Is SolGen Calida processing the quo warranto case for Justice Marvic Leonen?
Leonen Won’t Let Go
The palace reiterates that Solicitor Jose Calida’s filing a case for Justice Marvic Leonen is of the interest of the people. Calida earlier urges Leonen to inhibit Bongbong Marcos’ protest as ponente. Then it is known that the Supreme Court Associate Justice will not inhibit the election protest of former Senator. Then public anxiety grows. However, political analysts cannot ignore the tell-tale signs of what’s comes next.
THE SALN Scenario
Atty. Larry Gadon and the OSG want access to Leonen’s SALN. This is said to initiate a quo warranto petition. The strategy is similar to that of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Her oustere was through a quo warranto proceeding. Calida is its initiator a couple of years ago. Both Sereno and Leonen are stalwarts of the previous administration.
Supreme Court Ruling
Marcos lost only by 263,473 votes. Election irregularities in Mindanao were ramphant. The SolGen tells the Supreme Court that it’s the PET’s jurisdiction to annul the election returns there. Marcos submits the proofs of those fraudulent activities in those areas. A local protest also coincides with his findings. He believes he can’t get justice on his protest with Leonen as in charge. Marcos aims to get a ruling on his case before the 2022 elections. The people awaits what comes next. Once Leonen is out, many are confident that a new VP is on sight.
Bongbong Marcos Worries that his VP Protest Might be Declared Moot and Academic
VP Electoral Protest Validity
Bongbong Marcos camp’s spokesman Atty. Vic Rodriguez said earlier that their VP protest is on the verge of becoming moot and academic. This is because of the upcoming national election in 2022. Marcos intends to run for the executive office. May it be for President or Vice President. Nonetheless, the filing of candidacy starts in October 2021. The Supreme Court only has less than a year to do the remaining proceeding for a possible ruling.
The Supreme Court CJ’s Promise
Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta assures the public that the PET must decide before the end of the current Congress or the post on protest. In fact, he already told his colleagues to render their ruling on Marcos’ petition. It means that the resolution of the case must happen before the filing of the certificate of candidacy for the 2022 national elections in October next year.
Honoring his Own Policy
Peralta said that he had implemented the policy of concluding all poll protests within the term of office of elected officials. This was when he headed the House of Representatives’ Electoral Tribunal (HRET) during the 17th Congress. Failing to do so would mean that he would disobey his own rule.
The former senator and son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos recently said that he is a candidate for a position in the 2022 national elections. The presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo immediately retaliates by saying that Bongbong Marcos must accept whatever the results will be in the electoral protest if he runs. This may include his possible defeat,she added. BBM can only reciprocate Robredo’s advise. In fact, it goes to both of them. The sitting VP should have known that a Supreme Court decision on the case is more likely. This can be detrimental to her fight.
YouTube video by INQUIRER.net CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo
As a lawyer, Robredo should know that it is one’s decision to accept any verdict from a protest regardless of the result. She has no rights by all means to force Marcos to accept the outcome or not. She can only pray that the case can drag along longer for it to be moot during the election in May 2022.
Will the Supreme Court Favor Bongbong Marcos?
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta dismisses public apprehensions that his appointment as the top magistrate could affect the poll protest in favor of former senator Marcos. His FEM burial vote is the only one that favors the Marcoses. However, experts say that the changes in the Supreme Court make it very difficult for Robredo. This is because, most magistrates are appointees of the President.
Appointees of the President in the Supreme Court
President Rodrigo Duterte appoints two new justices to the Supreme Court. Associate Justices Edgardo delos Santos and Mario Lopez. They took their oath in Malacañang last year. They replaced retired justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeleza, respectively. Duterte has yet to appoint one more associate justice to complete the 15-member high court. It is now dominated by 11 Duterte appointees. This includes Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.
Peralta’s Leadership is Until 2022
Peralta is the third chief magistrate to be appointed by Duterte. This is after the historic ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno. The first two are Teresita Leonardo De Castro retires as head of the Supreme Court after a two-month stint. Then, Lucas Bersamin, steps down on October 18 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Peralta will lead the high court until March 2022.
