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Supreme Court’s Theodore Te: PET Trashed Robredo’s Motion not to Pay – but did not Trash her

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Search for Truth has Become Very Expensive – Robredo Must Disclose P8 M Source when Paid


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

Netizen’s Call

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.

SC’s Requirement

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.

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Macalintal Prays that Supreme Court wont Dismiss Robredo’s Counter-Protest Despite Nonpayment

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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’s Argument

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.

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Robredo’s Counter-Protest can be Dismissed by Supreme Court because she cannot Solicit

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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’ Advantage

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.

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Supreme Court Owes it to the People to Expedite Marcos’ Recount Protest

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

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[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 is also 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.