Leni Robredo submits a motion to clarify to the Supreme Court the Comelec expenses. Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo said that Marcos must pay the liability of Comelec. This is allegedly due to his election protest.
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[VIDEO]: Kung gusto raw umusad ni dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang hiling na recount, dapat niyang bayaran ang hindi bababa sa P2-billion na halaga.
Must Follow the Law
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson is aghast with the behavior of Robredo’s lawyers. They should advise their client to adhere to the law. Both are liable to pay. It’s just a matter of how the Supreme Court would divide it. The SC can also rule otherwise. Perhaps, not charge them both. In any case, it is wiser to wait for the ruling before submitting any motion.
Expensive Price to Pay
Comelec estimates the cost of the protest at around P2.08 billion because of the non-turnover of 97,365 vote counting machines before Dec. 1, 2016. Comelec’s assessment is based on the Supreme Court’s order to itemize the costs it may be required to pay under the automated election contracts.
Rodriguez said that Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are shortlisted as priorities for the recount because these provinces can show the major discrepancies between the cast ballots and those transmitted by the VCMs and reported by the Certificates of Canvass. This is the issues that they should face right now and not about the Comelec expenses.
Unbecoming of a Leader
Robredo destroys her reputation as a leader by acting scared shit that she will be ordered to pay a lot of money for the Comelec expenses. Worst, she literally and legally passed the burden onto Marcos even before it’s necessary. One thing is clear. The more she tries to ruin Marcos, the more enemies she can garner.
Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to trash the Bongbong Marcos’ motion. It seeks the dismissal of her counter-protest him.
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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.
They continue that Garcia’s case refers to the simultaneous payment to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) for the petition filing. Lloren’s case is not applicable because it was about the payment of the appeal fee.
Robredo’s camp accuses Marcos to resort to misleading the Tribunal with the use of the Supreme Court’s decision on Lloren’s case. Thereby, they urge the Motion to Dismiss the Counter-Protest. On top of that, they want PET to erase it from the records of the electoral protest, the motion said.
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.
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.
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[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?