Robredo camp says PET denial of bid to end poll protest ‘not a victory’ for Marcos

Robie de Guzman   •   July 18, 2019   •   1618

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo
FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday expressed disappointment but assured to respect the decision of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to deny her motion for immediate resolution of the election protest filed against her by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“We are extremely disappointed, but we fully respect the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s decision to deny our motion for an immediate resolution in connection with the election protest of losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” Robredo’s legal counsel, Atty. Ma. Bernadette Sardillo, said in a statement released on Thursday.

Robredo’s camp, however, pointed out that this development should not be claimed as a victory by Marcos.

Sardillo said the PET only put its decision on hold to await confirmation of the recount results from the three pilot provinces.

“Marcos cannot claim victory as the PET only put its decision on hold to validate and confirm the results of the recount from the three pilot provinces,” she said.

“In addition, the PET also puts on hold the request of the Marcoses for annulment, which is in accordance with its rules,” she added.

The Supreme Court – sitting as PET – in its July 2 resolution said it found Robredo’s motion “premature” as her lawyers have claimed that her victory in the 2016 vice-presidential elections had been confirmed by the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.  

The court said the figures submitted by Robredo’s legal team are “merely speculative,” noting that “the Tribunal has yet to complete the proceedings involved in the protest, which entails judicial recount, revision, and appreciation of the votes cast” in pilot provinces identified by Marcos.

But Sardillo maintained, their motion was anchored on the fact that Marcos has not proven anything in his protest against Robredo’s victory.

“In fact, VP Leni has gained additional votes from the recount,” she said.

The lawyer added that Robredo pushed for the immediate resolution of the case to prevent Marcos’ camp “from spreading misinformation and propaganda to deceive the public about the genuine results of the 2016 elections, which they have been doing from the beginning of this process.”

Robredo’s camp also expressed confidence that in the end, the vice president will be vindicated and victory will be confirmed.

Marcos’ camp, meanwhile, said they are very pleased with the court resolution, saying it “finally put an end to Robredo’s fallacious claim of victory.”

“She should stop misleading the public with her impetuous pronouncements,” Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesman said in a statement.

PNP reiterates drug war successful, Robredo’s figures ‘totally wrong’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) reiterated that the government’s war on drugs is a success, contrary to the figures reported by Vice President Leni Robredo.

PNP Officer-in-Charge Archie Gamboa said the campaign against illegal drugs was one hundred percent successful; this was after Robredo called the drug war unsuccessful during her report on Monday (January 6).

“Whether her numbers are merely an estimate or the exact value, in any case, the figure derived is totally wrong,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa also said that since 2016, they already destroyed 14 clandestine drug laboratories and 419 drugs dens.

The PNP had also confiscated around P40.39 billion worth of illegal drugs. These include 5.1 tons of shabu, 2.3 tons of marijuana, 500 kilos of cocaine, and over 42,000 pieces of the party drug, ecstasy.

Authorities have also arrested 220,728 individuals in 2016, with 8,185 high value targets.

Gamboa also reported that 5,552 drug personalities and 55 policemen were killed during illegal drug operations. Meanwhile, a total of 16,706 barangays are drug-free.

Gamboa said Robredo’s appreciation of statistics in her report was not mathematically acceptable. He also said that her 18 days as the co-chairman in the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) was not enough for her to provide estimates of the totality of the illegal drug campaign.

“Ang ginawa niya kin-quote niya iyong PDEG (What she did was, she quoted the PDEG) [Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group] that there are three tons of consumption per week for the drug problem of the Philippines and then in-equate niya ito sa drug recovered (then she equated it with the drugs recovered),” he said.

“Iyong appreciation niya doon sa statistics na iyon is wrong. Kung ganiyan ang appreciation niya (Her appreciation of the statistics is wrong. If that is her appreciation) it’s quite risky because if you have little knowledge that you present it could be very risky,” Gamboa added.

Meanwhile, the PNP official said despite the success of the government’s drug war, regional directors and head of national support units are doubling their efforts in the government’s war on drugs, terrorism, criminality, and corruption.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Palace on VP Robredo’s anti-drug report: ‘Nothing new’

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticized Vice President Leni Robredo’s revelations of what she claimed as her discovery during her short stint as the anti-drug czar.

In response to her press briefing Monday (January 6), the Palace said it was Robredo who failed as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), and not the Duterte Administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Palagay ko ang failure ay ang pag-upo niya (I think the real failure is when she took the post),” Panelo said.

Robredo spent only 18 days in the ICAD before President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed her from the position due to a lack of trust.

As for the figures that the Vice President divulged before the press, the Palace official said they were wrong and all anti-drug law enforcement agencies could attest to that.

Panelo argued that in comparison to Robredo, the President has unlimited resources when it comes to the government’s war on drugs as compare to her who knows nothing about the campaign.

“I think she just wants to be relevant,” Panelo said.

“It’s a dud. Wala naman siyang sinabing bago na hindi tinututukan ng mga ahensya na involved sa laban droga (There was nothing new with what she said that anti-drugs agencies didn’t address. There’s nothing new in what she said),” Panelo concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Lacson: Robredo should justify need to divulge drug war findings

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo (L) and Senator Panfilo Lacson (R)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that Vice President Leni Robredo should justify the need to reveal her findings during her short stint as the co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

“Kung gagawin ganoon lalong lalala, ang wedge lalapad. It’s her call. Kailangan justify niya rin,” Lacson told reporters at the Senate on Monday when asked for comment on Robredo’s statement.

“But sa akin I don’t think it’s still necessary. What for? Dahil binigyan ka ng katungkulan na gagampanan mo, ngayong natanggal ka, isisiwalat mo ang mga natuklasan mo?” he added.

The senator said if the information will help improve the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, then Robredo should reveal it “by all means.”

“Depende sa anong isisiwalat niya. If it is to destroy or impede ang anti-illegal drugs campaign, huwag naman sana,” he said.

“Pero kung natuklasan niya para ma-enhance ang fight against illegal drugs, then by all means,” he added.

Lacson also said that if Robredo plans to divulge mistakes that would make some people criminally liable then she should have done it while she was still holding the post.

“Pero kung may nakita siyang pagkakamali that would point to several persons that could be held criminally liable, dapat noong nasa position siya,” he said.

The vice president earlier vowed to remain determined to end the killings under the government’s war on drugs despite her termination as ICAD’s co-chairperson.

She also promised to report to the public some information about the drug war and her recommendations.

Over the weekend, Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Robredo in response to the opposition’s dare to remove her from post due to lack of trust.

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