Strategic Election Move
Marcos talks about the election strategy to not announce the specifics of his candidacy earlier. However, his running for a post alone is already significant in itself. If he’s lucky enough to emerge as the winner of the protest, he can have a lot of sympathies even from non-Marcos supporters for the Presidency. He can also opt to run as VP again should the decision is unfavorable to him. Perhaps, with a running mate strong enough to win and who is also willing to step down for him to become President.
Bongbong Marcos recently announces in a press conference that he is indeed running for national elections in 2022. In fact, the ground work for the campaigns are already set. Ideally, it can start on the first day after the midterm election. He makes sure that he won’t commit the mistake of former Senator Manny Villar who announces his presidential candidacy early on. He added that he still has to figure out which position he’s taking. Rumors had it that his likely tandem is presidential daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio.
YouTube video by CNN Philippines Bongbong Marcos to run in 2022 elections
Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hint for 2022
Sara Duterte-Carpio commonly known as Inday Sara, is a Filipina lawyer, politician and the incumbent Mayor of Davao City. There are many forces from the Duterte groups for her to run for president in 2022. However, t is also known that even before the 2016 polls, her father, President Rodrigo Duterte already intends to make Marcos president. In one interview, Inday Sara even said that she might run for Vice President.
To the surprise of many, Senator Imee Marcos, the older sister of the former Senator also agrees that the mayor is the strongest bet for president right now. She features Carpio as well in many of her publicity ads as she hurdles into relevant projects as lawmaker. The younger Marcos also frequents the events of the mayor as honorable guest in her bailiwick.
The Mistake of Manny Villar and Jojo Binay
The VP Protestant echoes Villar’s disclosure that he made a mistake in announcing his presidential bid a long time ago. Most veteran politicians are familiar with this strategy. Nevertheless, despite the common belief, former Vice President Jejomar Binay did the same mistake. Therefore, there were speculations that he did that on purpose. This is for the other opposition candidate, now President Duterte to survive. Thus, preventing the Liberal Party’s bet to make it to the top.
Elections 2022 or Before
The presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo can also start to make noises with regards to the election protest of Marcos against her. Despite the explanations of her lawyer, many believe that it really gets difficult for her. This is because the recount result is not the sole basis of the protest. There is still another course of action which is the annulment of the questionable votes in Mindanao that can easily surpass her slim margin. Given the fact that most of the supreme court justices who would decide on the outcome are appointees of the President. So, there is a big possibility that Filipinos would just wake up with a new President already in place even before 2022.
By: Elena Grace Flores
True to the logical explaination of Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez earlier, his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo continues. As per the constitution, the Supreme Court can’t dismiss such a case without resolving the pending second course of action regardless of the recount result. The SC en banc, according to Marcos, rejects to adopt a draft decision made by Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa. He recommends a dismissal of Marcos’ election protest. “I am happy that the case continues,” said Marcos. “So the case lives and it continues,” he said. Besides, only justices Carpio and Caguiao have dissenting opinions versus the 8 magistrates who are for Marcos.
YouTube video by PINOY RANDOM TV RESULTA NG PET RULING MUKHANG PABORABLE KAY BBM
Trust in the Judiciary
Marcos can’t deny that frustration sneeks in after being made to wait for too long to take over as Vice President. “Of course, it’s frustrating but what are you going to do?” he said. “You have to trust the wisdom of our justices. Also the case is complicated. It is the first time that any presidential protest has reached this stage,” Marcos said.
Initial Recount Results
The high court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), releases copies of initial recount results. These are from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. The former senator claims that massive cheating allows Robredo to win. He files such case for it but the camp of Robredo demands the release of its results. The Supreme Court also asks Robredo’s camp to submit an answer to Marcos’ bid. This is to recount votes in yet another area. This time, it’s in the the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Likely Heir of the President
President Rodrigo Du30 currently laments over his poor health. He declares that he is suffering from a chronic immune-system disorder. The timing does not seem accidental. The Supreme Court, with his appointees, is set to issue a crucial ruling about who should be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
The Annointed Successor
If the 74-year-old President Du30 who is prone to long, unclear public absences gets his way, his vice- president should be Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. He swears during the campaign period that he would turnover the Presidency to Marcos because he’s too old for the problems of the country. The Filipino leader also clarifies his disagreement for Robredo to succeed him.