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.
Government Presidential Spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque urges Senator Antonio Ttillanes IV to stop talking nonsense. He must deal with the facts by submitting his duly approved Amnesty application. Aside from that, the law as conferred with international standard states that only a President can grant and sign an amnesty. Contrary to wrong media impressions, it is not the former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who signed Trillanes’ amnesty grant but the former Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin. Roque insists that instead of catering to Trillanes’ gossips, Filipinos better prepare for the upcoming typhoon.
[VIDEO]: Makati RTC clerk of court on DOJ motion vs Sen Trillanes | September 10, 2018
Void Amnesty Due to the Wrong Signatory
The president cannot delegate the power to grant amnesty to anyone according to Du30. He is insisting that PNoy himself should have signed the document. However, Trillanes’ certificate of amnesty was signed by former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. This renders it void according to the President. Furthermore, this also makes other certificates of amnesty questionable, if Gazmin is the only signatory.
The Shallow Defense of Senator Trillanes
Trillanes argues that it is absurd to think of the President to have to sign probably thousands of certificates of amnesty. Consequently, he believes that the president can delegate such administrative tasks to a secretary serving as the alter ego.
SolGen Calida’s Hand
Solicitor General Jose Calida and Senator Trillanes were already not on good terms. Furthermore, Trillanes investigated government contracts entered into Calida’s family business to the ire of the Solicitor General. Calida personally called Defense Secretary Lorenzana for the documents relating to Trillanes’ amnesty. However, Malacañang is insisting that Du30’s proclamation was not colored by politics.
Roque is saying that this line of reasoning voiced by Du30 serves as additional grounds for voiding the amnesty. To quote Roque, “This is an additional ground he is invoking, not including the grounds being cited by Solicitor General Calida.”
Facts on the Evidence
Roque is saying that for Trillanes to prove the validity of his amnesty application, he should provide a copy of the acknowledgment of his amnesty application form. If the Department of National Defense could not find a copy, Trillanes will have to prove that a form was submitted to be able to dispute such a claim instead of the staging a word war with the President.
President Rodrigo Du30 revokes the grant of amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for failure to comply with its minimum requirements, Malacanang said. Consequently, The Department of Justice and the Armed Forces’ court-martial were instructed to “pursue all criminal and administrative cases” against Trillanes over military uprisings in 2003 and 2007, according to a copy of Du30’s proclamation, which was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. The rebellious Senator is so sure that his demise is the work of SolGen Jose Calida who acts as the terminator for the administration’s foes. Calida has been instrumental for the removal of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Then, he filed a manifestation backing the 50% ballot shading threshold that favors the interest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos on his electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo.
[VIDEO]: Pinawalang-bisa ni Pangulong Duterte ang amnestiya kay noo’y Ltsg. at ngayo’y Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Senator Trillanes Failed to Comply
With Senator Trillanes’ failure to comply with the minimum requirements, the amnesty grant is declared void. Moreover, As stated in the proclamation, “The grant of amnesty to former LTSG Antonio Trillanes IV under Proclamation No. 75 is declared void ab initio because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program.”
Arresting the Rebel
Now, both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are tasked to apprehend Senator Trillanes. Trillanes has criminal and administrative charges in relation to the Oakwood Mutiny of 2003 as well as the Manila Peninsula incident of 2007. Trillanes is to be recommitted back to the PNP Custodial Center with both the PNP and the AFP to employ all lawful means.
It was Pnoy who granted amnesty to Trillanes by signing Proclamation No. 50 back in October 2010. Consequently, Trillanes led the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007 against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration.
Blaming SolGen Calida
Consequently, Trillanes is questioning the legal effect of the EO and attributes it to SolGen Calida. Moreover, he had repeated conflicts with Calida. Furthermore, Aquino’s proclamation allegedly concurred with by the Congress. However, Guevarra says that for Proclamation No.572, the Congress concurrence is not needed because it was void ab initio.
Just a Matter of Time
Trillanes holds the timing as questionable. Consequently, the Senate is set to investigate on an issue that implicates SolGen Calida. Furthermore, he continues that President Du30’s timing in Israel that coincides with the Palace order is very suspicious. He suspects that the President pretends to have no knowledge about his fate. Trillanes presumes that his arrest is the work of Calida to the President’s delight. Perhaps, just in time for the upcoming Marcos takeover.
President Rodrigo Du30 rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor. Robredo challenges him to follow the constitution. Although, she may not be the legitimate VP. She allegedly won because of the PCOS manipulation. Besides, Du30 does not think she can improve anything in the country. Only leaders like the VP Protestant Bongbong Marcos or Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero can take his place, he said. Robredo claimed that she defeated both candidates. This is despite the massive evidence of fraud found against her. She seems to forget the nature of Du30. Note that the line of succession is already Marcos-friendly. This is with Senate President Tito Sotto and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. That secures Marcos’ VP post in case of Robredo’s impeachment. SolGen Jose Calida’s Quo Warranto Petition is another alternative. All these happen as Associate Justice Teresita de Castro vies for Supreme Court Chief Justice.
[VIDEO]: Pinag-iisipan na raw ni Pangulong Rodrigo Du30 na mag-resign dahil pagod na raw siyang habulin ang ilegal na droga at korupsiyon. Pero ang gusto niyang pumalit sa kanya, ang military junta. O di kaya si Senador Chiz Escudero o si Bongbong Marcos. Pero hindi raw si Vice President Leni Robredo na nakasaad pa man din sa Saligang Batas.
