It can be observed that there’s also some kind of conflict within the Supreme Court. En banc votes can judge on this. Once the so-called allies of the ex-President Aquino inhibit from a case, the Pro-administration magistrates win. Take the case of the alleged election storage liability of Bongbong Marcos for the monthly expenses of the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In its Resolution dated 29 August 2017, the PET ruled out that “there would be no occasion for the Tribunal to charge the same against either of the cash deposits of Protestant or ‘Protestee’.”
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[VIDEO]: SC votes to keep De Lima in jail.
However, there’s a catch. SC also approves COMELEC’s requests for additional time to prepare for the VP recount twice. So, the stalwarts of the previous administration seem to balance their hold to avoid public scrutiny. The ultimate goal is to delay Marcos’ Vice Presidency as their yellow comrades use Senator Leila De Lima’s plight to malign the President who is a Marcos ally.
LP can Sacrifice De Lima over Marcos’ Election
Voting 9-6, the SC en banc ruled to reject De Lima’s motion to recall her warrant of arrest. It was issued by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. The six justices who dissented from the main ruling are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Francis Jardeleza.
The Administration’s Show of Power
The decision was penned by Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., whom de Lima had asked to inhibit from the case for allegedly pushing the acquittal of a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug lord.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) in February filed three criminal charges against De Lima for supposedly receiving bribes from NBP drug lords in exchange for their protection during her term as Justice secretary. The agency also accused De Lima of using the money from the illegal drug trade to fund her 2016 senatorial campaign. She was charged with three counts of violation of Section No. 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to trafficking and criminal liability of government officials. Contrary to the black media propaganda against the President, De Lima is not a political prisoner.