Bongbong Marcos has moved a step closer towards his bid to nullify the victory of Leni Robredo in the May 2016 Vice Presidential race. This might be a long process but the SC recently acts on many motions that include the start of the Preliminary Conference. This is already a good sign of progress.
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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.
Preliminary Conference Finally Off the Ground
The Supreme Court, that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has approved the request of Bongbong Marcos to get his electoral protest against Robredo off the ground by the date of the preliminary conference. Theodore Te, the high court’s spokesperson, said that the magistrates granted Marcos’ motion during their full-court session in Baguio City recently. Just at the last of their annual summer sessions. The initial hearing will be at 2 p.m. on June 21.
PET issued the ruling “without prejudice” to all the petitions filed by both parties. It also awaits resolution from the 15-member tribunal. The Supreme Court tries to be just to both parties – to be able to settle disputes through lawful means the best way they can within their power.
Joint Preliminary Conference
“Rule 3 of the 2010 PET Rules mandates that the rules are to be liberally construed to achieve a just, expeditious and inexpensive determination and disposition of every contest before the tribunal. Therefore, the PET has deemed it proper to conduct the preliminary conference of both protests jointly,” Te explained in a statement.
Robredo and Marcos are expected to submit documents to show the “possibility of obtaining stipulations or admissions of facts and documents to avoid unnecessary proof,” said Te. The magistrates also directed them to limit the number of their witnesses and to raise comprehensible issues. Robredo’s victory margin over Marcos is only 200,000 votes. This prompts him to challenge the voting results in 132,446 polling precincts. PET required him to pay P66.2 million in cash deposit for the recount in these clusters.
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
The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has finally granted the motion of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to set the preliminary conference in motion to let the recount happen on his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
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 Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in its session of 25 April 2017, acted on various incidents in ET Case No. 005 (Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos v. Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo). The PET granted protestant’s motion for the setting of the preliminary conference and has SET this case for the preliminary conference on 21 June 2017 at 2:00 in the afternoon, WITHOUT PREJUDICE to the Tribunal’s resolution of all remaining pending incidents,” the statement announced.
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.
While Leni Robredo is struggling to pay the P8 M first tranche on her part for counter-protesting the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos, he is already set for the next. Marcos’ friends have guaranteed the amount to the Supreme Court. The contributions are from sympathetic supporters. They have stated in an open letter that the second tranche of P30 M will be paid on or before July 14.
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[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Vice President Leni Robredo to pay the amount needed to retrieve election-related documents needed in her counter-protest against former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Robredo’s Motion Denied
The Supreme Court, as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for the election protest case filed against her by a namesake, former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. The SC ultimately trashed it but gives her five days to comply.
Five Days Provision
The PET might have denied Robredo’s motion for reconsideration of the Resolution dated March 21, 2017, then directed her to pay the cash deposit as stated in the Resolution dated on the same date. The deadline is a non-extendible period of five days from the issuance of the notice,” Te said.
Marcos’ Motion is Delayed
The high court also deferred action on Marcos’ omnibus motion where he seeks to dismiss the counter protest until Robredo complies with the payment requirement. Last March 21, the PET ordered Marcos to pay PHP66,223,000 for the 132,446 precincts to allow his election protest against Robredo to proceed.
Supreme Court’s Money Game
In its three-page resolution, PET ruled that Marcos must pay PHP36,023,000 on or before April 14. The next tranche’s deadline to pay PHP30-million is on or before July 14. Robredo is also required to pay PHP8 million on or before April 14 which she failed to comply, and PHP7,439,000 on or before July 14. What if the protesters do not have rich friends?
Supreme Court Spokesperson, Theodore Te announced that PET trashed Leni Robredo’s motion for reconsideration to pay only the first tranche of P8 M deposit after finding a basis in Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. However, SC extended the deadline around until 1st of May or five days after they odered her to pay on 25 April 2017.
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[VIDEO]: SC, ipinag-utos kay VP Robredo na magbayad ng P8-M Protest fee
Trashed only the Motion
The PET trashed Robredo’s motion for reconsideration in a resolution that required her to pay the cash deposit. “The PET denied Robredo’s motion for reconsideration on the resolution to pay the cash deposit as ordered in its previous resolution dated March 21,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said. However, the court have given her another five days to comply.
No More Extension after Five Days
“The PET ordered Robredo to pay the cash deposit as stated in the resolution within a non-extendable period of five days from notice of the resolution,” he added. The Supreme Court that sits as the PET, ordered Robredo to pay ₱8 million within five days from 25 April 2017.
Robredo’s Camp Respects SC’s Ruling
Bernadette Sardillo, Robredo’s legal counsel said that they had yet to receive the PET order, but clarified that they respected the ruling and would comply. “Any payment of the cash deposit in our counter protest should not also be taken to mean that the election protest filed by former Sen. Marcos has any merit or legitimacy,” Sardillo stressed.
Merit on Marcos’ Electoral Protest
Why would Sardillo highlight the legitimacy of Marcos’ electoral protest when they pay the deposit? Does this mean that their payment acknowledges that Marcos’ claims of fraud are worth millions just to make a counter-protest? One thing is sure. Bongbong Marcos is confident to pay P36 M deposit out of the total P66 M just to prove Liberal Party’s fraudulent activities that benefit Robredo.