Inability to Lead
President Du30 is trusting the military to find a new capable head of state. “They are the only organizations that can control the situation when everything breaks loose,” Du30 says. He trusts the military much more than he does Robredo. Case in point is Naga City, Robredo’s City, which is a hotbed for crime and illegal drugs.
Robredo’s Camp Lashes Back
Robredo’s camp believes that Duterte’s endorsements are not all that valuable. Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s Spokesperson, cites two of Duterte’s appointees. Former tourism secretary, Wanda Teo, garnered the outrage of the public when she had a multimillion-peso ad placed in her brother’s show. She immediately resigned, though. Now, NFA chief Jason Aquino is under fire by senators as the price of NFA rice increases.
Chiz Escudero and Bongbong Marcos are the preferred successors of President Du30. However, Marcos is the only one who has constitutional rights to take over his position through his electoral protest. Hinting at a resignation in May, Du30 is banking that Robredo can be impeached and have either the House Speaker or the Senate President serve as temporary replacement. Their tenure as VP is until Marcos’ Protest pushes through and he is declared the real winner.
Alleged Fraud in the 2016 Elections
Various officials have already made references to the alleged fraud in the 2016 elections. These public servants include members of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, among other politicians close to the president. Marcos has identified pilot provinces in his protest to which the Supreme Court, standing as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is now conducting a recount.
The SolGen’s Tactic with the Supreme Court
Apart from the frustration of not being able to fulfill his number one promise, to end corruption, Du30’s only concern is his doubts about Robredo’s competence. He could step down if Robredo is removed as his successor. This would secure the post for Marcos with Sotto and Arroyo in the line of succession. However, there is still Solicitor General Calida who might come up with a brilliant tactic. We can remember his Quo Warranto Petition on the issue of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Saying that she was not qualified for the position in the first place. Therefore, her appointment can be void as voted against her by the majority of the magistrates including De Castro. How much more if she becomes the Supreme Court Chief Justice?
Bongbong Marcos said that his camp filed a Strong Manifestation with Motion regarding the use of decrypted ballot images in lieu of the original paper ballots for his election protest in numerous clustered precincts. He said that the decrypted ballot images “have been compromised.” This is in line with Atty. Glenn Chong’s revelations at the Senate. However, the strong force of the opposition is still felt in the Congress, Senate, and the Supreme Court. So, the outcome of Marcos’ electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is uncertain. Speculations have it that since the new Senate President, Tito Sotto and the newly elected House Speaker, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is pro-Marcos, the line of succession is secured by the administration. That’s where Sol-Gen Jose Calida can come in – just like in the case of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to perhaps remove Robredo from the second top position of the land.
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[VIDEO]: Glenn Chong ibinulgar na ang “Smartmatic COMELEC tandem naglagay ng Square to cheat and Tamper DECRYPTED BALLOT IMAGES.” This is a clear Hocus PCOS, election sabotage by Smartmatic COMELEC tandem and violation of the Philippine constitution election law.
Romulo Macalintal, the lead counsel of Robredo is asking the PET to comment on Marcos’ opposition. Marcos is opposing the use of the decrypted ballot images for the electoral recount. He stands that the images have been compromised. Robredo’s camp is now appealing to the PET to junk Marcos’ opposition.
Marco’s Strong Manifestation
First of all, the integrity of the decrypted ballot images is uncertain. Hence, Marcos’ camp is filing a Strong Manifestation against the use of the decrypted ballot images. The former senator believes that the images have been compromised. Therefore, he is asking the PET to hold the use of these images at least until the issue on its integrity is resolved.
Macalintal’s Argument on the Election Protest
Macalintal argues against Marcos pronouncements of the compromised ballot images. He says that Marcos’ camp has yet to present evidence to support his pronouncements. Atty. Chong disputes this and insists that IT professionals know the real score of the digital fraud as presented.
Compromised SD Cards
There are 26 SD cards, and an initial determination made three months ago suspect them to have the data. However, half of the SD cards suddenly turned up blank. Furthermore, Chong reveals that one of the SD cards, with Serial No. BUF0631 have been tampered with. This discovery of the Data in the SD cards serves as a proof of fraud, Marcos’ lawyer Vic Rodriquez says. The Comelec has also shown incompetence on how Smartmatic’s system is working, Edmund Casino, an IT expert says. The ballots are supposed to have oblongs in them but the images show squares. As the images are supposed to be an exact replica of the ballots this shows that they are fake.
Solicitor General Jose Calida’s Power
Solicitor General Jose Calida has served a key role in ousting CJ Sereno. Calida urged the Supreme Court to uphold its decision to oust former Chief Justice Sereno. This despite Sereno’s accusation of forum shopping and insistence that she is a person of proven integrity. The SC needed to settle the legal controversy, however, and the SC rules in favor of Calida’s petition. Now Calida is leaving it to the Comelec. He is doing so in order to defend it on the ongoing electoral protest. Consequently, he has filed a manifestation that backs the 50% ballot shading threshold. This favors the interest of Marcos’ camp. His Quo Warranto strategy is also an alternative to remove Robredo from office.