Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Supreme Court again that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to accept the funds they raised directly. This is to defray the P7.4 million balance in cash bond for her counter-protest against Bongbong Marcos. The group insists while Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces a second impeachment complaint. At this point, their plea can be taken as a bribe. Therefore it is unlikely the SC puts attention into it since even the Boracay package with the free photo shoot suite for the ASEAN magistrates meeting was questioned.
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The group is led by former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Museo Pambata founder Maria Cristina Lim-Yuson. Their efforts to help pay the bill for Robredo’s petition was intended to safeguard the integrity of the elections and the rights of the voters, they said. Singers Celeste Legaspi and Jim Paredes are also part of the group.
Supreme Court Rejection
The group calls itself the “Formidable Six.”. It earlier filed a petition that seeks the PET’s permission to intervene in the electoral protest filed by Marcos. The electoral body rejects the group’s petition on July 11. That prompts them to file a motion for reconsideration.
6.85 M Collection
According to Soliman, more than 25,000 people donated for their cause in various amounts. This “Piso para kay Leni” campaign was initiated by Yuson, Soliman, Legaspi, Paulynn Sicam, Zorayda Amelia Yuson and Karina Bolasco. Yuson said that they are already in possession of P6.85 million in cash donations. They have garnered this after they launched the campaign two months ago.
In their 13-page motion for reconsideration, the petitioners argue that the rules set by the PET “do not prohibit the payment of the filing of fees directly by the voters.” However, the Supreme Court is more focused on the internal documents requested by a lawyer who pushes for the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In an order dated Aug. 15, the Supreme Court approved the request of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon to get hold of 20 court documents that included the Chief Justice’s SALN, records of her foreign and domestic travels and documents about her custom-made bulletproof vehicle.