Vice President Leni Robredo blasted losing vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos for his latest move to delay the Supreme Court’s resolution of the poll protest case against her.
Robredo said Marcos Jr. had asked the he Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to force the inhibition of Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa from his election protest case just to suit his political agenda and after suffering a major blow following the decision of the Comission on Elections (Comelec) upholding the 25-percent shading threshold during the 2016 national and local elections.
Caguioa is the justice in-charge of Marcos’ election protest, which is currently pending before the PET.
“Now that the Comelec has belied his frivolous argument to use the 50-percent threshold, Mr. Marcos is making noise against a Supreme Court Justice. And this after his spokesperson recently impugned the integrity of the Comelec Commissioners after the Comelec has filed its Comment with the PET,” said Robredo lawyer Romulo Macalintal.
Macalintal said it would set a bad precedent for the High Court where a party will seek an inhibition of one of the Supreme Court members if things don’t go the party’s way.
He noted the motion appeared to have been prepared by his lawyer but only Marcos signed it and this showed that even his lawyers could not sign the motion, that his lawyers themselves do not believe that he has a valid ground for voluntary inhibition.
“Indeed, the motion is not supported by any “strong and compelling evidence” in proving the supposed bias. It is basic that “mere conjectures and speculations cannot justify the inhibition of a Judge or Justice from a judicial matter. It is unfortunate that the motion is based on mere speculations, whims and caprices of Mr. Marcos,” he added.
The PET is currently holding a manual vote recount that covers Marcos’ protest’s three pilot provinces: Iloilo, Camarines Sur, and Negros Oriental. All three are known bailiwicks of Robredo.
(With a report from PNA)