Robredo camp says PET denial of bid to end poll protest ‘not a victory’ for Marcos
Robie de Guzman • July 18, 2019 • 1891
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.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday called on Filipinos to ‘set aside differences and work together’ as the country marks the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
The EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 was “inspired by the valor of those whose sacrifice made the liberties we enjoy today possible,” Duterte said in a message.
The president also urged Filipinos to remain vigilant in protecting their rights and the country’s democratic institutions.
“As we contemplate the relevance of this occasion, let is proceed with renewed hope and optimism towards the realization of our shared aspirations for our nation. May this serve as a constant reminder for all of us to remain vigilant in safeguarding our democratic institutions, preserving our values, and upholding our rights as Filipinos,” he said.
“Guided by the spirit of EDSA, let us set aside our differences and work together in building a legacy that we can proudly leave behind for future generations of Filipinos,” he added.
The EDSA People Power Revolution overthrew the government of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos and installed the late former President Corazon Aquino to the presidency. RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines —Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. can still file a motion for reconsideration on the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said.
Peralta said Marcos may still appeal the decision as part of his legal remedies.
The camp of Marcos earlier said it has yet to decide on whether to file a motion pending the release of the copy of the ruling.
Peralta said the copy of the decision has yet to become available for the public as they are still awaiting other magistrates to submit their written opinions on the matter.
“We are still waiting for the others who might explain their votes because if it is in the result the effect is that those who voted in the result should have explain their votes that’s the rule,” the chief justice told reporters.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously junked the election protest filed by Marcos against Robredo over the results of the 2016 vice presidential race.
The SC said seven of the 15 justices present during the meeting “fully concurred” in the dismissal while the rest “concurred” in the result.
Peralta has refused to elaborate on the reasons for the dismissal citing confidentiality of court deliberations.
“That I cannot divulge, the deliberation is confidential. What can I only say is that as usual there was deliberation, there were debates, there were several opinions raised but eventually as what the chief justice usually does is to call for a vote and that what happened,” he said.
When asked about the possible effect on the protest should Marcos push through with his plan to run for public office in the 2022 elections, Peralta replied with: “That’s another question. That’s not tackled in our deliberation.”
“If he wants to run then that’s his choice. As to whether or not that will abandon his protest, that’s another thing,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Vice President expressed dismay over President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirade against Vice President Leni Robredo after she criticized his decision to demand payment for the US troop deal.
Robredo’s Spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez said the President should focus on directly answering the issues at hand, instead of resorting to comments against the Vice President.
“Tuwing magsasalita sa anomang isyu, lagi na lang nagiging ganyan ang sagot sa atin. Imbis na sagutin doon sa level ng kung ano ba talaga yung pinag-uusapan, paninira at pangungutya ang ating inaabot,” he said.
During his public address on Friday (February 12) the President said the US has to pay if they want the Visiting Forces Agreement to continue.
“I’d like to put on notice if there’s an American agent here. From now on, you want the Visiting Forces Agreement done, you have to pay. It’s a shared responsibility but your share of responsibility does not come free because, after all, when the war breaks out, we all pay,” he said during his speech.
Robredo likened Duterte’s demand for payment to “extortion.”
On Monday (February 15), Duterte responded to Robredo’s comment, saying the Vice President “needs to study more.”
“You really do not know your role in this government. The foreign relations with other countries is vested on the President alone kaya hindi mo alam ang mga pangyayari,“ Duterte said.
“If by unfortunate chance you become the president, please study more. I think that you need a refresher course sa law. That is my advice to you,” he added.
Duterte also slammed Senator Panfilo Lacson for his comments on seeking a more diplomatic approach in resolving the VFA issue. In response, Lacson said the President should reread the 1987 Constitution.
“I may not be a lawyer like him. Last time I read the Constitution, a senator has something to do with international agreements. The President should refresh his memory by reading Article VII Section 21 of the 1987 Constitution,” he said in a statement. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
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