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Delays on the Marcos Protest against Robredo can Drag it to More than 2 to 6 Years


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez earlier discloses that if there’s no delay on the electoral protest, after the 180 days manual recount, it can reach a decision in not more than two years. However, since Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp applied the delaying tactics in every move, there’s a chance that a verdict can only be issued just before the VP term ends. This is the case with Mar Roxas’ electoral protest against the former Vice President Binay. It did not matter, however, because the decision favors Binay.

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[VIDEO]: The camp of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos has accused Vice President Leni Robredo of delaying the resolution protest.

Delay is the Name of Robredo’s Game

Rodriguez said that it becomes very obvious that “Delay is the name of Robredo’s Game.” They are very determined to drag the case further util the VP’s term ends. Nevertheless, no matter how it takes, the Marcos camp is also dedicated knowing the truth at the very end.

Marcos’ Reply to Robredo’s Opposition to the Preliminary Conference

In his reply, Marcos stresses that the preliminary conference is “a matter of course” consistent with the rules of the PET. It aims at discussing the order of trial and other procedural matters to aid the electoral tribunals like the PET to achieve a just, expensive, orderly and expeditious disposition of elections contests.

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Robredo’s Dilatory Opposition

In her opposition, Robredo raises several issues and incidents, which, she believes PET should eliminate first. This includes unused SD cards found to contain data. Diagnostics problems which caused the shutdown of the servers in the Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse of the Commission on Elections or Comelec is another occurrence. If SC tolerates this, the two-year target is not feasible. Instead, it can take as long as six years.

The Preliminary Conference is Overdue

Marcos clarifies that under Rule 29 of the PET Rules, the preliminary conference must take place after the last pleading is filed. He points out that the last pleading in the case happens as early as September 9, 2016. Is is more than five months ago already. So, Robredo already gained 5 months in office already.

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