Mar­cos wants Leni’s counter-protest dis­missed for non-pay­ment of de­posit

Business World - - THE NATION - Kris­tine Joy V. Patag

DE­FEATED VICE-PRES­I­DEN­TIAL can­di­date and former Se­na­tor Fer­di­nand “Bong­bong” R. Mar­cos, Jr. wants the counter-protest filed by Vice-Pres­i­dent Maria Leonor G. Ro­bredo dis­missed over her non-pay­ment of the cash de­posit re­quired by the Pres­i­den­tial Elec­toral Tri­bunal (PET). “It would ap­pear, how­ever, that the protes­tee/counter-protes­tant did not pay the re­quired ini­tial in­stall­ment of the cash de­posit in the amount of eight mil­lion pe­sos (P8,000,000) by [April 17], she opted in­stead to file a Man­i­fes­ta­tion with Ur­gent Ex-Parte Om­nibus Mo­tion (1) for Clar­i­fi­ca­tion; and (2) Re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the Res­o­lu­tion dated [March 21],” reads the eight-page Om­nibus mo­tion filed yes­ter­day by Mr. Mar­cos. Cit­ing Rule 34 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, Mr. Mar­cos said that the counter-protest should be im­me­di­ately dis­missed. On the part of Ms. Ro­bredo, her lead coun­sel Ro­mulo B. Ma­cal­in­tal is­sued a state­ment yes­ter­day say­ing: “We have filed our mo­tion last Wed­nes­day and ex­plained why we re­quested for a clar­i­fi­ca­tion as to the tim­ing of the pay­ment for the counter protest — that it could be done if and when Mr. Mar­cos has al­ready es­tab­lished his case as protes­tant. We will wait for the PET to re­solve the mat­ter.” He added, “If the PET de­cides we should pay now, we will make the nec­es­sary pay­ment.” —

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