Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to investigate former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Solicitor General Jose Calida and Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas for possible collusion.

Tag team at work? Robredo asks PET to probe alleged collusion of Bongbong, Calida

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Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to investigate former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Solicitor General Jose Calida and Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas for possible collusion.

In a motion filed before the PET, Robredo reminded the tribunal that “an election protest–while it involves public interest–remains to be a private suit, involving a proclaimed elective official and a losing candidate.”

However, she lamented that Marcos and Calida filed last Nov. 9, though separately, motions seeking the inhibition of SC Justice Marvic Leonen from handling the election protest.

The motions of Marcos and Calida both cited the published report of Canlas who wrote that Leonen had been convincing members of the PET to dismiss outright the poll protest.

“The State, through the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General), has no obligation to assuage the insecurities, impatience or hurt feelings of protestant Marcos,” Robredo pointed out.

The vice president reminded that the mandate of the OSG under the law is to “represent the Government of the Philippines, its agencies and instrumentalities and its officials and agents in any litigation, proceeding, investigation or matter requiring the services of a lawyer.”

“Simplified, OSG is the lawyer of the Republic of the Philippines,” she stressed.

Robredo also pointed out that the motions of the OSG and Marcos were in “perfect synchrony” in citing the articles of Canlas.

“The undue reliance of OSG on these newspaper articles is irresponsible, reckless and uncalled for,” Robredo said.

“It is unfortunate that an esteemed institution such as OSG would resort to gossip mongering despite knowing fully-weel that Canlas’ gossips were not only unsubstantiated, but inadmissible hearsays,” she added.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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