THE camp of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Sunday the legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo were resorting to delaying tactics as they intended to file a motion for reconsideration on the decision of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to continue the hearings on Marcos’ appeal questioning Robredo’s election.
Marcos’ spokesman Vic Rodriguez said the Supreme Court had already ruled against the issue pointed out by Robredo.
“Despite the Tribunal’s ruling that this issue was already “beyond dispute”, Robredo’s legal team is still looking for ways to delay the proceedings,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
“If Robredo has nothing to hide, why resort to all these delaying tactics? It’s not enough that her camp cheated their way to the vice presidency. Now they want to cheat again by depriving Senator Marcos of his day in court. We want the truth to come out. That’s all.”
But Rodriguez said they expected Robredo’s camp to appeal the high court ruling.
“We are not surprised by the pronouncement of Leni Robredo’s counsel that they will appeal the recent PET decision which found former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ election protest to be sufficient in form and substance,” he said.
“Their actuation on the protest have been consistent: They are afraid of the truth because it would reveal how much they tarnished and debased the true will of the Filipino people in the vice presidential race.”
Last month, the PET affirmed its earlier resolution finding Marcos’ election protest to be sufficient in form and substance.
The Jan. 24 ruling denied the motion filed by Robredo to conduct a preliminary hearing on Marcos’ election protest and eventually dismiss it for lack of jurisdiction.
In his election protest, Marcos urged the PET to nullify the proclamation of Robredo as the duly elected vice president as this was a result of massive electoral fraud committed to ensure her victory.
Robredo won the vice presidency after receiving 14,418,817 votes over Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.