Solicitor General Jose Calida should be siding with Vice President Leni Robredo in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., her camp said on Tuesday (Nov. 10).
“He (Calida) is coming in as the tribune of the people,” said Robredo’s legal counsel, lawyer Emil Maranon, on CNN Philippines.
However, the lawyer lamented Marcos and Calida filed separate motions on Monday (Nov. 9) asking the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to inhibit Justice Marvic Leonen from handling the election protest due to being biased against the Marcos family.
“Bakit doon po siya kumakampi sa natalo, yung ni-reject ng taong bayan? Bakit hindi po doon sa nananlo kung totoong tribune of the people po siya,” asked Maranon.
With this, the lawyer accused Marcos of colluding with Calida in the former lawmaker’s election protest.
“You simply have to check and read the documents that both camps have filed and you can see similarities in argument. Exactly the same. And even similarly worded po yung sentences,” he cited as proof of the collusion.
“We connect this as well with the prior actions of the solicitor general,” added Maranon who cited that Calida has repeatedly sided with Marcos in the case instead with the solicitor general’s supposed client, the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The lawyer reminded that the election protest is “a private suit between the vice president and Bongbong Marcos.”
“There is no government agency involved here so bakit po siya nakikisawsaw sa kaso ni vice president natin po,” Maranon pointed out.
“This is a very abnormal circumstances na hindi po dapat. It should be questioned,” he added.
Because of this, the lawyer revealed that Robredo’s camp will raise this issued before the PET.
“We will file the necessary pleading po to raise our objections regarding, number one, the participation of the solicitor general and, second po, the actual merit the solicitor general has filed,” he stated.