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Pilot recount moved to April 2

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo (left) and former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. (right).

MANILA, Philippines — The pilot recount in Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo has been delayed once again.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), reset the start of manual revision of votes from March 19 to April 2, as they are still in need of eight more revisors.

But whether the 50 revisors are completed or not by next month, they will push through with the recount in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. — UNTV News & Rescue

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ICC prosecutor undermines credibility of Int’l Criminal Court — Malacañang

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

Malacañang confirmed Philippines withdrawal from International Criminal Court over Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda violation of the principle of complementarity.

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque did not deny feeling sad about the Philippines withdrawal from the Rome Statute or treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because he was among those who worked for it to be ratified during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.

However, he agrees with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the ICC treaty because, according to Roque, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda violated the principle of complementarity and made herself become a political tool against the Philippines.

He added it is also clear that ICC has no jurisdiction over the Philippines or the President because local courts are still working in the country.

“Wrong political move Madame prosecutor and I am addressing you, wherever you are. You just gave countries confirmation on why they should not become a member of the ICC. Because you have shown that you can exercise your power without accountability. You are to blame if the ICC will become part of history,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Roque also said that the Philippines withdrawal from the ICC treaty will give way to the possible decline of credibility of the ICC and no other country will be encouraged to ratify the Rome Statute.

“Remember, the Philippines’ withdrawal from ICC treaty has a great impact being not only in Asia but as well as in other parts of the world,” said the official.

Roque added that the statement of United Nations (UN) human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein against the Philippine president is a great deciding factor for the government.

“With the statement, the President is convinced that there must be some kind of a conspiracy on the part of pressure groups and UN officials to shame him,” said Roque.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman and Vice President Leni Robredo believe the international community may lose trust in the Philippines.

“The international community will lose trust in the Philippines because a country which does not honor its commitments does not deserve the trust of other states,” said Lagman.

Robredo echoed the same sentiments saying, “Ano ba iyong implikasyon ng pag-alis natin, pag-withdraw? Iyong international perception sa ating bansa apektado. Pangalawa, nagiging questionable na iyong commitment natin sa international agreements. Pangatlo, ano ba iyong gusting sabihin nito pagdating sa human rights? Ayaw na ba natin mangako na ia-uphold natin ito.”

(What will be the implication of our withdrawal? The international perception on the country is affected. Secondly, our commitment to international agreements has become questionable. Thirdly, what does it say about human rights? Are we not anymore willing to promise to uphold it?)

These statements were abruptly rebutted by Malacañang.

“America is not a member of ICC. Does it have an effect on the image of America? None. Russia, also not a member of ICC. Does it have an effect? China, is there an effect? Again, there are 198 countries on this planet,” said the presidential spokesperson. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue



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PRRD has no Cabinet post to offer VP Robredo — Palace

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has no Cabinet position to offer Vice President Leni Robredo for now.

This is the response of Malacañang to reports that the vice president is willing to accept if offered a new Cabinet post.

The vice president resigned as a Cabinet member particularly from her chairmanship of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in December 2016 after she was advised not to attend the Cabinet meetings of President Duterte.

“To the vice president, we appreciate her readiness, unfortunately, there seems no offer as of now,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Robredo’s lawyer signs joint motion to pave way for manual recount

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The camps of former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo have been daring each other since last week to withdraw all pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

This is to pave the way for the manual recount of votes in relation to Marcos’ protest against Robredo’s victory in the 2016 elections.

Marcos signed a proposed joint manifestation yesterday.

But Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that he signed a wrong pleading since the tribunal cannot act on mere manifestations.

Macalintal instead prepared a joint motion asking the PET to set aside all pending motions and incidents.

“Let’s file a joint motion where we ask the court to grant us what we are asking the Supreme Court or the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. What Mr. Marcos did was wrong,” said Robredo’s counsel.

Macalintal said that they have no pending motions before the tribunal.

He added that Marcos’s camp who has a pending motion seeking a reversal of the PET resolution which granted Robredo access to ballot images.

“We hope that Mr. Marcos will be true to his challenge to sign a correct motion to withdraw any and all pending incidents which may delay the recount proceedings,” said Macalintal.

In a statement, Marcos lawyer Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that the tribunal has already ruled on the motion being referred to by Macalintal.

He also pointed out that Robredo herself must sign the joint motion since she may disown it later on.

But with or without the joint pleadings, the manual recount will start by next month. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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