MANILA — The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday expressed confidence that they can easily prove to the Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) that the allegations of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos are weak.
“The pre-trial will expose the weakness and insufficiency in form and substance of the Marcos protest,” Romulo Macalintal. Lead counsel of Robredo said in a chance interview.
He said they would abide with the decision of the PET, hoping that “the case resolved at the soonest to remove any questions on the legitimacy of the victory of VP Robredo.”
“VP Leni and her team are fully ready for the preliminary conference and we are confident that the protest of former Senator Marcos will be dismissed,” Macalintal said.
The veteran election lawyer emphasized that they would continue to have faith in the integrity of the Justice system and believe that the truth would prevail.
The camp of Marcos also welcomed the decision of PET setting a definite date for the preliminary conference on his electoral protest filed against Robredo.
The justices made their decision to grant Marcos’ request for the setting of the preliminary conference on June 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson, said in a statement:. “Senator Marcos will have his day in court and prove that the Vice Presidency was indeed stolen from him and from the people. It is time for the truth to come out.”
The tribunal, composed of the same 15 justices of the SC, has decided to set just one preliminary conference for the protest and counter-protest, citing Rule 3 of the 2010 PET Rules that allows adjustment in rules” to achieve a just, expeditious and inexpensive determination and disposition of every contest before the tribunal.”
Also in the resolution, the tribunal said it would conduct the preliminary conference on Robredo’s counter-protest at the same time.
Further, the resolution directed both parties to file their preliminary conference briefs with the Tribunal and serve the same on the adverse party at least five days before the date of the preliminary conference.
The tribunal also requires both parties to file their respective preliminary conference briefs, which contain the following: The possibility of obtaining stipulations or admissions of facts and documents to avoid unnecessary proof, the simplification of the issues, the limitation of the number of witnesses and the most expeditious manner for the retrieval of ballot boxes containing the ballots, elections returns, certificates of canvass and other election documents involved in the election protest. Sammy F. Martin/PNA-northboundasia.com