Minority senators oppose PET ruling on Marcos electoral protest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019   •   986

(L-R) Former senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Minority Senators Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, and Kiko Pangilinan expressed strong opposition to the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the electoral protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

In a statement, members of the Senate minority stressed that the case should be dismissed citing the progress of the recount which they said obviously revealed the victory of Robredo against Marcos in the 2016 Vice Presidential election.

“Isinagawa ang recount. Ang resulta: Lalo pang lumaki ang lamang ni VP Leni sa mga lugar na sinasabi ni Ginoong Marcos na dinaya siya, imbes na makitang bumaliktad ang resulta at mapatunayan ang kanyang paratang, lalo pang lumitaw ang katotohanan: Panalo si VP Leni,” the senators argued.

The opposition senators accused the SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), of breaking its own rules for not acting appropriately on the matter.

“Ang dapat mangyari ngayon: I-dismiss na ang kaso. Tantanan na ang kasinungalingan. Tanggapin na ang katotohanang si Leni Robredo ang Pangalawang Pangulo ng bansa,” the statement said.

“Ngunit ang mangyayari ngayon, sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema: Pinapakomento ang dalawang panig sa isa pang petisyon ni Ginoong Marcos.” It added.

The minority senators sided with Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio whose dissenting opinion stated that it was Robredo who received the most number of votes in the three areas personally picked by Marcos — Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur — where he claimed his votes were rigged.

On Tuesday (October 15), the SC ruled to release the result of the recount in three provinces concerned in Marcos’ poll protest.

The SC asked Robredo and Marcos to submit their comments on the results which they need to submit “within a period of 20 days from receipt of the notice” as announced by SC Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Duterte welcomes Senate panel’s move to challenge his memo before SC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (October 25) welcomed the move of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to challenge his memorandum before the Supreme Court (SC).

Duterte assured they will defend the memorandum prohibiting Executive Department officials from attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings on the procurement of pandemic supplies. The Senate panel wants to challenge the legality of Duterte’s said memo.

“At last, the members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee have finally seen the light. We welcome this move of bringing the legality of the memorandum to the Supreme Court and we would like to congratulate the members for realizing, albeit late. That it is the court which should eventually decide on the constitutionality of the order and we will defend it,” the President said during his weekly public address aired Monday night.

“This is by far the most decent thing the committee has done and we are most eager to answer whatever questions you have regarding my not allowing officials of the Executive to attend your hearings that are legislative purposes,” he added.

The president again criticized the panel’s way of questioning resource persons, saying executive officials are made to wait for a long time but are not called to speak.

“Iyong mga tao ko sa gobyerno, iyong ipinapatawag ninyo at pahintayin ninyo ng ilang oras at hindi naman ninyo tatawagin at kung nandoon iniinsulto ninyo, para bang walang alam,” he said.

Duterte added that the SC is the only venue where the disagreement with the Senate panel may be settled.

“You have to be courteous if you want to be treated with courtesy,” he said. AAC

Palace on VP Leni’s presidential bid: It’s her right

Maris Federez   •   October 7, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Following Vice President Leni Robredo’s declaration of joining the presidential race in the 2022 national elections, Malacañang said seeking any electoral post is her right as a Filipino.

“Well, it’s every right of a Filipino to stand for public office,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace press briefing Thursday.

Robredo file her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Thursday before the Commission on Elections.

The Vice President’s announcement happened two days after former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., declared that he is running for president in the coming elections.

Marcos and Robredo were known to be the closest rivals for the vice-presidential post in the 2016 elections. —/mbmf

‘Bongbong-Bong’ tandem? BBM says open to running with Bong Go

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential hopeful Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday expressed openness to a possible partnership with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in the upcoming elections.

During a brief interview with the media, Marcos said a possible tandem with Go is not far-fetched as he does not have a running mate for now.

Go earlier filed his candidacy for vice president in the 2022 national elections.

“Paano yun? Bongbong-Bong? Bong to the third power? Baka pwede rin we’ll see,” Marcos said.

The son and namesake of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos revealed that he was supposed to “adopt” President Rodrigo Duterte as his running mate as they came from different political parties.

The plan, however, did not push through after Duterte made a surprise move in withdrawing his plan to run as vice president and announced his retirement after his term ends in 2022.

“The original plan was for us to adopt PRRD for our vice presidential candidate pero sa mga nangyari nuong nakaraang Sabado eh nagbago lahat ng plano. Kaya’t ngayon, nagkokonsulta kami sa partido at siyempre yung ibang kasamahan kung ano ang dapat gawin,” he said.

He also disclosed that he previously met with presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte but there were no discussions about a possible political tandem.

Sara Duterte has filed her COCO for re-election. She has repeatedly said she has no plans to seek a national post in next year’s polls despite earning the support of various political parties.

Duterte also refused to comment on questions on whether she will change her mind on running for president after her father mentioned the possibility of Sara-Go tandem.

 

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