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Focus on Supreme Court Orders to Robredo on Marcos’ Protest, Media should Leave Aguirre

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Mainstream media seem to be busy making a big fuzz about the DOJ Secretary’s unclear messages. They are keen not to carry the blame on his “saying something and meaning another’ kind of attitude. Although this is a misleading move for the secretary, there are more newsworthy events happening aside from petty conflicts like that. In the middle of al the chaos, the Supreme Court actually orders Leni Robredo to comment on BBM’s Motion for Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images and other relevant matters.

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Media Head On with Aguirre

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) criticizes Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for blaming media for his alleged linking of opposition lawmakers to the Marawi rebellion. Aguirre is under fire after he mentions in a news briefing that several opposition lawmakers went to Marawi City prior to the clash. They allegedly met with prominent families there. It somehow insinuates that they may have something to do with destabilization plot against the President. He retracted or clarified his statements after.

Supreme Court Order

Bongbong Marcos receives a notice on June 9 to inform him that the Supreme Court requires Robredo to comment on BBM’s Motion for Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images.  This is one of the latest pleas of Marcos to speed up the process. Discussions are easy when the evidence are already visible through presentations.

Delaying Tactic Deferred

The Supreme Court also made it known that it has acted on Robredo’s 24 February 2017 Motion for Reconsideration, Pro Tanto. This is for the simple reasons that the items that she questioned are for discussion during the preliminary conference. This is some kind of premature victory for Bongbong Marcos. At least, one alleged delaying tactic is already halted.

Preliminary Conference Briefs

The Supreme Court finally directs the parties of Marcos and Robredo to submit their preliminary conference briefs on or before 16 June 2017. This signals that the new schedule on 11 July is really pushing through. There should be no more excuse from any agency not to let this happen. Any more delay can trigger some kind of people’s protest for undermining the public interest.

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