Stop bullying high court justices, Leni camp told

October 07, 2019

THE counsel of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his electoral protest filed before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal yesterday urged the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo to “stop bullying” Supreme Court justices.

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez issued the statement when he was asked to comment on the motion filed by the Robredo camp asking PET to release the result of the recount in the three pilot provinces.

“As early as September 10, when it was initially made public that a decision is forthcoming, supporters of Mrs. Robredo already gathered outside of the Supreme Court in such a celebratory mood and proclaiming victory complete with leaflets depicting figures alleged to have been sourced from a draft decision,” Rodriguez said.

“Mrs. Robredo and her cabal should refrain from making a mockery of the legal process, accord the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) the highest respect, cease bullying the honorable justices and stop deceiving the Filipino by requesting from the high court, through a preposterous motion, copy of something that she already has,” he continued. 

Robredo asked the PET to release the results of the initial vote recount in the electoral protest filed against her by Marcos.

In a motion, Robredo through counsel sought the release of a copy of the summary and committee reports on the revision, recount, and re-appreciation of ballots in Marcos’ three pilot provinces of Iloilo, Naga City, and Negros Occidental.

“It is respectfully prayed that this Honorable Tribunal furnish the parties with copy of the Summary and Committee Reports on the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from the three (3) pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental and Iloilo,” read her motion.

It stressed that releasing the report would put to rest various speculations that recently came up when it was reported that justice-in-charge SC Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa has already concluded his report on the recount.

“If only to put to rest the speculations and in the greater interest of transparency, protestee Maria Leonor G. Robredo respectfully asks that the parties be furnished with a copy of the Summary and Committee Report on the revision, recount, and re-appreciation of ballots from the 3 pilot provinces,” the motion continued.

Robredo won the vice presidential race in the May 2016 polls with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.

But in his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities. 

He named three provinces where he can supposedly prove that irregularities marred the conduct of the 2016 national and local elections.

The Marcos pilot provinces are Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo.