for Robredo’s counter protest was disregarded by the PET. Instead, they extended the deadline to five days more after their decision on the issue on 25 April 2017. On top of that, they have deferred the electoral protest of Marcos to allow Robredo to pay within the specified time limit.
As per Leni Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal, under Rules 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, it is not time yet for her to pay. Robredo must pay the cash deposit only when the necessity to retrieve and collect her counter-protested clustered precincts is determined. They simply question its resolution for both camps to pay a little more than P81 M as per deadlines stated.
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[VIDEO]: QRT: Kampo ni Marcos, nagbayad na ng paunang P36-M para sa election protest laban kay VP Robredo
Robredo submitted a manifestation through her lawyer Romulo Macalintal saying that the rules do not require her to deposit the said amount just yet. He reiterated that under Rules 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, Robredo should be asked for the cash payment only after there is a necessity to retrieve and collect her counter-protested clustered precincts.
Without allegedly preempting the Hight Court, Robredo asks that the payment of her cash deposit be deferred until the time that the recount and revision of all the 36,465 protested clustered precincts is terminated as prayed in her counter protest. This is explained in the said manifestation.
Motion Still to be Resolved
Macalintal also added that the motion for reconsideration on the PET’s resolution to find Marcos’ protest sufficient in form has not been acted upon by PET yet. So, the camp asks why pay when there’s no final ruling yet that the electoral protest of Marcos is indeed in right form and substance?
Will Pay if Plea is Denied
However, Macalintal gives assurance that if this motion is denied, Robredo is willing to pay the cash deposit for her counter-protested clustered precincts. Any favorable action on their plea will also have an effect on the total number of clustered precincts of the election protest. Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez slams Macalintal’s saying that their manifestations and motion for reconsiderations are mere delaying tactics.
“That’s why it’s unused because it was not used,” Robredo said in a news conference in Naga City recently pertaining to the unused SD cards with data found on them. Even non-lawyers will understand that,” she added. Her comments are proofs that when dealing with the electoral protest, she obviously did not use her head. Vic Rodriguez, Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer explains that the data on unused SD cards are proof that the last election was manipulated.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo’s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the process of decrypting the SD cards is not yet complete for anyone to claim there is proof of election fraud.
Unused SD Cards versus Unused Heads
The Robredo camp is quick to react when it comes to news about what the Bongbong Marcos camp discloses with regards to the electoral protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.They obviously use their mouths more than their heads. Perhaps this is because they are used to the fact that commercial media would escalate whatever they say. Even if it is brainless. An unused SD card is supposed to be empty whereas an unused brain can still think if they wish to. The question is, why is there data in an unused SD card? Robredo’s answer – that’s why it’s unused just don’t make sense. Can she still think or she is also functioning with an SD card on her head?
Macalintal also has an SD Card on his Head
Marcos now asks to expedite the case filed before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer reacts to Marcos’ claims by urging him to drop his election protest against Robredo if he fails to prove that SD cards had been used in poll fraud. Nothing can be said more than that. The statement itself is certainly not from a veteran lawyer’s mind. Maybe from a manipulated SD card.
The public can certainly feel that the Robredo camp is panicking. First, the senate is now trying to impose discipline to their libelous senator Trillanes. Second, President Duterte is not slowing done in his campaigns including his support to Robredo’s rival Bongbong Marcos. He does not have to influence PET’s decision. All evidence are surely pointing to the Liberal Party’s massive electoral fraud.
The mere mention of the name Imelda Marcos, mother of Bongbong Marcos by the Miss Universe candidate, Maxine Medina already ignited the anti-Marcos concern that the return of a Marcos to the executive office is near. One thing is for sure, they can expect a bigger surprise soon. It’s just a matter of time that Robredo must retreat from the post that she allegedly steals, with the help of her Liberal friends.
Romulo Macalintal, the Vice President’s lead lawyer, challenges Marcos’ lawyer Victor Rodriguez who said that that the fact there is data in the supposedly untouched SD cards is proof of election fraud – to withdraw electoral protest if fraud not found on decrypted data is insane.
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[VIDEO]: Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal dares Bongbong Marcos to commit in writing that he would drop his election protest against VP Leni Robredo if it is not proven that SD cards were used for poll fraud.
Common Sense on Corrupted SD Cards
Macalintal declares, “Marcos should withdraw his election protest against our client, Vice President Leni Robredo should fraud is not proven from the data. His lawyer who made such irresponsible statement should surrender to the Supreme Court his license to practice law,” Macalintal added. In today’s internet era, it is fair common sense that new SD Cards should have no data on them or formatted to contain only what is compatible with the tools that they are needed for.
Why Pay for Corrupted SD Cards
Rodriguez’s point is clear. Why Smartmatic fails to format the SD cards before use if they are corrupted must be explained. Why did Comelec allow having these corrupted SD cards? Is there connivance? Therefore, it’s possible that the exercise is fraudulent because why do they such unauthorized software?
Why Withdraw Protest?
Fraudulent or not, the unauthorized software should not be in the SD cards in the first place. For sure, Macalintal is now too old to understand this. His time has gone and he now looks like a fool.
Macalintal has nothing to lose that is why he is willing to surrender his own license to practice law and withdraw from representing the Vice President if the Comelec did end up proving the existence of fraud. In fact, he should have retired already. His words are already not at par with the changing times and he insisted on his ancient insights that do not match with the developments in the technology era.