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Does Robredo Push her Counter – Protest against Marcos at the Expense of Supporters?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Presidential Spokesperson under the Aquino administration, Edwin Lacierda initially announced the Piso campaign for Leni Robredo. The logic says that if each of her voters contributes a Peso, then she won’t have any problem paying for her counter – protest against Bongbong Marcos. Nonetheless, this is easier said than done.

Youtube video from; ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday filed a motion before the Supreme Court to seek clarification of its order that tells her to deposit P15.44 million for her petition to dismiss the poll protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

Piso Campaign

The PET has yet to rule on the Piso Campaign but this goes on in different initiatives. The Supreme Court just grants her request to pay the balance of P7.43 at a later date. Lim-Yuson, with other women leaders, asks the SC last June to allow them to contribute to her fee. The other petitioners are former Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive officer Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, former human rights commissioner Paulynn Sicam. Award-winning singer Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo and Ateneo de Manila University Press director Karina Bolasco join in. Former social welfare secretary Corazon Soliman is also part of it.

Online Fund-Raising

The online fundraising campaign by the supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo said that they already have P6 million in their collection. More than 25,000 backers respond to the Piso call since July 4. “Our movement is a testament how Filipinos from all over the country value and want to protect their votes,” Museo Pambata founder Nina Lim-Yuson said.

Macalintal’s Push

Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal is actually bitter about the P66 million fee for the 36,465 clustered precincts of Marcos. He said that the latter must pay for all the 92,509 precincts. PET instead responds with the resolution dated March 21 to require Robredo to pay P15.4 million as cash deposit for her counter-protest to cover for the 31,278 clustered precincts.

Why File for Counter-Protest?

It is a bit of a puzzle why Robredo has to file for a counter-protest when she cannot afford it in the first place? Marcos’ electoral protest can already determine if she is a product of an anomalous election or not given the issues raised. All she has to do is to let the recount through if she really has nothing to hide.

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