Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WATCH: Marcos Lawyers says delaying Electoral Protest

 Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos is looking to ask the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss the counter-protest of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Marcos’ lawyer and spokesman, Vic Rodriguez, said Robredo had failed to comply with the cash deposit requirement ordered by the PET.

“The counter-protest, her counter-protest, should be dismissed and that is according to the rules,” Rodriguez said told GMA News Online.

Marcos’ lead counsel, George Garcia, said the motion may be filed by Wednesday.

The PET has ordered both Robredo and Marcos to raise a total of P81.46 million to move the election protest forward.

The bulk of the said amount would be shouldered by Marcos, who filed the said protest.

The Vice President, however, is also required to pay P15,439,000 for her counter-protest, in which she questions the results of 31,278 established precincts.

The first tranche of the cash deposits was due last April 14, but was moved to April 17, Monday, because the original deadline fell on Good Friday, a national holiday.

Marcos was able to pay P33 million for first installment on Monday, while Robredo did not pay the initial P8 million required from her end.

Her lawyers earlier filed a manifestation, asking the PET, among others, to “hold in abeyance” the required payment until the “legitimacy of the merits” of Marcos’ protest has been established.

“Kahit saang kaso naman, kung sinuman ‘yung nag-aakusa, let him prove his case first. In this case, he’s (Marcos) been accusing us of fraud, that he was deprived of the vice presidency. Then let him him prove it first,” lawyer Bernadette Sardillo, co-counsel for Robredo, told News To Go.

Sardillo also said they are ready to comply with the tribunal’s order if their motion is thumbed down, adding: “Pinag-uusapan namin ‘yan, kung paano mababayaran ‘yung P8 million na sinisingil ng Korte Suprema.”


In a separate interview, Rodriguez cited that “contradiction” between Robredo’s filing of counter-protest and her assertion that there was no fraud during the May polls.

“Kinokontra nila ‘yung kanilang sarili. Sinasabi nila nu’ng nag-file ng electoral protest si Senator Marcos, ‘Bakit kayo nagfa-file, wala namang dayaang naganap?’ If that is the case, bakit nu’ng nag-file sila ng answer nila, nag-file sila ng counter-protest? So ibig sabihin, ina-acknowledge mo na merong dayaan na naganap. Kasi may counter-protest ka,” he told News To Go.


Rodriguez also reiterated their claim that the Vice President’s camp is delaying the protest.

Robredo’s lawyers denied this.

“I think that’s unfair because kung gusto nila talagang matapos ‘yung kaso at umusad siya, itatanong ko rin sa kanila, bakit sila naghintay ng anim na buwan, or just this January 2017, para mag-file sila ng motion to set preliminary conference? Nu’ng August (2016), nag-file na kami ng sagot sa protesta nila. Dapat tapos na ‘yung issues du’n. Bakit hindi sila nag-file motion? Sila ‘yung naghintay nang matagal,” Sardillo said.

“Ngayon gusto nilang madaliin ‘yung kaso, siguro tingin nila handa na silang gastusan ‘yung kaso at handa na silang umusad ‘yung kaso. That’s unfair. It’s not just them, on their own, they’re delaying the case. They have not shown interest in the case to proceed,” she added.




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