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Marcos should pay first for poll protest: Robredo camp

MANILA - The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday filed a motion before the Supreme Court seeking clarification of its order directing her to deposit P15.44 million for her petition to dismiss the poll protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
According to Atty. Romulo Macalintal, the rules do not require them to deposit the amount yet, and insisted that Marcos should be the one to pay first because he filed the election protest.
"Lahat ng election protest, ganoon. Uunahin muna ang nagpoprotesta. Kapag natapos na ang mga nabuksang balota at tingin niya ay meron siyang na-recover, at sa tingin ng pinoprotesta ay dapat sagutin 'yan, saka namin pabubuksan ang ballot boxes," he said in a press conference.
The High Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, directed Robredo and Marcos to shell out a total of P81.46 million for their separate election protests.
Of this amount, P66.02 million will be used for the retrieval of poll materials for the protest of Marcos, while P15.44 million will be used to retrieve election materials for Robredo's petition.
Macalintal, however, said Marcos should pay a total of P185 million because Marcos' protest has a first cause of action that includes all 92,000 clustered precincts.
This part of his protest, said the counsel of Robredo, is also the reason why the vote-counting machines used in the 2017 elections were not returned to Smartmatic on time.
"Actually, meron pang naka-pending na negotiations betwen Comelec and Smartmatic kasi sinisingil ng Smartmatic ang Comelec ng close to P2.9 billion because Comelec failed to return on time itong mga vote-counting machine," he said.
Macalintal, meanwhile, stressed that they are not abandoning their obligations. He said they just want to the order of the Supreme Court clarified.
"We are not abandoning our obligations... We just want to be clarified kung bakit kami magbabayad ngayon e wala pa namang pruweba na meron na siyang nare-recover na mga balota," he said.



LP solon: Dip in Robredo ratings 'consequence' of 'crusade' to speak dissent

The decline in Vice President Leni Robredo’s satisfaction ratings is a “cause for alarm” that came as a consequence of her standing as a leading figure in the opposition, a lawmaker allied to her said Tuesday, April 11.
Asked about the latest SWS survey, where Robredo took the biggest dip among top government officials, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said it was “definitely” a cause for alarm “because it’s a downward trend.”
The Vice President’s net satisfaction rating now stands at a “moderate” +26, down by 11 points from December 2016’s “good” +37. The survey was conducted from March 25 to 28, at the time Robredo was under fire for her controversial video message for a UN side session. In the said video, she raised irregularities over the current administration's anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The recorded message has since ignited talks of impeachment against her from several supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, including House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Baguilat, a member of the Liberal Party in which Robredo sits as interim chair, noted that the decline in her ratings is due to her “crusade to speak the truth,” especially since she left President Duterte’s Cabinet.
“That’s the consequence, kasi if you’re in a very difficult crusade to tell the truth, ganiyan talaga ‘yung magiging consequence niya, especially na bilang head of opposition to a very popular government, meron talagang implications ‘yung mga positions niya,” he told GMA News Online in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Baguilat noted that Robredo is“not a populist leader who would not just say what the people want to hear.”
“Since umalis siya sa Duterte Cabinet, parang nasa isang krusada siya na siya ‘yung namumuno sa opposition, and definitely it requires taking certain difficult positions on controversial issues… so sa kaniya right now, ang kaniyang mindset is to speak the truth.And sometimes sa mga kababayan natin,medyo siguro hindi magandang pakinggan ‘yung katotohanan,” he added.
Cabinet resignation, ‘organized’ smear campaign
The lawmaker also said Robredo’s resignation as Housing czar late last year has left the public without solid metrics to measure her performance.
“It’s really a challenge for her kasi nga since umalis siya sa gabinete, walang batayan kasi ang taumbayan na suriin kung ano ba ang kaniyangperformance bilang isang national official. ‘Yung ibang bise presidente kasi, nu’ng nakaraan, they have their Cabinet positions,” he said.
“Iba kasi kung meron kang programa na hinahawakan wherein the people can judge you whether you’re performing well or not. Sa ngayon, medyo hindi alam siguro ng taumbayan kung ano ‘yungpinakatungkulin na ngayon ng bise presidente except sa pagiging spare tire,”he added.
For his part, Quezon City Rep.Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte blamed an “organized” effort to discredit Robredo for the decline in her ratings.
“May organized campaign kasi na siraan siya. Parang kasalanan niya palahat ng mga nangyayaring ‘di tama sa lipunan natin ngayon, kung ‘yung mgananinira ang papakinggan ng tao,” Belmonte, LP’s secretary general, toldGMA News Online in a text message.
Asked if he’s alarmed by this downward trend, he replied: “It’s more of a challenge than a cause of alarm.”

Baguilat said the challenge in addressing the situation falls on Robredo’s messaging.
“Siguro ang kailangan talagang gawin ngayon is to really discern kungano talaga ‘yung messages na dapat ipahayag ni Bise Presidente para ma-arrestitong downward trend,” he said.
“It’s probably also ‘yung challenge sa team ng communication steam ni Bise Presidente, to come up with messages para maipaliwanag sa taumbayan kung ano ‘yung kaniyang role na ngayon sa ating lipunan at sa ating pamahalaan,” he added.
Asked if LP has planned moves to help its chairperson with this, Baguilat said their efforts are currently more about helping “cascade” her messages.
“What we do is hinihintay namin kung meron bang mga messages o mga core messages na galing sa Vice President, which we as Liberals can also cascade down to our constituents. Siguro, I think, maskinakailangan pang pag-usapan namin ‘yung mga susunod pang hakbang para labanan ito,” he said.
“Hindi lang naman si Bise Presidente ang tinitira dito, kundi kami mismo, Liberal Party, ‘yung pagiging dilaw, ‘yan ‘yung talagang binabanatan, sokailangan dalhin namin ‘yung debate into a more rational one, especially in terms of kung ano ‘yung role ng opposition sa ating lipunan,” he added. — GMANews


Lascañas still willing to testify vs. Duterte despite Singapore trip

Despite leaving the country,r etired Davao City cop and self-confessed hitman Arturo Lascañas on Tuesday said he was still ready to testify against President Rodrigo Duterte even before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
"Handa pa rin akong tumestigo sa kahit na anong proceeding kung kinakailangan, sa impeachment man o sa ICC. Tapos na rin po akong magbigay ng statement sa Ombudsman," Lascañas said in a report by Jam Sisante on"24 Oras" on Tuesday.
"ICC is always an option byFLAG (Free Legal Assistance Group) for the govt's responsibility for EJKs(extra-judicial killings)," said Atty. Arno Sanidad, one of the legal counsels of Lascañas.
"We cannot however confirm whether FLAG intends to file or simply support the ICC if it independently and on its own undertakes action on EJKs in the Philippines," he added
Lascañas silently left the country over the weekend as he received threats that a lawsuit would be filed against him and that people were looking for him.
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson on Monday Antonette Mangrobang told GMA News Online that Lascañas presented to immigration officers a plane ticket which indicated April 22 as his return date to Manila.
The BI official said the ticketi ndicated Singapore as port of origin.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said if Lascañas will not return, he may be considered as guilty.
"Let us see whether he would return; otherwise, 'yung kanyangpag-alis will be considered as flight and flight is a sign of guilt,"Aguirre said.
Lascañas earlier corrobated the claims of self-confessed killer Edgar Matobato who implicated then-Davao CityMayor and now President Duterte in the killings of suspected criminals in the city through the so-called Davao Death Squad.
The former cop said they were paid by Duterte up to P100,000 depending on their target. — GMA News

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