Bongbong Marcos said that the Supreme Court, PET rule is clear that Leni Robredo’s non-payment of the required P8 M is a basis to dismiss her counter-protest. However, Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal responded that they are willing to pay immediately once their plea to defer the payment after determining that there’s really a fraud in the 2016 elections is junked.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos says that Leni Robredo’s failure to pay the first tranche of P8 M is a basis for the Supreme Court to dismiss her counter-protest.
Supreme Court Rule
Marcos argues that since Robredo failed to comply with the order of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET to pay the initial cash deposit of eight million pesos, her counter-protest must be dismissed. Based on PET’s rules, it can dismiss an election protest once the complainant fails to pay the protest fee. However, the Supreme Court still has jurisdiction over this matter – so Marcos can only pray that they will be just in making a decision over Robredo’s manifestation.
Set Preliminary Conference in Motion
Marcos also asked the tribunal recently to set a preliminary conference for his protest. This is where a date and the necessary issues will be assigned to signal the beginning of the process. Robredo’s camp still haggles on the deposit deadline by insisting that payment should be given only when the tribunal sees merit in the election protest of Marcos.
Manila protesters in favor of Marcos called on the SC to start the recount immediately. After almost a year, the people did not know yet who really won the Vice Presidential race – as the election was marred with enormous fraudulent activities allegedly by the Liberal Party, according to credible witnesses gathered by Pastor Boy Saycon, a reputable kingmaker in the country.
In Baguio, pro-Marcos protestors do not care anymore if there’s going to be a recount or not. They just want the SC to move and make a decision. Its inaction for quite a long time has saturated the patience of many and even caused the Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno’s approval rating to go down by five points from 47 to 42 percent.